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HEALTH & WELLNESS | YOGA | HOROSCOPES | PERSONAL ENLIGHTENMENT

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From the Publisher

I used to look at things as pretty much

black-and-white. If something resonated

with me, I attached myself to it.

This didn’t really leave a lot of room

for expansion or open-mindedness. At

times, it also would lend itself to suffering

through the attachment.

I guess the older I get, the more gray I let

into my life. I’m not just talking about my

hair; that pretty much speaks for itself

these days. The gray I’m talking about is

more about blending my knowledge and

experiences. In that blending is a middle

path – not so much judging and more

observing.

Sometimes in judgment, the emotions

I have tend to become a stumbling

block for the experience I may be going

through. But by choosing to observer

rather than judge, I lose the attachment

and am able to continue on the path with

no hindrance.

Osho once talked about life being like a

pendulum; when things seem to be going

pretty well it is just gaining momentum

toward the not-so-well. Of course the

opposite is also true. The idea is to stay

steadfast in the middle and not get to

caught up in the drama either way.

But enjoy it all. After all, we are creating

it.

May we all walk our middle path to the

Sunlight of the Spirit.

~ Namasté Clyde

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September.October 2012 | Issue 66

The Front Porch | 5-9

Somewhere Between Adrenaline and Comatose | 12

By Eva Starr

Returning to The Middle Path | 14

By Terry Gordon

You Overload Your Nervous System | 16

By Wah!

The Path of Moderation, Balance, Equilibrium

& Harmony | 20

By Tina G. Sacchi

10 Steps to Tame Your To Do List | 24

By T.S. McAuley

A Simple Prescription for Embracing the Gray Area | 28

By Travis Sanders

Soul Food | 30

By Eva Starr

Horoscopes | Inner Views | 32

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Welcome to the Front Porch! This section serves as a welcoming stage for the rest of the magazine. It is a place for community

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page at www.thejourneymag.com.

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On The Cover

‘Large Leaves’ by Sharon Doyle

Nature Photography is a passion for Sharon Doyle. She is

self-taught and has been published in a book about digital

photography. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibits

in Northeast Ohio, including the Cleveland Hopkins Airport,

Cleveland State University, the Cleveland Plain Dealer,

Cleveland Institute of Music, Beachwood City Hall, Broadview

Heights City Hall and many more. She has also won numerous

awards through competitions at the Cleveland Photographic

Society. Her website is www.DoylePhotos.com and

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A Look into Different Religions’

Beliefs of The Middle Path

ISLAM

“Thus We have appointed you a middle nation.”

~ Qur’an

Islam teaches balance in thought and

action. Although some practitioners may

go to extremes, the religion itself does not

condone any form of extremism or fanaticism.

In fact, finding the middle path is a general principle of

behavior in Islam. The Qur’an and Sunnah contain specific

guidelines steering people away from extremes in particular

cognitive, social, and behavioral areas. Furthermore, Islam

endorses sociopolitical and socioeconomic systems that represent

a balanced, middle ground.

HINDUISM

“Yoga is not for him who eats too much or

does not eat at all, nor sleeps too much or

does not sleep at all.” Bhagavad Gita

Hinduism is probably the world’s most tolerant

religion. It possesses no canon, such

as the Bible or the Koran; no single personal founder, such

as Christ or Muhammad; and no precise body of authoritative

doctrine. Hindus can believe what they like, and they remain

Hindus as long as they observe the rules of their caste. Depending

on one’s intellectual and spiritual needs and capacities,

Hinduism can be a transcendental philosophy, a devotional

adherence to a savior god such as Vishnu, or simple

idolatry. From its earliest origins, Hinduism has exhibited an

unusual organic quality of growth and adaptation.

CHRISTIAN

“Turn not aside to the right hand nor to the

left” Bible

Both Jesus and Buddha taught the Path of

The Middle Way. Harmony, like in the Tao,

was a signature of their teachings. This

is best seen in the Kabbalah, the mystical

teachings of Judaism, also called the

Tree of Life. In the Tree of Life, Jesus represents the Sephira

Tiphareth, (Balance/Wisdom), which is between Geburah

(Letter of the Law) and Chesed, (Mercy/Love). The sun is the

Tiphareth of our solar system; in the body, Tiphareth is placed

at our solar plexus, the center of balance. Moses brought the

law, but Jesus brought mercy and compassion, in order to

demonstrate the balance between love, wisdom and power.

He also integrated the masculine, (Spirit or the Father) with the

feminine, (the Holy Spirit or the Mother). He was the nexus of

the figure-eight flow between Heaven and Earth or the Christ

and the man, (Or in this case the “Son”).

JUDAISM

“And how does a person accustom himself

in these qualities (i.e., the middle path of

each character trait) until he acquires them?

He should act in accordance with the middle

path multiple times, repeatedly behaving

in such ways until such deeds become easy, effortless, and

ingrained in his soul” ~ Torah

One who distances himself from haughtiness to the opposite

extreme and is of extremely lowly spirit is considered pious.

This is known as the way of piety (“middas chassidus”). If,

alternatively, he distances himself from haughtiness only half

way so that he is [merely] humble, he is considered wise. And

this is known as the way of wisdom (“middas chachma”). This

is true of all qualities. Now the pious ones of old (“chassidim

ha’rishonim”) used to incline themselves towards one or the

other extreme, and their behavior was considered beyond the

letter of the law. Nevertheless, we are commanded to follow

the middle path in life. This is the best and most upright way,

as the verse states, “You shall follow in His ways” (Deut., 28:9).

BUDDHISM

The secret of health for both mind and

body is not to mourn for the past, not to

worry about the future, not to anticipate

the future, but to live the present moment

wisely and earnestly” ~ Buddha

The Middle Path in Buddhism does not mean having a biased

view or superficial understanding only. The “Middle Path” represents

a distinct theory and way of Buddhist practice that is

not common to other religions. Buddhism is a religion with high

moral values. It lays great emphasis on human thought and

action in dealing with the natural environment, society or individual

problems. It is concerned with the relationship between

thoughts and behavior, and the relationship between behavior

and its consequences.

The Path of Grace is neither to the right nor to the

left. It is neither liberal nor conservative. It favors

neither the warmongers or the appeasers. Rather, it

is a middle path. It is the Path of Healing, for grace

is the balm that heals the wounded heart. The Path

of Grace is the Path of Bringing-together. The Path

of Win-Win. The Path of Mutual Respect. The Path

of Understanding, Tolerance, and Love. It is the

Way of Peace, and it is, therefore, a path we should

embrace.” ~ Chuck Gallozzi

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“Three Rules of Work: Out

of clutter find simplicity;

From discord find harmony;

In the middle of difficulty lies

opportunity.”

