InnerSelf Newsletter: November 29, 2020

InnerSelf Newsletter: November 29, 2020
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Welcome... Our InnerSelf welcomes your inner self.

This week, we focus on seeing things differently... of looking from a different perspective, with an open mind and an open heart. We start our featured articles with Sarah Varcas' reflections on the energies accompanying this current lunar eclipse in "Standing on the Brink of Hope: November 30th, 2020 Lunar Eclipse".

Sarah writes in her article: "The energy of this lunar eclipse is flexible and changeable. It cannot be pinned down and how we each experience it will depend largely on what side of bed we emerge from that morning!" In other words, our perspective from either side of the bed (or of any type of duality) will affect our experience. Isn't that what life is all about? How we see things, or what attitude or beliefs we are seeing from, affect our experience and our interpretation of reality.

The next featured article also encourages us to have a different perspective or attitude, Peter Ruppert, author of a new book entitled Limitless (see the article for more info on the book) encourages us to "Fail Often: Resilience Wins In The End".

The next three featured articles deal with topics where we might tend to rigidity (possibly based in fear). The first one, "Big Dreams in the Time of the Pandemic" written by Robert Moss, takes a look at dreaming of death and of loved ones on the Other Side. Then Joanne DiMaggio delves deeper into the topic of death in "What Does It Feels Like To Die? (Death Is No Big Deal)". And a powerful article to help break through fixed perceptions and beliefs is an excerpt from Cate Montana's novel Apollo & Me: "What Is The Main Thing Keeping People Divided and Stuck?".

We conclude our featured articles with another astrological-leaning article which looks at the USA through the lens of the Wounded Healer: "Chiron and the Psychoastrology® of the United States of America". The author, Lisa Tahir:, states: "Chiron in Aries ushers in change—dramatic, visceral change—not for the faint of heart."

A much-needed change is for us to step away from the same old, same old beliefs, attitudes, and expectations, and be open to the newness and unpredictability of change. Experience teaches us that, though sometimes after a bumpy ride, change leads to a better future.

Gardeners know that decomposing food creates compost that then feeds plants to grow to health and abundance. And so it is with our current situation. Old decaying modalities and institutions and behaviors and attitudes are having light shed upon them, and the decay is visible to those who are willing to see. However, out of decay and death comes rebirth.

Perhaps we need to change our perspective on everything that ails us (physically, emotionally, and spiritually) and seek the rainbow and the light that follows the storm. It will serve us well to change our perspective from "poor me" (or "poor us") to "where do we go from here?".

Instead of focusing on what has, is, and could go wrong, let's look at what could go right, and how to make that happen. For an inspirational perspective on this see the July 2020 interview (on YouTube) with Ocean Robbins where he answers the question posed to him by the interviewer: "What could possibly go right?"

So this week, let's focus on what could go right, and find the ways to make that our reality... one heartbeat, one thought, one vision, one action at a 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
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Standing on the Brink of Hope: November 30th, 2020 Lunar Eclipse

Written by Sarah Varcas

Standing on the Brink of Hope: 30th November 2020 Lunar Eclipse
The energy of this lunar eclipse is flexible and changeable. It cannot be pinned down and how we each experience it will depend largely on what side of bed we emerge from that morning! With an ongoing square, from Eris to Saturn and Pluto, the challenge is to claim our own authority in a wise and considered way...


Fail Often: Resilience Wins In The End

Written by Peter Ruppert

Fail Often: Resilience Wins In The End
No one likes to fail. Every one of us, at some level, is afraid of making mistakes. Failure is embarrassing, it can leave us feeling exposed, and it never feels good.


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Big Dreams in the Time of the Pandemic

Written by Robert Moss

Growing Big Dreams in the Time of the Pandemic
One of the effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic, notable even in the first few weeks after it reached Europe and the United States, was an explosion of public interest in dreams. People who never gave much thought to dreams and were rarely known to talk about them were suddenly dreaming up a storm and ...


