REAL SUPER POWERS
It was on May 1, 1727, that a man named Francois de Paris died and was interred in the parish cemetery of Saint-Médard in Paris. What followed became the most astounding and talked about event for the better part of a century.
During the first half of the eighteenth century, King Louis XV and the papacy were constantly attempting to undermine the movement of a puritanical sect of Dutch-influenced Catholics known as the Jansenists. Founded in the early seventeenth century, Jansenism diverged from standard church doctrine and thus stood at odds with the French monarchy and the Roman Catholic Church, yet was a popular movement that gained many followers of the French populace. One major factor contributing to the movement's popularity was the apparent ability of Jansenist leaders to perform miraculous healings. Heated debates raged throughout France as both monarchy and church persevered against the Jansenists. It was during this passionate power struggle that Francois de Paris died.
Because Francois de Paris was revered as a saintly Jansenist deacon, a host of followers began to gather at his tomb and soon many miraculous healings of various ailments were reported. There was also an additional bizarre effect on the many mourners, they began to experience involuntary convulsions and unusually strange limb contortions. The odd seizure-like effect did not remain confined only with the mourners, it seemed to quickly spread until the streets were littered with writhing men, women and children. Not surprisingly, they have come to be called "convulsionaires". It is equally unsurprising why investigators sent from the Roman Catholic Church admitted the "miracles" were indeed genuine, however, they also claimed it was all the work of the devil.
Witnessed by thousands of observers, the convulsionaires displayed the most incredible of their talents. While in their fitful trance-like state, they were able to endure a variety of physical tortures without any harm whatsoever. Attempts at strangulation, blows from heavy objects, even strikes from swords, were all endured with no trace of any bruises or wounds.
The cemetery and streets around Paris's tomb were always crowded night and day for several years, so it was not a fluke for a day or two, even 20 years later miracles were still being reported. Public records indicated that 3,000 volunteers were needed to assist the convulsing Jansenists as thousands gathered to see their superhuman physical -- and other -- abilities. Invulnerability was not the only effect connected to the strange seizures. Some were able to read with their eyes tightly covered, others were able to discern hidden things, and others still were reported as levitating from the ground.
What was the actual cause of this little known event that lasted for so many years in eighteenth century France? Some say it has to do with extraterrestrials living under Paris, some agree with the Roman Catholic Church view that it was the work of the devil, while others attribute such bizarre effects to "mass psychokinesis or PK" brought on by the devote followers passionate mourning for their abbe' Francois de Paris. (See the article Poltergeist: Human-Electromagnetic Fear to compare the similar bizarre characteristics.)
For such highly controversial topics such as this, there are no clear cut answers, only the speculation that comes with extraordinary claims that can never be proven. Perhaps the speculation itself can be enough food for thought and wonder.
Supernormal Abilities Documented Through Western History- The Jansenist 18th Century France http://www.pureinsight.org/node/4438
The Holographic Universe- by Michael Talbot
EXPERIENCES IN HALF-TIME (HT)
You're in bed, ready for a good night's sleep. Minutes or seconds later, you suddenly find yourself completely paralyzed. You are still able to move your eyes however, and you do, because you can feel an eerie presence in the darkened bedroom. You can even hear something moving or quietly walking around your bed. There are moments when you think you can even see something approaching, something that appears to be an ominous dark shadow. You desperately struggle to move, you want to get up, you want to scream, you want to just get away, and yet you remain frozen in place unable to move at all. It seems the only thing you can do is pray, and you do, with an earnestness you never felt before.
If you have ever had -- or are currently experiencing -- a similar situation as described above, you may be relieved to know you are not going crazy, you are in no actual danger, and it is not considered a dangerous health problem. The aforementioned creepy episode is commonly known as sleep paralysis and I have frequently had such experiences nearly all of my life. I used to refer to it as "being half asleep and half awake" thus, I now simply refer to it as Half-Time, or HT. Like the name given to the interval between the two halves of the football match, it is much like an interval between consciousness as we commonly experience it.
So what is sleep paralysis and what can be done about it? Sleep research reveals that sleep paralysis is simply your body not transitioning through the stages of sleep appropriately. This does not mean you need a psychiatrist, sleep paralysis is rarely linked to any deep underlying psychiatric problems. Rather, it has to do with awareness. As we fall asleep our bodies slowly go into a state of relaxation and we usually become less aware as we doze off into dreamland. This is why we usually don't remember when we actually begin to sleep and dream. Being so, we don't notice the brain state transition during the process. However, if for some reason we remain or become aware of what is occurring while falling asleep, it is at that point we notice that we are completely paralyzed.
Imagine you are dreaming that you are actively participating in a sport that requires plenty of running and jumping. Now imagine what would happen if your sleeping body didn't realize it was just a dream and got up from the bed and began to run across your room while you were still sleeping. Because a painful close encounter with the bedroom wall is not in our body's best interest, our brain purposefully paralyzes us to keep us from acting out our dreams. Understandably, finding ourselves completely paralyzed instantly produces the fear response, as no one wants to feel completely vulnerable and helpless, especially at night in a darkened room. It also doesn't help that the brain, being in a semi-sleep state, will create "dream" sounds and/or possible visual hallucinations, which naturally correspond to the intense anxiety of being caught in an HT. If it occurs while you are falling asleep, it's called hypnagogic or predormital sleep paralysis, with possible hypnagogic hallucinations. If it happens as you are waking up, it's called hypnopompic or postdormital sleep paralysis, with possible hypnopompic hallucinations.
For some, even the realization that as many as four out of every 10 people may have sleep paralysis, isn't enough to keep them from seeking some type of cure or treatment to prevent an HT from occurring. Explaining there's no need to fear nighttime demons or alien abductors may also fail as a panacea, therefore here are some additional steps you can take that may help. According to a 2010 WebMD article Sleep Paralysis, you should start by making sure you get enough sleep. Next, vary your sleeping positions, and it is suggested that we should do what we can to reduce stress in our lives, especially before going to bed. If you are often missing a good night's sleep because of sleep paralysis, please see your doctor.
