On Frozen Sands

In a world where death is the hunter, my friend, there is no time for regrets or doubts. There is only time for decisions. – Carlos Castaneda

Winter’s biting winds blur the fine line between life and death. Just like life, no matter how bundled up against the unexpected we may be, an unexpected chill will sneak through our defenses and send a shiver up the spine. Staring across the merciless frozen sands towards the roiling gray vastness summons a reckoning with one’s mortality. Alone, rooted to the frigid ground by the bitter breath of non-being against the back, reflecting on one’s extinction stirs the soul. Potential decisions are weighed. But ultimately before the ends comes, as Twain said, one should fear never truly living.

I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it. It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.Mark Twain

Life’s dramatic comedy plays out in a metaphysical theater as grand or as ordinary as an individual chooses. The characters one plays in society are often dictated by the expectations of others. As Shakespeare said, “And one man in his time plays many parts.” But when alone, in the barest settings, the ashen fingers of uncertainty slip around the throat. The breath catches. The pulse races. The stark, frozen sands of time can reveal one’s character, but one must be willing to face the truth. In this way, the spirit is renewed.

Human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but … life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.Gabriel García Márquez

Every moment plays out in many dimensions of time. Each of these possess countless aspects many of which we are consciously unaware. But our senses (whatever number more than five you accept) react to a myriad of stimuli. These organic sensors insure our survival while our minds wander and ponder. Consciousness, which most people arrogantly regard as entirely human, is infused throughout nature and the cosmos. The unconscious mind perceives immeasurable connections to these otherwise hidden realms. Ancient people understood this and communed with the spirits of water, wind and wood. These “primitives” sensed the divinity contained within soil, sand and stones. The legacy of their primal senses remains within us all. And every moment revels in the aura of this natural interconnectedness.

We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and along these sympathetic fibers, our actions run as causes and return to us as results. Herman Melville

The hateful sting of remorse can be lessened if one is ready to act selflessly. But if a person continues to act selfishly the scars of regret open repeatedly Many people greedily acquire secular assets and so-called wealth. The accumulated pile of worldly goods can fill many once empty rooms of their big, high-priced homes. But their actions or inaction towards others impoverishes their spirit. The self-indulgent always thirst and hunger for more. There will comes a day of reckoning. Without a change of heart, their soul is diminished and their life forgotten. It is never too late – until one day it is.

Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come. – Rabindranath Tagore

There is so much more to existence than the logical/literal four-dimensional, five senses version. Each of us is a reflection of the bountiful infinite Universe. Connect to the limitless consciousness. Bask in the illumination of eternity. Peace.

Be a Messenger of Peace

To you, all my cousins around the world

‘Tis the season to embrace peace

Peace in the heart

Peace in the mind

Peace in the spirit

Peace in the world

Fill your homes with joyous song and laughter

Cherish the lives of your dear ones

Pledge to them your unconditional love

Do not hesitate

Do not judge

Be kind and understanding to all you meet

Be a glimmering beacon of hope

Release darkness as if carried on a soul clarifying stream

Express the unspoken words yearning for release

Share your true self with friends near and far

May sacred spirits lift you on golden wings

So that you can be a messenger of peace

On a Perpetual Journey

I tramp a perpetual journey.Walt Whitman

The pulse of change throbs away within the journey of the human spirit. Occasionally, a subtle shift in the ethereal breeze triggers primitive instincts. Intangible forces raise the hairs on the back of the neck and stipple the forearms with goosebumps. Ancient longings squeeze the skull and frizzle the focus – thus provoking the will. An irresistible urge takes hold. Anxious feet astraddle inertia and initiative step towards the alluring horizon. The perpetual journey continues.

