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Concerning Breath (2nd)

Every cell of the human body is, at its core, an atomic reactor of the most exquisite design that is continuously engaged in the conversion of matter into energy and energy into matter.

The material constituents of this dual conversion process are carried to the heart of each cell via physical systems that are well understood by Western science; however, free-flowing universal energy is carried to the heart of each cell as well by a subtle circulatory system that Western science has yet to describe.

Our breath is the…mechanism that drives this subtle circulatory system.

The primary way…humans convert energy into physical form is through the breath.

With every breath we take, we are gathering and transforming the raw material of our bodies and minds.

The degree of consciousness…we bring to our breathing determines the nature of our physical and mental manifestations.

The rate, rhythm, depth, intensity, physical manner, and mental attention of each breath contribute precisely to the movement and embodiment of (subtle) energy within our lives. ” ¹

¹ The text of this post is quoted from Breathing, by Michael Sky, ISBN 0-939680-82-3

A Moslem Comments On ISIS

I’ve long held that the Moslem community in my country, ( USA ), is frequently misunderstood, if not deliberately misrepresented.

The link below connects to a post, (July 17, 2015),  expressing a Moslem doctor’s comments on ISIS, incidentally providing a few tidbits of perspective on Moslem beliefs, practices and prophesy.

More On Environment

Click on the link below to read a truly astounding article.

Although the reporters take a small swipe at the Trump administration, given the facts presented, it seems to me utterly irrelevant.

The fact that it’s happening at all grabs my attention—also that neither party can spare time from inter-party strife to do anything about it. ¹ ²

¹ “Only fools fight in a burning house.”—(Paraphrasing) a line from Star Trek

²  For contrast to the above described pollution, someone who claims to know what he’s talking about once stated that 3% of all the ice in Antarctica is actually frozen penguin piss.

Food For Thought

An imbecile habit has arisen in modern controversy of saying that such and such a creed can be held in one age but cannot be held in another.

Some dogma, we are told, was credible in the twelfth century but is not credible in (the twenty-first).

You might as well say that a certain philosophy can be believed on Mondays, but cannot be believed on Tuesdays.

You might as well say of a view of the cosmos that it was suitable for half-past three, but not suitable for half-past four.

What (a person) believes depends on ( his/her ) philosophy, not upon the clock or the century. ” ¹

¹   G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy, ISBN 978-0-385-0156-3

Concerning Breath (1st)

” Religions are numberless

sects many

yet all follow only two ways:

one takes you to knowledge

and the other to love.

Reaching the goal

one discovers with surprise

that there is no knowledge

separate from love;

that, truly, love is knowledge

and the secret gate to both is one:

the breath.” °

“It has been known for centuries that it is possible to induce profound changes of consciousness by techniques which involve breathing.

The procedures that have been used for this purpose by ancient and non-western cultures cover a wide range from drastic interferences with breathing to subtle and sophisticated exercises of the various spiritual traditions.

Thus the original form of baptism as it was practiced by the Essenes involved forced submersion of the initiate under water, which typically brought the individual close to death by suffocation.

This drastic procedure induced a convincing experience of death and rebirth, a far cry from its modern form involving sprinkling of water and a verbal formula.

In some other groups, the neophytes were half-choked by smoke, by strangulation, or by compression of the carotid arteries.

Profound changes in consciousness can be induced by both extremes in the breathing rate—hyperventilation and prolonged withholding of breath—or a combination of both.” ¹

“Respiration has a special position among the physiological functions of the body.  It is an autonomous function, but it can be easily influenced by volition.  Increase of the rate and depth of breathing typically loosens psychological defenses and leads to release and emergence of the unconscious (and superconscious) material.” ²

As the foregoing quotations indicate, controlled breathing can work changes in our lives.

For most of us, the first thought in our minds would be, “Who knew?”

No special knowledge is required for what we’d all call “normal breathing.”

It just happens. 

But when we begin to practice controlled breathing, its helps to know some of what our ancient ancestors knew about using such techniques and what results they expected.

More on this later.