It has been my own personal experience where my habit of frequently staying up late seems to prevent sleep paralysis (or Half-Time) episodes. I make the transition to sleep quicker by going to bed sleepy and tired. I've also noticed brief HT episodes if I nap or sleep too much during the day, before retiring for the night. Please be mindful of the fact that because it works for me does not necessarily mean it will work for you. I also do not recommend staying up late for everyone as it is not healthy to get less than four hours of sleep every night.
Over the years I have become accustomed to the periodic HT episodes and have learned to tolerate them with much less anxiety. On many occasions I have successfully turned them into positive experiences by continuously focusing on something pleasant until the "mood" of the moment altered enough to allow me to (mentally) smile. For example, if you are religious, focus on your faith, trust that you will not be harmed in any way by an HT -- which is a fact -- and then mentally sing a favorite hymn. If you are a bit more pragmatic, remind yourself that you are merely experiencing a temporary sleep paralysis and nothing more. Focus on anything that usually provides positive feelings for you and know that you are in no actual danger. Laugh! Laugh at it. Then thank God for a brain that is actually protecting you from physical harm while you sleep.
Sleep Paralysis - 2010 WebMD, LLC.
Sleep Paralysis: Awake But Still Asleep - by Hiro Takahashi 2008 Serendip.
Getting By On Six Hours of Sleep? It's Genetic. - 2009 Live Science
Sleep Less, Live Longer? - 2002 UCSD Health Sciences Communications HealthBeat.
Dreams And Nightmares - 2001-2009 Elemental Expressions Ltd.
Disclaimer: This article is meant to provide information only. If you are distressed please seek professional help.
Poltergeist - Human-Electromagnetic Fear
By John Pagan
A little blond haired girl sits in front of a television in the dark staring at the snowy static of the screen; she can see something and extends her small hand towards it. She is startled when a misty 'hand' suddenly expels from the screen at her. There is a sudden amorphous stream of iridescent energy that projects forcefully from the television screen and into the wall above the bed of her sleeping parents. There is a room-quake and they awaken bewildered and cast a stare at their little girl who says almost playfully, "They're here!" That is the well known scene from Steven Spielberg's Poltergeist movie, but is there any truth to it?
According to the literature on the subject, poltergeist activity can be traced all the way back beyond 530 AD, appearing over a large cross section of cultures and generally exhibiting the same characteristics. But what is a poltergeist? The term poltergeist, which actually means noisy spirit, was first coined by the Germans. A name attributed to the phenomena before the nineteenth century, when an alternative basis of the disturbance was hitherto unknown. Given the rudimentary understanding of the time and lacking the technology that we currently have today, the unknown disturbances were quickly attributed to demons, spirits, ghosts or gremlins.
It was in the 1930s that distinguished psychic researcher and psychologist Dr. Nandor Fodor, set forth the most popular theory; that poltergeist phenomena was not caused by ghosts but by individuals repressing intense emotions such as anger, hostility and sexual frustration. In 1938, his investigation of the Thornton Heath poltergeist helped to validate his theory and has since had much support from other research indicating that in a significant number of reported disturbances, the agent was a teenager or child possibly releasing rebellious hostility unconsciously from a stressful environment without the fear of being punished for it. It was this view that became known as the human agent poltergeist or HAP.
Today, the two main schools of thought on what poltergeists actually are seem to be either disembodied "entities" (such as spirits or demons) known as entity agent poltergeists (EAP), or the human agent poltergeist (HAP). Apparently, the manifestation from either is psychokinesis (PK), which is the activity of the mind affecting matter.
Making a distinction of the cause or source of a poltergeist is definitely no easy task. Experiencing an actual poltergeist is enough to make an atheist an instant believer it would seem. However, it can also be said the distinction is often made by the type of individuals who are involved. In a religious household where religious items seem to be attacked, it is immediately classified as a demonic entity. In a household with a history of people dying in it, accidental or otherwise, it is often classified as a spirit or ghost. In a household with scientifically unbiased researchers, it would likely be classified as a projected repression situation or PK via an adolescent agent in the household.
The current poltergeist theory to making a distinction between HAP and EAP activity is by the "antics" involved. If accounts of such phenomena can be trusted, "Entity" poltergeists are believed to have greater repertoires. The appearance of fires, water, moving of heavy objects, the appearance of an intelligence of their own, and they usually don't center on a specific person. These are said to be the telltale antics of an EAP.
Human agent poltergeists are believed to be limited to tapping sounds, affecting electrical items and moving objects. The occurrences are active only when the person is present and supposedly do not exceed the physical abilities of the person or agent. William Roll, one of the leading poltergeist experts, coined the term "recurrent spontaneous psychokinesis" (RSPK) for this type of phenomena since it also tends to inexplicably recur around the agent.
Often there is a psychological profile for these agents put together at the time of the investigation or, wiser, before it. What you do not usually hear on TV programs such as Ghost Hunters is psychological profiles of agents show that personality disorders, obsessive behavior, mental and emotional stress, phobias and schizophrenia are linked to supposed poltergeist phenomena, and in some cases, psychotherapy has eliminated the poltergeist disturbances.
Research at the Rhine Research Center Institute for Parapsychology at Duke University reveals poltergeist activity to be the physical expression of psychological trauma. However, there are millions of frustrated adolescents in abhorrent situations all over the world and they do not develop into poltergeist situations. Moreover, there are also many poltergeist cases where there are no inherent psychological problems and no adolescents in the household. How can this be explained?
Some researchers suggest that 'spirit entities' are responsible for the phenomena, possibly by connecting to suitably disturbed teenagers to generate a strong psychokinetic effect. However, hypothetical 'spirits' cannot be scientifically investigated.
A few natural explanations are; Electromagnetic Interference (EMI), a causative factor allegedly behind a poltergeist case investigated by Midlands (UK) investigation group Parasearch. There is evidence to show that EMI could explain many more cases. According to paranormal researcher Albert Budden B.Ed., electromagnetic pollution via tall radio masts transmitting line-of-sight microwave signals, can cause many poltergeist effects when erected near certain homes. The effects may become worse over time with long or repeated exposure.
