Tuesday, March 31, 2009Relax
It's the Health Class again. I cannot understand how the weeks fly by. The last one seems like yesterday. Last week was about the Stress Response and tonight I give my layman's lecture on the Sugar Effect.
This is one of my favorite quotes. Forgive me I have shared it with you before, but frankly I cannot read it too many times.
So what can we do? Be patient and relax. If we honest to God could understand that concept of being patient and letting the body relax, illness would vacate.
Monday, March 30, 2009The Middle Game--Part Seven
The fear of losing control is the strongest human motivator. Control is the master addiction. It is not lack of courage that keeps us from moving forward, as most people think; it is the fear of losing control. We want to control, and when we feel we can’t, we freeze; we stop. The person who fears loss of control is like a deer caught in the headlights: Instead of running off the highway to safety, it stops in its tracks.
To some extent we are all control freaks. We want to control events, so that we can always be certain of the outcome. We put pressure on ourselves to master the events of our lives. But this does not give us control; it just gives us pressure.
What you are really saying in this struggle for control is, “I’m fearful that I won’t succeed.” In a very subtle way, that fear is a form of atheism because it tells you, “There’s no God to help you.” You move into doubt, and you freeze again.
When we doubt, we are saying, “I don’t know.” And our fear whispers to us, “It is unknowable... you are out of control.”
Spiritual Warriors turn doubt into a tool. They don’t attempt to control it, but they refuse to let it control them. They use it the same way you use a guard rail when you are on a highway running alongside a steep cliff: To mark the boundary between the road and the void. As soon as you feel doubt, move back in until you find yourself once more on firm ground.
(From Spiritual Warrior by John-Roger)
The Go player attacks the other player's territory with a view to building a base so they can live and make the territory their own.
8. The Battle of Trust
This is the single most important thing going on in the world right now. Who can be trusted at a personal, local, and global level.
9. The Battle of Battles
One thing we can be sure of--the U.S. will always be looking for the next war. It is geared to fight. Eisenhower was not kidding when he predicted the Military-Industrial complex.
So there have it, the nine stone advantage that the U.S. has given the world. I'll sum it up tomorrow, then we'll get back to creating abundance!
Sunday, March 29, 2009A One Minute Break
Saturday, March 28, 2009The Middle Game--Part Six
Spiritual Warriors are open to the world, not shut off from it. They do not ask to control it but accept it as it is and seek inner guidance in order to respond to it in ways that are aligned with their highest intentions. They know that the fears, aggravations, and confusions of life aren’t accidental; instead, our Souls can take advantage of the particular opportunities they offer—opportunities to learn, grow, and share.
Life is not a matter of avoiding the tough lessons, but of extracting all we can from them for the advancement of our spiritual selves. The difference between a Spiritual Warrior and a lot of other people who wander around waiting for success, or love, or abundance to happen to them is that the Spiritual Warrior acts, not reacts.
(From Spiritual Warrior by John-Roger, DSS)
What makes the game of Go interesting is that an experienced player can play a less experienced one and still get a good game. This is done by handicapping the experienced player. He gives the lesser player up to nine stones to start. This is huge because with nine stones the lesser player can occupy the main strategic positions on the board.
I can't help but think that the U.S. has given the world several stones as it attempts to climb out of this financial mess. And with their new found "strength" the world is beginning to flex its muscles.
5. The Battle for Influence
The big players in this game will be Russia, China, and Iran.
But at home in the U.S. two battles are being fought that are equally as vital.
6. The Battle of Values
We've talked a lot about values in this blog. It's what defines our spending habits. The battle in the country is being fought over consumerism--spending versus saving. Extravagance versus frugality. It's a battle for what is important and where to put our energy. So far our energy is going into the banking system. I'll have more to say about that tomorrow.
7. The Battle of Entitlements
We partially covered this yesterday when I spoke about healthcare, but the Government has been running the biggest Ponzi scheme in history by taking in money for Social Security and spending it on other projects. Consequently when the baby boomers retire the money to pay them is just not going to be there. Hmmm, interesting.
