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Self Esteem and the Entrepreneur
Stop Reacting - Learn to Respond
Money Does Grow on Trees!
Einstein and Faith
Healing Theta Sound Meditation


 

Self-Esteem and the Entrepreneur

 

 Isn’t it funny how people think that being self-employed is so cool?  They think that you get to take lots of vacation time and spend all of the profits.  What they do not realize is that you put in outrageous amounts of blood, sweat, and tears to get there.  They do not know that you have to take the blame for every single thing that goes wrong.  They do not know how many times you fell flaton your face before making it work.  They think that you simply come up with a cute little idea over dinner one night and within a couple of months you are flying high living the rich man’s life.  The reality of the situation is very different.  Statistics consistently show that most successful entrepreneurs failed a handful of times before finally finding that winning formula.  It is during the failure years that you earn all of those future vacations and big fat salaries.  Delayed gratification takes on a whole new level, doesn’t it?

 One of the toughest things to learn during those failure years is the self-esteem that comes with it.  Self-esteem does not come from having everything come easily and effortlessly.  Real self-esteem comes from having worked yourself until you’re almost in tears and then having someone tell you that you are working too hard and ought to just quit.  Real self-esteem is explaining to your folks for the umpteenth time why you are still poor and struggling at self-employment instead of getting a ‘real job’ and making lots of money as a salesman like your baby brother does.  Real self-esteem is deciding to learn from your mistakes instead of giving up and quitting.  Real self-esteem is being financially bankrupt and giving it another try anyway, because you just know that this time you are going to make it all come together.  

 These are the types of events that form good businessmen.  Ladies, you know I’m including you in this too.  Real self-esteem is when you tell your husband that you are not going to give up on your silly little dream and that it is not just a stupid hobby, it is your company and your career aspirations.  These types of events give us the backbone it takes later to be able to make the tough business choices that make the difference between breaking even and making a profit.  These types of events teach you how to stand up for yourself and what you believe in.  Self-esteem is not having to justify your business decisions.  You know what is best for you and your company and you really do not need anyone else’s blessing, approval, nor support.  If you cannot do it without someone cheering you, then forget it.  It is not called other-esteem, coach-esteem, or friend-esteem.  It’s called self-esteem because you have to muster it up all by yourself.

 You do not have to have a lot of self-esteem when you launch into self-employment, but you will learn it along the way or else you will never make it to that luxurious lifestyle that keeps floating through your daydreams.  To get started, you just have to really believe in your product.  Nobody can really be 100% positive that they are going to succeed at their first attempt at self-employment.  After you have had a few years of failures and some successes, you start realizing that you actually know a thing or two compared to the newbies coming into your industry behind you.  There will always be someone who knows more then you and someone who could learn from your experience.  Self-esteem comes from knowing that you can learn and that you will continue learning until you get it right.  Do not expect to feel perfectly confident all of the time.  It is all a big game and you have to find the rulebook while trying to master the game.

 I once opened up a fortune cookie while struggling with the decision of whether or not to launch my own company or not.  The message inside the cookie read, “The world needs your gift as much as you need to give it.”  That little fortune has since fallen apart and been thrown away, but I always have a newly typed up version of it scotch taped to my computer monitor.  It has reminded me many times over, that I do this not for the money, but because it is who I am.  What else would I be doing if not running this little company of mine?  

 Sometimes, we entrepreneurs keep going simply because it is who we are.  We are a different breed and it is part of how we define ourselves.  The way that others are musicians, or politicians, or teachers, or doctors at the very depth of their soul, we are at the depth of our soul entrepreneurs.  We must play at that particular game because it is what we do.  Sometimes we have a spiritual mission behind it, or a vision of the world being better off for having purchased our environmentally safe product, or a deep belief that people can be helped and nurtured by the services offered by our company.  It’s who we are; it’s what we do.  Self-esteem shows up later as a result of reflecting on just how far we have come in our attempts to accomplish such an important goal.

