Meet The Scientist Who Could Prove That God Does Not Exist. 


A scientist names Jeremy England has come out with a theory which potentially proves that life can exist without god and that god did not create us. Jeremy England’s theory has been developed on Charles Darwin’s idea of evolution. He says that the idea not only applies to things which are alive but to the creation as well. Meaning that evolution not only takes place while we are alive but at our creation as well.

Jeremy England

The scientist says that it is thermodynamics that plays the major part in our creation and not a ‘creator’ who is at work. The theory of thermodynamics says if you start with a random clump of atoms, and if you shine light on it for long enough, it should not be surprising that you get a plant. If these atoms are exposed to an energy source (i.e. the sun), these are bound to grow and restructure themselves which eventually leads to life.
The theory was posted on Richard Dawkins website, a famous Athiest scientist, and is titled ‘God is on the ropes: The brilliant new science that has creationists and the Christian right terrified’. The blog post was written by Paul Rosenberg, and it looks as though this theory has got the scientific community quite excited.

Jeremy England god theory

Charles Darwin’s theory focused more on life progression but the blog post by Paul Rosenberg has got everyone excited about the Jeremy England’s development on Darwin’s idea.
The theory by Jeremy England has been developed on mathematical facts which questions the existence of god and forces us to think about it in a deeper sense.

Meet The Scientist Who Could Prove That God Does Not Exist


A scientist names Jeremy England has come out with a theory which potentially proves that life can exist without god and that god did not create us. Jeremy England’s theory has been developed on Charles Darwin’s idea of evolution. He says that the idea not only applies to things which are alive but to the creation as well. Meaning that evolution not only takes place while we are alive but at our creation as well.

Jeremy England

The scientist says that it is thermodynamics that plays the major part in our creation and not a ‘creator’ who is at work. The theory of thermodynamics says if you start with a random clump of atoms, and if you shine light on it for long enough, it should not be surprising that you get a plant. If these atoms are exposed to an energy source (i.e. the sun), these are bound to grow and restructure themselves which eventually leads to life.
The theory was posted on Richard Dawkins website, a famous Athiest scientist, and is titled ‘God is on the ropes: The brilliant new science that has creationists and the Christian right terrified’. The blog post was written by Paul Rosenberg, and it looks as though this theory has got the scientific community quite excited.

Jeremy England god theory

Charles Darwin’s theory focused more on life progression but the blog post by Paul Rosenberg has got everyone excited about the Jeremy England’s development on Darwin’s idea.
The theory by Jeremy England has been developed on mathematical facts which questions the existence of god and forces us to think about it in a deeper sense.

When technology becomes religion and science becomes God.


Are we in love with how smart we are? In America today, there are technology companies that have a much larger “cult following” than any religious organization. And there are millions upon millions of Americans that freely confess that they “believe in science”. So what does this say about us? Does it say that we have discarded ancient “superstitions” and instead have embraced logic and reason?

Sadly, in most cases the truth is that we have simply traded one form of religion for another. Scientists and technology gurus have become our new high priests, and most of us blindly follow whatever they tell us. But in the end, just like with so many religious organizations, it is all about the money. Those with the money determine what the science is going to say, who the high priests are going to be, and what messages are conveyed to the public. For example, once upon a time the big tobacco companies had armies of doctors and scientists that swore up and down that smoking cigarettes was not harmful. In fact, many doctors and dentists in America once personally endorsed specific brands of cigarettes. Of course millions of Americans were getting sick and dying, but this was dismissed as “anecdotal evidence”. And over in Germany, “science” was once used to prove that the Germans were the master race.

We look back in horror now, but at the time the best “science” in the world was used as justification to promote some horrible untruths. And of course the same thing is happening today. We are told over and over that “the science is settled” regarding genetically-modified food, climate change and vaccine safety, and yet those of us that think for ourselves know that isn’t the case at all. But if you do not believe in the “official story”, you don’t get to be part of the “scientific establishment”. By definition, the only people that get to be “scientific experts” are the ones that embrace the “doctrine” of those that control the big corporations, that fund the research studies at the major universities and that own the big media outlets. Everyone else is not permitted to be part of the discussion. (Story by Michael Snyder, republished from EndOftheAmericanDream.com.)

As I have written about previously,[1] I spent eight years studying at public universities in the United States. And over time, I got to see where most “scientific truths” come from these days.

Most of the time, the theories that people believe are so “scientific” were simply pulled out of thin air. In other words, they were just the product of someone’s overactive imagination. In recent decades, there have been countless examples of “existing science” being overturned and rewritten when more information and evidence become available. This is because the “existing science” did not have any foundation to begin with.

And yet we continue to make the same mistake today. Instead of calling them “theories”, which is what they should do, scientists all over the world are so eager to make bold pronouncements about the wonderful new “discoveries” that they have made. These bold pronouncements are then repeated over and over and over again until they become “facts”. But of course they are not facts at all.

For instance, at one time it was a “scientific fact” that it was perfectly safe to smoke cigarettes. The following comes from a recent article by Tony Cartalucci…[2]

It wasn’t long ago when big-tobacco had armies of “scientists” citing the latest “studies” confirming the health benefits and safety of smoking. Of course these were paid liars, not scientists, even if many of them had PhDs. And it was lies they were telling, even if mixed with shades of science.

In case you are too young to remember those days, Cartalucci included the following compilation of old tobacco ads in his article…[2]

image

Even worse is how the Nazi used science.

To them, the “facts” of Darwinism proved that they were the master race…[2]

Hiding behind science is nothing new. Darwinists hid behind it to prop up their racism, which in fact inspired the Nazis to hide behind it to scientifically prove they were the “master race.” The Nazis, in fact, loved science, and used it with horrible precision.

At any point in history, has “science” ever had all the answers?

Of course not.

And without a doubt, someday people will look back and mock all of us for how stupid we were.

