Start with What Is

 

thinkingIn my book Active Consciousness, I have often mentioned the work of my teacher, Gary Sherman. At the beginning of a weekend workshop with him at the end of April, Gary gave the class the following piece of wisdom:

A good “line up” (or state of personal alignment) is, instead of viewing our experience of life through the lens of our concepts and beliefs, to center our self in direct experience and then derive our concepts and beliefs from that experience.

In other words, start with what is, and go from there.

The trouble is, this isn’t the way most of us operate! So many of us suffer each day because of our ideas and stories about the way things should be (“I should have more money.”;”I should go to church every Sunday”; “My boyfriend should be more attentive.”; “The government should finally get something done!”; “My friend/boss/relative should agree with me.”). Of course, bad things do happen. But it would be a lot more productive and even enlivening if we got a grip, took stock more often of what IS, and then go from there.

As Gary also pointed out to us, most people need only look in their closet to find dozens of items they haven’t used in years. In his words, we need to “get current” on what is really useful and meaningful to us now. In the same way, our beliefs can be just as outdated as an old shirt we’ll never wear again. A good state of alignment is to start fresh, use our meditative skills to see more clearly the way things are now, and go from there.

But be careful! Don’t use this advice to suppress or run away from your inner feelings. I made this mistake myself after the workshop. At the time I was quite agitated about various governmental health policies and media misinformation campaigns that I felt shouldn’t have been happening. I had taken action and done all I could, but I was angry because I felt things “shouldn’t be this way!” and the issue dominated my thoughts each day. The workshop with Gary did help me to accept what is, rather than suffering over what should be. I was finally able to stop thinking about this issue and move on. But I then made a crucial mistake. I suppressed my anger rather than work through it.

Those of you who have read my past articles about the wisdom of Hawaiian beliefs about the inner-feeling Basic Self (for example, The Secret Knowledge of the Kahunas, Don’t Ignore the Basic Self, and The Psychosoma — which is actually about working with the Basic Self) know that using the rational mind to subdue or argue away the feelings of the Basic Self can be a recipe for illness. And that’s precisely what happened to me. I’m only recovered now from an intense lingering cold and cough that began about 7 weeks ago. It’s true that a lot of people in my area have been falling prey to this ailment, but I believe it’s no accident that I became susceptible to it only a week after I “shut off” my anger.

The moral is: part of starting with what IS, is working with what your feelings ARE!

For example, in addition to acknowledging that “Yes, I don’t have enough money” and deciding to finally do something about it, or perhaps realizing that “Well, I really do have enough money”, you must also examine what exactly your inner feelings are about money. Are you angry you don’t have enough? Are you disappointed in yourself that you don’t care about making more money? Do you have irrational fears about not having enough money? Do you believe you don’t really deserve to have more money? Do you think money is evil? There are all kinds of inner feelings people have about this issue, many of them instilled by their parents.

The Basic Self and its feelings must be unearthed, acknowledged and worked with directly. According to Hawaiian wisdom, the best way to do this is through some form of physical action, not just through internal thought processes. Write down your inner feelings and beliefs. Then repeat them out loud. Talk to your Basic Self out loud. If you want to modify the beliefs and feelings of the Basic Self, perform a prayer ritual, complete with ritual objects like candles, incense, etc. to help you.

I highly recommend the book Fundamentals of Hawaiian Mysticism as a great starting point to learn more. In fact, the new book I am currently writing presents a great deal of awareness material that begins with the ideas in Active Consciousness and makes them practical through practices and concepts developed by the Hawaiians, as well as other techniques I have learned.

To conclude: start with what is and go from there. Are you suffering from a should? Meditate upon your issue to help you see more clearly what is. Make an action plan. But don’t forget to acknowledge what is also true for your inner Basic Self. Talk to it. Work with it. If you do, real transformation and action can then truly take place.

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Preparing for Summer Fun — For Kids and Ourselves

 

izaak-balaThat’s a picture of my older son Izaak having some fun on the water in Canada. When he was a kid, I used to send him and my younger son Max off to a summer camp nearby, armed with their homeopathic remedy kit. Truth be told, I also had to tell them to keep it a secret. The camp “powers that be” would not understand why I wanted them to always try homeopathy first. Whenever a remedy was needed, they would hide in a bathroom to take a dose.

As it turns out, both my boys spent a month at camp for many years and never once needed a trip to the infirmary. In contrast, all the other kids seemed to live there, often visiting every day for their allergy shots and a variety of other meds. Izaak likes to tell the story about the last week of his last year at camp, when he told his friend that he had never once gone to the infirmary. His friend’s mouth hung open!

Useful Books

One important resource, especially when adults travel, is a homeopathic travel book. I recommend one authored by my friend, Richard Pitt — The Natural Medicine Guide for Travel and Home. Or try:
The Savvy Traveler’s Guide to Homeopathy and Natural Medicine by the Reichenberg-Ullman’s.

Build A Kit

I recommend building a kit with the following remedies in 30c potency. You can buy travel kits from a variety of homeopathic pharmacies too. See the Impossible Cure resources page for links. Many kits come with a useful advice booklet about treating common ailments, which can be invaluable. Most homeopathic pharmacies also sell creams. Another option is the line of creams created and sold by my own homeopath, Deborah Olenev.

