Thursday, 5 May 2011

Lovely quote about bigotry and intolerance

Just a quick blog here. I saw this quote today and felt I wanted to share it, thanks to Peter Smith for bringing it to my attention!

As a certain group of well known skeptics and journalists are doing a 'tour' at the minute I thought this was particularly relevant.

I have never known a clergyman or a professor who could be more narrow, bigoted, and intolerant than some scientists, or pseudo-scientists… Intolerance is a closed mind. Bigotry is an exaltation of authorities. Narrowness is ignorance unwilling to be taught. And one of the outstanding truths I have learned in my University (of Nature) is that the moment you reach a final conclusion on anything, set that conclusion up as a fact to which nothing can be added and from which nothing can be taken away, and refuse to listen to any new evidence, you have reached an intellectual dead-centre, and nothing will start the engine again short of a charge of dynamite… Ossified knowledge is a dead-weight to the world, and it does not matter in what realm of man’s intellectual activities it is found… Any obstinate clinging to outworn doctrines, whether of religion or politics or morality or of science, are equally damning and equally damnable.

- Luther Burbank
Quoted from page 21 of The Secret Teachings of Plants: The Intelligence of the Heart in Direct Perception of Nature by Stephen Harrod Buhner ISBN-13: 978-978-159143035-3 or ISBN-10: 159143035-6 Bear & Company, Rochester, Vermont

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Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Emotional Freedom Technique

I have several friends who are Emotional Freedom Technique practitioners and I have been using it myself quite a bit lately. It is a bit weird and hard to get your head around, but if you can suspend your disbelief and give it a go you might be surprised.

In very simple terms EFT is a sort of emotional version of acupuncture, you tap certain acupuncture points as you say phrases and the idea is to make you feel more positive about what is going on and to help release negative emotions or limiting beliefs.

Thise have you that have seen the film 'The Secret' might be interested to know that several people featured including Bob Doyle, Joe Vitale, Bob Proctor and Jack Canfield are all big fans of EFT.

When I first looked into it I must confess I was put off by the evangelical enthusiasm of the orange, over tanned Americans in the videos. It just seemed too good to be true and just too easy. I was never quite sure what phrases to use and so tried EFT a few times and then stopped. Now there is a huge amount of good quality information and videos on youtube so it's much easier to find out more.

One of the things I really like about the EFT community is that the founder Gary Craig encourages free distribution of the information so more people can find out about how it works. You can pay to see an EFT practitioner to work on specific issues and there are courses available if you want to learn more but there is a lot of great free stuff out there. The Official EFT website from the founder of the technique Gary Craig. There is an introduction to EFT video and a huge amount of information available here including a free manual to download.

Brad Yates has a very extensive website with many short 5-10 minute youtube EFT videos on a variety of themes. is an excellent site from Magnus with some longer EFT videos of around 20 minutes on a variety of themes including an introduction to EFT, self acceptance, procrastination, stress relief and dealing with anger.

While EFT has produced remarkable results, it must still be considered to be in the experimental stage and thus practitioners and the public must take complete responsibility for their use of it and their own physical and emotional well-being. EFT should not be seen as a substitute for regular care from your GP or other health provider.

There are a growing number of EFT practitioners in the UK. Locally I can highly recommend Penny Lowe who works in Settle and Ilkley, Ruth Ablett in Bentham and Heather Smiles in Barrowford near Nelson who also works does EFT with animals, especially horses.

If you want to give it a try and start your day with a bit of tapping, have a look at this video from Brad Yates, 'Tap O The Mornin!'.

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