Simon Lewis is a film and television producer and author. After earning law degrees from Christ’s College Cambridge and Boalt Hall, Berkeley, Lewis moved to Los Angeles, CA. Hollywood experiences include managing writers, directors and stars, and producing “Look Who’s Talking” and critically acclaimed films such as “The Chocolate War” which was an Emmy-winning international production for HBO and ITV Central.
The Extraordinary Story of One Man’s Journey from Near Death to Full Recovery
Lewis is the author of Rise and Shine, his memoir that uses his personal story of recovery from coma to illustrate insights about consciousness. Lewis uses visualizations from medicine, scientific research and digital art to illustrate solutions for society’s pressing problems such as the erosion of consciousness and our need for solutions to extend mind by cognitive and other therapies.
As an advocate for change to educate our children and ourselves, Lewis says we must not take our consciousness for granted. We must screen and detect learning problems diminish barriers, and prevent academic failure to bridge gaps of potential mind and maximize consciousness.
“When I was thirty-five, my wife and I were both reported dead by the first paramedics to arrive at the scene of a seventy-five-mile-an-hour hit-and-run. My wife Marcy died instantly that day. With brain damage from a massive stroke and my body broken, I wasn’t expected to survive either.”
So begins Rise and Shine, a dramatic story of Simon Lewis and his remarkable recovery from a horrific car accident to navigate the health insurance maze, Rise and Shine is an extraordinary first-person account of unexpected tragedy and life-affirming courage.
Rise and Shine demonstrates that patients achieve maximum regeneration to rebuild their lives probably only when there is a great deal of help and support from their family and caregivers.
Enjoy this story about what it means to return to life after a near-death experience. Rise and Shine is an exploration of the nature of consciousness itself, and its a fascinating tale of survival and recovery.
Description: After a catastrophic car accident that left him in a coma, Simon Lewis found ways to recover — physically and mentally — beyond all expectations. At the INK Conference he tells how this remarkable story led him to concern over all threats to consciousness, and how to overcome them.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EDMR)
The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense issued clinical practice guidelines that recommend EDMR for the treatment of PTSD. Perhaps, the rapid eye movement allows the patient less opportunity to consciously react to the distress that they are reviewing. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. Positive controlled outcome studies demonstrate that >80% of single-trauma victims no longer have post-traumatic stress after only three 90-minute sessions. Reportedly, Kaiser Permanente, found that 100% of the single-trauma victims and 77% of multiple trauma victims no longer suffer with PTSD after only six 50-minute sessions. EMDR Institute, Inc. reported that 77% of combat veterans were free of PTSD in 12 sessions.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EDMR) 20/20 Report
. Francine Shapiro is the originator and developer of EMDR.
In 1987, she made the chance observation that moving her eyes from side to side appeared to reduce the disturbance of negative thoughts and memories. This experience led her to examine this phenomenon more systematically. Working with approximately 70 volunteers, she developed standardized procedures to maximize therapeutic outcomes, conducted additional research and a published randomized controlled study with trauma victims. After further research and elaboration of the methodology, she published a textbook in 1995 detailing the eight phases of this form of psychotherapy. EMDR is now recommended as an effective treatment for trauma in numerous international practice guidelines, including those of the American Psychiatric Association and the Department of Defense.
Dr. Shapiro is a Senior Research Fellow Emeritus at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, California, Executive Director of the EMDR Institute in Watsonville, CA, and founder and President Emeritus of the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs, a non-profit organization that coordinates disaster response and low fee training worldwide. see also: https://www.emdr.com/
Earth Sentinels: The Storm Creators eBook
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Lonny Hall, tribe member of Kon Kow Valley Band of Maidu, said, “Earth Sentinels is gripping, takes the reader hostage, and educates on the cultural similarities and differences of spiritual leaders from all over the world.
Scientists have been searching for more evidence with regard to pathogenesis and pathophysiology of depression and the resultant neurobiological effects thereof. But the elucidation of the underlying pathophysiology of this condition continues to be elusive. Some theories claim that depression is linked to a dysfunction of the dopaminergic and GABA-ergic system. Others assert that it is associated with a deficit of norepinephrine and serotonin exacerbated by an alteration in the expression of neuropeptides. Yet another theory claims that the overdrive of the hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal system is another risk factor for depression.
Chances are that a combination of all these factors can certainly intensify the onset of depression.
Depression can be draining. It can take away your energy, dampen your hopes for the future and your drive. It even cripples the desire to do what is needed to feel better. Scientists tell us that some of the symptoms of depression include agitation, significant low sex drive, being irritable, having digestive disorders, experiencing headaches, being fatigued, having feelings of guilty and helplessness as well as insomnia. But there are also times when depressed people might want to sleep all the time.
Although the word ‘depression’ does not appear in the Bible except in the New Living Translation, there are many people who manifested depressive symptoms in the Bible such as Elijah, Hannah, King Saul, John the Baptist, Jeremiah, Job and many others. God does not get upset, nor does He punish us just because we experience discouragement and depression. These disorders are often triggered by events beyond our control such as the death of a loved one, divorce or loss of job.
Living in a fallen, sinful world means that we will experience the tragic dimensions of life from time to time until the Lord comes to take us home.
The joy of our salvation is in the confident assurance of God’s manward abundant mercies and in the realization that He responds to our hurts as a loving Father. The Bible says in Psalm 34:18 that the LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. It also says “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever,” (John 14:16). Furthermore, knowing that Jesus was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief (Isaiah 53: 3) means that He is not a stranger to our suffering, and because He has already been there and has overcome, we also can overcome through Him. This is our hope and our strength through it all.
Discover time-tested guidelines for disease prevention that will change your life for good at: The Perfect Prescription by Reigh Simuzoshya.
The Perfect Prescription
Godly Wisdom on Public Health by Reigh Simuzoshya
This book is also available for purchase as an eBook download.
Do you know that God is more interested in your health than you could ever be?
The Bible is full of holistic principles and guidelines, which, if applied consistently, can prevent disease and promote optimum health. Preventive measures are often less costly than curative therapies, and these principles can be applied at individual, family, and community levels.
The human body is a fearful and wonderful machine, capable of performing incredible functions. God has stamped his own image on it. How absurd it is then to look elsewhere other than to the omnipotent and omniscient Manufacturer of the human body for guidelines regarding its well-being and health?
Far from being an obsolete and archaic document saturated with myths and superstition, the Bible is a rich repository, an inexhaustible mine, of counsel for all facets of life, including health and longevity.
Explore the time-tested, efficacious principles that are foundational for disease prevention, health enhancement, and long life straight from the creator of our bodies himself with “The Perfect Prescription.”
