Tess Pender's Articles (15)

Be Immune to Praise and Blame

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Explores the dangers of praise and blame to the helping professions.  Explains the seductiveness of praise, and describes the daily practice taught in twelve step programs used to avoid falling into

addiction to people-pleasing.  Includes several slogans useful in avoiding internalizing praise or blame/



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Newly ordained Ministers are warned to never listen to the comments at the end of a service.  After delivering a sermon, the Minister stands…

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Added by Tess Pender on July 2, 2017 at 3:25pm — 2 Comments

Three Keys to Choosing a Spiritual Path

Ministers in New Age Spiritual Centers are familiar with the visits of “seekers” – people who spend their weekends visiting Churches and enters, looking for the perfect teacher, the right teaching, the best spiritual practice. They won’t “settle” for just any place, but relentlessly travel and do comparison shopping among all the spiritual goods on display. Jack Kornfield, a Buddhist teacher, wrote:

Spiritual transformation is a profound process that doesn’t happen by…
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Added by Tess Pender on May 22, 2017 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

What Shall We Tell the Children?

Donald Trump was inaugurated as President of the United States!



What shall we tell our children about this?



Members of the ACA (Adult Children of Alcoholics) Anonymous 12-Step program spend much of their meeting time talking about their lifelong fight to discern reality; to discover the truth underlying all the “white lies” they were fed as…

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Added by Tess Pender on May 13, 2017 at 11:30pm — 9 Comments

What Are the Qualities of God?

Is God male or female?

Is God good or evil?

Is God judgmental or accepting?

If there is an answer to any of these questions, then God is “with qualities” – that is, God is a Being with qualities, just like any other being on earth. This God – one “with qualities” is very comforting. One can find pictures of this God, tell stories of God’s wrath or forgiveness, and in general, can relate to God like one relates to any famous entity. Like us, God gets dressed in the…

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Added by Tess Pender on May 3, 2017 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

A Year Celebrating with Pagans!

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Describes the Pagan "cycle of the year". Explores how Christianity adapted and continued the ancient holy days, covering them with Christian symbolism. Discusses how these holidays were observed in Pagan times.

ARTICLE Our calendar of holidays is derived from a long history of Pagan Holy Days, celebrating the movement of the Earth around the sun every year. In the USA, many holidays were given a thin veneer of Christian folklore to cover and hide the original,…

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Added by Tess Pender on April 28, 2017 at 3:58pm — 7 Comments

The ONE Word that Destroys Happiness

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Brain science has discovered the root of chronic pain – IN THE BRAIN!  How we frame situations is responsible for emotional health.  Each person can determine whether they are happy or miserable!  This article provides examples of how framing destroys happiness, and how to re-frame destructive language to that which creates happiness and joy.

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There is a single word we can – and often do – use to make ourselves miserable.  This word…

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Added by Tess Pender on April 21, 2017 at 5:00pm — 6 Comments

Summer Solstice – It’s Off to Work We Go!

In the Wicca (or Pagan) calendar, the year is divided by eight Sabbats, or holidays (Holy Days) marked by the earth’s journey around the sun. Summer solstice 2017 in the Northern Hemisphere will be at 9:24 PM on Tuesday, June 20 and marks the first day of summer. The days have been growing longer (more daylight) ever since the Winter solstice on December 21. On the Solstice the time of light and dark are equal (at the equator) and now we begin the journey into darkness, with each day having…

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Added by Tess Pender on April 19, 2017 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

The ONE Word that Destroys Happiness

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Brain science has discovered the root of chronic pain – IN THE BRAIN! How we frame situations is responsible for emotional health. Everyone determines whether they are happy or miserable! Provides examples of how framing destroys happiness, and how to re-frame destructive language to that which creates happiness and joy.

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There is a single word you can – and probably do – use to make yourself miserable. This…

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Added by Tess Pender on April 17, 2017 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Ten Altars in Every Room

Twenty-five (or so) years ago, there was an attraction at Disneyland in Southern California. It was not a ride, but an experiential movie – guests entered a large, dark COOL room, and a movie was projected high on the walls of the circular room. It was a popular way to escape the torments of the afternoon LA sun. The movie was a journey through China including visits to the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and a climb up to the tiny country of Tibet. The narrator said, “Tibet is a small…

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Added by Tess Pender on April 14, 2017 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Receive Free Education from the GOYA School

She sat on a chair in the college psychology professor’s office, talking about how badly she was being treated by her boyfriend. When she stopped venting, he stared at her and finally said “You are a psych major, right?” She nodded the affirmation, and waited to hear the special help he would offer. He said, “I follow the GOYA school of psychology”.

Confused, she stammered “I’m not familiar with that – is it kind of like surrealist, for the artist?" (She wasn’t an art…

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Added by Tess Pender on April 7, 2017 at 5:00pm — 8 Comments

Return to the Goddess

We call her Mother Earth, and for millennia She was our Goddess, our Mother, our Center. Then the patriarchal revolution replaced Her with their Sky gods, and relegated Her to the position of

handmaiden.

But still, in every corner of the world, Her worship continues: in city apartments women gather in Her Name, in rural communities Her blessing is invoked when planting season arrives, and in

virtually every community disconnected from our modern world, Her devotees sing…

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Added by Tess Pender on March 29, 2017 at 2:15pm — 2 Comments

How to Celebrate Spring with the Goddess (and Change your Life!)

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Explains the traditional Pagan meaning of the Spring Equinox, Explains and gives examples of how to set SMART goals to bring about desired changes.

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Spring is about to arrive in the Northern Hemisphere! The Spring Equinox is one of the eight Sabbats, or festivals in the annual calendar, used by many Pagan groups (both Equinoxes and Solstices, plus each halfway point between them). It ends the time of slumber during the winter, and is the season for planting…

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Added by Tess Pender on March 19, 2017 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

How to Celebrate Spring with the Goddess (and Change your Life!)

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Explains the traditional Pagan meaning of the Spring Equinox, Explains and gives examples of how to set SMART goals to bring about desired changes.

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Spring is about to arrive in the Northern Hemisphere! The spring Equinox is one of the eight Sabbats, or festivals in the annual calendar used by many Pagan groups (both Equinoxes and Solstices, plus each halfway point between them). It ends the time of slumber during the winter, and is the season for planting…

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Added by Tess Pender on March 16, 2017 at 3:34pm — No Comments

Political Activism as a Spiritual Path

How can political activism be a path to know God? What do those words even mean? From dictionary.com:

Activism – 1. The doctrine or practice of vigorous action or involvement as a means of achieving political or other goals, sometimes by demonstrations, protests, etc. 2. Philosophy. a theory that the essence of reality is pure activity, especially spiritual activity, or process.

From Wikipedia: Modern spirituality is centered on the "deepest values and meanings by…

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Added by Tess Pender on March 10, 2017 at 2:03pm — 4 Comments

Say NO to the Spiritual Bypass!

Say NO to the Spiritual Bypass!

7 Steps to Awakening

Early in addiction recovery, it’s common for newbie recovering addicts, learning of a “Higher Power” to throw themselves into spirituality. They sit in tattooed glory, coffee in one hand and cigarette in the other, and smile soulfully while…

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Added by Tess Pender on March 7, 2017 at 4:30pm — 9 Comments

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