A Spiritual Publication
Issue # 18
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Depite her occasionally painfull imbalances, Nature makes for us the best Valentines,
Heart Wreath, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Welcome friends! As we awake from the shocked daze, caused by Nature’s wrath in Asia, we are shown how all the negative voices of media pundits and religious zealots, is but a whisper. I’m not comparing their diatribe to the Tsunami, but to the spirit of Humanity rising in response.
Indonesia is a devoutly Muslim nation, so what! That fact doesn’t slow our (all us people world wide of good heart) response. Some victims of hate poisoning who hide in religious robes have tried to say, that this disaster is “proof” of Western evil or that it was caused by George Bush, so what! We still deliver food and water and loving care as best we can.
So take heart good people of all faiths and creeds, the drama merchants can not spin the truth so far from reality, that the Universe can’t step in and show us again what really matters, or the truth that we are all one family.
What matters in this issue is you, so please enjoy your read, and maybe we can bring some light in to your day, thus serving our family, and thereby ourselves.
As I reflect on 2004, Jeffrey and I have been blessed with so much to be thankful for. We traveled across country to North Carolina in January hauling a travel trailer that we sold to a friend and made it to our daughter, Ashlee’s house within three days of Austyn’s birth (our Grandson), even with complications along the way. We met with friends we hadn’t seen since we moved and it was wonderful!!!
On the way back to California, we missed every major storm that was devastating the central U.S. by staying a day ahead of it. We stopped at Lake Havasu, Arizona to spend a couple of days on the water and visiting with friends.
In April, Ashlee and Austyn moved to California. Austyn started walking at 9 months and also relays messages on occasion.. Jeffrey, Ashlee and I were sitting at her house talking and Austyn was running around playing. He stopped and looked directly at his PaPa and said, “book?” Jeffrey spoke as if he were talking to an adult and said, “Yes, I am mailing the manuscript tomorrow”. Austyn said, “Good” and went back to playing and talking in his baby talk. We were amused, the message was loud and clear and we were not discussing his book
During the summer Jeffrey resigned as manager of the RV park we lived in and he began managing the Redding Gun Club. To support this shift, we moved to a another RV park that sustained us energetically.
Jeffrey and I spent our Anniversary on the California/Oregon Coast where we enjoyed the Redwoods and the vastness of the ocean.
We visited our friends, Cheryl, Steve and Mary in Washington State, it was a heartfelt and relaxing trip. It was a great end to 2004.
I Wish You An Abundant,
Fulfilling New Year
With Love, Diane
We wish to begin by acknowledging your loved ones who graciously gave so much to your world through their sacrifice in many different ways. They have given for each and every one of you and are revered and honored for their service. Individuals, groups and nations have come to a standstill and set aside their differences long enough to experience humbleness and support for one another. In these moments, a shift begins within all life and it reaches to the core and ignites an awakening. This awakening is unique to each individual. You may find yourselves reevaluating your life and reestablishing priorities, showing tolerance and patience for yourself and others, searching the depth of your relationships and beliefs, releasing the job that no longer serves you and stepping into the desire of your dreams, opening your heart to those who love you and those who you do not know. The possibilities of these moments are endless and profound.
Your earth has been gradually tilting on her axis for some time now and your weather patterns have increased in velocity and will continue to do so, until such time that she succeeds her quest for balance. She carries the heaviness of her inhabitant’s conundrums and when she is full, she simply releases them. Do you not understand that what you hold within becomes inclusive to the whole? Does it truly take this intensity to realize that you are all connected and each will affect the other?
What we would say, if you choose to assist, begin with your own balance. Be willing to express truth to yourself and others, without judgement, be willing to release pent up emotions, without taking it out on others or displacing blame and be willing to honor diversity in all aspects of life. In balancing your own lives, you have an affect on those around you and your planet. As you compensate, the earth’s balance will be less painful for the whole.
It is important to build your immunity as it will be taxed more so in the coming years. New and intense strains of viruses and bacteria will be unscrupulous to the physical vehicle. Many of these strains are developing in the animal and mammal kingdoms. Being aware and acting upon the language of your physical, mental and emotional well being is the key to balancing and increasing your immunity.