The global community is in shock in recent years as we learn about one global disaster and another — earthquakes, tsunami destruction, nuclear melt-downs, wars and rumors of wars, widespread immoral behaviors and hypocrisy, famine, incurable diseases, crumbling marriage and family units, and increasingly materialistic greater greed and finger pointing.”.
“Earth Sentinels” is as Telling and Accurate as “Animal Farm” and “Fahrenheit 451.”
The newly released novel, “Earth Sentinels: The Storm Creators” by Shaman Elizabeth Herrera is a no-holds-barred piece of literary realism that sheds light on the serious issues affecting our planet while artfully weaving a captivating story filled with fascinating characters.
“The garden of the world has no limits, except in your mind.” ~ Rumi
Deepak Chopra is the source for this post – from his book – included with links and excerpts… I did not much more than organize this – my text is this lighter color. If you have some time, try the exercise and view both videos… there is really some terrific wisdom here from Dr. Chopra.
Look at the palm of your hand. Feel it as you look. Now imagine that it is getting warmer. Keep looking and focus on it getting warmer; see the color becoming redder. If you maintain focus on this intention, your palm will in fact grow warm and red.
This technique is so effective that monks who use it can sit in freezing ice caves meditating overnight while wearing nothing more than their thin silk saffron robes. Now the simple feedback loop has become totally engrossing, because what we can induce merely by intending it may have no limit.
The same Buddhist monks reach states of compassion, for example, that depend on physical changes in the prefrontal cortex of the brain. Their brains didn’t do this on their own; they were following orders from the mind. Thus we cross a frontier. When a feedback loop is maintaining normal heart rhythm, the mechanism is involuntary— it is using you. But if you change your heart rate intentionally (for example, by imagining a certain someone who excites you romantically), you are using it instead.
Let’s take this concept to the place where life can be miserable or happy. Consider stroke victims. Medical science has made huge advances in patient survival after even massive strokes, some of which can be attributed to better medications and to the upsurge of trauma units, since strokes are ideally dealt with as soon as possible. Quick treatment is saving countless lives, compared to the past. But survival isn’t the same as recovery.
No drugs show comparable success in allowing victims to recover from paralysis, the most common effect of a stroke. As with the discouraged children, with stroke patients everything seems to depend on feedback. In the past they mostly sat in a chair with medical attention, and their course of least resistance was to use the side of the body that was unaffected by their stroke. Now rehabilitation actively takes the course of most resistance. If a patient’s left hand is paralyzed, for example, the therapist will have her use only that hand to pick up a coffee cup or comb her hair. At first these tasks are physically impossible. Even barely raising a paralyzed hand causes pain and frustration. But if the patient repeats the intention to use the bad hand, over and over, new feedback loops develop. The brain adapts, and slowly there is new function.
We now see remarkable recoveries in patients who walk, talk, and use their limbs normally with intensive rehab. Even twenty years ago these functions would have languished or shown only minor improvements. And all we have done so far is to explore the implications of two words.
Program Description “You don’t know what your brain can do until you test its limits…” The Super Brain Credo bridges two worlds, biology and experience. Biology is great at explaining physical processes, but it is totally inadequate at telling us about the meaning and purpose of our subjective experience. What does it feel like to be a discouraged child or a paralyzed stroke victim? The story begins with that question, and biology follows second. We need both worlds to understand ourselves. Otherwise, we fall into the biological fallacy, which holds that humans are controlled by their brains. Leaving aside countless arguments between various theories of mind and brain, the goal is clear: We want to use our brains, not have them use us. We’ll expand on these ten principles as the book unfolds. Major breakthroughs in neuroscience are all pointing in the same direction. The human brain can do far more than anyone ever thought. Contrary to outworn beliefs, its limitations are imposed by us, not by its physical shortcomings.
Special thanks toKim Saeed for a link to this superb video.
Book Excerpt: Super Brain
by Deepak Chopra, MD and Rudolph E. Tanzi, PhD
A Golden Age for the Brain What do we really know about the human brain? In the 1970s and 1980s, when the authors gained their training, the honest answer was “very little.” There was a saying circulating back then: Studying the brain was like putting a stethoscope on the outside of the Astrodome to learn the rules of football.
Your brain contains roughly 100 billion nerve cells forming anywhere from a trillion to perhaps even a quadrillion connections called synapses. These connections are in constant, dynamic state of remodeling in response to the world around you. As a marvel of nature, this one is minuscule and yet stupendous.
Everyone stood in awe of the brain, which was once dubbed “the three-pound universe.” And rightly so. Your brain not only interprets the world, it creates it. Everything you see, hear, touch, taste, and smell would have none of these qualities without the brain. Whatever you experience today—your morning coffee, the love you fee for your family, a brilliant idea at work—has been specifically customized solely for you.
Immediately we confront a crucial issue. If your world is unique and customized for you and you alone, who is behind such remarkable creativity, you or the brain itself? If the answer is you, then the door to greater creativity is flung open. If the answer is your brain, then there may be drastic physical limitations on what you are able to achieve. Maybe your genes are holding you back, or toxic memories, or low self esteem. Maybe you fall short because of limited expectations that have contracted your awareness, even though you don’t see it happening.
The facts of the case could easily tell both stories, of unlimited potential or physical limitation. Compared with the past, today science is amassing new facts with astonishing speed. We have entered a golden age of brain research. New breakthroughs emerge every month, but in the midst of such exciting advances, what about the individual, the person who depends upon the brain for everything?
Take a moment and watch what is going on in a meditating brain:
Is this a golden age for your brain?
We detect an enormous gap between brilliant research and everyday reality. Another medical school saying from the past comes to mind: Each person typically uses only 10 percent of their brain. Speaking literally, that’s not true. In a healthy adult, the brain’s neural networks operate at full capacity all the time. Even the most sophisticated brain scans available would show no detectable difference between Shakespeare writing a soliloquy from Hamlet and an aspiring poet writing his first sonnet. But the physical brain is not nearly the whole story.
To create a golden age for your brain, you need to use the gift nature has given you in a new way. It’s not the number of neurons or some magic inside your gray matter that makes life more vital, inspiring, and successful. Genes play their part, but your genes, like the rest of the brain, are also dynamic. Every day you step into the invisible firestorm of electrical and chemical activity that is the brain’s environment. You act as leader, inventor, teacher, and user of your brain, all at once.
As leader, you hand out the day’s orders to your brain.
As inventor, you create new pathways and connections inside your brain that didn’t exist yesterday.
As teacher, you train your brain to learn new skills.
As user, you are responsible for keeping your brain in good working order.