~ Albert Einstein

The Front Porch

The famous failures below are now well known and

their names are synonymous with success, but it

wasn’t always this way....

Abraham Lincoln - Abraham Lincoln first

went into politics at the age of 23 when he

campaigned for a seat in the Illinois General

Assembly and failed. He then opened a

general store which failed after only a few

months.

Michael Jordan - The most famous name in basketball was

actually cut from his high school basketball team.

John Wayne - Before his successful acting career he was

rejected from the US Naval Academy.

Steven Spielberg - This household name dropped out of high

school and applied to attend film school three times but was

unsuccessful due to his C grade average.

Beethoven - His music teacher once told

him that he was a hopeless composer.

Henry Ford - The Ford Motor Co was his

third business, the first two didn’t work

out.

Winston Churchill - This former British

Prime Minister did poorly in school and had a speech impediment

in his early years.

Walt Disney - He was fired by the editor of a newspaper for

lacking in ideas.

Soichiro Honda - The founder of Honda was turned down for

an engineering job by Toyota after World War II.

Masaru Ibuka and Akio Morita - These two were the founders

of Sony, but one of their first products was an electric rice

cooker. They only sold 100 or so of these cookers because

they tended to burn rice rather than cook it.

Harry S. Truman - He was rejected by

the US Military & Naval Academies due

to his poor eyesight. At one point he was

a clerk in a newspaper mailroom, and

also an usher in a movie theater.

Albert Einstein - He learned to speak

at a late age and performed poorly in

school.

Thomas Edison - As a boy he was told by his teacher that he

was too stupid to learn anything.

John Grisham - This best selling novelist’s first novel was rejected

by sixteen agents and twelve publishing houses.

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“Your hand opens and closes, opens and

closes. If it were always a fist or always

stretched open, you would be paralysed.

Your deepest presence is in every small

contracting and expanding, the two as

beautifully balanced and coordinated as

birds’ wings.” ~Rumi

TerraChoice, a North American environmental

marketing agency, has devised the Six Sins of

Greenwashing. This list of six can be applied to

any product or service that is believed to be green.

1. Hidden Trade-Off – This is when companies focus

on one step of the process that they have made

environmentally friendly when in fact the production,

transportation, etc… may not be green at all.

2. No Proof – Companies should always be able to provide

certificates, test results, etc… either through their

website, the mail and even over the telephone.

3. Vague Claims – Similar to tell sin number one, this

is when companies tell the truth but not the whole truth.

They don’t elaborate on their claim; earth-friendly and

chemical-free are examples of vague claims.

4. Irrelevant – TerraChoice uses the example of

companies claiming a product such as oven cleaner

or spray paint to be CFC-free, but CFCs have been

banned in aerosol products since 1978! Inquire if the

statement is actually important to the product.

5. Lies or Fibs – Some companies flat out lie or fib

about green qualities of their product or service. Luckily,

the organizations that do certify green claims provide

lists of certified products. Consumers wont run into this

problem as much as the other sins but do be aware that

it does happen.

6. Lesser of Two Evils – This sin applies to products or

services that have a questionable environmental benefit;

TerraChoice uses the example of organic cigarettes

and green pesticides. Making those products green

doesn’t have a significant effect on the health of the

environment and human beings.

Found at: http://www.greenecocommunities.com/News/

What-is-greenwashing.html

Buddha

“As a youth, Prince Siddhartha enjoyed the indulgent life of

pleasure in his father’s palace. Later, when he renounced

the worldly life and become an ascetic, he experienced the

hardship of torturing his mind and body. Finally, not long

before attaining Enlightenment, he realized the fruitlessness

of these two extreme ways of life. He realized that

the way to happiness and Enlightenment was to lead a life

that avoids these extremes. He described this life as the

Middle Path. These three ways of life may be compared

to the the strings of different tensions on a lute. The loose

string, which is like a life of indulgence, produces a poor

sound when struck. The overly tight string, which is like a

life of extreme asceticism, similarly produces a poor sound

when struck and is moreover, likely to break at any moment.

Only the middle string which is neither too loose nor

too tight, and is like the Middle Path, produces a pleasant

and harmonious sound when stuck. So these who follow

the Middle Path which avoid the extreme of indulging one’s

desires and opposite extreme of torturing one’s mind and

body unreasonably, will find happiness, peace of mind and

Enlightenment. This is the Fourth Noble Truth of the path

leading to the end of suffering.”

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Universal Prayer of Forgivenes

By Sandie Ann Sajner

OSHO

“I don’t teach the middle way, I

teach the total way. Then a balance

comes of its own accord,

and then that balance has tremendous

beauty and grace. You

have not forced it, it has simply

come. By moving gracefully

to the left, to the right, in the

middle, slowly a balance comes

to you because you remain so unidentified.

When sadness comes,

you know it will pass, and when

happiness comes you know that

will pass, too. Nothing remains;

everything passes by. The only

thing that always abides is your

witnessing. That witnessing

brings balance. That witnessing is

balance.” ~ Osho

For all of the people that have caused you any pain or suffering, harm or

shame, fear, guilt or doubts. Whatever injustices those people have imposed

and inflicted upon you, throughout your lifetime, whether they had

done so intentionally or not, knowingly or unknowingly. Please Forgive

those people.

For those that maybe you may have caused some pain or suffering, harm,

shame, fear, guilt or doubt, too, knowingly or unknowingly. May those

people Forgive you.

And for yourself, for any harm you may have imposed and inflicted upon

yourself, whether it be emotional, mental, spiritual, nutritional, sexual,

physical or financial, whatever injustices there may have been, knowingly

or unknowingly, Please Forgive yourself.

May you be strong and healthy.

May you be happy and peaceful.

May you be safe, sane and secure from all inner and outer harm.

May you take great care of yourself with joy, love and laughter.

And May your life unfold smoothly and with ease.

And if there is anything that is heavy on your heart, mind and soul today. If

there is anything that is of any burden to you, please take it and take it all

and wrap each piece of it into brilliant white, healing, loving, caring, forgiving

light and bless it all as you hand it graciously to God giving it all thanks

and praise, for everyone and every experience that comes into our life is

truly a gift and a blessing from God.

And may the Divinity and the Sacredness that resides within your soul

recognize the Divinity and the Sacredness in all of life, in all of God’s

creation.

Amen

Do you have something

interesting you would like to

share with our community?

The Front Porch is a place for community news

and sharing, updates, notables, and much more.

We are excited to announce that book and CD

reviews will also take place here on the Front

Porch, so please send us any material you’ve

written/recorded or anything you are enchanted

by. Press releases for the Front Porch, as well

as submissions for the rest of the magazine, are

encouraged, please go to the Front Porch section

of The Journey website and submit according to

the submission guidelines.

