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For several years, the power of positive thinking has offered avenues for
making spiritual progress. Many ministers, philosophers, psychologists, and
psychiatrists teach that the power of the mind may be one of the great tools
utilized by men and women to help overcome life's challenges. Frequent
positive use of this mind-tool can help us become more skillful in many
areas of daily living. However, with so much emphasis on positive thinking, some people may hold the erroneous idea that saying or hearing
"no" can be a negative statement. The truth is that there may be times when
"no" is the appropriate response.
This idea may also be applicable to our prayers, for our prayers can be
answered by "yes," or "no," or by "alternatives."
When we become still and quiet and ask for guidance, we may receive a clear
and unmistakable "yes" or "no" response to our prayer and no further
consideration may seem necessary. When we have contributed whatever we can
to a situation and placed it prayerfully in unlimited love and light, we can
release the outcome to infinite divinity. whether the response is "yes"
or "no," we can continue with our daily activities with the assurance that the
manifestation of the desire of our heart may progress according to
A most significant lesson for us to learn may be to realize that no matter
how impossible a situation may seem, or regardless of how difficult the
circumstances may appear, an opportunity for blessing and growth is present
within the prayer experience. The blessing may arrive in a most unexpected
manner, and the growth may point us in an entirely new and beneficial
direction! Alternative answers to our prayers can offer evidence of
divinity through astonishing and eye-opening opportunities.
Our spiritually-directed thoughts may be likened to a river moving within
its banks. The banks keep the water moving in a certain direction. yet,
within those banks the water is free to swirl spontaneously over and around
obstacles. We incline our thoughts in a special direction, while leaving
them flexible enough to be influenced and guided by the inner spirit. For
our prayers to be maximally effective, do we ask not only for wisdom to
understand the inner guidance, but also the strength to take action and
accomplish the appropriate work?
& Thoughts By W. G. Black Ph.D. - Founder of Gakati'yi
"Seek Not Outside Yourself"
One of my most growth stimulating ideas came to me through this statement
which is found toward the end of A Course in Miracles:
"Seek not outside yourself, for it will fail,
and You will weep as a thousand idols fall."
As usual in working with the Course, it can be read and interpreted through
the ego or the real self, or both, and different results unfold depending
upon the approach one makes. The ego is very threatened by this statement
as it has the potential for undoing its whole thought system, leading to a
goal of the Course, "the relinquishment of the ego." Conversely, the paths
to enlightenment, all the great ideas and literature about enlightenment,
have some form of this basic statement in them. The answers are not "out
there." They are "IN HERE."
Dr. Arthur Janov had a patient in Primal Therapy who said it as well as
anyone I have ever heard. She entered therapy in Los Angeles at the Primal
Institute, got really involved and was pleased with her quick and remarkable
results. She reflected on how long and difficult her search had been. She
said to him, "I went to Europe last year to look for myself, but I wasn't
there." She was finding her Real Self nowhere else but right inside herself. The special quality was finding out what her real feelings were
and discovering genuine healing for her traumas of the past. Two of the
most well known stories in the world are "Acres of Diamonds" and the one
about the man who went around the world looking for gold, returned home
without success and found that he had a fabulous supply in his own back
yard. One of the simplest old sayings has been, "If you are dissatisfied
with your lot in life, build a service station on it."
As noted earlier, it is important to approach this teaching and the problem of "searching out there for what can be found only in here" with no judgments, "from out there or in here." Let "OK" mean unconditional love and acceptance for Self, Other and the Universe as it stands and is created. It is OK, then, that we have all explored this searching outside ourselves. Dr. Jean Houston said in Austin, Texas, one evening, "We learn
the most from our worst mistakes." The lady who went to Europe illustrates
this principle. She found out what a treasure she is and what a treasure
she had right in her own energy field by looking where she could not be
found and not finding it. Fruitless endeavors and searches which do not
yield the designed or hoped for results help us to confront the "emptiness"
described in the Buddhist disciplines toward enlightenment.
Alice Miller, M.D., famous now for her growth and work on herself and all
the marvelous contributions she has made to confront the patriarchy and the
traumas of child abuse, was in psychoanalysis for twenty years and still
"could not find the true problem and really get well." The technique of art
therapy allowed the secrets of her unconscious repressions of her having
been abused, to "leak or trickle out into the open." Her therapist, Dr.
