Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Modern Relevance of God - an Analytical Trilogy Perspective

The Great Spirit. Jahweh. Jehovah. The Almighty. God. Whatever name He goes by, He's been honoured and worshipped by the greatest human beings in history. Only in our modern times have we systematically acted to remove the Creator of the universe - and of ourselves - from our human institutions. At great damage to ourselves.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, our Christmas show, the Modern Relevance of God.

Well, it's a beautiful topic today because it speaks to something deep in all of us - even if we don't acknowledge it. The sense of meaning we all look for and have such difficulties finding in our modern philosophy. God is largely out of the picture in human affairs today, and we've removed Him at great expense to our collective well being.

The modern scientists and thinkers have elaborated theories that try to explain existence and all the magnificence and immensity of the universe in materialistic ways, as not needing the "Immovable Mover", as Aristotle called Him. And the pathological powerful who often held the reins of the churches have contributed to the modern day aversion to God as well. After all, who wants to consider a God who is intoned from high places as the bringer of pestilence and war and famine.

Those things have nothing to do with God but blaming Him for them marks an enormous projection into God of what we do. I am not talking about that vision of God at all, but of the infinitely beautiful and loving creator of all of this - and it's this One we would like to talk about in our program today.

Just let me say one more thing before we begin. Buried in the release of all those diplomatic cables recently on the WikiLeaks site is some clear admissions from the U.S. Military and CIA that they are engaging in a series of actions designed to increase apathy among the world's population so that leaders can ignore voters and a very nefarious agenda can be implemented.

I think this is linked with our loss of hope, and that means it's all linked to our loss of contact with true spirituality and God. So here at Christmastime 2010, let's consider the modern relevance of God. After you've listened, if you have comments, I'd love to hear them:

Dr. Claudia Bernhardt Pacheco from Norberto Keppe's International Society of Analytical Trilogy joins me. Keppe's science allows us a deep perspective on all the important issues of human existence. And this one today is perhaps the most important.

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Where our Health Really Comes From

Sartre proposed that hell was the other people, and maybe we took that too much to heart. So we build walls to keep out the Mexicans, we stone the "terrible" married women who sleep around, we blame everyone but ourselves for our troubles.

And perhaps one of the most pernicious areas dominated by the "problem comes from outside" mentality is health.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, Where our Health Really Comes From.

Every couple of days I receive a great e-newsletter from Dr. Mercola. It's chock full of great information - too much for me to keep up with, frankly. But there's lots of good stuff in there about how GM foods are taking over, the dangers of artificial sweeteners and fluoride and even vaccines. It's invaluable stuff.

It struck me, however, how materialistic it is, and so limited because of this. So many details about nutrition, like simple secrets to better digestive health, the things men can do to tweak their prostate health, amazing tonics and teas and supplements. Oh, were it that easy, right? It seems we are addicted to looking for solutions outside.

My father, who's 86 now, has a health food store in his bedroom. Exotic things like shark cartilage, Komodo bearded dragon dusting powder, leucistic sugar gliders. Man's search for healing medicinal tonics is centuries old. This desperate drive to find our health answers outside has been exploited by many snake-oil salesmen among others - including the first Rockefellers. The father of J.D., J.D. being the oil robber baron everyone knows about, was well known for bottling a strange concoction and travelling all over America palming off bottled raw petroleum as a magical elixir he assured the gullible would cure everything from gas to cancer. His son, the very same J.D., was suitably impressed by this - especially when he realized it cost only $2.00 a barrel to concoct the elixir from crude petroleum, and that barrel would produce 1000 - 6 oz. bottles of the stuff. He labelled it Nujol, and sold it as a cure for constipation back in the 1920s.

We're so desperate to find the origins of our illnesses that we'll spend a fortune looking for magic from outside. This fear of things outside reached its zenith in the 20th century with Darwin's theory. If we're all animals, it must be a jungle out there, so eat or be eaten my friend. And look at all the disastrous collateral damage of that inverted view.

Louis Pasteur kicked into action at the end of the 19th century with th etheory that disease would originate from germs formed outside - and this took off because of the huge support of the burgeoning pharmaceutical industry that would make billions selling medicines to kill those offending germs outside. And we'd forget all about the amazing work of Antoine Bechamp, Pasteur's contemporary and a far superior scientist to Louis, who arrived at exactly opposite conclusions from his rival.

