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What Are the Benefits of Prayer Partnering?

Excerpted from Prayer Partners; How Praying with Someone Can Multiply Your Blessings By August Gold If there weren't benefits to Prayer Partnering, Jesus wouldn't have suggested it, and millions of people wouldn't be practicing it. What are some of the real benefits? Kath prayed for forgiveness: "I thought I'd go to my deathbed blaming my mother for how miserably she treated me as a little girl," she said. "Until I prayed with Beverly I just cou

How to Read a Palm

Excerpted from The Complete Book of Palmistry By Joyce Wilson What we love about raccoons and what makes us nervous about apes is the humanness of their hands. They use theirs the way we do ours. What is charming in the little unlike-a-person raccoon is unnerving in the very-like-us gorilla or orangutan. We think of our hands as our SELF and want to reserve them for our own species. What makes the human hand so human? It is the length of the fin


Excerpted from Extraordinary Guidance; How to Connect with Your Spiritual Guides By Liza M. Wiemer Like an alarm clock, I heard our four-month-old son, Evan, crying from his crib. It was 2:15 on a windy September morning in 1994. Bleary-eyed, I got out of bed and fed him until he fell asleep in my arms. After I laid him back in his crib, I took a moment to gaze at this little miracle, then crept out of his room. These two o'clock feedings had been my routine for the pas

Where, When and With Whom to Meditate

Excerpted from Journey of Awakening; A Meditator's Guidebook By Ram Dass Where to Meditate Meditation is work. It helps to have a physical space to work in-a room or corner set aside for meditation. All you do there is meditate, study holy books, or chant. Do nothing there that's not part of your spiritual practice. If you have the choice, you may want to keep this corner of the room simple, just bare white walls. Or you may decorate it in keepi

Life's Not Fair but God Is Good

Excerpted from Life's Not Fair but God Is Good By Robert H. Schuller "Life's Not Fair!" - You Hear It Everywhere. Young and old, rich and poor, fast and slow, tall and short, men and women, boys and girls - all have seen and felt life's cruel injustices. Whoever you are, wherever you've come from, you have heard these words - "LIFE'S NOT FAIR!" On the Playground The sting of cruelty starts early.

All Women Are Psychics

Excerpted from All Women Are Psychics By Diane Stein Altered States of Consciousness and Psychic Experience As a young child, I had the feeling that there was more than I could see. I asked questions, too many of them for grownups' comfort sometimes, and often received no answers, or unsatisfactory ones. Lying in bed at night I'd wonder what was real, if what I was told or saw for myself was the whole story or if there might be more. I knew that there was another real

What Are Demons?

Excerpted from Feeding Your Demons; Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict By Tsultrim Allione When I first located my abandonment demon, she was a child of about five, with pathetic, shifty eyes. She had messy brown hair and big blue eyes, but she had the pointed teeth of a vampire. She said, "He's going to leave. Listen to me; you know I'm right. You know it's always going to come down to you and me. I'm the only real friend you have. I'll always be here, telling

Your Faith Has Cured You: Receiving the Healing

Excerpted from God Stories; Inspiring Encounters with the Divine By Jennifer Skiff When I was twenty years old, I was in a serious car accident. I remember looking down from a place of love at a team of medical people frantically and roughly working on my lifeless body in an operating room. I seemed to be accompanied by a presence that I could not see but which was beautiful beyond words. I was being given a choice of staying or going back to my body when I received a m


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Megachurch Attendees Tend To Be Young And Rich

By Margarita Nahapetyan The National Survey of Megachurch Attendees, a newly released U.S. survey by Leadership Network and Hartford Seminary's Hartford Institute for Religion Research, has revealed that compared to attendees of a typical Protestant church, individuals who attend megachurches are more likely to be young, single, wealthy and more educated. Carried out from January to August 2008, the survey results are based on respons

Half Of Americans Switch To Another Religion

By Margarita Nahapetyan Nearly half of adults in the United States have changed religious faith at least once during their lives, most of them in their early twenties, according to findings of a huge new survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public life. The survey, "Faith in Flux: Changes in Religious Affiliation in the U.S.," is a follow-up to another major study that was carried out last year by the Pew Forum. According to 2008 a

Religion Becomes Less Important To Americans

By Margarita Nahapetyan According to the findings of the new American Religious Identification Survey, the percentage of people in the United States who stop calling themselves Christians, nearly doubled in the past two decades, growing to 15 per cent last year. The study, by the researchers at Connecticut's Trinity College, appears to be one of the nation's largest ever religious surveys. It tracked more than 54,000 people in English

Benefits Of Transcendental Meditation

By Margarita Nahapetyan Meditation might help to increase the brain function and lower stress, according the first of its kind study that examined the effects of transcendental meditation (TM) on anxiety and brain functioning. Transcendental Meditation is an effortless technique that includes practice between 10 and 20 minutes two times per day, sitting in a comfortable position with the closed eyes. TM is not a religion or philosophy

Emptying Your Mind: Avoid Assumptions

Excerpted from Be Like Water: Practical Wisdom from the Martial Arts By Joseph Cardillo Mushin, or empty mind, is a calming technique practiced by most martial artists. The point is to free our mind of all assumptions and negative emotions such as anger, guilt, doubt, fear, and hatred. Whether on the mats or in everyday situations, a clear and still mind will react more fluidly and efficiently. We are less apt to chase decoys or get bogged down by actions extraneous to

