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This week we focus on personal empowerment, on what we need to do to become who we are meant to be and who we really are, and on creating a world we can be proud of.
Jude Bijou launches us on our journey with Standing Up and Stepping In: Taking Personal Responsibility for Your Life while Dudley and Dean Evenson introduce us to Personal Empowerment Through Mantra: From Monkey Mind to Clear Mind.
At times we may need insights to show us where we're heading and The Moon Has A Lot To Say and Shows Where You Might Be Stuck. We also share a chapter from a Nora Caron novel that sheds light on Breaking The Chain Of The Past By Conquering Something You Fear.
Charles Eisenstein asks: Are You Ignoring Your Inner Wound Via Cynicism Or Spiritual Bypass? Here's a quote from this week's Astrological Journal that also ties right in with our theme: "...the truth is, the world needs you, with your unusual way of perceiving and interpreting it. Opt IN, not out!""
I share the 2nd installment in my "What Works for Me" series about Persistence while InnerSelf co-publisher Robert Jennings presents his second installment of The Un-united States Of America: The Storm Before The Storm.
And we have numerous additional articles, on a great variety of topics, that we feel will be of interest to you, our readers. Scroll down below for the list of articles and the links to access them, all at no charge (though donations are greatly appreciated).
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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Written by Jude Bijou, M.A., M.F.T.
Being passive developed as a pattern for a really good reason -- we were avoiding feeling our emotions (especially sadness) and had to find some place to channel the sensations we were experiencing. Maybe dad was a tyrant and we felt like we had no choice but to be quiet and duck. Maybe our classmates laughed at us when we made a mistake, and we decided being shy was safer.
Article continues here: Standing Up and Stepping In: Taking Personal Responsibility for Your Life
Written by Dudley Evenson and Dean Evenson
The word mantra means ‘mind protection’ in Sanskrit. A mantra carries a vibration and frequency that extends beyond the simple meaning of its words. In the highest sense, mantras carry thought waves that can energize the prana through constant repetition and they can reach deep into the subconscious mind to access the collective consciousness. More simply, using mantra can help overcome mental chatter, and prepare the way for an expansion of consciousness.
Article continues here: Personal Empowerment Through Mantra: From Monkey Mind to Clear Mind
Written by Cal Garrison
In a way it doesn’t really matter where you start with astrology because you’re dealing with a spherical body of wisdom: you can pick any point on the sphere and go in there, and it will take you to every other point. It makes sense to start with the Moon because she’s the closest thing to us. But the real reason I start with the Moon is because I want to give you a sense of what I do when I’m trying to figure things out.
Article continues here: The Moon Has A Lot To Say and Shows Where You Might Be Stuck
Written by Nora Caron
Señora Labotta stared deep into Lucina’s eyes. “You are not the only soul who has suffered in love. There is a saying I like very much. Boethius said this; ‘Commit your boat to the winds and you must sail whichever way they blow, not just where you want’.
Article continues here: Break The Chain Of The Past By Conquering Something You Fear
Written by Charles Eisenstein
I am not some enlightened being trying to guide you on a journey he has already completed. That is an old model, partaking of a kind of spiritual hierarchy based on a linear conception of the evolution of consciousness. In the present transition, each of us is pioneering a unique part of the territory of Reunion. In keeping with that, I must offer you my doubt and conflict along with my insight.
Article continues here: Are You Ignoring Your Inner Wound Via Cynicism Or Spiritual Bypass?
Written by Marie T. Russell, InnerSelf
There are numerous things that make our life "work" for us. Some of these are things we learned along the way. And of course, there are things that make our life "not work so well". One thing that has worked for me is persistence.
Article continues here: What Works For Me: Persistence
Written by Robert Jennings, InnerSelf.com
I was recently sent a slick piece of fossil-fuel-propaganda that was mostly full of half-truths to tell a lie. If nothing else, it does make one listen to arguments on possible needed limits to free speech. However, limiting access for venues of speech is a slippery slope, but so is damaging the public with untruths. Is it OK to tell lies for financial gain that harms the public?