This battle is a fascinating one, actually, that we'll dive into a little today with Dr. Claudia Bernhardt Pacheco, a world-renowned author, psychoanalyst, and pioneer in psychosomatic medicine from Dr. Keppe's International Society of Analytical Trilogy.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Power and the Loss of Ideals

How many times have we seen it? You're best friends with someone at work when suddenly they get promoted. After this move upstairs, they don't want to know you. They become aloof and unapproachable - almost like they've become somebody else. What's actually happening is that the new power has liberated the pathology that always existed. They've started the very self-destructive process of selling out.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, Power and the Loss of Ideals.

"Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely," was how Lord Acton supposedly put it back in the 19th century. But like Shakespeare's famous "To be or not to be," most have never heard what the insightful Lord Acton said next. It was, "Great men are almost always bad men."

Of course, this last would depend on how you define great men. If you limit that definition to men or women of material accomplishments only, perhaps. But it's difficult to ascribe the word "bad" to those of a more altruistic and benevolent nature. Gandhi, Mozart, Puccine, Da Vinci, Mother Theresa, Jesus - it would be difficult to accuse them of evil.

But there appears to be something that happens to those who are linked too much to power. And this is something Dr. Norberto Keppe has explored substantially in his writing - particularly in his book, Liberation of the People: the Pathology of Power, where Keppe turns his keen psychoanalytic mind on what goes on in power situations. He goes so far as to say, "The well balanced individual is not interested in having power. Only those who are extremely sick become attached to positions of power and command so as to counterbalance their psychological shortcomings."

In this sense, Keppe is going a huge step beyond the usual, "Oh, he's crazy," which is normally how we denominate those in power who do ridiculous things. Keppe is analyzing this psychologically, and is therefore providing a scientific view that goes well beyond the typical ideological divisions that govern whether we see a political or business move as positive or negative. And he points to this pathology of power as being the fundamental factor in our inverted and disturbed social life as well. In his book, Sociopathology, he puts it this way: "The core of sociopathology is the desire for power. Any individual who has unlimited power inevitably creates serious disorder because he is able to give free rein to all of his psychopathology."

This really moves the debate to an area more linked to reason and analysis, rather than just the usual emotional venting that occurs when talking about societal leadership.

This is leading edge psychological work that Keppe is developing here. We put up some interesting stuff about the pathology of power on our site at Check it out and let me know what you think.

Dr. Claudia Bernhardt Pacheco from Keppe's International Society of Analytical Trilogy is here today to continue our discussion on power - particularly as linked to the loss of idealism and romanticism.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Diagnosing the Sickness of Power

Their idea is that they're indispensable. Most of us think the same thing. There's a general belief that without those in power, we'd have no one to protect us or look after our needs.

But past citizens had a wiser view. They knew that those in power could be dangerous if not controlled.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, Diagnosing the Sickness of Power.

In a love sonnet, Shakespeare praised those that have power to hurt and yet will do none. And oh, wouldn't it be fine to encounter that some day in a political figure. But more and more it seems they fail us again and again, and, like the football team down 28 - 0 at the half needs to re-consider its game plan, so, too, do we need to look with fresh eyes at power and the powerful.Thankfully, there's a vast body of literature and analysis of all things human that accomplishes that much-needed perspective. And that's the remarkable science of Analytical Trilogy developed by a noteworthy Brazilian scientist named Norberto Keppe.

When I first came across Keppe's exploration of the pathology of power in his book, Liberation of the People, I was in my early '40s and locked into my career and feathering my nest, as most of us think of doing. But something in that book spoke deep to my dormant idealism and re-kindled the spark that lies inside all of us.

I think it was that part right at the beginning where Keppe states, "We want to summon all of you who have a practical nature, all who possess idealism and dynamism, all who believe in goodness, truth and beauty, to unite so that a new world can be built, a new society: the true Kingdom of Man on earth."

Wow. Gives me a rush even today. So 9 years ago, I packed all my stuff into a storage locker in Toronto and schlepped it on down here to Brazil to discover for myself the cause of all the depth charges going off inside me every time I read Keppe's work.

I'd like to share a little bit of that with you today, and if it lights your fire, invite you to get in contact with me so we can explore what we can do together to bring this idealism to more people, and through resonance with these like-minded people, contribute towards this Kingdom of Man on earth.

