3 words for 2017

(This article was published in January of 2017, but some people liked it enough that we brought it back to the top, so here goes!)

Instead of making resolutions, the past three years I’ve chosen three words to be the themes for the year, as described by Chris Brogan. The themes for 2016 are

  • Adventure – this describes my personal journey. It’s about leading from the future as it emerges, rather than being stuck in my comfortable pre-planned life.
  • Create – being creative is about finishing things, bringing my creative vision into existence.
  • Amplituhedron – has the idea of amplification while simplifying previous approaches to complex problems. The discovery of these mathematical formulas required a new way of thinking.amplituhedron
Posted in Positive psychology, Theory U

Powered by Heart

Zhi Cell logo

For several weeks now, we’ve been taking a new medicinal mushroom product from Alphay, called Zhi Cell. We met the founder, Chairman Hui Chen, at the Regional Summit held in Bloomington MN. The company is very high integrity, which comes from the attitudes of the people at the top on down. The company name means “safe family.” They have a constitution, which is based on the following core principles

  • Honesty and Integrity
  • Accountability
  • Humanity
  • Excellence

and five powers

  1. The power of the spoken word. Your voice is one of the most profoundly effective tools you have. It is what you use to
    tell your story and inspire others to create their own. It is important to use this tool wisely,
    and always think before you speak.
  2. The power of unity. Unity represents teamwork, and teamwork is one of the most powerful forces on earth.
    When we work together, we can accomplish anything. Alphay thrives on collaboration
    and the efforts of the whole. An opportunity to work with and uplift others is always an
    opportunity to reap great rewards within your own business.
  3. The power of forgiveness.
    Unity and forgiveness go hand-in-hand; the strength of the whole depends on the ability
    of individuals to treat others with compassion. When other people make mistakes, just
    as you will, be quick to forgive, slow to judge and ready to teach and help at the moment’s notice – these are all attributes of the strong.
  4. The power of gratitude.
    In personal, social and professional life, those who show gratitude for what they have
    and the opportunity they have been given are those who find the greatest happiness.
    Appreciate what you have and take the time to express it to others.
  5. The power of example. Alphay is founded on the premise that the greatest health and happiness in life are
    achieved by finding balance in all things. You will achieve balance in your own life only if
    You strive to become an example to those around you of a true team player who uses
    their voice and their talents to do good to others and show gratitude for all they have. Be
    an example of the positive traits you would like to see in others.

You can get delicious, healthy tea and coffee from Alphay Sevana, as well as other medicinal mushroom dietary supplements and lifestyle products.

Posted in Alphay, Lingzhi

Love Yourself

I Love Myself

Monday I watched a webinar by Abel James on en*theos where he talked about productivity. He said that he starts every day by asking himself these three questions:

  • What am I grateful for?
  • What three things would make today amazing?
  • What two things can I say about myself that empower me?

The next day I read the short book “Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It” by Kamal Ravikant. The title says it all, but I liked his Awesomeness Fest speech on Love and Entrepreneurship better.

Posted in Positive psychology

Free Yourself


A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his
thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.


Nobody is able to achieve this completely,
but the striving for such achievement
is itself a part of the liberation
and a foundation for inner security.

Posted in The Universe

Columbus and Other Cannibals

When Thom Hartmann used the word “wétiko” in the movie I Am, it blew right past me the first couple of times I watched the movie. Then I watched the movie a third time so I could slow it down to understand the word and try to get the reference. He was describing it as a disease, and mentioned that the first person to talk about it that way was Jack Forbes.

In the book Columbus and Other Cannibals, Forbes calls the wétiko (cannibal) psychosis the greatest epidemic sickness known to mankind. He says that greed and gluttony, along with the cruel using of others’ lives without remorse is destructive of one’s own spiritual potential. He says that most Native languages have no word for “religion” and that a word for religion may not be needed until a people no longer have it.

Religion is, in reality, living. Our religion is not what we profess, or what we say, or what we proclaim; our religion is what we do, what we desire, what we seek, what we dream about, what we fantasize, what we think—all of these things—twenty-four hours a day. One’s religion, then, is one’s life, not merely the ideal life but the life as it is actually lived.

