Gemini Full Moon Supermoon, December 3, at 7:46 am PST at 12 degrees

This Full Moon in Gemini is another SuperMoon. The average distance of the Moon from the Earth is approximately 238,000 miles; it will be approximately 222,135 miles away, or 16,000 miles closer. As the Moon rotates around the earth, it is has an uneven elliptical orbit. There are times that it is closer to the earth and times that it is farther away. The closer the Moon is to the earth, the greater the gravitational pull on the earth with the potential for increases in earthquakes and storm activity, and also in our own emotional intensity.

In addition to the energies of this Full Moon, is a set of hard aspects greatly intensifying its impact. We are experiencing a T-Square which includes two squares and an opposition. The players are Neptune in Pisces squaring this Gemini Moon and the Sagittarius Sun, stirring up confusion and emotional distraction. It is important during these times of mental and emotional upheaval to be aware of how your words affect other people. Think before you speak. This is a perfect time to discover how your emotions and your emotional responses to others may be distorting your ability to think and communicate clearly. Use this Gemini Full moon to analyze your verbal skills and tactfulness with wisdom, and make the appropriate changes.

The challenging square from the Gemini Moon to Neptune points to the possibility of not trusting what you see and discounting your feelings if they aren’t logical or don’t make sense. The Sagittarius Sun can question feelings that don’t align with certain belief systems or moral judgments. We are being prompted to be more open to different philosophies and to trust what we can’t yet see.

Mercury’s conjunction with Saturn can be a useful reality check. Have you been out of integrity with your truth and possibly living your life according to someone else’s paradigm? Saturn reminds us of our responsibility to ourselves, and that we have the ability and duty to carve out our own path, with intention. This retrograde is the ideal time to look at your life and re-write what is no longer valid for who and what you were born to become.

Written by Wendy Cicchetti

Full Moon symbolizes the fulfillment of the seeds planted at a previous New Moon or some earlier cycle. Each Full Moon reminds us of the seeds that may be coming to maturity, to their fullness, to fruition, to the place where the fruits or gifts are received. It may seem that fulfillment of our goals takes a long time. Some intentions may manifest within the two week phase prior to the next New or Full Moon. Some however, depending on their complexity, may take a much longer time. Just remember that our thoughts and emotions set Universal Action in motion and much work takes place behind the scenes as everything is orchestrated for fulfillment. Keep visualizing your goals as though you have already attained them and they will eventually manifest. Do not concern yourself with current conditions or worry about controlling it. The universe takes care of those details. Just keep seeing what you want, and move in that direction with your actions, and give no energy to what you don’t want. Patience is required.

The Psyche & Cosmos Advanced Program

With Transpersonal Psychologist
Stanislav Grof, MD
and Philosopher
Richard Tarnas, PhD
New 18-week Video Training Starts
Thursday, January 4, 2018
The Healing Potential of Archetypal Astrology
Presented on November 29, 2017
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Open to the wisdom of archetypal astrology to enrich your self-understanding and gain insight into the larger forces at play in your own life and on the world stage.

Identify optimal times for journeying into your depths, discover radical new interpretations of reality, and strengthen your sense of belonging in a loving, ensouled universe.

What was the one method that legendary psychoanalyst Carl Jung used with all of his patients? The one method that consistently provided a high level of precision for understanding the archetypal dynamics of a given individual’s experience?

Astrology.

Surprised? You may be more surprised to find out that archetypal astrology not only offers a unique and precise way to explore the depths of your psyche to liberate you from limited ideas of who you truly are

…it also pierces the veil of mystery and reveals the universe as interconnected, meaningful, and intelligent, as opposed to the cold, soulless void that much of science regards as the ultimate truth.

As you see how astrology can predict the larger archetypal forces that are active in your life and in the world at any given time, you can use it both as a valuable map for navigating your inner world and for understanding the collective currents of our time.

In the process, you’ll discover that when you’re aware of the archetypal forces expressing themselves through you, you’re able to deepen and accelerate your growth and transformation.

And that is the whole rationale for depth psychology, from Freud and Jung onward — to become conscious of the unconscious, to release yourself from the bondage of blind action, to explore and experience the hidden forces in your psyche.

Think of archetypal astrology as a Rosetta Stone of the human psyche that opens up new interpretations of reality and connects the dots between planetary patterns in our solar system and archetypal patterns in your human experience.

When you bring astrology and depth psychology together, a new world of possibility opens.