Dr. Claudia Bernhardt Pacheco is uniquely qualified to talk about the pathology of power. She lived through considerable attacks from the powerful in North America and Europe, not to mention Brazil, who didn't like what she and Keppe were publishing and teaching. She's here with me today.

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Friday, July 23, 2010

The Marriage of Theology and Science

Oil and water. Cats and sweaters. Neckties and table fans. Some things just aren't made to go together. Like being given plastic cutlery at a Brazilian barbecue restaurant, they're incongruous and difficult to reconcile. Some more profound examples could include faith and doubt, humility and self-confidence. And what about God and science?

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, the Marriage of Theology and Science.

This is a prickly subject. I'm aware of that. But I feel I would be doing a dis-service to you who listen faithfully to this program if I didn't address the subject. Because there are fundamental questions to raise that can only be addressed if we wade into these uncertain waters.

What is the origin of life and the universe? What is the purpose of life? These are the questions that perhaps should occupy our dinner conversations with dear friends much more than they do. Especially in recent years. And in large part, I think this is because science has split from theology and philosophy over the past 500 years or so - culminating in our 20th Century position that there's no way to marry science and theology. Science has become a strictly materialistic pursuit perfectly represented in Einstein's famous formula - the most famous of the 20th Century - that E=mc2. No material, no energy is the inevitable conclusion of this equation, making Einstein's proposal one of the most materialistic theories in the history of science.

And it's also difficult to distill spirituality from the Quantum Physics camp. Parallel realities. Alternate universes. Unlimited realities awaiting your choice to come into being. How to make sense of that in any practical way? I watched What the Bleep do we Know a couple of times and, I must confess, couldn't make head or tails of it.

The Architect's speech from Matrix Reloaded is a classic example of how confused we've become by this separation of science and theology. Critics call it "profound" but "confusing". And it is that. Listen:

"The first matrix was perfect ... flawless, sublime. A triumph equaled only by its monumental failure."

What does that mean? No, we need a better starting point than this. A starting place that can be found in the work of Norberto Keppe. His Analytical Trilogy is a re-synthesis of science with philosophy and theology that has been missing. Keppe considers philosophy to be the mother of science and theology the grandmother, and it's very illuminating to look at reality through Analytical Trilogy eyes.

Let's do that today ... try to bring the incredible wisdom from 5000 years of theological and philosophical study back into science. Or at least, start the process of understanding that. Keppe's books will fill out the knowledge. If you're interested in more, write me at

One of the discoveries here at the International Society of Analytical Trilogy is the application of Keppe's disinverson of metaphysics to result in the Keppe Motor, and we'll start our conversation there with Dr. Claudia Bernhardt Pacheco.

How do you see the Keppe Motor's importance, Claudia, in this consideration of bringing theology back into science?

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Friday, June 18, 2010

HAARP and Mind Control

It was conducted in the shadows, far from any scrutiny. It began in the '50s and was apparently stopped in the '70s. But CIA veterans say the research continues.

You may find it hard to believe, and the whole field is dismissed as being the province of paranoid conspiracy theories, but mind control is going on.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, HAARP and Mind Control, part 2 in our series with Nick Begich on the HAARP technology.

You'll hear Dr. Begich make reference to MK-Ultra in this program. This was a super-secret and illegal CIA human research program run by the Office of Scientific Intelligence. This program used many drugs to manipulate individual mental states and alter brain function. It's a little difficult to get total information about it since then-CIA director, Richard Helms, ordered all the MK-Ultra files destroyed back in 1973. What were they trying to hide, do you think? That offence should be a prison sentence, shouldn't it? According to sworn testimony in front of the U.S. Congress' Church Committee in 1975, these mind control experiments were conducted without any knowledge or consent of the subjects.

There's no other way to put it ... this was a crime against humanity of the 1st degree. Of course, the U.S. hasn't been the only country traipsing through this mucky terrain, but it is perhaps the biggest democracy involved, and that should give us some pause. You'll hear a little bit more about this in our program today, but I would recommend that you research it a little more. It's pretty horrific stuff, but essential to know about. MK-Ultra is the illegal CIA program you're looking for.

