Tuesday, April 28, 2009

It's In Our DNA, Sleepy Time

It’s in my DNA.

I have always been a night owl, and I dislike getting out of bed before 9:00 or 10:00 am, and some people have a problem with that and think it strange. I’ve always said it is just the way I am. I like to be up late, I feel creative at night, and don’t care to go to sleep early. But I do want my eight hours, or close to it.

Studies have shown that we have a series of genes which determine whether we are night owls or what some call early birds, those who rise early.

I’m pleased about the new sleep study recently done by researchers at Belgium University de Liege. Coauthor of the study, Phillipe Peigneux and colleagues used functional magnetic resonance imaging to monitor the brains of individuals, half who were considered night owls and the other half, early birds.

It has always been said that the early bird gets the worm, but this study may show otherwise. It appears the early to bed, early to rise people run out of steam sooner than those who stay up to the wee hours and sleep in mornings.

The researchers discovered no difference in the attention levels of the two groups at one and a half hours after waking, but at ten and a half hours of being awake the night owls were more focused , more alert, and quicker than the early birds.

The fMRI showed increased activity in two parts of the brain of the night owls at that ten and a half hour period, while performing a task that required sustained attention.

The differences showed up in the inner actions of two regions of the brain, including the area that is home to the master circadian clock, the 24 hour cycle or rhythm of the body, the suprachiasmatic nucleus area and locus coeruleus—which regulate the circadian signal. And in the night owls, the circadian signal was winning out over the pressure to sleep.

Then in the early birds, the sleep pressure prevents the expression of the circadian signal, according to researcher Peigneux, and those people were less able to keep attention focused.

The study shows that night owls have been shown to be more cleaver, have better memories and quicker minds, an even make more money.

Now the drawback to being a night owl is having to get up very early and cut into sleep time. There will be times that sleep has to be made up. But for those of us who have the opportunity to stay in bed and sleep in the mornings and who have learned to ignore the comments of laziness thrown upon us by some, it is great to allow our inner clock to tick at our own pace and not have an alarm sounding in our ear and jolting us out of peaceful sleep. I’ve never thought it was good to be awakened in that manner.

I’m glad my DNA allows me to enjoy the late nights and the sounds of crickets, train whistles, owls, and the quiet. I agree with what the study has shown in regards to myself. I can’t imagine going to bed at 7:00 or 8:00 pm when the night is just beginning. Are you an early bird or a night owl?

Isn’t it interesting what our DNA does for us? Life is magical.


Friday, April 24, 2009

The UFO Phenomena and Coverup

Former Senator Barry Goldwater,
Dedication of Sedona Library, October 1, 1994,
Sedona Arizona, Photo by Linda Pendleton

“It is true that I was denied access to a facility at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, because I never got in. I can’t tell you what was inside. We both know about the rumors (concerning a captured UFO and crew members). I have never seen what I would call a UFO, but I have intelligent friends who have.”
~Senator Barry Goldwater, 1979

Excerpt from my e-book, The UFO Phenomena: The Cosmic SOS

“A 2002 Roper Poll indicated that three-quarters of the public claim that they are somewhat prepared for the discovery of extraterrestrial life and nearly half are very prepared. The poll also indicated that should the government make an announcement of the discovery of extraterrestrial life, only a small portion expect it to change their religious beliefs.

“So with statistics like that, why does our government continue this game of denial? So with statistics like that, why does our government continue this game of denial? Do they continue to fear what the 1960 Brookings Report concluded that people, especially the fundamentalist religionist, would panic and the world would be in chaos? It seems to me that the public is a little more realistic and accepting in this current age than we are being given credit for. Or does our government have other motives for keeping all this under wraps? Might it be that they don‘t want the citizens to know that they have no control, and there might be others out there with much more wisdom and advanced technology and have the well being of our planet and the cosmos as their first priority? Or does it come down to the usual―power and greed—and the need for superiority in our world? I‘ve got news for our government, the world is in chaos, and an acknowledgment that we are not alone in the universe may do a lot to give us hope that things might change for the betterment of all, not only American citizens but citizens of our world, and our space brothers.”

