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--   Escaping the Pandemics   --

Ways to protect yourself and avoid the worldwide diseases to come

Doomed to Thrive

. . . Escaping the Pandemics

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     ☆  What is Consciousness?
     ☆  Historical Bloopers (Humor)
     ☆  Transformation of Consciousness
     ☆  Live Long & Prosper


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Escaping the Pandemics   by Paula Peterson

The Plagues to Come

All the buzz in the news about the heartless "Dr. Doom" (a.k.a. Dr. Pianka) and his scary predictions of an uncontrollable and unstoppable Ebola virus on its way to slay a good portion of the population is certainly worth our attention.

Even though no enlightened person wants to give into fear around ideas like the "Bird Flu" or other pandemics. But in spite of Dr. Pianka's brutal assessment and in spite of the "Bird Flu" scare, there is some truth to widespread diseases becoming a real problem .... and you can take action now to boost your protection and be well on your way to staying healthy through the calamities to come.

As a health educator for over 16 years and a current Health Specialist undergraduate, I have a passionate interest in health and well-being for all. Please read on to find out more about what you can do . . .

Trust Your Source of Information

More folks are realizing that the information one views or hears on major network tv, radio and syndicated publications is slanted, censored and minimized to the point of being misleading and purposely misinforming.

And so finding sources of information one can learn to trust that offer a more accurate, uncensored, broader and in-depth perspective of important issues is becoming more crucial. For the most part, such sources are found in grassroots paper publicatons and also on the web --- which seems to be our last forum for free speech and opinions.

So --- what then can a person do in regards to the approaching pandemics?

The plagues and diseases to come have simply gained so much momentum now that there is little we can do stop them. Diseases begin with a few individuals here and there, then steadily spread --- like AIDS, HIV or an Ebola virus. But there are things we can do to minimize the impact these events can have on our personal lives.

So it becomes increasingly imperative that we focus on what we DO want to create ... not on what we DON'T want to create. And to focus more on what we CAN do rather than on what we CAN'T do.

To put it simply, if you want better health don't dwell on illness; instead, focus more on those choices and actions that build genuine health and protection.

This does not mean that you ignore illness --- there are plenty of folks running around in total denial of illness; don't want to hear about it and won't address any discomfort or imbalance in their own body (until it finally gets too serious and painful to ignore).

Denial does not make illness go away; it will continue to take up space in your body and human energy field (aura) as well as the dark closets of your mind --- the subconscious.

Admit that you're tired --- but don't dwell on it over and over. Just do what you need to do ... like resting more or by eliminating the causes that make you tired.

If it exists, acknowledge that you have a bothersome health condition and do whatever you need to do to take care of it --- but don't dwell on it over and over. It has been proven that those who believe they can heal - while at the same time focusing on positive and healthy ways to deal with their condition - far more frequently overcome or greatly improve their health than those who tend to do a lot of thinking or talking about how bad their condition is.

Well, I'm getting off the track here . . . so let's move on . . .

Is Doom and Gloom around the corner?

It is a fact that increasing numbers world wide - especially in the United States - are having serious health conditions that were once considered rare or once considered to be found only in the elderly.

Everywhere I see more people in their 40s, 50s and 60s being diagnosed with health conditions like:

high blood pressure
cardiovascular/heart disease
respiratory diseases
multiplesclerosis and other neuromuscular diseases
digestive disorders, liver, gall bladder and kidney dysfunction
diseases of the colon
chronic fatigue
hormone imbalances
thyroid dysfunction
premature senility/dementia

... along with continuing rise in cancer, HIV, AIDS .... and the list goes on and on.

All of the above are called degenerative diseases because they are associated with the gradual disintegration and aging of the body caused by a malfunctioning immune system.

While we're at it, depression, mental and emotional disorders, developmental delays in children and a long list of other psychological and neurological imbalances are included in the mix.

Once again, these conditions are being seen more frequently in those in the 40 thru 60 age bracket --- and it isn't normal nor is it natural.

If a person with such afflictions resorts to conventional medical practices and is then prescribed medications (drugs) for long-term or life-time use ... then additional complications arise over time due to toxic side effects from long-term use of these chemicals (which only alleviate or minimize symptoms and does not heal the core reason for the ailment --- which greatly reduces the chance for genuine healing).

