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Perhaps our key message this week is recapped in the title of this article: "Embracing The World: Being In The World Without Rejecting It".
So many things in our world challenge us and we might, at first, choose to reject them or react with anger. Things like cancer, illness of any kind, fear, trauma, stress, death of a loved one, and a gazillion other challenges of earthly life. However, we are best served when we look for the message in these scenarios.
We can start by asking ourselves: "Why Did This (Symptom) Happen To Me?", and we also can choose to pay attention when "Our Body Communicates With Us Using Three Danger Signals".
There are also stories and patterns stored in old memories as we discover in "The Emotional Legacy of Injury and Trauma". We may have a tendency, due to our upbringing to look for someone to rescue us from our situation. However, it is important to empower ourselves by taking responsibility for our own lives as shared in "God Is Not Coming: It Is Human Beings Who Decide The Fate Of Humanity".
Our weekly theme is also explored in the current planetary energies, as revealed in this quote from the Astrological Journal:
"...the wound being revealed has to do with our ability to trust in the goodness of the Universe, and in Divine Compassion. When difficulties arise, when our minds cannot comprehend a tragedy, it can be challenging to accept that Love is actually the predominant force in the Universe. And yet, to respond with hate, fear, or apathy only increases that energy on the planet. This feeds the causative factors behind the tragedy, invoking the opposite of what we wish to have occur.
"So, Jupiter and Chiron are on a mission this week, to increase our capacity to heal our personal wounds of disillusionment and despair. By addressing this issue on an individual level, by holding the light in times of darkness, we are also healing humanity."
And we can comfort ourselves in knowing that "The Journey Always Continues: From Fear and Suicide to Loving with an Open Heart". Everything that happens to us, or around us, contains a message, a lesson, a gift. When we look for the blessing rather than judge, blame, and resist, we will find that our life progresses much more smoothly. Then, we can find ourselves in heaven on earth, rather than the hell that perhaps we think we are inhabiting.
And since this is the week of Halloween, we bring you some articles on the history of this holiday, as well as some reflections on why we are so attracted to all of its aspects, from dressing-up in costumes, to trick and trickster behavior, to frightening ourselves with haunted houses. etc. And of course, we have numerous additional articles on a variety of topics as well.
Scroll down for the links to the various new articles on InnerSelf.
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 Joseph Gallenberger, Ph.D.
One of the tools that I have used since its discovery in the first year after Pete’s death, is my image of my heart as a vast ocean, unable to be broken. Since its discovery, my heart is like water. If you come into my life, you’re enveloped completely, like a hand submerged in water. If you leave, the water goes back to complete, perhaps losing a drop. This idea...
Article is continued here: The Journey Always Continues: From Fear and Suicide to Loving with an Open Heart
Written by Michel Odoul
There are three main types of signals, three ways of experiencing these inner messages of distortion in the body: as nervous tension; as physical or psychological trauma; and as physical or psychological illness...
Article is continued here: Our Body Communicates With Us Using Three Danger Signals
Written by Cathy Thompson and Tara Thompson Lewis
Injury and any trauma that occur more or less simultaneously are connected by the illogical lower brain. For example, a baby doesn’t know, or reason, that the pain of a bitten lip isn’t caused by the adult who is holding her bottle, but is coincidental to it. Her young, magical, mythic mind, the dreaming part of the mind, makes relationships and patterns where none may actually exist...
Article is continued here: The Emotional Legacy of Injury and Trauma
Written by Martin Brofman
We can say that Type ‘A’ Behavior is a heart disease personality. Whatever might be seen as the physical cause of heart disease, it is acknowledged that this personality type is a consistent element. There is also a cancer personality, a near-sighted personality, an arthritis personality, etc.
Article is continued here: Why Did This Symptom Happen To Me?
Written by Les Jensen
Heaven and hell both exist on this planet today. This day. There is not some day in the future where our free agency to make any choices that we want will be locked down. Where there will be a judgment made, and some eternal status assigned to us. We will not be “assigned” a heaven or hell experience. It is us, the human beings, who decide the fate of humanity.
Article is continued here: God Is Not Coming: It Is Human Beings Who Decide The Fate Of Humanity
Written by Jason Gregory
The heart of Eastern wisdom teaches you to be naturally in the world without rejecting it. Many spiritual paths condemn and judge the world, as if they were enabling one to move beyond desires. But many fail to realize that they are desiring not to desire (a point that the Buddha understood).
