Be the Light

5 keys to brighten the holiday season.

In the Spirit

Think carefully about what you want the purpose of Christmas to be this year. Having a clear sense of purpose will help you to stay centered and focused on the true meaning and spirit of this time. Reflecting on the purpose of Christmas may also cast some light on the bigger purpose of your life: If life really is a gift how would I really like to live?

Setting a conscious intention to enjoy Christmas and the holiday season can also be very empowering. The word enjoy in Old English means, “to bring joy.” Joy is found in intentions, not just outcomes. Reflect on your past Christmases, and remember what went well and what mistakes you made. Remember, Christmas is what you make it.

Joy of Giving

Anyone who doesn’t believe Christmas can last all year long obviously doesn’t have a credit card. You can save yourself a lot of financial pressure and stress by reminding yourself that the real gifts of the holiday season come from the heart. Make a list of all the gifts of Christmas that money can’t buy. If you give from your heart you will not confuse money with love.

There are no prizes for being a Christmas Martyr – all you end up with is resentment, gift-wrapped! If you have a habit of people pleasing or leaving yourself out of the picture, you have to be especially careful at this time of year. Remember, if you are playing the martyr it is because you want to. Martyrdom is always a self-appointed role. Give yourself a gift and resign from the role now. As the old saying goes, “Get off the cross – we could do with the wood.”

Filled with Gratitude

One of my favorite exercises for this time of year is called “100 Gratitudes.” The idea is to compile a list of gratitudes from the past year. A typical list includes specific special experiences, friendships, successes, gifts, lessons, and also difficult times you have grown through. Your “100 Gratitudes” helps to spread the spirit of thanksgiving across the whole year. It may also help you to think about what is important for the year to come.

This can be a powerful practice to identity what truly inspires you and lights up your life. Why not revisit an inspiring book, or watch a favorite movie, or book a short retreat? Every December I re-read A Christmas Carol, and I watch It’s a Wonderful Life. I also sit with some of my favorite meditations from A Course in Miracles. It’s time to bring in the light.

Gift of Forgiveness

Christmas is a time for relationships. It’s a chance to give thanks for your friendships. It’s also a time to heal old wounds and to restore love to its proper place. Be warned, if your relationships have not received the necessary love and attention from January to November, don’t expect days of carefree bliss in December! That said, it is never too late to build a bridge, to say, “I’m sorry,” to show your love, and to give your most important relationships your best attention.

Forgiveness captures the real essence of Christmas and many other spiritual festivals held at this time of year. Try this Forgiveness Prayer: Dear God, I declare today a day of Amnesty in which I gladly volunteer to hand in all of my resentments and grievances to You. Please help me to handle well all of the peace that must inevitably follow. Amen. Forgiveness is a gift you give that sets YOU free. It helps you to release the past, to step into the present, and to create a happier future.

Be a Light

The holiday season is a time to celebrate the coming of light. For this reason, I encourage you to be a light for people at this time of year. For some people this will be their first Christmas since a bereavement, a separation, or a divorce. There are also people in your life who will be spending Christmas alone this year. The holiday season is a precious opportunity to deepen your commitment to being a truly loving presence in the world.

A note of caution: undoubtedly, we will all have some difficult moments over the holiday season. It’s hard to stay cheerful when you’ve burnt the mince pies, the poppers don’t pop, the dog has chewed the mistletoe, and someone is refusing to wear a paper hat because “It’s silly.” Not all your plans and wishes will come true this Christmas.

Whatever happens, resolve to keep your sense of humor. Remember, blessed are they who can smile at themselves for they will never cease to be amused.

One last thing: Make a point of saying “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Holidays” to the shop assistants, the bus drivers, and everyone else who serve you. It sounds obvious, but many of us forget. Saying “Merry Christmas” is a blessing that will help you to remember the spirit of the season. Christmas is, after all, a time for love and goodwill – and in this respect it is like every other day in the year. Merry Christmas!

A new vision for the future

I claim high self-worth and self-esteem for myself. I love and appreciate myself on every level. I am not my parents, nor any addictive pattern they may have had. No matter what my past may have been, now in this moment I choose to eliminate all negative self-talk and to love and approve of myself. I am my own unique self, and I rejoice in who I am. I am acceptable, lovable, and Divinely inspired.

This is the truth of my being, and I accept it as so. All is well in my world.

Messages of Hope

Tempers flare, passions rise
In the heat of anger.
Healing wounds should be your goal
Whenever there is rancor.

There is no need for enmity,
No sense in feeling hate.
So patch up all your differences
Before it is too late.

For love’s a very precious thing,
The most treasured gift you’ve got.
And when you waste your time with hate
You wither on the spot.

Your time on earth is very short,
Oft measured just in hours.
So spend it exercising love–
The strongest of your powers.

