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What is dreadful is your reaction and inner resistance

March 27th, 2015 No comments


The ego cannot distinguish between a situation and its interpretation of and reaction to that situation. You might say, “What a dreadful day,” without realizing that the cold, the wind, and the rain or whatever condition you react to are not dreadful. They are as they are. What is dreadful is your reaction, your inner resistance to it, and the emotion that is created by that resistance. In Shakespeare’s words “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” What is more, suffering or negativity is often misperceived by the ego as pleasure because up to a point the ego strengthens itself through it.


Quotes from New Earth: On Forgiveness, Resentment & Grievances

December 18th, 2014 No comments

Below you find quotes extracted from Tolle’s book New Earth concerning the topics of: Resentment, grievances and forgiveness ..  Other concepts mentioned below include: The negativeness of indignation, being offended, complaining, bitterness, the ego, labeling, unconsciousness, finding faults, others, anger, hurt, enemies, superiority, upset, painbodies … Followed by how to Forgive.


Concepts and lines have been extracted, rearranged, and important words highlighted.  Some things were rephrased, others were pasted “as is” .. When things are pasted un-modified, “as is”, they will not have quotation marks.  I take “no” credit for any of this, these are all Tolle’s concepts.



Resentment is the emotion that goes with:
1- complaining and
2- the mental labeling of people
These add energy into and feed the ego.


Resentment may also be accompanied by stronger emotions such as:
1- anger or
2- some other form of upset.
This charges the resentment energetically more.

Resentment means:
To feel bitter, indignant, aggrieved, or offended.


You might resent:
Labels you apply to other people, such as other people’s greed, dishonesty, lack of integrity, or actions such as: what they are doing, did, did not do, said, have not said.


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Everyone is a Child?

December 8th, 2014 No comments


 Most human beings cease to develop at around the age of ten or twelve. The average seventy year-old is often a ten year-old with sixty years time-in-grade. Our societies are of, by, and for Human Children, which explains the self-perpetuating nature of this ghoulish malady, as well as most of the silliness we see in the world.

- Jed in Spiritual Warfare

Who are you?

The Finger Pointing at the Moon, is “Not” the Moon.

October 4th, 2014 No comments

“The finger pointing at the moon is not the moon”


Thought, language, words, and religious teachings, can at best point to the Truth, but they are never “the” truth. Truth is who you are. Truth can only be experienced. Truth is I Am, i.e. Consciousness.

You are Consciousness. Become aware of

your own


Free Self Empowerment Dialog

November 23rd, 2012 No comments
Positivity and Self Empowerment Script
Read these lines to yourself, as often you as please, and notice every word and every thought you have. Read these calmly and read it patiently.
Her we go:
I give myself permission to say these positive words
Permission to read these calmly and in an approving manner
Only positive words
Only positive thoughts
I take this moment,
I am at peace with myself.
I value myself as a person.
I appreciate who I am.
I am a valuable human being.Yes,
I am powerful.
I deserve to relax.
I deserve to be happy.
I deserve to relax now.
Yes, I deserve to see the positivity in everyday events
I deserve to take a deep breath now
I deserve to relax now.
I allow myself now, to take another deep relaxing breath.
As I notice a tense musle (maybe in my neck, back, or even fingers or feet) I relax
Let go of that tension in the muscle
now let go of some more
I take another deep breath now
and feel relaxation and healing calm spread all over my toes and fingers,
healing calm to my feet, legs, arms, neck..

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Useful Advice from Dr. Plotnikoff

May 24th, 2011 No comments

This article contains a couple videos featuring Dr. Plotnikoff offering real, practical and helpful advice to any person with health issues (not only cancer patients)

1-Fundamentals for Cancer Patients, Gregory A. Plotnikoff, MD, MTS, FACP
Dr. Plotnikoff provides insights into some fundamentals for cancer patients through supportive strategies for body, mind, and spirit.

2- Tips for Cancer Patient Appointments & Stress Reduction
Dr. Plotnikoff provides insightful tips to help people with cancer optimize their medical appointments, be supported, and find calm with “skills before pills” in the midst of stress.

If the videos are not playing or not on youtube, let me know, I have these clips saved in my personal archive.

Documentary: The Boy With The Incredible Brain

May 23rd, 2010 No comments

This documentary is very much worth watching. It shows the potential power of the human mind that we ALL posses. As you watch this, I ask you to consider this question: “what is normal?”