The last two chapters of the book talk about how to reverse the disease and how to find a path with heart. For the antidote to wétiko, Forbes turns to Siddhartha Gautama Buddha. The Buddha taught more than 2,500 years ago that we can break away from this suffering by following an individual path wherein we steer clear of dogmatism, sectarianism, greed, and organized religion in the normal sense. Forbes gives us a criteria to use to evaluate whether a path might be one we might want to follow.

So the real test of a spiritual path is not to see how many monuments result, or how many converts are obtained, or how many prayers are repeated over and over again by imitative voices, but rather the test is: How do people who follow that path behave? How do they behave towards other humans? How do they behave towards the earth? How do they behave towards other living creatures? Are they doing evil? Are they free men and women who will stand up to evil? Or are they passive foot-soldiers trained to surrender their minds and hearts to their  masters?

For the month of February this year, we tried to practice the balance between humility and self-worth. The wétiko disease results in arrogance. The need to dominate others and the earth originate in feelings of unworthiness. The first time I read the book, I only remembered the part about arrogance. Knowing that you have intrinsic worth that no one can take away is a very powerful feeling.

The book concludes with a beautiful  poem called The Universe is Our Holy Book, which includes these lines

The Old Ones say
outward is inward to the heart
and inward is outward to the center
for us
there are no absolute boundaries
no borders
no environments
no outside
no inside
no dualisms
no single body
no non-body

We don’t stop at our eyes
We don’t begin at our skin
We don’t end at our smell
We don’t start at our sounds
I can lose my legs
and go on living
I can lose my eyes
and go on living
I can lose my ears
and go on living
I can lose my hair
my nose
my hands
my arms
and go on living
but if I lose the water
I die
If I lose the air
I die
If I lose the Sun
I die
If I lose the plants and animals
I die
For all of these things
are more a part of me
more essential to my being
than is that
which I call “my body.”

 He also repeats the Black Elk teaching that the Great Holy dwells at the center of the universe, and that this Sacred Center is within each of us as well.
May we use  our Sacred Center to find a good path, a path with heart.
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Moving from Stillness

The whirling dervishes are sufis who spin and spin while they circle around their teacher, who they believe represents the sun. It takes a good sense of your own center of gravity to be able to do that without getting dizzy or spinning out of control.

The whirling dervish spiritual ceremony is performed out of a sense of love for all people. According to Sufi Whirling Dervishes of Rumi

An important characteristic of this seven-centuries-old ritual is that it unites the three fundamental components of human nature: the mind (as knowledge and thought), the heart (through the expression of feelings, poetry and music) and the body (by activating life, by the turning). These three elements are thoroughly joined both in theory and in practice as perhaps in no other ritual or system of thought.


Everything revolves, at the level of electrons, within blood and other circulatory systems, and within the cosmos. To live is to move.

Moving from stillness can give you more balance, keeping your focus on your objective. It makes it easier to get to a resounding YES if you’re not distracted by conflicting choices.

But first you need to spend enough time in the stillness.

Posted in Meditation, The Universe

The Jewels are Inside You

Posted in Meditation, Positive psychology, The Universe

The Heart Works Best in Mime


Drawing from The Principles of Light and Color by Edwin D Babbitt, 1878


Words get in the way when we try to speak from the heart. How are we to know that the mere mention of the color purple conjures up childhood horrors for one person when it is one of our favorite colors?

We use our eyes to communicate emotions and feelings. They are less likely to lie, or unintentionally deceive.

Our brains think they know everything about sickness of the heart, as though it were just another machine pumping blood for us at our brains’ commands. But there is a mystery to the heart that can never be known by the mind. The heart works best by showing what it wants.

Posted in Serving Others

The Illusion of Invincibility

Last weekend we rode our motorcycles over to Wisconsin. Due to schedule differences, it worked out easier to drive separately. The weather was beautiful. I left after my Saturday morning meditation class at the Twin Cities T’ai Chi Ch’uan Studio.

The shortest route was to take freeways to the studio in Saint Paul and from there to Wisconsin. Generally, I avoid freeways on my motorcycle because I don’t like being sandwiched on concrete between big trucks and people on cell phones who aren’t paying attention to the road. I kept thinking about those lines from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig:

You see things vacationing on a motorcycle in a way that is completely different from any other. In a car you’re always in a compartment, and because you’re used to it you don’t realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV. You’re a passive observer and it is all moving by you boringly in a frame.

