The Da Vinci Code

I read Dan Brown’s ‘Da Vinci Code’ several years ago and saw the film. I couldn’t put it down. It made compulsive reading.

It’s a novel of course, although the author claims that much of the history and symbolism referred to in the book are true. It suggests that Mary Magdalene and Yeshua the Nazarene were married and had a daughter, and their bloodline can be traced to this day.

The church clearly feels threatened by these ideas. They lobbied against the book and  picketed cinemas where the film was shown.  The Vatican even established an anti-Da Vinci Code Commission! If, as they claimed, it could be dismissed it as a mere work fiction, why all that effort to discredit it? Perhaps it’s because they recognised that it contains more than a grain of truth.

If the Da Vinci Code should be ignored because it is full of distortions, fabrications and exaggerations and has been written to put a particular slant on events, should we also dismiss that other book full of distortions, fabrications and exaggerations – the Bible? They don’t want that one ignored, of course!

The Da Vinci Code tackles head on the way women were viewed at the time the New Testament was compiled – the first four centuries CE. We know that women played their full part in the early church, but when the Emperor Constantine decreed that Christianity was to be the official religion of the Roman Empire, the church had a dilemma: Rome was a very male-dominated society. They did not want to see women elevated in any way. They were thought to be a distraction and carry a greater burden of sin than men. They felt vindicated by the story of Eve and the serpent in the Garden of Eden – often taken as an allegory for the evil nature of woman.

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In 1486 things took an even uglier turn when the Catholic Church published a guidebook on how to spot witches and what to do with them. It argued that women were more credulous and therefore more susceptible to the influence of the devil, and because women have slippery tongues, they spread the evil they knew. So wayward women had to be rooted out and eliminated by any means possible, including burning and drowning.

Today the Catholic Church still insists on a male only clergy – and a (supposedly) celibate one at that as if contact with women demeans or dirties a man. Why? Because the scriptures say Yeshua was a man, born of a virgin (allegedly), and he chose only male disciples (or did he?). And the sort of women admired by the church are invariably the meek and mild, like Mother Teresa – a wonderful woman, but not one to stand up and be counted on issues such as the root causes of poverty, injustice, inequality and disease.

Who can seriously argue that women are not just as capable of being good priests, ministers, bishops – or popes? Look again at the strengths of women: the ability to relate, give comfort to others, make peace and nurture the next generation. Aren’t these the essence of spirituality? Yeshua certainly thought so. He cared deeply for women, and he frequently put himself on the line by spending time with them and praising them.

Given the history of the Catholic Church, is there a hidden reason why it felt so threatened by The Da Vinci Code?

Perhaps many people wanted it to be true even if there is no factual basis to it!

Most people recognise that women have had a raw deal down the centuries. They warm to the notion of Yeshua’s humanity as a father and a sexual being.  They no longer believe that maleness is inherently superior, and that women are unfit to play a full part in the church. And they know the Catholic Church is vulnerable on any matter to do with gender and sexual conduct.

They like the idea of a woman as Yeshua’s spiritual equal and co-leader of his movement, someone with whom to share and discuss spiritual ideas. And they would like to see a genuine reassertion of the feminine principle in our religious and spiritual life.

Thankfully these changes are gathering pace! Perhaps one day other religions that insist on divinely ordained male supremacy will follow suit.

 

©David Lawrence Preston, 16.10.2017

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Balboa Press, 2015

 

David Lawrence Preston highlights biblical inconsistencies in new book

Front cover 201 things

A historical/factual perspective on Christian doctrine.

BOURNEMOUTH, England — David Lawrence Preston was inspired to write “201 Things about Christianity You Probably Don’t Know (But Ought To)” (published by Balboa Press) after his investigation of Christian doctrine. It led to the discovery of a huge number of inaccuracies and contradictions. He highlights these inconsistencies and asks what value Christian doctrine has since it is based on shaky foundations.

Preston dismantles discrepancies with clear language, intent on instruction for the wider public. The 201 points format provides further accessibility to the reader. Preston aims to inform people about scripture in the Bible they may not have otherwise been aware of had they ended their religious education after Sunday school.

An excerpt from “201 Things about Christianity You Probably Don’t Know (But Ought To)”:

“If I have to believe in a virgin birth, voices from the sky, walking on water, dead and decomposing bodies coming back to life and a man being carried up to heaven on a cloud before I can realise my spirituality, then Christianity hinders me. It’s a barrier. I can study it, learn from it and borrow the sayings and parables that make sense to me. The rest I can reject without fear of eternal damnation (a loving God wouldn’t do that to me anyway). That’s what more and more people are doing in this enlightened age.”

