The following are ADDITIONAL NOTES I developed for sending to orphans in Uganda (East Africa), with the idea to help them, help themselves. So far I’ve had good responses and any suggestions about how to improve the notes are welcome. Hg
I, Dec. 2007

Index Some Findings re Health ……………… 1 The Essene Gospel of Peace………… 11 Community Living ………………….. …. 11 Science and the Spiritual ………..…… 18 Application of the Spiritual……………. 21

Some Findings re Health
For most things we do it’s (of course) very valuable to retain good health: Eg, better health improves wellbeing, safety, performance & productivity: all of which contribute to greater satisfaction and greater joy of life. Our orthodox doctors have achieved great advances through the: 1. Reduction and elimination of many contagious diseases [by emphasising sanitation, & (sometimes) by use of vaccinations & antibiotics], 2. Emphasis on the consumption of sufficient vitamins, minerals, food fibre, food variety and avoiding excessive (heated and/or refined) fat. 3. Emphasis of sufficient fluid intake, 4. Encouraging a positive mental attitude (for good psychosomatic influence, whereby faith and prayer have been shown to have healing value), 5. Encouraging moderate exercise in healthy surroundings, 6. Saving of lives in crisis situations (by using symptomatic treatments, such as drips, blood transfusions, drugs, radiation, and surgery), 7. Assessment of: body functions, body anatomy, body chemistry, & foreign organisms in the body, for diagnostic and monitoring purposes, Although orthodox medicine is continuing to make strong advances (eg, beginning to
recognise researchers like Leslie Kenton – see end of ‘The importance of intact food enzymes’ below)

and, although I much acknowledge & respect their valuable work so far (not wishing to criticise); orthodox doctors have (in the past) generally been unable to affectively advise on the cure of many so-called ‘chronic diseases’, which can, over time, become very disabling, depressing, and can lead to a relatively early death: My own experience - part 1 It’s only because I, myself, had such a ‘chronic’ complaint, that I became aware of an importance of our diet, over and above that generally recognised. At the time I didn’t call my complaint a disease. In fact I tried to ignore it, and think only health; understanding that a positive mental attitude enhances health. Yet, in spite of these serious efforts, I, generally, could breathe through my nose only with considerable effort (if at all – usually lapsing into mouth-breathing), I had to use numerous handkerchiefs, my speech lacked resonance, and cold weather and stuffy rooms readily worsened the condition. I consulted top medical specialists; one of them (well equipped) repeatedly finding the presence of a virus, which we thought was the cause. I conscientiously followed the specialist’s instructions for a long time; regularly taking the prescribed anti-microbe drugs and particularly guarding against reinfection, by using sterile paper tissues, but to no avail. I also: • conversed on the topic with international authorities in the medical respiratory field (in which I was working as an engineer and scientist), • had operations (tonsils were removed, and later nasal polyps were reduced,
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used various dilator sprays, the powder ‘Intal’, & pharmaceutical vitamin C, and • performed more exercise. The operations produced no lasting benefits, and while (initially) the sprays helped for short periods, the overall condition became worse so that, in the long run, I was better off without sprays. It was similar with ‘Intal’ and vitamin C, although vitamin C helped for a longer time. Only exercise continued to improve the condition, somewhat, so that I did much jogging, bicycle riding, and (when able) swimming. Then my brother (who became interested in health as a layman) advised me to eat more raw food (especially vegetables and fruits), which I did, but the colds only became worse, and I was about to return to my usual diet; when I started to read the books my brother gave to me, written by doctors practicing the lifestyle approach to healing, and concentrating particularly on diet. These doctors (I particularly remember Dr. John Tilden, M.D.), essentially, explained that, when changing to a more healthy diet, the body’s defences (particularly also the immune system) are strengthened, so that body tissues become better cleansed, whereby the removed wastes-&-toxins enter the bloodstream: It was further explained, that when the rate of this waste-&-toxin input into the blood exceeds the waste-&-toxin blood-clearing-capacity of the kidneys & liver then wastes-&-toxins are also cleared via the s k i n s : 1) the external skin (eg, via sweating, pimples, abscesses, & rashes) and 2) the internal skins by the release of waste-&-toxin-laden mucus; this being responsible for colds and bronchitis; any viruses and bacteria in the mucus (even thick purulent mucus can be sterile) often not being the prime cause of the condition but, rather, a secondary phenomenon, whereby the waste&toxin-laden mucus offers an excellent breeding ground for microorganisms.

I.e. with the initial higher rate of wastes-&-toxins entering the blood (after changing to a healthier diet); the wastes-&-toxins clearing rate via the skins may need to increase (in spite of the expected, also, higher clearing capacity of kidneys & liver), leading to an initial increase in skin clearing symptoms. As I couldn’t find any objections to this explanation, I continued with the higher raw food diet, mainly eating more vegetables & fruit, and fewer cooked and baked foods (also paying attention to food preparation for good digestion – see below), and after some time
(rather surprisingly – as I’d become used to little or no result, and, anyway, why should this seemingly obscure method help me more than the previous acknowledged efforts…)

my cold slowly started to ease until, eventually, it disappeared, and I was able to breathe freely through my nose, which I’d seldom been able to do! Chills, stuffy rooms, contact with people having colds, etc, no longer affected me, my nose staying clear, as long as I kept eating the more natural diet; this (to me) most welcome effect having now lasted for more than 30 years! I also noticed (quite unexpectedly) that my skin (mouth, face, body) became very much clearer, that an earlier dandruff problem disappeared, that the rate of hair loss was reduced, that my weight automatically had decreased by about 1/7th, and, particularly welcome was the fact that, I became fitter and happier: I could keep working longer at my desk, no more needing the frequent exercise breaks, and it became easier to regain and maintain a positive mental attitude. It was, however, not always easy for me to maintain the more natural diet and, under ‘My own experience - part 2’ (see below), more details are given. 2

The importance of intact food enzymes I point to findings that:
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excessively refined foods, and/or excessively heated foods and/or foods chopped up at excessive speeds and/or centrifuged juices,

lack important micronutrients; not only usable vitamins and minerals but particularly also intact food enzymes, which (from the evidence) valuably assist the bodyproduced enzymes, thus contributing to the correct digestion and uptake of other nutrients, particularly fats and minerals. That is, considerable evidence (see below) indicates, that a deficiency in food enzymes tends to cause a deterioration in fitness & general wellbeing and, in time, is likely to contribute to, or cause, one or more of the common ‘chronic’ civilisation diseases. It’s also becoming evident that the taking of vitamin, mineral, and enzyme tablets, even in best-known combinations, is not the same as eating whole natural food: Evidently, there’s a delicate synergism of nutrients (including energetic fields) in each natural food, which ensures best nutrition. Eg. Susannah and Leslie Kenton write in their book ‘The New Raw Energy’, page 56: “Many practitioners using a diet of uncooked foods for healing insist that the enzymes in raw foods are important because they help support the body’s own enzyme systems. Each food, they say, contains just the enzymes and cofactors (vitamins and minerals which are linked to enzymes) needed to help break down that particular food.”
[Further references (indicating that micronutrients are best ingested as natural parts of whole natural foods) are: o ‘Vitamins: More May Be Too Many’, Readers Digest, July 2003, pages 50-55; o ‘A Cancer Therapy – Results of 50 Cases’ by Max Gerson, M.D., 3rd edition, page 210; o ‘A Patient Guide to Body Electronics, 1994’ by John Whitman Ray, N.D., Ph.D., M.D., page 37.]

It’s also been repeatedly found, that most food enzymes aren’t denatured by digestion in the stomach, as it’s generally been assumed, and that (in addition to assisting food digestion) they bring about a favourable alteration in the intestinal flora: Quoting ‘The New Raw Energy’ page 57 (added emphasis):
“Extensive tests by Kaspar Tropp in Würzburg, and by Chalaupka and others have shown that the body has a way of protecting enzymes as food passes through the digestive tract so that between 60 and 80 percent of them reach the colon intact. There they bring about an alteration in intestinal flora (bacteria, which live in the colon) by attracting and binding whatever oxygen is present. This removes the aerobic or oxygenated condition, which is responsible for fermentation, putrefaction and intestinal toxaemia, all of which have been linked by orthodox scientists to the development of degenerative diseases including cancer. By eliminating free oxygen in the colon these enzymes help create conditions in which desirable lactic-acid forming bascteria can grow.”

The problem, however, with food enzymes is, that they’re readily destroyed by relatively low heating, which includes ordinary cooking and baking: Ross Horne in his book, ‘The Health Revolution’ (5th ed. page 47 – this edition is on the internet under ‘Ross Horne’) states that: “… if enzymes in raw food are heated to 480C for more than half an hour they are destroyed.” 3

John Whitman Ray (‘A Patient Guide to Body Electronics, 1994’, page 30) makes a similar statement: “Enzymes are found in all living cells including raw foods or those that are cooked at a temperature lower than 116 degrees Fahrenheit [i.e. 47 degrees Centigrade (470C).] Enzymes begin to perish when the temperature increases beyond 116 degrees. The degree of enzyme destruction is a function of time and temperature.” Excessive heating also damages and destroys other nutrient constituents and, furthermore, can produce materials that have (at least over longer times) a toxic effect (‘The New Raw Energy’, page 35). Consequently, I encourage the informed and careful a i m i n g toward the consumption of a h i g h e r p e r c e n t a g e of complete (not heated to more than
about 450C shortly before eating, crushed rather than blended or centrifuged, and essentially unrefined) and correctly combined (see below) foods:

For example, when the enzymes in raw milk (at least 35 in number – ‘The Health Revolution’ 5th ed. by Ross Horne, page 158) are destroyed by pasteurisation, most of the calcium in milk becomes insoluble (‘The New Raw Energy’ page 39) and Dr. John A. McDougall, M.D., notes (in his publication, ‘Amazing New Food Cures’) that in those countries where calcium consumption is high (USA, Canada, England, Finland and Sweden) the osteoporosis rates are exceedingly high, while they’re low in Africa and Asia, where calcium consumption is much less - evidently milk in the former countries (USA etc.) can only be sold after it’s pasteurised: In the same publication (page 16), Dr. McDougall quotes a study, which was funded by the US National Dairy Council, evidently with the expectation of strengthening the general concept that milk builds strong bones: According to Dr. McDougall, the study (printed in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 41:254, 1985) was performed on postmenopausal women; and when skim milk was added to their diets, they lost more calcium than they could absorb. That is, instead of gaining calcium by consuming more milk, they actually LOST calcium. However, in the case of the African Masai people, large quantities of raw cows milk (with intact enzymes) are consumed, and the people maintain relatively very good health (‘The Health Revolution’ by Ross Horne, pages 95, 123). Quoting from page 276 of ‘Supermarket Cures’ by Dr. Cass Ingram:
Yoghurt “is one of the best sources of enzymes, and the reason it is so high in them is because of the fermentation process through which it is made. When bacteria ferment the milk, they produce massive amounts of enzymes. The enzymes remain intact as long as the yoghurt is not heated excessively”.

On the same page Dr. Ingram states:
“Researchers have documented how yoghurt improves digestion, fights infection, improves bone density, prevents degenerative disease, and, perhaps, extends life.”

I’m very careful with vegetable oils, as they’re highly refined, being around 99.9% fat with no enzymes or fibre and relatively few other micronutrients: In his wellknown book “Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill”, the biochemist Udo Erasmus (PhD nutrition) writes (1993 printing, page 99 – added emphasis): “Even in making a fresh, unrefined oil – the highest quality oil there is – all of the protein and fiber present in the seed is lost, … It still contains essential 4

fatty acids, oil-soluble vitamins, lecithin, phytosterols, minor ingredients and some minerals.”
Concerning refined oils, Erasmus adds: ‘During processing, most of the remaining minerals and vitamins are removed…
(Eg, while whole olives contain 0.53 mg calcium/kilocalorie, olive oil contains only .00057 mg calcium/kilocalorie, i.e. about 1/1000th of the calcium in the unrefined food - from ‘Geigy Scientific Tables’ 8th ed. Vol 1, 1981; p’s 244, 254.)

