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This week we examine thoughts... We start with Alan Cohen and "Puppy Pregnancy Syndrome: The Witch Doctor’s Secret" which recounts an interesting anecdote about beliefs (thoughts). We continue with Sandy Newbigging and "The Safe Place: Why The Present Is A Place Of Peace " in which he relates some of his childhood beliefs/fears/thoughts and how he broke free of them.
Sarah Varcas shares some info about the upcoming partial Lunar eclipse ("Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn: A Time of Reckoning") and write "This eclipse signifies a time of reckoning: for personal relationships, political movements and global alliances." All of these areas of our life, whether personal or global, are affected/reflected in and by our thoughts/fears/beliefs. In a time of reckoning or consequences, our thoughts are of major importance so we can remain steadfast in faith and purpose in creating the life we desire, and the healing of the planet.
Now in case you're thinking that we are saying that thoughts are "bad" and need to be eradicated (we're not), you'll gain a new perspective in "Outgrowing Escapism: Mental Quiet Alone Is Not Enough." While peace of mind is definitely a worthy goal, we also need to focus on creating/taking action and adjusting our thoughts accordingly to move forward and not just remain at a standstill.
Our next featured author, Gwilda Wiyaka, asks: are we at "The End of Days? or the Beginning of the Next Cycle?" And while the answer is, of course, the "next cycle", Gwilda presents some interesting information about the Mayan calendar and the cycles of life.
Perhaps one of the "worse" thoughts/beliefs that has afflicted mankind is the one of separation... that we are separate from each other, from Nature, divinity, and the All That Is. Mark Coleman shares some powerful thoughts/insights in "Separation Is An Illusion: We’re All in This Together".
We then round off this new issue of InnerSelf with a short article by Dena Merriam ("The Meaning of Life: Evolving Into Love") to help us transcend the thoughts of limitation, doubt, fear, separation, etc. and move into the ultimate thought/goal of living in a state of Love.
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And perhaps Pam Younghans, in this week's Astrological Journal, recaps it best when she states: "The world needs our hearts, but it also needs our strength—and our light." So please remember, your thoughts/mind energy/strength are needed, as are your hearts/light/loving energy. We are all in this together!
Please scroll down for the aforementioned featured articles in this week's issue of InnerSelf, and also for all of the new articles, on a variety of topics, 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
"New Attitudes...New Possibilities"
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Written by Alan Cohen
The dynamic behind Puppy Pregnancy Syndrome illustrates what A Course in Miracles describes as “magic,” the belief that material things outside of us can hurt us or heal us. The Course takes a firm stand that our pain and healing are more a function of our thoughts than physical causes.
Written by Sandy C. Newbigging
I would often say that I felt there was a party happening somewhere, but I wasn’t invited. Can you relate to that feeling? When with other people, I would pretend to be happy. I would pretend to have a good time. But inside, I felt a separation and a sadness that I couldn’t shake off. In short, I always felt I was missing out...
Written by Sarah Varcas
The lunar eclipse takes place in the 25th degree of Capricorn on 16 July, 2019. Occurring less than two degrees away from the point of the Saturn/Pluto conjunction in January 2020, it augurs approaching changes and gives us an opportunity to get ahead of the game!
Written by Paul Brunton
Mysticism has been associated in the popular mind mostly with monasteries, retreats, ashrams, caves, and similar places where novices and would-be yogis foregathered. Thus it came to be looked upon as a way of escape from the domestic difficulties, business troubles, and emotional disappointments that seem so inseparable from human existence.
Written by Gwilda Wiyaka
We are coming into a time when the old method of taking the events of the past, superimposing them on the present, and making a rerun out of the future is failing. While this pattern is familiar and comfortable, it is also increasingly dysfunctional, as it ignores life’s cyclic nature. Although it is not always evident, life actually operates as a spiral.
Written by Mark Coleman
Our brain creates a perceptual illusion of separation, which we tend to believe most of the time. We see ourselves as separate individuals, and we carve up reality into dualities: this and that, self and other, us and them. This misperception feeds a sense of disconnection. We can look out across a sea of people in a busy city street or at a party and feel alone, isolated, as if we existed separately from others and even from life.
