Should the U.S. Be More Than One Country?

So throughout this election it seems like we are two different countries with two different sets of values — especially fundamental values. It is shocking to me that we cannot spend this time to think about the underlying principals that unite us — instead we fight like animals (sorry animals, I guess it’s more like humans) to make one side right, the other wrong — so half the country wins and half the country loses.

If we are really so divided why don’t we split into two or more separate countries? I’m just not sure I see the point in compromising. I don’t see the conservative viewpoint as any less valid than the liberal. I do see huge differences — and perhaps we should go our separate ways and be able to practice government in the way each side wants it?

Sometimes the fighting and bickering just doesn’t seem worth it. Why not just let everyone have what they want?

I am wondering if anyone else has ever thought about this?

Mindfulness

Are we aware of what we are doing? Do we examine our thoughts and feelings? Or do we sleepwalk through life like programmed robots, doing mindless activities and bouncing from envy to frustration, from elation to anger, from adoration to resentment.

Do we say what we mean? Does everything we do and say reflect our true intentions? Do our actions enhance our lives and the lives of others in a meaningful way?

We can break the bonds of our programming and conditioned responses by being aware of our actions, thoughts and emotions, without judgment.The light of awareness reprograms our lives and allows us to live inalignment with our true selves. Stale beliefs fall away, and peace,love and joy enter our lives.

Traditionally, in Japanese culture, people are mindful of every activity they do. They put their full attention to whatever they are doing and try to make it as perfect

The Ethics of Manifestation

Another incredible day in the Universe!

As you become more aware of the magic that surrounds you in every breath, the slightest coincidence can have deep and profound effects on you. A bird hovering in the breeze, the shapes in the clouds, an overheard snippet of conversation can all be clues to finding happiness.

Recently, I overheard a heartbreaking statement from a truly wonderful person… "I just checked my bank balance and I could have cried." I gave my attention and intention to this persons predicament and wished I was in a position to help.

Over the next 4 hours my situation changed and I’m now in a position to help this person.

I don’t know if this a conflict between soul and ego, but many questions have raised their ugly head; If you have wished something for someone and the wish manifests in your own hands, how can you deal with the awkwardness of giving? Is giving unconditionally always the right thing to do? How can I explain to someone that the gift I have is a manifestation of a wish?

I’ve asked my heart how it feels about this and get a mixed response. My intentions are good and this feels strangely miraculous.

Views anyone?

Is Eating After 5 PM Bad?

Why is eating after 5:00 PM such a "miserable idea?"
-from Sara in Santa Monica, CA

Not eating after 5:00 PM, or 8:00 PM, or whatever o’clock you subscribe to, is based on the idea that you don’t want to give your body a whole lot of fuel in the late hours when you are settling down and getting ready for sleep. The logic is that the fuel won’t be used because nighttime is your most inactive time of day. The fear is that the extra fuel will be stored as fat.

Though I agree with the logic to a certain degree, my biggest problem with this whole thing is that it completely neglects your body’s constantly changing energy needs. You may not get hungry after 5:00 PM today, but you might get hungry after 5:00 PM tomorrow. What if you don’t get up until 11:00 AM? Are you really only going to eat until 5:00 PM, and then go hungry into the wee hours of the morning?

If your body is truly hungry, you should feed it. If it’s almost bedtime, don’t feed it a steak. Try something like a glass of milk, a handful of almonds, or an apple with some peanut butter on it. You’re not looking to feast; you’re just looking to not be hungry anymore.

As I describe in my book, Your Fat, you’ll be skipping a "meal" while you’re sleeping, maybe two. The longer you go hungry, the deeper you will go into a conservation mode that has a pretty significant effect on your body

My Intent for the Hurricane Ike Victims

My younger brother Bobby is a firefighter who was deployed to the Texas gulf region, which has been devastated by Hurricane Ike. As fun loving as he is, Bobby is also a quiet soul. He helps bring peace, calm, and strength to any situation. As a matter of fact, my family didn’t know that he was there participating in the search and rescue team until he emailed us a photo titled "In Texas." (Note: My brother is featured in photo #25, wearing the blue hat, standing in front on the right side of the photo.)

