The Ultimate Healing Code book review

The Ultimate Healing Code book review

Twitter Scam and YouTube parody takeoff

I get this Twitter scam all the time – don’t fall for it.  See Don’t Let the ‘Bad Rumors’ DM Phishing Scam Hijack Your Twitter Account Twitter scam

Which video is better?

Now look at the YouTube original and popular parody – which do you like better? Note: I wrote this piece before ABC News made her the person of the week on July 13, 2012.

Carla Rae Jepsen version – 153,499,760 hits on July 13, 2012

Cookie Monster version – 3,984,312its on July 13, 2012

How far would you go for something free?

The healing codes

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Cover of The Healing Code

Today I will review The Healing Code: 6 Minutes to Heal the Source of Your Health, Success, or Relationship Issue by Alex Loyd, PhD, ND and Ben Johnson, MD, DO, NMD.  You can find out more at their website (Healing Code website )  and Amazon (Healing Code on Amazon ).  It has gotten an overall favorable Amazon user rating.  I was able to get the book The Healing Code for free via my local public library.  And no!  I am not an affiliate of them, nor do I make any money from any positive comments – if any.

Another perspective

If you really can’t comprehend the original book, someone named Dr. Herry Graham has written a book entitled The Healing Codes: Underlying Principles at Underlying Principles.  But the original book is amazingly simple.  You can register for free stuff at their website. This allows you to join free calls each Wednesday and Thursday. If you have the book, you can register the book to get free access to written material, audio and video clips.

Other reviews

I’ve included some other reviews:

  • The Healing Codes Review HC Review 1
  • What To Do About Stress: Try The Healing Codes! HC Review 2
  • The Healing Code Review | Honest Review of Alex Loyd’s The Healing Codes HC Review 3

My response

Beholder

Beholder (Photo credit: Gnal)

To approach this book is like watching the Twilight Zone episode entitled Eye of the Beholder (see Bandaged patient).  We see this person’s face is all bandaged up.  We see the doctors and nurses talking about this being a hopeless care.  When the bandages are finally removed, we see a beautiful woman.  All the doctors and nurses have faces you might see in Hollywood monsters, aliens and creatures of the night.  They think the beautiful is hideous. We can use the analogy of the doctors and nurses being modern medicine and the bandaged creature being the system the book represents.

Is this science?

For the most part, it is based upon 90 percent scientific theory.  The book covers a great deal of time connecting the system to cellular memories, stress and quantum physics.  And the medical doctor came to the system after coming down with Lou Garrett disease, which he claims the system cured him.  This disease at ALS says it “damages motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord, causing them to shrink and disappear until the muscles eventually become paralyzed.” It is considered to be an incurable disease.

A forum discussion at HC Forum says, “The knowledge base of this healing system is founded in principles of quantum physics; the interactive functions of the brain, nervous system and endocrine glands; and understanding of how physiological stress stems from negative emotional patterns.”

Now science might disagree with cellular memory.  It is a subset of body memory, which many in the scientific world would disagree with.  But on a similar vein, you will find they just discovered the God particle.  In a Chicago Tribune article at God particle for dummies God particle, it mentions “scientists are still trying to figure out dark matter — which makes up 22 percent of the universe — and dark energy and something called string theory, which includes the possibility that we live in an 11-dimensional world.”  Is an 11-dimensional world that much more believable than cellular memory?

What is it?

quantum mechanics

quantum mechanics (Photo credit: Plucker)

This book is interwoven with info from psychology, alternative health and quantum physics.  Yet it is so simple, the scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz can comprehend it.  The authors do present a plausible theory of why this works.  There are some elements of spirituality – perhaps about 5% – 10%.

Observations for other systems

The only way to prove the system works is to try it yourself.  If I have the patience to spend many years learning and using classical homeopathy and Bach Flower remedies, then I have the patience to try this system out.  And everything you need to use the system is available in the book, along with the free supplemental website materials.

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Let me add something I have noticed with Native American healing ceremonies.  When a Native American had a disease condition, such as a heart condition, they would visit a medical doctor or hospital.  The medical professionals would run the proper tests and give the proper treatment,  At the sane time, they would also partake of the proper healing ceremony. And I have witnessed stuff that can’t be explained by medical science alone.

