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The Power of Attitude

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By Steve Sekhon

I was recently speaking with a friend and remarked ‘attitude is everything.’ Even though the comment sounded marginally trite at the time, the idea kept coming back to me throughout the day. Do I really have control over my attitude? Can changing it actually transform my life?

It became crystal clear to me that I’m free to hold whatever attitude I choose, whenever I want. It is this choice that creates my experience of life.

It can be easy to forget this obvious truth on those days that I feel I’m swimming against the current. But even then I know that, when I’m consciously aware, how I respond to life is entirely up to me.

The attitude I have about the events in my life creates my emotional and psychological experience of it even more than the actual events themselves.

I determine what I think should be happening and consequently how I’ll feel if things don’t quite work out the way I planned. I decide if I’ll be discouraged, happy, critical or sad. I define what success or failure means. I determine the way particular outcomes will make me feel. I am the only one who can decide to tune my attitude by selecting who I spend time with and what I do.

When I focus my attention on things that encourage, support and enliven me, I reap immediate and positive dividends. When I give my attention to problems, constraints and fearful potentialities, the results don’t feel nearly so good. They actually make me more likely to see my life and the world in a negative light. The more I experience disappointment from my negative expectations, the less reason I see to be joyful. The longer I do it, the less choice I feel I have.

I can change my habits from ones that don’t serve me to ones that do. I can cultivate a daily practice or join authentic happiness coaching that helps keep me on track. I can read daily words of encouragement, surround myself with positive people and make a point of noticing when I’m being negative.

The more I stay aware, the more I realize that I’m as free to choose my attitude, as I am to select a flavor at an ice cream parlor. The difference between a trip to the dessert shop and the spontaneous choice of attitude is that the former is a one-time event, while the latter can create a beautiful or vicious cycle that affects my entire life.

Tendencies we may have toward resentment, generosity, victim consciousness, self-confidence, fear, trust, self-acceptance, or self-hatred are obvious to everyone we encounter, but sometimes we take our own approach to life for granted without being aware of our power to choose it.

When we realize that it’s not the conditions in the outer world but our attitudes about those conditions that cause us to feel the way we do it can be an enormous game changer.

Others pick up on our attitudes, subconsciously or consciously, and respond to us accordingly. Whatever opinion we have of the world will be mirrored back to us and we’ll feel justified for holding it because the evidence to prove it shows up repeatedly. Our attitudes essentially create a self-fulfilling prophecy. That’s why it’s so important to find some high quality and easy-to-digest daily words of encouragement that keep you on track.

If you’re having difficulties with someone in your life, look for just one quality you like and see if you can find compassion for the rest. If you’re having problems at work, try focusing on what’s going well instead what’s not. Keep your attention on what you appreciate in every person, place or thing in your life and watch the situations evolve and improve. Notice the words you use and remind yourself that the perceptions you form are simply the result of how you characterize what you see.

If you want an easy and powerful reminder to help you maintain this practice, subscribe to daily words of encouragement and receive them in your inbox everyday. It could change your life!

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/religion-articles/the-power-of-attitude-6656916.html

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Steve Sekhon and Jarl Forsman are the founders of GratitudeTwentyFourSeven.com, which produces courses, workshops and daily messages to remind you of wisdom (which you already know) that will help you get unstuck, enjoy life and be more fun to be around.

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Lucid Dreaming – What Is Lucid Dreaming?

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Author: john

Lucid dreaming is the process of dreaming while you are still awake or at least consciously aware that you are dreaming. This is different than daydreaming, which is simply a short-term attachment of one’s immediate surroundings where it looks the subject is simply ‘dazing off’ or has a blank stare. Unlike lucid dreaming the subject is awake and alert during a daydream and they can easily be brought back to reality.

They generally happens at night when the subject is attempting to sleep. The primary factor of lucid dreams that sets them apart from regular dreaming is the subject has full control and influence over their dream. In this manner they can essentially ‘control’ their dreams. It has been extensively researched by the scientific community and there has been much debate about its existence, although current scientific theory is that it does exist and can be controlled to some extent.

