"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, February 28, 2009

Baby Steps to Take When Pain Overwhelms You

Going through one of life's painful moments is undoubtedly always difficult. But we tend to make it more difficult because of the way we go about it.

The inner dialogue is often made up of precisely those elements that simply make it worse. And of course at times like that we are generally not particularly aware of the inner dialogue, so we go around and around the circle of pain, with no end, until inevitably time dulls some of it.

But it does not have to be quite like that. While it is true that some types of pain require time, and require healing and require closure, it is just as true that while we are in that process of letting time go by and healing and achieving closure, we can be having an inner dialogue that simply magnifies the pain, and hence makes it last longer, or we can be having an inner dialogue that allows us to choose much of how we experience the pain, and in so doing, allows us to deal with it in another fashion.

We may blindly tell ourselves things like:

  • Why me?
  • These things only happen to me...
  • I'll never get over this
  • I can't bear this pain
  • I can't live without ____________
  • Other people's lives are so easy compared to mine
  • I can't live like this
  • I'll never forgive _____________
  • No one cares how much I am suffering
  • No one understands how much I am suffering

But in blindly telling ourselves things like that, we are focusing on the eye of the storm, while hurricane-strength winds blow around us, but we have lost total sight of what goes on beyond the storm.

What I'm saying is that by remaining in a place inside of ourselves where we can maintain a sense of perspective about our pain (even in the worst of it), almost as though we were observing it from outside, at least in order to remember that there is life beyond the pain, by doing this, we give ourselves a much better chance of moving beyond the pain in a much healthier way than if we do not.

When you were a child and fell from your bicycle and skinned your knee, you may have cried or sobbed as the blood flowed from the wound, and your mother cleaned the dirt from it. She may then have attempted to distract you from the pain by giving you a cookie or a piece of chocolate, or allowing you to watch a special show on TV. Doing so did not take the pain away, but it accomplished a number of things:

  • you learned the value of loving support; the support of your mother who cared for your wound and put a bandaid on it (find some support now - preferably loving - to help you with your current pain)
  • you learned the value of distraction to gain perspective (your current distraction might be going to church to pray, it might be re-reading a favorite book of poems, it might be listening to a Greek aria, or it might be going for a walk)
  • you learned that in gaining perspective, the pain didn't go away, but somehow it began to lessen (even as your current pain burns your soul, remember that lessen from childhood and understand that although this pain now far surpasses a mere tumble from the bicycle, it will also begin to lessen

The inner dialogue, remaining aware of yourself (and not only of your pain), the decision to make good choices - even in the midst of pain - all of these will stand you in good stead, when you need to begin the process of dealing with overwhelming pain.

Also see Finding a Meaning For Your Life

Thursday, February 26, 2009

How Do You Choose To Respond?

Much more important than what happens to you, is how you respond to that.

This video, introducing the ideas of Psycho-Cybernetics author Maxwell Maltz, is about just that subject. The more you can learn how to choose to respond in ways that further your inner well-being, the more you are in control of your life. Although the book was published many years ago, I continue to recommend it to many clients in my practice because its ideas continue to be very applicable to our 21st Century lifestyle.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Abraham Hicks, Kate Winslet & Penelope Cruz

A quote from Abraham Hicks:

Those that are succeeding and are thrilled and joyful in the unfolding will often tell you, "I've dreamed this since I was little. I imagined it, I pretended it, I used to practice with the hairbrush pretending it was a microphone." Purity is the alignment of energy. Doesn't matter what anybody else thinks about anything. It only matters what you think about it.

This is what it made me think of: During their Oscar acceptance speeches a couple of nights ago, the actresses Kate Winslet and Penelope Cruz both referred to their childhood.

Kate Winslet said that she had often given Oscar acceptance speeches in her childhood ... standing in front of the bathroom mirror with a bottle of shampoo in her hand to symbolize the Oscar.

