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Tim Gega December 24, 2013 at 08:45 am
I couldn't agree more with this article. Although "Spirituality" today is 2 fold: 1) TheRead More Human spirit/energy: and 2) the Divine Source is not in God or Religions, but rather the Natural Universe which is seeing something that is bigger than the self (I / Ego). Then using silence to connect to this Divine Collective Energy.
Tim Gega December 24, 2013 at 09:21 am
The main cause of dis-ease or psychosomatic illnesses is we are all asking too much or assuming tooRead More much from each other, or even ourselves. We become disappointed when these expectations fail to manifest (in our time frame). How about if we ask for nothing at all? Then we would all be Free! Ask nothing, expect nothing and see what you get, then be Grateful for this Gift.
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Tim Gega December 10, 2013 at 07:12 am
Innate emotions like: Compassion, Empathy, Understanding, and Caring, all require the learned skillRead More of Listening. These qualities need to be developed (educationaly) within us rather than "falsely believing" that everyone has them "topped-up" as this article suggetst. Emotional Intelligence has been around since 1995 and most people I know would rather fight it than learn more about this Skill set. Rob Brezsny said it best here: I'm reminded of Jung's formula, which is that we don't so much solve our problems as we outgrow them. We add capacities and experiences that eventually make us bigger than the problems. This theory can be applied in reverse: If we have not yet grown wiser than our current predicament, then we can't see what the evolved state is beyond the predicament. Our minds are as-yet incapable of embodying the vision that will catapult us beyond the problem we're stuck in. The best way to prepare for a Big Shift is to cultivate mental and emotional states that ripen us to be ready for anything: * a commitment to not getting lost inside our own heads; * a strategy to avoid being enthralled with the hypnotic lure of painful emotions, past events, and worries about the future; * a trust in empirical evidence over our time-worn beliefs and old habits; * a talent for turning up our curiosity full blast and tuning in to the raw truth of every moment with our beginner's mind fully engaged; * and an eagerness to dwell gracefully in the midst of all the interesting questions that tease and teach us. Everything I just described also happens to be an excellent way to prime yourself for a chronic, low-grade, always-on, simmering-at-low-heat brand of ecstasy -- a state of being more-or-less permanently in the Tao, in the groove, in the zone." (In other words) it takes "homework" to become better humans. We first need to define what Love is and how it can both heal us and save us from our past. Forgiveness is the Miracle Cure, yet most don't or won't Forgive others or themselves.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" December 10, 2013 at 12:51 pm
WAKE UP HUMANITY!!!!! Wake up everybody, no more sleepin' inRead More bed. No more backward thinkin' time for thinkin' ahead. The world has changed so very much from what it used to be. there is so much hatred war and poverty! Wake up all the teachers, time to teach a new way. Maybe then they'll listen to what we have to say. Cause they're the ones who's coming up and the world will soon be in their hands. When you teach the children, teach 'em the very best you can. The world won't get no better If we just let it be. The world won't get no better We gotta change it, yeah, just you and me. Wake up all the doctors, make the old people well. They're the ones who suffer and catch all the hell. But they don't have so very long, before the judgment day. We gotta make them happy before they pass away. Wake up all the builders, time to build a new land. I know we can do it if we all lend a hand. The only thing we have to do is put it in our mind. Surely things will work out, they do it every time. The world won't get no better. If we just let it be! The world won't get no better. We gotta change it, yeah, just you and me!!!
Tim Gega December 10, 2013 at 04:12 pm
@Black Panther, AMEN to that! But Apathy and Ignorance feel so comfy and cozy who wants to let go ofRead More that gravy train? I keep repeating Harold Melvins words from the 60s, but their minds are all asleep. The only thing we have to do is put it in our mind. Surely things will work out, (but doing that "homework" is the first step.)
