Pagan Spell: Protection

Sit or stand before any fire. And speak these words:

Cast the spell,

in the Fire,

craft it well,

weave it higher.

Weave it now

of shining flame,

none shall come

to hurt or maim.

None shall pass this fiery wall,

none shall pass

no, none at all.

Repeat this simple yet effective ritual every day when in need.

 

*Cunningham, Scott (2013). Earth, Air, Fire, and Water more techniques of natural magic. Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Worldwide.*

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The Change I Needed

Today marks day 15. Ever since I started Thrive, my life, my wife’s life have changed for the better.

Not only is it worth the money, but you owe it to yourself and your health. Not only have we gained energy, but we feel fantastic. Everyday, we get up, do the 3 steps, and take on the world.

As you know, 2 years ago this December, I under went brain surgery, to remove a massive tumor. Since then, I felt broken, I was diagnosed with severe depression and PTSD. I felt like I would never be able to be the father Belle, and my wife, needed me to be. However, this past September, my brother and his wife invited Mandi and I to a Thrive local event. It literally changed my life. I was thrilled to try Thrive and so was my wife. After the event, I felt that it was the missing piece in our recovery process, surgery for me and Mandis anxiety of almost losing me.

I was very optimistic about Thrive, and really wanted it to work for us. Yet, like everything, I was also skeptical about it. From day 1, it was an indescribable feeling. At first, I was thinking it was my over excitement for Thrive. However, day 3, I knew it could no longer be something I was just imagining. Mandi, also, felt this way.

When they tell you, “its life changing!” It literally is. Mandi and I can both contest to that.

I work from 5am to 1pm atleast 5 days a week. By 9am, I am dragging through the rest of my day. Now, with Thrive, day 2 was when I went to work with Thrive. I can tell you, I had energy, I was alert, I was the most productive I’ve been since right before my brain tumor was discovered. Even my mental state is balancing out.

I want to share this with everyone, because you too can benefit so much from this system. It is not chemicals, it’s a mixture of essential vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, your body desperately needs. It fills the gaps your daily diet might be lacking. It’s also great for weight management, you will start to notice less caffeine in take, and less sugar in take. You will also begin making better diet choices.

Check out these videos about Thrive, and I invite you to start your Thrive Experience today.

Email me your email address, name, and home address (only used to send the products directly to you). Or just email your questions.

Join the Experience, you won’t regret it, you’ll only regret not starting it sooner.

-Jess

Psychology and Mental Illness

As of recently, there has been a lot of talk about our society and the well being of our entire nation. Racial division is at an all time high, politics is putting the individual at war with those who simply differ in opinion, our education system is failing at protecting the nations future generations, and the discrimination of legal citizens compared to illegal immigrants, is no less then appalling.

Whether our diet is working against us, or the current events that are unfolding right before our eyes, the mental health of this nation is declining rapidly. One in seven adults, and 5% of children in the United States, suffers from a depressive disorder, according to the report from WHO (World Health Organization) in 2001 (Essay, 2013). The view of one’s self has shifted, in a way, from objective reality to a more emotionally driven subjective one. Mental illness can change the persons attitude towards life, self and society, and society’s attitude towards the individual (Essay, 2013). Mental stability, that we once had, is now destroying us from the inside. It is time for human science, especially Psychology, to stand up and say, “enough, is enough.”

The family structure has been ripped apart, our children are the ones who are paying the price. The rise of Autism, and the dumbing down of education are systematic consequences of the nation’s selfish actions, have deeply affected the stability of family, home (security), and the development of those who will grow up being forced to deal with the mess this current generation has started. It leads to a great social harm to the population due to lack of opportunity to lead a normal life, to study, to work, and to communicate (Essay, 2013).

A new approach to the mental health of our society is needed to develop solutions to our nations current problems. A humanistic type of Trans-Personal Psychology would be a great start in finding solutions for a clear and definite future for all of us. This new field of studying the human psyche will focus on understanding of behavior, mental associations, and the spiritualized self. Out of all the fields of study Trans-Personal, seems to be the most human oriented study of human experience. A reaffirmation of the self, as a spiritual being, one with its surroundings, and other forms of life.

First step will be to understand an individual’s behavior based on their belief system, or lack thereof. Secondly, interpret those behaviors and find a baseline for constructive social behavior. Next, fundamentally examine society and its behavioral norms, creating lists of constructive behavior and destructive.

The new study will include cultural and environmental aspects of behaviors, across the ethnicities within our nation. Finding solutions to help those in minority status rise above that mentality and become a full functioning citizen. It will consider the experiences and influences of individuals and come up with a solution to create an environment of security, education, and oneness within the community.

Within Cognitive Psychology, in terms of helping Trans-Personal perspective, can give an understanding as to how certain stimuli affect our thought processes and can predict our emotional state toward that stimuli, and the behavior in which is exhibited. Examining the rational and irrational thoughts and expressed emotions toward situations and specific stimuli, for example, “The Rebel flag, portrayal of mass shootings, and political ideology.” Therefore, with this information, we can then interpret the findings on a Trans-Personal level and agree on solutions that help improve individual’s way of life, health, and overall well-being.

