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Variety of Experience is Essential to Understanding

VARIETY OF EXPERIENCE IS ESSENTIAL. Our automatic reactions show us what we really know, what we really think and believe. It’s hard when the mind’s default setting is focused on the woes of the world. You literally have to make it a daily discipline in order to “break” the habit of unhelpful thoughts. You’ll know you’re properly trained when you’ve practiced the situation so repeatedly that your intent overrides the muscle memory. Whether it’s worrisome thoughts, midnite snacking or knowing when to pull a gun, in the heat of the moment, are you disciplined enough to remain focused and clear headed to properly assess the situation and react appropriately?  TRAIN YOURSELF, make it a DAILY PRACTICE to remain focused and when the time comes, there will be no mistakes.

The prefrontal cortex, which controls thinking, logic, knowing what to do, responds to EXPERIENCE as it develops. The wider the variety of experience, the more development. Example: live in one town your whole life? Only talk to a handful of people? Not much variety of experience. Alcohol, nicotine, amphetamine, cocaine, morphine and psychoactive drugs diminish elasticity in the prefrontal cortex, which affects their thinking, logic, knowing what to do. Someone with little life experience, on a diet of alcohol and nicotine is gonna feel safe with people who feel familiar and end up agreeing with them and following their beliefs, often to their downfall.

Train yourself to be aware and observant. Train yourself to discipline your mind so you’re never so overtaken by emotion that you make fatal mistakes. Make it a point to READ a variety of viewpoints, EXPERIENCE new places and people, BE OPEN MINDED — for the sake of experiment — to what other people believe is the truth and why. Knowledge is power.

The October Horizons is now online, here are the horoscopes

The Oct Horizons is now online at October 2021. ON THE COVER: Apollo Love was a homeless teenager and high school dropout who went on to become an Amazon #1 Best Selling Author and a 2-time reality show star featured on MTV’s True Life and ABC’s Glass House. I saw Glass House and recall him being outstanding as a voice of reason and keeping it real. On page 22 he details how Covid exposed New Age Narcissism (reprinted with permission from Elephant Journal.)  Find him on Facebook and visit https://www.apollopoetry.com/
Here are your October horoscopes:

Aries – (March 19 – April 18)

Dear Aries, regarding the private sector you are not immune to an impressive turn of events. Your loves are upside down, looking for answers, you might come across a betrayal in love. Let the stars do their thing, no need to get worked up, look ahead, it is not the moment to start new projects, the moment is badly chosen. From October 19th, you have good planetary aspects, before this period so stay cautious. Around October 23rd thanks to a small unexpected cash flow your finances are better. When it comes to your love life, a situation must be clear, there are still some points to settle. Do not wait too long to act, the time that passes you deserts you.

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A toddler’s prefrontal cortex isn’t fully formed = no self control

“My favorite reply to a parent scolding their child in public for “something they’ve been told not to do” is to remind them that their prefrontal cortex isn’t fully formed yet which means they don’t have the executive functioning for self control. Instead what they are doing is encoding a traumatic response pattern in their child’s limbic system and in their actual body. Which will not help them later in life at all.”  David Jacques

When “thinking positive” doesn’t help — you were just taught another set of wrong thoughts is all

I did a reading last night for a friend with a lot of health problems.  ”I try to think positively” he said, “but it’s hard to think positively when I can hear my bones pop and crunch with every step. I am depressed because I’m in pain all the time.  All I can think about is how much it hurts and that I will have to deal with this the rest of my life. So don’t tell me to think positive.”  The problem  is that he’s not yet learned how to phrase a positive thought.  It’s like people who say that affirmations don’t work.  If your self talk isn’t working for you, you just need to know how to phrase  it the right way.  Repeating the wrong thing to yourself all the time won’t help.  Reminding yourself of the right things can help you begin to move out of your current situation.  And to remember the right things, you need to say the right words and they need to be true and they need to have meaning for you.   Continue reading

Don’t worry about WHERE the money will come from

In a session with a friend last nite I was asked a typical question: “Where will the money for a new house come from?” This question is always asked from the standpoint of a certain level of understanding. The good news is our understanding is always upgraded with every new bit of knowledge. FIRST, discard the idea of what you can and cannot make money doing and discard the idea that you need to know WHERE the money is going to come from. It’ll come from wherever it is right now. Don’t wrack your brain tryna figure out how or from where. 

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Insist that people pay and they will

Many spam calls lately have been offering to collect my debts from clients who haven’t paid. I don’t do business like that. If they pay, they get service. If not, they don’t.  That way I don’t contribute to them going into debt.

BIG FAT BIZNESS SECRET:

If you make people pay, they will pay. Those who don’t will go elsewhere and make room for those who do pay. They really will.

Andrea’s September 2021 Editorial

Andrea de Michaelis

Hello and welcome to the SEPT 2021 issue of Horizons Magazine. This time last year I was pouring over seed catalogs and deciding what to plant in October when it cools off. Tomatoes, collards, kale and peppers for vegetables; Thai, lemon and holy basils, rosemary and parsley for herbs and I began dozens of sunflowers. My entire back porch turned into a greenhouse for seedlings and garden supplies and I was out there all hours.

By July this year, 8 months later, the tomatoes and peppers were almost done, the herbs and collards still going strong. It was a rewarding project but a lot of work. In retrospect, I shouldn’t have begun a vegetable garden at the same time I was transplanting dozens of tree saplings to my west yard for privacy from the new home built next door. But it paid off because now, just one year later, there’s a line of trees and bushes giving us privacy between our properties, and my west yard is lush and green again. 

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Sept Horizons is now online, here are the horoscopes

September 2021

The September Horizons Magazine is now online at September 2021 Horizons and here are the horoscopes.

Aries – (March 19 – April 18)

ARIES: MOOD FOR SEPTEMBER 2021
You are in great shape, perhaps a little agitated. All month long, successive influences push you to reach out to others, collaborate, exchange, and love… Your moods are changeable but somewhat balanced, and you can nurture interesting, enriching, or profitable communication with your loved ones. You consolidate your achievements, settle down in a particular material or moral ease, leave room for others, and enrich your relationships by stronger or more numerous bonds. This is an excellent month to meet new people and charm some of them.

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You can be a Vision Keeper for loved ones in the path of the storm

There’s a storm out there.  During times like this, it’s important to remember that if you’re in the path of it, prepare as well as you can, then know that it can pass right over you and NOT leave you devastated.  Your home can be left standing when all around it may not. Remember that is a possibility and it’s tied to your belief and expectation.  It’s possible for every one of us to experience the storm fully, yet be unharmed and un-inconvenienced by it. Knowing that and believing that helps.

BE A VISION KEEPER FOR LOVED ONES IN THE PATH OF THE STORM

If we’re NOT in the path of the storm but have loved ones who are, we can help them right where we are, sitting in bed in our pajamas. When The Weather Channel  shows the storm front moving closer and closer, we can watch the storm image on the screen with the sound muted, take it into our meditation and do some Vision Keeper work.   Continue reading