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Monday, December 31, 2007

Hunger

Our World
Heifer International is an organization I became aware of some years ago. In lieu of gifts for my friends and colleagues, I bought "shares" in a cow (it could have been another type of animal), to donate to a needy family in a third-world country. My friends were then informed that they had each "given" a portion of the cow via my gift to this family.

Heifer's gift catalog of animals can be found here. These animals are used by the family that receives them to supplement income, either via milk that the animals give, or eggs that the hens lay, honey that the bees produce, etc. These families then are asked to donate an animal to another needy family themselves, once the animal they have been given, produces offspring.
It's a sensational idea! It can make entire communities revitalize. And you can make the choice to become a part of it by being aware of the problem our world community faces. Hunger is not something only our governments should deal with...we can also deal with it on our own individual levels. Remember: we are all one. Hence, if one of us suffers, we all in some way suffer.

We simply cannot ignore that others are dying of hunger. We simply cannot ignore that others receive no education. We simply cannot continue to ignore our global injustice. Let us all do something to help. Anything.

Here is a brief 3 minute video about one woman's story:




And here is a 30 second trailer about the Heifer Organization.




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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Language of DNA

Big Ben, London
Here is a very interesting take on how our DNA changes with our thoughts by Toni Elizabeth Sar'h Petrinovich. Her excellent article is very much in line with quantum physics, cellular biology, molecular biology and energy psychology discussed here on this blog.

The emotions that we experience that create the feelings we have and manifest the thoughts created within our minds generate a frequency within our DNA that attracts information from [...] other dimensions (through the “wormhole”) and passes it to our consciousness. Again, this ability is based upon the proper frequency within our bodies which is most easily created through states of relaxation, peace and ease. Stress, worry and similar states of being create incoherent waves resulting in confusion that prevent a state of hyper-communication as well as affecting our health. Read more

See also my:

September 2005 Newsletter: DNA Can Change According to the Feelings of the Individual

May 2006 Newsletter: Introducing Our Second and Thirds Brains: We DO Think With Our Heart and Instinct

March 2007 Newsletter: Create a New Life One Intention at a Time

The Energy Barometer: Make Your Mind-Body Connnection Work For You

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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Neuroscience and Clustered Plasticity

Branching of cell dendrites in rat brain
Another fascinating article in the ever-growing body of knowledge about the way our brain works appeared in The New York Times this week.

An essential question has always been how the brain is able to absorb and store information in such a tiny place as one dendrite, a small stalk-like bit of a bit of a neuron in a bit of the brain called the hippocampus. (The average human brain has about 100 billion neurons, and about 1,000 times that many synapses.)

The Journal Nature reported the results of a study which begins to answer this question.

The NY Times article states: Researchers at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Maryland stimulated not a single cell but a single dendritic spine, one of the hairlike growths that sprout from a cell’s branching arms.

Brain cells communicate with their neighbors by sending a chemical burst from the tips of these spines, across a space called the synapse to the tip of a spine on the next cell. If the chemical bath is strong enough, the receiving spine bulges forward — strengthening the connection between the spines. This is thought to be the fundamental process underlying learning.

But the researchers, Christopher D. Harvey and Karel Svoboda, found something unusual when they stimulated a single spine. Not only did the spine bulge, but it also somehow made its neighbors more sensitive to chemical signals — standing ready, in effect, to digest any spillover of information. Imagine every neighbor on the block calling up to offer a corner of his basement for storage, just in case.

Neuroscientists had theorized that this effect, called clustered plasticity, might help account for the tremendous capacity of the brain, but they had not seen it in action. Read more.

Click here for earlier posts about the brain.

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Radio Program January 2008

Once a month I will be posting the current list of topics for my weekly radio show.

This is what the January 2008 schedule looks like:

Jan. 2: So You Want to be a Leader…First Really Know Yourself!
Jan. 9: The Stigma of Being Fat
Jan 16: Love (and Sex) For Those Aged 70-95
Jan 23: Do Thoughts Really “Create Things”?
Jan 30: No Show - OCI will be in FITUR

Click here for radio show archives from 2004-2007 (not all are up, but you'll find more than 100 different radio shows!).
The show airs weekly on Wednesdays from 11 – 12 noon CET (Central European Time) which is 6 hours ahead of New York, one hour ahead of London, the same time as Paris or Berlin (except at the end of October and March, where there tends to be a week of confusion, as not all countries change to daylight saving and back, and those that do, don't always do so on the same day).