And in the middle of this sickness, where the sickest people control our political and economic structures, comes Norberto Keppe's Analytical Trilogy, with its beautifully conceived science that gives us a way to understand these crazy things we see around us. His clear view of human psychopathology is extremely well articulated in all of his many books, and his explorations of how we the people have given power to these unbalanced powerful people in charge is food for thought. We have to wake up, and fast, and start giving more value to those inner aspects of our essential structure - goodness, truth, beauty, dignity, ethics. Right now, we're all pretty lost in this inverted worldview that puts money above work and aggression above conciliation and dialogue. And technology at the service of whatever perverted idea the men and women in the shadows want to dream up. Which is the subject of our program today.

Email me if I can help you with any more information at all about any of our topics on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head.

Today, Part II of our program on HAARP, this time, the nefarious uses for mind control, with my colleague, Susan Berkley.

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Thursday, June 03, 2010

Playing the Haarp

They've been put forward as the causes of all manner of mayhem in modern folklore and even Radio and TV shows and movies. The Shadow People that have been summoned from the beyond through black magic practices and that terrorize us while we conduct our daily lives.

It's too much for our program to delve into the supernatural occurrences of the Shadow People ... but the real life men in the shadows? Let's go.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, Part I of Playing the Haarp - an investigation into one of the U.S. government's Black Budget projects that has very dire ramifications for humanity and planet Earth.

The Black Budget. What is that? Michael E. Salla from the Center for Global Peace at American University in Washington, D.C., says,

"The CIA has the unique legal ability among all US government departments and agencies to generate funds through appropriations of other federal government agencies and other sources 'without regard to any provisions of law' and without regard to the intent behind Congressional appropriations. Every year, billions of dollars of Congressional appropriations are diverted from their Congressionally sanctioned purposes to the CIA and Department of Defense-based intelligence agencies without knowledge of the public and with the collusion of Congressional leaders. The covert world of ‘black programs’ acts with virtual impunity, overseen and regulated by itself, funding itself through secret slush funds, and is free of the limitations that come from Congressional oversight, proper auditing procedures and public scrutiny."

He goes on to say that the CIA black budget is annually in the vicinity of 1.1 trillion dollars – pretty high considering that the DoD budget for 2010 is something like 664 billion dollars.

Now, these are figures - statistics - and one thing we should know about stats is that they can be used in any way you want to use them. But one thing is clear - there are gobs of dollars floating around that appear to be outside any Congressional oversight. And that should make us pause. Because that money is being used by men and women in the shadows to do all sorts of stuff - and I don't have much confidence that these enormous sums are in the hands of people with good intentions or even competence. If the disaster of BP's Gulf of Mexico oil spill is anything to go by, any illusions of corporate or government competence should be dashed forever.

Brazilian psychoanalyst and social scientist, Norberto Keppe, has written about this extensively over the past 50 years, and today more than ever we'd be wise to take heed of what he says.

But let me warn you ... what he says is not for the faint of heart. Let me also stress, however, that Keppe follows scientific principles in his analysis. He's the world's foremost expert on the human psyche, his conclusions arrived at after 50 years of research and clinicial experience. He has seen the attitutes he describes in his over 30 books in action.

In his 17th book, Liberation of the People, written prophetically 24 years ago, Keppe provides an incisive analysis of the pathology of power. This book tells it like it is. Listen:

"Generally speaking, the adminstrators of power must be endowed with consdierable aggressiveness and above all must be Machiavellian, people who go to any extreme to make greater and greater profit. Peole with no compassion whatsoever. This is the mentality of those who lead the world."

Is it possible to have peace on Earth with such aggression? Keppe's inevitable conclusions whos us the inverted psyche we all have, and how those in powere have more serious imbalance and sickness. So his book is a must read for any who are still laboring under the impression that those in power have good intentions for we the people. They don't, and they keep many of their projects and processes in the shadows.

Keppe's book is available to all. if you're interested in how to get a copy. Keppe's had to publish independently. The powerful who control the media and publishing industry don't want his landmark discoveries getting out through traditional means.

One of the very dangerous projects being kept in the shadows is the HAARP program, and today my colleague, Susan Berkley, begins a 2-part series into this scary and secret program.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Relevance of God in our Modern Society

A listener asked me recently, "Why is it necessary to speak of God." Then she went on, "We have to see this God or whatever it is in relation to all that is valid and workable in science."