Hate and fear will weigh you down,
But love it has no weight.
You’ll feel the lightness of the air
When you do banish hate.

So pack your bags.
The trip you’re on has many twists and turns.
But joyous is the journey
For he who this lesson learns:

Love’s the only thing that’s real.
It lies there at your core.
Your job’s to bring it to the light
And shine forever more.

A day for letting go

Make the most of the present day.

Each day, we can ask for and accept the healing energy of God and the Universe. Open your hearts and let that energy flow to you, through you, and on to others. When you live in the here-and-now, you can allow life to happen instead of trying to force outcomes. When you relinquish regrets over the past and fears about the future, you can truly make the most of each present day.

Here are 10 affirmations to help you let go and let life happen!

Accepting Change:

Today I will be open to the process of change. I will trust my Higher Power and believe that the place where I’ll be dropped off is better than the place where I was picked up. I know that change is necessary to take me wherever I need to go.

Loving Myself Unconditionally:

Today I will work at loving myself unconditionally. God, please help me let go of self-loathing and other unproductive behaviors. Today, God, I want to hold myself in high self-esteem. I know I can do so with Your help.

Releasing Fear:

Today I will ask God to help me let go of my need to be afraid. I welcome peace, trust, acceptance, and safety into my life. I will make a point of listening to my healthy, rational fears, and will relinquish all the others.

Taking Risks:

Today I will ask God to help me begin to take healthy risks. I will ask for assistance in letting go of my fear of failure . . . and success. I will ask for help in fully living my life so that I can start experiencing all the wonderful parts of my journey.

Taking Time for Meditation and Prayer:

Today I will take a moment for meditation and prayer. I know that I’m a creation of God, and He loves me. God, through meditation and prayer, I have faith that I will hear You when You talk to me, and You will listen when I talk to You.

Apologizing:

Today I will try to be clear and healthy in my apologies, taking responsibility for my own actions and nobody else’s. I will seek God’s help in figuring out what I truly need to apologize for, and I will do so without reservation.

Focusing on Peace:

Today I will focus on a peaceful pace, rather than a harried one. I will keep moving forward gently, not frantically. I will let go of my need to be anxious and upset and will replace these feelings with calmness and harmony.

Allowing Things to Happen:

Today I will let things happen without worrying about the significance of each event. I will trust that this will bring about my growth faster than running around with a microscope. I will have faith that my lessons will reveal themselves in their own time.

Practicing Gratitude:

Today I will practice gratitude. I will get in the habit of saying thank you, even for the “problems” in my life, because these challenges are valuable lessons I can learn from. Gratitude is the key that turns problems into blessings, and the unexpected into gifts.

Trusting God:

Today I will ask my Higher Power to send me His best, and I will trust that all that is good will come to me. I will remember that sometimes we don’t get what we want because God has something infinitely better in store for us.

Pharmaceutical Terrorism

Pharmaceuticals are now being consumed and flushed down the toilet in such huge quantities that they’ve become a threat to the environment. The synthetic chemicals that make up modern medicines end up in the toilet in two different ways: 1) By passing through the body of the patient taking them. 2) Being flushed down the toilet as a way of disposing them. Pharmaceutical companies actually encourage people to flush unused or “expired” drugs down the toilet to get rid of them. (This encourages the sales of more, newer drugs.)

The EPA has begun to study this problem, and initial testing has found pharmaceuticals and personal care product chemicals in 80 percent of the rivers in the United States. Nearly all municipal water supplies are also contaminated with detectable levels of antidepressants, painkillers and HRT drugs, and water treatment facilities have no method of removing such chemicals. Pharmaceuticals no doubt play a role in the “dead zones” now being found in the ocean, usually where rivers empty into ocean waters.

The bottom line is that pharmaceuticals are a threat to the environment. Drug companies, of course, pretend this problem doesn’t exist. They hope that if they ignore it long enough, the problem will go away. The public is just barely waking up to this enormous new threat to personal and planetary health, and at this point, few people have connected to the dots between skyrocketing pharmaceutical consumption and accelerating ecological harm.

I chose to highlight this issue in this CounterThink cartoon by imagining that terrorists might try to poison the water supply by urinating in it after taking prescription medications. Poisoning the water supply, of course, is one of the default terrorism schemes often mentioned in fiction novels, Hollywood movies or official anti-terrorism plans. From a terrorist’s point of view, the water supply is a smart target because a single point of contamination can impact potentially millions of people. The distribution system is already in place, and lots of people still drink water from the tap (I have no idea why, but they do).

