Life = (pick an emotion) x (changes that occur)

We get to pick an emotion from a spectrum of possibilities. Think of substituting ‘opulent’ or ‘infinite’ as the emotion. A surprise occurs and you immediately multiply it with opulence! What do you get? New forms of opulence!

There is the negative side, too. You choose ‘anger’ as your emotion and what happens? You get new, varied forms of that emotion. Surprises and opportunities now bring nothing but hurt and reflection of how bad your life is.

The choice of emotions is up to you. A change occurs and let’s say it hurts a bit. Perhaps a friend has said something unkind and this puts you on a short pathway where you immediately feel sad that this happened. But quickly you come to a critical fork in the road. Veering one way attests to your forgiveness. You latch on to your chosen emotion of let’s say happiness and multiply happiness times what has happened – and all is at peace.

Veering the other way indicates you have chosen,let’s say, ‘anger’. It is almost an unconscious decision but one with tremendous ramifications. It declares that you are ready to hold that animosity in your heart forever,if needed. It proclaims that you are satisfied with the accompanying bitterness and that you recognize that that bitterness will take up space in your heart where love or happiness could go.

All this, boils down to one key trait – Dignity. The idea that a person can walk tall and be happy about the decisions he or she has made, not only for himself or herself, but for everyone. It is choosing openness, not closure. Freedom, not fences. Purity, not contamination. Compassion, not self-centeredness. Health, not injury.

You might want to estimate the number of days you have allowed negative emotions to affect your life, and then ponder how your life may have been today had you veered in the other direction.

Your Crowning Achievement

This ‘highest point’ of your life is often called the Capstone and it is usually associated with closing the big deal or buying your ultimate toy. If the wealth aspect is taken away there are still other worldly achievements that could claim that position like; a great family or a noble position of giving in your community.

But of utmost interest here is the fact that anything can attain that highest position because it is our mind which dictates importance to us.

As an example, suppose you are standing, looking out over the ocean, and a flood of heavenly emotions fills your whole being. A new world has opened up to you and its wonders are inexpressible. Mesmerized, you stand and take in as much of the wonder as possible until the source abates.

Then, through the bliss, the little question appears, asking ‘is this the best, is this the highest?’ You try to reimagine its splendor, but there are no words fit for remembrance. All you can remember is that there – was – something very special that happened and that you were apart of it.

Shortly thereafter, as with all dichotomies, the other end of the spectrum comes into view. Like a curtain of outdated wallpaper, a sheet descends showing all of your past accomplishments here on earth, leaving you with the haunting question – ‘From where do I select my capstone?’

Is it going to be a solid, stable, tangible item – or one so abstract you won’t even be able to tell your friends about it?

The attainment of an answer – for you – is vital.

The attainment of the perfect answer – for you – is Magic.

The Vertigo of Unfamiliarity

Chapter One

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The End.

Birth, death. Spread the brackets apart and all you have is a less dense perfect vacuum. The brackets signify everything. Birth, death. Front cover, back cover. Each of us separates them with our own chapters of nothingness. Page after perfectly numbered page. Parentheses within brackets. Quantities to the nth power. All equaling zero.

Inception, open bracket. Death, close bracket. Open this book, open bracket. Close this book, the dynamism continues on. Try to forget these words and the energy builds. There is no second bracket after you have read this far. Take your last breath on this plateau. We’ll now capsize headfirst into a lake of pandemonium, and crack our skulls open as we hit our heads on the bottom of the pool of incomprehensibility.

Unimaginable . . Can you sense it? Listen to the magnitude. See the blood-curdling tension. Explore the heartbeat of your circumstances. Let the nectar of your mind sit in your mouth until it detonates your voice. Then scream before the opportunity is taken away forever.

Oh, if we had to force ourselves into existence and lay ourselves open to the unoffending insensitivity of the cosmos.

Exercise or Exorcise?

For those of us over fifty, consider . . .