° C. M. Chen as quoted by Frederick Leboyer, The Art of Breathing, (London, Element Books, 1979, pg 1

¹ Stanislav Grof, The Adventure of Self-Disccovery, Albany, State University of New York Press, 1988, pg 170

² Grof, The Adventure of Self-Discovery, pg 171

Reality Check (12th)

In various ways, in eleven previous installments, Reality Check (1st through 11th), I’ve discussed what I know of the power of thought, and for a time I toyed with the notion of moving on to other topics. But truth to tell, I’m drawn to this topic repeatedly.

It’s long been said that the power of thought was known to some of our truly ancient ancestors for at least 5,000 years.

Usually, such knowledge was passed from mind to mind in deep secrecy.

Why the secrecy—the usual mix of human frailties ?

Or perhaps a “socially responsible” desire to keep great power from people too unevolved to use it wisely, much like parents locking firearms in a gun safe to keep them from the hands of a naive four-year-old?  I really don’t know.

I do know that humanity is experiencing a rebirth of awareness of the power of disciplined thought, and, however slowly it may be seeping into the mass awareness, rate of penetration is accelerating and seemingly unstoppable.

Curiously, the usual interest groups just don’t exist to be tracked by any who might find this universalisation of personal power inconvenient for the maintenance of their own selfish agendas.¹

Usual interest groups?

Members of a typical interest group have more than one common interest / characteristic—they’re some combination of ingredients: rich, poor, white, Black, Native American, oriental, christian, atheist, republican, democrat, veteran, skilled crafts-person, alcoholic, divorced, thin, fat, hypochondriac, healthy athletic, computer nerd, conservationist, industrialist, anarchist, optimist, pessimist, cop, robber, “…doctor, lawyer, Indian chief…”  The list could go on forever.

Groups investigating the power of thought are all too often, with the sole exception of this interest, heterogeneous.

Members gather for study / encouragement then go their separate ways, returning to their usual settings, for the most part having nothing else to do with each other.

These groups are not here today, gone tomorrow.  They’re stable.

My conclusion?  Anytime something cuts across racial, ethnic, political, and socioeconomic class lines in such a fashion you can bet the farm it’s touching people in a deep way.

This “something” is evidently worth more to them than the exercise of their typical group prejudices.

Some sharp inner hunger is being fed?

Are these folks reconnecting with a long-forgotten aspect of true human nature and, perhaps, for the sake of this benefit they’re motivated to suspend usual reactions to certain groups? ²

¹ For example, as more and more of us learn to heal ourselves through the power of disciplined thought, will stockholders in “big pharma” rejoice?

² Animals do something similar during forest fires.  Prey and predator alike race for water, taking refuge, side by side, on any convenient island, sand bar, or rock pile.  The prey / predator game is suspended for the duration.

Weather and Politics (2nd)

 The recent extreme weather event that brought Texas’ electric power grid to within minutes or seconds of collapse, is now, as life crawls back toward normal, predictably attended by efforts to avoid blame.

The head of the state Public Utility Commission (PUC) resigned in disgrace, as powerful state politicians heaped condemnation on her head.  One might suppose that forcing her resignation accomplished something worthwhile.

I think not.

Her salary of $201,000/year is arguably a waste of taxpayers’ money in view of the calamity so recently visited upon them.

But she can’t be held solely responsible.

The politicians who dominate the state government are dead set against government regulation of the claimed-to-be-infallible free market.

In particular, they disapprove federal regulation, and have taken steps to insulate Texas’ power grid therefrom.

It’s worth noting the power industry in Texas has contributed generously to the governor’s campaign war chest, so generously, in fact, that it’s reported he has received more money than any governor in the the history of the country.  (This information, being much in the news of late, is easy to find.)

Spending money to winterize the power grid results in less profit for the power industry. 

Naturally, if they can lawfully avoid spending money to winterize, they’ll happily do it—remember the profit motive.

 The state government, being opposed to regulation as above noted, and wanting to keep major financial backers happy as possible, didn’t mandate, but only recommended winterization of the power grid.

Power companies can lawfully disregard mere recommendations.

Thus did politicians play a part in setting the stage for the recent calamity which visited  acute suffering on millions and caused at least twenty deaths.

In a effort to sweep their role under the carpet, (there isn’t a carpet big enough!), it seems politicians have decided to blame the state PUC commissioner, as though she alone was the author of this calamity.

Well, the only rule in politics is that there are no rules.  Stay in power any way you can.

