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The Wisdom to Walk Away From Painful Desires
by Guy Finley

I would like to shed some light on a subtle but significant idea concerning what I call the “circle of self.” We will examine the secret mechanism in us that drives us through certain unconscious life cycles where, in moments of crisis, we think we are making wise choices, only to realize we have chosen against ourselves once again.

To begin, we must examine two important ideas. First, the most vital moments in our lives occur when we are most conscious of ourselves, when we are fully present to all of the lessons this same moment brings into our awareness. It is in these moments that transformation of self and awareness of self are as one movement. 

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Let Me Disappoint You
by Cheryl Richardson

I hate being disappointed. There's nothing worse than getting your hopes up only to have them squelched when something doesn't turn out the way you plan. And that's precisely why I hate to disappoint others. Over the years I've watched myself go on autopilot when someone asks for a favor, saying "yes" when I know in my gut that I'd rather not do it. Or I've suffered, spending too much time trying to come up with a graceful way to let someone down so they wouldn't feel hurt or angry at my "no."

At our core, most of us hate to hurt or disappoint people. As a matter of fact, many avoid it like the plague. Here are a few reasons why: 

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Five Soul Contracts You Want to Release and How to Start Doing It  
by Danielle MacKinnon

Soul Contracts can be wonderful, loving connections between people that help create growth, transformation, and even access to unconditional love. (Laaaaa! Can you hear the birds tweeting and the harps playing?) People always want to know what the Soul Contract is between themselves and their partner, brother, mother, best friend… After all, once you know the Soul Contract, you’re on track to creating a more successful relationship.

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The Platinum Rule of Relationship
by Joyce and Barry Vissell

Most of us know the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. It works fine in many circumstances. If you're tempted to yell at the guy who just cut you off in traffic, you take a deep breath and give him the benefit of the doubt. After all, it could be you someday. You follow the Golden Rule when you visit a friend who's sick, because you would want the same treatment if you become sick.

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Living On The Edge: The Deep Truth of Our Destiny and Our Fate
by Gregg Braden

During the last years of the Cold War, I had a front row seat as a senior systems designer in the defense industry to one of the most frightening times in the history of the world, and the thinking that led to it. During the 44 years of the most potentially lethal, yet undeclared, war in human history, the super powers of the United States and the former Soviet Union did something that seems unthinkable to any rationally minded person today. They spent the time, energy, and human resources to develop and stockpile somewhere in the neighborhood of 65,000 nuclear weapons—a combined arsenal with the power to microwave the Earth, and everything on it, many times over. 

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Is a Past Life Connection Creating Havoc In Your Relationship?
by Ines Martens

Have you ever stayed in a relationship even though it was really painful and detrimental to you? Have you ever wondered why you kept going back to a relationship even though on a rational level you knew that you deserved better? Have you ever felt an inexplicable tie to a person that surpassed reason? Past life connection can create havoc in your current life and keep you feeling powerless and stuck, however you can reclaim your power by using a technique that is now accessible to everyone. 

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Avoiding the Parent Trap: How to Change Your Thoughts About Parenting Teens   
by Dr. John Duffy


It's hard to say how it started.

I know for a fact that we parent teens today with more fear, ego and judgment than calm, confidence and openness. There are countless theories as to why.

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What Matters to You?
by Heather Marie Wilson

Planting the seed of focus in your life involves becoming clear about what your values are. What matters to you? What do you hold in high regard? What do you respect and require in your life? What can’t you live without (or with)?

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Self-Respect, Self-Esteem, and Self-Worth
by Sanaya Roman           

What is required to feel good about yourself is not the same from person to person. What you require for self-esteem is not necessarily what another person requires. It is important to discover what makes you feel worthy, confident, and happy about who you are.

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Start Seeing the Good When Things Look Bad
by Guy Finley

More often than most of us care to tell, we run into unwanted moments that seem to challenge the very fabric of our being. Almost anything can be the proverbial straw that breaks us: a friend's betrayal, loss of health or a loved one, unexpected financial strain. Even a shattered dream can throw us into a dark nightmare. Certainly, no one gets out of his or her bed in the morning thinking, "Today I hope to encounter impossible circumstances!"

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The Top 5 Ways to Communicate with Your Pet for Non-Psychics
by Danielle MacKinnon


I've been working with animals professionally for over 10 years now, and not surprisingly, I've had the opportunity to learn a lot from them. What may surprise you, however, is how many different NON-PSYCHIC ways they’ve shown me that they are open to deepening their connection and communication with their humans! People usually assume that Animal Communicators must have the BEST relationships with their pets since they can “hear” every little thing their pets want them to know, but you know what? This isn’t always the case. As you'll see by this list, you don't have to be psychic to have a superior connection with your pet; you just have to be willing to try out some new things.

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Responding to the Bullycides: How We Can Stand Up & Honor Their Memories
by Rachel Simmons 

It’s been said that once you have a child, you look at the suffering of other families in a different way. You know what it means to love someone with your entire being, in a way that you never could have imagined before bringing your child into your life. In a way, every child becomes your child.

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Forgiveness: 8 Check Points On This Journey To Freedom
by Trish Whynot, D.C.Ed. 

Forgiveness is a journey toward freedom from our past. It can be transformational, complex, is not to be taken lightly and cannot be commanded. If you are patient and open to the unfolding of forgiveness, your desire to forgive will be fulfilled.

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Secrets For Sensitive People To Find Relationships That Work
by Judith Orloff MD 

Loneliness gets to some more than others. But why it hangs on isn’t always apparent when read by traditional medical eyes. In my medical practice and workshops I’ve been struck by how many sensitive, empathic people who I call “emotional empaths” come to me, lonely, wanting a romantic partner, yet remaining single for years. Or else they’re in relationships but feel constantly fatigued and overwhelmed. The reason isn’t simply that “there aren’t enough emotionally available people ‘out there,’” nor is their burnout “neurotic.” Personally and professionally, I’ve discovered that something more is going on.  

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Eliminate the Root Cause of What’s Blocking You with Intuitive Danielle MacKinnon
by Bob Olson (founder of OfSpirit.com Magazine, BestPsychicMediums.com & BestPsychicDirectory.com)

I’m so thrilled to share my latest reading with you. It happens to be a rather personal experience, but I’m willing to share it because I believe this type of reading has the potential to change lives. In fact, I genuinely trust that a session like this holds the power to awaken us to our soul’s plan.  

In my case, this reading helped me to eliminate the root cause of a hidden obstacle in my life. This obstacle had been subconsciously blocking me from fulfilling a long-awaited goal, yet I wasn’t even aware of its presence. Of course this is why subconscious blocks can be so destructive, because they can hold us back for years without us having any clue that they exist. Yet it took only one reading with intuitive Danielle MacKinnon to bring what was blocking me to my awareness. I was then quickly on my way to fulfilling my passion—now unencumbered by what had been holding me back.  

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Do You Have Inspiration Deficit Disorder?
by Jonathan Ellerby, Ph.D  

Do you feel stuck in one or more areas of your life? Do you lack the time to regularly renew yourself and enjoy your interests? Are you relying on caffeine, anti-depressants or alcohol to manage your stress and emotional well-being?    

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Divine Do-Gooding
by Kimberly Wilson

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. — Margaret Mead

Doing good is no longer just for the bleeding hearts, but rather is a way of living. I love the notion of do-gooding and find it akin to breathing, bathing, and being. You cannot escape the continuous reminders to go green, be socially responsible, or save the planet. Our culture is infused with a sense of urgency to make a difference through our daily actions, decisions, and dollars. This section is full of ideas on how you can leave a lovely legacy not only by being you but also by reaching beyond yourself.

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Check Your Premises: Do You Face Challenges As The Warrior or The Wise One?
by Trish Whynot, D.C.Ed.

Do you believe in miracles—changes that occur as if by magic? Or do your premises—your basic assumptions about reality—exclude their possibility? If your premises are based on a Warrior mentality they will promote fighting for what you want and defending what you have. But if they are based on a Wise One mentality they will promote feeling your disappointment all the way back to its roots for the purpose of healing and growth. A Warrior mentality will promote working hard to earn what you want and a Wise One mentality will promote working hard to become the person you need to be in order to receive it. Our premises determine our responses to life; they determine our capacity to thrive physically, socially and financially. And our free will is exercised in determining which premise we choose to adopt.

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The Power to Never Feel Powerless Again
by Guy Finley  

In one way or another, we often feel “trapped” by life. If it weren’t true, we wouldn’t spend as much time as we do trying to “escape” our circumstances. We’re so involved with imagining and swimming to our own Fantasy Island, we never consider this important question: what if the condition we wish to escape were only an illusion that feels real? How would such a realization change our lives?  

