"A revelation of insight into the foundations of human suffering & transcendence. It not only lays out essential steps for inner freedom and joy but illuminates the way to true human potential." Paul Rademacher, author: A Spiritual Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe

"The masterwork of a profoundly gifted healer of the soul. Dazzling, challenging, wondrously useful." Peggy Rubin, author: To Be and How To Be, Transforming Your Life Through Sacred Theatre

"Rewiring the Soul is one the best introductions to the spiritual life I've ever read. Not esoteric but real-world and practical. The implications are profound." Peter Shepherd, author: Daring To Be Yourself

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Food Matters; The Movie

This 3 minute trailer of the movie Food Matters is very important. Please watch it. And then if you want to see the whole movie, go here where you can either buy a one time download, or get the DVD.

Food Matters is a film about the importance of food in the state of our health.

If the video of the trailer should give you any problems, go here to see it.

And here, in this 12-minute interview, James Colquhoun speaks to 9 AM, a TV station in Australia, about the film.

If you have trouble viewing it, go here to see it.

The synopsis of the film, taken directly from the website, states this:

"Let Thy Food Be Thy Medicine, And Thy Medicine Be Thy Food." - Hippocrates

That is the message from the founding father of modern medicine echoed in this brave new documentary film brought to you by Producer-Directors James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch.

‘Food Matters' is a hard hitting, fast paced look at our current state of health. Despite the billions of dollars of funding and research into new so-called cures we continue to suffer from a raft of chronic ills and every day maladies. Patching up an over-toxic and over-indulgent population with a host of toxic therapies and nutrient sparse foods is definitely not helping the situation.

In a personal quest of discovery James & Laurentine together with a film crew and the editorial and production expertise of Enzo Tedeschi have set out on an independent mission to uncover the wholesome truth. The filmmakers have interviewed several world leaders in nutrition and natural healing who claim that not only are we harming our bodies with improper nutrition, but that the right kind of foods, supplements and detoxification can be used to treat chronic illnesses as fatal as terminally diagnosed cancer.

‘Food Matters' seeks to uncover the business of disease and at the same time explore the safe, cheap and effective use of nutrition and supplementation for preventing and often reversing the underlying causative aspects of the illness. With the premise of the film being: access to solid information helps people invariably make better choices for their health.

The ‘Food Matters' duo have independently funded the film from start to finish in order to remain as unbiased as possible, delivering a clear and concise message to the world.

Friday, May 30, 2008

More News on the Bipolar Front: Can It Be Treated With Micro-Nutrients?

This article published last year in Bloomberg.com that I ran across on the Safe Harbor newsgroup recently (a newsgroup dedicated to alternative mental health solutions), indicates once again how disorders such as bipolar may be successfully treated with the use of supplements (micro-nutrients and amino acids, etc.).

J&J, Pfizer Profit on `Juvenile Bipolar Juggernaut' (Update3)
By Rob Waters
Sept. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Sales for children of antipsychotic medicines made by Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca Plc and Pfizer Inc. have exploded, fueled by a 40-fold increase over nine years in the number of children diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

The number of prescriptions for children doubled to 4.4 million between 2003 and 2006, according to data provided to Bloomberg by Wolters Kluwer NV, a drug-tracking company. The sales added to revenue for J&J, the world's largest producer of health supplies; Pfizer, the world's biggest drugmaker; London- based AstraZeneca and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. of New York.

The expanded use of bipolar disorder as a pediatric diagnosis has made children the fastest-growing part of the $11.5 billion U.S. market for antipsychotic drugs. Some experts say the treatments are bringing needed help to troubled kids, while others call it a fad that is exposing children to serious risks, including weight gain and diabetes.

Bipolar disorder, once known as manic-depression, used to be seen as a serious, enduring condition that kept adults mired for weeks or months in a deep depression, then sent them flying into a manic phase of similar length. In 1994, researchers began broadening the definition and including children.

Thirteen-Year-Old's Diagnosis

Thirteen-year-old Brian Sherry of Dallas was diagnosed as bipolar in 2005 after becoming manic while taking antidepressants for irritable bowel syndrome and anxiety. Doctors prescribed the antipsychotic drug Geodon and two other pills. The regime would work ``for a few days,'' then stop, Brian says, so doctors kept boosting his dose. His rages grew, as did his weight.