See below for equivalent times in other locations.

Ways To Listen

1) LIVE on your radio dial OCI FM 101.6 (Costa del Sol) or FM 94.6 (Costa Blanca)
2) LIVE on the web Onda Cero (Once there, click on “Internacional” on upper right)
3) Listen to over 100 archived audio files on my website

Equivalent Times in Other Locations: (Locally: CET: Central European Time)

or go to http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html to convert from your time zone (some of these times may not be correct at certain times of the year):

11 pm – 12 midnight: Honolulu (locally Tuesday evening)
5-6 am: New York City, Miami, Montreal, Toronto, Nassau, Santo Domingo, Barbados
6-7 am: Rio de Janeiro
9-10 am: Reykjavik, Casablanca
10-11 am: London, Lagos
11-12 noon: (LOCAL) Madrid, Rome, Berlin, Paris, Warsaw, Tripoli, Harare, Cape Town
12-1 pm: Bucharest, Riga, Istanbul, Cairo, Amman, Kuwait City, Addis Ababa, Nairobi
12:30-1:30 pm: Tehran
1-2 pm: Moscow, Dubai, Baghdad, Seychelles
2-3 pm: Islamabad
2:30-3:30 pm: New Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai
4-5 pm: Hanoi, Bangkok
5-6 pm: Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Manila, Bali, Taipei, Perth
6-7 pm: Tokyo, Seoul
7-8 pm: Sydney
9-10 pm: Auckland, Fiji Islands

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Friday, December 28, 2007

Different Vibrations, Different Results

World's largest arch: Shipton Arch in China
Another inspiring quote - Abraham again:

"If you desire something (material, experiential, whatever), but your beliefs and thoughts all day long are about how impossible it will be for you to get it, and that you are being silly just to imagine that you will get it, then you are "entertaining" two very different vibrations simultaneously that will cancel each other out."

To put it into other words, whatever it is you wish to achieve, your mindset needs to remain on that thought, and on the belief that you will achieve it. The more you meander about, either on negative thoughts, or fear thoughts, or thoughts that you will not be able to achieve your goal (of whatever type), the more you are drawing yourself away from being able to achieve it.

With this thought we come back to the idea mentioned so often here (and not originally mine, but of many other authors throughout the millenia; something so wonderful to know, because by knowing it, you will be able to go in whichever direction you choose).

This idea is the notion of your own energy, your vibrational frequency. Your own energy is produced by your thoughts and feelings. The best way to maintain your energy high (and of course I am not talking so much about the energy you require to run a marathon, but the energy within you, that allows you to feel good as a whole about yourself and your life circumstances), is by paying close attention to your feelings. And then to correct as needed. It is through a specific good energy, or vibrational frequency that you are able to attract to your life that which you seek).

This vibrational frequency can be equated to a radio transmission. If you are searching for my radio show at the local level, you know that you have to go to a specific radio frequency on your dial. If you do not, you either don't get my program, or you get static, and a fuzzy reception, so you will not be able to understand what is being said.

It's exactly the same with your own vibrational frequency: if it is not on the right dial; if you are in a frame of mind or state of feeling that is not good, then you will only get static when you go after your goals, or you may not get anything at all.

Simple as this analogy sounds, it is so true. Change your feelings, use the energy barometer within you thanks to your state of feeling, and begin to observe how you can fine tune the emission in order to achieve exactly what you are aiming for.

Click here for earlier posts about the law of attraction.

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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Your Attention to Bad Things

Turquoise Waters of Cancun, Mexico
Here's a great quote from Abraham:

What holds bad things in your life is always your attention to those bad things, always.

This is very simple to comprehend and apply in a meaningful way to your life...if you are worried about something, or if you are in pain about something, you will only bring more of it into your life by remaining in that frame of mind ... or ... expressed, in other words ... by remaining in that vibrational frequency.

Remaining in a specific vibrational frequency refers to not changing how you feel at any given moment, because your feelings are what dictate your inner energy ... the frequency at which your being as a whole is vibrating.

So of course what has to be changed is how you feel, if you want to get to another level of vibrational frequency. And you change how you feel, by moving your thoughts into another direction, another direction where you have a greater chance of feeling better.

