Wednesday, October 29, 2008

New Review for Book Promo 101

I just received a review for Book Promo 101 from Lillian Brummet and it is posted on my book review site :) This is the link -

Nikki Leigh

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Virtual Book Tour - Einstein and His Famous Equation (The Sage Age)

When most people hear the name Einstein, the next thought is usually his famous equation, E=mc2. Believe it or not, Einstein’s Nobel Prize was not awarded for this revolutionary discovery, but for his lesser known paper on the Photo-Electric Effect also published in the same year. A good deal of the confusion about Relativity Theory is that most folks think it is one theory. It is actually three different ideas submitted in three different papers. The equation showing the relationship of energy to mass can be found in an addendum he submitted three months after publishing the Special Theory of Relativity in 1905. He began work on the General Theory of Relativity in 1907 and finished it in 1915. With it, he added the effects of gravity to his original equations and revolutionized how we view the makeup of the universe. And then there’s the confusion about that light speed squared business. What’s that all about?

Einstein’s first paper was titled “On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies.” This eventually became known as the Theory of Special Relativity. It dealt primarily with how space and time were related, showing that they were actually two descriptions of the same phenomenon known as 4D spacetime. (A description of spacetime and how it differs from 3D space with an added element of time can be found in my article titled “Dimensions.”) It also explained the time dilation between objects which were moving near the speed of light and those that were moving very slow compared to the speed of light.

The paper showed time to be relative to its frame of reference. For example, if you and a buddy are standing in the aisle of a moving jet and tossing a ball back and forth, the two of you seem to be still and the ball seems to be moving at a normal, slow rate of speed. But, to an observer on the ground the ball, you, your friend, and the jet are all moving at 200 mph. The plane provides you with a different frame of reference than the one the observer on the ground has. Both Galileo and Newton understood this concept and called it an “inertial frame.” Einstein enlarged the inertial frame by stating that everything including you, the jet and the observer on the ground were all moving at speeds far below that of light. When one of the objects in the scenario gets ramped up to light speed, everything changes.

Because of this, no one observer had a privileged frame of reference. In other words, if an event happened and was observed in two different spatial locations, the event might appear to have happened simultaneously to one observer and as two separate events to another observer. The different perspectives were due to each observer’s motion in relation to the event. Therefore, both observations would be correct to each observer respectively. It would be impossible for either observer to claim they saw the event the “right” way.

Just as Einstein’s first paper showed that space and time were two descriptions of one phenomenon, similarly, the addendum to this paper showed that energy and mass were also two descriptions of one phenomenon. Energy and mass are not equal, as is often misquoted. They are intra-convertible. A very small amount of mass can be exchanged for a very large amount of energy, as demonstrated by experiments in atomic and nuclear physics. It’s considered one of the most elegant formulas in all of physics because a few characters demonstrate the complex concepts found in the original equation which is big enough to fill a blackboard.

Einstein applied this equation to whether or not an object of mass, any mass, could be accelerated to the speed of light. That’s also were the c2 part of the equation comes into play. The whole thing is about speed, not light. Let’s roll a rock to see how that works. It’s a rather large rock, so it takes a good deal of energy to get it rolling. The energy from that initial push is now stored in the rock as kinetic energy, which it dissipates as it rolls. Any additional pushes just store more kinetic energy than the can dissipate and now it has velocity. So, when we want to stop the rock from rolling, we have to absorb the extra energy it contains. The kinetic energy is proportional to the speed squared. So, if you give the rock twice the energy it can disperse, it will take four times as much energy to stop it from rolling (twice the energy squared is four times the energy). In Einstein’s equation, c represents the speed of light, emphasis placed on the word “speed.” His famous equation then, is the ratio of the energy required to move a mass proportional to the speed of light squared.

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© 2008 MaAnna Stephenson
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November Virtual Blog Tours - A Preview For You

Would you like to be a tour host for one day? There are openings available and we would be happy to speak with you about the possibilities. Its very easy to be a host if you have a blog, radio show, newsletter etc. -- You can still be involved in these tours, but they are filling up fast. There are so many great tours that I should probably mention that you can host more than one tour :)

Mark Tewart - How to be a Sales Superstar (November 3 through December 31)

In this book, Mark Tewart offers very sound advice to improve our life skills, people skills, marketing skills and sales skills. This is much more than the typical "sales book". Learn how to improve your life, your approach and your sales. This book is valuable for anyone who is in a position to sell a product or service. We have a wide variety of articles that can be used during this tour - so hosting Mark is easier than ever. (Email for more information.)

Gurutej - Kundalini Yoga and the Mental Clarity Tour (November 17 - December 12)

Gurutej has informed me that she wants to call this the "Mental Clarity Tour". Do you want to learn more about Stress Reduction, Anxiety Relief, Yoga, Health, Healing, Energy, Meditation, Sleep, Success? She offers valuable tips to help you clear your mind, relief stress, etc - visit her YouTube page for tips -

Founded by Gurutej Khalsa, the Energy Gurus offer life enhancing and stress reduction programs-for individual and groups/organizations-that introduce priceless time-tested techniques. They not only help unleash new levels of personal energy, but they also help to better manage it. In turn that generates great benefits and translates into time and money saving. (Email for more information.)

Dyan Garris - Automatic Chakra Balance DVD and Manifesting Therapy (November 17 - December 12)

Dyan wants to reach out to people who are interested in energy, manifesting, chakra balancing, healing music, you could be a host for Dyan's tour. We want to reach people who are interested in these topics and who have tried The Secret but aren't getting results. Her manifesting therapy can help you discover the problem and move past these blocks.Part of the Spiritual Toolbox™ for relaxation, spiritual transformation, Automatic Chakra Balance™ help in sleeping and vibrational attunement of mind, body, and spirit by Dyan Garris. Doors to the Soul DVD is completely mesmerizing and relaxing! It features a special version of the very soothing song "The Journey." The DVD is designed to automatically balance your energy field in ten minutes! Click here for a sample from the DVD. (Email for more information.)

C J Scarlet - The Kindness Cure (November 17 - December 12)

This is the most unusual promotional event I've worked on in some time. Read on, I think you will want to be involved. Beginning November 17th, CJ will tour cyber space to share her message. As you read above, she is working to bring legions of people into this project and you are only asked to do one kind thing each week for the next year.

You can help anyone who needs a helping hand. Let's spread the word and spread positive thoughts and actions around the world. Would you like to host CJ during her tour or do you have questions? Contact Nikki at a few minutes to watch CJ's video which explains what she is doing and shows you some of the things she has done - Each person is invited to visit and join the revolution. Would you and your blog readers or radio listeners like to learn more about easy ways to make a major difference in your life and the life of others? If so, this is a woman that you need to interview.

