Who am I? What is my real purpose? These questions represent everyone’s basic yearning to reunite and become one with his or her True Self. Answering these questions with simple sentences always falls short, though, because there is something ineffable and intangible about our True Self. Our language structures are part of this world, stuck in these three dimensions, but our True Self is far beyond this world. It will live on beyond our lives here, even beyond the life… Read more

Imagine if this sci-fi scenario were true: Unfriendly aliens come and deplete our resources and threaten to destroy our world. Their armies are bigger than any in our world, and their technology is more advanced. What do we do? All of humanity would have no choice but to band together as one people to face the threat. Well, in a way, this scenario already is true, except the perpetrators did not come from another planet. We humans have become the… Read more

People sometimes comment that an admirable older person is “aging gracefully.” Sometimes that means that they look attractive for their age, and other times it means that they have a good attitude about life, despite getting older. Our society puts a lot of emphasis on creating the former—looking young and attractive for as long as possible—but not as much on the later. But, really, which is more important? Looking good on the outside won’t mean much if you aren’t happy… Read more

Deciding how to live in the world can be difficult. The people around us present a lot of differing viewpoints, cultural traditions, and moral standards, leaving us to ask ourselves, “What is really right? How do I know the best path for me?” I say that you don’t really need to worry about what others think and do. Instead, you just need to follow the Tao of who you are. Recognize You Are Part of Nature People sometimes speak as… Read more

All of us develop bad habits of some kind or another during our lifetimes. Often, when we wish to change those habits, we find it difficult, even when the habit is something simple, like spending too much time surfing the Internet or going to bed too late. When little things like this start having negative effect on our lives, it seems like we should just be able to stop doing them by saying to ourselves, “That is not good for… Read more

What does it mean to you to be a master of something? Maybe you think of being excellent in some craft or skill, or maybe you imagine someone who oversees others in a working relationship. When people call someone a “master,” usually they are referring to some level of status achieved in the world – a master craftsman, a martial arts master, a master of ceremony, etc. These things are impressive, but I think that true mastership is not so… Read more

In my previous Patheos blog, I discussed the fourth step of my Brain Education method, which is called Brain Integrating. As you may remember, it’s all about getting the various layers and hemispheres of the brain working together. Like all the Brain Education steps, there are hundreds of exercises, from hand coordination games to energy dancing, that can help you get all the parts of your brain working together. Among them, however, there is one exercise that stands out—Brain Wave… Read more

When people use the word integrity, they usually mean “being true to one’s moral principles.” This is certainly an important kind of integrity, but there is a second meaning of the word integrity: “the state of being whole or undivided.” You could say that “wholeness” is a kind of integrity one shows to oneself. And on the road to true fulfillment and enlightenment, you can’t show integrity to others unless you first create it within yourself. In other words, you… Read more

In my previous blog post, I summarized the skills required to master the third step of my Brain Education method, called Brain Refreshing. This step is all about gaining emotional intelligence, the ability to manage your emotions in a way that makes them an asset, not a liability. I presented three basic skills that are needed: First, know your emotions and moods; second, clear negative emotions; third, develop positive emotional habits. These three seem simple enough, but what if negative… Read more

Have you ever thought about how important emotions are for creating your quality of life? They are so important that they are your quality of life. Emotions make the difference between what we call a “good day” and what we call a “bad day.” Good days are full of smiles and laughter, while bad days are made of anxiety and annoyance. But how do we make sure that we have more good days? Happy days are just a matter of… Read more

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