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Don’t Get Taken to the Cleaners

May 30, 2019

I know some of you are involved or at least are familiar with the 12-Step approach to recovery. So I’d like to bring up an experience of AA co-founder #1, Bill Wilson, that I’ve been surprised to discover many members of AA have never heard. Wilson, of course, was an alcoholic who adopted and practiced certain…


How Resentment Gets Us

May 25, 2019

If you have a problem with drinking, drugs, eating or sex, you cannot think, act or be counseled out of your terrible predicament. Even if you’re addicted to anger, plagued with anxiety, depression and fear—there is no psychology, religion or medication that will cure you. You could enlist all the positive thoughts, beseeching and mumbling…



March 18, 2019

I just got back from one of the best 12-Step conference events ever. It was the South Maryland Round-up, in Solomons Island, MD.  What was so good about it?  It was the people who showed up. A sold-out event, 600 seats filled by drunks of the AA, 12-Step persuasion, along with some of the best…


Are You Humble Yet?

March 4, 2019

Back in the ‘80s and ‘90s I was a Wall Street Investment Banker and Stockbroker. I’d often be flabbergasted by the number of individual investors, purported to be sophisticated, who regularly invested in equities of companies, yet couldn’t read or adequately interpret a corporate balance sheet. Never mind making forward financial projections, if I didn’t…


Spiritual Growth is Quite Becoming

December 22, 2018

It is our charge in this lifetime to not only become aware but to increasingly live from that station of consciousness as we move through our lives. This is often thought of as spiritual growth. Fair enough. But even those who may have experienced a spiritual awakening often don’t really know what spiritual growth means. And no…


Have You Forgiven Your Parents? Probably Not

October 1, 2018

Dead or alive, lovable or despicable, if a parent can still make you angry, then you have not forgiven them. Until you can look to see how you’ve hated your parents in the past and allow forgiveness to enter, meaning to stop hating your parents in the present, and remain unstirred, then you cannot live long or…


Could You Be a Slave to Your Lying Mind?

August 28, 2018

If you saw the film Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) a few years ago, you may recall that in the opening scene, Keaton’s character, Riggan Thomson, is sitting in a classic meditation pose, levitating in the middle of the room. We’re to wonder, Has this person actually trained his mind so well that he can…


Can You Think Away Negativity?

July 9, 2018

Do you know those emotions and secret thoughts you occasionally struggle with—the ones that deliver fear, bitterness, resentment, and doubt—the stinking thinking ideas that tell you appalling things, sometimes even in your own voice?
How productive could you become and how much better would life be if those could be coped with effectively, without suppression…


Across the Bridge Into Oblivion

July 2, 2018

I remember a New York City fireman I’d befriended who once told me, “Danny, I love my little daughter with every bone, hair, and fiber of muscle in my being. She is everything to me.” His eyes were wide and wet. Not crying wet. Honest wet. This was real. “Then when I put my mouth on that…


To Live in the 4th Dimension

June 26, 2018

The culmination of a spiritual awakening establishes a living, perpetual link to the Kingdom within through conscious awareness. Once we’re living in that connected realm, the famous 4th dimension of existence becomes our reality. We change. We no longer engage grudges, fears, and strings of selfish relationships or harms unto others. We may not be yet be…


The Choice That Changes Everything

June 15, 2018

A person is either conscious or not. Awake or asleep. Existing in the 3rd dimension or the 4th. To improve conscious contact with God doesn’t mean to intensify effect or sensation. Either consciousness is on or it is off. To improve as human beings, we must move toward perfection simply by becoming awake and aware now, more…


Smoking – The Easiest Bad Habit to Kick

June 10, 2018

If you’re one of those people who’s failed multiple times to get free of a nicotine habit, you might find the headline of this article a bit hard to swallow. But once you understand exactly why you use nicotine in the first place, then the solution to the problem becomes much plainer and easier to approach in…


It’s Up to Us to Break the Chain of Negativity

May 16, 2018

Face it. Amidst the beauty and wonder of our human existence, the world is often wrong. The stream of life is cluttered with flotsam and jetsam containing dangerous debris. Navigating its currents can at times seem an impossibly titanic voyage. But it isn’t. Once you know the secret of how to meet the pressures of the world…


We Aren’t Meant to Judge

May 15, 2018

We aren’t supposed to live with anger inside us, pushing us to do and say things we don’t want to do or say. We’re supposed to overcome the lash of resentful, negative energy and then never die from it. The problem is we aren’t being shown how. Parents are failing. The religions are failing. Self-reliance seems the…


Do “Expert” Solutions to Stress Work?

