Welcome to Sanctuary


When I speak this word aloud in a whisper, I feel the vibe of sanctity, and the vibe itself feels sacred to me. Fortunately for all of us, the meaning of this word has reached beyond its religious and political roots to include any space that can be cultivated with sacred intent for private use.

Such a space can be metaphysical (a dreamscape for lucid dreamers), physical (a place in the home), or psychological (a refuge within the heart of soul). Perhaps this latter type of space is what Jesus Christ had in mind when he spoke to his disciples of “the kingdom of God within” . . .

neither shall they say, lo here! or, lo there! for, behold,
the kingdom of God is within you ~ Luke 17:21 (K J V)

In the religious literature, and in accounts of the near-death experience, mention is made of three cities, kingdoms, or realms of love and light, each one more ethereal than the next. In the celestial realm, souls have access to guidance, not only to the Holy Spirit and to ascended masters, but to the conscience of God itself, having passed their earthly exams with flying colors.

In the realm below ~ the terrestrial realm ~ guidance is restricted to the Holy Spirit and ascended masters, whereas the Holy Spirit is the only guidance available in the lowest realm, to those more to less prone to lying, cheating, and stealing. Beyond these realms of light, in darkness, reside clusters of the damned ~ souls given wholly to fixations of fear, anger, or sorrow.

We can all see, if we know where to look, evidence of this schema manifesting in our world today, even as this world continues to polarize ever more conspicuously, coming apart at the seams, either in service to self at the expense of other or in service to other at no expense to self.

We are free, however, to exercise faith in a bid to attend, with sacred intent, preferably with inspiration, to that which remains calm and clear, coherent and consistent, which is no small feat given the influence and prevalence of confusion, conflict, and chaos in this world at this time.

We can, in keeping with the teaching of Jesus, go within and bring forth blessings of clarity, composure, and certainty. How have you been going within to bring forth sanctuary?


am I putting most of my time and money into stocks, bonds, and properties?
am I investing time and money mostly in relationships and accomplishments?
or am I carefully cultivating and calibrating a soul of value, virtue, and wisdom?

Which of these commitments do you suppose is most immune to suffering the trials and tribulations of life? Which of these commitments do you suppose cannot abandon you in times of need? The answer, of course, is obvious, even if it’s an answer we don’t like to dwell on for long.

Having said this, where does one even begin to “cultivate and calibrate”?

As it happened, I found my point of departure in Huna Wisdom, but before we go there, let’s drip and drop a few hints as to my intent: first, I will try to get a handle on the human psyche, most notably its structure, but also its substance, in view of “structure determines behavior.”

The term psyche comes from the Greek word psykhe, “the invisible entity that animates a physical body.” The term psychic typically relates to, or denotes, faculties or phenomena that are inexplicable to natural law, especially those involving telepathy or clairvoyance, but for my purposes, I use “psychic” to describe, not only the soul (the psyche), but the life of the soul incarnate.

With a psychic structure, I can then present a psychic blueprint in view of “purpose unifies destiny.”

To wit: what is the meaning of our lives? In other words, why were we even born? More explicitly, and more telling, why were we born to suffer in the light of all that we know about discernment and improvement, enjoyment and fulfillment, as well as contentment and enchantment?

In addressing these questions, I pay special attention to “My Body, My Temple,” in a place where “I need not apologize,” and to “My Word, My Wand,” in a space where “I meet Life with Love and Light.” This place and space are sacred ~ forms of Sanctuary for the soul incarnate.

And yes, of course, there is more, much more, like setting and meeting and manifesting these existential priorities: (1) security and liberty; (2) peace and prosperity; and (3) privacy and sanctuary.

Now let’s turn our attention to some ancient wisdom.

Huna Wisdom is Cosmic Wisdom

In my view, Huna Wisdom is spiritual wisdom that is cosmic in scope, explicable and expressible as a set of seven principles with the power to complement any religious affiliation. I would even go so far as to maintain that these principles transcend and include religious affiliations.

Before I elaborate on these ancient principles with a view towards finding serenity and following serendipity in and out of sanctuary, I invite you to pause and relax into absorbing the import of each of these heavenly principles as it applies to you, your life, and your world at this time.

In taking up the invitation to view and treat these cosmic principles as a mosaic of principles, each one feeding into the other, I would encourage you to be deliberate with your awethentic appreeshiation:

Ike (ee-kay)
Huna Principle 1 : the world is what you think it is

> beautiful, wonderful, fascinating, mysterious, miraculous?
> my thoughts, beliefs, and convictions mean the world to me

Kala (kah-lah)
Huna Principle 2 : there are no limits . . .

> to who I can be, to what I can know, to what I can do, to what I can have!
> in going and growing with the knowing and flowing, anything is possible!

Makia (mah-key-ah)
Huna Principle 3 : energy flows where attention goes

> the more focused the attention, the stronger the attraction
> so “am I going and growing with the knowing and flowing?”

Manawa (mah-nah-wah)
Huna Principle 4 : now is the moment of power

> the past is filled with memories, the future filled with mysteries
> regret and worry remind me that I still have something to learn

Aloha (a-loh-hah)
Huna Principle 5 : to love is to be happy with

> the more at peace I am with what’s in front of me, the easier it’ll be to change
> the more I love my dream, the more it excites me, the easier it’ll be to realize!

Mana (mah-nah)
Huna Principle 6 : all power comes from within

> if I can have and hold a dream, I can make it come true
> if I take the journey, I can let it flow with grace and ease

Pono (poh-noh)
Huna Principle 7 : ‘effective’ . . . is the measure of truth

> it’s the result that counts, not the result of any one plan or technique
> peaceful methods yield peaceful results; what matters is what works

For myself, in giving each of these pithy principles their due, I find that I am left with no excuses whatsoever in generating, perpetuating, and celebrating extraordinary experiences of reality that eventually add up to an extraordinary life of uncommon enjoyment and fulfillment.

Next, I invite you to personalize each of these principles with this qualification: “except when I . . .”.

Here’s what I came up with for myself: the world is what I think it is . . . except when I resist or insist; there are no limits . . . except when I forget that this is so; energy flows where attention goes . . . except when I still the mind, so that ‘energy swells where attention dwells’.

Furthermore, now is the moment of power . . . except when I believe otherwise.

Finally, to love is to be happy with . . . except when I lose sight of the love; all power comes from within . . . except when I begin to assume that even a little power comes from without; and ‘effective’ is the measure of truth . . . except when I begin to lose my mojo and my magic.

The Logos behind these powerful cosmic principles is always already available, wholly accessible only when applied truthfully (“my word is my wand”), wisely and compassionately (Sophos), with and through the use of Story (Mythos): “the Life of my Story is the story of my life.”

These principles rely on ready access to a repository of renewable energy that is psychic in nature (recall what I said about ‘psychic’); they also require a secure channel for finding and guiding this energy, preferably with grace and ease, in the course of living, loving, and learning.


With enough attention paid, the principles of Huna Wisdom inspire awe as much as they inform the psyche, but without a secure channel to tap and tune psychic energy, these principles are dead in the water, so to speak, and so, before substance and style can be added to these principles with mojo and magic, what sort of structure might be constructed to have and keep this psychic energy flowing?

Structure Governs Behavior

Structure governs behavior; more specifically, psychic structure governs psychic behavior.

Just as different types of chairs have different structures that exhibit different types of behavior, so too do souls have different structures that exhibit different types of behavior, and just as chairs have a more-or-less discernible essence, so too do souls have a discernible essence.

The psyche as a whole is made up of many aspects and functions. As I mentioned, I am having the term ‘psychic’ point to matters of the soul incarnate; think of soul in cosmic terms, as a mix of mind and heart, as a repository of emotionally charged memories from all lifetimes.

The structure, substance, and style of a soul is psychological, existential, and experiential.


In view of this comparison, I have two questions for the conduct of my soul: (1) to what extent do I have ease of access to its structure?; and (2) who can I be, and what can I do, with this ease of access to advance the evolution of my soul to accelerate the ascension of my spirit?

In posing these questions, I’ve already given away some clues to the nature of Soul, but I’d be getting ahead of myself if I pointed to these clues now, so let’s rise to the highest perspective, with a bird’s eye view of the structure, by calling attention to what is known as “the Witness.”

The Witness is Your Portal to Perspective

I first published On Being a Witness to my blog over ten years ago in late 2010.

I wrote about the Witness Perspective, the point of view that a witness assumes when faced with any sort of underwhelm or overwhelm. The Witness is a posture assumed by a witness to observe events in the world with detachment in the face of underwhelm or overwhelm.

These events can either be internal (like strong feelings or sensations) or external (like surprises, pleasant or unpleasant). Here, embodiment is key: the body, in serving as a vessel or vehicle, provides a frame of reference by which and through which events in the world can be catalogued with detachment as internal or external in the face of underwhelm or overwhelm.

With ever greater sensitivity, and with practice, I’ve become a witness to myself, my life, and my world through what I have called The Art of Surrender. With this Self as Art, I distinguish between seeing and feeling things as they are, seeing and feeling things as they should be, seeing and feeling things as they could be, and seeing and feeling things as they will be.

With spiritual surrender, I can catalyze or neutralize what is known as the negativity bias, a profound, pervasive bias in the human psyche that has been studied extensively, clinically and scientifically.


I invite you to consider the negativity bias in these terms:

in a primitive milieu, if human beings failed to get a carrot “today,” they could always get one “tomorrow,” but if they ever failed to avoid the almighty stick ~ whack! ~ they might have forever lost their ability to get more carrots, which might explain why human beings tend to . . .

(1) scan for bad news (“what could go wrong?”)

(2) focus so keenly on what is perceived as bad

(3) overreact to what is perceived as bad, like pain or loss (negative experiences with people tend to affect us more deeply than positive ones ~ “Velcro for negative encounters, Teflon for positive encounters”)

(4) move negative experience into memory more quickly than positive (“once burned, twice shy”)

(5) bear the brunt of a most troublesome feature of being human, viz., that painful, stressful experience sensitizes the brain (threat detectors in the brain known as the amygdala) to even more negative experience (through the hormone known as cortisol acting inside the brain); and

(6) be susceptible to succumbing to escalating cycles of conflict in relationship to one another

Spiritual surrender is rarely if ever a passive process because it usually requires receptive, reflective, responsive acts of will, beginning with a willingness to question, when necessary, everyday assumptions and interpretations. Think of this as a gentle inquiry into pure experience.

In the spaciousness of timelessness, what is more true, more pure, more timeless?

Other facets of spiritual surrender include devotion to the One (I need not be what I am not), a realization of Awareness (I can now allow the emergence of “I as I” through which experience can arise and express with and through the “I”), as well as the intensification of Presence.

All of these facets are integral, each serving to feed and fuel the others.

And so, a calm witness is a clear witness: even in the face of overwhelm, a stable, steady witness can almost always tell the difference between internal and external events, and do so with detachment, with a body posing as a vessel for soul, through a body acting as a vehicle for spirit.

Eventually, either as a servant or as master of Creation, the ego becomes ready, willing, and able to switch between playing one or the other of these roles, until it becomes impossible to tell which is which.

The Ego Plays a Vital Role in Life

So far, I’ve identified these aspects of the psyche as a whole: the Witness, the soul and spirit, the body as a vessel for soul, and the body as a vehicle for spirit, but I have yet to draw attention to the ego, whose substance and style play a vital (vitalizing and revitalizing) role in life.

In spiritual circles, the ego continues to be maligned and scapegoated as obsessive and compulsive, aggressive and regressive, constrictive and restrictive, or even too protective and supportive for its own good, but for me, the ego is central to living and loving a healthy, happy life.

As the ego allies itself with the Witness by paying close attention to the intention, at rest or in flow, with or without inspiration, the ego becomes stronger and more sure, even as and when it meets and greets everyone and everything with and through an attitude of friendly curiosity. I call this “the egoic blissipline of cultivating, calibrating, and celebrating goodness, kindness, and sweetness.”


In keeping with this discipline, the ego (ideally) moves like a switch between the soul and the spirit by way of the Witness. It’s not uncommon, however, for the ego to feel (a) constrained by a lifeless soul, (b) distracted by a loveless spirit, or (c) dissociated from one or both of these ~ all of which offer learning opportunities for “going and growing with the knowing and flowing.”

In light of these observations, I invite you to ponder this simple psychic structure:

body (as vessel) < > soul (contains energy) < Witness > spirit (conveys energy) < > body (as vehicle)

The energy of soul is potential energy; the energy of spirit is kinetic energy. A central agency (the ego) is required to (1) tap into the potential energy, even as it serves to guide the kinetic energy, and (2) guide the kinetic energy, even as it serves to tap into the potential energy.

Note also the centrality of the Witness as a mediator between soul and spirit. In tandem with the Witness, the mature ego is the sole arbiter of where and when and how it acts, or reacts, in relation to the soul and spirit, and therefore in relation to the potential and kinetic energy.

In other words, when the soul is wholly at rest and (ideally) at peace, or when the spirit is fully in flow and (ideally) in bliss, the ego is nowhere to be seen, and has nowhere to go. These egoless experiences of contentment and enchantment obtain in one of two mutually exclusive ways:

egolessness as enlightenment (contentment)
energy swells where attention dwells in the body as a vessel for the soul at rest and (ideally) at peace

egolessness as empowerment (enchantment)
energy flows where attention goes for the body as a vehicle for the spirit in flow and (ideally) in bliss

Now let’s see how these states can be incorporated into a life lived well and good.

Objective Reality < > Subjective Reality

Have you ever seen one of those reversible figures where, one moment you see a vase, and the next moment you see the outlines of two faces gazing eternally into each other’s eyes? As these images switch back and forth, you might even begin to wonder how this is even possible.

I mean, there you are, and there they are, switching back and forth, but here’s the thing: one or your perspectives assumes separation between you and it, between subject and object; another perspective assumes no separation whatever between you and it, between subject and object.

With separation comes objectification, which is not necessarily a bad thing; with seamless integration comes subjectification, which is also not necessarily a bad thing. The first, objectification, is very satisfying to the ego; the second, subjectification, is very satisfying to the witness.

In the tunnels of time, which is more true, more pure, more timely? The ego says . . . “why, objectification of course!” And in the spaciousness of timelessness, which is more true, more pure, more timeless? The witness pulls back, laughs, and says . . . “why, subjectification of course!”

A word, if I may, about subjectification: submersion ~ shorthand for subjective immersion ~ is a more forgiving way of saying subjectification, and is in contrast to objectification, the process of (a) treating people as instruments of value, or (b) treating objects as representational.

With respect to (a), one can treat one’s self, one’s body, or one’s life as instrumentally valuable (in contrast to intrinsically valuable), and with respect to (b), objects of value, like works of art, can be treated representationally for such qualities as peace, love, joy, bliss, grace, ease.

Such works of art need not be representationally restricted to literary or visual pieces, but can also include musical pieces or even performance pieces as seen in film, dance, or theater. Objectification and discrimination: everyone does it, perhaps more than we would like to admit.

Submersion, on other hand, offers a welcome alternative ~ not a substitute, just an alternative. With submersion, one can allow one’s self, as a witness, to be embraced by magic, mystery, and miracle, where “going and growing with the knowing and flowing” is par for the course.

But how does one forgo the ego and become a willing witness to spaciousness and timelessness?

Enter Timelessness via Measures of Meaning

When it comes to gauging motivation and momentum, measures of meaning are superior to units of time. A string of meaningful experiences can easily maintain motivation and momentum; spending hours in and of itself to finish a project or a report, for example, is not all that meaningful, but if enough measures of meaning can be realized, any amount of time spent can feel quite fulfilling.