The moral?  If you have a critical illness or emergency, then seek the proper medical treatment.  But also use avenues like the healing codes, proper spiritual healers and ceremonies, prayer, metaphysical and alternative healing approaches, etc.

On the other hand, I have read through the journals of the Bruno Groening circle of friends (BG Website).  I have noticed many cases worldwide where medical treatment couldn’t heal the condition or it was considered “incurable”.  The condition shortly heals after beginning the healing meditation.  And there is a medical doctor commenting on each journal case.  The group doesn’t charge for the help nor do they interfere with obtaining traditional or alternative medical care.

I have also read through the Christian Science literature, where doctors have conducted tests before and after the Christian Science healing.  Christian Science has made online inroads with procasts and videos at Christian Science audio/video and Daily Lift. So something like the healing codes collection of testimonials doesn’t surprise me one bit.

The Christianity of the authors

Artemis Healing Center Graph

Artemis Healing Center Graph (Photo credit: bartt)

Both authors talk about a God who is love.  This is the same God that the Charismatic Roman Catholic priest of Chicago talked about, who had a healing service after the mass.  He claimed God talked to him.  He also told him “you are my number one.”  But God also told him “all are my number one.”  It’s the same God Joel Osteen talked about.  It’s the same one folks like Mary Baker Eddie, Joel Goldsmith and Emmet Fox tried to approach and reflect upon.

Ted Talks on Medicine’s future

Academic and business blog posts

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Medical tourism and the healing codes

Medical tourism and the healing codes

Academic blog posts

Let me first share some blog posts from friends in the academic and business worlds:

The Healing Codes

Doctors at the General Assembly

Doctors at the General Assembly (Photo credit: Waldo Jaquith)

The Healing Codes by Alex Loyd, PhD, ND and Ben Johnson, MD, DO, NMD, is found both on their website (Website healing code)  and Amazon (Amazon Healing Code).  It has gotten an overall favorable Amazon user rating.  I was able to get the book The Healing Code for free via my local public library.

I’ll be asking the question if this is a scientific or spiritual approach to healing in my future review.. Now I’m no stranger to exploring spiritual or metaphysical approaches to healing.  After all:

  • I’m been though many sessions with a Roman Catholic charismatic priest in the Chicago area.
  • I’ve been in healing ceremonies with Native Americans.
  • I follow the TV programs of Christian motivational speaker Joel Osteen.
  • I have taken part in the Bruno Groening Circle of Friends healing meetings.
  • I’ve read different works of metaphysical healers Joel Goldsmith, Mary Baker Eddie and Emmet Fox.

Anyway, the full book title is The Healing Code: 6 Minutes to Heal the Source of Your Health, Success, or Relationship Issue.  The key is that both authors have impressive academic credentials and the title talks about six minutes of time.

Although I do wonder why the second author has both a DO and MD degree.  According to Wiki at Doctor of Medicine, “Holders of the DO degree are known as osteopathic physicians and have the same rights, privileges, and responsibilities as physicians with a Doctor of Medicine degree (M.D.).”  I know the only difference is that they also learn manipulation (i.e. similar to a chiropractor). Perhaps he had an M.D. degree and wished to add manipulation to his repertory?

I’m reading it now and can’t put it down.  It’s as exciting as reading Atlas Shrugged or The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand – although I don’t agree with her philosophical stance.  Look forward to me reviewing this book in a near future post.  I’ll be sure to finish the book first, join their free membership site and sign up for their Facebook group.  If there are any red flags, I’ll let you know.

Medical tourism

Medical tourism

Medical tourism (Photo credit: SFU Public Affairs and Media Relations)

Medical tourism is defined by Wiki at Medical tourism as “a term initially coined by travel agencies and the mass media to describe the rapidly growing practice of traveling across international borders to obtain health care.”