Stettbacher, is now famous for his work with her which led to a complete
healing and working through of her hurt. Alice Miller, M.D. is now regarded
as one of the most awesome experts on the prevention and healing of child
abuse on our planet. It is understandable that she is not popular with
those who want to keep the patriarchy alive and well. Her healing had to be
found deep within herself. She has now assisted countless persons in overcoming the "fear of looking within ourselves." She has inspired people
to look within at all past abuses no matter how horrible or hurtful, and she
has assured people that no past trauma has to limit or destroy current
We often keep looking outside ourselves because of the fear of looking
within. There is a basic negative and/or a basic positive for that fear.
The negative is concerned with finding something unlovable such as a flaw we
do not want or like. Dr. Fritz Perls, the founder of Gestalt therapy, was
tireless and relentless in helping his patients to look within and "own" the
disowned, unwanted parts. One example is owning a part of the Self that had
been rejected, criticized or unwanted by one or both parents. Envy of a
sibling who was "better" or seemed to have it "easier" is another example of
a difficult negative. On the positive side, we can be afraid to look within
because of the enormous positive, our power, our potential, our creativity
and the capacity to assume seemingly overwhelming responsibility. Just
recently on this website, Dr. Mandela's famous quote was presented to remind
us that it is our infinite power of which we are really frightened. What a
model he has been for us in showing how to use our infinite power with love. He used his power to endure injustice for 27 years and then emerge to
model the loving use of power in government.
Are you familiar with the Gospel according to Thomas? A favorite of mine is
found there. I cherish it for many reasons, one of which is that I quoted
it as the opening statement when I was privileged to be a co-leader of a
Gestalt therapy weekend workshop at Esalen Institute with Anne Simkin. (May,
1988) According to Thomas, Jesus said, "If you bring forth that which is within you, it will save you.
If you do not bring forth that which is within you, it will destroy you."
Sometimes we are focused "out there" so that we will not be focused on
what is "in here," positive or negative.
Richard Bach wrote a whole book about this subject, a book which I treasure
more and more as time passes. It's called simply, Illusions.
I like to think of it as a "Manual for Sculptor's of Lifetimes." The power
and thrust of the book's message is similar to that of the statement from
the Course. It's OK to build idols and play with them, but if you confuse
them with the real thing, you will hurt yourself --"you will weep as a
thousand idols fall." The Urantia Book has a wonderful comment on this
subject. "The purpose of all illusions is to teach the corresponding reality which underlies each one." Jung's shadows have substantive
realities which serve as the base or mold for the shadow. The owning and
loving of the shadow yields a priceless reality - the knowing and experiencing of one's own True Self. Fritz Perls used to keep audiences
momentarily spellbound, mesmerised with the following statement. He would
become momentarily very still and very quiet. Then he would say, "A thousand plastic flowers do not make a desert bloom. A thousand shadows can
never fill an empty room."
The following affirmations will assist on our journey toward expressing Our
Real Selves. "I am so grateful that I have the courage to look within and
see all that is there and accept it all unconditionally." "All the power I ever gave away to any idol is now retrieved and safely
tucked into my realness as a person." "I was OK however I was, and I am OK
just as I am." "Universal, Divine Perfection is Present as I AM in this
Great Now." "I need do nothing." "There is nowhere to go and nothing to
do." "I am grateful for every experience I ever had. Each fallen idol was a
great teacher." "Fear means 'false evidence appearing real.'" "The greatest illusion is that human beings have limitations." (Robert Monroe)
"I never drink water. I fear it could become addictive." (W.C. Fields)
"The purpose of Self Expression is to Express Oneself." (Jim Simkin, Ph.D.) The orchestra is complete when you play your part the best you can.
(W.G.Black, Ph.D.) Happy Trails to you as you discover All That Is [Is Your
Own Energy Field]. We've never been apart. (Revised Roy Rogers)
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Traditional versus Alternative Treatment Options for Depression
In our last newsletter, I discussed anxiety,
fear, and stress and how they can lead to a variety of symptoms, which
can be helped through using various alternative therapies. In this
edition, I will cover depression, a condition which often goes hand in
hand with anxiety, and has been classified by modern allopathic
doctors as an “emotional” or “psychological” disorder,
commonly caused by a “chemical imbalance” in the brain.
