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www.newspiritjournal.com Amit Goswami, professor of theoretical nuclear physics, says, “If instead of the two competing world-views of Christianity and scientific materialism that have given us social and political polarization, we heed the message of the latest and most successful theory of science called quantum physics, we could save democracy. We could also find the answer to income disparity and save capitalism, to boot.”
Can Quantum Physics Save Democracy? By Amit Goswami, Ph. D.
Can democracy and capitalism be sustained? The answer is yes, but only if our worldview changes. Currently, there are two competing worldviews. First, there is Christianity. Religious elitism of Christianity, like that of all other religions, is an offshoot of a spiritual elitism whereby one understands and lives by spiritual values such as love and goodness;
in other words, an elitism of moral authority. When people are inspired by the moral authority of spiritual leaders and try to follow them, civilization progresses. In religious elitism, the idea gets corrupted; religious leaders don’t necessarily live by spiritual values any more. They just talk about them and uphold them with borrowed political power. Obviously, civilization suffers with this corruption. The second worldview, scientific materialism, says everything is the movement of
matter in space and time; there is no God, virtue, or sin; all movement is the result of matter and material interactions. If instead of these two competing worldviews of Christianity and scientific materialism — which have given us social and political polarization — we heed the message of the latest and most successful theory of science called quantum physics, we could save democracy. We could also find the answer to income disparity and save capitalism, to boot.
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Entering the Real: A Meditation By Jessica Agnew
don’t have the funds for in this moment, Suddenly life becomes so then that may inspire you to work on ways beautiful, the heart opens, and to increase your income flow. we experience union with all. We All of us on the Wherever you are, just look at Another way to think about innocence is are all expressions of the same the absence of fear. Stress is a byproduct mystery. The same intelligence spiritual path have used what’s around you. of fear. Fear of failing to meet our own that guides the blooming of the meditation or yogic and other’s expectations. When we live daffodils guides our own life. We The table and chair at which inspired by the moment in this way, there’s just have these things called minds techniques to try and no room for fear, because fear is generated that spin elaborate stories and you may sit, appreciating change our experience. in the mind based on thoughts that are only assign meaning to things, causing projections of an imagined reality. us to forget the perfection and And those tools are great the work that went into making it, Living in alignment with actual reality – mastery that is already at work when they are used with how many different people may which is just whatever is happening right within us and everything. now, minus the story we tell ourselves about By just sitting and appreciating a specific intention to have touched it or contributed to it – allows there to be peace and creativity the beauty, the miraculous, and create more freedom, flowing into endless solutions for any dropping our compulsive need to allowing it to be here. perceived problem that may come our way. try and make this moment into and bring healing and It’s no use trying to stay in this “state” of something that suits the storyline balance. But something pure being, rooted in the moment because we tell ourselves, we can fall back that again would be the mind trying to into harmony with that perfection in us still seeks, sensing control our experience, trying to escape the again. that there’s more than feelings of fear and insecurity that come It returns us to that child-like from believing the thoughts in our mind. The state of wonder that so many of that. We are seeking the key is to stop trying to do anything and just us lose in the process of “growing real; to know ourselves as appreciate what is, as often as we remember up.” It’s how we reclaim our to. innocence again, by just being what we truly are, which When painful emotions come up, just willing to let each moment touch requires us sometimes appreciate those flavors – that you have the us with its own gifts, whatever ability to feel at all – and welcome them as they might be, and allowing those to let go of all our fancy gifts. Welcome your hate and resistance as a gifts to inspire in us whatever techniques and just gift, and let those experiences inspire in you actions we should take next. For example, you wake up in the the actions that will allow you to love and be. From being we can know yourself more deeply. morning, appreciating how it feels discover the real. This is how we come out of the spiritual to be relaxed and rested, noticing ego and really begin to awaken to the the sensation of a full bladder, And how do we do that, appreciating how amazing it is that essence that we are, which is unnamable, how do we “just be?” Sounds and beyond any distinction of spiritual or the body can communicate that to impossible to the mind, but un-spiritual. It’s just real. We can know you, and allowing that to inspire is actually quite simple. The ourselves as that, as what is real by just your action to get up and go to the doorway to being, to a pure appreciating what already is. bathroom. Then you might notice experience of this moment, is some hunger and know that it’s something called appreciation. Jessica Agnew is an intuitive healer time to eat. Here’s a meditation: Wherever you may sit, appreciating the work that and spiritual guide offering classes and Anything that you are meant to you are, just look at what’s went into making it, how many different sessions with her own style of healing do will come to you out of each moment. If around you. The table and chair at which people may have touched it or contributed called Body-Soul Alignment. Visit www. you are doing your finances and notice that to allowing it to be here. JessicaAnneAgnew.com for details. the things you would appreciate doing you Feel the quality of the air, the www.HealingThroughNature.org temperature, and appreciate how that International presenter/author feels. 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Joyful Relationships â€“ Are They Possible? Noted spiritual teacher Ram Dass is famous for having said, â€œIf you want to see how evolved you are, go visit your family!â€? After years of meditating, walking his spiritual path, and even becoming a wellknown spiritual teacher, visiting his parents would throw him right back into his family of origin issues until he finally healed them. by Krysta Gibson Children, spouses, parents, partners, grandchildren, these family relationships are areas where it can be more difficult to As long as you push behave in an enlightened manner. It seems against other people that the people closest to us are the ones or situations, they will continue to push against who can press our hot buttons the fastest and you. When you discover the the deepest. Before we know it, we are offmessage they are giving you and act on it, situations will center, saying and doing things that leave us resolve in a most pleasing wondering who is running our brain. way.
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Reincarnation, of course, explains a lot of this. Not only do we have current life issues with family members, but frequently we have left-over issues from other lifetimes. Yikes! No wonder our reactions can be so swift and deep. Here is an idea to help. Remember that we are all connected. Your family members â€“ as well as everyone else â€“ are all some part of yourself just as you are a part of them. We are all interconnected. When you can see others this way, it keeps them from being outside yourself. What this enables you to do is to look at their qualities and see how they interact with yours. In most cases, whatever you dislike in someone else is some aspect of yourself that you are disowning. The other person is doing you a favor of showing you this part of yourself. When you welcome this information instead of pushing it away and resenting the other person, you give yourself the gift of insight. When someone, family member or not, pushes your buttons spend some time discovering what is being mirrored to you. Change what needs changing in yourself. Then stand back and watch other people change in response to your changes. It will seem almost miraculous.
A joyful day with other people is one where everyone is able to treat one another with loving respect. This is not an easy thing to accomplish but is worth aiming for. I have found that when I can maintain the consciousness of radiating love to everyone and everything, issues with other people just melt away. Unconditional love is truly an amazing energy that no one can resist. Spend as much of your day consciously radiating unconditional love and see for yourself the difference it will make. Remember: what you send out you get back.
