LOVE Today

This is one of my favorite Starlike© paper art sculptures by Leo Jean. It represents self-love, as shown by the 3 stars on the heart: my spirit, my higher self and my body. The square is covered on 5 sides by stacked paper stars of various colors, the dimensions of my being into which I extend my self-love.Of all the holidays celebrated during the year, my favorite is Valentine’s Day because it’s all about the expression of LOVE!

In my perspective, LOVE between two people is the result of being able to authentically share life’s experiences in an atmosphere of honesty, trust, understanding and patience, while openly expressing mutual respect, affection and appreciation.

Love is not obligatory or bounded within a cage – true LOVE is happiness with wings!

People fall in and out of love, so it’s good to remember that sex is not love…but it’s so incredible when you have it with the one you LOVE!

Once you achieve the state of self-love you’ll find it so much easier to find LOVE, because you’ve already acquired the essential qualities that you’ll need to truly and unconditionally love someone else."Glowing Hearts" by Leo Jean (aka Leo's Logo)

I hope you’re sharing lots of positive LOVE energy today with the one you LOVE!

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Infusing Change Into 2017

Trampler 14: Glittering star cluster.At this time of the year many of us are reflecting upon our past year, and find ourselves speculating about how to approach 2017. I always think of each New Year as an opportunity for a brighter future, when we can let go of past fears, be grateful for who we are right now, and renew our efforts to make the kind of positive changes we want to enhance our future.

Before we start any new endeavour, we first have to clean our mind slate of all the unpleasant memories of past difficulties, so that we can initiate our fresh start in full confidence. Once we identify that we are capable of succeeding and breaking through the boundaries that may have deterred us in the past, we can be creative in effecting the changes that we want to make in our lives. While visualizing a realistic outcome for our uniquely remarkable goals, we can use our higher-level skills to remove lingering doubt and apprehension, so that we can boldly and strategically execute our plans.

As we regularly acknowledge our appreciation for who we are and what we’ve accomplished so far, we can be more NGC 248 in Small Magellanic Cloudinnovative as we forge forward into uncharted territory. If we recognize that our spiritual existence impacts us at the physical level, we can begin to reconcile the disparity between suffering and extravagance in our world in a more fundamental way. Rather than accepting divisive social and economic boundaries, in our plans we could include bridges to assist those who are making efforts to get to the other side of their struggle. Furthermore, when we work at the spiritual level we work in the immediacy of the present, at the precise time in which we can receive inspiration that nurtures our ingenuity to bring effective solutions to complex problems at all levels.

Through making firm commitments to both ourselves and to our individual spirits, we initiate the higher-level processes that stimulate our mental capacity to effectively bring about the positive changes that we desire. Strong commitments at the higher level inevitably result in a more focused and deliberate approach toward our goals. This high level of commitment perpetuates the strength and stamina necessary to help us through the process of implementing our unique vision in the coming and future years.

Sun Brightened CloudsIn addition to our individual efforts toward positive change, we can also celebrate our diversity as global participants in a challenging world in which we are unique spiritual beings. If we were to view our existence as a tangible expression of our spirits’ pursuit of knowledge, we could better understand and care about each other and the world in which we live. In effect, we could view each New Year as a symbolic steppingstone within our personal evolution toward spiritual progress.

Let’s infuse 2017 with ongoing positive changes at all levels of our being!

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Shifting Into 2016

NewYearsFireworksAt this time of the year, the ‘chime of change’ is sounding once again. As we reflect upon our accomplishments during the past year, we can now start anew to make the changes we want to improve our wellbeing during the coming year.

Rather than get caught up in the hype to make abrupt changes, your determination to effect enduring change is dependent on prioritizing your options and making a real commitment to yourself. You might be surprised to learn that you could make changes much more easily by merely including your spiritual aspect as part of the process!

Once you acknowledge the importance of your spiritual aspect and are ready to make a commitment to work toward positive change with your spirit, your efforts will bring enduring strength, energy and results continuously over time. Being a spiritual person doesn’t make you weak, subdued and distant – when you learn how to enhance your spirit’s incredible energy you will become stronger, more resilient and highly present. An interactive connection with your spirit will strengthen your stamina to effect positive changes, no matter what distractions, obstacles or interference pop up.

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Although your spirit is an integral part of your being, like the wind it passes unseen through this life with you. If you were to neglect your spiritual aspect, you could find yourself being blown over without notice. However, if you acknowledge and engage with your spirit by using the positive energy of the universal light, its steady flow can help you move more effortlessly through each year of this existence.

As we look forward to more happiness, love and prosperity in 2016, now’s a perfect time to make the positive shift toward the future we desire by tapping into the higher-level knowledge of our timeless spiritual selves!

Happy New Year 2016!

Light: The pure white light of the universe; purely positive energy; not associated with any one religion or deity

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Spiritual Spectrum

PrismSimilar to how a prism refracts white light into the colors of the rainbow, I visualize that the religions of the world have separated the common desire for spiritual fulfillment into the various faith factions that exist on the planet. In this way, people align themselves spiritually with the colors of the spectrum, rather than allowing their spirit to resonate with the frequency of pure white light.

The various religions separate what should be a basic goal into a variety of spiritual stances, as though they’re dispersing light into the spectrum and providing mere components of its absolute state.  During the pope’s recent visit to America, I reflected on the calamity that religion had cast into my early life. As is apparent in our modern world, religions continue to scatter what should be positive universal teachings into disparate belief systems tinted with hues that scarcely resemble a coherent spiritual message.

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Rather than engaging in the dynamics of institutional belief systems, we could rely on a fundamental method of spiritual progress that is simpler, more effective and timeless. In effect, the wavelength at which a person delivers spiritual vibration to its spirit impacts how it will progress.  If an individual were to work within with their own positively oriented spirit using the pure white light of the universe, they’d be instilling their spirit with infinitely positive energy that could help it progress now and perpetuate positive knowledge throughout its existence.

When I consider that the many religious institutions of the world are offering different versions of how to arrive at the same end goal, I wonder…why not skip all the extravagance, rituals and divisiveness?

