Movie: ‘Oranges and Sunshine’

Movie: ‘Oranges and Sunshine’

Jun 14

How could more than 130,000 children be shipped from Britain to Australia and other Commonwealth countries, often without their parents’ knowledge, and the world not know about it? This was the question British social worker Margaret Humphreys began to ask in 1986, when an Australian woman arrived unannounced at her workplace and asked for help in finding her lost family…

Richard Packham: ‘Why I Left the Mormon Church’

Richard Packham: ‘Why I Left the Mormon Church’

Jun 06

In the years since leaving the church I have never regretted my decision for a moment (other than the fact that it caused me to lose my wife and children). Subsequent study has given me a hundred times as much damning information about the church and its history as I had at the time of my original decision to leave it. Many Mormon friends and family members have tried to convince me that I made a mistake, but when I insist that they also listen to what I have to say about my reasons for believing the church to be false, they soon abandon the attempt, even though I assure them that my mind is open to any evidence or reasoning I may have overlooked. They are convinced that I apostatized because of sin, lack of faith, stubbornness, pride, hurt feelings, lack of knowledge or understanding, depravity, desire to do evil or live a life of debauchery. None of those reasons is correct. I left for one reason, and one reason only: the Mormon church is not led by God, and it never has been. It is a religion of 100% human origin…

Notes from Sedona’s 06/04/13 NDE Class

Notes from Sedona’s 06/04/13 NDE Class

Jun 05

This update includes information about the 2013 IANDS and ACISTE conferences, a new book by J. Steve Miller called “Near-Death Experiences as Evidence for the Existence of God and Heaven: A Brief Introduction in Plain Language,” a quick list of NHNE’s diverse and growing NDE resources, a video of Reverend Peter Panagore sharing his near-death experience, and, finally, tons of information about NDEr Jeff C. Olsen and his new book, “I Knew Their Hearts”…

A Sobering Lesson: Real Mastership Versus Fake Mastership (Updated)

A Sobering Lesson: Real Mastership Versus Fake Mastership (Updated)

Apr 06

There may be no case more perplexing or egregious than that of Yanagi Ryuken, a purported master of aikido. Master Ryuken apparently believed himself capable of defeating multiple attackers without deigning to touch them. Rather, he could rely upon the magic power of chi. Video of him demonstrating his devastating abilities shows that his students were grotesquely complicit in what must have been a long and colorful process of self-deception. Did these young athletes actually think that they were being hurled to the ground against their will? It is hard to know. What seems certain, however, is that Master Ryuken came to believe that he was invincible; otherwise he wouldn’t have invited a martial artist from another school to come test his powers….

TED: ‘Ron Finley: A Guerrilla Gardener in South Central LA’

TED: ‘Ron Finley: A Guerrilla Gardener in South Central LA’

Mar 07

Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA — in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where “the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys.”

Quote & 2005 Movie: Sophie Scholl

Quote & 2005 Movie: Sophie Scholl

Feb 26

“The real damage is done by those millions who want to ‘survive.’ The honest men who just want to be left in peace. Those who don’t want their little lives disturbed by anything bigger than themselves. Those with no sides and no causes. Those who won’t take measure of their own strength, for fear of antagonizing their own weakness. Those who don’t like to make waves — or enemies. Those for whom freedom, honour, truth, and principles are only literature. Those who live small, mate small, die small. It’s the reductionist approach to life: if you keep it small, you’ll keep it under control.

“If you don’t make any noise, the bogeyman won’t find you. But it’s all an illusion, because they die too, those people who roll up their spirits into tiny little balls so as to be safe. Safe?! From what? Life is always on the edge of death; narrow streets lead to the same place as wide avenues, and a little candle burns itself out just like a flaming torch does. I choose my own way to burn.”

— Sophie Scholl (1921 – 1943), German student, a member of The White Rose Society, a non-violent anti-Nazi resistance group. Died at age twenty-two.

