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IN THIS ISSUE:
1) YOU AND THE UNIVERSE
2) DEEPAK CHOPRA'S SECRETS OF MEDITATION
3) ANTY AGING LIFESTYLE
“Natural Forces Within Us Are The True Healers” ~ Hippocrates
1) YOU AND THE UNIVERSE
By Joan Parisi Wilcox
Who among us hasn’t grappled with the question of free will versus fate? Can we really have what we want, as the so-called Law of Attraction suggests? If so, then a lot of us are asking, as an old American commercial advertisement once did, “Where’s the beef?” whatever the “beef” is for us individually—true love, radiant health, financial security, world peace. . . .
The majority of conventional scientists and skeptics shake their heads, dismissing the question as metaphysical talk or writing books about scientific illiteracy, bemoaning how superstitious the public has become in the face of the deep uncertainties and chaos of the twenty-first century. However, a growing number of scientists are taking the question of free will versus fate (indeterminism versus determinism) seriously. And even more are willing to finally allow consciousness into the discussion of what the nature of the universe is and what impact consciousness may have on reality (meaning the manifest world of matter).
So I’d like to mull over selected aspects of the debate about the Law of Attraction. In the process, I hope to encourage your own deeper thinking about how the worlds of science, psychology and spirit might intersect and affect your relationship to the universe. Let’s agree upfront that there is plenty of room for debate—this is all speculation, since we don’t know what the ultimate nature of the universe is. However, it doesn’t appear to be a great machine. It appears to be more like a great mind or an interactive web of relationships. We humans may be primary movers and shakers via the influence of our consciousness. So let’s take a look at a few aspects of the Law of Attraction and sort out what may be at play behind these “secrets” of a possibly participatory universe.
What Is the Law of Attraction?
Most of the champions of the popular understanding of the Law of Attraction espouse some or all of the beliefs listed below, which is a compilation that is representative, not exhaustive, of their beliefs and claims.
• The universe is inherently conscious or has some form of responsive information-field activity.
• Human consciousness is a field of information and energy that can resonate with the universal field and so affect it.
• Like attracts like. What we attract to us is determined by the conscious and unconscious thoughts and intentions that we broadcast to the universe, matching resonance pattern with resonance pattern.
• Shift your focused awareness, and you shift what you manifest.
• Anything is possible and everything is available. The only limits are those you place upon yourself.
• Feelings and emotions increase the “magnetic” pull of attraction, so the more negative you feel, the more negativity you draw into your life; conversely, the happier and more optimistic you are, the more positive will be your manifestations.
• Putting action behind your intentions intensifies the attraction and the speed at which manifestation may occur.
• Those occurrences you label as “bad” or even “tragic” may actually be blessings in disguise and can be opportunities if you choose to see them that way. At the very least, you are responsible for how you react to whatever happens to you or around you.
• There are no accidents. Nothing is truly random.
I’ve barely scratched the surface of some of the “rules” of the Law of Attraction, but you get the picture.
The troublesome aspect of the Law of Attraction is how often it appears to fail. The world is full of disease, poverty, war, natural disasters, crime, and a whole lot of other things we all claim we don’t want. So why are they such a pervasive aspect of human reality? Of course, that question is one of the perennial questions, and many wise men and women have had a lot to say about it, so I won’t go into this here. However, there are some more manageable aspects of the “appears not to work” problem that are worth looking at briefly, if only to extend our thinking about what may underlie the ancient belief that “we are not in the world, the world is in us.”
Digging Deeper into the Law of Attraction
Let’s look at three aspects of the Law of Attraction in particular. I’ll start with the less weighty question: Is it enough to simply want something? This question grows out of the bullet point (left) that says anything is possible and everything is available, and only we set the limits of what we get. This is where psychology comes into play. If there is one aspect of human psychology that gets short shrift in the Law of Attraction literature it is that you might not even know what you really want!
The fact is that most of us are run by our subconscious programs, and until we align our deepest subconscious beliefs with our conscious desires, we won’t be sending harmonious messages out to the universe. In any conflict between your subconscious and conscious minds, you can be sure that your subconscious will win. That’s why we don’t stay on our diets, forgive those who have hurt us, easily overcome dysfunctional family patterns, heal ourselves from disease, et cetera.
Programs such as PSYCH-K, the Belief-Change Process, neurolinguistic programming and others all help us assess our subconscious beliefs and shift them. Until we merge our “two minds” to create one harmonious resonance pattern, we can’t really expect much pay off from all our positive affirmations, focused intentions, prayers and the like.
In addition to directing your attention and asking for what you want, a second consideration is that you also have to believe that what you are asking for is available and then accept it when it arrives. It’s amazing how many of us think we want something and then when we can have it, we reject it. This schism too is attributable to a misalignment between our conscious and subconscious programming.