The creative act is a letting down of the net of human imagination into the ocean of chaos on which we are suspended, and the attempt to bring out of it ideas.Terance McKenna

Once a famous guru was asked about divine intervention. The guru answered, “You must take sincere action. You must do something positive. This will call to the divine. The divine will answer.” In this way, affirmative energy generates the path. Once underway, the human imagination’s eternal flame will cast about the inky boundary seeking passage to fate’s luxuriant mysteries. The future forms from this fertile abundance. Find comfort in the journey.

Life is growth – a widening of one’s world. We – my cousins – carry a myriad of adaptations brought forward out of the rich legacy of our shared humanity. Over countless eons, our ancestors’ footprints have been left along far flung paths across mountains and deserts. The sustenance which has sustained thousands of generations has grown from the life-giving soil around a myriad of places once called home. The echoes of these homes beat out a cadence in our bones urging us onward. Thrill to the rhythm of the journey through the soles of your striding feet.

Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is homeMatsuo Basho

To live fully, you have to be willing to change. In order to create the future you want to live in, you must move forward. Once the journey starts, the sweet ambrosia of life will energize the spirit. Each day can lift the heart with a happy buoyancy. Set forth upon uncertain seas and sands in search of new lands. As the sun rises and sets, your life-journey renews each day.

It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. – Ernest Hemingway

When we are young, a day lasts forever. As we age, the days crowd together until a week passes in what was once a day. With the grains of time running out, days appear but a hundred-score heartbeats long. But life’s endnote marks the end of but one journey and the beginning of the journey everlasting. I wish you peace on your journey.

Reverie

{In a new style of prose-poetry}

I stand unadorned before the Universe

Poised at the threshold

Betwixt the boundaries of water and sky

Supplicating in solitude

Awaiting redemption

Within the gyres of uncertainty

Astride the fundamental boundary

There is only now

Not then or when or how

Spirit-wings sprout fully formed

The celestial updraft lifts up my reawakened soul

Ecstasy infinitely reflected across eternity

[Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be? – Charles Bukowski]

I reveled in epiphany.

The ocean’s gentle whisper

Coupled with the rhythmic wave-pulse

Embraced me like my mother’s arms and carried me away

Away over the waves and clouds

Away from anxiety and worry

Away into the All

My spirit was euphoric – I was with the birds in flight, the clouds adrift, as my soul soared aloft on wings of sea-spray and foam. There was no separation between the Universe and my heart. I felt as if I was a reflection of sanctified authenticity and it of me. Laughing with a child’s laughter of unbridled discovery, I shooed away time when it tried to impose upon me a limit to my elation.

I had nowhere to be

I just had to BE

Regenerative love/unconditional acceptance/blissful euphoria;the rediscovery of my true self was revealed to me in wholesome innocence.

Seaside sanctuary

Portal into the humble glory of

all-embracing LOVE.

The unquenchable fire of life

Roared through my marrow

Time before and after time; life before and after life; the path of the eternal NOW opened. All that I am was condensed into a glowing mote of superconscious dust.

[Superconscious – transcending human consciousness, the highest consciousness or a margin of consciousness above that within the ordinary range of attention. Above the threshold of consciousness, the superconscious mind is your future.]

[When your mind is fully withdrawn in superconsciousness, it becomes centered in the bliss of the spine. You are then in your ideational, or causal, body. That is the level of the soul.Paramahansa Yogananda]

There was only the me I was before I was told who to be. The same child’s mind that pondered the patterns of sunlight through green leaves and gleefully tasted the first snow fresh and crisp on his tongue is still reflecting upon the universe.

The person I was is

The person I always have been.

Wearing various costumes and masks

Suited the moments within society.

The happy little boy on his grandfather’s knee, is the same single father who held his children in his lap reading bedtime stories. And is also the mature man with a satisfied smile when his wife join him beside the ocean. That smile I saw reflected in my children’s eyes as I kissed them goodnight, is the same smile my mother saw as I drifted off to sleep in her loving arms. And the same smile I will wear at the end of my days as I embrace the infinite.

We are blessed to be here.

One with the sky, the sea, the land, and one another

So it has been.

So it shall always be.