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10 Steps to Manifest Loving Relationships
by Jason Nelson

Have you ever wondered why you bring the same type of person into your life or why people leave when they do? It can be frustrating, not knowing why patterns don't change, even when we want them to. We end up blaming ourselves or others when relationships stop working and fall apart. Wouldn't it be helpful if we understood the enigma of chemistry  between people? Understanding what brings people in and out of our life empowers us to choose who is in our life contributing to our peace, health and joy. To move closer to our spirituality and find success in our endeavors, we must strive to embrace the people who are in tune with our life's harmony.

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Co-Creation: Reclaiming What Is Rightfully Yours Through Love 
by William Frank Diedrich

In order to co-create we have to clean up blaming and resentments. Co-creation is creating using the guidance of your Inner Being, your Higher Self. Anything you are holding against another is holding you. Anything you are holding against yourself is holding you. Power is found in complete responsibility.

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The World Needs A Man's Heart
by Heather Fraser

"By and large, these days men suffer greater deprivation than women, because women are allowed to play the power game, but men have been blocked from expressing their femininity"   - Richard Rohr, author, A Wild Man's Journey

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The Naked Truth: Weight Loss and Our Relationship with God
by Trish Whynot, D.C.Ed. 

Since each of us is at one and the same time a physical and spiritual being, everything in our lives, every problem we confront, has both a physical and spiritual aspect. Even those things that seem simply physical in nature, such as our bodies, are in truth also spiritual.  It makes sense then that if we go deeply into our relationship with our physical selves that we will soon find ourselves in the realm of spirit. At the root of everything lies our relationship with God[1]. We find Him wherever we look, even when we look into our most bodily selves as we struggle with weight

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How to Stay Positive… With a Negative Vibration Spouse or Partner 
by Jackie Lapin

People who are making the change to a conscious and spiritually-driven life often discover that they are yoked to someone who is not prepared to come along on that journey. The partner is mired in his or her own negative thoughts and emotions, and meets any topic of spiritual enlightenment, positive vibration and conscious creation with a wall of resistance. Don’t despair…lots of others have gone through this phase too, and come out on the other side with a happier life. Let’s look at what you can do in this situation:

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Condition Yourself to Love Unconditionally
by Mary Jo Shaffer


Even in the healthiest of relationships, opportunities abound to find fault, criticize or "tweak" the other person no matter whether we are talking about a mate, a child or a friend. Most of us were raised in an environment where rather than focusing on the positive, we were taught to zoom in and dwell on the negative. Breaking that habitual way of thinking is a matter of conditioning our minds to refocus and learn to love with abandon, without any requirements, without any rules and without any limitations.

Here is our list of top ten ways to condition yourself to love unconditionally.

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A New Approach To Igniting And Sustaining Creativity
by Anne Paris, PhD


Mary squirmed in her chair as she continued, “I just don’t know what is wrong with me. Why can’t I just do it? I feel stressed all the time when I’m not writing. ‘I should be writing’, I say to myself, but I don’t. I think, if I just get the laundry done, then I’ll be free to sit down and write the next chapter. But then I don’t. Maybe I need to exercise first, and I go for a run. I get back home, fully intending to sit down at the computer. But I don’t. And all the while I’m feeling bad and stressed about not writing. What is wrong with me? Maybe I’m just lazy. Or maybe unconsciously I don’t really want to write. Or maybe it just means that I’m not really cut out to be a writer. ‘Writers write’, I tell myself.

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Having Money
by Sanaya Roman and Duane Packer
 
Money is neither good nor bad; it is energy. It is the way money is used that determines whether or not it is a positive energy that will benefit you and others. If you come from the highest level of integrity with your money, if you make it in ways that benefit people, through shifting their consciousness, or through serving and making a contribution, by giving your best, honoring others, and putting attention and consciousness into what you do, you are making a contribution to humanity and to yourself. When you use money in ways that serve your higher purpose and bring you and others joy, you are creating money of light. The more money is made and spent with integrity and light, the more it becomes a force of light for everyone. 
 

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The Evolution of a Soul Mate Relationship
by Kimmie Rose Zapf

Purpose of Your Life

The whole purpose to be on this earth plane is for your soul to evolve and go back to the light from which it came. In order to do this you must experience “Love” and let go of any fears. We are joined in from lifetime to lifetime by “helpers” with whom we refer to as “Soul mates”. There are two types of Soul mates: Companions and Karmic. I will explain those later. First we need to explain your soul’s purpose.

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Love, Compassion, and Tolerance
by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
 

 “Love, compassion, and tolerance are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” 
 
The essence of all religions is love, compassion, and tolerance. Kindness is my true religion. No matter whether you are learned or not, whether you believe in the next life or not, whether you believe in God or Buddha or some other religion or not, in day-to-day life you must be a kind person. When you are motivated by kindness, it doesn’t matter whether you are a practitioner, a lawyer, a politician, an administrator, a worker, or an engineer: whatever your profession or field, deep down you are a kind person. Love, compassion, and tolerance are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive. If you have a particular faith or religion, that is good. But you can survive without it if you have love, compassion, and tolerance. The clear proof of a person’s love of God is if that person genuinely shows love to fellow human beings.

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A Valentine’s Day Meditation on Love and Relationships
by Mark A. Michaels (Swami Umeshanand Saraswati) and Patricia Johnson (Devi Veenanand) 


Tantra is an ancient Indian spiritual tradition that recognizes human sexuality as one avenue among many for achieving mystical experience. Although the number of Tantric texts that deal directly with sexual activity is quite small, most Westerners associate Tantra with love, sex, and relationships. While Western ideas about Tantra are thus somewhat misguided, if you can bring a Tantric sensibility to love and relationship, your love life will be richer and more fulfilling. 

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The Enslaving Illusion of Love
by Fr. Paul Coutinho, SJ

Love is one of the greatest illusions that people have. This illusion of love is often the biggest obstacle to our relationship with God and to our greater and deeper experience of the Divine.

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First Comes Friendship, Then Comes Marriage
by Aurelie Sheehan

This month my husband and I are celebrating our eighth anniversary -- safely and well beyond the Seven Year Itch. We have a good marriage, and much to celebrate. What makes it work? I don’t know -- luck, probably. Or maybe it’s because it resembles, more than the relationships I’ve had with some men, the neglected, yet deeply important bond I shared with my childhood best friend.

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Love's Simple Truths: Rumi’s Path of The Heart
by Ross Heaven

Love is the order of the universe and we are its atoms.
It is the ocean and we are its drops…
Through love the heavens are brilliant;
Without love even suns and moons are eclipsed

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Take Me to Truth, Undoing the Ego: An Interview with Authors Nouk Sanchez and Tomas Vieira
by Gene Bogart, Forgiveness TV

Gene: As potential readers see literally thousands of spiritually oriented books out there, how does Take Me to Truth, Undoing the Ego present a unique benefit to those who sincerely desire spiritual awakening?

Nouk and Tomas: This is not your intellectual brand of awakening. This is for those who genuinely want to undo the root cause of all suffering – the ego. We offer a guide for those who wish to participate in the daily practice of undoing their ego. Awakening occurs through the conscious application of three major principles being, Quantum forgiveness, Radical self-inquiry and Now moment presence. Many religious and spiritual studies are predicated on the belief that God created this world; our book is based on the principles of A Course in Miracles, which explains that God did not create this world, we did. From absolute Oneness, which is Infinite Love there emerged a “tiny mad idea” of separation, an illusion of separate individuals. We fell into a dream of this present world of time and space; a dream of duality. 

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The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
by Deepak Chopra

When ancient peoples considered the vastness of the universe, they felt something very surprising, they felt connected, a spiritual connection cannot be seen or touched, yet we have a way to verify invisible things by using a faculty more powerful and reliable than the five senses—consciousness.

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Take the Path of Self-Construction
by Marlene Buffa

stru-, struct-, -structure, -struction, -structive (Latin: build, construct, place together, arrange).

So much judgment transfers via the media and our social interaction into our subconscious minds. We hear things such as someone is "on a path of self-destruction" or acts as "his own worst enemy." Rarely do we hear accolades of emotional rebirth or those rising from adversity or overcoming obstacles. We need to turn our attention and focus to different routes of growth, different methods of self-evolution and I invite you to consider the use of words both actual and coined for the exploration of this phenomenon we call spiritual growth.

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Honor The Feminine In Us And In Others
by Stephen Ruppenthal

One day this past winter, I decided to take in a talk on the Buddhist mother of compassion, Kuanyin. Interested people, and not only women, flooded out the doors of the bookstore where it was being held. I asked myself, why do other talks barely fill the room while this one has a line flowing out onto the street? A good guess might be that people are sick of living in a world in which masculine aggressiveness and control have run roughshod over more feminine qualities like love, patience, or a feeling for healing and harmony. I believe many more people wish that qualities like gentleness, tenderness, patience, receptiveness, closeness to nature, and the readiness to forgive were more valued in our world. Let’s start right now with five ways all of us, men and women alike, can honor and cultivate the qualities of our feminine side.