Useful Remedies to Include:

  • Your constitutional remedy, ideally in a few potencies
  • Aconite
  • Apis
  • Arnica
  • Arsenicum
  • Belladonna
  • Calendula
  • Cantharis
  • China
  • Cocculus
  • Gelsemium
  • Hepar Sulph
  • Hypericum
  • Kali-bichromicum
  • Ledum
  • Nux-vomica
  • Oscillococcinum
  • Podophyllum
  • Pulsatilla
  • Rhus Tox
  • Ruta

Treatment Tips

Start with a single dose. If nothing at all changes within an hour or two, try another. If nothing changes then, you have the wrong remedy.

Remember: If you get improvement, do not automatically redose. Only redose if you find yourself going downhill again. In other words, only dose as needed.

If redosing is needed, it can be useful to create a water bottle with a few pellets of the remedy in it. For a re-dose, shake vigorously and take a mouthful, swish and hold in the mouth for a few seconds, then swallow.

Remember that an aggravation can be a positive sign and will be followed by improvement. Do not panic, be patient. However, if all new severe symptoms appear and you are getting worse, you probably have the wrong remedy.

In travel situations when you don’t have a knowledgeable homeopath with you, you often must resort to “specifics” — remedies that are commonly associated with a particular symptom. This approach will often get you through.

Finally, it goes without saying, don’t be afraid to resort to allopathy when it’s really needed.

The following is a set of quick advice for common problems.

First Aid

WOUND TIP: Remember hydrogen peroxide! After washing, apply it to wounds, spider bites, etc. It is also useful as a gargle (don’t swallow!) for sore throats.

Healing wounds: Calendula cream, ointment, or gel. I find that the gel often seals things up the fastest. Make sure the wound is clean.

Blunt trauma (falls, concussions, injury in general, bruising, shock): Arnica

Black eyes: Ledum

Panic, Shock, Fright: Aconite

Injuries with nerve pain: Hypericum

Puncture wounds, insect bites: Ledum (better from cold), Hypericum

Redness, swelling, hot, burning, stinging (e.g., from bee sting, allergic reaction): Apis

Burns: Cantharis

Poison Ivy: Rhus-tox, Ledum

Infected wounds: Hepar Sulph

Joint Injury: Ruta (ligaments, tendons), Rhus-tox (sprains and strains, better from continued movement), Arnica. Creams can be useful too — e.g., I use this “arthritis cream”, which contains all three ingredients.

Sea sickness, dizziness: Cocculus

Jet Lag: Arnica upon arrival.

General illness: Start with a dose of your constitutional remedy. This can often be sufficient to bump you out of whatever is ailing you and you won’t have to resort to any other remedy.

Onset of colds: Aconite

Sinus Infection: Kali Bichromicum

Bladder Infection: Cantharis

High Fever: Belladonna

Onset of flu: Oscillococcinum, Gelsemium

Food poisoning: Arsenicum (fear, restless, thirsty for small sips, prostration, meat), Nux-vomica (workaholic, over-indulgence, greasy junk food), Pulsatilla (clingy, worse from fats, thirstless, better from outdoors, fish), Podophyllum (explosive diarrhea).

Homesickness: Pulsatilla (clingy, weepy); Gelsemium (trembling, weak, anticipatory anxiety, bad news).

Hangover: Nux-vomica

Severe weakness and tiredness: Gelsemium

Loss of fluids, dehydration: China

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On Mother’s Day — A Message from Mother Earth: Don’t Mess with Gaia!

 

earth-in-spaceOver the past thousands of years, humanity has mastered the ability to sail the seas and soar through skies, cultivate plants and plow vast fields, communicate through telegraph, telephone, and computer, and even fly to the Moon and back. But there is one lesson that we never seem to be able to learn: “You can’t fool Mother Nature!”

Every time we try to control the inherent flow and wisdom of nature itself, especially in a dramatic and large-scale way, things always seem to backfire. Inevitably, we find ourselves feverishly trying to repair the damage we have done, often foolishly wreaking even more havoc. And the more severe our intrusion into Gaia’s domain, the more irreparable and severe the consequences have become.

Now that much of humanity is accepting our collective role in creating climate change, it seems like a good time to examine other ways in which we have “messed things up.” What threads do many of these misguided actions have in common, and what can we learn from them? You may not even be aware of some of the examples I’ll be discussing in this article—for instance, the vast harm that conventional approaches to disease may be creating. Soon, however, I believe that these errors will also become clear and obvious to us all.

Let’s begin with some commonly accepted examples of our repeated pattern of “messing with Gaia”. One is the introduction of new species of plants and animals into environments in which they did not naturally evolve. For instance, this occurred when European settlers introduced rabbits into Australia and New Zealand for food and sport purposes. After the rabbits proliferated out of control in Australia, a 2000-mile fence had to be constructed to keep them from spreading! In New Zealand, the introduction of weasels to kill the rabbits led to a decimation of other native animal populations. Oops! Don’t mess with Gaia!

The introduction of various invasive plant species has had similar, sometimes irreparable consequences. In my own backyard (literally), the planting of Eucalyptus trees in Northern California seemed, at one point, like a nice aesthetic idea. But in the California climate, these highly flammable plants grew into unnaturally giant trees that pose a severe fire hazard. Now, there is attempt to get rid of them.

In general, the introduction of non-native animals and plants has been motivated by financial interests, and sometimes by cultural preferences, aesthetics, or convenience. Certainly, financial gain has been the underlying motivation behind misguided polluting practices that are now dooming Earth’s climate, waterways, and oceans. We have barely begun to rectify the damage we have done, and usually our solutions have been mere patches—cleaning up oil spills or reclaiming coastal habitats. And sometimes our “solutions” are really just more of the same—for instance, developing new chemical alternatives that end up being even worse.