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Seven Features of a Cancer-Prevention Diet Continued from Back well-known oncologist in Chicago in which I would interview his patients and their experience of his notso-usual treatment of using extensive nutrition therapy and even guided imagery. I remember being on the phone with these cancer survivors, listening intently to their stories of how they found themselves out of what I call the “cancer labyrinth” not by drugs, but through food and lifestyle changes. As time progressed, I was invited to start giving lectures at a local cancer retreat center in Union, Wash., (www.harmonyhill. org) to help patients with cancer understand more about nutrition. It is so rare to find an idyllic place like Harmony Hill, a meeting ground of cabins, gardens, gathering places, dining hall, and yurt, nestled on a grassy expanse overlooking the Hood Canal, with a mission to improve the lives of people with cancer by offering free weekend retreats. During each retreat, the participants are provided with a sampling of options: organically-grown foods and home-cooked
meals, being in nature and taking leisurely walks, unraveling their stress through foot massages and drumming, engaging in movies and laughter, processing through psychotherapy, and receiving medical information about their cancer. It was almost as though the vision I hoped for from a young age at the foot of my grandmother’s bed had come alive; cancer became a healing journey rather than a strict death sentence. As I always do when I give my talks on cancer, I begin my presentation at Harmony Hill by dedicating it to my grandmother. During the presentation, we talk about the seven key principles of a cancer prevention diet:
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lean, grass-fed meat that hasn’t been overcooked and to limit portions.
2. Eat the good, essential fats. Cancer is an inflammatory process, so the overall aim should be to balance the too few omega-3 fats in the diet with that of the more inflammation-causing, ubiquitous omega-6 fats. Sources of omega-3s include wild-caught fish, green, leafy vegetables, nuts, and seeds.
3. Avoid high-calorie, low-nutrient foods like junk foods, candy and soft drinks.
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Most of nutrition focuses on what we are eating and not so much how we eat. If you are eating healthy food in a hurry, without mindfulness, you are not getting the full benefit of the meal. Just take your time so your digestion can perform its best, and when your digestion is up to par, everything else seems to work better in the body.
6. Include high-potency antioxidant foods. Examples include crucifers, garlic, turmeric, green tea, berries, tomatoes, and cocoa. One of the latest anti-cancer “superfoods” is microgreens or the tender, nutrient-dense leaflets that you can use to make salads or put into a smoothie. Lately, I’ve been talking about microgreens every time I speak at Harmony Hill, and they took me up on the suggestion and started growing their own Brassica microgreens. You can try growing them on your own or you can now buy them at stores.
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More New Health Information for Our Animal Friends There is so much new information coming out regarding the health of our dogs and cats that I ran out of room last month to tell you about all of them. Well, maybe not all of them, but at least about the ones that are crossing my path.
a problem. Too much vitamin D can be toxic. Furthermore, some medications that our
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If you care about your own human health and well-being and have kept up with the current vitamin and supplements advice, you probably know how important proper levels of vitamin D are for us. Makes sense that a proper vitamin D level would be important for our animal friends as well. Turns out, it is. The difference between humans and cats and dogs is that humans can produce vitamin D from sunlight as well as getting it from the food they eat but cats and dogs cannot produce vitamin D from sunlight so their primary source is their diet. If they are eating diets that are either too high or too low in vitamin D content, then there can be
animal friends may be taking contain enzymes that inactivate vitamin D, so that can cause an insufficiency of the vitamin. So how do we know if our animal friends are good with vitamina D? The company I told you about last month, that is doing the great blood testing for cancer in animals, Veterinary Diagnostics Institute (VDI Laboratory Services, www. VDILab.com), has been doing the necessary case studies and is now offering a very affordable vitamin D level blood test for canines. Soon to follow is a feline test. Vitamin D is gaining increased attention for its role in gene regulation and the
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maintenance of cellular health. Vitamin D modulates cell growth, neuromuscular and immune function, and reduces inflammation. Studies in both dogs and cats are showing that low stores of vitamin D are associated with a wide range of serious diseases including cancer. New evidence shows a strong link with increasing age and low levels of vitamin D. Since diet is our animal friend’s primary source of vitamin D, it is important to consider what you are feeding them. Recent work has demonstrated that commercial pet food manufacturers have different formulary policies resulting in a wide range of circulating vitamin D in the animals that eat their food. Intestinal absorption may vary from animal to animal so that also can play a role. Homemade diets have extremely wide ranges of vitamin D and can contain too much. Toxicity levels for animals have not been accurately established yet. Based on what we know about humans, however, extremely high levels are required to induce toxicity. Further studies are in progress to examine the role of vitamin D in animals and to better understand absorption and potential toxicity levels. The good news is that the blood test for dogs is now available and any vet can test for you through the VDI Laboratory Services. The test is broken down into deficient, insufficient, and sufficient levels. With results that fall below the sufficient level, supplementation is recommended. As far as lab testing costs run, the charge for this test for dogs is really cheap, only about $20 right now. I imagine the cost to be similar for cats as soon as the test is available, which I am told is any day now. Since the veterinarian drawing the blood and arranging for the test will add on additional charges, if you want to test your animal friends, unless they have a current health issue, you may want to wait until you take them in for something else like an annual physical exam. I am still working on grasping the working concept of this new device. Ever heard of nano technology for flea prevention? Okay,
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Beekeeping: A Shamanic Approach By Shonagh Home
I have been keeping bees for three years now. As a devoted practitioner of shamanism, my approach to beekeeping has focused on communing with the spirit of the bee. The Greeks and Egyptians revered them as divine messengers of the gods. Bees are a delicate and essential component to our ecosystem and they need all the love we can give them. Garden stewardship goes hand-in-hand with beekeeping. I do not use pesticides but instead work with the soil to create vibrantly healthy plants and herbs.
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Just working with the soil deepens my connection to the earth and feeds my soul. I’ve planted a number of bee-friendly flowers that offer the necessary pollen and nectar for the bees to feed on. As I plant and work the garden I engage the devas, asking them to provide my bees with rich nectar. I whisper to the plants and send them prayers of thanks everyday. In doing so I acknowledge their essential role in keeping the bees fed and healthy. After I hived my first bees I did a little ceremony welcoming them to my land. This ritual was my first act of conscious
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communication with the bees. I stated my intention, telling them I was a beginner and wanted to give them a beautiful space to grow and thrive. I invited them to communicate with me so I could form a deep connection with them. I did a blessing over each hive and called to the deva of the bee to teach and help me steward them wisely. Thus began my shamanic practice of communion with these divine bee-ings. Three years later I find myself in a sacred soul communion with these beeings. When the weather is warm I regularly sit next to the hives, meditating to develop sensitivity to them. The sound of their hum puts me in an altered state, taking me into deep meditation. The hum of the bees is said to echo the sacred mantra, OM, which is considered to be the seed syllable of created existence. If OM is chanted in just the right way, the cranium and cerebral cortex begin to vibrate, emitting a sound like the hum of bees. The ancients felt the sound of the celestial realm could not be heard except for the buzzing of the bees. In this altered state I journey into the beehive as a loving presence to simply commune. The interior of the hive is dark and warm, teeming with the vibration of humming. I feel myself merge with a pulsating, vital being, as if each individual bee is an integral cell composing a single organism. In a way, the hive is a single organism that requires the cooperation of all the bees for its survival. There is a perceptible intelligence that can be felt as I deepen into this practice. In so doing, I merge into the divinity of the soul of the bee and lose all sense of self-importance. A profound sense of the interconnectedness of all things is felt when I merge with the hive. I feel the sunlight within it. I feel the alchemical
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physics are waves of possibility residing in a domain outside of space and time, distinguished by the fact that no signal is needed to communicate in this domain. Signal-less communications are called nonlocal. 2. When we look, a wave of possibility — a multifaceted object — becomes an actualized and localized particle and somehow a single facet manifests. 3. The nonlocal domain of potentiality where objects are possibilities is consciousness itself. That is the agent of choice from a multifaceted wave of possibility to a one-faceted manifest object. 4. In this way, there is causation outside of matter. Call it downward causation since its causal agent – nonlocal consciousness – must be recognized as a non-ordinary “higher” state of consciousness than our usual familiar and local ego. Material “upward” causation (so called because all material causes arise upward from the base level of elementary particles whose interactions ultimately are the only material cause) produces the waves of possibility. It requires downward causation by a higher consciousness to convert possibility into actualities that we experience.
