US and Arab allies launch airstrikes aimed at taking out ISIS oil refineries in Syria-9/24

Obama’s breathtaking naivete at the United Nations-9/24

Is Ferguson the new Syria? Obama brings apology for Michael Brown shooting to UN speech about ISIS genocide-9/24

Obama takes a bite out of tax-avoiding firms with crack down on overseas 'inversion' mergers like that being used by Burger King-9/24

US sells cruise missiles to Poland as ‘deterrent to regional threats’ amid rising tension with Russia-9/24

What The Fed's "Crystal Ball" Says Is The Reason For The Worst Recovery Ever-9/24

Paul Craig Roberts: "A Rigged Gold Price Distorts Perception Of Economic Reality"-9/24

Traders: Millions By The Minute - Part 1-9/24

Obama Announces Executive Actions to Fight Climate Change at UN-9/24

'Nobody gets a pass': Obama calls on international community to cut carbon pollution in landmark climate change speech at UN-9/24

Obama's new climate change rules will create 'an unnecessary hurdle' for global development work – including fight against Ebola, warns CDC official-9/24

'You can either make history or be vilified by it': Leo DiCaprio lectures UN on climate change (but no mention of his four homes, private jets and renting the FIFTH biggest yacht in the world from an OIL billionaire)-9/24

India, China ignore UN climate change summit-9/24

West Coast warming linked to naturally occurring changes-9/24 LA Times

New survey shows how much money you can save if you quit Whole Foods-9/24


Obama salute to Marines to be remembered as ‘Semper Latte’-9/24

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506. Urusvati knows that science is the foundation for the future success of humanity. But this statement must be understood correctly. Scientists regard themselves as bearers of knowledge, but we must recognize that few of them understand the significance of the knowledge that will exist in the future.

 

We should not divide science into materialistic and idealistic, or supermundane and mundane. The key requirement for scientific progress must be known. Psychic energy must be applied in all realms of life. The acquiring of knowledge cannot move forward without the inspiration of the primary force. Thus, one can observe diligent scientists who skillfully collect significant materials but do not know how to assemble them into a beautiful discovery. On the other hand, one can see scientists who even with limited means are able to succeed and introduce useful innovations. Consciously or not, they know how to apply psychic energy, and do not reject it.

 

If you compile a list of those outstanding scientists who are already working with subtle energies, you will see that they exist in many countries, but are not united. Each of them approaches the understanding of psychic energy in his own way. All see the energy in different ways, as if some force compels them to avoid the simplest, essential way. Imagine how much strength would be gained if they were to unite their isolated efforts! They would learn to respect one another’s research. Unfortunately, such respect is not sufficiently in evidence.

 

An open-minded researcher will attract sensitive co-workers. He must not be blamed for insufficient specialization, for psychic energy demands a broad scope of observation. Information should be collected from all sources, even the most ancient. Ancient writings must not be thought of as fiction. On the contrary, an unprejudiced mind will find in them many scientific indications, and will understand that there were entire eras in which the supermundane and the earthly were not seen as contradictory. Psychic energy will attract researchers only when it is understood as a bond between all worlds. The science of the future will be the source of the loftiest solutions.

 

The Thinker instructed His followers that science must be beautiful, for then it will know no limits.

Supermundane III, The Inner Life (Agni Yoga, 1938)

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The George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress, 1741-1799 George Washington to George Washington Snyder, October 24, 1798-9/10
The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799. John C. Fitzpatrick, Editor. Mount Vernon, October 24, 1798.
Revd Sir: I have your favor of the 17th. instant before me; and my only motive to trouble you with the receipt of this letter, is to explain, and correct a mistake which I perceive the hurry in which I am obliged, often, to write letters, have led you into. It was not my intention to doubt that, the Doctrines of the Illuminati, and principles of Jacobinism had not spread in the United States. On the contrary, no one is more truly satisfied of this fact than I am. The idea that I meant to convey, was, that I did not believe that the Lodges of Free Masons in this Country had, as Societies, endeavoured to propagate the diabolical tenets of the first, or pernicious principles of the latter (if they are susceptible of separation). That Individuals of them may have done it, or that the founder, or instrument employed to found, the Democratic Societies in the United States, may have had these objects; and actually had a separation of the People from their Government in view, is too evident to be questioned. My occupations are such, that but little leisure is allowed me to read News Papers, or Books of any kind; the reading of letters, and preparing answers, absorb much of my time. With respect, etc.
Editor: I've wrote about the differences in European and American Freemasonry here, (It's in the middle of the page). Perhaps if I have time, I will expound on President Washington's comments.

