Things are not always as they appear

It is an important requirement for success, contentment and inner peace to seek only authentic people in our lives and to be genuine in all our projections and presentations.

When we adopt a false persona and don the mask of insecurity we sever the flow of life affirming grace from our core, denying our true self.

In like manner, knowing that things are not always as they appear, be cautious of those that are chameleon- like in their appearances. Those that present themselves to us as we would like to see them are generally deceptive and will always disappoint. We must embrace authenticity in all experiences to know success and peace.

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Contribution Resolution

The spring is finally here. Things are turning green, and motorcycles are everywhere. Well, mine is still in the garage, but that’s another story. At least it is cleaned, buffed, fueled and ready to go when I find the time. Car shows popping up, the sound of burnouts and hot engines in the evening is all very comforting. This is a world I love to live in.

The world is a very diverse place. The things that I like may repulse another. We all take what pleases us and leave the rest behind. The most important thing though, is that we each CONTRIBUTE!

As we look around we see huge cities with glass, steel and concrete. Suburbs with back yards, pools and bike paths, country sides with corn fields and pastures, as well as every conceivable vehicle, invention, gadget & gizmo that makes up our life we should be in awe. We tend to take this all for granted. There is Liberal and conservative, rich, poor, homeless and uber wealthy, gay, straight, and every conceivable mix. Musicians, politicians, mechanics, lawn care specialists and people that will flush your colon. What a world!

Many take this for granted. Some never give it a thought and others may even complain about it. We all just agree that this is life. Have you ever asked how it got like this? Whether you love it, hate it, or plain don’t give a hoot, I’m sure you wonder.

I’ll tell you. You did it! I helped. We all pitched in. You see, life has been conceived, planned, and executed in the minds of all who live now and those that came before us. Whether we like it or not what we see is a collaborative effort by EVERONE.

Now the concerning part is that so many complain and chastise what they see It seems at though many feel that they are victims of a life they had no choice in. It is easy to sit in your comfy chair and point the finger of blame while lamenting your agony of persecution. The real challenge, and flavor of life, is to DO SOMETHING.

In so much as everything we see was 1st someone’s thought, then the product of their action and conviction, we all have the same ability to create, regardless of our “Place” in life. Everyone can think, plan and act, so we should all be living our dream, NO?

Life is best when we all contribute our 2 cents. The diversity and flavor is richer when all perspectives blend.

Let us start CONTRIBUTION REVOLUTION where we all create conditions with intent that are aligned with the life we prefer to see.

We all wonder is somebody is going to do something about what we see, forgetting that we are each that SOMEBODY!







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The life we all desire and the one we experience often seem light years apart. There are a select few who can actually say they are living their dream. Most of us are living day to day in a reactionary-defense mode. We swat away at the myriad of undesirable conditions that confront us with tenacity and call it surviving. We do the best we can to accomplish our daily tasks, pay our bills to keep the boogeymen man away and mostly keep our head above water while struggling to squirrel a bit away for retirement. We do this while visions of an entirely different existence dance around our heads as a far off fantasy that only happens to others.

Then there are those that have “plans, dreams, goals” that drive them. Hell bent to “get there” they sacrifice peace, tranquility, security and many times the finest moments of life with family and friends, to chase the ever so elusive dream. These movers and shakers are going somewhere! Ninety five percent of them never get there. Perhaps half of them end up saddled in debt and riddled with disappointment from having the rug 382941_213983558683610_1787497124_npulled out from under them, while their feeling of self worth spirals downward into a pit of despair. Sure five percent “make it”. More than half of them gave up their formative years, family, friends, and memories along the way, but will bask in the glow of their achievement for a few short years.

