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Michigan’s LARGEST HOLISTIC COMMUNITY MAGAZINE

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JULY 2019

Listen to your heart, the voice of the Soul... ARTICLES • HOROSCOPES • LOCAL EVENTS • CLASSIFIEDS AND MORE... JULY 2019 w w w. B o d y M i n d S p i r i t G u i d e . c o m

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The Body Mind Spirit Guide is a homegrown publication in Michigan! Created by Howard & Penny Golden as a way to spend their retirement enjoying the people and things they love and value.

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Our Staff: Kathy Henning, Editor Susan deCaussin, Office Assistant Howard & Penny Golden, Founders Our Writers are Michigan Leaders, Healers & Experts that are passionate about helping YOU have a healthy body, an enlightened mind and a renewed Spirit!

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“I was standing on the highest mountain of them all, and round about beneath me was the whole hoop of the world. And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw; for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of all things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being. And I saw that the sacred hoop of my people was one of many hoops that made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight, and in the center grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter all children of one mother and one father. And I saw that it was holy.” Black Elk’s Vision (1862 - 1950)

Contributing Writers: Dr. Michael Abramsky John Ashbrook Chrissie Blaze Lisa Anne Cleeves Susan deCaussin Pauline Dettloff Gwendolyn Esco Davis Walt Gajewski Dr. William H. Karl, D.C. Miche Lame’ Chef Deborah Lieder Nancy Lynn Emily Madill Aluna Michaels Wendy Powers Nugent Ikaro Phoenix Phil Rosenbaum Tatiana Scavnicky Peter Shepherd Dr. Chris Surber Jennifer Vanderwal Barbra White Rachelle Williams Eve Wilson

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We believe all people are One! And that this great truth lies deep within each person’s heart! We dedicate the Body Mind Spirit Guide to the One Mother, the One Father and their children (you & I)! Though we speak many languages from differing nations, professions, religions, and realms, as we start to sing the language of LOVE we begin to become aware that we are all singing the same song! This publication seeks to create Harmony to that One Song, the BEAUTIFUL Song of life! ~Howard & Penny Golden

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The Meaning of “Heart” By Peter Shepherd.................................8 The Aspects of True Love By John Ashbrook...............................9

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By Dr. William H. Karl, D.C.........................................................14 Have You Taken Steps to Change Your Life? By Phil Rosenbaum....................................................................15 Listening to Your Heart By Chrissie Blaze..................................18

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Listen to Your Soul By Miche Lame’...........................................20 Why You Should Listen to Your Inner Voice By Rachelle Williams..................................................................21 Fresh at the Farmers Market By Walt Gajewski.........................22 Listen With Your Heart By Emily Madill......................................23

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Can You Hear Me Now? By Susan deCaussin..........................24 Knight in Shinning Armor By Pauline Dettloff.............................25 The Silver Thread: Seeking Enlightenment? Take a pill. By Dr. Michael Abramsky.........................................26

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Listening to the Wisdom Within By Chef Deborah Lieder..........27 Chakra Balancing -- the Master Key of Self Integration By Ikaro Phoenix........................................................................28

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Do Dreams Have Hidden Meaning? By Wendy Powers Nugent..........................................................29 CLASSES & EVENTS...............................................................30 Using Crystals to Hear the Voice of Your Heart

One People, One Life One Love, One World!

By Jennifer VanderWal...............................................................32 One Egg in the Carton By Dr. Chris Surber................................35 PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS DIRECTORY..............................36 “Talking to Your Plants” By Lisa Anne Cleeves...........................38

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SPIRITUAL HOROSCOPES......................................................42 COMMUNITY CLASSIFIED ADS...............................................43

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“We are excited to grow the expo to an outdoor, weekend, and much larger event”, stated John Batdorf of MI Green Team, “and to bring leading healthy product, service and program providers to this popular venue”.

Healthy Home & Living Expo Moves to Canterbury Village Expo Offers Exhibits, Education, Edibles & Entertainment MI Green Team, Michigan’s leading green and healthy living event producer, is pleased to announce the 2nd annual Healthy Home & Living Expo to be held Saturday & Sunday afternoons, August 10th & 11th, outdoors at the historic Canterbury Village in Lake Orion. The expo will showcase dozens of exhibitors with healthy living products, services and programs and many will offer free samples and exclusive show specials. Local experts will provide wellness checks and healthy living presentations. Attendees can enjoy live music, healthy concessions, kids activities & free massage from Irene’s Myomassology Institute.

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Admission tickets are $5 and available on-line and at the gate. Tickets include free parking, access to all event areas, and participation in all activities and programs. Advance tickets also include door prize drawing entry and a goodie bag. Event details and tickets are available on-line at www.HHLE.info. A limited number of free tickets are available in advance, upon request from event partners and participants listed on the website. Prospective sponsors, exhibitors, vendors, presenters, and volunteer staff can get further information at www.migreenteam. com/events or info@migreenteam.com.

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Bridging the Gap DPPD Holistic Fair Moves to Madison Heights Saturday, August 3 rd , 2019

Pagans will be taking over the beautiful Civic Center Park in Madison Heights, MI. The Detroit Pagan Pride Day Holistic Fair will utilize this new location offering vendors, classes, a kid’s zone, a teen hang out, raffle, community, and so much more. This event has been happening for over a decade in the Metro Detroit Area and has be-come a wonderful event to attend on a summer afternoon, and the price of admission is a nonperishable food item. “The focus this year is on community and building a bridge between our differences,” Board Member Kate Ochss says, “we want to make sure that everyone is included. We have focused on the family with our programming. Also, this year kids and teens get a free hot dog and a bag of chips.” DPPD Holistic Fair is part of the Pagan Pride Project which is a not for profit organiza-tion that helps bring the community together, support other charities and those in need, and to bring awareness about common misconceptions regarding paganism. If you would like to learn more about Detroit Pagan Pride Day Holistic Fair, please check out our website at https:// detroitpaganprideday.weebly.com/

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The Meaning of “Heart”. By Peter Shepherd What exactly is meant by the term ‘heart’? It’s not just the physical organ, through which we feel emotions as the heart pounds faster or relaxes. The heart also corresponds to the heart chakra of subtle energies and information, and it has a built-in nervous system of its own, linked to emotions and intuition. It also aligns with the right-brain way of thinking holistically and non-verbally, whereas the ego mind is more left-brain and verbal - in the head. So when we talk about “listening to our heart,” it means being mindful of our soul’s perspective, our inner knowing, our intuitive feeling, our essential loving core. Source: www.trans4mind.com

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The Aspects of True Love By John Ashbrook

When two people make a conscious decision to enter into a spiritual relationship, they commit to traveling a path together. That path is one of self-exploration and it requires a mature, deliberate effort by both parties to look inward with an attitude of honesty and understanding acceptance. Lasting and truly fulfilling love is the result of shared personal growth and the enhancement and expansion of both lives. Romantic love is born of exciting emotions that hopefully will give way to permanent feelings. Unfortunately, and too often, people are afraid to feel permanent feelings and then true love does not develop. Instead, the promise of a steady, even-keeled, peaceful relationship becomes the heartbreak of an emotional roller-coaster ride with all of its peaks of ecstasy and valleys of despair. This situation is obviously not true love, but in many cases, it is accepted as normal and a state of unfulfilled love is manifested. What then is true love? True love is like a glass-smooth lake. There is not a ripple in it. Remember, still, waters run deep. True love is a feeling of permanent trust and constant peace. True love contains emotion, but it is not controlled by emotion. Certainly, there are peaks of passion and excitement, but there is a constant peace-of-mind like the surface of that glass-smooth lake. Therefore, it remains satisfying at all times. True love is a constant state of knowing trust – it is a permanent feeling. You know your partner will respect your peace-of-mind and never knowingly provoke any fears or insecurities that you are still working through. You trust that this will not happen. You are committed

to an all-out effort to do the same. You take responsibility for creating your own life and fulfillment and your partner does the same. Two responsible people, coming together to further enhance and expand what they already have, separately. True love always adds to; it never detracts from. True love is both detached and united. It is a high state of spiritual development and, of course, it requires gigantic inner work to achieve. So, how does someone get to this exalted state of being capable of sustaining true love? It is a lifelong journey and as long as you and your partner both pursue the journey, you both move toward completion (ie. true love). True love knows no fear. So as individuals, you just search out, identify, work through, and release all feelings of fear. Once you have, as individuals, discovered your fears, you must then reveal them to your partner. This revealing of your vulnerabilities to each other is crucial because it fosters trust. You are saying to your partner, “I trust you with my secrets. I reveal myself to you knowing that you will not use your knowledge of these fears to provoke or control me.” You and your partner will make mistakes in this area, and friction will result, but these frictions must be discussed openly because they are stepping stones to growth in the relationship. Do not fear mistakes and when they are made, do not condemn or judge harshly – either yourself or your loved one. Forgive freely and move forward.

many of your fears are mutual, and you become mirrors of each other. Your partner reveals a fear, and in doing so, they become a mirror by which you can look into your own soul! The activity of revealing yourselves to each other will become in itself, very fulfilling. As you discover more about yourself, great excitement will be generated. You can’t wait to get home to share your inner discoveries with each other in an atmosphere of true harmony and trust. The more you discover and reveal, the more you open yourself to infinite revelation and personal growth. You and your partner become calm and secure in your constant and ever-expanding state of true love. This is the path to true love, and it is self-nourishing and eversatisfying. It heals the past, it sustains the present, and it guarantees the future. John Ashbrook is a professional numerologist and an intuitive spiritual counselor with 30+ years of experience. He teaches a comprehensive spiritual development program that combines ongoing classes with individual sessions. For more information, call: 734-326-3433.

As you reveal your fears to each other, you will be surprised to find that

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The Purpose of Your Life By Eve Wilson

You are an individual focus of the higher intelligence and unconditional love born from the Oneness of all life. Though you have probably thought of yourself as a personality, a body, a mind, these are your creations. You are the eternal spirit which enlivens your human self. The purpose of your life is to awaken unity of will and identity between your true self and your human self; then you can begin to fulfill the potential within your life. Religion and philosophy have sought to remind us that we are more than the creatures which we appear to be. But still, that unity has tended to elude us. Our human minds and emotions, wills, instincts, and societies demand our attention, pulling

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us from our spiritual essence and distracting us with work, entertainment, friends and family. It takes a strong deliberate choice to maintain our spiritual identity within these necessary distractions of life. Life is richer and more satisfying, relationships more fulfilling, success sweeter and hearts more joyful when we remember who it is that is living it all! When not deliberately choosing to live centered in partnership with our eternal spiritual selves, we find life to be a circle of highs and lows. We love the highs and feel traumatized by the lows, but one thing we can count on is that what we experience now will change as the wheel of life goes round. You could say that identifying with our true self is like living from the hub of the wheel, where we are part of the wheel but not flying high or being traumatized by the lows. Instead, we can always be whole and have a masterful focus of intelligence and love to greet the circumstances, whatever they are. Then everything becomes purposeful and we are in a position to fulfill our true purpose – allowing our Higher Self to live and express within the world.

not imposing. It is kind and compassionate but trusting of the wisdom and true purpose working within others, so it doesn’t try to rescue them. It is calm but focused and purposeful, even when you aren’t doing anything. It feels like life flowing through you…trustworthy, relaxed, potent and satisfying. Unity with Inner Wisdom and Higher Self is the safest place in the world. Whatever happens, when we are in that state, higher intelligence and love will make circumstances benefit us. This is who we are and what all life was created for. As each of us enters into this relationship, the world begins to reflect the greater good. The challenges we are facing in the world at this time are ways that human identities are being shaken up to reach beyond reliance on the structures of society and the creature identity of egos. As security at that level diminishes we are learning to go within to find our enlightened true selves. From that unity, we will co-create a brighter reality here on earth. Eve Wilson Master Healer, Author, Teacher – Learn about healing treatments and ascension, Eve’s book Riding the Wave of Change – Hope, Healing and Spiritual Growth for Our World, discover her International Award-Winning Blog – The Weekly Word for Healing & Ascension, plus classes and events at www.spiritualhealers.com 734-780-7635

Your eternal spirit or Higher Self has a direct line to the Oneness of all life. From that Oneness, you become aware of your unique role within each moment. That awareness is a flow of love that helps you to be a gift to each person and circumstance you encounter. Your human self can join with this flow of love and through that gradually begin to understand the bigger picture and purpose for circumstances. But even before you understand, you are able to participate and play your role. You can sense the rightness when unconditional love is flowing through you.