John Podesta, President Clinton's Chief of Staff from 1998 to 2001, is an advocate for government openness. At a national press club conference in 2002 he said the government should "open the books" on its UFO investigations. Podesta was co-chairman of the Obama-Biden Transition Project, and is currently President of the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank in Washington, D.C.

“I think it’s time to open the books on questions that have remained in the dark; on the question of government investigations of UFOs. It’s time to find out what the truth really is that’s out there. We ought to do it because it’s right; we ought to do it because the American people quite frankly can handle the truth; and we ought to do it because it’s the law.” ~John Podesta

"I know other astronauts share my feelings…. And we know the government is sitting on hard evidence of UFOs." ~Col. Gordon Cooper, Mercury, Gemini Astronaut

‘I have taken special interest in these accounts [of UFOs].. I think there may be substance to some of these reports… I think we owe it to the people to establish credibility regarding UFOs and to produce the greatest possible enlightenment on this subject.”
~President Gerald Ford

"I can assure you the flying saucers, given that they exist, are not constructed by any power on earth." ~Harry S. Truman, Washington DC, April 4, 1950.

"I happen to have been privileged enough to be in on the fact that we've been visited on this planet and the UFO phenomena is real." ~Dr. Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 Astronaut

I can’t help but wonder if President Obama will have his hands tied, as it seems other Presidents have, or will he be able to give us some facts about the off-earth visitors?


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Our Earth and the Environment

"This we know: the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth.
All things are connected like the blood that unites us all.
Man does not weave this web of life. He is merely a strand of it.
Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself."
–Chief Seattle (1786–1866)

"It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment." ~Ansel Adams

"There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet." ~Brooke Medicine Eagle

"I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?" ~Robert Redford, Yosemite National Park Dedication, 1985

"For the first time in the history of the world, every human being is now subjected to contact with dangerous chemicals, from the moment of conception until death." ~Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, 1962

"Nature is an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if only we will tune in." ~George Washington Carver (1864–1943)

"One touch of nature makes the whole world kin." ~Shakespeare

Photos by Linda

Friday, April 17, 2009

The Eyes and Souls of Critters; Animal Intuition

Is your pet smarter than you?
You may answer the question, “Of course not.” Well, how about giving a little more thought to the question?

Does your behavior change shortly before an earthquake or a tsunami? Studies have shown that often the behavior of animals change—they become agitated, for instance, hours or minutes before an earthquake. Remember the stories of the animals, especially the elephants, who moved quickly to high ground shortly before the horrendous Asian tsunami hit, and some even called out a warning?

Have you known and given a warning when someone close to you is about to have an epileptic seizure?
Have you recognized by scent a cancerous tumor on someone?
Have you ever protected and saved someone in the ocean from a shark attack?
Have you ever saved a life by hitting someone in the chest and knocking them down and jumping on their chest as they were choking on a piece of apple?
Have you ever found yourself in unknown territory a thousand miles from your home and set out to walk your way home, and succeeded?
Have you sat at your front door in anticipation of the arrival in 10 to 30 minutes of a family member, although there was no reason to expect the arrival?

You may not have had these experiences but many animals have. We could call these types of events “animal smarts,” but the more appropriate term would be innate intuition. Intuition is natural, not supernatural; is normal, not paranormal; and is an emotional connection or even a close bond to nature, to animals, and to humans.

Scientific Animal Research

British biologist and author, Rupert Sheldrake has done scientific animal studies and has concluded there seemingly is an emotional bond and connection between pet owners and their pets. The highlight of his study is the anticipatory behavior that indicates dogs know when their owners are about to return home, often by 10 to 30 minutes. This telepathy occurs because of the close bond, an emotional connection, even an emotional need, that binds the sender and receiver. And I would conclude that the role of sender or receiver fluctuates back and forth between owner and animal: a telepathic receiver one time, a telepathic sender the next.

