Sun gazing (also known as sun-eating) is a strict practice of gradually introducing sunlight into your eyes at the lowest ultraviolet-index times of day – sunrise and sunset. Those who teach the practice say there are several rules to the practice. First, it must be done within the hour after sunrise or before sunset to avoid damaging the eyes. Second, you must be barefoot, in contact with the actual earth – sand, dirt or mud; and finally, you must begin with only 10 seconds the first day, increasing by 10 second intervals each day you practice. Following these rules make the practice safe, says sources.
Sun-gazing is also a practice also called the HRM phenomenon, coined as such after Hira Ratan Manek, the man who submitted himself to NASA for scientific testing to confirm that he does indeed possess the almost ‘super-human’ ability of not eating, gained through his dedication to this interesting marvel. Funded by NASA, a team of medical doctors at the University of Pennsylvania observed Hira 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for 100 days. NASA confirmed that he was indeed able to survive largely on light with occasionally a small amount of buttermilk or water during this time.
I have done my own private research on the matter of sunlight and superhuman consciousness. I did not want to only depend on NASA and outside authorities. This book is an introduction to years of my own personal work. I found that taking in sunlight can be a safe and rewarding practice. Through the ingestion of sunlight through my eyes, acupuncture meridian, and specialized mudras, I have increased my ability to astral travel outside of my body, lucid dream, communicate with entities in the celestial worlds, enhance my creative abilities, and a host of other abilities that have come directly from the Sun.
I do not recommend this practice. There are those among you who would abuse it and not follow the safety guidelines thinking, if a little is good, more must be better. This is not the case. Millions of people watch the sunrise and sunset safely every day, but watching the sun outside of these parameters is very dangerous.
After many years of sun gazing, I have reaped many benefits but I also took many risks that I do not recommend to the masses. In this work, I will show you how I did this and give you a basic primer on the mechanics of solar gazing. NASA does not tell this story in a way that you can use. I will give you some of the techniques that I have personally used to evolve.
This is a 35 page ebook that you may buy on Kindle. It costs $3.99 but it reveals never before seen solar techniques.
Do not engage in sungazing practices without proper training and medical supervision. Permanent eye injury and blindness may occur. Do not attempt to change your diet and live on sunlight or water alone. Before attempting any radical spiritual or dietary practice, seek qualified medical advice and spiritual supervision .Ever wanted to be in more than one place at a time? That’s right, I’m talking about the super-human abilities that can be gained by those who follow the protocol for what’s known as sun-gazing, a valid practice recently confirmed by NASA. Many proponents of this ancient technique, used by many cultures such as Mayan, Egyptian, Aztec, Tibetian and Indian yoga, report not only healing benefits to common illnesses, but obtaining super-human abilities such as advanced telepathy and going completely without the need for food.
The Sun is not what we think it is. It is the source of heat, light, and consciousness for our domain. We have learned to communicate and interact with the Sun through various techniques of consciousness. Without the Sun, all life on Earth would end very quickly. Solar Masters have learned to harness the energy within the Sun in order to deepen their meditations, expand consciousness, and communicate with the hidden portions of the subconscious mind. Meditating in the Sun with the eyes closed at sunrise and sunset provides amazing benefits to the aspirant. The body can absorb solar consciousness safely during these limited times. As your cells absorb sunlight, they grow, learn, and expand in their ability to rise in consciousness.
The above image is a solar spell. Looking at this image while sitting in the Sun allows the mind to communicate with the consciousness of the Sun. Look at the image during sunrise for five minutes. You do not have to stare at the Sun during this time in order to get the benefit of solar consciousness. Write down your insights as they arise. Allow yourself to absorb the energy through your skin, not your eyes as you do this work.
What is Sun Gazing?
Sun gazing (also known as sun-eating) is a strict practice of gradually introducing sunlight into your eyes at the lowest ultraviolet-index times of day – sunrise and sunset. Those who teach the practice say there are several rules to the practice. First, it must be done within the hour after sunrise or before sunset to avoid damaging the eyes. It is important to only look at the sun when it is orange or red according to the ancients. Looking at the sun when it is yellow or white, or uncomfortable in any way is not recommended.
Second, you must be barefoot, in contact with the actual earth – sand, dirt or mud; and finally, you must begin with only 10 seconds the first day, increasing by 10 second intervals each day you practice. Following these rules make the practice safe, says sources.
Nikolai Dolgoruky of the Ukraine calls himself a ‘sun-eater’. He has been practicing sun gazing for the past 12 years and has largely subsisted off solar energy since he began. Others have reported losing the need for food after only 9 months of sun gazing (by which time the practitioner has worked up to a maximum of 44 minutes).
After 9 months of practice, you need only walk barefoot on the earth for 45 minutes per day, 6 days in a row to further the process of what has been initiated by sun gazing.
Sun-gazing is a practice also called the HRM phenomenon, coined as such after Hira Ratan Manek, the man who submitted himself to NASA for scientific testing to confirm that he does indeed possess the almost ‘super-human’ ability of not eating, gained through his dedication to this interesting marvel.