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Walking the Middle Path. Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Rock on....

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Somewhere Between

Adrenaline and Comatose

By Eva Starr

The Middle Path … hmmmm.

I wondered,

“What is the middle

path. Is it similar to

the road less traveled? Is it

the fork in the road between

the “Y”? Is it the spiritual path

Oprah is on? Is it the center of

the labyrinth after you walked

many paths in the maze?

Is it the road to Damascus?

Or finally, since I am now

residing on the West Coast,

is it the way to San Jose?” I

came to find out it is none of

the above.

To be completely honest

I had never heard about the

Middle Path, and I thought I

was enlightened. I guess not.

According to the Dhammacakkappavattana

Sutta, it is the

first thing the Lord Buddha Gotama

taught to the five ascetics in Deer

Park in Isipatana, which was the

avoidance of two extreme paths that

were popularly practiced during his

time. I am not going to delve any

further into the study of Buddhism

here, since I am not all that familiar

with it.

What I am familiar with is extremes.

My friends used to say to

me, “The pendulum swings hard one

way or the other.” Yeah, I’m kind of

an all-or-nothing person (although I

am working on that so-called Middle

Path). I’m the person who gave up

television in 1989 when my daughter

Shayna was born. Why? Well, mostly

because I wanted to dive head-first

into this massive ocean of Spirituality.

So for me, it was all or nothing,

no middle path on that subject. I

either watched soap operas, Law &

Order and Married with Children all

day and night, or I had to throw the

TV out the window and just give it up

completely.

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I have the same problem

with pork rinds;

there’s no such thing

as eating one, or even

half the bag. I want

to eat the whole bag.

What all this says to

me is that I need to

work on finding the

balance.

I have the same problem with

pork rinds; there’s no such thing as

eating one, or even half the bag. I

want to eat the whole bag. What all

this says to me is that I need to work

on finding the balance – the middle

path. This is not a news flash; I’ve

struggled with balance my whole

life. Although I feel I’ve come a long

way, I still eat the whole bag of pork

rinds but only about six times a year

instead of every other week.

I can remember many moons

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ago, and I’m talking early

‘80s, my metaphysical

mentor said to me that the

goal to living a spiritual

existence is to stay neutral.

I can remember saying to

her, “Why would I want to

do that, it seems to me that

life would be so boring living

that way.” Obviously at

’ the time, I was still addicted

to all the ups and downs,

and the thrill of riding the

Roller Coaster of Life in the

Drama Park. I’ve come a

long way.

Since my recent reading

of Dan Millman’s The

Way of the Peaceful Warrior

(I know; I’m a late bloomer)

I have come to see the

benefit of remaining neutral – or, as

they say in Buddha-land, The Middle

Path. I still struggle with it now and

then, but I can clearly understand

now as to why this non-extremist

way of letting the pendulum swing

back to center and staying balanced

is the way to go.

I recently started Will Bowmen’s

21-day complaint-free purple bracelet

regimen. You wear this purple

bracelet and every time you catch

yourself complaining, gossiping or

being negative you switch the bracelet

from one hand to the other. The

goal is to make it 21-days without

having to switch the bracelet at all.

I must say, it may sound easy for us

spiritually minded folks but I have

news for you, it’s not. Go ahead and

try it for yourself, and then email me

when you make it. I’m going to put

you in the Eva Starr’s First Person

To Make It 21-Days World Record

Book.

Think about all the things in your

life that bring you joy and tell me

how long that feeling lasts. You see

you’re always searching for the next

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high. That’s why balance, remaining neutral and taking

the middle path are so important to your sanity.

Obviously at the time I was still addicted

to all the ups and downs, and

the thrill of riding the Roller Coaster

of Life in the Drama Park. I’ve come

a long way.

If you really want practice on staying on the middle

path, spend half a day at a Wal-Mart, or drive The 405

to Los Angeles – or better yet offer to take the neighborhood’s

worst-behaved kids for a week. Pick any of the

above and let me know how you did, there just might be

a best-seller in that story.

For me, I’m still wearing my purple bracelet, and it

looks like it’s going to be awhile before it comes off. In the

mean time, don’t get me a ticket for the Merry-Go-Round;

I’ve got a few more rides left on the Wicked Twister.

Eva Starr’s spiritual journey has taken her coastto-coast

studying the various schools of thought. Starr

now resides in the San Diego area devouring the alluring

buffet of wisdom the West Coast has to offer.

Contact her at evastarr24@yaho.com & visit her new

blog starronthefly.evastarr.com and her websites

reachforthemoon.net and evastarr.com.

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Returning To The Middle Path

By Dr. Terry A. Gordon

simple plea for calm rippled around the globe after

A

Rodney King, a black motorist who was mercilessly

beaten by white police officers, tried to coax our

collective conscience back to the sense of commonality

and decency we had long since forgotten.

He implored us all to join him on the middle path as

he exclaimed: “Can we all get along?”

Sadly in today’s world, we as human beings have become

ever more polarized. Whether it’s the conservative

right lashing out at the liberal left, the Arabs v. the Jews,

or the Shiites in opposition to the Sunnis, the common

battle cry is: “I am right and you’re not only wrong, you’re

going to hell if you don’t embrace what I embrace. And

I’ll help you get there faster!”

The rhetoric gurgling from both

political parties in America adds

the same negativity to the

universe as did the recent

senseless slaughter by a crazed

individual of 12 innocent people in

an Aurora, Colorado movie theater.

This paralyzing polarity of dogma is of course all

based on ego, its intoxicating effect enhanced all the

more as one group usurps energy from and gains control

over another. Ego requires conflict in order to justify and

nurture its sense of superiority and separateness.

Sadly in today’s world, entire generations of children

have grown up in a tragic milieu of ego-driven hatred

and violence. Anger and hostility are cultivated in our

children beginning at an early age. Palestinian children

have been taught to hate Israeli children and vice versa.

The Hutus and Tutsis in Rwanda have murdered one

another over their perceived differences. All of these and

the many other conflicts in our world continuously feed

the self-perpetuating cycle, which has never – nor ever

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will – served a constructive purpose.

It is the constant barrage, the incessant exposure to

the negative energy percolating through our world that is

poisoning the innocent and fertile minds of our children,

adversely affecting adults as well.

It is my belief that the rhetoric gurgling from both

political parties in America adds the same negativity to

the universe as did the recent senseless slaughter by a

crazed individual of 12 innocent people in an Aurora,

Colorado movie theater.

Healthy cells have the capacity

to stop their expansion and their

growth in order to avoid

encroaching on another cell’s

space. Each cell knows its own

boundary.

