Prayer and Meditation

What really is prayer and meditation? Well, I guess it depends on who you ask. I was raised Catholic and I was told to pray to God for things that I wanted. Well, after much thought, I realized, “Doesn’t God already know what I want?” They were basically saying that if I didn’t “pray” to God, He would be clueless as to my desires. That is ridiculous! Of course “God” or the “Universal Mind” or whatever you want to call the All That Is knows my desires! It knows it before I know it!

Prayer and MeditationPrayer is this: It is the direct application of our energy towards a goal, whether that be to acquire something or bring about a desired state (like praying for someone else to be healed). Quite simply, prayer is the directing of our energy. This is no different than the manifestation techniques I use to manifest my reality. When we go about our lives mildly wanting and wishing for things, our energy is like a light bulb for it is going out in 100 different directions and is almost useless. When we “pray” or purposely use manifestation techniques, we turn that same scattered energy into an exponentially more powerful energy laser. God already knows what you want, but you have to apply yourself and ask for it with energy defined by will and passion. In fact, the more passionately and fervently you wish for something, the greater the energy will be directed towards that goal. This is why I specifically state that the will power must be increased in order to manifest effectively. I also encourage you to create written goals, as those are “prayers on paper.” You can’t direct your thoughts if you don’t even know what you want and articulate them. What do you want? Ịs it written down? Are you directing your will and passion towards it?

On the other hand, meditation is the art of quieting the inner noise in the mind to allow the higher self to “descend” into your consciousness. Every moment of your life, your higher self (or God or whatever) is sending you messages about life, yourself, and the universe, but because the noise in your head is so loud and constant, you rarely hear it. By going within, quieting the chatter, you will start to experience such things as psychic messages, bi-location, parallel dimensions and more. You will start to broaden your sense of “self” and realize that you are more than your physical body and in fact, have no real boundaries! Eventually, you will experience the God state and be one with all things. Meditation mixed with things like prayer, light work or affirmations increase results in those areas as well. Meditation can be a primer for any of those things.

Mediation and prayer are our natural tools to create and experience life more fully. Learn them, use them and expand your life.

4 Steps to Deal with an Employee’s Substance Abuse Problem

If you suspect that an employee has a drug or alcohol addiction, here are four steps to help protect your business. on

By Gwen Moran

The odds of substance abuse issues finding their way into your business are sizeable. According to the Department of Health and Human Services’ 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, of the 18.9 million adults classified with dependence or abuse, nearly 52 percent were employed.

“Many employers miss the signs,” says Cali Estes, a certified drug and alcohol therapist who works with companies and individuals dealing with substance abuse in the workplace and elsewhere.

Those signs can be subtle, but might include physical signs like bloodshot eyes and residual alcohol smell. Others include excessive absences, coming to work late and leaving early. Some drugs might make the user active, so someone who is up and walking around all the time and who looks really busy, but isn’t getting anything done might be showing signs of addiction, Estes says. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence publishes this list of common signs.

When employees have addiction issues, it can affect the company in a number of ways, ranging from lost productivity to significant liability if an employee is drunk or high on the job and causes property damage or injury.

Every company should have a written substance use and abuse policy that prohibits using drugs or alcohol during work hours and gives the employer recourse if the employee’s performance is being affected by drug or alcohol abuse after-hours. Employees should be required to read and sign the agreement upon hire, Estes says.

And if you do suspect an employee has a problem, take these four steps.

1. Gather resources.
Most communities have substance abuse prevention agencies and resources. Check out a few local organizations to determine if they have any education materials or recommended resources for individuals dealing with substance abuse. Having a list of support groups, treatment facilities, and other resources lets you give your employee a place to start to deal with his or her issue. Make this list available to everyone in the company.

2. Explore your insurance coverage.
If you have employer-provided health insurance, call your insurance company to determine what treatment is covered and if they have recommended resources in the community. Estes says that insurance coverage can vary wildly from policy to policy, so it’s important to understand what is covered so you can encourage your employee to take the appropriate action for his or her financial circumstances.

“Checking into rehab could be a $30,000 to $50,000 expense. Getting treatment on an outpatient basis is an option and is typically much less expensive,” Estes says.

3. Consult your lawyer.
From setting your substance abuse policy to firing someone who’s used drugs on the job, you need to consult your attorney throughout the process of dealing with an addicted employee. You need to be sure your policy complies with state and federal employment laws and that any termination complies with those laws, as well, while also protecting your company from liability if the employee does damage while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

4. Take action.
The worst thing you can do is ignore the signs of substance abuse. If you see an employee who shows common signs, you need to address the issue directly by having a private conversation with the employee in which you review the company’s policy, express your concerns, and provide any resources you’ve gathered, Estes says.

“Usually if their job is on the line, we can say, ‘If you don’t get some form of help, you’re going to get fired.’ In states where that’s in compliance with the law, that usually works”, she says.


Are Alcoholics Anonymous and the 12 Steps Really Irrational, Unscientific & Outmoded or are they Actually Vindicated by Pioneering Neuroscience? 

Spates of recent articles in the press have denounced 12 Step programs as unscientific and irrational but this is based in a lack of understanding of what creates and maintains healthy neuro-adaptation in humans.
You might think comparing Alcoholics Anonymous with more scientifically proven treatments for addiction is a bit like comparing apples and oranges. How can an eighty year old, quasi-religious movement of non-professionals possibly stand up against mainstream psychology and medicine? A recent article in the The Atlantic (April issue) asked exactly that, “The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous” by Gabrielle Glaser. In her piece Glaser slams both AA and the 12 Step treatment industry as ineffective in dealing with the nation’s alcohol problems, citing medications such as Naltrexone and Antabuse as being more effective because they reduce cravings and create aversion to alcohol, rendering AA’s abstinence philosophy redundant. However, advances in the understanding of addiction are showing us that there may well be sound scientific principles at work within the social processes of AA and other 12 Step groups. To read more, click on link

Patricia Rosen 📖 Publisher at The Sober World Magazine


You Can Change The World! by: Gina la Morte:

YOU. Yes, you, have everything inside of you to change the world. That world can be 7 billion people or that world can be 1 person. Sometimes the impact we have on one single individual is what literally does change the world or the world of somebody else! So when you think about your calling, your dreams, your purpose, sometimes all that awesomeness God put inside of you is to help make a difference in someone else’s world! Your dreams are designed to make a change. Make the world a prettier place, only in the way YOU were designed to do it! Isn’t that an exciting thought? So don’t look at your dreams as just simply selfish desires that you are striving for. Realize that your dreams, someway & somehow have the power to impact the world and truly make a difference! Follow your dreams, they lead to your destiny! (‪#‎myownrepost‬!) ‪#‎dreams‬‪#‎designingyourdream‬ ‪#‎book‬ ‪#‎worldchanger‬ ‪#‎you‬ ‪#‎change‬ ‪#‎difference‬‪#‎destiny‬ ‪#‎bohodreamacademy‬

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