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The Light at the End of the Tunnel

Excerpted from But You Knew That Already; What a Psychic Can Teach You About Life By Dougall Fraser An All-too typical scene from my childhood: My sister and her friends are practicing for cheerleading auditions in our foyer. I sit on our staircase, watching them throw their arms and tighten their stance in an ecstasy of school spirit. Huddled on our pea green carpeted stairs, I am positive I can hit the marks with more pizzazz than Tarrin. "Dou

Communication: Meeting with God Daily

Excerpted from 12 Months Of Faith: A Devotional Journal for Teens By Jennifer Leigh Youngs, Bettie Youngs, Ph. D., Ed.D., Debbie Thurman God wants us to know Him. He wants a special and personal relationship with each of us. He wants us to seek His wisdom and instruction on a daily basis through prayer and reflection on His Word, the Bible. As we seek Him daily, He will help us to see more clearly and to know Him more completely. This is God's promise-that He will walk

Women Surviving Auschwitz

Excerpted from Love Carried Me Home; Women Surviving Auschwitz By Joy Erlichman Miller, Ph.D How Mady D. Coped Affiliation with her mother and believing that she would be reunited with her family played a large part in Mady's ability to cope emotionally with her early Holocaust experiences. Mady's mother, always protective of her daughter and extremely intuitive, was very supportive of and caring toward her daughter. Mady's mother was a driving


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If God Is Good, Why Is The World So Bad?

Excerpted from If God Is Good, Why Is The World So Bad? By Benjamin Blech To find the solution to the dilemma of Job, we must turn to the ancient wisdom of the Talmud. Posing the question-if a person suffers, must that mean he or she deserves it?-we immediately get two seemingly contradictory answers. In the Tractate Baba Metzia, while expounding on the harm that can be inflicted with words, the Talmud explains what th


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Gossip - Consequences, Eternity and Other Scary Stuff

Excerpted from Gossip: Ten Pathways to Eliminate It from Your Life and Transform Your Soul By Lori Palatnik All right, brace yourself; here comes the really scary stuff. In chapter 2, we discussed the concepts of body and soul. We shared the idea that your soul is eternal and your body temporary. There is another world after this one, and the choices we make here make a difference to what happens there. (For more details see my book, Remember My Soul.)


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Converting to Judaism

Excerpted from Converting to Judaism: Choosing to Be Chosen : Personal Stories By Rabbi Bernice Weiss It's by chance, they say, that they meet and fall in love. They simply don't think about religion. It's not really surprising, then, that more than half of marriages involving American Jews today are inter-marriages. The taboos against religious interdating and intermarriage, for many Jews and non-Jews alike, have largely fallen away. Very often Jewish parents tell me t


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The Search for Meaning

Excerpted from Fire in the Soul; A New Psychology of Spiritual optimism By Joan Borysenko I was sitting in the dining room several weeks after my son's friend Mat Hitchcock died, looking out through a big picture window. Beds of petunias and cosmos, flowering and producing seed in their short season, blazed in pink and purple splendor in our quiet yard. The sweet scent of honeysuckle wafted in through the screen and I sat in a kind of reverie, thinking about how life ha


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Christmas - The Flame and Tree

Excerpted from The Physics of Christmas: From the Aerodynamics of Reindeer to the Thermodynamics of Turkey By Roger Highfield A tree festooned with flickering candles can be found on many Christmas cards, and for good reason. The evergreen and the candle celebrate the same thing: life-giving sunlight, an ancient symbol that dates back long before Prince Albert introduced the tree to Britain or Martin Luther supposedly first bedecked a tree with candles in the sixteenth


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Validating the Voice

Excerpted from Second Sight By Judith Orloff, M.D. I stood in front of my closet in turmoil. I had no idea what would be appropriate to wear to the meeting. It didn't occur to me that I could just be myself, wear whatever I liked. Instead, I saw my mother's eyes checking me out from head to foot. "It's such a shame," I could hear her saying. "You're so beautiful and you don't show it off." I always battled with my mother over clothes. She was an impeccable dresser in he


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Preparations - A Spiritual Journey

