Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A Role of Emotions

It's not surprising that many of us believe emotion is somehow antagonistic to thinking. The notion that the best thinking occurs in the cool clear light of reason, high above the distraction and messiness of emotion. It has influenced our culture in this way, particularly in the area of education.

People make distinctions between thought and emotion in the same way they make distinctions between the mind and body. However, despite our deeply ingrained assumptions, these distinctions don't actually exist. Body, thought and emotion are intimately bound together, and function as a whole unit to enrich our knowing. And research is helping to explain how and why rich emotional development is essential for understanding relationships, rational thought, imagination, creativity and even the health of the body.

All of our emotional/cognitive processing appears to be biochemical. How we feel about a situation triggers specific neurotransmitters. Objectively speaking, to the mind/body, every experience is simply an event. The way we choose to perceive that event, colored by our emotions, determines our response to it and our potential for learning from it.

The natural processes of life is now understood to be essential to learning, creative thought, emotions and it's time to consciously bring them back into every aspect of our lives. And realize, as I have, that something this simple and natural can be the source of miracles.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Poetry Emotion: Wendy's Window Opens Again

Relentlessly she tossed

Waiting for the boy in green

Still not accepting

He was nothing but a dream

Like a rose the moon bloomed

As the frozen landscape slurred

Streetlamps gathering sounds

... But the mists kept them blurred

A silence same to the houses

Where the English soundly slept

But Wendy heard the noise

As the snow melt sadly wept

Like a raven in a poem

Came on her glass a tapping

She tossed away her covers

Knowing it was happening

At the window a shadow hunkered

Shivering in the chill

But the frost had not taken

The strength of her will

"Wendy," the shadow whispered,

"Are you ready to fly?"

"There is no need whatsoever"

"To bid your parents a last goodbye."

"Who are you?" she asked

"And then I'll ask no more."

"I am the key," Peter answered.

"And I am your Door."

"Let us go to a place,"

He said with a smile.

"I never believed in Destiny,"

"But for you I will awhile."

Copyright 2012  Edward Randall Arriaga

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Poetry Emotion: The Lost Boy's Secret Council

Peter slept deeply that morning

Neverland's sun rising high

The Lost Boy's called a council

Asking desperate questions why

Tinker sat as the chairman

... Their hope she had took

Though no boundary surrounded them

They were pages in her book

Tink took the stage with laughter

Glowing like a flower in bloom

She said, "Boys we have gathered,

To watch Peter seal our doom."

The boy Justice spoke swiftly

"Of what end do you speak?"

he was answered by Prudence

"It's the girl Peter seeks."

"He has lost his sense of a place,"

"That Indians and mermaids do share."

"This girl comes to our Neverland,

"From a place that is Neverthere."

Copyright 2012  Edward Randall Arriaga
Image: Thomas Kinkade Signature Gallery

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Poetry Emotion: Where The Lost Boys Dwell

Peter landed deftly
Upon hills rolling swirls
Around him gathered Lost Boys
Who threw their arms around the world

The Pan they had proclaimed him
In the trees they gladly dwelt
High above the earth they slept soundly
But on that earth they now knelt

Clothed in skins of nature
They never stood alone
They found it's not brick that builds a house
But blood that builds a home

A cheer rose noisily
As he and the golden fairy descended
Then they cried tears of joy
Fearing their leader's time had been ended

It was Orion who first questioned
While Tinker smirked with glee
"Peter, why have you been leaving?"
"Who is it that you see?"

Peter hung his head
Like a flower that has withered
Tinker then did answer
As a snake that did slither

She said, "Peter has a dilemma,
"And in this your part does not play,
"You live here in Neverland,
"While Peter flirts away."

The Lost Boys looked about in confusion
While the trees grew more shade
Tinker held a laugh inside
Until Pan showed of what he was made

"I will tell you, O' brothers mine,"
"I have gone to see a girl."
"She breathes the air in a land of fools,"
"I intend to bring her here."