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How We Become Who We Are Not 
by Richard Moss, MD

We are not born, in essence, American, French, Japanese, Christian, Muslim, or Jew. These labels are attached to us according to where on the planet our births happen to take place, or these labels are imposed upon us because they indicate our families’ belief systems.

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One Magic Strategy for your Relationship
by Susan Page

Whether you are in a happy time with your partner right now or experiencing stress, there is one powerful, easy strategy you can use by yourself to create a more pleasant atmosphere in your home, almost instantly! At the same time, this new tactic will begin mending the chronic issues that recur between the two of you over and over. I call it a Loving Action, and, like all the Loving Actions I teach, it is based on universal spiritual principles, or Spiritual Partnership. 

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Love, Passion and a Great Relationship: A Special Valentine’s Day Love Ritual for Singles
by Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway

Evoke the energies of love, passion and a great relationship on the holiday of hearts by calling in divine match makers and asking the Gods and Goddesses of Love to bring you home to true love ... and bring your true love home to you. 

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Dare To (Not) Compare: One Secret To Aligning With Your Highest Potential
by Jeffrey Brownstein

I was talking with a friend today. We were having this nice, empowering conversation, sharing ideas - and then we started analyzing another mutual acquaintance (already sound familiar?). Nothing terrible, but my friend astutely pointed out when our focus started slipping more toward the other person's shortcomings, and suggested we shift the discussion back to our own affairs. I, of course, being a (sometimes defensive!) Law of Attraction coach tried to validate the merits of our digression, saying there was no malice in our words - that we were just using the other person's behavior as a vehicle for learning. Thankfully, my friend wasn't completely buying in.

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Find Your Center and Reach Your Goals for 2007
by Stephen Ruppenthal

The New Year is a time to wipe the slate clean. With heartfelt zeal, we can earnestly make a new start. As the great Zen master Suzuki-roshi used to say, we contact what is called the beginner’s mind, a real hope for keeping new resolutions about ourselves. Of course it’s great to post such resolutions in your office or on the refrigerator, keeping them right before you as you strive for personal change. But if you really want to stop being late or to cease yelling at your husband,  your willpower will flow more constantly if you find your inner center and practice the new pattern of behavior from your heart. Since change is so hard, particularly in areas where we have shown considerable weakness, here are five helpful ways to find our center within ourselves and hold fast to the new behavior we want in the New Year: 

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The Most Important Dimension of Human Existence
by Eckhart Tolle 

We’re here to find that dimension within ourselves that is deeper than thought. 

This teaching isn’t based on knowledge, on new interesting facts, new information. The world is full of that already. You can push any button on the many devices you have and get information. You’re drowning in information.

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Are Secrets Spoiling Your Spiritual Life?
by John Howard Prin, LADC 

As an addictions counselor, I often see people who want to grow spiritually but who are using addictions as shortcuts to their goals. Over the years I've identified two major conditions that persons trapped in addiction claim for staying addicted: boredom and misery. These misguided folks persist in heavy drinking, compulsive shopping, internet pornography, shoplifting, eating disorders, and more in order to achieve the mood change from negative emotions that they seek — in order to escape from their boredom or pain and achieve what feels like a spiritual high. Unfortunately once the high disappears, what is left is shame, guilt, remorse, and disapproval from the important people in their lives. This tends to lead to secrecy. Avoiding the shame, guilt, and remorse is a whopping challenge in itself and failure, or refusal to even try, is rife. About one-third of the clients whom I see actively steal hours away from their public lives, including home and work lives, to indulge in their hidden addictive habits — secretly attempting to reach transcendence from reality. 

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Easy Love Rituals to Attract a New Romantic Partner
by Venus Rachal

Looking for a new relationship does not have to be a stressful process. It’s supposed to be fun, never mind blind dates from the internet or those matchmaking efforts of your sister, cousin, dentist… In the spirit of fun and spiritual growth, here are some terrific rituals to help you enhance the love around you and motivate you to find someone special.

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The Great Fruits of Kindness
by Sharon Salzberg

Many of us long for an underlying sense of meaning, something we can still believe in no matter what happens to us, a navigational force to pull all the disparate pieces of our lives together into some kind of whole. Perhaps we find ourselves feeling helpless when even a little too much of the unexpected occurs, defenseless when we find we don’t have control over a situation and can’t fathom what might happen next, unsure of where to turn when we aren’t having the positive effect we want with a troubled family member or a friend. In any of these circumstances, and in so many more, we shut down. Then we go through the motions of our day, day after day, without much dynamism or spirit.

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Exploring New Relationships Without Losing Yourself Or Getting Hurt
by Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

Katie had not been in a relationship in ten years, and she was scared to death. In her last relationship, she had lost herself completely and then felt devastated when her boyfriend of three years left her for another woman. 

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The Biggest Mistake Men Make in Relationships
by Helene Rothschild

“I don’t understand,” said Don. “My business is going well. I’m a good provider. I give my wife and the children everything they want. We live in a beautiful house and we drive expensive cars. Last winter I took the whole family on a trip to Mexico. I don't fool around with other women. I do play golf every Sunday with the guys. But a man needs some recreation. I don’t understand why I seem to do so well at work, but when I come home I feel like a failure!

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5 Relationship Killers and How to Avoid Them
by Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

As a relationship counselor, I am constantly being asked why so many relationships fail. In the 37 years that I have worked with couples, I have discovered five major relationship killers:

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Helping Loved One’s In A Crisis …Without Sacrificing Yourself! 
by Steven E. Hodes

When my elderly parents fell ill, I found myself in a very human predicament: I was thrust into the role of parent and advocate while simultaneously dealing with the almost paralyzing fear of their imminent deaths. 

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Are You in Relationship Remission?
by Dorothy Thompson

Everyone’s been burned, cheated on and totally deflated by their loved one at some point. It’s not a fun thing to go through, and sometimes it causes the person to become disillusioned with the whole idea of romance, relationships or beginning anew. 

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Parent In-The-Box or Parent Out-Of-The-Box: A Guide To A More Meaningful Parent-Child Relationship
by Dr. Trish Whynot

The parent-child relationship is rich with opportunities for healing and growth. These opportunities become apparent when the relationship is viewed from outside the box. It is hard for me to find words to describe the awe and wonder that can be experienced from parenting "out-of-the-box." It is a whole different world out there!

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Relationships: Conflict Resolution Without Words
by Margaret Paul, Ph.D.


In the last few decades, partners have spent countless hours trying to “work out problems.” Yet over and over again they often come up against a major roadblock: they just don’t see things the same way. No matter how long they talk and how hard they try, neither ends up feeling really heard and understood.

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What Does Unconditional Love REALLY Mean?
by Janice Lynne Lundy

We all want to be loved. If the truth be told, we long for love and will go to great lengths to have it in our lives. We also have some pretty grandiose ideas of how it should show up and what it should feel like. Notice the word "should" here. It tells us a great deal about how we REALLY feel about love. 

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Why Did This Happen to Me Again?
by Janette Freeman

Do you wonder why your efforts at personal transformation don’t seem to last? 

Do you get excited about some new idea, but after a while you slip right back into your old patterns? 

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We Are All Swans: Sexual Self Image in the Real World
by Linda Marks

Whether by accident, illness, aging or the cards life deals you any time from birth onwards, at some point in life many of us face obstacles to sexuality. As our culture creates “reality” TV shows like “The Swan,” in which fundamentally healthy and able-bodied people go to great lengths to be made over as culturally defined sex symbols, the very real challenges to sexuality many people face remain invisible and unspoken. These include:

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Ask Psychic Medium Laura Scott (Issue #16)
by Laura Scott 

Dear Laura,
I recently lost my teenage son to an overdose and have dozens of 'what if I did this or that' come to my mind. I belong to the Compassionate Friends support group for parents who have lost a child and I hear that phrase over and over. What insight can you give us parents who have lost a child and try to blame ourselves when we shouldn't?
Brian

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Saying "No" When It's Not That Simple
by Sabrina Schleicher, Ph.D.

As a psychologist and life coach, I often find myself discussing the importance of saying "no" with busy, stressed-out professionals. Everyone likes the idea of saying "no" more often, at least in theory. But, when it comes to actually doing it, I hear a lot of "Yes, buts." In other words, "Yes, I could say no to that, but then who would do it?" or "Yes, I could say no to that, but then my boss would be upset with me and I might not get a promotion." Why is it so hard to say "no" to others? 