Despite all the challenges, I am confident that the U.S. will emerge strong and intact. It's influence and size is too great. Nevertheless the world is changing and it is important that we are prepared inwardly, and as best as we can outwardly. The spiritual principles are there to assist us navigate through it all with Grace.
Friday, March 27, 2009The Middle Game--Part Five
When you are attuned to the law of empathy, it will work through all of your levels—physically, emotionally, financially, mentally, and sexually. Empathy will not even permit you to err against another human being because you will pay the price immediately. In empathy we live in the Beloved, the living love of the spiritual heart, for that is our true freedom.
In that living love, empathy comes as an involuntary action, without thought. (Sympathy has a different quality and comes as a voluntary action, for example when we say, “Oh, I feel so sorry for you.") When empathy comes forward, it moves the soul, it moves the body, it moves the mind and the emotions, and completes the action at hand— fulfilling the spiritual laws of acceptance, cooperation, understanding, and enthusiasm. For empathy is based upon these spiritual laws.
Those of you who are living these spiritual laws and learning from them and loving with them will rapidly enter into this empathy in which all things will be made known to you. For God is pouring forth the Spirit into these days that are with us now, and even though we may see starvation, floods, wars, and countries going bankrupt, we will know the law of empathy. For if we don’t know starvation and we have no empathy, it will be brought to us to experience it. God bless those who can move to the law of empathy, for you sidestep the lessons that would be presented to you otherwise.
(From: The Rest of Your Life by John-Roger, DSS, with Paul Kaye)
In the game of Go when the stones are placed adjacent to each other they are strong. Several stones placed in this way begin to exert influence across the board. The more stones placed together in this way the greater the reach of the influence.
The reach and influence of the U.S.A is huge. It's Gross Domestic Product (GDP)--the market value of all final goods and services from a nation in a given year--is over three times that of the second nation, Japan. The U.S. defense budget exceeds the defense budget of all the countries in the world combined.
So one of the most important battles in the Middle Game is:
3. The Battle for the Dollar
Already there are rumblings these past week that first China, and now a committee at the U.N. want to challenge the reserve status of the U.S. dollar. This is a clear attempt to weaken U.S. influence. Without this status the U.S. could not print its own money and still have it universally acceptable.
Then there is the great internal battle in the U.S. itself:
4. The Battle over Healthcare
This affects all of us who live in the U.S., particularly us baby boomers. Oh my goodness what a long drawn out battle this is going to be. Our best recourse is to stay as healthy as we can.
As I have mentioned, so far the government solution to our monetary and debt problems has been to spend more money and get into more debt. What can we do? The only thing I keep coming back to is to follow the spiritual principles of abundance and prosperity. As I mentioned to someone I was talking to today, it is not about us getting money rich, although that certainly is a possibility, but it is often what does not come to us. It is like we are surrounded by Teflon. Things come towards us but don't touch us. It is living a blessed life, by placing God first.
I am still awed by John Morton saying, “If I tithe, I know God.” And then J-R saying, "It’s very true that if you tithe you know God, but it is also true that if you want to know God, you tithe."
I mean, what more do we need to know about abundance? And we can feel blessed as we send Light to the Battles of the Middle Game and observe them with neutrality and empathy.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009"Cells don't die."
Cells don’t die. They change their frequency and move to essence. It is a duplicate of the cosmos. You have access to cosmic awareness within you.
This extraordinary quote from the early eighties came to mind while I watched this extraordinary 8 minute piece.
Monday, March 23, 2009Stillness
I have been very busy and have missed a couple posts recently. I have been preparing for the health class and my lecturette on the stress response and the cascade of hormones that results from it. So when Marjorie pointed out this quote is was particularly apropos.
As you take each situation as it comes, one at a time, it's very easy. As soon as you feel overwhelmed, or reactive, relax, rest, and gently pull your energy field back in, strengthening it by being still. Maybe you maintain your inner stillness for a moment, or a day, or a month. You simply maintain your equilibrium, looking at the situation, thinking, "Why does it think it can outlast me? While it is in a state of change, I can be in a state of spiritual holding and fulfillment and outlast the change."