Copyright 2012  Edward Randall Arriaga
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Monday, April 9, 2012

Poetry Emotion: The Resurrection of Peter Pan

He sat cross legged and shivering

A London winter blowing cruel

As Tinker spiraled round... and round

Telling him he was a fool

She spouted words brashly

Unleashing her deceit

He knew a fairy's fury

And knew the sleeping girl's Belief

His young heart had no idea

Of what kept him always true

But Tinker loved him dearly

And never told him that she knew

As Peter watched her sleeping

The wind grew less cold

He knew that this girl Wendy

Would help his youthfulness unfold

Despite Tink’s best efforts

He tapped upon the glass

His knuckles leaving marks

That for a reason seemed to last

The girl Wendy stirred softly

Then awakened like one ordained

But there was no surprise in her eyes

Seeing Peter on her pane

He said, "I can take your hand with certainty

And fly you to a star

I’ll take a right and follow it

To land that isn’t far"

"I know it’s hard to trust," he said

One who can truly fly

But those who are frightened by our wings

Will never reach the sky"

Wendy heard the truth

And did not care if it was a dream

She thought, If all dreams are like this one

Then nothing is as it seems

As Wendy came to the window

Tinker swam about Peter's head

Bickering and wrangling

Of a decision he would dread

The fairy's voice meant nothing

As he watched Wendy's hand

Flip the latch that would lead his heart

Into the Promised Land...

"Who are you, little boy?"

"With clothes so bizarre?"

And though it's dark outside,

"You glow like a star."

Peter could not help but smile

The fairy's shine still aglow

"I am the Pan," he grinned

"And there's a place you need to know."

Tinker wheeled in fury

Scolding him with pride

Peter whispered, "Tink your breath is wasted,"

"On what I feel inside."

Wendy took Peter's hand

Despite her gown and the cold

"Are you ready?" Peter asked

"To never grow old?"

© Copyright 2012 Edward Randall Arriaga
*Image by the artwork of Brom all Rights reserved

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Poetry Emotion


Sit still and disengage normal activities.
Draw energy from the earth.,
Admit power from the heavens.
Fertilize the seed within.,
Let it sprout into a flower of pure light.
And let brightness open the top of your head:
Divine light will come pouring in.
Your mind is empty,
Light seeps into your whole body.
Sitting cross-legged, with hands clasped,
As if trying to embrace the brilliant flood,
Your skin turns transparent.
How can a bag of skin hold divine magnitude?
Your last vestiges burn away in a torrent of infinity.
Only after indeterminate time do you return.
Flesh, blood, bones.
Were you gone? Or were you never here in the first place?
Where is the torrent? It is gone.,
You've only closed to it once more.
Meditate upon it later.

~ Robin Ann

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Something Sacred

Self Awareness

Awareness of our mental selves, our thoughts and feelings, awareness of awareness: We all know exactly what this means, even if none of us can describe it very well.

Neuroscience is still far from being able to explain how human self-awareness works, but some general ideas are gradually emerging. A key concept is that we are spectators to our own awareness. The fact that we take in, reflect, and encounter an I-ness is apparently at the core of religious experiences that we call mystical. Western traditions describe a sense of Immanence or Presence., Asian traditions variously describe states of Nirvana, of liberation, of living with the Tao. Albert Einstein underscores its centrality: "The most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mystical. It is the source of all true art. He whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as not fully living."

Throughout history, this experience has often been interpreted as the apprehension of the Divine within or the luminous Other, and they are actively sought in prayer and thought., Western traditions say that we are aware of a Spirit, that we are comprehended by something much larger, deeper, more valuable, and more enduring than ourselves and the infinite universe.

The encounter is truthfully inwardly, intensely personal, and described, if at all, with a halting tongue. In Asian traditions, the religious person seeks in meditation an emptying out, a receptivity, in order to experience an at-one-ness, a spiritual communion with the universe, Enlightenment.

So we raise our eyes to the heavens and we ask, Is this Other? Is this God? Is this the Perfection of Understanding? Or are these overwhelmingly powerful mental experiences, with Immanence a particularly intense form of Self-awareness, so that all else can penetrate? How can we tell? And then, does it matter?.. In the end it doesn't matter. All of us are transformed by our own Light. My response is to open myself to its blessing.