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How I Know He Loves Me
by Ronlyn Domingue 


Excerpted from The Mercy of Thin Air: A Novel

In my closet, there is no box of love letters. Not traditional ones anyway.

Ten years ago, I worked for a consulting firm that had me fly to a Dallas client site every Monday morning and home every Friday afternoon. Weekends were a blur. Weekdays were brutal. In the middle of each week, though, the message light on my hotel room phone blinked -- and I knew there was something waiting for me at the front desk. 

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Sex or Love on Valentine’s Day?
by Allie Ochs

Valentine’s day is just around the corner. Diamonds, chocolates, romantic getaways and sexy lingerie make it difficult to decide how to show your love this year. 

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February is for the Self-Valentine Treatment!
by Karen Dahlman

Aaah yes, the month of February is upon us. What comes to mind? Visions of red hearts, chocolate and flowers? Romance, love and a significant other? February is synonymous with Valentine’s Day. The day when another special someone treats you and you treat this special person, and remind each other of the romantic love you are fortunate to share together.

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The Art of Meaningful Conversation 
by Jan Marie Dore

The degree of meaning and fulfillment you experience in your life is a direct result of your level of engagement and conversation with the world around you and with yourself. 

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Why Humans Make Lousy Lovers
by Jean-Claude Koven

How can I, love, and you, three of the most misunderstood words in human language, be linked together to form our most sublime sentence? Like a Linus blanket we refuse to relinquish, this seemingly simple phrase comforts us from cradle to grave. Since long before grunts gave way to words, its message has been expressed by mothers to infants, children to their best friends, people to their pets, lovers to each other, and, most notably, by those facing death to their God.

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Living A More Magical Life
by Dr. Trish Whynot


We are all on a spiritual journey. Some will consciously pursue it, others may be in denial of it, and some may use it as an excuse to appear superior by judging others as inferior or pathetic. The course we have laid out for ourselves and then forgotten at birth is shown to us with every experience we encounter. Our spiritual journey is our journey toward coming to know the powerful loving being we truly are.

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Rejuvenating Sex And Health Naturally
by Dr. Randy Wysong

Our physical and psychological makeup is influenced by the sexual imperative far more than most of us realize or wish to admit. Entire systems of psychoanalytical therapy (e.g. Freud) are based upon the premise that we are primarily sexual creatures. 
  
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Consulting Your Soul
by Dr. Wayne Dyer

Recently I approached a traffic light where a man stood in shabby clothes with a three-legged dog by his side. As I waited for the light to change I looked at this scene with compassion and felt an urge to contribute something. The sign he was carrying indicated that he was homeless. The people in my car commented that he was a strong young man, there were plenty of employment opportunities, and why should anyone give to people who are capable of working. They indicated a kind of mild contempt for this man soliciting funds whom they felt "should" be working. My thoughts were on him and the fact that he cared for and fed this crippled dog. I rolled down the window and gave him several dollars for which he expressed enormous gratitude.

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Expectations vs. Reality: A New Perspective
by Laura Scott

One of the most common themes that I see my fellow path walkers struggling with these days is expectations vs. reality. You know, as in having your expectations being completely out of wack with what you are actually living? While it’s a year-round task to keep the expectation demons under control, it’s an even greater challenge as the holiday season approaches.

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Thriving: Ten Ways to Make Peace With The Past And Create A New Future
by Suzanne Gold

Everyone comes into life with a purpose. You are a unique expression of the universal life force at the foundation of your being. Spirit guides you from the moment your life begins, and the people and events of your life reflect your soul's journey. No one else ever has or will affect the world as you do. With every act, word or thought, you are adding to All-That-Is.

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Falling In Desire, Landing Whole
by Trebbe Johnson


We call it falling in love.

When you think of it, though, love is actually the place we land in—if we’re lucky. What we fall through, in the first wild, sweet flush of a romance is desire, and it’s a thrilling ride with ups and downs of fascination, curiosity, joy, and passion. It is possible to resist this exhilarating plunge, but few choose to do to. 

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After Divorce: 7 Ways to Rediscover Your True Passion 
by Joanie Winberg 

Going through a divorce is a very challenging time in a person’s life. It is hard to adjust to being single again, as well as living “out of the habit” of being married, especially if you have been married for many, many years.

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How to Make Your Home a Healing Haven
by Karlo Berger

How our households tend to accumulate junk is a sad indicator of the health of our society. Instead of acting as a receptacle for ever-increasing material goods, we deserve to have homes be our healing havens, where they can feel restored, where visitors can feel at peace, and where people can just be. Here are some simple ways to make your home the healing haven it deserves to be:

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“Financial” Matters
by Dr. Trish Whynot

Money issues are encountered by many on their journey toward self-discovery. Be it financial lack or difficulty enjoying the money you have, money struggles are most often not the “real” issue. Money is an energy and a financial issue is a messenger … it is an indicator … it is a symptom. Financial lack can indicate a depleted state—an imbalance with your giving and receiving. It manifests as more money going out than is coming in. Financial lack can also be indicating issues with value, self-worth or image. Financial struggles can be presenting a message that you have placed too much weight on money. If you place your safety and security on how much money you have in the bank, you have given it too much weight and spending money could be frightening, even if you have an abundance of it. These are but a few messages that your financial matters could be attempting to bring you.

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How to Stop Being Judgmental
by Carole Tyler

"If her past were your past, her pain your pain, her level of consciousness your level of consciousness, you would think and act exactly as she does. With this realization comes forgiveness, compassion, peace." -- Eckert Tolle

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Evolving the Soul-Centered Relationship
by Linda Marks, MSM 

Our idea of what we want in love relationships is evolving. Once, a stable partner with a steady job who could share the tasks of daily life and provide companionship through both good times and bad times was enough, and even something to be grateful for. In cultures where men and women were paired off in arranged marriages, love, sexual-spiritual connection and soul partnership were not part of the discussion the parents of the bride and groom engaged in while negotiating the marriage contract.

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Relationship Coaching: Is It Everything It's Cracked Up To Be?
by Allie Ochs

Personal or business coaching has helped thousands change their lives and achieve their goals. Yet, for the skeptics it still is a fuzzy concept with little recognition for its benefits. Think of Celine Dion, who with a voice coach claimed world fame. Her coach unleashed what is known today as one of the most mesmerizing voices in the world. 

Is coaching just a buzzword to capture another niche market of those seeking instant gratification and on the spot success?

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Navigating through Change: Tuning into your Psychic Guidance System
by Richard Michaels and Marcia Goldberg

Navigating through change is a constant part of living which greatly impacts our health and well being. There are a myriad of choices and actions we must take to keep our lives in balance as the escalating demands of the workplace, relationships, and being true to one’s self compete for our attention. The way we respond to the changing demands of these three areas determines the quality of our lives. 

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Animals And The Elderly: A Healing Combination-- The Remarkable Bond Between Humans And Pets
by Philip Devitt

A frail old man is slowly dying on a stiff, worn-out mattress. He cannot walk, he cannot speak, and he can barely see or hear. His cries of pain are almost inaudible. They surely do not reach beyond the walls of his small, cold room at the nursing facility that he calls home now. The room is warm and stinks of medication. It is a constant struggle to blink without falling asleep, and to swallow without having to be reminded.

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Conscious Love
by Trish Whynot, D.C.Ed.

What better time to reflect on how consciously you love than on the holiday that celebrates it. Many of us continue to love the way we learned to as children by default. Our parents were our role models for love and loving. They may have seeded some beliefs in you around love that are not in line with your truth, either directly by example or indirectly through situations you were left to interpret...

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The Other Side of Sacrifice
by Trish Whynot, D.C.Ed.

As always, my intention is to raise awareness. I ask you to stand next to me and view experiences from a new perspective. If what I suggest makes sense to you, wonderful, and if not you may want to tuck it away for consideration at a later date or discard it. The choice is always yours.

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Taoism and Sexuality
by Rachel Carlton Abrams, M.D.

Taoism is a spiritual tradition that embraces our sexual desire and uses it within our bodies as a force for healing and spiritual growth. Desire is a rich and potent part of our human experience. The Taoists think of desire, called sexual energy or jing chi, as part of our life energy, or chi. To be passionate is to be full of chi. The English words "desire" or "passion" connote a feeling of yearning and fervor that includes sex, but they also reflect our strongest feelings about life. When we are passionate about anything--our family, our work, our spirituality, an important social cause--we are investing our chi in this experience. Our passion is what moves us to action and ultimately is what gives us joy. We are passionate about the things that matter most to us. 