Funded by NASA, a team of medical doctors at the University of Pennsylvania observed Hira 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for 100 days. NASA confirmed that he was indeed able to survive largely on light with occasionally a small amount of buttermilk or water during this time.
What happens to the body during Sun Gazing?
During your first 3 months of practice, the suns energy is moving through the eyes and charging the hypothalamus tract, says those who have studied this technique and used it. This Science/Medical Team wanted to observe and examine his retina, pineal gland and brain, therefore this observation team was led by Dr. Andrew B. Newberg, a leading authority on the brain and also featured in the recent movie “What the Bleep Do We Know”, and by Dr. George C. Brenard, the leading authority on the pineal gland. Initial results found that the gray cells in HRM’s brain are regenerating. 700 photographs have been taken where the neurons were reported to be active and not dying. Furthermore, the pineal gland was expanding and not shrinking which is typically what happens after mid fifties and its maximum average size is about 6 x 6 mm, however for HRM, it has been measured to be at 8 x 11 mm. The hypothalamus tract is the pathway to the rear of the retina which leads to the brain.
The brain then, over time, becomes activated by the energy supply being received by the sun. You will first experience a relief of mental tension and worry, since most worry is fueled by the energy received by the foods we eat. Since food gets it’s energy from the sun, it is said to be readily available to sun-eaters without the trouble of digestion. Though hunger is said to eventually cease, it is fine to continue eating regularly during initial stages, until appetite disappears naturally.
Another benefit early on is said to be an increase in confidence and an ability to easily solve your problems, as you are without tension. Everyone has at least a bit of psychosis, but during the first few months of sun gazing practice, it is reported that these attitudes go away and a positive nature gracefully replaces the old persona full of fears.
By the end of 3 months, the gazing time will have increased to 15 minutes per day.
Reports on sun gazing say that the bad qualities normally associated with any person will gradually disappear and good qualities will remain, explaining that ‘bad qualities’ only develop in the absence of sunlight. Bad qualities like anger, fear, jealousy, lust – are said to disappear – and be replaced by a certain confidence and ‘spiritual knowing’ that senses more purely the heart of an issue.
At 3-6 months of gazing, the studies show that physical diseases start to disappear.
They say that by the time one is gazing 30 minutes per day (building up 10 seconds per day) all the colors of the sun will have reached the brain. Color therapists attribute their healing of certain diseases to flooding the body and brain with the particular color that is lacking – depending on the ailment. For example, in liver disease, the color green is deficient. The kidneys need red, and the heart, yellow. All of the organs and all of the systems are said to respond to different colors of the rainbow, which is why it is also recommended to eat a diet rich in a variety of colors. It is recommended during the 3-4 month period that you use autosuggestion to see your body already healed of any perceived weakness or disease.
This action will facilitate the process of returning to wholeness.
As you continue the process, it is reported that after 6 months, the energy stored from the technique is no longer being used for repairing the body or the mind and can move now into supporting you in gaining more super-human abilities.
What’s Beyond Healing?
By seven and a half months of gazing, now at 35 minutes, need and desire for food is dwindling. According to sun gazing experts, food is not actually needed to maintain the body, only energy – and ‘sun-eating’ provides that energy. By 9 months, all taste for food, including aroma, all hunger pains and cravings disappear. Those who make it this far say that they report a noticeable ’change’ in the way their brain feels – like it’s “charged up.” After 9 months of sun-gazing – reaching a maximum of 44 minutes – it is advised that you give up sun-gazing and redirect your attention now to the Earth.
For 6 days straight, one is to walk barefoot on the earth, 45 minutes per day.
During this barefoot walking, the pineal gland is said to become activated. Professional sun gazers and those researching the science say that each toe is connected to a specific gland, and by walking barefoot on the Earth, you activate these glands. The big toe is thought to be aligned with the pineal gland, the second toe with the pituitary, then the hypothalamus, thalamus and finally the pinky toe correlates to the amygdala. Walking barefoot, with the sun now falling on the top of your head, practitioners claim to create a sort of magnetic field in and around your body that recharges you and your brain.
Apparently this walking barefoot part is the most important aspect of the practice. As you continue walking on the Earth, this is when the magic really begins. The pineal gland is activated more and more by this walking procedure. Intellect is said to increase, along with memory. The pineal gland has navigational and psychic capabilities, meaning telepathy, the possibility of flight… now we are getting somewhere! Have you ever thought you would like to have your body in more than one place at a time? Well, sun-gazing is said to be the magical key to such abilities.
If you can barefoot walk 45 minutes every day for a year – you are golden. At that point, only a maintenance of 3-4 days a week is necessary to maintain the capabilities you have acquired.
Are there any dangers?
Doctors and eye care professionals caution against looking directly at the sun, saying that it will damage the retina. However, if done correctly, sun-gazing at the correct times of day, sunrise and sunset, studies show there is no risk of damaging the eyes.
Those who have been sun gazing for many years have had their eyes checked to show no damage, though it is advised that you have your eyes checked in the first few weeks of your practice, so you can know for yourself.
