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One of my favorite occurrences in life is the synchronicity that takes place in the Universe. Sometimes it's in the timing of things, at other times it's the "coincidental" repeating of a message that is presented to us. And the articles coming together for the weekly InnerSelf newsletter are part of that synchronicity. The articles flow together from various sources, adding a new perspective to the topic.
And as the articles come to life, so does the theme. As opposed to more "traditional" magazines where the theme is selected months ahead of time, and people must adhere to that topic, with InnerSelf, the theme comes together as the articles come together. This week we reflect on perception... how we perceive things, how we perceive reality... The "last article" I prepared this week, though it's the first one in the newsletter. is "Perception Is Everything: Are You Seeing Things As They Really Are?". And just as I was done with that article, I received Pam Younghan's "Astrological Journal". The first paragraph of her column is this:
"EACH OF US has the capacity to use our minds as a tool for seeking truth. We have the ability to learn, to ponder the validity of the information we receive, to conceive of unique ideas, and to express our thoughts. In life, we are each charged with the tasks of objectively questioning our existence, of exploring a variety of ways to interpret our life experience, and of developing our own unique perspective on reality."
So the theme of the week, astrologically, is also focused on our perception of life... We each have our own perspective which can be influenced by people around us, people in our past, and by old patterns and memories from within our own self. The next featured article also questions our perception: "I Am More Than My Body: Stepping Out of The 'Real World' Illusion" followed with "Taking Charge of Our Health: Embodying 5D Consciousness".
Another area where it is extremely important to shift our perception is with our relationship to Earth. In an article entitled "Slowing Down and Waking Up to Earth" we read: "The idea that we are interconnected with all life on Earth is becoming common knowledge. We understand that we are part of the larger ecological systems on the planet. We know that these systems must come into balance to remain viable for much of life on Earth." Our relationship with our planet, and its inhabitants, is a major area that needs a change of perception.
Astrologer Sarah Varcas asks: "Whose Thoughts Are YOU Thinking?". Perhaps we need to make sure that we are not seeing reality through the distorted lens of the past, whether past generations or past experiences. The challenge is to be present in this moment and see things as they are, not necessarily as they appear to be or as we've learned to think they are.
We round up this week's featured articles with Barry Vissell's "Emotional-Spiritual Quarantine Survival Guide" which also suggests some changes in how we perceive our day to day life, and our relationships.
And of course, we have numerous additional articles on a variety of topics, all with the goal of assisting you in creating a more purposeful, healthy and joyful existence, whether you are experiencing this time in isolation or not, whatever your current reality looks like.
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
"New Attitudes...New Possibilities"
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NEW ARTICLES THIS WEEK
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Written by Jodie Jackson
The news acts as our eyes and our ears, with its reporters scouring the land to bring back stories – stories we rely on to help us make sense of the world we live in. But the stories they most often bring back focus on war, corruption, scandal, murder, famine and natural disasters. This creates a perception of the world that does not necessarily reflect reality.
Written by Jim Willis
Pinch yourself, for instance, and your body seems solid. Your senses insist this is the case. It seems to be an essential, irrevocable truth. But the plain facts of science, regardless of what normally seems so patently obvious, prove that your senses are deceiving you.
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Written by Judith Corvin-Blackburn
In her doctoral dissertation, Meredith Davis notes that “all discomfort in our lives, whether physical, mental, emotional or psychic, is the attempt of our Self to shift an energy pattern that is ready to be released on some level.”
Written by Elizabeth E. Meacham, Ph.D.
During the first decade of my eco-spiritual study and practice, my nature-based spiritual practices became an integral part of my healing. Lying on the Earth, immersing myself in rivers, meditating with rocks, I found safety and a sense of place within the web of the Earth community...
Written by Sarah Varcas
The North Node always points us in the direction of progress and fulfilment, revealing how to more deeply and fully occupy our humanity. It’s our guide into a bright future, but demands the sacrifice of familiarity for a more satisfying but challenging way.
Written by Barry Vissell
There has been a lot of emphasis on physical survival, which of course is important. The following points will help you survive emotionally and spiritually, but more importantly, to thrive, both as an individual and in your relationships.
by Ivan Koychev
The past three decades saw a dramatic improvement in our understanding of what brings about Alzheimer’s disease.
by Antone Martinho-Truswell
Please be seated. It’s dinner time in St Paul’s College, Sydney, where I’m dean and head of house at Graduate House.
by James Turner and John P Campbell
People around the world are staying at home as part of social distancing measures to limit the transmission of the…
by Cassandra Pattinson, et al
Getting a good night’s sleep can be difficult at the best of times. But it can be even harder when you’re anxious or…
by Julia J Rucklidge and Grant Schofield
This can feel like we have little control, but there are several evidence-based protective measures we can take in the…
by Ben Newell
Anxiety, depression, loneliness and stress are affecting our sleep patterns and how tired we feel.
