"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

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Radio Program "Re-Wiring the Soul" August 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 August 2009 schedule looks like:

  • August 5: Paul Nison: Healed Crohn's Disease & Ulcerative Colitis with Raw Food. Author and chef Paul Nison was given the sole choice of drugs or surgery according to the medical profession, and so Paul decided to eat a raw food diet. Today he is 100% cured of this so-called "incurable disease. Paul travels the world giving lectures on the raw food nutrition and raw food prep classes to show people how easy and fun the raw life can be. Paul is the author of 6 books. Click here and here for Paul’s websites and click here for a direct link to the show

  • August 12: Peter Shepherd: Founder, Visionary & Caretaker of Trans4mind.com a personal development service, dedicated to the uplifting of humanity which is freely accessible and open to all. The website provides each visitor with both free tools and the best available tools to purchase that will enable a life of peace and fulfillment. These self help tools empower visitors to meet the challenges of life by expressing their inner loving nature and wisdom. He does this, along with his partners because it is his life's purpose to assist the personal development of men, women and young people throughout the world. Click here for Peter’s website and click here for a direct link to the show

  • August 19: Mirit Elder-Turley: Medical Intuitive, Archetype Counselor & Practitioner of Energy Medicine. Certified by Dr. Norm Shealy and Caroline Myss through The Institute of Scientific Medical Intuition, Mirit’s studies have provided her with a language for the intuitive healing work that comes to her naturally. Mirit uses her intuitive healing gifts and the techniques she has learned through studying directly with master teachers to assist people in every aspect of Be-ing: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. Her clients include those displaying the dis-ease patterns of fibromyalgia, trauma, cancer, nervous system disorders, lymes disease and chronic fatigue among others. Click here for Mirit’s website and click here for a direct link to the show.

  • August 26: Tanis Day: Helping You Become the God-inspired Human You Can Be. Tanis is an energy healer who helps her clients to unblock old energy patterns, and know themselves better. The work she does together with her clients can also become a profound journey of self-discovery, deep healing and spiritual enlightenment. The people who embrace this work live transformed lives, rich in inner meaning, spiritual resonance and personal achievement. Her book is The Whole You: Healing and Transformation through Energy Awareness. Click here for Tanis Day’s website and 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.)
  3. 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)
  4. 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: 7 pm CET: Central European Time) or go to http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html to convert from your time zone

- 7 pm (European Central Time) Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Rome (local: Marbella, Spain)
- 8 am Hawaii
- 1 pm New York City
- 2 pm Mexico City
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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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Friday, July 24, 2009

Choosing the Meaning That Serves You Best

When things happen to you in life, which meaning do you choose to give them? Are they meanings that make life even harder, or are they meanings chosen by you that make life better, or easier?

Willard Barth has come up with a series of very brief videos to walk you though a process he went through himself over the course of his life as he learned how to make life better and easier. He speaks a language very similar to my own, and I feel that the manner in which he presents the information through such brief videos that come to very succinct points, is highly conducive to quick understanding and learning.

Watch these videos and improve your own life.

Episode 1: The Importance of Becoming Self-Aware

Episode 2: The Only Way We Truly Learn Is By Failing

Episode 3: I Realized To Soar, I Needed To Let Go Of The Past

Part 4: The Only Meaning That Anything Has Is The Meaning That We Give It

There are more episodes, and Willard is also continuing to add even more. Watch them by clicking here

Thursday, July 23, 2009

How Big Is Your Idea? How Much Do You Want It To Happen?

Big topics. Your dreams, your visions, your ideas, your goals...

In this video presentation from the DVD Seminar Series (three parts, each part is about 35 minutes long), Bob Proctor, success coach par excellence relates his own journey, and refers the viewer to many of the practices that, according to Bob, need to be in place if you want to turn your dreams into goals and then achieve them.

Bob Proctor Part 1 of 3

If you would like a free and totally legal copy of the first three books Bob mentions in the videos, click here to send me an email and request the book or books you would like by name.

Bob Proctor Part 2 of 3

Bob Proctor Part 3 of 3

If you experience difficulties viewing the videos here on my blog, please click here to view them at the original website.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Buy a Book ... Rent a Book?

Hmm ... the Kindle never really appealed to me ... I like to hold a book in my hands too much, I lke to underline, I like to riffle though the pages, I like to go to the end and back to the middle, simply by flipping pages, so the Kindle was never on my wish list.

But now I read that amazon (of whom I am very fond ... I use their services not only in the USA, but also in the UK, France, and Germany), simply remotely removed (and stealthily, at that, because they did not say they were doing it) a book from Kindle owners' memory files. It was 1984, a somewhat ironic deletion, given the Big Brother tactics involved.

Here is outrage and surprise expressed in the international press:

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Are You Tired of Your Life?

If you are tired of your life; if you would like to just walk away from it (not by doing away with yourself, but by switching to another kind of life); if your life seems faded and lacking in interest; if the main way you have of getting any adrenaline going is by going out to buy something new, or by partying, or getting another deal that fattens the balance in your bank account, or by having a few more drinks, or a few more snorts, or by getting a divorce and finding a new, more exciting partner, so that your life feels more exciting (for a time), or by moving to a new city or new country, or by having another child (or adopting one), or giving your name (but not your soul) to yet another charitable organization; if you find no real meaning in your life; in fact: if it seems to you that you really never - at any time - felt as though there was a real meaning to your life, then pay attention closely.

All of the above is giving you a big message. In a way it's a though you had a loving older sibling looking over your shoulder and tapping you on the arm saying: don't you want more than this? The message you are getting by the way you feel (and the word feel is germane to the whole significance of this post), is hugely important.