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“201 Things about Christianity You Probably Don’t Know (But Ought To)”

By David Lawrence Preston

Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 250 pages | ISBN 9781504336994

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About the Author

David Lawrence Preston is a speaker and author specializing in life enrichment, holistic health and spirituality. His interest in Christianity dates back to his school days and his passion researching the world’s great spiritual traditions. He lives on the South Coast of England where he dedicates himself to helping create a kinder, gentler, more authentic and spiritual world.

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2017 Nobel Prize Awarded for Research into Circadian Rhythms

The 2017 Nobel Prize for Medicine has been won by three distinguished scientists[1] for their work on our internal biological clocks and how they are regulated throughout the day. They discovered a protein in the brain that regulates the daily wake/sleep cycle, appetite, body temperature and blood pressure.

Ten years ago, two other researchers[2] had demonstrated the existence of a gene that controls the daily cycle, which prompted many studies into circadian rhythms around the world.

We’ve always known that the body goes through changes in a typical day. It reinvigorates itself in the morning light ready for the day ahead, and as darkness falls prepares for sleep. This is no longer a matter of conjecture, but scientific fact.  Yet it’s not a new discovery.  Two thousand years ago Chinese doctors developed a model of the Meridian clock which demonstrated that each of the twelve major meridians is active for two hours in sequence. Also we have long known that brain wave patterns alternate between Alpha (rest), Beta (active), Delta (deep sleep) and Theta (sleep) over a 24 hour cycle.

Each day the body’s activities go through a natural cycle and many health problems can arise when these natural daily rhythms are disturbed. Accordingly many health problems can be resolved by correcting these disturbed rhythms. But how? The Nobel Prize will undoubtedly encourage the pharmaceutical industry to search for new drugs. But wouldn’t it be good if there were a simple, drugless way of synchronizing the body’s 24 hour body clock and brain wave frequencies?

Well there is. In the last few years an international team of doctors, scientists and technicians have developed an electronic device which automatically synchronizes the circadian rhythms. It’s called the AcuPearl C-Balance (Circadian Balance). It is compact, easy to use and discrete and can be worn as a pendant, placed in a pocket or attached to a strap or belt. For further details visit www.AcuPearl.co.uk.

The connection between circadian rhythms and health is now clear. The Nobel Prize winners believe it could be one of the most significant breakthroughs in healthcare for years.

©David Lawrence Preston, 13.10.17

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[1] Drs Jeffrey Hall, Michaei Rosbash and Michael Young.

[2] Dr Seymour Benzer and PhD student Ronald Konopka.

A Good Night’s Sleep

Everyone knows what a struggle the day can be if they haven’t had a good night’s sleep. Our energy and performance levels suffer, and so do our stress levels and our mood. Yet we can’t ‘make’ ourselves go to sleep and more than we can make ourselves remember things.

More than a third of adults have problems sleeping. If you’re one of them, you don’t have to suffer. There are many things you can do to help yourself without resorting to drastic and potentially risky measures like sleeping pills:

  1. First of all, try to maintain regular bed times and wake times, including weekends.
  2. Eat early – at least two hours before you go to bed. It takes this long to digest a meal. Late eating can cause indigestion, which disturbs sleep. A regular waking time in the morning strengthens the circadian function and helps with getting to sleep at night.
  3. Drinking close to bedtime can also disturb your sleep, so avoid drinking within two hours of bedtime and don’t drink stimulants (such as tea and coffee) after 6pm. An early evening drink such as chamomile tea can be helpful. Avoid alcohol – it may help you fall asleep but will dehydrate you, causing you to wake early with a dry mouth and throat.
  4. Exercise regularly, but don’t do anything strenuous within three hours of bedtime. Late afternoon is the best time. Regular exercise makes it easier to fall asleep and helps you sleep more deeply, but exercising close to bedtime makes falling asleep more difficult. It makes you more alert and raises body temperature (a cooler body temperature facilitates sleep).
  5. A very pleasant way to drift off to sleep is to practise physical and mental relaxation. Use a relaxation CD or DVD if it helps. Practise during the day so that when you need it the skill is easily used.
  6. Deep, rhythmic breathing helps enormously if you want to get to sleep. Combine it with visualising a peaceful scene.
  7. Clear your mind. An active mind interferes with sleep. If your mind is over active as bedtime approaches, write down whatever you are thinking about. Listing things you have to do tomorrow helps prevent worrying. Keep work-related things out of the bedroom – these may trigger anxious thoughts.
  8. Nightly rituals can send a strong message to the unconscious that it is time for sleep, for example, a warm bath, listening to soothing music or reading something calming in bed.
  9. Remember, we all need different amounts of sleep. Try out a few things, find what works for you, and don’t worry if you’re not sleeping as much as other family members. They may need more than you.

