Material Wealth vs Spiritual Wealth: Is There A Contradiction?

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Gold Bitcoin

“Wealth is not everything, but it is better than one’s health. After all, it’s not as if you can go to the butcher and say, “Look what a beautiful tan I have, and not only that, but I never catch a cold!”, and expect him to wrap a fillet steak for you.” (Woody Allen)

According to recent statistics, 1% of the world’s population enjoys 55% of total goods consumed and earns as much as 99% of the world’s population (Source OXFAM, 2019). These data testify to the enormous imbalance between rich and poor on planet earth.

Defining wealth, however, can be deceptive; it is a very subjective concept because it is intrinsically linked to personal satisfaction.

The word “wealth” has many meanings, but most of them refer to having something in abundance. If we ask the same question to ten different people, we will get ten different answers: What Is Wealth To You?

  1. Hundred pairs of shoes by Christian Louboutin
  2. A garage full of Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Aston Martins.
  3. A villa by the sea in a tropical paradise
  4. A room full of Legos
  5. A long and healthy life
  6. A piece of Amazonian Forest
  7. A gigantic yacht
  8. A chocolate factory
  9. An open ticket to travel around the world
  10. A loving and happy family.

Different answers, but in all of them, wealth is linked to happiness. I am rich because I possess what makes me happy. Even the word happiness is difficult to define. For some people, happiness is an emotion, a positive subjective condition. For others, it is a sort of constant existential state of fulfilment. For others, being happy is having positive thinking. For the Dalai Lama, “Happiness is a combination of inner peace, economic viability and, above all, world peace.”

Therefore, to be rich, you have to fill your pockets and also your heart. There is a link between spiritual values and making money. This topic was extensively discussed in an iconic American book published in the 1930s: Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. It seems that this book is more relevant today than ever, as we live in an era of profound change and transition. In recent months, the lockdown has prompted many of us to ask ourselves questions, look inside and finally stop and think about things. This book takes us to an intimate dimension and states precisely that the generation of wealth is a product of the mind, which associates reasoning with imagination and tenacity.

Napoleon Hill tells the story of Edwin C. Barnes, who, one day, introduced himself to Thomas Edison to announce that he was about to become his business partner. He was given a second-rate assignment, but he decided not to consider himself one of the many cogs in the wheel and imagined he was the silent partner of the inventor; which in the end happened. Barnes sensed that the secret to success was a willingness to cut with the past so that he could not back down and return to a mediocre life.

We must pursue our goal and not worry if others consider our ideas “crazy”. Napoleon Hill quotes Guglielmo Marconi, inventor of the radiotelegraph, who was taken to the Mental Hospital by his friends when they learned that he believed he could send “messages through the air”.

Bulb on blackboard
Bulb on blackboard

The key to everything is the mind, the thinking. Our mind can move us away from poverty and closer to wealth. The quote that made Hill famous is: “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve“. We can achieve success through mental visualization and imagination. It means that we can become everything the mind thinks is possible; we can block ourselves or transform into the best version of ourselves.

Our material world is unquestionably based on abstract, metaphysical and intangible realities, but requires a good dose of action to achieve our goals. If we understand the power of the mind and its harmony with higher intelligence (for som,e the universe; for others, God) and if we use the Law of Attraction the action is simple, natural, flowing, and very powerful!

Our brain is a wonderful engine fitted with perceiving and emitting vibrations and frequencies, and with this ability, it interacts and transforms the matter. Also, the Hindu culture affirms that the brain is a receiving station of all knowledge and perceives from the ether the ideas and information necessary to transform dreams into tangible reality (Akashic Records).

The man who “thinks” he can achieve something is already a step towards the goal. This thought is a combination of initiative, faith, will to win and tenacity. The man who “desires” something badly is determined and will use failure as a means to improve and get closer to his goal. He who “imagines” big dreams is already building his power. And finally, he who “acts” and realizes all the other elements in a plan of action is launched towards success and wealth.

Eventually, this wealth will be material, maybe a 6-figure bank account, but the person who achieved that wealth is a person who has travelled an emotional, mental, spiritual road of extraordinary beauty. Hence, the contrast between material and spiritual wealth is apparent; the two concepts are not mutually exclusive and can be complementary.