But we tend not to pay too much attention. Especially if our lives are more or less running smoothly. So we tell ourselves that the way we are feeling is nonsense. Perhaps you have a great job and a good marriage. So how could it be that you feel so tired of your life? It could be that the job, good as it is, means nothing to your intrinsic self, and you feel no real connection with your partner. So although things are good, i.e. you have a great salary, are due for a promotion, great health benefits and pension fund, every morning when you get up and go to that job, you have to force yourself to go there and not drive elsewhere instead. (Where elsewhere? We'll get to that in a bit). Or your partner is loving, and caring, and you have a couple of great kids together, you don't quarrel, and there is no obvious reason for you to feel as though the relationship isn't alive, but it isn't. You two just are not connecting.

So, as I said, we tend not to pay too much attention to the way we feel under such circumstances. But this way we feel comes directly from somewhere inside of us, as said, as though it were a loving older sibling. But it's not. It is our intuition.

In an earlier post about the subject (Intuition is Your Connection To The Divine), I wrote: "This voice inside of you ... that so often you pretend not to hear. This knowing inside of you ... that so often you ignore. This knocking at your inner door ... that so often you turn away from. This thing that pursues you over and over again, talking to you, making you think about whatever it is that you continue to turn a deaf ear to, this thing is your intuition and your connection to the divine."


"But why is intuition our connection to the divine? What is the divine? Is it not the eternal part of each of us? Is it not the part of us that connects us not only to all others, but also to all creation? And if that is so, then isn't it logical (if I may use such a word in such a context) that somewhere inside of each of us there must be a connection to this divine part?"

So going back to the initial question of this post: are you tired of your life? - I posit that you might recognize that there is a strong connection between the feelings you are having that keep insisting that your life is not as it should be, and the desires of your soul. The desires, that if they were fulfilled, or we could say, that if you were on the way to fulfilling them (even just at the very, very, very beginning of that way), would give you much satisfaction; would give much meaning to your life, and would mean, that you would no longer be tired of your life. Quite the contrary ... you would be filled with adrenaline, excited, stimulated, and all those good things that currently you only achieve via superficialities, and whose effect never lasts long enough. Read more about finding meaning in your life in Finding a Meaning for Your Life.

And in another post about the subject (Intuition and Healing and Dreams) I wrote this: "Our intuition, our bodies, the state of our health is often the path to greater understanding, healing and growth. Since neuroscientists have discovered that we have more than one brain, the second one being in our intestine and the third one in our heart (both of these areas contain a vast number of neural cells that feed the brain with information, which the brain then processes in order to make decisions), we can say that our “gut” feelings, or our “heart” feelings told us to behave in a specific fashion. See also Introducing Our Second and Third Brains: We Do Think With Our Heart and Instinct about this subject."

There is a beautiful quote by Jalal ad-Din Rumi that goes like this:

When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.

Isn't it true that when your soul is allowed to be your guide, you feel joy within? You almost don't even have to know what it is that your soul is guiding you towards, if you allow yourself to be steered by the joy you feel inside when you are moving in that direction.

Somehow you know, if you ever listen to any of this type of dialogue with yourself (and I know that many people are not used to doing this, despite the fact that it is in actual fact very simple), when you are not on the right track, because you feel a twisting inside, a lack of joy, you feel that something is not right.

We're not talking here about ethics or morals or doing charity work or anything at all in particular ... because the music of your soul - as Rumi refers to it - may let its melodies be felt in any kind of activity or thought or reaction or behaviour. What is important is that there are certain activities or modes of behaviour that make you realize that the river no longer moves within you, the joy no longer flows, just as there are other activities or behaviours that create precisely the opposite feeling.

What if there is no joy within, what if you feel as though there is no connection to the moving of that inner river?

If you are aware of it, you have already come a long way ... more than many. Even if all you are aware of is the lack of joy. So then you could start listening to your inner voice, your intuition, a small step at a time, exploring, searching, to find out what gives you joy. Perhaps you could try doing the opposite of some of the things that you do but that don't allow you to feel the river within.

When you do things from your soul, when you have that connection (see also Tending Your Inner Garden), when you pay attention to the joy inside, you are on the road to the place you meant to go to when you came here.

When you do things from your soul, your life has meaning, you feel a a connection in your relationships, and you feel a river moving in you, a joy.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Food and Alzheimers (Science Daily)

In Science Daily, a new article indicates that "a group of chemicals found in many fruits and vegetables, as well as tea, cocoa and red wine, could protect the brain from Alzheimer’s disease".

"There have been some intriguing epidemiological studies that the consumption of flavonoid-rich vegetables, fruit juices and red wine delays the onset of the disease,” says Dr Williams, a Biochemist working at Kings College London. “These reports, while not as powerful as controlled, randomised clinical trials, have encouraged a number of research groups, including our own, to investigate the biology of flavonoids in more detail.”

"Central to the development of Alzheimer’s disease is toxic beta-amyloid peptide, a substance that is normally produced in the brain but, in this disease, is deposited abnormally as amyloid plaques. Dr Williams has shown that flavonoids can protect brain cells against the toxic actions of beta-amyloid."

Read entire article here

Saturday, July 18, 2009

One Degree of Difference

If you have not seen this motivating 3 minute video, do so now ... it might just be what you need to get you going again, or to keep you going, or to get you started. In any case, it will jog something in you!

Should you have difficulty viewing the video, click here in order to see it at the original website.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Supplements ... or ... Seeds ... or ... Both?

In this blog I've mentioned several times that I am very interested in raw food and the effect it has, not only on the body and health, but also on the psyche and the spirit. It is for that reason that I interview (among many others) well-know personalities from the world of raw food (such as Jinjee Talifero, Susan Schenk, and Brenda Cobb, and many more booked to come) on my radio show Rewiring the Soul.