Consider this heuristic . . .

“Attempting to ______ for X ______ (hours, days, weeks, months) makes me tired just thinking about it, but doing A, B, C energizes and excites me, even if it ends up taking X+ ____ (hours, etc) to complete. What a difference this makes to my enjoyment of the experience!”

I invite you, in mulling over this framework, to lend some credence to bypassing any insistence on being a servant to time, or even a steward of time, and instead, in view of rest and flow, motivation and momentum, apply measures of meaning to your desired results and outcomes.

Any process of inquiry or discovery that I undertake is bookended from Alpha (desire, intention) to Omega (fulfillment, completion), between which a possibility space opens up ~ a possibility space that can be filled with measures of meaning in lieu of, or on top of, units of time.

As an example, this post I’m writing is beginning to look more like a book, which offers me a choice: I could write one very long post, and if I do, it would be prudent of me to treat sections of this post as my measures of meaning. I have a desire to keep moving forward with this post and so I would make it my intention to reach fulfillment and completion one section at a time.

On the other hand, I could write and publish this post as a book, in which case, it would be prudent of me to treat chapters of this book as my measures of meaning. That is to say, I would make it my intention to reach fulfillment with the completion of this book one chapter at a time.

Of course, I could do both: publish a post (or page) and then elaborate it as a book.

With a renewable emphasis on cultivating and calibrating measures of meaning in my life, I begin to shine and rise above preoccupations with time, with serving my time, with feeling pressured by time, or with knowing (or not knowing) whether I’ve become a master of my time.

Now what of soul and spirit in relation to the witness and ego?

Soul and Spirit: Ekos Sacred, Eros Divine

I can draw upon the fact that my body is naturally inclined to either rest or move, and so it follows that my body harbors two mutually exclusive aims: where my body serves as a vessel for soul to contain the energy of soul so as to contemplate, cultivate, and calibrate quality, my body also serves as a vehicle for spirit to convey the energy of spirit to generate, perpetuate, and celebrate vitality.

Two examples: (1) as I write this post, I am called to pause and reflect, allowing inspiration to arise as it wills, giving me ideas and suggestions that I would never have otherwise entertained; and (2) I feel called to dance my way into a space of delight after completing this section.

In light of these examples, consider, as a summation of personal reality, this prescriptive algorithm:


my experience of reality = quality of encounter + vitality of experience


my soul would do well to contemplate, cultivate, and calibrate quality


my spirit would do well to generate, perpetuate, and celebrate vitality

With respect to the body, especially with respect to its sensuous, amorous, erotic, sensual, and sexual capacities for intimacy and ecstasy, the human psyche can get a conceptual handle on its embodiment and expressivity: where a soul is at rest with cultivating and calibrating quality through encounter, the spirit is in flow with perpetuating and celebrating vitality with experience.

In this moment, I need only pause, breathe, and relax to welcome the heart of my soul, to become intimate with quality of encounter; in this moment, I need only move, flow, and “bliss out” to receive and release the soul of my spirit, to become ecstatic with vitality of experience.

a soul at rest is a soul at peace; a spirit in flow is a spirit in bliss
with intimacy, a soul sacralizes; for ecstasy, a spirit specializes!
if Ekos is the sacred breath of life, Eros is the divine spark of life

Ekos Sacred, Eros Divine

But at what point do “I” ~ the healthy, hearty, happy ego in tandem with the Witness ~ make the switch from soul to spirit, from peace to bliss, from quality to vitality, from resting to flowing, from encounter to experience, from contentment to enchantment, from intimacy to ecstasy?

And, at what point do “I” come back to the heart of my soul?

I wonder: at what point do I care to be informed through the heart of soul and at what point do I care to be inspired through the soul of spirit? On the verge of a switch, dare I let it be or dare I make it so? To press the point further, how do I know I’m living my life with passion on purpose? At what point do I feel and sense that my deep Now is pure and perfect ~ that is, fulfilled and fulfilling?

Coherence, Congruence, Consistency

Dare we live our lives with coherence, congruence, and consistency?

That is, dare we live our lives with psychological, moral, and spiritual integrity?

Here’s what I mean when I say coherence, congruence, and consistency:

coherence < being, knowing, feeling (psychology) : be . . . know . . . feel (as a soul)
congruence < knowing, feeling, doing (morality) : know . . . feel . . . do (as an ego)
consistency < feeling, doing, having (spirituality) : feel . . . do . . . have (as a spirit)

cycles forward into . . .

coherence < doing, having, being (psychology) : do . . . have . . . be (as a soul)
congruence < having, being, knowing (morality) : have . . . be . . . know (as an ego)
consistency < being, knowing, feeling (spirituality) : be . . . know . . . feel (as a spirit)

cycles forward into . . .

coherence < knowing, feeling, doing (psychology) : know . . . feel . . . do (as a soul)
congruence < feeling, doing, having (morality) : feel . . . do . . . have (as an ego)
consistency < doing, having, being (spirituality) : do . . . have . . . be (as a spirit)

cycles forward into . . .

coherence < having, being, knowing (psychology) : have . . . be . . . know (as a soul)
congruence < being, knowing, feeling (morality) : be . . . know . . . feel (as an ego)
consistency < knowing, feeling, doing (spirituality) : know . . . feel . . . do (as a spirit)

cycles forward into . . .

coherence < feeling, doing, having (psychology) : feel . . . do . . . have (as a soul)
congruence < doing, having, being (morality) : do . . . have . . . be (as an ego)
consistency < having, being, knowing (spirituality) : have . . . be . . . know (as a spirit)

cycles forward into . . . (completes the circuit)

coherence < being, knowing, feeling (psychology) : be . . . know . . . feel (as a soul)
congruence < knowing, feeling, doing (morality) : know . . . feel . . . do (as an ego)
consistency < feeling, doing, having (spirituality) : feel . . . do . . . have (as a spirit)

1) soul, ego, and spirit have their own ways of being, knowing, feeling, doing, having
2) psychic integrity applies to the state of a soul as a whole (be, know, feel, do, have)

I start with being and end with having, and so, it seems that being and having are the Alpha Omega of being-having, of be-having, of behaving, and so when I behave myself, I behave with integrity. Not only am I full of being, I am filling with having; I full-fill a purpose, and I full-fill my purpose with presence, promise, and passion by behaving coherently, congruently, and consistently.

Coherence is clarity, congruence is clarity, consistency is clarity. As I continue to observe how I behave, I become clear about what I believe, and as I continue to be clear about what I believe, I become clear about how to be-have in a bid to feel ever more alive, awake, aware, and alert.

And so, being never ends with having for is it not true that having feeds back into being?

This circularity of being and having, of be-having and be-coming, is a crucial feature of moving from subject to sovereign, from subjectivity to sovereignty, from subjective reality to sovereign reality in view of that reversible figure known as subjective reality and objective reality.

Is this circular movement not about cultivating more capacity (coherently), more complexity (congruently), and more capability (consistently), with more presence, more promise, more passion in service to a purpose in life in terms of the evolution of soul and the ascension of spirit?

What if I chose to cooperate with this evolution and ascension?

And how would this cooperation look, sound, and feel?


The ultimate challenge in life is to confront and transform the negativity bias, a pronounced bias in the human psyche to scan for bad news; to focus on what is perceived as bad, like pain or loss; to overreact to what is perceived as bad; and to remember bad more easily than good.

It also doesn’t help any of us that painful, stressful experiences sensitize (and de-sensitize) the human nervous system to more of the same, and that human nervous systems are so very susceptible to succumbing to vicious, escalating cycles of conflict in relationship to one another.

To meet this challenge, and to meet it well, requires a willingness to embrace these two aims: (1) awaken the heart of soul to grace through the integration of growth and gratitude (enlightenment), and (2) empower the spirit with courage and generosity to grow and flow with ease.

This dual purpose is equipped to unify a cosmic destiny, and this purpose is best realized, I have found, with a blueprint for the psyche, for the care of soul incarnate in the realization of Soul as a whole. Where the care of soul is the care of soul as an anchor for spirit, the care of Soul as a whole is the care of Soul as a sphere of influence, which includes the spirit.

In light of this purpose, I offer these distinctions for clarification:

soul, as an anchor for spirit: energy swells where attention dwells
spirit, as an expression of soul: energy flows where attention goes

In essence, the Soul (Psyche) as a whole is a composite of body, mind, heart, soul, and spirit, where the body as vessel seeks to embody as peace and love, where the body as vehicle seeks to explore and express as joy and bliss, and where the ensuing integration and application of soul and spirit ideally yield grace and ease, respectively. Here’s the relevant heuristic:

body as vessel + body as vehicle => peace and love + joy and bliss => grace + ease

Now let’s chunk this down even further.

Purpose Unifies Destiny (With a Psychic Blueprint)

The following psychic blueprint is comprised of four essential guidelines for the Psyche, two of which apply to soul and two of which apply to spirit; the first two guidelines concern themselves with loving and trusting; the second two concern themselves with caring and giving:

religious imperatives

1) in loving, I embody a pure love of self with grace and ease
2) in trusting, I cultivate a pure space to live at peace with love

note 1: “a pure love of self” projects as “a pure of love of care”
note 2: “a pure space to live” can be internal or external, or both

spiritual imperatives

3) in caring, I engender a pure path to joy in awe and wonder
4) in giving, I alchemize a pure lust for life from joy to bliss

note 3: in caring (for and about feelings, conditions, situations)
note 4: the natural imperative to give can be clarified as follows:

I give and receive through courage, in a spirit of generosity,
for it is my joy to alchemize a lust for life into a state of bliss;
in giving, I alchemize a pure lust for life from joy to bliss

wholistic imperative
bonus: toggle between these two sets of guidelines, as required

The ramifications of following this blueprint are quite telling: if I’m unduly preoccupied with safety and security, then I’m at risk of not living a full and fulfilling life, or if I’m unduly preoccupied with peace and love, then I’m at risk of not living a spiritually inspired life, and if I’m unduly preoccupied with joy and bliss, then I’m at risk of living inside a spiritual bubble. By the same token, the dominant theme of a life might involve, or revolve around, coming to terms with confronting issues of safety and security, addressing issues of peace and love, or resolving issues of joy and bliss.

In light of these caveats, the guidance that follows can help find and keep the balance:

for the soul : embody a pure love of self < > cultivate a pure space to live
for the spirit : engender a pure path to joy < > alchemize a pure lust for life

for both : embody, cultivate < > engender, alchemize (toggle, ad infinitum)

True, there is nothing wrong with seeking safety and security, nothing wrong with seeking satiety and satisfaction, nothing wrong with seeking status and significance; there is, however, something wrong with being consumed by any one or more of these avenues of worldly seeking.

To see why, let’s expand our purview of what’s at stake with the priorities that follow:

to survive
to feel secure
to belong

to know and grow
to love and be loved
to feel significant

to grow
with the flow

A lot can be packed into these needs. For example, a need “to be certain” can be absorbed by the need “to know and grow” or a need “to make a contribution” can be taken up by the need “to feel significant.” Note, too, that pleasure and desire are integral to each one of these needs.

Note also the placement of “to survive.” Why is this need at the top? Is there not a danger of some one or some group becoming consumed by a focus on survival? And yet, when you peruse the list as a whole, is it not true that every item, save the first one, depends on the first one?

Note also the order of these priorities. Have they not been arranged in order of urgency? That is, if I meet the needs to survive and to feel secure, can I not then attend to the need to belong? And if I meet the need to know and grow and to love and be loved, can I not then attend to the need to feel significant? And in meeting the need to feel significant, can I not then feel free to grow with the flow?

Furthermore, and this is a key point, is it not true that we all have our own ways and means to meet these needs, in our own time at our own pace, even if they might appear strange to others by consensus? Given the track record of humanity with its seemingly depthless capacities for evil and suffering, can anyone really be judged and blamed for being a little idiosyncratic now and then?

And what of the interplay between subjective and collective need? That is, would there be any point in “going and growing with the knowing and flowing” if I knew without a doubt that the groups to which I belong were subject to measures that threatened their lives and livelihoods?

To give universal meaning to these needs, we need only place them inside a cosmic context:

a cosmic context of practice

enlightenment : awaken the heart of soul to grace in the alignment of gratitude with growth
empowerment : empower the spirit with courage and generosity to grow and flow with ease

reinforcement : when in doubt, be _______________________________________

be true, be wise, be free . . . be sincere, be honest, be integrous . . . be wise, be compassionate

This schema offers a way to infuse need with meaning, with relevance and significance from a cosmic point of view, which, as we saw, is held by the principles of Huna Wisdom. Think of this fundamental relationship as a context of basic practices within a context of basic principles.

First, I contemplate the basic principles, and then, I contemplate the basic practices in light of these basic principles. From there, I revisit the needs to see which one requires my immediate attention, while keeping in mind that they all require my attention at one time or another.


ike : the world is what I think it is
kala : there are no limits
makia : energy flows where attention goes
manawa : now is the moment of power
aloha : to love is to be happy with
mana : all power comes from within
pono : ‘effective’ . . . is the measure of truth


enlightenment : awaken the heart of soul to grace in the alignment of gratitude with growth
empowerment : empower the spirit with courage and generosity to grow and flow with ease


to survive
to feel secure
to belong

to know and grow
to love and be loved
to feel significant

to grow
with the flow


security, liberty

peace, prosperity

privacy, sanctuary

The fourth section is simply a shorthand for need in the context of practice. Each pair serves as a context for each set of needs. So, for example, survival, a sense of security, and a sense of belonging can be viewed in a context of ensuring security and liberty, while knowing, growing, loving, and feeling significant can be viewed in a context of attending to peace and prosperity.

So, which of these needs, if any, require immediate attention?

What makes a response to this question so complicated is the urgency of another question: whose attention? My attention? Your attention, and therefore my attention? Their attention, and therefore my attention? Their attention, and therefore our attention? Again, whose attention?

Which need, and who are the stakeholders of attention in any given interaction, situation, or transaction? Depending on the complexity of the stakeholder map, my own attention might matter little to the outcome, but then again, it might matter more than I could possibly imagine.

What I find so very interesting about the matter of need is that a focus on a higher-order need could very well help me meet a lower-order need. So, for example, if I feel that my focus is too much on feeling significant, I could bump it up a bit: what must I do now to grow with the flow?

Or, what if my focus is too much on growing with the flowing?

Perhaps my relationship with need overall lies on a continuum of perceived urgency, in which case, a number on a scale of 0 to 10, where 0 “feels not at all urgent” and 10 “feels extremely urgent” could be assigned to each need. To wit: how urgent, in this moment, is my perceived need . . .

to survive = 0
to feel secure = 0
to belong = 0

to know and grow = 0
to love and be loved = 0
to feel significant = 0

to grow
with the flow = 0

Here, no perceived urgency is indicated in this moment to meet any of these needs, but then, it might be wondered, “just how important?” On a scale of 0 to 10, where 0 “feels not at all important” and 10 “feels extremely important,” just how important, in this moment, is the need . . .

to survive = 0, 0
to feel secure = 0, 0
to belong = 0, 0

to know and grow = 0, 0
to love and be loved = 0, 0
to feel significant = 0, 0

to grow
with the flow = 0, 0

Are all of these zeroes making you feel uncomfortable? I mean, could this be the profile of a spiritual nihilist who has lost all interest in making a mark on this world? But then again, could this profile belong to one who has approached if not realized the ultimate in personal fulfillment?

