InnerSelf Newsletter: October 11, 2020

InnerSelf Newsletter: October 11, 2020
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Welcome... Our InnerSelf welcomes your inner self.

Life is a journey and, as most journeys, comes with its ups and downs. And just like day always follows night, so do our personal daily experiences go from dark to light, and back and forth. However, we are not subject to a timetable set by nature or by others, thus we get to choose how fast or how high we climb on the stairway of life and enlightenment. This week we bring you articles to assist you in "lighting" up your experience of life..

We start with Ervin Laszlo who invites us on the path of "Going From Incoherence, Competition, and Chaos to “Holotropism”". Then Will Wilkinson asks us to reflect on the following question: "What's Your End Game?" Lesley Phillips, provides assistance in "Connecting with Your Life Purpose, Personal Goals, and Free Will". 

And nature and the planetary forces also assist in our journey. this week. We are offered: "Wild Love: This Supermoon is New..." in which Sarah Varcas writes: "In the dark of this moon we can experience a deepened sense of our innate power as we contemplate the strength that lies at our core: the unyielding life-force shared with all beings everywhere. In the weeks to come we can nurture and nourish this connection to our sovereign self, which can be diminished by nothing and no one, however fearful or disempowered we may feel. The ripples emanating from this moon, together with Mercury’s current retrograde passage through Scorpio, set the scene for the final three months of this year, illuminating the issues, blessings and challenges laid before us."

We are realizing that our journey is not a passive one. It is a journey that requires our attention, our presence, and our participation through conscious choices. We may have, in the past, seen the outward drama as something that had nothing to do with us, but now that we are coming to realize our connection and oneness with all, we know that there is no such thing as a non-participant. Even doing nothing is doing something...

Pierre Pradervand shares his wisdom in "When Contemplation and Spirituality Meet Social Activism" and Amit Goswami proposes "A Real Solution for the Political Crisis: An Integrative Quantum Worldview". We are all participating in this ongoing program, the stage play of "Life on Earth". We all have a role to play. What is yours? There are no inessential roles. Each of us is a piece of the puzzle, a drop that makes up the cosmic ocean, and another step on the staircase to attain or create "heaven on earth" right here and now. Together, with Love, we can do it!

Additional insights and advice come from Pam Younghans in this week's "Astrological Journal"  in which she writes: "Clearly, it is more important than ever that we have our spiritual toolbox handy this week. Find ways to transcend the drama and trauma, and take special care of your physical needs with healthy food, plenty of rest, and your favorite form of movement or exercise. Options may include daily (or more often!) meditation, walks in nature, disconnecting from mainstream media, deep breathing, taking everything one step at a time, and having faith in the higher outcome, no matter how things may appear on the surface at this time."

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, health-full, and loving week.


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


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Going From Incoherence, Competition, and Chaos to “Holotropism”

Written by Ervin Laszlo

Going From Incoherence, Competition, and Chaos to “Holotropism”
The coherence-building process in the universe is a real but subtle process. In the contemporary world it is often diverted and dominated by existential, more directly survival-oriented forces and impulses. These forces and impulses tend to be self-centered and competitive.


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What's Your End Game?

Written by Will Wilkinson

What's Your End Game?
Movies that suck for an hour then end well are remembered as good movies. Those that are decent for an hour but suck at the end take their place in history as bad movies. So, how is your life going to end?


Connecting with Your Life Purpose, Personal Goals, and Free Will

Written by Lesley Phillips, PhD

Connecting with Your Life Purpose, Personal Goals, and Free Will
I started asking the crowds who came to my workshops two questions: “Who believes they have a life purpose?” and “Who knows what their purpose is?” Without exception, everyone believed they had a purpose yet only a small fraction knew what it was.


Wild Love: This Supermoon is New in Libra, October 16, 2020

Written by Sarah Varcas

Wild Love: This Supermoon is New in Libra, October 16, 2020
In the dark of this moon we can experience a deepened sense of our innate power as we contemplate the strength that lies at our core: the unyielding life-force shared with all beings everywhere. In the weeks to come we can nurture and nourish this connection to our sovereign self...


When Contemplation and Spirituality Meet Social Activism

Written by Pierre Pradervand

When Contemplation and Action Meet
It is my deep conviction that any meaningful religious or spiritual approach must also really address the key issue of today – and that is a world that works for all. Disparities and inequalities in income and opportunities are become so huge, environmental degradation is advancing so rapidly, that unless we create a world that works for ALL (and this includes the environment)...


A Real Solution for the Political Crisis: An Integrative Quantum Worldview

Written by Amit Goswami, Ph.D.

A Real Solution for the Political Crisis in America: Integrative Quantum Worldview
When Donald Trump was elected President of the United States in 2016, every politically aware progressive American came to understand that there was a crisis in American politics like never before. But if you are a student of history or if you cared deeply for progressivity in your country, you could have predicted this crisis three decades ago...


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