The positive mental attitude is essential in our life; it allows us to take the best from everything around us and to change what makes us unhappy. Enjoying and respecting Nature, for example, is a source of great inspiration. How many ingenious ideas were born in a forest or under an apple tree? How many enchanting paintings were created in a sunflower field or on a Polynesian beach? Not only Nature but also people are a source of inspiration. Surrounding oneself with positive and energetic people surprisingly widens the horizons.

I’m well aware of that! All the years I spent in an office surrounded by toxic people, I felt unhappy, nervous, angry and above all scared. I was afraid to get out of my comfort zone, afraid to risk, afraid to lose. When I finally abandoned all that and started to surround myself with inspiring people, my mind began to create, to imagine again, to write, to shape a more exciting and, probably, successful future!

My advice for this Mother’s Day is to buy this book, or another motivational book, and immerse yourself in reading to be inspired. Or, you can follow my blog or my Facebook page [put links] where I share positive thoughts and information to change your life and find the wealth, both material and spiritual.

There are people who have money and people who are rich.
(Coco Chanel)

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BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Think and Grow Rich di Napoleon Hill, 1937.

Dunning-Kruger effect: the less one knows, the more he thinks he knows. Why?

Brain_Photo by Meo from Pexels
Brain. Photo by Meo from Pexels

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing”. Socrates

Life “in the days of COVID-19” continuously and everywhere (news, social networks, TV) exposes us to people who impose their ideas and consider them absolute truths. They also address the others as ignorant and incompetent, even if in reality, that’s not true at all.

This behaviour has been scientifically studied and has a name: Dunning-Kruger Effect. What is it?

It is a cognitive bias that leads people with fewer skills and knowledge to think they know more than others. The less they know, the more they think they know.

This study has a funny origin.

In the mid-90s in the city of Pittsburgh, a 44-year-old man committed two robberies in broad daylight without covering his face. He was quickly recognised and arrested. They later discovered that he had not hidden his face because he thought that the lemon juice, which had spread over his face before the robbery, would make him invisible.

When David Dunning, a social psychology professor at Cornell University, learned this news, he began to wonder if incompetence can make us unaware of how incompetent we are. So, he started a series of experiments with his colleague Justin Kruger; this is a study that originated the Dunning-Kruger effect.

The two psychologists experimented and analysed the competence of some people in grammar, logical reasoning and humour. They asked them to estimate their level of expertise and then carried out tests to assess it.

They noticed that the more incompetent a person was, the less he was aware of it. While the more competent people even underestimated themselves.

Dunning-Kruger Effect
Dunning-Kruger Effect

There is, therefore, a distorted perception of reality. We all can fall for it, some more than others…but how can we get out of it? Well, in the way I’ve always supported:

  • Keep an open mind;
  • Have doubts;
  • Read and research, inquire!
  • And, above all, learning to express one’s opinion, respecting and listening to others, without imposing anything as if it were the absolute truth.

Let’s first make sure that we are not the ignorant-arrogant people ourselves; that said, we must also protect ourselves from these people and not allow them to manipulate us in any way.

How can we defend ourselves against ignorant, arrogant people?

The question has been going through my head since the beginning of the COVID-19 health crisis. I’ve been searching, and I understood that:

Our greatest weapon is assertiveness.

  • Assertiveness is the attitude, in any situation, to clearly define our position, to make it known, to defend it without aggressiveness, admitting different perspective from others. It manifests itself through a predisposition to listen, combined with a clear exposition of one’s point of view.

Assertiveness is the only useful answer when faced with aggressive and arrogant people. I don’t know about you, but I’m meeting a lot of them! Especially on the web.

I am training myself in the “assertive style”, to avoid verbal confrontation, to express my opinions in a respectful manner, to point out to the other that his/her ideas are not absolute truth and, beyond the COVID-19, to set up interpersonal relationships in a constructive way.

I like this exercise because it allows me to express myself in a clear, direct and straightforward way, avoiding the use of prejudices and generalisations.

And above all, it guides me to have the answer ready, when I need it!