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Opening Up To Love After Being Hurt 
by Natasha Munson

After you have been hurt in a relationship, the worst thing you can do is keep yourself in an endless cycle of relationships. You have to take a breather between relationships. That time in between is necessary to let go of any anger and release the baggage. No one, besides a therapist, wants to deal with you and your problems.

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Happiness Versus Pleasure: Why We Control And How To Shift Toward Love And Compassion!
by Margaret Paul

We are a pleasure seeking society. Most of us spend our energy seeking pleasure and avoiding pain. We hope that by doing this, we will feel happy. Yet deep, abiding happiness and joy still elude so many people.

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Forgiveness - The Path To Healing & Spiritual Growth
by Lisa Hoskins

The dictionary defines the word forgive as: [to pardon, as to for-give an enemy; to cease to feel resentment for, as to forgive an offense].

I have heard people say this many times: "I will never forgive them for what they did!", as if by saying this they are causing harm to the person who hurt them. The reality is that they are doing the harm to themselves alone. As defined in the dictionary, when you forgive someone you "cease to feel resentment". Resentment, along with anger, hate, jealousy and other negative emotions, will eat you up inside and can cause actual physical ailments and disease.

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Increase Your Standards, Improve Your Life: 7 Steps To Better Health, Finances, Relationships And Mental Well-being!
by Kimberly Fulcher

The quality of your life is directly related to your standards. A standard is a personal rule or expectation about the level of excellence you require in something, and when you raise your standards you change your life.

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Ask Psychic Medium Laura Scott (Issue #15) 
by Laura Scott

Dear Laura,
My lover died a little over two years ago. I would be ok with never dating again because I am still so in love with E., however, to get my children and my friends off my back about "going on with my life" I agreed to go out with R. R. is like the perfect mate (for someone else) and he is aware that I will never love him because of E...

 

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The Kabbalah of Love 
by Shifra Hendrie


Intimate Love.

What feelings do these words stir up in you? Longing? Excitement? Pleasure? Fear?

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Are You Neglecting This Important Investment? Friendships Among All Ages
by Royane Real

When I was twenty-two, I was befriended by a woman named Doris who was thirty years older than I was. Although Doris was then a fifty-two year old woman, she did not feel it was inappropriate to befriend me. She did not operate with the social belief that she should choose her friends only from people her own age. We became very close friends and remained so until her death at the age of eight-two.

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The 3 Pillars of Personal Power: Passion, Clarity, and Self-Love
by Keith Varnum

What’s missing? I don’t get it! I chant and pray. I meditate, exercise and do yoga every day. I go to a godzillion workshops. Why don’t I feel better? Why don’t I have the love, money and health I want? Where is the direct connection with Spirit I crave?

Sound familiar? If so, help is on the way.

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Loving Without Losing Yourself 
by Allie Ochs


You are in love and it feels wonderful. This love is different and you are prepared to do anything to make it last. To prevent this ship from sinking, you work hard to steer this relationship into a safe harbor. In the process, you lose yourself and your romantic relationship becomes all-consuming!

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Stop Reacting and Start Responding
by Dr. Trish Whynot

If I could give you just one pearl of wisdom to help you make the most of your 2005, it would be to stop reacting and to start responding. As you learn to respond to your life experiences, you will see their function and understand the way in which your experiences are defining your purpose. What may have appeared random or chaotic will all of a sudden seem incredibly orderly from this perspective. 

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The Power Of Being A Woman 
by Allie Ochs

The American Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson once said: "What lies behind us and what lies before us, are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Little did he know that his quote would sum up the past, present and future of women. He also didn’t know that women would emerge as powerful pillars of society. It wasn’t until the 20th century that American women were allowed to vote and it took even longer until they could say no to sex in their marriages. What lies behind us is the history of women, who paved the way to liberation. 

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Keeping Relationships Romantic 
by Alan Detwiler

Romantic relationships happen because of the hopes and dreams a couple has for a happy life together. The relationship will continue to be pleasant and rewarding as long as the hopes and dreams are kept alive by staying concerned with what is good about the relationship.

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How to Deal with Sibling Rivalry 
by Anthony Kane, MD

There are many new issues facing parents today. Sibling rivalry is not one of them. It is as old as Cain and Abel. 

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Recreating Yourself  
by Skye Thomas

So it's time for a change. You've taken that hard look in the mirror and you've decided that who you are is not who you want to be. Or perhaps you're standing at a fork in the road and where you'd like to go requires that you make some changes...

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Reviving The Feminine - A Journey Toward Balance 
by Dr. Trish Whynot

This year my focus has been on integrating some new desires into my life, along with a balanced schedule that will support them. In the midst of this process, I realized that at the root of balance lies our relationship between our inner-masculine and inner-feminine. When they are working in partnership, we are in balance. Imbalance can emerge as ill health, unsupportive relationships or financial hardships. As I looked back on health, relationship and financial issues I have had in the past, I saw that the issue of imbalance was at the root of them all.

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Angel to Angel
by Skye Thomas

Years ago, my minister spoke to us about how you could solicit the help of your guardian angels to help with conflict resolution. She told us stories about how she and others had successfully asked their guardian angels to speak to the enemy's guardian angel...

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Our Worst Enemy
by Michael Lee

Who do you consider as your worst enemy? The criminals roaming the dark streets? Your boss who's killing you mentally and emotionally with stress and harsh words? The people in office who are engaging in graft and corruption, instead of helping those in need?

 

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Illuminating The Workplace
by Rev. Omar Khayyam Yeldell

For every calling there is a purpose. Many times the purpose is befuddled by our own limitations and prejudices. A very thin line of perception, separates what is indeed objectively fair on one side, and having our own way...


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The Olson Interviews

Laura Scott: The Power Of Meditation To Transform Your Life

Rita Berkowitz: How To Empower Your Life With Spirit

Laura Scott: How Grief Relates To Soul Work

Nancy Canning: On Getting A Life-Between-Lives Regression

Marilyn Halle: Understanding Aura Clearing - Personal, Home & Business

Dr. Trish Whynot: Using Meditation For Spirit Communication

Carole Lynne: Grief From A Psychic Medium's Perspective

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Discover Your Ideal Mate, Perfect Career, Life's Destiny, Health Forecast & Past Lives From A Top Astrologer
by Bob Olson, OfSpirit.com Editor

If you have never had your astrology chart done, you are probably not aware of the enormous benefits astrology can provide in the most important areas of your life. Astrology can help you find your ideal mate by giving you insight into your romantic compatibility with people. It can help you discover your perfect career by shedding light on your strengths and natural abilities. It can help you with health issues and even predict potential concerns that might be coming your way to either prevent them or know what to keep an eye on. It can help you choose the best time to make travel plans, contract negotiations or invest money. And astrology can give you immense insight into your emotional issues that can be useful in alleviating suffering, improving family relationships, and overcoming beliefs that may be holding you back in life.

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Lasting Love: The 5 Secrets of Growing a Vital, Conscious Relationship
by Gay Hendricks, Ph.D., and Kathlyn Hendricks, Ph.D.

Five Secrets of Lasting Love

Here's the bottom-line truth we discovered from our decades of work with couples in long-term relationships: People can endure long-term relationships in many ways, but they will only thrive if they do five things. In other words, you can grow older with your partner in many ways, but you will only grow closer and more creative through the steady practice of five actions.

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Ask Psychic Medium Laura Scott (Issue #4)
by Laura Scott

Dear Laura,
I will be moving out of the state I presently live in soon, however my house in this state has not sold yet, and my husband has offered to stay here until it is.  My major concern is that I do not feel he will be joining me when the house sells.  For two years we have had problems since I found out he cheated on me.  We are supposedly trying to work our problems out, but, I get the impression, that he does not really want to.  I'm desperately afraid he will cheat again, and doesn't really love me at all.  I am very confused, and don't know where to turn.  What are your thoughts on this?
Jan

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If Men Could Talk: Here's What They'd Say
Men Are Difficult
...let me count the ways
by Alon Gratch, Ph.D.

Men are difficult. On the surface, they often seem distant and elusive. Or loud and obnoxious. And when you try to get to know them, it often gets worse—they can become defensive and impenetrable...

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Recipe For A Healthy Relationship
by Alina Ruigrok

First off, it is important to ask yourself what you consider a real relationship to be. You need to understand what your needs and desires are from another person, and what you are willing to give them. This way, you can see early in your first dates, if you wish to continue and work towards a future together, and if the other person feels the same of course (both sides count). 

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St. Francis Of Assisi And Me
by Lisa Hepner

The tragedy of September 11th and the current crisis in the Middle East have caused many of us to search for peace.  How do we create world peace?

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Transforming Genocide
by Ken Pratt

The challenge of racism; a spiritual exercise. Since none of us is perfect we could admit that there just might be small inequities in our thoughts and behaviors which need to be rooted out...

