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Some misconceptions about hypnosis are challenged. What are the facts? Find out. Read on. This is too important a therapeutic tool to be ignored, as it is, by so many professional groups. We all would be well advised to be acquainted with the power of suggestion and how it operates in our lives. It can be used against our best interests or to facilitate health, success and happiness.
Deep Healing: The Faith Factor
What influence, if any, does the "faith factor" have in physical and mental healing? Here I theorize about the importance of faith, prayer and one's belief system in bringing about healing at the cellular level. What is the relation between belief and healing? Can attitude make a difference between life and death? This article could make a great difference to the thinking person.
The Mechanisms of Aging
What is known about aging? What are the mechanisms? Can we slow the aging process? Theories about aging are being questioned in the light of new information about the aging process. People are living longer. The body seems remarkably resilient. No matter what age, if we do the right things, the aging process can be influenced. We can live longer and healthier. Read to find out more about this increasingly important topic of research.
The Natural Healing Power of Rest
Every body has the power to recuperate. It is a natural law of health and healing. There is also much confusion about the concept of rest and its importance for good health and a long life. It is essential. This article attempts to clear up this confusion. What is rest? How does it differ from the other mechanisms of healing, like sleep, recreation and relaxation?
Being in Control
Do you think you're in control of your own life, of the lives of others? What are the principles of control? What are the questions we need to ask ourselves? Can we really manipulate others without ourselves being manipulated? Perhaps, the idea of control is an illusion or just a matter of perspective. A thought-provoking article. Maybe you will have a better answer.
The Emotional Impact of Caring on Health
What has caring got to do with health? That's the question answered in this article. Why care? Where do we learn about caring? Does it matter how we were cared for in the family? How does it matter? What's the lesson we need to learn here? This article is worth reading. You might want to make some lifestyle changes after reading this.
The Power of Meditation: An Eclectic Perspective
What do the generations have to say about meditation? What are the benefits, if any? What is meditation? Many claims have been made for its practice. It has been practiced for centuries and more recently researched by many medical practitioners and scientific investigators. Even a few minutes in the meditative state evidently has enormous psychological and physiological benefits. What are they? Many different benefits are mentioned in this article, all gleaned from centuries of commentary on this topic.
The Benefits of Osteopathy
What is Osteopathy? Is it for you? How does it differ from traditional medical practice and from Chiropractic? This article mentions the unique applications of Osteopathy and lists a few of its limitations. This article has important information for those who suffer from sciatica and similar dysfunction. In its pristine form, osteopathy is one of the gentlest forms of hands-on healing that exists today.
The Role of Personal Freedom in Health and Healing
In this article I describe the libertarian philosophy that ultimate freedom consists in having choices and taking responsibility for those choices. Some choices are the beliefs we choose to accept which limit us in irrational ways or which simply are not true. What are some of these beliefs and what can we do about them? Much of this article is based on the ideas developed by Harry Browne in his book How I found freedom in an unfree world. Unfortunately, the book is out of print.
More on Personal Freedom in Health and Healing
This is a controversial elaboration of Mill's idea of personal freedom and government and Plato's ideal Republic. It also mentions Bertrand Russell and Isaiah Berlin on personal freedom. I do not attempt a resolution of the problems raised here. Examine the issue in the light of your own position on personal freedom.
Health and Self-image
Which comes first: our health or our self-image? I develop a concept of health and wellness modeled on the Concept-Therapy philosophy. The central theme is that health is largely dependent upon our thinking and as a result an image of ourselves. Change in consciousness can bring about a change in health. Usually we need health to do this, but the right kind of health, which involves us and requires our initiative and willingness to take responsibility. All the articles I have written are based on this theme, perhaps best articulated here.
The Impact of Research on Human Health
Does scientific research have impact upon the public and private behavior of the average citizen? It often seems that the public attitude is I know what I believe, don't confuse me with the facts. This article was written to stimulate debate on this issue. What is the importance of science when it comes to our personal choices.
The Uses and Limits of Anger
This article is about the nature of anger, how to cope with it and how to understand its purpose in your life. How does frustration impact on health? Are there personality types more prone to vent their anger on others? Is it harmful to you to show your angry feelings or the suppress your anger? These and many more questions are addressed in this article. If you are in a quandary about the goodness or badness of anger, then you may want to go to this site.
