Sometimes it be hard to feel grateful for things as they are...and that's why I wrote this one. Because things ARE improving, like never before.
Want to feel grateful for the world as it is? See the movie above/left. You'll go, "Holy shit. I'm glad to be alive now!" Click the image for the trailer.
First let's look back just 150 years, to 1870. What was life like then?
Well, for starters, there was no anaesthetic. But we did have vodka! And there was no contraception either. I have actually read about people using pig intestines ...you gotta do what you gotta do I guess! So sex often led to babies, and you can imagine the stress of that if you were poor. And check out transportation: if you wanted to travel to the next town over, it might take 2 weeks... and your car (a horse and carriage) had no heat, no radio, was bumpy, noisy...and you might get half way there and realize you have run out of water. Yikes. And that's just 100 years ago. Feeling grateful yet? And the more you go back, the worse it gets. Which brings me to say this:
Now is actually the best time to be alive in history.
A Brief but Important Aside...
I believe that God - the superconscious Mind of Creation, works to overshadow the most important changes that we can make. God/Mind literally works through human beings, inspiring them to make the changes that will make the most difference and keep evolution moving forward.
That said, here's 8 Big Changes happening now, with just some of the far-reaching effects they will have!
1. Legalization of Cannabis and Discovery of CBD
Immediate effects: people are already taking CBD oil (a medicinal compound within cannabis) for pain-relief, cancer prevention, reducing anxiety and much more.
Unanticipated effects: millions off people are already getting off their highly addictive pain medications (aka opioids). Hemp also: detoxifies the soil it grows in, can be made into 'hemp-crete', which is far superior to concrete, and makes for durable clothing. And hemp grows way faster than cotton, and with much, much less water. Hemp also has a ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 oils that is ideal for the human body.
No wonder cannabis has been illegal for so long!
2. Robotic Cars
Immediate effects: We stop driving into each other! Robotic cards will greatly reduce suffering and grief and also remove a great burden from the healthcare system.
Unanticipated effects: free up many human hours, as transport of goods becomes automated. Imagine: your 'driving' from Vancouver to LA during the night, and sleeping the whole way there, since your car is doing the driving! All Tesla cars already have the ability to be autonomous, they are simply waiting for the laws to catch up.
3. More Affordable Solar Panels and Battery Technology
Immediate effects: stopping or greatly slowing global warming, as we transition off fossil fuels and into electric cars for transportation. And get this: the time is coming when the solar panels on your home will also charge you vehicle. You will never pay for gas or electricity again!
Unanticipated effects: places that don't have power, like much of Africa, may finally get power, while skipping the whole infrastructure usually needed (power cables, sub-stations, and so on). Solar and battery technology will also rapidly accelerate automation via robotics, freeing millions of people from drudgery...which will force us into a new relationship to money, and possibly force the GLA (Guaranteed Living Allowance) into being.
Solar powered robots are a cheap work force - they are fueled by the sun!
We are laying down a foundation for the world that is to come.
3. The I-net and the Increased Availability of Information and Education
Immediate effects: what used to take a few days (snail mail) now takes a few seconds. So human progress has greatly accelerated.
Unanticipated effects: The global brain has woken up, so now we have the real possibility of global cooperation. We also have Crowd-funding, Meetup groups, and education is going online and in many cases, is free. Uber is putting more money into the hands of the average car owner, and Air B'n'B is doing the same for the average home owner. Talk about one thing creating many changes! And as of today (Feb.2017), only about 50% of the world is online. The i-net is just getting started and we have yet to see it's full potential.
4. The Growth of Robotics
Immediate effects: Robots are already building cars. Now surgery is also going robotic, with the doctor controlling the robotic arm, and the result will be much less risk of mistakes, and recovery time sometimes reduced by half.
Robotics is moving rapidly into many other areas, too.
Unanticipated effects: as many jobs become replaced by robots, the GLA (Guaranteed Living Allowance) may come into being by necessity, a huge change, opening the way to better health and greater creativity for millions of people as it replaces welfare, disability and many other social services.
5. Health Coaches
A new tier of health professionals are being trained, and they are already saving the day. Health coaches are the all-important bridge between your doctor and you, and between your present habits and the ones that will make you feel your best. Health coaches are literally your healthy life trainer - someone trained to help you build and maintain Health, via your daily nutrition and life-style choices. And this really works. And teams are also happening: health coaches and integrative medicine doctors are beginning to work together, and are delivering care via group visits, tele-medicine, and new membership models - like the "health club" model, where you pay once, then visit them as you need them. This is true preventive medicine that will greatly reduce medical system costs while also extending our health-spans.
6. Functional Medicine (FM)
Many people, and myself included, believe that Functional Medicine is the new medical paradigm that will replace the current system. And there's evidence for this: Doctors across the US and the world are rapidly getting trained in FM, by the thousands, because it works. Sometimes called 'biological systems medicine', FM integrates many of the most recent discoveries into a system of testing and protocols that helps you get healthy *before* you have a dis-ease.
7. Integrative Medicine (IM)
The first Integrative Medicine program was taught about 15 years ago at the University of Arizona by the famous Dr. Weil. Today IM programs are being taught in many places. Doctors are learning 1) mind-body medicine, 2) life-style medicine, 3) nutritional medicine and 4) energy medicines. And they are being taught, for the first time, that "The body is self-healing".
8. Brain-balancing Technologies
We have put many health issues behind us. People no longer die of scurvy, for ex - we discovered it was a simple vitamin C deficiency. Well, here's the newest discovery: Brainwave Optimization. You literally relax in a chair, and 'listen' to the sound of your brain - and your brain auto-corrects, releasing trauma, and regaining its natural state of balance and calm. The result is that most people sleep like they haven't in years, PTSD ends, and much more. Brainwave is rapidly making PTSD and trauma a thing of the past.
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Hi, I'm Donovan Giraud. I'm a health coach, meditator and visionary, and I'm on a mission to help people heal themselves and evolve our world.