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Poetic Emotion

With your beautiful eyes, I see a gentle Light..

my blind ones could never see.,

One your feet, I bear a burden..

my lame ones could never bear.

With your wings, I fly though featherless.,

By your mind I'm lifted ever upward.,

At your whim, I pale or blush,

cold in the sun, warm in the cold of winter.

In your desire alone is my desire.,

my thoughts are forged in your heart,

my works are breathed in your breath.

Alone, I am like the moon, itself alone.,

our eyes see it in the heavens..

only as the sun enlightens it.

~ Michelangelo 1534

Reflection: ~

A metaphor my father seemed to like with thoughts on life itself: "Life is a coral reef. We each leave behind the best, the strongest deposit we can, so that the reef can grow. But what's important is the reef."

Original of Origin ~

Soem extract from reality, all the meaning and guidance and emotional substance that we can, and we bring these responses with us as we set out to chart global paths. And then we come back to our original of origin. Its better to see it all exactly like a tapestry.

The tapestry maker first strings the warp, - long, strong fibers anchored firmly to the loom, and then interweaves the weft, the patterns, the color, the art. The Epic of Evolution is the warp, destined to endure, commanding our universal gratitude. And then, after that, we are all free to be artists, to render in language and painting and song and dance our ultimate hopes and concerns and understandings of human nature.

Throughout the ages, the weaving of our weft had been the province of our prophets and gurus and poets and teachers. The texts and art that come to us from these revered ancestors includes about Nature, something that can be absorbed over 'time', appreciated, and founding deep wisdom embedded with abundant opportunities that is offered to experience transcendence and clarity.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Accept Yourself

As this begins today truly is perfect in all its unfolding. Observe with an open heart and mind. Listen, watch and stay receptive. Yes with what comes around us, to us but just as importantly what is within us. Observe ourselves, look deeper and all that we observe about ourselves accept and embrace. When we are open and willing to see a situation as it is and not try to place it in a particular interpretation or form we are allowing ourselves to shift not only our perception of what this is but how we respond and act upon it.

Take the time to digest and make our choices from a place of mindfulness and receptive to change. I am not speaking on being hesitant or uncertain in any way. It is on relearning how to trust ourselves and our choices by cultivating patience and coming from a place seeing a person, a place, a circumstance as they are. Watch the energies that come and our own as they are and when we do choose we act from a place of fuller understanding, wisdom and insight. This way we can move and act in a way that comes from our integrity and will full confidence.

This is especially true with change that we wish to see happen. Think of those areas that you wish to change. Are truly accepting ourselves in every way or do keep ourselves at a distance from what we wish to see change? Observe our actions, our reactions, our thoughts, our perceptions about ourselves.

Apart of the essence of this is being able to accept every part of who you are I do mean every part., even the parts that we may not find that acceptable. Approve and embrace who you are right now, in this moment., every aspect and be at peace with yourself even those parts of you that you want to change. The more open you are to accept the more you begin to integrate, adapt, evolve and yes the more you change.

You are no longer contending with yourself, arguing, fighting, at odds. You come to place of harmony in that choice you can observe and participate at the same time. Watch what unfolds, continue to give yourself unconditional acceptance and love and that, that Acceptance and Love, will transform every part of you and what magnificent and divine changes will occur.

You will be making choices and taking actions that flow from the root and seed of Unconditional Love and that is where everything germinates from. Be patient with yourself, be accepting of yourself and love yourself completely then watch and listen and See just how marvelous you truly are and the way you Shine deeply and brightly. :)

Friday, February 3, 2012

Believing Is Seeing

Intellectual awareness is a function of the solar plexus chakra, where mental ability is developed in a linear direction. Examples of linear thought include the performing of arithmetic and the operating of machinery. In this mode of consciousness, people have learned to develop a rigid discipline of “seeing is believing” in order to find what works and what doesn’t. With holistic awareness, the heart chakra is developed, allowing issues of separation to be resolved and integrated. Holistic awareness means that mind, body & spirit are seen as closely related facets of the human being. This heart-centered awareness is a viewpoint of integration or wholeness which heals the fears and discords that come with solar plexus consciousness.