At any rate, due to this interest in raw food, while I do not consider myself a 100% raw fooder, because many days one of my meals continues to be cooked, I am nevertheless well on the road to going there, and I've noticed many different effects this has had on me.

My breakfast almost always consists of a green smoothie (banana, pear or apple, handful of spinach leaves or kale or Swiss chard and water), but to that mixture I have been adding more and more of the following ingredients (1 level tablespoon each):
  • organic flax seeds
  • organic sesame seeds
  • organic wheat germ
  • organic wheat bran
  • organic brewer's yeast

The reason I have done this, is because I've come to realize the incredible nutritional value of all of these products ... which is why I've decided to eliminate some (not all of my supplements).

Just look what they contain:

Flax Seeds: Flaxseed is very high in omega-3 essential fatty acids. In addition, the remaining two components of flaxseed -- lignans and fiber -- are being studied for their health benefits. as Lignans, for example, act as both phytoestrogens and antioxidants, while the fiber contained in the flaxseed is of both the soluble and insoluble type. Source

Sesame Seeds: Sesame seeds are high in these minerals: copper, manganese, tryptophan, calcium, magnesium, Sesame seeds also provide iron, phosporus, and zinc, vitamin B1(thiamin) and vitamin E. The minerals found in sesame seeds play a crucial role in health. Source

Wheat Germ: Wheat germ contains many essential nutrients and is a good source of: B vitamins such as folate, niacin, thiamin, and vitamin B6, Calcium, Complex carbs, Fiber, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Omega-3 fatty acids, Phosphorous, Potassium, Protein, Selenium, Vitamin E, Zinc. Source

Wheat Bran: The nutritional benefits of wheat bran are undisputed. It contains fiber, protein, iron, magnesium, manganese, niacin, phosphorus, zinc and vitamin B6. Source

Brewer's Yeast: (I use the kind that is not bitter, which means it has lost most of the chromium). It has a high nucleic acid count. This is an important component of cell development. Other vitamins and minerals contained in brewer’s yeast are: Folic acid, B12, Potassium, Thiamin, Niacin, Chromium . Source

Add these inexpensive and easily available nutrients to your diet and see what happens.

Thursday, July 16, 2009


Who can possibly be considered the happiest man alive? According to Daniel Goleman in an opìnion piece Sitting Quietly, Doing Something in today's NY Times, that man is the Tibetan lama Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche.

Rinpoche, who is a master of the art of well-being, as Goleman informs us, got that way the same way you get to Carnegie Hall. Practice.

As Goleman recounts how Rinpoche recovered quickly from a small mishap that Goleman witnessed, he comments: Quickness of recovery time from upsets is one way science takes the measure of a happy temperament.

And he adds: While annoyances like these are hardly life’s greatest tests, handling them gracefully takes a composure that few of us seem to have at our disposal in the way that Rinpoche does thanks to his practice.

Clearly we can not emulate Rinpoche's year-long meditative retreats, but according to Goleman, in current research shown by Richard Davidson (who heads the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin), in conjunction with Jon Kabat-Zinn, father of the mindfulness technique, with subjects from a high-stress bio-tech company, these beginners were taught the mindfulness technique for 30 minutes over the course of eight weeks, and were already reaping benefits in their everyday stress-filled life, and reported greater well-being and happiness.

Read entire article here

Photo: Lanikai Beach, Oahu, Hawaii

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Be Kind to Each Other

I've added a new website to the list of links I recommend, and it is Mind and Life Institute, with their October 2009 conference "Educating World Citizens for the 21st Century: Educators, Scientists, and Contemplatives Dialogue on Cultivating a Healthy Mind, Brain, and Heart" in Washington, DC with full participation of the Dalai Lama.

They also have a blog, and it is there that I found the video that follows. Allow yourself to sink into its contemplative energy, and remain still for six minutes (do choose to watch it / listen to it in a quiet moment when you are alone). Be patient with understanding the speaker who essentially tells us: May all be kind to each other and take on the soft rhythm of the gentle tones.

If you experience any difficulties in viewing the video here on my blog, please click here to view it at the original site

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Here's To The Crazy Ones

This brief video spurs one to thought and action. Are you one of the crazy ones?

(Note: I am only endorsing the ideas inherent in this video, not the website that is mentioned throughout ... for that you will have to make up your own mind).

Monday, July 13, 2009

How Do You Choose To React?

How you choose to react to the situations, people, and events in your life plays an enormous role in your well-being. If you can make your choices conscious, rather than reactive, from a place of real awareness inside of you, it will soon be possible for you to remain on a higher and more optimal level of energetic frequency.

Part 1 of 3

The remainder of this clip can be heard by clicking here and then scrolling down to the "Awareness & Consciousness" section.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Building Your Willpower

The author of numerous books, including work with the Dalai Lama titled Destructive Emotions, as well as other books such as Emotional Intelligence, the business book based on it: Primal Leadership, as well as Social Intelligence and the newly released Ecological Intelligence, bestselling Daniel Goleman now offers his views on the fact that new research from the field of neuroscience indicates that we can build our willpower.
That is excellent news for all procrastinators, all those who lack discipline, as well as many others who don't necessarily lack this magical element that does so much to move life forward, but who would like a larger helping of it.
The article originally appeared in the Greater Good Magazine, but I found it in the online website Sharp Brains I have referred to in the past on this blog.
These are the main points made in the article:
  • we each have a fixed neural reservoir of willpower, and that if we use it on one thing, we have less for others. Tasks that demand some self-control make it harder for us to do the next thing that takes willpower
  • But we can grow our willpower; like a muscle, the more we use it, the more it gradually increases over time. But doing this takes, of all things, willpower. As the muscle of will grows, the larger our reservoir of self-discipline becomes.
  • most of us learned that we have a fixed number of brain cells when we are born, and that we lose them steadily until we die, but brain science now tells us the brain makes about 10,000 new cells every day, and that they migrate to where they are needed. Once there, each cell makes around 10,000 connections to other brain cells over the successive four months.
  • a key site for helping us build willpower the left pre-frontal cortex - contains a neural circuit in that inhibits emotional impulse, and that can be strengthened by a range of methods
  • one of these methods is mindfulness training