Politicians know they won’t fool everyone.

I believe their goal, as usual, is to fool enough people well enough and long enough to win another election.

What are we going to do about it?

Weather and Politics (1st)

On this blog posts normally go live at the moment Tuesday miraculously becomes Wednesday, a.k.a. midnight.

The recent weather crisis mandated other activity, such as exerting oneself mightily to avoid being transformed into a human Popsicle—hence no post last week.

Being once more in grateful possession of electricity, warmth, and potable water, I find my thoughts turning to consideration of just how this crisis unfolded.

Similar considerations are no doubt running riot through the minds of other citizens, particularly relatives of anyone who froze to death.

Before we go into that, respectful acknowledgement is due to linemen who worked sixteen-hour shifts, day after day, in brutally punishing cold.

That job is so everlastingly dangerous that one can never get comfortable with it.

One absent-minded false move and someone, maybe several someones, are literally fried.

No matter how tired and cold linemen may be, they must be fully aware of what is to be done, and how safely to do it, step by careful step.

If that’s not enough of a burden, linemen must deal tactfully with public reaction.

It’s not all bad.

Some folks politely offer them cookies and hot coffee.

Some offer beer.  <−−− ???  Of all things not to offer a lineman… 

Some cheer them on yelling “Thank you!”

Others abuse them.  “What the hell took you so long to get here, you m*therf*ckers!?”

Linemen are good guys in this crisis.

Who might be the bad guys?

Maybe nobody.  There’s a difference between being truly malicious and being dangerously naive.

More later.

The Constitution (2nd)

More on The Second Amendment

A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

I’ve given the Second Amendment considerable thought and my conclusion is that there is no possible single, unambiguous understanding thereof.

That having been said, there persist popular misconceptions that should be debunked.

For example, people believe the Supreme Court has always held that the people have a right to carry firearms.  Period.  End of story.

Based on my admittedly limited research I say, “Not so.”

For decades the right to keep and bear arms was understood to be for purposes of service in a state militia.

In 2008 the Supreme Court added that a private citizen could keep and bear arms for self defense—but only handguns kept and used in the home.¹

Not any arms, anywhere, any time, for completely self-selected purposes.

In the same decision the Court declared that keeping and bearing a dangerous and unusual weapon was not automatically protected by the Second Amendment.

Also, in the same decision, the Court found that mentally ill persons and felons could be denied the right to keep and bear arms, also that this right could be limited/denied in/around schools and government buildings.

So, no—We the people don’t and never did have an unqualified constitutional right to keep and bear any arms anywhere, anytime, for any purpose.

Disclosure: I have no formal training in law.

¹ District of Columbia vs. Heller

The Constitution (1st)

Thoughts On The Second Amendment

A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

Most Americans think The Constitution is a precisely chiseled series of black-and-white-isms.

It’s certainly nothing of the kind.

It has been described as a set of “glorious generalities.”

The second amendment seems to me to be a masterpiece of inconclusiveness.

A Militia is a trained, equipped, organized group of some citizens, like our national guard, which state governments can activate to deal with emergencies.

The people might refer either to all citizens or possibly, the language of the second amendment lacking precision, to smaller groups thereof.

A militia without arms wouldn’t be very effective in suppressing riot or insurrection.

Therefore a militia must be armed.

But the people as a whole—do they all have a right to keep and bear arms ?

Everybody ?

Every fool, felon, unprincipled liar and lunatic in the entire body public ?

The second amendment, I really believe, says nothing conclusive about Joe Citizen’s individual right to own firearms for his own purposes, only that a well-regulated ¹ militia has a right to keep and bear arms for the security of the state,—state to my mind referring to any individual state in the union, and this right may not be infringed. ²

But what about the people—those two words—how do they fit in ?

The best I can do just now is to note that a militia is drawn from the ranks of the people.  So perhaps militia and the people are used as synonyms ?

That militias are so described in The Constitution makes it impossible for, say, the federal government legally to disarm states for nefarious purposes of its own.

States seem to have ³ a constitutionally protected right to raise and arm militias.

More later.

Disclosure statement:  I have no formal training in law.

