Showing posts from March 22, 2015

Daily Inspirational Quote – March 28, 2015

“Those who dance….are considered insane by those who cannot hear the music.” This reminds me of the reaction I occasionally still get when I tell people I am a professional Tarot and Angel Card Reader. The roll of the eyes, the backing away ever so slightly, the “hmmm, really?” . Some even look prepared to make the sign of the cross while backing away! They just don’t “get” or hear the “music” that I do when I am working with my beautiful cards. I realize I am very fortunate in being able to use my cards in order to bring answers, guidance or resolution for people in who come to me and, as such, being “tuned in” to the music of the Universe. Such a pity we’re not all able to be “tuned” into the same channel don’t you think?

Duane Elgin On Voluntary Simplicity

Duane Elgin, a visionary with a Wharton MBA and a master's degree in economic history, speaks out about the shift into another future away from the consumer mentality which has driven history for hundreds of years. He says we are in a time of great transition, unable to keep the materialism of our consumer society going. In this wide-ranging interview he discusses everything from the practice of inner simplicity, to the aliveness of the universe, and the importance of living one's true gifts.

Daily Inspirational Quote – March 27, 2015

“A good life is when you assume nothing, need less, do more, smile often, dream big, laugh a lot, and realize how blessed you are for what you have.” That certainly sums up the life we should all be leading or striving to lead. How wonderful and blessed are we if it we are already fortunate enough to be living by the words of this quote. I hope I am. I know I do my best to live up to it although, to be honest, it’s easier to do some days than others, but that’s ok, I’ve at least got the message. In our busy, occasionally demanding, day to day lives it is so easy to forget how blessed we are just to be alive, hopefully fit and well, and with love in our lives. We truly are blessed compared to many in this poor, beleaguered world of ours. Make sure you take time out now and again just to be thankful.

A Gang You'll Want Your Kid to Join

The words 'gang' or 'posse' have negative connotations for most people. But not for Deborah Bial. After an aha-moment with a college drop-out, she would go on to form the Posse Foundation, one of the most comprehensive college access programs in the United States. How successful is the program? The list of former Posse graduates is undeniably impressive: Harvard grads, doctors, a college dean, a filmmaker, and a CEO, just to name a few.

Daily Inspirational Quote – March 26, 2015

“The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” Being stuck in our ways feels very safe and reassuring to most of us doesn’t it? We know what to expect and how to respond or deal with it. No surprises there then, thank you very much! We often resist change, insisting that the old way of doing things worked just fine so why not just carry on? Why muddy the water? However, isn’t it occasionally wonderful when new opportunities come along and surprise us loose from our comfort zone? So, instead of clinging like limpets to the rock of same old, same old, just let go and swim off into unknown but adventurous waters. How exciting to swim while anticipating reaching a hitherto unexplored shore and discovering all the wonders it has in store for you.

Black Madonna: A Song of Forgiveness

"In 1981, two white supremacists brutally murdered an eighteen-year-old black boy in Mobile, Alabama. During the trial, there was an astounding moment: one of the men expressed true sorrow for what he had done. Everyone took a breath. And the boy's mother, Beulah Mae Donald, forgave him." The ability of human beings to love, even those who have deeply wronged us, is a recurring source of amazement and awe. Gayan, a poet and musician, was moved to compose a song dedicated to Beulah Mae Donald and the greatness of her spirit. Read more to feel the power of his awe-inspiring words describing Beulah's remarkable and beautiful act of forgiveness.

Daily Inspirational Quote – March 25, 2015

“Abracadabra is actually a Hebrew word meaning I create what I speak.” “Abracadabra,” what a wonderful word this is and doesn’t it just roll off the tongue? Every child knows that this word, once said, unleashes magic and wonderful things will result. Also reminds me of that other saying “open sesame,” it promises to open up endless possibilities for magic to create what we most wish for and also allowing our dreams to come true. We often don’t realize that we actually ARE this wonderful word in our human form and therefore we also have the power to use the magic inside each and every single one of us to bring our hopes and dreams into being. We are the wand used to create our own special individual magic.

Just Right

You’re not too old, too young, too rich, too poor, too big or too small, too outgoing or too shy, too ambitious or too lazy. You’re you, and you are just right. You’ve learned from what you’ve done and from the consequences you’ve experienced, and now you’re ready to move forward with that accumulation of wisdom. Instead of judging what and where you’ve been, put your focus on visualizing what you can now do. Don’t get caught up in deciding whether you have too much or too little. Simply decide what the best next step is, and take it. If you’re constantly comparing yourself with others, you’re missing the point. You are who you are, and there’s enormous value in that, and it’s time to give your own special gifts to life. Find great delight in fellowship with others, but don’t feel like you have to imitate them. The best thing you have to offer is you, so let go of the pretenses and worries and just have fun being yourself. You are perfectly positioned to have a positive and u

How To Retrain Your Brain With Three Words

Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, authors of the best-selling book 'Freakonomics,' are back again in an effort to help retrain your brain when it comes to solving problems. From small issues to major crises, in fields ranging from business and philanthropy, to sports and politics, Levitt and Dubner offer up a self-help manual for how to think more productively, more creatively, and more rationally. Or as the book title provocatively puts it, "How To Think Like a Freak." This interview with the authors shares more...including the three words they believe we should all utter more often.

