Having Eyes to See

Written by Nancy R. Fenn

We begin our spiritual development by taking ourselves apart and putting ourselves back together againrepparttar right way. We review many observations and conclusions made in childhood and revise our conclusions based on new evidence.

In a small town inrepparttar 122363 Midwest, nearrepparttar 122364 turn ofrepparttar 122365 century, a boy named Robert grew up onrepparttar 122366 wrong side ofrepparttar 122367 tracks. He wore hand-me-down. His parents couldn’t afford to get him a haircut. The other kids teased him. People whispered that his father was irresponsible and had too many kids.

Robert worerepparttar 122368 shame of his father’s poverty and yet he was very spiritual. One day a revival came to town. His grandparents took him torepparttar 122369 revival tent where many people heard Jesus call them personally for. The energy at a revival is “contagious”. After a few people getrepparttar 122370 ball rolling,repparttar 122371 rest will join in. Sometimes it’s a genuine calling but sometimes it’s just so as not to be left out.

Back atrepparttar 122372 revival, people were gettingrepparttar 122373 call, but that night nothing happened torepparttar 122374 Robert. Rather than going along withrepparttar 122375 crowd, Robert did not joinrepparttar 122376 throng of people who came forward for baptism because he did not feel Jesus call him inside.

This would be a matter-of-fact story except for one thing. Onrepparttar 122377 way home, Robert, who genuinely believed that something authentic had happened to all others inrepparttar 122378 revival tent, came torepparttar 122379 conclusion that Jesus had not called him because he was not worthy.

Robert didn’t check out his “thesis” with anyone any more than most children do and forrepparttar 122380 rest of his life, he felt rejected and shamed. Even Jesus did not want a poor boy.

There is a happy ending to this story. Robert grew up to be a well known and successful psychologist in La Mesa, California. He had a great professional and personal life, a very long and happy marriage. Robert was well to do and was respected inrepparttar 122381 community. He often spoke atrepparttar 122382 big Unity (metaphysical) Church in San Diego. I am not telling you a story he has not told publicly many times. Robert went through a healing process to understand that as a boy he had added 2 + 2 and gotten nonsense.

As children, we putrepparttar 122383 world together as best we can. As adults, it is our gift to ourself to return as an adult to some of our bigger decisions and connectrepparttar 122384 dots again properly if necessary.

I would like to give you another example that is a little more sophisticated. It has to do withrepparttar 122385 way being unconscious can keep us from seeing things plainly before our eyes.

Inrepparttar 122386 40s and 50s, it was considered glamorous or “manly”, to smoke. I know I could hardly wait! Louis Armstrong, King George VI of England, Betty Davis, Clark Gable, Babe Ruth and Humphrey Bogart all smoked heavily in public and in their films. They died in their mid-fifties of smoke related diseases such as lung cancer and emphysema. In a horrifying and ironic twist of fate, even Wayne McLaren,repparttar 122387 celebrated “Marlborough Man”, died of lung cancer atrepparttar 122388 very early age of 51. Smoking was considered glamorous and I planned to start as soon as I could.

Likerepparttar 122389 boy Robert, I did not have eyes to see. I looked at Humphrey Bogart and was told how sophisticated he was rather than noticing what was plainly before my eyes. “This man is a walking cadaver.”

A new trend in consciousness raising about smoking began in 1968 when William Talman made a shocking public service announcement forrepparttar 122390 American Cancer Society. Talman had played Hamilton Burger onrepparttar 122391 tv series, Perry Mason. He was dying of lung cancer at 53, leaving behind a wife and 6 young children. According to Barron H. Lerner, a Columbia University professor [Globe Newspaper Company], Talman’s message won praise among viewers, many of whom vividly remembered it for decades and credited it for getting them to quite smoking.

At the Crossroads of Life ... Keep an Open Mind!

Written by Nancy R. Fenn


The planet Mercury is a complex and enigmatic planet that has much more to do with our lives than just "communication", like faxes, emails, answering machines, telephones and media.

Mercury in ancient astrology wasrepparttar Winged Messenger ofrepparttar 122362 Gods. Inrepparttar 122363 Iliad andrepparttar 122364 Odyssey when someone had a bright idea, instead of a lightbulb appearing over their heads,repparttar 122365 Greeks and Romans sketched in an imaginary god, Mercury, who had just arrived onrepparttar 122366 scene with inspiration from "on high". After all, how could a mere mortal think of some of these brilliant solutions?


Ulysses inrepparttar 122367 Odyssey, whose familiar epithet was "wily Ulysses" is a typically mercurial character. The Greeks greatly prizedrepparttar 122368 qualities of flexibility and ingenuity which Ulysses exhibited. The next time you're in a jam, think of some unusual and clever way out of your circumstance and you are honoringrepparttar 122369 god Mercury. People born inrepparttar 122370 Oriental Year ofrepparttar 122371 Monkey are great at this!

