God Helps Those Who Help Themselves

May 7, 2015

Photo of Paramahansa Yogananda, courtesy of Self-Realization Fellowship



Today is the National Day of Prayer, an annual observance inviting people of all faiths to come together to pray and to heal. This year’s theme is “Lord, Hear Our Cry,” which asks us to place our faith in the power of God and reach out through prayer during our darkest hours.

Paramahansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi, spoke often of the power of prayer.

In this passage from In the Sanctuary of the Soul: A Guide to Effective Prayer, he reminds us that we can and should seek help through prayer:





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God does help those who help themselves. When your mind is calm and filled with faith after praying to God in meditation, you are able to Read the rest of this entry »

Pulverize Your Bad Habits!

April 30, 2015

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Do you have a bad habit you would like to get rid of? You can eliminate it in a moment. All you have to do is put your mind to it.





In the booklet, Remolding Your Life, Paramahansa Yogananda, founder of Self-Realization Fellowship, wrote:

Most people who make up their minds to stop smoking or to stop eating so many sweets will continue with those actions in spite of themselves. They do not change because their minds, like blotting paper, have soaked up habits of thought. Habit means that the mind believes it cannot get rid of a particular thought.

The nature of habit can be understood by this analogy: Clay can be molded into a vase; and while the clay is Read the rest of this entry »

A Definition of Freedom That May Surprise You

April 11, 2015

Paramahansa Yogananda in 1924 (Courtesy of Self-Realization Fellowship, Los Angeles, California)




In Journey to Self-realization, Paramahansa Yogananda, founder of Self-Realization Fellowship, wrote:

True freedom lies in doing what you should do when you ought to do it.


If that sounds like the opposite of freedom to you, you’re not alone. Yogananda noted that “many people think that whatever comes into their brains they may do—and believe that to be freedom.”




It’s not. Until you Read the rest of this entry »

Free to Soar Once More

March 25, 2015

Ernest and Anneke Robinson’s son, Matthew, suffered from multiple ailments due to a lack of oxygen at birth. He was paralyzed from the neck down, blind and only able to speak a few words. His parents placed this uplifting statue on Matthew’s tombstone in Salt Lake City in 2000 in honor of their brave son and of those like him who continue to struggle on this earth.

Matthew Robinson's tombstone

The tombstone of Matthew Robinson


Ernest and Anneke experienced so many obstacles and brick Read the rest of this entry »

Spring Equinox 2015 Update From Astrologer Laurie Baum

March 21, 2015

Laurie Baum

If you enjoy astrology, you will like this Spring Equinox update written by my good friend Laurie Baum, MSW, a psychological astrologer and psychotherapist in practice in Encinitas, California.

Laurie writes a free astrological newsletter about how planetary alignments affect our lives on earth. Click here to e-mail Laurie to subscribe at no cost, or visit Laurie’s website and click on “Free Email Newsletter.”

Laurie is a former newspaper Read the rest of this entry »

Seriously, Why Wait One More Minute?

March 16, 2015

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In Return from Tomorrow, George Ritchie’s detailed and inspiring account of his near-death experience as a nineteen-year-old soldier, he writes:









I was not sure when the light in the room began to change; suddenly I was aware that it was brighter, a lot brighter, than it had been. I whirled to look at the night-light on the bedside table. Surely a single 15-watt bulb could not turn out that much light?

I stared in astonishment as the brightness increased, coming from nowhere, seeming to shine everywhere at once. All the light bulbs in the ward could not give off that much light. All the bulbs in the world could not! It was impossibly bright: it was like a million welders’ lamps all blazing at once. And right in the middle of my amazement came a prosaic thought, probably born of Read the rest of this entry »

Is There Life After Delivery?

February 26, 2015

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Those who do not believe in God because they do not see evidence of God’s existence in the surface events of life would do well to consider these wise words from Charles Webster Leadbeater:

It is one of the commonest of mistakes to consider that the limit of our power of perception is also the limit of all there is to perceive.





I do not know who wrote the following allegory, but it is certainly delivers Leadbetter’s message loud and clear.



IS THERE LIFE AFTER DELIVERY?

In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other, “Do you believe in life after delivery?” The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.”