Crypto Tao Te Ching

Life is a balance of holding on and letting go. – Rumi

This is a sample from my book the Tao of Crypto. I revised the ancient Tao Te Ching – Dao De Jing (The Way of Inner Strength) for the Crypto future. The ancient Taoist text the I-Ching is the foundation of binary code, and thus cryptocurrency. (see my post on this). In the chart above, the red (Sell) is Yin and the green (Buy) is Yang.

Get my book to read the full version and so much more. It makes a great gift for the crypto enthusiasts in your life too. I can’t promise you riches will come from reading my book, but I can promise you’ll better understand the ancient divination code which is embedded within the digital world. Countless cryptographic architectures incorporate the unifying energy of the Tao into their decentralized structure. Understand this and increase opportunities for success.

Sample of a revised Crypto Tao Te Ching (from The Tao of Crypto)

The Tao of crypto is constant

The anonymous code generated the crypto-world

The anonymous code is ever present

The code brought to life the ten thousand assets…

Being and nonbeing generate the other

Complex and simple fulfill one another

All Time High and All Time Low are complements

Before and after flow together

The wise thrive through non-action

They contemplate in stillness before acting

The ten thousand assets arose

Dispersed without ownership

Acting without preconceptions

Flowing effortlessly in consensus with the way

Release preconceptions and the necessary arrives

Fulfill tasks uninterrupted

While results remain decentralized…

Increases in holdings must be tempered by analysis

Pounding away relentlessly can be counterproductive

The treasured coins cannot always be protected

Loss will drain away arrogant wealth accumulation

Success flows from selfless acquisition

This is the eternal way…

…The uncarved blockchain is unconquerable

Maintained by noble verifiers of the truth

The ten thousand assets agree to the verification

All is in impartial balance

Fearlessly knowing when to stop is key

The exchange of energy can flow

Through the valleys and peaks of the CrypTao

Into the new world’s vast digital ocean

In order to gather one must circulate

To strengthen one must first weaken

To abandon one must first be attracted

To grasp one must first surrender

This is true wisdom

In this way the supple defeats the rigid

The Tao of crypto is revealed in non-action

But everything is accomplished

Noble administrators and verifiers maintain the system

As the ten thousand assets transform the world

The uncarved blockchain limits distrust

Thus difficulties may be resolved

The Tao creates unity

The unity creates the twin forces of Yin and Yang

The twin forces manifest loss and gain

These are embodied within the ten thousand assets

Sometimes losses carry gains

Other times gains convey loss

In this way there is balance

Be like water soft and supple

Nothing can surpass its boundless replenishment

Softness overcomes hardness

In the same way perceived weakness defeats strength

Everyone knows this

Mellow your emotions and senses

Settle into commonality with the world

There can be no gain without receptive affable nature

No harm can come from effortless action

By becoming one with the Tao of Crypto

One can gain the world they seek

The energy of an ancient divination code is embedded within the digital world. The essence of this code cultivates the flowing dynamism of the ubiquitous, primordial Way of the universe – the Tao. Countless cryptographic architectures incorporate the unifying energy of the Tao into their decentralized structure. Understand this and increase opportunities for success.

Hidden Realms Within

Cloud cliffs drift over rough barked deep green pines,

As the scent of cut grass and damp earth caress the neighbors’ star spangled banners;

Holding at bay the crimson-tipped spears of deep-rooted anxiety sprouting like noxious weeds menacing the fragile fairy of tranquility

Beneath my lukewarm coffee, the open page advises The wise man knows that it is better to sit on the banks of a remote mountain stream than to be emperor of the whole world.

[Perched on a sun warmed slab of limestone, encrusted with Cambrian fossils, my friend, dead now for forty years, and I snatch crawdads from the cool stream running through the pasture on his grandfather’s farm. Licking away the stray crumbs of peanut butter pancakes, I idly sharpen my Barlow knife in a leisurely figure eight pattern like my grandfather taught me. Later, we set off with a battered Folgers coffee can full of crawdad destined for the trout line.]

