Archive for the ‘Spirituality’ Category

Sasquatch series begins….

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

Photo Credit; Thomas Hues

StoneScribe’s author writes about one man’s spiritual journey with the help of the Sasquatch.

Part 1 at Unexplained-Mysteries.com: http://tinyurl.com/2cjo247.

Credit for the photo above goes to Thomas Hues.

Author flees judgment, not Jesus

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Mega-bestselling author Anne Rice has quit Christianity, according to her Facebook blog post.

“I quit being a Christian,” she writes. “In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be anti-Democrat. I refuse to be anti-secular humanism. I refuse to be anti-science. I refuse to be anti-life…”

What Ms. Rice objects to are not the actual teachings of Jesus, but all the judgments others have attached to his message. Jesus told his followers that God is unconditional love.

Unconditional love  means love without judgments, standards, expectations, or hooks. Unconditional love is love without any limitations. It most emphatically is not the so-called love exhibited by Christian political conservatives. 

Most of those who heard Jesus did not understand him and do not truly comprehend his message even now. Hence they insist on judging and condemning, when Jesus did no such thing, and still claim to be his followers.

Just as radical conservatives hijack and pervert Islam in the Middle East for their theocratic ends, so radical conservatives twist and distort Christianity for similar political goals in this country.

Let us hope that many others become as fed up (and as vocal about it) as Ms. Rice with the unloving, uncharitable words and deeds of the militant Christian right. There is hope yet that this nation will avoid becoming a Christian theocracy, which is the goal of far-right Christian conservatives. 

2012: Don’t believe the hype!

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

StoneScribe’s author has publshed the first of a two-part series on the true meaning of the Mayan calendar date 2012.

Read it on Unexplained-Mysteries.com and forget the hype.

A Prayer for the Gulf Of Mexico

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

“I send the energy of love and gratitude to the waters and all living creatures in the Gulf of Mexico and its surroundings.

“To the whales, dolphins, pelicans, fish, shellfish, planktons, corals, algae, humankind … to ALL  living creatures …

“I am sorry.
“Please forgive me.
“Thank you.
“I love you.”

This is Dr. Masaru Emoto’s prayer for the Gulf of Mexico, forwarded by Mary Ellen AngelScribe.

Dr. Emoto has published extensive research on the characteristics of water. He has found that water physically responds to emotions.

As Mary Ellen points out, many of us are predominantly angry when we consider what is happening in the Gulf of Mexico as a result of BP’s massive oil spill.

While our emotion is justified, Mary Ellen suggests, and I agree, that we may be of greater assistance to our planet and all of its life if we collectively and humbly pray for healing.

Help set an intention of love and healing so large and so overwhelming that we can perform a miracle in the Gulf of Mexico.

We are not powerless.
We are powerful.

Our united energy, repeating his prayer daily…multiple times…can literally shift what is happening.

We don’t have to know how, Mary Ellen adds. Just recognize that the power of love is greater than any other power in the universe.

Help take charge … and do our own cleanup!

Amen, Mary Ellen!

A Winner and Our Thanks to All

Monday, March 29th, 2010

The Healing Circle

The Healing Circle 

First round voting in the Next Top Spritual Author contest is over. The Healing Circle did not advance to the second round.

Harmony Kephart is the winner of the free, meet-your-angels meditation. Angels, also known as spirit guides, play a special role in the healing circle.

Coauthor Candace L. Talmadge will take Harmony to meet her angels up close and personal, to find out who they are and how they can help her fulfill her spiritual purpose.

Congratulations to Harmony. Our deepest thanks to all voted for our book in this contest.

Group looks to engineering science to cure bad behavior

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

“Physician, heal thyself.”

–Luke 4:23

Now that healthcare employers take disruptive workplace behavior seriously, and a major survey has indicated that physicians cause the majority of it, what are they doing to change the situation?

According to Dr. Barry Silbaugh, CEO of the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE), one effective method is based on the engineering concept of high reliability. “This sticks more with doctors because they think like engineers,” he says.

“There is a fair amount of overlap between disruptive behavior and medical malpractice,” Silbaugh says, although he knows of no studies examining the exact relationship.

With lives and health on the line, the healthcare field is following the aviation industry, which several decades ago brought in the principles of high reliability to improve behavior among pilots and crew in airplanes, where lives are also at stake.

The ACPE works with physicians all around the country, teaching them how high reliability applies to the practice of their profession. “We try to emphasize the knowledge and behavior competencies needed by physician leaders,” he says.

