Are Our Kids Being Brainwashed?

Brainwashing techniques have been documented as far back as the Egyptian Book of the Dead and used by abusive spouses and parents, self-proclaimed psychics, cult leaders, secret societies, revolutionaries, and dictators to bring others under their thumbs and manipulate them seemingly willingly.” (wikihow)

I hear stories of teenagers being kicked out of home, sent to mental institutions and made homeless living on the streets.

And I have to wonder, is it because of their chosen behaviour which doesn’t meet the rules of the parents, or behaviour caused by brainwashing, that is, repeated abusive and negative expectations of parents or partners?

And why do I keep hearing, oh that’s teenagers for you, tut, tut?

Is so-called typical teenage behaviour largely the product of constant psychological verbal abuse?

So how much are drugs, depression and suicides caused by the same constant verbal abuse?

It’s a tragedy.

I’m appalled.

Wake up to the damage you’re doing to our kids.

This is not discipline, it’s mentally damaging and life changing.

Life destroying.

Unfairly judgemental.

These are young souls, maybe old souls, who are coming to terms with their own destiny, which lies before them.

Let them be free to explore their own destinies.

Not yours.

The world is changing fast.

They deserve to have a chance to face the new world in their own ways.

Instead of yours.

Please, let’s save our kids, our vulnerable teenagers, from long-term psychological damage.

We need to honour and respect these new souls.

Our children will inherit the Earth.

Love and peace.

Neil the Smith.

What If Wishes Came True.

When we were still hunters back in the days of the cave man we expected danger.

So we were alert to danger all the time.

Danger was our expectation.

But now, we no longer live in a dangerous jungle.

Or do we?

What if today is the ‘new jungle’?

The ‘concrete jungle’.

The corporate jungle?

The technology jungle?

And it’s Darwin’s survival of the fittest?

We act and make decisions based on survival.

Our own everyday survival.

In a jungle.

Whatever kind of jungle we like to call it.

But what if we were to remove the jungle?

In our minds.

Because that’s what it is.

The jungle of our imagination.

What if we don’t participate in this jungle mentality.

Think differently.

What if we don’t think – and act – as if we are about to be attacked by a lion.

We do have that choice.

It’s only the information around us that says otherwise.

Even if our data gets compromised.

Even if the company we’re subscribed to gets hacked.

We have the choice not to participate.

It’s what the stories keep telling us.

What we wish for might come true.

Both the good and the bad.

And we can choose what we wish for.

Read my book ‘Our Thoughts Can Change The World’.

Follow the link above

Love and peace.

Namaste.

Neil the Smith

PS. Illustration by DeviantArt.com.

Urban Nomad. Who is the Smith?

I am the Smith.

I am the author.

Why ‘the Smith’?

The smiths were the crafters, the metal smiths, the blacksmiths, the makers of Medieval Britain a thousand years ago.

I am the wordsmith.

I’ve written and self-published 8 autobiographical books.

Click or tap the image above to see.

This smith has lived everywhere.

Over 50 dwellings have been my home.

An ancient aboriginal corroboree ground in a wilderness area known as Fairy Hills where the creek met the river was my first memory of life.

And only a few kilometres from the Melbourne CBD.

I’ve just learned they’ve been digging up ancient aboriginal artifacts that suggest this.

I’ve lived with psychics and healers.

And sat with mediums or channels.

I’ve lived with a Reiki Master in New York.

With a Roman Catholic nurse in the north of Italy.

With a Buddhist in the UK.

My lawyer was an Atheist.

I didn’t live with him.

I ran my own freelance copywriting business. in the ’70s

In 1972 I won an award for the best television campaign of the year for a brand of meat pies and donuts.

I was a New Age hippie.

We knew about climate change 50 years ago.

A group of us started a commune on 40 acres north of Melbourne to become self-sufficient and live off the grid.

A year later we’d failed.

I helped launch Animal Liberation here.

Our patron was Peter Singer, who was then Professor of Bioethics at Harvard., and wrote the book ‘Animal Liberation’.

45 years later it’s still active today.

I was the first member of the Permaculture Association.

Which, started by two Tasmanian academics in the late ’70s, today is changing the world

Now there are over one million people certified in Permaculture in over 140 countries with more than 4,000 projects on the ground.