(From: The Rest of Your Life by John-Roger, DSS, with Paul Kaye)
SInce we have been speaking about, and will continue to speak about, trust and values, I also found this quote to be relevant. I have often said that the world works as well as it does because of the many silent saints that surround us and go about their lives without any thought of compensation or recognition for what they do.
The world is upheld by the veracity of good men: they make the earth wholesome. They who lived with them found life glad and nutritious. Life is sweet and tolerable only in our belief in such society.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Saturday, March 21, 2009Latest GPTV Episodes
I am delighted to announce that the three latest GPTV episodes (Episodes 13, 14, and 15) are now on this site. They are REALLY good. They are from Living in Grace. Each one is about four minutes. They are educational, engaging, inspiring, and spontaneous. I interviewed participants on the spot without preparation on their part. Click on "GPTV" on the left hand side under "Goodies."
Thursday, March 19, 2009Empathy
From The Rest of Your Life by John-Roger, DSS, with Paul Kaye:
Those who misunderstand will say, “Don’t you have empathy for me?" That is emotionalizing. They might say, “Have some pity on me.” But the law of empathy is invoked naturally, through loving, not through manipulation.
When we look into each others’ eyes we may be overwhelmed with the spiritual love that the Beloved represents, and as we reach out and touch and hug, we find that we say nice things and become one with that person. We may even become lovingly protective of the person, and in doing so we fulfill the question asked ages ago, “Am I my brother’s keeper?”
Yes, we are our brother’s keeper through empathy because we will not strike out against that which is hurting. We will caress what is hurting, and we will lift it because we will know it and see it for what it is and bring it into harmony with the Beloved. We will know what to do intuitively and instinctively because the law of empathy has been placed within mankind.
The law of empathy has always been here. But now it has been revealed and manifested for our time. That means it will travel throughout this world, and you will see empathy uproot and change and bring about what is once again to become new. It will touch everything. Mineral, vegetable, and animal will be touched through the law of empathy.
For the law of empathy is a golden circle, like a ring, or a crown that represents the royalty of each individual, the highest point of a human being. And those who place this ring or crown upon their head over their forehead will be crowned heirs to the kingdom of heaven.
But the school of empathy is a very demanding school. You must go into it accepting all things, cooperating with all things, understanding all things, and being enthusiastic as you work with all things. Then as you have empathy towards all things, you will glow.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009The Middle Game--Part Four
A person who is going to work in soul transcendence must only engage in ruthlessness. Never self-pity. Ruthlessness is the opposite of self-pity. It's called, “Ask no quarter and give no quarter, I'm on my way to God.” Self-pity is, "Oh, I stubbed my toe and I can't go today." Ruthlessness says, "I stubbed my toe, I'm going to be walking funny until it's well, but I'm on my way to God."
The Middle Game will have some fierce battles. Some will be moral struggles, some will impact us directly, others indirectly, and others not at all. However, the critical factor is for us to stand as spiritual warriors and invoke the law of empathy regardless of the impact.
In empathy there is identification. Perhaps I would have done the same thing in your place. I do not judge you nor hold you guilty. I see you with respect. I can touch to you through my warmth and loving. I can share, I can participate, and I can identify, because this me and this you reside together in the Beloved. We have just separated this oneness into the physical form to look at each other.
You will, through empathy, have the freedom to stand and lovingly face the conditioning that is not only yours but is in the world. Laughter is an expression of empathy. Tears are also an expression of empathy. When you understand empathy, you move into the consciousness of “You are one with me. We are walking in each others’ shoes.” And it becomes a really great, great day.
(Quotes on empathy are from The Rest of Your Life by John-Roger, DSS, and Paul Kaye)
Let's look at some of the battles that will be fought and which we have the opportunity to observe with neutrality. I see about ten of them, we'll break them down two at a time.
1) The battle against deflation
This is why so much money is being pumped into the system. The U.S. government wants to avoid deflation at all costs. If you owe money deflation works against you. The U.S. government owes a lot of money.
