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Archive for July, 2011

Plants And People


Plants grow best when we pay attention to them. That means watering, touching them, putting them in places where they will receive good light.

They need people around them to notice if they are drooping at the edges or looking particularly happy in the sunlight. The more attention a plant receives, the better it will grow.

We need to be noticed in the same way. If we notice a family member or friend is drooping, perhaps we can pay some special attention to him or her. All of us need someone to care about how we are and to truly listen to us. We can share and double someone’s happiness by noticing and talking about it also. We help the people around us to grow by listening to their droopy edges as well as their bright days. People need this as much as plants need light and water.

“If we’re growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone.” John Maxwell

New Moon July 30


Occurring on July 30 in the United States and July 31 in Australia, July’s Leo new Moon brings a message of revolution, change, taking bold steps, standing up to the status quo and making one’s mark on the world.

‘Challenging powerful institutions’ is very much the order of what’s happening. This can be an internal process or change or it could be something that’s welling from within your being that needs a new emergence, a greater sense of personal autonomy, freedom and more authenticity. It can speak of challenging the establishment and wanting to overthrow the old, corrupt and disingenuous ways of the past.

It will be fascinating to watch the silliness of the United States government until someone takes leadership. Also the financial markets and what’s going on in the world as there are bound to be many ramifications with so much going on.

Making this new Moon way more powerful, stronger and bigger is Jupiter (a planet which can be known for the overstatement), it’s the planet of big things, expansion, optimism, religion, philosophy, faith and things foreign
With Jupiter so closely squaring this new Moon, it could show a time for you to embrace change, freedom, expansion and get going with the things you’ve been wanting to do. Caution is advised, however, not to overreach; don’t go way beyond comfortable boundaries, but do look to possibilities, gifts perhaps, and rewards.

One thing is for sure, the old guard is getting thrown over in some way and the new is making more of a mark.

We are indeed in a time of great change and of overthrowing the current ways of doing things that are based on fear based systems. Many things need to change for us to evolve to a place of love. We need to ask for that change and no longer allow disrespect and a lack of integrity to run rampant through our major systems. We must ask/demand for the respect that we deserve as people of the Earth from anyone or anything does not treat us with the respect that we deserve.

It is a time to enjoy the things that we have learned and rejoice for the equalities of mankind and woman kind. It is time to look at how far we’ve come and keep what works and throw out what doesn’t. We have become more and more discerning in what we want and how we want to live. We are making great strides toward a more green, organic, peaceful, spiritual way to live our lives on may levels. Things are screwed up but we are also making progress. We must dwell on the progress and make it grow. If we dwell on the hell we make that grow. Stay on track and know that we are evolving now.

Now is the time to get going on creating our world the way we want it to be and creating ourselves the way we want ourselves to be. Get healthy by creating it. Don’t just watch calories, eat healthier!! More fruits and veggies. It is summertime so go to the farmers markets and get the fresh stuff with all the nutrition still in it!! Take care of yourself. Hang out with the people you love and tell them how much you appreciate who they are!! Have some fun in the sun with friends and family. Enjoy each other while we are here. Love each other and treasure each other each and every day. Appreciate all you have learned from those around you. Appreciate all those things that you are getting from those around you who love you enough to give.

Create for yourself a new storefront that will help the community. What talent do you have that you can share with the community to ease suffering and bring joy? Do it in your own special way that is just yours uniquely.

Now is the time for the rebirth of the spirit in Jupiter’s new moon. What can you do to rebirth yourself and the world around you? How can you re-invent yourself to be more uniquely helpful to your community with your special talents. What obstacles need to be removed for you to make this happen? How can you begin to make that change starting right now? You are the change!

A Messiah Complex

Guest author Reverend Harold Boulette.

One of the dangers of spiritual development is called a “Messiah Complex”. This is when the student is so impressed with his own spiritual or psychic development that he thinks he has become a living saint, an avatar, a messiah. The funny thing is, this often happens to those who have the least claim to such lofty titles, but their ego tells them different.

When a student develops a messiah complex, he will often decide, after only a limited amount of instruction, that he somehow mysteriously passed the teachers and masters and now knows more than they do. They will usually leave the school thinking it has nothing more to teach them, and start one of their own or start writing books on a subject for which there knowledge is very much the tip of the iceberg. A good example of this is Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who became famous as the spiritual guru of the Beatles. He became world famous with his teaching Transcendental Meditation, a simple meditation technique taught to beginning students that, while it has some benefits, is not, by itself, a path to enlightenment.

