Poet Walt Whitman health tips unearthed

A trove of journalism by the great US poet Walt Whitman is being published online after lying in obscurity more than 150 years.

The 13-part series "Manly Health and Training" was written under a pseudonym for a New York newspaper in 1858.

It contains multitudes of tips on topics such as diet, sex, and hygiene.

The 47,000-word series, which survived only in a few libraries, was discovered in a digitalised newspaper database by a graduate student last year.

It is now being published by the online journal The Walt Whitman Quarterly Review.

US commentators point out that some of Whitman's health advice sounds surprisingly modern.

"Let the main part of the diet be meat, to the exclusion of all else," one entry reads - a exhortation that both The New York Times and Time Magazine say would be endorsed by today's paleo-diet advocates.

Whitman also recommended the general use of the comfortable shoes "now specially worn by base-ball players" - trainers, as we would call them today.

He also warned against the ravages of desk jobs. "To you, clerk, literary man, sedentary person, man of fortune, idler, the same advice. Up!"

Whitman is regarded as one of America's literary giants, but for many years he scraped a living as a journalist, and achieved success as a poet late in life.

He began writing "Manly Health and Training" for The Atlas, a small New York newspaper, after the flop of Leaves of Grass - a collection now recognised as his masterpiece.

Ed Folsom, editor of The Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, told the New York Times that some of the journalism echoes the themes of self-improvement and homo-erotic love that are central to the poet's work.


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Primarily, this will be a time of which all gender conflicts and sexual trauma will surface to be seen, explored, and redefined to energetically transform an array of gender topics into improved clarification that is entirely new on the planet. Although many people confuse soul disconnection from sexual trauma with gender confusion or multiple gender definitions as they search to redefine a new identity, they are ultimately seeking to heal unresolved spiritual pain, and this is the first step in clarifying the diverse complexity of gender principles. Many gender topics are being redefined during this time and becoming more visible to the greater public, such as transgender, transsexual, pangender, agender and many different orientations that were previously hidden or being suppressed behind closed doors. The exploration of gender issues can make certain people extremely uncomfortable with their own sexual identity or gender role expectations, as this forces people to look at something within they had not seen before, yet, this is the necessary process to reveal what has been hidden. Many people struggle and feel shame, guilt and confusion over their impulses, whether sexual or the strong desire to dress or have a certain lifestyles outside of their expected role in a gender body. Humans have to learn to better tolerate the diversity of potentials that exist related to gender and sexual preferences and alternative ways of being. Hiding the true circumstances of who we are creates decrepit foundations for increasing deception and lying. When we can fully express the truth to others about who we are without fear of persecution, this clears misunderstandings and helps to improve communication and clarity between people. We should be supportive towards all people of any orientation to have the right to love each other peacefully, rather than be the moral watchdog focusing on whether two people of the same sex can be married to each other. Our culture promotes abhorrent violence and sexual objectification of women as the standard, yet there are outcries when two people genuinely love each other but it does not fit the religious rhetoric. This makes no sense whatsoever. Read more here: Sacred Wounds Surfacing Facing Sexual Wounds 


We have created vast, sprawling, global and influential industries to adjust ourselves to the profound sickness that envelops our society

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.  -  Jiddu Krishnamurti

“The real hopeless victims of mental illness are to be found among those who appear to be most normal. Many of them are normal because they are so well adjusted to our mode of existence, because their human voice has been silenced so early in their lives that they do not even struggle or suffer or develop symptoms as the neurotic does. They are normal not in what may be called the absolute sense of the word; they are normal only in relation to a profoundly abnormal society. Their perfect adjustment to that abnormal society is a measure of their mental sickness. These millions of abnormally normal people, living without fuss in a society to which, if they were fully human beings, they ought not to be adjusted.” – Aldous Huxley – Brave New World Revisited

“There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution” – Aldous Huxley, 1961

Dare I contemplate...

...that all of the darkness, pain, anxiety, mental illness, any illness, control system etc etc is really my greatest teacher/gatekeeper and the teacher of mankind, serving a purpose....?

The body pain ultimately may be the teacher that forces me to change/move/evolve.

It's all about (re)remembering again and again.

O and the being postive thing all the time is really just proof that there is underlying negativity that I want to escape from, it's mostly an illusion, obviously not adressing the negativity or the duality is the problem and neutral is the natural state i should be naturally in, balance and harmony is the true nature.

Wanting to be positive is really just actually being in a negative place, it is helpful to do affirmations, have dreams etc but not as an escape from the now moment, gratitude should be a grounding practise, so it seems there are different types of 'being positive': the escapism positivity (illusion) and the gratitude/inspiration positivity (a return to balance).

Shadow work is so important, involves so much resistance from the ego (survival/trauma)

Karma is ignorance, dharma is purpose!

Personal conduct becomes everything! The ultimate healer!

Mental illness may be a myth that has generated a huge industry of shrinks and pharmeceutical drugging of the masses.


Five strivings for daily effort by G.I. Gurdjieff:

1. Preserve your life
Be just to the planetary body; satisfy its needs; treat it as a good master treats a good servant, not being overly indulgent and conditioned by physical desires, the stomach and sex organs.

2. Develop yourself
Constant, unflagging instinctive need for self-perfection and self-knowledge in the sense of Being, striving for the attainment of the real “I,” one’s individuality.

3. Find your place in the scheme
Understand the meaning and aim of existence, seeking after truth about self and the nature of the world, striving to understand the fundamental cosmic laws which create and sustain life.

4. Pay back
To lighten the load of the Creator, pay back in gratitude and effort for the fact that Evolution has helped you to get this far, overcoming egoism and striving to lessen the suffering and unhappiness within the world.

5. Help others to develop
Assist and help others towards their self-perfection, to attaining real “I.”

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Researching the topic of Organic Portals and Spiritless Humans – as well as the frequency of “Evil” – are key elements of understanding, for “Evil” cannot be fully eradicated within our level of existence. It is part of the duality which serves its purpose, and it is also an expression of the “One” or “God”. Hence, a person who is trying to “save the word” or “save people” without understanding the bigger picture can see their efforts back-fire on themselves. Not everyone can be “saved”, nor is everyone here to awaken. It comes back to the principle of free will, despite all of the deceptions placed in its way.



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