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Innovative Strategies for Achieving a Harmonious and Well-Balanced Lifestyle

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The fast pace of today’s world makes prioritizing your mental health essential. Fortunately, numerous innovative and accessible strategies exist to boost your mental well-being. Incorporating these techniques into your daily routine can profoundly improve your life’s balance and satisfaction. These methods serve as key tools in navigating modern challenges, ensuring a more fulfilling and balanced existence. In this article, courtesy of Torn Between Two Worlds, we’ll take a look at some things you can do to feel better from day to day.

Unleashing Happiness Through Laughter

Laughter is not merely a response to humor; it’s a robust mechanism for stress relief. By incorporating elements of humor in daily interactions or media consumption, you invite joy and ease into your life. Laughter initiates beneficial physiological responses, reducing stress and enhancing feelings of well-being, proving that a good laugh can indeed make your day brighter and more relaxed.

Nurturing Serenity with Mindfulness

Mindfulness meditation, especially under guidance, serves as a haven from the chaos of everyday life. Regular meditation practice fosters a peaceful state of mind, essential for managing life’s daily stresses. This commitment to present-moment awareness lessens anxiety and heightens mental clarity, offering a solid foundation for emotional steadiness and clarity.

The Advantages of Flexible Working

Switching to remote work greatly benefits your mental health by removing the stress associated with commuting and freeing up more time for self-care. This change leads to a better work-life balance and improves your overall mental wellness. It underscores the value of flexibility in the workplace for promoting a healthier, more efficient, and joyful existence. Embracing this flexible working model can be a key step in enhancing your quality of life.

The Benefits of Regular Walking

Engaging in daily walks, especially in pedestrian-friendly locations, significantly enhances your physical and mental well-being. This activity deepens your connection with nature, bolsters mindfulness, and effectively reduces stress. By finding an area with a high Walk Score, you ensure your walks are both enjoyable and beneficial to your health. Regular walking is a direct and impactful way to sustain your mental balance.

Cardiovascular Activity for Emotional Well-Being

Maintaining a regular cardiovascular exercise routine is essential for your mental health, as it releases endorphins that elevate your mood and lower stress levels. This natural boost provides immediate emotional relief and strengthens your resilience over the long term. Engaging in physical activity plays a crucial role in developing your mental toughness and readiness for life’s challenges. Making cardio a part of your daily life not only benefits your body but also fortifies your mental well-being.

Transformative Healing Through Dialogue

Talk therapy provides you with a structured way to comprehend and regulate your emotions, aiding in your personal and emotional development. It serves as a potent resource for navigating life’s hurdles with increased assurance, highlighting the therapeutic power of professional advice and dialogue. Through these sessions, you gain deeper insights into your challenges and learn effective coping mechanisms. This approach enhances your ability to face life’s complexities with resilience and confidence.

Elevating Mood with Wardrobe Updates

Refreshing your wardrobe acts as an impactful form of self-care, significantly enhancing your mental health. By choosing outfits that mirror your personal style and confidence, you elevate your self-image. This process of self-expression fosters creativity and leads to greater personal satisfaction. The way you dress profoundly influences your overall mental wellness, underscoring the power of appearance in nurturing a positive mindset.

Reflective Journaling for Inner Clarity

Journaling provides you with a unique opportunity to express your thoughts and monitor your personal growth. Through this practice, you delve into self-reflection, uncovering insights about your emotions and behaviors. As you write, you process your feelings, which aids in emotional healing and clarity. This consistent habit boosts your self-awareness, allowing you to understand yourself better. Ultimately, journaling stands as a crucial support for your mental well-being, offering a path to a more enlightened and balanced self.

Achieving mental wellness in our modern world necessitates a proactive approach to exploring and implementing creative strategies. By adopting these methods, we can bolster our mental health and navigate life’s complexities with greater ease and satisfaction. Whether it’s through laughter, meditation, adaptable work conditions, physical activity, therapeutic conversations, self-care practices, or self-expression, each step taken is towards a more balanced and enriched existence. Start this transformative journey today and witness the profound benefits of prioritizing mental wellness.

Torn Between Two Worlds offers resources for those interested in a modern approach to spiritual healing. Have a question for author Shawn T. Murphy? Reach out today to learn more.


Shawn’s Book List

This is a list of the books that I have drawn on in my work, and many are referenced in my publications.