[A falling star of trivia interrupts my reverie – the average person spends 47% of their waking time wandering in and out of daydreams.]

The flowing stream of consciousness recharges the mind-dynamo.

From cosmic gyres to electron clouds of potentiality,

Reality contains myriads of fractally folded dimensions.

But a thousand subtle shades obscure the jagged edges of meaning,

As insights flash and flit about the periphery of awareness like fireflies.

In a moment of clarity, the mundane transposes into the extraordinary.

Tracing along an ancient dream-track summons the creator-being who parts the mists of the mindstream to briefly reveal- With our thoughts, we make the world.

20 Ways to Be More Positive

There is a lot of negativity these days. With a rise in the Omicron variation of Covid, people around the world are naturally concerned that life could grind to a halt. But protections from the omicron Covid are the same ones we all have lived with for so many months already. Do not succumb to fear, uncertainty and doubt. The world will keep spinning. The sun will rise. Do not let the shadows cover your inner light. Shine with positivity for yourself and for others. Here are twenty simple ways to be more positive.

Think positively

Rid yourself of toxic thoughts

Don’t assume the worse

Overcome regret

Be optimistic

Start with positivity

Focus on the good things

Laugh more

Transform negative self-talk into positive self-talk

Focus on the present

Recognize the positives in your life

Savor the good times

Generate positivity (watch fun videos, listening to uplifting music, read inspirational writing…)

Resist joining in other’s negativity

Learn from mistakes

Integrate positive vocabulary into your life

Accept what you cannot change

Acknowledge your efforts

Don’t label yourself, or allow others to

Keep a Journal

Read Unboxing Your Soul

In this book there are over one hundred reflections in five sections through progressively deeper layers of the Self: Self-Expression, Self-Esteem, Self-Awareness, Self-Actualization, and Self-Transcendence. There are nearly one hundred fifty inspirational quotes and terms to encourage your journey. Additionally, there are two hundred tips for improving your life from general wellness to transcendence. I sincerely wish you peace and happiness on your journey. Everyone’s journey is different, but the broad steps are similar.

On Einstein’s Theory of Happiness

A quiet and modest life brings more joy than a pursuit of success bound with constant unrest. – Albert Einstein

Back in 1922, Albert Einstein was giving a series of lectures in Japan. He had just been awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in November, 1921. While staying at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, a courier delivered a message to Einstein. As is the custom, the courier refused a tip, but Einstein wanted to thank the man. He wrote two notes and signed them, saying something to the effect that I hope if you are lucky these will be worth much more than a tip. One note was the quote above and has been called Einstein’s Theory of Happiness. In 2017, the note sold for around $1.5 million. Although that amount is astounding, the advice is priceless.

In a word, Einstein’s Theory of Happiness boils down to a single word – contentment. There are many variations on the them of “happiness”. There are momentary satisfactions such as hearing a birdsong or enjoying a favorite food. If your life is marked by moments of momentary happiness you might experience a profound sense of emptiness as you mature. Chasing after dreams or doing the “right thing” can certainly make one happy. Feeling as if you have enjoyed a rich life, however you define it, can bring about great satisfaction. As you can see, happiness is not one size fits all. And, as Einstein said, it is the pursuit of so-called success and constant unrest which inhibit the true the joy of living.

Leading up to my agonizing divorce, at this time of year thirty years ago, I was forced to make a series of heart-wrenching decisions. The prologue to that tragic opera are far too personal to share. In the end, I told my ex-wife she could take everything except the refrigerator and our kids, ages three, five and seven at the time. She left us to pursue, as she said – her “happiness”. The day after the divorce I woke to find all three kids had climbed into bed with me. They did this often over the following months. For years, in order to be a successful single parent, I tried to live, as Einstein said a quiet and modest life. I slept on a busted living room couch for over fifteen years, so my kids could each have the privacy they needed. In the darkness of our quiet home, I would puzzle over the twists and turns of the journey we were on, knowing one day our paths would have to diverge. And those days were both the most painful and joyful of all. As the poet Rilke once wrote – “The only journey is the one within”.

