Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 Focus: I get in touch with and remove the limiting beliefs behind fear, worry, and doubt.

You might have a goal that you believe can be achieved only if you have a certain amount of money. Instead of focusing on the goal, you focus on the fact that you don’t have enough money. What gets strengthened is the thought form for not having enough money. Maybe there is a way to achieve the goal without money. By not focusing on the goal, you restrict possibilities, of which you may not be aware, from occurring.

Stay focused on your goal! Remember the story about the little steam engine who believed he could make it up the mountain. He was really focused on his goal. How well do you think he would have done chanting, “I’ll never make it. My joints are sore. I’ll never make it. My joints are sore”?

Fear, worry, and doubt are probably the three strongest thought forms on the planet. If you can get in touch with and remove the limiting beliefs behind these culprits, you’ll be a new person.

Excerpted from the article:
Self-Sabotage and Limiting Belief Systems
Written by Bruce Doyle III, Ph.D.

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RECOMMENDED BOOK OF THE DAY

How to Think Your Way to the Life You Want: A Guide to Understanding How Your Thoughts and Beliefs Create Your Life
by Bruce Doyle III, Ph.D.

This accessible step-by-step guide simplifies the complex subject of how your thinking creates your life. You’ll delight in learning how thought works, and how your thoughts connect you with the universe. You’ll also discover why so many people place such a strong emphasis on the power of thought on the influence of beliefs, and on a positive attitude. In short, you’ll learn why thought is a basic building block of creation. (expanded edition of Before You Think Another Thought with a new section covering ways to put thought and feeling into action.)

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Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 Focus: When I remember more of who I truly am, I have a lot more fun.

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G_d is not the source of our troubles. People have created far more pain, loss, suffering, and disaster than G_d ever has. G_d sprinkles the planet with an occasional earthquake or tornado, but people hurt each other daily. Terribly. Even worse, we hurt ourselves with harsh criticism and psychic self-flagellation. Not because we mean to. We just forgot that G_d wants us to be happy. If we remembered more of who we truly are, we’d all be having a lot more fun.

When you think about it, Acts of G_d often bring out the best in people. In the wake of an earthquake or tsunami, for example, people show up to help each other in huge ways. Hearts are opened and millions of people rush to give money, clothing, food, shelter, love, and all kinds of aid to those directly affected by the disaster. Now there’s an Act of G_d.

I realize I may be going out on a limb mentioning G_d so much in this article. Because people have been brainwashed to associate G_d with disaster, pain, suffering, and punishment, lots of people do not want to hear or use the word “G_d.” That’s understandable. But here might be a poignant moment to remember that the word “G_d” is a derivative of the word “Good.” If we remember that the nature of G_d is good, we might not get so upset to talk about it.

Excerpted from the article:
Acts of God: Are They Bad or Good?
Written by Alan Cohen.

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RECOMMENDED BOOK OF THE DAY

Linden’s Last Life: The Point of No Return Is Just the Beginning
by Alan Cohen.

Just as down-and-out Linden Kozlowski is about to end it all, he’s intercepted by a monk who convinces him that if he runs away from life, he’ll have to return, and his problems will just get worse. To escape the pain of the world forever, Linden stays alive long enough to make a mystical deal to never be reborn again. When a strange and unexpected turn of events occurs, Linden has second thoughts about…

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Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 Focus: I choose to make a sincere attempt at emotional purification.


If you make a sincere attempt at emotional purification, the vicious cycle of negative experiences generating further negative experiences will be replaced by a cycle of positive feelings toward others, generating understanding and empathy in family, friends, collaborators, and the community.

Recovering your ties with others and with nature, integrating your mind and body, and transforming your emotions are ends as well as means. They are valuable in themselves and also serve as steps on the road to further growth.

When you are grounded in your body and centered in your emotions, when you are in touch with nature and with others around you, you can open your body-mind to the world and become a positive part of its transformation.

Excerpted from the article:
How to Evolve Your Consciousness
Written by Ervin Laszlo.

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RECOMMENDED BOOK OF THE DAY

Chaos Point 2012 and Beyond: Appointment with Destiny
by Ervin Laszlo.

According to Ervin Laszlo, we are at a critical juncture in history, a “decision-window” where we face the danger of global collapse–or the opportunity for global renewal. He presents a concise overview of the current crises we face (environmental, social, economic, and institutional), persuasively arguing that if something is not done quickly, we face disaster. We have the opportunity right now to head off trends that could lead to a critical tipping point. Laszlo’s solution is a global consciousness shift that entails a new universal morality, a new ecological awareness, and a reverence and caring for the earth. Included here are concrete suggestions of what the reader can do to promote this shift in evolutionary consciousness.