Hate Religion But Love Buddhism?-6/5 First Things, by Joanna Piacenza -- Buddhism is a religion, too—and that’s a good thing. -- Buddhism has been all the rage lately: The Dalai Lama wrapped up his American tour earlier this year, which included a HuffPost Live talk on “mindfulness, spirituality and HuffPost’s Third Metric which seeks to redefine success beyond money and power” (fancy!). TIME magazine featured a blissed-out meditator on a February cover and “mindfulness” conferences are popping up faster than Go0gle employee buses in San Francisco. These are all examples of what I like to call buddhism, with an intentional lowercase b, as they represent Buddhism without the constraints of institution, commitment, or, really, religion. And the biggest example of lowercase buddhism comes in people’s reactions when I mention that I work for a Buddhist magazine: “Oh, really? I meditate!” Sigh. Now, don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against meditation and am fully aware of how heavily Western Buddhism has focused on this one practice. But what’s worth noting is that the conversation stops here. When I ask these meditators what tradition they prefer or what teachers they follow, I receive only blank stares. It’s not so much that these dewy new practitioners know very little about Buddhism outside their secular meditation bubble, as that they’re completely content with their naiveté. What I see here is a growing attitude that Buddhism is simply a supplement to your current religion or something that can be tacked on to your personal patchwork quilt of spiritual beliefs. Buddhism has become an add-on: an energy boost in your spiritual smoothie. A number of factors have enabled this attitude.
First is a shift in religious upbringing. In my experience, most of these buddhist Meditators (see what I did there?) came to meditation late in the game. They were raised in homes that followed a different religion, usually something mainstream that wouldn’t disrupt a dinner conversation with, say, the Beavers. Some continue to follow that household religion into adulthood, though studies have shown that they no longer practice in the most conventional way. And somewhere along the line, these watered-down-Christians picked up a meditation book, listened too mindlessly to their yoga instructor, or spent a summer backpacking in Southeast Asia . . . and now they meditate. This shift in upbringing has lead to an increasing number of footloose “nones.” A 2012 Pew Research study revealed that the religious group with the largest surge in the U.S. was, in fact, the one with no religion at all: “Unaffiliated.” But what’s important here, and what many scholars have pointed out before, is that the largest “Unaffiliated” subcategory was “Nothing in particular.” Not nothing. Not nada. Just, ah, nothing in particular (with a Jersey accent). This means those within the category are still “religious,” “spiritual” or, worse, “spiritual but not religious” and therefore free to dabble in whichever religion is on their radar. Hello, Buddhism. Next is the widespread assumption in the U.S. that Buddhism is a happy, carefree, and compassionate set of beliefs and practices—note that I avoided the word “religion” there. This can be credited to many early voices in American Buddhism: Walpola Rahula’s What the Buddha Taught; Jack Kerouac’s The Dharma Bums; and Stephen Bachelor’s Buddhism without Beliefs, to name a few. Thomas Tweed does a nice job summarizing in his aptly titled work, “Why are Buddhists so nice?” And this “niceness” carries into present day, thanks to the always-smiling Dalai Lama, approachable books on buddhism, like Lodro Rinzler’s The Buddha Walks into a Bar which has the nerve to describe how to have Buddhist one-night-stand, and slogan-happy Twitter and Instagram accounts that rattle off feel-good and often times inaccurate buddhism quotes. Then there’s how cheery the media is about Buddhism. The Dalai Lama’s so friendly and smiley and adorable—just look at those unfashionable glasses and “cultural robes”! The Buddha can walk into a bar! Wow! The media loves Buddhism! And we love it, too. Just head over to Twitter if you don’t believe me. Search for #buddhism. Your search will pull up tweets like “I think I’ll convert to Buddhism” or “Buddhism is pretty cool.” The messages are all positive and casual. For a contrast, search for #religion. You’ll find messages that dethrone organized religion, declare cessation from its overbearing rules and regulations, and generally renounce its presence. Hmm. It’s a good thing Buddhism isn’t a religion! ...

