March-April 2012 - The Journey Magazine

March-April 2012 - The Journey Magazine

Issue 63 | March.April 2012





A Mind, Body and Soul Connection


Serving Cleveland • Columbus • Pittsburgh

Full Spectrum Center

for Spiritual Awakening

Facilitated by Sandra Barnard,

programs and courses

on walking the spiritual path

with hope and joy.


The Full Spectrum Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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JOURNEY Expo Pittsburgh 2012

May 5 & 6

Holiday Inn North Hills

McKnight Rd., Ross Twp.

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From the Publisher

A few years back I used to make frequent trips

to Detroit to The Church of Today. Marianne

Williamson, who is well known as an author and

A Course in Miracles lecturer, was the minister there

at the time. I always enjoyed listening to Marianne

share her wisdom and beliefs.

Being a student of A Course in Miracles, it was always

a great way to learn and deepen my studies.

One Sunday, Marianne talked about making

the commitment to new ways of thinking and letting

go of past thought processes. She likened it

to walking over a bridge. On one side is what we

know and our ability to grow comfortable in our

discomfort. The other side is enveloped by a fog

and we have no idea what it hides. She assured us

there are others on the far side of the bridge who

have made the walk themselves; they are there to

welcome us and help us find our way to new ways

of thinking and living. All it takes is to trust and the

desire to change.

That talk has stayed with me as I have trudged

over several bridges in the days since the morning

of that particular lecture. Walking a bridge and

not knowing what is on the other side can be an

intimidating thing. But if we look back and see

that what we are walking away from has lost value

in our minds and our hearts, it makes sense to let

go of that which no longer serves and step toward

the unknown.

May we all cross the bridges of our lives to

greater fulfillment and joy.

Namaste’ Clyde

As a side note: The Journey Expo Cleveland

2012 will mark its 10 th Anniversary this year. To

help in making this a very special Expo, we have

added the Living & Eating Green Expo to run along

with it. Attendees will get to go to both Expos for

the price of one. We will feature James Twyman

for the headline speaker at The Journey Expo, and

John Robbins, author of Diet for a New America

and other books, as headline speaker at The Living

& Eating Green Expo.

More details about both Expos can be found in

ads within this issue.

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March.April 2012 | Issue 63

The Front Porch | 5-9

Bridges to Change | 12

By Julie Hoyle

A Bridge Over Troubled Waters | 16

By Terry Gordon

Bridges: To Cross Them or Burn Them? | 20

By Eva Starr

A Bridge Into the Unknown | 24

By Deb Bradt

Einstein And the Speed of Light | 28

By wah!

Soul Food | 32

By Eva Starr

Horoscopes | Inner Views | 34

By Kimmie Rose Zapf

Pros At Your Service | 36

On Spiritual Practice | 37

By Sophie Rose

Publisher Clyde Chafer

Editor Bob Rosenbaum

Proofreader Katie Krancevic

Advertising Manager Clyde Chafer | 440.223.1392

Advertising Sales

Cleveland: Clyde Chafer | 440.223.1392

Layout Bill Wahl | 440.552.8622

May • June Theme: Diversity

Feature Writers

Deb Bradt

Tim Gordon

Julie Hoyle

Sophie Rose

Eva Starr


Kimmie Rose Zapf

Email the Journey at: Phone us at 440.223.1392

Find us online at and Facebook at The Journey Magazine

The Journey is a free bi-monthly publication. We do not necessarily endorse the views expressed in the articles

and advertisements, nor are we responsible for the products and services advertised.

©2012 God’s Partnership Inc. No portion of this publication may be reproduced without written consent from the publisher.

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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

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 submission guidelines

page at

CDs, books and DVDs can be sent to: The Journey • 9557 Tamarin Ct. • Mentor, Ohio 44060

Now, grab a cold drink and settle into a rocking chair—Welcome to our humble abode!

The Journey Expo Pittsburgh 2012

We are pleased to announce The Journey Expo Pittsburgh 2012 will be at The Holiday Inn North Hills in Ross Twp. on

May 5 & 6.

A great variety of vendors featuring nutrition, bodywork, crystals, music, astrology, psychic readings, aura imagery, organics,

and much more!

The Journey Expo Pittsburgh 2012 also offers lectures, demonstrations and workshops to spark attendees to higher levels

of consciousness.

Presenters include: Dr. Lina Thacker – Ayurveda Medicine , Dr. Linda Backman – Soul Evolution, Stephanie Charles –

Akashic Records , Mandi Babkes – Holistic Nutrition, Psalm Isadora – Tantra Yoga, Tina Sacchi – Past and Future Lives

Exploration…and more to come!

For more information, please go to under events (at the top menu) or call Clyde Chafer at 440-



‘New Horizon’ by Daniel B. Holeman

Artistic talent combined with life-long exploration of consciousness and

devotion to self-realization has given Daniel B. Holeman an ability to depict

uplifting sacred imagery. He invites the viewer to dive into a deeper dimension

of consciousness, stirring forgotten awareness of a place felt to be HOME

– a warm, familiar and heartfelt state of mind. His work has been used on TV

and videos, book and CD covers, magazines, prints, posters, cards and the

internet. His website is a special world to explore

and enjoy - a Domain of Beauty, Inspiration, Insight and Spiritual Awakening.

Daniel lives in San Rafael, California.

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Insight Wellness

“Education & Prevention.” Those

two words sum it up when it comes

to wellness, according to Michelle

Martin, Ed.S and founder/director of

Insight Learning & Wellness Center

in Warrensville Heights.

A school psychologist for 26 years,

Michelle followed her passion for

Michelle Martin helping children by opening Insight

Center 12 years ago. She developed her private holistic

psychology practice that included Tae Kwon Do Fun Fusion,

the therapeutic martial arts program for children and


Through the years Michelle maintained a strategic vision

for growing the center based on her clients’ interest in

wellness without pills. Insight Center is now home to a

carefully-selected team of credentialed Associates whose

high integrity work focuses on achieving and maintaining

optimal health through the holistic treatment of ADHD,

anxiety, depression, addictions, pain, and other afflictions.

Insight Learning & Wellness Center hosts classes

for mindfulness/meditation; life coaching, reiki, EFT, yoga,

parenting, cooking & nutrition. Private appointments are

available for ADHD management, educational/psychological

testing, acupuncture, spiritual counseling, & addiction

recovery, as well as reiki, reflexology, and yoga.