See these posts from my blog about mindfulness training:

I highly encourage you to read this entire fascinating and inspiring article by Daniel Goleman by clicking here

Photo: Botswana

Friday, July 10, 2009

The Internal Realization That You Can Figure Things Out By Fooling Around...

Once again the organization TED brings us forward thinking.

In this 4 minute video, Gever Tulley shows us how kids can be taught valuable life lessons at his 6-day immersion "Tinkering School"

When given tools, materials and guidance, these young imaginations run wild and creative problem-solving takes over to build unique boats, bridges and even a rollercoaster!

Tulley says: "Success is in the doing, failures are celebrated and analyzed. Problems become puzzles and obstacles disappear."

If you have trouble viewing the clip on my blog, please click here to view it at the original site

Also read Day 3 - Gimme Shelter, a current post from Tulley's blog about a day at Tinkering School. Fascinating stuff!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Fragments That Have Authority Over You

Have you ever given some thought to why you react the way you do on certain occasions?

For example:
  • why do you feel intimidated by haughty maitre d's
  • why do you react coldly when you are told by your boss that something you have done needs rectification
  • why do you get upset when a store clerk does not come to help you immediately
  • why does your stomach tense when you need to ask your husband for money
  • why do you feel anxious when you are preparing a report despite the fact that you know you'll be able to complete it well before the deadline, and with ease, because you've done this type of report before
  • why do you feel insulted when the person accompanying you in the car ... your passenger ... but not necessarily your spouse, tells you to watch out for the car that is coming, even though you've already seen the car
These and many other examples I could mention are frequently the red flag of something that has authority over you, of fragments from your past that have authority over you.
Events and feelings connected to those events from your past may be in charge of parts of your life because you have not yet come to terms with whatever it was that happened. And coming to terms with something often implies forgiving someone from your past in order to disconnect yourself from the energetic connection you still have with the feelings that such an event evoked in you. Without the process of forgiving, you not only continue to feel unwanted emotions whenever you remember the past event, but, and this is even more important, you continue to react in ways that are no longer pertinent to your life, due to your emotional connection to that past event, even when you are not consciously aware of the past event.
See also:
So when you react coldly when your boss has some minor constructive criticism about something you have presented him with, it may be connected to the time your father criticized a beautiful painting you had just drawn for him when you were eight, telling you that lions did not really look like that, and that in Africa, skies could not have that impossible colour. When he said those thoughtless words to you, his young child, it hurt you so much, that to protect yourself, you covered up the hurt with coldness, to help you not to feel it the same way. This protective mechanism is now still in place, and may work against your best interests by your reaction with your well-meaning boss. Hence, we say, you are controlled by this fragment.
Being controlled by fragments from your past means several things:
  • you are not totally aware of everything that is going on, because these fragments cause you to react in ways that are not part of free choice, they happen because you are in the dark about them
  • hence you are not in control of your reactions (remember you can't control what happens to you, but you can absolutely choose how you react to events, but only if you are totally aware)
See also:
Frequently you can become aware of fragments having authority over you if you begin to pay attention to how you feel at all times, not only emotionally, but also physically. So if you notice a downward spiral in your feelings when certain things happen, you might be on to a clue about one of your fragments. Also, very particularly, you should notice when your solar plexus (stomach area) begins to clench or feel uncomfortable. That is always a clue that something is going on that is not right. It could be that someone is behaving with you in ways that are not acceptable, and that you need to check out your boundaries (also see: Finding it Hard to Love Yourself? Check Out Your Boundaries), or it could be that you are about to have a reaction to something that is the result of one of your fragments, and the reason your stomach is clenching, or your heart is pounding, is because it is directly connected to something that caused you great pain, or upset of some kind when you were younger.
Discovering these fragments and their - heretofore unknown - impact on your present life, will take you down the road to inner growth and above all, inner freedom.

Photo: Aguille Percé, French Alps

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Is Your Intelligence Hereditary or Something You Can Improve?

The online site Sharp Brains again brings fascinating information from leading thinkers. In this case, it is an interview with Richard Nesbitt about the perennial discussion regarding intelligence: is it hereditary, or is it influenced by the environment, and hence, is it something that can be shaped, as it were?

Richard Nisbett's latest book Intelligence and How to Get It: Why Schools and Cultures Count, leaves no doubt in the reader's mind, that he favours the side that believes that given the right circumstances, the right environment, we can indeed go beyond innate intelligence.

The AP Press say that Nisbett's "biggest message, largely unspoken, is one of persistence and hope. If all kids are capable of learning under the right circumstances, parents and teachers should never give up on children who appear to be low performers. Everyone has the inherent ability to be smart."

During the interview Sharp Brains asks Nisbett:

One of the topics you discuss in the book is that drawing inferences based on correlations often produces misleading results. What’s an example of this in the case of intelligence?

and this is what he answers:

The correlation between identical twins reared apart gives an overestimate of heritability because the environments of identical twins reared apart are often highly similar. But the main contradiction of heritability estimates lies in the fact that adoption produces a huge effect on IQ – much bigger than could be explained if you believed the conclusion of heritability estimates based on sibling correlations.