Why we need a Shangri-la-6/5 Philippine Daily Inquirer, By Ino Manalo -- We do not travel because we have to get from one place to another. We travel because we yearn. From the earliest days, people have been crisscrossing the face of the earth in pursuit of something. Often, what was being sought was a precious resource like water. It could also be respite from violence and hunger. I suppose we could make a distinction between traveling to the Middle East to take on a job on one hand, and on the other, touring the Riviera. One might say that the former was a necessity while the latter, a luxury. Yet both journeys may have been inspired by an aching need for a better life. For untold centuries, humanity has searched for a haven, a place of perfection. This place has taken on many avatars: Arcadia, El Dorado, Never-never land. In a way, it is the same country in many guises. It is embedded in tales retold in countless languages, clothed in different intentions but all with equally maddening results. In our time, efforts to find an ideal Eden have been localized in one spot: Shangri-la. PAINTING of the Himalayas by Nicholas Roerich This is a monastery that presided over a fairytale valley hidden from outsiders by snowcapped peaks. It was first introduced to the world by the writer James Hilton in his 1933 novel, “Lost Horizon,” which has the added distinction of being reissued as the world’s first paperback. In the popular imagination, the evocative name of the monks’ residence had come to apply to the entire mountain-ringed enclave where it sat. Hilton’s description of his paradise is quite seductive: “Shangri-la was touched with mystery. Listening intently, he could hear gongs and trumpets and also the masked wail of voices… The whole atmosphere was more of wisdom than of learning…

Does the Bible have secrets to reveal? Scholars hope to restore hidden text in ancient New Testament manuscript-9/13 Daily Mail,
• Codex Zacynthius features a hidden sixth or seventh century script
• This was partially scraped away to make way for a 13th century entry
• Cambridge University has secured £1 million to study the manuscript
• They hope to use advanced imaging technique to fully uncover script
• Scholars say the hidden text may reveal how St Luke’s Gospel was transmitted as Christianity spread ...

Defying gravity: The spectacular Hanging Temple in China that has been suspended 246-feet above ground for 1,500 years-6/21 Daily Mail,
• For some travellers the phrase 'seen one temple you've seen them all' rings true, but The Xuan Kong Si Hanging Temple in China would impress even the most cynical among them.
• Also known as the Suspension Temple, this unique monument was built into a cliff by monks near Mount Heng, near Datong, more than 1,500 years ago.
• 'Hanging' 246 feet (75 metres) above the ground, it's also notable for being the only temple left that represents a combination of traditional Chinese religions Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism.
• Far from form over function, the structure was said to have been built to avoid floods and was placed cleverly beneath an overhang to shelter it from rain, snow and sun - which goes a way to explaining its excellent condition today.
• The temple of 40 rooms connected by a series of corridors, bridges and walkways defies gravity due to oak crossbeams which plug into holes chiseled into the cliff-side, with the buildings' main support structure deep in the bedrock.
• More than 80 statues of bronze, iron and clay are found in the temple representing the range of dynasties which have occupied and maintained it over the years. ...