But we never stop to consider that. Instead, we are all just so proud of ourselves and our accomplishments.

In fact, as I mentioned above, there are a lot of people out there that virtually worship technology these days. Just consider the following excerpt from a Los Angeles Times article entitled “How Steve Jobs and Apple turned technology into a religion”…[3]

Decades after Apple’s founding, we’ve grown used to referring to lovers of the company’s products as a “cult.” The devotion of customers to Apple products has long been the envy of competitors for its fanatical fervor.

It turns out that the religious intensity with which people follow the company is not entirely by accident. In a new book, “Appletopia,[4] author Brett Robinson examines the way that Steve Jobs drew on religious metaphors and iconography to elevate his products specifically, and technology more generally, into a kind of religion.

“The creative rhetoric around Apple’s technology has favored religious metaphors,” Robinson said in an interview. “Some of it is conscious on Apple’s part. Some of it is unconscious.”

But certainly this is less strange than what a lot of religious people do, right?

After all, there are millions upon millions of people out there that do some really strange things in the name of religion. For example, on the other side of the globe 400 men cut off their own testicles[5] in an attempt to get closer to God.

Many would say that our worship of science and technology is evidence that we have evolved beyond our ancestors. In fact, there are some “scientific minds” that are now proclaiming that science will one day eliminate belief in God altogether. For example, the following comes from an article entitled “Will Science Someday Rule Out the Possibility of God?”[6]

Over the past few centuries, science can be said to have gradually chipped away at the traditional grounds for believing in God. Much of what once seemed mysterious — the existence of humanity, the life-bearing perfection of Earth, the workings of the universe — can now be explained by biology, astronomy, physics and other domains of science.

Although cosmic mysteries remain, Sean Carroll, a theoretical cosmologist at the California Institute of Technology, says there’s good reason to think science will ultimately arrive at a complete understanding of the universe that leaves no grounds for God whatsoever.

Carroll argues that God’s sphere of influence has shrunk drastically in modern times, as physics and cosmology have expanded in their ability to explain the origin and evolution of the universe.[7] “As we learn more about the universe, there’s less and less need to look outside it for help,” he told Life’s Little Mysteries.

Personally, I find this laughable.

Darwinists have been trying to move God out of the picture for decades, but they are fighting a losing battle. Over time, more and more evidence has come out that has shot the theory of evolution full of holes. For much more on this, please see my previous article entitled “44 Reasons Why Evolution Is Just A Fairy Tale For Adults”.[8]

And as far as whether or not God exists, this is something that I have been investigating for many, many years. My legal training has taught me to think critically and to allow the evidence to speak for itself. Over time, I came to learn that there is a vast mountain of evidence that leads to one inescapable conclusion. In the end, the overwhelming conclusion that I reached was that God is very, very real. You can find a few of my thoughts in an article entitled “Did You Know?”[9]

So what do you think?

Does our society worship technology?

Has “science” become a god in America?

6 Big Excuses That Can Derail Your Life.


“Don’t make excuses – make good.” ~Elbert Hubbard

“There are a lot of things stopping me from creating the life I want. For one I stress about the smallest things, two; I work my tail off but since I’m so worried about making sure the next person happy I really never have money TO DO WHAT I WANT and all I want is to be a good father and be able to get my daughter anything she wants and anything we want her to have.

I want to live stress free, I don’t want to keep living the way I’m living, for example: in the house with my aunt and about 7 others in a four bedroom house, I want to take care of all those issues, only if I knew where to start.”

The sentiments expressed in this comment are indicative of the way many of us feel. STUCK! The good news is we don’t have to remain stuck. We can do something about it. We can CHOOSE to stop making excuses for ourselves and start taking action.

Some of the biggest excuses that can derail your life are:

1. You are feeling sorry for yourself

It’s OK to momentarily feel sorry for yourself. Life can be challenging at times. But don’t let your pity party become an excuse to stay stuck. For many years, I felt sorry for myself. Although I put out a positive face to the world, deep down I was lonely, depressed, sad, scared and confused. I just didn’t get life and it was making me crazy. I thought I had to think a certain way, act a certain way and be a certain way in relationships without knowing what that way was.

I felt like I was the only one who didn’t receive the manual on how to be happy. Rather than getting help immediately, I stewed in self pity. On one hand I wanted my circumstances and how I felt about them to be change, on other hand, there was a part of me that wanted them to stay the same. But you can’t have things be different and stay the same at the same time. You have to choose one or the other.

Tip: You cannot change the past. Stop feeling sorry for yourself and create an extraordinary future.

2. You are stuck in the past

It wasn’t until later, I learned the reason I didn’t know how to be happy was because I didn’t love myself. We are all products of our environments and influencers and I’m a product of mine. I got messages from those around me, including peers, teachers, coaches, etc.. I wasn’t worthy. And although there were many positive influences in my life, my esteem took a massive blow from the negative ones.

It isn’t about blaming someone for what I did or didn’t get during my childhood or adulthood, it is about the TRUTH.

Tip: Your current circumstances and how you feel about them are a result of your choices. Make choices that bring peace, contentment and fulfillment.

3. You think you don’t know what to do

It may surprise you the biggest reason your life doesn’t change isn’t because you don’t know what to do. You may not know all the steps you need to take to achieve your desired result, but you know the first one. Even if the first step is asking for help.

I remember when my life was spiraling out of control and asking for help was my first step. A friend had given me a phone number of a life coach. Periodically I’d pull the number out and gaze at the digits as if that alone would transform my life. But it took more than looking at the number; Eventually, I summoned the courage to pick up the phone and dial it.

Tip: You know what to do. Take the first step.

4. You are getting something out of it

Although you may not want to admit it, there’s a part of you that finds comfort in the way things are and will fight to the death to keep them this way. Even if those things bring you chaos, stress, overwhelm and other heavy or negative feelings.

