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Butterfly Wisdom

Colorful butterfly in female hand, close-upImagine a warm summer’s day…

A beautiful butterfly lands in your palm – wings quivering softly.

You behold its beauty – colors, softness, structure, thin film of dust on wings…

While the butterfly chooses to remain in the open palm of your hand you can enjoy (possess) its beauty, yet if you try to hold onto it by closing your fingers you will damage it, thus destroying its loveliness. You are left with nothing.

So it is with people – you only have something of value when a person remains with you of their own free will.

If you try to “cling on” to people or force issues then you will cause damage; and what for?

Love freely given is the only true treasure.

Urticaria (hives) – Treatment – NHS Choices

Close up image of a man's body suffering severe urticaria nettle rash.Do you, or anyone you know, suffer from hives (urticaria)?

If so, you will know how nasty hives can be.

I say this with respect to general practitioners and others; we rarely get all the information we really need when using their services – for a variety of reasons; and yes, some are related to money.

No wonder then that people search online for help via ‘Doctor Google’ and others. I have done this myself and saved myself great angst, even having learned things that senior doctors should have told me, but didn’t.

Later in this article I will give you the link for extremely high quality information about hives/urticaria which is comprehensive and easy to understand. First though, some words of caution, and background information on why internet-based medical research works for me.

One of the serious concerns and risks of using Google for our own medical research is that most of us are not medically, or scientifically, trained. Relying on your own medical research can be extremely dangerous. That’s the flip side of helpful.

Personally, my deep inner lack of interest in my own opinion (humility) helps protect me. Allied with a deep awareness and appreciation of how to use logic in a scientific way, this has helped me when analysing medical information. Being mindful of the potential dangers is another plus.

My recent personal experience of a GP (General Practitioner) prescribing medication (not for hives) of a type which was not only inappropriate, but positively harmful, has underlined my long-held view that some doctors can be dangerous, despite their medical training. Fortunately a pharmacist saved me and helped me overcome my issue in a non harmful way. And yes, it is disturbing that a consultation with a GP led to harm and yet a consultation in a busy pharmacy fixed my issue (with non prescription mediation I might add). The doctor I saw was not one I usually see, at a ‘multi-practice’ – the doctor, and practice, have now been ‘fired’. This is one of many poor experiences over the years. This type of thing is yet another driver of conducting my own medical research.

Fortunately, I have another source of help, should I need it. Two of my friends are highly competent doctors – one is an interstate GP. The other is a senior surgeon with a significant local practice. Another friend, up on the Sunshine Coast, is a highly experienced ICU nurse (Intensive Care Unit). I have other friends trained in battlefield medicine. Now, I do not bother my friends unduly and am sensitive to their needs, however at times, being able to benefit from their insight is golden.

Let me sum up by saying that I think it important to take personal responsibility for one’s own physical (and mental for that matter) health. The laws of business and economics for example are going to dictate that we are unlikely to get all the information we need from a visit to the doctor. Medical professionals have limited time resources and have to make a profit/earn an income. You might be a ‘number’ to some. Get over it – it’s life. Any medical research you do, and the actions you take based on it, is your responsibility – not mine. I am not qualified to give medical advice and I do not give it. Read my Medical And Mental Health Disclaimer here.

Having read the above, we can see I have important checks and balances in place to help ensure that my reliance on my own medical research is not harmful.

Now, on to the high quality information about hives treatment:  Urticaria (hives) – Treatment – NHS Choices.  This site is part of the British National Health Service (NHS) and I recommend bookmarking it.

Finding sources of high quality medical information is critically important and the screen grab below from the NHS Choices website is not only reassuring, it also illustrates the point. I recall from 1981, when I learnt computer programming, that we had a term: GIGO (garbage in, garbage out); meaning that if you input crap into the computer, crap would be produced. Our minds are the same – if we read poor quality information we will get poor results from our thinking.  Bear in mind that good quality medical information we have researched can also help us get better care from the medical profession and make consultations more effective.

UK Gov - health and care information you can trust

Screen grab from NHS Choices website.





Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with, or endorsed by, the NHS or NHS Choices.



Why Study Philosophy?

Prescription for a better life, better relationships, better business, better management, better thinking: study philosophy.