However, the results cannot be achieved by everyone. It can be a very difficult process to initiate a lucid dream and actually control the dream once you’ve established one. The most common type of lucid dream occurs when the user is already sleeping and they start dreaming. At some point during the dream the subject becomes aware that they are sleeping but also dreaming at the same time. While the subject is not ‘awake’ per se, they are able to exhibit some degree of control over the dream and control the subject matter.

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Zhuangzi dreaming of a butterfly (or a butterfly dreaming of Zhuangzi) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The other type which is much less common is called wake-imitated lucid dreaming. This of it is much more difficult to achieve and can only be achieved with practice, determination and meditation. There is no apparent lapse in consciousness (such as falling asleep) upon entering a wake-induced lucid dream. Instead, the subject simply goes from being awake to dreaming while at the same time being aware of their surroundings, the time of day, where they are, who they are, etc. Scientifically a wake-induced lucid dream occurs when a subject enters R-E-M sleep mode without even realizing it. This phenomenon is known as losing self-awareness when exiting the waking state and entering the dream realm.

It can be very difficult to achieve but the results from doing so can be incredible. Oftentimes people use lucid dreams to find out their path in life, fix nightmare problems, determine their future and recover from past issues in their life that may be haunting them.

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A Passion to Serve

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Cosmos bipinnatus on a field of Cosmos sulphureus, Compans Caffarelli garden, Toulouse (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Meena Suresh

‘Each one of us has a moral duty to help those in need’ this is a basic lesson taught in any moral science class. There is a much deeper significance and wider perspective to this lesson.

Every individual inhabiting this planet wishes to be happy at all times. The question to be asked is why do most people find happiness in life to be elusive ?

While happiness is the birthright of every individual, often man draws boundaries around himself in his search for happiness. Happiness is perceived to be attained through the fulfillment of one’s desires and possibly the health and wellbeing of one’s own family and loved ones.

What is the reason for man confining himself and his happiness to these boundaries ?

The question finds an answer when man analyses his life from birth. By his very nature man is a free soul longing to exist without boundaries in the infinite space. However, with no choice that he can perceive, he finds himself trapped in an infant body. This infant is taught by his parents and older siblings to view them as his own. As he keeps growing, he is told that this is HIS house, those are HIS friends, these are HIS relatives, this and that is HIS…likewise these and those are THEIRS (others).

These concepts act as a double edged sword. They expand his boundaries and therefore his sense of responsibility, duties and belongingness to include perceived near and dear ones i.e. makes him grow beyond his immediate selfish / self centered notions, however they also prevent him from feeling a sense of belongingness with the rest of creation.

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Some families, societies, communities and even governments foster a feeling of oneness in each growing child, instilling in him a belongingness to a wider group, community and even country.  A man who feels his oneness with all his fellow countrymen and women develops a sense of patriotism for his country. Great heroic acts of patriotism and service to their countries are done by these men and women.

Going a step beyond identification with one’s country is the identification with the world and universe at large. True teachers are those who instill a sense of belongingness by removing all boundaries which prevent man from expanding his vision to consider all of creation as his own OR to put it differently recognizing his true nature of being a free soul with no boundaries.

Such a man, finds his very being overflowing with love and compassion for all creatures of the world as they are all his very own. He feels their pain as his own. Serving others just comes naturally to such a man. Thus arises in him the very passion to serve.

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Bible verses about motivation for Tough Times

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PACIFIC OCEAN (March 26, 2010) Chaplain Lt. Jason Gregory reads bible verses on the weather deck aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52). Bunker Hill is supporting Southern Seas 2010, a U.S. Southern Command-directed operation that provides U.S. and international forces the opportunity to operate in a multi-national environment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Barker/Released) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By jeramie

A lot of people would surely agree if we say that life is tough. It is always reassuring to read bible verse about motivation for it somehow gives us the strength to continue with whatever it is that we are doing. Anything could happen in our life regardless of how well we lived, like bankruptcy, job loss, divorce, sickness and a lot more. In times that you think the world is going against you, finding hope and inspiration on bible verses is the best thing to do.