Daily Inspirational Quote – March 24, 2015

“Trying to make someone happy who prefers the drama of being miserable, is a guaranteed way to create your own drama of misery.” Some people are just going to be miserable and view the world and everybody in it as conspirators’ in a plot to make their existence unbearable. It won’t matter how much you do, or put yourself out for them, or even just offering a sympathetic ear, whatever. They have no intention of budging from the misery pit they have created and dug themselves into. Trust me, there is no point in trying to pry them loose or throwing them a lifeline, they’ll resist the former and ignore the latter. You’ll only be wasting your precious time and energy so why bother? They will end up dragging you into the pit with them and perhaps get some measure of happiness because then they’ll know you’re miserable too. Learn when to walk away and leave them to it. You know it’s for the best.

Outdated Assumptions

Every assumption you have is based on what you’ve experienced in the past. The world has changed since you formed your assumptions, and perhaps it is time for some of those assumptions to change, too. Assumptions save you the time and trouble of thinking through every decision and impression. Yet there are times when it would be much better to think than to assume. Many assumptions are so deeply ingrained that you don’t even realize you have them. Stand back, put some effort into examining your assumptions, and you’ll likely find some opportunities for improvement you never even knew you had. If there’s something that frustrates you, there’s a good possibility that a change in your assumptions could ease that frustration. If you feel stuck, or ineffective, or unsure of what direction to go, it could be an outdated assumption that’s responsible. Each time the sun rises, life presents you with a fresh, new day. Let it serve as a reminder of the value that can come from a fresh, ne

Can Connection Cure Addiction?

"It is now one hundred years since drugs were first banned -- and all through this long century of waging war on drugs, we have been told a story about addiction...This story is so deeply ingrained in our minds that we take it for granted: There are strong chemical hooks in these drugs, so if we stopped on day twenty-one, our bodies would need the chemical. We would have a ferocious craving. We would be addicted. That's what addiction means." The best way to win the drug war might not be police or prisons, argues the author of this article, instead, we should strive to reduce feelings of isolation.

Embracing Spiritual Gifts and the Mystery of the Paranormal by Jodi Foster

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.) Have you ever felt alone or confused by an unusual or unique supernatural experience? Do you know in your soul that you have an unconventional spiritual gift, but feel misunderstood by family, society, or religious dogma? Have you suppressed your abilities, spiritual gifts, and talents? Well dear soul, I am here to tell you that you are not alone. My name is Jodi Foster; I consider myself an average person just like you. I am a mom, a domestic goddess, and a brilliant cook (well, according to my friends and family, that is). Strangely, through divine intervention, I find myself embarking on a new magical adventure as an author, radio personality, and intuitive consultant. My debut book is called Forgotten Burial: A Cry for Justice from Beyond the Grave, and my paranormal adventure was featured on the SyFy Network show Paranormal Witness (the particular episode is titled, “The Apartment“). It all started in the year 2000,

How Does a Psychic Reading Happen? by Karen Page

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.) I have been a professional psychic for over forty years, giving readings to clients all over the world. I deeply respect my clients and my work, and I still love giving readings as much as I did when I first started. Over the years I have heard many misconceptions about psychics and psychic readings, and would like to bring some clarity to a couple of the more mystifying issues surrounding a psychic reading. Most specifically, how does a reading happen? To begin, I must state that though I know hundreds of other readers around the world, when I share with you how a psychic reading happens, I can only speak for myself. How other psychics treat their clients; what they see; and how they approach, interpret, and impart information to a client—these all depend on a reader’s intention toward their clients and their work. For me, giving a reading has always been like stepping into a person’s life for the duration of their readi

Daily Inspirational Quote – March 23, 2015

“Love yourself enough to set boundaries. Your time and energy are precious. You get to choose how you use it. You teach people how to treat you by deciding what you will and won’t accept.” Are you like me and prone to being more or less at the beck and call of everybody and everything? I thought so! It has taken me a very long time to learn and actually be able to say NO when I should do. There have been people in my past who thought that anytime they needed me to be somewhere, do something, or just create my day around them, that I would be happy to drop everything I might have already planned and just do it. I am happy to tell you that this changed the day I realized that MY time was precious.  Not their fault but mine for allowing them to use me this way until it practically became a way of life. Then one day I “woke” up and decided that I wasn’t going to be available or “on call” unless it suited me. It wasn’t easy and took a while for everybody to get the message but I am happy

14 Surprising Ways To Boost Your Creativity

One of the most pleasurable aspects of the human mind -- creativity -- also just happens to be one of the mind's most elusive aspects as well. So for many people, it is often very hard to get a firm grasp on the keys that unlock creative potential when searching for it. This article offers up 14 useful ways that could help spark the inner creativity we all yearn for.

Daily Inspirational Quote – March 22, 2015

“Live life as if everything is rigged in your favor.” What a wonderful saying! I totally agree and do my best to do what I am told (which doesn’t happen often believe me!). Not so easy though considering the trials and tribulations life has a habit of placing before us on our way is it? What’s the alternative though? Think, “poor wee me”, curl into a ball and hide away? Nope! I am reminded of the song “Always look on the bright side of life”, which I read recently is the favorite tune played at funerals. No more to be said really is there? Now off you go and decide what you want to do next to bring a smile to your face and a glow in your heart. by Cathi Bew

The Girl Who Gets Gifts From Birds

"Lots of people love the birds in their garden, but it's rare for that affection to be reciprocated. One young girl in Seattle is luckier than most. She feeds the crows in her garden - and they bring her gifts in return." Read on for more about 8-year old Gabi, her generosity toward her winged friends, and their sweet relationship!