Lucy Crawford

The Power of Mind – Negative Thinking Can Have Serious Consequences
Many people are aware of the placebo effect, but few perceive that the counter-placebo effect may be just as powerful.  In medicine, it is worth keeping this in mind when you step into a doctor's...
Heroes of Ancient China: The Great Spiritual Teacher Lao Zi
As the founder of Daoism and the author of Dao De Ching (道德經), Lao Zi helped shape traditional Chinese culture. The following conversations with his disciples offer some insight into his spiritual achievements.   Confucius learns...
Meditation: a Painkiller More Effective than Morphine
Do you know anyone who suffers from chronic pain? How many people take a cocktail of painkillers just to get by? If there were an inexpensive, effective alternative, wouldn’t that be wonderful? Meditation, in fact,...
Heroes of Ancient China: The Training of Daoist Master Lao Zi
Lao Zi (also known as Lao Tzu), living between circa 600 and 470 B.C. during the Spring and Autumn Period, wrote the famous Dao De Ching (道德經) and is the central figure in the development...
Why Traditional Faiths Believe Every Encounter Is Meaningful
In ancient China, and according to Buddhist principles, people believed that everything in this world was a result of cause and effect. The seeds sown in the past, become the fruit of one’s future. When...
Heroes of Ancient China: Guan Yu, Warrior of Loyalty, Justice, and Righteousness
Guan Yu (關羽, 160 – 220 AD) was a well-known warrior in Chinese history. Known for his bravery and loyalty, he helped his blood-oath brother to the throne in the Three Kingdoms era (200 –...
Edgar Cayce ‘Life Readings’ Suggested Past Lives and Karmic Connections
Edgar Cayce, considered an important pioneer in the New Age movement, was believed to have had an extraordinary gift. He could enter into a state of sleep, yet clearly communicate his visions to a companion....
The Ancient Chinese Secret to Assessing Character
The Records of the Grand Historian (史記) relate the following story: The Lord Wen of Wei (魏文侯, reign 445-424 B.C.) wanted to appoint a prime minister. While he understood the importance of choosing a person...
Empress Fuca of Qing China's Emperor Qianlong
Lady Fuca: Qing China’s Most Virtuous Empress and a Ruler’s Rare True Love
One of the three most well-known empresses in the history of the Qing Dynasty (1644–1912) was Empress Fuca or Empress Xiaoxianchun (孝賢純皇后, 1712—1748). Although she lacked the political achievements of Empress Dowager Xiaozhuang (孝莊皇太后1633–1688) or...
Forgiveness Brings Good Fortune
Who in this world is without fault? Along with the very wicked people who intentionally kill and harm others, there are also those of us who make mistakes due to misunderstandings or confusing circumstances. Dealing...
The Feast of the Tassels–An Ancient Chinese Story of Forgiveness
King Zhuang of Chu (楚莊王) was one of the Five Hegemons of the Spring and Autumn Period (春秋五霸, 770-476 B.C.), and the most accomplished monarch of Chu. At a celebration after the suppression of a...
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Confucius’ Teachings on Lust and Desire
Confucius’ teachings covered many subjects. One of the most serious was the issue of lust. On this topic, he sternly warned people to be aware of and resist temptation.   Confucius said, "When you are young,...