We wish you ease
and grace in your
balance and acceptance of all life
Signs of Our Times
At a Towing company:
“We don’t want an arm and a leg, just your tows.”
In a No-smoking Area:
“If we see smoke, we will assume you are on fire and take appropriate action.”
On the door to a Hospital maternity ward:
“Push. Push. Push.”
In a Veterinarian’s waiting room:
“Be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!”
At a Propane Filling Station:
“Tank heaven for little grills”
We got this piece of gurgle (a web term for a chain letter with a cute, often too sweet, story designed to touch the heart enough to be sent along) from a good friend, but we liked the parable. I have taken a little editorial privilege, but it goes like this...
The little girl went to her bedroom and pulled a glass jelly jar from its hiding place in the closet. She poured the change out on the floor and counted it carefully. Then she counted it again and again, because the total had to be exactly perfect, there could be no mistakes. Carefully placing the coins back in the jar and twisting on the cap, she slipped out the back door and made her way 6 blocks to the Rexall’s Drug Store with the big red Indian Chief sign above the door.
She waited patiently for the pharmacist to give her some attention but he was too busy at this moment.
Tess twisted her feet to make a scuffing noise. Nothing.
She cleared her throat with the most disgusting sound she could muster, still no good.
Finally she took a quarter from her jar and banged it on the glass counter top.
That did it!
“And what do you want?” the pharmacist asked in an annoyed tone of voice. “I’m talking to my brother from Chicago whom I haven’t seen in ages!” He turned back to his conversation not waiting for a reply to his question.
“Well, I want to talk to you about my brother,” Tess answered back in an equally annoyed tone. “He’s really, really sick... and I want to buy a miracle.”
”I beg your pardon?” said the pharmacist, now turning his full attention to the plaintive young lady peeking over the counter.
“His name is Andrew and he has something bad growing inside his head and my Daddy says only a miracle can save him now. So how much does a miracle cost?”
The pharmacist’s tone softened “We don’t sell miracles here, little girl. I’m sorry but I can’t help you.”
“Listen, I have the money to pay for it. If it isn’t enough, I’ll get the rest, please just tell me how much it costs.”
The pharmacist’s brother was a well dressed man. He stooped down and asked the little girl, “So what kind of a miracle does your brother need?”
I don’t know,” Tess replied with her eyes welling up. “I just know he’s really sick and the doctor says he needs a… a operation, but my Daddy can’t pay for it, so I want to use my money.”
The dapper man from Chicago asked, O.K., so how much do you have?”
“One dollar and eleven cents,” Tess answered barely audibly. “It’s all I got, but I can get some more…”
The kneeling man smiled at the troubled little girl. “Well, what a coincidence,” “A dollar and eleven cents you say… That’s the exact price of a miracle for little brothers.”
He took her money in one hand and with the other hand he grasped her mitten and said “Take me to where you live. I want to see your brother and meet your parents. Let’s see if I have the miracle you need.”
That well dressed man was Dr. Carlton Armstrong, Neurosurgeon. The operation was completed pro-bono and it wasn’t long until Andrew was home again and doing well. So how much does a miracle cost… $1.11 plus the faith of a little child.
My research shows this story to be urban legend or modern parable (almost certainly fiction) but there is a true message here.
A miracle is not the suspension of natural law, but the operation of a higher law.
We all know that the answer to the unasked request is always no. I can tell you from experience that the Universe does answers us, the real question is what are you asking for?
This story has legs because we want to believe in miracles. Well, again I can tell you that miracles do happen. They do occur and they do occur more for children. There is an old bromide about the luck of fools, drunks and children. But the reason miracles happen more for children is because their thought is purer.
The Universal mind reacts to clear thought, especially when it is charged with emotional energy. Children’s thoughts of want are unpolluted by thoughts of doubt, shame, guilt, and fear.
Comedian Ray Romano (of Everybody Loves Raymond) put it well in one of his stand up acts, I will paraphrase.
He said if he could go back in time to any age it would be age five. There is no happier time. He goes on to talk about driving with his 5 year old in his car and how she stared out the window smiling happily for 15 minutes. He said he couldn’t stand it anymore so he had to ask “what are you thinking about”.
