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‘Emotional Education’ Author Answers Questions

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

luisaiaz.JPGStoneScribe today hosts the final stop of the virtual blog tour for Memory in the Cells by author Luis Angel Diaz. Newly translated from the Spanish edition, Memory in the Cells, according to its author, is “where Eckhart Tolle meets What the Bleep Do We Know, but taking you on a much more practical journey.” The author also says the book teaches “emotional education” and shows readers how to transform the “pain body” into the “joy body,” helping to heal all aspects of their lives. (StoneScribe’s review of the book is on BloggerNews.net.)  Yesterday, Luis visited Callie Carling at http://empoweredhealer.co.uk/. For today’s tour stop, StoneScribe asks Luis the questions below.

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StoneScribe: Do you believe in past lives? By that, I mean that the energy of the soul is reborn into more than one physical body. Or is all the pain you discuss simply the result of cellular memories from past generations handed down through DNA?

Luis: Following my education in Hindu philosophy, I took several trainings in past-life therapy and practiced them professionally for several years. I wanted to believe that they were the cause of everything we were suffering.

But after my experience with the cellular memory release work, the issue hardly ever came up and was unexpected for me! What surprised me was that the body frequently brings up information related to past generations or ancestral influences.  They come up all the time during the sessions and there is no doubt in me that they are conditioning us big time! We carry with us many physical, mental and emotional features that our ancestors used to have. Many of the talents and deficiencies we have, have been theirs as well.

StoneScribe: Won’t people in pain be too frightened of feeling their pain at even greater intensity to embrace and explore it, as you encourage readers to do? How do you help your clients into and through the pain body release (PBR) process? Can’t the re-experience of intense pain shut down this process?

Luis: Feeling is our birthright. Not feeling leads us to dysfunction, pain and suffering. So, encouraging people to feel is always a healthy beginning to the resolution of their problems. I agree with you that it can be frightening for many that are not used to do it. Still, it is not a reason not to do what our body is naturally designed to do to heal itself. Based on my experience, a gradual approach is advisable where the person connects with their body daily, allowing the feelings and sensations to arise. The process will take care of itself once we allow it. The method by which we teach people to release the pain body is described in my book. 

We are made out of pure energy. This has been scientifically proven for the past several decades now.  As energy-made beings, our nature is to flow and transform ourselves with the changes that happen to us and around us. When we don’t flow, we contract; therefore, expansion and growth are not possible. The pain body represents the energy in contraction that is no longer flowing and expanding. It creates contractions in our bodies and in our minds. The way to revert this process is to do the opposite. That is, we must finally allow the feelings and sensations in the body to let the energy flow freely.

StoneScribe: You state that the rational mind is the source of the beliefs that cause false pain. Yet readers must use their rational minds to go through the exercise you provide toward the end of the book. How can the rational mind help heal what the rational mind causes?

Luis: To clarify, our mind is an incredible device, designed to support us in our human experience. It is not the rational mind itself that is the problem, but rather its programming.

The “software” we have installed in our minds is what creates the unnecessary pain we suffer as civilized human beings. We have a lot of beliefs that are not true; therefore, we suffer.

So, the process of transformation I am talking about requires that we detect those deceitful beliefs (build awareness), deactivate them properly, and clean the toxic emotional residue created by their presence from our system. We need the support of that part of the mind that is programmed towards healing and self responsibility, leaving aside the part of it that is programmed to be a victim that blames and complains.

StoneScribe: What is the role of forgiveness in CMR? I did not find it mentioned directly in the book.

Luis: What we called forgiveness in our cultural system has become mandatory when actually it is a genuine human need. Holding resentment against or blaming another is like drinking poison expecting the other will to die!

Therefore, forgiveness is the result of the release of those negative feelings out of our bodies with the consequent investigation and deactivation of the beliefs that create those feelings in us.

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Memory in the Cells will be available at Amazon.com on Tuesday Oct. 5, 2010.

Receive a complete library of beautiful personal development gifts by buying the book on the day of its launch. In addition, Luis hosted a telesummit entitled “Healing at a Cellular Level” on Sept. 27, 28, and 29 with a distinguished panel of inspiring authors and speakers on the topic of emotional healing and holistic wellbeing. Receive the audio for free when you buy Memory in the Cells on Oct. 5.

The link to find out how to buy Luis’s book and receive the gifts and tele-summit audio link: http://www.memoryinthecells.com/

Please share your comments and thoughts below. StoneScribe values your perspectives.

No. 1 Amazon Reviewer Lauds Green Stone of Healing(R) Series

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Sometimes we all need to brag a little.

Harriet Klausner, Amazon.com’s No. 1 customer reviewer, gives five stars to Green Stone of Healing® series.