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The Use of “Soma” to Shape and Control Society in Huxley’s Brave New World

The Use of “Soma” to Shape and Control Society in Huxley’s Brave New World

The future of the world is a place of thriving commerce and stability. Safety and happiness are at an all-time high, and no one suffers from depression or any other mental disorders. There are no more wars, as peace and harmony spread to almost every corner of the world. There is no sickness, and people are predestined to be happy and content in their social class. But if anything wrong accidentally occurs, there is a simple solution to the problem, which is soma. The use of soma totally shapes and controls the utopian society described in Huxley’s novel Brave New World as well as symbolize Huxley’s society as a whole. This pleasure drug is the answer to all of …show more content…

Soma is the answer to all of life’s problems and is invented in an attempt to distract society from worry, tension, and pain. The drug is rationed by the government and is normally consumed after a hard day’s work. In this utopian society, people choose to “know no pain” (Clareson 238). Instead of suffering, people fill their days with the mindless acts they were predestined to perform. At the end of each day, everyone gathers in crowded distribution rooms and waits eagerly to receive the one thing that truly makes the day worthwhile, which is his or her ration of soma (Huxley 215). This valuable drug goes beyond the literal meaning in which it is being used and becomes the one thing that everyone really lives for. The idea in the novel is that pleasure is the most powerful motivator (Clareson 238). So by giving the masses pleasure, the directors keep the world running smoothly. The directors also eliminate the time between desire and fulfillment, so one cannot help but take the quick fix of soma rather than using logic to figure out his or her problems. It is the mass’ motivator and problem solver, and brings the people all the great moods and feelings that they could possible ask for because of its hypnotic power to relax the mind (Meerloo 236). Unfortunately, when the futuristic people take this drug, they eventually…
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. . . the police, who oddly enough control the riot by spraying soma gas to calm everyone. The irony of this scene proves that the soma is really more than just a drug, for it is truly an escape or answer to fill any void in their boring lives of “Community, Identity, Stability” (Huxley 1). Throughout the novel, the feeling arises that perhaps the use of soma is in some way the symbol of the lost innocence of society. Through science, the world directors have made considerable observations and contributions to the point where one may lose touch with reality. Soma itself is merely a synthetic drug used to ease the pain of life, for the pain is actually living a life where everything does not always go the way one plans. Not only is the drug a loss of innocence, but also it encourages the promiscuity of the whole population and the loss of the normal family unit becomes cause for radical change. The sacrifice of true art is another loss to the . . . (bartleby.com)

Note from Mike Zonta, BB editor:

I think Huxley’s use of the word “soma” for this drug of distraction/appeasement is interesting in light of The Prosperos’ use of the word “soma” as a less loaded term for the body.

Tye Sheridan talks to Jesus

“I walk out [in the desert], too.  Sometimes when I’m out there, I feel this thing rising inside me, that I am everything and that everything is me.  That I will always be alive.  Forever.”

–Tye Sheridan as the son talking to Jesus/the Devil played by Ewan McGregor in the movie Last Days in the Desert.

The Jewish Sage Who Was Also a Gladiator

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Strong, sexy rabbis bathing and talking about beautiful women. Sounds like a pitch for a new HBO show, but actually, it’s a scene from the Talmud.

Though you might have always pictured the rabbis of the Talmud as bearded old men, the texts tell another story. Rabbi Shimon Ben Lakish, often known as Resh Lakish, was originally a bandit and a gladiator, known for his amazing strength. In fact, Resh Lakish’s strength was instrumental in bringing him from banditry to Judaism.

According to the Talmud (Baba Metzia 84a), Rabbi Yohanan, another famously gorgeous rabbi, was bathing in the Jordan river. Resh Lakish saw him and in just one leap he was next to Yohanan in the water. Yohanan was impressed by this feat of strength, but said to Lakish, “Your strength would be better suited for studying Torah.” Resh Lakish responded, “And your beauty would be better suited for women.” Yohanan then promised Resh Lakish his sister’s hand in marriage if Resh Lakish would come to the beit midrash to study. And thus a Torah scholar was brought into the fold.

Steve Georgiou on his faith and mentor, minimalist poet Robert Lax

by David Ian Miller (SFGate.com) February 15, 2005

“The goal in martial arts is not to injure your opponent but to shock him awake.”

–Stephen Georgiou

Most religious traditions emphasize the importance of finding a spiritual guide or mentor, but identifying that person can be tricky business. Some people spend their lives searching for that certain someone to light the way. Others get waylaid along the path by false gurus and other mystical pretenders.

