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Our Human Experience Is Shot Through With Lies

There are many definitions of a lie. One of the most useful definitions says A lie is a second postulate, statement, or condition designed to mask a primary postulate which is permitted to remain. The usual definition is a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive; an intentional untruth; a falsehood.

Gerrie Oliver, an old friend of mine, asked me a series of questions about spiritual beings and their lies, and this started me thinking about how our entire human experience is a collection of interlocking lies and what this does to control us.

First of all, we are not human beings. We are spiritual beings having a human or other experience in a living body. We are all spirits having a human experience to get all of the incredible sensations that having a living body gives us. The body acts as an amplifier. 

After we do this many times, we pretend we ARE the body, and that is the first lie. After that lie, the rest is easy. We forget we are playing the human game and think we ARE human. We characterize our spiritual experiences as unusual phenomena that happen to our bodies. We manage to bury the memory that we are spirits or souls, and we operate entirely as if our only identity was that of a body with a name and a history.

We have even managed to hide our immortality with the lie that we die when the body dies, and we go off to other places named Heaven or Hell, when in fact, most of us hang around as invisible spirits and interact with spirits who are running live bodies. Those who can perceive spirits are scorned and called frauds and fakers because scientists can’t measure spirits with material means.

While we are enjoying our human existence, we create stories for ourselves to explain our origins and purposes, and we have created invisible sources of knowledge we call gods. Mankind was not created by gods, Gods were an invention of mankind. There are spirits of all levels of ability, and they are probably spread throughout the universe. The more powerful spirits have been immortalized in stories throughout history and they may be the starting point for some of the legends and beliefs about gods.

There have been many questions raised about life on other planets and whether alien visitors will be visiting Earth. A simple review of enough spiritual counseling sessions will reveal that we all came from other planets and that civilizations have existed elsewhere for millions of years. Whether these civilizations are more advanced than on Earth remains to be seen, but linking up with them in the future is something we can look forward to. If these other civilizations do not use living bodies, they may have better memories of their past than we do.

Since we, on Earth, are immortal spirits occupying living bodies, we seem to have chosen to forget earlier bodies and earlier lifetimes except in extraordinary cases. This was probably a survival practice. Having a full set of earlier memories and personality traits as a very young child could be distressing to the adults trying to rear the child and might even result in harm to the child who acts like an adult with adult knowledge and skills.

Forgetting all of your earlier lives and living as a new person gives you a fresh start for each new life. It also keeps the spiritual being from being bored with life as a human being over and over again. This also helps conceal the fact that we are actually a group of beings running the body as a single personality, which is the biggest lie of all.

So, here we are, a group of immortal spirits bound together by forgotten agreements, running a body which is also composed of many spirits operating in concert, and we had forgotten that we are spirits and whatever mission we had when we started this body game. There are so many lies interwoven that there is little chance that we will ever wake up and resume our existence as solitary beings.

However, there is some hope that we can play a better game if we understand just why we started the meat body game and assumed the role of human beings. Our current research seems to indicate that if we just go back to remembering we are spirits having a human experience, the lies will just drop away.

Spiritual Rescue Technology provides us with the tools to communicate with our spirits and to resolve the issues we created to give ourselves a game as living human beings.


It seems that some of you have not seen these axioms, so it is time to post them again as they form the basis of what we do in SRT.

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Axiom Zero – Entities constantly affect your behavior, health, and personality

Axiom One – If you are not enthusiastic, you are being affected by unhappy spiritual entities

Corollary to Axiom One – Difficulty in learning new things is a spiritual problem and resolves when the upset beings are handled

Axiom Two – All negative attitudes about anything come from spiritual entities who are being upset by what you are doing or proposing. People can disagree with you about things but their disagreement will be rational unless entities are involved.

Axiom Three – Any communication that is not a caring communication comes from an upset spiritual entity and is a damaging communication.

Axiom Four – When you achieve the state of stable caring communication in session, you achieve a conceptual understanding of the concepts held by entities even when they are not communicating with you directly.

