Archive for June, 2010

A Prayer for the Gulf Of Mexico

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

“I send the energy of love and gratitude to the waters and all living creatures in the Gulf of Mexico and its surroundings.

“To the whales, dolphins, pelicans, fish, shellfish, planktons, corals, algae, humankind … to ALL  living creatures …

“I am sorry.
“Please forgive me.
“Thank you.
“I love you.”

This is Dr. Masaru Emoto’s prayer for the Gulf of Mexico, forwarded by Mary Ellen AngelScribe.

Dr. Emoto has published extensive research on the characteristics of water. He has found that water physically responds to emotions.

As Mary Ellen points out, many of us are predominantly angry when we consider what is happening in the Gulf of Mexico as a result of BP’s massive oil spill.

While our emotion is justified, Mary Ellen suggests, and I agree, that we may be of greater assistance to our planet and all of its life if we collectively and humbly pray for healing.

Help set an intention of love and healing so large and so overwhelming that we can perform a miracle in the Gulf of Mexico.

We are not powerless.
We are powerful.

Our united energy, repeating his prayer daily…multiple times…can literally shift what is happening.

We don’t have to know how, Mary Ellen adds. Just recognize that the power of love is greater than any other power in the universe.

Help take charge … and do our own cleanup!

Amen, Mary Ellen!

Tech Enhanced Training Wheels for Teen Drivers

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

Ford Motor Company has developed a special key that worried parents can program. When their teens use this key to drive certain models of Ford automobiles, the car cannot go faster than 80 miles an hour and it cannot play the stereo at more than half volume. The auto also will not turn on unless all passengers fasten their seat belts.

Think of it as technology-enhanced “training wheels” for teen drivers. Those aged 16 to 19 are four times more likely to crash than other drivers.

Who could argue with using technology to keep kids safe? Technology – especially so-called safety technology – has demonstrated unforeseen consequences, however.

“We have never gotten the full benefits of any safety technology ever invented because people have adjusted their behaviors due to these technologies,” says George E. Hoffer, professor of economics at Virginia Commonwealth University. He was speaking to me back in 2007 when I was writing a column for a syndicate that is now The North Star National.

Hoffer has spent four decades studying and writing about what’s called “offsetting behavior” resulting from automobile safety features such as seat belts and air bags. His research has found that when drivers know their cars have safety devices, they tend to behave less responsibly behind the wheel. In other words, safety technology encourages them to be less cautious.

Another term for offsetting behavior is free will. As souls created and endowed with unconditional freedom, we will always find ways around anyone or anything presuming or purporting to save us from ourselves.

Here’s the fly in this ointment. If this magic key keeps teens from learning to make their own judgment calls behind the wheel, what happens when they finally drive a car without the high-tech protections? Will safer driving have become their habit? Or will they be so conditioned to having big brother take care of them that they remain unprepared to assume full responsibility on the road?

We’ll find out in a few years.