Reflecting Pool


reflecting_poolBETWEEN us TheosophyWatch editors, we know loved ones who’ve died or almost died at the hand of psychiatrists who over-prescribed them with powerful anti-psychotics.

More recently, we grieved for 12-year-old Denis Maltezm and 7-year-old Gabriel Myers who, the Miami Herald reported, allegedly lost their lives this way.

Denis’ mother is suing the psychiatrist and a special task force is investigating Gabriel’s death. Gabriel, a foster child, “had been taking a cocktail of mental health drugs,” the newspaper said.

Now we realize how important pharmaceuticals and medical technology can be and, frankly, both of us owe our lives to them. Patients should always consult with their physician, before changing or stopping any prescribed medication they may be taking.

At the same time, we increasingly discover reports of conflicts of interest between medical researchers and certain rapacious pharmaceutical companies who fund them, often resulting in skewed research that declares a new drug to be safe, when it really isn’t.

Milarepa

Milarepa, who knows how to listen!

We’ve also butted heads with doctors who find it easier to prescribe a pill with deleterious side-effects than to really listen to the patient, observe, and find the true problem.

A Rare Soul

I reminisce about Percy Brown, Jr., a remarkable youth I met and interviewed in Los Angeles years ago. He was at risk—a gang-bound foster child, but he turned his life around by volunteering in a park. “I had a lot of anger inside of me,” he said.

“[I] was so confused. Because of the way I had to live, I fenced myself up. I was taken into hospitals, and I had to take medicine. I was not only hyper, I was angry. I had therapy. I had medication. But you can only have so much therapy and medication and it may not work. I’ve told myself that the only medication and doctor can be me.” (Los Angeles Times, June 29, 1996).

How rare and fortunate a soul Percy Brown is!


meditating_children

Medication or Meditation?

“The man of meditation is superior to the man of penance and to the man of learning and also to the man of action; wherefore, O Arjuna, resolve thou to become a man of meditation.” -KRISHNA, Bhagavad-Gita Ch.6

News in Science:

Meditation helps kids with ADHD, Helen Carter, ABC writes:

“Meditation can help improve symptoms in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), an international psychiatry conference heard this week.

“The Australian study in 48 children diagnosed with ADHD found Sahaja yoga meditation led to an average 35% reduction in symptom severity over six weeks, and enabled many to reduce their medication.”

Meditation Around the World

Transforming Lives: The David Lynch Foundation provides funds for students to learn to meditate In the past year, the Foundation has provided millions of dollars for thousands of students, teachers, and parents to learn to meditate.

“ADHD is the most common psycho-social disorder in children, affecting almost 4.5 million children. It causes impaired executive functions of the brain, creating difficulty in controlling attention and behavior. The symptoms commonly associated with ADHD are impulsiveness, hyperactivity, and inattention.”

You Are What You Swallow

If we imbibe the consciousness of an animal when we eat it, as Helena bottlesBlavatsky has suggested, whose consciousness (or consciousnesses) do we imbibe when we consume a pharmaceutical drug?

In The Key to Theosophy, she says, “when the flesh of animals is assimilated by man as food, it imparts to him, physiologically, some of the characteristics of the animal it came from.

“Moreover, occult science teaches and proves this to its students by ocular demonstration, showing also that this ‘coarsening’ or ‘animalizing’ effect on man is greatest from the flesh of the larger animals, less for birds, still less for fish and other cold-blooded animals, and least of all when he eats only vegetables….

“…we advise really earnest students to eat such food as will least clog and weight their brains and bodies, and will have the smallest effect in hampering and retarding the development of their intuition, their inner faculties and powers.

Water lilies

You Are
What You Bless

Is this why the blessing of food, its purification and spiritualization, is an ancient practice of esoteric traditions worldwide?

If we are to be careful and mindful about the effects of certain foods on our consciousness and “inner faculties,” what to do about ineluctable pharmaceuticals that we rely on?

Try This at Home

The effects on cooked rice after 30 days of speaking positive or negative words to it.

Water Crystal for “Truth”

Many of you know about the amazing water crystal work of Dr. Masaru Emoto who has shown that human speech or thoughts directed at water, changes its molecular structure. Once frozen, water droplets thus affected take on new shapes and forms– beautiful or ugly, depending upon whether the words or thoughts were positive or negative.

Crystal of water exposed to words "love and gratitude."

Crystal of water exposed to words "love and gratitude."

Emoto claims this can be achieved through prayer, music, or by attaching written words to a container of water. Is this not scientific proof of the effects of positive and negative intentions?

“Remembering thoughts are things — have tenacity, coherence, and life, — that they are real entities — the rest will become plain.” – Mahatma Letters

Positive & Negative Energy Effects
on Water Crystals

Transformative Power of Intention

“It is the motive, and the motive alone, which makes any exercise of power become…malignant or…beneficent,” Madame Blavatsky explains in Practical Occultism,

“It is impossible to employ spiritual forces if there is the slightest tinge of selfishness remaining in the operator. For, unless the intention is entirely unalloyed, the spiritual will transform itself into the psychic, act on the astral plane, and dire results may be produced by it.

The powers and forces of animal nature can equally be used by the selfish and revengeful, as by the unselfish and the all-forgiving ; the powers and forces of spirit lend themselves only to the perfectly pure in heart and this is DIVINE MAGIC.”

More Magic Rice

Since learning about Dr. Emoto’s work, are you more mindful when you walk past a pond, to send it your good intentions? Have you experimented with your own water, putting words on containers?

If your good intentions can change molecular structures of water into beautiful forms, what happens when you do the same with a bottle of pills?

© Kara LeBeau 2009. All rights reserved.

