I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Karen Thomas for her podcast show called Naturally Recovering Autism. I think this interview went particularly well and covered many important ideas.
What can I say? Manifestation works, and not always how you expect. In fact, it works best if you don’t try to expect how an intention will be fulfilled.
This summer, my husband Steve and I manifested a pontoon boat. This is how it happened, along with some lessons you can learn from our little manifestation miracle.
Steve and I are lucky to be able to spend time every summer at our small cottage on a body of water. We’re one of the few people who largely operate “manually” in the water — i.e. using our kayaks or canoe. However, a few years ago when I was nursing a shoulder injury, we bought a used aluminum fishing boat with an 8-horsepower motor. The motor was always a bit flaky, but the boat served our purposes for many years.
Last year, our 8-hp motor finally gave up the ghost. So this summer, we had to make a decision. Do we buy a new motor? Do we abandon motorized boating entirely? Or do we enter the world of the pontoon boat, the preferred water vehicle for “older folks” like us, now in our mid-60s? Steve and I spent some time in contemplation and discussion and decided to try and find a used pontoon boat. After all, my shoulder just can’t deal with the pull cord on an outboard motor anymore, and getting in and out of a fishing boat wasn’t getting any easier either.
Next, we decided to try and use manifestation on the issue. One of my favorite New Thought teachers, Neville Goddard, recommends the following:
1) Visualize a scenario in which you already have what you want. Make it as vivid and complete as you can, especially the emotions you are experiencing.
2) Do not try to imagine or think about how this scenario is going to be achieved. Just keep visualizing being within it and your enjoyment of it.
In order to manifest our pontoon boat, we first discussed our target visualization and performed it together by describing it out loud. In it, we have our pontoon boat in time for our son Izaak’s arrival from Australia two weeks later. We have a sign I’ve created for the boat that says “RuLaToon”. (We joke-name some of our possessions with an initial “RuLa” — since my last name is Lansky and Steve’s last name begins with “Ru”.) In our scenario, we bring Izaak down to the water and enjoy his surprise at seeing the RuLaToon. We then motor around our body of water in it, having a great time.
Of course, it was still pretty hard for us not to think about how this might be achieved. The next day, Steve started calling around to see where we could buy a used pontoon boat. However, it turned out that a) they were much more expensive than we had anticipated; and b) they weren’t generally available until the end of the summer season, when people were more prone to sell them.
That evening we had dinner with friends and asked them how much they paid to store their pontoon boat each winter. That too was a bit more pricey than we had anticipated. So at this point, we were pretty doubtful we would be able to manifest a pontoon boat. But in my mind, I kept visualizing the little RuLaToon sign I would paint and what it would look like.
So how did it happen?
The next day we happened to see these same friends at a local event. They came up to us and said: “We’ve decided to share our pontoon boat with you!” What?? We never imagined this happening at all. In fact, we’ve never heard of people sharing boats on our body of water.
We agreed and Steve and I came up with a routine that enabled our friends to have their pontoon boat at their dock whenever they were around (which was only every other weekend or so). We would retrieve it after they left and return it to them before they returned. We were thrilled because this arrangement was also very “eco” and in alignment with the principle of sharing instead of buying. Our friends were happy because we improved the boat significantly by repairing and cleaning it. Although the RuLaToon also has some motor issues (it’s at least 20 years old), we’ve agreed to pay for tuneups in the future.
Of course, I also managed to paint my RuLaToon sign in time for Izaak’s arrival. And boy was he surprised when we took him down to the water! The RuLaToon truly added a new and wonderful dimension to our summer at the cottage.
So what can we learn from this manifestation experience?
1) Only visualize your state after your wish is already fulfilled.Try to focus especially on your happy emotions.
2) It’s quite helpful to visualize details, like the existence of the “RuLaToon” sign, what it looks like, bringing Izaak down to see the RuLaToon and his happy surprise.
3) Try not to limit your manifestation by thinking about how it will be achieved. Doing so can block it from happening, because you’re not only narrowing the possibilities, but possibly adding in your own doubtfulness into the process.
4) It’s also helpful to practice manifesting things that you believe could happen. For example, having a pontoon boat was definitely in the realm of “possibility” for us. The more impossible something seems to you, the more doubt you will introduce into the process, which serves as a blocking force.