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“A quantum society where the worldview is based on consciousness allows outer creativity to accommodate information and material prosperity,” explains Amit Goswami, Ph.D. 5. It recognizes higher consciousness as “God” of religions and realizes that the basis of an integration of science (scientific materialism) and religions (religious elitism) is now a done deal. 6. Further integration, legitimizing our internal experiences of feeling, thinking, and intuition is easily achieved by positing four different worlds of possibility within nonlocal consciousness, which is the ground of all being. The first, material, gives us the material world that we experience by sensing. The second, vital, gives us the experience of feeling when manifest. The third, mind, gives us thought and meaning when manifest. And the fourth, the supramental world, gives us the archetypes that we intuit such as truth, goodness, love, beauty, justice, abundance, etc. The mindbody problem is now solved. Coming back to elitism, does elitism go away in this integration? Does a quantum society achieve what historically no other
human society has ever been able to achieve? The answer is yes. The reason is subtle. A quantum society where the worldview is based on consciousness allows us outer creativity to accommodate information and material prosperity. However, the society also legitimizes subtle internal experiences and acknowledges the value of inner creativity that manifests subtle energies, that is positive emotions, meaningful knowledge, embodiment of archetypes, and even happiness in the form of wholeness. Inner creativity does not necessarily require acquiring sophisticated knowledge systems. And more importantly, the creative inner achievement makes you humble, not an elitist. Now that you have experienced transformation, you no longer are happy denying inner suffering by the carpet of material pleasures. If an inner creative has any authority, it is moral authority; it comes from nonlocal consciousness transcending separateness. Amit Goswami, Ph.D. is a professor of theoretical nuclear physics (retired the University of Oregon where he served) since 1968. He is a pioneer of the new paradigm of science called “science within consciousness.” The author of eight books his most recent, Quantum Creativity: Think Quantum, Be Creative (March 2014), explains all facets of creativity: its definition, the quantum thinking it entails, and what is required to be creative. He will be in Seattle May 10 at East West Bookshop. For information on his seminar, go to www.eastwestbookshop. com/events/6201 or call (800) 587-6002.
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Can your companion animals help you live a better life? Or do you believe it is a one-way energy street between you and them? In Animal Wisdom, Learning from the Spiritual Lives of Animals by Linda Bender, DVM (North Atlantic Books) we learn about the wisdom our animal friends have for us. Through stories as well as in some step-by-step practical ways we can learn to be more intuitive and communicative with animals, we can develop a deeper spiritual connection with other species. Animal lovers of all types will love this book. Do you enjoy short quotes from wise people? If so, you’ll want to get the book having the time of your life, little lessons to live by by Allen Klein (Viva Editions). Try these on for size. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself,” – George Bernard Shaw; “Life is the art of drawing without an eraser,” –John W. Gardner; “Don’t slow down for yellow lights, buy cereal with a prize in the box, and always control the remote,” –Malcolm Kushner. There are two new books out for yoga folks. The first is Yoga Meditation, Still Your Mind and Awaken Your Inner Spirit, by Stephen Sturgess (Watkins Publishing), a London-based yoga and meditation teacher. His book teaches yoga as preparation for meditation. His teachings are based on the concepts
of Raja yoga as taught by Paramhansa Yogananda. The book explains the eightlimbed path of yoga taught by Patanjali, and gives hatha poses as well as instructions in breathing and meditation that can help the reader experience the deeper dimensions of yoga practice. Yin Yoga by Ulrica Norberg (Skyhorse Publishing) focuses on the fascia, the type of tissue that holds our bodies together. “Fascia is what gives us our form and what makes it possible for us to work our amazing bodies in the ways we do,” explains the author. The beautifully illustrated book shows numerous poses one can do to improve the flow of prana or qi in the body that will result in improved circulation, reduced stress levels, and a calm mind. If you want more joy in your life, The Doors of Joy, 19 Meditations for Authentic Living by Daniel Odier (Watkins Publishing) is a sweet book you’ll find helpful. Each chapter offers thoughts about attaining a joyful life and questions/practices to help us attain joy on an ongoing basis. This is a small but very powerful book that could be worked with for years. Osogbo, Speaking to the Spirits of Misfortune by Ocha’ni Lele (Destiny Books) explains the role of osogbo (misfortune) in our lives. The author says it is misfortune that motivates us and brings great evolution to the world. More than 40 stories are shared from the ancient Yoruba of West Africa. This book is a great chance to learn about the different spirits of osogbo and their place with the 256 odu of the diluggún, the divination system used in Santería to receive guidance from the orishas. There’s no more excuse for not writing your novel or at least getting the first draft written in 30 days. Fast Fiction by Denise Jaden (New World Library) walks the reader through the Continued on Page 9
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Calorie Killer Yoga DVD by Collene Saidman (Gaiam) Reviewed by Ronan Bennett This workout video has a generous total of six routines, each a little over 20 minutes in length. In order to make the most of the video, one must keep in mind that a sense and ability of basic yoga positions is assumed, and one must have adequate balance to use the sets. In other words, the poses are called in a flow-type manner, without introduction or instruction, so this reviewer would say that it is not for beginners or practitioners without a solid sense of poses by name and experience in a flow-type sequence. The sequences are modeled, but there are no safety queues and no instructor. Aside from the understanding that this is not for beginners, this is an excellent, high-quality video that offers challenging, portable, and complete routines. Since there are six different routines offered, one could practice for a time daily and have a day off, the same as I recommend to my yoga students. Here are the six routines that I feel offer a complete and interesting variety of practices: Constant Cardio Energy & Endurance Sustained Burn Calorie Killer Rise & Shine Balance & Restore This is another excellent Gaiam offering, sure to satisfy those whose practice includes positions for exercise and fitness. Available at amazon.com. Ronan “Sanjay” Bennett is a registered yoga teacher and personal trainer. connection between the brain in your head and the one in your gut? Learn all about it in Digestive Intelligence, A Holistic View of Your Second Brain by Irma Matveikova, M.D. (Findhorn Press). A traditionally-trained medical physician, Dr. Matveikova embraces complimentary forms of medicine and has
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Depression and the Spiritual Journey By Yve Bowen
There are many who experience regular depressive episodes that come about as a result of the letting go that is part-and-parcel of the spiritual journey. Not everyone may experience spiritual depression, but for those who do, it can often be a symptom of releasing unhelpful stories and emotions which either no longer serve us or match who we are becoming. In the context of the spiritual journey, depression often comes about because there is already a feeling of difference and otherness from those who embrace mainstream thinking and doing. That sense of not being understood, valued, or appreciated for our willingness to go deeper and look deeper, can be demoralizing if there is no one else around to appreciate that commitment. It is also true that allowing long-buried feelings to come up and be explored is not always the most pleasant aspect of the commitment to seeking unchanging truth. There is often a rejection by our egoic nature – which wants to cling on to its victim status – to exploring events from a broader perspective. The feelings of depression in this case are often a sign of the resistance of the ego to stepping into greater awareness and deeper understanding.