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Unconditional love is very different from human love. Human love is filled with preferences and agendas based on creature instincts, needs, and social programming. Unconditional love is able to meet those needs which are important, and let go of what is not helpful. It turns our awareness to a perspective which allows miracles and potent transformations to occur, gently within our lives and world. These amazing events may almost seem ordinary until we look at them relative to what others experience or what might have been. Then we know that higher intelligence and love are at work in our lives. Your Higher Self communes with you through your Inner Wisdom which is the seed of Higher Self planted within you at conception. This focus of true self is easiest to access deep within your heart chakra. I have three videos on my international award-winning blog which walk you through gaining unity with your Inner Wisdom and Higher Self. Visit www.spiritualhealers.com/blog and search: ”Eve’s 3 Most Important Things” to watch them!

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Twilight, Time and Everyday Magic

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By Tatiana Scavnicky

Unity Churches provide a positive, practical, approach to Christianity based on the teachings of Jesus and the power of prayer. We honor universal truths in all religions and respect each person’s spiritual path.

The middle of the year is here. Can you believe it? It seems as if “time” is slipping right on by, faster and faster, doesn’t it? I believe in cultivating everyday magic, and I feel that my life is a precious gift. I want to experience and remember the day-to-day moments. I want them to glisten, to prevent them from fading fast. I want them to have weight and slow down the clicking of the clock. So I did a little digging about this.

We invite you to join our Spiritual Community... ANN ARBOR - Unity of Ann Arbor| Ann Arbor | 734-434-8545 ANN ARBOR - On Campus Ministry| U of M & Eastern MI University |734-787-3664 BAY CITY - Unity of Bay City 37357 State Street Rd, Bay City | 989-686-0265 BLOOMFIELD HILLS- Bloomfield Center|37557 Woodward Ave. |248 835-5382 CLARE - Unity Church of Clare|215 W. 6th Street |989-823-2362 CLINTON TWP - Unity East Church|23057 N. Nunneley Rd. . |586-783-1546 DETROIT - Unity Outreach of Detroit| 313-675-5311 DETROIT - Urban Ministerial School| Samaritan Bld. 5555 Ste.1214 |313-922-0999 DETROIT - Detroit Unity Temple|17505 2nd Blvd. |313-345-4848 DETROIT - God Land Unity Church| 22450 Schoolcraft St. |313-794-2800 DETROIT - West Side Unity Church| P.O. Box 04659. |313-895-1520 FARMINGTON HILLS - Unity| 32500 W 13 Mile Rd. | 248-737-9191 FLINT - Unity Church of Flint| 4506 Fenton Road. |810-235-3155 JACKSON - Unity Church of Jackson|3385 Miles Rd. | 517-764-6900 LAKE ORION - Unity Church of Lake Orion|3070 S. Baldwin Road. |248- 391-9211 LANSING - Unity Spiritual Center of Lansing 230 S Holmes Street. | 517-371-3010 LIVONIA - Unity of Livonia| 28660 Five Mile Rd. |734-421-1760 LIVONIA - Unity of Redford| 28660 Five Mile Rd. (Livonia) |313-272-7193 PLYMOUTH - Friends of Unity| 774 N. Sheldon Road. | 734-454-0015 PONTIAC - Unity of Pontiac| 780 W. Huron | 248 335-2773 ROCHESTER - Unity Church of Rochester| 1038 Harding Rd, |248-656-0120 ROYAL OAK- Unity Church of Royal| 2500 Crooks Rd. |248-288-3550 SOUTHGATE - Unity Chapel| 14951 Northline Rd. |734-285-7722 TROY - Spiritual Life Center| Edu. Center, 811 W. Square Lk Rd |248-925-6214 WARREN - Renaissance Unity| 11200 E Eleven Mile Rd. |586-353-2300

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There are the major life moments, like a baby shower where I get to see so many people that I care about in one room. There’s a compliment from a close friend. A treasured gift. A vacation of a lifetime. An unforgettable birthday or graduation party that gets talked about weeks after to keep the joy of it alive. It turns out, moments like these, seem to stretch time because they are special, and out of the ordinary. They’re outside the realm of life’s regular routine. Life seems to fly by when we stop noticing the butterflies in spring, and the first fireflies at twilight with wide-eyed wonder like we did as children. When our to-do lists take over and our dreams lay in waiting for us to kiss them awake again. We’ve sped up life to warp speed. Our bones are tired and our hearts ache for something we can’t name. When all we acquire and save for, can’t even create interest on the time that is gone. But hope is never lost. A look between lovers ignites deja-vu. A long overdue deep breath delivers forgiveness. Every day is a promise at sunrise. And a silvery moon comes calling to whisper magic into the night. May the moments in between, stretch time sweetly before you. Tatiana is a spiritual teacher, psychic-intuitive, intuitive life coach, creator of music and healing meditations, Angel Therapy Practitioner® and Angel Therapy Medium®. She’s passionate about helping people move forward and overcome their fears, ditch procrastination and do what they love. She’s released three albums and shares her moon phase oracle card readings at www.tatianascavnicky.com

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UNPLUG

By Gwendolyn Esco Davis Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you. …….. Anne Lamott Unplug for clarity, unplug to solve problems, unplug to gain peace, unplug to get centered, unplug to gain understanding, unplug for health, unplug for balance, unplug to recharge, unplug for appreciation. In today’s environment, news feeds are 24/7. We are in an age of constant updating/uploading new and/or revised information. To keep current, we find ourselves sleeping with devices in our beds or very close –- always on alert. Although we humans are the most sophisticated intelligence on the planet, we have allowed something ‘less than’ to control us! As Katrina Kenison shares in her essay, Why You Must Have Time Alone, “In solitude, we see more clearly. Alone—in moments of prayer or meditation, or simply in stillness—we breathe more deeply, see more fully, hear more keenly. We notice more, and in the process, we return to what is sacred.” Let go of your devices for one to two hours a day. While cooking and eating a meal, spend that time with a loved one without the aid of your mobile devices. Try it while taking a morning run or walk the dog without your earplugs. Move devices from under your pillow to a table across the room. Unplug for the full effects of reconnecting with you. You’ll find yourself relaxing for the first time in a while. You become more alert and more focused with better clarity. At first, take small breaks, then increase to one hour a day, then two hours a day.

Schedule time to unplug at a set time on the weekends or your days off work. If you are a business owner, it can be nearly impossible; nonetheless, it can be done. Let it be known that you will be off-line/ off the grid during that time. The world will not fall apart during your absence. Some of the most successful people in the world unplug. They unplug so they can create new ideas and renew their spirit; they unplug for days, even weeks at a time. I once recommended to a client that while driving to her mothers every Saturday, that she turn her phone off for the 45-minute ride. Her resistance was that she makes business calls during the trip, or makes calls for her mother -- she would say it is a very productive time spent. It took her a few weeks before trying it out; it only took a couple of weeks before she began to notice the landscape and scenery along the drive. Her weekly visits with her mother became more vibrant with a deeper connection, and she stopped making business calls on Saturdays.

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Be kind to yourself and reclaim a margin of stillness in your life. It can make a world of difference and bring you joy. I think you are worth it, don’t you? Unplug to recharge your mind, body, and spirit. Namaste, Peace, & Blessings, Gwendolyn Gwendolyn, owner of G. EscoDavis, LLC, is a certified life coach and business mentor. Her practice of four decades focuses on women entrepreneurs, although she also coaches men business owners. She uses a holistic/ organic approach and publishes a monthly newsletter. For more info call 313-717-8988, email Gwendolyn@escodavis.us

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the stomach becomes alkaline, the body is vulnerable to attack from bacteria, viruses and anything else trying to gain entrance to the body through the gut. Besides aiding digestion, a strongly acidic environment in the stomach destroys these invaders, such as E.coli bacteria, before they can cause harm.

Don’t Just Survive: Thrive with Good Digestion! By Dr. William H. Karl, D.C.

Everything alive on our planet needs food for survival. When we eat yummy foods and digest them, life is good. When food doesn’t digest, indigestion can make life miserable. If you’ve ever suffered from indigestion, the following information may provide an incentive to start making healthy changes. Food gives us both energy and the raw materials for rebuilding the body. Everyone should consume a wide variety of healthy foods every day for the most benefit. Carefully selected whole food supplements help fill nutritional gaps but shouldn’t be a replacement for food, and even the best supplements must be digested in order to be available for the body’s use. Supplements that help rebuild the digestive system have been in existence since the mid-1900s. Other formulas based on the newest research contain many specific enzymes and heat stabilized probiotics to help ensure digestion and assimilation by the body. Drugs for indigestion can provide short-term relief but overall cause more harm. Impaired digestion causes our energy levels to suffer while depriving us of the materials needed to stay healthy. This is because the body doesn’t actually run directly off carbohydrates, proteins or fats. The body runs off of what these foods are broken down into. Proteins are broken down to amino acids, carbohydrates into glucose, and fats into fatty acids. Only when food is properly digested can it be utilized at the cellular level. When digestion is impaired, consequences range from mild discomfort to virtual starvation despite consuming food. Do you remember being told to chew your food at least 20 times? It’s true that the act of chewing our food causes the release of enzymes in the mouth which signal the stomach to start digestion. Chewing gum is a poor idea because it uses the enzymes needed for digestion. The next phase of digestion starts as food enters the stomach. This is when special cells in the stomach release hydrochloric acid to sterilize the food and aid in digestion. Many things can reduce the very important level of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. One specific threat to maintaining the proper level of hydrochloric acid in the stomach is alkaline water. Many people believe that drinking alkaline water is beneficial based on an assumption that alkalinity kills cancer cells. The pH system in the body and its relationship to cancer is way more complex than this. The biggest problem with this practice is that when

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Digestive disorders and pain are some of the most common reasons people go to the hospital. Common symptoms include heartburn, gas, bloating and abdominal pain. Many people attempt to alleviate these uncomfortable symptoms with drugs before understanding that they only create more problems. Chasing after symptoms instead of solving the problem is never the answer. Proton pump inhibitor drugs create problems because they interfere with a series of eloquently timed events in the digestive system that are responsible for good digestion. To briefly summarize, the stomach must achieve a pH of 3.5 or less for the lower stomach valve to open. Next, the pancreas must be producing sodium bicarbonate to contain stomach acid and not burn the stomach muscle wall. If not, it cuts the acid production through a feedback loop with the stomach. In the second phase of stomach digestion, enzymes are released to actually break down the food and further rid the food of potentially harmful invaders. Let’s look at some common causes of indigestion. The typical American diet consists primarily of processed and/or cooked foods which don’t have the enzymes which would ordinarily aid digestion. (Cooking food above 118 degrees destroys the naturally occurring enzymes in raw food.) Add in stress, lack of sleep and the long list of chemicals added to food and you have the perfect recipe for indigestion. Processed foods made with artificial ingredients and chemicals create a whole host of problems. When the body doesn’t recognize artificial ingredients and chemicals, it responds to them as if they’re invaders. Employing the immune system to attack them is a huge use of energy which leaves a person feeling exhausted and/or sick. We now understand that undigested proteins damage organs and thus are the root cause of autoimmune diseases such as diabetes, gout and Celiac disease. Undigested proteins also increase the arthritic buildups in the body. Another reason that many of the foods available in stores, and even Farmer’s Markets, have become harder to digest is because of the changes in agriculture, new seed varieties, and GMOs. The food itself is different than what it was in the past. The biggest difference is that the bonds holding the molecules together in food are stronger and harder to break down. This means that we need more help digesting our food than ever before.

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Eating clean natural fresh food should be the goal for everyone wanting to live a healthy life. Ensuring that these foods are completely digested is the next step. Adding enzymes back (supplementing with enzymes) whenever we consume processed or cooked foods is the best way to ensure complete digestion and obtain the most benefit from food. If you have indigestion or are wondering if one of our new enzyme formulas would be beneficial for you, call for information on muscle testing your digestive system and/or supplements you’re currently using in your digestive protocol. An interesting example of how our incredible digestive system helps us stay healthy is how food gets marked and tracked when entering the body through the mouth. Each substance is scanned and marked by the parotid glands as either friend or foe before determining where it will be used in the body. Good digestion along with a healthy digestive system can help you not only survive -- but thrive! Dr. William H. Karl, D.C., is a Brimhall Certified Wellness Doctor with over 35 years of experience helping people obtain optimal health. Mention this article when you call to receive a FREE CONSULTATION with either Dr. William H. Karl, DC or Dr. Jacob H. Karl, DC. Call: 734-425-8220 or visit: www.KarlWellnessCenter.com

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live the kind of life you truly want to be living. Rather, it is causing you to sabotage yourself, to get into unhealthy relationships, to settle for lesser careers than you are capable of achieving, and is causing a great deal of distress and unhappiness.

