Start Your Affiliate Marketing Journey With Me And Internet Jetset!

For 20 years I have looked for that “tool” to create extra income on the internet. Finally in 2004 I created a website, and one of the programs that had just come out was from Google called AdSense. In short, for those who may not know, this program was brand new, and it offered website owners the opportunity to allow Google to post what are known as pay-per-click (PPC) ads anywhere on the webpages the owner selected.

This was a brand new concept. The double intent for Google, was to create an amazing outlet for their Advertisers using the AdWords program. This program was aimed at advertisers selecting specific key words to capture potential buyers for products on the internet. The advertiser only paid when one of the selected keywords was “clicked”.

Google then placed these keyword ads on those websites where AdSense customers were part of the program. In the beginning it was an awesome program and I was fortunate to actually see income almost immediately. After a few months the decision was made to sell the site while it was profitable. Huge mistake, as I was never able to duplicate that success. By the time I created a new website, everything had changed.

When I had been making as much as $250 in a month, it now was taking a year to make $100. Of course, the internet had changed but my thinking and learning had not. No matter how many websites I created, no matter how many pages I wrote, no matter how much I focused on keywords, the income was at best a dribble. Does any of this sound familiar? have you “been there…done that?

I won’t try to list the number of programs I invested in attempting to learn what the secret was I seemed to be missing. A variety of these programs included some information, most of it good just never enough.

The most recent outlined a series of things that I followed to the letter. One of the “extras” included the opportunity to have pages written that were SEO optimized, supposedly by experts. The people responsible did not indicate these pages were going to be written by non-native English speakers.

Because it was taking an inordinate amount of time for the “experts” to create my paid site and upload the pages, I decided to create a companion site dealing with a similar topic so I could compare the efforts I was paying for, to my own. In short, of the 20 pages I paid for, I had to completely re-write them. Comparing my efforts to the paid site was nearly as bad. To date, the site I created has drawn more traffic than the one I paid for. In short, lesson learned.

I kept researching and reviewing various opportunities centered on affiliate marketing. Over the years I had the opportunity to meet some of those who have actually made the “big money” in this niche. I was determined to at least generate some additional income. Being a millionaire was not so much my idea as simply not being dependent on a fixed income that could someday disappear. I’m speaking of a pension as it relates to Social Security.

So along come John Crestani and Internet Jetset!. It looked like so many others I nearly didn’t bother. Something made me do what I had done before. Look for the “scams” for this particular program to see what I could find.

Over the last several years the words “review” and “scam” have almost become synonymous. Those marketers have captured those keywords and written reviews claiming to review a scam, when in reality they were either promoting the same program, or one of their own.

It didn’t take long before I had found a good deal of positive info, but I knew from previous experience this was no guarantee. John offered the typical 60 day money back guarantee, including the offer that if a program was set up and the purchaser was still not satisfied, their money would be refunded and they could still keep the program.

Having had the experience of getting refunds in the past with few negative results, I knew by this time that as long as VISA was involved I would get my money back one way or another. So I did one more thing which was check out John on youtube. A number of videos promoting his program elements were there, which I later discovered where the same ones being paid for. However, lacking a great deal of the information.

So I paid my $47 for Internet Jetset! to see for myself. I’m not even going to attempt listing all the information I gleaned from this program in the course of a few days. One of the claims John makes is that some will be able to create their first commission in as little as two hours. Some have, but I’m not sure what they did. As for me, I was going through everything with a fine tooth comb. Checking out the various links and videos that would further reinforce that I had made the right choice. What was the most exciting for me was the depth of information, that really drilled down to reveal things totally unknown to me. The real nuts and bolts necessary to make it happen.

In the next week or so don’t be surprised if I’m writing another page describing exactly how this has really resulted in income for me. Like no other program has in the last 13 years!

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Is It Your Idea Or Someone Else’s?

A light bulb moment! The one that we always use to refer to that great, million dollar idea. It seems like it came out of nowhere. Just a flash of inspiration and it’s like it was all there. In detail.

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Sure, you had been thinking about this for some time, most recently with a little more intensity. Then boom! There it was, like the blueprint was magically handed to you, just waiting for you to make it.

Let’s say you actually put action to the idea and make it. Then rush to get a patent to protect your brainchild. Then comes the shocking surprise, that someone has already filed a patent. How could this be? The surprise is almost too much to bear. What is the explanation?