3-Year-Old Remembers Past Life, Identifies Murderer and Location of Body-6/10 Epoch Times, By Tara MacIsaac -- The universe is full of mysteries that challenge our current knowledge. In “Beyond Science” Epoch Times collects stories about these strange phenomena to stimulate the imagination and open up previously undreamed of possibilities. Are they true? You decide.
A 3-year-old boy in the Golan Heights region near the border of Syria and Israel said he was murdered with an axe in his previous life. He showed village elders where the murderer buried his body, and sure enough they found a man’s skeleton there. He also showed the elders where the murder weapon was found, and upon digging, they did indeed found an axe there. In his book, “Children Who Have Lived Before: Reincarnation Today,” German therapist Trutz Hardo tells this boy’s story, along with other stories of children who seem to remember their past lives with verified accuracy. The boy’s story was witnessed by Dr. Eli Lasch, who is best known for developing the medical system in Gaza as part of an Israeli government operation in the 1960s. Dr. Lasch, who died in 2009, had recounted these astounding events to Hardo. The boy was of the Druze ethnic group, and in his culture the existence of reincarnation is accepted as fact. His story nonetheless had the power to surprise his community. He was born with a long, red birthmark on his head. The Druse believe, as some other cultures do, that birthmarks are related to past-life deaths. When the boy was old enough to talk, he told his family he had been killed by a blow to the head with an axe. It is customary for elders to take a child at the age of 3 to the home of his previous life if he remembers it. The boy knew the village he was from, so they went there. When they arrived in the village, the boy remembered the name he had in his past life. A village local said the man the boy claimed to be the reincarnation of had gone missing four years earlier. His friends and family thought he may have strayed into hostile territory nearby as sometimes happens. The boy also remembered the full name of his killer. When he confronted this man, the alleged killer’s face turned white, Lasch told Hardo, but he did not admit to murder. The boy then said he could take the elders to where the body was buried. In that very spot, they found a man’s skeleton with a wound to the head that corresponded to the boy’s birthmark. They also found the axe, the murder weapon. Faced with this evidence, the murderer admitted to the crime. Dr. Lasch, the only non-Druze, was present through this whole process.

Three-Year-Old Reincarnate Helps Convict His Past Life Murderer-6/10


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Archaeologists stunned to discover Britain’s A1 road is 10,000 years old-6/18 Ancient Origins, A team of archaeologists, who were working alongside the A1, the longest road in Britain, were shocked to discover evidence of a Mesolithic settlement which suggests the route may have been in use for 10,000 years, according to a report in The Express. This means the route predates previous estimates that claimed an ancient route in the same location was originally built by the Romans. The A1 was built nearly a century ago and stretches 410 miles from London to Edinburgh. The earliest documented northern routes are the roads created by the Romans during the period from 43 to 410 AD, which consisted of several itinera recorded in the Antonine Itinerary. A combination of these were used by the Anglo-Saxons as the route from London to York, and together became known as Ermine Street, later known as Old North Road. Archaeologists were carrying out excavations of a known Roman settlement along the road, ahead of plans to upgrade the junctions from 51 to 56 to motorway status, when they discovered a number of flint tools that date back to between 6,000 and 8,000 BC. They also found a small Mesolithic structure that resembled a type of shelter where they were making the flint tools. The site, near Catterick in North Yorkshire, is believed to have been used by people travelling north and south as an overnight shelter, similar to today’s motorway service stations. ...

'Incredibly important' medieval find in Wales-6/18 Archaeology News Network, Archaeologists says they have discovered an "incredibly important" medieval convent, cemetery and Tudor mansion in Ceredigion. -- The location of Llanllyr nunnery in the Aeron Valley had been a mystery until now. Dr Jemma Bezant from University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) said it offered an unparalleled opportunity to find out more about monastic life. The public were able to view the site on Saturday. Dr Bezant said: "Medieval nunneries like this are incredibly rare with only one other known in Wales." The convent, founded by Lord Rhys ap Gruffudd in 1180, was a daughter house of the Strata Florida abbey, a former Cistercian monastery which was of immense importance to Wales during the Middle Ages. ...

Remains of 'End of the World' Epidemic Found in Ancient Egypt-6/18 Live Science, By Owen Jarus -- Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of an epidemic in Egypt so terrible that one ancient writer believed the world was coming to an end. Working at the Funerary Complex of Harwa and Akhimenru in the west bank of the ancient city of Thebes (modern-day Luxor) in Egypt, the team of the Italian Archaeological Mission to Luxor (MAIL) found bodies covered with a thick layer of lime (historically used as a disinfectant). The researchers also found three kilns where the lime was produced, as well as a giant bonfire containing human remains, where many of the plague victims were incinerated. ...