This may be even truer of students of psychic classes. They may think that because they can guess cards better than the instructor, or move objects with their mind better, that they are better suited to be the teacher. This isn’t anymore true than the examples of the spiritual student.

So how does one avoid the trap of the Messiah Complex? It’s usually not that difficult. First, learn to control your ego and not the other way around. Second, listen to your teacher. If the teacher is a good one, she will know when you have a state of enlightenment greater than her own and will either recommend a more advanced teacher for you, or send you off to start your own school. If the teacher doesn’t seem to think you have exceeded the schools ability to teach you, the teacher is nearly always right, so listen to the teacher, not your ego. Jesus spent something like seventeen years studying under the spiritual masters in Judaea, Egypt, and possibly other places, before He was ready to go out and teach on his own, so don’t let your ego convince you that you can do it after only a year or two of studying the basics.

Are you looking to find God in your life?


by Cherokee Billie.

Are you looking to find God in your life? Do you want answers from God? Guess what? You can receive answers if you let your mind visit the space between your thoughts.

You may be going, “Huh. What is she talking about?” I am talking about the endless Chatter that is constantly going on in our minds. How can you expect to hear from the gentle spirit of God when your mind is cluttered with constant self talk and oftentimes confusion?

Buddha taught “It is not the words that are spoken; it is the silence between the words.” Silence is the key that opens the connection to the Divine Spirit/God. Of course it is easier said than done. Silencing the mind is one of the most difficult things to do. Many people meditate to get their mind quieter, but still find it extremely difficult. Some people go into retreats for years so that they can learn to quiet their mind. It is absolutely that hard to still the mind of mindless chatter.

Your Exercise

Try pausing between each thought and analyze that last thought you had and see if it was really important, of value, or needful in your life. When you do this you are visiting the space between your thoughts. When you can pay attention to your thoughts you will start noticing how much time you are wasting thinking about the past, present, and future. All you really need to do is be quiet and still for as many moments as you possibly can throughout the day and you will start noticing that many things that were important to you really have very little meaning. Amazing how unimportant most of our thoughts are.

After having paused between thoughts you will become aware of how many of your thoughts were quite ridiculous. The things you were worried about a few minutes ago you start to see as not so important. Maybe you were worried about getting dinner prepared on time and if you would have enough for everyone. When you paused and look at your thoughts you realize dinner will get done and it will be enough for everyone. We worry sometimes over things that are really needless and this is the point of getting silent and learning to quiet your mind.

You will find your prayers to the Divine Spirit/God will have a more profound meaning because of your silence, which will produce a true devotion and dedication to this miraculous Supreme Being. Still your mind right now!

What IS wrong with us?

Unknown Author.

Remember, not only did you contribute to Social Security but your employer did too.

It totaled 15% of your income before taxes. If you averaged only 30K over your working life, that’s close to $220,500.

If you calculate the future value of $4,500 per year (yours & your employer’s contribution) at a simple 5% (less than what the govt. pays on the money that it borrows), after 49 years of working (me) you’d have $892,919.98.

If you took out only 3% per year, you receive $26,787.60 per year and it would last better than 30 years, and that’s with no interest paid on that final amount on deposit! If you bought an annuity and it paid 4% per year, you’d have a lifetime income of $2,976.40 per month. The folks in Washington have pulled off a bigger Ponzi scheme than Bernie Madhoff ever had.

Entitlement … my ass, we paid cash for our social security insurance!!!! Just because they borrowed the money, doesn’t make our benefits some kind of charity or handout!!

Congressional benefits, aka. free healthcare , outrageous retirement packages , 67 paid holidays , three weeks paid vacation , unlimited paid sick days , now that’s welfare , and they have the nerve to call our retirement entitlement!!!!!!

What IS wrong???

WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!

April 12, 2011 Calif. Daily Bulletin paper, ran two articles on the front page side by side :

1- California 20 Billion Dollar Budget Deficit

2- The California Supreme Court ruling that ILLEGALS can attend college and get benefits.

Why don’t they just deport them when they arrive to register?

3- Last year they ran an article on the yearly costs to California Taxpayers from Illegals using Hospital Emergency Rooms for their general health care –

At just one hospital the cost to tax payers totaled over 25 million a year

Someone please tell me what IS wrong with all the people that run this country!!!!!!