A Healthy and Strong Immune System

The human immune system was one of my electives in college. I was totally captivated and fascinated with this crucially important function of our body: it goes about its work 24 hours a day 7 days a week --- all without our conscious awareness.

The immune system, I discovered, is a miraculous and intelligent system which is specifically designed to keep the body healthy. That is all it was designed to do. However, in order for it to do its job well, it needs the appropriate amount of proper nutrients along with a supportive environment and lifestyle.

The typical American diet as well as the usual fast-paced, Westernized lifestyle; exposure to increasing toxins and pollution; long-term stress; focus on accumulating possessions while pushing to get ahead and so forth ... is beginning to take its toll by robbing people - while they are still young - of the excellent health they deserve AND deserve to have well into their elder years.

Add to above list the frequent or regular use of alcohol; prescription and over-the-counter medications; recreational, psychoactive and hallucinatory drugs; and over-stimulation from other unhealthy habits --- then the chances for illness and premature aging has been accelerated even more.

When our immune system is strong and healthy, it does its job of protecting us from diseases and other imbalances -- such as those mentioned above in addition to healing our body from injuries. Or if we do happen to succumb to disease or injury, a strong and healthy immune system will repair, heal and rejuvenate our body without fail --- even making it far easier to correct depression, developmental delays and all psychological and neurological imbalances.

Our immune system will do whatever it takes to return our body to optimum physical, mental and emotional health --- but it can only do this when we provide the proper nutrients, right attitude and supportive lifestyle.

Disease and imbalance happens because our immune system can't do its job. And it can't do its job when its function has been greatly compromised.

A compromised immune system can be the direct result of one or more of the following . . .

1) unhealthy eating habits --- preponderance of meat, dairy and animal/dairy by-products; processed, cooked, denatured foods low in nutritional value and low or zero in life force energy
2) restless, fast paced lifestyle --- not enough relaxed play, rest and quiet reflection
3) long term stress --- job and/or relationship related, emotional, mental, financial, physical, etc.
4) fault-finding and pessimistic attitude
5) unfullfilling work and/or low creativity
5) lack of faith in a loving, higher power or lack of a nurturing spiritual practice
6) long term exposure to toxins --- prescription and over the counter drugs; pesticides in foods and other synthetic chemicals and additives commonly found in commercial foods and products; recreational, psychoactive and hallucinatory drugs; air and water pollution and other environmental factors

Sorry to paint such a dismal picture. But as you get older, it will likely become more obvious that the future is already unfolding as increasing numbers of folks are getting serious illnesses at younger ages. There are even greater numbers of children being born with or acquiring illnesses that were once only found in the elderly.

Now that you know, don't you also want to know what you can do about it?

What about those increasing life spans?

In previous Earthcode newsletters, you read that a lot of folks will live to be healthy at 120 and beyond. But that won't happen without conscious effort. If we want to be a part of the future in a happy, healthy manner, we have to begin today in making the appropriate changes that will help us get there in good shape.

Besides simplifying your lifestyle and doing more of what brings you joy, love and fulfillment --- building a strong immune system is a must. If it takes making a critical lifestyle change in order to rebuild and strengthen your immune system, then do whatever it takes to make it happen. You won't be sorry.

The plagues and epidemics are coming. We can't stop them with any amount of vaccines or prescription drugs. The best we can do for ourselves is the love and care we show our own body by building health now the sensible way.

In all of nature, one never sees wild animals at the mercy of degenerative diseases, plagues or epidemics -- UNTIL there is an imbalance in the species! An imbalance usually occurs when, for some reason, a specie becomes overpopulated. When there are too many critters to exhaust the food supply, there often follows a shortage of adequate levels of nutrition ... which is then followed by increasing weaknesses caused by less nutrition. What follows after that is greater vulnerability to diseases. That is when you will hear or read about masses of wild animals succumbing to plagues that wipe out huge numbers of them. Those that survive are usually the healthiest and strongest.

And what do we see happening in the world today among humans? Over population; shortage of nutritious food - either by poor food choices or forced through poverty or famine; increasing immune system weaknesses and vulnerabilities; plagues, epidemics and degenerative diseases on the rise.

The question that now remains . . . will you be one of the strong ones that survive and thrive?

There is a brilliant and beautiful era on earth yet to come ... the one that many of us have longed for. Will you be among those who will help to usher in the new world?

