Monthly Archives: June 2017

[EZINE] This Men-Women Thing . . .

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Dr. Michael Craig,   Vol. 5, #25 – June 27, 2017

My wife Soma and I are working on a book, this one entitled Men Are Stupid, Women Are Crazy… its a working title, but that pretty much covers the theme.   

We committed to spending one hour a day brainstorming and recording the session.  Today it started.  

The session was hard – not because of the actual work involved – but because we communicate so differently.  She talked on and on about addressing women who totally ‘get’ her.  Then she added that women have their own understanding, and it only takes a few words between them to get things that men will never understand.  

That’s just crazy talk.  But she’s right.

I will never understand.  I also believe most other men won’t either . . . that is until we break the “code” that keeps the sexes apart and start accepting the other as they are, instead of projecting out own expectations onto them.  

Hey men:  you and I  will never understand a woman’s “emotional logic” anymore than we can fly by flapping our arms.   While we complain that women are never ready for our intimate advances (they “need too much foreplay”), they complain we are too slow when it comes to EMOTIONAL readiness, i.e., we men need too much “emotional foreplay”!  

Are men stupid?  Only if we deny this problem exists.  

Soma and I have been through all of this in our 24 years of being together.  And it never gets boring to hear that all couples – young or old – have the same barriers to success in love.  Unlike many other couples, however, we have been able to (mostly) work though our difficulties by coming up with a viable communication tool – Logical Soul® – that helps us clear up stuff that would normally tear us apart.   

By sharing our experiences and our tools, we are better able than most to help couples not only adjust to each other, but to become closer and closer as time goes on.  Soma, in fact because of this work, is my best friend, and has been since we’ve been together.  

You and yours can have this too.   

More next week,

Michael

 

Michael

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[EZINE] The Rabbit Died . . .

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Dr. Michael Craig,   Vol. 5, #24 – June 20, 2017

Actually, the little thing was murdered yesterday . . . by our male cat, Sammy, who finds joy in rounding up small critters.  

Sammy was immediately scolded and exiled to the back room . . . his “time out” place.  

It was not a good day.  I spent the next hour trying to save the baby rabbit before he finally succumbed to his wounds.  I now have him enshrined for viewing in his cardboard open casket . . . ready for burial as soon as the rain stops.  

There is a silver lining, however.  Baby rabbits, small moles and a few unfortunate lizards are the only thing our cats catch these days . . . ever since we took a few precautions.  

How to Protect Birds and Other Critters

While I love our two ragdoll cats, I also understand they are hunters by nature, and won’t stop no matter what we say or do. My wife and I were able to find something, however, that has at least saved a goodly number of the flying prey . . . 

Its called CatBib.  You simply attach the bib to the front of their collar using the built-in velcro, and this disrupts their bird-catching rhythm.  

And hey – it works!  Last year our cats caught dozens of birds.  This year they caught only one – a wounded baby bird that apparently fell from its nest.  All the other flying critters are very happy to now visit our bird feeders again.  And the cats don’t seem to mind the inconvenience.  

I just wanted to share this little tip, mainly because I figure the more birds we save, the healthier the planet will be.  

So pass this one along to other folks with cats, and let’s all make a difference.  

To the Birds,

Michael

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[EZINE] Caution: This Will Eat You Up – Part 2

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Dr. Michael Craig,   Vol. 5, #22 – June 6, 2017

The Blob Got Us…

Last week, I was unable to send out the Ezine to over 95% of my list due to a database problem on my server.  So, to those of you who missed the exciting Part 1 of this series, I’ve created a link where you can still read it…

—–> Click Here To See Last Weeks Ezine Article <—–

In the previous Ezine I discussed media as “The Blob” and how it can tie up your time, rot your brain and create an addiction that is only now beginning to be recognized.   

The main symptom of media addiction is “brain warp.” The language centers of the brain get turned upside down.  while some might consider this an evolutionary advantage (particularly in Millennium group culture), many start losing the ability to make verbal distinctions and utilize critical thinking.

Memes

A meme is more than just a cute picture saying on Instagram.   In his book Virus of the Mind (Integral Press, Seattle, 1996), author Richard Brodie defines the meme as a “mind virus” and gives extensive examples of how these viruses only benefit themselves – not human beings.  Memes can warp your thinking to no one’s advantage save the meme’s.

We currently live in a world of toxic – and dangerous – memes.  By simply even giving your opinion in a public gathering, you run the immediate risk of being labeled either a rightist homophobic, Islamophobic fascist climate-change-denying deplorable, or a leftist commie, tree-hugging, thumb-sucking, femi-nazi liberal. 

All such labels are memes.  And all are destructive. 

The Remedy 

The first step to wiping out dangerous memes is to first recognize them for what they are – simple thought patterns knitted together and anchored to some deep emotional need or attachment.  Once you recognize your need to “march” or “protest” as an infection of your brain, it will be much easier to let it go.  

Letting go of memes does NOT mean letting go of who you are.  Only you can make that link, since the meme is only a phantom program that traps your deepest emotions into thinking THIS THING will destroy (or save) the world!

If you are protesting Trump, for example, because he’s “destroying the planet,” take a moment to look at what actually drives you.  Love for the planet?  Perhaps.  A fear of his “insanity”?  Maybe.  A need to feel significant?  More likely. 

The causes of memes are always internal in nature, not external events. 

We all want to feel significant, make a difference and save the whales, children, and planet.  We also want to save the country, drive away invaders and be left alone.  Whatever drives you, look at what actions are most effective in achieving this drive, does it involve a Win-Win solution (as opposed to zero-sum)  AND what is most important to you:  you spouse and family – or your perceived “mission.” 

My mission back in the mid 1990’s was emotionally driven to expose the IRS and bring government into alignment with the Constitution.  My whole being was wrapped up into seeing “justice” being done.  That, and being left alone.

It didn’t work.  The IRS is still going strong, government is still corrupt, I was never left alone, and nothing I did made any difference . . . except that I went broke during that period and put a big strain on my marriage. 

Fortunately, I woke up, let go of the fear, and started playing the “good citizen game” just for kicks.  This, in turn, allowed me to start focusing on my REAL mission, i.e., wiping out all virulent memes in the world with Logical Soul® through books, courses, and training events.

While even this latest mission also seems impossible, I can still be a voice crying in the wilderness to “Let It Go”  and be happy!  All I can do is chip away – and enjoy the chipping.  And you can help: start with yourself.

To being free and happy,

Michael

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