Scientific studies, in one instance from MIT, would claim that brainwaves are too weak to travel far, and could never compete with radio waves for example. Another article* dealing with the “ether” and “speed of thought” offers sufficient material for consideration to the contrary.

Many studies have been done during the last 30 years that continue to offer substantial proof of the power of thought. One of the best sources I have found citing many different experiences over many years can be found here.

So what is the point? Thoughts, ideas, travel, and not just in circles inside your head. They are not just weak signals as compared to radio waves, but are received both consciously and unconsciously at great distances. While current experiments have been done using computers to help translate the message to the brain of participants from India to France, those using no such mechanical means are some of the most interesting.

So what is the possibility of picking up random thoughts of another, never realizing they were not 100 percent your own? Consider the conscious effort involved thinking intently about a particular project, idea, or challenge. Is it possible the more concentrated those efforts are they could attract similar thoughts?

Many experiments have been done with telepathy, transmitting thoughts from one person to another over short distances with success. Mind reading has normally been relegated to parlor tricks, so is not seriously considered in truly transmitting thoughts from one person to another.

Some will have a hard time relating thoughts to prayer or anything spiritual. For many a prayer is a conversation with God. No special words or phrases were ever necessary, and in fact Jesus clearly stated that those who did nothing more than call on his name would be given an eternal life with him.

So it seems all this could be boiled down to intent. In whatever mode it is intended, through prayer, a spiritual effort, a sincere desire, shamanic rituals, as an old saying goes, it’s the thought that counts.

There will always be the “naysayers” who refuse to accept anything that doesn’t have some logical explanation. These surely are the distant offspring of those who claimed the world was flat, of those who poisoned such as Socrates for bringing about change.

Go ahead and laugh, shake your head, but be careful what you’re thinking because you never know where it could end up. Whoever coined the phrase, “A penny for your thoughts.” was trying to get off cheap! At least in some cases where there was actual value involved.

Since it has also been proven that most hide out in thoughts of past history, which being in the past are as dead as the doornail, thoughts of value are in the big minority. So it can be said that the possibility of capturing that million dollar thought may have odds of say…a billion to one?

I’ve got some serious thinkin’ to do.

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Is Your Life Satisfying Or Just Bearable?

How many people are actually satisfied with their life? Happy to a fault, looking forward to every minute of each day with gratitude, seeing positive opportunities in abundance. Is this you? Can you relate to feeling this way?

Asking this question to a mix of people with no agenda other than to discover what the average person on the street is thinking, would likely provide some not too surprising answers. It’s always interesting to Google something like this, just to see how many different answers show up. For the most part, there seems to be a general lack of understanding as to just what “satisfied” is or means.

Some will start off by trying to relate satisfied to happiness, and I find that while they may play in the same sandbox, they are two different emotions. While satisfied may include happiness, one can still be unhappy and satisfied, accepting a not so agreeable situation as the hand they have been dealt, resigned to moving forward in spite of circumstances.

Merriam Webster defines it this way;

:a happy or pleased feeling because of something that you did or something that happened to you

:the act of providing what is needed or desired

:the act of satisfying a need or desire

: a result that deals with a problem or complaint in an acceptable way

As noted satisfied can include happiness but is not dependent on it. So the question still remains, is life satisfying? There’s a good chance, better than even, that when closely questioned a majority would have to answer no to the question. Majority being anything over 50 percent may not seem a fair measurement, but let’s continue along this path to see where that leads.

Why aren’t people satisfied? A better question could be when is enough, enough? Ego will constantly claim just a little more, but a funny thing happens in that “more” is never specific and therefor never enough.

Here again ego is in the mix, that illusion of what we think is necessary to satisfy yet never does. Sound familiar? With more than 90 percent of the world’s population caught up in their ego, obviously some more than others, it doesn’t take much observation to see the signs where people have learned to endure current circumstances, but far from being really satisfied and much less happy.

Ego is not very different from addiction. Once caught up in it’s illusion, breaking free and recovery are just as challenging, and some days are better than others. It is a day by day effort, and no cure as such. As with addictions of all natures, it is learning how to cope more than be cured.

So is being satisfied with life an issue of breaking free of the ego and starting your own recovery program? Is it something as simple as recognizing how hypnosis or even self hypnosis can change your life? Oh wow, I can just imagine that wall which just sprang up out of nowhere!

