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Six Ways to Resist the Trap of Overabundance and Create Traditions Brimming with Gratitude By Sara Wiseman

Are you dreading it, already? You know… the whole shopping-gifting-cooking-cleaning-eatingdrinking socializing-relatives-traveling season just ahead? From Thanksgiving to New Year’s, many of us get trapped in a cycle of overabundance, the state of having too much. As in: more than we can use. More than we can process. The cup not just full, but overflowing. It’s gotten worse in recent years, starting with Christmas decorations that go on display at Halloween to the frenzy of Black Friday. We’ve become a culture of excess and a society of waste, moving from the next new thing to the next, without ever taking the time to enjoy any of it. We have so much, and it’s arriving so fast, that we can’t use or even experience it all. This overabundance – having more than we really need – creates stress, lowers vibration, and zaps energy from mind, body, and spirit. Now, I’m all for abundance. I’m certainly not one to pass up on anything that brings pleasure or beauty or connection to my life. But when we become trapped in the cycle of overabundance – the endless circle of want-get, want-get – our lives fall out of balance.

Six ways overabundance causes holiday stress

Ten Ways to Jumpstart A Holiday Filled with Gratitude 1. Travel outside of peak season, if you travel at all. Booking a flight Christmas day instead of Christmas eve is an entirely different experience. 2. Limit gifts to small, inexpensive tokens. Or gift “experiences” instead. 3. Make a bucket list of what you really love about the holidays: walking in the snow, sleeping in, watching Frosty the Snowman. Do these, and let the rest go. 4. Graciously decline invites that no longer fit. A simple, “I’m sorry, we can’t make it” is all you need. 5. Sleep, rest, be still. It is winter. 6. Play cards, catch, dolls… connect with younger ones and your younger self. 7. Sing. 8. Revisit the holidays as holy days. Go to church, if that feels right, or to a spiritual service in your community. Celebrate winter solstice as end of darkness and arrival of light. 9. Give hugs, the best gift of all. 10. Get emotional, feel it all and celebrate, in your heart. Life is a miracle.

Sara Wiseman says that “During the holidays, overabundance shows up in different forms. It’s not just eating rich foods or excessive gifts, as you’d expect, but less obvious ways as well, including: too much socializing, complex family relationships, rigid tradition and low vibration group thought.” She offers grounded solutions to apply this holiday season.

During the holidays, overabundance shows up in different forms. It’s not just eating rich foods or excessive gifts, as you’d expect, but less obvious ways as well, including: too much socializing, complex family relationships, rigid tradition, and low-vibration group thought. Here, are six areas where overabundance can create stress in your life: Continued on Page 13

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If you’re reading this, I’m sure you’ve have heard about writing gratitude lists. November is typically the time we read and hear a lot about gratitude – at least in the United States – since we celebrate Thanksgiving this month. Gratitude lists are a great thing to write and to keep because this practice makes us focus more on what we have than on what we don’t have. Writing down, or even thinking about, the good in our lives can change our entire energy for the better. I would like to propose another practice than can go deeper than gratitude lists: writing a joy list. Joy is deeper than the simple feeling of gratitude we experience when something goes by Krysta Gibson right in our lives or we acquire something we’ve been wanting such as a car, house, boyfriend, ourselves capable of feeling joy no matter or girlfriend. Joy dives what’s going on in our lives. right to the soul level. Joy is the energy that underlies all of Grab a piece of paper, a 3 x 5 index creation, even the creations that seem less card, or open a file on your computer or than joyful. And when we can learn to focus smartphone and write: My Joy List. Then on these feelings rather than on what we do pay attention to the times you feel joy in or don’t have, life blooms in all its fullness. your heart. There doesn’t have to be reason No longer does it matter whether or not behind the feelings of joy. In fact, I have our pet project succeeds. No longer does it found that many times joy shows up for no matter whether or not the person we think apparent reason: it simply is. we are attracted to is attracted to us. No Here are some things someone might longer does it matter whether or not we write down on their joy list: have thousands of dollars in the bank. Seeing my grandchild. By feeling this deep level of inner joy, we Sitting in meditation. touch our true selves, the part of us who is Cuddling with my dog or cat. in constant joy no matter what is happening Seeing the little yellow flower by my in the outer world. And when we touch this backdoor. part of ourselves and live in contact with it, Hearing the morning birds singing. we are finally living our lives. The hot shower this morning. You can see why I said a joy practice goes Breathing the fresh morning air. far beyond a simple gratitude practice. It is Listening to a Mozart concerto. deeper, much deeper. Try it and see. Looking at a work of art. Sitting in a cathedral. Krysta is giving her third annual end These are not things one acquires or of the year retreat Dec. 7, 9:30 a.m to owns. They are experiences that open our 4:30 p.m. in Monroe, Wash. It is called hearts to the greatness of our lives, to the Superconscious Living in 2014. Space beauty of our world, to the feelings of being is limited. Learn more and register at alive and aware of our own aliveness. www.anoasisforyoursoul.com. She can be When we focus on these feelings of joy reached at Krysta@newspiritjournal.com. that are internally generated, we attract more of these feelings and eventually find

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The Real Key to Unlocking Intuition By Jessica Anne Agnew

Being intuitive is a natural part of being human, and we each have a unique way that the universe speaks to us. It’s just that most of us are too distracted by thoughts, emotional patterns, and habitual behavior to listen closely enough to what the universe is trying to say. So what exactly is intuition? Intuition is the flow of divine guidance running like a current through our lives. It’s the thread that connects our awareness to everything in the universe, each other, and our destiny. We can learn to listen more closely to this flow of guidance through our feeling sense, our knowingness, our dreams and visions, and the signs and symbols we see in our daily life. Intuition arises naturally when there is a clear space within. When there is stillness, and silence, which comes from not pushing or pulling on life with our egoic agenda. When we can come to a place of just being

with what is, in this moment now. It’s a surrender; surrendering our judgments and our personal will, so that there can be space for divine will to arise uninhibited within us, and reveal to us our true path. Often we want to activate our intuition so we can get somewhere or be someone other than who we are right now. We feel like if we could just see and hear our guides, and know what the universe wants us to do, then we could finally be who we want to be and escape the feelings of pain, struggle, and lack we experience now. There’s a feeling of being insufficient – of not-enough-ness – that accompanies that kind of intention, which leads to selfjudgment and self-doubt, which are the two major killers of intuition. My way of teaching intuitive development then is more about cultivating humility, selflove, and aware presence, which form the foundations for true intuitive awakening. So what do these three keys to allowing intuition to open really mean? Let’s break it down: Humility – A lot of times the concept of humility gets misunderstood on the spiritual path, and is internalized as thinking that we should put ourselves below others, and not outshine anyone or ask for too much from life. This is really just low-self esteem in disguise. True humility is the willingness to face ourselves and be 100% honest with ourselves about how we feel in each

moment. We don’t need to pump ourselves up to impress others, and we don’t need to cut ourselves down to avoid being rejected by others. We can just be as we are, and honor that, however that may look from the outside. With humility, we can learn to recognize the voice of the divine verses the voice of our ego when it speaks to us. Self-Love – The only way to break the cycle of self-judgment and self-doubt is through self-love. Self-love is not a state, it is something that has to be practiced with dedication each day, and then grows over time. It’s a choice we make, when something happens that upsets us. We can choose to beat ourselves up, or we can choose to love ourselves instead. We simply say to our heart,“I love you. I love you. Even though this happened, I am here to love you.” We let our feelings be what they are, and we love ourselves through it. It may feel fake at first when we have spent so many years in self-judgment and blame, being critical of ourselves. But even saying the words creates a ripple effect through our energy body, allowing us to be more and more receptive to it the more often we say it, and soon we start feeling the love sinking in on deeper and deeper levels. Self-love is also about making loving choices for ourselves; treating ourselves the way we would treat our most beloved friend; giving ourselves the most nutritional foods, lots of rest, and time to enjoy the things and people we love. This opens our heart, and puts us more in alignment with divine will, which always gives us the most loving choices. Aware Presence – This is something that all people who meditate on a regular basis are working to cultivate. It’s the ability to step back from being so caught up in the