The Greeks and Romans, at a different stage of evolution than us, externalized some of their urges, desires and powers which they couldn't explain in ordinary terms. For example, Socrates was depicted with a "daemon" always at his side that spoke to him. His "daemon" was a "gift" he had had since childhood, that acted like a cross between an alter ego and a guide.


Rationalists and academicians can have a terrible time dealing with Socrates' "daemon" precisely because it is so irrational, but that's exactlyrepparttar 122372 point. In all of us there is a committee which reaches our decisions for us. There are many voices. Many votes. Some people would like to think we arrive at our decisions through logic but rarely is thisrepparttar 122373 case. Certainly any important decisions in life are made based on values, emotions and instincts and then later justified with reason.

Mercury andrepparttar 122374 sign Gemini symbolizerepparttar 122375 duality within us. Sometimes this is experienced as a conflict between our head and our heart, sometimes between our better side and our worse side.

Gemini isrepparttar 122376 sign that deals with "duality" in its most basic terms: good and evil. The humorous statement "my Evil Twin did it" is very close torepparttar 122377 psychic truth of this sign. Many Geminis keep their evil twin out of view or even their good one, but you can be sure they are at some level mortally engaged inrepparttar 122378 process of reconciling good and evil inrepparttar 122379 world but most of all within themselves.


This battle between good and evil is also characteristic ofrepparttar 122380 introvert temperament group which is called infp orrepparttar 122381 Healer. Myers-Briggs and Keirsey Temperament Theory describerepparttar 122382 characteristics of introverts in 8 different categories that are similar torepparttar 122383 Jungian personality theories and infp is one of them.) To learn more, visit my website www.theintrovertzcoach.com.

This dialogue between opposite viewpoints andrepparttar 122384 forces of good and evil go on inside all of us at certain times but Geminis and infp's deal with this on a lifelong basis. If you doubt me, find one and ask them aboutrepparttar 122385 problem of good and evil. They will laugh and have much to say or inrepparttar 122386 case ofrepparttar 122387 introverts, much to write!

In ancient times, inspiration from outsiderepparttar 122388 self which was very valuable was attributed torepparttar 122389 god Mercury. This isrepparttar 122390 kind of information that comes from "stepping outside yourself" for a few minutes to get another viewpoint on things.


There is another aspect to Mercury which is less known and actually more important. The god Mercury also ruled crossroads. The Greeks erected little phallic statues (no pun intended) honoringrepparttar 122391 god Mercury alongrepparttar 122392 side ofrepparttar 122393 road and at crossroads to honorrepparttar 122394 god of travelers.


There were a few very well known major crossroads or Trade Routes in ancient times. Forrepparttar 122395 most part they are clustered aroundrepparttar 122396 east end ofrepparttar 122397 Mediterranean Sea in an area also calledrepparttar 122398 Levant.

Let's take a look at them.

The King's Highway wasrepparttar 122399 route from Egypt torepparttar 122400 Euphrates River The Silk Road wasrepparttar 122401 route from Baghdad to Kashmir in China The Way ofrepparttar 122402 Sea wasrepparttar 122403 route through Palestine alongrepparttar 122404 coast of Syria The Lower Road was a later version ofrepparttar 122405 Royal Road The Amber Road wasrepparttar 122406 route from northern Italy through Yugoslavia torepparttar 122407 Danube in Hungary NOTE: If you'd like to get a real feel for these trade routes, visit a fascinating site which attempts to give you a virtual experience in photos: http://www.ancientroute.com You can see what it is like to really travel one of these routes.


To make it easier to imagine, suppose for a moment that a road could connect America to Russia and that people walked back and forth on it. Sooner or later it would be discovered by people torepparttar 122408 south and north as well. Eventually there would be crossroads joining this major route with roads leading "up" fromrepparttar 122409 Middle East, Italy and Spain and "down" from England and Scandinavia.

The crossroad whererepparttar 122410 Middle East connected would have different energy thanrepparttar 122411 one where Italy connected or Spain, England and Scandinavia. People would be differently dressed, riding different animals, speaking different languages and hawking different goods.

Information is exchanged atrepparttar 122412 crossroads as well as language, customs and commodities. People get along well with one another. In ancient times there were often special rules governing "host" and "guest" and giving crossroads people such as ambassadors, messengers, tribunes and native guides safe passage through certain territories. Crossroads people have a flexibility that is often missing inrepparttar 122413 village or city where everyone and everything isrepparttar 122414 same.


In ancient timesrepparttar 122415 crossroads were places where very important information was exchanged, information that might never reach a town or village. To facilitate this, a common language developed. Called a lingua franca, such a language permitted people from different countries to understand each other well enough to do business. [According to lingua franca expert, A. Harrak, as excerpted from his "Contracts between Cultures -- West Asia and North Africa, volume 1" in a lecture delivered atrepparttar 122416 33rd International Congress of Asian and North African Studies, Toronto, 1990, "Lingua franca, [was] "ur-pidgen" … a chameleon-like, ill-defined entity, a trade language consisting of elements of various languages, mostly Romance, which was used for centuries inrepparttar 122417 Mediterranean littoral.]

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