Vol 5, No. 1

New Beginnings

It’s a brand new year. Today, I have a fresh new start. I commit to discovering and being exactly who I am.

-- from Seed Thoughts for Loving Yourself
by Suzanne Harrill, M.Ed.


This Month's Issue:

A Message from Mary

By Mary O’Malley

The Real You

by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan


by John Price

Questions & Answers


Enlighten Up

Enlightening Cinderella
Beyond the Prince Charming Fantasy

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Greetings from the Editor:

Gift Yourself with Your Resolutions

January is a great month to spend time with yourself and to recommit to your intentions for a better you. Consider giving yourself another gift, that of meeting your true needs. Now you might ask, "What exactly are my true needs and how do I get them met?" Luckily we have things in common, so I can share a few of my mine to get you started. I like to divide needs into five categories, social, physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. Examples of my true needs are the following:

social – strengthen connectedness by nurturing friendships by meeting for coffee, sharing a meal, emailing, or phoning.

physical –build a stronger body by going to yoga class 3 times a week, get quality sleep by clearing my mind before bedtime and deep breathing, eliminate one item from my diet that I know is not right for me, stop one activity that no longer supports me to have free time.

emotional – gain clarity about my feelings by writing in my journal, take a risk to share what I am really feeling, when appropriate, with loved ones, enjoy my close friendships.

mental –build my awareness by listening to a lecture on CD while driving in my car alone, write affirmations to make concrete what I want to create, daily think about what I am grateful for.

spiritual –help another in need on a regular basis, focus on self-discipline to use my gifts of writing and painting, make a contribution to others, volunteer my time, spend quality time with my grandchildren.

Besides meeting your true needs, also ponder things that will simplify and improve the quality of your life. Gift yourself by eliminating things or activities that no longer support you. One thing I am gifting myself with is to transform this newsletter to bimonthly in 2007. I have enjoyed the 3½ years of creating a monthly newsletter and it is time to ease the deadlines and play more.

Fortunate Blessings,



Suzanne Says

Questions & Answers

Question: I had always understood that to love someone unconditionally meant that you loved them no matter what their behavior. It was with this understanding that I entered my last relationship with a man, but the result of this was that I became the victim of domestic violence. I've had to reassess my contribution to the abuse. Can you please explain your definition of 'unconditional love' in more detail so I can try to understand how 'saying no' is a part of it?

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The Real You

by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan

What is the root of immortality and the soul? Point a finger at yourself. If you are an average person, you will point a finger at your chest. You think of yourself as your body. But is your body the real you?

Imagine what it would be like to undergo a brain transplant. A man might be suffering from an incurable disease in his body, but still have a healthy brain. The donor, on the other hand, would have suffered irreparable brain damage, but otherwise have a perfectly sound body. The brain is removed from the sick body and placed in the healthy one. Who is the new man? We have an old brain with all its memories, personality traits and behaviour patterns. But it has a brand new body. The old body might have been old and sick, while the new one may be young and full of energy.

Let us ask this man to point to himself. Will he point to his body? Is the real you your body or your brain?

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Personal Growth and Transformation

A Message from Mary

By Mary O’Malley

I want to share with you a quote by Joseph Campbell:

People say what we're all seeking is a meaning for life.  I don't think that's what we're really seeking.  I think that what we're seeking is an experience of being alive so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances within our innermost being and reality so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.

Everything we have been exploring together comes from this intention - to rediscover and live from the joy, clarity and wisdom that come from truly being alive.  We have also touched on the truth that, even though our true nature is one of well being, most of us live most of the time in a very narrow world of our thoughts, always trying to make our lives be different than they are. 

The way out of this endless games of the mind is not to try to get rid of them - that would only keeps us stuck in the mind - but to cultivate the willingness to LOOK and to truly see our particular mind games - to see them, to love them and let them go.  In previous newsletters, we have been exploring how to bring our compassionate attention into our immediate experience so we can not only see through the stories in our minds, but also make contact with the joy that is always right here, right now.

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Personal Growth


by John Price

Emerson said ''We are what we think about all day long." To some of us that can be a bit scary. If every thought creates a cluster of thoughtforms that touches our emotions, spurs words that are less than positive and literally projects what we are on the screen of the external world, it's no wonder that we sometimes frown at the way the Great Law works. That is, until we move our consciousness into the God-stream of blessedness.

I'm reminded of a passage in Bruce Wilkinson's book The Prayer of Jabez. He writes about a spiritual retreat in the mountains and being matched with a mentor who touches lives for God. "On the way to the showers the first morning, you walk past his room. His door is ajar, and he has just knelt down to pray. You can't resist. How exactly does a giant of the faith begin his prayers? you wonder. You pause and lean closer. Will he pray for revival? Pray for the hungry around the world? Pray for you? But this is what you hear: 'Oh Lord, I beg you first and most this morning, please bless . . .me!'"

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Enlighten Up   --    Humor

Maya Angelou Interview

Snowed In

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Declaration for a New Humanity

by Rennie Davis
(Remember the Chicago 7?)


Message from Dr. Emoto on Water. 

(Emoto's water crystal images were featured in What the Bleep.)

By Dr. Masaru Emoto

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