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It is my hope that we will find commonality in the way we believe rather than the differences that makes us be at odds with each other, and with good reason.
Recently I befriended a young man that is Muslim. At our first meeting I felt a sense of fear as well as excitement. I questioned why I felt excited because both of those emotions are, or shall I say, totally contrary to each other as being a weird combination.
While in deep conversation with this young man, and we will name him Tom, I began to see that we had a lot in common. I had this inner stirring in me and the peace-maker in me was being challenged because if I claim to be a “Truth Seeker” I need to be open to wisdom and knowledge based on other religions.
Did you know that Muslims believe in Jesus and in the Quran Jesus is mentioned twenty-five times. The disconnect to many Christians is that Jesus never tasted death. They believe that the Father took Him up unto Himself.
The purpose of writing this piece is not meant to persuade anyone into conversion. It is however, a way to bridge the two different cultures with some understanding. I still have no clue to how and why Islam has become so tainted by extremism. It certainly is not like a Christian fanatic in any sense of the word.
Let us begin in part to examine what Wikipedia says about Islam.
Isa ( Arabic: عيسى, Transliteration: ʿĪsā ), known as Jesus in the New Testament, is considered to be a Messenger of God and the Masih (Messiah) in Islam who was sent to guide the Children of Israel (banī isrā’īl) with a new scripture, the Injīl or Gospel. The belief in Jesus (and all other messengers of God) is required in Islam, and a requirement of being a Muslim. The Quran mentions Jesus by name twenty-five times, while it only mentions Muhammad by name four times as Muhammad and once as Ahmad; making it a total of five times. It states that Jesus was born to Mary (Arabic: Maryam) as the result of virginal conception, a miraculous event which occurred by the decree of God (Arabic: Allah). To aid in his ministry to the Jewish people, Jesus was given the ability to perform miracles (such as healing the blind, bringing dead people back to life, etc.), all by the permission of God rather than of his own power. According to the Quran, Jesus, although appearing to have been crucified, was not killed by crucifixion or by any other means, instead, “God raised him unto Himself”. Like all prophets in Islam, Jesus is considered a Muslim (i.e., one who submits to the will of God), as he preached that his followers should adopt the “straight path” as commanded by God. Islam rejects the Trinitarian Christian view that Jesus was God incarnate or the son of God, that he was ever crucified or resurrected, or that he ever atoned for the sins of mankind. The Quran says that Jesus himself never claimed any of these things, and it furthermore indicates that Jesus will deny having ever claimed divinity at the Last Judgment, and God will vindicate him. The Quran emphasizes that Jesus was a mortal human being who, like all other prophets, had been divinely chosen to spread God’s message. Islamic texts forbid the association of partners with God (shirk), emphasizing a strict notion of monotheism (tawhīd).
Numerous titles are given to Jesus in the Quran and in Islamic literature, the most common being al-Masīḥ (“the messiah”). Jesus is also, at times, called “Seal of the Israelite Prophets”, because, in general Muslim belief, Jesus was the last prophet sent by God to guide the Children of Israel. Jesus is seen in Islam as a precursor to Muhammad, and is believed by Muslims to have foretold the latter’s coming.
So as you can see, there are some similarities between Islam and Christianity, but very stark differences too. What I find to be interesting is the difference between Muhammad and Jesus’ proselyting. One would ask, why is it that Muhammad did not have any apostles like Jesus did? Jesus needed to have apostles to spread the good news to the Jews so that they would be updated, if you will, about superseding the Law of Moses.
Personally I think it is dangerous for anyone to follow one particular person and treat them like they are the Messiah without a following of followers. Perhaps that is exactly why Jesus had His apostles so that His teachings would not become corrupt. What do you think about this point?
I may take some heat for bringing this topic up because on one hand it is safe for people to keep Muslims in a box without taking the time to understand their beliefs. On the other hand we need to distance ourselves from fanatical extreme thinking that would cause harm to anyone.
We do need to look at similarities rather than differences because of arrogance and self righteousness that comes with being narrow minded as well as being self preserved. We are in dire need to work through these cultural differences seeing that we have terrorism on the rise.
I am sure that many people want to have one of the most important question answered. WHY? Why the absence of Muslims denounce the behavior of their follow believers? Why do they take their beliefs to the next level and become so fanatical that they bring in death to Americans or anyone that does not believe in the way they do? Why Sharia Law?
I can say this, the media has not reported the truth about Muslims and have managed to instil fear into the hearts of many Americans. For instance, the word Imam verses Iman. Imam is a religious leader like a Minister. Iman is the Arabic word for faith. They sound alike but have totally different meaning. Even the media is uneducated about the Muslims or they are mis-using their power to influence for the good by using Muslims to cause contention and division among people.
Whatever the case, we need to educate ourselves and we need to know how to resolve social problems for our own well being and safety. We need to have a major paradigm shift in the way we communicate with Mormons, Jews, Muslims, and other religions and beliefs including Atheists if we want to live more peacefully with each other. If we do not do our part to have peaceful solutions for complex problems we could very well become uncivilized to the point of no return.
We need to look at commonality and not differences between each other. I do have to make this point. sometimes we have to use violent means to establish peace like how war can defuse aggressive dictators that abuse their people.
In closing I want to express a sense of hope for all inhabitants of the earth in that we can hope for a better tomorrow, even if it seems like there is not a solution to the indifferences we have over religion and our beliefs. Muslims around the world have to do their part to hold extremist accountable for their aggressive behaviors. Remember that “terrorism” means bringing terror to those that do not understand. When we understand we are not as intimidated and so we are able to keep our own personal peace.
With Warm Regards,
Terrance W. Norton,
Humanitarian Mentor/Orator/ Writer
If Satan is the Prince of Darkness and he is the Deceiver, then how come he gets away with as much as he does? Is it because we do not know how to fight the evil forces around us? I believe that many people do not know how to combat the enemy plus, we can be fighting fatigue like how someone would have battle fatigue.
Well here is a simple way to look at it. First of all I want you to think about an angel on one shoulder and an obnoxious little green loud mouth Leprechaun on the other shoulder, name him! Give him a name and call him out so that he knows you are aware that he is there on your shoulder. Tell him NOT TODAY!!! OR THANKS FOR SHARING NOW YOU MUST GO!!!
In the days of my drug and alcohol treatment center, I used to tell the other guys in my group about the chattering Leprechaun that would not shut up until I flicked him off from my shoulder.I did it enough times that he did not like sitting on my shoulder. I would reach back physically and flick him off from my shoulder and I would tell him “NOT TODAY” I am not going to use today and when he would chip at my emotions, I would tell him “THANK YOU FOR SHARING- YOU MUST GO NOW”.
It worked for me and it worked for a few other people that tried using the flicking technique. We have to be mindful that there is an outside force and that when we are mindful of them, they will diminish and disappear after awhile. Of course they will always try to be around us, but it is up to us to treat them like a cloud passing by without any emotional strings attached.
Of course the Leprechaun is symbolic to Satan’s followers or as some people call them, hosts. They will sit on our shoulder and try to tempt us into doing things that we should not do. They also degrade us by getting us to think that we are not any good and that we are weak. We have to remember that Christ already won the battle. Christ went down to the gates of hell and set the captives free, and Satan was defeated. What Satan is doing to us today is to have us think that he has all power to control over us or that we are subjected to his under tones of thoughts and temptations.
When those thoughts come to your mind, I want you to see yourself in a sports arena, like a stadium. Turn on all of the stadium lights in the stadium and picture in your mind’s eye that there are demons fleeing because of the brightness of the lights is hurtful to their eyes and the light of your knowledge of them being there. It is being aware they are there that can defuse future visits from demons, and the reason for them coming back in the first place.
So many times they have gone in undetected and we were not aware of their influence on us. Now that we can become aware it is empowering to us and can level out the battle field. Remember Satan is a the Prince of Darkness and he does not like the light or our knowledge of him and his hosts being around us. He wants to deceive us. You have all the power of Christ that is within you to command them to leave and they have to leave because of the war that was won between Christ and Satan in hell and Satan lost power over man then! Remember in scripture it was said the God had to give permission for Satan to do what he did to Job.
It is quite simple and it is indeed empowering for us to have this knowledge because it pertains to our lives and how we live our lives. It is about how we can minimize the affect of sin and our inability to stay out of sin’s way. We can have the power to resist temptation but it has to be part of your regimented fight against evil. Hate the sin love the sinner!
My wife had a dream the other night because of a conversation we were having about fighting demons. In her dream it was made clear to her that we are to fight evil with good. This means in order for us to be encumbered with the power to resist evil, we need to practice the “Beatitudes” in our lives.
It makes it easier when we know who and what we are fighting against and who and what we are fighting for. When others see how we respond to ignorant people, it can be a blessing or it can be a curse if you are a practicing Christian. Yes, I said “practicing”.
I guess we have to practice being a Christian and it is not easy to be a Christian now days because of the darkness that surrounds the earth. I believe the only difference between a Christian “Believer” is that we believe that we cannot do things on our own and that we believe in the Power of Christ that is within us, when others do not focus on a Supreme Power to guide us when they believe in themselves to run their own lives.
I hope you remember to use the technique of the stadium lights and please be VERY watchful as you see the demons flee, and if you listen close enough you may possibly be able to hear them scream with disdain of bright lights and knowingness. Yes, you had the power to thwart them off. Now that is empowering to a person looking for peace and harmony in their life!