Our body is comprised of more than 100 trillion cells.

Every single one strives to aid every other cell, thus working

for the common good of them all. Each of our cells

gives its all, ultimately dying in an ego-less fashion in

order to make space for a new cell to replace it.

Healthy cells have the capacity to stop their expansion

and their growth in order to avoid encroaching on

another cell’s space. Each cell knows its own boundary.

As two cells come into contact with one another, there

is an innate knowledge instructing them to stop growing.

This is the essence of life that allows the whole to

continue to thrive.

Cancer cells, on the other hand, lack that ability to

halt the growth process. Sooner or later, the cancer cells

outstrip their own source of nourishment and to survive

must encroach on what belongs to the adjacent healthy

cells. Ultimately, this paradox of nature results in the

death of the total organism, with healthy and cancerous

cells alike succumbing.

Why is it that we who are composed of trillions of

healthy cells have not remembered to practice the same

ego-less form of constraint they exhibit? Instead, most

of us generally behave like cancer cells. We impose our

beliefs, our way of life on others. The history of mankind

has seen this sort of expansionism demonstrated

repeatedly.

If we chose, however, to live in ego-less fashion and

to dedicate ourselves collectively to the service of others,

our world in its entirety would benefit immeasurably. Can

you imagine a world where the common belief is that the

whole is truly the sum of its parts?

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If that were embraced, how could anyone be killed

by anyone for any purpose? Imagine a world where there

were no aberrant renegade cells. No one would be hellbent

on the destruction of any other. There would be no

cancer cells, no terrorist cells.

We need to remember that everyone is connected as

part of the whole. We must embrace the truth that we are

all one. If we impinge on the space of even one human

being, we jeopardize the whole of humanity.

The Middle Path as described in

Buddhist philosophy is anything

but conciliatory. In fact, the word

“middle” translates into neutral

and centered.

It will be from the space of joining our opposition

on the middle path where the knowledge and perfect

ego-less wisdom we have long forgotten can be rediscovered.

Choosing to embark on this middle path is often

viewed as a desertion of personal ideals and convictions,

throwing in the towel in order to placate your opposition;

erroneously it can be viewed as acquiescence.

The Middle Path as described in Buddhist philosophy

is anything but conciliatory. In fact, the word “middle”

translates into neutral and centered. This middle path is

one where the search for solutions to life’s challenges can

ensue from a place of unbiased consciousness.

The Buddha advocated that we avoid extremes, suggesting

instead that we should pursue The Middle Path.

It is from there that one will be able to clearly see with

conscious neutrality both sides of any issue. The result:

a win-win scenario where previously opposing camps are

attracted toward common, middle ground in which living

harmoniously and peacefully are manifest.

“How is it they live for eons in such harmony — the

billions of stars — when most men can barely go a minute

without declaring war in their mind against someone they

know? How can we live in harmony? First we need to

know we are all madly in love with the same God.”

–St. Thomas Aquinas

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as their National Physician of the Year. His life’s

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can protect us from experiencing our share of dark days.

We all have them. But we can do something to transform

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and positive change.

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You Overload

The Nervous System

By wah!

our body is a complex,

interconnected network

of many different systems Y– digestion, endocrine, circulatory,

muscular, bone, excretory – they all

work near and around each other in

your body, cooperatively yet distinct.

Whether you think you have 100

different things going on inside you

or just a few, all are governed by

the nervous system. Your nervous

system is the overlord.

The central and peripheral nervous

systems are an interconnected

network of nerves that govern motor

and involuntary responses. The

involuntary or autonomic nervous

system has two distinct arms –

sympathetic and parasympathetic.

The sympathetic nervous system

governs muscular activity, physical

exertion, blood pressure, blood flow;

it engages primarily while you are

awake. It secretes adrenalin, engages

fight-or-flight response, keeps your

blood pressure consistent, heightens

your senses, gives you strength when

you are in danger.

The parasympathetic nervous

system is the other arm – it slows

the heartbeat, increases secretions

of the glands (saliva, tear ducts,

digestive tract), boosts the immune

system and primarily engages during

meditation, rest or sleep. They work

in tandem – for example, parasympathetic

nerves create an erection;

sympathetic nerves trigger ejaculation.

Parasympathetic and sympathetic

nerves travel along the same

pathways as motor (somatic) neurons

but have different ways of gathering

information. Some responses

are automatic; sympathetic nervous

system keeps your blood pressure

consistent, prevents heat loss, keeps

the water in your intestines. Some

responses are to external stimuli; for

example, a loud noise might trigger

constricted breathing (a sympathetic

nervous system response).

In yoga, I would call these two

arms Ida and Pingala. They are the

right and left hands of Shakti, the

primal power, coiling up through the

spine like two snakes. Ida is the left

hand, the Moon, with her restorative,

relaxing energy. Pingala is the right

hand, the Sun, with his generative,

enthusiastic movement.

Both sides are needed; one cannot

live without the other. Action is

followed by rest. Rest is followed by

action. The problem occurs when you

can’t shift between the two. An overly

stimulated sympathetic nervous system

creates a habit of fight-or-flight,

adrenalin response and stress. There’s

no actual danger to the physical body,

but the parasympathetic nervous

system responds to the mental or

emotional stress as if there were. It

results in stress symptoms like high

blood pressure, restricted breathing,

poor digestion and insomnia.

Ida is the left hand,

the Moon, with her

restorative, relaxing

energy. Pingala is the

right hand, the Sun,

with his generative,

enthusiastic

movement.

Parasympathetic nervous system

engages during sleep and restores

and repairs cell tissue, boosts the

immune system and instills a sense

of well being. If half our population

uses sleep machines to treat sleep

apnea, we might deduce that their

parasympathetic nervous systems

are unable to engage.

Both nervous systems have to be

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active and engaged appropriately. The

middle path is being able to engage

when necessary, rest when complete.

If there is no sense of equality between

rest and action, between movement

and contemplation, between nighttime

and daytime, your health and

outlook will be lopsided. How can

you allow the central nervous system

to engage both parasympathetic and

sympathetic nervous systems as it

needs to, staying calm amidst your

personal stress?

Both nervous systems

have to be active and

engaged appropriately.

The middle path is

being able to engage

when necessary, rest

when complete.

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Alternate nostril breathing teaches the body to flow

between the energies of Sun (action) and Moon (rest).

It is a great tool of the middle path. One ancient scripture

dictates a practice of “not too much, not too little.”

Emotionally: “not too much anger, not too little.” (speak

up but not so forcefully it becomes injurious.) Physically:

“not too much exercise, not too little.” (work the muscles

but don’t deplete them.) You have to balance your ability

to reach forward in your life and attend to self-care and

integration.

