What does Joseph Prince and other Word of Faith preachers mean when they say, "Right believing produces right living?" Every morning when I wake up and I declare that I am greatly blessed, highly favored and deeply loved, what exactly am I trying to accomplish?
In Evolve your Brain, Joe Dispenza is making a distinction between explicit and implicit memory. Every time I declare those things, I am mainly using my conscious mind, or the frontal lobe, which is in the neocortex. In the Christian sense, the brain belongs to the soul part of the body, which we are urged to keep renewing.
After many times of believing and then speaking, which is what faith is as defined by 2 Cor 4:13, and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit which is living in my Spirit, it will come to a stage where the memory becomes implicit. This is the same hardwiring that happened to me regarding the "drenched in the bus-stop" scenario
. These are also termed non-declarative or implicit memories, because they are abilities that I no longer necessarily need to declare, but a behavior that I repeatedly demonstrate without much conscious effort or will.
Through the mind's ability to repeat or reproduce an experience at will, the mind has thought about, rehearsed, and planned so well that when the mind instructs the body to perform a task, the body now has an implicit memory of how to do it, and no longer needs the conscious mind. In this sense, my body is now aligned with my renewed and prosperous mind, and like what Creflo Dollar would say, my trinity is complete, Spirit-Soul-Body now works as one, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. That is how "Right believing produces right living"
Yesterday when I was walking to my workplace after I got off the bus, there was a huge amount of trapped water along the path I was walking and looking ahead, I could see that cars driving past me were splashing water along that path. I tried to move quickly but unfortunately, I could not avoid a car that splash water until I was drenched.
Of course, when that happened, I felt sian. I was wearing a black shirt two days ago but I chose to wear my light pink shirt yesterday and I thought, "How come this did not happen yesterday which would be better. Why so suay today?" Nevertheless, after a short while, I could feel my optimism naturally kicked in with very positive thoughts. It was almost like a chatter in my brain that says things like, "My shirt does not look stained, it is just wet. I am so glad I am not a girl because if the same thing happen, it would be so awkward for my modesty if I was drenched like that.
So I start to confess that I am happy, this is no worry, I shall not let this external stimuli affect my mood and very quickly, I was fine on the inside.
With that experience, I begin to understand better what Joe Dispenza is saying in this book, "Evolve your Brain", summed up in this video. I chuckle and I ask myself, "If being optimistic is bad and I am trying to change myself into a more negative person now, it would be very difficult because my brain only need to think positive and my body will immediately know how to react, since it has been conditioned for so many years to always look at the bright side."
But this reminds me one important lesson of neuroplasticity, to change is very difficult. I must really master the skill of observation and mentally rehearse myself being the ideal self, so that my body will eventually learn to fit that image. In the meantime, let me follow the "Word of Faith" prescription of "believe and therefore speak!" and trust in the Lord for his unmerited favor in order to change.
As usual, once you start to like a group, when you go back to their older songs, you see them from a new perspective. I started with Wild
and now going back to Dolls, I see another aspect of them. This time, I begin to notice Hyuna and her powerful voice.
In Wild, it was not easy to notice her as her singing lines are only towards the end of the song. In Dolls, she was the main singer, starting the song, as well as revealing her extremely powerful vocal ability in the 2nd verse last line, before the chorus kicks in. With her height and her confidence, I can imagine her to be somewhat intimidating to stand next to haha.
Overall this Nine Muses is definitely a group worth listening to from now on! I did download this video in TS format sometime back but as it is not very catchy, I took no notice of it after the first 15 secs of viewing. Of course, once I realized how catchy Wild was, it was much easier to go back and appreciate this song.
I have never really got into songs from Sistar. Okay, I do note that they have very healthy bodies unlike the usual "skinny" kpop groups and they clearly are good singing live, due to Hyorin's status as probably the best current singer in kpop world.
However, I have to say that this song has made me finally realized who Dasom is in Sistar. Wow, it was probably her long hair this time round since I don't recall her having long hair in previous songs, and I realized her fair white skin contrasted very well with Hyorin's tan.
She has only a minor part in the middle part of this song, with that hat prop. However, that long hair of hers, the bangs, plus that soft voice, made me think, "Who the hell is this from Sistar that I have never noticed before in the past?" =) Now, if I ever watch performances of this song, it will be because of her haha.
Can't believe I missed out this song when I was reviewing May comeback performances among all the girl groups recently. This song is so catchy that I liked it immediately when I chance across it recently. I occasionally hear of this particular group in the past but their songs have never really stuck with me until Wild. Does this group passed my key "no lip synching" criteria? Well, to be honest, I cannot really tell whether they lip synch or not as yet, a bit like 50% of the time, I can roughly tell they are singing live but I guess I will give them the benefit of the doubt for now.