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Eating and Living for a Better Brain In a survey I saw some years ago, it indicated that “maintaining mental sharpness” was the number one health issue for 65% of the people questioned. For many people, poor brain function equates to poor quality of life. There is no doubt that we live in a society that demands our brains work 100%; we constantly juggle acts, inputs, information, tasks, responsibilities, and process emotions. How could we really do without our brain at full tilt? And at the same time, the statistics are showing us increased rates of cognitive decline and dementia, along with mental health issues rising to be one of the biggest health issues in the 21st century. With all that said, you’re probably scratching your head wondering what you can do to prevent the downslide which starts in some people as young as age 40. Can you make your mind even sharper than it is if it is at maximum capacity? Probably not. But can you buffer your brain against mild decline and even more severe reduced function with dementia by taking some steps in what you eat and how you live? The research would suggest a resounding yes.

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was calculated to be about one-half cup of blueberries per day. Of course, I always like to aim for the small, organically-grown, “stressed” blueberries that tend to be higher in phytonutrients than their plump, sugary counterparts. 3. Spice it up with curry: If I was stranded on a desert island and had to survive, I would want my turmeric root, or even better, curcumin, which comes from turmeric, mostly because it’s such a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compound. Researchers have theorized that the historically low rates of dementia in India is because of their use of curry. When it comes to the brain, not only can curcumin protect the brain cells, but it can also prevent the build-up of the protein, beta-amyloid, one of the hallmarks of dementia. You can try curry any which way you’d like; one of my favorites is to make a salmon curry (where you also get the benefits of the omega-3 fats in the salmon together with the curcumin in the curry) or to include it into a smoothie, what I like to call a “turmeric milkshake,” with almonds, coconut milk, a couple of pitted dates, and a heaping tablespoon of the curry spice. 4. Just move: That’s right, just move your body. Choose whatever form you like, and whatever you’re physically capable of based on your health condition(s). Whatever your movement of choice is, try to incorporate some aerobic activity – biking, yoga, walking, running, swimming, riding a stationary bike or a real one – are all great options. Take walks, even short ones, but make them regular throughout the week. Continued on Page 5

Research suggests you can buffer your brain against mild decline and even more severe reduced function with dementia by taking some steps in what you eat and how you live.

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The brain thrives on oxygen and needs it to perform well. By getting some aerobic exercise, you replenish the brain with the fuel it requires. Studies show that physical activity helps in improving the integrity of your brain matter and can help you retain information for a longer period of time compared to not exercising. 5. Let go of shrinking stress: Stress shrinks certain parts of the brain. Therefore, it’s essential to choose a stress-modulation practice that you enjoy, whether yoga, meditation, or mindfulness. Studies show that yoga may have some benefits in promoting a healthy mood, and meditation sessions can do the same. In fact, one study showed that the more one meditates, the better one’s mood and the lower the amount of inflammation in the body; two thumbs up for the brain! Meditation can also help with promoting healthy blood flow to the brain, which means you’re delivering more oxygen and nutrients to the precious tissue. Mindfulness practice assists in fine-tuning one’s ability to pay attention and even leads to increases in brain gray matter density, which is a good thing if your brain is stressed and shrunk. Keeping your gray matter bright with brilliance is definitely within reach no matter what your age. These five, simple lifestyle medicine steps will shine light on your path forward into the decades to come. Deanna Minich, PhD, CN, RYT, is a mind-body-spirit nutritionist and author who bridges together modern science with ancient spirituality in her novel approach to food and eating. See her website, www.foodandspirit. com, and Facebook page, Food & Spirit with Dr. Deanna Minich (https://www.facebook.com/ foodandspirit?fref=ts), for more details.

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The Secret suggests that people focus only on the positive in order to create a constructive and optimistic feedback in terms of attraction. In other words, what we put out, we get back tenfold. The law of attraction certainly can work, but why doesn’t it work? The reason most people can’t make it work is because mind in this realm is subject to duality, dual thinking. We live in a world of opposites: highs and lows, good and bad, dark and light, devil and god. We simply, by virtue of living in a world of dual thinking, will never truly emit only positivity until we can see, understand, and accept all of our experiences and thoughts as positive. We are programmed to separate, deny, and resist negativity that keeps us from integrating with it. We can only integrate with what negatively occurs by understanding beyond what occurs. Freedom to love and send out love in the worst conditions only comes through understanding, and sometimes that understanding can only be found by looking objectively into the circumstances of an event. Take school shootings, for example. How can anyone extract something positive from such a horrific event? One way is to ask ourselves why our youth are doing this, and by taking ownership of our part in what others create. We have fed our children violence in the form of entertainment for so long that they have become desensitized and play out the video games they watch. Awareness of this alone is a good thing and should cause us to change what we’re doing. These negative patterns will repeat until we get the message and change what we do. No matter what the conscious mind decides to do, the subconscious mind will override it if the information stored there contradicts our intentions. Mastery over duality comes when we finally see and accept that negative is positive, because from it, we gain some valuable awareness individually or collectively, regardless of how slight or great. There is much conflict when this idea is suggested, however, as it implies that we are condoning bad or evil actions. This is not true. Finding the value from negative experiences and actions does not mean we approve of them. It simply means that we must search to find something valuable that comes out

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Remember, “Seek ye first the Kingdom and all things shall be added unto thee.” This happens automatically when we have no need for things to fill us up or complete us in some way. I’m sure we can all relate to how easily things come to us when we decide to let go of the fight. The same is true with relationships; when we struggle to find one, it doesn’t happen; when we give up the idea, they’re waiting in line. When we let go of resistance, our need to control what we attract, suddenly what we need appears. We’re all searching for the self within that sees through positive eyes. When we can do that, the need to attract anything material ceases to exist because through those eyes, love fills every need and is self-contained; it lacks nothing. This means that when one finally masters consciousness to a point of emitting only positive thoughts, one’s entire realm of what’s important changes. One enters into a realm devoid of any need for material satisfaction and when that happens, we become magnets and simply enjoy the abundance. Linda Joy Crutcher can be reached at (951) 894-5117, www.listenwithlinda.com.