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As with so many things in life, that which one really knows nothing about is relegated to rumor, hearsay, urban legend, and all those metaphors that could be applied. I was one of those, until seeing it applied in a most unlikely place in regular everyday life during my residency with the government at Schofield Barracks in the middle of our squad bay.

One Archie Andrews, no relation to the comic book character except in real life, performed several acts on those of us willing to take part. What I witnessed destroyed any doubts as to the validity of hypnosis. At that time we were all taught how to use self-hypnosis to our betterment. I don’t think any of us really knew how to make it as effective as it could have been.

The point remains that today, medical practitioners are using it more and more with patients to reduce pain, depression, asthma, paralysis, and countless other physical and emotional issues.

 Where does this lead in terms of satisfaction with life? Quite simply that anyone can freely, easily, safely and effectively indulge in self-hypnosis to learn how not only satisfaction with life can be achieved, but a level of happiness never before experienced.

Do I endorse it, recommend, embrace or take advantage of it myself? The answer is really not important as it relates to the reader, since every one is distinct, unique and individual. Choices are always yours to make, and should never be based on what another has experienced.

Research is always recommended. There are books galore by respected authorities and sources. Those who choose can be convinced by the Bible itself, or books such as Think and Grow Rich, with it’s amazing secret, that whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.

Thinking that neither has anything to do with hypnosis, simply fail to understand what hypnosis is. In simplest terms, it is the ability to determine how one wants to live life, the faith to believe it will happen, and take steps to make it so.

Most often referred to as autosuggestion, it is defined in these terms; The theory that if individuals can suggest a belief to themselves, they will come to believe it.

Also defined as; The process by which a person induces self-acceptance of an opinion, belief, or plan of action.

There’s a good chance that some might even attempt to view this as “brainwashing.” And why not? In effect, it is reaching the subconscious part of your mind, housed within the brain, and bringing about change through clearing or cleaning out thoughts and beliefs detrimental to success in many areas of life, based on fear of survival the subconscious mind operates on constantly.

Here’s the point. Anyone can be satisfied with status quo, following the crowd, or simply giving in to the path of least resistance. As a rule this does not bring the unbridled joy, thrills or adventures life has to offer.

Have you discovered your mission in life and your purpose? Is it to be satisfied, or is there more to it? Do you know? Is it a scary proposition to ask yourself such a question, for fear of not having an answer? Is there more to life than what you have been willing to extract? Is life stopping you, or is that something you have engineered yourself?

Many sit around looking for answers to sort of magically show up, rather than taking the necessary steps to dig in and find those missing pieces to the puzzle. Your puzzle is far from complete, and won’t be until you become that final piece, which will signify the end and the beginning.

Since our bodies were created with the ability to heal us, I’m going to see how to convince it to grow hair on a bald head!

Do You Do What You Love Or Do What You Have To?

Getting up excited about the day is where you are? You jumped out of bed knowing what lie ahead for the day, fully expecting surprises along the way. You know you’re capable of handling whatever comes your way.

Cortisol just climbed to high levels with the sound of your alarm. Dragging yourself from the bed to the bathroom is not where you want to be. Those reports are nagging you to get finished and it’s like dragging yourself through molasses to get them done. It’s only “hump day” and you’re already exhausted.

Which of those two scenarios describes you? These days there is a good deal written and talked about concerning doing what you love as opposed to whatever job you can find. Greater yet is attempting to answer the question: If you could do anything you wanted and knew you COULD NOT FAIL, what would it be?

Chances are you have no idea how to answer that question. Welcome to the club. First off, there may be many things that come to mind you have never tried, like being a professional athlete. How many men would give their eye teeth for that sort of opportunity?

Then there are the many things you have done in life, some of which you actually enjoyed and wouldn’t mind repeating. The question comes back to the word, anything. A blank could just as easily be put there, and it would still get the same result. A great big “huh?”

This is similar to having a Genie pop out of a bottle and giving you three wishes, only the first two don’t count. How do you pick that one thing you want to do and could not fail? The thought comes to mind, if I could not fail, then let me be successful at every single thing I try! That has a good sound to it.

Mindset seems to be the key to the question. If I am determined to be successful at something, anything, and willing to do whatever it takes ethically, morally, personally and spiritually, then how could I fail? Believing in myself to that degree would appear to be the most important key. So where does this tend to break down?