I went bankrupt.

An article I researched and wrote 35 years ago – about the Swiss and Italian gold miners who came to Australia in the 1850s – triggered the launch of a Swiss-Italian Festa which is still running every year today in a local spa resort town.

Their story is in my book here.

I ran a social group called ‘The Springs Whole Health Group’.

We never ran out of guest speakers on healing topics, from ley lines to chemical sensitivity, who I’d enjoy interviewing every month before our next meeting.

Then I would write an article for the local paper which they always published on page 3 or 5.

This while living frugally in an old caravan parked at the end of a street in the spa resort town.

Over 5 years I became known as the man in the van.

I studied many spiritual philosophies.

I studied Religious Experience as an off campus mature age student at Uni –

The Christian Mystics

The Hindu Bhagavad-Gita.

Australian Aboriginal Dreaning.

I practiced Yoga for 50 years from wherever I called home.

Briefly I joined the Theosophical Society in Melbourne, with headquarters in Adyar, India, with the motto ‘There is no religion higher than Truth’.

I met and befriended the Librarian of the Melbourne branch, a Wise Woman, who taught me how and where and why to search for Truth.

What is Truth?

For a time I was married and today have the pleasure of a beautiful family of 2 lovely daughters, 3 adorable granddaughters and 2 mischievous great grandsons.

I’m truly blessed

Visit my 8 fun and entertaining autobiographical books on my Author Page here.

You can find more of my adventures in my autobiographical books.

Namaste.

Neil the Smith (author)

PS. I recommend – ‘Our Thoughts Can Change The World’ (104 pages) and The Great Regency Cover-Up’ (236 pages). Buy both now and pay less P&P.

Urban Nomad: The Life of Author Neil the Smith

Why ‘the Smith’?

They were the creators, the crafters, the metal smiths, the makers of Medieval Britain a thousand years ago.

Today, I’m ‘the wordsmith’.

The author.

I’ve lived everywhere..

Over 50 places have been my home.

An ancient aboriginal corroboree ground in a wilderness area known as Fairy Hills where the creek met the river was my first memory of life.

And only a few kilometres from the Melbourne CBD.

I’ve just learned they’ve been digging up ancient aboriginal artifacts that suggest this.

I’ve lived with psychics and healers.

And sat with mediums or channels.

I’ve lived with a Reiki Master in New York.

With a Roman Catholic nurse in the north of Italy.

With a Buddhist in the UK.

My lawyer was an Atheist.

I didn’t live with him.

I ran my own freelance copywriting business. in the ’70s

In 1972 I won an award for the best television campaign of the year for a brand of meat pies and donuts.

I was a New Age hippie.

We knew about climate change 50 years ago.

A group of us started a commune on 40 acres north of Melbourne to become self-sufficient and live off the grid.

A year later we’d failed.

I helped launch Animal Liberation here.

Our patron was Peter Singer, who was then Professor of Bioethics at Harvard., and wrote the book ‘Animal Liberation’.

45 years later it’s still active today.

I was the first member of the Permaculture Association.

Which, started by two Tasmanian academics in the late ’70s, today is changing the world

Now there are over one million people certified in Permaculture in over 140 countries with more than 4,000 projects on the ground.

I went bankrupt.

An article I researched and wrote 35 years ago – about the Swiss and Italian gold miners who came to Australia in the 1850s – triggered the launch of a Swiss-Italian Festa which is still running every year today in a local spa resort town.

Their story is in my book here.

I ran a social group called ‘The Springs Whole Health Group’.

We never ran out of guest speakers on healing topics, from ley lines to chemical sensitivity, who I’d enjoy interviewing every month before our next meeting.

Then I would write an article for the local paper which they always published on page 3 or 5.

This while living frugally in an old caravan parked at the end of a street in the spa resort town.

Over 5 years I became known as the man in the van.

I studied many spiritual philosophies.

I studied Religious Experience as an off campus mature age student at Uni –

The Christian Mystics

The Hindu Bhagavad-Gita.

Australian Aboriginal Dreaning.

I practiced Yoga for 50 years from wherever I called home.

Briefly I joined the Theosophical Society in Melbourne, with headquarters in Adyar, India, with the motto ‘There is no religion higher than Truth’.