We all have difficult times. Do not think that life is unfair for you experience a lot of difficulties. We all have a fair share on the goodness and difficult side of living. If ever faced with a lot of challenges, do not blame God. You could ask God why, but never blame. When you ask why it’s happening to you, try also to ponder on the possible message that God wants you to realize on the problems you encounter.

Despite of all the problems and difficulties you experience, you should never lose faith in God. If you are down, you simply need to read some bible verses to lift you up.  Always remember that God will never abandon you. He will definitely put you to the test, but on the right time, He will be there to save you and bring you comfort. You need to experience difficulties first before enjoying some good times. Experiencing hardships is part of life. It makes life challenging and exciting. Instead of hating the problems that come your way, be more constructive and try to see what this problem could make you realize.

There are times that the hardships we face are simply eye openers. It makes us a better person and realize how wonderful life it. These problems could also make us more creative and responsive. This way, we become a better person. Try to see other people who are deeply troubled and are into a deeper situation than you are. How come they are still able to live their life? It is simply because they have faith.

Every one of us has to realize that we are nothing without God. This is why when dealing with problems; we need to rely on bible verses about motivation. Reading these verses will not only inspire us but would remind us that we have a God who constantly watching us.

The greatest mistake of a lot of people today is they often turn to worldly comfort when faced with problems. This is the reason why these issues are never solved. When problems strike, be strong and hold on to your faith.

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Finding your own healthy diet

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A diet rich in soy and whey protein, found in products such as soy milk and low-fat yogurt (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When I was a kid I ate a lot of junk food and had a noticeable pot belly. I got so used to sucking in my stomach in public that it almost became an automatic reflex.

Sound familiar?

I think many adults can relate. And as adults we tend to get even chubbier as the years go by. The metabolism slows down, and so do we. I don’t know all the latest theories about weight gain and loss. But I do know what actually works if I want to slim down.

I’m not huge on food. Some folks invest a lot time and energy on the ephemeral pleasure of eating. It baffles me. Master chefs might want to stop here. These diet tips probably won’t work for you. Nor will they speak to those happy with their weight and body shape.

If you are satisfied with your weight, then skip this article. But if you’d like to shed a few pounds, read on.

The Clue

The first big clue about weight loss came when I lived in India. I was there for two years. And shortly after arriving, I began to lose weight, quite dramatically. Everyone noticed. Teachers, students, even Indian office workers would say that I’d “reduced,” which was a sort of cute way of putting it.

The foods that I mostly cut out were

  • meat
  • fats and cooking oil
  • ice cream

The cow is sacred in India, so it’s not commonly eaten. And grease, well, there’s plenty of that but I steered clear. I’d heard stories about Indian restaurants and street vendors reusing their oil, which taints it with all sorts of nasty micro-organisms that can wreak havoc your digestive system. As for ice cream, I had no freezer. Problem solved.

My food was prepared by a local cook. He delivered a tiffin three times a day. The tiffin included a tiny piece of fish, lots of flat bread, rice, dal (chickpea sauce), veggies and misti (an Indian sweet). Looking back, I was probably malnourished. I was young and didn’t know any better. And the weather was hot for most months, so I didn’t have much of an appetite. For a little treat I nibbled on a chocolate bar every day. And maybe some Maggi instant noodles or processed butter on bread. And still I was thin as a rake.

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Fruits and vegetables from a farmers market. circa 2007, USA, California, Long Beach (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Coming home to North America I remember a friend being startled when embracing my skinny bag of bones. I’d lost fat and muscle. It felt good in a way. But it couldn’t last. Not in the overindulgent West.

Later, while writing my doctorate in Ottawa, I was on a strict student budget, so ate simply. Modifying my old Indian fare, I had coffee, cereal and milk in the morning. Noodles, tuna, veggies, all mixed in a single pot for dinner. And the occasional serving of Häagen-Dazs for those dull days. And yes, I did stay thin. But it was a good thin.