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Tim Gega November 26, 2013 at 07:18 am
Great story and comparison by the way! When I was a boy I turned over every rock looking forRead More pollywogs. When I was older I turned over every stone searching for knowledge. When I became mature and wise I began to turn over people who were hypocrites. There are 2 legs to this situation: 1) These “Lab Results” are mostly biased to either sell a product (defective or not); or to maintain their Govt Grants/Funding. 2) 99.99% of Christians believe the Bible to be true, so they push that agenda (when most of them haven’t read it) but profess it in “hearsay” and not with the (actual) facts of the Christ’s real life. They too are biased selling that product (of Christianity). Spirituality is experientially based on: a) knowing the facts; b) actually “doing” them as experiments (Question Authority/Everything) and observing the results. Then modifying one’s own behavior based on the outcome of their own (Study). [Case in Point] Christians believe whole-heartedly in Jesus on the cross, but they are ignorant to his word of “Forgiveness” (which) is and of itself, one sure cure for anger or disappointment. Hypocritical? For sure! In “Spirituality” most of us are seekers of the Truth. Many have (looked outside of the Bible) to find the real life and words of Jesus. There, one will see a completely different story from the Bible, (which we KNOW) was altered in the 12th & 13th centuries and that change no longer makes it the “true word of god” but of man’s manipulations to continue to receive funding, aka: “Tithe or go to hell.” Here is a passage from the Aquarian Gospel: Jesus of Nazareth and his father Joseph were carpenters by trade; Jesus apprenticed under Joseph and worked as a carpenter with him in his early youth. One day, Jesus noticed that the tools of Carpentry have deep spiritual significance and symbolism in ‘The Aquarian Gospel’ and represent the building of the Kingdom of Heaven. Similarly, the Freemasons implement similar tools as symbols to represent the building of the Temple of God. The Purport: “There is no true Masonry without Carpentry.” Think about it. Jesus explains the symbolism of the tools of the Carpenter in "The Aquarian Gospel," He 20: 11-21. 'And then he went forth with his parents on their way to Nazareth; and when they reached their home he wrought with Joseph as a carpenter. One day as he was bringing forth the tools for work he said, These tools remind me of the ones we handle in the workshop of the Mind where things were made of Thought and where we build up character. We use the square to measure all our lines, to straighten out the crooked places of the Way, and make the corners of our conduct square. We use the compass to draw circles round our passions and desires to keep them in the bounds of Righteousness. We use the axe to cut away the knotty, useless and ungainly parts and make the character symmetrical. We use the hammer to drive home the Truth, and pound it in until it is a part of every part. We use the plane to smooth the rough, uneven surfaces of joint, and block, and board that go to build the Temple for the Truth. The chisel, line, the plummet and the saw all have their uses in the workshop of the Mind. And then this ladder with its trinity of steps, Faith, Hope and Love; on it we climb up to the Dome of Purity in Life. And on the twelve-step ladder we Ascend until we reach the Pinnacle of that which Life is spent to build - the Temple of Perfected Man.' You are the Initiate who is the Christ Bearer (Christopher) who is building the Kingdom of Heaven (Carpenter) "without the sound of edged tools."
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Tim Gega November 18, 2013 at 07:55 am
Emotional Awareness & Literacy are the keys to understanding the whole Human Experience. If weRead More can learn what it means to be Human, then we can better understand the Original Intent of the Divine. Anthropology 101 Too many psuedo-spiritualist believe that meditation makes them "Divine" but they display traits of emotional immaturity, therefore they have not yet made that real connection. Neuroscience and Neuropsychology are the new Models to look at now. They can now prove and substantiate the mind-body connection of Emotional Intelligence. But, getting people to become a perpetual student in this arena is difficult at best. They are still stuck in the 1950s mindset with a deflated ego fueling their journey. Its time to let go of god and find the Source. Knowledge Envy is The *Intelligent Sin*: The sin of knowing too much. You can't teach the unwilling, the incorrigible, or the proud, But you can teach the Seeker.
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randy albin November 14, 2013 at 10:48 am
be very careful when describing someone as being mentally challenged. is anyone perfect? let'sRead More include this in the affordable care act quickly. attention needs to be brought to this
Eric Nelson November 14, 2013 at 11:04 am
Point taken, Randy. Thanks!