The Afterlife

Hacking the Afterlife: Practical Advice from the Flipside by Richard Martini

Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives by Michael Newton

Heaven and Hell by Swedenborg (Audio)

Ultimate Journey by Robert Monroe

Begegnungen mit Verstorbenen: Erlebnisberichte (German Edition)

On Death And Dying by Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Questions and Answers on Death and Dying by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

The Unquiet Dead: A Psychologist Treats Spirit Possession by Dr. Edith Fiore

Thirty years among the dead by Dr. Carl Wickland

Many Lives, Many Masters: The True Story of a Prominent Psychiatrist, His Young Patient, and the Past-Life Therapy That Changed Both Their Lives by Dr. Brian Weiss

After by Dr. Bruce Greyson

Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife by Dr Eben Alexander

A Wanderer in the Spirit Lands

Reincarnation: The Missing Link In Christianity by Elizabeth Clare Prophet

Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation by Dr. Ian Stevenson

Where Reincarnation and Biology Intersect by Dr. Ian Stevenson

Children’s Past Lives: How Past Life Memories Affect Your Child by Carol Bowman

Old Souls: Compelling Evidence from Children Who Remember Past Lives by Tom Shroder

The Life Beyond The Veil; Volume 1 by Rev Vale Owen

Communications with the spirit world of God by Johannes Greber

The Invisible Choir: A True Story of Soul Mates & Angels by Tessa Lynne

Life after Life: A Selection of Individual Experiences in the Beyond by Beatrice Brunner

Life After Life: The Bestselling Original Investigation That Revealed “Near-Death Experiences” by Raymond Moody

The Dead Have Never Died by Edward C. Randall

The Spirits’ Book by Allan Kardec

Miracles Happen: The Transformational Healing Power of Past-life Memories

A World BeyondRuth Montgomery

Unfinished Symphonies: Voices from the Beyond

The Blue Island: Experiences of a New Arrival Beyond the Veil

The return of Arthur Conan Doyle

The Russell Connection : Reuniting Parents with their Children in the Spirit World through Physical & Trance Mediumship


Torn Between Two Worlds: Material and Ethereal (Audio)

Die entschleierte Aura

How to Read the Aura and Practice Psychometry, Telepathy, and Clairvoyance

Points of Cosmic Energy by Blanche Mertz

Pranic Psychotherapy (Latest Edition) (Pranic Healing)

Torn Between Two Worlds: Modern Medicine and Spiritual Healing (Audio)


The Soul Quake Survival Guide: Reviving Your Connection to Spirit in Earth Shaking Times by Teresa Shantz

A Mind at a Time: America’s Top Learning Expert Shows How Every Child Can Succeed by Dr Mel Levine

Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative by Sir Ken Robinson

Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ by Daniel Goleman

The Hoffman Process: The World-Famous Technique That Empowers You to Forgive Your Past, Heal Your Present, and Transform Your Future

A Thousand Names for Joy: Living in Harmony with the Way Things Are by Byron Katie

The Farther Reaches of Human Nature by A. Maslow

The Biggest Job We’ll Ever Have: The Hyde School Program for Character-Based Education and Parenting

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

Self Efficacy: The Exercise of Control by Albert Brandura

The Power From Within: Who You Really Are and Why You Are Here (Cosmic Consciousness, Existential Consciousness, Spiritual Connection Book 1)

The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest by Dan Buettner  (Audio)

Feeding Your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict by Tsultrim Allione

The Hidden Messages in Water by Masaru Emoto

Water and its memory: New astonishing insights in water research by Bernd Kröplin

Heal Thyself: An Explanation of the Real Cause and Cure of Disease by Dr. Edward Bach

Purposehood: Transform Your Life, Transform the World by Ammar Charani


Aesop’s Fables: The Classic Edition

Joan of Arc by Mark Twain

‘Nature and the Greeks’ and ‘Science and Humanism’ by Erwin Schrödinger

Judgments on History and Historians by Jacob Burckhardt

Physics and Engineering

The Theory of Everything: The Quest to Explain All Reality

Subtle Is the Lord: The Science and the Life of Albert Einstein

Einstein’s Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition

Beyond Biocentrism: Rethinking Time, Space, Consciousness, and the Illusion of Death

Rare Earth: Why Complex Life is Uncommon in the Universe

Books Origen and Early Christianity

Torn Between Two Worlds: Science and Religion (Audio)

Jesus – New Insights into His Life and Mission by Walther Hinz

Neue Erkenntnisse über die Schöpfung Gottes by Walther Hinz

The New Testament: A New Translation Based on the Oldest Manuscripts by Johannes Greber

The Commentary of Origen on the Gospel of St Matthew (Oxford Early Christian Texts)