“Nonsense” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?”

The second said, “I don’t know, but there will be more light than Read the rest of this entry »

Turn Off Your Phones!

February 15, 2015

woman-holding-phones-cords-wrappedin church today, the minister offered a nice analogy. He said that if you ask a friend to call you but you’re always on the phone with others, your friend won’t be able to reach you.

So it is with God. If your five “sense telephones” are ceaselessly relaying information and perceptions about Read the rest of this entry »

A Bullying Story with a Happy Ending

February 13, 2015

This lovely little story was posted by someone with the screen name mrsparkuhlah on the Kindness Blog, which celebrates the angels of kindness that walk among us every day. Never underestimate the power of kindness; even the smallest gesture can be tremendously healing and affirming for the recipient.


THE NOTE

Group student in classroom near blackboard.My mother was an English teacher for several years. One day in one of her classes she began a discussion on bullying. This was actually well before bullying became a major topic, but my mom had experienced some bullying in her own life and didn’t want to see her students go through the same thing.

In the discussion she decided to open up and use a real-life example. She told the class about how she was a little chubbier when she was in junior high and had very few friends. Virtually the entire class picked on her.

One day she came back into class from recess and found a note on her desk.

It read in bold letters: “These people hate you,” and around the letters every single student in the classroom had signed their name.

Of course, this Read the rest of this entry »

A Letter a Year from Grampo

February 12, 2015

Grampo was so proud of his little man

Grampo was so proud of his little man

In an earlier post, I encouraged parents to write a birthday letter to their kid every year. These letters quickly become a cherished tradition and are treasured by the child who receives them.

It doesn’t take much time to create something so precious. For example, here are the letters my grandfather (my sister and I would come to call him Grampo) wrote to me on the day I was born and my first eight birthdays. Use them as a model if you wish. But no matter what, write something each year! This tradition will bring great joy to both you and your child!


On the day I was born, Grampo wrote me this letter:

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Here is Grampo’s birthday letter to me when I turned one:
Read the rest of this entry »

Two Wild and Crazy Guys . . . 35 Years Later!

December 31, 2014
Tom Endres and me . . . in 1979 and in 2014!

Tom Endres and me . . . in 1979 and 2014!

The plan: recreate a 1979 photo with college buddy Tom Endres from our days emceeing events at St. Cloud State University.

Clothes? Check. Props? Check. Hmmm, something’s Read the rest of this entry »

Astrological Predictions for 2015 for Each Zodiac Sign

December 25, 2014
Laurie Baum

Laurie Baum

These astrological predictions for each zodiac sign for 2015 were written by my good friend Laurie Baum, MSW, a psychological astrologer and psychotherapist in practice in Encinitas, California. As you can see from her article, Laurie integrates the wisdom of natural patterns in the heavens with spirituality and psychological insights.

Click here for Laurie’s comprehensive astrological forecast for 2015.

You, too, can benefit from Laurie’s wisdom. She writes a free astrological newsletter about how planetary alignments affect our lives on earth. Click here to e-mail Laurie to subscribe at no cost, or visit Laurie’s website and click on “Free Email Newsletter.”

Laurie is a former newspaper and news magazine reporter who is profiled in the books Psychic New York and The 100 Top Psychics in America. She is the author of five books:

A to Z Acrophonology: Discover the Power of the Letters in Your Name

Everything You Need to Know About Your Astrology Sign

Whispers from the Cosmos

Sacred Mysteries of Egypt

Astrological Secrets for the New Millennium



Laurie also offers counseling appointments by phone. She will answer your questions about major life decisions and talk with you about the reasons you have incarnated, the lessons you are here to learn, where you are on the wheel of karma, and the psychological developmental cycles you have been through and are going through. She will look at current influences on your health, finances, relationships, career, and any relocation plans that may be necessary. She also will look ahead with you at the next seven years of your life. A reading with Laurie can help you take the next step in your life. Sessions, which are available via landline phone or Skype (audio or video), are digitally recorded.

To make an appointment with Laurie, click here to e-mail Laurie or call her at (760) 753-7676. Click here to visit Laurie’s website for more information.