Another well-known area of “mistaken behavior” has been agriculture—in particular, the development of monoculture farming, pesticides, and the latest incarnation of greed, GMO organisms. All of these developments were quite unnecessary. As organic farmers all over the world have shown, there are safe ways to raise animals and plants. Humanity could have focused on ways to scale up safe farming practices rather than on lining the pockets of chemical corporations like Monsanto, whose primary motivation has been selling ever more pesticides and cornering the market on seeds. Unfortunately, we are now faced with the loss of species (through GMO contamination), the growth of super-weeds, depletion of soils, pollution of fresh water, rampant deleterious effects on human health, and more. It is unclear how permanent the damage will be, even if we change course immediately.

Remember: for each one of these misguided endeavors, there was an alternative. Australians and New Zealanders could have learned to hunt and eat native animals. People all over the world could have learned to cultivate only native plants. Humanity could have focused on developing non-polluting, sustainable forms of energy, transportation, and manufacturing, especially after we began to recognize the dangerous consequences of older practices. Agricultural methods could have been developed that minimize environmental impact while maximizing yield.

But powerful interests vested in maintaining the status quo, as well as established human living-habits, have been hard to overcome.

A more controversial and less acknowledged area of “messing with Gaia” has been perpetrated by modern medicine. The primary modus operandi of conventional medicine is to either to suppress the body’s natural responses to disease, or to kill viruses, bacteria, cancer, etc. through the introduction of killing or suppressive agents—for example, antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, and chemotherapy poisons. Unfortunately, we are finding that profligate use of such medicines can ultimately backfire or be even worse than the original disease itself. Don’t forget: Mother Nature knows how to fight back.

Consider this. The medical world, even if it isn’t talking about it openly, is currently bracing for a firestorm. Overuse of antibiotics—for every cough and cold (even if they are viral and not affected by antibiotics), in hand soaps and other household products, and especially when given prophylactically to animals on large monoculture feedlots (because such farms are perfect breeding grounds for disease)—has led to the evolution of deadly super-bacteria that can no longer be easily controlled. The only solution conventional medicine will have for us will be more of the same: stronger antibiotics. But that will only delay and perhaps even aggravate the inevitable.

Once again, there was another way. Instead of achieving health by killing disease organisms, we could have focused on enhancing the human body’s natural immune defenses and its innate ability to heal. We also could have reserved antibiotics for especially serious cases. After all, humans and animals can recover from bacterial infections. Humanity would never have survived up until the 20th century (when antibiotics were first developed) if that weren’t true.

There are also much safer medical alternatives available to us: herbalism, homeopathy, and other systems that can heal serious infectious diseases, whether conventional medicine wants to accept it or not. Hundreds of years of successful experience with these medical alternatives, all over the world, has proven their efficacy. In fact, these medicines may end up saving humanity—if we allow them to coexist and thrive. Not only do they generally work with the bodyand help to enhance its ability to fight disease naturally, but they also do not lead to bacterial or viral mutation and resistance.

Unfortunately, there is one more looming “mistake” brewing on the medical horizon: our ever-increasing use of vaccines. Just as the indiscriminate use of antibiotics was considered perfectly harmless for most of the past century, vaccines are currently considered by most of the general public (thanks to very effective media campaigns) as no more dangerous than candies, to be applied liberally and without consequence. The truth, however, may surprise you.

The vaccine schedule has exploded in the past 60 years and continues to grow. In the 1950s, children received 7 doses of vaccines in the first 6 years of life. Children today receive 49 doses of 14 vaccines by the time they are 6 years old, and 69 doses of 16 vaccines by the time they are 18! And hundreds of new vaccines are currently in the development pipeline.

The real avalanche of vaccines upon our children was triggered in 1986, when federal legislation indemnified vaccine manufacturers and doctors from any liability from vaccine injury. Ever since that time, the vaccine schedule started expanding and the rates of autoimmune disease and neurological disorders among children skyrocketed.

When I was a child in the United States in the 1950s, every child experienced the so-called “childhood diseases”: measles, mumps, rubella, and chickenpox. In general, these were considered rites of passage and no big deal in the United States, where there was good sanitation, good nutrition, and good health care. Mothers even took their children to the homes of the infected so that they could contract these diseases while they were young. In fact, the childhood diseases were considered by pediatricians to bolster the immune system and to lead to healthy cognitive development. And they were generally benign if experienced while a child was in grade school. Indeed, by the end of the 1950s, complications were exceedingly rare. By experiencing these diseases, individuals were conferred lifelong immunity, and this immunity could be passed on to infants when they nursed from their naturally-immune mothers. Vaccines in those days were confined to those for polio, smallpox, diptheria, pertussis, and tetanus.

All of that changed with the introduction of the childhood disease vaccinations in the 1960s. First it was measles, then MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), and eventually, in the 1990s, chickenpox. Now, thanks to indemnification of the vaccine manufacturers, children are routinely immunized against many more diseases than most people realize:

  • hepatitis B (including vaccination on the first day of life, right after birth)
  • hepatitis A
  • pneumococcal virus (PCV)
  • haemophilus influenza B (HiB)
  • human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • meningococcal disease
  • influenza (yearly)
  • rotavirus

The 69 doses of disease agents given to our children are directly injected into the body, instead of entering the body in the manner in which our bodies evolved to deal with them. And inside each these injections are toxic adjuvants like mercury and aluminum, which have to be there in order for the vaccines to work. While most people believe that such practices are wondrous and completely benign (just as they believed that GMOs, pesticides, and antibiotics were), once again humanity is messing with Gaia, and the negative effects are slowly beginning to be seen and felt. In the end, these effects will only grow and ultimately explode in our faces.