After graduating I moved in with my folks. It was nice to live in a house again, but what a tremendous diet change! Suddenly food was everywhere. All types, all quantities. And guess what? I began to gain weight again. Fast. A friend came to dinner and said I was “quite portly,” and he was right.

So here’s what I do when I want to lose weight:

Morning

  • Coffee (as much as I like) with a tsp. of sugar or honey
  • Cereal (any sugar-slathered corn duds I like) with 2% milk
  • The occasional eggs on toast, without bacon

Lunch

  • I always skip lunch at noon because my cereal is taken mid-to-late morning

Dinner

  • Late lunch/dinner of a tuna sandwich around 5 p.m. Add a bit of margarine OR a bit of mayonnaise. Not both. Calories are calories. And we have to make sacrifices somewhere. I do, however, gobble up the extra tuna that I don’t use in the sandwich.
  • Another favorite meal is brown beans, fleshed out with a bean medley on toast. Maybe add a bit of ketchup. It’s not glamorous but it’s cheap and definitely low cal.
  • Some nights I eat instant noodles mixed with tuna (or egg) and lots of veggies. Add cheese powder or seasoning and maybe a slice of processed cheese. Sprinkle with a quality soya like KIKKOMAN.
  • I also eat the occasional frozen dinner. Mostly noodles of some sort. But they’re not very satisfying.
  • Once in a while I’ll have some fresh chicken and veggies pie, the unfrozen kind without preservatives.
  • Once in a while, salad. I should probably eat more of this but I find the preparation is too much hassle. And I’m not wild about bagged salads. Sometimes I add tomatoes and other goodies to bagged salad, but still, I don’t enjoy food preparation too much, so this is not my norm.

Other Stuff

Obviously I eat more than the above. I honestly can’t remember everything I eat, and it changes through the seasons. But here goes:

  • Through the day I snack on fruit. I like bananas best. But any fruit will do. Carrots and celery are also great snacks. After dinner I might have a few shrimp. Maybe a small amount of cheese. Or possibly just some chick peas. I may also eat toast with a bit of margarine if my stomach is grumbling.
  • When invited for dinner, I choose to eat whatever is served. Meats, fancy deserts, etc. That doesn’t happen too often throughout the year. But I do gain a bit during holidays like Christmas!
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A jar of Ovaltine from the UK (2006), a mug of ovaltine made with hot milk and a tablespoon of the powder. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Midnight snack

  • I love late night food. It’s a quiet time and things literally taste better. This is my danger zone. If I’m going to fall off my diet, it’s at the midnight hour. So I have to recognize that. I suggest we all recognize our danger zones, and change our habits accordingly.
  • One thing I find helpful is to microwave a bowl of frozen veggies instead of diving into the ice cream or flavored yogurt. And if I still want to eat, I drink something like a meal replacement powder (with lots of vitamins) in milk. Or fill up with a mug of Ovaltine (made with water, and a bit of milk as a creamer). I may also eat simple bread with margarine. But that’s probably not the best.

The other night I got bored and fell off my diet, big time. I thoroughly enjoyed two cups of ice cream with lots of sundae topping. But I didn’t beat myself up over it. Whenever I falter like that, I think, Well, you probably needed it. Tomorrow is another day. And when tomorrow comes, I try harder not to fall into that pattern again.

We can choose. It just takes conscious awareness. Try thinking like this:

If I eat this food, later on I will feel this way…

Spiritual elements

Sometimes I wonder if overeating is, in part, a spiritual issue. When I spend time with over-eaters, later I often sense in myself a compulsion toward unrestrained eating. Let me theorize for a moment. Or do some theology. Whatever. It almost seems like a spiritual presence that compels others to overeat comes to me. Please understand that this is not intended to insult anyone in any way. It simply has been my way of reflecting on my experience.

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You don’t have to agree with the idea that there might be a link between negative spirituality and overeating. Many would argue that my experience comes from learned behavior, mimicking, or some other social dynamic. And many would add that my interpretation of that experience comes from my analytical bent.

However, I see human beings as partly spiritual creatures. And I believe it’s incomplete to reduce everything to biochemistry, psychology and social learning, as do so many medical doctors and health gurus.