I have received many messages from people asking me whether they should stay or leave relationships that are no longer good for them. Many of them are in some sort of emotional and psychic pain. Their partners cheat, lie, are unkind to them and leave them less than fulfilled, yet they stay.

Tip: Figure out what you’re getting out of your current circumstances (positive or negative) and decide whether it’s worth it.

5. You don’t have a plan

Oftentimes people feel they have to solve their whole problem at once. This causes a lot of stress and anxiety. If your priority is to move out of your parent’s house, write down those things that need to happen in order for you to do that. If you feel overwhelmed, separate your list into even smaller tasks. Keep separating out the things you need to do, all the way back to what you need to do today.

Having a plan not only gives you a destination, it shifts your energy shift from a state of confusion to one of power. You go from wondering what you’re going to do, to knowing EXACTLY what you’re going to do and when and how you’re going to do it.

Tip: If you aren’t working your plan, your plan WON’T work.

6. You are afraid

Everyone experiences fear. The difference between those who are successful and those who aren’t is what role they allow it to play in their lives. Some people act in the face of fear, while others allow it to dictate every action.

How fear impacts what you do is within your control. Yes, you can feel fear, uncertainty and self doubt and act in spite of it! How do you do it? You say to yourself “I’m afraid” and take the next step anyway.

To act in the face of fear, I often recite one of my favorite quotes by Bill Cosby: “Decide you want it more than you’re afraid of it.”

In the grand scheme of things, we’re only on this planet for a short amount of time-one hundred years at best. Don’t put yourself in a position where you’ll look back on your life regretting the excuses you made.

Why do you think people find it so challenging to see their excuses as excuses and eventually give up on them?

The nun teaching taekwondo to sick children.


Sister Linda Sim gave up taekwondo when she joined a convent. Years later, she’s dusted off her black belt at a Singaporean hospice to teach children recovering from cancer.

When she was much younger, Linda Sim wanted to join the army, but was told she was too small.

“Next I thought I could be a policewoman – to protect people,” she says, but she didn’t make the weight requirements for the police force, either.

Instead, she discovered taekwondo in 1971, and it seemed to fulfil her need to help other people. “If I had a black belt I thought I could be a bodyguard and protect somebody.” Within a few years, she achieved just that.

Though the sport gave her great mental strength, she didn’t find a practical use for her martial art for more than three decades.

Much to the chagrin of her parents, Sim met the Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood, and decided to join them by becoming a Catholic nun.

“Being the only daughter, my mum was very upset when I said I would give my life to God and be a missionary,” she says. Her parents had hoped she would provide them with grandchildren.

Since the group’s headquarters were on the other side of the world in Britain, she would disappoint them further by leaving Singapore.

“I spent 17 years in England and three more in Africa, where I ran a hospital in Zimbabwe,” she says.

During her absence, a relationship developed between the Singapore Taekwondo Federation and Mount Alvernia hospital in the centre of the country.

Ming Wong, secretary general of the federation explains that an employee of the hospital thought some of its patients – young children being treated for cancer – could benefit from the sport. They were “stuck inside playing snakes and ladders”, she says, and the organisation agreed to provide training sessions for them.

Linda Sim with students

It was not until 2004, when Sim’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, that she felt she had to return to Singapore.

When she saw the classes taking place, she knew she wanted to be involved. “That was what I had to leave behind in order to be a sister, and so I thought ‘now I’m reunited’,” she says.

Today she runs a weekly class for about 20 people, all of whom have brain tumours or childhood leukaemia. Most are young children, although three are now in their 20s, having trained under Sim for many years.

One of the older students, Ng Wei Hau, was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of 12 and given just six months to live by his doctors. “When I first met him he was in a wheelchair. When he reached 21 he was walking with a frame, when he reached 23 he had a stick, and now he walks unaided,” she says. Despite being partially deaf and blind, Wei Hau became a black belt last year under Sim’s tutelage.

“These children try to do their best however they can, despite their sickness,” says Wong. “I think because they want to live life for the fullest because they want to enjoy whatever time they have.”

The federation’s charitable work is not just limited to children from the hospital. The organisation works with children’s homes and other disadvantaged groups to offer free taekwondo classes to others who would not usually come into contact with the sport.

For Sim, religion is central to her motivation. Whereas most sisters teach religious education in quite a traditional way, she thinks the taekwondo classes allow her to lead by example instead.

“For me I can actually be a presence and a witness to God’s love without actually quoting scripture,” she says. “It gives me a lot of peace and satisfaction. It’s about evangelising without having to mention going to church.”

How to Let Go of Regrets and Live a Happy Life.


“Forget regret, or life is yours to miss.” ~ Jonathan Larson

What if I had done this or not done that!

Quite often when people reach the sunset phase of life, or, when they are passing through difficult times, they tend to look back and evaluate the entire gamut of life they have spent. It is then that they feel the pangs of sorrow, guilt, regret and remorse over their acts of omissions and commissions. Even in normal situations, the sensitive and conscientious people often take a stock of their deeds, no-deeds and misdeeds. 

A historic regret

Cardinal Wolsey faithfully served King Henry VII, the father of Queen Elizabeth I, for all his life, but was charged with treason and sentenced to imprisonment in the Tower of London in the last years of his life. He was probably so shocked for choosing a man over God as his master that he died on the way to London.

Regretting his lifelong loyalty to the king, he said on the deathbed: “If I had served God as diligently as I have done the King, he would not have given me over in my grey hairs.” 

Here are 20 ways to be your real self and live your life fully without feeling any guilt or regret:

1.  Follow your heart, but with discretion 

It is true that you should not listen to others and follow your heart. But it also enjoins upon you to use some discretion and stop it from going wild. For example, you have a lovely partner, good kids and a happy family. Why should you, then think of seeking pleasures outside your relationship?

