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How to make Yourself a Better Person


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Posted by on April 30, 2017 in WISDOM


Why the Western World is Obsessed With Sexuality .


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Posted by on April 30, 2017 in 21 AND OLDER, WISDOM


What you might do if you had all of the power of God.



I wonder, I wonder, what you would do if you had the power to dream at night, any dream you wanted to dream.

And you would of course be able to alter your time sense and slip, say, 75 years of subjective time into 8 hours sleep. You would, I suppose, start out by fulfilling all your wishes. You could design for yourself what would be the most ecstatic life. Love affairs, banquets, dancing girls, wonderful journeys, gardens, music beyond belief.

And then after a couple of months, of this sort of thing at 75 years a night, you’d be getting a little taste for something different. And you would move over to a more adventurous dimension. Where there were sudden dangers involved, and the thrill of dealing with dangers. And you could rescue princesses from dragons. And go on dangerous journeys. Make wonderful explosions, and blow them up. Eventually get into contests with enemies.

And after you’d done that for some time, you’d think up a new wrinkle. To forget that you were dreaming. So that you would think it was all for real. And to be, anxious about it. Because it would be so great when you woke up.

And then you’d say, ‘Well, like children who dare each other on things. How far out could you get?’ What could you take? What dimension of being lost, of abandonment of your power, what dimension of that could you stand?

You could ask yourself this ’cause you know you’d eventually wake up. And after you’d gone on doing this, you see, for some time, you’d suddenly find yourself sitting around in this room with all your personal involvements, problems, et cetera, talking with me.

How do you know that’s not what you’re doing? Could be? Because after all, what would you do if you were God? If you were, what there is, the Self. In ‘The Upanishads’, the basic text of Hinduism, one of them starts out saying, ‘In the beginning was the Self.’ and looking around it said ‘I am.’ And thus it is that everyone to this day, when asked ‘Who is there?’ says ‘It is I.’

If you were, God, and in this sense that you knew everything, you would be bored.

Because if looking at it from another way, we push technology through its furthest possible development, and instead of a dial telephone on one’s desk, a more complex system of buttons, and one touch would give you anything you wanted. Aladdin’s Lamp. You’d eventually have to introduce a button labelled ‘Surprise’.

Because all perfectly known futures, as I pointed out, are past. They have happened, virtually. It is only the true future, is a surprise.

So if you were God, you would say to yourself, ‘Man, get lost.’


By Alan Watts, Author of  This Is It


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Posted by on April 30, 2017 in WISDOM


There was a time you could FEEL the Music!

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Posted by on April 28, 2017 in WISDOM


Self-help books? Start off with the ground breakers, the ones that changed millions of lives.

Each year, publishers inundate us with new self-help books promising to teach us how to be better: better parents, better spouses, better workers, better organizers, better everything!

It’s enough to make the head spin. However, every so often a self-help book rises to the top and morphs into something of a cultural phenomenon. These winners often spawn a school of wannabes and lookalikes (bookalikes?), but the originals retain something special.

Here are seven self-help books that were groundbreakers in their day, and have stood the test of time. Make sure you also don’t forget to read these iconic books.

Who Moved My CheeseWho Moved My Cheese by Dr. Spencer Johnson

A motivational business allegory featuring mice, mazes and cheese, this title was on the best-seller list for almost five years and sold 26 million copies. Its characters, Sniff and Scurry (the mice) and Hem and Haw (the humans) can still teach us a lot. These are books that you can quickly read in a day.

What Color is Your ParachuteWhat Color is Your Parachute by Richard Nelson Bolles

This book offers advice about career choice and job hunting. It’s been updated several times over the years, adding additional info about the digital age, but its basic premises still hold true. Ten million copies sold and counting.

How to Win Friends and Influence PeopleHow to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Perhaps the granddaddy of them all, this self helper provides practical and accessible advice on everything from how to make friends, become a leader, and have a successful home life, just to name a few. Revised as recently as 2011, it was ranked #19 on Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential books of all time.

The Seven Habits of Highly Successful PeopleThe Seven Habits of Highly Successful People by Stephen R. Covey

Covey’s website credits the book for being a top-seller “for the simple reason that it ignores trends and pop psychology for proven principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity.” It sold more than 25 million copies to date, and has spawned a slew of Seven Habits spinoffs. These are time management skills that all successful people use.


I’m OK, You’re OKI’m OK, You’re OK by Thomas Anthony Harris

An icon of pop psychology, this book takes “transactional analysis,” i.e. transactions between people, and puts it into layman’s terms. It spent two years on the best-seller list, and sold over 15 million copies. The book also had the distinction of making it into a Seinfeld episode: when George Constanza is having trouble figuring out how to break up with his girlfriend, Jerry is dispatched to get some self-help books, including this one.


Rich Dad Poor DadRich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki

This book teaches personal finance through parables about two fathers and two sons. It was inspired by the author’s own life growing up in Hawaii. Oprah featured it on her TV show, and sales boomed to the tune of 26 million copies.

Men are From Mars, Women are from VenusMen are From Mars, Women are from Venus by John Gray

Perhaps the quintessential relationship book, the author starts with the premise that men and women are fundamentally different, and if we can learn the code of conduct for the opposite sex, we’ll all be happier and have better relationships. While it might seem obvious to some of us that men and women are pretty different (why do women talk about their feelings all the time? Why do men bond over sports?), the author was nonetheless clearly onto something.

The book sold 50 million copies and according to CNN was “the highest ranked nonfiction book of the 1990s.” In addition, the title has spawned more books, seminars, theme vacations, workout videos, a one-man Broadway play, fragrances, and yes, even his-and-her salad dressings.