Klausner’s review for each novel is available at its Amazon.com sales page.

The VisionThe Vision “A superb complex character driven fantasy”
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 Fallout “a terrific fantasy…fast-paced throughout…”gsoh2-cover-small.JPG
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gsoh3-cover-small.JPGThe Scorpions Strike :”an engaging tale that has a unique feel to the plot…”
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Outcast “fantasy readers will enjoy this fine entry…”gsoh4-cover-small.JPG
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Find out what has this top reviewer so enthralled.

The series is available in paperback at Amazon and other online bookstores, such as BookLocker.com, and as ebooks (.pdf only) through HealingStone Books.

Avatar reprises ‘ugly American’ theme with high-tech twist

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

avatar.jpgDirector James Cameron’s billion-dollar, award-winning blockbuster, Avatar, bears a striking resemblance to Dances with Wolves in its basic plot. White guy from a military background encounters an indigenous population, falls in love, decides their values and way of life are superior to his, and casts his culture aside.

Of course, there are some refinements to Avatar, mostly the over-the-top technical effects that make this film possible and that are woven into the storyline. The white guy, a crippled former Marine named Jake Sully, uses an avatar, a biomechanical fictional being that is genetically engineered to be half human and half Na’vi, the inhabitants of the planet Pandora. With it he is able to walk again, breath air that is poisonous to human beings, and mingle with the natives to learn their ways.

Avatar is paradoxically plentiful and yet insufficient. The bounty consists of the powerful visual punch that this movie packs. There is so much to see in Pandora that the eyes boggle long before even half of the activity registers in the mind. Watching it non-stop on the big screen is downright exhausting. It’s as though the director does not trust his audience to be able to imagine anything for themselves. In that sense, Avatar unintentionally insults viewers even while offering them the most spectacular blend of animation and live action to come out of Hollywood yet.

As to its lack, the film provides frustratingly superficial glimpses of the natives’ beliefs and spiritual practices, squeezed in between all of the action sequences. Even so, that’s a deal too much for certain critics, who slam it as “anti-human” and “anti-American.” The Vatican doesn’t care for the film’s earth-based faith, and still others bash the portrayal of a white man as yet another savior of an indigenous population.

What do they expect? Cameron, who wrote the script as well as directed, is a white male, so he’s stuck with that viewpoint. No doubt those who find fault would be equally censorious had the director tried to make the film from the native viewpoint.

Critics may gnash their teeth all they want over the movie’s politics, but it is wildly popular precisely because of its advocacy, not despite it. As polls continue to show, more and more Americans have abandoned traditional religions to call themselves independent seekers or simply spiritual. There has also been a huge rise in interest in the goddess, or the feminine divine. On top of that, the public is incensed over unpunished Iraq war profiteering, massive corporate fraud that led to the 2008 economic meltdown yet was rewarded with equally gigantic bailouts, and Wall Street’s baleful influence over Congress and the White House.

Avatar reflects and builds on these trends. The Na’vi tribe’s home is on top of a huge deposit of highly valuable ore that a human corporation wants to mine. Sully’s mission is to persuade the tribe to move peacefully, or his corporate masters will have no qualms about using deadly force to clear the members off their land.

Sully soon realizes and tells his superiors that the natives have no interest in anything the human interlopers could offer them. The Na’vi do not live to amass wealth or power. They love the world that sustains them and try to live in harmony with it and with neighboring tribes.

What a tragedy that the preceding is so threatening to so many Americans. If might-makes-right, profits-uber-alles is now the creed of our culture and country, then we are indeed as lost as Sully is when his avatar inadvertently spends its first night alone outside in Pandora.

This film is also a hit worldwide. In the greedy ore-grubbers, who don’t care who they kill or what they destroy in their profits quest, others clearly recognize the proverbial ugly American. If we also see it and don’t like it, then there’s little point in blaming the mirror, which in this case is a movie called Avatar.

Maybe it’s time to address what causes such a revolting reflection in the first place.

Critics of Sarah Palin overlook her real threat

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Going Rouge“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”

If Nobel Prize winning author Sinclair Lewis were alive today, he would have to rework his statement. A timely version might read, “When fascism comes to America, it will smile and wink like Sarah Palin and carry a cross.”

The book’s name is similar to the title of Palin’s recently published autobiography. But their monikers and their main topic are the only things the two have in common. Unlike Going Rogue, Going Rouge is a compendium of essays and columns that thoroughly and often wittily skewer the former Republican vice presidential candidate and ex-governor of Alaska. The authors form a roster of well-known leftwing and progressive commentators.