I like what T. Harv Eker says, as to how we’ve been trained from childhood by all those in authority in our lives, that we have to fit a mold, educating ourselves as some sort of professional. That is a mold that has been broken for decades.

Take a look at all the Masters degrees, Doctors, Attorneys, MBAs, Engineers, Accountants and others, who are floundering. Are you one of those? What were you told  at seven years old you could never do? Maybe again in you teens when you demonstrated a talent for something out of the mainstream, like being a radio broadcaster, or inventor with way out of the ordinary ideas an creations that actually work.

When this came to the surface you were made to feel stupid, immature, unwise, irresponsible, to name just a few of the comments made to intimidate you into thinking there was no possibility that you could have an inkling what might be best for you. Are you nodding your head recalling such moments in the past?

With these labels carried throughout life that jump out from the subconscious mind to haunt and repudiate everytime we dare to test our fear factor, what are the chances of ever rising above unbelief? Effort to overcome those labels and that fear take work and commitment, which translate to change. Now this, change, is the name of everyone’s favorite topic.

Can you say, “been there, done that, got the poster and T-shirt!”? Then you will want to follow this series of articles dealing with how that change comes about, as I go on that journey. I’ve been to the mountain top once, and rolled down the other side, bruised and beat up in an environment that only added to my insecurity to attempt anything like I had just accomplished.

On the Cuicocha Trail around the lagoon!
On the Cuicocha Trail around the lagoon!

At a point where most would be ready to hang up the gloves, there is still too much to accomplish, and no reason not to do it. Age certainly is not a factor, so it’s time to beat down all the things that have been allowed to rule up till now.

Writing about the experience may encourage another to do the same, as for once that determination and commitment is right where it needs to be. Join me on this journey, or be a bystander. Whichever suits you at the moment.

Do I Say What I Think Or Think What I Say?

How closely are my words the same as my thoughts? Do they change when spoken compared to when written? Perhaps you have noticed, as I have, the often repeated words such as, “you know,” or the singular word “like.” Then there is the one that gets used while the brain seems to madly be searching for what to say next. “Uhh…!”

That probably doesn’t classify as a word. Expression or pregnant pause may be more accurate. What might be considered a polished speaker or orator, is the one who never allows those words to utter forth. Utter forth? When have I used those words in everyday conversation? This is what I’m talking about.

There was no conscious thought about using that particular word combination. Selection seems random enough, as there was no thought in using that phrase as opposed to any other. How does this change when going from the brain to the tongue as opposed to the fingers that are typing? This would make for a good Seinfeld sketch as it seems much ado about nothing.

Speaking ones mind or in this case mine, gives pause (there it is again, as I am unaware of using that phrase in my natural speaking or conversational voice) as to really saying the exact words my brain is selecting at any given instance. For the longest time I have always thought that speaking exactly what I was thinking to be paramount. Why would I think of saying something only to use a different way with spoken words?

Does this have anything to do with unconsciously selecting words according to the level of perceived intelligence or vocabulary of another? Since the subconscious controls so many of my functions, can this be the why? Yet when writing, that filter seems to be less selective, giving a broader range of words to choose from. Now this is really getting into some uncharted territory!

This could be the explanation of why, on many occasions, rereading something penned months or years ago, seems like it was written by someone else much more introspective, well read, intellectual and better educated than I. Realization that it really was me, actually comes as a bit of a shock, some surprise.

Can this be a case of doubting my writing ability or choice of words when speaking? Pleasantly surprising seems a better way to describe the mild impact. It’s never been some jolt into reality or some such. This was a thread recently seen on a blog for writers, and the number of echoes to this very occurrence was encouraging, that it is not unusual at all.

Where this sort of thing would seem common is writing fiction. Characters have to be developed so wandering off into vernaculars, accents, dialects and such would be normal. Everyday thinking or conversation has no reason to adopt such wandering around the abundance of words. So where is the explanation as to why this happens? Is there some unfulfilled need to use words that don’t get enough exercise in my vocabulary? Now there’s some ideas for more introspection!

So do I say what I think or think what I say? Are the words as random as the thoughts that generate them? I don’t know about you, but I think I’ll just keep on writing what I think DSC_1505I think and not be too terribly concerned about the how and where it came from. Isn’t that sorta like asking another one of those chicken or egg questions? Either way, I’ll take mine fried.

Think I’ll go read some more about that monster worm in Oregon.

