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Feng SHe Articles on Abundance

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For over three decades Mari Selby has comforted, and assisted hundreds of people as a family therapist, healer, and spiritual advisor.

Currently the director of Selby Ink , a publicity and marketing firm, Mari promotes authors by developing name recognition through traditional publicity efforts as well as social media. Selby ink specializes in the genres of body, mind, spirit, relationships, environmental issues, and social justice.

This summer Mari’s 2nd poetry book, 'Lightning Strikes Twice' will be released. She is also co-founder at 'Of Sticks and Stones' a publisher that celebrates women's transformation of life's challenges through creativity. Mari's columns can be found on San Francisco Book Review's , 'After the Manuscript' and her blog 'Fierce Grace'. You can also find Mari on Facebook and Twitter @selbyink


Ecstasy's Little Sister Bliss

SistersMARI SELBY: My human condition is about longing. But what am I truly longing for? What is the experience, the feeling that is missing from my life? For me it is the knowing and living with the presence of the divine. Do I still yearn for the mountaintops of ecstasy? Some days I cannot resist the call...

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Laughing for No Reason

Laughing BuddhaMARI SELBY: What if we could change the world, one guffaw, one giggle, one chuckle at a time? Literally change expectations of what it means to be an adult. Short of that, what if we changed our own expectations of ourselves and moved past inhibitions to experience more joy.

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Friday December 14, 2012 the World Transformed

And on April 15, 2013 the world was transformed once more. This time the explosions were in Boston, with runners and their families. The first-responders kindness and courage will always be remembered, while we hold in our hearts all those injured and killed from this violence.

Yellow CandlesMARI SELBY: Transformation through violence has been happening too often to ignore. And now a white-middle class community has been affected. Is this the tipping point? Will this bring about change in gun control, community health, and mental health care?

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Hope Blossoms

Pear Tree BlossomsMARI SELBY: This is a story of survival and two fruit trees. One is a Callery Pear and the other is a Japanese Cherry. Both are survivors of man-made disasters. They radiate beauty in both their endurance and in their ability to give us hope.

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Am I Not Beautiful?

If you look closely at a tree you'll notice it's knots and dead branches, just like our bodies. What we learn is that beauty and imperfection go together wonderfully.” Matthew Fox   

Apple Tree just beginning to BudMARI SELBY: Take a moment to look at your face in the mirror. What are the imperfections you see? Do you have a scar on your face? Is there a mole you don’t like? Are your cheeks too fat, to angular, or saggy?What if you could look at your 'imperfections' and still see them as beautiful?

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The Gift of Time

"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe." ~ Anatole France

Woman Walking her dog in the forestMARI SELBY: When I am stressed I make mistakes. When I make mistakes, it’s so easy to get caught in the past. I give away my energy to days and events that no longer exist. Then I lose sight of my purpose, as well as the fact that I am free to change – to refine, or enhance myself at any moment.

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Daring to Step Out of the Chrysalis

Part III - The Butterfly Effect

Blue, brown and white butterfly in flightMARI SELBY: With the crow and crone calling encouragement saying, “It’s time Eve! It’s time for you to make a change.” To demonstrate her point the crone transformed into what Eve saw as an angel.

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Daring to Step Out of Our Chrysalis

Part II

Talking Raven on Barbed wire fenceMARI SELBY: Where does it say that Angels are always beautiful, kind, and ethereal? Angels take human form. Our true friends emerge as the angels we need in that exact moment.

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Daring to Step Out of Our Chrysalis

Part 1

Crow orange skyMARI SELBY: Taking the first step out of your chrysalis is a heroic act, a leap into freedom. Risk failure in plain view of those who wait on the sidelines safe in their cocoons.

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Faster Than a Mint Julep

Women's bodies as geometryMARI SELBY: From her book Lightning Strikes Twice

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A Note to Gibbie

Lovely grandmother portraitMARI SELBY: Gibbie seemed to understand and accept my wild self. She appreciated that I would never live in a made to order role for a woman and that was okay with her. Gibbie took my life plans seriously and I needed someone to believe in me.

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Forgive me, I am Sorry

“The more we look upon people as sinning human beings whom we must forgive, the more egotistical we are and the more we bind them.”  ~ Joel Goldsmith

Ho oponopono - Yellow TulipsMARI SELBY: When we recognize God as the source for everyone we encounter, that perspective becomes directly proportional to our effectiveness.