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Chris Corbett October 27, 2013 at 05:41 pm
It is true; it works! I am agnostic and have never "found" the Lord, per se, but it isRead More tantamount to positive thinking or believing in yourself, or as one man (Anthony Robbins) who has made millions off the "neuro-linguistic programming" (telling yourself you can "do it" over and over again until your psyche, then your physicality, believes it) puts it, the mind is the most powerful thing you have--power to heal, but it also has the power to destroy and hurt...so, if your focus is always on what you need and want, essentially the positive, that is what you'll attractive and get--guaranteed!
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dorthy manser October 23, 2013 at 02:11 pm
Sorry, Joe, but I don't thing there are any well documented instances of the physically impossible.Read More But if you've got one you can prove, there are skeptics out there that are ready to give you a lot of money.
bruce k October 26, 2013 at 08:47 am
> At some point physics and cosmology will need to be resolved with the spiritual. At some pointRead More "the spiritual" will have to stop making claims to knowing things it cannot possibly know or have information about and admit it is mostly about the mystery and wonder of all the stuff we do not know about yet. ;-)
bruce k October 26, 2013 at 11:14 am
... and the amazing reality that we can even think about it and talk about. Once we get past that,Read More we find we can measure and compare things and develop patterns to predict them and a deeper understanding of that mystery as the shape of reality comes more into focus, but so far we have not really dented our ignorance very much even if we can give a prententious name to the "God particle". ;-)
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Janice P Ellis October 15, 2013 at 08:53 pm
Reminds me of the Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn, Bruce Willis movie from about 20 years ago - DeathRead More Becomes Her. You had to pay a gazillion dollars for the "live forever" potion, which sounded like a good deal if you could afford it. Problem was, you still got all brittle and lord forbid if you got a broken bone; no pain, but, things could get interesting at your emergency room visit. Lots of use of spackle also. I'll be happy to just get to 100 years or so. Hopefully, I'll be able to retire by then.
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dorthy manser October 7, 2013 at 02:13 pm
That's all very well, but I very much doubt that the amount of care or compassion exhibited byRead More healers or doctors over the millennia has changed all that much on the whole. What has changed has been the technology and overall rates of serious disease and death, which have dropped dramatically. What I find often gets lost in this kind of discussion of the devastation visited upon millions of people in the pre-scientific era, despite a profusion of faith and a great deal of attention paid to "the whole person" and their spiritual wellness. In the absence of scientific medicine Christian Science would be just one more comforting philosophy. Good for the soul, perhaps, but not so much for the body.
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Borris Batanov October 1, 2013 at 08:54 am
You're going to need apples and spiritual healing under Obamacare. Costs are going to go steeply up,Read More as access precipitously declines. The process has already started, as well you know if you've been contacted by your insurer about the changes which are to take effect Jan. 1, 2014. Even the Flakey Foonts of the East Bay will look back on pre-Obamcare, conventional medicine as the lost golden era.
A Delargo October 1, 2013 at 09:03 am
Everyone will have a harder time obtaining health care.... get ready for witch-doctors... let'sRead More dance that cold away !! Nobody will like the new normal, but you only have the cool ade drinking liberals to thank for it. Enjoy your bed !!!
Jellicles October 10, 2013 at 07:28 pm
i dont know about christian science, but usually 'that cold' aka flu has no cure...doctors or witchRead More doctors..medicines...of whatever kind..can only help to shorten the flu..flu vaccines are considered useless because the flu strain mutates every year and the vaccine is made from the previous year's strain. and anti biotics are generally prescribed for bacterial infections, not viral('that cold' is viral..not bacterial). i guess common sense is a good immune protector...obama care or not. just sayin'..
