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... and as usual, a few of my favorite quotes:

“Today I will walk beside my faith, not behind my fears.
~ Unknown

“Aim at the sun.
You may not reach it,
but you will fly higher
than if you never aimed.”

~ A variation on J. Hawes writings

"Some things have to be believed to be seen."
~ Ralph Hodgson

Not failure, but low aim
is a crime.

~ James Russell Lowell

"You are everything that is
your thoughts, your life, your dreams come true. You are everything you choose to be. You are unlimited as the
endless universe
~ Shad Helmstetter

"At the height of laughter,
the universe is flung
into a kaleidoscope
of new possibilities.
~ Jean Houston

"If you do not think about
the future, you cannot
have one."
~ John Galsworthy

Lots of folks confuse bad management with destiny.
~ Kin Hubbard

And a few from one of my favorite men, Mark Twain:

"Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't."

"Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist but you have ceased to live."

"Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear."

"Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform."



It's Autumn (in the Northern Hemisphere), so welcome to my September newsletter.

I’m going to be writing today about Fear, perhaps the greatest threat to the human psyche.

First, though, the Fall Equinox is almost here (again in the Northern Hemisphere) and that deserves a few words. For those of you in the Southern Hemisphere, you’ve got the Spring Equinox headed your way and if you haven’t done so and have a chance to now, it would be a great time to read my April newsletter which was all about Spring and New Beginnings and Confidence.

For those of us up here, though, the Fall Equinox is also known as: Alban Elfed, Autumn Equinox, Autumnal Equinox, Cornucopia, Feast of Avilon, Festival of Dionysus, Harvest Home, Harvest Tide, Mabon, Night of the Hunter, Second Harvest Festival, Wine Harvest, Witch's Thanksgiving, and the first day of autumn.

The following information is something I found on the Religious Tolerance website, I hope you all find it as interesting as I have.

In ancient Britain both the solstices and equinoxes were the preoccupation of the mysterious Megalithic peoples who pre-dated Celt, Roman and Saxon on Europe's Atlantic fringe by thousands of years. Stonehenge and other stone structures were aligned so that the solstices and equinoxes could be determined and honored.

In ancient Ireland clusters of megalithic cairns are scattered through the hills at Loughcrew to celebrate both the solstices and equinoxes.

On the day of the fall solstice, astrologers have determined that the sun enters the sign of Libra — the constellation of the balance or scales.

The Christian Church replaced earlier Pagan solstices and equinox celebrations during medieval times, with Christianized observances. Replacing the Fall equinox is Michaelmas, the feast of the Archangel Michael, on September 29th and the Feast of Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary held on March 25th and perhaps Easter replaced the Spring equinox. In Judaism we’ve got Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur in Autumn and Passover in Spring.

The Native American tribe from Southern California, the Chumash, celebrates their Fall equinox sun ceremony during their month of Hutash (September). It takes place after the harvest is picked, processed and stored. Kakunupmawa is a ritual name for the Sun. According to traditional Chumash lore, all humans were known as children of the Sun, or 'sons of Kakunupmawa' The spiritual thoughts of the tribe would become focused on the importance of unity in the face of winter confinement, death and rebirth. The Chumash have also taught me, personally, the lesson of moderation at least once or twice a year in their Casino located in lovely Solvang, California. I do wish, though, they could teach me the joy of extreme wealth!

At this time of the year, the ancient Celts (Druids) conducted a mock sacrifice of a large wicker-work figure which represented the vegetation spirit. This might have been the origin of Julius Caesar's comment in his Gallic Wars that the Druids performed human sacrifices. Although he never witnessed a human sacrifice and never met anyone who had, this story has been accepted and repeated often enough to be accepted as truth.

This Celtic mock sacrifice has been reborn in the Burning Man Project, a yearly fall festival celebrated for one week in Black Rock Desert in Nevada here in the U.S.


Linda Simmon, C.Ht.
Certified Hypnotherapist and Life Coach

Is Fear Holding You Back?
by Linda Simmon C.Ht.