Nicholas Roerich, "Drops of Life"

Nicholas Roerich, "Drops of Life"

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8 responses to “Reflecting Pool

  1. Thanks for your very interesting and insightful article. I would like to address one section, namely, the one about transcendental meditation being helpful to children with ADHD. This claim is gaining more and more ground thanks to empirical proof, such as the Australian study you mentioned, and others listed at http://www.tm.org/benefits-adhd#q08. To me, proof was gained through direct experience. I have a little stepdaughter who had been diagnosed with ADHD. Her mother wanted her to be put on medication. Luckily, we decided to try transcendental meditation first. The child improved right away, she was able to focus better, interact better, and her relationship with other children improved, she no longer had outbursts. A few years later, she had no trace of ADHD symptoms.

  2. Gary Barnhart

    Some where in HP Blavatsky’s materials there is a sentence about “that in the next century” the thought processes affecting water or water crystals becoming known. Since I went Wow when I read it, I have since been unable to locate it so if anyone sees it or knows about it please let me know through these replies.
    ( otherwise Odin has my email address)

    Regarding, medicines; having worked in the mental health field, I can readily say there is so much good and progress that it is disheartening to hear when drugs might be over used or misapplied and especially with children.
    Even so, I had a thirteen year old niece who died by overdosing on her asthma medication and she was not on any psycotropic medication.

    I did not see this article, Reflecting Pool, as an either/or message regarding meds versus meditation. Both have benefits and some meds are literally life saving as the authors mentioned, plus this can be said in both a physical and/or a mental perspective.

    Meditation changes brain waves thus can be said to affect brain functioning, and normally for the better.
    Also neurofeedback has shown itself effective in teaching children and adults with various disoders to achieve better mental heath and bodily functioning.

    This is a thought provoking article and is suseptible to so knee jerk reactions from individual experience and knowledge.

    • Gary, maybe you were thinking of the Voice of the Silence: “Eternal life’s pure waters, clear and crystal, with the monsoon tempest’s muddy torrents cannot mingle.”

      “Heaven’s dew-drop glittering in the morn’s first sun-beam within the bosom of the lotus, when dropped on earth becomes a piece of clay; behold, the pearl is now a speck of mire.”

      http://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/voice/voice1.htm

  3. There is a time and a place for everything. However, in my opinion, powerful pharmaceutical medications are used too soon and too much. There are many reasons for this. One is that people do not realize that other options are available. There are so many powerful healing modalities that are more natural and holistic, and do not have the side effects of synthetic chemical drugs.

    One of these healing modalities is the Transcendental Meditation technique, which has been scientifically documented to improve both physical and mental health. I have watched friends slowly transform, drop bad habits and make positive changes in their lives when they started regularly practicing the TM technique.

  4. Hello,

    Thank you for your comment. Odin added your helpful suggestion to the text. A point well made!

    This article that I wrote is not about Meditation vs Medication–that was just the subtitle of one section that looked at recent research on the positive results of meditation for children with ADHD.

    I stated early on in the article on behalf of Odin and myself, “Now we realize how important pharmaceuticals and medical technology can be and, frankly, both of us owe our lives to them.” That, in itself is a disclaimer.

    Odin and I did not cite isolated incidents of dangerous overuse of pharmaceuticals. Unfortunately, the over-prescription of pharmaceuticals is a big problem. Look at, for example, excessive use of chemical restraints as a rampant problem affecting children, elders, and especially individuals with developmental disabilities. Numerous reports (and lawsuits) have exposed this problem, and a number of states are responding by revamping their policies on the use of chemical and other restraints.

    As someone who has been keeping herself alive for over 45 years by injecting insulin, and am now dependent on other medications to sustain my life, I am ~extremely~ sensitive to the needs of well-chosen and necessary pharmaceutical medications.

    At the same time, my quality of life is dependent on use of herbs, supplements, alternative healing, and spiritual practice. Without these, I would not be able to sustain my fast-paced career and personal fulfillment, and would probably have to go on disability.

    The key idea behind my article, Reflecting Pool, is to bless your medications.

    Perhaps when you have more time, you can re-read the entire piece.

    Thank you, again, for your helpful comments.

    Best,
    Kara

  5. Dear Marina, you have a good point that we probably ought to have considered. We will add an appropriate “disclaimer” suggesting, as you say, along the lines that people ought to “exercise good judgment in phasing out meds under their doctor’s supervision if their progress justifies such a change.” The exact wording is in Kara’s capable hands. Thank you for your suggestion, and for your continued faithful readership! -Odin

  6. Marina Kalorides

    Congrats for all phenomenal videos and articles !

    I would like though to make a comment about the
    recent article regarding medication versus meditation.
    I feel that the ” reflecting pool “is doing a disservice to many people in need of medical treatment for daily functioning .

    All doctors are not just for the money or for prescribing pills and a lot of times especially in psychotic cases prior to meditation, medication is necessary to stabilize mood and enhance rational thinking necessary for any other alternative method of treatment.

    I feel that emphasizing random cases without knowing all the specific of each one is more dangerous than doctors prescribing pills just for the money.

    I have witnessed wonderful results from people who have received medication and were complient with treatment and counseling therefore i feel that is better to encourage people to get help when needed and then to exercise good judgment in phasing out meds under their doctor’s supervision if their progress justifies such a change.

    In addition to above, one needs to keep in mind that situation at group homes/nursing homes are not ideal therefore measures should be taken in order to have more medical personel available for risky cases along with patient and family education and counseling.

    As for the impact of loving environment versus emotional/physical neglect wonderful studies have proven the effect on newborn children exactly like in rice experiment. After all, love has a unique power to penetrate into the very core of everything …

    Thank you for all the wonderful work done and all the great articles.

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