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Margo's Blogs - Food for Your Soul This book is a collection of some of my blogs, articles, essays, reflections and books spanning the past three decades on the subject of Spiritual Conscious Evolution. I realise I am one of millions others like me, who are devoted to the same cause but I also know that this is necessary to reach as many souls as possible. The many variations of teachers and methods of teaching are necessary to reach as many hearts and minds as possible, because alter all perceptions differ and levels of understanding differ as much as people differ. The subjects of these blogs cover intuition, consciousness evolution, self transformation, universal laws, change, respiration, meditation, suffering, balancing the masculine and the feminine energies, self-observation and much more. Everyone of these blogs is written in a timeless fashion and holds true today, as much as, the time in which they were written.

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There are three forms of culture:

worldly culturethe mere acquisition of informationreligious culturefollowing rulesand the elite cultureself-development

Hujwiri - Sufi Master

Contents

Consciousness Awareness Mind Intuition-

Dec 1991

The Superfood Avocado

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Sep 2000

Depression- A Modern Disease-

Jun 2006

Open Yourself to Good Influences-

Sep 2006

Shift Your Focus and Change Your Life-

Sep 2006

Be in Touch with the Source of Life-

Sep 2006

Be True to Your own Self - Be Authentic-

Sep 2006

Have Respect-

Sep 2006

Be Generous In Nature-

Sep 2006

Secrets of Universal Laws – Pt.1-

Oct 2006

Secrets of Universal Laws – Pt.2-

Nov 2006

On Pursuing Joy and Happiness-

Nov 2006

On Self Transformation-

Dec 2006

Sage The Wonder Cleanser-

Jan 2007

Be Bold Overcome Your Self-Limiting Beliefs-

Feb 2007

Making Room to Welcome the New-

Feb 2007

Detox Your Colon-

Mar 2007

Energy and Vibration-

May 2007

Sympathy versus Empathy-

June 2007

Astral Travel and the Seven Planes -

July 2007

From Chaos to the Golden Age-

Nov 2007

The Four Yugas-

Nov 2009

On Faith -

Jan 2010

The Zone of Intuition Your Sixth Sense-

Apr 2010

All About Watermelons-

June 2010

The Law of Respiration-

Nov 2010

Dream Till You Drop Dead-

Nov 2010

Mastering the Art of Polarity-

Nov 2010

Being Religious versus Being Spiritual-

Dec 2010

Self-Protection-

Mar 2011

How To Make Best Use of Lemons-

June 2011

Why Bad Thoughts are So Bad-

Sep 2011

How to Command Respect-

Oct 2011

Life is a School-

Oct 2011

Your Life Purpose-

Dec 2011

How is your liver -

Jan 2012

Sound Therapy and the Miracle of music-

Jan 2012

On Life and Death-

Feb 2012

Are You Happy with Yourself?-

July 2012

Namaste, The Hindu Spiritual Greeting-

July 2012

Infinite Spirit Impossible to Destroy-

Oct 2012

Vive La Femme!

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Oct 2012

What is Consciousness-

Nov 2012

How to Change from the Inside Out-

Mar 2013

Ten Tips to Become a Respected Leader-

Mar 2013

Evolutionary Awakening

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Sep 2013

Awakening The Pineal Gland

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Nov 2013

Is Anger Management an Issue in America? -

Dec 2013

How to Control Your Negative Thought Patterns-

Jan 2014

How To Be a Happy Person-

Jan 2014

Intellect versus Intuition-

Jan 2014

Suffering is a warning-

Jan 2014

Balancing Your Masculine and Feminine Energy-

Jan 2014

Perfection and Imperfection-

Jan 2014

7 Steps to Self-Motivation-

Jan 2014

Easy Steps to Learn Meditation-

Jan 2014

The Five Organs and the Five Elements-

June 2014

The Art of Being Grateful!

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June 2014

You Can Learn Anything-

Sep 2014

The Benefits of Potatoes-

Oct 2014

Forgiveness The First Step to Self-Healing-

Jan 2015

The Bliss of Surrendering the Ego-

Mar 2015

Are You an Old Soul-

June 2015

Joy is the Fuel of Life-

July 2015

The Supra Human-

July 2015

Have You Mastered the Art of Listening-

July 2015

The Art of Self Observation-

Sep 2015

When Baghdad was the Center of the World-

Oct 2015

The Supra Humans are Here-

Oct 2015

Integrating The Soul

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Nov 2015

A Personal Message-

Aug 2016

Reaching Your Full Potential-

Sep 2016

Welcome Abundance into Your Life-

Oct 2016

What You Should know about Your Thyroid Gland-

Nov 2016

Discover Your Soul Age-

Jan 2017

The Pineal Gland -

Apr 2017

Expand Your Mind-

Apr 2017

Your DNA Your Instruction Manual-

May 2017

The Ego versus the Soul-

Jun 2017

God Discovery-

Aug 2017

People or Sheeple?-

Sep 2017

Stargates and Portals-Oct 2017

Afterword

Author’s bio

Books

Consciousness Awareness Mind Intuition and Independent Thinking

December 1991

The world is beating to a new rhythm. Do you feel it too? Perhaps you've also noticed, that the rules of the game of life, as we have known them so far, have changed. Most of the knowledge we have accumulated in the past centuries, in particular the lessons and the training we received in the past decades, are antiquated and inadequate. Equipped with an open mind and sensitive to the super natural, some individuals have been aware of this change for some time now. Free of fear they are able to embrace the new and to meet the challenges they face. They are quick to pick up the new vibrations and quick to adapt to the new rules that have not as yet been defined clearly. Those who resist change and the unknown as a rule, are in for a rude awakening. One can't help but notice how change is accelerating and is affecting our lives globally and individually. Nothing, absolutely nothing is certain any more.

