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Political Will and Fear


Posted By on Dec 8, 2013

Posted on 07/11/2013 By Norm Morrison Fear is the driving force behind most political decisions around the world. Upon talking about the current energy situation and alternative energy sources in a recent video blog a friend of mine asked why we in the US don’t have the same commitment to solar energy as Germany does. She knew very well the answer to this question. It all comes down to political will to make things happen in our country. Political will is driven from the bottom up. If the citizens of any country show enough distaste for what conditions and situations that are happening things will change. This can happen even in non-democratic countries and we are seeing this very thing happen in the world right now. But what pressure is being used to force political will from the levels above the common citizenry of a country? What are the large corporations and multinationals doing to influence the politicians and why are they doing it? Obviously there is something that they want the politicians to give them or they want the protection of law to shield them in some manner. But what motivates these organizations? Most of the time it is some manifestation of fear. * My apologies for the audio quality of this video blog. Share...

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Cancer and Fear


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Posted on 07/11/2013 By Norm Morrison The Big C Few things strike terror in to the hearts of people than the word cancer and the fear that surrounds it. Cancer and death are often thought of synonymously but the two words are not equal .   The Alternative Five years ago a malignant tumor was discovered in my body. Western medicine does not treat cancer very effectively and often prescribe treatments that simply don’t work and they know that. However there are treatments with the field of alternative medicine and integrative medicine that are often very effective. While there is never a guarantee that any treatment will work on everyone there are different approaches that have had amazing results.   In the US there are a handful of oncologists that practice Integrative Medicine which is a combination of Alternative and western medicine which have had efficacy well beyond what  typical  routine cancer treatments have produced. And with these handful of cancer doctors there are approximately the same amount of treatment centers in the US, Mexico and Germany. Cancer is a wake up call that something in one’s life needs to be changed. Most of this will be diet, the environment in which you work or live and the beliefs and perspectives you have about life. What beliefs and perspectives really means the emotional and mental things that cause stress energy in your life. Share...

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Posted on 07/31/2013 By Norm Morrison Transparency and full disclosure What is the value of doing this?  Perhaps the better question is, what is the value of being that? When we want to illustrate a way living life it is important to show people that we walk our talk. Doing that is not a validation of ourselves  but rather being an example of a way of living. Being an Example In being an example to others in our lives it should not be done in such a manner that we are aggrandizing ourselves but rather in a way that demonstrations that if one person can do something, another person can do the same thing…or live in that same way. Our Fears Pushing past your fear does not mean that the fear necessarily goes away, it only means that you have done something in spite of the fears and the unknowing of what the results will be. In this video I talk about the Empower Network and it’s products. Empower is a company that creates leaders, in it’s disguise as a business opportunity. It’s a company that is has a huge vision of transforming the world through transforming the people that are affiliated with it. Share...

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The Power of Belief


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Posted on 07/31/2013 By Norm Morrison The Power of Belief –  video by Aki Wood     I know there was a time in your life when you believed in something; it may not have made sense to others, but it made sense to you.  The fire inside of you spoke out to you and whispered: This is where you need to be.  You are in the right place, right here, right now.” Maybe it was when you met your wife or husband.  Perhaps it was a magical moment when you made a decision “now” and it impacted your life forever.  It could even be a time when you had that tiny grain of faith that has the power to move mountains. Take that power into the present moment, and harness the power of belief. Share...

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Transparency – Part 2 of 2


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Posted on 08/01/2013 By Norm Morrison Transparency and full disclosure What is the value of doing this?  Perhaps the better question is, what is the value of being that?     When we want to illustrate a way living life it is important to show people that we walk our talk. Doing that is not a validation of ourselves  but rather being an example of a way of living. Being an Example In being an example to others in our lives it should not be done in such a manner that we are aggrandizing ourselves but rather in a way that demonstrations that if one person can do something, another person can do the same thing…or live in that same way. Our Fears Pushing past your fear does not mean that the fear necessarily goes away, it only means that you have done something in spite of the fears and the unknowing of what the results will be. In this video I talk about the Empower Network and it’s products. Empower is a company that creates leaders, in it’s disguise as a business opportunity. It’s a company that is has a huge vision of transforming the world through transforming the people that are affiliated with it.   Share...

