Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Sufferin' Succotash


Suffer No More


Did you ever notice how other people often talk about how much they are suffering? Maybe you do it yourself? I think we have all done it at one time or another.

However, I believe we were not born on this earth to suffer. What’s wrong with a lifestyle that causes no suffering? Well, oftentimes it does not fit in with the market place societal expectations. In other words, there’s money in suffering.


What is Suffering?

Suffering is mental anguish … to endure pain. It is a focus of one’s attention on pain and misery and doing things that are potentially avoidable that prolong the source of the suffering.

Suffering is a closed-minded action that stems from well-worn neural pathways from repeated input which originates from outside of oneself, e.g., from those who are seeking to gain from the suffering of others. Competition, advertisements for drugs (especially on television) and the prevailing view of the human body as an imperfect shell that can have anything done to it are some common sources of suffering.

Suffering can be an intense emotion that can draw energy into it like the vortex of a tornado.


Programmed from Birth

Many sufferers were born in hospitals. This may not have been a particularly happy experience as being born nowadays is often not as straight forward as it should be. For example, babies may be pulled out from the warm safe environment inside the mother with cold, hard metal forceps.
Any pain (discomfort) associated with birth will be registered in the baby’s memory in the subconscious and can be tapped into with psychological manipulation.


Awareness of Suffering

Many people are not even aware that they are suffering. It has become ingrained in their minds that suffering is the normal way to be and so they do not recognize that it is suffering.
One problem is that suffering people can cause suffering. It can be like a contagious disease and spread to those they come in contact with.

Some people try to make others suffer. There is the old saying that “misery loves company” to support this. Some extreme examples are the burning of witches and torturing of prisoners of war.

The medical profession is often accused of torture and suffering. One truck I passed while driving in Florida had placards stating how the wife of the driver was tortured by the medical profession with multiple procedures such as hip replacements and now she is totally crippled and they are both suffering.

In my ever-intriguing French studies, I came across a mention of "La Dame de Fer" (the Iron Maiden) which is purportedly a device of torture from the Middle Ages. Whether it actually existed or not is irrelevant though because one only has to look around at what's going on in the world today to find examples of torture in the news.  

Christian churches promote the mindset that allows the continuation of suffering with words that are repeated over and over again at services conducted every day all over the world, such as "
.. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end." This is a very negative mindset that reinforces suffering.

There are many subtle ways that people try to make other people suffer, sometimes even while putting on a facade of kindness and helpfulness. Petty games, one-upmanship, gossip, bullying, and the likes are often used to cause pain and negative feelings that can lead to suffering. There is a famous experiment that showed how average law abiding, loving citizens could be influenced by perceived authority figures to inflict pain on other people (see the Miligram Experiment.)

The best solution to the subtle type of sabotage is to become aware of it and detach, because in reality, no one can make anyone suffer. There are many examples of people doing things such as happily sleeping in a tent when it is cold and raining  which would make many people end up suffering. Suffering is a mental condition that is not based on reality.

A more professional approach of causing suffering is used by corporations with the use of science including psychology.  This topic is debatable, but is it not possible that corporations such as the ones in the medical profession actually proactively devise their products and marketing strategies to cause suffering? After all, sufferers are the ones that seek relief and buy their products.


Sold on Suffering

Why do people accept suffering? Why do they do things that can lead to suffering? It is because we are sold on the idea!

I called this article “Sufferin' Succotash” which I heard in cartoons when I was child. It is Sylvester's trademark exclamation. From an early age, dialogues, images and expectations show us how to suffer.

Mass media such as television, the Internet, radio, newspapers, magazines and including cartoons aimed at children are used directly and subliminally to sell us a way of living.


Suffering Savior

"Sufferin’ Succotash" is said to be a minced oath of "Suffering Savior". I was intrigued to learn of the connection to the "Savior" since I am referring to the Christian religion and its role in the suffering pandemic. Religion is used widely to show us how to act in our lives.