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It is important to find people who affirm If you have been on your journey, who honor and appreciate your path for any length your commitment to your path; where you of time, you will have find acknowledgement for your struggles no doubt experienced and see positive mirrors and reflections of the shift that comes yourself. This is not to say that everyone when we let go of our will be exactly like you, or exactly where resistance to releasing you are; rather that there is a commonality our victimhood. and a thread running through each other’s The feelings of experiences, that you can relate to and thus overwhelming heaviness appreciate. and lethargy suddenly With the benefits of modern technology lift, as we step into a it makes it easier to connect with those new realization about who resonate with where you are, yet our situation. The speed meeting in-person or talking directly with with which this shift someone brings a sense of communion and can happen often seems sharing that will support you through any miraculous, but it is in challenges you may be facing. fact a natural side-effect Still, it is important to know that with or of clearer seeing. without that support you are doing just fine. Each time we are You are a courageous and wonderful being, willing to be a little who is willing to follow your own path and bit more radical in go to those sometimes dark places that our awareness and most aren’t even willing to acknowledge let our ability to forgive alone experience. another’s seemingly Trust yourself. Trust where you are. Trust unforgivable behavior, Notice that each and every time that everything that is not who you truly then the ego’s resistance you experience the heaviness are is shedding itself and revealing your can show up as of depression and come out the perfection to you, just a little more. Notice depression or emotional other side, that you are a little that each and every time you experience heaviness. Each time the heaviness of depression and come out we make that shift, we more aware and feel a little the other side, that you are a little more become a little less freer. aware and feel a little freer. Bless that. identified with our Acknowledge that. Embrace that, and know stories and limiting that this stage of the journey too shall pass beliefs. Sometimes depressive Yve Bowen is a writer, speaker and episodes also come up spiritual coach at Path of the Open Heart when we are allowing rules, will lead to feelings of depression, or Coaching. You can find out more about others’ judgments to an eerie and heavy sadness. It is as if our Yve, by going to www.yvebowen.com. determine how we see ourselves. When very being itself is being reduced to oughts the shift back into lightness and rightness and shoulds. And that will never feel good Note: Coaching, even spiritual coaching, comes, we can observe that we have been or joyful to us. is no substitute for medical advice. If you carrying around those judgments and Whatever the trigger for this type of are experiencing prolonged and ongoing treating them as our truth. They are not spiritually-induced depression, the antidote depression please seek the advice of your our truth, and therefore they do not sit is always to seek out others of like mind. doctor. right with us; they do not feel good to us. If we review the thoughts that were playing out in our minds during our experience of depression, we may find that the repetitive and negative thoughts are actually the voices of our parents or Access peace, personal power, health & prosperity. Let go authority figures or society in general, of anger, judgement, negativity, confusion, being stuck. who may believe that playing by the rules, fitting in, or being approved of are the Discover solutions to your life challenges as Brenda most important things in life. Brenda assists you to empower yourself and Miller If that is no longer where you are in to tap into your own innate wisdom through your awareness, then constricting your Radical Awareness® Coach the process of professional coaching. expansion to try to fit in, or play by the www.brendamiller.org Call Brenda to see what’s possible for you... 206.529.8282
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A Healing Music Journey By Patricia Herlevi
One day in 2010, I woke up with a sore throat, which I had fought throughout the day. I made myself a cup of slippery elm tea and listened to “Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A major, K.622” through my headphones. I visualized Mozart’s face while I listened to the music and I felt my body’s vibration rise, I felt loved by the music. The sore throat subsided and I avoided coming down with a virus.
Now, I wonder if musical composers like Mozart who was Masonic, experimented with metaphysical ideas. Did he know that combining certain instruments, composing in specific keys and building musical architecture would result in healing music? Did he know about quantum physics before the rest of us or that musical vibration that can either heal the body through harmony or cause illness through dissonance with no resolution? Or did the young composer simply channel the divine without his awareness? What did Bach, Beethoven, or Debussy know about the power of music? I’ve read enough scholarly biographies on
the composers that mainly delve into the personal lives of the composers and then toss music theory at me. However, I want to know if the composers found music healing during their time. Many composers that I’ve researched suffered from serious illnesses. Could they have been composing music as a balm for themselves? What about Debussy when he was fighting a battle with cancer or Mozart who died at 35? Perhaps, Beethoven composed with such extreme dynamics because he was losing his hearing and he felt angry, helpless, but still hopeful about his situation. So through the compensations these composers made, they ended up
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creating something that would heal others down the line. Should we discern when we listen to classical music? Is all of it healing or just the music that had healing intentions behind it? Is the music of Wagner healing? Some experts say yes, but I have my doubts. How can music composed by a megalomaniac act as a healing balm? Or was there a side of Wagner that was kept hidden from us, a more vulnerable side in need of deep healing and his music could have provided that for him? What about the dangerous decibel level of a live symphony orchestra performance? How is it that we don’t read about classical musicians complaining about hearing loss? Do the musical timbre, sweeping melodies, and passionate performances protect them in some way? So far, I’ve placed a great emphasis on European classical music because of its healing potential, but other types of music also defined my healing music path. In 1997 when I was diagnosed with multiple chemical sensitivity syndrome and stopped performing my music in Seattle clubs, (prior to that diagnoses I performed my music for 10 years), I also stopped listening to music. Out of bitterness and growing sensitivities to sound, especially loud noise, I turned my back on music. A year prior to that decision, I would not have imagined moving in that direction. At that time, I was sending my demo tapes to independent record labels, and even receiving a few nibbles. However, I suffered from depression as I immersed myself in disturbing lyrics, and people could have labeled my lyrics as negative. I only needed a time out to rethink my relationship with music. A radical healing occurred when I attended the World of Music Arts and Dance (WOMAD) in 1998 and discovered a true world music community. As my friends and I walked around the festival grounds in Redmond, Wash., I heard strains of classical music of India compliments of Ravi Shankar and his daughter Anoushka, an eclectic band from Angers, France, Lo’Jo who left a musical mark on my life, and Latin American music. When I sat on the grass and listened to the cacophony of ethnic folk instruments, I felt at home. I was ready to embrace music again, though a new type of music called world music. This felt tribal. I had returned home. Fast forward to 2007, as a college project I launched The Whole Music Experience blog where I posted reviews of CDs already in my collection. Soon labels started sending me classical, traditional, world music, and jazz recordings which I dutifully reviewed. However, I started noticing how
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my sensitivities reacted to the different instruments, timbres, rhythms, melodies, and harmonies. Suddenly that music my mother played for me during my earliest years returned to me (my mother played music for me when I was in her womb and throughout my childhood), but this time as a powerful healing force. Rock music no longer interested me and in fact, I could no longer tolerate it for reasons unknown. Perhaps my body had switched frequencies or changed the channel. A few years later, I created a music laboratory in my apartment and tracked musical effects on my body and mind. I listened to sacred music from around the world, but not as a member of any religion. I took workshops on the power of intent and learned everything I could about sound healing. However, my interest revolved around actual music genres and compositions, and not the use of sound healing tools, though they have their place. As my music consciousness developed further, I developed healing music workshops and music appreciation lectures, which without any academic credential in music, I taught at various venues. In one of my workshops, I explore the elements of music that create its wholeness. By comparing “whole music” to “whole foods” and by tracking emotional and physical responses to music in a diary, students develop a music diet that’s healthy for them. I couldn’t have developed this workshop without my unique musical journey. Oh, and I’m happy to report that I’m able to listen to some types of pop and rock music again without adverse effects. Copyright Patricia Herlevi, 2013-14 published by permission from the author. Modified excerpt from the book Whole Music (Soul Food for the Mind Body Spirit). Patricia Herlevi, music researchjournalist, musician will teach Exploring the Healing Power of Whole Music at East West Books on May 10 and 11. Visit www. wholemusicexp.weebly.com or www. eastwestbookshop.com for details. She is the author of the (currently unpublished) book Whole Music (Soul Food for the Mind Body Spirit).