Assertive behaviour includes:

  • Being open in expressing wishes, thoughts and feelings and encouraging others to do likewise.
  • Listening to the views of others and responding appropriately, whether in agreement with those views or not.
  • Accepting responsibilities and being able to delegate to others.
  • Regularly expressing appreciation of others for what they have done or are doing.
  • Being able to admit to mistakes and apologise.
  • Maintaining self-control.
  • Behaving as equal to others.

In short, I think that the person who uses this style of communication takes responsibility for his or her own mistakes can constructively accept criticism without diminishing the self-esteem of the other.

I also think that we all have a great need to rediscover the concept of respect which seems to me to be missing recently. I read a lot and, often, I do not find respect in the articles of journalists (or allegedly such) dealing with issues related to the current health crisis. I also see no respect in the speeches of some of the State Leaders. What I find is an incredible ethical void.

I am not going to argue about the origin of the ethical void, I do not have the slightest competence, but I must say that the subject fascinates me. My first thought, as a mother and as a pragmatic person, goes to my children. I see an essential crisis in pedagogy, and I cannot help but connect the two elements.

Is it possible that this ethical void has led parents to give up their role as educators? Surely there are other causes, and they are all valid: exhausting working hours, lack of support from the extended family, hyper-evaluation of technologies, confusion of social roles, lack of listening, lack of family support policies, etc.

However, I think that the origin of this deficiency is the lack of willingness (or inability) to take responsibility. I see this attitude of passing on one’s duties or blaming others for one’s failings. This negative behaviour starts with a lack of respect for oneself and others.

My goal as a mother is to raise my children using two values: respect and kindness. I am continually fighting against a thousand windmills that society sets me, but I will not give up! Mothers are responsible twice: for their generation and the next generation. But this is also a great privilege.

One last thought: it seems that this article is a haphazard flow of ideas! Well, maybe this is the demonstration that I know I know nothing and my mind wanders; therefore, I am not affected by the Dunning-Kruger Effect, objective reached!

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BIBLIOGRAPHY:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10626367
https://www.skillsyouneed.com/ps/assertiveness.html

The Indian Eagle Legend That Teaches Us How To Deal With Change

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Eagly by Pixabay

“Change is inevitable; personal growth is a choice.” (Bob Proctor)

I think that Life, the authentic one, is a sum of changes. The absence of change, or immobility, generates a state of survival. A comfortable condition, more or less well-tolerated, yet not happy.

I lived for years surviving, settling for what I had achieved until then. But at a certain point, I realized that I was dying out, I no longer had enthusiasm or passion. Then I understood that change is the key to a happy life, more complicated perhaps but more authentic!

Why don’t we easily accept change? Because of fear. Because we have to find the courage to take a new path or simply to accept that there are obstacles to overcome.

COVID-19, or more simply Corona, has thrown this truth in our faces: life is made of change, and now more than ever, we are called to answer this call. At this point in our lives, we must change; otherwise, we will be forever prey to fear and despair and lead a faded life, a mere survival.

“The first step doesn’t take you where you want; takes you away from where you are.” – Alejandro Jodorowsky

A popular Indian legend helps us understand how to accept change and helps us take flight.

How many times have we been at a crossroads? Do we spend our days thinking: risk or no risk? Deciding to interrupt a love story that no longer is true, changing jobs, moving to another city, etc., are all choices that bring joy, pain but above all, difficulties. We have to learn to face them, just like the eagle does in the beautiful Indian folk legend. Life is terrific chaos, and we cannot always stay in our comfort zone; at some point, we have to make a difficult decision to continue living and flying.

The Flight Of The Eagle: The Legend

A popular Indian legend says that the eagle lives to be 70 years old, but for that to happen, around the age of 40, it must make a difficult decision. At this age its claws are long and flexible, and can no longer grasp the prey it feeds on. Its beak, elongated and pointed, curls. The wings, aged and weighed down by the much-enlarged feathers, point against the chest. Flying is now stressful.
The eagle has only two options: let itself die or face a painful process of renewal, 150 days long.

If he decides for the second option, the eagle then flies to the top of a mountain and retreats to an inaccessible nest, leaning against a rock face, a place from which he can return with a safe, flat flight. Here the eagle begins to slam its beak into the wall until it detaches, bravely facing the pain of this operation.