I agree. Because whatever you call Him - God, energy, the Great Spirit - the world is poorer by excluding Him.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, The Relevance of God in our Modern Society.

And as I launch into this program, I am fully aware of the heat this will cause in some circles. One of the distinguishing aspects of our modern society is the almost certain guarantee that if you talk openly about the need to introduce God into human affairs, you are sure to raise howls of protest and derision in many circles. God, it seems, is considered at best old fashioned and quaint, as if talking about Him suggests you're a child who needs the comfort of fairy-tale proverbs about miracles and salvation to help you sleep at night, and at worst like you are a dangerous Bible thumping lunatic spouting Biblical scripture in answer to any dilemma and leading any who follow into a mind-controlling cult.

I feel this keenly whenever I enter into this subject here on the program. I'm a modern Canadian, after all ... a baby-booming WASP raised with the requisite Darwinian scientific education. I remember wll how I felt when listening to the religuous people who came knowcking on my door on Saturday morning.

I do believe we have been fed a very distorted story about God, and that we are very out of touch with a meaningful understanding of God and the nature of Man and the universe. To the point where we now have knee-jerk reactions when we face this issuethat have nothing to do with reason. My colleague, Sofie Bergqvist, talked in a previous podcast, Liberating Ourselves From our Free Will, about this when she told a sotry about an immigrant student in her Swedish high school who innocently stated in Biology class that she didn't hold to Darwin's theory and instead believed that God had created the world and all in it. Sofie's classmates were predictably cruel in meting out their justice for this heresy. They simply shunned the girl. No one talked to her, no one invited her to parties, no one had anything to do with her.

It's not difficult for me to see the same thing happening in my native Canada. Ad we are countries, Canada and Sweden, who consider ourselves paragons of tolerance. But let me tell you, my dear, northern, first-world, modern compatriots - that primitive shunning and ex-communication would never happen in Brazil.

Another of my colleagues, a Brazilian, was conducting a Portuguese class for a group of foreigners trying to learn the language when the subject of belief came up. One of the students started to speak about his belief in God and how he thought it was important for the human being to have contact with this spirituality. A fellow student - from France - rose up in protest and started the standard put-down that I don't need to describe.

"Whoa, hold on a minute," my colleague said firmly. "You're in Brazil now. Here, we don't attack others for their beliefs or lack of belief. We're not like you in the first world. Here, we respect a person's right to have his beliefs, even if they're different from ours."

Dead silence from the French woman. Message received.

When I came to Brazil 9 years ago, I remember teaching an English class where one of the students began to speak about his faith, and I said, "You mean, you can talk about these things here?!" The students laughed good-naturedly. Another ignorant foreigner lost in political correctness and censorship.

The good news today is, my dear listener, that we can begin again to consider a scientific view of God through the remarkable work of Brazilian psychoanalyst and social scientist, Dr. Norberto Keppe, whose science of Analytical Trilogy is a re-union of science with philosophy and, can you believe it, theology to give us a vast, deep and comprehensive view of the human being and the society in which he lives. Keppe's work is a vital contribution to the intellectual treasure of human civilization.

And if you'd like to know more beyond this podcast, there are many resources on our Trilogy portal. And please communicate with me directly so I can keep you posted about any news from our International Society of Analytical Trilogy ...

Today, Swedish journalist, Helena Mellander, joins me for a thoroughly modern discussion about the relevance of God in our modern society.

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Waking the Sleeping Tiger

The term's been trotted out by sound bite trained military commanders trying to come up with a fitting image for describing the enemy. Like the Japanese admiral who reflected after Pearl Harbor, "Perhaps we've just awakened a sleeping tiger."

It's always used to point to a condition of potential that waits, dozing in the wings, for its hour upon the stage.

But in today's desperate world, we need the sleeping tiger to get its butt into gear.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, Waking the Sleeping Tiger.

This program, I hope, will be a clarion call to all who have a spark still burning in the embers of their idealism. As there was for me when I read Norberto Keppe's seminal book for idealists the world over, Liberation of the People: the Pathology of Power. This book was a beacon for me because of its scientific analysis of our inverted social structure which has led us so far from anything remotely resembling a just situation. This book is a searing critique that manages to give us hope even while it's pointing out the sickness and destruction that has come at our hands. Because Keppe's book speaks to a deeper level in us than just revolutionary fervor like that "off with their heads" blood lust that perverted ideals behind the French Revolution.