Penelope Cruz referred to the fact that she is from Alcobendas in Spain, and that as a child she always watched the Oscars and realized that her goal to get there was highly unrealistic under those circumstances.

Both women had a vision. They embued their emotions, as they imagined themselves in another situation than the one they were actually in, with joy and electricity and strength. Both women risked failure. Both women are tremendously self-disciplined. Both women imagined themselves being what they now are.

And so they are now what their vision was.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Helen Keller's Vision

Hellen Keller, the famous deafblind woman who was taught to speak by Annie Sullivan, who broke through the isolation imposed by a near complete lack of language, allowing the girl to blossom as she learned to communicate, has become known worldwide through the dramatic depictions of the play and film The Miracle Worker. (Wikipedia)

Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) was an American author, political activist and lecturer. A prolific author, Keller was well traveled and was outspoken in her opposition to war. She campaigned for women's suffrage, workers' rights, and socialism, as well as many other progressive causes.

I found this famous citation of hers as I visited The Path Series trailer:

"Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there's a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see."

What Keller intimates in that quote is something that is dealt with in depth in the movie The Path Series. This film is about the afterlife, a topic that makes many uncomfortable, and yet for those that have entered this area of study in depth, it does quite the contrary: it makes them very comfortable, as they have come to realize: to believe, that death truly is not more than passing from one room to another, and that what lies on the other side, in the other room, is something that is filled with life.

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Born Without Eyes ... and yet he Inspires

This brief video about Patrick Hughes is inspiring. He is a young man at the University of Louisville who was born blind and crippled and yet now plays the piano beautifully as well as "marches" in the Louisville marching band ... and above all, he is happy.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Larry Dossey: Healing

The Institute of Noetic Sciences has been offering a series of one minute videos changing the world one minute at a time and I've already had another one of them about The Path Series here on the blog (about which I subsequently have done several radio interviews ... see below).

This time the video is with Dr. Larry Dossey, author of Healing Beyond the Body; Reinventing Medicine; and the national bestsellers Healing Words and Prayer Is Good Medicine. The Institute of Noetic Sciences has this to say about him: "Healing is something far more profound than curing disease. In this video, medical pioneer Larry Dossey shares how healing is a process of connecting with our infinite non-local nature, which helps us transcend our fear of death and alleviate suffering at the root level".

Have a look ... it's just one minute long.

The interviews I've conducted that are related to The Path Series are:

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Radio Program "Re-Wiring the Soul" March 2009

Once a month I post the current list of topics for my weekly radio show, live every Wednesday at Rewiring the Soul.

This is what the March 2009 schedule looks like:

  • March 4: Maria Petrak: A former UN Project Assistant Turned Health Therapist and Classy Marketer. Maria was also President of the UN Club - the VIC Society for Conscious Living in Vienna. She is now in Spain dedicating her time to marketing this wonderful community we live in here, as well as to teaching yoga and alternative health therapy. Maria is a highly versatile woman who manages to communicate in seven languages. She’s a natural networker who truly cares about people. Click here for Maria’s website that markets Spain’s Costa del Sol. Click here for the direct link to the show.

  • March 11: JinJee Talifero: A Raw Food Author, Wife & Mother Builds an Eco-Village. Jinjee has been a raw vegan for 13 years. She has 4 children who are all totally raw, along with her husband Storm, who at age 53 has been raw for 31 years. Join us to talk about her experiences in this raw food world, the movie she and her husband produced about their raw family, as well as the rich content of information available on their website. Click here for Jinjee’s website. Click here for a direct link to the show.

  • March 18: Lindsey Sass-Aurand Had a Near Death Experience After Being Struck by Lightning. Lindsey is the sixth member of the cast of The Path Series documentary that addresses the issue of life after death. She is a medium, clairvoyant healer and spiritual teacher who attains the ability to see into the spiritual world and has helped many open their intuitive perceptions throughout the world. In her practice she guides people on their spiritual path to make life decisions and to better understand themselves. Click here for Lindsey’s website. Click here for a direct link to the show.