Ironically, the thing that prevents people sleeping the most is worrying that they won’t be able to sleep, so practise relaxation, and if you fancy it take up meditation.

Many people have overcome sleeping problems using the above techniques, but they may not be enough. Take a look on www.Acupearl.co.uk/sleep for further tips, then look up the AcuPearl Chillout. Help is at hand!

©David Lawrence Preston, 10.10.2017

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The Firewalk – Creative Imagery in Action

The most convincing demonstration of creative imagery for me took place a few years ago. About three dozen of us gathered in a field in Somerset one cool April evening. A five metre lane of burning hot embers was prepared, and one by one we tentatively stepped onto the fire, muttering ‘cool wet moss’ and imagining the glowing embers as crunchy popcorn.

The only preparation we’d had was an hour and a half visualising that we could do it, affirming ‘I am cool and calm’, ‘I am powerful’ and ‘I walk through fear’, imagining the soft, pleasant coolness beneath our feet.

Firewalk

The fire walk is a convincing demonstration of mind over matter. There is no logical explanation, but it’s been done by millions of people all over the world, people just like you and I, every one a testament to the power of creative imagery, autosuggestion and affirmations.

Creative imagery is powerful. Creative imagery works. What you visualise today can become your reality in the future, so make sure you only visualise what you desire for yourself and your loved ones.

Try this:

Pick something you know well – a close friend, your house, car, a favourite scene etc. Close your eyes and visualise it. If you can’t visualize the whole thing, pick a part of it such as their face, a tree or the front door. Play with the image. Make it bigger, smaller, brighter, dimmer? Can you make it more colourful, hazier, clearer? Touch it – how does it feel? Add movement, for instance, walk round the house and see it from a different angle, get in the car and go for a spin. Practise until the image becomes stronger, more animated.

 

If you are a newcomer to creative imagery, be patient. Not everyone can conjure up crystal clear pictures in full colour. Most of us find it difficult at first and all can improve.

If you’ve tried it for a while and are still finding it difficult, it could be because you’re just not naturally a visual person. People process information in many different ways. Some are visual – they primarily use pictures; others are auditory, which means they function better through sound. A kinesthetic person experiences the world primarily through feeling and touch. Which are you?

If you’re auditory, try to ‘hear’ sounds you associate with your chosen outcome. If kinesthetic, ‘sense’ or ‘feel’ the result you want. This makes use of the way in which your brain functions. Whatever you’re most comfortable with is absolutely right for you.

If nothing seems to happen, don’t give up. Perhaps you are trying too hard or have allowed doubts to creep in. Or maybe something better awaits you. Your intuitive Superconscious mind may be trying to direct you onto a different course. Keep an open mind. You’re harnessing powerful energies, so don’t misuse them.

©David Lawrence Preston, 9.10.2017

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PRESS RELEASE

A controversial new book which challenges a number of fundamental Christian beliefs has been published by a Dorset-based author. The book uncovers the facts about Christianity that most people-including Christians-don’t know and explains why these facts are so important.

David L Preston, who lives in Bournemouth, has written ‘201 Things about Christianity you probably don’t know (but ought to)’, published by Balboa Press in the USA, a division of Hay House. He found during his research that the Gospels ‘are factually flawed, contradictory, misleading and, in places, impossible to comprehend.’

The book is aimed at anyone interested in the history and basis of Christian belief, including atheists and humanists looking for discussion and debate; Christians who are wavering in their own beliefs because they no longer accept old myths and are looking for a way forward to a more satisfying spiritual life, and Universities, libraries, teachers and theologians who can use the text as a teaching aid and to increase their own knowledge.

David’s interest in Christianity dates back to his school days and his passion is researching the world’s great spiritual traditions. He has written widely on the subject and given many talks and workshops to a variety of audiences. David explains his motivation to write the book: “I am intrigued by how the Gospels have been twisted, manipulated, misquoted and mistranslated to the point where hardly a single sentence means the same to us and it did to the original writer.

