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Fear versus Faith: Florence Scovel Shinn

By Moira Cue

Florence Scovel Shinn, born in 1870, was a metaphysical author best-known for her 1925 book, The Game of Life and How to Play It. While some of the language and ideas no longer resonate, her work deserves attention for those interested in the Law of Attraction and in particular, those who are both spiritual and ambitious.

One of Ms. Shinn’s most interesting statements is “Fear is only inverted faith: it is faith in evil instead of good.” This is one of the most powerful statements I have ever heard about fear, or faith. We live in a world that shows us many ways in which evil is real and powerful. There are many unsavory things, and they won’t go away by me choosing to dwell on them or not.

But what do we believe about good and evil? I recently read a book about cognitive bias that contained the whopping  over-generalization that evil is more powerful than good. Hollywood movies used to have good guys and bad guys that could be clearly distinguished, but now a protagonist likely to be deeply morally ambiguous, pathologically neurotic, and/or in the process of transforming from a protagonist to antagonist. Perhaps it’s more realistic to think that even a hero has flaws, but if we cannot imagine people who both do good and are healthy, than what hope do we have of ever living healthy lives where we do good things? Who are our role models?

Florence Scovel Shinn teaches that there is only one power, rather than two, and that power is God. This is a difficult idea to grasp. She believes that each of us was once a part of the infinite intelligence (that some call God) but that our own “vain imaginings,” or separation from the Divine, are the root of evil. And that separation begins with fear. In the Christian tradition, God is the creator of heaven and earth, but the devil, Lucifer, is a fallen angel. He became the devil by separating himself from God.

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You don’t have to be Christian, or even a deist or disciple of any organization or teacher, to believe in good. Some people believe that religion is mostly metaphors, while others believe that various religious scriptures are the literal and singular Truth with a capital T. Most all religions talk about love, and how we are supposed to love each other. Some religions talk about how we are supposed to love not only humans, but to show compassion and gentleness for all living beings. But how many of us have had experience with religion or ideology that caused us to feel guilt, shame, and fear, instead of love? How many of us have used religion or ideology to judge others as less worthy than ourselves?

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Finally, how many of us believe that good is stronger than evil? On one hand, a person could say that a question as broad and general as “Which is stronger, good or evil?” is impossible to answer. And many of us haven’t given it much conscious thought. Some of us are sensitive to all the times that history has shown evil triumph over good. But I would argue that most of us either believe that good is stronger than evil or that evil is stronger than good, that we can consciously change that belief, and that just having a belief that good is stronger than evil will make the world a better place.

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When you are afraid, you are expressing a belief in evil. When you have faith, you open the door to the possibility that there is something or someone that is bigger and stronger than you and your separation from the source of infinite love and abundance. When you invite that something into your life, through faith, whatever that wonderful thing is, it can heal you and make you whole again.

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Trump and Hillary–The Art of the Smear Campaign

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton–in no other campaign in history has there been more name calling, drama, and smear. In Hollywood, it is all about ‘hype,’  Telling everyone how great one is an an actor, model, singer, filmmaker, humanitarian, or the like. In Washington–during one of the most competitive election campaigns ever, it is not only about the candidate’s bragging about how great they are, but also, about smearing their opponent.

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Who Has the Best Public Relations Campaign?

As we all know, “The Art of the Smear” has been taken to new levels by Donald and Hillary during this election.  We don’t need to repeat all of the drama–you know about that.  What we do want to determine here is this; How effective is each candidate’s campaign in terms of public relations and marketing? We monitored, we reviewed, we tested them, and we made our determination. The results are as follows:

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MOST EFFECTIVE USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA
Trump

Trump’s social media power dominates. From FB to Twitter to You Tube, he has it down.

MOST EFFECTIVE WEBSITE
Hillary

Hillary’s site is user friendly, and media friendly, with easy contact detail. Trump’s site has fewer contacts for e-mail communication.

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MOST EFFECTIVE ONLINE PRESENCE
Trump

Trump dominates on the web. A true entertainer, he is simply entertaining to watch–love him or hate him, and has a bigger presence online than Hillary.

MOST EFFECTIVE USE OF MAINSTREAM MEDIA
Hillary

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MOST EFFECTIVE USE OF ALTERNATIVE MEDIA
Trump

From You Tube to bloggers and independent media leaders including Brietbart and Info Wars, Trump trounces in alternative media.

MOST EFFECTIVE ORGANIZING TEAM
Hillary

Team Hillary effectively recruits volunteers to help her team nationwide. Volunteers for her campaign have been asked to call voters from their cell phones, blocking their call before each dial. They were instructed ‘not’ to leave messages. While they should have had offices with land lines set up for callers, left messages, and not have blocked calls, at least they did better then her opponent in this regard.

Trump’s organizing team falls flat in this area. They repeatedly have failed to return communication for organizing supporters for callers,  media, and door to door campaigning, among more.

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MOST EFFECTIVE RALLIES
Trump

Trump smears his opponent in this area, pulling in massive numbers of supporters across the nation.

MOST EFFECTIVE BRANDING / SLOGAN

Trump

“Make America Great Again” is –whether true or not, a great slogan. Everyone remembers it.  Hillary’s is, well–forgettable.