Commentary on the Gospel According to John, Books 1-10

Commentary on the Gospel According to John Books 13-32

Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans, Books 1-5 (Fathers of the Church Patristic Series)

Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans, Books 6-10 (Fathers of the Church Patristic Series)

Homilies on Judges (Fathers of the Church Patristic Series)

Homilies on Joshua (Fathers of the Church Patristic Series)

Homilies on Luke: Fragments on Luke (Fathers of the Church)

Homilies on Genesis and Exodus (Fathers of the Church Patristic Series)

Homilies on Leviticus, 1-16 (Fathers of the Church Patristic Series)

Origen: Homilies on Jeremiah and I Kings 28 (Fathers of the Church Patristic Series)

Allegory and Event: A Study of the Sources and Significance of Origen’s Interpretation of Scripture by PRC Hanson

Origenes’ “Peri archon”: Eine undogmatische Dogmatik : Einführung und Erläuterung (Werkinterpretationen) (German Edition) by Lothar Lies

Origène (Série “Chrétiens aujourd’hui”) (French Edition) by Henri Crouzel

Origen by Jean Danielou

Origen: The Song of Songs, Commentary and Homilies (Ancient Christian Writers) by RP Lawson

Origenes der Diamantene (German Edition) By Robert Sträuli

Salomo, die Königsquelle by Robert Sträuli

Contra Celsus

Modern Christianity

Torn Between Two Worlds: Wisdom and Rhetoric (Audio)

History of Dogma, Volume 1 by Adolf von Harnack

Evidence That Demands a Verdict: Life-Changing Truth for a Skeptical World by Josh McDowell

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

The Urantia Book: Revealing the Mysteries of God, the Universe, World History, Jesus, and Ourselves

Jesus: My Autobiography

The Prophet (A Penguin Classics Hardcover) by Kahlil Gibran

The Physics of God: How the Deepest Theories of Science Explain Religion and How the Deepest Truths of Religion Explain Science by Joseph Selbie

The God Delusion


Can Butterflies Cry?

A Letter Of Hope

The Caretaker Of Souls

The Whispering Souls

The Shadow Children

A Life Time Of Memories

Memories From The Past

What is the relation between our soul and our mind, according to modern science?

First of all, modern science does not recognize the soul, but rather they are struggling with the difference between consciousness and the brain. I was just at a mental health presentation at the World Economic Forum in Davos last week, which was focusing on the use of psychedelic drugs in treatment. One of the presenters said: “We do not understand the difference between consciousness and the brain.” I asked this member: “Then how can you effectively treat illnesses of consciousness?”

The best modern scientific research on this subject is being done by the Division of Perceptual Studies – University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Bruce Greyson, who has spent over a half of a century scientifically researching thousands of Near-Death Experiences. Through this extensive research, this is what modern science is willing to say:

The seventh lesson is that NDE’s raise questions about the continuation of consciousness after death. If it is true that minds can function in extreme circumstances without physical brains, that is may be possible that minds can continue to exist after the death of the brain.

An answer to what happens after death, may be beyond today’s scientific methods, or it may be just beyond our scientific imagination, but the scientific answer, if it ever comes, will likely be through indirect evidence, like the trail of bubble subatomic particles leave in a bubble chamber. I don’t know if some kind of continued consciousness after death is the best explanation for NDE experiencers seeing loved ones that no one knew had died, but I do not have any alternative explanation for the evidence. We may eventually come up with another explanation, but until then, some form of continued consciousness after death seems to be the most plausible working model. The evidence, that under extreme conditions, we can see beyond the range that our physical senses see and hear, and that we can remember things our physical brains have not processed, comes not just from NDE’s but from a variety of research avenues. So, it makes sense to me to live our lives as if this is really the way things are. That we are more than our physical bodies, that some part of us may continue after our physical bodies stop working, and that we may be intimately connected to something greater than ourselves. And that has tremendous implications as to how we live our lives, and for what makes our lives meaningful and worthwhile.

Ref: After by Dr. Bruce Greyson – Chapter 20.

Modern science has come a long way in the past 30 years on this subject, but practicing doctors are still being taught that a human is purely a physical being. Until doctors and researchers are taught what Greyson has discovered, those suffering illnesses of consciousness or of the soul, will not receive effective care.

Back to your original question: What is the difference between the soul and the mind? Greyson hints at this point in his NDE studies. He says that the experiences people have when their brain is not functioning are more real than normal memories, because consciousness (the soul) is not being filtered by the brain. Humans who have reached a high level of enlightenment are able to access the unfiltered knowledge and wisdom of their soul.