¹ Well-regulated, to my mind, means well-trained, well-equipped, well-disciplined, well-commanded, and under authority of state government, as distinguished from a self-appointed posse of shotgun toting vigilantes bent on righting perceived wrongs in feloniously violent ways.

² Infringed =  restricted, limited, curbed or checked.  

³ It’s not expressly stated.  But I think it’s strongly implied.

Praise For Hemp

Praise?  ¹

Yes, indeed.

Consider the following. . .

From its stalk we can produce cloth and plastic, and four times as much paper per acre of hemp as from an acre of trees.

Hemp is more efficient than cotton, requiring just 110 days to reach a height of two to three meters, enabling harvest of several crops in a single season.

Hemp converts carbon dioxide to oxygen at a rate more rapid than almost any other plant, being weight for weight three to four times more efficient than deciduous leaves.

The fruit of the hemp plant is easily digestible, provides as much protein as soy beans, together with essential amino and fatty acids.

Huo Ma Ren is the Chinese name for a healthy oil made from hemp seeds, widely used in herbal remedies.

Bio-diesel fuel, methanol and ethanol can be produced from hemp seed and stalk  without the sulfur bi-products that cause air pollution and acid rain.

Fast-growing, carbon dioxide-capturing, nourishing, natural, renewable, many uses, and when converted into fuel, much less polluting.

And obviously profitable to grow.

That’s a lot to like.

So let’s mass-plant hemp?

¹ Information in this post found in:  Masaru Emoto, The Secret Life of Water,  ISBN 978-1-4165-2218-8

A Book Review

In 2017, Thich Naht Hanh, an internationally known Zen teacher, published a little gem of a booklet titled How To Fight. ¹ 

A Buddhist monk discussing fighting tactics!?

Not to worry.  The venerable monk does not offer us ways to win a bar fight. 

The “battle tactics” relate closely to this old saying:  More powerful is he who conquers himself than he who takes a city.

A sample quotation follows.


When we want to prove a point, we may be tempted to twist the truth or say something that is only partially true.

We may exaggerate by intentionally making something out to be greater or more extreme then it is.

We may add, embellish, or invent details to prove we are right.

This kind of speech can lead to misunderstanding and distrust.

We have to practice speaking the truth and speaking it skillfully.  If we’re not skillful, we may say something that we think is truthful but it still might make others suffer or despair.

Just because we have observed or experienced something doesn’t mean we should speak about it if doing so will make others suffer.

When we see someone suffer because of something we have said, we might say, “Well, I was only telling the truth.”

It may have been the truth, but it may also have been unskillful and hurtful.

Loving speech requires telling the truth in such a way that it benefits others, the world, and ourselves.

When we tell the truth, we do so with compassion; we speak in such a way that the hearer can accept what we’re saying.

¹ ISBN 978-1-941529-86-7

Please note:  I have no financial interest in any book discussed in any way in my blog.

Reality Check (11th)

While cleaning out old files I chanced upon a letter I sent many years ago to a third degree Wiccan high priestess regarding a health issue she had mentioned on her coven’s web page. ¹

As I reread it, it occurred to me that it might be of interest to those who are following my Reality Check series, because it touches directly on the power of thought.

With names and addresses omitted, here it is.

Respectful greetings, (name),

On (your website) you mention having hereditary grand mal seizures.  Please consider the following line of reasoning which may prove helpful in eliminating this challenge from your life.

The primordial All-Mother /  All-Father may be thought of as: life, love, intelligence, substance, omniscience, omnipotence, and omnipresence.  No combination of these properties will produce disease. The primordial All-Mother /  All-Father is our true heredity parentage.  Therefore we cannot inherit disease.

The subconscious mind has a powerful “lifeward thrust”, which it makes manifest in our lives, subject to the limitations of mortal thought accepted as true by the conscious mind.

The subconscious mind never argues with the conscious mind, so whatever we believe to be true is what the subconscious mind makes manifest in our lives.

It is always fully aware of what we really believe.

It contains the perfect blueprint for our physical bodies, and can regenerate or recalibrate any parts or processes at any time, at any speed, in the teeth of any so-called insurmountable obstacles.

The subconscious mind can instantly heal, provided that such healing is not inhibited by the limitations of mortal thought regarding what is/is not possible, (such as false beliefs about the immutability of hereditary conditions).