  • March 25: Nicola Brown: Sound: The Bridge Between Physical and Spiritual Realities. Nicola Brown is based in Southern Spain. She has had a life-long interest in the effects of both sound and music. She started to play the piano at an early age and has continued ever since. Instead of taking the traditional Western Classical route, she started to travel around the world, seeing how music was used in other cultures. This included learning to play the bamboo flute in Bali, spending time with the Palace musicians in Nepal, and learning to play both tables and flute in a music school in Northern India. She went on to study with a music master who uses dance, music, and sound. Then she traveled extensively in the USA to meet and work with cutting-edge music and sound healers. Click here for Nicola’s website. Click here for a direct link to the show.

Ways To Listen:

1) LIVE on the web here

2) Past episodes here (these episodes only include shows since Januray 14th, 2009. For prior shows see the next point). These clips are for listening when the show is no longer live, for downloading, etc.)

2) Listen to over 150 archived audio files on my website (in the past it has always taken some time for me to get new shows up on my website due to logistical problems. Now, with the new program Re-Wiring the Soul, new clips will be up in a matter of minutes, for re-listening or downloading ... for adding to ITunes or your IPod)

3) You can also listen to past episodes on my blog ... scroll down on the right sidebar to just below the photo of myself wearing earphones

Show Time & Equivalent Times in Other Locations:

(Locally: 12 noon CET: Central European Time) or go to http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html to convert from your time zone

- 12 noon (European Central Time) Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Rome (local: Marbella, Spain)

- 1 am Hawaii
- 6 am New York City
- 7 am Mexico City
- 1 pm Cape Town
- 2 pm Moscow
- 3 pm Dubai
- 4 pm Mumbai
- 7 pm Hong Kong
- 8 pm Tokyo
- 10 pm Sydney

Participating in the Show:

If you want to call in during the show, call this US number (646) 727-1281. You can also - at the show's website - "click to talk" online, with no need to make a phone call.

Alternatively, you can chat with me and other listeners online during the show by signing in once you are at the site of that day's episode (see above as listed at the end of each show's description).

Information About This New Show

Many changes have taken place at the local studio where I had been broadcasting for the past five years from 2003 - 2008, and they finally closed their doors to the international section of their station.

Hence, I am continuing to broadcast via another medium and under the name Re-wiring the Soul.

After five years of broadcasting a conventional radio show in Southern Spain about topics in the broad (and frequently eclectic) fields of integral psychotherapy and positive psychology, I wanted to venture further abroad. Thanks to my incredible interlocutor at the station, Brenda Padilla, we managed to produce 150 audio clips from that show and they are all available via my website or blog.

Re-wiring the Soul is the result of my desire for a change. Psychology per se is good, but we need to reach much further in our quest to create the balanced human being. The mission statement for this show might be “using all tools available via nutrition, fitness, psychology, cutting-edge empirical research, holistic therapies, spirituality, neuro-science, etc. to further the growth of the soul.”

This call-in talk show welcomes and interviews guests from all walks of life, although occasionally I will be speaking alone. Those of you who have listened to my past programs know that the main message I have always woven through the shows has consisted of the need for becoming aware and then making good choices from this position of awareness. On this show that will be our guiding dictum.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Interview with Leo Babauta of Zen Habits

Leo Babauta, the owner of Zen Habits, a hugely successful blog, was kind enough to join me on my radio show today ... listen to the entire audio clip or download it here (or scroll down on the right side bar of this blog to the audio player) ... and although we had some technical difficulties at the beginning, the show then went on brilliantly.

