A Meditation to Restore Hope, Faith, and Trust

By Deepak Chopra, MD and Steve Israel

Everyone has been experiencing the ill effects of disruptive politics. Thinking of the present situation in terms of a partisan divide doesn’t go far enough–there has been a wholesale loss of trust. Hope for a better future is defeated on a daily basis. Faith in the democratic system is perhaps at an all-time low. This malaise isn’t about issues and parties. It’s about how we view bad events and react to them.

Society presses the argument that problems arise “out there,” usually caused by other people, and getting immersed in private emotion is a suitable response. The cycle of event-response never ends, and it rarely solves anything. But we are all addicted to it. Not only do outside events capture our attention, but also there is the rush of feeling angry or elated, victorious or defeated.

The world’s wisdom traditions say very little about politics, but they have much to say about getting entangled in the drama, beginning with the teaching that matters the most: the drama never ends. Once you get enmeshed in external events that trigger strong emotions, you have joined the drama either as participant or spectator. Therefore, reality “out there” is the level of the unending problems life brings our way. By becoming stuck in it, people sacrifice their only path to finding a solution, which is to base their sense of self “in here.” If you don’t want to be affected with malaise, stop ingesting the next dose of poison.

When you lose hope, trust, and faith, nobody did it to you. However much you are tempted to demonize somebody else, everything “out there” is aimed at one and only one thing: keeping the drama going at full boil. How you respond is your responsibility, and this turns out to be the opening that sets you free of the drama. Dramas are built out of plot lines, and when you start to look inward, it becomes clear that every plot line, down to the smallest detail, is self-created.

Instead of talking about how to change the narrative–a common topic now, after so many old plot lines have been disrupted and destroyed–it’s crucial to know where any story comes from. When you were a baby, there was no story. If a baby starts chewing when it’s teething, there is no concept of “shoe” (or baby). There are only sensations associated with the shoe: color, texture, shape, smell, and in this case, taste. In the process of development, babies move from feelings to organized perceptions, then on to language and thoughts. Each step adds a building block to the story of life, and by the time adulthood is reached, everyone’s story has taken on a life of its own.

Which is the whole problem. The tags in your story may be white, male, professional, Republican, which enables you to ease into someone else’s worldview if they share enough of the same tags. These tags are constructs. Nature doesn’t give birth to Democrats or conservatives, Catholics or Protestants, etc. But by identifying with all the labels that attach to us, we gain a sense of identity–and it’s a false identity, in every case. The story you’ve created has taken on a life of its own because you forgot that you are the creator, the author and not a character.

Babies are not blank slates that get imprinted like hammering a dent into a car fender. They are bundles of experience that is being processed in awareness. How the process turns baby A into Mozart and baby B into Kim Jong-Un remains a total mystery. But one thing is certain: the process occurs in awareness. Expose two children to the same upbringing, and each can turn out to be completely unlike the other. Expose any group of people to the same set of facts, and you will get as many interpretations as there are people.

At this stage of the argument, most of us will agree that all kinds of external influences went into our personal story, and that we interpreted these influences in a very personal way. But go back to the baby chewing a shoe. The experience of chewing the shoe is all the shoe is for the baby. Without a concept of “shoe” to organize the experience, it’s just an activity in awareness. This leads to a startling conclusion that takes time to absorb. Your body is experienced the same way a baby experiences a shoe. You take in a bundle of sensations through the five senses. There is no “body,” much less “my body,” until you construct a concept that organizes the actual reality, which is that your body is only an activity in your awareness.

You can prove this to yourself with a simple thought experiment. If you are experiencing your body and take away how it smells, what’s left? The other four senses. Take away how your body sounds, and what’s left? Three senses. Take all of those away and what’s left? In other words, imagine yourself paralyzed in a hospital bed, blind and deaf, receiving no sensations from your body at all. What remains is only a concept, the notion of “I have a body.” That notion is something to hold on to, which is fine. No one is saying you have to return to the state of a baby chewing on a shoe.