The broad term
depression is used to classify a number of symptoms including lack of
energy, difficulty with thinking or concentration, low self-esteem,
feelings of hopelessness and despair and a lack of interest in daily
activities. The causes are said to be impaired neurotransmitter
function, nutritional deficiencies, and low serotonin levels. Since
the hormone serotonin is said play a strong role in patient mood
status, most prescription drugs are focused on increasing this level
in patients. Drugs such as Prozacâ,
are the most prescribed for mild to moderate depression. Drawbacks of
these synthetic drugs can be as follows: decreased libido, dry mouth
and throat, anxiety, and an emotionally numb feeling. I have heard
several reports of feeling better for a few days, then needing a
ever-increasing dosages of these drugs to continue the “good
feelings” they promote. Again, as I stated last week, I have no idea
why a physician would prescribe these to patients who are suffering
with a concurrent anxiety disorder, as they cause anxiety as side
If you are
currently on anti-depressant therapy and wish to ween off it, get in
touch with your physician, and ask for a specific program to gradually
lower your dosage. Stopping anti-depressant therapy suddenly could
lead to a major emotional upheaval if not done properly.
St. John’s Wort
extract of the herb, St. John’s Wort, (Hypericum perforatum)
has shown itself to be as effective as the above drugs, only without
the major side effects. In a 1996 British Medical Journal, which
studied 31 patient trials, St. John’s Wort was pointed to as an
excellent natural therapy for mild to moderate depression. Current
clinical dosages are 300 mg. of St. John’s Wort standardized to 0.3%
hypericin, (the effective ingredient), taken 3 times per day. (Note: a
side effect may be photosensitivity, which may cause skin redness in
individuals exposed to the sun).
photosensitivity is a problem, you may want to consider taking it in
the form of a homeopathic remedy. The homeopathic from Hyland called Hypericum
30cc can be taken three times per day and seems to be milder,
without the side effects.
product that I particularly like is a St. John’s Wort, gingko biloba,
and ginseng combo product called St. John’s Wort Extract Plus by
Foremost or Reliance Vitamin Company, Branchburg, NJ. The ginseng in
the product provides a little lift in energy levels and the gingko
biloba provides an increased ability to focus and concentrate.
want to stay away from St. John’s Wort altogether, another newer
supplement that has been very effective against depression is SAM-e.
is a natural substance produced by the body as a breakdown product of
the amino acid methionine. In many studies Sam-e has been found to
decrease the effects of depression. It has also been found to help in
cases of arthritis and Parkinson’s disease. It has been found as
effective as most pharmaceutical drugs. The recommended dosage from
the studies is 1500-1600 mg. per day. Sam-e from Nature’s Plus, Da
Vinci, Solgar or Reliance Vitamins are all excellent products.
essences are homeopathic liquid remedies distilled from the
“essence” or “spirit” of various flowers. They were found by
Dr. Edward Bach, an English allopathic physician, when after
experiencing a near-death experience, he found that he was more
emotionally sensitive. While walking through meadows, he was able to
acutely sense which flowers would heal which type of emotional
imbalance. He formulated 38 essences, the Bach Flower Flower essences,
each transmuting a different emotional disturbance to its positive
state. I have used very effectively on myself to overcome many
different emotional conditions. A couple of drops of the essence under
the tongue, helps to “fill in your spiritual aura” in areas that
are void of light. These are not essential oils, therefore, they do
not smell fragrant.
combination essence called Rescue Remedy has been used in
severe cases of trauma or can be used for every day stress. Before a
stressful situation, such as a discussion with your boss, a family
argument or while driving in congested traffic, a few drops can be
taken to calm and center your nerves. I used it long term, for 1 ½
years to battle anxiety and stress. It finally rebalanced me so that I
find it difficult to really “lose it” emotionally.
In regards to
specific remedies for depression, the Bach Flower Essence, gorse
is for extreme hopelessness and despair, for those who have been
suffering with a chronic disease for a long time and have given up.
After use it promotes a sense of faith and hope, despite their
prognosis. It makes the patient feel brighter and happier, with hope
that they are on the road to recovery. Look for physical signs which
show a need for this on the following body areas: under the left rib,
below right hip, left side of neck in back or side, the middle left
spinal area, left forearm, right leg on side above knee.
is the flower essence for those with a negative, pessimistic outlook,
who are easily discouraged by setbacks. The positive condition that
this manifests after use becomes a knowledge that there is no such
thing as failure, and that setbacks will be eventually overcome.
is the flower essence whose negative state shows up as a sudden deep
gloom with seemingly no origin. Depression comes out of the blue and
descends like a black cloud for no apparent reason. The positive
outcome after taking this is that the patient should have a cheerful
disposition and is supported by an inner peace and stability, which
cannot be shaken.
