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Begin Again…

Getting Back to Basic Core Values

Catherine Nelson, Ph.D.
January–February 2019 • Vol 3, No 102

Here we are at the beginning of a new year. In our culture it is customary to reflect on the past year and set some goals and priorities for the coming year. We are leaving a year that was filled with excess and inundation—political commercials spending excessive amounts of money. We are inundated with all the pressure to buy things over the holidays, with the emphasis on “things,” not relationships. We are bombarded with excessive amounts of information in the media, on our computers and cell phones. Endless kinds of entertainment are available day and night. Many of us are distracted, mesmerized, overwhelmed, even addicted, to looking at the little and big screens in our world of technology. More and more of us, adults and teenagers, look like cell-phone zombies as we walk down the street totally focused on their gadget. Some of these individuals trip and fall; some forget where they are; some get hit by cars!

It’s interesting to note that Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were both very restrictive about the use of technology for their children and teens. There are recent reports from veterinarians that our domestic animals are suffering from depression because their owners are not paying attention to them. Another factor to examine is the high rate of suicide in the US, and especially in Montana.

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Who’s our Tribe in This Day and Age?

Time for a Global Perspective

Catherine Nelson, Ph.D.
September-October 2018 • Vol 3, No 100

Somewhere deep, very deep inside us is a need for safety in our lives. Perhaps it is in our DNA from living thousands of years on planet Earth. We believe that our safety is determined by our family and our “tribe.” Our ancestors survived trusting that membership in the tribe would help to keep them safe from harm, from attack, from hunger, and so much more—and it often did.

Strangers were suspect. They might be enemies, invaders, or potential conquerors capable of causing the death and destruction of our loved ones. The strangers might have looked different. Maybe they spoke a foreign language, dressed strangely, or had different values. In essence, the thinking was: if you don’t look like me, or talk like me, or believe as I do, then you are my enemy.

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Our “Inner” and “Outer” Landscapes

The Coloring of Our Perceptions

Catherine Nelson, Ph.D.
May-June 2018 • Vol 3, No 98

Let’s look at how much our inner emotional world colors our perceptions and our relationships in the outer world. Several years ago, I attended a workshop and the instructor placed a large amethyst quartz crystal in the center of our small circle. Our task was to connect with the crystal and share a few words about what we experienced. I was surprised at the diversity of what people saw, sensed, and felt. The crystal evoked different emotions, different qualities, and different memories and images for others.

In sum, the exercise helped me to appreciate how our perceptions and our relationships to the “outer” landscape are determined by our “inner” landscape. Our inner landscape holds our emotional history, good and bad memories, our cultural and religious beliefs and so much more. Each one of us has his or her own unique inner landscape beginning at birth. Here’s another example…

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How to Silence Your Inner Critic

Tristan Sophia, Psy.D.
March-April 2018 • Vol 3, No 97

Dear Dr. Sophia, My friends tell me that I put myself down all the time. I have finally realized that, not only do I talk badly about myself to others, I also say mean things to myself in my head! I’m 36 years old and I’ve been doing this for probably 25 years. I want to stop being so self-critical but I don’t even know where to start. —HC

Dear HC, It’s absolutely possible to stop negative self-talk! We all have an inner voice but some of us have one that’s more critical than kind. Not only can you learn to silence your inner critic, you can learn to say kind things to yourself (and believe them). What’s challenging is that it’s an ingrained habit. We get so used to our thoughts, we barely notice what we say to ourselves.

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What’s a Life Coach, Anyway?

Reaching Your Full Potential

Tristan Sophia, Psy.D.
January-February 2018 • Vol 3, No 96

At the age of 49, I was desperate for a new career. I had been working in the mental-health field for over 30 years. You could say I was a little burned out. I live in the mountains and wanted a home-based business so I could kiss my commute goodbye. I also wanted a career where I could use my hard-won mental-health skills.