With the Equinox and the days of balance (day and night becoming equal in time), this is a good time to look at the limiting themes that have repeated themselves in your life. These limiting themes tend to be repeated as a result of fear: fear of change, fear of failure, or even worse, fear of success. And maybe that was okay in the past, maybe you needed that fear for a while for any number of reasons, but isn't it time to let go and move beyond the fear now? Isn't it time for you to move into the happy, healthy and joyous life that you deserve?

Do you really believe that you can create the financial life you want to live this year? Fall completely and deeply in love? Receive a big promotion or find your dream job? You know, those things in life that make you wake up with a smile on your face energized and ready to tackle each and every morning in anticipation of the wonderful and amazing opportunities that are coming your way!

Or have you put a lid on your dreams, blocked your hopes and allowed yourself to become resigned to settling for less: less in the current state of your finances, relationships, career and health because you are afraid of failing, afraid of disappointment. Or, even worse, have you decided that you’ve wasted so much of your life thus far, that there’s no longer any reason to try or hope or strive for anything different?

One of the most pivotal steps in improving your life from the inside out is the ability to open your channels of desire and to clearly define what it is that you most want and to let that desire flow through you again. For many people this is an uncomfortable process. Because so many of us believe that having unfulfilled desires will cause us pain, we have chosen, instead, to bury those desires, to put a lid on them, and hide them deep within our subconscious. We may be able to imagine things getting a little better here and there but, for the most part, we are afraid to dream, afraid to believe and afraid to hope and afraid to trust.

The reality of this world we live in is that desire is the life force of energy streaming through us. It is our desires that keep us alive and magnetic. People without strong desires slowly wither away, living only shadow lives of whom they were and who they were meant to be and who they want to be. The more we allow the energy of desire to flow through us, the more vibrant and alive we become, the more connected we feel, and life just gets better and better. So here are some constructive ideas of how to overcome that overwhelmed feeling and move away from fear:

  1. If you haven't done so already, write down your goals; and if you did write them down, get out your list and read it again.

  2. Take another look at each goal and ask yourself if you really want to have this goal at this time. Be honest. Don't keep a goal on the list because someone else thinks you need to do it, or because you think it is the kind of goal you are supposed to have. Your goals must be your very own. Something that is important to you right now.

    Our desire and our goals are like a living, breathing being. They change, they grow, we grow, sometimes we grow out of a goal or into a new one. Just because you wrote something down, doesn’t mean you can’t change your mind. Just make sure it is your mind that changes and not someone close to you who thinks you need to change it.

  3. Review the remaining list and set interim steps towards your goals that help you work up to them. As an example, if your goal is to run a marathon, set the distance goals over time that will build your endurance to the level you need to achieve.

  4. Remember the Power of Affirmations. Say affirmations daily!

If you haven't already discovered this, affirmations are a wonderful tool to help change beliefs and patterns that can get in the way of achieving your goals. I have found that the most effective way to use affirmations is to both say them aloud and write them out. When you say your affirmations out loud, you are giving instructions to your subconscious mind.

The subconscious mind gives all messages equal weight and doesn't differentiate between fact or fiction, so giving it more positive input in the form of verbal affirmations works to counteract any negative input we are receiving from others or from ourselves. Writing your affirmations out allows you to focus more clearly on what you have just said, making it easier to create a visual image in your mind.

Here are some suggestions on working with affirmations:

  1. Say and/or write your affirmations out several times a day. When you do this, actually use the moment to visualize what you are saying or writing. Affirmations work best when you create the reality for yourself each time you use them. If necessary, reinforce your commitment to say your affirmations by posting them on your bathroom mirror, your computer, the steering wheel of your car, your refrigerator or anyplace that you have to look at regularly.

  2. State your affirmations in the present tense because your subconscious is quite literal. If you say something like "I'm going to quit smoking." Or "I will lose weight." the message sent to your mind, the reality created is that you will get there someday, but not necessarily now. You want your subconscious to believe it is happening now so use phrases like "I am a non-smoker" or "I am thin and fit."