There is a paradox with moving from linear intellect to heart-centered consciousness. While the intellectual phase of consciousness may say that “Seeing is believing,” the holistic phase requires quite the reverse. In holistic consciousness, opposites are often both true as they are seen as opposite sides of the same coin or as polar opposites of the same issue. Awareness that is limited to the intellect is subject to issues of separation; of us versus them, of struggling for resources that are perceived as scarce instead of solving the problem of their scarcity. Holistic awareness includes the idea that consciousness creates realities, that something must be created in consciousness – “believed” – before they can become a reality.

So, in holistic consciousness, “Believing is seeing” becomes a statement of truth, even though it is the opposite of “Seeing is believing.” Instead, it adds the understanding that reality is created by consciousness. We are not merely observers of what is. We create what is. Traditionally, people have entered a realm of holistic, heart-centered awareness when they pass on from this life. In the afterlife, their task is to heal the fears and hates of their physical lives and transform them into love and forgiveness, thus integrating themselves with others, rather than feeling separate from them.

Today, due to The Shift, more and more people are embracing holistic, heart-centered consciousness while still alive in physical bodies. As the heart is also the gateway to spiritual consciousness, this global movement is producing a revolution in spiritual unfoldment. Spiritual consciousness is flowering in the global consciousness of humanity as The Shift progresses. Today’s pioneers in consciousness are people just like yourself. They are exploring the new territory of unconditional love and experiencing a reunion with their own inner, spiritual connections.

The higher aspect of heart-centered consciousness is fully connected to your inner being, or soul. Your inner being is fully connected to the consciousness of the universe and to that which created the universe. Infinite Being is within each of us. We are Infinite Being. The daily focus that we apply to our five senses and their connection to the outside world is just like performing a part in a play. We act out the part of being us, along the general theme of the type of events that we planned for this life.

We ride along through the journey of this life, gaining the type of experiences that we planned to gain. When you open up to your heart, and through that, reconnect to your own spiritual source, then you have become a part of the very future of humanity. The Shift is heading towards a world where unconditional love and acceptance is normal, where strife is relegated to the distant past, where the true potential of human beings can express itself in the daily joy of being all that you are.

Owen Waters is the author of The Shift:
The Revolution in Human Consciousness, which is available as a downloadable e-book, at:

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Wisdom Emotion

On Love

A voice cannot carry the tongue and the lips that gave it wings. Alone must it seek the ether. And alone and without his nest shall the eagle fly across the sun.

How often have you sailed in my dreams. And now you come in my awakening., Which is my deeper dream. Ready am I to go, and my eagerness with sails full set awaits the wind. And then shall I come to you, a boundless drop to a boundless ocean.

For even as love is for your growth so is as it ascends to your height, and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun., So shall it descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth.

All these shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life's heart.

Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself. Love possesses not nor would it be possessed., For love is sufficient unto love. And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.

Love has no other desire but to fulfil itself.
But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:

To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love.,
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.,
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love's ecstasy.,
To return home at eventide with gratitude.,

And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.

Love one another, but make not a bond of Love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.

Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.

And stand together yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart.,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.

Copyright 1923 Kahlil Gibran
On Love., The Prophet
Alfred Knopf Publishing - Random House

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Do We Have The Power to Heal Ourselves?

Just for a moment, forget all we have been taught about evidenced based medicine and the hallowed halls of science today and just ponder for a few moments the possiblity of a world where we might not ever need a physician or healthcare provider or not ever need a doctor to write a prescription for a drug again. Could the ability to heal ourselves be locked in our DNA, like the lizards that lose their tail and grow a new one? Could this ability be lurking somewhere maybe even in what they refer to as ‘junk’ DNA? What about a world where we wouldn’t need to go to the local health food store to purchase an herbal preparation or a homeopathic remedy or have to endure the slings and arrows of all those negative nay-sayer types whom we all know so well who shoot down anything and everything that is deemed unscientific in the world of energy healing. Isn’t it amazing that it usually takes less than 100 years for todays absolute science to become tomorrows nonsense? A hundred years ago blood letting was the state of the art. If we only we had a crystal ball how many could be helped from suffering through treatments offered today that one day will be deemed harmful and even deadly. What if all healing could be done right inside of our own minds but we just don’t have the tools as of yet to know how to do it? Is it possible that it is there right inside of us and we just need to find the keys to unlock its secret door? What could this kind of magical self healing system open up? What would happen to Big Pharma and our current medical system if it was possible for us to heal ourselves? Would it ever even be allowed to exist, as most likely we would be able to access it for free?