C J Scarlet has dealt with her own critical health issues and she understands that "hopeless" feeling. But, she learned that focusing on helping others helped her mental and physical well being. Are you or a loved one facing a health or personal crisis? C J's project can benefit you both. With seventeen years as an advocate for individuals facing tragedy and trauma, and a Humanities Master's Degree with an emphasis on Human Violence, CJ has a solid understanding of the myriad physical and emotional challenges people face and how they habitually-and often ineffectually-respond to them. Tony

"Tony Nap" Napoli - My Father, My Don (November 17 - November 30)

Tony "Tony Nap" Napoli is the son of one of the most powerful and respected organized crime leaders of the modern era. Tony's father was Genovese Family Capo, James "Jimmy Nap" Napoli-a mob kingpin who ruled over the largest gambling empire in America for almost 40 years.

Tony's autobiography is a bold recounting of the confidential world that he and his father inhabited. In candid, no-holds-barred language, Tony describes his life as boxer, army soldier, enforcer, casino boss, fugitive, hustler, and offspring to one of the most powerful mobsters of the century.His story is about the spellbinding dealings of the Napoli empire, but also-the singularly cherished relationship he had with his father, his don. Tony Napoli's roller coaster account of family legend and organized crime followed by his turnaround focus on sobriety and civic contribution is a narrative of our time. (Email for more info.)

Conor and the Crossworlds by Kevin Gerard (November 3 through November 30)

Conor and the Crossworlds series. This series opens with book 1, Conor and the Crossworlds, when 10-year-old Conor Jameson unconsciously calls forth the power of the crossworlds creators who send the mystical beast, Purugama, to accompany the boy on a fantastic journey into the realm of the crosswords. In book 3, Surviving an Altered World (due to be released in December 2008), Conor and Janine Cochran, two everyday high school students find themselves caught in a race to save an altered world after Conor ignores his mentors' warnings and divulges secrets about his past.For details about participating contact Donna at

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Virtual Book Tour - How the Human Body Antenna Transceives Informed Energies (Sage Age)

The physical body is a multi-faceted antenna system. The shapes created from the bones to the cells can radically impact our health and state of well-being. Placing the body in certain ritualistic postures helps us “tune-in” to certain frequencies. Likewise, the conformational shape changes that occur in our cells facilitate the delivery of nutrients and the expulsion of toxins from our system.

As a graduate student in the 1960s, Felicitas Goodman was assigned to translate material for Dr. Erika Bourguignon who was conducting a study on behavior that occurred during religious experience, especially trance states induced by specific body postures. After graduation, Dr. Goodman continued the research and found that there were at least seventy ritual body postures that produced either subtle effects or full-blown altered states of consciousness.

Ritual body postures generally come in two forms: those that are held for long periods, such as yoga postures, and those that are formed by gentle, fluid movements from a previous position and held momentarily, such as those found in Tai Chi. The static positions are like rabbit ears on a television set. To get better reception of a specific channel, they are placed in a certain position and left stationary. It takes at least fifteen minutes of silencing the body and holding a position to enter an altered state. The more fluid movements are akin to a radio scanner. By constantly changing the position of the antenna, multiple frequencies can be received either serially or simultaneously.

The orientation of the antenna to the Earth plane contributes significantly to how well the antenna acts as a transceiver (transmitter/receiver). The most common type of antenna is called a dipole because it radiates from the center point out toward each end of the pole. Each end carries an opposite charge. Depending on what type of frequency they wish to transceive, Ham radio operators orient their antennas either vertically, horizontally, or at a 45-degree angle. Many ritual postures used in prayer also orient the body in these configurations. For example, prayer in the Islamic tradition requires the participant to first stand, then kneel, then bow with the head low and the hips high. Standing is a vertical antenna. Kneeling produces a combined vertical and horizontal antenna. Bowing produces an angled antenna.

The human body is a crystalline lattice that forms a dipole antenna which radiates from the gut area out toward the head and feet and/or out toward each hand. The head and feet carry opposite charges as do each hand. Piezo crystals, which convert electrical energy into mechanical energy and vice versa, are found in the bones, intestines, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage. The body is also full of liquid crystals and minerals that make up the lattice. Placing the body in different positions changes how the crystalline lattice is oriented to the Earth plane, affecting which frequencies it transceives. Changing positions also affects the length of the antenna, which is an important parameter in frequency selection.

The condition of the soil around an antenna also determines how well it transceives. Rich soil amplifies the antenna’s ability to radiate and increases the range of frequencies the antenna can receive. Perhaps this is why so many practitioners prefer to do their Tai Chi exercises in a park setting. Broadcast engineers have long known that using multiple antennas in specific arrays also enhances the ability to transceiver. Participating in group Tai Chi or meditation circles has this same effect.

Cell membranes are liquid crystal structures. A single cell in the body is a very small, very short antenna. Because it is so short, the frequency it transceives is very high and loaded with energy. Individually, each cell is either acting as a broadcast antenna and transmitting its status or acting as a receiving antenna to obtain what it needs. Collectively, similar cells transmit their own unique signal. For example, liver cells differ slightly from spleen cells. Individually, each liver cell would transceive its own signal, but collectively, all liver cells transceive as if they are one large antenna operating on the same frequency. This is the basic principle used in acupuncture. In ancient Chinese medicine, the liver is not considered to be just one specific organ located in just one place inside the body, as Western anatomy would picture it. In ancient Chinese medical philosophy, “liver” is considered to be a specific energy, or vibration, radiating within and through the entire body system.

Until recently, biology has considered chemical reactions to be the primary mechanism for cellular communication. But studies show that an electromagnetic (EM) frequency is transmitted just prior to the chemical interaction. This results in a conformational shape change of the receptor molecules that reside on the surface of the cell. These shape changes have the full attention of internationally recognized pharmacologist and researcher, Dr. Candace Pert, who authored Molecules of Emotion as well as renowned cell biologist, Dr. Bruce Lipton, who authored The Biology of Belief. When the receptors become excited, they vibrate and move themselves into specific shapes. This changes the frequency at which they transceiver. According to Lipton, this “creates a virtual cacophony of information” and the cell filters out “specific frequencies as behavioral signals.” Dr. Pert refers to the receptors as keyholes. When they change shape, only specific molecules can enter them, delivering the proper chemicals to the cell. Understanding conformational shape change at the cellular level will give biology an entirely new perspective on the body as an energetic structure. It will lead directly to ushering in an era of vibrational medicine instead of interactions being based entirely on chemical exchanges.

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Virtual Book Tour - Is Texting Really an Ancient Art? (Sage Age)

Many professional writers and editors lament that the English language is being obliterated by the casual use of more symbolic language on mobile devices and some social media internet sites.

They cite two main grievances, which are that casual writing formats are showing up where formal writing styles would be more appropriate and that most people don’t know the difference. Are we witnessing the demise of a modern language or the birth of a new way to communicate that is rooted in ancient traditions?