Axiom Five – A lack of integrity prevents spiritual healing

Axiom Six – For every action in the spiritual realm, there is a corresponding reaction which may be all out of proportion to the original action

Axiom seven (formerly 6) – Anything that is not free will is someone else’s construct

Axiom Eight – Beings give up some of their free will to be part of a group

Axiom Nine – Fairness is based on the existence of agreed-upon rules. If there is no agreement, the concepts of fairness or unfairness have no meaning

Axiom Ten – Misownership started as a voluntary agreement to share in others’ emotions and sensations.

Axiom Eleven – Sanity as a being depends on the ability to recognize misownership when it exists.

Corollary to Axiom Eleven – Upset is almost always due to misownership

Axiom Twelve – Free will and misownership are mutually exclusive. Complete misownership is being someone else. Life in a body is coexistence with other beings and constant misownership.

This entry was originally posted in Axioms and tagged Understanding SRT on July 7, 2018. Edit

Introduction To The Real Cycle Of Life

Those of you who have been raised in a typical Earth planet culture have been taught about the human life cycle, which starts with conception and passes through various stages of body growth until reaching a final stage of dying and death. This is an observable cycle and can be seen in every human, animal, and plant body. So, it is not surprising that we think this is the actual cycle of life. It is not the real story at all.

If you have been actually observing your abilities and your environment, you may have become aware that there are many activities that exist beyond the five senses of a human body. We have called these activities spiritual activities because they cannot be observed by physical or mechanical means. We can only measure their effect on our bodies or on the material universe.

Some of the more common of these spiritual activities are intentions, attention, admiration, purposes, goals, imagination, creative thought, mental images, and emotions. These are all functions of the spirit, not of a meat body or of inert matter.

The real story of our existence is that we are spiritual beings who are currently having a human experience.

We are immortal spiritual beings with memories that go way back before recorded history and way before bodies of any kind. We pick up a body, and we use it to play the game of life, and when it wears out, we leave it and pick up another body to continue the game of life as another identity.

This is true for all living things. We tend to pick up human bodies and play the game of life as a human, but there are many other possibilities that we will not go into here.

A spirit can think and create and experience some sensations, but for maximum sensations, a spirit needs to inhabit and manage a body. A spirit usually tends to treat each body as a brand new existence and represses the memories of earlier existences. This is probably done to make the game of life easier.

By treating each “lifetime” as a new and independent experience, the spirit gives himself the illusion of a brand new game. We can only guess at the confusion that might exist if a baby retained all of the experiences, good and bad, of a previous life. Correcting a parent’s mistakes is difficult enough when the child is an adolescent. It might be fatal at an earlier age.

At the present time, most spirits treat each human existence as a separate and unique life. As we become more aware of our spiritual identity, we may be able to expand our knowledge and control of our human life cycle.

Understanding Spiritual Rescue Technology will give you a new appreciation of your spiritual abilities.

Webinar on Possible Variations On The Human Experience

Our workshop about improving the human experience covered a lot of ground and finally led to speculation about future or maybe distant past variations on the Human Experience and we decided that this topic deserved a more thorough, if lighthearted, discussion in this Sunday’s webinar.

Once you assume the viewpoint that we are spirits enjoying a human experience, it is only a matter of time before we start speculating on what possible variations we have created and will create on the human experience.

To start things off, I am providing a list of the Human Experience topics that have already surfaced and should be discussed in more detail:

Clones for Rent

Walk-ins Available

Bodies for rent like Uber for social occasions

Mechanical Bodies for rent or lease

Cyborg bodies for specialized trades

Must return in good condition

What Insurance is necessary?

Support services for this industry like baby farms, and clone labs

Military and heavy-duty clone versions available

Clone storage for repeat customers

Join us on Sunday, 10-11-2020 at 12 noon on zoom for an exciting discussion of the variations on the human experience you remember or would like to see as future possibilities.

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FREE WORKSHOP – Handling Your Environment To Benefit Your Human Existence

Please take time to read my article, “Your Human Existence” before reading this invitation

In the second paragraph, I try to make the point that Human existence can be a trap if you are persuaded to forget you are a spirit. Human existence is all about experiencing more sensations than you can experience as an unfettered spirit without a body. The trap I mentioned is that these sensations can make you forget you are a spirit playing at being a human being. You can get into thinking you are ARE a human being and your existence will be all over if your body dies.