‘201 things about Christianity you probably don’t know (but ought to)’ is available in hardback, paperback and on Kindle from Amazon at www.amazon.co.uk

 

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David Lawrence Preston is a teacher and author specialising in practical psychology, health, bio-energetic healing and spirituality. He first became interested in these subjects after a life-changing experience in Moscow in 1990 and has since taken his knowledge and insights to five continents. He has worked with countless individuals and organisations, where his warmth, sincerity and integrity go down well with audiences.

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Respect yourself!

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If you could have done it better, you would have.

If you could have known better, you would have.

You learn by doing it right and you learn by getting it wrong.

Missed opportunities will come round again, only next time you’ll be ready for them.

Just because you once saw something as bad for you once doesn’t mean it would be bad for you again.

Just because something was good for you once doesn’t mean it would be good for you again.

You learn by doing. Learning by doing is how you progress.

David Lawrence Preston, 21.9.2017

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21st Century Luddites in Energy Medicine

In 2015 Noel Edmonds, the TV personality and entrepreneur, published a book on the dangers of electro-smog. Mr Edmonds asserted that e-smog is more harmful than Ebola or Aids, and that wi-fi, mobile phones, computers, household appliances and other electrical equipment are destroying the earth’s natural electromagnetic fields to the detriment of our health.

He also mentioned – to some derision from his detractors – that he spends eight minutes twice a day lying on an electromagnetic mat that adjusts the magnetic fields in the body and re-energises the cells. It’s known as PEMF therapy – Pulsed ElectroMagnetic Fields.

The medical establishment openly mocked. Most doctors are ignorant of the great deal of research conducted in the past hundred years that proves that electro-dynamic fields are responsible for the organisation of biological systems. They provide a communication system for the transfer of information in an organism, and when disrupted or distorted the result is illnesses which range from disturbed sleep, depression and headaches to serious and chronic diseases.

(See http://www.acupearl.co.uk/history-of-bioenergetic-healing/)

Nowadays many medical devices use energy fields. The technology is found in clinics and hospitals all over the world. But all too often having used bioenergetic technology to diagnose illness, doctors fall back on allopathic methods to attempt a cure.

Mainstream medicine is based on traditional biology and chemistry which do not adequately explain many of the workings of the body. The senior science, which underpins biology and chemistry, is physics. Physics explains why healing methods that use the information network in the body and activate its subtle energies can be very effective, a subject about which conventional biology knows next to nothing.

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So, in the face of such a body of evidence, why does PEMF have it detractors? Well, apart from the obvious commercial motivations of the pharmaceutical industry, they argue that the conditions it claims to help are psychosomatic, that the notion of harmful electro-magnetic fields in the environment is a ‘nocebo’ and that any benefit gained from PEMF devices is solely placebo.

Here’s a leading psychiatrist writing in the Daily Mail (Saturday 5th September 2015): ‘Those claiming to be allergic to wi-fi are… unable to cope with the societal pressures of modern life…. They self-isolate to live on their own.’ Hardly true of Mr Edmonds!

He continues. ‘With the nocebo effect people feel unwell – despite not being exposed to anything damaging – simply because they believe they’ll feel poorly.’ ‘Electrical hypersensitivity is a psychological rather than a physical condition.’ In other words, despite our generation being exposed to 100 million times more electromagnetism than our grandparents, it’s all in the mind.

But it isn’t. A century of scientific investigation says it isn’t so. He’s also ignoring the multitude of people who have found much needed relief from PEMF therapy.

The master control system of the body is not biological or chemical, but energetic. Scientists have christened it the biofield, the network of energy and information fields that govern the physical structure of the body and regulate its biochemistry. When the biofield is disturbed by harmful electromagnetic fields, the body breaks down.

As Victor Hugo famously remarked, ‘Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come.’ Bioenergetic healing is actually as old as civilisation itself, but modern science is improving its effectiveness. The next few years will doubtless see significant progress. We are on the cusp of realising, at last, that bioenergetic healing and the human biofield should be taken very seriously indeed.

©David Lawrence Preston, 15.9.17

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PS The most advanced PEMF device on the market is the AcuPearl, launched in 2015. It uses clinically-proven Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field therapy (PEMF), Adaptive Resonance (a propriety method developed for AcuPearl) and pulsed light to open up the body’s energy channels and energize tissues.