Instead of vibrating with any of the colors of the rainbow, why not just use the original source of spiritual enlightenment and allow our individual spirits to absorb the ‘un-refracted’ white light of the universe? The world would certainly be a much happier and more harmonious place in which to live and progress spiritually!

Prism in Reverse

Light: The pure white light of the universe; purely positive energy; not associated with any one religion or deity

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Spiritual Strength | The Benefits

Planetary Nebula NGC 2818, Hubble Space TelescopeThe recent discovery of the fossilized remains of Homo naledi in a South African cave suggests that our primitive ancestors displayed burial practices long before previously thought. Rather than having developed this behavior over millennia, are we innately spiritual beings who have always contemplated our timeless spiritual journey beyond this finite physical existence?

We could even speculate that our spirits had lives before ours, perhaps somewhere else in the grand cosmos, and that they were once powerfully and positively attuned within their former bodies. Were that true, then what’s happened to our spirit-body relationship? Why don’t we let go of the negativity we drag around and allow our spirits to work in healthful unison within us? And what should we do with our spiritual strength, after we’ve put so much effort into helping our spirits increase their positive knowledge and power?

It’s my belief that our lives are inspired by higher-level guidance from our spiritual selves. If our spirits are positive when we come into this world, but we’re ignorant or closed to their direction, then our consciousness would become clouded with the input that we do allow to infiltrate our minds. If we become cut off from positively-oriented inspiration, then our mental and emotional impressions could become inundated with negativity that interferes with our wellbeing at all levels.

From my own perspective as someone who had extricated myself from the complacency of religious conditioning at a very young age, my spiritual weakness only became apparent after I hit rock bottom. From a very promising childhood with a positively oriented spirit I had descended from being a straight A student in elementary school to becoming a victim of domestic violence. Childhood abuse had caused a downslide in my spiritual strength that continued into adulthood, until I reached a state that threatened my health and safety.

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I had continued to allow people to take advantage of my good nature, abuse and otherwise mistreatme, until one day I read an article in Psychology Today (c. 1985) in which the author noted that rape victims who were not treated soon after their abuse event would continue to suffer worsening symptoms over time. Over a matter of hours that thought led me through heightening anxiety to a profound realization when I said to myself: “I’m going to fight!”

I believe it was at that moment that I gave my spirit the go ahead to start helping me. Instead of just accepting all the negativity that was being hammered upon me, I was suddenly inspired to make my escape from a severely abusive relationship. Until then I had not taken any action to defend myself against the onslaught of negativity that had been weakening me, not just mentally, emotionally and physically, but especially, spiritually. Thankfully, soon after the abrupt turn in my determination, I found my mentor (and later, partner) who presented me with the means by which I was able to climb out of the depths of my sorry situation.

From my starting point 30 years ago, my consistent attention to my spirit as an essential part of me continues to yield significant improvements in my overall wellbeing. As a result of learning how to properly use the positive energy of pure white universal Light*, my spiritual strength has continued to build, and I’ve been able share positive higher-level knowledge with my clients around the world.

Some of the benefits of a dynamic positive spirit-body relationship include:

  1. Loving and accepting yourself completely for who you are
  2. Developing calmness and patience while increasing your focus, concentration and endurance
  3. Working with your higher self (the liaison with your spirit) to assist you with better decision-making and implementation of positive change
  4. Motivating and improving your creative expression
  5. Heightening your awareness to identify negative interference
  6. Using your spiritual sensitivity to deal with inter-dimensional influences
  7. Facilitating the adoption of positive habits, activities and relationships as you learn to counteract the obstacles
  8. Increasing your overall energy and enthusiasm
  9. Using the positive energy of the Light to bring balance and improve your health at all levels
  10. Emanating inner happiness into your present and future life experience

Sunshine thru RocksAt the end of the day, there’s only you and your spirit. So, why not acknowledge your spiritual self as an integral part of your present being? When you come to a point in your life when your understanding of your physical existence relative to your spirit’s timeless nature becomes important, you might want to begin working within with your spirit.

The remarkable results of gaining positive spiritual strength will enhance your wellbeing at all levels and promote your spiritual progress.

See Spiritual Strength | Gaining It

See http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/09/150910-human-evolution-change/

*Light: The pure white light of the universe; purely positive energy; not associated with any one religion or deity

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Spiritual Strength | Gaining It

M27 HubbleSitewpEven as we shape the pieces of our existential puzzle together relative to the apparent universe enveloping us, we remain lagging behind with the spiritual advancement that could alter our lives both individually and collectively when approached from a positive perspective. Gaining spiritual strength isn’t a competition – it’s a personal endeavor that requires focus and attention over a lifetime.

When we’re small children, working with our spiritual self is as natural as asking for something to eat or drink. As an essential part of our childhood, we naturally identified the positives and negatives of our spiritual activity and acted accordingly. We might have continued our spiritual savvy long into life, but most of us have been conditioned to leave behind our inherent spiritual knowledge. Many of us faced further obstacles like neglect, bullying or abuse and were adversely affected onward into our lives, and further separated from our spiritual selves.

The further a child drifts from his/her sense of harmony with their spirit, they lose a natural state of wellbeing and the ability to deal with the higher-level negativity that constantly bombards them. If someone continues to lose ground spiritually, the repercussions can filter through to the physical level in the form of physiological and mental malaise and/or financial and relationship problems. Not everyone finds strength of healing through traditional means because there are often spiritual issues at hand that can block and deter the healing process.

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From my own perspective as an intelligent enthusiastic child, my world had spiraled downward as I lost spiritual knowledge and strength as a result of a clergy abuse event. At an early age I recognized the inadequacy of available antiquated religious institutions and dropped my family’s traditions.  I felt lost and off balance for many years and remember searching for some sort of harmony in my life, but I didn’t realize that my physical problems had escalated into a spiritual crisis.