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ARTICLES & VIDEOS IN THE CURRENT INNERSELF NEWSLETTER
EDITOR’S CHOICE:

How To Clear, Heal, Energize, and Protect Your Energy Frequency
Written by Joanne Brocas

https://innerself.com/content/healthy/disciplines/energy-healing/9755

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The Subconscious Has Power When Directed in Faith
Written by Florence Scovel Shinn

https://innerself.com/content/living/finance-and-careers/success/9742

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Mastery of Self: All Things In Your System Doing Their Work Perfectly
Written by Christian D. Larson

https://innerself.com/content/self-help/behavior-modification/performance/9741

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How Capitalism, Democracy, and Liberal Education Must Change
Written by Amit Goswami, Ph.D.

https://innerself.com/content/social-a-political/reforms/9743

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Making Medicines at Home with Common Plants and Weeds
Written by Peter Bane

https://innerself.com/content/healthy/self-healing/9756-making-medicines.html

Monday, September 29th, 2014 Focus: I see the possibility that my mind can be clear and aware.

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The mind is always changing. It is easy to understand that sometimes our mind is cloudy with hopelessness or anger or jealousy. On other days we feel good. We don’t flare up so easily. On those days we are more likely to be helpful to ourselves and helpful to the people in our lives.

Imagine what it would be like if we could completely remove all unhappy qualities from the mind. We would be constantly happy. We would be loving. We would be at peace with ourselves and be able to think clearly about any changes that might need to be made to ourselves and to our environment.

The underlying nature of the mind is clean of any negative feelings and any ignorance. In other words, it has the nature of complete compassionate wisdom. By thinking in this way, we can see that the painful parts that cause us so many problems are not essential to our minds. We begin to see the possibility that our minds can be clear and aware. This also gives us hope.

Excerpted from the article:
How to Change Habits & Addictions
Written by Chönyi Taylor.

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RECOMMENDED BOOK OF THE DAY

Enough! A Buddhist Approach to Finding Release from Addictive Patterns
by Chönyi Taylor.

Presenting the essence of Buddhism without the jargon and fusing it with Western psychology, Chönyi Taylor engagingly combines practical exercises that were developed through her workshops with meditations and stories and presents invaluable insights about how the mind works. Enough! is intended for anyone who is looking for a powerful and effective way out of addiction, regardless of religious or secular background, and is suitable for self-study or as part of a guided program.

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Sunday, September 28th, 2014 Focus: I choose to drop the mask of the personality and begin to live like a Divine Being.

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Drop the mask of the personality every now and then and begin to live like a Divine Being, rather than identifying with what people say about you.

Forget what people say about you — whether or not you are beautiful, whether you are good or bad. It is just their opinion of you. It is not you.

Furthermore, any opinion you may have of them is not them either. It is simply personality judging personality, one mask judging another mask. That is all.

Excerpted from the article:
The Real Spiritual Path Is Wherever You Are
Written by Imre Vallyon.

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RECOMMENDED BOOK OF THE DAY

Planetary Transformation: A Personal Guide To Embracing Planetary Change
by Imre Vallyon.

In Part One of Planetary Transformation, the author, working from the Higher Consciousness of a Spiritual Master and modern-day prophet, outlines the spiritual roots of the physical upheavals that are manifesting on Earth, providing deeper understanding for the true spiritual seeker. In Part Two readers are given practical meditation techniques that will raise their consciousness and help them deal with the coming changes.

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September 26, 2014Bill White A MILESTONE FOR SMART RECOVERY