Behaviorism can give an understanding behind the growing behavior of anarchy and civil defiance within our nation and our youth. Since the election of President Trump, there has been a rise is social and civil unrest. This behavior on a massive scale, whether it be individual cities or towns, or metropolitan capitals of states, needs to be understood where this behavior is coming from and how it started, and whether it is needed for society to move forward. The rise of mental illness has led to this behavior against authority, the fellow man, and states rights. Behaviorism, therefore, can help this new Trans-Personal perspective in its determining of need for such behavior, and the state of self that is the result of such behavior.

Social constructionism, on the other hand, can explain the meaning and understanding of current events, and how they are influencing our society, our politics, and our communities. As our American culture changes, and as certain meanings evolve, so to does our sense of self and mental state change, in order, to process everything rationally and with common sense. Under Social Constructionism, we create the reality in which we exist, therefore, through context, construction, and awareness of the power of the situation, we can begin to piece together a society of peace and understanding instead of fear, ignorance, and mental instability.

One of the main ideas behind this new form of Trans-Personal theory is with an Existential-Phenomenological perspective. With the influence of a natural attitude, an individual, assumes, without thought, based on experiences with the situation, there is a sense of “taken things for granted.” Our understanding of the world around us, has become so causal, that normal everyday behaviors our seen as understandable, and/or reasonable. As a diverse society, we can not move forward without explanation to how we experience the world, the situations around us, and the reaction to current events within our nation. As a nation, we need to have a better understanding and meaning behind our experiences, and how they affect our behavior, and even our mindset.

Mass shootings have, now, dominated the mental state of all Americans, and even those who watch from afar. With every tragedy, we try to comprehend the mindset of those individuals who have made the choice to commit such destruction within our nation. Politically, they are the breeding ground for Leftist political agenda, where even facts are thrown out the window. The most recent of the mass shootings occurred in Parkland, Florida. Factually, we understand that a student, who was bullied, shot and murdered 17 of his fellow classmates. The issue as seen through politics is guns, but the real issue is the mental illness caused by the behavior of bullying. Criminals will always have access to firearms or other methods of destruction, but the mental state of individuals within our youth and our education system needs further examination. There needs to be a shift from the “profiting” state of mind to a more compassionate, empathic state of mind and of self.

Another problem occurring in our nation is the rise of racial discrimination, whether towards African-Americans or toward European-Americans. Ever since the reelection of Barack Obama, race relations have had a turn for the worse. With the increase of violence between police officers and the African-American community, these situations have been turned into increases of discrimination and a rise in racism in America. An understanding of mentality within our nations law enforcement and within the African-American community is needed to help explain such claims and whether the mental health of both groups is influencing the outcomes and/or behaviors of these individuals. Through the lens of a Trans-Personal perspective, we can, not only, examine spiritual mentality of these individual groups, but also see if the claims of racism and discrimination our true, or if they are situational occurrences based on the “natural attitude” toward racism in our nation.

The state of politics has take a very strange turn with the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. Once again, a division of our nation was created. The terms used by the leftists, when describing President Trump are more harmful then useful, and besides ridiculous. Calling him mentally ill, making him unfit for office continues the negative attitude toward those who are mentally ill or are suffering from some form of mental illness. Again, the question of mental health is raised, whether it be mass shootings, racial division, or our political system. “Regardless of how one views the President, those who care about the well-being of persons with serious mental illness ought to unanimously condemn the accusations of mental illness being lodged against him” (Baldwin, M. L., 2017). “…mental illness is not an attitude, like racism or sexism; and it is not a behavior, like collaborating with enemies. To treat it as such for political purposes is to deny the science underlying the diagnosis” (Baldwin, M. L., 2017).

In conclusion, with the current state of our nation, the mental health of all citizens needs an overall examination. Through a type of Trans-Personal perspective, we can begin anew. A new way of viewing the world around us, as well as, the people, and the way of life we live. By examining the spiritual well-being of the self, the psyche, and the relative meaning of life, we can transform our existence to a more meaningful one, than continuing the mundane everyday life.

 

References

Essay, 2013. Mental Illness as a social problem. Retrieved from http://www.proessay.com/mental-illness-as-a-social-problem/

Baldwin, M. L., 2017. Playing politics with mental illness. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/beyond-schizophrenia/201707/playing-politics-mental-illness

 

Trans-Personal Psychology

Wilber’s “Spectrum of Consciousness” is very interesting, to say the least. It describes the levels of consciousness that one can achieve through proper practice and understanding of each level, ultimately realizing the true self. The end of the spectrum is unobtainable, simply because it is the essence of all the other levels combined and is the basis of which the first levels of consciousness in which we develop and are experienced as waves within our consciousness. In the first levels, the ones concerned with personal existence, have a duality, in which, an interior part of consciousness is separated by an exterior part. With understanding and knowledge of each level, and through practice, one can combine the exterior and interior parts of the level and move toward the next level of consciousness.