I met and befriended the Librarian of the Melbourne branch, a Wise Woman, who taught me how and where and why to search for Truth.

What is Truth?

For a time I was married and today have the pleasure of a beautiful family of 2 lovely daughters, 3 adorable granddaughters and 2 mischievous great grandsons.

I’m truly blessed

Visit my 8 fun and entertaining autobiographical books on my Author Page here.

You can find more of my adventures in my autobiographical books.

Namaste.

Neil the Smith (author)

PS. I recommend – ‘Our Thoughts Can Change The World’ (104 pages) and The Great Regency Cover-Up’ (236 pages). Buy both now and save on postage.

Is This The Only Way We’re Going To Change The World Ethically, Sustainably & Quietly.

Would you like to have a crack at changing the world?

For the better.

Without leaving home.

Without lifting a finger.

Could you change the world just with your thoughts?

Could we?

Why not.

“With our thoughts we make the world”, the Buddha said.

What does that mean and how can we do it?

Read my new small inspiring 104 page book ‘Our Thoughts Can Change The World’.

Buy your copy here.

A long time ago a chance meeting with a Librarian, a Wise Woman, who became a close friend opened a door that I found I couldn’t resist.

Was there more to life than meets the eye?

So began my own lifelong search for Truth.

So what is Truth?

I define Truth, capital T, as everything that is unchanging, eternal, permanent, Nature affirming.

I tell the story of my meeting with the Librarian in the first chapter of my small book How Can We Change The World Ethically, Sustainably & Quietly. Ourselves.’

The other 17 chapters tell of unusual personal experiences that followed that reveal my quest to find it.

As if I had opened the door to the answers I was seeking.

Although I didn’t know it.

A second evolution.

Parallel lives.

The secret of Destiny.

What our soul can tell us.

The little known cause of climate change.

The ethical nature-affirming culture that’s already changing the planet for good.

How we can change the world ourselves.

All revealed in easy-to-read bite-size chapters you can digest quickly.

Buy your copy here.

ABOUT ME.

I’m an ex advertising copywriter who worked for some of the hottest ad agencies in Melbourne. Today I’m an author living across the bay from the big city. The cover photo is my home.

CHAPTERS

1 The Young Man & The Librarian, 2 The Romance Of Life, 3 Meet the Five Of You, 4 What You Think Is What You Get, 5 The Secret Of Fire, 6 Does Destiny Play A Part In Our Fortunes, 7 The Young Man & The Receptionist, 8 Reverence For Life, 9 Your Rare Talent, 10 The Fourth Way, 11 The Truth About Soul Mates, 12 Your Soul’s Code, 13 A Second Evolution, 14 Parallel Lives, 15 How Permaculture Is Already Changing The World, 16 Are We Responsible For Our Own Health, 17 Could This Bold Economic Concept Change Our Society, 18 A Pocketful Of Miracles,

Buy your copy here.

PS Visit my author book page here..

love and Peace.

Neil.

Make Waves With Your Thoughts

Thoughts make waves.

Brain waves.

They are generally created when you’re not thinking what you’re thinking.

Which I’m sure is much of the time.

Watching television

Watching a movie.

Playing computer games.

Even chatting.

Something is happening all the time while you’re involved in any mental activity.

Your thoughts are creating waves.

You’re making waves.

Without thinking.

So do your thoughts have consequences.

Do your thoughts get picked up?

Even acted upon?

Just a thought.

Are they creating a world that’s unintentional?

Your innocent thoughts?

“With our thoughts we make the world,” said the Buddha.

Your world?

The world we all live in?

Then are brain waves real?

.Do we ever think about the world we want to have or do we think about what entertains us?

Isn’t the world we have right now pretty much the kind of world we watch for entertainment?

The dramas.

The violent movies.

The war games.

The evening news.

What we chat about.

“Your brain is a bustling hub of electrical activity. This is due to the fact that the cells in your brain, called neurons, use electricity to communicate with each other.

‘”When a group of neurons sends an electrical signal to another group of neurons, we call those brain waves. This is because a computer-generated electroencephalogram (EEG) test that detects and measures the electrical activity in your brain actually creates a picture that looks like a wavelike pattern.

“There are five basic types of brain waves that range from very slow to very fast. Alpha waves fall in the middle of that series of waves. Your brain produces these waves when you’re awake but not really concentrating on any one thing.”

