Thursday, February 23, 2017
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the Master calls a butterfly. – Rchard Bach, Illusions Imagine a fleck of a snowflake that had big plans for itself; it could be like all the other snowflakes, millions upon millions of them, but this one snowflake had a mind of its own; it told itself, “I cannot be like all the other snowflakes that do not question falling from the sky like all the other snowflakes that have preceded me in years past. My ancestor snowflakes didn’t even question, in the first place, why they were snowflakes instead of sturdy trees; they never asked why they cover the ground only in winter, or what is to become of them as each melts and is no more, when the temperature rises above freezing. There has to be more to my life than a brief appearance here and being fated to melt out of existence, which was true of all my ancestors whose immense contributions to winters past are forgotten.” Of course, the little snowflake didn’t know, as yet, there were numerous ways for it to exist. As water, as ice, as steam, as pure energy, but it would learn these things if it had enough time to think on them before the approaching spring thaw. While it pondered the ancient wisdom within itself, the little snowflake suddenly felt illuminated; it saw all; it understood mysteries that the other snowflakes were not interested in contemplating. When the little snowflake tried to explain to its fellow snowflakes what their purpose was and why they were made snowflakes instead of trees, clouds, flowers, mountains, or other phenomena, they stopped having anything to do with the little snowflake and soon it found itself without friends; it had embarked upon a journey that left it extremely sad because in desiring companionship and friends it found it had none. This was a hard lesson for the little snowflake to learn: that the spiritual journey is a often an extremely lonely one. Plus, there was no audience for its ideas which the little snowflake had to keep to itself. Imagine that we are not talking about a snowflake so much as ideas; one idea that simply doesn’t fit in with the crowd of other ideas pushing and jostling for space within the well-lit billboards in our mind, each of them clamoring, “Me! Me! Notice me!” Ideas are like commercial real estate developers buying up every piece, parcel, and tract of land in our mind to build shopping malls and developments named after themselves. One renegade idea, however, can change the world and such has been the story of our history since man’s footprint was planted on the sands of time. Every great invention we take for granted, all the comforts and conveniences we use without giving much though to, was originally an idea in someone’s mind, an idea, like the little snowflake, that yearned for expression and finally found it in the mind of the right person who opened the doors to the cage in which it was imprisoned and let it fly freely into what became a new era of rapid technological change. Here in 2017 we’re on the cusp of the cusp of that happening again in the form of incredible advances the founders of America could never, over several hundreds of years ago, have envisioned. Imagine a Colonial America with people busy and scurrying about from place to place with cell phones held to their heads. The last time I was in the grocery store, I’d be unable to tell you the number of shoppers who were on cell phones talking to someone they knew, who was not in the store, about different types of cereals, soups, toothpaste, and shampoos they were looking at and reading their ingredients to the person they called. One idea – just one – can change the world. Think of how many candles were burned for hundreds of years before Thomas Edison succeeded, after thousands of tries, in finding the right filament for a bulb that lit up and brought light into the night when going to bed early was a way of life. The dark ages were over; a new era was dawning, thanks to this one simple invention that poked holes of light into the darkness of nights that began quite early. In this book we’re going to look at some of my favorite idea snowflakes that didn’t melt during the spring thaw, but idea snowflakes that endured the test of time. These will be ideas that influenced me and, who knows, maybe that was their intention, possible only if we entertain the idea that ideas are alive and aware; if they were not, then ideas would be dead and have no impact on our brain or nervous systems; nor would they activate adrenalin responses, good and bad, if in them there was no life-force. What if, in their own universe, which we cannot enter or know as they do, ideas are alive and aware, just as we are alive in our own unique way. There may be different forms of aliveness, as well as a kaleidoscope of ideas waiting for an opportunity to flex their muscles, our ideas here on planet earth being only a pale imitation of the best signals emitted by numerous information channels, only a few of which our inner antennas were able to subscribe to and pull in. CHAPTER 1:
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
