Are you contributing to crime by reading the newspapers? 1

28th Sep 2008



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Did you miss me?  It has been a busy week, with upgrading the blog software and moving loads of stuff to a new server.  And they told me not to touch the blog for a week when it was too late to let you know.

Anyway, I am back and there are some really exciting activities in the pipeline.

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Yes, I am making the shocking allegation that you are aiding and abetting crime simply by reading the newspaper, but hear me out.

Let me give the background first.  There have been at least eighteen victims of knife crime in London over the period of eight months since January 2008.  Newspaper reports indicate that the number of people charged with knife crimes have fallen by 50%, and at the same time the number of teenage murders involving knifes have risen dramatically.

A teenager that lives in one of the most dangerous areas in London was quoted as saying “How are the police or the government going to be able to sort this out if we as kids don’t know why this sort of stuff’s going on?”  This child is very wise.

The response of the local government is a website called London Against Gun and Knife Crime.  Obviously the creators of the website have never heard of the Law of Attraction.

How does this Law of Attraction work?  I will give you my understanding of how it works.  We think thoughts and these thoughts create waves all around us.  The waves resonate with similar waves and then we attract the similar waves to us.  The whole process snowball until our thoughts materialise.

Let me give you an example.  You read the newspaper.  There are articles about crime and bad news and negativity all over the pages.  You do not think about this and step back and say “I want love in my life”.  You read it all and think “I hope I don’t ever get mugged.”

Imagine a massive ear listening to your thoughts – an unbiased ear.  The ear will not hear the word “don’t” because the ear is unbiased and does not judge – we add the judgement.  The ear hears “hope” and “mugged”.

Over the next weeks and months you continue to read the newspapers every day, and for some reason all the articles about muggings and violent crimes catch your eye.  Every time you read such an article, you think a similar thought, for example “More muggings – I wonder who is next.”   The massive ear hears “muggings” and “next”.  Or you think “one of these days someone close to me will get mugged” and the massive ear hears “someone” and “me” and “mugged”.

Then the cousin of the sister of the brother-in-law of a friend’s friend gets mugged and you hear about it.  Somehow it confirms the thoughts you have had about mugging and you say “I told you so”.   The next “logical” thought in your mind is “one of these days I will get mugged”.  The massive ear still does not judge – like a robot that is there to simply obey commands and to act.  The ear hears “I” and “get mugged”.  And the ear puts you in touch with similar waves around you and your own wave of fear and trepidation and anticipation gets stronger – you just “know” it will happen to you one day.  To be continued.

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Can we stop the suicides in Bridgend? 2

18th Sep 2008



Hello lovely people

Remember the competition.

This is the case with the Bridgend suicides as well. Everyone is focused on the suicides, and no-one is looking for the births or people who recovered from serious illness in the same families that were affected by the suicides, that will balance out the loss.

What can we do about this, apart from reading the gory details in the media?

This same book, The Tipping Point describes the six degrees of separation. We can use this method to help the people of Bridgend without physically getting near the village.

The six degrees of separation is based on the premise that we are all bound up in an interlocking web. A man called Stanley Milgram did an experiment to prove this. He identified a group of people living in Nebraska, USA, and asked them to send a parcel to a man in Massachusetts on the other side of the USA, by means of a human network.

The people in Nebraska did not know each other or the recipient of the parcel. They had a destination address and their instruction was to find friends, relatives, old colleagues or anyone else the personally knew to send the parcel to until it reached the man in Massachusetts. The network of people also did not need to know one another. All they had to do was add their own addresses to the parcel on the way and find a next person of their acquaintance in this human chain to send the parcel to until it reached its destination.

In each instance the parcel was handled by a maximum of six people before it reached the man in Massachusetts.