Just like SNSD, they have 9 members but they are clearly a more mature group. In fact when I was watching their Wild performances, I keep thinking that this kind of song is what Rainbow should be doing at this time instead of all the cutesy song that they are doing now. Sunshine is fine but it is so bubble gum and a waste for someone with the maturity and figure of Jaekyung heh.
Going back to my previous kpop entry, I am certainly glad to see that 4 minute did so well for "What's your name", which kind of justified my judgement of the song being the best. As for Hello Venus, I was disappointed by their boring dressing which hardly changed among all their performances of "Do you want some tea?", in contrast to all their changes they had during their previous song,"What are you doing today"? In this aspect, seeing Wild and 9 muses's frequent changes in dressing was very refreshing heh.
After Rainbow "Tell me Tell me
" ended, I was watching Girls' Day "Expectation" for a while but I didn't really got into that. So I am glad that this time round, there were some groups that I was more familiar with, that were releasing new songs.4 Minute
What took me by surprise was that, out of these groups, 4 minute "What's your name" proved to be the most catchy song. Like many guys, I was only aware of Hyuna
thanks to "bubble pop" and I saw 4 minute more like "Hyuna and her backup dancers". But this was an amazingly fun song to listen to and through this song, I started noticing more of the other members and see their talents, for example, I now know that Sohyun is their youngest member (maknae) and she really dance very well in this performance in her purple top. They also sing live too which was commendable. I think the SBS Inkigayo show had their best performance as well as the best props so far but since they do not have a channel, I shall be using mainly MBC and Mnet ones.
The dance steps are not complicated and so far, I have been listening to this the most and enjoying it very much.Hello Venus
The next best song would be from Hello Venus. I really enjoyed their extremely catchy "What are you doing today" and it was easy to see that their leader Ara, bears a strikingly resemblance, depending on the angle, either to SNSD Yuri or Seohyun, that made me noticed that particular group. Their new song "Do you want some tea" is a typical "feel good" song, like Vitamin C's graduation song but it is still pretty catchy. It was only later that I realized that it actually sampled the classic tune of "Variation on the Kanon", no wonder I sense a familiarity in this Hello Venus song. I recalled shedding tears when I watched that Taiwan Drama "At the Dolphin Bay" whenever that tune came out years back haha.
What I really appreciate is that this group takes effort to sing live and like I said many times, once you do, I am definitely willing to give you some respect.Tara N4
And to further elaborate on that last sentence, I was quite pleased that this subgroup from Tara appears to be singing live more in their debut song. I mean, Tara was one of those groups whom I judged to be excessively lipsynching. I mean, the lipsynching was so extreme that, even after Areum took over from one of the member who had to leave, whom I forgotten the name, even when they performed Lovey Dovey and others, I could still hear that departed member's voice in the rap.
So I was quite pleased to hear their real voices in the comeback performances. I think it is also because in Tara, Boram is clearly the weakest singer so I guess, with her not being part of this subgroup, they can now showcase their vocals.
This song, especially the verses, also reminded me of Kara's Japanese song "Electric Boy" but I guess it was only a slight resemblance so no biggie. I would put this song as my third best.Secret
Thus, I have to say Secret's comeback song was the weakest this time around. I thought they have moved away from cutesy songs towards more matured songs like Poison and Talk that. This current song is like a throwback
to their Shy Boy and Starlight Moonlight days.
They have very good voices, they have excellent figures and to have this cute song seems a mismatch but well what do I know. To make matters worse, I felt Ji Eun's hairstyle when she had to tie her hair was so eeee. Let's hope eventually she will be allowed to "let her hair down" for future performances haha.Conclusion
Glad to see the tough competition in kpop has given us so many different groups and their different genre of songs. SNSD is clearly getting old now, Jessica recently turned 25, so I think its time for them to tone down and let new groups take over the kpop scene =).
Well, it was not as good as Inglorious Basterds to me but still it was still a great movie about slavery in the USA.
Slaves riding a horse theme
My favorite scene is definitely the scene when Jamie Foxx rode the horse into Candyland and the song was just perfect for that scene. To understand that scene, note that during the slavery era, it was illegal for a black slave to ride a horse. Now, I only learned this during the movie heh.
It was only when I watched the press conference that I fully understood that Foxx scene. As Samuel L Jackson explained, "Django Unchained", the scene when Foxx rode into Candyland on a horse and all the black slaves were watching with awe for this is the first time they ever see a slave riding a horse. The furious look of Samuel L Jackson made it clear that everyone who values the status quo will not appreciate having black slaves thinking that they could aspire to be like Foxx, thus he had to put Foxx in his proper place immediately.
This reminds me of Singapore and its political change. To me, it was interesting indeed to compare now with the past to see how the tide is changing. Many Singaporeans instinctively feel that politics, esp opposition politics, is "to be avoided at all costs" due to years of operant conditioning, years of seeing opposition members get crushed and sued.
