Category Archives: Inspirations

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo and Mixing Religious Traditions

Nam-myoho renge kyo, Ohm, or Christmas carols. Is mixing spiritual traditions sacreledge or a sign of new spiritual openness?

It’s Christmas season, with Santas in the malls and in store window displays. It’s also the season of Hanukkah and Kwanza, plus there are other spiritual traditions that celebrate this part of the year.

I was just thinking about that because I’ve been mixing some traditions myself and I used to feel a bit guilty…

As I mentioned before, I often chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo ever since I learned about it, and I also learned that chanting is supposed to be done in multiples of 108.

Of course, that’s where prayer beads come in. I don’t always count… sometimes I just feel inspired to chant and do it without keeping track, just letting myself be guided from some place within.

But when I thought about acquiring prayer beads, not too long after I found out about the significance of 108, I suddenly realized something. A rosary has 54 beads, not counting the five that are on that extra short bit that ends in the cross. So I figured — two rosaries make 108 beads, right?

And I started using a rosary for chanting. No thunder has struck me yet, but then I have told hardly anybody about that. It works great, but I still felt a bit guilty.

Apparently, I shouldn’t have. I just Googled “rosaries and chanting” and came up with this site:

And praying the rosary is much like chanting anyway, except the prayers are from the Catholic tradition. I had the rosary handy because a few years back I re-discovered that praying the rosary really supported me during very stressful times. Yet clearly, the rosary has a much broader tradition than I had realized.

And so does Christmas, which actually has some of its roots in Pagan traditions.

And at Unity, the church were I’ve found my spiritual home base, all faiths are welcome, and as the year goes on, a number of traditions are highlighted and invited to participate in the service.

After all, why not share celebrations with each other and enrich everyone’s life?

Happy Fourth of July! (belatedly)

Okay, so the fireworks have come and gone, but the spirit of July 4 is still with me.

It will always be very special to me — as an immigrant I sometimes still have to pinch myself. I’m really here. I really do get to live in this amazing country!

When I came here as a graduate student, I was absolutely blown away by that sense of “can do” spirit, and the idea that achievement is something everybody was not only allowed but expected to go after.

That kind of attitude didn’t fit in quite as well where I grew up — I was supposed to be a lot more modest in my goals than I was, and stick to my place so to speak.

Here, though, it’s “Be all you can be” and it’s not just a slogan for the army but people really believe it. I love it.

So here I am, striving to be all I can be. And celebrating that I’m in a country where this is appreciated and even expected. Sure, there can be a lot of pressure at times, but the rewards are great as well.

And yes, getting that Green Card wasn’t easy. For years I wasn’t even sure I’d be able to get one. But I did, and when I drove myself across the country in a huge Hertz truck to get to my new job, I was suddenly finding myself driving past cities and towns that I had read about in my youth back in Germany. It was a major goosebumps moment when I realized that. How’d that happen!

So as I was watching the Fourth of July fireworks the other day, as I do every year, I got seriously choked up, as I do every year as well.

I hope you had a great July 4th too.

Thank you.


Law of Attraction Frustration and How to Cope

Discovering the Law of Attraction can be life-changing, but it can also be frustrating.  Keeping up your spirits can be hard, especially when things aren’t quite coming into our reality as fast as we’d like, and especially in the face of all those naysayers in our lives…

Have you ever tried to explain to your boss that you work with the Law of Attraction and Allowing and the way he or she wanted you to do things just didn’t fit?  I don’t think it’s even worth trying…

And I just came across an article that captures that sense of temporary discouragement perfectly and made me feel soooo much better.

Ann-Marie Caffrey on her Smart-Attractor Blog has a brilliant post up right now:

Check it out.

Of course it all comes back to that sometimes elusive “allowing,” that is necessary for the Law of Attraction to be able to work properly.

After slacking off for quite a while, I’ve recommitted myself to my daily practice of meditation, but not just any meditation — no, I’m doing the Quantum Touch Body/Mind/Spirit Integration Meditation (described in the Super-Charging book).

And the coolest thing…

As I wrote in an article quite a while ago, miraculous things started happening as soon as I started meditating (okay, within a few days of that), and now too, things start picking up after a few days of getting back to basics.

And as I read through my Supercharging book the other day, I finally understand just why this is so powerful (must have forgotten — I now remember that they did mention that during the workshop, but at the time manifestation and allowing were concepts I didn’t really understand too well and thought they were a bit beyond my capabilities).