2. Accept life 

Sometimes life takes its own course regardless of how hard you try to mould it according to your desire. Ruminating over such ‘tantrums’ of lie and faulting yourself can only increase the sense of pain and anguish.

3. Accept yourself

Accept and love yourself as you are with all your strengths and infirmities. It, however, does not mean you should not try to improve upon your weaknesses or overcome them. But some weaknesses are only very human. They define your humanness. Accept them without harbouring any sense of guilt.

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” ~ Buddha

4. Keep moving

Quite often you make a wrong choice despite utmost diligence and suffer due to it. It would be no use mulling and regretting over what you should/should not have done. If you focus on moving ahead, you will be left with no time to think of the past mistakes or regret them.

5. Live in the present

Regrets generally crop up when you ponder over the past. There is nothing wrong in going down the memory lane to revisit the good old days. Past may also be remembered to learn from it. But brooding constantly over your past mistakes and feeling guilty all the time may tell adversely on your general wellbeing.

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

6. Do your best and leave the rest in the hands of God or destiny

We can only put in our best efforts. Results are not always in our hands. What can you do if the best medical care could not save your loved one?

7. Your God has also to listen to the prayers of your adversaries

Derive satisfaction from the fact that you played your innings to the best of your ability. Remember, your competitors may too have played equally well and God has to listen to their genuine prayers as well.

8. Count your blessings

There is lot to be grateful about in your life despite some unpleasant situations. The problem with most of us is that when we, for example, fall ill, we forget how long we have been sickness free in the past.

If you start counting your blessings you will be surprised how many of them you have to be happy and grateful about.

“When I’m worried and I can’t sleep I count my blessings instead of sheep.” ~ Irving Berlin

9.  Obsession with regrets may adversely affect your emotional and physical health

According to a study, fixation over regrets or blaming yourself for every unpleasant situation may result in avoidable stress. The negative feelings generated out of this exercise may adversely affect the hormonal balance and immune system. 

10.  Don’t be careless about your security

Sometimes small mistakes cost hugely. Not carrying a flashlight in the dark or ignoring to wear the seat belt while driving may cause a lot to regret.

11. Remember you are only a human being

Every human being is liable to err sometime or the other despite best attention to the minutest of details. Regretting cannot reverse the situation.

12. Learn to forgive yourself

Charity begins at home. If you learn to forgive yourself, it would become easier for you to forgive those who you think have let you down.

“The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.” ~ Steve Maraboli

13. Once you know what is right for you and does not interfere with anyone else, go ahead and do it even if it provokes negative opinion from others. You will live a free and fearless life.

14. Do not worry about ifs and buts

If you are truly convinced that whatever you want to do is right, do not worry about ifs and buts involved with it.  This will prevent you from feeling guilty if your scheme of things fails to fructify.

“The saddest summary of life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.” –Anonymous

15. There is always time to make up for the regrettable mistakes of the past

Every day dawns with new opportunities that you can grab to make up for the past mistakes. Apart from today, there is always tomorrow or the next day. So pay attention to the present or the future opportunities rather than dwelling upon the past mistakes.

16. Don’t let others decide whether to make you happy or sad

You have to learn to be the master of your actions and moods. Don’t be dependent upon others for your happiness. Understand that most people derive malicious pleasure from the discomfiture of others.

17. Balance between personal choices and responsibilities

You have responsibilities towards your family or the organization you serve. But remember that you will not be able to discharge your responsibilities fully even if you spend every moment of your life until you die. So, find some moments to do what pleases you most. You owe these moments to yourself as well.

18. Take into consideration the theory of karma

Theory of karma means that you have to square up the account of your actions performed in this or the past life. If you sow wind, you reap whirlwind. If someone has hurt your feelings for no known reason, quite possibly you too may have inflicted the some pain upon someone in the same manner.

The staple theme of the sermons delivered by the pundits at Hindu temples, especially during memorial services, is to remind the audience that they should perform the right karma in the remaining life lest they have to repent when the ultimate moment comes.

“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.” ~ Wayne Dyer

19. Speak what you want to speak so long as you do not hurt anyone

Do not be afraid of what people might think or say, approve or disapprove when you wish to express yourself. If you feel strongly about some issue, open up; otherwise the pent-up words and feelings may start boiling up within you and hurt you.

If you love someone, say it now. You may not get the same opportunity next time and then you will keep regretting your silence.

“Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world.” ~ Buddha

20. Learn to let go

Have you ever been overtaken by a sudden dust storm that sullies your newly purchased costly suit of clothes all over? Could you have prevented its occurrence to save your brand new dress? The best you can do is to dust off the grime. Transpose this occurrence to other events and situations in your life over which you have no control.

“Letting go doesn’t mean that you don’t care about someone anymore. It’s just realizing that the only person you really have control over is yourself.” ~ Deborah Reber

So, don’t worry and whine. Life is like that.

What if  tomorrow was the last day of your life. Would you have any regrets regarding the things you did or did not do? I really want to know what are your thoughts on this.

Are You Hating On Yourself?


There are three camps when it comes to how we treat ourselves. Which camp do you belong to?

Camp 1

These peeps love themselves, treat themselves like their own best friends, rock around emitting that love to everyone they come into contact with, and generally thrive due to the fact they can actually see the truth of how fab they really are.

