Monthly Archive: July 2005

Once-A-Day Prescriptions for Joy
 by: Keith Varnum

1. Act whimsically at least once a day.

Do something that is outrageous or totally out of character, out of the
box, not the “usual” you. Invite spontaneity. Do something meaningless,
without any purpose or value—just because you feel like it, just
because it’s fun! Surprise yourself!

Don’t dress outside in. Dress inside out. Let your spirit define “who
you are” rather than the outside world. Don’t rely on external
image—clothing, hairstyle, status symbols—to tell people who you are.
Wear your inner self proudly and let it attract what is most harmonious
to you.

Expand your playground, your arena for self-expression. Practice
harmless and minor outrages. Seek a larger freedom in your life. In the
unexpected comes the joy of feeling truly alive.

2. Throw away one item a day.

Or give it away to Goodwill or someone who will actually use it. For
every unused item you discard, you create the space for a truly useful
item to come into your world.

Clear the decks! A major cause of loss of energy is lots of “stuff”
that accumulates around us. Schedule time to keep the piles—physical
and mental—from building up. If you don’t, the backlog will sap your
energy and overwhelm you. You may think that doing Feng-Shui takes too
much time, but creating open space in your world actually frees up more
time and energy to attract the people and opportunities that will
really satisfy your heart and soul.

3. Every day forgive one act of yours or someone you know.

By living a life of conscious self-acceptance and learning to forgive
ourselves, we become able to forgive others. The gift of forgiveness is
for ourselves, not the person who caused us pain. By forgiving, we are
taking back the control that we have given over to those who we feel
have hurt us.

By learning to forgive others, we give ourselves the gift of freedom
from the past. Forgiveness loosens the debilitating constraints of
anger, resentment, cynicism and despair—and frees our heart to swell
with joy. When you feel someone has harmed you, try to understand the
situation by putting yourself in his or her shoes. Stop holding others
and yourself hostage. Accept our human tendency to make mistakes and
move forward.

4. Meet one new person a day.

Every human being has a unique story to tell—and a special gift for
you. Every personal life story you hear expands your own personal
horizon of possibilities. Even a one-minute encounter with a stranger
enlarges your universe.

5. Discover one new shape in Nature every day.

As you encounter shapes and forms that are new to your awareness each
day, you increase the possibilities for re-shaping your world. As you
expand your experience of the infinite spectrum of ways life expresses
itself on the planet, you add to the range of choices and options
available to you.

6. Every day ask one fresh question of life you’ve never asked before.

The quality and scope of one’s life is determined by the quality and
scope of one’s questions. Questions open doors, invite change, welcome
new opportunities. Question the past—liberate your future!

7. Each day eat one new food you’ve never eaten before.

Or mix foods and ingredients that you’ve never combined before. Or eat
a type of cuisine you’ve never enjoyed before. As you open to fresh
culinary experiences, you also open to fresh social and spiritual

8. Change one old entrenched attitude each day.

Take ownership of your attitude. You control your attitude. It’s not
something that you are genetically or environmentally stuck with. You
can choose your attitude.

Avoid all-or-nothing thinking. When we fall into the trap of the
all-or-nothing mindset, we experience any obstacle as equaling total
failure of the entire project—or of one’s entire life. Try not to
overreact or blow events out of proportion. Focus on what is working in
a situation, not on what’s not working at the moment. Don’t let the
little things drive you crazy, weigh you down or immobilize you.
Lighten up, smile more, frown less.

Remember that each step in life is just one small step—and is not
necessarily a vital or crucial step. If you don’t succeed at that step,
try another approach in another direction from another angle. Keep the
big picture in mind. Breathe.

9. Find a fresh aspect of your life to laugh about every day.

How do angels fly? They take themselves lightly.

Certainly there are times when life presents major challenges and one
needs to act clearly and directly, but behaving responsibly and
efficiently does not by any means preclude humor and light-heartedness.
In fact, a flexible, fluid, upbeat approach and attitude is crucial to
releasing magic and miracles into the healing equation.

Inspiration and breakthrough are often born from the spirit of
playfulness and exuberance. A spontaneous wink, a funny smile, a comic
gesture can unlock deep fears and stress in a stern person or tense
situation. Through conscious silliness the soul can emerge.

Doctors, nurses and attendants now use “clowning” in hospitals to jolt
and move the healing process with patients. Scientific studies prove
that when people are laughing and having fun, they experience less
physical and psychological pain—and recover faster. Laugh more, mend
quicker and live longer!

10. Be silent and still once a day.

Make regular time for yourself in which you can be totally alone. Just sit quietly with no expectations. Do nothing!

This may feel very uncomfortable and strange in the beginning. Do it anyway.

Give yourself time and space for the inner voice to make itself heard.
Your inner voice will speak either during that quiet time, or else
during the events of the rest of your day. Or a synchronistic event
will occur. Or someone will tell you the message you need to hear. Or
you will get a sudden flash of insight in the shower or watching a

11. Tolerate one less undesirable aspect of your life each day.

Take action to change the situations in which you are settling for less
than your desired dream. You can only compromise yourself—and your
dream—so much before you lose sight of the vision altogether. The
things you are putting up with keep you from being yourself and
evolving as a human being.