I’m sitting in this fast food Indian restaurant.  I start talking to the owner about this topic.  He mentioned to me that folks from Arab countries like Indian hospitals and regularly travel to India for care.  That’s interesting.  It means that rich Arabs also like Indian hospitals.  I also known that Indian has Ayurvedic, homeopathic and Unani hospitals, in addition to allopathic medical hospitals.

Here’s the problem.  Let me list some factors here:

  • The costs of some tests or procedures can vary widely in the US.  You can know this simply by following news programs like ABC news.
  • An US millionaire friend complains he would have a long wait for certain transplant organs. That’s why websites like Planet Hospital (i.e. Planet Hospital) have sprung up.
  • Cuba is widely known for good medical care but is directly inaccessible to US citizens.

There are some problems I see with medical tourism:

  • Costs can depend upon the current money exchange rates between two countries.  This reason would influence whether I go to Israel, Thailand, Mexico, Costa Rica, Turkey, etc., for medical care.
  • If something goes wrong – depending upon the country – a person might have limited legal recourse.
  • Would US hospitals and doctors work on a patient that had surgery in a foreign country?
Institute of Mental Health at Buangkok, Singapore.

Institute of Mental Health at Buangkok, Singapore. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So why can’t either the US government, insurance companies, etc., come up with a list of recognized foreign hospitals?  After all, isn’t the insurance company interested in saving money?

And medical tourism wouldn’t be a US topic at all, if we had any kind of universal medical coverage.  After all, I think we are the only country that doesn’t have one.  Is this the kind of statistic to be proud of?  And the United States is not rated at the top for health care, by the World Health Organization.

Where would I go?  Israel, India, Costa Rica, Singapore and Thailand top my list of countries to  consider.  I would look at what the country’s government and international regulatory agencies rate as top hospital choices. You can find a top 10 world hospital list at world hospital.

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A group that scientifically validates spiritual healing?

Is spiritual healing a last resort

Is spiritual healing a last resort? Most of the time, I find people coming to this healing modality after all conventional approaches are ineffective. The doctors say there is no hope. The tests all say the disease is terminal.

Any interesting spiritual approach

Recently I came across an interesting historical spiritual healer in Germany. His name is Bruno Groening. You can find out more about him on Wiki at Wiki on Bruno Groening and their official website at Bruno Groening Circle of Friends. Some other historical spiritual healers are found at Bruno Groening and other historical spiritual healers.

Traditional Chinese medicine shop in Tsim Sha ...

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There is a group in Chicago called the circle of friends and I recently made contact with them. If you have read my blog, you know I am a big fan of having traditional medicine, alternative/complimentary medicine and spiritual healing/prayer all work together. I’m also well versed in traditional homeopathic medicine.

What I like about them

I first learned about this group from Ron Roth’s organization at Ron Roth.  There are some things I do like about the Bruno Groening Circle of Friends group:

  • They don’t ask you to change your religion. This is something I would really need to do, should I want to get deep into something like Christian Science and join their group.
  • They urge you to still use traditional and/or alternative medical help. This means I can see conventional doctors, along with conventional medicine and surgery. Or I can use alternative approaches like TCM or homeopathy. This is used at the same time I use their system.
  • They do have doctors study the healing done.
  • There is no charge for the healing aid.

The scientific study of their healing

The only other group I know of that scientifically studies spiritual healing cases is the Roman Catholic Church. The depth of the Roman Catholic validation of healing done at sites like Our Lady of Fatima is mind-boggling. From what I learned from the Circle of Friends, most of their case validating is done by German physicians.

Eastern Christian Cross

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A Christian theological compatibility

They also claim to tap into a healing stream. This could also be in harmony with Eastern Orthodox theology, where they distinguish between the essence and energies of God. If they attribute this healing stream to God, then it would be similar to the Eastern Orthodox understanding of energies.