Let me provide a personal example. There was a time when I was “asking the universe” for a way to get to Peru to conduct interviews for a book. I didn’t have the money for the expensive plane ticket. A friend heard about my desire, called me and offered her frequent flyer miles. I immediately said "Thank you very much, that is so kind of you, but I couldn’t possibly". . .
I was robotically playing out an old family pattern of not imposing on others, of not taking too much, of having to do it myself. However, within moments of hanging up the phone, I was able to muster the self-awareness to recognise my subconsciously controlled rote response. I quickly called my friend back and said, “Thank you so much. Let’s book the flight for Friday.” You probably have a story like this of your own. The point is that if we don’t get what we want, sometimes the universe is not at fault. There’s the asking and then there’s the receiving, and they are two very different psychological states of mind.
A third aspect the Law of Attraction, and perhaps one of the most controversial, is the idea that there are no accidents and nothing is random. This belief is troublesome especially in healing because it infers that we cause our diseases and misfortunes ourselves, and if we don’t heal ourselves, it’s our failure. Also inferred in this aspect of the Law of Attraction is the idea that we each have a destiny—that there is a plan for each of our lives. In some respects these two aspects of the Law of Attraction are yoked—you can’t have one without the other. In other respects, they are contradictory. So what gives? This is a huge topic, so we’ll take only a cursory look at how we might resolve the contradiction.
Despite what many reporters of near-death experiences tell us, and what many gurus, saints and shamans have espoused about each of us having an individual life plan that we are here in the physical to remember and follow, the universal plan may have a few kinks in it. The universal plan, if there is one, appears to make room for an infinite number of contingencies, which is tantamount to saying that there really is nothing called “fate.” To be fair, there are a lot of nuances in how people talk about free will versus fate (indeterminism versus determinism). Fate, or pure determinism, is classical Newtonian science. If we knew the initial state of every particle in the universe, we would be able to know with precision the unfolding story of the universe, down to the smallest detail in the plot line.
Inherent in quantum mechanics, however, is the Heisenberg Uncertainty principle, which says that probability is inherent in the universe. At the level of the vacuum or zero-point field, virtual particles pop in and out of existence for stunningly brief periods of time and entirely at random. This activity creates a frothy, teeming field of energy and information that is the deepest, most fundamental nature of the universe.
So, according this interpretation of quantum mechanics, probability, which we can call randomness for the sake of convenience, is a rule of the cosmic game, especially if the universe is really an enormous holographic information field, as many physicists have come to think. So there are accidents (probability, randomness) in nature. And there are many good reasons why we want randomness to be a characteristic of the universe. Not the least of those reasons is that randomness allows for creativity. Creativity arises from novelty, which you can’t have without at least a little bit of randomness. Since using free will is nothing if not a creative act, it follows that randomness also allows for free will, which most of us believe we have and wouldn’t want to give up.
That said, I am aware of the chess analogy that is often used to explain how both fate and randomness might be at play in the universe and our lives. It goes something like this: In the game of chess, the end point or goal is always check mate. But there are an infinite number of moves that can get you there. This analogy basically says, “There’s a general plan for your life, but how you carry it out in all its detail is up to you.” Or “The universe is teleological, but exactly how it will get where it’s going is anyone’s guess.” There’s a lot of wiggle room in such a belief. Yet, the bottom line is that you can’t have free will without randomness or probability as an inherent aspect of nature and life, and along with it comes “accidents,” which are beyond our control no matter how focused our awareness or intention.
When it comes to health, especially mind-body medicine, accident versus accountability is a hot topic. Can we heighten our self-healing capabilities using our mind? Are the diseases we get partly determined by our emotions, thoughts and beliefs? Or is our health profile determined only by our genes? It turns out that “bad genes” factor into only about five to ten percent of cases of the diseases that kill most of us, such as heart disease and cancer, so something other than pure genetic determinism appears to be at work. Each of our 23,500 genes can make tens of thousands of proteins—and proteins are the workhorses of the body—although the average is about five different proteins. Still, that level of malleability in gene expression leaves a lot of room for variability. The new biology, especially epigenetics, is telling us that our environment directly influences the expression of our genes. Our thoughts, as part of our internal environment, may do so as well. Our lifestyles, emotional states, relationships, social networks, and other such “soft factors” also play major roles in determining the state of our health. So our mind may indeed have a direct impact on our health.
That said, the body is an intricate dynamic entity, as mesmerising in its complexity as the universe. Correlations are difficult to determine, never mind causes and effects. So, even as I use my mind to maintain good health and “intend” what I want in life, I try to remember that randomness and probability are essential features of nature when I hear of a child or a Buddhist master dying of cancer, a friend killed in a car accident, or a tsunami wiping out dozens of coastal villages. .