Terrance W. Norton
Humanitarian Mentor/Orator/ Writer
Strange thing about Christmas is all of the whoop la that comes from non believers. But, Christmas is a lot more than Nativity Scenes. Christmas is more experiential in that we give to others that may be in need and how can anyone object to doing right by others?
I am sure we would find many many stories including miracles that would come from the Christmas Holiday, year after year. I know that for me I had a miracle on Christmas Even one year. I was used by God to give a miracle to a eighty something year old man that was choking on a piece of chicken. I was able to preserve the life of this man by giving him the Heimlich method.
Another time I was enrolled in a self realization course that helped us stretch out of our comfort zones. One year a family was blessed by a few of us that was in the program. We were asked to bless a family of four with a turkey and all of the trimmings. Sounds easy enough does it not? There was one condition of which we could not spend a dime of our own money. We were inspired to go to other people and involved them in what we were doing so that they would feel inclined to help us gather the items we needed to help a family in need.
We did not know who was going to be the proud recipients of this Christmas meal, because we needed to go and find a family that could really be blessed. This meant that our group(s) needed to pray and ask God to lead us to a family of His choice.
Now how can a “Christmas hater Atheist” object to such a wonderful thing? If we are to learn to get along in society we may have to refocus on Christmas as a time to bless those in need, because that is what Christ did and is still doing today. It is the beauty of giving and Jesus had nothing of material value all of His life and so did the Apostles.
To make this point, Jesus asked of His Disciples to disencumber themselves by letting go of materialistic things and follow Him. The lesson Jesus was making to them was that it is better to give than to receive. I do not believe that Atheists object to the giving aspect as much as their intolerance of anyone that believes in a God that will chasten His people, because a parent would chasten their children as well.
Perhaps all of us are non-believers in that we doubt life so much. If we look at it in this context, we may be able to find a starting point when working towards getting along with each other. It may even be safe to say that we are one miracle away from being staunch believers in the Power and the Love of God in our lives.
So what is Christmas to you? Is it about January’s credit card debt has a balance that will take months to pay off, or is it about looking out for someone to bless, including our children and loved ones? In days of old people did not have credit card debt or there was so much emphasis on giving extravagant gifts as a means to get points from those they gave gifts to.
Let us redirect our thinking to be sensitive to those that do not believe the way we do. And to those that want to demean the importance of Christmas to a child or to a person that stands in need, PLEASE BE QUIET AND RESPECTFUL OF OTHERS ESPECIALLY A CHILD THAT IS INNOCENT AND DOES NOT DESERVE TO HAVE ANYONE TAKE AWAY THEIR JOY FOR CHRISTMAS!
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What is there to life is what we make of it and how we spend our time. We have to prioritize our lives so that we can live balanced lives so that we can be healthy minded and emotionally stable to being spiritually filled with having relationships that are endearing.
I believe that we evolve lesson by lessons so that we can experience life more rounded. There is a problem with that however, we have to go through the pains of life so that we can learn what the purpose of life really means to us on a personal level.
Relationships, relationships, relationships with people are the essence of life and it leads to knowing the ppurpose of life. We cannot walk around in fear anymore. Fear is the biggest block that anyone faces when they go to change. We have to be stretched in order to experience more of life, and it is a good thing even though it is very uncomfortable for just awhile. It is so worthwhile to be stretched and losing the fear by overcoming.
There are some people that feel hopeless and helpless when it comes to life’s issues. Some have had responsibility thrown at them at such an early age. Circumstances that can dramatically change a person’s life. If we believe in God or a Supreme Being, then we know that we are being watched over and so we shall not hear life and what life throws at us.
The young woman in the video below had a near death experience, listen to what she says about taking her own life because she had been fighting depression for years. I want to say that God is everywhere and He probably weeps because of the sin upon the children of His Creation.
There is a season for suffering in a person’s life and there can be many of these seasons of suffering for some strange reason than to make us stronger, or “The Art of Suffering Discloses Itself To Whom Has Learned and Understood The Art of Compassion”. (Zen) We can only hope that we as a people will learn to get along with each other, so that the “Golden Rule” can live in the hearts of man. Treat others as you would have them treat you is going to change the hearts of man soon!
We have an awakening that is going to come to pass, and it is going to dramatically affect us in wonderful ways, providing you have faith and hope in mankind. We are lost but humanity is not dead! Life and its patterns go up and down, and so we are pretty down right now and so we learn how to problem solve.
We need to have a better sense of morality. We have gotten too loose and accepting, which has made our culture to be slothful, lazy, bitter, unforgiving, prideful, and many other social ailments that degrades the dignity of God’s Creations such as we are.
We just have to believe that life will get better and that we will find ourselves through the tunnel and into the light of knowing what our purpose in life is and experiencing it, personally. Through such an experience we are able to teach others to be kinder as well as grateful for what we have been given.
You will be surprised with this woman’s story. Please pass the video on because it may save a youngster’s life.
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Terrance W. Norton, Humanitarian Mentor/Orator
The other day my wife and I were talking about an acquaintance we know, and what came out of our conversation was that how can people know how to act when they do not have anyone that can be an example to them?
It is hard to lead by example because of the risk of being ridiculed by others that do not believe the same way we do. When we think about it, we can see how much our society has failed to present themselves as leaders in the how to field of ethical humanism.
Unfortunately there is a bigger problem we face today. The problem being that parents have failed to prepare their children for life situations, so they follow others that are not kosher to being respectful towards others that are in leadership roles.
Leading by example is tough because it is easier to “shoot the messenger because of the message”. Another problem we have is that people do not know if they are being lead by someone that is truly authentic in the way they say follow me because I have a plan.
There are many great deceivers in the world today and we have to look closer at the fruits of the person than listening to what they say. “Actions speak louder than words”. I cannot hear you because your actions are deafening my ears.
At the end of the day when we look at life, we can certainly see where our lives are headed because if we listen to the wrong voice given by someone with an agenda that is not cohesive to positive change in America, it cannot be good for us in the long run.
There has not been a better time in history like it is today for there to be another Gandhi to rise up and lead by example. What we need is a humanitarian leader that inspires people to do good for the sake of the world rather than our own personal ambitions. Where are these leaders and why have they not surfaced?
They will come at the appointed time according to God’s word through prophecy. I do not believe that they will be received well because Americans are looking for another charismatic rock star type of leader. For example, I believe that Mitt Romney would have been good to lead our nation, but the people did not receive him well because they were looking for a cool type of a person to be our president.
Sure there were things about Mitt Romney that did not gel right with the majority of people, why? I believe that Americans have shifted towards a more liberal stance in politics, despite the fact that we are needing to address issues such as abortion, immigration, healthcare, taxes, gun control, and many other issues that will require us to be more conservative so that we do not fall off the edge of humanity. We need to preserve wholesome ideology so that goodness does not become extinct or rare to find a leader that has a good principles and values system.
Why not YOU, why not you to rise to the demand of leadership even if it means to lift up your loved ones and as far as that goes, lifting up others as a way to lead by example? Yes, why not YOU?
“Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it is the only thing”.
Albert SchweitzerThose who follow the crowd will never be followed by a crowd” R. S. Donnell
A Boss vs A Leader
A boss creates fear while A leader creates confidence. A boss fixes blame instead A leader corrects mistakes. A boss knows all but A leader asks questions A boss makes work drudgery however A leader makes it interesting . A boss interested in themselves fortunately A leader is interested in the group.
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Terrance W. Norton, Humanitarian Mentor/Orator
A smile appears on an old man and even though he does not have any teeth, his face lights up when he smiles. When a baby smiles, the baby knows that they have made people happy because they learned to get to the heart strings of people, is when they smile.
Today we live in such a complex and stressful life and we have forgotten how to bring joy into our lives. What a darn shame in that we have forgotten our very first form of communication as babies. When we were babies we learned how to make others smile.
Smile For Me
Be of good cheer and smile for me
Smile For Me
For with your smile it does something to me, can’t you see
Smile For Me – and the world will be better for you and me, when you smile for me!@
I wanted to see how much impact I would have when walking down the street, so I decided to smile at the passer-byers. What a difference a person can make when we smile to someone because it carries such benevolence.
All we have to do is SMILE and it makes us feel better when we smile because it helps us have a better day.
Let us not forget to smile for it too will make your day as you bless others with a smile for today.
Enjoy this video!
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Terrance W. Norton, Humanitarian Mentor/Orator
Let us start off by praying for the millions of people that are in the pathway of Hurricane Sandy. We really do not know how much to value life until an event such as Hurricane Sandy is to so many people.
Why do we need a catastrophe to remind us that we can go “in the blink of an eye”. Why is it that we can get so caught up in life and making money so that we can make ends meet, that we find out how small and insignificant we are to go up against Mother Nature. For example how we should be more prepared for catastrophes.
We need to take a moment of time to reflect on how wonderful our lives are inspite of the life storms we have to deal with today. We have to become aware of how we fit into life and how we need to be humbled from time to time.
We are living in the “Last Days” folks! The frequency of disasters can be “Omniscient” to us if we are prepared. Being prepared does not only mean getting items that we need for a disaster, but we need to be prepared to meet God at anytime. Disaster or not, we need to be right with our “Maker”.
Being right with God and not being at odds with life means, we have to learn to love one another and that is one of the most important purposes of life. Opportunities come to us for us to help others when there is a disaster. Do not sweat the small stuff- forgive one another- do not let the sun go down when you are at odds with your brother.
