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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Interview With Author Sylvie Beljanski




Winning The War On Cancer


President Nixon signed the “War on Cancer” into law in 1971. Nearly half a century and hundreds of billions of dollars later, it looks like we are still fighting a losing battle. Or are we?
What if a natural solution had been discovered, but had just been overlooked by the pharmaceutical industry due to lack of profit potential?

When a new, natural and non-toxic way to address cancer is being discovered, it is a game-changer that does not go unnoticed in the scientific community. But instead of being hailed and embraced, it is fiercely opposed by prominent scientists with strong ties to the pharmaceutical industry and the might of the government is called upon to the rescue, to perpetuate a failing model that contributes to losing the war on cancer.

A new breakthrough book, an amazon best-seller, Winning the War on Cancer: The Epic Journey Towards a Natural Cure (Morgan James, June 2018, (230) pages, $ 19.95, Trade Paper; ISBN 978-1683507246) reveals the visionary discoveries of a French scientist whose suppressed research led to improvements in the prevention and treatment of cancer...naturally and without toxicity.

This book is a “story within a story” as through its pages, Sylvie Beljanski, the daughter of Mirko Beljanski, PhD, outlines a personal journey of discovery of her father's new, and promising, paradigm for the treatment of cancer. This tale unfolds against the backdrop of the French establishment, determined to obliterate the findings of the world's first green molecular biologist, one who spent over 40 years studying the environmental impact of DNA replication and transcription.

1.      Sylvie, are we winning the war on cancer? The data looks bleak: according to a report by the American Cancer Society, the number of cancer cases around the world is expected to double by 2030. However, I feel that we are meeting a turning point, and to some extent, yes, we are winning the war on cancer, but it is not the doing of pharmaceutical companies; rather it has to do with people understanding that we are living in an extensively polluted planet and starting to take action about it. They are eager to educate themselves to make better, healthier choices with their food and learn about their health options. I do believe that integrative medicine may allow us to win the war on cancer if done intelligently, by seeking natural compounds that are effective and non-toxic.

2.      How can the government help the process of discovering and shaping new treatments for preventing or treating cancer? What if the best treatment is natural, and is of no interest to pharmaceutical companies? Today, it would go unnoticed. The system is distorted. By changing patent laws that force medical companies to create a new man-made molecule in order to be able to patent and make money on it, by changing the way scientific grants are awarded, by creating a patient-centered and health-centered health system rather than a sick-centered health system, the government could possibly create a new way to look at cancer drugs. But this is not an easy task. On the other hand, preventing dietary supplement manufacturers from making any health claims, even when backed by solid science, deprives the public access to useful information, and is something that the government could easily change.

3.      Will our healthcare system be able to afford the way it’s going when it comes to funding expensive cancer treatments? As it is, the healthcare system is definitely going bankrupt, but to me the main issue is not so much whether the treatment is expensive or affordable, but rather whether it is effective. Even an inexpensive treatment, which is not effective, still costs too much. I believe that in the long run the smartest approach would be prevention, which by itself means education. It always amazes me to see that governments on one hand complain that there is not enough money to fund the healthcare system but at the same time there is nothing being done to look into natural, affordable solutions. Hopefully people are getting there by themselves without waiting for governmental action.

4.      What inspired you to tell the story of what happened to your father? For a long time it was too painful, I just could not talk about it. And then, little by little, after years of serving on the executive board of The Beljanski Foundation, my father’s story became a part of my own story. Once I owned it, I was able to share it. Now I am doing so because I strongly believe that this story can make a difference in other people’s lives. I often hear people say if there was something “out there” that they should have heard about it. But it is not that simple, sometimes the truth is suppressed and the message is too painful to share. That doesn’t make the message any less important.

5.      It’s also a story of how you, a lawyer, became a health expert involved in attacking the number one problem. Do you think people will find inspiration from reading your book? I would like to think that by reading Winning the War on Cancer people will find inspiration, hope, and a few suggestions to help improve their health. Nothing had prepared me for this mission but when I realized that I was basically the only one able to carry it out in New York, since everything had been destroyed in France, I decided to stand up. Growing up I had the opportunity to see firsthand how effective my father’s approach was and I just could not allow for its destruction, although I had no idea how difficult it would be. To me it has been a tremendous opportunity for growth, discovering what my life’s purpose is, and being given the chance to fulfill it.