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Creative Winter Exercise and Fun for Dogs Regular exercise is very important for the physical and mental health of our dogs. Going on regular walks, taking hikes to special places, playing at the dog park or in our own yard are just more pleasant and easier to do in good weather. So how can we keep our dogs well exercised – which leads to calmer and better behavior – when the time of year is not conducive? Now that I have a very energetic, oneyear-old, Golden Retriever who is in need of lots of exercise, I am finding answers to that question. There are actually some very good choices that make it fairly easy especially if you have a small dog. I am not going to talk much about the usual games and things we do with our dogs for fun and to blow off steam like retrieving balls, sticks, or Frisbees, except to say that if you have a small dog, you can often move those games inside in bad weather. You can throw retrieving items up and down a hallway, large room, or staircase. Please, no staircase chases for long body dogs like dachshunds and corgis. I do not think that is a safe game for them even if they are in good shape. I recommend using a high value food reward to motivate your dog. A food reward, in order to be effective, only needs to be large enough to taste, so keep them very small. You

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Hide and Seek One person holds the dog while the other takes a food reward and goes off to hide somewhere in the house. The holder tells the dog to “Find Dad or Mom or Susie or Joe.” Take the dog on an exaggerated hunt if they do not yet understand and help them find the hider. The person hiding treats the dog immediately upon being found with lots of praise from both humans. Trade places. Start simple and easy. Then get more and more creative with the hiding places. This game can also be played outside. When you do not have two people, one person can hide treats around the house for the dog to find. Start simple and let the dog see you “hide” the treat and keep it visible at first until they understand the game.

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Start this game in a large room with one person on each end of the room. Both people have food rewards for the dog in their pockets. With the dog’s attention on one of the humans, the other one calls the dog, “Bozo, come here.” Make it sound happy and encourage if needed. Treat the dog on arrival. As soon as the dog has been treated, the opposite person calls the dog and you continue back and forth. The dog will anticipate quickly and start to head back before being called. When they do that they are not rewarded. The one they ran to just ignores them on arrival and the other person calls the dog back. Expand this game to the entire house, callers in different rooms or on different floors of the house. This game can also be moved outside.

Calisthenics

Large or small, all dogs can do doggie calisthenics in the kitchen or family room. Use a small food reward and do doggie pushups by asking your dog to sit, then down, then sit, etc. Put the food right at their nose and guide them to start. Do them very fast, withholding the food until they have done lots of ups and downs.

Collapse Downs Collapse downs, as I like to call them, are very good for the dog physically. Start with the dog in a stand position, put the food reward at his nose and then move it down and backwards towards the floor so the dog collapses backwards into a down without

moving forward. Use another food reward to lure him back up into a stand and repeat several times.

Spin and Twirl This exercise can really blow off steam. Put a food reward on their nose, tell them “spin” and slowly move the food toward their tail so they begin to turn. Keep luring them slowly until they make it all the way around and give the food with lots of praise. Once they learn the spin, teach them the opposite direction and command “twirl.” As they get it, withhold the food until they have done at least three rapid turns in both directions.

This game has become my Robbie’s all-time fav My trainer calls it a flirt line. It really begins with a horse lunge whip or buggy whip. This is a relatively new game in the dog world but it is so popular, dog toy companies are already making small versions for little dogs. I have seen them in local pet stores recently (Tail Teasers) and on Amazon. I made ours with a full size sturdy lunge whip, about five feet long with the same length of whip. For smaller dogs get a minihorse lunge whip. Tie a toy on the end. My preferred toy is a Skinneez. They are long with squeakers and no stuffing and look like a fake squirrel or rabbit. You can find them on Amazon, pet stores and grocery stores. Stand in the middle while your dog chases the toy in a circle around you. Depending on the breed, your dog may keep chasing or they may try to cut off the toy. They will run hard and jump and flip for the toy but I do not recommend the jump and flip part for safety issues. Continued on Page 11 Helping women awaken the Soul Goddess within

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that latch and separate fairly easily opening at the top. This bag has a nice and simple pattern on the front. I think most of the ladies know the problem of having too large of a bag; things get lost and gravitate toward the bottom, right? Problem solved. With a system of pockets and zippers, I could easily and almost systematically stash keys, ID, and a little cash without a concern. I think the best part is that after I got my gear out for class, the bag folds up perfectly for those friendly little yoga-cubbies we have.

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his is the time of year when many of us become involved in giving gifts to celebrate our various traditions and holidays. To make giftgiving a little easier, we’ve compiled the following reviews of some products and books that were sent our way. Of course, handmade gifts are wonderful and some of the books we received are perfect in guiding you to make some of your own this year. As you do your shopping, please remember to support our brick and mortar stores as well as the online retailers. And remember to give yourself and others the gift of time and love, two things that are truly priceless!

One of the sheer joys of being a yoga teacher is that I see the breathtaking array of equipment that helps people in their very individual needs and enhances their individual and specific talents. In other words, good equipment enhances talents and develops yogis to a higher state. And, finding the caliber of equipment, props and products available from Gaiam is a crowing success for me as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) and yoga coach. I got a sneak-peak at some brand new products from Gaiam. May I introduce them to you? I’m really excited about some things that will be supportive for many people.

Sol Dry Grip Yoga Mat This single-sided mat is 5 mm thick. When I compare it to other mats I have used, I find it provides a softer, more comfortable barrier between the hands and the floor, yet I felt perfectly secure in my stance and connection to support me through all the asanas of three vinyasa classes. With the addition of the mat’s ability to remain dry (how did they do that?) and grippy during this sweaty yogi’s

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Marrakesh Mat Tote Bag workouts, I am very impressed. You’ll find this to be a safe and secure addition to your practice mats. And, hey, it’s got a design that is impressed in a black on black appearance that had a lot of folks eyeing it during my last class.

Marrakesh Mat Tote Bag This is my first bag other than the tubestyle end loading bags that I have used for many years. Larger and capacious, there’s room for a rolled-up mat, straps, and a small foam roller (see that review, too) for this yogi-on-the-go. This bag has three snaps

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Okay. Being a male yogi in the femaledominated western yoga scene offers its own set of challenges. However, when others see a man with a yoga clutch the eyebrows raise a little higher. I have co-opted a sensible item and claimed its use for my yoga-brethren. I chose the coffee colored clutch that matches the Marrakesh Tote (in lieu of the pink so as not to stretch it too far). It holds my wallet, change, cell phone, and watch. My car keys fit in there as well, so I do not have to spend minutes digging for them in the bottom of a regular bag after class. The clutch is interesting because it is made from yoga mat material. Now it’s true that one of my yogini friends kind of eyed my clutch Continued on Page 8

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Continued from Page 7 quizzically. I looked straight into that raised eyebrow and said: “New dude yoga clutch.”

Sure Grip headband Sigh. Here again not only is there a guy in the yoga class, he is wearing a headband. I loved the head shaking from my friends in yoga class. I had the good foresight of choosing the black band, hoping not to attract too much attention, but oh well. The first time I tried this out was uneventful, or so I thought. I left it in my Marrakesh bag during my second class. Unfortunately, I missed it after about 10 minutes when sweat was running down my face and into my eyes. As my glasses slid down my nose and I reached for my face towel, I regretted not putting on the Sure Grip Headband this evening. Guys and gals: leave your face towel in your bag. Once you have donned this stylish two-inch headband, the moisture will not run into your face. The band stays in place and can be easily forgotten, without ever feeling too tight or constrictive. I am ordering another soon.