The first level of consciousness according to Wilber is what he refers to as the persona level. The interior factor of this level is the persona, an impoverished self-image, how we express ourselves to the world, a social self. The exterior factor is the shadow where expectations or drives transform into negative connotations, for example, drive becomes pressure, excitement becomes anxiety. Most people who struggle with procrastination are troubled at this basic level. Through the understanding of the persona and the shadow aspect of reality, one can transcend or surmount above this struggle. By way of combining the persona and the shadow as equal, in a way, through the help of psychoanalysis brings us to the next level, the ego.

The ego level of consciousness, the ego is explained as being split from the body, which is the exterior factor of this level. Ego, being the interior factor, has a notion of being trapped within the body and repressing emotions, due to the split between mind and body. However, the body, in turn, is property of egoic will. So, there is a struggle between the ego and the body.  There are different therapies in which to help with the unity or combining of mind and body. Gestalt therapy, one that is mostly dealing with expressing the embodied awareness. Other therapies like humanistic existential therapy, specialize in the experiences of self-actualization, embodied meaning, and existential life and death struggles. Within these realizations, the mind and body become unified and leads us to the next level.

Wilber refers to the third level of consciousness as the centaur level. This level deals with the whole of the organism (interior) and the environment (exterior). This level marks the end of personal aspects of self, and in turn, reflect the self as whole and its connection or disconnection from the environment of which it exists. Concentration toward the self is evident at this level, the self as a whole being, state of existence, and where its place in the world (environment) is. Realization of archetypes (Jung) and how they influence the self, and in what aspect they are expressed (religiously).  This is unique to everyone, based on cultural and social influences. Perfecting the transcendental self, going from the finite/mortal ego, mind, and body to an immortal/beyond the physical self. A person struggling with the concept of the being-towards-death but knowing that it isn’t who they really are. A detached witness, realizing the self by looking in on one’s self. Which leads us to the ultimate transcendence, the ultimate state of consciousness.

Unity consciousness is explained, according to Wilber, as the water in which the waves of each level form. It has always been there through each level of consciousness. It is not something that can be found, or obtained, by ways of a specific path, or religion, it just is. It has always been there, lost among the “waves” of the personal concept or perception of the self.

Washburn account of the states of consciousness tends to conceptualize on more of a western tradition, a non-linear, non-hierarchical approach. Washburn introduces a tri-phasic form of development in five stages. Stage one, the embeddedness of ego or “dynamic ground.” Stage two, the pre-egoic, meaning the ego starts differentiating itself from the mind, yet tempted by recapture. Stage three, the egoic, mentality aspect of ego, repression of unconsciousness, in which most of life is stuck in this stage. Stage four, Regression in service of transcendence or a regeneration of spirit, repression of unconscious no longer exists, the ego then reconnects with the unconscious or the dynamic ground with a deeper understanding with/toward the concept of the dynamic ground. Within itself, stage four has sublevels, in which, transcendence occurs. Through periods of severe suffering does the self attain knowledge of a kind of spiritual awaking, this is also acknowledged by religious traditions. That leaves us with stage five, where the ground becomes the sovereign power and the ego is no longer the center of the psyche.

Japanese vs. North American: on Self-Esteem, Cultural Psychology

Assuming the self-esteem of Japanese people within the cultural setting, is not a factor when determining their happiness. Self-esteem, being a Westernized concept, within an independent cultural setting, may not exist or function within Japanese interdependent culture.

Since Japanese culture and social settings rely on relational value of life, importance of self-esteem, can be seen as not being a factor in relation to health problems of low self-esteem individuals. According to the lecture, happiness depends on the ascribed importance one give to the aspect of happiness. Within interdependent cultural settings, like that of Japan, most likely, the Japanese tend to mask emotion, for its lack of usefulness within the culture. Furthermore, a sense of achievement within Japanese culture is relevant only if it brings honor and /or respect to ones family, social group, or ultimately society as a whole. According to Tsai, cultures vary in terms of what kind of happiness is preferred, or is ideal (2007). Therefore, self-esteem, within the Japanese culture or interdependent society, is not an important factor.

1.1.2018-Writing Prompts

Write a Facebook post about your day, one year from now. 

‘Happy New Year 

Im starting my year off with a bang. I have so many things to be grateful for…my 3 year old daughter, my 1 year old son, my 6 years of marriage to my beautiful wife, my decision to continue college (currently on my 3rd full semester as a senior). 

I’m gaining experience in my psychology field, my new job is helping with that. I’m excited to graduate with my Bachelors degree and start research and writing reports on my findings.

The past couple years have really tested my faith, love, compassion for others, and my strength. Today is the beginning of a new year and the beginning of new adventures with my little family. 

I can’t wait to see what tomorrow holds.’
-Otsoko

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