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Why Facebook may save the world

facebookI love Facebook, and not for the usual reasons.

I joined kicking and screaming about five years ago after my Australian friend Barbara convinced me it was a great way to stay in touch with friends around the world.

She was right, but I’ve found it’s also so much more.

“Between Twitter and Facebook and how close you can be with your fans and how close they can be to you these days is, I think, quite miraculous. It’s like getting a greeting card every single day.” Holland Roden, actress

Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg in a Harvard dorm room in 2003 and has since changed the way we live our lives.

Is it misused? Of course. But the good it is doing can’t be minimized – it’s connecting the world, or at least the half a billion people worldwide who use it.

Facebook is an excellent example of the old saying: “you get out of it what you put into it.”

Here is what I don’t do on Facebook

  1. I don’t play games [with the exception of an occasional online Scrabble game with my friend Wanda].
  2. I don’t take surveys to find out what kind of flower, animal or moonbeam I am. Turns out many of these quizzes are actually data mining tools for advertisers. Ever notice the ads on the right of the page are for things you have searched for or were answers on these quizzes? We’re going to be seeing more of these games, so just be discerning.
  3. I don’t post much personal information.
  4. I don’t complain. In fact, I have unfriended many people who use Facebook that way. If you’re not contributing to the raising of the vibration of the planet, I don’t want to interact with you. This may sound harsh but we’re living in a time of great danger to our planet. In the words of Buckminster Fuller, “There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth.” Either contribute to solutions or step aside.
  5. I don’t stalk or bully people.

“I didn’t know what Facebook was, and now that I do know what it is, I have to say, it sounds like a huge waste of time. I would never say the people on it are losers, but that’s only because I’m polite. People say ‘But Betty, Facebook is a great way to connect with old friends.’ Well at my age, if I wanna connect with old friends, I need a Ouija Board. Needless to say, we didn’t have Facebook when I was growing up. We had a phonebook, but you wouldn’t waste an afternoon with it.” Betty White, 92-year old American actress and comedian

 Here’s what I do on Facebook

  1. Post and share inspiring articles, photos and quotes. My favorite sites are Zig Ziglar and The Mind Unleashed. If I’m feeling a little down, taking a look at Facebook for the inspiration shared by my friends and my “liked” organizations is a great pick-me-up.
  2. Occasionally announce a class or event I’m hosting.
  3. Take a look at friends and family pages to see photos they’ve posted and get updates on their travels, etc.
  4. Get the important news that mainstream media won’t touch, particularly about health and the environment. Facebook is the only place to get the full story about GMOs, environmental pollution by big business, etc. Did you know that foods labeled “USDA Organic” are not actually organic?? I learned that from a very intelligent, well-researched article on Facebook. Of course, you have to be discerning and consider the source, because there are many false articles, too.
  5. Comment on issues I find important and of interest.
  6. Private message friends who’s emails I don’t have. Emails can change, but FB private messaging will likely always be there. I’ve found that many people spend more time on Facebook than checking e-mail, so private messaging may be a faster way to reach them.

 Little known Facebook facts:

• Facebook encourages community and communication. Did you know that anything you post on Facebook only gets seen by about 16% of your friends or fans?

And the ones likely to see your posts are those who interact with you most often through likes, shares and comments. So, the more you comment on and share posts from a particular source, the more of them you’ll see.

“The thing that we are trying to do at Facebook, is just help people connect and communicate more efficiently.” Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook

• In 2011, Facebook was sited as a reason for a third of divorces, according to Divorce – Online, a British divorce firm. The most common reasons cited were inappropriate messages to members of the opposite sex, separated spouses posting nasty comments about each other, and Facebook friends reporting spouse’s behavior.

It once again comes down to the fact that we all need to take responsibility for our actions and be discerning.

• The general consensus by experts is that Facebook has facilitated political protests around the world, such as in Columbia and the Arab Spring: communication through social media is hard for oppressive regimes to control unless they shut the down the internet entirely.

Facebook is bringing the world together… It has become an overarching common cultural experience for people worldwide, especially young people….It’s membership spans generations, geographies, languages and class. It changes how people communicate and interact, how marketers sell products, how governments reach out to citizens, even how companies operate. It is altering the character of political activism, and in some countries it is starting to affect the processes of democracy itself.” David Kirkpatrick in The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World

“Facebook was not originally created to be a company. It was built to accomplish a social mission – to make the world more open and connected.” Mark Zuckerberg

And isn’t that what we all want?

There is great good to be accomplished by open communication among the 99% of the world. Let’s all use social media for the good it can do.

 

The U.S. Constitution and the Great Law of Peace

u.s. constitution“The history of the U.S. Constitution we weren’t taught in school”, first published here in 2012, has turned out to be one of my most popular posts. I thought a repeat this holiday week would be appropriate.