Read the entire interview here

Monday, July 6, 2009

Does Water Have Memory?

Does water have memory?

In this mesmerizing video, including footage with numerous scientists, as well as 2002's Nobel Prize winner Kurt Wuthrich for chemistry, much is speculated, and much is stated.
  • Why is water the only substance on the planet that can exist in three states: liquid, solid, and gaseous?
  • Experiments in many countries around the world have shown that water receives and makes an imprint of any outside influence, remembering everything that occurs in the space that surrounds it
  • any substance coming into contact with the water leaves a trace in the water
  • As it records information, water acquires new properties, yet its chemical composition remains unchanged
  • the structure of water (how its molecules are organized) is much more important than its chemical composition
  • what happens to water during the seed germination process so that a plant shoot can break through asphalt with ease?
  • modern technology has made it possible to determine that within each of water's memory cells, there are 440,000 information panels, each of which is responsible for its own type of interaction with the environment
  • water is capable of storing information, and scientists liken it to a computer memory
  • positive and negative human emotions have the strongest influence on water
  • every seed, every embryio, begins its life exclusively in water
  • nowhere in the world is water the same
Apa (Water, the Great Mystery)

If you have difficulty in viewing the video here on my blog, please click here to view it at the original site

I would like to know God's thoughts. Everything else is just details. But I would like to know how he created the world. Albert Einstein

Everything originates in water. And in water everything comes to an end.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Why Walk When You Can Fly?

Another newsletter I read that comes from Gaia brought the trailer of a wonderful movie to my attention. You can watch the trailer here and the entire film online here, or purchase it for home viewing.

Isha, a spiritual teacher from Australia, works with seekers from all paths (including prisoners in Uruguay, where she lives today), and shares her message of enlightenment through uncompromising and unconditional love.

This May, her book Why Walk When You Can Fly? has become a movie. It's a beautiful film, narrated in Isha's lilting accent, and illustrated with her passion for horses and hawks, clips from her music videos, and countless wonderful stories. And in it, as in the book, she shares the secrets of her unique Isha System: the path she followed to awakening.

The film isn't scheduled for theaters, so make sure you watch the trailer here:

If you experience any difficulty viewing the trailer, click here to see it at the original site

Saturday, July 4, 2009

If Only We Knew We Had To...

In a recent article in the NY Times, the Harvard psychology professor and author of Stumbling on Happiness, Daniel Gilbert makes a very compelling argument for how we could escape the current quasi-global economic crisis mentality.

He posits that "gloom is real enough, but it isn’t a matter of insufficient funds. It’s a matter of insufficient certainty. Americans have been perfectly happy with far less wealth than most of us have now, and we could quickly become those Americans again — if only we knew we had to."

Read the rest of this thought-provoking article here.

Photo: Atlas Mountains of Africa, Morocco & Gibraltar as seen from the Ronda Mountains in Spain

Friday, July 3, 2009

Radio Interviews by Subject

Below you will find all the interviews I have done since changing my radio show format in January 2009 to Rewiring the Soul, listed according to category, as follows:

  • Brain Training & Brain Health
  • Blogging & Life
  • Child Abuse
  • Nutrition & Health
  • Psychological & Energetic Techniques to Increase Your Well-Being
  • Spirituality

As more interviews have been completed, they will be added to this list, and you will be able to listen to them at will, or download them from the indicated sites for use on your iPod or to burn to CD's for easy listening whenever you wish.

Nutrition & Health

  • Susan Schenck: Acupuncturist and Raw Food Spokesperson. Susan is a licensed acupuncturist with a master's degree in traditional Oriental medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She has experimented all her life with various diets, in a search for the perfect one that would provide optimum health. She was so inspired after trying the raw food diet that she felt compelled to write a book about it. The Live Food Factor, The Comprehensive Guide to the Ultimate Diet for Body, Mind, Spirit & Planet is now in its second edition. Click here for her website. Click here for a direct link to the show.
  • 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.

  • Brenda Cobb: Cancer Survivor Thanks to Raw Food. Brenda Cobb, Founder and Director of the Living Foods Training Center, overcame breast and cervical cancer without the use of drugs or surgery by following the simple principles of detoxification and nutrition. She also got rid of allergies, acid reflux, indigestion, arthritis, obesity, age or liver spots, and gray hair. Her eyesight even improved! She looks and feels 10 years younger than she did 10 years ago. Click here for Brenda’s website and here for a direct link to the show.

Brain Training & Brain Health

  • Martina Sheehan: Neuroscientific Approaches to Brain Training and Happiness: Train your 100 billion neurons to live well and work well with Brain Trainers™ You might not realise it, but you have been training your brain since the day you were born. Everything you learn, everything you think, and everything you do trains the billions of neural connections in your brain and builds habits that can last a lifetime. Use Brain Trainers™ to focus on the habits you want to strengthen in your life. Join me to speak with Martina Sheehan, Director reinvention® and Brain Trainers™ about these cards that she and her partner Susan Pearse have developed and will be developing.Click here to access the show See their website http://www.brain-trainers.com/

  • Dr. Sung Lee, Director of the Brain Well Center in Arizona. At the center physician-directed trainings and services are designed to improve the quality of health and life, by enhancing the brain-body connection and developing inner resources. Brain training can benefit any person with a brain – young to elderly. It can be highly valuable for persons with neuro-psychiatric conditions including depression, anxiety, insomnia, learning difficulties, cognitive impairment, attention deficit, post-traumatic stress, addictions, stroke, traumatic brain injury, headache, seizures, migraine, and movement disorders. Other health conditions commonly benefited include cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disease, and cancer recovery. Training is also excellent for persons without major health challenges. It can catalyze creativity and peak performance for artists, athletes, and executives. Click here for Dr. Sung Lee’s website and click here for a direct link to the show.
Spirituality, the Afterlife, & OBE's

  • Monroe Institute Executive Director Paul Rademacher & The Path Series Documentary "The Afterlife". Join me to chat with Paul Rademacher, Executive Director of the Monroe Institute about his participation in The Path Series documentary "The Afterlife". For over 25 years Paul Rademacher has been studying the connection between spirituality, consciousness, and religion. His upcoming book, "A Spiritual Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe: Travel Tips for the Spiritually Perplexed" is scheduled for release in May 2009. See also http://www.thepathseries.com/ . Click here for the Monroe Institute’s website. Click here for a direct link to the show.