Here's a big welcome to the Age of Independent Thinking; The Information Age; the Age of Communication and the Age of Consciousness Awareness. Global, Group and Individual Consciousness. The individual who is quick to learn, quick to adapt, intuitive and creative is now in great demand. Most wanted is the individual who can think out of the box. The challenges of our time are such that the industrial era thinker is threatened with extinction. The inept individual with an over inflated ego driven by selfish motives belongs to the dinosaur age. The new individual feels comfortable with new technology and with the different cultures of the world. The new individual is balanced physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. The new individual is family, group, community, nation orientated and above all globally aware.

Narrow views such as intelligence is fixed at birth and IQ intelligence tests are out. Today we talk about multiple intelligence. Psychologist Howard Gardner for example, in his book 'Frames of Mind', introduced seven measurable intelligences and later documented over twenty five sub-intelligences. I personally believe that intelligence cannot be measured. Ninety five percent of what we know about the brain has been discovered in the past decade. We know today that intelligence can be developed regardless of age. We know that our brain is multidimensional and more flexible than any computer invented and can improve with age if exercised properly. We also know that each human being is unique and is gifted at birth with unlimited potential for learning. The foundation for global, nation, organization and group consciousness is the individual consciousness. In this essay I focus on the individual consciousness and in particular on 'mind' consciousness. Mind training has been known in Indian Psychology as Raja Yoga for thousands of years, according to the widely known teachings of the sage Pantajali. Pantajali introduced a mental training technique, whereby the individual learns to develop the higher mind, which is the door to the source of all power, the Universal Mind.

About half a century ago the Metaphysician and Scientist, P.D.Ouspensky wrote: 'To know and to understand are two different things and you must learn to distinguish between them.' Independent thinking is still very rare and has to do with a developed mind. The mind is the 7th metaphyiscal sense that mankind is to fully develop in the new age. The mind is invisible and manifests itself through the brain. In other words, the brain is a tool of the mind. To express life there must be mind, but mind is static unless put in motion. God created the world but he endowed man with a mind and the capacity to direct energy, by the power of the mind through thought. The spiritual Master Oamraan Michael Aiivanhov tells us: 'When mankind begin to use their mind consciously and take command of their instincts, when they begin to purify and add the spiritual element to that level of being, then they become powerful factors capable of changing their destiny.'

The mind is a complex and a wondrous tool and like everything else it can be used or misused. It can be used for simple unimportant tasks or it can be used intelligently. It can be passive and just store the messages that our five senses supply, the data of what we see, hear, taste, touch and feel. Our emotional perceptions and thoughts supply the rest of the data about our external and internal reality. Mind can also be active, it can interpret and attract and create. It can discriminate between various qualities of information received, it chooses what is important and discards what is unimportant. It has the power to discriminate. You are free to create your own picture of reality and to choose your perceptions. You are free to choose what you want to believe or disbelieve.

Knowledge for the mind, like food for the body, is intended to feed and help to growth, but it requires to be well digested and the more thoroughly and slowly this process is carried out, the better both for body and mind. Most people are unaware of and, therefore, do not exercise this ability. They accept everything as it is presented to them, and become slaves of their environments. Each one of us has the same power to perceive, to experience and to learn. What we learn differs, our perceptions differ, and our applications of our powers differ. If we change our ideas, we change our actions.

Consciousness can be studied and the best thing we can do is to begin with studying our own consciousness. Our conceptual reality is a result of our ongoing method of thinking. It is through our thinking that we influence consciousness and our consciousness creates our reality. The key is to understand the two major components of our mind, the conscious and the subconscious. The value of the subconscious is enormous, it inspires us, it warms us, it furnishes us with names, facts and scenes from the storehouse of memory. It directs our thoughts, tastes and accomplishes tasks so intricate that no conscious mind, even if it had the power, has the capacity for them. The subconscious mind never sleeps, never rests any more than does your heart or your blood. Stating specific things to the subconscious mind to be accomplished, forces are set in operation that lead to the result desired. All of this is governed by a natural universal law known as The Law of Attraction.

We are related to the world without by the objective mind. The brain is the organ of this mind and the cerebrospinal system of nerves puts us in conscious communication with every part of the body. This system of nerves responds to every sensation we perceive with our five senses. We are related to the world within by the subconscious mind. The sympathetic system of nerves presides over all subjective sensations such as love, joy, imagination, fear, hate, respiration and all other subconscious phenomena. It is through the subconscious mind that we are connected to the universal mind. When we can bring the objective and the subjective minds into conscious cooperation thereby coordinating the finite and the infinite, we can then control our life from within. The Zen Master Thuong Chieu wrote: 'If the practitioner knows his own mind clearly he will obtain results with little effort. But if he does not know anything about his own mind, all of his efforts will be wasted.'

Quantum physics has shown that matter is simply a certain vibratory rate of energy. Matter is attracted to other matter and we call this the 'Law of Gravity'. All energies therefore will gravitate to other energies of the same or similar vibratory rates. All beliefs thoughts especially when they are accompanied by strong emotional currents vibrate at a certain frequency of energy. And so all people, events and ideas that vibrate harmoniously will gravitate to each other. Actions do not produce themselves. When we can see that and understand it, we can see that law does not operate itself. It is we that cause actions and experience their reactions. It is we who set up causes and feel their effects. There is no action unless there is a being to make it and to feel its effects. This law rules on every plane of being and every being of every grade is under this law. We never act alone, we always act on and in connection with others, affecting them for good or evil and we get the necessary reactions from the causes set in motion by ourselves. This presents to us the idea of absolute justice for under such a conception of law each being exactly gets what he set in motion.