5) Also try to remove emotional blockages. For example, during our discussions about the boat situation, I had to try to remove some emotional negativity I had about having a pontoon boat. Remember that emotional negativity about a goal may be subconscious, so it’s really important to be honest with yourself and dig deep. For example, many (if not most) people have some negative feelings about financial or relationship goals. These feelings need to be faced and released if you want to manifest more easily.
I hope you enjoyed this little miracle from my own life! And don’t forget to read all about how manifestation might actually work in my book Active Consciousness. In my experience, hearing other people’s manifestation stories and experiencing one or two of your own minor miracles helps to bring them more easily into your own life.
It’s been a while since I’ve written a newsletter. Lengthy summer travel, letting myself settle in back home slowly, and downright ennui got the best of me, I suppose. It’s also been hard to face what’s going on these days, especially when it comes to vaccine legislation.
As many of you know, I’m a big believer in the fact that our thoughts and beliefs create our reality. So I’m well aware that the fear and anger so many of us have about forced vaccination and other intrusions on personal health freedom affect not only us, but also affect the world around us. Yes, most of us know that living with anger and fear isn’t very good for our physical and emotional well-being. But do we truly acknowledge that these emotions also serve to perpetuate the very obstacles we face?
Leaders like Gandhi and Martin Luther King understood this well. They knew that violence only breeds push back and more violence. Anger only breeds more push back and anger.
When I attended the 2015 protests in Sacramento, California against the passage of SB277 (the legislation that truly set the forced vaccination movement into motion), I was thrilled by the huge crowds, but I was also a bit worried about the chosen uniform of red shirts and the palpable anger among the protesters. Yes, we were all filled with self-righteous indignation! I was able to sit in the main hearing room because my husband Steve was one of the people chosen to testify about VAERS (the US government’s vaccine injury database), which he maintains. Just before the hearing began, one father in the crowd was removed by guards because of his threatening demeanor and anger over his child’s injury. Understandable, but in the end, unproductive.
So once again, is our anger and fear really helpful?
Think about it. How do you react when someone, especially a stranger, gets angry at you? You get defensive. You write them off as “nut cases.” You don’t believe a word they say. It also becomes much easier to scapegoat them, blame them, and dehumanize them.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. “But how can we fight the power of Big Pharma? They control the media. They control the politicians.” That’s true. But didn’t Gandhi and Martin Luther King face just as huge obstacles?
Gandhi figured out the secret sauce, so to speak. By taking a nonviolent approach, with as much love in your heart as you can muster, you maximize the chance that the “other side” will instinctively feel your inherent benevolence. This makes it easier for them to believe you and sympathize with you. It also becomes harder for them to write you off. For instance, it’s much harder for a soldier to shoot at a young person who is holding out a flower in their hand than it is for them to fire into an angry, fear-instilling mob.
And let’s face it, the vaccine debate, though it may be fueled by the money interests of Big Pharma, is really all about fear. Fear of contagion and disease. And what are the instinctual human reactions to fear? First, denial. Convince yourself that nothing is wrong, that there is no such thing as a vaccine injury. If you hear about the existence of government databases and payouts to victims, ignore it; blank it out. Or convince yourself that such injuries are incredibly rare. Convince yourself that vaccines are perfectly harmless, like taking a sugar pill.
The second defense mechanism, especially when the media stokes fear of contagion (a common tactic now used by Big Pharma), is to circle the wagons. Project your fears onto others outside the circle and blame them. Scapegoat the already beleaguered parents of autistic children or other vaccine-injured children — the so-called “anti-vaxxers.”
Finally, if you happen to feel the least bit guilty about your scapegoating, rationalize your guilt by shouting “the greater good!” It’s not your kid after all.
So what can we do?
First of all, as much as possible, try to check your anger or at least any outward manifestation of it. Approach legislators and authorities in a spirit of harmlessness. Evoke their sympathy and connection to you. Be kind. Be human. Be conscious of their understandable fears and defenses.
Second, consider deeply: Why are people so fearful that they have to deny, project, and rationalize? The answer is that the following thought is going through their head, whether they realize it or not:
If vaccines aren’t the panacea that I’ve been told they are, then what am I going to do to protect myself and my family??
Because so many people are thinking this, any insinuation that vaccines aren’t a panacea tends to evoke a defensive reaction. Such an insinuation makes people feel backed into a corner. It’s too hard for them to face and, in fact, they’ll do anything not to face it — even take away your civil rights.
