Wonders of deep relaxation

Lovely maiden relaxing on sofa – 1908

Next time you see a cat or a dog lying in the sunshine notice just how totally relax and happy it looks.

Then try and do the same.

It’s not so easy, but it is possible and very rewarding.

The trick is to take one’s attention away from the incessant talk of the ego, focus on bodily sensations, and embrace complete trust in the universe’s goodness and wisdom.

This is not an intellectual exercise. In fact, some people with a highly rational turn of mind may find it more difficult than others, at least initially.

If your first attempts fail and your attention quickly drifts back to the usual stream of worries, fears, desires and frustrations, don’t be discouraged.

Try again, and again, patiently. There will come a time when you manage to hold the mental posture of let go and start noticing very pleasant physical sensations.

These sensations may be particularly noticeable in places which are usually quite tense, which are your weak spots where vital energy gets blocked.

For example, if you are short sighted, a successful relaxation will produce agreeable sensations around the eyes, or around one eye. You may also feel a sudden very brief and very acute shooting pain in one eye immediately followed by pleasant soothing sensations, provided you’re not afraid by the shooting pain and don’t tense up again.

You have to feel these things for yourself to know what I am talking about. Have confidence in nature, in the universe.

Everything that happens in your body, in your mind happens for a reason. Nothing just happens by chance. The universe sends your inner consciousness messages to guide it towards more harmony.

Remember you, I and everyone else are clusters of energy and consciousness within an infinite whole in which everything interacts.

What you experience are minute bits of information picked up by your senses and reaching your neurones. Your neurones then create a sort of 3D video with sound and sensations: that is your “reality”.

The quality of your thoughts – confident, trustful, loving, or resentful and negative – directly impacts the content of your 3D video. In that sense, we create our own reality.

Deep relaxation is the gate to positive, trustful thoughts rewarded by agreeable sensations.

It’s the key to spiritual progress.

Fear not, relax like a cat.

Love,

Leo

Copyright © Leo Foresta 2012

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What are the odds of pills working?

Overused statistics often create a smokescreen for lack of rigour and honesty in science.

This is clearly the case in the medical domain.

But let’s see how average rough statistics could be interpreted fairly to address the old question of allopathy versus homeopathy.

Say you are a skeptic. You don’t believe in homeopathy. But you respect logic.

It is well known and accepted by official medicine that, generally speaking, a number of patients recover without any treatment, while others recover when receiving only  placebo.

Percentages found by studies for these two groups are surprisingly high.

Let’s say that, on average, roughly a third of patients recover without any treatment and another third get better on pure placebo.

Logically, this means that when you are unwell, there is only about one chance out of three that taking either an allopathic drug or an homeopathic treatment will possibly help you beyond the pure placebo effect.

But there is more to it.

Official medicine recognises that drugs don’t always work. Percentages of cases where the drug does positively work vary considerably with the types of ailments and the molecule.

Let’s say that, on average, a drug will work positively in three quarters of cases.

There is still another consideration to bear in mind. Most drugs are known to have side effects of widely varying severities.

Let’s say that in one case out of three the side effects will be at least as serious as the condition being treated.

So, looking at the one chance out of three that a treatment may help you beyond pure placebo effect, if you choose allopathy you have to consider that half of that one chance out of three will be wasted by the drug either not working or producing side effects at least as bad as your condition.

In other words, there is on average about one chance out of six that an allopathic drug will positively help you. And of course if you do take an allopathic drug, there is on average, say, one chance out of three that it will harm you at least as much as it helps.

As a skeptic you are convinced that there is zero chance for an homeopathic treatment to help you, but being intellectually honest you have to concede that the chance of being seriously harmed is close to zero.

What can you conclude from the comparison; take no treatment at all, since the odds for successful effects versus drawbacks are so low? No, for in that case you forego the key placebo effect.

Serious studies have shown that when people strongly believe in their treatment, be it conventional or alternative, the placebo effect is significantly more pronounced.

So if your doctor knew that you believed strongly in the treatment he was going to prescribe, he might reason that the chance of the placebo effect might jump from one third to say 40%, meaning that the percentage of chances of effects beyond recovery without treatment or placebo would fall to around 27% (100-33-40) instead of 33%.

