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Your Search for the Truth

The most important thing you’ll ever do in your life is to name your personal truth and use it to guide everything you do and say. Knowing what you believe, knowing your personal truth, is the key to living an

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When you know your personal truth, you’re free to soar, to risk, to experience abundant life.

honest, open and true life, a life that acknowledges the pure essence of who and what you are.

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7 Ways to Know if Your Life is Aligned – #5 Is the Hardest

A few weeks ago I wrote about how we allow others to change us over time. We make small changes in our own words and actions in response to their expectations or demands.

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From time to time we need to open the book of our life and examine it closely to discover the details a casual observer will never see.

We begin to accept as normal certain words or actions from them or ways that they treat us that previously we would have judged unacceptable. Over time, those incremental changes can end up taking us far away from our true selves. Continue reading

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Never Let Words have Power Over You

Why do you let words have power over you? I heard from some readers after I wrote about the controversary of using either ‘the n-word’ or the actual word. Some were offended that I dared to say

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Words can hurt, and when you let them, they fester and become your master. To free yourself from the power of those words over you, take back the power through repeated use, until you have reduced them to mere words on paper.

nigger, even when calling it an offensive word. Some agreed that using substitutions for the word creates further barriers.

More than one suggested that using it repeatedly takes the power away from the word as a pejorative, the way homosexuals adopted use of the word queer and made it their own. (Remember, the original meaning of queer was ‘strange,’ or ‘odd,’ and only later did it become a slur.) Continue reading

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