The history of language and the written word is a fascinating trip through the evolution of human thought. Well crafted alphabets such as Hebrew, Greek, Arabic and Syrian have deeper functions than simply conveying words. They contain the essence of sacred sound, number, as well as the origin of change and motion.

For instance, symbolic communication is seen in certain ritualistic dancing. Some Asian and Polynesian cultures still practice this art, and the stories depicted by the dances are passed on to the next generation. However, to foreign eyes the symbols are only pretty movements and the tale is lost due to lack of translation. This type of symbolic communication through movement is rooted in primal language.

Prehistoric tales around the campfire were probably not conveyed using long sentences strung together. They consisted mainly of gestures augmented by sound and a few words. This method still serves as the basis of modern sign language. Several current linguistic historians have explored such ritual gestures as a possible origin of what eventually became the Hebrew language. When gestures are made that imitate the letters which constitute some of the basic Hebrew words, their functional meaning becomes quite clear.

Greek letters also represent numbers. Athena was a virgin goddess and her sacred number was seven, which is a prime number indivisible by any other number. The numbers associated with the Greek letters in her name add up to 77 (length). The letters of her epithet, which is Pallas, equal 343, which is seven cubed (an indication of volume). The letters of her appallation, which is parthenos or virgin, equal 515. The degree angle of a heptagon, a seven sided figure, is 51.5 degrees. This indicates area.

Pictorial based written languages such as those found in China and Japan are purely rooted in symbology. They were first developed to convey whole ideas, not single words or letters. The hieroglyphics of the Egyptian language were much the same. The name of the pharaoh was not nearly as important as the fact that the symbol represented the incarnation of the sun god.

The idea of using symbols and abbreviated text in casual writing may strike Western readers as a lack of discipline or education. However, it may be a sign of the changing times toward a melding of global influence. The well formed alphabets mentioned previously are thousands of years older than the characters and structures used in the English language and they are still living languages today. By using symbols and abbreviations in everyday English, are we being lazy or are we opening ourselves to a cultural shift in our thinking?

Here’s something to consider. It’s very difficult for most folks to think without the use of words. Try it. Now, what if you could think in another language, like Chinese? Perhaps instead of words, you might be able to think in whole concepts or in the fluid waves of motion. What if you could think in Greek. Perhaps you could imagine spatial dimensions as well.

The lament presented by writers and editors is the grieving of loss and an inquiry about the future. In the West, our casual language has infiltrated formal writing for centuries. But, adding or deleting words to the lexicon is very different from changing the basic rules by which we communicate. By incorporating more symbolic language, are we simply adapting to current technology and the accelerated pace of life or are we changing the way we perceive and communicate at a more basic level?

For the last ten years, several movies and books have appeared concerning the coming of the Indigo children. One of their hallmark characteristics is the ability to communicate with one another telepathically. As a group, they form an interconnected matrix that is constantly in touch with every other point on the web.

Current mobile technology emulates this type of interconnectedness. By incorporating a phone, an internet connection, and a camera, hand-held devices give each owner immediate global interaction at an unprecedented level. Remember one of the recent earthquakes in China? A particular cell phone owner captured the event via video that showed at least ten other people doing the same. At the time, each participant considered it more important to document the event than to seek safety.

We are no longer telling our stories only with words. We are communicating through pictures and sound at a personal level and our unique point of view has less to do with our reaction and thought process than it does with where we were standing at the time in relation to the focal point of the event.

There is one fortunate side effect of this trend. When the Indigo children do arrive en masse, being in constant contact with one another will not be seen as odd or strange. More importantly, it will not be viewed as threatening. Perhaps we are merely using today’s technology to usher in a major shift in the way we connect with one another. It is very likely that the evolution of our language will be a blending of science and intuitive wisdom into a new form of interconnectivity.

Some content excerpted from The Sage Age – Blending Science with Intuitive Wisdom
© 2008 MaAnna Stephenson
Content may be used freely with proper credit and a link to

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Virtual Book Tour - How the Shape of Things Affects Us (The Sage Age)

This is a new article from MaAnna Stephenson about some topics that relate to the content of her book - The Sage Age.

How the Shape of Things Affects Us

From the creation of the Platonic solids, which are five unique models that embody the perfect combination of whole shapes, to the beautiful and complex symmetry of a modern fractal pattern, humans have been fascinated with shapes and how they interact to create things. But did you know that researchers in biology and chemistry are now finding that shape has everything to do with the way our cells function and even how we can tell one smell from another?

A previous article on the body antenna detailed how placing the body in certain shapes formed by ritualistic postures aids in the transmission and reception of certain frequencies. It also touched on the conformational shape changes that happen at the cellular level just prior to a chemical exchange. It’s known as a receptor lock-and-key model because the receptor changes into a specific shape that will only accept a molecule that fits it like a key.

This is a very important discovery for biologists and pharmacologists because it will lead to new ways of targeting the delivery of drugs at much lower doses. Eventually, it may also lead to a new vibrational understanding of the physical body that will eliminate treatment by pharmaceuticals altogether.

One of the newest forms of drug delivery methods is through nasal sprays. The brain and nervous systems are protected from infection by what is known as the blood-brain barrier. The molecules that make up viruses and bacteria are too large to pass through the narrow passage. Unfortunately, this barrier also keeps drugs needed to treat the nervous system from being administered intravenously. However, the barrier can be bypassed via the nose. Have you ever noticed that certain smells can trigger memories? That’s because the most ancient part of the brain can be directly accessed through the nasal passages. This is also why aromatherapies are so effective. They stimulate chemical changes at the very root of the nervous system.

The combination of investigations into bypassing the blood-brain barrier with nasal sprays, the conformational shape changes of receptors, and the affects of aromatherapy led to a very interesting discovery. In 1991, Dr. Linda Buck headed a team of researchers at Harvard Medical School investigating the source of smell. What she found won her a Nobel Prize. It was well known that millions of nerve cells lie at the top of the nose near the eyes. On the surfaces of these nerve cells lie over 1,000 different smell sensors called odorant receptor cells. Buck discovered that these receptor cells work just like hormones and neurotransmitters in that they recognize shape and combine in a lock-and-key manner. But, unlike hormones and neurotransmitters, the odorant receptor cells are not exclusive to accepting only the one type of molecule they recognize. These odorant receptor cells can combine and reorder themselves to recognize 10,000 different smells. After binding, the cell sends a signal to two specific places in the olfactory bulb in the brain that carries messages to the primitive brain areas, which control emotions and affect the limbic system and to the higher brain areas that control conscious discrimination. In her book, Molecules of Emotion, Dr. Candace Pert describes the limbic system as a hypothetical construct that is considered to be the seat of emotions in the brain.

