The Placebo Effect – Words and Beliefs Are Powerful

Happy Wednesday, my friends.

You probably know that the first hurdle every prospective drug must jump is The Placebo Effect. Did you know, though, that it averages about 22 percent?

I’m not surprised is you didn’t. It’s not a number the pharmaceutical industry has a vested of interest in advertising. That means, on average, patients taking a pill, with no known curative affects, get better 22 percent of the time just because they believe they’re taking medicine that will help them.

That’s WITHOUT even trying. Imagine how powerful your mind can be when you focus on an outcome.

It’s not to say that we don’t need medicine or that our thinking alone can heal us. I think it’s powerful tool in your toolkit, though, and one you certainly want working with you and not against you.

Your beliefs and your words have so much power! They can help you be braver, stronger, and more resilient. Here are a few #Rayquotes to add to the magnificent manifester that is your mind.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you ARE awesome!

Ray

50 Thank Yous

There are no two words in any language as powerful as “thank you.” They are an affirmation unto themselves. For our gratitude spreads out into the universe and brings us more to be grateful for.

Here are 100 things to be thankful for. Whether they are yours now or aspirational at this moment, feeling and expressing your gratitude brings them closer to you. Use the ones that feel appropriate to your daily gratitude practice and add others that are special to you.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you ARE awesome!

Ray

  1. Thank you for my life.
  2. Thank you for the people who love and support me in my life.
  3. Thank you for air to breathe.
  4. Thank you for my healthy body.
  5. Thank you for my healthy mind.
  6. Thank you for food to eat.
  7. Thank you for water to drink.
  8. Thank you for shelter over my head.
  9. Thank you for a place to sleep.
  10. Thank you for the freedom to think and to speak.
  11. Thank you for the sun.
  12. Thank you for the rain.
  13. Thank you for the wind.
  14. Thank you for love in my life.
  15. Thank you for abundance in my life.
  16. Thank you for joy in my life.
  17. Thank you for peace in life.
  18. Thank you for challenges in my life.
  19. Thank you hands that work.
  20. Thank you eyes that see.
  21. Thank you for ears that hear.
  22. Thank you for a healthy heart.
  23. Thank you for healthy lungs.
  24. Thank you for strong arms.
  25. Thank you for strong legs.
  26. Thank you for a strong back.
  27. Thank you for wisdom.
  28. Thank you for courage.
  29. Thank you for patience.
  30. Thank you for a chance to become more than I am.
  31. Thank you for freedom.
  32. Thank you justice.
  33. Thank you for peace in the world.
  34. Thank you for those who help my life in ways I can’t even see.
  35. Thank you for flowers.
  36. Thank you for trees.
  37. Thank you for green grass.
  38. Thank you for a beautiful blue sky.
  39. Thank you for rushing rivers.
  40. Thank you for the powerful ocean.
  41. Thank you for the stars above.
  42. Thank you for the chance to be generous.
  43. Thank you for the chance to support others.
  44. Thank you for the chance spread joy.
  45. Thank you for the chance to be the person I came here to be.
  46. Thank you for a today better than yesterday.
  47. Thank you for future better than today.
  48. Thank you lessons I learn along the way.
  49. Thank you everything I’ve forgotten.
  50. Thank you for everything coming my way.

Human Firsts: The First Comet Photographed

Halley’s Comet is certainly history’s most famous comet, but many other comets have unique distinctions. Often new technological advances make things possible that had not been before. This mix timing and technology happened with Donati’s Comet (aka The Great Comet of 1858).

We were now 32 years into the age of photography and almost 10 years beyond the first successful photograph of the moon when Italian astronomer Giovanni Donati observed a comet approaching Earth in June 2, 1858.

By August the comet was visible to the naked eye. By late September the comet was exceptionally bright and close to Earth. Early astrophotographers began training their equipment on the comet. It’s debatable who captured the first image of the comet, but there’s no doubt it was history’s first photographed comet.

The first officially recognized photograph was taken by Brit W. Usherwood. He used a f/2 portrait lens with a seven second exposure on September 27. The following evening, September 28, G.P. Bond at the Harvard College Observatory caught the first image of a comet with a telescope. He used a 15-inch plate and a 6-minute exposure.