Let’s explore something that is very much part of the 800-million dollar cost to bring a drug to market today; that little sugar pill known as the ‘placebo.’

Newtonian scientists who come from the world of “only matter matters,” find that natural remedies (unless they can stick natural ingredients like fish oil into a patented delivery system or process and make a drug with it) are for the most part described as having a ‘placebo effect.’ The same holds true when scientists look at Homeopathy, and other systems of healing based on an energy meridian system, such as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). It never fails that we will quickly hear the term ‘placebo effect’ thrown right back at us when these modalities are offered. We can just visualize the ‘usual suspects’ with their hands over their ears muttering ‘la la la’ if we were bold enough to suggest that somebody spend some of their millions on a really big study that could explore our inate ability to heal ourselves, could it ever happen? Probably not, as there has to be something financiallly beneficial for the folks who pay for the study and the doctors who get those lucrative grants to do it! If we could heal ourselves who would make a profit in corporate controlled America where that now famous 1% hold the wealth and power?

There is something going on right now that does seem to be shaking up the scientific troops a bit and that is the fact that Big Pharma has done an amazing job of keeping from ‘us,’ just how potent placebos actually are in the world of drug testing! Also just bear in mind that the third leading cause of death in the Western medical model is from allopathic medicine, this is referred to as ‘iatrogenic,’ meaning induced inadvertently by a physician or surgeon, or by a medical treatment or diagnostic procedure. Dr. Leape of the Harvard Medical School of Public health has stated brilliantly, “Medicine is a high risk industry, like aviation. But the chance of dying in an aviation accident is one in 2 million, while the risk of dying from a medical accident is one in 200!” Wow, I know of orthopaedic surgeons who tell their hip or knee replacement patients to take a permanent marker and mark which knee or hip is to be replaced in big block letters, so they don’t operate on the wrong leg!

While doing a bit of my research, I found it quite compelling to learn that for years these folks in the hallowed halls of Western Medicine have been protecting a dirty little secret weapon called the ‘placebo’ which causes what has been known for many years as the ‘placebo effect.’

In Wired Magazine, writer Steve Silberman, wrote an article in August of 2009 entitled, “Placebos Are Getting More Effective, Drugmakers Are Desperate to Know Why.” This is quite an eye-opening article. I find it amazing to think that Big Pharma has actually been worried about the lowly little placebo for a very long time and I thought it might be interesting to share a bit of it what is happening in order to take a serious look at it.

Many people do not even know where the term ‘placebo effect’ comes from. But in truth it can be traced to a little white lie, according to Silberman, who tells the story of an Army nurse during World War II in Italy who was assisting an anesthetist named Henry Beecher, who was caring for our US troops under German bombardment. When their morphine supply had trickled down to nothing, this nurse assured a wounded soldier, that he was getting a shot of a potent painkiller, though her syringe was loaded only with, saline solution (salt water). Amazingly, the bogus injection relieved the soldier’s excruciating pain and kept him from going into shock!

Beecher returned ultimately to Harvard and became one of the USA’s leading medical reformers. He was so inspired by the nurse’s clever ruse, that he launched a crusade to promote a method of testing new medicines to find out whether they were truly effective. At the time, the process for testing the efficacy of drugs was not very good. Pharmaceutical companies would simply give volunteers some experimental agent of some sort until the side effects would overcome the presumed benefits. Beecher proposed that if test subjects could be compared to a group that received a placebo (a sugar pill), health officials would finally have an impartial way to determine whether a medicine was actually responsible for making a patient better.