A few weeks later, a new beak grows back. With this, it tears off the old claws one by one, heedless of the pain. When the new claws grow again, by using claws and beak, she tears all the feathers from her body, one by one.

When the new feathers are reborn, the renewed eagle launches into the flight and starts living again for another 30 years.

What does this legend teach us?

Eagly by Frank Cone from Pexels
Eagly by Frank Cone from Pexels

The process of change and renewal of the eagle is very similar to what can happen to any of us. There come times in life when it is necessary to change, to be reborn. Without fear, challenges must be undertaken, even if this involves a moment of transition that is never without pain. But without this change, we cannot become what we want to be.

However, we often give up and do not question the choices we made previously. We do not even do so if modifying them would be beneficial to us. This “resistance” to change is explained by many with the Monty Hall paradox.

The Monty Hall Paradox

Change is scary, even when it is the most mathematically correct choice.

Monty Hall is the pseudonym of Maurice Halprin, the host of an American game show in which it was a question of which of the three doors was hidden a prize.

Imagine playing this game: there are three doors, behind one hides a car, and behind the others a goat. We choose one door, let’s say the number 1, and the game leader, who knows what is hidden behind each door, opens another, let’s assume the 3, revealing a goat.

So he asks us, “Would you like to choose number 2?” Would you like to change your original choice?”

Let us immediately remove any possible doubt: the mathematically correct answer is yes. We should change. The chances of success, victory, would increase.

Why? This video explains it very clearly: Monty Hall Problem – Numberphiles

Monty Hall’s paradox clarifies two themes: on the one hand, our readiness and flexibility to change, despite the uncertainty, our initial choices; on the other, the paradox that exists between mind and heart, in short, the conflict between rationality and irrationality.

  • Flexibility to change: the chances of winning the car increase by changing doors. Translating this data into our everyday life means trying to be more aware of our choices, our decisions and their consequences, re-evaluate them, refine them almost in real-time with the changing events, to improve our situation and not only.
  • Conflict between rationality and irrationality: rationality could not exist without irrationality working well. Only if we let the heart speak, the mind can express itself in all its beauty and power. In this way, we can unleash creativity, which pushes us to live in a more adventurous or more cheerful or more serene way. To each his choice! Indeed, it will take us away from the dreariness of a life poorly tolerated.

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Sleep Problem Solving: Never feel guilty about sleeping again!

“Sleep is the best meditation.” — Dalai Lama

Night brings advice: Did Grandma ever tell you that? Well, scientists have scientifically demonstrated this advice based on popular wisdom is true.

For a study published in Psychological Science, the psychology scholars at Northwestern University assigned 57 people problems to solve, each associated with a different sound. During the night, while the participants slept, half of the sounds related to the problems, that had not yet been solved, were reproduced; those sounds reactivated the memory of the questions to solve. The next morning, participants were able to correctly answer 31.7% of the problems whose sounds had been played back during sleep (and which they were encouraged to remember while they slept), compared to 20.5% of the others: an improvement of 55%.

The conclusion the researchers have come to is that the problems that are reworked while you sleep do become less complicated to resolve when the morning comes.

In short, sleep can reorganize information to facilitate problem-solving.

How does the brain solve problems while you sleep?

Sleep, both REM and non-REM, helps creative thinking to solve problems, as if it had to complete a puzzle, putting the pieces in the right position until a clear picture is formed.

The influence of sleep on creative thinking seems to have been established, although the mechanism was not precise yet. Scientists at Cardiff University have studied the way REM sleep and non-REM sleep work together to help us solve everyday problems. They have different but complementary functions.

The sleeping brain goes through a cycle of non-REM and REM sleep every 90 minutes or so. Throughout one or more nights, the hippocampus and cortex repeatedly synchronize and disconnect, and this sequence of abstraction and connection is repetitive.

When we fall asleep, we enter into non-REM sleep, which includes a lighter phase extended for most of the night, plus a phase of deep sleep, in which millions of neurons are simultaneously active. In this phase, we find it more challenging to wake up, and if it happens, we feel particularly disturbed.