Article continues here: The Un-united States Of America Part 2: The Storm Before The Storm
by Mark Blaskovich
Bacteria are everywhere, including in and on our bodies. There are estimated to be as many bacteria in a human body as…
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by Constantine Passaris
Throughout the ages, Greece has created an inspiring legacy in the arts and culture. Renowned Greek philosophers…
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by Liz Entman
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by Gabrielle Torre
Normal aging comes with many changes in brain structure and function. As individuals approach the age of 65 years and…
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by Kathryn Powley
New research finds an association between some popular heartburn treatments and iron deficiency. Heartburn is a symptom…
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by Tariq Ali, Dabo Guan, and Wei Xei
The price of beer could double under unchecked climate change, as droughts and extreme temperatures cause barley yields…
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by Leanne Rowlands
Take the following scenario. You are nearing the end of a busy day at work, when a comment from your boss diminishes…
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by Ruth Itzhaki
More than 30m people worldwide suffer from Alzheimer’s disease – the most common form of dementia. Unfortunately, there…
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by Edward A. Johnson
As a clinical psychologist and educator, I am often asked to recommend a psychotherapist for people in need. These…
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by Viktoria Mileva and Juan David Leongómez
Picture Morgan Freeman, Donald Trump or Margaret Thatcher. Most likely you can hear their voices in your mind, and the…
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by Eleanor Morgan
Eight schools in London have closed this month because of an infestation of spiders. The schools reported that they...
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by Miki Agrawal
So when you’re looking at bringing partners on, whether it’s investment partners, whether it’s business partners, like…
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by Amy Jeter
New research suggests better results when people with serious diseases discuss their end-of-life decisions with a…
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by Danny Thorogood
It’s been a good year for apples. Across Europe the apple harvest is the biggest it has been for a decade. But the…
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by Michael L. Millenson
The heart rate monitor built into the new Apple Watch has sparked sharp debate over its risks and benefits, even though…
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by Hannah Hickey
Despite overall lower levels of harmful emissions from power plants and vehicles throughout the year, winter air…
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by Geraint Osborne
Weed, pot, grass, marijuana — or cannabis to use the proper terminology — is now legal in Canada, after 95 years of…
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by Kathleen Riach and Gavin Jack
For many, menopause conjures up feelings of embarrassment, hot flashes, mood swings and sleep disturbance. It doesn’t…
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by Ahmed Elgamma
With AI becoming incorporated into more aspects of our daily lives, from writing to driving, it’s only natural that…
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by Stephanie Lake and M-J Milloy
The legalization of cannabis for adult use in Canada is one of the biggest national public policy shifts that many of…
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by Christine Calder
A yawn consists of an extended gaping of the mouth followed by a more rapid closure. In mammals and birds, a long…
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by Daniel Goleman
Since I started writing about and researching emotional intelligence in business, I found that data in support of it…
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by Katherine Gombay
There is less fighting among young people in countries where there is a complete ban on all corporal punishment of…
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by Natalie Parletta
Edible wild greens could help improve food security, boost public health and make communities more resilient to…
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by Lucy M Davies and Lynn Newton
When you think about creativity, it might be highly creative people like Mozart, Da Vinci or Einstein who spring to…
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by David Prologo
“Exercise isn’t really important for weight loss” has become a popular sentiment in the weight loss community. “It’s…
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by Michael Flood
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by Cathy Daly, Jane Downes, and William Megarry
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by Robert Sapolsky
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by Amalio Telenti
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by Peter Dreier
An unsung shero of the early 20th century, Rose Schneiderman organized women to fight for laws to protect them from…
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by Robert Diab
Hardly a week goes by without news of another data breach at a large corporation affecting millions, most recently…
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by Jeff Mulhollem
Chewing gum may be an effective delivery system for some vitamins, according the new research. Nearly 15 percent of all…
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by Klemens Kappel
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by Eleftherios Soleas
Ancient innovators were poets, thinkers, artisans and scientists, not business owners. The classical Greek philosopher…
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by Misty Adoniou
English spelling has a reputation for being illogical and chaotic. What’s going on with yacht, and why the W in two?…
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by Indu Vibha Meddegama
Humans have been migrating since prehistoric times – moving within and beyond geographical borders – in search of food…
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by Sandy Brian Hager
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by Carol Newall and Rick Richardson
The film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind pitched an interesting premise: what if we could erase unwanted memories…
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by Nazeem Muhajarine and Daphne McRae
Women who are marginalized by poverty may be reaping the greatest benefits from midwifery care. This is the finding of…
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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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