Other healing groups

It does raise an interesting question on Bruno Groening. Do other spiritual groups heal by tapping into the healing stream or do we recognize other means of spiritual healing? If we explore deeply, we can say that the following can do healing that seem miraculous:

  • Christian Science (i.e. Mary Baker Eddie) and Infinite Way (i.e. Joe Goldsmith) practitioners (I do listen to the Joel Goldsmith taped lectures via the Chicago group).
  • Native American ceremonies (I have been a guest in Lakota and Ute ceremonies)
  • Chinese Qi Gong masters
  • spiritualists like Harry Edwards
  • Pentecostal services (I’ve been on the receiving end a few times.  It was a former Chicago area, Roman Catholic priest with the gift of healing)
  • shamans
  • saints of the Christian (i.e. Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic), Islāmic (i.e. Sufi) and Yoga traditions

Would we conclude that the approach of Bruno is the most effective and easiest way to spiritual healing, for average folks like me? Or do all the various approaches somehow tap into the healing stream?

We could also extend that question to any medical system that basis their system on some energy modality.  Can we say that systems like Traditional Chinese Medicine , homeopathy or Ayurveda, tap into this healing stream?

Chicago area talk

They are having a free talk on October 14, 2011 – 7:00 pm, presented by an Austrian medical doctor.. The talk will be at the Courtyard by Marriott O’Hare in Des Plaines, IL. All USA and world lectures can be found on this website link at Bruno Groening USA MD lecture schedule.

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Marketing America – is it an oasis for a down and out economy?

Public Domain Image of Mary Baker Eddy

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Time for a change

It’s time for a change. But will Marketing America (Marketing America) really do it for me?

Why do I need a change?

Perhaps I’m been persuaded from reading metaphysical philosophers, like Mary Baker Eddy, Emmet Fox, Joel Goldsmith and Joseph Murphy.

Or maybe it’s from watching and reading health and prosperity messages from Joel Osteen, Larry Ollison (Larry Ollison) and the recent copywriter/marketing convert – Ray Edwards.

Off to learn Entrepreneur bootstrapping

Then I’m off to take this free entrepreneur bootstrapping course, held at a local technology campus. Now I’ve had entrepreneur and business courses from SCORE and various small business development centers.

Not everyone agrees with bootstrapping. Take Bonita, for example. She’s an MBA who heads the Harper College small business development center. She has her own Internet and coaching business and recently wrote an article entitled Bootstrapping is for beginners.

There’s also a Wiki article on bootstrapping at Wiki on Bootstrapping. It defines it as, “Bootstrapping in business is to start a business without external help/capital. Start-ups that bootstrap their business fund development of their company through internal cash flow and are cautious with their expenses.”  So perhaps Bonita and Fred just differ in their definitions of bootstrapping. After all, isn’t Fred acting as a coach by teaching this free course?

Enter Fred and Ethel Mertz

But this course is different. I’ll call this person Fred and his wife Ethel. We will call their last name Mertz. But their real identities will remain hidden. Don’t get the wrong impression here!  I like Fred and Ethel and still consider them good friends – although the oriental wife impresses me more.

Fred is a multimillionaire, who succeeded in starting many successful companies. It kind of reminds me of Michael Masterson (Michael Masterson), the multimillionaire business person and copywriter, who started AWAI.

Amway

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Makes sense to take a free course with Fred. But neither Fred nor Michael impresses me with their money. If I saw signs of them emulating Bill Gates or Warren Buffet, I’ll have more respect for their charitable aspirations. Maybe I just don’t know.

White Background

But Fred tried to sell me on this Marketing America stuff. At first, I’m throw back to the past, when a neighbor takes me to an Amway meeting. The hosts put on this song and dance about making all this money.

Yet later, I noticed this neighbor buying Amway products. Guess what? It’s a way to make a quota.

So Fred and Ethel give me a sales pitch, trying to invite me to a meeting. Fred mentions he’s just helping his wife with residual income, if he dies.

Caring for family comes first

Sounds well and good. But I have an elderly mom I care for. If something can’t be treated by a regular physician, I look for a homeopathic, Bach flower, or Chinese herbal solution. I’ve had years of experience with classical homeopathic medicine.

Now I like to study a bit more. I know Marketing American probably passes tests from the Better Business Bureau, Web of Trust, Hoover’s, Dun and Bradstreet, etc. So there’s no sense in looking there.

Joel Osteen at Lakewood Church, Houston, Texas

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Nor do I look at negative reports. More often than not, they’re just trying to sell you their product instead.