Intro: This is the breathtaking story of Daniel Tammet. A twenty-something with extraordinary mental abilities, Daniel is one of the world’s few savants. He can do calculations to 100 decimal places in his head, and learn a language in a week. This documentary follows Daniel as he travels to America to meet the scientists who are convinced he may hold the key to unlocking similar abilities in everyone. He also meets the world’s most famous savant, the man who inspired Dustin Hoffman’s character in the Oscar winning film ‘Rain Man’. (2005)

PS. Mr. Tammet is not a boy as the title of this video implies, he is a genius and a very bright man.

Speak Well to Yourself

September 27th, 2009 No comments

Speak well to yourself because your deep mind is always listening.

By Devin Hasting

How Much Does a Psychologist Make? What is the Salary for Psychology Faculty?

August 26th, 2009 No comments

View the attached PDF file to find the salaries for Full-time Psychology Faculty in U.S. Doctoral Departments of Psychology for the years 2008-2009

pdf_logoSalaries for Full-time Faculty in

U.S. Doctoral Departments

of Psychology

This info came from a 2008-2009 Faculty Salary Survey by the APA Center for Workforce Studies and Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology

These numbers are only for those faculty who are full time, who hold a doctoral degree, and who are in departments of psychology that award the doctoral degrees (e.g., psychology departments, educational psychology departments, and schools of professional psychology). All salaries are 9-10-month salaries.

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How To Become a Counseling Psychologist?

August 13th, 2009 No comments

Counseling psychologists are trained at the doctoral level (usually PhD, but also Psy.D. or Ed.D.) in programs that typically require at least four to five years of graduate study, involving coursework and integrated training experiences in a variety of topical areas and professional skills.

Coursework includes the following:

  • Instruction in the core areas of psychology (biological, cognitive/affective, and social bases of behavior; individual differences; history and systems of psychology)
  • Specialized instruction in theories of counseling and personality, vocational psychology, human life span development, psychological assessment and evaluation, psychopathology, measurement and statistics, research design, professional ethics, supervision, and consultation
  • Supervised practica focused on the development of counseling, psychotherapy, assessment, and consultation skills
  • The equivalent of a one year full-time predoctoral internship in professional psychology
  • Completion of an original psychologically-based dissertation.

Counseling psychology programs usually are housed in departments of psychology or in colleges of education and most are accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

The list of accredited programs can be found here

More detailed information about both accredited and non-accredited training programs is provided in the book, Graduate Study in Psychology, by the American Psychological Association, find it on Amazon:

Many psychology programs now have their own web pages. There are a few good guides online to those interested psychology graduate students. You may also review Dr. Stilwell’s page at the University of Kentucky for additional links to counseling psychology related sites (

Entrance to doctoral programs in counseling psychology is competitive and selective, for there are far more applicants to the programs than can be admitted. Recent data from the APA indicate that the typical counseling psychology program admits one in ten of the applications it receives.

Factors important in the selection process include a bachelor’s (and possibly master’s) degree earned from an accredited college or university, consistently high college grades, research experience, and coursework and/or volunteer or work experience that matches the orientation of the particular doctoral program to which one is applying.

Scores on standardized scholastic aptitude tests such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) usually are considered as well.

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Invaluable Resources for Prospective Psychology Graduate Students

July 27th, 2009 3 comments
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All The Letters After The Name

July 4th, 2009 No comments

The use of the title “Dr.” means that the person has completed an advanced degree program. While it often refers to an M.D. or a Ph.D., it can legitimately be used by many others.

Generally three to four years are required beyond a bachelors degree, and an internship or residency may be required. Here are some of the U.S. and Canadian doctorate degrees:

M.D. – Medical Doctor. This one you already knew, right? Psychiatrists are usually M.D.s (although some are D.O.s).

Ph.D. – Doctor of Philosophy. This is the traditional academic doctorate. A Ph.D. is qualified to teach at a college or university. Psychologists often have this degree. In psychology a Ph.D. can be in Clinical Psychology (with a focus on research and practice), Counseling Psychology (with a focus on practice in less pathological populations), School Psychology (although many school psychologists do not get a doctorate), or just Psychology (many experimental and social psychologists at colleges have this).

You can also get a Ph.D. in Social Work, nursing, and even things like English, Mathematics, and Philosophy.

Psy.D. – Doctor of Psychology. A clinical psychology degree which places more emphasis on practice than research. Psy.D. programs developed to train practitioners who would keep up with research but might never do much research.