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Loving Relationships After All      
by Denise Lima

My black and white tabby, Motor came to me when he was five years old.  In time he taught me unconditional love. We were equals. Motor would be the one that I looked forward to coming home to...

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Gay Astrology: The Complete Relationship Guide for Gay Men 
by Michael Yawney

What makes a gay astrology book different from a straight one?

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Love In Business
by Linda Marks

When I was a little girl, I often heard adults describing the world they worked in as tough, heartless and devoid of love. Messages like "it's a dog-eat-dog world," "look out for number one," "it's a cold, cruel world" abounded...

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Sacred Bond: Black Men and their Mothers
Chapter One
by Keith Michael Brown

Most mothers instinctively protect their children from harm. Depending on the level of crime and violence in their community, how a mother protects her children and how she teaches them to protect themselves can make the difference between her children's survival and their demise...

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Listen With Your Heart: Seeking the Sacred in Romantic Love
Introduction: Searching for Courtship
by Eileen Flanagan

We were browsing through Borders bookstore on a Saturday night as Jayne updated Nancy on the status of her new relationship...

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Every Day I Love You More: (Just Not Today): Lessons in Loving One Person for Life
by Nancy Shulins

IT WAS SIXTEEN years ago tonight, January 29,1985, when the big, bearded man in the dirty beige parka picked me up for our first-ever date. It was a cold Tuesday evening, although we pretended it was Saturday, a little trick we perfected during the years I worked week-days and he worked nights and weekends...

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Good Daughters: Loving Our Mothers as They Age 
by Patricia Beard

Why is it so difficult to be a good daughter to an aging mother now? Partly it is hard because of the changes in the culture that our generation has made...

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The Date Doctor's Guide to Dating: How to Get from First Date to Perfect Mate    
Getting It Right from the Start

by Bart Ellis

THE GOAL

It's the morning after another first date. You had fun, you liked the guy, and he seemed to like you. Yet the phone sits silent the entire day, and the day after, and the day after that. Did you blow it? Why doesn't he call?

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The Thinker's Way: Create the Life You Want
Transform Yourself Through Thinking 
by John Chaffee

It is never too late to be what you might have been.
—GEORGE ELIOT

You are an artist, creating your life portrait, and your paints and brushstrokes are the choices you make each day...

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Impotency: Herbal Alternatives
by Ron Stock, R. Ph.

Dear Mr. Stock

I want to ask your professional opinion about a challenge I've had for the past couple of years. I am 47 years old, in good health, happily married and am happy in my working, family, loving world. I am having a difficult time performing sexually at times...

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The Green Man
by John Kalb

Today we are experiencing the re-emergence of the goddess culture. Everywhere women are awakening to their intuitive power and reclaiming a position of leadership lost long ago...

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The Traumatized Heart
by Linda Marks

When I was sixteen years old a stranger tried to rape and murder me. I was walking home at night past the Brigham's restaurant where I had my second job, as a stranger came out of the shadows and tried to strangle me. I tried to fight him with my physical strength, but he was 6'1' and I was just a 5'6' teenage girl, no matter how physically fit I was...

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The Village People Diet
by Linda Marks

Every now and then I succeed in creating it. A steady flow of friends find their way to my house for delightful evenings of dinner and conversation. I love to cook, yet my inspiration comes from nourishing others as I nourish myself. Countless others I speak with share the feeling: cooking for one is a drain. There is more than nutrition in breaking bread. 

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The Sounds Of Service
by Jodie Foster

Do you ever feel like some days you've just had it?  One more customer asking you for something, your spouse being unavailable, your kids yelling and demanding attention or the dog wants to be fed, when does it end?  Some days it seems more like we are in service rather than feeling like we are being of service. 

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The Soul At Work
by Jodie Foster

This is a journey of love. It is the path of the sacred rose. The journey is the destination.  It is the excitement and the adventure and the experience that fill us with joy now...

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Life On The Emotional Streets: The Feral Human
by Linda Marks

In April, one of my greatest mentors died. He had been my teacher and friend for seven years. His name was Angelo and he entered my life as a feral cat. Emancipated, ill and dirty, Angelo arrived on my doorstep struggling to survive on the streets. In actuality, he did not arrive at my doorstep at all. My doorstep and all that come with it was far too scary for an animal worn in the cruel and neglectful ways of the human world. It took many months of patient attendance for Angelo to actually "arrive" on my doorstep. 

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In The Spirit of Happiness 
The Seeker
by The Monks of New Skete

It is many years now since he first visited the monastery, though the details of that day linger quietly in his memory...

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The Art of SpeedReading People: Harness the Power of Personality Type and Create What You Want in Business 
The Principles of Personality Type:
Why We Do the Things We Do

by Paul D. Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger

People come in all shapes and sizes, and, certainly, every person is unique. But you'll probably agree that some people are much more alike than others...

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Nurture by Nature: Understand Your Child's Personality Type - and Become a Better Parent 
A Matter of Style
by Paul D. Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger

Lisa and Barry had always imagined their children would be small versions of themselves—talkative, friendly, and active...

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The Simple Abundance Companion: Following Your Authentic Path to Something More
by Sarah Ban Breathnach

You are beautiful. Right now. Today. Just as you are, just the way you look as you read those three words: You. Are. Beautiful. Say it slowly aloud, as if the phrase were a foreign language, for it probably is.

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Emotional Safety: A Cornerstone For Healing
by Linda Marks

While multitudes of theories and techniques to facilitate healing abound, in nearly fifteen years of clinical practice I have found one element to be most fundamental. In order to create an environment where emotional, physical and spiritual healing can take place, emotional safety is a cornerstone.

Emotional Safety: What Does It Mean?

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Neglect Trauma
by Linda Marks

The culture we live in is full of extreme contradictions and paradoxes. While there are more and more possibilities for gaining access to information and resources all over the world, we are growing more and more isolated from each other physically and emotionally. "Connection" has become what your modem can offer through the world of the internet and e-mail. Relating face to face is becoming more archaic as busy people just don't have time to be together regularly or frequently. The tasks of daily life — doing — have taken precedence over being in most of our lives.

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Every Woman Has A Story: Voices, Many Lessons, Many Lives, True Tales  
Women and Friendship
by Daryl Ott Underhill

The Circle of Decades

Cay Randall-May, PhD.

Circles fascinate me. Our lives are full of them, from a baby's teething ring to the rims of granny's reading glasses...

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A Lovers' Lament
by Audrey Pearson

Why does love always have to turn into a power struggle?

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The Anger Mantra
by M. Dennis Paul, Ph.D.

People wish to be settled. Only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them.
  --Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Conscious Relationship: Restoring the Sacredness of Love
by Linda Marks

Little did I know this afternoon as I went to pick up my four-year-old son, Alexander, that I was about to become a "couple therapist" for Alexander and his best friend Ben...

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Handbook for the Heart: Original Writings on Love  
by Benjamin Shield and Richard Carlson, Ph.D.

(The Power of Loving-Kindness
by Sharon Salzberg)

The power of love or loving-kindness has been denigrated in our culture. There's a sense that a loving person is abused, allows tyranny to reign without protest, and isn't strong. It's almost a sense that love is a weakness. Sometimes there is the idea that the loving heart makes people kind of smirky and sentimental — that because of love, they can't look at suffering clearly or at difficult things within themselves or in the world. 

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Creating a Life of Joy:
A Meditative Guide 
Preparing for Joy
by Salle Merrill Redfield

We are all capable of living lives characterized by great joy. Within each of us is an amazing human spirit that is strong enough to overcome pain and disappointment. And no matter what our current situation happens to be, or what beliefs we may currently harbor about ourselves, we can tap into that inner strength and wisdom and move forward to create more joy.

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The Good Marriage: How and Why Love Lasts 
Happy Marriages
by Judith S. Wallerstein and Sandra Blakeslee

Do They Exist?

ON A RAW SPRING MORNING in 199l, I shared my earliest thoughts about this book with a group of some one hundred professional women—all friends and colleagues—who meet each month to discuss our works in progress.

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The Rules II: More Rules to Live and Love By
Why The Rules Work
by Ellen Fein and Sherrie Schneider

Why do The Rules work?

Because The Rules are based upon the basic truths of human nature! Everyone wishes we could be more open and honest with men in the early stages of dating or ask men out, but these wishes are pure fantasy...

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Just Your Type: Create the Relationship You've Always Wanted Using the Secrets of Personality Type 
by Barbara Barron-Tieger and Paul D. Tieger

Susan and Jeff thought they were perfect for each other. They met in college, enjoyed some of the same interests, came from similar backgrounds, and married after both had had time to establish their careers. Although they knew they were different in many ways, they felt a powerful attraction that they attributed to those very differences. 