Once you lose the viewpoint of being a spirit, you spend a lot of your time being the effect of being a meat body. You are no longer playing the game of life with your body as a piece in the game. Instead, your viewpoint has diminished to that of the piece itself and your goals are the continuation of the piece at almost any price.

All of your creative efforts are focused on keeping the body comfortable with pleasant sensations and keeping it well-fed. Threats and potential threats to the body will cause you to experience fear and many other unpleasant emotions. Since you derive most of your sensations through the body, it acts like an amplifier whenever someone admires or invalidates you and alters your body’s life force. Your entire existence dwindles to a need to protect your body and make it feel good, once you forget you are a spiritual being.

As you become more aware of the spiritual side of life, your dependence on your body lessens, but you can be blindsided when activities in your environment cause your health and your emotions to act in ways you cannot control. To handle this problem, I would like to suggest a strategy that will let you continue to enjoy the benefits of animating a body without losing the viewpoint that you are a spiritual being having and enjoying a human experience.

First, you must recognize that almost all of you who are in good standing in your community have the ability to change your environment to make it more pleasant. Good standing means that you are in exchange with your community and are operating in accord with the rules established for citizens of the community.

Citizens in good standing are entitled to an environment in which they can exchange their labor for shelter, food, security, and the necessities of life. If you are producing goods or services for others in a sane community, you should be able to live in harmony with others in that community and be able to share in the benefits of that community to the extent that your goods or services are valued by that community.

If your goods or services are not valued by your community, you need to develop or find new goods and services to deliver or find a community that values what you can deliver.

In order to flourish and prosper, you need an environment that lets you sleep at night, work without interruptions, and is safe and secure so you and your possessions are not subject to harm. If you are living under threat of harm or interruptions to your daily life, your attention will be captured by these threatening influences and this will impair your ability to get work done and to get the proper rest and sleep you need to stay healthy.

In this modern wireless world, you can be exposed to threats of a different nature, even if you live in a peaceful enclave far away from rioting crowds and dangerous neighborhoods. Media organizations no longer distribute useful news of daily events. They have degenerated into propaganda machines spreading opinions disguised as facts. There have always been examples of such biased journalism, but in the distant past your exposure was limited to the daily paper, then later to the daily exposure on television news. Now you are barraged with opinions disguised as fact on a constant basis and some of the media organizations are censoring actual news and replacing with opinions from anonymous fact-checking services.

When the majority of the media outlets coordinate their messages, it will appear that what they are producing is factual, and many people who do not take time to check for original sources, absorb these slanted messages and become upset because of the message contents. It has been known for many years that repetition of a message will convince many people of its truth. This fact has enabled our modern media to manipulate public opinion and cause people to distrust people of good will by promoting false data as true fact..

The persistence of this false data has earned it the title of “fake news”. It is a true threat to your sanity and your peace of mind. Counter-efforts are derided as conspiracy theories and the major media organizations do their best to discredit anyone who attempts to get to the bottom of the propaganda activities of the major media organizations.

This barrage of fake news is a threat to your sanity and perhaps to your livelihood if you are the subject of the attack. What this means is that you need to investigate any threatening fake news and get the truth from a reliable source by getting the actual data on who, what, when, where, why and how something happened. Words like asserted, anonymous sources, reputed, and emotional labels for people are indications that the information is opinion rather than fact. Getting the full set of five W’s and How will keep you from being upset and overwhelmed by fake news,

Fake news consists of lies and if you permit anyone to tell you lies, you are actually putting your life at risk.

You need your environment to be safe, secure, quiet, truthful, and supporting fair exchange. Anything else puts you and your family at risk.

Join me Saturday, 10-11-20 on Zoom at 12 noon EDT where we will discuss strategies for creating a risk-free environment for our human experience.

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Your Human Existence

You are not just a meat body; you are an immortal spirit having a human existence. I would like to share what I have discovered about our human existence in the hopes that we can discuss the benefits and risks of spirits picking up bodies and assuming a human existence. 

Human existence can be a trap if you are persuaded to forget you are a spirit.

My 40 years of research into the realm beyond the five human senses have been condensed into a Spiritual Rescue Technology, which can help you regain your full spiritual powers and play the best possible game of being a human being.