We should be contributing to humanity anyway, and that it is pretty sad to think that we have to have a catastrophe for us to step up to the plate to help others in need. It is so much more fulfilling when we contribute to the cause of humanity than being forced to come together for the sake of humanity.
All in all if we are prepared, we shall not fear. Being prepared to meet God at anytime leads us to believe in our “Protector”. We want to practice the “Open Palm” lifestyle in giving unto others. “When you have done this to the least of these my brothern, you have done the same unto Me” is what gives us the protection we need in any situation, because of the desire of the Lord for us to learn how to love one another.
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Terrance W. Norton,
Humanitarian Mentor/ Orator/Writer
The “Final Judgment” what does that mean? We know that we will be judged someday and we have to think about where we will be spending our Eternity.
One could hope that our final day in the mortal world would be a day that we should not fear. Scriptures come alive in our lives if we actually apply Biblical principles to better the lives of others and in return we will be blessed and so we should not fear.
The thought of being judged makes me shrink inside and I am sure that others probably feel the same way. It is our Final judgment and there is no escape if….. we are living our lives to better the lives of others because it is part of the essence of life. Let us take a look at what the Book of Mathew says:
English Standard Version (ESV)
The Final Judgment
- 31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[a] you did it to me.’
- 41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
In previous blog postings I have mentioned the Love Bank@Concept. The concept is that when we give to others as a means to give them a better sense of well being, then we put love into their Love Bank@ account. In return it puts love into our personal account that gives us a better sense of well being because we are doing what is right.
We need to be more conscientious when we deal with people. Find out what they stand in need of and do something significant to fill some of their needs and it seems to be a promise back to us that we will be filled and are at peace with ourselves. What do you think? Do you agree?
Hardships seem to be a way that we find the importance of our own life. What good is life when we are at odds with the world because of our selfishness and fears? The fear seems to go away after awhile because we find joy in doing what feels good to us and we do not have any regrets when that Final Judgment comes our way.
I know that I need to do more for people and so should all of us. May we all do much better and that we will find the pathway to peace including changing the culture of how we have been living up to now. We do need to make a difference in our lives and the lives of others.
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Terrance W. Norton, Humanitarian Mentor/Orator
I do not make it common practice to endorse a product on any of the Golden Eagles of America websites unless I have personally experienced it myself. I really need to spill the beans about Laminine, (LP Global Network Distribution of Laminine) because I feel that there is a miracle taking place in the way that I am able to be more functional as well as my pain being tolerable.
For starters I will list the ailments I have and you will see how much good Laminine has done for me. I know that I will be on Laminine for the rest of my life, and I like that idea!
- Degenerative disc and spine disease
- Spinal Stenosis
- Degenerative Rotator Cuffs (shoulders)
- Condramalacia of the Patella (the deterioration of my right knee cap)
- Chronic pain
- Peripheral Neurapathy (Nerve endings of the feet and hands)
- Bi-polar disorder
- Spinal Arthritis/Reumatory Arthritis
My wife and I went to the courthouse to get our marriage license when the security officer told me, “Can I give you a little piece of advice?” and of course I wanted to know what that was. He said, “A happy wife leads to a happy life!” Well, my wife tells me that I have to be on Laminine so that my manic moments do not get the best of her or anyone in my pathway. Funny as it seems, I do believe I had better keep the peace with everyone by taking the “Happy Pill” and that I should reap the benefits of an amazing medical breakthrough of which Laminine is. The videos below will explain things in detail.
I have not been able to work for the past couple of years and I am now on disability. It is a tough thing for anyone to be abruptly taken out of the work force by admitting that we are not able to physically sustain ourselves to work a days work.
Chronic Pain affects our personal sense of well being as well as keeping the demons of depression away from our hearts and minds as often as possible.It is hard to have hope when we are experiencing pain, as well as the symptoms of feeling like we have been put out to the pasture of life. Or to say that our lives are put on hold, until when?
I hope you enjoy the videos that I have collected for your knowledge and that you if anything, you can be educated on the function of the body and its ability to heal by systems and organs working in harmony with each other so that our bodies can heal itself. “Physician go and heal thyself”
May God bless!
Terrance W. Norton
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Some of you know that I have some major health issues with my skeletal frame crumbling. I am a disabled vet with years of wear on my body due to hard labor work. I am trying to keep from ending up in a wheelchair and so I have been doing some research on an appropriate treatment to help me in my recovery.
This I believe is the answer to not only me but also for many people that are suffering chronic pain. I hope this will help you and that you will find the hope that I have found.
Best wishes to you in your discovery for the Far Infrared Hothouse. I hope you enjoy watching the videos because there is a lot of diseases that can be prevented.
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Terrance W. Norton, Humanitarian Mentor/Orator
Health challenges below, have been reported in Japan and China
as alleviated, reduced or eliminated by the use of Far Infrared Therapy:
What is Far Infrared therapy (FIR) and what does it do: Far Infrared Ray are waves of energy, totally invisible to the naked eye, capable of penetrating deep into the human body, where they gently elevate the body’s surface temperature and activate major bodily functions.
1) Far Infrared expands capillaries which stimulates increased blood flow, regeneration, circulation and oxygenation.
2) Far Infrared is excellent for detox. Scientists in Japan report that in the FIR treatment of clogged capillary vessels, heat expands the capillaries and then initiates the start of a process to dissolve hidden toxins. Far Infrared thereby promotes elimination of fats, chemicals and toxins from the blood: Poisons, carcinogenic heavy metals – toxic substances from food processing – lactic acid, free fatty acids, and subcutaneous fat associated with aging and fatigue – excess sodium associated with hypertension – and uric acid which causes pain. Furthermore, if sebaceous glands are activated, accumulated cosmetics in pores can be eliminated through the skin (sweat and oil glands) rather than by the kidneys.
3) Far Infrared stimulates enzyme activity and metabolism – One hour under the Hotouse improves metabolism. FIR heat aids in breaking down cellulite – trapped water, fat and waste.
4) Far Infrared may induce the killing of varied pathogenic (disease causing) bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites.
5) Far Infrared promotes rebuilding of injured tissue by having a positive effect on the fibroblasts (connective tissue cells necessary for the repair of injury). Furthermore, it increases growth of cells, DNA syntheses, and protein synthesis all necessary during tissue repair and regeneration. Excellent for healing burns, scar tissue and skin problems.
6) Far Infrared relieves nervous tension and relax autoneuro muscles thereby helping the body make the most of its intended healing abilities. FIR reduces soreness on nerve endings and muscle spasms, as muscle fibers are heated.
7) Far Infrared strengthens the Immune System by stimulating increased production of white blood cells (leukocytes) by the bone marrow and killer T-cells by the thymus.
8) Far Infrared strengthens the Cardiovascular System by causing heart rate and cardiac output increase, and diastolic blood pressure decrease – Extensive research by NASA in the early 1980′s led to the conclusion that far infrared stimulation of cardiovascular function would be the ideal way to maintain cardiovascular conditioning in American astronauts during long space flight.
The evolution of Far Infrared therapy and the technology available today.
History – How Far Infrared therapy came into being:
Our bodies radiate far infrared energy through the skin at 3 to 50 microns, with most output at 9.4 microns. Our palms emit FIR energy also, between 8 and 14 microns. ‘Palm Healing’, an ancient tradition in China, has used the healing properties of far infrared rays for 3,000 years. These natural healers emit energy and heat radiating from their hands to heal, much the same as Reiki healers do. Current research conducted in Taiwan has measured significant far infrared energy emitted from the hands of Chi Gong masters. Yogis in India also employ palm healing and recommend it especially for relieving eye strain. Thermal therapy has in fact been in existence for thousands of years, dating back to ancient civilizations such as the Finns, the Romans, the ancient Chinese and the American Indians. Sunshine:
Since ancient times, people have believed that exposure to sunshine can maintain and even enhance health. Sun therapy is a form of natural FIR thermal therapy. Far Infrared Ray are the invisible rays of natural sunlight that have the longest wavelength. However, sunbathing should only be enjoyed in moderation since sunlight contains ultra-violet ray which are potentially damaging. There is also no temperature control and sunshine is only available seasonally.
|The Benefits In Far Infrared Treatments|
CANCER AND FAR INFRARED
For bodies over 180lbs.
Far Infrared Therapy and Cancer Treatment:
In the US the mainstream thinking on cancer treatment has undergone great changes. Surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy are considered detrimental to health and invasive treatments. Thermal therapy and immuo-therapy are non-invasive.
1) Cancerous cells cannot exist if blood circulation is smooth and continuous.
A cancerous cell has to stop moving to proliferate.
The cancerous cell’s positioning, or settling down, is directly related to the capillaries, which are at the end of the blood vessels. The cancer cell tries to position itself by going through the capillary. If it goes through, there could be no settling down or positioning of the cancer cell – which is what happens if there is good blood circulation. If the cancer cell fails to pass through the capillary because of some functional disorder in the circulation, the cell could easily position itself. Good blood circulation of the capillaries – without functional disorder – leaves no way for the cancerous cell to settle down and position itself. The cell will then be killed by the immunocyte (the immunity cell).
The Klinik St. George Hospital – www.klinik-st-georg.de in Bad Aibling, Germany, has treated 2500 German and 2500 foreign patients each year. Their cancer treatment regime is a week of detoxification and strengthening the immune system with diet and nutritional supplements, followed by 2 weeks of localized Infrared hypothermia treatment and low dose chemotherapy. This regime has produced great success in treating cancers.