The placebo plot thickened; in a 1955 paper entitled “The Powerful Placebo,” which was published in “The Journal of the American Medical Association,” Beecher described how the ‘placebo effect’ had undermined the results of more than a dozen trials by causing improvement that was mistakenly attributed to the drugs being tested. He demonstrated that trial volunteers who got real medication were also subject to placebo effects; the act of taking a pill was itself somehow therapeutic, boosting the curative power of the medicine. Only by subtracting the improvement in a placebo control group could the actual value of the drug be calculated.

The article caused a sensation. By 1962, the news of birth defects caused by the drug, Thalidomide, and its tragic consequences were of such monumental proportions, they hit every front page of America’s Newspapers. The only silver lining of this horror story was that it caused Congress to amend the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, requiring trials to include enhanced safety testing and placebo control groups. Volunteers would be assigned randomly to receive either medicine or a sugar pill, and neither doctor nor patient would know the difference until the trial was over.

Beecher’s double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial—or RCT—was enshrined as the gold standard of the emerging pharmaceutical industry. Today, to win FDA approval, a new medication must beat placebo in at least two authenticated trials. The question now can be carefully posed…are they worth the paper they are printed on? Why you might ask? Because, even the color of the pills in these studies is at play; yellow is the best for antidepressants as it is like a little dose of sunshine, red pills provide a stimulating effect and give you a kick in the behind, green and perhaps even blue, add a bit of chill to the pill, and white are more soothing to the gut, particularly as an antacid even if they only contain lactose (milk sugar).

It also seems that more pills are better so that if you take your placebo several times a day you get better results and if your pills are embossed with a name brand like Tylenol, the name branding on them seems to make them work better than generic, even if the person offering the tablet to the user, says they are the same! Now how about that? Can we see the power that we each hold in our own belief systems!

It is true, that Beecher in fact did help to cure the medical establishment of its own brand of quackery, but it had a really big side effect – it cast the lowly little placebo as the villain in RCTs, and Beecher ended up stigmatizing one of his most important discoveries. The fact that even dummy capsules can kick-start the body’s recovery engine have now become a problem for drug developers to overcome, rather than a phenomenon that could guide doctors toward a better understanding of the healing process of our miraculous bodies and how to drive it most effectively into perhaps healing itself. Where would the ‘big bucks’ be in that?

Beecher just didn’t see the handwriting on the wall nor foresee, the explosive growth of the pharmaceutical industry. The blockbuster success of mood enhancing drugs in the ’80s and ’90s beefed up Big Pharma’s resolve to promote pharmaceutical drugs for a growing cache of mental disorders. One might also ask, which comes first the drug or the new disease or the condition to match it? Even Dr. Oz asked this question on National TV. The question however was not answered to anyones satisfaction when his show aired even though he pitted the Big Pharma ‘rep’ against his expert adversary. One can only ask, “whom shall guard the guardians” especially if they have the power to create the disease first and then the drug or vaccine to market as a treatment for it?

By attempting to dominate the central nervous system, Big Pharma gambled its future on treating ailments that have turned out to be particularly susceptible to the placebo effect. I’m so worried about their financial future, aren’t you? Excuse my sarcasm but when I see the millions of dollars spent on television commercials of epic proportion designed to make us ask our own doctors to give us the drugs we see advertised as if they are the latest ‘must have’ designer footwear, I get a little upset! But just let us dare to walk into our doctors with a new supplement and see how fast they will shoot that idea down in favor of the drug tested against a placebo. I really have to commend their creativity with the creation and marketing of Lovaza which is really just plain old fish oil with a twist and a huge price tag which medicare covers even for the greedy doctors who seem to be too cheap to buy their own supplements and instead take advantage of the system to get it for free!