In light of these questions, consider this schema of priorities . . .

a deadline or crisis? > urgent and important > just do it

future growth and development > not urgent but important > plan

a distraction with a deadline? > urgent but not important > delegate

a frivolous distraction? > not urgent, not important > eliminate

We have one of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s college professors to thank for these priorities, and we have Stephen R. Covey to thank for making them popular in his bestseller, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, vis a vis Habit # 3 (First Things First), but they do beg questions.

Working backwards: when the waters are calm, “how well do I eliminate?” In the heat of action, “how well do I delegate?” When all sense of urgency is lost, “how well do I plan my future?” In the midst of crisis, “just how well do I rise to the challenge?” A person of consequence and significance is a juggler of priority: “am I such a person? Do I wish to be? If so, why? If not, why not?”

Only someone who has been driven by a purpose, and by purpose in general, could ever appreciate any one or more of these priorities, as well as these priorities as a whole, but what if, just for the sake of discussion, we drop the schtick of “being driven by purpose in life,” and opt instead for a more relaxed approach to life? How do you suppose such a life would look, sound, and feel?

Let’s start here: a wholly spontaneous life can be and feel very loving, trusting, and caring, where giving and receiving naturally, sensibly, and easily are par for the course. Without a sense of being driven, what distraction? Without a sense of being driven by importance, why plan?

With no sense of urgency around purpose, where’s the deadline or crisis?

In view of these rather unorthodox questions, I nevertheless invite you to consider the following prescription for a life lived and loved without feeling driven by purpose. In mulling its implications for your own life, take careful note of the creative tension generated by the contrast:

soul <-> spirit : peaceful satisfaction <-> blissful dissatisfaction
witness and ego : choose happy now, but keep reaching for more

As you can see, this prescription for finding “sanctuary-on-the-go, sanctuary-in-the-flow” does not do away with purpose, but it does throw a monkey wrench into a purpose-driven life. The upshot of this prescription is to “keep reaching for more,” but the questions go on begging . . .

more of what?

more of who you are

how am I supposed to do that?

by letting what you do come naturally, sensibly, easily, spontaneously, effortlessly from who and where you are

how am I supposed to do that?

by learning to trust your knowing and feeling in every moment

in every moment? how am I supposed to do that?

by becoming intimate with who you are in relation to others

intimate?! how am I supposed to do that?

with awareness, courage, and blisscipline


the blissipline of cultivating, calibrating, and celebrating goodness, kindness, and sweetness, respectively

very poetic, but seriously, how am I supposed to do that?

by cultivating and calibrating a tension between peaceful satisfaction and blissful dissatisfaction

sounds good, but how am I supposed to do that?

with an ongoing review of this psychic blueprint :

in loving, I embody a pure love of self with grace and ease
in trusting, I cultivate a pure space to live at peace with love
in caring, I engender a pure path to joy in awe and wonder
in giving, I alchemize a pure lust for life from joy to bliss

for the soul : embody a pure love of self < > cultivate a pure space to live
for the spirit : engender a pure path to joy < > alchemize a pure lust for life
for both : embody, cultivate < > engender, alchemize (toggle, ad infinitum)

soul <-> spirit : peaceful satisfaction <-> blissful dissatisfaction
witness and ego : choose happy now, but keep reaching for more

I fear that if I follow this blueprint, I won’t always know whether I’m coming or going

but isn’t that the point?

if I always knew whether I was coming or going, what would be the point?


so can I tweak this blueprint to suit myself?

of course

can I go back to feeling driven by purpose?

if you keep finding your sweet spot in every moment, you won’t need to do that

This fictional dialogue poses some really good questions about finding and following the bliss of M&M (motivation and momentum). So how do we keep finding our sweet spots from one moment to the next, and in so doing, find sanctuary wherever we happen to be in the moment?

The Key to Sanctuary

may I find the serenity to accept and to appreciate what I cannot change,
the courage to change what I can, and the wisdom to know the difference

Let us suppose that the key to sanctuary is a skillset, one that can be summoned in the moment and applied spontaneously and responsively with grace and ease. Let us further suppose that the skills in this skillset can be summoned and applied coherently, congruently, and consistently.

Here’s a snapshot of the skills, along with a case study to make sense of them:

intuit : what needs my attention now? who can I be, and what can I do, here and now? (address the gap between being receptive in the midst of passivity and being assertive in the midst of activity, for is it not true that confusion comes from assertion in the midst of chaos or conflict?)

intend : in the midst of passivity, I can be receptive to intention to clear confusion, but in the midst of activity, what must I do (psychologically), what should I do (morally), or what can I do (spiritually) in the midst of chaos or conflict to clear confusion with intention to move forward?

inform : am I open to learning more about what to do even at the risk of bringing more chaos or conflict into my life?

inspire : am I open to growing with the flowing, notwithstanding any chaos, conflict, or confusion that might arise?

case study

intuit : what needs my attention now? I don’t feel so good: I feel more tired than usual, I don’t feel as motivated, inspired, and energized as I usually do, and I sense I ate something in my dinner last night that is making me feel less than my best, so who can I be, what can I do?

I can put on some soothing sounds from nature to help me stay calm and be curious; I can inquire: what can I do here and now to address and resolve these feelings? I can be still to welcome the best of intentions, and I can now welcome the best method to resolve these feelings

I now realize that the best way to resolve these feelings is to . . . rest, relax, relieve, release, restore, renew, refresh, rejoice, and return

intend : I now allow myself to . . . rest, relax, relieve, release, restore, renew, refresh, rejoice, and return

inform : I remain open to learning more about resolving the feelings that keep me down or hold me back

inspire : I remain open to going and growing with the knowing and flowing of caring for all of my feelings

In view of this analysis, let’s be honest with ourselves: how well do I intuit what needs doing now? How well do I intend clarity, harmony, and serenity in the midst of chaos, conflict, and confusion? And how open am I to being informed and inspired as and when I know I need to be?

In view of these questions, how cognizant am I of the complexity involved?

I can do this! but I could do this, but I must do this, so I should do this . . . !

recall: ‘must’ is psychological; ‘should’ is moral, ‘can’ and ‘could’ are spiritual

I put it to you now: knowing what you do about Huna Wisdom; psychic structure; the nature of reality; measures of meaning; Ekos sacred, Eros divine; coherence, congruence, and consistency; having a psychic blueprint for life; enlightenment and empowerment; basic human needs; the need for principles, practices, and priorities; peaceful satisfaction and blissful dissatisfaction; and the key to sanctuary . . .

  • what can I do now?
  • what could I do now?
  • what must I do now?
  • what should I do now?

In view of this snapshot of skills, in view of the questions posed, and in view of the complexity involved, I am given to wonder: just how positively sensitive am I in my relationship to chaos, conflict, and confusion? And just how susceptible am I to the objects of this relationship?

You may wish to explore these questions now, or you may want to wait until after I’ve covered the two sections that follow, which I’ve entitled My Body, My Temple (an exploration of personal boundaries) and My Word, My Wand (the cultivation of impeccability as a primary virtue).


At rest, in the care and comfort of a sacred space, arises a perception of “my body, my temple.” More precisely, a perception of “my body, my comfort; my body, my choice; my body, my temple,” all of which speak to encounters with dignity, integrity, and sanctity, respectively.

Is the Human Body a Computer?

Under the guise of a contagion, the body human is presently being subjected to a number of injectable concoctions purported to induce artificial immunity against infection through a process known as pathogenic priming. The overall officially recorded results have not been pretty.

The numbers of injuries and fatalities in the wake of these injections have been unusually high (and these are just the reported numbers), and as the numbers continue to rise in the wake of these injections, the adverse events continue to be whitewashed across all mainstream media.

Speculation as to reasons why are ramping up (greater profits? stealth war? depopulation? the not-so-great reset? world government?), even as the illegal mandates to coerce, directly or indirectly, the administration of these injections are growing ever more intrusive and restrictive.

Lives and livelihoods are being lost; lives and lifestyles are being constricted.

Too many remain unaware that their human rights are being egregiously violated; they can no longer function in society, feed their families, or travel without a passport. As they quietly continue to be injured, disabled, and murdered, one might wonder: why the docile response?

Are they being sold into slavery? Are they being paid to look the other way?

Those who refuse the jab (the pure bloods) are getting blamed and shamed for the rising numbers by those who keep lining up to take the jabs (the plug bloods), but the pure bloods are beginning to realize that the plug bloods are in deep trouble. Talk about cognitive dissonance.

The key element in the pathogenic priming is a spike protein, artificially created to mimic the real deal. Only thing is, it’s presence in the body human is invasive and pervasive, causing all manner of pathology, including blood clots, heart conditions, and multiple organ failures.

But it’s actually worse than this ~ much, much worse.

The bodies of injectees, depending on their constitutions (and this has been studied scientifically in depth with sophisticated tools), are at risk of losing their adaptive immunity, at risk of auto-immunity, at risk of accelerated aging, at risk of serious diseases, and at risk of early death.

The key point here is that the pathogenic priming agent (the Spike) from the jab enters the nuclei of cells, suppresses the mechanism of DNA repair, and leaves the body susceptible to cancer, immunodeficiency, autoimmune disorders, accelerated aging, and premature death.

A potential bonanza for Big Pharma ~ not so good for the body of humanity.

The ploy bloods, in the meantime, have either been spared (no mandate for them) or have been instructed by their handlers to put on a show of solidarity by having saline solutions (placebo vaccines, anyone?) administered on live TV for all the world to see by nurses who know better.

The so-called pandemic is pure theater ~ spellcasting through stagecrafting.

All of this, unfortunately, is being orchestrated in a bid to usher in new world order ~ a technocratic digital prison of 24/7 surveillance made possible by a digital ID that merges personal health and finance under a social credit system of control, i.e., “do as we say, not as we do.”

This is no conspiracy theory; the designs for this technocracy are very well documented, and the implementation and administration of these designs are well under way.

Fortunately, the tide seems to be turning away from designs for a new world order. The people of Australia are rising up and showing the entire world what it means to fight for freedom. The same is happening in Europe and North America. In the U.S. of A., governors of certain states are pushing back against federal mandates; sheriffs in certain counties are refusing to enforce said mandates.

Machinations touted by power lusters in media and government are being exposed.

Unfortunately, the tsunami of injuries and fatalities that is coming in the months to come (and for years to come if the booster shots continue) will, in all likelihood, be blamed on those who have refused the jab, putting further pressure on the pure bloods to “get with the program.”

In view of this preamble, we have every right to treat the body with the respect that it deserves, and therefore with sacred intent. Whether we’ve allowed ourselves to get the jab or not, the body is not a machine that can be programmed like a computer (sorry, Mr. Gates, it just ain’t so).

Now let’s turn our attention to the true meaning of “My Body, My Temple.”

My Body, My Temple

Over the centuries, the body human has been given a bad rap, what with its libidinous (and, some would say, “evil”) urges and impulses, but as we have seen with the backing of a psychic blueprint, a new and pure relation is possible with whatever occurs, both from within and without.

This relation is, most fundamentally, one of flexibility with and for the Soul as a Whole, which includes the body, from a witness perspective. With this perspective, one can then address and assess, not only mundane matters, but matters of sanctity (of the soul) and divinity (of the spirit).

In mundane terms, the body is a practical instrument of the will to power, but as I’ve already mentioned, the body can also be construed as a vessel of sanctity (a sacred vessel) for the intimate soul at rest, as well as a vehicle of divinity (a divine vehicle) for the ecstatic spirit in flow.

Like the world, where “the world is what you think it is,” so too with the body: “the body is what you think it is.” For example, is it a servant or a slave? Is it an instrument of the sacred, the mundane, or the divine? Is it a source of evil or is it a source of truth, beauty, and goodness?

Truth be told, and why not tell it, the body ~ your body ~ is what you think it is.

With the body, we can choose to em-body a pure love of self with grace and ease. In other words, depending on who we choose to be, on what we choose to know, on how we choose to feel, on what we choose to do, on what we choose to have, we can choose to project a pure love of care.

A pure love of self becomes a pure love of care ~ both in service to self and in service to other.

There need not be any dichotomy here.

With a body, from a witness perspective, a core of loving gives way to trusting, which gives way to caring, which gives way to giving ~ all of the essentials of living, loving, learning, and lusting are covered.

I allow peak experiences of trusting, caring, and giving to arise and express naturally, effortlessly, and spontaneously in creative, constructive, productive, therapeutic, intellectual, aesthetic, athletic, mystical, magical, sensuous, amorous, erotic, sensual, sexual, and orgasmic ways.

Now imagine four concentric circles: in loving, I embody a pure love of self with grace and ease; in trusting, I cultivate a pure space to live at peace with love; in caring, I engender a pure path to joy in awe and wonder; and in giving, I alchemize a pure lust for life from joy to bliss.

Furthermore, at the heart of my soul, I can toggle between “I embody a pure love of self” and “I cultivate a pure space to live,” and in the soul of my spirit, I can toggle between “I engender a pure path to joy” and “I alchemize a pure lust for life” ~ I can even toggle between soul and spirit.

From a witness perspective, with the ego as my servant, I can choose happy now at peace with satisfaction, even as I keep reaching for more of who I am through blissful dissatisfaction, all the while keeping tabs on my need to rest, relax, relieve, release, restore, renew, refresh, and rejoice.

for the sake of enlightenment
I awaken the heart of soul to grace in the alignment of gratitude with growth

for the sake of empowerment
I empower the spirit with courage and generosity to grow and flow with ease

All the while remaining ever mindful of the human endeavors to embrace security and liberty; peace and prosperity; privacy and sanctuary; and of my own deep need to survive, to feel secure, to belong, to know and grow, to love and be loved, to feel significant, to grow with the flow.

In view of this psychic blueprint, we can stop apologizing for who we are; we can finally relax into sensitivity and vulnerability, and heed the wisdom of the most sensitive and vulnerable among us . . .

I need not apologize . . .

for my thoughts and feelings ~ for having them and/or expressing them
for having cushy boundaries that safeguard dignity, respect, and civility
for saying “no” and “no thank you” in the face of tyrannical expectations

for feeling emotional, even if this means shedding tears of joy or sorrow
for taking a break when and where appropriate, and even when I need it
for requesting clarity when I don’t grok something that seems important

for how others behave, or conduct themselves, in a public sphere or space
for making, or aiming to make, a change for the better, or for being better
for not finding agreement, or not having an agreement, with some “cause”

for putting myself first when “I can’t be anyone if I’m nothing to myself”
for not settling for less than I deserve, or for less than I know I am worth
for letting go when I know that it’s the right (or best) thing for me to do

for healing and growing, or even growing and flowing, at my own pace

Granted, not everyone is a snowflake, but it’s instructive to bear in mind that there are those among us who are sensitive enough to be attuned to their own vulnerability, that same lovely, lively vulnerability with ready access to love and joy, awe and wonder, contentment and enchantment.

With sensitivity and vulnerability, we can view and treat the body as a sanctuary.

But then, isn’t too much sensitivity a weakness? And isn’t too much vulnerability a weakness? Ah, but could we not then flip the script and ask as follows: isn’t too much insensitivity a weakness? And isn’t too much invulnerability a weakness? When and where do I confront “the other”?

By way of response, let’s turn our attention to impeccability as a virtue.


When I hear the name Marilyn Monroe, I think “generous giver of life and love with hints of the lust for life” before I think of her impeccable appearance, and when I hear the name James Bond, I think “savoir faire beyond compare,” before I think of his impeccable manners.

When a dramatic performance impresses me as impeccable, I think “purity of perfection according to the very highest standards of propriety.” To emphasize this, I would say “flawless” or “faultless” according to the highest standards, not of morality or spirituality, but of propriety.

