Monthly Archives: April 2004

posticon Snake in the Grass by John Cali

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One morning a while back, I was out jogging in the foothills of the mountains near my house. It’s wild, rough country.

My mind was pretty much a blank, as it generally is when I jog. I was just enjoying the rugged green mountains rising up all about me, and the broad valley stretching off into the misty blue distance far below me, a slow-moving river lazily winding its way westward through the valley.

And I was enjoying the exhilaration of challenging my body in the intoxicating air of the high country.… Read more

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posticon Uncle Jack by John Cali

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As some of you know, I grew up in a small American farming town on the shores of Lake Erie in Western New York State. I was surrounded, at times engulfed, by a large family of Sicilian immigrants.

Many of my family were extraordinarily colorful characters. And my Uncle Jack was about the most colorful of the lot.

Jack knew how to enjoy life, how to extract every ounce of pleasure and passion from every present moment.

As a little boy, I just loved being around Uncle Jack.… Read more

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posticon April 15, 2004 by John Cali

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Last weekend I was reflecting on all the changes in my personal life this past year.

My son had gotten married and then decided to move to Africa for two years. I had moved from the USA’s east coast to the northern Rocky Mountains. Some of my years-long relationships faltered and vanished. Other new relationships sprung up and flourished.

And those were just “the tip of the iceberg.”

I was actually a bit startled at how many changes I’d experienced, how many “rites of passage.” And, indeed, how many dramatic, unexpected passages.… Read more

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posticon The Law of Allowance by John Cali

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We recently received the following letter from a reader.

John,

I was touched by Spirit’s message regarding “truth.” Staying out of judgment is a thing many, many gifted people have written about and, certainly, refraining from judgment is a key. However, there is something that seems to precede refraining from judgment. That is the Law of Allowance.

“Churchianity” has conditioned us to accept God/Source as full of judgment, blessing the chosen few and raining difficulty on those that seemingly disobey the commandments.… Read more

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posticon Follow-up: What Is Truth? by John Cali

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Recently I had several bizarre conversations with someone I’ve known and been close to all our lives. We’ll call him Tom (not his real name).

Tom and I grew up together in the same small town, in the same neighborhood, in the same extended family, in the same environment. And we had what I remember as a wonderful childhood. Oh, there were the usual “growing pains” but, overall, it was a happy time.

Tom called me last week to talk about a difficult situation that had just come up in his life.… Read more