I teach a
class in flower essences, discussing both the internal and external
application of them for various conditions, so you will hear me speak
of them in further columns in more detail. If you would like me to
lecture on them in your area, please e-mail me your request.
approach to the solving the depression puzzle might be to simply
strengthen the immune system. I found this out by taking Transfer
Factor by 4-Life Research myself over a period of time. I noticed
that before each day’s dosage I felt weak emotionally, but after I
took my dose, I always was in a good mood afterward. I spoke about
transfer factor two issues ago, explaining that it is an immune
boosting derivative of mother’s milk, which passes immunity from
mother to child in colostrum. It makes sense that immune function
would parallel mood. Again, if you would like to order transfer
factor, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
to use while trying to pull oneself out of depression are the
following: taking a walk in the park or a natural setting, swimming,
walking, exercising and stretching, and basically changing your
scenery. Do something you absolutely LOVE to do. Go to the beach, get
your hair cut, buy some small item that you have been needing. Also,
don’t beat yourself up for being depressed. Depression is present to
demonstrate to you that the body needs emotional healing. Often, time
does not allow for this in our fast-paced world. Be kind to yourself
and allow the time for the depression to process and lift. Talk to a
counselor about why you might feel depressed, then make some changes
in your life that will bring you to a more blessed state of inner
peace and happiness.
Blessings, Peace, and Vitality to you, as you embrace your missions
As always, if
you have any questions regarding this article, please contact me by
e-mail at dawnawolfe@yahoo
Thanks to… Elaine Barnick of The Fountain of Vitality Health
Food Store in Warren, NJ and Renee Huseman Of The Fountain of Vitality
in Belle Mead, NJ for supplying reference materials for this article.
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I have chosen to live, for a time,
in the dark inner heart of the city.
I live near the elementary school where I teach.
Houses here have iron bars on the doors and windows, dead
bolts and alarm systems. I
am within sight of the Capitol Building of the United States of
America, and yet I might be living in a third-world community.
I do not go out after dark, and few friends are willing to
visit me in this neighborhood.
One gift of this self-imposed
imprisonment is solitude and time for reflection. It is not Walden, but it is, as Thoreau might say -- life
driven into a corner and reduced to its lowest terms.
It is a winter of deep introspection.
The poet David Whyte has written
about being alone – and belonging.
Here is an offering for those who may choose to venture
beyond their comfortable circle of light.
The House of Belonging by David Whyte, 1997
learned these years,
how to be
the edge of aloneness
how to be
found by the world.
is what we allow
gifted back to us
have given ourselves away.”
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Brazilian congress is now voting on a project that will reduce the Amazon forest to 50% of its size.
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Customer Service (CS) Rep. : Yes, Ma'am, how can I help you today?
Customer: Well, after much consideration, I've decided to install
LOVE. Can you guide me through the process?
CS Rep. : Yes, I can help you. Are you ready to proceed?
Customer: Well, I'm not very technical, but I think I'm ready to
install now. What do I do first?
CS Rep. : The first step is to open your HEART. Have you located
your HEART ma'am?
Customer: Yes I have, but there are several other programs running
right now. Is it okay to install while they are running?
CS Rep. : What programs are running ma'am?
Customer: Let's see, I have PAST-HURT.EXE, LOW-ESTEEM.EXE,
GRUDGE.EXE, and RESENTMENT.COM running right now.
CS Rep. : No problem. LOVE will gradually erase PAST-HURT.EXE from
your current operating system. It may remain in your permanent memory,
but it will no longer disrupt other programs. LOVE will eventually
LOW-ESTEEM.EXE with a module of its own called HIGH-ESTEEM.EXE.
However, you have to completely turn off GRUDGE.EXE and RESENTMENT.COM. Those
programs prevent LOVE from being properly installed. Can you turn those off
Customer: I don't know how to turn them off. Can you tell me how?
CS Rep. : My pleasure. Go to your Start menu and invoke
FORGIVENESS.EXE. Do this as many times as necessary until GRUDGE.EXE and RESENTMENT.COM
have been completely erased.
Customer: Okay, done. LOVE has started installing itself automatically.
Is that normal?
CS Rep. : Yes. You should receive a message that says it will
reinstall for the life of your HEART. Do you see that message?
Customer: Yes I do. Is it completely installed?
CS Rep. : Yes, but remember that you have only the base program. You
need to begin connecting to other HEART's in order to get the upgrades.
Customer: Oops. I have an error message already. What should I do?
CS Rep. : What does the message say?