To sum it all up…
Remember, it’s 10 seconds the first day, at sunrise or sunset, adding 10 seconds per day each day there after. After 90 days of accumulative gazing equaling 44 minutes, you cease the gazing and start the barefoot walking 45 minutes per day for 6 days. At this point, I could imagine, hey – if you made it this far, what’s a year of barefoot walking an hour per day to keep it all? You will have to try it out and see for yourself.man
This article was originally written by Stasia Bliss – The Guardian Express (guardianlv.com). Stasia has graciously given permission to repost this material.
Dr. Mitchell Gibson is the author of The Enlightened Perspective. He is the
bestselling author of Your Immortal Body of Light, Nine Insights for a Happy and
Successful Life, and The Human Body of Light. Gibson received his
medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed
his residency training at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. More than
5 million people have downloaded his YouTube videos and millions of people have visited his website http://www.tybro.com The Enlightened Perspective was launched in late January 2013 and in a few short months has grown to attract over 500,000 views.
Last year, we unleashed a phenomenon. Thirty very lucky people were able to acquire a rare and powerful artifact from our collection. The Symbols of Light is a book that was given to me directly by Djanthi-Thoth. The book enabled me to experience true miracles for the first time in my life. I decided to buy all the copies and take it off the market because there were so many calls regarding the phenomena that the owners were experiencing. At this time, you cannot buy the book or even find it anywhere in the world. I made sure of that.
We took a risk last year and released a limited number of copies of the book. We received some calls regarding deep and powerful spiritual experiences related to the practices, but we suspect that most people opted to store the book away for another time, safe in the knowledge that they now own a piece of history.
Djanthi-Thoth gave me a number of symbols that I did not place in the original book. I wanted to see how a limited number of clients would handle the power. From all accounts, I think the world is ready for the rest of the story.
The Advanced Symbols of Light is comprised of a language that Djanthi-Thoth gave me. This language allows the user to speak directly to reality and make changes in the fabric of space time. The book is written in two languages, the language of Djanthi-Thoth, and English. These symbols have enabled me to explore the use of spiritual power in ways that I have never shared. I have never released any of these symbols or talked about the power that they contain.
This will be your last opportunity to acquire some of the most powerful writings that Djanthi-Thoth has entrusted me with. Last year, 30 lucky people acquired the basic edition of this work. We now make the advanced and final edition of this work available. There was a waiting list for the basic work.
We will open up the availability of this work to 50 people and no more. After this, we will not offer the Symbols of Light in any form ever again, advanced or otherwise. A number of people have asked us when the book will be made available again. In truth, this is the closest that anyone will ever get to this level of spiritual writing and power again.
In this work, you will receive the Advanced Symbols of Light only. This is a completely new work and none of the information from the basic edition will be included. Fifty people will be able to become a part of history with this last piece of the symbols of light.
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Encounter with the Creator
After a long day at work I struggled to get the children settled for the evening. My legs were dead tired as I walked into the bathroom and stared at my reflection in the mirror. Raising two children, working, cooking, and going through a divorce drained every ounce of life out of me. I did not recognize the person I had become. I saw a shadow of my former self staring back at me in the mirror. I wondered how I had let myself get to this point.
I saw a tired face filled with anxiety and sorrow staring back at me with a puzzled and quizzical “I don’t know look” on its face. As I looked at myself, I became overwhelmed with emotion. Tears started to run down my cheeks. I had for so long pushed away those overwhelming emotional aches that swelled from deep inside me that I was almost afraid to cry out. I wanted, no, I needed a change of spirit.
As the emotions pushed their way to the surface, I called out to the Creator. “Father this is not the life I was promised,” I pleaded. “This is not the person I am.”
Tears started to flow like torrents of rain. My body started shivering all over and suddenly I heard a voice in my head saying,’
“HE is coming”.
Instantly, the tears stopped falling and I looked around the bathroom to see where the voice was coming from. I somehow remembered it came from inside my head like telepathy. My body shivered and the hairs on the back of my neck prickled as I asked silently;
“Who is coming?”
A voice within said;
“Humble yourself for HE is near”.
To my understanding, I had to fall to my knees to humble myself. I walked into my bedroom where my children were sleep on my bed as usual and I just fell to my knees. While on my knees, I felt anxious because I did not know if I was beginning to lose my mind. The voice returned and stated;
“HE is here”.
Suddenly, a gold mist rose up from the carpet. It rose above my knees. My breathing became shallow and quick. I was afraid but I did not let myself give in to the fear. I calmed my breathing and allowed myself to face my Creator. I looked at my children and they were still asleep. If for one moment I thought the experience was in any way harmful to them, I would have stopped it. They meant everything to me. The love that I felt could never allow harm to come to them. I pressed on.
Tears started flowing again but this time not from sadness. The energy in the gold mist was loving and joyful but gently powerful. The mist continued to rise above my head and upwards toward the ceiling. I could hear a different voice in my head. I could make out a distinctly loving voice talking softly;
“I hear your cry, my child”.
