Healing Others

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Heal ourself, heal others.

Hawaiian kahunas believe we are interconnected at the level of soul or energy. Scientists refer to a similar concept they call string theory. Assuming interconnection is a fact, changing our self automatically causes change in everyone we know. So when you let negative feelings go you are improving your connection to the other person or people. This change within will also be reflected in how you react to that person. They will see this change, hopefully sooner than later, and may change their reaction to you. This could become a reconciliation.

Hawaiian kahunas also believe our minds, bodies and emotions are interconnected and that healing should focus on all three areas. If you wish to pray for someone to heal them mentally, emotionally and physically, you must follow a formula with the greatest potential for success. The steps are:

  1. Get permission from the person you wish to heal.
  2. Perform a Ho’oponopono for yourself, insuring nothing negative stands in your way.
  3. Form an intention to completely heal yourself and the other person at the same time. The healing will be for all physical, emotional and mental aspects.
  4. Pray to God, and spirits (angels, saints, healing spirits, etc.) to assist with the healing. All healing will be done according to God’s will. We will not focus on specific results. God knows what caused the illness, what needs to be healed, and when it needs to be healed. Our motto is “God’s will be done.”
  5. Breathe in slowly thinking ‘Aloha’ (Love), bringing God’s healing energy into your body. Breathe out slowly thinking ‘Mahalo’ (Thank You). As you do this the energy will flow into you and the person you are healing, even if they are remotely located. Do this breathing exercise eight times.
  6. Thank God and all healing spirits for their help.
  7. Let go and let God. Release your wishes and thoughts about healing so your request flows unencumbered to God. Let God take charge. The Hawaiian kahunas say, “Amama Ua Noa”, which means “our prayers have flown to God.”
  8. For healing which requires more time, I recommend healing every other day.

Sometimes you will see quick healing results. Or it may take time. In some cases God may not want healing to take place. I recommend using Aloha and Mahalo because this healing method has been used by Hawaiian kahunas for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years. Words have power.

If you have questions, or are interested in learning more about these techniques, or  wish to organize a healing circle, please contact me through my blog site www.spiritwalkingjoournal.com , or at pauljmcallister@sbcglobal.net.

Amama Ua Noa

Shocking Election Results

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Like most Hillary supporters I was shocked by last night’s election results. Like most perennial optimists, I believe there is a reason for everything. As a result I decided to share an interesting outlook with you.

I recently picked up the November copy of a monthly publication called Conscious Community. It’s free and available at numerous locations in the Chicago area. In it a young woman named Kaye Berjot (www.askkaye.com) writes a monthly column on astrology titled “Cosmic Daily Weather.” Over the past six months I’ve realized her observations were insightful and, more often than not, right on when it came to describing what is going on in my life, as well as the world at large. Below is her write-up (p. 35) for November 8:

“Tuesday, November 8: All planets are involved today, and each has a position. The Moon and Jupiter are still collaborating, and have managed to bring Uranus in on the discussion. This is a conversation about what is best for the collective consciousness, and Uranus knows that in order to do what’s best, you have to do unconventional things.”

‘What’s best for our collective consciousness …’ that’s an interesting thought. It made me realize I don’t have all the answers or always know what’s best for everyone. Sometimes we have to ‘let go and let God,’ even when we’re disappointed. Over time we’ll find the silver lining in the dark cloud. My hope is it will lead us toward Peace, Love, and Harmony.

Voter Turnout


All the controversy  around the Presidential Election made me wonder how things have changed over time. I also wondered what percent of the eligible population normally casts votes for President.

In the 2016 Presidential Election, 69% of voters are white, 12% are African-American, 12% are Hispanic and 4% are Asian. Since 2012 the white percentage as dipped (older whites are passing away) and the voter eligible Hispanic population has grown (birth rate). The total number of eligible voters in 2016 is just under 226 million people out of a population of 324 million. This is in line with what I expected to find. (Source: Pew Research)

On the other hand I found startling news in Wikipedia when I looked for voter turnout as a percent of the general population. In 1860 it reached its highest level when it jumped to 81.2%, probably because the country was about to enter the Civil War.  OK, so what about “modern times?” In 1900 it was 73.2%. In 1932 it was 56.9%. In 1960 (Kennedy vs Nixon) it was 62% and in 1968 (Viet Nam) it was 60.7%. Those last two were contentious years. Since 1968, the average turnout for a Presidential Election is in the 50+% range, not very impressive. (Source: The American Presidency Project). However the actual number of people voting has gone from 68.8 million in 1968, to 129 million in 2012. This is due to population growth. So while the percentages seem flat, the actual numbers are growing.

Early on in our history only land owners could vote. African-Americans couldn’t vote until after the Civil War. Women couldn’t vote until the 19th Amendment was ratified in 1920. The Baby Boomers began arriving after 1945. And our 18-year-old citizens couldn’t vote for President until 1972.

If you find these numbers confusing, so do I. Searching online for this information has raised other questions I don’t know how to pursue. For instance, the American Presidency Project shows 235 million eligible voters in 2012 while Pew Research shows only 226 million eligible for this year. Where could 9 million voters have gone? Donald would have fun with that statistic.