But, there’s another side to this story. Biophysicist Dr. Luca Turin believes that smell is not recognized by shape alone. He believes that it is a combination of shape and vibration. That’s because molecules with the same shape can smell very differently. Turin lives in France where the perfume industry is a multi-billion dollar business. Manufacturers often employ hundreds of chemists in an effort to isolate and develop new smells. Turin wanted to find a way to improve this process.

The vibrational theory of smell was first popularized by British scientist Malcolm Dyson in 1938. In 1977, the research was picked up by R.H. Wright who applied modern technological advances to his investigation. But neither scientist was able to explain how the process worked at a level that would satisfy the publication standards of most scientific journals. In the early 1990s, Turin used egg whites to show that proteins can conduct electricity. He concluded that the olfactory bulb cells could channel electrons like a battery and sense their vibratory content. Even with this new evidence, most of his colleagues dismissed Turin’s ideas out of hand without so much as even reading his paper. Finally, in 1996, Turin was published in Chemical Senses and his story was picked up by the media who sensationalized it. Turin’s research ultimately got the attention it deserved. Turin left academia and began his own scent molecule production company called Flexitral. By using the vibrational method to ascertain new smell molecules, he is able to employ just one chemist, making his company radically more profitable than other research and manufacturing facilities. In 1992, Turin wrote Parfum: Le Guide which has become France’s best-selling perfume guide in history.

To date, it has taken the efforts of pharmacologists, chemists, biologists, aromatherapists and a perfume manufacturer to shed new light on how shapes affect us. Through the blending of science with intuitive wisdom, we will continue to bring new models into play which will revolutionize how we understand the vibrational aspects of the body.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Virtual Book Tour - Excerpt from Chapter 7, The Sage Age

Science Excerpt - Chapter 7 - Sound, Light and Time Sound

In this section, we’ll explore how the natural harmonic series is created and how sound is treated differently in the East and West. By examining the common roots of ancient musical scales we can see how each culture’s belief system affected what they considered to be sonically acceptable. Initially, the production of sound, especially by means of the voice or an instrument, was considered to have cosmic or even divine connections. The purpose here is to show how the split in the belief systems between East and West is documented through sound as it relates to music.

Since ancient times, sound has been regarded as a source of creation. According to Hebrew texts, God created the heavens and the Earth and everything therein by simply speaking them into existence. The ancient Chinese believed that the cosmos reverberated with a sound called Kung from which the physical world was created and sustained. Hinduism asserts a similar belief of an inaudible sound called the Divine Vibration that is reflected by the utterance of the sound OM during meditation. The ancient Egyptians believed the god Ra spoke the name of a thing and it came to be.

Like the Hindu, they uttered a sacred word that aligned them with the divine and it was AMN, which became the modern day Amen. The Australian Aborigines believe that we “sing” the world into being and that we are creating as we name things.1 The Aborigines also believe that they are guided on their walkabouts by an invisible map they call “songlines.”2

All ancient cultures on Earth eventually developed some type of orthodox musical system consisting of standardized pitches and intervals. Archeological records of instruments found either intact or in carvings or paintings affirm that every culture was aware of some form of pentatonic scale. As its name suggests, the pentatonic scale consists of five notes. While there might be a supernatural or metaphysical connection to account for how each culture came to this same conclusion, there is a very simple and down to earth explanation for it as well.

Let’s take a mythical journey back to a time when humans lived in caves and imagine how sound might have become sacred music in the first place. Caves are reverberant spaces. The hard, smooth rock walls would reflect or echo any sound produced inside the cave. Never having heard an echo, Bruno, our first-time cave dweller, was disconcerted by this phenomenon every time he made a sound and thought perhaps other people or creatures in the cave had created the returning sounds.

But after some time he figured out that it was the sound of his own voice being reflected by the cave walls. As part of a ritual blessing of his new surroundings, he made sounds and gestures to ward off any harmful spirits and made the cave his own. Then, to encourage beneficial spirits to come protect him in his new home he made one long sustained sound. Suddenly the faint echo of women’s voices began to emerge from the cave. This startled Bruno, but he accepted it as the voices of the spirits who had answered him. What our mythical Bruno experienced might well have been the beginnings of musical harmony.

All tones can produce harmonics. When one vibrant note is sustained in close, reflective surroundings such as a cave, a standing wave is created. This intensifies the volume of the sound. The delayed echoes begin to interfere with the standing wave and a new sound is created, namely the second harmonic. The reason it might have sounded like a woman’s voice to Bruno was because it was an octave higher than his own voice. In musical terms, Bruno’s original note is called the root, the first or the tonic of the scale. The sound he heard being produced by the reflective properties of the cave is called the octave. If Bruno sounded the tonic and his female companion sounded the octave, it is very likely that they would produce enough sonic energy for the third harmonic to emerge, which would be the dominant or the fifth of the scale. Again, it would sound to them like an ethereal woman’s voice, very high and very faint. It is not difficult to imagine why prehistoric folks might have considered this phenomenon and these sounds sacred. They may have even considered the cave sacred for a time because although the phenomenon is easily reproduced, the size of the cave determines which note will generate a standing wave in it. So, if Bruno sounded the same note in a different cave, he would have heard an echo, but may not have been able to conjure a standing wave that produced the type of audible overtones mentioned above. If he were adventuresome and curious, he might have by trial and error discovered the proper note to sound which would produce a standing wave in the new cave. Historically, we know that humans did figure out this relationship and the mathematical record of this discovery can be found in the design of the interior structure in the great European cathedrals. Even before the advent of mathematics this geometric relationship was sonically discovered by every culture on Earth. It is also why modern folks still get a kick out of singing in the shower stall or empty subway station too. Even if standing waves are not produced, the multiple echoes deliver a rich harmonic environment. It just feels good to be surrounded by those sounds.

It’s not likely that cave singing was the method that led to the discovery of the entire series of harmonics which served as the source for the pentatonic scale. An incredible amount of sonic energy would have to be produced to summon harmonics in caves or other reverberant spaces and the harmonics would be so much fainter than the original sounds it’s likely that they would have been lost in all the echoes. Not to mention the fact that it takes a well-trained ear to hear above the sixth harmonic; something Bruno probably had not yet developed. It wasn’t until the advent of stringed instruments that a more scientific and mathematical approach to sound was taken.

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FREE Teleseminar Thursday Oct 23 for Female Entrepreneurs

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Virtual Book Tour - Excerpt from Chapter 1, The Sage Age

Intuitive Excerpt - Chapter 1 - The Body Antenna

The Body as an Antenna

This chapter explores how the body itself can be regarded as a multifaceted antenna system that acts as a transceiver (transmitter/receiver) of informed energies, or vibes. We will explore the dimensions and posturing of the physical body and show how it works like a broadcast antenna.

