February-March 2009

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“Merry Mana”

You can have it all. And your parents can too!

Musings of a spirit in search of paradise By Marya Mann, PhD.

You don’t have to sacrifice your career or leisure time to care for your older relatives. While they socialize with their peers, you carry on with your day. At Ho‘oNani, they treat your loved ones like family—nurturing mind, body and spirit.

True Love Begins Within:

887-6440 Tender, loving adult day care

65-1267B Lindsey Rd., Waimea

The Power of Falling in L ove with Your Peri Courtney Enkin Higher Self

“...thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”-- Leviticus 19:18

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On Maiau St, just above Costco

A natural foods cafe serving Thai, Indian and Indonesian cuisines 10:30 am - 9 pm, Mon.-Sat. • Thai cooking classes every Sat. Call for info. BRING THIS COUPON for DINNER SPECIAL: Buy one entrée, get second one half off, 5-9 pm Mon. - Sat. (Limit one offer per table.) — Expires March 31, 2009

The Golden Rule says to love others as we love ourselves, but how do we love ourselves? Of all the kinds of love that breed goodness in the world—the romantic tryst, Platonic affection, the child’s worship for life that begins with his first tiny grasp of a parent’s finger, or loving service to a higher cause—they all rest on the shoulders of how we love and care for ourselves.

Celebrated Kona author and energy therapist Peri Coeurtney Enkin is something of a prophet in the field of loving ourselves—our higher selves, actually. The higher self, described by psychologist Carl Jung as the “central unifying archetype around which all other archetypes are grouped and ordered,” is also known as the soul, spirit, muse, aumakua, or daimon.

The higher self is the center point, the inner power that naturally motivates us to create and become the most ideal form, person, or psychic pattern we can imagine. Like Dr. Jung, Ms. Enkin embarked on a personal quest to find her own higher self. Out of her quest came a book that may mightily lighten your heart: Love Letters from Your Higher Self; and a workbook, Dancing with the Universe. “Sometimes the higher self speaks in poetry or metaphor,” she says, “or the eloquent expression of visions and pictures, but the tone is always kind and full of appreciation and acceptance.” “Conditioned values are not always right,” she said. “Instead, we take the inner journey of self-revelation and truth-telling to get to the core inside.” One prevalent philosophy holds that we must first care for others to learn compassion, but Ms. Enkin feels that loving the self comes first, akin to being on an airplane when the steward says you need to put the oxygen mask over your own face before putting a mask on your child.