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We vote every day, psychologically-speaking

We vote every day, psychologically-speaking

The Eckhart Tolle of Europe asks us a question: Why don’t we really like change?

BY TONY SAMARA — We each have an ego. And that busy ego plugs into, let’s call it, control systems.

Yes, we do have what the enlightenment philosophers called free will but we seem to make this choice every day. It’s an unconscious choice.

Control systems compromise the free aspect of ourselves. They always want things to be the same way — in the words of the 1980′s band the Talking Heads sang — the same as it ever was.

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Blake Lively in Savages

Spiritual Surf: “Flight” and 5 other titles that are giving addiction a buzz


From Denzel Washington’s contender for an Oscar to the Scientology allegory, The Master, Hollywood’s biggest box office is hooked to addicts

The Master

Joaquin Phoenix plays a sex addict and violent drunk who seeks salvation from a guru who is part-Werner Erhard and part-Ron Hubbard. Director Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Magnolia, There Will Be Blood) screened the film for the world’s most famous Scientologist, Tom Cruise.

Boardwalk Empire

America’s oldest addiction juiced every clan from the Kennedys and the Seagrams to iconic U.S. Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon, according to HBO’s flagship series.

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Erickson bio

Spiritual Surf: Letterman roasts Tony Robbins over fire-walking wounded

Tony Robbins, Neurolinguistic Programming, Milton Erickson and the physics of walking barefoot over hot coals

Just say, “Ow!”: More than 20 injured at Tony Robbins seminar in Silicon Valley

“I’m invincible, I’m on fire”: Tony Robbins makes David Letterman’s Top Ten list but for the wrong reason

The physics of fire-walking: Escaping injury has nothing to do with mind over matter

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Barack and Michelle Obama

Spiritual IQ Quiz: 9 questions about President Barack Obama’s inner life

What does the 44th President, his family and friends really believe in — that is, beyond politics?

BY SOUL’S CODE — Barack Obama is the personification of this site’s meme, “spiritual but not religious.”

On matter’s of faith, it’s what makes it so easy for pundits to spin his story from both the fundamentalist right and the agnostic left.

Exhibit: A documentary released during the 2012 presidential election cycle, 2016: Obama’s America (links to free streaming here), suggested that our 44th president is an anti-Christian, anti-colonialist.

From the left: Liberal comedian and million-dollar Obama donor, Bill Maher, routinely says he hopes the prez is lying when he espouses his Christian credentials.

Test your spiritual knowledge about our president by clicking on the multiple-choice answers below:

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George McGovern: the Dalai Lama of American politics

George McGovern: the Dalai Lama of American politics

A personal reflection about a presidential candidate who moved me — and whom I met through Hunter S. Thompson

BY PAUL KAIHLA — The Soul’s Code community forged a space on the internet in the spirit of sharing, healing and insight.

It’s through that prism that I share a personal story that connects with a national event: George McGovern, the Democratic candidate for president against Richard Nixon in 1972, died on October 21, 2012. (May his soul be sanctified).

Many politicians die — longtime Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter died on October 14, 2012. So why these pixels about George McGovern?

In my experience, he was the most spiritual of politicians — and I say these words from direct experience because he granted me an interview in his Washington, D.C. office when I was 20 years old.

Find a single snippet of tape where George McGovern ever slashed an opponent.

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Ashley Judd in Missing

Spiritual Surf: America’s pain index

Ashley Judd’s wounded ego; Which pills are recession-proof; and online porn way bigger than The New York Times

Addicted in America: Skyrocketing sales of Oxy and Percocet (Associated Press)

The new book, Dosed: Introducing America’s first psychotropic generation (Salon.com excerpt)

The demand curve for drunks: Vegas anesthesiologist launches mobile IV service (Hangover Heaven)

Up to $500 per detox treatment: “As if we do not know that the proprietary blend is salt water and a few vitamins (Science 2.0)

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EW fifty shades

Spiritual Surf: Sex in the age of Obama

HBO’s Girls, E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey, ‘swingles’ and more

The new rage are naughty e-books for mothers in America: The Story of O . . . 2.0 (Maureen Dowd)

HBO’s follow-up to Sex and the City: Recession-era erotica is a mess (New York Times)

They hold the whole 2012 in their hands: Introducing Swingles! (Slate)

From the archives: Where sex meets spirituality (Soul’s Code)

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Decoding codependence

If we are all co-dependents now, what is America’s turn-around? *

BY DAVID RICKEY — Marriages, mortgages, and just-missed connections. In the annals of clinical psychology, the term “Co-Dependence” describes a relationship between 2 people where the well-being of one is perceived as dependent on the well-being of the other.

In other words: “I can’t be happy unless you are happy.” The subconscious subtext: “Your happiness ought to be secondary to my happiness.”

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Romeny-Megyn Kelly

Mitt Romney is right about one thing: Abundance is nothing to be ashamed of

The Eckhart Tolle of Europe meditates on the U.S. Presidential election, and how a politician campaigns as a rich man in a recession

EXCLUSIVE TO SOUL’S CODE: TONY SAMARA  — A couple of days before St. Patrick’s Day, which in our contemporary spirit celebrates the luck of the Irish, U.S. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney was interviewed by Fox News television personality Megyn Kelly.

She asked the Mormon businessman about a string of statements that remind voters he is part of the One Percent of wealthiest Americans:

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