JESUS’ REDEMPTION STORY

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The wise men found guidance in the Star of Bethlehem, for they saw His star in the east, and came to worship Him. Let us establish the fact of a star-picture in the heavens, which was known to the writers of the Old Testament. “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows HIS handywork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language their voice is not heard. Their line is gone through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them He set a tabernacle for the sun” (PSALM 19:1-4).IMG_20171109_194224Further in this Psalm one sees the circuit through which the sun passes to clarify the heavenly lights. The Bible declares, “HE tells the number of stars, HE calls them all by their names says Psalm 147:4. In Job 38 we read of the Pleiades better known as the ‘Seven Sisters’; Orion, ‘The Pot’ Arcturus ‘The Bear’ and Mazzaroth old Hebrew word translates as ‘Twelve Signs.’ The Greeks translate these twelve signs into the word ‘Zodiakos’, meaning ‘circle’, and from then the word ‘Zodiac.’ The centre of the heaven is divided into 12 sections, and each year the sun passes through these twelve sections or ‘signs’. This path through the stars in these signs is known as ecliptic path. It is believed the major stars in twelve signs depict God’s message of redemption to mankind so each sign having a Hebrew star name inspiring the picture story drawn on the heavens.

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Wonderful Message

Before further explaining these signs and subsidiary stars, with their wonderful message, it is important to note the profound difference between astronomy and astrology. The term ‘astro’ means ‘star’ in both words. The term ‘nomos’ means ‘law, arrangement or plan’, whereas word ‘logos’ means a ‘word’ or ‘doctrine.’ It is from the study of astrology that the reading of the horoscope has developed. This word comes from the Greek hora meaning ‘know’ and skopein, to ‘view’. It applies to observation of the hour of birth and the practice is to endeavour to tell a man’s fortune by the position of stars at the time of his birth. The Bible presents the wonders of the heavens as proof of a Creator and the details of the zodiac as a series of pictures giving details of the plan of the ages. The horoscope is a pseudo and vain attempt to transfer this story into individual prophecies, lucky days and personal direction. God has challenged the claims of the astrologers on numerous occasions. His warning to Israel in ISAIAH 47 speaks for itself:882002eecca1612fe9f2534158cd653d--names-of-jesus-jesus-is

“Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail. Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up and save you from these things that shall come upon thee. Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them…”(Isaiah 47:12-14). The practice of astrology and reading of horoscopes is unreal and useless.stars4

The Twelve Signs

The twelve signs are fairly well-known. They commence with Virgo, the Virgin, and conclude with Leo, the Lion; these two signs being associated directly with the birth and subsequent return of our Lord Jesus Christ. In Egyptian archives the sphinx is shown inserted as an asterisk between these two signs, thus dividing the circle and solving its own riddle of the ‘woman and lion.’ From here on each sign depicts some aspect of the Bible narrative: Virgo (the woman) with the branch lies amid 140 stars, with the sun taking 43 days to pass through this constellation. The brightest star in this sign is Tsemech (Hebrew) or Al Zimach (Arabic) means ‘branch’ or a woman and the branch.orion-star-guide

Isaiah 7:14 states, “Behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son…” There are three smaller constellations in each sign, also depicting similar aspects of the Bible story. Next is Libra, which in Hebrew is Mozanaim, meaning ‘the Scales’. Note that our own Southern Cross is in this constellation. Then comes Scorpio, which in Hebrew is Akrab, meaning ‘Scorpion’ or ‘stinging conflict one.’ Arabic word translates as ‘wounding him who comes.’ The Bible tells us that the “seed of the woman” would bruise the serpent’s head. The sign Sagittarius, the Archer, depicts a disciple of conquering Lord given us in REVELATION 6. The dragon, Draco, is shown cast down in constellation. Next is Capricornus, the Sin Goat. Our Lord was scapegoat and we are His fish, a wonderful symbol of the redemption plan as written in heavens. Aquarius, the Water Bearer, depicts the pouring on of water (See JOHN 7). One Hebrew star in this constellation, Deli, means ‘water container’, and other star, Saad, means the ‘one who goes and returns.’1369Belt

Pisces is known as Pisces Australis, the ‘southern fish.’ Hebrew word means ‘the fishes’, and speaks no doubt of the great ingathering of revival, restoration as promised. Innumerable scriptures speak of all these terms. Andromeda, the ‘chained woman’, is also shown in this constellation, symbolising Israel as the woman still chained in unbelief. Aries, ‘the Ram or Lamb’, which in Hebrew is Teleh, is an obvious picture of the many times our Lord is presented both in the Old and New Testaments. Cassiopiea, ‘the enthroned woman’ is in this constellation and speaks of the restored and crowned Is-ra-el people of God. The sign for Taurus signifies ‘the Bull’. The brightest star is Al Debaran, meaning ‘leader’ or ‘governor. Prophesy of Jesus in Isaiah 9 says the government shall be upon His shoulders, Isaiah 9:6.January-Orion-eastern-sky-m

In this same constellation we have a cluster of stars called Pleiades, ‘the congregation of the judge or ruler’, with its brightest star Al Cyone, meaning ‘the centre’. Many astronomers believe this star to be the centre of whole universe. In this constellation is Orion, means ‘the coming prince.’ In Hebrew Oarian mean ‘light’and Hagat ‘the triumphant one.’ Amos refers to Orion, which in Hebrew is Chesil, meaning ‘the strong one hero giant’ In the right shoulder of Orion we find Betelgeuz ‘the coming branch and his left foot Rigol the foot that crushes. A star in his left shoulder, Bellatrix, means ‘quietly coming’, and in the belt of Orion the star Al Niyak, means ‘the wounded one.’ Next is Gemini Twins. The Hebrew word is ‘Thaumin’ meaning ‘unites.’ Jesus the man, Christ the God in unity of man and God has provided the recommendation for sons of God. We find the star Apollo, meaning ‘ruler’ or ‘judge.’ Cancer, derives from the Arabic words ‘al sartan’ and means ‘one who holds or binds together.’ One large star in the sign of Cancer is Acubene, which means in Hebrew ‘the shelter’ or ‘hiding place’. Also in this constellation is Ursa Major, the ‘great bear’ recorded in JOB 9 and 38. Many other stars with Hebrew names are associated with this sign, and depict the lamb and the gathering of the sheep with the Lord. Finally we have Leo, the Lion. The end of the Zodiac circle. The riddle of the sphinx is solved with the head of the woman Virgo and the body of the lion Leo, which in Hebrew is Arieh. There are six Hebrew words for lion. This one means ‘the lion herds its prey.’ Star of first magnitude in constellation is Denebola, meaning ‘the Lord who cometh.’ “Weep not: for behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open book in REVELATION 5:5a4-flyer-01

Our future is written in God’s Word and declared in the heavens. Satan, as the master of illusion or delusion, still captivates the gullible. The present increase in the “occult,” the ouija board, seances, and horoscopes, all side-track the unsuspecting and superstitious, and endeavour to replace the ideology of God with that of man. As an alternative to the wonderful “outpouring of the Holy Spirit” as shown in the Word of God confirmed in the Zodiac, millions have now turned to the vanity of their own devices. Don’t read your horoscope read the Bible. At Christmas look for your Guiding Star to appear in your life. The Lord Jesus Christ our personal Star of Bethlehem, and as you place that star on top of tree remember true meaning, not its pagan godless alternative, but its message of hope and redemption. “We have a more sure word of prophecy, whereunto ye do well that ye take heed as unto a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawn and Day Star arise in your hearts”(2 PETER 1:19).

by Pastor Lloyd Longfield

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SLEEP SLEEP SLEEP SLEEP

IMG_20171102_114202 A recent study says sleep deprivation  actually causes brain cells to eat parts of brain’s synapses. The study found astrocytes went into overdrive in sleep-deprived mode more brain connections were broken down in chronically sleep-deprived people according to the Sleep Council. On average Britons gets a six-and-a-half hours sleep per night but for most people is not enough. Lots of these studies show that cutting back on sleep, deliberately or otherwise has serious effects on the body. Continuous nights of bad sleep is really messing blood sugar control and causing overeating. It even messes with DNA. A few years ago, Dr Simon Archer help ran experiment and found getting an hour’s less sleep a night affected activities of a wide range of volunteers’ genes in about 500 in all, including the effects associated with the inflammation and diabetes. And a good nights sleep uplifts body, mind, thought processes and moods or outlook on life.A woman after a good night's sleep

As much as wholistic benefits is gained by sound sleep on the other hand other studies shows negative effects on bodies of sleep deprivation. The clear effects of lack of sleep on mental health is shown by Trust Me I am a Doctor team with the sleep scientists at Oxford University by their experiments. They recruited some volunteers who normally sleep soundly fitted them with devices to accurately monitor their sleep. The first 3 nights of study they got a full, undisturbed eight hours. The next 3 nights, had restricted sleep to just four hours. Each day the volunteers filled in the psychological questionnaire designed to reveal any changes in their mood or emotions. So they kept video diaries of experiences of what happened. Sarah Reeve, a doctoral student who ran the experiment was so surprised by how quickly their mood changed. There was increase in anxiety, depression and stress, also increases in paranoia and feelings of mistrust about other people” she said. “Given that this happened only after 3 nights of a sleep deprivation that is alarming. Volunteers found experience unpleasant but one of them Josh claimed to be unaffected. Yet the computer data evidence showed the effects to be different. Although a week may not have as much toll as he thought it would on him, he said. “felt perfectly fine, not happy, sad, stressed, anything.” But tests did on him showed something very different. His positive emotions fell sharply after 2 nights of disturbed sleep, while negative emotions began to rise. Even though he felt OK there were signs he was mentally, beginning to suffer.sleep-deprived-woman-brain

What happens in body without enough sleep?

