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This week we question reality, or at least what we think is reality. We ask: What if everything you think you know is wrong? We start with "Mission Not Accomplished: Doubting Everything You Think You Know" followed by "You Are More Than Your Sun Sign".
Things are not always what they seem, and things oftentimes have a purpose that is not visible to us at the time they occur. Joyce Vissell shares her experience of this in "The Pain of Rejection Brings a Gift". And if you're a fan of do lists and having your day planned out to the minute, you may get a whole new perspective of that reality by reading "Looking for Presence: What Is Catching Your Eye?".
While the events in our life and in our world may challenge us and leave us sometimes with more questions and doubts than answers, we need to keep the faith in the ultimate power of Good and the power of Love. Alan Cohen reminds us that "A Happy Outcome is Assured: One Day, Only Love Will Remain".
What we see around us is only one aspect of reality. I just read a book entitled: "Memories of Heaven: Children's Astounding Recollections of the Time Before They Came to Earth" by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer and Dee Garnes. I recommend it for a higher perspective on "life as we know it".
Perhaps we can gain strength in a quote from the bard:
"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy."
-- Hamlet (1.5.167-8), Hamlet to Horatio
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 Jeff Eisenberg
As a koan teaching tells us, “To touch the absolute is not yet enlightenment.” When these moments come, there is a tendency to think, “Aha, I’ve got it!” Yet, just as on one level this gratifying thought fills us with a sense of accomplishment and empowerment, on another level we can already feel it slipping away, as the moment passes...
Access the complete article here: Mission Not Accomplished: Doubting Everything You Think You Know
Written by Aliza Einhorn
To understand yourself and to understand everyone else using astrology, you must explore not only the sign the Sun is in but also Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. Every one of those planets (we call Sun and Moon “planets” in astrology) is also in one of the twelve signs.
Access the complete article here: You Are More Than Your Sun Sign
Written by Joyce Vissell
Rejection can hurt. Perhaps a person can be rejected by a friend, partner, boss, sibling, parent, co-worker, someone you work out with at the gym, or even your grown child. Scientists are discovering that the hurt of rejection can be actually recorded within your body.
Access the complete article here: The Pain of Rejection Brings a Gift
Written by Jacob Liberman, O.D., Ph.D.
I had a strong feeling that if I see it, it is my responsibility. I began wondering what would happen if I started responding to everything that caught my eye. So I began an around-the-clock practice that went like this: anything that entered my awareness became my responsibility, anything that was my responsibility I would attend to, and anything I attended to I would complete.
Access the complete article here: Looking for Presence: What Is Catching Your Eye?
Written by Alan Cohen
A Course in Miracles urges us to remember, “A happy outcome to all things is sure.” What a powerful affirmation to hold in mind when things seem to be going wrong! We all struggle with some relationships, and wonder if...
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by Alexander Koch, UCL, at al
While Europe was in the early days of the Renaissance, there were empires in the Americas sustaining more than 60m…
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by Paul Duprex
Measles is a highly contagious and sometimes deadly disease that spreads like wildfire in naive populations.
Access the complete article here: Why Measles Is So Deadly, And Why Vaccination Is So Vital
by Sophie Medlin
Many people will have had their fill of cheese, chocolate and meat over Christmas and have felt much more energised…
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by Mike Williams
Organized sports and physical activities aren’t enough to keep homeschoolers fit, research finds.
Access the complete article here: Team Sports Aren’t Enough Exercise For Homeschoolers
by Melissa Norberg and Jessica Grisham
A decomposed, mummified body of a man was recently found by forensic cleaners in a Sydney apartment.
Access the complete article here: When Possessions Are Poor Substitutes For People
by Peter Howley
For decades now, GDP has been the standard measure of a nation’s well-being. But it is becoming clear that an economic…
Access the complete article here: Why Air Pollution May Be Affecting How Happy You Are
by Jonathan Bennie
Satellite images of the earth provide a striking picture of our planet during the hours of darkness.
Access the complete article here: How To Restore Nature's Body Clock
by Esther Robards
People who exercise on a regular basis are more likely to eat healthier, too.
Access the complete article here: Starting To Exercise Might Make You Want Healthy Food
by Walter E. Fluker
Howard Thurman played an important role in the civil rights struggle as a key mentor to many leaders of the movement…
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by Mike Jeffries
Ponds are taken for granted. Perhaps it’s because most of us have seen them – and on occasion, fallen into them – and…
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by Amy Paine
Two siblings are playing on the living room floor. The girl, aged six, looks at her brother, and smiling, sings: “A, B…
Access the complete article here: How Joking Around With Your Brothers And Sisters Shapes Your Sense Of Humor
by Rima Wilkes and Howard Ramos
Racism isn’t new and will not go away. What is new is the interest in pointing it out and calling out its perpetrators…
Access the complete article here: Why The Media Loves The White Racist Story
by Sim K. Singhrao
For most people, teeth cleaning may just be a normal part of your daily routine. But what if the way you clean your…
Access the complete article here: Alzheimer's Is Linked To Gum Disease – But Bad Oral Health Is Not The Only Culprit
by A. Trevor Sutton
This past year, many people deleted their social media accounts following revelations about privacy violations on…
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by Chuck Finder
If an event is otherwise highly enjoyable, pausing to take photographs will detract from your enjoyment, research finds.
