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Empathy for Jim Humble’s Fear

Published on May 16, 2011

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Just recently Jim Humble, the promoter of MMS (Magical Mineral Supplement) put out a newsletter saying, “I have just learned from a highly reliable source that the FBI now has a kill order on Jim Humble. That’s me. Why not? They kidnapped my friend Greg Caton from Ecuador and brought him back to prison after Ecuador had given him political asylum.” This is of course true about Greg and I don’t doubt the worry and fear of Jim Humble and why he would write this.

“The reason I am telling you this is, so that when I come up missing or come up dead you will know what has really happened. And of course, you probably already know that should my death occur, all my books and other materials on MMS become public domain. That is already written into my copyright. Hopefully then, people who knew me or knew of me will print my books, mainly the last one, and hand them out wholesale until everyone on the planet has one.”

I am friends with Greg Caton and it was horrible to hear what happened to him and terrible to listen to the anguish of his wife. And certainly I can empathize with Jim Humble even though I do not agree with everything he is doing. He has every right to be afraid and to publish this because the United States government has a passion for going around killing or kidnapping people they don’t like.

The most recent victim is being plastered all over the news and Americans are celebrating in the street the killing or should we call it murder of someone that has never been accused or convicted in a court of law. Americans and America are not the same ones I grew up with.

I suppose not only do I have empathy for Jim’s fears but I also identify with him and Greg because I am not without fear myself. Whenever I travel into the interior to Sanctuary, I fear, no matter how irrational, that the bad boys will take me out of action. I really don’t care that much for my own continued ego existence having already lived a long and now finally fruitful life. I am a true late bloomer and am enjoying my work though as world events get heavier so does my work.

I do cry though when I think that my beloved wife and children might have to go on without me. So I pray and ask others to pray for me on my behalf. Also I think about my loving readers and the part I have been playing in their lives so I do hope the stars of good fortune continue to shine down on me.

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I just wanted to share this before I leave for Sanctuary. While there I hope to start filming videos so you will soon be both seeing and hearing from me in a different way from a very different place than my home and office on the coast of Brazil where lately I hardly see the light of day outdoors.

Just recently in the mainstream there was an essay about empathy. It said:

Baron-Cohen defines empathy in two parts—as the drive to identify another person’s thoughts and feelings, and the drive to respond appropriately to those thoughts and feelings. It is also, he says, one of the most valuable resources in our world—one which is currently woefully underused. “We all have degrees of empathy… but perhaps we are not using it to its full potential,” he explained in an interview with Reuters after delivering a lecture in London. He says erosion of empathy is an important global issue that affects the health of communities, be they small ones like families, or big ones like nations.

Baron-Cohen also sets out an “empathy spectrum” ranging from zero to six degrees of empathy, and an “empathy quotient” test, whose score puts people on various points along that spectrum. Drawing a classic bell curve on a graph, Baron-Cohen says that thankfully the vast majority of humans are in the middle of the bell curve spectrum, with a few particularly attuned and highly empathetic people at the top end. Psychopaths, narcissists, and people with borderline personality disorder sit at the bottom end of the scale—these people have “zero degrees of empathy.

Take for example Dick Cheney, the former vice president—when he talks about torture he demonstrates the attitudes of much of the elite who sit at the very bottom of the empathy scale. In an interview on Fox News with Chris Wallace, Cheney stridently defended Bush era torture programs, calling harsh interrogation tactics “the most important steps we took that kept us safe for seven years.” He also advocated reinstating waterboarding, telling Wallace that enhanced interrogation “worked, and provided absolutely vital pieces of information.”

People like him give us good reason to fear and they do create suffering in others as a direct consequence of their small-to-non-existent hearts.

People without hearts cannot and do not appreciate the suffering of others. The president of Syria for sure is not thinking of his people when he has them shot from the rooftops by snipers. And the world’s leaders, especially those in Europe and the United States, show off their true colors by standing by and allowing the massacres when they could not wait to go into Libya. Obviously it’s not people and their feelings they care about.

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Below I share part of a chapter from HeartHealth about the suffering of the heart. In the book I pay careful attention to the subject of human suffering and also to happiness, soul satisfaction, empathy and compassion.

The Suffering of the Heart

Who said Gods don’t suffer? And who said that suffering is bad? Without some pain, how can we gain? Love is made pure more by the pain than bliss. You can use your pain to know your heart. Use the hurts of the heart to know its depths. The heart often finds itself by allowing itself to be hurt over and over again until we discover what is being hurt.