We’re “broke” & can’t help our own Seniors, Veterans, Orphans, Homeless etc.,???????????

In the last months we have provided aid to Haiti, Chile, and Turkey. And now Pakistan ……home of bin Laden. Literally, BILLIONS of DOLLARS!!!

Our retired seniors living on a ‘fixed income’ receive no aid nor do they get any breaks while our government and religious organizations pour Hundreds of Billions of $$$$$$’s and Tons of Food to Foreign Countries!

They call Social Security and Medicare an entitlement even though most of us have been paying for it all our working lives and now when its time for us to collect, the government is running out of money. Why did the government borrow from it in the first place?

We have hundreds of adoptable children who are shoved aside to make room for the adoption of foreign orphans.

AMERICA: a country where we have homeless without shelter, children going to bed hungry, elderly going without ‘needed’ meds, and mentally ill without treatment -etc,etc.

YET…………………
They have a ‘Benefit’ for the people of Haiti on 12 TV stations, ships and planes lining up with food, water, tents clothes, bedding, doctors and medical supplies.

Imagine if the *GOVERNMENT* gave ‘US’ the same support they give to other countries.

Sad isn’t it?

Breakfast a Must for Weight Loss!


By Cherokee Billie ND.

Eating a regular breakfast does help weight loss. In fact eating breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Food Is Fuel! Increase your natural body’s metabolism by eating breakfast.

Having burned about 450 calories while sleeping, your body NEEDS breakfast! So make time! Breakfast is good for weight loss. Your body needs to Break The Fast-hence the name breakfast!

Eat breakfast before doing anything in the morning. This fuels your body with energy. This is setting a foundation for the day. You would not try to drive a car without fuel. Yet, we require our entire bodies to function without proper fuel on a daily basis. Then we wonder why the body breaks down with bad health and stress.

Spend 10 minutes eating cereal, some fruit and a fat-free yogurt or a poached egg and toast. And take an apple and a whole meal sandwich to work. Avoid the high fat fast food lunches. Lose weight by eating good food, not by starving yourself and then eating doughnuts!

According to research data compiled by the US National Weight Control Registry, eating a regular breakfast is one of 4 habits shared by long-term successful dieters.

In my many years of counseling I have found the majority of clients do not eat breakfast at a regular time daily or they avoid breakfast entirely. Most people get breakfast on the go and eat at different times daily.

Fueling the body first thing each morning stabilizes the blood sugars giving you far more energy daily. Also this increases the body’s metabolism to burn fuel more effectively. It’s important to eat at the same times every day and to include a snack every few hours. Ideal snacks can be a handful of nuts, fruit, yogurt, or turkey slices. This helps keep the body charged with energy and increases the metabolism, which can lead to weight loss. Remember Food Is Strictly Fuel.

The Creator knew what He was doing when He designed foods for the human body. The problem has been the denaturalization of food by the human race! Fast food is Low Fuel. Whole Food is High Performance Fuel.

It is simple changes that add up to long term weight loss. Start every day with breakfast and you will be amazed at the difference.

Food Can be your Best Medicine!

Default or Not To Default-That Is the Question!


By Cherokee Billie.

Debt talks between Obama and House Speaker John Boehner came to a grinding halt Friday night when Boehner abruptly broke them off, raising new uncertainties that a deal could be struck to avert a threatened government default.

If this occurs the government will not pay Social Security/Disability to the millions that are dependent on this money to survive monthly. I was watching the news last night and they were interviewing different people who are dependent on Social Security and showing how they live, which is below the poverty line. When the news report finished I found myself crying at what is occurring, when it does not need to.

There is a Social Security trust fund that is solvent until 2036, so again why do we need to borrow the money to pay Social Security checks? This trust was established to secure Social Security money from being used for any other means. Manipulate the poor and disabled because they have no way to fight back, is the only thing I feel about this.

If the United States goes into default this will affect the number one gold standard rating that the United States has worldwide. If that happens the credibility of the country goes way down. I do not believe that Obama wants this to happen on his watch, because it will take a miracle to bring back the rating and ranking of America worldwide. If this occurs you will start to see people going beyond protesting and the potential for violence and rioting will increase.

If the government would stop spending – debt would be reduced. It just is that simple. Yet, the government likes to make it more complicated.

I ask that you pray for the United States Government, because it definitely needs Divine intervention at this time.

“Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable.” George Orwell

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