As reported in the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research (July 1998), a telephone survey of 200 households in Northern California conducted by Sheldrake found 132 of the households surveyed had pets. 45% of dog owners claimed their animal knew in advance when a member of the household was on the way home, compared with 37% of cat owners, and around 20% of these pets were said to react more than 10 minutes in advance. The survey indicated 46% of dog owners and 41% of cat owners stated their pets respond to their thoughts or silent commands. Also interesting were findings that more pet owners claimed to have had psychic experiences themselves than non-pet owners. A significantly higher proportion of the psychic pet owners claimed their pets exhibited psychic powers than the non-psychic owners did. The California findings were in close agreement with a previous survey done by Sheldrake in England. Sheldrake writes about his pet studies in his book, Dogs That Know When Their Owners are Coming Home, And Other Unexplained Powers of Animals.

The Gift of Intuition

Our own innate intuition is a valuable asset and can be a guiding force in our daily lives. By enhancing our intuition it appears it may enhance the emotional connection and deep bond we have with our pets. Enhanced intuition increases our ability for telepathic communication. It is a meeting of the minds—a sharing of wisdom—and often by being tuned into your pet, not only will you emotionally feel the unconditional love your pet has for you but you will be more tuned into his needs and desires. It is even possible a telepathic message from your pet could keep you safe from danger.

The Eyes and Souls of Critters

When I was young my family had a cocker spaniel, Paisano. Every week day, a few minutes before my return from school, he would go to the chain link gate and sit patiently awaiting my return. Have you had a pet who did the same?

My cat, Snickers is psychic and I am often amazed by his behavior. Nearly always, his actions tell me that someone may be knocking at my door in the next few minutes. His warning is usually about 15 to 20 minutes ahead of time. At times Snickers positions himself in anticipation a little further away from the front door, nearer my bedroom doorway, with an unrelenting stare at the front door. He apparently feels safer with more distance between him and the front door, in case he finds it necessary to run under my bed and hide until he is comfortable with the person who has arrived at our home. His bond, intuition, and telepathy with me comes out in other ways, also. I'm sure if you have closely observed your pet's actions you have similar stories to tell.

Dogs, cats, rabbits, and even dolphins, are often used for healing, such as in grief therapy, with ill or handicapped children, with those depressed, and for loving companionship, and it is often obvious the animal understands the person's situation and needs.

© Copyright 2007, 2009 by Linda Pendleton

What Angels Do.

“An angel of God will never give you a message of fear. It’s often one of liberation, escape, fulfillment, action instructions, or just plain joy!”
Kryon, Book Ten, by Lee Carroll


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Angels Are With Us.

"Listen for the flutter of an angel's wing
as it softly touches you with love.
Embrace it and join in the dance."
~Linda Pendleton
Each of us is a miracle. You are the greatest miracle ever produced by this universe. You are. You exist. And you know that you exist. That is the greatest miracle of all.

More and more people everywhere are searching for a richer understanding of themselves and their world. Many are turning from organized religion and finding satisfaction in a broader spiritual understanding.

One of the most troubling fears of every day is that we are alone and sometimes even isolated within ourselves. It can help to have a sense of spiritual connection within the self when these troubling thoughts surface and disturb us.

The awareness of an overshadowing presence which accompanies our every movement through life can profoundly influence our perceptions of who we are, where we are, and what we are. The entire universe is whispering into our souls and inviting an echo which confirms that the message has been received, understood and acknowledged. The entire whispering universe is at our beck and call. Respond to it, interact with it, and you shall never, ever feel alone again.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Puppy Dogs and Angels

“Your tears show that you care, under any circumstance, and to hold back your tears is to hold back your love from life.”
~ Spirit Guide Dr. Peebles, channeled by Summer Bacon, 2009

A few years ago not long after my husband Don Pendleton had passed away, I decided I needed to have a dog. I took a couple of trips to the Sedona Humane Society but did not find a dog I wanted to take home. Then I saw an ad for Australian Shepard puppies.