But what is the one vaccine that people are willing and even wanting to forego? The flu vaccine. Why? Because people have now grown to believe two things about it (from their own experience): 1) It doesn’t really work that well; 2) It makes a lot of people sick or even gives them the flu. In other words, to an increasing number of people, getting the flu vaccine is just not worth it, despite all the media hype and indoctrination.
So how can we use this information to help us penetrate through the vaccine impasse? Here are some ideas.
1) Convince people that vaccines don’t really work as well as people think they do. There is plenty of evidence for this. Talk about outbreaks among fully vaccinated populations that cannot be blamed on the unvaccinated. Let people know that vaccines don’t “take” for many people. Let them know that fairly stable illnesses like measles are beginning to mutate and become a moving target like the flu — because of the overuse of vaccines. This is an important point, especially when it comes to diseases that are generally benign, especially for children, in the developed world. (After all, nearly everyone in the US over the age of 60 experienced measles, chicken pox, and mumps as children — to no ill effect. And they now have true immunity and a more robust immune system as a result.) The more people begin to question whether vaccines are truly effective and necessary, the less “worth it” they will seem.
2) Convince people there are other approaches that can help them, both to prevent disease and treat it. This is true for the flu; most people know about various home remedies, vitamins, and alternative therapies (like homeopathy) that do work. (Just check out some of my Impossible Cure newsletters to learn more.) In other words, try to convince people that they do have some kind of recourse or safety net besides vaccines.
3) Gently educate people about the side effects. Emphasize that vaccines actually spread disease because of shedding. (I’ve even read reports that the flu is spread more each year by the vaccinated than by the unvaccinated!) And let’s face it. As more and more people are injured by vaccines, convincing them about the inherent risks will become easier.
Well, those are my thoughts. What do you think?
Many of you know that I went to graduate school at Stanford to study computer science and later did research in artificial intelligence. In the last issue of the Stanford Magazine, a feature article about various recent applications of artificial intelligence (AI) in China painted a chilling picture.
Do you realize that a great deal of information is constantly being gathered about you all the time — from your movements (gathered via your cell phone location and credit card card charges) to your shopping choices, from your email contents (think Gmail) and social media posts to the words you speak? I hope you also know that those “dots” or listening-devices you bought and sprinkled around your house are actually listening to everything you say all the time. How else can they know when to respond to you when you say “Alexa” or some other keyword?
All of this information is now being combined and analyzed statistically to infer quite a lot of surprising things about you. And many of these inferences may not even be true. Unfortunately, countries like China are already using these conclusions about who you are, what you’ve done, what your personality is like, and what you are likely to do next, to silently blacklist its citizens.
Gone are the days when the secret police had to knock down your door and bodily haul you off to some unknown prison for some unknown reason. Today, all that needs to be done is to flip a digital switch. Suddenly you may not be able to use your credit card, buy a plane ticket, or get medical treatment. You’ve become a virtual prisoner with no recourse. And it’s already happening in China. What next?
Back in the day when I was doing AI research, it was all a very different kind of thing. We were trying to encode human knowledge and reasoning abilities, not draw conclusions from huge data sets about people. This was long before smart phones and social media appeared on the scene, and that kind of data wasn’t even available. In fact, most of the early efforts at AI were generally considered to be a colossal failure. Today, however, AI is all about gathering lots of information from all the devices in our lives and making educated guesses about what it means and what can be inferred from it. For example, that’s how Google and Facebook know which ads to display to you — it’s based on guesses about what you are likely to buy. It works too.
Most people fear that the danger of AI is the sci-fi horror story: robots becoming conscious and imprisoning or killing us. The truth is, we are very far from that kind of thing. It may never happen. However, the real danger of AI is that we will trust these statistical algorithms too much; that societal forces will use all of the information that we ourselves have blithely made available — even paid to make available — and use bogus inferences to make some serious decisions. In other words, the real threat is that governments and other authorities will use statistically derived guesses to control us. And it isn’t just happening in China.
Google, for example, changed its search algorithms in June to essentially “disappear” from their search results pretty much every website that provides information about alternative approaches to health and diet. Just think about how Google searches control world opinion and behavior. As a result of these very recent changes, formerly top-ranked websites like Mercola.com, GreenMedInfo.com, and even the websites of organizations like the National Center for Homeopathy (HomeopathyCenter.org) or my own websites, have essentially dropped from view. Personally, I stopped trusting Wikipedia years ago, but I still trusted Google search results enough to use it many times a day. Now I’ve switched to a new and increasingly popular search engine, DuckDuckGo.com. It seems pretty much just as good as Google, it doesn’t collect information about your searches, and sites like Mercola.com and Homeopathycenter.org still appear on the first page when you do a relevant search. Check it out!
