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InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration

December 13, 2023

The focus for today is:

My beliefs, energies, and thoughts have a ripple effect.

Today's inspiration was written by Jacqueline Heller, MD:

Carl Jung described the “collective unconscious” of human beings; the idea is that we are all unconsciously yet truly connected. We do not neces­sarily see the impact on each other—how our beliefs, energies, and thoughts affect each other. But they do have a ripple effect.

This phenomenon is con­sistent with quantum entanglements, which explain how the tiniest particles of our being can affect others. If you are around a high-energy individual, her dynamic nature may be contagious and affect you and others in her proximity. We tend to call these people influencers or charismatic.

Responses to social trauma vary considerably among people who have suffered personal trauma. My response is no doubt differ­ent from another individual’s. Nonetheless, it’s wise to consider the linkage between social and emotional trauma, because sometimes this linkage can be illuminating.

Today's inspiration was adapted from the article:
     Can Emotions Be Contagious and Go Viral?
     Written by Jacqueline Heller, MD.
Read the complete article here.

This is Marie T. Russell, co-publisher of, wishing you a day of being aware that energy has a ripple effect.

Comment from Marie:
We've probably all experienced it. We get up feeling good, and then someone during our morning affects us with their mood and all of a sudden we are feeling moody, or angry, or whatever. However, once we are aware of the affect of the energy of others on our energy, we can make a choice of which energy we want to carry with us... and thus ripple out a different vibe.

Our focus for today: My beliefs, energies, and thoughts have a ripple effect.

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Yesterday Never Sleeps

Yesterday Never Sleeps: How Integrating Life's Current and Past Connections Improves Our Well-Being
by Jacqueline Heller MS, MD

book cover of Yesterday Never Sleeps by Jacqueline Heller MS, MDIn Yesterday Never Sleeps, Jacqueline Heller draws upon decades of clinical experience to weave together a powerful narrative that contains neuroscience, memoir of her life as a child of Holocaust survivors, and patient histories involving a range of psychological ills and trauma.

Dr. Heller offers a uniquely holistic approach, demonstrating how the therapeutic process and self-analysis help us make sense of our history and forge a better future.

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About the Author

photo of Jackie Heller, MDJackie Heller, MD, a psychoanalyst, is board certified in psychiatry and neurology. Her professional experience as a practicing clinician has allowed her extensive insight into the vast range of human experiences.

Her new book, Yesterday Never Sleeps (Greenleaf Book Group Press, August 1, 2023), delves into her personal experience with family trauma and helping others work through their own.

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