Poor sleep is linked to a whole range of disorders. A review of 153 studies with total of more than 5 million participants found that the short sleep significantly associated with diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease and obesity.

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Studies have shown that depriving people of enough sleep for only a few nights in a row can be enough to put healthy adults into a pre-diabetic state. Moderate levels of sleep deprivation damaged bodies’ ability to control blood glucose levels. And the vaccines are less effective if sleep deprived because sleep deprivation suppresses immune system making people more prone to infection. One study found participants who had fewer than seven hours of sleep were almost 3 times more likely to develop a cold than those who slept for 7 hours or more. People who do not sleep enough produce too much hormone ghrelin, associated with feeling hungry, and not enough of hormone leptin, associated with feeling full, which may contribute to their risk of obesity. There are also links to brain function and even in the long term to dementia. Prof. O’Mara explains that toxic debris builds up in brain during the course of the day and waste is drained from the body during sleep. If not sleeping enough ends up in a mildly concussed state, he says. The impact of sleeping too much though less understood is linked to poorer health including high risk of cognitive decline in older people. Different types of sleep to repair body and brain. After falling asleep body goes through the cycles of “sleep stages” lasting between 60 and 100 minutes. Each stage plays different role in the many processes that happen in our body during sleep.

sleep cycle through the night from awake to drowsy to light sleep, deep sleep, REM sleep and back

The first stage in each cycle is a drowsy, relaxed state between being awake and sleeping breathing slows, muscles relax, the heart rate drops. The second stage is a slightly deeper sleep may feel awake and this means on many nights, may be asleep and not know it. Stage three is deep sleep. It is very hard to wake up during this period because it is when there is the lowest amount of activity in body. Stages two and three together are known as slow wave sleep which is usually dreamless. After deep sleep we go back to stage two for a few minutes, and then enter dream sleep, also called REM (rapid eye movement). As name suggests is when dreaming happens. In a full sleep cycle a person goes through all the stages of sleep from one to three, then back down to two briefly, before entering REM sleep. Later cycles have longer periods of REM, so cutting sleep short has a disproportionately large effect on REM.

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‘Stuck’ In Negative Thoughts

The outcome of this small test reflects results of other much bigger tests done by other university researchers all over the world of sleep deprivation affecting  mental health. The research recruited more than 3,700 university students across the UK who reported problems sleeping and randomized them into two groups. One group received 6 sessions of online CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) for improving their sleep; the other group got standard advice. Ten weeks into the study, the students who received CBT reported a halving in rates of insomnia, accompanied by noticing the significant improvements in scores for depression, anxiety, big reductions in paranoia and hallucinations. This is the largest random controlled trial of psychological treatment for mental health in UK. And it strongly suggests that insomnia really causes mental health problems rather than simply being consequence of them. Daniel Freeman, the professor of the clinical psychology, Oxford University led study and thinks one of the reasons why sleep deprivation is bad for brain is because it encourages the repetitive negative thinking seen. And negative thoughts happen if sleep-deprived and gets stuck in them,” he said. He does not think a few nights of bad sleep means you becoming mentally ill but think it increases the risk.a1bb7cc18e609b3436edc80883d82dcd--interesting-health-facts-interesting-information

One in three people have difficulty in sleeping about 5% to 10% of the general population has insomnia but so many people get on with their lives and they cope with it. But it does raise the risk of a whole range of other mental health difficulties.” The positive side of this research is it implies helping people get a good night’s sleep goes a long way to helping improve a sense of well-being. And Norbert Schwarz, the professor of psychology at University of Southern California, has even put a figure on it. He claims: “Making $60,000 (£48,400) more in annual income has less of an effect on your daily happiness than getting one extra hour of sleep a night.” So, sleep well. In children, their sleep deprivation seems to have a slightly different effects on kids vs. adults. One recent study found the brain changes so half-night of sleep deprivation affects the back regions of the brain instead of the front regions as it does in adults.howthebrainrbrainscan

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Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Brain

Lots of studies reveal damaging effects of sleep deprivation on the brain. Scans from various research shows difference in brain between sound sleep and those of deprived sleep. Biological and social influences converged to create a perfect storm keeps some awake at night. In the pre-industrial times, people woke up at first light and naturally wind down at sunset. Little work could be done in the dark by candlelight but the invention of artificial light altered sleep experiences by turning night to daylight. Lightbulbs, television screens, smartphones confuse bodies’ internal clocks to interrupt the natural sleep cycle. Modern society has been conditioned to think sleeplessness is a badge of honour and productivity. Some people naturally adapted to these changes but for others these changes are against nature so has exacerbated an underlying biological deficiency and created a cycle of sleeplessness.

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Fig 2. Neurotransmitter GABA flowing between neurons. 2 natural compounds play an essential role in regulating sleep cycle: GABA and melatonin. As the day wears on absence of light and the body’s internal clock trigger the production of melatonin works with neurotransmitter GABA to help wind down mind and to prepare body for sleep. When the sleep cycle is interrupted by anxious thoughts levels of GABA and melatonin does not reach the threshold necessary to induce sleep. More concerning is how a lack of sleep affects the brain. During a healthy sleep cycle a nervous system functions like a dishwasher cleaning up the waste proteins and toxins produced by active brain cells during the day. But without enough sleep, the body does not have enough time to completely clean up the waste produced by brain. In the same way dishwasher cannot properly clean dishware if turned off in mid-cycle. If feeling groggy after a restless night it is actually experiencing effects of a toxin buildup in brain. If sleeplessness cycle continues for extended period of time, there is a longer lasting detrimental effects on the brain and overall health.
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new clinical study by the Princeton Consumer Research says break cycle without relying on harmful chemicals with addictive properties. Alleviate this problem in a simple way using natural ingredients to promote a healthy sleep. In the last 18 months, researchers in a GMP-certified facility in New York have perfected a formula containing 5 safest and most potent natural compounds for restful sleep. In addition the position of sleep affects mental health and sound sleep. So sleep experts advise people to sleep more on their sides to enable the brain to detox and drain waste products better. People’s personality often can be determined by their sleep patterns and positions leading to their performance in life. Whatever position suits each one depends of personal choice and comfort though health can affect sleep position. In some circumstances environmental noise pollution can intrude into sleep no matter preparations made. In such cases it is wise to consult sleep experts for professional cobsultation advice. 

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The univeristy also developed natural sleep nutrients to help improve sleep. It is advisable to contact a doctor before embarking on any form of natural or a medical aid to sleep. A natural RediNite combines delicate balance of Melatonin, and the L-Tryptophan, Magnolia Bark, Lemon Balm, and Passion Flower to help your mind wind down to promote healthy, sustained sleep. Each of the 5 natural ingredients in the RediNite formula has been clinically proven to boost levels of GABA and melatonin, allowing body to sleep peacefully and naturally to flush waste proteins from brain accumulated while awake. The result is falling into a deep sleep more quickly and waking up feeling refreshed, and ward off morning grogginess. Whether an early bird or a night owl, RediNite helps to establish a healthy sleep routine centered around your specific needs. When you struggle with sleeplessness, you need something to helps fall asleep fast, promotes deep, restful sleep so you wake up refreshed each morning. The Princeton Consumer Research performed a clinical trial to test RediNite’s effectiveness within 30 minutes and over the course of 30 days.

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While it is not a miracle cure, clinical results are very encouraging. After one week of use, more than 3 out of 4 study participants fell asleep in 30 minutes of taking RediNite. In addition, over 95% said their sleep quality improved within 30 days. None of participants reported any negative side effects. The results were statistically significant compared with placebo. RediNite is vegan, non-GMO, and gluten-free, and is made in a GMP-certified facility in New York to ensure the highest standards of safety. The entire RediNite compound fits into one vegetable capsule with low-dosage, high-efficiency ingredients helps for the immediate relief. Taken daily, body will safely absorb the RediNite’s natural ingredients and help to achieve deep restful sleep each night. Go to sleep faster and stay asleep longer by trying RediNite tonight. This exclusive offer is not available in stores. Available online through November 4th. Click the link below to claim 30 Day Trial of RediNite.