Healthline

Think about it.

What if we’re all helping to create the world with our thoughts.

Our brain waves.

A world we don’t want.

Love and Peace.

Neil

PS. Go to this link to find audio tracks that do the thinking for you.

PS. Get my new book ‘Stories From My 50 Year Search For Truth’ – learn more HERE.

Change Your Thoughts, Change The World.

The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it can’t be changed without changing our thinking.  — Albert Einstein 

The world is created by our thoughts.

So your brain waves are creating the world we’ve got.

“We but mirror the world,” said Mahatma Gandhi.

Your brain waves can be changed.

You can change any situation by your response to it.

In a stressful situation, for example, your response can determine its outcome.

Every action is preceded by a thought and an emotion.

Start with your perception if you plan to rewire it.

So what are you thinking?

Because that’s where we can change the world.

As a force for good.

Consciously.

Let’s consider how this works in the real world.

In your world.

What are you thinking about while watching television?

Playing video games?

Watching the news?

Listening to the radio?

Responding to social media?

Chatting?

Do you know what you’re thinking?

Are you aware of your responses, your emotions, your feelings?

Do you become emotionally involved?

Could your responses be creating the world you don’t want?

“Every thought and emotion has its own vibrational frequency or wave frequency. Quantum mechanics has demonstrated how a wave frequency can be altered. The shape of a wave has peaks and valleys. Energy waves are encoders and carriers of information with an infinite capacity for storage. When you overlay an opposite shaped wave on to an original wave, the original wave is straightened. Essentially you cancel out the characteristics of the original wave by overlaying a new exact opposite set of peaks and valleys on top of it. You change the vibrational frequency.” The Quantum Mechanics Of Changing Thoughts.

When you change your response, you change your experience of the situation.

This single factor has the potential to dramatically alter the course of your life journey. 

As a thought form with other like minds, we could rewire the world.

As a force for good.

Think about it.

Love and Peace.

Neil Smith.

PS. Get my new book ‘Stories From My 50 Year Search For Truth’ – learn more HERE.

Has The World We Watch For Fun Become The World We’ve Got For Real?

We say we want peace.

Then our thoughts are what we watch and games we choose to play for fun.

Not peace.

So when does fun become reality?

Is that our new reality?,

And is what we watch, and think about, our new world?

Are we really creating the world we’ve got?

If what we think is what we get then is what we’re thinking all the time creating our reality?

“With our thoughts we make the world,” according to the Buddha.

“We but mirror the world,” said Mahatma Gandhi.

“This is the Divine mystery supreme,” he added.

What if it’s true.

That what we think is what we get.

Is our TV watching actually creating the fictions we love to watch?

Daily.

Have the war games we play become true of the real world?

Do we ever imagine there’s a connection between the two?

Think about it..

Have we become a “watching society”?

Instead of a doing society?

Even more important.

Has our watching world become our real world?

Our new reality?

By default?

.Get my new book ‘Stories From My 50 Year Search For Truth’ – learn more HERE.

Love and Peace.

Neil.

Are You A Spectator Watching A Violent World You Don’t Want?

We live in a world of watchers not doers.

We’re all spectators in games we don’t realise are creating our world.

Conflict.

Drama.

Tragedy.

Killing.

We watch on our TV screens the kind of world we believe to be a fiction.

But here’s the big negative.

Are we unknowingly creating the real world we didn’t ask for.

That ‘other world’ of other people we passively watch and think “how awful”.

But what we don’t realise is, maybe our watching habits created that world.

Without realising it.

We need to stop it.

We need to realise that what we think is exactly what we get.

The good, the bad and the ugly.

Think about it.

Let’s change our habits.

That alone can change the world.

“With our thoughts we make the world” (Buddha).

Love and Peace.

Neil.

PS. Get my new book ‘Stories From My 50 Year Search For Truth’ – learn more HERE.

How You Can Change The World. Yourself.

What if you could change the world just with your thoughts.

“With our thoughts we make the world”, the Buddha said. It’s about vibration and thought is vibration. Is it possible? What if we have less negative thought in our lives and more positive thought, more optimistic thought, then maybe we can raise the vibration of the planet. Together. Because everything is vibration. What does it mean and how can we do it. Romancing your life and changing the world. It’s the title of my new inspiring autobiographical book with true world changing stories from my life. Read my small easy to read 104 page book to change the world with our thoughts.