“Why seek holistic care and prevention in your quest for

wellness?” To Michelle, the answer is clear. “In our society

we are encouraged to spend billions of dollars on pills

and other drugs that often cause many side effects. It

is critical for our long-term health and happiness that we

use time-proven natural practices and treatments that are

effective in preventing pain, anxiety, depression, ADHD,

and other diagnoses.” To learn more, contact Michelle at

216-765-4470 or visit the Insight Center’s website www.

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A Mind, Body and Soul Connection

The Journey Expo Cleveland 2012

Lakeland Community College

September 7-9

The tenth anniversary of The Journey Expo Cleveland

will also feature the first Living and Eating Green Expo.

Two Expos for the price of one!

Best selling author, John Robbins

– Diet for a New America – will be

giving a keynote speech and book


Many vendors representing the

various facets of living a healthy

lifestyle such as; nutrition, eco living,

sustainability will be there to give you

John Robbins information and product.

The Living and Eating Green Expo will also feature several

mini-lectures to help spark some seeds to enhance

your health and the health of the planet.

Also, there will be a Vegan Food Fest on Friday evening

featuring many Vegetarian and Vegan friendly restaurants

and caterers. The Vegan Food Fest will cost

$12 for admission and gives the attendees samples of

the delicious specialties for the cost of admission. The

$12 will also get you into the main exhibit hall and the

free mini–lectures for The Journey Expo. And again on

Saturday and Sunday the $8 admission is good for both


For more information, visit www.

Limited vendor space available,

please call Sandie Sajner at


There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer;

no disease that enough love will not heal;

no door that enough love will not open;

no gulf that enough love will not bridge;

no wall that enough love will not throw down;

no sin that enough love will not redeem...

It makes no difference how deeply seated may be the


how hopeless the outlook; how muddled the tangle; how

great the mistake.

A sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all.

If only you could love enough you would be

the happiest and most powerful being in the world”

~ Emmet Fox

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Fun Facts about Bridges:

Dance Your Soul

If you desire to create your own dance, generate your own

style and be alive with an amazing community of likeminded

souls, then Dance Your Soul is for you! Dance Your

Soul is our own unique creation on the dance floor. It’s a

way to express ourselves through movement, dance and

meditation. This dance/movement is freestyle in nature and

will allow you to follow your journey and create a meditative,

spiritual dance in a heartfelt community. No other venue

in NE Ohio creates the free-form journey movement like

Dance Your Soul.

We start Dance Your Soul with introductions, brief announcements

and then go straight into the music. The music is

specifically designed to take you on your own personal journey.

There are no guided instructions during the dance, just

a very warm and welcoming crowd with open hearts. At the

end of the musical journey, a powerful and beautiful stillness

arises. There is time for sharing at the end.

Join in for a celebration of community and individual spirit in

this eclectic, meditative, spiritual, joyful and healing dance

movement! The music is eclectic and inspirational so wear

comfortable clothes to move/dance. As your body moves

your spirit soars! Adults of all ages are welcome! Dance Your

Soul takes place on the second Sunday of each month at our

Richfield location and on the fourth Friday at our Cleveland

location. For more info see:

Event Cost: $10.00

• Bridge designs depend on their intended function, financial

resources and also the type of terrain where they are constructed.

While an arch bridge might be suited in one situation,

a suspension bridge might be suited in another.

The Zhaozhou Bridge is the oldest standing bridge in China

and the world’s oldest stone segmental arch bridge. Built in

605 AD, it is still standing strong today, over 1400 years later.

The Inca civilization in South America made use of rope

bridges in the Andes Mountains before the Europeans colonized

in the 1500’s. These rope bridges spanned canyons

and gorges, allowing easy access to otherwise difficult to

reach areas. While they were strong and reliable, repairing

the bridges was a dangerous job that often ended in death.

• During the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century wrought

iron was introduced into the design of large bridges. Wrought

iron was later replaced by steel because it has a higher tensile


The first welded road bridge was designed by Polish engineer

Stefan Bryla in 1927.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia can rise or fall up to

18 cm (7.1 inches) depending on the temperature due to the

steel expanding or contracting. It also features 6 million rivets

and weighs 39006 tons.

The Brooklyn Bridge in New York, USA joins Manhattan and

Brooklyn over the East River. When completed in 1883, it

was the longest suspension bridge in the world (remaining so

until 1903). It features average daily traffic of around 145000


The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, USA is a well

known suspension bridge that was completed in 1937. It has

a total length of 8981 feet (2737 metres) and features 80000

miles (129000 kilometres) of wire in its two main cables.

The longest suspension bridge in the world (as of 2010) is

the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge in Kobe, Japan. It opened in 1998

and spans an incredible 1991 metres (6529 feet).

“We build too many walls, and not enough bridges”

~ Sir Isaac Newton

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“Life is a bridge over the sea of

changes. Do not build a house

on it.”

~ Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Burning bridges is a phrase that

advises to have an optimistic

approach to life by forgetting the

past worries, guilt, errors and

mistakes committed by the self

and others. It is common that

we cross the bridge only when

it comes and try not to think

about it, unless we come across

a bridge. But once we cross it,

we must make sure that we don’t

lament of the past and focus

only on the future or the present.

But burning the bridge also has

another perspective. One anonymous

quote says, “Careful not

to burn bridges, you might just

need to cross back”. We should

also have a clear demarcation in

deciding which bridge to burn

and which one to build. If this

is clear, then there won’t be any

guilt, or worries in life.

~ Unknown

“Be the kind of person you would like to be

with. Some people come into our lives, make

footprints on our hearts and we are never the

same. People are lonely because they build

walls instead of bridges.”

~ Joseph F. Newton

Loops N Grooves

by Wah!

Wah! returns with more dance music and sacred mantra

- combining her

soothing vocals with live beatboxing, loops, club beats,

and vocal percussion, featuring Mike Haziza on beatbox.

Use it for yoga practice,

dance, energetic movement, or healing... Find your


MD Cost: $7.64 / $16.98

You can listen to clips at www.

A true spiritual seeker, Wah is

constantly evolving and sharing

her lessons through her

music, writing and presence to

all that she comes in contact


More information and her

schedule can be found at

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


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Psychic Integrity, The Respected

Practice of Modern-Day Mystics

by Melissa Leath

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“Meditation is nothing but a

bridge between you and light.

Then darkness is just a river,

it goes flowing underneath the

bridge; you can move to the

world of light. And the essential

core of meditation is

very simple: it is to be a witness

of your mind process,

not to be identified with the

mind processes -- thoughts,

desires, imaginations, projections,

dreams, memories and

so on and so forth -- not to be

identified with anything that

passes in the mind but to remain

aloof, watching, seeing it,

knowing, tacitly knowing ‘I am

separate, I am not it. I am just

a mirror reflecting it all but I

don’t become the reflection.”

