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InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration

February 14, 2024

The focus for today is:

I seek knowledge, awareness, meaning, and purpose for my existence.

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Today's inspiration was written by Dr. Edgar Mitchell:

Traditionally we’ve been taught to respect authority. Yet “author­ity” itself is in a dilemma, for traditional institutions are not structured to handle these modern issues. So it’s not surprising that today we see respect, not only for authority, but also for civilized behavior itself breaking down.

Conditions are accurately interpreted as heralding a paradigm shift, but it also has the characteristics of a bifurcation point that is unpredictable as to outcome. The crisis is of both existence and knowing—too much existence and not enough knowing.

The antidote lies in knowledge, awareness, finding meaning and purpose for one’s existence that is beyond Self, and then exercising the personal responsibility to carry out that purpose. It seems clear that continuing to seek only material ends, to glorify unlimited economic growth in the face of the hazards that such a worldview entails, is foolhardy. I have full con­fidence that as a species we can transcend those limitations and create a sustainable society, though the challenge isn’t an easy one. 

Today's inspiration was adapted from the article:
     The Antidote to the Problems of Our Own Making
     Written by Dr. Edgar Mitchell.
Read the complete article here.

This is Marie T. Russell, co-publisher of, wishing you a day of seeking knowledge, awareness and purpose (today and every day)

Comment from Marie:
We are here for a purpose... and discovering that purpose lies in becoming aware of what makes our heart truly sing and feel fulfilled.,, as well as what triggers us into action. Our purpose doesn't have to be grandiose, but it has to have meaning for you and bring you a sense of fulfillment. 

Our focus for today: I seek knowledge, awareness, meaning, and purpose for my existence.

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From Outer Space to Inner Space

BOOK: From Outer Space to Inner Space: An Apollo Astronaut's Journey Through the Material and Mystical Worlds
by Edgar Mitchell.

book cover of From Outer Space to Inner Space by Edgar Mitchell.The sixth man who walked on the moon shares his journey to the stars, into the mind, and beyond.

In February 1971, as Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell hurtled Earthward through space, he was engulfed by a profound sense of universal connectedness. He intuitively sensed that his presence and that of the planet in the window were all part of a deliberate, universal process, and that the glittering cosmos itself was, in some way, conscious. The experience was so overwhelming, Mitchell knew his life would never be the same.

From Outer Space to Inner Space traces two remarkable journeys?one through space and one through the mind. Together they fundamentally alter the way we understand the miracle and mystery of being, and ultimately reveal humankind’s role in its own destiny.

Previously published as The Way of the Explorer, this edition includes a new foreword by Avi Loeb, an afterword by Dean Radin, and a postscript chapter by the author.

Click here for more info and/or to order this paperback book. Also available as a Kindle edition and as an Audiobook.

photo of Dr. Edgar MitchellAbout the Author

Dr. Edgar Mitchell (1930 – 2016), a graduate of MIT with a doctorate in aeronautics and astronautics and captain in the Navy, founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences. As an astronaut, he flew as Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 14, where he landed on the moon and became the sixth person to walk on its surface.

He spent thirty-five years studying human consciousness and psychic phenomena in the search for common ground between science and spirit.