Excellent insight–no matter what spiritual path we’re on.
“Do not think that enlightenment is going to make you special, it’s not. If you
feel special in any way, then enlightenment has not occurred. I meet a lot of
people who think they are enlightened and awake simply because they have had a
very moving spiritual experience. They wear their enlightenment on their sleeve
like a badge of honor. They sit among friends and talk about how awake they are
while sipping coffee at a cafe. The funny thing about enlightenment is that when
it is authentic, there is no one to claim it. Enlightenment is very ordinary; it
is nothing special. Rather than making you more special, it is going to make you
less special. It plants you right in the center of a wonderful humility and
innocence. Everyone else may or may not call you enlightened, but when you are
enlightened the whole notion of enlightenment and someone who is enlightened is
a big joke. I use the word enlightenment all the time; not to point you toward
it but to point you beyond it. Do not get stuck in enlightenment.”
Now, by applying electromagnetic pulses through the skull to carefully targeted brain regions, researchers have found a way to boost memory performance in healthy people. The new study sheds light on the neural networks that support memories and may lead to therapies for people with memory deficits, researchers say.
There’s a reason behind why we pick some of our friends, and it’s more predestined than we realize. Oh, science, you’re so deliciously strange.
The bunnies that hop amongst us are real … and really amazing.
My popular books make great summer reading—as well as gifts. My memoir, Baltho, The Dog Who Owned a Man is about my remarkable Afghan hound rescue named Baltho, with whom I shared a psychic bond. He helped me in my counseling and coaching practice by pointing out things I missed.
I also recommend my two new books of poetry, The Necessity of Symbols,
and Love Threads, a remarkable narrative of an often paranormal love affair that takes place mostly in the soul realm.
In my books I often talks about my many mystical experiences, not only with the living, but with those who have passed on.
For more on Baltho and his three incarnations (he’s now back for the third time, wanting to be known as Melchior), see this article by British writer and researcher, Geoff Ward.
Here is Melchior, along with Melchior and his cat Noir. Melchior is working on becoming my co-therapist again.
If you’d like signed and inscribed copies of my books you can buy them from this site, for the regular retail price. They’re also available from Amazon.com and other outlets.
You have to do the hard things. The things that no one else is doing. The things that scare you. The things that make you wonder how much longer you can hold on.
Those are the things that define you. Those are the things that make the difference between living a life of mediocrity or outrageous success.
The hard things are the easiest things to avoid. To excuse away. To pretend like they don’t apply to you.
You’re already busy and pushed to the end of your limits by the day-to-day grind. Taking on any more is just overwhelming — but suffering is also the secret to being successful.
Gain usually comes through pain.
Every day we’re assaulted with facts, pseudofacts, news feeds and jibber-jabber, coming from all directions. According to a 2011 study, on a typical day, we take in the equivalent of about 174 newspapers’ worth of information, five times as much as we did in 1986. As the world’s 21,274 television stations produce some 85,000 hours of original programming every day (by 2003 figures), we watch an average of five hours of television per day. For every hour of YouTube video you watch, there are 5,999 hours of new video just posted!
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, there’s a reason: The processing capacity of the conscious mind is limited. This is a result of how the brain’s attentional system evolved. Our brains have two dominant modes of attention: the task-positive network and the task-negative network (they’re called networks because they comprise distributed networks of neurons, like electrical circuits within the brain). The task-positive network is active when you’re actively engaged in a task, focused on it, and undistracted; neuroscientists have taken to calling it the central executive. The task-negative network is active when your mind is wandering; this is the daydreaming mode. These two attentional networks operate like a seesaw in the brain: when one is active the other is not.
Fantasy Author Lev Grossman says C.S. Lewis taught him that in fiction, stepping into magical realms means encountering earthly concerns in transfigured form.
I agree. I find inspiration and insight in fantasy that I can then bring back into what we normally term reality.
If you’ve ever experienced the loss of a pet, you know that the pain and grief is deep and real — and can even be overwhelming.
Despite that, grief over the loss of a pet is often not treated with the same respect or sensitivity as grief over the loss of a human.
I’m doing more and more coaching and counseling around loss of animal as well as human companions, since I seem so well equipped by life experiences to deal with this. My popular book, Baltho, the Dog Who Owned a Man, and my other books all talk about this in one way or another.