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Bob Kajdan September 24, 2013 at 10:26 am
Excellent findings! I believe that stress is a part of our life experience. I found that AIDSRead More infected men who stopped working in mid-life because stress would make them sicker, were wrong. Others, who continued working to retirement, obviously took the challenge of living with an illness and learning to cope. There are many facets to stress and I welcome further research findings. Bob Kajdan
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Giorgio C. September 17, 2013 at 05:21 am
The psychiatric community needs to be brought to trial for its role in the loosely prescribing ofRead More such powerful drugs. Audits should be conducted of all evaluations and assessments. What is tragic is that those who truly need help are now being lumped in with this other group that clearly does not. The next group that should be brought to trial are the parents. Those who truly need these drugs are the ones who are just hoping to get through their life with minimal pain and suffering and humiliation. "Success" is the last thing on their minds. The abuse of these drugs is a slap in the face to those who truly are afflicted with such disabilities. What's next? Fully-abled people using wheelchairs because they are too lazy to walk?
Giorgio C. September 18, 2013 at 05:54 am
I speak from my own experience. After struggling in school and being told by employers (and others)Read More that I'm slow as molasses, I got tested at age 42 with the use of computer diagnostics. My first employer asked me if I was in the Coast Guard, "because you sure are out to sea" he said. With the testing, they generated some numbers pertaining to my visual and auditory response capabilities and determined I had Central Auditory Processing Disorder. They said my condition was severe, with scores of 35 out of 100. This was a relief for me. The most important thing we all need to learn are our strengths and weaknesses. I have a very hard time following verbal instructions, so I found a career working in a Public Health Laboratory where everything is written in procedure per Federal law. I will always have a hard time following verbal directions. Meds help to some degree, but the best thing you can do is follow your talents. As a kid, someone once gave me the following advice "Find what you're good at and do it." He didn't say "Find what you like and do it." I didn't like his advice, but it now makes sense.
April September 18, 2013 at 07:32 am
At @Giorgio, if you like what you do, you never work a day in your life! I agree with your post soRead More much. Parents have to realize drugging kids isn't always the solution, although there are some kids that probably need it. In the end, life is stressful, anxiety inducing, worrisome, hard. If I focused on myself constantly, the way many seem to with all the self portraiture and self serving "blogs" , even here on the Patch- I would be a basket case.
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shirley kirsten September 11, 2013 at 09:29 am
I believe Single Payer would have been a better route. It works well, in my opinion in the MedicareRead More universe.
Dee Baucher September 14, 2013 at 12:37 pm
The title of this "article" is a deliberate sham. But then so is Obamacare. It is reallyRead More an "Unaffordable Care Act". The middle-class are being forced to pay for the health care of 30 million uninsured folks, by forking over new taxes, higher premiums, higher out-of-pocket fees, and confronting a system without any cost-constraints. And our seniors and disabled people are being fleeced of significant Medicare funds, leaving them to be shuffled out of hospitals (where they will no longer be wanted as customers) and leaving them without medical providers willing to care for them. We thought we were going to get a single-payer plan or at least a plan to restrain the insurance companies and providers....instead we got the shaft. (The goodies for the uninsured new "working poor", the under-employed/unemployed young adults needing their parents' health insurance, and those with pre-existing conditions, are being used as carrots on the sticks to entice us.) The reality is that we are being led like lemmings to the edge....where we will all become out-priced from private care....and forced into those Obama-designed clinics.
Christian Holm September 14, 2013 at 08:03 pm
If it's so flipping fantastic: why is the Government Exempted?
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Clayton Smith August 20, 2013 at 02:03 pm
For those who want truly up to date information on ground breaking treatment research and remediesRead More to cancer, google Bill Sardi, or his website, knowledgeofhealth.com, to find out what is not being publicized in the Main Stream Media about therapies being used right now in Japan, as well as the use of the ketogenic diet. Also, check out mercola.com. You owe it to yourself to stay informed.
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Eric Nelson August 6, 2013 at 12:45 pm
Great Shopenhauer quote!
Dan Schmitt August 7, 2013 at 11:57 am
Can't say as I've ever heard of epigentics. I just came back from visiting my 95-year old father inRead More Wisconsin. Dad's still going strong possibly because he embodies those mental nutrients discussed in the article. Thanks.
Eric Nelson August 7, 2013 at 12:12 pm
Thanks Dan... and good for your dad!