Children 4 and Younger

Growth was most dramatic in the youngest children. Last year, 20,280 prescriptions were written for children ages 4 and younger, a fivefold increase over 2003, Wolters Kluwer said. For 5- to 9-year-olds, prescriptions rose almost sixfold to 710,937.
Psychiatrists studying bipolar disorder in children said its chief hallmark is explosive anger.
``We're not just talking about typical kinds of mood swings that adolescents have,'' says Demitri Papolos, a Connecticut psychiatrist who wrote the popular book ``The Bipolar Child'' and has discussed it in magazine articles and on ABC television's ``20/20.'' ``When they get really depressed or angry, it's really extreme, like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.''

Brian's Manic Episode

Brian Sherry, the Dallas 13-year-old, had a manic episode after a school band trip in May 2005 that left him ``talking real fast, unable to control the flood of thoughts coming into his head,'' said his father, Duane Sherry. The Sherrys were contacted through a patient advocacy organization and plan no legal action in connection with Brian's treatment.

Arnold Mech, a psychiatrist in Plano, Texas, diagnosed Brian with bipolar, obsessive-compulsive, social anxiety, generalized anxiety and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorders. Mech prescribed Geodon and the Pfizer antidepressant Zoloft, along with Lilly's Strattera, a non-stimulant attention-deficit drug. To counteract the sedating effect of Geodon, he added Cephalon Inc.'s Provigil, a drug that promotes wakefulness.

Over the next seven months, Brian had only fleeting relief from anxious, angry moods and rages, he says. The drugs made him so tired he could barely function, his father says. Duane decided to wean his son off the medicines and start him on a regimen of vitamins and herbal supplements.
Since the switch, Brian says his moods and his relationships with schoolmates are better.

``The biggest thing was it kind of slowed down my thinking process,'' he says. On the medications, ``I would make very rash decisions and get in trouble at school. When you slow down and think things through more rationally, it really helps.''

Bipolar Underdiagnosed

Mech, citing patient confidentiality, declined to discuss the Sherry case. He said bipolar disorder has been underdiagnosed in the past and that more doctors, including primary-care physicians, now recognize it.
Read entire article here
Read the blog (Discover and Recover: Discover Alternative Treatments - Recover Optimal Mental and Overall Health) written by Brian's father Duane Sherry here
Read Gianna Kali's bipolar blog (Bipolar Blast: Beyond Meds) here

Changing the World from the Inside Out May 31 Internet Broadcast

Changing the World from the Inside Out
A special 6-hour continuous internet audio broadcast

Saturday May 31, 2008

EST (New York City): 11AM - 5PM

PST (San Francisco): 8am-2pm

BST (London): 4pm-10pm

CET (Paris): 5pm-11pm

EET (Tel Aviv): 6pm-12am

IST (New Delhi): 8.30pm-2.30am

AEST (Sydney): 1am-7am

Featuring Andrew Cohen in dialogue with Ken Wilber and Deepak Chopra and guest interviews including:
  • Calvin Phipps and Robb Smith, CEO’s of EnlightenNext and Integral Life

  • Carter Phipps, What Is Enlightenment? magazine

  • Linus Roache, star of NBC’s Law & Order

  • Barbara Marx Hubbard, evolutionary pioneer

  • Siona van Dijk, Director of Gaia Community

  • Jeff Eisen, enlightenment psychologist

  • Richard Olivier, leadership consultant

  • See below for full schedule

Join hosts Jeff Carreira and Elizabeth Debold for this 6-hour special internet audio broadcast on May 31.

Jeff Carreira, Director of Education, EnlightenNext Dr. Elizabeth Debold, Senior Editor, What Is Enlightenment? magazine.


EST (New York) 11am-12pm: A Brief History of Cultural Change

PST (San Francisco): 8am-9am BST (London): 4pm-5pm CET (Paris): 5pm-6pm EET (Tel Aviv): 6pm-7pm IST (New Delhi): 8.30pm-9.30pm AEST (Sydney): 1am-2am

Live Guest: Carter Phipps, Executive Editor, What Is Enlightenment? magazine in dialogue with Elizabeth Debold.

Special Announcement: Andrew Cohen will be joining the discussion during this hour!