Steve Georgiou, a writer and a teacher of religious studies who practices the Eastern Orthodox faith, met the man he calls his mentor seemingly by chance. For him, it was like the old proverb that says: “When the student is ready, the teacher appears.”

Georgiou’s mentor was Robert Lax, a successful minimalist poet whose life and work influenced famed Trappist monk Thomas Merton, as well as Beat Generation writers like Jack KerouacAllen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs. Lax had dropped out of the public eye in the 1960s to live alone on Patmos, a Greek island where the ancient Eastern Orthodox Monastery of St. John is located.

When Georgiou visited Patmos in 1993, the two men began a wide-ranging conversation about religion, art and other topics that lasted, on and off, for seven years. Georgiou eventually wrote a book about his experiences with the poet-hermit, who died in 2000, called “The Way of the Dreamcatcher.”

Recently, I spoke with Georgiou about spiritual life in the Eastern Orthodox church (a Christian faith that dates its origins from the time of Jesus and his apostles) and his relationship with Lax.

Did you grow up Eastern Orthodox?

Yes, I was born into a Greek family. My mom’s side came from Asia Minor, my dad’s side from mainland Greece. They both practiced the Orthodox faith, and I naturally fell into it.

What did your religious life look like as a child?

It was pretty much what a lot of kids go through — going to church, reading Scripture with parents, Sunday school, things like that.

What elements of Eastern Orthodoxy particularly resonate with you as an adult?

I’ve always appreciated the church rituals, which integrate art and spirituality in a beautiful and mysterious manner. There are many icons that inspire meditation, poetic hymns, lots of incense, wonderful chanting — it’s all very colorful and moving. In that beauty, I relax, let go of my worldly cares and anxieties and more easily identify with the spirit of God within me. An Orthodox mystic once said, “Acquire the spirit of peace, and thousands around you will be saved.”

Do you pray a lot?

I try to practice the Jesus prayer as much as possible, which basically says, “Jesus Christ, son of God, have mercy on me.” It’s thought to be one of the earliest prayers of the Christian church. I think it’s a good way to still the mind, like saying a mantra over and over again. I also like worshipping near water. Maybe it has something to do with baptism, or the idea of being near a living stream, the flow of things — I’m not sure — but after being in a church and really feeling the wonder of the liturgy, I like to go to the ocean.

What do you pray for?

We’re all part of one big package. There’s an ongoing relationship between the Creator and the whole of creation. Many Orthodox fathers emphasize the biblical view that ever since the creation of the world, God’s glory abounds in the things that have been made. If you’re a conscious person and are sensitive to all that’s around you, you pray for everything. I see myself like a servant of God who prays for people, creatures, animals, all things.

Tell me about Robert Lax, the poet-hermit you met in Greece who became your mentor. How did the story begin?

Back in 1993, I’d had a couple bad breaks. I was encouraged to apply for a teaching position at a college here in the Bay Area, but at the last second, they gave the job to someone else. I also went through the breakup of a relationship. I became very depressed. I needed some spiritual uplift. I had been writing to a monk over on Patmos for a few years. He suggested I go there.

Why Patmos? What was there?

It’s an Eastern Orthodox island. It’s been called the “Jerusalem of the Aegean” because of its association with St. John the Apostle. It also has an ancient monastery and many early Christian pilgrimage sites. It’s a very beautiful place.

So you decided to go. What happened?

I went there on a spiritual retreat. The goal was to meet with the monk, but when I got there he had gone to Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul), because that’s where the patriarch of the Orthodox Church holds office. I was left without passage into the monastery. So I stayed in a guesthouse for a while. One night, I was walking along the dock, and I happened to meet a young Greek who asked me where I was from. I mentioned I had recently gotten a graduate degree in humanities and that I was a teacher, and he said, “You ought to meet this man named Pax. He’s a hermit. He’s a poet. He lives up in the mountains in a little blue-and-white house.”

Pax? Don’t you mean Lax?

Yes, but this guy said “Pax,” which, interestingly, means “peace” in Latin. Anyway, that night I went to look for him.

And you eventually found him. What were your first impressions?

I go a lot on intuition. I suppose it’s the artist in me. As soon as I met him, I felt a strong sense of calm and collectiveness come over me. It’s as though I were looking into a candle and saw that nice, warm light, that aura. I felt he really was a manifestation of what peace is all about.

What did you know about him at this point? Did you know that he was friends with Thomas Merton?

I didn’t know anything, really. When I first met him, he told me he was a poet. He didn’t say much else about himself. Afterward, when I came back to San Francisco, I happened to look up Merton’s writings, and Lax was listed in the index of his book, “The Seven Storey Mountain.” Merton had called him “a man who had an inborn connection to the living God.”