D.O. - Doctor of Osteopathy. Very similar to an M.D. Osteopaths generally get the same residency training as M.D. physicians. Their medical schools include additional training in physical manipulation techniques somewhat similar to chiropractic.

D.Sc. - Doctor of Science. More common in Canada than in the U.S. I’m not entirely clear on the distinction between this and a Ph.D. But this is a legitimate degree.

DCM – Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine – A chiropractor.

D.Min. – A minister. – possibly a doctoral level pastoral counselor, but not always. Th.D. or D.Div. are also used.

J.D. – Doctor of Jurisprudence – An attorney.

D.S.W. – Doctor of Social Work. An advanced social work degree, often held by educators in social work.

Ed.D. - Doctor of Education. Many Schools of Education confer this degree. A recipient can be a psychologist, an educational administrator, or someone in another education-related field.

D.C.H. – Doctorate of Clinical Hypnotherapy. Is this a real degree? It is certainly not a standard doctorate. It is offered by the American Institute of Hypnotherapy which is located at (not “”?). Many say there is no such degree as DCH. This degree should not be equated with the above degrees.

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Homeless and Happy

May 28th, 2009 No comments

Have you ever day dreamed about not owning a house, not having to pay rent or mortgage or the never ending utility bills? How about living in the jungle or in a small cabin on some serene hill? Have you ever wished you could climb a mountain, finding a cave and converting it into your residence?

How would you like a small tent or a tipi (tepee) as a place to sleep and rest while having the whole wide world and nature as your real home? ….. Have you ever imagined that?

Have you ever wondered how you would fair without modern life amenities such as electricity, hot water, the internet, personal automotive vehicles or huge grocery stores?

Have you wondered why? Why you live in a city, why you have to work and why we use money?

Have you imagined different systems of living than the ones we live in and rely on nowadays? What would it be like to un-institutionalize yourself from all these systems?

Are homeless people homeless for the same reasons? Is it a life choice? Is it your right to make that choice?

Watch this video about Michael, a homeless person living in the hills around Fairfax, California. It has him talk about his experience, why he is homeless, what it is like to be homeless in Fairfax.

In this interview, Michael says “its my choice to be here right now, i wouldn’t trade [this for anything else]“. He also says that living in nature is a “really healing thing”.

If the video above is not working try watching the interview here: Make sure you read the comments under the video as well.

Suicide Headlines

May 24th, 2009 No comments

I’ve been hearing suicide mentioned often in the news recently so I thought I grab a few recent news articles and compile them here.

Suicide Headlines:

Missing soldier from Fairfield commits suicide in Santa Cruz
SANTA CRUZ — An AWOL soldier committed suicide in a car parked at an ocean overlook on Friday afternoon, three days after he was reported missing from Fort Carson in Colorado.

U.S. Army officials had issued alerts asking for the public’s help in finding Pfc. Roy Brooks Mason Jr., a decorated Iraq War veteran whose hometown is Fairfield, but had no luck finding the 28-year-old.

“We knew that he was missing and we were looking for him,” said Fort Carson spokeswoman Brandy Gill. “We were concerned for him.”

Post sees second suicide in 2 weeks
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Thursday that a Fort Campbell soldier committed suicide Monday night on Dean Road, the second suspected suicide this month by a soldier.

MCSO spokesman Ted Denny did not identify the soldier, saying MCSO policy prohibits release of details about suicides. Fort Campbell said the cause of the soldier’s death is under investigation.

According to 911 records, a call was made just before 8:40 p.m. Monday night to dispatchers indicating a suicide in the 600 block of Dean Road.


Triple killing a double murder-suicide
Authorities: Man killed wife and son before turning gun on himself

Neighbors in The Cedars neighborhood describe Billy and Jolyne Hardy as the typical all-American family.

Billy worked two jobs to provide for his wife and 3-year-old son, and Jolyne, who also held a full-time job, often was seen outside playing with the child, Bryce, and working in the yard.

“Anyone who knows Billy can tell you he was a hard worker and he loved his family,” said Reginald Autrey, neighbor and close friend of the couple. “They were nice people and always have been.”


Dad sent a suicide text before killing his family
Adrian Dunne sent a suicide note via text message before killing his wife, two young daughters and then himself.

The misspelled message told exactly what was going to happen. “Ciara and Aidran are so very sorry. We nott going to Livepol. Instad we pick heaven. Please forgive”. (sic)

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How is a Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology different from other Ph.D. programs?