When San Diego was hit by the wild fire, the city was at a total stop. Tens of thousands were displaced, living in shelters and not knowing when they could return home. Homes disappeared in seconds. And now, Hurricane Ike has created havoc by displacing over 30,000 people, 2 million without electricity and killing at least 40 people. The search and rescue teams are continually rescuing thousands who have been trapped by the flooding.

My intention is safety and well being for those affected by Hurricane Ike and also for all those who are helping turn a horrific situation into something positive.

My Intent for This Week…

So we’re really trying at home with our teachable moments strategy and I think it’s actually working. This morning, as I lay in bed and listened to my husband negotiating the various morning activitites with our son (yes I got to sleep in a little!), I realized that absent were the usual outbursts and tantrums that normally constitute our morning routine.

Our committment to focusing on the positive and using those more trying moments as an oppportunity to teach him something new — well, so far he’s responding to it really well.

So with that in mind, I’d like to congratulate my husband on a heroic job so far and set a new intention for the coming week.

 

Big Bang Never Happened

"Something cannot be created from nothing" is the main thrust of the theories presented by cosmologists/scientists at the Crisis in Cosmology Conference (CCC) held at Port Angeles, Washington from September 8 through 12, 2008. The conference was attended by more than fifty scientists from across the world.
The Big Bang theory asserts that the universe was born out of nothing with a massive explosion at the beginning of time — about 13.7 billion years ago — and has been continuously expanding since then. Scientists attending the Port Angeles conference dispute that idea.
I was an invited speaker at the conference and presented my paper on the Holistic Relativity (HR) theory that explains the scientific observations of the universe and resolves the outstanding paradoxes of the Big Bang cosmology and quantum theories. Other scientists also demonstrated inadequacies of the Big Bang theory and proposed alternative approaches to describe the universe.
The Holistic Relativity theory has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Physics Essays. It will also be published in the upcoming proceedings of the Crisis in Cosmology conference that was sponsored by the Alternative Cosmology Group, International Academy for Cosmological Studies, Virtual Institute for Rational Astrophysics, and Meta Research.
The following fundamental scientific criteria were proposed for a valid cosmology theory consistent with the observed universe:
1. Something cannot be created from nothing.
Any cosmology theory that creates matter or energy out of nothing is in fundamental violation of the basic laws of conservation. There are no miracles such as the one implied by the misconceived Big Bang theory of instant creation from an absolute nothingness.
2. Nothing can exceed the speed of light.
The Big Bang theory mandates a superluminous (exceeding the speed of light) inflationary expansion following the presumed creation of the Big Bang universe at time zero. This is in straightforward violation of the maximum speed limit allowed by the theory of relativity. Non-locality implied by quantum mechanics can be explained by HR without exceeding the speed of light limit.
3. Time cannot be a controlling parameter determining the beginning or evolution of the universe.
According to the relativity theory, time is only a relative parameter in the frame of reference of matter and not an absolute universal parameter. A clock only ticks in matter that represents no more than 4 percent of the universe. The remaining 96 percent is unknown dark energy and dark matter. The earthly time or clock of the classical world does not in any way represent a unique universal time or clock. As Einstein said,

Fighting HIV in Rwanda

I’ve just returned from my first visit to Rwanda, where (RED) funds have been hard at work. A friend once told me that Rwanda either breaks your heart or fills you with hope. I came away hopeful.

Here’s why:

In May 2006, Rwanda became the first country to receive (RED) money through the Global Fund. The announcement was made at a press conference in Kigali by Bono and Richard Feachem, the then-Executive Director of the Fund. In those days, just 28 months ago, up to six people shared single beds in Kigali Hospital’s HIV/AIDS wards. Conditions were so bad that visiting the Kigali wards was itself a health risk. As Bono said at the time, the conditions were "obscene."

