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READER SPOTLIGHT MERLE HURLEY
YOUR PERSONAL EMPOWERMENT EXPERTS!
Welcome, to the New Year Edition of Connections magazine! You know what it’s like - you go to write or type the date on something, and you habitually write 2012 instead of 2013. I’m sure I’m not alone in finding that it takes me a few weeks to adjust - the disbelief you feel as you gaze at the new date. Thoughts like - can it really be 2013? Am I really XX years old this year? Maybe it’s just a sign of age? No, of course - I think there’s much more to it than that! Personally, I think that many of the experiences we have such as this are to do with our rational mind struggling in its arrogant way to impose some kind of mechanical construct onto something which is inherently natural, fluid and cyclical. The ‘New Year’ is a rational, mechanical construct. Celebrating and acknowledging an incredibly powerful ritual of renewal is definitely not! The calendar helps us to keep track of things, of course, and to be organized. And at this time of the year, we collectively focus on ‘things new’ - turn our minds to our blessings and achievements in the past year, and to focusing our attention on our new goals. All very positive and supportive processes. But here’s another suggestion. Why not this year take some time on New Year’s Day itself, to simply be still, and quiet, and to see if you can hear the pulse of the world around you as you sit in that beautiful stillness. In the quiet, your mind can find all sorts of wonderful points of focus. Try not to let yourself slip into an emotion of impossibility, or self doubt, or tiredness. Just simply focus on that pulse - let it seep into your mind and your bones and your heart. That connection will energize you with whatever spirit you need, in order to enter the New Year with hope. It really is as simple as giving your attention to it. You won’t then - Page 2 -
be able to resist its friendship. You don’t have to find the energy you need within your own experience or resources. It’s there for you to access, new and fresh and vibrant, just waiting to revitalize you, and prepare you to take on the world in the flow of your life to come. I’ve shared a brief meditation to help you with this on the back page of this edition of Connections. Let me know if it helps you, or if you would like some help at under standing what you experience - just email me on email@example.com .
Have a very Happy New Year, and a great year in 2013!
Merle Hurley - Senior Origin Psychic â€˜I describe myself as a down to earth psychic, who is honest and direct, but also spiritual and very open to all of those who choose to read with me.â€™ Everyone of us has a story to tell. Mine is a little different. Which leads me to focus on why I am here and how I decided to work as a psychic. I am a Capricorn through and through. Always putting myself though endless challenges to get to the mountain top and helping others. I try to avoid any false ideas about who and what I am, which makes it easier to do genuine and sincere psychic readings. Humility and grace are qualities I aspire to. My life experience has taught me to be content as a human being and satisfied with what life has given me to date. As a child, I was faced with very adverse situations that somehow I never thought I would survive. When I was 7, I had a near death experience which infused my soul with what I know now as my sixth sense. I often wondered why I was given such a difficult road so early in life. My mother had a
mental illness and at times struggled with leading a normal and balanced life.
does feel that way. It gave me a sense of self love and strength I never felt before.
My father was a good man but he died when I was a teenager. Having four other younger sisters to worry about I became very motherly at the tender age of 12.
It made me feel so good about myself that I wanted to share and help others as well. I also learnt the art of meditation to develop a deeper peace in the core of my soul, so that all the messages that came out of my energy was sent out with unconditional love.
Since then it became very natural for me to guide, help and support people with a highly developed sense of empathy for others. As a child I fell helpless to change my situation, but day by day I realised how hungry I was for change. The one thing I think that motivated me towards a better future was my raw determination. I grew up very quickly, and decided I was going to learn about everything I could to change my path. Though trial and error I found that if I focused on daily change and transition then over a period of time my mind had adjusted to the new way of thinking. This is when I found the light and clarity of the third eye. And it really - Page 3 -
I believe in the higher good of all religion as long as it does not harm others. I observe, listen, to not only the obvious, but those things in life that are missed because we are to busy, scared or upset to confront. I learn something daily, I accept all that exists in the universe and realise that if I need to change in then I must initiate that change, because if you stay the same so will things around you. I have a background in corporate bu s i n e s s , a n d h ave s t u d i e d counselling and psychology. I participate in self improvement
PSYCHIC INSPIRATION methods and reading extensively about a wide variety of issues from men and relationships to health and business information. Because I am so committed to change, I would like to share some simple but very effective strategies you might find helpful...