Is There An Art To Writing Or Just A Heart?

20150212_104833For years I have been writing for me. In part because I never felt like cowing down to the “rules” so many insisted on when opportunities were available for online publications and such. Change is great in some things, and to be sure all things change and we with them whether we realize it or are completely unaware. Conscious knowledge of those events are normally a better bet than not.

Surprises are a different sort of change, which can be pleasant or otherwise, usually with less warning than the inevitable directional detours on new avenues and exchanges under construction.

When rules get involved, it seems as though the unspoken message, as it applies to writing, says I/we are not capable of creating something worthy to be read by the general public. Blogging has become extremely popular for just such a reason.

During the last few weeks a personal campaign has been started to just write. At the same time writing summits, books by published authors such as Guy Kawasaki, Nancy Hendrickson, Lisa Nichols, along with others, to gain perspective on whether or not I have anything to offer.

My heart first and foremost is to encourage others that have a desire to write but don’t believe they have anything to offer. How this is going to be accomplished is uncertain, other than to be willing to share how this has been a desire of mine, and how it has been fulfilled with the willingness to share the ups and downs, the trials and errors, along with the experience of two eBooks published that have basically gone nowhere.

I know I have something of value to share, especially that of encouragement. This will be even more piercing as the next book will be the one that finally makes it out there where hundreds, even thousands of people can’t wait to buy it.

June 18, 2016, is the date, and September 18th 2016 is when this next book will be out there. That is the intent and now it is in writing. Goals have never been something I have subscribed to. There was something about them, that never seemed genuine to me. Solving challenges is a different story. That seems to be what I rise up to. Give me a problem to solve and let’s see what happens.

Knowing what I have experienced with my writing, and that there are others like me who have felt the frustration of being made to feel that their writing was not good enough, will have the opportunity to see that the rules of editors determining what the populace wants to read just don’t apply anymore.

The theme for writers today is just write! Speak with your voice and not one determined by someone besides you. Our voice is genuine, original, has meaning, honesty, truth, with no manipulation by another. Readers will sense that and reward us with purchases that signal their approval. Their reviews solidify the acceptance that it’s a fact. We are writers with something of value to share.

Do You Need A Special Place To Write Or Will Anywhere Work?

Where can I find a place to concentrate and focus on writing? I need peace and quiet. No disturbances. No pets, no noisy kids, outside noise. Maybe a cabin in the woods, or an isolated place on the beach. I’m not near a beach or a woods, so now what? Lock myself in the bathroom or one of the closets? Humm…now there’s a thought. How conducive would either of those places be to writing though?

Isn’t this where determination and desire kick in? Writing is not necessarily a picnic, which means as a writer you do what you have to in order to crank it out.

I clearly recall sitting on top of a bunker on a moonlit night in Vietnam, writing a song poem. You might consider such conditions extreme, but it didn’t stop me from writing. Why? Because I had a “want to.” Putting words to what was going on in my mind at that time was paramount. Denying those thoughts and feelings was simply impossible. Any obstacle can be overcome by a determined spirit!

Now my favorite writing space is probably the same as most others. However there is a strong bet few would define it as such, based on the prompt and suggestions given. For me my most favorite and productive writing space is in my head. That’s where it all starts, and I can be anywhere, fully capable of recording my most immediate thoughts on my cell, or if my iPad is at hand use my remote keyboard to write it down.

Interestingly enough today I listened to an interview with Ray Edwards, author of Writing Riches: Learn How to Boost Profits, Drive Sales and Master Your Financial Destiny With Results-Based Web Copy . A huge take-away was that of “creating” a book as opposed to writing it. He insists during a conference with another writer, who exposed this idea to him, that he was then able to literally create two books in one weekend! Incredible, right?

Not so much when you think about the very basics of it. The key is dictation. Speaking into anything that will record and can be downloaded to your computer. Why? Because you can talk faster than you can type. Mistakes and all! Once recorded then it’s just a question of transposing, either yourself or a service that does it professionally.

Beyond that is the fact this is one less stop to get to your fingers. Not a big deal you might say. Think of it this way. From my thoughts to my mouth and out to a recording device. Or, from my thoughts to my fingers to a keyboard where I type anywhere from ½ to ⅓ as fast as I can speak. That’s with mistakes.

Another thing I notice is that nano second of time between the thought and execution on the keyboard, has been the cause of more than one change that might have been better left to the impromptu thought I had first. “Think long, think wrong.” Something to consider.

