Sunday, April 21, 2013

Impulse or Intuition?

Gloria Loring
Cover of Gloria Loring
A few weeks ago, I introduced Gloria Loring's book, Coincidence Is God's Way of Remaining Anonymous.  Since then, I have had time to sit and absorb her words.
The first thing that hit me was how similar our life paths have been, but then I was taken by the wisdom of her writing.  Gloria shares details from her life in a way that only someone who has wrestled with demons can.  She speaks frankly and with great warmth.  
The idea that there are no coincidences in life was not a hard sell for me.  I have seen how intuition can play in one's life and have, since childhood, listened to my angels/higher power/gut.  I have had my own proof that when we dismiss that inner voice, we always wish we hadn't.

What I found most helpful in Gloria's book was how she guides the reader into knowing whether they are actually hearing an inner voice or simply the monkey mind chattering away.  Is what we hear impulse or intuition?  

Gloria puts it so simply, comparing our brain and consciousness to a computer. "When a problem arises, your default programs boot up...they waste time and energy, and they may even cause your computer (you) to overload and crash."  Impulse, she says, needs immediate action.  Impulse puts you in flight or fight mode.  But, intuition is "like linking up with the Internet and downloading new and improved data."  

Intuition takes more time.  For me, I know it is intuition when I get the message three times...which is something Gloria also speaks about in the book.  

Of course, coincidence also comes with some forceful messages, too (rather than intuitive messages).  Like the time I was about to step off the sidewalk and felt someone pull me back so that I fell on my bottom, just as a bus came whizzing around the corner.  When I looked, no one was there.  I was alone on the street. Alone and very much unharmed.

The point is, if we look with our hearts and listen with our spirits, we will find that "we choose love instead of fear, for ourselves and for those around us."

Thank you, Gloria, for your inspiring words, your deep wisdom and for being brave enough to share you story with us all.

Gloria's official website is found at

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Look for the Helpers!

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
When I was young, Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood was one of the icons of children's TV. While he entertained, he also taught.  His teachings were simple and after awhile, too childish for me...or so I thought.

Over the years, I have come to realize that many of the adults that I thought to be silly, weird, and dopey have turned out to be pretty amazing humans, who had so much to share with a young person.  I guess it is the bane of the young to write off their elders.  But, thankfully, many of us learn to listen, eventually.

After yesterday's tragedy at the Boston Marathon, someone posted this quote from Fred Rogers.  

"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world."


Hearing these words, once again, I realized what a wise and gentle man, Fred Rogers was.  He truly blessed us with his presence.

I take his words to heart...we MUST look for the helpers.  When we see the many, many people who stop to help, who face danger themselves, then we are not so afraid, then we realize that good far outweighs evil.

Another thing that we MUST do is avoid hate mongers.  There are many who use sad events such as these to point fingers or to push their own sick agendas.  If we begin hating back, then we have become what we dislike.  Do not get sucked into name calling, or finger pointing.  Instead, consciously move your attention to your heart.  Think of those you love and how your love grows with each day.  Let your love spill out into the world and wrap around others.  If we all send unconditional love out into the world, imagine how fast things would change.

There is little we can do to change the events of yesterday.  But, we can change the world loving act at a time.  Begin by looking for the helpers...they are everywhere!


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Friday, April 12, 2013

Fighting for Our Teachers

Honoring the teachers of America. National edu...
Honoring the teachers of America. National education association; 1857-1957. United States postage, 3 cents (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Over the last few months, several school systems have been in the news due to protests over unfair contracts, standardize testing and teachers being asked to compromise the quality of their teaching for the quantity of students being graduated.  As an educator, I find this greatly disturbing!
Thing is, this isn't just a problem in the US.  Teachers around the world are under fire from school boards, government agencies and the media.  Just a few examples to consider:
What is happening in our world?  Why are teachers being undermined?  Why are students being persecuted?  Why are parents being lied to?

I don't know the answer to these questions, but I do know that my heart tells me that something is very wrong.  

Today, the Poem-a-Day challenge was to write a "broke poem."  Here's mine.

Busted, Breached, Bankrupt, and Beat! Oh my!

Entering the halls of academia
has become a task gargantuan -
tests created by computers programmed
to find the chinks in students' armor
have successfully caused an avalanche
of closures with students and teachers left far behind.

To add insult to injury, the mega-giants of
commerce and finance have pushed for
testing teachers with the same genius computers,
leading to an end of creativity, spontaneous learning
and critical thinking, which the corporate Goliaths see as DANGEROUS!
And, threatening to their profit margins.

Truth is, education is broke -
Kaput - fractured into millions of pieces.
Parents, students, teachers reel at the lockdowns,
lockouts, rip offs and lies that hold them prisoner.
The verdict is still out - can Education be fixed?
Can the mouse outsmart the cat?

By Linda M. Rhinehart Neas © 2013

May the powers that be have the sense enough to stop this insanity, giving all people the right to an education that enables them to be the best they can be.


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