Lecithin, phytosterols, and minor components are also removed, and some EFAs (essential fatty acids) are destroyed. In addition, processing introduces toxic molecules resulting from the breakdown and alteration of fatty acid molecules. Fully processed oils, like sugar, are nutrient-deficient sources of calories but in addition, they contain toxins that are not present in sugar.’ Concerning the production of margarine and shortenings, by the so-called process of ‘hydrogenation’, Erasmus writes on page 106, that “we systematically and preferentially destroy the only essential nutrients left in the oil.” I.e. hydrogenation attacks the essential fatty acid, linolenic acid (being the most deficient essential fatty acid in our diet - also called w3), more than the other essential fatty acid, namely linoleic acid (w6), and w6 is destroyed more than monounsaturated fatty acids. Erasmus continues: “In addition hydrogenation produces many toxic substances. We end up with a product that has almost all of its essential nutrients deliberately removed or destroyed. The 60 grams (2 ounces) of margarines and shortenings we consume each day contains more than twice as many toxic ‘food additives’ than are found in the other 2640 grams of food that men consume each day, or the other 1749 grams of food consumed each day by women.”

Ross Horne in his book ‘The Health Revolution’ includes graphs, which show a good correlation between breast or colon cancer mortality and the consumption of total fat (in the case of various countries, including Mediterranean countries), irrespective of whether the fat is mainly animal fat or mainly vegetable oil (5th ed. pages 241, 266:
page 241 also showing a graph of mortality verses only animal fat, whereby the correlation is decreased, with particularly Israel, Mata, and Italy – i.e. Mediterranean countries with large vegetable oil consumptions- having disproportionately very high mortalities in relation to their animal fat intake); And (at the beginning of his book) Horne describes how his wife, rapidly dying of a heart condition, quickly recovered and continued to live a normal life, once the (highgrade cold-pressed) vegetable oil was omitted in her salads (pages 7 – 10). [This wouldn’t contradict the findings that, eg, olive oil, or flax seed oil (linseed oil), can sometimes (evidently in moderation) be beneficial; if the individual is deficient in one or more nutrients found in these oils; or if the oil is used as an ointment. Nevertheless, it would seem safer to consume whole olives or whole (soaked or sprouted) flax seeds (linseeds), etc.]

Returning to the Kentons, they report that athletes improve their performance, when consuming a higher percentage of raw food (‘The New Raw Energy’, pages 82-85). The Kentons also report epidemiological studies on native peoples, which indicate that health and length of life correlate with the percentage consumption of raw natural food. The diets of these relatively very healthy and long-living natives are also low in calories and low in protein (eg, ‘The New Raw Energy’ pages 30-32, 93). Furthermore, the Kentons (and Ross Horne) report strict animal studies, which show, that when the natural food of animals is first cooked, then the animals contract the ‘civilisation diseases’, their life span is shortened, and their offspring (when these can still be produced) are weak and sickly (eg, ‘The New Raw Energy, pages 32, 33, 127). 5

On page 174 of ‘The Health Revolution’, Ross Horne, who extensively and carefully surveyed the medical and health literature, writes: “There is an association between the cooking and processing* of food and the incidence of cancer, and conversely, it is a fact that cancer patients make the best recoveries on completely raw vegetarian foods. In some cases the reversion to even a partly cooked diet allowed the cancer to reappear.”
* When Ross Horne refers to the “processing of food”, he means the more conventional processing methods and I find it noteworthy that, already, some food is processed more carefully, using slow movement (eg, crushing, rather than high speed chopping or centrifuging) and low-temperature vacuum drying, in order to keep the delicate enzymes & other nutrients intact. Although fresh would, usually, be best, sometimes there’s little time for preparation (or there might be no more fresh food in the house), when a powder (such as low-temperature dried ‘Barley Green’) might replace fresh raw vegetable juice; Or a low-temperature-dried (vacuum-dried) concentrated fruit (or vegetable) syrup can be quickly diluted as fruit (or vegetable) juice, possibly with freshly squeezed lemon or grapefruit.

There are innumerable accounts, concerning healing or improvement, following an increase in the percentage of raw food in the diet: Evidently some authorities are starting to take note of such knowledge, as, for example, Leslie Kenton: o has been asked to deliver the McCarrison Lecture at the Royal Society of Medicine, o has been a consultant to the European Parliament, o has been a course developer for Britain’s Open University, o has been given many awards, o teaches all over the world, o she’s described by the media as ‘the guru of health and fitness’, o her more than 30 books (translated into many foreign languages) sell very well, o emphasises the prime importance of our individual human soul within ourselves, o helps to re-establish deep bonds of connectedness with the earth as part of healing the planet. My own experience - part 2 Although I’m not claiming to be healthier than average, I can, definitely say (see ‘part 1’ above), that I’ve very considerably improved my health, by slowly increasing the percentage of raw food in my diet (while paying attention to food combining etc. – see below). I need to take care, however, not to revert to the average diet, else complaints return, sometimes with redoubled force: But, when not pressured by society, I find that this isn’t difficult, as my sense of taste improved, so that I’m enjoying my food more now than previously (on the more conventional die); while I estimate foodpreparation-time and -expense to be less. I didn’t find it easy to make a permanent change: • Firstly (as indicated) I discovered (empirically) that I need to follow the food combining rules, so that I’m readily able to digest a higher percentage of raw food, the main rules being (see also included tables): - not to mix too many foods, - to eat fruit by itself on an empty stomach
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a raw vegetable salad takes about 2 hours to pass through the stomach,

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a well-combined vegetarian meal, about 3 hours, (about 4 hrs. if nonvegetarian) o an improperly combined meal, about 8 hours (‘FIT FOR LIFE’, 1988, page 55); o a raw fruit meal takes about 20 to 30 minutes (‘FIT FOR LIFE’, 1988, page 57): o It’s a good idea to eat fruit as the first meal of the day; the consumption of only fruit &/or fruit juice before noon, being “the major contributing factor to the success of FIT FOR LIFE” (page 57) – a best-seller book by Harvey & Mailyn Diamond - and to eat, either a predominantly starch food (eg, grains) with vegetables or a predominantly protein food (eg. seeds or nuts) with vegetables.
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Moderation in the concentrated foods is advisable, while eating much larger amounts of the high water foods, namely vegetables & fruits. Seeds (including grains and nuts) are best soaked and (if possible) sprouted before eating – this:
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destroys enzyme inhibitors (the inhibitors stopping seed growth in the

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dry seeds – ‘The Health Revolution’ by Ross Horne, 5th ed, pages 49, 155, 156), sprouting destroys gluten in wheat (gluten is a so-called lectin; lectins being proteins that can cause agglutination of blood cells, thus accounting for some ‘allergic reactions’ – refer to ‘The Eat Right Diet’ by Dr. Peter D’Adamo, 1998, page 68; it may be, that other potentially harmful lectins in seeds are also destroyed by soaking & sprouting), and improves their nutrient content [sprouting breaks down, starch, proteins & fats (i.e. sprouting essentially predigests), increases the essential to non-essential amino acid ratio, and produces more vitamins – up to 2000% more: ‘The New Raw Energy’ by Susannah & Leslie Kenton, pages 104, 105.)

For sprouting, I soak the seeds overnight and then place them in a sieve (or colander) to drain, rinsing them once or twice a day (to keep them clean and moist) till ready to eat. Most soaked or sprouted seeds I enjoy directly as part of a vegetable salad but not wheat sprouts, which have a sweetish taste. I need to make Essene bread out of them first, whereby they lose their sweetish taste and taste like bread (but I do enjoy the
original wheat sprouts with fruit (as a muesli) – although this combination isn’t, strictly, according to the above food-combining rules, I’ve noticed no digestive problems with this wheat-sprout/fruit combination; the sweetish wheat sprouts, seemingly, behaving, somewhat, like a fruit). To make Essene bread from

wheat sprouts, I:
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let the rootlets grow to about 3 mm (the taste changing with the
extent of sprouting)

Stop rinsing them 12 hours, or so, before I crush them (this ensures that they dry sufficiently rapidly, especially on cold cloudy days.) To crush I use a ‘Samson Juicer’ (now replaced by the less expensive
‘Compact Juicer’ - it also makes pasta, uses a slow speed, is reliable, and quick to clean) to produce strands of pasta. However, a simple

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mortar and pestle should be quite adequate for crushing the sprouted wheat, so that thin bread wafers can be formed, as described in ‘The Essene Gospel of Peace’ (page 40, 1981 edition.) place the pasta-type strands (or thin wafers) on fly-wire-screen frames, put the frames in the sun (on sunny days) or, otherwise, leave them in the kitchen, with free air also underneath the frames, and enjoy the bread (mostly with juicy vegetables) even if it’s still somewhat moist; when fully dry, it can be readily stored. For easier consumption, bread strands can be broken into smaller pieces, mixed with cut pieces of vegetables (eg, parsley, celery,

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dandelion…) and the mixture ground again with the juicer or mortar

& pestle, giving a paste. [If vegetables are mixed beforehand (with the sprouted grain), then the pasta strands are so moist that they may not dry fast enough to avoid some decomposition; nevertheless mixing wheat sprouts with barley green powder, cayenne pepper powder, & unrefined sea, salt produces a tasty nutritious bread, readily & conveniently eaten by itself, possibly with pieces of avocado.]

As already indicated in ‘part 1’ above, changing to a higher percentage of raw foods can produce passing so-called ‘cleansing symptoms’ [eg,
weakness, colds, rashes, pains, flatulence, bad breath, coated tongue, dizziness… whereby existing complaints can (for some time) become worse]

these symptoms, evidently, resulting from: - greater body toxic waste removal, as cells are strengthened, - a consequent higher toxin content in the blood (evidently causing weakness, pains, dizziness, …) and - higher toxin elimination via the external and internal skins
(evidently causing the other cleansing symptoms.) The only way I was able to change (while continuing to work) was to

change gradually, at a rate whereby the cleansing symptoms didn’t excessively interfere with work. Instead of the ordinary table salt (being refined to almost pure NaCl) I use,
(according to the biochemist, Jaques de Langre, Ph.D., who researched salt for more than 30 years) natural unrefined sea salt, which contains more than

80 elements. Dr. de Langre used the ‘Celtic’ brand, having helped many people to substantially improve their health. Labelled ‘Sea Salt’, as purchased in supermarkets and some health food shops, may still be partially refined to make it flow better (excessive amounts of the very important element, magnesium, being taken out), unrefined sea salt being, generally, somewhat moist. Dr. de Langre finds, that the unrefined sea salt helps the body to keep its salt content normal and that it helps to utilise vegetables better, while he finds ordinary table salt to be toxic. See also below concerning acid- and alkali-forming foods. Even with all this knowledge, I was still unable to make a permanent change, finding social pressures (at the time) to be too strong: However, modern scientific findings provide increasing evidence that supports the religious concept of ‘God’ (see ‘Science and the Spiritual’ and ‘Application of the Spiritual’, below) and so I prayed to God for help; consequently finding that I had the needed energy to: • plan my day’s food (learning from past experience), • carry out the plan, at least to some extent, and • to observe the results, whereby, whatever didn’t work, was still valuable experience, for learning. The effect of the mind As mentioned in ‘part 1’ (above); since my change to a more natural diet (in about 1975) I’ve generally felt fit and well, with no sign of my former complaint, except when, in the beginning, I sometimes changed back to my earlier diet:

Such reversions were, eventually always, accompanied by former complaints, although, initially (when still rather unfamiliar with naturopathic treatments, and still harbouring the more conventional understanding of cure), I (and other family members) expected that (having ‘cured’ the complaint) I could revert to the average diet and stay well… 8

In this respect I’ve been told, again and again, and (at times) I’m still being told, with knowing conviction: “It’s all in your mind – think health and you’ll be healthy: Because you expected more natural foods to improve your health, you have become healthier, once you changed ! ” As I realised from the start (see above) there is, of course, much truth in this, and I had studied and practiced the psychosomatic approach to health. Yet this approach (with the best of faith and even with the additional faith of the other family members) was quite unable to stop the return of my former complaints (when changing back to more cooked and baked foods). I also tried this several times with other people, who were similarly convinced it was all psychosomatic, but in all cases a reversion could, eventually, no longer be denied. Furthermore, the importance of raw nutrition can clearly be observed in the case of animals (having very similar food processing mechanisms to those of humans), while any psychosomatic influence can, in their case, be expected to be much the same (i.e.
whether the animals eat cooked or raw food.)