The student of 'Raja Yoga' or mental training, has to realize that the mind is intended to be an organ of perception. The process to be followed is first to gain right control of the thinking principle. Second is to stabilize the mind so that it can be used as an organ of vision, a sixth sense, and the synthesis of all the other five senses. This will result with correct knowledge and the right use of the perceiving faculty, so that the new field of knowledge which is now contacted is seen as it is. That which is perceived is rightly interpreted, through the subsequent assent of intuition and reason. Right transmission to the physical brain of that which has been perceived, the testimony of the sixth sense is correctly interpreted, and the evidence as transmitted with occult accuracy. Result is correct reaction of the physical brain to the transmitted knowledge.

The entire Raja Yoga, is based upon an understanding of the nature, purpose and function of the mind. The ability of the mind to attract, is also under your control. You can chose your beliefs and thoughts and information will be attracted to support them. In other words you think success, you attract success. You think doubt, or fear and you attract failure. You think wealth and you attract wealth. You think health and you attract health. You think ill health and you attract ill health. You think love and you attract love. This is the reason for repeating positive affirmations to yourself. Through the repetition of affirmations you can influence and reprogram your subconscious. Your mind has the ability to create information and therefore to create circumstances. Many people still do not understand the importance for the use of affirmations. The idea is that as you repeat the affirmations to yourself, your thought through your concentration, is occupied with that particular affirmation and, therefore, cannot fall into the trap of a negative thought. In time the positive affirmation which you are repeating consciously, will get impregnated into the subconscious pushing out and replacing the old habit of the negative thought.

If for example you have a financial problem, the more you worry and think about your problem, the worse your problem will become. The reason is because you are adding fuel to the fire, by feeding the problem more energy to keep it alive. When you, however, ignore it, and concentrate on imagining money flowing in to you, having trust in the abundance of the universe and in your mind see yourself doing better, eventually the problem will turn around. At the same time, it is important that you engage yourself to do whatever is within your power to do, in order to help the situation on the physical level. Remember the saying 'God helps those who help themselves'. If you remember that thoughts are energy vibrations and if you do not feed the negative with more energy, eventually it will disappear because you have unplugged the source, the fuel to keep it alive.

This process works for everything. To know your mind, observe and recognize everything about it. To the untrained mind, also known as concrete or lower mind and the myopic consciousness, life is a startlingly endless succession of the minute of non-essentials. The lower mind loves exactness and definiteness. Its chief characteristic action is in discrimination and in assessing relative values. It tends to analyze and separate, to break down and compartmentalize, to categorize all that it perceives, to rank its preferences and to judge and criticize. The small-minded intellectual sorts everything out as wise or foolish, good or bad, useful or non-useful. This attitude has been typical of humanity in the Piscean age. It gets stuck in the little unnecessary details and is incapable of a wider view of life. The Buddha warns us that the untrained mind is a slayer of the truth.

The universal mind, is the all-pervading undistributed Creative Power. It is your choice to tap into this Infinite Power. It is in abundance as everything else in the universe. You are the Master of your thoughts and actions. You are the Master of your life and what happens to you. Thoughts are energy and energy follows thought. If you spend your time thinking and living in the past, plotting revenge, being unhappy or angry, or feeling sorry for yourself and blaming others for your problems, or day dreaming about a future, then you are not only wasting energy but your thoughts cannot possibly attract anything good to you. Thoughts attract other thoughts that are comparable to them in accordance with the Law of Attraction. Through concentration you can train your mind to influence and change your thought patterns. Even Winnie the Poof has some insight for us: 'Down through the centuries, man has developed a mind that separates him from the world of reality, the world of natural laws. This mind tries too hard, wears itself out, and ends up weak and sloppy. Such a mind, even of a high intelligence, is inefficient. It goes here and there, backwards and forwards, and fails to concentrate on what it's doing at the moment. It drives down the street in a fast moving car and think it's at the store, going over a grocery list. Then it wonders why accidents occur.'

The secret of power is a perfect understanding of our relationship to the Universal Mind. 'Thinking' is dealing with the magical power of thought and consciousness. When you begin to perceive that the essence of the universe is within you - you begin to feel the inner power and you begin to do things. It is the fuel which fires the imagination, the fuel which lights the torch of inspiration. It gives vitality to your thoughts which enable you to connect with all the invisible of the universe. Experiencing this within you, you are able to plan fearlessly and to execute masterfully.

Here is a beautiful example given to us by Swami Vivekanda from Inana Yoga, the Yoga of Knowledge, to give us a simple and clear picture to make us understand, the difference. Picture this: 'A chariot (the physical body), the charioteer (the mind), the rider (the Inner Self), the reigns (the intellect) and the horses (the five senses). Only the charioteer can communicate with the rider, i.e. the Mind with the Inner Self. When the horses are well trained, and the reigns strong and kept well in the hands of the charioteer, the rider reaches the goal set. But when the horses are not controlled, and the reigns too weak and not well managed, then the horses run wild and lead all including the rider to destruction.' This is the reason for self-development and mind-training. The goal through the journey of life, is to develop and to refine the Inner Self. The self is on the plane of intuition. A developed mind is necessary in order to establish communication with the self within, the source of all things, and to bring out the Omnipresent in you. That is your power. Mind is synonymous with understanding. Ouspensky tells us another important truth: 'You can understand other people only as much as you can understand yourself and only on the level of your own being'. Mind consciousness is important to understand oneself.