 Self-esteem is not knowing that you will succeed.  It does not come from having all of the perfect craftsman’s skills and the perfect level of education before starting your own company.  It is knowing that you can acquire whatever skills and knowledge you do not yet possess.  It is knowing that you are capable of working hard and tenacious enough to see it through to the end.  It is knowing that as much as you appreciate the cheerleaders in your life, that you would keep going even if nobody else believed in you.  It is knowing that you do not know everything you need to know but that you are capable of learning more.  It is knowing that the world needs your gift as much as you need to give it.

By Skye Thomas, Tomorrows Edge

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Stop Reacting! Learn To Respond

 Do you ever wish you could stop "reacting" to people and situations and start taking control of how you feel and what you do?  Instead of being driven to "react" do you wish you couldsquirrel 2 calmly choose how you want to respond and then just do it without a lot of fuss and stress?  Here are some tools for understanding the critical distinction between "reacting" and "responding," and for discovering why you react, what happens when you react, and how to stop reacting and start responding.

The Distinction Between Reacting and Responding

It's natural to "react" instinctively when you perceive a threat and have no maneuvering room (e.g., time, space) to make a considered response.  On the other hand, when you have plenty of time to assess a situation, make necessary changes or adjustments, protect yourself, or create something new then you have the luxury to "respond."  When you respond you choose how best to apply your mental, physical, and spiritual resources to achieve your desired result.  You have more than one option available to you and the time to choose between them or even experiment with more than one.

Here is a simple analogy to clarify the concept.  You are driving down the freeway and notice that your gas tank is approaching empty.  You do a quick calculation in your head to determine how many more miles you can drive before you run out of gas, then you choose which of several nearby off ramps would be the most convenient, pull off the freeway, and fill up your tank.  There is no stress, no panic, no feeling of being out of control. You are simply responding to the situation.  You make the choices and you remain in control.  Now let's take a look at another way the scenario could unfold.  You are driving down the freeway, distracted by the songs on the car radio and the cell phone conversation you are having.  You don't notice the gas gauge.  All of a sudden, you engine cuts out, removing the power assist on your steering and brakes.  You flip on your emergency flashers and maneuver frantically to the side of the road, trying to avoid getting in an accident as you pull across three lanes of traffic to reach the right shoulder.  When you finally come to a stop you are shaken and annoyed/angry/frustrated and faced with limited options.  You can call the Auto Club, flag down another motorist, or start walking to the nearest call box or gas station. You begin to see the consequences stretched out in front of you but they are mostly beyond your control you can't predict how long you will be stuck, you will certainly be late to the appointment you were heading to, and that in itself may have repercussions.  Because you did not notice the gas gauge in time to respond, you are forced to react.

If you hope to avoid reactions in the future, the first important step is to recognize the difference between reacting and responding.  If you are not aware of the distinction, you will likely keep on doing what you have always done and end up the victim of your reactions.

What causes you to react?

If you are like most people you react if:

  • You miss some important cue in your environment that is telling you to pay attention, make a decision, and take action
  • You are faced with a perceived threat
  • By the time you are moved to take action in a given situation it's already too late you have run out of time to explore alternatives and respond
  • You act automatically and unconsciously out of habit or conditioning
  • You have been "stuffing" your emotions for a long time and an emotion you have been resisting pops to the surface
  • A person or situation unconsciously reminds you of something you have yet to resolve in your own life
  • You have no reserves in your life (e.g., reserves of time, money, equipment, supplies) and you "run out" of something.  If you can't afford the consequences of an event or situation, the fear factor is likely to trigger a reaction. 
  • You are a "drama queen/king" who creates situations that require reactions because you crave the adrenaline rush and energy you get from chaos and emergencies.

What happens when you react?

Here are some things that tend to show up when you react:

  • Your options are usually limited and you end up having to choose between less than optimal alternatives
  • You give away your power because you let other people or situations affect and drive you
  • You get caught up in intense and draining emotions (e.g., fear, panic, anger, defensiveness) and may end up stressed out and exhausted
  • You act unconsciously - unaware of what you are doing or the potential consequences of your actions.

