January 21, 2012 Edition
that a person who possesses true peace
is not one whose life is without
problems and turmoil, but rather
a person who has peace in spite of it.
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Keep On Growing!

Do you remember when we were kids and being asked repeatedly by our parents and relatives: "What do you want to be when you grow up?" I wonder why the closer we got to becoming adults, that interest seemed to dry up and no one asked us that anymore? Actually, all we have to do is look at our experiences as adults and we can see that there is a series of phases that are presented to us throughout life ... with new opportunities to continue to grow and expand who we are as individuals.

It's important that we become aware of this and begin to see life in that fashion. I guarantee that those of us that do will be poised to make many new and meaningful discoveries. By refusing to accept the concept of arrival, and in turn, embracing the concept of journey, we open ourselves up to real development. No, being a grown up is not as important as growing up!

To switch paradigms, we must move outside the boundaries of our opinions and comfort zones. Our opinions are formed as a result of the associations we make as children. Our comfort zones become set when our circumstances mesh with our opinions. These factors often limit our progression. Many of us just seem to stop and tend to accept that we've reached the end of our destination; without any further to go. This is what happens when we apply the brakes ... maintaining the status quo becomes our goal.

Ask yourself ... "Is that where I am at?" If the answer is 'yes', don't allow yourself the luxury of being a backward thinker. The best of our life can be in the rest of our life. We can make our future rich with new experiences that become contributors to our continued growth. Refuse to focus upon the losses of the past and settle for stopping. Instead, contemplate how there are gains awaiting you in the days ahead by becoming a forward thinker.

Get up and get going in order to continue growing. As a small child you were into everything and had a vivid imagination and an innate curiosity about life. Reclaim that growth propelling approach and check things out in the world around you. Instead of stewing over things, be alive while you live. Too many of us die before we're dead! Wake up your desire to experience the joy of the journey and get past any illusion of having arrived. As I believe it was Yogi Berra who once said: "It ain't over 'til it's over!"

No matter what phase of life you're in, there's always something more to learn ... something new to do. Don't miss out on the wonderful gift of life by allowing yourself to stop. The light is still green, so keep on growing!
that although the past cannot be changed,
the future is still in our power by what we do today!
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Love Bear
© 2003 Jackie McCreary

Sometimes life's so hard,
It just does not seem fair.
With what you're going through
Know I always will be there.

Squeeze me if you're angry.
You need to have this feeling.
Stroke me when you're lonely
As you begin the healing.

I'll soothe your aching heart
As I calm your painful fears,
Blessings and peace will come
Through the cleansing of your tears.

I'll remind you of your worth
And give you strength to cope.
This too will pass, remember,
There always will be hope.

that if we can see death as one of a
mere transformation of life force energy
from solid form to that of spirit,
we would see it not as our final act,
but as our final awakening,

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by Michael Bonamassa, Sr.

I was just reading online about a Dr. Lee Lipsenthal who wrote a book about dying called "Enjoy Every Sandwich: Living Each Day As Though it Were Your Last" that was published last month. The short of it was that he didn't believe in coincidences. Instead, he believed in 'synchronicity' ... that experience of the coming together of inner and outer events in a way that cannot be explained by 'cause and effect' and that is meaningful to the observer.

Perhaps one of the most common synchronistic experiences people have is about one thinking of someone and wham, out the blue, this person shows up, calls, or contacts us in a short time thereafter. Most of us shrug it off as coincidence, but is it really a coincidence? or is it synchronicity?

Most people who have that sort of analytic or scientific mind disbelieve in synchronistic events like this and want to see physical proof before believing in something that can't be logically explained. Believe me, however, that for those like myself who trusts in things that can't be proven, I not only believe in synchronicity, but also in signs, the placebo effect, feelings, past-lives, the power of dreams and those things we refer to as 'dejavoux.'

In fact, many years ago when I was single, I had many experiences ... mostly those which came to me in dreams. These seemed to occur mostly when I was bothered with a nagging type of problem that I gave much thought to during the day. Then, during my sleep at night, I would have a dream involving that problem, but was shown its solution. And it didn't matter if it was a serious problem or one of little significance. For example, I remember early during my marriage to Sandy how we went on a short auto trip to a nearby town and upon returning home, I noticed that a hupcap was missing from one of my car wheels. Talking to Sandy about it and how neither of us had heard it come off while driving, it troubled me enough because I considered it to be quite an expense to have to replace at the time. Well, low and behold, when I was asleep that night, I dreamt of us driving on the trip that we made and during the drive I came to an intersection and lying against the curb in front of a house whose address sign showed the number 1247. When I awoke that morning, I told Sandy about the dream and we decided to drive to that place. You guessed it! There lay my hubcap, just as I saw it in the dream; along with the house with the address sign of 1247.