There is no limit to what the subconscious mind can make manifest in our lives, although getting out of its way may take patience and persistence if a false belief has become deeply rooted.

In view of the foregoing, logically, our mental diet is one of the most important aspects of our lives.

The limitations of mortal thought cannot bind us without our consent.

Our freedom exactly matches that of our true heredity parentage, our primordial All-Mother /  All-Father.

Blesséd be!

(signature added)

¹ At the time of writing, this was a private letter (to a complete stranger).  I didn’t include footnotes, but now, having published it on a blog anyone can read, I feel compelled to do so.

However, I’m having difficulty remembering just what I was reading so many years ago. After much consideration the sketchy list below is, for now, the best I can do.

Sources:  Joseph Murphy, Ph.D., D.D.

Emmet Fox

Unity Institute.  

Reality Check (10th)

As noted in Reality Check (9th), Masaru Emoto, a Japanese alternative healer, once decided to speak a specific word or short phrase into a container of distilled water, freeze a drop of it, then photograph the resulting ice crystal.

This week we note the equally creative things he did with cooked rice. ¹

I quote:  …we put cooked rice in three glass jars, and to one of the jars we said “Fool!”  To another we said “Thank you.”  And we simply ignored the rice in the third jar.  The rice that was told “Fool!” darkened and rotted.  The rice that was told “Thank you” fermented and had quite a nice fragrance.  The rice that was ignored turned black and emitted a highly repugnant smell.

However, that’s not the end of the story.  I took these same jars of rice to an elementary school, and the students said Thank you” to the rice in all three containers.  It wasn’t long before the rice in all three containers fermented and started to emit a pleasant smell—even the rice that had spoiled.

His conclusion:  “This indicates that even that which is dying and decaying can be brought back to life by caring attention, kind words, and positive thoughts.”  ¹

Care to experiment on yourself ?

¹ Masaru Emoto in The Secret Life of Water  ISBN 978-1-4165-2218-8

Reality Check (9th)

Masaru Emoto, a Japanese alternative healer, once decided to speak a specific word or short phrase to a container of distilled water, freeze a drop of it, then photograph the resulting ice crystal. ¹

If this sounds bizaare, consider the results.

Into separate containers he spoke a word or short phrase.

Words such as love, happiness, peace, or a phrase such as thank you, (this one in several languages, by the way), produced beautifully symmetrical ice crystals.

Words such as hate, war, or phrases such as you idiot produced unbalanced or even grotesquely misshapen crystals.

Apparently the energy of specific words is absorbed and held by water.

Our bodies are 70% water.

A recording of our voices sounds different from what we hear naturally. The recording device “hears” what’s transmitted through the air. Our ears, on the other hand, hear a blend of vibrations transmitted internally through our skulls as well as through the air.

If the energy of our speech vibrates through our skulls, it’s certain it vibrates in some of the water of our bodies. If retained, with what effect on our health, sanity, and longevity?

Draw your own conclusions.

¹  Masaru Emoto in The Secret Life of Water, ISBN 978-1-4165-2218-8

Reality Check (8th)

My Reality Check series has so far dealt with individual thought.

There’s also group thought, which has at least the potential to function the same way as individual thought.

Has anyone thought to study this?

Glad you asked.

As it happens, rather much experimentation has been devoted to this subject.

Measuring thought requires belief that thought can have precisely measurable impacts on something.

A physical being—perhaps species homo sapiens?


In a nothing-special human body composed of, say, 50 trillion cells, there are septillions♦ of chemical reactions occurring every second in every thimbleful of our cells.

How do you control all possible variables in such a system?

You don’t try.

Any measurements could be massively contaminated by complex variables beyond enumeration or control.

Enter Acetabularia, a species of Caribbean and Mediterranean algae.

It’s a single-celled plant, growing to a length of two inches, thus visible to the naked eye. 

If one measures the output of this cell before and after sending it a thought, you can be sure any change was caused by the thought.

The trick is to measure the right thing—for example, the cell’s photon output.

No joke—an organism’s photon output varies directly as its level of stress.

How would one measure the photon output of a single-cell plant?

With extremely sensitive photocount detectors, capable, for example, of measuring the light output of a single candle burning several miles away.

A German scientist, Fritz Popp, designed and conducted an experiment.