In recent years there has been a whole new segment added to this mix, In 2006 a ground breaking book by Rhonda Byrne called; “The Secret” made a term coined many years ago by a few obscure, enlightened folk that were tuned into a higher level of insight than most , practically into a household term among anyone seeking motivation and self-improvement. This term is The Law of Attraction. What it is, is an in-depth analysis of what all religions and spiritual teachings call Faith! Simply put; what you believe, you receive, or as a man thinks, so shall he be, or. like conditions are drawn unto each other. This philosophy espouses that positive thoughts and belief, bring about,(or attract) imagesCA8MA9MEpositive conditions, and so is true for negative perspectives. The term was first coined in 1877 by a Russian occultist Helena Blavatsky, then made into a principle and used as a theory for success by Prentice Mulford in his essay, “Law of Success” in 1887. Shortly after that a whole host of New Thought guru’s, self-help authors and inspirational figures repeated the term in such well known best sellers as “ As a man thinketh, James Allen, Think & Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill, The Power of Positive Thinking, Norman Vincent Peale, and the list goes on. In the motivational- new thought arena, The Law of Attraction is the guiding principle behind living the life of your wildest dreams. The new cross section of movers & shakers are using The Law of Attraction, to elevate themselves into gods. I wholeheartedly believe in, and agree with, this philosophy. The premise is that anything you desire, you can have, as long as you truly BELIEVE IT, AND ALIGN YOUR THOUGHTS WITH IT AS REALITY.

As we sit, you can do a goggle search on this term and find over a million websites. One can attend seminars, download programs, buy recordings or even go on cruises and 3-10 day “Intensive Workshops” to learn to master the Law of Attraction to change your life. A person can spend from $79 to download a meditation CD to $20,000 for a face to face workshop with any one 10,000 “Experts” that will promise to help you harness this life changing power.

I have been a student of this “law” for many years. I am not rich, nor am I famous, fit, thin, popular or even completely satisfied with my life. I will however (with my dying breath) declare that The Law of Attraction works 100%, on 100% of us, 100% of the time. This law works without any effort. You see, as I have written before, the life we experience is directly related to our thoughts, feelings, but mostly our EXPECTATIONS.  Millions of folk are shelling out billions of $$ to learn to “use” a law that is immutable. We are all using it every day. What we think; we get! There is no way around it. This is Karma.

The problem we, (and I mean the millions of acolytes to The Law of Attraction) are experiencing, is that the term “believe” is deeper than we realize. Millions are reciting affirmations, listening to meditations, and even sleeping to subliminal audio that feeds the mind with positive reinforcement and visions of the goal, and/or desire. I can recite “I am rich, I am rich, I am rich” or any other term that aligns with my goal, until the cows come home, but until I believe it at my core, unequivocally as though it is already a reality, nothing will change. What I mean is this: let’s say you have been planning, img_3634working towards, taking all the actions for a goal, and you are asked: “Are you going to get this,,,,?” You will stand up and assertively announce: “FOR SURE”! But then if asked: “If you don’t get this, can I take your house, your family, and imprison you?” If you then say, “well,,, no!” Why not? I thought you believed you were going to accomplish this? That doubt is the dream killer! The word “believe” is a much deeper word than we know. The actual term should be modified to; “What you EXPECT is what you get.”

For me, I have dreams, I have goals and desires. I have a whole host of things I would love to be my reality that I have been working towards for years. I have spent thousands attempting to move in a direction. Don’t get me wrong, there are snippets of my desires that are real, just not the entire package as I have envisioned it. So why you ask am I a believer of this philosophy? I believe The Law of Attraction is working for me in accordance to my level of belief. At my core there is a feeling I have never been able to shake that equates the achievement of a lofty goal is tantamount to winning the lottery. img_3637-1While can say I believe, and I certainly feel I deserve, somewhere deep inside there is this anchor that has me feeling that to accomplish this is monumental and therefore to much to EXPECT. So here I sit. Alongside me are a few million others that do not understand that it is not easy to believe in a reality that we cannot feel in a visceral sense NOW. That is what creates the expectation. Everyone you see that has accomplished much has done so because their actions, motives, and progression toward their achievement had them expecting nothing less than what they got.

Yes, there are also gazillion books, programs, meditations and workshops to address this that are known as “Clearing” techniques. We need to clear out the negative programs from the past that hold us back.  The bottom line is: We are who we are, have what we have, get what we get; BECAUSE THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT WE EXPECT!  Change your     expecphone pics 033tation and you will change you manifestation. Fear begets awful experiences, so does doubt and negativity. Anything that elevates our thinking is a worthwhile activity. I ride my motorcycle to feel positive and free. It does not bring me to my best life, but it IS a part of my desired experience. That is one expectation I can handle.

