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The Supreme Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage

“Every new and successful example, therefore, of a perfect separation between the ecclesiastical and civil matters, is of importance; and I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in showing that religion and Government will both exist in greater purity the less they are mixed together.” – James Madison (1789)

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saymber reblogged this on As I see it and commented:

I was looking for a post such as this to share my joy about the Supreme Court actually taking a look at the law with unbiased lenses and making a decision on this issue that upholds AND REASSERTS to those in disagreement with this decision, the liberty and rights of ALL Americans. I am soooo happy for my fellow Americans!

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Horoscope for the year

Now is the right time for you to venture in and assist a companion or associate who may be battling on a prominent assignment. 59 more words

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horoscope for the Year <3: Aries

Now is the right time for you to venture in and assist a companion or associate who may be battling on a prominent assignment. 59 more words

Aries

Practice Kindness

I want to ask you a question: when was the last time that you went out of your way to do something kind for someone that you did not know? 136 more words

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saymber reblogged this on As I see it and commented:

Another positive post from our friend Dream Big, Dream Often with my rather lengthy caveat lol....brevity is NOT my strong suite! There has to be a balance in this. I agree it's very important to help others - to care about our fellow human beings and the other life forms we share this planet with but we also need care for ourselves first and I don't mean in how society tells us we should. What is the common definition of selfishness and is it really true? http://www.scribd.com/doc/17105822/Erich-Fromm-Selfishness-and-Self-Love#scribd Too many people may be self absorbed aka "selfish" in the definition given to us by religion but may be people of our world were more selfish - knowing and loving their authentic selves and in turn being able to extend this out to those less fortunate, we'd have a more balanced and adjusted one! Most people in our world don't know who they are and what they do know they don't love! They are not worthy, they are not "good enough" - condemned at birth with the "original sin." Most people, especially in America, spend every day, nearly and actually killing themselves to make someone else's dream come true! Day in and day out, struggling to be the worlds definition of self - this is what sent me over the edge to a nervous breakdown! I spent most of my life trying to please, appease and help others at the cost of my own identity! I had no idea of who I was, what I wanted in life and was miserable for 34 plus years! In the past being alone with myself was torture! I'd just cast about trying to figure out what to do with "myself." I always looked outside of myself for help - religion, other people, animals, shopping, excessive exercise, too much time at work, eating too much (comfort/unhealthy) food and too much alcohol. I was grasping all around me to fill the gaping abyss created from the moment I was born up until my early 30's by the world I was raised in. A world designed to make me look anywhere but within for comfort to my anxiety and fear of being alone. I'd look in the mirror and want to claw away what stared back at me -- I knew there was someone in there but I couldn't get to her! The lights were on, but nobody was home. As I've come to find out in the years since my nervous break-down in 2002 - which cost me my 16 year AF career and marriage - I was a victim of a horrible software program lol! For the past 12 years since my medical retirement, I have had to replace this faulty software with a program of MY design! Initially AA, psychiatrists and psychologists were needed to help me with this endeavor, but gradually as I "got free," I learned not to entirely RELY on any external source and in the process found MY source. As I've discovered in reflecting on my past, who I have found was ALWAYS trying to get out - that girl in the mirror (your post yesterday) and it took a catastrophic break down to finally get her free. We have been made prisoners in the blueprint of our American dream - ironically we are the jailers with the key!

Sacred Places

All my life I have visited sacred sites when I could, and I have been lucky enough to visit many. Whether ancient church, temple, stone circle or legendary landscape, there is something about these sites that touches a place deep within. 998 more words

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Don't forget to breathe

Having just come from a fabulously refreshing long weekend in the KZN Midlands, one of South Africa’s most treasured spots, I realised that I need to do a lot more of these kinds of little getaways. 284 more words

Spirit

saymber reblogged this on As I see it and commented:

Another great post from our new friend Shannonwriter30! I was happy to see I'm not the only one who's noticing the "zombie" look so many people exhibit these days - ashen pallor and dark circles under their eyes. Even President Obama has this in some photos. I totally agree with your advice - you've got to unplug to maintain good mental, physical and spiritual health - balance in ALL things!