“God, God, is this you?” I replied with astonishment.
My heart wanted to beat out of my chest, but all I could do was cry.
“I am that I AM”.
My bottom lip shivered as I tried to speak. At that point, I was terrified. Fear cannot begin to describe what I was feeling. I was talking with the actual Creator. I calmed myself again.
Connecting With Divine Creative Forces London September 21 & 22
Why can’t people forget about the world of the divine spirits? Even with centuries of persecution and suppression, whenever times are trying and tough, people turn to the divine spirits. Not because they are foolish, superstitious, and ignorant, but because over the centuries, these spirits have developed a track record for getting results.
During the European witch craze, veneration of spirits like Diana, Freya, Herta, and Hulda was forbidden on pain of slow torture and death. Yet Inquisition records show that for centuries, hundreds of thousands of people defied these restrictions. Kidnapped Africans, sold as slaves in the Western Hemisphere, were forbidden on pain of horrific torture and death, to venerate their divine spirits. The proof that they continued to do so anyway is demonstrated by the survival of their old ways in many parts of the West. The Bible records the number of times the image of the controversial Hebrew goddess Asherah was removed from Solomon’s Temple. Her worship was important to the people, and they kept putting her back.
All kinds of institutions and authorities, secular and religious alike have historically attempted to suppress working with the divine spirits that surround our world.
Working with the divine spirits instills independence and personal responsibility; it does not encourage passivity. Working with these forces offers each individual access to the higher powers.
No matter what you look like, thin or fat, short or tall, black or white, scarred, hideous, beautiful, or average, there is a sacred powerful spirit who resembles you.
Divine spirits reflect our sacredness back to us. Divinity may manifest in any form that it chooses.
With practice, you can become one with that sacred powerful spirit who resembles You and fulfill all of your needs.
That is the true secret to connecting with the divine creative forces.
Our Connecting with Divine Creative Forces Workshop is designed to teach you the practices that will connect you deeply to your inner divine creative forces. Each of us has 39 Inner Gods that connect us to the outer world. For most people, their connection to these Gods is unconscious and dormant. In ancient times, connecting with the Inner Gods was the true path to power. Worship of the Outer Gods was a way of connecting the two worlds. Some individuals were born with a natural spiritual path that flowed between both worlds. These individuals were revered as shaman, healers, and mystics.
Now you can learn to connect your Inner Divine Creative Forces with those of the Outer World. This process can provide the following benefits:
Bring greater joy and prosperity to your life
Teach you to increase your ability to be in the presence of the Sacred
Help you fulfill your dreams
Save you from legal, financial, and health related problems
Greatly enhance your ability to feel joy and ecstasy
Improve your spiritual power and presence in the world
Sophisticated modern people walk around in a semi-sleep state most of the time. They deny the presence of the spiritual world and the divine spirits that fill its spaces. They live in the rational world. As a result, most people never feel ecstasy, passion, or real joy. These emotions are not rational and cannot be quantified by science.
Connecting with the Divine Forces allows anyone to experience the joy of living in multiple worlds. This freedom is the true secret to life. It is the purpose of the soul that we all seek. Spirits travel between realms, people can too. We can access our true power without the restrictions placed upon us by the secular and religious worlds.
We will present this seminar as part of The London Intensive. We will teach you the secret practices that allow you to connect your inner gods with the outer world. Join us and let us teach you how to experience the power of true freedom.
The Human Body of Light Initiation
The Human Body of Light is the single greatest creation in the universe. One of the greatest secrets of antiquity revolves around the hidden fact that all humans have the capacity to generate an immortal body from the physical form. Hundreds of thousands of Masters from antiquity have completed this transformation. For centuries, millions of people have died to protect this great secret. In many ways, this world has become a prison for human minds and souls. The prison has one purpose, to prevent all of us from realizing our full potential and developing a fully functioning body of light.
Throughout the ages, many Masters have taught us that the body of light is our birthright. The Cathar Book of Love, the Indonesian Body of Light Practice, The Tibetan Rainbow Body Practice, and The Dzogchen Dark Retreat Body of Light Ritual are but a few of the great practices that have been hidden from us. In the Human Body of Light Initiation, we will introduce the participants to these great practices. The Human Body of Light resides within each of us in in a dormant form called the Primordium. The Primordium is an Immortal Fetal being that exists within the lower part of the body just under the umbilicus. The Primordium draws its energy from the Solar Body of Light which exists within the Primum region of the Sun itself. Each and every one of us has a Solar Body of Light residing within the Sun.
As we mature spiritually, we learn about Solar techniques and practices that have the capacity to draw energy from the Solar Body of Light that nourish the Primordium. As the Primordium grows, it nourishes and transforms the physical body. During this transformation period, a special kind of primordial cell appears within the body that gradually overtakes the body. In much the same way that imaginal cells form within the caterpillar’s cocoon, these primordial cells appears out of nowhere and gradually take over the human body.