This is a topic that a great many of my posts keep hammering on about, because it is so important: if you can learn this, can figure out how to apply it to your life, you will create many important changes to the state of your well being. Think of it as changing direction 180 degrees from the worried or painful place in which you find yourself, to the place of greater good feeling where you could be. You might like to bring up a joyous memory, or you might like to think about something you are trying to bring about in your life, the completion of which would bring a state of good feeling and satisfaction to you, and as you consider this scenario, your feelings of worry and pain subside. From that better vibrational place you will be able to make much better decisions about your worry or your pain, simply because you will be in a better place.

Apply this always and watch the changes.

No post was possible yesterday due to a personal emergency.
Posted from Madrid, Spain

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Judging Others ... Judging Yourself

Zakynthos, Greece
Have you ever noticed how many people are inconsiderate? How often others just don't seem to be aware of anyone but themselves?

How about the people that think they are worth more than others because their bank account is bigger? Or those that think their opinion is better than others' because they are well-known celebrities, politicians, public figures, or hold a post of some weight?

And have you seen any of those that believe there is something special about them because they frequent a lot of social events, or because they eat at certain exclusive restaurants, or stay at up-market hotels?

What about the person who drinks too much and creates havoc on public roads? Or causes uncomfortable situations in a family's holiday reunion? The list could go on and on.

Judging other people for any of the above and many other things, is a curious phenomenon. As we judge others we are actually judging ourselves. What I mean by that is that if we feel we must judge, we automatically place ourselves in a position of "better" in some way than the other person. Examine that for a moment. Better? Better?

It may be true that others do whatever they do, but where do we come, what place in ourselves to we come from with these judgements?

Much negativity is associated with judging others, beginning with that essence of feeling somehow better or more worthy, or holier, or less materialistic, or more law-abiding, or less vain, etc. than another. So in this comparison of ourselves and the other, we lose any possibility of connection with the other. If we lose that, we lose the most precious aspect of our time here: that of discovering our connection to all of humanity.

Going back to judgement - here is a suggestion: when you find yourself judging, and if you would like to do so less, or stop it all together, simply send the other person peace or love in your mind, and let it go. Let whatever it was that you had been judging leave your mind. You will find that your life becomes both much more simple, and much, much richer. Try it, even if only for a couple of weeks to observe its effect on you.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Four Flawed “Truths” Upon Which Our Culture is Built


Today's title is blatantly lifted from Bruce Lipton's website. He has come out with another fascinating article to make you think, and more importantly, to make you realize how much everything truly lies in your own hands (thoughts, feelings, reactions ... all those things we keep talking about on this blog).

Bruce Lipton clearly states that the Human Genome Project has recently shattered one of Science's fundamental core beliefs: the concept of genetic determinism. Rather, he states: "The new science of epigenetics illuminates how our mind (perceptions, attitudes and emotions) shapes biology and behavior. "

He writes:

"It is obvious, even to the most Prozaced-out individual, that today’s global crises impacting the environment, health, economics and social stability are threatening the survival of human civilization. Suddenly, the old cartoon of some bearded weirdo carrying a placard reading, “The World is Ending!” doesn’t seem that funny. Media and government continuously focus our attention on the darkness of impending crises, however, recent advances in physics and biology offer a significantly different and amazingly hopeful alternative for these very same symptoms. "

The article is titled: The Rise of The Phoenix: An Evolving Global Humanity (click on the title to read the entire article).

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

A Parent's Greatest Gift to Children

Budapest, Hungary
What is the most important thing you can give your children as a parent? Money? A good education? A great home? Luxurious vacations?

The most important gift is your own inner connection (see also my May 2007 Newsletter: Tending Your Inner Garden). Being connected to yourself means you have created a relationship to yourself; you have come to know yourself; you are comfortable with yourself; you are at ease being alone with yourself; your relationship with yourself gives you a sense of inner security; you are at peace with yourself thanks to this inner connection, and above all, you are aware of the fact that you are so much more than your outer covering..your body, or your profession, or your position in society, or your bank account.

So you don't take yourself so seriously, and you find it easy to laugh at yourself, and with others, and you know that life is not a vale of tears but a journey in growth that can be joyful, if you but listen to this inner connection. Part of it comes to you through your feelings, your energetic frequency as you go about your daily life, and recognize - due to the inner connection - that the energy you feel constantly needs to be readjusted in order that your course remains true.

