Saturday, October 3, 2015


I have been reading Black Elk Speaks, which was dictated by Black Elk and written down by John Neihardt.  Black Elk lived during the settling movement of European immigrants to this country toward the end of the eighteen hundreds and the early part of the nineteen hundreds.  It is now clear that the white European settlers behaved like what we now call “invasive weeds” during their movement to this country.  The settlers were motivated largely by capitalism and had little love or respect for other living entities or the earth that supports us.  The resident Native people had that love and respect, complicated by some brutality and enslavement of members of other tribes, a balance which seems to reflects the human condition.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Taking Things Personally

Recently, I have found myself repeatedly admonishing people to not take things personally.  The fact is that I used to take the actions of others to be a personal affront when all it really meant was that I was there & available.  I am reminded of the comments of Mother Teresa, “People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered; Forgive them anyway.” The fact is that the behavior of others usually has little or nothing to do with me

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Value Of Spirituality

Today I felt excited at the prospect of having a positive effect on many people in terms of enhancing their spiritual growth through my book.  I notice that there is a large emphasis on materialism, short-term gain, capitalism and individualism, all activities that result in a very transient feeling of pleasure, with an ultimate feeling of hollowness and a longing for more.  I would like to see a shift toward the spiritual principals of love, connection, inclusiveness and humility, all attitudes that promote long-term satisfaction and increase the integrity of the universe.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Importance Of Spiritual Growth

Today I had a lunch meeting with some people who have experience with and know a great deal more than I do about the book publishing industry, very illuminating.  One of the things that became quite clear during the meeting is that my contract gives my publishing company a distinct financial advantage if any profit is to be made from my book.  I was pleased to note that I don’t care much about any sort of financial gain, while also admitting that it would be nice.  I was clear that my purpose in writing and publishing the book was/is to enhance the spiritual growth of the readers and to get the message of the importance of that “out there”.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Largely because of the promotion of my book, these are stressful times for me, requiring a lot of self-care.  When I mention self-care I am talking about things like exercise, sleep, peace-time, meditation and distractions, activities that benefit me without any harm to others.  I also took the time to work with others today, which I can do as long as I take care of me as well.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Asking For Help

Today I had a two hour photo session to get some pictures for the promotion of my book.  I was definitely out of my comfort zone, which is to be quiet, in the background a not “out there” at all.  I found it both exhilarating and exhausting.  In order for me to accomplish this change, I need to ask for guidance from my God, put my own preferences aside and follow the suggestions of friends and associates.  I am not even attempting to do this alone.  So far, I am accomplishing that, while also desiring to escape!