So my favorite place to write is where it all starts in the first place. In my noggin. Some may make the comment you can’t write in your head. Thinking for a second they may want to reconsider, as if I can speak it faster than write with a keyboard, that could be because it’s already written in my head and I’m just transposing it.

Anyplace I go is a laboratory to write or dictate. Walking to a coffee shop, walking in the woods, in an elevator, along a busy street, it’s all possible. Mostly it depends on removing the mental blocks about doing something that may seem strange to those around us. After all, aren’t we writers supposed to be an odd bunch anyway?20150212_104833

So right now the T.V. is going in the background, it’s evening when things should be winding down. The street outside my window is busy with loud motorcycles, buses with squealing brakes as they maneuver down the hill, cars honking their displeasure, a dog barking in the echoing hallways of our complex, which most might consider this atmosphere to be the least conducive to good writing.

Excuses for not writing are more plentiful than the fabled Carter’s Little Liver Pills! Any one will do. So your choice is to see this for what it is. A challenge to stop making them! Just write! Writing whatever comes to mind, but just write, for as long as it takes to make it a daily habit.

You be the judge. Your comments will cement how you resonate with this content. So your call to action writers is to…well, comment!

Is What I Think About To Write None Of Your Business?


At the very least that title should have gotten your attention. Thoughts perhaps of, “Who the heck does he think he is saying that?” I can only imagine some more colorful thoughts laced with stronger words.

Recently in response to a writing challenge I find myself really doing what I have needed for decades. Consistent writing on an everyday basis. That challenge was over a month ago so it may be safe to say a habit has been formed, and quite honestly I have no desire to break the momentum.

A couple of my posts have been made about writing that sort of touched on why I write. Still as I sat gazing out my window at the clouds, thoughts began to enter that were a little more profound and not at all superficial, as I suspect the posts I made may have been.

While it’s true that I have been writing, or maybe better said journaling, for years, there was never a thought as to the why of it. Recording thoughts about events in life, creating a poem, building pages for my websites, being amazed at the depth afterwards discovered still amazes me. Fascination may be an even more descriptive word when rereading something written several years ago, or just months.

I have had to ask my wife on occasion, “Did I really write this?” On many of those moments she could indeed confirm. Yet I am left with, “Wow, I really did that?” Chances are it only amazes me and my wife. That seems confirmed by two eBooks I have out there that have not exactly caught fire with the reading public. Many explanations, not the least of which is promotion, could be the greatest reason.

Will that keep me from writing? Not a chance! Persistence not aimed at public acceptance in the first place has much to do with that. There are hundreds of files on my hard drive that have never see publication. It’s likely most never will.

The question at the beginning has not been ignored, rather I felt a little background might ease into that thinking.

Writing is a way of talking to myself silently, that examines those thoughts constantly emerging from my mind. Not common thoughts such as movie reviews or grocery lists. Deeper and abstract at times, which makes it impossible to create meaningful conversations with most.

One of my favorite games is to catch a thought at any point, and trace it back to it’s origin. While at first there seems to be no connection, excitement is finding there always is. The progression puts me in mind of the synaptic  transmission connection shown in various explanations through video or animation of how the brain works. photo credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/31189469@N05/11444773364">I'm Not In Love no.156</a> via <a href="http://photopin.com">photopin</a> <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">(license)</a>

Not many are ready for discussions that could center around such topics. More superficial musings tend to be prevalent, centered around sports scores, fantasy football, the latest video game, soap opera or movie. To me, very little brain power is required discussing such. Not an ego trip there, it just is what it is.

Thoughts have power, the harnessing of which is no easy feat. There’s a good bet that right now you may be thinking I have entered into some sort of fantasy. Scientific studies will prove me out with nothing more evident than the “Placebo Effect.”

Thoughts centered around a belief that something has taken place so strong, that even surgical procedures have shown to be slightly less effective over time than when there were none. A phenomena that has yet to be fully understood, for which the medical profession would prefer to ignore! Imagine people thinking themselves well, without a doctor. They would probably get burned at the stake!

The power of thought has shown it’s effect in my life over the years, so it is no mystery to me that it is real. Indulging in my thoughts then would seem to be somewhat understood if not acceptable or comprehended by others. There are those who may choose to label this as “crazy,” or even something as drastic as “schizophrenia.” Well, as stated in the title, what I think about to write is none of your business. Who really cares about what I think? Desiring to read it is a different story.