When I regained the inherent knowledge of how to work with my spirit and started working with the Light*, I began building up my spiritual strength and positive changes took effect immediately. I experienced a boost in my self-esteem and adopted a completely new perspective about how to look after my physical self. I discovered that my spirit needs a positively oriented body in order to make progress, so I initiated a continuously healthy lifestyle. I realized it’s my responsibility to strive to be as positive as possible in all aspects of my being, if I’m to continue to grow in spiritual strength and positive knowledge.

Sunlight Thru Ocean CloudswpOne of the greatest obstacles to gaining spiritual strength is fear. When you give in to fear of any kind, like fear of failure or success, fear of others’ acceptance or rejection or fear of changing your current situation in life, you’re succumbing to negativity. As you start being yourself and working through all the steps needed to overcome your fears, you’ll notice a boost in your ability to counteract negative thoughts and emotions before they give rise to additional difficulty.

Spiritual strength doesn’t come instantly – it takes effort and commitment. Some people have been duped into quick fixes such as accepting spirit guides, angels, or summoning the spirits of deceased loved ones, as a way to gain spiritual strength; while others have been invited to accept a stranger’s life energy.  Any of these ruses would be a clear opportunity for negative beings/spirits to be invited into ruining your life. Others have decided to join a religious institution with the hope it would take over their spiritual responsibility, but are often led into a false sense of complacency. It’s impossible to learn how to gain strength with your spirit in a few hours or by depending on others – you have to be committed to this very personal endeavor on a long-term basis, since spiritual strength intensifies over time.Mountain Vista

Everyone has the potential to be good at personal spiritual work, but becoming strong spiritually doesn’t come without effort. No one can hand you access to the positive energy of the Light. You have to earn its benefits on a daily basis by meeting negative challenges with determined positive reactions and solutions. Higher-level negativity can be much less obvious than what you already recognize, especially when it emanates from other people and their associations with others. Your perseverance in being patient and acquiring awareness of higher-level negativity will allow you to continuously gain stamina to meet new challenges.

Sunbrushed Lake CloudsOur spirits transcend this physical existence, yet it’s up to us to consciously promote our spiritual progress. While climbing each cliff to overcome negativity, then coasting conscientiously along the plateaus until meeting the next hurdle, you’ll grow stronger as your spirit gains strength due to your efforts.

Gaining spiritual strength is a process of learning, adapting and following through with a lifelong commitment to work positively alongside your spirit to enhance your life experience.

“Make a firmer commitment and believe in yourself!” ~Leo Jean

*Light: The pure white light of the universe; purely positive energy; not associated with any one religion or deity

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Sensational 60

60andSensationalComparatively speaking, our lives are but a blink in what can be referred to as ‘time’ in the universe. Although we are subjected to the concept of time in our daily lives, our spiritual aspect is timeless and infinite.

We all enter this world within the innocence of childhood, when our lives lie open before us, spread out like a blanket into the patterns that comprise our individuality. As we extend the boundaries of our experiences outward, we’re subjected to the many events that mould and shape our lives. As we widen, stretch and expand our horizons, we discover our role as the designers of our construct here in these bodies, on this planet, in this time. Not only are we what we eat, feel and think, our precious lives are an extension of our spiritual being.

Now that I have reached another milestone in my existence, I can separate my life into three parts. During the first third of my life I was trying to figure out how to stop the tailspin I found myself in, while the second third was spent learning about and teaching others to benefit from the exhilarating spiritual knowledge I had discovered. I aim to use the next third of my life in furthering my commitment to progress with my spirit and in helping others to gain the wisdom of the positive spiritual principles and energy of the pure white Light.

My life has been fueled by constant change and I will continue to gain momentum as I work with my spirit long into the future. When I turned 30, I felt like I was 60 – now as I turn 60, I feel like I’m 30!

Thanks to my incredibly energetic and timeless spirit…I’m sensational at 60!!!

Here’s how I’ve looked along the way…

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Loving Life

This is one of my favorite Starlike© paper art sculptures by Leo Jean. It represents self-love, as shown by the 3 stars on the heart: my spirit, my higher self and my body. The square is covered on 5 sides by stacked paper stars of various colors, the dimensions of my being into which I extend my self-love.We know that when we’re happy, we beam positive energy outward. All of us thrive on the commingling of positive energy when we love someone and have that love reciprocated. Although love can trigger that positive force, happiness isn’t dependent on love…it really begins within…then we can allow that inner harmony to enhance how we experience love.

For many of us who were neglected, bullied or abused early in life, we might perceive being in love it as an obligatory precedent to being happy. Although love might seem unattainable, if we first focus on becoming happy, we will be more capable of and comfortable with loving someone.

From my own perspective, once I learned to work with my spirit, I was surprised that I was able to experience a more profound happiness. Prior to that I was like a lovelorn puppy, and the notion of love was confusing, disappointing and practically meaningless. Ever since I made a connection with my spirit, I’ve been truly loving life!

"Glowing Hearts" by Leo Jean (aka Leo's Logo)Last Monday marked the 30-year anniversary of the day I met the man who introduced me to my spirit and how it works with the Light*. Leo Jean taught me that, in order to love someone else, I first had to love myself completely – and that brought me the happiness I had been craving. Although he recently left the physical plane in which we shared our love together, Leo’s exemplary joy continues to shine as a beacon into my life every day. Since our meeting I have generated my own happiness, not as a reflection of my physical world, but as a measure of my progress toward harmony with my spirit.

The phenomenal way in which my spirit and I use the Light brings me essential and lasting happiness. When life gets difficult, I draw my inspiration from within and, with the help of my higher self and my spirit, I generate happiness from all aspects of my repertoire.

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Yesterday evening as I walked through the snow-covered streets, a neighbor’s dog that I’ve only seen a couple of times saw me from across the road. All of a sudden the big frisky Lab took off across the street, jumped right into the 4-foot snow bank up to his shoulders and made a beeline for me. Upon emerging from the depths of the snow to the cleared sidewalk, the frisky Lab shook off the snow and greeted me, happily his wagging tail, and nudged me for a pat on his head. His owner walked across the street toward me, shaking his head, and quite seriously explained: “I’ve never seen him do that before!” As the big Lab bounded back across the street to his driveway, still excited and happy, I laughed and called out: “That’s okay. I think he likes me!”  (Dogs are very receptive to happy spirits, too!)