Also, as already indicated, I found it much easier to achieve and retain a positive mental attitude when eating a more natural diet, being completely surprised by this, as I had no expectation of it at all; nor did I expect improved skin and fitness. Percentage of raw food I didn’t particularly aim toward a 100% raw diet, but, as no untoward effects resulted, I continued until 100% was achieved, reasoning that cleansing of remaining waste accumulations will proceed quicker and further, when on a 100% raw diet, rather than only 75%, as suggested by the Kentons: Although an ‘athletes foot’ condition (i.e. ‘Tinea’) was initially considerably improved (in about 1975) after the start of my diet change, it stubbornly remained till about 2000, when it completely disappeared: I conclude that cleansing has continued till at least that date, and I guess that in some ways it’s still continuing, particularly as I generally aim to further improve my diet – eg, by eating more greens and aiming to better adhere to the advice in ‘The Essene Gospel of Peace’ – see comments on this gospel below. Other complaints Occasionally I suffered from, joint pains (these could be quite severe – eg, bad back and hips), which I was, however, always able to rid entirely (within days or weeks) by: o eating more fresh raw vegetables, particularly greens, o discontinuing (till well again) strongly acid-forming foods (eg. cheese, most
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generally reducing concentrated foods (like grains, nuts, honey), and generally changing to more alkaline-forming foods: Of the grains, millet is reported to be alkaline-forming, and of the nuts, particularly, almonds are reported to be alkaline forming:
Concerning alkaline & acid foods, I find the table “Food Theory for Healthy Living: 80% alkaline / 20% acid” informing (obtainable from: ‘Pelago’, 34 Abbotleigh Ave., Te Atatu, Auckland 8, New Zealand); the table being based on the book, ‘Alkalize or Die’ by Dr. Theodore A. Baroody (obtainable from ‘Holographic
Health’, 119 Pigeon St., Waynesville, NC 28786, USA.)

Eg, instead of eating Essene bread I ate sprouted millet (& vegetables), and when eating a protein meal, I preferred soaked almonds (& vegetables). But by eating plenty of fresh vegetables and less concentrated foods, the joint pains disappeared last time, even though I mostly ate Essene bread (see above), being relatively inexpensive. Otherwise, I was only ill twice: 9

1. The first time after I ate fermented almond paste, which I made as a health food: The recipe prescribes ‘blanched’ almonds, while I used just ordinary almonds. The paste gave me much pain for 1 or 2 days, but no lasting problems – I’m very careful now with new fermented products, trying small quantities first. 2. the second time I fasted* during a very busy time, without drinking enough fluid – the experience taught me to drink lots of fluid when fasting, particularly when experiencing hunger pangs; i.e., being accustomed to eat mainly vegetables & fruit (containing much fluid), I only experienced hunger and no thirst. * Note re fasting: It would seem inadvisable for growing children to fast
longer than a day or so if food is available, and even in the case of fully-grown adults, it’s advisable to be careful with fasting, informing oneself thoroughly first [particularly about so-called ‘cleansing symptoms’ which can be debilitating - see above], then starting with short periods and, if desired, gradually and carefully extending the length, preferably under knowledgeable supervision. [It’s valuable to eat mainly alkaline forming foods (eg, vegetables) before the fast to improve the body’s alkaline capacity, because fasting tends to increase ketone bodies (from fat) which are acids.] As indicated, when fasting, it’s very important to drink enough fluid – eg. water and/or herb teas, but, in this respect, many natural healers find:
o o o o that similar cleansing and healing takes place, when (instead of water, or, in addition to water) raw vegetable juices and raw fruit juices are consumed, that the ‘cleansing symptoms’ on such a juice diet are less severe than on a water fast, and that the micronutrients in the raw juices can be helpful. However, a water (or herb tea) fast, over a given time, may achieve quicker and more thorough results.

After the fast, it’s important not to overeat, which can be more difficult than the actual fasting.

Other health factors A 70% or 100% raw diet is, of course no complete answer, it’s only one of many factors. The soils, the air, our agricultural practices, our genetic heritage, our life habits, our attitudes, the society we’re part of… are further factors, and usually cannot be changed abruptly; although, by aiming to improve these, we’d particularly help future generations. Another experience Every person is different and is in a different situation, so that, at least to an extent; everyone needs to find her/his own path. Another person (Neville South) who had a similar experience, recently wrote it down (He’s selling his report for about $US 40 via
the Internet. The Internet address is: www.beat-autoimmune-disease.com, or search the Internet under ‘Grave’s Disease’.)

Neville South rid himself of an autoimmune thyroid disease – grave’s disease – for which the medical profession generally says that there’s no cure, and that only an operation or radiotherapy (which destroy most of the thyroid gland) can help. Although it’s aiming in the same direction, Neville’s diet change is less extensive than mine, and, therefore, probably easier to fully carry out: But every small step toward a healthier diet should, eventually, be helpful. Neville South also advises regular exercise and a relaxed mind: But, as already mentioned, I found that, by being stricter with my food, I could: o keep working effectively on my desk longer, without the many special exercise breaks I formerly had to take, and o relax, overcome negative emotions, & think positively, more easily. 10

Fear, worry, stress In addition to diet, I find conscious relaxation (of any tensed-up muscles, particularly the eyes), meditation, and prayer (asking blessings for other people) very valuable in relation to fear, worry, and stress. As pointed out below (see ‘Application of the Spiritual’), it's been reported that, repeatedly, medical trials have shown that: • patients with a faith heal quicker and better, and • prayer (on average) helps those who are prayed for [if the prayer is individual and
sincere (i.e. not according to a standardised text) thus prayer evidently helping, both, the person who prays and the persons prayed for.]

Much is said about stress being a disease-causing factor. Concerning a study of heart disease, the article, ‘The Healing Power of Doing Good’ (by Eileen Rockefeller Growald and Allan Luks; Readers Digest, Feb. 1990, page 54) says:
“Research had already shown that people with a hard-driving, hurried, competitive style – Type A personalities - have a higher heart disease risk. But when Charles Spielberger (a psychologist of the University of South Florida) went back and analysed some of the data, he found that many aspects of the type A personality are harmless. Only a few – anger, irritability and aggressive competitiveness – seem to put people at higher risk for heart disease.”

AIDS To end this section on health on a note of hope also in relation the tragic AIDS disease, I’d like to refer again to Ross Horne’s extensive research of the medical and health literature. On page 334 (‘The Health Revolution’, 5th edition, 1997) he writes (added emphasis):
“It has been shown that the “AIDS virus” (HIV) is not really the cause of AIDS at all, but rather just an indication of chronic degeneration of the entire constitution, which accounts for the breakdown of the immune system. As with other degenerative diseases, the solution to the AIDS problem obviously lies in improved diet and other lifestyle factors.”

Concerning “diet”; the first Ugandan orphan I was able to assist (Racheal Ssebagala

from St. Catherine’s Tailoring College, Kampala, where she now works voluntarily, helping further orphans) writes in her letter of the 18/3/2006: “We have introduced a new system within our project whereby those affected orphans get treated and being fed on raw vegetables as you told us, and I thank the good Lord that it has worked so good.” Of course, anyone can improve her/his health, fitness, wellbeing & resistance to disease by knowingly developing a more natural diet – see above.

Concerning “other lifestyle factors”; throughout my adult life I’ve found, in our society, considerable emphasis on sexual relationships, the implication often being, that this is good for one’s health and general success in life. Such emphasis seems to have stemmed from findings before the 1960’s that sexual repression tends to lead to increased aggressiveness [Wikipedia (on internet) under ‘sexual abstinence’]. However, Wikipedia also points to the reply, that, yes, the urge should not be repressed but, rather, transformed, a voluntary process, necessarily including abstinence from sexual thoughts; the Wikipedia article continuing that: ‘Most spiritual traditions share the view that humans are essentially spiritual beings and that excessive indulgence in physical sense pleasure takes one away from spiritual self-knowledge.’ Having studied & researched science, with the implication that the concept of spiritual life is imaginary superstition, I was never quite sure about this topic; having had, for some time, a tendency toward the, then, current general views: But then (as already indicated, & as described below) modern scientific findings increasingly pointed to the actual existence of spiritual life; and once I was (for myself) convinced of its 11

existence, I started to read spiritual literature, in order to learn what Higher Spiritual Life says about life’s purpose and truths. In this way I came across complementary detailed explanations (in at least three independent writings) that we’re encouraged to aim to use our sexual drives only for begetting children, while the use of such energies, simply for self-gratification, contributes to the weakening and failure of our capacities; this, generally, not being recognised yet. Reflecting on: • my own experiences, • various experiences of other people, • studies, comparing partnered people with (otherwise similar) unpartnered people, and • the respective physiology (eg, blood being drawn from the head to the pelvis), this made sense, and so I now find, that the practice of restraint (other than for procreation) is worth aiming at. Age: The earlier in life one starts to acquire the habit of eating whole natural foods the easier the change tends to be, and (of course) the earlier the benefits are obtained; yet people of all ages tend to benefit: Ross Horne (‘The Health Revolution’ 5th ed, page 23) reports the case of a lady, who, at age 81, had long-term claudication, congestive heart failure, hypertension, arthritis, and was able to walk less than 100 feet. After 4 years on a diet and exercise regimen, she was televised at the Senior Olympics in Irvine, California, where she won two gold medals in the ½ mile and mile running events. 1½ years later (at the time of reporting) she repeated the runs and acquired another 2 gold medals.

The Essene Gospel of Peace

According to the translator of ‘The Essene Gospel of Peace’ (Edmond Bordeaux Szekely,
and according to others, eg, Leslie and Susannah Kenton – refer to their book, ‘The New Raw Energy’ pages 33-34) it’s a very old document, at least 1,700 years old (available from the ‘International Biogenic Society, P.O. Box 849, Nelson B.C. Canada V1L 6A5):

However (from my reading & experience) modern nutritional science is gradually finding, that the health advice in this booklet is, essentially, correct: I do not find it easy to apply all the advice given, but I find the booklet inspiring, and find it valuable to aim to apply the teachings, according to my individual abilities and my individual conscience [see also ‘The Raw Energy Bible’ by Leslie Kenton, 1998 (pages 51 – 63), and my
notes on ‘Health’ above.]

The first part of ‘The Essene Gospel of Peace’ largely concerns fasting and the above comments (under ‘Other complaints’ – see ‘Note re fasting’) would apply. From page 36 onward (1981 edition) the teaching concerns the diet for daily life.

Community Living:
Many people are convinced that the presence of need (for example, innocent starving children or suffering children with readily curable and/or preventable diseases), in a world abounding with luxury, is the real underlying cause of serious conflict. Eg, the wellknown Emeritus Professor Sir Gustav Nossal (Australian of the year 2000) in his 2005 Alfred Deakin Lectures says: “Since September 11, 2001, we have realised that there is nowhere in the world to hide. Of course terrorism is not directly due to poverty. What poverty does is to breed frustration and resentment, which ideological entrepreneurs can turn into support for terrorism. Hunger, poverty social injustice, poor education and inadequate health care all represent grave threats to the peaceful coexistence of peoples and nations.”
Australian Volunteers International Magazine, Spring 2005, page 8.