What about all those clinical trials they wave around, you ask? Remember they don’t have to use the studies that don’t support their drugs, they can use just the ones that do and throw out all the others. It has been said that $100,000 can buy you any outcome ‘they’ want to get from a clinical trial because ‘they’ control whom the drug is tested on and who the placebo is tested on. Since when are any of us the same in a control study group? My cold or flu virus may be a lot different from yours. I might cough and you might have sinus congestion but yet we’d both get the same drug during the test period! And then we might ask, do drugs ever really cure anything or just palliate the symptoms? Remember the days of having a bladder infection and taking the drugs only to have the yeast infection two weeks later and then require another drug for that? We end up chasing symptoms around our body with multiple drugs, which interfere with each other causing more symptoms and so the cycle begins. We just keep palliating these symptoms until something much more catastrophic rears its ugly head..and then we wonder “why me?”

Why on Earth could it be that the Big Pharma boys are now so worried about placebo’s? Why is it that these inert sugar pills are suddenly overwhelming what they refer to as promising new drugs (promising only if you don’t listen to or read the side effects) and already established drugs alike? The reasons are only just beginning to be understood. A group of independent research experts have been for some time actually delving into this phenomena and uncovering the inner workings—and potential therapeutic applications—of the placebo effect. Can they patent a sugar pill with a special delivery system? I wonder!

You can bet on the fact that some drug makers are realizing they need to fully understand the mechanisms behind it so they can design specific trials that differentiate between any positive effects of their products (if indeed there are any) and our body’s precious ability to heal itself. A special task force was even initiated by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, by the time Silberman had written his article, which began seeking to stem this placebo vs. drug crisis by quietly undertaking one of the most ambitious data-sharing efforts in the history of the drug industry. After decades in the jungles of fringe science, the placebo effect has become, as Silberman states, “the elephant in the boardroom.”

Now a new term has been coined and that is known as ‘the placebo response,’ instead of ‘placebo effect.’ By definition, inert sugar pills have no effect, but under the right conditions they can act as a catalyst for the body’s ‘endogenous health care system.’ Like any other internal network, the ‘placebo response’ has limits. It can ease the discomfort of say chemotherapy, but can it stop the growth of a tumor? It also works in reverse to produce the placebo’s evil twin, the ‘nocebo effect.’ What on Earth is a ‘nocebo?” A nocebo works like this; men taking a commonly prescribed prostate drug who were informed that the medication may cause sexual dysfunction were twice as likely to become impotent.

There’s more to this tale; everything also depends on the messenger! If a particular doctor was optimistic that something would work it had a better chance of working. No wonder the phrase ‘don’t shoot the messenger’ was coined. Could the diagnosis/prognosis actually be the killer instead of the disease as the body processes its own death sentence?

These very same Newtonian (materialistic) scientists we’ve surrendered so much control to, are seeking ways to suppress and keep this information regarding the ‘placebo response’ quiet and unknown to the ‘pill popping’ public who are constantly told that anything outside the mainstream, such as alternative or natural medicine, is bogus. Please do note that they do seem always to be the first to use the argument of the ‘placebo effect’ to take down homeopathy, or even acupuncture and every other form of energy medicine or natural healing that calls upon the body to heal itself or even to nourish it…well of course they would, it’s so simple…homeopathic and/or acupuncture and other natural remedies, even whole food supplements cannot be patented and only that which can be patented makes Big Pharma their fortunes.

Western medical doctors and pharmaceutical makers take the approach that the living thing is the victim of its circumstances because it is just a collection of body parts and organ systems which are subject to mechanical breakdowns, like a car, due to circumstances outside the individuals control, maybe with the exception of obesity. Obese patients are always given a load of guilt even though ‘they pushed the so-called ‘pyramid’ diet for far too many years, which in turn pushed empty cereals and grains to the bottom and quality protein and healthy fat to the top! Remember how to fatten cattle? Just feed them lot’s of low fat grain! Turn the food pyramid upside down and actually lose weight in a healthy way because if you don’t they will try to sell you the lap band surgery!

Wouldn’t it be amazing to be consciously empowered with the knowledge that if we can get ourselves into a particular state of health we also can have the power to get ourselves out of it? If a sugar pill can work just because the Big Pharma folks in white coats tell people to take it and they will feel better and or get well, AND THEY DO, just think, what we could do for ourselves armed with access to just the right technique or belief system or even the perfect placebo or sugar pill, might we be able in the foreseeable future to heal ourselves? Now that is a healthy thought to ponder!