~ Osho

Read Me!

See additional Front Porch stories on

our newly revamped website at:

While you are there, check out the

additional gooodies

we have for you, with more being

added constantly!

Do mediums speak to the dead? Can

psychics divine the future, or do they use

a parlor trick called “cold reading”?

As a fresh and incisive book, Psychic Integrity

probes the esoteric world of psychic

phenomena and communicating with spirit

beings. By de-mystifying concepts, the

book includes the development process of

becoming a reputable psychic or medium.

Readers and their clients gain a better

understanding of what it takes to work with

vibration and spirit energies.

• Responsibility and ethics

• Truth about psychic and mediums

• Accurate spirit communication (angels, guides, loved ones)

• Creating a proper foundation

• Shifting your energy field

• Unfoldment: private or group experience

• Exercises

• What to expect/what a faked reading is

With over 30 years’ experience gathered

in the spirit communication, Leath brings

empowerment to those desiring positive

psychic experiences, and strengthening

tools for psychic practitioners.

Certified medium, Life Visionary, spiritual

minister and educator, Melissa teaches

metaphysics, spirit communication, and

psychic development. She assists her

clients and students with spiritual concepts,

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“Melissa Leath takes a misunderstood subject

and brings it into the NOW with sensible words, honesty and wisdom.

– Tammi Rager – Numerologist to the Stars, radio talk show host.

“Melissa Leath has deep Psychic Integrity and a well-documented book

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You may contact Melissa at 937-323-5346 or her websites: MelissaLeath.


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March 10 & 11, 2012

Saturday 10-7 & Sunday 10-6

Veterans Memorial Hall

300 West Broad Street

Columbus, Ohio 43215

April 14 & 15, 2012

Saturday 10-7 & Sunday 10-6

Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds

164 Eastland Road

Berea, Ohio 44017

Our Tenth Anniversary!

Admission ONLY $10

Admission only $10 per day ~ $20 Weekend Pass!

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By Julie Hoyle

ridges to new levels of insight and awareness come in all shapes

and sizes. Sometimes they appear as a gentle nudge or a clear inner

message, and at other times they come crashing into our lives as a

severe and radical wake-up call. BI was gifted with three nudges and a message before finally receiving a

radical wake up call in January 2003. At the time my husband, Tony, and

I were living in the Ukraine. Four months earlier, we had eagerly headed to

Kiev to take teaching positions in an international school after having been

living at an ashram in India.

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Within an hour of arriving at work we were quietly

informed that the Ukrainian Director was such

a tyrant that every member of the department

had quit in frustration more than a year before

we got there.

While we were anticipating adventure in a city that had ballet, opera, great

architecture and history to offer, we were not expecting a working environment

choked by a tight, controlling, iron hand. Within an hour of arriving at

work we were quietly informed that the Ukrainian Director was such a tyrant

that every member of the department Tony had been hired to manage had

quit in frustration more than a year before we got there.

Brutal temperatures also challenged us as winter began taking hold. Inside

the under-heated school we shivered so much, I took to wearing my coat, hat

and gloves. Outside, at -18f, ice and snow blanketed the entire city, inviting

me to reminisce how 20 years of living in the Bahamas and then India had

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graced me with the good fortune of

never having had to pull on thermal

underwear. ’

The first nudge arrived softly.

Four difficult months after being at

the school, in contrast to the freezing

temperatures outside, I had decorated

my classroom with huge palm

trees. I initially assumed it was as

a means of bringing some warmth

and cheer to the environment. On

another level, I pondered, “Does this

impulse contain a message of some


With perfect synchronicity a day

or two later, I began dreaming about

the Bahamas. The dreams were

always the same. I would wake to

lucidity and find myself flying above

the turquoise, crystalline waters of

the islands as if they were calling

me to them.

Early one Sunday morning, I

shared the experiences with Tony,

saying, “I think this means something…”

Later that day, we swathed

ourselves in as many layers as possible

and headed downtown. Entering

the open plaza, I looked up and

let out a gasp. A huge screen at

least 20 feet across was vibrantly

featuring a promotional video of the

Bahamas. The footage had viewers

flying over the islands, swimming

with dolphins and finally breaking

surface to delight in the architecture

and amenities of the Atlantis Hotel

on Paradise Island.

It was a stunning sight. In six to

eight inches of snow, I was witnessing

the warmth and beauty of my dreams

made manifest, larger than life and in

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full public view. For a few seconds, I felt light-headed,

disoriented and more than a little weird, yet there was an

accompanying feeling of exhilaration.

A few days later, for three consecutive mornings, I

woke just before the alarm, hearing an inner voice stating,

“When a person gives his or her life to a place, a country

and its people, it must come looking to pay them back in

return.” Stated with power and conviction, I absolutely

knew that change was in the air, but was not clear how

to act.

To get to work, our morning commute consisted of a

nose-to-nose jam-packed ride on the subway, followed

by a more pleasant stroll through a park. Winding down

a path through a promenade of trees, we would finally

cross a railway track and venture down two small slopes

before climbing steps to an elevated neighborhood.

On the morning my more radical bridge appeared, the

cold was particularly bone numbing – so cold we could

barely draw a breath. After making our way across the

railway track, Tony and I stared at one another in silent

dismay, noting that layers of snow had densely compacted

on the lower slope, producing a black, glossy,

frozen surface. With a steep bank of spiky trees on each

side there was no way around it.

Navigating the path was the only option. Tony made

his way first as I followed, placing one tentative foot in

front of the other. Despite having iron cleats on the bottom

of my boots, I slid across the ice, somersaulted and

landed back-to-front on all fours.

Straddling the slippery surface and rigid with shock,

I knew I was in trouble. Severe pain was thumping out

of my right wrist and up into the arm, accompanied by

an odd sound slicing the air, cutting through sticky trees

and echoing in the far distance. After a few seconds, I

realized I was hearing my own howling.

The dreams were always the same.

I would wake to lucidity and find

myself flying above the turquoise,

crystalline waters of the islands as

if they were calling me to them.

Everything began happening in slow motion with the

shock of the event lifting my awareness to a level where

I was viewing everything from outside my physical body.

With this elevated and expanded perspective I became

aware of a number of things simultaneously. First, I intuitively

knew I had broken my wrist in two places. Second,

I was filled with the certainty that:

“This is happening because I am cut off from my

spiritual and creative essence.”