I don't want to rehash what was said ... except this: at one point I asked Leo the following question: would it be fair to say that one of the things that has happened through your blog, and by being so frank about your own work with yourself in your posts on the blog, you actually grew to some extent by virtue of using the blog - and your many readers' commentaries - as a sort of sounding board, a mirror, that in turn allowed you to see yourself more clearly, even allowed you to recognize things that perhaps without this feedback of both the posts as you wrote them and the commentaries as you received them, you might not have recognized?

He essentially concurred, and added (very humbly) that he felt he had gained much from the wisdom of his readers and their questions and commentaries, because frequently he had needed to do a great deal of soul-searching in order to answer questions they were asking of him.

This is - I believe - a fundamental element of growth for anyone who works with others, in whatever guise, and academic background is not a prerequisite. In my own practice it is so often the case that I gain at least as much as my clients from our interaction although I'm the one that gets paid and I have often been amazed at the mirror image that is being offered to me as my clients recount their own travails, inner and outer.

However, in order for this to work, the ego has to be left on a back burner - or forgotten about altogether. We are all divine, and we are all one, but we are not God as we face those who come to us with questions.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Book Review #9: Invitation to Success

A book was recommended to me recently, and after looking it up on the web, I was intrigued enough to order it.

Hal Zina Bennett's Invitation to Success: An Allegory about Creativity is a thin book consisting entirely of conversations between the author and an anonymous businessman, who speaks to Bennett about his philosophy of life, but binds him to anonymity.

Respecting this restriction, Bennett dubs him Nobel Acton and the book recounts Acton's eleven habits of creativity and innovation.

Published in 1997, the book is once again one of those books that brings to mind The Secret, but only insofar as bringing up the question why were people suddenly so receptive to the information contained therein, when it has been around so much longer, so openly, and so much more profound terminology?

The eleven habits are not new. But they are presented in such a way, that I willingly looked at them again. I mean that although I knew I was reading something that I already knew in some ways, it nevertheless sparked excitement in me again, because of the way it was presented, because of the way the ideas were formulated.

For instance, the third habit is this:

Make it a habit to see that all ideas have lives of their own. They can serve you only if you commit yourself to them - which you do by utilizing them as templates for your volition (volition and will are used interchangeably in the book).

And the eighth habit is this:

Make it a habit to put your creative acts first, and allow no encumbrances - not even your own self-pity or fears or arrogance -- to subvert them. Creativity and craftsmanship are sacred. Never begrudge them the space they require in your life, since if you fail to give them this space the world will never know or enjoy the benefits of your valuable contributions.

It's a book to be kept close ... to pull out in moments of not seeing the goal clearly, or moments of needing reinforcement in order to see clearly that the only path is forward. There are a number of such books in my life, some figure more in a spiritual direction, and some, like this one, are more motivational, but the underlying theme is the same: it is all up to you. What you decide to do with that knowledge is what can make the difference.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Observe the Love You Give Your Pets So Freely

Listen to yourself as you come home from work. You greet your dog, or your cat, or your parrot, or your gerbil, or the iguana, or whatever you have - those of you who do have pets - and you let loose a stream of love.

You may use baby words, or you may murmur sounds, or you may express joy and happiness.

But however you express it, your pet has not a doubt in his mind that you love him deeply.

Fast forward. You are now greeting yourself, if I can put it that way, in the morning as you wake up. Or you are speaking to yourself after you managed to hit the ball into the bunker for the third time. And the words you are speaking are anything but loving. Or you are speaking to yourself for being late in the morning as you drive to work. There is no love there at all.

Admittedly, you may not speak as lovingly as I depicted above, to your dog, if he has just eaten the steak you left out on the counter, or to your cat if she has just chased a fly through the house and broke a lamp and a vase in the process. But - and this is a very big but - because you generally speak so lovingly to your pet, and because you are so tender in your behaviour with your pet, he/she is not in doubt about your love for him/her.

But you - who speak so cruelly, or disparagingly, or unfeelingly, or with such lack of empathy - to yourself, must always be in doubt of your own worthiness. How can you believe in your own value, how can you respect yourself if you use such unkind language so frequently with yourself?