Keppe speaks to universal values like tolerance and dignity while shining an unwavering critical eye on the causes of our current desperate impasse, while continuing to suggest reasonable and rational solutions to our dilemma which we could put into practice immediately to great effect.

He also has some extremely important things to say about the pathology of power, and how power is controlled by the sickest individuals on the planet - something that's never been understood well because of our admiration for the rich and famous that stems from our Inversion and envy, which he outlines in this book, and because the powerful manipulate everything in secret so that everything goes to their favor and not the favor of the vast majority of human beings.

We quite simply don't get the full story in our media and halls of education and so remain ignorant of this nefarious situation. This, of course, is what I'm trying to address through this program. And what Norberto Keppe has been trying to address for decades through his books and TV and radio programs.

Our program today will be a wake up call - we hope - for any of you with dreams for a just society still burning, however dimly, beneath your breast. Keppe's science of Analytical Trilogy offers real hope for a way back from the abyss.

I'd like to make Keppe's monumental book, Liberation of the People, available to you free of charge. I'll only ask you to help with mailing costs. We'll foot the rest. I think if enough people can get up to speed with Keppe's ideas in this book, really start to resonate with them, we're not too late to effect real change on this planet.

Email me if you'd like a free copy of Liberation of the People. And one other thing ... our psychosocial forum May 13 - 15, 2010 here in São Paulo will be another good thing for you to know about. Check out the site.

Today, psychosocial therapist, Gilbert Gambucci, joins me to try to wake up the sleeping tiger.

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Monday, March 01, 2010

The Prison of Victimhood

It is enticing to follow its seductive lure. "It's not your fault. You couldn't help it. There was nothing you could do." These are the beguiling voices we hear.

Victims drive the ratings on daytime TV, after all. Blaming, finger pointing, laying on the guilt - so common, so righteous, so ... convenient.

And so wrong.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, freeing ourselves from the Prison of Victimhood.

Now you who are regular listeners to Thinking with Somebody Else's Head will already have a good idea which side of this theme we're goint to come down on, don't you? Our program, based as it is on the cutting edge psychological research coming out of the Brazilian school of Analytical Trilogy, could do nothing other than focus the discussion inward. Because that's where the trail inevitably leads.

Norberto Keppe, the scientist behind the profound work coming out of Analytical Trilogy these days - and it is formidable indeed, in the areas of education and medicine and economics and physics - Keppe puts forward the idea that we have contact with all the magnificence and glory of Creation through our inner selves, that beautiful atmosphere of universal knowledge and wisdom that resides within each one of us. Plato called it the world of infused knowledge, meaning intelligence and savvy that we are born with. In Keppe's language, these universal knowings within would be divine concepts inside the human mind.

And this opens the door to a staggering thought given all the modern science that points in the opposite direction, and that is that we are not creatures who are evolving to greater intelligence and knowledge at all, but we are instead creations with all possible understanding already infused in us. And coming to re-discover that is an inner journey.

There is already evidence of the presence of this native intelligence and sense of ethics from our very beginning as babies in excellent research coming out of the Infant Cognitive Center at Yale and University of California at Berkley professor, Alison Gopnik's studies into the Philosophical Baby, and they've reached fascinating conclusions about the rich and intelligent inner life of babies from the beginning.

All of this to say that it's by treading the inner path that we really come to know reality, not through our external machinations. Not to say we don't gain substantial wisdom from our experiences - of course we do - but I mean that it's through this outer contact that we come to know ourselves, that self that already exists and is not simply a product of our outer experience.

Which is what Socrates was contending 2500 years ago.

So victimhood, that state of being shaped and fashioned by our outer traumas, can be re-considered, which is exactly what we'll do today. Helena Mellander, a frequent contributor to Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, is a Swedish journalist who's been having quite an impact with her new blog in Swedish written with our colleague, educator Sofie Bergqvist. Helena wrote about this recently to interesting discussion from the Swedish community.

If this also stirs your desire to comment, I'm always happy to hear from you.

Now, freeing ourselves from the Prison of Victimhood.

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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Popping the Positive Thinking Bubble

As a few at the top have been raking in the dough in America, the rest of us have been struggling. Offically "low-wage" familes are increasing in number significantly. While the 1% at the top end is springing for $175.00 gold dusted hamburgers at the Wall Street Burger Shop, the rest of us just feel squeezed.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, Popping the Positive Thinking Bubble.

