Reality Television and The Casey Anthony Saga (podcast)

So here I am, just one week after the royal wedding extravaganza plus the final of American Idol, flipping through the channels, and I come upon HLN where there is this amazing spectacle. It is the trial of Casey Anthony, who is accused of being involved in the murder of her 2 year-old daughter.

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This is reality television! We are in the courtroom eavesdropping on a life and death drama through the unblinking eye of the TV camera. There’s a split screen Casey Anthony Trial Image shot with Casey on one side and her father in the witness stand on the other.  We watch the frozen expression on her face and on that of her detective father as he tries to avoid implicating his daughter as he explains why he did not call the police when he smelled the unmistakable odor of a dead body in the car. Then, the newsroom takes over and we watch warm and touching films of Kaylee playing with her grandfather.

The newscaster asks us, “Is he covering up for his daughter for killing the granddaughter he loved so much?” Right there in my face he is saying that, and in the face of the entire country? Extraordinary.

And then at the end of the day the local legal pundits review the interesting parts of the trial. And it is billed as “your story” and people are invited to comment. Some comment by phone, some by email, and others are interviewed on camera.

The trial of Casey Anthony is a cultural event – a time of shared interest and shared attention – no less than the royal wedding or the superbowl. Just like we used to talk about Dallas around the water cooler or Days of Our Lives in the supermarket checkout line – now we have this to share the next day. Imagine all the conversations in beauty shops, lunchrooms, and such. This is a cultural event.

Then I begin to think: “is this like the Roman Amphitheater, and we are watching the battle between a lion and a bear or gladiators and Christians?” The story certainly has that blood-lust attraction, just the kind of sensational blood and guts that the media knows we love. As they say in the newsroom, “if it bleeds, it leads.”

Just as in the OJ trial, people are taking sides. And why not? The storyline is as good as any good whodunit movie – except that it’s real!

Here’s my take: Whether or not such a spectacle as this is simply another representation of the blood lust that spawned the Roman Amphitheaters, Professional Wrestling, and the Superbowl I will not comment on – one thing that is quite clear to me that something remarkable is happening here!

One thing I am awed by is the very immediacy of each thing that happens. Millions of eyes are intent upon this flicker of an eyelash, tightening of the lips, unconscious blink, or change in posture. How can it be that so many people are mentally and emotionally involved in such a personal and intimate event. An attractive young woman on trial for her life – accused of murdering her own daughter. Now there’s a story line worthy of Agatha Christie.

As is my habit, I find myself thinking, “Is there a positive, healing purpose that this phenomenon, that this technology can serve.” I have been writing for decades about the coming of the time that human beings can take control of their home planet – what I refer to as “Healing Our Planet.” And I continue to believe that this can happen easily and quickly if we but discover how to use our technology properly. We have the most amazing global system of computers and machines disposal – but we don’t appear to have the Operating Instructions.

The 9/11 terrorists were able to use ten dollars worth of box cutters to redirect our technology (the planes and the sheer size of the towers) to create a profound global shift in consciousness).  Similarly, the Internet, the cell phone, Facebook, twitter, for instance – these technologies have all changed the course of human life.

(This same technology can be used to focus millions of minds on the truly very important drama we all living through together.) How remarkable that our technology has reached the point of being able to allow a huge number of people be present for such a personal event, and to then be able to call or write in and have their very impassioned views aired.

They say the purpose of the shaman in a tribe is to take individual personal experiences and make them collective events – like a wedding – or to take a community event and make it personal, like celebrating when the hometown wins.

The Media – Our Cultural Shaman

(So is television – or more generally, media – our cultural shaman.)

That’s what’s happening here. The recent royal wedding ceremony, for example, is an event designed to take the very personal experience of a couple making vows to love each other and turn it into a collective experience. The Media then takes this national event and amplifies it throughout the world. Think of the global event that was the death of Princess Diana.

What if we used our skills to create a series of events that enabled larger and larger groups of people to explore and learn collectively, to access their collective intelligence, and evoke the collective wisdom that we need in order to use the fantastic power we possess to change the course of mankind for the better.

We are clearly headed off a cliff, about to be done in by, disasterous financial decisions, corruption, polarization, terrorist thinking (suicide bombs, torture, prejudice), peak oil, and catastrophic climate change. Not just destruction, but SELF-destruction!