Why not take a lesson from your own behavior with your pet? Be as loving to yourself as you are to the pet, and begin to notice the difference in every aspect of your life.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Strengthening the Inner Self by Nurturing it Carefully

A friend has been monitoring the quality of her food intake on her doctor's advice due to a recent gastric complication.

The other day as we sat together in a restaurant, I observed how carefully she chose her food, and what attention, therefore, she paid to the health of her body.

I applaud this very much, because of course, if we are not in charge of what we feed ourselves, we soon lose sight of that all important element of our well-being: our physical health.

However ... a few days earlier, this same friend had gone through a very difficult time emotionally due to the nature of the physical complication that was plaguing her, and had reached out to ask for some help, some support, and some encouragement. Again, I also applaud this very much, because our social support network, our family and friends can make all the difference when we are in a difficult place with our physical health.

In the course of our conversation during the lunch, I heard in an aside from the friend's husband that she had had another difficult emotional bout a couple of days before the lunch due to some fear involving the evolution of the gastric complication.

During the general conversation some books were mentioned. My friend was reading a number a potentially interesting ones, but indicated that one in particular was very depressing. She indicated as well that news of TV was discouraging. None of the books she was reading were books that I would put into the category of raising her energy.

We later went to have coffee at her home. Many magazines and books were about. There was much of interest, politically, economically, good literature, and so on, but again, there was little that I would put into the category of raising her energy.

As we stood alone for a moment, I told her how much I admired her for her fortitude in choosing her food, and in not being swayed by a momentary culinary desire to forego the medical advice she had been given. But, I said, in an ideal world you would pay just as much attention to the food you put into your mind, your spirit and soul, as you do to the food you put into your body.

This goes to energy, this is the same message I have spelled out dozens of times in this blog, please realize that what you feed your mind is what gives you weakness or strength when you most need strength in times of fear, worry and stress. So feed yourself well. Look at the menu and choose wisely.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

More Energy!

If you've read some of my posts about energy, you will know that I constantly encourage people to have a good selection of audio CD's or clips to listen to, audio files by persons who inspire and motivate you, persons whose own energy is so high, and whose words contain a special energy, so that your own energetic frequency is raised when you listen to them, especially during dead moments of the day, such as when you are driving the car alone, or shaving, putting on your make-up, etc.

You could even make use of your collection while you are exercising, but I hesitate to do so on my daily power walks to the beach because that time - walking alone and communing with myself - is very special to me, and I prefer not to fill it with something else. But when I'm on a treadmill or another machine in the gym or the house, that's also dead time, that can purposefully be used to listen to something that instills energy in you.

OK. So far so good. But you have to get yourself this selection, and that can be expensive. So here on my blog, on the right side-bar, in the Links section, all the links that are preceded by an asterisk, are websites where audio material is available, generally free of charge, that can be downloaded and burned to CD's or moved to iPod's, etc. in order that it can easily be used to listen to. My new radio show ReWiring the Soul (since January 2009) offers free downloads of all shows after they have aired. And my earlier radio show (2003-2008) now has over 150 clips available for listening on my website, although these are not set up for download. For anyone who wishes to have those clips for listening in the car or on the go, I will have a CD of the entire collection out shortly.

And yesterday an email arrived announcing a series of talks to be given by speakers - some very well known, such as Donna Eden, Lynn Andrews, Dannion Brinkley, Jonathan Goldman, Bruce Lipton, Bernie Siegel, Eric Pearl, and many others, and these talks will be available at no charge. See it for yourself by clicking here. There is a small catch ... you have to listen to the talks live, and there is indeed no charge for that. If you want to download them, then you'll have to pay something. Nevertheless, there is great stuff here.

Do yourself a favor and begin to give yourself the daily gift of listening to something that will raise your energy. Allow yourself to get used to feeling so good all the time, so that when you do not, you immediately recognize that something is off and will do whatever it takes to bring yourself back to that good inner state.