In these four roles lies the whole difference between the everyday brain—let’s dub it the baseline brain—and what we are calling super brain. The difference is immense. Even though you have not related to the brain by thinking What orders should I give today? or What new pathways do I want to create? that’s precisely what you are doing. The customized world that you live in needs a creator. The creator isn’t your brain; it’s you.
Super brain stands for a fully aware creator using the brain to maximum advantage. Your brain is endlessly adaptable, and you could be performing your fourfold role—leader, inventor, teacher, and user—with far more fulfilling results than you now achieve. ...more
Elder abuse is a multidimensional global concern that manifests itself in many forms. For example, it can take the form of exploitation and marginalization of elder interests, which usually occur through enactment of social and economic policies deliberately meant to disenfranchise the elderly. It takes away their voices and silences them into obscurity. Financial exploitation is another form of elder abuse. This constitutes the unauthorized expenditure of the elderly person’s funds by the caregiver. Financial exploitation of the elderly often includes misusing their credit cards and personal checks by buying items they did not authorize. It can also take the form of outright stealing of cash and other valuable household items from the elderly by the caregiver or whoever the perpetrator may be. Forging the elderly individual’s signature in order to make unauthorized purchases is yet another type of financial exploitation. Sometimes financial exploiters coerce the elderly into changing their wills to favor them or to hand over rights to their assets to the abuser.
Then there is the healthcare type of abuse of the elderly, which is perpetrated by unethical doctors, nurses, hospital personnel, and other professional care providers. Evidence of healthcare abuse is overcharging or double-billing for elderly healthcare services or getting kickbacks for elderly patient referral to a certain type of provider or prescribing certain types of medications that the elderly person might not even need. Healthcare abuse is also the tendency to deliberately over medicate the elderly patient or under medicate them. It is giving fraudulent types of treatment regimens aside from what the elderly patient needs or is already receiving. It can also take place in insurance fraud, which is a means of obtaining payment from the elderly person’s insurance carrier in a fraudulent manner.
The sad thing is the not many countries have official national statistics about elder abuse. This means that this is a trend that is usually under-reported. As such, the actual figure of abused elders is unknown. One reason for this is the absence of national statistics due to lack of uniform or standardized reporting systems. Statistical estimates of the problem of elder abuse have often been garnered from private investigators over the years. In the United States, between 1 and 3 million elderly people over 65 have been injured, ill-treated or exploited in one way or another. The rate of elder abuse is between 2% and 10% and about 1 in 14 incidents of elder abuse take place at home. Other estimates indicate that about 5 million cases of elder financial extortion and exploitation take place every year. As indicated above, the actual prevalence rate is unknown since about 20% of elder abuse cases go unreported. But estimates indicate that approximately 472, 000 elders were abused in 2000 in the United States alone. The World Health Organization claims that the prevalence of global elder abuse is between 1% and 10%.
Christian values have a different view about ageing. Among true believers, ageing is not contemplated upon with apprehension or trepidation. It is not a negative phenomenon. All generations, including the elderly, are a vital part of the fabric of society, a resource necessary for its effective functioning and well-being. Each period in an individual’s life has something unique to offer humanity.
According to the Bible, old age is a blessing. The Bible speaks of old age as a splendor or beauty or honor: “The glory of young men is their strength, but the beauty of old men is their gray hair,” (Proverbs 20:29). Again it says “You shall rise up before the hoary head, and honor the face of an old man, and you shall fear your God: I am the LORD,” (Leviticus, 19:32).
One of the fundamental principles of Christian ethics on which hangs the foundation of the dignity of every human being is the directive or commandment: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” (Matthew 22:39). The Bible speaks with final authority on how we ought to treat other human beings as it does on most other subjects. Loving my neighbor as I love myself entails the understanding that the other human being, regardless of age difference or any other difference for that matter, has the same intrinsic value that I have. Every human being carries the Imago Dei, the image of God. This is what gives us all inalienable intrinsic value.
Scientists have been searching for more evidence with regard to pathogenesis and pathophysiology of depression and the resultant neurobiological effects thereof. But the elucidation of the underlying pathophysiology of this condition continues to be elusive.
Some theories claim that depression is linked to a dysfunction of the dopaminergic and GABA-ergic system. Others assert that it is associated with a deficit of norepinephrine and serotonin exacerbated by an alteration in the expression of neuropeptides. Yet another theory claims that the overdrive of the hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal system is another risk factor for depression. Chances are that a combination of all these factors can certainly intensify the onset of depression. Depression can be draining. It can take away your energy, dampen your hopes for the future and your drive. It even cripples the desire to do what is needed to feel better.
Scientists tell us that some of the symptoms of depression include agitation, significant low sex drive, being irritable, having digestive disorders, experiencing headaches, being fatigued, having feelings of guilty and helplessness as well as insomnia. But there are also times when depressed people might want to sleep all the time.
Although the word ‘depression’ does not appear in the Bible except in the New Living Translation, there are many people who manifested depressive symptoms in the Bible such as Elijah, Hannah, King Saul, John the Baptist, Jeremiah, Job and many others. God does not get upset, nor does He punish us just because we experience discouragement and depression. These disorders are often triggered by events beyond our control such as the death of a loved one, divorce or loss of job.
Living in a fallen, sinful world means that we will experience the tragic dimensions of life from time to time until the Lord comes to take us home. The joy of our salvation is in the confident assurance of God’s manward abundant mercies and in the realization that He responds to our hurts as a loving Father. The Bible says in Psalm 34:18 that the LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. It also says “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever,” (John 14:16). Furthermore, knowing that Jesus was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief (Isaiah 53: 3) means that He is not a stranger to our suffering, and because He has already been there and has overcome, we also can overcome through Him. This is our hope and our strength through it all.
I [Kathy Freston] recently published my third book, Quantum Wellness: A Practical and Spiritual Guide to Health and Happiness. That book details how small, incremental changes – to what we eat, how we think, how we move our bodies, how we relate to others, etc. – can reap huge rewards.
One of the practices I recommend for “jump-starting” a quantum shift to a higher state of wellness is a 21-day cleanse – a period of three weeks in which you abstain from sugar, caffeine, gluten, alcohol, and animal products and load yourself full of a wholesome, plant-based diet.
Of all the things I wrote about in that book, it was the cleanse that elicited the most overwhelming response. Easily 90% of the questions and letters I receive from readers have to do with navigating those 21 days. Clearly, a nerve has been struck. I don’t think it’s just that people want to detox and lose weight, although that is surely part of it. I think that the promise of experiencing real, discernible breakthroughs in each of the areas of body, mind, and spirit in a relatively short period of time appeals to the great many of us who have a serious desire for personal development and change.