Margo Kirtikar, Ph.D. is founder and creator of Visions Unusual Zurich 1995. She has lived, studied and worked in the Middle East, Europe and the United States. She is an avid believer in continued adult education, self-growth, self-transformation, fine tuning of the personality and the refinement and the soul. As an entrepreneur, she pursued a career in international business for over 25 years and raised a family. In 1991 she began her new career as coach, helping clients through counseling, transpersonal psychology and spiritual healing. Margo has a Ph.D. in the philosophy of Metaphysics is spiritual teacher and life coach to guide you on your individual path to enlightenment.

The Super Food Avocado

September 2000

I love avocados and imagine my delight when I discovered this! Avocados can help you lose weight! Wow, methinks I don't have to feel guilty any more when I eat a whole avocado. You see, all these years I was under the false impression that avocados were very high in calories and made me fat. I don't know where I got that idea from but there it is. As of now I'm going to have lots of avocado and I'm going to enjoy eating them.

There's more good news, which I was ignorant about too. Avocados are loaded with nutrients. Besides providing us with fiber, potassium, vitamin E, B vitamins and Folic acid, avocados protect liver damage, have anti-inflammatory properties and are a good source of healthful fats to boot. The mono-unsaturated fat found in avocados is easily burned for energy. I don't have to worry about cholesterol damage any more either because avocado apparently boosts the healthy cholesterol.

You know the old saying an apple a day keeps the doctor away, well I think now we can also safely say, an avocado a day keeps the doctor away. According to USDA's Agricultural Research Service, avocados contain a complex package of phytonutrients, including carotenoids that may provide numerous health benefits. Carotenoids appear to protect humans against certain cancers, heart disease and age-related macular degeneration.

Another plus point is that we don't have to worry about buying organic avocados, because the skin is so thick it actually protects the inside of the fruit from pesticide exposure. So if you have to watch your budget not to worry.

Watch out how you skin an avocado. The greatest concentration of beneficial carotenoids is in the dark green fruit of the avocado closest to the peel, so you want to peel the avocado by hand like you do a banana. First cut the avocado length wise around the seed, twist the halves to separate them. Remove the seed if you want to eat the whole avocado otherwise keep one half with the seed, it stops it from turning brown.

I like to eat my avocado with a squeeze of lemon juice and a dash of dill. I usually leave the skin on and scoop the fruit with a teaspoon. Some people like their avocado with a sprinkle of salt and ground pepper. Or I slice the avocado and mix it with my green salad. I also like to make a green smoothie with avocados not to forget a spicy guacamole dip. But there are many other creative ways to eat avocados. Just search the web.

By the way I have this tip from one of my daughters. If I have left over guacamole I put the seed back in it and cover the bowl tightly and into the refrigerator to eat the next day.

Depression - A Modern Dis-ease

June 2006

In our present turbulent times, more people suffer from depression than what we can ever imagine. The feeling of depression for sure has always existed in stressful conditions, for as long as mankind has. When surrounded with loving family members and friends who genuinely care for your wellbeing, the emerging out of a depressed state of mind is made much easier than if one were alone, feeling neglected and unloved, without a network of support. Interestingly, the more we immerse ourselves into the materialistic world to satisfy our physical senses and the further away we are from our true feelings, out of touch with our inner self, the more prone we are to fall into the trap of depression. Apparently, the highest rates of suicides amongst the young generation, due to depression, are found in the wealthiest countries, with the highest standards of living, such as Sweden and Switzerland and Japan.

It is not surprising that we seem to have an epidemic of depression on our hands. Just look at our fast pace of life, the breaking down of families and relationships, denial of our true emotions, many singles living without companionship, children not having enough love or affection, the stress of work or family abuse, bad living habits or bad eating habits. The list is endless, no one seems to have time any more for the essential things in life. Most of all, I think, the primary reason is the fact that we in general have deprived ourselves from our own spirituality, failing to communicate with our individual soul, too busy living in a cold materialistic world accumulating things, chasing success, money or fame, we have forgotten the very Spirit of our existence. Moreover, in our frenzy as we rebel against traditional religion we deny God, the very Source and Force of Life.

My knowledge is not that of theory but of personal experience. I, like millions of others, have also suffered, now and again from a feeling of being depressed. I know what it is like to be stuck in a black hole, depressed, I know how it feels when it seems as if there is no way out of a miserable situation. Yet, with time, reaching deep within me and connecting with the very Source, the inner Force or God if you like to call it that, a light has always appeared at the end of the dark tunnel, offering new opportunities with new pastures to explore. With time and practice, I learned how to handle these dark moments. Rather than deny or fight it, I recognize the feeling, I acknowledge it and I allow myself to be depressed⎯ but only for a short while, say an hour, half a day, or a day, depending on the situation. But then I wake up determined to begin a new day with a fresh new positive attitude and with new positive plans.

There is a lot of suppressed and denied anger, resentments, fear and guilt in depression. Depression, which is actually suppressing negative emotions, drains you of your energy and causes chronic fatigue. Many people live with a mild case of depression for a long time without even realizing it. They live with this denial for so long that what might begin as a light case of depression could develop with the time into a major illness. A light depression left unattended, can deteriorate to become worse and then still worse. Sometimes it could lead to very serious mental problems that will eventually require serious medication and perhaps even long or even permanent hospitalization.

