Welcome back, ladies and gentlemen, to another week's worth of well-being. I've got a few different things on my mind this week, so stick with me through the smorgasbord of things to cover. This is the week that I'll be attending what is called the "Landmark Forum." If you've never heard of it, I don't really know how to describe it. Let's just say that when I attended their preview, so to speak, I walked away having identified key things in my life that I'd like to make better. This forum is designed to actually help me make a plan to make those things better. I'm excited and will let you know how it goes and whether or not I recommend it. This is also the week of both my dad and my fiancee's birthdays...both on the same day...so Happy Birthday to them!

And here we go...

-The first thing I want to go over today is the law of attraction. I've touched on this in a previous email, but I was recently reading an article and stumbled across this great little excerpt and wanted to share it. I want you to open on your mind first before reading it. Therefore, I'd like you to close your eyes for just a few seconds, take a deep breath in, and let it all out and relax for 10-15 more seconds. Below there is a quote written in white font. I purposely made it so that you have to highlight it in order to view it.

"According to the law of attraction, the path to eradicating disease is not to fight it. If you decide you are going to fight a disease, your focus is on fighting the disease, and we attract what we are focusing on. Allow the doctors you have chosen to do their work, and keep your mind focused on well-being. Think thoughts of well-being. Speak words of well-being. And imagine yourself well."

That's it...really think about that...there's a lot of truth in those words...moving on...

- Last week, I wrote about being self-disciplined and Napoleon Hill's thoughts on the matter, which he gained by studying some of the most successful men in history and finding their common attributes. I want to finish that discussion today with talking about the departments that make up the structure of the mind. I think you'll find it interesting just how the mind works, according to a man like Hill who breaks it down in such a way that we can actually use the info to better ourselves (and further according to a guy like me, who takes Hill's work and makes it significant to your health)...

The 6 departments of the mind are: 1) Ego 2) Emotion 3) Reason 4) Imagination 5) Conscience and 6) Memory

Ego can be bad, but also good. It can be weak, but also strong. It can over-inflated, but also under-inflated. It is the supreme court of the mind...the foundation for the mind. If the ego is corrupt with negative things, then the mind has a rocky foundation. Since the body and mind come into agreement with each other, having a negative ego has quite the poor influence on your life. So, feed your ego with positive things. This is not to say that you should stand in front of your mirror and say, "Mirror, Mirror on the wall, aren't I the sexiest person of all?" By positive, I'm not talking about the traditional sense of being egotistical, or having an over-inflated foundation for the mind...I'm saying start off your day with a positive thought. For instance, "Today is going to be an awesome day. I'm going to say at least 5 positive things to people today. Then, I'm going to eat a chicken caesar salad instead of a double cheeseburger from McSuck's." Smell what the Doc's cookin'? (note- don't refer to yourself in the third person :)

So, here's what we do to avoid laying down a negative foundation for our minds OR having over-inflated egos...we build walls around our ego. 3 walls, according to Hill. The first wall goes around the ego, but it has doors. These doors, figuratively of course, are there so that people can influence you. These are only for people that you trust, respect, and who are deserving to go thru the doors. Otherwise, the doors remain shut to people that have no business having an effect on you. Joe Shack the Rag Man telling you that you resemble Mr. Ed should NOT affect you in the least. You have doors to protect your ego from people like that. However, a colleague giving you advice that you may not want to, but need to hear...you let them into your ego.

The next wall is very high...and it has a single door that only a very select few people (those really, really close to you) can get through. Your priest, your wife, your doctor, etc. And then the last wall has no doors. It is yours and yours alone. Nobody is getting through that wall. It is your place to think thoughts that are only for you...to talk to God...to consume yourself with innate.

Since ego is the foundation, the other five departments build on it to complete the mind. If you have a positive foundation, then the rest will fall into place (sound familiar? atlas/C1 anyone?). Emotion is the next department. It works in conjunction with reason, the third department. Emotion is what drives the ego...what influences the ego. Obviously, negative emotions can have an extremely negative effect on the foundation/ego, so reason is there to make sure that we don't do anything stupid. Reason keeps the ego in check.

Imagination, conscience, and memory are the last three departments. They are much more simple. Imagination is what keeps you focused on your multi-faceted purpose in life. Conscience is your moral guide, so it should always be paid its due attention. Memory is the keeper of the records of your mind. It keeps your positive thoughts at the ready for when you need them. The more positive thoughts you feed into the ego, the more positive thoughts the memory will be able to feed it in times of need.

To summarize, if Ego is the supreme court of the mind, then reason is the superior court, evaluating imagination, modifying expression of emotion, and ratifying the decisions of conscience.

- One final thought...I just read an article that Spain just withdrew 75,000 doses of Gardasil, the vaccine that is supposed to prevent women from getting cervical cancer, from their market. This comes on the heels of reports of 27 deaths related to the vaccine, 5000 trips to the ER immediately following the administration of the vaccine, and the documentation of a study that showed 30 times the normal rate of side effects with Gardasil as compared to other vaccines.

Just more of the same, people. Drugs may "work" on 90 people, but destroy the lives of 10...and that's acceptable to our "modern" healthcare system. Time to wake up, folks. The most natural, simple form of healthcare in the world is staring you in the face each Thursday. You want to prevent cervical cancer, ladies? Make sure your body is functioning like it should be so you don't develop into it in the first place!

Thinking good things for you, as always...