In an ideal world, meeting the very highest standards of propriety would include and imply meeting the very highest standards of morality and spirituality. Propriety, however, as I think most of us know, need not include or imply either. Think “prissy,” or “prudish,” or “stickler.”

Propriety speaks to appearance, behavior, or performance in context: was it appropriate? was it correct? was it fitting? was it proper? And, to what extent or degree was it appropriate, correct, fitting, or proper? That is to say, was it impeccable? Was it without any fault whatsoever?

Again, impeccability is a social virtue, not a moral or spiritual virtue. I can be honest and speak with integrity until I’m blue in the face, and still not be impeccable with my word. Who is to say that the manner in which I deliver my words is appropriate, correct, fitting, or proper?

The answer seems obvious: only those who are sensitive to context. Any delivery of value can really only ever be governed, guided, and grounded by time and place, and only those who know the time and place, and know them very well, can speak impeccably to matters of propriety.

Now you might be wondering: what has any of this have to do with anything? I myself wonder: what does this have to do with seeking and finding sanctuary impeccably? Before I respond, let me tell you a story.

A Story in a World of Troubles

Once upon a time, a group of people identified as X were pegged as Y and Z.

Which meant, they didn’t measure up: “not enough” and “not good enough.”

According to the tribe, they were too much of this or too much of that, not enough of this or not enough of that. It wasn’t long before they were shunned for being out of sync, and then scorned for not being simpatico, until finally they were persecuted and prosecuted without mercy.

One day, one among their number made a fateful decision, one that would eventually affect the entire world, vowing to rise to the pinnacle of power, even if this meant becoming consumed by the lust for power. Others, of course, joined the cause, and their numbers grew in time.

A tradition grew up around the cause, and over time, a code of “proper” conduct was formed, one that informed and inspired their followers to rise in their power. Except that it wasn’t proper. Not really.

You see, this conduct summoned the Devil ~ that is to say, the Devil’s power.

Now you might be thinking “Ha! I don’t believe in the Devil.”

Well, good for you, but that doesn’t matter, don’t you see?

They believe.

Let that sink in for a moment.

They believe.

So strongly and persistently, in fact, that they grew immeasurably in their power.

What they conceived and believed they achieved.

Today, they own and control almost everything in existence through a tightly knit network of institutions and corporations, but don’t take my word for it; do your own research and see for yourself.

Here’s a hint: Vanguard. Here’s another: Blackrock.

Ah, but can you hear the pissy rejoinder?

“So what if they do control the world? What does that have to do with me?”

Me, me, me.

If you had read my most recent post, you wouldn’t be asking those questions.

Listen, when a group of dark souls rises to the top of the pyramid of power, impeccability becomes a pressing concern, and what better way to impose and enforce impeccability than to generate and perpetuate some very serious catalysts for growth, even if this is not the intention.

Catalysts for growth like a planned pandemic ~ a plan-demic, if you will.

Or a “vaccine.”

Or a “vaccine” mandate.

Or a “passport.”

What kind of passport?

A digital passport that gives you permission to live, love, and learn.

Wait, what? Permission?!

Yes, dear reader, you read that right: permission.

One that leads to a technocracy governed by a system of social credit.

But the story doesn’t end here, unless, of course, you no longer care.

Yes, it’s true that the world as we once knew it is coming to an end, and yes, be cynical, at least a little, enough to grasp what is happening, and yes, be pessimistic if you must, but don’t drown yourself in your pessimism, or your cynicism. And please, don’t lose yourself in fatalism.

If you should need an object lesson, an example of someone who appears to be on the verge of “drowning,” look no further than the comedian George Carlin who, in one of his last performances, proclaimed on stage with a ferocious emphasis: “it’s a Big Club, and you ain’t in it.”

The story still awaits a conclusion, but as you can see, the persecution has come full circle.

What goes around, comes around.

What Mr. Carlin didn’t know was that yet another group of people has been working behind the scenes worldwide for decades to bring down the rulers of this world, one that I hear is coming along well ~ it’s only a matter of time before the relevant history book is written by the victor.

In the meantime, where do we go from here?

That would very much depend on who you mean by “we.”

We, the Elite, or We, the People?

The Big Club has a world to conquer, doing everything in their power to coax, compel, and coerce most everyone to “get with the program,” but more and more are waking up and getting wise to “the program,” pulling themselves up by the bootstraps to create their own programs.

For We, the Elite, it’s all about “Build Back Better.”

For We, the People, it’s all about “Exit and Build.”

Exit is shorthand for “exit the big cities, the ‘smart’ cities,” which are growing more problematic by the day. Build is shorthand for “build new communities of resilient homesteads that don’t rely on centralized systems of food production.” Think instead of “regenerative agriculture.”

Remember what I said about impeccability being a social virtue, not a moral virtue?

Members of the Big Club have always known that time and place are critical pieces for keeping up appearances, but what they might not care to understand is that impeccability, when it lacks honesty or integrity, looks rather different to those with scruples. Said members enjoy “the Art of the Lie,” if you catch my meaning, and they’ve become rather good at making things up as they go.

So let’s enrich our imaginations for evil a little so that we can be a little more discerning.

Under the guise of a pandemic, what with its lockdowns and pushdowns, the most direct route to starving selected populations is to follow this causal link: “no fuel, no fertilizer, no food.” A gradual shutdown of fossil fuels (coal, oil, gas) is one very effective route to mass starvation.

Under the guise of a pandemic, a slow and steady cull of the human herd requires only two methods: (1) a fatal, slow-acting pathogenic priming agent posing as a vaccine, and (2) a scarcity of fuel or fertilizer. In the ensuing chaos and conflict, the culling can be brought to completion.

The booster shots, calibrated for “slow and steady,” would ensure this.

For method 1 to work well, however, different agents of death with different doses administered in different phases of the experiment (and yes, this is an experiment) would have to be implemented under an Emergency Use Authorization, so as to not kill the entire herd in one go.

This, in tandem with a shield of legal liability, which is also in place.

For method 2 to work well, four tactics in tandem would do the trick: (1) interrupt the supply of fuel (and therefore the supply of fertilizer); (2) interrupt the supply of fertilizer (and therefore the supply of food); (3) raise the price of fuel in response to higher demand (and therefore the price of fertilizer); and (4) keep raising the price of fertilizer (and therefore the price of food).

Interestingly, the CCP in China is planning on building many nuclear reactors in the years ahead to offset its reliance on coal. A clear indicator that the Silent War being waged across this planet has come to an end is when “free” energy begins to displace the need for nuclear energy.

I realize this is heavy stuff, but forewarned is forearmed.

A Dark Winter awaits us all ~ dark in the sense that the informed among us don’t really know how all of this is going to play out, and dark in the sense that the informed among us don’t yet know which narrative will ultimately prevail ~ that of We, the Elite, or that of We, the People.

Now let’s get back on the main road to sanctuary with impeccability along for the ride.

My Word, My Wand

I confess: the darkness that pervades this world at this time has, for me, been a potent catalyst for the growth of wisdom in terms of how much attention I’ve been willing to pay to my own thoughts, my words, my actions, my habits, my character, and, ultimately, my own destiny.

I drew on Taoist wisdom to capture this confession as follows:

as I welcome my thoughts, I remain mindful of my words
as I remain mindful of my words, I pay heed to my actions
as I pay heed to my actions, I take heed of my habits
as I take heed of my habits, I give credit to my character
as I give credit to my character, I pay homage to my destiny
as I pay homage to my destiny, I welcome your thoughts
as I welcome your thoughts, I remain mindful of my words

In view of this snapshot, I feel the pull of this agreement:

stay true to your word

When I feel called to check my assumptions when someone or something invites me to give up my equilibrium and equanimity; when I feel called to check my assumptions before I indulge any urge to take “it” personally; and when I feel called to check my assumptions before I slack off from being or doing my best, I recall the agreement to “stay true to your word” in the following context:

say what you mean
mean what you say

stay true to your wish
be honest, speak truth

stay true to your word
both word and action

pure, positive, perfect

Pure, positive, perfect effects, results, and outcomes signal alignment with impeccability, but it all begins with “say what you mean, mean what you say,” with the constant reminder that “thoughts become things.” As I welcome my thoughts, I do well to remain mindful of my words.

We all know, if we pay attention, that thoughts can either be reflexive or reflective: they can either (1) arise involuntarily (in which case, do the amor fati by way of meditation) or (2) we can have them arise voluntarily (in which case, be a master of your destiny through reflection).

Words, then, can either be weird, wild, and worried, or . . . they can be absolutely wonderful ~ but only in context. When I remain impeccable with my word, treating my word as my wand, I feel compelled to speak or write my words with care ~ are they honest? are they sincere?

Moreover, are they impeccable? Are they appropriate, correct, fitting, or proper for time and place? Are they impeccable even when there’s a time and a place for offering a sliver of insincerity or dishonesty to sidestep or bypass a situation where I might do more harm than good?

And what of those weird, wild, worried words that come from within or without? Do I give them enough time and space to speak their twisted, tortured truth? Or am I inclined to shut them down, making it next to impossible for me to be wholly real, true, good, right, fair, fine, pure?

The Stoics of ancient Greece were famous for what they called the art of acquiescence ~ to accept, rather than reject, “every little thing.” And yes, there is wisdom in this prescription, but they took it further by urging us to enjoy what happens, as it happens, whatever that might be.

I captured the essence of this amor fati as follows:

seek not that everything happens as you would wish,
but rather, enjoy everything that happens, as it wills

Talk about cultivating the utmost in clarity, harmony, and serenity by way of equanimity.

But could this attitude be the epitome of toxic masculinity? Or maybe the epitome of toxic positivity? To the manly Stoics, one might ask: and what about the women and children? I mean, what could be more invalidating than to use their trials as fodder for personal transformation?

I think of kintsugi, the process of restoring cracked ceramics traditionally with lacquer and gold, and leaving a gold seam where the crack or cracks used to be. The result speaks to the aesthetic of wabi-sabi; the piece itself is often as strikingly beautiful as the original, if not more so.

Is a fault or a flaw truly a fault or a flaw if it can be transformed into a source of being and knowing, learning and growing, healing and flowing? Critical feedback is often given as a source of instruction and direction, but when such feedback is delivered in ways that are mean rather than kind, that aim to shame or cause harm rather than uplift, who wants to be seen as critical?

Instead of speaking of critical feedback, why not speak of crucial feedback?

Crucial feedback is neither severe nor unfavorable ~ it is merely worthy and deserving enough to be delivered in the most caring and favorable way, and, with a finger on the pulse of vulnerability, delivered mercifully ~ or at least delivered with some measure of trust and/or respect.

A cold, hard truth about this world at this time is that anyone who would make a habit of preying on personal weakness and vulnerability is not only a moral monster, but a potential destroyer of the social fabric that would serve and protect civil discourse and dignified conduct.

We hear a lot about the value or virtue of dispensing constructive criticism, but no matter how well-meaning or well-intentioned such criticism might be, if it’s delivered in ways and by means that invalidate, denigrate, humiliate, or excoriate, then what’s the point in delivering it?

Whether physical or psychological, financial or emotional, abuse is abuse, pure and simple.

Any deliberate move made to downgrade or one-up another unfairly, without provocation, is parasitical at best, predatory at worst, but can we nevertheless find value in digesting critical constructive feedback, even if it’s delivered in a way that feels rather mean-spirited or unfair?

Perhaps this feedback is made for the sake of efficiency ~ not to be taken personally. Where might the learning and growing be found in such feedback, if only to become more resilient to said feedback?

Perhaps a practice can be made of giving and receiving criticism that seems too mean or unfair for its own good, not to grow a thick skin, but to test, teach, and train ourselves and each other to have and hold firm boundaries. Perhaps then we can even rise to the challenge of learning to give crucial constructive feedback without hurting or harming anyone’s feelings in the process.

How do you feel about giving and receiving critical constructive feedback? Do you see such feedback as an open wound getting poked over and over again? Have you learned to strive and thrive under the pressure of receiving such feedback? Or do you indulge the tendency to personalize and rationalize even as you become defensive and offensive in the heat of the moment?

Or is this too personal a question?

This Russian proverb might help . . .

confront difficulty with the mind;
confront danger with experience!

The first type of confrontation is reflective; we have time to reflect on the matter at hand before saying or doing anything rash, whereas the second type is reflexive; that is, we have only enough time to react to the matter at hand with experience, with prior testing or training.

Also, a sudden confrontation can feel dangerous, but with experience, we can know without a doubt that it is merely difficult. By the same token, a sudden confrontation can feel difficult, but with experience, we can know without a doubt just how dangerous it can become.

Both serve: experience with discernment and discernment through experience.

As a general rule, it is always prudent to put yourself out there (be open; be honest : who are you? how do you feel?) to gain experience with and through discernment, just as it is always prudent to put yourself out there to gain credibility with discernment in the school of hard knocks.

Protocol 1 : confront difficulty with the mind

Outline a plan before any confrontation with difficulty; ideally, it should never be spur-of-the-moment. Choose your words with care and never apologize for your point of view. Reflect back the opposing view with calm and confidence before you attempt to propose an ideal solution.

Protocol 2 : confront danger with experience

Fear constricts the reflexive mind, closing it off to inner or outer guidance. In light of this precaution, it cannot be emphasized enough just how important it is to relax into the grip of fear from a witness perspective while remaining mindful of any guidance that arises in the moment.

In view of these protocols, we can better appreciate the wisdom of using the Word to speak on behalf of ourselves (no putdowns) and others (no gossip), as well as the wisdom of using the Word to keep moving in directions that foster our relationships with truth, love, and wisdom.

Of course, there are consequences for taking a stand and standing up for yourself in the face of illegitimate authority, and what better way to do this than to craft your words with care and to conduct yourself, not through the bane of arrogance, but with a steady train of confidence.

And so now, I counsel myself: “stay true to your word ~ whenever, wherever possible ~ for the simple reason that your words have the power to shape your life with love and light, not only for an entire lifetime, but for all of your lifetimes to come, in and out of incarnation.”

Perhaps it is here and now, despite difficulty or danger, that sanctuary is impeccably found.

Now let’s give some attention to a deeper, broader context in this world at this time ~ a context informed by what I call “death and dearth” ~ in a proper bid to incorporate and elaborate the aforementioned psychic blueprint on the way to finding sanctuary both within and without.


Life, love, light, and the lust for life.

Sounds new-agey, wouldn’t you agree?

And yet, are they not legitimate words?

Do they not ring true, at least a little?

By itself, the word life seems fine, but when you place it next to love and light, is one not given pause? By itself, the word love seems fine, as does light, but lust doesn’t seem so wholesome, even if you try to rescue it by appending “for life.” But then again, when you picture children at play with a lust for life, the connotation changes rather dramatically, wouldn’t you say?

Life, love, light, and the lust for life: these words speak profound truth, at least to me. Picture, if you still can, a family of four ~ mother, father, son (6 years of age, say), daughter (4 years of age, say) ~ by themselves, at play, laughing, splashing, in water near the shoreline of a sea.

Imagine all of that laughter against the setting sun in a world at peace.

life, the love of life, the light of wisdom, the lust for life …
are they not the most natural companions in the cosmos?

In my study of personal fulfillment, I have come to view spiritual death as an apparent dearth of life, love, light, and lust in the ebb and flow of life, love, light, and lust. A dearth suggests lack, a shortage, a scarce supply. An apparent dearth is in keeping with Kala: there are no limits. Here, the suggestion is that the energies of life, love, light, and lust are forever renewable.

If not here, then there; if not sooner, then later.