Have You Taken Steps to Change Your Life? By Phil Rosenbaum

Have you ever read self-help books? If so, did they help you make any long-lasting changes in your life? If you have read some of these books, you were probably inspired after reading them, but more than likely, they did not lead to any permanent changes in your life. The reason for this is that your conscious or creative mind wanted to make changes but the programming in your subconscious mind was not affected. You cannot override these powerful subconscious beliefs by merely reading a few selfhelp books. When you were growing up, usually until about age seven, your mind was like an open book and you accepted pretty much everything you heard or saw. In fact, you were basically in a state of hypnosis. Your brainwaves were the same as if you were in a hypnotic trance. The messages you received up until age seven went right into your subconscious mind. The conscious mind does not really operate until this point. As you get older, your conscious mind comes into play. However, the messages you received the first seven years do not get replaced. They are lodged in your subconscious mind and actually dictate most of your behavior. The part of this process that is so insidious is that you are not even aware of the fact that these messages are now affecting every aspect of your life. It is believed that 95% or more of the time that you are awake, your subconscious mind is actually running the show. If you are thinking about the past or thinking about the future, you are not living in the present moment, and you are allowing your subconscious programming to dictate what occurs in your life. This is the reason “mindfulness” can be so helpful. Living in the present moment prevents your subconscious mind from dictating your thoughts and behavior. Unfortunately, it is estimated that 70% of the programming you received is negative and not life-enhancing. It is not helping you

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Listening to Your Heart By Chrissie Blaze

“There were a lot of years that I was trying to do things that other people wanted me to do. But you have to follow your heart. Believe that you have a unique group of talents and abilities that are going to allow you to accomplish something in an area that interests you. Work at that and try to make some kind of contribution to your community.” Robert Kennedy, Jr.

Just as love is the healing energy of the heart, when we truly listen to our heart and we look at the suffering and chaos of our world, we are moved to want to do something. Prayer is the tool that can hone this power into an alchemical force to inspire and heal. It is a universal language; the common language of that universal religion – spirituality – of which we are all, by our very nature, members. Prayer transcends words, language barriers, and different religious beliefs. Prayer is also a spiritual science. When we pray, we are not just saying words, but are also reaching deep within ourselves. We are listening to our heart. We are forming a connection with that spark of the Divine that resides there. Like the sun, our hearts and souls want to pour forth light, love, and healing to all and prayer enables us to do this. Prayer energy – love energy – spiritual energy – what we call it does not matter; is a power just as real as electricity and far more important. It is a power that we can channel from the infinite, universal supply of the Creator -- God. Through our intentional prayers, we automatically channel this power.

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When prayer reaches its destination as a beam of love – the energy of the heart – colored by the words and motive of the pray-er, its nature is to bring balance and harmony, in the same way as healing does. It gives people extra power to heal themselves, help themselves, inspire themselves and motivate themselves. The energy of love nurtures and heals and when directed through prayer, this can mean the difference between life and death. If we hear on the news that there is a war breaking out somewhere in the world and that peace talks are about to begin, we may feel inspired to send prayers to the peacemakers. If we listen to this inspiration and act upon it, we can then utilize the energy of our hearts, far more powerful than our brains, to make a difference; to heal and inspire the peacemakers in their decision making. Prayer can be especially useful if used strategically. As the outcome of the war will depend to a large extent on the decisions of the peacemakers, it is a good idea to do this. While we should never ask in our prayers that other people’s minds are changed in any way, it is always good to ask that light, strength, and clarity of mind goes out to the peacemakers, in order that they may be guided by their higher selves to make the right decision. The magical secret of prayer is to first listen to our hearts, and then use its energy of love, mixed with all our faith, focus, concentration, and compassion, and then detach from the results. Detachment gives our prayers wings to fly to their destination in order to perform God’s magic.

Oh mighty God I offer my heartfelt prayer in thankfulness to you, And ask that I may be a channel for your peace and love So that this may flow through me now to all life. To humanity, in all its diversity of race and creed People, plants, animals and even the rocks beneath our feet So that we may know we are One planetary family Dwelling within Thy Great Heart. On wondrous Parabrahma May your divine and infinite power flow now – At this very moment – in an everlasting stream of light To bring peace and freedom to our world. Oh, Eternal Creator, Provider and Sustainer of all life. Great Peace, Great Peace, Great Peace May Thy will be done.

Chrissie Blaze is the author of twelve books including Power Prayer: A Program for Unlocking Your Spiritual Strength, (Co-author, Gary Blaze; Foreword, Marianne Williamson). Chrissie is a priest at The Aetherius Society, 3119 N. Campbell Road, Royal Oak, MI 48073. For information about Services held at the Society, email Chrissie at: aetherius1122@gmail.com JULY 2019 w w w. B o d y M i n d S p i r i t G u i d e . c o m

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Listen to Your Soul By Miche Lame’

The Christ said that the longest road was from the head to the heart. The heart chakra is where the energy of your soul resides. It’s always connected to the Creator, and always within you. No matter how much you cover up and dampen that inner light of your soul, it is always there, ready to make your heart sing and be listened to. Your soul is eternal. As it is eternal, it is connected with all your wisdom and the Creator’s, as well as your past and future. We come into this world knowing and fully connected with our soul, and over time, separating from it, by developing the ego. We defend our soul by covering it up and becoming who we think our parents want us to be. Then, we get stuck in the inner programs of our mind, losing touch with our soul, although it is always there and wants our highest good. The heart, our soul, is where our deepest joy lives and loves unconditionally -- knowing you are perfect where you are on your path of enlightenment. Connecting and listening to your soul will bring you joy every moment of your existence. All you have to do is listen and your inner wisdom from your soul will direct you to the next step on your path.

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Create a ball of pinkish light energy softly glowing with gratitude and love. Feel that warm energy of love. Now listen. Listen for the soft voice that allows you to have the free will to listen and obey (or ignore it and follow the ego’s demanding defensive voice). The soul’s/heart’s voice will be soft and full of unconditional love, like a gentle stroke of a mother’s hand comforting her child. All you need to do is be open and accepting to hear the guidance. When you feel complete and have gained the insight you’ve desired, thank your soul with gratitude, compassion, and love. Continue feeling the connection as you open your eyes. As you practice this small ritual daily, it will become easier and faster for you to connect with your soul. Eventually, you can just take a breath in and tune into that connection in seconds. Your life then starts to become a continual connection with your soul guiding you as you walk your path to enlightenment. It’s always a choice to connect, listen to, and take action on your soul’s guidance. By Miche Lame’ Miche Lame has been compassionately guiding people for over 25 years. Through Spiritual Living and Healing Miche utilizes Intuitive and Universal Principals to guide you in healing your emotional, mental, physical, & spiritual state. www. spirituallivingandhealing.com

Why You Should Listen to Your Inner Voice By Rachelle Williams

When was the last time you thought about what your deepest, most cherished desire is? Or, when was the last time you simply stopped to “be” in the moment during a difficult time and find stillness in order to gain clarity? You may become so focused on what society, friends, or family expects from you that to listen to your heart, so to speak, seems silly. This isn’t to say you should toss aside outside opinions, but consider bringing your own inner voice into the mix and see what happens. It was Albert Einstein who said, “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it,” and this couldn’t be any truer. Accessing that inner guidance to help elevate you both mentally and emotionally enables you to become better at handling problems or, in general, handling life. Being able to wade above the waters of life rather than struggling in the mud below is where you want to be. Plus, you have the upper hand by gaining a better vantage point to see where you need to go and how to get there. With practice, you will learn to recognize when fear and doubt are drowning out your true inner voice that is struggling to be heard. You’re listening to your inner voice when you feel empowered, authentic, and peaceful. You will notice that good people and positive experiences are drawn to you with ease. (You are listening to fear and doubt when you feel stagnant, unfulfilled, angry, and resentful.) By listening to your inner voice, you become the creator of your life rather than a bystander. Clearing the Way Listening for your inner voice is like training a new muscle. It won’t happen overnight, but if you make a consistent effort to hone it, the stronger it will become—like a tuner tuning into the right frequency. During this process, you will learn more about yourself and it will be a game changer. Just like with any new venture, it helps to prepare yourself and it also lets your subconscious know that you are truly ready to make changes. A few meaningful daily practices to put in place are ones you are probably familiar with: * Cultivate present-moment awareness· * Practice mindfulness in all activities * Follow a healthy diet * Exercise * Surround yourself with people who support you and your dreams * Meditate Remember to keep a light heart on this journey and always move in the direction of your happiness, even if it seems daunting at first. You have the answers within, though sometimes you may not want to listen. It’s not easy being human, but it’s good to know you are not alone. Though the voices of fear and doubt seem the strongest within you at times, remember you have the choice to single out the lone voice that remains steady and strong and will always remind you of who you are and what you want. You will know it when you feel it, and your body and mind will rejoice in the “rightness” of it all. Source: www.chopra.com

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Fresh at the Farmers Market By Walt Gajewski

Sunday morning after Saturday market, I’m out gathering-up the signs that had been put out for the market. The town is quiet. Overhead, fisting clouds form a low ceiling, showing short grey wet tails. Rain is sputtering around like a dog shaking off a wet coat. Temperatures are cool, my raincoat is soaked. It’s dreary, but dariving around with the music on and listening to lyrics in the background that pine out… “one minute you’re waiting for the sky to fall, next moment you’re dazzled by the beauty of it all…”. Gosh, how I love Sundays in Michigan. It’s my day to be grateful, acknowledging my presence in the stillness of an early morning on a day that ends the week for some, starts the week for others. Me, I’m winding down to wind up again on Monday… Just weeks into the Michigan growing season, crops are already three to four weeks behind. There are stories about mid-west farmers who have yet to open their fields for planting. There are also stories about large-scale farmers thinking about throwing in the towel completely. Our Farmington Market farmers are planting. There’s no getting ahead of cold and wet but our farmers are not wholesalers…they don’t have to push produce out to the superhighways for long hauls meeting schedules, production numbers, and shipping deadlines. Our farmers are smaller with lower overhead - families do the labor. The produce gets to town quick. The produce is coming, albeit in smaller yields, but it’s coming…and that’s a good thing. Farmington Farmers Market in July If we can spot-in dry days with temperatures near 80 degrees and holding, July should be a prosperous month for Michigan farmers. Look for field tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, summer squash, zucchini, lettuce, mustard greens, chard, kale, beets, carrots, onions and more including cherries, berries, and peaches. We might be behind, but we are still mighty! Did you know that Michigan is the 2nd most agriculturally diverse state in the country behind California? With over 54,000 working farms and 10 million acres of farmable soil, Michigan is a fruit and vegetable powerhouse and a top producer of apples, cherries, blueberries, pumpkins, asparagus, dry beans, squash,

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and cucumbers. In all, our great state produces nearly 300 agricultural products and employs nearly one million people in doing so! Special events coming to the Farmington Farmers Market in July include a special holiday market on July 6, featuring a petting zoo, live music, children’s activities and a cooking demo hosted by Calder Dairy, featuring Chef Laura Romito from High Five Salts. July 13 brings our monthly, children’s “Power of Produce” program to downtown Farmington. This national program made possible by a grant from the Farmington Hills Foundation for Youth and Families and presented by Beaumont teaches children 4 – 12 years, “Where food comes from”. Kids personalize their own market bags, are sent off to “find things” at the market, sampling new foods and shopping the market with a $3 voucher at our participating farmers. Market nutritionist, Julie Stevens, includes a kid family-friendly recipe for each “POP Club member”. The program is free, fun and helps train our future shoppers about eating food in season! Find the POP tent at the market to unleash the “Power of Produce” in your family! July 20 brings the 55th Annual Founders Festival to town, and the Farmers Market will be in full swing! Market goers can look forward to live music, a used book sale hosted by the Farmington Library, and free health screenings with Beaumont and Essential Family Chiropractic. Adding to the fun, look for the “Big Heads” from the Detroit Parade Co. to pay a visit to the market at the noon hour, following the Founders Festival parade down Grand River Ave.! The Farmington Farmers Market is located at the corner of Grand River and Grove Street in downtown Farmington and is FREE and open to the public Saturdays, 9am – 2pm through October 26. For more information please visit: www.farmingtonfarmersmarket.com

