“When I despair, I remember that all through history, the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of this. Always.” Mahatma Gandhi - (1869-1948)
Healing from the trauma of September 11th is not serendipitous; it does not simply occur with the passing of time or because we are inherently resilient. The terrible events of September 11 have greater magnitude than previous traumatic events suffered and experienced by many people in the United States.
Coping with the loss, death, and grief associated with the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, is a process, not an event. The purpose of memorials is to bring people together to express their grief and at the same time to reduce feelings of isolation and vulnerability.
For as long as we live, September 11 will be a date that evokes searing memories and powerful emotions. The events of September 11, 2001, are without precedent. The enormity of these terrorist attacks is disorienting and immensely anxiety-provoking. We will each recall September 11 in our own, private way.
With the arrival of this ten year anniversary, there is a universal desire to share our feelings and experiences with those around us, including ourselves, our children, family members, and friends. We must remember to take the lead in helping our children as they struggle with the memories and emotions of this day.
We will all stand strong in meeting the challenges before us. The days, months and years ahead will continue to be difficult for all as we maintain our efforts to eradicate terrorism.
May God bless our America and sustain our spirit.
For the families of the victims, may God bless you, and hold you in the hollow of His hand forever. For the rescue workers & volunteers, I am humbled by your valor and courage. For the victims, when I take in a sunset, gaze at the moon and stars, or take a walk in the sun, I think of you. God Keep you forever. God bless the families of 9-11 and God Bless America.
Spiritual ethics in today’s world are not as easily recognizable as they once were in ages past. Essential, spiritual ethics means that a man or woman is able and more than willing to incorporate their religious or spiritual beliefs into all part of their life and daily living.
It is interesting to note, historically, how religious beliefs and politics do not often mesh well. In today’s political race in the U.S., women’s issues are of utmost interest to me, personally. It is interesting to me, for example that Mitt Romney, a member of the Mormon Church, is going to have to deal with political issues that could affect his standing in the church, or, at least, his conscience with regard to his religious beliefs.
In Mormonism, there are three degrees of “heaven”. Should a husband pass away first, then when his wife dies, she goes to the first level. While the husband is likely to be in the third level by that time, it is his choice to call the wife up to the second and finally, third heaven to be with him and family. This is a simplified version of the process, as explained to me by two Mormon missionaries in the late 1930′s.
Inn the Mormon Church, there is a strict and well ordered system of male leadership. A woman is not allowed to become a Elder, nor a Bishop, and never be considered to become an Apostle. In Catholicism and other religions, still to this date, women are not allowed in the Priesthood. I am sure there are other examples in other faiths.
It would seem to me that all this inequality with regard to the sexes to be an inhibitor where a political candidate is concerned. If the candidate, is truly involved with his/her church and commitment to the principles, teachings and dogmas of that church, then going again same in the political arena would certainly affect their “salvation”.
I do not “belong” to any religion organization, per se, as I see them as institutes of humankind and not of God. I do however, follow a spiritual path toward enlightenment and ascension as a Mystic.
Looking at all of the issues at stake in the US Presidential election, I am more concerned, as a woman, with the spiritual ethics behind a Mormon President. I could never, for example, vote for a candidate who does not see and value women as equals with men. I believe in shared responsibility and team-work between the sexes. Any religion that treats women as second class citizens is off my radar in terms of who I would vote for in any political race.
For certain, I cannot vote for a Mormon president, nor for a Catholic president. I watched John F. Kennedy, a professed Roman Catholic, go against his Church’s teachings privately via media reports and have little or no respect for how he meshed his so-called faith with his political responsibilities. I cannot vote for Mitt Romney because I do not want to live in a country where a President’s belief systems put woman in secondary roles and does not allow them the same opportunities within the church as a man.
The Age of Aquarius will eventually work past these inequalities and bring the feminine ray and the masculine rays to their equal and shared empowerment. As a voter, I think spiritual ethics should play a huge role in how we consider important issues and which candidate we choose to vote for. I continue to pray for the best possible human being with the highest practice of spiritual ethics to take the reigns in the coming four years…on all levels of government, both Federal and State.
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Closer Than You Think is filled with inspirational stories of Debbie and her sister, as well as stories from all walks of life – heart-warming, happy stories to tear-jerking, tragic situations turned sweet. The depth and breadth of information will fill you with a sense of peace, comfort, hope and certainty that our loved ones on the other side do live on; and we can reach out, connect and remain close with them. You may even feel compelled to go within, find the courage and faith to move forward with your life, and go after those dreams you’ve had since you were a kid. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll feel a warmth all around and within you. Most of all, you’ll be touched and inspired to find the blessings and gifts in your life or your situation to help you turn your pain into peace.