In the Apostles’ Creed which is said in many churches around the world every day by many people, it states: “I believe in Jesus Christ … who suffered …” and his body rose into heaven and is sitting on the right hand side of God. And also, “I believe in the resurrection of the body.” For most worshipers, this means that we are to follow the example of Jesus and make ourselves suffer or allow ourselves to suffer so that after we die, our bodies will rise up to heaven.

In science, "Suffering Savior" refers to the Martyr complex where one seeks out suffering and persecution to fill a psychological need or perhaps a desire to avoid responsibility. Science has other explanations for this behavior too, but as with all mental problems, it is a matter of degree usually. It only comes to the attention of professionals when it is out of hand and we generally ignore the immense under-current of those affected who never come to the surface. As I am setting out in this article, there is a level of suffering that is expected of us in society, but the extent of that level is capped. However, the cap can come off and that's what happens in situations such as police brutality and torture of prisoners of war. 


You are What You Eat

It's a strange coincidence that "pain" is the French word for bread when eating bread can and often does lead to pain and suffering. Bread is also prominently featured in many religions including Christianity and I discussed this briefly in my article called the "Wonder of Wheat". This leads to my theory that what we put in our bodies has a strong effect on how our minds work (or don't work as the case may be). 


Education and Medicine

Besides the use  of mass media and religion, we are taught how to behave in schools. For my French studies, I have been using various types of books and noticing suggestive texts. For example, in one book a young man was told by his doctor to take three pills (comprimés) a day for a week with an anti-inflammatory because he had strained a muscle at the "health club". I came across this type of casual reference to medicine in all the text books I looked at. This is how people learn to take medication for any possible ache and pain even though the medications have side effects that are undesirable and can be significant.

And why not? I mentioned before in my blogs how one publisher of school texts that I used when I was in grade school is well connected. 

Finally, as mentioned above, the word for pill (tablet, capsule) in French is "comprimé" and this also means "compressed" which is how pills are made. But it reminds me of "compromis" which is French for "compromised"  and this is what happens when medicine (médicament) is taken.  The pills are compressed but they cause compression (as opposed to expansion) of one's well-being and health is thereby compromised.


Conclusion

So at this Easter time, with all the reminders about Jesus suffering, and people eating too many sweets which cause suffering, I will be thankful that I am not suffering. 

To stop suffering is a good goal to have in life and even for one's dying days. Becoming aware of behavior that leads to suffering is the first step "to recovery". Then take control of how you deal with life's challenges.

Vous n'avez rien d'autre a faire que de vous laisser vivre!

You have nothing to do but to take life easy!

Thursday, March 21, 2019

How to Answer Those Awkward Personal Questions


Blame it on the Professionals!



If you need an excuse for what you do personally in your life because it is not connected with the mainstream market system and you wish to smooth your way with others who are connected with the mainstream market system and do not agree with or know much about what you do, then blame it on a professional! This is what those who are connected with the mainstream market system already do and it can work both ways, as it so happens. The only requirement is that there is advice and knowledge from that professional that you follow.

Oftentimes, this advice and knowledge comes from books that the professional has written, but the Internet is fast growing in popularity for this referencing too. After all, a professional is a person who has devoted their life to learning and sharing information, and often, it is not necessary to visit them in an office and pay money (or use an insurance program) in order to get advice and choose or decline to follow that advice. The non-believer who asks you questions like those that I have set out below may still be a non-believer after you answer their question as I am suggesting here, but it will bolster and protect you from their negativity.

When you use the professional who is influencing your life in a positive fashion, it is similar to what religious persons do with God and Jesus (who are possibly merely figments of the imagination). These professionals are/were real people and with them you are never alone even if you do not have personal contact with them. They do not even have to be alive anymore. You support their teaching/thoughts with your actions and they support you in the aspects of your life in which they specialized in, for example, with their published writings.