Listen With Your Heart By Emily Madill

Have you ever considered the idea that everything we truly need to hear or know might not come from our mind? What if great wisdom and guidance can be heard when we listen to the soft whisper of our heart. Our intuition is an inherent trait we can use to help us create a deeper sense of understanding and peace with life. It is our natural sense and awareness of the world and is a part of who we are — it is our birthright. Yet, rarely are we instructed to utilize or develop this incredibly powerful guidance system. When we listen to our intuition and lead our lives from our heart, life has a way of falling into place in a more orderly fashion than we ever could have imagined with our mind. When we listen with our heart, the stress, worries and stories we create in our mind, loses its power. Instead, we begin to find our natural groove. When we listen with our heart, it is easy to decipher what is true in our mind and what is fiction. Our heart’s voice will always show us what is true, and will lead us towards seeing and feeling love. This is where deep understanding comes from. Here are the 3 things that can help us lead life from the voice of our heart: 1) Your Heart’s Voice Can Always be Heard Our intuition is always there to guide us. It doesn’t need to be coaxed and it doesn’t require specific training to be able to hear it. We already have everything we need to hear our heart’s voice. Simply remove the noise, get quiet and there it will be. The sound of our heart is a soft whisper that can be felt; it is kind and always has a loving tone. You can ask yourself a question and then get quiet for the truth to come to the surface. The answer is always kind to yourself and others. 2) You Gain a Sense of Freedom When You Honor Your Heart’s Voice When we look outside of ourselves for answers we already know on a cellular level, we are in essence turning our backs on ourselves. When we trust ourselves to listen to the soft whisper of our heart, life feels lighter. Sometimes honoring our heart’s voice means taking a step in a particular direction, or perhaps walking away from something that doesn’t feel right in our gut. The world will forever teach us new things about ourselves, with opportunities at every turn. So explore, experience and learn. You are powerful and there is freedom in stepping into that place. 3) Your Heart’s Voice Removes Complexity and Adds Clarity Looking for direction outside of ourselves can lead us to feeling as if we’re going in circles or are trapped in uncertainty. The truth is, you and only you can ever really know what is best for you. When we lead our lives from the voice within us, everything that seemed hard and complicated becomes crystal clear. Source: www.huffpost.com/entry/listen-with-your-heart_b_10119684

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Can You Hear Me Now? By Susan deCaussin Have you ever been at a crowded event, when you suddenly noticed your attention drifting away from the conversation in front of you to one that’s on the other side of the room? Perhaps it’s more colorful than the one you’re engaged in. We’re all guilty of doing this at one time or another. Why do you suppose this happens so easily? As children, we had short attention spans. Everything around us pulled our attention away from the task at hand. Parents, teachers, and coaches work tirelessly to keep kids engaged, but children are easily distracted and shift their focus frequently. As time passes, this same level of distraction is occurring with everyone in society. So much is vying for our attention. Distracted driving has become a deadly problem. Advertising is everywhere we look. Everything on the news is suddenly a “Breaking News” story. Even the weather reports are being blown out of proportion. Windy days are being labeled “cyclone bombs” .....really? And, if that isn’t enough, there seems to be a growing obsession with

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Distractions, distractions, distractions. And, through all of this, more people than ever are feeling lost, distraught and without purpose in life. Hmmm. Could there be a connection? Of course, there is! How can you stay connected to your inner guidance system if you allow your attention to be scattered all over the place and fixed on things of this physical world? And, how do you make the shift to change this? The solution is so easy, it’s laughable. It’s silence. A rare commodity these days, but still achievable, moments of silence easily provide the perfect atmosphere for tapping into that inner compass that draws you into the right direction. However easy it may sound, we’ve all become so accustomed to the noise and distractions in our lives, that it can be really tough to dial it back. At first, sitting still and looking inward can feel uncomfortable. We’ve become so used to running around, non-stop, that we feel guilty about sitting still. Dialing back the noise and making time for these moments don’t come easily. Think of this process like going to the gym. When you start up a gym membership, you don’t immediately start lifting the heavyweights. You gradually build your way up to that level of endurance. It’s like that when you reconnect with your inner guidance. Being able to release the busy thoughts and the need to be constantly moving, requires patience and practice. These times of daily reflection should not be considered a luxury -- they’re a necessity. If you want direction in your life, you must be prepared to pay attention, long enough, to receive it. Your angels, guides and loved ones in spirit are constantly with you -- whispering in your ear and placing people, events, and circumstances in front of you to help you along your way. Whether it’s daily meditation, walks in nature or sitting in the sunshine, make sure to incorporate time every single day to tune into the guidance that’s always there to help you through life. Namaste’, Susan Susan deCaussin established Healing Methods, in Troy, MI. She’s a Clinical Hypnotherapist, Reiki Master/Teacher, Spiritual Advisor, Psychic/Medium, and Inspirational Writer and Speaker. Her deep connection to Spirit assists her in working with Universal Energy and creating articles and lectures that are thoughtprovoking, powerful and healing. Learn more at www.HealingMethods.org

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Knight in Shinning Armor By Pauline Dettloff As I was sitting here trying to think of a topic to write on for this month’s article, I was at a total loss. I started writing a story about a lady who lost her husband, and she couldn’t find her way afterward. It depressed me so deeply I needed to stop. As I sat here looking around, really gazing around my office, for a story, I spotted my tarot cards. I decided to write about the first card I picked out of my deck. I picked the Knight in Shining Armor card (out of 78 Cards). Every woman wants one of these; he’s handsome, he’s tall, dark Brown eyes, charming smile, coming toward her with love in his eyes, every woman’s dream. What happens to our Knight in Shining Armor? We meet him and he so perfect. He’s always smiling, always happy, they married us, and then the real guy shows up. He’s not funny anymore, doesn’t make you laugh anymore, all he does is pick on you and tell you I want you do this and do that, and we do - every day, thinking it’s going to get better. He’s going to love us more if we do it; but, day after day, some days are better than others.

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Here’s where I want your story to change. When you get married, or you meet your Knight in Shining Armor, that every day he is in your life, he wants to please you or do for you or take care of you. “Love You, “that’s what a Knight in Shining Armor does. Is he a fantasy? In someone else’s story? I want him to be in my and your stories. At Michigan Psychic Fair, we do psychic readings, and we have many women that want to know about their Knights in Shining Armor. If their relationship will work and why sometimes we ruin our relationships and don’t even realize we did it. We may want so much more out of the marriage, that we forget about the guy, what his purpose in our life is. It is to love one another like the first day you met, every day for the rest of your lives together. Let us at Michigan Psychic Fair help you find your Knight in Shining Armor. As always, Love and Light from Pauline Michigan Psychic Fair. Visit our website at www.MichiganPsychicFair. com and please see our ad for the next fair dates. We hope to see you at the next one.

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The Silver Thread: Seeking Enlightenment? Take a pill. By Dr. Michael Abramsky

I am reading Michael Pollen’s new book, “How to Change Your Mind”. It largely focuses on the recent history and dynamics underlying the uses of LSD and psilocybin. It discusses the experience of taking these drugs, the history and the therapeutic use of psychedelic mushrooms, and the colorful history of pioneers like Tim Leary, and Ram Das (Richard Alpert), the Harvard researchers who started the Turn On, Tune In, and Drop Out ‘movement’, fostered by their LSD experiments. I must confess that my decision to become a clinical psychologist was fostered by an LSD trip that I took. I was at a pivotal place in my life. I had finished an undergraduate degree in English and Humanities but was stuck in where to go next. A friend told me about these magic sugar cubes, which had a microdot of LSD on them. I knew nothing of it, but recklessness, a quality which has led to both thrills and destruction in my life, took over. “Why not!” I said. For the next twelve hours, I tripped and entered a state of mind I had only glimpsed before in occasional dream states. William James, the pioneering American psychologist wrote about mystical experiences in his book, “The Variety of Religious Experience”. He pointed out that the experiences are not describable once the experience ends and we enter our normal state of consciousness. I experienced in that psychedelic state the difference between my natural or innate self and that part of me which had been imposed on me by my socialization. Today I am talking about

As Carlos Fuentes aptly put it: “culture is a sea-shell in which we hear voices of what we are, what we were, what we forgot and what we can be.”

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it, back then I experienced it. I could feel who I was, and separate it from the tangle of rules, values, and socialization imposed on me by parents, society, and culture. The experience motivated me to seriously explore the dimensions and parameters of my mind, and this naturally led to a new direction -- looking to understand and heal my mind and those of others. Many years later as an intern at Lafayette Clinic, I was involved in that clinic’s research specialty in schizophrenia. They wanted to experiment with LSD as its “symptoms” are similar to those noted on LSD trips. Unfortunately, LSD got caught up in the drug scares of the 1970s. It was classified as a Schedule One drug and was banned from the community, and banned from research. Over the past few years, research has resumed. Universities such as NYU and John’s Hopkins have revitalized research into the effects of psychedelics. Recently I read of efforts to administer psychedelics to terminally ill patients in order to ease their fear of death. Studies are underway to examine if such drugs reduce alcoholism, anxiety and depression, and criminal recidivism. In Silicon Valley, micro-doses of LSD are being used frequently to boost motivation and creativity. Here are the effects that have been noted: 1) The transcendent state experienced with psychedelics is no different than those reached through prolonged meditation, isolation and starvation. 2) People who “trip” report entering an egoless world, a state of transcendence that separates the ego from a transcendent self. 3) Unlike most drugs, people who take psychedelics under controlled conditions only seek it once or periodically. Unlike marijuana, cocaine, alcohol, or heroin, there is not a craving or regular use. 4) About 70% of the participants report a life-changing experience. Many report a change in attitude, vocation or relationships. Psychedelics appear to give persons insight, with life-changing results. 5) There have been some “bad trips”; consequently, the use of such drugs should be done with trained therapists and with pharmacological specific dosages.

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Michael Abramsky is a licensed psychologist with 35 years of experience treating adolescents and adults for anxiety, depression, and trauma. He is nationally Board Certified in both Clinical and Forensic psychology.. has an MA in Comparative Religions, and has practiced and taught Buddhist Meditation for 25 years. You may call him at: 248-644-7398

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Listening to the Wisdom Within By Chef Deborah Lieder

Life constantly ebbs and flows. We go through periods of time where we are in the zone, on point and watching everything move fluidly. Then there are times when everything feels like a struggle as we hit obstacle after obstacle. It is in those times that it’s easy to throw our self-care out the window, especially when it comes to eating. Making dinner after a long hard day is the last thing on your mind as you pick up the phone to order carry out. This has become more of the norm nowadays with the advent of meal delivery companies. Realistically, though, when we are in those times, it is most important to take care of ourselves. Even if it’s not the first thing we want to do, it makes getting through the challenges that much easier. Yes, we have to slow down a bit and make that time for our self-care, but then we can listen more clearly to the wisdom within. With summer here, we have an endless supply of fresh fruits and vegetables. It is the perfect time of year to start practicing eating at home and making meals from scratch. When we consistently eat cleaner, healthier meals, more geared towards nourishing our body, we see that it functions that much better for us. Part of listening to what our body needs is giving it optimal nutrients so we can better hear when something doesn’t work for us. Trying new produce each week, experimenting with creative ways to incorporate them into your diet, or getting family or friends involved is a great way to start. Challenging yourself to eat one raw thing at each meal will help your body detox, as well as provide the purest form of nutrients your body understands. Then from this space, we can hear if something doesn’t agree with us. We will also see our food preferences change. Certain processed, unhealthy foods won’t seem as enticing. Or, maybe we do decide to give ourselves an indulgence and find that it didn’t taste as good as it used to. These are all signs that you are nourishing your body in a better way, that you’re choosing to be mindful and aware of what you need. Yes, it might feel a little frustrating to not be able to have “whatever you want” but at the end of the day, your body will love you more and you will experience that feeling of gratitude for doing something kind for yourself. It is when we are navigating all the challenges of life that we need to be kind to our self. We will feel stronger, more empowered, and ultimately live a better life.

Heirloom Tomato, Roasted Red and Golden Beets, Arugula, Burrata, Herbed Vinaigrette 1 lb. Heirloom Tomato, sliced 1 bunch Red Beets 1 bunch Golden Beets 3/4 c + 2 T. Olive Oil 1 bunch Arugula 1/4 c. Red Wine Vinegar 1/4 Onion, sliced 2 ea. Garlic Cloves 1 T. Oregano 1 t. Mustard 2 T. Honey Salt and Pepper 2 ea. Burrata Directions: Turn the oven to 400°. If beets have greens, remove the tops. Rinse under water to remove dirt. Place beets in roasting pan and drizzle 2 tablespoons of olive oil on top. Cover and roast it for 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from oven, but keep covered until cool. For the dressing, place vinegar, honey, mustard and spices in a blender. Mix to incorporate, turn the blender on high, and slowly drizzle remaining 3/4 cup of olive oil until the dressing emulsifies. Season with salt and pepper. It’s recommended to use gloves when peeling the beets as they can stain your fingers. Otherwise, make sure to wash your hands immediately after with soap and warm water. The skin should easily peel away from the beets. Dice into medium dice. In a bowl, toss arugula beets and dressing. Arrange sliced tomatoes on plate or platter, topped with arugula and beet salad, and serve with Burrata. Enjoy this summer treat! *additional ingredients - add toasted nuts or seeds, toasted baguette, or Parmesan crisps. Chef Deborah Lieder For more information visit her website: www.deborahlieder. com or contact her personally at: 248-974-5696 and by email at deborahlieder@aol.com.