Third party Marketing America Reviews

What I look for is third-party, independent reviews. Let’s check a few:

You can read these articles for yourself. Or you can Google them by typing “Marketing America Reviews.”   Market America Reviews – READ THIS NOW! says, “The marketing model for Market America, also referred to as the unfranchise business model, is entirely based on word of mouth or person to person selling.”

Let’s also look at what Market America Reviews says:

  • People have reportedly complained about too much socialization and that too often without need, just for the need of business promotion. Many people have complained that relatives and friends often feel burdened, if they have to reject the request to join this business. This is definitely against the growth of this business model and so it can saturate after some time.
  • People who’re not too much into socialization, may end up failing in this business.
  • Every month, one has to buy products worth some BV. In case, an individual fails to sell them, he may end up losing money.
  • After friends and relatives, people find it not very easy to approach to others and the business halts.
  • Many have complained that people at top are only able to make money.

Keep this is mind as we also look at one entitled “A 3rd Party Review Of Market America From Someone Who Didn’t Join”. Here’s a note I sent to Fred.

What I said to Fred

“I will be asking ‘informed’ questions to you. In an article at A 3rd Party Review Of Market America From Someone Who Didn’t Join , it say’s this:”

“At the end of the day, your success will depend on what you do, your ability to sponsor new people, sell products and build a productive organization. And to do all that, you need to be able to generate leads every day. If you can’t generate leads, there is no way you will be able to build a sizable business. So, if you want to succeed with your Market America business, it’s critical that you learn how to become a professional marketer so you can generate 25-50+ leads a day for your business.”

“I would like your commentary on this sentence: ‘So, if you want to succeed with your Market America business, it’s critical that you learn how to become a professional marketer so you can generate 25-50+ leads a day for your business.'”

What Clayton Makepeace and Joe Sugarman said

I shared this email to a client in London, who is a good Internet marketer. Here’s what he said: “It’s basically lead generation.”

One thing I have learned from marketer and copywriter Clayton Makepeace, is that you need to handle objections up front, in your sales copy. Multimillionaire, copywriter, marketer and entrepreneur Joe Sugarman (Joe Sugarman) also said that.

I was hoping to have a dialogue on objections with Fred. Looks like he’s not up to it. I’ll still attend the monthly bootstrapping meetings. But I definitely have second thoughts about Marketing America. Will he really help me, if it’s not in his best interest? And he started out as a sales rep for a big computer company – became #1.

Perhaps Fred wants prospects to just pay the $1200 “admission fee”… have no idea what lies “beyond the veil” – like I do?

Now Fred could have said something like this: “Yes, it’s true you need to generate leads each day.  But not the number given in the article.  And we train and help you by…”.  He could have said something like this – but he didn’t.

Another thing missing is the use of current marketing methods, as the article Marketing America Reviews – get your questions answered.  It says, “it seems to be a recurring theme that most companies in the network marketing industry are very much behind the eight ball when it comes to being able to equip their independent business owners and distributors with the most progressive marketing and training strategies that exist today. Things like pay-per-click marketing, search engine optimization, social media, direct response marketing, personal branding, etc.”

See what’s happening here?  Fred is an expert in person-to-person selling –  he will do well.  I’m knowledgeable about SEO, social media, direct response marketing, etc. – but I can’t use this knowledge.  Of course, Fred will always come out ahead.

Parting question for Fred

Let me leave Fred with a parting question. I like Fred and Ethel – they’re nice people.  They also believe in nutrition and holistic health.  Now here’s my question:

Suppose someone you know has cancer.  Suppose there existed what others considered saints or holy people, who could cure the cancer.  Suppose they belonged to various religious traditions.  What would you rather have?

  • Access to doctors and hospitals, who for a large amount of money, will tell you your disease is incurable?
  • Or access to how you might really be cured?

What’s more important at that time – large sums of money or spiritual knowledge? And if spiritual knowledge can heal “incurable” diseases, can’t it also address other issues (i.e. financial problems)?

The language these saints would use is silence.  Silence is also the language of God.  Silence is also the language I normally reserve on this topic (i.e. if such things exist).  Their help is not for sale – they don’t respond to money.