These tools ... audio clips and audio CD's are so simple to use and they can make an enormous impact on your life.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Good News Post 2: Forty Years Later Saved Baby is Thriving Woman

Such a wonderful story!

"In 1968, a white firefighter saved a black baby girl, touching the heart of a divided city. The two did not meet again. Until yesterday."

The Boston Globe brings us this heartwarming story. Read the entire article here

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Bio-Identical Hormones Improve Quality of Life for Baby Boomers

I've written a number of posts about the subject of bio-identical hormones, as well as spoken about them on my radio show (specifically, in the Sexuality Section).

Today's post is not so much to further extol the virtue of these hormones that - on a molecular level - totally replicate what we have in our bodies when we are young, but to point you to several bits of further research on the subject, should you wish to inform yourself.

An article had caught my eye yesterday, perhaps because so many of us know a number of women who have been through - or are still going through - the throes of breast cancer. That article: New Study Reveals Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Reduces Breast Cancer Risk Compared to Standard HRT documents much important information about new findings about the manner in which bio-identical hormones have been proven to help prevent breast cancer:

"“A thorough review of the medical literature clearly supports the claim that bioidentical hormones have some distinctly different, often opposite, physiological effects to those of their synthetic hormones,” said Dr. Holtorf, whose practice treats more than 7,000 patients each year. “The medical literature demonstrates that bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is highly effective and carries a reduced, rather than an increased, risk of breast cancer and cardiovascular disease.” "

The article led me to the Holtorf Medical Group's website which also contains much interesting information for those of us who like to have a hand in our own health, and a groundbreaking review coauthored by Dr. Holtorf in a major medical journal regarding current controversies in endocrinology. (click for article)

The chapter discusses:
  • How standard thyroid tests miss the majority of patients with low thyroid and how to diagnose and treat such cases
  • The risk and benefits of the use of growth hormone and aging
  • The benefits of bioidentical hormones
  • The benefits of testosterone replacement in men and women

I've read it and highly recommend you do so as well. It's the quality of your life we're talking about...

Olé To You For Showing Up !

The following video (19 minutes) of a talk given by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the runaway bestseller Eat, Pray, Love, is inspiring. She gave the talk at TED, a site filled with marvellous talks by fascinating people, and the site says this about the talk: "Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk."

I agree wholeheartedly. Please take the time to watch it.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

More or Less Happiness

A recent article in the Chicago Tribune mentioned that researchers no longer appear to consider happiness depending mainly on financial factors (this is, in fact, not new).

Rather, says the article, there are many other factors that contribute to happiness, and as such, appear to have brought about a greater equilibrium in subjects in the US as opposed to past decades.

"The unhappiest Americans have grown happier, and the happiest are less so, producing a greater cluster around the ho-hum survey response of "pretty happy," Wolfers of Penn's Wharton School, said.

"Greater consensus on happiness despite a widening income gap suggests non-financial factors such as social equality, leisure time or religious beliefs could influence Americans' mood more than previously thought, he said. "

However ... and this is why I found the article interesting in the first place ... now, due to the recession, the above no longer holds true.

""There's just no doubt about it: In every recorded recession, happiness has fallen in the United States," Wolfers said. "In this recession, it's plummeting even further. … Folks out there are not happy."" Read the entire article here.

OK, not hard to understand. People are hurting, people are losing their jobs, their homes, some don't even know where the next meal is coming from. None of that is good. None of it is easy. But precisely in such difficult times it is all the more important to be capable of calling in on an inner core of power and resolve, an inner core of knowledge that my inner well being does not depend on what happens outside.