Only the title of the post has changed:

If you’re like me, I learned in grade school that the U.S. Constitution was based on ancient Greek democracy. Which was a creative stretch of the truth, since ancient Greece was not a democracy.

My research as to what children are taught today about the origin of our government is also disappointing, although there are some states that have updated the teachings to include Native American influence.

Apparently the Founding Fathers simply created it out of thin air, or were influenced by European governments even though there was no democracy anywhere in Europe at that time.

The True History of the U.S. Constitution

The truth is that the U.S. Constitution is modeled in both principle and form on the Great Law of Peace of the Native American tribe known as the Iroquois.

What is your intention?

bigstock_Eagle_Flying_1655554When I work with clients in my healing practice, I ask them to set an intention as to what they want to get out of the session.

They don’t even have to tell me what it is. But an important part of healing is to take an active role and let the universe know what you want.

Intention can be expressed as simply stating, “I am ____________.”

The “I am” is a statement of how you want to live your life.

Why you have to state your intention

I have found that not everyone wants to be healed – they may get some side benefit from illness that serves them, such as time off work, attention or sympathy.

And they may not even be aware of it.

Sometimes they have become so defined by their disability that they don’t know who they would be without it – it’s the only identity they know, so they are afraid to become a new person by becoming whole and healed.

That’s why we need to be clear on our intention so the universal forces know what we want to partner with them on.

We always have choice – let your choice be known: “I am ________. This is what I want, please.”

Why is the world’s largest garbage patch in the ocean?

garbage patchDid you know the world’s largest garbage patch is in the ocean?

And that it consists of what was once hailed as a great future?

In the 1967 film, The Graduate, starring Dustin Hoffman, the new college graduate is cornered by a friend of the family with advice for his future:

Mr. McGuire: I want to say one word to you. Just one word.
Benjamin: Yes, sir.
Mr. McGuire: Are you listening?
Benjamin: Yes, I am.
Mr. McGuire: Plastics.
Benjamin: Exactly how do you mean?
Mr. McGuire: There’s a great future in plastics. Think about it. Will you think about it?

[Note: the bolded line is ranked #42 in the American Film Institute’s list of the top 100 movie quotations in American cinema.]

Little did we know that the great future of plastics could turn out to be The Great Pacific Garbage Patch – and a persistent tragedy on our planet.

Sadly, very few people even know about it.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

A quick oceanography lesson:

A gyre is a naturally occurring vortex of wind and currents that rotate in clockwise direction in the northern hemisphere, and counterclockwise in the southern hemisphere.

There are five major oceanic gyres on the planet. The North Pacific Gyre is the largest ecosystem on Earth and it covers most of the Northern Pacific Ocean. It has a clockwise circular pattern formed by four prevailing ocean currents.

The whirlpool effect of the gyre collects plastic debris that has been discarded into the ocean. An ironic example of The Law of Attraction at work.

What were you told as a child that isn’t true?

told as a childAccording to Norm Shealy, M.D., research shows that human beings are born with only two natural  fears:  loud noises and falling.  All the rest are learned.

And very likely instilled in us by adults as we grow up.

As a result, we are allowing the fears we learned as little children to influence our decisions today.

Or, in the words of Emotional Freedom Technique expert Brad Yates, our adult lives are being run by kindergartners.

It’s time to stop letting the kindergartner inside us run [and ruin] our lives.

I have been under a lot of stress lately – too many projects and too little time.  I’m sure you’ve been there before.

I am grateful I know many stress reducing techniques to help me through it.

In taking a close look at what was triggering some of my stress, my mother’s advice to me as a child popped up as the source of my fear of failure.  She’s the one who told me to be afraid.

Out of her love for me, ironically.  And I bet many of you have had the same experience.

My mother grew up in an age when women had very few options.  The primary career choice was wife and mother.

I was of the generation that was just starting to break that pattern, and my mother told me she envied the choices the women of my generation had — because she didn’t have any when she was my age.

When I was a teenager starting to think about my future, my mother told me that I should get a teaching certificate so that if anything ever happened to my husband, I would have “something to fall back on.”

There were several messages in there:

  • I was expected to get married
  • My husband would take care of me
  • If anything happened to my husband [that meant death, by the way, because there was virtually no divorce 50 years ago], I wouldn’t be able to take care of myself UNLESS
  • I should become a teacher, which was the only career choice for most woman at that time.

So today when I was working on clearing my stress level over current projects that aren’t proceeding as fast as I’d hoped, these admonitions cropped up.

Because it was instilled in me at an early age that I just might not be o.k. taking care of myself.

Whew!  What a big burden to carry.

But the most important thing is:  she was wrongWomen, including me, are perfectly capable of being successful, healthy and happy, with or without a husband.

So what is the lie you were told as a child?  What fear was installed in you?

Did you buy into it?

If so, isn’t it time to set it aside?

How long are you going to let the kindergartner in you run your life?

Please feel free to comment below.  I’d love to hear your insights

 

 

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