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Just received a Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

very-inspiring-awardJust received a Very Inspiring Blogger Award, thanks to The Hunt FOR Truth.

This is a wonderful thing. Sometimes I get discouraged with the site. Recognition like this makes me realize that it’s not all in vain… » Read full story in EP NEWS!


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The Science Of Meditation

TRANSCENDENT MEDITATION: This term for describing a type of meditation, became very popular in the 1960’s onwards and rightly attributed to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of the Transcendental Meditation Movement. Unfortunately, whenever new knowledge is presented to the public…or in this case, very old revived knowledge, it comes through the interpretation of the Media. As a result, the Media then re-manufacture and relay that information to the Public in their understanding…and in this case, misunderstanding.

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Note: As is the way of the Media to generate news and capture the attention of the public, all sorts of weird make-it-up as you go along stories began to circulate about the Maharishi’s activity…including being labeled a sexual deviant and dirty old man. In that climate of commercial media mischief making & misinformation, credibility becomes lost and so does the original information. This Article, is an attempt to restore that original information and set the ‘got it wrong’ media interpretation straight in the process…maybe. Because as previously stated, the mind will only understand what it wants to understand. That may well sound a dismissive statement…nevertheless, it can be at the heart of instant denial in the complex mind. `

The phrase ‘a type of meditation’ in the opening paragraph, is the key to unraveling why the writer has chosen to temporarily call Transcendent Meditation, Correct Meditation. Because there are as many types of meditation practices, as there are those teaching meditation practices in society. But, there is only one type of meditation, that automatically transcends the thought process in its simple practice. The word Correct, is to indicate that fact.

Note: Yes, all meditation practices have their value in a physical sense, but unless they transcend the thought process, the product of Absolute Consciousness will not be cultivated in the human physiology effortlessly. The word effortlessly, indicates that other than setting the process in motion with a specific thought, nothing else is required of the mind. Therefore practices of contemplation, thought control, mind control, senses control…or any other control, mood making, physical posturing, thinking positively, thinking about nothing etc, are not part of this specific meditation practice. They may have their purpose and function, but not in the twice daily short practice of Transcendent Meditation and its simple technique.

The ancient knowledge & practice of Transcendent Meditation, arose out of the need for those highly active in society and its functions, to be able to evolve their spiritual evolution without having to reject the world and become a recluse. That type of secluded life, is meant for those who are born with more abstract & spiritual consciousness in their physiology than most. Monks & Nuns come into this category on the ladder of human evolution. When they are active in the world, they naturally live selfless lives devoted to the needs of others, that reflects that high point of evolution they have reached.

Note: But, if we are not born with that quality of consciousness, then following that quiet way of life & devotion will impede the evolution of that individual. As well as causing the individual to behave strangely and at odds with others in society and adopt an unreal impractical attitude to life. Because life is incredibly dynamic & creative, we only have to observe Nature in all its ceaseless activity to arrive at that conclusion. Yet, underwriting that ceaseless physical & spiritual activity, is the abstract silent inactivity that we have called Absolute Consciousness…the source of Creation and everything in it.

In can be said, at this point in the spiritual evolution of our species, most are born with more physical consciousness than spiritual or abstract consciousness. In that obvious fact, most are born to be dynamic, creative & highly active in the world. In that born equation, we are a product of the physical primordial creativity of Nature and all its dynamic physical & spiritual laws processing our dual physical & spiritual evolution. Unless we are born with a different equation of consciousness than that, we must not obstruct the physical path of primordial Nature structuring our personal evolution. If we do, our personal evolution becomes obstructed unnaturally, therefore we become at odds with Nature and unnatural in the process.

Being dynamic, creative and active, should lead to a full life and natural happiness in that normal equation of physical consciousness. Yet for many, this does not eventuate…and, there are many reasons for this that can take a lifetime to sort out and for most, never become sorted out. Because once we become at logger heads with primordial Nature, things just go from bad to worse with our evolution through life…and, we become very unhappy & miserable because of it. Even if we try hard not to be and use every distraction in the material product factory to alleviate the problem.

