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Saturday, 20 January 2018 02:48

Byron Katie and Taoist Psychotherapy

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BYRON KATIE AND TAOIST PSYCHOTHERAPY Ozodi Thomas Osuji According to Byron Katie, there is mind; thoughts enter mind and will always do so for that is the nature of mind and thinking. You cannot prevent thoughts from entering your mind; what you should do is let thoughts enter into your mind and then flow out and you remain calm. If you identify with any thought that enters your mind and take it too seriously it might disturb your peace. You are not your thoughts. The thoughts that enter your mind are not your mind; the nature of mind is for…
Thursday, 18 January 2018 20:35

Using Byron Katie's The work in psychotherapy

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USING "THE WORK" By Byron Kathleen Mitchell Years ago, I, Ozodi Thomas Osuji, read Byron Katie's books: (1) Loving what is, (2) I need your love, is that True (3) A Thousand names for Joy (written with her husband, Stephen Mitchell). Her books have what she calls the work. This evening (January 17, 2018), for some reasons, Byron Katie entered my mind and I decided to revisit "the work". I went to her website: www.thework.com JUDGE YOUR NEIGBOR The work begins by asking you to judge your neighbor. Most spiritual teachings ask us not to judge other people. As we…
Thursday, 18 January 2018 03:32

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom is my Hero

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The purpose of this essay is to register my full, unequivocal support for Governor Samuel Orton of Benue State, Nigeria, for exhibiting the rare boldness expected of any true leader who stands up to uphold the law of the land and oppose criminals and persons determined to destroy my nation. I am a Nigerian and Nigeria is the land of my fathers, Governor Ortom stood up to speak the truth. Governor Ortom stood up against intimidation and lawlessness. The truth is that laws enacted to protect Nigerian farmlands are good laws that ought to be respected and fairly enforced to…
Thursday, 18 January 2018 02:11

Trump's Grand Plan For Nigerians

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The purpose of this essay is to talk about shithole and to say that Trump is on the ball in his characterization of Nigerians as hut dwellers and our country as a shithole. Let's get over being angry. Let's begin to learn about Trump's plans. Trump wants us to vamoose , make a run for our huts and shitholes. He does not want us brought here as immigrants to the United States to snatch jobs from the Americans. You cannot fault a man mgbe nwoke na ekwu ezi okwu (when a man says the truth). We Nigerians are all shitholers.…
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 17:39

It is now time to move on from God

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I HAVE TALKED REAL SELF REALIZATION FOR THIRTY YEARS AND IT IS NOW TIME TO MOVE ON Ozodi Thomas Osuji I have talked about God and real self-realization for thirty years (1988-2018). During that period of time I have not really worked for money hence remained poor. Did I become God realized? Shouldn't someone get some kind of payoff for what he does? I have not become God realized. I assume that there is something called God realization, as gleaned from Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Gnosticism and A course in miracles. How do I know that there is such a thing?…
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 08:47