How can you stop reacting and start responding?

Here are 10 things you might try:

  • Notice the five things that you react to most (e.g., someone ignoring what you say; someone interrupting you; someone showing up late).  Then ask yourself why you are reacting to these things. 
  • Observe your thoughts, feelings, and emotions when reacting to various situations.  Get comfortable saying to yourself, "That was an interesting reaction.  Where did it come from?" 
  • Have someone else watch you and your reactions and share with you what they see.  Most of us have blind spots when it comes to observing our own behavior, blocks, and inner conflicts.  Let someone else help you to recognize what triggers your reactions and how you act once triggered.
  • Watch for cues that something or someone needs your attention and focus.  Be mindful of what is going on around you, so that you can respond while there is still time.
  • Learn to appreciate the "neutral" nature of many events.  Anais Nin said: We don’t see things as they are.  We see them as we are," meaning that much of what we react to is really our own interpretation of reality as colored by our own history, experiences, filters, beliefs and assumptions.  When you realize that what you are reacting to is usually "all about you," then you simultaneously come to know that you have the power to change your reactions.
  • Decondition yourself.  Take a look at your habitual reactions to people and situations.  Much of what you do is a result of conditioning from your upbringing, culture, experiences, etc.  Ask whether your reactions are serving you and if they are not, recognize that as an adult you have the power to re-choose your underlying beliefs and assumptions.
  • Learn to sit with your emotions.  Often when we are faced with people or situations that elicit strong emotional reactions in us (e.g., rage, grief, anguish) we react as a means of releasing tension or quickly getting out of the situation.  Our reactive exit strategy may be to "vent," escape, blame someone else, or deny our part in the situation.  Be willing to give up your escape routes and stay with your feelings so that you can take the time to figure out how you really want to respond.
  • Learn forgiveness.  If what you are reacting to is another person, then learn and practice the art of forgiveness.  When you learn to forgive, you wrap up the unfinished business of your past so that you can experience the present free from contamination by the past.  As you develop a compassionate understanding for the other person you can begin to let go of your negative thoughts, feelings, and reactions to them. 
  • Share your reaction with someone else.  One way is to share it with the person who is "triggering" you.  Share what is happening with lightness and curiosity, for example by saying, "Did you know that you..." or "I am not sure how to respond when you..." or "I tend to react (this way) when you..." Involve them in the process of helping you more clearly understand the situation or transcend or modify your reaction to it.  Another possibility is to explain your reaction to a trusted advisor and ask for their perspective and input.  An objective viewpoint can often uncover different interpretations of the situation or obvious solutions that could circumvent your need to react.  
  • Ask yourself who you would have to be or where you would have to "come from" so that you never react to a particular situation again.

When you learn the tools to stop reacting and start responding you can take back control of how you feel and how your act.  

Jane A. Herman

 

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Money Does Grow on Trees

Money grows on trees?! Yes, it does. Well, this is just a metaphor. But the point is that money is as abundant as fruit on trees. Some of you may be thinking, “Yeah, right!“ If you are, then you better listen up. ;-)

If you did believe that money grew on trees, you would probably have a whole different attitude. You would know that you could just go out and pick some whenever you needed it. There may be times when the fruit isn't ripe enough to pick, but there would be no panic, as you'd see all the blossoms covering the tree. You'dmoney tree know from experience that every year you have so much fruit that you have to give it away to all of your friends, neighbors, and folks at work. Some of the fruit even goes to waste on the ground. Not that you don't care about it, but it grows so abundantly that you can't keep up with it. That's when you hire someone to take of it.

How do money trees get there in the first place? You have to plant them, silly! Sometimes a person long ago planted the trees and you just need to give them some care and attention.

All right, you get the metaphor. Let's make it real. When you want more money for anything, the money is available to you. You may not be able to see it on a tree in your yard, but it is within your reach.

