Wednesday, December 22, 2010

"Today is a Good Day."

“Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”
~Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)


Read my post at my other blog: Today is a Good Day.


~Linda

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Giving


What I like as 2010 is coming to a close and on the edge of a promise of a new year hopefully filled with happiness, contentment, and health, is taking the time, always about this time of the month or between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, to give. I don’t mean the Christmas gifts for family and friends, but the gifts given to those we may not even know at all.

Today I packed a small box that will go out tomorrow to a Women’s shelter in a nearby city. I made two dozen inspirational bookmarks as that was one thing listed on their Wish List. I enclosed a dozen small notecards, several pair of new crocheted slippers and new pairs of panty hose.

I also gave donations to my favorite charities. I love donating a flock of chickens, a baby goat, or even a share of a pig. Check into Heifer International Organization.

And Feeding America. It was previously called America’s Second Harvest. I like this one a lot, too. The food stays in your local area if you would like.

Others you may want to consider are Clinton Foundation (AIDS and Malaria), Elton John AIDS Foundation, Habitat for Humanity.

These are my favorites.

And who knows, I may end up giving more chicks, ducks, or rabbits, before the year is out. Try it. It may make your heart feel warm like it does mine.


~Linda






Sunday, December 12, 2010

Dolphins and Loving Allowance





















Dr. James Martin Peebles (1822-1922)

Dolphin photo by Linda Pendleton


A number of years ago, while writing our book, To Dance With Angels, Don and I had a discussion with spirit guide Dr. James Martin Peebles, about the intelligence of animals. Dr. Peebles was being channeled by trance medium, Thomas Jacobson. Here is an excerpt from our book as Don asks Dr. Peebles our question for this particular interview that day.

DON: We have heard you speak to others regarding other intelligent species on Earth—that maybe humans take a little too much pride in that we tend to think of ourselves as the only self-conscious life on the planet. Can we talk about that?

DR. PEEBLES: Yes, well . . . the dolphins . . . whales . . .each individual whale and dolphin is a slightly different case, but overall the dolphin is—in the human concept of intelligence, which is limited—the dolphin is close, not quite equal to but close to the human being. However, there are some individual dolphins that are far superior to many or most human beings. More important, perhaps—the teaching of loving allowance is the greatest teaching for the planet Earth—and I'm not speaking of that in terms of addressing or listening to us, this source here—but in any words you want to use, in any language, in any religion, those parts of each religion, those parts of each philosophy that address in some way the concept of loving allowance. That is the lesson and teaching of Earth. And that, in many ways, is why anything comes to the planet Earth to learn, and the greatest teacher of that upon the planet is the dolphin.

The greatest experience of that is the dolphin. Their concept, their experience, as a community is such—they don't really need to change the human being, they just allow the human being and, uh . . . for they know, they have this intelligence that all will be as it will be, according to your growth, your karmic cycles.

So, for example, if a dolphin is captured, the dolphin won't necessarily be ecstatic about that experience, but will quickly surrender and become family with the captor rather than rebel. So the dolphin—not the clown but the teacher of laughter—uh, people walk away from watching the dolphin and they almost believe in God again, uh . . .they have been taught by a great master, although they might call the dolphin a clown.

So the dolphin is a great teacher, and a great experience of allowance—that's okay, it doesn't affect them . . . and so, uh, another is a species that is not accepted by most humans . . . uh, typically called the Yeti. Accepted or not, this is a real life form. They, as well, are extraordinarily gentle creatures and beings, and they, as well, are extremely intelligent and are, uh, teachers of allowance.
From their perspective, as from the dolphin's perspective, the human being is the—in the literal term—can be a vicious beast—uh, to watch and listen to human beings talking about the beasts of the jungle is a little laughable . . . uh, so there are many different and new perspectives to see, for the human mind to see.

Pride in intelligence is perhaps one of the more subtle but consistent barriers to greater love among the civilized arenas of the earth.

DON: We see this also as intellectual arrogance.

DR. PEEBLES: Yes, correct; exactly. Which, of course, is demonstrated and experienced, cultivated inside one because one does not love self. One is afraid that one is not talented, and so a demonstration of intelligence is a technique of “trying to feel better than.” If you feel better than, you might be respected. If you are respected, then you feel loved. But what everyone finds out in their own karmic life cycles is they'll be respected again and again; they'll achieve their goals and become very successful and life will respect them. And then they die lonely. They say, “Wait a minute, I guess maybe respect isn't love, so maybe it was a waste of time trying to be superior,” and so forth.

To Dance With Angels Excerpt, © Copyright 1990 by Don and Linda Pendleton. All Rights Reserved.

Read more about To Dance With Angels by Don and Linda Pendleton
More about Dr. James Martin Peebles (1822-1922).
The Spiritual Psychology of Dr. Peebles


~Linda

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Believe





“The only thing that stands between a man
and what he wants from life is often merely
the will to try it and the faith to believe that
it is possible.” ~David Viscott, M.D. (1938-1996)








~Linda

Thursday, December 9, 2010

In The Silence


Dr. Judith Orloff, as always, gives us excellent tools to enhance positive energy.



