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I thought the Lance Armstrong interviews were fascinating. I tend to err on the side of trust, so I tend to believe in Armstrong’s remorse. His was a colossal fall from grace.

A similar fall happened to James Arthur Ray, an entrepreneurial guru featured in The Secret and really rocket-launched to fame through an interview with Oprah (Feb 8, 2007).

On October 8, 2009, three people died in one of his sweat lodges (a five-day, where about 50 people paid $9,000 to $10,000 per ticket). Colleen Conaway committed suicide in an earlier event. Ray was a crook and a shyster who did have some good things to offer. But for the most part, his credentials were almost all fake (like many in the Law-of-Attraction business). When in court, JAR’s tactic was deny-deny-deny. Keep your mouth shut, head down. His defense team even went so far as to get an expert to speak to the possible presence of organophosphates on location as a possible contributor to the deaths of his students.

Putting Lance Armstrong side-by-side with James Arthur Ray, I am impressed that Lance Armstrong admitted doping and is contrite. He too had a lot to offer, especially when it comes to the amount of money he raised for Cancer research. I DON’T think he should be resurrected as a hero. I don’t think he should be given an easy out. He let a lot of people down.

The hole he dug is MASSIVE, and his sense of entitlement was equally massive. And repaying his debts (beyond finances, into the emotional with personal relationships) will take a whole bunch of time.

I also happen to think that most of us have experienced entitlement to some degree. I know I won’t be throwing the first stone here.

I am not saying that he should be instantaneously forgiven. He wreaked havoc of an unimaginable scope. He damaged reputations, legally and personally. He falsely lashed out at others, leveraging his FALSE image to intensify the both the wrath and the damage that was inflicted. I’m fine if his ban is for life. He cannot wipe this slate clean with a single apology.

I am saying that I need to live in a world where we believe people can change. No in a la-la fairy-land, everyone-must-feel-good sort of way. There are people who cannot. Psychopaths for one. Because they (as far as our understanding goes) live in a mental state where the world-view is completely different from the one in which most of us reside (ie, total lack of empathy accompanied by an unfalterable sense of entitlement).Our corporate world is heavily infested with these types. There is, of course, much conversation about whether or not Lance is psychopathic. I am not qualified to go there.

Granted, Lance’s change ONLY came about because the massive fall from grace was scientifically and undeniably presented. And even the time that it took for him to own up was painfully prolonged for the people he affected. A simple, public apology will by itself not put things right. It’s a start, but time will tell if there’s “momentum” behind this swing.

It is impossible for us to see anything beyond the surface of a person. The recent unveilings of the Jimmy Savile’s sexual predatory nature is crystal clear evidence of that. And the bullet-proof facade build around Dominique Strauss-Kahn, a known misogynistic womanizer. Without a personal admission, we’ll never know what’s really real. And then, as in the case with Lance, arises the question, “Is it believable.”

On a much much smaller scale, I can look at my own life. I have lived through my own sense of entitlement. Indeed, every time we buy something knowingly manufactured in China or Taiwan, odds are we are contributing to near slave-labour and the oppression of women and children. But then we in turn think of how hard we worked for our money, and how we need to stretch a dollar in order to survive to the next paycheque. In most cases, this is grossly exaggerated. Regardless, it’s a sense of entitlement that directly and indirectly damages others.

Also, there’s the team of two who are directly responsible for the events in my life that led to bankruptcy. The short version is that they learned a quick way to make money, which was to “teach” people about their entitlement to wealth. It was very standard Law-Of-Attraction stock. I did not know that at the time. But having since delved heavily into the teachings of T. Harv Eker, James Arthur Ray, Jack Canfield and the like, it quickly becomes apparent that it’s one voice with a slightly different drone. And very effective at that. And the handful of success stories continue to uphold the lie that “anyone can do it if you just think positive,” propped up by half truths backed by false stories of successes (fake-it-till-you-make-it is a perfect example touted by Anthony Robbins, effective and necessary on one hand — ie you need to believe in yourself — and a complete and utter lie on the other, esp. when you start to manipulate the lives of others).