In the United States visiting a therapist, a psychologist, a psychiatrist, or attending workshops for self-development is a popular and accepted way of dealing with personal problems and unhappy issues. People are more aware of the benefits of self-development. In Europe, self-development is mostly frowned upon or even ridiculed unfortunately. Europeans are only now, very slowly and very reluctantly, catching on to this new idea. Far too many believe falsely that talking to a friend about their problems is good enough. The reality is that friends do not appreciate at all being used as garbage bags for your problems and unhappy moods. It is also not fair to dump your problems and negative emotions, which is bad polluted energy, on to others. If you have been the recipient of an hour of listening to a friend's complex problems and unhappiness then you know how drained and exhausted you feel after such a meeting. You say goodbye as you leave them, with a big sigh of relief, looking to breathe some fresh air to clear your mind.

In the Eastern worlds perhaps they have less use for professionals in this field as families there are still intact and relatives, especially the elder generations, are always there to give love, affection, care, support and perhaps even advice as they lovingly listen to the woes of the young. Not to forget the fact of strong religious beliefs where faith and prayer can be a source of help too and work as an anchor for stability. Suffering from depression is not a stigma and it is certainly nothing to be ashamed of. The earlier one recognizes this and the quicker one seeks help, the bigger are the chances of recovery and the less danger there is of ending up with manic depression, paranoia or schizophrenia. To avoid falling into the trap here are some of the symptoms that you can look out for.

If you suffer from any of the following on a regular basis for a month or more, then it would be advisable for you to seek help immediately. The sooner you do this the better are your chances for recovery. Don't try to delay by talking yourself into believing that you can get out of this on your own. Only the very few are strong enough to do this.

If you find that you are unable to relax, lay in bed sleepless night after night, feel constantly exhausted and drained of energy, find it difficult to get out of bed mornings afraid to face the day, avoiding contact with your friends and family, avoiding answering the phone, spending a lot of time alone at home, like brooding in the dark avoiding light, fresh air and sunshine, have no desire to take care of yourself, to bathe, to groom yourself, require a huge effort to do anything, always in an unhappy hopeless mood, see nothing but the negative side of life, have no desire to listen to music, have no sense of humor and you don't laugh, feel unloved as if the whole world is against you, get angry if someone mentions that you need to see a doctor, here are some simple solutions for you to take before it gets worse, much worse.

These are solutions that you can take care of yourself when you notice the beginning symptoms of depression. If the depressed state persists for a couple of weeks, then you really should seek professional help immediately. Share your problem with a member of the family or a friend and ask them to accompany you to see a specialist. Alternative and natural healing methods, in my point of view, are more desirable to begin with than traditional medicine. However, for chronic cases traditional medicine might be the only answer.

Identify and differentiate your feelings.

(1) Emotional - Acknowledge and experience them. i.e. be a witness to and own your emotions. Look at your emotions as if they were an 'object' in front of you to be analyzed. Communicate your feelings to the person concerned directly (if the feelings are connected with another person) or then see a therapist. Putting your feelings down in writing on paper can work wonders. Drawing or painting can help too. This puts you in charge of the situation rather than being the helpless suffering victim.

(2) Physical - Exercise daily. An absolute must against depression is physical exercise to maintain good health and to breathe oxygen. Daily walks, aerobics, dance, gym exercises daily is a must. The object is to move, keep on moving the body. This pumps oxygen into your blood, your blood circulation improves, and it keeps up the vibration of the cells saving you from being heavy and lethargic.

(3) Mental - Learn to accept and to integrate both the desirable and the undesirable of your self-image. Do this by self-observation, self-acceptance and self-improvement. Learn to love yourself as you are by practicing self-love. If you cannot accept and respect yourself, forgive and love yourself, it is not possible for you to practice these emotions with others around you. This is a well-known fact.

(4) The Power of Thought - Recognize and live your own thoughts, values and beliefs. The power of thought cannot be ignored in healing the mental self. Maintain positive thoughts through positive affirmations. (see below)

(5) Let Go of Guilt - Guilt is a negative draining energy, breeds fear and resentment, stress and tension, anxiety and conflict. Guilt is a major obstacle in healing a relationship. For a relationship to heal both must be free of all guilt feelings.

(6) The Power of Forgiveness is the major key to healing, peace of mind and healthy growth. Learn to let go and to forgive others and most of all to forgive yourself. If you are hard on yourself, others will be hard on you. If creativity is stifled, inner conflict, depression and illness ensues. If you constantly try to be less than what you are, do less than what you are capable of, you will be forever unhappy.

(7) St. John's Wort, a herbal remedy, is well known to help with mild cases of depression. Also Bach Flower remedy, Rescue is good to have always near at hand. A therapist specialized in these remedies can help you.

(8) Sound Therapy - Listen to happy lively music, and classical soft music of Bach, Mozart and Chopin. Have a lot of light in your home and at the work place.

(9) Colors - Surround yourself with happy flowers, the colors yellow and orange for energy.

(10) Gratitude - Be grateful for whatever good you have in your life. We all have something to be grateful for. Gratitude is healing and makes you feel good. Be grateful and thankful for what you have rather than being unhappy about what you do not have. You can always create what you want in your life. Get out of the depressed state first so that you can create.

Affirmations -

Here are some basic affirmations to repeat as often as possible. You can repeat these anywhere anytime, aloud and/or quietly mentally. Choose the ones that correspond with your own need. You can begin with repeating any three or four for a whole week, then take another three or four for the next week and so forth. The idea is that you repeat these aloud as often as possible until it becomes a habit for you to think them. In time you will be able to know them all by heart and you can then make up your own affirmations as you need them.