We are conditioned since birth that more is good. More knowledge is great. So, if we find the right solution, we’ll be ahead – closer to the win. So, we exercise and play with our ‘knowns’. We use them as answers to questions and to facilitate our thinking.

Could some or all of those knowns be wrong? Could they?

Under fifty, we are usually a sponge for knowledge, adding all we can each day. The other option, of course, is to drop something everyday from our minds. Is it not possible that these thoughts and beliefs we have accumulated are nothing but false perceptions that we use over and over each day?

What about an exorcism? Wiping the blackboard and slowly eliminating the untrue and creating free space into which the mind can expand? Can you conceive of something more beautiful and liberating? Unbiased thinking! Absolute freedom to view anything from any perspective.

Find that trash can that is open and empty. Start slowly with just one belief. Throw it in there. Let the lid slam shut. Walk away. Feel the way you now want to float. There’ll be another can right around the next bend. Listen for directions.

Then, float again.

A World We’ll Never Know

Fascinating it would be to get a glimpse of who we would be and what we would believe if, while growing up, we weren’t immersed in the matrix of teachers, parents, friends, books and all other sources of information. Can you even imagine how removed we are from that pristine version of ourselves?

‘He who acts in contradiction to his beliefs’ is a definition of hypocrisy, and let’s call the self who grew up with no influences our ‘purer’ self. The disparity of who we are now compared to our purer self may be staggering. Consider your own level of hypocrisy.

Religions exist because of hypocrisy.

And, perhaps there is a kinship between us and our purer self. Just maybe, that person from this ‘world we’ll never know’ is who we really are but we can’t even recognize our true selves because of all the information that has been inflicted on us.

Who wants to be admired for what he pretends to be?

Seemingly Insignificant . . .

That seemingly insignificant happening a year or so ago – remember it?

Sure you do. It sneaks back into your mind periodically and when it does the questions begin again; Why was I treated so unfairly? Why am I being treated so unfairly? And a host of other queries that cause worry and concern.

Insignificant? It was back when it happened. But now it has taken over a portion of your life. How many hours do you guess have you spent on that that one topic?

Perhaps it has grown and evolved into a very unpleasant topic, one that you try to avoid by another drink, or smoke, or pill. And the method of choice for avoidance has now become a part of your life.

Surprise! That ‘insignificance’ has become a dominant factor. More powerful than a locomotive, able to leap up, lasso, and bring down the best of lives.

Please. Consider. Tackle this thing, but avoid bringing yourself down in any way. Conquer, by improving yourself – not by jeopardizing your health or mind in any way. Rebel, but be pure and courageous about. Elevate yourself in the process. Learn from it, embrace it, and – win.

To sacrifice your health for any other kind of happiness – is THE greatest folly.


‘Synchronic’ is a beautiful word which means phenomena that is happening at the present moment with no influence from the things in history.

In Italy, at least at one spot, there exists a ‘synchronic taxi’ spot where if you need a ride you go there and someone will come along and give you that ride. It functions automatically with no assistance from anything other than people’s belief in it.

What a remarkable example of presence, cooperation, love, sharing, hope and the Infinite. The Infinite is mentioned as the matrix in which this possibility takes place and the depth (or height, really) to which this matrix can go. And this may just be the first step to the heights of the inherent possibilities.

If you take a quick quantum leap and envision all the inhabitants of the earth sharing this phenomenon, what then?

I’ll leave that pleasant ride of personal contemplation to each of you and close with this thought;

Is it our responsibility, in any way, to further the dissemination of that concept?

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The answer to this uncertainty we have about life may not be about the ‘game’ at all. It could be simply a matter of whether we keep score or not.

At almost every juncture we are in some way trying to make each decision profitable for ourselves. Whether it be for money, novelty or whatever, it always comes down to our standing – how high or low we are on the spectrum.

What would happen if the ‘score’ ceased to matter? We’d never be disappointed or feel slighted. We’d try everything because the outcome was inconsequential.

Chasms were just mentioned yesterday. Perhaps forgetting the score is the greatest chasm closer to freedom there is.