The plant’s photon output was first measured.

Then people based in London sent the plant, housed in Fritz Popp’s laboratory in Germany, a thought of good health, measurements of photon output being taken in coordination.

Result?  A precise experiment suggesting that group thought has impact for good or ill.

More on this later.

♦ One septillion = 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

This post is based on information found in Lynne McTaggart’s The Intention Experiment, ISBN 978-0-7432-7696-2  McTaggart in turn credits Fritz Popp with designing the experiment.


The More It Changes, the More It’s The Same Thing ?

From about 3000 BCE into the Middle Ages, empires were agrarian empires.

Such societies had three primary social classes—urban rulers holding the reins of power, wealth, and social status, and, with their extended families, amounting to perhaps 2% of total population.

About 5% were a “retainer” class—the army, government officials, scribes, high ranking servants, upper echelons of the priesthood, etc.

At the bottom of the ladder were 90%+ of the population, rural peasants, mostly agricultural workers, (working as sharecroppers day-laborers, or slaves), plus fishermen/women, artisans, etc.

In such empires, about 66% of the wealth, (produced by the rural peasants), was pocketed by the 2% by means of taxing agricultural production, and/or ownership of agricultural land.

Consequences for the peasantry were: unending hard labor, marginal nutrition, high infant mortality rates, and greatly reduced life expectancy.

Such societies could be described by three key phrases: economic exploitation, (above described), political oppression, (the bottom 90%+ had no voice in ordering society), and religious legitimation, (the religion of the elites decreed social structures—aka God was said to prefer the rich). ¹ 

Considering the course of present-day world-wide social development, how many similarities can you find between then and now?

¹ This discussion of empires was drawn from: Marcus J. Borg, Reading The Bible Again for the First Time, ISBN 978-1- 4351- 4914 – 4

Borg credits Gerhardt Lenski, Power and Privilege: A Theory of Social Stratification (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1966).  (Publication antedates use of ISBN numbers.)

Conspiracy theories

A Public Service Post

Conspiracy theorists among our co-workers or family members can be challenging to deal with.

We gain nothing by direct attacks on their beliefs.

On the contrary, in defense of their beliefs they become ever more deeply entrenched  therein.

What good does that do?

Click on the link below for access to a thorough discussion of polite ways and means of dealing with conspiracy theories and theorists:

Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa

‘Tis the season to be jolly, so the carol says.

Truth to tell, ’tis the season of a tense consumerist frenzy—and, according to the massed clergy of the land, ’tis the season of more counseling than at any other time of the year.

According to clergy, there’s something about this season that brings a host of issues crawling out of the woodwork.

So, “jolly?”

Permit me to be skeptical.

I’m not saying there’s nothing positive to be found at holiday time—no, not at all.

But our manner of celebration could certainly stand examination with a view to lowering the stress level, if only to reduce the number of times we’ve heard or said something like, “Thank God that’s over for another year!”

Reality Check (7th)

We are always self-imprisoned or self-freed.

—Neville Goddard

Paradigm-shattering experiments published in peer-reviewed journals reveal that we’re bathed in a field of intelligent energy that fills what used to be thought of as empty space.

Additional discoveries show beyond any reasonable doubt that this field responds to us—it rearranges itself—in the presence of our heart-based feelings and beliefs.  And this is the revolution that changes everything.

—Greg Braden, author of The Spontaneous Healing Of Belief

Symptoms and Causes”

“If you have made many efforts,as you probably have, to set things right, but without any real success, the reason is to be found just here:  You have been tampering with symptoms and leaving your mind, the real cause of the trouble, untouched.”

“You have been wrestling with circumstances, with people, and things, and leaving your mind unchanged; and it is just this mind of yours that is causing all the trouble all the time, and will continue to do so as long as it remains in its present state.”

“You have been struggling to transform yourself by renewing your conditions, whereas the Law is that we are transformed by the renewing of our minds.

“If you want perfect health; if you want abundant prosperity; happiness, a good home, congenial friends, beauty, joy, and thrilling interest in life, you can have them, if you really want them;  but you must want them enough to take trouble enough to find the only way to get them.”

“You must want them enough to take trouble enough to learn how to think, because thought is the only cause!

—Emmet Fox