It is also theorized, homes that are built near or with any limestone may be particularly poltergeist prone as limestone can affect PK, perhaps due to the quartz constituent. Naturally running water is believed to be yet another source of PK activity. Could the presence of any or all of these causative agents, or lack thereof, explain why poltergeists do not consistently manifest in every stressful or traumatic situation? Could the right person (susceptible to PK), in the right place (an EMI or electromagnetically polluted home), at the right time (a particularly stressful experience), be all that is needed to generate a violent poltergeist? As simplistic as it may sound, it may not be an entirely far-fetched recipe.
Consider the experimental findings of John Hutchison, the electromagnetics pioneer in British Columbia, Canada. After running his devices for a certain length of time, effects began to occur that were identical to what have come to be regarded as poltergeist phenomena. Paranormal researcher Albert Budden has asserted, "(Hutchison's) discovery reveals without a doubt that poltergeist activity is electromagnetic in nature."
Some of the documented Hutchison effects are; objects of various materials levitating into the air or moving about and then falling, fires appearing in unlikely places, and from a distance of 80 feet away, a mirror smashed. Solid metal also distorted, broke, or became white hot but didn't burn any surrounding materials, water swirled in containers and strange lights appeared in the air and suddenly vanished.
According to Albert Budden, "Everything that psychical researchers have been documenting for decades as poltergeist activity and that priests have been called in to exorcise, eventually turned up in the laboratory where John Hutchison's device operated. Although it was made up of different parts, it operated as a single entity, and phenomena occurred in the same unpredictable way as reported poltergeists: You could be there for days and nothing would happen, then suddenly coins would flip and fly, water would swirl and a transformer would blow."
There are of course skeptics and scientists who assert that all poltergeist activity that they can't prove as fraud, are either self-delusion or pseudo-psychic phenomena. For instance, under some circumstances they believe poltergeists are caused by scientifically explained obscure physical effects such as electromagnetic fields, static electricity, ionized air, abnormal air currents, underground tremors or infra and ultra-sound.
It seems for every answer presented about the poltergeist mystery that is uncovered or theorized, a new question or possibility emerges. Perhaps there isn't a single explanation that can categorically explain what a poltergeist truly is. Perhaps religious fundamentalist are correct and we are being deceived by demons. Alternatively, maybe those who advocate an entity agent poltergeist are correct and we are experiencing proof of an afterlife via spirits or ghosts. Or perhaps, we are stumbling onto an obscure source of untapped natural human potential, a source that may one day become as commonplace as any of our five physical senses, in a more civilized future society.
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By John Pagan
It was about four years ago that I first noticed the amber glowing 11:11 on my digital cable box. No biggie, it was just eleven minutes after eleven o' clock, right? Then it happened again that evening, I was not thinking about what time it was, I just happened to look at the cable box at that exact moment. I didn't think too much about it, the way most people would react I suppose, until it happened again the next day while I was preoccupied with the usual morning routine. At this time, I'm scoffing and shaking my head in amusement, "Three times in a row, hmmm." The grinning stopped however, when it occurred yet again, that same evening.
One week later, I'm gathering my writing materials together to call it a night and glance over my shoulder to see the bright amber 11:11 staring at me. I dropped the folders and books beside the computer monitor saying, "What is going on here?" This time, my wife was present and she asked, "What's wrong?" I pointed at the digital cable box clock. "I keep seeing eleven-eleven!" My wife reacted with only mild amusement, completely unaware that I was seeing this now almost twice a day continuously for the entire week. Her suggestion was, "Maybe we should play it in the lottery."
The next day we went to the nearby mall and I headed straight for the bookstore, I hoped to find something, anything, which might help explain the weird appearance of that number. Bible verses and numerology books didn't help much, although a small paperback titled Angel Numbers by Doreen Virtue Ph.D. proposed that we all have guardian angels and "one of their favorite signs relates to number sequences". Some of the examples given of where the numerals may repeatedly appear are; license plates, phone numbers and clocks. Although the book's general meaning of numbers is from 00 to 999, the number 111 is basically the same as 1111, which has to do with "an energetic pathway" opening and manifesting one's thoughts.
Although interesting and positive, Angel Numbers left me feeling as if something was still missing. I resigned myself to the notion it was all a personal quirk, an odd coincidence that perhaps became a subconscious anticipation for the number, in other words I saw it because I was looking for it. However, that answer didn't seem right either. What made it all so strange was the fact that I was engrossed with other things when I would casually look at the clock and see those four glowing lines. Did it mean all coincidences are choices at the subconscious level? Unfortunately, Plato and Carl Jung were not standing around to answer that question.
For some reason, it never occurred to me to try an internet search on 11:11 to see what might show up there. When I returned home, I booted up my annoyingly slow old computer and entered the search. The link seemed to jump out at me, I stared at The 11:11 Phenomenon and had to rub my eyes to take another look. "What?!" There were other links listed as well and I quickly looked them over with equal disbelief. I was absolutely astonished to discover that there were others who also had the same experience. It was not merely a handful of people, nor a few hundred here and there. No, there were/are actually thousands of people, globally, who share the same experience. A large piece of a very mysterious puzzle seemed to fall into place for me then. I was gratified that I was not insane after all. It was either that, or all the people who had the same eleven-eleven experience were all insane as well.
What the eleven-eleven experience actually is remains a frustrating mystery. My own experience of it four years ago and the on and off appearance of it to this day, still has me wondering. It should not be surprising then that there are many opinions and theories. A few examples are; Eleven-eleven is the time prompt of Spirit Guardians or certain angels, or perhaps it's just the opposite and is deceptive demons with nothing better to do, or eleven-eleven is a pre-encoded trigger in our cellular memory banks, it is a doorway to a parallel universe, or it is the balancing of forces. Others believe eleven-eleven is simply our body clocks playing tricks on us, while others believe it is linked to some sort of devious CIA mind control program or that it can be found in certain crop circles. It has also been indicated the 2012 winter solstice will occur at 11:11 universal time on Dec 21, a fact that can be verified via the Earth's Seasons page of the U. S. Naval Observatory (USNO) government site. This also happens to be the last day of the Mayan calendar. Many believe this to be the actual connection of the 11:11 phenomena.
