Monday, April 14, 2014

Welcome to Practical Manifestations' Blog


Welcome to Practical Manifestation's Blog, the first personal blog dedicated to global human advancement and not affiliated with any political party or specific religion.

Around the world we are presently seeing a decline in all life support systems & the depletion of nonrenewable resources. In addition, wars, famine, and natural disaster mismanagement are all commonplace. Most would agree that these are unsustainable conditions for long-term prosperity of the human race, but few can agree on what the proper course of action is to rectify the situation.I, as the author of this blog, do not claim to know the answer, but I truly believe the answer can be found through education and communication. With enough educated people putting their heads together, surely we will figure out a way to reduce and even prevent mass starvation, global warfare, and so on. Thus the purpose of our blog, tweets, and upcoming book is multifold:
  1. to expose the present injustices around the world
  2. to empower individuals to feel they are capable of creating positive change with the discussion of various techniques for personal development
  3. to inform people that they can spend money and use social media in ways that promote their values.
 The overall objective is to inform the public that their daily spending and interaction on social media directly contribute to the present conditions of our world. The exploitation of people in underdeveloped countries and of environmental resources is only the fault of big business and politicians, it is something we each contribute to. When we buy the best quality product at the lowest price, it encourages big businesses to put money before values. In turn, businesses contribute to political fundraisers and lobby politicians to put money before values in the rules that govern big business because essentially that is what the population is saying it wants. $7 Billion was spent on the 2012 US election.

This is probably the reason that politicians promise one thing to get into office and do something completely differently once they are there. It is simply indicative of the discrepancy between what the public claims to want and what the public is actually willing to paying for. Capitalism, by design, gives people whatever they are willing to pay for. Right now we get great products at low prices at the expense of people in underdeveloped countries and our natural resources. By educating people so that more are comfortably surviving, they will be able to put their values ahead of money and will be able to afford the slightly more expensive product that is made by the business owned by people that share the values of the customer. Education consists of methods of personal development as well as methods to create positive changes in the world.

Topics covered here and in our upcoming book, Bulding A Better Human, are Science, Spirituality & Philosophy, Health, Ancient History, Resource Management, Politics, Business, and our Vision of the Future from a politically unaffiliated perspective. In this blog we offer book reviews #pmbookreviews and discussions. Note: All blog labels are searchable on twitter

Updates are issued about every two weeks. Receive blog updates via email by entering your email address in the "Follow By Email" box toward the top the right column.

Below is an Overview of the Practical Manifestations' project with links to our 9-part series explaining the principles of our project and giving a preview for the material covered at length in our upcoming book Building A Better Human, coming summer 2013. Note: The full list of all parts of the 9-part series is provided in the links section at the end of each post in the series.

Having finished writing the Overview, Action Plan and Desperation we are now in the process of writing the other sections.

Overview

We provide a lot of background information below regarding the Practical Manifestations' project, but if you would like to skip to learning about how you personally can participate, please click the following link:
http://practicalmanifestations1.blogspot.com/2013/04/fundamentals-action.html

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Fundamentals Part 3: Resources

This post is part 3 of a 9-part series on the Fundamentals of the Practical Manifestations' project. It introduces the principles of our project and gives a preview for the material covered in our upcoming book Build A Better You, Build A Better World, coming 2013 http://practicalmanifestations.com/book

Note: The full list of all parts of the 9-part series is provided in the "Table of Contents" section at the end of each post in the series.

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When it comes to the world's resources, few can agree on whether or not we need to take immediate corrective action to avoid disaster, what actions should be taken, and who should lead the way. A majority of people do agree, however, that our present conditions are not sustainable. For example, on average, a person in the US consumes about 32 times as much as a person in a third world country according to The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/02/opinion/02diamond.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0. As third world nations continue to develop, their inhabitants seek the lifestyle that Americans maintain and they want to consume and waste resources to the same degree, despite the lack of evidence that the people wasting resources are any happier than those that do not (for more on this, see http://practicalmanifestations1.blogspot.com/2013/04/fundamentals-part-1-desperation.html. Unfortunately, the world does not harbor enough natural resources for everyone on the planet to live as lavishly as Americans.  Something needs to give.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

First Look at the Enneagram of Personality

So I met with Gertrud1 yesterday and she told me her latest endeavor was researching the Enneagram of Personality. According to the model that was developed in the latter part of the last century, individuals typically have one of nine different personality types. Apparently the key is to figure out which personality type you are and to learn to unleash the power of your attributes and to mitigate your liabilities.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Fundamentals Part 4: Business & Politics


This post is part 4 of a 9-part series on the Fundamentals of the Practical Manifestations' project. It introduces the principles of our project and gives a preview for the material covered in our upcoming book Build A Better You, Build A Better World, coming 2013.