The physical body will initially fight the presence of these cells and attempt to destroy them. However, over time, these cells will continue to appear in greater and greater numbers. During this part of the process, these cells must be protected. These primordial cells ultimately multiply and fuse with the cells of the Primordium. The Primordium then expands and grows. As it grows, the Primordim pushes the host to draw energy from the Solar Body. This process continues until the primordial cells overtake the physical body and replace it entirely. The resultant form is an Immortal Body of Light. This process requires varying amounts of time depending upon the individual.
In our Human Body of Light Initiation, we will place energy within the body of the participants that will catalyze and accelerate the development of the primordial cells that lead to the development of the body of light. The energy must be sustained by proper diet, light body mudras, and solar light intake. We will teach the participants the necessary exercises that will enable them to initiate growth of the Primordium. This growth causes the appearance of primordial cells within the body that will draw energy from the Solar Body of Light. The Solar Body of Light will then seek to merge with the human host and begin the divine transformation.
Fast approaching events and energies approaching this world require us to accelerate our presentation of the eight Words of
Power necessary to catalyze this process.
You must sign up for both days. You cannot purchase just one day.
The event will be held at the following hotel:
Saturday & Sunday, September 21st & 22nd
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Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
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Seating Capacity: 120
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In the breadth of human affairs, there is nothing more common than the presence of failure. Almost everyone in this world has attempted something in life that has succeeded in creating nothing more than a total, abject, unmitigated failure. During the course of my work in psychiatry, one of the most common themes of my sessions with clients involves working through failed endeavors: failed relationships, failed jobs, poor school performance, poor health, poor sports performance, loss of income in finance and business endeavors, the list is long and varied. Every time I face these situations with clients, however, I am amazed by the tenacity of human will, strength, and force of determination.
Most of the time, we do not expect to fail in the early stages of an endeavor. Failure is not an energy form that we tend to embrace. In our early years, most of us build up a huge wall of optimism and hope regarding life. As we age, this wall is adjusted, rebuilt, and reshaped by life’s responses to our best efforts. Sometimes, the response that life gives us can fill us with happiness, light, and peace. On other occasions, when life tells us that we are somehow not good enough, not smart enough, not quite up to the goals that we set for ourselves.
The pursuit of happiness and success is bound to be met with failure and disappointment. The fact is, life expects us to learn from our failures and has wired the human nervous system in such a way that we are forced to learn from the past in order to survive. History has taught us that the more we fail, the greater our success. As a matter of fact, history is full of people who might never have made a success of their lives without the challenge of early resounding failure.
The Power of Failure
Winston Churchill was a great man who failed the sixth grade, and was defeated in every single election for public office until he became Prime Minister at the young age of 62.
Sir Winston Churchill took three years to complete the eighth grade because he had trouble learning English. He suffered from a speech impediment, and had great difficulty pronouncing the letter “s”. It seems ironic that years later, Oxford University asked him to address its commencement exercises.
He arrived with his usual props; a cigar, a cane, and a top hat accompanied Churchill wherever he went. As Churchill approached the podium, the crowd rose in appreciative applause. With unmatched dignity, he settled the crowd, and stood confident before his admirers. Removing the cigar and carefully placing the top hat on the podium, Churchill gazed at his waiting audience. Authority rang in Churchill’s voice as he shouted, “Never give up!”
Several seconds passed before he rose to his toes and repeated: “Never give up!” His words thundered in their ears. There was a deafening silence as Churchill reached for his hat and cigar, steadied himself with his cane, and left the platform. His commencement address was finished. Because Winston Churchill never gave up, he is now remembered as one of the greatest world leaders of the twentieth century.
Sir Edmund Hillary
In 1852, the Great Trigonometric Survey of India determined that Mount Everest, until then an obscure Himalayan peak, had been definitively identified as the world’s highest mountain. This announcement captured the international imagination, and soon the idea of reaching the summit of the “roof of the world” was viewed as the ultimate geographic feat. Attempts to climb Everest, however, could not begin until 1921, when the forbidden kingdom of Tibet first opened its borders to outsiders.
On June 8, 1924, two members of a British expedition, George Mallory and Andrew Irvine, attempted the summit. Famous for his retort to the press—“because it’s there”—when asked why he wanted to climb Everest, Mallory had already failed twice at reaching the summit. The two men were last spotted “going strong” for the top until the clouds perpetually swirling around Everest engulfed them. Then, they vanished.
Mallory’s body was not found for another 75 years, in May 1999. No evidence was found on his body—such as a camera containing photos of the summit, or a diary entry recording their time of arrival at the summit—to clear up the mystery of whether these two Everest pioneers made it to the top before the mountain killed them.
In 1952, Edmund Hillary attempted to climb Mount Everest, but failed. A few weeks after his first failed attempt, he was asked to speak to a prestigious group in England.
Hillary walked on stage to thunderous applause. The audience showered Hillary with praise because he had attempted something that no other human had ever completed. However, Edmund Hillary saw himself as a complete failure. As the applause died, he backed away from the microphone and walked to the edge of the platform.
He paused for a moment and turned to look at a picture of Mount Everest that hung in the background. He made a fist and pointed at the picture of the mountain. He said in a loud voice, “Mount Everest, you beat me the first time, but I’ll beat you the next time because you’ve grown all you are going to grow… but I’m still growing!”