By Amy Reilly / Reader’s Digest

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Posted by on April 27, 2017 in WISDOM


Are we living in excessive diagnosis, conformity and over-medication?


If Albert Einstein was a youth today, there’s a good chance he would be saddled with an Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) diagnosis, possibly even Opposition Defiant Disorder (ODD) as well.

He ignored his teachers, failed college entrance examinations several times and was hard-pressed in holding down a job.

In Einstein: The Life and Times, biographer Ronald Clark argues that Einstein’s problem wasn’t attention deficits at all, but rather a hatred of authoritarian, Prussian influences in school.

“The teachers in the elementary school appeared to me like sergeants and in the gymnasium the teachers were like lieutenants,” Einstein once remarked.

The fact that he read Kant’s difficult Critique of Pure Reason for pleasure is quite revealing. He also refused to prepare for college admissions out of rebellion to his father’s “unbearable” path of “practical profession.”

When he did gain entrance to college, one of his professors chided Einstein: “You have one fault; one can’t tell you anything.”

The very characteristics that troubled authorities, were exactly the ones which helped him to excel.

Considering Einstein’s life history, it makes one wonder about the rampant use of ADHD and ODD diagnosis that are plaguing our children and teenagers today.

According to the statistical research by Russell Barkley, Ph.D., on average for every 30 children, 1-3 have ADHD.

Of these children, 65% have issues with defiance, non-compliance and problems with authority figures, which can manifest as verbal hostility and temper tantrums.

It’s estimated that between 1-16% of all American children have ODD. The real question, however, is not how many diagnosis there have been, but rather should we be looking at ADHD and ODD as a mental illness in the first place?

The age of excessive diagnosis, conformity and over-medication.

No other time in history has the public had such access to pharmaceuticals for alleged mental illness.

Once reserved for extreme cases of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, mania and suicidal depression, today we have a veritable free-for-all in diagnosis — and subsequent drugging — of any mental state we find the least bit inconvenient.

Take ADHD. For these children, sitting still in a classroom — under fluorescent lighting and being bombarded with EMFs from cell phones and Wi-Fi — completely removed from the natural world and pumped full of preservatives, artificial additives, GMOs, pesticides and sugar, is simply impossible.

Their sensitive bodies and minds cannot take the onslaught.

Instead of extending outdoor time and cleaning up the diet, recess has been slashed and poor quality food remains the norm. Worse, they are drugged into submission with the likes of Evekeo, Adderall, Concerta and Ritalin — several of which are amphetamines.

Bruce Levine, Ph.D., writes in ‘Why Anti-Authoritarians are Diagnosed as Mentally Ill’:

A 2009 Psychiatric Times article titled “ADHD & ODD: Confronting the Challenges of Disruptive Behavior” reports that “disruptive disorders,” which include attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and opposition defiant disorder (ODD), are the most common mental health problem of children and teenagers.

ADHD is defined by poor attention and distractibility, poor self-control and impulsivity, and hyperactivity. ODD is defined as a “a pattern of negativistic, hostile, and defiant behavior without the more serious violations of the basic rights of others that are seen in conduct disorder”; and ODD symptoms include “often actively defies or refuses to comply with adult requests or rules” and “often argues with adults.”

One of the leading mainstream mental health’s authorities on ADHD, psychologist Russell Barkley believes that those afflicted with ADHD are deficient in what he classifies as “rule-governed behavior,” since they are less open to established authorities and not as responsive to positive or negative consequences.

Those with ODD also have these so-called deficits. Because of this, it’s exceptionally common for young people to be diagnosed with both ADHD and ODD.

But as Levine rightly observes: “Do we really want to diagnose and medicate everyone with ‘deficits in rule-governed behavior’”?

Some of our greatest freethinkers throughout history were non-conformists and challenged authority.

At what point do we simply become a nation of zombies, drugged out on pharmaceuticals, unable to think for ourselves?

Americans have become increasingly socialized to associate inattention, anger, anxiety and paralyzing despair with a medical condition, and subsequently rely on medical intervention instead of political remedies.

“What better way to maintain the status quo than to view inattention, anger, anxiety, and depression as biochemical problems of those who are mentally ill rather than normal reactions to an increasingly authoritarian society,” said Bruce Levine Ph.D.

He believes Americans desperately need anti-authoritarians to question, test and oppose illegitimate authorities and regain trust in their own common sense.

And yet, we’re moving into deeper authoritarian waters by the day. A good example is the newest addition of the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders).

ODD is actually a new label in the manual, defined as “ongoing pattern of disobedient, hostile and defiant behavior,” where symptoms include negativity, questioning authority, argumentativeness and irritability.

ODD joins the ranks of other, newly created mental illnesses — ‘disorders’ like arrogance, narcissism, exceptional creativity, cynicism and antisocial tendencies.

Keep in mind that over the last 50 years, the manual has been prolific in creating new afflictions, with the total number of ‘mental illness’ classifications rising from 130 to 357.

Also remember that each ‘mental illness’ has a pharmaceutical counterpart used in ‘treatment.’ But at what cost to the soul of humanity?

George F. Will provides a possible answer in an article for Washington Post, ‘Handbook suggests that deviations from ‘normality’ are disorders’:

Another danger is that childhood eccentricities, sometimes inextricable from creativity, might be labeled “disorders” to be “cured.”

If 7-year-old Mozart tried composing his concertos today, he might be diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and medicated into barren normality.

In the face of such bizarre and chilling authoritarian mental illness classifications, the famous quote by Jiddu Krishnamurti comes to mind: “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”


By Carolanne Wright / Wake Up World

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Posted by on April 27, 2017 in WISDOM

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