2) The cancerous cell has a weakness, heat.
It will die if the temperature goes above 42C/107.6 F.
a) Far Infrared treatment raises body temperature to 42 degrees C.
b) Far Infrared heat penetrates through the body and kills existing cancerous cells.
c) Far Infrared heat enables capillaries to expand, thus enabling good circulation and combating the potential existence of cancer cells.
d) Far Infrared thermal therapy can alleviate pain and prolong life when conventional cancer treatment fails.
Far Infrared Therapy for Stomach Cancer and Obesity:
“A former wrestler who weighed in over 220 pounds with a large pot belly came to my clinic. He had a fist sized bulge in the middle of his belly from stomach cancer. Moreover, since he was over 70 years old, he was told that they could not operate on him. He came to my clinic after he was told that he had only 3 more months to live. Because of his obesity, we considered weight reduction. While watching a balanced diet, he underwent far infrared sauna treatment, losing 45 lbs in 2 months. Furthermore, through the heat treatment effect of the far far infrared sauna, the tumor got smaller in 2 months, and his stomach pains were reduced within a few days. Since his body strength was not down at this point, we gave him cancer suppressing pills and continued the daily heat therapy by far infrared waves. His stiff and hard belly walls gradually became soft and his appetite increased. With improved results, the cancer suppressing pills were stopped, fearing any side effects. As a result of continued treatment in the clinic for one year, he was well enough to be discharged.” – Dr. Toshio Yamazaki, Japan.
Far Infrared Therapy for Prostate Cancer:
“In May of 2001 I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. I was told that my PSA blood count was a bit over 1800. This is an extremely high count. My wife called her son, Ken, and he came out right away and brought the far infrared HotHouse with him. He had told us about the success others had achieved with lowering their counts while using the HotHouse, and I was willing to try anything, as I did not want to undergo radiation or chemotherapy.
I started using the HotHouse immediately and ordered one for myself that night. After biopsies, bone scans and ultrasounds, I was told at the end of May, that my PSA blood count was at 1885, and that the cancer had spread to my bones (back, pelvis, legs, head, etc.).
On June 1st we went to the Cancer Clinic and got the pills to begin the hormone therapy to inhibit the growth of cancer. On June 12th I was taken to the hospital by ambulance after suffering a mild heart attack (unrelated to the cancer). Before leaving the hospital, the doctor injected my first hormone therapy shot. The whole time I had been using the FIR HotHouse everyday as long as possible. Some nights I would stay under it all night, waking up only to turn it back on again. During the day I would use it whenever I had the chance.
On July 19th, I went back to the doctor to have my PSA count done again to monitor the cancer. My count had dropped from 1885 to 30!!! This happened in only 12 weeks, one week of which I was in hospital and unable to use the HotHouse. As 30 is still a very high PSA count I will continue to use the HotHouse with total confidence that I will be able to bring my cancer to 0. Thanks to my stepson Ken and HTE for such a great machine!”.- Merl Bowers Picture Butte, Alberta, Canada.
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Combating Cancer Via Oxygenation
Cancer has two powerful enemies, Far Infrared and Oxygen.
Far Infrared Hothouse Dome.
Infrared (IR) light is electromagnetic radiation with longer wavelengths than those of visible light, extending from the nominal red edge of the visible spectrum at 0.74 micrometres (µm) to 300 µm. This range of wavelengths corresponds to a frequency range of approximately 1 to 400 THz, and includes most of the thermal radiation emitted by objects near room temperature. Infrared light is emitted or absorbed by molecules when they change their rotational-vibrational movements.
Much of the energy from the Sun arrives on Earth in the form of infrared radiation. Sunlight at zenith provides an irradiance of just over 1 kilowatt per square meter at sea level. Of this energy, 527 watts is infrared radiation, 445 watts is visible light, and 32 watts is ultraviolet radiation. The balance between absorbed and emitted infrared radiation has a critical effect on the Earth’s climate.
Infrared light is used in industrial, scientific, and medical applications. Night-vision devices using infrared illumination allow people or animals to be observed without the observer being detected. In astronomy, imaging at infrared wavelengths allows observation of objects obscured by interstellar dust. Infrared imaging cameras are used to detect heat loss in insulated systems, observe changing blood flow in the skin, and overheating of electrical apparatus.
|Name||Wavelength||Frequency (Hz)||Photon Energy (eV)|
|Gamma ray||less than 0.01 nm||more than 10 EHZ||100 keV – 300+ GeV|
|X-Ray||0.01 nm to 10 nm||30 EHz – 30 PHZ||120 eV to 120 keV|
|Ultraviolet||10 nm – 390 nm||30 PHZ – 790 THz||3 eV to 124 eV|
|Visible||390 – 750 nm||790 THz – 405 THz||1.7 eV – 3.3 eV|
|Infrared||750 nm – 1 mm||405 THz – 300 GHz||1.24 meV – 1.7 eV|
|Microwave||1 mm – 1 meter||300 GHz – 300 MHz||1.24 µeV – 1.24 meV|
|Radio||1 mm – 100,000 km||300 GHz – 3 Hz||12.4 feV – 1.24 meV|
Infrared imaging is used extensively for military and civilian purposes. Military applications include target acquisition, surveillance, night vision, homing and tracking. Non-military uses include thermal efficiency analysis, environmental monitoring, industrial facility inspections, remote temperature sensing, short-ranged wireless communication, spectroscopy, and weather forecasting. Infrared astronomy uses sensor-equipped telescopes to penetrate dusty regions of space, such as molecular clouds; detect objects such as planets, and to view highly red-shifted objects from the early days of the universe.
Humans at normal body temperature radiate chiefly at wavelengths around 12 μm (micrometers), as shown by Wien’s displacement law.
At the atomic level, infrared energy elicits vibrational modes in a molecule through a change in the dipole moment, making it a useful frequency range for study of these energy states for molecules of the proper symmetry. Infrared spectroscopy examines absorption and transmission of photons in the infrared energy range, based on their frequency and intensity.<
HotHouse Benefits and Explanation of Far Infrared Heat Therapy
and Far Infrared Rays.
Explains Far Infrared Rays and reviews the benefits of the HotHouse.
Demonstrates the effectiveness and some of the benefits
Far Infrared Rays have on the body.
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pH-inding the Right Balance At the first mention of acidity and alkalinity, eyes glaze over. After all, these terms sound somewhat scientific, and vague memories of junior high science class and litmus paper changing color may come to mind. However, the balance between acidity and alkalinity, and its importance, can be explained quite simply and should be explained. This balance is essential to good health.
Every solution is either acidic or alkaline. (Alkaline is often called “base.”) These solutions can be anything from body fluids, such as stomach acid and blood, to beverages, such as wine or coffee, to sea water. Acidity and alkalinity are measured in pH (potential of hydrogen). The pH scale goes from 0 to 14, with 0 the most acidic, and 14 the most alkaline. The pH of stomach acid is 1, wine is 3.5, water is 7 (neutral), venous blood is 7.35, arterial blood is 7.4, sea water is 8.5, and baking soda is 12. Ideally, our pH should stay on the alkaline side: between 7.35 and 7.45.Keeping our acidity and alkalinity balanced means regulating the hydrogen ion concentration in our body fluids. An acid is a molecule or ion (an ion is an atom that carries a positive or negative electric charge) that can contribute a hydrogen ion to a solution. An alkalizing substance is one that contains a molecule or ion that combines with hydrogen ions to remove them from a solution_it neutralizes acids and acts as a buffer.The Misconceptions
Foods are classified as acid-forming or alkalizing depending on the effect they have on the body. An acid-forming food contributes hydrogen ions to the body, making it more acidic. An alkalizing food removes hydrogen ions from the body, making it more alkaline. It is important to note that this classification is based on the effect foods have on the body after digestion, not on their own intrinsic acidity or alkalinity (or how they taste to us). A common misconception is that if a food tastes acidic, it has an acid-forming effect on the body. This is not necessarily true. Very often, an acidic-tasting food is alkalizing. Citric fruits are a good example. People say that lemons, for example, are “too acidic”; however, they are actually alkalizing because the minerals they leave behind after digestion help remove hydrogen ions, decreasing the acidity of the body. (Many people use the term “residue” or “ash” to explain the effect of a food on the body. A food with an acid ash after digestion contributes hydrogen ions, making the body more acidic; a food with an alkaline ash after digestion removes hydrogen ions, making the body more alkaline.)Another misconception is that acid-forming foods are “bad.” This is not correct; acidity and alkalinity are opposites and one is not intrinsically better than the other. This misconception has developed because the North American diet is excessively acidic, which does result in health problems.
Common acid-forming foods include processed junk foods and those that are high in animal protein. Some common alkalizing foods are spinach, soybeans, raisins, carrots, and most citrus fruits.The Problem
Looking at this short list of acid-forming and alkalizing foods, you can see where the problem lies. North Americans eat considerably more acid-forming foods than alkalizing foods. Unfortunately, too much acid can cause health problems. According to well-known naturopath Paavo Airola in his book “How to Get Well”, Acidosis, or over-acidity in the body tissues, is one of the basic causes of diseases, especially the arthritic and rheumatic diseases.”Others concur with Airola. Speaking of the acidity of a high-fat, high-sugar diet, Michael Colgan, in The New Nutrition, says, “Acidosis destroys bones, because the body has to steal alkalizing minerals from them, to keep the blood pH from dropping into the acid range _ ” Dr. Mary Ruth Swope, in Green Leaves of Barley, comments, “We have become too full of acid and, as a result, are experiencing a wide range of diseases that flourish in the acid medium.” Dr. Yoshihide Hagiwara, in Green Barley Essence, mentions that, “Should this balance [acid and alkaline] be upset, the cell metabolism suffers, leading to conditions such as fatigue.”