Note: Because the big problem and many other life acquired mind problems, cannot be solved physically…and definitely not by thinking about it. We have to come out of the physical process of thinking and transcend the thought process, to acquire the abstract tool that will eventually solve the problems…without us being involved in its process. That tool, is called Abstract Absolute Consciousness and that, is what is cultivated into the human physiology out of the Correct process of Transcendent Meditation. That fact alone, sets it apart from all other meditation practices that have come out of that timeless original one, but lost the original source in the process.

Q: Where does Religion come into the equation of meditation?

A: It does not. Only if we want it to be included.

Explanation: Religion is a human created ideology. It has been created by human beings, just like all the other ideologies that have been created & lived down through the history of civilizations. Creating an ideology to live out of, is a natural function of our unique human creativity & intelligence. It is prompted from the need (instinct) to survive socially and create order out of chaos in the highly social function of our species. By agreeing in society, to follow a human created idea of a shared understanding and then, putting it into practice by living it, following it, teaching our children about and often, mistakenly worshiping it…and those at the head of it. The very fact that ideology is human created, means it is naturally & potentially dissolvable…just like human beings in fact. Along with everything else that is composed of physical matter & energy in Creation. Yet, physical matter & energy is only a third of the story of Creation. We are dealing with the other two invisible thirds of this Universe in the Science Of Meditation.

The point to be made: So if all human created ideology is dissolvable & potentially changeable, it does not make sense to worship it and become lost in it, infatuated with it, obsessed with it and deluded by it. Yet we do…and what is worse, we are willing to exploit others, to brainwash others and even kill others, to further our specific ideology and reinforce its reality in the world. How crazy is that to many others, that do not agree to following its ideology and created reality. Mainly, because they are already living another human created ideology and its reality that they are happy with.

Q: How to solve the above never ending human created problem?

A: Find an ideology that is not dissolvable, that is neutral to all other human created dissolvable ideologies…yet supports them all. Then, all agree to practice that universal ideology and respect its necessary primal function to create order out of chaos in human society. With the necessary survival proviso, that any other individual ideology we are living, does no harm to society, to other ideologies and above all, this shared planet & Nature.

Note: Because at the moment, many of the dissolvable ideologies we are living, do not support that proviso in any shape or form. Yet, if we put into practice that universal shared ideology of Correct Meditation, it will be found that many of the existing lived ideologies not in sync with that proviso, will gradually & automatically adjust their ideology over time, to accommodate that proviso without enforcing it. That yet to be proved phenomenon, in its Nature driven process & function, can be called the law of ‘universality in the midst of diversity’ unfolding in society. Abbreviated to ‘universality in diversity’ or the Law of UID for simplicity of expression.

Clarification: The above may well sound to good to be true, but unless we put this universal ideology into practice in society…we can never prove it. So how does Science prove its theories, so that they become fact & proven & acceptable in society. They put their theories into practice, collate the results and come up with the facts. If the facts match the theory, they quite rightly say, it has been proven to be true. So in logic, unless we apply this scientific method to test this theory of ‘universality in the midst of diversity’, we are going against the principle creed of Science to explore the unexplored & make it known & proved.

That brings us to understand the official need, to create a new science discipline in the curriculum of Universities, to teach & administer and collate the unfolding knowledge of the Science of Meditation. That includes a much deeper scientific understanding of the quantum function of the Laws of Nature to process life & evolution. If we implement in society, all what has been suggested, then the theory of ‘universality in the midst of diversity’ will be seen to happen in society…and more importantly, proven.

To sum up: It is not necessary for everyone in society, to understand the science of Correct Meditation or the theory of ‘universality in the midst of diversity’. Along with all the endless words necessary to explain its mechanics…only if they want to. Having said that, existing Science must understand them, by virtue of their exacting disciplines and status in society. Because they, are the rightful holders of all scientifically proven knowledge in society. In that great responsibility, it is right that society respects the proven findings of all their disciplines.

Postscript: It may seem presumptuous to many in society, to give meditation the title of a science in this article. Especially when it has not been established as a science by Science. Yet the word science, is not an exclusive title. Because the underlying meaning of the word science, is knowledge. This is new knowledge to the world and as such, is a new science to the world. If asked to justify the truth of this new knowledge to the world, the author can think of no more succinct a sentence, than to re-phrase a line from the American Constitution. Namely, I hold these truths to be self-evident to others out of the universal logic that underwrites their substance.

Kind regards to the reader from the author.