Yes, we're coming at this positive thinking thing again because I feel strongly that there is something in our culture of positive thinking that has led us astray. And I think that's been borne out when we just look around us at the society we've created.

We have children who've been uber-stroked with compliments heading into the workforce and completely incapable of coping with criticism, up-in-the-cloud investment experts who demanded only positive financial analysis and perspectives and thereby stayed blind to the dangerously inflated investment instruments that were poised to collapse all around our ears, we have U.S. Fed and Treasury experts being blindsided by the greed and selfishness on Wall Street that they didn't want to see.

Well, Norberto Keppe's science of Analytical Trilogy allows us to understand how all this could happen by putting us in touch with the roots of our human psychopathology that leads to all this, and that our dogma of positive thinking blocks us from seeing. So I'd like to explore this a little more today with my colleague, Susan Berkley.

But before we do that, a reminder about our World Psycho-Social Forum coming up in Brazil May 13-15, 2010. Love to have you join us for that. It would be good to let you know more about this intriguing forum, so you can write me for any more information you'd like ... and I'll make sure you're completely up to speed.

And one more thing - I've been doing a lot of work with my good friend and Thinking with Somebody Else's Head supporter, Will LaJeunesse, on our Healing Through Consciousness site. This is the call-in psychological program and podcast I do with psychoanalyst, Dr. Claudia Bernhardt Pacheco. We've got a lot of interesting resource material on that site about Analytical Trilogy, so feel free to check it out. Let me know what you think.

Now, let's pop the positive thinking bubble.

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Downside of Being Up

We see the legacy of its long history in the trend of magical thinking. Ask for it, believe in it, receive it - the mantra for getting what you want.

And woe betide you if you fail to follow its sunny side up paradigm. Then you can be hit with a double whammy - problems because you weren't positive and guilt on top of that.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, the Downside of Being Up.

Well, we're striking into the core of one of the foundational pillars of the American way of life today. We're weaned on positive thinking from the time we're in our mothers' wombs. We're praised and coddled and told we can do anything. We're reminded to use smiles as umbrellas and exhorted to make lemonade with the lemons life deals us.

Positive thinking, or the importance of it anyway, comes as natural to us as breathing. And it's a tricky thing, because it seems so right. But it can lead us to something so wrong.

Positive thinking is based on the premise that human beings have wonderfully good intentions, and for those occasional hiccups that occur during our gilded steps along the yellow brick road leading to happy ever after, we just need to re-frame our thinking and we'll be back up on our feet and heading in the right direction again faster than you can say "think and grow rich."

But there's a dark cloud moving over the sunny side of the street. Americans, for all their training and encouragement to think positively, are not very happy people. A recent analysis of over 100 happiness surveys worldwide found Americans mired in 23rd place among developed nations. The Happy Planet Index puts the U.S. in 150th place worldwide. Americans are #1 in anti-depressants, they have more kids on Prozac and Ridalin than anyone in the world and pessimism about economic recovery is high, too.

What's going on? Well, we can turn to the study of psychology for some clues. According to the leading-edge research emerging from Norberto Keppe's International Society of Analytical Trilogy in São Paulo, Brazil, the basic premise that we're well intentioned and good hearted people who occasionally screw up is being challenged. Exhausive clinical research and practical testing have shown a darker underbelly to the human psyche. And that is that we are much more pathological than that. We actually have many more desires against our development and happiness than we have believed or perceived, and positive thinking only serves to slip a thin veneer over this deeper trouble, and so only covers for a little while. Like painting over a water mark in the ceiling, the leak behind continues unaffected, causing more damage than if we'd gone to the problem in the first place.

So it is with our psyches. And real understanding of this is well documented in Norberto Keppe's vast body of work. Our Trilogy portal offers a door into all of this if you're interested in exploring more. And I would highly recommend that.

And all of Keppe's extraordinary work will be laid out from March 12 - 15, 2010 at our World Forum on psycho-socio-pathology, along with some planetary solutions, and I encourage you to get on my mailing list for updates on that.

Today, professional broadcaster, Susan Berkley, joins me for what is not our first kick at the positive thinking can, but I feel it's very important to tackle this again.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, The Downside of Being Up.

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