Shifting gears is pretty straightforward. In your

car, when you wish to shift to a higher gear, you move

through neutral. Shifting to neutral can be taught to the

body, through yogic breathing, ayurvedic treatments

or healing.

Shifting to a lower gear is the same process. Neutral

is the engagement of the parasympathetic nervous

system. Why do people sleep when they need to heal

from the flu, integrate a death of a loved one, heal grief?

Parasympathetic nervous system. And why do some

people habitually leave class before Shavasana? They

don’t want the parasympathetic nervous system to

engage; they don’t want to slow down and integrate.

Sometimes it’s just easier to retrain the body and

allow the mind to follow. If you’re stuck in a pattern of

pushing, moving forward and wanting things to be a

certain way, it can be a good practice to instill time for

meditation, massage, healing treatments or yoga.

In my Healing Workshops, which use sound and

touch to heal, I have found a majority of people reacting

more to the engagement of the parasympathetic

nervous system than to any technique I am offering.

Through toning we slow down the breath cycle, we use

touch and hold each other with kindness – these things

engage the parasympathetic nervous system. It is a

perfect antidote to cell phones, internet and intense

overstimulation. As we share our experiences in the

workshop, I find many people are more comfortable

with giving than receiving, more comfortable with

engaging than relinquishing. Sympathetic nervous

system wants to move, create and save the day. Parasympathetic

nervous system sees everything as one

interconnected whole.

So relax. Our small part of this Universe is adding

our precious piece to that Oneness. What is required?

Parasympathetic nervous system – long, deep breathing,

deep satisfaction, real tears, real touch. Sleep,

shavasana, rest and healing. They don’t change the

intensity of your energy or intention; they just allow the

Universe a chance to participate in its creation. Middle

ground is connected to everything; you are included in

the whole and ready to evolve.

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The Path of Moderation,

Balance, Equilibrium

& Harmony

W

hen you become unbalanced, off-centered

or ungrounded, you have simply

strayed away from the Middle Path.

Daoism, Confucianism and Buddhism

all hold the belief that staying on the Middle Path is the

road to enlightenment. As you engage more actively in

prayer and meditation, you become more conscious of

what it feels like to be on the Middle Path, and you also

feel strongly when you are off the path.

On the Middle Path, there is no duality; nothing is

good or bad. It just is. You can make decisions from a

state of neutrality, not getting involved in any extremes,

one way or the other. The Middle Path is truly a state of

harmony and well-being. When you are on the Middle

Path, life flows abundantly, just like a river flowing into

the ocean. It is effortless. You are like a piece of driftwood

floating gently on the water, not engaging with any shore

where you might get stuck in a bramble. It is on the Middle

By Tina G Sacchi

Tina Sacchi will be a presenter at The

Journey Expo in Cleveland, September 2012.

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Path where you can experience the four principles of living

that I invoke daily: 1) Non-judgment; 2) Non-attachment;

3) Non-suffering; and 4) Walking the path of beauty.

When you veer off the Middle Path, you immediately

enter into a state of duality. You feel the polar opposites;

you judge things to be good or bad; and you enter into

a state of extremes, which ultimately leads to unbalance

and eventually disease and illness.

Through daily meditation, you can become

more conscious of the Middle

Path, and through practice you can

stay on the Middle Path more often.

It is like riding a bike.

The Middle Path is the path of moderation, balance,

equilibrium and harmony. Taking it a step further, you

can experience the place of emptiness, also known as

the void or the zero point, while on the Middle Path. You

can experience a state of being where you inherently

sense that everything exists and nothing exists. You are

everything in the Universe, and yet you are nothing in the

Universe. All extremes merge to approach infinity.

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Through daily meditation, you can become more

conscious of the Middle Path, and through practice you

can stay on the Middle Path more often. It is like riding

a bike. At first, you are wobbly and unsure of yourself

and you veer off in different directions, trying to ride in

a straight line. Your muscles compensate to achieve a

state of equilibrium, so you won’t fall.

Eventually, through practice, you achieve a sense of

balance and you are able to stay on course. It becomes

second nature to ride the bike. By practicing even more

frequently, you learn to maneuver your body and the

bike to stay perpetually on-course and centered, always

riding a straight line. And when your body moves too

far to the left or too far to the right, you can immediately

correct yourself and maintain a perfect sense of

balance.

Harmony and equilibrium are

attained when you are not too

spiritual, nor too emotional, nor

too physical nor too mental. You

become highly sensitive to any

forms of unbalance.

Harmony and equilibrium are attained when you are

not too spiritual, nor too emotional, nor too physical nor

too mental. You become highly sensitive to any forms of

unbalance in any body (physical, mental, spiritual and

emotional), and you learn how to correct yourself quickly.

Through practice, you can experience spontaneous

healing by sensing the slightest bit of disease within you

and restoring yourself to perfect health instantly.

If you happen to get off course, the idea is not to

stay off course for too long. Don’t get stuck on a road

where you don’t need to be. Quickly identify that you

veered off course. Forgive yourself for getting off the

Middle Path. If you do stray off the path, be grateful for

the learning experience, bless the experience, and then

get back on course without further hesitation and without

any self-judgment, guilt or shame.

The truth is, all roads lead to the same place: our

Buddha nature. Whether we take many detours or walk

in a straight line, it doesn’t matter at all. What matters

is the effort we dedicate to staying on the Middle Path

as much as possible.

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(Reiki/Shamanic), Mysticism, Chakra Balancing,

Soul Path Guidance, Past Lives Resolve, Future Life

Progression, Raw Food Coaching and Life Event Ceremonies.

Tina is certified in Clinical Hypnotherapy

through the Arizona Society for Professional Hypnosis

as well as the National Guild of Hypnotists. Visit her

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information on her international radio show.

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10 Steps to Tame

Your To Do List

By T.S. McAuley

he first week of October 2011 provided me a

chance to reset. My friend Zedrick took me to

the Blue Cliff Monastery in New York for a 10-

Tday Mindfulness Retreat led by Thich Nhat Hanh. My

attention returned to breathing in and breathing out. My

mind became aware of each step, each bite of food, and

the nuance of each moment. My time at the retreat allowed

me to return to feeling comfortable with the sense

of emptiness.

Most of my life I have been on a mission to fill the

emptiness. I have tried everything; alcohol and drugs,

sex, gambling, self-help seminars. Learning to set goals,

visualize and take action was a positive change of direction,

but the motivation was still the same: Fill that empty

void. “All or Nothing” became my credo.

When the focus of my passion is on a particular activity,

skill set or knowledge base I am slightly obsessivecompulsive.