In Catholic theology the compulsion to eat more after being with over-eaters could be partly explained in terms of spiritual attack or spiritual obsession. And in Hinduism, as karma transfer. I realize this is beyond the ken of most people. Industrial culture is, one could say, immersed in a kind of techno-materialism. I just put these ideas out as food for thought. Thinking about overeating as a biological, psychological, social and spiritual issue might help some to discern previously unrecognized factors contributing to their unwanted behavior.

Exercise

The other half of losing weight is keeping fit. I don’t go to health clubs. They’re not my scene. I wouldn’t like rubbing up against machines that complete strangers have been sweating on. And I imagine the vibes at those places are pretty thick.

So I fit my exercise into my daily routine. I do a lot of household chores. I mow the lawn with a manual push mower and clippers. I rake the leaves. I don’t hire someone to shovel out the driveway in winter. Every few days I walk about 30 minutes, or ride my bike to Mass. I often park the car around the corner from busy parking lots and walk a minute or two to my destination. It’s amazing how even this can help.

Feel better!

I hope my story helps you to find your own healthy diet. Remember, everyone is different and these are just suggestions. So be sure to get all the essential nutrients you need. But I suggest minimizing things like excessively greasy food, chips and ice cream. I’ve been both skinny and chubby, and can honestly say that I feel better, all around, when I’m not carrying those extra, unwanted pounds.

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Meanings Of Some Common Dreams

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I always take dream interpretation articles with a grain of salt. The human personality is so complicated that to reduce the mystery of any dream to a few lines seems unwarranted. But I have had dreams about being late or unprepared for tests, and this piece covers that to some extent. So maybe there is something to it. Maybe there are some common dreams and a few general rules for their interpretation. I don’t know! — MC

Meanings Of Some Common Dreams

By Anne

Each of us has peculiar dreams appearing in our own sleep, and messages they convey to each of the individuals are unique. However, according to Association for the Study of Dream, there are still some common kinds of dream, which carry specific meanings. People have attempted to disclose meanings of such common dreams known as vague images we are aware when having slept for many years. Of course, not all of the interpretations are totally easy to understand. Let’s read to learn this issue of the spirituality more.

Meanings Of Dreams Related To Falling or Sinking

Most of us have ever experienced feelings of falling or sinking in our dreams because it is common. In this type of dream, we typically fall down the ground from the sky, and this frightens us. At times, sinking in water in our dreams also causes the same feelings. As for the meaning of this type of dream, it indicates that the dreamer feels insecure and lacks support in their life. If we meet problems which make us want to give up everything in the reality, this dream will occur. Let’s deal well with all of the troubles, and this type of dream will go away.

Missing Teeth

Dreams regarding missing teeth are quite common. In this sort of dream, when we open our mouths, our teeth suddenly fall out one by one. Many people think that the missing-teeth dream is premonition of illness or death. Nevertheless, another interpretation says that we can be afraid of being found unattractive or feel a fear of embarrassment or lose power in real life. Thus, don’t let this dream disturb you during the next day.

Failing A Test

 Dreams about failing a test often occurs to people who have gone out of school for a long time. In this kind of dream, they can not pass a test because of some reasons. Perhaps, they have not finished the test on time, missed equipment, or failed in finding the test room. The primary interpretation of this dream is that the dreamers have feelings of being tested in some ways or not preparing well for something to able to follow right ways to their targets in their real life.

Being Lost Or Trapped

Dreams related to being lost or trapped manifest themselves in people who have conflict between different decisions about how to tackle some problems in real life. The dreamers often try to escape from a forest, a large building, city streets or suchlike. Further, they can be also trapped, caught in a web and buried alive, but their legs are unable to move. This dream genre shows that they are meeting troubles which trapped them in the real life, and they have yet to find any possible solution.

Missing Public Transport

Perhaps, you have experienced feelings of missing some kinds of public transport such as a bus, boat, train, or plane in your dreams many times. The prospect in these dreams is often that you will try your best to catch the public transport, but miss it. The main feeling occurring to you is frustration; this signifies that you have let good opportunities slip out of your hand in real life.

