The future health and well-being of an entire planet depends on our re-becoming our most natural selves, our most authentic selves, in deep and conscious relationship with inspirited place. In this most essential quest, there are plenty of willing instructors, and none more effective than our plant and animal role models: the coyotes and raccoons of our alleyways as well as the eagles and wolves of unbroken wilderness. We come to know them as we come to know ourselves: up close, intimate, and personal.
The Universal Human:
Its what happens at Prophets Conferences: deep conversations and change. After Barbara Marx Hubbards daughter attended one of the conferences, she and Barbara talked. Their conversation evolved into an in-depth self-analysis that got Hubbard out of denial and into a oneness with spirit. She changed, and, from the depths of her heart, she wrote a book called Emergence: The Shift from Ego to Essence, Ten Steps to the Universal Human, published by Hampton Roads and due to be released this spring.
The path that eventually led to my meeting and writing the biography of Sri Mata Amritanandamayi, simply known as Ammachi (the "hugging saint") was neither straight nor easy.
Since the age of six, I had a deep yearning within me to have a direct experience of God or Christ like the Christian mystics. Because I had been raised a Catholic, I had been exposed to the saints through stories and pictures, called holy cards.
Dying for a Buzz
I know what youre thinking. As a dedicated New Times reader, having already embarked on your spiritual path, you find an article denouncing coffee a bit overdone and clichéd. You might believe, as I do, that a spiritual life and the occasional cuppa joe arent mutually exclusive. You may even hear yourself saying what I did for years: Its my last vice, and Im not giving it up.
By adding the universal year 2001 (2+0+0+1=3) to the 5th month of May, we come up with the vibration of 8. The 8 month represents an opportunity to achieve greater mastery in our lives. It's a great month for taking a look at your goals and brainstorming new possibilities for accomplishing them that you might not have thought of before. Try to suspend the critic, the cynic, and the skeptic and move into new, uncharted territory.
Love in Action
Three minerals seem to literally leap into action as harbingers of love. They are rhodochrosite, manganocalcite, and pyroxmangite. All three contain manganese in simple chemical formulas, which makes manganese the culprit in figuring out the love quotient of these minerals.
Manganese is a hard, gray-white metal never found in nature as a free element. It combines easily with oxygen. When added to steel and alloys of aluminum, manganese increases strength and resistance to shock and corrosion. In the form of potassium permanganate, it is used to purify public water supplies. These attributes allow manganese to address weakness and toxicity in issues of the heart.
Common Misconceptions About Psychics
I was at a baby shower recently and noticed that the woman sitting next to me was very quiet throughout the afternoon. I didnt know her personally and didnt think much about it until we were just about finished with our meal and she blurted out, "Im so nervous sitting next to you." I asked her if she thought I could read her mind, and she hesitated and said yes.
As I looked around the table, there were several other women Id never met before, and I realized that many of them were wondering if I was reading their minds or discovering their deepest secrets. I was so out of my "psychic mode" that day that it hadnt even occurred to me that these women were even thinking of me as being a psychic. I quickly reassured them all that I couldnt and didnt wish to read any of their minds and that their secrets were safe.
Transform Your Work
Who do you want to be when you grow up? What do you want to do when you grow up? These two questions are often confused, but they deserve to be answered separately. If you'd like, take a few moments to answer each of these questions on a separate sheet of paper. Transforming your work life has to do with moving what you do for a living in the direction of who you want to be.
"Developing" an "Improved" Relationship with Nature
I walk daily with my four-month-old Labrador retriever puppy on the Tolt Hill pipeline nature trail, which runs behind my home in the Fallbrooke housing development in unincorporated Woodinville, Washington. The pleasant, tree-lined trail is twenty yards wide and is bordered by houses, undeveloped tracts of land, and horse pastures. An enormous pipe is buried beneath the trail that transports water from the Cascade foothills and delivers it to water treatment plants in Seattle before it is dispersed through water mains to one million-plus inhabitants in the Seattle metropolitan area.
Inner Struggle from a Huna Perspective
Maybe youve felt it; I know I have: that inner struggle to make the wisest/highest choice concerning a job opportunity, a mate, a car, or even a pet. It goes something like this: theres a part of me that desires to make a choice based on what will make me feel good now, while another part of me urges patience and consideration of the outcome of that choice.
Most people will simply ignore the latter and proceed with the former. Instant gratification! The heck with the consequences: pregnancy, a signed car lease, etc. Why? Lets see what Huna has to say about this.