The good news is that we can completely reverse this if we come together and enable ourselves to think differently. In addition to how we usually look at things, we need to also look at the world through eyes unclouded by fear, anger, lust or greed. We need to acknowledge the vital importance of seeing the truth in every issue from abortion to global warming.

We need to see the need for and develop empathy and compassion, or, as Einstein said, “find fulfillment by succeeding in attaining a love and an understanding of people, and animals, and plants, and stars, so that every joy becomes your joy and every pain your pain?”

Meanwhile watching the Casey-watchers is as fascinating as watching the spectacle itself. Oh, if we only paid that much attention to something of real importance to each of us.

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Mind, Medicine, Miracles and The Bernie Siegel Touch

For our next show we are happy to present one of the true giants in the field of patient-centered medicine, self-healing, Dr. Bernie Siegel. Bernie, the author of numerous bestsellers including the groundbreaking 1986 book Love Medicine and Miracles , will explore some of his personal history, and what attracted him to the practice of Mind-Body Medicine.

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Bernie, a top ranked student, graduating with honors, Phi Beta Kappa, as well as Alpha Omega Alpha (the Medical Students’ Honor Society), Dr. Siegel was a professor of medicine and a staff surgeon, a clinical professor of surgery at Yale, and was a real non-believer until a surprising event occurred in the mid seventies that would cause him to redirect his life.

Bernie will discuss the miracles he has seen – things that happen that we don’t understand. When a person heals his cancer, that’s no longer a miracle to Bernie – he has learned that when your body knows that you love your life, it heals itself. There’s a good reason. He says that strokes, suicide, and myocardial infarctions happen on Monday.

We will explore the remarkable ability of the body to heal itself – something that now has been well-documented by medical studies, and how living a life of purpose and Love can sustain our health and our life. After all, as Bernie says, “If we don’t love our lives, our body sees death as the solution.” Probably not the solution we’re hoping for though.

We’ll discuss some of the current studies as well as some of Bernie’s anecdotes – like the study that indicates that people above 50 years old whose parents said, “I love you,” have less than half of the number of major illnesses of those whose parents never said it.

Bernie will also share with us the rules for living he received from his mother and how they have affected his life and the lives of millions more. We’ll talk about the power of story – and how the only thing truer than the truth is a story, how to create the authentic life you’re here to live – not merely accepting the one that’s given to you, along with all of the warmth and humor we’ve come to expect from Bernie.

For many, Bernie needs no introduction; he has touched many lives all over our planet. In 1978 he began talking about patient empowerment and the choice to live fully and die in peace. As a physician, who has cared for and counseled innumerable people whose mortality has been threatened by an illness, Bernie embraces a philosophy of living and dying that stands at the forefront of the medical ethics and spiritual issues our society grapples with today. He continues to assist in the breaking of new ground in the field of healing and personally struggling to live the message of kindness and love. His web site is www.BernieSiegelMD.com .

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Healing Times Radio features conversations with other thought leaders – the movers and shakers who are transforming our world. Listen as Dr Miller and his expert guests explore the health challenges we face as individuals and as a collective, and show you how to reclaim your inherent personal wisdom. Visit our Events Page to for more information about our upcoming Healing Times Radio Shows, Topics and Guests!  – Listen to Dr. Miller’s introductory show .

Emmett Miller, MD is a physician, author, poet, musician, and master storyteller whose multicultural heritage has given him a unique social, medical, and spiritual perspective. He has won international acclaim as one of the pioneers of Mind/Body Medicine and its application to our social and cultural imbalances as well as to our personal (mind, body, spirit, emotion, behavior) ones. Author of Deep Healing and Our Culture on the Couch: Seven Steps to Global Healing, Dr. Miller’s mission is to help us heal ourselves so that we can in turn, heal our planet.

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Quick Links to Healing Times Radio Archives (Click on the title of the show for more information and to listen to the podcast. What is a podcast?)