Note: The full list of all parts of the 9-part series is provided in the links section at the end of each post in the series.

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I combined the topics of business of politics in this discussion because it is difficult to separate the two, especially in the US. There is no area of politics that does not in some way affect business and likewise there is no area of business that does not in some way affect politics. As mentioned in the overview, over $7 billion was invested in the last election, and most of it came from large businesses and the super wealthy. The people that made the decision to invest large sums of money were doing just that--making an investment. Of course every with every investment comes an estimated return on investment. That is to say, for each dollar you invest, there is a good chance that you will receive 3 or 4 dollars (or more) in return. Business managers contribute to political fundraisers and if the politician gets elected, it is common for the politician to vote on policies in ways that will favor their largest fundraiser contributors and take various other measures toward this end. For example, the politician overseeing the department of energy might get a phone call requesting that government stimulus be awarded to specific corporations (which did happen recently).

Some individuals see this system as being incredibly corrupt and incapable of rectification. They focus on the extremely wealthy or the extremely poor and exclaim how the people in either group are taking advantage of everyone else. They feel that we, the working saps in the middle, are just pawns in a game of high stakes chess. Our individual contributions to political fundraisers are just a drop in the bucket compared to the $7 billion, so how can we expect our voices to be heard? Basically we are told who the candidates are and we have to choose among them for each public office position. Once the candidates get into office, which is often just a result of one candidate spending more money on his or her campaign, then they fail to keep their promises and double-talk their way out of everything.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Fundamentals Part 2: Money

This post is part 1 of a 9-part series on the Fundamentals of the Practical Manifestations' project. It introduces the principles of our project and gives a preview for the material covered in our upcoming book Build A Better You, Build A Better World. Note: The full list of all parts of the 9-part series is provided in the "Table of Contents" section at the end of each post in the series.

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We are all familiar with the phrase "money is evil," and in many instances this assertion appears to be pretty accurate. Of course money in and of itself is not evil. It is just a tool to make the exchange of physical goods and services convenient. To rid oneself of money is to lose tool of convenience. One then needs to either learn to be self-sustaining or establish some other mode of exchange of goods and services. Few things have exactly equal value and the value of any good or service is debatable. As they say, "One mans trash is another man's treasure."

As convenient as money is, there is no denying that people's desire to accumulate wealth leads to the majority of the disputes around the globe. The devastation of conflicting desires to accumulate wealth is largely hidden from the American population, but we are one of the biggest contributors to it. By purchasing the best quality and lowest costing goods and services from corporations, it encourages those corporations to exploit natural resources and people in underdeveloped countries to meet that demand. In turn, Americans are made to feel like we NEED all these goods and services, even though hundreds of generations prior survived just fine without the latest I-Phone or what have you. We buy ourselves into debt and if you subtract from our wages how much money we spend paying back our debts (including taxes, which mostly consist of national, state, and city debt fees), most of us are left with barely enough money to survive. So there we have it--a whole world population fighting for survival. And when people are fighting for survival, they are not thinking about how they can best serve the world.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Fundamentals Part 1: Desperation


This post is part 1 of a 9-part series on the Fundamentals of the Practical Manifestations' project. It introduces the principles of our project and gives a preview for the material covered in our upcoming book Build A Better You, Build A Better World. Note: The full list of all parts of the 9-part series is provided in the "Table of Contents" section at the end of each post in the series.

Note: The full list of all parts of the 9-part series is provided in the "Table of Contents" section at the end of each post in the series.

Desperation

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You do not have to look hard to find desperation in America.The American Chemical Society tells us Americans took 4.02 billion prescriptions in 2011 and spent a record $320 billion. That is enough for every man, woman, and child in the US to take about 13 prescriptions each. Of all the money the entire world spends on prescription medications, the US spends about half of it, yet we cannot boast of our longevity either, so apparently we are in a lot of pain. But the desperation does not stop there. Just in the last few months people have "lost it" and attacked children and teachers in a school, attacked people at a movie theater, and set off bombs at the Boston Marathon.

Our government tells us that the cure is to limit the types of guns people can purchase--too many automatic weapons on the streets. This blog is not about advancing political agendas, so maybe limits on guns would help. Then we hear a little about better treatment for the mentally ill, because supposedly only the mentally ill are attacking others. But when did mental illness become a cause for violence? Having autism does not mean a person will be violent. Autistic people in non-violent communities are not violent, yet they have access to guns and have a mental condition, so maybe it is a sign that something else in society is triggering this madness. Combined with the fact that so many people are taking medications just to get by, perhaps the madness is not confined to the mentally ill and to those that do not know how to properly handle weapons--the sickness seems to be everywhere in America, but why?