2) The battle against protectionism
While deflation is being fought in a corner, protectionism is a huge battle being played across the whole Go board. In involved countries wanting to protect their industries and economies. It involves the raising of trade barriers. World trade depends on these being removed which they have been for the most part over the last 25 years or so. To resurrect them would have huge implications for prosperity worldwide. Keep your Light and awareness on this one.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009The Middle Game--Part Three
When you observe, you just state what you saw take place.
You say, "I saw this and this and this."
Somebody asks, "Was it that?"
You say, "I didn't see that."
They ask, "Did they do this?"
You say, "I didn't see that."
There is no need to even say, "I don't know," because that moves it out of the state of observation.
The statement of observation is only what is, not what you know or don't know about the situation.
The power that comes from that, internally, is tremendous. It becomes so nice that you just want to stay in that place. And that's not a state of "do nothing."
The statement of neutrality and observation is an active place; it doesn't carry any negative weight or positive weight for outcome.
(From The Tao of Spirit by John-Roger, DSS)
For us Joyful Givers who live by and with the Grace of God, it is now a time of observation. The Middle Game gets nasty and it requires us to be on our toes. As anger mounts towards the system, it is a time for us to send Light. As readers know I have been outraged these past few months, when I saw little outrage from other quarters. Now that there is enough, I am curiously quiet and at peace with the situation.
The Opening is crucial because it determines the course of the Middle Game. We see that the opening solution to the crisis which was based on overspending, debt, dishonesty and corruption has been for the Government to overspend, get into more debt, which will lead to more dishonesty corruption. It doesn't take a psychic to see that this will not work and that the situation must get worse over time.
Change is not easy. People will fight for their comfort zones even at the expense of their own health and well-being. So what do we do? That's where the teachings come in and why we stay close to them. We also put on the armor of the Spiritual Warrior and live by the principles of ruthlessness and impeccability.
Whichever angle you take or whatever lens you look through, this time has been predicted well in advance. We certainly must not play victim and that is where the Spiritual Warrior comes in. Time to re-read the book. I'll put some quotes up for the remainder of this week.
Although I have spoken about the game of Go, the game of Chess also has an Opening Game, a Middle Game, and an Endgame. I prefer the game of Go as a metaphor, nevertheless here's what the game of Chess looks like:
Chess is win/lose and is mostly tactics. Go is more about a longer range strategic approach, in which even the loser usually ends up with some territory. Chess is primarily played in the West. Go in the East. Have you noticed the Chinese quietly buying up critical strategic interests while the U.S. fights wars for no reason that anyone can fathom (Go)? Have you noticed that the U.S. owes China $2 trillion and has been extraordinarily nice to them these days and that human rights issues have taken a back seat (Chess)? Have you noticed that Russia is building up its military (Chess)?
Welcome to the Middle Game.
Monday, March 16, 2009The Middle Game--Part Two
When I first started this blog in July 4 of the last year the financial meltdown was in its nascent stages. We were told that we were headed for a recession. I tried to make it clear that it was much more serious than that and the were were in a once in a lifetime, generational change.
In the process I have come off as being pessimistic, and as the pessimism in the mainstream press, the news, and the Internet has gathered momentum, I have realized that the last thing you need is more down news from me. So I am attempting to be more solution oriented as we all know by now what the problems are.
Here are three interesting and diverse solutions which show that a little creativity and vision can go a long way.
1) Solution to power cars in the future (From Dow Theory Letters)
Flash, a new battery technique using lithium batteries will recharge instantly and may revolutionize the battery industry.
2) Creative traffic solution (From VeryShortList.com)
This May, New York City will close off two of its busiest blocks to traffic. But can you really ease a city’s traffic congestion by closing down key roads? Scientists such as the Santa Fe Institute’s Michael Gastner say yes.
According to a recent Scientific American article about Gastner and other scientists who study traffic patterns, closing down especially busy thoroughfares can circumvent Braess’s paradox — which holds that the most efficient route from A to B can create congestion by attracting too much traffic. Everyone wants the fastest route, which then becomes the slowest. Remove that route entirely, and traffic is far more evenly distributed among remaining ones and runs more smoothly. Cities in Korea and Japan have already solved traffic problems by closing down certain streets, but Broadway — which zings diagonally through Manhattan’s grid — may be a defining test case. The city’s traffic geeks are giddy with anticipation; its cabbies, not so much.