This team of two convinced me (and many others) to invest money in these sure-bet investments. They used their own lives as proof of their success (turned out to be a lie, they were faking it till they would some day make it, and I suspect that most of their income came from commissions on investments and teaching their courses), and wickedly effective marketing. Most of their investments were duds. Most people (like me) lost all their equity and fell deeply into insurmountable debt.

The team of two fall heavily on the mantra used by Law-Of-Attraction types, which is to say that if LOA doesn’t work for you, you must be doing something wrong. Thus, an apology will never be forthcoming.

A part of me believes that this team of two was naively and genuinely interested in helping others. They got caught up in their own social sense of doing good for others, and bucking the system that “wants you to stay poor so that they (ie banks) can get rich.” If they themselves became rich along the way, all the better. And when their mini empire crumbled, they resorted to lashing out and blaming others. Kind of like what James Arthur Ray is doing, sitting in prison, convicted of the lesser charge of manslaughter. Whereas an apology to me would have gone a long way. I cannot undo what has happened to me. But boy oh boy would an admission of their responsibility have gone a long way with me toward forgiving this team of two. I’ve let go much of my anger since it does nothing for me, but not all.

Lance Armstrong does not exist for me as an individual human being. I don’t know him as a person and don’t care to. He’s a sports superstar elevated to success by a public’s crazy need for heroes and sports champions. In a week’s time, I won’t even be thinking about him. He will never be short of money as his biography and following Hollywood flick will ensure a steady income. He leveraged his cancer story quite nicely and have no doubt this tragedy will be converted to cash in too. I have no doubt in my mind that he consulted with a lawyer before hand to mitigate the damage. He’s a smart, crafty and manipulative person.

Perhaps naively, I am believing the surface presentation. In part because many of the people who do inflict massive damage spend all their efforts on publicly denying their dark sides in order to preserve the shining light of their (falsely constructed) surface saint. What Lance did by admitting and apologising was very unusual for people of his level of fame and wealth. James Arthur Ray is currently in jail doing time, still professing his saintliness.

I see the apology as unique, and yes, somewhat genuine. At least I hope so, though I can also see how, after years of lies and lashing out and damaging the lives and reputations of others, it is hard to swallow. If it’s genuine, it’s a start (start being the keyword here). If it’s a salvaging tactic to gain sympathy and support without any genuine remorse, then it’s very very sad. Time will tell. Maybe.

28
Aug

A bit of good news

   Posted by: Britt

Heard through the grapevine that the company that financially destroyed so many lives posing as a wealth creation alternative education resource has closed its doors. Thank-fucking-god. Their website is gone. The inane Youtube videos remain. But at least that dog-and-pony show is now over.

SaltyDroid is a hero of mine. Here’s why.

14
Jul

Women still stuck doing men’s work

   Posted by: Britt Tags: ,

If the world really is what we think about, then why does male-induced violence still dominate the headlines? Clearly I’ve done a lot of thinking to the contrary. Perhaps the next step is stating my thoughts out loud? 

I’m bored. What to do, what to do….

Oh, I know, let’s stir the pot shall we? Let’s talk about male-induced violence.

{{PD-US}} Dessins de Martin van Maele. Martin Van Maele. Illustration extraite de L'Histoire comique de Francion. En laquelle sont découvertes les plus subtiles finesses et trompeuses inventions tant des hommes que des femmes de toutes sortes de conditions et d’âges. de Charles Sorel. Jean Fort, Paris, 1925.Now, whenever I raise the issue of male-induced violence, especially violence against women, I inevitably get the insufferable tired refrain that “Men get beat up too y’know.”

I hate HATE hate that I even have to respond to this, but time and time again I find that I do. So I’ll dedicate a few simple lines here to the above inane comment. If you’re smarter than that, you can just skip on to the next paragraph. Otherwise:

Consider these terms: rapist, abuser, attacker, killer, murderer, pornographer, gang banger, violent offender, kidnapper. What gender mostly comes to mind? [Pregnant pause.] There’s a reason why your brain automatically assigns a particular penile gender to these labels. Do I really need spell this out? It’s because 95% of such crimes are committed by men. And, yes (sigh), women rape abuse and murder too.

