True Meaning of Christmas

We put up the decorations. We send out the cards with the heartfelt wishes for peace and goodwill. We sometimes sing the songs.

But the desires for peace on earth and remembrances of the real meaning have long been obscured in the frustration of finding a blasted parking spot. Joyous Christmas time is not much of that anymore.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head, let’s re-visit the True Meaning of Christmas.

I remember in my youth waiting for the Christmas spirit. That elusive feeling of peace and spirituality that would kick in at some point in the holiday season. It could be a cold evening visit from a group of carollers that did it. Or a visit from a much-loved but little-seen relative. Or maybe Scrooge’s transformation in the annual family viewing of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

And now I’m dating myself, aren’t I? It even starts to sound like I’m talking about the 19th Century!

But it was something that did take over at some point: the Christmas spirit. For a short time, all would really be calm, all would really be bright.

But around 2:00 pm on Christmas Day, we’d all start to feel the restlessness kick in. No stores to go to. Nothing open. Nothing to do. Actually, maybe that’s why they instituted Christmas Day NBA games. Everyone just go too bored.

And I don’t think it’s any coincidence either that the 26th – Boxing Day in Canada – is the biggest sales day of the year in my country. People are so jumpy they’ll start lining up at 5:30 in the cold morning to be the first to slap credit cards on the counter to get the deeply discounted Blu-Ray DVD player or next year’s Christmas wrap.

But let’s try to return today if we can to remember the true spirit of Christmas. Let’s see if we can’t overcome our materialism a little to have a new spirit this year – and one that is much needed.

Dr. Norberto Keppe‘s Analytical Trilogy gives us a beautiful perspective – a theological, philosophical and even scientific insight into what should be our most precious and spiritual time of the year.

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The Roots of, and Solutions to, our Destruction

Everybody has theories about what’s causing our current economic breakdown. Those raised on the French philosophy of Sartre and Voltaire might lay the blame at the feet of society. More existential thinking would point the finger at individual responsibility. But only Norberto Keppe‘s new science gives us the tools to do a more complete analysis.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head, we’ll look at the roots of our destruction, and what we have to know about ourselves in order to stop, which is the crux of the thing, isn’t it? I’m Richard Lloyd Jones.

Well, one of the very clear problems we run into when tackling the issue of what’s going on these days is that we always wind up in the same place. There’s this theory over here, that one over there, three more somewhere in the middle. How in the world does the ordinary citizen make sense of it all? There are so many problems in so many areas.

The Comptroller General of the U.S. shocks us on 60 Minutes by talking about fiscal cancer and all that entails.

Al Gore’s excellent documentary warns us that the catastrophic deep freeze produced by special effects wizards in The Day After Tomorrow movie could actually happen.

Fanatics talk about Divine retribution.

You can get an earful in whichever direction you turn. But is there any way to boil all this chaos and crisis down to something chewable? Is there any way to point to an overarching and principal problem? And perhaps more importantly, if there is a defining explanation, can it also offer us a solution or two?

I think “yes” on all those counts. You see, our difficulties begin in our way of seeing and relating to the world. We and the society we live in are products of what’s going on in our philosophies of life, in our psyches.

And there’s one point from which we must start in considering this: we are not the latest editions of the human species standing on the most recent rung of the evolutionary ladder. We’re not like software upgrades – the latest version with considerable improvements over Zinzanthropus Man from several million years ago.

This is a key aspect of Brazilian psychoanalyst, Norberto Keppe‘s work: that we have all perfection inside us. As nature is complets, so are we. Our problem is that we deny and even destroy what we are. This makes our problem not one of not having arrived, of not knowing any better. No. It’s more serious. We know what is right, what we should do individually and collectively to have a better world, to have the paradise we should live in. We know … but we don’t do it. This is something deep inside the human psyche, which is why it took a psychoanalyst to discover it. Dr. Norberto Keppe‘s work is totally about helping us understand this dynamic.

And it’s what we explore all the time in this Podcast. And what we’ll be expanding into an Internet radio show coming in January. Make sure you get on the mailing list to be informed about that: rich@richjonesvoice.com

That show will be conducted with psychoanalyst, Dr. Claudia Pacheco, who joins me on today’s podcast as well.