What Does It Feels Like To Die? (Death Is No Big Deal)

Written by Joanne DiMaggio

What Does It Feels Like To Die? Death Is No Big Deal
Death is the great mystery of life. That is one of the reasons why the stories of those who have undergone a near-death experience (NDE) have captivated millions of people. We are curious about the afterlife, but more so, we want to know what it feels like to die.


What Is The Main Thing Keeping People Divided and Stuck?

Written by Cate Montana

What Is The Main Thing Keeping People Divided and Stuck?
“The gods have used religion to their advantage, keeping you at each other’s throats for far too long. Which is why I wanted to come back and have this discussion.” He leaned back. “Any questions?”


Chiron and the Psychoastrology® of the United States of America

Written by Lisa Tahir

Chiron and the Psychoastrology® of the United States of America
Chiron as an astrological placement appears not only in the astrological birth chart of individual human beings, but also in the astrological birth chart of businesses, organizations, and countries. I thought it important to review the placement of Chiron in the birth chart of the United States to shed light on the psychoastrology that affects us as a country as we move into a post–COVID-19 world.


Kids Will Sacrifice To Teach Wrongdoers A Lesson
Kids Will Sacrifice To Teach Wrongdoers A Lesson

by Bill Hathaway

Many children are willing to make personal sacrifices to punish wrongdoers—and even more so if they believe punishment…


Data From 45 Countries Show Containing Covid Vs Saving The Economy Is A False Dichotomy
Data From 45 Countries Show Containing COVID vs. Saving The Economy Is A False Dichotomy

by Michael Smithson

There is no doubt the COVID-19 crisis has incurred widespread economic costs. There is understandable concern that…


Is Belief In God A Delusion?
Is Belief In God A Delusion?

by Ryan McKay and Robert Ross

In one memorable CNN clip, a woman insisted she would not catch the virus because she was “covered in Jesus’ blood”.…


There's Never Been A Right Time To Put Up The Christmas Decorations
There's Never Been A Right Time To Put Up The Christmas Decorations

by Helen Parish

In the words of Perry Como’s classic, “it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas”. The pandemic has got many yearning…


Gaining Weight Can Be Difficult But Here Are The Safest Ways To Do It
Gaining Weight Can Be Difficult But Here Are The Safest Ways To Do It

by Emma Kinrade

There’s no shortage of articles and resources out there offering people advice on the best ways to lose weight.


The 'Three Sisters' Of Corn, Beans and Squash Nourishes People, Land and Cultures
The 'Three Sisters' Of Corn, Beans and Squash Nourishes People, Land and Cultures

by Christina Gish Hill

Historians know that turkey and corn were part of the first Thanksgiving, when Wampanoag peoples shared a harvest meal…


Why Climate Change Is Making Autumn Leaves Change Colour Earlier
Why Climate Change Is Making Autumn Leaves Change Colour Earlier

by Philip James

Temperature and day length were traditionally accepted as the main determinants of when leaves changed colour and fell…


Recently Self-Employed? Six Tips From Experts On How To Protect Your Wellbeing
Recently Self-Employed? Six Tips From Experts On How To Protect Your Wellbeing

by Andreana Drencheva et al

Through choice or by necessity, some of us are becoming self-employed for the first time during the COVID-19 pandemic.…


Liberty Cap: The Surprising Tale Of How Europe's Magic Mushroom Got Its Name
Liberty Cap: The Surprising Tale Of How Europe's Magic Mushroom Got Its Name

by Adrastos Omissi

It’s autumn, the best season for mushroom pickers. And mushrooms – specifically magic ones – are in the spotlight. A…


Why Companies Are Struggling To Engage With Today's Activists
Why Companies Are Struggling To Engage With Today's Activists

by Fred Cook

Dozens of companies with no track record of activism have made statements in recent weeks in support of Black Lives…


How Social Isolation Impacts Your Brain
How Social Isolation Impacts Your Brain

by Sophia La Banca

Currently, we are facing one of the worst pandemics in human history. Since our means to fight the virus are still…


Airlines Tout Covid-19 Safety Measures. Is Flying Actually Safe?
Airlines Tout Covid-19 Safety Measures. Is Flying Actually Safe?

by Victoria Knight,

While airlines promote holiday deals and encourage travel, a nationwide Covid-19 surge makes getting on a plane risky.