We’ll also see how the internal components of the body make shapes that aid in transceiving multiple forms of information. The physical body is sheathed in layers of energy bodies as well, such as the etheric and astral bodies, which themselves act as transceivers for frequencies that are beyond physical measurement at this time. We’ll show how these energies interact with the physical body. And lastly, we’ll discuss the advent of a quantum biological antenna system and the new avenues of discoveries those ideas open for us to explore.

Ritual Body Postures

In the 1960s, Felicitas Goodman was a graduate student in linguistics at Ohio State University. In this position she had the responsibility of translating material for Dr. Erika Bourguignon who was conducting a study on behavior that occurred during religious experience. Of specific interest to Dr. Bourgurgnon were the physiological changes that occurred during trance states induced by various body postures. Later, these findings were confirmed by Canadian psychologist V.F. Emerson who verified that subtle changes in body functioning were a direct result of using different body postures. After graduation, Dr. Goodman continued to investigate this field and found that included within many cultures, there were at least seventy ritual body postures that produced either these subtle effects or full blown altered states of consciousness.

Ritual body postures generally come in two forms: those that are held for long periods and those that are danced into and held momentarily. The commonly known Lotus Position in Yoga is of the first type. Once the position is formed, it is held while the participant focuses on breathing techniques in order to enter an altered state of meditation. It takes at least fifteen minutes of silencing the body and mind enough for it to enter an altered state. Often times, some form of rhythmic cue like a drumbeat or bell is sounded to signal the nervous system to enter an altered state. Tai Chi and QiGong movements are of the second type, where each position is formed by gentle, fluid movements from the previous form. Each position is held momentarily, if at all.

Perhaps it would be helpful to think of the static positions like moving the rabbit ears on an old television antenna. To get better reception on a specific station, the rabbit ears might have to be positioned a certain way and left stationary for the duration. If you want to tune to another station, the antenna might have to be repositioned to get better reception of that broadcast frequency. Holding the body in a specific position during meditation is akin to this tuning of the antenna. Positioning and then holding the body in a certain way allows it to acquire a specific frequency more clearly.

The more fluid movements of Tai Chi are akin to a radio scanner. By constantly changing the position of the antenna, multiple frequencies that are harmonious with one another can be received either serially (one after the other) or simultaneously. This is one of the reasons that the exercises are done slowly, to allow the body time to receive each frequency and to allow time for the chi, or vital energy, to flow through the body. Many of the exercises related to the martial arts use routines that have been honored for centuries. The order of the positions, moving one to another, is very specific, just as a radio scanner moves linearly from one frequency to another until it finds a broadcast signal.

It receives that signal and then returns to scanning. Some of the routines used in QiGong facilitate an orderly energizing of the chakra system from lowest to highest in frequency. The movements of both Tai Chi and QiGong move chi, or vital energy, by stimulating the electrical circuitry of the meridians along which chi flows, activating the body’s own natural healing system. Mental awareness of the movements also strengthens the mind-body connection.

The meridian system, developed by the ancient Chinese practitioners of acupuncture, show the entry and exit points of chi all throughout the human body. When a person deliberately places their physical body in different positions, it allows these entry and exit points to more easily interact with the subtle energy bodies as well as the chi in the surrounding area.

Ritualistic positioning of the body not only allows reception of certain frequencies and energy bands, it also aids in the transmission of that energy. Several studies have shown verifiable evidence that QiGong masters can project Qi up to several feet away from their body. Other studies show multi-ranging frequencies emanating from the hands of energy healers. It is as if the healer is scanning the patient, just as a radio scanner rapidly searches all bands for a broadcast signal. Once a signal of interest is found, the healer tunes in to that frequency and broadcasts healing energy to the patient.

This healing technique is akin to a radio repeater station. A repeater station receives a broadcast on one frequency and then retransmits that signal on another frequency. This is how television was initially broadcast across the country. As an example, the original signal from New York might have been broadcast on a frequency that matched Channel 2 which a repeater station in Pennsylvania then received and rebroadcast to its local area on a frequency that matched Channel 5. The frequency changed, but the information the signal carried remained the same and was rebroadcast by the repeater station. Many energy workers confirm this process. They state that they are merely re-broadcasters, focus-points or conduits of healing energy. The information in the healing energy does not originate with them. The healer simply rebroadcasts the energy on a frequency that can be received by the patient.

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What a Great Way to Start the Day

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Brillante Weblog Premio Award For a Shining Star

Brillanteaward_thumb_thumb1 Every so often someone shines their ray of light on all they meet. Such is the case with Nikki Leigh. It's no wonder with the light she shines that Nikki loves Lighthouses.

I am selecting Nikki for the Brillante Weblog Premio Award for all the wonderful work she does for her clients and gaining them visibility through amazing book blog tours.

Nikki gives 100% to all she does and deserves to be recognized for this. You can learn more about Nikki Leigh at

In success,
Kathleen Gage
The Street Smarts Marketer

Monday, October 20, 2008

Virtual Book Tour - Details of The Sage Age

Let's take a look at a description of each chapter in The Sage Age.

The Sage Age - Book Synopsis – Chapter by Chapter

Chapter 1 - The Body Antenna Explores the physical body as an antenna system and how using ritual body postures and breathing techniques helps tune that antenna. It also includes a description of how broadcast and receiving antennas work and compares them to how the body functions.

Chapter 2 - The Physical Body Transceiver Examines the body’s crystal lattice system, which includes the bones and compares them to the shape and makeup of antennas. It also delivers new vibrational models, which demonstrate how the body communicates internally all the way down to cellular level. Included is a section on the electromagnetic light fields of the heart and brain and how they provide the power and transmission signal of the body antenna.

Chapter 3 - The Energy Bodies Explores the types of information that are broadcast and received by the physical body and through the energetic subtle bodies. Descriptions of the meridian and chakra systems are given as well as the characteristics of the individual subtle energy bodies. A section on morphogenetic fields describes where the vibrational information for these systems resides.

Chapter 4 - The Mind-Body Antenna Delves into the mind-body antenna system and explores the power of thought, the existence of thought-forms and healing with intention. It also covers altered states of awareness including how such states are purposely used for healing, precognition and shamanic practice.

Chapter 5 - Metaphysics - The Study of the Intangible World Covers metaphysics and the study of the intangible world. It includes sections on how dualism effects perception; the root of information and knowledge; and how most of what we notice in the world is actually projected from our own memory. This chapter also covers how we incorporate new information and determine meaningfulness and relatedness.

Chapter 6 - Common Roots of Eastern and Western Thought A comparative study in the common roots of both Eastern and Western cultures, which gives insight into understanding how today’s explorations and discoveries are actually the fruit of ancient questions. It also explores the role of symbols in understanding complex, abstract ideas and why we are returning to the use of them.

Chapter 7 - Sound, Light and Time Covers the topics of sound, light and time as these are key ingredients into future understandings concerning our move into the age of vibration. The chapter explores how each topic has historically been used in both the rational sciences and the intuitive arts.