Consider the following. Even doctors admit that the immunity conferred by vaccines is imperfect; between 10 to 20 percent of the immunized do not develop any immunity at all. Moreover, the effect of a vaccination is always temporary. As a result, susceptibility to and the threat of experiencing a childhood disease (like measles) has now been deferred to adulthood, when it poses a much greater health risk.

Perhaps even more frightening, however, is the fact that the form of immunity conferred by vaccines is not effectively transmitted through breast milk. Consequently, infants who are breastfed by mothers that were immunized against a childhood disease (instead of experiencing it) are now susceptible to the childhood diseases at much younger and more vulnerable ages. In other words, the two populations that have the most to fear from the childhood diseases—adults and infants—are now increasingly prey to them, whereas before, they were naturally immune or protected by nursing.

Next, consider this disturbing fact: those who have been recently vaccinated can “shed” the disease unknowingly to those around them. That is why cancer wards post signs forbidding those who have been recently vaccinated from entering. If someone is actually experiencing the measles, they will appear sick. But a person who has been recently vaccinated for the measles won’t even know they may be spreading it to everyone around them.

What is the net effect of all of this?

Those who are naturally immune to the childhood diseases are now over 55 and beyond childbearing age. As a result, we are currently experiencing the first generation of children born to mothers who were vaccinated against the childhood diseases and whose nursing infants are thus not afforded natural protection. Soon our entire society will be completely filled with individuals who never experienced and recovered from many diseases naturally. And when the vaccines for these diseases don’t work or wear off, more and more outbreaks will occur, often as a result of shedding from the recently vaccinated.

So far, these outbreaks have been blamed on the unvaccinated, even though a great deal of evidence shows this not to be true. For example, there have been outbreaks among populations who are 100% vaccinated. So this blame-game will probably only be sustainable for so long. Already people are beginning to balk at the annual flu vaccine campaigns, because many notice that getting the vaccine can actually trigger the disease, or that it leaves them even more susceptible to the flu if the vaccine strain was not correct. There are now signs that some of the childhood diseases are beginning to mutate too, rendering older vaccinations ineffective. The writing is on the wall, and the cash cow of vaccines for the pharmaceutical industry may soon dry up. Their solution? Eke out as much money as possible while the getting is good.

Right now, the medical and political establishments, funded by the vaccine manufacturers, are mounting vast media campaigns, in a desperate attempt to force every child (and perhaps, eventually, every adult) into 100% vaccine compliance, despite the fact that vaccine injury data demonstrate that some people are susceptible to severe reactions and death from vaccination. In fact, as the vaccine schedule has increased in size, so have the number of serious injuries (see the vaccine injury charts at the end of this article).

Ultimately, however, I believe that our overreliance on vaccination to achieve health will fail, just as surely as the overuse of antibiotics has failed. Because the only way to stay healthy is to work with the natural functions of the body, not to trick or subjugate them. You can’t fool Mother Nature!

Although the practice of vaccination may seem as if it is mimicking a natural body process, it is not. Vaccines provide a poor imitation of true immunity that is incomplete and never permanent. Here is something that most people do not realize: the practice of vaccination over-stimulates one part of the immune system (humoral immunity—which triggers a response to a specific disease antigen), while leaving another part of the immune system unexercised (cell-mediated immunity—which provides a generalized mechanism that fights all disease). As a result, our immune systems are becoming unnaturally skewed and exaggerated in one direction, while becoming weaker in the other. That is why people are developing more and more autoimmune diseases (overstimulation of humoral immunity), and have become less and less able to naturally fight disease in general. The result has been widespread chronic disease among the young and old—including diseases like diabetes, asthma, autism, and cancer that were unheard of or extremely rare among children in the 1950s.

Once again, let me reiterate that we could have developed a different medical response to disease. We could have used the practice of vaccination sparingly and wisely. We could have made use of alternative medical systems and holistic practices that naturally enhance our immunity and cure many of these diseases without any side effects. Is it too late? I’m not sure. But I am sure that injecting more and more vaccines into our children is not the answer, just as developing stronger and stronger antibiotics is not an answer. Nor will such a strategy ultimately improve our children’s health.

I’m sure that many who read this article will rankle at what I am saying. Many people accept that humanity has triggered climate change and acknowledge the danger of pesticides, but scoff at those who point to the dangers of GMOs and vaccines. Others accept the dangers of vaccines, but think that climate change is a hoax.

But consider this: all of these problems are the result of humans trying to control or work against Mother Nature instead of cooperating with her. In the end, such misguided efforts are futile, because we are not outside of nature—we are part of it. We are all part of the body of Gaia—a living system that is larger than all of us put together, and that has many feedback loops and corrective mechanisms. If we mess things up too much, we may find ourselves thrown out of the system, eaten up like so many microbes devoured by a horde of white blood cells. Hopefully, Gaia isn’t terminally ill and humanity can finally learn its lesson: that we must cooperate with our fellow organisms and learn to coexist in a state of sustainable health.

 

Appendix: Vaccine Injury Data.

Note: The following data is extracted from the CDC’s vaccine injury database—the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). While there are around half a million vaccine injury cases in this database, the charts below are focused on only a subset of injuries: serious injuries occurring in children who reacted to a CDC-recommended vaccine. A “serious” injury is defined as one or more of the following: death, permanent disability, hospitalization, or life threatening. Note that the number of serious injuries to children is increasing, and that 2014 data may not yet be complete.

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I’m quitting the National Women’s Health Network

 

nwhnI’ve been a contributor to the National Women’s Health Network  for over 30 years.  Here is a letter that I wrote to them today.