- Shed those beliefs or clear any blocks that may be keeping you from connecting to your loved ones
- Feel and process your pain so that you can once again smile, laugh and live life
- Transform your anger, your grief, or any other emotion into hope and action
- Recognize the signs, dreams, or other messages from your loved ones (rock star moments and subtle sychronicities)
- Open the dialogue with your loved one for a lifetime of continued communication
- Tune-in to healing guidance, or simply embrace the peace and comfort just from reaching out to your loved ones
This is a live cam on a Decorah Eagle pair’s nest. The babies have hatched today!!
The nest is located near a trout stream on private property near Decorah, Iowa, USA. The nesting pair live there year round and they and their chicks are able to withstand very cold temps. It is actually unusually warm this year. The pair swap nesting duties, but the female does the majority of the work. The male is usually close by and you can see her watching him fly by occasionally.
I have some very good news to share with you. Human potential pioneer Dr. Jean Houston will now be joining Andrew Cohen and Ken Wilber for next week’s free webcast about Cohen’s new book, Evolutionary Enlightenment: A New Path to Spiritual Awakening.
In the broadcast, both Houston and Wilber will interview Cohen about the book. The show will be aired twice (3:00 pm ET & 8:00 pm ET) on Wednesday, September 28th, and the audio recordings will be made available to all registrants.
Like Wilber, Houston also speaks very highly of Cohen’s new book. In her endorsement, she writes:
“If the fourteen-billion-year cosmic experiment that resulted in our lives is not to end in the next few centuries, it will require brave and brilliant steps in our spiritual evolution. In Evolutionary Enlightenment, Andrew Cohen gives us the inspiration and the means to accomplish the greatest of all endeavors for the human spirit. This is a spiritual masterpiece.”
The webcast, which is cosponsored by Integral Life, is a “Virtual Book Launch” to celebrate the publication of Cohen’s new book and we are honored to have both Houston and Wilber as our special guests. We hope you will be able to join us.
P.S. Andrew’s book will be published on September 27th, but you can be one of the first people to receive your copy by ordering today at Amazon.com.
About The Book:
Evolutionary Enlightenment: A New Path to Spiritual Awakening
In this book Cohen redefines spirituality for our contemporary world–a world characterized by exponential change and an ever-expanding appreciation for the processes of evolution. Based on 25 years of groundbreaking work as a spiritual teacher and the editor-in-chief of the award-winning EnlightenNext magazine, Cohen has synthesized an original path, practice, and philosophy focused entirely on aligning yourself with what he calls “the evolutionary impulse.”
His message is simple, yet profound: Life is evolution, and enlightenment is about waking up to this fundamentally creative impulse as your own deepest, most authentic self–so that you can play an active role in creating the future.
EMBRACING CHANGE AS YOUR SPIRITUAL PRACTICE
Change is a constant in today’s world. Technology is accelerating, globalization is making the world more and more complex, and the pace of life seems to be speeding up every day.
While many popular forms of contemporary spirituality offer ways to feel better in the face of overwhelming change–to discover greater equanimity, detachment, or compassion–Andrew Cohen says that change is not something to be avoided, or merely tolerated, but an essential aspect of reality that needs to be consciously embraced.
Through his five fundamental tenets for living an enlightened life, Cohen empowers you to wholeheartedly participate in the process of change as your own spiritual practice. In doing so, he not only makes deep sense of life today; he shows you how to play an active role in shaping the world of tomorrow.
It was a Saturday, the last weekend before Christmas. A beautiful light snow with giant flakes was falling. I had promised my wife that I’d be home to do some last minute shopping together, and I was running late.
As I approached the stop sign near our home in the country, I didn’t realize that there was a layer of ice under the snow. You can probably guess the rest of the story. The car slid through the intersection into a small ditch on the other side of the road.
I wasn’t hurt, but I was angry with myself. A day that was supposed to be “Christmas fun” would be spent waiting for a tow truck to pull me out of the ditch.
Since I was not far from my home, I started walking down our country road to share the “no shopping today” news with my wife. I noticed two men who were building my neighbor’s barn and I thought that maybe…just maybe, I could pay them to take a break and try to push me out.
As I approached, I introduced myself and pointed to the car in the distance. Without hesitating, they looked at each other and said, “We can solve that problem!” One of them said, “I’ll get the chain and George, you can drive the backhoe down the road and we’ll have it out in no time!” In the next 30 minutes while I watched helplessly from the sidelines, they had my car out of the ditch and on the road again. To say that I was grateful was an understatement. My Saturday had been saved thanks to two men I’d never met before.