Now, with social media and all, the PAP is probably viewing all these new brave people like Nizam with apprehension. The main fear is probably that more and more Singaporeans will look at Nizam and aspire to be like him, a process that will accelerate the end of their political monopoly.
Also from this show, I understand better about US and how important guns is to them in the preservation of liberty. From Django, it was clear that no black slave could carry guns, and this was how their white masters control them. So when the white guys were trying to put Foxx in his place, they were very surprised to see him actually possessing a gun.
Put it simply, so long as you have a gun, you have some power against people trying to enslave you. When others have a gun and you don't, you are surrendering your liberty to them. In the gunfight scene later between Jamie and the white guys after Waltz died, the same sentiments were shared by the white guys, "Who the f gave a n* a gun?"
And it was also interesting to see how the bosses from the The Lequint Dickey Mining Co was stupid enough to hand over a gun to Jamie and sealed their own deaths.
The final part of the press conference was excellent as Kerry Washington said something very touching,
We were shooting one of these days of picking cotton in the Louisiana heat and everybody was really hot and exhausted. You could tell that the waking up every day and putting yourself in the mental state of somebody whose constitution says you’re a fraction of a person and not a whole human being; you know it was just starting to wear on everybody a little bit.”
“We had this one background actor who was a pastor who kind of paused everybody and said, ‘We have to remember that we are the answer to these people’s prayers. That the people who did this work dream of a day where you could not be property, but own property. Where you could read, where you could vote, where you can get married, where you could have a job and be compensated,’” she continues, “Again, on that sacred ground it forced everybody to shift and man up, and own that fact that we can be so blessed to come here and tell this story, and not feel victimized by it, and know that it’s a story about a hero. That’s a profound opportunity.
Indeed, this sharing by her sums up why this movie was great!
Finally bid farewell to this fantastic drama series. I like the part when Spartacus was recalling how his dead wife Sura said he will never love another woman and he said he now sees Sura in every person he is fighting for so that they can be free.
Hah, I really smiled when I saw that. It reminded me of the classic theme, in Matrix Reloaded and Superman 2, about Man being more able to love the entire world, rather than a single person in the world.
I have written about this theme at length here.
As for Gannicus's death at the end when there were flashbacks to the arena, it reminded me of the power of synthetic happiness! The idea is that, even at bad times, you can always imagine yourself in happy circumstances and your mood will instantly change.
But overall, I love the first season the most, the politicking of Batitus, Lucretia and Illythia cannot be matched.
Nice twist to season 3. I remember in season 1, Spartacus was very happy to be just a gladiator, the champion of Capua, until he was forced to kill his only friend Varro at the whim of the magistrate's son. That made him realized that, no matter how popular he was with the crowd, ultimately he was just a slave and thus he decided he needed to "kill them all" in order to be truly free.
I can see Kore going on the same route after the rape and I certainly hope she will eventually end up helping Spartacus somehow.
Nice to see Rainbow finally have a comeback with this song call "Tell Me Tell Me", which proved itself to be extremely catchy, and it also showed their powerful live vocals. I especially enjoyed the bridge part, after the 2nd chorus, when the ladies will go "My love my boy", and then goes "Hey" and "Oh" and it will especially nice if the crowd also joined in shouting those parts with them like in the above performance.
I realized that, when kpop songs have english titles that are not translated to Korean, it really made it much easier to search for and download the correct performance out of a whole shopping list of different group performances. I recalled when Hello Venus "What are you doing today" and Dal Shabet "Have Don't have" came out, it was not easy to find out which are their performances out of all the rest so Rainbow's comeback song was a welcome change heh.
The first time I heard of Rainbow, like most people I guess, would be because of the song "A" which was far sexier and more powerful than this current one. I especially like the MBC special stage where it really advertise well the power of push up haha. Also, it incorporated some very nice special rainbow color effects of "A" in the chorus which I felt was very well done. Here, you can see for yourself
Like I always been saying, this new generation of kpop groups takes effort to sing live so I have to respect them for that. What makes Rainbow stands out even more, in my opinion, is that even in their Japanese performances, they also sing live, at least as far as my naked untrained ear could tell! I was like going, "Wow" when I first saw the Japanese version of A below. Now I don't think the rap was live as it was probably too much for non Japanese to do a credible rap in that language. But I feel we should give them praise when it is due, even SNSD don't dare not to lipsynch in their Japanese promotion! =)
Also, what was interesting when I first saw the above performance was how Ji-Sook looked really like a spitting image of SNSD's Taeyeon, and also interesting was that, for this Japanese version, she took to singing the first few lines of the verse when it was usually their leader Jaekyung that would do that in the Korean version. That is how I usually distinguish between the Korean and the Japanese version.
It was also interesting to see again that Japanese are less conservative than Koreans in terms of sexuality, in A, Rainbow often have to tone down the "showing belly button by moving the bottom of their top up" in Korea but here, they are free to do that in its full glory, plus the camera can even zoom in on the belly button as they do so haha.