She smiled wide and said, “Candy”.
Ray goes on to say that only at five could you have 15 minutes of uninterrupted happiness thinking about candy.
When he thinks about candy today the thought immediately turns to cavities, then dentists, drills, pain , bills…
If I tell you not to think of a Polar Bear, you immediately get its image, the Universal mind is like that. It responds to the thought not to “NOT”.
So if you think about I don’t want a fire, I really don’t want a fire, and you visualize a fire and what it would do to your house...
Well, you might not get the fire if some other Universal force is protecting you from it, but you sure are asking for it.
So if you are trying to manifest “candy”, what other thoughts are attached that might prevent the Universe from giving you what you want.
Lessons in Universal Law
This law applies in science and metaphysics both. Darkness is but the absence of light. Open the door to a dark room and there is no battle, light simply flows in.
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One effect of the terrorist attack of 9/11/01 was the unification of this nation. The slogan “One Nation under God” was on bumper stickers and the lips of many, and by and large non-Christians tolerated if not embraced the sentiment. Then time passes and a war is waged, and three years later we face the most divisive election this country has seen in decades.
Intolerance of the religions of others is probably the most divisive force at work in the world today. Be it Shite Muslims killing Sunni’s, or Muslims killing Jews and Christians. Be it the tribal conflicts such as in the Sudan, where tribes are engaged in a war of genocide. In America, the Religious right is in a moral battle for control of the nation over the secular population and the liberal left. I offer that Religion itself is not the culprit but the sense of intolerance within some of them that breads this divisiveness. Religion itself is not the cause of these conflicts, but it is a tool used by the hateful to justify their acts and to recruit more into their ranks.
In ancient times the Major Christian Nations in an act of supreme intolerance and arrogance waged a Holy war called the Great Crusade (Actually there were three) to liberate the “Holy” city of Jerusalem from the Muslims. However noble they may have claimed the cause to be it resulted in bloody butchery in the name of God, what a terrible stain on the Christian religion that was.
The roots of intolerance within religious or cultural groups are fear and pride. In all of the major religions there is doctrine against both. If we surrender our fear to God, with the faith that Universal law will balance the scales for eternity (if not in our immediate temporal reality), we may achieve true peace; the peace I wrote of last issue as S,L,M. Those 3 letters which became the words Islam, Shalom and Salem mean peace through surrender to the will of God.
But lets return to Pride as a cause of intolerance. In the bibles old testament, Proverbs 8:13, in speaking of “Wisdom” in the first person, it reads “I [Wisdom] hate pride and arrogance”. It took me years to understand why pride was considered a bad thing, but here is the short version of what I have learned. Religions that require sacrifice instill a sense of piety. For example all major religions have doctrine against promiscuity, such as the commandment thou shalt not commit adultery. As I have told you before, we are fighting against our own duality, as the denser human animal fights for control over the more evolved spiritual human (our evolution from homo-sapiens to homo-spirituous). The animal drive for procreation is a base hunger right behind hunger for food in the animal instinct. So our religions require that we sacrifice (literally give up to God) our lust for sex. Sacrifice of what we want gives us a sense of piety.
The human ego takes that piety and says “I am more devout or more holy than my neighbor. That translates into pride. Pride when shared by a group (like in a pride of lions) fosters a trend toward clannish tribal division. When people of any faith, use that feeling of piety as proof of superiority, and say “We are better than the rest of the world” or “We are the Chosen” or “the only truly faithful of God”, THAT is pride turned to dangerous arrogance. Consider the Taliban of Afghanistan, and how with all of their prohibitions against all things secular, and most pleasurable indulgences, they fostered that dangerous self-righteousness.
But as I write this, I see the hand of the Universe at work. In the horrific death toll of the Asian Tsunami, over a hundred thousand dead have already been counted, I see the law of cause and effect. I also see that while pride and fear breed intolerance and division, the love of life and humanity brings us all together again. The lives claimed by this act of nature, were from Christian, and Muslim and Hindu faiths, predominately the latter two. At times like this, people of good will and good heart, come together to help without asking what the faith is of the people they serve. This is as it should be.