He tried again in 1953. On May 29, 1953, he succeeded in reaching the summit of the highest mountain known to man. He was knighted for his efforts. Sir Edmund Hillary is now remembered as one of the greatest explorers of all time.
As a young man, Abraham Lincoln went to war a captain and returned a private. Afterwards, he was a failure as a businessman. As a lawyer in Springfield, he was too impractical and temperamental to be a success. He turned to politics and was defeated in his first try for the legislature, again defeated in his first attempt to be nominated for congress, defeated in his application to be commissioner of the General Land Office, defeated in the senatorial election of 1854, defeated in his efforts for the vice presidency in 1856, and defeated in the senatorial election of 1858. At about that time, he wrote in a letter to a friend, “I am now the most miserable man living. If what I feel were equally distributed to the whole human family, there would not be one cheerful face on the earth.”
Following his 1858 defeat, battling bouts of depression, self-doubt, and lack of confidence, Abraham Lincoln pulled himself together and ran for President of the United States. Despite having lost numerous elections, failing at business, military service, and the practice of law, Lincoln felt that he could win the election and provide the kind of leadership that the country needed at its most crucial hour.
On November 6, 1860, despite all odds, Abraham Lincoln was elected as the 16th President of the United States. He was also the very first Republican ever to be elected president. He received 180 of 303 possible electoral votes, and 40 percent of the popular vote. After leading the United States through the most divisive and turbulent war of its young history, on November 8, 1864, Abraham Lincoln was re-elected as President, defeating Democrat George B. McClellan. Lincoln received 212 of 233 electoral votes, and 55 percent of the popular vote. He is now remembered as one of our greatest presidents.
Norma Jean Baker, better known as Marilyn Monroe, experienced a disrupted, loveless childhood that included two years at an orphanage. When Norma Jean, born on June 1, 1926, in Los Angeles, California, was seven years old, her mother, Gladys (Monroe) Baker Mortenson, was hospitalized after being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, a severe mental condition. Norma was left in a series of foster homes and the Los Angeles Orphans’ Home Society. The constant move from one foster home to another resulted in Norma’s “sketchy” educational background.
After Norma’s sixteenth birthday, her foster parents had to move from California. To avoid an orphanage or a new foster home, Norma chose to get married. On June 19, 1942, Norma married James Dougherty, but the marriage would all but end when he joined the U.S. Merchant Marines in 1943. Though her difficult childhood and early failed marriage would make Norma Jean a strong and resilient woman, these experiences would also add to her insecurities and flaws—things that would ultimately shape her into a great tragic figure of the twentieth century.
During World War II (1939–45), a war fought between the Axis powers—Japan, Italy, and Germany—and the Allies—England, France, the Soviet Union, and the United States—, Norma Jean worked at the Radio Plane Company in Van Nuys, California; but she was soon discovered by photographers. She enrolled in a three-month modeling course, and in 1946, aware of her considerable charm and the potential that it had for a career in film, Norma obtained a divorce from Dougherty. She then headed for Hollywood, where Ben Lyon, head of casting at Twentieth Century Fox, arranged a screen test. On August 26, 1946, she signed a one hundred and twenty-five dollar per week, one-year contract with the studio. Ben Lyon was the one who suggested a new name for the young actress—Marilyn Monroe.
During Monroe’s first year at Fox, she did not appear in any films, and her contract was not renewed. She was dropped by her producers because they thought that she was unattractive and couldn’t act.
However, Marilyn Monroe did not give up and continued to pursue her dream. Her persistence paid off. In the spring of 1948, Columbia Pictures hired her for a small part in Ladies of the Chorus. In 1950, John Huston (1906–1987) cast her in Asphalt Jungle, a tiny part that landed her a role in All About Eve. She was now given a seven-year contract with Twentieth Century Fox, and appeared in The Fireball, Let’s Make It Legal, Love Nest, and As Young as You Feel.
In 1952, after an extensive publicity campaign, Monroe appeared in Don’t Bother to Knock, Full House, Clash by Night, We’re Not Married, Niagara, and Monkey Business. The magazine Photoplay termed her the “most promising actress,” and she was earning top dollars for Twentieth Century Fox.
Most people would have given up on the dream of becoming something more than just another pretty face when confronted with the hurdles thrown in Marilyn’s path. She held tight to her commitment to herself, and each failure only made her more determined to succeed in a field where failure was the norm. Norma Jean is now remembered as one of the greatest sex symbols of all time.
Joanne Rowling often felt insecure and shy at school, even though her grades were good. Writing stories became a passion that allowed her to be herself. These stories were full of humor, funny names and characters, and magic.
In the later school years, she began to read the biographies of the great people. She admired the author Jessica Mitford, and said that the book Hons and Rebel had changed her life.
According to Joanne, the worst memories of her teenage years were when her mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Even though she did not fully realize at that time what it meant, it was painful for the girl to see her mother becoming slowly but steadily worse. Joanne ended her school training with high honors. She knew exactly what she wanted in her life, but had no idea where to begin.
