From The Four Winds

Transpersonal
Transpersonal psychology involves an approach to behavior and the whole of humanity that transcends ordinary states of the mind as well as extends to the larger environment as a whole (Haas, 2011). We are entering an era of time where individuals are exhausted from promises of so-called miracle prescription drugs that fail to prove to stand up to their claims, and are more and more on the look out for alternative means to explaining their grief, depression, ADD, ADHD and all other forms of mental illnesses. With the use of Transpersonal Psychology we can begin to interpret the entire scope of the human experience where everything from abnormal psychology to normal psychological mental processes plays the roll in healing the mind, body and spirit. This theoretical psychological practice brings together disciplines of transcendental areas of consciousness while not ignoring the spiritual connection to human experiences.

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Nogmofoods

My daughter is hysterical. As a family we have been educating ourselves on the dangers of GMO foods while choosing to change our lifestyle away from these poisons and into a more holistic state of existence. It all started on a recent trip home from Tennessee when my husband and I along with our 14 year old daughter listened to a 3 hour talk on the dangers of GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms). Ever since that trip when we visit a local restaurant, the rare times we do that now, the waitress/waiter will ask “May I take your order?” and my daughter will say “Sure I will take a plate of GMOs with a side of cancer please” and we just crack up. Anyway, just in case you are not familiar with what GMO’s are, as we were not until recently, besides doing a quick google or youtube search, a simple…

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May I Take Your Order?

Nogmofoods

My daughter is hysterical. As a family we have been educating ourselves on the dangers of GMO foods while choosing to change our lifestyle away from these poisons and into a more holistic state of existence. It all started on a recent trip home from Tennessee when my husband and I along with our 14 year old daughter listened to a 3 hour talk on the dangers of GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms). Ever since that trip when we visit a local restaurant, the rare times we do that now, the waitress/waiter will ask “May I take your order?” and my daughter will say “Sure I will take a plate of GMOs with a side of cancer please” and we just crack up. Anyway, just in case you are not familiar with what GMO’s are, as we were not until recently, besides doing a quick google or youtube search, a simple definition is ” As defined by Wikipedia, a genetically modified organism (GMO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. Organisms that have been genetically modified include micro-organisms such as bacteria and yeast, plants, fish, and mammals. GMOs are the source of genetically modified foods, and are also widely used in scientific research and to produce useful goods other than food. Genetically modified foods (GM foods, or biotech foods) are foods derived from genetically modified organisms, such as genetically modified crops or genetically modified fish. GMOs have had specific changes introduced into their DNA by genetic engineering techniques”. Please allow me, your government, to add a touch of my own definition to mr. wiki. “We have deemed GMO foods safe for consumption and with your tax dollars, will continue to pour millions of dollars into its research and seed production. Besides, what makes you think adding foreign DNA and hormones to your body should ever bring you harm? Its a natural state of biological evolution. With GMO seed production this will guarantee the aid of feeding our hunger crisis in which we all are experiencing on the planet. We, your government, are doing all we can to reduce the impacts of such a wide spread global epidemic. Meantime do not hesitate to buy from your local farmers and Walmart where the finest assortment of processed GMOs are available at very affordable prices. Make no mistake about it, we appreciate your continued support.”

Although the general public is slowly becoming aware of the subtle yet invasive dangers of GMO’s, we are far from stopping the giant, Monsanto, from continuing to deliver its lethal daily doses into the fabric of our existence. Most of us no longer live in rural areas, having the opportunity to be ‘prairie’ mom or farmer dad regulating our own food and dictating what our family consumes. We live in a highly organized and dare I say, government dependent society blinded by the venom our government spills only leading the public to believe their ways are the only ways best for human beings to survive and live. We have become dependent on government agencies such as the FDA, CDC and every giant pharmaceutical company out there to tell us what our bodies need and what is essential for optimal survival. We have become comfortable with being ‘dumbed down’ and reluctant to think or investigate things for ourselves. Spoon fed conditioning is our newest comfort and until we, as a whole, wake up and stop the state of mental reclusiveness, we will continue to die, literally and never stop to ask what has happened until it is too late.

What does this have to do with GMOs you ask? I say everything!! Why didn’t we force companies to label foods that contain GMOs? I refer to ‘we’ collectively from the top down. Does the government have an ulterior motive for keeping these ingredients a secret? Maybe their own pocketbook is being tampered with and we all know that just can’t happen now can it!!!! Monsanto has its controlling hand in every household in America yet most people, me included, only a few months ago had no clue who they were.