Namaste' ~ Paula Peterson

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C O S M I C    Q U O T E S

How to Stay in the Present Moment

1) Inhabit the body. Sense the aliveness that is in the body. This takes your attention away from thought. The practice of physical movements such as Tai Chi helps. Sensing the body becomes an anchor for staying present in the now.

2) Make it your practice to welcome this moment, no matter what form it takes. Say yes to whatever is "now". There is only one moment, but different forms of it. The secret is not to resist these forms. Surrendering to the forms that arise takes you to the formless in yourself. You then sense a spaciousness around whatever happens in your life. People, events, situations, objects come and go.

Being in the now moment liberates you from form, from the world.
With that liberation comes enormous peace.

--- Eckhart Tolle (Best Selling Author of THE POWER OF NOW)

The Transformation of Consciousness

"Because we all carry the Truth within us as our essence, we recognize it immediately."

Eckhart Tolle - author of the remarkable best selling book, "The Power of Now" - was a research scholar at Cambridge University, when at age 29, a spiritual transformation changed the course of his life, marking the start of an intense inward journey that led him first to become a counselor and spiritual teacher.

In a world that desperately needs freedom from suffering and violence, Eckhart Tolle has brought forth a powerful, healing message: Accept the now moment fully. Herein lies the path to peace.


A deep yearning is felt for that which is true, enduring, and trustworthy. Is it discoverable?

It’s perhaps more attainable now than at any other time in the history of humanity. Transformational consciousness until recently has been a luxury on the planet. A few individuals here and there underwent transformation but never on a large scale. It wasn’t necessary for the planet. Neither the survival of humanity nor of the planet was threatened before now, although there already existed the madness or insanity inherent in the human mind—by which I mean the thinking mind, not the deeper consciousness. This madness has been going on for a long time, but it has never threatened the survival of humanity.

It’s only when science and technology arrived that this threat began. The tools of science and technology amplified the effects of the madness of the egoic mind. So the survival of the planet began to be threatened, and with it the survival of humanity. The planet will not survive another hundred years of the same state of consciousness that produced the external effects of recent history.

Imagine the twenty-first century being a continuation of the destruction and violence we’ve seen. It’s no longer a question of the luxury of a few individuals here and there becoming liberated. It has become a necessity.

Humanity as a species must change dramatically and radically or our survival is at stake..

An awakening of consciousness

Things are both getting better and getting worse. The madness is accelerating but an acceleration of the new consciousness is also coming in. However, this latter development is less apparent when you listen to the media. The media still mostly reflects what is happening in the sphere of the old consciousness.

Despair and suffering can sometimes catalyze enlightenment

Many people know this from their own lives, especially if they have gone through intense suffering or great loss, or faced death in one way or another— either their own physical death, a psychological death, or the death of somebody very close to them.

Some form of suffering often brings about a readiness. One can say it cracks open the shell of the egoic mind with which many people identify as “me.” Life cracks open that shell, and once that crack is there, then we are reached more easily by spiritual teaching. We’re suddenly open to it, because it reaches the deeper levels of our being.

Something from within—not from our conditioned mind but from the deeper level of unconditioned consciousness—responds immediately. Often all that is needed to evoke this response is to listen to one statement of Truth and immediately there’s a response.

Because we all carry the Truth within us as our essence, we recognize it immediately.

Recent events, as terrible as they’ve been, have the potential to bring greater enlightenment

Especially for those of us living in the Western culture, death to a large extent is still a taboo subject. It’s considered something dreadful that shouldn’t be happening. It’s usually denied. The fact of death is not faced.

What we don’t realize in Western culture is that death has a redemptive dimension. There is another side to death. Whether death happens through an act of violence to a large number of people or to an individual, whether death comes prematurely through illness or accident, or whether death comes through old age, death is always an opening. So a great opportunity comes whenever we face death.

When someone dies to old ideas, there’s a psychological death. Thought-forms with which one had identified as “me”—an egoic identity—suddenly collapse.

In the face of death, especially violent death, things don’t make sense anymore. So death is the dissolution of either physical form or psychological form. And when a form dissolves, always something shines through that had been obscured by the form. This is the formless One Life, the formless One Consciousness.

Death is the moment of form dissolving. When that dissolving is not resisted, an opening appears into the dimension of the sacred, into the One formless, unmanifested Life. This is why death is such an incredible opportunity. There is no transformation of human consciousness without the dissolving that death - physical or psychological - can bring.

