InnerSelf Newsletter: June 16, 2019

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This week we reflect on seeing things differently. While fear is pervasive in our world, and there may be "good reasons" to be fearful, there are also excellent reasons to look at things differently and transform our fear into solutions. I am reminded of the story of the "good and bad" experiences of a farmer... I'm sure you've heard one of its incarnations. The farmer's son breaks his leg... bad. However this leads to his being unable to be conscripted for the army... good. And the story continues with "bad" things really being "good" and vice versa...

Such is our situation with fear. While fear itself can be good (think of it leading you to run out of a burning building) it can also be bad when it accumulates and becomes a barrier to creating a happy life. Some of our fears, and possibly many of them, are simply in our heads. Yes, I know.. the old "it's all in your head" response. But, just think about it. The things we fear are "not real" as they are in a potential future... they have not happened... and if they have happened, it may be to someone else, not to us. But we fear them anyway. However, if like attracts like, then we become a magnet for the things we fear. Definitely not something we would consciously choose.

So this week, we take a look at seeing things differently, and at various ways to deal with fear and transform it. Carla Marie Manly starts us off with a revolutionary perspective in "Fear Makes a Much Better Friend Than Enemy". Then James Creighton introduces the concept of "Reframing: Seeking Out New Ways Of Perceiving Reality". Alan Watts speaks of "The Problem of Opposites and The Fear of Fear" and Robert T. London, MD, presents tools we can use in "Fear and Phobias: How to Face Them and Diffuse Them".

Sometimes our fear is not of a concrete thing happening, but more about a goal we have or a step we wish to take. We have dreams for our future, and sometimes fear prevents us from taking the necessary steps to attain those goals. Read about this in "The Three Apes and Three Core Human Needs: Safety, Satisfaction, and Connection". And we may also have a fear for the future of the planet which is, unfortunately, well-founded. However, we can empower ourselves and make a difference by stepping past the fear, as shared by Eileen Campbell in "Mending The World: Coming Together To Overcome The Darkness". This last article (Mending the World) also features a TED Talk video of Pope Francis speaking (it has English subtitles) about "The Future of You" -- a very inspiring video for anyone, regardless of religion.

Please scroll down for the featured articles in this new issue of InnerSelf, and also the recap of all the articles that were added to the website during the week.

Wishing you enjoyable insightful reading, and of course a wonder-full, joy-full, and loving week.

Marie T. Russell
editor/publisher,
InnerSelf.com
"New Attitudes...New Possibilities"


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NEW ARTICLES THIS WEEK


Fear Makes a Much Better Friend Than Enemy

Written by Carla Marie Manly

Fear Makes a Much Better Friend Than Enemy

I want you to throw away your preconceived notions of fear, along with any particular opinions of anxiety and its causes. In doing so, in opening your mind and your spirit to what might be an entirely new way of thinking and of being, you will embark upon the most challenging, illuminating, and richly satisfying journey of your life.


Reframing: Seeking Out New Ways Of Perceiving Reality

Written by James Creighton

Reframing: Seeking Out New Ways Of Perceiving Reality

We make meaning in the world around us by taking a limited number of external facts and interpreting them. Our interpretations are based on the frames of personal experience, the roles we play, and family dynamics.


The Problem of Opposites and The Fear of Fear

Written by Alan Watts

The Problem of Opposites and The Fear of Fear

Love and fear or like and dislike, a pair of opposites, are mutually essential components of the faculty of feeling, for who does not fear neither loves nor feels. But note the term original fear. Man’s difficulty is that his fear is seldom original; it is once or many times removed from originality, being not just simple fear but the fear of being afraid.


Fear and Phobias: How to Face Them and Diffuse Them

Written by Robert T. London, M.D.

Fear and Phobias: How to Face Them and Diffuse Them

Don’t drive into the tunnel ... The dog’s going to bite ... Patients have described their phobias to me as walking around with the devil on their shoulder or a voice inside their head that just won’t stop. Wheth­er temporarily self-defeating or utterly crippling, phobias can get hold of us and seem to take over.


The Three Apes and Three Core Human Needs: Safety, Satisfaction, and Connection

Written by Marc Lesser

The Three Apes and Three Core Human Needs: Safety, Satisfaction, and Connection

I have always found it interesting and surprising that in Joseph Campbell’s model of the hero’s journey, the second stage after “the calling” is “refusing the call.” In stories, the hero will get a clear calling but then immediately be filled with doubt, hes­itation, or outright fear.


Mending The World: Coming Together To Overcome The Darkness

Written by Eileen Campbell

Mending The World: Coming Together To Overcome The Darkness

The future, with all its upheavals, may seem cha­otic and threatening, but it is also in our hands. We create the future—each one of us—in how we live our lives and with the choices we make. With hope and inspiration as a catalyst, we can act to help mend, restore, and transform our world.


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by Natalie Parletta

According to the World Health Organisation, iron deficiency – a condition where your body doesn’t have enough of the…


How To Handle Raccoons, Snakes And Other Critters In Your Yard

How To Handle Raccoons, Snakes And Other Critters In Your Yard

by Leslie Burger

I heard a local story of a man who, in his excitement to kill a rattlesnake, used the only thing he had available ─ his…


A Vegan Meat Revolution Is Coming To Global Fast Food Chains – And It Could Help Save The Planet

A Vegan Meat Revolution Is Coming To Global Fast Food Chains – And It Could Help Save The Planet

by Malte Rödl

A few years ago, convincing meat-free “meat” was nothing more than a distant dream for most consumers.