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May 10 (2nd Saturday of the month) 10-5pm NW Psychic Fairs, Mill Creek – Triway Grange, 3509 Seattle Hill Rd., Snohomish, 98296. Free Admission. To ENRICH, EDUCATE, ENTERTAIN, and ENLIGHTEN. Tarot, Psychic, Mediums, Divine Matchmaker. Talk to Loved Ones on Other Side. Jewelry, Spirit Portraits and more. www.NWPsychicFairs.com Call Lori 425-562-4777 May 17 (3rd SaTURDAY of the month) 10-5pm NW Psychic Fairs, Eastside Baymont Inn, Totem Lake, 12223 NE 116th St., Kirkland, 98034. Free Admission. Enjoy Great Readers and Healers – Tarot, Psychics, Palm Reader, Medical Intuitives, Mediums. Jewelry, Gem Stones, Spirit Portraits and lots more. www.NWPsychicFairs.com Call Lori 425-562-4777. Saturday, May 17, 7 - 8 pm, Swami Kriyananda Birthday Kirtan, Ananda Meditation Temple, 23305 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Bothell Celebrate the life of Swami Kriyananda through joyful singing of chants written by Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda. Followed by silent meditation until 9 pm. www.AnandaWashington.org 425-806-3700
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Saturday, May 17, 1:30 - 4:30 pm, Yogasana Intensive: Awakening the Inner Energies Through Yoga, Ananda Meditation Temple, 23305 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Bothell, WA Learn to recharge your body in this in-depth workshop focused on Yogananda’s energization techniques. www.AnandaWashington.org 425-806-3700 ONLINE NOW AND MAY 17-18 FREE YOUR CREATIVE MIND! Free video mini-course: http://bit.ly/freeyourcreativemind identifies and deletes your “invisible” creative blocks. Unleash new creative potential in minutes. For change agents, artists, entrepreneurs and anyone who lives at the creative edge. Full workshop, Bellevue. A NeuroMastery Academy event. Daimon Sweeney, 360-441-1195. May 19, 2014 6:30-9:30 PM A-N-G-E-L-Network A Network Gathering Enriching Lives, Third Monday of each month. Speakers to empower and enrich your life! Door prizes and mini psychic readings, Contact Dakara 425-267-9738 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.a-n-g-e-l-network.com/ May 20, JUNE 17, 11:30-1 PM Good Company Networking Lunch! Join us for lunch and networking. Cost is the price of your lunch. CHAIN BUFFET, 14561 Chain Lake Rd., Monroe, WA 98272. For directions only: 360-217-8226. Chinese buffet and lunch specials. You don’t have to eat to join us but please do not bring in any outside food or drinks with you. No reservations required. For more information visit www.newspiritjournal.com May 26, 2014 6-7pm New Moon Manifesting Call live on the phone - replay available. Powerful New Moon in Tuarus. Take a journey through the energy of this new moons energy. Astrology information, healing and guided meditation. Contact Dakara 425-267-9738 email@example.com . Full details http://NewMoonCheck.com May 27, JUNE 24, 11:30-1 PM Good Company Networking Lunch. Join us for lunch and networking. Cost is the price of your lunch. Bring your own or purchase a delicious lunch at East West. East West Bookshop, 6500 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, 98115.
A COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER FOR SOULFUL LIVING When you are feeling overwhelmed, consider these suggestions:
1. Do one thing at a time. As you undertake any project, sit quietly for a moment and ask yourself, “What is my next step?” It may have nothing to do with the project itself, but rather your wellbeing.
2. Unravel the issues. Two of the stickiest excuses for not moving forward are
time- and money-related. You may undertake something because you need money. Or you want to do something, but feel that you’re too old, or too young, or there’s not enough time. Take that excuse out of the equation and look at it again with fresh eyes. (This is similar to “the lottery test:” if you won the lottery, and money was no longer an issue, would you still undertake the project?)
Saturday, May 31 Sacred Pampering Day for Women - Fundraiser for Women of Wisdom Foundation. Come to the Garden of Earthly Delights. Enter a healing temple and sample a variety of products & services for $45. North Seattle Community College, www.womenofwisdom.org/ sacred-pampering. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be a practitioner and share your gifts! May 31, 11-7pm & June 1st, 11-6 pm OddMall - Emporium of the Weird - Comcast Arena, Everett, WA. Come and get your weird on! Booth #21 Contact Dakara 425-267-9738 email@example.com Details http://DakaraArt.com/events.html Saturday, May 31, 5-8 pm Ananda Auction 2014 – What a Wonderful World! Ananda Meditation Temple, 23305 BothellEverett Hwy, Bothell, WA. Join us for fun, food, friends and bargains! Free, but please let us know you’re coming. Donations & reservations accepted at www.AnandaWA.org/auction2014 425-806-3700 Saturdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28 10:00-Noon Anything is Possible Adventure Series with Krysta Gibson, Publisher of New Spirit Journal. Participate by telephone or internet from anywhere in the world! Topics are: LIving the archetypes of the tarot; learning to access and follow inner guidance; tools for prosperity; get your project off the ground. $35 each or $100 for all four. For more information or to register: www.krystagibgson.com
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3. First things first. Many of us spend a lot of time getting ready. We create beautiful spaces, or buy new computers, we take classes, or get rid of what we believe might be blocking us. But the truth is, we just don’t feel confident. We don’t feel assured of success. Here’s the deal: you will never know until you put something into the world. You may score big on your first try, or it may take many iterations. For example, much of the help for writers forgets to mention Step 1: write something. After you’ve written, or made a prototype of your product, or put together a plan, then you can find help getting it into the world. There’s plenty.