The point instead is to realize that your body is a construct in awareness. If you take away every label and tag that defines you, the same thing will always be left behind: the awareness that builds constructs, modifies and destroys them, gets bored with an old story and rearranges it into a new one. the only stable self is the awareness that participates in this creative process. Therefore, the world’s wisdom traditions teach that there is no “I” except awareness, and what it happens to be doing, which is knowing and experiencing.

How does this cure the current state of malaise? Diving into the drama leads eventually to exhaustion and misery. Staying above the drama is impossible–you may have no interest in politics, but the drama has a thousand other hooks. Wisdom consists in knowing that there is a third option. Take control of the constructs you have been immersed in. Realize that you can do and undo these constructs. This realization brings a sense of excitement and independence of real control and creative living. Isn’t that a lot better than suffering from the malaise?

Deepak Chopra MD, FACP, founder of The Chopra Foundation and co-founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing, is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation, and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Clinical Professor UCSD Medical School, researcher, Neurology and Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. The World Post and The Huffington Post global internet survey ranked Chopra #17 influential thinker in the world and #1 in Medicine. Chopra is the author of more than 85 books translated into over 43 languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. His latest books are You Are the Universe co-authored with Menas Kafatos, PhD, and Quantum Healing (Revised and Updated): Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine. discoveringyourcosmicself.com

Congressman Steve Israel is a Distinguished Writer-In-Residence at Long Island University in New York and was a Member of Congress for sixteen years. He served as House Democrats chief political strategist as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee; and President Bill Clinton called him “one of the most thoughtful Members of Congress.” He published a critically acclaimed satire of Washington entitled “The Global War on Morris” in 2015. Israel is a political commentator on CNN. His insights appear regularly in the New York Times, Washington Post and elsewhere.

HIs insights appear regurarly in the New York Times, Washington Post, Foreign Affairs and on 60 minutes, Jon Oliver, Fox News, MSNBC and elsewhere.

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Stand Up And Be Comfortable

Stand up and be comfortable

Investing in an adjustable desk that allows you to choose between standing up or sitting down to work with you clients has a lot going for it..

My Varidesk has done wonders for my back problems and research has shown that, sitting problems aside, standing up to work some of the time rather than sitting at a desk is a healthier option.
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The Art of Voyance

Clairvoyance is the ability to perceive information through visual subjective perceptions. Clairvoyance takes place in a flash, through the appearance of very brief mental images which interpretation is obvious rather symbolic.

Clairvoyance is different from divinatory sciences. The latter consist in an intellectual interpretation of signs obtained through various media (cards, star charts, etc.).

Sometimes, clairvoyance became an institution. It was the case with many civilizations of the ancient world, for example in Delphi, where the people used to consult the Oracle and its priestesses, the Pythia, who obtained visions by focusing on a fire.

In today’s modern world voyance helps people make better choices based on indications that the voyant interprets, and in turn helps individuals to set expectations and make constructive plans.

Shaman training gets $5M funding

Training courses that suggest spirit channelling, clairvoyance and shamanism should be used in mental health practice have received more than $5 million in funding under the federal government’s vocational education loan scheme.

Three colleges — including Phoenix Institute, which is at the centre of a growing scandal engulfing the private training industry — received $5.4m through the VET FEE-HELP loan program last year for the courses in “transpersonal” counselling and art therapy.

It is expected the funding figure for 2015 could push the total loans over the past two years to well over $10m, with total VET FEE-HELP lending almost doubling across the sector.

The counselling and art ­therapy courses, also taught at Ikon Institute and the College of Complementary Medicine, were devised by Ralph “Rafael” Locke, a self-described shaman and medicine person in the North American traditions.

Study material associated with those courses suggest some mental health issues could be “confused” with pseudoscientific experiences.

“Historically, shamanism has been confused with schizophrenia by anthropologists because shamans often speak of altered state experiences in the spirit world as if they were ‘real’ experiences,” one handbook reads.

“As the person accepts the calling and becomes a shaman, their illness usually disappears.”

There is also some confusion about Dr Locke’s professional ­experience.

Phoenix Institute said Dr Locke, who was listed as its director of academic leadership, had received a CSIRO postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was “professor in the Department of Perceptual Studies” at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.

The CSIRO told The Australian it was “unable to find any rec­ord of a Rafael Locke either working for … or having any ­association” with the organisation — a claim rejected by Dr Locke.