Cipher signatures by Francis Bacon in Shakespeare's works-5/30

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Peter Amundsen - Hour 1 - Shakespeare Ciphers & Oak Island Treasure-5/30 Red Ice Creations, Peter Amundsen is an organist, a Freemason and co-author of the book Organisten (The Organist). Since 2002 he has decrypted a number of steganographic ciphers believed to be hidden in several first editions of William Shakespeare and Sir Francis Bacon’s books. In 2003 Amundsen excavated two sites at the legendary Treasure Island – Oak Island in Nova Scotia, Canada. His findings didn’t go unnoticed as it attracted media attention and amazed many in the local community, among them landowner Dan Blankenship. In 2009, he was featured in a four episode TV series, Shakespeares skjulte koder (Shakespeare: The Hidden Codes) which broadcasted on Norwegian TV channel NRK1. In 2012 Amundsen published his second book, Oak Island & The Treasure Map in Shakespeare. In late April 2012 his full feature documentary “Shakespeare: The Hidden Truth” was released in Norwegian cinemas. In 2014, he was featured in an episode of History Channel’s The Curse of Oak Island. In the first hour, Petter tells how he came to find secret messages in Shakespeare and how he learned to decrypt them. ...

Sir Francis and the New Temple of God-5/30 Francis Bacon Society, by Petter Amundsen -- Location is everything -- Norway has for a couple of years been swept by an Anti-Stratfordian craze. Even in schools some teachers will blatantly inform their students that the authorship of Shakespearean plays is open for debate, and that there is no correct answer to quiz questions like: “who wrote Hamlet?”, apart from being “uncertain”. This will be seen as the outcome of NRK (our BBC) airing our two productions, Sweet Swan of Avon (a four-episode TV series), and its sequel film: Shakespeare – the Hidden Truth. The latter, a 100 minute documentary, was also included in Cambridge Film Festival’s 2013 programme. In addition, there have been the publications of two books: Organisten (2006, written by Erlend Loe and myself) and my own opus, the 2012 Kindle book: Oak Island and the Treasure Map in Shakespeare. As I write this I am participating in one out of five episodes on US History Channel’s: The Curse of Oak Island, which premieres these days. There is usually excitement to be found fizzling in the wake of those who choose to familiarise themselves with my Rosicrucian Shakespeare hypothesis – 8,000 followers of an anti-Stratfordian Facebook page would by many be considered a respectable number in a country of five million inhabitants. What excites these people is primarily that I claim to have discovered a genuine treasure map in the First Folio of Shakespeare (published 1623) and Shake-Speare’s Sonnets (dated 1609). Of course this kindles their passions, flexes muscles of greed and ignites lust for adventure, effectively killing everyday boredom. . ...

Two giant planets may cruise unseen beyond Pluto-6/18 New Scientist, by Nicola Jenner-- The monsters are multiplying. Just months after astronomers announced hints of a giant "Planet X" lurking beyond Pluto, a team in Spain says there may actually be two supersized planets hiding in the outer reaches of our solar system. When potential dwarf planet 2012 VP113 was discovered in March, it joined a handful of unusual rocky objects known to reside beyond the orbit of Pluto. These small objects have curiously aligned orbits, which hints that an unseen planet even further out is influencing their behaviour. Scientists calculated that this world would be about 10 times the mass of Earth and would orbit at roughly 250 times Earth's distance from the sun. ...

Extreme trans-Neptunian objects and the Kozai mechanism: signalling the presence of trans-Plutonian planets-6/18

Richard Nolle's June Forecast-6/3 AstroPro, If you followed last month’s news after reading my May Forecast (published in April), you know to expect more of the same. Of course you’ll get the news in advance, as usual. But you’ll also quickly recognize, I think, that June is largely a continuation – in some cases, an intensification – of trends that carry over from May. But there are a few wrinkles in the time ahead.
Mars Max Amps Up: Take the Mars Max, for example: it started back on December 22, 2013, and lasts until August 9, 2014. That means, expect more of the same: "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions" galore (way bigger and way more than usual); a continued epidemic of murder and mayhem, from individuals on murder sprees to groups and nations waging war (civil as well as international). ...

New Road To Machu Picchu Discovered-6/18 Smithsonian, By Mary Beth Griggs -- The nearly-mile-long road was built over 500 years ago by the Inca, and appears to be intact -- A 500-year-old road to the Incan site of Machu Picchu was recently discovered by archaeologists working near the famous site. The road is about a mile long and ends near a site overlooking the ruins of Machu Picchu. The road, heavily overgrown with vegetation is currently being cleared off by workers, and Fernando Astete, head of the archaeological park, has said that he would like for the road to eventually be restored. Machu Picchu is one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in the world, topping many people’s travel bucket list. It's possible to get there by bus, by train or by foot—one of the most sought-after options is to hike in via the Inca Trail. The new stretch of road could provide a new way to access the site; just please, the Peruvian government asks, don't get naked once you get there.