YOUR PERSONAL ASTROLOGICAL PREDICTIONS

Illustrations by Kagaya, a Japanese digital fine artist.
Click here to visit Kagaya’s website.


ARIES (March 21 – April 19)
You will experience a strong impulse for personal change under a dramatic alignment of innovative Uranus in Aries and profound Pluto in Capricorn on March 17, 2015. You have undergone a three-year period of dynamic growth since this celestial alignment—Uranus square Pluto—began in mid-2012. Continuing alignments of expansive Jupiter in fiery Leo with change-oriented Uranus in fiery Aries on March 3 and June 22, 2015, will fuel further innovative change. You now have an opportunity to re-establish stable foundations for your future with the new experience and knowledge you have accumulated during the past three years. The passage of karmic Saturn through the compatible fire sign of Sagittarius until June 15, 2015, and then again from September 17, 2015 until December 20, 2017, will help you let go of a psychological burden. The result will be a Read the rest of this entry »

Down the Shady Lane We Go

December 24, 2014
Frederick and Augusta Kent

Frederick and Augusta Kent

While I was at my mother’s home in Minnesota for three months this fall, I finally tackled a huge family history project: I scanned and organized more than 3,000 family photos, newspaper clippings and letters. When I came across this photo in an old, lovingly assembled albium, it took my breath away.

Frederick Henry Kent

Frederick Henry Kent








The couple in the photo are my great-great-grandparents, Frederick Henry Kent and Augusta Osborn Kent, who lived in Huron, South Dakota. The above photo was taken during a family trip to southern Read the rest of this entry »

Mission of Mercy

December 23, 2014

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This poignant, uplifting story by Wayne Montgomery left me basking in the glow of a group of soldiers’ selfless act of kindness and compassion. It can be found in We Hear the Christmas Angels, a collection of inspiring true stories compiled by Evelyn Bence.






UNDELIVERED GIFTS
by Wayne Montgomery

Have you ever had the experience of almost not doing an act of thoughtfulness or charity, only to discover later that without this action on your part a very important experience would not have happened to someone else?

Whenever I am tempted to be lazy or indifferent in this way, I inevitably think back to that Christmas in Korea, in 1951.

It was late afternoon on December 24. After a cold, miserable ride by truck in the snow, I was back at our Command Post. Shedding wet clothing, I relaxed on a cot and dozed off. A young soldier came in and in my sleep-fogged condition I heard him say to the clerk, “I wish I could talk to the Sergeant about this.”

“Go ahead,” I mumbled, “I’m not asleep.”

The soldier then told me about a group of Korean civilians four miles to the north who had been forced Read the rest of this entry »

As If We Had Known Him for Years

December 22, 2014
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Sri Mrinalini Mata and Sri Daya Mata in India in 1961 (Fall 2014 issue of Self-Realization magazine)






In the Fall 2014 issue of Self-Realization magazine, Sri Mrinalini Mata, who is currently president of Self-Realization Fellowship, wrote of meeting Indian saint Sitaramdas Omkarnath in Puri, India in 1961. Here is how she describes the moment when she and then-SRF-president Sri Daya Mata met Omkarnath:









He greeted us so warmly, as if we had known him for years and were seeing him again after a long time of separation.


When I read this sentence, it jumped off the page and into my heart. I thought, Wouldn’t it be Read the rest of this entry »

Laurie Baum’s Astrological Forecast for 2015

December 21, 2014





Laurie Baum

Laurie Baum


This comprehensive astrological forecast for 2015 was written by my good friend Laurie Baum, MSW, a psychological astrologer and psychotherapist in practice in Encinitas, California. As you can see from her video above and her article below, Laurie integrates the wisdom of natural patterns in the heavens with spirituality and psychological insights.

Click here to read Laurie’s 2015 predictions for each individual zodiac sign.

Personally, I never had much of an appreciation for astrology and just didn’t care enough about the subject to investigate it further. Then two things happened.

First, I happened to read a chapter in a life-changing book that burned off the fog of ignorance and answered every question I had about astrology. It was written with clarity, precision, wit and wisdom, and I felt the subject come brilliantly alive for me as I read it. Click here to read that excerpt on astrology.

Second, I had an hour-long astrological reading with Laurie Baum. We discussed Read the rest of this entry »


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