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Volume 7, Issue 5 | May 2018


If you've known me or been reading my newsletter for three years or more, or perhaps seen me "in action" when I was teaching, coaching, or developing websites, e-newsletters, databases, or other computer-related stuff, you might be surprised to hear that I've never really embraced such work as my calling. This is despite attaining my Master of Social Work and being known first as "The Computer Therapist - Guiding You Gently Into the Information Age" and then "The Computer Spirit - You are Not Alone," as well as in the many years prior when I worked in the NYC corporate world. I've enjoyed the work and the people immensely -- as was easily observable -- but I never felt that I was doing what I was meant to be doing, nor helping people in a substantial way in this thing called Life. Intellectually I knew I was helping people with more than just teaching them software or collaborating with them on their e-newsletter, that in some way my presence was important for them. But, as I said, it was intellectual, and in my restlessness and yearning, I kept searching and waiting to find "It."

However, I recently started working with a medical intuitive and healer, and what I have to say is "Whoa!" or perhaps it's "Wow!" My being has been defragged, unblocked, healed of a number of past lives, had limiting beliefs discarded, and more. In other words, healed to some extent in some large ways through phenomena (extraordinary, remarkable means). I am reminded of Carl Jung's talk with Rowland Hazard about huge emotional displacements and rearrangements, of ideas, emotions, and attitudes which were once the guiding forces of one's life that could suddenly be cast to one side and a completely new set of conceptions and motives begin to dominate them.

Granted, a lot has transpired and changed in my life in the past month or so that has drawn me closer to Spirit (which is all powerful) like the passing of my dear friend/like an older sister, Samara; attending a healing service; and, having more conscious people in my life to engage in metaphysical and heartfelt conversation. That said, the aforementioned phenomena have, in my mind, impacted my being the greatest.

Among the areas of my life that has markedly felt this shift has been my perspective of and engagement in my current position as a Technical Writer and Trainer contractor in the corporate world in the Phoenix area. It seems that, to my core, I have realized that I AM doing what I came here to do, being in the place I am supposed to be, shining my light - it just happens to be having me in a role with tasks related to technology (and communications, organizational, and administration skills), of which it turns out I have roots to of a long ago time and faraway place. No wonder I've been doing this work in one form or another this entire lifetime (which explains my quick learning curve and enjoyment too)! But only now has it just felt "right." Amazing. All these decades of inner conflict, and now I am at peace and in joy, being me, being of service. It was there along.


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Inspiration and Contemplation

Twenty Dollars

A well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. In the room of 200, he asked. "Who would like this $20 bill?"

Hands started going up. He said, "I am going to give this $20 to one of you - but first, let me do this."

He proceeded to crumple the 20 dollar note up. He then asked. "Who still wants it?" Still the hands were up in the air.

"Well," he replied, "what if I do this?" He dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty. "Now, who still wants it?"

Still the hands went into the air.

"My friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20.

"Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless; but no matter what happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value.

"Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to those who love you. The worth of our lives comes, not in what we do or who we know, but by... WHO WE ARE.

"You are special - don't ever forget it."
- Author Unknown
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Grateful Former Student Honors Teacher   
Before he met Linda Brandt, Steven Ma didn't care about school - he regularly skipped class and never got an "A." He'd been told by one teacher he was "the stupidest student" he had ever seen, leaving him with no self-esteem. Things changed when he entered Brandt's 10th grade geometry classroom.  
Being named "Joyce" was not a coincidence -  which you know I don't believe in anyway. Its significance has never been lost on me. Now I'm grateful to be feeling it... grateful to be being that joy that others knew ( at some level) I was so many moons ago.  It was there all along... 
No matter your name though, I wish you that feeling and that knowing of the inner joy which is who we are. 
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