  • William Buhlman TBA

  • The Path Series Interview with April Hannah and Mike HabernigTBA

  • Tom Campbell: Physicist and consciousness researcher, and author of the My Big Toe Trilogy. Thomas Campbell discusses the nature of reality in terms of consciousness. One of our continuing traits as humans is to attempt to understand the reality we perceive around us and our place in it. The trilogy My Big Toe by Thomas Campbell is a significant continuation of that quest for understanding. Thomas also formed part of the cast in The Path Series: The Afterlife and formed part of the Monroe Institute’s Robert Monroe’s original team investigating OBE’s or out-of-body experiences. Join me to chat with Thomas Campbell about these and other fascinating topics. Click here for Tom Campbell’s website and click here for a direct link to the show.

  • Toni Petrinovich: Guide to Your Own Soul and the Creative Source. Toni Petrinovich was born with the innate ability to see beyond the physical realm and uses her gifts to bring people more in tune with their own soul and the Creative Source. She states: "I know that we are made of energy and that energy has a consciousness. I know that the total consciousness of all of the energy that exists is so much bigger and expansive than we can realize that we are overwhelmed by the prospect. I know that many people want to worship that consciousness and find a place to submit hopes and expectations as well as find something to obey so they will not have to be responsible for who and what they are. These people call this consciousness God and they love it, fear it, and do not know that they are one with it." Her recent ebook is titled: "You, A Field Guide: Finding an End to Seeking". Click here and here for her websites. Click here for a direct link to the show.

  • Chris Fenwick: Author of The 100th Human. Chris says that Reaching Critical Mass just got personal! The 100th Human is a spiritual quest delving deeply into matters of physics, metaphysics, evolution and the human condition. Join Jack, Apu and Alana as they race against time searching for those who can assist in revealing the mystery of the ancient symbols - before time literally runs out. Click here for Chris Fenwick’s website and click here for her book’s website and click here for a direct link to the show.

  • 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.

  • Hillary Raimo: Intuitive and Metaphysical Teacher. Hillary Raimo joins us today to discuss her participation in the movie THE PATH. For two prior interviews with the director and producer of the show, as well as with another cast member, William Buhlman, please go to my website's Radio Page and then scroll down to the Interview Section. Hillary will talk to us about the experiences in her life that led her to participate in this movie that addresses the issue of the fact that life does not end at death. Click here for Hillary's website. Click here for a direct link to the show.

  • Beth Netter: An MD Who Focuses on Spiritual and Emotional Healing. Beth Netter, MD brings a host of healing modalities to her patients and clients. A licensed MD specializing in anaesthesiology, with a background at Harvard, Beth Netter successfully melds allopathic and holistic medicine. She is the fifth guest on my show that will share her experiences with us that led her to participate in THE PATH movie ... a movie that addresses the issue of life after life. Click here for Beth's website. Click here for the direct link to the show.

  • Douglas Melloy: (author of The Nature of the Self and the Social Evolution of Humanity and other books)

Psychological & Energetic Techniques to Increase Your Well-Being

  • Dr. David Berceli, Founder of TRE: Trauma Releasing Exercises. David Berceli Ph.D. and Riccardo Cassiani Ingoni, Ph.D. join us from Scottsdale, Arizona, and Rome, Italy respectively in order to speak about TRE: a revolutionary program for Trauma Releasing Exercises. David and Riccardo offer workshops and training all over the globe to institutions as varied as the military, emergency services personnel, NGO's and embassies. Join us to learn more about this cutting-edge technique that merges the worlds of energy and science. Click here for their website. Click here for a direct link to the show. Click here to listen to portions of David Berceli’s book online (The Revolutionary Trauma Release Process: Transcend Your Life).

  • Leslie Feinberg: Neuro-Modulation Technique. NMT trains the body to correct the causes of disease in a natural way. The Feinberg Technique is the marriage of accepted principles of western science and energetic medicine. Patients suffering from nearly any symptom commonly experience rapid improvement, and restoration of health when they receive NMT. The reason NMT works so powerfully to restore health is that NMT addresses the problem of illness at its most basic level. Click here for Leslie Feinberg’s website and click here for a direct link to the show

  • Silvia Gudofsky: Teaching Yoga in the Straits of Gibraltar . Silvia Gudofsky came from Vienna to live in Tarifa, at Spain's southernmost tip that almost touches Africa, in order to teach yoga and live in unspoiled nature. She will be chatting with me about her experiences with cancer four years ago, about her belief in our own healing power, the medicine of the next century, about how yoga is related to developing more intuition, responsibility and empowerment, and how she works with clients affected by serious illnesses with yoga, visualization, and meditation. She'll be talking about how yoga can change and heal the world, and about her first charity program in South Africa. Click here for her website. Click here for a direct link to the show.

  • 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.