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It might be replied, that governments have (over the last century and beyond) considerably increased education, evidently with the understanding - by most (or all) of us - that a lack of education is a very important (if not the most important) underlying cause of poverty: Yet social indictors have generally not improved, often becoming worse. Eg, the article “Social change and crime rate trends: a routine activity approach” by Cohen & Felson [American Sociological Review, 44, 4 (August 1979), 588 – 608] states in its introduction (emphasis added): “In its summary report the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence (1969: xxxvii) presents an important s o c i a l p a r a d o x : Why, we must ask, have urban violent crime rates (evidently applying also to nonviolent offences, with eg, burglaries increasing 200% from 1960 to 1975 and with similar increases for other crimes in this period – as described further down in the article)

increased substantially during the past decade when the conditions that are supposed to cause violent crime have not worsened – have, indeed, generally improved? … Thus, for example the proportion of blacks in cities who completed high school rose from 43% in 1960 to 61% in 1968…” (via internet), and the incidence of depression (the main cause of suicide) has risen every year since the early 20th century (from www.mentalhealthchannel.net/depression; Jan 2006), with child abuse having become a major problem toward the end of the 20th century still increasing in the 1990’s (www.childtrendsdatabank.org). Also, at about the turn of the century, I remember anguished welfare societies confronted with continued increases in requests for help while donations decreased; and in my career as a research scientist, I repeatedly found, that competition (rather than cooperation) amongst scientists & organizations made it less likely, that work is performed for best benefiting the wider society. If the education provided, heals & prevents social ills (as we, generally, took for granted), then (we might ask ourselves) why its considerable increase over the last century hadn’t (as we expected) reduced the social ills? Looking back on my own education (both in the physical & life sciences), I find that our secular education’s underlying life philosophy was based on Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, whereby Darwin found the competitive struggle (which he clearly observed in nature) to be the important driving force for progress: To me & others, this was (initially) clear & understandable; competition tending to spur activity toward improved performance, whereby the successful achieved the leading roles, thus contributing to progress. [However (when, later on, I took an interest in Carles Darwins life) I read (in Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2003) that Darwin had, already in his own time, great difficulty integrating this central competitive finding (clear & logical as it seemed) with his own need of, & respect for, the caring English society; so much so, that his ensuing psychological problems caused him to be a semi-invalid by the time he was 40! Only toward the end of his life, when he (more intently) studied the e c o l o g i c a l side of nature
[i.e. its cooperative side – being an, evidently, more highly evolved part of it, with a more highly evolved c o m m u n a l driving force for progress (communal service improving
the community, so allowing better individual security & scope) see also below]

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While this later experience (of Darwin) might have led to deeper social insight, consequent scientists generally studied ecology simply in relation to our (earth, air, water, plant & animal) environment – but not in relation to human society: Only relatively very recently some social scientists are starting to make amends by initiating the new field of s o c i a l e c o l o g y – see below.] Although (as noted) competitive behaviour tends to spur activity and (in a way) train & select the most capable for leading roles, it might also be expected to produce losers that are at greater risk of becoming depressed, poor, & ill (than citizens in a mutually cooperative caring society). Furthermore, there’d generally be less time, money & resources to assist losers, because most people (including governments) have a greater need for these commodities, in order to prevent their own defeat: In addition: By formally and authoritatively teaching a basically competitive way of life, people might be expected to be less inclined to help each other when in difficulty, the competitive principle tending to displace the ‘golden rule’ of ‘loving neighbour as self’. And when spiritual aspects are not taught (or even implied to be superstition), losers in the competitive struggle are less likely to be able to find peace & solutions via meditation, faith, and prayer (for evidence of the effectiveness of
these, I refer to the last two sections below.)

Thus, the whole focus of life would tend to be drawn away from directly aiming to improve social & environmental well-being; being drawn, rather, toward more immediate & urgent individual survival needs within the competitive struggle, this resulting in a greater likelihood of social and environmental casualties, a smaller likelihood of their correction, and the likelihood of the type of increase in social and environmental ills, we’ve been experiencing. From another perspective: When looking far back into human social history; we’ve already come a long way (from relatively small, often competing, tribes with relatively autocratic governments) to the formation of larger tribes, states, nations, groups of nations & increasing international cooperation, with the additional development of more democratic & then more consensus (win-win) – type of governments (the last
avoiding minority groups & thoroughly integrating all available knowledge, rather than mainly using the knowledge of the majority in a relatively hurried manner).

Such increasing cooperation (replacing earlier competition) provided the necessary foundation for valuable advances in living conditions (eg, in security, health, culture, technology…), a foundation, without which these advances would have been unthinkable; but we have, on the other hand, necessarily become much more interdependent: To then revert (contrary to the evolutionary trend) to the lessevolved, harsh, competitive way of life, might, again, be expected to contribute (particularly because of the developed greater interdependence) to the types of painful social & environmental disruptions we’re experiencing. An example of highly developed cooperative living can be found in the cooperation amongst (& interdependence between) the trillions of individual cells that compose larger plants, or animals, or human beings; all cells basically being organised & aiming (in various integrated specialised ways) to d e t e c t any need or impending need (within their cellular community), and then to best h e a l & p r e v e n t such need, (the correction of any ‘boredom’ &/or antisocial activity also being needs.) This underlying organization & behaviour of individuals toward the maintenance of full overall communal (and, consequently, individual) health is called ‘homeostasis’. 14

Comparing the individual cells (in such a multicellular organism) with cells living competitively in a pond, say, the greater security, fulfilment, & wholeness achieved by the former cells becomes evident: Concerning a social example of more cooperative living, a conversation with a former, long-term president of our Temple Society (see below) encouraged me, to take more seriously the endeavours of my ancestors and their friends, the Templers, who founded the ‘Temple Society’ in 1861 (based on 1Cor. 3:16 and 1Peter 2:5a.) Although the Templers respect welfare societies and are (generally) generous contributors, and although the founder of the Temple Society knew Henri Dunant (founder of the Red Cross) and the two men helped each other; the Templers, nevertheless, weren’t interested in establishing another welfare society, but aimed, rather, to show to the world, that the c a u s e s of dire need can be conquered, so that dire need doesn’t arise in the first place: They reasoned, that if likeminded people (living and working together in settlements) sincerely aimed to practically adhere to the religious teachings (of ‘loving neighbour be conquered, or, at least, greatly diminished – to the extent they managed to practically follow the teaching. The first prototype settlement (started in 1856 in their own European home country) was a great success, which encouraged many to migrate (after careful preparations) to Palestine (now Israel) – the (then largely underdeveloped) ‘Holy Land’, thus pursuing their long-held aim of establishing settlements there: o to contribute to the development of this land, and (more generally) o to establish a readily visible example; of how, in actual practice, life c a n be improved; and how good living conditions can eventually be established for all people. Although the beginnings in Palestine (Israel) were sometimes very difficult (particularly in relation to infectious diseases in the new environment), 7 settlements were eventually established, which, similarly, flourished and grew. In the Templer settlements: All had a home, clothing, food, and medical care, The schools were very good, with students also coming from far away, Culture and recreation were prominent, No police or law-courts were needed, and there was no unemployment, nor were there strikes, o Productivity was high, o New settlements were started, once an optimum size was attained, and o The settlers were well liked and respected by their neighbours (both Jews & Arabs), their settlements being described as ‘oases of peace and tranquillity in a land of strife’, being also an inspiration to others (see below). Although WWII terminated the settlements, Israeli historians are now researching their history, showing appreciation, writing books, holding exhibitions, and placing many of the Templer buildings under heritage protection:
Eg, in the publication, “The Case of the German Templers in Eretz-Israel” [from
“Ideology and Landscape in Historical Perspective”’ by Professor Yossi Ben-Artzi (head of the University of Haifa)] published separately by the ‘TSA Heritage Group’ (152 Tucker Rd. Bentleigh, 3204, Australia, November 2006), we read:

as self’ and aiming primarily for the health of the entire community, according to one’s inner God-wisdom) during work and ordinary every-day life, then the usual social evils can

o o o o

“The Templers strongly influenced the layout of Jewish settlements both in theoretical terms by representing an ideal model and on

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the practical level by providing the professional expertise for the actual building of the settlements.” (pages 41,42) And, in relation to the time before an increasing number of Jewish settlers arrived: “The Templers were few in number and their colonies but a handful. The extent of their influence, however, was inversely related to their numerical presence in Palestine. They also differed in one important point from other Christian missions. Unlike the latter, whose effort to convert the local populace tended to exacerbate ethnic tensions and encourage political conflict, the Templers succeeded in becoming an object of admiration and an example that the population sought to emulate. Their many innovations in economic and social areas within their own colonies commanded respect in both the Arab population and its Turkish rulers, and this circumstance gave them a key role in the country’s development…” (page 43)

Earlier on (in 2000), the now late Professor Alex Carmel (also of the University of Haifa, Israel) said (on tape) that 750 Templers migrated to Palestine, but they created such a ‘wind’ (in good achievements – deep well irrigation, improved agriculture, quality buildings, roads, rails, vehicles, harbours, etc.) as if it had been 75,000! However, although the Templer settlements flourished, the outside world problems interfered: During WWI they were taken to Egypt as prisoners of war (in the hotel complex ‘Al Hayet’ near Cairo), and at war’s end some were deported to Germany, but eventually the Quakers and others managed to persuade England to allow their return (in 1920 and 1921) to Palestine (being an English mandate at the time); where they started afresh, often under ‘desperately poor’ conditions with reduced living space, loss of all dairy cows & other livestock, loss of most facilities, and borrowing money to purchase food (‘The Holy Land Called – The Story of the Temple Society’ by Prof. Dr.
Paul Sauer, pages 147 – 152; ‘Memories of Palestine – Narratives about life in the Templer communities’, page 35.)

Again their way of life brought success, and again it was terminated; this time by WWII, the larger part of the Palestine Templers being interned in a bleak, cold, and cramped internment camp, behind barbed wire, large imposing watch towers, and housed in draughty wrought-iron barracks: It might be expected, that their lives were considerably dampened: Yet, after the shock of the sudden change had passed, they: o arranged teams to run the kitchen, and do other communal chores, o ingeniously used available materials to improve their scanty quarters, o organised schools, recreational & cultural activities (including music, theatre, & extensive craft work) and o established vegetable and flower gardens. Their Australian supervisors, care personnel, and guards were invited to their cultural performances, which these visitors much enjoyed, helping the internees, in turn, to attain better facilities. Although my family was in Europe during the war (coming to Australia afterwards), two childhood friends, who grew up in the Australian internment camp, spoke of it, as if it had been a holiday camp! With the founding of Israel after WWII, the Templers (having, till then, retained their German nationality) weren’t permitted to return to their settlements. Concerning the possibility of establishing settlements in Australia, the property of one of the 7 settlements (‘Sarona’ – page 263 of ‘The Holy Land Called’) had been sold, with the former Templer owners receiving part of the proceeds. Although enough land for settlements might therefore have been leased and/or bought, the Australian government policy at the time (re natives and migrants) was assimilation, so that such re-establishment of settlements in Australia couldn’t occur. Nevertheless, the Templers did continue to help each other to find employment and homes, one small house (in the beginning) sometimes housing several families. 16

Furthermore, the Templers accepted menial, unskilled, relatively low-paid jobs; their generally advanced qualifications not being accepted in Australia.
Eg, my father
(with an engineering diploma from the Technical High School in Weimar, Germany, having performed very successful engineering research) worked

as a turner, doing repetitive work on a low wage. I also heard of a doctor working as a nursing aid, and skilled farmers as farm labourers, although some of those, whose Palestine property had been sold (see above), were able to purchase farmland.

Eventually, by faith & humility, by mutual help, by hard, consistent & caring work

(many, including my father, worked overtime hours – one uncle of mine having slept in a farm shed on sacks to achieve the overtime) and by living very frugally each family,

happily enough, managed to purchase land, to establish a good home, to pay its debts, and to provide for its aged members and children.
Eg, in our own family our parents needed to: • bring up 5 children, • repay their borrowed trip expense (some families were in Germany during and after the war and therefore had to pay for their trip to Australia – family savings having been destroyed by the war), • purchase land, and • build a house. Somewhat similar to other church groups in Australia (and possibly those in Uganda), the Templers in Australia also developed more specific communal care, via: - elected committees, - appointed voluntary elders, - religious services, - an emergency fund (from the offerings after services, known as “Notopfer” = sacrifice for need), - a monthly community journal, - cultural & recreational functions, - an employed manager, office help, and - a full-time social care worker. Eventually they built: - an office, - community halls (for services and other functions), and - a ‘Home for the Aged’ (for those aged people who have no children to stay with, or who need extensive care.)