Excerpted from Reason for Hope; A Spiritual Journey By Jane Goodall, Ph.D., Phillip Berman When I was twelve years old my parents divorced. Vanne, Judy, and I simply went on living at the Birches. Since I had seen my lather only a few times during the long war years, and then just for a couple of days at a time when he returned on leave, nothing really seemed to change. By then, after all, the Birches had been my home for seven years. I was wor

On Compost, Death, and Immortality

Excerpted from Finding God in the Garden: Backyard Reflections on Life, Love, and Compost By Rabbi Balfour Brickner Prayer plays a constant role in many people's lives, but it seems to take on a particular importance in the presence of death. At such moments, it is not uncommon for even the most irreligious among us to participate in services where prayer is central. Even more strange, many of those prayers speak hopefully or faithfully about the prospect of life contin

Willpower - The Power to Change

Excerpted from Everyday Enlightenment: The Twelve Gateways to Personal Growth By Dan Millman Life's greatest challenge-one you face in each of the twelve gateways-is turning what you know into what you do. You know the importance of good diet and regular exercise; you know it's best to treat others with kindness. But until you reclaim your will-assert your power to act upon what you know-even the best plans remain unrealized. "St. Nike" Was Rig

Two Ways to Think About Meditation

Excerpted from Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness By Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. Having said that meditation is not a technique or set of techniques but rather a way of being, it may be useful to realize that there are two apparently contradictory ways to think about meditation and what it is all about, and the mix is different for different teachers and in different traditions. You may find me purposefully using the language of both sim

Chinese Astrology - Ox

Excerpted from Chinese Astrology: Ancient Secrets for Modern Life By Sabrina Liao For centuries, the Ox played an important role in the agricultural society of China. Born to serve, provide, and then be sacrificed, the Ox is one of the most precious assets in the fanning community. In fact, in many villages where Oxen work diligently in the field, farmers refuse to eat beef to show their gratitude to this hardworking animal that dedicates its entire life to the survival

The History of Astrology

Excerpted from Planets and Possibilities: Explore the World of the Zodiac Beyond Just Your Sign By Susan Miller Life in Mesopotamia Astrology is nearly as old as mankind. Some of the very first written records-in cuneiform characters, created by pressing wedge-shaped implements into soft clay-date back approximately to 3000 B.C. in Sumer. It was in this region of Mesopotamia, as well as in the other "cradles of civilization" (Egypt, China, the I

Understanding Your Sun Sign

Excerpted from Secrets of the Signs: Astro-Analyze Your Life! By Stacey Wolf The Sun sign is the most important astrological aspect. The placement of the Sun at the time of your birth determines your personality and your operating style. This chapter describes each sign, beginning with the traditional first sign, Aries, and moving through to the last sign, Pisces. The dates listed for the Sun signs vary slightly year to year. These dates are the

Motivated By Our Gifts

Excerpted from Secrets to Exceptional Living: Transforming Your Life Through the Fruit of the Spirit By Joyce Meyer Many people whose gifts move them into a place they desire I haven't developed the qualities they need to remain there. Or they may stay for a while at a certain level where their gifts took them but never move beyond it. Through developing the character qualities of the fruit of the Spirit, already in those of us who are Christian

Learning to Live Independent of Frustrations and Struggles

Excerpted from If Not for the Grace of God: Learning to Live Independent of Frustrations and Struggles By Joyce Meyer Do you have strife, discord, feuds, conflicts and wars going on within your own self? There was a time when my life was literally filled with strife. How does all this disturbance get started within us? We know that it is not God's will for us. The Lord does not want His children to live in the midst of a constant interior war zo

Astrology - Mercury Retrograde

Excerpted from Mercury Retrograde: Your Survival Guide to Astrology's Most Precarious Time of the Year! By Chrissie Blaze There is a growing trend, now prevalent in the United States and many other countries, to blame everything difficult, frustrating, irritating, and annoying on Mercury Retrograde. Just recently people have been asking me if Mercury is retrograde when it is not. I must admit it often feels that way, and I often find myself trying to figure out why the
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