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posticon Does Praying Do Any Good? by John Cali

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Last week one of our newsletter readers sent us a question about prayer. She wondered if praying does any good at all. Or is it just an exercise in frustration and futility?

John Cali

Here’s our reader’s letter:

“Hi John and Spirit,

“Thank you for the years of support and truth.

“I would like to know about the purpose of prayer. I have prayed for people and thought that this would keep them protected and secure in the physical, and yet they still get hurt and leave the physical unexpectedly. I know we all leave eventually, but I thought we could pray to protect others from harsh experiences.

“Can you answer this question? What is the role of prayer? Does prayer have an impact on others?

“I remember when John wished he could see the beautiful mountain sceneryContinue reading

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posticon What Do You Do? by John Cali

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I’m on the board of directors of a local community service organization. Last week at our regular board meeting we were chatting before the meeting started. The chat turned out to be more interesting than the meeting itself.

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Besides being on the board of directors, I also write and publish the organization’s newsletter. But I’ve been so busy lately I’ve missed a few publishing deadlines. So the other board members wondered why, out loud, and rightly so.

I told them I’d been very busy with my work. “Well, what do you do?” they asked. I’d never talked to them about my work.

“Well,” I said, “I’m a freelance writer.” And they said, “What do you write about?”

So I told them, point-blank. There was a collective gasp.

I love my town. I love Wyoming. I love these people. But they are in no … Continue reading

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posticon Pantheism by John Cali

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An old friend of many years and I recently started walking on weekends up in the foothills south of our town. It’s a break from our busy schedules, a chance to catch up with each other and to relax in the natural splendor of northwestern Wyoming’s rugged Rocky Mountains.

John Cali

In the foothills you can see nearly the whole valley below, from the gently rounded Big Horn Mountains on the east to the raw rugged peaks of the Absaroka Mountains on the west. Between the two ranges is a vast, almost empty expanse, populated mostly by wild creatures and just a few humans.

The Big Horns are resplendent in their sparkling coat of nearly year-round snow. The rugged Absarokas radiate that special power and glory you find only in the high places.

The mountains often glow with a golden-amber light I’ve rarely seen in … Continue reading

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posticon The Illusion of Security by John Cali

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One of the Washington Post’s headlines yesterday read “U.S. Downturn Dragging World Into Recession.” How does that headline make you feel? Insecure perhaps? Scared?

John Cali

BTW, in keeping with Spirit’s frequent advice about not reading “bad” news, I didn’t read the article. But the headline intrigued me.

Most of my life I was a “security freak.” I wanted absolute certainty in my life. In an effort to achieve that I planned everything out in advance. I had a ridiculously detailed written 1-year plan, a 5-year plan, a 10-year plan, and far beyond. It gave me the illusion of security.

I was raised, as I’m sure many of you were, to believe security could be found in — well, you name it — a college education, a stable career, a happy marriage, a big bank account, a religious faith, the government, and so on. We … Continue reading

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posticon Have You Checked Your Blood Pressure Lately? by John Cali

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I know that’s a strange title for a newsletter article. But those of you who’ve been with us a while know I can come up with even stranger titles than that one.

John Cali

Last week I was at a meeting of a community service organization I belong to. One of our speakers gave a short talk on health. The first thing he said was “Have you checked your blood pressure lately?” Hence the title of this article.

The speaker launched into his talk with a brief history of his personal physical health. Several years ago he’d been monitoring his blood pressure every day. One day the reading skyrocketed. He just knew something had gone wrong. He was obviously expecting something to go wrong or he would not have been checking his blood pressure every single day.

He went to his doctor who also knew, … Continue reading

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