Thus the Templers have: o not only demonstrated greatly improved social life (resulting from their
communal striving)

o but they also demonstrated (again by practically applying the principles of community living) their ability to re-establish themselves by their own efforts, following (externally imposed) conditions of intense poverty & debt. However, as a young Templer in Australia, attending Australian state government schools and a government university (rather than Templer schools), I gained the understanding, at the time, that my ancestors’ way of life in Palestine was old history, no longer practically relevant today – our competitive democratic way of life being the best to date. Eventually (together with the above related social and cell observations) it was the abovementioned discussion with our former Temple Society president, Dr. Richard O. Hoffmann (great grandson of the Temple Society founder, Christoph Hoffmann, and the first post-war Temple Society President) whose description of life in the Palestine Templer settlements made me aware (as a scientist) that the Templers had demonstrated a practical, unforced, natural way of conquering the dire social problems; problems which cause untold misery and loss, and for the control and improvement of which, modern governments and universities are continually spending vast sums. Yet, the younger Templers (like myself at first) have, in the past, little recognised the social achievements of their ancestors; and the older ones felt too old to start reestablishing settlements - now that our government has adopted a more multicultural outlook: Thus it looked as though the earlier government assimilation 17

policy had been affective, with the Temple Society having slowly dwindled in membership and significance: However, with the formation of a TSA Heritage Group and with Israeli historians & other Israelis continuing their interest in the work of the Templers, my hope is that the social value of the Templers’ pioneering work will become better recognised and utilised for the benefit of Australia & the wider world, and particularly for the benefit of those, who (due to the many circumstances) are suffering need.
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We might ask, what is the role of competition in the predominantly cooperative way of life – surely we’d still need to be competitive! In a very important sense, yes, definitely! I.e. in the sense that each individual (& each individual group in the greater community) continually improves the performance of its unique individual role for the wellbeing of the community; being a type of competition with one-self – yet gracious & enjoyable (not harsh or unduly stressed), whereby individuals wholeheartedly help each other to improve, sharing the joys of success, because the individual successes all lead to an improved community that benefits all. Of course, competition in good sportsmanlike games, can also usefully add interest, energy, and can lead to improvements: However, I find that in the best games everyone basically wins, the winners realizing that the ‘losers’ are just as important for making the game possible, and there’s much evidence, that if we neglect a strong underlying cooperative attitude, then such games can become damaging; reminding us to restore our cooperative foundations [eg, refer to the surveys (performed by the psychologists Muzafer & Carolyn Sherif) on children in holiday camps, as described below – see close to the end of the last
section, ‘Application of the Spiritual’)

Concerning lazy people: Firstly people with unusual roles can, sometimes, be seen as lazy, while they actually perform socially valuable functions – just being content and relaxed in an often hectic overstressed world can have a calming influence of greater value than many a busy occupation today: Real laziness tends to lead to dissatisfaction & illness, and the consequently consulted doctor might encourage the remedy of providing better communal service… The presence of any other antisocial behaviour would (of course) also mean that basic lessons for secure happy living have (for various reasons) not yet been learnt, and it’s in everyone’s interest that appropriate opportunities be provided and encouragement be given for ‘catching up’.
(Concerning such matters, see also the references to the booklets, ‘God Calling’ & ‘God at Eventide’ under ‘Application of the Spiritual’, below.) More thoughts on why we’ve become so preoccupied with competition?

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W h e n the religions of the world (having once had the largest educational influence) all endeavour to teach brotherhood, mutual assistance and care
(i.e. according to the underlying religious teaching of ‘fully loving God, and neighbour as self’),

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and w h e n reflection and many practical illustrations point to the advantages of cooperative behaviour,

t h e n we might well ask this question; and I come back to Charles (Robert) Darwin’s thorough & detailed discovery of harsh competition in nature, and to his 18

hypothesis, that competition is t h e general underlying driving force, of natural evolution (i.e. progress). As indicated, when published (in 1859) the hypothesis was found fully logical & scientific, Darwin’s findings quickly spreading worldwide; while secular government education systems largely took over (from the religions), basing their underlying life philosophy on Darwin’s original Theory of Evolution. But (as also indicated) already Darwin started to research a more evolved type of behaviour & driving force by researching the cooperative (i.e. the ecological) aspect of nature; and ecology continues to be researched today (including its highly developed form of ‘homeostasis’- as described above); B u t, rather than being seen as a more evolved alternate behavioural principle (being applicable also to human behaviour) with a more evolved driving force (based on c o m m u n a l insight & consequent intelligent action for cure & prevention of overall and, consequently, individual need), the study of ecology still tends to be largely applied to our (air, water, earth, plant, animal) environment: Even the subject of ‘human ecology’ tends to confine itself to the influence of humans on this environment, while ‘social ecology’ (see below) is (as yet) relatively little taught and applied. Thus (in spite of the discoveries of ecology & homeostasis) competition is still often seen as the driving force in humanity’s evolution. Signs of change 1) Social ecology: Professor Murray Bookchin (1921- 2006) has been writing about the subject of 'social ecology’ since the 1950’s, finding that the harshly competitive approach in our western society is socially & environmentally disruptive (eg, Wickipedia 4/2007). In 1974 he founded the “Institute of Social Ecology” (ISE) in the USA to inspire individuals (via workshops, articles, and conferences) to work toward a humane ecological society (website of the ISE). The ‘European Social Ecology Institute” (ESEI) is similar, and is linked to the ISE (website of the ESEI.) Relatively recently (in 1996), Professor Stuart Hill was appointed Foundation Chair of Social Ecology at the University of Western Sydney (Hawkesbury Campus) Australia. He has known Professor Boockchin, and, essentially, works in the same direction: humbly aiming (via lectures, research, presentations at various ordinary conferences, and in harmony with similar endeavours) to encourage work toward a caring collaborative sustainable society (website).
The University of California, Irvine has (since 1970) a multidisciplinary faculty of social ecology in which the research and teaching is distinguished by an emphasis on the integration of the concepts and perspectives of multiple disciplines [the faculty employing various psychologists (eg, developmental, social, environmental, & health), criminologists, sociologists, political scientists, lawyers, urban & regional planners and economists, environmental health scientists, and program evaluation experts], this integration being based on the School’s core belief, that the analysis and amelioration of complex societal problems requires interdisciplinary efforts (website)… 2) In her article, “What can schools do?” (from ‘The Melbourne University Magazine 2005’ pages 22, 23), Professor Lyn Yates (Foundation Chair of Curriculum in the Faculty of Education) writes (middle of page 23): “In recent times, the concerns about those who are being trampled on in the system, are being taken very seriously in the heart of the hard-headed economics camp of the OECD (Organization for Economic and . ‘Social cohesion’ and how people of different religions and cultural backgrounds and gender treat each other, are real issues.”

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3) During an Australian conference at the turn of the Millennium, a manager of the Australian National Bank said : Financial capital is useless without social capital, and

religious groups are particularly good at generating social capital.

Science and the Spiritual
In a “special report” (pages 286, 287 of ‘The Encyclopaedia Britannica 2007 Book of the Year’), headed “Intelligent Design (ID) – Scientific Concept or Religious View” (by Professor Thomas F. Glick, of the Department of History, Boston University), Professor Glick refers to the Intelligent Design (ID) movement: This ID movement (initiated by the American lawyer, Phillip Johnson, in the early 1990’s and supported by the molecular biologist, Michael Behe) describes biological mechanisms that consist of many intricate parts, all needing to be present and correctly assembled, in order that the mechanisms are able to perform their functions; whereby the ID movement points out, that such mechanisms couldn’t have evolved in small steps (by chance variations and natural selection) from very simple beginnings (beginnings simple enough to be formed by chance - as proposed by standard Darwinian evolution), because there are no significantly simpler mechanisms that will perform the required function; i.e. such mechanisms are ‘irreducible complex mechanisms’. {To try to make this clearer; these biological mechanisms are somewhat similar (in complexity and irreducibility) to mechanisms like the combustion motor [for converting chemical energy (in petrol) to achieve rotational movement]; whereby the very 1st motor needed many parts (petrol, oil, carburettor, cylinder, piston, spark plug, points, coil, generator, valves, connecting rod, crankshaft…) - parts with specific shapes & properties, all precisely assembled, and sufficiently maintained: I.e. there’s a limit to the simplicity of the very first usefully working combustion motor, whereby even the simplest cannot be conceived to have been formed and maintained by simple consecutive chance events and appropriate selections. In an earlier version of these ‘Additional Notes’ I’ve described how the intricate mechanisms of swallowing & coughing (on the cellular level) and, so-called, ‘transcription’ (of the DNA code for the formation of proteins – on the molecular level), are similar to the above example of the combustion motor.} Professor Glick then refers to the evolutionary biologists’ response to these observations, the response pointing to biological findings such as: (1) the self organising nature of biochemical systems, (2) the built-in redundancy of complex organic structure (if one crucial step is absent, other processes can achieve the same result), and (3) the role of versatile exploratory processes that, in the course of their normal physiological functioning, can help give rise to useful new structures of the body. Each of these three findings contain inherent control aspects (i.e. the elements of intelligence); pointing, thus, to the idea, that intelligence, itself, has evolved on the molecular level: Such evolution is conceivable, because the basic mechanisms of intelligence are (unlike the above complex mechanisms) relatively very simple [they’re the ‘AND’, ‘OR’ &

‘NOT’ operators (or gates), which, in various configurations, are able to achieve all logic functions] and (because of this relative simplicity) they can, more readily, be conceived to have been formed by Darwin’s evolution proposition (of consecutive chance events and natural selections) than the highly complex biological mechanisms referred to

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Consequently, once the simplest intelligence mechanisms had evolved in the Darwinian manner, then evolution can start to proceed also in the indicated intelligent design (ID) manner. Referring to Wikipedia (the free encyclopaedia on the internet, May 2007), scientists have, furthermore, been surprised by the very small percentage of DNA (less than 1. 5% in human DNA), which codes for protein, this being the part of the DNA that comprises our genes. On the other hand, regulatory DNA sequences (typically short sequences that appear near or within genes) have been discovered since the early 1960’s (eg, the discovery of the so-called ‘operon’, described in 1961 by the Nobel Price winners, François Jacob & Jaques Monod) ‘which are crucial to controlling gene expression.’ Yet (Wikipedia continues), ‘aside from genes and known regulatory sequences, the human genome contains vast amounts of DNA (by some estimates, 97%) the function of which, if any, remains unknown’: This finding points to the idea, that the vast amount of unexplained DNA, constitutes (together with the already deciphered regulatory DNA sequences) the above-proposed evolved intelligence; i.e. it points to the existence of a powerful regulatory (or control or intelligence) mechanism within DNA molecules (a type of brain on the molecular level) that’s largely responsible for the evolution [by intelligent design (ID) & consequent creation] of new (or improved) biochemical & physiological mechanisms. Thus (in summary), it can be conceived that, once significant functional intelligence (in the form of simple control mechanisms) had evolved on the DNA molecule, this embryonic functional intelligence was then able (largely by ID & creation for the purpose of better survival) to further develop its intelligence capacity (together with its sensing capacity and action capacity) both on the DNA molecule and on its atomic/molecular surrounding; developing (in time) a biological cell (i.e. a type of molecular community); and then, that same molecular intelligence (now housed in a cell) can be conceived to have developed (again largely by ID & creation for better survival) increasingly-advanced cellular communities with complex cellular mechanisms, including cellular control mechanisms (i.e. cellular intelligence), eventually leading to the brains of animals and then of humans. Further evidence for this type of evolution [i.e. the evolution of a creating intelligence within ourselves and the evolution of the creations of this intelligence) is found in the fossil record: Although this is very much more extensive now than in Darwin’s time, it still hasn’t shown (and, likely, never will show) examples of any small simple step-by-step developments of the complex mechanisms described (i.e. the ‘irreducible complex mechanisms’) as Darwin initially expected it would, once the record became more extensive. However, fossils of a considerable variety of complete complex mechanisms (all achieving the same function) have been found, with the best adapted, continuing to be reproduced. Example: Once multicellular animal organisms had evolved to a size whereby a respiratory system was needed
(i.e. to supply oxygen to, and remove carbon-dioxide from, the cells deeper inside the organism – cells too distant from the surface of the organism, to respire directly from, and to, the surface),

the fossil record shows the initial appearance of a variety of different, quite exotic, complete types of respiratory systems (types based on different principles); the familiar system,
[whereby air is inhaled into lungs, from which oxygen is taken (by the cardiovascular system) for distribution to the remaining body (essentially,
the reverse occurring during carbon-dioxide exhalation)],

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(From the opening address, ‘Oxygen and Evolutionary Perspectives’, given at the ‘1984 Symposium’ of ‘The Australasian Society of Respiratory Technology’ (later called the ‘Australian & New Zealand Society of Respiratory Science Inc.’) at the Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide, South Australia, by Dr. Bill Runciman.)