  3. State your affirmations in the positive. Always create an image of what you want in your life, not what you want to avoid. So say something like "I am in a happy and exciting relationship," rather than "I don't want to be with anyone who makes me miserable again." Or say, "I handle my daily stress easily and in healthy ways" rather than" I won't smoke when I'm under stress."

  4. Be specific. Since your subconscious is an excellent tool for creating reality, be clear and exact about the reality you say you want. Don't simply say, "I have a new car", when you mean to say, "I have a new red sports car with a sunroof and air conditioning and an awesome stereo system."

    Your affirmation should make you feel as if you just got a small little electrical shock. If it doesn't make you slightly uncomfortable or make you think "yeah, right." when you first say it, then you've picked an affirmation that isn't right for you. You've chosen something too easy to acquire.

    Don't let fear hold you back. If it makes you feel a little uncomfortable, then that means you are on the right track. You are working to re-program your subconscious mind with new information and positive thoughts. If you aren't getting a jolt then you are playing it safe and letting fear hold you back again.

  5. Revise your affirmations as needed to make sure they fit what your current goals are especially as you move further and further away from fear and your goals get bigger and better and closer.

  6. Remember to enlist support: Many of us are reluctant to ask for help and support, even though we would gladly give it if asked. Don't be afraid to talk to or call a friend, parent, life coach or whomever and ask for support. Support can come in many forms: encouragement, doing something together, talking about how to overcome a particular obstacle, laughing, crying and so on. If you have not asked for support much in the past, push yourself to ask for help now.

I am committed to helping everyone achieve their personal and professional goals and to help you move away from the fear that may be holding you back. So please remember, whether you want a one-time strategy session or on-going support, a personal session or a recorded session, I am here to help you.

Linda Simmon, C.Ht.


  • Exercise: The Road to Independenc
    Having to rely on someone else to help you, let's say, get out of the car when you're older would be a real drag. An alternative: pull some weeds, take a walk, hit the gym, or do whatever it is that gets you off the couch. Every hour a week you spend active now reduces by 7 percent your risk of being hobbled in old age. You may grumble about that hour you spend pulling weeds each week, but it means you'll have a better chance of being able to do life's daily tasks on your own when you're gray on top.

Staying active sure beats needing help with driving, tying your shoes, or cleaning your own home — although some of us could probably use the housework help, regardless! Getting physical reduces your chances of disability because, among other things, it builds the muscles, balance skills, and bone strength that you need not only to be mobile but also to protect yourself from injury.

  • Take Sleep Problems to Heart
    Still feeling tired when you wake up in the morning? And craving naps during the day?

    If you're sleeping long enough, your sleep quality may be the problem. And that's bad news, because studies show that disrupted sleep can raise the risk of clots — those dangerous blobs of congealed blood that have a knack for blocking blood flow to major organs. Just how might poor sleep raise the risk of harmful blood clots?

    Researchers still need to pinpoint the exact cause, but studies suggest that surges in nervous-system activity — found in patients with sleep apnea, which causes disrupted sleep — may provoke excessive clotting. And that could set the stage for a heart attack, stroke, or other dangerous condition. A daytime doze may protect your heart.

  • All About YOU: How to Heat Your Olive Oil
    No doubt about it. Olive oil is one of the healthiest fats around. But you'll kill the health benefits if you overheat it. It can become rancid and generate toxic chemicals.

    One solution: Instead of heating the oil in the pan, just spritz some on your veggies, meats, or taters before cooking them. It's fairly easy to overheat both olive oil and cold-pressed canola oil, because they have relatively low smoking points (the point at which they begin to burn). You'll know if you've overheated the oil, because it leads to that burned, charcoal flavor. Yuck.

Semi-refined sesame oil, peanut oil, grape-seed oil, and virgin olive oil may be your best choices for cooking, because they contain mainly unsaturated fat and have relatively high smoking points; all of the oils can be heated in excess of 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Extra-virgin olive oil starts to burn at about 320 degrees Fahrenheit. Unrefined canola and sunflower oils are even more delicate, burning at about 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Once an oil has been overheated, you end up canceling out the major benefits. But treat the oils right and they'll treat your body right, too.

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