We must regain the ‘revolt thinking’ mentality if we are ever to beat big government. Does signing a petition help? Maybe, eventually, however, signing a petition is far from the only active thing we as tax paying citizens are capable. Monsanto can not survive if we do not continue to feed them their paycheck through our stomachs. If one by one, Americans would replace one GM food in their home with an organic replacement, dedicate to growing organic herbs and changing their eating back to wholesome ‘whole’ foods void of ingredients placed purposely to destroy our brain cells and cause all kinds of disease (does population control mean anything to you) then Monsanto could not stay in business.

Although our modern day ‘revolt’ is not by means of guns and war uprising, just think how strong an army we could be if we only pulled together in a global community willing to be our brothers keeper by sharing the awareness of GMO indoctrination into our diets and saying no more. OH AND BTW, just on a closing note, the next time your local community offers soup for the homeless and the poor, offer to make organic soups and make a strong statement through the means of love, compassion and charity. Just a thought!!!

Angela Dowd

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Why Transpersonal Psychology?

Transpersonal
Transpersonal psychology involves an approach to behavior and the whole of humanity that transcends ordinary states of the mind as well as extends to the larger environment as a whole (Haas, 2011). We are entering an era of time where individuals are exhausted from promises of so-called miracle prescription drugs that fail to prove to stand up to their claims, and are more and more on the look out for alternative means to explaining their grief, depression, ADD, ADHD and all other forms of mental illnesses. With the use of Transpersonal Psychology we can begin to interpret the entire scope of the human experience where everything from abnormal psychology to normal psychological mental processes plays the roll in healing the mind, body and spirit. This theoretical psychological practice brings together disciplines of transcendental areas of consciousness while not ignoring the spiritual connection to human experiences.

We have Carl Jung to thank, through his extensive research on schizophrenic patients and through the conceptual use of psychological archetypes in 1919, Jung was courageous enough to coin the term and define the concept of collective unconsciousness. Jung proposes through this thought everyone, at birth, automatically possesses memory and predisposed ideologies that in turn effect a persons perception of their environment and its influence upon their behavior. This is actually a very ancient concept and can involve the theory of reincarnation to some degree even if it means Jung simply brought it to the West under its own entitlement. If collective consciousness is so, then how can the common person access pre-programmed information that provides highlights into their present day afflictions? This is where alternative approaches combined with conventional therapies promise high yields when understanding the complex study of consciousness. Furthermore, when a person learns how to trust their inner being, have faith in their perspective of reality and own created realities experienced in their own theatrical play of life, better acceptance of hardship and its overall meaning in life becomes a measure of empowerment as opposed to a daily deliverance of a crippled mental state.

Can we ignore mystical or spiritual aspects of the human psyche and still believe we are delivering the highest quality of cognitive care to our clients? People are more and more thirsty for deeper explanations of their suffering than modern medicine has been able to provide. With the inclusion of Transpersonal psychological approaches to counseling, we are able to heal life altering illnesses while developing fully functional human beings equipped with the potential to live engaging roles within society. This aids in bringing forward a higher sense of collective and individual morality, tolerance and compassionate within the evolutionary race.

This practice brings us beyond religious constraints and yet can be an encompassing element for those religion serves. The disciplines utilized in this form of therapy should never conflict with Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism or any of the number of world religions people may subscribe to. However, for those who do not choose to follow any specific religious view but happen to hold to a more Universal respect for spirituality, Transpersonal Psychology will offer a lending hand equal in quality to all.

There are several benefits to trend in clinical cases. First, and to me, the most beneficial, it presents itself void of any given absolutes regarding the effectiveness to its protocols. The clinician forms a strong, ethical and professional relationship with the client, where mutually determined avenues of therapeutic approaches are chosen, thus springing forth the desired behavior modification both seek to actualize. Second, there tends to be a complete notion of non-judgement regarding the clients personal spiritual or physical experiences which can only aid in the achieving goals. Third, there is the aspect of fluidity of practice where a clinician can readily offer alternative measures, such as past life regression, hypnotherapy, meditation disciplines and others a long the same line, lending itself to bring about positive and permanent emotional and physical fulfillment. This is certainly not an all inclusive list of benefits but gives the reader a good start in understanding why more research is being conducted on this theoretical approach to counseling. <br.
Empirical and double blind studies being conducted will be exciting to watch as this is an ever changing science with a hopeful future of systematically infecting the psychology world in general. When the whole person is addressed the whole person can heal. May we no longer view the awakening of our consciousness as a threat to organized institutions of religion and politics. As a humans, lets encourage one another to break free from the confines of what others tell us we must believe, live and find our own path of love, tolerance, and random benevolent acts within our own communities that will in turn invariably impact the entire global existence of humanity.