Numerologists believe that events linked to the time 11:11 appear more often than chance or coincidence. This belief is related to the concept of synchronicity, a notion developed by Carl Jung to explain "meaningful coincidences." Synchronicity, he believed, was an acausal principle that links events by their coincidence in time, having a similar meaning.
Skeptics however, explain 11:11 with statistics. For example, to say that the odds of something happening are a million to one, may seem so large as to rule out coincidence or chance. However, with over 6 billion people on the earth, a million to one shot will likely occur frequently. One example is the airplane crash dream. Let's say the odds are a million to one that when a person has a dream of an airplane crash, there is an actual airplane crash the next day. Given 6 billion people having an average of 250 dream themes each per night, there should be 1.5 million people a day with dreams that seem clairvoyant.
Skeptics go on to add that we have a versatile ability of finding meaningful connections between things that may not have any, therefore it is likely most people will experience many meaningful coincidences. Because of the billions of people and the number of meaningful coincidences is millions of billions, it is inevitable that people will experience very strange and bizarre coincidences every day.
Some eleven-eleven believers, or "Eleveners", have a math and probability analysis of their own, asserting that when we are looking for proof of things intangible and the fingerprints of greater intelligence, we can decipher it via patterns. If out of the chaos appears a pattern, there is an intelligence behind it.
Thus, the chance of facilitator events occurring randomly is well against the odds. One example used is 111111111 x 111111111 = 12345678987654321. Could this pyramid count up and countdown hint at a parallel universe, the balancing of forces, or the Mayan countdown to 2012 as mentioned previously? Perhaps we will know the answer at 11:11 am universal time, December 21, 2012. Or perhaps nothing will happen at all on that date and the mystery will remain forever a mystery. We will soon see.
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11:11 Magazine and Talk Radio- http://www.1111mag.com/
By John Pagan
A man speeds along a winding road in his red Dodge Viper, as he turns a curve, another car intersects his path and he skids into the car. Luckily, the damage is minimal and neither driver is hurt. That's about when the man notices the car he damaged is a red Dodge Viper like his. He shakes his head and tells the other driver he should have expected such an odd coincidence with a name like John Chance. The other driver appears surprised and tells him his name is also John Chance.
Although the details of the story above have been updated, the incident is an actual event. What are the odds? A skeptical approach would be to argue that the answer is just that, the probability and mathematical naivety of assuming a coincidence is anything unique. According to the hypothesis that with billions of people on the planet, strange coincidences are likely to occur frequently, coincidences are thus commonplace events occurring more often than we think.
Because psychologists believe that people have an uncanny ability of finding meaningful connections between things that may not have any, it therefore increases the likelihood most people will experience meaningful coincidences. Because of the billions of people and the number of meaningful coincidences is millions of billions, it is inevitable that people will experience bizarre coincidences every day.
This is the argument used to explain the phenomenon thousands have experienced globally, of constantly seeing the number 1111, which is explained in detail in my 11:11 Coincidence or Destiny? article. Those that believe the eleven-eleven phenomena is more than coincidence, explain that when we are looking for proof of things intangible or the fingerprints of greater intelligence, we can decipher it via patterns. If out of the chaos appears a pattern, there is an intelligence behind it. Thus, the chance of facilitatory events occurring randomly is well against the odds.
Yet, what if we were to use the skeptical approach above, of assessing unusual coincidences by calculating probabilities, and the calculation reveals coincidences at a level higher than chance is occurring, with no fraud or error to attribute to it, what are we to make of it then?
I was in my living room about to adjust the wooden blinds when I noticed sunlight was passing through a separate smaller square window in such a way it created three odd-looking bright spots on the carpet. It captured my attention because it appeared to be a kind of smiley face with two off-shaped spots (the "eyes") above a slightly wide curving shape of light beneath it (a wide "smile"). I was aware the sunlight was passing through the artificial tree near the entertainment system, but couldn't figure out how only three spots of sunlight formed that way on the floor. Well, I had writing to do, so I left the room mumbling, "Weird."
The following day while checking my email I was stunned to read a certain Daily Herald link and immediately clicked it to see the bold black headline; Could Elgin man's death be work of 'Smiley Face' killer? I immediately recalled the "smiley face" I saw the previous day. If the realization that I happen to live very near Elgin wasn't creepy enough, I stumbled across another article almost a month later via AOL news: Do 'Smiley Face Killers' Hunt Students? This article has four photos of the smiley faces painted by the psycho(s?) and three of them are eerily similar to the "face" I saw on the carpet. The smiling face has not reappeared since, by the way. The calculation of probabilities offers little assistance in individual cases like this.
Moreover, there are cases in which there isn't a chance expectation on which a calculation can be based and the probability is infinitesimally small. For instance, if one in a billion suicides were by two strangers of the same name, of the same occupation, and under the same circumstances, we must still consider the date at which the occurrence is likely to, or has, occurred. How is that taken into calculation? It could occur literally at anytime. The improbability of the coincidence therefore has no effect against its occurring.
Is there a good example of this level of "coincidence"? On March 31, 1930, Frederick Henry Butler and David Henry Butler, both shot themselves with pistols by the side of their cars. They were both butchers and unrelated strangers. The London newspapers reported the men were found shot in separate areas; one near London, the other in Nottingham shire.
I have a black cap with amber stitching on it that reads "11:11 it's no coincidence." I was wearing it while eating at a certain crowded fast food restaurant with my wife and daughter. About an hour later, we were behind several cars at a traffic light about to leave the parking lot area when I noticed (and admired) a shiny black Mercedes waiting to enter the line of traffic from the right. Because I didn't want my wife to think I was admiring the very attractive woman behind the wheel, I feigned diverting my attention elsewhere as the Mercedes entered the traffic directly in front of us. A moment later, my wife says, "Look at that." and points to the license plate of the Mercedes. It's then I see 1111 (and two letters).
Perhaps you have had the experience of thinking of someone and that person suddenly calls you on the phone, or as you read a certain word from a book, it is simultaneously said on television at that exact moment. Or how about when you are sitting in your car at the mall parking lot and at the moment you decide to back out of the parking space, that's when someone behind you decides to do the same or a car is passing behind at that moment. Yet, before the decision to move was made, no moving cars were around. I cannot tell you how many times these coincidences have happened to us.