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You are entering the future

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Did you know . . .

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Don't believe the old cliches about growing old!

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This is not fantasy - but is the more normal and natural way to age. Learn how to live a health-building life-style and you will reap the benefits.

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Will consciousness ever be understood to the satisfaction of science? Not likely. Nevertheless, scientists still try to fit the mysteries of creation into neat little categories. Perhaps, as University Professor David Chalmers states in the article below, we should stop trying to reduce consciousness into something else.

Sounds like wisdom to me!   After all, there are some things in life that are meant to be experienced in awe and wonder.

Why Great Minds Can't Grasp Consciousness

by   Ker Than
LiveScience Staff Writer

. . . behaviors associated with consciousness include questions such as these: How does perception occur? How does the brain bind different kinds of sensory information together to produce the illusion of a seamless experience?

. . . the strength of a conscious experience is determined by the mind and the strength of its existing neuronal connections -- connections forged from past experiences.

Part of the mystery and excitement about consciousness is that scientists don't know what form the final answer will take.

Beyond the mystics

Roger Penrose, a mathematical physicist at Oxford University, believes that if a "theory of everything" is ever developed in physics to explain all the known phenomena in the universe, it should at least partially account for consciousness.

Penrose also believes that quantum mechanics, the rules governing the physical world at the subatomic level, might play an important role in consciousness.

It wasn't that long ago that the study of consciousness was considered to be too abstract, too subjective or too difficult to study scientifically. But in recent years, it has emerged as one of the hottest new fields in biology, similar to string theory in physics or the search for extraterrestrial life in astronomy.

No longer the sole purview of philosophers and mystics, consciousness is now attracting the attention of scientists from across a variety of different fields, each, it seems, with their own theories about what consciousness is and how it arises from the brain.

In many religions, consciousness is closely tied to the ancient notion of the soul, the idea that in each of us, there exists an immaterial essence that survives death and perhaps even predates birth. It was believed that the soul was what allowed us to think and feel, remember and reason.

Our personality, our individuality and our humanity were all believed to originate from the soul. Nowadays, these things are generally attributed to physical processes in the brain, but exactly how chemical and electrical signals between trillions of brain cells called neurons are transformed into thoughts, emotions and a sense of self is still unknown.

"Almost everyone agrees that there will be very strong correlations between what's in the brain and consciousness," says David Chalmers, a philosophy professor and Director of the Center for Consciousness at the Australian National University. "The question is what kind of explanation that will give you. We want more than correlation, we want explanation -- how and why do brain process give rise to consciousness? That's the big mystery."

Just accept it

Chalmers is best known for distinguishing between the 'easy' problems of consciousness and the 'hard' problem.

The easy problems are those that deal with functions and behaviors associated with consciousness and include questions such as these: How does perception occur? How does the brain bind different kinds of sensory information together to produce the illusion of a seamless experience?

"Those are what I call the easy problems, not because they're trivial, but because they fall within the standard methods of the cognitive sciences," Chalmers says.

The hard problem for Chalmers is that of subjective experience.

"You have a different kind of experience -- a different quality of experience -- when you see red, when you see green, when you hear middle C, when you taste chocolate," Chalmers told LiveScience. "Whenever you're conscious, whenever you have a subjective experience, it feels like something."

According to Chalmers, the subjective nature of consciousness prevents it from being explained in terms of simpler components, a method used to great success in other areas of science. He believes that unlike most of the physical world, which can be broken down into individual atoms, or organisms, which can be understood in terms of cells, consciousness is an irreducible aspect of the universe, like space and time and mass.

"Those things in a way didn't need to evolve," said Chalmers. "They were part of the fundamental furniture of the world all along."

Instead of trying to reduce consciousness to something else, Chalmers believes consciousness should simply be taken for granted, the way that space and time and mass are in physics. According to this view, a theory of consciousness would not explain what consciousness is or how it arose; instead, it would try to explain the relationship between consciousness and everything else in the world.

Not everyone is enthusiastic about this idea, however.

'Not very helpful'

"It's not very helpful," said Susan Greenfield, a professor of pharmacology at Oxford University.

"You can't do very much with it," Greenfield points out. "It's the last resort, because what can you possibly do with that idea? You can't prove it or disprove it, and you can't test it. It doesn't offer an explanation, or any enlightenment, or any answers about why people feel the way they feel."