Show #1 –

Arjuna Ardagh is the founder of the Living Essence Foundation in Nevada City, California, a nonprofit church dedicated to the awakening of consciousness within the context of ordinary life. He is the author of Relaxing into Clear Seeing, How About Now, The Last Laugh (a novel), and the creator of the Living Essence Tapes Series.  ( )

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In 1989 Reinette trained with the International South Pole Expedition and continued her pursuit of extreme cold adventures in the early nineties by founding and organizing the American Women’s Trans-Antarctic Expedition. Though Reinette did not participate on the actual expedition, the team of five women successfully reached the South Pole in 1993 becoming the first all-women team to do so.  In preparation for her largest endeavor, Reinette did commercial fishing in the Alaskan Gulf as well as… ( )

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Author of Vegetarian Meal for People on the Go , Your Handwriting Can Change Your Life , and Transform Your Life Through Handwriting , a zealous pioneer in mind/hand research, Vimala Rodgers is an educator, handwriting specialist, and Master Alphabetician, whose focus is the inherent spirituality of the letters of the alphabet and their effect upon the psyche.

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Dr. Lorber is an internationally recognized expert and published author on executive coaching, performance management, leadership, teamwork, culture, and developing strategy. He is one of the leading resources worldwide on executive coaching with Chief Executive Officers and Senior Executives. He is the co-author of the New York Times bestseller Putting The One Minute Manager To Work , which he created with the renowned management consultant Dr. Ken Blanchard, One Page Management, co-authored with Dr. Riaz Khadem, and Safety 2/7 with Greg Anderson.

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Jim Channon was a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army . Most notably he is remembered for creating the First Earth Battalion manual. Post Vietnam 1978 was a time when military morale and enrollment were at an all time low. During this period the U.S. Army needed to drastically shift approaches and prepare to defeat a vastly larger Soviet force in Europe. Army leaders called upon officers to develop needed creative approaches to dealing with this challenge. They were encouraged to fully explore the Army’s “Be All That You Can Be philosophy”.

Show #6 – Dr. David Bresler (The Academy for Guided Imagery)

Dr. David Bresler, author of Free Yourself From Pain , and Break Your Smoking Habit With Guided Imagery and we’ll be talking about the power of your mind to heal and transform every arena of your life. I have known Dr. Bresler since about 1970. To my delight I had found one of the very few licensed professionals who had discovered, as I had, that the tools of hypnosis could be combined with those of psychology and spirituality to provide a powerful way for individuals and groups to achieve their true goals and highest degree of health and wellness.

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Dr. Pelletier is a Clinical Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, at the University of Arizona School of Medicine; and, a Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco (UCSF). At the University of Arizona, he is Director of the Corporate Health Improvement Program (CHIP) which is a collaborative research program between CHIP and 15 of the Fortune 500 corporations.  Also, he is Chairman of the American Health Association and is a Vice President with Healthtrac Incorporated.
Prior to these positions, Dr. Pelletier served as Clinical Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine; was Director of the Stanford Corporate Health Program (SCHP); and, Director of the NIH funded Complementary and Alternative Medicine Program at Stanford (CAMPS).

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Dr. Saputo, a 1965 graduate of Duke University Medical School, is board certified in internal medicine and was in private practice in affiliation with John Muir Medical Center in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 30 years. After his awakening to the deep flaws in conventional medicine which culminated in the early 1990s, Saputo began a quest to develop a new approach to healing now known as integral-health medicine -the emergent medical care model that is integrative, holistic, person-centered, and preventive.

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Carolyn Voss is the founder and Managing Director of Post Impressions. With a degree in Fine Arts, she is an award winning photojournalist and video editor. Among her awards are: Emmy Award, Telly Award, New York Film Festival Awards , Videographers Awards of Distinction, Cine Golden Eagle Award, Aurora Award, Omni Intermedia Award and Pro Awards. The trailer for was shown at the Cannes Film Festival in France. She brings to the team the ability to combine script and editing in a manner that brings emotion of the subject in a stunning final product. She is also a proficient effects artist, creating stunning 2D/3D effects and compositing. When she’s not in the studio, she’s out crawling around in the jungles or steaming down a river looking for the next story.

Show #10 – Gather the Women with Marilyn Nyborg

Marilyn Nyborg, spiritual activist and co-founder of two organizations, Gather the Women, and Women Waking the World.  We will discuss these remarkable organizations and the core issues around which they have been built. Gather the Women’s purpose is to bring women together – to inspire one another, to witness one another, collaborate, work together on the things that are passionate to their hearts and to give women a voice.