Compact Foam Roller After that class of stretching and yoga, using SelfMyofascial Release (SMR) often relieves and prevents sore muscles. SMR is a fancy acronym for foam rolling. This 12-inch long roller can be stored in the Marrakesh bag until after class. Handy and small enough, you can use it when it matters most: right after savasana for maximum muscle comfort. This roller is small enough to carry with you. Pull it out of your bag before class to warm up or at the end of class to cool down. And, thankfully, this appears in a gender-neutral shade of green.

Yoga Mat Wipes

The best time to clean your favorite dry grip yoga mat is right after class before rolling it up. Pull one of these wipes out of the package, and give your mat a quick once-over so you can roll up a fresh clean mat to be used in the next class or session. This will help keep the mat sanitized and so it can be kept in use longer. These wipes come 20 to a package and fit easily with everything else in the Marrakesh tote. The solution dries quickly, so it only makes good sense to use the wipes specially formulated for the buoyant surfaces of expansive mats. Ronan Bennett is a registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance, certified meditation teacher, personal trainer, and regular contributor to the blog Mandolin Yogi.

In December, New World Library is releasing a new book perfect for holiday gifting: Pick Your Yoga Practice, exploring and understanding different styles of yoga by Meagan McCrary. You thought yoga is yoga? Think again. This book explores seven core styles of yoga, plus an additional 10 systems described in the Best of the Rest chapter. Did you know there are six main branches of yoga? Where does your practice fit in? After you choose a style, what can you expect when you visit the class? What are the philosophical underpinnings of a particular system or practice? Are you getting bored with your current style and want to explore something new? This book will help you become a more aware student and will help you find teachers and classes in the various styles. Whether new to yoga or a longtime practitioner, this book is a valuable resource you or your yoga-practicing friend will want to have. Here’s another idea: how about taking your yoga practice off the mat and into the work place? Did you know that the physical yoga postures are only one part of what is known as the Eight Limbs of Yoga? There’s a book called Yoga Wisdom at Work by husband-wife team Maren and Jamie Showkeir (Berrett-Koehler Publishers) that offers great suggestions about how to integrate yoga’s ancient philosophy and spiritual principles into the modern workplace. Filled with practical suggestions and stories, it can help any yoga practitioner learn how to move far beyond a simple physical practice into one that impacts every second of every day; what a great plan for the new year. For the yoga enthusiast who really wants to dig deeper into the true study of yoga or union with God, there is a new book about the Yoga Sutras called Demystifying Patanjali (Crystal Clarity) by Swami Kriyananda. This book begs to be studied and meditated upon to unlock the secrets of life it shares.

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anyone not loving it. A Year at Stonehenge by James O. Davies is exactly that. Davies has been photographing Stonehenge for over 15 years and then was given special access for five years where he was able to take photos not allowed to most visitors. The result is a stunning book with enticing photos as well as information about this mysterious construction estimated to having been built in 3100 BC. Why is it that churches and places of worship hold special energy? The Secret Language of Sacred Spaces by Jon Cannon gives some clues. Through photos and words, this book explores the codes and meanings of the world’s places of worship and helps us understand what makes these places feel sacred. Learn what makes a Hindu temple different from a Buddhist one or why a church looks so different from a synagogue or mosque. Filled with wonderful information, this book will solidify your respect and honor for all religions and traditions.

For Tarot Enthusiasts Around the Tarot in 78 Days, A Personal Journey Through the Cards by Marcus Katz and Tali Goodwin (Llewellyn Books) is a different sort of tarot book. Although it can be used as a reference book for the meaning of the cards, it goes much farther and deeper than. Each day is devoted to one card and through this system, the user is taught various spreads, meanings Black Cats Tarot and relationships of various cards, as well as information about tarot and the Tree of Life. Intriguing, wellwritten, and a lot of fun, the tarot readers in your life will welcome this book. And if that person loves animals, especially cats, get them a copy of Black Cats Tarot by Maria Kurara. Using the basic ideas from the

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Smoothies are the rage these days, not only for the delicious taste they offer but for the great nutrition they can provide. The Green Smoothie Bible by Kristine Miles gives recipes based on the seasons of the year as well as particular health interests a person might have. The author also teaches the basics behind successful smoothies so you can make your own combinations. This next book is a gift in itself or you could use it to make gifts to give to others. Called Meals in a Jar by Julie Languille step-by-step instructions are given for everything from breakfast Omelet in a Bag to lentil soup and Rustic Pie. The meals created are meant to be prepared ahead of time and then brought to life through the addition of water or other ingredients. The Natural Soap Chef will take you through the steps to make good old-fashioned soap based on the process of saponification. The process begins with learning how to work with lye (be careful) and various oils and ends up with delightful soap you can’t find in the grocery store. I have made this type of soap for 13 years and this book gives what you need to get started and have fun. Deliciously Holistic, Healing Foods Recipes and Lifestyle Tips to Help Increase Your Energy and Immunity by Shelley Alexander, CHFS, teaches why and how to eat holistically using real food. The recipes run the gamut from breakfast to snacks to smoothies and are Continued on Page 10

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Getting Organized and Planning in 2014 Keeping up with Mercury Retrogrades, moon void of courses, and other astrological events becomes easy with Llewellyn’s 2014 Daily Planetary Guide. It gives a wonderful basic introduction to astrology, explains how to use the book and then provides a weekly planner to keep track of your schedule. For the Wiccan or Pagan in your life, get Llewellyn’s Witch’s Wall Calendar. Each month gives correspondences such as stones, animals, flowers, and ruling planet, plus original art, fun essays, and spells by some favorite Wiccan authors. The Life Organizer (New World Library) by Jennifer Louden originally came out as a beautiful hardback book in 2007. Now it is being released in paperback. Based on a more intuitive approach to

planning, there are 13 planning sections that can be used however best suits a woman’s organizing style. The author calls it an “interactive guidebook, a collection of possibilities with life and your gifts.” Someone who wants a unique and supportive way to focus on manifesting their dreams this year would find this an intriguing and welcome gift. The Best 10 Years of Your Life, but Let’s Plan on 20! by Scotty Bruer is a great how-to make and reach goals book that is also very inspirational. The author shares his story (which is most interesting) and then leads the reader through his four-step plan: love, believe, plan, achieve. This book includes a “90-Day Launch Pad” to get you started and a mailin offer for a 20-year planning wall calendar. A fabulous gift to help someone plan their life.