And so I decided to devote a whole book to the cleanse – to answering your questions and going into greater depth about the process and offering you a hand as you try to go three weeks without some of the substances you reach for when you need comfort.
Get ready for a miracle, because that’s what happens when you first make the decision to give yourself a big boost in the direction of quantum wellness, when you decide to take supremely good care of your body and confront the emotions that come up when you do. When you make your move – even if it’s a just a single step – toward the shift you’d like to experience, your body, mind, and spirit are brought to a whole new and altogether higher level.
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My suggestion is that you read the book once through before you begin the cleanse, and then read it again as you’re conducting the cleanse—reading the chapters that are suggested for the respective days. There is information that comes later in the chapters that you may find useful to you from the outset of the cleanse, and my hope is that you will find value in reading it again for inspiration as you’re experiencing the cleanse, also.
I think you’ll find value, for example, in working on visualization, taking time for fun, and exercise from day 1 of the cleanse, but if that seems like too much for you (I know this is a lot to throw at a person; there’s no right or wrong way to proceed), please feel free to begin incorporating those elements on the days to which they’re assigned, after you’re getting into the flow of dietary and other elements of the cleanse.
I started doing cleanses over twenty-five years ago because I wanted to lose weight, plain and simple.
I hoped that taking a little break from my (over)eating routines might snap me out of unhealthy patterns.
I started off by fasting every Monday, forgoing all food except a recommended mixture of apple cider vinegar, honey, and water. After a while, I moved on to juice fasts, where for a few days or even a week at a time I would consume only juices made from fruits, carrots, spinach, celery, ginger, and other vegetables. At other times over the years, I tried the various programs that were in vogue and that promised some sort of miracle.
What I found out after all was that fasting didn’t work for me. I never experienced the promised weight loss or, if I did, it didn’t last. In fact whenever I would fast my metabolism would slow way down and put my body on starvation alert mode. In other words, whatever calories I did ingest, my body hung onto tightly because it wasn’t so sure that more would be coming in.
For many people, these practices have their merits, and many of them are quite detoxifying and healing, but they didn’t work for me. Plus, not eating made me anxious and I couldn’t concentrate; all I could think about was what I would eat for that first “break fast” meal.
The Quantum Wellness 21-Day Cleanse is nothing like those punishing fasts I tried for all those years. It is extremely simple and nutritionally sound. In fact, it is more a healthy way of living than it is a harsh or difficult discipline. It’s about choosing foods that don’t tax the body and make it work so hard; it’s about taking a break but not about starving.
The more I studied and looked into the ancient practice of giving up certain foods for a designated period of time, the more I realized that fasting and cleansing are not only good for making physical improvements, but they can also be a pathway to great clarity and even enlightenment.
Many masters throughout the ages have forgone food for periods of time so that they might feel closer to Spirit and less attached to the pedestrian rites of this world. They would give up a number of things – perhaps just taking in the bare essentials – and go into a deep meditation or discourse with a Teacher. Or, like Gandhi, they would give up eating as a way of making a strong and committed statement that would bring about changes in social conditions and a shift toward higher societal consciousness.
The more I learned about fasting and cleansing traditions, the more I saw the wisdom in giving my body an occasional retreat so that I could break free from some of my lesser habits and cravings and the impulse for immediate gratification. From the early founders of Western medicine – Hippocrates, Galen, and Paracelsus – I learned that occasionally refraining from food was also a proven way to prevent and even cure disease. Even the great philosophers Plato, Socrates, and Pythagoras regularly gave up food (or certain foods) so that they could enhance and enliven their sense of physical well being.
This cleanse is so simple and so powerful. For three weeks, you will refrain from eating what I call “The Big Five”:
and refined sugar
On first glance, it may seem like there will be nothing left to eat or drink! In fact, you will discover that there is a whole world of delicious and nutritious food to enjoy and that will help you feel more energetic, healthy, and clean. And I guarantee you will not be hungry (unless you forget to eat!). In fact this is a “diet” you could stay on indefinitely, because it doesn’t deny your body any of its needs and is actually rich in nutritious vegetables, whole grains, fruits, and nuts, and chock full of everything you need to fuel your body for a lifetime.
Over the course of the three weeks I’ll be talking in some depth about why you’re avoiding these Big Five categories, but for now just trust me when I say that these substances are difficult for our bodies and can even be toxic, and a break from them will do you a world of good. We won’t be doing any calorie counting or maniacally restricting carbs; I’ll just be here to remind you to eat lots of grains, beans, nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables, which are loaded with naturally occurring vitamins and minerals, and give you plenty of suggestions for how to make them a part of your diet. Simple, no?
I want to prepare you for the physiological downside that some people experience for a few days. Many people experience no physical problems or actual signs of withdrawal, but some people do—if you are in the latter category, please remind yourself that this is a signal of addiction, and you don’t want to be addicted. Please also keep reminding yourself that these bad physical feelings pass within a few days for almost everyone.
I know when I give up caffeine I get cranky and lethargic for the first few days. But that’s part of the point. I become aware just how dependent my body has become on an artificial boost and how it’s forgotten how to feel good on its own. Some people get headaches when they kick caffeine, but these pass within a few days at the most.
Sugar can be another hard one for some people, especially people who are used to multiple sugary sodas or snacks every single day. But, as you probably know all too well, the sugar high is short lived and often bears a heavy price. We need more and more to feel the boost, and no matter how much we ingest, we never feel great (and all the while we’re gaining weight from the calories and unused glycogen). In fact, we often feel downright spun out and desperate for the next fix – almost like a drug addict. In a few pages, we’ll look at why it’s so important to purge processed sugars from your diet, at least for a short time. I’ll also give you suggestions for alternative sweets.
If you are a steady drinker and you give up alcohol, you will likely experience some stress and anxiety that you were trying to blot out with the wine or vodka or what have you. My advice is to take this opportunity to gently and with great compassion for yourself face the very things that you’ve been running from and maybe think about dealing with them in a whole new way.
If an old trauma is weighing on you, you might want to check out a support or fellowship group; learn to meditate and exercise to renew the feel-good chemicals – dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins – that your brain naturally produces. As you learn to face your demons, whatever they may be, you will see that they are not as omnipotent as you thought they were. (However, if your relationship with alcohol is at all problematic for you I urge you to get support.) You will tap into an inner reserve of serenity (I will help you along the way) while finding that you are part of something larger that wants your healing to occur. This “flow” of healing energy will make itself known if you want it to.
Even if you are only a social drinker (like me), not having a drink with friends at a festive dinner can be challenging. You want to fit in and enjoy just like everyone else; but this discomfort will be short-lived as you realize you don’t need alcohol to relax and feel at ease. The more present you are to the conversation, the less you will crave the comfort of a drink.