Chapter 8 - Physics - The Study of the Material World Explains physics and the study of the material world in layman’s terms. Sections include topics on fields and forces, phase states of matter and holograms. Each topic has simple analogies with common, everyday type examples to help illustrate the points being brought forward.

Chapter 9 - Waves Defines the different types of waves including light waves and quantum waves and how waves interact to create patterns such as a hologram. Sections also include all known phases of matter and defines the special phase of ultimate coherence.

Chapter 10 - Cosmology - The Study of the Infinitely Large Explores the universe and shows how Einstein's theories challenged Newtonian models and revolutionized our understanding of space, time and spacetime. There is also a section on the zero point field as it relates to cosmology.

Chapter 11 - Quantum Physics - The Study of the Infinitely Small Delves into quantum physics and demystifies the mind-boggling concepts this new science presents. You’ll understand why it has impacted every other branch of science and the controversial nature of what its theories imply. Sections include faster-than-light travel; parallel universes; Chaos Theory; and String Theory. This chapter also discusses the importance of treating information as a fundamental element.

Chapter 12 - Medicine Explores the role and purpose of medicine and gives briefs
on alternative therapies which are gaining popularity. Many of these practices are rooted in ancient traditions, which are being combined with modern therapies.

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Book Promo 101 by Nikki Leigh - USA Best Book Awards

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Book Promo 101 is an Award-Winning Finalist in the Business-Writing category of the National Best Books 2008 Awards, sponsored by USA Book News

Just had to share the news.

Nikki Leigh

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Virtual Book Tour - The Sage Age by MaAnna Stephenson

Combining the knowledge of physics with intuitive practice is no small task. The two disciplines often use the same words to mean entirely different things. Written for the seeker with more than a casual interest, The Sage Age – Blending Science with Intuitive Wisdom demystifies complex ideas with intelligent analogies and examples designed to appeal to both the scientist and the natural intuitive.

Four years in the writing, this expansive new work combines knowledge from the physical sciences and the intuitive arts to present a visionary perspective that harmonizes these diverse disciplines into one body of knowledge.

With a well-researched approach to its subjects, The Sage Age covers a broad range of material from ancient to modern thought, frontier science and current intuitive practice to deliver a depth and breadth of understanding that culminates in a holistic perspective for our time.

Living up to its mantra of "new models for new thought," The Sage Age is certain to be a catalyst for dialogue and is destined to be a major work in its field.

This is a detailed table of contents from The Sage Age with Headings and Subheadings

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - The Body Antenna
The Body as an Antenna
Ritual Body Postures
How Light Radiates
Overview of Frequency
Antennas and the Physical Body
Multi-antenna Arrays
Near-field and Far-field Radiation Patterns

Chapter 2 - The Physical Body Transceiver
Piezo Crystals
Liquid Crystals and the Body’s Crystalline Lattice
Bio-electromagnetics and Intra-cellular Communication
Smelling Shapes
Bio-electronics and Bio-electricity
Bio-photons - Light from Living Organisms
Brain and Heart Light Fields
Exterior and Global EM Fields

Chapter 3 - The Energy Bodies
Meridian System
Chakra System
Subtle Energy Bodies
The Etheric Body
The Emotional Body
The Mental Body
The Astral Body
The Celestial Body
The Causal Body
Morphogenetic Fields
Quantum Biological Antenna System

Chapter 4 - The Mind-Body Antenna
The War of the Worlds
PSI Research
PEAR Research and the EGG Project
Group Focused Intent
The Measurement Problem in Science
Healing with Thought
Placebo Effect
Multiple Personality Disorders
Effect of Environment
Shamanic Medical Practice
Earth Energy Effects
Shifts in Awareness
Altered States of Awareness
Near-Death Experience

Chapter 5 - Metaphysics - The Study of the Intangible World
Dualism - One Understanding Itself
Information and Knowledge
Perception and Conception
Expressing Relationships
Consciousness - The New Holy Grail

Chapter 6 - Common Roots of Eastern and Western Thought
One Origin
Western Basics
Eastern Basics
Symbols and Mathematics

Chapter 7 - Sound, Light and Time
Keeping Time
Synchronicity and Coincidence

Chapter 8 - Physics - The Study of the Material World
Atomic Theory
Many-worlds Theory
Fields and Forces
Scalar Waves
The Earth
Fired Earth
Geopathic Stress
Magnets and Lodestone
Schumann Resonance (was Schumann Resonance / Lightning)

Chapter 9 - Waves
Light Waves
Quantum Waves
Wave Interference Patterns
Beat Frequency
Fourier Transforms
Phase States
Coherent States

Chapter 10 - Cosmology - The Study of the Infinitely Large
Black Holes and White Holes
Relativity in Cosmology
Cheating Infinity
The Zero Point Field in Cosmology

Chapter 11 - Quantum Physics - The Study of the Infinitely Small
Causation and Causality
How Quantum Physics Began
Living in the Shadows - Back to Plato’s Cave
The Great Debates – Wave/Particle Duality and the Observer’s Role
One Slit or Two? - The Wave/Particle Experiment
The Particle Zoo - Not Seeing is Believing
Non-locality - Spooky Action at a Distance and Entanglement
Yes, No, Maybe – Schrödinger’s Cat and the Demise of Certainty
Dimensions - The Different Types
Parallel Universes and the Multi-verse
M Theory - Strings and Things
The Holomovement of David Bohm
Chaos Theory
The Zero Point Field in Quantum Physics
Information as a Fundamental Element
Geometrical Models of Space and Time

Chapter 12 - Medicine
The Goal and Purpose of Medicine
Drug Therapies
Massage, Therapeutic Touch and Touch Therapy
Therapeutic Touch
Magnetic Therapy
Flower Essences
Light Therapy
Color Therapy
Ayurvedic medicine
Electro Therapy

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Kick off the Virtual Book Tour for MaAnna Stephenson and The Sage Age

Between October 19 and October 27, I'll be sharing information about MaAnna Stephenson and her book - The Sage Age - Blending Science with Intuitive Wisdom. Each day we'll share some information about the book, excerpts, and some associated articles that relate to these science and intuitive topics.

Bio for MaAnna Stephenson
Author of The Sage Age – Blending Science with Intuitive Wisdom

While currently known as a visionary thinker and new author, MaAnna Stephenson is a true Renaissance woman. From an early age she was exposed to a myriad of influences including her father's engineering and artistic endeavors, her maternal line of intuitives, and an intrinsic fascination with sound and music. Born in the small town of Humboldt, Tennessee, MaAnna began her journey as the youngest of three children with a huge age gap between her siblings and herself. Constant inclusion in the world of adults led to an early maturity and perhaps a different view of the world than most children experience – especially with the special gifts of the adults in her family. None of it was lost on young MaAnna. "My mother was also an intuitive, as were all the women in my immediate family. Having psychic senses was quite normal and the information derived from these methods was respected and adhered to. I became accustomed quite early to the fact that there were things - forces and powers - which could not be measured with a ruler but were just as real as anything I could see or touch."