Footnote: If further clarification with unfamiliar words in the Article are required, it will be found on the About page @ www.alfsbootcampblog.com. The different writing styles & content found on this Web Site, is an attempt by the author to reach all ‘walks of life’ with its new information. There is no offence or disrespect to society as a whole intended in this attempt. But, as the Science of Meditation is a universal ideology, it must be presented & explained to every facet of society and its different levels of understanding. WJH.


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What is the New Age Movement

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By L.G. Fuller

What does New Age mean? What is new about a movement that applies ancient philosophical principles and ideals to their daily lives? Why do some people sound punitive when they refer to the new age movement?

New Age is term used to describe an organization of diverse groups that share an enthusiasm for the creation of a new era or ‘New Age’ or a modern day renaissance. The arrival of the New Age will is believed to initiate the elevation of current collective consciousness. This elevation of collective levels of  consciousness will be initiated through the facilitation of: personal development, spiritual transformation, healing, and growth.

New Age groups are often distinguished by their nontraditional practices and beliefs. Members of the New Age movement believe in various natural healing practices and traditional medicines including acupuncture, herbal therapy, and spiritual healing. There is no standard doctrine within the New Age Movement but many of their teachings focus on individual autonomy, relativism, and spiritualism.

New Age ideas have many different origins from a variety of places, but most of them can be traced to Eastern religious traditions such as Hinduism and Buddhism. The only thing that is new is the modern applications to ancient wisdom. New Age Movement is very broad term and can refer to anything from psychic reading, yoga, shamanism, meditation, aromatherapy and many other occult beliefs and rituals. A majority of these practices have only recently become widely accepted in Western Culture, therefore, education and credentialing is not always legitimate or even necessary.

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Psychic reader booth at the Canadian National Exhibition midway August 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A life coach is not required to have any professional training or education before they can begin treating clients. There is an International Coaching Federation that accredits life coach certification programs also referred to as the ICF. Life coach certification is usually several hundred to several thousand dollars and can take anywhere from several days to several months to obtain certification.

Sadly, for that reason there are a lot of unethical people that take advantage of the lack of regulations so they can exploit those in need. Sadly, for that reason many people associate the New Age Movement with unscrupulous criminals and frauds. It is this gross generalization based on stereotypes and misinformation that creates a prejudice that causes resentment of a New Age movement, resulting in a punitive tone. People that are members of the New Age movement that work in some of these newly accepted professions are punished for the misinformation  and stereotypes that corrupt many people’s notions of what the term New Age actually refers to.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/new-age-articles/what-is-the-new-age-movement-6890444.html

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I am an NLP practitioner, author, speaker and personal development consultant. I founded Novum Prospectu Consulting LLC . We are a team of experts in varying fields that help clients find a new perspective to their challenges and achieve their goals. Feel free to visit  www.novumprospectu.com for more information.


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Different approaches of authors of spirituality books

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By Gian Kumar

Books on spiritual growth have a pronounced effect on the mind of readers. They tend to change the views and perception of people and thereby make them explore the meaning of several meaning that might have perplexed them in the past. Books on spiritual growth can be really easy to understand if the reader relates to the perception written by the author. However if people do not understand the ideas behind the writing then the spiritual journey becomes a farce. They should be in sync with the thoughts of the people or they might not enjoy the ideas explored by the author.

There are a number of ways an author can explore the subject of philosophy. The manner in which each author writes his experience or the experience of people around him can make you understand the world better. Let us understand the different approaches that an author undertakes for writing spirituality books in order to gain the essence of spirituality:

Biographical

The accounts of the author of spirituality books are given in a non fictional style of writing. Each event of his life and how they have shaped his thinking are portrayed in the paperback. He may relate to different things in life such as nature or his childhood. He may even take the example of his friends or family to make you understand the relevance of philosophy in your life. Each of us go through some type of trauma in their life and to overcome the fear of living one has to understand why death occurs. This biographical account is generally read by those people who want a very general idea about philosophy and existence.

Fictional and mythology

A lot of authors depict the life of Gods and concur to different religious texts in order to illustrate how they can teach us different aspects of life. Books on spiritual growth usually tend to refer to experiences of mythological gods in order to make people believe in the power of almighty. Inner peace however can only be attained when they have procured the sense to believe in the events relegated by the author. These events may or may not be true but they still make one understand the universal truth of life. Fictional accounts can sometimes help the readers get a deeper meaning of life and its complexities.