2022 Spiritual Retreat Day 8

The end of a mediation week is full of emotion for me, having to leave this beautiful atmosphere and to return to the daily grind. After 27 years, you would think it world be old hat, but I am surprised each time about how much I have learned during the week and am humbled by how much I still have to learn. The theme for the week was:

“lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” (Matt 28:20)

In today’s modern world, we are able to put these words into perspective. The end of the world is estimated to be in 2 to 3 billion years from now, when the Earth will enter the uninhabitable zone, as the sun increases in size. We also have learned the power of the network and the power of the web. Jesus is not alone in Heaven. There are billions of trillions of inhabitants in Heaven, all who serve its King – and they are all networked in a spiritual web. This is how the King maintains connection to all of humanity, through the billions of guardian angels who look over His sheep.

I am so grateful to the spiritual world, for its inspiration, its guidance, and its protection.

2022 Spiritual Retreat Day 7

On the seventh day of my annual week-long retreat we discussed the best ways to help the soul of a lost love one. 

When we lose a loved one, it is important to separate your personal needs from the needs of the loved one’s soul. Let me explain. When we lose a loved one, we are left with various emotions, based on our relation to them. These can be sorrow, loss and a deep desire to hold on to them. They can disappointment, regret and a desire for revenge or a second chance.

When praying for a loved one, we don’t what your personal needs to impact the prayer for the loved one which may hinder their afterlife, and can impact your own life. For instance, if we hold a person’s soul close to us after they died through our longing to be with them, this will keep them from entering their afterlife. And if you look at the life’s works of Dr. Edith Fiore and Dr. Carl Wickland you will find that when these spirits remain in our lives, the can cause various symptoms of mental illness. Especially if there was disappointment in the relationship.

So, as in most things in life, it is important to take care ourself before we can help others. Before praying for the deceased loved one, ask God for the strength you need to go on without them. If there was conflict in the relationship, ask God to forgive yourself and forgive them. Once you have asked God to help you with your needs, then you can pray for the deceased loved one for God to fulfill their needs. Such a prayer might look like this.

Dear God, please take my loved one into your hands and give them everything they need to find their place in your Heaven. He/she has gone ahead of me and I do not want to hold him/her back from their advancement in Heaven. I will try my utmost to live my life to make him/her happy until we are able to meet again.

2022 Spiritual Retreat Day 6

On the sixth day of my weeklong spiritual retreat we discussed the meaning of living a spiritual life versus a materialistic one, which I covered in my third book. How helping others to carry their burden can help reduce carrying our own.

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (Matt 16:24–26)

This was the topic of the 6th day of my spiritual retreat in 2022, understanding what power of the cross is. Each person has a different cross to bear, and often we cannot realizing what our brother/sister is carrying everyday – a terminal illness, a dying child, etc. We should have faith to place these worries at the foot of the cross and follow in the footsteps of Jesus, as He lived His life, helping others. Yes, we all have problems, and worries, but these are all worldly issues. Jesus is telling us to put those issues in the hands of God and use that energy to help those around you, that have their own problems and worries. When we help them carry their cross, we lighten the load from our own.

This is what Jesus is telling us. If we center our life on dealing with our materialistic problems, we lose the meaning of life – to love our neighbors and our enemies, and to become perfect as God is perfect. (Matt 5:44–48)

2022 Spiritual Retreat Day 5

On the fifth day of my annual week-long retreat we were taken to the heights of Heaven with reports of virtuous souls returning to their original place in Heaven.

Heaven is in The Spiritual World and it is much bigger than the material universe, so the answer is not simple. The regions of Heaven in the area of Earth are what many NDE’s experience. The highest regions of Heaven, where the divine being live. There are very few reports from this region of Heaven because it requires that a divine being tell us about it.

A divine being taught from 1948 to 1983 at GL Zurich and bright some of these descriptions. All of these teachings were recorded on tape and then video and are replayed on a regular basis. From a lecture in 1961, we hear of the reception of three human spirits that finally made it home to the heights of Heaven. The description of all three were similar, the spirits were very modest and overwhelmed by their reception by the King. One was told she would require 10 attendants to help carry her treasures to the King. She protested and said I have brought no treasures with me, I had none in my life. But when she appeared to an overjoyed King, each attendant brought her treasures for the King to see, starting with her faith. The other nine presented the rest of the virtues she acquired in her life.

Ascent and Return Home

The lectures in this themed issue give insight into the ascent of the fallen creatures, into their long path back home to the kingdom of God. Since the fulfillment of Christ’s act of redemption, since his victory over Lucifer, the latter must let all those spirit beings who no longer wish to serve evil – in whose soul the desire has awakened to return home to their Father in heaven – leave his realm.