So my positive message is as always. Think positive thoughts. Take positive actions. Avoid negativity and those that hold you down. Believe in your dreams and learn to come expect only the best.  Make sure your goals & desires are designed to service the common good. Realize that using your talent to have a positive impact on life will come back at you as rewards you cannot now imagine.With this as your philosophy, know that where you end up is where you expected to be.

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Mark 9:2.  Everything is possible for one who has faith.

Mark 11: 24. What things so ever you desire, when you pray, believe that you have already received them, and you shall have them.



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 Not all of these individuals are actually incarcerated. Some of them are free. Perhaps not physically, but some are emotionally and spiritually free . The real shocking statistic is that about 40% of us are living our lives incarcerated in a self-imposed prison of anguish, despair, desperation and discontent. While those that are behind physical barriers due to their BOX 1inability follow the rules of society, they very well may be free in their minds, while the rest of us are in bondage to our own  destructive demons of doom.

Contrary to popular belief no one can take away your freedom. Sure they may limit or restrict your movements, but freedom is a mindset. The three hundred and twenty one unnamedmillion of us that are not physically restrained are in bondage to our negativity and cut off from peace, joy and well being with the key to our bars right in our hand.

Freedom is self acceptance,  inner peace, joy and the refusal to judge, blame, resent and hate. The average “free” person is shackled by one or more of those conditions and they are all self-inflicted and able to be eliminated in flash. When one knows real freedom the joy is evident in everything about them. Their health, finances, personality, demeanor and outlook is infectious and inspires others to want to be around them. Those that are are their own jailers, tend to repel others with every aspect of who they are, (lest the other is aligned, then the term ” misery loves company” is the prevailing paradigm).

  • Greed, want, unfulfilled desire.
  •  Jealousy, resentment,
  • Pride, narcissism, bravado
  • Inauthentic, disingenuous phonies, Living to please, needing to fit in. Following the masses
  • Insecurity, self-consciousness
  •  Bigotry, hatred, racism
  • The need to always be right, superiority, self-righteousness
  • Complaining, negativity, gossip, comparing
  •  Inability to forgive, holding grudges, blame
  • Powerlessness, desperation, fear.
  • perfectionism, intolerance, stress.

These are the chains that have us bound to a life sentence of grief and pain. The sad thing is that there is nowhere to point the finger. These conditions are not levied upon us by a court , or a tribunal of our peers. There is no physical structure behind these CHAINS 1barriers yet they are stronger than any cell or dungeon man has ever fashioned. There is no prison break, tunnel, or rope that we can avail ourselves of that will deliver us to freedom. There is nothing that we will find outside of ourselves that will help.  Alexa, Siri, google and all the searches will not find the door.   No device will ever find the way out because it is not something we must find, it is something we must realize. Freedom is a choice.

The choice  is to realEYEs life, to see the world through the real eyes of unconditional love and unity.

pAINA life of freedom may be elusive to most, seem impossible to others and sound very complicated, but truth be told: YES TRUTH, be told, it is the simplest process there is.  True freedom comes from:



  1. authenticity
  2. acceptance & forgiveness
  3. contentment
  4. Self-love
  5. Non judgement
  6.  Service
  7. Unconditional love.
  8. positiveness

When ones thoughts are focused on the above 8 attributes, and trained to see the good and make the most of what they are exposed to, no other condition than freedom can exist. Joy will shroud the individual and cascade outward to affect all who they eMERGEencounter. The process will unfold in exponential components effortlessly with little to no resistance. The really special thing about it is that all that is required to go from point A to B is a decision. The metamorphosis will be instantaneous.  It is an immutable law of the Universe. I’m sure you heard it before: What you sow, so shall you reap. Your thoughts are planting the seeds for what grows into your experience.

Be mindful. Be positive, be loving


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Connections, interactions, & relationships

The life we know, interact in and navigate through is both a singular event and a collaborative undertaking. I know, I just contradicted myself. I tend to do that. Life is a series of contradictions, a dichotomy of events and possibilities that feed off each other and cancel each other out. This is exactly why I find it so interesting to write about.