Customer: It says "ERROR 412 - PROGRAM NOT RUN ON INTERNAL COMPONENTS." What does that mean?
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Customer: So what should I do?
CS Rep. : Can you pull down the directory called "SELF-ACCEPTANCE"?
Customer: Yes, I have it.
CS Rep. : Excellent. You're getting good at this.
Customer: Thank you.
CS Rep. : You're welcome. Click on the following files and then copy
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ACKNOWLEDGE-LIMITATIONS.DOC. The system will overwrite any conflicting
files and begin patching any faulty programming. Also, you need to delete
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SMILE.MPG is playing on my monitor right now and it shows that
PEACE.EXE, and CONTENTMENT.COM are copying themselves all over my HEART. Is this
CS Rep. : Sometimes. For others it takes a while, but eventually
everything gets downloaded at the proper time. So, LOVE is installed
and running. You should be able to handle it from here. One more thing
before I go.
CS Rep. : LOVE is freeware. Be sure to give it and its variousmodules to everybody you meet. They will in turn
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By Barbara Mark & Trudy Griswold
Angels don't seem to know anything about time. Whenever they want to talk
they are not the least bit shy in letting us know it.
We have learned that when we can't sleep or we wake up very early in the
morning, it is the angels inviting us to write them. That is when they can
get our attention best. We meet new angels, feel more connected to the
energy, have more time, and the messages are often longer and more detailed.
Recently a new angel named Gideon came to us in the middle of the night. He
makes lists! It is 1, 2, 3, etc. We find his lists constructive and helpful
in planning our spiritual work. Often people ask what our messages are like.
Here is some of what Gideon dictated shortly after the first of the year:
1) Go back to past messages and see what we have written. You are on track
and will finish what you have begun today, so you will be able to continue
with other things.
2) Eat better! You have wreaked havoc on your chemistry long enough. Go back
to your normal eating plan. It won't be as hard as you think.
3) Stop worrying. You are getting in the habit once again.
4) You are concerned about money. There is plenty of money, just because you
can't see it doesn't mean it is not there. Believe and Ask for our help in
5) Clean your office. It is too cluttered to think in. Be aware of its order
so you can remember better.
6) Talk to all you helpers. Plan your strategy for 2001.
7) We are taking care of more and more for you. There are no accidents or
bad timings or half-done jobs. If we tell you to do one thing and it turns
out to be a little different, do not worry about it. You are ALWAYS following
a divine order that has been planned for many millennia. Your part is
important and shall be done. Inspiration will always come when you need it.
You think in your head that nothing is going on. That is because you need to
complete one thing so you can focus on another. After today you will have
room in your life to make plans for other things.
8) January is the time for planning. It is the ONE month. It is like an ACE
in your card decks and can be counted on to form the base for your year. Last
year you planned the events for 2000. It worked well, did it not? Think of
all that happened last year. Think of what you did last year to further your
spiritual work and to help others. You don't think you are doing much. That
is not how we see it.
Be proud of your accomplishments, for they have been many. Also, consider how
many souls were touched by the message that reaches thousands through
Angelspeake books. That passive action, where your active work is done but
the energy continues, touches more than all the other things you did
throughout the year in person.
Continue; be proud of your life. Enjoy it. Feel the energy grow. The Work we
are doing through you and your students is very powerful. All will become
clearer this year. We are here, and we love you. You feel it.
Faith Builder: Write your angels for a New Year's Reading on how you can plan
Trudy and Barbara are sisters. Both were awakened by their angels and have
since been teaching people all over the world how to work with their own
angels. They are authors of three best-selling "Angelspeake" books. Ordering
information for autographed copies of their latest, "Heaven and Beyond," is
available on www.angelspeake.com.
(C) Copyright 2001 Barbara Mark & Trudy Griswold
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According to native laws, the Raven weaves us in
and out of the mysteries of life and death. He is
the gatekeeper between the world of the living and world
of the dead. He is the messenger of the void, from
whence all is conceived and then returned.
Raven shows you the truth - of your fears and of
your mystic self in a creative universe. Raven is the
carrier of prayerful healing, of true intention, and the
Carrier of Energy between the creator and the created.
Due to its association with divine law, Raven has
been the object of human fear. Human law is not
sacred. Raven honors the sacred in All things. The
Raven as a scavenger eats all that is not truth, so we
can "go to the bones." As humans, we can
only surrender to the Raven and honor the great mystery
of life and death. The song of the Raven is the
call to truth. Bodies die.. Spirit does