InnerSelf Newsletter: September 6, 2020

InnerSelf Newsletter: September 6, 2020
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We see life through our own eyes, through the lenses of our own perception. Stephen R. Covey wrote: “We see the world, not as it is, but as we are──or, as we are conditioned to see it.” We often have a veil or covering over our eyes and we only see what we have been told to expect. It's the Wizard of Oz effect... but we must not be fooled by the man behind the curtain, of even by those in front of the curtain. We must learn to use our inner sight, the eyes of love, of intuition, and of recognizing the good. 

So this week, we take a look at some different ways of seeing life and events in our life. We start off with Alan Cohen who asks: "Which Movie About Life Are You Watching?" Then, Joanne DiMaggio takes us down memory lane in "Karmic Memory: Memory Triggers and Déjà Vu". Terri-Ann Russell shares her experience of connecting with her son after he died unexpectedly, in "I Didn't See It Coming! Messages from the Beyond." Barry Vissell takes us with him on a rafting trip and lets us see Nature and Love through his eyes in "Brother Rock and Sister River."

We also have various perceptions and expectations when dealing with disease and healing and Jerry Sargeant introduces us to "A Learning Curve – It’s Not Always What You Think." We then round off the featured articles of this week with Irene O'Garden's presentation and new vision of "The Pledge of Attention: A Visit to Lady Liberty."

All of these articles present a different way of seeing things, people, and beliefs. For us to "change the world", we must first change ourselves. And that starts, oftentimes, with changing how we see things and people. Our perceptions are based on a long history of experiences, and if they started with an erroneous assumption and we are still operating from that early belief and attitude, we need to readjust our perspective.

So this week, I encourage you to open your eyes and see things differently, to take off the blinders that have perhaps stopped you from seeing what really is... Many things are out of balance, from how we deal with each other to how we deal with Nature. It is all connected, and what affects you, or affects anyone else, affects me -- and vice versa. Even in the teachings of Jesus, it is stated very clearly:

"For I was hungry and you gave Me foodI was thirsty and you gave Me drink’ […] ‘Lordwhen did we see You hungry and feed Youor thirsty and give You drink?’ […] ‘AssuredlyI say to youinasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethrenyou did it to Me.’"

So the teaching of seeing the connection and the oneness is not new. It has always been, yet we now need to remember it and put it into practice if we want to create a better world for all. 

Please scroll down for the featured articles in this new issue of InnerSelf, and also 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, health-full, and loving week.


Marie T. Russell
editor/publisher,
InnerSelf.com
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Which Movie About Life Are You Watching?

Written by Alan Cohen

Which Movie Are You Watching?
Sitting on an airplane in flight, I was listening to an inspiring audio seminar on my iPod. Then the in-flight movie came on. Since I was in a bulkhead seat and the projection screen was just a few feet from me at eye level, it was almost impossible not to watch the movie. So I kept listening to the audio seminar with my ears and my mind, while the movie paraded before my eyes.


Karmic Memory: Memory Triggers and Déjà Vu

Written by Joanne DiMaggio

Karmic Memory: Memory Triggers and Déjà Vu
I grew up in a blue-collar neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. I had nothing in common with my family, let alone with my neighbors and classmates. I always felt alienated there, as if I were in a prison biding my time until my great escape. It never felt like home. But where was home?


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I Didn't See It Coming! Messages from the Beyond

Written by Terri-Ann Russell

I Didn't See It Coming! Messages from the Beyond
Soon after we found out Anthony had died I was showering and could hear him screaming at me... I’m OK, Ma! I’m OK! The shock hit me. A glass wall separated us and he was screaming for me to hear him.


Brother Rock and Sister River

Written by Barry Vissell

Brother Rock and Sister River
Day after day, I sink deeper into peace, absorbing all the many gifts nature has to offer. I sing more than ever. I write in my journal, sometimes composing songs. I talk with God and the angels, and try my best to hear their message for my life.


A Learning Curve – It’s Not Always What You Think

Written by Jerry Sargeant

A Learning Curve – It’s Not Always What You Think
When someone comes to me with a particular dis-ease or ailment, that they want to eliminate, my first feeling is to cure them – to relieve them of all pain. That isn’t always the case however. Sometimes the healing that takes place, within a certain human being, is not exactly the way you perceive it to be. Let me explain what I mean by this...


The Pledge of Attention: A Visit to Lady Liberty

Written by Irene O'Garden

The Pledge of Attention: A Visit to Lady Liberty
There she grows now, so tall, the tallest woman you have ever seen. Green goddess in the harbor, bearing light and knowledge. Her grotto is the open sky, the water is her shrine, appearing to the faithful with dignity divine. Grave and peaceful, calm and holy, she stands at the nation’s door.


How Retaking The Sat Could Get More Students To College

How Retaking The SAT Could Get More Students To College

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Why Political Ads Don’t Really Persuade Voters

Why Political Ads Don’t Really Persuade Voters

by Bess Connolly Martell

Regardless of content, context, or audience, political ads do little to persuade voters, according to a new study.


The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Pushing People Out Of Cities and Into The Countryside

The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Pushing People Out Of Cities and Into The Countryside

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Why Masks Are A Religious Issue

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Why Low and Alcohol-Free Beers Could Be Considered Health Drinks

Why Low and Alcohol-Free Beers Could Be Considered Health Drinks

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Labor Day Celebrates Earning A Living, But Remember What Work Really Means

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How Remote Work Visas Will Shape The Future Of Work, Travel And Citizenship

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Why Amazon Fires Trap Farmers Into Poverty and Into Setting More Fires

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How Napoléon III Used Photography As Propaganda To Hide The Horror Of His New Paris

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Ocean Warming Threatens Coral Reefs and Soon Could Make It Harder To Restore Them

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8 Recommendations For School Bus Safety During The Pandemic

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Why Note-Taking By Hand Is A Powerful Tool To Support Memory

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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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