EST (New York) 12pm-1pm: Evolutionary Enlightenment in Action

PST (San Francisco): 9am-10am BST (London): 5pm-6pm CET (Paris): 6pm-7pm EET (Tel Aviv): 7pm-8pm IST (New Delhi): 9.30pm-10.30pm AEST (Sydney): 2am-3am

Featured interview: Dr. Jeff Eisen, enlightenment psychologist, bringing philosophy into action

Additional Interviews:

Lynn Montgomery, Prison Psychiatrist, rehabilitating in the US prison system

Joan Berland, Teacher, releasing creativity in children’s classrooms

Michael Wombacher, Author, exploring evolutionary spirituality through his new book 11 Days at the Edge

Rodrigo Tarraza, Musician, pushing boundaries in music with the band Unfulfilled Desires

Meredith Urie, Mayor, East Gippsland, Australia, bringing new perspectives to civic service

EST (New York) 1pm-2pm: Live Guru and Pandit Dialogue on Creating the Culture of the Future

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Live Guests: Andrew Cohen, spiritual teacher and founder of EnlightenNext in dialogue with Ken Wilber, integral philosopher and founder of Integral Institute.

EST (New York) 2pm-3pm: Evolutionary Business

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Live Guests: Calvin Phipps, CEO EnlightenNext and Robb Smith, CEO Integral Life.
Dial-in Q&A with listeners

Featured interviews:

Brian Robertson, Founder, HolacracyOne, pioneering new organizational structures for business and culture.

Mick Quinn, Author, engaging with the evolution of value spheres, through his book The Uncommon Path

Richard Olivier, independent consultant, bringing the world of theatre and the arts into the development of authentic leaders

Brandie Redinger, entrepreneur, breaking new ground in the healing and performing arts

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Live Guests:

Siona van Dijk, Director of Gaia Community and Linus Roache, star of NBC’s popular drama, Law and Order.
Dial-in Q&A with listeners.

Featured interview: Barbara Marx Hubbard, Foundation for Conscious Evolution

EST (New York) 4pm-5pm: How to Infuse New Ideas into Mainstream Culture

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New Breathing Exercises Help Manage Asthma

Science Daily brings this article today. The exercise and presentation it refers to can be viewed at Asthma's CRC website.

New Breathing Exercises Help Manage Asthma

ScienceDaily (May 30, 2008)

A presentation that demonstrates breathing exercises designed to help reduce the use of asthma inhalers is today available to the general public for free from the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Asthma and Airways website.
The 40 minute production is in response to a research paper on the management of asthma through the use of breathing exercises, conducted by researchers and doctors at Sydney's Woolcock Institute of Medical Research and Melbourne's Alfred Hospital, which was published in the August 20061 edition of Thorax.
The results of this study showed that asthmatics who undertook regular breathing exercises reduced their preventer medication levels by up to half and reliever use by up to 86%.
The presentation demonstrates the breathing exercise techniques used in the study and features Professor Christine Jenkins, Head of Asthma Research at the Woolcock Institute and Project Leader of the research study.
In the presentation, she outlines our current understanding of asthma, and the potential role of breathing techniques in helping to control asthma symptoms. She puts this into the context of good asthma management and review. Two different groups of breathing techniques are demonstrated. One set is for practicing daily and one set is for relief of asthma symptoms.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Learning How to Apply the Power of Now

The Centerpoint Institute and its founder Bill Harris, have just sent out the following email: about a course that has been developed to learn how to apply the principles of The Power of Now to your own life.

Here is the text of the email:

I'd like to invite you to experience, as my gift to you, a FREE online course I've created…Mastering Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now.
So many people have told me that they loved Eckhart Tolle's books (The Power of Now and A New Earth) and his online presentations with Oprah, but have had trouble actually PRACTICING (and in some cases, understanding) what Tolle talks about.
To solve that problem, I decided to get together several of the most amazing awakened teachers I know to help you understand what Tolle is talking about and help you begin practicing and embodying what he is teaching, right now.
In this FREE course (which you can share with as many people as you want), six world-famous spiritual teachers and I will discuss what you can do right now to experience the spiritual awakening described by Eckhart Tolle in The Power of Now, A New Earth, and his online lessons with Oprah. I've chosen teachers who I know embody the awareness Tolle is talking about, and who are masters at teaching it:
  • Zen master Genpo Roshi, creator of the Big Mind process, a method for quickly experiencing profound transcendent states of awareness (what Tolle calls Presence) usually taking decades to master…

  • Ken Wilber, world-famous philosopher, author, spiritual teacher, and founder of Integral Institute, Integral Life, and the Integral Spiritual Center…

  • Renowned spiritual teacher and meditation master, Diane Hamilton…

  • Enlightenment teachers, authors, and workshop leaders, Saniel Bonder and Linda Groves-Bonder…

  • Sally Kempton, Yoga Journal columnist and one of today’s most insightful and experienced teachers of meditation and spiritual growth…

  • And me!