May 8, 2018

If you could handle stress properly life would be very different than it is now. The problem is you think you already handle it well. And it isn’t true. You’ve been fooled by your own suppression. As we suffer the unpleasant effects of secret anger and unrecognized resentments—anxiety, depression, and physical ailments related to the…


What John Left Out About Love

April 29, 2018

John Lennon once wrote in song that all we need is love and that through love we can learn how to be who we really are and realize where we belong in the universe. He was correct on all three counts. But there’s one essential piece to this perennial rock hymn John left out—there is a…


Consciousness is Contagious

April 25, 2018

The lack of human consciousness is not merely some inconvenient trait of a few indifferent people who harm nobody but themselves. It is a pandemic scourge that can jam traffic in the middle of the day or topple nations. It can spill milk on a just-washed floor or tear apart a family. When people become thought-trapped inside…


Meditate Safely – Counter ‘New Age’ Thought

April 24, 2018

For anyone who wants to meditate safely, without being converted into a dharmic, non-duality philosophy or religious belief, I suggest Non-Contemplative Meditation™. It is very different from the type of meditation you will find in spiritual cults, Eastern Religions or New Age self-help books. It is an ancient practice of pulling back out of the stream of


Who Pisses You Off?

April 17, 2018

Once you know the secret to handling the annoying people around you, even the irritating personalities in media, politics and industry, you’ll find peace within. You will find the strength to stand up to bullies and tyrants with grace or to properly stand down to those who deserve your respect. You’ll know the difference. Until, then, when…


The Clinical Crapshoot

April 10, 2018

Have you ever considered taking or are you now prescribed antidepressants? If so, there’s an effect that comes with certain psychoactive drugs such as these, going beyond their common pharmacology that you ought to know. 

If you’ve already consulted a medical professional about acquiring these medications, then you‘ve also probably discovered that there’s no real test required…


Cannabis Isn’t Evil

April 5, 2018

When you hear people talk about cannabis, arguing either for or against it, you’ll hear the usual talking points falling into two areas. First, there’s health and medicine. Media is filled with documented as well as undocumented examples illustrating some of the benefits to medically used cannabis––how people previously incapacitated by pain have gotten their lives…


How to Live Forever

April 1, 2018

King Solomon, the author of Proverbs, wrote that, “Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” In English, countenance used as a verb means to tolerate, as in, “You should not have countenanced his rudeness.” Here, it connotes an endorsement so as to encourage someone to do something. The shortcomings of others will…


The Real Remedy for Racism

March 23, 2018

Individuals we call “racist” are very misunderstood people. Exploited by politicians and corporate organizers for the tension and the problems they help foment, they are problematic, for sure. They cause unrest and heated division among us. But, if clear-seeing, aware people can recognize these troubled folks for what they really are and stop reacting improperly to them…


Connect with the Flawless Conscience

March 5, 2018

It can be difficult, for some, to grasp the importance of meditation. That’s because they’ve never actually experienced a lifestyle that includes a proper technique for it. They see people who meditate, witness the lives they lead, observe their physical health and mental stability but don’t see much difference in that person’s life from their own…


All in a Days Work

February 27, 2018

Right now, someone is pounding away on a MacBook keyboard, writing the next great novel that will spawn an avalanche of sequels, lunch-boxes, action figures and theme parks, not to mention a multi-billion-dollar franchise of movies and a legacy of yet unknown actors whose fame will span decades. Another person is, right now in the throes…


Faith vs. Doubt

January 25, 2018

Once we awaken and begin living in the God-conscious state, we find that we have given up the struggle of “figuring out.” Life no longer seems some mystical puzzle to be solved, but a journey of discovery for which we develop gratitude and awe for the unknown that reveals along the path. We find we can…


Losing Fear

January 10, 2018

We all have had first-hand experiences with fear. Once we see just what it is, we can then begin to see what is necessary for it to fall away. It is so simple, once you truly experience an absence of fear, you’ll wonder why you’ve ever worried about the future or been overwhelmed by fear at all. Most fear isn’t…


Positive Thinking – Creating Gods 

January 3, 2018

Positive thinking and any self-hypnotizing efforts to elevate oneself onto a temporary platform of false security is nothing more than childlike fantasying. It promotes disregard for the realities of otherwise cruel and unjust surroundings, and the nefarious Powers behind their generation which devour us from the inside out. This is the origin of all sickness…


What Your Parents Did

December 29, 2017

Anger toward a parent is how the seed is sown. It is the moment of the initial invasion and no one, not a single human being who has ever lived, will live, or who lives today can avoid it (with two historical exceptions) Nor can any of us live peacefully until we forgive our parents.…


Iron Sharpens Iron

December 26, 2017

One way we grow spiritually is through abrasive encounters with others, without rancor. Abrasion is how iron sharpens iron – and by remaining steadfast and strong, like iron, against each other’s assault we become spiritually sharp. When in the stream of life, we patiently endure each other’s shortcomings, having developed resilience to bitterness, something mystical…


Can Anger Really be Managed?