Fun and factual

Books on spiritual growth need not be dry and humorless. They can be fun and factual at the same time. People who take interest can connect with the author better when the stories make them happy and bring peace to their mind. Factual accounts have a tendency to create a long impact on the mind of readers and if there is a hint of humor then they do not have to observe complication with a heavy heart.

We can understand the mind of the author only if we connect to his ideas spiritually. He may not be able to relegate every subject matter according to your views but when you try to understand his concepts you may be able to feel his experience as if you were the one present at the scenario.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/spirituality-articles/different-approaches-of-authors-of-spirituality-books-6924088.html

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Gian Kumar is a well known writer. He has good experience of writing books. He has written many books on the topic of Spirituality books and Books on spiritual growth.

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Q/A – Religions and Schizophrenia

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One of several versions of the painting “The Scream”. The National Gallery, Oslo, Norway. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I do volunteer work at Allexperts.com. Sometimes I get kooky questions. Other times I get really boring questions. One time someone down in the States threatened me physically because s/he didn’t like my suggestion that s/he seek counseling. The threat only reinforced my impression that s/he could benefit from professional help.

Being a volunteer isn’t always easy. I disabled the ratings feature at Allexperts because I’m not doing it to be at the top of the heap, or anything like that. Instead, I find it’s a wonderful way to contribute.

Volunteering also keeps me on top of things. If anyone has ever tried to teach they’ll know that teaching is the best way to learn. People ask questions on all sorts of topics, some I’m only vaguely familiar with. But I’m usually confident enough in my research abilities to get to the heart of the matter and offer something of value.

After all, a lot of the ideas found in religion, mysticism, and parapsychology are interrelated. If you know something about “A” “B” and “C”, chances are you can muster up something intelligent to say about “D”, even if it’s a relatively new facet of the same old recurring themes. And if a question is just too far out of my area of expertise, Allexperts gives the option to decline. So it’s all good.

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Photo of Tabaret Hall with the Desmarais Building in the background, on the University of Ottawa campus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The other day I got a question on the relation between mental illness and religion. I actually wrote an essay about this in a required Ph.D. seminar on “methodology” in the department of Religious Studies, University of Ottawa. Back then I tried to apply postmodern insights about deconstruction to some of the truth claims forwarded by mystics and psychiatrists, alike.

So that’s the background to this recent question/answer at Allexperts.com. The questioner is asking about religions and the idea of schizophrenia. I can’t reproduce my answer here for copyright reasons, but I checked with Allexperts.com and they are totally okay with my linking to published answers at their site:

http://en.allexperts.com/q/Comparative-Religious-Studies-1596/2014/2/religions-schizophrenia.htm

—MC


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Interpreting dreams about a house: Contents, structure and surrounding elements as the basis for dream interpretation

Author: Alex B

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Houses can appear in dreams as a  variety of scenarios and situations. A person can be dreaming about building or buying a house, a house can be subjected to destruction by natural disasters or wars, it can be taken over by strangers or inhabited by familiar people, such as friends or neighbors. Commonly, dreaming about a house means encountering or going through big changes in life, instability or indication of personal growth. In other sources, a house represent a womb and female essence, so after experiencing a dream about a house, you may ask yourself whether you are having your mind set on becoming pregnant, or maybe you and your partner have been considering a possibility of having a new addition to your family and may be harboring concerns about providing a nurturing and comfortable environment for the newborn. In parallel, you may also carefully examine the strength and commitment in your relationship with the partner, which would help in taking it to the next level. This could also be a good time to look at your own role in this relationship, which may lead to questioning whether you are a dependent or self-sufficient part of this relationship.

Dreams about a house refer to the state closely related to the individual’s own ‘self’, these visions can characterize the dreamer’s personality as being dominant or submissive with a set of behavioral traits describing individual lifestyle and personal outlook on life depending on surrounding conditions. In addition to important features for psychoanalytical interpretation of dreams about a house, such as parts of the house (i.e. roof, middle stories, cellar, rooms), house condition and external and internal characteristics (i.e old or new condition, architectural details, interior and exterior detailing) can result in meaningful and sensible decoding of the dream.