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God is always watching over you

1. Psalm 121:2-5 My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. He will not let you fall. Your guardian will not fall asleep. Indeed, the Guardian of Israel never rests or sleeps. The Lord is your guardian. The Lord is the shade over your right hand.

2. Proverbs 3:24  When you lie down, you will not be afraid. When you rest, your sleep will be peaceful.

3. Psalm 4:7-8 But you have made me happier than they will ever be with all their wine and grain. When I go to bed, I sleep in peace, because, Lord, you keep me safe.

4.  Psalm 3:3-6 But you, Lord, protect me. You bring me honor; you give me hope. I will pray to the Lord, and he will answer me from his holy mountain. I can lie down to rest and know that I will wake up, because the Lord covers and protects me. So I will not be afraid of my enemies, even if thousands of them surround me.

 

Rest Assured

5. Proverbs 1:33 but whoever listens to me willlive in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.

6. Psalm 16:9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure.

7. Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

8. Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Don’t sleep too much

9. Proverbs 19:15 Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless go hungry.

10. Proverbs 20:13 If you love sleep, you will end in poverty. Keep your eyes open, and there will be plenty to eat!

11. Proverbs 26:14-15 Like a door on its hinges, a lazy man turns back and forth on his bed. Lazy people are too lazy to lift the food from their plate to their mouth.

12. Proverbs 6:9-10 How long will you lie there, you lazy person? When will you get up from sleeping? You sleep a little; you take a nap. You fold your hands and lie down to rest.

 

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13. Ecclesiastes 5:12 The sleep of a laborer is sweet, whether they eat little or much, but as for the rich, their abundance permits them no sleep.

14. Psalm 127:2 It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.

 

Examples

15. Jeremiah 31:25-26 I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint. At this I awoke and looked around. My sleep had been pleasant to me.

16. Matthew 9:24 He said, “Go away, for the girl is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him.

17. John 11:11 After saying these things, he said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him.”

18. 1 Kings 19:5 Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep. All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.”

19. Matthew 8:24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping.

20. Matthew 25:5 As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept.

Sleep Sleep Sleep Sleep 

Sleep, sleep,
Don’t peep,
Night is coming soon;
Mama tucks her sleepyheads,
Snugly in their cozy beds;
Sleep, sleep,
Don’t peep,
Night is coming soon.
Soon…

Good night,
Sleep tight,
May your dreams be sweet;
Twinkling stars, their watch will keep,
While the angels guard your sleep,
Good night,
Sleep tight,
May your dreams be sweet.
Sweet…

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Words & Music: W. Otto Miessner Adapted By: Terry Kluytmans © 2002

Trust Me I’m a Doctor – Mental Health Special on BBC2 at 21:00 GMT Wednesday 1 November.

DON’T WORRY IN LIFE

Focusing on the present will help apprehensive thoughts to disappear on their own Matthew 6:25-34 in Bible says do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; do not worry about your body what you will wear. Your life is more than food and the body more than clothes. Do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will take care of itself by trusting God to provide and guide you to make wise choices and prosper. And 
when anxiety or panic attack sets in do breathing exercise and remember great peace beyond human understanding is promised within God’s Gospel words bring consolation and joy. In Phillipians 4:6-7 Jesus said, Do not let your hearts be troubled since you believe in God, believe in Jesus. And do not be anxious about anything but in every situation, by prayer, petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God passing all understanding will guard your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus. Jesus is in your lifeboat so it makes a difference despite the reality of circumstances. Isaiah 41:10 says, do not fear for I am with you do not worry or be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen and help you; And uphold you with a righteous right hand. Psalm 94:19 says cast all your anxiety on Him for He cares for you in anxiety so great is God’s words bringing consolation joy.
Proverbs 14:1 says anxiety weighs down the heart but kind words cheers up. And in Proverbs 12:25, Jesus promised that,

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. John 14:27 states, Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. Psalm 38:9 tells us, All longings lie open before God so sighing not hidden from God. In Mark 13:11, if falsely accused do not worry about what to say just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.2 Corinthians 9:8 says God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. And in Revelation 21:3-4, And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death, mourning or crying or pain for the old things pass away.” Job2:20-21 states Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb and naked I will depart. The Lord gives and the Lord takes away the name of the Lord be praised.”Luke 12:23 says,

Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For your life is worth more than food and body more than clothes.

The Bible proves again worrying as the science research shows is just a waste of time so advises to turn off worrying. The  Experts reveals the THREE STEPS to take control of your apprehensions, stop brooding for good.

  • Recognise that brooding is a waste of time and energy, not problem-solving
  • Focus on the here and now to let worries slip away and stop them taking over
  • Avoid distractions as these have the opposite effect to calming down the mind
  • Distractions don’t work in the long term as you rely on external things to be calm 
  • ‘Our minds are so capable of imagining things and our thoughts become facts’

An expert revealed three steps to stop worrying for good. Recognise brooding thoughts are a waste of time, focusing on the present and avoiding distractions can all help people to take control of apprehensions, according to Professor Hans Nordahl from the department of behavioural medicine at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He said:  people confuse ruminative brooding with problem solving, analysis or review, the content tends to be self-critical and self-focused and linked to negative experiences in life. ‘I usually illustrate it by holding a glass of water in my hand. Most people would say that’s easy to do, but if I hold the glass continuously for 2 hours gets heavy. ‘It works the same way with our brooding and worries. They aren’t necessarily that heavy when they’re short-lived, but they get heavy when they last for a long time. Recognise the brooding thoughts are a waste of time and energy and not problem-solving

3 STEPS TO STOP WORRYING

According to Professor Hans Nordahl from the department of behavioural medicine at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, people can take control of their worries by:

  • Recognising such thoughts are a waste of time – Going over things repeatedly is not a form of problem-solving
  • Focusing on the here and now – Get involved in real-life situations to allow negative thoughts to disappear on their own.
  • Stop seeking distractions – These have opposite effect on calming mind as people rely on external things to find relief.  Recognise it is a waste of time.  

Firstly, recognise that worrying is a waste of time and energy. Professor Nordahl said: ‘Reducing ruminative brooding isn’t as difficult as it may seem, but there are a few prerequisites you need to know before you start. ‘The most important thing about brooding as a mental activity is to realize brooding itself is a meaningless and useless activity. ‘It doesn’t help anything and has no calming or problem-solving effect.’ People often confuse worrying with problem solving, the former is actually negative, repetitive thinking about negative experiences occurred or the way they did reinforces problems. Once you recognise you are worrying, ask yourself if it has any purpose or if there is even an answer to the question you are considering. ‘Focus on the here and now’ in the spatial moment and do enjoy your life no matter how humble. 

Secondly, try and focus on the situation you are currently in. Professor Nordahl said: ‘Get involved in other more real-life things currently happening in your life. ‘If you focus on the here and now, the illusions  that is worry and brooding won’t take hold as much. ‘The thoughts continue to churn, but just let them be there and live their own lives. ‘Anything that isn’t given attention will gradually disappear on its own, and this applies to one’s brooding. 

Thirdly, Focusing on the present helps stop the overwhelming  apprehensive thoughts to disappear on their own.  

STRESS SEES DANGER IN EVEN HARMLESS SITUATIONS

Stress makes people sense danger in harmless situations, research revealed earlier this month. Humans are thought to have learned to identify dangerous scenarios for self-defense, however, certain circumstances can cause people to misidentify such cues. Researchers found people respond with fear when their stress levels are high. Suzannah Creech associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Texas, who was not involved in study, said: ‘These findings provide important laboratory data that helps explain why PTSD [post-traumatic stress disorder] symptoms exacerbated during times of stress, and the repeated stress and trauma in the battlefield may lead to increased risk for PTSD.’ Experts believe the findings could aid PTSD treatment. Distractions do not work so avoid distractions as it has the opposite effect on calming the mind. Professor Nordahl said: ‘Turning focus away from your thoughts does not mean trying to escape or distract yourself from them. ‘Many people use television, gambling, computer games or drugs to control or suppress the brooding. ‘Distracting self in order to calm down does not work well in the long run. You’re relying on other people or external things to get calm. ‘Trying not to think of negative thoughts creates a recoil effect, because the brain has to keep track of what you shouldn’t think about, and those are the thoughts you’re trying to avoid.’ ‘Our minds are capable of imagining things’

Professor Nordahl said: ‘some people often confuse ruminative brooding with problem solving, analysis or review, but unfortunately the content tends to be self-critical and self-focused and linked to negative experiences in life. ‘I usually illustrate it by holding a glass of water in my hand. Most people say that’s easy to do, but if I hold a glass continuously for two hours it gets heavy. ‘It works the same way with brooding and worries. They aren’t necessarily heavy when they’re short-lived, but they get heavy when they last for a long time. ‘We’re well equipped to develop anxiety and worry, because our minds are capable of imagining things and our thoughts become facts. ‘Our capacity as humans to analyse ourselves or to anticipate threatening scenarios can be used in constructive ways but has negative and unhelpful effects.’ Life coach Sarah Alexander explained steps to low stress.