Third, staring down at the ice I heard an inner voice


“This work situation can not continue. It has to


I knew it was over. Although Tony and I had gone to

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the Ukraine with the intention of staying for two years,

I realized it was finished. These insights were confirmed

three days later. While recuperating, with my hand,

wrist and arm locked in plaster, Tony arrived home

announcing that the Ukrainian Director was becoming

jittery. Political change was in the air, which meant having

to pay taxes she had, to date, been avoiding. As a

consequence, she was cutting out her more expensive

foreign staff.

Hearing this, Tony and I began a new job search and

within days had secured work opportunities on Grand

Bahama Island.

Though disappointed not to be able to continue exploring

the richly diverse aspects of the country, Tony

and I appreciated our time spent in the Ukraine. I also

made a promise to myself that I would pay closer attention

to the gentler bridges leading to new insights – rather

than waiting for the radical, bone-breaking kind.

Julie Hoyle is an internationally respected spiritual

teacher, trans-personal hypnotherapist and author of

“An Awakened Life: A Journey of Transformation”, and

“Living An Awakened Life.” Julie teaches how to move

beyond fear and self-sabotage, become empowered, and

live aligned with courage, passion and purpose through

her practical and inspiring online courses, profound soul

purpose readings and intuitive spiritual counseling. To

discover more and to subscribe to the free True Alignment

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Your highest potential can be achieved by recognizing

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For a consult please contact Stephanie

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Nineteen people lost their lives in those few

minutes, including a young family of four whose

car had been swept away like a flimsy particle of

dust into the roaring, wild wall of water.

I was perched on the peak of a stone bridge that arched over the creek,

a passive witness to this awesome expression of Mother Nature’s unleashed

power. I watched as large trees were easily uprooted, tossed downstream

like matchsticks. I was intrigued at how we tend to underestimate the power

of such natural forces.

The raging river engulfed everything in its wake. Nineteen people lost

their lives in those few minutes, including a young family of four whose car

had been swept away like a flimsy particle of dust into the roaring, wild wall

of water.

Many times since, I have found myself reflecting on that frightening and

deadly rampage. I have often contemplated the important metaphor it offered.

A bridge over troubled waters: This is what is offered to us.

We consider ourselves fortunate as we lollygag along savoring life, accruing

pleasurable experiences here and there. There is no question that smooth

sailing can be a marvelous experience. Its enjoyment should be appreciated

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t was September 1977, the beginning of my

Isecond year in medical school. The summer

had been had been a soggy one for Kansas City

as yet another intense storm front headed our

way. In less than 24 hours, it dumped 12 inches

of rain on the soaked city.

Within hours, Brush Creek, normally a

mere trickle of a stream, rose 21 feet. Flash flooding

produced a torrent of raging water smashing

By Terry Gordon into everything in its path. In an instant, under-

ground parking garages became submerged in the murky, debris-filled water;

store-front windows imploded from the pressure of the waves crashing into

them. Chaos abounded.

to the fullest.

But at some point, the calm

waters of life will become tumultuous

and unsettled, occasionally

raging out of control. Setbacks and

obstacles will be encountered. Deep

and wide crevasses might appear

before us on our previously smooth

path. They will threaten safe passage

to the other side of the canyon

where we think the sun must surely

be shining.

As we apprehensively peer over

the edge of the precipice, perilously

looking down at the rapids slicing

into the floodwaters, we might find

ourselves fearful, hoping against all

odds that we don’t lose our footing.

We pray that we won’t fall into the

abyss of the turbulence below.

As the pressure surges, the

waves begin lapping up against us

and steadily rise higher and higher,

grabbing at us, threatening to engulf

us. If we can’t escape their clutches,

the waves will surely carry us away

in the fierce fury, dragging us into

the deep darkness of the frigid undercurrent.

It would be nice if we could

avoid such turmoil – and the suffering

and fear generated by it. But

sorrow, sadness, disease and loss

are all part of life as we know it in

the material world. None of us is

immune. The challenge is to find

the way to navigate through these

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seemingly difficult experiences. The question becomes

how to bridge the divide over such troubled waters.

How does one learn from these apparent negative experiences?

And are they really negative experiences?

When faced with adversity, it is how we respond to

the difficulty that determines who we are. Our life experiences

will become calamitous only if we make the

conscious decision to make tragedies out of them. We

might just as easily choose to view them as opportunities

for personal growth.

As the pressure surges, the waves

begin lapping up against us and

steadily rise higher and higher,

grabbing at us, threatening to

engulf us.

to obstruct our way. We can embrace these tumultuous

times and challenges, accepting them as gifts from the

Divine. By being grateful for the raging river that blocks

our way, we can use the experience to bridge the gap

from turmoil, disappointment and suffering to a place

of understanding, wisdom and insight.

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Bridges: To Cross Them

or Burn Them?

By Eva Starr

When I was around the age of six my family

moved to a 50-acre farm in a little rural

town called Huntsburg, in Geauga County,

Ohio. As a child, I had numerous reoccurring

dreams in which I was traveling by car

crossing a bridge over water. The car went

off the bridge and

I drowned. This

was a past life

dream and for

most of my life

I was terrified of

crossing bridges

over water.

There weren’t

many choices as

to which roads

you took to get

into town. There

was one particular

route that my

mother used to

travel when she

went into Middlefield

that crossed

over the East

Branch Reservoir.

I used to beg her

to take another route. When you’re the mom and your

6-year-old tells you to take another route the 6-year-old

never wins.

I would close my eyes, clench my fists and hold my

breath until we reached the other side.

This wasn’t the

only bridge over

water I had to cross

as a young child.

There were a few

out in the sticks

that were frightening

– such as the dilapidated covered wooden bridges. But

the trip across wasn’t nearly as long, therefore shortening

the anxiety.

On a family vacation to Florida when I was a few

weeks shy of 18, we crossed a mammoth bridge from

Georgia to Florida (over water). I had never been so petrified

in my life; it seemed to go on forever.

It’s been 56 years since my earliest memories of being

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This wasn’t the only bridge over water I had to

cross as a young child. There were a few out in

the sticks that were frightening – such as the

dilapidated covered wooden bridges.

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afraid of bridges, and I’ve overcome the worry enough to

maintain a life of normalcy.

But in my dreaming world, for more than a few decades,

I would continue to have reoccurring dreams about

crossing bridges. In one, the draw bridge would open up

right as my car was going to cross; in another the bridge

would seem to go

straight up and

my car would feel

like it was going to

slide backwards.