Documentary: ‘Eat, Fast & Live Longer’

Documentary: ‘Eat, Fast & Live Longer’

Feb 19

Michael Mosley is a medical doctor, journalist and television presenter. He has set himself a truly ambitious goal: he wants to live longer, stay younger and lose weight in the bargain. And he wants to make as few changes to his life as possible along the way. He discovers the powerful new science behind the ancient idea of fasting, and he thinks he’s found a way of doing it that still allows him to enjoy his food. Michael tests out the science of fasting on himself — with life-changing results…

‘Shadow Effect’ Author Debbie Ford Tells Oprah She Has Cancer (Updated)

‘Shadow Effect’ Author Debbie Ford Tells Oprah She Has Cancer (Updated)

Feb 18

Debbie Ford, the co-writer of “The Shadow Effect” with Deepak Chopra and Marianne Williamson and “The Dark Side of the Light Chasers” tells Oprah that she has cancer…

Carla Golden: ‘What 16 Years of Smoking Taught Me About Playing Small’

Carla Golden: ‘What 16 Years of Smoking Taught Me About Playing Small’

Jan 06

Carla Golden writes: “After working through this process for several weeks, my cigarette cravings disappeared…”

Story: ‘The One I Feed’

Story: ‘The One I Feed’

Jan 02

There was grandfather, his little grandson often came in the evenings to sit at his knee and ask the many questions that children ask. One day the grandson came to his grandfather with a look of anger on his face…

New NHNE Facebook Page on Relationships!

New NHNE Facebook Page on Relationships!

Jan 02

NHNE now has a new Facebook page on relationships. NHNE’s relationship page is dedicated to the rarest, most valuable of all earthly treasures: conscious, caring, healthy relationships — first, with our fellow human beings, and then with the rest of creation…

Wanda Easter Burch: ‘She Who Dreams’

Wanda Easter Burch: ‘She Who Dreams’

Jan 02

Wanda Burch dreamt that she would die at a certain age; her dreams foretold her diagnosis of cancer, and then guided her toward treatment and wellness. She took advantage of all the usual medical resources available to her, but believes she is alive because of her intimate engagement with the dreamworld. “She Who Dreams” takes the reader into that healing dreamworld, opening a path to self-diagnosis and physical and psychic health. Through powerful prose and practical exercises, this book describes in compelling detail a life lived and deepened, and a death postponed. In the process it shows that wisdom lives within everyone, and that anyone can tap into that wisdom through dreamwork…

Movie Worth Seeing: ‘Jodhaa Akbar’

Movie Worth Seeing: ‘Jodhaa Akbar’

Dec 19

If you are looking for an interesting movie, with a beautiful message, take this one for a spin. It’s long, but worth it. One Amazon viewer writes: “It is a beautiful story about a wise leader who bucks tradition and chooses compassion over bloodshed, openness and acceptance over intolerance. It is also a wonderful love story.”

Story: The Power of Words

Story: The Power of Words

Dec 13

There was once a wise sage who wandered the countryside. One day, as he passed near a village, he was approached by a woman who saw he was a sage, and told him of a sick child nearby. She beseeched him to help this child. The sage came to the village, and a crowd gathered around him, for such a man was a rare sight. One woman brought the sick child to him, and he said a prayer over her. “Do you really think your prayer will help her, when medicine has failed?” yelled a man from the crowd…

Documentary: ‘Overview’ (Watch It Here)

Documentary: ‘Overview’ (Watch It Here)

Dec 07

Planetary Collective presents a short film documenting astronauts’ life-changing stories of seeing the Earth from the outside — a perspective-altering experience often described as the Overview Effect. The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it. Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment…

Mr. Happy Man – Johnny Barnes

Mr. Happy Man – Johnny Barnes

Dec 05

Johnny Barnes is a Bermuda native found waving to passing traffic at the Foot of the Lane roundabout in Hamilton, Bermuda, from roughly 3:45 am to 10 am, every workday, rain or shine. A Bermuda institution mentioned in several guidebooks and profiled in a documentary film, he is known for waving and saying “I love you, God loves you,” to passing commuters during the morning rush hour into Hamilton…

NYPD Officer’s Kindness Sparks Online Sensation

NYPD Officer’s Kindness Sparks Online Sensation

Nov 30

A tourist’s snapshot of a New York City police officer giving new boots to a barefoot homeless man in Times Square has created an online sensation…

New Hit Series: ‘Call The Midwife’ (Updated)

New Hit Series: ‘Call The Midwife’ (Updated)

Nov 09

Call the Midwife is a moving and intimate insight into the colorful world of midwifery and family life in 1950’s East London. We are introduced to the community through the eyes of young nurse Jenny Lee as she arrives at Nonnatus House to live and work as a midwife alongside an Order of Nuns…

Jon Bon Jovi’s ‘Soul Kitchen’

Jon Bon Jovi’s ‘Soul Kitchen’