Courtesy: Original Science Article
By Alexandra Thompson Health Reporter For Mailonline14:08, 24 Aug 2017, updated 16:45, 24 Aug 2017
Rebloged & Updated on Bible Viewpoint

BIPOLAR SPENDING SPREE

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People with bipolar disorder experience severe mood swings can last several weeks or months. These include feelings of intense depression despair, manic feelings of extreme happiness, mixed mood depression with restlessness and overactivity. The disorder can also lead to impulsive spending sprees, usually during manic episodes. These extend to cars, holidays and computers, costing thousands of dollars, as irrational decision-making takes hold. It may be wild “self-medicating” shopping sprees, unwise investments, extravagant gifts to family, friends or charity, or spending a fortune on gambling. People with mental health problems are already more likely to be debt-ridden than the general population, and the number is even higher among those with bipolar disorder. Financial troubles then lead to problems of stress, anxiety, depression and suicide among those not officially diagnosed with a mental illness.Cant-Afford-To-Eat (1)

Can’t Find Money To Eat

The UK mental health charity Mind says debt is leaving thousands of people with bipolar disorder struggling to find money to eat, stay warm and pay the rent. They wrote a report stating, “People who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder may have particular problems managing their finances. During a manic, or ‘high’ phase, people can feel euphoric, brimming with ambitious schemes or ideas, their confidence excessively high. They may reach financial decisions that seem sensible to them at the time but which, in retrospect, are not. People may spend extravagantly causing a considerable debt. “After a high phase is over, they are shocked at what they have done and by the consequences they face. This spirals out of control quickly and can be daunting.” During a low phase, the person may feel so depressed they are unable to leave the house or even answer the phone. Unopened bills can pile up. Comedian and writer Stephen Fry spoke out about his experiences on behalf of the charity Mind. He said: “My own bipolar condition has caused me to go on plenty of giddy spending sprees. Because so much stigma still surrounds mental health, many people can’t get a job, on poverty line, and can’t get credit but doorstep lenders charging up to 400 percent interest. Mind’s chief executive, Paul Farmer, adds people with bipolar disorder can become trapped in a spiral of debt that further compounds their mental health problems. He believes that procedures need to be put in place that allow people to protect their finances while still retaining autonomy. Customers with mental health problems should be able to ask bank to monitor their account for unusual spending patterns, and treated appropriately if they miss repayments.happy-family-children-shopping-11079356

Getting Out of Debt as Bipolar

Mental health professionals sometimes offer advice and help individuals set a realistic budget. They can help set up a repayment plan to creditors and teach financial management skills. Friends and family may be able to assist by creating checks and balances to prevent manic spending sprees. If in agreement, they could monitor individual’s money from a distance. Psychoeducation could also be a good idea. Teaching people with bipolar disorder about the illness, treatment and to recognize relapse or causes of relapse early intervention is sought before full-blown illness episode occurs. The approach may be helpful for family members. In addition, there are support groups available for patients and family members to help them talk openly about the condition. Studies suggest that the availability of social support increases the chances of employment in patients with bipolar disorder compared with those patients without support. Bipolar disorder, lifestyle decisions such as exercising and eating well can help to avoid such problems. Keeping regular sleeping patterns is thought to be helpful in preventing episodes, as is avoiding excessive stimulation such as caffeine or stressful social events during the onset of a possible manic episode. When tempted to make large purchase, people with bipolar disorder might feel able to alert their spouse, partner or friend in time to discuss the purchase. menendez-blog-img-1There may be possibility of delayed gratification or order processing which needs a second approval at end of a cooling off period before final decision confirmation. To repair damage caused by the excessive spending during manic episodes must deal with loss of earnings as a result of illness, or taking steps to prevent future problems and financial health is top priority. Its important to stay well get treatment and support. 

References and Further Reading

In the red: Debt and mental health

Rethink: About Bipolar Disorder

Preventing Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder information from Mayo Clinic

National Alliance on Mental Illness

WRATH OF THE LAMB JESUS

7528b848e10d95e099d208e5dd4463ac--scripture-cards-scripture-picturesRevelation 6:16 says the wrath of Lamb Jesus comes on earth so people will say to mountains and rocks fall to hide them from Face of God who Sits on HIS Throne. In Hosea 10:8 some will say to the mountains cover us; and to the hills, fall on us in the time of God’s wrath. In Luke 23:30, They say to mountains fall and hills cover from HIM Sitting on the THRONE. The Triune God in Revelation 4:2 works with Messiah Jesus and Holy Spirit to prevent God’s full wrath unleashed on the earth. The wrath of the Lamb affects all people who reject Jesus. John 3:16 says God so loved the world HE GAVE HIS ONLY begotten Son Jesus that all who believe in Him will not perish but have eternal life. The result of wrath of the Lamb is depicted in Revelation 21:8. God’s wrath is with the wicked is who reject Jesus but gives assurance of HIS Mercy and LOVE for righteous. In Revelation 11:18, nations are angry because God’s wrath has come on earth of centuries of warnings. Rapture time for righteous resurrected dead in Christ given rewards as faithful servants of God. Revelation 14:10-13 says wrath of God falls on wicked perish for rejecting Jesus as Messiah and THE SON OF GOD.                        Image (1)The peace of God and joy of the faithful believers is counteracted by bitter grief, pain, sadness, sorrow and the torture of those who reject Jesus. The whole world is then judged by God for rejecting the redemption through Jesus so punished. There is no middle ground alternative option available in the time of the wrath of God or wrath of Lamb. People opt for God’s Rule in Jesus’ Kingdom or reject Jesus to side with satan’s rule with dire wrath consequences of destructions. So all stubborn rebellious people who reject God and Jesus prefer death than the eternal life in God’s PRESENCE. The wicked say to the mountains and rocks, fall on us so chose death rather than life. They want to from the Face of HIM sitting on the Throne and from the wrath of the Lamb Messiah Jesus. They reject Deity of Jesus, ALMIGHTY POWER of God in Christ so dread the most horrible punishment afflictions, endless torment of hell so want to die desperately. If only they asked for pardon from God and repent to be the follower of Christ they suffer justly as a consequence of choice to reject God for reproaches of Christ. All who pretend to be Christian are judged by Jesus as sheep and goats to reveal the true believers.         sermon-thou-knowest-not-the-time-of-the-visitation-3-638 The sheep are on God’s Right Hand. But the goats revolt and fight in Armageddon but conquered and taken by Christ eventually put to death and suffering. To confess the God of Jesus is the ONLY TRUE God is the ticket for passage and key to enter heaven. God’s First Born Son Jesus is Higher than kings of the earth and He is equal with HIM God sitting upon Throne, God His Father. Jesus’ wrath is equally dreaded as God’s Wrath yet though He is a Lamb, mild, meek, and gentle but has anger, fury and wrath or indignation in Him, against all His enemies, which is very dreadful and intolerable. Psalm 2:12 says accept Jesus Son of God or He will be ANGRY and lead to destruction when His wrath flares up against His enemies.a18c6c6f8f2e0c8c8d7ef7c957f4843c--jesus-is-lord-the-lord

In Revelation 6:12-17, a 6th seal opens, so Great Earthquake shakes foundation of churches, stately homes and all assets people put their confidence and trust in terribly shaken and destroyed. God and Jesus’ wraths cause great damages and changes predicted in Bible prophecies of the Scripture. Bible events unfolding declare the end of the world and the day of judgment. So dread and terror seizes on all sorts of people, neither grandeur, riches, valour, strength, can support anyone at that time. They will wish death to end it all, to be no more to live no longer in life but too late for God to save these wicked being punished to pay for wickedness, pain and suffering caused others. Though Jesus Christ is Lamb of God He is angry and the wrath of the Lamb is exceedingly dreadful.     bible-quote-about-life-and-death-2-picture-quote-1Our Redeemer Christ Himself Sacrificed His Life to forgive to appease the wrath of God. So God’s enemies are no more a friends of Jesus to plead for them. They missed day of opportunity and their seasons of grace, so God has HIS DAY of righteous wrath. Time to overthrow satan’s paganistic empire of idolaters described hiding in their dens and secret caves vainly seeking to escape ruin. There is no rest for the wicked in such a day when signs of endtimes show those who reject God will be destroyed. Believers in God’s word know the King of kings Jesus is approaching soon for Rapture. And all Christians are called to share Gospel Good News to save billions of lives before it is too late. Bold confession of Christ, God’s Truth to fellow humans is to endure to the end to be SAVED to belong to God to enjoy everlasting life. Revelation 21:8 describes wrath of God concerns cowardly, unbelieving, vile, the murderers, sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, idolaters and all liars will be consigned to fiery lake of burning sulfur which is second death.” People wish death to save them from wrath of the Lamb Jesus to escape the tormenting fire in vain. God let them suffer perpetually for their evil wicked actions in life against mankind. It is important to accept Jesus and saved in God in Christ Jesus’ Name. salvation_is_found-760x490Peter 3:3-9 states: Above all, you must understand in the last days scoffers will scoff and follow their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is His Promised Coming? Since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it was in the beginning of creation.” But deliberately forget long ago by God’s word heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by these waters the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth is reserved for fire being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly. Do not forget dear friends with the Lord a day is 1000years and 1000years is like a day. The LORD God Almighty is not slow to keep HIS Promises as you think. God is patient with you not wanting anyone to perish, but wants everyone to come to repentance and be saved in Jesus Name. Call on Jesus and be saved from the wraths of God and Jesus. Let Holy Spirit help you discern God’s Truth for eternal life and be saved in Christ.