I thanked them, reached into my wallet and handed them a $100. I said, “Please take this. It would have cost me more to call a tow truck and I would have spent my afternoon waiting for it to show.” They both looked at me, and at the same time said, “No way! We wouldn’t consider taking a cent.” Then the one man said, “This was our good deed for the day and we know that you’ll help someone else because we helped you. That’s all we ask.”
I drove away with a wonderful feeling inside, knowing there are people like this in the world. It made my day! But here’s the amazing thing about kindness…from the look on their faces, it made theirs too! Emerson was so right when he said, “One of the most beautiful compensations in life is that no man can help another without helping himself.”
That day provided the inspiration to write the book I simply call, The Power of Kindness.
In doing the research to write the book, I discovered something I had always suspected, but never knew for sure. Here’s what I found…
The great English writer, Aldous Huxley, was a pioneer in the study of philosophies and techniques to develop human potential. In a lecture toward the end of his life, he said this:
“People often ask me…what is the most effective technique for transforming their lives?”
He then said, “It’s a little embarrassing that after years and years of research, my best answer is – just be a little kinder.”
This is the paradox of the power of kindness. It doesn’t feel powerful at all. In fact, it almost feels too simple to be important. But as Huxley said, it is the #1 thing that can transform your life.
I’ve been so blessed to share what I believe through many of the Simple Truths’ books. However, there is nothing, in my opinion, that can top the awesome “power of kindness.”
Why? Because, everyday, through unexpected acts of kindness, you can make a meaningful difference with your life!
Today, I wanted to share one of the many stories from the book. It’s called Paid in Full:
An excerpt from
The Power of Kindness
by Mac Anderson
One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door-to-door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry. He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door.
Instead of a meal, he asked for a drink of water. She thought he looked hungry and so she brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it slowly, and then asked, “How much do I owe you?”
“You don’t owe me anything,” she replied. “Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness.” He said, “Then I thank you from my heart.” As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strengthened also. He had been ready to give up and quit.
Years later, that young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease.
Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, he went down the hall of the hospital to her room. Dressed in his doctor’s gown, he went in to see her. He recognized her at once. He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day, he gave special attention to the case.
After a long struggle, the battle was won. Dr. Kelly requested from the business office to pass the final billing to him for approval. He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge, and the bill was sent to her room. She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally, she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill. She read these words:
“Paid in full with one glass of milk…”
Dr. Howard Kelly
(Dr. Howard Kelly was a distinguished physician who, in 1895, founded the Johns Hopkins Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Johns Hopkins University. According to Dr. Kelly’s biographer, Audrey Davis, the doctor was on a walking trip through Northern Pennsylvania one spring day when he stopped by a farm house for a drink of water.)
Today, I’m pleased to offer The Power of Kindness with DVD for only $10. Our regular price is $15.95, a 37% savings.
To look inside this inspirational book or to watch the 3-minute movie, just click here.
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“Part of growth is learning to create inner peace without being dependent upon things turning out a certain way or needing people to respond to you in a specific way. You want to create it as something you are and be able to give and share it with others. YOU become the center, radiating your soul’s light outward, rather than reacting, waiting for others or for situations and events in your life to be arranged in such a way that you have peace.” Orin
In the tradition of Jane Roberts, Esther Hicks, and Edgar Cayce, gifted channel Sanaya Roman presents Living with Joy, given to her by Orin, a timeless being of love and light. This wise and gentle spirit teacher offers a systematic course in spiritual growth.
The spiritual truths and transformative meditations and exercises in these pages have opened millions of people to their greater potential. Sanaya and Orin invite you to choose joy, release struggle, and open to the power of your innermost being.
With the guidance of this bestselling classic, you can learn to grow through joy rather than through struggle and pain. See immediate results in your life when you learn to:
• Love and appreciate yourself
• Open to receive
• Experience more self-confidence and self-esteem
• Live in higher purpose
• Take a quantum leap in any area
• Change negatives into positives
• Gain clarity in your relationships
• Increase your sense of aliveness and well-being
Orin (through Sanaya Roman) explains how to shift energy instantly, to create effective healing and life-changes, simply by using your conscious mind’s imagery, symbols and intentions.
But even more amazingly, Orin also broadcasts non-verbal, super-conscious information that aligns you with real joy, power, peace and inspiration.
I especially liked Orin’s admonition to take what he says and use what resonates for you, personally, and leave the rest behind. A good principle, I feel, when reading anything pertaining to our individual growth paths. Having said that, I found that almost all of it resonated with me, deeply and profoundly. You may, too.
Many people from all walks of life are going to benefit from this book because of the information that it contains regardless of how happy you are in your life (whether you are still learning to be happy or you are already super happy).