 

Dear National Women’s Health Network,

I have been a loyal supporter and contributor to your organization since 1983.  Unfortunately, I am withdrawing my support from your organization after discovering that Dr. Fugh-Berman has testified against homeopathy and homeopathic remedies at the FDA hearing today.  

Homeopathy has been a life-saver for my entire family and for many friends — as I’m sure it has been for many of your health conscious contributors. It got me through menopause like a breeze (no need for hormones of any kind or any other supplement), has cured flus, bronchitis, arthritis, depression, asthma, food poisoning, and most amazingly — cured my son of autism.  As a result, I left a career as a researcher in computer science to write a book about homeopathy and to promote it to the general public (www.impossiblecure.com).

Even Dr. Fugh-Berman must be aware of the remarkable historic legacy of homeopathy in this country, its successes in treating epidemics of the 1800s, the fact that it has been used with success worldwide for over 200 years, and the longstanding aim of allopathic medicine to kill it and the competition it represents.  

By working to remove public access to this remarkably effective, safe, and  cost-effective medical alternative, Dr. Fugh-Berman has played right into the  never-ending quest for dominance by Big Pharma.  This is not something I expect from one of the key players of the National Women’s Health Network, which has (in general) bucked conventional medical wisdom to promote women’s health.

Please remove me from your mailing and donor list.  Please note that I will also be posting this letter to my social networks.

Amy L. Lansky, PhD

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What Is the Meaning of Life?

 

Recently, I was asked to contribute to a blog, Excellence Reporter, that includes articles by a variety of leaders, writers, musicians, artists, poets, CEOs, laymen, etc. that answer a single question: What Is the Meaning of Life?  I hope you enjoy my response to this rather daunting question!


snoopy-meaning-of-lifeThe Meaning of Life

Much of my writing about homeopathy, consciousness, and now the ideas underlying Hawaiian shamanism, deals with the higher energy bodies. These include not only the so-called etheric body — the vehicle for the vital force (chi, prana, mana) that enlivens our physical body, but also “higher” energy bodies — the astral, mental, and causal bodies that supposedly survive our physical deaths. If it is true that many aspects of our individuality are retained after death, dwell in other realms for a time, and then are reincarnated in new physical forms (and I do believe this to be true), what then is the reason for this cycle? What is the meaning of this life we are living here on planet Earth?

Think about what it’s like to be blind. By being limited in the ability to see, a blind person’s capabilities in other realms become enhanced and new forms of learning are triggered. For instance, the blind man or woman gains what otherwise might be considered genius-like skills in using sound, sensation, intuition, and memory to navigate their surroundings. In the same way, spending some time dwelling within the confines of a three-dimensional physical world, where we must plan, strategize, and act — step-by-step — to manipulate and create our physical reality, may serve to teach us things that we might otherwise not have the opportunity to learn.

For me, the meaning of life is about learning and then sharing that learning with others. This learning can take on almost any form. It can be learning physical skills like how to walk and talk, dance, and play sports. Or it could be learning about the world of things — for example, the pursuit of science or the construction of a material object. It might be about the creation of music and other forms of art. It could be about learning agriculture, cooking, and healing. Learning is also involved when we gain wisdom about human interactions — about caring for others, communicating with or influencing others, and getting along with others. If you think about it, almost everything we do, from birth to death — if it enlivens us — is really some form of learning. In contrast, when we aren’t learning in some way, we feel like we are on autopilot. We feel robotic and almost dead inside. Life is about learning, and learning is growth, learning is life.

But we are not incarnated alone in this world. If we were, learning might be enough. While I have found that learning and creating something new each day enlivens me, I have also discovered that sharing what I have learned with others increases my sensation of liveliness even further. In a way, sharing creates a larger field of learning. A group of people, and by extension, all of humanity — even all life on Earth— learns something new when we share our knowledge and wisdom. Of course, gaining insight on one’s own also affects the global field in a subtle way. But in my experience, sharing knowledge intentionally creates an even greater and intensifying positive feedback effect. And when we are part of a community (of any size) that is learning and growing, we feel increased love and happiness.

In the end, I believe that an inner sense of happiness is a good measure of whether or not we are really on the right track in fulfilling our meaning-purpose in life. I’m not talking about shallow forms of fun, but rather, a deeper quality of joy and peace. We may not feel this sensation every day, but when we do, we recognize that life does have meaning and that we are successfully fulfilling our task in living and creating that meaning.

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April is Autism Awareness Month!

 

autismribbonIt’s already over a year since the last statistics came out from the CDC — saying that 1:68 children are now autistic. Since autism is much more prevalent in boys than in girls, that boils down to 1:42 boys (more than 2%) and 1:189 girls. In general, the CDC statistics are based on older data and incidence in older children, and thus are conservative and low estimates. In autism circles, the rate is now generally considered to be 1:50 children, not 1:68.

I don’t know how long the docs can keep saying it’s all due to “increased diagnosis.” Back in the 1970s, the incidence was only 1:10,000! This “excuse” for the autism epidemic has been going on for many years and is still the accepted mantra in the mainstream media. Shame on older pediatricians for going along with this, for they must know better. Older schoolteachers are usually more forthcoming, because they have less at stake. When the rate reaches 1:10 — at the current rate of increase of 10%, which has held steady now for many years, this is no more than 17 years away in 2032 — how will society be able to cope with such a profound change to our workforce and such an immense financial burden of care weighing upon our society?