Greenfield's own theory of consciousness is influenced by her experience working with drugs and mental diseases.

Unlike some other scientists -- most notably the late Francis Crick, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, and his colleague Christof Koch, a professor of computation and neural systems at Caltech -- who believed that different aspects of consciousness like visual awareness are encoded by specific neurons, Greenfield thinks that consciousness involves large groups of nonspecialized neurons scattered throughout the brain.

Important for Greenfield's theory is a distinction between 'consciousness' and 'mind,' terms that she says many of her colleagues use interchangeably, but which she believes are two entirely different concepts.

"You talk about losing your mind or blowing your mind or being out of your mind, but those things don't necessarily entail a loss of consciousness," Greenfield said in a telephone interview. "Similarly, when you lose your consciousness, when you go to sleep at night or when you're anesthetized, you don't really think that you're really going to be losing your mind."

Like the wetness of water

According to Greenfield, the mind is made up of the physical connections between neurons. These connections evolve slowly and are influenced by our past experiences and therefore, everyone's brain is unique.

But whereas the mind is rooted in the physical connections between neurons, Greenfield believes that consciousness is an emergent property of the brain, similar to the 'wetness' of water or the 'transparency' of glass, both of which are properties that are the result of -- that is, they emerge from -- the actions of individual molecules.

For Greenfield, a conscious experience occurs when a stimulus -- either external, like a sensation, or internal, like a thought or a memory -- triggers a chain reaction within the brain. Like in an earthquake, each conscious experience has an epicenter, and ripples from that epicenter travels across the brain, recruiting neurons as they go.

Mind and consciousness are connected in Greenfield's theory because the strength of a conscious experience is determined by the mind and the strength of its existing neuronal connections -- connections forged from past experiences.

Part of the mystery and excitement about consciousness is that scientists don't know what form the final answer will take.

"If I said to you I'd solved the hard problem, you wouldn't be able to guess whether it would be a formula, a model, a sensation, or a drug," said Greenfield. "What would I be giving you?" Yahoo News:

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The next time some one says it can't or won't or shouldn't be done, just remember the following statements were made by intelligent people who - as events unfolded - likely suffered acute embarrasement (and "egg on their face")!

"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons." --- Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." --- Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943

"I have travelled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won't last out the year." --- The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957

"But what ... is it good for?" --- Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip

"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home." --- Ken Olson, President, Chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977

This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us." --- Western Union internal memo, 1876

"The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?" --- David Sarnoff's associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s

"The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a 'C,' the idea must be feasible." --- A Yale University management professor in response to Fred Smith's paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service. Smith went on to found Federal Express Corp.

"Who would want to hear actors talk?" --- H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927

"I'm just glad it'll be Clark Gable who's falling on his face and not Gary Cooper." --- Gary Cooper on his decision not to take the leading role in "Gone With The Wind."

"A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make." --- Response to Debbi Fields' idea of starting Mrs. Fields' Cookies

"We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out." --- Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962

"Heavier-than-air flying machines are not possible." --- Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895

"If I had thought about it, I wouldn't have done the experiment. The literature was full of examples that said you can't do this." ---Spencer Silver on the work that led to the unique adhesives for 3-M "Post-It" Notepads

"So we went to Atari and said, 'Hey, we've got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or, we' ll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we'll come work for you.' And, they said, 'No.' So then, we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, 'Hey, we don't need you. You haven't got through college yet.'" --- Apple Computer Inc. founder Steve Jobs on attempts to get Atari and HP interested in his and Steve Wozniak's personal computer

"Professor Goddard does not know the relation between action and reaction and the need to have something better than a vacuum against which to react. He seems to lack the basic knowledge ladled out daily in high schools." --- 1921 New York Times editorial about Robert Goddard's revolutionary rocket work

"You want to have consistent and uniform muscle development across all of your muscles? It can't be done. It's just a fact of life. You just have to accept inconsistent muscle development as an unalterable condition of weight training." --- Response to Arthur Jones, who solved the "unsolvable" problem by inventing Nautilus

"Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You're crazy." --- Drillers who Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his project to drill for oil in 1859

"Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau." --- Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, 1929

"Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value." --- Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre

"Everything that can be invented has been invented." --- Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899

"Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction." --- Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872

"640K ought to be enough for anybody." --- Bill Gates, 1981

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