You know how are puppies are. You fall in love with them even if it might not be an ideal breed. But I fell for her and she was eight weeks old when I brought her home. I named her Misty, bought toys for her, and a good sized carrier for nighttime or when I had to
leave the house.

I soon found a trainer--actually three trainers all together. The first one, who primarily dealt with training German Shepards, I did not care for her roughness and attitude. Then the second trainer dealt in “touch training” (sounded more New Age LOL ) and she gave up working with Misty after only about three lessons. So the third trainer was excellent and she had worked with animals and birds at San Diego Animal Park. She and Misty got along just great. But give me the leash and it was a different matter. Misty was very smart and would have made an excellent obedience show dog, but not with me. She wanted to herd, constantly, and it was usually me she herded, nipping at my legs and feet every move I made. So in a few short months, I had to find her a new home. She found a happy home on a cattle ranch in Tucson and last I heard she was thrilled to be able to herd cattle all day long.

When I decided I had to give her up, I cried, and it stirred my grief issues, which were still raw and painful at times. One evening just before I gave her away, I was out in the backyard with her. We had a rock area and I was standing near it looking at the rocks on the ground.

Then I heard these words, “you need to paint angels on the rocks.” I was reminded of the pet rock craze in the 1960s when you’d see the funny faces or bugs, etc, on small rocks. So I found the best rocks I could, cleaned them up, and after saying goodbye to Misty the next day, I got out my oil paints and began painting angels. Not long after I sold a few at one of our local art shows.

The angels were exactly what I need to heal the sadness I was feeling, not only about Misty, but about Don. And in a small way, I found joy and a sense of purpose.

I always love dancing with the angels.


Saturday, April 11, 2009

Music for Change and Peace

“Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul.” ~ Plato ( 428 BC-348 BC)

From "Playing For Change: Peace Through Music", incredible renditions of the legendary Bob Marley song "One Love" with Keb' Mo' and Manu Chao. This is the third video from the documentary and a follow up to the classic "Stand By Me" and the uplifting "Don't Worry."

Thanks, John-Michael for reminding me....

~ Linda



Thursday, April 9, 2009

The Beauty of Art

Yesterday’s post on Creativity and Potential moved me to do more on the subject. Sydney asked in her comment on my post if there was any chance of a photo of my sculpture. So here she is in the “alive” (and modest) clay form when I had been working on her a few years ago. I titled her “The Surrender.” Other than an eagle I formed in clay, this was my first bronze sculpture and I have never taken any art lessons other than oil painting, but I was determined to give sculpting a try. It’s like that quote from yesterday: tell me I can’t and just watch me.

I was living in Sedona Arizona at the time, surrounding by excellent artists and galleries, so that helped to give me inspiration, although just being in Sedona and the beautiful red rocks gives a lot of inspiration. It’s a special place.

I’ve included a few photos of the works of two of my talented friends who are sculptors, Liam Herbert, who we met in Sedona and who is still in Sedona, and Chester Comstock who was in Sedona but is now in Colorado. I have also various quotes on art and artists.

“Imagination is the eye of the soul.” ~Joseph Joubert, French moralist, essayist (1754-1824)

"Aligning Thyself" © Copyright by Liam Herbert

Wood, Mixed Medium

“Good art is nothing but a replica of the perfection of God and a reflection of His art.” ~Michelangelo, painter, sculptor (1475-1564)

"When Love Strikes" © Copyright 2009 by Liam Herbert

12" x 5.5" bronze sculpture Limited edition/50

“Unleash your creative power. Let it flow in all its beauty.”