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The blocked writer in your life will love you for getting them Barbara Abercrombie’s Kicking in the Wall (New World Library). The book gives a year of writing prompts, exercises, and quotes to help any writer break through the wall of resistance and begin writing. Just flipping through the pages got my creative engine going again. Perhaps someone in your life would be interested in learning about a literary ministry and their own relationship with language and spirituality. Karen Hering is a writer and ordained UnitarianUniversalist minister and her book Writing to Wake the Soul (Beyond Words) teaches how to engage writing as a spiritual practice and tool for social action. One doesn’t need to be a writer to use this book and enjoy the results. Did you know there are different creative types of people? In Creative You (Beyond Words) by David B. Goldstein and Otto

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Kroeger, by answering four easy questions, the reader can learn what personality type they are and how this impacts their creativity. A fascinating book and it would be wellreceived by parents as well as managers and bosses to learn more about their charges. What about that friend who has been efforting over his or her book, trying to get it written and published? Dan Millman and his daughter Sierra Prasada to the rescue with their new book The Creative Compass (New World Library). Both published authors, they lead the reader through the process of “writing your way from inspiration to publication.” This is an invaluable companion to anyone who wants to write for publication. Someone who is facing some sort of healing challenge will treasure Healing with the Arts, a 12-Week Program to Heal Yourself and Your Community by Michael Samuels, MD and Mary Rockwood Lane, Ph.D. (Atria Books). Through art projects – visual arts, dance, writing, and music – along with spiritual practices and guided imagery the reader is given tools to heal physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual ailments. This is a proven program that has been used at hospitals since the early 1990s. Therapists and healers of various stripes will love this book. When you gift this book, include a set of crayons, colored pencils, or felt markers. The Mandala Coloring Book by Jim Gogarty (AdamsMedia) with 100 mandala coloring pages is meant to help people slow down and find peace and tranquility. The designs draw you inwards and help the mind to focus in a positive way. By using the instructions and design tips included, this gift will help the recipient find inner calm and creativity every day. Like snowflakes, no two of these are the same and encourage one to vision while coloring. You could also get the book, choose a few, color and frame them, and give these as gifts! Learn to meet and gain Freedom from Your Inner Critic by Jay Earley, Ph.D. and Bonnie Weiss, LCSW

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Hostess Gifts When you go to the home of friends or family for the holidays, how about taking a unique hostess gift. Here are two ideas. Bless This Food by Adrian Butash (New World Library) is a lovely book and gives 160 mealtime prayers of grace from various religions and cultures. The background of each is given as well as two prayers in American Sign Language and the short prayer “bless this food” is given in 19 languages. Mark Nepo’s The Little Book of Awakening (Conari Press) gives a year’s worth of his ideas and practical applications from his now-famous book of the same title. Each week he gives ideas and practices for living a spirit-filled and wise life. Look in the December Holiday Gift Guide for more books and other great gift-giving ideas.

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Freedom Is Your Nature By Christine Wushke

I was once given a teaching in a dream that helped me understand the distinction between the permanent and the impermanent. The understanding of this dream enabled me to embrace life as it is. It showed me that all of life is transient, and I can be free to enjoy the ups in life without grasping at them, and recognize that the downs in life are also temporary and so there is no need to try and make them “go away.” The following dream took place during a particularly challenging phase of my life; I had gone to bed one night feeling hopeless and drained and fell asleep in a state of despair and exhaustion.

Christine Wushke says that being able to see clearly the distinction between what is fleeting and what is permanent enables us to drink-in life as it is.

I had a very vivid dream that I was dead. In the dream there was someone beside me that I couldn’t see, but I could hear a voice and feel a loving presence. I remember feeling really sad and

full of remorse that I had died, and wishing that I could go back to earth, if even for just two minutes. The voice beside me offered to fulfill my wish, and sent me back for

Winter Exercise for Dogs Continued from Page 6 Once they catch the toy, get them to run around you with it. I make this happen by pretending the game is over and I am trying to take the toy away from Robbie. He will run and run around me as I sing a “Robbie’s runnin‘ the rabbit” song that really gets

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him moving. Be sure to run them both directions. When the rabbit escapes, start over and have fun! Not much space is needed for this game and it really wears the dog out fast. It is great exercise. Put the whip away when not in use as this makes it more special and keeps the dog from destroying the toy. Martha Norwalk is an animal behavior therapist and host of Martha Norwalk’s Animal World, Sunday mornings, from 9 a.m. to noon on Alternative Talk AM 1150. She can be reached at Martha’s Canine, Feline and All Creature Counseling at (360) 217-7258 or www. marthanorwalk.com. For a free, no obligation telephone evaluation or to make an appointment for Martha to work with you and your animal friend, give her a call.

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two minutes. In a blink I was dropped back down to earth in my familiar body, but surrounded by totally different circumstances. In this new scenario I had just found out that the love of my life was having an affair with another woman and I was feeling heartbroken and alone. Elated with being back, I didn’t care about the “scene” going on around me, I felt relieved and grateful just to be back. Knowing my two minutes would be up soon I soaked in every precious second of heartbreak, sorrow, betrayal, and loss. After getting pulled out of this scene and back to the “dead” state, I asked again if I could please be allowed to go back for just two minutes more. The voice agreed and I was allowed to go back. This time I was dropped into yet another totally different scenario. In this one I was happily married but we were going bankrupt and losing everything we owned. Knowing that the two minutes were fleeting, I soaked in every second of financial distress, worry, and uncertainty. Once more I was pulled out, floating in deadness with the loving voice. Again I asked to go back, and again I was given that wish. This time I became aware of an interesting time distortion. In the scene around me everything was falling apart, I was feeling the impossibility of “holding

NOVEMBER 2013 it together.” Knowing the two minutes would end soon I drank in “falling apart” and the feeling of losing control. I noticed that what felt to me like two minutes was different than the timeline playing out in the scene around me. Hours were racing by in the situation around me, while my two minutes were slowly ticking by. At some point I became aware that I was dreaming and a very lucid thought, “Okay, you have made your point,” shattered the dream. I found myself lying in bed, staring at the ceiling. For a few minutes I drank in the sensation of being alive, really alive. I drank in what it meant to be human, and the sweetness of all the things we experience here. Being able to see clearly the distinction between what is fleeting and what is permanent enables us to drink-in life as it is. It offers us the space to remember that a human life is transitory, emotions come and go, human experience is so very brief, and yet, right behind it there is something so powerful, yet subtle, something ever-present that doesn’t change. That backdrop can be noticed in any moment by looking at that which is noticing the comings and goings of life. The awareness that notices is the same as your eternal essence. That awareness is ever present and can never be harmed

in any way. This simple recognition opens up the space for allowing all life to simply be as it is. Just as recognizing that the moon’s cycle will change while the sky stays the same. This gives us the freedom to appreciate the moon’s presence while it is full, and the absence of the moon when it is new. Understanding impermanence teaches us that to cling to the changing brings about more struggle, and to try to manipulate aspects of life that we don’t like is as futile as trying to push the ocean’s waves. Everything within form will rise and fall like waves on the ocean. Allowing life to come and go in this way brings about an inner freedom to appreciate what is right in front of you, here and now. Christine Wushke is a certified yoga and meditation teacher with over 18 years experience. Her first book, Freedom Is Your Nature, will be published by Inner Splendor Media in November 2013. Christine strives to raise consciousness on the planet by empowering people to recognize their divinity and uncover peace within. DOUBLE DORJEE