This week, leaders, volunteers and participants of SMART Recovery will gather in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of their organization. In recent years, I have had the pleasure of interviewing current and former leaders of SMART Recovery, including Dr. Joe Gerstein, Dr. Tom Horvath, Tom Litwicki, and Richard Philips. I have also served on SMART Recovery’s International Advisory Council and worked with SMART Recovery Executive Director Shari Allwood to prepare a Historical Chronology of SMART Recovery. For me, these involvements have been part of a larger project of exploring the history of the growing varieties of secular, spiritual, and religious frameworks of addiction recovery.
It is thus fitting to take a moment to reflect on the distinctive characteristics and historical significance of SMART Recovery and the challenges and opportunities it will likely face in the future. SMART Recovery is among the surge of secular alternatives to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) that emerged between 1975 and 2000 that also included Women for Sobriety (WFS), Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS), Rational Recovery (RR), Moderation Management (MM), and LifeRing Secular Recovery (LSR). Six qualities distinguish SMART Recovery within the history of addiction recovery.
First, SMART Recovery consciously integrates experiential knowledge and scientific knowledge into its recovery guidance, with particular emphasis on the latter. As a result, its recovery support tools are open to continued evolution based on new scientific breakthroughs in the understanding of addiction recovery. SMART Recovery explicitly “supports the scientifically informed use of psychological treatments and legally prescribed psychiatric and addiction medication.”
Second, SMART Recovery offers a hybrid model of professional, peer and volunteer group leaders, the latter being persons affected by or interested in addiction with neither professional training nor recovery experience. The involvement of these three groups throughout the organization positions SMART Recovery schematically between professionally-directed addiction treatment organizations and traditional member-directed recovery mutual aid societies.
Third, having recently reached the milestone of more than 1,200 face-to-face groups, SMART Recovery is now the largest and most geographically dispersed of the secular recovery mutual aid groups.
Fourth, SMART Recovery has attracted women in significant numbers–45.4% of members compared with 34% for AA, 37% for SOS, 42% for LSR, 45% for NA, 66% for MM, and 100% for WFS. (See latest SMART Recovery participant survey and White, 2009 for a summary of other membership survey data.)
Fifth, SMART Recovery has significantly improved its status among treatment professionals, with 38% of members being initially referred to SMART Recovery by either an addiction treatment program or a counselor/therapist. (The comparable number of AA members referred by a treatment program or counseling program is 39%.)
Finally, experience within SMART Recovery challenges the proposition that secular, spiritual and religious pathways to recovery represent incompatible approaches to recovery support. Thirty-two percent of SMART Recovery participants report concurrent participation in 12-Step recovery support programs, and 10.5% report concurrent participation in a faith, religious or spiritually-based program–a pattern of co-attendance also reported in studies of other secular recovery support organization. (Click here for SMART Recovery perspective on this phenomenon of “dual citizenship”).
As SMART Recovery celebrates its twentieth anniversary, significant challenges and opportunities lie ahead.
1. Will SMART Recovery survive and thrive beyond its founding generation–a challenge faced by all recovery mutual aid groups? (Only two founding members remain on the SMART Recovery board.)
2. Will SMART Recovery’s hybrid model sustain its viability or will it migrate towards a purely professional or purely member-led mutual aid organization?
3. What are the boundaries of SMART Recovery’s applicability to drug dependencies other than alcohol, to so-called “process addictions,” and to other problems of living?
4. Will SMART Recovery move beyond its dominant demographic (white, middle-aged, educated, and affluent adult men and women) to achieve greater diversification, e.g., increased representation of youth and young adults, increased cultural diversification via race and ethnicity, and greater educational, occupational and social class diversification?
5. Will a vanguard of SMART Recovery members become visible voices within the new recovery advocacy movement, standing in unity with others as “people in recovery” to celebrate recovery and advocate pro-recovery social policies and programs? Will SMART Recovery exist as a viable and visible support choice within the growing network of recovery community centers, recovery residences, recovery schools, recovery ministries, and other emerging recovery support institutions?
My expectations and predictions are that SMART Recovery will meet these challenges and go on to play an increasingly important role in the future of addiction recovery. To those gathered in Washington D.C. this week, I wish each of you and SMART Recovery a successful journey into that future.

Saturday, September 27th, 2014 Focus: It’s only my mental perception of an event that labels it rejection.

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At some point in our lives we all come face to face with feelings of rejection. These feelings can be brought about by many situations. For most of us, the feelings related to being rejected are so severe that we will do most anything to avoid putting ourselves in a situation where they may be triggered.

Let’s examine the circumstances related to feeling rejected. First, where do our feelings originate? What causes them? You guessed it: our feelings come from our own thoughts. That means that our feelings are self-determined and not caused by someone else. No one else can generate our thoughts. They are ours and, consequently, so are our feelings.

The thoughts about being rejected come from our own perception of what happened. That means that the event — the rejection — doesn’t exist. It’s only our mental perception of the event that labels it rejection.

Excerpted from the article:
How to Say Good-Bye to Rejection
Written by Bruce Doyle III, Ph.D.

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RECOMMENDED BOOK OF THE DAY

How to Think Your Way to the Life You Want
by Bruce Doyle III, Ph.D.

This accessible step-by-step guide simplifies the complex subject of how your thinking creates your life. You’ll delight in learning how thought works, and how your thoughts connect you with the universe. How to Think Your Way to the Life You Want is a much expanded edition of Before You Think Another Thought with a new section covering ways to put thought and feeling into action.

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