The Vast, Interconnected Universe
Scientists and philosophers alike say that revealed truth is beautiful and simple, especially in the mathematical expression of the laws of the nature. But to me, there’s not much that is simple about the Law of Attraction. We each are sending out personal resonance patterns (the information and energy resonances of our thoughts, intentions, etc.) to which the universe can respond, yet we are relational creatures, so our individual lives are not really so individual. We are enmeshed in a web of relationships with other conscious beings, each of whom is sending out his or her own resonance patterns, some of which strengthen our own patterns and some of which dampen them. Our collective global reality is even more complex, with a mind-boggling number of messages being broadcast. It is a given then that when you intend something, what you get back might not look like what you think it should. It’s sort of like when you mix blue paint and yellow paint. You don’t get a pot of paint with merged but distinct blue and yellow areas. You get green paint.
Still, for all its apparent complexity and acknowledging all the unknowns surrounding the nature of the universe and the Law of Attraction, I choose to favour the notion of a participatory universe - and not only for personal reasons. Frontier science suggests as much. The newest research across the board - from genetics to neurophysiology to psychology to the paranormal to physics - suggests that our minds may influence matter in ways we once never thought possible. Mind affecting matter may be a lot more complex an interaction than the popular champions of the Law of Attract admit, but at the very least, as a worldview, believing in a participatory universe - of which the Law of Attraction is a part - helps us to heighten our sense of self while also acknowledging that we are part of a grand web of being. It asks that we take greater responsibility for the condition of our own lives and the state of the world. It helps us ask the right kind of questions about where we are and where we are headed, and to find a personal stake in the unfolding of our collective future. As German writer Johann Goethe once penned, “Let everyone sweep in front of his own door and the whole world will be clean.” Digging deeper into the nuances of the Law of Attraction may be an effective way for millions of us to clean our inner and outer houses, and so make a positive impact on the unfolding of our lives and perhaps even the evolution of the universe.
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3) ANTY -AGING LIFESTYLE
By Dr. Mercola
Of all the healthy lifestyle strategies I know of that can have a significant impact on your longevity, normalizing your insulin and leptin levels is probably the most important. There is no question that this is an absolute necessity if you want to slow down your aging process, and that means modifying your diet to avoid excessive amounts of fructose, grains, and other pro-inflammatory ingredients like trans fats.
That said, longevity is the result of an overall healthy lifestyle, so in addition to curbing your carb intake and exercising, which I already discussed above, these additional strategies can further help you stay young and vibrant, longer:
Learn how to effectively cope with stress – Stress has a direct impact on inflammation, which in turn underlies many of the chronic diseases that kill people prematurely every day, so developing effective coping mechanisms is a major longevity-promoting factor.
Meditation, prayer, physical activity and exercise are all viable options that can help you maintain emotional and mental equilibrium. I also strongly believe in using energy psychology tools such as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) to address deeper, oftentimes hidden emotional problems.
Eat a healthy diet based on your nutritional type – a nutrition plan, based on natural whole foods, is your first step toward increasing your chances of living a longer, healthier life. This is so important, I now offer the full nutritional typing program for FREE.
Optimize Your Vitamin D Levels to between 60 and 70 ng/ml.
Animal based omega-3 fats – Correcting the ratio of omega-3 to healthful omega-6 fats is a strong factor in helping people live longer. This typically means increasing your intake of animal based omega-3 fats, such as krill oil, while decreasing your intake of damaged omega-6 fats (think trans fats).
Get your antioxidants from foods –Good sources include blueberries, cranberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, cherries, beans, and artichokes.
Get your resveratrol naturally – Because resveratrol appears to be so effective at warding off many diseases associated with aging, it is often referred to as a “fountain of youth” that can extend lifespan. Good sources of naturally-occurring resveratrol include whole grape skins and seeds, raspberries and mulberries.
Use coconut oil – Another excellent anti-aging food is coconut oil, known to reduce your risk of heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease, and lower your cholesterol, among other things.
Naturally increase your glutathione levels with high quality whey protein – Another exciting anti-aging discovery is related to the process of slowing down telomere shortening, There’s some evidence that this can be done nutritionally, by consuming high quality whey protein.
Avoid as many chemicals, toxins, and pollutants as possible – This includes tossing out your toxic household cleaners, soaps, personal hygiene products, air fresheners, bug sprays, lawn pesticides, and insecticides, just to name a few, and replacing them with non-toxic alternatives.
Avoid pharmaceutical drugs – Pharmaceutical drugs kill thousands of people prematurely every year – as an expected side effect of the action of the drug. And, if you adhere to a healthy lifestyle, you most likely will never need any of them in the first place.
Incorporating these healthy lifestyle guidelines will help set you squarely on the path to optimal health and give you the best shot at living a much longer life.
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