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Events • Classes • Workshops November 1, 2013 6-7pm New Moon Manifesting Call - live on the phone - replay available Contact Dakara 425-267-9738, dakara@dakara.com. Take a journey through the energy of this new moons energy. Astrology information, healing and guided meditation. Full details http://NewMoonCheck.com November 1, 15 & 29, 11 am Circle of Joy. East West Bookshop, Seattle, Free! Share in the spirit of joy and upliftment! We will affirm the future and energize our magnetism to draw in the highest and best outcomes to us as we explore how to “ride the winds of change”.This bi-weekly gathering will include a guided meditation, affirmation, reflections and sharing. Facilitated by Nayaswami Jamuna Snitkin, Ananda teacher and minister. Followed by optional group meditation until 12:30. www.AnandaWashington.org 425-806-3700 [Call: 425-806-3700] November 2, 6:00-9:00pm, International Dinner – Teahouse of the November Moon. Ananda Community in Lynnwood, $25 Be transported to the mysterious and exotic Orient of former times, as tonight’s dinner brings you savory dishes from China, Japan, Vietnam and south Asian countries hitherto unknown: a veritable fusion of Asian gastronomy. Gaily costumed servers may seem strangely familiar as they glide about silently serving you dish after dish of delicacies! We’ll have music and entertainment from distant lands and times that will invite your joyful spirit to soar. The proceeds of this dinner benefit the Temple Building Fund for construction of the Fellowship Hall, adjacent to the Ananda Meditation Temple in Bothell. www.AnandaWashington.org 425-806-3700 Nov. 5, DEC. 3, 11:30 A.M. - 1 P.M. Good Company Networking Lunch. Join us for lunch and networking. Cost is the price of your lunch. SILVER SPOON THAI RESTAURANT, 3828 196th St. SW, Lynnwood, WA 98036 • For directions only: 425-967-3255. See menu at www.thaifoodforyou.com You don’t have to eat to join us but please do not bring in any outside food or drinks.

November 9, 1-5pm “Vibrational Ease” with Christine Upchurch: Having vibrational ease is essential to manifesting our desires. Come learn what it is, what prevents it, and how to consciously attain it for living a more fulfilling life. Lecture, discussion, practical exercises. $60 Stellar Reflections. Call 425-999-9836. saturday, November 9, 1-5p.m. First Aid for Dogs & Cats Your pet is part of the family. Learn more about what you can do to promote optimum wellness through herbal and natural first aid remedies for common canine and feline ailments including diarrhea, sprains/strains, sore backs, lick granulomas, ear infections, and parasites. $25-$45 www.Bastyr.edu/Continuing-Education, Continuinged@Bastyr.edu 425-602-3152 SATURDAY, NOV. 16, 9a.m-12p.m. How to Manage Food Cravings Why are some people able to live in harmony with their food cravings and avoid eating to excess, while others struggle daily and feel out of control? We all have food cravings. Is it possible to overcome them or at least moderate their impact on our health? The answer is yes! $25-$55. www.Bastyr.edu/ Continuing-Education, Continuinged@ Bastyr.edu,425-602-3152 November 17 222™ Activation Training Seminar with Christine Upchurch & Peggy Snow: Inspired to help shift lives and the planet? Learn how to facilitate the 222™ Activation, an energetic process which utilizes sacred geometry to strengthen a person’s energetic flow, often yielding greater balance, clarity, and connection. Stellar Reflections. Call 425-999-9836 November 18, 2013 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 enrichyour life! Door prizes and mini psychic readings. Contact Dakara 425-267-9738, dakara@dakara.com http://www.a-n-g-e-l-network.com/

Friday, November 15 Chakra Talk: A gathering for like-minded friends

who are interested in discussing how to use the body’s energy system as a roadmap to greater health. Learn hands-on self-healing techniques, proper breathing to reduce stress, increase energy and cultivate a deeper sense of peace. Come listen and learn or share what you know with others! This casual gathering meets the third Friday evening of the month in the Tea Garden at East West Bookshop. The cost is $10. www.eastwestbookshop.com Facilitated by Ruthie Stender, author of The Eight Aspects of God: A Pathway to Bliss, certified meditation teacher and registered yoga instructor (RYT-200®) with the Yoga Alliance®, Reiki practitioner and owner of Seattle Energy Medicine.

Nov. 19, 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: 360217-8226. Chinese buffett 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 saturday, nov. 24, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Fire in the Belly: Natural Treatments for Digestive Disorders - Every natural healing system puts digestion at the top of the list for concern, and for good reason. The mucous lining of the GI tract the main focal point for initiating chronic inflammation in the body, plus digestive disturbances can be incredibly painful. Discover natural ways to treat heartburn and more. $50-$95 www.Bastyr.edu/Continuing-Education Continuinged@Bastyr.edu 425-602-3152 NOV. 26, DEC. 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.

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November 29, 7:00-8:00pm Gratitude Kirtan at East West. East West Bookshop, Seattle, Free. Enjoy a special evening of joyful heart-opening chanting, song and food with the Ananda Seattle Kirtan Group. The evening will include devotional chants (words provided so you can join in) and a special gratitude ceremony to acknowledge the gifts that life has given us. Stay to enjoy prasad (blessed food) prepared especially for the event. Bring your friends and share the joy! www.AnandaWashington.org 425-806-3700

December 7, 9:30-4:30 Superconscious Living in 2014. Krysta Gibson’s third annual end-of-theyear retreat is an opportunity for you to put your life on pause for one day and focus on where you are and where you’re headed in 2014. This year we’ll concentrate on living superconsciously. What if you could live this next year in touch with your higher or superconscious self? During this retreat you will have the opportunity to practice and plan living superconsciously. Details at www.anoasisforyoursoul.com or email krysta@ krystagibson.com. 425-356-7237

December 7 Healers Only! Next Healer’s VIP Chakra Balancing Class will be held December 7 from 9am - 6pm in Lynnwood. Enjoy steep discount for your feedback our pilot classes - $497 for classwork, course book, pendulum, 10 certified essential oils and practice. Add income to your practice! Start right away. See events section at simpletruthfullife.com, or call 347-762-6224.

December 29, 2013 Manifesting Candle & Healing Playshop - Are you ready to Manifest your dreams in 2014? Vision Quest www.DaKara.com/candleVQ.html

December 7, 2013 noon-5pm Metaphysical Holiday Gift Fair. Free Admission. Jewelry, Pendulums, Aromatherapy, Crystals, Handmade items, Numerology Pendants, Tarot and Oracle Readings, Gift Certificates! Support your local artists, psychics and vendors!Contact Dakara 425-267-9738 dakara@dakara.com. Fundraiser for the K-Mart Angel program.

Jan 31 - Feb 9, 2014. Yoga, Meditation, Rainforest Hiking, Swimming, Wildlife, Oneness Training. $1,495 includes 9 nights hotel, all meals, all transport. Goddess Garden Hotel is in the old growth rainforest, by the beach. www.holmanhealthconnections.com 425-303-8150 February 14, 2014 Win an F-250. The Foundation for a Full Recovery is raffling off a 1986 Ford F-250 4x4 Diesel Pick-up. Tickets sell for $25. Buy 5 and get the 6th one free! Pick one up at our online store at phullrecovery.org.