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Real Love: Learning To Love Another Person on Their Own Terms 
by Linda Marks, MSM

My friend Tony opened a door in my conscious mind one evening when hi said, "Linda, you are really a geisha." At first I was taken aback, not knowing what it meant, and concerned geisha might have a connotation of powerless subservience. So asked Tony what he mean and I learned something.

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My Guiding Light  
by Erin Haggerty 

Someone who has been a great influence and guide in my life is my grandmother.  She has been there for me ever since I was put on this Earth and still is here to this day...

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Always Together In Love
by Mavis Cullen

This is not for the faint of heart. 

This is only for those who love deeply and forever and have such a true belief in what God promised that they know it can be so. 

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The Toby Years
by Jan Strnad 

Surely one of the most sublime dances of our species is the one we dance with our pets.

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Wedding Vows: Beyond Love, Honor, and Cherish
THE BASICS
by Susan Lee Smith

You (or someone you love) are getting married. Over two million weddings are held each year in the United States. Remarkably, no two will be exactly alike...

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Conditional Love—Possessive Relationships
by Anja Heij   

Whilst unconditional love freely flows inside out, conditional love sets its terms and is directed inwardly.

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Taking Responsibility For Improved Relationships
by Jacquie Hale

My husband had agreed to take out the recycling every Wednesday morning. He often leaves for work before 6 AM, before sunrise when our neighbors have not put their recycling on the curbside the night before, so he doesn't have a visual cue...

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When A Loved One Is Lost
by Linda Marks

Deep and meaningful relationships are a gift from the divine. While we may feel varying degrees of closeness or estrangement with our blood relations, there is a primal connection that is broken when a family member dies. When relationships end, short of physical death, a deep psychic loss takes place, sometimes more painful than death.

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Aspects Of The Heart: Rekindling Lost Love
by Elizabeth Spring

Twenty years married. Four years divorced, and now we're six months into seriously dating—again. Its not an uncommon scenario, but it certainly is one that makes people smile when we tell them our story! Like a good ending to a movie, love survives. Some people can heal. We're hoping we can. 

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Love Secrets Of The Signs: Astro-analyze Your Love Life!
by Stacey Wolf

The Ram is exciting and full of energy. You always have a lot going on in your life and have little tolerance for boredom—which brings us to guys. You are impulsive in love and life. When you set your sights on a guy, you go for it with gusto...

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Intimacy And Consciousness: Tantra As A Way of Life
by Sohini Genevieve and Carlo Pati

Relationship for us means we love ourselves, we honor each other's unique individuality and we enjoy ourselves. We support each other to experience wholeness in the present moment. Bottom line we stand for consciousness and intimacy...

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Creating Excellence No Matter What
by Asoka Selvarajah, Ph.D

If you hate your job, your relationship, or some other part of your life, you are not exactly a rarity. Many people are caught up in their own personal crisis. In such a situation, it becomes all too easy to moan, grumble, and seek to undermine others.

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7 Core Concepts For Connected Families
by Mimi Doe

You are linked with your children for a reason.  You’ve somehow committed to spending your time on this earth together.  Each day provides an opportunity to nurture the souls of those you love.  It is possible...

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We Are Family
by John Austin

I don't believe that there is anything new I that anyone can say about relationships, or love anymore. Throughout history, and prehistory, and even before that, people have been involved in relationships with other people. There is no way around it; humans are social animals and as such, we have what amounts to an innate need to be involved with other people. 

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Narcissism And The Male Heart Wound
by Linda Marks

Disconnection is both a personal and social disease in today's world. With it come the afflictions of addictions, depression and narcissism in epidemic proportions.

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Transformation
by Nancy Wright

Dad fell. He slipped on some gravel in a parking lot while getting out of his car on his way to get a haircut. It was an hour before a passerby found him lying helpless on the cold ground that early April morning...

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Lessons From The Animals
by Asoka Selvarajah, Ph.D.

According to religion and modern science, animals can be taken completely at face value. In essence, the modern notion is that they are little more than robots made of flesh, enslaved to their programming and instincts. Hence, is it any wonder that we are given dominion over them in the book of Genesis?

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Gaia In Our Hearts
by Susan Meeker-Lowry

As far back as Paleolithic times ancient peoples fashioned clay and stone images of the Great Mother, images with voluptuous breasts and thighs and the protruding belly of a woman who has given birth many times. Her face is often featureless and her head tiny, but her body is full and soft, the essence of fertility and nurturance. Over the course of time the Great Mother was honored and worshipped by virtually every culture. 

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Building The Bond In Your Relationship
by Alina Ruigrok

A bond (relationship wise) is when two people have a connection. Being attracted to each other and sharing common values and interests brought the two of you together as a couple, but the bond has not been set completely. Besides the fact that you have love and care between you, you also need to see whether or not the two of you are friends. Is it possible to be friends? Absolutely! As a matter of fact, it is a must if the two of you are going to build a lasting bond.

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Disappearing Act 
by Michael Rawls

He sat there in his room at the Franciscan Care Center, watching television, Wimbledon doubles with those sisters tromping their opponents. He was wearing his work shirt and pants, gray in color, with his name embroidered above the pocket. We walked in, greeted him and sat down to visit. We discussed things that were happening in our lives, in the lives of people he knew, things going on in his community. We asked about his health, and learned what he was going through. 

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Unconditional Love
by Vishal Ghariwala

LOVE is without doubt the greatest gift of the Divine. LOVE is truly Divine. In fact, LOVE IS DIVINE. The divine is nothing but a source of pure love. It represents love of the highest form: Unconditional Love. The divine is not only a source of pure unconditional love, the divine also showers unconditional love towards all of its creations.

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Family Outing
by Billie Fitzpatrick and Chastity Bono

As a child, I always felt there was something different about me. I'd look at other girls my age and feel perplexed by their obvious interest in the latest fashion, which boy in class was the cutest, and who looked the most like cover girl Christie Brinkley...

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Handling Your Fears
by Alina Ruigrok

Fear is a feeling that too often runs our lives. Whether it is fear of commitment, rejection, failure, death, flying, or any other phobia, it tends to keep us from living our lives to the fullest. Fear can be handled rationally and can be controlled if you are willing to work on it and are motivated enough in controlling it, instead of it controlling you.

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Choose A Life Mate, Don’t Wait For A Soul Mate
by Michelle L. Casto, M.Ed.

Have you ever wondered why all the people who are seeking their soul mate end up disappointed and let down?  I have found that it is possible that there is no such thing, at least in the way most people think about it.  I have also found that if you want to find “heaven on earth” with a special someone, you have to adjust your expectations to a more realistic, humanistic level. 

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Prescription For A Broken Heart
by Alina Ruigrok

Being heartbroken is a pain that no one can understand until they have experienced it for themselves. You obviously have, therefore are aware of how fragile your heart is right now. Healing a broken heart will take time, but is not impossible, though it may feel that way at the time. It is never an easy process to go through, but with the right prescription, you will be on your way to recovery and happiness again.

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Understanding Your Partner's Sexuality
by Alina Ruigrok

Sexual expression plays a huge role in relationships. It is way for people to show their lovers what they feel about them through passionate and intimate ways. As wonderful as sexuality can be, it is often misunderstood, which is why the average couple faces sexual conflicts and challenges at some point during their relationship...

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Single During The Holidays
by Ron Prewitt

Mistletoe. Holiday parties. New Years kiss at midnight. If you are single, and not dating anyone, these holiday images can bring emotions ranging from sadness to depression. Everything seems against you...

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A Plentiful Harvest: Creating Balance and Harmony Through the Seven Living Virtues
by Terrie Williams

As a child, I once listened to a minister tell a story about how he had been called by God to preach. He cried as he told us about being healed of his addictions and "carnal" living and compelled to worship God and serve the community. Wow, I thought, to be handpicked by God to do something special must be awesome.

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Partners for Life: The Experience of Being a Twin
by Linda Marks

As a single-born person, I have always imagined it would be really great to have a twin. A twinship is a partnership for life with its origins at conception or moments thereafter. How amazing to have another person with a complete history of shared experience in the world commencing with birth and ending when death do you part! To get an inside look at the experience of being a twin, I interviewed five twins — four identical and one fraternal, two siblings of twins, a mother of twin toddlers and a friend of mine who worked with twins among the children she taught...

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How To Improve Your Love Life With The Power Of Feng Shui
by Stephanie Roberts

Feng shui (say "fung shway") is the art of creating a home environment that supports the life you wish to live. A key element of feng shui is creating a smooth flow of chi (positive energy) through your space. Chi likes to move through your home as though it were a gentle breeze or a meandering stream...