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Transforming the face of psychiatry, Judith Orloff, MD is an assistant clinical professor of Psychiatry at UCLA and author of the New York Times and international bestseller Emotional Freedom upon which a public television special is based. She synthesizes the pearls of traditional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition, energy, and spirituality to achieve physical and emotional healing. She passionately asserts that we have the power to transform negative emotions and achieve inner peace.  She offers practical strategies to overcome frustration, stress, and worry and teaches people how to quiet overactive minds that won’t shut off.

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John W. Travis, MD, MPH, completed his medical degree in Boston and a residency in general preventive medicine at Johns Hopkins University. He subsequently founded the first wellness center in the US (Wellness Resource Center, Mill Valley, CA, 1975) and is founder and co-director of Wellness Associates, a not-for-profit educational foundation, as well as the author of the Wellness Inventory Online ( wellpeople.com ), and the Wellness Workbook ( thewellspring.com ).

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Jackie Parker is a poet and novelist who employs meditation and interactive experiences in the classes she teaches at UCLA and to professional groups. We will explore her process of “No Thinking Writing,” the necessary qualities every artist needs, and how our writing can connect us to a greater awareness and sense of ourselves. She will share the experiences that have led her to conclude that every person has a gift of some sort that is absolutely required. What we all need, Jackie explains, is Love, to know each of our lives have meaning, be appreciated and valued, and to pass on what we know to others. We need to use our machines and computers wisely, then turn them off and discover the deeper oneness.

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Bobbie Burdett is a life coach, a trainer of life coaches, director of training for Health World online. The focus of her coaching is authenticity.  Among the fascinating things we will explore will be the field of Social Neurobiology? The work of Dan Seigel in this field has verified what many of us have believed all along, that It’s impossible to truly address the health and well-being of an individual simply by treating the mind and the body – that interpersonal relationships are of crucial importance. After all, the human infant – at birth the human brain is only 25% formed, the other 75% forms as a result of pathways laid down by social interactions – with family, school, community, etc.

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Dr. Charlotte Reznick has dedicated her life to helping children, adolescents, parents, and professionals. She is a nationally recognized child and educational Psychologist and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at UCLA. Upon earning her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Southern California, she was honored with “Dissertation of the Year” for her work on the effects of parental divorce on adolescents.

“The challenges of growing up in today’s rapidly changing society are enormous.  Children need to be equipped with skills for survival and growth that were never before imagined. I focus on teaching children and adolescents self-healing and self-control techniques that will empower them to realize their potential throughout their lifetime.”

— Charlotte Reznick, Ph.D.

Show #16 – What is Verbal First Aid? A conversation with Dr. Judith Prager

You will be fascinated and entertained as Dr. Prager and I explore the power of words to impact beliefs and engender healing. Learn about the power we all have within to transform not only our own lives but the lives of others. Everyone has the opportunity to create miracles by choosing carefully the words they use and how they speak to others (and especially themselves) in calm times as well as in high-stress situations.

Show #17 – The Activist Heart: A Portrait of Ocean Robbins, co-founder of Youth for Environmental Sanity (YES!)

I am pleased to introduce you to one of the folks whose work is making a real difference in the world, and who is dedicated to helping others discover how they can make a difference as well. In a world where the new mantra seems to be “we’re all screwed now,” such voices as those of Ocean Robbins are sorely needed. He’s the founder and director of YES!, an organization dedicated to “helping visionary young leaders build a better world.”

Show # 18 – Conversations that Matter with Juanita Brown Ph.D.

This month we will focus on awakening this leader, on the power of the New Paradigm, and explore the potential of conversation as a transformative tool to leverage personal wisdom and spirit. Juanita Brown Ph.D. with her partner, David Isaacs is the co-originator of The World Café, a pioneering approach to large scale dialogue and collaborative inquiry being used in corporate, community, government, education, and multi-stakeholder settings around the globe. Hundreds of thousands of people on six continents have experienced the World Café to foster sustainable development, responsible business futures, conflict resol…ution, democratic leadership, and local community engagement around critical issues. Her award-winning book, The World Café: Shaping our Futures through Conversations that Matter, co-authored with her partner David Isaacs and the World Café Community has been translated into 10 languages, and has recently been released in mainland China.