Great importance and interpretational value can be hidden inside scenarios or events observed or experienced during dreams about a house: try recalling a specific place or spot inside the house where you found yourself during the dream. For example, dreaming about being inside a bathroom or shower, with reference to the rest of the house, can be an indication of inane erotism, obsessive masturbation or traits related to aggressive nature, including negative way of thinking and destructive psychological tendencies as rudimentary features of initial development stages. Images and visions of a kitchen space in reference to the entire house are interpreted as signs of prominent pathological aggression toward others. Images of a bedroom or dining room inside a house are referred to as positive symbolic meanings. Some dream interpretation sources attribute images and visions of a house to various aspects of body and body function of an individual experiencing these types of dreams. They suggest possible interpretation of dreams about a house based on these descriptions, for example cellar or basement represents lower parts of human body, attic can be related to head or brain and windows can represent eyes.

Signs of worries, conditions leading to depression and anxiety can be related to, according to some sources, witnessing strange unfamiliar people or animals inhabiting or sheltered inside a house. After experiencing this dream, analyze your life conditions and position you take in life, this exercise may help uncover situations which make you feel upset or dissatisfied as suggested or implied by visions or symbols contained in the dream about a house. Dreams involving visions of building a house can be a reflection of changing life circumstances and prospective positive developments.

Environmental aspects (i.e. where the house is located or how it is situated in relation to other objects) and state or condition of the house also play significant role in what these dreams can mean and how they are interpreted. Contents and interior features of the house can add special and at times conflicting interpretations. Many dream interpretation sources also point out that scenes from the past taking place inside a particular house reveal origin and hidden desires of an individual to address issues, suppressed impulses or complexes retained since the time they had occurred. Dream meanings will vary to some degree when interpreted for males or females who experienced a dream containing visions of a house.

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Being naked in a dream as a symbol of vulnerability or fear of important responsibilities

Author: Alex B

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A lot of dreams experienced during sleep and asked to be interpreted deal with being naked or getting naked. Some of these dreams involve scenarios when people suddenly realize they are naked in front of a group of people or while being present in places where they should not be nude (such as public places, open areas or in other similar situations). These visions are usually a reflection of vulnerability and fears related to hidden thoughts about this person’s concerns and worries in waking life.

Sometimes, when a feeling of shame and embarrassment accompanies these dreams, this could also mean unpreparedness and lack of confidence before embarking on a serious project or endeavor. Many dreamers experience sudden realization of being exposed to a large crowd of people, for example during a presentation, at church or public gathering, completely naked or wearing only underwear or small coverings instead of clothing. This, again, points to the fear of being talked about and criticised for the lack of expertise in and control over a situation or an important task to be handled. As a matter of fact, these dreams can become quite intimidating and frightening as deadlines are drawing closer and little time is left to catch up and take care of responsibilities in real life.

Another side of this vulnerability can manifest itself when dreaming about being undressed or stripped off clothes by other people or someone in power. These images are frequently interpreted as a fear of losing or letting go something important, in a more psychological respect, something a person holds private and unavailable for others to know about or even suspect. These dreams can be triggered by meeting someone for the first time and who left a lasting impression or impact on the person who later had this dream. The fear of being ‘read through’ or being figured out in intentions and actions is translated to visions of being stripped of clothes which, metaphorically speaking, conceals things considered private and undetectable by others. The obvious solution to overcome this fear or discomfort while dealing with this person or people, is to learn more about them by communicating and trying to resolve unfounded (or maybe justified) suspicions and distrust toward the person who tried to approach you in waking life.

Some dream interpretation sources refer to visions of being naked in a dream to excessive timidness, inability to make important decisions and reluctance to move forward in life because of some personal characteristics or psychological traits preventing a person from exposing too much to other people. Some of these traits can be brought about or inherited because of the way the person has been raised, some of them are imposed by the culture or society, including religious beliefs and traditions.

It is important to remember that when we do not expose or share our opinions and feelings with people around us, misunderstanding or lack of acceptance may lead to inability to fully express what we really want in life thus resulting in underachieving or being defenseless when important decisions are to be made. Therefore, dreams which involve being naked can serve as an indicator of psychological makeup and personal attitudes, which after realization and careful analysis can help develop better communication skills and pave the way to better interpersonal qualities which are so important in today’s world.

