Ravens/Corvids are one of my personal Totems. Totems are an aspect of Shamanism. We even have a semi tame Torresian Crow who will eat from the hand (we feed good nutritional food only). I like Corvids, though I know many people don’t. Some people have deep subconscious fears surrounding Crows, Ravens and other Corvids. I have long had an ‘affinity’ with the Corvids. Among other things, I enjoy their sense of fun.
Corvids are such smart birds and this article illustrates the point:
Ravens Are So Smart, One Hacked This Researcher’s Experiment – Researchers had to remove the bird because they worried it would teach the others.
More: Raven Meaning and Symbolism | All Totems | Spirit Animal Meanings and Symbolism
My wife is a talented amateur photographer. Here is one of her photos of a juvenile Torresian Crow who was born up a big tree in our garden.
“Nothing in the human psyche is more destructive than unrealized, unconscious creative impulses” ~ Marie-Louise von Franz
I do not agree entirely with the quote. My view is that lack of deep awareness of being loved by ‘Spirit’ is the most destructive, and I speak from long experience. That said, the quote implies it is important to get one’s subconscious mind sorted.
“Maintaining sufficient levels of vitamin D in the body is not just good for physical health, it can also help protect against depression and promote good mental health, a new study finds.”
The above quote is from: This Vitamin Stops People Feeling SAD and Promotes Good Mental Health
Some years ago I discovered that I had a Vitamin D deficiency which was the cause of nasty hives (Urticaria). My Vitamin D deficiency didn’t have an adverse effect on my mental health, though that was because of my significant ‘mental strength’ and related abilities/traits/experience. It does illustrate the important point that good mental health can depend on more than one’s conscious thinking, or subconscious thinking.
Good nutrition has a profound effect on the brain as well as the body. And yes, I do eat well, and increasingly so, as I learn more about good nutrition. Eating properly is not optional.
At times I help clients improve their nutrition as part of my coaching, counselling or mentoring services. I do not however overreach myself because it is important to me to provide clients with good quality help and advice. For example; I sometimes refer people to qualified nutritional professionals or Doctors as part of my approach to helping clients. I focus on facts, not fads and provide clients with an detailed outline of what to look at, steps to take, resources to use, how to learn more, how to work with the mind and body when changing nutrition, and more.
“Every person must choose how much truth he can stand.” Irvin D. Yalom, When Nietzsche Wept
Decades ago I realised that one of the most important things in life is to know truth. Delusion and self-delusion are things I seek to avoid. I even like it when someone tells me I am wrong. Back in the mid 1980’s I set my ‘inner compass’ to seek truth and wisdom, regardless of the cost. Ironically, seeking truth was one of the keys to freeing myself from severe mental health problems, which were primarily parent inflicted (in the beginning).
Pay the price. Seek truth at the expense of your own opinion and delusion. Most don’t. Be exceptional.
“Maybe one day, when I have decades of experience as a doctor, and further specialty training, I will be able to speak about health matters with the tone of authority of the average naturopath”. Dr Lisa Pryor BA LLB MBBS. https://twitter.com/pryorlisa
I like this quote a lot. The quote conveys accuracy, using the word ‘average’ – it is not a generalisation; not all naturopaths are like this of course. Over the years I have met many naturopaths and have to agree with the essence of Dr Pryor’s comment. The quote highlights arrogance, delusion and even danger (of bad health advice – people will have died because they listened to a naturopath instead of getting appropriate medical advice). Let us be wary of similar traits. What we do and say can have major impacts upon others – let it be for good. If you don’t know, say so. Love truth, cultivate humility and be credible; there is power in it.
Dr Pryor as written an excellent article:
One underlying problem with places such as Dubai in the United Arab Emirates is that they have a poor quality, arbitrary, unethical, inconsistent and corrupt justice system. The article about this man with depression is a good example of why Dubai sucks.
Still not convinced? Try this; another unsurprising but insightful article about Dubai.
This article, written by a former managing director of Leeds United, illustrates the point. A truly appalling experience.
I have long thought, and said, that Dubai is such a crap-hole that ideally one should not go there, even for a stop over for a few hours in transit. One of the reasons is the risk of some seemingly minor or unknown ‘infraction’ or problem. Someone in the transit lounge could take offence on a whim for example. Just because one behaves in the ‘right’ way is no guarantee of safety.
I might add that all these victims probably thought it wouldn’t happen to them and that lots of people get through Dubai, or live there, without problems.
For me, I take a simple approach; why run the risk of exposing myself to ‘hostile’ action when I do not need to. Another aspect for me is that I dislike the thought of giving assholes like this any business whatsoever. If enough people stopped visiting the crap-hole then they might change their ways.
And yes, I pay more money for flights if I have to, so that I can avoid the bastards in Dubai and transit somewhere else.
Perhaps people who go to Dubai feel lucky?
Time is precious, life is short – it’s later than you think – there is simply not enough time to visit all the good places one could go to, and to soak up the culture/meet the local people. I perceive a justice and legal system as foundational, which is one reason why it concerns me so much about places such as Dubai. If the foundations of a place aren’t good, why bother? Use of time has an opportunity cost. Go somewhere much nicer and less risky. Take the right sort of risks in life.
This is a disturbing read about the state of Australian education for school children.
The former director general of the Finnish education system – and the author of Finnish Lessons 2.0: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland? – Sahlberg is considered a leading expert on an education system that has become a byword for excellence.
Australian politicians responsible for education should pay attention! (Play on words intended).
We – Australia – are damaging young minds and limiting their future potential.
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