We can use the six degrees of separation to send a letter of unconditional love to the people in Bridgend. Simply address the letter to The Mayor, Bridgend, Wales, UK. The mail system in the UK is excellent and the letter will reach its destination. We can forward this letter from one kindred spirit to the next until it reaches the families in Bridgend. Each person that forwards the letter simply adds his or her name (and address if you so wish, or at least the town and country where you live) to the letter. And if you want to, add a copy of this article as a means of explanation to the letter. Of course each one of us can simply send a letter straight to Bridgend, and that is better than doing nothing. However, I believe that the effect will be so much stronger when more people are involved and aware of what we do.

Will your letter make any difference to the population of Bridgend? Even if only one person realises that the world is actually full of love and that there is hope, it will make a difference. That person may reach out and ask for help, and then help others in a similar position, and the wave of positive change will have started.

If you read this and you do not live in the UK, I am sure you know someone who does live in the UK, or even someone who lives geographically closer to the UK than you do, who may know someone in the UK. And if you are willing to write such a letter from your heart stating your belief in unconditional love that will give someone else hope in this world, show me the person that will not feel the same and pass on the letter. What are you waiting for?

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Can we stop the suicides in Bridgend? 1

12th Sep 2008



Hello lovely people

Remember the competition.

There is a village in Wales in the UK, between Cardiff and Swansea, where 17 young people have committed suicides.  The facts are not consistent – when did this start?  If Natasha Randall was the twelfth victim in thirteen years, as one newspaper claims, who was the first, and exactly when did the first suicide occur?  Did seven more people from the area commit suicide since 2006, or was it closer to twelve more?

But the speculation is consistent – certain websites are to be blamed, there are suicide pacts, there is nothing else to do in Bridgend and so on – nothing proven, but then who needs proof if the story is juicy enough?

And the Assistant Chief Constable of Bridgend was quoted as saying that similar spates of suicide had taken place in the US and Ireland in the past.

Malcolm Gladwell wrote a fascinating book called The Tipping Point in which he describes social epidemics.  This book is  really worth reading but I will only explain some of his ideas.

Gladwell says that an epidemic has three key attributes.  The first is that it is contagious – like yawning.  Have you ever yawned and then noticed people around you yawning as well, for no reason?  An epidemic does the same – it just spreads for no particular reason.

The second attribute is that a little cause has a massive effect.  To give you an idea of this, take a reasonably sized piece of paper and fold it over.  Then fold it over again, and continue to repeat this until you have folded the paper 50 times.  How high would the piece of paper now be?  You would not believe this – it will cover the distance between the earth and the sun.  And it all started with just one fold that was repeated.

The third attribute of an epidemic is that there is one boiling point, the moment of critical mass where the balance is so disturbed that it tilts over.  A dramatic example of this is where Lake Nyos in Cameroon turned red overnight and started emitting toxic gases that killed over 1700 people and all animals within a 15-mile radius.

It may be that this is what happened in Bridgend.  One person was in such despair that suicide seemed the only option, the community was shocked, the facts stuck in the mind of another person who them also took his/her own life and so on, until it became a practice that people could associate with and regard as an option out of their misery.

One of the residents of Bridgend was quoted as saying “It’s become like a bit of an everyday thing. When the first one happened I was shocked but now it just seems normal, fashionable almost.”

The book The Tipping Point describes a fascinating study on suicide that was done by David Phillips, a sociologist at the University of California in San Diego, USA.  He found a definite correlation between the number and timing of newspaper reports on suicides, and increased numbers of similar suicides in the area.  His theory is that the newspapers contributed significantly to the contagious effect of the suicides, simply by reporting on the details so regularly.

When people that are living with pain read these media reports, they, in a way, get “permission” to consider suicide as an option to relieve the pain.  And the more “instructions” the media provide by means of detailed and regular reporting, the more people that are vulnerable to suggestion accept the “instructions” and take their own lives.  Especially when the media reports are about someone the community looked up to.  The reasoning is that “if suicide is good enough for that person who is worth so much more than I am, then suicide is good enough for me.  I will imitate the important person and get the same relief.”

