InnerSelf Newsletter: February 23, 2020

InnerSelf Newsletter: February 23, 2020
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In his first inaugural address, Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) said that the “only thing we have to fear is fear itself”: And this is still true today when fear, in its many facets, may be trying to stop us from taking action either for our own dreams, or to create a better world for all.

So tnis week we bring you articles dealing with fear, courage and awareness. The first step in healing or solving any problem is to be aware that there is a problem. And fear is a huge problem or stumbling-block that we all come across... whether we are dealing with fear of rejection (from people, jobs, self) or fear of disease (personal or planetary), or fear of everything falling apart (in our personal lives or in the world), or fear of not being good enough (in relationships or work), or whatever your particular fear is. However, if the fear stops us in our tracks and prevents us from moving forward, then fear has won -- rather than faith in yourself and others, self-confidence, and determination.

We start this week's offering with an excerpt from a new book by Anaiya Sophia, "Fierce Feminine Rising" (Jan. 2020): Getting The Courage To Show Up and Stand Your Ground. Of course, the feminine resides in both male and female, and fear has also taken hold in both,though possibly manifesting in different ways in each gender. Men may "act out" their fear via anger and aggression, whereas women might do so through a more "passive" behavior. This of course is a generalization, but the point is that, whichever way we feel or express fear, we all must use courage to move past it. Amy Fish, from her book "I'll Have Fries With That" (Oct. 2019), reminds us that "The Truth Can Be Scary: Admitting When You’re Wrong".

There are many methods to work with our fear. Sarah Mane, in her new book "Conscious Confidence" (Jan. 2020), shares about Moving Past The Fear Shadow's Comfort Zone To Discover Confidence and Inner Stillness. Some of our fear may be tied to our purpose... finding it, knowing it, living it, and Darren J. Gold offers in his book, "Master Your Code" (Sept. 2019), Six Essential Steps to Living on Purpose.

And of course, our fear can be connected to the state of the world and wondering what life is all about. Richard Smoley, in his book "A Theology of Love" (Sept. 2019), speaks to us about Meaning for a Meaningless World: Letting Go of Grievances.

Some of our grievances and resentments probably deal with the 3 Rs, in this case: Resistance, Relationships, and Religion. Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince, researchers into historical and religious mysteries, in their book "When God Had A Wife" (Dec. 2019), take a look at The "Us vs. Them" Monotheism and the #SheToo Comeback of the Goddess. And Robert Jennings, shines a light on the coming US election and our political situation, which also includes the aforementioned 3Rs, in his article, "Old Conservative White Men: Pass The Football To Someone Who Will Try To Score".

The thing for us to remember is that fear is not a physical thing. It is a thought or an emotion or possibly something projected onto us by the media, society, religion, etc.. Fear is not tangible and real. You can't see it, and you can't physically touch it. Remembering this can help us move past any fears that are holding us back, and give us the confidence to move ahead and create the life we wish to create for ourselves and for our beloved planet.

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
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Getting The Courage To Show Up and Stand Your Ground

Written by Anaiya Sophia

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Now is not the time for safe and credible creativity. Now is the time for new, edgy, and innovative ideas and experiments and creative, spiritual initiations that provide authentic and lasting growth.


The Truth Can Be Scary: Admitting When You’re Wrong

Written by Amy Fish

Admitting When You’re Wrong: The Truth Can Be Scary
How am I going to break them the news? This is not going to be easy. I will admit that I was wrong, but I decide to put it off until I get there, hoping that once they see our brave faces, some of the sting will be gone. I will bring it up after dinner but before...


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Moving Past The Fear Shadow's Comfort Zone To Discover Confidence and Inner Stillness

Written by Sarah Mane

Moving Past The Fear Shadow's Comfort Zone To Discover Inner Stillness
The transformation of our understanding occurs at the instant that wisdom illuminates the situation. The light immediately banishes mistaken understanding, and this dispels the shadow of fear without further effort. The light from the flashlight is the illumination of true and complete knowledge.


Six Essential Steps to Living on Purpose

Written by Darren J. Gold

Six Essential Steps to Living on Purpose
You came into this world with a gift, a calling. It is at the core of who you are. Yet, as you have gone through life, you likely added layer upon layer of material on top of your core, mostly to protect yourself. The protective layers are the rules of your program. Over time, these layers have likely obscured your unique gift or calling.


Meaning for a Meaningless World: Letting Go of Grievances

Written by Richard Smoley


Meaning for a Meaningless World: Letting Go of Grievances
From a conventional point of view, forgiveness is not only more powerful but more advantageous than many believe. Grievances are enormous obstacles to happiness and success. 


The "Us vs. Them" Monotheism and the #SheToo Comeback of the Goddess

Written by Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince

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For centuries the worship of just one God has been seen as the ultimate in religious sophistication, exemplifying the progress of civilization. But the most cursory glance at monotheism’s track record tells a very different story. The elevation of one God—and the rejection of all others—goes hand in hand with intolerance of outsiders or those with a different perspective...


Old Conservative White Men: Pass The Football To Someone Who Will Try To Score

Written by Robert Jennings, InnerSelf.com

Stories Of When Your Kids Make You Feel Old! | The Curls
We have had important US elections but this one in November 2020 is undoubtedly the most important. Why? America and the values by which it was created, and the world, are teetering on collapse


Looking For Love On A Dating App? You Might Be Falling For A Ghost
Looking For Love On A Dating App? You Might Be Falling For A Ghost

by Lisa Portolan

If you unpick the threads, you will quickly find much of the falling occurred in the mind. Many artefacts that go…


How Can I Help If My Child Is Being Too Clingy
How Can I Help If My Child Is Being Too Clingy

by Elizabeth Westrupp

Many parents complain of difficulties in managing clingy children – whether it’s a baby who cries every time the parent…


How Depression Memes May Be A Coping Mechanism For People With Mental Illness
How Depression Memes May Be A Coping Mechanism For People With Mental Illness

by Umair Akram

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How Iran's Millennials Are Grappling With Crippling US Sanctions
How Iran's Millennials Are Grappling With Crippling US Sanctions

by Manata Hashemi

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by Melanie Killen

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Why Meditation Can Help You Make Fewer Mistakes
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by Jeff Lin and Jason Moser

Meditation may offer a way to make you less prone to mistakes, researchers report.


What's The Point Of Rational Thought If Emotions Always Take Over?
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by Eyal Winter

Even the most emotional person uses rational thought when deciding, and even the most rational person is affected by…


Carbon Pricing May Be Overrated, If History Is Any Indication
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A common demand in discussions about climate change is to respect the science. This is appropriate. We should all be…


Mediterranean Diet Increases Gut Bacteria Linked To Healthy Ageing In Older Adults
Healthy Ageing In Older Adults Linked to Mediterranean Diet Increase of Gut Bacteria

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What Would Happen If We All Just Stopped Following Rules?
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We all feel the oppressive presence of rules, both written and unwritten – it’s practically a rule of life.


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Why Girls And Women Need More Time In Nature To Be Healthy

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by Scott Shackelford

Hacking into voting machines remains far too easy. The vulnerabilities are not just theoretical. They have been…


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Astrological Journal for the Week

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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

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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