The comet reached its brightest on October 10. It was the second brightest comet of the 19th century after The Great Comet of 1811. It was observable for 270 days a record that held until the appearance of Hale-Bopp on 1997. The exact period of the comet is unknown, but estimates at the time were between 1880 and 1950 years. If accurate, it means we won’t see this comet again until late in the fourth millenium.

Usherwood’s photograph has not survived. The above image is another photo taken that same week in September 1858.

In case no one els3 has reminded you today, you ARE awesome!

Ray

Original Poem – The Little Stargazer

My grandmother was a poet. Back in my teens and twenties I wrote poetry too. I penned (literally) this poem back in 1991. It recalled a time when I was eight years old looking at the night sky through my grandmother’s binoculars. Enjoy!

“THE LITTLE STARGAZER”

Little boy eight years old
dreaming of adventures bold.
peering up into the sky
at points of shining light.

Busy counting all the stars
through grandma’s old binoculars.
Wondering who might live out there
Perhaps a race advanced and fair.

Making plans one day to go
Out beyond our tiny globe.
Journey to the star fields bright
Out amid the scattered light.

Twenty years since that summer night
Spent scanning distant stellar light.
Still search that dazzling canopy
For someone staring back at me.

Ray Davis
1991

Sometimes You Just Have to Allow

Hey, my friends. I hope your Tuesday is bringing the best your way. You know sometimes, as counterintuitive as it seems, we have to cease the struggle and the digging and the grinding and just ALLOW.

That’s not to say that our determined action isn’t important in reaching our goals – it is. It’s simply a recognition that different circumstances call for different strategies. Sometimes all our action is getting in the way.

Here are five affirmations encouraging you to allow. So, allow it.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you’re awesome.

Ray

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See The Good

We live in a world where seeing the bad, the ugly, and the disheartening is just too damn easy.

Sometimes you have to work hard too see the good. Make it a point to do so today.

See the good. Experience the beauty around you. Spread some joy. Partake in the fun. Smile, smile, and smile some more.

Life is serious, but not so serious that you must live without the happiness you deserve.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you’re awesome!

Ray

Anger Never Heals

As sure as 2+2 does not equal 5, anger + anger never equals peace, contentment, or healing.

We live in a world that’s too often filled with anger. Some have just causes for their anger. Others just have unresolved issues lingering in their lives that cause them to lash out at the world. Still others were never taught other tools for dealing with their feelings beyond anger.

The relative anonymity and distance of social media makes it simple to torch other people, their ideas, and their motives.

Whatever the reasons for the anger or the justifications, the equation still holds. Anger + anger never equals peace, contentment, or healing.

Yet, if you look at many of the forces trying to reshape the world, it is anger that drives them. In a world where facts morph and people need scapegoats for their paradigms to work, it’s easy to see to why.

But I tell you this and say it clearly. No solution to our challenges will be conceived anger or its allies blame, hatred, and violence. The belief that these mindsets can fix a world already drunk on them is delusional.

Because of the immutable equation above, angry mindsets, motives, and ideologies cannot mend and heal an angry world. They may believe their ends justify their means, but their success can only result in another version of an angry world.

All the great teachers from all the great faiths – living and dead – have spoken with one voice on this. It is love, it is compassion, it is peace that can remake this angry world. Despite thousands of years of these wise teachings, it’s still easier for many people to rise and live their days filled with anger, blame, and hatred. They speak of “those people” – whoever those people are to them. They point fingers and they scheme win the game by wiping alternative views off the board. They follow leaders and voices that stir their anger rather than their humanity.

General Omar N. Bradley aptly described our dilemma at the dawn of the nuclear age.

We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing that we know about living.

We must get it through our heads that we are ALL in this together. For better or worse, we are passengers on this tiny little blue marble spinning precariously through a vast dark cosmos.

Peace is the way forward. Love is the way forward. Compassion is the way forward. It’s that simple and that hard. There are no exceptions to the rule. Anger begets anger. Love begets love.

The choice, as it always has been, is ours.

Just in case no one has reminded you today, you ARE awesome!

Ray

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