How powerful are the healing words of an awakened imagination? Speak only what you want into your existence because your faith, expressed through your words, is your fortune. "What's he saying?" you may wonder. "Make it practical, so I can go out and start applying a few things for the better life I want." Let me tell you the story of how Emile Coue helped thousands of ill people throughout Europe who came to his small home in Nancy, France in the 1920's. You might call his form of healing voice activated healing -- installing new programs of health and prosperity in his patients' minds and the testimonials I've read were astonishing. /p How did he obtain such remarkable results? The same way you can. This isn't just a story about Emile Coue, it's your story. Read on and discover for yourself what I mean about the power of living life from our awakened imagination. Emile Coue’ was born February 26, 1867 in Troyes, in the Aube, France. He became a chemist, learned hypnosis through a correspondence course, but became best known as the father of the phrase, “Day by day, in every way, I’m getting better and better.” In 1896 having enough money to live upon, together with his wife’s property, Coue’ decided to retire from his pharmacy business. He studied many books of his day on mental cures and distilled the essence of what they were saying into a few brief formulas that almost, at first glance, seem too simple to work, but they do. In 1910 he moved with his wife to Nancy where he set up his clinic, often seeing 15,000 patients yearly. The cures he affected by the power of suggestion are amazing as numerous letters, still preserved, from appreciative patients reveal. The Coue’ material I used for this article was excerpted from The Essential Writings of Emile Coue’ which include his books How to Practice Suggestion and Autosuggestion (1923), Self Mastery Through Conscious Autosuggestion (1922), and My Method, Including American Impressions. I’ve also relied upon The Practice of Autosuggestion by the Method of Emile Coue’ and Emile Coue’s Nancy Practice by C. Harry Brooks. “You have in yourself the instrument of your cure,” Coue’ always told his patients. Coue’ toured America in 1922 and while experiencing some success, it was nothing on the scale he experienced in Europe. He was routinely attacked by the churches in America for his miracle cures. Coue’ died in 1926. During his life he helped many people get better, to function again. Even though his name is basically forgotten these days, I think you will find his system or method of autosuggestion is remarkable; interest in it, I believe, should be revived. How long should you say your affirmations to make Coue’s advice a reality in your life? In his words, ‘AS LONG AS YOU LIVE.” Prevention is much easier than treatment of illnesses once they’ve occurred. “The subconscious is a permanent, ultra-sensitive photographic plate which nothing escapes,” Coue’ wrote. “It registers all things, all thoughts, from the most insignificant to the most sublime. But it is more than that. It is the source of creation and inspiration; it is the mysterious power that germinates ideas and effects their materialization in the conscious form of action.” His famous mantra, “Day by day, in every way, I am getting better and better” (Tous les jours a’ tous points de vue je vais de mieux en mieux) is still popular today — although the method and structure underlying it is hardly known at all. My purpose, in writing this book, is to restore — as well as I am able to grasp it — Coue’s methodology for healing that helped so many throughout Europe who flocked to his small clinic in Nancy. The method is simple, it’s easy, and that’s why it appealed to me. Coue’ always encouraged his patients with the promise of improvement. He told one patient, “You have been sowing bad seed in your Unconscious; now you will sow good seed. The power by which you have produced these ill effects will, in the future, produce equally good ones.”>/p> To a woman who went on and on about her symptoms he said: “Madame, you think too much about your ailments, and in thinking of them you create fresh ones.” I liked the fact that Coue’ admitted the limits of the power of autosuggestion were not yet known and only in the rarest of cases did he not believe final recovery was possible. After about a forty minute examination, Coue’ would then apply one of his carefully worded formulas for specific ailments. According to Brooks: “The patients closed their eyes, and he proceeded in a low, monotonous voice, to evoke before their minds the states of health, mental and physical, they were seeking. As they listened to him their alertness ebbed away, they were lulled into a drowsy state, peopled only by the vivid images he called up before the eyes of the mind. The faint rustle of the trees, the songs of the birds, the low voices of those waiting in the garden, merged into a pleasant background, on which his words stood out powerfully.” This quote from C. Harry Brooks' book about Coue's clinic in Nancy, France. “These general suggestions were succeeded by particular suggestions referring to the special ailments from which Coue’s patients were suffering. “Taking each case in turn,” Brooks writes, “he allowed his hand to rest lightly on the heads of the sufferers, while picturing to their minds the health and vigour with which they would soon be endowed. Thus to a woman with an ulcerated leg he spoke as follows: ‘Henceforth your organism will do all that is necessary to restore your leg to perfect health. It will rapidly heal; the tissues will regain their tone; the skin will be soft and healthy. In a short space of time your leg will be vigorous and strong and will in the future always remain so.’ Each special complaint was thus treated with a few appropriate phrases. When he had finished, and the patients were called on to open their eyes, a faint sigh went round the room, as if they were awaking reluctantly from a delicious dream.” Coue’, truly, knew about — and worked with — the healing power of words!