So there’s the challenge. Reading thoughts put to words not motivated by what the public wants to read. Rather ideas, musings, random wandering through the quagmire the mind can be, completely original offerings with more than just an intent to put things on a page. You get the chance to see deep inside, if you dare. I don’t know, but that sort of transparency could be scary for some, or many.

I’m gonna go watch some more clouds.

Is There Really A Super Food Or Just Super Fools?

What is a Super Food anyway? Do they have muscles or can they fly? As a food does it give you super powers? What makes it super to other foods? Is it just a marketing ploy to charge more for it? Can this be yet another example of just hype?

For 40+ years I have searched for that magic potion that would address the physical ills of humanity. It started with Shaklee Products in Texas back in the ‘70s, and includes AMWAY, Tahitian Noni, Herbalife, Melaleuca, Xango,Natures Sunshine, NuSkin, doTerra, Omnilife, Life Vantage, and likely a few more that have long since been forgotten.

In each and every instance I was convinced the health products above all else were the answer. I took them, drank them, swallowed pills, certain I had discovered the answer to human health. If you could swallow it, then it wouldn’t matter that you ate crappy fast food and basically did everything to damage your health. This was the cleanse all, repair all.

In all those years since 1975, I have found one product that actually worked. Or at least it seems to have done what it claimed. I’m still out to lunch as whether of not the product worked, or it was something else. What I do know is I no longer suffer from acid reflux, or the beginnings of gout and arthritic pains. These disappeared wishing weeks of taking a product named Protandim.

I still have to support this product, simply because it is the ONLY one that has been “peer reviewed” over 15 times which can be found in the National Institutes Library of Health Reviews at pubmed.gov.

I freely admit that each and every time for a short period, these various products seemed to be improving my health. The one I got the most benefit from never phased my significant other. Her diabetes and other health issues remained unchanged. None made my hair grow back or clearly increased my energy level. In fact, at one point some of the Shaklee products actually caused me to become hyper-active. More likely me than the products, but it’s hard to say.

So what’s the point here? Do they work or not? And this is where it gets back to something basic I have covered in other articles. Remember the placebo effect, and how the mind and a persons desire to believe is actually what made the difference? Are these products any different? Is it possible we are really victims of our own minds ability to make the difference and not the product?

Grapes are one of those foods that contain an abundance of what are called antioxidants. These are the rust inhibitors that wage war against the free radicals that with age, slowly rust out our bodies from the inside out. While our bodies produce greater amounts of the antioxidants when we are younger, age begins to reduce this and we all know the result. So anything that can reverse this process has the potential to be the fabled “Fountain of Youth!”

Scientifically years and lives have been dedicated to discovering such a product. Protandim has been studied by the best making every effort to disprove it’s seeming ability to do what no other has.

I was talking about grapes, and how they possess the same antioxidant quality found in a pill. The only problem is you would need to consume about 18 pounds of grapes everyday to equal the amount of antioxidants in this pill. That many grapes on a consistent basis just isn’t going to happen.

So is it the pill, or the peer reviews? Is it the amazing combination of 5 herbs into a pill, or the powerful impact of seeming proof that it can do what is claimed? This information, much like that given to a group involved in a double blind study where placebos are involved, could be strong enough to convince the mind to do the work instead of the pill.

This idea has not escaped the medical profession nor manufacturers of drugs and OTC cures. Recent studies have exposed that a huge majority of patients diagnosed with depression, have been receiving placebos, and their depression is held in check. The medications are not cheap, and the pharmaceutical companies will stop at nothing to keep that away from public knowledge.

So here’s another example of the mind being used against us. The questions is, are there really super foods or just super fools? There are many foods that we should be eating, and none of them are processed or pasteurized! Maybe the real super foods are simply those that are natural and organic. Although “natural” has been horribly misused, and even organic has lost it’s value now that the USDA has become the so called watchdog and certifier. They aren’t a watchdog and they don’t follow up on certification inspections.

So what has happened. Once again it comes down to a question of convenience to consumers, looking for the fast fix. It’s just easier to swallow whatever, instead of taking the care and time to eat right. So business paid attention and we have health in a bottle.

That allows the end user to believe it makes no difference when they eat all the foods which make them unhealthy. The feeling is that the “pill” will magically reverse unhealthy trends happening in the body, but it doesn’t.

