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The times they are a'changin... was a song written by Bob Dylan in 1963. Dylan recalled writing the song as a deliberate attempt to create an anthem of change for the moment. And what was that moment? As he said in an interview, "The civil rights movement and the folk music movement were pretty close for a while and allied together at that time."
And since life goes in cycles, here we are 55 years later... and, yes the times they are still a-changin... However, now, many of us are realizing that we must change ourselves first in order to make a difference in the outside world. The dishonesty we see in the world must be eradicated from within. We must address the many ways we hide the truth of who we are, or who we think we are, from ourselves and from others. The greed we see is a reflection of our fear of poverty and loss, and our fear of not "being enough" as well as not "having enough". The lack of empathy also needs to be addressed within ourselves, as we realize that we also lack empathy with ourselves and with those we disagree with.
Benjamin Franklin wrote, in 1789 in a letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy, "...in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes". However, I would disagree and say that the only thing we can be certain of is change. Nothing remains the same, ever. Everything changes... so yes, the times they are a-changin... and we can all participate in making the change be the one we wish to see in the world, by first developing the caring, love, empathy, equality, fairness, respect, in our own hearts for ourselves and for those around us, and then help spread that throughout the world.
This week, we start by setting an astrological eye on "Relationships and Revelation: Reflection and Realignment" and we are reminded that when one door closes, another opens, in "The Best Rejection: A New Path, A New Direction, and The Real You". There are times that we may not know how to interpret what is going on in our life, and that's when we can get guidance via "The Psychology of Dreams: Dreams Come Knocking At The Door Of Consciousness".
There are many ways to connect with our true self and with the true self of others. One is through "The Joy of Service". Another tool is "Reflexology for Emotional, Physical, and Spiritual Well-Being for Adults as well as Children". And even martial arts presents is with a way of "Going From Conflict to Resolution by Using Aikido Principles to Resolve Conflict".
And through it all, we are reminded that we are the ones who are "a'changin", and as we change so does the world around us. And, that is important to be aware of in the realm of the democratic process, and we are reminded of this in "The Un-united States Of America and A Way Forward", written by InnerSelf co-publisher, Robert Jennings.
May we all be inspired to "be the change we want to see in the world" (quote attributed to Gandhi so many years ago). However, here is what Gandhi actually said:
"“We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.” – Mahatma Gandhi"
And of course, to support us all in this process, we have numerous additional articles to assist in this journey of change and transformation.
Wishing you enjoyable insightful reading, and of course a wonder-full, joy-full, and loving week.
Marie T. Russell
"New Attitudes...New Possibilities"
Written by Sarah Varcas
October 2018 may bring sweeping change that cultivates a more innovative and courageous attitude at a personal, local and global level. Or we may end up reacting to life’s challenges blind to their deeper significance, unwittingly retreating to intellectualised theories about the ‘right’ thing to do without embodying those beliefs in a ‘real-world’ way.
Article continues here: Relationships and Revelation: Reflection and Realignment in October 2018
Written by Alan Cohen
When composer George Gershwin was developing his career, he contacted his esteemed role model Maurice Ravel and asked if Ravel would take him on as a student. Ravel, familiar with Gershwin’s work, rejected him, replying, “Why become a second-rate Ravel when you are already a first-rate Gershwin?”
Article continues here: The Best Rejection: A New Path, A New Direction, and The Real You
Written by Doris E. Cohen, PhD
When you pay close attention to both your conscious life and your unconscious, your unconscious doesn’t need to knock on the door seven times to get your attention. The artist Salvador Dali once commented that he used to have dreams, but stopped at some point—perhaps because he had shared the messages of his unconscious through his expressive art.
Article continues here: The Psychology of Dreams: Dreams Come Knocking At The Door Of Consciousness
Written by Joyce Vissell
“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.”--Rabindranath Tagore. Babaji encouraged people to serve others on a daily, even hourly basis. He also taught that no act of service is beneath a person. Just because a person has an advanced degree or a very important job, they can still do the smallest act of service like digging ditches, washing dishes, scrubbing floors.
Article continues here: The Joy of Service: A Fulfilled Life Is All About Service
Written by Sonia Jones
It may surprise you to discover how far reaching the benefits of reflexology can be. Not only is it a truly holistic treatment, but it is also an extremely pleasant experience. People get hooked on the good experience of the treatment and the health benefits that they gain from it.
Article continues here: Reflexology for Emotional, Physical, and Spiritual Well-Being...
Written by Michael J. Gelb
Roger Fisher (1922–2012) served as a reconnaissance pilot in World War II and then graduated from Harvard Law School, becoming a professor there in 1958. Witnessing maiming and death firsthand during the war and then seeing the destructive effects of costly, protracted litigation as a partner in a major law firm, Fisher was passionate about finding more creative alternatives to resolve conflict.
Article continues here: Going From Conflict to Resolution: Using Aikido Principles to Resolve Conflict
Written by R Jennings
For better or worse the radical remnants of the Republican party have now captured the American government completely. Whether they can hold it more than a month is all that is left to be seen.
Article continues here: The Un-united States Of America and A Way Forward
by Alejandra Castanon
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by Lisa A Williams
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by Louis Brennan
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by Chris Dawson and David de Meza
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by Thomas Anderson and Rotem Petranker
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by Jade Boyd
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by Eve MacDonald
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by Bruce E. Levine
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by Kathleen Riach
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by Gisela Helfer and Rebecca Dumbell
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by Steven M Opal and J.M. Opal
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by Sophie Medlin
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by Kyle Jensen and Jack Selzer
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by Andy Towers
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by Mike Johnstone
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by Matthieu Ricard
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by Valerie Michaelson, et al
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by Zeke Hausfather
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by Daniel R. Weinberger
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by Martin Cohen,
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by Andrew Khoury
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by Ann Hutchinson
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by Nadja Heym
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by Andrew Sprake and Clive Palmer
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by Mark Patrick Taylor and Xiaoteng Zhou
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by Bert Gambini
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by Todd Bates
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by Daniel N. Rockmore
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by Jonathan Entin
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by Elizabeth Englander
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by Liz Entman
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by Santiago Zabala
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by Samir Chatterjee
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by Peter Barlow
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by John Leach
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by Suzanne O'Connell
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by Jamie Khoo
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by Mark Cragg
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by Kalpana Jain
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Written by Pam Younghans
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