InnerSelf Newsletter: July 7, 2019

InnerSelf Newsletter: July 7, 2019Image by Arek Socha

Welcome... Our InnerSelf welcomes your inner self.

Our first featured article this week asks the question: where do we go from here? Good question, and one we need to ask ourselves daily, if not every moment of every day.

We've perhaps become too complacent with our lives... things have been running somewhat smoothly... not perfectly mind you, but "good enough" so that we haven't been inspired to make big changes. But we are now starting to realize that we we are perhaps on a train that was going smoothly but headed to the wrong destination.

Our first featured article "Humanity and The Money Game... Where Do We Go From Here? is the first chapter of Eileen Workman's book, Sacred Economics. Now those two words, sacred and economics, have not been used jointly in a long time, if ever. And that's part of the "wrong track" we've been on. For too long, we have split our lives in two... the "business" or "job" part, and then the "personal" or "spiritual"  part. As if we are two separate persons, and what one does during the day at work has nothing to do with who "really" we are.

Our second featured article, "The Power of Women: Healing The World With Feminine Energy", continues us on the exploration of the "wrong track" we've been on. Feminine energy has been denigrated for centuries (or is it millennia?). This energy resides in both men and women -- it is the creative side, the nurturing aspect, the loving and caring energy... definitely not the dog eat dog side of us. This is another road that needs a new direction, or perhaps where we open a new door to a different way of being. We are now realizing that "the end justifies the means" approach is not the one that best serves humanity and the planet.

Even in our perception of relationships and soulmates, we have had a "restricted" perception. Barry Vissell shares a more spiritual viewpoint of soulmates in his article, "Saints and Soulmates: Francis and Clare of Assisi".

So... the question remains... where do we go from here? Some might say we need to become introspective and listen within. This is true, yet we must also balance that with the external path of taking action. Inspiration without action is nothing. Good intentions without good deeds are empty. We are reminded, in our 4th featured article, that "Meditation Is Only The First Step".

A lot of our personal as well as our society's problems are rooted in patterns or ingrained behaviors. Dr. Michael Cotton informs us, in "Your Stone Age Brain Is Eating You Alive", that our behavior patterns date back to the Paleolithic era. We are still running on automatic pilot and letting our primitive brain, with its primal survival mechanism, make our decisions for us.

So where DO we go from here? Our final featured article, "Finding Your People and Building Your Community", recommends finding and joining with others who will support your highest vision of yourself and of the world. We don't have to "go it alone". While it takes "two to tango" it may take a whole village to heal our lives, and our planet. 

We need to gain clarity as to where we've beem headed, and then change direction as needed. We may have to course-correct numerous times along the way, and that's OK. They say the first step is the hardest... but when we know that there are others "out there" who are also choosing a better future, a better reality, and a better outcome, it may give us the strength we need to also take that first step, and then the next, and the next.

You are not alone in your journey... many are walking along with you whether you are aware of them or not. We are all on a quest, seeking to create a better world, one where harmony and balance and love are the ruling energies. And it starts with each one of us... So, I invite you to ask yourself... where do I go from here?

Please scroll down to read the featured articles in this new issue of InnerSelf, and also to find 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, loving, and purpose-full week.

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


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NEW ARTICLES and VIDEOS THIS WEEK

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Humanity and The Money Game... Where Do We Go From Here?

Written by Eileen Workman

Humanity and The Money Game... Where Do We Go From Here?

At this stage of the money game we’re operating under an “every man for himself” style of play. We’re taught that the end justifies the means, that it’s a dog-eat-dog reality, that might makes right and it’s a winner-take-all kind of world. We’re taught that winners never quit and quitters never win, and that only the strongest and fittest among us survive.


The Power of Women: Healing The World With Feminine Energy

Written by Lee Harris

The Power of Women: Healing The World With Feminine Energy

The world will come into balance through the leadership of women. It will come back into balance the more the feminine energies are allowed to be, with­out censorship or limitation. This will also occur as men come to fully understand the divine feminine and reclaim this power for themselves.


Saints and Soulmates: Francis and Clare of Assisi

Written by Barry Vissell

Saints and Soulmates: Francis and Clare of Assisi

As we write in The Shared Heart, "The real soulmate is a state of consciousness, not a person." That being said, there can also be an outer soulmate, or life partner, an ancient connection with another soul where the primary purpose is serving together, blessing the earth together, more than simply loving one another.


Meditation Is Only The First Step

Written by Dr. Miguel Farias and Dr. Catherine Wikholm

Meditation Is Only The First Step

A Benedictine monk had used almost exactly the same words as a Hindu ascetic – Swami Ambikananda had also mentioned that we could meditate for 22 hours a day but that during those two remaining hours all kinds of un-enlightened selfish actions were possible. (It also brought to mind a prisoner I’d met who told me that he had been a Buddhist for years and meditated daily – but was nevertheless in prison for recently committing a violent armed robbery.)


Your Stone Age Brain Is Eating You Alive

Written by Michael Cotton, D.C.

Your Stone Age Brain Is Eating You Alive

Unlike the Paleolithic woman, the 21st-century human has a higher brain designed for transcendence. Newer areas of her brain, when awakened, can fill her with gratitude and awe and wonder at this marvelous world. However, her new brain is rarely if ever awake because the unconscious lower brain that is trying to unconsciously protect her from falsely perceived danger in her world, is eating her alive!


Finding Your People and Building Your Community

Written by Kourtney Whitehead

Finding Your People and Building Your Community

Living our beliefs and working whole will reveal who we truly are to the world. It will naturally attract the people that should be in our community. Yet, one of the hardest parts of building community is finding the space to let new people into our lives and letting others leave or play a diminished role.


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Written by Pam Younghans

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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

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