Collection manager for historical archaeology at the Florida museum of Natural History, Gifford Waters, PhD, shows where they discovered a coquina wall/foundation structure from the 1600's/early 1700's from an excavation site at the Mission Nombre de Dios in St. Augustine on Tuesday. Erica Brough/The Gainesville Sun

UF leads excavation of 'Most Sacred Acre'-6/10 Ocala Star Banner, By Jeff Schweers -- ST AUGUSTINE — "America's Most Sacred Acre" — the name given to the tranquil, shaded waterfront cemetery and grounds of the Nombre De Dios Mission and Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche — has been the center of activity and attention for six weeks. A lot of digging and scraping with shovels and pickaxes. A lot of chopping through sidewalk pavement and tree roots. All to uncover the foundation and inner walls of what experts say is the first shrine ever built in the New World to the Virgin Mary, the mother of Christ. "It's exhausting work, physically and mentally sometimes," said Alysia Leon, a recent graduate of Flagler College, whose name bears the faint echo of long-ago explorer Ponce De Leon, who in his search for the Fountain of Youth supposedly made landfall while searching just a short distance to the north of the mission dig site. There is a Fountain of Youth to the north of here, but it's a tourist attraction with its own archaeological artifacts once hidden 20 inches beneath the surface. The shrine at Nombre De Dios is one of the most significant archaeological finds in years, said Gifford Waters, the lead archaeologist here, and collections manager for historical archaeology at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville.

This Wasn't Supposed to be a Sphinx-6/10 Smithsonian, Some archeologists have noticed that the human head of the Great Sphinx of Giza is too small for it's lion body. One theory is that the sphinx was originally not a sphinx at all. ...

At the gates of heaven: A new book, drawing on the stories of dying patients and doctors, will transform the way you think about your final days-5/17

Heaven, hell, purgatory After a near-fatal motorcycle crash 30 years ago, priest said guardian angel showed him the afterlife-5/12

Story of four-year-old’s near-death experience transfixes America-4/29 Telegraph, Film of Colton Burpo’s claim to have sat at Jesus’s knee is US box office sensation ... Editor: Saw the movie. Very well done. Better than I expected. Bring some tissues.

Heaven is for Real critics are 'Pharisees', says Todd Burpo-5/5 The father of Colton Burpo has a strong word for Christians who say his son's near-death encounter with Jesus couldn't have happened: "Read your Bible." ...


Extraordinary new book by intensive care nurse reveals dramatic evidence she says should banish our fear of dying-1/26

Schizophrenia or Possession?-6/18 Springer, by M. Kemal Irmak --
Abstract: Schizophrenia is typically a life-long condition characterized by acute symptom exacerbations and widely varying degrees of functional disability. Some of its symptoms, such as delusions and hallucinations, produce great subjective psychological pain. The most common delusion types are as follows: “My feelings and movements are controlled by others in a certain way” and “They put thoughts in my head that are not mine.” Hallucinatory experiences are generally voices talking to the patient or among themselves. Hallucinations are a cardinal positive symptom of schizophrenia which deserves careful study in the hope it will give information about the pathophysiology of the disorder. We thought that many so-called hallucinations in schizophrenia are really illusions related to a real environmental stimulus. One approach to this hallucination problem is to consider the possibility of a demonic world. Demons are unseen creatures that are believed to exist in all major religions and have the power to possess humans and control their body. Demonic possession can manifest with a range of bizarre behaviors which could be interpreted as a number of different psychotic disorders with delusions and hallucinations. The hallucination in schizophrenia may therefore be an illusion—a false interpretation of a real sensory image formed by demons. A local faith healer in our region helps the patients with schizophrenia. His method of treatment seems to be successful because his patients become symptom free after 3 months. Therefore, it would be useful for medical professions to work together with faith healers to define better treatment pathways for schizophrenia.