This isn’t always a bad thing, nor is it inherently

a good trait. It just seems to be part of my nature.

Somewhere around the second

year of practice my approach to

life became a bit more balanced.

My extremist tendencies dulled

and I found myself a new a path –

the Middle Path.

In 2004 my active substance addictions came to an

end. Within two years my focus shifted and morphed me

into a self-help/spirituality junkie, complete with my very

own yoga mat. It took a long time before Shavasana pose

wasn’t a challenge.

I didn’t even notice that I had begun to learn to embrace

emptiness. My daily visit to a yoga studio near my

house seemed to open me further each week. Somewhere

around the second year of practice my approach to life

became a bit more balanced. My extremist tendencies

dulled and I found myself a new a path – the Middle

Path.

Please don’t get me wrong here; I’m no Buddhist. I

don’t really consider myself anything; just a man working

on being a better man each day. Walking the Middle Path

sometimes feels like a tightrope act. Balance eludes me

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from time to time.

Four months prior to the Thich Nhat Hanh retreat I

published my first book. The process of doing so resembled

nothing close to the content discussed throughout

that book. My obsessive nature kicked in and pushed

me past the point of exhaustion. Each moment not spent

tending bar was spent on some aspect of a book launch;

minus three hours of sleep per day.

My ambitions … seem to trigger a

sense of urgency. I feel like I have to

get things done. This feeling is the

driving force of anxiety. My mind

chatter has the tendency to cloud

the fact that I don’t have to be anything

more than what/who I am at

this very moment. The key for me

to staying on the Middle Path is to

become a good project manager; a

juggler of sorts.

Somehow my brain convinced itself this was the path

to success and not the path to burnout. As my fingers

type these words, the image of my behavior popped into

my mind and laughter followed. The irony of it all cracks

me up a little. But the lesson woke me up.

I finally realized what it is that causes my mind to

go into hyper-drive and verge so far off the Middle Path

I enjoy so very much.

My ambitions and the manner in which my goals are

written and defined seem to trigger a sense of urgency.

I feel like I have to get things done. This feeling is the

driving force of anxiety, which in turn triggers less-thandesirable

responses to many present-moment stimuli.

My mind chatter has the tendency to cloud the fact

that I don’t have to be anything more than what/who I

am at this very moment.

In order for me to remain ambitious yet be balanced

in my approach, a change of protocol was in order. Last

week two days were happily spent sifting through my

files, my research and my entire home. Room by room,

shelf by shelf and notebook by notebook I purged and

organized. Each note was read, evaluated and kept or

tossed based on my current world view.

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When day two came to a close, a long list of goals had

been reframed and prioritized. Only a few are on my table in

my scope of focus. The rest are filed away at arm’s length

as they wait patiently for their time to come.

It took some time and a little brainstorm session to come

up with lists of action steps for the numerous projects and

different areas of focus in my life. Once a clear picture of

every goal had been painted, the next step seemed logical.

Each day just seems to flow now.

The trick for me seems to be variety.

I have to include action steps toward goals in each area

of my life; career, physical, emotional, relational and financial.

When my attention is only on one area of my life, balance

is not obtainable. Rest and relaxation become harder and

harder to find.

It seems that the key for me to staying on the Middle

Path is to become a good project manager; a juggler of sorts.

To get that six-pack abdomen will take proper nutrition and

continued effort. I can’t sit at this computer all day long writing

my next book, launching my next website and sending

articles to magazines and blogs. Doing so would make it

difficult to see that six-pack.

Here are 10 steps to help you find a sense of balance.

Grab a pen and paper. Writing it out is actually an important

part of the process.

1. Write these categories on a piece of paper: Career/

Job, Body, Mind/Emotions, Relationships, Finances

2. In each category dump out all of your frustrations

3. Take each frustration and brainstorm actions to resolve

those frustrations.

4. Make a list of goals based on what you’ve written so

far.

5. Contemplate a realistic time frame for the realization

of these goals.

6. Make a list of actionable steps that will help the realization

of these goals.

7. Chose a big goal from at least 3 areas of your life to

start working toward today.

8. Put those goals on a separate sheet of paper and for

the next 30 days focus your attention and efforts there.

9. About 15 days from now re-evaluate to see if your

choices were effective, adjust accordingly.

10. Each day make a point to bring yourself to a calm,

peaceful and loving state of being. (Bubble baths with

candles! Just a thought.)

All of this juggling takes a little practice. My advice to

you is to listen to your body. Take time to breathe and learn

to be honest with yourself. Emotions are there to guide you.

If you’re feeling anxious sometimes you need a break and

other times it’s best to keep moving forward. With practice

and patience you’ll learn to know what time it is each step

you take.

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A Simple Prescription for

Embracing the Gray Area

othing in life is black or

white; it is all a shade of

gray. Our perceptions Nare relative, and our judgments on

what we perceive give us the connotations

of good or bad, light or

dark. In reality, what is truth tends

to occupy some place in the middle.

Fortunately and interestingly,

this middle or gray area has a variant

of hues, a gradient of grays,

that leaves us with endless and

limitless perspectives on life. This

makes each of us truly unique, with

a limitless number of perspectives,

opinions and beliefs.

As individuals on a spiritual

path, it is our responsibility to walk

this middle ground, this gray area,

to examine that nothing is absolute,

and all possibilities and potentials

exist on the middle path.

For in this limitless space, this

dual and multi-verse perspective,

what we can give birth to and

manifest is as limitless as our

eternal nature.

As a spiritual medium, walking

the middle path is an essential

road for my work. For in the same

sense, there is more than just this

physical world and the seeming

perfection of Source from which

we each originated. There is also

a gradient of in-between that many

souls inhabit in the after-life plane,

and it’s my job to be able to access

these souls to bring messages of

healing to their loved ones on the

physical side of life.

As these souls in the afterlife

are in-between, in their time on

the physical plane they mentally,

emotionally and spiritually also

lived in-between. Our constant

questioning throughout life shows

that no one walks in complete light

or darkness. The idea of light and

dark is a fancy and romanticized

illusion; that someone may lean

more closely to one or the other is

a false impression. But truly, our

limitless nature pulls us to seek

center, or middle ground, at all

times.

In this middle space we have

the advantage. From the center we

have the potential for a 360-degree

view – seeing all sides of the coin

and everything that coin may represent

and symbolize: from material

and earthly concerns, mental

challenges and emotional happenstance,

to insight into the past and

the future as you

walk the present

middle ground.

You mean one

aspect of walking

the middle path is

the adage many

of us have heard

for years: To be

present? Absolutely.