I could possibly write a book on the theories alone as to why these bizarre coincidences happen. Many of the famous individuals of The Secret DVD say there is no such thing as "coincidence" and that we are ultimately responsible for all the things that occur to us in our life. The Secret is the Law of Attraction, which seems to be validated by the holographic universe paradigm made popular by the late Michael Talbot's book The Holographic Universe. Could these examples provide a possible connection to those moments of odd synchronicity or bizarre serendipity? The answer may forever remain debatable and uncertain.
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BRUCE LEE IN THE UFC
Thanks to YouTube, I can get a quick dose of motivation to either train or head for the work out equipment, from a short video clip of Bruce Lee. Although the results can fluctuate by the minute, entering Lee's name produces 31,900 video clips to view. This is currently more than any other martial art movie star. However, with the thousands upon thousands of video clips of different topics available, each one also allows viewers to post their comments and herein lies the intrigue.
The majority of the comments for Lee's clips appear to be positive and praising, seemingly from new admirers who were not even a thought in their parent's young adolescent minds yet when the "Little Dragon" was alive and (literally) kicking. Then, of course, there are those comments from the insecure martial art "experts", internet tough guys, who go out of their way to view Bruce Lee video clips in order to leave ignorantly rude and immature comments. I believe we are all entitled to our own opinions, which is why I am mainly referring to the comments that would normally entail censorship. Some of the more mild statements however, are the assertions that Bruce Lee was: "Over rated", "fake", "just a Hollywood actor", "gay", or that he was not a "real fighter" because he never competed in tournaments.
The comments led to comparisons of UFC fighters and that led to the opinion that Lee would have been "destroyed" if he fought in the UFC octagon. They believe because Jet Li admitted he would have been "killed" if he actually fought in the octagon, as depicted in his film Cradle to the Grave, then it must surely apply to Bruce Lee as well.
Now, I'll be the first to admit there are many Bruce Lee fans that think Lee was the totally invincible fighter who could not be beaten by anyone, based on his movies. Although those who knew him state he could actually do many of the things he did in his films, true fans would enlighten themselves to realize Lee meticulously choreographed those fight scenes, therefore he naturally dominates all of his opponents in his films. I believe Lee Jun Fan (Bruce Lee's birth name) and his performance in a UFC match should be viewed as realistically as possible without movie fantasy.
First, it should be cleared up that Lee was not an unbeatable, invincible fighter. Ed Parker Jr., son of the late Kenpo karate master, revealed an incident that most Lee fans may not be aware of. While a young Bruce Lee was still filming episodes of the Green Hornet, Gene LeBell managed to get him into a hold that he could not get out of. Supposedly, this incident prompted Lee to begin learning the grappling arts in earnest. I'm sure many will immediately imagine Royce Gracie quickly taking Lee down, easily putting him into a armbar and forcing him to tap out. At this point, it is a plausible scenario.
Indeed, it is difficult to picture a man, 5' 7 ½ ", approximately 138lbs, with a muscular yet slender build, stepping into the octagon cage where his opponent, 6' 2", 228lbs, with a thick heavily muscular build, stands waiting (and possibly growling). By most accounts, the outcome may seem painfully predictable, yet anyone with any wisdom realizes the outcome actually depends on the man in question.
"To me, totality is very important (...) Many styles claim (...) they can cope with all types of attacks (...) if this is true, then how did all the different styles come about?" -Bruce Lee
Not since Mike Anderson introduced the World Full-Contact Karate Championship in 1974, has a martial art event been as popular as the UFC; and dedicated fans know there have been many matches where a larger, more muscular man has been defeated, even knocked out, by a smaller or less muscular opponent who had better fighting skill. I've witnessed this myself. Was Lee skilled enough to pull that off in the UFC? Those who knew, trained and sparred with him equated Bruce Lee with exceptional skill.
"For his size and weight, Bruce was one of the strongest people-pound for pound-I have ever met. I think he could have beaten a lot of people much heavier and much stronger than he was. He would have done extremely well in competition (...) He was that skillful." - Mike Stone
"...it was obvious that he possessed qualities which were exceptional...In my opinion, his caliber of talent was one in two billion." - Ed Parker
"I don't know how Bruce did it. He moved in so fast, before you could even get set." - Jhoon Rhee
"Bruce asked me to spar with him. I couldn't touch him. Every time I tried to move, bang, I was the one being hit! He was very light on his feet, very deceptive and evasive." - The late Larry Hartsell
"I don't think there was anyone in Hong Kong who could have nailed him with a punch." - Joe Lewis
Lee's ideology has also been effectively proven several times, in non-contact and full-contact kickboxing competition, by Joe Lewis. Okay, so Lee could hit fast and hard, the Gracies proved jujitsu grappling is a major key to victory in the octagon. How would Bruce Lee have handled that? Those who know anything about Bruce Lee's realistic approach to combat are aware he had over 33 grappling maneuvers in his repertoire. In other words, he was also skilled on the ground, perhaps due to the Gene LeBell incident.
"He (Lee) was very good friends with Wally Jay, Gene LeBell and Hayward Nishioka. It's a fact that Bruce learned a lot of grappling from these men." - Larry Hartsell
"...one minute he (Lee) could look like any kicking system and at middle range, he could explode like a savage street-fighter or a western boxer. And when he got in tight, it looked like Wing Chun. And then when he'd go to the ground, it looked like jujutsu. He was a good grappler also. Despite his lightweight, he was very quick. I think he probably received training from various (...) people and (...) from Gene LeBell (...) and he probably learned a lot of jujutsu from maybe Wally Jay." - Dan Inosanto
Lee's personal approach to combat, popularly known as Jeet Kune Do, has also been called "scientific or sophisticated street-fighting". Doesn't that sound like something suited for UFC competition? It may seem that "Jeet Kune Do" stylists have entered the octagon cage before and were soundly defeated by Royce Gracie. If you are having trouble recalling their names, so am I. While they may have been tough fighters, it is doubtful they were truly qualified to represent Jeet Kune Do. Of course, even the most qualified are still not the iconoclastic Bruce Lee. It would be similar to saying that when a boxer trained by Muhammad Ali loses a match, it means Ali was not really a great boxer. Thus, it should be evident now the belief that Lee's quick demise in the UFC cannot be so cut and dry predictable.