So what’s my message here?
Wars with guns and bombs may be on their way out. They are being replaced by information-based control over our movements, thoughts, beliefs, and access to services like airports, hotels, stores, the internet, banks, hospitals, schools, and more. As many of you know, children who are not fully vaccinated cannot attend any school in California or New York and possibly soon Florida. States are even trying to eliminate or severely curtail medical exemptions. What’s next? When your entire medical record is placed on a chip embedded in your body (people are already voluntarily embedding credit payment chips in their arms in Europe), how will it be used to curtail your freedoms?
So what can we do? Is all hope lost?
First, we can learn some lessons from the past. Even when the KGB was bugging (and likely is still bugging) apartments and following the movements of people in the Soviet Union, people were still able to find some personal forms of freedom. They only spoke in private to those they trusted. They maintained outward appearances of conformity. They played loud music to block the bugging devices.
Similarly, in our own private lives, we can still maintain various forms of control. We can turn off our smart phones and unplug those “dots”. We can stop using Google and Facebook and be a bit more discreet about who we share our beliefs with (although I realize I’m violating that dictum just by writing this article and making it available to you online). And there are plenty of people who care about preserving their freedoms. We just need to find them and work with them when we can.
There are also reasons for hope.
Clearly, our world is becoming increasingly polarized. Not just politically anymore. More and more people, for example, are seeking out medical and food alternatives. That may be the reason for the recent clamp down and media control over alternative health information — the corporations are getting scared. In fact, Google is now getting into the Big Pharma business itself. Perhaps that’s the reason why they changed their algorithms.
But increased polarization is also a sign that big changes are coming. That’s why things get polarized — one side wants the change, and the other side is fighting tooth and nail to stop it. So the increased polarities might mean the shift is getting nearer. It’s darkest before the dawn!
Another reason for hope lies in the power of the people. Despite the fact that so many of us are being lulled into complacency by entertainment and addictions, when enough people are suffering, they will not put up with it anymore. When people can’t physically survive anymore, big revolutions occur. In the past it was access to food. That’s what finally sparked the French Revolution. Today it is the scourge of chronic illness that is even affecting our children.
A final reason for hope is that the true revolution and the true power lies within.
Remember: even in a prison camp, even in Siberia, people still have their own internal beliefs and thoughts. And the more control we have over own beliefs and thoughts, especially via practices like the meditation and manifestation techniques I described in Active Consciousness, the more power we have to manifest change in the outer world.
Folks, I truly believe that we can collectively change the world — not just using our outer actions, but by using our minds and consciousness. Ultimately, the revolutionary action is within. It begins there and then moves outward into the world we experience around us. Let’s focus our collective beliefs and attention on a positive vision and make it happen!
There is a woman in a spiritual community I participate in that seems to be in a constant state of suffering. Her large eyes openly plead for some kind of rescue. When any of us interact with her, we usually hear about her illnesses, her depression, her financial woes, and how it all began when a relationship ended over ten years ago.
Any kindhearted person would feel sympathy for such a person, and I initially spent a lot of time talking to her and offering support. However, over time and with repeated exposure, I began to feel the urge to avoid her; I found her constant clinging and complaining to be energetically draining. And I’ve noticed that others in the community have begun to pull away as well.
Ironically, this particular community is guided by the idea that each person creates a life that is molded by what they focus on, talk about, and believe. So perhaps this woman is our teacher. She is a living example of what happens when thoughts and words are constantly negative, hopeless, and self-limiting.
But I’ve also asked myself, is my increasingly negative reaction to this woman unfair and unloving? Aren’t there people in the world who endure suffering beyond their control? What about people living in war-torn countries? Victims of the Holocaust and other ethnic purges and massacres? What about the sick and dying? And what about those gray areas? Are addicts (including people suffering from the newer varieties like food, sex, and shopping) suffering from something completely beyond their control? What about the mentally ill?