While I would insist that life exists solely in our minds as thought, with everything we believe we are experiencing being created by us, for us, I will also claim that it is the culmination of all the collective thoughts playing out simultaneously, reacting to one another. In short, life is a puzzle we are creating as we go, and all the players we perceive (create) have a vital piece that needs to be inserted in the proper spot for the picture to present flawlessly. We all have a contribution to make to the whole (greater good) and that contribution is designed to serve the others and help thumbnailcavrlgigfacilitate their inclusion in the picture. This requires relationships. There are romantic, work, friend, casual acquaintance, group dynamic, team, and adversarial relationships. All of these forms of human connection are designed to unify the individuals in order to create a collective whole.  So while I may claim I AM “ALL THAT IS”, I will also explain that I need everyone else in order to be. Did I lose you yet?

The purpose of relationship is to make many into 1.  We are supposed to take all of the life we encounter and blend it with our own to create a big ball of JOY! SO; if we shroud ourselves with relationships that are not empowering we will diminish instead of grow. Way too many of us have life partners, friends, family, pals, work partners, and the like that are involved with us because they need to “fix” us, or because we are trying to “help” them. Then there are yet others we are with download (4)because we are afraid to leave, or we feel a sense of responsibility, loyalty or duty, all while they cause us stress and grief. If our relationships are only cemented by need, mutual or one sided, by fear, or responsibility, then they are destructive and run counter to our life purpose of growing in spirit. If you really think you need someone you have given away creative control of your life and everything you experience it predicated on the decisions of another. Then you are no longer an actor, but a reactor. A life of dependency is void of dreams, goals and happy endings.


I would be willing to bet that at least 50% of relationships are toxic, yet solid and long term. That means only half of us are playing the puzzle piece we were given, so the picture of life is largely incomplete. Life needs us, needs you, to play your piece, put it where it belongs and complete the picture. You are a unique individual, and a vital component of the story you are writing. Without you, the event is incomplete.

 I urge everyone to take stock of their relationships. Are all of your encounters and interactions empowering, positive and joyful? If not; why are you still there?  None of us needs the other to get us where we are going, (which happens to be right 003where we are now), yet we all need everyone to be who they are for their own reasons, not for the sake of others. We cannot acquiesce to the desires of someone else, or yield to their judgment. We are all unique, we are all enough, we are all important and we are all “ALL THAT IS”



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Clarity of Purpose vs. Wants & Desires


Do we really know what we want?


We hear that term a lot lately. There are thousands of programs, websites, and workshops designed to instruct us how to “Manifest our desires”. Let’s face it; most of us are only trying pull $$ out of thin air.
Before starting any deeper spiritual practice designed around creating your own reality (which is what is happening anyway) we all need to be clear on what we want, and why!

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There are principles behind these “manifesting” programs that are only tangentially touched on, but profoundly important. The 1st of which is THE WHY!We are all attracting conditions into our experience that reflect our most predominant thoughts. Most of us are thinking about becoming happier and getting what we think we need to fulfill that desire.
The majority will default to thoughts of $$. That is because there is a secret fear of suffering due to the lack of money. That particular kind of behavior

has been programmed by society and past erroneous messages we’ve been given by the masses, our family, peers, the media and the GURUS. We have been programmed to believe that STUFF, is the foundation of JOY. But  the need for STUFF to deliver JOY, is born out of fear that not enough STUFF, will keep JOY away.
When our most prevalent thought is mired by fear the semblance of the desires that we attract never tend to nurture us. Only thoughts that are shrouded in JOY to begin with, will allow the manifestation of any part of the desire with JOY & PEACE. Once we are creating from a place of faith & joy, not from fear and pain, any riches that may nurture us will flow with little to no effort. The telltale sign of this being true is that the “Gifts” we each have, our talent, is always something that we enjoy doing regardless the end result. Very few of us make our living with our gift, but if more did, this planet would be much better off. Too many of chase fame & fortune through means we think will attract greater riches, at the expense of our integrity and authenticity. It is no wonder there are so many miserable souls hell bent on attacking these days. It is like going with the flow, paddling our canoes with the current instead of upstream, it is easier, and we get to our destination quicker, with less strain & pain.

How many of those that society reveres have lost their family, been subject to harassment, scandal and attack, or have sacrificed health and even life in the pursuit of a goal, that when achieved is short lived? Can we really call it success to spend 10,20, 30 years struggling, sacrificing and being riddled with pain and frustration, for a few short years of beating our chest at the end of our lives? I think the joke is them. I would rather enjoy my few years while I have them, go to my kids soccer games and recitals, actually taste my meals, and have with whatever I am doing. Under those conditions, whatever I produce will be of more value to society.