  • Glen Ladegaard and the Sacred Feminine "Body Image Therapy". Born in Denmark and raised in Australia, Glen began painting in 1990 and soon discovered a deep passion for the human form, working in both paint and drawing direct from life (nude). She left Sydney 10 years ago and moved to Andalusia in Southern Spain to dedicate time entirely to her art and continue her studies undisturbed. This has evolved into her latest body of work known as The Sacred Feminine. Glen also dedicates herself to a very specific form of life coaching which she calls "Goddess Guide Coaching" Join us to discuss these, and other topics. Click here for Glen's website. Click here for the direct link to the show.

  • Eric Rolf: Soul Medicine - TBA

  • Resonance Repatterning with Michael Fisher: Michael Fisher, originally from South Africa, and located in Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada joins me today to discuss a healing method known as Resonance Repatterning. "All matter consists of vibrating wave patterns of energy. Therefore, all problems or symptoms of distress are also frequency wave patterns of energy." Click here for Michael’s website and here for a direct link to the show

  • James Hyman: Deep Transformational Bodywork that will change your life. Los Angeles based Shaman, Healer and Master Teacher James Hyman brings his powerful gift of instantaneous healing. This work helps you to understand and experience yourself as infinite possibility and pure potential. James Hyman, founder of the Deep Emotional Release Bodywork, has spent the last 35 years of his adult life in the dedicated study of personal growth and the opening into higher consciousness. His new Quantum Healing represents the newest evolution of cutting edge work designed for this exciting time in human history. Click here for James Hyman’s website. Click here for a direct link to this show.

  • Willem Lammers & Logosynthesis, an innovative and comprehensive system for personal development. Willem Lammers is a clinical and social psychologist, a licensed psychotherapist, and a consultant to people and organizations. Founder of the Institute for the Application of the Social Sciences, it is now one of the leading training institutes for coaches and counselors in Switzerland. In 2001, he sponsored the first Energy Psychology conference in Europe. He has written many articles in the field of coaching and energy psychology as well as several books. Logosynthesis is a beautiful, elegant and efficient system for guided change – coaching, counseling and psychotherapy. This system contains elements from many models in the field: energy psychology, transactional analysis, psychoanalysis, self-psychology and hypnotherapy, in a new and effective combination. As one of very few models, Logosynthesis also creates a unique space for the spiritual dimension of guided change: It helps to understand personal growth and development as a quality of our deepest human nature. Click here for Willem Lammers’ website. Click here for a direct link to the show.

  • Judith Poole: Shaman, Healer and Energy Worker. For over twenty years Judith's primary adventure has been learning how to live in shaman's body. Having served the apprenticeship of the wounded healer, there is nothing that delights her more now than sharing the tools that she has found most effective. The modalities Judith works with include Allergy Antidotes, Applied Kinesiology, Be Set Free Fast, Biogenesis Crystals, Brain Gym, collage, Cosmic Healing Qigong, crystals, Emotional Freedom Technique, Energy Psychology, Flower Essences, Healing From the Body Level Up (TM), the Healing Tao, Holographic Light Treatments, Kinesiology, the Lazaris Material, Neuro Linguistic Programming, Shamanic Journeying, Shamballa Reiki, the Sedona Method (TM), the Sound Current, T'ai Chi, Tapas Acupuncture Technique, Qigong, and writing. Join me to share in the inner wealth of this wonderful spirit! Click here for Judith’s website. Click here for a direct link to this show.

  • Brenda Jenks: Tibetan Black Hat Feng Shui and the Afterlife. Brenda Jenks forms part of the cast of the documentary about the afterlife: The Path Series. She is also a Tibetan Black Hat Feng Shui practitioner. This sytem was developed by Professor Lin Yun and is easily adaptable to Western culture and architecture. Click here for The Path Series: The After Life. Click here for Brenda’s website. Click here for a direct link to this show.

Blogging & Life

  • Zen Habits: Leo Babauta Wows Web With Sensible, Sane Suggestions LEO BABAUTA is one of the world's leading productivity experts. He founded ZenHabits.net in January 2007, and within a year it was one of the Top 50 blogs on the Internet. The site now boasts more than a million unique monthly visitors and more than 80,000 daily subscribers. He's also the author of the Internet's leading productivity ebook, Zen To Done. He lives in Guam with his wife and six children. Leo's blog covers achieving goals, productivity, being organized, GTD, motivation, eliminating debt, saving, getting a flat stomach, eating healthy, simplifying, living frugal, parenting, happiness, and successfully implementing good habits. Click here for Leo's blog. Click here for the direct link to the show.

  • Brenda Padilla (founder of three blogs: Adopción Por Dentro and Solo Para Madres and Alimentación Familiar): Shedding Your Skin: Creating a New Identity … listen to a fascinating discussion of how this proactive and enterprising young woman is creating a new identity for herself. TBA

Child Abuse

  • Stella's Mum Gets Her Groove Back: A True Story by Elisabetta Franzoso: Elisabetta Franzoso's story of her triumph over traumatic childhood events shines a light where there has traditionally been much darkness. Building the foundations for a future that breaks the chains with our past has to be a deliberate choice. Elisabetta Franzoso made that choice 10 years ago and started on an emotional journey of change and growth. She has had the courage to speak out and share her story, which provides insight, wisdom and inspiration for us all. Elisabetta spent many years hiding in shame and denial that she, like so many millions of other children had been physically, verbally, emotionally and sexually abused. Join me to hear her story. Click here for Elisabetta’s website and here for a direct link to the show.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Feeling a River Move Within You

There is a beautiful quote by Jalal ad-Din Rumi that goes like this:

When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.