Over time, thank

God, my bridge

nightmares have

ceased to pop up

like dandelions

in my sleep – replaced

with shadows

of a different


Bridges are

a metaphor for

crossing over,

bridging the gap,

making a connection,

and moving

from one state of

consciousness to

another. They signify change – leaving what’s behind

and moving toward what’s ahead. We could go on

forever about the significance of bridges. What they

mean to each of you is individual to self, just like in

the dream world, you are the final interpreter.

As for the expression


burn your bridges”

there are mixed

reviews on this.

In the restaurant

industry, where I

spent more than 30 years, it is common knowledge that

one never burns one’s bridges. The restaurant industry is

transient and, inevitably, you will run into that employer

or co-worker again someday.

Plus, I’ve always felt it shows good ethics and professionalism

not to burn your bridges.

This phrase of burning the bridges comes from an old

military strategy that is also connected to the “burning of

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the boats.” In 1519, Conquistador Hernando Cortes

came to Mexico and conquered the Aztec Empire. Cortes

was so committed to winning, that he convinced

his soldiers to destroy their own ships so they could

not retreat, fall back or escape. It was a case of succeed

or die. This strategy created total commitment

and real motivation for his soldiers; it worked.

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In the restaurant industry, where

I spent more than 30 years, it

is common knowledge that one

never burns one’s bridges. The

restaurant industry is transient

and, inevitably, you will run into

that employer or co-worker again


Whether it was Cortes or another military leader,

Napoleon Hill wrote about this in his well-known book,

Think and Grow Rich:

“A long while ago, a great warrior faced a situation

which made it necessary for him to make a decision

which insured his success on the battlefield. He was

about to send his armies against a powerful foe, whose

men outnumbered his own. He loaded his soldiers

into boats, sailed to the enemy’s country, unloaded

soldiers and equipment, then gave the order to burn

the ships that had carried them. Addressing his men

before the first battle, he said, “You see the boats going

up in smoke. That means we cannot leave these

shores alive unless we win! We now have no choice

– we win – or we perish!”

There are mixed emotions

whether certain bridges in our

lives should be burned or just left

in the dust, like a faded memory.

There are mixed emotions whether certain bridges

in our lives should be burned or just left in the dust like a

faded memory. Obviously, in extreme situations of abuse

and other forms of harmful human behavior there seems

to be a necessity to burn bridges for survival. I’ll let you

be the judge of that.

It all comes down to recognizing that we are crossing

bridges, metaphorically, every day of our lives in the

decisions we make.

“Should I stay or go?” is the proverbial question asked

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economy; we’ve all been there. In retrospect, again, there

is no right or wrong answer; it’s all part of the journey.

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By Deb Bradt

What the caterpillar calls

the end of the world,

the Master calls the butterfly.

y neighbor down the street has a butterfly

garden. One summer’s day she

invited me and my son to watch a few

monarchs emerge from their chrysalides.

As we sat in silence and waited for Mthem to crack open I was thinking about how important

it is to let life take its course. I so wanted the butterflies

to come as soon as we got there and waited with camera

in hand to capture the moment.

This reminded me a little bit of my recent journey…

one that has forever changed the course of my life. It

began a few years ago, after the birth of my little boy,

Henry. Although millions of women give birth every day,

as soon as I had the C-section, something went awry

deep inside me. I felt completely off center, as if I were

a snow globe someone shook up with flakes flying in

every direction.

For three years, the flakes kept floating. I could not

find solid ground and felt as if I may never come back to

my “old self” again.

I tried doctors and healers of all kinds, as well as a

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variety of treatments, but I always ended up feeling shaken

up, deeply depressed and intensely hopeless.

Anxiety crippled me to the point

that I could not function in daily

life. My yoga practice, which was

normally a source of great joy,

ceased to exist.

Anxiety crippled me to the point that I could not function

in daily life. My yoga practice, which was normally

a source of great joy, ceased to exist. It has been a little

over a year since I climbed out of that deep well of turmoil.

Through an amazing support system, unwavering faith

and the courage to take another step, I navigated my way

back to center. I see this period of my life not only as an

awakening and a sort of spiritual initiation but also as the

beginning of the discovery of my True Self.

When I finally found my way back to the mat, after

a transformational yoga therapy session with Swami At-

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marupa Saraswati, I began to slowly put the pieces of my

physical and emotional health back together. Through

dedication to a daily practice of postures, meditation and

yoga nidra, swimming, walks in nature, a solid support

system and unwavering faith, I traversed the hump of the

most challenging bridge of my life thus far.

The practice of yoga is similar to a bridge in many

ways. You start at one point, not necessarily knowing

The practice of yoga is similar to

a bridge in many ways. You start

at one point, not necessarily

knowing what will happen along

the way, and then often land in a

sweet place of unconditional love

and deep inner peace.

what will happen along the way, and then often land in a

sweet place of unconditional love and deep inner peace.

The task of the yogi is to remain present, keenly aware

and honest about one’s potential and one’s limitations. It

is this daily process on the mat and in life that keeps my

system balanced and grounded and allows for a life filled

with boundless joy and unlimited potential.

In yoga, there is a word satya. It is translated as “truthfulness”

and has been and continues to be my anchor in

all aspects of life. What I realized was that, for me, the real

bridge is not necessarily even from one point to another or

Ultimately, every solitary second

of life is an opportunity to

transcend and then transform,

just as the chrysalis releases its

butterfly at just the right moment.

even from an obstacle into a clearing but from the small

self into that of the True Self – the Self that surpasses all


The Course in Miracles states, “When you realize there

is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” For

the True Self, there is nothing lacking and nothing that

cannot be overcome.

I find now that every moment of my life is a minimiracle

and that this recent experience was simply, as my

dad used to say, “A bump in the road.” I am now armed

with a sense of empowerment, profound gratitude and a

strong belief that the human spirit is truly, as Marianne

Williamson wrote in her book A Return to Love, “powerful

beyond measure.”

Ultimately, every solitary second of life is an opportunity

to transcend and then transform, just as the chrysalis

releases its butterfly at just the right moment. One experience

takes us gently into the next…even those we wish

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metamorphosis of butterflies, rising to the pinnacle of a

bridge and gliding down the other side.

Daily I am reminded how fragile life is and how all is exactly

as it is meant to be. When I look back to that summer’s

day, I remember the most important part of the butterfly’s

lesson. It was when Henry effortlessly caught the monarch

in his hand. She remained there for a while, slowly opening

and closing her wings in a soft rhythm, waiting for just

the right moment to ascend. To us, it seemed like it took

forever, but then, without hesitation, she launched herself

into the open blue sky.