So here’s my little trick (you may have already noticed this): I’ve changed the language, changed the terms. I don’t talk about rape or abuse or murder. I talk specifically about male-induced violence. This way, I can include all the hockey coaches and football coaches and priests who like to diddle their boys. This way, I can include all the fathers who want to (and do) fuck their daughters, believing this to be some sick inherent birth right. This way, that teeny tiny handful of folk who want to campaign against female-induced violence are free to do so, in any conversation other than mine.

Now, when a strident feminist typically starts talking about male-induced violence, the next step is usually some form of radical action. Burn a bra. Walk around topless. Write a letter. Slam down that angry fist and demand change. Gosh darn it all.

Not me.

The thing that I’ve come to realize, my ultimate sadness, is that there’s not a goddamn thing that I can do to shape up men’s perception of women, of men’s chronic misogynistic treatment of women. And the other thing that I’ve come to realize: The world is NOT going to become a better place for anyone until men—that’s right, MEN—step up to the plate.

Consider the unholy trinity: the bully, the bullied, and the bystander. The bullied, that poor skinny sap with taped up glasses, can never convince the bully to stop kicking sand in his face. The job of rallying must fall to the bystander, the one who is actually a peer to the bully.

Sadly, we’re not a society of strong bystanders, are we? We really are a pathetic bunch of spineless bystanders for the most part.

All my life I’ve been surrounded by these soft cushy cowardly man-boys who claim to be feminist-friendly. Yet, when some dork makes a dumb-ass blond joke or salivates when a pair of boobies float by (they’re actually breasts attached to a person, but you’d never know it based on this a-hole’s salivating response), these so-called feminist-friendly man-boys snort-and-guffaw along with the rest of them, awkwardly shift their balls from one side of their pants to the other, and cast me this hopeless “Oh well, what can I do” look.

{{Information |Description={{en|1="Queen Guinevere", James Archer (1823-1904), Scotland, c.1860, Oil on canvas. Dimensions: 32 cm wide, 61 cm high }} Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not advocating a return to some moral code where men revered women (and where women where barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen). The whole idea that there once was a moral code is a laughable. That era has never actually existed. Sure, King Arthur had his code when it came to the Guineveres of the world. But that honourable code typically didn’t include the beggar girls, the hired help, the single moms, the un-beautiful abandoned children, or the wrecked and manipulated prostitutes.

Without a moral compass set and monitored by male peers, rape has always been – and continues to be – common place. It’s called sowing your seed. It’s called boys will be boys. It’s a known and documented war tactic. It’s “ethnic cleansing” (godhowIhatethatterm). It’s the husband-steps-on-his-broken-wife’s-head-to-feel-better-about-himself way of life.

Male-induced violence is so goddamn commonplace, mundane and boring that I’m willing to bet that at least half of the women through whom you were ultimately conceived have experienced it at some time or another.

It’s true for me and my circle of friends, family and acquaintances. Rape by a stranger, date rape, gang-banged, victims of incest, we cover the gamut, damnit.

And it’s not like I sit around with the woman in my life swapping who-got-fucked-by-whom stories. It took about 40 years for just a few tidbits to come out. I’m convinced there are more layers of secrets that no one is talking about.

I’m not playing a sad violin here; I’m not drawing the old sympathy card. I’m too old for that shit. I’m simply making the point that male-induced violence is so incredibly dull, so incredibly mundane, that even your own family is besotted with it; you just haven’t realized it yet.

The kicker? Eliminating male-induced violence is not a woman’s job; it’s a man’s. To put it bluntly, reducing male-induced violence is out of scope for us women.

We women have our own work to do. We’re as catty as hell amongst ourselves. We’re too busy feeling fat to actually acknowledge our own beauty and brilliance. We’re all-to-happy to pass along the derogation we’ve suffered onto our sisters or worse yet, our female children – all too apparent in the female tradition of FMG (female genital mutilation), staunchly handed down the maternal lines. We still only earn seventy cents (give or take a few pennies) for every dollar a man earns. We’re under-represented in governments and power positions around the world. And while our own bodies have the godlike capacity to conceive, create and bear life, we still defer familial lineage and power to the donor of the fertilizer. (That one just baffles me beyond belief.)