Not so.  In fact, here’s an article I wrote more than a year ago:—Confessions-of-a-Formerly-Reluctant-Meditator&id=905641

I wrote it after realizing the significance of that breakthrough in “getting” meditation, thanks to a comment on an Abraham-Hicks CD.

I used to think meditation was boring and didn’t have any use for it, but no more.  And the Quantum Touch Supercharging touch really, uhm, supercharges its effectiveness.

But it all comes down to allowing, which I finally understand much better, even though it’s still a challenge.  I have found, like Ann-Marie says in her article, that once I allow and don’t try to force it, no matter what it is I’m trying to get or accomplish, that things work out better, and sometimes come together almost miraculously.

Last year, around this time, I came across a saying, Miraculate in 2008.  Now it’s 2009, and I need to figure out something to rhyme with “9” and so I’ve been thinking of things like, Prosperity is mine in 2009 (and yeah, I’m all for that), but here’s one that just popped into my head:

All will be fine in 2009!

Letting go and trusting that, yes, all will be fine if we just let it be.

Which reminds me of Mary Oliver’s poem “The Wild Geese” that goes something like…

You don’t have to be good…. you only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.

Here’s a link for a version of that poem set to music:

Have a wonderful day! And remember:

“All will be fine in 2009”


My Top 10 Favorite Self-Help Blog Articles (Annotated Links from Ezine Articles)

2009 is here, and January is already halfway over. Can’t believe how quickly this happened all of a sudden.  And I have a very apropos artlce and wanted to give you a resource list of some of my favorite self-help articles (and other useful ones) for easy reference (with quick annotation):

Another take on New Year’s resolutions:

How to stay calm (or calm down) under pressure:

Get a Great Job in 2009!

Use EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) to cope with job interview stress (or any other stress) (complete with step-by-step instructions):

EFT for Job Interview Stress

Sell Stuff on vs. Ebay and how to get the most buck for your stuff:

Sell Stuff on Amazon and make more money

Stress and the Law of Attraction, and how stress prevents you from getting what you really want:

Stress and LOA

Beat sugar addiction now that the holidays are over…

Beat Sugar Addiction

Job stress, health and consequences & what to do about it:

The ultimate (and probably controversial) stress management technique 😉

And here’s a big vibration lifter:

Better than a sleeping pill:

Write yourself to sleep


P.S.: I just counted and it looks like there are 11 of them…  The last one is a bonus!

Inspirational Quotes and Stress Tips on Twitter and Facebook! And Other News…

I just decided to start a several times a week series of inspirational quotes and stress tips (and other tips) on Twitter, and while I was at it, I figured out, why not put them on Facebook too!

If you follow me on Twitter, where my ID is ElisabethKuhn, you’ll get them right to your Twitter inbox.

Here’s the link:

And if you’re on Facebook, please be my friend 😉

My name is Elisabeth Kuhn, as you might have guessed or already know if you get my newsletter.

Today’s quote was by the late Roger Mellott, one of my all-time favorite stress management experts:

“Do what you say you value.”

Just think about it.

I’ll feed my favorite quotes to you over time, and maybe I’ll make some up too.  And then there’ll be stress tips, and maybe other tips as well.  We’ll see.  I’ll have some fun with this, but I also wanted to make a useful contribution to my Twitter community!

Same goes for Facebook 😉

By the way, I’m really excited. My downloadable book on how to sell stuff on Marketplace, with all the tricks and streamlining strategies I’ve developed over the last several years that I’ve been selling my excess books over there seems to be finding its audience!

If you want to check it out, just go to and you’ll find more information about it there.  If you want to make a bit of extra holiday cash and have books, CDs, DVDs and other such stuff lying around that you no longer need, you’ll find it really useful 😉

It’s even on Sale right now.  Just click on the link and you’ll see the “real” price.

Meanwhile, it’s Friday evening, and I’m off to a dinner party!

Have a great evening and weekend, and see you on Twitter!


P.S.: I also published an article on stress-reducing quotes.  You can it here:  stress quotes article.

P.P.S.:  I still have coaching slots available. For more info check out the tab “Coaching” above. It’s still under development, but over the weekend I’ll add more information (info about me, services, what kinds of things I like to help people with, and so on).