Opening To Your Life Insights Annual Forecasts Fengshui Remedies For 2006 Year Of The Yang Red Fire Dog For Horse Sign Christian Psychotherapy For Convicts

Eight years ago this month I suffered the loss of a younger brother. This being the first time that I lost a sibling and the fact that he was the youngest made this time especially tough. To watch his children view him at an age where they didn’t even understand the concept of death was enough to tear your heart out.

Needless to say the family was a wreck emotionally, spiritually and mentally. I knew that it was time to seek answers. There had to be someone able to help the family through this time of emotional unrest. Having always been a spiritual individual I had a few friends who knew what I was going through and knew where I could get the help I was looking for. This help came form a wonderful woman named Sher. She has since retired but I’ll never forget her. Sher was a medium. She was able to communicate with beings that have passed on. She was able to do this quite easily and with amazing accuracy. As with any first time meeting of this nature there is a degree of skepticism. I had certain questions ready for her to make sure she could communicate the truth. Well within five minutes I had to let down all of my guards because she was everything she claimed to be and more.

She proceeded to tell me how my brother had passed and the mass trauma he sustained. This wasn’t public knowledge. His accident was so severe she said that once he separated he never looked back. He knew what he had done and it was time to go. Now at this first meeting she was unable to reach him because his passing was so traumatic to him that he was unable to communicate. She was communicating with his guardian angles if you will, his spirit guides. They were working with him to transition him over to the spirit world.

I left that day with mixed feelings. I had come to establish contact with Eric and left with a better understanding of myself. You see once we established that she was for real, but had limited communication with Eric at this time, Sher proceeded to tell me about me. Well this is a bit unnerving. Having never been with a medium, I quickly realized that the spirits she was communicating with were able to tell her anything and everything about me. You can imagine what thoughts were going through my head at that time. She not only could communicate with the other side, she would drop her glasses down every so often and gaze at me. She was looking at my aura.

She was very careful not to make me feel uncomfortable about anything, and I suppose by her seeing my aura she could tell if she needed to change the direction of where we were heading. Every so often she would gaze at me and smile, an all knowing smile as if to say time to change direction. From a spiritual viewpoint truth is truth and you can’t hide it.

I learned a great deal for that meeting and from other sessions with Sher. I took my mother there about 1 month later and she was able to communicate with Eric very clearly. From that time forward I knew that I needed to be open to finding the answers from within me. Although Sher was this wonderful gifted person who could comfort you during these tough times, she would also show you that you need to grow. You need to look inside for the answers.

Everyone has the capabilities to grow and evolve spiritually. Once you are on this path you will experience life differently. You won’t be looking for others to make your life better; you will understand that it is up to you. You decide weather to be happy or not. You decide weather you are going to have loving relationships or not. Once you understand how to harness this life changing manifestation, you will experience life as being full and abundant in every way. Your life and everything about you will grow and evolve. You will begin to influence others to grow with you. You will be living with a peaceful understanding, an inner peace and your life will begin to flourish.

The ancient Chinese Astrology is not only fascinating but also quite accurate. It’s Zodiac is based on 12 signs, a cycle of 12 years and are named after 12 symbolic animals : Rat (or Mouse), Ox (or Buffalo or Bull or Cow), Tiger, Rabbit (or Hare or Cat), Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat (or Sheep or Ram), Monkey, Rooster (or Hen or Cock or Chicken or Phoenix), Dog and Pig (or Boar or Hog).

Your Chinese Astrological Zodiac Animal Sign is based on your Chinese Lunar Year of Birth. The Chinese New Year is movable and could start anywhere between 21st January and 20th February, depending upon the year.

If your Date of Birth falls into any of these below listed Chinese Lunar Years, then, because you are born in the Year of the Horse, you are symbolically identified as a “Horse” :

From 25 Jan 1906 to 12 Feb 1907

From 11 Feb 1918 to 31 Jan 1919

From 30 Jan 1930 to 16 Feb 1931

From 15 Feb 1942 to 04 Feb 1943

From 03 Feb 1954 to 23 Jan 1955

From 21 Jan 1966 to 08 Feb 1967

From 07 Feb 1978 to 27 Jan 1979

From 27 Jan 1990 to 14 Feb 1991

From 12 Feb 2002 to 31 Jan 2003

In Chinese Hsia Calender, 2006 is the 4703rd year and is also the third year of the New Fengshui Land Luck Period 8. The new Chinese Lunar Year is from 29.01.2006 to 17.02.2007. Here are the Annual Forecasts and suggested Fengshui & Crystal Remedies that you may need for the coming “New Year 2006 : Bing Xu, the Year of the Yang Red Fire Dog” :

CAREER :

An year in which you have to be both defensive and offensive at the same time. You will have to show aggressiveness in some places and at the same time pay dearly just to hold onto what you have, in other places. You will have to play mental games with people around you, to get their help and stay afloat. Maintaining good relationship with superiors is a must. Your higher-ups will not trust you and your subordinates will not co-operate with you. Avoid taking rash decisions. You will face many emergency situations where you have to be calm and smile away grave insults. Respect and follow the ground rules without failure or you will end up in a legal mess. If you maintain clarity in your thoughts, take right decisions at the right time, work really hard and make strategic partnerships, then you will perform reasonably well. Traders and those in administrative capacities will do better. Enlist the guidance of Kuan Kung by keeping his statue in the North West. Wear a Lapis Lazouli Crystal Pendant around your neck. Wait patiently for your time and do not expect any miracles.