Why Flexibility Is The Key For Happy Families And Couples
Why Flexibility Is The Key For Happy Families And Couples

by Sandra Knispel

People who are psychologically flexible have better family and romantic relationships, according to new research.


How China Beat The Coronavirus with Science and Strong Public Health Measures
How China Beat The Coronavirus with Science and Strong Public Health Measures

by Elanah Uretsky

I live in a democracy. But as Thanksgiving approached, I found myself longing for the type of freedom I am seeing in…


Why The Pandemic Hasn’t Reshaped Good or Bad Relationships
Why The Pandemic Hasn’t Reshaped Relationships, Good or Bad

by Esther Robards-Forbes

During the pandemic, relationships have mostly continued much as they were before, report researchers, though the…


Green Front Gardens Reduce Physiological and Psychological Stress
Green Front Gardens Reduce Physiological and Psychological Stress

by Lauriane Suyin Chalmin-Pui

There is growing evidence that being in natural spaces – whether while gardening or listening to bird song – has a…


Physio, Chiro, Osteo and Myo: What's The Difference and Which One Should I Get?
Physio, Chiro, Osteo and Myo: What's The Difference and Which One Should I Get?

by Charlotte Ganderton and Matthew King

Many of us might not be as fit as we were before the pandemic hit, and as community sport restarts and gyms reopen…


How Powerful People Use Lies To Twist Reality
How Powerful People Use "Lousy Lies" To Twist Reality

by Mikael Klintman

When was the last time you told a lie? If you can’t remember, I’ll give you a clue. Chances are it was sometime today …


Why Some People Find It Easier To Stick To New Habits They Formed During Lockdown
Why Some People Find It Easier To Stick To New Habits They Formed During Lockdown

by Matthew Jenkins and Elaine Hargreaves

Periods of lockdown represent a massive disruption to people’s daily routines, but they also offer an opportunity to…


Saying More With Less: 4 Ways Grammatical Metaphor Improves Writing
Saying More With Less: 4 Ways Grammatical Metaphor Improves Writing

by Vinh To

Young children often write as they speak. But the way we speak and the way we write isn’t quite the same. When we…


Children May Transmit Coronavirus At The Same Rate As Adults: What We Now Know About Schools and COVID-19
Children May Transmit Coronavirus At The Same Rate As Adults: What We Now Know About Schools and COVID-19

by Zoë Hyde

The role children, and consequently schools, play in the COVID-19 pandemic has been hard to work out, but that puzzle…


Why Healthy Sleepers Have Far Lower Heart Failure Risk
Do Healthy Sleepers Have Far Lower Heart Failure Risk?

by Keith Brannon

Adults with the healthiest sleep patterns in a new study had a 42% lower risk of heart failure regardless of other risk…


Why Most Retirees Are Well Off and Some Are Very Badly Off
Why Most Retirees Are Well Off and Some Are Very Badly Off

by Helen Hodgson

Most are at least as well off in retirement as they were while working, and most are more financially satisfied and…


Lessons From Around The World On Fighting Covid’s Second Wave
Lessons From Around The World On Fighting Covid’s Second Wave

by Jimmy Whitworth

As the northern hemisphere moves into winter, coronavirus rates are rising in parts of Europe and the USA. Experts are…


How To Have Yourself A Plastic-free Christmas
How To Have Yourself A Plastic-free Christmas

by Manuela Taboada, et al.

Research shows that waste can double during the Christmas period, and most of it is plastic from gift wrapping and…


What Canada’s Top CEOs Think About Remote Work
What Canada’s Top CEOs Think About Remote Work

by Jean-Nicolas Reyt

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March, millions of Canadians switched from working in a central office location to…


Take Caution: Winter Drownings May Increase As Ice Thins With Climate Change
Take Caution: Winter Drownings May Increase As Ice Thins With Climate Change

by Sapna Sharma

Every winter, the ice that forms on lakes, rivers and oceans, supports communities and culture. It provides…