Show #19 - Healing Depression and PTSD: A conversation with Dr. James Gordon

Dr. Gordon is a physician who, like Dr. Miller, while in medical school, became interested in a different approach to medicine, one which honored the potential for self healing and self help in medicine. He trained in Psychiatry, then went on to found, in 1991, the Center for Mind Body Medicine. Through the center he has trained thousands of health professionals around the world to apply Deep Relaxation, Meditation, Guided Imagery, and other person-centered approaches to deal with post traumatic stress during the acute phase – in trouble spots like Kosovo and Haiti, and with traumatized US veterans.  In this show we will explore the value of imagery for adjusting autonomic responses, as well as the immune and endocrine systems, and discuss the seven phases of depression, why it is better to not think of depression as a disease, but the start of an important life journey.

Show #20 – Coming Soon…


Dr. Rossman Image Our guest this month is Professor Martin Rossman, whose work has paralleled mine for several decades, during which time we have been colleagues and friends.

There seems to be so much to worry about these days – from global warming and peak oil to our children’s schools, our jobs, and even whether the food we eat has been contaminated – it seems impossible to predict what will come next.

If you’re one of the people who worries about any of the concerns I just mentioned – or about your teenage kid, your job, your health, or what those people in Washington some folks call “idiots” are going to do next – then this is a show you would definitely be interested in.

Listen to the Rebroadcast TOMORROW May 19, 2011 12-1pm at .

Did you know that there’s good worry and bad worry?

Apparently nature has wired us to worry, and so Dr. Rossman explains in his book, The Worry Solution, that it’s futile to try to stop. The good news is that worry itself is a neutral function of our imagination — a reflection of the brain’s ability to look at a problem from many different angles and to identify different pieces of the puzzle. In this interview Dr. Rossman will share the difference between good worry and bad worry, and tell us how to use worry effectively, that is how to worry well!

You will learn the value of having an inner pow-wow, the importance of utilizing a different state of mind to make worry more efficient and less wasteful, and how to use affirmations to put energy behind your choices among several options. We’ll talk about image rehearsal and the use of positive emotion and visualization for success.
We’ll also explore the nature of “bad worry” and learn some of the ways we can free ourselves from it. Dr. Rossman is a wise and careful doctor and with a lot to teach us all.

Dr. Rossman, a pioneer in mind-body medicine, is the founder of The Healing Mind, the co-founder of the Academy for Guided Imagery, a Clinical Faculty member at the University of California San Francisco Medical School, and an advisory board member of Dr. Andrew Weil’s Integrative Medicine Program at the University of Arizona. Dr. Rossman’s cutting-edge research in guided imagery has contributed to the current paradigm of holistic health and has influenced the work of many of its prominent leaders, including Drs. Weil, Dean Ornish, and Rachel Remen.

Dr. Rossman has authored numerous books and CDs, including Guided Imagery for Self-Healing and Fighting Cancer from Within, and his work has been featured in academic, trade, and popular national media outlets including O, Self, Body & Soul, and CNN. The Worry Solution (Crown Archetype Books, Dec 2010) is Dr. Rossman’s latest ground-breaking contribution to the field of preventative medicine. It teaches readers how to capitalize on the powerful mental force behind worry – utilizing the imagination to facilitate positive growth, change, and healing, instead of letting it run us into the ground with debilitating stress, anxiety, and disease.

About The Worry Solution:
Nature has wired us to worry, Dr. Rossman explains in The Worry Solution, so it’s futile to try to stop. The good news is that worry itself is a neutral function of our imagination — a reflection of the brain’s ability to look at a problem from many different angles and to identify and tease apart the different pieces of a puzzle. What makes worry negative or positive, Dr. Rossman explains, is the way we use it. Unproductive worry sets us off on a mental hamster wheel of obsessive thoughts — effectively triggering the stress response that is behind a slew of chronic and/or life-threatening illnesses, from fibromyalgia to obesity to heart disease. Productive worry, to the contrary, helps us solve problems, prevent disease, and achieve peace of mind.

The Worry Solution offers not only helpful information but also its practical application — providing readers with numerous hands-on, easy-to-use guided imagery techniques that can be done in the comfort of one’s own home. For those who prefer audio exercises, the guided imagery methods outlined in the book are also available on CDs or audio downloads that can be purchased on The Worry Solution website . Scientific research has demonstrated that these kind of simple, 15-minute guided imagery exercises can reduce anxiety by nearly 90%. As such, The Worry Solution is not just a book about preventative medicine. It is preventative medicine — a manifestation of the holistic, “more skills, less pills” approach to health care.

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Help! I’m Stuck in a Tsunami Blonde Joke

Oh, No, Not Again!