 Personally, ( I’m sure there are those thatwill disagree). Whoever said: “No pain, No gain”, or “ Nothing worth havingcomes easy”, were so far off the mark they couldn’t even see the prize. I feel,( Just me mind you) If you are experiencing pain, suffering, sacrificing foryour goals, that once you achieve them you will be disappointed. My belief isthat the path of least résistance, the road that is joyful all the way, will yieldthe best result. Anything else is shoveling shit against the tide.

We all have talents and abilities that are meant to be our “OFFERING” to the collective of our experience. It is our gifts, that become our gifts to the world. See New Testament 1st Corinthians 12, Spiritual gifts, & One Body many parts. Therein lies the truth of purpose. It is only when we are using

our gifts (talents) to improve the overall well being of life (of which we are a part), that we will be able to know the authentic condition of organic JOY. Life is a puzzle of which we are each a piece and must place it in the space where it fits the best to feel the peace and contentment that comes through the unified collaboration of love.

What are YOU looking for? Whatever it is; that is what you are attracting. Manifesting is the act of creating reality by means of repeated and

concerted thought & concentration. Is your mind focused on what makes you happy, or on what THEY SAY SHOULD make you happy? There is a marked difference between the two.

Seek JOY, Seek to make a difference, Then, and ONLY THEN will you be attracting and living your

bliss. $$ will not usher in joy, nor will fame or celebrity.  Get CLEAR ON WHAT YOU WANT, YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT!


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Give it away to keep it.

Christmas is over and the decorations are coming down, trees getting tossed and boxes broken and folded for recycling.Did you get what you wanted from Santa? I’m sure there are many of us that have gotten widget like thingamabobs that we have no use for and may not even understand. Do you re- wrap it for the next co-worker birthday, or second cousin once removed daughter’s daughter that is having an engagement party/shower? I think I just keep it in a drawer or closet for a dozen years then toss it. Usually one month after I toss it, I discovered what its purpose was and go out and buy one; but that’s just me (reason my wife calls me a colorful name that is often used when referring to a part of the male anatomy, but that’s a story for another time). When we give a gift we have gotten to another, we are in essence sharing our gift, in an attempt to bring some sort of joy to another, (to whatever extent thingamabobs do).

 That makes me think about being on the road. Most of us are familiar with road rage and the cause. It seems, even when we are not in a hurry the idea of another getting in front of us and delaying our journey by 1/100,000,000 of a nanosecond, drives most people berserk. We tend to defend our place in line and safeguard it with our lives. For those of that are ON 2 Wheels, or in a precious Classic, Sports Car or Hot Rod, we lean toward altruism and allow others the space they are looking for. We all know that there is not a charitable thought behind this, only self-preservation. We are a bit more cautious since being on 2 wheels we are more vulnerable, and in our hot rod, we really, really want to protect it. So in essence, we allow others a bit of joy, because it benefits us.

That brings me to my message for today. JOY (the proverbial Holy Grail behind EVERYTHING WE SEEK) is a dichotomy. We can only experience it by giving it away. In the same manner that we give others on the road space to feel safer ourselves, and we give gifts to friends & family to feel good ourselves, THE GREATEST GIFT WE CAN GIVE OURSELVES IS TO BE THE SOURCE OF JOY FOR OTHERS. The old adage “It is better to give than to receive” is a Spiritual Truth, and cosmic law, an immutable reality of life. There is more personal satisfaction, self-love, and sense of well being derived from doing, for, or giving to; OTHERS than we will ever glean from being the recipient of anything.

This year, as we transition from the boxes, trees and lights looking forward to a new year, with NEW BEGINNINGS, we should be mindful of our role as servants to one another. Not only is the new year an opportunity to reinvent ourselves, every day, every moment has the possibility to begin again.

The shortest route to personal well being; is being the source of Joy. When we give it away, we keep it. By shining the brilliant light of our talents and gifts on others, we bask in the glow ourselves. Each of us has a passion for something that puts a huge grin on our face when we are involved in it. That is the gift we were meant to share.  Re-gift what you were given and find that the real meaning of Christmas, the real meaning of life; is to SERVE.  FIND YOUR BLISS THROUGH SPREADING JOY, LOVE & LIGHT.


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