In addition to the above-discussed evidence of intelligence on the biological molecular level, astronomers have (in recent times) discovered increasing evidence for the existence of a still earlier intelligence responsible for the development of the material universe: [Evidence for such an earlier intelligence is described on various websites - eg, that of Dr. Walter L. Bradley (Professor of Engineering, Baylor University, Texas): His website (called “The Designed ‘Just So’ Universe” – updated 2005) refers to evidence (as provided by astronomers in the last half of the 20th century) of a designed universe. Quoting Dr. Bradley: “When cosmological models were first developed in the midtwentieth century, it was naively assumed that the selection of a given set of constants [eg, the speed of light, “c”; the gravity force constant, “G”; Planck’s constant,
“h”; Boltzmann’s constant, “k”; masses of the proton, electron, neutron; the unit charge for the electron or proton; & the weak force, strong nuclear force, & electromagnetic coupling constants], was not critical for the formation of a suitable habitat for life. Subsequent parametric (i.e. parameter) studies which systematically varied the

constants have shown that changes in any of the constants produces a dramatically different universe which is unsuitable for life of any imaginable type.” After giving several examples (of relatively small variations of constants leading to

results like; no stars, or no hydrogen or water, or insufficient carbon, or no heavier elements, or too little, or excessive, or the wrong type of, energy from the sun for significant & sufficiently-lasting chemical reactions to occur on earth, etc.) Dr. Bradley

writes: “It is quite easy to understand why so many scientists have changed their minds in the past 30 years, agreeing that it takes a great deal of faith to believe the universe can be explained as nothing more than a fortuitous cosmic accident”: He quotes, for example, the well-known British astronomer, Fred Hoyle, who in 1951 argued that the coincidences were just that, coincidences, but who later said (in 1984): “Such properties seem to run through the fabric of the natural world like a thread of happy coincidences. But there are so many odd coincidences essential to life that some explanation seems required to account for them.”] A similar explanation for these cosmic phenomena can be proposed, by extending the above-described evolution concept (on the atomic/molecular level) to subatomic levels: That is, physicists now know, that atoms (including their protons and neutrons) are complex and concentrated assemblies of energy particles - the types of particles which make up energy rays (or waves) - such as light rays, heat rays, radio waves, X rays, cathode rays, etc: Thus, applying the above argument (re the evolution of intelligence on the atomic/molecular level) also to the energy-particle level, then the evolution of energy-particle intelligence (capable of designing and creating the finely tuned physical universe from energy particles) can be conceived. On this subatomic fine energy-particle level (including ever finer more basic levels, which presumably exist) there’d have been infinite time available for the beginnings of intelligence to have evolved (rather than only the 15 or so billion years since the ‘big bang’ that initiated the material universe); and this (conceived) original energy-level intelligence would also have had the ability to guide & (therefore) speed up the evolution of molecular-level intelligence & cellular-level intelligence, and (finally) the evolution of societies of multicellular organisms (plants, animals & humans). 22

It would seem of interest, that such an extended evolutionary concept also allows itself to be better integrated with the basic life concepts, taught by the various religions: I.e. evolved life & intelligence on the fine energy-particle level (and the postulated still finer levels) would have the characteristics generally attributed to a socalled ‘spiritual’ life & intelligence - this being far less readily perceived than material matter (constructed of the coarser atoms). Eg, religious teaching describes spiritual life to be directly based on ‘light’ (including energy particles that are invisible to the average eyes), rather than matter. Once such original intelligence had developed sufficiently, it can be conceived to have been able to reproduce its own essence as a separate intelligence, which, in turn would have been able to create further separate intelligences, leading to the type of spiritual society that religions portray. In the course of such evolution, it’s conceivable, furthermore, that one project of this spiritual society has been the creation/evolution of a physical universe (i.e. a universe that’s, largely, based on atoms); requiring the intricate & fine-tuned set-up of the ‘big bang’ for: the formation of large numbers of hydrogen atoms, the forming of some of these atoms into stars and planets (an intricate process requiring 1st & 2nd order stars), and then • allowing (but with continued creative & guidance input from spirit life) material life to evolve on planets. Because we humans are generally unable to directly see most of the energy-particlerays, it’s also likely that we’re generally unable to see most of the life forms that are directly based on energy particles (i.e. spiritual life); yet their existence is likely, as evidenced by: o the fact that a more fundamental fine energy-particle level does exist (i.e. if life
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has evolved on the atomic level, it can be expected to have evolved, earlier, on the more basic energy level; somewhat similar (but in a limited way) to the evolution of life on the atomic/molecular level, prior to its evolution on the cellular level),

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the indicated precisely tuned nature of the material universe, the relatively rapid appearance of complex material life mechanisms, the large amount of carefully documented evidence, (collected in the fields of psychology, para-psychology, metaphysics, religion, & literature generally) for the existence of intelligent life on the energy (spiritual) level - a level generally not directly observable by conventional means
[Such evidence has (in the past) usually not been considered by mainline science, which, on the basis of Darwin’s theory (and as yet, limited research), postulated spiritual life to be only imaginary: But even here, some official sympathetic mainline-science research into spiritual phenomena, (eg, clinical death experiences and the capabilities of mediums) is starting to occur & is showing positive results – I refer to a 1/1/2005 3RN radio program, ‘New Dimensions’, in which Michael Toms interviewed Professor Gary Schwarz of Harvard University: Professor Schwarz emphasised the importance of a sympathetic research atmosphere - denying thoughts (thoughts, themselves, being energetic emanations) tending to inhibit spiritual manifestations] and

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the finding, in scientific medical trials, that (on average) people with a faith heal better, and that sincere individual prayer for patients generally helps them, even if the patients (or their doctors) aren’t aware of the prayers (see ‘Application
of the Spiritual’ below.)

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more efficient training - training, which the souls retain after the death of their temporary material body] - does become conceivable. And the provision of opportunities for such

training could be one reason for the creative evolution of a material universe and material life. Thus (I find that) a reinvestigation of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution (in the light of scientific findings since Darwin’s time) leads to a revision that’s no longer in conflict with religion (i.e. with theology), but which, on the contrary, supports it; whereby both fields tend to merge with mutual support.

Application of the Spiritual
Returning to the principle of communal living; even when trying to live communally, I still often had problems with decisions; it seemed, that the more I studied and the more information I had, the more difficult it was, to properly take it all into account; and (in addition to other aspects such as the described help with diet change – see ‘Some Findings re Health’ above) it’s here where the spiritual aspect of religion helped me: I.e., when I eventually realised the likelihood of the existence of spiritual life (see ‘Science and the Spiritual’ above), it seemed sensible that, by listening to Higher Spirit (i.e. the highest evolved spiritual life would be a single strong unity, which I consider to be God), spiritual guidance re decisions can be obtained from a more objective & better informed position; but, also, spiritual help in relation to other difficult situations: I.e. it should be possible to develop a well-grounded ‘faith’, that’s valuable for responding to all manner of problems (including fear, anger, and healing): Many medical trials have established that patients with a faith generally heal better; eg, see the main article in TIME magazine, 24 June 1996. I’ve also been given a copy of ‘Will Loy’s Special 2003 Annual Report’, which says on page 5:
“In recent issues of the News Bulletin, I reported on several new scientific studies that were conducted at major medical universities and reported in major medical journals and they all proved that prayer works! In fact, one doctor said, ‘If this were a new drug being tested for its effectiveness, it would have passed with flying colours.’ Nearly two thirds of the nation’s (USA) 125 medical schools now include coursework on spirituality issues covering everything from healing prayer to faith. Eight years ago only three did.”
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Not all intercessory prayer (prayer that’s offered for the benefit of another person) studies since 2003 have demonstrated positive effects, some having shown no effect, and to take this into account, Assistant Professor David R. Hodge of the Arizona State University evaluated the significance of all the 17 major studies (on this subject) taken together (while controlling for differences in sample sizes), and he found a significant effect (p = .015, indicating that only in 15 such groups of studies out of 1,000 are the results likely to be due to chance – usually a p < .05 is taken as significant).
The reason why some studies have shown a significant effect while others have not, may be (at least in part) due to the method or strength of prayer: Eg, a recent (2006), well-publicised major study by Benson H. and others [published in the American Heart Journal, 151: 934-942] was one of the studies, unable to confirm the findings re prayer. However the congregations who prayed were instructed to include the phrase, “for a successful surgery with a quick, healthy recovery and no complications.” When reading about effective prayer in the booklets, ‘God Calling’ and ‘God at Eventide’ (see below), we’re told to pray for God’s blessings, for success and joy (eg, ‘God Calling’ April 25), while leaving the details to God, as only He knows them sufficiently well for each individual, our more general (positive) prayers evidently providing an improved channel for God: Eg, various inspired writings explain, that our experiences during incarnation are often meant to teach valuable lessons (to us &/or others), and (of course) operations are one type of experience; which, however, might not be able to provide the lesson(s), if

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completely ‘successful with a quick, healthy recovery and no complications.’ If (on the other hand) the prayers ask for God’s blessings, for success and joy, God might be able to help with better, more joyful and speedier learning; leading to the additional benefits of a quicker recovery with fewer complications. ‘God Calling’ says furthermore, that we’re best able to reach God only by first thanking and praising Him, and so we’re advised to first reflect on God’s goodness, followed by our thankfulness and praise. But if we mainly ask “for a successful surgery with a quick, healthy recovery and no complications”, then we might show little (if any) understanding, respect, & gratitude for the wise & gracious training role (and other higher roles) that God performs for our best benefit (rather than God just mechanically
responding to our detailed requests – i.e. we’re evidently communicating with an unfathomably highly evolved live intelligence with a unique mind of its own, rather than a man-made computer.)

The lead investigator (Dr. Mitchell Krucoff of Duke University) of another study (2005), which showed no significant difference was startled by negative media response & emails; saying, at the time, that the study provides the groundwork for future clinical trials in which researchers arranged a “higher dose” of prayer by enrolling additional congregations. A later report says: “Patients treated with “two-tiered” prayer had absolute six-month death and re-hospitalisation rates that were about 30 percent lower than control patients, statistically characterised as a suggestive trend.” [With more praying (unrestrained), more might pray in the better informed manner…] Richard Deem describes “previous studies” (by R.C. Byrd, 1988; W.S. Harris and others, 1999; and L. Leibovici, 2001) which all showed statistically significant evidence that prayer works, the statistical significance in the Byrd study (p < .0001) indicating that only in 1 study out of 10,000 are the results likely to be due to chance.

However, I found that (and as the above studies also seem to indicate) all this (faith, prayer, the habitual listening to, & obeying of, Higher Spirit) takes practice; practice, which those, who had taken religion seriously all their lives, would have had, and which I (having mainly received a secular education and having gained the understanding that spiritual life is illusory – i.e. a superstition) would need to ‘catch up on’. In this regard, I found the (so-called) ‘White Eagle’ books very enlightening, helping me much, to better understand the Bible (and religion, generally.) These ‘White Eagle’ books were initiated by the physician and writer, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (ACD author of the well known Sherlock Holmes detective novels): ACD had lost his son in WWI, and, having been much attached to him, he (in an objective scientific manner) looked at the factual evidence re the existence of a soul, surviving the death of the material body. He discovered a great deal, but many questions remained, and so he planned to explore, after his passing, the ‘beyond’ and to report back to earth his findings via a medium. Although many people are wary of ‘mediums’ and ‘spiritualism’, the basic aim of spiritualism is to objectively and neutrally demonstrate, that people do, in fact, have souls (containing their essential character), souls that survive the death of the material body; our modern education placing great emphasis on testing the evidence and accepting information as knowledge - only on the basis of its supporting evidence. I find nothing wrong with such objective testing, and, consequently (because of lack of evidence at the time), I hadn’t accepted the religious teaching about a spiritual creator and spiritual souls; accepting, rather, the “Theory of Evolution”
(as it was first formulated by Charles Darwin and as based on considerable evidence)

as a sufficient material explanation of the nature and development of life, and as having replaced previous religious notions of these; notions that include a supposed spiritual side of life. Had it not been for the objective demonstrations in the field of “spiritualism” (also
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then, as a result of my government education at the time, I might still be barred from the spiritual teachings of religion; such demonstrations having encouraged me to try and look deeper into the fields of physics and biology, in order to find consistency. Of course spiritualism can be misused, but so can many things be used either positively or negatively, and the use, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (ACD), of spiritualism as a key (or a bridge) to basic religious truth (consistent with all the religions) is, I find, positive.
I’m also aware that some mediums have been discovered to resort to tricks, so as not to have to disappoint their audiences; the problem being that successful contact with spiritual life depends very much on the general atmosphere present – doubting and critical attitudes creating disruptive energies, able to cause the complete failure of an intended demonstration. Furthermore, some spiritual beings have, evidently, made a ‘sport’ out of answering for other beings – when these others aren’t available or unable to communicate with the medium – the answering spiritual being sometimes obtaining relevant information from accessible spiritual records. Nevertheless (in spite of tricks, sometimes used, and other difficulties) there have been countless demonstrations, where every conceivable possibility of fraud has been checked; and numerous communications (re family matters, mannerisms, etc. not known to the medium who has usually never met the deceased) have been received from deceased people. In one case, that comes to mind, only a deceased member of a family knew the whereabouts of a missing object; and, consequently, a medium (who, previously, had never met the deceased member) ‘communicated’ with him, asking for the missing information: Acting on the answer received, the missing object was found. As a further confirmation, I particularly remember reading the biography of Arthur Ford (1896 – 1971): He’d no intention of becoming a medium, yet was unable to find peace by ignoring his psychic abilities; and so he eventually followed the advice of developing his gift for the benefit of mankind; advice given to him by his psychology professor (Professor Dr. Elmer Snoddy) who pointed to the deep interest shown, and recommendation for research given, by the great philosopher & psychologist, Dr. William James of Harvard University; Professor Snoddy also referring to the advances achieved by the British Society for Psychical Research under the leadership of outstanding academics such as Sir Oliver Lodge, Henry Sidgwick, and Frederic Myers. At that time the great showman and critic of mediums, Harry Weiss (Houdini) discussed with his wife (Beatrice) that whoever died first would, if her/his soul truly was still alive, try to communicate a given passage via a complex code to the remaining one, so as to demonstrate the validity of mediumship. When Houdini died in 1926 Arthur Ford was pressed to receive the passage, and after considerable and long efforts (due to the complex code and the long & precise wording) he received & deciphered it – an editor of the ‘Scientific American’ being present throughout all sittings. The passage was passed on to Beatrice Houdini, who found it completely correct, while Ford’s friend, Jerome Ellison, wrote in his introduction to Arthur Ford’s book, ‘The Life Beyond Death’ (page 26, Berkeley Medallion Edition, 1972): “This news made even bigger headlines than Houdini’s original debunking campaign had.”

