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ESCAPING YOUR PERSONAL HELL

EXISTENTIAL EMPTINESS

ESCAPING YOUR PERSONAL HELL
ESCAPING YOUR PERSONAL HELL

We still feel our desire to make a positive difference to others (because of our capacity for empathy and conscience) even if we don’t acknowledge or act on it. Similarly, we still feel a desire for the transcendent and spiritual (because of the five transcendental desires and our awareness of the spiritual) even if we refuse to believe in the transcendent.

These unfulfilled desires have a curious consequence—they make us feel empty.

We not only miss the satisfactions of contribution, love, transcendence, and spiritual life, but our self-consciousness comprehends that we are only fulfilling part of ourselves. “Existential emptiness” refers to this complex of self-alienation and self-negation.

Thus, if we are to overcome dominant Level One and Level Two identity, we will have to replace it with dominant Level Three and Level Four identity.

 Many of us will try to block it out by increasing our pursuit of Level One and Level Two desires. “If two scotches won’t make me feel better, perhaps five will.” “I feel a sudden need to have another twenty pairs of shoes and three Armani purses.” I am going to take a big risk and leave the town in which my family is most comfortable, to take an even more prestigious job.”

They truly manifest Augustine’s recognition of his own journey to God—“Our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee.”

The need to cover over our sense of emptiness, guilt, and tragedy becomes more and more acute, and we take greater risks—more alcohol, more drugs, more base pursuits on the Internet, more ego highs, more accumulation of possessions, more exaggerated claims about accomplishments, and even ethically questionable behaviors to keep the upward momentum going.

This leads to either the positive one (to move toward dominant Levels Three and Four) or the truly negative one (sinking into a sea of emptiness, depression, and despair).

What happens if we take the “low road”? It manifests itself somewhat gradually. We find ourselves wanting to sleep more, watch more television, play more games on the Internet, spend more time at the club, and so forth. We always have a justification for this: “Sleep is restorative.” “That movie is a real classic, and by watching it for the fifth time it will really give me a new perspective on life.” “The Internet games are helping my mental agility.”

 The depression is turning into despair, and if it is not treated, it could become tragic.

ESCAPING YOUR PERSONAL HELL

ESCAPING YOUR PERSONAL HELL
ESCAPING YOUR PERSONAL HELL

We will look at “Level Three replacement therapy”

Some people will feel more naturally inclined to pursue Level Three methods first, and then Level Four, while others (like myself) are more naturally inclined to pursue Level Four methods first, and then back into Level Three methods. I would submit that both Level Three and Level Four are essential for moving out of a dominant Level One-Two identity.

Alternatively, if Level Four is unaccompanied by Level Three, then it can lead to a superficial faith that does not seek to make a contribution to people, the common good, and the culture—it is a faith without charitable love (agapē). Moreover, Level Three contribution and love reinforces Level Four faith, while the grace of Level Four faith reinforces Level Three contribution and love.

Our dominant view of happiness determines what we are looking for, and this in turn determines what we are living for (our life’s purpose), and when we live for a particular purpose long enough, it becomes our identity (the definition we give to ourselves).

It is important to find a path to Levels Three and Four before they hit “rock bottom”.

A THREE-STEP PROCESS FOR TRANSFORMING

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KETOGENIC DIET FOR DEPRESSION

KETOGENETIC DIET FOR DEPRESSION

It’s no secret that most people are overworked, under-rested, and living on a poor diet. It’s also no coincidence that the modern advice to eat a diet high in carbohydrates, low in fat, and with constant snacking or small meals throughout the day has coincided with a rise in diabetes, obesity, and mental issues like anxiety and depression.

Depression is no joke. It’s serious. It affects approximately 3 million people every year, just in the US. Approximately 1 in 5 in the US and Canada will experience a mental health illness in any given year , and almost 7% of the population will have experienced a major depressive episode in the past year.

Starting a ketogenic diet, removing high-carb refined foods, losing weight, and eating whole foods is bound to help with mood and make you happier. This alone could have benefits for those with depression. They have studied rats on a ketogenic diet displayed less behavioural despair— meaning they exhibited less hopelessness, and they were more active than the control group not eating keto.

The general consensus is that the brain functions more cleanly and efficiently when a significant portion of its energy comes from ketones, calming overactive and overly-reactive brain cells.