Feb. 22 - March 1, 2014 HEAL YOUR LIFE WORKSHOP LEADER TRAINING. Become a licensed Heal Your Life workshop leader in the philosophy of Louise Hay. Our training is authorized by Hay House and approved by Louise Hay. For complete 2014 schedule and details go to: www.healyourlifetraining.com IIIIIIIIIIIIIII I I I I I I I I I I I I I I Roi & Taylore I I 360-748-4426 I I I • FREE Reiki 1 Training I I & Certification Class! I I I 9am-4pm, Dec.7 I • Become a Reiki Master I I I I by taking Reiki 1, 2 & 3 I Dec. 7-8, $200 I I I • Find and delete energy I I blockages I I • Heal the disease called financial I hardship and struggle I • Get rid of ancient family curses I I • Find the root cause of any I I disease I I • Learn how to improve I I relationships and/or attract I I a mate I I • Increase your Spiritual I I connection and much more.... I I reikiranch@gmail.com I I www.Laserreiki.com I Near Chehalis, WA I I IIIIIIIIIIIIIII

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Re-Imagining The Holidays Continued from front page 1. Overabundance of food. Rich, sweet, fatty holiday food lowers your physical vibration, which affects mind and spirit, too. If you work in an office or with a group of people, it’s hard to escape the sweets in the break room. Alcohol from frequent social events adds to this mix. Don’t worry about weight gain; instead, be focused on the energetic signature of the food you eat. Is it processed? Will it make you feel good? Does your body really want it? Pay attention, and don’t let the season of indulgence lower your vibration. 2. Overabundance of gifts. The cycle of shopping, buying, wrapping, giving, receiving can be very stressful, even if budget is not a concern. The sheer energetic reality of involving ourselves with objects or “stuff” can be overwhelming, especially when we understand that every object has its own frequency, vibration, or

energetic signature depending on where it came from, how it was made, who made it, and so forth. This is a lot of new energy to add to your reality. Consider your energy as you decide how or if you will give and receive gifts this year. Consider your energy if you decide to do without, do less, or give experiences or to charity instead. Once you break the gift cycle, you will be surprised how free you feel. 3. Overabundance of socializing. Office parties, school events, the annual party you’ve gone to every year for 10 years, all of this has a certain clamor of “must attend” attached to it, when in reality, you can change plans, opt out, or do something different. Don’t rely on what you’ve always done; you’re a new person now, and you may want to try something different. Reassess every year. Introverts especially may need lots of private time during this season. Give yourself the gift of quiet and solitude.

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4, Overabundance of family relationships. There’s that saying: you can’t go home again. And yet every holiday season, most of us continue to swim up-river to our birthing place. Many times, the wounds, past hurts, and misunderstandings are still there. And because we’re so busy during the holidays, we don’t have time to work on our relationships with our family members. Understand that family karma complex, and the stress of the holidays makes it more so. Be gentle with yourself and others. Have an exit strategy if things go awry. If it’s just too much, opt-out and try again another time. 5. Overabundance of tradition. Just because you’ve always done it a certain way, doesn’t mean you have to do it that way now. This might include going to a certain event, party, gathering, church service. Wearing certain clothes, decorating a certain way, eating certain foods, being with certain people, and so on. Break free from the rigid traditions your family has “always done” and see what else the Universe might have up its sleeve for you and yours. 6. Overabundance of group thought.

Churches and Spiritual Homes

Churches and Spiritual Homes

Churches and Spiritual Homes

Pet problems? Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner, Karen Dossett, can help your pet deal with veterinary visits, behavioral problems, stress in general, and your pet’s overall well-being. Appts. by phone, Skype, or in-person. (425) 402-3790.

Seattle Gnostic Center Spiritual Psychology & Meditation Transformational Study & Practice, Wednesdays 7-9pm, Kabbalah, Alchemy, Mindfulness, Astral www.gnosticcenter.com 206-365-0826

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.

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.

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Churches and Spiritual Homes 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 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.

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 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. 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. “AMPLIFYING DIVINE LIGHT IN ALL” CHURCH, Kirkland, WA. A unique, independent gathering of peaceful Starseeds. www.divinelightchurch.org. Rev. Alia Aurami, 425-466-4001.

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Understand the power of group thought or collective soul to affect your mood. We’ve all seen what fear-based beliefs can do to collective thought: hate, violence, financial ruin, and war are all products of low-vibration thinking. During the holidays, mindless consumption is the culprit; everyone is stressing out on want-get, wantget. This creates enormous stress, and when this is done in the collective, everyone feels it. During this time, connect to your own higher self, God/One/All/Divine/Source, frequently and deeply. Use Thanksgiving and solstice as markers for the season, times when you can easily dip into gratitude and joy. Spiritual teacher and intuitive Sara Wiseman is author of six insightful books on spirituality and intuition, including her new book, Living a Life of Gratitude: Your Journey to Grace, Joy and Healing. She hosts the popular radio show Ask Sara, and is a top contributor to DailyOM. She has released four healing music CDs with her band Martyrs of Sound. Visit her online at www.sarawiseman.com.

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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.

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WICCA: Aquarian Tabernacle Church, open to all. Free monthly Lunar celebrations, classes, other events. For more information call 360-793-1945.  www.aquatabch.org. Ananda Church of SelfRealization 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. 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

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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.

Classrooms For Rent Bright, beautiful 500 sq. ft. classroom for rent in Bellevue just North of Microsoft available for teachers offering full day and multiple day trainings. Tree views with windows along one wall that open for fresh air. Amenities include kitchenette with sink and fridge plus folding tables, chairs, pillows and blankets. Ample parking and easy freeway access. Our sacred space is energetically maintained on a weekly basis. Northwest Reiki Center, 4205 148th Avenue NE, Suite 103, Bellevue 98007. 425-736-6980 or info@nwreikicenter.org

Energy Work/ Mind-Body Healing PSYCH-K® brings peace of mind in your relationships, raises confidence, and more by changing subconscious beliefs. Allow your beliefs to transform your life experiences. Complimentary Consultation. www.elianadiamond.com Are you ready to be Pain free? I have found this is possible with my “integrative massage”. The key is combining words, energy, touch, and sound all in one session. www.kentmassage.com

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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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

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.

Spiritual Healing-FREEThursdays 2 PM with Pranic healing, Qigong, channeled information, and more. Camp Edgewood NSAC, 1228 26th Ave Ct , Milton, WA. RSVP 253-845-4907 or 206-878-4079 Journeys through the Open Heart: Let me be a friend on your journey as you fall madly in love with your life. Dale Stubbart. YellowBearJourneys.com FREE Sahaj Marg Meditation for human perfection through yogic transmission. Ph (206) 522-2502 Center for Spiritual Living Seattle. Sunday services at 9am and 11am, Wednesdays 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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Building Client Relationships in the Digital Age Growing a successful business today is all about creating meaningful and long-lasting relationships with both clients and by Marty Marsh prospects. It’s fast becoming an old cliché – albeit a true one – that Write Personal E-mails people only buy from people For a variety of reasons, including some legal stuff you have to follow, you they know, like, and trust. But do need to use an e-mail service provider, in this predominantly digital also known as an autoresponder service, to send out frequent e-mail messages to day and age of the Internet, people whom you’ve met and who have how do you go about building asked to join your e-mail marketing list. You first start building a solid a meaningful relationship with relationship via e-mail by providing an people that you may never irresistible free gift when someone shares their contact info with you. Whatever you actually get a chance to meet give them in exchange for their e-mail face-to-face? address – a video, a special report, an

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Well, first, never forget that there are human beings on both ends of a transaction; you and another person. Too often, through the use of websites, autoresponders, and shopping carts, it begins to feel like we are only dealing with machines. You never want your clients or prospects to feel like they are only dealing with a machine. As the owner of a business, you are your business, and people are dealing with you because of who you are; not necessarily because you have the lowest prices or the nicest office or store. And even though you now have many marvelous technological tools at your disposal to make dealing with a larger number of people possible – often worldwide – you want to make sure that no matter how large your business grows, that you never lose that “personal” touch. The tips that follow are for when you meet someone new – whether online or offline – or just want to revive an old relationship.