A Time and Place for Death and Dearth

My ultimate aim in life is to weave, with my word as my wand, the following four threads into a coherent, consistent pattern, one that endures beyond the apparent death of my body and my person, and one that coheres before I pass into the Great Beyond from this life to the next:

life is found in loving, even as I embody a pure love of self with grace and ease

love is found in trusting, even as I cultivate a pure space to live at peace with love

light is found in caring, even as I engender a pure path to joy in awe and wonder

lust is found for giving, even as I alchemize a pure lust for life from joy to bliss

notes on 2:
a pure space to live can be metaphysical, physical, or psychological
examples include a dreamscape, a space in the home, a refuge found within
a space is pure when everything within it has its place, and its function

notes on 4:
a pure lust for life is organic, appearing effortlessly in the course of giving
a pure lust for life can also seem mysterious, even miraculous, when it flows
a lust for life is pure in the absence of any hint of craving that seems forbidden

These threads are what I call “sovereign inviolables” ~ sacred boundary makers that serve to reclaim, restore, renew, or refresh a reverence for life, the love of life, the light of wisdom, and the lust for life. The resulting weave is a life of ultimate fulfillment for this life in this lifetime.

As I ponder this weave, I cannot help but welcome a contemplation of these questions:

Where my life is concerned, what role does a pure love of self play? What role does a pure space to live play? What role does a pure path to joy play? What role does a pure lust for life play? And what role does the light of wisdom play in weaving all of these roles together in harmony?

And so, consider this uncommon declaration of personal sovereignty: “my word is my wand, even as I meet Death with the beauty of Love in the wonder of Light.” Just to be clear, Death with a capital D encompasses the death or dearth of life, love, light, or lust under many guises:

the death or dearth of agency
the death or dearth of authority
the death or dearth of autonomy
the death or dearth of beauty
the death or dearth of belonging
the death or dearth of bliss
the death or dearth of benevolence
the death or dearth of buoyancy
the death or dearth of care
the death or dearth of choice
the death or dearth of civility
the death or dearth of clarity
the death or dearth of compassion
the death or dearth of compromise
the death or dearth of concern
the death or dearth of confidence
the death or dearth of conflict
the death or dearth of conscience
the death or dearth of contentment
the death or dearth of creativity
the death or dearth of delight
the death or dearth of desire
the death or dearth of dignity
the death or dearth of diligence
the death or dearth of discernment
the death or dearth of dissent
the death or dearth of ease
the death or dearth of ecstasy
the death or dearth of efficiency
the death or dearth of enchantment
the death or dearth of excellence
the death or dearth of experience
the death or dearth of extravagance
the death or dearth of flexibility
the death or dearth of fortitude
the death or dearth of fulfillment
the death or dearth of goodness
the death or dearth of grace
the death or dearth of growth
the death or dearth of happiness
the death or dearth of harmony
the death or dearth of humanity
the death or dearth of improvement
the death or dearth of impulsivity
the death or dearth of indulgence
the death or dearth of innocence
the death or dearth of insouciance
the death or dearth of inspiration
the death or dearth of integrity
the death or dearth of interest
the death or dearth of intimacy
the death or dearth of joy
the death or dearth of kindness
the death or dearth of life
the death or dearth of light
the death or dearth of love
the death or dearth of lust
the death or dearth of maturity
the death or dearth of meaning
the death or dearth of motivation
the death or dearth of nonchalance
the death or dearth of opportunity
the death or dearth of optimism
the death or dearth of passion
the death or dearth of patience
the death or dearth of peace
the death or dearth of persistence
the death or dearth of perspective
the death or dearth of pleasure
the death or dearth of possibility
the death or dearth of potential
the death or dearth of presence
the death or dearth of productivity
the death or dearth of promise
the death or dearth of propriety
the death or dearth of purpose
the death or dearth of quality
the death or dearth of respect
the death or dearth of reputation
the death or dearth of satisfaction
the death or dearth of sensitivity
the death or dearth of serenity
the death or dearth of serendipity
the death or dearth of sovereignty
the death or dearth of speculation
the death or dearth of spontaneity
the death or dearth of sweetness
the death or dearth of tact
the death or dearth of tolerance
the death or dearth of trust
the death or dearth of truth
the death or dearth of urgency
the death or dearth of virtuosity
the death or dearth of vitality
the death or dearth of wisdom
the death or dearth of wonder

the death or dearth of . . . (specify)

note: this list is by no means comprehensive; feel free to specify additions to your heart’s content

I am capable of feeling a profound, pervasive sense of dread when I see someone who gives me the impression of having succumbed to a living death in any one or more of these ways, but I wonder: might I be giving others the impression of a living death in one or more of these ways?

Just as it not hard to imagine, in accordance with an absolute standard of purity, positivity, and perfection, that no one alive is truly, wholly, and purely alive in all ways, one can also imagine that everyone has suffered a death or a dearth in at least one way by this same exacting standard.

Am I willing to acknowledge to myself that I have died in any one or more of these ways? If so, how would this acknowledgement look, sound, and feel? More to the point, who would I need to be to come alive and stay alive to giving others the impression of living a vibrant and vital life?

In perusing the list above, we would do well to distinguish between states (like bliss) and traits (like benevolence). We would also do well to note the difference between “ebb and flow” and “death or dearth” ~ the former more applicable to states, the latter more applicable to traits.

state, n.: a temporary way of being (peace, love, joy, bliss, grace, ease)

trait, n.: a stable, enduring characteristic or pattern of behavior (benevolence, confidence)

note: states ebb and flow; traits live or die, though memories of same can endure

In perusing a D List, we would also do well to distinguish between value (that which one acts to gain and/or keep, like wisdom) and virtue (the action(s) by which one acts to gain and/or keep it, like patience). Here, we could easily talk about a dearth of wisdom or a dearth of patience.

As someone who is intuitively sensitive to a high degree, I am acutely aware of any dearth of intimacy that arises, if only for a moment, in any context, but especially a context of beauty, harmony, and serenity. I authored a story on this theme many years ago, and I can all too easily see myself having this theme be the focus of my fulfillment for the remainder of my life.

But I would take care not to focus unduly on dearth.

I would keep my focus on frequency and sufficiency.

And how would I do this and do it well? Essentially, by harmonizing the bias towards negativity (in adversity and difficulty) with a compensatory, complementary bias towards positivity, all the while cultivating and calibrating a robust relationship of trust and respect with life and reality.

Negativity Bias < > Positivity Bias

Any bias towards negativity (negative reactivity) begins with a wound to innocence. I would go so far as to surmise that the deeper the actual wound, the greater the potential bias towards negativity, with perhaps an even greater potential for cultivating a bias towards positivity.

When I think back on the course of my life, I can recall events or moments when I felt forsaken: my life no longer has my back, { __ } no longer seems to care, the world is colder than a witch’s teat, my reality can no longer be trusted ~ or some such lament that planted a seed of doubt.

Without effective dispute, the seed inside the wound sprouts and grows into a bias, which, if reinforced over time through encounters with similar events or moments, can all too easily calcify into a way of being that is automatic and problematic, with little awareness that it exerts influence.

With such biases, one can grow all too numb ~ comfortably or uncomfortably. In so doing, one seems compelled to become a trickster of sorts in the art of life, love, light, and lust. Whatever needs care, however, eventually finds its way to the surface with a thought, a mood, or a feeling.

I am convinced that what we now call Psychology is the study of the tricks we use to avoid the anxiety of absolute novelty by making believe that the future will be like the past

~ Abraham Maslow, Toward a Psychology of Being (1962)

These thoughts, moods, and feelings ~ tiny dark mass formations, if you will, in the ultimate scheme of things ~ offer fair warning, and though they seem to indicate a preoccupation with death or dearth, they nevertheless remain life-giving opportunities to “step up and step out.”

Many of these tiny dark mass formations are coming to the surface at this time, and they’re coming together to form one very large dark mass formation around the heart of humanity, and so, how might we handle these smaller dark mass formations, both within and without?

Storm Clouds Gathering

the taproot of fear is dearth in relation to death;
coming to terms with dearth in relation to death
is the taproot of all courage in relation to dearth

There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the species on Earth known as human is a deeply insecure race, and that the races themselves are deeply insecure, no matter where are they are placed, and no matter where they would presume to place themselves, amongst other races.

Why do you suppose one race is attempting to enslave another from the shadows under false pretenses? Any ideas? More to the point, why are notions of racial inferiority and supremacy even a thing? Who is afraid of who? Who is afraid of what? And why all the fear, hate, and spite?

Cui bono? Who benefits?

To which I might add: what a colossal waste of time and energy.

And yet, amidst all this chatter about race, a mass formation has arisen, one that threatens to deep-six the entire human race, one that could not arise were it not for the social isolation, the lack or loss of meaning, and the attempts to contain free-floating anxiety and formless frustration.

Crazy-making measures taken to deal with “a viral threat” have evolved into a social solidarity whose sustenance seems unduly hypnotic even as these measures continue to generate and perpetuate a faux sense of meaning for the oblivious masses, offering up shiny new objects of attention in a bid to assuage anxiety, frustration, and aggression, in a death march toward totalitarian rule.

A mass formation, in psychological terms, is a very narrow field of attention on a mass scale with access to only a small slice of reality, one that contains a shared narrative replete with endless reports, first about the dangers of “a novel coronavirus,” for example, and then about why the measures taken “cannot go away unless and until all are vaxxed, regardless of natural immunity.”

Any argument made against the shared narrative, no matter how sound, cannot easily penetrate the solidity and solidarity of the mass formation. In this case of mass hypnosis (psychosis?), much of what was personally important to people (before the narrative) is neglected or dismissed out of hand in a bid to maintain a misplaced loyalty to a common good that seems anything but good.

In the field of medicine, a patient’s field of attention can be so narrowed by hypnosis that this patient can be made impervious to surgical pain; with a mass formation, by analogy, the collective focus of a group can be so narrow that it can be made impervious to psychological pain.

People who are in the grips of a mass formation are willing to sacrifice everything ~ health, wealth, happiness, rights ~ even their very lives ~ to remain contributing members of the shared narrative, to remain a part of the reassuring social solidarity that the mass formation promises.

Either for them, or for generations to come.

Many people subject to a mass formation find a renewed sense of meaning and purpose ~ all the better if they benefit from it ~ and so, become highly resistant to going back to “the old normal,” to going back to “same old, same old,” to going back to “a relative dearth of meaning.”

A serious risk, however, arises in the wake of a mass formation, with its gross intolerance of dissenting voices that threaten to wake people up to the full reality, even if these voices prove sane and reasonable: such a radical collectivism is a precursor ~ a cakewalk ~ to totalitarian rule.

Totalitarianism, as the word implies, aims for a total consensus, one that calls on a dutiful push to exclude or eliminate discordant voices. One rather unfortunate consequence of this totalitarian mindset is that it requires demands a constant supply of shiny new objects of attention.

Allow me to elaborate with an example.

First, it was social distancing. Then it was masking. Then it was lockdowns. Then it was “vaccines.” Then it was digital passports. And now, the shiny object du jour is the booster shot. What’s next? Quarantine concentration camps? A social credit system? Might the hypnotic masses not eventually wake up to the call of “kill the leader!” if they are not adequately supplied with more shiny objects of attention to assuage their anxiety and to justify more losses incurred and endured under false pretenses?

Not if the mass formation goes global and stays global.

In a classic dictatorship, the dictator rules by fear and only calms down after the opposition is silenced. With the approach of totalitarian rule, it becomes more essential for free spirits to raise their voices in dissent and in unison so as to avert any descent into absurdities and atrocities.

Statistically speaking, about 30% of the population in a totalitarian system comes under the spell of a mass formation with a strong tendency to take a mechanistic, reductionistic view of the world, while about 40% just go along to get along; only about 30% resist and refuse the rule.

And so, we have 3 in 10 who are walking around in a daze, 4 in 10 who just wanna get on with their lives thank you very much, and 3 in 10 who cannot stand to watch the world go to Hell in a handbasket, even as they try to wake the other 7 in 10 up to “the horrors that await us all.”

The problem for dissenters is that they are usually too diverse in their views to effect lasting change. The most effective groups of dissenters find common cause in creating a common banner around which to rally ~ one that (hopefully) does not generate yet another mass formation.

The key to dissolving a mass formation is to reconfigure its conditions with new and fresh “ways of being” that bring a new consensus reality, one that honors reason and logic with applications of virtue, one that respects sound argument and judgment, and one that reveres life itself.

While being ever mindful of the roles that life, love, light, and the lust for life play in the interim.

Herewith, seven practical suggestions for bringing this darkened world back from the edge for those free spirits who have awakened to the deep, dark, dense agendas that are upon us (and the deeper, darker, denser ones that await us all if we should resist saying or doing anything at all):

1) consider your turning point when you began to move against the shared narrative; is there something you can share about that? for me, it was reading about the many lies exposed in the alt media about what was happening and how things were being handled to keep the story going

I admit that I had a robust distrust of mainstream narratives well before this inflection point. If it weren’t for the many red pills that I’ve taken from truth tellers before then, I doubt that I would have been been able see through the scripting and spellcasting, if you catch my drift.

2) find as many ways as you can to question the shared narrative, and do so nonchalantly, while suggesting reasonable or sensible alternatives; discourage the use of mass media what with its constant, hypnotic, totalitarian messaging, and encourage the use of reputable alt media

A tiny sample of questions: are you aware that athletes are dying on the fields and the courts in view of the public? that the “vaccines” are still classified as experimental under an EUA (Emergency Use Authorization)? that they contain questionable (as well as secret) ingredients?

3) replace the current object of free floating anxiety (a so-called virus or variant calls for a so-called vaccine (and boosters) alongside a so-called green pass) with a new object of attention (totalitarian rule) that reduces this type of anxiety before giving arguments against the narrative

So, for example, “what would keep you from endorsing the construction of quarantine camps?” Also, “what would you be prepared to do if you began to see, hear, and feel that totalitarian rule was being brought to bear worldwide against internal enemies only, like the unvaxxed?”

4) pay less attention to the 30% under the spell of the mass formation, and instead concentrate your efforts on the 40% who unthinkingly go along to get along; by the same token, think of ways to bring dissenters under a common banner with a vision of what is possible moving forward

For example, instead of intoning “build back better,” try this: “bring back butter.”

Okay, I admit, I’m starting to sound a little facetious here.

5) keep talking, keep sharing information that questions the narrative, but do so in view of the suggestions offered above; note also that while you may not be able to wake people up, you can nonetheless cause them to doubt the narrative in ways that loosen the grip of hypnotic influence

6) because the totalitarian mindset is self-protective and self-destructive, tending over time to collapse on itself, it might be a waste of your time, money, and energy to engage it directly; it might make more sense to bypass the mindset while speaking out against its questionable effects, but then again, if you feel really and truly called to engage it directly, do so to your heart’s content

7) last, but not least, be aware that a salvation narrative is making the rounds with claims that we’re on the verge of liberation, one that restores health, fitness, and vitality in some rather dramatic and exciting ways. I’ve seen this sort of thing before and it didn’t pan out as promised; based on what I’ve seen and heard, however, I’m inclined to lend it some credence this time around

Here’s an exercise for your consideration: list five ways in which you feel that you can now hasten the dissolution of the mass formation and the totalitarian mindset that goes along with it, and then, without hesitation, follow through with enacting the most compelling ones for you.

In view of this exercise, keep in mind that a mass formation has at least four conditions: social isolation, a lack or loss of meaning, free floating anxiety, and formless aggression, all of which beg for social solidarity, a greater sense of meaning, and new objects of focus to contain anxiety.