MONEY :

On your own, there is not much money luck. But there could be a regular cashflow of income through others, if you keep smiling and shrink your ego enough. Spend more on health insurance. Some of you will spend money in shifting or buying real estate. Having a set of PaKua Horoscope Coins with you and a set of Dragon & Phoenix Coins at home will help you.

HEALTH :

No serious health problems. Look out for infections. Take care when you climb. Some may get injuries and bruises because of a fall. There is a possibility of getting animal bites, so be careful with pets like cats and dogs ! Elders should be extra careful, in general.

LOVE :

Not a stable year for relationships. There will be quite a few ups and downs. Decisions for marriage should be weighed carefully. Married couple should be extra careful of their energies. A single wrong move could do some long term damage. Spend more time with your family and nurture your relationships personally and carefully. Consult and involve your family in all major decisions. Invest on a Stilbite Crystal Cluster and keep it in the South West of your bedroom.

Beneficial Crystal : Bloodstone, for 2006

Good Relationship with : Goat, Tiger & Dog, for 2006

Conflict with : Rat, Monkey, Ox & Horse, for 2006

Yin/Yang : Yang

A NOTE ABOUT REMEDIES : The above analysis has suggested some remedies/cures for reducing the impact of negative energy and has recommended certain enhancers for increasing and improving upon the beneficial energy. For the remedies/enhancers to be effective, they should be cleansed, energised, blessed and programmed not only for the particular individual/family but also for the specific purpose/problem. They should also be placed in the indicated location. Any or all of these remedies can be reused for the coming new years, the only thing is that some of them may have to be repositioned according to the specific new year.

Repeated research studies have revealed that secular efforts at rehabilitation have been unsuccessful in preventing recidivism. Not one of the various approaches to psychological counseling has been able to demonstrate success statistically in helping inmates rehabilitate. Among nearly 300,000 prisoners released in 15 states in 1994, 67.5% were re-arrested within 3-years. A study of 1983 releases estimated 62.5% (Langan and Levin, Bureau of Justice Statistics, June 2002).

Historically, this has been true according to the publication of The Effectiveness of Correctional Treatment (Lipton, Martinson, & Wilks,1975), which highlighted the controversy as to whether correctional treatment reduces recidivism. This review examined a variety of treatments (e.g., individual and group psychotherapy and counseling, intensive casework, and skill development) and reported the results on a number of different outcome criteria (e.g., adjustment to prison life, vocational success, recidivism rate). The relationship between any single treatment or combination of programs and recidivism rate was far from being convincing. In a review of the Lipton study, Martinson concluded that “with few isolated exceptions, the rehabilitative efforts that have been reported so far have had no appreciable effect on recidivism.”

Psychotherapy has proven to be effective with most populations. Consumer Reports (Seligman, 1995) published an article that concluded patients who benefited very substantially from psychotherapy, that long-term treatment did considerably better than short-term treatment, and that psychotherapy alone did not differ in effectiveness from medication plus psychotherapy. Furthermore, no specific modality of psychotherapy did better than any other for any disorder psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers did not differ in their effectiveness as therapists and all did better than marriage counselors and long-term family doctoring. Patients whose length of therapy or choice of therapist was limited by insurance or managed care did worse.

So the question remains: Why have psychotherapeutic efforts been unsuccessful in reducing recidivism rates within the prison population? It is more than likely possible that the “psychotherapy” previously mentioned has not been made accessible or affordable to the prison population. It is also probable that this type of psychotherapy is not meeting this populations social, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual needs.

The study of religion in criminology on the other hand is now receiving national and scholarly attention. Evans, (et al. 1995), found that participation in religious activities was a persistent and non-contingent inhibitor of adult crime.

President George W. Bush in his 2004 State of the Union Address, proposed a four-year, $300 million initiative to reduce recidivism and the societal costs of re-incarceration by harnessing the resources and experience of faith-based and community organizations. In 2003, President Bush created the nation’s first White House Office of Faith-based and Community initiatives designed to send as much as $10 billion a year to these institutions to perform social services.