Lax had been a successful poet who influenced a lot of people. What led him to become a hermit on Patmos?

Back in the 1960s, he was a roving reporter for Jubilee, a Catholic magazine. He was traveling around Europe doing stories, and one day, in Marseilles, he saw an icon of St. John writing the Book of Revelation on Patmos. That was a sign for him to go to there. He loved the place and decided to stay.

But why become a hermit?

He told me he wanted a quiet place to write, a place to meditate, to hear God’s voice. He also said that writers need the quiet and the space to best hear themselves think.

What did he teach you?

He broadened my theological interests. He was born into a Jewish family, converted to Catholicism as an adult, yet remained open to all religions. He practiced yoga long before a lot of people and studied Zen and the Kabballah. He died a Christian, but a Christian who respected all paths to God. He opened my mind to other faiths, other ways of appreciating the divine. He also encouraged me to study theology in a more formal way, so I went on to earn my Ph.D. at the Graduate Theological Union, in Berkeley.

You mention in your book on Lax that he had a peripatetic teaching style. How would you describe that?

He and I would walk and talk by the sea. After we were done, I would duck into an alley and write down everything he had told me [laughs]. Sometimes we would have dinner afterward. It was wonderful being with somebody who was so present with the moment. Whether he was chopping vegetables or picking up a book, he would become part of the activity. I felt a real strong sense of holiness around him. I wanted to do good because he was good. Goodness radiated from him in a very real way.

Do you think of him as a kind of guru?

He was more of a mentor. Lax, in his humility, would never say, “I’m a guru.” He would say, “I’m just a poet.” He didn’t want to draw attention to himself.

Lax died in 2000. Do you know his views on death and the afterlife?

He saw it as a transition, part of the flow. He believed that though we cry and shed tears for loved ones who have passed on, we ultimately trust that better days are still ahead, hopefully for all.

Is that what you believe?

I do feel there is a life beyond, as the Resurrection indicates. Ultimately, though, it’s a mystery. But I think that there is a strong indication that the cosmos was formed through an act of love, and people are born to be microcosms of that love. If they love intensely, then they will go on to a new creation.

Do you ever see yourself becoming a hermit like Lax?

I’ve been applying for professorships lately. It’s hard. There are few openings. I’ve been teaching part time for over 10 years and written some books. I thought I would have found something by now. I suppose if nothing works out as a teacher, I might go to some quiet place by the sea and continue writing. We’ll see. If you have faith, all kinds of things can happen.

During his far-flung career in journalism, Bay Area writer and editor David Ian Miller has worked as a city hall reporter, personal finance writer, cable television executive and managing editor of a technology news site. His writing credits include Salon.com, Wired News and The New York Observer.

“Stay as sick as you are” by Katie Lee

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“Stay as Sick as You Are” by Katie Lee

I would have you as you are
That’s the way I love you
I’m so afraid that time and life
May mellow and mature you
Afraid some clever analyst
May in a decade cure you

Don’t change your basic patterns
Strange, as they may be
The way you are, oh my darling
You never can belong to anybody else but me

I love your streak of cruelty
Your psychopathic lies
The homicidal tendencies
Shining in your eyes

Don’t change your psychic structures,
Weird as it may be
Your wild and strange misbehavior
And you rich my lonely days with very deep anxiety

I love your endless fantasies
Your morbid little tears
You make me feel so needed, sweet
With your countless fears

Don’t change your odd neuroses
They’re what make you mine
For no one else dear would have you
So don’t you ever change a lick
No, stay darling, stay, way under par
Stay darling, stay, as constant as the stars.
Stay darling, stay Stay as sick as you are.

Leah Remini Rediscovers Her Faith In Scientology After Going Through Difficult Point In Life

November 30, 2017 (theonion.com)

NEW YORK—Saying she had never felt more complete and was “so grateful to be home,” Kevin Can Wait actress Leah Remini told reporters Thursday that she has rediscovered her faith in Scientology after going through a difficult point in her life. “I was really lost for the last few years, and it wasn’t until recently that I reached for my copy of Dianetics and understood how desperately I wanted to reconnect with my faith, that I was Clear once and could be again,” said Remini, adding that as soon as she realized how unhealthy it was to repress thousands of years of traumatic memories from past lives, she was ready to fully recommit to unshackling herself from her reactive mind. “The folks at my church welcomed me back with open arms and started auditing me like I never left—they’re just that kind of people. And now that I’m back on track and focusing on reaching OT Level 8, the past three years seem like a terrible dream.” At press time, Remini was reportedly struggling with her faith again and was deeply thankful for the opportunity to rehabilitate in a labor camp.

