Random Thoughts 6-26-2011


Because we will be having several guest speakers at the conference in Reno this year, I am going to start posting brief biographies of some of them.

James Oschman, PhD is an author and academic scientist who is one of the first scientists to seriously investigate alternative and complementary therapists. He currently continues his research in Dover, New Hampshire where he is president of Nature’s Own Research Association.


The Oceans are dying and we need to take drastic measures to stop it. It may already be too late.


Economy is the basis of society. When the economy is stable, society develops. The ideal economy combines the spiritual and the material, and the best commodities to trade in are sincerity and love.” ~Morihei Ueshiba

A guy in Oklahoma, who was sentenced to 30 years for armed robbery, asked the judge to change the sentence to 33 years, the jersey number of his basketball hero Larry Bird. The judge granted the request.

A man in Tennessee is being exhumed after it was discovered that the dentures he was buried with were not his but belonged to the person he was sharing a hospital room with.

A New York court ruled that lap dancers will have to pay taxes on their income. They don’t qualify for the “dramatic or musical arts performances” exemption.

A dimwit in England named his 16 ft cabin cruiser “Titanic II”. It sank on it’s maiden voyage.


Scripture:The Pali Cannon It 26;18-19

O monks, if people knew, as I know, the result of giving and sharing, they would not eat without having given, now would they allow the stain of niggardliness to obsess them and take root in their minds. Even if it were their last morsel, their last mouthful, they would not eat without having shared it, if there were someone to share it with.

We all have something we can, and should, share. Whether it be food, clothing, or simply some knowledge or skill we could teach to others for their benefit. And the benefits of sharing are great. They include, for starters, the positive energy sent to us by those we have helped. Then there is the grace of God that we receive for our generosity. Also, when we need something, others are far more likely to share with us if we have shared as well, even if not with those specific individuals.


The Energy of Thought

    Thought is energy and energy does work. That is not some wild new-age philosophy, it’s a scientific fact. The energy generated by your brain when you are thinking can be measured by electronic devices. There has even been some limited success in developing mind reading machines that can figure out what your thinking. So there is no doubt that thought generates energy or, at the very least, that our brain generates energy and that energy is altered by thought. As for the second part of the statement, “energy does work”, that is a very basic law of science and, just because we are spiritual, doesn’t mean we don’t believe is science. 
    So now that we all agree that thought is energy and energy does work, the question becomes: what work? The answer is very complicated. Unfortunately, you can’t look at something happening and say what specific thoughts are causing it, but you can make logical and general assumptions. We know that when a very negative person sends angry or hateful thought out to another, those thought can have a negative effect on that person that can very from just feeling a bit tired to developing a serious illness. That is why some spiritual schools teach people how to defend themselves against such attacks by reflecting that negative energy back to the sender. It is why monks and nuns used to wear hoods that hid there eyes to protect them from negative people sending them “the evil eye”. And when many people are sending out angry and violent thoughts into the world, we get a violent world full of storms, floods, droughts, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, etc. 
    So when those things happen, don’t blame God, he isn’t doing it, we are, and we can help end it, or at least minimize it, by countering those negative and angry thoughts by consciously sending out thoughts of peace, love, tolerance, joy, and other positive thoughts and emotions. It works best, of course, if you actually mean it.


Healing Herbs: Horsetail

            Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) is a traditional herb used as a natural source of silica to help strengthen hair, nails and bones. It also helps the body process calcium. It is also used to stop bleeding and to treat ulcers and wounds. It is used to treat tuberculosis and kidney problems. It is being studied for use in helping those with osteoporosis. It is an aid in removing kidney and bladder stones. The Greeks and Romans used it to treat edema (fluid retention) and as a diuretic. Chinese herbalists use it for woulds, skin problems and frostbite. It helps itchy skin problems, even when there is blistering and scabbing. Some herbalists use it in treating hemorrhoids and nosebleeds. It also helps bladder infections and other problems of the urinary tract. It has been used to treat incontinence, especially bed-wetting in children. It helps remove polyps from the intestines. 
    Only the part of the plant that is above ground is used. The plant can be burned and the ashes used to treat excessive stomach acidity and acid reflux. It kills some types of germs. Added to a hair rinse, it can help get rid of fleas, lice and mites. It helps gout, arthritis and rheumatism. It is sometimes used to treat an inflamed or enlarged prostate. It can speed up the healing of broken bones. It can be used as a gargle for sore throats. It helps prevent fat deposits in the arteries. It inhibits tumor growth. As a poultice, it can be used to help draw pus and infection out of wounds. As a foot soak, it helps sooth tire feet and treats athlete’s foot.  When combined with Yarrow and Nettle, it is used to treat depression, delusions, and fits of rage. 
    Horsetail contains a small amount of nicotine, so should not be taken internally by small children or others sensitive to nicotine. Note: few, if any, of the traditional uses of horsetail have been scientifically tested and verified.