On a cycle the frame is gone. You’re completely in contact with it all. You’re in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming. That concrete whizzing by five inches below your foot is the real thing, the same stuff you walk on, it’s right there, so blurred you can’t focus on it, yet you can put your foot down and touch it anytime, and the whole thing, the whole experience, is never removed from immediate consciousness.

Then I realized that it is always real concrete whizzing by, and the metal surrounding you in a car only gives you the perception of safety. When I was young, I went through a phase where I tried to eat healthfully. The world didn’t end when I ate a french fry, and before I knew it I was adding the occasional glass of beer or wine to the meal. Being in a car basking in the sounds of my music made me feel insulated from all the other people “out there.” Gradually, pound by pound, I added extra weight which was interfering with my body’s ability to make and utilize vitamin D. My head had taken over my body, and unhealthy anger raised my blood pressure. My endocrine system was telling my body to deposit calcium in my arterial veins instead of my bones. I was a mess.

I’m trying to do better now. My body has been pretty patient with me, but I’ve lost my cape and no one is holding me. It’s time for my mind to be present and make it easier for my body to cope with the vampires.

Posted in Healthy, Meditation

Triple Numbers in the Reality: Mystery School – Day 4(44)

Today while driving, I nearly got a DWD. Daydreaming While Driving.

Stuck in traffic on the way to work, I was robotically following the surge and slow of the traffic, thinking about what to do about my job. (which is OK, you know… helps to pay the bills without breaking my back. But, you know, couldn’t there be so much more?.?.?..)

And as I glanced down at the license plate of the SUV in front of me, I noticed the triple numbers: 333. Cool.Triple Threes!

The first we heard that triple numbers have meaning was from Drunvalo Melchizedek (Droon-vallo Mell-CHEESE-a-dek) in his 2007 book, Serpent of Light – Beyond 2012. He said:

When you see a triple number in the Reality, it has significance relative to what you are thinking or the environment around you. It has to do with music and the fact that all notes in an octave separate themselves by eleven cycles per second. Therefore, the separations of each note to each other are 11, 22, 33, 44, 55, 66, 77, 88, and 99 cycles per second, or multiples of these numbers, which presents a perfectly harmonic tuning or moment in time, since the entire Reality was created through the harmonics of music.

Therefore, when triple numbers or more appear in any manner, it physically represents a mathematical moment in time that contains the harmonics of the value of that number…

Quickly, these are the meanings of the triple numbers.

111 = Energy Flow: Any energy flow, such as electricity, money, water, sexual energy, etc.

222 = New Cycle: The beginning of a new cycle, the nature of which depends on the NEXT triple number you see.

333 = Decision: You have a decision to make. The decision will lead to either a 666, which means you must repeat the lesson again in some other way, or it will lead to 999, which is Completion and you have learned the lesson.

444 = The Mystery School: What is occurring in life is a lesson around the learning about the Reality. This school is learning, such as reading books or studying a subject, but not actual doing. [He says that Alice Bailey was the first to write about this number having that meaning.]

555 = Unity Consciousness: This is the number when someone has attained Unity Consciousness. They have mastered all levels of the Mystery School. It is the highest number. It is the number of Christ.

666 = Earth Consciousness: This is the number of the Beast in the Bible, so it can represent pure evil, but it is also the number of mankind and life. Carbon is the basis of life, and carbon has six protons, six neutrons, and six electrons. Generally when you see this number, it means to watch out for physical events that are presenting themselves at that moment, and you must be careful.

777 = The Mystery School: This is the part of the school where you are not just reading books about life, but are also practicing (what you are learning).

888 = Completion of a particular lesson within the Mystery School.

999 = Completion of a particular cycle of events.

000 = Has no value.


  1. Triple Numbers are not only cool, but might be helpful to you somehow.
  2. Pay Attention. There are no coincidences, and everything that happens to you is all for YOU! (Even sharing it with others is for you, but of course it’s for them, too.)
  3. Do you have a decision to make, too??
Posted in Positive psychology, The Universe