Memories stored by the hippocampus are reproduced during non-REM sleep and, when we detect similarities between them, this information is stored in the cortex. Because the hippocampus and cortex are in close communication during this stage, scientists think that the hippocampus somehow controls what is reproduced. This area of the brain prefers to conceive similar or thematically related elements and encourages us to find these connections and use them to create patterns.

In REM sleep (the phase accompanied by dreams), hippocampus and cortex do not seem to cooperate: both are in an extremely flexible state, in which new neural connections can be formed or in which those present can be strengthened or weakened. If in the previous phase the neurons worked as in a “chorus”, in this phase there is a real cacophony, in which, however, we can detect some unexpectedly pleasant chords.

Penny Lewis, professor at Cardiff University’s School of Psychology, says: “Suppose we give you a puzzle where you have all the information you need to solve it, but you can’t because you’re stuck. You might think that you already have all the memories you need, but you have to put them together, creating connections between them, integrating aspects that you are not integrating”.

This kind of renovation happens while we sleep.

As different and complementary, non-REM sleep helps to organize information into useful categories, while REM sleep allows you to go beyond these categories by creating unexpected connections. During REM sleep, on the other hand, the hippocampus and cortex do not seem synchronized. Therefore, the Lewis team assumes that the cortex at that stage is free to reproduce memories in any combination, regardless of whether they are similar. We create surprising connections.

Sleep and creativity

creativity_Photo by Sharon McCutcheon
Photo by Sharon McCutcheon

“Even a soul submerged in sleep is hard at work and helps make something of the world.” — Heraclitus

If the scientific evidence has not yet convinced you, here are some anecdotes:

  • Otto Loewi, a German physiologist, won the Nobel Prize for medicine in 1936 for his work on the chemical transmission of nerve impulses. He discovered in a dream how to prove his theory.
  • Paul McCartney figured out the melody for the song “Yesterday” in a dream.
  • Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards said that the inspiration for the lyrics to the song “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” came to him in his sleep.
  • The chemist Dimitri Mendeleev dreamed of his periodic table of elements.
  • Stephen King, in his On Writing, states “In writing and sleeping we learn to interrupt physical activity while at the same time encouraging the mind to detach itself from the intellectual routine of our daily lives.

Thus, breaking away from the routine is essential to give the brain a chance to create something new.

They are all very inspiring models, all the more reason to emulate them by going to sleep regularly, especially when we are under stress to solve our problems. I’ll leave you five tricks to sleep well:

  1. Regularity
    Go to bed and get up at the same time every day, including on weekends or holidays: it helps to strengthen the sleep-wake cycle.
  2. Diet
    Do not go to bed neither too full nor too hungry, avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol: malfunction of the organs affects the sleep.
  3. Ritual
    Create a ritual before going to sleep, a shower or a book or a herbal tea: the body understands that it’s time to relax.
  4. Comfort
    Sleep in a tidy, clean, well-ventilated room: this would be ideal, but in reality, everyone has their preferences (large bed, small bed, cold room, warm room), the important thing is to feel comfortable.
  5. Exercise
    Regular physical activity helps you fall asleep faster and allows you to enjoy a deeper sleep, but avoid training in the evening or adrenaline will be an obstacle to relaxation.

I’m sure the moms who are reading this article have a lot of things to object! Oh, how I understand you! I’m a mom, too, of twins! Indeed, for this topic, I have enough material for another article!

For everyone else, my advice is inspired by Mesut Barazany:

“Your future depends on your dreams, so go to sleep.” — Mesut Barazany

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BIBLIOGRAFIA:
https://www.cell.com/
https://journals.sagepub.com/

Ascension Timeline Meditation: Wisdom or Madness?

Photo by Prasanth Inturi
Photo by Prasanth Inturi

The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.” (Michel de Montaigne)

Meditation, originally developed In Asian culture and countries, is booming in Western countries nowadays. It is excellent for our wellbeing and happiness —but does it carry any hazards?

The origin of the word can be traced back to the Latin terms “meditari” and “mederi”, meaning “to cure, to provide care”; a sign that the ancient peoples were clear about the connection between meditative practice and therapeutic effect on the physical, psychological, mental and spiritual level.

The practise of meditation has a very ancient history. The different meditative traditions have their origins in philosophical or religious movements, such as Taoism, Buddhism and Hinduism.