Ani Difranco, one of my most favourite angry chicks in this world, captures it nicely: “Men are delicate / Origami creatures,” she writes in one song, “Who need women to unfold them / Hold them when they cry.” Like I imagine Ani to be, I’m fucking sick and tired of doing the work that men themselves should be doing. Like ending male-induced violence.

So if you are a man (or know one), then ask yourself (or him): Are you man enough for the job? Ready to man-up? Then stop being a bystander and help put an end to this shit. Be the man that changes the world, that makes it a better, safer, kinder place. Mankind will ultimately thank you. And so will we women.

– Britt Santowski.

AuthorBikerCartoonist. Feminist at large.

11
Jul

What the universe must think

   Posted by: Britt

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On the plus side, I suppose, is the liberty the comes from divorce and the repo man, the unveiling of several butts (trying to keep it clean here and not say the word assholes — oops), the opportunity to start from ground zero, and the yee-fucking-haw adventure of not know where I’ll be tomorrow. Keeps me alert at 3am, high-strung and wide-eyed.

Which reminds me of my favourite acronym: AFGO. Another fucking growth opportunity.

Sadly, I can’t even vent here any more. Mostly now my frequent readers are those busy-bodies who are combing through my posts to see if they are even mentioned by vague implication. Apparently, that won’t do either.

Dear protesters,

If you treat the world-unifying demonstrations that you achieved on October 15th 2011 as the pinnacle of your success, the movement will fail.

What you achieved on October 15th 2011 is incredible. You achieved world-wide recognition that people are catching on to the banking scam. You achieved world-wide ratification that there is a need for your movement.

But if you treat this as a victory, you will fail.

In Victoria BC (Canada), they (being the media) estimated 1,000 people showed up. Personally, I think the numbers were higher. I was there. I know what a group of 100 people looks like. And there were more than ten such groups. By my naked eye, I would easily say that it was three times that number. Maybe four.

But it really that doesn’t matter. That’s a useless little diversion.

The population of Greater Victoria, which includes all the municipalities from Sidney to Sooke, is about 330,000. I undertook the 50 minute car-trek from Sooke, which is on the outer-edge of the community.

If we accept the media’s numbers, that means about 0.03% of the population woke up. If we accept my naked-eye witness account, we were 1%.

What this means is that the other 98% (or 98.07%) of us (ie, not bankers), are still sleeping.

Sure, we can pit our 1% against the other 1% and claim that we are equal in number.

But you know that that is not the case. You are leading a revolutionary movement. You are smarter than that. Their 1% runs the economy and the governments. Their 1% has written the laws. Their 1% prints the money. Their 1% holds all the power.

Our 1% has an opinion. It’s honest and it’s true. But that’s what it can currently be written down as. An opinion.

When I went to the demonstrations, I was shocked to see other people carrying on with their normal day-to-day details of living. Tourists, shoppers, moms walking their kids, locals doing whatever it is that locals do on a sunny Saturday in mid-October. In my mind, there was nothing more important that those demonstrations.

I personally am in despair over the state of things. I have a daughter to whom I hope to leave a life, not a state of slavery. And you and I, and the 1% on our side of the argument, know that if status quo continues, there will be nothing left for our kids. We know this because we have woken up and we have become painfully aware that there is nothing left for us. And without intervention, it will not get better.

Yes, I was shocked that my sense of urgency was not shared by many.

Yet at the demonstrations, I was again uplifted. People were getting it. People did understand the validity behind Henry Ford’s quote,

It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.

On October 15th, 2011, the day of your big success, only 1% of the people showed up. The other 98% stayed at home.

It is not their fault. It is their nature. Our human nature. I think that what humans want most in the world is to be left alone in peace, with enough food, safety and love to sustain us through to the end. To our individual ends.

What you and I have found to be true, the facts that have woken us up, is incredibly disturbing. Banks invent money and governments world-wide tax it. Even though each of us in the free world have the work and blood and sweat of past generations propping us up, the banks still own most of the houses on our streets. Most people don’t ask to think why that is. Most people don’t want to ask why that is. Most people intuitively know that the answer will induce despair. The same despair that made me show up. The same despair that made you lead the charge.