Camp 2

Next door is a camp full of people who know that loving yourself is the access point to an awesome life. They totally ‘get’ that self-love is the foundation for flourishing in every single freaking area of life… the catch is that they don’t quite feel that self-love within, but they outwardly express, act and behave from the desire to love self, and generally speaking over time the shift in consciousness will help to create an environment within (mental, physical and emotional) which is conducive to love for self, and therefore allowing thriving in life as a flow on effect. The tricky thing is that when you don’t love yourself unconditionally, when there are sneaky little beliefs, memories, regrets, conditioning (mentally and emotionally) that you may hold onto (consciously or subconsciously) that feed a story that you’re not worth every bit of joy and success in your life, then when the ‘shit hits the fan’ it triggers that lack of self-love within, and it feels like you’ve all of a sudden returned to square one (ie. back to beating yourself up, talking down to yourself, struggling, battling, trying to find your way back to positivity and self-love). Belief in your own capability slowly rebuilds over time, until the next ‘shit hits the fan’ moment.

Camp 3

Then there’s a camp of peeps who haven’t quite found their way to Camp 1 or 2 yet, that don’t love themselves, they don’t even like themselves, and they actually don’t even try to pretend otherwise. This is full blown living within and expressing (possibly even embracing) self-loathing, unworthiness, and talking on down to yourself like your own worst enemy.

How Do You View and Treat Yourself?

We went out and asked our followers to tell us anonymously exactly how they view themselves and treat themselves, in order to get a really good sense of what internal blocks people are experiencing when it comes to living a rocking awesome life. Given we all have the inbuilt potential to live a completely joyful and peaceful life, a life of success (whatever success means to you), and we all have endless possibilities available to us in the Universe, what exactly is stopping some people expanding into that possibility?

I’ve grouped the hot points below into 3 sections: Love, Respect and Support.

Love

The uplifting news is that across all the people we asked, approximately 50% said:

  • I love myself
  • I am loveable
  • I am worthy of love

And a rollicking 63% acknowledged that loving oneself is key to flourishing in this life. This is great to see. It’s undeniable truth that we each are the key to our own unfolding. We each are the ‘secret’ to living our happiest experience of life. Nothing and no one can stop you from experiencing your joy and happiness. It is only you that can block it or unleash it.

A number of our followers gave us blatantly honest responses, which allows us all to see into the heart of what a significant number of our fellow peeps in the world are experiencing in day to day life. They said they felt unloved (by self and others), disconnected and alone. Even one person in our world feeling this way is one person too many!

This finding, of people feeling unloved, disconnected and alone, speaks directly to a message in my book “Going Out On A Limb”, and it’s a message that I’m seriously all-out passionate about. That message is that even when we feel alone, unloved, disconnected, unworthy… despite that feeling, we must remind ourselves (or let others remind us lovingly, like right now!) that we are all beloved, we are all part of the universal energy, we all have an important and divine reason for being here, and we are never alone or unloved, EVER. That is because the Universe/Source/Divinity, our guides, our signals, are ALWAYS with us. They seek to show us this, if we are aware enough to notice. Life can be tough in moments, or for prolonged periods, and leave us with internal feelings that do not reflect this truth of how all-out brilliant we each are, just for being who we are, without even having to try!

Respect

It was great to see that nearly all of the people we surveyed said that they really want to accept, respect and forgive themselves and are actively practising this in their life.

The whopping 50+% that said they judge themselves regularly is a fairly accurate portrayal of modern society,we’re conditioned to try to measure up, and when we try to measure up, we end up judging who we are and what we do… we measure ourselves against what we think we should be doing or how we should be and when we appear to fall short of whatever norm we think is acceptable (in our family, our social setting, our workplace, our community or even our country), or we fall short of our own expectations, then we get on the JUDGEMENT TRAIN, that is… we judge ourselves endlessly as we chug along in our day to day life. This is another hot topic (and raw nerve) that I’m passionate about helping people to heal… because expectations and what I call the “Should’ing Syndrome”, looking to measure ourselves against constructs that leave us feeling less than, is crippling. This is another key topic covered in my book Going Out On A Limb (self-help learnings derived from gritty first-hand experience!)

And, last but not least in our 3 key topic areas in response to the question “How do you view and treat yourself”…

Support

1/3 of our lovely peeps said they are their own best friend, but… here’s the reality for so many people… another 1/3 also said they are their own worst enemy. It’s so true for many of us, unless we wake up and proactively make choices about how we treat ourselves, we can end up living with an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other!

Most of our followers practise positive self-talk as a daily ritual, and a smaller number confirmed honestly that they talk down to themselves on a frequent basis. I’m no Freud for sure, but I would hazard a guess that at least once a day, a good chunk of the population would scold themselves internally for something, and probably without even realising they are doing it. It could be as big and nasty as “I’m a bad mother/father/manager/friend/person”, down to smaller and seemingly unimportant, derogatory self-talk like “I’m an idiot for missing that appointment” or “I’m a terrible driver”.

We are what we say, we are what we think. Our perspective of reality is ENTIRELY based on upon our perception of who we are. How you view yourself has everything to do with how you thrive, or not, in this life.

The survey showed me that while most of us acknowledge our development areas, just as many people said they are embarrassed about their weaknesses. Which leads onto the most interesting result from the survey that caught my attention.

The clincher… almost 70% of people said they find it really hard to ask for support when they need it. When I saw this in our survey results, I thought to myself:

  • Is this because we are conditioned to believe that we should all be able to cope without help?
  • Do we think that no one else is asking for help when they need it, and so we should be able to cope as well?
  • Do we fear being judged if we let ourselves be vulnerable by reaching out to others?
  • Are we simply too busy in our chaotic modern day lives to take time out to ask for help?

I tried to count the number of times I asked for help and reached out to others for information, guidance, support, advice and so on, during my adventures and ‘life transformation’ over the last 3 years or so. I lost count. My journey was not a one-woman endeavour, nor was Aaron’s transformation a one-man endeavour (as we journeyed the road to happiness together). We had to reach out for help  – from each other, from family, friends, from work colleagues, from experts, from mentors, from coaches, from advisors, from strangers, and the list goes on!) or we would have remained stuck. I would have found myself stagnant with a suffocated soul, from not living the type of life I really wanted. Whether it was David and Augustus at the ‘spiritual advice’ session I attended, or Meredith teaching me new things at the spirituality course, or asking my boss for a transfer to Auckland and a new type of role, or my sister Charlotte endlessly helping me when I fell over along the way as I went about completely tipping myself life upside down to redesign it from scratch (or more accurately to break myself down to the truth of who I really am, in order to rebuild myself to BE WHO I AM and to DO WHAT I LOVE).