Speak up. Once you know what you need, let others know. Be honest with
others about your needs and boundaries. If you remain silent, you’ll
disappoint yourself and others more than the truth ever could do.

12. Take on one fresh risk or challenge every day.

Fear less, dare more. Take at least one action each day that scares
you. Face one truth you haven’t been able or willing to acknowledge
before. Don’t let fear paralyze you. Set yourself free.

Take your aliveness up a notch. Ask for more and reach for more.
Upgrade your dream. Revitalize your life. New experiences make our
lives richer.

13. Tell one new person your dream everyday.

Network. Elicit feedback from a trusted friend, mentor or family
member. Listen to a neighbor, co-worker or store clerk. Value your
relationships. Call someone who is uplifting, or uplift someone else.

It’s your joy—to use or lose.

About The Author

Keith Varnum has 30 years of practical success as an author,
accupuncturist, personal coach, filmmaker, vision quest guide and
international seminar leader, and is the owner of and

None can reach heaven
Who has not
Passed through hell.

All is too little that the world can give.

I shall save earth,
If earth consents
To be saved.

He Who Chooses The Infinite
Has Been Chosen by the Infinite

Love is a yearning
Of the One
For the One.

selections from “Savitri” by Sri Aurobindo

The body is a
temporary container for breath. The persona is a temporary container
for Self. Breath and Self are deeper than any experience or set of
conditions. They arise inwardly and thus cannot be defined externally.
When you breathe deeply, you let go of the tension that creates
dis-ease in the body. Rhythmic breathing takes into a state of physical
ecstasy When you remember Self, you go beyond your attachment to the
idiosyncrasies of your persona. You experience a peace and a freedom
that lies beyond the conditions that appear to being you. As  Self,
you are never a prisoner of conditions. How could you be? If you see
yourself as a prisoner or a hapless victim, you are in your persona.
When you dwell in your Self, you know yourself to be totally innocent
and free, regardless of what others may believe about you.

-Paul Ferrini, Miracle of Love

Ego is the part of you that doesn’t know that you are loved. It can’t
give love, because it doesn’t know it has love to give. How do the
unloved and unlovable find love? That is the cry of every soul in exile
in the world. Ego must be taught that it has love. This is a
threatening proposition, for as soon as ego recognizes it has love, it
ceases to be ego. Ego must die as ego, to be reborn as love. Now you
know why most people resist enlightenment. The idea of waking up is
scary to anyone who is still asleep. You keep thinking “When I wake up,
I may not be there!”

– Paul Ferrini, Love Without Conditions


uppermost in mind that love transforms. Every single act of love
release blocked energy in your body. Unconditional love heals the body
and the mind. Keep reminding yourself of this truth until it becomes
your reality. Love is a frequency that you can choose to tune into,
just as you tune into a frequency on a radio.

– Wayne Dyer, Manifest Your Destiny


When I’m tuned into my chatterbox

  • I try to control
  • I don’t notice my blessings
  • I need
  • I am insensitive
  • I am in turmoil
  • I am blocked
  • I don’t know I count
  • I repel
  • I take
  • I am bored
  • I am empty
  • I am filled with self-doubts
  • I am dissatisfied
  • I have tunnel vision
  • I wait and wait
  • I am helpless
  • I never enjoy
  • I am always disappointed
  • I hold resentment
  • I am tense
  • I am a robot
  • I am being passed by
  • I am weak
  • I am vulnerable
  • I am off course
  • I am poor
  • I am lonely
  • I am afraid

When I’m tuned into my higher self

  • I trust
  • I appreciate
  • I love
  • I care
  • I am at peace
  • I am creative
  • I count
  • I attract
  • I give and receive
  • I am involved
  • I am filled up
  • I am confident
  • I am content
  • I see big
  • I live now
  • I am helpful
  • I am joyful
  • I go with what is
  • I forgive
  • I am relaxed
  • I am alive
  • I love getting older
  • I am powerful
  • I am protected
  • I am on the path
  • I let go
  • I have so much
  • I am connected
  • I am excited

Taken from Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers, Ph.D.

Gurus, gurus everywhere.  The ones outside inform and entertain, thrill and disappoint.  The One inside liberates.

– David Holmes


Consider all the things you do on a daily basis. Among those actions,
there are numerous self-defeating ones, things you do over and over
again just out of habit. Perhaps you eat a bowl of fattening ice cream
when you get bored or stressed. Maybe you make cruel remarks to others
just to get attention. Little self-defeating habits such as these may
not seem like much, yet it is precisely their apparent insignificance
which makes them so destructive. Because before long, without your even
thinking about them, they add up.

So give yourself a priceless gift today. Identify one of those little
self-defeating actions, and find a self-empowering action with which to
permanently replace it. Replace the bowl of ice cream with a brisk walk
around the block. Or replace the cruel comment with a sincere

Get your habits working for you rather than against you. Look closely
at the negative, self-defeating ones. Why have you tolerated them this
long? Because they fill a void and because you rarely think about them.
So stop and think about them and the negativity they impose upon your
life. Then kick them out and fill that void with more positive,
empowering habits. You’ll find it’s one of the very best gifts you can
ever give yourself.