3) Possible solution for ADD (via MSIAer Judea)
Sunday, March 15, 2009The Middle Game--Part One
The board game of Go is often looked at as a metaphor for life. It also can be used as a metaphor for our current financial situation. The game is easy to learn and the rules are simple, however it can become extremely complex due to the many possible moves and their permutations which mathematically are more than the atoms in the universe.
The game has three phases. The Opening is where the important strategic points are taken and the areas of potential territory outlined. The Middle Game follows the opening and is when the real fighting starts. The Endgame is when things are wrapped up and completed but it still requires a lot of concentration because carelessness can lead to losses.
In terms of this generational historic period in which we find ourselves, we have now completed the Opening, from my perspective. We have just entered the Middle Game and this is when the fun begins. The Opening took a couple of years, and I see the Middle Game taking 5-7 years.
As I have mentioned to a few close friends, and no I am not talking about the 500 or so on Facebook, I believe the world that will emerge in the next five years will be an entirely different one that we are in right now. It is indeed a very exciting time. We are already seeing a change in values. It's early days but it appears from reports that Church pews are being filled again and I expect a surge in interest in spiritual groups, too. In other words there is a return to what really matters.
I will re-visit my posts on getting prepared, because I think it is important that we continue to be connected in a deeper way to God as our Partner while also keeping our eyes open to the changing world around us.
Anyway that's the theme for this week. Stay tuned.
Saturday, March 14, 2009Law of Assumption 2
I am always wowed when I read about the law of assumption. It wakes me up.
We humans are experts at making negative assumptions: I’m unworthy; I’m terrible; I’m a failure; I’ll never get anywhere; God doesn’t love me. You can be equally successful at holding to your true direction and overcoming whatever distracts you. Here is how this practice works: whenever you experience a distraction—let’s say, feeling unworthy—go back to your center, find the clarity within, and say, “Right now, through invoking the Law of Assumption, I assume that this feeling of unworthiness is gone and will stay gone. I’m busy doing other things. I don’t have time for this distraction.”
The part of us that keeps the spiritual Law of Assumption from working is the ego. The false self uses the power of the mind and the emotions, backed by willpower and the power of the body, to prevent us from manifesting wonderful things in the world. But there’s a bigger will, the Soul. Once you connect with the Soul, the ego seems like nothing. You wonder why you allowed your life to be run by such an inconsequential thing!
If you start assuming that you are Soul, you will become Soul, the Beloved. This is not something that will happen in some future time and place. It is true right here, right now.
(from What's It Like Being You by John-Roger, DSS, with Paul Kaye)
Friday, March 13, 2009The Law of Assumption
We make a lot of assumptions in life, and we can get into a mess by not checking them out and communicating clearly. We assume things that we later find out aren’t so.
But before we dismiss assumption altogether, we should look at its positive side, its spiritual counterpart. When your consciousness is crystal clear, you can assume things and know that they are so. This is an entirely different process from ordinary assumption. In the spiritual realm, first you know something, then you assume; you claim your knowing.
As you assume this knowing, you become Soul, you become love, you become joy, you become health. In your heart, you become all those things. Can you really become all those things? Do it now.
Use the Law of Assumption for your upliftment and spiritual growth. Assume that you are healthy, assume that you are awake, assume that you are divine, assume that you have abundance. God didn’t put us on Earth and say, “Beg.” He said, “All I’ve got is yours.”
When you live by the Law of Assumption, you cannot second-guess or doubt yourself. There must be crystal clarity inside you, a deep, certain knowing, not merely belief.
(From What's It Like Being You by John-Roger, DSS with Paul Kaye)
Thursday, March 12, 2009Feeling Good--and Responsible
My brother sent me an interview with Terry McBride, CEO of Nettwork Music Group. I thought this comment from Terry was worth quoting here:
To me all emotions are simply choices. You can choose to be angry, upset, or wound up in stress, or you can choose to be happy, easy-going, and of a quiet mind. Once you understand the power of choice, you will be much happier even in tough times.