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Misconceptions about the Tarot cards

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Introduction

When I was a grad student in India, I had a Rider-Waite Tarot deck and did “the cards” almost every day. Well, for a few months anyhow. I also threw the I Ching on near-daily basis.

After a while I realized I was just reading into the cards and hexagrams, hoping that what I wanted would appear in the results, or seeing what I wanted in them. I really enjoyed the archetypal patterns. But after a while when my youthful hopes and dreams didn’t really manifest, I got bored and moved on. I still own that Rider Tarot deck and my personal library contains several interpretations of the I Ching. But I rarely look at divinatory material today.

However, the Tarot and I Ching were a part of my spiritual journey and, as such, I respect them. And that’s why I’m posting this article. It might not be the best written article but I think that’s probably due to language barriers. I might not agree with everything this article says. But if you just scan thru the sometimes wooly sentences you might find a few good points that we should all keep in mind.

Remember, Earthpages is about dialogue. And I’m not really interested in ambitious pundits who babble on and backslap in a tight circle of internet talk shows. Nope. Earthpages is an alternative to all that. And that means publishing stuff by unknowns, even by folks whose English language skills are not quite up to scratch. As long as the article is understandable, and IMO has some merit, it’ll probably appear here sooner or later. After all, language should be used to communicate, not to oppress or exclude.

So, with that unsolicited introduction, here’s the article.

 —MC

Page of Swords from the Rider-Waite Tarot deck

Page of Swords from the Rider-Waite Tarot deck (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Misconceptions about the Tarot cards

By Toyajwmt

Although many people have started to believe in the efficiency of tarot cards, but there are still some who still doubt his ability. Like a lot of misconceptions develop as a result of people still think that these cards are a form of magic. As a result, they are not even willing to touch these cards because they think the magic of these cards will affect them negatively. Moreover, symbols, colors or numbers present on these cards have nothing to do with magic, but they only convey some meaning.

These tarot cards are actually thousands of years of human experience that is embedded in these shaped cards symbols, numbers or colors. They do not make accurate predictions of future events, but they can only show us some of the probable or give us some guidance for decision making opportunities.

Two of Swords from the Rider-Waite Tarot deck

Two of Swords from the Rider-Waite Tarot deck (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is also a misconception about the tarot cards these cards are evil as symbols present in them, are images or signs of poor people and people who are involved with these Tarot Reading have powers of darkness. Actually, this myth originated in the middle Ages, when the pagans Christians eradicated because the pagans were their main competitors at the time. Tarot at the time was associated with pagans. The anti-Christian pagans they still consider tarot cards as evil without understanding the reason and importance of tarot cards are still. Tarot cards are actually associated or related to any religion they only speak the universal language of symbols to make some predictions likely to happen.

There are also people who think that the origin of tarot cards is China, India and ancient Egypt but according to the evidence found are believed to have originated in Italy. Tarot is considered fraud business to make money for some, but in all professions there are dishonest people who without knowing it are just making their own fortunes. Tarot is actually more susceptible to these types of people cheat. They sometimes regarded as soothsayers. Has been observed that people consider these tarot readers as witches or demons. But the tarot has no connection with any religion or something. Different readers of different religions to choose different cards to suit the images present in them according to their religion deck. This is only for the tarot to a particular religion is nothing more than that.

Ten of Cups from the Rider-Waite Tarot deck

Ten of Cups from the Rider-Waite Tarot deck (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dominant there is also a myth that reading tarot cards over and over again or reading your own tarot cards can bring bad luck to a person considered to be fully false by professionals. This may have arisen from the fact that the tarot card readers do not read their own cards. This is not because they can not do that, but yes, it is difficult to do so. The reason behind this is that reading Tarot Reader in Pune requires questioning, and it becomes quite difficult for a person even becoming reader and asks the same time. Nor is sometimes believed that psychic ability is required for read or interprets these tarot cards are trying to say, but this is not true. You just need to have a thorough knowledge of the symbols on the cards and gifts all you need is to decipher its meaning. These meanings have been developed over the years through the human experience. The person should be relaxed and calm during the tarot reading, because it is the subconscious mind which is working at that time rather than any psychic ability of a person to make a prediction. Tarot are sometimes believed to affect the lives of others which is completely opposite of the function of the tarot cards. They can not be used to do things or make things happen but they are only used to predict things or interpret situations. Finally, we must understand tarot cards are useful because it is a kind of knowledge preserved collected over the years.