Emotional Transformation: A Process of Self-Empowerment
Here I get deeply philosophical about Natural Law, human nature and the place of the emotions in our lives. I suggest that emotions are a necessary part of our nature. If we are to grow up healthy and strong, we must learn how to live with our emotional nature in a constructive and responsible manner. I would like to think of this article as a model for self-examination. How you are handling your emotional expression and what do you think about your emotions as you deal with them. I go into some detail about prejudice and greed as examples of what I mean. This is a rewrite of an address I gave in 1986 on the subject of "Mental Transmutation" to a convention sponsored by the Concept-Therapy Institute of San Antonio, Texas. I have been a continuing member of the Institute for more than 25 years.
Notes on the care of the psyche
This article is about living in the present as opposed to blaming childhood for our present ills. It supports the ideas proposed by Albert Ellis and William Glasser among others. These ideas are expressed in terms of a change in one's thinking or attitudes can bring about changes in one's health and circumstances in life. It sounds simplistic, but it's not. These approaches have many practical applications for improving our effectiveness and happiness.
Trust: The Keystone of Truly Satisfying Relationships
This is a recap of some ideas published in Psychology Today in 1989 about trust in human relationships. What is the reason for mistrust? What can we do to establish an atmosphere of trust in relationships that matter to us? This article is also an experiment in presenting concepts in easily readable form, which recognizes that people are busy and want to get the gist of things with the minimum of time and effort.
Teaching: the humanistic versus the mechanistic approach
This article explores the difference between what some have called the developmental approach to education as opposed to the psychometric approach. One is child-centered, the other is curriculum centered. After reading this article, would you be clear about your position? Again, this is an experiment in conveying clearly two concepts in an easy and readable manner.
The Mechanisms of Consciousness (NEW) as of February 1, 1999
A paper I presented in 1976 at the Tenth Interdisciplinary Research Seminar at Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. In it I put forward a strong case that consciousness is a multi-dimensional phenomenon.
The Fourth Dimension of Consciousness (NEW) as of February 15, 1999
This was a research paper I presented to a group studying the esoteric elements of all religious expression. It is a treatise on the attainment of higher knowledge and the development of one's inner resources in the service of humanity. It stresses the importance of devotion, respect and veneration of all forms of life as forms of spiritual expression. The goal is to encourage each living soul to become a more perfect vehicle for perfect spiritual expression.
Nutrition for the Mind-Brain (NEW) as of February 15, 1999
This article deals with the biochemistry of the brain and recent studies indicating the vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy, functioning brain. It also mentions thoughts as having an effect on the brain and its ability to nourish itself. Some ideal well worth considering.
Good Teaching...a brief perspective (NEW) as of February 16, 1999
A very brief statement of what I think constitutes the essence of a good teacher. This reflection is based on almost forty years of teaching. It is perhaps the first description of a good teacher I have ever read from an esoteric viewpoint.
The Problem of Disease (NEW) as of February 16, 1999
In this article I claim that all theories about the causes of disease are just that, theories. Every health practitioner working with one or more of these theories has been able to give relief to some people, and in some cases to many people. There are those, however, who have not been helped. Are these the exceptions that prove the rule? There is one health practitioner who has had perhaps the best handle on the causes of disease yet offered humanity. Read the article to learn how to get information about his work.
New Thought in America (NEW) as of February 18, 1999
This article claims that the New Thought Movement in America at the turn of the twentieth century was in effect an infusion of Rosicrucian ideals into contemporary Christian thinking. The most articulate proponent of this movement was Judge Thomas Troward who served as a magistrate in the courts of India under British rule. His works are seminal expressions of modern Rosicrucian principles.
Motives We Live (NEW) as of February 20, 1999
This is an article I wrote first for myself. It condensed in a practical form the essence of what I had learned from 30 years of studying philosophy and psychology. I used it in my University lectures for a while. I discovered some students were using it to confront their spouses or fiancées and from the results of their analysis using the questions in this paper as a guide, decided to end their relationships. At first I was pleased that they had found the paper helpful. Then, I had second thoughts. I would have preferred that in addition they sought psychological counseling. So I print this paper here with this suggestion that personal long-term commitments are too important to analyze totally on your own without independent, outside professional counseling.