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Hindus feel abandoned over no Diwali holiday in New York City schools

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Diwali – The Festival of Lights Often referred to as the Festival of Lights, Diwali is celebrated by Indian communities throughout the world to celebrate the new year. Hindus, Jains and Sikhs all get involved in this festive time of year which signifies the triumph of good over evil. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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The Hindu community is heartbroken over New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio not declaring Diwali as a school holiday despite all out efforts by them.

Rajan Zed, based in Nevada (USA), said it was unfair to Hindu pupils and their families as they would have to attend school on their most popular festival while schools in the district would be closed on festivals of some other communities.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, argued that this unfairness did not send a good signal to the impressionable minds of schoolchildren who would be the leaders of tomorrow. Zed urged Mayor de Blasio to reconsider his decision and include Diwali, which fell on October 23 this year, on the holiday calendar of public schools.

Believing it is important for Hindu families to celebrate Diwali day together at home with their children, Zed says Hindus do not want their children to be deprived of any privileges at the school because of absences on this day. Closing schools on Diwali would ensure that and it would be “a step in the right direction.”

Zed also noted that awareness about other religions created by holidays like Diwali would make the New York City pupils well-nurtured, well-balanced, and enlightened citizens of tomorrow. It would make the District look good also besides bringing cohesion and unity in the community. Zed urged all school districts across USA to declare Diwali as school holiday.

According to Zed, Diwali, the festival of lights, aims at dispelling the darkness and lighting up the lives and symbolizes the victory of good over evil. Hindus worship goddess of good fortune and beauty Lakshmi, god of wisdom and auspiciousness Ganesh, and mountain Goverdhan on this day. Also on this day, coronation of Lord Ram was held, Lord Hanuman was born, Lord Vishnu returned kingdom to monkey king Bali of Kiskindha, Lord Vishnu and goddess Lakshmi married, Lord Krishan killed demon Narakasur, and ancient king Vikramaditya was crowned. On this day of forgiveness, festivities, and friendliness; families and friends get together for worship followed by a sumptuous and elaborate feast. It is also considered a harvest festival. Besides Hindus, Sikhs and Jains and some Buddhists also celebrate Diwali.

Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal. There are about three million Hindus in USA.

The New York City Department of Education is the largest system of public schools in USA, serving about 1.1 million students in over 1,700 schools with $24 billion annual budget. Carmen Farina is Chancellor of the Department of Education.


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On The Subject Of The Mind

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About stress & residual stress: Science has uncovered much knowledge about stress and over-stressing in the fields of engineering, architecture & building. Yet very little knowledge about stress & over-stressing where a child’s delicate mind is concerned…especially residual stress. That becomes a retained product in the human physiology out of the stress of traumatic experience to the mind and body…especially in childhood. It could be said that ‘residual stress’ trapped in the mind & physiology, is constantly interfering with the thought process and well-being of the individual.

Note: Certainly the dedicated disciplines of psychology & psychiatry have come to understand much about the mind and it quirks…and full marks for doing so. Because until we understand the mind, we will not understand ourselves or Nature. Plus, evolution demands that we make progress to understand ourselves as a highly intelligent species. Especially if we wish to survive the Technology Age and enter the Age of the Mind on the ladder of unstoppable evolution. It is also not the intention of the author to question the knowledge these disciplines have acquired. Merely to suggest adding another tool to their Medicine Chest to help deal with the growing problems of the mind. This very old tool if accepted, will in time, prove to be a practical method to help dissolve the problems of the mind. Working with and in conjunction with the existing tools & knowledge of psychology & psychiatry…not against it.

The following explanation of the subject matter is kept as simple as possible, because like the mind, it can be a very complex subject. Yet it needs to be explained in simple terms as a first step to grasping its significance. It should be also mentioned, that while the cure for the ailment is lengthy in time, it is simple to administer and not complex. Thus open to all walks of life in its treatment to be administered by the individual themselves. The symptoms of residual stress will be well known to the psychology & psychiatry professions, but not the terminology or cure to be carried out by the patient.

