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As I focused on which articles beckoned to be included in this week's issue of InnerSelf, my conscious thought was that the focus was going to be Earth Day. While I am a firm believer that "every day should be Earth Day", this designated day gives us additional opportunity to reflect together on our love for our precious planet, our current situation and the steps we need to take to heal the earth and ourselves. The fact that so much energy and focus is on Mother Earth on Earth Day gives our positive focus more "oomph" and more power to become reality.
However, as the articles came together, the word that kept reappearing over and over in the articles by various authors was "myth". Thus the theme of this week's InnerSelf edition is the myths of our life, and of our culture. These myths include how we relate to and treat Mother Earth, but also how we treat ourselves and each other. It includes the myth of creativity (or lack thereof), the myth of separation, the myth of "how things have to be", and more.
As we reflect on the myths that we participate in, as well as those that we may be rebelling against, we come to an understanding of our role in this reality we are experiencing. This is not time to give up, though when we listen to the media and doomsday scenarios we may be tempted to. This is a time to keep faith in your heart, and use both heart and mind to come up with creative solutions to the mess we, as humankind, have created. It is time to step away from the myths of war, of competition, of separation, and move into a world of collaboration, community, and higher consciousness. The choice is always ours, and the time is always now.
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Wishing you enjoyable insightful reading, and of course a wonder-full, joy-full, and loving week.
Marie T. Russell
"New Attitudes...New Possibilities"
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NEW ARTICLES THIS WEEK
Written by Sarah Varcas
Mother Earth has suffered shockingly as a result of human ignorance, denial and narcissism for way too long. She lies bleeding at our feet and still we look away. But no more. Once Uranus begins its entry into Taurus in May 2018, the extent of our planet’s unbridled rage and unbounded love will become apparent in equal measure.
Article is continued here: A Plea For Our Mother
Written by Nancy Windheart
Many people are concerned about the whales… Good-hearted people feel helpless, and ask, “is there anything that we can do?” When I asked the whales for their guidance, they gave us three practical things that we can begin to do immediately that will have positive implications not just for them, but for all of us.
Written by Charles Eisenstein
When it is done properly, organic growing methods can deliver two to three times the yield of conventional methods. Of course if you take two fields and plant each with a monocrop, then the one without pesticides will do worse than the one with, but that isn't really what organic farming is.
Article is continued here: Permaculture and the Myth of Scarcity
Written by John R. Audette
Clearly, we do not live in a “one for all and all for one” world. Yes, there are some hopeful indicators that pockets of this thinking exist here and there, and it is most encouraging. But, there is much more evidence that “every man for himself” behavior rules the day still on planet Earth, and this could be our undoing as a species if it continues to dominate the behavior of many humans...
Article is continued here: Our Potential Destiny: Co-Creating A Truly Magnificent Future For Earth
Written by Pia Orleane, Ph.D.
One of the foremost scholars of cultural myths Joseph Campbell (a man with a clear connection to the divine feminine) pointed out that one function of myths is to put one’s way of life in harmony with nature. The myths of our current culture seem to separate us from nature.
Article is continued here: Creating A New Version of Yourself As Part of Nature, Not Its Governor
by University of Arizona
Humor isn’t always useful or beneficial for reaching our goals, new research suggests. Research from the UA's Eller…
Article is continued here: Why Humor Is Good For You If You Do It Right
by James A. T. Lancaster, The University of Queensland
The term “evidence” has a fascinating linguistic and social history – and it’s a good reminder that even today the…
Article is continued here: What Might Appear To Be Common Sense...
by Northwestern University
A surge in childhood food allergies across the United States has turned classrooms into homemade-treat-free zones and…
Article is continued here: 5 Food Allergy Myths
by Shahid Naeem, Director, Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability and Professor of Ecology at Columbia University
Today is Earth Day, but it’s one of the most confused and misguided celebratory days of the year. The UN refers to this…
Article is continued here: Let's Make Earth Day About Earth, Not Us
by Jim Hanchett, University of Indiana
“Some believe in the importance of stewardship and practice an ethic of ‘creation care,’ while others believe in human…
Article is continued here: A Historical Divide In How Christians View Their Relationship To The Planet?