You were a spirit before you decided to pick up a human body, and most of my research has been directed into the three Spiritual Rescue Technology books which document your abilities as a spirit. BOOK ONEBOOK TWO, and BOOK THREE

These books also contain the processes by which you can help spirits, heal bodies, and resolve long-standing problems with your life and the lives of others. I have been using this technology to provide counseling services to clients on five continents and to teach others to deliver spiritual healing to themselves and others.

Working with a team of clients and volunteers, I have learned how to increase our spiritual abilities and how to take responsibility for the management of our daily lives, but until now, we have not put a lot of attention onto the task of optimizing our human existence or even recognizing its relationship to our spiritual existence.

We are spirits capable of being in any physical location by considering that we are so located. We are capable of moving in time and influencing other spirits and much, much more. Some of us pick up living bodies and assume the beingness appropriate to that body. This discussion applies only to human bodies, but spirits are not limited to the type or species of body they decide to inhabit.

There is a misconception that spirits are human. Every living thing is animated by a spiritual being and radiates life force. All living things are influenced by admiration and other emotions. It is possible to communicate with spirits at all levels of awareness if you are properly trained.

The subject for this weekend is making your existence as a human being more effective and more pleasurable.

The material universe we occupy as human beings is the result of creation in the spiritual universe. Everything we can see, touch, taste, smell, or hear is the result of an intention and other actions in the spiritual universe. A spirit intends to create something, and it is created. Intention is an activity beyond the five senses and cannot be measured with material universe devices. We can easily observe and measure the RESULTS of intention, but not intention itself.

So, what does a human existence provide for an immortal spiritual being? It provides an almost unlimited opportunity for displaying creative activity and competitive skills, along with direct exposure to unlimited sensations of all kinds.

Spiritual beings appear to be immortal and have memories that predate the material universe. There is good reason to believe that spirits created the physical universe in every detail and the time in which it exists. This resulted in an enormous amount of space with things in it and an enormous span of time for the material universe to persist in. Stars can persist for 20 billion years, and planets persist for almost half that. The creation of so much material takes a lot of time and spiritual attention and captures the life force of the spirits involved for those extremely long periods of time.

Making anything persist takes continuing attention, so there is a benefit for spirits to create living things like bodies that offer a chance to fix and unfix attention at shorter intervals of time. Our current human bodies last for less than 100 years, which offers opportunities to put our spiritual attention on new things every century at the very least. Every new lifetime offers a chance to play a different game with different constraints and rewards.

An unfettered spirit, who is not having a human experience, can be anywhere in the material universe at will. This spiritual being can visit the heart of a star in a remote galaxy or can travel the streets of abandoned cities on planets, which the last living being left before Earth was inhabited. Such unfettered spirits are not bound to the needs of a living body and can roam the material universe and exist in any state of awareness that interests them. 

A spirit enjoying a human experience can roam the material universe by putting their attention on places they have been during their long existence also, but prolonged absence from caring for their body encourages other spirits to take over the body and become the dominant personality. Astral projection (or astral travel) is a term used to describe an intentional out-of-body experience in which the soul or consciousness separates from the physical body and travels outside it throughout the universe.. The idea of astral travel is ancient and occurs in multiple cultures. People often experience this state during illness or when involved in a near-death experience, but it is also possible to practice astral projection at will. As I mentioned earlier, this practice can have unexpected results as in possession of the body by other spirits.

Let us consider the obvious benefits to a human existence, where a spirit or spirits occupy and manage a body and present a personality to the material world. A human experience permits the direct receipt of many pleasant sensations as a body is equipped with a nervous system that translates the five human senses into pleasurable sensations when the stimulus occurs within certain limited frequency and dynamic ranges. Since the body is composed of living cells and each cell is capable of experiencing pleasurable sensations as it interacts with other living cells, a body serves as an amplifier of sensations over the direct perception of the material universe by a spiritual being.

A spiritual being can directly perceive the temperature of an object in the material universe or the texture or composition of a material substance, but evaluation of the substance with regard to being pleasurable or disgusting requires the multiple perceptions that a living body provides. Anyone who has been anesthetized for a period of time will understand the loss of perceptics that accompany such a state. When the body can no longer perceive any of the five human sensations, the spiritual being loses touch with the material universe to that extent. A being in a totally paralyzed body has only the perceptions of a disembodied spirit. From this simple example, you can see the sensory advantages of occupying a living body.