There is, of course, much more to this dark matter than “a mass formation” ~ to believe otherwise is to fall prey to ignorance or delusion ~ but before I address the issue of dark intentionality (who could possibly be capable of investing evil with intentionality?), let’s do a quick detour.

A Duty of Care: Freely Chosen, Freely Given

In a world coming apart at the seams and losing its grip on consensus reality, and for a species whose members seem too preoccupied for their own good with dearth or death, an obvious antidote presents itself with sufficient hindsight: a duty of care, freely chosen and freely given.

It is no secret that many have succumbed to the pains and pressures of nonsensicality. Most everyone is at risk of same. It’s all too easy to simply give up ~ emotionally, spiritually, or existentially ~ and retreat into a reclusive posture, and then wake up to the stunning realization that . . .

I, a stranger and afraid,
in a world I never made

~ A.E. Housman

But not all is in vain.


I have only one answer for that: because.


Because. Be cause. Be at cause. Be the cause ~ just because.

as you choose, so shall you be; as you care, so shall you give ~ yours

Imagine for a moment that everyone and everything around you were to suddenly drop out of sight. In its place, a void appears ~ a pure white void ~ one without any sight, sound, or sensation of any kind ~ a pure awareness with a breathtakingly simple choice: to care or not to care.

Awareness in and of itself is pure, positive, and perfect in its posture.

Awareness . . . with presence, with promise, with or without purpose.

Awareness is the ultimate Holy Grail, the ultimate in sanctuary. Why? For two simple reasons: (1) you get to summon a friendly curiosity, one that always already contains some measure of care; and (2) you get to choose the who, the what, the when, the where, the why, and the how.

I mean just how much sacred and divine power can you take at once?

As you choose, so shall you be, and as you care, so shall you give, and so, do you choose to care or scare? And do you care to scare or share? In holding space for Sanctuary, for the ultimate in sanctuary, you get to care, and you get to share, with and through the acronym of CARE:


Conjure the experience of a pure, positive, perfect awareness

{ how might I embody a pure love of self with grace and ease? }

Attend to this awareness in wonder, as you would a campfire

{ how might I cultivate a pure space to live at peace with love? }

Receive the ensuing experience as wholly and fully as you can

{ how might I engender a pure path to joy in awe and wonder? }

Expect yet again to “add more flowers to crowd out the weeds”

{ how might I alchemize a pure lust for life from joy to bliss? }

For me, it helps to dwell in a quiet space with few sounds or a soothing place with natural sights and sounds; to enter the Witness and be still, physically and mentally; to feel as if I have all the time in the world; to gaze in wonder at a clear blue sky, or even a white computer screen.

With practice, I can reliably begin to bring this posture into the midst of activity.

The ultimate in sanctuary, then, need not be confined to a single place, or space.

In essence, CARE invites me to see, hear, and feel the experience; to let it be a good, kind, or sweet experience, and to take all of this goodness, kindness, or sweetness into myself, even as I continue to follow the admonition to “feed the wolf you love rather than the wolf you hate.”

With CARE, I now feel ready to take a trip into the very depths of Hell.

Care to join me?


I must apologize, dear reader, for leaving you hanging like that, but I wanted to drive home the simple point (however sharp) that this world is under attack in ways and by means that you might not even imagine, and that are unprecedented in the recorded history of this world.

Please understand, too, that I’m not gonna take you into the depths of Hell without preparation.

So let’s do some prep, shall we?

First, Let Me Do You a Favor

Awareness in and of itself is pure, positive, and perfect in its posture.

The deeper, the broader, the higher, the stronger the awareness, the bigger, the larger, the greater the capacity to face the apparent objects of reality. The lynchpin of any trip into the depths of Hell is Awareness, a psychic posture that can stay the course, “come Hell or Highwater.”

A paradox presents itself here: how can I possibly know I won’t drown in the very depths of Hell unless and until I’ve accepted the invitation to enter what appears to be the very depths of Hell, so that I might tap, tune, and test my capacity to forebear them and make sense of them?

How indeed.

And yet, can any capacity for good not be met with a commensurate capacity for evil? Here, this question puts good on the defensive. So let’s flip the question into one that puts evil on the defensive: can any capacity for evil not be met with a commensurate capacity for good?

A person at peace ~ indeed, a people at peace ~ has no need for such questions.

It might be argued, however, or even sensed, that “we are not a world at peace.”

Peace, however, is relative, within and without, to that posture of awareness that remains forever pure, positive, and perfect, one that favors life, the love of life, the light of wisdom, and the lust for life in the exercise of choice and care: “as I choose, so shall I be; as I care, so shall I give.”

In dwelling, even at a moment’s notice, within the bosom of this posture, I find ready refuge from that which would forever take away the sacred favor ~ the same favor that leans towards giving meaning and purpose to a lust for life in the light of wisdom for the love of life and for life itself.

Beware of Devils and Demons

as it was in the Beginning, and Now,
and Always, and to the Ages of Ages

~ from the hymn Gloria Patri

The blessed ones among us who have braved the presence of evil, who have become extraordinarily good at confronting evil, will never tire in telling us that the absolute key to facing up to evil is this: “evil simply cannot stand for long in the presence of love without condition.”

Like this: “I love you, and I’m sorry; please forgive me; thank you.”

However odd this may seem, such appeals can be of great help to those who face dark nights of the soul, night after night; who find themselves dwelling inside the inky black depths of despair; and who cannot help but fight the stresses and strains of daily life, seemingly without end.

In my experience, evil incarnate shows up in one or more of these ways: (1) malignant (hateful); (2) malicious (spiteful); and (3) malevolent (vengeful). Placing these attributes on a spectrum ~ 1 __ 2 __ 3 ~ devils tend to occupy 1 and 2, whereas demons tend to occupy 2 and 3.

Devils are evil spirits who have incarnated as human; demons are evil entities capable of extreme evil.

The mere thought that a devil or a demon can occupy ~ indeed, obsess or even possess ~ a living being is one that can unsettle the heart of soul deep down inside. This might explain why there are so many skeptical and cynical dismissals around it, and why Science is used as a hedge.

Reference: Thirty Years Among the Dead (1924), by Dr. Carl Wickland

Those, however, who have worked therapeutically with people who are obsessed or even possessed by devils or demons will tell you that it is the demons who obsess or possess the devils, and that such obsessions or possessions can be maintained over the course of many incarnations.

Reference: Healing Lost Souls (2003), by Dr. William J. Baldwin

When qualified therapists exorcise demons with thoughts, words serve as wands.

Thoughts energize words: evil thoughts energize evil words and good thoughts energize good words. Words magnetize behavior and conduct with intentions: words with evil intentions magnetize evil behavior and conduct; words with good intentions magnetize good behavior and conduct.

The object lesson is that thoughts energize words, which magnetize behavior and conduct with intentions, prompting the question: do I have it in my mind to fight evil to the death or do I have it in my heart to love evil to death? Recall that “as I choose, so shall I be; as I care, so shall I give.”

Alright, one more thing before we take the plunge. Are you still with me? Excellent.

Two Fundamental Character Types

So far, I’ve shared some insight into the influence of evil, but not before doing readers the favor of articulating the sacred favor, the same favor that serves to bring meaning and purpose to life and to all that life has to offer on the side of good, kind, sweet (i.e., pure, positive, perfect).

Now let’s turn our attention to why this world is in so much trouble.

The people of the united states of America, with a reputation for upholding liberty around the world, have done something rather odd: they have allowed its federal government ~ a corporate government embedded inside a sovereign city state known as Washington D.C. ~ to do as follows:

  1. enact a law that shields a major pharmaceutical company from legal liability;
  2. give billions of dollars to this company to manufacture a questionable product; and
  3. mandate the use of this product while hiding the data on its safety and efficacy

By way of response, reputable doctors and lawyers around the world are banding together to speak out against these courses of action, even as they continue to be censored in and from the mainstream media, while the number of adverse events from “the product” continue to climb.

People in the tens of thousands continue to be injured and disabled by the product.

Thousands more continue to die, many of them unexpectedly and without warning.

What’s going on here? Has the bulk of humanity lost its heart and soul, as well as its mind? Or is it that a minority of humanity, operating in secret over the span of many generations, across many different nations, has lost the heart of its conscience altogether? Perhaps both?

Have human beings allowed themselves to be turned into commodities? Has commerce displaced morality? Can a network of corporations and institutions be so thoroughly owned and pwned as to make national governments mere handmaidens to corporate and institutional interests?

If so, how would this even be possible? What sort of character could pull this off?

I could be lazy and invite readers to read The Curse of Canaan and Murder by Injection (both by Eustace Mullins) and leave it at that, but I have a special interest in the character types that inform these works ~ the character type that resonates with magnetizing and manifesting evil and, by contrast, the character type that resonates with magnetizing and manifesting good.

On the one hand, we have a character type that resonates with entertaining evil thoughts, setting evil intentions, and performing evil deeds ~ thoughts, intentions, and deeds that tend to use, accuse, and abuse ~ that commodify persons and turn them into objects of commerce.

On the other hand, we have a character type that resonates with aspirations and inspirations of goodness, kindness, and sweetness in view of a vision of paradise, one that typically remains woefully ignorant or dismissive of evil intentions that slither their way into the body politic.

For as long as a character type ~ no matter how good, kind, and sweet~ remains oblivious to evil in all of its guises, evil characters will always enjoy the upper hand. Think for a moment of the many Acts in the USA (like the Patriot Act) that sound good, but are actually quite evil.

Did you know that one such Act allows government to use propaganda against its own people? Did you also know that the Patriot Act itself was ready to be enacted into law not long after the events of 9/11?

Let the implications of these revelations sink in for a moment.

So how do the good recognize the evil in all of its many guises?

The author of The Curse of Canaan speaks to the Will of Canaan that arose in reaction to the curse, outlining five precepts that bind evildoers: (1) stay true to one another, regardless of circumstance; (2) stay constant in your love of robbery; (3) stay constant in your love of lewdness; (4) remain constant in your hatred of masters; and (5) remain resolute in your refusal to speak truth.

Think of these markers as a template of charges or instructions for the descendants of Canaan.

Think of robbery as theft ~ theft of life, liberty, property, the pursuit of happiness; think of lewdness as spite, traceable to Ham’s encounter with his father Noah before Noah saw fit to curse the son of Ham (Canaan); think of the masters as the descendants of Shem (Noah’s oldest son).

hint: the Germanic peoples are the descendants of Shem ~ masters of order and virtue ~ the same peoples whose progeny are being diluted by Communism, Cultural Marxism, Radical Feminism, Multiculturalism, Satanism, Secular Humanism, Transgenderism, and Zionism

note: it is prudent to view these tools of control for what they are ~ ideologies of fear, hate, and spite

Interpret this story of biblical proportions literally or metaphorically, but don’t dismiss it.

It’s absolutely key to what I’m about to share as I guide you into the very depths of Hell.

Operation Gomorrah

Operation Gomorrah is a name given to a series of bombing runs across Germany starting on July 24, 1943. In viewing footage of the first few days of this operation, it becomes apparent, even to the most impartial observers, just how ruthless and relentless these bombing runs were.

Was this operation karmic payback for the decimation of Carthage by the Romans in 146 BC?


Was it a series of sacrificial offerings, emphasizing women and children, on the Altar of Baal?


The name of the documentary is Hellstorm: The Genocide of Nazi Germany. In the first 26 minutes of this documentary, the terror bombings (as they were called by the German civilians who were targeted) are described in the most vivid detail, and mixed with heartfelt testimony.

In my view, this documentary could easily be construed as Disclosure on a cosmic scale for its in-depth exposure of pure evil. Running for 90 minutes, I suggest that you get a taste by watching the first 26 minutes only ~ aptly titled Terror Bombings ~ before coming back up for air.

You will no doubt have need of answers, which I’ll be happy to supply shortly.

This isn’t for everyone. If, for any reason, you cannot bear to watch it, then don’t, but at least give it a try, and the reason I say this is because there is far more that could be told, and far more than meets the eye about what happened before, during, and after the second world war.

If you’re thinking, even a little, that the people of Nazi Germany deserved this horrific fate, think again, for as you’ll soon discover (if you care enough to stick around), the story you were told about Nazi Germany did not happen in the ways in which we’ve been told. Not even close.

The real story, as you’ll soon see, is far more interesting.

Hellstorm: The Genocide of Nazi Germany – HellstormDocumentary.com

Incidentally, I think that anyone who had a role in the making of Hellstorm can be commended for helping to bring this extraordinary albeit egregious slice of history to life in the name of truth, justice, and mercy. As we should know by now, what cannot be faced cannot be healed.

Allow me now to supply some context for what happened all those years ago.

Along the Surface of Hell

In religious traditions around the world, Hell is typically construed as a realm of evil and suffering, often depicted as a place of perpetual fire beneath the Earth where the wicked are tormented after death.

Regardless of tradition, Hell can also be construed as a state or a place of great suffering (Hell on Earth), one that amounts to an unbearable experience, which can either be acute or chronic in its character.

Many people believe that if they’ve been thrust into the depths of Hell, figuratively speaking, then they must have done something to deserve it, but is this actually true? Maybe. Maybe not. Regardless, it’s a question worthy of study if only to address the thorny issue of “just deserts.”

Some schools of thought treat the matter of being subject to evil as retribution, human or divine, whereas other, perhaps more enlightened, schools of thought treat the matter as a divine initiation ~ a wake-up call from Heaven above, a divine invitation to “step up and step out.”

Some believe they deserve to suffer, more or less; others believe they do not deserve to be happy, regardless; and still others believe they must work themselves to the bone to deserve happiness. Let’s now see what some of these traditions on Earth have to say about the matter . . .

agnosticism: shit might have happened; then again, maybe not

atheism: I can’t believe this shit

baha’i: shit happens to everyone equally

buddhism: if shit happens, it really isn’t shit

catholicism: if shit happens, you deserve it

celtic folklore: at the end of every rainbow is a pot of shit

christian science: it’s not shit, and it’s not happening

confucianism: Confucius says “shit happens”

deconstructionalism: what makes you think that’s shit?

existentialism: so shit happens

hinduism: this shit has happened before

islam: if shit happens, it is the will of Allah

judaism: why does shit always happen to us?

krishna: shit happens, shit happens, happens, happens, shit, shit!

mormon: 10% of my shit belongs to God

new age: if shit happens, honor it and share it

nihilism: no shit

optimism: that’s the best damn shit that ever happened

pessimism: it’s all shit

pollyanna: where there is shit, there is life

protestantism: let shit happen to someone else

rastafarianism: let’s smoke this shit

scientology: shit can happen to you, too

secular humanism: shit evolves

shamanism: shit is fertilizer for the soul

solopsism: if there’s no shit, it doesn’t happen

taoism: dude, shit happens

transactional analysis: I see my shit, and yes, it’s okay, because I’m okay, and you’re okay; okay?

vedanta: shit happening? it’s just an illusion! can’t you see that?!

zen: what is the sound of shit happening?

In perusing these interpretations, I am reminded of the parable of the blind men and an elephant, the story of a group of blind men who have never come across an elephant before and who take it upon themselves to imagine and describe what the elephant is like by touching it.

A New World Order is not unlike an African bush elephant on the world stage. Humanity itself has reached a stage in its evolution where it is beginning to entertain the viability of forming a unified world order, but questions go begging: who gets to decide? and how best to do?

Should a New World Order not be allowed to evolve naturally?

Or, are there pressing reasons for why it ought to be imposed?

The documentary that follows is rather extraordinary in that it not only takes viewers on a trip along the surface of Hell, preparing them to go deeper into the depths, it also highlights many if not most of the essential elements that are presently at play in bringing about “the NWO.”