It should be noted that when the body is initially adapting to burning fat instead of glucose, a period known as the “keto flu,” one might feel worse at first. So it may take several weeks or longer for most people to adapt to a low carb diet.

During that transition time when you are first reducing your carb intake, your body has to make new enzymes to burn fat instead of glucose. While it’s busy making these enzymes, and you are eating less carbs, your brain chemistry is changing, and it’s possible to experience lower mood during this time, but it passes once the body adjusts and is able to level out. As your body adapts and learns how to burn fat instead of sugar, mood levels out, and the depressive feelings lift. 

KETO DIET DEPRESSION SUCCESS STORIES

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KETOGENIC MAGIC PILL

KETOGENIC DIET: A GAME CHANGER 

KETOGENIC MAGIC PILL

 Most people don’t have the time, money or energy for lengthy diet and training routines. That’s where ketosis came into play: turning your body from storing fat to burning it.

Here is a simple explanation: 

I have had a little five pound pouch that I have been carrying for a few years. I am an avid swimmer; I swim five times a week for a distance of one kilometer (40 lengths x 25 meters).

 I started a Keto diet by simply eliminating all sugar and carbohydrates like toast for a couple of weeks. To my amazement the pouch finally disappeared. 

How did it magically happen? The body needs energy for all its bodily activities from keeping the heart pumping to managing my stomach and intestines. This energy demand is vital.

Normally, the body will find easy energy sources in what I have been always eating: potatoes, spaghetti, etc. During the last ten days, the only energy the body could muster is from the fat build up in my five pound tummy. Voila!

KETOGENICS MAGIC PILL

I simply kept to a balanced diet including vegetables and fruit and I ate according to my needs (not overeating). I noticed that my water consumption tripled. During the transition of burning good fats using the liver, I felt a little dizzy. I simply drank it away with a smoothie.

Yes, there are other diets. The most important part of any diet is persistence.  Yet, Keto allows you to splurge on good fats, which is hardly a sacrifice.

KETOGENICS MAGIC PILL

I started the morning after my swim at my favorite restaurant, Coco Fruiti,  and ordered an omelet – no toast or potatoes and a double order of fruit or tomatoes, which was offered free as a replacement.

I was introduced to the diet from my friend, Pedro, who now looks amazing after months of Keto. Of course, he added an exercise regime to burn away his excess fat (the body could not find any carbohydrates to burn for energy):KETOGENICS MAGIC PILL

KETOGENICS MAGIC PILL

KETOGENIC MAGIC PILL

What if most of our modern diseases are really just symptoms of the same problem: diet

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Why Are Suicide Rates Rising?

SUICIDE RATES RISING?

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Do you remember seeing films about the shaking  soldiers during the First World War who were suffering from shell shock?

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POST ABORTION STRESS SYNDROME 2

Post Abortion Stress Syndrome (PASS) – Does It Exist?

Thirty studies show more women suffer long-term mental disorders such as depression and PTSD following abortion than miscarriage or childbirth. Zero studies showed the opposite.                             The Journal of psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences  Summer 2013

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“Liberal” Christians like to call themselves Christians.

They like to belong to a church. They hold that the dogmatic element of Christianity is either of no importance or of minimal importance. It doesn’t matter what you believe; it matters how you feel and how you behave. Their freedom from dogma allows them to redefine what counts as moral goodness and badness. They give heartfelt moral approval to abortion and same-sex marriage.

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DARK NIGHTS OF DEPRESSION

DEPRESSION AND DELIVERANCEDARK NIGHTS OF THE SOUL

So you feel weighted down with the circumstances of life. 

Henry David Thoreau said over a hundred years ago, “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.”DARK NIGHTS OF THE SOUL

Dark nights are not extraordinary or rare. Our lives are filled with emotional tunnels: the loss of a loved one or end of a relationship, aging and illness, career disappointments or just an ongoing sense of dissatisfaction with life. Society tends to view these “dark nights” in clinical terms as obstacles to be overcome as quickly as possible.