True success cannot be defined by others since the scale of success is unique to each individual. Yes there are those who have obvious financial success such as Elon Musk. And millions are dedicated to following the minutia of celebrities’ lives. But does their fame grant them access to some higher level of happiness? No. Don’t measure your happiness against their perceived success. Stop and think for a moment about the times you have said, “If only I had…”. But you didn’t. That path was erased after the next step. Take time this weekend to take stock of your life and the things you can change for the better and those you cannot. Change gives you the sense of what is known as “agency” in psychology. Life is change and how a person deals with change greatly influences their contentment.

To bring this back to Einstein, he once said, When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. And that essentially is one of the keys to unlocking happiness. One’s viewpoint, positive or negative, directly impacts their potential for happiness. Life is ever-changing and happiness ever-present if you can change the way you look at things. Peace and Happiness.

Accepting Impermanence

Poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen. – Leonardo da Vinci

I am creating an entirely new type of poetry. Poetry illuminates my life with tints of stardust. I hope you enjoy my new genre of poetry. There’s more to come.

Poem 01

[Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present – Albert Camus]

Impermanent mortal bodies sheathing transitory life

Are but astral ephemeron

Borrowed from infinity for short-term use

[… The paragon of animals…the quintessence of dust… ]

Oh sacred children born from Eternity

Whose souls can manifest immutable love

But instead are desperate to resist annihilation through acquisitions

Clamor for the past

Claw at the veil of mortality as it slips away

Howling whirlwinds of oblivion

Reduce all to evanescent dust in the end

Remember: You didn’t come into this world / You came out of this world

Recall: You didn’t awaken inthis world / You are awakened by this world

Realize: Spinning outward dissipates/ Turning inward accumulates

Recognize: Our minds’ are the pivots of perception

[Ukeireru – The art of acceptance through awareness of the self and others. The potential for change grows when one accepts reality]

[May you live every day of your life. – Jonathan Swift]

The soul’s liberation

Flows from acceptance

Embrace impermanence

Change forever

FUD – Fear Uncertainty and Doubt

Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty.Jacob Bronowski

Human history can be measured according to technological advances: Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age; or revolutions: Industrial, Computer, Information. The world has entered a new Age – the Crypto Age. And the revolution began with the It from the Bitcoin.

The original creation of Bitcoin was partially in response to the 2007-2008 Financial Crisis. But Bitcoin’s genesis was rooted in far wider sociological issues. Satoshi Nakamotois the pseudonym of the person (or persons) who wrote the original Bitcoin white paper and who first deployed Bitcoin. Satoshi is credited with being the creator of Bitcoin.

A lot of people automatically dismiss e-currency as a lost cause because of all the companies that failed since the 1990’s. I hope it’s obvious it was only the centrally controlled nature of those systems that doomed them.Satoshi Nakamoto

Bitcoin’s emergence was a big bang event for global socio-economic systems. The coming collisions between the centralized and the decentralized systems will potentially bring about increased economic freedom spirally off in all directions like subatomic particles of crypto-spacetime.

At the start of the path, a lot of traditional media outlets and mainstream financial institutions have tried to create doubt about the safety of cryptocurrency through fearmongering. This negative energy impacts individuals’ confidence in the markets overall. This behavior earned the acronym FUD. Fear Uncertainty and Doubt.

The level of FUD rises whenever there is increased uneasiness and unpredictability. Because it is the big dog in the crypto arena, larger than usual fluctuations in Bitcoin’s price creates corresponding levels of FUD. It is critical to stay calm during such chaotic times.

To help overcome Fear Uncertainty and Doubt read my book – The Tao of Crypto. Free on Cyber Monday – November 29.