The most dangerous time for patients is when they are transferred from one department to another, such as the operating room to intensive care, Silbaugh says.  “Doctors need to learn how to behave and influence people,” he adds. “They must let go of autonomy and become part of a team” that feels free to ask questions about patients and their care without fearing attacks or reprisals.

Another huge issue for physicians is admitting that they are not perfect, that they will make mistakes. In addition, Silbaugh notes, the obsessive-compulsive behaviors that may have helped them through medical school start to work against doctors in the real world of actual medical practice.

“Medical schools use too much humiliation as part of their training,” Silbaugh adds. He says that when he speaks to doctors, he talks about the baggage they carry with them, and always cites poet Maya Angelou, who writes that people never forget how we make them feel. Amen to that.

The real issue, however, goes beyond behavior, which is visible and measurable, and is therefore usually the focus of improvement efforts. Behavior, in its turn, arises out of our feelings about self and our beliefs. The baggage, in other words.

Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals dishing out disruptive, possibly criminal behavior do so out of low self-esteem. They feel bad about themselves and are insecure, and take it out on those around them. They also play politics, jockeying for position and recognition. All at the expense of patients and colleagues.

How do we heal feelings? How do we even find them within ourselves to address them? The low self-esteem and insecurities that prompt disruptive behavior are often not available to our conscious awareness. We cannot fathom why we act the way we do. It just comes out and blindsides us as well as those around us.

The irony of medicine today is that having devolved into a science devoted strictly to the physical, there is little accounting for the mental part of self, and no place at all for the emotional and spiritual aspects of our being.

Yet if physicians (and the rest of us) are ever truly to heal themselves or their patients, they/we must finally include the overlooked parts of self that cry out for succor. The emotional and spiritual are just as real and valid as the physical and mental sides of self, or our behavior. Feelings and beliefs are powerful and important.

Yet medical science ignores and leaves behind this entire half of self, rendering healthcare incomplete and ever more costly as a result.

Money doesn’t make holidays rich

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

silversnowflake.jpgOnce Halloween is history, the winter holidays are upon us in the blink of an eye.

This is not the year for the must-have toy that causes fist-fights and prompts parents to shell out big bucks. U.S. consumers are paying off debt at record levels and spending only on essentials, leaving retailers with more nightmares before Christmas than Charles Dickens’ Ebeneezer Scrooge.

It’s a sad irony that we trade prosperity for introspection and thrift, convinced that we may have one but not the others. Something has to pry our attention away from the shopping malls and TV sports, however. And there’s nothing so good at dispersing distractions and focusing attention than a mound of bills without a paycheck, or one too small to make it through the month.

If not a record retail season, then, what do we have to rejoice about for these winter holidays? Maybe it can be found within the dearth itself. When money doesn’t flow so freely, it’s less likely to drown the spirit of the season.

We all have our own definitions for said spirit, depending on our religious convictions, or lack thereof. But perhaps this time of year boils down simply to love and appreciation. Even without a penny to our name, we are wealthy indeed when we have someone to love and to love us in return, and are able to show and express appreciation for this greatest of all blessings.

Appreciation is the key, and it is the true foundation for seasonal giving. A gift is a material token that states, “I appreciate you and your love.” Gifts selected to flaunt money or one-up the neighbors devolve into a burden and a curse. No wonder so much “giving” has landed us into debt. We seldom pay attention to the motives that drive our holiday sprees. Now at least we are forcing ourselves to watch our wallets. (One among many websites designed to help us do that this season is PoorSanta.com.)

gold-snowflake.jpgThe simplest gifts are often the best. Two of my favorites are a decorative pillow with my initials in needlepoint done by a colleague from a job long ago, and a hand-carved print of a winter snow scene made by a childhood friend. Neither was fancy or expensive, but I have kept them both for decades because they are authentic works of the heart. The feelings that went into these presents make them literally priceless to me.

Above all, this is the season for love, appreciation, friendship. The true challenge is not how much money to spend, or how much to save. It is how do we best express these feelings?

For most of us, part of such expression involves getting together with loved ones – friends and family from near and very often far. Yet even that dissolves into a stressful grind if we do it out of a sense of duty and obligation or try to put on a lavish spread to impress others.

The truest spirit of the season is gathering only with those we want to be with, giving only what we may offer with joyous, unencumbered hearts, and telling them in any way we can how much we love and appreciate them. Those are the real gifts for this time of the year, and they are not usually found close to where money changes hands.