I also wanted a career where I could use my hard-won mental-health skills. Previous jobs had me working with clients who were not voluntarily seeking help. This time, I wanted to help people who truly desired change and were motivated to take action towards their own success. I hoped and prayed I wasn’t asking for too much. Lo and behold, I actually found what I was looking for—life coaching! It has met all my requirements and more.

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Is Hypnosis for the Weak Minded?

“Get Mikey to try it. He’ll try anything.”

Douglas Bell, R.Ph, C.Ht
September–October 2017 • Vol 3, No 94

I will admit that ten years ago. I would have firmly agreed that only the weak minded can or would be hypnotized. Years ago I watched a television show where people were made to look like fools in front of the audience. It was suggested to one man that he had never heard the number seven and consequently could not count to ten even though he insisted he had ten fingers!

Well you big gullible dummy” were the first words that came to my mind when he couldn’t figure it out. It’s funny how time and some education have changed my mind and now I might suggest that the words “weak-minded” be changed to open-minded.

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The Esoteric Empath

Managing Empathy with Metaphysical Practice

Raven Digitalis
July-August 2017 • Vol 3, No 93

Living in Missoula is a great blessing. Having grown up here, and especially now as I co-operate a nonprofit multicultural temple, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a wide array of beautiful, kind, and empathetic individuals—indeed there is something special and sacred about these here parts! Empathy is on the rise in the world, and NW America is a shining example of this reality.

Though interpretations of empathy may be numerous, the essence remains the same through and through: empathy is the experience of emotionally mirroring or absorbing surrounding emotions. Additionally, and most importantly, the experience of empathy requires a response of compassion.

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Beginning to Heal from Depression

Let’s Talk About Depression: Help Is Out There!

Nancy Hufnagel
July-August 2017 • Vol 3, No 93

Doug Leddon shares, “Over the past ten years, I have been living two different lives— the life that my family, friends, colleagues and teammates see; then there is the life that I see, I live, and I feel. If you asked my family and friends what they thought about me, they would probably tell you I am a happy-go-lucky, hardworking, and confident guy. But all that is a bit of a lie. You see, I am living a completely different life inside— that of someone who suffers immensely from depression.

It is so hard for me to talk about my depression, but it’s not just me; it’s hard for millions of other people to talk about it, too. What we fear the most isn’t the dark place that we are in, or the dark times we are going to go through… What we actually fear the most is that our friends won’t understand and that we may lose them, that our family won’t understand what we’re going through, that our colleagues will look at us differently, or that we may lose our jobs.”

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The Spiritual Meaning of Crisis

Looking at the Inner Truth When the Inklings of Disturbance Manifest

Connie Myslik-McFadden
May-June 2017 • Vol 3, No 92

Dear Connie,
I seem to be lurching from one crisis to another. I rear-ended someone last month, and the cost to repair my car was much more than our insurance will cover. I’m dealing with an injury to my neck, which is painful and is taking time and money to heal. The company I work for is going through major changes and I’m in danger of losing the position I’ve had for nine years. On top of that, our four-year-old Husky got out of our fenced yard last week and we haven’t seen her since. I feel exhausted and overwhelmed. Can you help?
Sincerely, —Sheila

Dear Sheila,
I’m sorry you’ve had so many crises in such a short period of time! Your feelings of exhaustion and overwhelm seem quite normal given what you’re going through. I will try to give you a spiritual perspective on these crises, which may make them easier to deal with.

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Now the #1 Cause of Illness & Disability Worldwide

Dr. Joseph Mercola, MD
May-June 2017 • Vol 3, No 92

EDITOR’S NOTE: We gladly publish Dr. Joseph Mercola’s article, as posted on on April 13th, 2017, in its entirety out of compassion for the many Montanas who suffer with depression and related issues. To all the excellent advice here, I would only add that separation from one’s spiritual source is the soul’s ultimate sadness.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression is now the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide, affecting an estimated 322 million people worldwide, including more than 16 million Americans. Globally, rates of depression increased by 18% between 2005 and 2015.

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