4. Don’t give away your power. We all have stories of the times that we ignored our intuition. Experts are only people with opinions. They may have had experiences that worked for them, but they aren’t you. Check in with yourself. If the advice sounds great and really resonates with you, take it. If the expert tells you something, but your intuition is saying something else, wait. If you don’t get a clear “Yes!” it means, “Not right now.” We have an internal guidance system that might begin showing up as a vague feeling, a hunch, or things that we might call coincidence. But, the more we pay attention to it, the more our intuition blossoms, we find that what we used to call coincidence is more often a trail marker on our journey. The universe of help is at your fingertips. It’s not going anywhere. Take only what you can digest at this moment. You have everything you need to get moving right now. You don’t need to do, to learn, or to understand everything at once. Rebecca Cooper can be found at Stand8.com and FlipYourThinking.com.
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Churches and Spiritual Homes FIrst Spiritualist Church of Puyallup Sunday Service 11am , 314 second ST SE Puyallup WA 98372 253-845-4444 All are Welcome, A Spiritual Pick me up every Sunday. Come as you Are. Just Behind City Hall in Downtown Puyallup www.first spiritualistchurchofpuyallup.com or on facebook at puyallup spiritualist church Ananda Church of Self Realization founded by Swami Kriyananda, direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda is a movement based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda that helps you bring God into your life through meditation and spiritual living. Offers classes, services, Living Wisdom Schools, and spiritual communities in the United States, India, and Italy. www.ananda.org. Call 530-478-7560. Seattle Gnostic Center Spiritual Psychology & Meditation, Transforma-tional Study & Practice, Wednesdays 7-9pm, Kabbalah, Alchemy, Mindfulness, Astral, www.gnosticcenter. com 206-365-0826 WICCA: Aquarian Tabernacle Church, open to all. Free monthly Lunar celebrations, classes, other events. For more information call 360-793-1945. www.aquatabch.org.
559-page book contains writings, poetry, rituals, and tools from current and long-ago times. The women who share in this book hope to help other women recognize their innate feminine power, reclaim it, and use it to enact their sacred service. This isn’t so much a book to be read from cover to cover as it is one to dip into for inspiration, hope, and sisterhood. Happy @ Work: 60 Simple Ways to Stay Engaged and Be Successful by Jim Donovan (New World Library) is full of practical ideas that
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The Theosophical Society encourages open-minded inquiry into world religions, philosophy, science, and the arts in order to understand the wisdom of the ages, respect the unity of all life, and help people explore spiritual self-transformation. Offerings includes classes, workshops, and bookstores named Quest Bookshop. www.theosophicalsociety.org. 630-668-1571.
“AMPLIFYING DIVINE LIGHT IN ALL” CHURCH, Kirkland, WA. A unique, independent gathering of peaceful Starseeds. www.divinelightchurch.org. Rev. Alia Aurami, 425-466-4001.
Energy and crystal healing, Bach Flower Essence therapy. Call Karen Dossett, BFRP, at (425) 402-3790 or email Karen@KarensHealingHands.com.
UNited Centers for Spiritual Living based on the teachings of Ernest Holmes. Offers classes, workshops, services, and fellowship focused on positive living within a spiritual framework. www.unitedcentersforspiritualliving.org. 720-496-1370. UNity is an open-minded, accepting spiritual community that honors all paths to God and helps people discover and live their spiritual potential and purpose. A positive alternative to negative religion, Unity seeks to apply the teachings of Jesus as well as other spiritual masters. www.unity.org. 800-248-6489. Living Interfaith, Lynnwood, WA, gathers to share and celebrate our diverse spiritual paths. We are Jews, Buddhists, Muslims, Christians, Humanists, Seekers. Our services celebrate holy days from our many spiritual paths, and deal with timely Interfaith topics. We come together not to convert or convince, but to share. All of good will are welcome. www. LivingInterfaith.org. 425-343-3915. Centers of Light teaches Christian mysticism and finding truth through experiences, not dogma. One-on-one teacher/student relationships offer the personal counseling and love that is rarely found elsewhere. Spiritual communities support each other with integrity, honesty and joy. www.centersoflight.org
can make your work life happier and more successful. Much of it you already know. It is the sort of information we easily forget and a reminder can set us back on our path! Whether you own your own business, work for someone else, or do both, there are some fabulous ideas to work with here. Here are some of them: The importance of rewarding yourself and others; how to put your problems to work for you; the top three things you can do today to manage time better; tips to make dull tasks fun; mastering your energy. Each chapter stands alone and is short and easy to read with ideas for implementation. As you probably know I am all about being practical and this book certainly fills the bill!
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Amor Spiritual Center - We are a community of love where all spiritual beliefs are welcome.When we love ourselves and each other with our hearts and stay mindful of our thoughts, we experience unlimited freedom and joy. Come celebrate life; yours, mine and ours! 2528 Beacon Ave, Seattle, WA 98144, www.AmorSpiritualCenter.com
Church of Divine Man is a non-profit organization focused on spiritual freedom. The emphasis is on teaching spiritual techniques to allow spirit to awaken and create consciously in the physical world. These techniques and teachings are based upon ancient wisdom and presented in a modern-day format. Take charge of your spiritual creativity by meditating with purpose. www.c-d-m.org or call 425-258-1449. Amazing Grace Spiritual Center is a New Thought church where we honor the Universal Truths taught by all religions. Check out one of our Sunday services: great music, great message and great community. Dynamic, progressive, open and affirming. Find us online at www.amazinggracespiritualcenter.org. CHURCH OF SPIRITUAL TRUTH. Sunday Services 11:00 a.m. CAMP EDGEWOOD NSAC - 1228 26th Avenue Ct., Milton, WA 98354. Everyone welcome. 253-927-2050.
Counseling and Other Services COUNSELING & CONSULTATION. Call Cat Saunders (206) 329-0125 or visit <drcat.org>. See testimonials at <drcat.org/html/testimo.html>. Professional support with a personal touch! HYPNOSIS FOR HEALTH & WELLBEING! Specialized Programs and Personalized Workshops. Appointments Only 206-280-5322. www.TheMindsPath.com Past-Life Regression, Matrix Re-Imprinting, EFT, Emotion Code Therapy, Hypnotherapy, and Spiritual Counseling. Call Dennis Dossett, PhD, at (206) 321-2808 or email Dennis@HealYourHeart.co. DEATH DOULA / COMA WORK. Click on “End-of-Life Care and Support” at www.drcat.org or call Cat Saunders at (206) 329-0125.
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Massage Training Affordable massage training in reputable school. Weekend class forming now in Mountlake Terrace for full 510-hour licensing program. Reasonably priced with early enrollment discount. Pay by the month. Also workshops accommodating therapists transferring from outside Washington. Why wait? www.AnandaMassageTraining.com 360-301-6260
Hypnotherapy Lisa Crunick, Hypnotherapist & EFT practitioner specializes in moving you from emotional pain, to humor, to desired behavior. Call 206-941-1287 for immediate relief.
Life Coaching Brenda Miller, Radical Awareness® Coach, assists people to feel fulfilled and at peace as they journey toward peak performance, better relationships, job satisfaction, and forgiveness of self and others. Call to discover what’s possible: 206-529-8282.
