Star trek Dr. McCoy

Here’s a little story we can all relate to compliments of my friend, Elan Sunstar.

Enjoy, John


Fear is the darkroom in which negatives are developed

― Source unknown

      Today you may have all kinds of little spooks and goblins knocking at your door for trick or treat. Neighborhood kids will don clever costumes, and once they get their candy they will be off to the next neighbor. In many ways Halloween is a light-hearted holiday that both kids and adults can enjoy.

      Yet there are other kinds of spooks and goblins that knock at your door that are not so fun to greet, and they do not go away when you give them a small treat. Fears and worries may invade your domain and deplete you of joy and energy. How can you get them to go away?

      In an episode of the Star Trek television series, the Starship Enterprise was invaded by a dark force that possessed the crew members and forced them to do evil, violent acts. One by one the crew was taken over, until mass chaos and pandemonium reigned. If the leaders of the ship did not do something quickly, the force would commandeer the entire ship and lead it to destruction.

      After studying the methods of the malevolent entity, the ship’s commanders realized that it was feeding on fear. The more it could make the crew members afraid, the more power it had to control them and make them do its dark bidding. So Dr. McCoy concocted a serum that , when administered, would make the crew happy for a brief time, and remove the fear that the force was feeding on. The entire crew was injected with the serum, and after a short time the entity had to depart because no one was giving it life by feeding it fear.

      The Star Trek point was quite astute, and no different than real life. Terror and chaos feed on fear. If you remove fear, trouble has nothing to sustain it, and will depart. You don’t need to fight off fear. You just need to quit feeding it.

Are you fueling a troublesome situation with fear?

How might you undo the situation by refusing to invest any more fear into it?


I replace fear with love, and transform negative conditions into positive ones.

John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives, a startlingly poignant and inspiring real-life endorsement of the power of thought, belief and synchronicity in one’s life.

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jumping-for-joy- Only those who risk are free

We are indivisible from Nature. You breathe in the same breath exhaled by the ancients, by Confucius, Buddha and Jesus. The stuff that makes up these bodies, these vehicles, is the same stuff that makes up every form of existence. Look at compost. The decomposed bodies of plants are the building blocks of the fruits and vegetables we eat. And we are what we eat.


Truly knowing our interconnectedness with all life, all matter, makes us responsible, respectful guardians of this beautiful planet. How can we then pollute the soil, water and air of our home? We are inseparable from these elements. They are in us and we don’t want to pollute our bodies.


We are by nature creative beings. To be God-like is to be creative and alive. Why has the Creator brought us into existence? Our journey out into this world is co-coincident with a longing to return to the formless essence from which we come. But to be here in this world is to be a creator.


We are here to openly and freely communicate and share with each other. In order to bring completeness to our communications we must release any holding on to experiences of the past which bind us. When I was six I was sent to the office to get the strap for saying hello to my younger sister as we passed in the hallway of our school. When I was twelve I was told by a teacher to, “Speak softly John, your voice carries,” while walking through the hallway of another school. For many years I spoke softly in social settings. I had a subconscious fear of being reprimanded. Only through years of sound work and yoga have the emotional memories of these experiences surfaced where I’ve been able to release them. Today I am a confident public speaker and singer freed from the clutches of past fears and experiences. You can be too.


In order to get something you’ve never had you’ll have to do something you’ve never done. You’ll have to walk beyond the gateway of the known into a land of trust. To grow is to take chances. Only those who risk are free.

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Iraqi Soldier Holding Iraqi Child

Iraqi Soldier Holding Iraqi Child


An eye for an eye and the whole world goes blind.
Kahlil Gibran

Many years ago I read a book by Alexander Solzhenitsyn called The Gulag Archipelago about his years of imprisonment under Stalin’s repressive regime. There was one line of Solzhenitsyn that struck a chord of truth in me at the time. ‘There’s a fine line between the good and evil in all of us.’ This stands as a great reminder for me any time I find myself falling into the trap of judging others. There’s no enemy out there. The only enemy is inside, hiding in our thoughts and feelings.

I recently met an elderly man who lived in Maastricht in The Netherlands during the Second World War. He learned a simple lesson from his challenging experiences at the time. When the going gets tough don’t expect the government to help. It’s the ordinary man who more often than not turns out to be the hero. He also noted war brought out the best and worst in people.

You may wonder how you can change the world. Remember that lesson from high school science, ‘Energy can be neither created nor destroyed. It simply changes form.’ In order to change the world you need only change yourself. You’ve simply got to unlock the potential (energy) within yourself to put into motion the unique and personal dreams and visions you have to heal the world. In unlocking that potential you provide an opportunity for those dreams to explode into action. It’s much like the splitting of the atom, don’t you think? At rest, the atom does little. Split, it has enormous, almost unbelievable energy.

Since the numbing experiences of September 11, 2001 humanity has succumbed to a relentless government campaign, aided and abetted by a docile media, of a need for a War on Terror. Once again we’ve fallen for the illusion of Earthly existence—that the enemy is on the outside. I suggest we look closer to home and remember that which we resist persists. Fighting a war against terrorism only feeds energy to it.

In order to avenge the deaths of innocent Americans in the Twin Towers how many other innocent men, women and children have died? How many lives in Iraq and Afghanistan have been disrupted and severely damaged? And how many British and American soldiers, coming mostly from the underclass of ghettos, have died, young men whose home turf and plight is routinely ignored by the very governments prepared to spend obscene amounts of taxpayer’s cash on weapons and campaigns of destruction in far off lands. This campaign of a War on Terror is destined to fail and to only continue to create pain because it’s based on the premise that the enemy is out there.

The enemy is inside. He’s not out there.

One of the reasons I love living in New Zealand’s lightly populated Far North is because I can pass a stranger on the beach or in the street and exchange a few pleasant words with them. We don’t distrust each other. I believe this attitude of trust is closer to the way things are in the spirit world from whence we come where all beings are greeted with acceptance and openness without suspicion. Where the old adage holds, ‘Strangers are friends I haven’t yet met.’

I suggest we turn our attention away from the negative messages of the media and reflect meditatively on the reality that exists behind this illusory world.

Face it. The fears and the distrust of this world are our creation. Love is the real glue that holds this world together. Perhaps its greatest expression is kindness to a stranger and it’s simplest expression is a smile. Smile at the next stranger you meet.

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