After ACD’s passing, his family (in the early 1930’s) met a respected English medium, Grace Cook. She’d never met ACD and, with the help of her spiritual guide (White Eagle from the Sphere of St. John), transmitted an intimate and detailed message from ACD, whereby “a family reunion took place so strong that none present could doubt or question it” (‘Arthur Conan Doyle’s Book of the Beyond’ edited by Ivan Cooke, page 82.) In subsequent meetings [that also included representatives from a supporting French group (the ‘Polaire Brotherhood’ of Paris), and some others who had known ACD], ACD (via Grace Cook and sometimes with the help of White Eagle) gave an encompassing description of the spiritual spheres that he’d been shown since his passing.

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Sir Arthur essentially described 14 spheres (or planes), with souls generally evolving through (all or part of) the 12 intermediate spiritual spheres, from the lower to, eventually, the highest universal spiritual sphere. He found, that the great religions have originated from the higher spheres (other transmissions from higher spiritual
spheres refer to different spiritual dimensions with their sub-dimensions…)

Having passed over, and having then been able to gradually let go of his restricting earthly attitudes, Sir Arthur describes the essential brotherhood of man and the essential oneness of all creation, the general aim being (in our evolution), to learn to be of service in tune with the higher spiritual harmony; as, essentially, taught by the religions [although (of course) often not fully practiced by the religious adherents (being
still very much on the learning path); and this (of course) explains the frequently observed

friction between adherents of different religious groups and also between adherents within the same group.]

White Eagle, subsequently, further elaborated on the spiritual world, on the training purpose of the soul’s material incarnation, & on how we’re able to make best use of this valuable training opportunity. Unlike the language and concepts in more general religious books (eg, ‘the Bible’, and, to a lesser extent, the 2 booklets, ‘God Calling’ & ‘God at Eventide’, mentioned below) I find the language and concepts used by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle & White Eagle, to be similar to those taught in government educational institutions: This also helped me to start to understand, and to logically tie to my previous orthodox secular training, what the religions have always been teaching about the spiritual side of life; but what, to me (with my secular training), had remained a superstitious mystery, of little, if any, practical use. In this sense Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and White Eagle were a major part of the BRIDGE via which I started to understand and to practically apply religious spiritual teachings, which I (although still very much a learner) find to be of much benefit to individual & social health. ACD’s report is printed in the (already mentioned) book, “Arthur Conan Doyle’s Book of the Beyond”, edited by Ivan Cook (husband of the medium, Grace Cook, through whom both ACD and ‘White Eagle’ spoke) and Grace & Ivan Cook’s grandson, Colum Hayward, Ph.D. This book, as well as many “White Eagle” books, is available from the “White Eagle Lodge” (an undenominational Christian church founded in 1936), New Lands, Brewells Lane, Liss, Hampshire, England GU33 7HY, the Australian address being: Willomee, PO Box 225, Maleny, Queensland 4552. One thing I noticed about the ‘White Eagle’ books and other spiritual books (eg. the Bible, once I better understood it) was the strength they impart, and their ‘staying power’: To me, they haven’t become outdated, nor has their influence waned: Amongst such spiritual books, I later found the little booklets, ‘God Calling’, and its sequel, ‘God at Eventide’, (by ‘the Two Listeners’, and edited by A.J. Russel) particularly helpful:
In the 1930’s two English women, experiencing difficult times, decided to hold daily prayer sessions together; listening, with pencil and paper, to any messages they might receive. One of them received detailed messages, which helped them greatly: so much so, that they published the messages, anonymously, in the two little books. Since then the books have been printed, again and again, and have been translated into other languages, helping more and more people.

On his visit to us in 1986, my uncle gave me the German translation of ‘God Calling’, saying the book has much strength; and that it more than fully restored him, when he was depressed, after his wife’s passing. Generally, I find, that the booklets add detail and depth to Jesus’ earlier teachings (as recorded in the Bible.) In common with the White Eagle books, they emphasise (in many ways) the fully understanding, caring support, coming from Spirit, and I find them well suited to our modern times. 27

I particularly noticed the passages, enlarging on the teaching of ‘not judging’ (Matthew 7: 1 - 5.) This teaching is sometimes called “the most disobeyed of all of Jesus’ teachings”, and I remember having had difficulty understanding it, because Jesus, himself, judged the Pharisees (although, at the end, of course, he asked that they
be forgiven: ‘Father forgive them for they do not know what they do’ - Luke 23: 34.)

Yet, in the booklets, Jesus points out that judging is His task
(the task having been given him by God, the Father – only the Father having sufficient knowledge to be in the position to judge, and His judgement, although it may seem harsh at any given time, is, nevertheless, based on understanding love for all, ensuring the best eventual outcome for each),

while we should only desire blessings, success, & joy for those, with whom we’re in disharmony; so allowing God, to deal much better with the situations (eg, ‘God Calling’
April 25 –

SAY often, ”God bless ….” of any you find in disharmony with you, or whom you desire to help. Say it, willing that showers of blessings and joy and success may fall upon them. Leave to me the necessary correcting and training; you must only desire joy and blessing for them. At present your prayers are that they should be taught and corrected. Oh! If My children would leave My work to Me and occupy themselves with the task I give them. Love, love, love. Love will break down all your difficulties. Love will build up all your successes. God the destroyer of evil, God the creator of good – is Love. To love one another is to use God in your life. To use God in your life is to bring into manifestation all harmony, beauty, joy and happiness.”)
“Bless your enemies.

On the other hand, our obligation and responsibility to pray, for seeming wrongs to be righted, or for a person (whose actions do not seem to be what they should be) to be different, begins at the moment we notice (‘God Calling’ August 12 – ”Rule the World. REMEMBER no prayer goes unanswered*. Remember that the
moment a thing seems wrong to you, or a persons actions to be not what you think they should be, at that moment begins your obligation and responsibility to pray for those wrongs to be righted, or that person to be different. Face your responsibilities. What is wrong in your country, its statesmen, its laws, its people? Think out quietly, and make these matters your prayer matters. You will see lives you never touch altered, laws made at your request, evils banished. Yes! Live in a large sense. Live to serve and to save. You may never go beyond one room, and yet you may become one of the most powerful forces for good in your country, in the world. You may never see the mighty work you do, but I see it, evil** sees it. Oh! It is a glorious life, the life of one who saves. Fellow-workers together with me. See this more and more. Live with Me, sharers of my life.”
* This might seem to contradict Mat. 6:7; yet even superficial repetitious prayers would – in a sense - be heard, but the response might concern itself more with the teaching of deeper understanding. ** Evil (in the sense of ignorance, darkness, emptiness) will disappear, being corrected, enlightened, filled – sorrow to joy! ‘Evil’ (in the sense of the entities, whose present role it is to test) will have completed its function, the test having been passed. As enlightenment spreads, evidently, more and more of the testing entities, themselves, will join the enlightened souls and assume more harmonious, more joyful creative roles; each test passed, evidently also tending to advance the tester(s)…see also below.)

Nevertheless, such prayer should concern only the wrong as such; it shouldn’t be personal, whereby it’s understood that our immediate reactions (from force of habit) may sometimes be different; when we should ‘then live above this’ in Christ’s strength (‘God at Eventide’ March 23 –

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“No Personalities. DEAL with each difficulty as you must. Then live above it. Say, ‘In Him I conquered.’ The fight is ever between you and evil, never between you and another. Never make it a personal matter. If you are fighting with the weapons of the world – envy, resentment, anger – you cannot use those of My kingdom – Prayer, Love, Peace – which would give you a Godgiven conquering strength. It is the endeavour to call both God and mammon to your aid that makes for lack of success. The world looks on in scornful pity, and my followers themselves doubt and wonder. So often they do not see their own error, but attribute to suffering for My sake that which may not be according to My Will.”)

We should, furthermore, particularly concentrate on our own weaknesses and wrongs: Eg, we read in ‘God Calling’ (under July 28 – “….the overcoming is never the overcoming of the one who Although I don’t claim to be good at it, I’ve, personally, found it rewarding to try to ‘live above’ judgemental reactions; trying to change anger, resentment, etc. to an understanding, non-judgemental, yet caring & responsible attitude (i.e. meditating &
troubled you, but the overcoming of the weaknesses and wrong in your own nature, aroused by such a one.”)

praying; asking for blessings, success & joy for others (‘God Calling’ April 25), and trying to be ready to follow guidance.) I find it good for removing anger and tension, realizing that, basically, I’m happiest when others are also happy: each person in her/his (and each piece of nature in its) unique complementary natural role; a role planned, and best

understood, by Higher Spirit. Also, of course, by aiming to achieve and retain non-judgemental (yet fully caring and responsible) attitudes, social friction is reduced, while errors are corrected & improvements made, much more easily.
(The passages in the booklets that deal with this topic are: ‘God Calling’: 25/4 (&12/8), 13/5, 14/5, 30/6, 28/7, 8/11, 2/12; ‘God at Eventide’: 9/3, 23/3, 3/4, 13/5, 15/5, 30/5, 27/7, 11/9, 12/9, 17/9, 17/10, 16/11, 8/12.)

In such inspired books, the spiritual entity (directly speaking via the inspired writer) can, generally, only use the language, and, largely also, only the concepts, that are familiar to the writer, and I remember Sir Arthur Conan Doyle referring to this difficulty (in the book “Arthur Conan Doyle’s Book of the Beyond” – see above.) Consequently, the same spiritual entity speaking via different writers might say things rather differently. Eg, what in one inspired piece of writing might refer to ‘sin’, ‘wilfulness’, ‘wickedness’, ‘hell’, & ‘damnation’, might [in another piece of inspired writing (particularly the more modern ones) and on the same essential subject] be explained much more objectively: Having read various descriptions, I found the more objective trend, concerning spiritual history, to be something like the following (although it
may still read more like a legend; yet, in the absence of other explanations, positive legends might, nevertheless, be helpful):

God (in this context I understand God to be the above-described originally evolved intelligence on the energy particle level – see ‘Science and the Spiritual’) allowed His created spirits a high degree of free will, while advising the continuation of life according to His law of love (i.e. charity, agape), but making it possible to live otherwise. For a long time life continued to evolve in essential harmony to evergreater beauty, interest, and joy. Yet [and this had, evidently, been purposely anticipated by God], one of His leading spiritual beings eventually developed competitive ideas, wanting to take the place of the first created spirit, namely the Christ, and forming a powerful following of spiritual beings: Thus, the existing spiritual beings had to decide, whether they wished to remain under the rule of Christ, or whether they wanted to join the new movement. 29