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Autumn ~ Another Word for Letting Go

Watercolour painting of fall foliage along a riverMARI SELBY: Do you think a leaf ponders what it means to let go of the branch? Or is the process for them similar to when we can let go of someone’s hand? Suddenly they aren’t there - suddenly the leaf is falling?

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Rich with Gratitude

Multiple words that mean AbundanceMARI SELBY: It’s easy to focus on our hunger, seeing only the great big 'God-Sized' hole in our centres. We forget that gratitude for what we have unlocks the abundance of life. Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more than enough.

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A Prosperity Blessing

Double rainbow over houseMARI SELBY: Take in this blessing then ask yourself...

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And Then There was Aretha

1950s illustration of woman flexing her muscle with a caption WE CAN DO ITMARI SELBY: Respect - it’s what every woman wants. Respect is what every woman needs. Our individual definitions of respect have as many shapes and colours as there are women. Another name for respect is worth. How do we define our worthiness, is it from the respect we feel from others or from how we respect ourselves? 

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When Victim Stories Become Victories

"Women are still in emotional bondage as long as we need to worry that we might have to make a choice between being heard and being loved." ~ Marianne Williamson, from A Woman's Worth

Silouette of woman with arms raised in victoryMARI SELBY: When you take the 'ims', or 'I ams' out of 'victim stories' what's left is  'victtories' ~ victories with an extra 't' that stands for the process of 'transformation' we undergo when we change those stories.

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Slow Cooking

Black Beans close-upMARI SELBY: Black Beans. In a culture that applauds instant pain relief, time as money, fast cars, and speedy delivery, actually cooking black beans from scratch is a celebration in stillness.

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Scarcity is a Great Lie

There is a natural law of abundance which pervades the entire universe, but it will not flow through a doorway of belief in lack and limitation.” ~ Paul Zaiter

Face with map of Africa on itMARI SELBY: An internal condition of scarcity lives at the very heart of our jealousies, our greed, our prejudices, and our arguments with a power some of us call God. In this mind-set of scarcity our relationships with money and each other are based on fear; a fear that drives us in an endless chase for more.

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Living Poetry – Living in Balance

Morpho Butterfly - Vibrant BlueMARI SELBY: The power to bring more balance to the world is inside us. That power is Love. When we exercise unconditional love we open channels for this power to surface. As this love surfaces our lives are forever altered. When we share this frequency of love we are contributors to every micron of change in the world, and every drop is valuable.

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Committing to Living with Principles

Monk Drinking Tea - Watercolour

MARI SELBY: Thich Nhat Hahn teaches, that the principles and practice of being mindful is a commitment to walk in the world fully present. “Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life.”

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Taking Care of Business

It is health which is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” ~ Gandhi

Woman in modern bathtubMARI SELBY: As spiritually growing and evolving women and men most of you have careers, or are entrepreneurs in addition to being dads, moms, grandfathers and grandmothers. What do you believe to be the most important act in your business?

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Mother’s Tears

Rain hitting the groundMARI SELBY: Whether it’s our own Mother’s tears or the Earth’s all water is precious. Dedicated to all Mothers, Mother’s Tears is one of the poems from Mari's soon to be released poetry book Lightning Strikes Twice. 

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Awake, Alive, and Energetic

Water Colour painting of Northern CardinalMARI SELBY: With spring in full swing, the Honeybees are dancing, the Black Ants are starting their hunting, the Electra tulips are singing, and the White Oak leaves are bursting forth. Are you awake, alive and energetic today? Really!

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Fierce Grace

Bald Eagle IllustrationMARI SELBY: Today I have great gratitude for perceiving grace in my life. Knowing grace inspires me to relentlessly pursue a life of higher purpose, deeper meaning and greater service to my fellows. I feel compelled to freely give what's been given to me.

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Cycles of Grace

Golden Sunset with pussy willow budsMARI SELBY: From her soon to be published book of poetry Lightning Strikes Twice

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"We have to break eggs to make an omelet ~ or in this case a Frittata."  ~ Mari Selby

Colourful Easter EggsMARI SELBY: Each one of us is a rare egg, and each of our yolks, shells, and whites make a difference in this amazing universe. The painted eggs of our hopes and dreams have their own timing and season.

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Shamanic Drumming: Mother Earth's Heart ~ Beat

"Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn’t, it is of no use." ~ Carlos Castenada

Shamanic DrumMARI SELBY: Native Americans and most of the indigenous peoples of the earth have known for thousands of years that drumming is a powerful spiritual tool which can induce meditative states. Often referred to as shamanic drumming the rhythm played is the heart beat of the earth, echoed within us. 