Recently, I’ve been rereading the second half of Victor Frankl’s amazing and transformative book, Man’s Search for Meaning. The first half of the book recounts his experience of survival in the concentration camps of World War II. Rather than focusing on the horror, however, he describes how those few who survived tended to be individuals who found some form of meaning to sustain them — perhaps hope for reunion with a loved one, or in Frankl’s case, a desire to rewrite the manuscript he had just completed before his whole life was torn from him. As Frankl points out, having a purpose that provides meaning can help an individual to survive even the most dire illness or hardship. Will power may truly be the ultimate power.
The second half of Frankl’s book outlines a branch of psychotherapy that he created after the war — logotherapy. Instead of seeking pleasure (Freud’s take on the goal of humanity), Frankl believed that what makes us truly human is our perpetual quest for meaning. He says that meaning can be found in one of three ways: 1) through achievement or some form of action in the outer world, such as work, family, or service; 2) by learning and experiencing things; and 3) through suffering.
But, as Frankl emphasizes, not all suffering is created equal. To provide meaning, it has to be unavoidable suffering. If one’s suffering can be alleviated, then not doing so is merely a form of masochism.
Hence the gray areas. Is an addict actively and earnestly trying to do something in order to address their addiction, or are they merely wallowing in it or using it as an excuse? Those who do nothing to address their addiction tend to not win much sympathy from others.
The same can go for those suffering from mental illness. This is an area in which I have some personal experience. My brother has suffered from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder almost his entire life, and he is probably on the autism spectrum too. Yes, he has suffered tremendously. What could have been a productive and successful life was destroyed by an illness that was not his fault. But the truth is, my brother also tends to use his problems as an excuse — often when he wants something or doesn’t want to do something.
Happily, there have been better times too. When my brother has truly made an effort, he has tended to do much better. These are the times when his lifelong suffering has found some kind of meaning. They are the times when my brother slowly grew in wisdom and dignity through his suffering. And the same thing happens when an addict seeks help and truly makes an effort in some meaningful way.
As Frankl points out in his book, even in the concentration camps, where inmates were stripped of every vestige of their humanity and lived in constant filth and hunger, often on the verge of death, there were those who somehow found meaning and dignity in their situation. These people underwent a personal transformation that sometimes enabled them to survive. But even if they didn’t survive, at least they died with greater dignity and served as an inspiration to others around them.
So how do you suffer? Do you complain endlessly to those around you? Do you make an earnest effort to alleviate your suffering? Do you try to find some meaning in your situation and try to at least learn and grow from it? Are you able to find a way to push beyond your suffering, maybe even create a vision of a better life (perhaps even use active consciousness to help shift your situation)? You may discover that how you handle your suffering can make all the difference — not only in your relationships with others, but also in the nature of the life you begin to experience without and within.
“To be sure, a human being is a finite thing, and his freedom is restricted. It is not freedom from conditions, but it is freedom to take a stand toward conditions… Man is not fully conditioned and determined but rather determines himself whether he gives in to conditions or stands up to them. In other words, man is ultimately self-determining. Man does not simply exist but always decides what his existence will be, what he will become in the next moment.” — Victor Frankl
With all the doom and gloom around us, and in particular (as far as this newsletter is concerned) in the area of health freedom, I thought it might be nice to start off the summer with some bits of good news. Here’s a few that have come across my desktop lately…
Free homeopathy books and journals — Online!
The creators of the best online and free homeopathic journal Hpathy, Manish Bhatia and Alan Schmukler, have now made nearly 200 books and 450 historical journals absolutely free online as well. You can find it at Homeopathy Books Online.This homeopathy library will be continuously growing. Thanks Manish and Alan!
Maine Becomes the 11th State Where All Homeopaths Can Practice Legally!
Great news! On June 11, Maine passed into law LD 364, “An Act to Establish the Right to Practice Complementary and Alternative Health Care Act”. The new law will protect Maine citizen’s access to their many wonderful practitioners such as homeopaths, herbalists, traditional naturopaths, nutritional consultants, and many more, who are providing complementary and alternative health care. The bill was introduced by Senator Miramant on January 24, 2019 and will go into effect in October 2019.
A New Study Finds Homeopathy Effective for Insomnia
You can read about this study, published in 2019, here: Efficacy of individualized homeopathic treatment of insomnia: Double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial.