It complemented today’s Loving Each Day:
You are the one in charge and responsible for your life, and even if you've empowered something or someone else through blame or playing the victim, you are still in charge and responsible for your life. You can't get away from it.
(From The Rest of Your Life by John-Roger, DSS with Paul Kaye)
Here is a feel good five minutes. (Hat tip to my Kaui’i buddy Brian Carson). The piece gets better and better as it goes along.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009Gratitude
Big thanks to Ron Beimel for this:
I heard a talk by a man who followed all the commandments in the bible for a year (including tossing a pebble at an adulterer to fulfill his obligation to stone them). Although one of his conclusions was that he did not recommend this to anyone, he did make one comment when he was talking about the lessons he learned that I found interesting:
"Another lesson is that thou shalt give thanks, and this one is a big lesson because I was giving these prayers of thanksgiving which was odd for an agnostic. But I was saying thanks all the time every day, and I started to change my perspective. And I started to realize the hundreds of little things that go right every day that I didn't even notice, that I took for granted as opposed to focusing on the 3 or 4 that went wrong. So this is actually a key for happiness for me."
Tuesday, March 10, 2009Health Class Week Two, Today
One of the tenets of the PTS Health Class is that the basic self is one of the best resources we have, yet is very under-utilized. So we focus on accessing it and working with it in the class. The same can be said of working with the basic self as we put into practice the principles of abundance and prosperity. So you may find this quote from John-Roger useful. It's from the Dynamics of the Lower Self, a book that is currently out of print.
You must work with your basic self in cooperation and love if you want its support. If you start berating your basic self, you can produce arthritis, rheumatism, cancer, tuberculosis, or a lot of other diseases. It is so much nicer to say to your basic self, "You did a pretty good job today, and tomorrow we'll do even better.”
Monday, March 9, 2009Two Poems
True story, Word of Honor:
Joseph Heller, an important and funny writer
and I were at a party given by a billionaire
on Shelter island.
I said, “Joe, how does it make you feel
to know that our host only yesterday
may have made more money
than your novel 'Catch-22'
has earned in its entire history?”
And Joe said, “I’ve got something he can never have.”
And I said, “What on earth could that be, Joe?”
And Joe said, “The knowledge that I’ve got enough.”
Not bad! Rest in peace!
(Hat tip to Blueprint for Prosperity)
Often I have tried the frightening way of "reality,"
Where things that count are profession, law, fashion, finance,
But disillusioned and freed I fled away alone
To the other side, the place of dreams and blessed folly.
(Hat tip to Heron Dance. org)
Sunday, March 8, 2009Ranting and Raving
Last week I took an acquaintance out for coffee at the new Urth Caffe in Downtown Los Angeles. By the way, keep a visit to Urth in mind when you are next in L.A. It's really worth a visit to see the new freshly emerging downtown.
Anyway, I took the opportunity to show this person around and in the process rant and rave about the economy, the corruption, the dishonesty, etc.--you know, what I have been ranting and raving about here on this blog.
The person's response was that I was not being very loving. And the next day they told me that they didn't find me neutral on some of the other subjects I covered.
I thought I was having an animated, engaging conversation with a new friend, and instead I am being responded to from the spiritual high ground. Needless to say that was my last rant with this person.
I think we all need a safe place to express ourselves, without paying a therapist for the privilege. And if the other person can do the same then we have a bonding and human interchange. I think it is good to speak our minds for a number of reasons:
1) It is healthy. It just feels better to get things off our mind/chest, instead of letting them fester inside of us.
2) Sometimes unless we voice something we don't realize how stupid it is. Inside of us we hold things that make perfect sense, until we speak them out and articulate them. Sometimes we realize it is nonsense and can let them go. Very freeing.
3) Just openly communicating creates bonds and relationships which have been found to be essential to good health and longevity.
So this this article on Being and Mindfulness by Judith Warner certainly resonated with me, as you will see if you read it.