When we’re happy within, we can freely and timelessly share love and exuberance with everyone!

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*Light: The pure white light of the universe; purely positive energy; not associated with any one religion or deity; I work spiritually with people from every background from around the globe

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Spiritual Resistance

Modern City of Light

Modern City of Light

Last Sunday’s display of solidarity in Paris most certainly eclipsed the demented savagery that took place earlier that week in the City of Light. The citizens of Paris further illuminated the world’s trademark center for art and liberty when they stood together and declared their defiance against the threat of terrorism. Refusal of fear at all levels can help us deal with the impact of such heinous acts.

The fear generated by threats against our right to live in a free and modern society triggers a further reaction at the higher level. Everyone has a choice in how they direct their own spirituality, but some are using religion as a pretext for murdering innocents. Such ideologically motivated acts of terrorism generate spiritual negativity that can cause unexpected and problematic outcomes as it fuels higher-level antagonism.

When people are afraid of any unknown assailant, the ensuing anxiety creates an atmosphere full of doubt, mistrust and suspicion of everyone they encounter bearing a similar description. We all want to feel safe but we don’t want our uncertainty to translate into paranoia that attracts and fuels more negativity.

Statue of Liberty in Paris

As a result of abandoning the tradition of religious participation, I’ve refused in the most absolute sense all of the higher-level negativity that would otherwise be drawn to me as a result of such association. When people bring religion into a conversation, I tell them I’m not religious, but I’m very spiritual – but that seems to cause some confusion! When I work with my spirit, I rid myself of higher-level negativity that would otherwise seep into my world at all levels in either subtle or blatant ways.

In order to take the fight against tyranny to the higher level, we can refuse all the negativity generated by terrorists and return it to them multiplied by whatever factor we decide, with positive energy (pure white Light*) as the delivery method. In this way the negatively oriented terrorists will receive back all their perverted intentions, along with a healthy dose of positive energy – won’t that be disturbing to their dismal cause!

When we witnessed a million Parisians rallied together to display their defiance against coerciveness, they emanated a resounding resistance against fear. As we choose not to be afraid and take positive steps toward counteracting fear within ourselves, we contribute to freedom at all levels.

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*Light: The pure white light of the universe; purely positive energy; not associated with any one religion or deity 

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‘Real Solutions’ for 2015

Galaxy Cluster Abell 520 (HST-CFHT-CXO Composite) hs-2012-10-c-large_webAs we embark on another amazing year, many of us are thinking about what changes we can make to improve our lives in the coming months. While some of us will dive boldly into new endeavors, others will take more cautious steps forward.  No matter how and when we promote change in our lives, there’s always a strategy that will work for each of us.

Every commitment has starting and end points, yet every point along the way is just as important. Maybe you’ve had great intentions in the past to kick habits, lose weight or implement other significant changes but, after an initial burst of energy, your determination dwindled and the effort left you feeling defeated.  Instead of being tempted by quick fixes that promise immediate results, why not just make real commitments at suitable times to renew and adapt as you progress throughout the year?

As you consider making the positive changes you desire, you might want to think about developing some positive higher-level skills to help you along the way. As you apply higher-level strategies to increase your enthusiasm and endurance, there will be less stress about keeping the promises you’ve made to yourself.

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Although I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, when I do make commitments I always take them seriously. My commitments are of paramount importance, because I don’t only make them to myself, but also to the highest part of my being. When I make a commitment to make my life more positive, my spirit reciprocates by helping me to achieve the outcome with such energy and ease!

Especially at this time of the year, when we’re looking forward to positive change, we can all benefit from a positive spirit-body relationship together with all the insight and inspiration it generates. No one can make changes for you…it’s up to you to be ready to make the effort and to stay motivated throughout the process.

As you build on your past successes and anticipate a brighter future, you can start making positive changes whenever you have the inclination – like now!

Let’s all have the best year ever in 2015!

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Discovering Answers

Iguazu FallsThis past week’s landing of the ESA’s Philae lander on a distant comet was a realtime reminder of how combined human ingenuity can result in phenomenal accomplishments. The Rosetta spacecraft’s success in delivering its lander to the comet is an important facet of our collective search for answers to the longstanding questions about the origins of life in our solar system.

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Another news event that caught my attention was about Barbara Bowman who revealed in a Washington Post article that the comedian Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her when she was a 17-year-old aspiring actress. On CNN Ms. Bowman explained that she had attempted to ask for help concerning Mr. Cosby’s actions from several people, including lawyers, but her allegations had been immediately dismissed as ridiculous. It wasn’t until more people started coming forward with similar allegations about Mr. Cosby’s behavior that Ms. Bowman again ventured forward with her story. As she held back tears during her CNN interview, she stated that during the 30 years since the incidents: “I was terrified of him!”

Not unlike Ms. Bowman’s struggle, I’ve been through the wringer of guilt, pain, shame and blame that accompanies such abuse. During the first 20 of the almost 50 years since I was sexually assaulted by a Catholic priest, I experienced a kaleidoscope of emotions that ranged from shock, fear, disgust and despair. Especially disheartening was the reaction of disbelief when divulging that such a ‘distinguished’ person could commit such perverse acts.

Pinks Floral ProfieWhile Ms. Bowman confronts her unresolved issue from 30 years ago, I can look back today and be grateful to have found a solution 30 years ago that has irrefutably contributed to my wellbeing. Leo Jean, my dearest friend, husband and mentor who passed away a year ago, had shared immeasurably helpful knowledge about my spiritual wellbeing that has enabled me to help not only myself, but many others, to meet the challenges that we face at all levels of our lives.

The astounding feat of the first landing on a comet to collect data from its ancient surface to shed light on our physical origins has required many minds and many billions of dollars. On the contrary, many of the answers that we seek about ourselves are not found millions of miles out there in the universe but, rather, right within us, in the essence of our spirits.