Viktor Frankl, in his book Man’s Search for Meaning, offers a penetrating vision into the realities of human suffering. Founder of the third way movement of psychology in Austria, Frankl was the only one in his family to survive the concentration camps in Germany. You will find some of his deeply poignant words in this chapter. Today’s world is seeing a flurry of new philosophies that undercut the nature of our souls and Frankl’s words offer us profundity based on personal experience. At heart and in essence these new philosophies are anti suffering philosophies that try to teach us to feel good and think positively. Some label and frame all emotions as toxic affairs to be transmuted through nifty techniques. Some of these people actually believe or live with the judgment that only the happy can be healthy. Many people want to believe that suffering and pain are not real, that they are just illusions of the ego. As such they believe that suffering can and should be controlled and transcended in an absolute way.

Suffering offers us opportunities to grow but we normally don’t want to look at it that way.

Standings against this perverse wind are some of the giants of psychology and spirituality. Carl Jung said “Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering.” Scott Peck said, “The tendency to avoid problems and the emotional suffering inherent in them is the primary basis of all human mental illness. Buddha of course said, “Life is suffering.” Peck starts out his book The Road Less Traveled with these words, “Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it.” All of this does not mean that we are destined to suffer or that we need to suffer; but if suffering is our truth, we need to understand that suffering completely to transcend it, and it also means that we who are more fortunate or happy need to understand the suffering of others or we stand to lose something important, our soul. Truly anyone who believes they can avoid all suffering in life is a fool. Viktor Frankl speaks thus:

“When a man finds that it is his destiny to suffer, he will have to accept suffering as his task, his single and unique task. He will have to acknowledge the fact that even in suffering he is unique and alone in the universe. No one can relieve him of his suffering or suffer in his place. His unique opportunity lies in the way in which he bears his burden.

“There was plenty of suffering for us to get through (in the concentration camps). It was necessary to face up to the full amount of suffering, trying to keep moments of weakness and furtive tears to a minimum. But there was no need to be ashamed of tears, for tears bore witness that a man had the greatest of courage, the courage to suffer.”

Research into the design of the brain shows that we often have little or no control over when we are swept away by feelings and emotion. Feelings are just that, our spontaneous “being” responses to what is happening in our life. Emotions are sustained feelings that reflect more our reaction to our feelings and thoughts about our feelings. In normal circumstances what we can have control over is how long our emotions last and what we will learn from each experience. What must be understood though is that each person’s situation is unique and there are extraordinary circumstances that people often find themselves in that only beg us for our understanding and compassion. Frankl’s words offer a trip into a human landscape that offers us soul understanding. And it is just the too common pattern of denial, denial that the death camps even existed, that shows us man’s deep tendency to avoid suffering and forget about his soul.

Every person, at some time or other, undergoes painful life experiences. Pain and suffering are universal human constants. For those who suffer the deep pains of the heart it is sometimes helpful to remember the suffering of the rest of humanity. No one really enjoys the pain of suffering and most are anxiously trying to escape through many of the ways currently available in modern society. But it is impossible to grow or change unless we embrace the darker side of our consciousness. Real growth and change almost always involves some sort of conscious suffering because the problem almost always lies inside of our own self. Anytime that we are thrashed out on the floor, there is something that we are not seeing, something to learn. The conquest of suffering does not mean that we will never ever feel pain. It just means that we will know what to do when powerful feelings and thoughts overcome our inner peace. When we touch upon the full truth of who we are, which is what the heart represents, we meet both the positive and negative sides of our nature.

Frankl said about this:

“From all this we may learn that there are two races of men in this world, but only these two—the “race” of the decent man and the “race” of the indecent man. Both are found everywhere; they penetrate into all groups of society. No group consists entirely of decent or indecent people. Life in a concentration camp tore open the human soul and exposed its depths. Is it surprising that in those depths we again found only human qualities, which in their very nature were a mixture of good and evil? The rift dividing good from evil, which goes through all human beings, reaches into the lowest depths and becomes apparent even on the bottom of the abyss, which is laid open by the concentration camp.”

Openhearted people seem to suffer more simply because they are more open to feel. And heart oriented people seem to suffer more because they make themselves more vulnerable to seeing their most basic flaws and mistakes. Our pride is always hoping to look a little better than we actually feel and it is this pride that separates us both from the pain, the heart, and any real growth in our beings. Pride protects us from pain because locked up behind our pride are our vulnerabilities—our imperfections, errors, blindness, selfishness, insecurities, jealousies and aggressiveness. It takes courage and a dedication to truth to look directly at our own blindness.

Suffering is central to our spiritual evolution.

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  • Anna Marrie

    what a bizarre comment string. I guess this is an insiders circle because it doesn’t make a whole bunch of sense to the general public. Maybe a private group board or discussion would be be a better forum. I just wasted a lot of time essentially eavesdropping on your dialog when all i’m doing is researching M
    MMS as a beginner.