~Linda

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Nature Quotations and Photographs


"Tis the last rose of summer,
Left blooming alone;
All her lovely companions
Are faded and gone."
~Thomas Moore (1779-1852)

Copyright by Linda Pendleton

"Sweet is the breath of morn, her rising sweet,
with charm of earliest birds."
~John Milton (1608-1674)



"Oh! the snow, the beautiful snow,
Filling the sky and the earth below!
Over the housetops, over the street,
Over the heads of the people you meet:
Dancing,
Flirting,
Skimming along,
Beautiful snow! it can do nothing wrong."
~John Wittaker Watson (1824-1890


Copyright by Eric Stephens


“The clearest way into the universe
is through a forest wilderness.”
~John Muir (1838-1914)

Copyright by Linda Pendleton


“We are the stars and planets, the wind and the
rain,
the sands and the seas, we, the miracles of creation,
are everything that has ever been.”
~Don Pendleton and Linda Pendleton,
Whispers From the Soul: The Divine Dance of Consciousness


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Turn Black Friday into Bright Loving Light with Wearable Sculpture


How about some angels and how about turning Black Friday into a day of bright loving light? Need gift ideas?

My good friend Liam Herbert has beautiful spiritual art work, bronze sculptures and wearable sculpture.

This is one of my favorite jewelry pieces. Take a look at his work.
~Linda

Friday, November 19, 2010

Ebook Sales and Free Gifts


"The veil that clouds your eyes shall be lifted by the hands that wove it."
~ Kahlil Gibran


My ebooks at healingebooks.com are now on SALE. With each purchase you receive FREE ebook gifts. Read more about the books:
A Loving Presence:
Signs and Symbols
From Your Angels and Spirit Guides






How Thin the Veil!


150 Years of Spiritualism


















The UFO Phenomena:
The Cosmic SOS


Here are examples of some of the free gifts that are available.



~Linda







Saturday, November 13, 2010

Journey Beyond Death





Infinity: The Ultimate Trip --Journey Beyond Death
A Film by Jay Weidner
Featuring Gregg Braden, Dannion Brinkley, Renate Dollinger, Stanislav Grof, John Holland, Dzogchen Ponlop, Robert Thurman, Alberto Villoldo, Neale Donald Walsch and Brian Weiss, Gregg Braden, Dannion Brinkley, Renate Dollinger. Stanislav Grof, John Holland, Dzogchen Ponlop, Robert Thurman, Alberto Villoldo, Neale Donald Walsch and Brian Weiss.



~Linda

Inspiration




“Inspiration is universal. It over-swept with grandeur all the past ages, and is just as fresh now as in time’s earliest morning. Poets, as much as prophets, are illuminated with a divine radiance. They think, they write and sing from the very depths of their being.”
~ James Martin Peebles (1822-1922), author, spiritualist, physician, healer

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Mattie Stepanek Peacemaker Award

"Peace IS Possible, if we choose to make it something that matters, and if we seek to balance all basic needs of all people in all spaces of our world." -- Mattie J.T. Stepanek (1990-2004) poet, peacemaker, philosopher.

The Mattie Stepanek Peacemaker Award, 2010.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Pet Loss, It Is Real Grief

















I put my cat, Snickers to sleep a few days ago. It was a very difficult decision, and one I had put off for several weeks, wanting to avoid grief. Although I knew I could not avoid grief, I was only partly avoiding grief because I was suffering already, and at times, the way Snickers looked at me, I knew he was suffering grief also. He knew, too, that our time together was about to end. All the years we’ve been together, nearly 14 years, I have insisted he was psychic, so how could I now deny he knew?

I have been treating him for kidney disease for more than three years, and during that time he might stabilize for awhile but in the last couple of months he had gone further down hill, dropping weight constantly, barely eating in the last week or so, and was also anemic. He was fourteen and I had him since he was 7 months old.

Pet loss is as real as the grief we suffer when any loved one dies. I know all about grief, I’ve lived it—I write about it. I also know that the loss of a pet (or any new loss for that matter) can bring to the surface past grief. And I was not ready to go there, until ... I knew he was ready ... and that forced me to be ready. He went peacefully, not putting up any kind of argument. It was time.

So I am in grief. I really miss him. I’m not greeted at the door, nor do I see him sitting at the window of my study as I back my car out of the drive, nor do I have him asking for milk or snacks when I go into the kitchen. I find myself commenting on a TV program out loud expecting him to react to my comment as he always did. Now when I go to bed he does not curl up with me, or when I sleep late I do not have his paw gently touching my face, his way of telling me to wake up. I miss his physical presence and hope to feel more of his spiritual presence as soon as I can move through a little of the aloneness. Right now, the grief is blocking those subtle spiritual connections. I feel that, I know that, but the letting go is still difficult. Maybe in a few days it will be easier.

It’s been a week and a half and the tears still come. Yesterday I began looking at kitties up for adoption at the local humane society. But right now, I don’t dare go there in person. And it is raining today, a good reason to stay right here at home.

I know it would be best if I give myself a little more time to grieve. But it hurts. I knew it would. But I know he is free and healthy again. And this time he can run through the tall grass, chase the birds and butterflies, climb the trees, and do the little things he could not do while living in my home. That day when we said our goodbyes, I told him it would be like that for him. And those words of mine calmed him as I held him and I believe gave him comfort and peace.

If you go through grief from the loss of your pet, don’t let anyone tell you: “Oh, what’s the matter with you? It’s just a cat.”—“It’s just a dog.” Obviously and sadly, the person who would say that to you does not understand love, let alone, understand unconditional love.

Today, 15 years ago, my husband, Don Pendleton died. I asked him to greet Snickers (whom he did not know in the physical), and I am sure he did, not only for me, but for Snickers. That is what love is all about.