While the scientific community is making progress on solving the age-old questions of why we’re here and if there’s anyone else out there, some of us have to resolve the difficulty of coping with abuse in our lives.  Our timelessly knowledgeable spirits can help guide us through such complexities of life – we just have to make the right connection to discover how.

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Related material:

http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Rosetta/Pioneering_Philae_completes_main_mission_before_hibernation

http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/11/13/bill-cosby-raped-me-why-did-it-take-30-years-for-people-to-believe-my-story/

Constant Flow

NiagaraGorge.June2014All of us know that without liquid water, there would be no life on our planet. Similarly to how water allows us to physically survive, a positive spirit relies on a continuous flow of positive energy in order to thrive.

From the time of our childhood when we had oodles of ideas and energy for our daily life, we gradually seemed to have gathered an assortment of baggage that has weighed us down, making our journey less enjoyable and full of effort. Too often what’s around the next bend makes us anxious, rather than excited about its discovery.

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A robust flow of positive energy is the fountain from which springs a constant current of ideas and insights that generates change and progress in our lives. We all have the means to that energy right within us, in our spiritual self. Yet many of us forget how to nurture its potential to assist us in maneuvering the waters, and get caught up in the undercurrents of life that gouge ripples in the shining surface that is our happiness.

When we strive toward a positive existence, instead of freezing our spirits to a halt with negativity, we can easily increase the energetic fluidity through which our spirits progress. An increasingly positive spirit inspires us to create, challenge and change, propelling us forward at all levels.

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Sharing Smiles

PathEntranceAs I was rolling along on my inline skates the other day, I experienced some noticeably heartwarming interaction with the passersby who were out in numbers to enjoy some exercise on that particularly beautiful day. Too often there seems to be a tendency for people to avoid each other in our increasingly busy and impersonal world when, instead, we could be invigorating each other with pleasant purpose.

On the paved nature trail where I rollerblade, many of the people who usually looked straight ahead as I passed by on earlier occasions actually looked up and smiled back at me as extended my smile and greetings to them. I could feel their exuberance as we met eyes and smiles. It gave me a sense of community on that trail, where we were all out getting our regular exercise together, but where most usually kept to themselves, as if absorbed by a fear of strangers. The benefits of smiling are enormous to our wellbeing and can be contagious!

Of course, when I first started out on my new rollerblades almost six weeks ago, I had presented myself as a bit of a clown, as I reeled and corrected my balance almost the entire time I headed up the slightly sloping trail. On the way down I would stabilize my center of gravity by holding my knees, like a child when learning to ski or skate. Some people would giggle as we passed each other and I shouted out how much fun I was having. No wonder some of my fellow walkers, joggers, cyclers and bladers were hesitant to greet me…or had I presented a menace (?!) with my smiles and hellos?

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It might have been a different scenario if I had accepted the first comment I received when I first put on my skates in my building’s parking garage. It had taken me a few months to decide to get on some rollerblades, after my girlfriend had suggested we start getting out there in the spring. I had bladed with my husband about 20 years ago in California, where we had decided to buy inline skates because we wanted to try out the then new product. He had been a lifelong ice skater, figure skater and hockey player, while I had remembered my zest to run home from school every day as a child to enjoy free skating at my village arena. Together we enjoyed the most exhilarating experience of skating with some fabulously friendly crowds of people along the ocean seawall in Monterey!

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It wasn’t long after I had discovered a long winding paved nature trail in Niagara Falls that I decided to put some skates on again. However, as I was making my first pass around the smoothly finished parking garage, the first comment I received from a disgruntled resident pulling into their space was: “You must really need some exercise.” On the next pass around I was met with their additional remark: “Maybe I should just call the paramedics.” As always when confronted with negativity of any sort, I immediately refused their comment, and then continued to complete the rest of my projected 10 turns around the garage.

InlineSkating9.2014wpNow, after several weeks of almost daily practice I’ve gradually progressed to where I’m now confident as I gain momentum and speed and can self-correct my balance with remarkable ease. So, if I had accepted that naysayer’s comment on my very first skate in many years, it might have resounded in my mind and caused me to feel awkward, fearful or even hurt myself. Fortunately, so I never allowed it to affect my progress to become more graceful (?!) on my skates.

My rollerblading experience can be compared to our progress in life, as we learn, adapt and acquire the momentum we need to succeed at all levels of our being. While we’re making it happen, let’s share some smiles anytime, anywhere, so we can all enjoy this spectacular ride together!

BTW: I work across distance to extend my healing knowledge to you, wherever you are in the world! Learn how great life is when you work with a positively oriented spirit!

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Your Spiritual Uniqueness

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No one has the same spiritual experience. Just as you are a unique individual, your spirit is different from every other spiritual being in the cosmos, and its experiences can influence your life through its inherent nature and the memories it carries forward.

Since your spirit has probably experienced existences that are incomprehensible to us in our myopic universal view, it may have brought some memories with it into this life that can influence the way your life unfolds. This cumulative information is stored at the spiritual level and can be recognized and acted upon within the spiritual world. This in turn can bring spiritual influence from unexpected sources that can affect you at the physical level.

Since the spiritual realm differs drastically from our tangible experience, there appears to be a misunderstanding of what spiritual knowledge is. Even within your own spiritual belief system you still have a responsibility to help your spirit progress in this lifetime. Otherwise, it moves on into its next existence without having achieved the progress it intended.

Your spirit is unique in all aspects of its being, yet it may have brought with it encumbrances that can interfere with or enhance your life. Not all fortunes come without a higher-level price and not all misfortunes come without a higher-level reason. The term karmic debt has been used to describe what comes from past spiritual experiences, while curses are encumbrances that have been delegated during this current life. As part of my work, I remove the large groups of spirits that comprise such interference, so that my clients can develop and nurture their spirit in a positive spiritual environment.

Your spirit might have had life experiences that surpass your current level of understanding, so you might have to deal with influences that defy all physical means of dealing with them. Spiritual negativity presents challenges that can often create baffling circumstances with one’s life, yet there is always a way through, when you work in a positive way with your spirit.