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Fundamentals Part 8: Action


This post is part 8 of a 9-part series on the Fundamentals of the Practical Manifestations' project. It introduces the principles of our project and gives a preview for the material covered in our upcoming book Build A Better You, Build A Better World, coming 2013.

Note: The full list of all parts of the 9-part series is provided in the "Table of Contents" section at the end of each post in the series.

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The key to the success any project is to clearly explain how others can participate. Typically, when individuals think of trying to change the world for the better, they think of activist groups marching in the streets somewhere and sometimes resorting to violence to get their point across to their oppressors.

Our cause is different. In the movement to promote a values-based human civilization, there is no oppressor to fight against except the one within. Each individual's decision to submit to the power of money is completely voluntary. There is no system holding us down, the resistance we feel is only the inertia of the status quo (which we all contribute to). We can try to blame politicians, big business, freeloaders, and so on for the current conditions in the world, but ultimately we can only blame ourselves for contributing to it with every dollar we spend. Whether or not they acknowledge it, each dollar a person spends promotes a cause, just as everything else we do. A dollar spent at one business will be used to exploit people in an underdeveloped country while a dollar spent at another will be used to save the environment and encourage the development of humankind. Each dollar you spend has power to create change. Some people think money is the problem and maybe one day money will be gone. But money is here for now and we each need to recognize the power we have when we engage in the economy: each dollar we spend contributes to one cause or another.

The problem is that too many people feel powerless and in a fight for survival they put money ahead of their real values. Our upcoming book explains where that feeling of being powerless originated from, but for now we can only say that the perception of you being powerless to create change internally and thus externally is only an illusion. We feed into the fear by not acknowledging the power we inherently have. Each day members of general public become more and more desperate. Unemployment is high, acts of terrorism are consistently in the news, and more people than ever are taking prescription drugs and illegal drugs to deal with the pain.

The volatility can also be seen in the economy. Economic systems around the world are showing signs of weakness (the US alone has $16 Trillion in debt, an increase of about 300% since just a few years ago), and continued use of nonrenewable resources is not a sustainable condition. All of the above tells us that significant changes may be on the horizon. Our job then is to prepare the present generations and the generations of the future for these changes to ensure a somewhat smooth transition. If our civilization is to survive, we will need a better way of managing our natural resources. With money as the most important factor in all business decisions, our natural resources are quickly depleting, so we may see the end of money as being superior to all values or the end of money altogether. Prospects for the future are described in the post, Vision of the Future.

Anyone interested in participating is able to do so in a variety of ways. Basically anytime a person puts his or her own values above the pursuit of money, that person is encouraging the rest of society to do the same. As members of Western culture though, we prefer to be able to physically see the impact each individual has. Luckily to that end we have the internet, specifically social media, at our disposal. The way it works is that a person shares information about human advancement with his or her friends, with us (@practicalmanife) and our followers, and with the general public. Today many web and blog sites make sharing information easy by offering "share" buttons including ones for Twitter and FaceBook. We offer more detailed information on what to share and how to share it below.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

In Times of Social Unrest


It can be extremely difficult to keep focused when there seems to be chaos all around us. Corruption, confusion, and warfare run rampant in our businesses, government and in ourselves. The media does not let us forget just how much unrest there is, not for a moment. We constantly hear about corrupt politicians and business managers as well as the wars around the world we are involved in.

So how do we keep level-headed amidst all this chaos? The calmness must come from within. The surety that whatever happens to us and the rest of the world, we are going to be okay. Is it worth fighting for what we believe in, changing laws, and getting people in businesses and government that have an interest in improving things rather than just filling their pockets? Absolutely. But the way that we are most effective is by being of sound mind, body, and spirit. Although the chaos we see around us needs to be addressed immediately and fervently, we are powerless without having first attained an internal balance. Only with a balance in our mind, body, and spirit can we start to correct the injustice and mayhem around us. For it is with this balance that we can be sure we are thinking clearly and swiftly. We know we have the ability to recognize the path to the quickest and most successful solution to every problem we encounter.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

G. Lola Hosts Live Stream Event of Dispenza’s Workshop Jan 19, 2013



Yesterday Gertrud Lola of the Metro West Healing Center of Natick, MA held her first ever free live stream event for one of Dr. Joe Dispenza’s workshops. The event was held in Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA and streaming Dispenza’s workshop being held in Vancouver, Canada. It started at 12pm and ran into the evening, running parallel to the Vancouver event that started at 9am due to the time zone difference.