I read a great analogy about this recently - in of all places, a book on weight loss by Tom Venuto called Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle. The analogy is this: once a plane takes off from a runway, before it reaches its destination, it will make dozens if not hundreds of minute adjustments in order to stay on course. It does this automatically, it's part of its built-in controls. If it did not, it would never reach its destination.

And so it is with us, if we truly want to make the most of our inner connection...continually using our emotions, our state of feeling, our energetic frequency (our own built-in controls) to bring us back on track, in order that we may reach our destination which is, as I indicated in yesterday's post, The Absolutely Best Way of Giving to Others, to seek as great a state of feeling good as possible, then we can not afford to ignore all of these inner signals we are so much more aware of, if we have recognized and cultivated the inner connection.

All of these ways of connecting to your inner self, your real self, that give you so much, that allow you to understand so much, are precisely what allow you to give the greatest gift of all to your children: being the model of what a connection to your true inner essence can signify in the course of a lifetime.

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Monday, December 17, 2007

The Absolutely Best Way of Giving to Others

The Elephant Arch in the Ennedi Region of Chad

This is so simple. Simple to tell, I mean...not so simple to put into practice.

The absolutely best way of giving to others, is by feeling good, by being happy...or at least by being in a state of general contentment. By being consciously happy. By consistently ensuring yourself that you keep pulling yourself back to a good state of being, rather than staying in a place inside of you that is angry, impatient, jealous, frustrated, stressed, etc.

It does not mean that you don't feel those negative feelings anymore, but it does mean that you take care of them as they occur, in the same way you would take care of a cut on your finger, or a break to your leg.

It means always making sure that you know how (and if you don't, you find out how...see articles listed below) to make yourself be able to be in that good state of being, in that content state of being, in that satisfied state of being, where you are the utmost you can be at this particular moment in time, so that you can be in such a good place to be able to give to others.

I often tell my clients that before they can give to others they have to give to themselves, and - lest they think I am condoning selfishness - the analogy I use is of the safety procedure in airplanes. Prior to take-off, the purser will demonstrate the proper use of life jackets and will tell you that if there were to be a decrease in pressure, an air mask would drop down in front of each passenger. They say before you adjust your children's air mask, put your own on... Obviously. If you put on your children's masks first, you may have already passed out from lack of oxygen, and then who will revive you, so that you can continue to care for them?

My topic today is similar because you will be of so much more use to everyone you touch in your life, if you have already taken care of yourself.

What this really comes down to, is the state of your energy. If you become aware of how much this is your own, personal, inner, private tool that lets you know when you are not on the right track, you will begin to use it (the way you feel) as an immediate sign (if your energetic frequency is not optimal) that you need to be doing something to shift your energy.

The more you do this, the more you recognize how much it is in your own hands, the more you will be charging your life with satisfaction, good feelings, and happiness no matter what the outer circumstances.

It is from that kind of an inner place that you are in the best position to give to others. So simple.

See also:

Friday, December 14, 2007

Emotional Unavailability and the Bedroom

The Sydney Opera
Much has been written about those individuals that we consider emotionally unavailable (they have difficulty being vulnerable in the emotional arena, and therefore tend to shy back from getting to that point). Much has also been written about the effect of this on their unwitting partners, who often remain blissfully unaware of the reality of their situation until years have passed, and much damage - both to them and the relationship - has been done.

Having said that, this is not meant to be a diatribe against the emotionally unavailable, as they themselves, are often unaware of what it is inside of them that continually causes them to hold those people to whom they are very close at hand's length in their lives, even after years of marriage. There is just simply a point at which they find themselves uncomfortable in certain conversations, or with a certain type of show of affection, and so they withdraw, and literally refuse to engage.

I have written a number of in-depth articles about this and several related issues:

Emotional Unavailability: An Introduction
I Need You...I Need You Not
Your Parents, Your Children, and the Marital Bed

Today's post is more about the fact that on occasion emotional unavailability can lead to difficulties in the bedroom, as the emotionally unavailable individual withdraws in that arena by withholding sex. Please understand that this is rarely done with premeditation and calculation. Nor is it necessarily done to be cruel (although instances of that do, of course, occur). The main reason why it is done - and this happens subconsciously - is because the emotionally unavailable person fears opening up to the partner on both the level of love and the level of sex.