Each person has a fate and from it he is saved

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EACH PERSON, FAMILY, GROUP, TRIBE AND RACE HAS A FATE Ozodi Thomas Osuji IN ONES FATE AND SUFFERING IS THE GERM OF ONES LIBERATION It is difficult for modern man bathed in science to consider the concept of fate but the fact is that each human being, family, ethnic group and race (and all human beings) has a fate. The individual's fate is there for him right from the moment of his birth. He cannot escape his fate. All he can do is study it, understand it and seek realistic overcoming of that fate. In overcoming his fate the individual…
MIND IS A NEUTRAL MECHANISM THAT DOES WHATEVER YOU ASK IT TO DO Ozodi Thomas Osuji What is mind? Mind is consciousness and intelligence, a mental energy with which we think and do things. Mind is a neutral mechanism that does whatever we ask it to do. It has no volition of its own but does what we ask it to do. We also use body, another neutral mechanism, to do whatever we want to do (within the limitation imposed by matter, space and time). Our real self, which I believe is spirit, has mind and sometimes body; it uses…
TRUMP MANIPULATES THE MEDIA TO APPEAL TO HIS RACIST POLITICAL BASE Ozodi Thomas Osuji I just read in the Washington Post (January 13, 2018) where it is revealed that Donald Trump calling African countries and Haiti shitholes was calculated. He said it in a meeting knowing that it is outrageous and that one of the Democrats in the meeting would leak it to the media and it was leaked. His plan was to tell his racist 33% of white Americans, his political base that he, like them, does not want Africans and brown Latinos in the USA and that he…
EXTANT SOCIETIES ARE BASED ON PARTIALLY CORRECT VIEW OF HUMAN NATURE Ozodi Thomas Osuji America, Europe and much of the extant world are based on false perception of human nature. People are capable of behaving differently than they behave in the West and much of the world. People are capable of loving behaviors. In so far that they have a tendency to evil it is not their nature but a result of the weakness induced in them by their weak bodies. In spirit people are strong and love but in body they are weak and are capable of self-centered, evil…
WHAT IS BEHIND INCESSANT KILLING OF CHRISTIAN NiGERIANS BY MUSLIM FULANI HERDSMEN? Ozodi Thomas Osuji If an event is occasional people tend to shrug it off and move on but if it is frequent they ask why it occurs. If people can ascertain the reason(s) why it occurs they deal with it but if the reason is unknown that leads to conspiracy theories. In Nigeria it has kind of become frequent for Fulani cattle herdsmen to kill people. They have done so at many states, especially in those states bordering Hausa-Fulani states. The latest killing is the mayhem at Benue…
LESSONS FOR AFRICANS FROM TRUMP'S PERCEPTION OF AFRICAN COUNTRIES AS SHITHOLES Ozodi Thomas Osuji In a meeting at the White House on Thursday, January 11, 2018, to discuss US immigration policy, President Donald J. Trump asked why the US should accept immigrants from the shithole countries in Africa, Haiti and El Salvador and why not just restrict immigration to white countries like Norway. This is clearly a racist comment; it shows that Trump does not like folks from shithole countries in Africa but likes people from white Norway. I doubt that there is a human being out there who already…
The question asked whether Nigeria is among Republican Trump's list of shithole nations. The answer is this: If Buhari and his governing team continue to do what drives Nigerians out to seek refuge in Libya and Trump's America, then Nigeria indeed is a shithole nation that needs massive help to turn this around . By publicly rejecting immigrants from "shit nations" and welcoming Norwegians, Republican Trump is saying something Nigerians need to hear. You don't want someone to hang a sign outside his house , announcing "Not Welcome." What if someone hangs a Nigerian white and green flat just a…
WHAT IS THE CURE FOR DELUSION DISORDER, PARANOIA AND NARCISSISM? Ozodi Thomas Osuji, PhD To the best of my knowledge no one has figured out a way to cure delusion disorder, aka paranoia. There is no medication for it, either. Let me try to shade some light on the phenomenon and suggest how it can be dealt with. The term paranoia is Greek. It means that the person has rejected his real self and invented an ideal, perfect self that she wants to become and identified with that alternative ideal self. In effect, the paranoid person wears a mask, and…
IGBOS ATTACK THEMSELVES BY ATTACKING OTHER PEOPLE EACH OF US ATTACKED HIS SELF WHEN OTHER PEOPLE ATTACK HIM Ozodi Osuji Igbos attack other Nigerians by trying to show themselves superior to them and other Nigerians feel angry at them for putting them down and attack them verbally or physically. Two Igbo paranoid characters called Chukwuma Agwunobi and Nebu Adiele come to Nigerian Internet forums with one objective in mind: to prove to other Nigerians that Igbos are superior to other Nigerians. One is not quite sure why Igbos are to be seen as a superior people. Igbos were essentially naked…
FORGIVING TRUMP DOES NOT MEAN TOLERATING HIS EVIL POLITICAL BEHAVIORS Ozodi Thomas Osuji Yesterday, I talked about how we need to overlook and forgive Donald Trump's erratic behaviors, his mental maladies so as to see his other self, the self in light form, the self that the Holy Spirit has already remade from his ego self for him, and how, ultimately, we can join him and return to the awareness of our formless unified self in God. That talk is sound metaphysics. However, it raised many issues, including the issue of the here and now world. Overlooking people's evil to…
Saturday, 06 January 2018 05:44

What we see in Trump is in us

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WHAT WE SEE IN DONALD TRUMP WE HAVE IN US; HE TEACHES US TO CHANGE THOSE THINGS IN US Ozodi Thomas Osuji Donald Trump is clearly a child in an adult's body; he is emotionally no more than ten years old in a seventy one year old's body. He is a child seeking attention and admiration from other people and working very hard to get that admiration from people; being the president of the United States is a way of getting attention from the entire world. The man's personality is clearly narcissistic in that he seeks other people's admiration, use…
CRAZY RACIST AMERICANS ELECTED CRAZY DONALD TRUMP THEIR PRESIDENT Ozodi Thomas Osuji Generally, a people deserve the government they have; a government reflects the character of the people that elected it. Most observers conclude that about one third of white Americans are racists and the other two thirds do not use race as a basis in making their decisions; that is, the majority of white Americans are decent people. The one third of white Americans who are racist went bananas when a black man, Barack Obama was elected the President of the USA. They simply could not accept that a…
Thursday, 04 January 2018 22:27

Nigeria’s Democratic Euphoria is over!