Even the mainstream media has begun to admit that the environment, not just genetics, must be at the root of the autism epidemic. Yes, some families may be more predisposed to autism, but as the environmental triggers increase, more and more children become susceptible no matter who they are or what their genetics may be. After all, first just the canaries die in the coal mine, then everyone begins to.

So what are the environmental factors that have consistently gotten worse since the rate of autism began to rise precipitously in the 1990s? The answers seem pretty obvious to anyone who cares to think about it:
* the number of vaccines given to children, which continue to increase each year.
* the amount of GMO foods in our food supply.
* the amount of glyphosate (Roundup) sprayed on our foods (especially GMO foods, some of which are engineered to create their own pesticide internally!), in addition to other toxic pesticides.
* the amount of electromagnetic pollution we are all subjected to, with increasing use of WIFI, cell-phones, and increasingly, devices that we wear on our bodies or attach to our possessions.

Another factor that is talked about less and is certainly more controversial (so please forgive me if you think this is just a conspiracy theory) are the chemtrails being mysteriously sprayed in our skies. I became aware of them over 10 years ago and see them quite often, sometimes in the process of being laid down. Chemtrails are the “contrails” that do not dissipate, but rather, expand and grow over time. People have measured the aluminum and other heavy metals that these trails rain down upon all of us and that we inhale with every breath we take. Some surmise that they are some form of effort at climate engineering.

When you put it all together, we are all guinea pigs living in an increasingly toxic environmental stew. I shudder to think how American health will nosedive even further if Big Pharma gets its way and forces every child and adult to be fully “vaccine compliant” — no exceptions, no freedom or control over what is injected into our bodies. If these measures proceed, it won’t be too much longer before we are all subjected to some form of tracking to make sure we have each taken every pill or injection that Big Pharma thinks we must.

Sorry to be so gloom and doom, folks! But this is really what Autism Awareness Month should be making us aware of. Because the suffering and pain and financial strife of families with autistic children is just a portent of things to come for everyone if we don’t get informed and take a stand for our health and bodily integrity now.

Luckily (as I always say), no matter what is injected into us, rained down upon us, or crackling away in the EMF bands, there is hope with Homeopathy! That’s why we must also be ever vigilant to protect our access to it.

I’ll conclude now with a series of links pertinent to autism and vaccination that have come across my desk in the past few months.

Autism Awareness Information

 

Vaccine Awareness Information

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Impossible Cure — the AUDIO BOOK — Is Here!

 

ImpossibleCureLanskyAudioBookCover-smallLast fall, I worked for two months with a professional audio engineer and finally narrated the audio book version of Impossible Cure. I’m pleased to report that it is now available through Audible, and specifically, on Amazon and iTunes. Please check it out and spread the word about this new version of Impossible Cure!

While you’re on Amazon (or, for that matter, on Goodreads), it would be great if you could write a nice review for Impossible Cure if you haven’t already done so. Adding a testimonial about homeopathy to your review can also be so helpful to those looking for some hope. In the past, books about homeopathy have been attacked on Amazon by quackbuster forces, often funded covertly by Big Pharma. Impossible Cure was no exception, although these attacks usually backfired because they were met with even more positive reviews and testimonials. Your reviews help people to learn that there really is hope with homeopathy!

Indeed, I wrote Impossible Cure to provide general information about homeopathy to everyone — not just families with autistic children. Those who have read it (or at least have read the book blurb) know that Impossible Cure is a broad and general introduction to homeopathy (not a “how to cure autism” book) that includes first-person cure stories from around the world for many ailments. It has even been adopted as a first-year text by many homeopathy schools. This information can be critical to anyone embarking upon homeopathic treatment. As homeopaths who require their patients to read Impossible Cure can testify, patient knowledge can be a key to treatment success.

I hope that you and your friends and family will now enjoy listening to Impossible Cure — the audio book!

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Habits

 

habitI woke up this morning thinking about habits; bad eating habits, in particular. The other day I was sitting in a movie theater watching a morbidly obese couple happily settle into eating their two giant tubs of buttered popcorn, two giant vats of cola, and some cheesy nachos too. Truthfully, I was dumbfounded, judgmental, and a bit grossed out.

Reflecting upon this today, though, I realized that it’s all about habits. And we all drive our lives through habits. It’s how we function, it’s how we manage our lives. Indeed, we have habits that determine almost every aspect of our behavior — how we eat, how we run through the routines of our day, how we sit and sleep, what we wear, where we go, what we watch on TV, what we read. We also have habits of thought and feeling — who we believe or listen to, what we worry about, what we view as “normal” or “acceptable”.

Sometimes habits are of our own creation; we find a routine that works for us — say, how we drive to work, how we groom ourselves, or what we buy at the grocery store — and we repeat it. Quite often, our habits are taught to us or modeled by our parents. I have noticed that people with severe weight problems have entrenched ideas about what they “must” eat: “When you go to the movies, you must have buttered popcorn!”; “When you eat a baked potato, you must cover it with butter and sour cream and cheese”; “Every meal must be followed by dessert.” Often these habits are associated with love and comfort. Questioning them may even feel like an existential threat.

Other times, habits are molded by societal norms, advertising, and other forms of media. “Let’s all go to the lobby, and have ourselves a treat!” Or more recently, “Parents who think twice about vaccinating their children are idiots who should be mocked and jailed!” (Even if, at the same time, we acknowledge that modern medicine has been wrong about lots of other things and Big Pharma has a growing history of conflicts of interest, corruption and falsified studies, and patient harm.)

Of course, habits aren’t necessarily bad. We develop habits to help us navigate our lives. We can’t re-think every step we take in life. Habits make our lives more efficient and manageable. Cultural habits help our society function.