March and April found us back again, sitting shocked, amazed, spellbound, and powerless in front of our TV screens – watching as hundreds of thousands flee their homes and the steaming nuclear reactors.b

Dumbfounded we stared, as crews carried out the Hail Mary procedure of squirting sea water on the nuclear core to try to slow its progress towards a meltdown and the potential contamination of millions of locals, not to the billions across the ocean those of us across the ocean. Then the terrible stories of those who lost everything nightly across our TV screens.

And here I am, having that eerie feeling, hearing that spooky voice that keeps repeating, “It’s happening again, its happening again . . .”

The Art of Helplessly Looking On

Back in September of 2001 we all were glued to our television sets impotently watching the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers burn and collapse to the ground and New Yorkers running from a giant ball of debris growing as it overtook lower Manhattan.

It wasn’t long afterward that we watched as corruption and greed led to the demise of Enron, Arthur Anderson, Countrywide, Jack Abramoff, AIG, and so on – the predictable result of behaviors that were not only dishonest, but criminal. But what could we do?

Then we looked on helplessly as the stock market plummeted toward the abyss created by credit default swaps, ushering in the near total collapse of the global credit markets, and following close on its heels, the boggle boggling multibazillion dollar bailouts and the pain of the so-called “Recession of 2008.”

And here we are now, well into 2011, feeling that feeling of despair as we tune in to the news of millions of hard-working Americans having lost their jobs and homes to the recession. And again we felt helpless. Here’s an interesting little video – Bill Moyers’ take on how all that went down: The epidemic fraud in the Economic Meltdown Video .

Well, we made it through the Almost A Nuclear Meltdown scare, but folks in my neck of the woods are pretty freaked about the radioactive particles wafting our way. What’s next?

Stuck In a Dumb Blonde Joke

Somehow I have the feeling I am stuck in one of those “dumb blonde” jokes:

The Wager

Bob walks into a sports bar around 9:58 pm. He sits down next to a blonde at the bar staring up at the TV. The 10 pm news comes on, and the news crew covering the story of a man on the ledge of a large building preparing to jump.

The blonde looks at Bob and says, “Do you think he’ll jump?”

Bob says, “You know, I bet he’ll jump.”

The blonde replies, “Well, I bet he won’t.”

Bob places a $20 bill on the bar and says, “You’re on!”

Then, just as the blonde places her money on the bar, the guy on the ledge does a swan dive off the building, falling to his death. The blonde is very upset, but willingly hands her $20 to Bob, saying, “Fair’s fair. Here’s your money.”

Bob replies sheepishly, “I have to confess, I cheated. I saw this earlier on the 5 pm news, and so I knew he would jump.”

The blonde replies, “I did too, but didn’t think he’d do it again.”

Bob took the money…

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Blonde Like Me

How like that blonde we are – being surprised to see the same thing happening again and again, but unable to see that all these shocking events are really the result of a single underlying process at work in our global culture. I believe that until we really confront the real issues and begin to think systemically and examine the root patterns at work here, we are likely to continue to see this parade of tragedies. .

I don’t know what is coming next, but it’s bound to be a doozy. Hang on to your seats, folks!

The Cure for Blondeness

Fortunately this kind of blondeness is curable.

To me, the recent events in the Middle East demonstrate the power we can all have over our lives. I believe technology is a key part of using that power. As we learn to communicate better, the we awaken the intelligence and wisdom we need to free ourselves. We are entering the era of global community now, where time never sleeps and unfathomable amounts of information are at our fingertips.

The time for collaboration around Things That Matter has come. Connecting in a meaningful way with others is best in person. Second best, the information highway is running an ever-closer second. The internet provides an excellent medium for making meaningful connections, and a number of people and organizations have created some excellent centers for connecting and collaborating. I will suggest a few that I think might well help you shift to a mode of thinking that can enable a deeper understanding of what’s going on and offer some very reasonable actions you can take to help change this.

The change we want can come amazingly quickly. As our communication technologies mature, I can see the same vision as Clay Shirky,( consultant, teacher, and writer on the social and economic effects of Internet technologies), alludes to in this fascinating video – why we are on the brink of change, if we will recognize and use it.

The recent peaceful revolts in Tunisia and Egypt demonstrate how effectively cell phones, Facebook, and Twitter can empower even people who live in these relatively deprived and primitive conditions.