Grief counselor, Marty Tousley, CNS-BC, FT, writes about grief and pet loss. Listen to an audio interview with her speaking on “Pet Loss: A Different Kind of Grief.” You may also find her website and grief forum helpful, along with her grief healing ecourses, if you, too, are going through difficult times.

~Linda


You may like to read my earlier posts on animal intuition:

The Eyes and Souls of Critters; Animal Intuition

Telepathic Animal Communication


Monday, October 11, 2010

Forgivenss Meditation by Don and Linda Pendleton

A short Forgiveness Meditation by Don and Linda Pendleton, from our book, Whispers From the Soul: The Divine Dance of Consciousness.




~Linda

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Peace For Our World, Mattie Stepanek


Young poet, philosopher and peacemaker, Mattie J.T. Stepanek (1990-2004) wrote this poem following 9-11-2001. Even today his words have such strength, meaning, and inspiration, for living peacefully and with respect for all others. It is reminder for today's attitudes about acceptance, diversity, equality, and events of bullying (cyber and otherwise), hate crimes, as well as terrorists acts.

Mattie was a wise and beautiful soul, so far beyond his years. He published his inspirational poetry and essays and you will find them in his HEARTSONGS series of books, and in JUST PEACE: A Message of Love, cowritten with former President Jimmy Carter. His mother, Jeni Stepanek's book, MESSENGER: The Legacy of Mattie J.T. Stepanek and Heartsongs, (Forword by Dr. Maya Angelou) is now available in paperback, and also Kindle.



For Our World


We need to stop.
Just stop.
Stop for a moment.
Before anybody
Says or does anything
That may hurt anyone else.
We need to be silent.
Just silent.
Silent for a moment.
Before we forever lose
The blessing of songs
That grow in our hearts.
We need to notice.
Just notice.
Notice for a moment.
Before the future slips away
Into ashes and dust of humility.
Stop, be silent, and notice.
In so many ways, we are the same.
Our differences are unique treasures.
We have, we are, a mosaic of gifts
To nurture, to offer, to accept.
We need to be.
Just be.
Be for a moment.
Kind and gentle, innocent and trusting,
Like children and lambs,
Never judging or vengeful
Like the judging and vengeful.
And now, let us pray,
Differently, yet together,
Before there is no earth, no life,
No chance for peace.

September 11, 2001
© Matthew Joseph Thaddeus Stepanek
Used with permission from Hope Through Heartsongs, Hyperion, 2002


Read my review of JUST PEACE: A Message of Love.

~Linda

Monday, October 4, 2010

Mystic Connection





"Much on earth is hidden from us, but to make up for that
we have been given a precious mystic sense of our living bond
with the other world, and with the higher heavenly world."
~ Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov, 1880

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Angelic Whispers of Love Book


My latest book now available at Amazon.
"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
"We are never alone. We are surrounded by the love, wisdom, and guidance of spiritual Beings of Light-our angels and spirit guides from the Other Side. Within the pages of Angelic Whispers of Love, Linda Pendleton shares messages she has received from the world of spirit, messages overflowing with love and inspiration."

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Science and Spirituality

Nancy at Life in the Second Half Blog has an interesting post today (actually all her posts are interesting and inspirational if you do not already know that) Her post is on Greg Braden and his video series The Science of Miracles.

Although I've never read any of Greg Braden's books, I have heard him interviewed often on Coast to Coast AM Radio and have watched videos. He marries science and spirituality in an inspirational and enlightening way.

As Nancy writes: "Greg Braden takes complex material related to science and spirituality and puts into an easy-to-understand format. Reiterating the importance of prayer and positive, peaceful thoughts, this series has much to offer. There are seven parts, between five and ten minutes each. If you choose to watch some or all of it, please let me know what you think."

So go to her blog post, and then watch the interesting videos, and then back to
her blog to share your comments with her.

Earlier this year I posted a blog "The New Norm" about Greg Braden and Doreen Virtue.


~Linda

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Norweigen and Danish Textbook UFO Article


Today I had a request for permission to use an article of mine in a Denmark school textbook, in print format, and also as an electronic interactive book. The article of my UFO sighting has been included in a Norwegian 8th thru 10th grade textbook, Crossroads 8 written by Halvor Heger, since 2006.


The Crossroads textbook is in English and is used to teach English to the Norwegian students. I found that Halvor put together an interesting book for his students and I was pleased to be included, and in the same section of the book as former President Jimmy Carter's UFO experience. The new Danish textbook editions will be published in early 2011.

An excerpt of my article was used, with just a minor edit. Here is my original article.


~Linda




Sunday, September 5, 2010

Physicist Stephen Hawking and God

"Why do I worry for Stephen Hawking? I suppose it is a fear that I have misinterpreted his moving forces, and that what I have characterized above as "unemotion­al scientific detachment" is in fact an almost passio­nate desire to live in an alternative universe without God. If that be true, to whatever degree, then his inner world will almost certainly be at cross purposes to his work in the outer." ~Don Pendleton, A Search for Meaning From the Surface of a Small Planet.


That quote written by my husband Don Pendleton was not written today in regards to Hawking now leaving God out of the picture, but is from Don's book written more than 18 years ago. Read an Excerpt from his chapter ALTERNATIVES TO GOD regarding physicist Stephen Hawking and other scientist that I just posted at my other blog, Drops of Ink Upon the Page.

~Linda

Friday, August 27, 2010

UFO Disclosure Project, Dr. Steven Greer



Who are the extraterrestrials? Are we alone? I think not, as does Dr. Steven Greer.