Some Simple and Effective ways to change your daily life.
• Research how others have gotten out of a similar situation, network through different resourses. • Have a daily motivational conference with yourself, try not to over-analyse things and keep it simple. Stick to solving issues daily rather than letting things build up. • Most of all never stop learning the things YOU need to learn. • Be still and rest your mind let it recuperate occasionally.
• The only first true love in your life should be you, a partner or soulmate can only compliment and enhance your life.
• Find ways to heal and deal with one issue at a time and don’t be overwhelmed with everything at once.
• Get to know and love who you really are – This is a crucial step toward any changes in your life.
• Pick one thing to work on and stick to it until you are reasonably happy with the outcome, don’t be a perfectionist.
• Find out what your true core is as an individual in terms of ideals, values, goals and assess them regularly.
• Be kind to yourself in the process and don’t forget to reward your own achievements.
• Find good role models or mentors to follow. There are many motivational gurus from spiritual, career and business. Find ones that suit your personality and needs. (Dr Wayne Dyer has been mine for the last 30 years, he has developed some great ideas and strategies). Louise Hay is another spiritual motivator who teaches the art of self love through affirmations. • Be very honest in your judgement about your Strengths and weakness. Try not to let your ego in on this one. Even though the truth will hurt at first you will be amazed at how this can be one of the most important elements in change. Ask those you trust to reflect on how you could change certain traits or behaviours that are blocking you.
• Keep a simple diary on milestones, important reflections, and monitor changes. • Believe in yourself every moment of the day. Even when you’re asleep as negative thoughts lead to negative dreams. • Value your life and know that you deserve everything you desire, you have the gift of life and it belongs to you, what you do with it is your choice. Remember life something you need to constantly adjust to, the world will rarely adjust to you.
• Try new methods and ideas such as books, movies, courses, online information. • Give yourself credit when you do well. Don’t harp on old misgivings or failures. • Don’t just start and then give up because you have setback, the most important key to change is to make allowances for setbacks. • Remind yourself of the bigger picture daily.
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‘Finally, my motto is: It’s not the mistakes you make in life, its how you fix them that counts!’
CAN THERE REALLY BE WORLD PEACE? by Natalie Arkins, PhD Natalie Arkins “It is odd how those who dismiss the peace movement as utopian don’t hesitate to proffer the most absurdly dreamy reasons for going to war: To stamp out terrorism, install democracy, eliminate fascism, and most delusionally to ‘rid the world of evil-doers’” Arundhati Roy.
and in 2009, where it is one of six countries are in conflict. If you go further back in history, war for the expansion of a country was considered normal. “War has become less acceptable, just like duelling, torture and the death penalty.” The reasons for the falling rate of conflict are given as: ✴
Higher education: This seems to be the most crucial factor, but the author’s are not sure why this is true. They theorise that more educated people have less children, so there are less mouths to feed.
Too expensive for war. The cost of mounting a war, and the breakdown of the economic web that happens during war is another reason cited for decreasing war.
Lower infant mortality rate: In the model, countries with higher infant mortality rates were more likely to be in conflict than
Yes, it does seem like a dream, world peace. But maybe it is happening, even not withstanding our best efforts against it. In a study published on conflict simulations by Professor Harvard Hegre (University of Oslo and the Peace Research Institute of Oslo), statistically this is what is happening already. He predicts that there will be a substantial decrease in the number of conflicts over the next 40 years. Professor Hegre says that conflicts have already fallen since 1995, when one in four countries were in conflict, - Page 5 -
energy universe countries with lower infant mortality. Overall, infant mortality rates are decreasing worldwide. ✴
Slower growth: Lower population rates, with fewer younger population.