The Bible in 1 Peter 3:12-13 says For the Eyes of the LORD God is on all righteous and his EARS are open to their prayers. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? In the face of danger, adversity or storm God hears the sincere heartfelt cries of the righteous and listens to those who remember to call on name of Jesus. As Jesus spoke to calm the raging storm at sea so believers are empowered to call on Jesus Name to defeat the enemy in Jesus Name. The word if God says 1000 will fall at your left side and 10,000 fall on your right side but it shall not come near you in Jesus Name because you are hidden in the secret place of Most High God Yahweh in Jesus Name according  to Psalm 91. Praise, Thanks and Glory to God and Jesus through Holy Spirit.

NIBIRU/WORMWOOD/ ISON

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Nibiru, Planet X, Ison and Wormwood (ἀψίνθιον apsinthion, ἄψινθοςapsinthos in Greek is a star with many comets and angels with trumpets pouring wrath of God on earth in Book of Revelation. In Bible Wormwood is mentioned 7 times in Hebrew Bible means bitterness. The word wormwood in Old Testament from the Hebrew term לענה (la’anah, means “curse” in Arabic and Hebrew). In New Testament Wormwood is mentioned once in Book of Revelation when: The third angel sounds his trumpet and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and the springs of water and the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter and many people die from the waters that had become bitter” says Revelation 8:10-11. In Greek it refers to a plant Artemisia meaning a bitter taste. In English “wormwood” refers to a dark green oil produced by the plant used to kill intestinal worms. In Revelations in the Bible it refers to water that turned into wormwood bitter taste. In endtime prophecy, this “great star” represents a cataclysmic and catastrophic important changes in political, ecclesiastic history affecting the whole world. In the Bible dictionaries and commentaries the term refers to celestial being in A Dictionary of The Holy Bible “the star Wormwood denote satan lucifer devil once a mighty prince or power of air God’s archenemy behind all the chaos of the world. 161214-earth-asteroid-nasa-featureSome think since satan fell and was thrown out of heaven so wormwood specifically refers to the devil and demons or fallen angels with satan. And theologians like Matthew Henry and John Gill see verses in Revelation 8 as symbolic references to past events in human history. In case of Wormwood, some interpreters believe this figure represents army of Huns led by king Attila in chronological consistencies in timeline of prophecy in history of Huns in EuropeOthers think Arius, emperor Constantine, Origen or the ascetic monk Pelagius who denied Bible doctrine of the original sin of Adam and Eve DNA passed down to all mankind. As a result of the original sin Bible scholars believe that Wormwood represents the endtime transitional bitterness of sin that fill the earth during peak troubled times. Bitter plant wormwood Artemisia absinthium, mugwort, artemisia vulgaris as it expels worms so will eradicate 1/3 of mankind from earth. Bible warns of metaphor of unpalatable bitter events unfolding in the world happening like earthquakes, volcano’s, floods, fires, tsunamis, power shortages, homelessness, Acts of God in natural disasters. The Ukranian word for “wormwood, чорнобиль, chornobyl name of town Chenobyl. planet-x-nibiru-collides-with-Earth-670x670Wormwood is in literature and popular culture depicted by Anne Bronte in, “If This Be All” poem, so wormwood in the sixth stanza:

All the good I would impart,
The feelings I would share,
Are driven backward to my heart,
And turned to wormwood there;

C.S. Lewis in Screwtape Letter said that senior demon screwtape wrote 31letters to nephew Wormwood less experienced demon guiding man towards the “father below” devil, satan away from ” Enemy” God. Such writings confuse people who think God only punishes people without showing the True Nature of Our Father GOD in Heaven. A character Lebedyev in Idiot interprets “Star of Wormwood” as network of railways across Europe. In the Christ Clone Trilogy by James Seigneur, Wormwood is an asteroid. In episode of Bonanza”Wormwood Cup” theme of bitterness affects 2 antagonists leading to conflict. Stephen King’s short story Home Delivery, alien object enters Earth’s orbit and causes the dead to rise as zombies to attack the living by hellish object, a meteor-sized ball made up of many writhing worms, is referred to as “Star Wormwood.” Sylvia Pittson in the Dark Tower speaks of preacher-woman in the town of Tull, refering to the “Star wormwood” of satan during Sabbath. A Star Wormwood mentioned by Mother Carmody in King’s short story, The Mist  film adaptation. King’s novel (Cell 2006), a woman mentioned star Wormwood comparing previous events in Boston to Book of Revelation  after storms Clay, Tom, and Alice leave the city. 2540076170001_5472769483001_5269310924001-vsplanetxnibiru-696x467Recent eclipse and the triple storms are part of revelation meteors, wormwood among others heading towards planet earth in series of Shadowmancer books by G.P. Taylor as Wormwood is a comet heading straight for London which to destroy Earth. Its potent power is worse than nuclear strikes in the world to get rid of all the metahumans. Speaking of a star called Wormwood, falling to Earth and poisoning water turned to blood as Jesus said like Moses did in Egypt as an enemy is alien called Mrs Woomwood. Manga series in Angel Sanctuary, Egg of Wormwood kept hidden in Hades used to summon a meteor will wipe out 1/3 of the earth’s population, devil, and those who have blaspheme against God. In the Vampire, the Masquerade and World of Darkness  game, Wormwood is a harbinger comet  heralding God’s Time of the Judgement   precipitating End Time Gehenna and Apocalypse. This destroys evil works of God’s Nemesis to recreate specifically New earth accessible to God to relocate to earth dimension permanently a New Heaven. Revelation’s Book of Doomsday Wormwood, God detonates this weapon to destroy evil corrupting world and all responsible. Wormwood destroys prior to the Armageddon battle eliminating abomination of desolation in the Bible summoned by angel trumpeter to start the End of the World and all warriors against God.planet-7x-fiery-dragon-of-old-solar-path In the book Soul Harvest, Wormwood is a comet discovered on a collision course with Earth by Global Community. They attempt to destroy it with a nuclear missile, but the object splits into billions of burning pieces, which float down to Earth and taints one-third of its water. Global world events are simultaneously happening as the Bible predicted so it is important to take God more seriously to be prepared for Rapture. Only Father God knows the time, day or hour and so be saved in Christ and in God’s Kingdom for eternal. Jesus warned us about these events thousands of years ago, prophets teachers foretold these Words of God concerning these events. All who take time to research and study the Bible are aware of the judgements of God coming upon the earth. Events taking place now point towards fulfilment of God’s wrath but forgiveness for all those who repent and accept Jesus will be saved.

MANAGING AUTISM DAILY

815v8CYBCGL._SL1500_Autism can be managed to excel at the highest level of education on spectrum range as Temple Grandin, Ph.D. shows. Temple is a gifted animal scientist who designed one-third of all the livestock-handling facilities in USA. She lectures widely on the autism spectrum because Temple Grandin is an autistic woman who thinks, feels, experiences the world in ways incomprehensible to the rest. In her book, Grandin delivers the report on autism from dual perspectives of a scientist and autistic person sharing her experiences and how she managed to function in the world. What emerges in Thinking in Pictures is the document of an extraordinary woman bridging gulf of condition to shed light on a common issue familiar to many people. Oliver Sacks calls Temple Grandin’s book First picture of autism from the inside” quite extraordinary, unprecedented in a way unthinkable.” Sacks told part of her story in his words and in response in Thinking in Pictures Grandin returns to tell her life history with greater depth, insight and feeling. Grandin told Sacks, I don’t want my thoughts to die with me, wants to do something to know my life has meaning. I’m talking about things at the very core of my existence. Grandin’s clearly explains what it is like to “think in pictures” to broaden minds and bring clarity on a whole school of philosophy declaring language as an only necessary tool for expressing thought. So Grandin feels she can see through a cow’s eyes to influence the design of slaughter houses and livestock restraint systems. She has great insight in human animal relations. So would be good if Thinking in Pictures transforms similarly to study religious feelings to make the world better place.

