I’d like to discuss an email with you that was sent my Laura Silva Quesada, daughter of famed psychic, Jose Silva.
Please look at this email and tell me what you believe is the purpose to a certain point:
“We want to tell you what we’ve been through, Laura,” began the email from Dolores and Tristan.
They had just sold off their home because they couldn’t keep up with their mortgage
payments. Dolores had spent her childhood in New Orleans, and Tristan was fascinated by
the city’s culture and colorful heritage. All this made it an easy decision to move
there and open up a beachfront shop.
Unfortunately, literally days after they opened the shop – Katrina hit.
“It wasn’t just that we lost our home and only source of income… we were completely devastated and shell shocked.”
In a recent survey, 53 percent of Louisiana residents said they often had feelings of depression and despair.
One would think that these feelings would gradually subside as the days since that
horrible day pass, but these problems are constantly and frequently re-surfacing as
fatigue, malaise, anxiety, insomnia, marital discord — even suicide.
And unfortunately, it’s not just the people who survived Katrina who have the ‘blues.’
In our country alone, many people just like you are also struggling with illness,
relationships, or problems at work.
It seems obvious, but something’s very wrong when 18.8 million Americans are affected by depression every year.
You know that feeling when, deep down, you are aching for that elusive, soothing ‘something,’ and when you can’t find it you have an even greater sense of anxiety,
stress and insecurity than ever before?
It is no doubt so many people are feeling this way… the corporate lifestyle is extremely stressful, food and gas prices are at an all-time high. The list goes on, but I think you get my point.
Every day, tons of people are suddenly faced with the death of a loved one, the loss of a job or a heart-breaking divorce.
Has that happened to you?
With all these things now more common than we’d like to believe, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that even you are facing a life of dissatisfaction and deep unhappiness.
And if a sad feeling goes on for too long, hurts too deeply, and makes it hard for
you to enjoy the good things about your life, it’s called depression.
For some people, it is simply a delayed reaction to some earlier life disappointment.
For many, a seemingly unrelated incident can somehow tap into an inner sadness, a background of unhappiness that lingers somewhere below the surface and inexplicably triggers depression.
Sometimes it’s not easy to deal with it on your 0wn.
Is there a secret to happiness, a way out of the darkness, a chance to smile again?
The good news is… YES, there is…”
At this point, the email contains a URL that goes to a long page at Burt Goldman’s site which offers an audio CD called the “Victory Programme” for US$47.
I totally believe in these people because they’re all about the healing and they’re not doing any differently than any author selling a book like “The Secret” for your self improvement.
Maybe it’s just me, but when I look in the Holy Bible where Jesus Christ is giving the gift of healing to anyone who wants it, then I look at others who put a price on healing, I end up asking myself, “What’s wrong with this picture?”
Obviously, neither Burt, Laura nor anyone else is Jesus and we’re in a different era where people are trying to support themselves.
So, why do I keep asking myself, “what’s wrong with this picture?”
Because earlier, I saw this marketing video by Eben Pagan, a web marketing guru. Visit his video blog and watch the second video. Of course, watch the first if you like; it’s great advice from successful people on the web.
If you don’t have broadband, then I’ll just explain the 2nd video to you in a nutshell: Eben sits with a guy named Craig spending 30 minutes on how to play devil’s advocate. They explain how to market to people by taking advantage of their emotions which are rooted in fear.
Now, if you’ve looked up the depression page at my site, you found that there are all kinds of emotions rooted in fear while there are third of the amount of emotions rooted in love. Life is actually simpler and easier when the belief systems of people are rooted in love.
Emotions like responsible, thankful, thoughtful, trusting, blessed, calm, caring… They’re not exemplified in decadent society. The emotions exemplified in mainstream media are rooted in fear like deceptive, degrading, demeaning, denial, and depression… It’s a big list which represents a lot of angles for devil’s advocate marketing.
What gnaws at me in this letter is this part:
“Every day, tons of people are suddenly faced with the death of a loved one, the loss of a job or a heart-breaking divorce.
“Has that happened to you?”
I’ll bet you bedknobs to broomsticks that everyone who received this email has had something bad happen to them. That’s what’s killing me about this letter. According to Laura, “You know that feeling when, deep down, you are aching for that elusive, soothing ‘something,’ and when you can’t find it you have an even greater sense of anxiety, stress and insecurity than ever before?..”
I can’t help but see that Laura Silva Quesada is playing off the people’s emotional insecurities. Of course, everyone in a fear-mongering society feels like this one way or another. Those emotional insecurities are rooted in people’s fears – and Laura Silva Quesada is playing off of your fears.
I guess that I’m dissappointed with her because I thought she was above mainstream marketing tactics. I guess I was wrong.
Let’s continue with the rest of her letter:
Burt mentioned it to me in passing during a conversation we had last week, and after reading Dolores’s email, I asked Burt if I could share with you his secret because I’m fully aware how acute the problems of stress, anxiety and depression are too many.
Many people have already benefited from Burt’s incredible program. Now, you too can use his new “Victory Program: Your 5 Stage Journey Out of Stress, Anxiety and Depression” to help you combat stress, and even cut it off before it begins.
You can benefit from the Victory Program whether you’re chronically depressed, you simply have too much to do, or you just badly want to find the right one, have more money, or start a family.
Stress is so common in many of our lives and, if left for too long, stress will, without a doubt, lead to depression –and that’s why it’s important to nip it in the bud before it’s too late.
Fortunately, the good news is, this program is sure to put a smile back on your face and take the enormous weight off your shoulders.
Burt’s been selling the Victory program for over a week now –they’re selling fast, and he’s promised he’s reserved 200 copies for all of you.
Don’t allow your negative emotions to hold you back from living the life you deserve. You’ve been S.A.D. (stressed, anxious and depressed) for too long!
Laura Silva Quesada
I’m sorry, but if Laura Silva Quesada actually wrote this, then she’s sold out to mainstream marketing. I don’t know if her father would be too thrilled about that.
It’s not that I’m perfect, but expected Laura to be more perfect than me because she’s a Silva, a certified psychic. So, why would she bother playing devil’s advocate in spite of her real talents? It also begs the question if Laura Silva actually wrote this.
It also begs the question: “What can I do for you at this very moment without your having to plunk down your hard earned cash just to get some inner peace?”
This is the reason I produced HealingMindN Meditation, for your inner peace. Just google it. You’ll see the web is flooded with it; it’s a ten minute video that guarantees your inner happiness – and I’m giving it away for free, to people with broadband on the web, anyway. Last time I looked, MetaCafe keeps coming up on top with my video.
Not everyone has broadband internet, so that’s kind of a problem. Now, I’m going to tell you something that eBay shoppers don’t know when they find my classified ad on Marketing Persuasion Tactics: You see how I promise to give away a free mini-CD filled with a library of NLP, hypnosis, and mind control manuals?
What I did not mention is that I also include the HealingMindN Meditation video in .mov format, so you can play it in crystal clear video and stereo on your PC. Therefore, you would get all those cool effects of binaural beats among other brainwave entrainment effects that you can’t get on the web.
This is my gift to you.
Sure, you have to spend some money to get that free CD, but I prefer that you be in control of your life and your reality by learning Power Keys to Persuasion rather than simply be happy with the way things are.
I believe in you because you have the power to change your reality; this includes the world around you. You’re here now exactly because you knew exactly where to look. Realities converge that way.
I’m here in your reality only because you invited me.
Thank you. I hope to serve you.
Randolph, HealingMindN Medicine Man.
P.S. Use your innate gifts to change your reality for the better.