Beyond Me by Frank Huguenard

Beyond Me takes the viewer on a trip through the cosmos and down to the scale of quantum physics, explores the instinctive migration patterns of animals, and draws a link between animal instincts and human personality disorders. It then goes on to suggest that all of human suffering and misery comes as a result of impressions made on our consciousness over hundreds and even thousands of lifetimes, and that the solution for removing these impressions, thereby lessening our suffering, is through the art of meditation.

  • “There is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together …We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter” Max Planck
  • consciousness is a continuum
  • if a parent meditates their children receive a direct benefit benefit from the parent’s meditation
  • our egos stop at nothing to defend themselves
  • Bruce Lipton “molecularly and functionally, the cell membrane is the same as a computer chip and the nucleus with the genes is the hard disc with programs in it;  the data I type on the keyboard operates the mechanism, the cell membrane is a keyboard and that the environment is the typist and as the cell goes from one environment to another environment whatever the conditions are in that environment they type on the receptors (which are the keys) and then illicit programs form the genes. We’re not programmed from the genes we are a direct aspect of our environment”
  • it wasn’t random genetic mutations that caused evolutionary growth but rather consciousness, that pushed evolution to create new and advanced physical forms
  • you are a bio computer, it makes sense to maintain a healthy human consciousness requires the same level of attention on system maintenance that a computer does!
  • through meditation we can increase our vibrational frequency.

Happiness, Lessons from a New Science by Richard Layard. Part 4

Can we afford to be secure?

People dislike parting with almost anything (attachment!!). A loss hurts roughly twice as much as an equal gain helps. That is why people are so keen to avoid loss and so unwilling to incur the risk of loss.

It is precisely because people hate loss that we have a social safety net. The desire for security has been challenged by Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and George W. bush. They stressed security can be dangerous. But it is what most of us desperately want! So it should be a major goal for society.

The fallacy of competitiveness.

Many people think we can no longer afford so much security. Why? globalisation. Complete nonsense. A nation can always compete becasue people will get paid according to their productivity.
If we want to make people more secure, we may have to accept lower pay than otherwise. That is our choice.

People want security in all the first 5 of our Big Seven sources of happiness:

  1. income: greater economic stability and better old age pensions
  2. work: unemployment is one of the worst things that can happen to anyone
  3. family life:  it can do serious damage to children if they grow up with a single parent, or who have 2 parents who fall out. What can be done? Compulsory parenting classes in school, which would explain what a huge task and responsibility it is to rear a child. Children born to single mothers have a high risk of criminal behaviour. That is why laws to permit abortion have greatly reduced the level of crime. For the happiness of our children we need more family-friendly practices at work and high-quality child care, priced in relation to income. Flexible working practices are an essential investment in a happy society, as are entitlements to parental leave. The Scandinavian countries are a model for the rest of the world, and this may be one reason why they are among the happiest. If families run into trouble they should seek early help e.g. Australia’s Triple P (Positive Parenting Programme).
  4. community: a high-turnover community is rarely friendly.
  5. health of mind : a good health care system is a key feature of a good life. Mental disturbance causes the greatest dissatisfaction with overall health. Depression causes more misery than poverty. We spend too little on mental illness compared with other diseases. Our priorities need a radical change.


William Cowper

Happiness depends, as nature shows,

Less on exterior things than most suppose.


So how can we gain control over our inner life?