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Why We Tell Ourselves Mental Stories about Our Lives, and How to Get at the Meaning

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We all tell ourselves stories in our head at times, which often has the effect of entrapping us in drama.

We buy into our story, and this colors how we see the people and events we encounter each day. We no longer experience things as they really are, but through our particular colored lens.

In Alchemy of the Heart, Michael Brown doesn’t ask us to suppress our stories or stop telling them to ourselves. That’s almost impossible to do. Rather, he asks us to integrate the energy that’s involved.

Michael writes:

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What Is the Event Generally Referred to as "the Second Coming"?

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Spiritual Insight from the Namaste Book Your Forgotten Self

The expression “the son of man” that Jesus used doesn’t refer to just himself, but to a community of people that will eventually encompass the whole of humanity.

It’s a technical term used by the Hebrew peoples. If you read the 7th chapter of the story of Daniel, you’ll see that the son of man is the “saints of the most high.” It’s what today we call the body of Christ, of which Jesus is the archetype.

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Why Are Our Teen Years So Difficult?

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Insight from Michael Brown’s Alchemy of the Heart

It doesn't take much to see that we've got a problem with many of our youth today. In the main, our teens don’t learn the ways of a mature person.

On page 2 of Alchemy, Michael Brown states:

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Why Teen Culture Is in Trouble Today

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Insight from Michael Brown’s Alchemy of the Heart

Have you noticed how many people in our western societies have rings on various body parts? Many also have tattoos.

In one form or another, body piercing is popular today, especially with young people.

In Alchemy of the Heart, Michael Brown suggests this is significant. He comments:

The nature of our human experience is that we continue to do what we are supposed to do whether we are aware we are doing it or not.

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Are You Living Out Your Evolutionary Purpose?

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Insight from Michael Brown’s Alchemy of the Heart

We might not generally be aware of this, but at some point in the past we all came from indigenous cultures.

At that time in our evolution, we were deeply embedded in nature, whose rhythms had a powerful effect on our everyday lives. We attuned ourselves to these rhythms instead of racing helter-skelter through our days as if nature didn’t have an affect on us any longer.

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Do You Love Yourself? Are You Sure?

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Spiritual Insight from the Namaste Book Your Forgotten Self

Do you love yourself? It’s a question worth a little pondering. Are you sure you love yourself?

Certainly a lot of people on our planet don’t seem to love themselves. And I don’t just mean people like the Nazis, whose dirty secret was that they hated themselves.

Can there be any doubt but that individuals such as Hitler, Saddam Hussein, Colonel Gaddafi and his henchmen, and many other tyrants hate themselves?

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"Why Does This Keep Happening to Me?"

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Insight from Michael Brown’s Alchemy of the Heart

Have you ever found yourself saying to yourself or to a friend, “Why does this keep happening to me?” or, “Why does this always happen to me?”

Many of us find we tend to repeat experiences again and again.

These repetitive experiences may not always be in the identical form, but at some level it’s as if at times we are going around and around in a revolving door. No matter how hard we try to get somewhere, we end up at the same place.

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If There's a Pushiness in Your Voice and Actions, You're Experiencing an Unresolved Emotional Charge

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Insight from Michael Brown’s Alchemy of the Heart

Whenever we feel a push within ourselves or are feeling driven, we are experiencing not the flow of conscious awareness but an emotional charge that’s unresolved from our past, most often childhood.

We may experience a pushiness in our voice as we talk. Or we might feel a driven sense as we seek to accomplish tasks.

Instead of an easiness, a restfulness, a peacefulness, there’s a somewhat forced feel to what we are saying or doing.

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The Real Issue with Losing Yourself Around Another Person

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Insight from Michael Brown’s Alchemy of the Heart

Suppose a person finds themselves in an abusive relationship. Perhaps after years of abuse, they finally discover the courage and means to leave.

What tends to happen now is that the person feels as though the relationship caused them to lose themselves, reducing them to someone who couldn’t even make decisions for themselves.

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Do Your Words and Actions Flow, or Are They Charged?

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Insight from Michael Brown’s Alchemy of the Heart

Life regularly presents us with situations that trigger in us a reaction, though many people are perhaps unaware they are reacting to a situation rather than responding to it constructively.

Emotional reactions are damaging to ourselves and our relationships, whereas an appropriate response increases our quality of life.

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