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Society on the Couch

Normally we see a person with serious problems we recommend professional help. After all, we go to the gym to keep our bodies toned, we go to the driving range. Why wouldn’t we do something to address those psychological glitches that pop up in all of us?

But what do we do when our whole society is showing signs of breakdown?

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head, we’ll try to put “society on the couch”.

But a couple of things first. I always appreciate hearing from you. Your feedback is really helpful in helping me shape the program, so don’t hesitate if you’ve got a point or a question to raise. I’m always available – rich@richjonesvoice.com. If it takes me a day or two to get back to you, hang in. I’m getting to it.

If you’ve listened to the Podcast for awhile, you’ll know Dr. Claudia Pacheco very well. She’s a frequent contributor here and frankly is indispensable to this program – and indeed to everything we are doing down here in Brazil at the International Society of Analytical Trilogy. Well, Claudia and I are working on something really interesting … a live, Internet call-in radio program which we’re targeting to launch in January 2009. Make sure you’re on the mailing list to learn more – rich@richjonesvoice.com

What this’ll be is an online advice show with Claudia, who has 25 years of experience in Norberto Keppe’s Analytical Trilogy – to my mind, the most innovative, effective and powerful form of psychoanalysis on the planet. Anyone who’s got any experience with Trilogical analysis knows the experience of taking a long-standing issue to a session and getting a completely fresh take on it from the analyst.

“Wow! I never saw it that way before,” is a common comment.

Keppe’s Analytical Trilogy goes to the root of the problem, which is always something deep inside us, hidden from view. This is true deep psychology, often helping us see clearly for the first time long-standing issues that have been blocking us from achieving what we feel we have the potential to achieve. And who doesn’t feel that? And after Norberto Keppe himself, Dr. Claudia Pacheco is the best in the world at helping people at this deep level. So this radio program will be very cool. To have a chance to listen to her weekly will be a great opportunity to address some of the core issues of human beings … and you’ll be able to call in personally with individual questions and issues.

We’re calling the program “Healing Through Consciousness”, and we’re both pretty excited about it. Make sure you get on the mailing list. We’ll keep you updated.

You know, we’ve had a lot of response to the last 3 podcasts looking at the roots of the economic crisis. A few thousand downloads of those programs – giving a pretty loud message that people are looking for some answers, some ways to understand what is going on.

One of the applications of Keppe’s work is in the area of social psychology – analyzing the society as we would a person’s neurosis. And why not? The corporation’s been given the same rights as a human being through some decision of Congress way back along the way. As the Federal Reserve – a mostly private institution – was created by Congress back in the early 1900s, even though they had no constitutional basis to do so. So why wouldn’t we hold society’s systems up to scrutiny?

In fact, we must. I noticed in the N.Y. Times earlier this week that European and North American political leaders admit they may not be willing to fulfill their commitments to cap harmful carbon emissions or phase out polluting factories because of the slumping economy. A European Commission spokeswoman said, “Investing in reducing emissions is more difficult to do in times of economic downturn.”

This is simply hard to believe, isn’t it? How in 2008 can we make decisions based on profits over the environment? Hard to believe unless you understand about Inversion, Keppe’s seminal psychological discovery. Keppe says in his beautiful book, Glorification, “Inversion, sickness, is the act of rejecting life, labeling it as bad; it is the attitude of denying truth, “seeing” it as negative; it is the wish to alter reality, “believing” it to be harmful – all because of the great envy, the enormous envy, we feel toward the Creator. We want to take His place by substituting what is fictitious for what is real, and we are assailed by the most terrible anxiety. If we were thankful for what is good we would be happy, but we constantly destroy all that is sound in ourselves because it was not created by any decision of our own.”

Isn’t that something to think about? Let’s bring Dr. Claudia Pacheco in here today to explore this more.

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Economic Crisis III – Psychoanalysis of Society

We’ve got change in the White House. And in the tennis ATP rankings. A change in Madonna’s marital status, too … for what that’s worth. Not that those last 2 mean much. And whether the first is truly meaningful remains to be seen, doesn’t it?

One thing is clear, though … there’s not much change in the economic picture.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head, we’ll continue our series looking at the causes of the economic crisis.

