Written and Narrated by Marie T. Russell.

Everyone wants to be loved. And most of us have had difficulty not only loving others unconditionally, but also loving ourselves unconditionally. And those two are tied together very closely.


Our judgment of others is often a projection of our judgment of ourselves. So the first step in being able to connect to others with an open heart is to connect with our own self with an open heart.

We do this by first becoming aware and understanding why we judge and reject certain parts of others (and of ourselves). Once we gain clarity, we can learn to accept and love our shadow, and thus the shadow of others as well.


When we think we stand alone, we are weak. However, when we realize that we are part of a greater plan, and that we are connected not just to others, but to nature and to life as a whole, we then realize that we are as powerful as life itself.

We are powerful through our innate connection with our heart, our intuition, and the greater good. We are powerful as we tune in to our truth, and step past the fears of "not enough"... not good enough, not rich enough, not smart enough, not intuitive enough, not loved enough, not loving enough, etc.

We become our empowered self when we give ourself permission to live our truth, listen to our intuition, and love unconditionally. Our power resides in our fullness, our oneness, and our aliveness. Embrace your full potential and power, and step forth to follow the guidance of your heart and soul...

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cover art for the Soulflower Plant Spirit Oracle: 44-Card Deck and Guidebook by Lisa EstabrookIn this high-vibration, full-color deck, artist and plant whisperer Lisa Estabrook presents 44 beautiful and vivid Soulflower oracle cards, along with empowering and insightful messages from each card’s plant spirit, to help you tend the garden of your soul. The cards are designed to help you remember the simple truth that all of Nature is sharing--that we are cyclical beings intimately entwined with the Earth and all of life.

Working with the cards will help you connect directly to your own inner wisdom, your intuition, like a mirror reflecting back at you the truth of what’s in your heart.

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About The Author

Marie T. Russell is the founder of InnerSelf Magazine (founded 1985). She also produced and hosted a weekly South Florida radio broadcast, Inner Power, from 1992-1995 which focused on themes such as self-esteem, personal growth, and well-being. Her articles focus on transformation and reconnecting with our own inner source of joy and creativity.

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