This fear, which really translates into a fear of vulnerability, generally only occurs when the emotionally unavailable person feels secure in a relationship and that is when the othe partner begins to notice that many strange things are happening. Sex is coming to a grinding halt, and the refusal to engage in emotionally important subjects for the couple commences, partially due to the fact that the emotionally unavailable partner is now secure in the knowledge that little that he or she will do, would cause the other partner to leave...

As mentioned earlier, this is not generally due to manipulation, malice, or calculation on the emotionally unavailable partner's side, although on occasion it is, but rather due to a complete unawareness of these underlying issues of fear of vulnerability in the arena of love and sex.

If this sounds familiar to you, I suggest you read the above articles on my website in order to gain greater understanding into the dynamics of these relationships. Clearly, where there is an emotionally unavailable partner, there is another partner who somehow dances this tango with him or her, either because this other partner is needy, or has poor boundaries and all its ensuing issues such as poor self-image, poor self-respect, and a lack of self-love. Relationships - especially when they are still relatively unaware relationships, where neither partner has recognized his or her own issues, are almost always a dance of some kind, where each partner's issues fit beautifully and exactly into the issues of the other.

There is a way out of this huis clos. Inform yourself, begin to become aware, make new choices, and things can and will change.

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

The Trail of Your Life

The Red Sea as seen from Space
Everything that has happened in a person's life, all the events, all the emotions, all the joys and sorrows, all the highs and low, expectations, disappointments, and all the people with whom the individual interacts, could be called the trail of a lifetime. It makes no difference what age the person is; it is simply the trail that is discernible behind the current now moment.

A lot of people refer to this as their baggage. And many people believe that they are their baggage. While that is true to the extent that you have become the person you are today due to all of these events, and particularly due to the thoughts and feelings and reactions you have had to these events, you do not, however, have to cling to that trail in order to define yourself.

Take the example of a woman who has been married several times to alcoholics. She may define herself as a victim of fate, or of weak men. She can choose, however, to define herself as the person who has finally decided to leave that behind and to work on herself in order to understand what exactly it was inside of her that caused her to be attracted to such men, in order to grow and advance in her life.

Another person may have lost his fortune due to a combination of bad luck and difficult events. If this person continues to live his loss throughout his current now moments over a period of years or even decades, he never leaves the trail behind.

And leaving the trail behind is crucial to present moment growth and expansion. What happened, happened. Learn from it. Use it to grow. But don't stay in that place. Move on in the realization that whether that was right or wrong, good or bad, difficult or easy, it simply formed part of making you who you are now, but that dwelling on it, defining yourself by it, or continuing to live in it, only leads to stagnancy and psychological death. Much better to remain focused on flexibility and growth.

How does the colossal cruise liner advance? Certainly not by looking back at the wake. It moves forward by leaving it behind.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

How To Deal With Emotions

Hokkaido, Japan
This is not a quick-fix solution.

Overwhelming emotions, such as pain, fear, rage, jealousy, and sorrow, to name only a few, can be enormous in their magnitude when they hit, and if you have not made a practice of looking within (see also my May 2007 Newsletter: Tending Your Inner Garden), and this is the first time it happens, you may find that you are at a total loss as to what you can do with them. Even if it is not the first time, and hence you recognize this state, if you have not dealt with it in the past, you will feel just as overwhelmed as when it happened the first time.

You will probably feel panicked, possibly hysterical, out of yourself, and certainly out on a limb in a place you do not recognize, you don't like, but you don't know how to climb back on to the trunk of the tree for some measure of inner safety.

Think of it like throwing yourself into a pool without knowing how to swim. You might learn how to dog-paddle very quickly, and manage to get to the side, or you might flounder about, frantic, swallowing water, until someone comes to your rescue...or you might drown.

If you get out however, wouldn't it make sense to learn how to swim?

So think of your emotions as something that you can get to know...a part of you that is as important to take care of as flossing and brushing your teeth, or getting regular checkups, and so on. Emotions can make or break your physical and psychological state of health, so it is to your utmost benefit to get to understand them and work with them.