Although there are many differences between the various currents and practices, it is possible to find two common constant elements regardless of cultural and historical origins.

  • The first element is the Shamatha, a term that means “peaceful” and indicates how meditation provides a remarkable and lasting peace of mind. The act of meditation, sometimes, can lead to the appearance of dramatic moments such as anguish, the resurgence of painful emotions, the acceleration of the heartbeat. However, these tormented moments remain episodic, since the Shamatha involves a state of serene background that lasts beyond the time of meditation. It invites us to focus on a precise object: the breath, the contemplation of a flame, the colour of an object or a mental image.
  • The second element is the Vipassana or “clear vision, conscious attention”. The Vipassana makes us perceive things as they are, and this is only possible thanks to a mind free from our convictions, from patterns or fears. Moreover, Vipassana is the technique to enter into a clearer knowledge of our deep being, the psychic, sensory and emotional world that governs our behaviour in an almost unconscious way for us.

Meditative techniques, as has been known for decades in the East, have a beneficial effect on body and mind. Today, in the West, numerous scientific researches confirm these benefits through the measurement of physiological parameters; neuro-imaging; electroencephalogram; electrocardiogram; and statistical surveys.

However, it is also crucial for us to recognise the potential hazards of meditation, which might arise during practice. This is especially relevant to beginners, who might experience feelings of boredom and emptiness, disconnection and even fear. Or, meditation can bring dramatic changes in one’s sense of self and cause a worsening of social relationships. Or, meditation can transform a person by making them passive: meditation helps to calm and fight anxiety, but there are also times when you need to give vent to strong feelings: being angry, screaming, being distressed to free yourself and change things.

I, too, have been practising meditation for a few years now and have benefited greatly, both psychically and emotionally. I believe that meditation is fundamentally a grand opening; both outward and inward. During meditation, I look for my ego, which is hidden under layers and layers of beliefs, information, experiences. There lurks my essence. When I can see it, I perceive a deep connection, as if I were embracing a flame, and this encounter takes me out of me and connects me with a higher light, powerful energy. I imagine that this energy starts from us people and flows into a more significant flow, a universal energy.

I like this thought, I feel attracted by it, and so I did some research, and I discovered the concept of mass meditation.

What is it?

Mass meditation occurs when a considerable number of people meditate at the same time, focusing on a single event, with an only goal.

Mass meditations have the power to influence the collective consciousness of humanity.

The pioneer of early scientific studies of mass meditation was Maharishi Mahesh, an Indian Yogi with a degree in Physics, whose fame was echoed worldwide in the 1970s. Maharishi developed the technique of Transcendental Meditation (TM) and its advanced version TM-Sidhi, whose effects on collective consciousness were the subject of rigorous scientific studies.

It was estimated that the coherence generated by a group of meditators in numbers equal to the square root of 1% of the population had the power to influence the quality of life of the entire community measurably. For example, a group of 200 practitioners would be able to produce detectable and significant results in a city of 4 million inhabitants (200 per square multiplied by 100); a group of 1600 practitioners could influence the entire population of the United States; and, according to the same proportions, a group of 8400 participants, in synchronised meditation, would be able to act instantly on the entire population of the planet.

Three different experiments were carried out in 1987 to prove the Maharishi Effect

They showed a decrease of about 11% in violent crime in the Washington D.C. district, total offence in the Metro district of Manila (Philippines) and the Union Territory area of Delhi (India). The factor “p” (i.e. the estimated probability that the decrease in the crime rate occurred “by chance” or “luckily”, i.e. without causal links with mass meditation) was calculated in 0.01, 0.005 and 0.001, respectively, which are considered to be results of excellent probative value in the social sciences.

Later, in 1993, the programmed experiment was realised in the district of Washington, D.C., in collaboration with the forces of law and order and the representatives of the local political class. The objective was to determine whether a mass meditation capable of bringing down the crime rate according to an a priori established percentage could be organised. The experiment was carried under the strict control of a selected review committee, composed of sociologists and criminologists of the major American universities.

A group of 4,000 participants practised TM from June 7th to July 30th. The maximum rate of HRA violent crimes (i.e. murder, rape, robbery and assault) was 23.3%. The statistical probability that this result could coincide with a lucky change in the crime rate was practically zero (p < 0.000000002).