The beauty of life resides in this dance of moving from

one stage into the next, like the bridge of the caterpillar

transitioning into the cocoon and, finally, the butterfly. With

each obstacle, each little bump, the power of the human

spirit strengthens.

As I look back on those challenging years, I clearly

see how each situation was actually an opportunity for


The journey of life cannot be planned. It can only be

experienced, appreciated and savored. As I reach the end

of this bridge and anticipate the next, now, for the first time,

I know I am ready to travel the road that lies ahead.

Deb Bradt is a Yoga Instructor and Holistic Health Consultant

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1998 and studying health and well-being for over 20 years.

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Speed of Light

=mc 2 . Matter cannot be created

nor destroyed. There is no

Enew energy in the Universe.

Everything is either in existence or being

transformed into something new.

Einstein’s formula calculates what

physical matter would be equivalent

to, if it were all suddenly converted

into energy. According to his formula, matter would be

changed into energy by multiplying its mass by the square

of the speed of light.

Does anyone else notice that the key part of this

equation is light? M is Mass – physical density. E is Energy

– the propelling force of nature. C is the speed of light. If

you multiply the mass (your body, life, solid matter) by

the square of the speed of light you release its inherent

energy. If you want to transmute something, you should

multiply it by the speed of light.

So the bridge between where you are and where you

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It really doesn’t matter what side you are looking

at – matter (the way things are, the current condition) or

energy (the potential). Matter can be turned into energy

and energy can be turned into matter.

The Energetic Bridge between

where you are and where you want

to be is all about higher energy.

Matter is the physical representation of the mass

– your weight, the physical make-up of your bones, tissues,

the condition of the world around you. Energy is

the force that propels you through the Universe – the

power for personal change, physical workouts, injuries,

new experiences and paradigms. Either one can be your

doorway to new ways of being.

You cannot go from being the Old You with previous

paradigms, belief systems and daily habits to being the

New You all in one day. You need a bridge to get there;

small steps taken in the same direction; a homeostasis

of love that can hold you on the path even when your

current results are not encouraging.

How can you create that energetic bridge? Find practices

that access light and higher energy. Multiply your

relationships by the speed of light squared (which, inci-

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dentally, is about a billion feet per second – pretty fast).

If you take the speed of light and multiply it by itself, you

will have the higher energy you need to transform your

life and all its physical manifestations.

What exactly are the practices that can bring a

complete, instantaneous change? What practices access

healing energy that can move at the speed of light? I say

this: You tell me… because you know.

Your prayer cast into the Universe can attract the

perfect thing to help you move into light. It might be a

Unity service, a chiropractic session, a healing herb or

involvement in a soup kitchen… you know. It will come,

and you will know this is the thing that can carry you at the

speed of light to a new attitude and a new existence.

Something or someone will come into your life to

help you loosen your grip on the old conclusions, judgments

and patterns you knew so well and have held for

so long…and it will move at the speed of light.

Higher energies are your bridge. Do you trust the

Universe to carry you at the speed of light?

A lyric from my new CD, Loops N Grooves, says:

Between what you want and you is a sacred trust.

You know, you can’t hold it too tightly.

You might suffocate the essence of your heart.

Hold with (your) light and lightly hold that which you

wish to create.

Sometimes things can’t move at the speed of light

because you are holding them too tightly. Or they are too

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deeply embedded in your system, buried under many

layers of emotions, and therefore difficult to access.

Your neuroses, fears, unfinished business and emotional

wounds have to be brought into existence through conversations,

interactions and experiences so they can be

seen, felt and then recreated.

The bridge is the path of light that leads you to new

awareness. I think it is the hardest work in anyone’s


The teachings are so easy to say. People expound

on them, write books and give lectures. It doesn’t make

it any easier to do. When your inner, deepest emotional

weaknesses are being pulled forward from you, to be

worked on and healed, it can be the most painful experience

of your life. It might manifest as physical injury, to

bring your attention to the matter. Or it might manifest

as a conversation with a family member.

Particles change to waves, waves

change to particles, the atoms

dance, they move. As your attitude

changes, your experiences change,

opportunities open up. Be free.

Whatever it is, your job is to encourage it to come

forward so you can multiply the light by itself and transmute

it. It will heal.

It isn’t that we don’t know this stuff. It’s just that it’s

too painful to practice. Or it feels like there’s no end to

the spiritual work.

Do you ever get to a place where you feel, “I’ve done

the spiritual work, now I should be getting respect, or

material wealth, or status?” As if a lifetime of spiritual

work warranted some reward? As if one person is more

privileged than another who might be doing less spiritual

practice or personal work? Arrogance is another way of

holding tightly. If you loosen your grip, hold with love and

allow the light to work through you, you will transmute the

matter again and again. You will learn this lesson many

times in one lifetime.

The answer is not in changing what you are doing

(matter), or how you are doing it (energy). The answer

lies in changing your deepest belief, and with awareness,

going into its innate nature to release its rigidity.

Things that get used in the same way over a long

period of time get rigid. Dense matter moves slowly.

Light moves quickly. Light moves through space. Unlike

radio waves and cell phone radiation, light does not

travel through solid matter, except for windows and other

transparent objects.

Create more space in your body through proper

alignment and healing work; create more space in your

mind through experimentation, new attitudes, cleaning

house, clearing your heart. Things that move at the speed

of light are not always in a predictable form.

Particles change to waves, waves change to particles,

the atoms dance, they move. As your attitude changes,

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your experiences change, opportunities open up. Be


We need you to work at the speed of light. To work

in light and with light. We need you to be flexible. To try.

To love. To reach into the unknown. To be a bridge for

others who can’t make that jump.

This is the deep work of the spirit. It is the blessing of

being on a spiritual path at this point in time and history. I

pray for you … that you continue finding and feeding practices

of light and love – yoga, chanting, meditation, healing,

health seminars, food, farming, community, family.

May you apply light to all aspects of your life. Especially

the parts of your life that irritate you, the situations

that don’t hold infinite vibration, the friendships and family

relations that don’t practice clean and loving communication.

Take all the dense parts of your life and add light.

Not to help them, but to clean up your vibration and free

you of the burden of carrying that belief.

We want you to jump to the new. It’s an intentionbased

Universe. Change can be instantaneous or in real

time. Whatever the timeline, make it a practice to unveil

old judgments and karmas and sing to them, pray to

them, heal them. And then call me up and tell me matter

really does convert to energy, because you will have

so much energy you will easily heal yourself and those

around you with some to spare.