Your basic spiritual need is to ask for the pure white Light* to come in to remove the negativity that has accumulated within you both spiritually and physically. When you do this regularly on a long-term basis, you should definitely feel the positive effects throughout your entire being.

When you become spiritually aware, that is to say, when you realize that your spirit has sentience and can interact with you, you can start to allow your spirit’s uniqueness to filter through into your physical reality. The most precious possession in life is your spirit, because its uniqueness can make your life a stupendous journey that will propel it into the positive realm.

Even as our civilization melds technology into the fabric of our lives, our spirits will always remain the advanced beings they are, patiently waiting for us to incorporate positive universal knowledge into our collective humanity.

BTW: I work across distance to extend my healing knowledge to you, wherever you are in the world! Learn how great life is when you work with a positively oriented spirit!

Please drop by my other website… OnlyPositiveKnowledge.com

*Light: The pure white light of the universe; purely positive energy; not associated with any one religion or deity; I work spiritually with people from every background from around the globe

I welcome and value your input ~ Please feel free to comment!

Higher-Level Refusal

OmegaSwanNebulaMany people have, in some way or another, allowed negative spiritual influences into their lives by deliberately or inadvertently developing their spiritual sensitivity. Safe and successful spiritual work starts with learning positive principles and proceeds with increased awareness and counteraction of negative interference. 

Since our minds are far more sophisticated than we can presently comprehend, we’re often oblivious about much of what our brains grasp at higher levels. We all know how easily we can become conditioned to accepting certain world views, belief systems and personal habits, much of which are detrimental to our wellbeing. Yet how do we know if we’re being influenced at the higher level – and what can we do about it?

When I first learned about refusing negativity, of course I knew I should refuse negative thoughts, emotions and activities that subtracted from my efforts to become more positive. However, in order to refuse negativity in the most absolute sense, I found it was essential to refuse all spiritual and inter-dimensional negative influences.

About 30 years ago, when I first became interested in helping people get through the ordeal of being tormented by negative spiritual influences, I had to learn how to assess the aftermath of their higher-level negative activities. Apart from the physiological effects of their mental stress, emotional duress and physical energy depletion, there were spiritual and inter-dimensional influences that required attention. So, in order to attain the highest level of positive knowledge needed to overcome the most influential spiritual beings that interfere with my clients, I delved deeper.

About 5 years into my training to be a practitioner of spiritual healing, I became aware that I was still accepting summons to go out of body into the inter-dimensional realm. Before I started to work with my spirit and the Light*, I had remembered some instances where I felt like I was floating up out of my body or where I was occasionally paralyzed with fear during nightmarish ‘waking’ dreams in a hypnagogic state. What a relief to find that, just after I started working with my spirit, I had only one instance where I felt myself starting to float as I fell asleep one night. Using it as the perfect opportunity to put my newly acquired spiritual knowledge to work, I refused and counteracted the negative spiritual influence. It immediately stopped and I have never been subjected to that weirdly helpless feeling again.

After working daily alongside my partner over the course of those first few years, I came to recognize people’s intense floating experiences as precursors to inter-dimensional activities.  Even though I had surpassed that level of negative acceptance, I still needed to learn how to refuse what I now know initiated such activity – summons – not at the spiritual level, but at the inter-dimensional level.

Once I had made a commitment to stop going out of body to interact inter-dimensionally, it still took a month to actually stop responding to inter-dimensional summons. An inter-dimensional summons can be very subtle, and a strong one often begins with a sudden loss of energy, like you suddenly feel like you need to take a nap. Some people will hear whispering voices, distant music or other sounds emanating from a higher-level source, while those who are especially sensitive, such as children, will see otherworldly beings whose invitations seem friendly enough to accept or too frightening to refuse.

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After I had made a commitment to refuse all summons, I was careful to stay alert and focused on refusing, even while getting very sleepy during the height of my day. Just when I thought I had finally succeeded, I was relaxing one afternoon after working with clients and laid back comfortably on the bed to take a quick nap. However, I sensed a summons and focused on refusing it with all my might. Then it felt like someone had brushed my foot with a very light touch. I opened my eyes because I thought it was my partner, but he had already started his nap. I was then surprised when my higher-level sight (third eye) activated and I saw the upper torso of a huge translucent being standing at the foot of the bed, with its lower extremities extending through the floor. As I hit it profusely with the Light*, it was gone in a flash.

After that incident, when I had learned to say “No!” at the higher level, I was able to resist powerful energy drains, quickly remove inter-dimensional instigators by their unique vibration and progress much faster with my spirit.

Whenever I advise my clients to start resisting inter-dimensional summons, they usually have some startling stories to tell about how and when they’ve felt the effect of past episodes. Once they identify the initiation of a summons and refuse it, they find a remarkable difference in the amount of energy and focus they have throughout their day and how much better they rest during sleep. However, unless someone has started working with a positively oriented spirit, they’re not likely to overcome the onset of an inter-dimensional summons, because they’re subject to what a negatively oriented spirit inherently accepts.

Increased energy and concentration are only part of the benefits of working in unison with your spirit and refusing higher-level negativity in all its forms.

BTW: I work across distance to extend my healing knowledge to you, wherever you are in the world! Learn how great life is when you work with a positively oriented spirit!

Please drop by my work website… OnlyPositiveKnowledge.com

*Light: The pure white light of the universe; purely positive energy; not associated with any one religion or deity; I work spiritually with people from every background from around the globe

I welcome and value your input ~ Please feel free to comment!

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Progress With Your Spirit

Pismis24.andNGC6357Expanding on #10 on my list of “10 Reasons to Work With Your Spirit”…

As our perspective on life evolves, many of us find ourselves yearning for the spiritual advancement that ultimately determines our significance. Both individually and collectively, the underlying goal of our existence should be the personal pursuit of spiritual progress.

While a spirit exists in a quantum state of timelessness, we’re subjected to the restraints that our planetary time imposes upon us. As we are essentially constructs of the particles generated by exploding stars, our physical forms are infused with consciousness through our connections to our spirits.