In “One Minute Millionaire“ by Mark Victor Hansen and Robert G. Allen, they say over and over that all the money you need is a phone call away. It's true! The only problem is that sometimes you'll think that you don't know who to call. In those moments, you'll need to listen to your intuition. It may say, “Call Mark.“ How can that be? Mark just went on unemployment. Well, Mark knows the person you need to ask. Or Mark is now selling his house at a very low price to move into something more affordable and now you have a property you can turn for a nice profit!

The point here is that everything you need, be it money or the item for which you want the money, is within your reach. As easily as you can pluck fruit from a tree, you can pluck the answers from your intuition. It will guide you to the actions you need to take. Many times the source for your millions is right in your backyard. You do not have to search for the source. You just need to ask.

Ask yourself now, “What gift or project do I already have that, if given attention, could grow money for me?“

What is your dominant belief? Money comes to me easily ... or I am constantly struggling to have more?

To think is to create.

Gotta go now! I'm going to go pick some fruit!

Copyright © 2003 Jeanna Gabellini

  

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Einstein & Faith

He was slow in learning how to talk. "My parents were so worried," he later recalled, "that they consulted a doctor." Even after he had begun using words, sometime after the age of 2, he developed a quirk that prompted the family maid to dub him "der Depperte," the dopey one. Whenever he had something to say, he would try it out on himself, whispering it softly until it sounded good enough to pronounce aloud. "Every sentence he uttered," his worshipful younger sister recalled, "no matter how routine, he repeated to himself softly, moving his lips." It was all very worrying, she said. "He had such difficulty with language that those around him feared he would never learn."

His slow development was combined with a cheeky rebelliousness toward authority, which led one schoolmaster to send him packing and another to declare that he would never amount to much. These traits made Albert Einstein the patron saint of distracted schoolkids everywhere. But they also helped make him, or so he later surmised, the most creative scientific genius of modern times.

His cocky contempt for authority led him to question received wisdom in ways that well-trained acolytes in the academy never contemplated. And as for his slow verbal development, he thought that it allowed him to observe with wonder the everyday phenomena that others took for granted. Instead of puzzling over mysterious things, he puzzled over the commonplace. "When I ask myself how it happened that I in particular discovered the relativity theory, it seemed to lie in the following circumstance," Einstein once explained. "The ordinary adult never bothers his head about the problems of space and time. These are things he has thought of as a child. But I developed so slowly that I began to wonder about space and time only when I was already grown up. Consequently, I probed more deeply into the problem than an ordinary child would have."

It may seem logical, in retrospect, that a combination of awe and rebellion made Einstein exceptional as a scientist. But what is less well known is that those two traits also combined to shape his spiritual journey and determine the nature of his faith. The rebellion part comes in at the beginning of his life: he rejected at first his parents' secularism and later the concepts of religious ritual and of a personal God who intercedes in the daily workings of the world. But the awe part comes in his 50s when he settled into a deism based on what he called the "spirit manifest in the laws of the universe" and a sincere belief in a "God who reveals Himself in the harmony of all that exists."

Einstein was descended, on both parents' sides, from Jewish tradesmen and peddlers who had, for at least two centuries, made modest livings in the rural villages of Swabia in southwestern Germany. With each generation they had become increasingly assimilated into the German culture they loved--or so they thought. Although Jewish by cultural designation and kindred instinct, they had little interest in the religion itself.

In his later years, Einstein would tell an old joke about an agnostic uncle who was the only member of his family who went to synagogue. When asked why he did so, the uncle would respond, "Ah, but you never know." Einstein's parents, on the other hand, were "entirely irreligious." They did not keep kosher or attend synagogue, and his father Hermann referred to Jewish rituals as "ancient superstitions," according to a relative.

Consequently, when Albert turned 6 and had to go to school, his parents did not care that there was no Jewish one near their home. Instead he went to the large Catholic school in their neighborhood. As the only Jew among the 70 students in his class, he took the standard course in Catholic religion and ended up enjoying it immensely.