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It could be said that every adult human being, has a greater or lesser amount of residual stress left over from our inescapable childhood trauma. The location of which, is centered in the subliminal mind (sub-conscious) and physiology of the human being. If we were fortunate enough to have had a happy, relatively conflict & trauma free loved childhood, then residual stress plays a minimal part in adulthood. But if the reverse is true, then residual stress will undoubtedly debilitate both the child and the adult in later years. For those afflicted with this not uncommon problem, it become a question of ‘physician heal thyself’, because no one else can cure the problem for you. They can certainly help, but the cure rests firmly with the individual. Therefore the responsibly to enable a cure to happen lies firmly with the individual…no one else.

Residual stress trapped in the mind & body is not something we can see & measure. Yet those severely afflicted can certainly feel and experience its debilitating effects…especially in the form of unhappiness, misery, clouded minds & emotional pain. Because the mind of both child & adult, will not function to its full potential with this acquired nemesis. That has been created out of the experience of severe trauma and its retained product of residual stress trapped in the layers of the mind. Superimposed on the matter of the brain is another descriptive for its location..

How the conscious & sub-conscious mind deals with internalized trauma in childhood, is how the conscious & sub-conscious mind deals with trauma in adulthood…out of habit. The thought process of the undeveloped mind in childhood, instantly represses traumatic experience…shuts it off with the power of thought. Out of habit, the adult conscious & sub-conscious mind deals with acquired traumatic experience the same way. It does not want to think about the experience and the protective sub-conscious located ego, shuts it off from conscious thought. Unfortunately, psychosomatic, psychological, emotional and personality disorders eventuate from its sustained suppression. To become locked into the workings of the sub-conscious mind, unable to find outlet through the conscious thought process.

Clarification: When thought is continuously repressed by the protective sub-conscious ego, the energy of the thought becomes trapped in the sub-conscious component of the mind. That means the thought, has not been allowed to flow through the mind to complete its cycle and dissipate its energy naturally. i.e. through speech, emotions and physical expression. Whenever the traumatic experience that caused this interruption of the thought process is triggered, residual stress will build up in the mind out of trapped thought energy. This continuing unnatural process in the mind, eventually causes what is called a ‘nervous breakdown’ or ‘post traumatic stress disorder’ to arise. The mind simply refuses to function or goes haywire and crashes…like the delicate computer it is.

The remedy for this problem is another subject matter not discussed here. But briefly, when we learn to meditate correctly, we by-pass the subliminal component of the mind and its content in the process. We also acquire the ability to leave thought behind and develop a silence in the mind. From that developed platform of acquired silence, residual stress is released naturally, without becoming involved with its process. With time and practice, the retained trauma also begins to dissipate without having to relive its experience. Obviously this miracle does not happen overnight for the many and, for those with long held severe mental disorders, help is still required from the disciplines of psychology & psychiatry.

Compassion is Consciousness...

Compassion is Consciousness… (Photo credit: ConnectIrmeli)

One size does not fit all…as is Nature’s way.

Everyone is different in how they respond to this unorthodox treatment for severe trauma & residual stress. Some will become easy patients, while others will become difficult patients. Some will make slow progress, while others will make fast progress. Down its path, some may eventually reject any interference to their mind and become staunch objectors of its practice. This denial problem has its roots in the content of the sub-conscious mind and its protective ego…not the intelligence of a human being. The only cure, is to bite the bullet and continue innocently with its harmless practice.

To sum up:

If the patient sticks to the simple path and observes the simple rules, then one outcome is the inevitable end result…the cure. All experience will be different on its inward path to acquire silence and definitely not to acquire words…or the creative imagination of human beings. Because the abstract product that eventually cures the problem, knows not of words or anything physical for that matter. A paradox that is one of many to be found in human beings and ultimately solved through first acquiring the means to solve it.

Kind regards from the author to the reader.

Excerpt from the About page @ alfsbootcampblog.com


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God’s Way – One Step At A Time

Piero della Francesca: Legend of the True Cros...

Piero della Francesca: Legend of the True Cross – the Queen of Sheba Meeting with Solomon , Detail. (c. 1452-66, Fresco, San Francesco, Arezzo, Italy) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Ngozi Nwoke

Can you image a child learning how to walk today and tomorrow he is driving? I know you can’t imagine it. But that is what many people expect God to do for them. They want to take giant steps beyond God’s way. One step at a time is God’s style and it always gets you to the peak if you stick to the Lord. This article gives the reasons why this way of the Almighty is the best approach to life.