I know rich people (i.e. yourself), people who know famous people (i.e. tour cook for Rolling Stones), smart people (world renown Harvard genetic modeling professor and researcher) – yet I prefer the company of spiritual (i.e. non-existent?) holy people and ordinary folks.

The Truth About The Secret

Want the truth about “The Secret“?  Here’s the answer – from a Q & A I did recently.

What is Advertising?

Answer:

Probably advertising is a mixture of art and science. Science in the sense of soft science (i.e. psychology, sociology, etc.), employing statistical methodology. It’s different from the hard sciences, like chemistry and physics. Although physics can be “pretty weird”, regarding it’s conclusions (i.e. string theory and multiple dimensions).

On the artistic side, advertising is only as good as the artist. The only ‘real’ test of an artist, is the test of time. 100 years from now – whom are they studying in advertising – 100 years back? What pioneers do academia and business focus on?

If you were in a position to do something entirely different, what would that be?

How about a millionaire, who devotes his time to “hack” writing (en.wikipedia.or…) and charitable causes?

Be Careful What You Wish For

Answer:

“Be careful what you wish for.” I always ponder about the philosophies that promise thoughts can change reality:

1. Should I get on board “The Secret” bandwagon? It sure has made millionaires of the movie producers. All they did was find some stuff in books over 100 years old, and developed an effective marketing campaign. We can all learn from them.

2. Should I jump on board the health and prosperity gospel movement of Christianity? It has certainly made the TV evangelists rich, who promise it. But I have to be truthful here – I do love watching the Christian motivational speaker – Joel Osteen each week.

3. Or should we embrace the “new thought” or “metaphysical spirituality” movement. I have enjoyed reading authors like Joseph Murphy, Mary Baker Eddy, Emma Curtis Hopkins, Emmet Fox, or Joel Goldsmith. This raises many questions:

  • Can I embrace what Eddy says, without living her views regarding modern medicine?
  • Can I embrace with Ernest Holmes or Charles Filmore says, without embracing their mosaic law viewpoints on tithing?

Perhaps the “real truth” on these matters, is found in those who go deep in mystic matters. Maybe the monastics of the Eastern Orthodox and Catholic traditions. Perhaps the mystics of Eastern (i.e Vedanta) or Islamic (i.e. Sufi) traditions. Or even those of indigenous traditions, with their holy people and medicine men and women.

Perhaps folks – like the indigenous people – “might” teach that spiritual healing allows traditional medicines to work deeper and more effectively – an interesting thought!

“Be careful what you wish for.” Lots to ponder here. But we can “learn much as marketers”, by studying how they created and promoted “The Secret”, or televangelists market their TV programs.

 

Soundstage Revisited – July 18, 2008

Sometimes I do different things in this blog. Perhaps I will take the book Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy – along with contemporary metaphysical writers, like Joel Goldsmith and Emmet Fox – couple them with the Presence of God by Catholic writer Brother Lawrence – and practice seeing the world like God sees it “outside of time”. This will probably invite criticism from both conventional theologians, as well as contemporary metaphysical churches.

Other times I might engage in a persona. Maybe in the future I will take the persona of a contemporary Eastern guru figure Swami Moochananda. You see, I am an ordinary person, like all of you. I don’t claim to be an embodiment of a famous yogi, an avatar, a Buddha, an incarnation of a famous God or Goddess, or God incarnate. I just researched the ancient tonic Soma, and now I know the secret process. You take ordinary water, charge it with electricity in a certain way, and chant secret mantras over it. Now you have “instant enlightenment”, and it is available to everyone, at a modest fee. Of course, the effects only last a few hours. o

But today I will talk about music. Last night they played part 1 of Stevie Nix playing on PBS (USA). Now I will reproduce a blog entry I created on March 20, 2008, entitled What’s True About Famous Singers. Now I will admit nothing, as I “see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil.” But I am reprinting this blog entry:

What’s True About Famous Singers :