From the conflict simulation model, the authors also predict which countries are likely to be in conflict in five years : India, Ethiopia, Philippines, Uganda and Burma. The countries that will have conflict decrease the most within five years are: Algeria, Columbia, Turkey and Thailand. The countries with current conflicts that will finish in 5 years are: Libya, Tajikstan, Syria, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Mauritania and Iraq. I don’t feel that peace is unobtainable. It is a slow process, because the pattern of war has made many people wealthy, and they do not want to change or let go of their pattern. I also feel that the
internet and specifically social networking are helping to spread the message of peace, and pointing out the destructive consequences of war. Change happens slowly when patterns are embedded in our genes, our psyche and in our every day experience. But it does happen - it just takes longer for it to be noticed. It is time collectively, as humans, to release the need and desire for war, and begin to establish education, tolerance, love and equal rights for all the beings who inhabit our beautiful Mother Earth. Finally, going back to Arundhati Roy’s quote on how people dismiss peace as a utopian dream, it is also time to realize that the reasons we put forth for war are unrealistic. War does not do what we think it does - it does not stamp out terrorism, it does not spread democracy. How can it? Destruction is destruction, and that is what you will get back karmically. Time for a dream change, and we can start sending out the karmic seeds of peace.
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YOUR NEW YEAR’S HOROSCOPES Jude Law - Celebrity Capricorn
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAPRICORN! Hello Capricorn! 2013 is finally here, and of course, this is your month! December 21, 2012 has come and gone, without any major disasters as had been predicted. So now that 2013 is here, it is time for you to take charge of your life with gusto. And actually this will be an easier task for you than it has been in the past. This month it is important that you are as clear as you can be about the direction you want to take your life in, and then simply go for it! The planets will conspire to support you in this. If you do this, you will be very pleased with the results. Financially, this will be a month of building your monies, and creating a strong foundation for the coming year. In regard to love and romance, this will be a very powerful month for you don’t underestimate your power of attraction! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
had wished for Taurus, but stay steady and many of the changes you have been trying to make in your life will happen. Often times you may feel that not everything that you put all of your energy into is worth doing anymore. That is not the case on this occasionTaurus, and this month will make you aware of that. You’ll see many of your projects moving to your advantage. Financially, just stick with the thought adage that ‘slow and easy, wins the race’, and you will see that this is true for you for now. In regards to love, just stay steady with what is happening, and don’t ‘rock the b o a t ’ - yo u ’ l l fi n d g r e a t contentment this way Taurus.
Well Aries, the month of January will be filled with a few challenges for you. The first part of the month will be moving a bit slower for you than you would like. You may feel that many of the projects you have started are just dragging along. Hang in there until mid-month Aries, and you will see many good changes coming into being. Financially, you will also see some very positive changes in the last two weeks of January, but it may be wise to rethink your spending habits in the mean time. In regards to love, there will be several different options open to you this month, so make sure you Gemini c h o o s e w i s e l y, a n d n o t Well Gemini, the month of January impulsively! will be bringing many new Taurus oppor tunities to you ver y Januar y may quickly. In fact, so quickly that start out a bit slower than you - Page 7 -
PSYCHIC INSPIRATION you may have a hard time deciding what direction to take with the choices presented to you! So this will be a time for s o m e p e a c e f u l r e fl e c t i o n , something which does not usually come so easily to you! But, don’t worry you can handle all of this, and make the best decisions. Financially, you are likely to see an influx of money by mid-month. In the area of love and romance, just stay steady with those around you just now Gemini. No jumping around!
Cancer In January there are likely to be some significant changes for you Cancer. You have the emotional ability to handle anything that comes at you, one issue at a time, so don’t let yourself have thoughts of being overwhelmed by all of this. You have a great capacity to look at all parts of a situation, and make a valuable decision, and this month will not be any different. You will also be feeling a newfound sense of freedom emotionally dur ing Januar y. Financially, you will find many of your money pressures easing off by the end of the month. In the area of love, you will have more choices than you will know what to do with Cancer! Just don’t let it go to your head.
2013 is here Leo, and you will be a ver y happy camper indeed! You have been wanting to get started on so many projects, that you felt so blocked from doing during the last year. Now that January is here, you will be feeling totally refreshed and renewed in regard to all the projects you have been yearning to do. And you ought to be, because this will be a very good month for you, although somewhat draining. Financially, this will be a period of gathering all of your resources together, and putting them in order for the long haul. You’ll really reap the rewards of doing this in the months to come Leo. And in regards to love, don’t expect any sudden changes - just hang in there and enjoy the abundant connections you have.