Anyone who needs help in dealing with autism can get help through available sources including books, advice from GPs and experts. Grantin’s original book published her life as high-functioning autistic woman. Grandin wrote articles on her life and work as animal scientist in 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. Words of encouragement in support of her work is included here by those who found her books helpful. The Library Journal noted from her autobiography, emerged: Labeled Autistic (LJ 5/15/86), Grandin (animal studies, Colorado State Univ.) on how, high-functioning autistic adult overcame her disability to design livestock-handling equipment. Profiled in Oliver Sacks’s An Anthropologist on Mars (LJ 2/15/95), Grandin lectures on autism at meetings and conferences. Using insights from scientific studies, autobiographies by autistic adults, and her experiences explained how people with autism differently perceive and process visual sensory information and experience to express emotion, develop social skills. She reviews diagnosis and treatment of autism, and discusses its association with talent and genius. And in the book we learn of Grandin’s own strategies for coping with autism. How autism gives advantage to understand behavior of animals. This book is highly recommended for anyone interested in the subject. Published: Lucille Boone, San Jose P.L. Cal. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

A most remarkable woman, Grandin describes her deepest feelings while telling how she made herself a strong and valued individual. Autistic, she was helped by her mother, book’s dedicatee, and mentors who included high-school science teacher, a cattle-rancher aunt in Arizona, and a Swift meatpacking plant manager. Attacks of nerves and panic nearly overwhelmed her in her teens, but carefully selected and supervised drugs eased many of those problems. After earning a doctoral degree, she undertook her first work project, which was called the “Stairway to Heaven.” Instrumental for her in developing that and other methods for the humane treatment of food animals was her ability, determined in some measure by her autism, to think in pictures, her profound caring for the animals, and her engineering capabilities; fully one-third of U.S. facilities for handling hogs and cattle use her designs. Readers of Oliver Sacks’ Anthropologist from Mars, title article of about Grandin, will want to read Grandin’s own heartwarming real story. William Beatty

Online Reviews of the Book

“I hardly know what to say about this remarkable book. . . . It provides a way to understand many kinds of sentience, human and animal, that adorn the earth.” –Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of The Hidden Life of Dogs

“There are innumerable astounding facets to this remarkable book. . . . Displaying uncanny powers of observation . . . [Temple Grandin] charts the differences between her life and the lives of those who think in words.” –The Philadelphia Inquirer

“A uniquely fascinating view not just of autism but animal and human thinking and feeling, providing insights can only be called wisdom.” –Deborah Tannen, author of You Just Don’t Understand

“How does a true marvel let you know it has arrived? It’s hard to imagine an intellect as towering as Sacks’s coming up with perceptions rare completely out of left field as Grandin herself does in this mind-blowing book.” — Newsday

“Temple Grandin’s window onto the subjective experience of autism is of value to all of us who hope to gain a deeper understanding of the human mind by exploring the ways in which it responds to the world’s challenges.” — The Washington Times

“Temple Grandin, anthropologist from Mars, takes us on journey through her inner life and, with exquisite scientific detail offers us near photograph of the workings of her visual mind.” –John Ratey, coauthor of Driven to Distinction

“Temple Grandin’s legacy is invaluable gift of compassion. This is a journey of courage, determination, and, above all, worth. Society is the better for Temple Grandin having left her mark on it.” –Alex Pacheco, President, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

“Thinking in Pictures is beautiful book. Grandin has created a beautifully odd and fascinating picture of her life and mind, and her abiding love of animals.” — Elle

“A tireless researcher with a bionic memory and a superb education, no one can write with Temple’s authority because nobody knows as much as she does! This is an outstanding book that every parent and professional in the field of special needs will want to read, and general reader will acquire a new appreciation of autism, its liabilities, and its formidable assets.” –Annabel Stehli, author of The Sound of a Miracle

“Even Sacks’s fine writing about autism does not really compare to writing from within autism, because autism disorder of interiority. . . . Grandin has replaced the teleology of autobiography with something much closer to her heart: a diagram, in this case a diagram of her own mind.” –Voice Literary Supplement

From the Publisher

The captivating subject of Oliver Sack’s Anthropologist on Mars, is the Temple Grandin’s personal account of living with autism and extraordinary gift of animal empathy transformed her world and ours.

Temple Grandin renowned throughout the world as a designer of livestock holding equipment. Her unique empathy for animals has her to create systems which are humane and cruel free, setting the highest standards for the industry the treatment and handling of animals. She also happens to be autistic. Here, in Temple Grandin’s own words, is the story what it is like to live with autism. Temple is among the few people who have broken through many neurological impairments associated with autism. Throughout her life, she developed unique coping strategies, including famous “squeeze machine,” modeled after seeing the calming effect squeeze chutes on cattle. She describes pain, isolation growing up “different” and her discovery visual symbols to interpret “ways of the natives” Thinking In Pictures gives information from the frontlines of autism, including treatme medication, and diagnosis, as well as Temple’s insight into genius, savants, sensory phenomena, etc. It is Temple’s unique ability describe ways her visual mind works and how she first made her connection between impairment and the animal’s temperament understood extraordinary phenomenal way.

From the Inside Flap

Temple Grandin, Ph.D. is a gifted animal scientist who has designed one third of all livestock-handling facilities in the United States. She lectures widely on autism because she is autistic, a woman who thinks, feels, and experiences the world in ways incomprehensible to the rest of us. In this unprecedented book, Grandin writes from dual perspectives of a scientist and an autistic person. She tells us how she managed to breach the boundaries of autism to function in the outside world. What emerges is the document of an extraordinary human being, one who gracefully bridges the gulf between her condition and our own while shedding light on our common identity. “The innumerable astounding facets to this remarkable book displays the uncanny powers of observation of Temple Grandin charting the differences between her life and the lives of those who think in words.” Philadelphia Inquirer

About the Author

Temple Grandin has a Ph.D. in animal science from the University of Illinois and has designed one third of all the livestock-handling facilities in the United States, and many in other countries. She is currently an associate professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University and a frequent lecturer at autism meetings throughout country. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

Thinking in Pictures Autism VisualsI THINK IN PICTURES. Words are like a second language to me. I translate both spoken and written words into full colour movies, complete with sound, which run like a VCR tape in my head. When somebody speaks to me, his words are instantly translated into pictures. Language-­based thinkers often find this phenomenon difficult to understand, but in my job as an equipment designer for the livestock industry, visual thinking is a tremendous advantage.

Visual thinking has enabled me to build entire systems in my imagination. During my career I have designed all kinds of equipment, ranging from corrals for handling cattle on ranches to systems for handling cattle and hogs during veterinary procedures and slaughter. I worked for many major livestock companies. In fact, one third of the cattle and hogs in the United States are handled in equipment I have designed. Some people I’ve worked for don’t even know their systems designed by someone with autism. I value my ability to think visually, and I would never want to lose it.

One of the most profound mysteries of autism has been the remarkable ability of most autistic people to excel at visual spatial skills while performing so poorly at verbal skills. When I was a child and a teenager, I thought everybody thought in pictures. I had no idea that my thought processes were different. In fact, I did not realize the full extent of the differences until very recently. At meetings and at work I started asking other people detailed questions about how they accessed information from their memories. From their answers I learned that my visualization skills far exceeded those of most other people.

I credit my visualization abilities with helping me understand the animals I work with. Early in my career I used a camera to help give me the animals’ perspective as they walked through a chute for their veterinary treatment. I would kneel down and take pictures through the chute from the cow’s eye level. Using the photos, I was able to figure out which things scared the cattle, such as shadows and bright spots of sunlight. Back then I used black-­and-­white film, because twenty years ago scientists believed that cattle lacked color vision. Today, research has shown that cattle can see colors, but the photos provided the unique advantage of seeing the world through a cow’s viewpoint. They helped me figure out why the animals refused to go in one chute but willingly walked through another.

Every design problem I’ve ever solved started with my ability to visualize and see the world in pictures. I started designing things as a child, when I was always experimenting with new kinds of kites and model airplanes. In elementary school I made a helicopter out of a broken balsa-­wood airplane. When I wound up the propeller, the helicopter flew straight up about a hundred feet. I also made bird-­shaped paper kites, which I flew behind my bike. The kites were cut out from a single sheet of heavy drawing paper and flown with thread. I experimented with different ways of bending the wings to increase flying performance. Bending the tips of the wings up made the kite fly higher. Thirty years later, this same design started appearing on commercial aircraft.

Now, in my work, before I attempt any construction, I test-­run the equipment in my imagination. I visualize my designs being used in every possible situation, with different sizes and breeds of cattle and in different weather conditions. Doing this enables me to correct mistakes prior to construction. Today, everyone is excited about the new virtual reality computer systems in which the user wears special goggles and is fully immersed in video game action. To me, these systems are like crude cartoons. My imagination works like the computer graphics programs that created the lifelike dinosaurs in Jurassic Park. When I do an equipment simulation in my imagination or work on an engineering problem, it is like seeing it on a videotape in my mind. I can view it from any angle, placing myself above or below the equipment and rotating it at the same time. I don’t need a fancy graphics program that can produce three-­dimensional design simulations. I can do it better and faster in my head.

