Lunch with His Holiness the Dalai Lama

On April 26 I had the unique opportunity to be one of eighty guests who enjoyed lunch with His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Loyola University after he spoke to a crowd of 4,000 people about the importance of non-violence and human compassion.

Sitting in the second row, I had a clear view of the sacred chants, musical performances, and three high school students who read their award-winning essays in response to the Dalai Lama’s question:

“How can an attitude of non-violence counteract the prevalence of violence in our families, in our communities, and in international relations; and how can we as individuals cultivate and promote such an attitude?”

A humble man with a contagious smile, the Dalai Lama describes himself as, “A simple Buddhist monk.” Currently 76, he was proclaimed the 14th Dalai Lama at the age of 4 and became Tibet’s leader at 15. In 1959 he made a harrowing escape from Tibet over the treacherous Himalayans as the Chinese made a violent grab for power. He now resides in Dharmsala, India.

Never once using notes, the Dalai Lama spoke from his heart, calling on young people to lead the world toward peace. He said, “Concern should not be rooted in religion, rather, the focus should be on understanding.” And while his message was serious, he also shared stories that made the audience laugh:

His eyes sparkled with mischief as a recounted being a toddler riding on his mothers shoulders and using her pigtails to “steer” her in the direction he wanted to go in the event she wasn’t listening to him.

When he was ten or so, he and his older brother were not interested in studying—they liked to “goof off.” His spiritual teacher came to the conclusion that two “whips” were needed: a regular one for his brother, and a “holy” one for him (his was painted yellow). With a grin, he assured the audience that a “holy” spanking hurts just as much as a regular one.

In his message of hope the Dalai Lama shared:
“Change must start within one individual.”
“The future depends on the present.”
“The difference between violence and non-violence resides in the heart.”
“When we exercise a compassionate view, we let go of anger.”

In my perspective, the Dalai Lama is the embodiment of goodness. If we all emulated his compassionate attitude—one that is positive, uplifting, constructive, and healing—the world would be a very different place.

What’s one change that you can make for the better?


Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22)

Symbol – The Crab
Ruling Planet – Moon
Element – Water
Keywords – I Feel
Key Notes – Safety and Security
Power Color – Green

The ability to feel and intuitively know
Emotional and loving
Intuitive and imaginative
Shrewd and cautious
Protective and sympathetic

Medical Astrology
Cancer rules the chest, breasts, stomach, and alimentary canal.

Gemstone Affinities
Cancer is a home-loving sign concerned with nurturing and the family. It’s the sign of the mother. Labradorite reflects the intuitive quality of its ruler, the Moon. Labradorite’s soothing qualities can calm an emotional overreaction or touchiness. Jade stimulates wisdom and helps one achieve their desired goals. Calming and centering, Emerald promotes creativity and perception; it can also ease a worried mind.

The Moon of Long Days (Jun 21 – Jul 22)
This period is one of maturity and wisdom. This is the time to test and develop new ways to maximize your potential. The influence is one of exploration.

Water Element
Cancer is a water element—sympathetic and imaginative. They bring emotional sensitivity and intuition to any situation.

The water signs are the intuitive dreamers of this world. Water shapes intuition and emotional experience, and is linked to the feeling and emotional world. The element of intuitive perception, Water signs are inward-looking and sensitive. This is a passive, rhythmic element that ebbs and flows. Water signs need time to withdraw, to process emotional experiences, and then to reemerge into the world.

A Cardinal Sign
Receptive, sensitive, imaginative, sympathetic, kind, and emotional—Cancer possesses an active, shrewd, and intuitive mind.

Zodiac Compatibility
Home-loving Cancerians in any relationship are nurturing and caring, but they’re most compatible with Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn.

Famous Cancerians
Meryl Streep (Jun 22), Princess Diana (Jul 1), and The Dalai Lama (Jul 6)

Do you have any Cancerians in your life?

Listen with your heart,

Laurie Buchanan

Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
               — Laurie Buchanan and our Facebook page

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Tomorrow is 11-11-11. Some people are looking forward to the day with great anticipation, some with dread, yet others with ambivalence.

Numerically speaking, that number has an incredible vibration—energy:

In my opinion, seeing repeated numbers on digital displays (clock, cell phone, car dashboard, and microwaves) such as 1:11, 2:22, 3:33, 4:44, and 5:55 means “Hello from the other side,” but 11:11 is the strongest of them all—four repeated digits. To me, that’s like someone is shouting or waving from the other side—really trying to get my attention.

It’s my perspective that the multiple thousands of people born all over the globe tomorrow on 11-11-11 are going to be people to watch. They’re going to be the movers and the shakers that have a tremendously positive ripple effect, not unlike Mother Teresa, Gandhi, Steve Jobs, and The Dalai Lama. They’re going to be stellar contributors to the earth and its inhabitants.

People born on 11-11-2011 will be Life Path 8’sThe Path of the Warrior. You can follow this LINK to find out how to calculate your own Life Path number, and follow this LINK to find out what a Life Path 8 means.

Born on March 26, 1905, Victor Frankl is my favorite historical Life Path 8. Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist, and Holocaust survivor, he was an amazing man who made positive global contributions.

What do you think will happen on 11-11-11?