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March 2003


Introduction by Paula Peterson


It's been a challenge to come up with meaningful commentaries and articles lately. What can be said or written about that will help foster some peace of mind or help make any sense of the atrocities occurring at this very moment in a foreign land?

I find the situation in Iraq to be deeply troubling - a profound example of human insanity. Even though the people of Iraq would like their current regime to be different - even to remove Hussein from power - they don't want an American occupation. They detest Western values and culture - that's why they are fighting so fiercely against this invasion. And tragically, it will be at the cost of many lives on both sides.

That's all I will say about it for now. But no matter what is going on in the world, it always comes back to each and every one of us - you and me. Regardless of what is going on around me, how I respond to the events in life is crucial to my health and peace of mind. This is true for everyone.

When I was in the fifth grade, our teacher had us memorize a long, inspirational poem on being a successful human being. It was called "IF" by Rudyard Kipling. Out of that entire poem, one line remained vividly etched into my memory throughout life: "If you can keep your head while all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you......."

The rest of the poem escapes me. But this one line has repeatedly surfaced from my memory whenever I see members of humanity continuing to blame each other for how they feel and retaliating with unkindness and cruelty, and rarely realizing that it's their personal interpretations of life situations that are amplifying their pain and anxiety.

To keep my head while there is chaos and trouble all around me is to have clarity of mind and peacefulness of heart - which does not mean ignoring the pain of others. It means that the troubles of others - or the chaos in the world - does not destroy my clarity of thinking nor does it destroy the peace in my heart. Having both leads to greater health, greater success as a human being, and greater effectiveness in the world.

I am uplifted by the fact that increasing numbers of highly educated, world-renowned, and academically credentialed mainstream leaders are embracing concepts that only a decade ago were considered to be New Age-y, "woo-woo," or "foo-foo" metaphysical ideas. For this reason, the following article was chosen - written by one of my favorite pioneers, Christiane Northrup, MD.

Dr. Northrup's work has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today Show, and Good Morning America. She is also the author of the New York Times best-selling book, Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom.

Dr. Northrup is internationally known for her visionary, empowering approach to women’s health and wellness. She is a leading proponent of medicine and healing that acknowledges the unity of the mind and body, as well as the powerful role of the human spirit in creating health. Namaste' - Paula Peterson


by Christiane Northrup, MD


The fear and anxiety caused by war are the biggest health challenges we face right now. As a physician, I know full well that emotions such as fear and anger impede the healing process and, if held long enough, actually lock us into a vicious cycle that produces more pain, more fear, and more anxiety. This can wreak havoc on our minds, bodies, and spirits. But this doesn't have to be the case.

There are very specific things each of us can do right now to help prevent war and at the same time create peace in our bodies, minds, and spirits.

I was strongly reminded of this week. Both of my daughters called from their respective colleges with concerns and worries about what they've heard on the news about a possible terrorist attack. One wanted to know what I thought about stockpiling cash, water, and canned goods.

Her roommate’s mother had sent them warnings. The other daughter wanted to know if I thought it was safe for her to go to NYC this weekend. I told them to go about their lives as usual, while paying attention to their inner guidance. I reassured them that they each had access to guidance from within that would lead them in the right direction if they paid attention. I also gave them a way to think about the current global situation that leads to healing and peace, not further conflict, and shared with them my unshakable belief that each of us has the power, through our thoughts and emotions, to influence the energy of the planet in a way that helps prevent further conflict and also creates peace.

Here’s what you can do.

1.Use your thoughts wisely. Understand their power.

Thoughts have a tendency to become their physical equivalent. This is one of the fundamental laws of the universe. Another one is the law of attraction, which states that “like attracts like.” Because it is consciousness that creates reality, the kind of consciousness you hold—your vibration—actually creates the kind of life you’re living. It’s impossible to create peace and harmony if you’re pushing up against a war. It’s impossible to create peace and harmony if you’re condemning George Bush, Dick Cheney, Colin Powell, etc. You don't have to agree with them, but realize that you'll be contributing to the energy that creates war if you assume an “embattled” mentality concerning them. The split in our nation right now about war is actually creating more of the energy of war. It’s not possible to “fight” for peace without creating war.

2.To create peace, you have to be peaceful.

The only way to stop war is to start from within yourself. You must do personal disarmament. The only way to get and stay peaceful is to concentrate on what brings you peace and resist the downward spiral of negative emotions that blames others for your lack of peace. Remember, that to which you give your attention expands. Although there is no denying that we’re in a perilous and frightening position right now, that doesn’t mean we are powerless to change it. But the only way to do so is by changing your thoughts and emotions from those of anger, hatred, and fear to those associated with compassion and peace.

Spend 30 seconds several times a day creating a “virtual” reality of what peace would look and feel like. Imagine that it’s a year from now and the economy is flourishing. George Bush is radiantly healthy; the governments of the free world are all cooperating to ensure global harmony and peace. And Saddam and Bin Laden and their influence have disappeared from the planet. Imagine all our soldiers back home and reunited with their families. Imagine a global village in which all of us can travel freely and joyously and with understanding and acceptance of each other’s cultures. When thinking about Iraq or North Korea, imagine the women and children. Send your energy and compassion to them. Don’t try to change the men of these countries. In fact, don’t even give them any thought lest you energize them. Withdraw your energy from them so that you will no longer be “feeding” them.

Dozens of studies have documented the fact that our thoughts can and do affect others in profound and measurable ways. When a critical mass of individuals (1 percent of the population) was brought together to practice Transcendental Meditation in various areas of the world, for example, there was a measurable decrease in the number of violent crimes, suicides, terrorist attacks, and even international conflicts worldwide. (Orme–Johnson, et al. (1988). International Peace Project in the Middle East: The effect of the Maharishi technology on the unified field. Journal of Conflict Resolution, vol. 32, (4), pp. 776–812.) There are also over 180 studies that have documented the positive effect of prayer on everything from other humans to yeast cells.

3.Imagine all the angels and non-physical beings who are working on the other side to protect and uplift all of us.

Know that they can only do their work in an atmosphere of compassion, not condemnation. The energy of condemnation will prevent them from connecting with the hearts of those who most need their inspiration and love.

4.Avoid watching the news and reading the newspapers too much.

Headlines are designed to keep you afraid and disempowered so that you will buy more papers or watch more TV. Then you get “hooked” on the news because you’re waiting for some official “guidance” that will keep you safe and secure. This simply can't happen, because it’s not the way the media is set up. The media is designed to get you riled up, so that you remain tuned in to the “chain of pain.” The only lasting safety and security come from the peace that you create within yourself. What’s safe for one person will be dangerous for another. Remember all the hundreds of stories from September 11, about the people who were supposed to be at the World Trade Center but, for hundreds of different reasons, simply weren't there that day. Tune in to how you are feeling when you’ve severed the influence of the mass media. This will give you the guidance you’re seeking.

5.Finally, know that when you are tuned in to your heart, your Inner Wisdom, and God, then your energy lightens up and your vibration literally changes.

You become a beacon of light and peace. You become an uplifter and a peacemaker. There’s an old saying, “The rising tide lifts all boats. But it won't raise a stone.” Stop looking at and thinking about the stones. Join me in raising the tide. And remember the words of the great M. K. Gandhi, “When in despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won; there have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall.” You can visit Dr. Northrup's website at:

Have a great day !!

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