~Don Pendleton, author (1927-1995)

"Heart and Soul" © Copyright by Liam Herbert

Bronze Sculpture

“The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world.” Gilbert K. Chesterton, English author, journalist, (1874-1936)

"Rising Joy "
2" x 1.5" Sterling silver pendant © Copyright 2009 Liam Herbert.

I love my pendant! Very unique and classy.

"Soaring Angel" by Liam Herbert

Wood, Mixed Media

Commissioned by Don and Linda Pendleton

“There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.”

Ansel Adams, Photographer, (1902-1984)

Nuptial Finerey © Copyright by Chester Comstock

25" high x 18" wide x 18" deep Bronze. "The Poetry of Nature gives inspiration to this graceful image of the egret preparing for mating."

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” ~Edgar Deges, French painter, sculptor, (1834-1917)

"Between a Rock and a Hard Place" © Copyright by Chester Comstock
26” High x 24” Wide x 24” Deep

“Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second. Give your dreams all you’ve got and you’ll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you.” ~William James, psychologist, philosopher (1842-1910)


Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Creativity and Achieving Potential

"The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do."
~Walter Bagehot (1826-1877)

As a writer and an artist, I have often wondered from where some of my ideas originate. I do know at times they come from beyond me. A few years ago I sculpted from clay, for the first time, a figure of a nude woman. I loved working with clay. I found as I built up and formed the clay it was almost as if the figure itself took on a life of her own and was guiding me. I would watch her and see an aura, an energy, and it was fun to watch. Later when I had her cast in bronze something was lost of the energy that had been present in the clay…. The clay that was formed by my hands but guided from beyond me….

Too often we may think of creativity being a trait shared only by successful painters, musicians, writers, and other artistic people who are able to produce artistic works. But within each of us are powers of imagination and creativity waiting to be discovered, unleashed, and shared. It seems we think too often of creativity having to be some great masterpiece but creativity encompasses many things. It can as simple as making a beautiful flower arrangement, cooking a gourmet meal served with elegance, crocheting a pair of baby slippers, decorating a room in your home, landscaping a yard or planting a garden, making a child’s toy from wood.

Our simple accomplishments can bring a sense of pride and satisfaction. And that satisfaction may not be any less than the satisfaction felt by a great master artist of the past. If we believe we can create a world of possibility, a world of abundance, a world of vision, then it can happen. It’s our choice, it’s about attitude.

A Blogger friend and fellow amputee,
Michael had this inspirational video today on his Blog and I wanted to share it, also. It is a little long, but humorous and well worth watching as Boston Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor Benjamin Zander shows what a world of possibility is.

Benjamin Zander – From Pop!Tech 2008
The only conductor to ever lead the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Zander is a prophet of human potential and an unrivaled champion of joie de vivre. Watch as he helps unlock the boundless potential of a 15 year old cellist and teaches the entire Pop!Tech audience what it means to live in a world of possibility.

How is your world of possibility?

"Music is well said to be the speech of angels." ~Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Motherly Love Expressed

“The soul is not where it lives but where it loves.” ~Thomas Fuller (1608-1661)

One of the most powerful words in our language is the word LOVE.

Love comes wrapped in many packages of different sizes, shapes, forms, intensities, conditions, and degrees of commitment. There is love between parent and child, love between mates, love of family, love of friends, and love encompassing the whole of mankind. And of course, there is our love of animals, our pets, which can be a very strong love bond.

And there is also love that crosses all boundaries and finds its expression in the divine dance of life.

“Love, I say, is the energy of life.” ~Robert Browning (1812-1889)

And love in Burlington, Iowa:


Saturday, April 4, 2009

Spirit Communication, Past Lives

In 1860, Dr. James Martin Peebles (1822-1922) wrote, “Invocations to spirits, angels, God, when bubbling up spontaneously from the inner depths, are vitalizing and strengthening to the divine forces of the soul.”

James Martin Peebles, about 45 years of age.