Despite his parents' secularism, or perhaps because of it, Einstein rather suddenly developed a passionate zeal for Judaism. "He was so fervent in his feelings that, on his own, he observed Jewish religious strictures in every detail," his sister recalled. He ate no pork, kept kosher and obeyed the strictures of the Sabbath. He even composed his own hymns, which he sang to himself as he walked home from school.

Einstein's greatest intellectual stimulation came from a poor student who dined with his family once a week. It was an old Jewish custom to take in a needy religious scholar to share the Sabbath meal; the Einstein’s modified the tradition by hosting instead a medical student on Thursdays. His name was Max Talmud, and he began his weekly visits when he was 21 and Einstein was 10.

Talmud brought Einstein science books, including a popular illustrated series called People's Books on Natural Science, "a work which I read with breathless attention," said Einstein. The 21 volumes were written by Aaron Bernstein, who stressed the interrelations between biology and physics, and reported in great detail the experiments being done at the time, especially in Germany.

Talmud also helped Einstein explore the wonders of mathematics by giving him a textbook on geometry two years before he was scheduled to learn that subject in school. When Talmud arrived each Thursday, Einstein delighted in showing him the problems he had solved that week. Initially, Talmud was able to help him, but he was soon surpassed by his pupil. "After a short time, a few months, he had worked through the whole book," Talmud recalled. "Soon the flight of his mathematical genius was so high that I could no longer follow."

Einstein's exposure to science and math produced a sudden transformation at age 12, just as he would have been readying for a bar mitzvah. He suddenly gave up Judaism. That decision does not appear to have been drawn from Bernstein's books because the author made clear he saw no contradiction between science and religion. As he put it, "The religious inclination lies in the dim consciousness that dwells in humans that all nature, including the humans in it, is in no way an accidental game, but a work of lawfulness that there is a fundamental cause of all existence."

Einstein would later come close to these sentiments. But at the time, his leap away from faith was a radical one. "Through the reading of popular scientific books, I soon reached the conviction that much in the stories of the Bible could not be true. The consequence was a positively fanatic orgy of free thinking coupled with the impression that youth is intentionally being deceived by the state through lies; it was a crushing impression."

Einstein did, however, retain from his childhood religious phase a profound faith in, and reverence for, the harmony and beauty of what he called the mind of God as it was expressed in the creation of the universe and its laws. Around the time he turned 50, he began to articulate more clearly--in various essays, interviews and letters--his deepening appreciation of his belief in God, although a rather impersonal version of one. One particular evening in 1929, the year he turned 50, captures Einstein's middle-age deistic faith. He and his wife were at a dinner party in Berlin when a guest expressed a belief in astrology. Einstein ridiculed the notion as pure superstition. Another guest stepped in and similarly disparaged religion. Belief in God, he insisted, was likewise a superstition.

At this point the host tried to silence him by invoking the fact that even Einstein harbored religious beliefs. "It isn't possible!" the skeptical guest said, turning to Einstein to ask if he was, in fact, religious. "Yes, you can call it that," Einstein replied calmly. "Try and penetrate with our limited means the secrets of nature and you will find that, behind all the discernible laws and connections, there remains something subtle, intangible and inexplicable. Veneration for this force beyond anything that we can comprehend is my religion. To that extent I am, in fact, religious."

Shortly after his 50th birthday, Einstein also gave a remarkable interview in which he was more revealing than he had ever been about his religious sensibility. It was with George Sylvester Viereck, who had been born in Germany, moved to America as a child and then spent his life writing gaudily erotic poetry, interviewing great men and expressing his complex love for his fatherland. Einstein assumed Viereck was Jewish. In fact, Viereck proudly traced his lineage to the family of the Kaiser, and he would later become a Nazi sympathizer who was jailed in America during World War II for being a German propagandist.

Viereck began by asking Einstein whether he considered himself a German or a Jew. "It's possible to be both," replied Einstein. "Nationalism is an infantile disease, the measles of mankind."

Should Jews try to assimilate? "We Jews have been too eager to sacrifice our idiosyncrasies in order to conform."

To what extent are you influenced by Christianity? "As a child I received instruction both in the Bible and in the Talmud. I am a Jew, but I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene."