Common symptoms of an unbalanced pH include heartburn (a burning sensation in the stomach and acid-tasting burps), bloating, belching, and feeling full after eating small amounts of food. Other symptoms could include insomnia, water retention, migraines, constipation with diarrhea, fatigue, a burning sensation on the tongue and in the mouth, and halitosis.The Solution
Eat a diet that helps your body maintain the correct acidity-alkalinity balance. According to Airola, the ideal diet should have a natural ratio of four parts alkaline to one part acid. Others contend that while this a good ratio for active people (exercise creates a lot of acid), less active people can handle a diet with a ratio of two parts alkaline to one part acid.Further Reading
Colbin, Annemarie. 1986. Food and Healing. New York: Ballantine (Pp. 73-80).Hagiwara, Yoshihide, M.D. 1985. Green Barley Essence. New Canaan, CT: Keats Publishing, Inc. (Pp. 50-58).
Murray, Frank. ”Unless you Balance Acidity, your muscles may become tense.” Better Nutrition, March 1996.
Swope, Mary Ruth. 1990. Green Leaves of Barley Phoenix, AZ: Swope Enterprises, Inc. (Pp. 99-109).
The article “pHinding the Right Balance” is reproduced with the permission of AIM International.
©1997 by AIM International
(Do NOT take Cocaine, Amphetamines, Coffee, Nicotine, Alcohol, or lots of Sugar. These make your Blood pH….Acidic.)
What ARE “ACID-FORMING” Foods ?Acid forming foods include: * asparagus, barley, beans (dried), beechnuts, BEEF, BREAD, buckwheat, BUTTER, cashew nuts, Cereals, CHEESE, chestnuts, Chicken, CHOCOLATE, clams, cod liver oil, Cottage Cheese, Cornmeal, cottonseed meal, cow peas, crab, cream, EGGS, farina, FISH, FLOUR, frog legs, Halibut, HAM, hazelnuts, hickory nuts, hominy, HONEY, horseradish, Jello, kohlrabi, lamb, lentils, lobster, mackerel, Macaroni, maple syrup, Margarine, MEATS, mussels, Mushrooms, OATS, pasta, peanuts, Peas, pecans, pistachios, pomegranate, PORK, prunes, quinces, Rice, rutabagas, Rye, sauerkraut, SALMON, scallops, smelt, smoked herring, sole, spaghetti, SUGAR, syrups, tapioca, turkey, walnuts, WHEAT, wheat germ & WINE.
***************************What is a list of foods that increase alkalinity in the blood? Alkaline forming foods include: * agar, ALFALFA(sprouts), almonds, APPLES(apple cider), apricots, artichokes, BANANAS, beets, beet tops, blackberries, blueberries, BROCCOLI (did you eat yours?), Brussel sprouts, burdock, cabbage, cantaloupe, carob, CARROTS, cauliflower, CELERY, celeriac, chard, cherries, chives, COCONUT, CRANBERRIES, cucumbers, currants (fresh), dandelion greens, DATES, dill, dock, endive, figs (dried), flaxseed, GARLIC, GRAPES, Grapefruit, greenbeans (fresh), guava, huckleberries, Irish moss, KELP, kohlrabi, leeks, LEMONS, lettuce, LIMA BEANS (fresh), limes, loganberries, loquats, mango, MELONS, millet, mint, molasses, mulberries, muskmelons, mustard greens, nectarines, okra, Olives, olive oil, ONIONS, ORANGES, papaya, parsley, parsnips, passion fruit, Peaches, Pears, persimmons, PINEAPPLE, plums, Pumpkin, radishes, RAISINS, Raspberries, rhubarb, Romaine lettuce, rutabagas, sea grass, sorrel, Soybeans, Spinach, squash, Strawberries, Swiss chard, tangerine, turnips, Vegetable oils, water chestnuts, watercress, watermelon.
ACID-FORMING & ALKALINE-FORMING FOODS
|A list of Acid / Alkaline Forming Foods|
|Your body pH affects everything…|
|Balancing the pH is a major step toward well-being and greater health.|
|The pH scale is from 0 – 14
Human blood pH should be slightly alkaline ( 7.35 – 7.45 ). Below or above this range means symptoms and disease. A pH of 7.0 is neutral. A pH below 7.0 is acidic. A pH above 7.0 is alkaline.
An acidic pH can occur from, an acid forming diet, emotional stress, toxic overload, and/or immune reactions or any process that deprives the cells of oxygen and other nutrients. The body will try to compensate for acidic pH by using alkaline minerals. If the diet does not contain enough minerals to compensate, a build up of acids in the cells will occur.
An acidic balance will: decrease the body’s ability to absorb minerals and other nutrients, decrease the energy production in the cells, decrease it’s ability to repair damaged cells, decrease it’s ability to detoxify heavy metals, make tumor cells thrive, and make it more susceptible to fatigue and illness. A blood pH of 6.9, which is only slightly acidic, can induce coma and death.
The reason acidosis is more common in our society is mostly due to the typical American diet, which is far too high in acid producing animal products like meat, eggs and dairy, and far too low in alkaline producing foods like fresh vegetables. Additionally, we eat acid producing processed foods like white flour and sugar and drink acid producing beverages like coffee and soft drinks. We use too many drugs, which are acid forming; and we use artificial chemical sweetners like NutraSweet, Spoonful, Sweet ‘N Low, Equal, orAspartame, which are poison and extremely acid forming. One of the best things we can do to correct an overly acid body is to clean up the diet and lifestyle.
To maintain health, the diet should consist of 60% alkaline forming foods and 40% acid forming foods. To restore health, the diet should consist of 80% alkaline forming foods and 20% acid forming foods.
Generally, alkaline forming foods include: most fruits, green vegetables, peas, beans, lentils, spices, herbs and seasonings, and seeds and nuts.
Generally, acid forming foods include: meat, fish, poultry, eggs, grains, and legumes.
Shifting Your pH Toward Alkaline…
This chart is for those trying to “adjust” their body pH. The pH scale is from 0 to 14, with numbers below 7 acidic ( low on oxygen ) and numbers above 7 alkaline. An acidic body is a sickness magnet. What you eat and drink will impact where your body’s pH level falls. Balance is Key !!!
This chart is intended only as a general guide to alkalizing and acidifying foods.
Here’s a chart that ranks foods from most alkaline to most acidic.
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First I would like to say this blog posting is very important to me because of what I have learned about myself these past few years. There are things I have done in my past that I am not proud of, and just like all of us~ we do make mistakes.
I am writing this posting because I feel that I need to share with women what men have told me, and that women need to know about men. It is easier for me to be closer to men not only because I have three brothers and two sons, but mostly because I am sympathetic towards men. Men have told me about how women have treated them, even though I was out of the loop and did not date for many years. My gosh I married my ex-husband twice which gave me good experience in dealing with my own personal mistakes of the past.
It is almost like we are taking revenge out on men because we had a problem with respecting men first, just like the olden days when men and women knew their roles and they respected each other. Maybe we need to take responsibility for a lot of the attitudes towards sex. This means how we use sex or sexiness to our advantage. There is also using sex to our disadvantage when some women love to play the victim role.
We can not expect men to change when we are not willing to change ourselves. To truly be a “ Woman of Integrity “ we first need to take responsibility for our own actions in how we have treated men. Then we should ask for forgiveness so we do not carry our baggage into a new sprouting relationship.
The baggage I had to get rid of was on my body. I needed to lose weight because I was hiding from men in my own fat suit. I needed to learn how to love myself and I am still working at getting rid of the fears. I did not think much of myself because my self-esteem was low because of a past of sexual abuse.
My husband makes me feel pretty especially when he surprises me with flowers. It helps with him being an ex barber and cosmetologist for twenty years. He dolled me up and made me feel worthy of love and I appreciate him all the more for it.
I was the fat kid growing up that people made fun of and so consequently I did not think I was pretty, nor worthy of love. It seems like all of us have our own cross to bear. I do not know of many families that are functional in that all of us have some dysfunction in ourselves that involves promiscuity, greed, and pride of which we have to overcome this kind of generational dysfunction.
We as women that want to be respected, need to be more modest and be examples to young girls by being women of virtue. We also need to be gracious and patient with our men because of how the job market is and they are probably doing the best they can considering that it is easier for women over men to get a job now. Men need to feel appreciated and acknowledged for all of what they do for us. This is time for us to step up to be the caregivers of our husbands as well as our families. It is the time to let your nurturing fly baby!
I have heard my husband say this before that women are like butterflies in that they pollinate people with love while they fly from one person to the next giving their love. It is a good thing that men have women because they would destroy each other eventually! Kinda funny how much of a part we play in their lives huh?
Another thing is that we think we know what men are thinking. We think all they want is sex, beer and football. That is what they enjoy sure. So you really think they like high maintenance, sleazy, easy Cover Girl women? After awhile men get tired of being around such shallow selfish high maintenance women with low standards.
They want a woman that can multi-tasks and that we can be the ALL WRAPPED INTO ONE WOMAN. them and for them. Men want women to show them love, respect, and be the nurturing salve when he has been hurt by the world. They really want to be with a woman that is like their mother with our ability to nurture and also they want us to be women of character and grace.