Join the NCH and Get Access to Useful Webinars
Did you know membership in the National Center for Homeopathy provides many benefits, including not only their magazine, Homeopathy Today, but also access to numerous webinars? For example, here are some upcoming webinars: Hahnemann, Hygiene, Obstacles to Cure, and Homeopathy, presented by Robert Frank, D.H.M., D.I.Hom., CNHP, on July 23, 2019; College Bound with Homeopathy, presented by Loretta Butehorn, Ph.D., CCH, on August 6, 2019; Bounce Back Kids, presented by Tanya Renner, CCH, RSHom(NA), NBC-HWC, on September 16, 2019; Homeopathy for Childhood Mental/Behavioral Health, presented by Dr. Jennifer Bahr, ND, on October 15, 2019; Resolving Patterns of Anxiety and Depression through Homeopathic Inquiry, presented by Dr. Kenneth Silvestri, on November 12, 2019; The Holistic Way of Life for Cats, presented by Madeleine Innocent, on December 3, 2019.
First Aid Remedy Tips on YouTube
Homeopath Dr. Lisa Samet provides some useful tips here. My own homeopath, Deborah Olenev, offers lots of additional advice and her own line of homeopathic first aid creams here.
What is it about us humans? We always want more. We are inherently prone to dissatisfaction and constantly yearn for something more “perfect” — the perfect mate, the perfect job, the perfect house, the perfect body. Even those who live in gorgeous mansions by the sea fantasize about getting a more perfect garden or yacht.
Maybe our human tendency toward dissatisfaction has had a useful evolutionary purpose. If we were easily satisfied, we might not have had the motivation to push the limits of innovation, from finding better ways to cultivate food and build housing, to achieving a more just form of society. But just as with other emotional habits, the habit of always wanting or at least secretly yearning for more can also bring sadness and disappointment.
As I have gotten older, I have noticed that an expectation of perfection decreases with age and maturity. Some of it is just due to life experience. We discover that perfection is usually impossible. We may consciously decide to “settle for less” — but really, “settling” also hides within it a yearning for more.
No, what I mean is that with wisdom comes a realization that the constant quest for perfection is a trap, and that the love for and trust in what is can be a gift.
I’m not saying that we should be happy with horrible situations and not try to correct them. But rather than approaching life with dissatisfaction, we can assume an attitude of acceptance that simultaneously opens us up to more possibilities and often a more positive outcome. This attitude is also a more ideal position from which to envision and create — to exert what I have called active consciousness.
In my experience, a key to achieving this more productive state is to begin by looking within. In particular, our own personal perfectionism and dissatisfaction is usually rooted in a dissatisfaction with ourselves.
It’s amazing but true — if we begin to love and accept ourselves more, we also begin to love and accept others. If we have more compassion for ourselves, we have more compassion and forgiveness for others. And even if we (as an act of self-love) decide to remove ourselves from a particular situation, our ability to do so with an internal attitude of compassion and forgiveness enables us to move on to something new and better, rather than remaining mired in the past.
Ironically, by letting go of the expectation of perfection, we create an even more “perfect” world. And even if it remains the same old world, we are now able to realize more deeply just how perfect it already is.
There have been easy times and hard times for homeopathy since the beginning. Right off the bat, Hahnemann experienced both mockery and accolades. Eager young devotee doctors surrounded him and became his first provers of homeopathic medicines. At the same time, Hahnemann was repeatedly hounded out of town by the local apothecaries (pharmacies) because he manufactured his own medicines and didn’t use their wares (and also got better results). Sound familiar? As the saying goes, there is nothing new under the sun and history keeps repeating itself.
And so homeopathy always goes on. Why? Because it works and can even sometimes work miracles. It is affordable. But I believe that the real reason is that homeopathy is based on a fundamental, immutable truth. Unlike medical fads that come and go and are often proven harmful in the end, homeopathy’s Law of Similars presents us with an unshakeable and eternal law of nature, much like the laws of physics. Even if we don’t make use of this healing principle, it remains there to be rediscovered and used.
Of course, the application of the Law of Similars isn’t always easy. The practice of homeopathy is an art. There is a saying: homeopathy never fails, but a homeopath can. I might add to this that sometimes the physical body is beyond repair; after all, we all die in the end. The mysteries of the body are immense and ultimately, perhaps unknowable. Even the most perfect homeopath cannot always discern the way to the best remedy, potency, and dosing. But as I always say, there is hope with homeopathy. That gives us great comfort and is also the reason why no matter what happens, this medical art will always spring up anew. You can’t keep the truth hidden forever. And people will always need to be healed.