An additional gift was bestowed by her paternal grandmother – the gift of music. Time spent at the organ with her grandmother, who was well known for her passion for music, ignited a flame in MaAnna as well. By the time she was a teenager, she was already a multi-instrumentalist and composer, exploring sounds and techniques with special interest in how they affected listeners spiritually and emotionally. Her advanced education continued this line of exploration as she attended Jackson State Community College and Lambuth University concurrently, double majoring in Music and Acoustics with a special apprenticeship at a local recording studio as a sound engineer.

MaAnna transferred to Jackson Area Vocational and Technical School, acquiring a degree in Electronics. This led to a prestigious job offer and subsequent move to Dallas, TX in 1984. She continued her work in sound engineering and music with several international hits to her credit.

After a decade in the big city, she accepted a field assignment in Nashville, TN where she has resided since. It was in Nashville that she began her writing career with a short story triggering what she calls "soul memories." In response to her experience, MaAnna began her self-education in the fields of technical, scientific and New Age thought, exploring ancient mysticism and the rational sciences with equal emphasis. After a five-year preparation period, she was initiated as a shamanka. Her training for this initiation further contributed to her education process as she continued her studies in reconciling the rational sciences and the intuitive arts. This process has culminated in the writing of the newly released "The Sage Age – Blending Science with Intuitive Wisdom".

While maintaining this intense pace, MaAnna has somehow found time to feed her inner artist, working in stained glass, wood carving and, of course, continuing to indulge her love of music. A member of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, she considers herself a "bridge builder" as well as an artist, composer, scholar and author. Her current focus on "new models for new thought" is leading her to develop interactive classes that continue to explore the concepts in "The Sage Age".

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Friday, October 17, 2008

The Butterfly

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The Butterfly

A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could, and it could go no further.

So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings.

The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time. Neither happened! In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly.

What the man, in his kindness and haste, did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were God's way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our lives. If God allowed us to go through our lives without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been. We could never fly!


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Happy, Wealthy and Wise with Lili Fournier

Happy, Wealthy and Wise

Today’s most influential thinkers, inspiring teachers and visionaries present powerful insights to achieving authentic success, which has become the defining spiritual quest of our time.

Sam Keen, Jack Canfield, Marci Shimoff, Harv Eker, Byron Katie, Sir John Templeton, Richard Carlson, Hale Dwoskin, John Assaraf, Janet Attwood, Hari Nam Singh Khalsa, and Gabrielle Roth.

Everyone has a dream. Everyone has a Quest. This feature length film takes you on an incredible journey to discover the secrets to living a life filled with passion, excitement, joy and financial freedom. Not a phony quick-fix solution, but a way to actually seize your someday today.

Everyone wants to know the secret, to put their finger on the magic button in their search for wealth, happiness and a deeply meaningful purpose-driven life. Ideally, all would delight in an open-sesame to riches and overnight fame. Well you can’t get any more direct than this.

Quest: Happy, Wealthy & Wise is fresh. It’s provocative. It’s a sexy meeting of philosophy, open minds, dramatic vignettes, and incredibly effective life-altering techniques and practices.
Experience a whole new frontier open before your eyes, filled with new possibilities and watch your life change inexorably for the better!

Award winning filmmaker, Lili Fournier, is credited with leading the way in pioneering spiritual programming on the airwaves across North America. This is her 12th Quest special, and her best work to date.


Your step-by-step daily guide to the spiritual power secrets to help you achieve happiness and extraordinary success.

You’ll learn
• the simple yet incredibly effective steps to building your house of happiness,
• how to create personal wealth,
• how to use powerful personal change techniques like The Work by Byron Katie,
• and the Sedona Method with Hale Dwoskin.

And so it is that we set off in life on a Quest to fulfill our desires, to find the spark that makes us feel vibrantly alive. Desire, after all, is the motivating force and generating power of all human action. Virtually all the great things ever accomplished in the world were done by men and women who were dreamers who made their dreams come true. Just like our experts have done.

What if there is no secret, no seven steps to follow? What if we are okay just the way we are, that we simply need to release the things that are holding us back from living in joy and happiness right now?

No matter what you’re calling in life, wealth, essentially, is what you’re after. The question then is how do you define real wealth? As one of our experts put it, “Most people think wealth is just money. And money is a wonderful thing, but the real goal is to have the full plume of your human imagination 360 degrees. Be family rich, be socially rich, be spiritually rich, be financially rich, and be emotionally rich.”

Embark on a Quest, and turn your dreams into reality.

Copyright Zolar Entertainment 2008

Lili Fournier

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Desmond Tutu Discusses What People Are Questing For Today

Today we’ll see what Desmond Tutu thinks about the quest for wealth. I’m sharing some interview excerpts from Lili Fournier’s new PBS DVD – Quest for Success. We will learn about what some of the participants think about the quest for success and the quest for wealth. Visit each day throughout the week to learn about what another participant in Quest for Success thinks about this topic. Throughout the week I’ll share thoughts from Richard Branson, Marci Shimoff, Jack Assaraff, Jack Canfield and Desmond Tutu.

Desmond Tutu What People Are Questing For Today

DESMOND: Really, we are wanting to find our way back home. I think it was T.S. Eliot who said… we will travel, and when we arrive, we will recognize it for the first time, the way we were, and were meant to be. Because the extraordinary thing is discovering that what will give us ultimate satisfaction is not this, or that possession, or even a state of mind or consciousness, it will be God. The infinite. That we are almost the ultimate paradox. The finite, who are created for the infinite. Nothing less than God will ultimately satisfy us. And so many of us strive after this, that, or the other, seeking, seeking, seeking satisfaction. And it all turns into dust and ashes in our mouths because incredibly, we’re made for transcendence, and that’s what we’re seeking. And when we find it, we say ahh. This is home.

LILI: What was your most life-transforming experience? In that regard…when you found your own core and inner strength and the faith to take you through what you’ve been through.

DESMOND: I never thought that I had inner strength. I’ve known that I depended so very much on others. I had a wonderful mother, she was not an educated person. She was incredible in her generosity. And I resembled her physically, she had a large nose like mine, she was dumpy, too, like me… but I’ve always said, I… I hope I will be able to resemble her in her spirit as I resemble her physically. She was such an incredibly compassionate person. And I think that I owe [unintelligible] some of who I am others, Father Trevor Hardenston who came to work in South Africa. The first time I saw him, I didn’t know who he was. I was surprised.