They want a woman that can multi-tasks and that we can be the ALL WRAPPED INTO ONE woman to them and for them. Men want women to be shown love, respect, and be the nurturers to them. They want their women to be of good character and be virtuous and not sleazy or easy. When we are in tune with our power as the nest nurturers, we can be strong minded and ready to go to battle with our man.
A virtuous woman is a woman of integrity. Men want their woman to stand by them through think and thin and for sickness or in health, so they can work together as a couple to deal with any kind of situation in life that comes our way.
I decided that I had had enough of my messed up life, and that I needed to become the kind of person that I would think my future husband would want me to be to him.
In my heart’s heart I knew that I wanted the kind of man that follows God and what his God teaches him before I will follow him. People can be mislead and deceived and so it is important for men to have a good relationship with God. I knew that I wanted to be compatible with him spiritually and then all the other things would fall into place naturally.
We as women have seen times of unrighteous dominion such as spousal abuse from our men, but we need to have our love for them be being strong enough to stand up to him quietly and respectfully when they are in the wrong just so he does not embarrass himself in front of others ! We do this with love and respect by not belittling him, which only leads to contention. Perfect love cast out out all fear and we can have God help our marriages and all of our relationships with people.
A woman of integrity knows she needs her Heavenly Father to help her to be the best wife she can be. So pray often!!! We are far from perfect so never ever think you are perfect and be thought of as condescending to men, we fall way short and will make mistakes and so will our mates. Furthermore, a woman of integrity forgives always and she forgives instantly.
We have a calming gift and we have been given another gift to our men, and that is who we have become today and how powerful we will be tomorrow when we pray for guidance. Men like women that are confident but non- threatening to their manhood. God created you and I to be very very special. He made you so you can bear children and to nurture them to maturity, so they too can be happy.
We as women need to take extra precautions not to enable our children. It is our nature for us to nurture and protect them because it is out of love that we do it. I feel it is time for me to tell on myself…
My son was burned really bad when he was only 6 years old. He was at the University of Utah burn center and was in there for 6 weeks. His out patient care was close to a year, and then yearly for about 5 more years. I was struggling with my current marriage as well because my twice married husband at the time was an alcoholic and was verbally abusive.
I flew with my son after he was stabilized in a Medi-Vac helicopter to the airport just to board an airplane to the University Hospital’s Burn Center in Salt Lake City. I stayed in his room with him every night for a week and then I found out about the nearby Ronald McDonald House, which was a huge life saver.
My brother Steve drove my other son up to Salt Lake City a few weeks later so he could be with us. Steve also flew my mother up the next morning after the accident so she can be with me also. I had a huge amount of support. My brother Kent supported us financially so we could rent a car to get around the city. My son Keith went to school nearby for a month while we were going through all this.
The reason why I am telling my story is so you can understand how easy it would be for me to enable my son. He lost his fingers on his right hand and has many scars all over his body. He had to wear full body Jobst suit, which is a tight nylon rayon type of material to help with the scaring so it wont be as bad. They did a wonderful job taking care of my son and a wonderful job on his surgeries so he could look as normal as possible.
After we went back home and got back into life again. I divorced their dad because he just could not leave the alcohol alone and I felt like I needed to protect my children. So I was a single parent again and it was easier this way then having to deal with him also.
However, with out a man’s influence and so we have to become both mom and dad to them. We know our kids’ personality and we should know what is good for each one of them, we still seem to lean towards spoiling and sometimes ruining our sons by enabling them. I like many of you I had to work and I ran scared like many of you have probably experienced.
I did not do the right thing for my boys with their best interest at heart. I ended up doing the easiest thing because I was tired after working hard long hours and so I pretty much gave into them by giving them what they wanted.
I have learned by looking back at the mistakes I have made and so I know now that it is not good to enable your children whom we love so much. Both my children are adults now and my son Eddie is living away now and is doing remarkably well, thank you God!!!
I had a lot of help from my new husband when my husband and two brothers came over to the house and we had to kick him out for his own good, which has made Eddie grow up quickly. I am very proud of his progress. He is still angry at me and my new husband and it has been a year now and I will give it another year and he will be thankful for what we did for him. He will understand that we had to let him spread his wings and fly so he can build self esteem himself. The boys’ father when he was drinking was not always nice to the boys either.
So a woman of Integrity is simply learning from our mistakes and we forgive ourselves and move on towards making better choices. I have made many mistakes and am trying to be ” A Woman With Integrity ” and I hope you will join me on a journey to become ” Women of Integrity “ .
I will continue to write more blog postings and I hope you will share any comments or stories of something you see fitting to share with us. I hope to hear from you soon!
With Warm Regards,
Janiel – Mortensen – Norton,
Since the beginning and man was created and since that time man has sinned, and so we can hope that we will take care of our stuff with man as well with God. Gabriel has been blowing his horn for us to be free and for us to get along with each other. We will need to forgive an old friend by giving an outpouring of love to them if the occasion fits the time.
A stone cold heart towards people is an indication that someone’s got some forgiving to do, it could be you or your past friend that needs to be forgiven. The non- forgiveness and pridefulness is what takes us captivates and puts us into bondage if we do not forgive one another. I believe that it creates mental illness when we do not forgive.
No matter how hard the pain is the more important it is to let it go. There are people that have been an example that all of us have heard from time to time. Perhaps it was a mother forgiving a drunk driver that killed her baby boy or baby girl, what about them as an example of what we should and could do for ourselves.
As for our time, it is important to forgive each other because when we get all clogged up inside we are not able to respond to hardship that is coming down the pike soon. We have to get our vessels clear so that we can be way showers to others that want to be set free. Many people will not be able to handle a global melt down. Food will be a very expensive commodity so it is wise to get your family food storage and medical emergency kit also.
Calamity and chaos will be world wide and so we need to learn peaceful solutions as well as communities world- wide taking part in the global effort to fight hunger and poverty, which is also a type of bondage. Even the United States of America will be tested and we will have our struggles as a nation trying to survive a threat against Democracy and our inalienable rights to be FREE, and was given to us from God.
Anger and verbal abuse is likely a problem in their relationships, just like it was for me for a good portion of my life. I do not believe a man should ever hit a woman, because anger fuels many arguments, especially when there is alcohol and/or drugs involved.
Other types of emotional bondage is gluttony and never being satisfied with what has been given. Without gratitude we should never ask for anything more when we pray to our God. Do you agree that the door that opens to abundance is because of our gratitude for what we have been given.
Some of you may strongly disagree with me but one of the biggest decay in our social climate is that we are too sexually active before marriage. Perhaps we did not know each other well enough before we made that commitment in marriage, one would end up saying to their mate.
Nobody really wants to be in bondage because, we were meant to enjoy the fruits of life so that we can be fruitful in our endeavors by contributing something positive back into life. This is a good way to live freely! There is nobody that can get you out of bondage but you and your God.
Have you ever wondered how much of the world has fallen into chaos, murder, and violence? This is another kind of a bondage. That is FEAR, which actually is the greatest stumbling block for most of us who have not quite mastered ourselves when it comes to responding to fear. It causes inertia. Which inertia makes us paralyzed, so to speak, with fear and we can not do anything to face that fear.
The bottom line is that we have to stay clear and not fall into bondage. Forgiveness is as important as fighting the demon of fear, as gluttony is important as gratitude. We we all be vigilant and not fall into emotional bondage!
As you have seen there is a lot to be said with famous quotes and it has been important for me to post inspirational quotes as reminders, as well as them being used as a street signs to give us guidance for successful living.
Many people over the years have quoted Nelson Mandela. I have a lot of admiration for this man because what he has been through and what he represents to the world that suffers crimes against humanity. I urge anyone to study Nelson Mandela life’s story, it is quite compelling and so it is that his quotes are more meaningful. The top quote is my favorite and this quote has been used the most out of any other quotes he has been known for.“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us: it’s in everyone. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
— Nelson Mandela
Is there any better way of inspiring humanitarians with these comforting words of wisdom? I guess it takes a man that was falsely imprisoned to know this. We too are falsely imprisoned in the shell of a body that has its physical, mental, and intuitive aspects to who we think we are now, but there is the quest for man to know his Divine Nature that keeps him humble enough to continue on in his journey of his existence.
This means that we have to work at forgiveness so that we can be a clear vessel of understanding, not only to the Laws of the Universe which would be the Law of Relativity, but we have to try to understand the Spiritual Realm also. This realm or should I say the energy of love, enlightment, truth, and the vast space of the universe that fills in the gaps of the ALL and inclusive Intelligence of the Universe, and it is for our knowledge as well as a better understanding of our Creator. It is there for all who seek!
It is through the discovery process that we pray for understanding, insight, and the spirit of truth so that it will resonate itself within us, so that we carry the Spirit of Truth with us to share with others.
” Who Am I ” to say that I (we) do not want to have insight into my (our) Divine Nature? The key to unlock the doors of abundance, happiness, wisdom, and mindfulness has to be discovered in each of us in our own time. It is through the quest of knowing about the Spiritual Realm that we find more unexpected answers to life’s mysteries.
We can pray for wisdom like Solomon did. I have and many other people have, because we know there is a universe of blessings and we know that it is there for Man to seek his Divine Nature. The more we seek truth about our Divine Nature the more magnificent we become to God as well as being a powerful influence to inspire people to do good in the world.