Changing our habits is shaky business at first, as habits come about because they provide some sense of security and regularity in the face of anxiety. But the more you lean into the discomfort, instead of running from it or grabbing another drink, as long as you have a willingness to breathe through the difficult feelings, you will become more and more free to live at the highest levels of wellness.
As you read on about how alcohol is metabolized, you will see that it acts a lot like sugar in the body, and so you might get intense cravings and feel agitated if you don’t “get your fix”; but of course, this is all the more reason to break the physical habituation, at least for the length of the cleanse.
Giving up gluten will not cause a physical sense of withdrawal, because you are likely to experience an almost instant relief from digestive problems (if you have them). The difficulty you may have, though, is in finding things that don’t contain gluten. While you won’t suffer a bodily pang without it, you might have to spend a little extra time finding gluten-free products. Breads and other products made with rice, corn, quinoa, potatoes, oats, and buckwheat are good bets. Honestly, just getting out of the bread habit alone will have you feeling leaner and cleaner in no time.
Many people don’t have an issue with gluten (I don’t). But one of the more immediate benefits of giving it up for this short time is that you force yourself to shake loose of over- indulging in processed flours that tend to cause weight gain (processed flours react in the body much like straight sugar does) and fatigue.
Despite what you may have heard, withdrawing from animal products will not deprive your body of any essential nutrients, and you won’t feel tired or weak. There is plenty of protein and amino acids in plant-based food, without all the unhealthy fat and additives. However, if meat was the mainstay of your diet before, you might feel a little lost and left out. This is good. It shakes things up. In fact giving up animal products is one of the most important gifts you can give your body, mind, and spirit. And I will walk you through it, helping you discover all the ways to eat without animal protein. You may be breaking from the crowd, but you will also, at least temporarily, find yourself leading the pack for more holistic and responsible living. More on that later…
All this said, while I want to warn you that you may have cravings, I also want to stress that there are many, many people who don’t have a hard time at all, and also stress that almost everyone feels lighter and more energetic within a day or two—I hear from people constantly who say they didn’t even realize that they could feel so good. Their lethargic way of being had become their constant; with the cleanse, they realized that they could have more energy, need less sleep, and feel lighter and clearer, just by breaking their reliance of foods that are not right for the human body.
Simply put, what you are doing in this cleanse is eliminating common cravings triggers, which are notorious for perpetuating the munchies (and then the self-flagellation that follows), as well as other nonconstructive eating habits. You are giving your body a break from artificial stimulants and depressants, and in so doing you will find your own natural balance. You are giving your body both a good detox and a chance to release itself from the vicious cycle of addictive eating or drinking and the shame that follows.
These are some big changes to make, I know, but we will take them methodically, learning about each as we go. It may feel like a swirl of chaos as you find your way, but things will become clearer and easier sooner than you can imagine.
The body is a brilliant and masterful system of healing and rejuvenation; it can often restore itself to perfect health if given half a chance. And the cleanse is part of that push toward restoration. It will give your body a reprieve from old and tired ways so that you can gather your strength and then surge to a higher level of wellness.
Why 21 days?
Because that’s about how long it takes for your tastes to reset. As your taste buds respond to healthier foods, you’re more likely to stick with new habits and be able to enjoy balanced blood sugar and freedom from old cravings.
There are so many reasons to do this cleanse. You may be motivated by a desire to trim a few pounds, or you may be doing it to detox from all the things you put in your body that you know are not the healthiest. Personally, I do it at least once a year simply to give my body a break. We all have routines or habits around food that come to control us, and the cleanse gives us a chance to see these habits with clear eyes.
I know that whenever I find myself thinking I “couldn’t possibly” give up this or that, I realize just how much I am owned and run by it. If it’s coffee that I think I can’t live without, I know it’s time to let go of coffee for a while and see what happens. If I’ve been turning to ice cream sundaes to calm my anxiety, then it’s ice cream sundaes that I have do live without, at least for a short time, so I can figure out that I am more powerful than the food. Don’t we all want to be free and strong and happy, rather than dragged through life by our petty attachments? A cleanse is a great place to start.
You see, the Quantum Wellness Cleanse is not just good for the body, but it’s also good for the soul. As you read my daily notes and pointers, you will learn about how to eat in a humane and compassionate way, and about how your choices play out in the environment.. After three weeks you can expect to have lost a little bit of weight and have more energy, but most importantly, you will have found a way to eat that aligns you with your inner values of kindness and integrity. You will most certainly be a whole lot healthier in every respect.
Doing this cleanse is one of the best ways I know to discover any negative emotional material we are covering over with food, so that we can shake it right out of our system. And the beauty of it is, you can take what feels right from this program and leave the rest behind.. Once you’ve done the work, you can add things back in, though many people find that they want to stick with the changes that have so improved the way they look and feel.
Some of the changes you can expect from the 21-Day Quantum Wellness Cleanse are:
clearer skin and eyes
cessation of certain aches, pains, and digestive ailments
release from addictive habits
a profound and deepened awareness of your
personal power and the effect you have in the world
Truly, it is a jump start to a whole new level of living and being.
Here’s the thing about wellness: it’s a continuum. We get better at is as we go. We get more informed, build esteem, and find what works as we keep putting one foot in front of the other. We develop new tastes and discover different and interesting foods, and we move into a new rhythm. And with every day that we say, “okay, I’m bigger than my old habits”, we rise to our greater selves. We soar.
Consider this cleanse a gift you can give yourself anytime you need it – a gift that will improve your overall wellness not only by giving you the best possible nutrition but by getting you to look at everything that comes up during the process: emotions, struggles, triumphs, new tools, and fresh ways of understanding how connected everything is.
You will discover how some of the foods from which you are abstaining have been affecting your body and your emotions. You’ll discover some of your emotional attachments to conditioned ways of thinking; For instance, when you’re unhappy, do you go for the ice cream? Don’t discount that as typical—it is, but it’s also something that you can overcome if you want to, at least for 21 days, and you’re likely to feel a deep sense of satisfaction when you do—and rightly so!). And that may also spur you to take a closer look at where that attachment came from and whether it makes sense to hold on to it when the cleanse is over.
To this day, I do the cleanse with the full knowledge that doing so gives my body a break from its heavy workload so that I can get rid of some old stored-up junk, but also that I am undertaking some of my most important inner work — freeing myself from certain attachments and challenging myself to better understand my inner life and how it connects to all of life. In this way, I not only heal myself, but I contribute to the healing of our precious world.