Based on the results, the steady-state gain (i.e. the long-term effect that would be obtained with a permanent meditation of these 4,000 participants) was calculated to be 48%, i.e. the actual and permanent halving of the crime rate.

New scenario: 2020 and COVID-19

Photo by Shiva Smyth
Photo by Shiva Smyth

We all know what a critical situation humanity is experiencing at a global level these days.

Supporters of mass meditation believe that in the coming days there will be a particularly favourable astrological condition to welcome and emphasise the joint meditation by a large number of individuals.

On April 4th/5th planets of Jupiter and Pluto will come together in the sky. The conjunction will create a portal through which we can unify our consciousness and trigger the process that will solidify the optimal Ascension timeline for the planet and help humanity to overcome the current global crisis.

Why a portal? Because a massive wave of light (5D gamma waves) will flood our planet. It is the ideal condition to optimise the power of meditation not only as a tool for spiritual growth but also as a healing method to overcome the crisis.

Whatever the historical and cultural formation, meditation technique, beliefs and opinions, I think that all humanity is called today to express its spiritual unity cohesively and coherently. And never in recent history has there been a more urgent need than this!

I am pretty sceptical, and I don’t like extremisms of any kind. Still, right now, I am very attracted to the idea of the possibility of moving and directing the energy of the universe through meditation. I will probably decide to give it a try. I am inquisitive.

If you want to know more or if you even want to participate, here are some information:

The meditation will take place at 10:45 pm EDT on April 4th in New York; 9:45 pm CDT in Chicago; 8:45 pm MDT in Denver; and 7:45 pm PDT in Los Angeles.

Europe, Asia and Australia will already have April 5th at the moment of the activation, which will be:
3:45 am BST in London,
4:45 am CEST in Paris,
4:45 am EET in Cairo,
10:45 am CST in Taipei and Beijing,
11:45 am JST in Tokyo and
12:45 pm AEST in Sydney.

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You can find the INSTRUCTIONS FOR MEDITATION here: http://www.globalpeacemeditation.com/

Might lose the job? What to do.

  • If you are on unpaid leave
  • If you lost your job
  • If you are worried about losing your job
    Then, this article is for you.

As you know, right now, millions of people around the world are losing or afraid of losing their jobs. I hope you’re not one of them.

However, the probability that you are affected in some way is rather high since this is an ongoing global crisis.

In any way, I wanted to share a few tips inspired by Dan Lok; he is a famous businessperson and entrepreneurial influencer that I follow. He recently posted a video with some great tips and strategies to use if you are afraid of or just have lost your job. I hope it can help!

1 Cement Yourself In Your Current Position

If you still have a job, now is the time to be proactive and to give more. The aim is to Keep Your Income!

Communicate with your boss, or CEO, or leader, say that you want to work more and you are ready to take more responsibilities. Make yourself indispensable for the company so they would think twice before laid you off. Give value to your job and don’t be afraid to step up. Upgrade your skills or accept to do different tasks from the ones you used to do before the crisis. If you want to survive, you have to fight to keep your job. Normality is over, unfortunately.

2 Build your emergency fund

You need to have at least 3 to 6 months living expenses in cash. If you have savings, put them in a new place and do not touch them, it’s your emergency fund. You can also contact your bank and ask for a loan or increase your current loan, and then forget about it. Remember it’s for real emergency only.

3 Cut All Your Non-Essential Spending

To do that you have to go through all your expenses and delete the ones are not strictly necessary, starting from the current expenses. Make a list and go line by line, ask for each of them: Is it essential? Just keep grocery, mortgage, rent.. and put the extra money in your emergency fund.

4 Turn Your Spare Time Into Learning Time

It is time to invest in yourself and your knowledge, learn new skills. You need to understand that probably we will never get back to the normality and we have to be ready for the change. We are transitioning to a new era; this shouldn’t scare us; fear is necessary only as a trigger to step out of the comfort zone and make the change. You need to develop the ability to work from home, as a freelancer, as an entrepreneur, etc. And if you are a mom or a dad this would be even more complicated, I know that very well, I’m a mother of twins!

So start your journey, whatever you think it’s best for you, and never forget that the keyword now is LEARN!