MOST EFFECTIVE DEBATING

DEBATE #1:
Hillary

Trump started way too soft, letting his opponent walk all over him way too many times. While he got in a few zingers, he mostly lost this one. Some say a biased moderator helped his defeat.

DEBATE #2:
Tie

While tough for Trump, with another Democrat moderator, but when Trump said that Hillary should be in prison–nothing could top that.  Whether you believe she should be in prison or not, it can’t be denied that it was a wild, unpredictable statement, and unforgettable in the history of American politics.  After the Billy Bush tape leak dominating media right before this debate however, that fact lessened what could have been Trump’s landslide win for this debate.  With a flurry of charges now also against him, the ugly scale of attacks were more balanced, and and as such, this could be easily called a tie.

DEBATE #3:                                                                                                                 Trump

Bringing Bill’s accusers to the ringside, Trump dominated this one, getting Hillary back– for her Vice Presidential running mate’s bad behavior of interrupting Pence– by being much more aggressive and even confronting the media,  who he has publicly scolded. He dominated in the first round, but then lost a little steam, as Hillary pulled ahead closer, keeping a steady pace. Still-Trump mostly beat her, helped by a Fox News moderator who was non biased.

VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE:
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Even Democrats gave Pence credit for sounding intelligent, and coming off as genuine and professional here. Kaine however–showing himself to the world for the first time in a big way, came off poorly; interrupting terribly, and even yelling on instances.

MOST EFFECTIVE SMEAR CAMPAIGN:
Tie

From Trump’s sexist comments against women from years ago, to Hillary’s e-mail scandals among more, both have effectively smeared each other in various terrible ways. Had Wikileaks or the Billy Bush tape not leaked, the fight may have stayed standing, but instead, it dropped to the ground with both sides fighting for blood.

CONSPIRACY THEORIES

Some still suggest both candidates are secretly still friends (as noted in the photo above when they were still pals), and that the election is rigged not for Hillary against Trump, but for Hillary and Trump against Trump. While this seemed plausible in the conspiracy world at first, as things progressed, it seemed highly unlikely. If so, both sides deserve an Oscar nomination for the most convincing characters in the Drama category.

No matter what is real in the murky and crazy world of Washington, all we can know is that whatever happens, we will all still be just fine. And we here at The Hollywood Sentinel can be thankful that we work here in Hollywood–where things are nice and normal compared to Washington D.C.

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The Art of Success

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By Bruce Edwin

This life we have been given is truly amazing. We create what we want. If you want to fly across the world, you can make some money, buy a plane ticket, and do it. You can even make a whole lot of money, and buy your own plane if you really want to.   If you want to write a book, make a song, dance, or paint a picture, you can do that.


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If you want to fall in love, you can be loving, meet someone, and fall in love. You can make money, buy a house, and live your dream. The only thing stopping you is you. If you feel stopped, look at what you tell yourself and what others tell you. Validate your self work, and do not tolerate others who do not tolerate you or your dreams. Dream bigger every day.

The Art of Success–is truly then, the manner of correct thinking. All success begins with action, and all action starts with thought. If your thinking is off, your action will be either non-existent, or worse–incorrect action. The first key to success therefore, is knowledge. A very simplistic outline of success could look as follows;

  1. Determine what you do NOT want. Knowing what you want, entails knowing what you do not want. Be sure to know what you do not want, so you can avoid the unwanted from happening.
  2.  Determine what you DO want. Determine your Top Most Goals and Dreams. Write them down.
  3. Write down the steps necessary to reach each goal, including your top goal.  Find out what is required to make each step happen.  Prioritize your goals in terms of long term, mid term, and short term. Looks at your goals regularly; when you wake up, during the day, and before you go to sleep, if not more.
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  5. Educate yourself. Read and study what you need to learn and know to make each step happen. If for example, you want to be a top actor, read about the top actors and how they made it to the top. Find and locate the best acting coach, and study acting.
  6.  After your education and training is great, then take action. Do the steps necessary to achieve your goals.
  7. Realize that education, study, and learning should be a life long goal, and that you should never stop studying, training, and learning, to become and stay the best you can be.
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  9. Be certain that your environment is free from distractions, including people who may invalidate your goals and plans.
  10. Get a mentor to help guide and coach you. Remember that the top Olympic athletes have coaches, and even the President of the United States has advisors to give him advice on what to do in different areas of their specialized knowledge. The wise seek the counsel of others, not try to do everything themselves. Leverage others.  And never be afraid to ask questions to get more information if you do not know something.
  11. After you have achieved your goals, find a way to help others along the way. Mentor someone else in turn for example, or donate some time to a charity or other worthy cause.
  12. Always focus on what you do want, not on what you do not want. Be optimistic. Not unrealistic–but optimistic. Negative attitudes and pessimism kills. Surround yourself with those who are more successful than you. We tend to gravitate to the level of those around us.
  13. Be of service to others, and give back.
  14. Be thankful. Show thanks have gratitude for all you have. We are blessed.

I wish you great success! Questions or comments may be addressed to me through the contact form on this site.

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