Alex Tanous Foundation for Scientific Research Newsletter

The Light: May 2005

The Light: May 2005

The Power of Creative Living

There is an old Native American adage that says: “As long as there is a sound and someone to sing it; as long as there is someone to speak and someone to listen, life goes on.” Every person is the song, the singer, the speaker, the listener. Each of us is connected to early primal people as well as to the generations of the future.
How do you keep the music playing? How do you continue to tell the stories? Alex Tanous said, “discover your purpose”. Joseph Campbell said, “follow your bliss”. You must conquer your fears, let go of guilt, and tame your anger in order to get in touch with your creative energies. You can be self-possessed. You can own your power and direct your will. You can discover the magic of your imagination.
Children know magic. They know how to get to Mars on their bikes. They can talk to animals and they can see their future in grains of sand. The magic gets squeezed out of their spirits as rules and regulations are pumped into their heads – rigid requirements of conformity. Schools educate it out of them and parents discipline it out of them. But as long as you have known magic once, you will always be able to find it again.
Fear is the first experience of the fetus in the womb. Fear is the monster that paralyzes you, holds you back, limits you, diminishes and destroys your self-esteem. It causes you to questions your worth. By discovering your fears, the terrors that lurk in the dark corners of your consciousness, you can confront them, conquer them and let them go. Then you can get in touch with your true being and move onto your own special path that you know deep in your heart and soul has been there all the while waiting for you – your destiny.
Dr. Bernie Siegel, in his book Love, Medicine and Miracles, describes his feelings of fear and anxiety as he lay awake nights before he was scheduled to perform surgery. He worried that he might make a mistake, and he even began to questions whether he should give up medicine and go into a different field. At the same time he was struggling with these fears, he began to notice something significant about the cancer patients he was working with. Those who had a positive attitude did considerably better than those who did not. Dr. Siegel realized that his attitude towards his profession was what was causing his own depression. This revelation helped him understand what is needed in a doctor/patient relationship and what he had to do to become an effective care giver – let go of fear and have a positive attitude.
You need to be self-possessed. You need to own your own power. You need to rely on your intuition, your true being. The demands on your life have become so great you barely have time for anything other than the practical requirements of daily living. How can you nurture your creativity in this fast paced technological environment? You need to escape to a sacred place where you can get in touch with your inner being. Forget about bills you have to pay and chores you have to do. Forget about the six o’clock news. Go into your favorite music, or write in your daily log. Let yourself listen to the voice of your consciousness. It will tell you what you need to know about living the life you ought to be living. You are discovering your purpose. You are following your bliss.
Stay on your path. You will begin to meet wonderful people of similar persuasion who will be eager to help you. Doors will open to you, and opportunities will come to you. You will begin to infuse into your being the true essence of life. You will be experiencing your story, just as those who came before you did, and those who come after you will. You will join them on the mystical path of self-discovery.

By Sheila J. Dobrowolski


Beyond Coincidence

I was in the navy in Brunswick, Maine, in the early 1980's when I heard about Alex Tanous' class in Portland, Maine. I had always had an interest in the paranormal, because of some events experienced earlier in life.

I went to the class and met this kind, genuine man speaking on a key element in his life.... psychic phenomenon. But much more than that, it was a lesson in life for me. Alex had this ability to see each person in the class, really see them. I was being overwhelmed by the stresses in my life at the time. I don't remember my question to Alex, but I will remember the answer for the rest of my life.

From that point forward I walked through those open doors of opportunity, instead of being dominated by the possibility of what might lie ahead. I am now a successful municipal manager, and I still leave myself open to all life can offer, because "I will never be given more than I'm ready for".

Alex Tanous touched my heart during those classes. His compassion for his fellow man, his gentle heart were also life lessons I carry to this day. I am so encouraged to see his work continuing through the Foundation.


Judy E. Biggar


The Dynamics Of Success

The following excerpts were taken from an audio taped lecture of a class that Dr. Tanous taught entitled "THE DYNAMICS OF SUCCESS." He taught this and many other classes at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, Maine.

Are we winners or losers? Dr. Tanous often lectured on this topic, but not in the sense of a competitive sporting game but rather in focusing on our own personal lives. He did not believe that people were born losers, but that being aware of ourselves psychically was one way to determine what path in life we would lead.

"To have success in our lives we must create our own destiny and have the will to do so". In this phrase Dr. Tanous referred to outside influences in our lives. He believed that individuals know what they want in their lives and that each person can create this within themselves.

" With the Power of the Will, you think bad, you go bad; you think good, you go good. We can discover things within ourselves and transfer these from one area to another. There is doubt, and this reminds us that we are human. Expectations are followed through if we want things. If you have no dreams, you have no expectations. The will has no reasons. There is not a reason for everything that happens".

In his classes, Dr. Tanous listed ways to awaken individual powers and to enhance the key to success:

* effective communications
* no barriers, unless you create them
* list what you can do
* dynamics of attitudes
* approach things that are within our character or personality
* what you think about yourself, is how you will live

Dr. Tanous spoke about Inherited Consciousness, in which things are given to us from conception on, passed down from past generations. Our own consciousness is built on this inheritance and our decisions come from the sub-conscious. He felt that each person is born with the capacity to win at life, but this does not happen overnight. To win does not mean that there is a loser, but to win for yourself.

Examining where you came from is one way that Dr. Tanous would instruct his students on methods of changing the "Script" of their lives. They were then to re-write this script in a successful way that allows for winners and makes the transition from total helplessness to great independence and gaining back their identity. He felt that our individual destiny depended so much on our childhood.

"Once a person makes this decision to change they not only make it for themselves, but for the universe, for the common good."