I encourage you to read through the book once to get a feel for the overall picture of the cleanse and then go back and take each day, one at a time. We’ll cover a lot of ground but in increments.
By the time you complete your first cleanse, you will know yourself so much better. You will find yourself relating to other people and the world around you in a more satisfying, more genuine way because you will be penetrating some of your own defenses, and you will find yourself on the whole, much clearer about so many things.
Over the course of the 21 days, I will be encouraging you to think deeply about where your food comes from and how its handling and its journey to your plate affect how you feel in your body and also how it affects the environment around you, and that will naturally raise your empathy for what others go through, too. This not only tends to make you happier on an individual level, it also makes for a friendlier world.
But best of all, you will be spending three weeks eating delicious, nutrient-dense, fiber-rich food. And you won’t be hungry at all!
This cleanse has no strange concoctions to drink, no pills you must go out and purchase. And of course it’s medically unassailable. Do consult with your doctor before beginning, though, as it’s always wise to check in. If you can, go to a doctor who is well versed in the latest peer-reviewed research on nutrition.
Remember, the cleanse is time limited. It is not a permanent change in diet. After the cleanse has been completed, you can go back to the way you were eating, if you so choose. And you still will have done yourself a favor, because by giving your body a break from the irritants of alcohol, caffeine, sugar, gluten, and animal products, your body will have gotten rest and a chance to heal. Your liver will have had a chance to purge some of the deeply held poisons it was too overwhelmed and burdened to deal with before. Your adrenal glands will have come back to life so you will most probably have more energy. Your brain cells will have begun to regenerate and make the “feel good” chemicals it is capable of producing when you aren’t leaning on alcohol. And just wait till you see how your skin will glow after your body ingests so many naturally occurring vitamins and minerals in the vegetables, beans, grains, and fruits you will be enjoying.
People often ask me about “discipline.” They worry that they won’t be able to get through it or do it perfectly. Here’s what I tell them: challenge yourself, but don’t make yourself (or others around you!) crazy. Do the best you can. If something such as soy milk, has a tiny bit of sweetener in it and you can’t find one that doesn’t, enjoy it without worry. If it’s your birthday or anniversary, have a glass of champagne (unless you think you are alcoholic and this would start a slippery slope). If you are at someone’s dinner party and they have absolutely nothing you can eat except the pasta and it’s not gluten free, have the pasta and then pick back up the next day. Our goal is progress, not perfection! This won’t be a piece of cake (OK, pun intended), but it shouldn’t be oh-so-difficult. The first few days will be the hardest, and then you will find your footing and off you go!
For many people, it’s easier to do the cleanse with friends so that we can check in with and support each other. Some people start blog groups so that they can share recipes and fellowship. You might have a willing partner or spouse who is interested, or you may entice your entire office to join in, which always makes the cleanse a fun and interesting event. Often enough, though, you will be on your own, which is just fine too!
However you go about doing the cleanse, the journey will be uniquely yours, and the changes you experience will be perfect and appropriate for you. Get inspiration from your peers, but trust that your soul knows exactly what it needs to progress and thrive. Listen to the wisdom that will whisper to you along the way, and may you realize the shift in your life that you always knew was possible.
Where did Jung learn about dealing with the darkness within so as not to project this outward… and how did he carry out this courageous work?
I’ll begin at the end…
What is The Red Book?
The Red Book — Liber Novus The Red Book is an account of Carl Jung’s journey in the abstract of his unconscious… handwritten by Carl Gustav Jung, this is the pinnacle for all of his works… the final proof really of Jung’s contributions to understanding the human psyche. The marketed book includes a reproduction of his handwritten manuscript (Swiss) as well as a translation by Sonu Shamdasani and including Jung’s abstract illustrations.
It is a huge book (18 x 12.3 x 2.5 inches), a mystical book; it includes Jung’s fabulous color illustrations… handwritten, its like a medieval manuscript.
The Red Book, Publication Date: October 19, 2009 | ISBN-10: 0393065677 | ISBN-13: 978-0393065671
The book is Jung’s personal journal. If you’ve not read any of C. G. Jung’s work, this is not where to begin at exploring his works on discovering the unconscious. There is a lot of material in this book that goes unexplained; most of understanding, in fact, rests on Jung’s volumes of works.
His work, “Man and His Symbols” is inexpensive and a good place to begin (see also, video; length: 2:31:19). Regarding, approaching the unconscious… Jung claims that he had a dream in which he recognized the need to explain his theories to the lay public. Man and His Symbols is a concise summary of Jung’s works on the unconscious.
The Red Book is a written account with paintings of Jung’s ongoing, many years of fantasy. Inspired in his work with severely mentally ill patients, by his research, and by his need for spiritual growth and investigation, Jung began in spiritual growth as a Christian. As far as I know, he never claimed to separate from Christianity. However, he was Gnostic. The video at the end of this post is interesting regarding his beliefs. I note below an excerpt from another work that fascinated Jung, his writing of “The Seven Sermons to the Dead” in which he explores the totality of divine power. So, this is not a typical book review.
My exploration here is for my own purposes to explore Jung’s works and my own spiritual path; it is good for me. I practice nondual Christian training shaped not solely by organized Christian religions. I am not Jungian either; nor Gnostic.Being Christian, I think that Jung’s work is outstanding in as far as he goes. Jung stops at the critical place in spiritual development though; he stops short of awakening in the Holy Spirit while concentrating on continuance to deal instead by escaping the ego from the experience of a humanized spiritual experience (summarized here). Certainly, his work is outstanding and warrants extensive examination.
I know, I’ve been a Jungian student for many years. Personally, I would like to have met him and gain, by his experience, first hand.
Christian religions may fail to adequately describe the ego problem. The ego is merely identity, an illusion really that is non-existent. Ego projections separate us from divinity and may disturb us and even helplessly enslave the higher-self in space-time. Ego is constantly contrasting others and we find ourselves led by its self-centered dominance into controlling behaviors, confrontations, anger or self-pity, repression, fear, bitterness, resentments, and self-doubt. Following along in a life that is daily disturbed by ego, experiencing awareness of the higher-self emerges slowly, if at all, from what we don’t want. I think that there isn’t any escaping ego. We must gain faith in divinity greater than our own and seek connections to God’s will by seeking Holy Spirit’s steady guidance.
Jesus consulted with Holy Spirit from a man’s life in form as Jesus grew to be the human vessel of God the Son. Christ makes appearances then from the last days or weeks or possibly months until Resurrection. Our need for salvation was fulfilled in the Resurrection by defeat of Jesus for the beliefs in fears. He defeats even our greatest beliefs in meeting with Satan for forty days. Jesus completely surrendered to Christ consciousness and thus is the way of the light as Christians believe. Clearly God’s will is all about being love and our self-discovery ought be restrained when our minds wander from this. Certainly love is not a lesson from the ego. Unconditional love is incomprehensible to ego.
