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Energy flows where attention goes....by James Arthur Ray
4/30/2007 11:34:37 AM

On Virginia Tech... Energy flows where attention goes.

Monday, April 23, 2007

"Energy flows where attention goes."

James Ray International

With the latest example of violence at Virginia Tech, millions of Americans and people around the world are asking, "What's the cause?"

We are a nation inundated with violence from every angle. One manifestation of this is the current ever-increasing popularity of violent horror films. In fact, according to an article I recently read in a major paper, "the more violent the better."

Graphic images of violence in the media are now common place, and our senses have become deadened to depictions of violence. Is it any wonder that since Generation Y (or the Internet Generation) has grown up their entire lives watching graphic violence in their own living rooms night after night, that this would be programmed into them as "normal?"

To add to that phenomenon, as a nation we've spent the last half a decade totally consumed with the "war on terror." Our news brings terror into our living rooms every single night.

"You cannot solve a problem from the same level of thinking that created it."
--Albert Einstein

As Americans, we are surrounded by this "war," and yet the greatest terror we experience is in our own homes and airports. I travel over 200 days per year, and I cannot tell you how many times my bags have been "terrorized" and ransacked... all in the name of national security.

Every single time I'm in the airport of late, I hear the announcement repeated over and over again, "The TSA has raised the security threat level to orange." What the heck does orange mean, and how are the colors decided? I've never heard of the threat level as anything other than orange (as close to red on the visible spectrum without being red). Will it ever drop to sky blue, white or pink? Doubtful. That wouldn't be scary enough.

Terror has now crept into our school system at great magnitude and the message is loud and clear that we must wake up!

In my book Practical Spirituality, I wrote a chapter entitled "Stand 'For' Something Versus 'Against' It." If our full attention continues to focus upon terror, we feed the beast... It's a raging bonfire, and we're throwing another log on it day after day, week after week.

Bottom line: The "war on terror" feeds and propagates terror... Violence in our media and in our homes feeds and creates more violence.

I'm not suggesting that the "war on terror" or any other single philosophy is totally and completely responsible for the tragedy at Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech is the outcome of a momentum of energy that has pumped violence and terror into our homes and minds over time. The Virginia Tech incident is the REAL "code orange."

And if we don't wake up soon, it will only continue to intensify.

The only way to stop the madness is to increase our consciousness and shift our focus. And it seems that our friends across the pond are on the right track. A member of Tony Blair's cabinet, International Development Secretary Hilary Benn, said they are no longer using the term "war on terror." According to Benn, "the phrase strengthens terrorists by making them feel part of a bigger struggle." It's definitely a step in the right direction.

I encourage each individual to release the "war on terror" from their vocabulary and minds and begin focusing on "propagating peace." As we begin to shift our individual consciousness, we shift the consciousness of our country and, eventually, the consciousness of our planet. It may not occur overnight, but let us begin...

"You cannot solve a problem from the same level of thinking that created it."
--Albert Einstein
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To your continued wealth and happiness,

James Arthur Ray
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~ Drummerboy Keep on thinking positive…..thank God for everything that’s good in your life……..and make it a great week!

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Re: Energy flows where attention goes....by James Arthur Ray
4/30/2007 4:04:12 PM
Brian,

Thanks for the article.

What you resist you become. Unfortunately our media is so heavily laced with negativity and violence that it's easy to feel awash with a sea of terror and horror.

Reality is vastly different.

We need to think for ourselves and ask questions about what we see especially on TV. We have to understand the  TV lens is very narrow and the whole picture is often very different from the one captured by the camera. Unless you have seen this in action it is hard to understand how reporting of "news" can get so distorted.

I once witnessed a minor scuffle at an event here locally, that was capture on film. When I saw the event, now portrayed as a riot, I was stunned. The so called riot was nothing more than a minor scuffle with the police who where taking beer away from some trouble makers. Partly as a result of that film that festival was closed down.

I also did an interview on a fairly large local TV station. At the studio I was pre interviewed by the news anchor . When I took my place before the cameras I was expecting similar questions which I recieved but due to time slot constraints, my host rushed throught the interview and tried to summerize a fairly complex issue in one line.


Unfortunately we take what we see as real, and have little notion that our news is as manufactured as our cereal neither of which are particularly good for you.


A lot of really good people work tirelessly to change this perception.


That is what my site and my quote page is all about.

I intend to share the sunshine not the rain.


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Re: Energy flows where attention goes....by James Arthur Ray
5/3/2007 3:58:39 PM
Hi Brian,

What an absolutely great article, and thank you for sharing.  Wow!

He really summed that article up in the one sentence  
The only way to stop the madness is to increase our consciousness and shift our focus.

We just have to keep sharing this stuff with everybody to get the message out........and one day peace will reign.

Thanks for all you do,  Jill
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Re: Energy flows where attention goes....by James Arthur Ray
5/4/2007 9:20:48 AM
Thanks Brian, I agree, what we focus on expands. Live well, Laugh much, Love often, Ally
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