Chuck Colson, who was White House counsel under President Nixon and spent seven months in prison for his part in the Watergate affair, launched the Inner Change Freedom Initiative in 1997 at a Texas prison, with close enthusiastic support from President Bush, then the state’s governor. The program is now offered at prisons in Kansas, Minnesota and Iowa, and has also expanded into federal penitentiaries. A two-year study, conducted by the University of Pennsylvania (peer-reviewed at Harvard and Princeton) between 2000 and 2002, showed that Inner Change graduates, when compared with a similar group of released inmates – controlled for race, age and offense type – who met program criteria but did not enter the program, were 50% less likely to be arrested and 60% less likely to be re-incarcerated.

Johnson, Larson, and Pitts, (1997), after examining the impact of religious programs on institutional adjustment and recidivism rates in two matched groups of inmates from four adult male prisons in New York State, found that inmates involvement in “Prison Fellowship-sponsored programs who were most active in Bible studies were significantly less likely to be arrested during the follow-up period. They also suggested that if religion can inhibit delinquent and criminal activity, why might it not facilitate the process as well as the outcomes of prison rehabilitation?

Aside from complex and difficult theological discussion about the possible spiritual roles of religion, as well as the evidence demonstrating the mental and physical health benefits of religion (Bergin 1983, 1991 Gartner et al. 1991 Larson, Sherrill, and Lyons 1994 Levin and Vanderpool 1987, 1989), there are scientific reasons to predict that religion might effect behavioral and social change. Religion targets antisocial values, emphasizes accountability and responsibility, changes cognitive approaches to conflict, and provides social support and social skills through interaction with religious people and communities (Bergin 1991 Levin and Vanderpool 1987 Martin and Carlson1988).

Such emphases seem to be consistent with what many rehabilitation workers would call principles of effective treatment. Religious programs for inmates are among the most common forms of rehabilitative programs found in correctional facilities today as confirmed by the U.S. Department of Justice (1993), which reports representative data on America’s prison populations. Religious activities attracted the most participation: 32 percent of the sampled inmates reported involvement in religious activities such as Bible studies and church services, 20 percent reported taking part in self-improvement programs, and 17 percent in counseling. These percentages are quite revealing, as nearly one inmate in three is involved in religious programs. Yet despite these figures, only a handful of published studies (Clearetal. 1992a, 1992b B. Johnson 1984, 1987a, 1987b) have examined the influence of religion and religious beliefs or practices on key prison predictor and outcome measures such as inmates’ adjustment and recidivism.

The scarcity of research about prisoners and the influence of religious variables on inmates’ adjustment and recidivism can be attributed to potential problematic biases held by both religious workers and scientific researchers (Larson et al. 1986 Larson et al. 1995 Larson, Sherrill, and Lyons 1994 Post 1995). Many chaplains, ministers, and religious volunteers who work in religious programs have been reluctant or have lacked the skills to undertake publishable research. This reluctance had been fueled by a broader historical skepticism about the relevance of religion held by many in higher education, and at best by university researchers’ ambivalence in studying spirituality or religion (Jones 1994, Larson et al. 1994).

Arthur Hogles, author of “The Church and the Criminal,” proclaims, “many a criminal has been so completely transformed by the power of God that all desire to break the law has been eliminated. Evangelical religion is a social asset. Data, however, does not exist at present which directly demonstrates conclusively the effect of inmate conversion on recidivism. If in fact the root cause of all crime arises from man’s sinful nature and his cultivation of sinful habits, then it is the churches responsibility to help with the rehabilitation process. Sinful lifestyles create guilt feelings which lead to low self-esteem and a poor self-image. Bad family situations, alcohol and drug abuse, and education and employment problems are all symptoms of the development of a failure identity. If the conversion experience has a direct correlation to a positive self-image and a success identity, then Christian psychologists can offer insight into the prevention, intervention and rehabilitation of criminals.

Recently, there has been a growing interest in biblically based approaches to counseling by spirit filled evangelical scholars and counseling psychologists. They are integrating the research of psychology and religion particularly the Christian Faith, for rehabilitative efforts. The claims of great numbers of people confessing a personal relationship with the God of the Universe through His Son, Jesus Christ, are amazingly similar regardless of place, time, environment, or background. They confirm that Christ satisfies the deepest mental and spiritual needs of all intellects, ages, races and nationalities. This relationship carries an influence through time and into eternity.

For more info see: “Christian Psychotherapy & Criminal Rehabilitation,” by Dr. James Slobodzien at –

James Slobodzien, Psy.D., CSAC, is a Hawaii licensed psychologist and certified substance abuse counselor who earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology. He is credentialed by the National Registry of Health Service Providers in Psychology. He has over 20-years of mental health experience primarily working in the fields of alcohol/ substance abuse and behavioral addictions in hospital, prison, and court settings. He is an adjunct professor of Psychology and also maintains a private practice as a mental health consultant.

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