A bishop then must be blameless… not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil – 1 Timothy 3:2, 6 (emphasis mine, NKJV)

But the word of the Lord was to them, ‘Precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little,’ Isaiah 28:13

I will not drive them out from before you in one year, lest the land become desolate and the beasts of the field become too numerous for you. Little by little I will drive them out from before you, until you have increased, and you inherit the land – Exodus 23:29-30 (NKJV)

Multiple promotions are desirable but not at the detriment of one’s future or destiny. A father, no matter how much he loves his six-year-old boy, will not allow him to drive his car. Also, no pupil starts primary one or standard one today and next session he is in the secondary school. It is always one step at a time. This is God’s way and God, our creator, is the originator of this way.

Every newborn baby always starts with milk and gradually graduates to solids (1 Peter 2:2). This principle applies both to spiritual and physical growth. Also, in leadership positions, whether spiritual or physical, nobody puts a novice in leadership position. Everyone needs to grow into any new and higher position.

However, some people do not want to go through this growth process and so they involve themselves in dishonest and unethical activities that end up in destruction (Proverbs 28:20). While others wind up in complaining, murmuring and being offended in God, instead of going through the pain of growing into the position they desire.

King Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 3:1 that there is time for everything. Furthermore, he that believes will not make haste, (Isaiah 28:16). It is honour and glory to go through the growth process because what you learn remains with you forever (Romans 5:3-4), no man can take that from you.

One step at a time is not a delay tactics. There is a purpose for it and it is beneficial to you. God is a God of purpose and He never does anything without a reason.

Why one step at a time?

1.       It increase your sustainability

It is one thing to get to a new level or position, and another thing to sustain that level or position. You need to be able to balance every other aspect of your life with that new position. For instance, your walk with God and family should not suffer because you had a double promotion in your place of work.

However, God will give you a double promotion if you qualify for it. The growth process prepares you for the double promotion.

You may ask me now how you are to qualify for it. It is through:

                                I.            Increasing your knowledge level – God said in Hosea 4:6 that His people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. The more knowledge you have the more your ability to sustain the new position.

Knowledge about what, you may still ask? First and foremost, your knowledge about God, His word and how He operates. This is the foundation for any other meaningful knowledge. And if the foundation be destroyed what can the righteous do, (Psalm 11:3)

Secondly, you need a good knowledge of your desired position. If it requires getting a certificate, go for it. Prepare yourself (Proverbs 24:27), let it not be that you missed that position because you didn’t know enough or you didn’t have a tangible proof of your qualification.

                              II.            Increasing your faith level – It is impossible to please God without faith, (Hebrews 11:6). It  takes faith for God to move you to your next level and to sustain you there. The word of God remains the authenticate source of faith. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God, (Romans 10:17)

  2.       It keeps away the beasts

Another reason for one step at a time is to keep beasts from over-powering you. In Exodus 23:29-30, God chose to drive the enemies of Israel little by little so that the land will not become desolate and the beasts of the field become too numerous for them. He wanted them to increase and grow into fully occupying the land.

There are many beasts around, visible and invisible and unless you grow to be bigger and stronger than them, they will encroach into your territory and may take over. Therefore for every new position you need a new level of strength to match.

The sons of Sceva in Acts 19:13-16 assumed a position that they had no matching strength for and the demons in the possessed man over-powered them. The evil spirit said, ‘Jesus I know, Paul I know but who are you?’

Now the strength I am writing about is not in yourself but in the Lord and in the power of His might, (Ephesians 6:10). This is because your human strength is limited and cannot deliver you from the beasts. Truly, by strength shall no man prevail, (1 Samuel 2:9)

The acquisition of this strength boils down again to increase in the knowledge of God and His word, and also increase in your faith in God. Surely, God’s way prevails anytime and anywhere.

In conclusion, as much as God loves you and wants the best and has prepared them for you, you must grow into your inheritance in Christ. And it will take one step at a time to get there. But the speed with which you will possess your possession depends on you. Therefore start today and you will surely get to your desired position.

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About the Author

Ngozi Nwoke is a teacher and a counselor. She has a passion to teach people how to enjoy peace, God’s love and christian living for more fulfilling life. Want more fulfilling life? Subscribe for free email updates today. http://stepswithgod.com

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