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Joshua Middlehaven August 1, 2013 at 09:37 am
ADHD and Fibromyalgia: The result of drugs in search of a symptom to create sales and work forRead More "Doctors".
Tim Gega August 2, 2013 at 09:30 am
Excellent article here Dr. Newmark. My own research began in 1976 out of UCSF regardingRead More "Emotions." What we are living through today is the previous "Dr. Spock 1960's Era" which taught parents how to bow to their children's whims. Prior to this development of ADD /ADHD etc diagnosis, we saw this "acting out" and called it "SRBD": Spoiled Rotten Brats Disorder. This is when the child learns (by age 5) that they can manipulate the parents. Once a doctor "pronounces" the child with a "disorder" this immediately tells the child that there is something wrong with them. This then affects their self-esteem as "oppression" which then causes them depression. It also gives them an "excuse" to do anything they want, then blame it on this disorder. Parenting includes much more than birthing a child. It requires proper Nutrition and (Good) Psychology (which is entirely absent today).
Tim Gega August 2, 2013 at 09:45 am
I'd also like to add: that there are many parents with a strong condescending attitude ofRead More "Expectations" for Boys and men in the Media today as well as in contemporary attitudes. The "Problem": is that no one teaches these boys what to do (in this regard) but expects them to perform something impossible to do without the proper education.
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Richard Delfs July 27, 2013 at 01:00 am
Yassin: ...It is said, "Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God."
Cancel my Account July 31, 2013 at 09:16 pm
I am not sure what you mean by this, but I quoted the psalm merely because others were expressingRead More disbelief. The Church holds that God can heal, but does not heal everyone (think of St. Paul and the thorn in his side). Taking information on whether or not people are healed or not to make conclusions about the power or existence of God is ridiculous.
Madalyn August 19, 2013 at 11:53 am
To think that only prayer or only western medicine is the answer, doesn't use the vastness ofRead More intelligence we are. Evidence is showing that 'all of the above' works best. The best chance of survival is a multi-pronged approach; biosocial, spiritual, chemical and most of all attitude.
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James Thurber July 18, 2013 at 07:44 am
Cancer is a very tough issue because we produce millions and millions of cells daily. Some of theseRead More (perhaps many) are faulty (potentially cancerous) and die on their own or are consumed by our body's protective immune system(s). We're discovering how cellular DNA repair systems are frequently the cause of a cell that not only is faulty but has the remarkable ability to reproduce and create it's own nutrition system (i.e. cancer). One reason that physical fitness and eating well helps prevent cancer is that it (probably) boosts the body's immune systems therefore preventing fewer potential cancer cells from remaining. That being said, as we change our medicinal focus away from cut, burn and poison towards modification of DNA structures I have a feeling that in another generation the question will be: "Mom, what did Grandpa die of?" When the child hears the word cancer he / she will remark, "What, cancer? Nobody dies of that anymore." If you think I'm out of line consider a medical convention a mere 100 years ago. "Ladies and Gentlemen, in a few years few people will die of typhoid, polio, the plague, common infections and we will have eradicated smallpox from the planet." That claim would have been considered insane. Nope, I believe cancer is on its way out but it'll take a bit more DNA focused research and perhaps a little bit'a luck.
thedofca July 18, 2013 at 10:16 am
Steve Jobs tried all of the things Turner suggested and nobody took it more seriously. The onlyRead More thing he didn't try until too late was Westernized medicine. If it didn't work for Steve, I have a suspicion no matter how religious or open you are, it probably won't work for you. But I hope she finds the key.
Damon Lisch July 18, 2013 at 10:47 am
@LAADCAS. Yep. A close friend of mine had pain that he never got checked out by a doctor becauseRead More he was convinced that it was related to issues he had with his mother (no joke). Instead, he worked to improve his psychological and spiritual health (again, no joke). As a consequence, his prostate cancer went untreated, and he died. The retreat from reason so prevalent among otherwise intelligent people in places like the Bay Area is mind-boggling to me, and I worry that it will end up having catastrophic consequences if our elected representatives start catering to it. Plummeting rates of vaccination and consequent disease outbreaks are just one disturbing example of this.
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