I regretfully used the typical “terrorist” clothing here only as a way to create a visual connection with the expectation of terrorism in the minds of most Americans. The truth is, terrorists don’t really dress like they just walked out of a Middle Eastern desert. Most terrorists wear business suits, and if you define a terrorist as someone who engages in the harm or the threat of harm of human beings in order to achieve a political goal, then the worst terrorists of all are the politicians running the FDA, who have indirectly killed over half a million Americans since 9/11 by using tools of terrorism: Threats, intimidation, disinformation, censorship and worse. (It’s all part of the FDA’s effort to silence the truth about the healing power of nutrition and herbs while pushing a pro-pharma agenda that kills Americans while enriching drug companies.)

Speaking of terrorists, dumping fluoride into public water supplies is an act of terrorism, too. In any sane world, it would be a violation of federal law, but in the United States and many other countries, dumping a known toxic chemical into the water supply is somehow considered part of some “public safety” program.

It’s interesting to note that the chemical used in fluoridation — fluorosilicic acid — is a toxic waste product collected by the pollution scrubbing devices used in chemical fertilizer production processes. It is an EPA-registered hazardous waste chemical, and it’s illegal to dump it into any water supply unless, of course, it is falsely labeled “fluoride” and dripped into municipal water supplies at the behest of crazed dentists who have, for decades, claims that poisoning the population with fluorosilicic acid somehow reduces cavities.

Real terrorists are no threat at all compared to what conventional dentists, doctors and ignorant public health officials do to harm the U.S. population through mass fluoridation practices (which should really just be called what they are: Attempts at chemical genocide). If our nation were really interested in fighting a war against terrorism, we should first arrest all the people dumping poisons into our water supply, don’t you think? And guess what? Those people aren’t dressed in sand rags. They’re white, upper-income Americans who wear business suits and claim — with a straight face — that exposing the public (including babies, infants and the elderly) to known toxic chemicals is good for their teeth.

Any real fight against terrorism should start by rounding up the pro-fluoride dentists, doctors and bureaucrats and charging them with crimes against humanity. Or, better yet, punishing them by making them drink the same chemicals they’ve been making everybody else drink: Lock ’em up and spike their water with high levels of fluorosilicic acid, just to give them a literal dose of their own medicine. We’d all be a lot safer with these people off the streets anyway, and if this chemical is as safe as they all claim it to be, they shouldn’t be harmed by drinking it, right?

In any case, the bottom line on this issue is that your drinking water is simply not safe for human consumption. Add up all the chlorine, rocket fuel chemicals, pharmaceuticals, fluoride and all the other chemicals and heavy metals found in the water, and you have a recipe for widespread mental problems: Learning disabilities, insanity, passive / aggressive behavior, depression and much more. It’s no coincidence that if you take a look around the United States these days, this is what you see among the population. Apparently, too many people are still drinking the water.

America is headed for a health care implosion. It wouldn’t be the first time a civilization was nearly brought to its knees by poisons in the water, by the way. Remember lead poisoning in the aqueducts that poisoned Rome and brought down the Roman Empire? The American Empire seems near its final days, too, and we’re so stupid today that we actually consciously ADD poison to the water (at least in Rome it was an accident).

The American Empire will ultimately be one of the shortest-lived in world history, and when future historians look back at what went wrong, they’ll no doubt take a very close look at the water supply and wonder how the American leaders could so blatantly allow the waters to be poisoned with medications, industrial chemicals and toxic additives. The America we know today will make absolutely no sense to people living a hundred years from now… assuming there’s anybody who survives the toxic chemical onslaught of 1950 – 2050.

Be warned: Don’t drink the water around here. Filter it or buy it bottled, but don’t swallow all the chemicals that governments and corporations are trying to shove down your throat. And if you’re interested in actually protecting the planet and saving the environment, don’t consume medications. They’re poison in your body, and they’re poison in the environment.

You cannot be pro-environment and taking prescription drugs at the same time. The two are mutually exclusive. If you really want to protect the environment, get off your meds!

FDA Ministry of Truth

As clear-thinking people, natural health consumers sometimes look at the actions of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and wonder what planet its decision makers seem to be from. It’s like the FDA is living in a completely different world than the rest of us — a world where nutrients are dangerous, but synthetic chemicals are perfectly safe for human consumption.

In fact, the idea that FDA bureaucrats and modern medicine promoters are living in a different reality is not far from the truth. I my view, FDA decision makers have no connection with reality. They’re simply operating on a system of false beliefs and circular reasoning that justifies their efforts to protect Big Pharma profits by exploiting, misleading and directly harming the public.

Have you ever wondered what rules and beliefs actually drive FDA decisions in that alternate reality? As a service to NewsTarget readers, I’ve assembled a few in this article. These are the rules that define the dogma of modern “scientific” medicine and pharmacology marketing. These rules are followed by FDA bureucrats, drug company executives, psychiatrists, doctors, hospitals and everyone who’s currently profiting from the failed system of medicine operating in the United States today.