The dictionary definition of Philosophy:

phi·los·o·phy (fĭ-lŏs’ə-fē) pronunciation

n., pl. -phies.

1. Love and pursuit of wisdom by intellectual means and moral self-discipline.

2. Investigation of the nature, causes, or principles of reality, knowledge, or values, based on logical reasoning rather than empirical methods.

3. A system of thought based on or involving such inquiry: the philosophy of Aristotle.

4. The critical analysis of fundamental assumptions or beliefs.

5. The disciplines presented in university curriculums of science and the liberal arts, except medicine, law, and theology.

6. The discipline comprising logic, ethics, aesthetics, metaphysics, and epistemology.

7. A set of ideas or beliefs relating to a particular field or activity; an underlying theory: an original philosophy of advertising.

8. A system of values by which one lives: has an unusual philosophy of life.

My life experience has been very diverse and I have come to realise that what we think and believe is very important. As is truth – not our own opinions, but raw truth. A humble, teachable mindset is particularly valuable – even if one had a good education, such as I have. Acquiring more wisdom is the most valuable goal. Life, the world, and people, are fascinating and I have devoted much time to the study of human nature, spirituality and philosophy.

I recommend the study of philosophy for many reasons, which include:

  1. Thinking logically
  2. Thinking creatively
  3. Thinking laterally – outside the square
  4. Problem solving
  5. Objective analysis and evaluation
  6. Effective planning
  7. Succinct verbal and written expression
  8. Effective reduction
  9. Simplifying the complicated
  10. Discovering hidden relationships and assumptions
  11. Effective analysis and drawing correct conclusions
  12. Distilling, evaluating and summarising large amounts of information concisely & clearly
  13. Evaluating data quality
  14. Evaluating the usefulness of services and products
  15. Communicating a point of view utilising varied techniques and arguments
  16. Seeing the big picture
  17. Uncovering truth
  18. Growing as a person – personal development
  19. Smart thinking
  20. Taking “shortcuts” by learning from others wiser than yourself
  21. Life Coaching
  22. Executive Coaching
  23. Expanding brain power
  24. It’s interesting

A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years mere study of books. Chinese proverb

Love philosophy

How Well Known Is The Christian Cross?

For many of us here in ‘the west’ the Christian cross is a well-known symbol.

Celtic cross

Like me, I expect many people would be extremely surprised to discover that a brand symbol, around 100 years old, is more widely known than Christianity’s symbol, upon which Jesus was reportedly crucified.

Besides the obvious interest in this fact from a ‘trivia perspective’, it is fascinating for a number of reasons which include:

1. The pervasive nature of Christianity in our society leads to surprise that this situation could occur.

2. Christianity, despite claiming to have a wonderful and critically important message, is much less meaningful, relevant and powerful than most might tend to think; especially adherents of the Christian faith.

3. A focus on quality, delivering results, listening to people, innovation and making a difference in people’s lives not only matters, it also permits entry into the deep collective psyche.

If we look at this another way, we must ask ourselves: How can a modern brand – a product – in grain  itself so deeply in our collective psyche that it surpasses the Christian cross?

Permit me to suggest an answer…

The brand of course deserves its reputation, however Christianity, due to, and according to, its claims, should be much more relevant to people than a product. Christianity is not, which is due in significant part to the behaviour of Christ’s so-called followers.

If they, the Christians, cannot be a good and powerful ‘living epistle‘ (an example, a kind of advert) for ‘the way of the cross’ (Christianity) and all it stands for, then it is no surprise that a three-pointed star is more recognisable.

In the end, it is results that tell, the fruit that is produced. The Bible tells us: “by their fruits you will know them“.

It is better to be a ‘knower’ than a ‘believer’. Another reason a product brand is better recognised than the Christian cross, is the Christian belief system is yet another man-made religion which, among other things, lacks the power to deeply affect people in the right way.