I have written blog posts about this topic when I wrote the posting on the Get Smart Doors, The Love Bank Concept, and I will be writing more about the Laws of the Universe.
What would the world be like if the human race started to think more in terms of the NEW CONSCIOUSNESS of thinking as well as a standard for man to live by.We would be able to communicate with each other much more effectively. Knowing that we are in the last days I, as well as many other people ,believe that we will be moving more to understanding of this kind of “Intelligence ” as a means to know more about man’s purpose for life.
Through this journey to find Man’s Divine Nature, we are able to receive revelation and instructions from God so we can endure the times of tribulation.
You see it keeps coming back to the knowing our Divine Nature, so it must be important enough for us to investigate the concepts of it, right? I guess it would be safe to say the gurus, prophets, seers, and revelators are the people that have of a gift for insight and understanding. This is not necessarily the truth because many people are waking up to this New Consciousness way of being and they are commonly, un-common people. It is a strange way to describe people but they were once common people like you and I until they discovered the power to connect with the Spiritual Realm and all of its fullness.
All of us should want to tap into this realm of understanding. It is God’s purpose in us know this realm, so we can have better communication with Him as well as all of our relationships with people in life. We can also be ” way-showers “ to peaceful living while chaos has taken people hostage to fear. It is the peaceful knowledge we have the truly helps us in all aspects of our lives.
It could be that we will sooner or later we are going to know our Divine Nature when we spend Eternity with a Glorified and Magnificent presence of ourselves as being ” ME.”
The deeper we go into a relationship with God and all that He has, is for us to be happy and content with living, especially in the last days of which these most certainly are the last days!
Article Written by: Terrance W. Norton, Founder/Editor
More Nelson Mandela quotes:
I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”
— Nelson Mandela (Long Walk to Freedom: Autobiography of Nelson Mandela)
— Nelson Mandela For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
— Nelson Mandela “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
— Nelson Mandela “As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself… Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.”
— Nelson Mandela
I was a cocaine addict for nearly seven years, and in that seven years time I did a lot of damage to my body as well as my psyche. It was a life of chaos and despair. I often times felt hopeless because I was homeless four of those seven years.
The purpose of writing this blog post is so that I may relay the message of hope that I found and that it sustained me while I was making changes so that I could be addictive free.
Today I have become a protective animal over the happiness, self esteem, and self love that I have been blessed with since that one night. I have become protective of myself and my family, especially the love of my life- my wife Janiel. She has been quite an inspiration to me. Many people have had failed relationships and are waiting for the love of their life to appear. I was blessed when I married her and had to wait until I was at the ripe age of 57 years old.
It just so happens that I found a mate that was almost homeless several times too, because she was a single mother of two boys. Raising two boys without an adequate income is real hardship, which has made her to be very compassionate to those who suffer. She had two small boys at her side and had to take a job with below minimum wages because of the living arrangement she made to live where she worked.
My wife sacrificed her wishes for several years because she raised her sons mostly by herself. However, she made a mistake by marrying her ex-husband twice for the sake of their boy’s security, unfortunately he had an alcohol problem.
Today she is a strong and determined woman. It is a darn shame the lengths we have to go through to be humbled. There is a passage from Zen that I really like to recite to people. It says, ” The art of suffering discloses itself to whom has learned and understood the art of compassion”.
When we stand up for ourselves we were able to ingrain a healthy dialog of self esteem building, as well as the re-enforcement of self love.
I had been struggling with being homeless while I fought relapsing for nearly two years. I have seen friends die because of an overdose when they would shoot heroin mixed with cocaine ( speed ball ). It was a wake up call to me, and that I knew I had to stay straight or I too could end up dead like them.
My life was fragile because I too almost ended up like them because I almost died twice from an overdose, both times it was a mixture of heroin and cocaine. One time some so called friends left me for dead in my apartment, but that did not give me the wake-up call until my deceased friend Ron when he died.
One night I was with a girl and we were really high on cocaine and Jack Daniels whiskey. We were ready to have our magic moment of intimacy until I started feeling awful about how high. The feeling of the worst high I have ever experienced came over me. My body felt sick and I felt totally drained and I felt the impact of the bad high. I was so high that I became scared and fearful that I would die. I hated my high and the addiction madness. I had been plagued with the addiction for so long, that I had enough and it came to a head that night. I kicked the girl out of my apartment just so I could take it to Lord so that I could ask Him to take my addiction from me as well as my fear. As soon as she left I got down on my knees and I sobbed uncontrollably for nearly two hours.
I CRIED OUT…..Oh Father God please remove this terrible high from me now! I am tired Lord and I have no more energy to fight this addiction. Please Lord help me….Please Lord help me……Please Lord help me overcome this addiction and that I do not want to live like this anymore.
I said those words several times and I pleaded and I pleaded with uncontrolled sobbing. I had enough of the addiction madness. I did not like the person that I had become. I knew that I had to get rid of this addiction if I was going to live much longer. I had to find some sense of peace because of the paranoia that I felt when I was always high on cocaine.
Things were got pretty crazy when I was on the street homeless. The streets can be pretty scary at times, in that I was robbed twice and beat up once.
The first time I went to rehab I relapsed my way right out of the rehab center. It was the second time going into rehab from a thirty–three day detox, that I was able to get more stable. I tried living in an apartment so that I can have a safe environment but failed a couple of times. A few times I did not have all of my rent and so I lost the apartments.
It was a tough lesson for me to be responsible. I had to learn that for me to be responsible I had to create and re-prioritize my life. That meant that I had to pay my bills first and if I re-prioritize my extra money so that I would not have the desire to use.
I remember when I stayed at the Rescue Mission. I was too scared to go outside because it was too easy to go out and use again. I stayed inside because my dealers were right down the street.
I had to have something to keep my mind occupied so I read the scriptures all day. I prayed for help constantly. One of the Pastors prayed with me often so that I could be healed of this awful addiction. I knew that I had to have Divine intervention. I remember the day I got addicted to cocaine. I felt an actual physical drainage from my soul that I felt drawn into a dark world. It was like an octopus reached out and threw me into a dark hole.
That “Special Night” with Jesus changed my life forever when Jesus came into my life because I pleaded for Jesus to help me. When I was done sobbing I felt cuddled by Jesus and His love was warm and comforting. I felt Jesus’ arms wrap around me. I felt so loved and comforted in my sorrows and shame.
After the space of what seemed to be hours, I was finally resting my head on the Saviors chest and was filled with peace and love. Jesus found me broken and I knew that He was aware of everything that happened to me as a child, as well as the life style I was leading. I felt so much compassion and love from Him, especially when I told Jesus that I want to change and that I wanted a relationship with Him.
I asked Him please Jesus if you take this high from me and make me well, I will go back to church and I will know you better. I told Him that I would really try my best to keep His commandments. I knew that my life was messed up because I messed up! I knew that Jesus wanted to help me get my life in order and He would give me strength to conquer this awful addiction.
Oh yes, the Man who Loved Me and had saved me from myself became a friend to me. To this day I do not have any desire to do cocaine let alone the life taking speed balls. He plucked that life draining addiction right out of me and replaced it with hope and love for Him as well as myself. I have been clean now for close to fourteen years now. I am married to a lovely woman that loves me and truly cares for my well being. That says a lot because of the years of brokenness I had.
By telling my story I hope to be a positive influence to you or anyone suffering grief, bitterness, and un-forgiveness and you to will be racked up with sin that could cause us to to be hopeless and it does not matter if you are an addict or not, it is still suffering.
The story I have is my story… What about your story? We would love to have you share your story with us so that we can help one another who suffer. We can understand each other more effectively! You can send an email to me at email@example.com so that we can help you through some issues.
I believe that there are not any new set of social sins such as rape, incest, mental and emotional abuse to children and seniors, alcoholism, death, crime, narcissism, and bitterness because it has become part of man’s culture. Perhaps we should share each other’s wisdom and knowledge to help our brothers and sisters along the pathway of life. May we empower each other by asking for wisdom and insight to life like Solomon did.
We can finally take the chains off and we be free through the wisdom and understanding to which it comes from above so we can know how we can help each other. We need to be able to understand the problem and ask God to show us the ways to fix the problem. Dr. Phil says it this way, “ We cannot change what we do not acknowledge “.
At times we can have epiphany moments when we experience clarity and insight into the problem. Understanding is key in most cases. Dr. Phil is also known for this statement, ” So how is your life working for you? “ It really is a good thing when we can take our life’s issues to the Lord and yes, he will take your weakness and make them into strengths so we can become strong and victorious.
I hope people will be inspired to help each other through the struggles of life and that we will pray more for others, so that they too will be able to have understanding to life’s problems and that we will get some kind of innocence back. Some problems are generational dysfunction and has come from our early childhood years. Some people are way showers and are seasoned with wisdom and knowledge in life because of what they have learned through hardships.
Why not share this wisdom with others? Why not learn how to resolve conflicts peacefully? If we learn it ourselves then we can teach by example. We can actually cause a ripple affect in the Universe that can reach all four corners of the earth. Humanity will get what it needs to exist in the hearts of man.
Can you just imagine world leaders coming together for peaceful solutions by coming together ” people to people “, instead of “country to country “. World leaders have to denounce evil and prosecute leaders for crimes against humanity.
Do you think it is possible to have peace throughout the world, it is possible when we are mindful of how we treat others and that we take responsibility for our actions? There are times when war is necessary in order to have peace. All nations need to be accountable to each other and that nations can be part of the solution and not part of the problems.