Steven M. Greer, M.D., has been working on his Disclosure project for several years. His talk here in this video is excellent--informative, credible, and humorous. His talk is long but well worth listening to!

My friend Thomas Jacobson brought this to my attention yesterday. Thomas has done spiritual and mediumistic work for many years, and was the trance medium who channeled Dr. James M. Peebles for the interviews Don and I did for our book, To Dance With Angels. (thanks, Thomas)

I have been aware of Dr. Greer for a number of years as he is a frequent guest on Coast to Coast AM Radio show with George Noory. But I was not aware of this video of his talk in Barcelona last year.

Thomas commented, "Among other things, a most fascinating experiment and procedure that his [Dr. Greer] team uses to purportedly achieve communication/response from the ETs."

Dr. Greer not only goes into his discussions and disclosures with President Clinton but also more recently with President Obama. It sure appears our presidents' hands are tied in being able to disclose the truth of the extraterrestrials.

I guess my major concern is WHO is tying their hands.... and it has appeared, the hands of other world leaders. And how can those WHOEVER have so much control? Darn right scary! I don't mean the extraterrestrials are scary—but the persons who have control of keeping this information away from us!

What are your thoughts? Are you part of the 80% ?





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~Linda


Thursday, August 12, 2010

CA Gay Marriages Return


Love and equality wins out, at least for now. About time.

The Judge rules to lift the ban on gay marriage and gay marriages in CA can resume on August 18.

Our Former Governor and now Attorney General (and current candidate for Governor), Jerry Brown, who has considered Prop 8 unconstitutional as many of us have, today quoted the words of Frances Wright, a leading feminist of the 19th Century (1795-1852):
"Equality is the soul of liberty; there is, in fact, no liberty without it."

Why is it so difficult for people to get that? And why, in a country founded on religious freedoms, why does religion even have a say in someone's choice of love and matrimony?

It will be so nice when we can get beyond these biases and accept diversity, and allow equality not only for ourself but for everyone--no matter race, religion or sexual identity.

It seems time for our country to catch up with the rest of the world.
~Linda

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Miracles, Big and Small


Today I was formatting my book, A Walk Through Grief: Crossing the Bridge Between Worlds for ebook publication in addition to print and Kindle, and wanted to share this.

Possibly you have experienced something similar, but if not, I do hope you are open to the possibility of experiencing this sort of thing. This is from my Chapter 9, Miracles, Big and Small:

If we can accept the fact that life does not end at death and that our loved ones are still around us then it should be easy to believe that from time to time we can experience communication with them and from them. That communication may come through to us if we are open to receive it and believe that it could occur. It may come in subtle ways, or it may be profound, we may have healthy skepticism, or we may deny that an unmistakable event has occurred right before our eyes.

Just recently I had the opportunity to spend the afternoon with a woman I had met about two years ago, several months following her husband's death. We had not seen or spoken to each other since that last visit. This time, we had the commonality of widowhood to discuss. As we talked and exchanged experiences, she told me she had asked her late husband for a sign that he was still around her. She asked him to give her one red rose. She dared him to do it and she set up a deadline. She had to have the rose by the following Thursday at midnight. That particular Thursday afternoon came and she received an unexpected package in the mail from one of her dear women friends with whom she had not discussed her challenge to her deceased husband. Inside the package was a pretty blouse and lying on top of it were two dried red roses. She laughed and said, "See, he couldn't do it. I didn't want two roses, I asked for one."

It was my turn to laugh. "He sent you two roses. He showed you he could do it and do one better."

"But I only wanted one rose," she insisted. We both had a good laugh.

A recent Time magazine poll reported that 69% of people believe in miracles. But how do we classify a miracle? Does it have to be a profound event such as the Virgin Mary appearing to the children of Medjugorje?–or could it be our deceased grandmother standing at the foot of our bed? Is it an extraordinary healing or mysterious warning voice that calls out and saves us from disaster? Could it be the tears flowing from a religious statue or is it a little two year old boy who says he has been playing with his deceased grandfather? Is it the appearance of a guardian angel at a time of deep depression or could it be the warm hand on our shoulder when no one is around?


Or, could a miracle be two red roses?

If we are not open to receiving a miracle in whatever form it comes to us we may miss it. Albert Einstein said, "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."

So, as Einstein told us, the choice in how we perceive our world is ours, and ours alone. Miracles may come to us in many guises, in subtle ways, without a marching band announcing their arrival, through prayer, without demand, with just a glimpse, when most needed, through epiphany, at a moment of meditation, with the helping hand of a stranger, with the cry of a newborn infant, or with the wrinkled hand that reaches for one last touch, with the flower that bursts forth revealing its beauty, and with every beat of our heart and every breath we take. Life is a miracle. Each one of us is a miracle. The world is filled with miracles, tiny ones, big ones, incredible ones, profound ones but never, ever, insignificant. The cosmic dance of life is filled with miracles, it is the way God planned it. He would expect us to embrace them with joy, reach out with anticipation, revel in the extraordinary beauty, and allow ourselves to be touched by His gifts. If we expect a miracle, it may very well be ours.



~Linda

Thursday, August 5, 2010

CA Prop 8 Ruled Unconstitutional


"I leave you, hoping that the lamp of liberty will burn in your bosoms until there shall no longer be a doubt that all men are created free and equal." ~Abraham Lincoln



Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker overturns CA Gay Marriage Ban, with some strong language, ruling "Proposition 8 is unconstitutional under both the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses."