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Shamanic Wisdom Quotes

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By Lee Neale

The following is a best of compilation of original quotes drawn from the well of my personal experience and Shamanic practice over the last few years. I hope they bring some spiritual nourishment to your day. Much peace and love to you all!

When it comes to life’s joys develop photos. When it comes to life’s disasters, develop memory loss.

A diamond in the dark impresses no one. Only when we see the brilliance in others is it reflected within ourselves.

We are all things. We are the cage, we are the key to the cage and the freedom that lies beyond it.

It’s all about now: what we do in this moment changes everything.

Why bother to sweep the leaves? Sit quietly and let the wind do its work.

There is no such thing as boredom; only laziness of mind.

Possibility: everything that you could ever imagine, and nothing you can’t.

At best, spiritual teachers can only point out the potential for a path, but the student must discover and walk upon it themselves.

People stuck in the past are doomed to repeat it. People who fear for the future are bound to meet it. Those who live in the moment are sure to enjoy it.

The blame game can become a disempowering distraction from what is good in the world, what is working, what great strides humanity is making. Our infatuation with certain powerful others as the answer to all our problems reduces our capacity to act; right here, right now, at the point of our experience, to shape our world for the better on our own terms, with our own heart and two hands.

If no one is smiling at you, check your reflection.

As the voice of divine inspiration, you are both the singer and the song.

To say that a human is behaving like an animal, is an insult to animals.

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I’m from here or there, I am this I am that, I am one of these or one of those: pointless. If we must identify, let it be known only that we are human and we are here together in this moment, now. That is enough.

We are notes struck upon a cosmic harp.

Time, time, time and time again. How many times before you count.

Life is music and your heart is an instrument. With love it’s easy to hear your place in the universe’s symphony.

I would rather fail on my own terms, than succeed by those of another.

Be yourself, no one else is going to be yourself.

There is a strong correlation between the decline of a civilisation and it’s inability to respond creatively to and with its environment.

The universe has a way of testing us through chaos. I believe it does this because it loves us, wants us to grow, learn and live a life of fullness and well being. Don’t be afraid of crisis, it is simply mother nature’s way of saying hi.

We are born enlightened. Ignorance is learned.

We are all ordinary miracles.

Your consciousness is an expression of nature. Your nature is an expression of consciousness.

Much better it is for the mind to be full of emptiness, than to be empty of fullness.

To grasp is to lose; to lose is to grasp.

Peace on Earth, not a piece of Earth.

Kindness + time + patience = joy

In our minds we live a million lives; in our hearts but one.

About the Author

Lee Neale is the founder of Shama Gaia. He’s an Australian-born sociologist, language teacher and Shamanic healer living in Japan.


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Discovering our Connection With the Upper Force

a beautiful synagogue full of kabbalah symbolism

a beautiful synagogue full of kabbalah symbolism by Ari Moore via Flickr

Author: Bnei Baruch

“All kinds of unpleasant situations are sent to us so that we will finally understand that it is not the external things that we should fear, but the lack of contact with the Upper One, the absence of spirituality.”

Awakening to Kabbalah, Rav Michael Laitman, PhD

If we were aware of the Upper Force that’s always influencing us and arranging everything in our lives, then we would know the secret of life. We would know what life’s grand purpose is and how everything in our life is led by that purpose.

So how do we reveal this Upper Force? We have to learn from the people who’ve already revealed it. Such people are called Kabbalists, and they have written books that can help anyone discover what they have discovered. By reading their books, one gradually begins to feel and understand how the Upper Force motivates his life and why it brings about the things that happen to him in life.