And the Loving Each Day for Saturday, the day the above article came out, added to the irony:
No matter what is going on in your life, you can always take a moment to focus on your breathing. When you find yourself in a tense situation, for example, you may notice that you are holding your breath. Putting your attention on your breathing can help you relax and immediately be in the here and now. This practice, found in many spiritual traditions, is often referred to as mindfulness, being present, or living in the now.
You may ask, since we're breathing all the time, why do we need to practice it? What we're practicing is conscious awareness of the breath. Then breathing becomes a concentration exercise that not only focuses the mind but brings many healing benefits as well.
- John-Roger with Paul Kaye
(From: Momentum, Letting Love Lead - Simple Practices for Spiritual Living, p. 61)
And this Tom Friedman article is definitely worth a read. He is spot on.
Saturday, March 7, 2009Simplify
Simplify your life. You do not need all the clutter you are holding on to. Get rid of it now because it is stealing your energy.
The clutter in your life takes energy to maintain. Start with the smallest things. Clear away a little and you’ll be amazed at the vast amounts of energy it releases inside of you.
(From Spiritual Warrior by John-Roger, DSS)
The world is moved not only by the mighty shoves of the heroes but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.
I haven’t yet seen Slumdog Millionaire but I get the idea and so I found this story of an Australian family choosing to live the slumdog life in India, fascinating.
This next section interested me when put in a broader context. I think that how we identify ourselves and what we identify with is most important. To me it is embodied in the saying that we are not human beings having a spiritual experience but spiritual beings having a human experience.
In a study that contradicts prior research, Stanford psychologist Kevin Binning has found that mixed-race students who consider themselves multiracial tend to be happier than mixed-race students who align themselves with a single ethnicity.
Binning asked 180 college students of mixed racial or ethnic backgrounds to identify themselves as black, white, Asian, Hispanic, or mixed — and the last group scored highest on standard measures of psychological well-being and social engagement. Does acknowledging a multiracial background build confidence? Or does confidence encourage a broader sense of identity? Binning’s study leaves that chicken-and-egg question unanswered. But like the examples set by Tiger Woods and Barack Obama, it does indicate that a multiracial self-identity needn’t bar one’s path to success.
(From Very Short List.com)
Thursday, March 5, 2009Going Long on Solutions
This blog has been long on problems and short on solutions. The problems are huge and overwhelming. Nevertheless we stand on the threshold of a new age and it is fascinating to see how we will get there.
This gentle article contains many nuggets in it that I think you will resonate with. Please read an enjoy.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009On the Mark
Short post today with two excerpts that succinctly express my current thoughts and sum up this blog. I'll be expanding on these themes when I get some time. I want to do a big post on the big picture using the game of Go as a metaphor.
MOMENT OF PEACE
Can we have inner peace and connection with our hidden treasures and still maintain a balance of abundance in this physical world? Yes -- and it isn't always easy.
Even with all the hidden treasures becoming
available to you, in order for you to have material things, you may still have to go into the world, strive, and labor. The trick is to remember to keep going in and out.
That is the key: Go in and connect to that place where everything is full, content, and peaceful; then, with that joy, go out and share your loving
consideration, wisdom, and balance.
- John-Roger, Founder Institute for Individual and World Peace®
(From: Wealth & Higher Consciousness)
From Richard Russell of Dow Theory Letters:
Bear markets exist for the purpose of correcting the faults and scams and greed and inefficiencies that grew out of the preceding bull market. That's not what's happening in the US now. The losers and inept are being saved with massive infusions of cash. Bank presidents who allowed their banks to load up with fraudulent mortgages are given bonuses, corporations who couldn't learn to compete are being saved from bankruptcy, executives whose stocks are in the single digits are being rewarded and given outrageous golden parachutes or monster bonuses. Where's the accountability?
I just read where 92 tapes made by the CIA interrogating prisoners have "disappeared." Who gave the orders for those tapes to be destroyed? Who is the individual? Who is accountable? What's his name? Is anyone accountable for anything these days?
And what about the inept SEC which ignored report after report on Bernie Madoff's massive fraud? Was anyone at the SEC fired? Was anyone responsible at all? Where's the accountability?
