The Wild Winds of Wyoming by John Cali

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John Cali

I live in northwestern Wyoming in the northern Rocky Mountains of the USA. Wind is a fact of life out here. And Wyoming is famous (or, I should say, infamous) for its wind.

I, however, love the wind. Its power and energy carry me to those high, sacred places where I know I’m really in touch with my higher self, my soul.

Most of the time, that is. Today I had second thoughts. Let me explain.

I go jogging several miles almost every day.… Read more

He Never Said Goodbye by John Cali

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My son John recently came out to Wyoming to spend some time with me. It was a joyous reunion since we hadn’t seen each other in nearly a year.

One late and sunny afternoon John and I decided to take a ride out into the South Fork Valley. It’s a remote and beautiful valley just outside Yellowstone National Park. For many years, it’s been a favorite place of ours.

As we rode deeper into the valley, storm clouds were gathering over the mountains to the west, the sun slowly fading from sight.… Read more

But He’s Happy by John Cali

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A few weeks ago I was heading back to my car after a long walk in the foothills south of my little mountain town.

As I neared my car, I heard a man’s voice crying, “Henry, Henry!”

I glanced off to my left and there was this furry little creature furiously running toward me. I bent down to greet him as he practically threw himself into my arms, tail wagging wildly and mouth parted in a joyous, laughing doggy grin.… Read more

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

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

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.”… Read more

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

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

What Is Truth? by John Cali

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Spirit and I recently received an interesting letter from a reader. The letter was on an unrelated subject, but the writer raised the issue of truth.

Here is the relevant excerpt:

“You don’t corner the market on truth. You offer much in your letters that is flawed, but tolerable in recognition of the fact that it is all a part of your path, your growth.”

Neither Spirit nor I have ever said our truth is “the” truth. In fact, quite the opposite.… Read more

Sexuality: Homo or Hetero? by John Cali

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Spirit and I receive lots of questions from you, our readers. We cannot possibly answer them all in a weekly newsletter. After all, there are only 52 weeks in a year.

So we strive to answer those questions we feel have the broadest relevance to our readers. This week’s newsletter is based on one of those questions, a question we received in response to our newsletter, Love Is Not Enough, from February 26.

Here’s what our reader wrote:

“I enjoy reading the newsletters .… Read more

Suicide: A Solution? by John Cali

John Cali

A reader recently wrote us this letter:

“Have you published anything about suicide? A friend of mine is depressed, and he’s considering it. I think it’s foolish unless there is absolutely no hope, and that’s an extremely rare case at best.

“Are there occasions when suicide is the only solution?”

Here’s Spirit.

Spirit

We are delighted to offer you, for your consideration, our view of this often weighty subject.

Our reader asked if there are occasions when suicide is the only solution.… Read more

Your Life’s Purpose by John Cali

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Over the many years Spirit and I have been doing personal readings, I’ve been able to clearly group the questions we get asked into just a few categories.

But the common thread running through all those categories is this question:

What is my life’s purpose?

We live in a world today filled to overflowing with chaos and confusion. There are many voices crying in the wilderness our world has become. A wilderness of often conflicting voices.

Many of those voices are urging us to follow their paths.… Read more

Love Is Not Enough by John Cali

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A long time ago, in the dim and distant recesses of my memory, I remember one of the darkest times of my life. My young son, then about seven years old, his mother, and I were sitting together talking about a deeply troubling and painful situation in our lives.

We were working, struggling our way through this devilishly difficult conversation. Our son, wise little one that he was (and still is, though not so little any more), thought love was the answer to the seeming dilemma.… Read more

The Dark Side by John Cali

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Some years ago I had a friend Ann (not her real name) who was always talking about her “dark side.” And about the dark side which, she insisted, all humans had.

Clearly I remember that bright shining summer day Ann and I visited an old friend of hers in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

Sam (not his real name) was a wonderfully warm and caring man. And he was excited about some big changes happening in his life.… Read more

Are You Stuck and Struggling? by John Cali

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Many folks have commented to Spirit and me over the years they feel stuck in their lives. They’re in a place they don’t want to be. They’re in a rut, and they can’t get out of it. Their lives are a constant struggle. And all they know is being stuck and being in struggle. Or so it seems.