In the two-plus years since that announcement, the Global Fund has wired more than $22 million of (RED) money to Rwanda. Last week, I visited the same clinic — the Treatment Research and AIDS Center (or TRAC) — to witness, first hand, the impact of that funding. The effect has been transformational.

We walked through TRAC wards to see that adults and children no longer share beds. Increased funding for HIV/AIDS has allowed TRAC’s Director, Dr Anita Asiimwe, to lighten case loads by referring clients to other clinics closer to homes, where they are able to receive follow-up care and antiretroviral medication. TRAC is clean, well-staffed and well-managed.

Later, we visited a young woman named Denyse at her home in Kigali. Bono first met her in May of 2006. At that time, Denyse was in the pediatric hospital, emaciated, almost skeletal from AIDS. She’s now ten, healthy and doing well in school. Her mom, Esperance, and father, Dennis, can hardly contain their joy at having their daughter’s future restored.

In 2007, Dr Agnes Binagwaho, the Executive Secretary of the National Commission for the Fight Against HIV/AIDS in Rwanda, described (RED) as the "middle piece" to Rwanda’s economic development. She explained that before (RED), she and her colleagues weren’t sure if additional funds would be available to support HIV and AIDS work. They were worried that what they had built would crumble if money dried up. But, as she said, "(RED) monies ensured the sustainability of Rwanda’s efforts. (RED) brought the positive energy back, allowing creativity and innovation to flow again." It was the middle piece "upon which we could place the next floor of upwards progress."

Rwanda has seen true horror and unimaginable suffering. The genocide in 1994 saw an estimated 1,000,000 people slaughtered in 100 days — ten thousand people a day. This history makes Rwanda’s ambition to have a middle-class economy by 2020 all the more impressive and all the more daunting. (RED) money is helping the country achieve its healthcare goals, which in turn enables the Government to embark upon an equally impressive and ambitious economic growth strategy.

Some of their results so far:

In 2003, when the first Global Fund grant was made to Rwanda, 5 percent of the population was HIV-positive, while 11.6 percent of pregnant women were testing positive for HIV in antenatal clinics in 2002. By the end of 2003, 22,000 people had died from AIDS and 160,000 children between the ages of 0 to 17 had been orphaned as a result of the pandemic1.

That HIV prevalence rate is now down to 3 percent for adults amongst Rwanda’s 9 million inhabitants. Among the recent improvements in Rwanda’s HIV response is the expansion of services for preventing HIV transmission from mothers to children. In addition, more male partners are attending prevention of mother-to-child transmission services with their wives and girlfriends. According to one study, the percentage of men doing so increased from 9 percent in 2003 to 74 percent at the end of 20062.

Rwanda has achieved the highest coverage of any low-income country in 2007 for both antiretroviral therapy (71 percent up from 1 percent in 2003) and prevention of mother-to-child transmission (55 percent). This increased coverage has been aided by a 40-fold increase in the number of antiretroviral treatment (ART) sites across the country3 and (RED) can take some of the credit for helping the Government.

When people ask me what I do at (RED), I tell them that we are trying to build a sustainable brand that translates easily for consumers. If you buy an Apple (PRODUCT)RED iPod nano, for the same price as a "regular" Apple iPod nano, $10 goes directly to the Global Fund. If one million people buy the (PRODUCT)REDversion, then $10 million goes directly to the Global Fund. The same basic math applies to all of our other "Partner products" from Gap t-shirts to Hallmark greeting cards to Dell computers to Windows software.

It is one thing to describe our business model. It is quite another to see its impact. I’ve seen the impact in Rwanda. What (RED) asks everyone to do is consider the (RED) choice when that purchase option presents itself. You can visit our website to see all of our partner products.

1 UNAIDS, 2004

2 UNAIDS Epidemic Update 2007

3 2008 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic

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