In taking this trip, I invite you to think in terms of puppet masters. Who is pulling whose strings? Who has mastered the art of string pulling? True, many power brokers and power players can be seen on the world stage, but who do suppose is calling the shots behind the scenes?

More telling, who do you suppose is calling the shots of those calling the shots behind the scenes?

This artwork is divided into 19 sections, and with high production values, it often sets a fast pace.

New World Order: Communism by the Backdoor ~ CommunismByTheBackdoor.tv

My suggestion is that you watch as much of this as you can in one go, if only to get a feel for the Big Picture; in my view, the final section (starting at 4:33:00) is the perfect segue for what follows . . .

Hitler, in the Midst of Hell

I once believed, rather gullibly, that Adolf Hitler was a madman, a raving lunatic, a mass murderer.

Today, I know better.

The Greatest Story Never Told is the untold story of Adolf Hitler, but it’s also the untold story of a people who were compelled to reject the prevailing, corrupting world order to assert their sovereignty as citizens of a once proud nation, but who paid a steep price for doing so.

To say as much is highly controversial, and so I will not press the point. I will only invite readers to consider that they’ve been deceived through and through, for decades, by one of the most, if not the most, thoroughly and craftily planned programs of propaganda ever conceived.

This becomes all too evident as you begin to watch Adolf Hitler: the Greatest Story Never Told, especially so as you approach the end of this extraordinary documentary ~ remarkable for its documentation and for its careful organization of the puzzle pieces into a unified whole.

It’s one of those rare documentaries that allows you to come to your own inescapable conclusions.

It is said that the victor writes the story of the victory, but what is not often said is that the story behind the story can be a very interesting story indeed, and yes, there is always more to the truth than meets the eye: to what extent did puppet masters whisper their way through WW2?

Might these same puppet masters be coordinating the rollout of what is being called a pandemic?

After watching this documentary, I can now honestly say I really and truly understand and appreciate, like never before, “there are two sides to every story.” This is disclosure par excellence for many reasons, not the least of which is that it sheds light on what is happening today . . .

Adolf Hitler: the Greatest Story Never Told (27 parts) ~ TheGreatestStoryNeverTold.tv

My suggestion is that you watch 1 or 2 parts at a time (3 at most), depending on the emotional intensity of the material, to give yourself time to process it emotionally; I also recommend reading the comments after each part to get a feel for audience appreciation ~ and reaction!

Into the Very Depths of Hell

Hello again, this is where we take the plunge.

Now you might be wondering: dude, why are you doing this? Here’s my Cliff Notes answer: (a) because I know things that most people don’t, and (b) because I have a conscience, albeit one that has been tried and tested to its limits. In essence, I want the entire world to know, in view of what is happening today, the sheer depths of pure evil to which humanity can stoop and sink.

Sorry, not sorry. I cannot sugarcoat this ~ will not sugarcoat this.

Wait, what is happening today? Is this not a matter of perspective? No, unfortunately, no; not this time. The facts never lie, always speaking for themselves, regardless of anyone’s blinkered interpretation, and as those with a conscience know, “lies have speed, but the truth endures.”

So what truth has endured? The truth of a holocaust not mentioned in the history books, one that I dare say is being repeated yet again, under a different guise (with more stealth), even as I type these words. The most insidious, and perhaps the most dangerous, aspect of all of this is that anyone in authority today in any official capacity is, or will soon be, at risk of losing the public trust.

This loss has been generating and perpetuating a profound split in the body politic.

So why was genocide committed against the German people during and after World War II? Why did the holocaust of the Germans take place? What could they have possibly done to deserve this? If you had a chance to watch The Greatest Story Never Told, you’ll have some answers.

Soon, I’ll be pointing you to even more answers, more nuances, but first, the plunge . . .

Hellstorm: The Genocide of Nazi Germany – HellstormDocumentary.com

The point of watching this documentary in its entirety, the point of dwelling in the depths of Hell for 90 minutes, is to experience, on a visceral level, the presence of dark forces willing to do whatever it takes, no matter the cost, to bring about its version of what makes up an ideal world.

Where Do We Go From Here?

Alright, you took the plunge and realized some pretty grim things about life on planet Earth.

I trust that you’ve given yourself plenty of time to process these monstrous truths; I trust that you’ll be very selective about spending any more of your time inside the depths of Hell, unless you feel called and guided; and I trust that you’ve resisted the impulse to turn blame into game.

Take comfort in knowing that the perpetrators have already paid the price. In light of this comfort, it pays to remind ourselves of this universal kindergarten wisdom: “what you do to others, you ultimately do to yourself, and what you do for others, you ultimately do for yourself.”

Speaking for myself, I will never see the German people the same ever again. I now feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude for their immense courage and wisdom, and a deep compassion for their pain and suffering, and for what they had to endure before, during, and after WW2.

I also feel a deep appreciation for those who allied themselves with the German people in common cause (peoples of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, including Jews) and who suffered profoundly as a consequence. I respectfully refer you to The Greatest Story Never Told.

I take cold comfort in knowing that the Marshall Plan displaced the Morgenthau Plan in the wake of WW2, allowing the Germans to rebuild, quickly and efficiently, a nation worthy of respect, but I suspect that the soul of the German people still hungers for genuine sovereignty.

So where do we go from here? What follows is a menu of options going forward:

1) if you’re curious to learn more about any of the topics covered, you might do no better than to take a trip to WW2Truth.com, with a special focus on Europa: The Last Battle. Here, you’ll recover the truth about what happened to Germany before, during, and after World War 2.

2) if you’re curious to learn more about what is happening today, in light of the material on WW2, may I suggest these questions for starters: Is there really a genocide in progress? If so, is it targeted? And if so, who is behind it, and why? And what of the looming threat of smallpox?

3) if you’re curious to learn more about the Jewish Question, may I suggest these questions for starters: should we (the Gentiles) begin to view and treat Talmudic Jews as our masters? If not, why not? What is the best way to approach this question? Or is it off limits to all but Jews?

4) if you’re feeling overwhelmed, here’s a word with which you may not be familiar: prohairesis ~ a key concept in the philosophy of Epictetus representing a moral capacity for reasoned choice, prohairesis was first introduced into philosophy by Aristotle in Nicomachean Ethics.

Consider that everything is in a state of flux, more or less, inside a sphere of infinite possibilities: we get to have and enjoy certain things for a while, and then we lose them to the passage of time. The only permanent thing in existence, ultimately, is prohairesis, the moral capacity for reasoned choice. The things to which we attach come and go; a robust capacity for reasoned choice, however, remains resilient and adaptable. The idea is this: “the sooner I know this, the better, and the easier it will be to accept and adapt.” In the light of all that I’ve written, prohairesis could very well lead us all to the ultimate in sanctuary. Now let’s wrap this series up: can we not go beyond any desire for sanctuary?


As I ready myself to wrap up this series on Sanctuary, I cannot help but marvel at how much can be said about it ~ indeed, at how much more can be said. If nothing else, I’ve come to appreciate just how important it is for me ~ for anyone, really ~ to sanctify “my word, my wand.”

Sanctify and sanctuary derive from the same Latin root ~ sanctus, meaning holy.

I must confess, however, that holy often sounds too foreign to my way of thinking, and so I fall back on wholly. Wholly, as in . . . “be yourself wholly in the midst of challenge or change;” or else, “be your wholly self in the midst of challenge or change;” or how about this: “be your wholly self, coherently and consistently, with courage and conviction, in the midst of challenge or change.”

For me, the key to this confession is the courage of my conviction.

If, as, when I keep bringing a conscious, deliberate, intentional, inspirational, sacramental attitude to the Word, I invariably find myself attuned to the Logos (the Word), which in turn facilitates alignment with the Law ~ with common law, natural law, spiritual law, or universal law.

In light of this commitment, at what point do I cease to insist on certainty?

what one needs in this universe is not certainty, but the courage and nerve of a gambler; not fixed conviction, but adaptability; not firm ground whereupon to stand, but skill in swimming

In view of this uncommon wisdom from Alan Watts, paradoxically spoken with conviction in a universe of constant change, I know that I cannot ~ must not ~ cleave myself to any interpretation of Logos or Law, lest I miss the deeper, broader, higher interpretation of said Logos or Law.

What do I mean by this?

Consider the use of postulates and precepts for coming to terms with Logos and Law, respectively.

Where a postulate is a proposition suggested or assumed as true as a basis of discovery, as a basis for discerning, discussing, and believing, a precept is a general rule of conduct called upon to monitor, moderate, and modulate thought, feeling, and behavior, respectively.

I invite you to ponder this postulate with a matching precept for living life to the fullest:

Postulate: I am, and I exist, and if I exist here and now, which I do, then I exist here and now for eternity, which is to say that (a) I have always existed, (b) I exist here and now, and (c) I will always exist in some form ~ in whatever form this existence takes, in and out of space and time

Precept: what I do in every moment matters more to me than what I do every once in a while

Where postulates contain a bias towards being and knowing, precepts carry a bias towards doing and having. Where postulates favor a state of contentment with a soul of gratitude in the light of intimacy, precepts favor a state of enchantment in a spirit of generosity in view of ecstasy.

Let’s revisit the principles of Huna Wisdom to illustrate these distinctions. The first principle ~ the world is what I think it is ~ is a postulate, which contains a bias towards being and knowing. Interestingly, the second principle ~ there are no limits ~ can be partitioned as follows:

  1. there are no limits . . . to who I can be and what I can know (postulate)
  2. there are no limits . . . to what I can do and what I can have (precept)

The third principle ~ energy flows where attention goes ~ can be modified slightly as a precept to yield energy swells where attention dwells, which is a postulate. The fourth ~ now is the moment of power ~ is a postulate, whereas the fifth ~ to love is to be happy with ~ is a precept.

A quick quiz for you:

all power comes from within ~ postulate or precept?
‘effective’ is the measure of truth ~ postulate or precept?

hint: which favors being and knowing? which favors doing and having?

I invite you now to bask in the postulates that follow as personal for the whole of your creation:

1) I am, and I exist, and I exist here and now, and for eternity: I have always existed, I exist here and now, I will always exist in some form ~ in whatever form this existence takes, in and out of space and time

2) I am, and only my experience, here and now, is real and true

3) the One instantiates all that exists; where and when I am not the One, I am one instantiation of the One in a world where and when everyone and everything are integral to the One, which means I retain potential access to everyone and everything, everywhere and everywhen

4) energy swells where attention dwells; as within, so without; what goes around comes around: my experience of reality is a reflection of who I am and what I most believe to be true; not unlike a mirror, my experience cannot change in my favor unless and until I make a change

5) in a universe of constant change, change is the only constant; as this is so, which bias do I favor, here and now? do I favor an existential bias, with a set of postulates, toward being and knowing? Or do I favor an experiential bias, with a set of precepts, toward doing and having?

In view of these lofty postulates, I am given to wonder: do I favor the bias of enlightenment, if only for a time, by way of being and knowing, in a contemplation of postulates? Or do I favor empowerment, if only for a time, by way of doing and having, with the precepts that follow . . .

1) In this moment, in every moment that I can, I embrace and embody a fundamental ________ (peace, love, joy, bliss, grace, ease), which is my signature vibration, to act upon (to expand, to explore, to express, to exalt) more of my ________ (passion, excitement, inspiration)

2) I do this as best I can, going as far as I can, adjusting my beliefs as I go, until I can go no further

3) I act on my ________ (passion, excitement, inspiration) with zero insistence (no assumption, no expectation) of how my desired outcome should actually look, sound, or feel (“this, or something better”), knowing full well that my ideal outcome may not be what I expect it to be

4) I play “the equanimity game” for one reason and one reason only: to restore, reclaim, and refresh a positive state with and through unity and harmony; in losing my equanimity, I recall: “in bringing myself back to a positive state, I am that much more able to derive positive benefit”

when force of circumstance upsets your equanimity, lose no time in recovering your self-control, and do not remain out of tune longer than you can help; habitual recurrence to the harmony will increase your mastery of it ~ Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Note to self: in my experience, I find that when I summon patience in keeping with this passage and in keeping with this question ~ how best to proceed in a way that benefits one and all? ~ I can usually discover, and then recover, my sense of how to proceed in a beneficial manner.

For my contemplation: is it true that all force of circumstance is without meaning until I give it one?

5) I reserve the right to place all of my beliefs under investigation, releasing and replacing only those beliefs that are infused with fear, as well as those beliefs that no longer align with who I prefer to be

In my experience, I have found that these five precepts activate what is known as synchronicity (“serendipity with serenity” as I like to call it); to the extent to which I do this, is the extent to which the course of my life seems to flow more or less naturally, pleasantly, and desirably.

As I bring these postulates and precepts to life, I pace and place myself into a position where I can give life to what call the Seven Grand Themes of Life, to which I’ve appended questions that might seem radical in the extreme but are actually designed to plumb the depths of Self:

cosmogenesis, consciousness, syncretismus, evolution, ascension, sovereignty, immortality

cosmogenesis: is there a cosmos? if so, am I the originator? if not, could I be the originator?

consciousness: in light of information, matter, and energy, does consciousness have primacy?

syncretismus: am I merging all systems of belief and practice into one and only one system?

evolution: “going and growing with the knowing and flowing” ~ is this the point of evolution?

ascension: what does it mean to ascend? does higher mean better? if so, why? if not, why not?

sovereignty: if, as, or when I merge with the One, at what point does it cease to be personal?

immortality: is death but a thought with a feeling? am I destined to live forever and ever?

In view of all these lofty postulates, percepts, and themes, wherein lies sanctuary?

Beyond Sanctuary? Or a Different Kind of Sanctuary?

Sanctuary ~ a nature reserve; a place of refuge or safety; a temple, or some other holy place ~ implies a space and a time for retreat: a retreat from danger, perhaps, or a retreat from insecurity, a retreat from dissatisfaction, or even a retreat from irrelevance and insignificance.

Many of the most challenging emotions ~ fear, anger, grief, anguish ~ all play a role here.

By contrast, a “cheerful composure” might sound like an oxymoron, but I cannot think of a better default setting for the emotional operating system. Coupled with prohairesis (reasoned choice), a cheerful composure, genuinely felt, seems like an ideal indicator that “all is well.”

Even so, the ____ (fill in the blank with the name of your model of choice for how you describe reality ~ the field of infinite possibilities? the Universe? the Grand Simulator? the Higher Self? the one infinite Creator?) has an uncanny way of giving us precisely what we do not need or want, forcing a confrontation with the subject or object of our refusal or resistance.

Again, many of the most challenging emotions ~ fear, anger, grief, anguish, and more ~ all play a role here, and here, it seems obvious that the promise of sanctuary recedes into the distance, fails us, abandons us, if only for a time (“this, too, shall pass”). In the interim, we suffer, to the degree to which we refuse or resist, “the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.”

That carefully, cheerfully cultivated composure seems not so composed; the posture of prohairesis buckles under the pressure; and what we’re left with is defenseless and indefensible ~ raw, real, and all too ready for a fight, a flight, a freeze, a fawn, or a fix. “What the __ happened?”

Perhaps Life happened; perhaps a course correction happened; or perhaps a psychic adjustment happened, one that brings personal truth ever closer to the heart and soul of who and what we are in the wake of lust, in the light of wisdom, for the sake of life, and for the love of life.


be careful what you wish for ~
you just might get it,
in a form you might not recognize,
and sooner than you think

More than a glitch in the matrix, the retreat of sanctuary itself can feel unnerving, unsettling, unending, depending on the perceived seriousness of the threat associated with the retreat. Love, faith, and hope come calling: need a hand? need a kind word? a reassuring touch, perhaps?