What, pray tell, is Cosmic Therapeutics? Search the internet and you will not find much about it. Did Dr. Julia Seton, around 1923, only write about Cosmic Therapeutics once? It surely seems no one who followed in her wake picked up the mantle of Cosmic Therapeutics and ran with it. I have the original article she wrote. The sense I get is that Dr. Seton felt, if the healing power of Cosmic Therapeutics was understood, it would one day be routinely practiced by physicians and in hospitals across the globe. For whatever reason, it didn’t catch on, perhaps because medicine became more about medicines, prescriptions, and surgery and Cosmic Therapeutics, if it worked, wasn’t going to make medicine much or any money at all. Who knows, perhaps that’s why it never caught fire in the medical brain or medical schools. So, on this rainy night in Hot Springs, Arkansas, my house under a tent of night’s darkness, freshly brewed organic coffee to my left, let’s look at what Dr. Julia Seton felt would become part of the healing arsenal of the future in medical practice. The fact it never caught on doesn’t mean that Cosmic Therapeutics should be shelved. . “The greatest secret of the age,” Dr. Seton writes, “is the connection with and manipulation of the cosmic energy.” This sounds like something that inventor Nicola Tesla might have written, what with all his experiments with cosmic energy, leading to many of the inventions we enjoy today, including the computer. Cosmic energy, she points out, is a power that transcends sight and touch; it is invisible, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be used and our ability to use it is what excites Dr. Seton. After all, we don’t know what life is and we employ it every day! “Today we know that the great Cosmic currents in which the whole world lives and moves is…a vast undifferentiated sea of energy. This energy is acting always in the formless as electric currents; these currents are always waiting to be set in motion with any other current which corresponds with them in electrical reaction, either positive or negative.” Well, our words, thoughts, feelings, and intentions are either positive or negative, seldom neutral, and so perhaps she’s saying it is through these that we can tap these invisible and immense Cosmic Currents. I can’t prove this is what she meant, but thankfully I’m not in court being cross-examined about it as an expert witness. We, you and I, are localized [meaning wherever you are this moment where you are reading this you are localized there just as your body is localized on this planet] attracting centers. As attracting centers, what are we attracting and how are we attracting it? Curious minds want to know. In some rates of vibration these waves may become heat, cold, light, sound, just motion, and it was Marconi, who is given credit for inventing the telegraph, who showed that these vibrations may be produced and transmitted through the atmosphere; also, any mechanical instrument or human being registers vibrations in the very moment they are attuned to them. I suppose this is like tuning the dial on your radio to a specific station; one we have that station “on” and are listening, we are attuned to it. “…it is plain to see that man…standing as he does, a localized point in the ocean of formless vibrating ether, he becomes a specialized, attracting center and the lines which connect him with this ocean of energy are his own thoughts.” Ah, our thoughts are what we use to tune to certain frequencies and currents or waves of this great ocean of energy and that’s one way our thoughts, feelings, emotions, and moods determine how we experience our life here on this tiny planet we live on, which is part of the vast Milky Way. We don’t need to go into space; we are already ins space; the space suits we wear that enable us to survive in the Milky Way and on our planet are called bodies. We better take care of our space suit because each of us only gets one. “Where’s the part about healing?” you may be wondering. So was I, but she gets there; like a good writer, Dr. Seton gives us the atmosphere or backdrop against which her story of using these energies for our healing takes place. “There is a great universal intelligence [perhaps then, the universe is alive] and a remote finite expression of this intelligence [that’s us, since we’re making it personal, which means we’re making this about ourselves]; “Every cell of our physical body is intelligent [and alive] and capable of being instructed into their finer grades of expression,” Seton writes. In other words, we are capable of cell talk; talking to our cells and being understood by them. Now, what she says next is truly interesting and I’m taking note of it as I’m sure you are: “Whenever doubt, worry, anger and negative thoughts take possession of our field of consciousness (our everyday mind), we are creating these things for ourselves in the cosmic currents and they cannot refuse to register in form either in our body or in our environment.” In other words, much of the world we live in, and the way it is now, was thought into existence by us as well as our ancestors and our thoughts now are shaping its future, the world our grandchildren will live in, and so forth. “It can be seen that if year after year, we separate ourselves from the positive creative cosmic intelligence, and put up our images of personal limitation [which we all do way too often], the creative intelligence is joined to the weaker energy and cannot refuse to work out the conditions with which they are related.” A friend once told me, we don’t get in life what we want, we get what we subconsciously expect. As for the health of our cells, our negativity interferes with their operating the way they were intended to; we, by our thoughts, get in their way. “The…intelligence of our cells would just as readily work out the universal law of perfection if we only knew enough to intelligently direct them and not overpower them by our negative personal directions.” So, when a