It was also unable to locate records of a Ralph Locke.

Meanwhile, the University of Virginia said records indicated Dr Locke did not have a faculty appointment.

Dr Locke said there had been some confusion and he conducted research for the Ray Westphal Neuroimaging Laboratory, an autonomous part of the University of Virginia that studies extraordinary anomalies and experiences.

The courses authored by Dr Locke cost more than $16,000 through Phoenix Institute, a college that is being sued by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission for alleged unconscionable conduct in enrolling vulnerable students.

While the ACCC investigation is targeting online business ­courses, the Australian Counselling Association, one of two peak counselling bodies, has removed Phoenix Institute’s accreditation.

ACA chief executive Philip Armstrong said of the 40 colleges teaching diplomas of counselling, just seven met the organisation’s accreditation standards.

The number of colleges offering the courses had doubled in three years after the government-backed loans for students were extended to private vocational education operators, Mr Armstrong said.

The VET FEE-HELP scheme funds colleges and leaves students with the debt, which has to be repaid only if they earn more than $54,000 in a year. “There’s chalk and cheese between the courses that are being delivered as far as meeting industry standards and those who are just delivering it because people are paying,” he said.

Mr Armstrong warned that in general, poorly trained students could do damage, particularly when dealing with relationship problems and by missing signs of significant mental health issues.

The ACA had deregistered Phoenix Institute’s founder and previous owner Martin Peake in 2012 after finding he had pursued an inappropriate relationship with a past or current client.

Mr Peake sold the college to Australian Careers Network.
In a separate move, the federal regulator, the Australian Skills Quality Authority, is attempting to close the college. ACN yesterday succeeded in halting the deregistration, with the Australian Administrative Tribunal ordering a stay until it hears an appeal next year.

ACN, headed by former ­policeman Ivan Brown, is chaired by Stephen Williams, chairman of the council of Sydney Church of England Grammar School, an ­exclusive private school.

CLC 040: The Acid/Alkaline 180 Day Challenge with Dr. Robert Cassar & Robert Harrison

Finally, the much talked about 180 Day Acid/Alkaline Challenge that Dr. Robert Cassar used to achieve his amazing health and how you can too. This interview has been sought out by many for a long time now – much controversy at ‘The Best Day Ever’ weekend and website and it’s finally here. In this 2 part interview hear Robert Harrison do in depth to discover the 180 Day Acid / Alkaline challenge and the most common pitfalls in obtaining optimum health as outlined by Dr. Cassar.Candid and informal, you’ll get to hear Dr. Cassar and Robert discuss the specific steps you’ll want to take to transform your body and your health.This is part 2 of a two part series.DISCLAIMER:Please note these statements have not been
approved by the Food and Drug Administration. This information and the
opinions contained therein are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure,
or prevent any disease. Statements are opinion and not constitutable as
facts or medical evaluations. This material is for information purposes
only and is not intended as medical advice. Since there is always some
risk involved with publishing alternative works, the author, publisher
and distributors are not responsible for any adverse effects or
consequences resulting from the use of any suggestions or procedures
described hereafter. The author of this program is not a
medical doctor, and the ideas contained herein may conflict with
orthodox, mainstream medical opinion. The exercises, dietary measures,
and other advice regarding health matters outlined in this program are
not suitable for everyone, and under certain circumstances could lead
to injury. You should not attempt self-diagnosis, and you should not
embark on any exercise program, dietary regimen, or self-treatment of
any kind without qualified medical supervision. Nothing in this program
should be construed as a promise of benefits or results to be achieved,
or a guarantee by the author or publisher of the safety or efficacy of
its contents. The author, the publisher, its editors, and its employees
disclaim any liability, loss, or risk incurred directly or indirectly
as a result of the use or application of any of the contents of this
program. Although hypnosis, NLP, and other techniques used herein are
not harmful in an of themselves and have no known side effects – please
consult your physician before starting and during any weight loss
program for your own safety and health. My biggest concern would be a
client ignoring or avoiding sound medical advice at the risk of their
So, don’t do it. Be smart, talk to your doctor, and with that said…enjoy!
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