PRACTICAL SPIRITUALITY TODAY

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  Vol. 6    Issue #09


"Has It Ever Occurred To You That The World Is The Way It Is Because Of What We Are Doing?"

 

Editor's Note...

Welcome Free Spirits,

Welcome all of you, to this new edition of Practical Spirituality Today. Producing this newsletter is one of the greatest joys that I have during the month. Everything about it is special and apart from the website. It is non-intrusive in that it comes out only once a month, and I try to keep it as short as possible.

***Just a word about my new book "Your Life Was Never Meant To Be A Struggle." That hard cover edition should be out by the end of September, so keep an eye out for it. I will post notification in this newsletter. Many have been waiting in anticipation of its completion.

***My new book "Led Down The Garden Path" is slated for release early in the New Year. I am very excited about this book, as it represents current thinking. "Struggle" was a compilation of five books over the last six years. There has been so much growth over that time period. Once again I will keep you informed as to the progress of the new book.

***Please remember, that as war is raging all around you, it is within your power to experience peace. Think peace and peace will be yours. Do not be against war, do not give it life, give all your energy to peace.

***I was reminded this week of a philosophy I have held for some time. "We are not here to heal the world, we are here to experience our own world healed. All of us have the power to heal and to be healed--we do not have the authority to heal another without their permission.

***The premier of the new Neale Donald Walsch movie starts Tuesday Sept 5th in Vancouver BC, and several more are slated in Canada and the US. Please review chart below for scheduled times and places.

The Editor


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How Many Wrong Turns Have You Made?

 09/04/06

If you are like most people, you have done precious little to make meaningful change in your personal life.

   Most of us accept what is handed to us, and if it does not work out we return to our root thoughts or beliefs to look for answers. This is observable as the world at large has not changed very much in centuries. You do not have to accept this observation—traditionally most people will ignore any scrutiny of their belief systems. So you would be with the majority, and for some that is comforting. The figures don’t lie.

  Traditional belief systems, religions, have remained constant for a very long time. Thirty three percent of the world’s religious community is Christian, 21% is Islam, 14% is Hinduism, 6% primal-indigenous, 6% Chinese traditional, 6% Buddhism, .36% Sikhism, .22% Judaism. These figures waver somewhat as people shuffle back and forth between religions trying to find answers. The remaining figure of 16% which is nonreligious is the alarming figure. If religion has brought us this far, and apparently most people do not like where it has brought us, the nonreligious figure should be rising.

   It is our root thoughts, our beliefs of what and who we are that determines how we will evolve and how quickly. When in doubt or in times of stress or trauma, we all turn to these beliefs. Yet in doing so we end up at the same place, the same conditions and circumstances of our life are not changing.

   The analogy would be that of being lost and asking a stranger for directions. Those directions lead us back to that person. We ask again and get the same directions time and time again and still return to the stranger for guidance. The stranger is no longer a stranger. Because he is now familiar and we have established a rapport with him, we ask more questions—why are you giving me the wrong directions. He says he is not—it is your fault because you do not know how to follow them, or because you have not tipped him. So you set out once again and end up back to him. This stranger is clever in that he knows that all roads lead back to him, and no matter what turns you make you will come back to him. And his answer will always be the same—you made the wrong turn.

   What would you call it if you repeated this cycle two times? What if you repeated this cycle for more than 2000 years—what would you call this behaviour? If after a million years you are still going around in circles and you are getting the same advice, what would think? Is there something wrong with the advice you are getting or is it you. What do you think of a person that is not getting or going where they say they want to go, and they turn to the same source for advice? What do you tell this person, if they come to you and ask why? Are they really stupid because they can’t follow directions or that they keep going to the same source for advice?

   What would you think or say to this person when you make him aware of the fact that he is getting poor advice—he turns to you and says that his source has never let him down—he is always there for you? What would you do when you can clearly see the solution and yet this person is blinded by it? When you tell this person that the advice is flawed and he returns to his source and asks him about your advice—what do you think his source is going to tell him? The source will tell this man that he truly is lost and he should not be tempted by outside sources, that he should clear his mind and start over and begin his journey again down the same road. Is it clear to you that this person has a nail in one foot and is going in circles? Why can’t he see that?

   Most people would call this little story ridiculous, that no one would be that stupid—this person must be insane.

   Now let’s put this into perspective. Eighty Four percent of the world is religious. About the same percentage believe that the world is heading in the wrong direction, and it has been going this way for centuries. About 84% of the world gets their core beliefs from religious sources that are taking the world in the wrong direction. Is there a common denominator between the two stories? Would you dare to call religious people insane? Is there not a plague of insanity put upon the world?

   Even after reading this, most people will deny the correlation. They may even try to figure it out, but they will return to their source for guidance. They will pick up their holy texts and try to get the same advice, because it is familiar, it is comforting and most people are willing to take what is handed them for a measure of comfort. Most people will not do anything different than what they are doing now after reading this article. And I can prove it once you have finished reading it. You are my proof, you are my challenge. You will dismiss this whole thing, put it on ignore and pretend that you never read it. And you will prove that I am correct in my observations.

   Most people take what is handed to them in life and will do very little to change their basic philosophy or circumstances of their personal life!

   Where is the sanity in what you are doing? Why are you compelled to repeat the process over and over again? What kind of drugs are you on?

