InnerSelf Newsletter: February 12th, 2017

InnerSelf Newsletter: February 12th, 2017

Welcome... Our InnerSelf welcomes your inner self.

This week we take a look at the implications of cause and effect in our life. Once we personally acknowledge that every action or situation has a source or cause, then we become empowered to change our current situation. While we can't change the actions of our past, we surely can change the ones of today and tomorrow.

We are not victims, we are not powerless. Every action we take has an "equal reaction". So if you kick someone when they're down, you can expect to get back a "same or equal" reaction. This is why "Understanding the Power of Healing Our Karma"  is so important. It's also why we need to answer the question: "How Did My Inner Critic Get Here and What Purpose Does It Serve?

A lot of our problems both personally, nationally, and planetarily, deal with "The Myth of the Spiritual and Material Divide".  When we separate our life into two parts, the "business" persona and the "home" persona, we are buying into "The Myth of the Spiritual and Material Divide". It also means that we probably also have bought into "The Illusion Factory: Money Buys Happiness".

Sarah Varcas' article sheds light on the energies of the month in "Then The Change Comes: February's Lunar Eclipse in Leo Brings Clarity". It's time we truly understand that "Life Is A Game, And We're All On The Same Team". There is no "us versus them". We are all on the same planet. We all breathe the same air, and we all walk under the same sky.

So "How Do We Remember and Why Do We Forget" our common ground? It doesn't mean that we go against our principles, but rather that we expand our sense of "we-ness". We are all affected by what happens to our neighbor, whether that neighbor is 10 feet away or 10,000 miles away.

I wish you clarity and strength this week... clarity in discovering your path and strength in living your truth through your heart. To attain our vision of a peaceful and balanced world, we need to "be the change we want to see in the world". It is not by joining the darkness that we can increase the light. We need to stay true to our highest self and stay firm in our commitment to a better world for all -- and take appropriate action.

Wishing you enjoyable insightful reading, and of course a wonder-full, joy-full, and loving week.

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Life Is A Game, And We're All On The Same Team

Written by Marie T. Russell, InnerSelf.

Life Is A Game, But We're All On The Same Team

I know competition can provide motivation to try to be better in a particular field or skill. But I think we've taken this win at all costs attitude way too far. Competing against yourself in order to improve yourself is fine, but feeling like you've always got to compete...

Read article here: Life Is A Game, And We're All On The Same Team

Then The Change Comes: February's Lunar Eclipse in Leo Brings Clarity

Written by Sarah Varcas.

Then The Change Comes: Lunar Eclipse in Leo

If you’ve been wondering what on earth’s going on lately – if life has been too good to be true, too tough to endure, or too confusing to warrant taking seriously – this eclipse may just help clarify the cause behind the effect and the part we play in life’s unfolding.

Read article here: Then The Change Comes: February's Lunar Eclipse in Leo Brings Clarity

The Myth of the Spiritual and Material Divide

Written by Vishnu Swami.

The Myth of the Spiritual and Material Divide

While traveling on my world tours and meeting people of all walks of life I have observed a common idea that causes people so much distress. This idea says that the spiritual and the material are two separate things.

Read article here:  The Myth of the Spiritual and Material Divide

The Illusion Factory: Money Buys Happiness

Written by Jonathan K. DeYoe.

The Illusion Factory: Money Buys Happiness

We live in a world of illusion, and these illusions keep us from our happiness — especially around money. Money drives our world. We organize our whole lives around it: earning it, worrying about it, spending it. Yet many of us are taught next to nothing about it.

Read article here:  The Illusion Factory: Money Buys Happiness

How Did My Inner Critic Get Here and What Purpose Does It Serve?

Written by Mark Coleman.

How Did My Inner Critic Get Here and What Purpose Does It Serve?

If the critic is such an unwanted guest, why are so many people plagued by it? Nature rarely, if ever, makes anything that does not serve a purpose. So what is the purpose of the critic, and how did it get there?

Read article here:  How Did My Inner Critic Get Here and What Purpose Does It Serve?

How Do We Remember and Why Do We Forget?

Written by Ron Fry.

