Posted July 31, 2017 in Monthly News

Changing Frames

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. ~ Wayne Dyer

In an 1819 letter to his brother and sister, the poet John Keats said the common notion that life is “a vale of tears … from which we are to be redeemed by a certain arbitrary […]

Posted July 1, 2017 in Monthly News

A Wholesome Response

A Thought for Today from Brahma Kumaris [Need to specify the source.]

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.

This month’s Beyond Mastery Newsletter article was prompted by a June 2017 Townsend Letter article about a subject important to both […]

Posted May 31, 2017 in Monthly News

Playing Games

We are at our best when we are playing. When we are playing, we are having fun, and this month we decided we would do some playing with the newsletter format. Previously, we have written separate articles for the monthly newsletters, and this month we decided to try something new and co-create one article. As […]

Posted April 30, 2017 in Monthly News

Sitting Still

Recently, I saw the following quotation in an article by Tommy Rosen, founder of Recovery 2.0, a tool that uses mindfulness (yoga) for recovery from addictions. Given that we are all dealing with aversion and grasping, longing and dreading, clinging and avoiding, the quotation can serve as the basis for all our recovery.

We […]

Posted April 30, 2017 in Monthly News

Cognitive Dissonance in Relationships

A long time ago (1957), a social psychologist named […]

Posted March 31, 2017 in Monthly News

What Ships Are Built For

In 1928 John A. Shedd published a collection of sayings (“Salt from My Attic”) that included the following saying, “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” You may also be familiar with the saying, “Any port in a storm.” The recently recovered audio tapes from the El […]

Posted February 28, 2017 in Monthly News

Understanding Mohini

If you’re depressed, you’re living in the past. If you’re anxious, you’re living in the future. If you’re at peace, you’re living in the present.

Lao Tzu (Laozi), ancient Chinese philosopher and writer

We have been teaching this concept in SCS (energy medicine and linguistics) for decades, but I did not know the awareness of […]

Posted February 28, 2017 in Monthly News

The Skinner Box Called Life

Debra’s article this month, “Mohini,” provides an example of learned behavior. Having learned how much space she was allowed, Mohini remained within her learned limits, even when more space was available to her. Behavior is often developed—shaped—by environment. Humans demonstrate this every bit as much as tigers and other animals. B. F. Skinner was a […]

Posted January 31, 2017 in Monthly News

Actions Speak Louder than Words

The idea that actions are “high quality” communication has been around a long time. The old saying is that “actions speak louder than words.” You’ve also doubtless hear people say, “Put your money where your mouth is.” What people do is usually considered a better indication of what they are thinking than their words suggest. […]

Posted December 31, 2016 in Monthly News

Let's Laugh

After having my blood pressure be relatively stable since August after it spiked in May of this year, it spiked again last week. I am once again surrendering to the release of old emotional patterns. (You may appreciate reading my earlier blog post if this is news to you: Three Days Without Anxiety Medication.)

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