And, I’ll tell you right now, after this last year, leaving Waiheke Island, going to Hawaii (as detailed in Going Out On A Limb), well… I feel freer, happier, more peaceful and more my true self than I ever have in 35 years and I categorically COULD NOT have done it if I had not reached out for support.

So, I implore you, if you are someone who is afraid to reach out for support, please… for the love of all things… swallow your fears, your negative self-talk, your pride or whatever is keeping you stuck and please, please put your freaking hand up! The Universe will deliver what you need if you will only step up to help yourself. People will materialise to support you. Information will find its way to you when you move forward to open your arms to receive it. You will find help in the most unlikely of places if you are willing to step outside your comfort zone. Do not judge how things may have gone before… perhaps once before you reached out and you didn’t get the response and support you needed. The past is gone and it has no bearing now. Life is short, don’t waste one second of it when the support you need lies all around you, beckoning you to call upon it.

 

Can Faith in God Help Alleviate Depression?


faith

Story at-a-glance

  • Modern, unhealthy lifestyles predispose you to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease which may lead to liver cancer. Recent research suggests that regular exercise reduces the risk of developing liver cancer
  • Previous research has shown that breast and colon cancer patients who exercise regularly have half the recurrence rate than non-exercisers, and the cumulative evidence strongly indicates that exercise really should be part of standard cancer care
  • Many recent studies have shown that exercise provides a level of protection against stress-related disorders and depression, and recent research demonstrates that these protective benefits are induced even if the exercise is forced as a mandatory part of a program, such as doctor’s orders, school curriculum or military service
  • Mounting evidence shows that our healthcare and clinical guidelines are based in large part on fraudulent studies that report untruthful results in order to accommodate the interests of corporations. In one review, scientists could NOT replicate 47 of the 53 published studies—all of which were considered important and valuable for the future of cancer treatments

 

Can faith in a higher power help you overcome mental illness, the most common of which is depression? To find out, researchers at McLean hospital, a psychiatric institution affiliated with Harvard Medical School, asked 159 patients with prominent symptoms of depression how strongly they believed in a god.1

They also asked how credible the patients thought their treatment was, and how effective they believed it would be in relieving their symptoms. The patients’ symptoms were assessed when admitted, and again upon release from the program.

Of the participants, 71 percent reported believing in a god or a higher power to some extent. Those whose belief in a god was stronger, regardless of the god or religious affiliation (including non-affiliation), were twice as likely to respond well to the treatment and experiencing better outcomes, such as:

  • Lessening of depression
  • Reductions in self-harm
  • Increases in psychological well-being (peace of mind, ability to have fun, general satisfaction)

As reported by The Atlantic:2

“The researchers point out that people who believed in a god, or were affiliated with a religion, were also more likely to believe their psychiatric treatment was credible and to expect positive results.

It may be, they write, that ‘the tendency to have faith in conventional social constructs’ can be generalized both to religion and the medical establishment. Since other studies have shown that faith in a given treatment is an important predictor of its effectiveness, that could help explain the association with improved outcomes found here.”

The Stigma of Mental Illness Within the Church

The recent suicide of 27-year-old Matthew Warren,3 youngest son of Pastor Rick Warren, founder of the mega-church Saddleback Valley Community Church in California, brought mental illness back into view for many within the confines of religion.

NPR4 recently featured an interview with journalist and Evangelical Christian Christine Scheller on the sometimes complicated relationship between faith and mental illness. Scheller also lost her son to suicide five years ago.

While the stigma of mental illness does not cling to all denominations, some churches can tend to marginalize mental health problems and view them as issues that are best approached by reading the bible or praying.

In Scheller’s experience, the anti-psychiatry rhetoric used in some churches can delay much-needed treatment. When it became clear that Scheller’s younger son also suffered with depression, she decided to ignore the advice of the church, opting instead to seek professional help for her son.

“[S]tigma about mental illness is not unique to the evangelical community. We have our own particular ways in which it’s stigmatized, but it’s a pervasive problem,” she says.

Depressive Thinking Can Go Viral

In related research published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, researchers suggest that certain types of depressive thinking can “go viral,” spreading to others living in close proximity. As reported in Time Magazine:6

“Although many people see depression as a chemical imbalance in the brain, scientists say social context and the way you see yourself and the world can be critical in causing and sustaining the illness… ‘Thinking styles are a really important factor in risk for depression,’ says the study’s lead author Gerald Haeffel, associate professor of clinical psychology at Notre Dame University. ‘How one thinks about life stress and negative moods is one of the best predictors that we have of future depression.’”

The two thinking styles explored in the study were:

  • Rumination; constant brooding or worrying about what might go wrong
  • Hopelessness

Both of these thinking styles have previously been linked to depression. But whereas the first places your focus on your negative mood, the other reflects on your lack of self worth and the consequences of an event. Says lead researcher Haeffel:

“For example, a person who feels hopeless might lose a job and see it as a personal failure and a sign that he will never be employable again. A more resilient person might blame the economy or see the situation as an opportunity to get a better position.”

The latter, hopelessness, was not found to be contagious, but rumination was. A suggested reason for this is because hopelessness centers around your own thoughts and deeply embedded beliefs about yourself, and so therefore may be less likely to have a major influence on the way others think about themselves and their lives. Ruminating and constant brooding, however, which focuses on all the bad things that might happen and sees the worst in every situation, is a mode that is more easily spread and mirrored by others.