Buy your copy here.

In what seems a lifetime ago a chance meeting with a Librarian who became a close friend opened a door that I found I couldn’t resist. Was there more to life than meets the eye? So began my own lifelong search for Truth. I tell the story of my meeting with the Librarian in the first chapter of this book. The following 17 chapters tell of unusual personal experiences that followed that reveal my quest to find it. As if I had opened the door to the answers I was seeking. Although I didn’t know it. A second evolution. The secret of Destiny. What our soul can tell us. The unknown cause of climate change. The ethical nature-affirming culture that’s already changing the planet for good. How we can change the world ourselves. All in easy-to-read bite-size chapters you can digest quickly.

Buy your copy here.

ABOUT ME. I’m an ex advertising award-winning copywriter who worked for some of the hottest ad agencies in Melbourne. I helped to launch Animal Liberation here and to start the annual Swiss-Italian Festa in a nearby spa resort. For over 10 years I ran my own freelance copywriting business in Melbourne. Today I’m an author living in a small fishing tourist village across the bay from the big city..

CONTENTS

1 The Young Man & The Librarian, 2 The Romance Of Life, 3 Meet the Five Of You, 4 What You Think Is What You Get, 5 The Secret Of Fire, 6 Does Destiny Play A Part In Our Fortunes, 7 The Young Man & The Receptionist, 8 Reverence For Life, 9 Your Rare Talent, 10 The Fourth Way, 11 The Truth About Soul Mates, 12 Your Soul’s Code, 13 A Second Evolution, 14 Parallel Lives, 15 How Permaculture Is Already Changing The World, 16 Are We Responsible For Our Own Health, 17 Could This Bold Economic Concept Change Our Society, 18 A Pocketful Of Miracles,

Buy your copy here.

Do you like romance, history and the paranormal. They’re all here in my new non-fiction book ‘The Great Regency Cover-Up’. Read more HERE.

Love and Peace.

Neil

How To Get Noticed At The Age Of 10.

I guess that was my first taste of success.

I was just a school kid in Grade Five.

What started as an innocent gesture turned into getting me noticed for the rest of my school life.

And beyond.

And my secret?

Used stamps.

Postage stamps off envelopes.

In those days they could have value as cancelled postage stamps.

Not any more.

Many years ago they were collected by the Save The Children Fund and resold as ‘Mission Stamps’.

The packets of used postage stamps were like a mystery bag where you’d never know what you might find.

Ahh, the good old days.

Those mystery bags were, allegedly, unsorted, and a mixture of countries and values.

Who knows what treasure one might find.

The proceeds would be added to the charity funds that, even today, help the care and suffering of innocent children around the world.

Orphaned, injured in war, suffering disease, malnourished.

Still the case, of course, and still my favoured charity.

I was collecting these used stamps from my friends and neighbours when I decided to ask the Class of Year Five at the East Ivanhoe Primary School in Melbourne, Australia, if they would also save their used stamps for me.

My teacher found out.

She got behind me.

And asked me to start a Stamp Club in activities time every week.

So suddenly the whole school knew.

I had my own school Stamp Club.

Without even trying.

My Stamp Club attracted the attention of the Principal.

Which is how, without even trying, I got noticed in Year Five.

The moral of the story is, a small act of kindness and compassion can lead to greater things.

Which it did.

In my school career.

And beyond.

I’ll tell you how next time.

To follow my unpredictable life experience stories follow my blog (scroll down to find Follow window) –

Neil

PS, You can enjoy my life stories in my two autobiographical books here –

Romancing Your Life & Changing the World

The Great Regency Cover-Up

Is Our Waste World Going To Kill Us?

I’m a bit weird because I can’t waste anything.

I even insist on showering early because I don’t want to waste any of the day.

I can’t waste any of the food on my plate.

How do you feel about waste?

Because I think that, in the end, waste is going to kill us.

And besides, it’s so, er, wasteful.

About a third of landfill is food.

Wasteful.

But there ‘s one kind of waste we seldom or ever think about and one day, I’m concerned, it’s going to be the end of us.