by Ben Garlick
From Venetian canals running clear, to herds of goats roaming around Llandudno, Wales, there have been claims of…
by Lila Westreich
The first days of spring – brighter and warmer – are a biological trigger for female bees to wake up from hibernation…
by Dr Rosie Gibson
An interesting side effect of the coronavirus pandemic is the number of people who say they are having vivid dreams.
by Jeremy Rossman
The UK Paediatric Intensive Care Society sent out an alert on April 27 about an increase in cases of severe…
by Vivien Shaw and Isabelle Catherine Winder
Humans are intensely social creatures. We all need company and social contact. But for many of us, being at home for…
by Alice Elizabeth Wilson
Tiny houses have been heralded as a radical and creative way to address a lack of affordable housing, as well as…
by Diana Daly
The “anti-lockdown” and #Reopen protests in the U.S. have powerful and secretive backers, but there are real Americans…
by Jana Mohr Lone
When children raise uncomfortable questions or questions that seem to have no answers, adults tend to respond with…
by Jennifer Atkinson
During coronavirus lockdowns, gardens have served as an escape from feelings of alienation. Richard Bord/Getty Images…
by Andrew McMillan
One of the things you get asked most when people find out that you’re a poet is whether you can recommend something…
by Shauna Shames and Amy Atchison
Dystopian fiction is hot. Sales of George Orwell’s “1984” and Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” have skyrocketed…
by Darren Bradley
Suppose you are on a trial jury trying to decide whether the defendant is guilty. You are discussing the case with your…
by Jennifer Holm and Ann Kajander
In the COVID-19 pandemic, children are just as concerned as their parents about what is happening. The closure of…
by Tambri Housen, et al
As the coronavirus pandemic stretches on, a small proportion of Australians infected have now died, while most have…
by Jerilynn C. Prior
Intense and frequent night sweats zapped my vitality during perimenopause, the transition to menopause. I would wake in…
by Bobby Duffy and Daniel Allington
There remains near-universal backing for the coronavirus lockdown among the UK public. In our study, nine out of ten…
by Lena Ciric
For many of us, grocery shopping is when we will come into contact with the highest number of people during the…
by Prakash Nagarkatti and Mitzi Nagarkatti
Charles Darwin popularized the concept of survival of the fittest as a mechanism underlying the natural selection that…
by Jessica Myrick
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are working from home in close proximity to our human children or fur…
by David King and Chris Munn
As some 350,000 American churches and other houses of worship scramble to meet the spiritual and – increasingly…
by Peter C. Mancall
Policymakers are beginning to decide how to reopen the American economy. Until now, they’ve largely prioritized human…
by Carol Linnitt
Moments of social disruption are a valuable reminder that so much of what we take for granted — our sense of normalcy…
by Dirk Philipsen
Adam Smith had an elegant idea when addressing the notorious difficulty that humans face in trying to be smart…
by Joanne Dickso and Charlotte Hardman
Amid the global spread of COVID-19 we are witnessing an increased focus on gathering food and supplies.
by Krushil Watene
The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us our own well-being is intimately connected to other people and our natural…
by Elena Merenda and Nikki Martyn
COVID-19 has taken the world by storm and profoundly changed the lives of children and families. Children aren’t going…
by Steve Taylor
In 2005, a documentary called Into Great Silence was released, which portrayed life in a monastery in the French Alps.
by Danielle McCarthy
Over the last month there has been a dramatic transformation in our access to and the availability of food – along with…
by Matthew Smith
Many people are talking about universal basic income (UBI) these days. Giving everyone a guaranteed income could be the…
by Sandra M. Chafouleas
As a psychologist and the mother of two college-aged students, I am concerned about my children’s future emotional…
by Lyndal Collins
More time at home combined with supermarket shortages of essentials, has fostered the creativity of a whole new…
by Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett and Steven Howard
With governments around the world asking their citizens to avoid places, activities and gatherings to save lives, this…
by Meru Sheel, et al
Recent headlines have suggested COVID-19 can spread up to four metres, drawing into question the current advice to…
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.
OLDIES & GOODIES:
Sugar Addiction: A Refined Dependency on Sugar
by Brigitte Mars
Dark Night of the Soul: How To Traverse The Darkness Before the Dawn
by Jason Augustus Newcomb
Color Code Eating: A Way of Life and A Path to Health
by James A. Joseph, Ph.D. and Daniel A. Nadeau, M.D.
The Inner Journey: Seeing Through the Illusions
by Rich Rahn
Become AWARE of Pain: Accept and Change through Self-Suggestion
by Bruce N. Eimer, Ph.D., ABPP
Choosing An Astrologer: The How and Why
by Debra Burrell, C.S.W.
Are You Looking... or Seeing? Left Brain, Right Brain
by Roberto Kaplan
Using Basic Feng Shui for Your Health, Prosperity, and Happiness
by Terah Kathryn Collins
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