I was about 9 years old, standing with my mother who was a domestic worker, a cook at a facility for black blind women, and this white man strutted past wearing a long white cassock, and he had a huge sombrero, and as he passed my mother he tipped his hat to my mother. I didn’t know then that gesture was …, made such an incredible impression on me. A white man… tipping his hat to my mother, a black woman…in South Africa in those days, it was just mind-boggling, but I discovered later when I met with Trevor Hardenston, that was how he believed, that was what he believed about human beings—that we were created in the image of God, and that we have a dignity and when I was about 15 or so I had T.B. and I spent 20 months in hospital.

And …, who was a very busy person, almost every week of those 20 months, and I was just a township ghetto urchin, and this very important man made me think and believe that I was special. And I’ve had so many who have nurtured me and helped me to grow into a sense of wonder of God’s creation, how human beings are of infinite worth, whatever, whoever they may be, and it was just some of that that sustained and inspired me as I with others struggled against the injustices of apartheid.

About Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Desmond Tutu is a South African cleric and activist who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid. Tutu was elected and ordained the first black South African Anglican Archbishop. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 , the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism, and the Magubela prize for liberty in 1986. In February 2007 he was awarded the Gandhi Peace Prize. He was generally credited with coining the term “Rainbow Nation” as a metaphor for post-apartheid South Africa. The expression has since entered mainstream consciousness to describe South Africa's ethnic diversity.

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Jack Canfield Talks About the Quest for True Wealth

Today we’ll see what Jack Canfield thinks about the quest for wealth. I’m sharing some interview excerpts from Lili Fournier’s new PBS DVD – Quest for Success. We will learn about what some of the participants think about the quest for success and the quest for wealth. Visit each day throughout the week to learn about what another participant in Quest for Success thinks about this topic. Throughout the week I’ll share thoughts from Richard Branson, Marci Shimoff, Jack Assaraff, Jack Canfield and Desmond Tutu.

Jack Canfield About the Quest for True Wealth

LILI: That was my next question. What is true wealth? What is the most important thing in your life now?

JACK: True wealth, to me, is waking up in the morning excited as opposed to ‘Oh no, not another day.’ I remember when I had an operation about 10 years ago on my gallbladder. It had to be worked with and I went under anesthesia and if anyone has ever had an operation… am I going to wake up, are they going to put some bad blood in me, are they going to cut the wrong thing? You're in the recovery room and your eyes open and you look around and there's three nurses and you're still here and you go, ‘Yes, I'm still here.’ I have that feeling every morning - I get to get up. The first thing I do is I do a gratitude process, I'm grateful for the weather, the day, Southern California, my wife, my dog, the cat, my staff, all of that stuff. If I never even went out and ever experienced it I might be fulfilled in that moment because I'm grateful for it.

For me, my body's healthy, my wife loves me, my kids are growing and individuating, my staff is happy, people love my work, I get invited to speak places, I live in a paradise. I truly know I could close my eyes and sit in a cave for months and be happy because I know I'm there, I could do that through meditation, through self-appreciation, self-awareness. The other thing is that I get about five hundred letters a week saying, ‘You changed my life.’

A prisoner in Oregon said that ‘before reading your book I never took responsibility. I blamed everybody and now I love my life even though I'm on death row. I'm a counselor.’ ‘How could you be so happy, you're in prison!’ ‘I don't know, I just am. I used to hate the guards, now I like the guards. Now the guards are nice to me.’ Now the same warden, he started reading stories to the prisoners every night, like bedtime stories. One prisoner wrote me a letter which he forwarded to me once he said God, if I had been read stories like this as a kid, I wouldn't be in prison. You think, ‘Wow, I'm making an impact, I matter, I count. What I do is significant.’ Who could want more than that?

LILI: I find it really significant that you committed twenty years of your life to teaching self-esteem courses. I think it would be remiss not to ask you since you have the experience of having worked with so many people: what do you think holds most people back and what are the most powerful attributes or ways of breaking through limiting beliefs?

JACK: Well, two thing hold people back. One is limiting beliefs and the other is fear. Fear is based on limited beliefs, that I'm not enough to handle whatever it is I think I'm afraid of. If I knew from a total place of self-worth that I could handle anything that ever happened to me, then I wouldn't care what's going to happen to me - get arrested, lose my wife, get sick, lose my job. I would still know I can handle that. You know everybody, everyone of you watching this, you handled everything that ever happened to you up until this moment. You may not have handled it elegantly, you learned to do it better. The fact is you've handled it. So at some point I think that's why the older you get, the wiser you get.

You realize nothing can really kill me and if anything, it does make me stronger. If I'm afraid it's because I projected an image out of the future of something bad I think is going to happen. Number one, stop projecting bad images. Use the Law of Attraction to project a positive image to create a positive feeling. Number two: know that if even if that bad thing did happen, you could handle it, look at these hostages that are taken hostage and kept for years like in Iran. They come out and they create great lives again. People that were in solitary confinement in Vietnam, eight and a half years, couldn't talk to anyone else. A friend of mine, Jerry Coffee, he had that experience.

He said he wouldn't trade those eight and a half years for anything. He said, ‘because, I had to learn to get to know the only person in that cell. Me. I basically realized I psychoanalyze myself. Who was the only other person I could talk to? God. So I got very clear about everything in life.’ He said ‘I wouldn't want to go do it again, but I'm glad I had that experience. It made me the man I am today.’ One of the most compassionate, beautiful, clear, wise, articulate people I've ever met in my life. If he can handle that, certainly we can all handle anything.

There's really nothing to be afraid of. When you realize that you can't even die because you're already an eternal soul. We're all afraid of death. I like to describe death as walking from this room to that room. I'm still here, I'm just in a different room. I've met people who had near death experiences. They're all fearless. They're all very peaceful, even more so than I feel I am. I'll say to them why because I know, there's no doubt . What can you do, kill me. Alright, kill me. Who cares.

And so, my point of view is when you realize that there's really nothing to be afraid of and you start taking action, you start getting the results you want, you just go ‘Wow, what was I doing all those years.’ Wasting my life. I remember a woman, 65 years old. She picked up the back of a car. A friend of mine read about her in the National Enquirer I went to interview her. She wouldn't grant the interview. He finally got it months and months of persistences.

He said, ‘Why don't you want to talk about that?’ She said, ‘I'll tell you why. When you do something when you're 65 years old and you didn't think you could do it and you could, you have to ask yourself a very difficult question. What else in my life that I could have done that I didn't do. At my age, did I waste my whole life?’

LILI: That’s very poignant.

About Jack Canfield -

Jack Canfield is the originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, which fostered the emergence of inspirational anthologies as a genre, rapidly growing to a billion dollar market. As the driving force behind the development and delivery of over 100 million books sold, Jack Canfield is uniquely qualified to talk about success. Behind the empire Time magazine called the "publishing phenomenon of the decade" he is the leading expert in creating peak performance for entrepreneurs and leaders.

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