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levels functioning; managing them is not always something we have a lot of experience or skills to do. So we learn to cope with our state of inner conflict, which tends to mask our underlying imbalance.

Chakra Balancing -the Master Key of Self Integration By Ikaro Phoenix

While many of us are aware of the different parts of our self functioning simultaneously, each one however often functions independent of the others -- the body functioning in one way, the mind and emotions in another and the spirit in another. However, each one of us tends to be predominated by one of these parts, as the way we express our self and use them to navigate our life. For some, it’s what their body is experiencing, whether it’s pleasurable to them or unpleasurable, which dictates the value of the experience they are having and where they want to be. For others, their mind and emotions dictate the experience they are having, giving the meaning to things or dictating how they perceive. Others relate most strongly with their spirit, seeing the subtle realities yet feeling discontented from what is happening physically and psycho-emotionally with what is going on around them.

How do we address this state of imbalance and the coping mechanisms we develop? We need to work in a way which our body -- the physical, mental/ emotional and spiritual -- can come into a state of agreement naturally and at a level, we can sustain. We only have so much energy we can restore our self with because much of it is tied up in our day-to-day state of affairs, and to just drop everything for total body/ mind/spirit integration is too radical of a change for 99% of us. What causes our disintegration in body, mind, and spirit? We have blockages, also called, negative impacts, which do not allow the energy to flow. These impacts can be due to traumas done to us or passed on to us from others generationally or ancestrally.

These blockages can be masked by the ways in which we have learned to cope with them. This can be through unhealthy lifestyle practices such as substance abuse, drug abuse, an unhealthy diet, little or no exercise, a stressful job, stressful personal We are all these things, but when relationships, or electromagnetic stress they are disintegrated we do not feel in from a bombardment of artificial electrical agreement within our self and there tends devices, from computers and cell phones to be a state of disagreement where the to power lines and earth radiations. parts are pulling us in different directions To deal with this state of underlying -- one wants to go out to eat, relax and imbalance we also have to remove the have a night of wild fun and another part coping mechanism we have covered it up wants to eat healthy, rest-up and spend with. Bringing our system into a state of time meditating. agreement involves navigating this web

The result is what is often called, inner conflict. It is not easy to address the state of inner conflict because it tends to leave us in a state of depleted energy and usually one side wins out and not always the one that we would want. So, looking at this inner conflict directly, is not always fun or easy because of the different 28

of influences so that we are in harmony both physically, mentally/emotionally and spiritually. To do this requires following the natural intelligence of our body. In other words, when the obstacles to balance and harmony are removed, our system will naturally restore its balanced state.

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This is why a practice such as Chakra Balancing is a mastery key to restoring harmony and balance in our system and reintegrating us in body, mind, and spirit. The Chakra acts on all three levels of a human being. When the system is brought into a level of basic balance, the system comes into harmony and begins to restore itself. It removes obstacles and from within we recognize what needs to change. This can be a physical change such as exercising more, changing our diet, or eliminating a substance abuse habit. It could be a psychoemotional change such as disconnecting from a dysfunctional relationship or devoting more time to spiritual development, or a combination of changes. However, there is one thing our own self knows, and that is that we have the energy to handle beneficial changes right now. By balancing the Chakra system, our own natural intelligence begins to devote that energy to gradually or very quickly bring our system into a state of higher integration. Our Chakras are like the blueprints of our being. By bringing them into balance the system begins to receive the information it needs to function harmoniously on all its levels and express our self how we would like to be living here -- in agreement between body, mind, and spirit. By working with the natural intelligence of our Chakra system, it gently, noninvasively, and very effectively brings about the changes we would like to see in ourselves in a way that is selfsustainable because it’s coming from within our self. Ikaro Phoenix is a Certified Xolar Vibronics Holistic Health Educator and Natural Life Coach living in Ann Arbor, MI. For more information call: 734-210-0463. Email: ikaro@xolistichealth.com or visit: www.Xolistichealth.com

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the mind may not be able to recover their dreams easily. It is good to recall your dreams and understand their meaning. The solutions to your fears, frustrations, and decisions are worked out in your sleep.

Do Dreams Have Hidden Meaning? By Wendy Powers Nugent

Yes, dreams do have a hidden meaning, and you might even dream of future events! In dreams, your loved ones in spirit will communicate with you from the other side. However, dreams mainly work out everyday problems that you experienced through the waking hours. These are then filed into your subconscious mind. When in REM sleep, you are in the Delta level of consciousness. In this level, you may find yourself connected to the universal mind of God -- create a book, write music, invent something amazing… your mind never really stops working even while you are in the deepest level of sleep. Some people claim that they never dream! However, if you did not dream while sleeping, you would slip into a psychotic mind and possibly die. So, you do dream! You might not remember all or any of your dreams, but that is not the same as not having dreams. Having trouble remembering your dreams? Before you go to sleep, put a pad of paper and a pen next to you on the nightstand, or get a tape recorder. Next, get a full glass of water, drink half of the water, then save the other half and keep it on your nightstand. Now, as you are falling asleep, tell yourself that when you wake and drink the other half of the water, you will have a clear memory of any dreams or spirit visits from the night before. Upon waking, if possible, don’t get up to go to the bathroom because any distraction can cause your dreams to evaporate away. Once you have had the other half of water, quickly reach over and get your pen and paper and write down all that you recall, or speak into your recorder and record the events of the night. It might take a few nights before this

program of recalling your dreams comes easily, but if you are persistent, you will have a great dream diary before you know it. There is no real interpretation of dreams that will fit everyone’s dreams, even though many have written books about the meaning of dreams. Why? Well, with each culture and belief system, there are many different meanings and different scenarios that will play out for that individual’s emotional and cultural understanding. For instance, red might mean hate in one culture, and in another culture, it might mean love. A dog might mean happiness to one culture, and to another, it might mean disgrace. Remember, your world is not operating with the same beliefs as someone down the street from you. If you have no belief in a higher being or Universal Mind, you will have a whole different idea of what red or a dog might mean, and so on. Some of the best writers of our time have woken up in the middle of the night and finished a book or script in lightning fast time because it seemed to stream from the mind. However, it came as the mind rested and allowed the creative mind to take over and accomplish the task. There have been writers who have seen the future and wrote about what they dreamt, not realizing it was a future event. A good psychic can also see what has been going on in your life. If you cannot bring the solution forward in your dreams, your psychic can tell you the answers from your higher mind and bypass you trying to remember your dreams. People that dream in a very deep Delta level of

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When a loved one has passed on, and you would like to tell them something, or you want to have a loving exchange and know if they are doing well, but you can’t feel them in the waking hours, you might see them in the dream state. Sometimes in readings, I find that a spirit will come to me, saying that they have been trying to tell their loved one something, but they do not seem to be listening. The spirit then says they will communicate to their loved one while they sleep. Sleep well, and remember your dreams! Wendy Powers Nugent is a Clairvoyant, Minister, Writer, and Certified Spiritual Counselor. She has been a professional psychic for more than 35 years with proven accuracy. Readings by appointment only. Text/call: 248826-8255. Visit her website www. WendyPowers-Clairvoyant.com

An old Cherokee told his grandson, “My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies, and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, and truth.” The boy thought about it, and asked, “Grandfather, which wolf wins?” The old man quietly replied, “The one you feed.” -Author Unknown

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Classes & Events

FRIDAY

Access Consciousness Certification Classes: Bars 7/21; Energetic Facelift 5/4; Body Process 6/30. Become a Practitioner! Call Christine Fodor 248-444-7408 www. renewalhealth.net

Tue - Grief and Loss Support Group: 7-8:30 pm. Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday. Share and gain support with others on this journey of significant change. Explore tools that can lead to acceptance and peace. Facilitators: Karen Ulatowski & Mary Wackrow, LUT candidate. 248-288-3550 or www.unityofroyaloak.org

Ascended Master Lectures using the teachings from Mark and Elizabeth Clare Prophet plus weekly Sunday devotional services at The Summit Lighthouse of Detroit. 313-768 5737 www.summitlighthousedetroit.org

Tues - A Course in Miracles: 7 pm-9 pm. Weekly Tuesday study group led by Jim White. Love Offering. Unity of Livonia. 28660 Five Mile Road, Livonia www.unityoflivonia.org

Reiki Certification Classes: Holy Fire III Usui I&II 8/24-8/25, ART/Master 5/185/20; Holy Fire III Karuna Reiki® Master 6/22-6/24, 9/21-9/23. First 5 to sign up for Master get 10% off. Call Christine Fodor 248-444-7408 www.renewalhealth.net

WEDNESDAY

UPCOMING CLASSES

Sisterhood of the Rose - Guided Meditation Tuesday 7pm, twice a month. West Bloomfield, Anchoring Divine Feminine Energy to Create Balance and Support Planetary Ascension. CherieRose@InnerPathWisdom. com or 248-225-9912 www.InnerPathWisdom.com/Sisterhood-of-the-Rose Healing & Ascension Monthlies – 2 hours of bliss and transformation – you can still join this month! www.spiritualhealers.com or Eve Wilson 734-780-7635

WEEKLY - MONDAY

Mon - A Course In Miracles: 10 am-12 pm. Weekly study group led by Ron Cohen. 248-288-3550 or www.unityofroyaloak.org Mon – “Drop-in Healing Night” First Monday 7–9 pm. Practitioners and clients can drop in to practice/receive energy work. Donation. 3820 Packard #280, Ann Arbor, free parking. 734-358-0218. www.EnlightenedSoulCenter.com Mon – A Course in Miracles: 1 pm-3 pm. Weekly Monday study group led by Carol Dubuque. Love Offering. Unity of Livonia. 28660 Five Mile Road, Livonia www.unityoflivonia.org Mon – Yoga with Jayne: Monday at 7 pm. Weekly beginning Yoga Class (1st Monday Reiki infused) Walk-ins Welcome. Love Offering. Unity of Livonia. 28660 Five Mile Road, Livonia www.unityoflivonia.org

TUESDAY

Tue - Sisterhood of the Rose - Guided Meditation Tuesday 7pm, twice a month. West Bloomfield, Anchoring Divine Feminine Energy to Create Balance and Support Planetary Ascension. CherieRose@ InnerPathWisdom.com or 248-225-9912 www.InnerPathWisdom.com/Sisterhoodof-the-Rose

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Wed - A Course In Miracles: 1-2:30 pm. Weekly Wednesday study group. 248-2883550 or www.unityofroyaloak.org Wed – Meditation and Mindful Musings: 7 pm-8 pm. Weekly meditation led by rotating facilitators. Love Offering. Unity of Livonia. 28660 Five Mile Road, Livonia www.unityoflivonia.org Wed - Experience Healing Touch, an energy based therapeutic approach to healing. Clients enjoy peace & less pain after treatment. Appts. & Walk-Ins welcome. 28650 Eleven Mile, Farmington Hills. 248-7885808 http://www.healingtouchcenter.info/ Healing_Touch/Welcome.html Wed - Midweek Meditation: 7-8 pm. Brief teaching followed by guided meditation and concluding with prayer requests designed to reset your week. 248-288-3550 or www. unityofroyaloak.org

THURSDAY

Thu - Attitudinal Healing: 7-8:30 pm. Join us each Thursday night and transform your life by learning to choose peace and love over conflict and fear in all situations. Love offering. 248-288-3550 or www.unityofroyaloak.org Thu - Meditation Class 1st & 3rd Thursday 7–8pm. Short lesson & meditation, followed by discussion led by Lori Barresi. Drop in, suggested donation $10. 3820 Packard #280, Ann Arbor, free parking. 734-3580218. www.EnlightenedSoulCenter.com Thu - Self Acceptance Workshop! Be ignited into greater joy, learn life changing tools. 3rd Thur monthly from 7-9pm www. AcceptedAsIam.com Thurs - A Course in Miracles: 7 pm-9 pm. Weekly Thursday study group led by Chuck Shermetaro & Jayne Ryan. Love Offering. Unity of Livonia. 28660 Five Mile Road, Livonia www.unityoflivonia.org

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Fri - CommUnity Spiritual Center/Youth Ed. 2nd & 4th Fridays monthly at 7pm. Enriching environment for connection and spiritual support. Inclusive, non-denominational, new thought teachings by Rev. Ernestine Griffin. Geared toward younger adults but open to all ages. Children of all ages welcome. Potluck. Love offering. 28660 Five Mile Road, Livonia 734-421-1760 www. unityoflivonia.org The Weekly Word for Healing & Ascension Blog – Powerful messages for your life and our world.www.spiritualhealers.com/ blog Voted one of the “Best Healing Blogs in the World”