Deep Sea Carbon Reservoirs Once Superheated The Earth – Could It Happen Again?

Deep Sea Carbon Reservoirs Once Superheated The Earth – Could It Happen Again?

by Lowell D. Stott

As concern grows over human-induced climate change, many scientists are looking back through Earth’s history to events…


Spending Two Hours A Week In Nature Is Linked To Better Health And Well-being

Spending Two Hours A Week In Nature Is Linked To Better Health And Well-being

by Mathew White

The idea that spending recreational time in natural settings is good for our health and wellbeing is hardly new.


How Climbing Trees And Making Dens Can Help Children Develop Resilience

How Climbing Trees And Making Dens Can Help Children Develop Resilience

by Janine Coates and Helena Pimlott-Wilson

Despite all the research that tells parents how good it is for their children to spend time playing outside, they are…


How To Feed A Growing Population Healthy Food Without Ruining The Planet

How To Feed A Growing Population Healthy Food Without Ruining The Planet

by Alessandro R Demaio, et al

If we’re serious about feeding the world’s growing population healthy food, and not ruining the planet, we need to get…


How To Get Kids To Eat Healthy Food

How To Get Kids To Eat Healthy Food

by Natalie Parletta

Hippocrates said circa 400BC that “food should be our medicine and medicine should be our food”.


Are Brain Games Helpful?

Are Brain Games Helpful?

by Walter Boot

You’ve probably seen ads for apps promising to make you smarter in just a few minutes a day. Hundreds of so-called…


The Struggle To Find Silence In The Ancient Monastic World And Now

The Struggle To Find Silence In The Ancient Monastic World And Now

by Haines-Eitzen

In our contemporary world, noise pollution has reached dangerous levels. The World Health Organization has argued that…


What Orwell's '1984' Tells Us About Today's World, 70 Years After It Was Published

What Orwell's '1984' Tells Us About Today's World, 70 Years After It Was Published

by Stephen Groening

Seventy years ago, Eric Blair, writing under a pseudonym George Orwell, published “1984,” now generally considered a…


What Food Label Nutrition Facts Don't Tell You About Your Gut Microbes

What Food Label Nutrition Facts Don't Tell You About Your Gut Microbes

by Abigail Johnson

It seems like every day a new study is published that links the bacteria in the gut to a specific disease or health…


Does Hitting The Snooze Button Really Help You Feel Better?

Does Hitting The Snooze Button Really Help You Feel Better?

by Steven Bender

To sleep or to snooze? You probably know the answer, but you don’t prefer it. Most of us probably use the snooze…


How Driverless Cars Are Going To Disrupt The Airline Industry

How Driverless Cars Could Disrupt The Airline Industry

by Stephen Rice and Scott Winter

As driverless cars become more capable and more common, they will change people’s travel habits not only around their…


What We Found When We Tested Baby Food In South Africa

What We Found When We Tested Baby Food In South Africa

by Karen Hofman, and Nicola Christofides

South Africa has the highest rates of childhood obesity in the world, with an alarming figure of 13%.


How The Good Guy With A Gun Became A Deadly American Fantasy

How The Good Guy With A Gun Became A Deadly American Fantasy

by Susanna Lee

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The Question You Should Never Ask Women – Period

The Question You Should Never Ask Women

by Melissa K. Ochoa

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As a plant biologist I have spent a long time interested in what makes plants salt tolerant. Some plants can grow and…


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Who Are The 1 In 4 American Women Who Choose Abortion?

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The Kakadu Plum Is An International Superfood Thousands Of Years In The Making

by Gregory John Leach

The Kakadu Plum fruiting season in the Top End in Australia is just finishing. Over one weekend, I was able to find a…


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How Do You Prepare For A Job Interview When You Have A Criminal Record?

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Sharing Profits And Ownership With Workers Not Only Make Them Happier, It Benefits The Bottom Line Too

Sharing Profits And Ownership With Workers Not Only Make Them Happier, It Benefits The Bottom Line Too

by Joseph Blasi, et al

Near-record low unemploymenthas companies fumbling to find the best ways to recruit and retain workers. Our research…


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The Tasty Weed-Like Desert Raisin Plant

by Dr Angela Pattison

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There Are Thousands Of Excess Deaths From Popular Heartburn Drugs

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When Teaching Kids About Money, Teach Them About Giving

by Alexis Blue

One of the most valuable lessons parents can teach their children about money might be how to give it away.


Synthetic CBD Can Treat Seizures According To New Research

Synthetic CBD Can Treat Seizures According To New Research

by Andy Fell

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Does Traditional Chinese Medicine Have A Place In The Health System?

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Do I Need To Shave My Pubic Hair Before Having Sex?

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Do you need to shave your pubic area before having sex?


The Challenges And Treatment Advances Of Pancreatic Cancer

The Challenges And Treatment Advances Of Pancreatic Cancer

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Shortly after her divorce from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos became final, MacKenzie Bezos promised to give at least half…


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Many people seek complementary treatments for various ailments. Perhaps herbal remedies to cure a cold, or acupuncture…


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Does Air Pollution Causes Birth Defects and Fetal Death

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InnerSelf Newsletter: June 16

Robert Reich: Why Unions Matter to You

by Robert Reich

Robert Reich explains why labor unions impact the middle class and raise wages.


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To Tackle Climate Change, Immigration And Threats To Democracy, Europe's Fractious New Parliament Will Have To Work Together

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Astrological Journal for the Week

Written by Pam Younghans

Horoscope Week: June 17 - June 23, 2019

Pam YounghansThis 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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