Virgo Virgo, the month of January will be bringing you some wonderful changes. Many of these changes and opportunities will be in areas of your life, which you had just about given up on! So it is extremely important that you prepare yourself for the many mental and emotional changes you will encounter this month. Remember that you also have all the strength to make these changes, so don’t slip into self-
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doubt. Financially, you will see a slow input of additional monies coming your way this month. And in regards to love and romance, “hang in there”, because it is not time to go making any big changes yet!
Well Libra, January 2013 is here, and all of the challenges that come with it. I know that you would like a nice, easy, and peaceful month. But during January you will be forced to attend to some issues you would rather not have to deal with. By mid-month you will have cleared up anything that needed to be dealt with, in a positive manner for sure, so don’t let these challenges get you down. You know you have the wisdom and strength to take on anything, and this month is no different. Financially, you will be getting your money house in order, in a very positive way this month, and in regards to love, many things are brewing beneath the surface, which you cannot see yet. Don’t rush it!
S c o r p i o, yo u can rest assured that January will be bringing with it for you many positive changes. And you feel that it is about time, which it actually is. You are very good at waiting situations out, but this month you
PSYCHIC INSPIRATION will no longer have to do so. January will be bringing you all the direction and help you need in your career and work. Financially, you will see a positive input in the last week of the month, so wait it out and try not to over-do things in the sales! In the area of love and romance, there will be several new people and opportunities coming into your life, so enjoy the adventure this month.
Sagittarius Hello Sagittarius - the New Year is finally here, and this is always the time to put right what you may not have finished in the previous year. Well, 2013 will not be any different for you in that sense. You will be having many new projects and situations that will be very positive for you, and will set up many of your decisions for the entire year ahead during the course of this month. Right now, you also possess the clear and positive thinking, to achieve anything you want in the coming year, so don’t waste the opportunity. Financially, your monies will pick up in the last two weeks of January. In regards to love and romance, that area of your life will run along very smoothly indeed don’t rock the boat!
Aquarius Hello Aquarius - the month of January will be a month of reflection for you, a month where you may linger in your thoughts a little too long about the past, and you may be concerned about whether the decisions you made, were in your best interests. It is now time for you to keep yourself firmly planted in the present Aquarius - don’t let yourself muse for too long! Financially, you may be surprised at a small influx of money, and on a consistent basis. In regards to your love
life, you may actually find that special someone sooner than you think. So stay on target in the area of romance, and enjoy the ride.
Pisces Hello Pisces, you have been focussed on the New Year for such a long time, that you may be a bit surprised at how quickly the changes are happening in your life this month. For some time now, every time you have felt there may be completion for you, in several areas of your life, and nothing has happened. Well, you may have a very pleasant surprise in January, as this will be a month of completion for you. Financially, you may also have another surprise, which will free you up money wise. In regards to love, this month may not move along as quickly as you would like, so just hang in there Pisces.
by Sandy Johnson
Sandy brings a range of psychic gifts and a wealth of experience to her readings. Clair voyance, Tarot, and Astrology are her preferred psychic arts. With over 35 years experience in working in the psychic arts, Sandy brings a real passion for working with people in their interpersonal relationships, decisions, and the spiritual growth they seek. She will connect with you, wherever you’re at, and support you on the path forwards.
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How to tell the difference between Lust and Love by Dr Judith Orloff As a psychiatrist, I’ve seen how intense sexual attraction is n o t o r i o u s fo r o bl i t e r a t i n g common sense and intuition in the most sensible people. Why? Lust is an altered state of consciousness programmed by the primal urge to procreate. Studies suggest that the brain in this phase is much like a brain on drugs. MRI scans illustrate that the same area lights up when an addict gets a fix of cocaine as when a person is experiencing the intense lust of physical attraction. Also in the early stage of a relationship, when the sex hormones are raging, lust is fueled by idealization and projection--you see what you hope someone will be or need them to be--rather than seeing the real person, flaws and all. In my book “Guide to Intuitive Healing” I discuss the difference between lust and love as well as techniques to enhance sexual wellness. Pure lust is based solely on physical attraction and fantasy-it often dissipates when the “real person” surfaces. It’s the stage of wearing rose colored glasses when he or she “can do no wrong.”
rather keep the relationship on a fantasy level, not discuss real feelings. ✴You want to leave soon after sex rather than cuddling or breakfast the next morning. ✴You are lovers, but not friends. SIGNS OF LOVE ✴You want to spend quality time together other than sex. ✴You get lost in conversations and forget about the hours passing. ✴You want to honestly listen to each other’s feelings, make each other happy. ✴He or she motivates you to be a better person. ✴You want to get to meet his or her family and friends.