We need to work through our own personal as well as our social problems before we can be considered the ” Light in Darkness “,when we have our own darkness within our American culture today. In America, we have more inmates housed in prisons than any other country. We were not born to be murders, rapists,pedophiles, or career criminals. We have become passive and desensitized to what sin is and have lost our way as far as humanity is concerned. We have become passive for reasons such as generational dysfunction that passes from one generation to the next, so we do not know any better. We cannot teach what we do not know. Oprah says it well when she said that, ” when we know better- we do better”.
May God bless us with the solutions so that we can all live in a more peaceful environment at home and abroad!
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Terrance W. Norton/Humanitarian Mentor
Leveling out the playing field by redistributing wealth. Wealth is a gift that comes from God and the Universe by the power of attraction, and it is not to be praised by the workmanship of our hands, nor is it to be given to others as a reward for sin. The redistributing of wealth that President Obama wants to do is bad for our country and it does not build character nor does it inspire people to be entrepreneurs. If we do not respect the gift of wealth, wealth goes and plays with someone that respects the gift that is offered. It should not be considered an entitlement because we seem to think that we are a child of a loving and giving God and that we have entitlement to it.
It does not matter when we are on our death bed; wealth, whether we have it or not, does not matter to someone fighting for their life!
When the global economy collapses what are we going to turn to for satisfaction? We need to have an understanding in what we will do to stay cool when all of the world is in chaos and violence is ramped.
In this Part 2 of ” The First Shall Be Last and The Last Shall Be First “, we will need to look into God’s will for man so that man will be able to be prepared.
When we understand the providence of God towards man by looking at it in an Eternal prospective, we will be able to understand why some have abundance and others do not have much at all. We will be able to understand the term I have chosen for the title of this blog post.
Most people believe that there is a life after death of the mortal body. This means that there is some sort of place called Eternity and that we will live the rest of our days of existence in the Eternal World. Some people believe that before we came here on earth we made a choice to live life with suffering, sorrow, and poverty. It could be a question that is stated like this, either we can live a life of suffering and it will be considered to be a short duration because of the life span as mortals on earth or we chose to wait for our inheritance from God in reference to the blessings of life Eternal.
To some of you this maybe out-landish but to others it is a key component to what they truly believe. Life Eternal is forever and that we will enjoy the blessings of Eternity compared to the short time we have here on earth. If this is so then it could be safe to believe that ” The First Shall Be Last and The Last Shall Be First ” and that God Is A Just God, would answer why some have more than others. If it were not so then God would be an unjust God that shows favor for some and not for others.
We who were born into American families should feel more special than others around the world that are living their lives in hell each and everyday of their existence. If you are one of the unfortunate people born in poverty or have been victimized by tyranny and/or experienced hardship in your life, then there will be a time and place to which you will be blessed forever. This is the blessings of Eternity because God will make it up to you because He is a fair and just God.
What we need to be mindful of is for us not to be envious of what people have and that you blame God for your suffering, when it seems like others have life easy and do not have the problems you do. It just so happens to be that I was one who was angry at God for my suffering. my heart was full of envy for people that had money and opportunities. I was angry to know that I was not blessed with a life of ease and opportunity to achieve wealth and prestige. I constantly compared myself to them and how we were so much different from each other.
Most of my life I worked hard and could not get anywhere by having success. Oh I tried so hard to bring myself out of poverty but I miserably failed. I was too broke to date women, and as a result I did not marry until my later years. This means while others lived out the American dream of having good parents, good job, security by having a bank account along with nice cars and a beautiful home, I fell short of God’s grace for me. I was not blessed to have a white wedding nor was I blessed with children. I was busy breaking the chains of generational dysfunction so I would not complicate matters more by bringing a child in this world that would end up being hurt by the affects of generational dysfunction.
All of us have some sort of ax to grind with God based by what we believe to be un-fairness. However, I was set free when I accepted this Eternal Principle and I was able to know that God Is A Just God because it gave me hope for a better future for my existence as a mortal to immortal being.
If you can bring yourself to the understanding that there is life after this one, then you can believe that you will be Eternally blessed too. It is my hope and prayer that we will hold onto the iron rod that leads us to the Tree Of Life of which the fruit thereof is sweet beyond sweet. May we stay steadfast and endure to the end so that we can partake of the fruits of our labors in this life.
Have a wonderful day and may God bless us with more Divine truths about our existence!
Some of us have real touching stories that makes us out to be “Patriots”. My personal story started back in the summer of 1971. I hope you enjoy my story because it is meaningful to me and I want to encourage you as our readers to send us your story so we can post it on both of our websites.
My father was a business man and he belonged to the YMCA Businessman’s Club. One day my father over heard these men talking about a athlete’s tour to Russia as a prepaid tour. I was not a very good 17-18 year old Christian boy back then because I was the typical teen rebel. I got with the wrong crowd and was doing stuff that upset my family.
My dad got to thinking about sending me on the tour of 18 different countries through the YMCA. He thought that I would do better by being around a better class of kids, that I would do better for myself. Well kids will be kids and the amount of money did not mean a darn thing.
Around the 4th of July 1971, twenty-two of us junior athletes were going through Check Point Charlie at the border of East Berlin and West Berlin. We were flying out of East Berlin in route to Moscow. We were cordially greeted at the airport in Moscow by a few men as one of them being our interpreter.
After leaving Moscow we went by bus down to a place down in the Crimean Sea called Simferopol. We had our own private floor in the beach hotel, which was a beautiful sight to see at sun down. This is just around the bend from Yalta where at the Yalta Conference where Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin met at the Yalta Conference, 1945. They met in Yalta in the Crimea to plan the final defeat and occupation of Nazi Germany.
The events that took place in Simferopol were like being in the Olympics. We had events such as swimming, basketball, track, and shot put. On our team we had 11 boys and 11 girls. We got a lot of attention because our team was so small. I guess it did not help with us just being Americans. The teams that entered the competition were teams from Czechoslovakia, Russian, Yugoslavian, Polish, and German teams, and of course we were the only Capitalist country there. At least they called us Capitalists.
The night after the event was awards night, and of course we got our awards for placing first in a couple of events. ath Tears were flowing down my face and I was all choked up with gratitude. I was so proud to represent the United States of America as an athlete as well as a proud Patriot. The Russian organizers surprised us with a commemorative celebration for the 4th of July with fireworks, and the song I believe was America The Beautiful. It was if I could not control the tears of joy.
Also to our surprise too, was that the Russian organizers decided to go off program. They wanted to have a special event so that each country could have two speakers from each country speak about their country. Was this a good idea or not? We agreed to the agenda and as it turned out it was not a good idea. Our interpreter was not interpreting accurately and we were put into a bad political situation.
Little did us athletes know that our tour guides John and Eleanor Thune was taken captive and were harshly interrogated by the KGB. After we left the Soviet Union and on our way to Greece we were briefed on how to deal with the media frenzy. The news got out and we were in the European and the American papers. We were greeted by a whole barrage of media at the airport when we landed in Athens. They thought we were spies and I did not know this at the time in that I may have complicated matters more when I met and fell in love with a sweet little Russian cutie, her name was Svetlana, I called her Sam. She was some kind of a diplomat from what she told me. She did a lot of the interpreting when talking to people from other countries.
I believe they thought that we were part of some kind of spy ring and thought we were passing secrets back and forth. I kept a detailed image of her in my mind for several years after that and have always wondered if she was still alive or not.
I guess it was the KGB who broke into our rooms and confiscated our cameras and all of our literature. It was Lenin’s 100 year anniversary and so we were blessed to view Lenin in his tomb on Red Square. There was quite a celebration going on with the anniversary of Lenin’s death. I had quite a few books on Lenin because I was interested to know who he was and how bad he was as a dictator. Before we left for Kiev we had dinner in the dinning hall and after eating some of the athletes reported being very sick. The athletes that ate the chicken and rice ended up being food poisoned.
We left in the middle of the night which was much earlier than planned. I ran over to Svetlana’s hotel to let her know we were leaving. There were a lot of men in suits hanging around, so I went outside and threw rocks up to her window. She did not reply. As a matter of fact that was the last time I saw or heard from Svetlana. I believe the KGB may have done something bad to her because they could have thought that we were passing secrets back and forth, which is whacked out thinking. Our tour guides did not want us to worry and we did not know what they experienced until we left and were on our way to Athens, Greece.
As things turned I left the Soviet Union with a broken heart because I never heard from her when we got to Kiev and Leningrad. We were in route to Athens and were continuing on with our tour when I felt that things were not right with me because I was wondering if Sam was still alive or not.
The tour was bitter sweet to me and the memories I have of our tour has last me a lifetime and I will never forget that awesome 4th of July night down in the beautiful ambiance of the beaches in Simferopol down in the Crimean Sea. When we have moments like these it is hard to forget how one felt on an occasion such as this was. I proudly served my country in the Army soon after I got home from the tour. I served from September 1971 to September 1974 and I am a proud Patriot that has A LOVE FOR MY COUNTRY!
May God Bless America and may we all rebuke evil things in the world
Clay and Earth Ovens are a very old and basic way of cooking. It isn’t a bad idea to put one in your backyard next to your BBQ.
Cooking outside in the hot summer is a good way to keep your house cooler so why not try these various ways of cooking. Teach your children about these alternative ways of cooking as well. It’s a good way to bring back some of the basics that have been lost in our modern times that perhaps, may be kept alive.