December 22, 2017

Some people believe that it’s normal and at times even right to be resentful. Psychologists teach their patients how to use willpower to control their anger, convincing them that emotions, even negative ones, like anger, are a justified and natural condition—an acceptable validation of our humanness. They’ll teach theories and market systems designed to manage…


Knock, Knock – The Door’s Already Open

December 16, 2017

Where are the keys to success and happiness? How worthwhile is the chase to discover them? In committing to consciousness, we move beyond thinking and wishing or praying for success and happiness. Instead, we begin to effortlessly experience the security we once chased. First, we discover within us a courageous energy to make the single…


The Truth About Enlightenment

December 11, 2017

What we call enlightenment literally means to make illuminated inside, to in-lighten. It’s simply an English word describing the state of conscious awareness where we are metaphysically severed from a connection to the intellectual Self and instead experience intuitive re-connectivity with our Creator’s will. As you begin to increasingly live in the awakened state, you…


Is This Dish Prepared With Alcohol?

December 8, 2017

If you have ever had to ask that question, chances or you are going to really like this piece. Can a “sober” alcoholic safely consume chocolate liquor? What are angostura bitters? Is liquore the same as liquor? What about those little cherry cordials? And what the heck is sugar alcohol anyway? Is it safe for…


Saying I’m Sorry

November 26, 2017

A begrudging apology just to smooth over a relationship broken by selfish and self-seeking behavior can look good on the surface. Very often, however, it is nothing more than a feeble attempt to regain lost approval. An amends is worthless unless it’s fueled by the supernatural energy evoked through a forgiving spirit, free from all…


Thanksgiving – Our National “Holy-Day”

November 23, 2017

The local Wampanoag here on Cape Cod are the same people who sat down with my own ancestors, and with thanks joined together in ‘brotherly and harmonious action.’ In this account, we look back in commemoration at the first Thanksgiving feast – a holiday so decreed by Abraham Lincoln. It is about giving thanks .…


Be Wary of Contemplation

November 7, 2017

Sometimes people are taught that if they contemplate on worthy ideas they can somehow integrate those into their thinking and then, therefore, their lives. It is important however not to confuse ideas and thoughts with true wisdom. They are not one in the same. This is so isn’t difficult to see, although the temptation to…


Become Immune to Anger

October 30, 2017

If you believe that resentfulness is the bane of existence for every human being, and would like to get free from it, then please know that there is only one way to not resent. That is to become immune to it. That happens anytime we step back from our thinking. It becomes a way of life once…


What the Hell is Wrong With Us?

October 20, 2017

The deepest, darkest fear of all mankind is to discover that we are not all-powerful, that only God is all-powerful. Something pathetic within, something inadequate and feeble, trembles in the Light of conscious awareness once It learns the most horrifying fact for every human being—that we are not God. There’s something about us, something dark…


What Is Spiritual Malady and How Do We Become Well?

October 18, 2017

If you know anyone, or are yourself involved in one of those 12-Step recovery fellowships that specialize in helping people lose their fascination with substances like drugs and alcohol, then you might also know that these organizations are not support groups. They are spiritual societies. Those folks went so far as to say that, “When…


Don’t Hate Your Faults

October 15, 2017

What is clinically termed as Depression isn’t really a disease with physiological origins. It is only the word we use to describe a certain state of mind originating out of metaphysical phenomenon. Biochemical indicators and other aberrations symptomatic to the “disorder” are merely the visible effects of an underlying cause. Subsequently, even pharmaceutical and psychological…


This ‘Thing’ Called Ego

October 7, 2017

Many of us have been trained to think of the Ego as a part of us—just one of the multiple facets that comprise the complex human personality. Counselors, clerics, and teachers believe this. Your doctor believes it. Everyone coming out of the universities believes it too. Despite the prevalence of this idea, their beliefs are…


When All Hell Breaks Loose

October 4, 2017

A person who commits suicide or mass murder isn’t who you think they are. He isn’t even who he thinks he is. The cause of all human violence goes to a phenomenon beyond the understanding of intellectual analysis. It is metaphysical, and for this reason, experts will always look toward wrong solutions. Forget about TV…


I Like AA People and You Should Too

September 29, 2017

I know. It’s a cult. It’s a religion. The members are losers—sober, but still selfish, self-centered and judgmental to the hilt. Just a bunch of phony, hypnotized zombies, obsessed with Big Books, pre-occupied with their past and as addicted to meetings and each other as they ever were to booze. But wait! That’s not true.…


The “Let It Go” Paradox

September 21, 2017

You’ve heard it before. Advice to the emotionally beleaguered. “Let it go,” they say. “Let God.” That sounds great. It is great. But also, it presumes a person knows just how to do that. Spiritual pundits are great that way. They tell you what to do, and are frequently correct. But hardly ever do they…


Worriers – Have Heart!

