Mystic AnneClaire

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Thinking Out Loud

AnneClaire's ponderings on everyday topics from a spiritual, even metaphysical perspective.


The other day I posted something on Facebook and immediately got a reaction from a person who was against what I was posting. And this is what Facebook is all about, we can express our opinions at the drop of a hat; sparking discussions that can be ~ yet not always are ~ quite productive. As such, I truly do like Facebook as a platform!

But this interaction made me think.

Because when someone is against something, this is probably because they have ~ at least in their mind ~ a very good…

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Respect and Appreciation

Respect is something that keeps coming up in our lives over and again. And very often it seems to be tied to appreciation. This means that if we get the feeling someone else is not truly appreciating us right there and then at the very moment, it is easy to not just feel unappreciated yet also feel disrespected.

Looking this way at respect and appreciation, it tends to be in an interactive setting; in other words, someone else is doing something to us that makes us feel disrespected and…

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According to the dictionary, respect means ‘a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements’.

This ties respect to a sense of self worth and self esteem.
When you have a healthy sense of self worth, you are aware of your abilities and qualities, and usually will have a fairly good sense of the things you may achieve. And building your life on this foundation, it is easy to extend this respect to others, without the need to know…

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Give or take?

There are any number of ways we can approach life. Two of those are that we either look at life from a perspective of “What can life give me?”, or have a frame of reference that says “What do I have to offer to life?”
In other words, what can I take from it versus what can I give to it.

The attitudes are definitely opposites, yet have commonalities as well. They both tend to affect every area of our lives. And neither is sustainable without the other… If we are always focused on ‘taking’…

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Listen to your parents

Googling that phrase brings up any number of sites that each have any number of reasons or arguments why it is a good thing to listen to your parents. And they are probably right. At least most of the time.

For most parents are loving and nurturing and have a strong desire to protect us.

On the other hand, even with something as reasonable as listening to our parents, there is a need for balance. Each new generation has a new outlook on life, and even when they do listen to their parents,…

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Big Trees

Easily the biggest trees I have ever seen are the Sierra Sequoias.

And they come with some big surprises…
Growing as solitary giants amid pine trees ~ which are in and of themselves by no means small trees ~ they seem to come up as if ‘out of nowhere’. Kind of like now you see it, now you don’t, as you move through the forest… It is not like they are small trees either; although only when you walk up does its size truly become apparent.
Another surprise is that their bark is so soft to the…

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Old friends and Inspiration

It is a good idea to, every once in a while, take stock of all the things we have in our lives. Perhaps not following the prevalent focus of “letting go” as much as to discover old friends and to get inspired. To get ideas as to what to do next; which adventure to embark upon. To see lines and shapes emerge… To see symbols ~ both ancient and new ~ surface on almost forgotten materials.
To find that each stone, each bead, every tidbit of leather, metal, rock, and even plastic seems to be an…

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Good fences make good neighbors

For the past year or so, our neighbor and I have been talking about putting up a new fence. The old fence had been a bit wobbly from the start ~ 15 or 20 years ago ~ and while I didn’t mind it seemingly having a life of its own, for our neighbor it had over time become a source of frustration.

After some deliberation we have decided on a ‘living fence’; and all grown hedge-like fence that will grow thicker over time.

It’s going to be beautiful!!

At least, that is what I am keeping in mind as…

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Victory; according to the dictionary: an act of defeating an enemy or opponent in a battle, game, or other competition.

One would be hard pressed to find a word, a concept, that is used so often in our world of today, and yet is so misunderstood.
Now, don’t get me wrong. If you are engaging in a a game or any other competition, chances are you entered not just to be part of it, but also in order to give it your very best and win that game or competition. And, as long as this is the nature of…

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The Inner Voice

There is a commercial running on TV in which Morgan Freeman states that it is a good thing to trust your inner voice. “Everybody has one, few listen to it”…

It is a beer commercial, and while I am not in the market to buy beer anytime soon, the advertisement still has a powerful message. To listen to our very own inner voice.
To ‘be still and listen’.

To do so, we may need to realign ourselves with a different perspective on what we truly need in life. Moving a little bit away from the…

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