Monday, September 30, 2013

Lourdes and Bordeaux, France

My cousin, Sylvia and her husband, Tom live in Vienna, Austria, and just had a trip to Lourdes, and to the city of  Bordeaux, France.  They enjoyed biking on the bike lanes along the river in Bordeaux. 

She sent me this beautiful angel from a cathedral in the center of Bordeaux.  

Pictures Sylvia took at Lourdes

 The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, commonly known as the Upper Basilica, Lourdes

Grotto Massabielle


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Chaos and Order, Dr. Deepak Chopra

"You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star." 
-Friedrich Nietzsche, (1844-1900) German Philosopher

Thursday, September 19, 2013

How to Live a Century, Dr. James Martin Peebles

Dr. James Martin Peebles, of whom I've written much about, was a leading Spiritualist, known world-wide during the second half of the nineteenth century and into the first years of the twentieth century.  He was a minister, physician, a prolific author, world traveler, U.S.Counsel to Turkey, served on American Indian commissions, peace commissions, women's rights, and an humanitarian involved in various causes.  He was born in Vermont in 1822 and died in Los Angeles in 1922, just 40 days short of his one hundredth birthday. He was an intuitive and medium during his lifetime.  Since the death of his physical body, Dr. Peebles has communicated with us on Earth via various trance-channelers, including former medium, Thomas Jacobson (who my husband, Don Pendleton and I, wrote about in our book, To Dance With Angels); and currently, Summer Bacon; and Athena Demetrios. In my follow up book to To Dance With Angels, Three Principles of Angelic Wisdom, I clairaudiently channeled Dr. Peebles for a look at the parallels of his spiritual life and his terrestrial life.  

In 1881, he published his book, How to Live a Century and Grow Old Gracefully.   In 1912, he spoke of his dietary habits in San Diego at the 17th annual California Spiritualist Association Convention.  As principle speaker at the convention, attended by more than 500 delegates and visitors, he opened his lecture advocating total abstinence, avoiding meat, alcohol, tobacco, and all stimulants, to enable long life. 

The headline in the local San Diego Union/Times, September 6, 1912,  read:

Avoid Meat, Rum and Tobacco and Live 90 Years, Says Peebles.

“I have lived ninety years because I have abstained from animal flesh eating, intoxicating liquors, tobacco and all stimulants,” declared Dr. J. M. Peebles, the principle speaker at last night’s meeting of the California Spiritualist’s association by way of introducing himself to his audience. 

"For seventy-four years, Dr. Peebles has been a lecturer on various subjects dealing with reforms calculated to benefit humanity.  He pronounced spiritualism the direct antithesis of materialism and declared all true Christians to be real spiritualists, believing in immortality and the ministry of angels."

He lived another ten years and nearly accomplished his "Century," and Don and I often felt we had completed that for him as we wrote our book in forty days!--and brought him again to world notice with the publication of To Dance With Angels in August of 1990.  I recently published a new Intro to the book, available at in print and Kindle, and audiobook.  

And from everything I have researched and read about Dr. Peebles, he also accomplished "growing old gracefully."  


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Meditation is the Opportune Time

In the most sublime sense, meditation is a dialogue with the body/mind wisdom and therein lies the most productive use of such time.

A simple technique for personal problems is to simply and firmly state the nature of the problem and request a solution while in a meditative state. We are all much wiser than many of us may think we are, and the body knows things that our minds often do not. To engage in an inner dialogue will often reveal the answers we seek.

We all have spirit guides who work closely with us. Meditation is the opportune time for you to communicate, through visual or auditory efforts. Within the slightly altered state of meditation, you hear messages with somewhat more clarity. Do you recall times when you were caught up in negativity and could have used some spiritual insight to move you more swiftly into the positive? Have you been given spiritual answers from time to time? Within the dream state, do you often feel you leave the body and have a communion, an opportunity for nurturing and uplifting of the soul?

Effective meditation can help us to become more balanced and centered in our full expression of life’s wondrous gifts, more resilient, more understanding and accepting of other points of view, more compassionate and sympathetic, more intuitive and creative, more responsive to the universal flow of life in which we are immersed. 

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