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posticon The Incredible Value and Power of Silence

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In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after truth. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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Lately I’ve become super-sensitive to all the noise in our world—the lack of silence, even the fear of silence. So many folks struggle with silence—they don’t know how to “do” it. Of course, I realize it’s a challenge when you have a family, a job and all the other daily experiences that do not encourage silence.Read more

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posticon Animals in Life and the Afterlife

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The more we learn of the true nature of non-human animals, especially those with complex brains and corresponding social behavior, the more ethical concerns are raised regarding their use in the service of man—whether this be in entertainment, as “pets,” for food, in research laboratories, or any other uses to which we subject them. ~ Jane Goodall, British anthropologist

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I realize the topic of animal welfare is often a contentious and confusing one. There are various aspects to consider, as Jane Goodall clearly states above.Read more

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posticon The Incredible Power of Love

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God, being Love, is also happiness. Happiness is an attribute of love. It cannot be apart from it. Nor can it be experienced where love is not. Love has no limits, being everywhere. ~ A Course in Miracles

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The other day I was reading The Art of Spiritual Peacemaking by James Twyman. I was particularly struck by these words:

“Give only love, no matter what the conditions might seem to be, and it will be the only thing you perceive.Read more

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posticon What Can You Expect at Death?

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Miracles enable you to heal the sick and raise the dead because you made sickness and death yourself, and can therefore abolish both. ~ A Course in Miracles

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According to some studies, the two things most folks fear are public speaking and death. We can avoid public speaking, but apparently not death. Or can we avoid even that?

I’m sure you’ve seen all the stories out there about near-death experiences. Many folks who return from those experiences report they’ve totally lost their fear of death.Read more

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posticon Standoff at Charlottesville: Can Hatred Survive?

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I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson, Charlottesville, Virginia

Many years ago, I spent an idyllic summer at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. The small city was home to Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. Both served as governors of Virginia and also United States presidents.

Charlottesville, known for its long and colorful history, is in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of central Virginia.Read more