"Size is never a true indication of muscular power and efficiency. The smaller man usually makes up for the imbalance of power by his greater agility, flexibility, speed of foot and nervous action. (...) once you go into action and grapple with an opponent (...) keep moving faster than he and pay absolutely no attention to his size, fierce facial contortions, or his vicious language. (...) attack your opponent at his weakest points, which are mainly gravitational, throwing him off balance, and applying leverage principles so that his body, and the limbs of his body, are used toward his own defeat. 'The bigger they are, the harder they fall.'" - Bruce Lee
Some of the comments of the internet tough guys pertain to Bruce Lee as a "fighter". Did Bruce Lee have any "real" fighting experience? In The Legendary Bruce Lee by the editors of Black Belt magazine, M. Uyehara's article; Bruce Lee The Man, The Fighter, The Superstar, reveals Lee's gang-banger background where his gang carried chains, pen-knives and razor blades attached to their shoes, in "a city of ghettos" where no-holds-barred rooftop matches were the norm.
"He had quite a few fights. A lot of people were jealous of him. Most of his fights were for real." - Larry Hartsell
Linda Lee, Bruce Lee's wife, tells of the challenge made by a kung fu expert in her book The Bruce Lee Story. Pregnant at the time, she watched as Lee not only accepted the challenge to fight, he threw down the gauntlet demanding nothing less than an all out fight with no rules. "In less than a minute" Lee achieved the upper hand and was soon chasing his opponent, repeatedly punching the back of his head. About another minute later, Lee finally took his opponent down and forced a submission from him. Years later, the challenges would continue...
"...he told Bruce that he was a phony, that he was just a "movie" karate man, and that he really wasn't a good martial artist. (...) The kid jumped down and really started trying to take Bruce out. This kid was good. He was no punk. He was strong and fast (...) But Bruce just methodically took him apart. He slammed the kid into a rock wall and trapped him. He bloodied his mouth...and rammed him into that wall about three more times just to show he could have him against that wall any time he wanted." - Bob Wall (Recounting an actual fight occurring on the set of Enter the Dragon)
Let's re-look at the aforementioned scenario of Lee facing off against a highly skilled grappler like Royce Gracie. Let's remove the rules of the UFC and put them into actual combat. Could a lightning fast finger-jab from Lee be the determining factor of the outcome?
"His finger-jab (...) was in your face before you knew it. He studied body motion and the physical signs that developed before any action actually began. He could notice the small clues and react to them thereby intercepting your motion." - Bob Bremer
It's almost creepy to realize Lee could thrust his fingers through unopened steel cans of Coca-Cola, at a time before cans were made of the thinner aluminum metal. But considering Lee's other documented physical feats supported by reliable sources, it all sort of makes the quick finger-jab a little less creepy, relatively speaking. For instance, his striking speed from three feet away with his hands down by his side reached five hundredths of a second. That's about as long as it takes for you to blink. He could perform push-ups using only his thumbs and he could snatch a dime off a person's open palm before they could close it, and leave a penny behind. He could also hold an elevated v-sit position for long durations, and something many body-builders have difficulty with; from a standing position he could hold a 75lb barbell straight out in front of him. To amaze visitors, he would thump the ceiling with a 300-lb (136 kg) bag with a thrusting side kick.
It remains an intriguing "What if?" speculation, the iconoclastic founder of "sophisticated street-fighting" competing in the UFC. Unfortunately, it is something we will never see nor predict with absolute certainty. However, one thing is certain; the "Little Dragon's" passing in 1973 has left a great legacy that continues to influence the martial arts to this very day.
"It's a shame a great martial artist like Bruce had to leave us so soon, but I feel he accomplished more in his lifetime than most people will accomplish in 70 or 80 years, so I don't feel that he was really short changed. (...) It is not how long you live, but what you accomplish while you are living. (...) I think he lived a full life." - Chuck Norris
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Nursing Home & Assisted Living Centers - Know What to Expect
Are you currently considering a nursing home stay for either yourself or a loved one? In either case, you would expect to receive the best care, especially for the very expensive prices nowadays, wouldn't you? Unfortunately, locating a facility that provides genuine quality care may be tantamount to finding the proverbial needle in the haystack. Know the truth about nursing home or assisted living facilities before you decide.
I have been involved with health care for more than 15 years as a Combat Medic in the United States Army, a Certified Nurse Assistant, Physical Rehab Aide and Occupational Rehab Aide in California and the suburbs of Illinois. My wife is a Registered Nurse with more than 11 years of experience, and like myself, the majority of the experience is in nursing home or assisted living centers.
1989 was the year I became employed in my first nursing home. One of the many duties of a CNA, or certified nurse assistant, is to help the residents of the nursing home with their morning routine. While assisting a certain resident, I noticed the sliding doors of her closet were broke and one of them wouldn't open without forceful tugging. After getting her clothes together, I opened a drawer for some socks and a few roaches crawled out from the haphazardly bundled clothing. I later discovered most of the rooms in this particular facility were in the same appalling condition.
Mysterious injuries to some of the mentally handicapped residents also created rumors of abuse. Yet, no one seemed to know anything about it. Through the Medicare and Medicaid programs, the federal government is suppose to conduct on-site inspections of nursing homes participating in Medicare and Medicaid and to recommend sanctions against those homes that are violating health and safety rules. Yet, this particular facility, on several occasions, somehow received a Five Star rating after "inspections".
I assumed I made a bad employment choice and the next nursing center would be better. I was wrong. Within three months of employment at a different facility, a couple of senior residents confided that a certain nursing assistant was handling them roughly. Being the young newbie to the status quo, I hesitated to act. I was aware the elderly could be quite fragile, so perhaps the manhandling they described was a misunderstanding. Then I witnessed this same assistant "person" placing a soiled diaper onto the face of a resident several times in a teasing manner. I had seen enough, I brought this to the Director of Nursing (D.O.N).