Well, after a historic day at the polls, America has woken up to the same scary reality as before. Jobless rates are up, stock prices are generally down … well, you know the story. Some of you much better than me, actually. But what I’ve been trying to do in this series of podcasts over the past few weeks is investigate some of the reasons for the mess. And I don’t mean in terms of explaining how the sub-prime mortgage market suddenly went south. No. But one thing I can help with is getting at the causes of all this. This is no small feat, in reality, and can be done because of the expansive work done on the subject at the Brazilian school of Analytical Trilogy founded by Dr. Norberto Keppe.

Look, one of the hardest things about trying to get a handle on what’s really going on is the style of the media. You watch CNN or CBS, and you get volumes of information. Analysis of the sub-prime aspect, reporting of G-20 meetings with ex-president Bush (and man, does it feel good to say ex-president Bush) … you get opinions and policies and figures, and spin, glorious spin. But it’s extremely difficult to pick your way through the information.

It’s always been like this. In our Information Age, we’re bombarded with information but starving for perspective. You have to know how to understand all this, and I don’t mean in the sense of being able to debate economic policy – the benefits of government stimulus packages over tighter regulations and broader oversight, or vice versa. No, there’s got to be an overall view to be had.

And it’s exactly here that Norberto Keppe’s work does what was before him very hard to do. Because of his success at mapping the human psyche, Keppe was also able to apply those findings to the society as a whole – verifying that what the human being does outside he first does inside himself. That our external social structures are simply the reflection of ways of seeing the world, of philosophies and biases and often questionnable reasoning.

One of Keppe’s landmark discoveries is that we are inverted. We act against our nature now in favor of our inverted values. “Cash flow is more important than your mother,” as one Wall Street broker termed it. This Inversion stems from inside us. I want to start there today because understanding our psyche leads to understanding our society. And that means putting the finger on causes, so that we can take real steps to change, not just rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic. As always, love to hear your thoughts … rich@richjonesvoice.com

Sari Koivukangas, a professor at the Keppe/Pacheco Educational Institute here in São Paulo joins me today.

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Hope for a Troubled World

We’ve been in the dark about ourselves for a long time. But writers and thinkers from Homer to Schopenhauer have always known there was something powerful going on below the surface of our demeanor. “There’s daggers in men’s smiles,” as Shakespeare put it. But with the help of a brilliant Brazilian psychoanalyst, the way is becoming clear.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head, Hope for a Troubled World.

Norberto R. Keppe has been plying his trade for half a century or so. And it’s a difficult trade indeed … developing a theoretical, philosophical base to understand, and a therapeutic methodology to treat, the human psyche. That vast, murky part of us that lurks in the shadows has been perceived but never brought fully out into the lights.

Freud caught a whiff of it in his early reading of Schopenhauer and his early studies with the great hypnotist and neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot. The subject fascinated him sufficiently to dedicate his life’s work to developing a way to treat what we couldn’t see, and worse, didn’t want to see all that much. Humankind’s greatest artists depicted kingdoms being lost and lives being destroyed by the machinations of this unexplored netherworld. And those dark, unfathomable passions lay deep inside us, as well we ordinary humans suspected in our quiet moments when we were alone with our thoughts.

The problem was, Freud and Jung and Kraepelin and the other founding fathers of psychology didn’t get it quite right. And that left a void in understanding, and a hodge-podge of theories and opinions that have often conflicted. Certainly, they’ve confused us, and led some of us to discredit psychology. “We’ve had 100 years of psychotherapy and the world’s getting worse,” as James Hillman and Michael Ventura put it in their critical analysis 15 years ago.

But that’s only because they haven’t read Keppe’s work yet. Norberto Keppe has discovered some answers for us. For example, that we are not unconscious at all, but conscious of much more than we realize. There is great hope in Keppe’s science of Analytical Trilogy, which we’ll explore soon at our World Conference of Analytical Trilogy, Sept. 24 – 27, 2008 in San Diego. And that we’ll explore today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head with Dr. Claudia Pacheco.

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The Inner Game of Health

We’re conditioned to it now. We’re stressed because of work. We’re shy because our family’s shy. We’re sick because there’s a nasty flu bug going around. We vaccinate. We medicate. We pop vitamins and supplements to pump up our besieged immune systems. We’re burned out and fed up. Because of what’s going on outside.