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Goofiness for the Weekend


Posted By on Dec 8, 2013

My friend Mariann Tilton and I had just gotten back to Santa Fe from attending the Empower Network convention in Denver and decided we wanted to do a goofy video.       Share...

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Posted on 08/05/2013 By Norm Morrison What about Abundance? This is not going to be spiritual or metaphysical discourse on the concept of abundance but rather a practical, pragmatic approach to abundance for people the world over in a blog series. Abundance is contextual and relational To illustrate the relational approach, let me give you an example of the very poor in America. Let’s imagine someone living in Section 8 housing in California with an income of about $10,000 per year. About 97% of them have a stove to cook on, a refrigerator to keep food from perishing and a bathroom for cleanliness and sanitary purposes. About 85% of those folks have a TV and some sort of entertainment system. Around 65% of them have a vehicle and air conditioning. Now let’s compare the very poor in California to the very poor in Mumbai India. Have a look at the photo below. I don’t know for sure but I’m guessing those folks don’t have a stove, fridge, TV, car or air conditioning.   Abundance is relational. What is considered poor in one region of the world would be considered vast wealth in another. Contextual Abundance Imagine you’re a caveman or woman. Outside your cave there is an orange tree growing. You can reach up into the first third of the tree and pluck oranges for you and your family to eat. But once you remove that bottom third of the fruit you immediately run into scarcity because you can’t get to the oranges higher up. It literally becomes scarcity in the face of abundance. But…. Someone invents the ladder!!!  A technology has been created that allows the you to reach the upper masses of oranges. Technology is a game changer.   Just outside the city of Abu Dahbi in the United Arab Emirates….. a new city called Masdar is being constructed . It will have a population of 50,000 people and will provide employment for 40,000. When it is completed the use of petroleum based energy will not be allowed within the periphery of the city. No gas stoves and no gasoline cars. Every thing will be powered by electricity. But where does the electrical power come from. UAE is a desert country with no major rivers to harness and the consequences of nuclear energy aren’t something many nations are willing to accept anymore. Keep in mind the that the UAE has approximately 10% of the worlds know oil reserves. And it is spending 20 billion dollars to construct this new city. Do you think they see the writing on the wall? What about solar? The sun radiates about...

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Posted on 08/06/2013 By Norm Morrison Scarcity This has always been an issue that was recognized as a limit to growth in the global population but the advent of some cost effective new technologies is the changing the possibilities.  Scarcity was recognized and modeled by British Scholar Thomas Mathus in the 1800′s when he realized that food production is linear and population growth is exponential. In other words,  food production cannot grow at the same rate as population and thus somebody is going to go hungry. The power of population is indefinitely greater than the power the Earth to produce subsistence for man.       Thomas Malthus     The Prognosis In 1972 the Club of Rome published the results of a study they performed in a book called The Limits to Growth. The study was a multidisciplinary effort in which worldwide population growth was compared to global resource consumption. The prognosis was not pretty. Some of their predictions were quite dire and while 40 years later they have not come to pass, we can still find evidence of their conclusions most places that we look in the world. One in four mammals faces extinction, 90% of the large fish in the ocean are gone, aquifers are drying up and our soil has become too salty from the over use of petroleum based fertilizers and poor management to optimally produce crops. One of the main fertilizers used in crop production, phosphorous, is in short supply.     Too Many People By the year 2050 there is estimated to be a global population of 10 billion on the planet. There are simply not enough resources to sustain that many people. Some scientists say that the Earth’s carrying sustainable carrying capacity is 2 billion people. Other scientists suggest it’s as low as 300 million. That’s less than the population of the US. Over the years various societies have tried population control from the Nazi eugenics program to the Chinese attempt at “one child per family” which was supposed to be a blanket program but in reality only applied to little more than a 1/3 of the population of China. Unlike the plague of the dark ages or contemporary disease, which we do not understand, the modern plague of overpopulation is soluble by means we have discovered and with resources we possess.    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Population control is absolutely crucial. But until we can do that we have to stretch Earth’s resource dramatically further. The primary concept is “use less, gain more.” This concept is about efficiency of resource use, but is it the only answer?      ...