In order to do that, you might like to consider getting to know yourself. This will help you deal with overwhelming emotions when they occur, because you will be able to understand where they are coming from and how to think and talk to yourself in order to lower their magnitude, in order that you may begin to feel better, and from that position of feeling somewhat better, be able to observe the situation and your role in it in a much more controlled fashion. (See also The Energy Barometer: Make Your Mind-Body Connection Work For You).

But this is not about control as much as it is about understanding that your emotions are not something that just happens and that you are at their mercy, but that you can shift your emotions by using your awareness, making choices (in thought, action, and reaction) that enhance your well-being, your energetic frequency, and that therefore you are in charge of the overwhelm.

As I said, this is not a quick-fix solution, nor do I pretend that with this short little post you will have all the tools necessary to accomplish this. But I do believe that this can make you think, and perhaps encourage you to begin to walk down this road to inner freedom.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Dream Symbols 22: Finding Buried Treasure

A dream in which you find buried treasure... perhaps a small wooden chest full of gold doubloons, or a stash of jewellery, or perhaps what you find is some money you had forgotten in an old coat pocket, or a silver locket at the back of a jumble drawer in the kitchen, such a dream is telling you something (as always) about yourself.

Treasure found is symbolic of a treasure in you that you are only now beginning to perceive or appreciate.

In the specific case of the silver locket at the back of a kitchen drawer into which you generally tend to throw all those things that you don't know what to do with, but don't yet want to throw away (it's the dream drawer, but in your dream you will know that this is what you use that drawer for), the dream is telling you that amongst the jumble of your daily life, your daily thoughts, and your daily activities, there is something shiny and valuable...and it is a part of you. You may have already become cognizant of it, or you may not yet have perceived it. Either way, the dream is encouraging you to look for it, become aware of it, and begin to incorporate it into your daily life. The fact that in the dream you took it out of the drawer and examined it and considered it an object of value, tells you that that is how you need to deal with it in real life.

If you found money in a coat pocket, perhaps a winter coat that you had not used since the year before (again, in the dream you know that this is how it is with that coat), your dream is symbolizing the finding of something valuable about yourself in a place you had forgotten.

Perhaps you learned a skill, a language, an art, many years ago that you were no longer using, and suddenly, in your life something could change if you incorporated this skill into your daily activities again.

If you found something tarnished, and decided to clean it, and realized that you now have a valuable coin, or brass, silver, or gold object in your hands, the symbolism may be that perhaps there is something about you that you had never considered valuable, that is now paying you unexpected dividends...either as part of your character, or perhaps as part of some real live financial windfall.

The symbolism of treasure found is always interesting in dreams and deserves some careful thought...it may manifest in your life on several levels, and only you can determine what those levels are.

For previous posts in this dream symbolism series, click here.

You may also be interested in viewing some of the recommended dream books and books on symbolism on my website, as well as some of the dream links on my links page.

There are also some videos posted about Carl Jung and his take on dreams. Click here to view them.

Photo above with kind permission by Piece of Eight

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Monday, December 10, 2007

Are We Connected to Others?

Istanbul, Turkey
Listening to a Wayne Dyer CD recently, I was reminded of a book by Carl Gustav Jung that I read for the first time in my 20's, called Modern Man in Search of a Soul. Books such as this one give continually greater meaning on subsequent readings, because of the changes in yourself that allow you to understand the author's intent on other - higher - levels.

The concept of cycles or ever-higher spiraling stages in a lifetime has been examined by many disciplines, and is well worth a look.

In his book, Jung refers to different archetypes, or times in our lives, which Dyer paraphrases as follows (and there is a connection, of course, to Abraham Maslow's concept of hierarchy of needs here as well):

  • Athlete: our primary emphasis is on our body, what it can do, how strong it is, how good it looks
  • Warrior: at this time in our adult life we try to conquer, defeat, collect, win, set goals, get as much as we possibly can, our primary emphasis is on getting ahead, on accumulating, on achieving some sense of security
  • Statesman: now we no longer ask what's in it for me, but instead, shift to how may I serve? because that simply becomes more important for us...the emphasis is no longer on the I, but rather, on the you. (Note: this generally does not work well, until the person has a healthy love relationship and connection with him or herself...see also my May 2007 Newsletter: Tending Your Inner Garden)
  • Spirit: we begin to understand that this is not our home, and that these are not our bodies, and that none of this is real.