Thomas Moore in his book, The Dark Nights of the Soul makes a distinction between clinical depression and what he terms the dark night of the soul, a spiritual trial.  Maybe you’re overwhelmed but not depressed. Maybe life has sent you a great challenge, and you need a vast spiritual vision to deal with it. “To care for the soul in earnest, you have to learn to appreciate the dark elements as well as the light ones.”-Thomas Moore

 Moore’s theme is: wallow in the darkness & find perverse satisfaction in what the sadness has to teach you, until it eventually ejects you back into the light. It leaves its mark but it makes you a person of insight and compassion.

Dark Nights Provoke Deep QuestionsDARK NIGHTS OF THE SOUL

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FREEDOM FROM MIGRAINE HEADACHES

FREEDOM FROM MIGRAINES

Few things are more debilitating than migraine headaches. Too many suffer merciless onslaughts. Most people have little understanding of your throbbing pain, nausea/vomiting, sensitivity to light and to sound.  

Most sufferers try to avoid the obvious things that people say can trigger migraines: irregular meal patterns; too much caffeine; variable sleep patterns; excitement; fear; anxiety; stress; weather changes; bright lights; and loud noises. Strong odors also can trigger an attack. So can food additives like MSG and the nitrites in foods like pepperoni pizza, luncheon meats and hot dogs. Many discover that hormone cycles like menstruation, or synthesized products like oral contraceptives and estrogen replacement can increase their risk.

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MIGRAINE HEADACHES DELIVERANCE

Here is a testimony of people who suffered from chronic headaches 

The doctors tried many different medications, but the headaches only got worse. The severe headaches turned into migraines.

The migraines were so bad that it was debilitating, often sending me to bed. I could barely lift my head and it was impossible to hold any food down.

I had to sleep in a quiet dark room. I would take several prescription medications to knock me out and pray that when I woke up, the migraine would be gone.

Any kind of stress or anxiety would trigger an attack. As the migraines worsened I started going to the doctors for a shot as soon as I felt one coming on. Eventually the doctor gave me the injection to administer to myself. There were times when I would say, “I would rather go through childbirth than have a migraine”. After trying every painkiller and treatment known, I just accepted migraines as something I had to live with.

Finally, someone found relief:

Deliverance was needed to cast out a demon of migraine and fear of migraine. I realized that the opposite of the fear that triggered my headache was faith. When they cast out the spirits, I felt an immediate change and I knew I was free of headaches. I was also free of the spirit of fear that brought on the migraines. I no longer measure the intervals between attacks. I have begun a new way of life.

Are sicknesses ever caused by Satan? 

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HOW REVOLUTIONARY WAS JESUS?

Was Jesus a Revolutionary?

Was Jesus, then, a revolutionary? Not in any sense that Lenin or Trotsky would have recognized. When people hear the words radical and revolutionary they instantly think of some aggressive, gun toting, anarchist that has motives to overthrow an earthly government, but that was not the intentions of Jesus. The word “radical” comes from a Latin word “radix” which simply means “to cut to the root” as in “radical surgery” to remove a cancerous growth. In this sense, Jesus was a radical with a radical message that was indeed meant to cut to the root of wrong and remove it from our lives.

THE ANCIENT WORLD BEFORE JESUS CHRIST

 The Mediterranean Sea was still a geographer’s main point of reference, if not the center of the world. In 2 A.D., a census of the Han dynasty showed that its people numbered around 57.5 million. The Roman Empire, which had around 45 million people in it at the time, did not know about any Chinese civilization.

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If you want to know what it was like before Jesus Christ walked the Earth, all you have to do is read a few history books written before 0 AD. There was discrimination in Ancient Greece: Plato wrote in The Republic that it would be an ideal state that “every member of the community must be assigned to the class for which he finds himself best fitted.  Aristotle philosophized that people should be given goods and assets according to their merit.

Before Christ, except among the Jewish People, religion was a “blind search for God.” Life before Christ was filled with superstition, fear of the unknown and an attempt to make sense of a world and universe they could not possibly understand. Man made gods in his own image, usually celebrations of his vices or his needs.  Most of the stuff associated with the cave paintings is presumed to be associated with some form of shamanic practices, or more accurately nature worship or animism. 

Pre-Christian faiths were not uniform; their gods had no consistent meaning to all adherents, they had no central dogmas or tenets. The most famous god in Ancient Greek was Zeus.

Let us reflect at these times when slavery and subjugation of women was typical. From the dawn of human society every woman was in a state of bondage to some man, because she was of value to him and she had less muscular strength than he did.