Being in love doesn’t exclude lust. In fact, lust can lead to love. However, real love, not based on idealization or projection, requires time to get to know each other. Here are some signs to watch for to differentiate pure lust from love. SIGNS OF LUST ✴You’re totally focused on a person’s looks and body. ✴You’re interested in having sex, but not in having conversations. - Page 10 -
Another challenge of sexual attraction is learning to stay centered and listen to your gut in the early stages of being with someone. This isn’t easy in the midst of hormones surging, but it’s essential to make healthy relationship decisions. Here are some tips to help you keep your presence of mind when you’re attracted to someone. This needn’t pull the plug on passion, but it’ll make you more aware so you don’t go looking for trouble. (Reprinted and Adapted from Dr. Judith Orloff's Guide to Intuitive Healing: 5 Steps to Physical, Emotional, and Sexual Wellness )
Did you Know? Understanding our genetic ‘codes’ does NOT help predict future disease. by Natalie Arkins, Senior Psychic DID YOU KNOW? Sequencing individual genomes does not help predict future disease in humans, and most people carry about 400 mutations in their genome. Two interesting articles have recently been published about this topic. Many researchers have believed that by sequencing individual genomes, we would be able to predict what likely diseases that person may get in the future. This is similar to a plot in the movie Gattaca, where genetic profiles were tested, and people were assigned jobs or work based on their genes and mutations. But that does not seem to be the case, as recent studies have shown the opposite. In one study, published in Science Translational Medicine by a team of researchers at John Hopkins University they obtained from thousands of identical twins. Identical twins share the same DNA. They used mathematical models based on known genetic markers for disease to predict future diseases. They found that they could predict disease risk of one out of 24 diseases among the group of twins, from the genome sequencing. They found it was not good at predicting cancer, but was better at predicting the risk of future diseases such as type 1 diabetes, Alzheimer’s and coronary heart disease. The second study looked at 1000 healthy people from America, East Asia and Europe, and sequenced their individual genomes. This study was published in the American Journal of Human Genetics. They then compared 179 individual genomes to a panel of known human mutations. They found that most of the people carried around 400 mutations in their DNA, without having or experiencing any disease. So what does this research tell us? Basically, we all have flaws and mutations in our DNA, but that does not mean that because we have a certain mutation, that we will become sick or get cancer. This shows that environment, nutrition, and other factors are just as important in disease as our DNA. As we understand this phenomenon more, and the effect of epigenetics (factors that are not encoded in our DNA but are passed on to offspring) we will be able to tailor our lifestyle, environment, exercise,
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nutrition to suit us. This also points to the fact that how we are feeling, about ourselves, also plays as big a role, as our DNA. I feel that the analogy of the DNA as a book is a good one. We have a book, and which part we read or activate, is dependent upon us. Just because one chapter in the book has cancer or an obstacle, doesn’t mean that we are destined to activate that.
Our DNA does not define us, we define ourselves and the DNA acts accordingly. So, keep up the positive thoughts, the meditations and affirmations. They are helping you more than you realize!
Mind Space Meditation for the New Year... Close your eyes, and take a long breath in, then as you slowly exhale, feel any sluggishness and tension or aches leave your body. Do this a few times until you start to relax into the process and feel ready to begin your visual journey... Take a few moments now simply to pay attention to your breath. If your mind wanders, donâ€™t worry or chastise yourself - simply bring your attention back to the sound of your breath. If you can hear your breath, youâ€™re in the right space.
Take your attention now to the soles of your feet. Simply notice your connection with the earth beneath you. There is a quiet pulse in the earth - the heartbeat which connects everything in the universe. Feel that pulse in your body - its your pulse as well.With each heartbeat, fresh new energy is pulsing through your body, your mind, your soul. Choose one energy you would like to be able to access more confidently - it might be joy, it might be hope, it might be confidence itself. Focus on what that particular energy feels like, and then notice it rising within you. Spend as long as you want to in this space.When you feel ready to do so, slowly wriggle your fingers and toes, and gently bring your awareness back to the room, dig your heels into the floor, and open your eyes.
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