Applying the halving for no action or side effects at least as serious as the condition, the percentage of positive action falls to 13.5%, a bit more than one chance out of eight.

For your doctor, the ideal would thus clearly be to give you a placebo.

But of course, for the placebo to work, you would have to believe it was a conventional drug. That would entail cheating you, with the complicity of the chemist.

Understandably your doctor doesn’t wish to embark on this course.

While not too sure how to proceed in the best interest of his patients, he gets frequent visits by sales people from pharmaceutical companies. Finally, he’s only human. Why make his life complicated when easy pickings beckon?

We can’t judge him. Neither can we judge the sales person from Big Pharma. Neither can we judge R&D and marketing folks from Big Pharma. All of them are trapped in a system.

A system of thought. Powerful, insistent, just sufficiently mildly threatening to keep (almost) everybody in line.

Mind you, if you aren’t a skeptic regarding homeopathy, things are much easier: you take the homeopathic treatment. For one it doesn’t harm you. Then you benefit surely from the placebo effect. And if it works beyond placebo, that is extra benefit.

For my part, I’m sure it does work, even at very low dilutions where no molecule of the substance is present. For it is not a question of a molecule being present, but of an energy signal being present.

Embracing the holistic paradigm is liberating.

Fear not, enjoy maths combined to intuition.

Love,

Leo

Copyright © Leo Foresta 2012

Women all the way

Yesterday we went to the seaside. We took the train. The station was bristling with people looking forward to enjoying sunshine on the beach after weeks of rainy miserable weather.

My wife, with her sharp sense of observation, noticed the amazingly skewed gender distribution in the station and particularly on all trains departing to the coast: two thirds women, one third men.

Roughly the same proportion as at conferences, seminars and workshops on all things alternative and spiritual: natural healing, shamanism…

What is the connection between the subtle stuff and taking the train to the seaside?

Before drawing conclusions, let’s gather a few more observations on metro, buses and other trains.

In the meantime here is a good video of a lady spiritual healer:

This particular healer is in Australia, which is very far from where I live, but there are more and more people engaged in spiritual activities all over the world, including some men, presumably with their yin and yang in proper balance.

Fear not, relax and admire ladies.

Love,

Leo

Copyright © Leo Foresta 2012

Rage burning in you

I know the sensation only too well.

That intense frustration about many things at the same time. Like the meanness and sheer stupidity of people. And one’s own inability to lift soul and body above the floating line. Or irritation from the lies and pomposity spread by smart asses on the upper echelons.

Frustration, of course, is also about private things, private and painful.

When rage gets hold of your nervous system, you could just hit, throw, or break. It is physically unbearable, and you are well aware of how pointless it is. But you can’t help it.

If rage persists, and social constraints or kindness towards people around prevent you from expressing it through some kind of violence, you may turn to drink, drugs, or the medical system, meaning other drugs.

Beware of being too smart in controlling your behaviour and shuffling the rage deep inside. You may not kick any door or hit anyone or get drunk, but you might well be laying the nest for a nasty health problem. Somehow or other negative energy has to work its way through.

You need to stop negative energy upstream.

Energy is all over the universe, and we on our little planet are just clusters of structured energy and consciousness. Why is it that our consciousness has to turn sour now and again instead of being always nice and steady? Nobody knows for sure. Some believe it has to do with demonic forces. Not really my alley, but I might be wrong.

With spiritual practice, you can actually succeed in calming down. From calming down, you can slide into meditation and after a while the nervous system begins to relax and physical sensations become more pleasurable again.

In a serene state of consciousness, you get a sense of the bigger picture, you see your agitated incarnated self with compassion, and you appreciate that life down here is only an experience.

Your eternal higher self consoles you with humour and kindness. Things, after all, are not so bad. And “reality” is mainly a question of perception.

Fear not, go and ride your bike.

Love,

Leo

Copyright © Leo Foresta 2012

Essilor shines in the market

Essilor is the world leader of corrective lenses.

This morning its share price was up 26% since the beginning of the year, after a great performance in 2011. In ten years it went up threefold. Not bad, eh.