Jung’s influence is growing in religious circles since he related experiences in a religious manner. His work is of the study of the psyche; and psyche in Greek means “soul.” However, Jung was an occultist and his major theories stem from his experience with spirit guides, in particular, Philemon. Jung was on to something important indeed with his exploration of the psyche. Human’s operate mostly by self-centered ego and while spiritual growth is not impossible, ego identity dissociation from spirit is very difficult to overcome. Personally, I greatly value Jung’s work but I draw the line at discovery of my higher-self by occult methods. In my opinion Christian relationship with Holy Spirit is the way to go.
In 1957, Jung gave an interview to Aniela Jaffé about the Red Book and his process; saying:
The years… when I pursued the inner images, were the most important time of my life. Everything else is to be derived from this. It began at that time, and the later details hardly matter anymore. My entire life consisted in elaborating what had burst forth from the unconscious and flooded me like an enigmatic stream and threatened to break me. That was the stuff and material for more than only one life. Everything later was merely the outer classification, scientific elaboration, and the integration into life. But the numinous beginning, which contained everything, was then.
Program DescriptionProfessor Sonu Shamdasani introduces the creation and significance of Carl Jung’s Red Book. On view to the public for the first time, the book was the center piece of the exhibitionThe Red Book of C. G. Jung: Creation of a New Cosmologyat The Rubin Museum of Art from October 7, 2009 – February 15, 2010.
SORRY: the source volume is low. This was the best video I could find for what I wanted to quickly demonstrate from Jung’s work.
The Undiscovered Self — Jung — AwakeningIf you are making a study of Jung’s works, begin instead of with this book with an overview of Jung’s Analytical Psychology, with his theory of archetypes, with self-reflection and with understanding of your own personality… the who are you approach works, in my opinion. Jung’s greatest contribution really is to the questions we all ask of ourselves… who am I? What are my motivations, communication style, and relationships preferences about? You are a lot more effective when you understand yourself as well as people that you must motivate or manage or develop and help or live with. Unless you are planning to spend years at studying Jung, the real importance of his work for you will be that he provides experiences that stimulate asking questions to connect with a higher-self.Use, for example, a personality sorter and begin to know who you are and how prefer to be… if continuing with Jung, read Jung’s earlier published works… it may take 10 or 20 years to evolve a comprehensive knowledge of his work… I’ve been at it for that much or more. Jung’s works came about over many years — his lifetime really.
There are many important aspects of personality. The personality is our way of communicating. As a beginning, you’d discover which psychic energy attitude type is your preference. Orientated by, and related to the object, what is your preference? Are you more Introverted or Extraverted?
An introvert attitude is an abstracting one, motivated from within. That is, energy is internally directed toward the inner self. The primary problem presented to the introvert attitude is how to be withdrawn from the object. The extrovert maintains a positive attitude energy being directed outward toward the outside world.
Strongly orientated extroverts or introverts experience things in quite different ways and this may sometime cause conflict or misunderstandings with others.Jung said that extraversion and introversion are not mutually exclusive and will be self-balancing or compensating through the conscious and unconscious. A strongly extraverted outward consciousness will possess a compensatory strong inward unconscious introvert; and vice-versa. Jung linked this compensatory effect for example to repression of natural tendencies and resulting unhappiness or illness.
Explore the duality of your psyche… set out knowing that you must face your unconscious and even your deepest fears. In the end, an awakening must confront the skeletons in your closet.Beginning with God… forge a path to knowing that the human psyche is “by nature religious.” If you are not open to and interested in spiritual development, Jung is most probably not for you. If you immature in spirit, perhaps Jung is also not for you.If you want to know about reality, about living fully a conscious life, then delve into Jung’s works after finding some spiritual maturity… and come finally about it then to study “The Red Book.” You’ll probably discover his images are interesting too.
Program Description In this seminar Murray Stein and Paul Brutsche, International School of Analytical Psychology, discuss some of the different images in Carl Jung’s Red Book.
The Red Book
Here is a brief description of the fantastic Jung that awaits you:
I categorize the work as
CONFRONTATION WITH THE UNCONSCIOUS… THE FINAL HUMAN FRONTIER
like a future sci-fi may capture, a Jung companion work;
a summary of the revelation of Carl Jung…
Septem Sermones ad Mortuos .The Seven Sermons to the Dead transcribed by Carl Gustav Jung, 1916 written by Basilides
Beginning by Pleroma (the totality of divine power) everywhere is completely and without bounds nor end. There is no-thing and yet this is source of all. We, as Creatura, not in the pleroma, but in self, have from source, the smallest point that is everything and yet nothing. This is knowledge. By our Christian view, knowledge is lost or befuddled by choices (good and evil) and we miss the mark (source) by this sin. The separation by sin causes us to forget source and original knowledge; forever concocting choices as though each moment is separate from timeless all.
From Jung’s work, we understand the Pleroma as a source which is endless and eternal that has no qualities because it has all qualities. Even in the smallest subatomic particle known to science, the Pleroma is present without any bounds, eternally and completely. Yet, the smallest to greatest material of the universe have no place in the Pleroma.
Here is an introduction (source: The First Sermon to the Dead)“I begin with nothingness. Nothingness is the same as fullness. In infinity full is no better than empty. Nothingness is both empty and full. As well might ye say anything else of nothingness, as for instance, white is it, or black, or again, it is not, or it is. A thing that is infinite and eternal hath no qualities, since it hath all qualities. This nothingness or fullness we name the Pleroma. Therein both thinking and being cease, since the eternal and infinite possess no qualities. In it no being is, for he then would be distinct from the pleroma, and would possess qualities which would distinguish him as something distinct from the pleroma. In the pleroma there is nothing and everything. It is quite fruitless to think about the pleroma, for this would mean self-dissolution.”
From Pleroma, mystically, there is Creatura (creatures). “We submerge into the Pleroma itself, and we cease to be created beings. This we become subject to dissolution and nothingness.”
“Creatura is not in the pleroma, but in itself. The pleroma is both beginning and end of the created beings. It pervadeth them, as the light of the sun everywhere pervadeth the air. Although the pleroma prevadeth altogether, yet hath created being no share thereof, just as wholly transparent body becometh neither light nor dark through the light nor dark through the light which pervadeth it. We are, however, the pleroma itself, for we are a part of the eternal and the infinite. But we have no share thereof, as we are from the pleroma infinitely removed; not spiritually or temporally, but essentially, since we are distinguished from the pleroma in our essence as creatura, which is confined within time and space.”