You can see the obvious advantages of occupying a living body and playing the game of life as a human. You get sensations, unlimited opportunities to create aesthetic effects, you can cooperate with bodies of the opposite sex to explore other sensations and create other bodies to share the game of life with you. You can organize other spirits in bodies to form organizations to dominate the material world and extend your reach into the material universe. Using physical bodies, your team can create effects on the material universe and transform planets.

Now, let us look at the negative effects of having a human experience. Prolonged exposure to the human experience and its many pleasurable sensations can make a spiritual being forget it is a spirit. There are many beings on Earth today that will swear they live only once and go to some special place once their body is dead. Some of these beings are so convinced of this tale that they linger at the grave where their body is buried, or where their body died, waiting for a call to a heavenly location or happy hunting ground.

Once a spirit is convinced they are actually a body, they can be controlled by threats to harm or deprive them of the body. They can be made to feel pain, fear, hunger, and other unpleasant sensations, and they can be hypnotized to believe they are a body and dependent on the existence of the body rather than the truth that they are in control of the body and completely independent of it.

If you have been able to follow the discussion this far, you should be able to see that human existence can be a trap if you are persuaded to forget you are a spirit. 

The threats are many, and the result is a kind of involuntary slavery. If you consider you are a body to be controlled by pain or threats, you will end up doing almost anything to maintain your hold on your body and present identification. Our current civilization has been dumbed down to recognize us only as bodies with limited lifespans. When John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Abraham Lincoln, he effectively halted Lincoln’s ability to directly affect history and incurred the wrath of many grieving citizens.

Lincoln and Booth are still with us, perhaps in other bodies, and their influence on history may still be in play. There are other beings, good and bad, who have influenced our history, and they are still with us either in spirit or occupying and being bodies. Those, like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, who made the world a safer and saner place, and others like Joseph Stalin, and Adolph Hitler who changed the world in other ways, are all still with us as other identities. Even the crazies, like Jack the Ripper, Jeffrey Dahmer, and Ted Bundy are still with us, only in other guises.

What this means is that to ensure the future of humanity on this planet, we need to shift from killing the bodies of those who destroy others to handling the reasons these beings are stuck in a destructive pattern of behavior. Spiritual Rescue Technology provides the information and techniques for freeing beings from destructive behavior on a one by one basis. What we need are successful strategies for forming large groups to address this problem on a large enough scale to change history.

Perhaps the first step is to convince enough people that they are immortal spiritual beings having a human experience, not just human beings having a spiritual experience.

Knowing the difference is crucial to our recovery of awareness.

REVISED SRT Academy on Monday, October 5, 2020


We have been discussing the many ways to bring ourselves to present time and have concluded the biggest reason for falling out of present time is incomplete cycles from the past which have captured our attention and our life force energy.

We are aware of many processes for handling our stuck attention and returning our attention to present time, but most of these require help from a professional counselor and involve an understanding of the spiritual universe.

In yesterdays webinar, we discussed the possibility of developing processes that could be done by almost anyone desiring to handle the effects of unhandled situations from their past.

The biggest problem we see is to approach the problem with steps of the right gradient and that is why we have titled this activity as using baby steps to handle incomplete cycles of the past.

The task we have set ourselves is to come up with steps that are small enough to understand from simple instructions and are effective enough to measure progress as the steps are performed.

Handling of a past incident will be deemed complete when relief is obtained and there is no more stuck attention on the past incident.

Join us Monday, October 5, 2020 at 12 noon EDT for this challenging task.

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Weekend Activity – Using A Checklist For Changing Your Life

I would like to make it easier for any one of you to successfully execute a project to change your life, so I conjured up a 7 step checklist that should make the task of changing your life fairly straightforward.

To put things into a real perspective, I also have provided some likely prospects for changing your life. These will help frame your efforts to apply to real-life situations. Here are some real-life projects that will change your life and you will encounter many of them in the years remaining to you. They are not listed in any particular order.

  1. Move all your possessions to another location
  2. Care for a relative who can no longer care for themselves
  3. Find a new source of income
  4. Develop some good friends who have the same interests you have
  5. Find a way to make a contribution to your community or to society
  6. Find a way to achieve inner peace

You can achieve any of these if you can successfully follow this checklist and fully answer all of the questions it poses.