– Ralph Marston


If we could realize that the work is to keep doing the work, we would be much more fierce and much more peaceful.

– Clarissa Pinkola Estés, “Women Who Run With the Wolves”

Thangs are already taking off for Pathways.  We still need to open a checking account in Arkansas, finish designing the Test for the B.R., and design the Bachelor’s certificates and Minister’s License and wallet card.  But we already have several interested parties.  Come check us out!  Pathways Seminary

Looking for unconditional love in a world of conditions must inevitably fail. Since all your brothers and sisters are acting out of shame-based patterns, they cannot offer you the love you know that you deserve, nor can you offer it to them. The best that you can do is raise each other’s awareness of the love that is necessary and begin taking responsibility for giving it to yourself. If you do not take responsibility for bringing love to your own wounds, you will not move out of the vicious cycle of attack/defense, guilt and blame. Your feelings of  rage, hurt and betrayal, all of which seem justified, will just fuel the fire of interpersonal conflict and continue to reinforce your unconscious belief that you are unlovable and incapable of loving.
– Paul Ferrini, Love Without Conditions

As much as possible, keep your faith a private matter between you and God. The inclination to broadcast your views and convert others to your way of thinking invites the ego into an area where only spirit is successful. The moment that you attempt to persuade others of the rightness of your way of thinking, you stop the process of faith and manifestation. Why? Because you are now in a position of needing to explain and defend yourself. You have a need to be right and make others wrong. You lower your energy vibration to the frequencies of conflict, anger, resentment, fear and the like, all of which crop up when you invite ego into your faith. It is “the spirit that gives life, the flesh counts for nothing.” Stay in spirit and keep the flesh out of it.
– Wayne Dyer, There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem

That is not our way, to set yourself apart and talk about who you are and what you’ve done. You let your life speak for you. With the Mohawk people, wisdom is how you live and how you interpret what your mother and father, what your grandmothers and grandfathers have told you about this world – and then how you interpret that into the fact of living every day.
– Tom Porter, Mohawk

Today, I commit to savoring my life.  I resist the temptation to fill every waking moment with activity, and instead, I make time my ally and friend.  My life is a priceless experience, a gift of Spirit, and I value myself enough to take time to be present in it, aware, open and joyous.  I am worthy of this joyful time spent in savoring my life!
– Akaysha

Well, I have a new business.  I and 3 of my good friends have
started a religious order and seminary.  The website just went up
today; the incorporation papers got filed today.  We’re open for
business.  Here is the letter I have posted to some of my
groups.  Please wish us luck.


Pathways Seminary is now in business, offering real degrees on pagan
and Lightworker subjects.  The validity of these degrees will be
proven by our graduates.  We offer Bachelors, Masters and
Doctorate Degrees — at present in Eclectic Paganism, Gardnerian Wicca,
Irish Witta, and Corellian Nativist Wicca, but we will be branching out
to other traditions and non-pagan lightworking.

We will also be issuing Minister’s Licenses — for a two-year period,
verifiable, renewable, AND REVOCABLE, so that if a County Clerk calls
us for verification, we can tell them if the license is still in good
standing… and we will do complete, fair investigations on ethics
violations to determine whether we do not want that person representing
all of us in Pathways.

We will also be offering some individual online or audio classes at low
cost, including Reiki I, II, and III attunements at much less than is

And plan to form the Pathways Foundation with our profits, if any, to help those of us who are in desperate need.

Please visit us at Pathways Seminary!

Co-Founder, Pathways Sanctuary

Fahrenheit Inferred Scale… or it’s whatever you are accustomed to…

Degrees Fahrenheit:
60 Californians put on sweaters (if they can find one)
50 Miami residents turn on the heat
45 Vermont residents go to outdoor concerts
40 You can see your breath
Californians shiver uncontrollably
Minnesotians go swimming
35 Italian cars don’t start
32 Water freezes
30 You plan your vacation to Australia
25 Ohio water freezes
Californians weep pitiably
Minnesotians eat ice cream
Canadians go swimming
20 Politicians begin to talk about the homeless
New York City water freezes
Miami residents plan vacation further South
15 French cars don’t startCat insists on sleeping in your bed with you
10 You need jumper cables to get the car going
5 American cars don’t start
0 Alaskans put on T-shirts
-10 German cars don’t start
Eyes freeze shut when you blink
-15 You can cut your breath and use it to build an igloo
Arkansans stick tongue on metal objects
Miami residents cease to exist
-20 Cat insists on sleeping in pajamas with you
Politicians actually do something about the homeless
-25 Minnesotians shovel snow off roof
Japanese cars don’t start
-30 Too cold to think
You need jumper cables to get the driver going
-35 You plan a two week hot bath
Swedish cars don’t start
-40 Californians disappear
Minnesotians button top button
Canadians put on sweaters
Your car helps you plan your trip South
-50 Congressional hot air freezes
Alaskans close the bathroom window
-80 Polar bears move South
Green Bay Packer fans order hot cocoa at the game
-90 Lawyers put their hands in their own pockets