Essilor’s business may appear relatively innocent compared to that of, say, Big Pharma or the agro-food sector.

And it certainly is much less harmful than corrective eye surgery.

But the fact is that it thrives on people becoming ever more stressed and anxious.

Why?

This was explained in some detail in a previous post: https://leoforesta.com/2012/02/11/medical-technology-is-great-for-gdp/

In short, the more deep seated fear, the more tension in the muscles controlling eye globes, the more pronounced the resulting optical faults.

Essilor’s success looks like a reflection of humanity’s profound unease.

Therefore, no regret at all about not being one of their “happy” shareholders (many of whom wear glasses or contact lenses themselves).

Fear not, and go for natural restoration of vision.

Love,

Leo

Copyright © Leo Foresta 2012

When life in the soil gets hurt

Around 80% of the earth’s biomass is the in soil, out of our sight.

It’s full of life and frantic activity down there. Armies of worms, mites, and other subterranean creatures do a tremendous job processing organic residues, which leads to the formation of humus.

Humus is the most complex molecule on earth; associated to clay it creates rich fertile soils. Which is what made this planet so beautiful.

A few thousand years ago, mankind began to interfere with nature: people got the idea that soils should be ploughed for cultivation and that only one sort of plant at the time should be grown on a given plot of land.

This procedure was not too good for the soils’ wild life, but the beasts mostly managed to survive.

Then mankind invented intensive chemistry-based agriculture. Soils not only had to be cut open and turned upside down through ploughing; they would also be covered with artificial fertilizers and pesticides.

The latter are harmful to the multitude of beasts in the soil. A lot of them die, and the whole biology, chemistry and physical cohesion of the soil change radically.

The most dramatic consequence is that plants cultivated on highly degraded soils are much poorer in nutrients.

As a result, people (and animals) fed on produce from intensive agriculture suffer from deficiencies, even when eating theoretically balanced diets. In addition, they ingest traces of harmful fertilizers and pesticides.

This combination of nutrient deficiency and absorption of harmful substances leads to weaker body resistance and lower vital energy, creating an ideal terrain for the development of diseases.

Soil degradation has another major effect: lower permeability, leading to flooding, itself provoking erosion. In hot climates, when the upper layers are gone, desertification can start.

If you walk near a field (unless it is cultivated organically; true organic that is), you will notice how few insects there are hovering over the plants. If you plunge your hand in the soil, you will feel how hard it is; it will disintegrate through your fingers, like little bits of old concrete. And you will not find worms.

If you let your intuitive sensor function, you will perceive no vibrations from the field, quite unlike the joyous concert of positive vibes that you would pick up in a healthy forest. Your intuition simply confirms what honest science tells us: most agricultural land is dead, poisonous, and makes people and animals ill.

Two genial agronomists, Claude and Lydia Bourguignon, have studied all this in detail. And they are developing practical methods to gradually restore the quality of soils.

Here is their website: http://www.lams-21.com/artc/Homepage/1/en/

Fear not, plunge your hands in the soil.

Love,

Leo

Medical technology is great for GDP

Contact lenses, hip replacement, pace makers, open heart surgery, IVF… are all marvels of modern technology.

We can’t help but admire the technical prouesses that they imply.

But couldn’t their aims be reached by other means, possibly more natural, less painful, with fewer or no side effects, and cheaper?

Take contact lenses for example.

They may seem a great help for short sighted people. They do enable to see with more accuracy, but at the cost of a significant intrusion: the eye surface is definitely not meant to be covered by a layer of glass or plastic.

And lenses do not restore natural vision.

According to conventional ophthalmologists, restoring natural vision is impossible. Once you are short sighted, there is nothing else to do than wearing glasses or contact lenses, or having the shape of your eye corrected by surgery.

But what exactly is short sightedness? And why does one become short sighted in the first place?

The eye is a globe whose movements are commanded by very powerful muscles.

These, like other muscles in the body, are subject to abnormal tensions when the mind experiences certain emotions.

When particular states of mind persist, eye muscles become permanently tense, causing the eye shape to be altered, with the optical consequence of short or long sightedness, and/or astigmatism.