Written by Dena Merriam
We each enter life with desires, goals, and challenges to overcome, and we choose birth conditions that will best help us meet these objectives. Arriving with dreams from the past that are seeking fulfillment, we find meaning as we are able to satisfy these karmic imperatives from the past, through relationship, work, artistic endeavor, etc.
by Olivia Norfolk
The joy of being immersed in a meadow – surrounded by the fluttering of butterflies, the chirping of crickets and the…
by Tyler Marshall and Jonathan N. Stea
Hyperbole can be rampant in health news, particularly with respect to cannabis. One recent headline declared: “CBD is…
by Steve Portugal
For most animals, the structure of their day – and indeed their year – depends on the light-dark cycle. These regular…
by Neil Schoenherr
Efforts to decrease gender inequality, such as tuition-free primary education and paid parental leave, transform norms…
by Caitlin Vincent
In the first act of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s musical A Little Night Music, the long-suffering Countess…
by Mona Kasra
It can be hard to tell whether a picture is real. Consider, as the participants in our recent research did, these two…
by Natasha Ellison
Getting out into nature may seem a world away from a maths classroom. But the beauty that surrounds us has order – and…
by Josefine Hirschfeld
Most people use toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss to clean their teeth, but their use is by no means universal.…
by Andrew Carey
Researchers from the University of Nottingham in the UK recently published a study in the journal Scientific Reports…
by Christian-Georges Schwentzel
When the film Wonder Woman was released, it joined the blockbuster ranks of other comic book-inspired film franchises…
by Matt Curnock and Scott Heron
Media coverage of mass coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef may have been a major tipping point for public…
by Vanessa McMains
Intelligence and education may offer a cognitive “head start” that could keep the minds of people with Alzheimer’s…
by Jennifer D. Adams and Pieranna Pieroni
Iris, a high school student in New York City, took a course aimed at preparing public school students for college.
by Scott Lear
With a kilometre to go, triathlete Sarah True was pulled from the 2019 Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt,…
by Sara Zadrozny
The global anti-ageing market is worth at least $250 billion – an astonishing amount, and it’s growing.
by Myrto Mantziara
Our behaviour is largely tied to how well we control, organise and carry out movements in the correct order.
by Samuel Lengen
New proposed legislation by U.S. senators Mark R. Warner and Josh Hawley seeks to protect privacy by forcing tech…
by Stephen Mattarollo and Michael Nissen
It’s difficult not to get stressed in our fast-paced lives. Whether you’re working overtime, battling exams, or caring…
by Gery Karantzas
If you listen to any number of love songs, dating “experts”, or plunge head first into a romance novel, you’re likely…
by Glen Jankowski
Over recent years, “body dissatisfaction” – or shame about one’s appearance – has been on the rise in men.
by Michelle Sheehan
According to a recent survey co-ordinated by the European Commission 80% of European 15-30 year olds can read and write…
by Weiko Lin
Marvel’s “Shang-Chi” – the studio’s first Asian superhero movie – is a sign of the times.
by Liang Ma and Runing Ye
In Australia, more than 9 million people commute to work every weekday.
by Christoph Schumacher
New Zealand’s first “well-being budget” has landed, prioritising well-being over economic growth. So how is it…
by Jason Alexandra
Greening our cities has become one of the great global imperatives of the 21st century including to tackle climate…
by Park Thaichon, et al
We live in a society in which people are trying to do more each day. Both work and life are worthy competitors for time.
by Gemma Paech
The amount of sleep adults need has once again come under the spotlight, with a recent Wall Street Journal article…
by Alyce Wilson, et al
More than 90% of Australian women start breastfeeding soon after the birth of their baby, but only 15% are exclusively…
by Kyla Tienhaara
“Coal is dead.” These are not the words of a Greenpeace activist or left-wing politician, but of Jim Barry, the global…
by Onno van der Groen
Like to work in a noisy environment while your colleague prefers silence? It could be your brain is simply less “noisy”…
by Joanne Demmler and Sinead Brophy
More than 1.6m people in the UK alone are estimated to have an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia.
by Deborah Talmi
Do you remember your first kiss? What about your grandma dying? Chances are you do, and that’s because emotional…
by Isang Awah
Not every child is a bookworm, but research shows that developing a love of reading early in life can provide many…
by Michael J. Socolow
Mad Magazine is on life support. In April 2018, it launched a reboot, jokingly calling it its “first issue.” Now the…
by Yoga With Adriene
Our Yoga For Weight Loss series continues with this 31-minute warming practice that invites you to focus on the power…
by Michael Pollan
Why did government officials stop psychedelics from reaching mainstream culture?
by Michael Hamm
There are serious challenges to global food supply everywhere we look.
by P.K. Newby
Do you feel like nutritionists are always changing their minds? Do you want science-based information about diet but…
by Gabriela Tavella and Gordon Parker
Feeling “burnt out” is a pretty common phrase in daily parlance, but we’re starting to learn more about its longer-term…
by Sonia Fernandez
New research offers a hard link between reforestation of marginal, degraded, or abandoned agricultural land and…
by Brave New Films
California’s punishment economy is booming. Every year, state taxpayers spend $20 billion to punish people. That’s more…
Written by Pam Younghans
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