But habits can also be a trap. They help us to feel cozy and secure, but once something becomes a habit, you tend not to question it. Think about the various uses of the word “habit”: for example, “Habitat” or “Inhabit” (something you dwell within, all nice and safe and secure); or “Habitual” (repetitive and unthinking). Think about our stereotypes of old age and older people, going about their daily unchanging routines. Habits may feel safe, but they are deadening. Growth and life only comes from change.

As I discuss in Active Consciousness, the spiritual teacher Gurdjieff taught that habits tend to keep us “asleep.” In order to wake up to a greater state of awareness, we often need to jolt ourselves a bit. Sometimes he used simple physical exercises to achieve that effect — for example, making his students stand in awkward postures for a while, helping them to break habits of posture. As he pointed out, physical postures can even have a great influence upon the way we think. Travel to new lands is another great way to introduce novelty, growth, and change into our lives. So is learning a new skill, or entertaining a new idea or belief.

Gurdjieff also spoke about “shocks” that literally force people to rethink their beliefs and “buffers”. Buffers are beliefs that help people to feel safe and to rationalize their behavior. Indeed, when society’s buffers are questioned, people can become quite violent about defending them. Think about the long and difficult process our society has gone through in breaking through buffers of racial prejudice, or its treatment of LGBT people.

Parents whose children have been injured by vaccines (injuries that are often acknowledged by doctors and by the legal system; the CDC’s own VAERS database includes 66,274 serious injuries and 5878 deaths from vaccination that have occurred over the past 25 years), have had a “shock” that impels them to examine their previous beliefs about conventional medical wisdom. Rather than garnering our sympathy, however, their questioning rattles the very foundation of our greater society’s trust in fundamental medical beliefs; the media is then quick to brand them as cranks and fools — even dangerous. Reading this information may even be triggering an angry response in you as you read it.

Hopefully, of course, we can learn to examine our habits of behavior and thought without requiring a crisis or shock. The next time you feel bored and in a rut, as if one day is the same as the next, try to shake things up a bit. Decide to experimentally change one routine — even a small one, such as the order in which you perform some sequence of things — and see what happens! You might feel that spark of life within you ignite.

Or, if you are aware of a habit that you truly need to change, meditate, go within, and discover inner guidance that leads you to a life change that creates a sense of inspiration and joy within you. The meditation exercises in Active Consciousness can help you get there.

I’ll close with a quote from Hawaiian wise woman Nana Veary’s book Change We Must, which I discussed in last month’s newsletter. Nana sees God as the infinite energy of love around us, the fount of all creation, and each of us as co-creators with that energy. She used the following affirmation that stresses the importance of accepting change, because change is life.

“I let changes take place in my life… I accept all change as a spiritual adventure and begin the discovery of God in every new condition… I break all chains which bind me and walk free into God’s great experience of life.”

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Top 10 Tips for Parents and Patients: What I’ve Learned After 12 Years of Providing Advice

 

Amy-facebookEvery day, I get email from people from all over the world asking for advice about their homeopathic treatment. I spend a few hours each week answering their questions. I am not a practitioner and I do not provide actual homeopathic treatment. Nor do I receive any compensation for these efforts. But I do try to provide referrals and supportive advice to the best of my ability.

A great deal of the people who contact me are parents of autistic children. But not everyone is. People write to me from nearly every country — the US, Canada, India, Russia, Pakistan, Malaysia, Africa, South America, Europe, you name it! — with problems ranging from stomach woes to psoriasis to neurological disorders. After 12 years of doing this (Impossible Cure came out 12 years ago!), I have heard it all, and have provided the same advice many, many times.

In February, 2015 I spoke to a small group of homeopaths and parents at a workshop focusing on autism treatment. I put together the following “Top 10″ list of pieces of advice that I think are important for every homeopathic patient to keep in mind.

1. Be patient. Parents of autistic children: your goal is a fully functional young adult, not a talking toddler! One of the top problems I see especially among autism parents is impatience. In fact, I wrote a previous Impossible Cure Newsletter article about it. But patience is also important for every patient undergoing homeopathic treatment to cultivate. Sometimes treatment with homeopathy can be miraculously fast. But usually it takes time, and often requires changes of remedy and dosing. Remember, homeopathy is about truly healing from the inside out, not quick symptom suppression.

2. When in doubt, contact your homeopath (who hopefully responds!) Often people will write to me with questions about their case instead of first contacting their homeopath. Please try to remember that your homeopath is the one who really understands your case. It is part of their job to answer your questions.

3. Educate yourself! This is especially true for parents, but it is also true for all homeopathic patients. You are on the front line of your own or your child’s treatment; be prepared and as confident as possible. Try to learn more about homeopathic philosophy, and especially about homeopathic aggravations, direction of cure, and dosing modifications. Remember that small changes in dosing or potency can sometimes make a big difference. Learn to distinguish between your or your child’s signs of aggravation vs. a symptom relapse. Try to understand the nature of systemic healing as deeply as you can. All of this knowledge can be gleaned from reading Impossible Cure. One of the reasons I wrote it was because I know that a patient who understands homeopathic philosophy and dosing is a better patient. Second-guessing your homeopath’s remedy selection, however, is usually unhelpful. The nuances of remedy prescription can’t be understood through a simple Google search.

4. Be systematic and cautious about all treatments. With so much information about health available to everyone these days, it is common for everyone — and especially autism families — to try every therapy under the sun, and often all at once! Unfortunately, this only brings confusion to you and your homeopath. How can you know what is doing what? Introduce one small change at a time — ideally for at least a couple of weeks — and see what happens. Always remember to let your homeopath know what treatments you are trying, including dietary changes and supplements.