“Interestingly, depression symptoms themselves were not contagious: simply having a roommate with symptoms of the disorder did not increase risk of developing the mental illness. But those who picked up a ruminative style of thinking from their roommates during the first three months of school had more than double the number of depressive symptoms of those who either weren’t exposed to this perspective or didn’t adopt the rumination three months later. And the risk was magnified if they experienced high levels of stress,” Time reports.

Positive Thinking Is Contagious Too!

Fortunately, the study also found that healthier modes of thinking were equally contagious, with the capacity to make a roommate adopt a more optimistic outlook as well. More than likely, you didn’t need a study to take notice of this. Most people will at some point or another have encountered someone in their life that either made you feel more positive or negative, simply by spending time with them.

A question they could not answer, however, was what the determining factor was that decided which roommate would adopt a thinking style more closely mirroring that of the other. Why are some people’s thinking styles more likely to dominate, rather than be influenced?

“Such information could enhance the current findings and contribute to new ways of treating and preventing depression,”Time writes. “The results suggest that depressive thinking styles can still be influenced during young adulthood — so this risk factor can be minimized even if it has already developed during high school or earlier. Targeting ruminative thinking might also enhance therapy.

“The therapist could assess if people in the patient’s life are modeling and providing adaptive cognitive feedback about stress and negative life events,” says Haeffel. “The therapist could then provide those with negative thinking styles with information about the contagion effect along with training that would help them identify negative thought patterns and provide examples of more adaptive ways of thinking.”

The Slow Opening Up to ‘Spiritual Science’

In 1993, only three of the United States’ 125 medical schools offered any sort of course work exploring the area of spirituality and medicine. Today, over 90 of these medical schools have formal courses where they explore randomized controlled studies and the effects of spiritual practices on longevity and health outcomes—a sure sign that what was once considered taboo is beginning to receive the discussion and serious investigation it deserves. Dr. Larry Dossey has written 11 books primarily focused on consciousness, spirituality, and the impact of spirituality on your health, including the book Healing Words: The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine.

“I think we’re opening up,” Dossey said when I interviewed him, three years ago. “I’m sure you remember, about 40 years ago when meditation burst upon the scene in medicine, it was put down. It was called California Woo woo. Nobody wanted to have anything to do with it. But now nobody raises an eye about meditation and yoga, even in medicine. We’re in the same place with spirituality that we were with meditation about 20 years ago. People know you can’t ignore it. The correlation between spiritual practice and health outcomes is just too strong.

For example, the data shows that people who follow some sort of spiritual path in their life live on average seven to 13 years longer than people who do not follow a spiritual practice… We have a huge spectrum of data that shows, I think compellingly, that your thoughts really matter when it comes to getting well.”

Most ancient cultures knew this, and there are few lines dividing spirituality; the mind, and medicine in these cultures. Ironically, modern science now allows us to rediscover these ancient truths, which fell by the wayside with the advent of medical science and its narrow focus on individual parts as opposed to investigating the connections within the whole. Going back to where we started, David Rosmarin, the lead researcher of the featured study in which those with a stronger faith in God experienced far better treatment outcomes for their depression, said:

“Given the prevalence of religious belief in the United States — more than 90 percent of the population — these findings are important in that they highlight the clinical implications of spiritual life. I hope that this work will lead to larger studies and increased funding in order to help as many people as possible.”

The Rise of Energy Psychology

Many people avoid energy psychology as they believe it is an alternative form of New Age spirituality, yet nothing could be further from the truth. It is merely an advanced tool that can effectively address some of the psychological short circuiting that occurs in emotional illnesses. It is not any competition at all with any religion but merely an effective resource you can use with whatever spiritual belief you have.

My favorite technique for this is the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), which is the largest and most popular version of energy psychology.

EFT was developed in the 1990s by Gary Craig, a Stanford engineering graduate specializing in healing and self-improvement. It’s akin to acupuncture, which is based on the concept that a vital energy flows through your body along invisible pathways known as meridians. EFT stimulates different energy meridian points in your body by tapping them with your fingertips, while simultaneously using custom-made verbal affirmations. This can be done alone or under the supervision of a qualified therapist.7By doing so, you help your body eliminate emotional “scarring” and reprogram the way your body responds to emotional stressors.

While the following video will teach you how to do EFT, it is VERY important to realize that self-treatment for serious mental health issues is NOT recommended. For serious or complex issues, you need someone to guide you through the process as there is an incredible art to this process and it typically takes years of training to develop the skill to tap on deep-seated, significant issues.

Research Backs the Use of EFT for Depression

I have been a fan of energy psychology for many years, having witnessed its effectiveness in my medical practice and in my own personal life. However, studies have been few and far between as science has been trying to “catch up” with clinical experience. That has finally started to change. Several studies have been published in the last few years, showing just how safe and effective EFT really is.

For example, the following three studies show remarkable progress in a very short amount of time for people with a history of trauma:

  1. A 2009 study8 of 16 institutionalized adolescent boys with histories of physical or psychological abuse showed substantially decreased intensity of traumatic memories after just ONE session of EFT.
  2. An EFT study9 involving 30 moderately to severely depressed college students was conducted. The depressed students were given four 90-minute EFT sessions. Students who received EFT showed significantly less depression than the control group when evaluated three weeks later.
  3. In a study of 100 veterans with severe PTSD10 (Iraq Vets Stress Project),11 after just six one-hour EFT sessions, 90 percent of the veterans had such a reduction in symptoms that they no longer met the clinical criteria for PTSD; 60 percent no longer met PTSD criteria after only three EFT sessions. At the three-month follow-up, the gains remained stable, suggesting lasting and potentially permanent resolution of the problem.

Source: .mercola.com

 

9 Ways to Actually Do What You Love.


Here’s a list of 9 ways that you can actually implement into your life whatever it is that you love.