No, October 15th was not Victoria Day. October 15th was ratification day.

On October 15th you received world-unifying approval of your cause. Yours and mine. The opinionated cause of our 1%.

Now is not the time to pitch tents and demand that Wall Street changes its ways. If you choose to do that, you will become demonized. You will be turned into radical, paranoid conspiracy-theorists without a following. You will be turned into an image of free-loaders looking for hand-outs.

And you and I both know you are more than that.

You are leading the 1% who dared to wake up.

That’s huge. Without you, there will be no change. Without you, there will be no freedom.

Which is why what I have to say next is so incredibly important:

Your job now is to enlist the 1% to education, to wake up the sleeping masses. If we can wake up just a quarter of the population, we have enough to change the world. Maybe even 15%. Or 10%. But 1% will not be the force that brings about the change. Our 1% will be the force that educates the masses that will bring about the change.

To do this, you need to accept the fundamental concept behind successful marketing: It must not become a conversation about your product; instead, it must become a conversation, an education, about your listener’s core-life problem. About why children will never own their home even though the parents themselves are aspiring to own their own. About why the snake-oil salesmen sold them a fraudulent mortgage. About why they got laid off. About why secondary education is becoming increasing futile. About how the public education system is designed to churn out employees not entrepreneurs. About why they can only find part-time work. About why the economy of jobs was farmed out to third-world countries. About why the Jones can afford an SUV and they, while aspiring to live within their means, take the bus. About why bankruptcy is a viable option.

Explaining concepts like fractional-reserve, bailouts, housing bubble, sub-prime mortgages, collateralized debt obligations, Glass-Steagall Act, predatory lending, and shadow banking will not wake them up; it will deepen their sleep. And the mere kiss from a Prince Charming will no longer suffice, as Prince Charming belongs to the enemy camp, the other 1%. Prince Obama came close, but now he too is a puppet for the bankers.

No. It needs to be a direct infusion of personal meaning.

We are an attention-deficit people. We just want to be left alone to live our lives out comfortably. But you and I know that status quo is not an option. We both know there is no comfort in slavery. But 98% of us don’t get it. Don’t want to get it. It’s hard to get that you are a slave when you can’t even see your master. And we have to make them see.

Our work here is just beginning. On October 15th, we received world-wide ratification. Now is not the time to stamp our feet like angry little children and yell at our very VERY abusive parents that This Will Not Do.

No, now is the time to educate our siblings and the other kids on the block, to gently nudge them awake. And we can do this easily by talking about them and their problems.

We must become like the Conficker (aka Downadup) computer virus. A botnet. Invisible. Infective. Incurable. We need to work by educating each individual host, each and every person. Talking to and with them, not at them.

Remember, the offending 1% has all the money in the world, the governments, and the law on their side. This newly-awakened 1% has only knowledge and truth. Without the other 98%, knowledge and truth will become distorted into conspiracy-theorists.

We can’t afford to let this happen.

7
Mar

Put this on your Vision Board

   Posted by: Britt

So, you believe in the Law of Attraction, eh (Yes, I’m Canadian)? So you think all you have to do is “conceive it” to “receive it.” The more clever amongst you might even throw in a dash of “doing,” stating very knowingly that attraction without action delivers only a fraction. So, my friends, get out your motivational vision boards and slap this image up. The Vancouver iconic mansion Casa Mia now happens to be on the market for a mere $10.5M. Canadian that is.

Here’s the thing. If you have limited resources, a limited supply of anything, it cannot be infinitely available to anyone.

Here are the things that are limited in our universe: money, food, water and shelter. Soon clean oxygen can be added to the list. These are all things leveraged by benevolent rulers in order to control the masses.

Those who teach and propagate the “Laws” Infinite Abundance (including the likes of Oprah, T Harv Eker, ) are those who already live in a cushy state of abundance, and have figured out a way to reach into the pockets of the spiritually and financially hungry. It’s easy to speak about abundance if you’re the tallest tree in the forest (assuming, of course, that trees can speak). It’s easy to draw analogies from the strong blade of grass that pokes relentlessly through the crack in the sidewalk. It’s beyond facile to state “I put it on a vision board and voila there it be.”