The authentic wisdom of Kabbalah deals with this only: revealing the Upper Force to a person in this world. Or as Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag, author of the Sulam commentary on The Book of Zohar, puts it: “This wisdom is no more and no less, than a sequence of roots, which hang down by way of cause and consequence, in fixed, determined rules, interweaving to a single, exalted goal described as—”the revelation of His Godliness to His creatures in this world.” (The Essence of the Wisdom of Kabbalah)

Authentic Kabbalah has nothing to do with temporary distractions like lucky charms and magic spells, red strings or holy water. Rather, it is an ancient, time-tested wisdom that helps people open their eyes and discover their interrelation with the Upper Force.

This is not something you will feel in your imagination one moment and forget about it the next instant. It is a discovery of a whole new reality that you did not feel before. Kabbalah explains that there is a vast spiritual world concealed behind the picture of reality surrounding us. And this hidden reality is intended for us. Once we discover it with the help of Kabbalah books, we will feel life’s perfect and eternal flow, and experience genuine, lasting joy.

Studying Kabbalah, one suddenly realizes where everything comes from and that life has no coincidences. One tangibly feels that everything in our world comes from the Upper Force. As a result, one begins living in harmony with the Upper Force and avoids making mistakes in life.

In practical terms, learning about the Upper Force gives us real knowledge about how to live correctly. We become conscious of what is harmful to us and are able to avoid it. One gains a spiritual vision, where he sees the full scope of existence, the entire system of reality and how to use it to benefit the world. Hence, Kabbalah is a practical and essential wisdom.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/kabbalah-articles/discovering-our-connection-with-the-upper-force-284560.html

About the Author

Bnei Baruch, http://www.kabbalah.info/ is the largest group of Kabbalists in Israel, sharing the wisdom of Kabbalah with the entire world. Study materials in over 25 languages are based on authentic Kabbalah texts that were passed down from generation to generation


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How to Differentiate between Fake and Real Psychic Mediums?

The Fox sisters: Kate (1838–92), Leah (1814–90...

The Fox sisters: Kate (1838–92), Leah (1814–90) and Margaret (or Maggie) (1836–93). They were famous mediums in Rochester, New York. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Jyotsna

There are many things in life that science has no answer to and therefore you cannot really prove everything scientifically. There are people who have this gift of communicating with the world of spirit and higher power and they somehow managed to use that power to good use offering you with answers to what life holds for you in the distant future. There are many sites that might tell you that psychic mediums are bunch of crooks, but that is not completely true as there are people that have the ability to connect to high powers through meditation and the unnatural gift that they are born with. The biggest question here is how you can differentiate between genuine psychic mediums and fraud ones.

Money First

Genuine psychic mediums are more focused on their ability to interact with higher powers and provide you with the information rather than worrying about their fees. Most fraudulent psychic mediums will ask for their fees upfront and they are quite conscious about that so unless you provide them with their fees they are not going to provide you with any information. Genuine psychic mediums do charge money for their service, but they are not that desperate about getting their fees first.

Change Your Future

There are many fake psychic mediums online that claim that they have the power to change your future. Well, this is a lie and a clear indication that you need to search for someone else that can provide you with true information. Many genuine psychic mediums claim that they only have the power to provide certain information, but they do not possess any power to change anybody’s future. A fake psychic medium will tell you that he or she has the power to change your future for a small amount of extra fee.

Give Instructions

Genuine psychic mediums never really give out instructions to their clients on what they should do to avoid problems. They do discuss some matters and will help with some ideas and options, but they never outright tell you to follow certain rules and regulations. Genuine psychic mediums understand that life path can always change and therefore there are multiple options that can be tried.

Scare Tactics

Many fake psychic mediums use scare tactics to ensure that their clients do approach them after every few weeks. Genuine psychic mediums never really do this because they are not really into this for money, they do it for their passion and because they have this gift of communication with the spirit world.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/metaphysics-articles/how-to-differentiate-between-fake-and-real-psychic-mediums-6957048.html

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Get to know more about the difference between fake and real psychic mediums.

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