Clear characteristics in the psychological profiles of short sighted and long sighted people are well documented.

For instance, underlying fear and anxiety are always strongly present in the minds of short sighted individuals.

One doesn’t usually become short sighted before a certain age, say eight or nine, the time for basic fear and anxiety to get in and take root.

What it is not generally known is that some people, through fundamental changes in their outlook on life, manage to improve their vision significantly, sometimes back to sharp accuracy.

This always involves deep relaxation and reaching some state of “let go” of fear.

Conventional ophthalmologists are usually not interested in the deep seated psychological problems of their patients.

They haven’t been trained to deal with them. Their extended knowledge concerns the physiology of the eye, and all the possible forms of eye diseases.

Their focus is on the eye, not the person.

In contrast, when you follow the path of improving your vision naturally, you concentrate on your mind, and even on your soul.

You learn to relax, to meditate, to accept life with more confidence, to experience what happens as fascinating events in the bigger picture of universal consciousness.

When you were a child, fear and other emotions settled in you and caused different things in your body, including tensions in eye muscles, resulting in the symptom of short sightedness.

Once you realise that connections between soul, mind and body are the key to all, you regain your freedom.

Nothing is irreversible. Life is movement, flow and changes. If parts of your body are malfunctioning, there is always a subtle reason.

Always very deep in your fundamental outlook on existence: fear, ego, distrust, impatience, rejection, bitterness, …

These induce subtle messages in the energy/consciousness fields of all your cells, with myriads of physical consequences, invisible and undetectable until they consolidate into manifest symptoms.

In the particular case of short sightedness, changing one’s mental dynamics towards trust, acceptance, patience, etc., has two kinds of effects.

It induces improvements of visual accuracy, often first only during occasional brief spells of a few seconds or minutes: “flashes of clear vision”,  indescribable bliss to whoever has been short sighted for many years.

It also brings a much enhanced comfort of vision: pleasurable sensations in the eye and around, fewer headaches and facial pains. The energy starts flowing again in your eyes. And your thinking becomes clearer, less rigid, less anxious.

You may still need your glasses for driving and other activities requiring accuracy, but most of the time you can live happily without them, enjoying long hours without the tension always present with lenses on.

As for contact lenses, only use them very exceptionally, when you need lenses and absolutely do not whish to wear glasses.

Once you start wearing glasses and contact lenses for much reduced periods of time, you obviously need to buy fewer of them.

Which is great for you, but not so good for business, and not so good for GDP.

Here we are: the money motive, omnipresent in every aspect of life, is especially strong in things medical.

It is interesting to note that Essilor, the number one multinational in contact lenses and glasses, was one of the few companies whose share price improved significantly in 2011 while most of the market booked a strong decline.

It is also interesting to notice that kids tend to wear glasses at a much younger age than was the case a few decades ago.

Could it be that feelings of fear, lack of trust, …etc develop earlier in today’s society which is distinctly child unfriendly.

But for ophthalmologists it seems so much easier not to ask too many questions or to dig too deep. Just prescribe the specs.

Anyway, there are so many trendy coloured frames nowadays that good mothers almost find it a pleasure to buy them for the little darling.

Which is jolly good for business, share price and GDP. Why is it that we see young kids with fun glasses in adverts, films,…etc.

Everything is connected. Nothing happens without a reason.

It is pretty obvious that we could develop a similar line of argument for many other medical conditions and brilliant technologies that are supposed to deal with them.

We focused here on short sightedness because it is often (wrongly) not considered so serious and therefore would not raise the same controversies as more life threatening diseases.

But the gist of the matter is this: there are two approaches to health, which are directly related to two opposing views of the universe.

One is mechanistic, materialist and great for big business, and the other is holistic, subtle, and great for free souls.

Finally, note that medical expenses represent now more than 10% of GDP in several developed economies, fast approaching 20% in the US.

Given the state of public finances, it is glaringly obvious that the system will increasingly focus on a very restricted fraction of population: the rich (generally oldish), and on a few mass public actions particularly remunerative for big business, like vaccination campaigns.

Fear not, be free and keep well.

Love,

Leo

Copyright © Leo Foresta 2012

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