In April, homeopaths around the world celebrated Homeopathy Awareness Week, always timed to begin on Hahnemann’s birthday on April 10. This year, many people flocked to Washington, DC to lobby congressional leaders not to change existing FDA rules (which have worked fine for many years) that would impede the free access of homeopathic remedies to the public. This effort was organized by the amazing new organization, Americans for Homeopathy Choice. I encourage you to join me in supporting their efforts to protect access to homeopathy.
There are many other organizations in the USA and around the world that merit your support as well. These include the National Center for Homeopathy (I was on the board for many years), Homeopaths Without Borders, Homeopathy for Health in Africa, Research in Homeopathy, and health freedom efforts nationally or in your state.
Of course, there are even more organizations than these. Choose your favorites, get involved, spread the word about homeopathy. That’s why I wrote Impossible Cure and why I continue to write these newsletters and answer emails that are sent to me. I will forever be grateful for the blessing of homeopathy in my life.
And perhaps most important — keep the faith! Your positive intentions and beliefs do make a difference. Homeopathy has always and will always go on.
My son Izaak has been living in Australia for several years now. One Australian phrase that I love is “No Worries, Mate!” I remember waiting in a huge line to check in for a flight there in 2002. Over the loudspeaker they announced “No worries, everyone! Relax!” Can you imagine that announcement in an American airport, with all of its dire warnings about yellow or orange alerts? I hope Australia can hold on to that feeling.
“No Worries” is especially comforting to me because I’ve struggled with disaster thinking my entire life. When I let my mind do its normal meandering, I often find it concocting the most horrific and worrisome scenarios. It probably began in childhood, when I would sit in bed and plan out how I’d escape down a gutter outside my bedroom window if the house caught on fire. My worrisome ways were likely fueled by an isolated and difficult childhood punctuated by occasional violence and frequent family deaths. I often wonder how I came out of it all with an inherently cheerful, optimistic, and determined personality. Or maybe my childhood actually fostered this resilience.
Nevertheless, my habitual tendency toward disaster thinking remains. I worry unnecessarily about my kids, upcoming travel (which I simultaneously look forward to), and more. I’m an expert at concocting the worst possible scenarios. As a Jew, I can always fall back onto thoughts about concentration camps or other forms of torture. And when I get any kind of health worry — even a cut on my finger — the medical knowledge I possess enables my mind to inevitably worm its way to death: what if I get MRSA?!
Of course, I’m not alone. Today, everyone’s tendency toward disaster thinking has been exacerbated by the ever present media that informs and alarms us about every possible health woe and worry, let alone the ubiquitous political media constantly washing over us.
Luckily, I’ve become increasingly aware of these kinds of thoughts. They are much less subconscious than they used to be. For example, I’m now able to laugh at my ability to convert any health woe into a death sentence — thanks to my husband who reminds me and laughs with me. That usually stops those kinds of thoughts in their tracks.
Recently, I have begun attending services at a nearby Center for Spiritual Living. The community follows the spiritual science message of teachers like Neville Goddard and Ernest Holmes, who emphasized how our thoughts create our reality. And so I’ve begun to work even more diligently on my disaster thinking tendencies. (Luckily, my life has actually been wonderful and quite luck-filled, despite my worries — perhaps thanks to my innately optimistic nature!)
One thing that I’ve learned is that constant worrying and fretting has no purpose. We may think it prepares us for the future, but any required thought-preparations really take much less time than we spend on worrying. Write down your ideas or preparations and then put them aside. Remember that worry and fretting just helps negative outcomes to manifest! (I also discuss this point in my book Active Consciousness). It also inhibits positive action or response, fosters unhappiness within you and those around you, and even contributes to physical disease.
For four years before my mom died in 2010, she experienced increasingly poor health and I knew she could die unexpectedly. I often found myself thinking “What would I do if Mom died tomorrow?” and would plan out the scenario in my mind. A good friend gave me some excellent advice: “Your mom will only die once. But you’re living her death a thousand times!” The moral of this story is this: Have confidence that when the time comes, you will respond to any crisis in the best way you can. Nothing more is required.
Here are some more tips I’ve tried to put into practice:
|▪||When you notice a thought you’d like to stop dwelling on, say out loud: STOP! (You’ll be surprised how well this works.)|
|▪||Replace your worry by imagining the BEST possible scenario or outcome.|
|▪||Focus your mind on the good in your life with gratitude.|
I hope this is useful and hopeful information for all of you. We live in a time of great trepidation about the future. But constantly “freaking out” — a state many people are caught in — serves no one and likely makes things worse.