Some of the helpful chapters contained in this uplifting book are about living in higher purpose and recognizing life purpose. You may want to keep a pen, paper, and/or highlighter handy for information that is going to resonate with you depending what path you are currently on in your life
Read it for the light it can bring. Live it for the positive changes it can invoke. Love it for the joy we can all share and partake of. Highly recommended.
On September 6, 2011, the L.A. Times wrote a story titled, “Casey Anthony’s ex-fiancé plans tell-all book: Are you buying it?” The article delves into Jesse Grund’s relationship with Casey Anthony and the time he spent with her two-year-old daughter, Caylee.
Some of the comments responding to the title represent similar comments heard from the time Anthony was found not guilty of first degree murder, aggravated manslaughter and aggravated child abuse on July 5, 2011; some will and some won’t.
Though many are clear they will not purchase a book that profits Anthony in any way shape or form, some say they would like to know more about the case from those who were around her.
Grund’s book follows the release of prosecutor Jeff Ashton’s book, “Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony,” which has now hit Amazon.com and is available for preorder.
Previous rumors have stated that Anthony plans to pen a book herself, but her criminal defense attorney, Jose Baez, has publicly refuted those claims. Several books are already on the market including one by true crime author Diane Fanning, “Mommy’s Little Girl: Casey Anthony and her daughter Caylee’s tragic fate.”
Fanning’s book was written in 2009 and stirred controversy as some felt is unfair to write a book regarding the crime before Anthony’s trial had begun. Psychologist for Fox News, Keith Ablow, M.D., also wrote a book about Casey titled, “Inside the Mind of Casey Anthony.” Like Jeff Ashton’s book, Ablow’s is available on Amazon.com as well.
Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony
Jeff Ashton released a statement to the Orlando Sentinel where he discussed the book and it’s hitting online stores. He stated that he wasn’t aware the book was going on sale early on Amazon.
Not everyone is thrilled about the now retired prosecutor’s book. A new Facebook group titled, “Boycott Jeff Ashton’s Book” was established and has six followers.
Is there a way to move into sync with the spiritual design of the universe, so that our lives go better? Are we discovering how to have more synchronicity, and more accurate intuitions, that can guide us through the challenges of our lives before they get bad–and open up magical opportunities for our best dreams? I believe a new, very exciting time is beginning in human history. I call it the 12th Insight. The Mayan Calendar calls it the Ninth Wave of Creation.
But whatever it is called, it is a new clarity about the nature of the universe, and how we, as individuals, can put spiritual knowledge into very practical application to find a higher path through life. Think about it. We have been pursuing spiritual knowledge in a mass way for decades. And finally we’ve reached the clarity to put it into action, to live it everyday!
As we act individually, we create together a new cultural approach to life that is the key to solving all the problems facing human society. I believe we can already sense what is occurring. There is a new call for civility and honesty in politics and business. It’s the new urge we feel to live a more authentic life of integrity.
The emerging Twelfth Insight represents a spiritual life that the best of every religious tradition has always held true, and that, in fact, points the way toward peace. There has never been a more exciting time to be alive. In spite of all our problems, this new awareness can be contagious, moving from person to person and can resolve everything. We just have to consciously share the truth of what we are doing. Remember, it’s not the end times. We’re just beginning. It’s morning in the world!
In Gratitude, James Redfield
James Redfield is the author of The Celestine Prophecy, The Tenth Insight, The Secret of Shambhala and The Twelfth Insight (to be released 2/15/2011). He is also an American lecturer, screenwriter and film producer.
Relationships do not really end – they only become redefined. And no matter what experiences we have, they all afford us opportunities for growth and great Self-realization.
“Who among us hasn’t been devastated by the loss of a relationship – whether through separation, divorce, or death? Most of the time, we can’t see beyond the present moment and mistakenly believe that life could never be as good without that other person in our daily lives. By the end of the journey through Lissa Coffey’s book, Closure, we come to realize that we will be better for having loved, and life will be even sweeter when we start to live it again!”
Through the myriad forms of relationships we experience over the course of a lifetime, we have the opportunity to learn about ourselves-to see how each relationship, no matter how challenging or difficult or joyful, causes us to change, to grow, and even to discover unknown inner strengths. In Closure and the Law of Relationship: Endings as New Beginnings, lifestyle and relationship expert Lissa Coffey show us how the Law of Relationship works to our benefit to help us improve our lives.
The universe teaches us that relationships don’t end,” Coffey says. “We remain connected to the people in our lives through our memories and shared experiences. Coming to terms with the changes in our relationships is what will bring us closure.” With real-life examples, Transformation Applications, and Wisdom Affirmations throughout, Coffey has created a practical, spiritual guide that offers a five-step process to help us achieve a sought-for peace of mind and greater Self-realization.