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Volume 6, Issue 7 | July 2017

I'm finding it a bit hard to grasp that August is just about here - where has the summer gone?! On the other hand, that means we are closer to enjoying 'human' climate here in the Phoenix, AZ area.
Several months ago, I was at an event at a local spiritual center and there was a table filled with copies of a past month's Science of Mind magazine being offered for free. I scooped a copy up since I'd not read the magazine in years, and then placed it in my dining room reading holding area.

Last month you may recall that I wrote from Florida during a visit to my dear friend Samara, noting that we were watching the National Geographic "Genius" series about Albert Einstein; I was very much intrigued by his life's work and relationships. A number of readers wrote to me commenting about my article or the series -- one even sent a electronic file of an article about Einstein that had been published in a Science of Mind magazine issue. I saved the file for future reading.

Now you may know that I "came to believe" via synchronicity, the idea that there is no such thing as coincidence. It's always around us, reminding me that Spirit is available, and that there is a plan. That said, this past week I finally went through the dining room reading holding pile, and, lo and behold, discovered the SOM magazine issue I'd received gratis was the one that included the Einstein article! I just had to chuckle...

I still enjoy sending real hard-copy greeting cards in this electronic age and I maintain a handy stash of them in my home office. I went to write my Florida friends a thank you note, and in my stash found a note card that I had purchased many years ago. The cover contained the quote "Imagination is more important than knowledge." Sound familiar? I had included it in last month's newsletter in the article "Inspiration and Contemplation ... From Albert Einstein." It was a no-brainer to finally release that card and opt to send it to my "Genius"-watching Florida friends.

And it wasn't difficult to surmise that it looks like Dr. Einstein has a place in my life. More shall be revealed...


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Inspiration and Contemplation
... From Alan Cohen

Alan Cohen is the author of "The Dragon Doesn't Live Here Anymore" and 10+ other inspirational books, and he conducts workshops on spiritual awakening and visionary living. Below are some of his quotes that he has shared in his daily inspirational emails.
  • "After a certain point you quit trying to prove yourself to anyone and you simply live in the way that makes you happy."
  • "It is your own respect and approval that you seek."
  • "Time reveals character."
  • "Real humility is not about denying the gifts you are offered; it is accepting them."
  • "You can always tell what you believe you deserve by what you are getting."
  • "What is outrageous is not what you ask for. What is outrageous is what you settle for."
  • "The ego prepares for the worst thing that could happen while the spirit prepares for the best."
Movie Review: "The Journey"
I read this film review written by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat of the movie "The Journey," starring Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney. It is a story inspired by historical events - negotiations of the 2000 peace agreement in Northern Ireland - that illustrates how the journey of turning enemies into friends is deeply spiritual.

If you've seen the movie, I'd love to hear what you thought of it.

Watch the trailer below:

Read the review on the Spirituality and Practice website. 
People Helping People

Just Come Back Later
by Guy Slater
Tennessee, USA

My wife and I moved to the Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee in November of 2005, from a large metropolitan area to a very rural area. While moving we had the help of our adult daughter and our 2-year-old granddaughter.
During the hectic days of moving into our new home, we ate out in the local community a lot. One evening we decided to have dinner at "Cindy's Catfish Kitchen."

Cindy's is a buffet style restaurant, all you can eat. It had been a long day of moving boxes and furniture, and tomorrow would see us on the long drive back to our former home for another load, a thousand mile long trip. We were all tired, and our granddaughter was cranky to top it all off. But the buffet was great, and we ended our meal feeling rested and relaxed.

When I went to pay our bill, card in hand, the waitress cashier told me that Cindy's didn't have the ability to take either credit or debit cards. Being from the "big city," using a credit or debit card was the norm. Oops!

"I fairly sizzle with zeal and enthusiasm and spring forth with a mighty faith to do the things that ought to be done by me."
- Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity, written when he was 93 years young!

I jump into this upcoming month of August with zeal and enthusiasm -- and wish you the same!

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