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The elation over Nigeria’s experiment in democracy is over. Reality is once again at our doorstep with the worrying questions about our future – the calibre of those running (or ruining) the country, security, impunity of those in power, marginalisation, restructuring, economic slump, poor governance structure, etc. Why is our nation, home to brilliant minds, rich traditions, rich in natural and mineral resources and centuries of wisdom, withering in poverty while most other nations rapidly move ahead of us? Why are we, as a nation, drifting purposelessly, without direction or vision? Are our current systems, economic, political, and social, limiting…
Wednesday, 03 January 2018 08:23

Is the USA destined to fall?

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COLLAPSING EMPIRES LEADERS SEEM CHARMED AND DO NOT DO THE RIGHT THINGS! Ozodi Osuji Have you noticed that the rulers of America do not see the obvious solutions to their society's problems? Instead, they keep compounding their problems. It is as if they are under a spell and are charmed and cannot see the rottenness in their world; it is like someone deliberately placed a scale over their eyes and they cannot see properly. The USA had its problems in the past but made some halfhearted attempts to correct them, such as the civil rights movement that gave African Americans…
Wednesday, 03 January 2018 07:58

What is the matter with Iran?

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WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH IRAN? Ozodi Osuji Iran is an ancient country; in fact, its roots go back to more than three thousand years! We know about Persia's war with ancient Greece; we know about its conquest of ancient Egypt; we know a lot about ancient Persia. With the dawn of Mohammed and his Arab Islam the Muslims conquered Persia. Persia became Islamic (it jettisoned its ancient Zoroastrianism). As in most Muslim countries Persia's accomplishments were subsumed in Islamic accomplishments. Thus, we really did not hear much about Persia as an independent country until the modern age, which for…
The news has it that President Buhari of Nigeria has set up a 17-man Fact Finding Mission to bring back Nigerians stranded in Libya. The Mission, which is expected to have gone to Libya to observe the scene, has been given 38 days to complete its work. It is further reported that "fewer than 5,037" Nigerians have volunteered to return to the country and "about 6,091" have been brought back from Libya through the efforts of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The purpose of this essay is not to claim we are…
Sunday, 31 December 2017 07:14

From Igbo neurosis to sanity

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A Happy New Year to all my friends. TEACHING PEACE AND LOVE IS OUR FUNCTION Ozodi Thomas Osuji, PhD You cannot succeed in life unless you are committed to doing what you have aptitude for doing, what you like doing and what there is a market demand for. You have to produce and sell what people want to buy for you to make profit. If you are committed to producing what people do not want to buy and what has no uses for people you are not going to succeed. PURSUIT OF IDEAL SELF AND POWER HAS NO MARKET FOR…
WE OVERCOME GUILT AND FEAR BY HAVING THE HOLY SPIRIT GUIDE US Ozodi Thomas Osuji Guilt results when someone feels like he did something wrong and fears that he may be punished by the person he wronged. Thus, guilt and fear tend to go together. Normal human beings are prone to guilt and fear feeling. There are a set of human beings called antisocial personalities, aka sociopaths and psychopaths who do not feel guilt and fear; indeed, the sadistic criminal enjoys hurting people, his mind does not have guilt or fear. Folks like Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin killed millions…
Friday, 29 December 2017 19:40

The Holy Spirit acts through each of us

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THE HOLY SPIRIT ACTS THROUGH EACH OF US Ozodi Thomas Osuji Many of us daily ask the Holy Spirit to do this or that for us; we ask him to guide us or to comfort us. We kind of expect some supernatural force to come out of the clear blue sky and do something extraordinary for us for us to see the Holy Spirit doing something for us. This magical expectation is based on faulty understanding of what the Holy Spirit is and how he acts. The Holy Spirit is not a person apart from each of us. The Holy…
This is the time we make our New Year Resolutions for 2018. Are we going to make resolutions we can keep or ignore? A resolution is a decree, declaration, or decision we make. It can be a personal ruling, promise, pledge, or oath made to simplify our life, things we intend to keep, do, or make part of our activities during the New Year. Problem is either we don’t often intend to keep our resolutions or we lack the zeal or motivation to do so. Sometimes, we do the opposite of our resolutions and sometimes we do things we never…