This is so hard to comprehend, and yet it makes all the difference. I've posted about this subject so frequently. It's of core importance. If you can figure this one out, if you can make this one happen for yourself, no matter what is going on, whether:
  • you find yourself in prison for political beliefs (like Nelson Mandela)
  • you find yourself in an extermination camp (like Victor Frankl)
  • you find yourself a quadriplegic (like Christopher Reeve)
  • you suffer from Lou Gehrig's disease (like Stephen Hawking)
  • you lose much of your money in the stock market (like so many)
  • you lose your child to an accident (like so many)

then you will be able to begin to feel free - even in highly difficult circumstances.

In all of those cases, and many more, if your inner state of well-being depends on your outer circumstances, you will surely go under. If, however, you have begun to comprehend that you - and not your external circumstances - are responsible for that inner state of well-being, then you are well on the road to inner peace and freedom.

Please also read the feature article - with much more about this subject - in this month's newsletter Looking in all the Right Places, by signing up for the newsletter here.

Photo: Egypt

Friday, February 6, 2009

What Are You Planning?

As you think about your plans, as you imagine how things will be when you achieve a specific goal, as you think about how you feel today with regards to what is on your plate, and with regards to what tomorrow and the next day, and the next week and month will bring you, so you make it.

In other words, you can have a pretty clear picture of what things will be like for you, in the months and years to come, if you pay close attention to the way you think about it right now.

Many authors write about this subject, ranging from business writers, to philosophers, to esoteric thinkers, but they all essentially give the same message: whatever you imagine now regarding your future, will have its place there.

Let's say you dream of building up a company, or having a restaurant, or recording a song that goes to platinum, or becoming an olympic athlete. These are your dreams. And you think about them. But the greater portion of your thinking time ... when you think about the dreams ... is spent thinking about everything that could go wrong. Or thinking about how you will never be able to achieve it. Or thinking about how you are crazy for even imagining that you could go that far. And so on. So you do actually spend some time working on your goal, you put in the hours, but the stuff that your thoughts of made of while you are doing this, is not conducive to achieving that goal.

So you need to begin to become aware of yourself. Become aware of exactly how you imagine that future, how you think about it, what you tell yourself as you do that, and how you feel as you are doing all of that.

It's almost impossible to be aware as I state in the foregoing paragraph, if you have not trained yourself to observe the state of your emotions as much as possible. Listen to my audio clip Emotions: Your Road to Freedom in order to understand this concept more closely, but the bottom line is this: if you are aware of yourself in your now moments, if you use that awareness in order to shift the state of your inner energy (see also The Energy Barometer, Make Your Mind Body Connection Work For You), if you remember to be in a state of gratitude, and if you remember to bring about as much joy as you can into your days, and you do this as much as possible, every day, all the time, you are creating another type of energetic frequency than when you do not do this. And that energetic frequency is capable of shifting the process of your life in ways that differ from the type of energy you create when you do not this. Look at it from this point of view: what do you have to lose trying this?

And here's another thing to remember: even if you are not thinking about goals ... whatever your current state is ... it paves the road for your future. Your current state carries energy with it. And that energy has a kind of strength that goes beyond just this moment. So become aware of your now moments. Always.

Here are more articles on the topic of the inner state of your energy.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Effect of ADHD Drugs May Be Related to Cocaine Use

In an article today in Medical News findings were described that can't be ignored. Even if they turn out to not be important, more research must be effected in order to determine their impact on the brains of our children.

Don't let a system that is not using all the resources at its disposal - a system that appears to be seeking easy solutions for the many children that are being diagnosed with ADHD - oblige us to use drugs with our children whose side effects have not been thoroughly tested.

Here's a portion of the article:

Investigators funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) have shown that the medication methylphenidate (Ritalin), which is commonly prescribed to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), can cause physical changes in neurons in reward regions of mouse brains; in some cases, these effects overlapped with those of cocaine. Both methylphenidate and cocaine are in the class of drugs known as psychostimulants. While methylphenidate is widely prescribed, this study highlights the need for more research into its long-term effects on the brain. These research findings will be published February 3 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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