Angela Dowd

References Cited:
Alan Haas, (2011),International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 2011, Vol. 30, Issue 1-2, p.69

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It’s not all their fault

It seems that every time you turn the TV on, there’s some media outlet ranting about how bad our federal government is, from the President down through the ranks. Liberals blame the conservatives, the conservatives blame the liberals and the libertarians, well they blame the other two. Why is there always finger-pointing? Why must there be someone to blame? Our culture is filled to overflowing levels of the blame game. It always has to be someone ELSES fault.
Now, it’s always someone elses fault when something doesn’t go the way we want. We will take the credit when something goes our way, right? Or if something we have done brings a positive response from other people, right? Let’s look at a very easy and common example. Raising children is a challenge. If you have children, you know what I’m talking about. If you don’t have children, just ask some one who does.
Over and over again we read and hear about examples of children not getting good grades in school. Programs have been implemented, funds generated and dispersed to update schools with new books, computers, etc. But, when the reports come out on how well the students are doing and it’s a negative report, what happens? The parents are the first to cry out that the school system and teachers are to blame! The school isn’t organized. The teachers aren’t showing proper attention to the students. The text books are religious biased. The list of excuses during the blame game is long. No recognition that any of the issues lay on the child or wow, here’s a stretch….the parents!
So let’s look at this example from the other direction. What happens when the students get marvelous grades and are all excelling? Those once finger-pointing, blame inducing parents are suddenly beaming with pride! It’s almost like they are taking the credit for the marvelous grades that their children achieved. Where is the recognition of the hard work that the school and teachers are doing? Often times there isn’t any.
Like I stated earlier, when something goes the way we want, we are more apt to take credit for the action. We are less likely to openly praise the source for their involvement. On the other hand, when something doesn’t go the way we want, we are incredibly quick to blame some one ELSE for it. Our culture is being attacked by the disease of blame. Our culture is feeding the disease too.

Having gone through the example, let me get back on track with my point. This idea that all politicians are to blame for the problems our Nation is currently facing is rubbish. The idea that President Obama is solely responsible for the lack luster economy, the out of control national debt and the jobless rate are rubbish too.
We the people, are too quick to point the finger of blame. We the people need to understand that there is a much larger picture. We the people need to realize that we are as much to blame as the politicians. Past and Present. We the people need to wake up, and read the United States Constitution again. Or, maybe for the first time.
I know what you’re thinking. WE ARE TO BLAME?! How could, we the people, be to blame? We aren’t the people writing laws, spending too much money that isn’t ours, soapboxing about issues that only effect small percentages of the population, and writing legislation to give ourselves raises! We the people are not in Washington! Well, I think it goes deeper than what we are seeing on the surface. No, of course, we the people are not in Washington. No, of course, we the people are not directly writing laws.
However, there’s another angle to the greater picture that we the people must remember. WE THE PEOPLE are responsible for what happens in Washington. Why? It’s simple really. We voted these people into their respective offices. Because we the people voted them in, that means we pay their salary. Because we the people are paying their salary, that means we the people have the right to know every single thing they do. The problem is, we the people, don’t pay attention to what they are doing. It’s nothing new, mind you. We the people have not been paying attention for decades. If not longer.
Let me put this concept in a different context. Picture yourself at an electronics store. You have been looking at several different plasma flat screen TV’s. As you research and investigate the details of each individual TV, observing their pros and cons, you make a decision. You pay the clerk for the TV and take it home. Over the months, you, your family, and your friends all enjoy the TV. Then one day, it doesn’t seem to work the way it used too. Something is wrong. You paid a lot of money for this TV, so you go back to where you purchased it and register a complaint. The clerk is friendly, but informs you that there is nothing they could do. You are stuck with the TV they way it is operating. You complain a little louder this time. The clerk begins to fire back and explains that you had not filled out the registration card for the TV when it was purchased. Because you didn’t get personally involved with the registration of the TV, there was nothing that could be done. Great. Now you’re stuck with an expensive TV that doesn’t work the way it should and you’re out a whole lot of hard-earned money.
This is what’s been happening in the politics of this country for decades and decades. We the people are not following through. We do a little research on a candidate, then vote them in. And there is no more involvement. Then we get all bent out of shape when they don’t do what we had wanted them to do. Or, they don’t do what we voted them into office to do. We wouldn’t dare buy a big expensive TV and not follow through with the warranty or registration! That’s your hard-earned money! Well, isn’t the concept the same when it comes to electing politicians? The money we are required to pay to the government, in the form of taxes, pays their salary. That’s our hard-earned money! Why aren’t we actively involved in every single thing they do? Why are we the people not demanding accountability for their actions? Why are we the people allowing our government to get away with the things they get away with? Because we are not involved. At least not to the point that we should be. Out of sight, out of mind.