person says, “Just shoot me. Just kill me,” our cells are little ears listening in and we interfere with their perfect working; feed them junk, and it’s a thought to do that isn’t it?, and our cells struggle as best they can to keep us going without pain until one day there’s nothing left to do but let pain have its say. Pain is telling us there is something wrong and yet people want the pain to go away so they can go on doing exactly what caused it. So, we can direct our cells by talking to them; not that they don’t have an innate intelligence of their own, but they listen; we influence them every minute of the day and the funny thing is that even if we know we do influence them we keep on upsetting ourselves and them until being prescribed medication or told surgery is indicated. At least this is how I interpret what Dr. Seton was saying. Our bodies die; life goes on. Surely we could direct our thoughts better than we do, not just let them randomly run through a wash, spin, and dry cycle in our minds, unexamined and unquestioned year after year. You would think we’d occasionally check out of our TV shows and check into our thoughts to see what shows are running on the inner cable network called our mind. “If we find ourselves diseased, with pain,…we can speak to our physical cells as we would to a friend,” Dr. Seton says and connect them to the currents that bolster our Life Energy (see Dr. John Diamond’s book, Life Energy, which is so much more valuable than it’s price). We can, it seems, build an intelligent relationship with our cells by giving them the encouragement they need to work for us and toward our good health. “The very first truth that every sick life must know is that thoughts are things, and make themselves felt in form, and that in the great atmospheric energy, like attracts like. Our consciousness becomes for us the wireless stations which attract and register the universal messages, and each station [that’s us] attracts its own from whatever plane or state of consciousness it vibrates. I take this to mean that thoughts, positive or negative, each vibrate at a certain frequency and like birds of a feather flock together, they go out and find the conditions that are a match to what we’ve been sending out or saying. How are you feeling this very minute? Your answer is a thought you are sending out to a receiving station. Once you’re tuned to its place on the dial, you hear that station, even if you don’t like what you hear. If we undepress ourselves and send out life energy thoughts, it is life energy we get back. Dr. Seaton believed that when we call upon these Cosmic Currents, their source being an Absolute Mind, they are ever ready and waiting to respond to those who touch them, which in my mind, if this is true, would not make them impersonal energies with various grades of intelligence, but living entities. Here I leave it to you to fill in the blanks of what those living entities might be. This reminds me of those late night infomercials which say, “Call now! Operators standing by.” Seaton says that when we reach out to them in perfect faith with our deep of need, “calling to the deep of supply, and the doors of a thousand hidden chambers…open. If she is right, then this takes us beyond the realm of impersonal energies and into the realm of living spirits or entities. I may be wrong, but it’s my best guess as I write this. ” Seaton also asserts that “…we can reach out into the formless energy and create, direct and control these great universal currents so that they will have the power to rebuild another’s life.” I don’t know about control, but we can ask. Asking is easy if you realize that sometimes the answer is ‘No.’ I prefer ‘Yesses,’ don’t you? But I’ve learned to accept ‘No’ when that is the answer; or, as Dr. Robert Schuller once said, “God’s delays are not God’s denials,” and patience is necessary. So it’s Dr. Seton’s contention that we can use these cosmic currents for healing another at a distance, a subject dealt with – healing at a distance – in Dr. Larry Dossey’s book Reinventing Medicine. So, how do you give an absent healing treatment to someone hundreds or thoughts of miles away? “Concentrate your mind on the one you wish to heal, then build a mental vision of him [or her]…just as whole and perfect as if he was really radiant with health,” Dr. Seton writes. Make believe that he standing before you a perfect picture of physical [health]….Never forget to your perfect thought-patient with a divine light of….radiance.” Then, she says, “leave them to God, the great universal intelligence….He will finish what you have begun.” This vision held daily, intensified by belief, she says, will be accepted at a deeper level of their being by the patient, though he or she be thousands of miles away. Look up non-local reality prayer for what can be instantaneously felt by a patient once an intention for their health and healing has gone out to them. I’ll write about non-local healing in another post, but Dr. Larry Dossey’s book on Reinventing Medicine has good stories of long-distance healing worth taking time to read about. “It is written that in the Psychological Institute in France, Professor Prisbram asked a patient to think powerfully and concentrate upon a make-believe vision of a bottle – “he did, with his hand on a sensitive plate in a developing fluid, and slowly the picture of the bottle registered upon the plate. Just as this make-believe bottle registered upon the plate,” Dr. Seton says, “just so does the make-believe perfect flesh-body register in the cells of the old, and under the law of renewal of tissue, it is developed into form. This vision is the true self that is latent in every life.” The question arises, Dr. Seton says, of how often to treat an absent patient. She recommends “Three times daily and between these times forget them utterly….When you have done your…visualizing powerfully and perfectly, stop! The Universal Law will do the rest,” she claims. Send the patient vibrant life, she adds, and just