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Bones Would Rain From the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships with Dogs 
by Suzanne Clothier

My only mistake was licking her knee. Until that moment, they had been quite tolerant of me panting quietly under the dining room table, a good place to lie on a warm summer's evening. I was a smart dog. I knew I might have been cooler lying on the slick tile in the bathroom, or even outside, shaded by the bushes along the foundation. But I would have missed being with my family.

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Integrating Spirituality & Sexuality
by Linda Marks

Take a look at the world around us and it becomes readily apparent that we are living in a time of simultaneous convergence and deconstruction. As there is a resurging interest in spiritual practices in many circles, there is also a breakdown in the patriarchal, hierarchical church structures...

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The Tug of War: Withdrawing And Pushing In Relationships
by Susie and Otto Collins

There’s a dynamic that occurs in almost every relationship that causes conflict and disconnection. This conflict and disconnection is created by a “tug of war” of pushing and withdrawing. In this article, we’ll offer some ways to help you let go of the pushing and withdrawing “dance” so that you can create a deeper love and connection.
 
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Some Things Can Be Fixed; Others Must Heal
by Thom Rutledge

Are you a fixer? When someone tells you a problem they are having, do you immediately feel the need to offer advice? Is it difficult for you to just listen to someone who is in distress, to just be there for them without knowing precisely what to say or do? Are you uncomfortable with anything being in limbo? Are you addicted to certainties? Does your self-esteem depend on your ability to make things right for other people? If you're answering yes to some of these questions, you are probably a fixer.

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Humble Pie
by Juanita Hinds

It is our birthright to achieve a simple kind of reflection that opens us up to higher aspects of our spiritual self.  Humility is one essential attitude that is needed for promotion of inner spiritual harmony.  Any self-conceit, whether nurtured by arrogance, intelligence, wealth, status or the praise of others, is an obstacle on the path.  Genuine humility is not posturing it requires a constant willingness to deny oneself, to be self analytical, and to be open to direction even when it differs from one's own preconceived ideas.

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Out Of “Control”
by Trish Whynot, D.C.Ed.

A channel named Rho once told me that relationships were about learning to honor, respect and cherish. As I explored her words of wisdom, I began to look at what I had learned about honoring, respecting and cherishing growing up. I also began observing what my clients had learned regarding honoring, respecting and cherishing themselves and others and how what we were taught had impacted our lives. The results were rather enlightening so I thought I’d share. Since growth and healing are why we are here, why not enjoy the process. Relationships can be an awesome playground for personal growth and healing when we can take our energy off of blaming and direct it toward learning, healing and understanding.

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Friends Help Us Heal, Succeed and Connect to Our Feminine Spirit
by Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway

Good friends help us express our true selves and find our path in life. They hold up a mirror that shows us who we truly are … and they encourage us to be more than we think we can be! 

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The Fairness Of Office Politics: Integrity And Political Motivation!
by Edward Toupin

I hear many complaints daily about the "unfairness" of politics in corporate America. Employees say that their managers "lie" or issue "personal attacks" against them. Indeed, based on the pure ideals that we are taught as a child, this might appear to be the case...

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A Lesson In Forgiveness
by S. J. Connolly-Reisner

Two weeks before my cousin’s wedding I resigned as her bridesmaid. It was a rash decision. She was overwhelmed with the stress of planning her wedding. I was overwhelmed with stress at work. An argument ensued. We did not speak to one another for two years.

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The Paradox of One And Many in Aikido Philosophy
by Charlie Badenhop

How we can better appreciate, empathize with, and respect the diverse people, energies, and opinions that we come in contact with on a daily basis.

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Does 'December' Spell 'Diversity Dilemma' at Your Office?
by Susan Dunn


Are you bracing yourself for December, unsure what to celebrate and how?  Here’s what you can do:

D ... iversity

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Yoga And World Peace
by Megan McDonough

Last week my husband and I went to war with each other. It was nothing as dramatic as a divorce or separation; just a commonplace marital spat with intense emotion behind it. It all started with what should have been a joyous occasion: a trip to the maternity ward to visit a nephew and his wife who had just given birth to their new son.

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Ask Psychic Medium Laura Scott (Issue #10)
by Laura Scott

What do you think of all the Martha Stewart hoopla?  Is this a case of someone reaping what they sow?  Will she go to jail?
Curious 

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Understanding The Sexes
by Robert Elias Najemy


Although each gender tends to express itself quite differently, most philosophical teachings agree that the soul is neither male nor female. As souls, we incarnate into a gender in order to learn through that experience. Through our experimentation with the various qualities of each sex we are seeking to experience our true whole self.

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The Power of Love: Bringing Peace To Your Life Through This Simple Yet Powerful Life Force
by Jill Wellington

 

Love is the fruit in season at all times and within reach of every hand.”  ~ Mother Teresa

 

When I began my television news career many years ago, I remember a co-worker I’ll call George who seemed to hate me. I was an experienced radio journalist when I was hired as a producer for a television station in Saginaw, Michigan.

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Fall In Love With Yourself First... A Valentine Ritual for One
by Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway

"To fall in love with yourself is the first secret to happiness." ~ Robert Morely

There is nothing in the world that beats the feeling of falling in love and being in love! Many of us fantasize of meeting our perfect match and being swept off our feet … yet more and more of us think of relationships as a life partnership that gives us sustenance and allow us to share our selves and our love in a deep and soulful way. We long for a strong and happy unions and marriages, and home life that offers security and is sturdy enough to be the foundation for all else we do in the world.

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Tips Guaranteed To Illuminate Your '04
by Trish Whynot, D.C.Ed.


This article is intended to illuminate your experiences, expand your perspectives and bring up some questions as to what is really going on in your life. Do not accept what we (my higher self and I) say merely because we said it, accept what makes sense to you and tuck the other possibilities away for future contemplation.

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Ask Psychic Medium Laura Scott (Issue #8)
by Laura Scott

Dearest Laura,
After my father passed away, my mother gave me her wedding ring which she had made into a pin for me. When we were going for a reading, I wore the pin. Before leaving for that reading, I realized the pin was gone off my blouse...lost. During a subsequent reading this past summer, I was told that my father took it back. I don't understand this. Can you help me to understand this? Thank you. Susan

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Dealing With Anger
by Linda Francis

A number carry the perception that anger should be avoided at all costs. This is actually a misguided notion – for if one avoids anger, one merely succeeds in suppressing it, thus forcing it to build up. This repressed anger eventually bursts forth in bouts of temper and acts of hostility.

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10 Tips For Building Dynamite Relationships
by Pat Swan

Relationships hold a high place for most of us, especially women. We want great relationships with clear communication, empathy, understanding, mutual trust and friendship and fantastic sex - we want DYNAMITE RELATIONSHIPS.  

 

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Is It Loving Or Is It Selfish?
by Dr. Trish Whynot

My intention in this newsletter is to assist you in bringing to consciousness, your beliefs around being loving and being selfish. I hope to help you bring to awareness what you may be doing unconsciously. Behaviors and beliefs around love that were learned in childhood will be expressed automatically as adults. As you bring beliefs to conscious awareness, you can explore them to see if they make sense to you. Then you can either consciously choose to continue with them or do some healing around your experiences with these beliefs, and change them into something that reflects your definition of loving.

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Positive Energy: How To Build Vitality And Stop Energy Vampires From Draining You
by Judith Orloff, M.D.

Adapted from Positive Energy, Harmony Books, April, 2004

I learned to honor my energy needs the hard way. As a psychiatrist who specializes in intuition I knew how important it was to listen to my body. Yet still I’d vacillate between intense weeks of speaking tours to bouts of utter exhaustion at home. I couldn’t turn down “irresistible” opportunities. Here was my dilemma--I trusted my intuition, and was committed to living by it. But I had a blind spot: Although I was quite successful at helping others at trusting intuition and leading high energy lives I was ignoring my own energy crises. Finally my fatigue was so profound I had to change. 

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Three Feng Shui Keys To A Successful Relationship
by Mary Jane Kasliner, BS, CFSC & Shelley Mengo, CFSC

Love is hard to find and even harder to keep alive. As Feng Shui consultants we have come across many Feng Shui design faux pas concerning relationships. Basically, there are three major Feng Shui keys in finding that special someone and holding on to them. The first Key is to make sure you are getting a good night sleep. After all, if we are exhausted the last thing we want to do is meet people or have sex...

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The Health Benefits of Sex
by Susie Cortright

Quick quiz: Would you rather run 75 miles or have sex three times per week for a year? Research shows that both activities burn the same number of calories. (7,500, to be exact.)

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Achieving Optimum Health
by Tim Ong

"Optimum health is not just the absence of disease but the presence of wellness in mental, emotional, physical, spiritual and social areas. Some would also include financial health." 

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