6.      What did your father’s research uncover when it comes to treating cancer naturally? The cornerstone of my father’s research is that most cancers result mainly from a progressive and cumulative destabilization of the DNA, rather than a mutation. To a certain extent, this slow process gives us opportunities to prevent what is happening, and to fight it. Also, my father had the idea that if nature came up with carcinogens, nature had also come up with natural anti-carcinogens. He discovered two of them, one coming from the bark of a tree from the Amazon rainforest, and the other one from a bush in West Africa. Research confirmed that they were not toxic, effective on a large array of cancers, and able to work in synergy with chemotherapy.

7.      What does the Beljanski Foundation do today, 20 years after its founding? The Beljanski Foundation’s mission is to sponsor research programs with various natural extracts recognized by Mirko Beljanski for their anti-cancer properties. Research has entailed programs on prostate cancer at Columbia University, including advanced prostate cancer that no longer responds to chemotherapy, as well as ovarian and pancreatic cancer at Kansas University Medical Center. All of these studies were completed using the same botanical extracts. They have been reported effective on males and females and have also exhibited great synergy with a variety of chemotherapies. We are now looking at cancer stem cells, those cells deemed to be responsible for cancer relapse and metastasis, and the preliminary data is extremely promising. Our work is made possible by the generous donations of individuals who believe in the mission of The Beljanski Foundation.

8.      Your father was a scientist in Paris at the prestigious Pasteur Institute, but at some point, was forced to leave. Why? During the 60s and 70s, the genome, then recently discovered by Watson and Crick, was looked upon as the future of medicine, and the director of the Pasteur Institute wanted everyone to work towards engineering genetic drugs. Instead, Mirko Beljanski was drawn to environmental medicine and to what caused cancer in the first place. Environmental medicine was a new field of medicine at the time and considered highly controversial because no one wants to be held responsible for pollution and subsequent diseases. Today, Mirko Beljanski is considered the “Father of Environmental Medicine” because he was the first one to provide a scientific explanation at the level of the DNA on how environmental toxins can affect our DNA and induce cancer.

9.      Do you believe the French government poisoned your father to silence his work? Why? Yes, I do. Even though there was no “smoking gun” there was a lot of circumstantial evidence, including, of course, the fact that they did not even care to give him a day in court and respect the due process, as if they knew he was about to die. He was a healthy man until he developed acute myeloid leukemia just two months after the unwarranted spraying of his laboratory by a SWAT team that did not even belong to the police force. I believe they did so because they had no serious case against him but still wanted to get rid of him and his research. My father’s lab was the only independent laboratory working on cancer at the time in France.

10.  How did he help an ailing French president, Francois Mitterrand? Long before the Mitterrand story, many doctors in France routinely prescribed my father’s products with great success, including the family doctor of Mitterrand’s mistress. When Mitterrand was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer, the surgeon who performed surgery saw that the cancer had spread everywhere. He predicted that Mitterrand would not complete his term and that the country should prepare for early elections. Upon his mistress’s insistence, Mitterrand agreed to consult with her doctor and take Beljanski’s products. Against all odds, Mitterrand started to get better and better, and was finally able to finish his term. Unsurprisingly, a number of powerful people were so infuriated by the lost opportunity to seize power that when Mitterrand finally passed away, they sent a SWAT team to destroy Beljanski’s laboratory.

11.  What lasting message do you hope readers of your book will be left with? If you think that finding your life's purpose is hard, wait until you get to the part of fulfilling it! Fulfilling your life’s purpose will require you to muster all of the courage you can, consume all of your energy, and force you to face people who will try to derail you by throwing their negativity at you. It will be more than a bumpy road: brace yourself for the roller coaster! I never would had found the strength to fulfill my goals if I had not felt that my life's purpose was actually bigger than my own life. In the end, if I can make a difference by sharing with the world this information about fighting cancer naturally, I believe that it was all worth it.

Please note: This author is a client for the public relations firm that I work for.

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Brian Feinblum’s insightful views, provocative opinions, and interesting ideas expressed in this terrific blog are his alone and not that of his employer or anyone else. You can – and should -- follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at brianfeinblum@gmail.com. He feels much more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog © 2018. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s Independent.  This was named one of the best book marketing blogs by Book Baby http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/the-best-book-marketing-blogs and recognized by Feedspot in 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. Also named by WinningWriters.com as a "best resource


Monday, May 21, 2018

Use Your Book’s Contents To Promote Your Book




When promoting your book to the news media you are hoping the publicity will sell more books, enhance your media resume, elevate your brand, and provide a platform for your message.  Perhaps one of the best ways to do all of that is to repurpose the contents of that book so you can get lots of mileage with online and print media.