I believe my recent Poll results are rather interesting, and about what I thought they would be.
84 % believe in Past Lives. 9% believed it to be unlikely.
27% have seen a UFO, while 17% believe they may have, but 55% have not.
65% believe there is a UFO government cover-up and only 10% said no.

And these answers to this question really brought a smile to me. Have you ever had a message from:
An Angel? 50%
A Deceased Loved One? 64%
A Spirit Guide? 50%
An Extraterrestrial? 7%

Now I suppose many who visit my Blog do so because they have an interest in spirituality and spiritual ideas, but I am happy to see that people are listening to the whispers of love coming from their angels, guides, and maybe most importantly for healing of grief, from a loved one.

Those messages from loved ones may bring a lot of comfort, even years after a loss. I always feel it gives validation to the fact that consciousness lives on after the shedding of the physical body. And also is a reminder that love does not die but lives on.

For those of us who do believe in past lives, we probably realize that we may have been of the opposite sex in another life time, even time and again. That idea often makes me think about those who are homophobic or so against the opposite sex in some way. Is it about fear? Maybe memories that are in the recesses of their mind that might bring forward fear of a past life situation, or fear that they may be of that sexual persuasion again.

Today, Dr. Peebles is a spirit guide to many. Almost twenty years ago, he had spoken to us during a channeling about the coming increase in contact with the spirit world. He said more and more people would be having experiences which would validate the existence of spirit. He said that communication with the Other Side would become a normal, acceptable way of every day life and that what he refers to as the “illusion of separation” would become thinner—in other words, the veil between worlds would become more transparent. And in that transparency one would recognize his or her connection not only to God or the Source, but to each other as spiritual beings.

I believe that is happening. I have spoken with many people who have had mystical experiences. One cannot help but notice the upsurge in the hunger for spiritual connection and even spiritual material. And that is often being filled by the publication of many successful books, movies, and television shows on spiritual subjects, everything from angels, miracles, near-death experiences, mediumship and the body/mind/soul connection.

Dr. James Martin Peebles, in his terrestrial life, was a clergyman, doctor, author, and a leading Spiritualist who traveled all around the United States and the world on lecture tours, and was himself a medium. He was surrounded all of his life by what he referred to as his “band of angels,” a group of spirit entities on the Other Side that he was often in communication with.

As I wrote in my book, Three Principles of Angelic Wisdom, “The mighty hand of James Martin Peebles penned his fast-held beliefs and his indignation with the idea that spirit communication should cease because some church mind said it should be so. He wrote, "Spiritual beings are daily and nightly descending to communicate with, and minister to, their mortal brothers," an axiom he still holds [today as a spirit guide].

“He also had insight into the ever-present search for spiritual understanding when he wrote, ‘Humanity is pleading, yearning for knowledge. Inquirers are still asking, 'If a man dies shall he live again? And if he live why may we not know it?' And the search for knowledge goes on.”

And in my own search, last night I attended a healing/prayer circle at a nearby Spiritualist Church. The medium who was leading the small circle connected with my Dad. I knew almost as soon as she began giving his physical description it was Daddy. Two things she said about him, actually three, told me for sure it was him. I wasn’t really expecting him but then again I should have known he would be there as I had called on him and my late husband, Don three weeks ago when my mother was in the hospital with a mild heart attack. My sister told me she was in extreme pain and the morphine was not touching it after four hours or more, and her breathing had become very labored. I asked Daddy and Don to go to her and help her with her pain. Forty-five minutes later I received a call from my sister, who was with her, and she told me Mama was resting comfortably and peacefully.

Daddy’s been gone thirty years. My mother is 90 years old. I told Mama today about Daddy’s visit, and also told her about her night at the hospital, and she had no memory of being in that much pain, and she was happy to know Daddy was around. I was happy, too, but not surprised. He’s always been close by. And so is Don.

What the heck, we are all spirits, if we only remember that! Here or there on the Other Side, it matters not.

“The greatest illusion is that you are alone; never are you alone.” ~The Spirit, Dr. Peebles.