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Posted on 08/08/2013 By Norm Morrison Global abundance is a radical vision because many people perceive that we’re falling into such a dark and deep hole that it’s impossible to see a way to get out of it. Relative Poverty The World Bank in 2008 defines absolute poverty as “those people who make less than $1.25 per day” or $390/year assuming those people work 6 days a week. The US government in that same year defined absolute poverty in the lower 48 states as “those people who make less than $10,400 per year.” Obviously this is a pretty big gap. How do you rectify this disparity so as to have a uniform global target to shoot for in reducing global poverty? This is a “relative poverty” scenario. It doesn’t matter how much you earn in relation to others if you can’t buy what you need. Most poverty stricken people in North America have a TV, phone, indoor plumbing and electricity. Most Africans do not. A More Pragmatic Definition The resources of the world could not possibly allow for everyone on the planet to live in what most of the world would consider lavish prosperity of the North American lifestyle. For that to happen we would need 5 more “unpopulated” Earth like planets from which to draw resources from. What if we defined abundance as providing all humanity with a life of possibility? This is opposed to a life of luxury. This means allowing all humanity to have all their basic needs cover and then some. Food, clean water, clean indoor air and eradicating malaria would eliminate a huge number of deaths in the world. 7 people per minute die of hunger. 3 die from unclean water. 3 die from indoor air pollution and 2 die per minute from malaria. What if abundance is the belief and reasonable expectation that all your basic needs will be met and the opportunity is present to have more and make more of your life?                       Norm Morrison Share...

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Posted on 08/09/2013 By Norm Morrison So WHADDAYA Need???….asked Abraham Maslow Abraham Maslow created the Hierarchy of Human Needs which a theory arrange in a pyramidal structure which describes 5 levels of human necessities. According to Maslow each level of need must be satisfied before a person can go on to the next higher level. For most people in the Third World wealth and abundance start on the on the lowest level. Simply technology can help them move through the levels much faster than ever before. You can see for yourself in the above diagram the various levels and what we require on one level before being concerned with the stepping up to the next. And at the pinnacle of the pyramid is self-actualization which can be thought of as personal growth and fulfillment. Self actualization? I don’t need no stinking self actualization….I need some f’king rice! The bottom line is that if you don’t have food and water and you fear for your physical safety and if you’re teenager in West Africa that has lost his/her family in tribal conflict…personal develop and/or spiritual growth is that last thing on you’re priorities list. Providing the basic of water, nutrition and shelter allow people to move to the second level of considering security and stability. Supplying food, digging wells is only part of the answer. It’s a “teach a man to fish” scenario.  With a bit of help from the Western World the Third World is eminently capable of pulling their selves up and in fact are the only ones who can. Western programs have been typically dismal in there efficacy to solve problems in the have not countries. Domino Effect – We’re having pizza? Solving one problem has a domino effect. By toppling one problem and meeting a challenge, plenty of others start to tumble also and it provides a feedback loop to determine best ways and mean of solving other problems by the very people who are in the midst of the challenges to begin with. The third world has it’s own best answers, not us in the west. Abundance starts at the very lowest level. It’s not about having a big screen television. It’s about having clean water to drink, good food and supplementary nutrition and having a warm place to sleep. If you can help  a woman or man who doesn’t  have these luxuries to find them…those people have just come into an abundant life and it only goes up from there. Technology plays a critical role in this as does the attitude and consciousness of the world.   Share...

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