In this awareness

you may

see what is serving

you, what is

no longer serving

your highest

By Travis Sanders

Our constant questioning throughout life

shows that no one walks in complete light or

darkness. The idea of light and dark is a fancy

and romanticized illusion; that someone may

lean more closely to one or the other is a false

impression.

good, and what is approaching

you – with enough time to properly

discern whether it is something you

want to allow into your life.

I personally have found that

actively seeking the middle path

on my walk in the “mundane” as

well as my spiritual work (as if they

can be separated) has best served

my soul and my soul’s growth.

So what are

some things you

can do to bring

yourself more fully

in alignment

with the middle

path?

Breathe: As a

society we tend

to get caught up

in the hustle and

bustle of everyday

life, falling

into the trap of

stress. When we

are in stress we

are much more likely – mentally

and emotionally – to be stuck in the

past or living in the future. When

we choose to pause, take a breath

and say “Ahhh” we can bring our

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awareness back to the present and bring our selves

back to a more centered perspective where things can

be seen and felt more clearly. Another way to do this

is by taking a breath and mentally naming the things

we see around us. This helps to anchor awareness

back to the moment.

Try new things: Trying new things – of partaking in

something we have previously had issues with – can

help us to suspend old judgments and assumptions.

Even if it doesn’t change your mind about that particular

action or event, it has given you a new perspective

to evaluate it from, hopefully with fewer absolutes and

more middle ground in your experience. That’s what

it means to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes.

You mean one aspect of walking

the middle path is the adage many

of us have heard for years: To be

present? Absolutely.

Play the devil’s advocate: As you come to conclusions

and summations in your life, as you find yourself

working through statements of belief in your mind,

as you justify these conclusions to yourself, take a

moment to consciously play the devil’s advocate and

debate opposing opinions in relation to the matter at

hand. This may jog a realization that you might not

have arrived at before – allowing a fairer evaluation on

behalf of your expansion as a spiritual being having

a physical experience.

Seek Diversity: This is the most fun, expanding

and eye opening step. By experiencing diversity, we

can expand our minds and horizons to view the world

in a way we never before imagined. By integrating our

experiences with numerous views, backgrounds and

perspectives, we find ourselves living in and loving

this middle ground – this gray area – and finding that

it resonates through us with a truth that – like the soul

– is always changing, growing and evolving.

One magical way to seek diversity is through travel

– experience different landscapes, diverse cultures

and traditions. Speak with those who are young, and

seek the perspective of elders. You will find that when

you look into the eyes of many, you will gaze into a

mirror that reveals yourself, and find that you, too,

are not who you perceived yourself to be. That you

are changed, and you are not who you were, or who

you will be, but who you truthfully are in the gray area

of the middle path.

At 23, Travis Sanders is a young but accomplished

psychic medium, who has appeared

on national television regarding his work with

Spirit. Travis has also received para-professional

training in the psychic arts, certified by Doreen

Virtue Ph.D., as well as training with Lily Dale

medium Sharon Klingler.

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Soul Food

Soul Food is dedicated to all my readers as an offering to share

my metaphysical musings and the lessons I have encountered

throughout my journey here in this classroom we call Planet

Earth. I encourage your questions, and quandaries as we grow

together toward solution and enlightenment.

Email your questions to soulfood@evastarr.com.

Dear Eva:

I am in a job that causes me an extreme amount of

stress. I leave work and I am exhausted and feel I have

nothing left in me to do the things that I love. How do

we know when it is the right time to leave a situation

in life, whether it is a job, a relationship or a place we

live? Just Wondering

I would bless everything about it –

the people, the building, the water

cooler, your desk… Then make a list

of everything that particular job

has brought to you. Then and only

then will you be able to move onto

something else you love.

Dear Just Wondering:

You are not the first one to ask that question and you

certainly won’t be the last. The way I understand it is: God

(the Universe, call it what you like) does not want for us

to stay in any type of situation that causes us ill health.

I used to serve as the legal advocate for a domestic

violence shelter. From my involvement, I learned – especially

in a situation where a woman is getting beaten to

death – that just because you are married under the law,

and you seemingly love your husband, does not mean

you ought to stay.

Work may seem different; nobody is harming you

physically. But there are also similarities – reasons that

call you to stay in a situation that may be unhealthy.

We need a paycheck to support our families or simply

ourselves. We all have rent to pay, and we need food and

shelter – not to mention, what if we want to go to a movie

or do something we love?

In the case of a job, for myself, I would bless everything

about it – the people (especially those you have the

most difficult time with), the building, the water cooler,

your desk (are you getting the picture?). Then make a

list of everything that particular job has brought to you

(the pros). Then, and only then, will you be able to move

onto something else you love.

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Louise Hay always says the quickest way to get a

“new” anything is to love the current situation first. This

can be confusing for some people; I’m merely suggesting

that you look at the positive things, and then the

Universe will and can move you into another field more

suited to your nature. Good Luck this is a tough one for

most of us.

Dear Eva:

I had a temporary part-time job in a senior worksearch

organization (for four years), filing and answering

the phone. The job ended yesterday and now I am out of

work. I’ve had a challenging time finding a job because

it’s difficult for me to walk one block. (I do not drive, I

take the bus.) Last year, I went to a local medical center

and a physical therapist said my EMG nerve test showed

“motor axon loss.” He sent me to a neurologist, who cancelled

my appointment and would not explain what was

wrong with my legs. Two weeks ago, I went to a health

screening at a free clinic. The doctor said my legs were

swollen, and my skin was red from iron leaching out of

my blood. She did not know why my legs felt heavy,

sore and hard to move. I have to find a job, and have no

health insurance. Are there any social service agencies

that evaluate leg function? How do I find a doctor who

can help me? Jobless & Ill

Dear Jobless:

I empathize with your plight, and unfortunately with

the state this country is in you are not alone my dear. But

in the eyes of God, we are never alone. This is something

that all of us need to remember, God is everywhere; there

is no place that God is not.

With respect to your health issues, seek out a medical

professional first. I am not a doctor and do not give

medical advice. There is a website you can go to (http://

www.211cleveland.org/) in your area that will direct you

to the services available.

Now from a metaphysical standpoint, God (the Universe)

wishes for us to be healthy. I myself have gained

a lot of benefit from reading Louise Hay’s You Can Heal

Your Life http://www.louisehay.com/ as well as one of

her first little books, Heal Your Body. Charles and Myrtle

Filmore, founders of the Unity movement, are known for

healing themselves of tuberculosis back in 1899. They of

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course weren’t the first, the last or the only ones to heal

themselves with positive mind treatments.

Seek medical help first, then complement that with

reading some of the above suggested material. The mind

is a very powerful thing. We want to see our bodies as

whole and healed at all times. I would also try to watch

my words carefully and speak only words of health and

healing at all times.