Many of the pieces were written in the heat of the 2008 presidential campaign once John McCain tapped Palin as his running mate. A few were published after the GOP election debacle. Although the editors group the essays under varying themes, it gives readers whiplash to move back and forth between the before-after perspectives. A chronological ordering of the work might have been easier to digest.

One of the most powerful parts of the book is the brief compendium of Palin criticisms from conservative pundits. And there is also a good deal of angst from women who worry that Palin’s stark deficiencies in experience and understanding of complex issues set back the cause of serious female candidates for high office.

“Palin won’t bust through the ceiling that has Hillary [Clinton]’s 18 million cracks in it,” writes Slate columnist Emily Bazelon. “She’ll give men an excuse to replace it with a new one.”

While there are many pithy, cogent observations about Palin, most of the contributors do not seem to understand the deeper significance of what they are analyzing. Typical is New York Times columnist Frank Rich, who writes that Palin “puts a happy, sexy face on ugly emotions.”

What Palin truly represents is a sexy, winking stalking horse for a twisted version of Christianity every bit as radical and destructive as Muslim extremism. Adherents of this militant Christianity, known as the New Apostolic Reformation, scheme to remake the United States as a Christian theocracy, and have enlisted significant swaths of the U.S. military in their cause. They want power and control every bit as much as bin Laden and his followers, who dream of imposing a new Muslim Caliphate over the entire Middle East and do not shy away from violence to achieve their ends. Neither do Christian militants.

Not even Jeff Sharlet, author of The Family, an expose of how right-wing politics and politicians are financed on a global scale, connects the dots. Instead, his column compares Palin to Westbrook Pegler, an ultra conservative commentator masquerading as a populist in the early 20th century.

The omission is perhaps the editors’ doing, not Sharlet’s. If there’s one thing left-wing punditry shy away from, it’s examining core religious beliefs. That’s very uncomfortable territory for them.

It’s a shame. The editors of and contributors to Going Rouge might want to spend time reading the knowledgeable researchers at websites like Talk2Action.  Bruce Wilson, the site’s founder, and his colleagues understand exactly what Palin really represents, possibly because they are also people of faith. They are doing their best to alert the rest of us to the true perils of Palin’s rise to political prominence before it is too late.

Gives this book 3.5 stars out of 5.

Evil isn’t always banal

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

The Spear of Destiny

  • Title: The Spear of Destiny
  • Author: Trevor Ravenscroft
  • Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
  • Pub. Date: June 1987
  • ISBN-13: 9780877285472
  • Pages: 400
  • Edition Number: 2
  • Rating **** (out of 5 possible)

In order to explain the otherwise unfathomable rise to power of Adolph Hitler and the Nazis, mainstream historians devised the phrase “the banality of evil.”

Hitler and his henchmen, so the theory goes, appeared so ordinary and mundane that no one could spot their real intentions or their murderous deeds until it was too late. 

The author of this book has a different take on topic. He maintains that Hitler was the reincarnation of an evil political minister from 1,000 years earlier and was motivated by revenge for being castrated.  (Hitler had only one descended testicle. Make of that what you will.)

The central theme of Ravenscroft’s book is Hitler’s strange fixation on an ancient Roman spear, which some believe was the weapon a Roman soldier named Longinus used to pierce the side of Jesus, ending his suffering on the cross. The spear of Longinus came to be known as the Spear of Destiny because the legend surrounding the weapon stated that whatever nation possessed the spear would control the fate of the world.

Hitler fervently believed this legend. When he came to power in 1933, the spear was in a museum in Vienna. According to Ravenscroft, one of Hilter’s primary motivations for expanding German territory prior to World War Two was to possess the spear, which came about in 1938 with Germany’s takeover of Austria.

Ravenscroft also explores Hitler’s occult beliefs and practices, an area mainstream historians either don’t know about or, if they do, they avoid discussing because they don’t want to seem weird. Hitler was very strange, and Ravenscorft’s explanations of the man’s beliefs and practices help our understanding to a certain extent.

Too bad Ravenscroft either did not know about energy or did not choose to reveal further details about it. One of Hitler’s most consequential abilities was his skill in using the energy of consciousness while he was speaking. He may have looked and sounded comical, but his evil intent was to manipulate his listeners at the subconscious (emotional) level. He succeeded, with repercussions on world events that echo to this day.

Long out of print and hard to find, thanks to print-on-demand technology this book is now readily available at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble online and most likely other Internet bookstores, too.

I would give the book 5 stars, but the writing of the edition I own  is terrible and should have been heavily edited before going to print. So it gets 4 stars for fascinating content and a compelling story that takes readers way out of the banality of evil into the full horror of it.

After the defeat of the Third Reich, the United States took possession of the weapon, and has dominated the world’s destiny ever since. If the legend is true, another nation will have to control the spear for that to change.