For a non-fiction book, each chapter could serve as a story idea.  Think of how you can promote yourself as an expert not just of the broader book topic but on specific subjects.  For instance, your book on personal finance, relationships, diet, parenting or travel can be promoted to the media not just as a book but you as an expert on numerous topics.  Have specialized pitches that narrowly highlight one point and only one point.

Each chapter can be chopped into smaller blog posts.  Sometimes you can just quote a section of the book and it reads as a stand-alone post.  Other times you may have to borrow different portions from various parts of the chapter or book and string them together to serve as a blog post.  

You can take portions directly from your book but then you have to add new content, perhaps something that relates to a particular situation in a current news cycle that ties into your book.

For social media, look for stand-alone paragraphs in your book that can make for good Facebook posts.  Add a visual and re-post on Instagram or Pinterest.

For Twitter, look to quote a sentence or two from a bunch of places in your book.  You may have enough material for over a hundred tweets.

You can inquire at various websites if you can guest-post content on their sites.  Take 600, 700,1000 words from your book and post it elsewhere. The same could be true for newspapers and magazines.  See if they have an interest in you penning a by-lined article – especially if it’s on a topic you can take from your book.

Your website should feature book excerpts and a downloadable sample chapter.

Another way to utilize your content is to post one- to two-minute-long videos on your site, for You Tube, or to be shared via social media.  These videos can be you sharing advice, instructions, interesting stories or opinions on timely topics – all of which you might be able to read from your book.  Same is true for a podcast.

Good luck in using your own words to sell your book!

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Long Live The Writer -- And Words!



I feel, when faced with an empty canvas (in the form of a lined yellow pad), that the words will just come to me and flow out of me, onto the page as if they were being dictated.  I rarely am unsure of what I’ll write next.  It comes naturally, if not necessarily.  I want to write.  I must write.  This is my purpose – and pleasure and passion.

The words are supposed to get us somewhere – both you, the reader, and me the writer.  The words should help us understand and appreciate the lives we lead and the world we live in.  They help us fill in the blanks, supplement a life that’s incomplete and a world that often makes no sense.

The words have meaning and a past and relevance to one another.  There are no unknowns with words.  They are predictable. It’s other parts of our world that seem unknown and unknowable.  Words should not fail us. They are assigned a value and they reflect what we understand, experience, think, feel, and desire.  But life goes beyond our words and sometimes no combination of existing words can explain how we feel nor comfort us nor make us any better than we really are.

Words can lead to fights even wars.  They can lead to death and destruction.  They can also bring people together and tell us what love is all about.

Words elevate our society and those who read, write, and teach with words should be our leaders.  Without intellect we have chaos.

Sometimes our words get twisted in lies and are abused by marketers, politicians, lawyers, and desperate people.  It’s when we misuse words and say what we don’t mean that we fall into a trap, where words become weapons for our enemies.

Writers love to play with words.  They don’t just use them as the building blocks of some magnificent architectural marvel.  They toy with words and tinker with them.  Writers want to own words, even coin a few.  But really they are merely renting them.

Writers have access to the same resource as everyone else -- we each can use the same words, even simultaneously.  It’s an unlimited energy source in the sense that billions of people can use the same words, with no scarcity of usage.  You using a word doesn’t stop me from using the same word, but, due to copyright laws, we can’t arrange the same words in the exact same order.

There is a limit to how many words exist at any point in time but nothing stops the writer from making words up and creating a new language.  Some of the best books include fake words, some of which would later get adopted by the dictionary.

The writer, especially of books, sees words as valuable tools in which he or she uses to convey ideas, inspiration, information and visions of a better life and world.  The writer knows that there’s a challenge – for him to say the right thing and for readers to correctly interpret his intentions; for the reader to feel so moved that the book impacts his or her life; for that changed individual to make a positive difference in the lives of others.  All of that can come just from the juxtaposition of words.

Long live the writer!


Spelling Sells
One of the earliest best-sellers in America was Webster’s Spelling Book, published in 1783.  By 1890, 60 million copies had been sold.