How Do We Remember and Why Do We Forget?

Why do so many of us forget where we put our car keys, eyeglasses, or cellphones? How does memory actually work? How and why do we remember some things and forget others? Are they forgotten or just “misplaced”?

Read article here:  How Do We Remember and Why Do We Forget?

Understanding the Power of Healing Our Karma

Written by Nicholas Pearson.

Understanding the Power of Healing Our Karma

Karma is a buzzword often used to describe the idea of fate or destiny. The term has also been used to imply the pedestrian notion of payback, and for many people that’s about as deep as they give karma any thought.

Read article here:  Understanding the Power of Healing Our Karma

Astrological Journal for the Week

Pam YounghansWritten by Pam Younghans

This weekly column (updated every Sunday afternoon) is based on planetary influences, and offers perspectives and insights to assist you in making the best use of current energies... Read more

It is also highly beneficial to reread the past week's astrological journal as it gives a hindsight view of the events that took place and may provide many "ah-ha" insights. 


* 3 Creative Solutions to Protect Water, Wildlife, and a Warming City

* 4 Expert Tips on Launching a Community Organization

* Are Over-the-counter Painkillers A Waste Of Money?

* Are Women's Painful Period Cramps Normal?

* Artificially Inflating The Threat From Russia Does Nobody Any Good

* Connecting Emotionally: An Essential Part of Happy Relationships

* Do We Need To Rethink How We Assess Learning In Schools?

* Droughts And Flooding Rains Already More Likely As Climate Change Plays Havoc With Pacific Weather

* Environmental Costs Of A Wall With Mexico

* Fifty Shades Darker: An Abusive Fairy Tale That Robs Women Of Sexual Freedom

* Find Out If You Will You Feel Better After Surgery

* For Better Or Worse You Are The New Gatekeeper Of The News

* Here's What Actually Does Work For Back Pain

* How A Travel Ban Could Worsen Doctor Shortages In US Hospitals And Primary Care

* How Anyone, Even You, Can Inadvertently Become A Troll

* How It Feels When People See You As Less Human

* How Leaving A Padlock Became A Modern Day Romantic Ritual

* How Neighbors Turned Unused Buildings into a Thriving Community Hub

* How Smart Solar Can Protect Our Vulnerable Power Grids

* How The Internet Has Turned An Age-old Problem Into A New Threat

* How The Rich And Famous Lifestyles Are Damaging The Environment

* How The US Is Waging War On The Courts, The Press, And The States

* How To Get Quality Teachers In Disadvantaged Schools

* How To Resist Tyranny and Authoritarianism Wherever It Exists

* How We Discovered The World's Largest Tropical Peatland

* How Your Friends On Twitter May Give Away Your Anonymity

* If We Are Reaching Neoliberal Capitalism's End Days, What Comes Next?

* Meet El Niño’s Cranky Uncle That Could Send Global Warming Into Hyperdrive

* Now That We Can 'Read Minds' Will This Now Enable A 'Big Brother' Future?

* Songs Of Worship: Why We Sing To The Lord

* The Exploitation Of Black Labor After The Abolition Of Slavery

* The Most Important Thing You’re Not Discussing With Your Doctor

* Town Hall Meetings Become The Indivisible Epicenters as 'The Resistance' Grows

* Uncovering The Roots Of Racist Ideas In America

* We Created A Song That Makes Babies Happy

* We Need To Act Now But Not At The Expense Of Strategy, Process, And Intention

* Welcome To Entertainment's 'The High-Concept Presidency'

* We've All Heard About Postnatal Depression, But What About Prenatal Depression?

* What Is A Balanced Diet Anyway?

* What Is The True Meaning Of Mercy?

* Why Are Personality Traits Contagious At Preschool?

* Why Call Center Workers Love To Use Your Name

* Why Cancer Rates Are Increasing Disproportionately In Women

* Why Do Conservatives Want The Government To Defund The Arts?

* Why Female Beauty Does More Than Just Snag A Mate

* Why We Lose Our Hearing And Vision As We Age

* Why Your Workplace Is The Place You Feel The Worst

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