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the world singing and expanding sacred intention. Her CD

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questions and quandaries as we grow together toward

solution and enlightenment.

Dear Eva:

I am a veterinarian who has dedicated my life to

compassion, healing and medical advancement for animals.

Often, I become exhausted trying to “bend over

backwards” for my patients’ owners to accommodate

their needs. The veterinary business is one of customer

service and emotional exhaustion. Despite my very best

efforts, there are times I cannot please every single pet

owner. My staff and I often have to deal with rudeness and

personal attacks from angry clients. Although 9 out 10

times, these outbursts are for reasons beyond our control,

I cannot stop blaming myself for not keeping everyone

100 percent happy. I often look inward and find fault in

these situations, whether or not it is there. Do you have

any advice for washing away the day’s toxic comments

and emotions from an angry client so I can come home

and be present for my children and family?

Venting Vet in Cleveland

Dear Venting Vet:

I commend you for your profession; any profession

dealing with the public, which provides a service, is a

challenging one to say the least. Having been in the

restaurant industry for 30-plus years I understand only

too well.

One thing that it helps to remember is that you are

No. 1, even before the animals. Your health and your sanity

are crucial to your being able to care for your clients

with the utmost professionalism and compassion you

can muster. The only way one achieves this is to nurture

thyself. When flying on an airplane, notice what the flight

attendant says as she is going through the motions of the

safety drill. She states, “Put the oxygen mask on yourself

first, your children second.” There is a reason for this,

just like anything in life: If you can’t breathe you are no

good at helping others, be it your child or an animal. So

please take heed to the airlines’ advice.

Next, what works for me is to remember the title of

Teri-Cole Whitaker’s book, What You Think of Me is None

of My Business! Yes, I realize easier said then done, but

if you could just make that your mantra, getting through

your day with rude, thoughtless, angry clients will become

a lot easier.

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By Eva Starr

Something else that works when a crazed person is

shouting obscenities at you is to simply smile and say,

“Thank you for sharing.” That usually shuts them up.

Mentally bless the people you

are having problems with…You

don’t have to let anyone know

you’re doing this; just bless them

in your morning meditation and

wish for them all the things you

would wish for yourself.

I also tell my clients to mentally bless the people they

are having problems with. I know that this sounds crazy,

but I can’t tell you how many people have come back to

tell me, “You’re never going to believe this but...” That

one little trick in itself is a lifesaver. You don’t have to let

anyone know you’re doing this; just bless them in your

morning meditation and wish for them all the things that

you would wish for yourself.

Last but certainly not least, surround yourself with a

shield of white light each morning before you walk into

work. Just uttering the words “white light” has saved

people’s lives. I use this simple ritual myself quite a bit.

You may want to check out your local gem store and

get yourself a “snowflake obsidian” pendant. They’re

great at protecting you from negative energies. Then

when all is said and done at the end of your day, run a

bath with warm water and sea salts, lay in the tub with

your heart chakra covered, light a candle, sip a glass of

Cabernet and sink into the abyss of serenity.

Dear Eva:

I consider myself a positive person and I say affirmations

and read positive books but I just don’t feel my life

is going the way I want it to. What thoughts do you have

on The Secret and the whole “positive” movement?

Wanting More in Manchester, PA

Dear Wanting:

The mind thinks no less than 60,000 thoughts a day.

That’s quite a bit of thinking going on in the hollows of

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our brains. You may think you think positive thoughts, but

in reality how many of those 60,000 thoughts are actually


We don’t say as many positive

things throughout our days as

we think we do.

We don’t say as many positive things throughout our

days as we think we do. When I was teaching the Louise

Hay groups in Cleveland, I had my students listen to their

self-talk for a week. They were amazed at all the negative

things that not only came out of their mouths but also the

mouths of people around them.

You may wake up in the morning and say, “I am prosperous.”

But when it comes time to pay for your gas at the

pump, or tip a server, you may complain about the prices

or the service. If you complain about the government, or

anything else that comes across through the media, that’s

still putting your energy in a negative space.

We need to be extremely watchful of not only our

words but our thoughts as well. The Universe is like a giant

computer, and you are the computer programmer; what

goes in comes out. If you really want to know how positive

you are just take a look at your life and the evidence is as

clear as the nose on your face.

As for The Secret, it seems to be related to our first

question. My take is that there are some good principles in

The Secret, but I feel that people may take away from it that

you merely have to wish and your magic genie will appear.

Here’s a point that I don’t believe is clearly addressed in

The Secret: First, we need to rid the garden of the weeds

that have been growing for quite some time, then till, plant

and fertilize. Action seems to be the missing ingredient for

most. It’s not a mystery that the only thing that separates

the two percent of millionaires in the world from the other

98 percent is action. Take a look at what you’re saying,

and then look at what you’re doing. Namaste.

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

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

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March — Yes, you’re busy, but don’t forget to breathe.

Remember that your time is lucrative. Make the best of it.

Don’t keep secrets. And take the edge off that honesty.

Being tactful doesn’t rob your comments of their value.

April — Happiness can only come when you behave

in an honorable manner with yourself. There’s no shame

in setting boundaries, but that isn’t enough. You have to

actually operate within those boundaries in order to reap

the emotional benefits of living honorably.


March — Your family ties will be strengthened as

you become better at communicating with each other. In

the beginning, this communication may be difficult, but

don’t give up. Take small steps and watch the improvement


April — Worrying isn’t good for your mental or physical

health. Stop. Don’t wait for outside forces to solve

problems or make you happy. Make yourself happy by

finding constructive ways to balance your life with positive

thoughts and actions.


March — Relationship issues speed ahead when you

find yourself in complete awe of a new person. But don’t

move so quickly that you fail to enjoy each moment. New

bliss is euphoric. Always enjoy the journey and the good

emotions that come with it.

April — Financial problems can be overwhelming,

but not for you. Spend wisely to prevent adding new

problems. Don’t become discouraged. Give things time

to settle and remember that a new start is often very

refreshing and calming.


March — Have fun when possible, but be aware

of your mischievous nature. Also, be cautious of bad

spending choices. Traveling is great, but remember,

when you’re far away from home, you tend to do things

you wouldn’t do otherwise. Make careful choices in all

of your actions.

April — You’re experiencing anger and resentment

with relationships. These emotions are OK — in very small

quantities. Don’t let yourself become obsessed with them.

The pain they cause will only hold you back. Let things

go so you can move forward.