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You Were Born To Be Happy – Ultimate method to the eternal happiness! Maum Meditation presents free introductory lecture: 5pm & 7pm every Thursday. Recover True Universe Mind within through unique mind-subtraction methods. Find out the true purpose and reason for your life. RSVP: 425-336-0754 or visit www.maumlynnwood.org
Reiki CLASSES and Circle. Free Reiki Circle 2nd Sunday of every month. Level I & II Classes plus 3-month Master and one-year Master Teacher Training programs. Free Mini-sessions. Northwest Reiki Center (425) 736-6980. www.nwreikicenter.org
TAI CHI PRACTICE – Open to the public. Free. Saturdays, 8-9 a.m., Volunteer Park. 206-364-6297. YOu are invited to a free Program for new and experienced meditators who wish to deepen their practice of meditation. For more info: 206-459-4680. www.sos.org FREE Sahaj Marg Meditation for human perfection through yogic transmission. Ph (206) 522-2502. Make a difference through the practice of Transmission Meditation, the most potent service you can do for the world. Groups meet throughout Pacific Northwest. Call (347) 455-8287 or visit www.transmissionmeditation.org.
Spiritual Healing-FREE. Thursdays, 2 PM with Pranic healing, ascended mastered with channeled information and more. Camp Edgewood NSAC, 1228 26th Ave Ct , Milton, WA. RSVP 253-845-4907 or 206-878-4079
Affordable Massage Training in reputable school with most reasonable pricing. Classes forming now in Mountlake Terrace for full 510-hour licensing program, offering weekend scheduling. Also workshops accommodating therapists transferring from outside Washington. Continuing Education available. www.AnandaMassageTraining.com 360-301-6260
Center for Spiritual Living Seattle. Sunday services at 9am and 11am, Wed at 7pm CSL is a trans-denominational, inter-generational, not-your-usual church. We provide a safe place for “the rest of us” who are looking to connect with God/Higher Power/ Universal Presence, but don’t really fit in with any one religion. www.spiritualliving.org
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Publications Devoted to goodwill dialog, Christian* New Age Quarterly explores the differences between and common ground of Christianity and alternative spiritualities. Top-quality articles, sound scholarship and lively columns make this a genuine interfaith bridge — entertaining and thought-provoking. Visit www.christiannewage.com or send $3.50 for sample to PO Box 276, Clifton, NJ 07015-0276.
Readings Spirit Guide Portrait with Message - Medium Ginny Ciszek and Spirit Artist Susan McAliley. 206-408-7190, firstname.lastname@example.org www.iamspiritart.com REAL CLAIRVOYANT PSYCHIC MEDIUM - Rev. Jordyn Morrison Clason Documen-ted skills. Excellent references. Real Clairvoyant Psychic. Real Results. National. International. http://www.realclairvoyantpsychic.com
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Just about all business owners – but especially soul proprietors – tend to ride the revenue roller coaster and it has never been a fun ride to be on. For those in the helping professions, there seems to be a consistent mindset that somehow it is wrong to accept compensation for doing their work. Soul proprietors very often say to me “I just want to help people; it is not about the money.” The reality is, it is always about the money. It has to be. Whether they’ll admit it or not, people go into business not just to help their fellow human beings, but to earn a living as well. In our society, the bills have to be paid. And we do that with the exchange of money. The healing you do, and the solutions you provide to the problems your clients have is of great value to them. Those healed – those whose problems have been taken away – expect to pay you, want to pay you, and are more than willing to pay you for the value they’ve received. Your job, after providing the healing and the problem solving, is to graciously accept payment as an acknowledgment of the value you’ve given. Everyone is happy; everyone is taken care of. No one has been harmed because of the exchange of some currency. So the big mystery for you, the soul
is the freedom that you have. You get to choose exactly how you want to spend your time and when, and with whom! So creating a profile of your ideal week that includes time for marketing, time for business development, and time for serving clients will make your days easier and your weeks fly by. If you don’t know what you’re doing over the next 30 days then you are adrift. Planning what you are going to do every day – and then doing it – is the only way you’ll grow your business and become profitable. You must be honed-in on the most important tasks each day and execute them one by one. 3. Marketing. Without marketing no one will know that your business exists. These days, the old adage of location, location,
they come back again and again. These days, you can’t get by without some kind of online presence. So navigating a well-thought-out Internet gameplan is essential. Will you have a website? Of course! Will you do e-mail marketing? Probably. Will you use social media? Maybe. Your carefully planned Internet strategy can increase your visibility and bring in the clients. Your database is like gold, so treat it that way. Next to having cash in the bank, this is the biggest asset your business has. On a daily basis you’ll want to be leveraging your contacts and connecting with someone either by phone, email, postal mail, or better yet, all three. And last, you’ll want to have meaningful conversations with your prospects. Soul proprietors want to have authentic engagement with anyone with whom they might work. That one-to-one time is crucial in getting to know whether you can really help someone or whether that person is a perfect-fit client for you. Either by phone or in-person you want to listen carefully and respond appropriately. Follow these best practices and your business or practice will be full all the time. Your days will be satisfying and joyful, and your coffers will overflow.
proprietor, is in how to attract and keep paying clients or customers on a regular and consistent by Marty Marsh, basis so that you can Soul Proprietor Marty Marsh believes that your earn a living and continue successful business is the catalyst for to do great work in the creating massive positive change in world. The world needs the world. To that end, he specializes in whatever it is you do so helping you, the entrepreneurial changelocation, as the means to success is no well, and without compensation, you won’t agent, to attract your perfect clients and to be able to provide that much-needed service longer valid. If you build it, they probably grow your business quickly and with ease won’t come. Unless you tell those you can for very long. so you have the resources to truly make help the most who you are and what you do, There are three areas of business a difference in the lives of the people you over, and over, and over. development that you should incorporate serve. For more business development and So you must have a mix of new contact into your daily business activities that, if marketing strategies for staying in touch practiced, will get you off that revenue roller strategies always in play for attracting new with your ideal prospects, visit www. people to your business, along with staying coaster and guarantee your success. martymarsh.com. in touch with existing clients and customers 1. Money. It is imperative that you track to keep them interested in your business so your numbers and know your numbers. Tracking means writing down every dollar that comes in to your business and every dollar that goes out. Knowing your numbers GOOD COMPANY: A relaxed networkmeans that what gets measured gets ing lunch where we gather to share managed. If you aren’t paying attention to the great food and even greater commoney side of things you are left without pany. We visit, network, and make any choices. Perhaps a new marketing referrals. Find out why some people opportunity comes along. Perhaps your say this is their favorite networking computer breaks and you need a new one. group! Perhaps you could use some help from Sponsored by Krysta Gibson and Rhonda Dicksion a VA or an employee. If you don’t know of New Spirit Journal your numbers, if you don’t know what you can afford, then those choices become impossible to make. Know your numbers! 2. Focus. Where will you spend your time? A Monthly Gathering of People Of Positive Influence On what will you spend your time? One of the greatest reasons for being in business People of Positive Influence (PPIs) are those who are living their lives in such a way as to be a positive influence on the world around them. It doesn’t matter what kind of work you do or where you do it. If you are helping to make the world a better place, if you are reading New Spirit Journal,you are a PPI! Join us for a monthly network gathering.