In a dark night of the soul, the suffering seems depthless, eternal, timeless yet interminable, and the Witness ~ holding on, caring just enough to notice, observe, watch, and witness ~ is the final refuge, the only sanctuary that remains that can offer any respite on the brink of oblivion.

Or so it seems.

The light at the crack of dawn appears, as it always does, though not nearly as soon as we would like.

Ah, sanctuary.

If we’re especially fortunate, we might, yet again, review those lofty postulates, precepts, and themes, and wonder: where do I go wrong? did I go wrong? if so, what can I do now? if no, where do I go from here, if anywhere? do I beat a hasty retreat into safety? or do I follow my path with heart and move forward into “going and growing with the knowing and flowing”?

A recovery from a cosmic bitch slap can take time, but in the meantime, we dutifully lick our wounds and proceed the best way we know how, knowing we have even more to humanize and personify, for ourselves and others, in a bid to explore, expand, and express, and yes, exalt.

Onward and upward, as they say.

My Final Destination?

Moments ago, while taking a break from my writing and scrolling a newsfeed, I learned that two supermassive black holes are on a collision course with destiny. Imagine that. Imagine, too, the repercussions of this collision for life here on Earth some 89+ million years from now.

Located in the galaxy NGC 7727 in the constellation Aquarius, these two supermassive black holes are about 1600 light years apart, some 89 million light years from Earth, beating the previous record of 470 million light years, making this newfound pair the closest one to us yet.

This had me wonder: who or what is generating this information? Is it me? Or is it some aspect of me? Am I projecting this data onto my 3D desktop? Or is this being projected for my benefit? The fact that I cannot answer these questions tells me something very, very interesting.

Yes, of course, I could assume that this information is wholly independent of me, but this surely begs the question: what if this assumption is false? What if this assumption is a product of social conditioning, of psychological programming, of a metaphysical confirmation bias?

Just what if ?

The fact that I can resonate with this information enough to make some sense of it, to derive some sense of meaning from it, tells me that this information is not wholly independent of me, even as it remains for me to assess how relevant and significant it is to pursue it further.

cosmogenesis: is there a cosmos? if so, am I the originator? if not, could I be the originator?

Now this might sound like quite a leap, but what if I am, in reality, the originator of my very own version of the cosmos and not yet know it? And so, what if, in coming to know it, I assume a lead role for generating, elaborating, and perpetuating my very own version of the cosmos?

It all sounds so very heady, and yet, what if it were true?

More to the point, what if I made it come true with a coherent, consistent commitment to care?

consciousness: in light of information, matter, and energy, does consciousness have primacy?

Allow me to elaborate: does my experience of consciousness have primacy in relation to my experience of information, matter, and energy? That is to say, does my experience of consciousness come first, before the appearance of matter, energy, information, and inspiration?

If this is true, does this not put me in the driver’s seat with intentionality at my beck and call?

Let’s make this even more interesting: suppose that matter (being mostly empty) and energy (being mostly information) is reducible to light, which, when shaped by conscious, deliberate intention, yields a 3D desktop through which to generate, elaborate, and perpetuate a life?

A life ~ a life grounded, governed, and guided by a set of beliefs and practices ~ beliefs and practices that I get to choose, if I so choose, from a cornucopia of beliefs and practices that I have conceived and received through my interactions with others on their own cosmic journeys.

syncretismus: am I merging all systems of belief and practice into one and only one system?

Intuitively, I know that I can have one system of belief and practice for one area of my life (my work, for example), but can I nevertheless form one whole system of belief and practice for the entirety of my life, even as I cultivate and calibrate the subsystems of this one whole system?

Now this is where things might get a little weird.

In forming one subsystem of belief and practice for work (as play), and in forming one subsystem of belief and practice for play (as play), how might it benefit me to personify these systems, which is to say: assign one personality to work, one to play, and one to the whole system?

hello, reality, may I give you a name?

you just did

and so I did; thanks

When I pause to gaze around me, I see a place full of things and realize that I am either generating and perpetuating this 3D desktop of icons ontologically without realizing it wholly and fully, or I am allowing this 3D desktop to be ontologically generated and perpetuated for me.

Without a pure profound love of self, option A seems more isolated and isolating, and without expert guidance, option B seems rootless, if not pointless, but can my imagination not (a) summon a pure profound love of self, or (b) summon and apply the requisite expert guidance?

I could exercise option B to a point where option A becomes a matter of course; with option B, I assume that the entirety of my reality, including my experience, is grounded, governed, and guided by someone with a mind, heart, soul, and spirit of its own, with a personality of its own.

With option B, I could spend time getting to know this person intimately through a process of discovery by advocating on its behalf, cultivating and calibrating an attitude of gratitude through mutual love and respect, with a wholehearted commitment to extraordinary discernment.

Does this person have a sense of humor? Does this person like to challenge me on occasion, and if so, why? Do I feel as if this person is trying to lead me somewhere, along a certain path, perhaps, and with some sort of progression and agenda in terms of my evolution and ascension?

evolution: “going and growing with the knowing and flowing” ~ is this the point of evolution?

On the one hand, I yield, as required, faithfully and fatefully, to this person, to go and grow into a bigger, better version of myself; on the other hand, I take it upon myself, on occasion, to choose and care for my own destinations, thereby rising and shining in and for my own destiny.

ascension: what does it mean to ascend? does higher mean better? if so, why? if not, why not?

It is commonly assumed in spiritual circles that evolution and ascension go hand in hand: where evolution is sensed as progressive (“going and growing with the knowing and flowing”), ascension is sensed, relatively or absolutely, as conclusive (“I can go, and grow, no further”).

As a fait accompli (as accomplished and irreversible), ascension would imply the end of evolution ~ no more “going and growing with the knowing and flowing” ~ but is such a fait accompli necessarily desirable? More deeply, is such a fait accompli necessarily inevitable?

Those who remain open to engaging and enjoying infinite possibilities in 3D would likely respond “no, and no,” whereas those who are content with the prospect of closing off any further engagement and enjoyment with infinite possibilities in 3D would likely respond “yes, and yes.”

A bias toward ascension as completion implies the end of evolution; a bias against ascension as completion implies no end to evolution. As a process that is integral to evolution, ascension implies having a bigger, broader perspective, but is it necessarily a better perspective?

As I continue to humanize and harmonize my relationship with reality, one that holds an infinite number of possibilities, my perspective on this evolutionary process likewise continues to grow, moving upward in accordance with “going and growing with the knowing and flowing.”

As I continue to acquire and apply knowledge, skill, experience, and wisdom to fruitfully address and assess or resolve practical problems and challenges, my perspective on why certain problems or challenges keep coming back to me under various guises also continues to grow.

In this sense, bigger and broader is better, but could bigger and broader also be infinite in scope?

sovereignty: if, as, or when I merge with the One, at what point does it cease to be personal?

If all that we presume to own, including our very lives, can be taken away by fate, bad luck, or death at any time, what can we say we own? If nothing, and nobody, then why presume to own anything at all? And so, what might be a worthy substitute for ownership? Authorship.

I am the author of my own life because I am the author of my own story; for as long as I can make choices with due care, I remain the author, giving life to my story and giving story to my life ~ I guide the course of my life with story, even as I govern the course of my story with life.

Here, I would do well to exercise due care when I speak of rule in relation to life and story: do I presume to rule over other rulers in my story? Or do I presume to rule with other rulers in my story? And what does it even mean to be a ruler with other rulers in the story of my life?

Does a ruler with other rulers mean “one who cares enough to gauge, coherently and consistently, the quality of a story and the vitality of a life? Can I remain coherent as I continue to improve the quality of my story? Can I stay consistent as I continue to enhance the vitality of my life?

As a ruler, in what direction do I take this improvement and enhancement?

In what kind of world do I choose, to care enough to rule with other rulers?

what kind of world? STS, STO, STN, or STC?

choice 1

STS = service to self (at the expense of other)


STO = service to other (at no expense to self)

choice 2

STN = service to neither (sovereignty = zero)


STC = service to creation (creator = Creator)

A true test of one’s cosmic service orientation is this multiple choice question, which I spell out as follows: “revenge is a dish best _____” : (a) served cold (STS), (b) not served at all (STO), (c) huh? (STN), or (d) taken calmly and coolly, to be usefully employed with Zen-like care (STC).

In other words, with savoir faire, where choice and choicelessness converge.

In the light of appreciation and authenticity, which are vital for the cohesion of teams, groups, and families, vengefulness and vengeance are deemed failures of character by those who remain in service to other. Any sort of self-righteousness not only detracts from authenticity, it also makes genuine appreciation (in contrast to recognition) impossible to give or receive.

Speaking truth to false power, however, is a righteous posture, not a self-righteous one. Speaking truth to false power by looking, sounding, and feeling righteous, while walking a fine line between vulnerability and invincibility, pre-serves both genuine appreciation and authenticity.

Rulers in service to other (STO) polarize and orient themselves into the service of creation (STC) by getting to know themselves, by coming to accept themselves, and by becoming Creators in their own right, evolving and ascending toward sovereignty with a hard-won set of beliefs and practices, but the question is begged: at what point do they cease to be themselves?

Again, if, as, or when I merge with the One, at what point does it cease to be personal?

To put it another way, at what point do my life and my story cease to be personal to me?

I will respond to these questions by turning a spotlight on the prospect of immortality.

immortality: is death but a thought with a feeling? am I not destined to live forever?

When exploring these questions in depth, with breadth, I do my level best to keep the emphasis of my responses, not on the inevitability of death, but on what I call the inevitability of life in relation to death.

to philosophize spiritualize is to learn how to die live! (Cicero, edited slightly)

I do my best to live this life the best way I know how, even as death and dearth lurk, more or less, in the background. I am happy to know that I am here to learn and grow ~ to apply what I learn to what I am given, all in the spirit of “going and growing with the knowing and flowing.”

With a meaningful prospect of immortality, both fate and destiny are given their due.

Speaking personally, the posture of my life works well with finding my sweet spot between “receiving what I do not expect with gratitude and appreciation” and “giving without expectation of return in a spirit of generosity.” In the light of this posture, it might be said that “death is but a thought with a feeling.”

Admittedly, the culture in which I presently inhabit is saturated with images of death; is this not ample evidence that death is inevitable? In the finest literature, too, it is made all too clear, in no uncertain terms, that death is inevitable, and so who am I to question this presumption?

man is snapped off like a reed in the canebrake!
the comely young man, the pretty young woman ~
all too soon in their prime Death abducts them!

~ the Epic of Gilgamesh

Prosperus: every third thought shall be my grave

~ Shakespeare

I am one of those unfortunate souls who, as a child, did not feel wholly appreciated, and who, as a child, did not feel free to act authentically, and therefore spontaneously. Even now, I suspect I remain in recovery, in a bid to reclaim a soul of gratitude, in and with a spirit of generosity.

“Oh yes, dear, we do love you, we really do, but you must behave yourself! And you must believe what we tell you! And yes, you must give yourself up to a higher calling! You must, you must, you must. Otherwise, it’s simply unacceptable! Do as we say, not as we do! Do as we tell you!”

I furthermore suspect that I betrayed myself as a child, suffering a secret death in childhood.

“I see. I see the perfect paradox here. Everything looks and sounds so normal. No crime committed. No harm intended. No corpse, no guilt. Can we not see the sun rising and setting as usual? Of course we can. But what is happening? You expect that I betray my very soul and spirit!”

Could this be why I had such a fascination with death? Could this be why I sometimes (oftentimes, if I’m perfectly honest) feel mired in dearth? Dare I expose the many little sacrifices of soul and spirit that I made in my childhood and adolescence to bring my self-betrayals to light?

In so doing, might death not then become a mere thought with a feeling?

The beauty of these questions is that they can turned around for my benefit: could I not couple any fascination with death with a fascination for life? Could I not forever rise above and beyond any and all mires of dearth with a vision of life lived in the light of love for the love of life?

for me, the best is yes! to come, and so, does it not follow that I am destined to live forever?

Yes!, that is, to a stellar vision of life lived in the light of love for the love of life with no constriction or restriction of wholesome desire: would the immortals among us not be destined to live forever in their bliss at peace with themselves, each other, and the world in which they inhabit?

Here, the worm at the core is “unwholesome desire,” and so we have a threshold to meet between those insist on the mortality of all, those who resist oblivion with amortality in heaven above, and those who persist in making a heaven of Earth through the prospect of immortality.

Truth be told, the literatures for each of these are as varied as they are vast.

Many philosophical and scientific minds insist on oblivion, or else leave the question open, while ignoring or dismissing mountains of clinical evidence that say “yes!” to life after death, to life after life (reincarnation), and to lives between lives (accessible via “spiritual regression”).

Those who insist on mortality ~ oblivion ~ can be easily ignored or dismissed by those who resist oblivion with clinical evidence, as well as by those who draw on many of the scientific and technological innovations and advancements that are coming to light in favor of immortality.

Granted, where amortality and immortality are concerned, the skeptics, the cynics, the pessimists, the fatalists, and the nihilists are not easily cowed, especially in view of the many and various blights and plights that continue to plague the bulk of humanity seemingly without end:


These mundane realities play out daily in 3D like so many attention whores invading the news and entertainment media. It’s almost as if the dark heart of humanity can’t get enough of them, but if we care to step back a little into the Witness, what we find is something quite interesting:

note: every encounter and experience is measurable in terms of duration, frequency, and intensity

A full explanation of this chart is beyond the scope of this post, but if you care enough to do anything, take note of the tensions that arise from a contemplation of these threads of experience with reference to the fundamental blessings of contentment, fulfillment, and enchantment.

What I can say before I close out is that any magical worldview, cultivated, calibrated, and celebrated with no perceived adversity or difficulty, with no perceived problems or challenges, remains within the realm of possibility with a pure love of self, a pure space to live, a pure path to joy, not to mention a pure lust for life ~ one lived in the light of love for the love of life itself.

Such a realm, in my view, is psychospiritual in nature, a realm occupied by soulfish free spirits ~ sovereign benevolent rulers of themselves who have healthily, heartily, happily transcended any and all preoccupations with egoic morality in accordance with these measures of OCEAN:

O is for “open to experience”

C is for “conscious of life, love, light, lust”

E is for “excellence with exuberance”

A is for “affable, amenable, agreeable”

N is for “no more, no less!”

Together, these oceanic measures add up to “no more rubricizing” (to use a term coined by Abraham Maslow), which means “no more stupid, ignorant, lazy, mindless, heartless, immature, malicious, pathetic slotting of persons or peoples into tight little categories of convenience.”

Tight little categories like . . . “the untouched” or “the untouchables.”

The point here is to forgo undue reliance on rigid systems of control to allow for idiosyncratic and idiographic appreciation and recognition of persons and peoples both, all in a bid to bring forth manifestations and realizations of the deepest, broadest, fullest potentials of humanity.

In a free and open society, what need would there be for sanctuary if, as, when each and every moment in experience could be construed as some sort of blessing?

For those who keep up with the progress of a world advancing into a future where the prospect of immortality is par for the course, this fivefold proposition, in the form of five pointed questions, would inevitably intrude on the conscience: “can I? should I? would I? could I? must I?

When these questions cease to have relevance and significance to anyone at all ~ when the blessings of security, privacy, liberty, and prosperity cease to have relevance and significance to anyone at all, we’ll know, without a doubt, for better or worse, that we have merged as One.

The ultimate ultimate Sanctuary?

Maybe. Maybe not.