  • Andrew Musacchio

    Just a couple more comments, please. Your latest issue was truly
    a Heart Felt One. It’s OK for you not to agree with everything that
    Jim Humble writes. I was relieved to hear your softened approach and
    admit you know things are pretty much out of control in your former
    homeland! Jim was either very astute establishing a Church or he had
    some excellent advice. “Remedies” from the “Indecent Men” (That’s way
    too considerate to say, for me!) are really hard to come by. If you give up–
    they win. The Truth will prevail–maybe.
    Best Wishes
    Andy PS: Above comments–CEE says “–a tiny bit better–”
    More like “itsy-bitsy teeny–” Optimism is a very big help, CEE!

  • Sky

    Dear Mark – I dare say my response to your “appeal” is a little sad emotionally. You ask for spiritual support for your own life, cause and family – yet your appeal is void of same for Jim. Life to me is sacrosanct and a precious gift, to which we all could indicate Love and support. Whether one actually does anything for such causes is obviously up to the individual.

    Personally, I love Jim for his work and I have applied his remedy to a young lady who was diagnosed HIV+, TB and TB meningitis infected – leaving little hope for the future. With a good diet regime of greens and the said drops, life and light has returned to her eyes and she is personally grateful that her life has meaning again, for her CD4 count is up and she is gaining weight with no more voices in her head!

    My point is to ask – are we not all at risk for taking the “high road” and therefore all due the gift of prayer for protection and blessing? Thank you for publishing Jim’s story though! Love and Blessings to you and your family and your cause.

  • grumpybear

    “Life is suffering” per Buddha due to ignorance of our spiritual self which is really who we are occupying the physical. It is easy to read & another to actually experience & see. Imagine being in a large crowd & experiencing the emotions of the crowd all at once. This is the down side of an empath. The up side is learning how to block & filter & using the gift for healing. This is empathy on a deep level. Some are born sensitive & others not.

  • cee

    Has Greg Canton or someone on his behalf had a chance to contact the Rutherford Institute for legal help if not he/they should. In fact everyone should subscribe to their newletter. They are trying to make a difference through the legal system. If we all help each other we can keep our country and our planet together. Prayer and blessings to Dr Sircus and to everyone trying to make a positive difference everyday in the U.S. and the world.

  • cee

    Hi Doctor S

    Hang in there, it is actually getting a tiny bit better here in the U.S. The change is small but there is truly an awakening especially in the under 40 group. In fact I am convinced that if we could skip over the older group. Who are stuck in a time warp with their heads in the sand. America would prosper, the younger americans are not getting into debt and are not interested in doing so, with a passion they believe in the country, the planet its people, animals, and in justice and the constitutional freedoms we all were given as americans. And so many, just so many especially moms but dads too (of kids and animals both) believe in what they call healthful medicine. The question is can this “wave” of the future move fast enough. I pray that it will. You are a gem, your words are being heard never stop speaking the truth, and helping us all, we need it thank-you!

  • Marcus; I know Jim only by phone and FEAR is the enemy, not of the FBI(Fear Blocks Intelligence.) Frank Herbert wrote, Fear is the mind killer, in Dune. When we have our health, we fear not. FDR said “The only thing to fear is fear itself. I think the FBI should worry about a healthy citizenry, the government should fear we the people. Democracy is not feudalism, as corporations who profit from our ill health, wish. The Manor Keep is as corrupt as before the Magna Carta.
    As I have said, wishing no fear for you or I, Organic Sulfur has replaced all of the drugs advertised by pHarma but not out of fear. When you body says, lets play, their is no room for fear, anger or depression.
    As for empathy, it is nothing without faith, hope and charity, and upon the last hangs the balance, love. True empathy is the result of the sulfur based amino acids, our immune system, our promise of life.
    Jim Humble is not taking sulfur but I don’t believe he fears anything but his maker. I know he is a malaria bigot, has no time for diseases transmitted to humans sulfur deficient, our study members can’t spell mosquito bite, they don’t smell tasty to sugar hungry flying hypodermics, or the tics of Lyme.
    FEAR Is the Mind killer, dear emergency medicine doc, who better knows that than you?

    Director
    Cellular Matrix Study
    Body Human Project est.1999

  • I agree with, at least I do not discuss and I do learn from most of what you write. I would like to point one thing: I don’t think that Jim Humble has any fear to have empaty with. I do not percieve any signs of fear in his press release too. It is plainly factual. I am a person who the state wants to kill and I do not fear because one has the relaxation of doing the wright thing so much that you prefer being killed to doing wrong. So I understand very well where Jim Humble stands too.
    The question is what are we going to do to avoid “them” from killing him. To seek for answers to this question, I want to get in touch with Jim Humble. Is it possible?
    Also I should say that, if you ever come to Turkey, you can always be my guest.
    Best wishes

  • Rose

    I just followed the link for Heart Health above and found your book. Look forward to reading.

  • Rose

    I’m with you about Jim Humble. Thanks for letting us know so we can keep him in our thoughts and prayers.

    Your wiritings on empathy are beautifully expressed. Very clear and spoke right to my heart.

    Is your book out?