SATURDAY

Sat - Experience Healing Touch, an energy based therapeutic approach to healing. Enjoy peace & less pain after treatment. Appts. & Walk-Ins welcome. 28650 Eleven Mile, Farmington Hills. Call: 248-788-5808 http://www.healingtouchcenter.info/Healing_Touch/Welcome.html

SUNDAY

Sun - Join us in our Services to find inner peace and bring peace to our world. Pray, visualize and chant sacred mantra; learn about Cosmic wisdom. 11:00am. The Aetherius Society, 3119 N. Campbell., Royal Oak 248-588-0290. www.aetheriusmi.org Sun - Sound Healing Concert, 7–9pm. Rare, therapeutic chakra-tuned crystal bowls played with recorded soundscape music while Reiki is sent to the audience. $20 at the door. 3820 Packard #280, Ann Arbor, free parking. 734-358-0218. www. EnlightenedSoulCenter.com Sun - Sunday Celebration Service: 10-11 am. Weekly Sunday worship service. 248288-3550 or www.unityofroyaloak.org Sun - Sunday Meditation! Susan deCaussin, BMS Staff Writer, leads meditation each week at Renaissance Unity in the City of Ferndale at 9:30am. An inspired message is given followed by silent reflection. More info: www.SusandeCaussin.com

DATED EVENTS

07/01 Drop-in Healing Night/Reiki Share, 7–9 pm. Drop in for Reiki and unique energy work such as crystal and Shamanic healing, reflexology, & more. Donation. 3820 Packard #280, Ann Arbor, 734-3580218. www.EnlightenedSoulCenter.com 07/02 Global Sisterhood New Moon Circle, 6–8pm. Ceremony, guided meditation, reflection questions, and exercises to create intentions for the coming month. $5. 3820 Packard #280, Ann Arbor. 734-358-0218. www.EnlightenedSoulCenter.com

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07/02 Open Mindfulness Meditation: 6pm7pm Calm your mind, find your center and experience peace within. Reduce stress, lower blood pressure, gain clarity, sleep better, and enjoy your life. $15 session 734-416-5200. Need additional support to meditate effectively? The Mindfulness Meditation System is available by appointment. 734-416-5200 Bodyworks 07/06 Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market – All American Market! Fresh grillin’ dogs. Chamberlin Petting Zoo. Michigan produce. Live music: Mike Freeman. Cooking demo: Chef Laura Romito/High Five Salts. Free parking! Grand River and Grove Street. 9am-2pm www.farmingtonfarmersmarket.com 07/07 Wellness Group: 12-1:30 pm. Committing to a year of self-love. We meet monthly to support each other and share tips for a healthy 2019. All are welcome. 248-288-3550 07/09 Grief and Loss Support Group: 7-8:30 pm. Held every second and fourth Tuesday. Help with grief, loss or dealing with significant change in a supportive environment. As we support each other, we will explore tools that can lead to acceptance and peace. Facilitators: Karen Ulatowski & Mary Wackrow, LUT candidate. 248-288-3550 or www.unityofroyaloak.org 07/09 Group Singing Bowl Bath 6 -7pm Experience sound and vibrations from 21 bowls to promote health, spiritual well-being and prevent illness. Calm you mind, delight the body and uplift your emotions as you bathe in the rich harmonics of the individual voices of these beautiful bowls. $20 734-416-5200 BodyWorks 07/09 Stones and Crystals Part (A) you will learn the differences between stones, crystals and gemstones, colors, and their meanings and energy. How to pick them and what they can do? begins at 6:30pm to 8:30pm in Woodhaven, for further information 571-989-2408 or www.nancyote.com. 07/10 Introduction to Pal Dan Gum QiGong: 10am-11:30pm. Used for millennia to promote radiant health, the 8 Silken Movements are easy to learn. Experience meditation through movement in a mindful and graceful way. Release stress and reenergize. Try it and believe it. $40. Repeat $20. 734-416-5200 BodyWorks 07/11 & 07/18 Spiritual Meditation Group, 7–8pm. Short lesson & silent meditation, followed by discussion led by Lori Barresi. Drop in, suggested donation $10. 3820 Packard #280, Ann Arbor, 734-358-0218.

07/12 Metaphysical Movie Night, 7-9pm. “The Teachings of Abraham: The Master Course Video,” DVD #3 of 5 with Esther & Jerry Hicks. Popcorn and fellowship, $5. 3820 Packard #280, Ann Arbor. 734-3580218. www.EnlightenedSoulCenter.com

07/14 Monthly Astrology Group: All About Leo, 2–4 pm. This lecture will help you understand yourself and others who have Leo sun, moon, or rising sign. $10. 3820 Packard #280, Ann Arbor, 734-358-0218. www.EnlightenedSoulCenter.com

07/12 Stones and Crystals Part (B) workshop guides you in learning the layers of spiritual guides and pursues the differences in the inner and outer layer of assistance. Located in Woodhaven, call for further information 571-989-2408.

07/14 Open Mindfulness Meditation 1:30pm-2:30pm Calm your mind, find your center and experience peace within. Reduce stress, lower blood pressure, gain clarity, sleep better, and enjoy your life. $15 session 734-416-5200. Need additional support to meditate effectively? The Mindfulness Meditation System is available by appointment. 734-416-5200 www.BodyWorksHealingCenter.com

07/13 “From Mystery to Medicine,” 7–8pm. David Stouffer discusses how the ancient art of energy healing is changing modern healthcare. Free. 3820 Packard #280, Ann Arbor. 734-358-0218. www.EnlightenedSoulCenter.com 07/13 Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market, POP! “Power of Produce.” Kids handson approach to fresh food. Live music: Bob Skon. Cooking demo: Chefs Fran Turner, Jordan Ceresnie/Chefs In-Law. Free parking! Grand River and Grove Street. 9am2pm www.farmingtonfarmersmarket.com

07/14: Joseph Drolshagen, empowerment coach will speak at Unity of Livonia on Sunday at 10am and discuss finding motivation and truly living a life of happiness. Love offering. 28660 Five Mile Road, Livonia 734-421-1760 www.unityoflivonia.org

07/13 Jobs Club Royal Oak: 10 am - 12 pm. Join Luther Taylor each month as he presents inspiring speakers and networking opportunities. 248-288-3550 or www. unityofroyaloak.org

07/16 Open Mindfulness Meditation: 6pm7pm Calm your mind, find your center and experience peace within. Reduce stress, lower blood pressure, gain clarity, sleep better, and enjoy your life. $15 session 734-416-5200. Need additional support to meditate effectively? The Mindfulness Meditation System is available by appointment. 734-416-5200

07/13 Psychic Saturday Party, 12–5pm. Variety of psychic readers, shopping, snacks. Door prizes in first hour. $3 admission. Readings $2/minute (15 minutes minimum). 3820 Packard #280, Ann Arbor. 734-358-0218.

07/17 Drumming Circle Meditation: 7-8 pm. 3rd Wednesdays each month. Come and experience the powerful healing effects of group drum meditation. Bring your own percussion instrument or play one of ours. 248-288-3550 or www.unityofroyaloak.org

07/13-08/17 King Yoga Classes – Personal Development & World Service! 11am-Noon $5. with Chrissie Blaze. Designed to help us realize our spiritual potential. Includes a talk and practice and concludes with service to others through prayer, directed intention, visualization and healing. No postures required!! The Aetherius Society. 3119 N. Campbell Rd, Royal Oak 248-5880290, www.aetherius.org

07/19 Lecture: What Is God? And why should you care? 7:30-9pm. Visiting speaker from Los Angeles, and Bishop, Brian Keneipp will examine one of the most important questions facing us all. $10 ($5 Members) The Aetherius Society. 3119 N. Campbell Rd, Royal Oak 248-588-0290, www.aetherius.org

07/14 & 07/21 Sound Healing Concert, 7–9pm. Rare chakra-tuned crystal bowls played with recorded instrumental music and Reiki. $20. 3820 Packard #280, Ann Arbor, 734-358-0218. www.EnlightenedSoulCenter.com 07/14 Michigan Psychic Fair at Waterford Holiday Inn, 4350 Pontiac Lake Rd, Pauline 586-939-4230. Michigan’s best psychics, find a list of our great Readers, updates and directions at www.MichiganPsychicFair.org

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07/20 Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market, 55th Annual Founder’s Festival! Live music: Razor Ray & T-Bone. “Big Heads” from Detroit Parade Co. Produce, artisans, flowers! Bring the kids! Free parking!Grand River and Grove Street. 9am-2pm www. farmingtonfarmersmarket.com 07/20 Numerology Workshop, 1–4pm. Amy Bacon teaches what your personal numbers mean and the metaphysical meanings of numbers around us. $88 includes book. 3820 Packard #280, Ann Arbor. 734-3580218. www.EnlightenedSoulCenter.com

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Using Crystals to Hear the Voice of Your Heart By Jennifer VanderWal

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” Steve Jobs

You’ll never find peace of mind until you listen to your heart.” George Michael

Years ago, there was a popular slogan, “Follow your bliss.” This statement couldn’t be more pertinent to living healthy, happy lives. Often, life is focused around work and stress to pay our bills and finances. Life has lost its sense of bliss and excitement; more time is spent at work than at home, enjoying the bliss in life. When I ask people what their greatest excitement is, they are so far from it that it takes them a while to remember their passions. In recalling our passions, we can remember how powerful we are and that our thoughts create our reality. We can cancel old beliefs telling us we have to struggle to make money and replace them with positive affirmations such as, “I am happy and grateful for all the money and abundance coming to me in every way.” We remember the abundance of life and keep the channels open for money to flow. We’ve been told to focus on one career that brings us good money; however, these careers are often not in alignment with our passions, excitements, our heart’s desires, life path, and purpose. When we let go of money stress we can follow our passions and be successful, happy and prosperous. Crystals help us hear our inner voices, including that of our heart. Quartz crystal clears out old beliefs, brings clarity, focus, and quiets our mind so that we can hear our inner guidance. Calcite ignites spontaneity in our lives, helping us remove blocks and break free from monotony. Carnelian sparks our passion and creativity. Amazonite instills in us our highest, truest self, helping us remember our life path and purpose. Amethyst calms and quiets our mind, deepening our meditation so that we can hear our highest, truest self and inner heart wisdom. Have fun following your excitement! Jennifer VanderWal has been a Melody Crystal Healing Instructor/Facilitator since 2004. A master of the Usui Tibetan Karuna Seiryoko system of Reiki, she offers readings, mediumship, spiritual counseling, EFT, crystal healing classes, and crystal healing techniques at Bodyworks Healing Center, Journey to Health Chakra, and VanderWal Healing Center. Call: 248-672-0579.

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07/20: Drum Circle: 7PM on third Saturday of every month. All welcome. Bring percussion instruments if you have them. Unity of Livonia, 28660 Five Mile Road, Livonia 734-421-1760 www.unityoflivonia.org 07/21 Access Consciousness Certification Classes: Bars Call for additional class dates. Christine Fodor 248-444-7408 www. renewalhealth.net 07/21 How to Find Inner Peace Using Crystals: 11am-1pm. Stress limits us in so many ways, it’s the cause for much suffering and illness. Learn to set yourself free using crystals to enhance peaceful energies. Build a crystal array to mitigate stress and access inner calmness. A guided meditation is included as well as affirmations, aromatherapy and feng shui. $35 734-4165200 www.BodyWorksHealingCenter.com 07/21: Sarada Chiruvolu, author of “Home at Last: A Journey Toward Higher Consciousness” will speak at Sunday service 10am and share how to reach self-realization without relinquishing the life you’ve been given. Service will be followed by book signing. Love offering. Unity of Livonia. 28660 Five Mile Road, Livonia 734421-1760. www.unityoflivonia.org 07/23 “Subtle Bodies (Koshas): Sense, Understand, Balance,” 6:30-8:30pm. Julia Levin explains our body’s 5 energy layers from ancient Vedic teachings. $10 advance/$15 door. 3820 Packard #280, Ann Arbor. 734-358-0218. www.EnlightenedSoulCenter.com 07/23 Dream Interpretation covers what we can learn from dreams as well as explaining the differences of the types of dreams. We establish methods for remembering what we dream from 6:30pm-8:30pm Woodhaven,, further information contact us 571-9892408 or blueraven318@gmail.com. 07/23 Grief and Loss Support Group: 7-8:30 pm. Held every second and fourth Tuesday. Help with grief, loss or dealing with significant change in a supportive environment. As we support each other, we will explore tools that can lead to acceptance and peace. Facilitators: Karen Ulatowski & Mary Wackrow, LUT candidate. 248-2883550 or www.unityofroyaloak.org 07/24: Sarada Chiruvolu, author of “Home at Last: A Journey Toward Higher Consciousness” will share how to reach self-realization without relinquishing the life you’ve been given. 7pm Meditation will be followed by book signing. Love offering. Unity of Livonia. 28660 Five Mile Road, Livonia 734-421-1760. .unityoflivonia.org