Among the many things you’ll learn from these amazing teachers:

  • The transformational power of the Now and how you can experience it…

  • Gettting out of your mind and into the Now…

  • What Eckhart Tolle calls Presence, and how to access it…

  • Using your body to enter the Now…

  • The source of suffering and emotional pain, and how to end it…

  • Transforming fear into peace…

  • Why Time is an illusion, and how it keeps you from the Now…

  • How you can step out of the world of Problems….

  • How to free yourself from unhappiness…

  • The power of Now and relationships…

  • Finding your purpose…

  • Plus, keys to awakening Eckhart Tolle didn’t mention…

  • And much more.

You’ll enjoy six weekly 60 to 90 minute audio lessons, one each week for six weeks. Each lesson is an unedited and spontaneous conversation with me and a world-famous spiritual teacher who embodies and teaches the awakened spiritual awareness Eckhart Tolle discusses in his best-selling books, The Power of Now and A New Earth, and in his online lessons with Oprah Winfrey.

These lessons contain additional explanation and practical suggestions you can use right now to awaken to who you really are and create a life of happiness and inner peace.I thought I'd have to charge a significant amount of money for this course, but when the other teachers volunteered their time and expertise, I quickly changed my mind. Oprah has put an enlightened teacher on television in front of millions of people.

This is a hugely positive event in the history of the world. A way of living that, up to now, has been discussed in just a few subcultures such as Integral Institute, Centerpointe, and a few other communities, is now in full view of popular culture. This is a huge opportunity for the world--and for you. I want as many people as possible to experience this information, so I--and the other teachers--are giving this information away, as our gift to the world.

Please don’t miss this opportunity to bring The Power of Now into your life. Register for these lessons right away. You can download them to your iPod or other device, or listen online. You’ll also get a handsome transcript of each lesson making it easier to review and master the information it contains.As you'll soon discover, this course is unlike anything else you've ever experienced. You really can live from the place Tolle talks about--the Now moment. When you do, everything changes.

With these six amazing awakened teachers, I want to show you how.

To enroll, and to immediately begin experiencing your first lesson--again, at no charge whatsoever, just go to: http://www.masteringthepowerofnow.com/. This is something we really want to spread around the world.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Radio Program June 2008

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

This is what the June 2008 schedule looks like:

June 4: What are Your Addictions?
June 11: The Sandwich Generation
June 18: Individuation: Becoming a Congruent Human Being
June 25: What is the Best Way You Can Help Your Children Grow Into Great Adults?

Click here for radio show archives from 2004-2008 (not all are up, but you'll find more than 100 different radio shows!).

The show airs weekly on Wednesdays from 11 – 12 noon CEDT (Central European Daylight 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: CEDT: Central European Daylight 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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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

What Are Your Addictions?

Today it's not about alcohol. And it's not about cocaine, or cigarettes, or heroin, or shopping, or sex.

Today's question is about being judgemental. Or being critical of others. Or about being self-critical. Or about caring what others think. Or about needing the approval of someone, or about being addicted to the presence of someone.

You can be addicted to so many modes of behaviour that have nothing to do with substance abuse, and yet whose effects on you are just as pernicious. And about which you have to decide to undertake just as much work as you would if you were abusing a substance. Because they can ruin your life just as surely as being an alcholic can do so.

Remaining addicted has a lot to say about your comfort zones, your difficulty in leaving them, your fear of new modes of behaviour because of the way that will change you. Self discovery, self transformation and making choices also all involve the potential for much fear because of the risk of failure is always there ... you don't know where you are going on this new path, you feel it will take you out into uncharted waters, and so being human - you tend to pull back into the addiction.

Think about it.

It's your life, and only you can decide, and only you can make the choices to begin the road to change. And therein lies freedom.

Photo: Chichen Itzá, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Monday, May 19, 2008

The Story of a Sign

This incredible video, filmed in Mexico, one the Cannes 2008 Film Festival award for Online Competition.