While a spirit exists in an infinite realm, it creates physical forms to guide its direction for the purpose of progressing. In turn our consciousness is inspired by the timeless intelligence or ignorance of our spirit. Unfortunately most spirits on this planet have, at some time in their experience, given in to negativity and exist in the negative spiritual realm, so they are unable to adequately absorb or effectively use the Light*.

At some point we all have to contend with the prevalence of negativity on our planet, so it’s imperative to have the means and dedication to counteract the higher-level impediments to our wellbeing. Once your spirit can accept the Light, it will be an ongoing endeavor on your part to assist it in removing the negativity that you currently face, as well as all that you’ve accepted during your lifetime.30Doradus.Hodge301

As you strive to include higher-level positive erudition in the sphere of your existence, you’ll advance your ability to progress with your spirit and give it spiritual freedom. As you work in unison with your spirit you’ll also increase your positive physical attributes as you counteract the internal and external negativity that infringes upon your wellbeing.

Your spirit will be on its way when your body expires, so it would be a shame to have left it hanging when, all the while you’ve been alive, you’ve had the opportunity to take charge and bring it into the positive realm. When you work with your spirit to incorporate positive spiritual knowledge into your life, you’ll both progress!

Rather than follow the limited knowledge of archaic belief systems, why not get modern and explore your own spiritual space?

Find out how to start working with your spirit by visiting my website – OnlyPositiveKnowledge.com

*Light: The pure white light of the universe; purely positive energy; not associated with any one religion or deity; I work spiritually with people from every background from around the globe

I welcome and value your input ~ Please feel free to comment!

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#5 Why Working With Your Spirit Can Improve Your Health
#6 Higher-Level Free Will
#7 Release Your Creativity!
#8 Re-Understand Yourself Better
#9 Calm Amid the Chaos

The Prospect of Being Positive

 

Calm Amid the Chaos

Kepler's Supernova Remnant

Kepler’s Supernova Remnant

Expanding on #9 on my list of “10 Reasons to Work With Your Spirit”…

We can compare the orderly state of the universe at its inception and the ensuing entropy with the resulting disorder that occurs as our lives unfold. Similar to how physicists examine the origins of our universe through look-back time, we find order as we return to a state of inner harmony.

Over time the increasing pressure of life’s expectations propel us to a sprinting pace and, as the momentum increases, many of us are unable to get back to a state of peacefulness within. Although vacations and getaways can help, the mounting pressure for time and energy become overwhelming and the stress can potentially accumulate in the form of health and personal problems. But how do we arrive at and maintain our composure during tense times and extrapolate it outward into our relationships, the workplace and elsewhere?

Especially if you’re sensitive to the energies of others, it’s often more difficult to calm your mind, body and emotions, so you can more easily think rather than react. For instance, what if you suddenly became overwrought by an influx of thoughts and emotions that left you tongue-tied, just when you’ve begun a long-awaited conversation with that influential person? Why does that happen and what should you do to alleviate your chaos at that moment?

The confusing convergence of memories, emotionality and anticipation can be aptly counteracted by proper refusal in all time dimensions. When memories from the past become intertwined with the emotions you’re currently feeling and the anxiety of what’s possibly going to happen, you could find yourself unable to focus amid all the mental commotion. By working with your spirit in a specific manner, you can more easily disengage from chaos and return to calmness before and during those crucial moments when you need to be in full control of your faculties.

If you’ve been hit by a health, financial or relationship chaos, there is inevitably a cascade of higher-level negativity that is attracted to you at the same time to cause even greater interference. It’s how you handle the higher-level turbulence that determines how the negativity will affect you, and your spirit is fully equipped to effectively respond to that aspect.

Our response to how we deal with stressful situations is learned so, if we had learned how to counteract – rather than react to – the chaos when we were children, we could quickly get back to a composed state. Children can more easily deal with overwhelming situations, while adults have to overcome ingrained habits and accumulated negativity.

In order to maintain a state in which your mind and body are at ease, it’s essential to get into the habit of refusing and counteracting negativity in a timely manner. When you’re not in control of the tension, you’re accepting it, thereby attracting and allowing further negativity to distance you from your tranquil state.

You’ll return to the center of your universe when you’re in harmony with your spirit!

Find out how to start working with your spirit by visiting OnlyPositiveKnowledge.com

I welcome and value your input ~ Please feel free to comment!

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#6 Higher-Level Free Will
#7 Release Your Creativity!
#8 Re-Understand Yourself Better
#10 Progress With Your Spirit

Higher-Level Free Will

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Spiral Galaxy M100

Expanding on #6 on my list of “10 Reasons to Work With Your Spirit”…

We understand what the taking and breaking of free will means and how it’s affected us throughout our lives, but what does it mean to have free will at the higher level?  How would it affect you?

In a similar way to how your free will works, what if your spirit, as a sentient being, also makes choices that affect its wellbeing?  Throughout its quantum existence, your spirit deliberates alternatives that determine positive or negative outcomes as it continues on its timeless journey.

However, what if much of your spirit’s free will has been eroded in a manner similar to the constant conditioning you’ve undergone in your life? Just as your conscious decisions are based on past experiences, observations and incoming suggestions, your spirit’s ability to choose between positive and negative alternatives in the spiritual realm might be influenced in the same way.

How would you know if your spirit’s free will has been weakened or compromised, so that it could be filtering down negative information to you, instead of inspiring you in a positive way?  It would help you to become aware of how to deal with higher-level negativity that could influence your decisions and interfere with your judgment at the physical level, especially if you’re spiritually sensitive.

Furthermore, what if your spirit has already exercised its free will and has chosen to accept negative orientation?  Since your spirit relies on your conscious direction to either accept or reject negativity, and you rely on your spirit to help you counteract negativity with the positive energy of the Light*, you could be working against each other’s will!

Wouldn’t it be great to know you’re working in concert with a spirit that’s positively oriented, so that you can more effectively clear your mind of negative influences during the process of making decisions?