Best Seller Lists – Origins
According to the book.  The Bestseller Code by Jodie Archer and Matthew L. Jockers, the word “bestseller’ entered the dictionary in the late 18th century, around the time the first list of books ranked by consumer sales was crafted.  They write:

“While it should be a neutral term, it has developed some connotations that are likely misleading.  The literary magazine The Bookman started to print “Sales of Books during the Month” in 1891 in London and in 1895 in New York after the International Copyright act of 1891 slowed down the distribution of cheap pirated copies of British novels.  Until then, no sales statistics had really been possible.  From the beginning, the lists – which were printed in each major city and typically reported the top six sellers of the month – were about two things that were new to the book world.  The bestseller lists were about sales as the only criterion for inclusion, and a proxy recommendation system for what to read next.”

Authors Owning Bookstores
We’ve heard of authors who become publishers, as more books are self-published than produced by traditional publishers.  But do authors now need to open bookstores too?  Some small presses recently opened up bookstores, so why not an author?  Novelist Alex George (A Good American-Putnam, Setting Free the Kites-Putnam) and founder of Unbound Book Festival, opened an indie bookstore in 2018 in Columbia, MO.  It’s a general bookstore that fills the void for an area that’s lacking bookstores.

Book Advertising

According to The Books in America, “The first full-scale advertising campaign for a book was probably mounted in 1898 with Charles Major’s When Knighthood Was in Flower.  Full-page advertisements were displayed in magazines that compared the author, whose name was not revealed, to such literary greats as Shakespeare, Scott, Dumas, and others.  The public was fascinated, and the publisher encouraged highly publicized attempts to discover the author’s name.  Sales were huge, and the publishing world was duly impressed.  Advertising was here to stay, and without the publishing industry firmly entered the twentieth century.”


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Brian Feinblum’s insightful views, provocative opinions, and interesting ideas expressed in this terrific blog are his alone and not that of his employer or anyone else. You can – and should -- follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at brianfeinblum@gmail.com. He feels much more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog © 2018. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s Independent.  This was named one of the best book marketing blogs by Book Baby http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/the-best-book-marketing-blogs and recognized by Feedspot in 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. Also named by WinningWriters.com as a "best resource.”

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Interview with author Brian J Greenberg



The Salesman Who Doesn’t Sell: A Marketing Guide To Making Money While You Sleep

Brian J. Greenberg has founded businesses in e-commerce, marketing, and financial services. He has generated over 100 million in revenue from his businesses True Blue Life Insurance, Wholesale Janitorial Supply, and TouchFree Concepts. Brian has collected over 10,000 reviews and testimonials from customers, been named one of the most creative people in financial services, and has been called The Salesman who doesn’t sell. As a multi-faceted entrepreneur, Brian believes in building integrity into everything he does, operating a business for the long term with a strong reputation, and a commitment to exceptional customer service. For more info, see: https://www.truebluelifeinsurance.com.

1. What really inspired you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and conveying it into a book?
I’ve been running companies online since 2003 and have seen marketing strategies change drastically. After the April 2012 Google Penguin update I saw thousands of quality companies purged from the google index and their businesses destroyed. Since that date companies must do the things that real companies do, and stay far away from black-hat link building tactics.
I believe that in order to grow your company for the long term, a customer-centric approach is required. In the book I show companies how to obtain 5 star reviews from customers and then leverage their online reputations to attract new business and shorten the sales process. I want to put an end to pushy sales tactics and terrible service and show that there is a better way.

2. What is it about and whom do you believe is your targeted reader?
This book is for current and aspiring business owners. I show all the things a company and do to build their online reputations. Online social proof benefits entrepreneurs who run online and offline businesses. These days people go online to confirm the validity of company, and your online reputation can make or break a sale.

3. What do you hope will be the everlasting  thoughts for readers who finish your book? What should remain with them long after putting it down?
I hope that readers take away that it is better for long-term business success to focus on the customer experience, rather than short term profits.

4. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers?
The thing that separates entrepreneurs from wantrepreneurs is action. The same hold true for authors. Focus on progress, not perfection.

5. What trends in the book world do you see and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?
I believe we are seeing the publishing industry move towards an online focus, rather than physical bookstores. This lowers the barriers to entry for authors via self publishing options. How many Twitter and Facebook followers you have is a large factor on how lucrative a publishing deal you can get.

6. What great challenges did you have in writing your book?
Everytime I went through the book I decided to add more or re-work content. I pushed back the release date of the book several times to make sure the book was as good as it can be. There is a drive to just get your work out there, though if the work is truly done well, it will stand the test of time.

7. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours?
I think people know about the huge opportunity to market their businesses online, though they have no idea how to do it. People need to be cautious when choosing how and with who to market their companies. I’m here to help cut through the clutter. I understand the obstacles that entrepreneurs and business owners face when it comes to marketing their companies. I know because I’ve been through it all and found a better way—better methods for long-term marketing success.

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Interview With Author Dana M. Hayne




GPS for the Soul—Wisdom of the Master


1. What really inspired you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and conveying it into a book?
In truth, I felt commanded out of compassion for the suffering of others both to write and publish GPS for the Soul. You see, I was just so incredibly confused growing up. And when I look around me today, I see similar confusion or outright disillusionment, growing exponentially. I see so many folks, young as well as old, but especially the young, asking, “What’s it all about—life that is? What’s the point of all this? Why am I here? What does it matter anyway?” And it would seem that no one has answers for them. And as a result suicides, addictions, violence and mental illness grow. I feel GPS offers not only understanding for these folks, but also solutions.

2. What is it about and whom do you believe is your targeted reader?
GPS targets readers who are searching or have questions—metaphysical questions: Who am I? Why was I born? What is the purpose of life? Is there life after death? How do I get what I get in life? These can be individual of any age or faith base, individuals recovering from addiction, those who have health challenges or who have experienced loss.

Back in the 50’s and 60’s, when I was growing up, I certainly wanted answers to those questions that folks are asking today. Roy Rogers and Ozzie and Harriett were beginning to lose their mythical hold on ‘all is well and wholesome’ due to the continuous succession of troubling world events —the Cold War, Korean War, Vietnam War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, as well as the multiple disheartening assassinations of JFK, Robert Kennedy, and Martin Luther King. All my trusted authorities—parents, teachers, church— were telling me one thing, but what I witnessed was quite different. How could one trust authorities who talked with forked tongue?

"Do as I say, but not as I do." Preaching non-violence while participating in endless wars. Preaching proper conduct and sexual integrity, while molesting young children and forcing young girls to abort or give up for adoption pregnancies imposed upon them through rape or force? Oh, none of it made sense! So, I packed my pack back and started circumambulating the globe looking for answers.

GPS for the Soul chronicles that search and its end result, which brought me right back to the United States where grace introduced me to a hundred-year-old wise man from Sri Lanka, who mentored me for over eleven years. Not only did His Holiness answer all my questions, but more importantly he resurrected my faith and awakened the station of wisdom inside me, whereby I might find answers for myself. Often he urged that one, "Seek even unto China for Ilm or wisdom."

3. What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? What should remain with them long after putting it down?
I want readers to know that life is not meaningless, not random, nor are they victims or powerless. I want them to understand that they do have power, and that that power resides in the development of wisdom and discernment, which can overcome ignorance and enable right action. What should remain with them is a sense that there is a source of Universal Goodness available to them and that a life of peace is possible.

4. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers?
Write what you know. Trust that your audience will follow.

5. What trends in the book world do you see and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?
Personally, I do not believe that every thought is print worthy and I think the explosion in self-publishing threatens to bury some gems under an avalanche of babble.  Also, many individuals are just reaching that age where they are beginning to understand and want to share their life’s lessons. Unfortunately, much of that wisdom is lost because these folks lack the computer and technological skills required in this day and age of self- publishing.

6. What great challenges did you have in writing your book?
            a. Trusting that I had something to say.
            b. Working with modern technology
            c. Learning how to be appropriately intimate with my audience.

7. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours?
My book does not just end when one finishes reading it. One is inspired to continue exploring the notion of wisdom and self-guidance.

Dana Hayne is a retired labor and delivery and maternity nurse. She received a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, graduating magna cum laude. She lived and studied alongside His Holiness Muhammad Raheem Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, a spiritual teacher from Sri Lanka, for thirteen years until his passing in 1986. She continues to assist individuals in their healing journey as a medical tour guide to the Casa de Dominacio Healing Center in Brazil for the spiritual healer, John of God. She also volunteers with the chaplaincy and hospice services in her community hospital. Dana lives with Rodger, her husband of more than forty years, in the suburbs of Philadelphia where they enjoy their two sons and three grandchildren. For more info, please see: http://www.gps4thesoulbook.com.

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Interview With Author Ivan Figueroa –Otero, M.D.