Fourth annual Short Film Online Competition - Cannes 2008. The NFB, in association with the Cannes Short Film Corner and partner YouTube, is proud to announce that the winner of the NFB Online Competition Cannes 2008 is Alonso Alvarez Barreda for his short film Historia de un Letrero (The Story of a Sign) produced in Mexico/U.S.A.

Director : Alonso Alvarez Barreda
Running Time : 04:50
Year : 2007
Country : Mexico/ U.S.A
Category : Short film

With a stroke of the pen, a stranger transforms the afternoon for another man in this emotionally stirring short film by Alonso Alvarez.

Should you have problems viewing the video, click here

Thursday, May 8, 2008

The Girl Who Silenced the World For 5 Minutes

This 5 minute video shows a twelve-year-old Canadian girl addressing a UN meeting in Brazil on environmental issues. She puts all of us adults to shame. Please watch it.

Should you experience difficulty with the video, please click here

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Book Review 10: Transparency: How Leaders Create a Culture of Candor

This is an important book.

Transparency: How Leaders Create a Culture of Candor by Warren Bennis, Daniel Goleman, and James O'Toole is a book worth reading - not only for those who run big corporations - but also for those that aspire to be leaders.
From the Inside Flap

In a time when the reputation of an organization or a leader can be shattered by the click of a mouse, transparency is often a matter of survival in a world of global competition. But as stakeholders in different organizations increasingly clamor for transparency, what are they truly asking for? What is the promise of transparency? What are its very real risks? And why is it essential that leaders understand it? In this book, distinguished authors Warren Bennis, Daniel Goleman, and James O'Toole explore what it means to be a transparent leader, create a transparent organization, and live in an ever more transparent world culture.

In three interconnected essays, they examine transparency from three different vantage points—within and between organizations, in terms of personal responsibility, and finally, in the context of the new digital reality—all with an emphasis on how these relate to leaders and leadership. The first essay explores an urgent dilemma for every contemporary leader: how to create a culture of candor. The second essay—with the provocative title "Speaking Truth to Power"—discusses a prerequisite for transparency and a responsibility we too often fail to fulfill. The final essay explores how digital technology is making the entire world more transparent.

Combining theory and experience, this book offers both a long view of transparency and a wealth of practical advice. The ideas in each chapter will make anyone both a better follower and a better leader.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Shoes & Perspective

There is a wonderful story I have heard a number of times about the owners of two shoe factories in different cities in England. Many years ago they decided to go to Africa in order to drum up more business.

The first one sends home this telegram:

Hopeless situation ... they don't wear shoes here ...

The other one sends this message::

Glorious opportunity ... they don't have any shoes here ...

Which way do you go through life? What do you attract into your life? What choices do you make when you look at situations? Are things hopeless or do you see the glorious opportunity??

Thinking Out of the Box

Petra, Jordan
Here in Spain, as in many other Western economies at this point in time, there is a whiff of recession, and it has been reaching with icy tentacles into the very fabric of the daily life of many individuals.

A client recently mentioned to me that he spends a good time every day researching the daily press, local, regional, and national, as well as international regarding this very - for his extensive business - worrisome topic. He is, therefore, logically worried, and even has mild anxiety attacks due to the manner in which this may affect all of his financial outcomes for the year.
I suggested that although being informed of the current situation of this crisis in the making is a good idea, it is however, not a good idea to give yourself such a top-heavy diet of this part of the news. The more you concentrate on the possible consequences of all of this, the more you become rigid, fearful, and may even draw this towards you.
A much more positive way of looking at the reality of the situation, would be to brainstorm with others - either executive staff in his company. or like-minded businesspersons - in order to come up with pro-active and creative ideas of using current assets (human and material) in order to channel them into cost-effective and new directions to bring in the possibility of different streams of income for the duration (and perhaps even beyond) of the current crisis.
Using what is already there, thinking of out-of-the-box ways of using it differently than the current way, requiring perhaps some re-training and some relatively inexpensive fine-tuning of current assets, re-framing current market needs in order to understand what the man on the street may want now, as opposed to what was wanted a year ago, is part of this process.
Refusing to allow yourself to be pulled down by outer circumstances (the news), realizing that if you feed yourself a steady diet of anything (bad news) you will become ill in some fashion (worry, anxiety), and understanding that you can re-group by re-thinking and re-framing, brainstorming and looking out of the box, you will move far more quickly down a more positive road in all senses of the word.