Isn't it true that when your soul is allowed to be your guide, you feel joy within? You almost don't even have to know what it is that your soul is guiding you towards, if you allow yourself to be steered by the joy you feel inside when you are moving in that direction.
Somehow you know, if you ever listen to any of this type of dialogue with yourself (and I know that many people are not used to doing this, despite the fact that it is in actual fact very simple), when you are not on the right track, because you feel a twisting inside, a lack of joy, you feel that something is not right.
We're not talking here about ethics or morals or doing charity work or anything at all in particular ... because the music of your soul - as Rumi refers to it - may let its melodies be felt in any kind of activity or thought or reaction or behaviour. What is important is that there are certain activities or modes of behaviour that make you realize that the river no longer moves within you, the joy no longer flows, just as there are other activities or behaviours that create precisely the opposite feeling.
What if there is no joy within, what if you feel as though there is no connection to the moving of that inner river?
If you are aware of it, you have already come a long way ... more than many. Even if all you are aware of is the lack of joy. So then you could start listening to your inner voice, your intuition, a small step at a time, exploring, searching, to find out what gives you joy. Perhaps you could try doing the opposite of some of the things that you do but that don't allow you to feel the river within.
When you do things from your soul, when you have that connection (see also Tending Your Inner Garden), when you pay attention to the joy inside, you are on the road to the place you meant to go to when you came here.
When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.
Photo: Tobago Cays, West Indies

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Music and the Mind

Sometimes the greatest things are free! PBS & Nova aired a documentary in late June that is currently available on line free of charge until July 7th here.

In this magnificent film, based in part on psychiatrist Oliver Sacks' book Musicophilia, the astonishing power of the brain to recognize and appreciate music is explored by Sachs himself.
Can the power of music make the brain come alive? Throughout his career Dr. Oliver Sacks, neurologist and acclaimed author, whose book Awakenings was made into a Oscar-nominated feature film starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro, has encountered myriad patients who are struggling to cope with debilitating medical conditions. While their ailments vary, many have one thing in common: an appreciation for the therapeutic effects of music. NOVA follows four individuals—two of whom are Sacks's case studies—and even peers into Sacks's own brain, to investigate music's strange, surprising, and still unexplained power over the human mind.
According to Sacks's latest book, Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain, anatomists cannot identify the brain of a visual artist, writer, or mathematician—but they can recognize the brain of a professional musician. Music affects more parts of our brains than language does—clearly humans are musical animals. What can music tell us about our minds? And what can our minds tell us about music? Finally, can music aid people battling severe neurological disorders? To find out, NOVA follows the BBC's Alan Yentob on an intercontinental quest—from New York to England and Ireland—to meet individuals like those chronicled in Musicophilia, bringing Sacks's latest work to life through their intimate and phenomenal stories.
Three of the four case studies cope with neurological disorders: Tourette's syndrome, autism, and amusia, the musical equivalent of color-blindness, which results in deafness to certain elements of music. The last subject is a surgeon and rock 'n' roll lover who, after being struck by lightning, became obsessed with playing classical piano. Three of the four—all but the patient with amusia—have somehow, almost magically, unlocked a part of their minds to develop musical talents that were otherwise unimaginable.
The four individuals are:
Matt Giordano, United States. Since his childhood, Matt has suffered from severe Tourette's syndrome, which, coupled with his other neurological disorders, resulted in violent outbursts as a child. Even today his days are rife with pronounced involuntary tics, or movements he cannot control, but Matt has discovered the elixir for his outbursts: playing the drums. He currently leads drumming workshops to help others with Tourette's combat its symptoms, and his passionate drumming skills have made a positive difference in these patients' lives.
Derek Paravicini, England. Derek is blind, autistic, and completely reliant on others. He is also a musical savant whose talents on the piano are beyond belief. After years of practice, he has developed the uncanny ability to hear a piece of music only once and then play it back, no matter how complex it is. Derek continues to demonstrate his unparalleled musical skill to amazed audiences worldwide.
Anne Barker, Ireland. Anne grew up in a musical family—her parents own a village shop specializing in traditional Irish instruments—but throughout her life she never enjoyed music. Recently she has been diagnosed with amusia, the brain's inability to hear certain elements of music. Deaf to rhythm and beat, pitch and melody, Anne hears only noise when music comes on the radio and used to feel humiliated when she attended a dance. Today, she is taking part in a worldwide study to identify the potential causes of her condition.
Tony Cicoria, United States. In 1994, orthopedic surgeon Tony Cicoria was struck by lightning and quickly developed an obsession to play the piano. Before the accident he wasn't musically inclined, but ever since his urge to play has been insatiable. Today, he plays in front of sold-out audiences and NOVA's cameras are there for the premiere of his Lightning Sonata, a composition inspired by his extraordinary experience.
While these extraordinary stories offer examples of music's unquestionable power over the mind, scientists have yet to fully understand what happens in the brain as we experience music.
In an effort to unravel the mystery, NOVA puts Sacks himself into a functional MRI (fMRI) machine for two experiments. In the first, cutting-edge visualization shows that when Sacks imagines a piece of music, his brain reacts differently than when he actually hears the song. The second test shows Sacks's overwhelming neurological response when he listens to one of his favorite pieces, a Bach Mass in B Minor; but, when compared to a similar piece from Beethoven, Sacks's brain is almost unresponsive, revealing his clear distaste for the latter composer.
For the first time on television, NOVA provides a rare glimpse into the mind of the world's most famous neurologist. And, with Sacks's help, "Musical Minds" highlights the unusual disorders these subjects face even as it underscores how these people manage, survive, and transcend, often triumphantly. As Sacks says, it seems that music can bring back the feeling of life when nothing else can.
Watch the film online here until July 7th, or order on DVD thereafter.
Photo: Ajanta Caves, India