Easter Message

by Tanis Helliwell Palm Sunday Message Today on Palm Sunday I am reminded of the significance of Christ’s life for each of us. This is the day some two thousand years ago that the people of Jerusalem lined the streets to praise him as their savior. Yet, in less that a week on Good Friday in the same city…

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Love is All There Is

By Tanis Helliwell The Bottom Line I’ve discovered in that last several years that each time I came to a venue where I was to speak it did not feel right to do my prepared talk. Instead, what felt right was to speak spontaneously and extemporaneously from my heart about love. This situation is similar to a dilemma that…

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Codes of Conduct

Codes of Conduct for Life By Tanis Helliwell “Jesus was over the heads of his reporters.” Matthew Arnold Rules for success for our life and work appear to change through time, but in fact these codes of conduct endure for centuries. Some codes belong particularly to one culture and others transcend religious and geographical boundaries. Superficially, codes might appear…

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All We Need is Love

by Shelly Ferec-LeGall What does “Love” really mean?  Is it the love of self, others, our work, our neighbors, the Earth?  Love is respect for all of the above, it is genuine caring.  The question then is, “To truly love, am I supposed to love all things and people equally?”  The answer is yes, but getting to that unconditional,…

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Uncage Your Heart

By Tanis Helliwell While I was teaching in Europe a little while ago I had a profound spiritual experience. As it was occurring two thoughts immediately came to my mind. The first was, “I’m not worthy,” and the second was “I’m not ready.” The experience happened anyway, so much for “I’m not ready.” Even as this was transpiring I…

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One Solution

The One Solution to Bring Peace By Tanis Helliwell Our Mutual Purpose as Humans At this momentous time in human history, let’s take a moment to think about our next step. Humans are training to be conscious creators who are able to work with divine laws. At present we may be only children in this process, but we have…

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Random Kindness

Random Acts of Kindness By Tanis Helliwell True generosity grows in us as our heart opens.  -Jack Kornfield Treating Everyone with Love and Respect Over the last few years I have asked thousands of people this question, “What did we have in the world ten years ago that you miss most now?” Their answer is always the same, “That…

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To My Mother

A Tribute to My Mother Who Never Got Around to It! By Tanis Helliwell When my mother died a while ago, I was left with a feeling of celebration that Mom left peacefully and quickly and without fuss, just the way she led her life.  All those who knew Mom saw her as a person of great humour, always…

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A Pilgrim’s Heart

By Tanis Helliwell “Whan that Aprille with his shoures soote The droghte of March hath perced to the roote And small fowles maken melodye That slepen al the nyght with open eye, So priketh hem nature in hir corages. Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages.”  —Chaucer, Canterbury Tales, 1387  Pilgrimages have existed since the dawn of time. People…

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Peace in Our Time

Peace in Our Time: A Journey of Transformation By Tanis Helliwell  So Much to be Grateful For As I write to you I think of all that I have to be thankful for. Good friends and family that sometimes don’t understand me but who love me anyhow. Oh yes and way up on the list is work that I…

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Tough Love

By Tanis Helliwell  I have a fantasy, well actually I have lots of fantasies, but I would like to share one of them with you. My opinion could stir up some feelings for you, so better take a seat. Many of our governing systems are not working. For a long time now I have felt that one of the…

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Prayers for Peace

Prayers for Peace: The Aftermath of 9/11 By Tanis Helliwell  The Situation What happened on September 11, 2001 in the US shook people in the developed world from their complacency. We’ve become increasingly aware of the shaky ground under our feet. Our values, how we share the Earth with others, and how to lead a compassionate life has become…

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