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There are natural gifts, and there are SKILLS you learn to develop and use your gifts — are you training?

When a healer friend invited me to a psychic party earlier this summer I said, “Yes! Sounds like a lot of fun!”  And it did. The funny thing is, being a professional psychic myself, I don’t usually attend things like this. I don’t consult psychics because I […]

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Three symptoms of being naturally psychic

This article is one of a series about a recent psychic party I attended. See bottom of article for related articles. At this party, the psychic, Jonna, told us a little of her story of learning how she was so psychic. And I nodded along because parts […]

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How to tell the difference between your spirit guides and your conscience

Chatting with another healer recently, I listened as she told an all too common story of burning out of a high-stress healing job as an addiction counselor. It was about politics. It was about management that required drama to showcase their own mental lack of health. It […]

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Adventures in watching the logical mind deal with pain

Was sitting up in bed this morning, listening to birdsong and enjoying the cool (ok, COLD — this is Wisconsin) breeze drifting in the windows…. ahhh…. when my cute little monkey mind noticed that my back hurt. Very slightly. In one spot. The pain had started in January […]

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Where is your father now?

This morning in church, the minister told the story of a young man who had found his absent father on facebook. (Or at least the man he believed was his father.) Imagine years of pain, wondering where your father is and why he left. Not to mention, […]

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Life’s amazing two-step recovery process

Two weeks ago, I valiantly attempted to cut through the tough leaf stem of a particularly large houseplant, using a mediumish pair of desk scissors. (It was handy.) Though still not sure how, I managed to pinch the pad of my right middle finger between the handles. […]

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Does this factor makes the difference in raising calm, loving teenagers?

I was just listening to another parent’s story of an out-of-control, unrecognizable teenager. It seems as if one day our kids are grinning lovingly at us, and the next they are sullen, slamming-the-door sorts of beasts. They don’t do what you ask them to, and they want to […]

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Inquiry: Is suffering truly optional?

‎”Pain is a part of life, but suffering is optional,” said the guest speaker at church a few Sundays ago now, a Zen Buddhist spiritual teacher. Though I’ve heard it a zillion times, I love this saying. It reminds me that it is not life itself that is […]

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Peace through a simple spiritual practice

About 14 years ago, I enthusiastically started what may be an unusual spiritual practice, one that seems very simple yet has challenged me and fascinated me ever since. This practice also has brought tremendous relief and inner peace as it has helped me see the world as […]

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Clear this common email habit before it festers into unhappiness

As you may know, last year I took a break from daily interactions with my business and went on an almost-sabbatical to rethink my book. One of the many gifts in stepping back was that when I returned to the daily details of running my business (only […]

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A secret about clutter: this morning’s meditation insight

My friend is putting together a class on clearing clutter, and this perennial struggle has been top of my mind.  Then this morning, my meditation gave me an unexpected insight into the piles and disorganization we call clutter. As I sat in meditation enjoying an unusually deep […]

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You are so lovable… right?

Happy Valentine’s Day! Whether you have a romantic partner or not, let’s ponder and honor all the things that are so lovable about you! (Get ready for a long article.) Nah, scratch that. The details don’t matter. Here’s the truth of it: You are simply loveable. You […]

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My ego? Or your healing?

Last weekend someone asked to come see me for some healing. They said, “How about Monday?” I gulped. Between clients and especially on weekends, the massage therapy table in my office can become like a kitchen counter — a magnet for stuff that’s “between locations.” This time, I […]

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Was Jesus talking about artistic angst in the Gospel of Thomas saying #70? (Article 2 of 2)

Continuing from last week, we are exploring an often misquoted saying from the Gospel of Thomas, which erroneously is quoted like this: INACCURATE: “If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you […]

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Was Jesus talking about artistic angst in the Gospel of Thomas saying #70? (Article 1 of 2)

A few months ago, I went looking for that quote from the Gospel of Thomas — the one that artists, writers, and healers love — the one that says something like: if you do not bring forth what is within you, it will just kiiiiiiiill you. Oh yeah. In the […]

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For inner guidance, analyze your DAYdreams, too!

For 15 years I have done intuitive dream analysis and folks have loved it (just call me Joseph–lol!) I know there are a variety of theories about dreams, ranging from dreams being meaningful to meaningless. For some reason, my clients typically walk away with a big new self-insight […]

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Ode to Healing New Jersey (hurricane Sandy)

It is the job of poets, writers, artists, and healers to both uplift society in dark times and help them enjoy the good times. As a former resident of New Jersey, the photos and news of hurricane Sandy has been personally shocking and devastating. As a writer/poet […]

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Went fishin’ for something greater…

Over and over again in the spiritual journey, we encounter dark nights of the soul–periods when we get discouraged and bleak, despite our circumstances. This depression rarely makes sense: just last week you may have been totally upbeat about a certain project, with the world at your […]

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Clearing Dad Pain

Was your dad perfect? Mine was pretty good, but I can totally look back and spend hours listing things he might have done differently. Not necessarily because that would have been better, mind you, lol. Just because I am an expert criticizer! If you are reluctant to […]

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Going on a pilgrimage… see you this fall!

I’m going on a pilgrimage, and have agreed to give up something of great value to me. Right now, it’s all swirling in my head. This is spring, a time of rebirth, newness, and growth. Perfect timing. A pilgrimage is a journey to a place of great […]

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