May 20th, 2009 No comments

Clinical Ph.D. programs have the first 2 years devoted to required coursework and Master’s level research or examination. In addition, students begin the training process of seeing clients in therapy settings. Students are expected to work in clinical practica and internships both before the Master’s and before the Doctorate level.

In general, students need to collect 1,500 hours of post-M.A. internship hours before they receive the doctorate. This means that clinical Ph.D. students need to be very organized and have some measure of emotional stability to handle the stress and the requirements of such a program. Clinical programs are the most competitive in the field of psychology, and this is part of the reason why.

Along with seeing clients, students must still take classes, write their papers for examination, develop and conduct their dissertation research, and be involved in research projects with faculty. Many of them also teach at the same time.

After the Ph.D. is awarded, students must complete an additional 1,500 hours of internship. Finally, after collecting their internship hours, practitioners sit for a licensing exam administered by the state in which they will practice.

The licensing exam has written and oral components. Passing the exam confers licensure to practice as an independent, unsupervised psychologist, usually in the state in which the exam was taken.

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Demystifying Hypnosis

February 7th, 2009 2 comments

Hypnosis is a state of relaxation with a state of heightened awareness all induced by nothing more than suggestion. It is perfectly normal and natural. In fact, hypnosis is a state so natural that every one of us uses it sometime every day without even realizing it.

When we daydream we are experiencing a mild hypnotic trance. ‘Motorway hypnosis’ is a term coined for those periods when we drive somewhere and cannot remember it. That’s a form of hypnotic state. This is how you tend to feel whilst in hypnosis. It is very pleasant, relaxing and extremely comfortable. It’s an altered state of awareness. Many people would liken it to a ‘mental massage’.

The theory behind hypnosis is that we have one brain but two minds – one conscious and the other unconscious. Every day after we wake up, we begin running programs stored deep in our unconscious mind – this is the mind that remembers all the automatic stuff like riding a bike/driving a car, how to make yourself feel good OR bad. This ‘storage area’ is much bigger than the mind you are using to read this now.

They work together; so that when you are driving and your conscious mind suddenly switches to something bothering you [a coworker, a big presentation/fear of height]; your unconscious mind carries on driving until you arrive at your destination or your conscious mind resumes driving, not remembering how you have just driven. If something dangerous had presented itself you would have avoided it.

These running programs, once formed, have an amazing capability for producing the same results, over and over again. Whether they are good for you or bad! Hypnosis gives you the tools to make these programs work FOR YOU!

A hypnotic state is not is sleep, it is not unconsciousness. Nothing can be done to you without you allowing it; you won’t be made to bark every time you pass a dog or cat. For hypnosis to work you must want it to happen, expect it to happen and most importantly allow it to happen.

Some people question if they are in a trance because they don’t experience a mystical transcendental journey; the truth is the depth and state of trance is different for everyone.

However everyone can experience a hypnotic state, be it at varying levels, and thus everyone may benefit from hypnosis.

Hypnosis is effective in all areas of self improvement, in overcoming fears and phobias, in assisting in health and well-being as well. It can be very successful changing habits, overcoming anxiety, losing weight, defeating depression, to name a few of its applications.

Hypnosis has been used for centuries, and millions of people have been helped in many different ways. It’s also said to be an excellent way of relaxing.

Access Your Intuition With A Coin Flip

December 4th, 2008 3 comments

Sometimes, I find it difficult to listen to my inner intuition or gut when trying to make a decision. Selecting a grad school program has been one of these decisions, so far. In this article I will show you a trick I heard about today that involves flipping a coin to help you listen to your gut feeling.

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My Research Into Psychology Grad Programs

November 9th, 2008 7 comments

Psychology always seemed appealing, naturally I’m investigating it as a potential candidate for my grad school. Why am I writing about psychology here? I often aim for sharing my findings with others, that’s why this blog exists, perhaps I could save you some time by offering some info you were looking for.

The collective of the information and lists below are ones I found interesting; not comprehensive or an accurate representation of all that’s out there.

In this article, I first discuss the areas I find interesting, then I go into the salaries for psychologists, then I examine local grad school programs and compare them in a table.. It seems as the MA and PSYD programs at St Thomas are the best fit.. I am waiting for more info on that program from them.

Please make sure you check the comment section as I will be adding more info as it comes there.

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