Joanne never stopped writing; however, she never tried to submit any of her stories. She felt too insecure to take any step in the direction of her dreams.
Joanne went through a series of jobs, most of them secretarial. She found her jobs boring. The only consolation that she had was in writing. “Whatever job I had, I was always writing like crazy,” she admitted later.
She wrote many short stories, and abandoned several novels. However, her work ended up in another box with all other stories, and her self-esteem declined.
After having changed several employers, she found a job as an office worker for the Manchester Chamber of Commerce. She still found her work very boring, and spent her lunchtime at a nearby pub or cafe writing her stories.
Joan’s life suddenly took another turn when she was on the way to London, and her train stopped. It was some kind of mechanical problem, which required a delay of four hours. She was staring out the window, when the idea for Harry Potter appeared in her mind very clearly. “I suddenly had this basic idea of a boy who didn’t know what he was,” she described several years later.
She invested all her free time in writing the story, month after month, filling her files and boxes with ideas and stories. Joanne felt very happy in this world of her own; she did not even mention it to her sister nor to her parents.
At the age of forty-five, her mother died suddenly from multiple sclerosis. Joanne felt deeply the loss, mixed with a feeling of guilt and regret. Her deepest regret was that she never let her mother read her Harry Potter story.
Shortly thereafter, Joanne lost her job at the Manchester Chamber of Commerce. At that time, Harry was the only motivation that got her through.
In September 1990, Joanne decided that she would no longer look for office work. She accepted the offer of a job in Portugal, teaching English as a second language at school. For the first time, she was happy about her job, and her students were happy to be taught by her. She worked afternoons and evenings, and devoted her mornings to writing.
Her life changed when she met and fell in love with journalist Jorge Arantes. A few months later, they got married.
Joanne kept writing… Her book, which had started as a typical children’s book, had become more detailed, having acquired the depth suited for adult readers. In 1993, her daughter Jessica was born. However, the newly born child did not strengthen the couple’s relationship, which by then had become very stressful.
After the breakup with her husband, Joanne took a decision to return to the U.K. with her four-month-old baby Jessica.
She moved to Edinburgh, Scotland, to be near her sister Di. It was a hard time for a single mother. Due to the fact that she was not eligible for child care, Joanne was forced into unemployment and public assistance. Public assistance barely covered rent and food, and Joanne could not afford even a second-hand typewriter.
Nicolson Cafe had become her favorite place to write Harry Potter.
At what was probably the lowest period of her life, her daughter Jessica and her Harry Potter were the only inspirations. During this period, Joanne suffered from deep depression. She finally confessed to her sister about the story of Harry Potter, which Di found immediately thrilling and captivating. “It’s possible if she had not laughed, I would have set the whole thing to one side,” admitted Joanne, “but Di did laugh.” She persuaded Joanne to take a risk and send her book to publishers. Twelve publishers rejected the book before a small London publisher finally accepted it.
Even then, the editor of Bloomsbury (the publishing company), due to his doubt about the success of the book, advised Rowling to get a day job as it was unlikely that she would make money from it.
But Rowling’s belief in her work didn’t sway. The book was eventually published in 1997, with a print run of 1000, five hundred of which were distributed to libraries. The Harry Potter books are now one of the biggest selling series of novels in history. Joanne is now a billionaire and one of the most sought-after speakers of all time. She is, in my opinion, one of the greatest teachers in the world. Her story is indeed a testament to the power of failure, and not giving up before you embrace the happiness that you truly desire.
Chaos, despair, and disappointment are common pitfalls that everyone has to face in life. In reality, the challenge of life is not what matters most. How we choose to face the challenge is infinitely more important. Most people seek the approval of others before pushing forward with a dream. If we do not receive that approval, it is often easy to relegate success and happiness to the far corners of our minds, or let it go altogether.
When we are young, life seems to have no boundaries. Dreams are plentiful and, at times, anything seems possible. For many people, however, emotional setbacks, failures, or loss of a loved one signal the end of the period of dreaming. The focus then becomes survival and the avoidance of failure. This is not the way of happiness.
Happiness feeds on failure and is nurtured by the inevitable success that follows true persistence.
I would like to end this chapter with a rather poignant story that I found that illustrates this point.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the famous 19th-century poet and artist, was once approached by an elderly man. The old fellow had some sketches and drawings that he wanted Rossetti to look at and tell him if they were any good, or if they at least showed potential talent.
Rossetti looked them over carefully. After the first few, he knew that they were worthless, showing not the least sign of artistic talent. But Rossetti was a kind man, and he told the elderly man as gently as possible that the pictures were without much value and showed little talent. He was sorry, but he could not lie to the man. The visitor was disappointed, but seemed to expect Rossetti’s judgment.
He then apologized for taking up Rossetti’s time, but would he just look at a few more drawings, these done by a young art student. Rossetti looked over the second batch of sketches and immediately became enthusiastic over the talent that they revealed. “These,” he said, “oh, these are good. This young student has great talent. He should be given every help and encouragement in his career as an artist. He has a great future if he will work hard and stick to it.”