I believe there are enough of us who want to change and that we already possess the collective intelligence and wisdom that can set us free. All that is necessary is for us to begin to play our part in the conversation . . . What are we waiting for?

Steps for Recovering Blondes

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Tom Atlee’s Cointelligence Newsletter addresses the fascinating concepts and practices of Collective Intelligence and is a great place to start.

The World Café offers guidance , materials, and online support for free on how to create conversations that matter to your neighborhood, family, and/or workplace. Here’s one of my conversations with Juanita Brown , the co-creator of The World Café, and here is a video I’ve put together about the World Café .

Alan Briskin’s provocative and intelligent book, Collective Wisdom , introduces his readers to that special kind of knowledge and insight that is available only through group and community interaction.

The Collective Wisdom Initiative website was created to help broadcast the emerging field of collective wisdom, its study and practice. It came into being in 2002 with support from the Fetzer Institute .

And here’s a clever little animation Rebel Girl and The Vagina Report , showing the power of collective action.

And, of course, if you are subscribed to my eNewsletter, “ Healing Times ,” or click RSS in my blog site, I will do my best to send you updates. And I invite you to contribute, and to pass this site along to your friends.

The splitting of the atom has changed everything save our mode of thinking and thus we drift towards unparalleled catastrophe .” – Albert Einstein

” If you only knew . . .” – Emmett Miller

Healing Through Gardening

One excellent way to “Think Globally, Act Locally” is through the remarkable benefits to you and your community of a few hours a week gardening. I will get to the gardening, but first, with your permission, a little story.

A few days ago, returning from San Miguel de Allende, I paused at one of the magazine stands in the airport. It seemed other cover story complained of the sad state of our planet. But few offered any suggestions as to what we could do about it other than enjoy the royal wedding. I think that we actually can do something about it.

If we truly wish to survive the global collapse that has already begun, we must, as Gandhi said, think globally, act locally.

In my most recent book , I explored the various symptoms we see throughout our culture, and how the prognosis is dire indeed – unless we choose to change. The truth of my main points is even more obvious now: we must recognize on an individual, as well as a national and culture-wide basis, that we need to connect not only with people locally but also with our local environment , and realize we are all in this together.

How To Think Globally

Thinking globally quickly reveals to us that — if we wish to sustain any semblance of our accustomed lifestyles — we must put real energy into creating local community (in addition to the distributed communities we are developing online). That includes establishing a different relationship to our local environment. One thing we can do is to begin buying locally and eating locally – as the “New World Order” collapses we will have to depend our local support system – the big corporations won’t be here to support us, but our local farmers will, if they have not gone out of business

Acting Locally

One of the most valuable ways to do this is to grow your own garden.

During the two World Wars of the last century, we acted locally by growing so-called “Victory Gardens” or “War Gardens.” These gardens helped significantly, providing sustenance for millions by reducing pressure on the public food supply that was brought on by the global war effort. Perhaps our gardens can save us again.

An important step in the Treatment Plan to make things better globally would be for more of us to start growing a garden locally. Now.

Why? I’m glad you asked.

One reason might be the fact that so many more people are doing it, and that the global food price index at an all-time high – and going up, and there are food riots throughout the world. In 2009, 38 percent of the people in the U.S. (41 million households) planted a vegetable garden. An American Gardening Association survey showed a 19 percent increase from 2008 to 2009 in new hobby country farms and urban edible gardens.

Why Grow A Garden?

My Garden

The main reason most people gave for increasing or maintaining edible gardening last year was to supplement household food supply — to help save money on food. And if “locally grown” is important to you, there is nothing more local than food grown in your own backyards, windowsills, or patio containers.

Furthermore, if eating in a healthy and organic way is important to you, growing your own fruits and vegetables means that you know exactly what does and does not go into your food and exactly where it comes from.

Growing your own will make you healthier because not only will you eat more fruits and vegetables (let’s face it, few of us eat as many of these as we should), you will be getting the best kind of exercise, the green kind. Studies show that in 45 minutes of gardening, you can burn as many calories as in 30 minutes of aerobics.

What’s more, diverting your mind to the nurturing of life reduces stress and will make you more creative when you do go back the challenges in your life.

And if you have kids or grand kids, you have a green opportunity to help them make the fascinating discovery that their food actually does not come from the supermarket but from Mother Earth. What better way for them to learn how important it is to protect her?