First Chakra: Balanced Foundation

Excerpted from True Balance: A Commonsense Guide for Renewing Your Spirit By Sonia Choquette, Ph.D. How Did I Lose My Chakra Balance? Many things can upset the balance of your first chakra; some are rooted in the past, and some are in the present. From the past, by far the most influential element is the family environment you encountered at your birth and during your early years. If you grew up in a loving and stable environment, one in which y

Holy War: The Crusades and Their Impact on Today's World

Excerpted from Holy War: The Crusades and Their Impact on Today's World By Karen Armstrong There is a popular postcard on sale everywhere in Israel that never ceases to astonish me. It shows an "artistic" shot of the Shepherds' Field outside Bethlehem and there are real live shepherds, watching their flocks there today, just as they did on the first Christmas night. They look very biblical shepherds, for they are wearing the traditional headdress that all Christians hav

Savoring the Winds of God's Favor

Excerpted from When God Waits: Making Sense of Divine Delays By Jerome Daley I couldn't suppress a dazed grin as I put down the telephone and turned to Kellie. "You're not going to believe this, but it looks like we have an answer to our prayers!" When we had arrived in Greensboro two months earlier, we were graciously invited by Kellie's parents to live in their home while we looked for one of our own. After several weeks they left to spend the

Explorer: Tenzin Palmo - Spiritual Genius

Excerpted from Spiritual Genius; 10 Masters and the Quest for Meaning By Winifred Gallagher Tenzin Palmo was born Diane Perry, the gifted daughter of working-class parents in London's cockney East End. At eighteen she became a librarian at London University and began her spiritual search in earnest. Photographs from this era show a slender, attractive gamine who, in the staid 1950s, must have seemed awfully cool. She began to read about Buddhism and was soon drawn to it

Fear of Death

Excerpted from Going On Being; Buddhism and the Way of Change By Mark Epstein, M.D. As a psychiatrist in training, I was expected to do a one-year medical internship. I chose a program in a chronic care facility where there were wards of people who were not expected to recover from their illnesses as well as a functioning intensive care unit and a locked prison ward serving the medical problems of the state's incarcerated population. It was a backwater hospital, for pat

Religious Leaders Debate the Road to Heaven

Excerpted from The Christian and the Pharisee: Two Outspoken Religious Leaders Debate the Road to Heaven By R. T. Kendall, Rabbi David Rosen Dear David, Thank you for the way in which you opened the first chapter. Your kindness, graciousness, and wisdom are like the fruit of the Holy Spirit-the very Spirit Jesus implied was absent in those Pharisees he addressed in the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5-7). You have set a very high standard-in courage, content, and clarity-in

The 'How' of Meditation

Excerpted from How to Meditate: A Guide to Self-Discovery By Lawrence LeShan In this chapter I will give instructions for a number of meditations. These will include examples of all major types (except an example of a meditation of the middle way). The instructions will be detailed enough so that, by reading them over a few times before meditating and then reading them over again after each of the first few times you practice, you should be able to learn how to meditate

Much Is Expected - Failing America's Faithful

Excerpted from Failing America's Faithful: How Today's Churches Are Mixing God with Politics and Losing Their Way By Kathleen Kennedy Townsend During the course of writing this book, one week stands out. Twice that week I was asked if I was a nun. The first time was at a funeral, and the nun who asked thought she remembered me from a convent experience years before. In fact she had simply seen me over and over on television while I was running for governor of Maryland.

Covenant and Charisma

Excerpted from Charisma: The Gift of Grace, and How It Has Been Taken Away from Us By Philip Rieff In Freud's explanatory myth of social organization, the dynamics of guilt are never reconciled with his uses of the liberal myth of origins, the social contract, which is presented as a rational agreement among the masses-sons to cease their individual struggles to become men of power-except over their own women. The social contract is thus a rationalist alternative to cha


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I am the Angel

Excerpted from Angel Watch - Goosebumps, Signs, Dreams and Other Divine Nudges By Catherine Lanigan In mid-January 2000, my husband Jim had the opportunity to go to a Rockets basketball game with a friend. Because Jim never does anything like this, we all looked upon the evening as a novelty. With him gone for the evening, I planned a quiet night of watching and studying my DVD movies, maybe giving myself a facial and just spending time petting our golden retrievers, Be

What is Astrology? Relationship Signs

Excerpted from Linda Goodman's Relationship Signs By Linda Goodman Astrology is the study of man in relation to celestial bodies or, to be precise, the planets. It is a system of thought that attempts to show a relationship between man and all things. Long ago, about 10,000 B.C., hunters noted the phases of the moon by carving notches on reindeer horns. Of all the many things I have read about the history of astrology, I find this the most fasci

The Fatima Secret (Whitley Strieber's Hidden Agendas)

Excerpted from The Fatima Secret (Whitley Strieber's Hidden Agendas) By Michael Hesemann During March 1957 Bishop Venancio visited the Vatican diplomatic office in Lisbon to hand over the documents, which included the envelope, still sealed with wax. He admitted how reluctant he was to part with it. "It will be much safer in Rome than with you," he was told. The pope wanted to have the secret under his control in order to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands, ev
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