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6 JEWEL OF THE MIND
The Dalai Lama's favourite text is now being offered
to Western seeker s. Stor y by Margaret Evans.
8 RESTORING HARMONY
Bestselling author Dr John Gray explores how the
sexes deal differently with stress.
10 THE CATHAR CRUSADE
Sanna Purinton shares the Love and Light of the
12 THE SLEEPING PHARAOH
Jo Buchanan finds her self alone in the hear t of histor y.
14 HEALING THE WORLD
Charlotte Francis profiles master healer Dr Zhi
20 WONDER WOMAN
Veils fly as Helen Patrice leads the class.
22 BREAK THE CYCLE
Losing weight means more than just going on a
diet, says naturopath Narelle Stegehuis.
24 STAYING GROUNDED
Food to boost your immune system with Jude Blereau.
25 UPWARD TREND
We're getting taller, but is that height coming at a cost,
asks naturopath Jeremy Hill.
26 LIGHTNESS OF BEING
Yoga is perfect for easing stress, says Chandrika Gibson.
28 BALANCING OUR EMOTIONS
Olivier Lejus shows how to find peace with mindfulness.
29 OUR KIDS- BEATING BULLYING
We need to look at both sides to tackle this insidious
problem, says clinical psychologist Dr Anna
17 A SMART IDEA?
Geomancer Alanna Moore queries Smar t Meters.
18 HOPI PROPHECY
Jeremy Ball with the Hopi wisdom of Prophecy Rock.
36 FEAR OF INTIMACY
Relationships with counsellor Dr Charmaine Saunder s.
38 GET ENERGY ON TRACK
Light rail is showing the way to new energy options,
says environment writer Adrian Glamorgan.
Nine years ago this month, the world
witnessed an event so horrific that
it bypasses all language barriers
and we collectively identify it by
just two numbers, 9/11. Just the mention of
those numbers over the years since draws us
all back to that terrible day. I was sitting by my
mother's bedside in the intensive care ward
of Royal Perth Hospital and, strange as it may
seem given her condition, I gave thanks that
she, at least, was unaware of the horror that
had gripped the world.
But in that horror, as we are only
discovering now, something wonderful
happened. Immediately after the twin towers
crashed to the earth, the earth's magnetic
field registered a sharp spike that's clearly
identifiable on a graph. The hypothesis for
this otherwise inexplicable event is that the
sudden immense outpouring of emotion as
people everywhere began to pray for the
victims or simply to send, unbidden, thoughts
of compassion was heard by the universe.
And it responded. As the mystics and seers
tell us, what is in one is in the whole.
We owe this awe-filled insight to the
work of Gregg Braden who shared it with
us during last month's I Can Do It event in
Sydney and Perth. In a fascinating talk, he
put forward the theory that the universe
responds to feeling, a phenomenon called
heart coherence. It's led to an experiment
called the Global Coherence Initiative, which
has the aim of redefining our relationship
with the earth. (See www.greggbraden.com)
It's big picture thinking and it tends to put
politics in the shade doesn't it.
If this theory is correct, and if we consider
that our heart has a magnetic field 500 times
stronger than that of our overworked brain,
the possibilities for healing seem, well, mind-
boggling. If our universe really is a feeling
organism, not the purely rational entity that
science has led us to believe until now, then
transformational change really does seem
to be in our grasp. I urge you if you're at
all serious about living your life in a more
conscious, coherent way, to take a look at
Closer to home for me this month,
I've come across something similar in
talking with David Michie, author of the
bestseller Buddhism for Busy People. We
were discussing the concept of bodhichitta,
the compassionate mind of enlightenment
practised by Tibetan Buddhists. In his view,
if enough people decide to take up this path
and if in the process the world shifts towards
becoming just slightly more compassionate
and more caring towards our fellow human
souls, whether they be in Pakistan, or Iraq
or on a boat on the high seas, or here at
home, to quote David "what a fantastic place
it would be".
Increasingly I feel there is growing
momentum towards really believing we can
make a change. Of course, the sceptics and
the cynics will have their say, but the choice
never was in their hands. And now science
itself seems to be falling in behind those
who've always been more attuned to their
souls than their minds. Let's really start to
believe that how we think, the words we
utter and the actions we take in our daily lives
really do matter. And that wonderful times
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