March — New relationships arise. You’ll be able to

have fun and not worry about how things will turn out.

Your positive emotions will produce a wonderful, freeing

sensation. Enjoy this time.

April — A new love in your life will bring a great

depth in intimacy. Open your heart and mind to this new

romance and you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Pay attention

and you’ll learn a few things about yourself.


March — Communicating clearly will help you avoid

misunderstandings in relationships. Being careful in your

speech will prevent down-the-road regret. Speak with

clarity and empathy.

April — Yes, you’re related to them, but be careful.

Family members have feelings, too. Be kind and empathetic

and your relationships may improve, not worsen.

And there’s no harm in doing a few family favors but set

limits. Remember, you don’t have to get angry to turn

down a request.


March — Spring may be off to a hectic start, so make

time for yourself. Explore a relaxing hobby. In your relationships,

allow yourself to forgive. Truly forgiving can

be courageous and powerful. You’ll feel better and all of

your relationships will improve greatly.

April — Embracing new beginnings in your own life

will help you resist the urge to be judgmental of others.

Release judgment. Making time for yourself during this

period will allow you to attract abundance.

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March — Feeling tired may make you want to detach

from the world, remember that you’re not alone. If you pull

away too abruptly, those around you may misunderstand

and think you’re detaching from them. Just explain that

you need time to yourself.

April — Yes, it’s true. Letting go is hard, but dealing

with your emotions constructively while allowing yourself

to grow is even harder. Give change a try and be understanding

of others on the same journey.

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March — This is a good time to think about investing,

but advance carefully. Keep in mind that money can be

very difficult. Protect yourself by doing ample homework

before investing your time and your hard earned money

in any new endeavor.

April — When your ego gets fired up inside you calm

it down! Yes, you’re known for your ego, but if you set

it aside you’ll find good things manifest more easily for



March — Watching your words will help you avoid

relationship issues. This is a good time to travel, be sure

to be nice to the new people you encounter. They may

turn up in unexpected places later.

April — Now is the time for forward movement. You’ll

find good options with finances and investments, so keep

your eyes open to all opportunities. As always, invest

your time and energy wisely.


March — This is a favorable time for you, but you’ll

have to keep your eyes open to unexpected things to see

all the good opportunities coming your way. Look for educational

opportunities and workplace advancement.

April — New love is in the air just like the change

of seasons. Keep that warm, energizing feeling by communicating

clearly and openly with family members. Yes,

it’s OK to love them, too.

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MarchThe past is in the past. Allow yourself to

move forward by learning to appreciate the lessons

you’ve learned and expressing happiness instead of

regret. With your new, improved, attitude things really

will get better.

April — Be empathetic and don’t make superficial

assumptions about people or situations. Open your mind

and heart to others rather than jumping to conclusions.

You may find things are different than they initially appeared.

Kimberly Rose is a professional intuitive, vibrational

astrologer, author, public speaker and radio and television

host on CBS Radio and Telos Television Networks. She is

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On Spiritual Practice

By Sophie Rose

IIn this age of technology and materialism, when many

wonder what tomorrow will bring, the resurgence of

spirituality is a normal phenomenon.

For centuries, people have turned to religions or other

belief systems for support and understanding. Yet it never

resulted in a better world on a global level – an improved

personal life perhaps, but not a better planet.

So one can wonder why, after centuries of religious

or spiritual teachings on love, forgiveness, presence or

service, the world situation has not improved spiritually;

why acts of sharing and forgiveness are the exception,

not the norm. We can guess that the majority of people

weren’t ready for these teachings, that the failure to bring

peace, love or the end of suffering on earth is the failure

of humanity. After all, the spiritual realm did its job, didn’t

it? So why aren’t people listening?

The answer lies in each of us. Our perception of the

world is a very personal thing; it involves our mind and

the infinite interpretations it can make about our experiences.

This is how most of us lead our lives: We base our

actions on what our minds are telling us. Yet many spiritual

teachings tell us to go the other way: love, meditate,

watch your mind, forgive, practice compassion, open

your heart.

Faith doesn’t abide by rules.

Unlike belief, it has nothing to do

with religion and everything to do

with following one’s heart.

The discrepancy between the teachings and what

we do with them is as wide as the gap between faith and

belief. Faith is the mysterious spiritual touch that brings

a sacred dimension to our life. Faith doesn’t abide by

rules. Unlike belief, it has nothing to do with religion and

everything to do with following one’s heart. Faith is our

personal affair with our spiritual Self. Are we in a relationship

with our soul or are we cut off from it?

We can tell by the quality of our life: A person who

has faith acts from a place of trust and inner knowledge.

A person who doesn’t have faith acts from the mind. This

person doesn’t trust life and often second-guesses himself.

Faith is this indescribable feeling of knowing what’s

right for oneself and acting on it. That’s what soul work

is about: the inner knowledge of what one has to learn

and do in this lifetime.

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Every soul has its purpose, every heart its calling.

The work required to discover it is a spiritual journey

some feel drawn to take. As you embark on this path, the

real adventure begins, a new perspective slowly arises,

old attachments vanish to leave room for new experiences.

Your outlook on life shifts to incorporate spiritual

realities and your inner transformation is mirrored in the

outer world.

A spiritual practice is the very

simple act of getting in touch with

your Self. Not with your mind, your

feelings or your body, but with

this sense of presence or being

behind them.

Every spiritual journey leads to a better understanding

of your place in the world. Spiritual practice helps

you connect with your Self, which is a drop in the sea of

consciousness. As you connect with consciousness, you

slowly learn that there is an intelligent design underlying

your life, and that the spiritual realm contains all you need

to know. So why not pick up a spiritual practice?

How do we define spiritual practice? A spiritual practice

is the very simple act of getting in touch with your

Self. Not with your mind, your feelings or your body, but

with this sense of presence or being behind them.

How to go about it is a matter of personal preference.

A few things should guide your choice: Religion and/or

tradition do not matter, except to your heart, so it is very

important to follow your intuition and not your mind (or


Practice will make all the difference: Spirituality is an

experience, not an intellectual pastime. Discouragement

is common and the best way to deal with it is not to expect

anything from your practice. Flowers only bloom in

the right season, provided they were well cared for. Your

spiritual practice also will bloom in the right season.

Sophie Rose is the author of “The Way of The Heart:

Teachings of Jeshua and Mary Magdalene,” available at She is a contributing author of “The Sacred

Shift: Co-Creating your Future.” Sophie is not aligned with

any particular religion or tradition and has always favored

a direct experience of spirituality. She can be contacted


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