by Jillian Rickly, Assistant Professor in Tourism Management and Marketing, University of Nottingham
Cruise ships aren’t all bad, of course. They are a part of the mass tourism trend that has democratised travel and…
Article is continued here: Cruise Ships Can Destroy The Very Destinations They Visit
by Joe Smith, University of Liverpool
People of all ages are at risk from diseases brought on by loneliness, new data has revealed. According to figures…
Article is continued here: Loneliness On Its Way To Becoming Britain's Most Lethal Condition
by Stuart Thompson, University of Westminster
Many projections suggest that burning fossil fuels and the resulting climate change will make it harder to grow enough…
Article is continued here: Do Rising Carbon Dioxide Levels Really Boost Plant Growth?
by Christopher J Preston, The University of Montana
Today you can travel to the furthest part of the Arctic Ocean, to the highest point of the Caucasus Mountains, to the…
Article is continued here: What Earth Day Means When Humans Possess Planet Shaping Powers
by Robert Beelman, Pennsylvania State University
In the past, food scientists like me often praised mushrooms as healthy because of what they don’t contribute to the…
Article is continued here: How The Lowly Mushroom Is Becoming A Nutritional Star
by Susan Woods; Hannah Brown and Tamsin Lannagan, University of Adelaide
It might be a spot, lump, bump or polyp you’ve found suspicious or bothersome enough to ask a doctor to have a look at.…
Article is continued here: Is Pre-cancerous A Warning Sign Or Cause For Panic?
by Paul van Donkelaar, University of British Columbia
The statistics are terrifying: In Canada, one woman is killed every week by her partner; globally, one third of women…
Article is continued here: The Unseen Impact Of Domestic Violence
by Janet J. Boseovski, University of North Carolina
You might hesitate to make a character judgment about someone based on a first encounter. Most adults would probably…
Article is continued here: Children Are Natural Optimists – Which Comes With Psychological Pros And Cons
by Sheril Kirshenbaum and Douglas Buhler, Michigan State University
Socioeconomics play a significant role in attitudes about food – especially concerns about safety and purchasing…
Article is continued here: Wealthy Americans Know Less Than They Think They Do About Food And Nutrition
by Richard G. "Bugs" Stevens, University of Connecticut
A new scientific study shows that bright electric light exposure of preschool children in the evening suppresses…
Article is continued here: How Light At Night Can Disrupt Circadian Rhythms In Children
by Mike Jeffries, Northumbria University, Newcastle
Ants have a remorseless quality, seemingly indifferent to their individual welfare, their whole lives submerged in the…
Article is continued here: Matabele Ants Have Evolved A Complex System Of Battlefield Triage And Rescue
by Rebecca Koomen, Max Planck Institute
When a natural resource is open access, such as fish in a lake, everyone has to limit the amount they take individually…
Article is continued here: What Children Can Teach Us About Looking After The Environment
by Jayanth Narayanan, IMD Business School
Whether or not diversity is a good thing is still a topic of much debate. Though many businesses tout the benefits of…
Article is continued here: Why People Who Live In Diverse Neighborhoods Are More Helpful
by Richard Blackburn, University of Leeds
Chamomile – that yellow flower so often made into a tea, enjoyed before bed – is a very interesting plant. It was…
Article is continued here: Chamomile Tea May Help Control Diabetes
by Martin Brueckner, Murdoch University
After years of being derided as a joke by car manufacturers and the public, interest in electric vehicles has increased…
Article is continued here: Why The Electric Vehicle Revolution Will Bring Problems Of Its Own
by David Irving, University of Technology Sydney
Recent scientific studies have claimed, almost vampire-like, that transfusions of blood from teenagers can help delay…
Article is continued here: Are Young Blood Transfusions Magic Or Medicine?
by Jamie Winterton, Arizona State University
In late March, Congress passed a significant spending bill that included US$380 million in state grants to improve…
Article is continued here: Election Security Means Much More Than Just New Voting Machines
by Jay L. Zagorsky, The Ohio State University
Risk is everywhere and associated with everything. For example, the Center for Disease Control a decade ago estimated…
Article is continued here: How To Deal With Life's Risks More Rationally
by Joya Misra, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Women without kids have earned more than employed mothers for decades or longer.
Article is continued here: Why Do Women Earn Less After They Have Kids, Despite Strong Credentials?
Written 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 this week's journal here
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.
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