Blog: Can Your Thoughts Turn Rice Black?

Blog: Can Your Thoughts Turn Rice Black?

I recently did an experiment involving nothing more than ordinary rice and water.  The results totally blew my mind! Take a look at the contents of the 3 jars and their labels in the photo below.  Note the differences between them: This photo was taken just 7 days after the experiment began.   As you can see, the rice in the “I Hate You” jar turned black!  The “Neutral” jar turned cloudy and a whitish scum began to form on the glass.  But the “I Love You” jar remained the clearest of them all!  Pretty amazing, eh? The first time I saw this done was in a video on YouTube.  I have to admit that I was somewhat skeptical;   it just seemed too bizarre to be true… But seeing is believing, and I’m a believer now! Why not try this out for yourself and draw your own conclusions? …………………………. How To Do The Experiment First, I got 3 identical jelly jars and filled them three-quarters full with tap water.  Next, I placed a heaping tablespoon of cooked white rice in each jar and put the lids on.  Finally, I labelled the jars as follows: 1.  “I Hate You – You’re an Idiot!”  2.  “I Love You – You are Wonderful!”  3.  [No label].  The 3rd jar is “neutral” and serves as the “control” in the experiment. Then, each day, for a week, I spoke to the jars!  Yup, I know it sounds crazy, but I literally said the words on the labels out loud to each respective jar! The results speak for themselves.  This simple, yet ingenious, experiment is evidence...
Blog:  How to Handle the STUFF of Life

Blog: How to Handle the STUFF of Life

  Can you imagine spending days on end, sitting on a cushion in a hall with 30 other people, listening to all your thoughts, feeling every emotion and noticing every last little sensation that shows up in your body? On top of that, spending that week in total silence, speaking with no one, completely unplugged from the internet, the only outside stimulation coming from the food you eat and daily walks in nature? That’s exactly how I spent last week, at a Vipassana Meditation Retreat on Samish Island, near Bellingham, Washington. Vipassana means “insight” in Pali, the sacred language of Buddhism. During 14 sitting and walking meditation periods a day, I learned to bring laser like attention to my thoughts, feelings and body sensations, with the underlying purpose of opening up to a deeper, richer, extra–ordinary perception of Reality. Needless to say, some of the emotions, thoughts and physical body sensations that came up during this bold journey through my own consciousness were challenging!  Like the burning hot pain under my shoulder blades…  Free-floating anxiety about the future…  Regret over certain things I’d said or done in the past… Since I was stuck sitting on my cushion most of the time, I couldn’t use my usual strategies for distraction;   TV, Facebook, or playing with the dog were not options here! So rather than pushing away or resisting or actively trying to change what was coming up, I had little choice but to make a Herculean effort to just “BE” with everything that was going on inside of me!  I surrendered my resistance and began to get curious, engaged and...

Workshop May 12th: “5 Strategies for Inner Peace”

Stress Reduction Workshop with David Raphael Mon, May 12th, 2014, 7pm – 9pm. Vancouver, West End Register Here Learn how to calm your mind, be happier, healthier and have more energy! •    Why is it that I persist in the same behaviours – even though I want to change? •    How can I keep from getting de-railed by the stresses of my life? •    What does it take to become the person I always wanted to be – and live my best life? It’s All in Your Mind Wouldn’t it be great if you could retrain your brain for calm and focus, so that you could achieve the success you want, in any area of life that matters to you? A key aspect to this is moving out of your active Beta brain state and into a more relaxed Alpha brain state… and even into a super-chillaxed Theta brain state.  This induces what scientists call the Relaxation Response, which is the opposite of our normal “Fight or Flight” response. In short, it’s a very wise idea to spend some quality time in the Alpha state every day… You don’t need any fancy machines to do this; you can shift your brain state quickly and easily, on your own, once you have the strategies that work. Join David Raphael for this inspiring, interactive workshop and learn tried-and-true techniques to de-stress your body, calm your mind and create more loving, harmonious relationships. “5 Strategies for Inner Peace” Monday, May 12th, 2014, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Location: David Raphael’s Home Address:  Suite #1, 1019 Gilford St (btwn. Nelson St & Comox...

June 2nd & 8th: The Open to Love Seminar

Soulmate Attraction Workshop with David Raphael Mon, June 2nd, 2014, 7pm – 9pm. West End, Vancouver Register Here Sunday, June 8th, 2014, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Maa Yoga, Deep Cove Register Here Are you wondering if True Love is ever going to happen to you?  Maybe you’re asking yourself: Why do I keep repeating the same old patterns over and over again? Is it possible for me to get what I really want in a relationship? Why does the one I love not seem to love me back? When I DO attract someone, why do I always seem to find out later that they are not the right one for me? I am passionate about teaching single women like you how to recognize and overcome the blocks to manifesting the relationship of your dreams. I know how do this because I did it myself… and I am eager to share with you the principles that will allow you to clear the obstacles that have been holding you back from love. Join me, David Raphael, this upcoming seminar entitled: The Open to Love Seminar: “How to Release the Hidden Barriers to Love & Finally Attract your Soulmate“ During this 2-hour live event, you will discover… -The 3 Hidden Barriers that prevent you from attracting the right partner. -What you may be doing to repel love without even realizing it. -How to clear out past heartaches and pave the way for true love. -How you can become magnetic to your Soulmate.   The Open to Love Seminar Monday, June 2nd, 2014, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Register Online for Early Bird Tickets...

20 Awesome Affirmations

Powerfully worded affirmations allow YOU to set the tone for your day, rather than outside circumstances like the burnt toast, the not-so-good news on the radio or the traffic jam on your way to work. I suggest choosing 3 affirmations from the list below each morning.  Then repeat them to yourself several times as you go through your day.  As a reminder, it’s a good idea to write them on sticky papers and place them in key locations like the bathroom mirror or on your computer. I can choose peace instead of this. I am full of health, energy and vitality. My body is thriving. I am bigger than any obstacle. There is time enough for all important things. I know what to do and I am doing it. I go with the flow. I am strong and resilient. I am the action of love in the world. I get everything handled. This is a universe of infinite possibilities. I am creating love and support in my life. This too shall pass. I am naturally abundant. I choose healthy relationships. My Soulmate is on their way. My thoughts create my reality. Today I choose joy. I am making healthy choices. I breathe in...