I create new images all the time by taking many little parts of images I have in the video library in my imagination and piecing them together. I have video memories of every item I’ve ever worked with—steel gates, fences, latches, concrete walls, and so forth. To create new designs, I retrieve bits and pieces from my memory and combine them into a new whole. My design ability keeps improving as I add more visual images to my library. I add videolike images from either actual experiences or translations of written information into pictures. I can visualize the operation of such things as squeeze chutes, truck loading ramps, and all different types of livestock equipment. The more I actually work with cattle and operate equipment, the stronger my visual memories become.

I first used my video library in one of my early livestock design projects, creating a dip vat and cattle-­handling facility for John Wayne’s Red River feed yard in Arizona. A dip vat is a long, narrow, seven-­foot-­deep swimming pool through which cattle move in single file. It is filled with pesticide to rid the animals of ticks, lice, and other external parasites. In 1978, existing dip vat designs were very poor. The animals often panicked because they were forced to slide into the vat down a steep, slick concrete decline. They would refuse to jump into the vat, and sometimes they would flip over backward and drown. The engineers who designed the slide never thought about why the cattle became so frightened.

The first thing I did when I arrived at the feedlot was to put myself inside the cattle’s heads and look out through their eyes. Because their eyes are on the sides of their heads, cattle have wide-­angle vision, so it was like walking through the facility with a wide-­angle video camera. I had spent the past six years studying how cattle see their world and watching thousands move through different facilities all over Arizona, and it was immediately obvious to me why they were scared. Those cattle must have felt as if they were being forced to jump down an airplane escape slide into the ocean.

Cattle are frightened by high contrasts of light and dark as well as by people and objects that move suddenly. I’ve seen cattle that were handled in two identical facilities easily walk through one and balk in the other. The only difference between the two facilities was their orientation to the sun. The cattle refused to move through the chute where the sun cast harsh shadows across it. Until I made this observation, nobody in the feedlot industry had been able to explain why one veterinary facility worked better than the other. It was a matter of observing the small details that made a big difference. To me, the dip vat problem was even more obvious.

My first step in designing a better system was collecting all the published information on existing dip vats. Before doing anything else, I always check out what is considered state-­of-­the-­art so I don’t waste time reinventing the wheel. Then I turned to livestock publications, which usually have very limited information, and my library of video memories, all of which contained bad designs. From experience with other types of equipment, such as unloading ramps for trucks, I had learned that cattle willingly walk down a ramp that has cleats to provide secure, nonslip footing. Sliding causes them to panic and back up. The challenge was to design an entrance would encourage the cattle to walk in voluntarily and plunge into the water, which was deep enough to submerge them completely, so that all the bugs, including those that collect in their ears, would be eliminated.

I started running three-­dimensional visual simulations in my imagination. I experimented with different entrance designs and made cattle walk through them in my imagination. Three images merged to form final design: a memory of a dip vat in Yuma, Arizona, portable vat I had seen in a magazine, and an entrance ramp I had seen on a restraint device at the Swift meat-­packing plant in Tolleson, Arizona. The new dip vat entrance ramp was a modified version of the ramp I had seen there. My design contained three features that had never been used before: an entrance would not scare the animals, an improved chemical filtration system. And use of animal behavior principles to prevent the cattle from becoming overexcited when they left the vat.

The first thing I did was convert the ramp from steel to concrete. The final design had a concrete ramp on a twenty-­five-­degree downward angle. Deep grooves in the concrete provided secure footing. The ramp appeared to enter the water gradually, but in reality it abruptly dropped away below the water’s surface. The animals could not see the drop-­off because the dip chemicals colored the water. When they stepped out over the water, they quietly fell in, because their center of gravity had passed the point of no return.

Before the vat was built, I tested the entrance design many times in my imagination. Many of the cowboys at the feedlot were skeptical and did not believe my design would work. After it was constructed, they modified it behind my back, because they were sure it was wrong. A metal sheet was installed over the nonslip ramp, converting it back to an old-­fashioned slide entrance. The first day they used it, two cattle drowned because they panicked and flipped over backward.

When I saw the metal sheet, I made the cowboys take it out. They were flabbergasted when they saw that the ramp now worked perfectly. Each calf stepped out over the steep drop-­off and quietly plopped into the water. I fondly refer to this design as “cattle walking on water.”

Over the years, I have observed that many ranchers and cattle feeders think that the only way to induce animals to enter handling facilities is to force them in. The owners and managers of feedlots sometimes have a hard time comprehending that if devices such as dip vats and restraint chutes are properly designed, cattle will voluntarily enter them. I can imagine the sensations the animals would feel. If I had a calf’s body and hooves, I would be very scared to step on a slippery metal ramp.

There were still problems I had to resolve after the animals left the dip vat. The platform where they exit is usually divided into two pens so that cattle can dry on one side while the other side is being filled. No one understood why the animals coming out of the dip vat would sometimes become excited, but I figured it was because they wanted to follow their drier buddies, not unlike children divided from their classmates on a playground. I installed a solid fence between the two pens to prevent the animals on one side from seeing the animals on the other side. It was a very simple solution, and it amazed me that nobody had ever thought of it before.

The system I designed for filtering and cleaning the cattle hair and other gook out of the dip vat was based on a swimming pool filtration system. My imagination scanned two specific swimming pool filters that I had operated, one on my Aunt Brecheen’s ranch in Arizona and one at our home. To prevent water from splashing out of the dip vat, I copied the concrete coping overhang used on swimming pools. That idea, like many of my best designs, came to me very clearly just before I drifted off to sleep at night.

Being autistic, I don’t naturally assimilate information that most people take for granted. Instead, I store information in my head as if it were on a CD-­ROM disc. When I recall something I have learned, I replay the video in my imagination. The videos in my memory are always specific; for example, I remember ­handling cattle at the veterinary chute at Producer’s Feedlot or McElhaney Cattle Company. I remember exactly how the animals behaved in that specific situation and how the chutes and other equipment were built. The exact construction of steel fence­posts and pipe rails in each case is also part of my visual memory. I can run these images over and over and study them to solve design problems.

If I let my mind wander, the video jumps in a kind of free association from fence construction to a particular welding shop where I’ve seen posts being cut and Old John, the welder, making gates. If I continue thinking about Old John welding a gate, the video image changes to a series of short scenes of building gates on several projects I’ve worked on. Each video memory triggers another in this associative fashion, and my daydreams may wander far from the design problem. The next image may be of having a good time listening to John and the construction crew tell war stories, such as the time the backhoe dug into a nest of rattle­snakes and the machine was abandoned for two weeks because everybody was afraid to go near it.

This process of association is a good example of how my mind can wander off the subject. People with more severe autism have difficulty stopping endless associations. I am able to stop them and get my mind back on track. When I find my mind wandering too far away from a design problem I am trying to solve, I just tell myself to get back to the problem. Interviews with autistic adults who have good speech and are able to articulate their thought processes indicate that most of them also think in visual images. More severely impaired people, who can speak but are unable to explain how they think, have highly associational thought patterns. Charles Hart, the author of Without Reason, a book about his autistic son and brother, sums up his son’s thinking in one sentence: “Ted’s thought processes aren’t logical, they’re associational.” This explains Ted’s statement “I’m not afraid of planes. That’s why they fly so high.” In his mind, planes fly high because he is not afraid of them; he combines two pieces of information, that planes fly high and that he is not afraid of heights.

Another indicator of visual thinking as the primary method of processing information is the remarkable ability many autistic people exhibit in solving jigsaw puzzles, finding their way around a city, or memorizing enormous amounts of information at a glance. My own thought patterns are similar to those described by A. R. Luria in The Mind of a Mnemonist. This book describes a man who worked as a newspaper reporter and could perform amazing feats of memory. Like me, the mnemonist had a visual image for everything he had heard or read. Luria writes, “For when he heard or read a word, it was at once converted into a visual image corresponding with the object the word signified for him.” The great inventor Nikola Tesla was also a visual thinker. When he designed electric turbines for power generation, he built each turbine in his head. He operated it in his imagination and corrected faults. He said it did not matter whether the turbine was tested in his thoughts or in his shop; the results would be the same.

Early in my career I got into fights with other engineers at meat-­packing plants. I ­couldn’t imagine that they could be so stupid as not to see the mistakes on the drawing before the equipment was installed. Now I realize it was not stupidity but a lack of visualization skills. They literally could not see. I was fired from one company that manufactured meat-­packing plant equipment because I fought with the engineers over a design which eventually caused the collapse of an overhead track that moved 1,200-­pound beef carcasses from end of conveyor. As each carcass came off the conveyor, it dropped about three feet before it was abruptly halted by a chain attached to a trolley on overhead track. The first time the machine was run, the track was pulled out of the ceiling. The employees fixed it bolting it securely and installing additional brackets. This solved problem temporarily, because the force of the carcasses jerking the chains was so great. Strengthening the overhead track was treating a symptom of the problem rather than its cause. I tried to warn them. It was like bending a paper clip back and forth too many times. After a while it breaks.

