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Fear certainly has a purpose. It helps you survive. When you perceive a threat to your survival, whether it’s real or not, your instinct goes into overdrive. Depending on the perceived threat, you may fight, flee, or freeze. These are natural, instinctual responses shared by other species. Even after the danger has passed, it can…

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Breath. It’s something you can be aware of or turn over to your autonomic nervous system, which is linked directly into your survival instinct, and your body just . . . well, knows how to breathe. So you don’t have to think about it or put your attention directly on it. It just happens by…

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Power animals are spirit guides in animal form, valuable allies who can help you navigate through life’s challenges and transitions. You can turn to these perceptive and trustworthy oracles for advice and counsel on any questions or concerns, for they’re exceptional teachers who will help you learn about both the spirit and the natural world.…

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A man died today (9/25/12). As I held his left hand, lightly curling my fingers around his long, spindly finger, while his father held his other hand and Melissa, his former wife and the mother of two of their children, lay next to him. Thirty year old Mattie rested between Joe and Melissa, nearing his…

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I’ve just returned from a two-week tour of Australia and New Zealand. It was a powerful and magical journey, a tapestry of experiences that left an indelible impression on me. What I found most rewarding was the people and friends I met up with in both countries. I was humbled by the support so many…

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After I completed an intense and rewarding couple of days as the keynote speaker at the Earth Expo in Iowa City I drove to Cedar Rapids, where my recently widowed sister lives along with other members of my family. I planned to take Monday after the weekend conference as a time to do so. Sunday…

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How many times have you heard, “Oh, it’s just your imagination!” implying that it’s merely some delusional artifice that holds no bearing on reality, reserved for the likes of children, artists, or writers of fiction? Useful in some instances, but limited. There’s even a song by The Temptations called, “Just My Imagination,” where a guy…

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Spirit attempts to communicate with us in a number of different ways and it’s up to us to become better listeners, no matter how these messages come to us. One of the most accessible ways is through animals. Whenever an animal shows up in an unusual way or repeatedly in a short space of time—whether…

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Malidoma Patrice Somé is a healer, teacher, and elder of the Dagara peoples in the small West African nation of Burkina Faso in West Africa. He travels extensively giving classes and workshops, and in one of his teachings, he describes how the Dagara believe there are three levels of intelligence on Earth. Plants are considered…

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“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring – these are some of the rewards of the simple…

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