Angels of God strive for the ascent of their brothers and sisters. They not only care for humans and for the beings in the spheres of ascent, they also find access to the planes of hell. Here they help the unfortunates escape from Lucifer’s realm. Even hell has its levels of improvement, and whoever has a change of heart here and reaches its upper levels of ascent attains the protection of the divine world. The angels of God explain to those who wish to return home the further path of ascent. Whereas some are able to accelerate their return home and are allowed, after a certain preparation, to enter directly into their first human life, others, on account of the guilt they once incurred during the fall, must take the long path through the various kingdoms of nature.

2022 Spiritual Retreat Day 4

During the fourth day of my week-long spiritual retreat we talked about the promise of Jesus to send the spirit of truth to teach all the truth. I can recommend all to search for these teaching.

 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. (John 16:12-14)

I would be happy to. Fist of all, Jesus is frustrated with His disciples because after all their time together, they still did not understand what He was teaching. John understood Him best, but even he could not accept the gravity of the King of Heaven incarnation as human.

Jesus Christ, the King of Heaven, came to Earth to conquer the god of the dead (Mark 12:27) and free the fallen souls from his grasp. Even today, few people can accept the concept that the billions of souls that have incarnated on Earth are all fallen souls, who were once in Heaven. We all followed Satan and were cast out of Heaven, long ago.

Jesus had only 3 years to try to teach them, and He knew there was much too much to teach, so He promised to send the spirit of truth to teach all the truth. The first appearance of the spirit of truth was in the second century, who explained the Fall and reason from Christ’s redemption. The work was called The Restoration of All Things. The Roman Empire destroyed this work, but Jesus promised that His word would never die. So, the spirit of truth has appeared numerous time to restore what the likes of Constantine and Justinian did to Christianity. The latest appearance was 70 years ago at GL Zurich.

The spirit of truth taught from 1948 to 1983 and all 2,000 lectures were recorded, transcribed and published online, full searchable. Anyone can test the spirts (1 John 4:1–4) by reading all of the lectures and trying to find any contradictions in them.

2022 Spiritual Retreat Day 3

The third day of my week-long spiritual retreat was about the spiritual aspect of nature. The spirits in nature are mute, and it is up to us to learn their language to understand the message they want to give to us.

Many deny the literal meaning of Jesus here, but that is because they do not understand the spiritual nature of God’s material creation, and its purpose. Revelation 12:7–9 tells us that Satan took 1/3 of the stars of Heaven fell to earth, dragged down by the tail of the great dragon. That number in the billions of trillions based on the number of stars in the material universe. That is more than enough to have a fallen soul inhabiting every insect, plant and animal on Earth, with plenty left over to inhabit the stones.

The Restoration of All Things was taught in Early Christianity and it is an infinitesimally slow reconcilation of the fallen with Heaven. The way that this reconcilation happens is through the Earth’s nature. The most evil of the fallen spend millions of years imprisoned in stone, keeping them from causing havoc. The restoration process goes through the mineral kingdom, the plant kingdom and the animal kingdom before starting their human incarnations.

We can find great joy in investigating the spiritual aspects of nature, just as Dr. Edward Bach did. I get great joy of the way that horses come to meet me on my walks. We have a close spiritual bond.

2022 Spiritual Retreat Day 2

The Lord’s Prayer was the subject of the second day of my spiritual retreat. It is the most powerful prayer we can pray when we understand the meaning of each phrase held within.

The Lord’s Prayer, is the most powerful of any prayer, and this phrase is especially important. The full phrase is: “May Thy Will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.” This means, that if we want to return to Heaven, we have to be willing to accept God’s Will over our own. Jesus demonstrated this when He said:

“Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” (Luke 22:42)

Additionally, this phase gives us insight into the Love of God. God created this world with amazing diversity of life, as it is in Heaven. God loves this infinite diversity and if we want to become more like Him, we have to love diversity also. The is what Jesus was pointing to when He said:

“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (Matt 5:44–48)

God has no enemies, He loves all of His creation that He gave to Jesus. (John 3:35) He even loves the Prodigal Son – Lucifer, who squandered his inheritance, became the Adversary (Satan) and instigated the Fall of 1/3 of His creation. (Rev 12:7–9)

When we ask God for His Will to be done on Earth, we are asking to be like Him and to have tolerance and forgiveness for all those around us that cause us harm or we do not agree with. God made them all, and He loves them, and so should we.