Article is continued here: Embracing The World: Being In The World Without Rejecting It
by Matthew Biddle
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by Margee Kerr
John Carpenter’s iconic horror film “Halloween” celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Few horror movies have…
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by Angie Hunt
Researchers surveyed college students about their frequency of video game play, coping strategies, anxiety, and…
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by Jennifer Farrell
Flying through the skies on a broomstick, the popular image of a witch is as a predominantly female figure – so much so…
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by Paul Logothetis
In the wake of cannabis legalization in Canada, a team of scientists has delivered encouraging news for chronic pain…
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by Mollie Rappe
Just a few drinks changes how memories are formed at the fundamental, molecular level, according to a new study with…
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by Linus Owens
Halloween used to be kid stuff. To quit dressing up was an important rite of passage. It meant you were one step closer…
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by Tim Spector
Organic food is an over-hyped and overpriced fad, according to many people. But a recently published study which…
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by Jeffrey Craig and Susan L. Prescott
Have you ever wondered why you feel healthier and happier when you stroll through the trees or frolic by the sea? Is it…
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by Madhan Balasubramanian and Alexander Holden
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by James Cronin
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by Simon Kelly and Kathleen Riach
Halloween is now firmly part of the seasonal and consumer calendar – but, unlike other celebrations that promote…
Article is continued here: Halloween: Turning To The Supernatural To Work Through Our Anxieties
by Sharon Samiento
If you dread a day of rest from the digital world, then you probably need one. A secular sabbath is time away from your…
Article is continued here: How to Have a Secular Sabbath: Time Away from your Devices
by Garry Jennings
Research has found the incidence of heart attacks in a sample of more than one-quarter of a million people increased…
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by Tok Thompson
Halloween is a time when ghosts and spooky decorations are on public display, reminding us of the realm of the dead.…
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by Natalie Robertson, Anne-Marie Morrissey, and Elizabeth Rouse
Many families are deciding where to enrol their child in preschool or school. Preschools and schools offer various…
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by Melissa De Witte
Violent protests can undercut public support for popular causes, according to new research inspired by recent…
Article is continued here: Protesters Lose Public Support When They Get Violent
by Amy McCaig
Grief brought on by the loss of a spouse can cause inflammation that can lead to major depression, heart attack, and…
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by Meghan Henning
Although many of us now associate hell with Christianity, the idea of an afterlife existed much earlier. Greeks and…
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by Cassandra Huneke
Researchers have created an algorithm that analyzes social media posts to find linguistic markers for depression. In…
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by Matt Swayne
While outrage is generally considered a hurdle in the path to civil discourse, new research suggests…
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by Caroline Brooks
When it comes to offering your expertise, it’s better to keep it to yourself or wait until you’re asked, according to…
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by Terrence Sejnowski
The future won’t be made by either humans or machines alone – but by both, working together. Technologies modeled on…
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by Carol Clark
A new article offers a potential explanation as to why we take pleasure from the misfortune of other people, a feeling…
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by Cecilie Krabbe
Stimulating the body’s cold and nicotine receptors burns energy, suppresses appetite, and may lead to weight loss, a…
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by Sharon Goldfeld, et al
The international research is clear. Stimulating and positive environments early in life provide optimal foundations…
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by Chris Kempes and Van Savage
Talk to high-school students preparing for their science exams, and you’ll probably hear two things: that they’re…
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by Sophie Medlin
It’s easy to see where the claim that activated charcoal can detoxify the body comes from: it is used in emergency…
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by Elisa Bellott
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by Joseph J Fische
Two men regularly meet at a sex club, so that one (‘the top’) can fist the other (‘the bottom’). One night, the fisting…
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by Chris Mulherin
As an Anglican priest teaching in philosophy and in climate change at two universities, I am often asked about the…
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by Katie M. Clow
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by Shanta R. Dube
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by Steve Portugal
What would you like to study next year? The Bengal tiger, or the African water rat? It is an important question, for…
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by Stephen Stansfeld
The World Health Organization recently published its latest noise pollution guidelines for Europe. The guidelines…
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by Sarah Mitchell, Martin Clift and Shareen Doak
The number of adults currently using e-cigarettes in the UK is close to 2.9m, many of whom will have turned to the…
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by Jeanne Tie
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by David Coady
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by Anne Tiedemann and Cathie Sherrington
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by Kiran Trehan
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by Matthew Sharpe
The duelling sides in today’s cultural wars about “Western civilization” are united in one thing, at least - each is…
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by Imogen Rehm and Judith Stevenson
Nail-biting, nose-picking, mouth-chewing, skin-picking, hair-pulling – we all do some of them, some of the time. Some…
Article is continued here: When To Worry About Nail Biting, Skin Picking And Other Repetitive Behaviors
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
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