September 19, 2017

You’ve probably never heard anyone put it this way, but worry is fear. And fear is a form of resentment energy. Identify it as you like depending on circumstances, but what it always boils down to are annoyance, irritation, and aversion, spun around manufactured ideas that aren’t actually happening, living only inside the imagination. Understanding…


Step Back and Watch Depression Melt Away

September 16, 2017

One of my readers wrote in a while back: ‘’I was diagnosed with major depressive disorder 26 years ago, been on and off anti-depressants since. Made the decision a few months ago that I would not take anti-depressants again, EVER! I started doing this meditation on my lunch break for a while. Yesterday I was experiencing…


The Journey Begins at Home

September 13, 2017

Most of us need to start a family. It isn’t just to populate the planet. There are enormous metaphysical ramifications too. The home is the trial place—a vital component in a universal design out of which love cultivates. To run from that responsibility is to scoff at the will of the Designer, and His purpose…


Come to the Neutral Zone – Bring the Family

September 12, 2017

Tolerance is simply the willingness to bear with others, especially those whose views differ from our own. That is not to say we have to automatically force ourselves into agreement with their actions or position. All it takes to be tolerant is to show love and that takes is not hating them for their opposing…


Why Women Can’t Tell Men What They Really Want

September 9, 2017

I don’t know what the heck happened to Periscope. It looked really cool and useful when I first began using it a year and a half ago. But boy did it slide sideways off the table. And with such good potential too. Now, lost. I have to make sure my daughter doesn’t have that APP…


Resentment Starts the Ball Rolling

September 1, 2017

Ask anyone who’s loved, lived or worked with one, and they’ll tell you that alcoholics, drug addicts, really anyone beset with obsessive behavior and substance abuse of any kind, are selfish and self-centered bores. It’s their leading trait. But this observation goes only part way toward discovering the solution. The deeper, dark question, the answer…


Forgiving Harvey

August 30, 2017

We’ve all witnessed it. The frustrated, angry mother in the supermarket screaming at the top of her lungs at her wild children, using foul language and demeaning words to regain lost control. Words kill. Anything that can seduce another, even an innocent child, into secret anger and judgment, results in creating the future tyrants and bullies to pass along the…


Eating Again? Better Watch it!

August 29, 2017

Aside from sex, food is one of our most powerful of the human motivators. We might make light of our eating habits, even poke fun at our weakness for certain foods, but when it comes to eating, many of us secretly suffer from a distorted attitude. It becomes our Achilles heel, and boy, can it…


Stop Struggling with Stinking Thinking

July 30, 2017

Anytime you’ve ever been fearful, unhappy or suffered with anxiety of any kind, the upsetting emotions that quash the joys of living, came by way of the stream of thoughts in your head. Not only do you relive past traumas, but you also pre-live the merely potential traumas that haven’t even happened yet, and may…


Discover Forgiveness Within

July 27, 2017

The mistake preachers, ministers, and spiritual pundits make with their “followers” is tell them that they must forgive, but then not show them exactly how to do it. That’s because they don’t know. It is truly a phenomenon, how someone can talk for hours or write tomes on a subject like forgiveness, and in the end…


The Naked Ambition of Doing Business

July 27, 2017

One priceless lesson I learned as a teenager was during my very first foray into the business world. In starting up the business, I decided to knock cold on the doors of companies to try and sell my services. At 17, the prospect of meeting face to face with successful people I didn’t know and…


Surviving Money-Mindedness

July 23, 2017

Mark Twain is purported to have mused, “The lack of money is the root of all evil.” He was referring of course to the scriptural lamentation of Timothy, one of the Twelve Disciples who wrote that “The love of money is the root of all known evils . . .” Now I am not about…


Don’t Stop Smoking. Stop Hating

July 22, 2017

One of easiest vices to kick is the nicotine habit. I know that many find that hard to believe. But that is only because they haven’t understood just why they smoke in the first place, to be able to give it up in the second place. The Stop Smoking experts don’t know. Doctors don’t either. An honest…


Who’s Judging Who?

June 22, 2017

Many people think that merely seeing wrong is “judgment” and will condemn another’s discernment with the accusation, “You’re being judgmental!” This is a classic emotional response for their own judgement revealed. Recognizing error in another is not automatically judgment. It can be done with grace once we become free from anger. The kind of judgment that…


Clearing the Mind of Thoughts

June 21, 2017

Have you ever wondered where those constant thoughts in your head are coming from and how to deal with them? Have you ever just wanted to think happy thoughts, so life could then be happy too? You may want to think twice about doing that. But don’t worry, there is a solution. If you don’t…


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