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No woman in Athens could own anything more than her own clothing, jewelry and personal slave. When she was ready to marry, her father or other guardian would choose a potential husband.  In the early days of the Roman Republic women were not even allowed to make suggestions, at least in public.

FATHER POWERS WERE LIKE PROPERTY OWNERS

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WHAT IS SPIRITUAL WARFARE?

SPIRITUAL WARFARE

SPIRITUAL WARFARE QUESTIONS

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DEMONIC INFLUENCE IS REAL.

Demons cannot enter into a person’s body without having some kind of legal permission and legal right to be able to do so. They need some kind of an entry point to be able to get in and attach to someone, and that entry point will be their door opener. That something specific will be their legal right. This is Spiritual Warfare and these persons must be delivered.

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Doors open to demons: “Top Ten” List:

  1. Generational sins and curses
  2. Unforgiveness
  3. Judgments Against People
  4. Ungodly Soul Ties:  people have undue influence over others
  5. Pride
  6. Broken covenants and vows
  7. Severe Abuse/Trauma/Fears and Phobias
  8. Word curses
  9. Occult Sin
  10. Sexual Sin or Pornography

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DELIVERANCE FROM DEPRESSION

 DEPRESSION SOLVED BY DELIVERANCE

We are products of our past; we don’t have to be prisoners of it.

Deliverance from Depression: is it really a mental illness or is it a kind of evil spirit? The Christian is suppose to experience peace and joy, but the depressed person cannot. The depressed  persons have problems believing that God loves them; they withdraw from community support and they are in a continued state of anxiety. They are completely overcome by evil. This is not of God’s will. One of the symptoms of depression is one’s experience that no one has been able to help; that even God does not care. 

There are times that depression is a demon.  And Saul’s servants said to him, “Behold now, an evil spirit from God is afflicting you.”                                                                                                                               1 Samuel 16:14-23

COMPLAINING IS SELF-PERPETUATING

You may find yourself complaining about a whole host of things: impoliteness, rejection and negligence. This spins you into an endless cycle of self-rejection. This leaves you feeling like you are the most misunderstood, rejected, neglected and despised person in the world. This complaining is self-perpetuating.

You are a complainer and you are hard to live with. Often the complaints lead to further self-rejection. You probably have tried very hard to heal yourself from your complaints and failed … and failed … and failed, until you realize that you can only be healed from Above. “With man this is impossible, with God, everything is possible.”                                                   Matthew 19:26            Henri Nouwen

WHAT IS DELIVERANCE?

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Deliverance is defined as “a rescue from bondage or danger.” Deliverance is often sought from evil spirits or the spirit of lust, jealousy, etc. We are told to “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith.”                                                                                                                                                  1 Peter 5:8,9

All aspects of deliverance are available only through the person and work of Jesus Christ:” When the seventy-two disciples returned, they joyfully reported to him, ‘Lord, even the demons obey us when we use your name!’”                                                                              Luke 10:17

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DO YOU NEED DELIVERANCE?

To determine if you are in need of deliverance, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Are you continually argumentative or contrary–usually on the verge of anger?
  2.  Are you violating, neglecting or causing pain in a relationship?
  3.  Are you practicing sin and can’t seem to stop?
  4. Do you see a pattern of issues in your family, whether disease, poverty, anger, divorce, sexual perversion or other issues?
  5. You are sick all the time and the doctors find nothing wrong. You could be dealing with a spirit of infirmity?
  6. Are you having “spiritual” encounters, including recurring  dreams/nightmares that you leave you fearful?
  7. Do you sometimes sense that the problem isn’t you, but rather something in you?
  8. Are you attracted  to the occult. , e.g. Ouija Boards, Seance, Fortune Telling, Horoscopes, Hypnosis etc, or Witchcraft?
  9. Have you experienced traumatic events that have impacted your life negatively?
  10.  Do you keep hitting the same wall.

DEPRESSION

The enemy’s number one area of attack is the mind. The demons will put negative or even perverse thoughts on your mind to make you believe that they are your thoughts. When people fall to complaining and fussing and feeling sorry for themselves, they lay themselves open to any danger of an invitation to evil spirits. Continue reading DELIVERANCE FROM DEPRESSION

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