So, the question is, can we change this attitude? Can we go back to the ideals of when our nation was founded? A government of the people, for the people. How can we change? You need to ask yourself that question. Do you WANT to change? Do you WANT to see our government change?
My answer?
Get involved. Know what is going on in Washington. Know your State’s Senator(s), Congressmen, Representative(s). Write them letters. Ask them want they are doing with their time. What are they involved in. What are they directly doing for the State and the people who live there. What are they doing for YOU. Ask them what they are doing with your money. After all, it’s your money. You have the right to know what they are doing with it and why.

So, it’s not all their fault. We the people need to take some responsibility. We need to hold those we elected, accountable for their actions.

WE THE PEOPLE need to get involved. We need to do our part. After all, it’s OUR nation.

-E

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Breathing FREE!!!!

After months and months of yappin’ about it….we did it! Angela and I quit smoking! I have smoked for almost 25 years, Angela nearly 20. We both have been experiencing life transformations, spiritually, emotionally and physically.
We have been learning that Mind, Body, and Spirit are intimately entwined.
We knew, that the very first step in being healthy, was to quit smoking. But, we tried! Over, and over, and over again! And still, we smoked. For any one out there who is either a current smoker (that wants to quit) or a former smoker, you know what I mean and the frustration that comes with it! We read several different articles about quitting the addiction, talked to many different people who were successful (and not so successful), utilized any resource we could find. We absolutely refused to submit our bodies to foreign chemicals to help break the addiction of a foreign chemical! i.e. we were NOT going to take any “over the counter” drugs or any prescription drugs to beat the addiction. We WERE willing to take organic vitamins and pure organic herbs to help reduce cravings and to rebuild our bodies’ immune system, etc.
Then, one day, it happened. Almost out of the blue, we heard a doctor on TV talk about how he advises his patients to stop smoking. It’s not a copyrighted method. Or a patented technique. But, we were awestruck in his method. Now, we certainly understand that his method is not fail proof. But, it was different. For Angela and I, it was ground-breaking! Why didn’t we think of this? It’s really quite simple. We have embraced it and want to encourage others to do the same.
Are you ready for it? Prepare yourself…here it is: He explained that he never uses the words; stop, quit, smoke, smoking, cigarette, etc. Or any sentences with those words in them. Instead, he uses words like; free, breathe, clean, full, fresh, clear. Or any sentences with those words in them. For example, he might say, “When would you like to breathe freely?”.
Instead of, “when would like to quit smoking?”. It’s really quite simple. The change of words and how our brains process those words can cause us to have very different reactions. For Angela and I, we respond well to positive discipline. We hear “quit” and we think failure. We hear “smoking” and get frustrated that we are still smoking, and light up another one.
But, when we hear “…start to breathe freely”, we smile and think “I can’t wait!!”. When we hear “start” we think of new beginnings and excitement. This idea of simply changing the words was a huge encouragement to us! We immediately started talking with each other in this manner. Every time the topic of smoking came up, we would use phrases like; “I can’t wait to start breathing freely!” and “I’m so excited to smell clean!”.

We are now breathing freely. And we want to encourage ANY ONE who wants to quit smoking…..err excuse me, ANY ONE who wants to START BREATHING FREELY. YOU CAN DO IT!

-E

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Welcome!

Thanks for dropping by!

Angela and I are out on a new adventure with this whole idea of blogging. We aim to have some fun, do a little bit of learning and hopefully get to meet some great people!

We have interests in all types of subjects and in upcoming weeks and months, begin to fill up the blog. I often have too much to say and will frequently go on a rant. So, I included “Eric’s Rant” in our categories. The rest of the categories are just a sample of some of our favorite topics. These are subjects that we spend a tremendous amount of time studying and researching. BUT, no matter how much we have learned, there’s always more!

So, let us know what you think. Like it (or not), we will love to hear from you!

Eric & Angela

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