Once, many years ago, I was a Christian minister. During my involvement with churches I came across a few genuine, sincere and loving people, however most were not. Even from the beginning I realised that a key life focus must be to find truth and wisdom, whatever the cost. I was often heavily persecuted by Christians because I was sincere and genuine. While involved with the church I came across Shamanism (there are some significant aspects of Shamanism in church/Christian practices) and through Shamanism connected with real spiritual/philosophical/psychological experience. I would have missed it had I not had a love and hunger for truth deep down in my psyche. Shamanism by the way, is humanity’s original spirituality; around long before religion came along messed things up. All religions and spiritual practices contain elements of Shamanism – it’s the additional error that causes problems. In fact, one definition of mental illness is: “a condition which causes serious disorder in a person’s behaviour or thinking” – religion does just that. We see the fruit of it everyday. Madness dressed up as religion. Religion sucks.

Oh, yes, you wanted to know which product brand is more recognisable than the Christian cross?

The symbol – a three-pointed star – appears on the front of one of my cars:

Mercedes Benz SL500 R129 - Convertible 5 Litre V8 in Tourmaline

Mercedes Benz SL500 R129 – Convertible 5 Litre V8 in Tourmaline














1. “The Mercedes-Benz brand is one of the most powerful brands in the world – and almost certainly the most powerful automotive brand. It’s symbol (or Logo), the ‘three-pointed star’, though less than a hundred years old is better recognised around the world than the Christian cross”. [easyazon_link identifier=”047001802X” locale=”US” tag=”amzn06a-20″]Enduring Passion: The Story of the Mercedes-Benz Brand[/easyazon_link] By Leslie Butterfield; one of the world’s most recognised branding experts.

2. Yes, Freyja was very quick, though for legal reasons I never got find out just how quick! More info: Why We Need To Support Our Police. Freyja was a car you ‘wore’, and was a joy to drive.

3. Shamanism is not a religion.

Truth – Quotes and Commentary

Respect for those who tell truth

Do you? Really? Honestly?

I love truth.

In part, I love truth because it is reality.

My opinion, your opinion are just that – opinions.

Truth rocks. So much so it can often hurt.

Our minds are so full of error; much of it deeply engrained into our subconscious minds.

To the extent that we don’t clear our subconscious, we will have truth issues, many of which we will be unaware of.

Learn to love truth.

Truth is a beautiful, clear and even ‘worshipful’ thing. But you have to know and experience this personally.

“I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth; and truth rewarded me. Sylvia Ashton Warner

“Reality, if rightly interpreted, is grander than fiction.” Thomas Carlyle

“No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself, and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be true.” Nathaniel Hawthorne

“Our lives improve only when we take chances – and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.” Walter Anderson

“There can be no knowledge without emotion. We may be aware of a truth, yet until we have felt its force, it is not ours. To the cognition of the brain must be added the experience of the soul.”  Arnold Bennett

“Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Just as surely as distress must follow self-deceit, healing must follow self-honesty.” Vernon Howard

“We tell ourselves so many lies and half-truths … We listen and are duly impressed by these inner voices that turn into unseen judges that nag at us. We give each of these judges a seat of honor in our minds, all the while hating their guts and their never-ending supply of judgements … We give the judges permission to accompany us on each journey of life, never daring to realize that we can park them, at least momentarily.” Eloise Ristad

“Relative to the level of awareness that is possible for us, our ordinary state of consciousness is as far from a direct experience of reality as sleep is from waking consciousness.” Don Richard Riso & Russ Hudson

“Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinion of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.” Katherine Mansfield

“Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.” Janis Joplin

“You must speak straight so that your words may go as sunlight to our hearts.” Cochise

“You cannot fake a relationship and feel right with yourself or anyone else. Changing yourself to fit what you think other people want doesn’t work. Pretending to be someone other than yourself only broadens the distance between the person you are and the one with whom you’re trying to establish closeness.” Mary Manin Morrissey

“The truth is like a lion; you don’t have to defend it. Let it loose; it will defend itself.” Augustine of Hippo

“What concerns me is not the way things are, but rather the way people think things are.”  Epicetus

“The trouble with the world is not that people know too little, but that they know so many things that ain’t so.” Mark Twain

“The greatest friend of truth is Time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion is Humility.” Charles Caleb Colton

“I love it when people show me where I’m wrong, partly because I can grow.” Alex Rowan

“Even truth needs to be clad in new garments if it is to appeal to a new age.” Georg C. Lichtenberg

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