I am healthy

I am happy

I am creative

I am a beautiful person

I love myself

I love life

I love my body

I am happy to be alive

I am master of my life

I am thankful for everything I have

I love people

I love being active

I love being with myself

I love being with people

I do everything that is good for me

I am in touch with my higher self

I am in touch with the Divine within me

I am in touch with my intuition

I always know what is good for me

I am free of the past

I am free of fear

I am free of all anxiety

I am free of all negativity

I have faith in myself

I have trust in myself

My body is healthy

My mind is strong and healthy

My organs are healthy

I sleep peacefully

I am strong full of energy and vitality

I feel inner peace and harmony

I am in control of my thoughts

I am in control of my emotions

I am fully aware

I am master of my life

I am a beautiful being

I am happy to be me

I am full of love (the energy of love is a universal healer)

NB.You can make up your own affirmations. Always remember to be in the positive.

Ex. I am wealthy. I am fearless. I am slim. I feel wonderful. I am patient. I am intelligent. etc.

Open Yourself to Good Influences Free Yourself of Self-Imposed Limitations

Liberate yourself of your self-imposed limitations. Free yourself of heavy chains and old baggage that weigh you down and hamper you from moving forward. Do not sabotage your own success, your happiness and enjoyment of life. If your inner dialogue is now saying, 'What is she talking about, I do nothing of the sort. I do not sabotage myself!' I would say maybe you're right but then on the other hand, there is a good chance that you could be wrong about that. Just think, how many times have you procrastinated doing something that you needed to do and you kept putting it off till later. How many times have you had brilliant ideas and you let them just fly by you without taking action to make them come true. How many times have you given in to the part of you that is lazy or depressed, and just laid back and let life pass you by. How many times have you done something that you knew very well is not good for you, yet you did it anyway. I bet you have habits right now that you know very well bring you nothing good, yet you carry on happily continuing with the bad habits always finding an excuse why you can't do this or can't do that, telling yourself it wouldn't have worked anyway. If that is not sabotaging yourself then what is? Do you want to know who your worst enemy is? You are. We've heard this a zillion times before. YOU are your worst enemy. Accept that! But it doesn't have to be that way. So why not turn the tables and change that right now and learn to be your own best friend?

You can turn a page right now and decide to be friends with yourself. If you can't be your own best friend, how can you be a good friend to anyone else? Start right now to cultivate a good habit. Be a good friend to your own self and you'll never be lonely again. Become aware and accept yourself with all your good points but also your many faults and then begin systematically, to tackle each fault at a time, and make an effort to correct it. You don't have to be perfect but you can give a go at being the very best you can be. You have dormant potential in you that you're not even aware of, and unless you explore, tap in to get it out, you'll never know what you are capable of. No one will know just how good you are. Surprise yourself and your friends, why ever not? You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Where do you begin, how do you start? Well, I have news for you. You have started already. The fact that you are reading this right now, shows that you are interested and curious to know more and that is a very good sign. From here you carry on in several ways. I'll suggest some for you and you take it from there.

First thing do not stop after this. Reading this article is not the end it is just the beginning. Make a habit from now on of reading one article or one book, after another, listening to one tape after another, watching one movie after another, but always inspirational, educational and motivational. Listen to the hints, accept them practice them and work continuously to develop yourself.

Religious people read the scriptures and learn to memorize what is written word for word. I'm not so convinced that they even understand what they are memorizing. There lies a big problem of misinterpretation of what they are memorizing. You want to read motivational books and you do not have to learn anything by heart, but you want to understand what is written. Even if you read the bible, understand each paragraph you are reading, look for the real message in everything you read. The key is to understand the whys as well as the hows. Then you want to practice what you read, you want to experiment and to practice until you see and feel the difference in your life. Seek help if you find it difficult to change, get a coach, go to a therapist. Do whatever it takes. Just don't give up on yourself. You are important to you.

Second you will want to surround yourself with happy, motivational, inspirational, enthusiastic, intelligent, healthy people. Be choosy who you move around with, who you allow into your inner circle, who you befriend. We are influenced whether we like it or not by what surrounds us. We are all influenced, whether we like or not by our environment and by the people we meet every day. It can't be helped, it just happens no matter how strong we are and how much we resist it. For example, if you keep the company of people who are in the habit of speaking foul language, using curse words with every sentence, in time your ears will be so accustomed to this that you will inevitably begin to speak and sound like them. You might fight it for a while but if you persist in keeping that company you can't win. How does the old saying go? Show me your friends and I will tell you who you are.

Third live a healthy life, watch your nutrition habits, eat healthy fresh foods that give you energy, avoid drugs and narcotics, exercise your body. Once you have tasted the bliss of being physically healthy, you won't want to be otherwise. Your body is the temple of your soul and you should take good care of it. You only have this one body for this lifetime so for it to serve you well, you need to care for it the same as you would take care of your car if you wanted it to work well.

Fourth add cultural activities to your agenda on a weekly basis. Art, music, beauty is nourishment for the soul. Visit a museum at least once a month, go to art shows, see documentaries to widen your knowledge about history, science, geography and the arts. The more knowledge you have the more self-confidence you will gain and the more interesting you will be to talk to. Move around with people who know more than you, people with culture and good manners who speak well, people on the move and who contribute to the world around them. We are living in turbulent times and are exposed to chaos and violence constantly which can be very depressing. Join the army of those who contribute to humanity, put your energy there, that's where you'll find hope, love and joy.