Stop Pretending Like You Have It All Figured Out

I could have easily titled this post “How To Ask For Help,” but I wanted to be more forceful.  I found inspiration for this post sitting in the living room answering emails and comments from readers.  507 more words

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saymber reblogged this on As I see it and commented:

"How often do you ask for help? Do you listen to others? Are you quick to interrupt in order to inject your thoughts into a conversation? Do you find yourself talking about topics of which you really have no knowledge?" AAAAK -- so timely. This happened to me this week!  So much for not blogging!  Yah lured me out Dray! This character defect is something I want to finally tackle (this is from kindergarten days!) as I collaborate with a friend on a project right now. Just this week after a gathering with her and others, this issue "slapped me." I had a strong attack of self consciousness after leaving the gathering. Was I a blabbermouth?! Did I make it all about me and take away from my friend and why we were there in the first place?! After the meeting, when I got home and first thing in the morning I ruminated on this and apologized to her first thing in the morning. She didn't see my behavior at all like I did and was so loving, kind and understanding -- she "get me" and accepts me, far more so than I do lol.  So it's still bothering me. The first step in recovery -- acknowledging you have a problem! Ok, here comes "justification."  Us blabbermouths aka "know it all's" always have excuses for our behavior lol! About 12 years ago I was labeled ADHD - my brain can be pure monkey and my mouth chattering to keep up! I also come from a line of ministers and such folk are accustomed to being the focal point of conversation! In my genes?! While I didn't choose to become a minister/pastor/priest/priestess, I guess I give off an energy that suggests I am one. Family, friends, neighbors, strangers all want to talk to me about their deepest, darkest secrets. I often feel like a mobile therapist! I am also an Empath or highly sensitive person which goes hand in hand with probably why people feel compelled to talk to me about their personal stuff. My husband calls it "sin keeping" like Catholic priests do in confessionals. He and I share these experiences. When I am in one of these "true confessions scenarios", I will listen and often even before they are done or while they are talking to me, the "messages" come fast and vast! It's hard to censure what comes to me, tone it down or turn it off once it starts. More times than not,  the messages are timely and helpful -- just what they need and they feel better inside and out. When they come to me, it's not entirely inappropriate and pretty much why they seek me out. As I now realize, the other night my "normal" was inappropriate.  I had gone to her home to take part in a mediation led by her not the other way around.  This wasn't suppose to be Jackie's show and tell hour! Part of what spurred things on was the inquisitive fellow she invited to join us.  I had never met him before and when he expressed interest in the orgonite piece I made and brought along, the floodgates opened!  He went home with a page of notes/references to look into about orgonite and other stuff I've discovered lately!  My enthusiastic sharing took time away from my friend and her sharing and she's so unassuming she didn't say anything!  Just let me rattle on lol. In my apology I gave her a link to one of my favorite scenes in Austin Powers: https://youtu.be/5RN1b11t9ks - Dr. Evil tells Scotty to zip it I told her we need to come up with a "zip-it" signal LOL! A memory came to me with all of this and helps illustrate things. I remembered going out to eat with my Grandpa and Grandma after they were divorced. When all the family got together, the time had to be split up but this time we all went out to eat together. My Grandpa loved the spotlight and when he "did what he does" this particular time, my Grandma got furious at him! "You always do that - have to be the center of attention!" I hadn't realized how much I'm like my Grandpa -- good and bad.  I also remember many of my report cards had teacher comments about "Jackie has a problem talking out of turn" and this hasn't changed much through the years! I have learned ALOT, especially the past few years and because I live a pretty isolated life don't have anyone besides my poor husband and four fur kids to share it with!  I get pent up!  I can blog about it but it's just not the same as having a back and forth dialogue with a real person!  Most of my "socializing" is in forums like this or the rare visit with a neighbor. So when I get into a situation like the other night -- it just bursts forth! Bottom line to all of this -- I gots some more growing to do AND have asked for help which is TOTALLY out of my comfort zone!!  Hopefully any fellows with my affliction here can benefit from Dray's awesome post! Thank you! *here is link to my friends site and the gallery she put together to share the artwork I'm doing for her!  Wish you could meet her! http://www.blessedoaks.com/artwork-credit.html