  1. What problem does this project solve?
  2. What investments of time, energy, and money are required to see this through?
  3. Where can you find the resources necessary to carry out this project?
  4. Is there a better way to solve this particular problem?
  5. List all of the obstacles that have to be overcome to carry out this project successfully.
  6. List the long-term benefits of completing this project successfully.
  7. What exit strategy is available if some major flaw is discovered that makes the project unfeasible?

To put this checklist into action, I am proposing that we hold three online meetings this weekend and discuss how we can choose a project and work out how we can develop a final version of the checklist to make the changes we want to see,

Free Workshop on Saturday, October 3, 2020.

Let’s discuss the projects we are most likely to encounter and see what changes are required to the checklist to achieve the results we want. Use this link to join:

Webinar on Sunday, October 4, 2020. Choose one project and work our way through creating the change to our lives. Work out handlings for all obstacles found. Use this link to join:

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SRT Academy on Monday, October 4, 2020.

We will take up projects that Academy members are facing and will discuss the obstacles and possible handlings until acceptable solutions are found. If the group is not comfortable discussing real issues, we will discuss #4,5,and 6 of the real-life project list and work out ways to achieve them.

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Forecasting The Future – Part Three

Most of you who have read Parts One and Two can apply the material and are happily forging ahead with your project of the week. Some of you, however, are saying to yourselves, “You make it sound so easy, but it’s not easy at all!”

I know that for some of you, this will be almost impossible to do, and that is why I am writing Part Three. I spent the last ten years discovering why traditional counseling techniques would not work on certain people with above-average awareness. You are among those people who are plagued by thoughts that you cannot fully control and, in some cases, voices in your head that interfere with your ability to agree with ideas that others find acceptable. This is not an unusual situation, because almost everyone has these thoughts, but you are able to hear them and can’t stop them from impinging on you.

You are not crazy. You are just able to hear the spiritual beings who are hanging around you. Your perceptions are more acute than those of many other people. You are picking up thoughts from disembodied spirits, and you have not been taught how to handle them. Thoughts and telepathy are spiritual universe phenomena beyond the reach of the five human senses. Some people can pick them up, and others can’t. 

Our research has shown us that there are many disembodied spirits hanging around us, and they are usually interested in helping us in some way. If you have ever felt that you were blessed with “spirit guides” or “guardian angels”, you were quite right. Some people, especially young children, are quite aware of spiritual presences, and they carry on mental conversations with these spiritual companions every day.

However, for every person who is aware of spirits, there are many, many more who don’t believe in them and ignore any ideas that these beings share with them. You may be one of these people, but there is a reliable way to determine whether you are being influenced by spirits, even if you do not believe in them or in their ability to influence you. 

Disembodied spirits have lost their ability to manage a body and live life as a human being. They are limited to being spectators who hang around people like you who are living life and having adventures. They are no longer able to be human, but they are still trying to be backseat drivers and save you from yourself. Remember now, they are disembodied spirits because they failed at life and are afraid to take on that responsibility again. They have all sorts of painful memories which they do not want to experience again, and they don’t want you to experience them either. In case you have not figured this out yet, they are carrying memories of failed careers, failed marriages, fatal accidents, ruined careers, betrayals, suicides, drownings, being poisoned, and financial ruination. Almost anything you wish to start, they have failed at and do not want you to suffer what they did.

If you would like to make some change in your life and can’t seem to get up enthusiasm for the task, the most probable cause is the spirits who are trying to protect you from failure. If you read Part One and Part Two of this series and felt it was an impossible dream to forecast the future, you are definitely infested with spirits who are protecting you from the pain and uncertainty of changing your future. Their counter-intention will hamper your plans until these counter-intentions are handled. Trying to push ahead despite their counter-intention will have the same results as if the counter-intention came from your team-mates on the project. The project will take a long time and will eventually fail until the counter-intention is handled.

Handling of counter-intention from spirits is easily done by contacting someone who practices Spiritual Rescue Technology. You can contact me at for a free introductory session.

Forecasting The Future – Part Two

To boil this down to the essential ingredients for success, the intentions of all concerned with the final result will determine what happens. If everyone involved is intending the same thing, that is what will happen. 