Tuesday, March 3, 2009Health Class Begins
PTS's first ever class focused on health began tonight. It was facilitated by Mark Holmes, an oriental medical doctor, and myself. We also had Philip Barr an internist and heart and integrative medicine specialist with us, overseeing things.
Mark and I had designed the class 3 years ago so it was a great pleasure to see it finally approved by J-R and come to fruition. We had 80 people in the room. It is an 8 week class and I will try to get it online by the end of the year.
Meanwhile, enjoy this blockbuster quote from the class:
When the conscious self asserts its will it is really quite powerful. But in a showdown of willpower with the basic self, nine times out of ten, the basic will win. But when it comes to using the imagination, nine times out of ten, the conscious self will win, because the basic can only accept what the consciousness places in it. So if you maintain a positive image of completion, the basic self will accept it and work with it. If you place an image forward, the basic sees it and goes to work to make it come about; it asserts energy into those levels to bring it about.
(From Dynamics of the Lower Self by John-Roger, DSS)
Monday, March 2, 2009Changing Times
It is no longer enough to be smart -- all the technological tools in the world add meaning and value only if they enhance our core values, the deepest part of our heart. Acquiring knowledge is no guarantee of practical, useful application. Wisdom implies a mature integration of appropriate knowledge, a seasoned ability to filter the inessential from the essential.
--Doc Childre and Bruce Crye
In case you missed it, I loved this comment on the site from Nathalie:
As I used to have the habit of spending too much money JR once told me in a reading that before I spent anything to ask the question, "How will this increase my spiritual awareness?"
I spent much less after that comment.
More madness. From Joe Nocera of the New York Times:
The federal government is also likely to announce — yet again! — a new plan to save A.I.G., the third since September. So far the government has thrown $150 billion at the company, in loans, investments and equity injections, to keep it afloat.
A.I.G. is going to cost taxpayers at least $100 billion more before it finally stabilizes, by which time the company will almost surely have been broken into pieces, with the government owning large chunks of it.
A quarter of a trillion dollars, if it comes to that, is an astounding amount of money to hand over to one company to prevent it from going bust. Yet the government feels it has no choice: because of A.I.G.’s dubious business practices during the housing bubble it pretty much has the world’s financial system by the throat.
Other firms used many of the same shady techniques as A.I.G., but none did them on such a broad scale and with such utter recklessness. And yet — and this is the part that should make your blood boil — the company is being kept alive precisely because it behaved so badly.
I was fascinated by this post from Seth Godin. Talk about a sign of the times! This couldn’t have happened even 5 years ago.
A friend advertised on Craigslist for a housekeeper.
Three interesting resumes came to the top. She googled each person's name.
The first search turned up a MySpace page. There was a picture of the applicant, drinking beer from a funnel. Under hobbies, the first entry was, "binge drinking."
The second search turned up a personal blog (a good one, actually). The most recent entry said something like, "I am applying for some menial jobs that are below me, and I'm annoyed by it. I'll certainly quit the minute I sell a few paintings."
And the third? There were only six matches, and the sixth was from the local police department, indicating that the applicant had been arrested for shoplifting two years earlier.
Three for three.
Google never forgets.
Of course, you don't have to be a drunk, a thief or a bitter failure for this to backfire. Everything you do now ends up in your permanent record. The best plan is to overload Google with a long tail of good stuff and to always act as if you're on Candid Camera, because you are.
Sunday, March 1, 2009Happy as a Lover
I've lots of things to say that I will cover during the week. We are indeed living in a fascinating, historic era. For now, relax and enjoy these quotes.
But who, if he be called upon to face
Some awful moment to which Heaven has joined
Great issues, good or bad for humankind,
Is happy as a lover.
Anyone can play the game.
As a matter of fact, almost everyone plays the game except the man of understanding.
He goes through the routine with you and laughs and has a good time, and you can't understand why he's not serious about this.
It's because he understands that there is nothing to be serious about, because the whole divine action of God is entirely present.
And so this man of understanding is accused of being everything but understanding.
(From The Tao of Spirit by John-Roger, DSS)