e-book – must have high-perceived value and contain valuable information that is tailored to your ideal client. Then, in your first few contacts with them – and this can be handled by your autoresponder – you want to set the tone for your relationship. Write to them as if you are writing only to them. Focus entirely on them so that they get the feel that you understand them, that you can commiserate with them, and that you care about helping them get their problems solved. Of course, you have to have a clear understanding of just whom you’re writing to. It’s a good idea to create an “avatar” of your ideal customer, taking into consideration what they look like and what they like and don’t like and what they expect you to deliver. Your avatar represents your ideal client and could be based entirely on one of your favorite customers or clients. Just

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The Postal Service Is Your Friend Use the good old-fashioned postal service to your advantage. So few people receive any kind of personal messaging through the mail these days that this is an easy way to stand out and be remembered. As you meet new people – whether online or off – you want to be sure to get their postal mailing address, and within no more than one day, send this person a personal, hand-written note telling them, simply, how nice it was to meet them. No begging. No selling. Don’t even include a business card, just a note to make a connection. This kind of correspondence should always be hand-written even if you have the worst penmanship around. A good habit to get into is in writing a note to some of your prospects and clients every week. You could set aside a half hour each day or once a week and write a few notes to people on your list. No special occasion required, just a “thinking of you” kind of note will suffice. By writing just a few notes a day or a few each week, you’ll eventually get to everyone on your list and you’ll make a fine impression on the recipients. You can rest assured that it will pay off for you eventually if not immediately. If nothing else, you’ll have the extreme satisfaction of simply having made someone’s day.

Newsletters Are Still In Fashion Newsletters – the printed on paper and mailed kind – have always been a great way to stay in touch with prospects and clients. A newsletter is the ideal soft-sell approach for promoting your business, and a newsletter, whether two pages or eight, or simply a postcard, could ultimately become

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Just Be Yourself Building authentic relationships in the digital age may require a little thought and creative ingenuity on your part but so long as you keep your prospects’ needs paramount when planning promotions, and always let your authentic self shine through, people will respond to that in ways that will reward you both monetarily and spiritually. Marty Marsh believes that your successful business is the catalyst for creating massive positive change in the world. To that end, he specializes in helping you, the entrepreneurial change-agent, to attract your perfect clients and to grow your business quickly and with ease so you have the resources to truly make a difference in the lives of the people you serve. To learn more and to download his free e-book, The Right Marketing Mix for Soul Proprietors, visit www.martymarsh.com.

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musicians, styles, and regional differences. They are not listening to music for sound healing purposes, but for virtuosity and entertainment value. If the word “healing” surfaces, it refers to peace concerts and community-building, not healing the bodymind. Music researchers, at least in the

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connection. I also encourage you, if you haven’t already done so, to read Masaru Emoto’s groundbreaking books on the power of sound on water crystals. My sensitivities transformed from debilitating (with music journalism), to an essential tool (music research), for truly understanding music. I also mention that with six of my planets in mutable signs and a Grand Water Trine in which Neptune plays a powerful role, my nervous system is wired for feeling music on the deepest levels. However, I feel that anyone, bar having a disorder where they are unable to listen to music, can develop deeper listening skills that involve the whole body.

When I made the transition from music reviewer to researcher, I delved into the areas of sound healing and psychoacoustics (the study of sound on the nervous system). Global Music Consciousness While I mainly did this through reading articles and books, I also took sound healing Global music consciousness is a matter workshops, as well as working of developing music with psychoacoustic-produced consciousness, which and sound healing CDs. This begins with keeping a opened me up to discovering diary in which you track how different types of music and emotional and physical sound resonated with different responses to music. parts of my body, if not my The next step involves entire body. seeking out types of Before I explain how music music that you normally resonates throughout our would not listen to bodies, I would like to back up such as South African a bit and explain the difference choir music, Indonesian between music reviewing and gamelan, or tribal music research. I also want to qualify from the Cook Islands, this with the fact that I have as examples. Consider no formal training as a music that we are all the researcher and learned these adventurous type, even skills through intuition and if some adventurers Meditate on the music and explore different parts of the body as you listen. work with the spirit realm. I don’t get off the couch. have ample training as a music Does the music shift your moods, with your body following accordingly? They can still turn off journalist. the TV and engage in deep music listening via headphones or alternative healing and metaphysical Music Journalism verses room ambiance. fields, listen to music from a standpoint Music Research Meditate on the music and explore of frequencies, timbre, intent, and the different parts of the body as you listen to consciousness of the musicians involved. Music journalists (at least in the past), the music. Ask yourself where the music When I reviewed CDs for journalistic value, listen with a critical ear. A journalist worth vibrates. Is it in the solar plexus, the heart, their weight in gold has had some theory and I was open to reviewing any style. However, or the crown of the head? Does the music other musical training, as well as knowledge as I noticed the effects of certain types shift your moods, with your body following of music on my body (mainly my nervous of the genres they cover. They have a sense accordingly? How is your posture (assuming system and heart), I turned to the music of music history and hopefully, the bigger that you’re sitting when you listen to the research of others in both sound healing/ picture of the music industry. They know psychoacoustics and music preservation of traditional music. Jonathan Goldman, Your new Seattle magazine for Joshua Leeds, Marjorie De Muynck were as important as teachers to me as were sustainable, healthy living just Mickey Hart and Alan Lomax. As I grew more sensitive to synthesizers, electric guitar solos in the high range, and programmed drums, I moved away from journalism and delved into music Cultivating Wellness . . . research. I encourage any of you reading this article, especially those of you who From the Inside Out Free! Learn more: consider yourselves sensitive, to read books www.seattleenergymedicine.com on psychoacoustics and the brain-music SeattleAwakenings.com

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music)? Does your energy level decrease or increase? If the music causes you to feel heavy then stop listening to it because this means that you have lowered your frequency. Do you notice higher tones charging your nervous system and lower bass tones relaxing your nervous system (the normal reaction)? If the music is unfamiliar to your sensibilities, what is your comfort level in listening to it? For instance, many tribal singers chant in different scales, modes, and might sound flat or sharp to our western ears. Some types of polyphonic drumming might seem jarring, and different types of instruments could sound discordant because the musicians play them in microtonal scales. Don’t worry if you feel uncomfortable the first time you listen to new music. As a music researcher who exposes herself to global music, I didn’t get the beauty of gamelan the first few times I heard it, ditto for some indigenous chants from the Pacific islands, while other types of music such as Cuban son and Brazilian samba pleased me on the spot.

Song in Your Heart In conclusion, I hope that with my work I can introduce music audiences to using their body as a barometer for discovering healthy music choices for them. Think of it this way: when we listen to music, we plug in our body to not only the vibrations of the musical instruments, but also the intent of the musicians. Start building your music awareness today and enjoy the adventure as your whole body discovers the music. Patricia L. Herlevi is the founder of the blogs Whole Music Experience and Whole Astrology. Her book Whole Music (Soul Food for the Mind-Body-Spirit) will come out later this year on Synclectic Media. She gives music, totem animal, and astrology consultations in Bellingham. www. wholemusicexp.blogspot.com and www.wholemusicexp.weebly.com, www.wholeastrology.blogspot.com.

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