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How To Overcome Your Limiting Beliefs

Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. (A. Einstein)

Have you ever thought about your beliefs? I have many times recently. And I have realized that it is not the events that happen to us that influence our lives, but rather the beliefs that we gain from interpreting what happened to us.

From birth, we have been taught how to behave, what rules to follow, what we must and must not do, what to say, and what not to say. This information has shaped our personality and behaviour.

However, some of these beliefs are inappropriate for us and even harmful: they limit us, weaken us or humiliate us. It is essential, therefore, to recognize harmful beliefs to learn to overcome them and to be able to believe in things that are right for us and useful for our future

What are beliefs?

There are three kinds of beliefs:

  • Mental Schemes
  • Generalized Beliefs
  • Personal Beliefs

Our beliefs are the conditioned perception that we have formed from the memory of situations of pleasure and pain. These memories are built on how we interpreted the experiences we had and how we lived them emotionally.

Our beliefs are assumptions we make about ourselves, others and the world around us. They are filters through which we judge, catalogue and interpret the world around us.

Our beliefs are the bricks with which we build our expectations. What we believe conditions what we expect from ourselves, from others and life.

Many people are limited by wrong beliefs, which stem from bad memories, fears, negative experiences.

It is therefore essential to understand that beliefs are not unquestionable, indisputable and incontrovertible facts. They are simply the conclusion of our interpretation or the result of what has been handed down to us and can, therefore, be changed.

We need certain beliefs to face reality at a given moment. Later, they may no longer correspond to our needs, but if we insist on following them, if we consider them sacred, they will create difficulties for us. They become an obstacle because they no longer correspond to the circumstances that have been created in our lives. What we must do is abandon them.

Beliefs shape our egos; influence every aspect of our lives; determine what we expect. They filter our perception of reality and guide our choices. Therefore, understanding how they condition our lives provides us with an advantage to regain harmony between our essence and our expressive and emotional capacity.

Lighted Candle_Photo by Rahul
Lighted Candle_Photo by Rahul

How To Overcome Limiting Beliefs

It is essential to understand that all limiting beliefs have a purpose. They’re there because they protect us from something. This “something” often manifests itself in the form of pain, suffering.

However, this does not mean that all our limiting thoughts have a reason to exist in the now. It just means that at the moment they formed, they had a positive intention, that of protecting us from pain. But they often do so in a misleading way. They protect us from immediate pain, but they lead us into even more intense suffering in the future.

To free ourselves from these thoughts, we must learn to ask ourselves a few questions:

  • What advantage do I have, at this moment, in clinging to this limiting belief?
  • What value do I receive today in holding that belief?

Following this analysis, we must, from time to time, abandon bad beliefs to make way for a new empowering thought. How? When we realize that the old belief no longer has excellent advantages, then we eliminate it. And we are ready to embrace a new belief. Easier said than done! True, but there is a way out.

How to Transform Limiting Beliefs

Most people analyse and understand what the limiting beliefs are, and then stop there. They think that the mere awareness of their perceptual modalities is enough not to be victims of them. A thought that is correct, but does not give the final solution.

Being aware of what is hindering us in life is the first step, the one that leads us to think about the world differently than before. However, our limiting beliefs have, over time, gathered numerous confirmations that justify their presence. We must, therefore, continue to work to untie so many deep emotional knots, it takes time and patience, and, above all, we must be willing to adapt to new circumstances and prepare for change.

Here are, in summary, the 9 points to guide us to this analysis:

  1. Set The Result To Achieve
  2. Put Your Limiting Thoughts into Discussion
  3. Consider the Consequences of Your Limiting Thoughts
  4. Decide What Your New Powerful Belief Must Be
  5. Strengthens Your New Powerful Belief
  6. Making a Final Decision On What Must Change
  7. Progressively Conditioning Your New Belief
  8. Make Room For This New Belief In Your Life
  9. Start Putting Your New Powerful Belief into Practice

Overcoming bad or limiting beliefs, therefore, means analysing and reconsidering our past. It means emptying our mind of the problems, and stopping thinking about them all the time. In short, it means locking these beliefs in the past; that’s where they belong! We shall work in the present, looking to the future.

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