5. Trust your instincts – about your or your child’s progress, about choosing a homeopath or changing homeopaths, and about listening to other people’s advice. It’s your body; it’s your child.

6. Your child’s behavior (or how you are actually feeling) is often more important than the results of a diagnostic test. We all tend to get obsessed with numbers on tests. Yes, sometimes such results are very important. But how you or your child feels and acts is often more important. Indeed, under homeopathic treatment, shifts toward health are often seen before they can be “scored” by a test.

7. Take care of yourself, your relationships, and your other children. Get the emotional and life supports you need. Remember to have fun and enjoy life – create love and joy in your home! Along with this, I might also add: eat healthfully and exercise.

8. Accept, love, and support your child (or yourself!) as he or she is, but maintain your vision of recovery. Try not to give up, succumb to despair, or to get invested in your or your child’s disease. Your vision of a healthy future plays a bigger role in your healing than you realize.

9. Your state affects your child’s state (or more broadly, each of us affects the state of those around us.) Indeed, this truth underlies points 7 and 8. In my view, autistic kids can be particularly psychic or energetically sensitive. So your happiness or unhappiness, your impatience and frustration or support and exuberance, will have an effect on your child. And even if you aren’t a member of an autism family, remember that you are affected by and affect the emotional/mental/psychic state of everyone around you. Learning to develop good boundaries is therefore also important.

10. Develop a spiritual practice. Trust in Great Spirit, God, or some higher power that feels right for you. My second book, Active Consciousness, might be especially helpful in this regard, as well as for following the last few pieces of advice.

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Language Is A Virus

 

speech-bubblesLanguage Is A Virus“… that’s the title of a song by performance artist Laurie Anderson. How true it is. We tend to think that the language we use, the way we express ourselves, has no impact on our state of consciousness. We think that all that really matters is our meaning, not our actual words.

But what if our words actually matter? What if the way we express ourselves not only reflects our inner state, but affects it too — even causes it?

I remember a time, not too long ago, when using the “F” word would be unthinkable to me. And I am a person who, I must admit, tends to curse quite a bit. Still, the “F” word seemed a bit too extreme for me. Now, it seems to punctuate every sentence we hear in the movies and on TV. On many comedy shows, you can’t even make out what people are saying because of all the bleeping! Indeed, I must admit that I use the “F” word now too.

But lately, I’ve begun to think twice about the almost unconscious evolution of our contemporary English (and perhaps especially, American) lexicon toward the vulgar. It all began when I read a short but amazingly touching and transformational book by a Hawaiian wise woman named Nana Veary, Change We Must. Nana grew up at a time when traditional Hawaiian ways were still taught by the older generation. Change We Must is her spiritual autobiography, full of simple yet deep wisdom that jumps out and grabs your heart. It has brought me to tears many times.

In the first chapter, entitled “My Hawai’i”, Nana discusses the loss of the Hawaiian language, whose teaching and speaking was forbidden by missionaries for many years. Nevertheless, Nana was taught to speak Hawaiian in the old way. As she writes:

“Rich in metaphor, the Hawaiian language was melodious and graceful like the people. The Hawaiians said, ‘He nane ka ‘olelo.’ The language is a riddle. Before the missionaries came… the Hawaiians used figures of speech in language that was like poetry….

My mother taught me to speak the language softly, without saying anything negative or elaborating. ‘Leave the details out,’ she said, ‘and speak softly.’ … All the ancient chants are in idioms, but today there is virtually nobody, not even those fluent in Hawaiian, who speaks that way.”

Nana tells the story of a boy who ran up to her grandfather on the beach and told him he was thirsty. The grandfather replied with a figure of speech, referring to a coconut “as a fountain of water hanging in the air.” Thus, rather than telling the boy to climb the tree, get a coconut, and crack it open, the grandfather supplied the boy with a spiritual image that conveyed the special gift of the coconut to humanity. He taught the boy a spiritual lesson that connected him to the wonders of nature, rather than provide a rote form of instruction.

Nana goes on to say,

“This use of language vanished long ago. Hawaiians today speak the missionary language, a literal type of Hawaiian. The riddle is gone. This is tragic, for when you lose the language, you lose your identity… When you land in Japan, Japanese is spoken. When you land in France, French is spoken. The Hawaiians have nothing, nothing but aloha, and even that they have to re-learn.”

As we enter February, with Valentine’s Day at its heart on the 14th, let us consider our use of language and its effects. What we say fills the fields of meaning in which we live with a particular energy that affects ourselves and everyone around us. As I also discuss in my book Active Consciousness, spiritual teacher G.I. Gurdjieff warned against talking too much. Compulsive or idle chatter is not only a way to avoid one’s true feelings, but it also saps one’s vital energy, leaking it out onto everyone else.

As Laurie Anderson sang in her song, language is a virus that can infect us for bad or for good. One lyric from the song is the following:

“Paradise is exactly like
Where you are right now,
Only much much better.”

As those of us who have been to Hawaii know, it is a paradise, and not just because of its beauty; you can still feel the spirit of Aloha there. Nana Veary writes,

” ‘Alo’ means the bosom, the center of the universe. ‘Ha’ is the breath of God. The word is imbued with a great deal of power. I do not use the word casually. Aloha is a feeling, a recognition of the divine. It is not just a word or greeting. When you say ‘aloha’ to someone, you are conveying or bestowing this feeling.”

And so, with deep intention and love, I say to you all: Aloha.

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