But, hey, I’m just a simple woman with an opinion. Let’s put it to the test. Let each of us take these images, slap them on our vision boards, let our subconscious do all the work, and we’ll see who gets there first.

Come on. Humour me.

21
Oct

How perspective chances our grandeur

   Posted by: Britt

Here’s a YouTube video called “The Powers of Ten.”

Watch it, and try to hold old to that misguided Law of Attraction” philosophy (or “Law”) that the world was created for you. We are but a spec of dust my friends. A magnificently irrelevant spec.

And the most fascinating part is that when you travel into that spec, entire new universes unfold.

Our so-called consciousness is only paper-thin. We cannot take in what is beyond us, just like we cannot take in what is within us.

It is the height of arrogance to think that everything exists solely for one rice-paper-thin sheet in the gigantic volume known as the universe.

We can’t even respectfully use our resources that measure only one kilometer high and one kilometer low in a sustainable fashion; we deplete the earth’s resources 25% faster than it can regenerate them. We shamelessly slaughter human kind in the name of religion. We watch mass murderers slaughter others in the name of themselves (and, yes, as Vancouver Eastside will readily attest, we watch). We stand by as other nations cut off women’s noses and ears for deigning to leave their captors (husband and his family). We let full grown adults enlist armies of children and stand at a polite distance in the name of politics. We invent the concept of money and then become slaves to it. We create governments to guide us, and then bow in servitude.

Image, the power of 10 only forty times, and all of this, yes, even you and me, all of this becomes insignificant.

Addendum

Just after writing this entry, a friend (yes, one who believes in the LAO) posted the following video. She finds comfort in this, so I’m not about to crash down on her house. But it irks me how much we anthropomorphize (give human characteristics to) the entire universe. It’s as though we were to pick up a spec of dust and define ourselves by the characteristics of this spec of dust. Heck, we kill a mosquito without giving it a second thought. That’s how much we value life that is not ours.

And another thing … while I’m ranting about this video … notice how the colour blue dominates? That is exactly what is wrong. The only reason why we see blue is because the sun is reflecting off of the moisture in our air. There is no blue sky that surrounds us. In fact, if you zoom out beyond the paper-thin layer of our existence (say, the power of 10 forty times), you’ll see only vast emptiness periodically interrupted by the shining of a star.  And each star will one day vanish. Leaving only emptiness in its wake. Not a rainbow. Not a blue sky. Not an English speaking God. Nothing.

(Which isn’t to say that our lives are futile. That’s not what I’m saying. Indeed, we’re lucky to have it. Let’s just put it into perspective.)



8
Oct

LOA and Buddhism: Like snake oil and water

   Posted by: Britt


What does Buddhism and the Law of Attraction have in common? After all, many of the LOA gurus reference the following quote:
We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world.
– Buddha, in the Dhammapada (Shambhala Pocket Edition)
(retrieved from BellaOnline, the Voice of Women)

Now, to be clear, I’m not a Buddhist, nor am I an expert in Buddhism. But since being hooked line-and-sinker in the LOA, I’ve done a bit of digging on my own.

What’s funny is that many of these gurus reference Buddhism and spirituality, when in fact Buddhism flies in the face of what they say. Let go of all material possessions (and no, that’s not a guarantee it will bring more), desire is a poison (versus you just have to want it bad enough), and life is at its essence defined by suffering (versus sheer abundance).

Tabling the differences between the Law of Attraction and Buddhism
Law of Attraction Buddhism
Thoughts are things Thoughts are not to be believed
Life is abundant First Noble Truth: Life is suffering
You can have what you want You must let go of everything to be free
Desire is what you need to manifest Desire is a poison
Nurture your emotional cravings Cravings are poison
Rhonda Byrnes “thinks” herself thin You are not your body
Focus on what you want to achieve Be with what is
Critical thinking brings doubt Critically examine all teachings
Don’t talk about your failures Accept what is
You get what you give Give without expectation

Law of Attraction is the last attempt in the quick-fix world. Like any placebo, there is a significant rate of success. But also like any placebo, it can never be definitive.

