Saturday, February 8, 2014


In most developed or developing nations, there is a clear cultural and educational bias in favor of material and intellectual development over the emotional and spiritual.  In my case and many of the people I work with, this imbalance has contributed to serious problems, such as depression, self-destructive behaviors, rage and various addictions.  Typically, as in my case, people do not try to correct their imbalance until their life conditions get pretty bad, some sort of internal and/or external crises.  Unfortunately (?), I had to go through some pretty unpleasant times before “waking up”.  I will continue to do all I can to help others “wake up” without their going through similarly difficult times.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Prayer & Meditation

It is now a bit before 2:30 A.M., part of the time each day that I devote to prayer, meditation and being with that power/force that I call God.  For some reason, it is this period each day that I am closest to God and make my strongest connection.  During this time, I frequently get instructions on how to conduct myself during the coming day and, occasionally, I am even told what will happen during the interactions that will take place, if that is important for me to know.  I also receive a great deal of physical, emotional and spiritual support during this period.  I begin this devotional period every day by acknowledging, internally, that I cannot do the things I do each day without the support and guidance I get during this time.  My being alive, quite literally, depends on this time each day and my connection with that power/force I call God.
When I was working full time, my period of prayer and meditation began at 5:00 A.M. and went until 6:00.  After I partially retired my starting time gradually shifted to 4:00, then 3:00 and now 1:30 to 2:00.  I never set an alarm and have tried, unsuccessfully, several times to sleep beyond that time.  I, now, just accept it, and know that even if I get little sleep, it will be just fine and I will be taken care of..

Thursday, February 6, 2014


The book Alcoholics Anonymous speaks of the pathological use of alcohol as being “a symptom”, which I have also found to be true with both alcohol and drugs in the years of my own recovery and,additionally, having assisted numerous other alcoholics and addicts.  I don’t mean that underlying issues are the cause of addictive tendencies, which seem to be physiological, but that pathological use is generally, in part, a method of coping with those issues.  The A.A. program emphasizes a spiritual solution and, I also emphasize things like love, individuation and connection, ideas that could certainly benefit from more education and cultural support.  These approaches address the causes of pathological use.  Criminalization or the use of legal chemicals like methadone attempt to address only the symptoms, and do not appear to work very well.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


Maria and I met at the bank today in order to arrange my business accounts in such a way that she will have easy access in the event that I take a downturn in health.  While there, I noticed that the young man (perhaps 37) who was assisting us seemed to be a bit restless.  He talked of buying and selling various fast cars and properties as well as some frustrations over the weather and sports teams, all pretty normal conversation.  I also know of several older individuals who do same sorts of things and talk similarly.  The reason I took note of this, is that I do not say or do similar things and I feel at peace with conditions the way they are.  I readily acknowledge that my life is different than what I would call ideal, there are numerous challenges but it is also wonderful and it is what it is.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Living One Day At A Time

Today I am in a strange position in all aspects (intellectually, spiritually, emotionally and physically) of my life.  On the one hand, I am aware that I know and can do many things, a great deal more than I thought I was capable of.  On the other hand, today I am acutely aware of how little I know or can accomplish, when faced with the reality of what actually exists, in the various aspects of life.  I realize that I know and understand only a little.  I think it best to continue living one day at a time, stay in the present, do my best and to continue acting out of love and faith.

Monday, February 3, 2014


I could apply any of various labels to myself (alcoholic, scientist, enlightened, mystic, etc.) and they all describe certain aspects of me.  For example, describing myself as an alcoholic, which I do on occasions, says that my body reacts in a particular way when it encounters alcohol or referring to myself as enlightened would indicate that I experience delight in the human condition and realize my relation to eternity.  The draw-back to using any of these labels, and the reason I tend not to use them, is that they tend to also indicate that I am done, having reached some sort of goal or endpoint.  The only label that I am comfortable with is “I am Charlie”.  I don’t think I am done, in fact I have just begun.

Sunday, February 2, 2014


A couple of weeks ago I noticed a very dark, almost black, blemish on my forearm that had not been there before.  It was roughly circular and a bit less than half an inch in diameter.  I was concerned, and I will never know for sure since I did not get a biopsy, because the blemish looked like a melanoma.  I incorporated healing that area in my daily healing activity and it is now almost completely gone, a capability that I suspect others have as well.  I have certainly taken note of the whole process as being of some significance.  One fact that has not escaped me is that things like this, typically, do not happen to me without a very good reason, I wonder what that reason is.