I know I’ve written this message before. But it may be the most important message for our times. Remember that the world can turn on a dime. Small things — including small positive things you do in your own life — can ripple out in unexpected ways and cause huge changes. Anything can happen.
As we enter spring and the flowers and plants emerge from the Earth, use your consciousness to help good things to happen! Your thoughts and beliefs are the seeds of our collective future.
This has been a difficult newsletter to approach and write. The past month has been full of worrisome news for those of us in the world of alternative medicine, especially folks in the autism community with concerns about forced vaccination.
Every alternative medicine newsletter I’ve read lately is awash in panic about a possible federal expansion of powers to remove all state vaccine exemptions for everyone, not just school children. Efforts are afoot (once again, led by legislators from my own state of California — which initiated the forced vaccination trend in the USA with the passage of SB277 in 2015) to impose media censorship on any “anti-vaccine” information. Facebook has begun to block information. Amazon has already removed some books focused on autism recovery. Frankly, I am worried that they will also remove my own book Impossible Cure, despite the fact that it touches only lightly on the vaccine issue, which wasn’t strongly in my consciousness at the time I wrote it. (NOTE: As of now, my book is still on Amazon.)
Couple all of this with recent efforts by the FDA to gradually remove our access to homeopathic remedies. It is very hard not to believe that these developments, fueled by the power of Big Pharma (which now exceeds that of the military-industrial complex and has bought politicians of every political stripe), is part of some grand plot to decimate our collective health and reduce the population, or at least to subjugate all of us mentally and physically. I applaud the bravery of people like Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and his Children’s Health Defense organization or Barbara Loe Fisher, president of the National Vaccine Information Center, with her recent statement about the erosion of our basic civil liberties.
Putting aside the most sinister motives, there is legitimate reason for panic in the allopathic world. The overuse of vaccines has been a colossal mistake and perhaps even they know it, or at least are beginning to realize it. I wrote about this in an article I wrote a couple of years ago. Just as with the debacle of overused antibiotics, the desperation of those in the know is well-founded. An increasingly small number of people, born before 1958, still have true immunity to the childhood diseases. That leaves a growing population of inherently unhealthy and unprotected people. Unfortunately, the only tool known by the Big-Pharma machine is to impose more suppression: more antibiotics, more vaccines and forced vaccination. Pity them, for they blind themselves to the knowledge of any other way.
I can’t pretend to offer much comfort to young parents who want to protect the health of their children. I can’t pretend to not be afraid for myself and my family.
But what I can offer to you is this: There is hope with homeopathy, along with other alternative means of healing. That’s why it’s important that we support organizations that work for our freedom to access homeopathy and remedies. In the meantime, in case authorities render our access to remedies more difficult, I recommend stocking up now, including nosodes, which will likely be harder to get in the future. Do it. The good news is that your remedies will last indefinitely, no matter what the labels say, if they are stored properly. Build your knowledge of how to use them. Homeopathy may not be easy or perfect, but it provides hope. It can bolster your immune system so that you become more resilient to whatever is unleashed upon you (including forced vaccination) and help you to recover if you do fall ill.
Over the past few weeks, both my husband and I have been working through this year’s difficult flu. I hadn’t been sick in a few years. My husband never gets acutes; I haven’t seen him this sick in our 38 years together except for a couple of bouts of food poisoning. Unfortunately, we fell ill during a two-week vacation to Hawaii, which we ended up spending holed up inside. Luckily, I had remedies with me (I never travel without them). Gelsemium did the trick for Steve. Initially Phosphorus and later Bryonia has done the trick for me, though I’m still recovering. This flu has been a sobering learning experience, but I know that I am now stronger because of it. My immune system has been exercised. Homeopathy came to the rescue, even if the process took a while.
I’ll conclude with this. Homeopathy teaches us that suppression is never the answer. It may be a necessary stopgap measure at times, but it is never curative. Likewise, the suppression of information is never the answer. The suppression of access to healing tools is never the answer. Forcing suppression upon others is never the answer. Yes, there may be difficult times ahead. But sometimes things have to get much worse before people wake up and take action.
Let’s try to have faith. And let’s remember that there is always hope with homeopathy.