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Touching Hearts ~ Touching Souls

2 hearts carved into the sandMARI SELBY: In literature we find endless descriptions of feeling love and compassion with our hearts. We can feel love and compassion with our hearts. However, our hearts function as much more than an indication of romantic or fellow-human love.

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Seeing is Believing?

Close Up on Young Woman's EyeMARI SELBY: I held onto the belief that miracles happen. And a miracle did happen. Through God’s intervention, all the prayers sent my way, my visualizations and a handful of great healers the cancer was transformed without traditional medical treatment.

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God Calling

Sea Scape

MARI SELBY: Her presence may manifest as the crows circling the sky, or the heavy rustle of the turkey vultures wings as you pass beneath the tree they are roosting in. She may show up as two leaping deer, their thundering hooves echoing back from the frozen ground of your back yard.

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Women’s Wisdom

Women in CeremonyMARI SELBY: I come with Laughter on my lips, Joy in my heart, and enough Wisdom to know I have much to learn. 

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In Pursuit of the Green Lion

What 'gift' have you been handed that up until now you have been grieving?

 Green Lion reaching up to the sunMARI SELBY: In ourpursuit of living an authentic life, based on God's constant call we define as synchronicity, we are like the ancient philosophers and scientists who searched for the philosopher's stone.

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Blessings in Disguise

Can you hear the Crystal Ring Tones?

MARI SELBY: Article Icon When we hear God calling and follow that clear small voice, we recognize synchronicity as a divine plan. We can experience synchronicity almost constantly as a thread that guides our next steps when we are open and aware of all the messages surrounding us. Read more >>>


Who Wants to Be a Hero?

MARI SELBY: Article Icon I always wanted to be a hero. As a child I thought if I was a hero I could save people, starting with my dysfunctional family. My heroes back then were; Superwoman from the comics, the brave girl who overcame the odds in Saturday matinees, or Madame Curie who I heard about in school. Read more >>>


Earthquakes and Hurricanes! Oh My!

"I feel the earth move under my feet. I feel the sky tumbling down..."
Carole King

MARI SELBY: Article Icon On August 23rd we discovered we are not in Kansas anymore. We were not lost, however we wondered what had gone astray when the ground moved under our feet. Earthquakes happened in California but not here. Read more >>>


Green Chile Roast

MARI SELBY: Article Icon For 25 years I lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico. New Mexico is the only state I know of that has an official question. You are promptly asked 'red or green'? in a restaurant whenever you order any New Mexican dish, i.e. enchiladas or burritos. Read more >>>


There's No Such Thing as Trying

"Try Not. Do, or Do Not. There is No Try." Yoda

MARI SELBY: Article Icon Preparing to meditate I settle in and begin breathing deeply. My feet are flat on the floor, my back pressed up against the cushions of the chair. Read more >>>


Lean on Me

MARI SELBY: Article Icon Strength can be defined as emotional toughness: the necessary quality required to deal with stressful and painful situations. How many times have we heard these phrases: "You have to be tough to be strong." Or "What does not kill me makes me stronger." Read more >>>


Have you Eaten Your Spinach Today?

Have you Eaten Your Spinach Today?

MARI SELBY: Article Icon When I was a child 'Popeye the Sailor man' was a popular cartoon. Popeye was slight in stature, that is until he ate his can of spinach, which transformed him into a powerhouse who could face up to Brutus the bully and save the day! I hated canned spinach but I tried over and over to 'eats me spinach' and become like Popeye, but never got the results I wanted. Read more >>>


Celebrating the Mothers

MARI SELBY: Article Icon What comes to mind when you think of Mother? The woman who gave birth to you? Mother Earth? A woman who nurtured and cared for you, like a teacher, a grandmother or a nanny? Or perhaps your mom was your 2nd father, as is true in gay male households? Read more >>>


The Gulf Oil Spill

One Year Later

MARI SELBY: Article Icon A short year ago, on April 20, 2010, a massive explosion rocked the Transocean oil rig DEEPWATER HORIZON, a state-of-the art mobile offshore drilling platform at work on a well in the Gulf of Mexico. Eleven workers were killed by the blast and survivors had just minutes to flee an inferno that would soon burn and sink the rig. Read more >>>