How To Get Someone’s Name Right If It’s Unfamiliar To You
How To Get Someone’s Name Right If It’s Unfamiliar To You

by Karen Pennesi and Federica Guccini

Imagine you have to say an unfamiliar name and are afraid to say it wrong. What do you do? Do you try to pronounce it…


It Seemed Like A Good Idea In Lockdown, But Is Moving To The Country Right For You?
It Seemed Like A Good Idea In Lockdown, But Is Moving To The Country Right For You?

by Rachael Wallis

The idea of moving to the country has gained momentum through the COVID-19 pandemic. Many workplaces have introduced…


These at-Home Exercises Can Help Older People Boost Their Immune System and Overall Health In The Age of COVID-19
These at-Home Exercises Can Help Older People Boost Their Immune System and Overall Health In The Age of COVID-19

by Mark A. Gluck

Older adults, especially those over 65, have five times the risk of hospitalization and 90 times the risk of death from…


How Laughing Is Good For Your Mind and Your Body
How Laughing Is Good For Your Mind and Your Body

by Janet M. Gibson

Amusement and pleasant surprises – and the laughter they can trigger – add texture to the fabric of daily life. Those…


Can You Unintentionally Bully Someone?
Can You Unintentionally Bully Someone?

by Geoff Beattie

I was nine. Some girl, maybe around 15 or 16, old enough to tower over me, asked whether Bill Beattie was my brother. I…


7 Tips For Staying Safe As Covid-19 Cases Rise and Colder Weather
7 Tips For Staying Safe As COVID-19 Cases Rise and Colder Weather Heightens The Risk

by Melissa Burdi

As temperatures fall, people are spending more time indoors. That heightens the risk of the coronavirus spreading, but…


To Stop Mass Extinction, Reform The Outdated Victorian Harm Principle
To Stop Mass Extinction, Reform The Outdated Victorian Harm Principle

by Tanya Wyatt

In 1859, the English philosopher John Stuart Mill published the first of his two major works, On Liberty, which helped…


Why The Coronavirus Pandemic Has Worsened Tinnitus For Many Sufferers
Why The Coronavirus Pandemic Has Worsened Tinnitus For Many Sufferers

by Eldre Beukes

We learn more about the effects of COVID-19 on our health every day. We now know that contracting the coronavirus…


There Are No Time-Travelling Climatologists: Why We Use Climate Models
There Are No Time-Travelling Climatologists: Why We Use Climate Models

by Sophie Lewis and Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick

The first climate models were built on fundamental laws of physics and chemistry and designed to study the climate…


Astrological Journal for the Week

Written by Pam Younghans

 Astrological Journal for the Week

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. 


OLDIES & GOODIES:

How Does One Attain True Wisdom?
How Does One Attain True Wisdom?

by Soren Gordhamer

There is a difference between wisdom and knowledge. One could say that wisdom is knowledge that has been brought into…


Complete Union: Honor The Soul First
Complete Union: Honor The Soul First

by Zoe Ann Nicholson

When a woman and man join, the coming together of bodies is the least of the meetings taking place. While the five…


Breaking the Cycle of Fear and Violence
How We Can Break the Cycle of Fear and Violence

by Ocean Robbins

From an early age, my parents helped me to look at problems in the world not as monsters to fear but as opportunities…


Overcoming Adversities Is Part Of The Spiritual Path
Overcoming Adversities Is Part Of The Spiritual Path

by Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche

It's very easy for you to be wholesome and virtuous and spiritual when things are going right. But as soon as a little…


Are You Shutting the Door on Your Psychic Abilities?
Are You Shutting the Door on Your Psychic Abilities?

by Echo Bodine

Shutting the door on your psychic abilities because you're afraid of the responsibilities associated with these gifts…


How To Cure The All Too Busy, Busy Mind
How To Soothe and Cure The Busy, Busy Mind

by Rick Lewis

We might say there are two types of mind within us -- the mind that is generative and the mind that is receptive…


Abuse: Working with Painful Memories and Transforming the Memory
Abuse: Working with Painful Memories and Transforming the Memory

by Carlos Warter, M.D., Ph.D.

Abuse is deeply shattering to the body, psyche, and spirit. The process of opening up and letting go, of becoming…


 
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