Rossetti could see that the old fellow was deeply moved. “Who is this fine young artist?” he asked. “Your son?” “No,” said the old man sadly. “It is me — 40 years ago. If only I had heard your praise then! For you see, I got discouraged and gave up — too.
NASA Discovers Energy Portals Between Earth and the Sun
Stargate SG-1 is my favorite science fiction television series of all time. Yes, I love Star Trek Next Generation, The New Battlestar Galactica, and Babylon 5, just to name a few of the good ones, but there was something about the technology of the Stargate that captured my attention. In the show, earth’s scientists discovered an ancient device called a Stargate that allowed humans to traverse the universe in a network of wormholes. Evidently, a race of beings called The Ancients built the Stargate system and later evolved into entities of pure energy.
With the push of a few buttons and no more effort than it would take to walk from the couch to your bathroom, one could journey from one star system to another. For ten years I watched every show with anticipation and glee. My wife and I purchased the entire DVD collection and watched all of them again. Actually, to be honest, we watched them twice.
Yes, that is a lot of time, but we truly love the technology, the characters, and the escape the show provided. In my opinion, it is science fiction at its finest. The BBC has produced a new show entitled Miracle Day that may give Stargate SG1 a run for its money, even though it is limited at present to a handful of episodes. One can hope; but that is another story.
Recently, I found some research that NASA funded that made my spirit soar. NASA has taken one giant step closer toward turning science fiction into science fact by announcing the discovery of hidden portals in Earth’s magnetic field. NASA calls them X-points or electron diffusion regions. They are places where the magnetic field of Earth connects to the magnetic field of the Sun, which in turn creates an uninterrupted path leading from our own planet to the sun’s atmosphere which is 93 million miles away.
NASA used its THEMIS spacecraft, as well as a European Cluster probe, to examine this phenomenon. They found that these portals open and close dozens of times each day. Many ancient cultured speculated that the gods used portal such as these to travel the universe. The Sun Gods in particular were thought to use such portals to visit the earth and other domains in the universe. Does this discovery take us one step closer toward verifying this ancient myth? The portals that NASA has discovered are usually located tens of thousands of kilometres from Earth and most of them are tiny and short-lived; others are giant, vast and sustained.
As far as scientists can determine, these portals aid in the transfer of tons of magnetically charged particles that flow from the Sun causing the northern and southern lights and geomagnetic storms. They aid in the transfer of the magnetic field from the Sun to the Earth.
In 2014, the U.S. space agency will launch a new mission called Magnetospheric Multi scale Mission (MMS) which will include four spacecraft that will circle the Earth to locate and then study these portals. They are located where the Earth and the Sun’s magnetic fields connect and where the unexplained portals are formed.
NASA funded the University of Iowa for this study headed by physicists Jack Scudder, and they are still unclear as to what these portals are. All they have done is observed charged particles flowing through them that cause electro-magnetic phenomenon in Earth’s atmosphere.
I realize that mankind is a long way from using any of this information in a practical way. We may never fully understand the function of these strange energy portals or why they exist in the first place. The existence of the gigantic sustained energy portals is particularly intriguing. Billions of tons of matter stream through these portals every day. If by some far flung chance we could understand the physics of these portals, we might one day be able to use them for travel. Mind you, this is a remote possibility, but then what is speculation for anyway.
I love the mere idea that our universe may be replete with such portals. We have just discovered the existence of these energy portals around our planet. Given time, we may discover other such portals. Just to be clear, I want to sign up for the first SG team slot that becomes available. Who knows, I might even get the chance to meet one of the Ancients.
Dr. Mitchell Gibson
Link for great video showing the new science of the energy portals:
A man found an eagle’s egg and put it in a nest of a barnyard hen. The eaglet hatched with the brood of chicks and grew up with them.
All his life the eagle did what the barnyard chicks did, thinking he was a barnyard chicken. He scratched the earth for worms and insects. He clucked and cackled. And he would thrash his wings and fly a few feet into the air.
Years passed and the eagle grew very old. One day he saw a magnificent bird above him in the cloudless sky. It glided in graceful majesty among the powerful wind currents, with scarcely a beat of its strong golden wings.
The old eagle looked up in awe. “Who’s that?” he asked.
“That’s the eagle, the king of the birds,” said his neighbor. “He belongs to the sky. We belong to the earth– we’re chickens.” So the eagle lived and died a chicken, for that’s what he thought he was.
Each one of us is a marvelous creation. From the first day we draw breath on this world we are told that we are here to live, work, and die. We are told that if we are good, we will go to heaven and that if we are bad we will not. We are told that the Creator loves those who do as they are told. These are the things we are told.
We are not told that we are created to become as The Creator. We are not told that we are Creators. Each one of us lives out life believing that we are chickens. Chickens have no hope of ever learning to fly. Understand the following; you are a Child of the Creator and you are an Eagle. Given time and patience, you will learn to fly. Given courage and faith, you will see your greatness.