Once the new movement felt sufficiently strong, it went ahead (under its leader) to try and take over the ruling role; but Christ (and the followers that remained with him), defeated it, and a distant abode was prepared for the defeated; where, with their newly developed competitive outlook, many found life much less satisfying and joyful than formerly, and generally yearned to return to their earlier homes. God made such a return possible, by preparing several training spheres, where the returning spirits were to learn (from experience, by their own free will, their own reasoning, and own trial and error) the basic laws of life that lead to fulfilment; being, however, much encouraged by God (& Christ & those that remained with Christ) to try & follow God’s law, and to seek God’s spiritual help & guidance re their own unique role. In this general manner, spiritual beings would evolve, from (largely) pre-programmed creations, to much more self-developed beings [i.e. beings who deeply understand (from free-will experience & learning) God’s laws, thereby becoming much more like God], while those, who remained with Christ, were to prudently assist the returning spiritual beings, thus also gaining the deeper understanding. However, progress through the spiritual spheres was slow and, in order to accelerate it and add further possibilities, the material universe was initiated; in which stars and planets could be formed and material life-forms developed (by guided evolution); so allowing the incarnation of spiritual beings (or souls): In general, souls would, first, experience lower material life forms, living mainly according to instinct, whereby they might incarnate, especially, into those material life forms that have instincts, matching their particular character. After having gained experience by traversing these instinct-governed life forms, they would (concerning our earth planet) incarnate as human beings, where they’d have a high degree of free will, and where the law of Karma would apply (both within material lives and over consecutive material lives): I.e. beings are to experience, themselves, the treatment they give to others; although, if this was negative and the being quickly learnt to deeply understand the undesirability of its past actions, it could, by God’s mercy, be forgiven, and avoid the karmic consequences. But even if a being hasn’t sufficiently understood, we’re advised (particularly by ‘White Eagle’) to take our Karma (whatever form it takes) as very valuable learning opportunities; karmic conditions never being made too difficult for us, and we are given all the necessary spiritual help: From the spiritual view (‘White Eagle’ says), things are well planned, all is provided, and what might look terrible from our material view, is basically, in good spiritual hands; a wonderful purpose being worked out, while our souls continue to develop. Not only do individual souls evolve, but also groups of souls, including nations, the whole of humanity, and, furthermore, our entire planet, which, together with humanity is destined to advance to a higher level: According to spiritual writings, we’re now gradually building and entering (during still tumultuous times) a new period
(called by various names – the age of brotherhood, the age of St. John, the Aquarian Age, the fifth Dimension, the new mankind, the kingdom of Christ, the kingdom of God on earth, the New Jerusalem, … )

that has been prepared spiritually as a new act of creation by God, and toward which all God-based religions are aimed: “… all nations upon earth will be united under the realisation that all people of this earthly world are the equally beloved children of the “One Father””.
[Quoted from “The Written Work of the Archangel Raphael” book 2, namely “The Unlocking of the Apocalypse”, page 214. “The Written Work of the Archangel Raphael” claims to be (with the provision of considerable supporting evidence) the prophesied ‘little book’ (of the book of Revelations,

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chapter 10). It’s been inspired from 1925 till about 1965; the inspirer claiming to be the Archangel Raphael, who originally inspired St. John to write the book of Revelations.

This archangel has (till our modern time at the turn of the 2nd millennium) chosen to remain largely outside our ‘view’, but, according to “The Written Work…”, he’s been given, by Christ (being supported by Christ’s own words in “The Written Work…”, eg, see the quotation below from book 11), the central role in Christ’s establishment of the New Jerusalem. “The Written Work of the Archangel Raphael” (mostly written down under word-for-word inspiration by Helene Möller), is available from ‘Radona Verlag USA, Inc.’ P.O. Box 404, Greenacres, WA 99016 and (in the original German version, as well as the English translation) from ‘Radona Verlag’, Am Buchstein 14/15, D-61250 Usingen, Germany.]

To try and give some idea of Christ’s directives to His Church (as written in the mentioned book 11) we read in “Summary of the Call of Christ” (page 114): “You should go forth over the entire globe of the earth so as to transmit my New Word to the nations of the earth. You should swiftly and understandingly clarify to them that truly all the godly revelations that were given at all times and amongst all nations were always given unto them only by me, Christ, their God. You should leave off all overbearing judgment of the religions of other nations, for under other forms and customs do my children worship me, unto whom I did give my godly word at other times and in other languages. You should give up without delay the forms and customs of which you have grown fond, so as to give the undivided strength of your hearts unto my Work upon earth that I let be worked through this my disciple. I do call you strongly and mightily to go forth all over the entire globe, devoted to my New Word which I let be given to you by this my disciple, so as to unite all religions upon the earth under this my New Word. I desire that you should joyously venture without delay into your assignment that is conferred upon you from me today, in that calmfully you leave off all fear of earthly human beings. I desire to see you calmfully and trustfully overcome all wretched objections to this my New Word, so as to work for my Work upon earth with the unweakened strength of your uplifted-to-me hearts. I desire much upright and strong and joyous fighting* for this my New lovefilled Word. You wonderfully realize your given pledge of loyalty when you work thus for me so as to save souls for my kingdom. Swiftly and strongly do I touch you, because short measured is the time wherein I want to see accomplished my work upon earth. I call my elect from all religions of the earth, and calmfully upon the entire globe of the earth and from amongst all religions will my children recognize my voice, and full of jubilation will they follow me into my kingdom.” * Re the present meaning of ‘fighting’, I refer to the discussion above,
concerning ‘God Calling’ and ‘God at Eventide’ – being a fighting particularly against own wrongs & weaknesses, not against personalities, and a responsible willing of God’s rich blessings for any with whom we’re in disharmony, or who we desire to help…

Concerning the overall purpose & activity (by which such a union of the religions can be achieved), already the gospels repeatedly & strongly emphasise the care principle
[eg, Matthew 25: 31 – 46; where ‘everlasting fire’ (25:41) or ‘everlasting punishment’ (25: 46) can be interpreted as being the eternally unchangeable cause-&-effect consequences (namely the many social ills) of neglecting to attend to need – yet, as soon as attitudes (and their following actions) become more enlightened, these consequences will, eventually, be less severe, until (with sufficient enlightenment and follow-up action) social ills (i.e. the ‘fire’ and the ‘punishment’) will be conquered],

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and in the abovementioned book 11 (‘Christ speaks to His Church’) we’re strongly reminded of this; with Christ gently rebuking His Church (pages 103) for having (in the past) done so very little and with so little sincerity, for the suffering and the poor. The uniting effect of this central care purpose is very clearly observed in nature amongst the more evolved communities, particularly: o the cellular communities that make up multicellular organisms & o molecular communities that make up cells; where the underlying care principle is called (as already indicated in ‘Community Living’ above) ‘hom eostasis’
[being the organization of the whole community for: o d e t e c t i o n of need & potential need, o a n a l y s i s of the need situations (to an appropriate extent), and o c a r r y i n g o u t of the healing &/or prevention decisions (as based on the analyses) -refer also to the 1st paragraph under ‘Community Living’ above.] On reflection, this care principle (homeostasis) can be seen as the logical answer, for the achievement of long-term freedom, security, and fulfilment (as also indicated and emphasised by Professor Sir Gustav Nossal – see under ‘Community Living’ above.)

One illustration, of how this purpose is able to harmoniously unite, also, on the human level, is given by ‘Habitat for Humanity’; now a large worldwide organization, started in 1976, and helping willing underprivileged people to build their own homes: Quoting from one of the Australian newsletters of ‘Habitat for Humanity’:
“Volunteers from all the denominations and faiths in Australia set aside their differences to co-operate in building houses and giving hope to the very needy people who are caught in the poverty trap. This united display of Christian compassion* brings reconciliation between Catholics and Protestants, black and white, young and old, Liberal and Labour (the two main political parties in Australia). Habitat for Humanity is a truly remarkable builder of social capital. THERE IS GREATER JOY IN GIVING THAN RECEIVING.”
From ‘HabiChat – Newsletter of Habitat For Humanity Australia (Victoria) Inc’, March 1999, page 2.

* Many people (including myself) see such compassion to underlie all religious & communal philosophies (see also ‘Summary of the Call of Christ’, above): In their former Palestine (now Israel) settlements; my ancestors (the Palestine Templers, mentioned above) generally were on good terms with both Jews (usually of Jewish faith) and Arabs (usually of Islamic faith.) This finding (of harmonious union by a common goal) is further supported by surveys (of

of children on holiday camps: After several days, in which initial friendships were formed, the children were divided into two groups, and competitive activities & games with prizes were organised. At first, good sportsmanship prevailed, with both sides cheering each other after games, but as the competitions proceeded, these attitudes gradually changed to enmity, which, eventually, became so fierce, that the organisers attempted to cool hostilities between the two warring groups with joint activities that encouraged cooperation. None of these attempts worked very well until a competition was arranged between a team from a neighbouring town and an all-star team of campers, chosen by both groups. Faced with a common enemy, the two groups began to cooperate.
the psychologists Muzafer & Carolyn Sherif)

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However the Sherif’s did not find this to be a very satisfactory solution, as it created the potential for hostility on a larger scale; the entire camp pitted against an outside foe; So the experiment was repeated 5 years later and this time, when, once more the hostility, generated by inter-group competition, became excessive, the organisers first tested the common belief that pleasant social contacts, such as going to films together, would curb the inter-group hostility, but such contacts only heightened tensions. Then the Sherif’s proposed, that, “just as competition generates friction, working in a common endeavour should promote harmony”, and so they engineered the stalling of the food truck, whereby, only concerted action (of both groups pulling the truck together by a rope), was able to complete the important food delivery. Also, the water supply mysteriously broke down, again requiring the remedial cooperation of both groups. Working together on these, and other endeavours for the common good, converted the enmity into friendship; so much so, that, on the home trip, the formerly winning group used its prize money to share refreshments with all… (From
the TIME/LIFE book “Aggression”, pages 164-169, of the TIME/LIFE book series, “Human Behaviour”, published around 1977.)

Essentially, the homeostatic principle (as variously illustrated above) was, also, the basis of the Templer settlements: Under their common purpose (or aim, or goal) of ‘seeking first God’s kingdom’ (Matthew 6:33) the Templers, with their described remarkable successes, primarily lived and worked together to heal and prevent the common social ills under various (and sometimes very trying) circumstances (see under ‘Community Living’, above). Of interest in the case of a homeostatic organization is that there seems to be no hierarchy, every individual having her/his straightforward specific unique purposeful communal role, with every role being, essentially, equally important and guided from Higher Spirit. In this respect, Jesus says (in the book, ‘Love Without End – JESUS SPEAKS’ by Glenda
Green – revised edition 2006):

• • • •

“Though we are one in spirit, each being is unique in love, purpose, and life… Each person, and every aspect of life is irreplaceable.” (page 185) “Everyone has a special advantage in life, according to his covenant with the Father.” (page 189) “You are a child of God. Restore the connection, for there is a unique and special reason that each person was created.” (page 191) “Everyone has a special covenant and purpose, and if you do not fulfil it there is no one else who will. This is the greater truth of wholeness. You might compare the universe to an immense puzzle, which will not be completed until every piece is in place, and there are no substitute pieces. Each person is a piece in this magnificent puzzle, and every purpose must be fulfilled. No one will replace me, for I have surrendered utterly to the will of my Father. The same right has been extended to you in relation to your covenant with our Father, and no one will replace you.” (pages 204, 205) “Regarding your covenant, no one is going to replace you or bypass you. The power of authorization is the Father’s privilege and cannot be assumed by another, simply because of desires or aspirations, or because of the belief that another has failed.” (page 205) “Where there is love there is power in the least of creatures, and there is no order of importance, because existence is seamless.” (page 206) While: “Within hierarchies of mental structure, ideas ascend in levels of sophistication. Such complicated standards will always establish some persons or situations as superior to others. Love, on the other hand, is simple, and so is 33

the spirit. Stay with simplicity and avoid the pitfalls of complicated living.” •
(page 225)

“For you to know what to truly believe you must enter the Sacred Heart and in quietness behold you eternal connection with your Source. This is because your true beliefs lie on the heart’s altar.” (page 206)
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As I describe in my ‘Letter to Ugandans’, I’ve been overrun by requests from orphans and others in dire need; so that the only logical answer (that occurred) was to use the limited time and resources to help some of those, who show understanding of the dire situations, and who are, consequently, prepared to join the healing effort, by establishing, or joining, ‘God’s-law-based income-generating projects’: In these projects: o people aim to live in a healthy way, and o aim to work inclusively (refer to the above ‘Summary of the Call of Christ’), cooperatively, diligently, frugally, & (generally) under God’s guidance, for the purpose of healing and prevention of need, by: o enabling willing people in need to participate (whereby even people confined to their beds can participate with their prayers) in the healing effort and (of
course)
o

by expanding (as required) the sizes and number of projects, while continually improving them. Hennig Imberger
[B.E. (electronics), M.Sc. (physiology), Ph.D.

(medicine)]

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