Healing Power of Music

April 19, 2009 by Terri  
Filed under Health by Condition

All of you iPod owners can take heart in the fact that listening to music each day has a positive effect on your health! A 2008 study from the University of Maryland School of Medicine revealed that listening to music that makes you happy (what they call “Joyful music”) for 30 minutes could help to reduce your stress levels. Read more

Healing Guides

April 18, 2009 by Terri  
Filed under Healing Guides

In ancient Greece, the sick went to temples with the hope of a cure by a ritual called incubation or “temple sleep.” Asclepius (known in other cultures as Aesculapius), God of Healing, was said to have visited them in their dreams, or even during guided meditations. Priests would then interpret the dream and recommend a remedy, or give advice on how they could be cured. Read more

Do You Believe in Angels?

April 17, 2009 by Terri  
Filed under Angels

Millions of people have felt the grace and guidance of Angels. People in all walks of life have been helped, guided, saved or just confronted by their Guardian Angels and are more than eager to share their encounters with anyone willing to listen. Read more

The Secret is That There is No Secret

April 15, 2009 by Terri  
Filed under Pastiche

The camera zoomed in on the Cowardly Lion as he despairingly sobbed into his clenched tail, unconvincingly chanting to himself, “I do believe! I do believe! I do! I do! I do!”

That was my first thought while viewing the popular New Age video (which is now, thanks to Oprah, also a best-selling book), “The Secret.” My second thought was, “What the BLEEP is so ‘secret’ about “The Secret?”

In the “Wizard of Oz,” the ruse wasn’t that there was no Wizard, but rather that the Wizard just wasn’t as powerful and fearsome as he led everyone to believe.  In “The Secret,” the ruse is that there is no powerful and mysterious secret as the author leads you to believe. The concepts of positive thinking, and the Law of Attraction (like attracts like) has never been intentionally withheld from general knowledge, or only known by the elite. Countless numbers of books, dating back thousands of years, have been written, and rewritten, about this subject matter.

The author (and cast members) of “The Secret” advocates throughout the video that we are limited only by our thoughts and beliefs about reality. To some degree, that’s true. We are, after all, mind-directed creatures and tend to act on the basis of our beliefs. Most people come to their beliefs for a variety of reasons having little to do with empirical evidence and logical reasoning. However, in my humble opinion, what’s inherently wrong with “The Secret” is that only one viewpoint is being presented, and it’s being presented to the reader as if it was some newly discovered Universal Truth guaranteed to set you free… and make you rich in the process!

The New Age viewpoint presented in “The Secret” is that EVERYTHING that happens to us is because, on some level, we WANTED it to happen… we even ASKED for it to happen. If we’re not abundantly wealthy, or we have problems in our relationships, or health, or sent off to fight in a war we may not believe in, or even experience a tragedy… regardless of the situation… it’s absolutely a reflection or our own negative thoughts and beliefs. On the other hand, we can have unlimited wealth, perfect health, perfect relationships, perfect careers, and world peace, if only we change our thinking accordingly.   The premise is; Change your thinking and you can have whatever you want, and as much as you want.  But I don’t recall anyone mentioning how you need to change your core beliefs — beliefs that are deep-seated and remain constant over time — before can you begin to change your thinking.

While I agree that the power of positive thinking can, and will, help to create abundance in our lives, I also believe that simply thinking/believing that we can have “it all” doesn’t necessarily equate to getting “it all.”  It takes more than a thought, and more than a belief. It also takes skills and abilities. And, oh yes… courage. Even the Cowardly Lion had to face his fears and put up a good fight in order to succeed, and receive his Badge of Courage. As I have often said, thoughts are energy and action is energy at work. Do something every day towards achieving your dreams – because action is the “real secret” to success.

What’s the Point of Meditation?

April 15, 2009 by Terri  
Filed under General Interest

What is meditation? What is the point?

Some forms of meditation have a goal, and some do not. Forms without a goal, Zazen for example, often carry some form of enlightenment as a reward. Forms with a specific goal in mind typically involve direction of thought into the subconscious mind. Thoughts are difficult to direct to the subconscious mind, but if they successfully are, they will manifest, thus accomplishing the goal. Read more

The Dance Between Needs and Desires

April 15, 2009 by Terri  
Filed under General Interest

Oscar Wilde once said, “There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.

In the Noble Truths, His Holiness the Dalai Lama explains that happiness essentially comes not from getting what we want, but from wanting what we get.

This poses the questions: “How do we know what we truly want… or what it is that will make us truly happy?” Read more


April 11, 2009 by Terri  
Filed under General Interest

What does a hospital do with a homeless schizophrenic recently diagnosed as being “dangerously delusional and paranoid?” According to an editorial appearing in yesterday’s LA Times; they dump them off somewhere. Anywhere. A bus stop… the Salvation Army shelter… on the street.  Apparently it doesn’t matter where they dump h/her off.  An investigation uncovered evidence that vans dispatched by the College Hospital chain left as many as 150 mentally ill patients on skid row in the last two years. Now isn’t this a comforting thought.

FULL ARTICLE FROM THE L.A. TIMES HERE: A remedy for patient-dumping?

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