Here’s a typical comment:

“This stuck place is where I am right now. This is reality, and I must deal with reality, must I not?… Read more

GNBC: Good News Broadcasting Company by John Cali

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I can hear you all saying it: “Well, Cali’s come up with another weird title!” But it got your attention, didn’t it? 😉

Seriously though, one of the questions Spirit and I get asked most frequently goes something like this:

“You guys are always saying we’re supposed to live joyful lives, and that was our souls’ intent when we came into these physical bodies. Well, how can we be joyful when the world is filled with tragedy, death, disease, disasters of all kinds?”… Read more

The Impossible Dream: Follow-up by John Cali

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The response to last week’s newsletter was, in a word, overwhelming. And I want to thank all of you who wrote for your outpouring of love and support for Spirit and me.

If you did not see last week’s newsletter, and want to before you read any farther, you’ll find ithere.

I know many folks view Spirit and me as your “teachers” or “leaders.” But all of you also teach and lead us. It’s a two-way street.… Read more

The Impossible Dream by John Cali

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This past month or so Spirit and I have received several letters from folks unhappy with the way we write this newsletter. Specifically, with our emphasis on joy, on seeing life as a game and having fun with it. The letters ranged from mildly critical to harshly judgemental.

These letters are not typical of those most of you send us. By far, most of your letters are loving and supportive. But, of course, we also welcome dissent. So, in that spirit, I would like to address this handful of dissenters in this issue of our newsletter.… Read more

Relax and Be Who You Are by John Cali

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This past holiday season was a most interesting time for me personally. I immersed myself in the joy and spirit of the season, as I do every year. But this year I paid more attention than I normally do to what other folks were doing and feeling at the holidays, including some of my own family.

Many of them were totally stressed out and unbelievably miserable. One told me of the holiday pressure he was feeling, exclaiming “I hate this season!”… Read more

A New Beginning by John Cali

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I was pacing back and forth in my office today, wondering what the next newsletter would be about. I often start the weekly process by choosing a topic first, and then a title. After that, Spirit and I create the content.

As I was pacing, Spirit suddenly “popped in” (as often happens when I’m wondering what to do) and suggested the title–A New Beginning.

“Well,” I said to myself, “that’s appropriate. After all, this is our first newsletter of the New Year 2004.… Read more

Peace on Earth by John Cali

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Occasionally I resurrect an old newsletter when the subject is still timely. We did that last month at the celebration of Thanksgiving Day in the USA. It’s getting to be a kind of tradition here at Sentinels of the Sky Newsletter.

So this week, when the world is celebrating Christmas and humanity’s thoughts are turning to world peace, we’re revisiting Spirit’s message “Peace On Earth.” As with all our revisited messages, the subject is not only timely, but also timeless.… Read more

The Will of God by John Cali

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A reader sent us a rather interesting question this week. I responded to her, and told her I’d present the question to Spirit. Here’s our exchange:

Her letter:

“Dear John,

“Would I be correct in assuming that Spirit is asking us to surrender to the will of All That Is? And to ask for the best possible/most positive outcome in any situation requiring prayer? Actually not even to ask, just to send positive, balanced energy that would be aligned with the will of All That Is?… Read more

Mother Earth: Natural Disasters and Other Opportunities: Follow-up by John Cali

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We received a follow-up question on last week’s newsletter. If you missed that newsletter, you can read it here.

So, without further ado, here’s the question:

“One question I have about that situation (possible volcanic eruptions in Yellowstone National Park) after reading pleas from the Indians that live there is:

“Do I spread the word of a need for prayer and healing balance in that area or, by doing so, would it create a worse problem by having many humans putting their attention on an eruption in that area?… Read more

Mother Earth: Natural Disasters and Other Opportunities by John Cali

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As some of you know, I live just outside Yellowstone National Park. For those of you unfamiliar with the United States, that’s in northwestern Wyoming in the mountainous far western part of the country.

There’s been quite a bit of speculation lately as whether there are any “natural disasters” about to happen in Yellowstone.

A dear friend wrote me recently. Here’s part of his letter:

“Those of you who have been called to the beautiful Yellowstone area, perhaps to anchor and calm the energy there, have a personal ‘stake’ in the area.… Read more

Gratitude by John Cali

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Over the years, Spirit has spoken often about gratitude, and the wonders it can create in our lives. In the USA this week we celebrate a day called Thanksgiving. A day of giving thanks for all the blessings in our lives. A day for expressing gratitude.

I’ve resurrected and “dusted off” one of Spirit’s old articles from many years back. I think it’s as appropriate and timely now as it was when we first published it.

I wish you all a most blessed and happy Thanksgiving, whether you’re in the USA or another country.… Read more