Small Acts Of Kindness Can Change The World!


Have you ever noticed how a small act of kindness can make someone smile? Think about the last time you were entering a building, noticed someone coming in behind you, and held the door open for them to grab it. The odds are that that person looked at you, smiled, and said “Thanks.” They recognized your small act of kindness and acknowledged it. You felt good. They felt good.

If you didn’t see them, or if you did and just let the door go, they probably felt slighted. Which situation would you want them to experience? I’m sure the first, pleasant one.

If a police officer approaches you when you are in your car, do you look up and smile at them? If they ask for your driver’s license and insurance card do you say, “Yes, of course” or do you say  “I’m not doing anything wrong, why do you want me to do that?” The first answer paves the way for a polite exchange. It also recognizes the legal authority of the officer. The second is the introduction to a confrontation.

Which would you rather promote with a police officer, a polite conversation or a confrontation? I always give the first answer and I have never, ever, regretted it, even if I got a ticket.

Small acts of kindness fall under the category of common courtesy. Common courtesy consists of the ways we act toward our fellow human beings, especially the first time we meet them. They are the acts which tell our fellow human beings that we recognize them as fellow human beings who deserve our respect, and that we expect their respect in return. They are mandatory if we are going to live together as civilized people.

Oh, and for you Millennials, the proper response for “Thank you” is “You’re welcome”, not “No problem.” “No problem” means you were not inconvenienced. “You’re welcome” means you enjoyed giving the small service you just provided. The difference is minor but noted by those of us in the older generations.

Small acts of kindness can change the world!

Hate versus Love

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I believe the United States should not allow citizens to buy automatic weapons which are primarily designed to kill human beings. However I believe the problem goes deeper than gun control.

We see ourselves as separate beings. Our beliefs are the only correct beliefs. I’m right. Everyone else is wrong. This is what causes Republicans and Democrats to refuse to cooperate. It causes the members of one church to despise the members of other churches. It causes distrust between different racial groups and groups with different sexual preferences. It leads to such extremes it even causes fans of one soccer team to injure the fans of an opposing soccer team. How ridiculous.

The problem is magnified by television stations, and reporters, who try to get more viewers for higher ratings so they can make more money on advertising. Everything is Breaking News. They spend hours regurgitating the few details they know, pretending the information has just been released. They are professional agitators.

We must stop focusing on our differences and refocus on our similarities. According to a PBS program about human origins, the physical differences in all humans alive on the planet today are caused by 3% of our DNA. Yet our focus on the 3% causes an inordinately large portion of our problems.

We must focus on similarities. We are God’s children. We are brothers and sisters.  Focus on differences attracts hate. We should attract love.

Who Are We? Our Beliefs!

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As we have seen, our two brains function in certain ways that have helped humanity survive. Our instincts also promote survival; our needs for food, a place to live, safety, good health, sex and intimacy, community. These instincts are so basic as to be an integral part of ourselves. Without them Homo sapiens would not be here today.

However we are not like animals, moving automatically at the direction of these driving forces. We can to use our conscious brains to think and reason, to decide what we do want as opposed to what we don’t want. Using our consciousness we can make choices which will direct the course of our lives. We are, in this sense, CO-creators. The sum of our individual beliefs shape the society in which we live. If we don’t like our existing world it is up to us to think about it and decide what we want to change. We will succeed if enough people believe along with us.

I end today’s blog with a quote from the book Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior, by Leonard Mlodinow, page 218.

“We choose the facts that we want to believe. We also choose our friends, lovers, and spouses, not just because of the way we perceive them, but because of the way they perceive us. Unlike phenomena in physics, in life, events can often obey one theory or another, and what actually happens can depend largely upon which theory we choose to believe. It is a gift of the human mind to be extraordinarily open to accepting the theory of ourselves that pushes us in the direction of survival, and even happiness.”


Who Are We? Neanderthals?


Nah! I just wanted to get your attention. We are not descended from the Neanderthals. However, scientists have found out that there was some, shall we say, interaction between our ancestors and Neanderthals. Enough interaction that all of modern humanity carries 1% to 3% of Neanderthal DNA in our own DNA.

We have been taught that Homo sapiens did not fraternize with other species. That teaching has been proven incorrect. In the 1960s scientists found that different species of baboons interacted and interbred with each other. But the belief was that Homo sapiens didn’t. That theory was accepted because there was no proof of interbreeding.

Then one day a bulldozer in Israel pushed back some dirt and found a circular opening in the ground. This led to an underground cave that was loaded with ancient tools, ornaments and a large portion of a skull. The skull was of a hybrid human, part Homo sapiens and part Neanderthal.

The Neanderthals, who preceded Homo sapiens, left their homeland in Africa, traveled across the Middle East and went on to Europe. Tens of thousands of years later our ancestors made the same journey. Guess who they met in the Middle East? Yep, the Neanderthals. They were returning because a new ice age was beginning in Europe.