The Court's Conclusion:

"Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed, the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite sex couples are superior to same-sex couples. Because California has no interest in discriminating against gay men and lesbians, and because Proposition 8 prevents California from fulfilling its constitutional obligation to provide marriages on an equal basis, the court concludes that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional."

This is good news that we are moving ahead in having equality for all. This Federal Court decision is being called an historic decision and although the ruling will likely be appealed it is really beside the point, as gains have been made. It was shocking to many of us Californians, young and old, that Prop 8 even passed, but many say we can thank the Mormon Church for that television ad campaign that aired several times a day with false information.

I just read a poll released by the Public Religion Research Institute and the results show that Prop 8 would not pass today ... so there seems to be hope that gays and lesbians will have their equal treatment in our country in the near future. I have also found it rather interesting that East Coast states and Iowa have been more progressive than the West...CA....in allowing gay marriages. Even many other countries are ahead of us in this regard.

It could be so nice when citizens of our country can dissolve prejudices and biases in all areas of life: race, culture, sexuality, and religion. Our social climate is changing but we do have a ways to go.

The two excellent lead attorneys for the gay couples were Ted Olson and David Boies, who were on opposite sides of a legal battle between George W. Bush and Al Gore over the results of the 2000 presidential election but joined forces in representing the plaintiffs in this lawsuit. Kind of ironic, huh? Yet, when I first heard they were on the case I was optimistic.

In May of 2009, Ted Olson stated, "We are two lawyers from opposite ends of the political spectrum who have come together to support one of the most important issues of our time,...it is not about liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican. We're here in part to symbolize that."
And at that time David Boies said, "Our Constitution guarantees every American the right to be treated equally under the law. There is no right more fundamental than the right to marry the person you love and to raise a family."

Read full transcript of the Court's Decision.


~Linda

Friday, July 30, 2010

Inspiration



“Our moments of inspiration are not lost though we have no particular poem to show for them; for those experiences have left an indelible impression, and we are ever and anon reminded of them.”
~ Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)



What inspires you?



~Linda

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Angels



I love this song, Where the Angels Fly by Chris Spheeris. It is from his Album Pathways to Surrender.





~Linda

Monday, July 26, 2010

The Questioning of the Unknown



"Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth Unseen, both when we wake and when we sleep."~John Milton

I came across an article in The DENVER POST written by Joanne Ostrow about psychics, mediums and other paranormal events that have become common place on our television and movie screens.

Ostrow wrote, “Between-world spirits, reincarnated beings and plain old dead folks are casting shadows all over the network schedules. It's a good time to be a ghost on TV.

Psychics, mediums and other ghost whisperers have found a place in the public imagination. Procedural dramas increasingly rely on that extra dimension for a plot boost. These days, it's not enough to bring good detective skills to the table. Clever crime solvers need a direct line to the great beyond, too.

What does this say about the cultural moment? Why is the medium overrun with mediums?”

Within the article she quotes Stuart Fischoff, professor of psychology at California State University and Los Angeles bureau chief for Psychology Today, in regards to this interest in the paranormal. He stated, “It's in our DNA. The questioning of the unknown, it's what the ideas of God and Mother Nature are all about. To help explain the unexplainable. These (paranormal ideas) are being exploited by entertainment, not created by entertainment."

Well said. I agree that the increased interest in the paranormal is innate within mankind--communication with angels, spirit guides, and loved ones, along with channeling, psychic readings, and all, has always taken place in our American culture and in most all others. I believe the escalation in acceptance of the phenomena may be because we now have “permission” to talk about it as we see it nightly in our homes, in our theaters, and read it in our books, and on the Internet.

I have been saying for some time now, with television presenting shows such as those of mediums John Edward, James Van Praagh, Lisa Williams, series like Medium and Ghost Whisper, movies such as Ghost, and best-selling books by the aforementioned psychic mediums, have made the subject acceptable and moved it out of the “spiritual closet.”



~Linda

Friday, July 9, 2010

Interview with Athena Demetrios, author of “The Seasoning of a Soul”







My friend, Athena Demetrios is a professional medium and trance-channel and works with Dr. James Martin Peebles and the I AM Teachings of Saint Germain and other Ascended Masters. I’ve taken this opportunity to ask Athena a few questions about her nonfiction book now available at Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Audio, and at other online bookstores. It is receiving a great reception—and of course, her book is very deserving. The Amazon reviews with five-star ratings show how her memoir is deeply touching readers.

My endorsement on the back cover of her book reads: “The Seasoning of a Soul is a sensitive, inspirational, and fascinating story of life, a look into pain and joy, fear and courage, and the beauty of a soul’s awakening. A must read for those on a spiritual search.” Linda Pendleton, author of To Dance With Angels.

Linda: Athena, what motivated you to share your life story?

Athena: I had a lucid dream once of sitting at a table surrounded by spirit guides and teachers discussing with me the challenges of writing my book. This was around the time I had been introduced to Dr. Peebles in the early eighties through his medium Thomas Jacobson. I had been receiving communications after I would meditate that seemed very ethereal ... not like me. Dr. Peebles confirmed that my desire to write was the beginning of a channeling state in which I was being encouraged to write about my own growth in life and that my need was to become very public in this life. Yikes! That thought alone made me want to run to the hills to hide. Nothing quite as frightening as to hang the ‘ol butt out naked for the world to see. He told me to let it be raw and it is just that. Raw. I also knew that this is something I said I would do in this lifetime and I did not want to make my transition and look back knowing that I backed down out of fear. Another factor was that a complete stranger, a well known psychic approached me in a mall shaking a finger in my face while saying, “You need to be writing ... you could be helping millions of women.” I went home and threw caution to the wind. It was the knowing that my odyssey could be of help to others.