During this Holiday season I heard a Rabbi give one of the best metaphors for people to consider to bring greater tolerance into their lives. It goes something like this, “I think my mother was the best, I love and trust my mother more than any other, but I would not expect anyone else to think my mother was better than theirs. I would hope that everyone had the experience that reinforced that belief in their own Mother, and not want to damage that relationship or try to cast doubt into it.”
This year make it a goal, to be more tolerant, and to spread that tolerance. Let us focus on what unites us, not what divides us. In an interview with one of the members of the rock band “the Police”, a band member (whose name escapes me) said he was ranting about the evil of Soviet Oppression, when Sting, let the air out of his balloon with the statement, “but Russians love their children too”. Lets focus our attention on the positive truths, and lets strive to achieve the SLM or PEACE,
Let us also reexamine the things that bring us pride in our lives, and not allow pride to be the cause of evil. All of Gods children are equally loved, so false status granted by pride is just that, false. If we, of all religions practice tolerance, and love, then we can and will take back our religions, and expose the haters of the world for what they truly are. Don’t let the mental poisons of hate and fear and pride taint the beauty of your religious experience.
Love comes in all shapes and sizes
Brotherly/Sisterly love is best when shared.
Mercury Retrograde Periods For 2005
March 19 - April 12
July 22 - August 15
November 14 - December 3
Throughout the year, there are periods of time, when Diane will here me say, “Damn Mercury”.
Now I’m not a Pagan (though some of my friends are), nor am I an Astrologer, but I am a fairly impartial observer of natural law, and there is some real truth (In my experience) to the Astrological phenomenon called “Mercury Retrograde”.
Astrologically, Mercury is associated with communications, intelligence, analysis, and thought. Speaking and writing fall under the jurisdiction of Mercury, as well as activities that require the use of your hands such as typing. About every four months there is a three-week period when the planet Mercury slows down and apparently reverses direction (the effect is about motion of bodies relative to each other in their orbits). At this point the powers of communication are at a low. Astrologers tell us that we end up backtracking over the same mental or verbal material. During this cycle we stumble over myriad mistakes, errors creep into our work, and we may feel less focused than usual. I have been told by more than one source that when Mercury is retrograde it is ill advised that we undertake any actions like signing important papers, contracts, or documents, and that we should sidestep negotiations, decisions, and important meetings during this time.
Some lucky souls float untouched through the retrograde cycles without experiencing a single error. These are usually people who have Mercury retrograde in the birth or progressed chart. These folks may actually find themselves acting as an anchor of stability when others are losing their heads.
During the retrograde period you should go back over existing information. As Mercury makes the station direct, you are still not ready to come to a conclusion, but can reinspect the problem in a rational manner. While in this “shadow period,” when Mercury passes over the same degrees it traveled on its way “backwards,” we still find communications and thought moving slowly. When Mercury reaches the “shadow point,” or the same degree it was in when it turned retrograde, we can make final resolutions, move forward mentally, and go ahead with plans and ideas formulated during the retrograde period of contemplation.
Now, certainly not every contract or decision made during
retrograde will go sour, but why not stack the deck in your favor.
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In any time of family crisis you were there and through our angels and loved ones from beyond, you guided us in the right direction. As for a testimonial I couldn’t begin to tell everyone how many times you have helped us see things in a more positive way, through a much greater perspective, guided us in what has always turned out be the right direction, and held my horrible anxiety at bay! From the first day I ever met you (and I had no idea at the time that you were a Spiritual Counselor) I was standing in the store trying to find some natural remedy for all the anxiety I was going through, and you said “You really miss your mother, don’t you?” God, how I missed my mother, but how did you even know my mother had died? Then you described her both physically and personality wise. Since our looks and personalities were TOTAL opposites I certainly couldn’t have given you any clues. You had to bring me a box of kleenex when you told me she was right there with me and was telling me to stop worrying. My mother’s famous quote to me was “never worry, worry until worry worries you!” And that is just where it began. I promise I could write a book about everything that you have guided us through since then. I will always believe that my mother sent me to that store that day!
Much love, Cindy Shore, Durham, North Carolina
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