as electrical current runs along a wire, just so will health via these cosmic currents she talks about flow from you to them and health will come, sometimes slowly, sometimes quickly. So that is Dr. Julia Seton’s Cosmic Therapeutics. We all have a role to play in our own health, including the will to live and something to live for which is of immense value in powering up our immune system to fight for us; who knows, we may be only one thought away from our healing. In closing, I recommend a reading or two of Claude Bristol’s classic, The Magic of Believing. Better to be a believer, to have hope, faith and confidence in one’s future, than to see it as a bleak treadmill to oblivion. Bristol adds a lot of cheer, when you read him, to the word cheerfulness which is what life ought to be abut, the kind of life in which an ancient teacher said, “I am come that you might have life and that you may have it more abundantly.” So, right here and now, what’s your response to this phrase: I have faith and confidence in my future; Answer quickly before you have a chance to think about it. What did you tell yourself? Was the answer you heard a learning experience for you? It surely was for me.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Fear of public speaking -- it's more widespread than we suspect. My daughter, in fact, was an A student in college whose last required class was public speaking. She was so anxious about facing an audience she called me to say, "I may have to drop out of college; I just can't do this dad. Public speaking makes me physically ill. I spent hours on the telephone with her over several months helping her overcome these fears, as best I could, and toward the end of the semester she called to say, "Dad, I gave my last speech today and everybody told me, including my instructor, what a good job I did. You know what?" "What?" I asked. "I love talking about nutrition," which is what her final speech was about -- eating to be healthy rather than putting "packing material" into your stomach. Fear of public speaking? Gone. It was as if, she said, this fear had never existed. This incident is still as real in my mind as it was the day I saw it happen when I was a eleventh grader. Public speaking class. We were to give a three to five minute speech about ourselves. They were OK, nothing to get excited about, and then Byron R.'s turn came. Since that April spring day I've heard many speeches, but I've never seen anyone as nervous as Byron, which was surprising to all of us because he was one of the school tough guys, or so we thought. By the time Byron finished, he had literally torn off strip after strip of the notes he'd brought to the front of the class and eaten it strip by strip. By the time he finished his speech his digestive tract was busy digesting the paper he'd written on. Of course with each strip he'd torn, wadded up, placed in his mouth and swallowed, Byron became more flustered because he was trying to do was read his speech and, of course, the words were disappearing and he ended up, at the end, with nothing to read from. I'm sorry to say none of us were able to contain our laughter although to see the school tough guy go through the agonies of delivering "a few words" about himself were, frankly, satisfying. He didn't seem like such a tough guy by the time he fidgeted back to his seat. On another occasion a few years later I was a member of a public speaking club that met weekly. We used up a lot of time that night discussing our annual party for spouses and friends we wanted to invite. The discussion finally came down to what beverages would be served. Coffee, of course, was on the agenda and why it took over a half hour merely to discuss coffee I'm about to tell you because what happened is another of those unforgettable images etched in my mind thanks to Mr. O. For nearly fifteen minutes he gave an impassioned speech about why we needed to rent special coffee urinals, instead of urns, and yes our budget was tight, but he felt so strongly that we needed to splurge and rent coffee urinals that well, we were laughing so hard, we let him go on and on about coffee urinals longer than decorum should have permitted. My ribs ached for a week and we're lucky no one laughed so hard an emergency vehicle had to be called to cart them off to the emergency room of the nearby local hospital. You've probably heard this many times but why not take up several lines saying it again? A number of studies have shown that some people fear public speaking more than death, a fact I sincerely doubt, but that's what the studies say. Do you think the dead feel that way about public speaking when they're contacted by a relative on some psychic's radio or television show and have to answer questions albeit inside the psychic's head in front of a live national audience? My college speech professor, Mr. Plache, used to talk to us about what he called "the awkward phase of change." What's not easy in the beginning probably isn't supposed to be because, just like learning to ride a bicycle or drive a car, you have to go through the "awkward phase of change" before the activity becomes second nature and you become an old pro at it. What helped me shake my nervousness was a statement made by Dale Carnegie to the effect that, in the old days, when messages were delivered by telegrams, people who received the telegram were far more interested in the MESSAGE than they were the guy who delivered it. In other words, get your mind off yourself and onto your message, he indicated, and you will see giving a speech isn't about you. Speaking about you, however, I can tell you that as your audience we want you to succeed. Those frightfully embarrassing moments when you're shaking, your face is flushed, you don't know what to do with your hands, you're fidgeting, we are having a difficult time watching you suffer. You have, in effect, distracted us from what you have to say and made the speech more about yourself, and that always makes an audience feel uneasy.