At the same time remember to take time off, to be on your own, with yourself, to have time to reflect, to digest, to accept, to retain the good and to throw away the bad and the useless. Our bodies do that with food naturally and we need to learn individually to do the same emotionally and mentally. We need to analyze and to digest our experiences, our emotions as well as our thoughts, to throw away negativity and to retain what makes us feel good. Failing to do that means you store away a lot of garbage in your body and which in time produces disease, physical or mental. Spend some time regularly in solitude. Give yourself a rest. Give yourself time to dream and to be. That is when the best and most constructive ideas come to you.

Shift Your Focus And Change Your Life

September 2006

Now be honest. Do you know any people who do not have constant problems in their lives? Our life is so set up to give us guaranteed continual annoyances. We get annoyed when our car refuses to start in the morning; frustrated when we're stuck in a traffic jam; we lose our temper at the waiter who serves us the wrong dish; we hate our nosy neighbors; we're angry because our boss does not appreciate us; we get annoyed if the kids do things they're not supposed to do, or we envy those who have more than we have and the list goes on and on. These are all minor inconveniences that occur on a daily basis to all of us and they're here to stay. The variety changes but they're always there confronting us every single day of our lives. To act as if each minor problem is a huge catastrophe in your life is a waste of both your time and your energy. Besides you are missing the point. To bring out your inner genie and yes, you have one too, just try shifting your focus a little. Shift your focus to the good things in your life.

Do not dwell on things that annoy you. Do not focus your attention on the many inconveniences of life. There is a reason for little annoyances and for bigger problems in life that make us suffer. How about if you think, that annoyances are in fact opportunities for you to learn and to grow. We are challenged when we are annoyed to deal with our emotions and attitudes. It is up to us to decide what we want to feel and what attitude to take in our dealings with our world. Some people prefer to suffer rather than learn from each minor obstacle and major challenge in life. They fall into the habit of suffering always more and more, which in turn can have drastic influence on their physical health and so they suffer some more.

Instead of rebelling and suffering, accept the circumstances that you cannot change for what they are, and depending on each case you either ignore it or then you find a solution. You can well ignore the neighbor, for example, who is nosy but at the same time, be friendly. You may well ignore the traffic jam that is annoying you by reading the paper, or listen to the radio as you wait. And you have no choice but to find solutions for the major problems that you should not ignore. You can accept the fact that you are aging and learn to age with dignity. You can come to terms with life when it passes you a hard blow, learn from the process and change your approach to life and so the list goes on and on. And be assured that there is always a solution to every problem. Change your attitude and your approach and you'll nearer to the solutions.

In other words change your focus and your attitude to life and watch your life change. Cultivate the energies of patience, understanding and flexibility. Be kind to people who are rude to you. Develop an even mood and pleasant temper. Difficulties are there in life to help us develop our intelligence, so we can grow to become better human beings. Trials and difficulties in life contribute towards our evolution process. Here's a lovely short tale from the East about Sand and Stone.

Two friends were walking through the desert. They had an argument and one friend slapped the other one in the face. The one who got slapped was very hurt, but without saying anything, he bent down and wrote in the sand. 'Today my best friend slapped me in the face.' They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one, who had been slapped, got stuck in the mire and was going to drown, but then his friend saved him. After the friend recovered from the ordeal, he found a stone nearby and he wrote on the stone. 'Today my best friend saved my life.' The friend who had first slapped him and then saved his life asked him, 'After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone, why?' The other friend replied. 'When someone hurts us, we should write it down in sand where winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it.' The lesson is for us to learn to write our hurts in the sand and to let them be blown away with the wind and to carve our benefits in stone and keep that in our memory bank.

The good and the bad happen to all of us, keep your focus on the good be grateful. Learn to be grateful for the good things in your life. Forget the rest. It's not worth to hang on to because it turns you into a miserable and bitter person. And that will be engraved on your face! And who wants to be miserable and ugly with bitterness?

Develop a sense of humor, life is so paradoxical, you just have to see the funny side of it all and laugh. Laugh at the absurdities of life. Turn a page, let the past go, turn away from the little annoyances in life, put an end to your suffering right now and decide to join the ranks of those who appreciate life and embrace it all with joy. No matter what. After all nothing lasts forever everything changes all the time.

Be in Touch with the Source of Life

September 2006

I don't know about you but this is how I feel. I feel as if I am connected with an invisible cord to a main source, a main force, for my life and for my energy. It is this connection that allows me to breathe and to live. I also feel that it is through this connection that I can recharge my own batteries, energize myself and heal myself even. I find comfort in this thought. I never feel disconnected or alone. At my end I know the plug is connected to my heart, we all know that, once the invisible plug is withdrawn the heart stops beating and that's the end of life. But I can't tell you where the plug is connected at the other end of the cord, of course, it's somewhere out there in space I like to think. But connected it is, that I have no doubt about. This has been my feeling ever since I was a child I've always reflected on things and asked questions, and when grownups couldn't give me the answers I found my own. So I reflected many long nights on this one until one morning I woke up with this certainty. I am connected! I was proud that I had figured this one out for myself and I was happy with this knowledge. Ever since I have never been afraid when major catastrophes have hit me, never lost faith and most of all I never feel lonely or deserted.