Was my dream and my finding the hubcap merely coincidental? Or was it a synchronous event? I have always been intuitive and have seemed to know things before they happened. It is something that I was never able to attribute to anything in particular and just accepted it ... that is, until I became older and my intuitive thoughts and feelings became stronger and stronger; leading me to channeling (which is another article in itself).

It's the same thing with my beliefs of an afterlife. This too is a little beyond the belief in synchronicity and there are many good books by such authors as Brian Weiss and many other psychotherapists who have written much about spiritual crises and how many who have spiritual awakenings which include past lives and the reality and awareness of the "bigness" of the universe.

But, getting back to synchronicity, it's important to mention that it is more likely to occur when we are in a highly charged state of emotional and mental awareness. That's why times of trauma or turbulence ... such as with a death or birth of loved ones ... can push us towards openness and vulnerability. We're also more likely to experience synchronicity when we are in a receptive mindful state, as is the result of meditation.

Many such events involve deceased loved ones causing lights to flicker or go on and off for no reason, or something coming on your computer screen for no apparent reason, but which may coincide with something related to a passed loved one. In fact, my experiences have also included visions of deceased ones at viewings and funerals. Could this really have been my friends and loved ones trying to tell everyone they were all right? or were they having a little fun with us from beyond?

Obviously, it's also important for one to be open-minded, and to truly want to believe that there is something out there greater than all of us. I have no doubt whatsoever that after death our soul/spirit continues on, that there are more journeys for us, and with each journey, more lessons for us to learn and grow spiritually. It's like Peggy Lee's song that goes ... "Is that all there is? Is that all there is, my friend?" It's important that we feel hopeful throughout our lives and into death.

I have shared these views with those familiar with such experiences and have found that such signs have been a huge part of helping those left behind to heal. After many such experiences, it is my firm belief that loved ones are letting us know that they are out there watching and waiting for us to join them once again.

It's amazing how these thoughts can lift us up at times of despair and grief. If you are one on the spiritual path to awakening and desire to experience such events in your life, practicing meditation and learning to be more open and present in the moment will help you get there.

that we are ONE
so we honor in you the divinity
that we honor within ourselves.

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The Universe

that we should love the light for it shows us the way,
yet endure the darkness for it shows us the stars.

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Intend To It Now

The energies around your world continue to build up, and are carried by the grid that is lifting up the Earth. All is preparing for the final thrust of energy that will propel it into the new level of expression and out of duality. It will also fulfill the promises of a Golden Age that will be unlike anything you have ever experienced, and truly bring about a heaven on Earth.

Only those who have lifted your vibrations sufficiently will be able to join those energies. Thereby lies the outworking of a truth that only those of higher consciousness can exist in the new dimension. As has been said in previous communications, the choice has always been yours, but with it comes the responsibility to carve out your own pathway to ascension. We on this side of the veil can give you all of the help and encouragement possible, but only your intent can bring the necessary steps that will bring it about for you.

It matters little whether you ascend or not, inasmuch as all souls will continue to make progress. All happens in its own good time, and you have no need to feel pressurized to do other than what you personally desire. You are not limited to the amount of time you have to make your way back through the higher dimensions, and help will always be there for the asking. In fact, your Higher Self is always with you, although it's important to re-member that when you drop your vibrations, it cannot always penetrate them to reach you. However, once you have the intent to rise up in consciousness, the link becomes stronger and more open. If you follow your intuitive prompting's to raise your vibrations, they will keep you firmly on the path of Light.

Once you start leading your life with the intent to ascend, your experiences will follow a new path that will enable you to enjoy them and bring peace into it. Your ties to the lower energies will dissolve, and you can break your lifetime negative habits by denying them the energy to survive. You are changing to a higher level of consciousness, and it is your opportunity to take a quantum leap forward with the advent of ascension. Life will continue as a series of steps upwards as you expand your consciousness even further, never again to experience the feelings of separation from the source of All That Is. No, dear ones, you will become One and join as co-creator with Invinite Being. Why wait for tomorrow which never comes ... begin now with the intent of letting go of the lower energy by elevating your awareness through higher consciousness and raising your vibrations.

A Special Blessing to You and Yours ...
Until next issue ...
These things, we warmly wish for you-
May you be blessed with friends
and laughter and fun
And with rain that’s as soft
as the light from the sun.

Love and Light, Mike & Sandy

A Candle Loses Nothing By Lighting Another Candle ...



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