And of course at some point individual events add up and form a critical mass, and the tipping point is reached.  Is this what had happened in Bridgend in 2006, when the number of suicides suddenly increased?

There is complete balance in the Universe, but when the scale tilts to one side, we are so shocked and fascinated that we forget to look for the other side of the coin that will restore the balance.  To be continued.

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How would you like your potatoes?

10th Sep 2008



Hello lovely people

Remember the competition.

On a recent trip to South Africa I discovered a book called Faith like Potatoes.  It is the biography of an Eastern Cape farmer who became an evangelist.

It is not the kind of book I would normally read, because my perception of evangelists is that they are very charismatic individuals who are brilliant at convincing less charismatic people to follow their teachings. And as you know by now I like to make up my own mind about things and to show other people the same courtesy.

The title of the book comes from a belief that faith should be like potatoes – easily available, nutritious and versatile, so that you can apply it to many different situations.

This lovely man describes in language that comes from the heart how somebody he calls Jesus had called him to spread the word, and how he had done this first in his local community and eventually throughout South Africa and in a number of southern African countries.

He describes how he heard voices that called him to do specific things, often things that could be perceived as irrational, but that turned out to be beneficial to individuals and to entire communities.

On the farm that this man owns, there is an orphanage and living quarters for people that have fallen on hard times. If all this sound soppy and emotional, reading the book will also tell you that this man has good judgement based on years of experience working with people. He will not be fooled easily and will send people away if they simply want to use him and his mission for their own purposes. And that also does not mean that he wants everyone to agree with him and his mission. He sounds like a well-balanced, down to earth farmer.

Why did I read the book? Because there are people who judge me as being unchristian, but they support this evangelist, and I was curious about his views and practices.

I am clairvoyant (I see things), clairaudient (I hear things) and clairsentient (I feel things) and make no secret of it. I have a firm belief in a Higher Being that I choose to call God. I am not convinced that Jesus can absolve me from anything that I choose to do, or that Jesus will come from somewhere after two thousand years of absence and “salvage” me from this “bad” world. I believe in a loving, caring God that lives inside of all of us. I do not belong to any church, because organised religion makes no sense to me. And I believe in re-incarnation.

So does being unchristian, or rather not Christian, make me a bad person? You judge for yourself, if you are so inclined. I have no desire to defend myself.

The book did raise some questions for me. Probably the most important one was about the source of the voices or messages that this man received. He gives an example where he was leading a service in an auditorium with an audience of a few hundred people. The voice told him that there was a father and son in the audience that needed to be reconciled. He told this to the congregation and lo and behold, the father and son got up from different side of the room and embraced each other.

Cynics will tell you that the chances of him being spot-on in such a big and emotionally swept up crowd were very good. But what if he really heard this voice? He gives another example where the same voice told him to plant potatoes. The weather conditions and local opinion of other farmers indicated the opposite, but he followed the voice and had a bumper crop. And there are a number of other examples in the book for which there is no logical explanation, but there were witnesses.

My suspicion is that the voice he hears regularly and the voice I live with come from the same source. He calls it the voice of Jesus, and I call it the voice of God. Does it matter where it comes from?

It is important for this evangelist to recruit followers of Jesus, because he knows from experience that this changes people’s lives. Does that make his approach right or wrong?

It is important for me to respect the path of each individual and not recruit anyone to follow my beliefs, but rather to learn from everyone around me. Does that make my approach right or wrong?

Or are we both facets of the same diamond that is God’s creation?

As far as I am concerned, God loves us all, whether we are potato farmers, evangelists, spiritualists or prostitutes. God created everything in this earth, including the devil and sin. If you tell me I am wrong in believing that, does that mean you believe in a being that is as strong and as creative a God? If that is the case, I am sure God still loves you. I have no idea whether you are right or wrong, but does it matter?

God loves us all unconditionally. And when everything is taken away from us, love is all that remains. I can live with that.