You accept the historical existence of Jesus? "Unquestionably! No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life."

Do you believe in God? "I'm not an atheist. I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. The problem involved is too vast for our limited minds. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God. We see the universe marvelously arranged and obeying certain laws but only dimly understand these laws."

Is this a Jewish concept of God? "I am a determinist. I do not believe in free will. Jews believe in free will. They believe that man shapes his own life. I reject that doctrine. In that respect I am not a Jew."

Is this Spinoza's God? "I am fascinated by Spinoza's pantheism, but I admire even more his contribution to modern thought because he is the first philosopher to deal with the soul and body as one, and not two separate things."

Do you believe in immortality? "No. And one life is enough for me."

Einstein tried to express these feelings clearly, both for himself and all of those who wanted a simple answer from him about his faith. So in the summer of 1930, amid his sailing and ruminations in Caputh, he composed a credo, "What I Believe," that he recorded for a human-rights group and later published. It concluded with an explanation of what he meant when he called himself religious: "The most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead, a snuffed-out candle. To sense that behind anything that can be experienced there is something that our minds cannot grasp, whose beauty and sublimity reaches us only indirectly: this is religiousness. In this sense, and in this sense only, I am a devoutly religious man."

People found the piece evocative, and it was reprinted repeatedly in a variety of translations. But not surprisingly, it did not satisfy those who wanted a simple answer to the question of whether or not he believed in God. "The outcome of this doubt and befogged speculation about time and space is a cloak beneath which hides the ghastly apparition of atheism," Boston's Cardinal William Henry O'Connell said. This public blast from a Cardinal prompted the noted Orthodox Jewish leader in New York, Rabbi Herbert S. Goldstein, to send a very direct telegram: "Do you believe in God? Stop. Answer paid. 50 words." Einstein used only about half his allotted number of words. It became the most famous version of an answer he gave often: "I believe in Spinoza's God, who reveals himself in the lawful harmony of all that exists, but not in a God who concerns himself with the fate and the doings of mankind."

Some religious Jews reacted by pointing out that Spinoza had been excommunicated from Amsterdam's Jewish community for holding these beliefs, and that he had also been condemned by the Catholic Church. "Cardinal O'Connell would have done well had he not attacked the Einstein theory," said one Bronx rabbi. "Einstein would have done better had he not proclaimed his nonbelief in a God who is concerned with fates and actions of individuals. Both have handed down dicta outside their jurisdiction."

But throughout his life, Einstein was consistent in rejecting the charge that he was an atheist. "There are people who say there is no God," he told a friend. "But what makes me really angry is that they quote me for support of such views." And unlike Sigmund Freud or Bertrand Russell or George Bernard Shaw, Einstein never felt the urge to denigrate those who believed in God; instead, he tended to denigrate atheists. "What separates me from most so-called atheists is a feeling of utter humility toward the unattainable secrets of the harmony of the cosmos," he explained.

In fact, Einstein tended to be more critical of debunkers, who seemed to lack humility or a sense of awe, than of the faithful. "The fanatical atheists," he wrote in a letter, "are like slaves who are still feeling the weight of their chains which they have thrown off after hard struggle. They are creatures who--in their grudge against traditional religion as the 'opium of the masses'-- cannot hear the music of the spheres."

Einstein later explained his view of the relationship between science and religion at a conference at the Union Theological Seminary in New York. The realm of science, he said, was to ascertain what was the case, but not evaluate human thoughts and actions about what should be the case. Religion had the reverse mandate. Yet the endeavors worked together at times. "Science can be created only by those who are thoroughly imbued with the aspiration toward truth and understanding," he said. "This source of feeling, however, springs from the sphere of religion." The talk got front-page news coverage, and his pithy conclusion became famous. "The situation may be expressed by an image: science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."