As for the job thing, I understand this is not an easy

place for anyone to be. We must have the faith of a mustard

seed, while placing one foot in front of the other in

whatever actions steps we feel guided or led to. There is a

method called The Golden Key (http://goldenkeyministry.

com/ ); I strongly recommend trying it.

As always, everything in the Universe is in divine

timing, and maybe God wanted you to rest for a while;

only you and God know that. Go within my dear, ask for

guidance, see healing in all areas of your life, including

your pocketbook and your physical health. Love and

light to you!

Eva Starr’s spiritual journey has taken her coastto-coast

studying the various schools of thought. Starr

now resides in the San Diego area devouring the alluring

buffet of wisdom the West Coast has to offer. Email

your questions to soulfood@evastarr.com visit her

new blog starronthefly.evastarr.com and her websites

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InnerViews

By Kimmie Rose Zapf

Aries

September – Your mind is getting the best of you. You

may find it difficult not to linger on negative thoughts.

Forgive others, especially family members. Intend for

yourself happiness and peace. Let go of all negativity.

October – Things are calming down. People are more

positive in your life because you’ve learned to be more

positive with yourself. Spend quiet time with the people

you love. Relationships will be calmer. Experience your

feelings and embrace the inner parts of yourself.

Taurus

September – Jobs present themselves around the

second week of the month. Be ready to2 present your

talents. Toward the end of the month you could have a

couple of job offers. Make sure they’re what you’re comfortable

with. It’s also a great time to buy a house.

October – It’s all about business, but about being honest.

Communicate clearly on business issues, especially

with people that can be helpful. Create long-lasting ties

and talk with people that can be most helpful. Also, fight

wasteful urges.

Gemini

September – The last six months have been insane.

Now, you are feeling able to close doors and move forward.

Your patience has come into a space of feeling

rested. You’ll be offered opportunities to settle. This is a

great time to sell a house or plan a vacation.

October – Be honest in relationship issues. If you’re

clear with people around you, you’ll feel the beautiful light

of love encircle you. Those links you create with people

will help you move into a period of manifestation.

Cancer

September – Family members have been pulling at

you. Be honest with the people around you. Don’t be

afraid of hurting their feelings. They need to hear what

you have to say. Be very clear in your communication

with others. This helps you be clear within yourself.

October – Gain clarity without self-criticism. You’ve

been beating yourself over the head so badly that it’s like

a worst-case scenario gossip game. Don’t make things

up and turn them into something else. It’s all about clear

communication — with yourself and others.

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Leo

September – Think before you speak. Make sure

you’re balanced in relationships to help you find people

that want to communicate and spend more time with

you. Spend more time with your partner while remaining

centered.

October – Extend an open invitation to meet new

neighbors, coworkers and friends. Connecting with new

people will give you opportunities — job and financial

— most likely toward the end of the year. And you’ll find

new friends.

Virgo

September – You’re surrounded by financial changes.

Manifest your desires. Get to know the people around you.

They could help you with a career opportunity. You may

decide to move. Expand your horizons in the business

world. Update your resume!

October – Take chances. Explore new opportunities.

You may decide to do something different. Be honest and

straightforward, letting people know how you really feel.

If you haven’t, it’s most likely they’ve been frustrated

with you.

Libra

September – You’ll be happy thanks to all the extra

energy you have. You’re spending a lot of time with

family and friends. Think through your past discerningly.

Forgive others and yourself. Things flow more

smoothly.

October – You’re feeling scattered. Make one list and

add to it. Categorize your list. The more organized you

are, the more organized your life will be. Think deeply.

Plan to assemble your life.

Scorpio

September – Financial issues are getting crazy. Honesty

is important. If you can’t do something honestly, then

don’t do it at all. Reorganize and reinvent the wheel when

it comes to your personal time. Get things done.

October – Feeling adventurous? You may move or

take a trip. Don’t be afraid to go places alone so you can

think and sort through the past. It’s all about new beginnings.

Things won’t seem cloudy if you do this. Embrace

the solitude you love.

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Sagittarius

September – If you haven’t met that special someone

yet, love is in the air. Get out. It’s OK to go out alone.

Visit parks, parties and weddings — you’ll most likely

meet someone new at one of these places. If you’re in a

relationship, spend quality time with your partner to grow

your relationship.

October – New career opportunities started will finally

pay off. Organize and communicate plans clearly. Don’t

be afraid to share. People will help you pick things up,

organize and manifest new beginnings.

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Capricorn

September – Calm your wandering monkey mind by

writing things down. Journaling will help you examine

your feelings this month. Feel your truth. You’ll have a lot

of creative energy this month, making this a great time

to start new projects and pitch ideas to your bosses and

others. They’ll be receptive.

October – The mind is going fast but it must slow

down so you don’t cause problems with partnerships.

Balance all relationships – work and personal. Remain

silent and write down your feelings. If this is how you

really feel, share. If you’re trying to control things out of

your reach, let them go.

Aquarius

September – New relationships are coming. If you’re

in a relationship, you’ll enter a new phase, maybe getting

an engagement or promise ring. Things might be cycling

so fast that you don’t know where or how to start. Slow

down. Be honest in relationships and discerning at work.

Now is NOT the time to change jobs.

October – Lots of planning and putting things together

are featured. You’ve got so many things going on and it

may seem difficult to determine where to start. Ask others

for help and you’ll get a lot more done. In a relationship?

Share your true feelings so you don’t feel resentful. This

is a great time for clarity.

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Pisces

September – Your feelings or vibrations are so high

that you’ve either started a relationship or your relationship

feels new. You have new beginnings all around you

when it comes to communication and love. Enjoy it! Let

go and don’t worry about the past. Live in the moment.

Spend extra time with that special someone.

October – You have a lot on the horizon this month.

Be ready to go at all times. It’s about exploration, freedom

and expanding your consciousness. Information

that will assist you in helping others and leading will be

downloaded to you.

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astrologer, author, public speaker and radio and television

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10th Anniversary of

The Journey

Mind, Body and Soul Expo 2012

TWO EXPOS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE!

$8 admission per day.

$12 for Friday Evening Vegan Food Fest

iving & Eating Green

EXP

All interested Sponsors, Exhibitors, Advertisers, Speakers and Food Vendors

(for the Friday evening Vegan Food Fest Sampling)

should contact Sandie Sajner at 440-357-2874 or Clyde Chafer at 440-223-1392

or go to: www.thejourneymag.com and click on the Living and Eating Green icon for more info

Sponsored by:

t h e Jo u r n e y September Ju ly • Au • Oc g u s t o 2012 b e r 2012

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September • Oc t o b e r 2012

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