There’s only one thing we forgot: the real problem is inside.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head, the Inner Game of Health.

Well, this is a subject we can speak on with some authority here at the International Society of Analytical Trilogy in São Paulo, Brazil. Dr. Norberto Keppe, whose work inspires and forms the basis of our podcast, has been working with psychosomatic illness for decades. He formed the first psychosomatic clinic in Latin America at the Hospital das Clinicas, part of the medical school at the University of São Paulo back in the ’50s. Here’s how it’d work back then: the patients the medical doctors couldn’t get anywhere with – the hopeless cases – they’d send to the new guy in that psychosowhatchamacallit department. Then maybe they’d roll their eyes and wink at each other knowingly. “What chance did this young upstart, Keppe, have,” they’d suggest smugly, “When the greatest medical scientists of the time like them couldn’t even get to the bottom of the problem?”

But more than a few times they’d have to eat their tongue depressors when their patients – the hopeless cases – would come back with miracle cures and spontaneious remissions. All through this process of psychoanalysis he was developing. He refined his studies with work in deep psychology in Vienna with Viktor Frankl, Igor Caruso and Knut Baumgarten, and his work deepened profoundly with his discovery of Inversion in the late ’70s. This was a psychological discovery that gave Keppe a glimpse of a fundamental problem inside the human being that caused almost all of his physical, mental and even social problems.

Let me be sure to underline this: Keppe’s discovery of our psychological inversion has connected all the dots of the map of the human psyche. With the Keppean understanding, we can treat all disease, all relationship problems, all self-sabotaging behavior – even problems at the economic and political levels, which were before this seen as totally disconnected from the sphere of psychology. Keppe’s Analytical Trilogy is a unified science as no science before it has been.

Join us in San Diego, Sept. 24 – 27, 2008 to get the overview of Keppe’s comprehensive science as it is applied in many areas of human endeavor. www.wcatus.org. And of course you can write me anytime at rich@richjonesvoice.com

Dr. Marcia Sgrinhelli is a Trilogical dentist who’s been working with Keppe for 20 years. She’s the autho of 2 books on psychosomatic dentistry. She applies his therapeutic discoveries in her thriving dental practice here in São Paulo, and is closely involved with the Trilogical Psychosomatic Department here coordinated by Keppe’s close associate, Dr. Claudia Pacheco. Dr. Sgrinhelli joins me today.

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The Economy of Destruction

The mythology says there’s a free hand of benevolence calming or cajoling the marketplace. But it seems that’s mostly dogma. Economics is a theology, guided by whatever belief structure is in vogue in the brokers of power of the moment. And for most of recorded history, those powerful have not been our friends.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head, The Economy of Destruction.

This is a topic that’s close to my heart, and what first got me resonating with the philosophy of Dr. Norberto Keppe. His book, Liberation of the People: The Pathology of Power, opened my eyes wide to the pathology behind the power structures, and changed forever how I saw the world. The idea that we could analyze society through a psychological lens was totally refreshing to me. And it helped calm a deep anguish I’d had because I could see the distorted social structure we were living in, but couldn’t explain how it had gotten that way and how, after every election, everything continued pretty much as it had before.

Keppe’s book, by the way, is still available to you. Just contact me at rich@richjonesvoice.com for information on how you can get your copy.

Well, that’s something about Keppe’s work on psycho-socio-pathology, but he’s also put forward remarkable new ideas in science, too. His book, The New Physics, re-defines the laws of physics and energy and even genetics. Dramatically. Actually there’s a big demonstration of this in a practical way in a new motor that’s been created based on his work. A free energy motor that works on Keppe’s disinversion of a basic scientific tenet that energy comes from matter. It doesn’t. It comes from the essential energy field of the univers that is manifested into two forms – secondary energy, or electro-magnetic energy, the energy of Einstein’s theory – and matter. Well, this’ll become clear on our site. Check it out at www.stop.org.br. Just click on the English version of the site and it’ll be right there.

We’ll also be exploring Keppe’s work in great detail at our World Conference of Analytical Trilogy coming up in San Diego in September 2008. Find more information about that at www.wcatus.org

Today, economist Eduardo Nascimento joins me to look at Keppe’s revolutionary ideas in economics. Strap yourself in, and enjoy the ride.

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