Jung on Individuation:
We, also, are the total Pleroma; for figuratively the Pleroma is an exceedingly small, hypothetical, even non-existent point within us, and also it is the limitless firmament of the cosmos about us. When we strive for the good and the beautiful, we thereby forget about our essential being, which is differentiation, and we are victimized by the qualities of the Pleroma which are the pairs of opposites.
IndividuationIndividuality is the higher self. The Jungian process of getting there is individuation; the striving after the true being self. So, individuality is in an evolution. Individuality does not ever die nor dissolve unless under special circumstances, perhaps the individual may cease to be, by choice. Individuality remains eternally. Individuation is the process of coming to a psychological wholeness via self-discovery of opposites.Personality does not know why nor how, nor about an incarnated history… as with every birth memory of the past is gone… we come into the world, babes in the flesh, crying and needy. Yet, individuality has an overview of incarnations and of some knowledge of the meaning of everything. Upon an awakening, some people claim to have knowledge of past lives. I do not promote beliefs that these are actual lives of an individual. However, the reported experiences are much like this. I maintain openness to possibility of multiple incarnations. How this may work is beyond the scope of this post. However, we certainly do learn of our individuation via the generations of material that is available to us as much as by self-examination.
IncarnationIn traditional Christianity, incarnation is a belief that Jesus, God the Son or the Logos (Word), “became flesh,” being conceived in the womb of the Virgin Mary, also known as the Theotokos (God-bearer). This is a process that is mysterious and mystical. My understanding of incarnation do not exclude possibility re-incarnations; although, I don’t presently see this as a single person re-incarnating as I more fully explore what is the human experience of incarnation histories. See also:hereAs for Jung’s work, individuation is a process; becoming aware of oneself—that is of the fundamental composition. Individuation is the way toward discovery of a truest self.Liber Novus (printed on the book cover — a subtitle) means in Latin “New Book” but for Jung it meant the new way. Jung certainly put it there to say, “This is the book of the new way.” I like to say, its “The New Way Book.”I’ve met and interacted with more than ten thousand people in my time here… I am writing about this one lifetime.I’ve come to know that we all make choices for reasons. Our choices stem from states of consciousness.
…1. Nothing exists …2. Everything exists
It is logically impossible for the idea, God, to not exist, therefore, everything exists is “more” correct, as it may seem. We’d take into consideration potentials as well.Therefore, there is more to be than already is. This will always be the case, I’d say. So, neither state is of itself true, in my opinion. The idea, God, is ever expanding and yet, unchanging.Wait… then, can there be another course of thinking that is more accurate?
…1. Nothing exists …2. Everything exists …3. Multiplicity is
While the idea, God, is an idea that is represented as a singular being (although not a being in the sense of what we’d normally propose as being), we may perceive God as three or more differentiated beings (the aspects of one).Christianity is what I know best… so, I’ll say from that experience that the idea, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit is three ideas of the one God. We typically declare in Christian views that they are three beings in unity, as one God.
Anima and AnimusIn reality, every female and every male is a psychological amalgamation of feminine and masculine characteristics (see: contrasexual).Anima (feminine) plus Animus (masculine) contrasexuality derives from the ultimate triune… Eros (masculine–independent archetype: god of love) and Logos (feminine dependant archetype: the principle governing the cosmos) that forms a soul-image.In a simple statement, two bring about a third and the amalgamation of the two in each.It is simple, yet elegant too.Look at love verse hate, and then wonder, what is the third aspect of that duality (autonomy vs. unity)?Is it choices?Choices come about in the differentiated world of men and women.If analyzed to their core, each choice is a factor of two opposing views (or two plus two more, and perhaps another pair and so on).
We experience yin verse yang (love vs. fear, etc.) and we therefore come to a decision based on choices… morality and ethics, desires, or needs… needs being the most important factor; yet the lowest functioning of reasons for decisions. “After the first “fall,” the divine consciousness descended to the level of the divided consciousness; now after another “fall” descending even further, divine consciousness comes into the depths of the unconscious; it has been “forgotten.” So, we may have a privilege to discover the potential realms of existence and face the great challenge of the “ascension of consciousness” through awakening to love. We discover that fear is the condition that separates us from the divinity that is love.
For this reason, Jung forged a reconciliation… to healing… to the divine. Read him if you dare. Open mindedness to all possibility is the ideal. There we may see there is no need for attack and defense — all that is real is love and all that is unreal is fear. A focused and sustained attention enables us to see our attachments, clinging to suffering, attempts to avert imagination from fears to fantasy, an so on. We must seek hope of releasing their hold on us. A focused and relaxed attention equips us to contact, collect, and organize our inner energies; to support the emergence of consciousness from the lower energies. Attention enables us to relate to other people and provide possibility of opening our heart-mind. Heart animates life in the present moment. Taking the present moment as an opportunity then for connecting with Holy Spirit, directing our attention toward the Divine, in true prayer, Spirit creates a channel through us by which the higher-self may awaken… into consciousness.
It is the subjective, anti-scientific, mystical aspect of Jung that attracted me to his works and to embrace some of his theories. During his time, Jung was mistakenly identified as a scientist. This simply is not the case. His great work of identifying personality characteristics can be and has been integrated into modern scientific works. However, his methods were not scientific.
So, here for you is another update of lifelong lessons of mine — a bit more of The Hunt For Truth of spiritual awakening. Its not really a book review, not really a summary of my learning, but a fair summary of my fascination with Jung and his book. He had got me thinking. This is really my findings for myself upon reflection of the genius of Carl Gustav Jung.
Jung, Brief Biography (Amazon)
Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) was a Swiss psychiatrist, an influential thinker and the founder of analytic psychology (also known as Jungian psychology). Jung’s radical approach to psychology has been influential in the field of depth psychology and in counter-cultural movements across the globe. Jung is considered as the first modern psychologist to state that the human psyche is “by nature religious” and to explore it in depth. His many major works include “Analytic Psychology: Its Theory and Practice,” “Man and His Symbols,” “Memories, Dreams, Reflections,” “The Collected Works of Carl G. Jung,” and “The Red Book.”
Jung, Beliefs (Youtube)
Carl Jung and Gnosticism
Program DescriptionThis is a clip from a British documentary, however the exact source is not identified.
Program Description The World Within – C.G. Jung in His Own Words
A 1990 Documentary about Carl Gustav Jung that explains his standpoints mainly by using footage of him talking.
I would love to know if Jung is of further interest to readers. Likes are wonderful, but if you have a few moments, please let me know how this post and/or the related posts are of interest for you. I do this work for myself, but I do very much welcome having some comments and feedback.