July 2009 Merlian Newsletter


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Dear Readers,

This month summer is in full swing as Merlian News brings you new articles, a new podcast, and another website of the month!

This Month’s Recommended Merlian News Articles:

Podcast: Healing & Nutrition Merlian News Podcasts with Dr. John Lerma In this two part podcast, Dr. John Lerma discusses with Merryn Jose: Near Death Experiences, End of life care, Dr. Lerma’s experience with patientsnearing the end of their life, The difference between hallucinations and near death experiences (NDE’s), Pre- Death Experiences (PDE’s), Religion’s role in NDE’s and PDE’s. JOHN LERMA, MD, author of Learning from the Light is widely known for his compassionate and loving care of hundreds of terminally-ill patients as well as his tenure as the inpatient medical director for the internationally renowned Medical Center Hospice of Houston, Texas. Dr. Lerma is creating a non-profit company titled Hearts without Borders, which will take the hospice concept to under served areas in South America.

Environmental Awareness Reclaiming the Ancient Tradition of Tree Wrapping by Jan Johnsen

“The tradition of wrapping tree trunks or adorning branches of special trees is a visual statement that says, “We honor this tree and respect its vital presence.” It is often done with fiber rope, natural ribbon, or fabric and it is used to highlight unusual trees, as a supplication and/or protective measure. Tree wrapping has been practiced for thousands of years in countries across the world. In Japan, it has been elevated to an art form and derives from the Japanese Shinto belief that all natural forms are imbued with spirit. “

Wellbeing & Healing Healer, Jerry Wills

“In 1999Jerry unintentionallybecame known to the public… FOX TV (youtube clip )ran a story and aired a segment abouthis assistance to a man near death andcomatose, during the winter of 1998. The medical community had completely exhausted their attempts to help this man, and before Jerry Wills arrived, gave him a 10% chance ofsurvival…that man is alive and well today…”

Consciousness Bolt Leads To Key Moment by Jake Palmateer “Before a rehearsal at Goodrich Theater at SUCO in 2008, Cicoria recalled the lightning strike and his brush with death. After seeing his body lying on the ground and his family rushing to him, Cicoria was surrounded by a bluish-white light, the 55-year-old orthopedic surgeon said. He began drifting up and away from his body and entered a state of bliss, Cicoria said.”

Consciousness How To Stop Absorbing Other People’s Negative Emotions by Dr. Judith Orloff Growing up, my girlfriends couldn’t wait to hit the shopping malls and go to parties, the bigger the better–but I didn’t share their excitement. I always felt overwhelmed, exhausted around large groups of people, though I was clueless why. “What’s the matter with you?” friends would say, shooting me the weirdest looks. All I knew was that crowded places and I just didn’t mix. I’d go there feeling just fine but leave nervous, depressed, or with some horrible new ache or pain. Unsuspectingly, I was a gigantic sponge, absorbing the emotions of people around me. Spirituality Tibetan Monks and Nuns Turn Their Minds Toward Science by Amy Yee “Tibetan monks and nuns spend their lives studying the inner world of the mind rather than the physical world of matter. Yet for one month this spring a group of 91 monastics devoted themselves to the corporeal realm of science. .. Instead of delving into Buddhist texts on karma and emptiness, they learned about Galileo’s law of accelerated motion, chromosomes, neurons and the Big Bang, among other far-ranging topics.”

Books Hope…From The Heart of Horses: How Horses Teach Us About Presence, Strength, and Awareness By Kathy Pike

Follow Kathy through her workshops and seminars to share horse-care knowledge and first-hand experiences with fellow horse lovers. As you read about Kathy’s inspiring interactions with her clients, you will agree with Linda Kohanov in her Foreword that “this book [is] one of the finest narratives on what horses have to teach people about life, love, power, and connection as we release them from their roles as beasts of burden and allow them to reclaim their true destiny as teachers, healers, and companions worthy of the deepest affection and respect.”

Books The Compassionate Life: Walking the Path of Kindness by Marc Ian Barasch With unfailing curiosity, Barasch poses vital questions: what can we learn from exceptionally empathetic people? Can we increase our kindness quotient with practice? How do we open our hearts to those who do us harm? What if the great driving force of our evolution were actually “survival of the kindest?” And he comes up with challenging, ultimately inspiring answers. Drawing on science and spirituality, history and popular culture, he creates a smart, provocative argum ent that a simple shift in consciousness changes “pretty much everything”.


Roland M. Comtois


Roland M. Comtois is an internationally acclaimed spiritual consultant who has touched millions of lives around the world with his channeled messages of love, light, healing and compassion. A compelling speaker, accomplished medium and inspirational teacher, Roland has captivated audiences worldwide with his uncanny ability to connect with the spiritual realm, sharing personalized messages that have the power to heal the soul.

Roland began his professional career in healing as a gerontology nurse, where he ministered to persons nearing the end of their journey on earth. Blessed with abundant spiritual compassion and unwavering faith, Roland ably assisted departing souls with their transition to the other side, further clarifying his role as a spiritual healer. Subsequent studies in the art of Reiki, combined with his hands-on expertise in personal channeling for a growing clientele, resulting in Roland opening his “Hands of Light Reiki Center” in Harmony Rhode Island in 1999, expanding to the “Center for Inner Harmony” in 2000 and founding the “Inspiration Foundation” in 2006.

Today, Roland is a well-known psychic, sought-after radio personality and best-selling lecturer, whose personal appearances and “Channeled Messages for the Soul” take him throughout the United States and Europe. He has received wide-spread acclaim for his workshops and seminars, including “Achieving Prosperity in your Healing Practice and In Life,” “A Celebration of Angels” and “The Gift of Intuition,” each of which sells out well in advance.

â—Š To listen to a podcast with Roland M. Comtois, please click here.

â—Š For a review of his new book, Then There Was Heaven: A Journey of Hope and Love, please click here.

Be sure to stay tuned to www.merliannews.com for more on Roland’s work!

Thank you once more, for your positive feed back and support!

Merryn & Team

Merryn Jose – Editor & Publisher

Dena Ventrudo- Assistant Editor

Eugene Kelly- Book Reviewer

Cheryl Shainmark- Book Reviewer

Carl Casella – Sound Editor

by Merlian News & Team
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