It’s ‘space junk’.

“Currently in Earth orbit, there are more than 23,000 objects larger than about 4 inches (10 centimeters), another half a million objects larger than about 0.4 inch (1 cm) and possibly 100 million more smaller than that, according to NASA.

“And there’s all sorts of stuff up there: dead spacecraft, spent rocket boosters, lost gear from space missions (including a glove, a camera, a blanket, a wrench and, somehow, a toothbrush), random bits of wrecked gear, paint flecks, bits of metal, frozen propellant, and a lot of screws and bolts.”

This according to the website Space.com.

There have already been collisions.

What if just one unfortunate incident starts a chain reaction and . . . well, who knows.

Could our communications networks be knocked out?

What about our Internet satellites?

Is our Internet safe from space junk?

How safe is anything?

You and I didn’t create this waste.

Nor can we be safe from the consequenses.

Except to avoid depending on it.

Best wishes.

Neil

PS This is the first of blog posts related to my new book ‘Romancing Your Life & Changing The World.’. For more visit HERE.

The Only Way We’re Going To Change The World. Quietly.

One man knew the secret and he changed a country.

He knew the metaphysical secret to achieve this.

And his formula was so simple.

We but mirror the world.”

“This is the Divine mystery supreme,” he adds.

It’s the greatest secret in the world.

Because those five words could change the world.

His name was Mohandas Gandhi.

He’s famous for changing the world for India almost 100 years ago.

But that is only one part of a two-part idea.

The second part is up to the world – us – to make the change first.

I mean, in our small everyday lives.

It’s not a big ask.

It’s just having a more ethical way to approach our own everyday lives.

What if our thoughts create our reality.

Then why not the reality of the world.

Crazy, you say?

Ridiculous?

Unthinkable?

But think about it.

In his famous bestselling book ‘Think & Grow Rich’ author Napoleon Hill wrote as the title of the first chapter of the book ‘Thought Are Things’.

The Buddha is said to have claimed that –

“With our thoughts we make the world.”

I’ve written a new book –

Romancing Your Life & Changing The World’.

It’s a small book full of ethical peaceful wisdom.

Read about it HERE.

Think about how your thoughts can change the world.

Love and Peace.

Neil.

What They Didn’t Tell Us About Life.

It’s how I came to search for ethical Truth and look what I found.

It’s in my new 104 page book.

In what seems a lifetime ago a chance meeting with a Librarian who became a close friend opened a door that I found I couldn’t resist.

Was there more to life than meets the eye?

So began my own lifelong search I tell the story of my meeting with the Librarian in the first chapter of this book.

The following 17 chapters tell of unusual personal experiences that followed that reveal my quest to find it.

As if I had opened the door to the answers I was seeking.

Although I didn’t know it.

A second evolution.

Parallel lives.

The secret of Destiny.

What our soul can tell us.

The unknown cause of climate change.

The ethical nature-affirming culture that’s already changing the planet for good.

How we can change the world ourselves.

All in easy-to-read bite-size chapters you can digest quickly.

ABOUT ME.

I’m an ex advertising copywriter who worked for some of the hottest ad agencies in Melbourne.

Today I’m an author living across the bay from the big city.

Buy your copy here.

Do you like romance, history and the paranormal.

They’re all here in my other new non-fiction book ‘The Great Regency Cover-Up’.

Read more HERE.

Best wishes.

Neil.

Refuse To Get Old.

Why do we all hang on to the word ‘retirement’?

Like it’s a place we all go when we reach a certain age.

It’s how we all end up, at a fixed age, perceiving our world, seems to me.

Once we’ve retired that’s it.

We enter another world

A world where life is completely different.

Where we have permission to sit back and take it easy.

We quit work and enter a world where all our dreams come true.

Except that it’s the time we start to get old.

Doing nothing can mean letting our mind deteriorate through lack of exercise.

I’m talking about the mind.

What a waste.

There’s a book ‘Ageless Body, Timeless Mind’ by Deepak Chopra.

Everyone should read it.

It’s how we can stay younger healthier longer.

At least we should do something about keeping our minds and bodies going long after the ‘retirement’ word takes hold.

It’s certainly not in my vocabulary.

I wish you long life and a happy one.

Neil.

PS. Get my new bookHERE’.