But there was one religious concept, Einstein went on to say, that science could not accept: a deity who could meddle at whim in the events of his creation. "The main source of the present-day conflicts between the spheres of religion and of science lies in this concept of a personal God," he argued. Scientists aim to uncover the immutable laws that govern reality, and in doing so they must reject the notion that divine will, or for that matter human will, plays a role that would violate this cosmic causality.

His belief in causal determinism was incompatible with the concept of human free will. Jewish as well as Christian theologians have generally believed that people are responsible for their actions. They are even free to choose, as happens in the Bible, to disobey God's commandments, despite the fact that this seems to conflict with a belief that God is all knowing and all powerful.

Einstein, on the other hand, believed--as did Spinoza--that a person's actions were just as determined as that of a billiard ball, planet or star. "Human beings in their thinking, feeling and acting are not free but are as causally bound as the stars in their motions," Einstein declared in a statement to a Spinoza Society in 1932. It was a concept he drew also from his reading of Schopenhauer. "Everybody acts not only under external compulsion but also in accordance with inner necessity," he wrote in his famous credo. "Schopenhauer's saying, 'A man can do as he wills, but not will as he wills,' has been a real inspiration to me since my youth; it has been a continual consolation in the face of life's hardships, my own and others', and an unfailing wellspring of tolerance."

This determinism appalled some friends such as Max Born, who thought it completely undermined the foundations of human morality. "I cannot understand how you can combine an entirely mechanistic universe with the freedom of the ethical individual," he wrote Einstein. "To me a deterministic world is quite abhorrent. Maybe you are right, and the world is that way, as you say. But at the moment it does not really look like it in physics--and even less so in the rest of the world."

For Born, quantum uncertainty provided an escape from this dilemma. Like some philosophers of the time, he latched onto the indeterminacy that was inherent in quantum mechanics to resolve "the discrepancy between ethical freedom and strict natural laws."

Born explained the issue to his wife Hedwig, who was always eager to debate Einstein. She told Einstein that, like him, she was "unable to believe in a 'dice-playing' God." In other words, unlike her husband, she rejected quantum mechanics' view that the universe was based on uncertainties and probabilities. But, she added, "nor am I able to imagine that you believe--as Max has told me--that your 'complete rule of law' means that everything is predetermined, for example whether I am going to have my child inoculated." It would mean, she pointed out, the end of all moral behavior.

But Einstein's answer was to look upon free will as something that was useful, indeed necessary, for a civilized society, because it caused people to take responsibility for their own actions. "I am compelled to act as if free will existed," he explained, "because if I wish to live in a civilized society I must act responsibly." He could even hold people responsible for their good or evil, since that was both a pragmatic and sensible approach to life, while still believing intellectually that everyone's actions were predetermined. "I know that philosophically a murderer is not responsible for his crime," he said, "but I prefer not to take tea with him."

The foundation of morality, he believed, was rising above the "merely personal" to live in a way that benefited humanity. He dedicated himself to the cause of world peace and, after encouraging the U.S. to build the atom bomb to defeat Hitler, worked diligently to find ways to control such weapons. He raised money to help fellow refugees, spoke out for racial justice and publicly stood up for those who were victims of McCarthyism. And he tried to live with a humor, humility, simplicity and geniality even as he became one of the most famous faces on the planet.

For some people, miracles serve as evidence of God's existence. For Einstein it was the absence of miracles that reflected divine providence. The fact that the world was comprehensible, that it followed laws, was worthy of awe.

From Einstein by Walter Isaacson. © 2007 by Walter Isaacson.

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The Frequency of Love? You be the Judge
DNA Repair Frequency | Healing Theta Meditation | Cell Regeneration w/ Binaural Beats
The sounds that you hear may be unfamiliar, yet very relaxing. One associate had a head ache before listening to the sounds and noticed the headache was gone after 2 minutes. 528Hz plays throughout the whole video along with theta isochronic tones at varying volumes . You will also hear Tibetan sounds and instruments in the back ground. This frequency has been considered to work transformation and miracles. 528Hz is the frequency of all botanical life on earth, it is the frequency of love,
The Original Video is Available on You Tube. We've included it  to sample and ejnoy..

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