07/27 Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market, Week 11! The Market is in full swing! Live music: Steve Taylor. Fresh, local Michigan produce, artisans, flowers! Bring the kids! Free parking! Grand River andGrove Street. 9am-2pm www.farmingtonfarmersmarket.com 07/27 Healing & Ascension Monthlies – 2 hours of bliss and transformation – you can still join this month! www.spiritualhealers. com or Eve Wilson 734-780-7635. 07/27 Reiki Share: 12 - 2 pm. Held on the last Saturday of each month. Open to all level practitioners, as well as April’s current Reiki students. This is an opportunity for sharing Reiki with each other and for sharing best practices and networking. 248-288-3550 or www.unityofroyaloak.org 07/27–07/28 ARC Chamber Healing Experience, 10am–5pm. Healing sessions in a unique DNA activator/harmonizer pyramid using light, sound, color, & more. Prices vary. 3820 Packard #280, Ann Arbor. 734358-0218. www.EnlightenedSoulCenter. com 07/28 Michigan Psychic Fair at Novi Holiday Inn 9675 Twelve Mile Rd. (12 Mile, W of Haggerty) Pauline 586-939-4230. Michigan’s best psychics, find a list of our great Readers, updates and directions at www.MichiganPsychicFair.org 07/30 Open Mindfulness Meditation: 6pm7pm Calm your mind, find your center and experience peace within. Reduce stress, lower blood pressure, gain clarity, sleep better, and enjoy your life. $15 session 734-416-5200. Need additional support to meditate effectively? The Mindfulness Meditation System is available by appointment. 734-416-5200 www.BodyWorksHealingCenter.com 07/31: Sound Healing Meditation: 7pm. Join Lisa Harthun for a Reiki infused guided sound healing meditation along with shamanic healing elements including the use of crystal singing bowl. Love Offering. Unity of Livonia. 28660 Five Mile Road, Livonia 734-421-1760 www.unityoflivonia.org 08/02 Lecture: The Ascended Masters – Their Roles, Rituals & Retreats 7:30-9pm. $10 ($5 Members) with Gary and Chrissie Blaze. We will examine the fantastic Personages, who have appeared throughout history, to help inspire humanity and move us forward in our evolution. The Aetherius Society. 3119 N. Campbell Rd, Royal Oak 248-588-0290, www.aetherius.org

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08/03 DPPD Holistic Fair & Community Event. Come join us for a day of celebration, learning, activities and vendors. Civic Center Park, Madison Heights. https://detroitpaganprideday.weebly.com/ 08/03 Michigan Psychic Fair at Chesterfield Hampton Inn (Gratiot & M-59) Pauline 586939-4230. Michigan’s best psychics, find a list of our great Readers, updates and directions at www.MichiganPsychicFair.org 08/04 Having Fun with Crystals with Kids! 11am-1pm. Kids love stones and enjoy hands on learning about various minerals, their properties, crystals and how to build crystal healing arrays. Possible arrays include: indigo array, knowledge, stress/ panic attacks, confidence, protection, contacting guides, contacting highest self, love , healing and dreams. All ages welcome and each child receives a Free tumbled crystal! . $33 734-416-5200 www. BodyWorksHealingCenter.com 08/10 Saturday A fun filled day featuring the following workshops; Chakras 10am-12pm, followed by Past Lives 12:15pm-2:15pm, then Dream Chart from 2:30-4:30 in Woodhaven, further information contact us 571-989-2408 orblueraven318@gmail.com 08/10-08/11 Healthy Home & Living Expo Sat & Sun, 12-5pm.Free samples, giveaways, show specials, wellness checks and healthy living presentations, enjoy live music, healthy concessions, kids activities, free massage as well as the Village shops and cider mill. Canterbury Village, Orion Twp, On-site parking and admission are free. $5 VIP ticket includes door prize entry and a goodie bag. Visit www.HHLE.info. 08/11 Michigan Psychic Fair in Livona Comfort Inn, 29235 Buckingham, Middlebelt & I-96. Pauline 586-939-4230. Michigan’s best psychics, find a list of our great Readers, updates and directions at www. MichiganPsychicFair.org 08/13 Aura come and join us for this interesting and exciting look into the world of Auras. The aura is the energy field around field around the body, living animals or objects. The aura is described as a subtle body. See and experience what Aura do for you from 6:30pm-8:30pm Woodhaven, further information contact us 571-989-2408 08/15-18 Tantric Shamanism retreat, co-facilitated by me and tantric teacher, Michelle Tupko. A combination of workshops in self-acceptance, conscious intimacy, animal communication, spiritual oneness, and embodied joy. Call 734-796-6690 to register or visit: www.BarbraWhite.com

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One Egg in the Carton By Dr. Chris Surber

The recipe called for just one egg. “No problem!” I thought. I had noticed a full carton of locally farmed eggs in the refrigerator earlier that day. I gathered all of my ingredients on the freshly cleaned countertop. I plugged in the power chord on my vintage thrift store bought a mixer. I carefully collected the contents of my recipe in a sparkling glass dish for mixing my cornbread batter. Then, one at a time, I cracked eleven rotten eggs into a separate little dish. I washed the dish after each egg, certain that the next egg would be fine! I closed my eyes as the last egg splashed into the little bowl. It was the only good egg in the carton! There are many rotten eggs in the churches today. From sex scandals to money scandals. From aggressive fighting fundamentalist rhetoric to sugary flittering fanciful scoops of meaningless. Religious eggs that would gladly mix in and spoil the batter of our lives are in no short supply. Baptist Minister of a century ago, Joseph Fort Newton, once stated, “Because a few get God and the devil mixed in is no reason why we should move out of the house of God into a bleak orphanage.” Religion is essential to the pursuit of ultimate meaning. Religious places are not all adorned with steeples. Not by a long shot! Today, as in days gone by, people worship power, money, and material wealth. People worship their intellect, their inventiveness, and a host of human accomplishment. A society that claims to be non-religious does not cease to be spiritual just because it says so. Humanity has a worshipful design and when we remove spiritual dialogue from the conversation, the spirit does not cease to be hungry for worship. It just shifts its spiritual affections in the direction of material things. It substitutes right ingredients for our spiritual batter for rotten eggs. Do not give up entirely on the Church simply because rotten eggs can be found in her carton. Do not reject religion simply because she sometimes wears a mask not her own. Do not move out of the house of God into a bleak orphanage of spiritual isolation just because some people mix good ingredients with rotten ingredients. There still may be a good egg in the carton that you are simply yet to find. The fundamental aspect of religion that is good, right, and true is that religion which posits and helps its adherents attend to just one question, “What is the fundamental meaning of life? What, if anything, have we been created for?” Ministers who help others find the answers to those questions are not like elementary school librarians. They cannot point to one section of one book on a shelf. No. We are more like fellow pilgrims on life’s journey saying, “Out there exists a brilliant labyrinth. Give me a moment to strap on my sandals, pick up my walking stick, and I will sojourn with you.” We will seek the answers together honestly. We will walk together in love. We will listen to the voice of God. Together, we will find the enriching ingredients for the batter of our lives one pure egg at a time. Dr. Chris Surber is Senior Minister at Mt. Hope Congregational Church in Livonia, MI. He is also the Co-Founder and Executive Director of “Supply and Multiply” in Montrouis, Haiti. Visit him online at www.chrissurber.com

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definitely interested in them, so I reached over to choose a flower to give to him. I asked the plant if I were able to have one, expressed my gratitude, and pulled off a flower. It came off quickly, but the stem had broken off in a less than ideal way. Hmmm...

“Talking to Your Plants” By Lisa Anne Cleeves

Talking to your plants may be more significant than you think. They may just talk back... I spend a lots of time with plants, and I have learned over the years that they are most certainly aware beings. They exhibit so many different behaviors, it is unclear to me why anyone would believe that they are inanimate. I do not blame you if you have never had a communication type of interaction with a plant. It is not something that we are raised to think about or understand, in today’s society. It took me many years of ‘unlearning’ to realize that plants had medicinal value, let-alone consciousness.

it seemed apparent to me that it had just occurred. I ‘felt’ it, somewhere in my heart that it was a loving gesture of the tree. So, as I stopped to take in the delicious quiet and look with love upon the tree, I reflected for a few moments on how Joseph of Arimathea had planted the Holy Thorn tree in Glastonbury, England in what was once Druid Country. The original tree was hacked down in vandalism during wartime but the one that stands there today was a cutting of the original tree.

The first time I ever thought a plant tried to communicate with me was when I was on a slow winter walk through a patch of woods after heavy snow. It was about five years after I discovered (through a transcendental Spiritual experience) that I needed to begin ‘unlearning’ all of the things I had been raised with; namely my over-religious upbringing but also, I had to unlearn my full acceptance of our’ grocery store’ type of existence, where everything including nature is a product to be profited from.

As I stood there in the winter landscape, looking closely at this thorn tree that had called to me, I was filled with peace, and I marinated in reverence of it and the teachings of the Druids and of the true message of Jesus, the Christ Conscious one.

Anyway, the scenery that day was magical, and the silence in the snowcovered woods was auspicious. I was walking along and all of a sudden, I was drawn to an old thorn tree at the intersection of one path and another. I was somehow captivated by it, and I sat there wondering if the tree had called to me. Even though I had never experienced plant communication before, 38

Sometimes like above, my experiences with plant communication are mystical, mysterious, and awe-inspiring, but, I have also had ‘less glamorous’ experiences with plant communication. In fact, I have been scolded by them. When my son was six months old, I was working outside in the garden, raking, and he was there with me in his stroller. I had been showing him different flowers and letting him hold one of each type. I wheeled him over to my beloved Blackeyed Susan plant and was showing him its amazing, vibrant blossoms. He was

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Instead of being appreciative of it, for some reason, I chose a second one and reached in for the pull. This time the stem wouldn’t break, it held fast. It refused to come off. But that was the one I wanted, so I kept pulling. Well... it finally snapped out of the ground, dirt and all. As the roots were ripped free from the earth, I was showered with dirt all over my hair and face, and I flung backward, losing my balance. I took a step to recover but was disoriented from losing my balance and stepped on my garden rake (which somehow I left tines up. I don’t remember doing that!). I stumbled backward again, two more awkward steps and then fell -- square on my butt. I was in shock. Almost immediately, I felt shame set in, and I knew that I had been scolded by the plant. And more than that? I knew I had just been reprimanded by the Goddess. I felt the telepathy come through in a rush (as it always does once you realize that you are contacted with the Divine). I was embarrassed and felt her chastisement for me displaying my entitlement to her, and also my disregard for her will. I was shown that we humans demonstrate a lack of genuine gratitude and humility, always trying to take just a little more than what we have been given. Even worse, we are ruining things and causing damage in the process, like when I ripped the roots out of the ground with that pull... ouch. I was sure that my tripping on that rake was her way of slapping me around, trying to get my attention.

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I am learning. I still am not capable of getting just the right balance between Spirit and ego without Divine help. I pray I intend, I do diligence and await signs and coincidences. At least I know well enough to have given over control. I take comfort in the fact that I am less likely to make mistakes because I give over to the Godd-ess all of my worries, all of my wants, my needs, and my plans. I turn over all of my decisions to Spirit, and I have never been left alone, in the dark. Spirit always guides me and makes itself known to me if I am willing to do the work, staying aligned with love, and work at embodying diligence in devotional service.

post was too hot to climb and would have caused it to suffer. It was apparent I had failed the plant.

Many times with plants, the communications are just simple ‘everyday’ types of things, like the plant conveying to you what they perhaps need. These experiences are enjoyable, especially if you ‘get the message’ and can make any necessary changes with good result. This story is about the tenacity of my Morning Glory. I would put the Morning Glory securely training up the mailbox post and was confused to see it the next day, unraveled from where I had placed it. It would instead be way over, on another plant and climbing, which honestly was a reasonable distance for it to have traveled in the other direction, considering the general belief that plants are not conscious, that is. Clearly, it was an intentional journey.

I still make mistakes in the garden. Recently I was corrected by my Elder tree, I had cut a few coppiced poles. I hacked down three of her stalks, without asking, brutally, and quickly. I heard in my mind the reprimand, gently yet firmly reminding me that I need to show more appreciation and stay grounded in communication with my plants. I was asked if I would enjoy having a procedure done on me, without my consent or even prior knowledge. I felt ashamed of myself again and quickly turned to the tree, voicing from within my apologies. I knew I should have been more humble. I took some moments to become mindful of the gratitude I felt, vowing to remember to be more gentle-hearted when cutting and hacking things down. The Elder’s message to me was compassionate and gentle. A needed reminder to be humble, even when we are doing what we feel is ‘our right.’