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Spiritually Based Management: Making a Difference in the Workplace By DS Clark
Unfortunately, the one thing many businesses have in common is poor management. You’ve heard the stories of what happens when someone gets called to their manager’s office and the door is closed. There is yelling and belittling, trying to control employees with fear. This is called verbal abuse, and is equivalent to the bully at school.
Sadly, this type of management is commonplace and no one reports their unawakened manager because they are afraid they will lose their job. These managers I am referring to are not inherently bad people, but they are in a state of unconsciousness, suffering, and so unaware of the animosity they are creating. They are projecting outward through the egoic self, the place where they are never wrong, and cannot apologize for their controlling and tawdry behavior. Can you imagine a world where
people who managed others honored their position? They would be awakened, kind and caring people you would look up to; people you would respect. They would lead by being good role models. In this world, there would be no yelling; no pointing of fingers for simple human mistakes. I am always floored when I hear these tales of abusive behavior. Tales that fill me with sadness. I make it a point to know the pulse of my coworkers. Why? Because I care about them as people and I like to see them happy. I know when they are happy they are productive and get results, not just for themselves, but for the company they work for. They leave for the day carrying with them a sense of accomplishment, that what they did mattered. The feel that they made a difference, not just for themselves, but others as well. And isn’t that what sits at the core of all humans: to serve and be of service?
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What really happens when your boss yells, stomps feet, breathes out smoke, and belittles you? You leave for the day, angry and resentful. In short, you are unproductive. For anyone out there in a position of power, you have been given an opportunity to help guide others, which is an honor and a privilege. And when there is a problem, remember to show a bit of humility. Use a velvet glove, not a boxing glove. Look at your coworkers through the eyes of compassion and empathy. After all, they are presenting you with a great opportunity to seize the moment and deepen, to step outside the egoic-self and grow. Make your encounters impactful and meaningful. In other words, be the leader you would want to turn to. Spiritually-based management in a business is evident in genuine compassion for humankind and all that it implies. It encompasses compassion and consideration for other people by making decisions and
conducting oneself in a way that cares for people and the world we live in. As Gandhi said, “Be the change that you want to see in the world.” DS Clark can be reached at dsclark@ hubbardradio.com (425) 653-9462.
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Tai Chi and Developing a Relationship with the Earth in Everyday Life By Mary Newbill
Tai chi is an ancient Chinese art that is both a health exercise and a meditation, that works with gentle movement to open the flow of chi (life force) in our bodies. It is a form of chi kung (qi gong) as well as a sport and a martial art as one grows in skill. It is usually practiced as a solo exercise for health or relaxation and is often prescribed by Chinese doctors when one becomes ill. People sometimes practice together and it is a common early morning sight in China to see groups of people moving through the various forms or practicing with a partner in developing their skill in Push Hands, the martial art application of the movements. We all need teachers or mentors in learning tai chi, as the movements are very specific in order to stimulate the flow of chi, and since we can’t see ourselves, it is difficult to know where we are still holding stress (not relaxed) or where we move more than necessary. The form is based on economy of movement and upon the natural way that animals move. Think of your cat or dog resting, peacefully relaxed, yet ready to bound into movement, so efficiently and freely at any moment. Many of the poetic names of tai chi movements describe animals or nature in movement: “White Crane Spreads its Wings,” “Blue Dragon Swings its Tail,” or “Wind Ruffles the Lotus Leaves.” You can get a feeling for the benefits of tai chi by practicing deep relaxation with certain postures. Standing erect and relaxed each person becomes a connection between heaven and earth energies. Take time to be aware of your breath taking it deep into your abdomen as well as your chest. When we breathe into the belly it helps us to relax, so take deep breaths and relax more with each exhale and expanding with the inhale.
Tai chi is based on economy of movement and upon the natural way that animals move. Then, put your attention on your feet, pointing them straight ahead, and keeping your knees relaxed you will open the kidney meridian which helps our body source earth energy. This connection is a major source of energy for the body as well as a channel for grounding and releasing stress and tension back into the earth. The earth is a safe place to let go of stress as it is just energy to the earth and can be recycled into something else. This has been studied in the West recently and called “Earthing.” It is the phenomena that we experience when we have had time to lie down in a meadow, a park, a beach, and find we feel refreshed and relaxed upon arising. We can consciously practice more such a relationship with the earth while standing. Recently I took a workshop from Sana Shanti, intrigued by the many positive things I had heard about her unique use of earth energy in her tai chi workshops. I found that one need not be a tai chi practitioner to benefit from what Sana has to share. She is acknowledged as a gifted instructor using grounding or earth energy to help students with balance, alignment, and strength, all
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the while reducing stress, tension, and pain. Sana has developed and integrated her unique awareness of personal and earth energy that can be applied in tai chi practice, martial arts and sports, and shows us how these practices apply to all dimensions of our overall health: physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. For example, try standing with your feet shoulder-width apart and relax all your joints. Take time to be aware of where your weight is. Gently shift your weight to different parts of your feet and notice how that influences your alignment. Where does your body feel most relaxed? Can you tell where your body is most balanced? Most still? What happens in your mind when focusing in such a way? Next try experimenting with the sensation of rooting into the earth. Imagine you have roots growing from your feet. How far down do your roots go? How does it affect your sensation of grounding or rooting into the earth? Notice if there is greater body awareness or if you feel more present to this very moment. Has your awareness of your surroundings become more acute? Does it change your breath,
and if so, how? Do you sense the earth returning energy to you? Are you aware of any other changes? If just a few moments of tuning into these experiences can deepen your relaxation and well-being, think how you might feel were you to include a few moments of such awareness into your day, especially when feeling rushed or stressed. This connection with the earth can be cultivated and applied to everyday life as well as exercise. We can all benefit from developing a stronger awareness of how we are supported by earth energy in every moment of our lives. Experience Sana’s body-based transformational training, Saturday, May 10, at Phinney Community Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N. from 1 to 5 p.m., Room 32 in the lower brick building. $10 registration fee and $15 hour, cash only. Mary Newbill, LMHC, NTP, has studied and practiced tai chi for 40 years. She teaches tai chi through the UW Experimental College, and privately, and can be reached at (206) 364-6297 if you have questions.
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Nutrition for Body & Soul by Deanna Minich, PhD, CN, RYT
Deanna Minich with her grandmother.
Anyone who is into health has a story of how they got there. For me, it was more than three decades ago that I witnessed, as a 10-yearold, my grandmother battling breast and bone cancer. I remember the days she would return from treatments, weak, fragile, and nauseous, with only enough strength to crawl into bed. One of those days, while standing at her side, I found myself withdrawn from the external bustle of family and lost in an internal quiet of reflection. This trio of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery only made her sicker, wearing her down, ultimately leaving her feeling defeated, quite the opposite of who she was most of her lifetime: a wonder woman mother of six who had been able to “do it all.” For the next two years as she made this arduous journey, I secretly promised to myself that I would eventually do something throughout my life to help others with cancer. Years from that point in time, during my graduate school days studying nutrition, I had the privilege of doing some parttime research for a Continued on Page 4
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