“Metaphysical Alliance Spreads Message of Hope” by Van R. Ault

INNER SPACE:   “AIDS Can Be Healed”

San Francisco Sentinel, January 2, 1987

It’s getting to be a tradition now: one night out of the last week of every month, between fifty and a hundred people jam into the MCC chapel to hear the message of hope at the Metaphysical Alliance AIDS Healing Service. The message takes numerous forms, and is presented in prayers, meditations, visualizations, lectures, affirmations, and healing circles, but it is very simple: AIDS can be healed. For the last fourteen months, these AIDS Healing Services have reiterated that message to all who have come to join in the experience.

Certainly metaphysical practices are nothing new to the gay community. We’ve always had a certain number of maverick spiritual adventurers, willing to probe the realms of inner space. What is new is the way this particular group has assembled people of such amazingly diverse spiritual approaches to make a unanimous, public statement. In examining this diversity, you might come to the conclusion that they are, in the facetious words of member Alan Blackman, “the lunatic fringe.” But the results they are showing the public undercut such a judgement. The members of the Alliance include practitioners of Christian Science, Unity, Science of the Mind, Silva Mind Control, Wicca and Ceremonial Magic, and Buddhism. There are also Radical Faeries, students of Louise Hay, Ramtha, Terry Cole Whitaker, The Prosperos, and many others in their ranks. Believe it or not, they actually get along.

Dave Braun conducts a healing circle at the December Metaphysical Alliance Healing Service.  Photo available at page 13 of this pdf:  http://digitalassets.lib.berkeley.edu/sfbagals/Sentinal/1987_SFS__Vol15_No01_Jan_02.pdf

The organization began its evolution in October of 1985. Director Michael Zonta called the first meeting of people he had quietly been networking with. “I started calling people because I felt that nobody was getting the word out about metaphysical healing work.” He really didn’t think such an organization would work. “I was involved at the time with the Healing Project, and that’s where I laid my hopes. This was just a side issue we were going to try out. People I spoke with recommended other people so a whole network got going.” By now, of course, the organization has far outgrown Zonta’s initial doubts. At that time, he says, “I couldn’t think of what metaphysical people from all these schools of thought could do together for an hour. I thought maybe we’ll just be silent and that’ll be it. Fortunately, other minds prevailed, so we came up with a little program and that’s what we’ve been playing ever since.”

What is new is the way this particular group has assembled people of such amazingly diverse spiritual approaches to make a unanimous, public statement. 

There have been guest speakers at every service, including Louis Nassaney, an AIDS success story; Irene Smith, a teacher of massage techniques; the people from Expect-A-Miracle; even big names like Louise Hay and Gerald Jampolsky, who spoke to capacity crowds at Grace Cathedral in two separate services last summer. Each speaker, in his or her own fashion, reminds participants of the link between thoughts and beliefs and health and well-being. They are encouraged to take full responsibility for the context in which they find themselves, and to use spiritual principles to move forward in whatever way is appropriate for them. The power to transform themselves is right there within them, they say, available at any time.

“Our ultimate goal is to change the consciousness of the gay community here,” explains Michael Zonta. He believes the MA’s work has “brought respectability to metaphysics in the gay community that hasn’t been there before, and that was one of my initial goals. It’s gotten the message out to those who were ready to hear it.”

Since these are healing services, you might ask, exactly what kind of healing takes place? “I believe the primary healing,” explains Luther Balliew, a hard working MA member, “is the healing of the belief that AIDS can’t be healed. That’s the necessary prerequisite to healing AIDS. It needs to be healed in everyone, not just those diagnosed.” The most powerful healers of that belief are the people who’ve already conquered the disease, and they have been featured speakers at a number of services, including last December’s.

Dave Braun, another MA member and occasional guest speaker, says, “It’s my feeling there’s nothing more worthwhile than to work on one’s own spirituality,’and the MA is the best ongoing group I know of that delivers a really high quality program. Each of the 14 programs was rich with content. Even a one-time exposure to one of those meetings could leave people with a quantum leap in their ability to learn more about their own healing.”