Linda: You and I had a number of conversations about self-publishing. Other than being able to move ahead in the publishing process and not worry about agents, advances, and other publisher problems, why did you choose to put the book out in this way?

Athena: Having worked in the film industry as long as I have I saw advantages to self-publishing for a variety of reasons. State of the art sound recording for the audio version of the book was one consideration, not giving up all the rights was another, but after some research I really didn’t see the advantage of a traditional publisher. I wanted to do my own book cover, etc. ... I am very hands on with graphics. But the bottom line ... my intuition told me to go that route.

Linda: You have a quote on the back of your book, “A spiritual odyssey that will open your heart.” How perfect a description of your book. I doubt anyone can read it without being touched deeply, not only in their heart, but in their soul. You’ve had an incredible journey all these years but it’s not over. What do you see for yourself now in these next chapters of your life?

Athena: It has only been recently that I have been able to see with greater clarity the divine purpose in sharing these experiences and how they relate to my most silent prayer ... to be an inspiration for others. I know what it feels like to be lost in the black hole. I am amazed that readers are commenting how deeply it is touching them. Joy ... that is what I see for myself in the golden years of my life ... and I am a golden girl now ... all 63 years. Speaking to larger venues ... sharing the odyssey, inspiring people to connect their inner strength to their own master within. That brings me joy and I feel such passion about it. I love the light inside of people. I just want to hear, listen and be led by spirit. How great is that?!

One last note here ... When I told Dr. Peebles I finished my manuscript he said, “One of your spirit guides just fainted and another is fanning him awake.” He also commented that they had a great debate on the spirit side whether or not I would finish the book in this life because my resistance was so strong. 70% said I would not. It only took 28 years to write! The greatest pleasure I have had is to say to my guides and teachers ... Oh ye of little faith!

Linda: Thank you, Athena. I’m sure Dr. Peebles and the “gang” are delighted you completed your book as it will inspire many, many people.

Visit Athena Demetrios’ website here and read an excerpt of her book. Also you may like to read an interview I did with Athena not long ago. 

~Linda

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Intuitives—“a species unto themselves”

Photo Copyright 2010 by Ted Grussing

Psychiatrist and empath, Judith Orloff, M.D., states in this article at the Huffington Post:

"In my psychiatric practice in Los Angeles and in my workshops I've been struck by how many sensitive, empathic people who I call "emotional empaths" come to me, lonely, wanting a romantic partner, yet remaining single for years. Or else they're in relationships but feel constantly fatigued and overwhelmed. The reason isn't simply that 'there aren't enough emotionally available people 'out there,'' nor is their burnout 'neurotic.' Personally and professionally, I've discovered that something more is going on.

“In Emotional Freedom I describe emotional empaths as a species unto themselves. Whereas others may thrive on the togetherness of being a couple, for empaths like me, too much togetherness can be difficult, may cause us to bolt. Why? We tend to intuit and absorb our partner's energy, and become overloaded, anxious, or exhausted when we don't have time to decompress in our own space.”

Read the rest of her article here

Are you intuitive? Do you indentify with this in any way? ... feel different? Need your space, more than most people might?


~Linda

Sunday, July 4, 2010

To Dance With Angels by Don and Linda Pendleton

"This great book correlates with all that I have learned in my own longtime studies of life and death. It should be read by all who wonder about the magic of life. It is powerful, it is beautiful, and it rings with truth. I loved it!"—Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, M.D., Famed Thanatologist and Author of On Death and Dying



Surely each of us, at least once, has looked up from some private task and seen, for an instant, a flesh and blood apparition of a departed loved one or felt some subtle kind of communication which comes from the other side.

The pages of To Dance With Angels hold a key to the meaning of life on planet Earth and all that lies beyond, revealed to the authors, Don and Linda Pendleton, in a clear and simple language by one who has experienced it all.

James Martin Peebles, the "grand spirit," was born in 1822 in Vermont and died in 1922, days short of his one hundredth birthday. Clergyman, physician, author and world traveler, Dr. Peebles was highly active on Earth, and from the other side has remained keenly interested in human destiny, regarding communication with Earth as "my greatest recreation, greatest pleasure, and most extraordinary growth." Shortly following his death, his communication with Earth was established and through various mediums throughout the world, continues to this day.

To Dance With Angels is structured around a series of in-depth interviews with Dr. Peebles through the mediumship of Thomas Jacobson and is a definitive study of man's spiritual nature and a refreshing, inspirational, and enlightening look at life and death.

Dr. Peebles shares his wisdom, angelic wit, and humor on subjects such as birth and death, past lives, guardian angels, love and relationships, and the lessons we have chosen here on Earth. His spiritual psychology is "down-to earth" and easily incorporated into our every day lives. It is a book for anyone looking for spiritual understanding and Surely each of us, at least once, has looked up from some private task and seen, for an instant, a flesh and blood apparition of a departed loved one or felt some subtle kind of communication which comes from the other side.