I was not aware at the time however, that both the nurse of that shift and the D.O.N were both friends of the abusive assistant. Therefore, when a meeting was finally convened on the matter about a month later, you can probably imagine what the outcome was. My heated defense of the residents fell on deaf, dumb and blind, ears. The so-called nurse defended the abuser and the D.O.N merely pointed a finger at this assistant and said, "You were wrong." and absolutely nothing else followed, not even a written reprimand. However, I became known as the "trouble-maker" shortly after the meeting.
Fortunately, there was some poetic justice; the abusive assistant was later fired for getting into a "fist-fight" in an elevator with another assistant. This was a "Holy" facility in the suburbs of Illinois.
A large man with documented psychological problems abused other residents at the last facility in which I was employed. Although there were several staff complaints and he choked a female caregiver at one point, his transfer to a more appropriate facility was continually delayed to maintain the profits of his stay. It therefore seemed unconscionable to hear the, oddly high-strung, administrator of this same facility was rumored to be embezzling holiday funds that were meant for the caregivers.
When I learned a new policy required completely untrained caregivers to pass medication to the residents, I began to update my resume, and when I learned that there wouldn't be a nurse at all for the night shift, I turned in my two weeks notice. It was an obvious attempt to save money by limiting or eliminating professional care. These facilities never mention to visiting family members that when the patient or resident census is low, the nursing assistance is often cut to save money. This practice can lead to neglect, which tends to create new issues, such as bedsores for the bedridden residents.
There was a certain focus prevalent among the many facilities in which both my wife and I were employed and apparently, nothing has changed. They all claimed the well-being of the resident is the primary concern; some even placed impressively framed statements or plaques on the walls with their creeds of care. There was no fine print however, that stated the true primary concern above all else was Money. Making money and saving money. A single resident brings in five to eight thousand dollars a month and in "special care units" such as an Alzheimer's unit, it can be $10,000 a month. Thus, everything, and I do mean EVERYTHING else, is of lesser importance. What makes this statement all the more outrageous is that it may actually sound naïve to some, in today's corporate controlled world. "Of course it's about money, what else could it be about?"
It should be mentioned the examples given above are extreme and may not necessarily occur in all nursing centers. However, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on February 5, 2008 named 4,037 nursing homes whose pressure sore and/or physical restraint rates it says have targeted them for "improvement". Thus, anyone who is considering a nursing home or assisted living facility stay, for either a loved one or themselves, should consider and understand the reality of these facilities and the possible measures that can be taken to promote better care.
So, what can you do if you believe extended assisted living or nursing care is needed for you or a loved one? Here are some suggestions and options you might want to consider.
- If distance is not a major concern, you may be able to locate a decent facility via the Senior Housing Net.com site. After choosing a place, if you have the means, research the facility. Find out what you can about it before you visit it. Perhaps you can check for recent complaints, or any history of lawsuits, with the Better Business Bureau online. If this is not an option, arrange a visit and ask the residents about the care, their rooms, the food, etc.
- Notice if you can detect urine when you enter the facility. If there is no one in the immediate area and the odor is very noticeable, we suggest that you turn around and leave. It is a telltale sign of poor sanitation and or possible neglect of bedridden patients.
Most assisted living centers are modeled impressively to give a beautiful "Home-like" appearance and most new residents agree it is much better than the sterile-looking hospital appearance of many nursing homes. However, do keep in mind; it is not necessarily an assurance of superior care. In other words, appearances can be deceiving.
- Ask about the training background of the CNAs (certified nursing assistants) or caregivers, they will be assisting you or handling your loved one the majority of the time. Many assisted living centers do not require their caregivers to be certified assistants, choosing to hire untrained or inexperienced caregivers who are then asked to attend an in-service or two.
- How many caregivers or CNAs are assigned to each unit? How many nurses are there to a unit? Is the ratio to patients or residents adequate for dependable care?
If you must stay at a facility of questionable quality, try to arrange any of the following:
- If possible, have a lawyer present when filling out the admission forms. Some may say it is an unnecessary waste of money, however, nursing facilities abhor any possible legal action against them and a lawyer intimidates much like a wooden cross does when held up to vampires.
- Arrange periodic unannounced visits from family or friends. This serves more than one purpose. First, it provides witnesses to any neglect or problems. Second, it helps keep the staff on their toes regarding your care. Should any incidence of abuse occur, a quick internet search provides a long list of nursing home abuse lawyers.
- If you are a visiting family member and your loved one is in bed most of the time, check for any bedsores on the heels, hips, buttocks, back or elbows. It is your Right to thoroughly question any injuries and be certain they have been properly documented and the doctor has been informed.
- If it is within your budget, you may choose to hire a reliable private sitter to provide one-on-one assistance or care within the facility. Many families prefer this option as it provides not only constant personal attention but companionship as well. Facility staff appreciates it for the relief it can bring during a high census. As an experienced private sitter, I can attest that it is much more preferable to care for one patient than to juggle ten or twelve.
- Another option that may save you money is to hire a private home sitter. Many patients obviously prefer this because it allows them to stay in their home with a caregiver to assist them. A nurse will often be required to make periodic visits as well for any medication that must be administered. There are many agencies to assist you with this.
Although there are many negative stories about nursing facility care, it does not mean you, or a family member, will have the same negative experiences. Believe it or not, there are plenty of satisfied residents, or patients, who do not regret their move into an assisted living or nursing home and who have made new friends.
So, now that you have been given some worst-case scenarios, here's hoping you are prepared for the worst but experience the best.
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REALITY: DO WE, OR NOT DO WE - THAT IS THE QUESTION
Have you ever had one of those mornings where you groggily get out of bed, make your way to the bathroom and suddenly stub your toe against the bed post? Sir Isaac Newton would certainly understand. In this case; solid object in motion (toe) + immoveable object (bedpost) = #$*&?!! However, strange as it may sound, at the quantum level of things, Newton's laws simply break down and the idea that the physical world is solid is revealed to be impossible. The bedpost, your toe, the entire bedroom, the entire You for that matter, actually have no solidity. How can this be, when the intense toe pain certainly says otherwise?