The Evolution of Consciousness and the Teachings of Concept-Therapy
(NEW) as of February 20, 1999
This is a description of the aims and a brief outline of the contents of the Concept-Therapy course of instruction and its seven phases of Conceptology. I have been a member of the Institute for more than twenty-five years and have enjoyed the instruction and profited greatly from it. It pulled together for me much of what I had learned in psychology and philosophy and then some. I can recommend it to any sincere student who wishes to advance in consciousness. They are a thorough reputable group and have been recognized as such by state, federal and business organization throughout the country. Their course of instruction has been taught in North America, Asia, Europe and Africa.
Their Web URL is http://www.concept-therapy.org
Signs of Brainwashing (NEW) as of February 21, 1999
This paper is very brief and suggests ways in which we can be manipulated into conforming to group thinking. As with many of my articles, I am exploring what it means to think for oneself. My articles on hypnosis, for example, show how we may be unduly influenced to think along lines suggested to us without taking the opportunity to think things through for ourselves.
Mind Power (NEW) as of February 22, 1999)
This is another very brief article about the brain and how it is not like a computer. The differences between the power of the brain and the power of the mind are compared in detail. The mind is a truly remarkable phenomenon.
Brain Mechanisms and Learning Styles (NEW) as of February 24, 1999
These notes were never published by I drew upon them toward the end of my career in teacher education. The ways children (and adults) learn fascinated me, especially researching the literature on brain hemisphericity. These are notes, easily readable and intended to encourage the serious student to consider the issue in greater depth. The implications are mind boggling.
Fraternal Associations, Fraternal Orders, and Freemasonry (NEW) as of March 1, 1999
This paper was presented at a meeting of the Ross Robertson Chapter of the Philelethes Society in Toronto, Canada in the early 1990s. I was asked to research the question in the light of what appears to be at the time a waning interest in supporting fraternal orders such as Freemasonry. I was surprised at the number of University MA and PhD theses published on this subject. Here are the results of my findings and musings.
Active Thinking and Learning Psychology (NEW) as of March 5, 1999
This item was prepared when I was teaching psychology and wondered impact the new ideas that students were discovering had on their lives if any. Some did apply what they were learning to their classroom behavior as teachers. For most, they took an academic approach. What do I need to do to get a good grade. Nothing wrong with that. But there is so much more to life than that.
Do Other Animals Think? (NEW) as of March 8, 1999
This article reports some interesting reserach about some characteristics of what might be called thinking. It is not simply an argument nonhuman intelligence, but to what extent does the behavior of some animals represent what we like to think is exclusively our uniqueness. For me, the interesting question is the definition of consciousness, then understanding thought in terms of that definition. Concept-Therapy was very helpful to me in sorting out these questions.
The Seeing and Hearing Mind - Models for Success (NEW) as of March 14, 1999
In this article I write about clarity and accuracy of perception and their for successful learning and effective communication. What's more important, their role in helping us get what we want out of life. I borrow from the Agazarian and Simons SAVI model of communication. I also favor the Berne's Transactional Model of human behavior. They are translated into practical language so that you can put these models to use whether you are student, teacher, parent, spouse or friend.
The Course: Language and Consciousness (NEW) as of March 14,1999
This course is ongoing. Chapters will be added as they evolve in my thinking. The ideas incorporated in this course originate from a course I taught for more than 25 years in the psychology and philosophy of education. I believed then, and I still do, that education should be more than teaching particular content to prepare people to get a good job and make lots of money. Nothing wrong with that, but it's a very narrow viewpoint. We could do much more and as a result be much more.There is nothing really original in this course. I have learned from many teachers, many books, many seminars, many students, and many moments in solitude and meditation.
(NEW) as of February and March, 1999
On Learning To Be Human
On Being Clear in Writing and Speaking
The Mind of Thomas Troward: The Creative Process in the Individual
Language as Therapy
The Freedom To Learn: A Transpersonal Appreciation
Suggestion as Indirect Communication: Some Advantages and Disadvantages
Further Notes on Hypnosis: An Historical Perspective
Hypnosis as Altered Consciousness
The Idea of a Spiritual Life
The Challenge of Teaching: Confessions of a Renegade
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