"To Dance With Angels is not merely a very, very good book but a great one. And I do not use the word ‘great' loosely. A book that, ideally, everybody should read."
—Richard S. Prather, Author of the Shell Scott Mystery Series

"...powerful and deeply moving experience, potentially life-changing [and] of universal importance. The book is sublime."
—Whitley Strieber, Author of Communion and Transformation

"The world through the wise eyes of Dr. Peebles. An unusual book filled with sound advice—
no matter what your beliefs about spiritualism."
—Dr. Frank Vandiver, President Emeritus, Texas A&M University, Historian, Author

"Extremely readable and full of brilliant insights... ndoubtedly genuine...this book is an important addition to the literature of spirit communication."
—Colin Wilson, Author, Authority on the Paranormal


Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Nature




"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


"I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes." ~e.e. cummings



"To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon the verdant green hills is the most perfect refreshment." ~ Jane Austin


"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished." ~ Lao Tzu



"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



"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks."
~John Muir


"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."
~Albert Einstein



"We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts."
~William Hazlitt






Photographs © Copyright 2010 by Ted Grussing.
Photos taken in Village of Oak Creek, Sedona, AZ

~Linda





Saturday, June 26, 2010

Judge J.W. Edmonds, Famous Mediums, Part 4

“Surely God would not have created a being as man ...
to exist only for a day!
No, no, man was made for immortality.”
~Abraham Lincoln





Famous Mediums, Part 4

Judge John Worth Edmonds (1816-1874), a well-known lawyer, New York State Senator, Judge of the New York Supreme Court Judge and Court of Appeals, was a Spiritualist and a medium. His daughter, Laura, also had the gift of mediumship and spirit contact.

Apparently Judge Edmonds stood firm in his Spiritualist beliefs and research he did into the credibility of several other mediums, even while being attacked often in the press and in political and social circles for his beliefs . The chief communicators were alleged to be Emanuel Swedenborg and Francis Bacon. Judge Edmonds wrote the following: Letters and Tracts on Spiritualism; Spiritualism, Volume I (1853); Spiritualism, Volume II (1855); and Uncertainty of Spiritual Intercourse (1856).

Those of you who have read my blog for awhile and know of my books, will know that Dr. James Martin Peebles is my spirit guide and is the subject of two of my books, To Dance With Angels, written with my husband, Don Pendleton, and my later book, Three Principles of Angelic Wisdom.

This is an excerpt from my ebook: How Thin the Veil! 150 Years of Spiritualism, in which I quote Dr. Peebles in his earthly writings in regards to Abraham Lincoln and then Judge Edmonds.

* * * * * * *
Abraham Lincoln was regarded as a spiritualist by many and was said to have held séances in the White House and "frequently attended séances at the residence of the Lauries in Washington. The daughter was a medium." In his 1903 book, What is Spiritualism?, Dr. James Martin Peebles, M.D., recounts some of that history. "It was in this same family that Miss Nettie Colburn was entranced by spirits purporting to be Jefferson, and the fathers of our country, and who plead of President Lincoln to free those four million slaves in bondage. (See Mrs. Nettie Colburn-Maynard's work, entitled 'Abraham Lincoln, a Spiritualist.') Lincoln's emancipation message was an inspiration from the spirit world. Judge Edmonds, delivering an oration in Hope Chapel, N.Y., upon the life of Lincoln, gave the proofs of this. It is undeniable."

Though Dr. Peebles did not give us details of any of those proofs, he did give some background on Judge J. W. Edmonds. He served as an attorney in the law office of ex-President Martin Van Buren, became a New York State Senator in 1831, was appointed a Circuit Judge in 1845, was elected Judge of the (New York) Supreme Court and later, in 1851, took his seat upon the bench of the Court of Appeals. Peebles explained that Edmonds considered himself an agnostic until his wife's death in 1850 when he began experiencing her presence and on-going contact from the Other Side, until by 1851, he "became quite fully developed himself as a medium for visions, allegorical pictures, and direct communications from the spirit world written through his own hand. His daughter Laura also became a writing medium, and a trance medium with the gift of tongues. The Judge now openly avowed his Spiritualism, lectured upon it in public, wrote articles in the American and foreign press."

Peebles quotes the Judge as saying, "Spiritualism has deepened my faith in God, and the spiritual life and teachings of Christ. It has also inspired me with the most kindly Christian feelings toward all conscientious religionists of whatever name or party."

Continuing further, Dr. Peebles explains, "The pride, as he was of the New York bar for years, a jurist of unimpeachable integrity and keen discernment, as well as an authority on international law, Judge Edmonds was not only a Spiritualist, but a spiritual medium with fine clairvoyant gifts."

Judge Edmunds wrote of his daughter Laura’s mediumship and xenoglossy. On occasion, while in trance and contact with a spirit, she would bring messages forth in other languages, Greek, Spanish, and American Indian: Chippewa and Menomonie tongues.


To Read
Famous Mediums, Part One, Betty
Famous Mediums, Part Two, Lenore E. Piper
Famous Mediums, Part Three, Eileen J. Garrett



~Linda

Friday, June 11, 2010

Messages from my Angels



Photo © Copyright 2010 by Ted Grussing


At times I receive messages from my angels and guides. My spirit guide, Dr. James Martin Peebles, Elizabeth, a beautiful being of Light, and the “group.” I hear their words clairaudently and each has their personality, so I am able to distinguish from whom the message comes.

Here are a few of their inspirational comments:


“Reach out with love and touch someone.
With that gesture the angels sing,
and the heavens resonate with joy!”


“Sit quietly and wait to hear our words.
They will come.
‘Ask and you shall receive;’
those are still words to live by.
We are here.”


“Angels of light, angels of love,
we are here to dance with you.
Hold our hand, twirl and twirl,
listen to the melody,
sway to the rhythm,
souls in unison,
moving joyfully through the cosmos.”


“Reach out and take the hand of your angel,
and you shall know love.”