Remember what you learned in high school about atoms? We are taught the ancient Greek Democritus in 530 B.C. was the first to claim matter was composed of tiny particles which he named "atoms". We, and everything around us, consist of atoms. The positively charged central region of an atom (the nucleus) is surrounded by negatively charged electrons. The forces between the two are so powerful that nothing can cause the electrons to unite with the nucleus, there is always "space" between them.
In the award winning DVD What the Bleep Do We Know? Down the Rabbit Hole, anesthesiologist, professor and researcher Stuart Hameroff M.D. explains that not only are atoms "mostly empty" but "they never actually meet". The bedpost atoms and the atoms of the toe can never really touch each other. At the atomic level, there is always space between them because when two atoms are forced together (the toe hitting the bedpost), a very thin electromagnetic repulsion layer keeps negatively charged electrons of the atoms from actually making any contact.
So what the heck causes that horrible pain in the toe? The sensation comes from a neural stimulus from the toe that registers in the brain as pain, and that stimulus is a result of the electromagnetic force between the electrons of the toe and post. Our senses are basically playing tricks on us as the sudden electromagnetic force (the impact) creates a neural response by the brain and registers as very unpleasant "contact". We are thus experiencing an illusion here, albeit, a very convincing one.
The character Morpheus asks Neo, in The Matrix movie; "What is 'real'? How do you define 'real'? If you mean what we can taste, smell, hear and feel then what's 'real' is nothing more than electrical signals interpreted by your brain." The movie may be fantasy, the statement however is based on mainstream science. Sometimes however, fact can be stranger than fiction.
There is the common belief that we 'see' with our eyes. "Seeing, is believing." Correct? Well, technically, that's not entirely accurate. As lecturer, author and researcher, David Icke, succinctly illustrates in his book Tales from the Time Loop; the eyes are essentially the lenses that receive neural information which is then directed to the primary visual cortex of the brain located at the back of our heads. It is there that we 'see' the world around us, thus we actually 'see' with the back of our brains and not our eyes. If you think that sounds odd, wait, it gets better. Something mysterious also happens during the process of sight; the temporal lobe of our brain reconstructs and edits more than 50% of the information it receives. Therefore, we only 'see' what the brain is conditioned to 'see'. This means there is 50% or more of 'something' there, that we never 'see'.
In his book, The Holographic Universe, the late Michael Talbot mentions: "...Some studies suggest that less than 50 per cent of what we 'see' is actually based on information entering our eyes. The remaining 50 per cent plus is pieced together out of our expectations of what the world should look like (and perhaps other sources such as reality fields)..."
In his book; Infinite Love is the Only Truth, Everything Else is Illusion David Icke explains the strange way our world is perceived: "Our eyes only transform light into electrical signals that are constantly delivered to the brain for interpretation. This 'visible light' is confined to a tiny fraction of the electromagnetic spectrum, which is, itself, only 0.005 per cent of the matter/energy of the known universe..." Mr. Icke goes on to explain how in that miniscule frequency range, we decode light into our physical reality. He adds; "There is no world 'around' us as we perceive it; everything is all happening in our brains..."
Harvard graduate and best-selling author Gary Zukav states in his book, The Dancing Wu Li Masters; "...the fact is that quantum field theory...is premised on the assumption that physical reality is essentially nonsubstantial. According to quantum field theory, fields alone are real. They are the substance of the universe, not "matter." Matter (particles) is simply the momentary manifestations of interacting fields which, intangible and insubstantial as they are, are the only real things in the universe."
As mentioned, the building blocks of everything 'around' us and all our physical organs that allow us to perceive it via the senses, are of course, atoms. Atoms consist of particles called protons, electrons and neutrons, and each of them are also considered "mostly empty". The protons and neutrons group together in the central part of the atom, (the nucleus) and the electrons 'orbit' the nucleus. In his book, A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson quotes Professor of Chemistry, William H. Cropper; "As Cropper has put it, if an atom were expanded to the size of a cathedral, the nucleus would be only about the size of a fly...." The 'space' is considered 'empty' to our perception but is actually composed of vibrating energy on a wavelength higher than the 'physical'. So how could atoms constitute our 'solid' world if they are empty with no solidity? That is the billion dollar question. Mr. Icke's reply; "They can't, 'solidity' is an illusion." (Infinite love is the Only Truth, Everything Else is Illusion)
This sentiment is found in Judaic thought. In the Kabbalistic tradition, all of creation is; "An illusory projection of the transcendental aspects of God." Michael Talbot notes in his book, The Holographic Universe; "The idea that the creation set into motion by the God of Genesis is an illusion is reflected even in the Hebrew language...the Zohar...the most famous of the esoteric Jewish texts, notes, the verb baro "to create," implies the idea of creating an illusion."
There is agreement from the Hindus as well. The material universe is maya, according to them, which means transitory and unreal. Their Svetasvatara Upanishad states, "One should know that Nature is illusion..."
I had a dream in which I was walking through a kind of museum/mall in the future. One of the popular attractions there was the Life Tour. For a certain price, one could sit in a special recliner and experience an entire lifetime as another person in about five minutes. A frail thin woman could experience living as a large hairy man and vice versa. One could even choose any time in history to be 'born' and eventually die. Death, of course, was merely the awakening from the 'tour'.
In Tibetan Dzogchen Buddhism, perceived reality is considered to be unreal. According to Dzogchen teacher Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, the "dream of life" and our regular dreams during the night, in their essential nature, have no difference between them. All perceived appearances of the life of an individual, including tastes, smells, sounds, and touch sensations, are as a "big dream".
What is this information revealing to us? What does it say, not only of the world 'around' us, but of ourselves as well? Do we physically exist, or are we purely consciousness, dreaming our world exists? To be or not to be, do we or not do we? That is the question indeed.
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See Page 23 of Phenomena Magazine Below!
Poltergeist - Human-Electromagnetic Fear
By John Pagan
(My article appears typo-ridden with "POLTER- ELECTROMAGNETIC" as the title and has an added "In Support of the Phenomena" at the end of my article. Enjoy!)