The important point is that you respect and appreciate the professional you reference and “blame” for what you do or do not do. Unlike religion, you do not worship another person or outside entity, but take something from what they gave freely to help you with your life. Of course, this advice is especially pertinent to those who are feeling the pressure to conform to “the status quo”.

Just as there are many professionals in your life that you rely on and have personal contacts with, there can be many of these ultimate professionals that cover different aspects of your life - - the areas that you need special attention with, e.g., if you are overweight, you may visit a mainstream doctor regularly to check your health in some manner, but you can also have an ultimate doctor that you have never met who influences you in how to care for your health which differs from the mainstream doctor.



For the most part, nobody really should care what you do with your life because it’s yours and they have their own to worry about. This is a photograph that I took recently. I was surprised to see a cow in a marsh!

Here is a list of my main professionals with possible questions I might get from others and answers I might give to show what I mean:

Dentist:  Dr. Weston A. Price

Q: Why don’t you have that broken tooth pulled?

A: Because my dentist, Dr. Price, explained to me how compromised teeth can adjust and cope, and that the changes I have made to my diet will assist with natural care for my teeth.


Eye Doctor:  Dr. William Bates

Q: Why don’t you wear glasses anymore?

A: Because my eye doctor, Dr. Bates, advises that eye glasses weaken the eyes and I am following a method he devised to improve my eyesight naturally.


General Practitioner:  Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride

Q: Why do you not eat starchy foods such as wheat when the FDA says that grains, especially whole wheat, are a dietary staple?

A: Because my GP, Natasha, explained how starchy foods adversely effect my health and I agree with her explanation.


Gardener: Masanobu Fukuoka

Q: Why don’t you take market short-cuts in your garden to make things grow faster and bigger (i.e., chemicals).

A: Because my gardener, Mr Fukuoka, explained how a natural garden is developed and I actually have done it before!


Trainer: Lin Hou Shing

Q: Why are you walking like that?

A: Because my trainer, the man who developed Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi, would probably say (as a martial arts trainer and I teach his exercise routine) that it can change my health for the better. (It is surprising how the way one walks can affect one’s health and life! Just look at Groucho Marx and Hitler for instance.) 

Personal French Tutor

Q: Why are you immersing yourself in French just because you are studying it.

A: Because my personal French Tutor, Thomas of Français Immersion said that this was "the way to go!"



References:


Bates' book, Better Eyesight without Glasses in pdf, original 1920 version available to download free: http://cleareyesight-batesmethod.info/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderfiles/thecureofimperfectsight.pdf.

Book Review - "The One-Straw Revolution, and an Introduction to Natural Farming" by Masanobu Fukuoka, by Jennifer Wilson, B’org Food Chain blog, September 10, 2010, https://borgfoodchain.blogspot.com/2010/09/book-review-one-straw-revolution-and.html.
Français Immersion, 7 Secrets to Learn French Easily,  Free video course, https://www.francaisimmersion.com/7-secrets-learn-french/.

In Defence of Real Teeth, by Jennifer Wilson, Simple Food Remedies blog, 17 June 2014, https://simplefoodremedies.blogspot.com/2014/06/in-defence-of-real-teeth.html.

Tai Chi Quigong Shibashi Series Articles Index, TuesdayMay 24, 2016: http://jenniferwilsonlifecoach.blogspot.co.uk/p/tai-chi-qigong-shibashi-series.html

The B’org’s Prayer, by Jennifer Wilson, B’org Food Chain blog, October 29, 2012, https://borgfoodchain.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-borgs-prayer.html.

The Eyes Have It - How to Care for Eyes Naturally, by Jennifer Wilson, Simple Food Remedies blog,  December 22, 2015. http://simplefoodremedies.blogspot.com/2015/12/the-eyes-have-it-how-to-care-for-eyes.html.

The Wonder of Wheat, Don't Eat It, Sunday, December 24,2017, https://jenniferwilsonlifecoach.blogspot.com/2017/12/the-wonder-of-wheat.html

Why No sugar or Starch?, by Jennifer Wilson, Simple Food Remedies blog, September 11, 2011, https://simplefoodremedies.blogspot.com/2011/09/why-no-sugar-or-starch.html


Saturday, March 16, 2019

To See : Voir


See for yourself!