In a complex situation with many people involved, any counter-intention can have disastrous results. Inattention, carelessness, and lack of understanding can result in a disaster even though many people worked very hard to achieve a result.

On projects of a personal nature, pay close attention to any lack of cooperation or enthusiasm, and handle them immediately if you wish to achieve your goals. This applies to your personal feelings as well as the feelings of others. All intentions need to be aligned if you are to achieve the future you envision.

Al Leggett put it much more concisely: 

This is very coherent and a logical progression. Being able to envision the undertaking and/or final result comes next and can be helpful in getting agreement for the intention. Ultimately, a fused vision containing a high degree of agreement will create the greatest probability of success! 

In any event, the final result will be the product of all intentions for the activity. So if you are looking for the reason the activity or project went astray, look for the intention that the project would fail.

It is probably best if you locate and handle any counter-intention before you launch.

A reliable way to increase the chances of failure is to ignore all negative comments as the uninformed ranting of naysayers. You can vastly improve the chances of success by doing the laborious task of running down and dealing with every reason for the project to fail.

Engineers are professionally inclined to expect failure from unanticipated sources, as are experienced entrepreneurs. In both cases, their plans include consideration of the many reasons a project could fail, including things that are unknown as yet.

Politicians, on the other hand, tend to look on the bright side of things and fixate on good outcomes and not on the unthinkable outcomes that come from a maddened population. Marie Antionette certainly did not consider that her attitude toward the suffering of peasants would doom her and follow her down through history with the fictitious quote of, “Let them eat cake!”.

In other words, to forecast a possible future for yourself or your project, first assemble all of the benefits to be obtained from the project, and all of the reasons the project could succeed if all went well. If the facts you have gathered warrant proceeding with the project, then you should gather every possible reason the project could fail or be a bad idea and work out a solid solution for each of these reasons for failure.

If this seems like too much work, don’t do it as you are already setting yourself up for failure.

If you have solutions for every possible barrier to success, feel free to proceed cautiously and keep an eye out for the appearance of unexpected factors that could mean failure. One of the ways to anticipate unexpected modes of failure is to plan for a way to abort the project with as little damage as possible. If you cannot do that, you might end up with a Challenger disaster. Engineers knew of serious design problems that were not being addressed, and there was no way to rescue the astronauts if anything went wrong. Everything had to work correctly, or the mission was doomed. And, that is what happened.

We always need to look at counter-intention to a project as a valid objection to proceeding with the project, not as an evil move by bad people. You can think of counter-intention as friction or as an obstacle. If you classify counter-intention as politically motivated intentions to harm, you have lost all objectivity and will not be able to assess the value of the information correctly. When management views voices of caution as enemy propaganda, the stage is set for a major loss and summary firings of those who participated in forging ahead with the project.

When you look carefully at counter-intention, you need to distinguish what it is based on. Is the objection based on the lack of approval by august bodies of experts or the lack of advanced degrees in the development group? Or is it based on the performance of similar models in the past?

Doctors fought tooth and nail to discredit Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis, who was an early pioneer of antiseptic procedures. Doctors knew that it was not necessary to wash their hands between examining corpses and living patients. Everybody knows you need a college degree to become successful in business, but Bill Gates left Harvard after spending two years there to start Microsoft.

On the other hand, paying attention to the failures of earlier versions of what you are creating can pay huge dividends if you are willing to learn from their failures. When you look at why they failed or were not economically feasible, you will often find that the environment has changed enough that formerly unprofitable ventures are now economically feasible. Early automobiles were only useful to people who could travel with a mechanic and replace tires on the road. A modern car would not function on dirt roads with potholes and a distinct lack of charging stations. It is the interaction of good roads, service stations, wireless emergency communication, and satellite guidance systems for travelers that make modern road travel so convenient that your aged grandmother can do it.

The bottom line is that you can create a future event successfully if you can determine:

–what needs does it provide solutions for?

–Can it be done with the resources available?

–Will it provide an adequate return on the investment of time and energy?

–Can we provide solutions to every objection that has been raised to doing this event?

–Can we shut down the project safely if some major problem is discovered?

If you have been able to get this far, your project should be an unqualified success! Everyone you have recruited to help you should take credit in the accomplishment.