So you are the resource that makes the difference. However you use your mind, it always works according to the input.

Are You Really Sick Or Just Think You Are?

You’ve read about all the latest illnesses, viruses, diseases, and for every one there is a drug. The media uses every resource to inundate your mind, first with the sickness, then with the “cure.” Pretty soon every time you sniffle, have a stomach cramp, a headache or nausea, you start wondering which of those problems you have.

Does it occur to you that maybe you’re not sick with anything at all, other than the imagination of a brainwashed mind? Companies pay billions for advertising, and for what? Just so viewers see pretty pictures and anything from cartoons to classy 30 second productions? Which by the way, have no impact on the viewers according to Ad companies trying to dodge bullets that their ads are corrupting young lives or responsible for dysfunctional behavior.

James Vicary added subliminal messages to a movie titled “Picnic” in 1957. It suggested “Hungry? Eat More Popcorn. Drink Coca Cola.” Supposedly sales for both items rose substantially. Then in 1962, a startling confession was made. Here is the quote.

“In 1962 Vicary suddenly confesses that he fabricated the results of his experiment… Why would someone discredit himself in such a way and lose his dignity and credibility? It’s obvious that he was paid to do so by those who use subliminal messages to manipulate you. Remember the quote from “Usual Suspect” : The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist… That’s exactly the trick they are trying to pull, I.E. convincing the world that subliminal technique does not work.” Read the rest on this item here.

Time has proven it does. Here’s another link to some interesting facts about this source of manipulation. It’s no joke, but you’d think it was as the general attitude by viewers is it doesn’t work. While statistics can be manipulated like any other report, sales of particular products following such advertising have always been followed by increased sales.

Convinced yet? Read on.

The idea here is to help you understand how you are allowing your thinking to be controlled and manipulated to do, think, feel and act in ways that are programmed. A logical, reasonable, thinking person would never knowingly, willingly allow themselves to be manipulated the way multitudes are today. What is happening is worse than the tale of the Pied Piper! Political ads are some of the most devious. Food ads spend more money than any other product, and the U.S. has the obesity to prove it!

So let’s take this back to health, mental as well as physical. Whether you believe it or not, you are being told what to eat, how to get sick, and and the way you should live your life. The average viewer watches 5 hours daily, and is submitted to roughly 281 ads during those 5 hours. Add that for the 7 days and it comes to nearly 2000 brainwashing exposures weekly.

Now repetition is powerful. Don’t think so. “Just do it!” “Got Milk?” “Tastes great. Less filling.” “Good to the last drop.” “Melts in your mouth, not in your hands.” Those are just a few and chances are you know everyone of them by heart. So don’t say it doesn’t work. If you habitually buy any of those products, then the point is made.

So is this starting to sink in, or do I need to repeat it some more? The question is, are you sick, or just think you are? Sounds silly, right? How about diabolical? Can you make yourself sick? Better yet, can you “think” yourself sick?

An earlier article reveals the power of the placebo effect. What is the placebo effect other than the mind’s ability to strongly believe in something? If because of repetition you begin to strongly believe you are sick, what do you suppose is going to happen? If you also strongly believe due to repetition that the drug related to your illness is going to make you better, what happens next?

Now here’s the billion dollar question. What would happen if the opposite were true? You were getting constant repeated messages that you are healthy, happy, peaceful, content. These messages were greeting you 2000 times weekly. How would your life be different? Is this getting through?

Your mind, mine, have all been subjected to hijacking. Some are more susceptible than others. Others are just too stubborn to let the messages come through. But wait! Are those the ones who are healthy? Think about the ones you know to be somewhat rebellious. There may be a hint.

One of the most amazing accounts focused on the power of the mind and thought, is a book titled “The Intention Experiment” by Lynn McTaggart. 51bxPCmxwCL._SX316_BO1,204,203,200_Perhaps the most flabbergasting  part of this book are the scientific experiments, to show the power of just thought. You may not become a believer, but it will definitely give you a feast for thought.

In the end, whether you choose to think yourself sick or otherwise, it will be your thinking, or someone doing it for you. What do you willingly choose?

I wonder what hidden messages are really in the instrumental music I’m listening to in the background? Since it is on more hours of the day than the shows, they must be good. Maybe music really is what makes the world go round! No wait, I think that was love. They are both in my mind. What’s in yours?