Access the complete article here: How Taking Photos Can Dull Your Fun Experiences
by Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò and Holly Jean Buck
Environmental activists are teaming up with fresh faces in Congress to advocate for a Green New Deal, a bundle of…
Access the complete article here: Why Capturing Carbon To Fight Climate Change Is Dividing Environmentalists
by Rachel Plotnick
All day every day, throughout the United States, people push buttons – on coffee makers, TV remote controls and even…
Access the complete article here: 5 Lessons About How And Why People Push Buttons
by Alexis Blue
Bigger dogs, with larger brains, perform better than smaller pups on certain measures of intelligence, new research…
Access the complete article here: Bigger Dogs Outdo Little Ones At This Intelligence Test
by Tim Spector and Jeff Leach
Breakfast, we are told, is the most important meal of the day. Over the last 50 years, we have been bombarded with…
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by Bruce Horovitz
It takes moxie to flip an unhealthy lifestyle to a healthy one — particularly for folks over 60.
Access the complete article here: Boot Camp After 60: 10 Steps To Turn Around Unhealthy Habits
by Tonia Novitz, et al
Don Lane’s employment contract for his work as a courier described him as an “independent contractor”. This meant he…
Access the complete article here: Why The Idea Of Good Work In A Gig Economy Remains A Distant Ideal
by Heather Swan
Nearly every summer’s day, I visit honeybees. Some days, I sit and watch them floating in and out the hive.
Access the complete article here: A Painful Lesson In Zen And The Art Of Honeybee Reverence
by Zach Y. Brown
Imagine there was a store where there were no prices on items, and you never knew what you’d pay until you’d picked out…
Access the complete article here: What Would Happen If Hospitals Openly Shared Their Prices?
by Charles Bell
When school officials suspend students, the idea is to maintain a safe environment and deter violence and other…
Access the complete article here: Why School Suspensions Don't Stop Violence
by Jennifer Francis
A record-breaking cold wave is sending literal shivers down the spines of millions of Americans. Temperatures across…
Access the complete article here: How Frigid Polar Vortex Blasts Are Connected To Global Warming
by Samuel Edward Jones
Do you prefer to rise early with the lark or stay up late with the owl? Your preference turns out to be partly decided…
Access the complete article here: What Makes You A Morning Or Night Person?
by Anjana Susarla
Anyone who’s watched “Bridget Jones’s Diary” knows one of her New Year’s resolutions is “Not go out every night but…
Access the complete article here: 3 Ways That Big Data Reveals What You Really Like To Watch, Read And Listen To
by Stephanie Chamberlain
For the first time in Canada’s history, more people are living alone or without children, according to the 2016 Census.…
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by Dillon Thomas Browne, et al
Researchers, doctors, public health officials and parents are all trying to make sense of the impact of screen time on…
Access the complete article here: How Screen Time Predicts Delays In Child Development
by Vincent Ho
Your trousers fit when you put them on in the morning. But come mid-afternoon, they’re uncomfortably tight – and you…
Access the complete article here: What Causes Bloating And Gassiness?
by Michele Gilman
A decade ago, on Jan. 29, 2009, newly inaugurated President Barack Obama signed his first bill into law: the Lilly…
Access the complete article here: Why Women Still Earn A Lot Less Than Men
by Rachel Chester
People with shoulder pain who expect physiotherapy to help them are likely to have a better recovery than those who…
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by Susan Walker
The way women have been advised to take the combined contraceptive pill for the last 60 years unnecessarily increases…
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by Brian Martin
The debate over climate change is relatively young while nuclear power and pesticides have been heated topics since the…
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by Nerys M Astbury
Meal-replacement diets, where some meals are replaced with soups, shakes or bars, have been making a comeback.
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by Joseph Reagle
There’s never been a shortage of dating advice from family, friends and self-help authors. Yet in the digital age…
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by Larisa Heiphetz
In the current polarized climate, it’s easy to find yourself in the midst of a political disagreement that morphs into…
Access the complete article here: How To Have Productive Disagreements About Politics And Religion
by Nicole Marie Allaire
On the internet, you can become anyone you want to – at least for a while. And though deception doesn’t fit well with…
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by Chris Stiff
Have your friends recently begun obsessively folding their t-shirts, or explaining how they have got rid of a book that…
Access the complete article here: A Psychologist Assesses The KonMari Method Of Tidying
by Kevin Mitchell
In the battle of nature versus nurture, nurture has a new recruit: epigenetics - brought in from molecular biology to…
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by Lisa McClain
This month marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark “Humanae Vitae,” Pope Paul VI’s strict prohibition against…
Access the complete article here: How The Catholic Church Came To Oppose Birth Control
by Neil Martin
Our muscles grow as a result of regular exercise and can waste away when not frequently or strenuously used, leading to…
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by Ofer Raban
The scope of financial crimes unearthed so far by state and federal authorities investigating President Trump and his…
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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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