These rules, by the way, are no joke. This is not a satire piece. This is a serious exploration of the beliefs under which much of modern medical science operates today. Once you read these and understand just how deeply they are embedded in the minds and actions of conventional medicine operatives today, you’ll realize the magnitude of the medical collapse (and the related population collapse) that now awaits modern civilization. There is nothing in these rules that respects life, nature, compassion or humility. It’s all about the power of man over nature, arrogance, control, exploitation and self delusion.

The 26 beliefs that drive modern medicine and the FDA

All herbs are dangerous and might kill you.
Vitamins and dietary supplements are not only useless; they’re so dangerous that they should be regulated or banned.
The only thing more dangerous than dietary supplements is allowing the public to have access to accurate information about dietary supplements. To maintain control, the public must be kept ignorant of the medicinal uses of all substances other than patented chemicals.
Most diseases are caused by pharmaceutical deficiencies and can only be treated with pharmaceutical supplementation.
Botanicals interfere with pharmaceuticals, not the other way around. There is no such thing as a pharmaceutical that interferes with an herb.
Scientific progress is measured by the degree to which man dominates nature.
Free speech should only be protected for drug companies, not nutritional supplement companies.
The 300+ synthetic chemicals now found in the blood of nearly everyone are completely harmless and have no negative health effects.
The FDA is incapable of making mistakes, and therefore, drug companies should be granted full immunity against consumer lawsuits surrounding the injuries and deaths caused by FDA-approved pharmaceuticals. It is impossible for an FDA-approved drug to cause the death of anyone, because the FDA is infallible.
There is no need to safety test chemicals used in cosmetics and personal care products because the skin doesn’t absorb chemicals. Unless, of course, we’re talking about transdermal drug delivery products like the anti-smoking patch, in which case the skin readily absorbs chemicals.
Nature cannot be trusted. All herbs must be “standardized” to be safe. And even then, they’re still useless.
Phytochemicals only act in isolation. Scientists can understand the physiological action of plant chemicals by isolating them, synthesizing them, and testing them one by one. There is no such thing as “synergistic action” with phytochemicals.
The only use for plant chemicals is to serve as ideas from which drug companies can synthesize patented drugs. Phytochemicals (phytonutrients) have no inherent value and their use for preventing, treating or curing any disease should be outlawed and stripped from modern civilization’s knowledge base.
Shamans, medicine women, herbalists, midwives and healers are all engaged in quackery based on superstition or voodoo.
There is no such thing as bioenergy, intuition, mind-body medicine, quantum physics or therapeutic touch. The entire universe operates only on the physical and chemical levels. There is nothing beyond those two levels yet to be discovered or explored.
We already know everything there is to know. No new discoveries are necessary, nor are any paradigm shifts in scientific medicine. It is important that we all reject any new ideas or beliefs that threaten our existing ideas or beliefs.
Drug corporations should be protected because they have the best interests of the general public in mind. The future health of the entire world depends on the research being conducted right now by drug companies.
Americans are lucky to pay the highest prices in the world for medication. Everyone else has to settle for “bargain” pricing, but Americans get the honor of knowing their dollars help fund the shareholder profits of the world’s wealthiest corporations, all of which deserve unlimited financial riches because they are saving the world from disease.
Drugs from Canada are so dangerous that they cannot be allowed to be touched or swallowed by superior Americans. Canadian drugs might be suitable for exporting to third world nations, but not to America.
The best way to help consumers is to control them by limiting their options and minimizing their access to information that might confuse them.
Nutrition has no role in human health. Any talk about healing with nutrition is quackery.
The human body is incapable of healing itself. Health can only be enhanced through chemical or surgical intervention. Patients have no role in determine their own health outcome.
“Science” is whatever we say it is.
Anything that disagrees with our definition of science is “unscientific.”
The “Scientific Method” is the process by which we decide what is science.
Conflicts of interest don’t count if we all mean well.

What’s really interesting about these beliefs is that they stand in direct conflict to reality. In reality, for example:

• The human body is naturally biocompatible with foods and medicines from nature.

• Pharmaceuticals interfere with normal human physiology and inevitably cause harm.

• Medicinal plants operate through synergistic action that cannot be understood by isolating and studying their chemical constituents.

• Nature has infinite wisdom; man remains utterly ignorant of the wisdom available in the universe.

• The universe is energetic, not merely chemical or physical, and all things are energetically connected.

• The mind controls the body; beliefs become reality in the tissue.

… and so on. We could add substantially to this list, but you get the idea. Isn’t is fortunate that the universe doesn’t operate from the FDA’s distorted viewpoint?

In time, by the way, our system of modern medicine will cease to exist. No system of medicine based on beliefs that contradict reality has any future.