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June 18, 2014

The Rest of the Story

A few years ago I wrote a piece that has been rather widely circulated and, based on some of the comments I have seen, not too well understood. The piece is titled, “The Four Views.” Please allow me to share it with you before making any further comments. This then is the story: Once a wise master had four students who exceeded all others in ability. One day the five gathered, and the master spoke to the first student, “Tell me what you see when you look into the world.” ... Read More

May 12, 2014

Eliminating Self-Sabotage

What could you achieve if you finally got out of your own way? Most people are totally unaware that they are sometimes controlled by internal mechanisms that are designed to protect, but that actually function to sabotage certain goals in their lives. The fact is, all of us possess self-destructive elements that can manifest at any time and in a variety of ways. This not-so-silent enemy within usually remains in stealth mode despite its repeated pattern of interference with our own self-declared desires. Psychologists define self-destructive patterns this way: Behavior ... Read More

February 26, 2014

The Fifth Force

The journey of life is really about living into our authentic selves. The first big gotcha is to hide that fact from us, to enculturate us in ways that foster the interests of society as a whole or of an elite few, while organizing the rest of us to conform and thereby consume. And that’s exactly what most of us do — consume more information (and more goodies!) and in doing so separate ourselves from our real selves. I once enjoyed a wonderful lecture from Professor Carl LaPrecht. In the ... Read More

January 27, 2014

Creativity

Do you have the one idea needed to change your life? One of the most interesting things you will ever observe in nature is the creative force driving all life. Present a problem to a small child, or an animal, and watch them go to work figuring out how to find a solution. Put the cookies or the food reward just out of reach and watch the cleverness that manifests. The simple fact is this: we are creative beings with a believing brain. Our brains are designed in such a ... Read More

January 21, 2014

The Perception of Truth

“An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.” Mahatma Gandhi   Imagine that we have six witnesses from whom we are collecting evidence. One witness states emphatically that the accused broke into her home. The next witness is equally adamant that the accused was home in bed with her at the time in question. Another witness states that they saw the man crawl through a ground level window as they were passing in their automobile, and yet still ... Read More