Headed in the Right Direction Part III

MARI SELBY: Article Icon It's tricky to know whether or not we are headed in the right direction because we don't always 'know' what's right for us. Read more >>>


Headed in the Right Direction ~ Part II

MARI SELBY: Article Icon It's the middle of your day; do you hear your magnificent life calling you? Life is more than paying the bills, managing a job, surviving your family. You are a magnificent being with a fulfilling life before you. Are you settling for what you think you can have rather than what you fully deserve? Read more >>>


Headed in the Right Direction ~ Part 1

MARI SELBY: Article Icon Digging out my car is finished. The sidewalks are clear, but the roads are still treacherous. There is nowhere to go, so I sit by my office window and contemplate one hundred year old pine trees, their branches bent with snow. Read more >>>


Our Unique Soul

MARI SELBY: Article Icon In Robert Frost's 'The Road Not Taken', he seems to gleefully admit that he took the 'road less traveled by.' Those of us seeking spiritual fulfillment are all on this less traveled road, whether we call the road a journey of self-actualization, the way to authenticity, or the evolution of our soul. Read more >>>


And A Meadowlark Sang

MARI SELBY: Article Icon When you give yourself over to the moment, only then do you allow yourself to feel. In his poem "And A Meadowlark Sang" originally written in Hindi, Indian Poet, Ravindra Kumar Karnani eloquently illustrates this point. Read more >>>


Returning to the Root

MARI SELBY: Article Icon With these long nights at the end of the year there is nothing to fear. We are never alone. There is always a star, an angel, or our God to guide us through this seasonal cycle. Rather than the introspection and contemplation that this season calls us to experience, we all too often throw away the short days in material gain, or fleeting entertainment. Read more >>>


Ho, Ho, Ho Holidays!

MARI SELBY: Article Icon Do you dread the Holidays the shopping, the cooking, the cleaning, the preparing for family that you are not really sure you want to see? Instead of facing the Holidays with horror imagine donning twinkle toes and wearing a merry heart on your sleeve! Read more >>>


One World

MARI SELBY: Article Icon What if everyone in the world acted as if we were part of each other's community, whether building barns, mourning our lost ones, or recovering from Mother Nature's power? Would we then know what it really means to be one? As caring humans we are awesome to behold in crisis. Read more >>>


Thank You Mother Earth

"If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is 'thank you', it will be enough."
Meister Eckhart

MARI SELBY: Article Icon In the U.S.A. Thanksgiving ushers in the Winter Solstice, which marks the point where the lingering dark-nights slowly give way to light-filled days. Meanwhile we have a month of the longest night to go through. What can help sustain us during these dark days is to fill our hearts with gratitude? Read more >>>


Do You Believe in Magic?

MARI SELBY: Article Icon Contemporary myth suggests that magic can only be Harry Potter waving his wand at his enemies, or the mouse in 'Fantasia' making magic do his work, but in the '60's the Lovin' Spoonful revealed what magic is really all about. "Do you believe in magic in a young girl's heart? How the music can free her, whenever it starts...I'll tell you about the magic, and it'll free your soul..." Read more >>>


Dancing with the Goddess

MARI SELBY: Article Icon We celebrate the Great Mother this time of the year as the holidays (holy days) of Halloween, All Saints Day, Hallows Eve, The Day of the Dead, or Samhain. Each marks the end of the harvest, the end of the 'lighter half' of the year and beginning of the 'darker half.' Read more >>>


Do You Know Wabi-Sabi?

MARI SELBY: Article Icon Wabi-sabi's roots lay in Zen Buddhism, which was brought from China to Japan by Eisai, a twelfth-century monk. Zen, with its principles of vast emptiness and nothing holy, stresses austerity, communion with nature, and above all, reverence for everyday life as the real path to enlightenment. Read more >>>


Today Is the Very First Day

MARI SELBY: Article Icon "This is the beginning of a new day. I have been given this day to use as I WILL. I can waste it...or use it for good, but what I do today is important, because I am exchanging a day of my life for it! When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever, leaving in its place something that I have traded for it. I want it to be gain, and not loss; good and not evil." Anonymous. Read more >>>


Marveling at the Sun, Sky and Sea

MARI SELBY: Article Icon Today I sit watching wave's crash against the shore, their sound rumbling and pounding against the beach. Whenever I go on retreat to the ocean I feel relaxed and filled with wonder. For me there is nothing like the ocean to sort out the neural paths in my brain, and soothe nerve endings often too stressed. Read more >>>