Even if you are in a city, you can build a raised garden bed and get your garden started!

To learn more about how you can support a sustainable food system, check out the article “ Healthier Food for the New Year “.

For an experiential program specifically to help you develop a holistic perspective and positive motivation towards global healing, check out Healing Our Planet and Deep Healing the Universe .

Shine On!

You Are What You Eat . . . And Think: A Conversation with Terry and Joe Graedon (of The People’s Pharmacy)

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If you’re interested in maintaining your health and preventing illness, then you owe it to yourself to check out the work of Joe and Terry Graedon. Joe was trained as a pharmacologist at the University of Michigan, Theresa’s PhD is in Anthropology.

Joe and Terry published their first book, People’s Pharmacy, in 1976, with a vision of providing people with high quality information for personal health and natural wellness. Through their books, their regular radio show and their many appearances on national television, they have managed to stay on the cutting edge even until now, with their current new release, Recipes and Remedies, which presents some most fascinating and useful information about ways you can treat common ailments and prevent serious illnesses through the use of common foods, spices, and other items you can find around the house.

The famous physician, Hippocrates, is reported to have proclaimed, “Let food be your medicine.” Joe and Terry have taken this to heart. In this Healing Times conversation, we will get to know this colorful couple, and learn a few of their tips.

For instance, did you know that some of the most troubling symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome can be treated with, of all things, coconut macaroon cookies?

In this conversation, we take a look at some of our new learnings about food – that food really can be our medicine – and the use of food as medicine is being avidly studied by institutions of the stature of Harvard and Stanford.

In this illuminating conversation we will also explore:

  • How you can treat Type II diabetes with a vinegar dressing on your salad.
  • How a blueberry cheesecake that can help you heal chronic disease
  • The latest news about vitamin D
  • How to use vinegar at the end of a meal as a treatment for Type II diabetes

The Graedons agree that – “you are what you eat and what you think.” As an example, we will discuss the latest on depression, now that clinical studies have shown that perhaps the vast majority of the $10 billion a year we spend on antidepressant medications is wasted on mild to moderate depressions . We will talk about a number of non-drug approaches you can use, and especially about some of the foods you can eat to help you Escape From Depression .

In 1976, when The People’s Pharmacy® was originally published, it was one of the first books providing drug and health information to consumers. It went on to become a number one bestseller. Since then, Joe and Terry Graedon have gone on to write 14 additional books, one of which was a medical thriller co-authored with Tom Ferguson, MD (No Deadly Drug, Pocket Books, 1992). In addition, they write The People’s Pharmacy® syndicated newspaper column, distributed by King Features®, co-host an award-winning health talk show on public radio, and speak frequently on health issues.  Learn more about the People’s Pharmacy and how it started, and listen to our conversation below!

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Getting the Most From Social Networks: Listen to this conversation with Dr. Nicholas A. Christakis on Healing Times Radio

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I am pleased to welcome Nicholas A. Christakis, MD, PhD, MPH, is an internist and social scientist who conducts research on social factors that affect health, health care, and longevity. He is Professor of Medical Sociology in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School; Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School; and Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology in the Harvard Faculty of Ar…ts and Sciences. He is the Master of Pforzheimer House in Harvard College.

Dr. Christakis’ lab is currently focused on the relationship between social networks and health. People are inter-connected, and so their health is inter-connected. This research engages two types of phenomena: the social, mathematical, and biological rules governing how social networks form (“connection”) and the biological and social implications of how they operate to influence thoughts, feelings, and behaviors (“contagion”). Other ongoing investigations in the lab consider the effects of neighborhoods on people’s health, the biodemographic determinants of longevity, the widowhood effect (“dying of a broken heart”), and the genetic bases for human behaviors.

Along with his long-time collaborator, James Fowler, Dr. Christakis has authored a general-audience book on social networks: Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives, which has been translated into nearly twenty foreign languages.

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Networking Love – Guided Imagery & Meditation

The goal of this imagery experience is to stoke your imagination. Through meditative and visualization techniques it will guide you to discover what might happen if we (as a people) decided to put more Love into our networks (friends, family, community, workplace, etc…).

As discussed in the , networks are enormously important. They affect our health, our happiness, our prosperity, and as a whole, determine our collective future. Christakis summarizes this well in this TED talk

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