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Buy one, get one free or bogof 2

6th Sep 2008



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And then there is my all-time favourite – two for the price of one.

Let’s make some sums here. The retailer buys a box of 100 widgets from the supplier at for example £1 each. The manufacturing cost to the supplier was £0.50 and the supplier makes a 100% profit.

The retailer then sells each of the widgets at the bargain price (to whom?) of £2.70, and to show generosity to the public, gives a widget away free. So two widgets cost £2, and are sold as a pair for £2.70. That is a profit of £0.70 to the retailer.

Have you ever asked the retailer to sell you only one widget at half the advertised price because you know you only need one widget? Have you ever received an automatic 50% discount when you bought only one widget and declined the “free” one? Chances are the retailer allows you to buy one widget, but at a penalty price of say £1.50 rather than £1.35 per item, because you are “not playing the game”.

And you thought you were very clever to get something “for free” from the shop after parting with your money?

My question is: if we can buy into the reality created by retailers that do not even know our names, why can we not create our own reality?

Since I have discovered this, I have learnt to create and live my own reality.

How do I do that? In the same way that retailers create their reality. I think about what I want, then visualise myself having it. I know that what you think becomes. I have also learnt that the first time you think a thought, two nerve-endings make contact in your brain – like shaking hands when you are introduced to a stranger. The second time you think a thought, the same nerve-endings make contact, and start to form a bond. Every time you think a thought, the bond becomes stronger and more permanent, and eventually the thought becomes your reality and it materialises.

Have you noticed how you could move away from a familiar area, and many years later you return and still find your way without a map, even though the area has changed? Have you ever done something as a child like playing the piano or riding a bicycle, and then “lost” the skill? But when you take it up again later in life, you have instant recall and can continue where you left off?

Would it not be fascinating if you could decide what you would like in your life, and then visualise it until the program is permanent in your brain, and then see it happen?

Next time you buy one and get one “free”, remind yourself of the car or house or job or holiday you would like to have, and focus again on visualising it, until it appears in your life like the “free” item.

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Buy one, get one free, or bogof 1

3rd Sep 2008



Hello lovely people

Remember the competition.

Some people look at me with a funny expression when I tell them that we create our own reality. They say that reality is there, and all we can do is live it. But at the same time they allow other people to create their reality, and they never question it.

Let me give you some examples of how retailers create a reality that we swallow hook, line and sinker every time.

I will base my examples on UK retailers, but I am quite sure these practices are not unique to the UK.

A large chain of grocery stores has a few major stores that advertise in large, neon-lighted, bold letters that they are open 24 hours a day. But arrive at any of these 24-hour stores at five minutes past ten on a Saturday evening and they are closed. And even worse, these 24-hour stores close at four o’clock on a Sunday afternoon – and the 24-hour neon sign still goes on automatically at dusk.

Has anyone ever challenged these retailers in court for false advertising or for misleading the public on a massive scale? Not that I am aware of. In fact, people that live in the neighbourhood will probably tell you about their local shop that is open 24 hours a day. They have bought into the reality created by the retailer to the extent that they think people are mad to expect the shop to actually be open 24 hours a day.

Then there is the illusion of cash-back. Some retailers have the facility to let you withdraw cash from your own bank account using your debit card when you pay for your groceries. However, they do not ask you whether you would like to withdraw cash from your own account.

They ask whether you would like cash back. For me, the underlying assumption is that you were overcharged when you bought the products, and that the cashier had a spat of conscience when you paid, and decided on the spot to give you a partial refund. And you can even decide on the size of the refund. How generous of them.

I like to ask for a 100% cash refund, which is probably cruel, considering that the cashier was trained by the schooling system to swallow and not question. The poor child would struggle to realise that when you accept the offer of cash back, you pay (for the groceries) and you pay again (the commission that the retailer gets for facilitating the withdrawal). To be continued.

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Elsabe


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