To See or Not To See, THAT is the question!

After an introductory article about me, I started this blog with an article about the ability to see and how this shapes our world. My next article was about how humans are visually oriented. I also wrote other articles about seeing (please see the references below). This is because I know how important it is to pay attention to what we see both visually and mentally, and also, because I specialize in natural treatment to improve eyesight. Since I have been studying French, I have come across more evidence of how important "seeing" is to us which I will discuss in this article.

The word “see” is important in the English language. There are lots of meanings for it (see here) and most readers will be familiar with this word. But it seems to me that the art of seeing is in peril.

The word “see” in French is "voir". I was surprised to find a lot of French words compounded with "voir" which I set out below. There are also many French idioms that use the word "voir" and I've added a few below along with an English one that I thought was particularly interesting.  This is what has highlighted in my mind again just how important "seeing" is to us.

Lately, I have been seeing more and more often people seeking means to escape reality and avoiding any effort to really see for themselves. They are creating fictional worlds made up of total fantasy and nonsense. That’s entertainment! Or they are constantly using the fantasy of others as a means of escape. This is usually compounded with substances that are mind altering such as caffeine, alcohol and drugs (whether legal or otherwise).

Funnily enough, also while studying French, I came across some interesting words by the famous French poet, Paul Valéry:

"Follow the path of your aroused thought and you will soon meet this infernal inscription: There is nothing so beautiful as that which does not exist."

That which does not exist is solely in the imagination and cannot be seen, but it can lead to perception of objects with no reality, i.e., hallucinations. The French add that a hallucination is an error in interpretation. What is real is an interpretation. Fantasy makes no attempt at interpreting reality, but rather is a false reality, a make-believe world.

The problem is that not only is the present moment of reality being ignored and neglected, it is getting to the point where fantasy (stories made up in the mind that never were and never could be remotely true) is becoming more real than reality to many people and becoming the prevailing mode of viewing life. Or at least, it becomes hard to distinguish between reality and fiction as was claimed during the 9/11 attacks with the simulated war games that NORAD was conducting at the time the first two World Trade Center buildings were being destroyed.

I went to a workshop recently that was for those contemplating writing a book. I was thinking (again) that maybe instead of only writing blog articles, I would look into this more traditional method of publishing one’s writing. Surprisingly to me, the workshop was all about making up stories that had nothing to do with the real world, whatsoever. When one considers the amount of time and effort that go into fantasy both from the point of view of those creating it and those imbibing in it, it may become a little more clear why I feel so much concern for humanity.

“To see” does include using the imagination. In Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, the definition of “see” includes to imagine as a possibility. In his natural treatment for improving eyesight, Dr. Bates used a technique that involved using the imagination to see better. In fact, we need our imagination to see. But we have a choice between seeing reality and seeing that which does not exist! It is clearly a choice of one or the other.

For example, there is a prevailing f
antasy world that has been evolving since civilization began about 10,000 years ago that is designed in a hierarchical structure where the vast majority at the bottom end up suffering instead of living a happy life.

In fact, this fantasy is based on the creation of artificial wealth for a few in a market system. This fantasy is where it is possible for one man to be called the richest man in the world. This is a world that has been created by a few people where the majority of people are made sick (or killed, e.g., war) and then a market is created with fantasy cures to create money. Bill Gates is an example of someone taking advantage of this fantasy world and I mention him because I saw him in the news lately donating a large sum of money to cure Alzheimer's disease (with drugs). Also, I wrote a letter to him about writing a book back in 2010! This book is still in the offing, but Gates is not holding back in his quest for more money and promotion of the fantasy world.