Spirituality 103: The Forgiveness Code


Ivan Figueroa-Otero, M.D. has practiced and studied medicine for over 40 years.  He had a lengthy career as a successful pediatric surgeon, retiring in 2009.  He then became certified in the practice of acupuncture and applies traditional Chinese medicine techniques to treating his patients.  Now, at age 73, he has released a series of award-winning, Amazon best-sellers that explore the depths of the mind-body- spirit connection and offers insightful advice on how we can lead fulfilling, balanced, and productive lives.  His books are a bit of Buddhism meets Western medicine, where the healing solutions come to us not only with pills or surgeries, but from within each of us.


1.       What’s your latest book, Spirituality 103:  The Forgiveness Code, about? Spirituality 103 takes the spiritual curriculum of the School of Life trilogy to a higher level by unraveling the emotional maze that traps us in the self-made prisons built by guilt. The book guides you through an imaginary battle fought in the deepest recesses of our minds, where the enemies, which are the shadows of our ignorance, are defeated by the guilt-busting light of forgiveness.

2.       You say the healing code for our emotional scars is forgiveness.  How so? In the allegorical view of our spiritual journey as a war scenario between wisdom (warrior of the light) and ignorance (the warrior of the shadows), the wounds create scars left by the emotionally sharpened sabers contaminated with the bacteria of guilt. Forgiveness is the only antibiotic that can facilitate the healing of those imaginary wounds. Understanding that the injuries were self-inflicted comes from the hidden wisdom stored in our DNA, liberated by the lessons of love (medals) acquired for our bravery under emotional bombardment.

3.       Living in Puerto Rico and seeing the devastation of the hurricane, as well as the economic duress that existed before it, how do you find your message helps to heal those in need? This has been a golden opportunity to apply all the lessons of my school of life in my own life and to see how learning from our mistakes of the past helps us to reconstruct our lives and our country in solidarity.

4.       As a pediatric surgeon for many years you often operated under a lot of stress.  What advice do you have for people to relax under pressure? Practice makes perfect when you focus on your given talents. You shouldn't only do your best, but also feel good about doing it. Feel respect and solidarity for the life’s purpose you share with others and do the best you can without expecting perfection in the results. Stress can be a motivating force to respect the importance and responsibility of your role and can extend your capabilities at doing it. Always feel connected to your common source of wisdom and think like a musketeer, “One for all and all for one.”

5.       You were also schooled in traditional Chinese medicine and became certified in medical acupuncture.  How have you seen healing take place by employing a mind-body-spirit connection? Modern medicine trained me to oversee the healing process of the patient and also get most of the credit for it. It also guided me to eradicate symptoms as rapidly as possible even if I didn’t know the cause. The dark side of this system is that if I failed I would also carry the burden of the result. In contrast, traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture and other holistic fields of medicine focus on looking for the root cause of diseases and empowering the patient to correct the lifestyle errors that promoted them. The healing is primordially done by the patient under guidance by the therapist.

6.       You talk about how individuals need to undergo a self-transformation that will guide our “magic-mirror” through our “multidimensional voyages”.  Please explain. In Spirituality 103, The Forgiveness Code, I compared our minds to a magical mirror where our universal experience will be reflected based on the purity of our vision. We are created from the reflection of the primordial magical mirror, which in its nature was pure, and as such we should be able to reproduce its clarity without distortions. During the multidimensional voyages traveled with our minds (mirrors) the subjective traveling experiences will be distorted by the emotional interpretations of the voyagers. These distortions are what we must transform by remembering the original pure creative reflection of our primordial magical mirror. “In the Magical Mirror of your mind, the clarity of your vision (self-esteem) will depend on the purity of your vision”.

7.       How can we understand the love lessons hidden within every experience of suffering? I am a firm believer in the law of cause and effect, which is in accord to Newton’s third law of physics, which says, “When one body exerts a force on a second body, the second body simultaneously exerts a force equal in magnitude and opposite in direction on the first body”. I differ with the traditional view of the law that maintains all effects of negative actions result in karma or punishment to the person doing it. The main purpose of the law, which I renamed the law of love, is to teach the individual who perpetrates the inappropriate action to learn from the consequences of his action on others, so that he or she can rectify it on future actions. The purpose of the law has always been a lesson of love that creates awareness and empathy. The good or bad results of any action will depend on the intention behind it. Intentions that consider the results of the effects on the majority of those that share our journey are said to be inclusive and unselfish, and those that only consider the impact on some of the voyagers are exclusive and selfish since they please only a few of the participants.

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