When you learn to work harmoniously with your spirit, you can exercise your free will at all levels by eliminating higher-level negativity that infringes upon your freedom to make positive choices that enhance your wellbeing.

 

Find out how I can help determine whether your spirit is helping or hindering your efforts to be positive and what to do about it, by visiting my website: OnlyPositiveKnowledge.com !

I welcome and value your input ~ Please feel free to comment!

*Light: The pure white light of the universe; purely positive energy; not associated with any one religion or deity; I work spiritually with people from every background from around the globe

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#5 Why Working With Your Spirit Can Improve Your Health
#7 Release Your Creativity!
#8 Re-Understand Yourself Better
#9 Calm Amid the Chaos
#10 Progress With Your Spirit

 

Freedom From Fear

Eagle Nebula

The Eagle Nebula

Expanding on #2 on my list of “10 Reasons to Work With Your Spirit”…

From the awkwardness of shyness to the extreme anxiety of terror, all fear is essentially the same.  

Wild animals instinctively assess their position whenever they encounter an unknown or dangerous situation.  Likewise we, as humans, instantaneously assess for a fight or flight response and our fear can either freeze us in terror or cause courage to emerge.

For many of us the lingering memories of childhood experiences set off alarms when we’re faced with threatening circumstances.  Many of us were bullied, abused or continually cautioned with negatives like: “Don’t…! ” or “You’ll never…!”  Such phrases seem to crop up whenever we’re faced with challenges to our wellbeing.

As a consequence, the negative memories stored over time at the physical, mental and higher levels contribute to self-doubt and indecisiveness.  These limitations on our ability to adapt healthfully to change inhibit us from reaching our full potential.

On top of the physical and mental effects of fear, spiritual negativity is attracted during distressing situations and we carry that accumulation into adulthood.  Fearful events often cause a child to open up to one or more negatively oriented spirits that remain with them throughout their lifetime.

Fear is the greatest of negative tools, and built up spiritual negativity amplifies the effect of past memories and the perceived threat of a challenging situation.  Fear can be real or imagined and sensible solutions are best prompted when we’re steadily cool, calm and collected.

Last summer, I was confronted with what might have been an alarming experience in a grocery store parking lot, but my ongoing work with my spirit proved very effective.  A woman’s plastic shoe became stuck under the accelerator of her SUV, causing her to race toward me with such force that she ran into another SUV and that vehicle struck another.  The SUV missed me by only a few inches, yet I maintained my presence of mind, called 911 and headed home, remarkably composed.

Because I know how to work with my spirit, I automatically refused the perceived negativity as soon as I heard the screeching sound of the driver spinning her tires.  So my spirit and I were already counteracting the wave of negative energy directed toward me before the SUV sped past just behind me.

Goose Spit, Vancouver Is. Canada~Photo by M. Barclay

Goose Spit, Vancouver Is. Canada~Photo by M. Barclay

The more higher-level awareness you acquire, the better prepared you’ll be when fear strikes.  Instead of allowing the onset of bodily chemical processes to further complicate your response to simple stressful situations or major catastrophic events, your higher self and spirit can help you to go forward in confidence.

By going within to work with your spirit, you’ll take charge of all aspects of your being and bring your spiritual knowledge into play.  You’ll be more composed to better assess fear-triggering situations so you’re prepared to respond rationally.

Getting rid of fear and self-doubt are only part of what working with your spirit can add to your life…just imagine how strong and confident you’ll become as you progress!

Find out how to get started by visiting my website at OnlyPositiveKnowledge.com !

I welcome and value your input~Please feel free to comment!

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#1 Being Happy
#3 Overcoming Emotional Negativity
#4 Sensational Self-Esteem
#5 Why Working With Your Spirit Can Improve Your Health
#6 Higher-Level Free Will
#7 Release Your Creativity!
#8 Re-Understand Yourself Better
#9 Calm Amid the Chaos
#10 Progress With Your Spirit

We’re All Inspired by Nelson Mandela

LandSat Image of Cape Town & Cape of Good Hope

LandSat Image of Cape Town & Cape of Good Hope
Credit: NASA/JPL/NIMA

Early in my life I was strongly opposed to the notion of apartheid or any other form of racial discrimination.  As a child I watched the race riots every night on the local Detroit news casts, and in high school I wrote a book report on the novel, “Black Like Me”, in an effort to understand bigotry.

Late in my teens I met a young man from South Africa, and came to understand the white man’s viewpoint about their status in the country.  He invited me to travel to South Africa with him to visit his parents and to enjoy the idyllic beauty of their recreational capital of Cape Town.

South Africa sounded like the most beautiful country, but I flatly turned down the offer for a free holiday.  The young man couldn’t understand why I didn’t want to go; I couldn’t explain enough my reasons for declining.  I knew only too well about apartheid because of Mr. Mandela’s struggle for equality and subsequent incarceration.  I couldn’t go to a place where one race enforced its superiority over another.

Even when the young man explained how wonderful it was to have someone do everything for me, I couldn’t explain  my opposition strongly enough.  When I asked if the servants were paid, he said they were paid the equivalent of 50 cents per day, that they appreciated having such work and called him “Master”.  This was in the 1970’s!  He still couldn’t understand why I wouldn’t want to go to his country, where the native people had to walk through lanes behind the main streets, so as not to offend the dominating white race.

About a year later, when his parents came to visit, I learned that his father, a former Olympic athlete, had worked to help the black trade unions prior to the Soweto riots.  I enjoyed a walk through Vancouver’s Stanley Park with his mother, a very nice lady who worked in downtown Johannesburg.  They also invited me to visit them in their home and I kindly explained why I couldn’t accept their invitation.  While their son seemed conditioned to and oblivious to the injustice, his parents felt embarrassed about their helplessness of having to live within the laws of their government.

When Nelson Mandela was released from prison and became president of his country, I was so elated that his personal struggle had brought an almost immediate end to apartheid.

That’s how Nelson Mandela inspired me.  I hope we’ve all been inspired by this brave man’s example of enacting positive change by standing by our principles, no matter what.

Find out more about my work at OnlyPositiveKnowledge.com