“You cannot escape love.
It is the essence of all that is.”


“It is our joy to communicate with you.
We are honored to be able to touch you with love.
Each of you is an angel.
You, too, spread your love
as you share yourself with others.
We exchange healing energy, we give to you,
and, you give to us.
We all come from Love
and return to Love.
But in our sharing,
we find the true meaning of Love.”


~Linda Pendleton

© Copyright 2010 by Linda Pendleton




Thursday, June 10, 2010

School Planet Earth




“Celebrate, Celebrate—for you are eternal. You cannot fail, and all of the challenges of Earth are nothing but schoolbooks in a big school called Planet Earth, where you are guaranteed graduation...eventually.
~Spirit Guide, Dr. James Martin Peebles,

From the book, To Dance With Angels by Don and Linda Pendleton


Roses Photo by Linda Pendleton

Monday, May 24, 2010

"What Befalls the Earth..."

Mono Lake, CA



"What befalls the earth befalls all the sons of the earth.
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)

Saturday, May 15, 2010

"Healing, One Lesson at a Time"

Photograph Copyright © 2010 by Ted Grussing



Self Healing Expressions: Self-Healing ~ Spiritual Healing: Online Courses and Healing Articles
and a Monthly Newsletter

I don’t know if I have written much about my ecourse publisher, Self Healing Expressions, or if any of you have checked out their inspirational website when I have mentioned it--but you should.

There are some great ecourses, and they cover Emotional Healing, Spiritual Healing, Physical Healing. The lessons are sent to you daily or weekly: Reiki Courses, Life Purpose, Shamanism, Feng Shui, Dreams, Holistic Prayers, Soul Mates, Laughter Therapy, Journaling, Nutrition, Angels and Spirit Guides, and more. I have two ecourses there, and three ebooks at their sister site. Healing Ebooks, “to guide and support you on your healing journey,” and free bonus gifts are offered with each purchase of an ebook.

But in addition to those many ecourses, and the growing number of ebooks, all of us on the faculty have written articles that you can enjoy reading for free.

Marty Tousley, an accredited bereavement counselor, has some excellent articles and ecourses on grief, and also on grief in coping with pet loss. Just the other day I referred my neighbor to her works as they had to put to sleep their rescue dog, a blind cocker spaniel, who they rescued when she was eight. She’s been a neighborhood fixture for a few years now, and we’ll all miss her evening walks and wagging tail.

June Cook and her husband, Ken Cook, founded Self Healing Expressions and their mission is: “To educate and empower individuals towards greater health, well-being and harmony with the earth and each other; to provide expert technical and marketing support to those with messages of spiritual healing, holistic health, hope and peace.”

You may want to sign up for the free monthly ezine that June puts out. It’s always interesting and inspirational.

And hey, I’ve very much enjoyed working with them now for several years. I really have to thank Marty Tousley for encouraging me to contact June with ideas for my ecourses. That was in 2003. I can’t leave Mike Monastero out of the team...as he’s the webmaster, and he’s good at it!

I’m sure you will find articles that you will be interested in reading. There’s a bunch to choose from.

Here are reviews of a few of the courses (including one of mine)

First Year of Grief by Marty Tousley
"Thank you very much! Your course supported me through the worst time of my life! I really looked forward to my e-mails. I have saved all of them so I can read over all the wonderful advice and loving comfort it gave me. I would definitely take another class with you and probably will in the near future. I will also recommend your course to others!" ~ Jackie Wimberly, Florida

Healing with Feng Shui and Color by Deborah Redfern
“I want to express my gratitude to Deborah Redfern for the magnificent Healing with Feng Shui and Colour course shared with a friend (yes, Self Healing Expressions offers a two-for-one-course!). I started reading the course with an enthusiasm which grew daily as I was reminded of Feng Shui already learnt but Deborah has a unique way of introducing new aspects of healing. I loved the daily quotes and the different websites offered to explore if interested. You feel the generosity of information flowing through Deborah as her knowledge seems inexhaustible!" ~ Carole Schneider, Master Teacher of Interior Alignment

Dreams for Healing: Using Dreams as a Pathway to the Soul by Laura V. Grace
“This is an amazing class that is helping me connect to myself through dreams. Dreams hold so much helpful information. Little by little Laura is helping me understand how to tap this far-reaching resource. It is an incredibly enriching course!" ~ Gena Lumbroso, France

Journey to the Heart: Exploring the World of Spirit and Our Connection to It by Linda Pendleton
"Awesome, awesome, awesome. I have saved each lesson and will return to them for refreshing incentive frequently. As a cancer survivor, this course came into my life just at the right time. I can't thank Ms. Pendleton enough." ~ C.H., Florida

I do hope you will read the articles there and sign up for the monthly ezine. Every month when it comes I want to share it with others. And you may want to do the same.

Enjoy, Linda


Flowers of Springtime



“Come the spring with all its splendor,
All its birds and all its blossoms,
All its flowers, and leaves, and grasses.”
–Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882)


“Each flower is a soul opening out to nature.”
–Gėrard de Nerval (1808–1855)



“Nature is an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God
speaks to us every hour, if only we will tune in.”
–George Washington Carver (1864–1903)





“I found that when I talk to the little flower or to the little peanut
they will give up their secrets...”
–George Washington Carver (1804–1903)







“Look about, O what do I see?
O Spring, smiling at me–
Wake up, O pretty flower,
Spring has come, now is the hour!”
–Linda Pendleton

Photographs Copyright © 2010 by Linda Pendleton