Twice more on consecutive days, I put the morning glory back up the mailbox post because I was determined to have my way. But each next day the Morning Glory was again over on the other plant, and the last time, it was even more tightly wrapped around. It would have been tough for me to unravel it and put it back on the mailbox post without damaging it. It was tenacious. At that moment, looking down at it holding on for dear life, I understood clearly in my thoughts the subtle telepathy of the Morning Glory, the 40

So the next morning, I painted the mailbox post white, which I knew would keep the post cool. After that? It began thriving, vigorously climbing up the post and we were both very, very happy <3 Plants can tell us so much. Sometimes, what seems to be just our own realizations in our thoughts may actually be communications from our beloved plants. They are willing to share so much wisdom with us -- if we are willing to spend time with them and learn their language.

I have even seen plants be artistic. Oh yes. This spring just after Easter, I saved an Easter Lily from the curb in a wealthy neighborhood. It was still in fantastic shape. Unfortunately, it had to sit for a couple of weeks inside, waiting for the

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last frost of spring to pass. It didn’t like that very much. And when I planted it in my yard, it didn’t grow. It didn’t die either. It just hung on for a long time with no activity. After about a month, it began dropping its yellowing leaves, and one by one, it’s three stalks were turning yellow and dying. I thought I was losing the Lily, but when I went for a closer look, I discovered that I was mistaken. The plant had sent up two new shoots! Now I could understand why it had let go of those older limbs. She had finally conjured beautiful new stalks, and when she did, she cut off her food supply to those older stalks and allowed them to turn brown and die. She sent up three new shoots in total and in turn, I pruned away all of her old dead material. Now, she is vibrant. She is beautiful and proud. She has chosen a very artful position on her plot in my garden. She has re-positioned herself in a very classy manner (and very Feng Shui, I might add!) and I can sense her pride. She is like a woman who has found her place, her new life and is putting forward her new best self. There is no greater peace on earth than the peace that nature can provide for you. If you share your thoughts with her and listen carefully and pay attention, you may find that Mother Nature is sharing her thoughts with you, too. Lisa Anne Cleeves Lisa Anne Cleeves is a Nature lover, Permaculturist, a ‘budding’ Herbalist, Writer and a woman who lives for signs from Spirit to guide her way. Her foremost passion is communing with Spirit through the Natural World around her and she hopes you enjoy her writings; ‘Contemplations of a Grateful Hedgewitch’.

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that could bring you more joy? I know discipline is your least favorite word, Sagittarius! But use this month to get back in touch with actions that bring healing. Maybe you can revitalize your daily yoga sessions. Remember to meditate, even for a short time. Be out in nature as often as you can. These practices open your mind for all sorts of intuitions, especially around finances. You can also “magically” resolve intimacy or trust issues with others. So much freedom can come out of structure!

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eo (July 23 – Aug. 22) — Energetic Mars is in your sign for two months! You’ll feel inspired, creative and daring! You can even start a fabulous new relationship, or have a re-awakening in a current one. Mercury retrogrades in Leo, however, so think (or meditate!) before you speak. Don’t jump to conclusions, especially with family members or co-workers. If your perception is extreme, it’s likely inaccurate. Take a breath, open your mind to more moderate interpretations, and go from there.

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patterns, and you’ll find there are only a few “greatest hits” your brain plays repeatedly. There can be unexpressed anger underlying them. Find ways to assert yourself to others that are gentle, yet direct and effective. Issues in family, work and romantic relationships will clear up and your mental and physical energy will skyrocket!

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ibra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22) — Be careful of projecting old childhood patterns onto supervisors at work. You might also realize you’re even doing that with your romantic partner! Meditate and practice grounding. Visualize being rooted in the earth and letting negative thought patterns drain down from your mind and into the earth. Deep breathing is helpful, as are yoga postures such as Mountain, Tree or Child’s Pose. Make sure to have playtime as well as reflection time! Reconnect with friends or try hobbies or activities you haven’t done in a while. corpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21) — Being a Scorpio involves healing extreme thinking. Meditate on changing your beliefs of success. Do you think being successful at work causes jealousy in others? Or that meeting career goals means sacrificing love and relationships? Notice how often you imagine being alone or abandoned. Ponder the idea that you can gracefully have it all! You can have friends and associates that celebrate work victories. Believe you’re able to balance emotional success with business success. Also, examine “push away” behaviors in close partnerships. When things get intimate, do you create a problem to stink up the bliss and “prove” you’re unlovable? Allow life to open your inner doors to financial abundance as well as emotional joy!

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quarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18) — Mercury retrograde fuddles communication, and it’s also near irritable Mars, so don’t jump to conclusions about relationships. Meditate about unresolved issues from past bonds that could be bubbling up to sully your present connection. Yet the same planets can give you amazing insights on healing old patterns, while also helping to nip new issues in the bud. Find your inner wisdom, which wants to consult with you, before you blurt anything out! You can also have insights into foods that are causing health concerns. Simply elevating that food undoes a complex problem!

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you’re used to caretaking others. This causes resentments to brew within you! Open up and allow people to help you and be generous with you, as you are with them! Make sure you devote time to a yoga or meditation practice, and also investigate food allergies that bring your energy level down.

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necessary, challenging, and beautiful part of life. Emotional pain helps us stabilize and open to the good that is waiting for us. As we feel, we reveal more God on the planet, because feeling is truth, and truth is love. However, this feeling process is different than intentionally feeling bad for a loved one or the earth crisis. In actuality, your joy is the greatest gift you can give towards suffering animals, family, or earth.

By Barbra White Have faith in the person that life has made you be. Acknowledge the strength, wisdom, and compassion that life’s challenges have shaped you to develop. Honor who you are now so that you can take the next step towards your joy. You were born for greatness, and this is by divine design. Accepting this does not make you arrogant. When someone identifies as their true nature, they are kinder, more compassionate, and patient. We act how we identify. Identify as great, and you will act great. Fear disguises itself as ambitious pushing, superiority, and sarcasm. The love, creativity, and strength you have seen even glimpses of in yourself... is your true self. Fear will hide in socially acceptable words as “stressed” or “overwhelmed.” You are only stressed because you stopped listening to yourself. You have the wisdom of the cosmos within you. You are a cosmic happening in a local phenomenon. You have the power of God placed within you. Stop pretending to be small; face your fear. Open to the next chapter of your life. Stop rehashing old stories. The mind thinks it is protecting you from future pain through this rehashing, while all the while keeping the pain alive in the present moment. Learning to listen in the present is about learning to lean into trust. Trusting another is about trusting yourself to listen to your inner guidance and have clear discernment. There are certain principles that you can consistently trust. For example, you can always trust people to operate at their current level of consciousness. Cynicism about people or life is only an excuse to not take that next step, course, job, creative project, or new connection, etc. You can also trust who you are. Stop

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making your inaction about “others” and take that next step now. You cannot have the same experience, because you are not the same person. You are not your experiences, and you are the wisdom gained from them. There is no such thing as rejection. Life just helped you to see what or who was best for you at the time. Stop believing others have the power to define who you are. You are an energy being, a Soul, a full expression of light seeking to express itself into a greater form. There is a job, opportunity, new connection, or new mate waiting for you to open up. You lack nothing. You have all the qualities of the Divine within you right now. Say to yourself every morning, “I have. I do have the answers within. I got this. Life supports me in being my true self.” Life is organized to support you in being your fullest self, just as the system is already a natural part of our ecology or your biology (i.e., circulatory system or biosphere). Your life has self-organizing, self-correcting, and intrinsic order operating within its matrix. As you trust who you are more, you open to the flow, harmony, or intelligence waiting for you to participate. You can have a fully satisfying career, sex, financial, and spiritual life. You are right where you need to be. Experience has prepared you for this moment. Your limitations are just thoughts. Can you see that? A belief is just a thought you have thought a whole bunch. Change your thoughts, and you can change your life. On that note: you do no one a favor by feeling bad. Emotional pain is a

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Stop believing that feeling bad is “the way” to show your love. Give yourself the full permission to be your true brilliant self and follow your joy now. The key words here are “permission” and “follow.” Permission--because only you have the power. No one can give you your brilliance or take it away. Follow-because if you are willing, you will be guided. Show your love to others in a mutually transformational way, by being fully yourself, opening to the good life has to offer, and taking steps towards your highest joy. Your living example is your greatest way to teach. Love your life by awakening to the life you have right now. Stop waiting for your joy in the future. It is here now. Trust the person you have become. Everything in your life was designed to show you that your true self is bigger than any condition or issue. In remembering who you truly are, you activate a different reality now. If you feel stuck, then the potential for abundance, opportunity, and change is even greater. It is never too late to open, take steps, and trust who you truly are. Every detail of your life is meant to be just as it is, organized just for you, to discover joyfully, the brilliance you have always been. You are at the effect of the reality that you choose. You are a spiritual being having a spiritual experience. Trust your innate brilliance and live from a knowing of the greatness that is God-

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given and that only requires your inward permission. Choose to live from center.

Inner Beauty

I started Mother Bear Sanctuary. We do nature programs for children and naturebased retreats. The recent rescue is four chicks are teaching me so much. The chicks spend most of their day in a boring square container with little to explore. But, when I place them in the grass, they do not hesitate, and they engage everything around them with a robust curiosity.

What is beautiful? This is the question used by philosophers who study a branch of philosophy known as, aesthetics. To us as humans, for the most part, we have this general notion of beauty -- sunsets painted in the sky with hues of pinks and oranges that fade into an evening sky with dancing stars and a bright moon or endless beaches with waves crashing into the shore, the feeling of sand between our toes. As the temperature grows warmer and the days ever so long it seems to me that this summer is one that calls for an appreciation of the things that we might not recognize as beautiful at first glance.

I wonder what would happen if we humans brought even half that amount of curiosity to our own life… if we no longer used the current container we feel trapped in, as an excuse, to not open. Animals are incredible teachers in trusting our own true nature. Wishing you the courage of a baby chick to remain curious to life! Love to connect with you soon. Love Barbra White Barbra offers mentoring, teachers training, and retreats. Come dance, play, and explore the intrinsic energetic webs waiting to bring you fully alive at the August 15-18 Tantric Shamanism retreat, co-facilitated by me and tantric teacher, Michelle Tupko, combining workshops in self-acceptance, conscious intimacy, animal communication, spiritual oneness, and embodied joy. Call 734-796-6690 or register at www. BarbraWhite.com

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By Nancy Lynn

This is not only pertaining to landscapes, although traveling is always highly encouraged; I think it’s more important to glimpse at ourselves in the mirror. We ought not merely to ponder our reflections at surface value. Because as many of us know, time marches on and the outward appearance is subject to change. It is inner beauty that must be cultivated. I find that within the younger generation this is waning; we see children comparing themselves to images in magazines and on social media, not yet having the wisdom to understand the many alterations given to the models by our oh so wonderful computer technology. Why is it that inner beauty has been left unappreciated, under-celebrated? For our capacity for love and understanding, compassion for others and desires to grow are truly magnificent. What do you truly love about yourself? Can you list 5 things, 10? Why do we doubt that we are created exactly the way we are supposed to be in the moment that we are currently in? Physical characteristics are a marker for what we find pleasing; it’s a first reaction by instinct to use our eyes to make immediate judgments about what is within our parameters. I, however, wish that society moved towards seeing not only with the eyes but also with the soul. Limitless opportunity lies in wait for those who are not guided by the superficial. This is essential to learn as our children mimic our behavior; society teaches its young what is important, what gets you ahead in life. Long-term consequences about short-term negative emotions about one’s self are depression, loneliness, and isolation. We are more than our looks. Much as the sky is more than the sunset it produces, it contains vast amounts of incredible wonder that we miss. We must look beyond and within to truly see what we and the universe have to offer. Spiritual journeys are ones that require a knowing of the self, so take time to get to know yourself. If you are using a gratitude journal don’t forget to make a list of what you love about you! Work to eliminate negative inner dialogue. Instead of telling yourself what you cannot do, tell yourself what you can do. Your potential for greatness is only limited by you and be sure to spread the love; tell your friends things you find wonderful about them. Kindness spreads far, and with all the ugly we see in the news, it might be pleasant to begin to bring out a little light in the dark. What is beautiful? You and all that makes you the perfect individual that you are. Nancy Lynn is a gifted medium, able to speak with spiritual guides and those who have crossed over. Her mission is to help people reconnect to their own spiritual insight and to their own unique gifts. Visit www.nancyote.com for information about workshops, spirit fests and future events, or email her at blueraven318@gmail.com

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