Scientists are starting to believe that this was a more common occurrence than they previously realized. At the same time DNA analysis of  female mitochondria and male ‘Y’ chromosomes is suggesting the same conclusion. We aren’t Neanderthals, but some of our ancestors were hybrids.

Scientists believe this interbreeding did what? Yes, it helped each of the species survive longer because we have been sharing good genes with each other. Gives me a warm, toasty feeling inside. For more information on this topic watch WTTW’s series titled First Peoples – Africa or check www.pbs.org.

Who Are We? African.

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I want to clarify the title. This blog is not limited to modern Africans. It is about all humanity. My source is a 2014 magazine supplement published by Time Home Entertainment, Inc., NY, New York. The title of the supplement is How DNA Shapes Your Life.

In my last blog I mentioned my Irish and Swedish ancestors did not originate in Ireland and in Sweden. They migrated to those countries from elsewhere in Europe. Where did they come from before that? To answer that question, we have to add another question; what timeframe are we discussing?

DNA analysis and Anthropology provide the following answers. About 10,000 years ago my ancestors were located in Central Europe; 20,000 years ago they were probably in the Middle East; and 50,000 years ago they came from Africa. Africa is the origination point of all humanity. So if we all originated in the same place, how come we look different?

The physical differences we observe in the color of eyes, hair, skin, and other external physical features are accounted for by group interbreeding, natural selection, and random genetic mutations which helped us survive. However the differences we observe, though outwardly noticeable, result from differences in only 0.05% of our DNA. This means 99.95% of our DNA is the same for every human being who currently lives on earth.

Our observations, however, allow us to categorize people by differences. We enjoy this activity. We categorize everything to make it more understandable. Unfortunately we also create in-groups and out-groups as previously discussed. Thankfully we have science teaching us the truth about humanity. According to the science of DNA, we are overwhelmingly more alike than we are different.

Who Are We? Our DNA.


Last November I decided to order an analysis of my DNA through Ancestry dot com. I ordered the ‘test kit’ ($99.00) online on the 17th. It shipped on the 18th. I received it on the 23rd, placed my saliva sample in the tube provided, and mailed it back. By December 3rd it was in processing. On December 13th my results were available online. I printed them out.

As I mentioned in a previous blog, the McAllister family came from Ireland and the Bergstrom family came from Sweden. My cousin, Jim Thomas, found a Finnish connection on the Swedish side when he visited Sweden in the 1990’s.

I expected a 50/50 split between the two families. I was surprised to learn I was 63% Irish (Celtic). The Swedish (Scandinavian) part was second at 21%. Eastern Finnish and Northwest Russian were 15%; the two groups intermingled along a common border. Great Britain was less than 1%.

The DNA process was quick and the results are enjoyable. I’ve started my own research by watching 6 hours of a DVD about the history of the Celtic people. Now I’m reading Celtic Myths and Legends by T.W. Rolleston, published in 1917. In spite of the title it devotes ample space to discussing the few facts that history has preserved; the Celts left no written records. They were first recognized as an ethnic group about 400 BC. They lived along the Danube river in central Europe. Around 300 AD they were pushed into Ireland, Wales and Scotland by the Roman legions. They remain there to this day, though there are no pure Celtic people left due to invasions and intermingling of cultures over centuries.

Have you watched the TV programs on genealogy, Who Do You Think You Are and Finding Your Roots? I enjoy them. I’m also enjoying my own research. I feel a deep connection to my ancient relatives. What else do I owe these hardy people besides names and cultures?

Who Are We? Beliefs – Hate or Harmony?


We are born. We go to school. We go to church. In home, school, and church we learn right from wrong. We also learn what I’ll refer to as preferences. Our preferences include helpful, inspiring in-group data which family, teachers, and pastors have accepted into their own lives. Unfortunately it also includes out-group information, some factual, some fictional.

There was a time when everyone born in Sweden had to be Lutheran. It was the state religion. The Irish are typically Catholic. Indians are mostly Hindu. Pakistanis are mostly Islamic. Many people in our southern states are Baptist. The list goes on. If your parents were Democrats they wanted you to be a Democrat; if Republican, they wanted you to be Republican. As we grew up, some of our ideas changed. But the truth is we tend to become like the people we associate with. They become our in-group.

Did you ever try to change someone from a Democrat to Republican, or vice versa? How about changing a Baptist to a Catholic? These discussions usually result in hurt feelings, possibly even anger. We end up having bad opinions about the ‘out-group’ person and they don’t like us either.

The best way to handle the situation is to, not only recognize, but to expect there will be differences in political and religious beliefs. We shouldn’t take ourselves too seriously. We shouldn’t take others too seriously either. Differences in beliefs are the result of how our brains function. Their main goal is survival, not peerless social interaction, and certainly not the conversion of everyone else to our point of view. Remember, that would mean all 7 billion of us would have the same belief in God and politics. Talk about a miracle!!

The question of who is right and who is wrong will never be settled to everyone’s satisfaction. The true value of our beliefs is what effect they have on us individually. Our beliefs should bring us the kind of peace, love and harmony that will overflow through our actions and speech. If all faiths and political beliefs had this effect on us our world would be heaven on earth.

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