Like others with lots of money, Gates donates money to look like a benevolent soul and then makes money by investing in the resulting products that are marketed on foot of the research done with the donated money. He believes in it because he appreciates the so-called "rewards" he receives that he has been conditioned to appreciate. This reward system is ingrained in us from birth, especially in religion and school. It is based on fantasy, such as, you will go to heaven 
if you are good (obey and submit to the prevailing fantasy).

If you are over the age of fifty, can you see in your own lifetime how dependent on drugs the civilized world is becoming? Do you remember the days when there were no advertisements for drugs on television?

The answer is either there is no memory of how it used to be, even 20 years ago (when the FDA lifted the restrictions on advertising drugs), or that it is irrelevant. People get sold on the current "fantasy story" that the status quo, the big bullies of the world, create and push (or as they say in England "nudge"). The current U.S. president, Donald Trump, is a good example of a bully and I have seen many people exhibiting this type of personality lately.

Unfortunately, no one wins in this scenario, except perhaps, the sterile, homogeneous, artificial mechanical world (artificial intelligence) that is fast developing.

French Verbs with "Voir"
I find the French verbs which include the word "voir" interesting because most of them have a clear connection with "seeing". But in English there are totally different words without the word "see" which would otherwise show the link to "seeing".

1.  voir:              see
2.  revoir:          see again
3.  avoir:            have
4.  savoir:          know

5.  pouvoir:        be able to, to have the power, to have permission (see my article called Power vs. Pouvoir )

6.  prévoir
:        forecast, predict
7.  entrevoir:     catch a glimpse of
8.  recevoir:      receive

9.  émourvoir:   move emotionally, rouse 
10, mouvoir:      move
11. percevoir:    levy, sense, detect, discern, pick-up
12. apercevoir:  glimpse, perceive, observe
13. s'apercevoir: realize, perceive, glimpse
14. concevoir:   conceive
15. decevoir:     deceive

16. pleuvoir:       to rain
17. repleuvoir:  to rain again

French Idions with "Voir"

faire voir to show (be careful looking things up on the internet in French because if one asks the computer to translate faire voir, the answer is "to see", which of course, is incorrect).

laisser voir: to give away, reveal

   Se voir + infinitive: to find oneself (- past participle). eg: Elle s'est vu refuser l'entree du retaurant. (She found herself refused entry to the restaurant.

voir trouble: to have blurred vision (not: to see trouble)

y voir clair: to see the light (not to see clearly, although if you can see light, your eyesight will be much clearer!). But in English, the idiom "to see the light" clearly meansto discover or realize a usually obscured truth which has nothing to do with physical eyesight.

My favorite English one is "to see things" which in French is "avoir des hallucinationsThe English saying means to see things that are not there or just to see things that are not real and it has a negative connotation. However, this is what people are doing today and calling fantasy (even entertainment). The French make it clear that "things" in this sense are hallucinations. It seems to me that people are having hallucinations on a mass scale and just because its lots of people doing it and it is part of the market system where some are making lots of money from it (e.g., Disney), it is called normal. And just because a few people with lots of money say its good, "seeing things" in this sense is not a mental affliction unless those things do not promote the person successfully living in the "fantasy world" according the few with all the money!!!






Voir Dire : a preliminary examination of a witness or a juror by a judge or counsel.

See for yourself. Think about what you know to be real and unreal and evaluate what you see on this basis. For example, if you watch the news on television: are the images on the screen real? Well, of course not, even though they may be based on real events. Besides being a transmission through an electrical machine, the images and words have been produced to create a story according to someone else's perception, including hallucinations. Television broadcasts are third party information (which in a court of law is generally inadmissible and called hearsay evidence). This is not to say that one should never accept what others say, but to call attention to a possible deviation from reality. But many take TV news as reality (see my article about 9/11 as an example). And, instead of looking at the newscasters as role models of how people should look, glance around you while at the supermarket and see how people really look.

"Keep it real" is an expression that may be fitting here, which I haven't heard in awhile. "G
arde les pieds sur terre." The French version from the internet is nice because it reminds us to ground ourselves, to protect our connection to the Earth. Then we are really able to see for ourselves.