  1. Stevie Nix recently ate at a restaurant in Geneva, Illinois. She is rehearsing a PBS special with Kenny Chesney.
  2. Paul McCarthy did a duet with Brian Wilson, from the Beach Boys, at a private dinner party.
  3. I spent a good amount of time with a gourmet cook, who went to school with Mick Jaggard, of the Rolling Stones. He was the cook on several tours, conducted by the Rolling Stones. This person also toured as a cook, with other well-known groups and singers.
  4. A person I knew, who was an Elvis impersonator, called up the management of a concert auditorium. He asked to reserve some tickets for an old army buddy to see his concert. The person got the tickets free of charge.
  5. John Denver was wandering by himself, in a Chicago bookstore, when a friend of mine engaged him in private conversation.
  6. Mick Jaggard doesn’t drink or smoke, has a rigorous daily exercise routine, and is a vegetarian.
  7. Paul McCarthy likes his staff to smudge (burn sage) before he commences a concert.

Which of the above is true? Well, I really won’t say (even if I did know).

Randy Kemp

www.randykempcopywriting.com

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Can a Christian brew metaphysical coffee? – June 17, 2008

Can a Christian brew metaphysical coffee?

Today I was reflecting upon the health and prosperity gospels of contemporary protestant ministers. Some of these ministers actually rank as favorites of mine, such as Larry Ollison and Joel Osteen. In essence, if Christ died to redeem mankind, he also redeems them from the curse of poverty and illness. Now there is also a category of churches, which I call metaphysical, which says that God’s world is perfect, and health and abundance are part of this world. We just need to be right in our thinking. Most notably among those churches are Unity, Christian Science, and Religious Science.

Everyone would agree that health and prosperity are good things, so can we utilize the best of what the health and prosperity gospel preachers claim, as well as what the metaphysical churches teach? Well, let’s see if we can brew some great metaphysical coffee, by blending together some different beans. There is a contemporary Christian woman living in California, by the name of Tiffany Snow. Tiffany was stuck by lighting, and was told in an NDE, that she had the gift of healing. Once she asked the question about roles of guardian angels, and was told “all of us were created in God’s image with the ability to physically manifest our intentions into being”. But if an intention is bad for us, a guardian angel will step in, and prevent it. Now she mentions that our intensions need to be specific and detailed, and we need to connect to God, and the holy angels.

How do we do this? First we really need a theological foundation for this. And this comes from St. Paul, where he speaks of everything being reconciled by Christ, and that God becomes “All in All”. So if God becomes all in all, then we must somehow practice seeing God everywhere. This comes from a little book, by a Catholic writer named Brother Lawrence, called “Practicing the Presence of God.”

“There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful, than that of a continual conversation with God. Those only can comprehend it who practice and experience it.” Brother Lawrence

Next we need to throw in some metaphysical coffee beans. If I were to read the original textbooks of metaphysical church founders, like Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy, or Science of Mind by Ernest Holmes, it becomes a bit like reading Aristotle in Latin – dry as dust! But let’s take a couple contemporary writers, like Joel Goldsmith, and Emmet Fox, and read and ponder what they say. Their books are in many libraries, and we need to just distinguish theology from vision. If we say all is good, and disease and lack don’t exist, then this is theology. But if I say I unify my vision with God’s omnipresence, and the saturation of his presence with holy angels, then disease and lack can’t appear, as long as I can sustain that vision.

Finally, we need a presence to help uplift that vision. Here we can borrow a bit from the Quaker community – a group I was part of for many years – and see Christ as the inner light, as we find in the gospel of John. The mission of Christ as inner light, which we contemplate in silence, is to lift up the vision of God’s perfect world – not only in the world to come – but in the here and now. We can’t sustain this vision on our own, but can, with the help of Christ as inner light.

Did we blend the perfect cup of metaphysical coffee? And if this coffee is what we should be drinking, then the question arises, “why aren’t we experiencing this?” Well, maybe we need to be like the scientist, and work on this as a hypothesis, and see what is blocking our viewpoint. Perhaps we will come to the reflection of William Blake: “If the doors of perception be cleansed, we would see things are they are. Infinite!”

Randy Kemp

www.randykempcopywriting.com