1. Find what you love

It’s hard to follow your passion if you have no idea which way it went. If you already know your passion, you’re ahead of the game. But if you don’t this is the place to start. Generally, if you don’t know what you love there might be a few things happening:

a. You haven’t encountered your passion yet: In this case, get out there and start experiencing life. Try anything that sounds remotely interesting. Look to your personality, your past and your own hopes and dreams for clues.

b. You’ve “forgotten” your passion: Maybe it’s been so long since you did a particular thing that you’ve forgotten the love you have for it. Or maybe the love you used to have for something has faded. Work to rekindle the flame or remember the core of why you loved what you loved, and apply that to something new.

c. You’re afraid: Maybe your passion eludes you because you’re too afraid of what it would mean to know what you’re passionate about. Did you have a bad experience pursuing a passion in the past? Are you afraid that your passion will call on you to be bigger, stronger, brighter, and more out-there in the world than you feel comfortable with? It’s time to face your fear.

2. Make yourself a priority

You’ll need to actually carve out the time to do whatever you love. It doesn’t have to be a lot of time – any amount dedicated to what you love will make your life better. But, to make yourself a priority, you’re going to have to practice the art of saying no. No to things that waste your time, to things you don’t want to do but feel you should, and to things you want, but that don’t actually make you happier.

3. Shift your mindset

It’s not groundbreaking to think that you can actually make time for your passion. What is groundbreaking though, is the shift that comes with actually knowing to your core that you can make time for your passion. It’s one thing to know it in your brain, and quite another to know it in your heart. Shift your heart so that you know that a passion-filled life is possible for you.

4. Consider other people

Sometimes the difficulty in doing what you love comes in the form of feeling you’ll be disappointing others by taking time away from them. You can choose to involve other people in your passion, or you can make room for others to enjoy their own passion. Make it ok in your relationships to pursue things on your own, knowing you come back together as more whole people.

5. Lower the bar

In my work as a coach, I help people find their passions and put them to work – literally. But you don’t have to be paid to do what you love. Sometimes this requirement is just too much out of the gate. For now, begin doing what you love to do. If you love writing, write. If you love cooking, cook. Don’t worry too much that it’s happening in your precious few “spare” hours. As it evolves, you may be able to find a way to make your passions pay the bills, but for now, just do what you love and don’t put so much pressure on yourself.

6. Do what you don’t love (with a happy heart)

Life is funny that way. But when you put your best energy into everything you do, you are rewarded. I can’t pretend to really know the mechanics of this, though I have some ideas. The point is, though, when you constantly push yourself to be the best you can be in any situation, you begin to invite abundance and opportunity into your life.

7. Be fearless

So often I see people get paralyzed by fear. Their brain fast forwards to a yet-to-happen event which causes them to stay stuck. “What happens if I’m not good enough? What happens if I can’t make it?” It’s these fears – fears in anticipation of something that hasn’t even had the chance to occur yet, that prevents some people from even starting. Rest in the knowledge that you can handle whatever comes your way. Then keep moving.

8. Be positive

It’s easy to be beaten down by life sometimes, and the view from deep in that rut is less than hopeful. Consciously cultivate a positive attitude. It will carry you through the days when it’s easy to give up on passion – the days when you call your passion names like “pipe-dream.”

9. Do what you love

Don’t waste too much time planning to do what you love. Just do it. Pick up that paintbrush, your guitar, or your running shoes. Remember that often the barriers to doing what we love are of our own creation. You love what you love for a reason. Now get out there and enjoy It !!

 

Source: purposefairy.com

 

 

love-do-love

They Cracked This 250-Year-Old Code, and Found a Secret Society Inside.


The master wears an amulet with a blue eye in the center. Before him, a candidate kneels in the candlelit room, surrounded by microscopes and surgical implements. The year is roughly 1746. The initiation has begun.

The master places a piece of paper in front of the candidate and orders him to put on a pair of eyeglasses. “Read,” the master commands. The candidate squints, but it’s an impossible task. The page is blank.

The candidate is told not to panic; there is hope for his vision to improve. The master wipes the candidate’s eyes with a cloth and orders preparation for the surgery to commence. He selects a pair of tweezers from the table. The other members in attendance raise their candles.

The master starts plucking hairs from the candidate’s eyebrow. This is a ritualistic procedure; no flesh is cut. But these are “symbolic actions out of which none are without meaning,” the master assures the candidate. The candidate places his hand on the master’s amulet. Try reading again, the master says, replacing the first page with another. This page is filled with handwritten text. Congratulations, brother, the members say. Now you can see.

For more than 260 years, the contents of that page—and the details of this ritual—remained a secret. They were hidden in a coded manuscript, one of thousands produced by secret societies in the 18th and 19th centuries. At the peak of their power, these clandestine organizations, most notably the Freemasons, had hundreds of thousands of adherents, from colonial New York to imperial St. Petersburg. Dismissed today as fodder for conspiracy theorists and History Channel specials, they once served an important purpose: Their lodges were safe houses where freethinkers could explore everything from the laws of physics to the rights of man to the nature of God, all hidden from the oppressive, authoritarian eyes of church and state. But largely because they were so secretive, little is known about most of these organizations. Membership in all but the biggest died out over a century ago, and many of their encrypted texts have remained uncracked, dismissed by historians as impenetrable novelties.

It was actually an accident that brought to light the symbolic “sight-restoring” ritual. The decoding effort started as a sort of game between two friends that eventually engulfed a team of experts in disciplines ranging from machine translation to intellectual history. Its significance goes far beyond the contents of a single cipher. Hidden within coded manuscripts like these is a secret history of how esoteric, often radical notions of science, politics, and religion spread underground. At least that’s what experts believe. The only way to know for sure is to break the codes.

In this case, as it happens, the cracking began in a restaurant in Germany.

Source: http://www.wired.com