I have to say, it was quite an experience. Having read Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself and listened to his recorded workshop before, I was already familiar with Dispenza’s work. Nonetheless he presented the information in new and interesting ways, and he paused often to let the members of the audience discuss the concepts with their neighbors. At each pause we would take turns trying to explain the concepts to our neighbor and vice versa. It kept everyone in the room engaged.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Cory Booker Interview on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Check out this recent interview with Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, New Jersey. He rescues people from burning buildings and last week he lived strictly off the food-stamps diet to get a better understanding of what poor people in his area are going through. It gets particularly interesting beginning at 4:37 reflecting his very different worldview where every individual is capable of greatness and where society is affected when one person suffers.

Note: If the videos are no longer available, you can find a summary here  http://mashable.com/2012/12/13/cory-booker-jon-stewart/



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 http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-december-12-2012/exclusive---cory-booker-extended-interview-pt--2


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Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Victimization of America

The Newtonian/mechanistic paradigm may be over 300 years old, but its influence continues to be quite strong both in America and throughout Western culture. According to the paradigm the workings of the universe were understood to be like a giant clock, and man’s activities had little overall impact. The worldview was reinforced with scientific laws and, in some cases, proved to be more accurate than the views of the Catholic Church—namely that the Earth revolved around the sun (and not the other way around).
Today we see the lasting effect of the paradigm in that sometimes we feel like we  are the victims of just being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and there is nothing we can do about it. If we accident prone or are dissatisfied with our job, we sometimes figure: Maybe that is the way it was meant to be.
But maybe we can actually do something to change our lives when we are unhappy. Scientists realized the worldview put forth by Newton, Bacon, and Descartes was not completely accurate. It held to be true at the macroscopic level, with some exceptions, but at the microscopic level the universe is far more complex and mysterious. Evidence is mounting that a person changes the universe in some ways just by being present at any given moment. The observer is no longer disconnected from the objects observed.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Book Review of Self-Hypnosis and Subliminal Technology by Eldon Taylor

Below is our review of the book Self-Hypnosis And Subliminal Technology: A How-to Guide for Personal-Empowerment Tools You Can Use Anywhere! by Eldon Taylor

I liked the general approach of this book: teaching the reader to develop his/her own self-hypnosis programs. There are many books out there on hypnosis and self-hypnosis, but few list the simple steps involved in creating your own program. I have found self-hypnosis in general to be extremely effective both for relaxing and for healing, so when I heard that a book had recently been published teaching people to optimize their self-hypnosis programs, I was quite interested.



The second half of the book discusses subliminal technology and the development of subliminal message programs for personal use. What I found fascinating was how many people doubt the effect of subliminal messages, yet the author witnessed an incredible amount of resistance from representatives of various businesses when his local government officials attempted to pass legislation requiring notification of subliminal material prior to subjecting the public to it.

This book is a great read for anyone interested in self-hypnosis. Like many books these days, it is written in a conversational tone. I briefly listened to the accompanying CD and the recordings were professionally done.

I always try to find something I dislike about a book when my overall review is positive, and I suppose for this title I would have liked to have seen the author go into more depth on self-hypnosis and perhaps save the subliminal technology chapters for a different book. I think more examples of self-hypnosis programs and techniques would have been helpful for readers to perfect the skill of creating their own programs. Like anything else people create, self-hypnosis programs are an art, and I think the author could provide keen insight on some of the intricacies.

Overall, I would definitely recommend people read this book if they have any interest in learning to create or improve their own self-hypnosis programs or if they would like to delve into creating positive subliminal material for themselves.

Here is a link to get your copy on Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Self-Hypnosis-Subliminal-Technology-How-Personal-Empowerment/dp/1401937586/ref=cm_pdp_rev_itm_img_1

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

New Book by Nick Vujicic Called Unstoppable

This week Nick Vujicic is releasing a book called Unstoppable.
Despite having no arms and or legs Nick Vujicic is showing people how he overcame it all with help from God.  Now he's helping people to overcome a whole slew of challenges:

Personal crises
·         Relationship issues
·         Career and job challenges
·         Health and disability concerns
·         Self-destructive thoughts, emotions, and addictions
·         Bullying, persecution, cruelty, and intolerance
·         Balance in body, mind, heart, and spirit
·         Service to others



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Monday, August 27, 2012

Gertrud Lola Video On The Body's Ability To Heal Itself

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