The AcuPearl range is specifically designed to address the very issues that concern Noel Edmonds – illnesses that result from over-exposure to electro-magnetic pollution. Naturally Mr Edmonds, who is a sharp businessman, promotes a specific range, well aware of his ability to generate publicity, but check out AcuPearl which is portable, can be used any time and does not require you to lie on a mat. Further details can be found at www.AcuPearl.co.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brain Fog

In his book, Dr Mike Dow describes a phenomenon he calls ‘Brain Fog’. Brain Fog occurs when the brain feels disengaged and overwhelmed; concentration, motivation and clear thinking suffer, and the body feels permanently stressed and exhausted.

Dr Dow believes it is an inevitable part of modern life and recommends a range of measures we can take to de-fog. These include paying attention to good nutrition, exercise, sleep, rest and relaxation, finding a purpose and meaning in our lives and engaging in sound spiritual practices.

But that’s not all – he also recommends cultivating ‘regular, healthy, circadian rhythms’. What does this mean?

‘Circadian’ refers to the physical and mental patterns we all experience every day. Each day the body goes though a natural process of change and many of its rhythmical activities are tied into a 24 hour cycle.

Circadian rhythms TCM

At a general level, in the morning the body reinvigorates itself ready for the day and at night it prepares for sleep. Many health conditions can arise when these natural daily rhythms are disturbed.

Although this is a relatively modern discovery for Western medicine the Chinese have been aware of this for centuries. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine one of the 12 meridians (or energy pathways) will be more active than the others at any time of day. Also through the day the brain wave patterns alternate between Alpha (rest), Beta (active), Delta (deep sleep) and Theta (sleep).

How do wecultivate’ healthy, circadian rhythms’? Basically by having good habits. Regular mealtimes and bedtimes, plenty of outdoor exercise and sunlight, the right work-life balance and so on.

And now there’s something else, a cutting edge, 21st Century advance based on traditional Chinese wisdom updated to incorporate the latest science – the AcuPearl C-Balance Mk3.

These non-invasive electronic devices have been specifically developed for personal use. They help maintain circadian rhythmic balance, protect from the effects of harmful electro-magnetic fields and feature user selectable programs designed to calm emotions, aid sleep patterns, soothe pain and revitalize energy levels.

Two models are currently available:

  • Circadian Balance (Non-NFC) Mk3: provides a range of therapeutic settings (CALM, SLEEP, EASE (for pain) and REVITalise) plus a time-based program to balance circadian rhythms and brain waves. In addition, it can be ‘personalised’ so the inbuilt therapy programs are calibrated to the user’s needs using advanced scanning technology.
  • Circadian Balance (NFC Version) Mk3: provides all the above plus additional therapeutic programs. The device is programmed from a downloadable App which automatically sets the time.

We believe these to be the world’s first devices to offer automatically time activated programs synchronised with the body’s circadian rhythms (24 hour body clock) and brain wave frequencies.

AcuPearl is rechargeable through a USB lead (supplied), small, light and suitable for wearing either as a pendant, on the wrist or in a pocket. It is an ultra-sophisticated approach to wellbeing in a supremely compact, easy to use and discrete package.

The mainstream medical fraternity has yet to catch up with the latest developments in bio-energetic healthcare, but as Dr Dow demonstrates they are becoming more aware of the need for cultivating ‘regular, healthy, circadian rhythms’. AcuPearl is set to make a significant contribution.

Further details: www.AcuPearl.co.uk.

©David Lawrence Preston, 14.9.2017

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Big pharma caught out again!

‘A study published in the British medical journal in September 2015 showed that the drug company GlaxoSmithKline published a flawed study in 2001 that suggested the drug paroxetine – a commonly prescribed antidepressant – was ‘well-tolerated’ and helped treat depression in children. It led to two million children in the USA alone being prescribed the drug.

In fact, THE DRUG TURNED OUT TO BE NO BETTER THAN A PLACEBO and far from being well-tolerated was shown to increase the risk of suicidal thoughts in a small number of children. The flaws show the extent to which doctors and patients were misinformed…..’

(Dr Max Pemberton writing in the Daily Mail, 19.9.15.)

The medicine of the future will focus on reestablishing natural patterns and rhythms in the body that get disturbed when we are ill, depressed or fatigued. Although AcuPearl Chillout is not recommended for children under 16, in testing it has already proved helpful in supporting a wide range of adults with problems of stress, depression, anxiety, and insomnia.

Further information: www.AcuPearl.co.uk/articles/the-acupearl-chillout/

 

©David Lawrence Preston, 14.9.2017

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