Now wouldn't it be just wonderful if everyone was taught right from childhood of this connection? Just because we don't see it and science cannot prove it does not have to mean that it is not there. I think you will agree with me that there is a Source or a Force which we feel, but which we do not understand. If everyone was taught to recognize this, to have respect, and to understand that it is of utmost importance to our life to connect to this Source every day, to recharge our energies, to center ourselves, to heal ourselves, how do you think we would behave? Don't you think that this would make a huge difference to the way we think and behave? Wouldn't this put an end to the loneliness and misery that so many suffer from?

So in this article I would like to invite you to adopt this idea and live with it for four weeks and watch the changes in your own way of thinking and in your behavior, maybe even in your health. This has nothing to do with any religion, sect or any belief system. It has nothing to do with churches or temples, synagogues or mosques. The Source and the Force is everywhere around us. We live in it and it penetrates us. This means that you can be anywhere, in your bed, in your office, on the road, on a bus, in the garden, on top of a tree, in a ditch or on a mountain. Literally anywhere. Naturally it goes without saying that there are areas where the energy is clearer and cleaner than other areas and, therefore, more effective.

All you need to do is to focus your thoughts on this one idea and believe it. You think, 'I am now connecting to the Source.' And while you are thinking that you take a deep breath, down to your stomach, nice, slow and easy. You think, 'I am breathing in energy, health and vitality.' You breathe out just as slowly completely. The ratio is something like 4 counts in-breath and 6 counts out-breath. Or 6 counts in and 8 counts out. Depends what you feel comfortable with.

As you are breathing out you relax and let go all your muscles. You let go all stress, all negative thoughts, all fear, all anxiety. As if you are breathing it out of your system, handing over your problems to the universe, and you tank in energy as you breathe in again to regenerate yourself physically, emotionally and mentally. You can ask for guidance as you breathe in and out. You can do this while sitting down or lying down. It is best, however, and most effective to do this standing up with your spine straight. This allows the energies to flow better. It is in a way a form of prayer, the difference is you are consciously connecting and in a few words only you are declaring what it is that you want from the universe at large. And expect it. Recognize it when it happens and always, always be grateful.

Many left brained, linear thinking, tunnel vision people might poopoo this idea and think it a lot of nonsense. What you can't touch and see does not exist. But we all know how wrong that is. What I am saying to you is this. Millions of people from all walks of life, all over the world, believe in this and practice this every single day of their lives. The characteristics that such people display in general, are self-contentment, calmness, centeredness, self-discipline and respect. They show inner strength, they are usually creative people and in charge of their lives. Again what do you have to lose? Even if you don't believe in this, if you followed the instructions minutely, you will notice an improvement in your life guaranteed.

So go ahead and connect with the Source every day for a couple of minutes. About 3 - 4 breaths to begin with. You can gradually extend to 5 minutes and then even 10 minutes if you wish. When you get used to the idea and you notice how you feel you will not want to go through the day without connecting at least once. First thing in the morning is the best to give you a good start for the day. At midday, it can give you a boost to keep you going; before an important business meeting, to give you energy. At night it can help you have a good restful sleep. You can connect anytime you want whenever you need it. What more if you forget it for a couple of days, or even months, no matter, the universe is very forgiving and will embrace you immediately like a long lost friend, when you decide to consciously connect again.

We are after all physical, emotional, mental and spiritual beings and the same as we need to nourish ourselves physically, emotionally and mentally, we need to nourish ourselves spiritually. We cannot deny our feelings, thoughts, intelligence, intuition, which are all invisible, we cannot touch them but they are very much a part of us too. It is futile to deny our spirituality, it would be like denying life itself.

Be True to Your own Self Be Authentic

September 2006

There's an old well known saying that is quoted often, I don't remember who the author of this quote is but here it is for you to think about.

We can fool some people some of the time

We can fool most people most of the time

But we can never fool all the people all the time.

Develop the habit of being authentic, believe me, in the long run, it pays and works to your advantage and benefit. It does not pay to be false, to pretend you are what you are not, to put on act of having false virtues. It smells of insincerity. Sooner or later this mask is bound to drop and you will be revealed for the fraud that you are. You'll be branded as a liar and a hypocrite! You must never underestimate peoples' intelligence and sense of intuition. Putting on a show to impress a girlfriend, a boyfriend, an employer, a neighbor or a business partner, is the wrong foundation to build up a solid and healthy relationship. It will not stand the test of time and is bound to crumble under stressful situations. Other than that, putting on a mask for the world at large is a terrible drain on your energy. The stress is unbearable and will eventually wear you down.

Some people go so far as to change their name, deny their background and family, make up a false identity, anything to appear different in order to be accepted into a certain group socially. Sooner or later it catches up with them and they have to then take the sad consequences when they are exposed and time will expose them, be sure of that. The strain of the lie is too heavy. I am sure you have, just as I have, met someone in your life who is so fake, it is pathetic to watch. It is embarrassing to watch someone who pretends so hard to be what one is not, who is not open or honest about their background or experiences in life afraid of saying something that would give their secret away. For me personally, it is a waste of my time to deal with anyone who is not honest, authentic and sincere. How do I know this? I guess you can call it intuition. When you practice being in touch with yourself you will feel it too when someone around you is false.

Be yourself, be natural, accept yourself for what you are, be who you are. Real people of high caliber will not hold this against you. Be in control of your emotions. If you have anything in your background at all that is let's say, a little seedy or unacceptable, it's much better to be open and honest about it when confronted. I do not mean you have to advertise it, but if confronted then it's better to be honest. It will speak for you. Honesty always does. People of quality will admire your honesty. And if you have moved on to improve yourself, they will respect you all the more. Those who might hold it against you, you don't want to know because they are not worth knowing anyway.