   If what I have written were not so, the 16% nonreligious portion would be much higher. You must change your source of advice if you want to move farther along in your spiritual development. You must begin to think outside the box to change the outcome of what you are experiencing. You have that power—you always have. See the insanity for what it is, and choose to move away from it. You do not explore the alternatives because you have been taught to believe that there are none. You can’t keep turning to the same sources and expect to get different results—that is the insanity that I am talking about. On the other hand, there is nothing wrong with what you are doing if it is your desire to continually be going around in circles. Then what you are doing is appropriate. You are not insane and what you are doing makes perfectly good sense. Leave the nail exactly where it is—you will be comforted.

Namaste
Roy E. Klienwachter


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Waiting On Your Life
By: Kathy Gates

This week I was sitting on the phone with tech support, and over and over again, I thought of things I could have done while I sat there -- waiting -- not living my life.

Are you “on hold” in your life?

Are you waiting for a spouse to come along, or for him/her to act better towards you? Are you waiting on the motivation to get your home organized? Are you waiting on a great job to fall into your lap? Are you waiting on winning the lottery to plan your retirement?

Stop waiting on your life! The only difference between you and the people who are getting what they want, is that they kept moving and you didn’t. Here are some ideas to help get you started again.

Accept Control-ability.
We’ve all heard about deniability from political spin doctors. I’d like to introduce the concept of ‘controlability’ in your daily life. You can’t control world politics, but you can vote. You can’t control terrorism, but you can be prepared in your own home. You can’t control the construction crews on the freeway, but you can control how much time you allot for a trip. Knowing what you can control and exercising that, and letting go of what you can’t, puts you in the driver’s seat of your life.

Focus on the who, not the what.
If you find that you’ve been stuck in a goal for a while, try restating it in “who am I” terms instead of “what I want” terms. For example, instead of saying “I want to lose 30 lbs.”, say “I am someone who takes care of herself by keeping my weight around XXX which is a healthy range for my height and age.” Be as specific as possible. Notice that “I want to be someone who helps others” could mean anything from a clerk in the grocery store to a heart surgeon. Focus on who you want to be. Then ask yourself what actions would be fit with your desire “to be” instead of “get”.

Establish routines.
I know you have “pizza night”-- so why not “bills night” or “clean your room night” as well? Like the pizza night, routines show up in all kinds of ways in your life. While they sound boring and confining, routines are actually freeing. The same way you don’t have to think about dinner on pizza night, instead of being worried and anxious on Monday morning wondering if you remembered to pay the car insurance, you’ll feel calm knowing that you always go to the bank on Friday afternoon and pay bills on Wed. evening. Routines take the stress out.

Analyze it.
Did you know that a full 80% of your problems come from 20% of your life? It’s true! Determine what that 20% is that’s affecting so much of your life, and start working to make it happier, more efficient, more satisfying.

Assign Value.
A big mistake I see in my coaching clients is not assigning a true value to your time, to your energy, to your money, and to the “real estate” (space) of your home or office. Realize that for each thing you say Yes to -- from a pair of shoes to watching a movie -- you have said No to something else. Always ask yourself - is this *valuable* enough to me to crowd my life with, or even to bump something else from my closet, my schedule, my money?

Feeling good about yourself will come naturally when you stop waiting and start creating the life you really want to live. Stress and frustration will be reduced as you make choices instead of being pushed around. You’ll experience a higher sense of self acceptance, and the self improvement will become easier and easier.

Need I say more? Stop waiting, Start today!

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Kathy Gates is a Professional Life Coach in Scottsdale Arizona. If you’re ready for something happier in your life, my “Crash Course To Happiness” Coaching Program is an excellent start for you. I’ll coach you via email or telephone, your choice. Take a look at www.reallifecoach.com.
 

 

 

Dear Roy,
For the past decade I have dreamed of making CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD into a movie. Now, the dream has come true, and I am thrilled to invite you to be among the first to see it!

CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD tells the true story of Neale Donald Walsch (brilliantly portrayed by Henry Czerny) who, at the lowest point in his life, asks God some very hard questions. The answers he gets become the foundation of the internationally-acclaimed book series that has sold over 7 million copies and been translated into 34 languages. The film chronicles Neale's dramatic journey from being a homeless man with a broken neck to international fame as a bestselling author, illuminating the surprising twists and turns of the path along the way.

Before the Samuel Goldwyn Company and Capri release the film into theaters across U.S. and Canada on the weekend of October 27th, Neale and I are embarking on an 18-city publicity tour. In each of the cities listed below ,we will have ONE exclusive screening of CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD followed by a LIVE Q & A session with Neale and myself. Please come out and see the film and say hello to us!

Vancouver, BC September 5
Seattle September 7
Portland      September 9
San Francisco September 12
San Diego     September 13
Los Angeles   September 16
Phoenix       September 19
Denver        September 21
Minneapolis   September 24
St. Louis     September 27
Kansas City   September 29
Chicago       September 30
Dallas        October 4
Houston       October 6
Palm Beach    October 7
Atlanta       October 11
Toronto       October 13
New York      October 17
Phoenix       October  20 (Neale only)

A complete list of venues and more information on how to purchase tickets can be found at www.cwgthemovie.com .

We look forward to meeting you at the screenings!

Many blessings,

Stephen Simon

Stephen Simon
The Spiritual Cinema Circle

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