One woman has MS sees each day as a struggle; another woman has MS and sees each day as a blessing. Same affliction, same day, different outlooks. Each woman will seek out evidence that confirms her worldview. The first will continue to struggle, the second will cherish each day. Same day. No altered external world; no additional wealth manifested; no cure. Just an internal shift.

The Law of Attraction can help you achieve a brighter outlook. When LOA teaches “positive thinking” it advocates a healthy mindset. But anchoring it in “science” and calling it a “proven law” is just sheer and utter nonsense. It sets the user up for expecting an unsustainable reality.

  • Are you looking for a certain book in the used book store? Well gosh darn it why not just manifest it. What? It’s still not there? well, I guess your thinking is wrong.
  • Have you had an incident where you wish you can just go back in time and change even just one split-second action?
  • Have you ever bought a lottery ticket and spent any time (or a LOT of time) thinking about how your new life with fit with your soul?
  • What? It didn’t happen? You couldn’t manifest it? LOA is a quick-fix treatment and as such, you cannot expect a deep cure.

The Buddha surrendered everything. I’d say that that’s a bit deeper.

(Deepak Chopra in his book called “Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment,” has the holy Buddha rewinding time and undoing a man’s death in his book, but really I think that that’s sheer invention. The little I know of Buddhism says that you find calm, peace and inner serenity when you accept the storms, the disasters, the fatalities.)

Watch the inventions, the twists and the mis-representations. The blessing and the curse of the Internet is the plethora of information that available now to most of us. (They said the same thing about the Gutenberg printing press.) Be curious, critical and cautious.

7
Oct

LOA is nonsense

   Posted by: Britt

Came across this brilliant post today. A fellow by the name of Joel Comm posted an article on his blog called “The Law of Attraction is Nonsense.” My kind of guy: cuts to the chase, straight up and to the point.

Check it out here.

Comm talks about some serious flaws in logic, including the “blame the victim” mentality for rape. And he discusses the absurdity of the whole scam.

Dave Lakhani commented. He’s a voice worth listening to. He understands marketing very well, and is an incredibly insightful man. His comments to Joel’s article are included here as they are worth weeding out (Joel Comm “attracted” a tonnes of responses):

Great piece Joel.

There are so many things wrong with the Law of Attraction and The Secret that it would take more than a book to explain it all. I did a call with a psychiatrist, a psychologist and a movie producer and we discussed how people are bamboozled by a movie like The Secret, if you want to check it out, the interview is at thetruthisthesecret.com

Not only have things like the Emoto water crystal studies been disproven again and again, even the good doctor himself won’t agree to recreating them under proper scientific conditions.

Ditto for prayer by the way, all the of the studies that are reported by TM and Christians turn out to be flawed, when the data is scientifically tested and validated it turns out that there is either no change or a negative change (in the case of the TM study, crime actually went up).

The biggest reason that people think the law of attraction, prayer and most other forms of belief works is a not so simple part of our brain called the reticular activating system. To simplify it, we tend to notice more of what we focus on. So until you buy the blue BMW you don’t tend to notice them everywhere, the minute you buy it you see them everywhere. We are also well conditioned to look for ways to support our beliefs. If you want to know how people really are, don’t ask them about their beliefs, look at their behaviors, people’s behaviors are their beliefs.

I offered a huge cash challenge if anyone in the Secret would agree to live in a hermetically sealed bubble and attract a drink of water, a dollar or a bite of food, they can’t do it. [brilliant! says britt]

Great that you are putting this kind of info out for your readers, you’ll help save a lot of people who are on the fence . . . and it won’t change a thing for the unconvertable, they’ll always see what they want to see and find ways that it is true for them in the face of the truth.

Dave Lakhani
Author: Persuasion: The Art of Getting What You Want & Subliminal Persuasion: Influence and Marketing Techniques They Don’t Want You To Know

Lakhani’s blog is also well worth a read.

Also, on Lakhini’s blog is a link to a conversation with a group of high profile marketers talking about the movie, The Secret. It’s two hours long, and well worth the listen.

Download The Secret Call With Lakhani, Hogan & Warren Here
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