Braun, who is a teacher of metaphysical techniques and also a workshop called “Painless Public Speaking,” has performed a crucial role in the last few services. He leads the closing healing circles, bringing the crowd together to create a high energy experience of unity and warmth. In December’s service, he had participants lie on the floor, heads on laps, while he told an assortment of barnyard jokes. “It gets to be a level of play, even if it’s a serious kind of healing, which might be hands-on, or a guided meditation. I sometimes do standup comedy to get a humorous, lighthearted kind of self-healing going.” Inevitably, the evening concludes with a massive group embrace. “I say that if you’re feeling alone or sad later, you can re-create the feeling in that circle where there are fifty to eighty people hugging you, and have the wonderful feeling of that flood through you.”

Where will all of this positive thinking take the gay community? Hopefully, says Luther Balliew, to a time in which organizations like the Metaphysical Alliance are no longer needed. “I do think AIDS will be overcome in many ways. I expect to see AIDS plateau and decrease, and the number of people being healed to increase dramatically because that change in awareness is taking place. I think that much of the increased incidence of healing will be the result of metaphysical work, but it will not be realized as such by the majority of people.”

Dave Braun and Michael Zonta agree that the AIDS crisis is bringing spiritual resources to the surface that will permanently alter the way the gay community functions within the world. “We’re going to be our own leaders, rather than taking the word of society, medical science or other ‘authorities.’ We’ll help lead others outside of the gay community,” says Zonta. It’s an opportunity, according to Braun, for us to teach by example. “The message for gay people is absolutely essential. We’re increasingly going to need to be armed with something as powerful and meaningful as what metaphysics teaches us. Our lives and our world are accelerating at such a dizzy pace that our old standards of measurement are inadequate. Often, metaphysical explanations are the only ones that make sense anymore.”

AIDS Survivors Speak Out

At the December Metaphysical Alliance AIDS Healing Service, the featured speakers were three “AIDS Survivors and Thrivers” : Christian Haren, Robert McFarland, and Jay Baldwin. Each discussed the strategies used to overcome the disease and answered audience questions with candor.

Christian Haren first discovered that he had AIDS when diagnosed with toxoplasmosis. He was given fifteen days to live, and recently celebrated his first year of life after that pronouncement. Haren placed fourth in the last Gay Games physique contest. “I love being a PWA—because it’s all I’ve got. It’s who I am,” he declared. “I have a higher power of God I can talk to now and She and I are in constant negotiation.”

Haren suggested that people with AIDS die when they’ve got nothing to do, and encouraged others to “get into action. That’s all we have. What I do is Service and that keeps me going.” He started an organization called “Friends,” that offers support to newly diagnosed PWAs.· “We have 72 volunteers working with people. PWAs have so much to give the world. Who’s more capable to go out and face the world and show it how to live in the face of the epidemic?”

Robert McFarland, who proclaimed his own healing in an interview in the December 19, 1986 issue of the Sentinel, spoke next. “My message,” he said, “is that you don’t have to die from AIDS. I think the cure is there and primarily it’s Vitamin C. I can’t understand where a person who’s dying can’t conceive of taking Vitamin C every hour.” When asked by an audience member what was the most positive thing he’s gotten out of his experience with AIDS, McFarland replied, “I don’t care what people think about me anymore.”

The last speaker was Jay Baldwin, who was diagnosed in April of 1984. “It takes more than a virus to get a good man down,” he grinned. Baldwin says newly diagnosed PWAs have three options: 1) take no treatment, 2) use western experimental drugs, or; 3) take full responsibility for your own health through holistic treatments. He detailed a number of modalities he used, but stressed the need for creating a harmony of treatments. “If I’d done only acupuncture or only Vitamin C, I wouldn’t be here today.”

AIDS Survivors: Jay Baldwin, Christian Haren, and Robert McFarland:  Photo available at page 13 of this pdf:  http://digitalassets.lib.berkeley.edu/sfbagals/Sentinal/1987_SFS__Vol15_No01_Jan_02.pdf

Baldwin also discussed the personal and spiritual changes he went through subsequent to his diagnosis. He drew loud guffaws from the audience as he quipped, “I learned everything Shirley MacLaine learned,” adding, “While I’m here. I’m God in internship. AIDS is what you make it. AIDS for me was a blessing. I’ve certainly gained inner peace and strength. Please tell your friends with AIDS that it isn’t 100% fatal.”

■ Part II of “AIDS Survivors and Thrivers” takes place Tuesday, January 27 [1987] at 7 pm at First Unitarian Church in SF, featuring three of the longest term survivors in the city:  Bobby Reynolds, Dan Turner, and Ron Carey. Irene Smith will lead a heating circle. For info, call 431-8708.

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