In the understanding of this, you begin to see yourself as the witness to your life, and you can let go of the ego (the part of you that says I am what I have, what I do, and what others think of me. It also says I am separate from you, rather than connected to you and that what I have is separate from you...there is a great deal of interesting material about the ego in A Course in Miracles).

Letting go of the ego offers enormous inner freedom, it offers a real possibility of living in the now (see also Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now), and finally, it offers the possibility of allowing us to see that we are truly all one, and that we are all connected. This higher consciousness, or mystical awareness allows you to see the connection that is there among all of us.

Click here for others posts on our connectedness.

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Sunday, December 9, 2007

Having A Good Life

Burj al Arab Hotel, Jumeirah, Dubai
What does it depend on? Having a good life means that our work, our relationships, our bank account, our social life, our health, how we feel about ourselves, our sense of purpose and satisfaction, and so on, should all be in reasonable order, right?

But if they are not?

Does that mean we can not have a good life? Or does that mean that the reflection of what is on the outside (see also As Without, so Within) is in our lives to give us an opportunity to do something about it???

And of course, as you go about doing something about that dead-end relationship you have, or the job that is taking you no where, or the dwindling bank balance, you focus on the lack. You focus on what is - which is of course what you don't want (what currently "is" is the way of life that you do not want - so your focus is rarely on what you really do want).

This is a very important lesson to learn. I repeat it often here on the blog with different concepts: (some posts overlap from one area to another, but much has been written here about what you can do now - today - if only you will make a decision to be consistent about it - to change your life around and make of it a good life)

So remember: if you focus on what currently is ... on that which you do not want ... you will get more of the same. Focusing on what you do want ... another kind of relationship, a more fulfilling career, greater financial rewards, more free time ... whatever it is ... realize that you need to be focusing your intent on that and not on what currently is that just isn't working. Whatever you focus on grows.

So choose wisely. Follow through. Be disciplined. Remember it will not happen and come together in one fell swoop...just like building up strong triceps, you will need to give this some time too. And that means that every time you tell yourself it is not working, you banish those thoughts and replace them with thoughts that have to do with your goals (in whatever area), and particularly replace those nay-saying thoughts with feelings that you have when you imagine those goals you are striving for, as if they were already a reality in your life.

Do this over and over, and go confidently in the direction of your dreams, as Thoreau always gently reminds us.

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Saturday, December 8, 2007

THE UNEXPLAINED: San Francisco Conference on proof of afterlife

Petra (Jordan)
Forever Family Foundation, a non-profit, non-sectarian organization that supports the premise that life does not end with physical death, has announced a groundbreaking conference that will bring together world renowned scientists, medical doctors, researchers, and mediums with a goal of educating the general public.

The conference, scheduled for January 19-20, 2008 at the Cowell Theater at Fort Mason Center, will help raise awareness among the general public about the extensive research of consciousness and its implications that we survive our physical deaths.

“This will be the first scientific conference of its kind geared to general audiences,” said Robert Ginsberg, co-founder of Forever Family Foundation.

“One of our goals at Forever Family Foundation is to further the understanding of life after physical death.

“Mainstream science has historically ignored the study of consciousness, and we have brought together experts who are at the forefront of such research who will present evidence that our minds are not dependent on our brains.”

The two-day conference is designed for the public rather than a scientific audience.

Speakers will present bodies of evidence on near-death experiences, reincarnation, the nature of consciousness, quantum physics, ghosts and apparitions, afterlife encounters, mediumship, and other phenomena that suggest an existence beyond our physical lives.

“It is time for the scientific community to bring survival of consciousness research out of the labs, files, peer review journals, and private conferences,” said Dianne Arcangel, President of Forever Family Foundation.

“By bringing our findings into the public arena, we offer comfort to the bereaved as well as necessary education and hope to the masses.”

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Friday, December 7, 2007

Stanislav Grof III: Transpersonal Psychology

This third, and very brief video of Stanislav Grof, along with some of his transpersonal colleagues, such as Charles Tart. More than anything, I am putting it up for those of you who may find the subject of interest, so that you can find more detailed information via the website indicated in the video.

Transpersonal psychology is a system of thinking that covers all states of human experience, which includes non-ordinary consciousness, or altered states of consciousness.

Find previous Stanislav Grof posts here.

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