REFERENCES

I Believe I Can See It Now, Be Your Own Judge, Monday, July 24, 2017, https://jenniferwilsonlifecoach.blogspot.com/2017/07/i-believe-i-can-see-it-now_24.html 

911 B’org Emergency, 
by Jennifer Wilson, B'org Food Chain blog, February 14, 2013, http://borgfoodchain.blogspot.com/2013/02/911-borg-emergency.html.

Bates' book, Better Eyesight without Glasses in pdf, original 1920 version available to download free: http://cleareyesight-batesmethod.info/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderfiles/thecureofimperfectsight.pdf.

Coffee Fuzz, Break the Caffeine Chain, Jennifer Wilson, Life Coach blog, December 19, 2016, https://jenniferwilsonlifecoach.blogspot.com/2016/12/coffee-fuzz.html.

Gates Foundation Invests in Monsanto and I write to Bill and Melinda Gates (my old blog that is mentioned in this letter is now called, the B'org Food Chain and this is where this letter is posted), August 30, 2010, https://borgfoodchain.blogspot.com/2010/08/gates-foundation-invests-in-monsanto.html.

Our Vision is to Control Yours, by Jennifer Wilson, B'org Food Chain blog, December 22, 2015, http://borgfoodchain.blogspot.com/2015/12/our-vision-is-to-control-yours.html.


"See", definition by Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/see.

Power vs. PouvoirI do, therefore, I am, Jennifer Wilson, Life Coach blog, https://jenniferwilsonlifecoach.blogspot.com/2019/02/power-vs-pouvoir.html

Seeing is BelievingSee Better, Sunday, January 22, 2017, https://jenniferwilsonlifecoach.blogspot.com/

Take Back Your Power With Jennifer Wilson, Life Coach, April 18, 2016, https://jenniferwilsonlifecoach.blogspot.com/2016/04/take-back-your-power-with-jennifer.html.

The Eyes Have It - How to Care for Eyes Naturally, by Jennifer Wilson, Simple Food Remedies blog,  December 22, 2015. http://simplefoodremedies.blogspot.com/2015/12/the-eyes-have-it-how-to-care-for-eyes.html.

The Wonder of Wheat, Don’t Eat It! Jennifer Wilson Life Coach blog, December 24, 2017. https://jenniferwilsonlifecoach.blogspot.com/2017/12/the-wonder-of-wheat.html.

Think You're Seeing More Drug Ads on TV? Your are and here's why, Internet article by Joanne Kaufman, New York Times, December 24, 2017,

Visually Oriented, 
Take Control of Your Visual Orientation, Jennifer Wilson, Life Coach blog, April 26, 2016, https://jenniferwilsonlifecoach.blogspot.com/2016/04/visually-oriented_26.html.

"Voir" definition by Dictionnaire Reverso, https://dictionnaire.reverso.net/francais-definition/voir.

War Memorials, Français Immersion video, March 6, 2019, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYY_-eY-4E8

We Can See Right Through YouNo They Can’t,  Monday, August 22, 2016, https://jenniferwilsonlifecoach.blogspot.com/2016/08/we-can-see-right-through-you.html

WYSIWYG, Question What You See To Improve What You Get, Jennifer Wilson, Life Coach blog, April 22, 2016,  https://jenniferwilsonlifecoach.blogspot.com/2016/04/wysiwyg.html.


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PS: I had to re-publish this article because I mistakenly used a photograph that unfortunately was not available for general use and it corrupted the article.


Replacement photo by Jason Doiy (with thanks) comes from The Legal Intelligence with the story: Justices to Review Ruling Calling for New Trial Because of Judge's Absence During Voir Dire by Zack NeedlesJanuary 31, 2019, https://www.law.com/thelegalintelligencer/2019/01/31/justices-to-review-ruling-calling-for-new-trial-because-of-judges-absence-during-voir-dire/?slreturn=20190216121657,.