Nov 09

The vision at Soul Kitchen is to serve healthy, delicious, and when possible, organic meals. At the Soul Kitchen you will notice there are no prices on the menu and you might have been seated with someone you don’t know. Customers pay the minimum donation or volunteer in some way to earn a voucher for a meal. The Soul Kitchen has served over 11,500 meals, most recently 31% of their diners were people in-need; and volunteers have donated over 12,200 hours of time to the program…

‘One Laptop Per Child’ Unleashes The Genius In African Children

‘One Laptop Per Child’ Unleashes The Genius In African Children

Nov 07

One Laptop per Child (OLPC) performed a bold experiment. They dropped off closed and taped boxes with Motorola Xoom tablets and without any instruction in two remote Ethiopian villages. The tablets were preloaded with alphabet-training games, e-books, movies, cartoons, paintings, and other programs. About 20 first-grade-aged children each were given a tablet in Wonchi and Wolonchete respectively — two isolated rural villages without a person that can read or write. Within four minutes after the tablets were dropped off, one of the children figured out how to turn on and use the tablet. Within five days, they were using about 47 apps per child, per day. Within two weeks, they were singing ABC songs in the village, and within five months, they had hacked Android…

The Island Where People Forget to Die

The Island Where People Forget to Die

Oct 26

Doctors said that Stamatis Moraitis had lung cancer. They gave him nine months to live. He was in his mid-60s. Moraitis considered staying in America and seeking aggressive cancer treatment at a local hospital. But he decided instead to return to Ikaria, where he could be buried with his ancestors in a cemetery shaded by oak trees that overlooked the Aegean Sea. At first, he spent his days in bed, as his mother and wife tended to him. He reconnected with his faith. On Sunday mornings, he hobbled up the hill to a tiny Greek Orthodox chapel where his grandfather once served as a priest. When his childhood friends discovered that he had moved back, they started showing up every afternoon. They’d talk for hours, an activity that invariably involved a bottle or two of locally produced wine. I might as well die happy, he thought. In the ensuing months, something strange happened. He says he started to feel stronger. One day, feeling ambitious, he planted some vegetables in the garden. He didn’t expect to live to harvest them, but he enjoyed being in the sunshine, breathing the ocean air. Elpiniki could enjoy the fresh vegetables after he was gone. Six months came and went. Moraitis didn’t die. Instead, he reaped his garden and, feeling emboldened, cleaned up the family vineyard as well. Easing himself into the island routine, he woke up when he felt like it, worked in the vineyards until midafternoon, made himself lunch and then took a long nap. In the evenings, he often walked to the local tavern, where he played dominoes past midnight. The years passed. His health continued to improve. He added a couple of rooms to his parents’ home so his children could visit. He built up the vineyard until it produced 400 gallons of wine a year. Today, three and a half decades later, he’s 97 years old — and cancer-free. He never went through chemotherapy, took drugs or sought therapy of any sort. All he did was move home to Ikaria…

Rodriguez & ‘Searching for Sugarman’

Rodriguez & ‘Searching for Sugarman’

Oct 07

Like so many musicians before him, the singer songwriter named Rodriguez came from nowhere. He was born poor in Detroit, spent his life poor in Detroit. In the late 60s, he cut a couple of records. They got great reviews but went nowhere. What he didn’t know, what no one in America knew, was that half way around the world in South Africa, he was more popular than Elvis or the Beatles. He’d never been there. No one there knew anything about him. Even when word spread that he had died, his records continued to sell. Then, four years ago, a young Swedish filmmaker heard about Rodriguez — decided to shoot a documentary about him. The film, now captivating audiences across the country, is being talked about as a possible candidate for an Academy Award. It’s released by Sony Pictures Classics and called “Searching for Sugar Man.”

Town Says Goodbye To Man Who Spent Life Helping Neighbors

Town Says Goodbye To Man Who Spent Life Helping Neighbors

Oct 05

How a small town in Oregon showered a man, who’s life was full of caring for others, with love…

New Documentary: ‘Chasing Ice’

New Documentary: ‘Chasing Ice’

Sep 28

In the spring of 2005, National Geographic photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change and a cynic about the nature of academic research. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk. Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet…

Lilou Mace Interviews Raymond Moody

Lilou Mace Interviews Raymond Moody

Sep 23

LiLou Mace interviews NDE researcher, Raymond Moody. Moody (born June 30, 1944) is a psychologist and medical doctor. He is most famous as an author of books about life after death and near-death experiences (NDE), a term that he coined in 1975…