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Autism Meltdowns

Many autistic people will experience meltdowns. The public ofinds it hard to tell the difference between an autism meltdown and temper tantrums, but they are different things. You can help by understanding autism, the person and what to do if you see someone having a meltdown. If your family member or the person you support has meltdowns, find out how to anticipate them, identify causes, and minimise their frequency.

What is a meltdown?

A meltdown is ‘an intense response to overwhelming situations’. It happens when someone becomes completely overwhelmed by their current situation and temporarily loses behavioural control.  This loss of control can be expressed verbally (eg shouting, screaming, crying), physically(eg kicking, lashing out, biting) or in both ways.

Autism meltdowns are not the same as temper tantrums

A meltdown is not the same as a temper tantrum. It is not bad of naughty behaviour and should not be considered as such. When a person is completely overwhelmed, and their condition means it is difficult to express that in appropriate way, it is understandable that the result is a meltdown.

Meltdowns are not the only way a person with autism may express feeling overwhelmed.  Other behaviours that may appear are less explosive but are equally common, such as refusing to interact, withdrawing from situations they find challenging, or avoiding them altogether.

What to do

If someone is having a meltdown, or not responding to you, don’t judge them. It can make a world of difference to someone with autism and their carers.

  • Give them some time – it can take a while to recover from an information or sensory overload.
  • Calmly ask them (or their parent or friend) if they’re OK, but bear in mind they’ll need more time to respond than you might expect.
  • Make space – try to create a quiet, safe space as best you can. Ask people to move along and not to stare, turn off loud music and turn down bright lights – whatever you can think of to reduce the information overload, try it.

Anticipating a meltdown

Many autistic people will show signs of distress before having a meltdown, which is sometimes referred to as the “rumble stage”. They may start to exhibit signs of anxiety such as pacing, seek reassurance through repetitive questioning or physical signs such as rocking or becoming very still. At this stage, there may still be a chance to prevent a meltdown. Strategies to consider include distraction, diversion, helping the person use calming strategies such as fiddle toys or listening to music, removing any potential triggers, and staying calm yourself.

Identifying the causes

A meltdown is a reaction to an overwhelming experience. If your family member or the person you support has meltdowns, identify what is overwhelming for them. Complete a diary over a period of time. Record what happened before, during and after each meltdown. Patterns may emerge. You may find that meltdowns occur at particular times, in particular places, or when something particular has happened.

Minimising triggers

Once you have a clearer idea what may be triggering meltdowns, think about ways you might minimise that trigger. Everyone with autism is different, but sensory differences,changes in routine, anxiety, and communication difficulties are common triggers.

Sensory considerations

Many autistic people have sensory differences. They may be over-sensitive to some senses, under-sensitive to others and often a combination of both.

For example, for someone who is over-sensitive to touch and sound, people brushing past them and a loud announcement at a train station could cause pain and sensory overload, leading to a meltdown. In this situation, it could be helpful to listen to calming music on headphones to block out loud noises and wait until everyone has got off train before approaching platform to avoid crowds of people. Other situations to consider include creating low arousal environment (eg remove bright lights, soundproof walls) or using sensory equipment (eg glasses with dark or coloured lenses, ear defenders, a weighted blanket).

Change in routine

Consistent, predictable routines and structure are very important for autistic people and a change to routine can be very distressing. For example, the panic caused by needing to drive a different route to school due to roadworks could trigger a meltdown. In this example, a clear visual support explaining change, reassurance that the rest of the routine remains the same and adding extra support such calming/ comforting activity to do in the car could help. For an unexpected change, there can be a particular plan in place, such as the use of a picture symbol to explain the change, reinforcement of the rest of the day being the same (if that’s the case), a chance to express any frustration appropriately (such as hitting a pillow, ripping paper) followed by an activity that is known to calm the person such as taking deep breaths, listening to calming music, going for a walk, or squeezing a stress ball. It may help to increase structure around ordinary transitions, helping the person to navigate the change from one activity to another throughout the day. Using a clear timetable explaining when the transitions will be, using timers to countdown to transitions, using a favourite toy or character to be part of the transition, can all help.

Anxiety

With unwritten rules and unpredictable nature, the world can be an extremely challenging environment for autistic people and many experience anxiety. If a person does not have tools to calm down when anxious, they may have a meltdown. Develop strategies to manage anxiety, such as introducing our Brain in Hand app. Have a plan beforehand of what to do if the person feels anxious, such as a calming play list to listen to at the shops or a stress ball in their pocket. Build relaxation time into the routine. The person will generally feel calmer and better able to cope when something that could trigger a meltdown, occurs. What it means varies from person to person, and may consist of quiet activities, eg taking a walk, listening to music, and reading, doing puzzles, using fiddle toys, or more strenuous activities, eg jumping on a trampoline, going to the gym, playing a computer game. In the case of strenuous activities, observe if the activity really does calm the person down. If it doesn’t, but is just an activity they really enjoy, still build in time for that activity but try to find an activity that genuinely calms them and make time to use it well.

Communication difficulties

Autistic people can find it difficult to express their wants and needs, from a non-verbal child struggling to express need for a drink to a teenager finding it hard to express their emotions. This can result in overwhelming feelings, such as anger and frustration, leading to a meltdown. Support the person to find ways to understand and express their emotions appropriately before they get overwhelmed, and find ways to make your own communication more easily understandable. Verbal communication is challenging for autistic people due to potential misunderstanding of the body language, tone of voice, irony, sarcasm.

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Miracle Cure for autism

Levin doesn’t call this particular cure a silver bullet for autism: There is no silver bullet, no one-size-fits-all approach. Rather, she credits his transformation to a number of things, including a home based and child centered social-relational program called the Son-Rise Program.

Susan Levin, pictured above with son Ben, documents her family’s journey in her memoir “Unlocked: A Family Emerging from the Shadows of Autism.”Tim Daley

But one of the biggest factors was what was on his plate. “Hippocrates was right when he advised, ‘Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,’ ” she says. Levin is part of a growing group of people who are paying more attention to diet, organic, gluten- and casein-free among them, as a way to treat the symptoms of autism and other disorders. So strongly does she believe in the healing possibilities of food that she’s now a family wellness coach working exclusively with families of autistic children. While the scientific verdict is still out on diet as a cure, statistics point to a definite link between gastrointestinal issues and autism. A 2012 study published by the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology found a direct link between GI issues and behavior. 70 percent of children with autism have gastrointestinal issues during childhood or adolescence, food sensitivity, diarrhoea and constipation can cause extreme discomfort, leading to irritability, and erratic or withdrawn behaviour. But not everyone convinced.

“Over the years I’ve been privy to a million parents, a million cures,” says Andrew Baumann, president and CEO of New York Families for Autistic Children. “Parents are willing to try just about anything.” And while he concedes that diet can have a very positive effect, he just doesn’t see it as a cure for autism: “You can’t cure something [when] you don’t know what the cause is.”

Parents are willing to try just about anything. You can’t cure something [when] you don’t know what the cause is.

 – Andrew Baumann, president and CEO of<br /> New York Families for Autistic Children

Kathleen DiChiara begs to differ. The former Fortune 500 executive was diagnosed with sudden onset neuropathy, which left her unable to walk. When the doctors told her there was little to be done, she went back to school to study. She’s now a nutrition educator, chef and speaker who credits an all-organic diet for healing not only herself, but her 11- year-old son, Steven, who’d been diagnosed as autistic but is no longer considered to be.

Why are people resistant to the idea of food’s effect on illness?

“It’s socially inconvenient,” DiChiara says. “They’re already struggling, and the idea of removing things from the diet is so daunting. But it’s the difference between the children who get well and the ones who don’t.”

Maria Rickert Hong, author of “Almost Autism: Recovering Children From Sensory Processing Disorder,” credits a gluten-free, dairy-free diet with the recovery of her two children from sensory-processing disorder.

“In a child with neurodevelopment disorders, the brain is inflamed, and the gut and the brain are connected,” Hong says. “Most of these kids have gut dysbiosis — an imbalance of good versus bad bacteria, like having too many weeds in your garden. When you have that, the body’s immune system is off.”

Levin and her family initially started Ben on a gluten-free and casein-free diet, later eliminating soy, corn, potatoes and rice. But as soon as one offending food was removed, she says, a reaction to another popped up.

Then they tried the Body Ecology Diet, an anti-yeast diet high in grain-like seeds such as amaranth, quinoa, millet and buckwheat. Almost overnight, Ben calmed down and started making eye contact.

Now 12, Ben is studying for his bar mitzvah. Eight years after that chilling diagnosis, he’s become more empathetic, frequently saying “I love you” to his mother, his father and sister.

Levin says his newfound compassion is nothing short of a miracle.

“It doesn’t matter what people say,” says Levin. “I have my kid back.”