Happy Thanksgiving to all of you around the world!
I hope your week and weekend were dream-affirmative.
Today in my blog I will share:
1. Happy Thanksgiving!
2. Chek Advanced Training Program Completions
3. Feminism Today
4. Show-N-Tell With Paul
We have SO MUCH to be thankful for today and everyday!
We are alive in a special time when many of us can still feel free, express our innate creative gifts, and share them with the world.
We can all be thankful for the challenges that we have as they do shape us into more conscious, loving, nurturing human beings.
In my vlog today (about 30 minutes), I share my feelings about why we should be thankful for the earth, water, fire (warmth), air and the Great Chain of Being that extends itself from the mineral, to the plant, to the animal, and to man.
I share a little about what I feel “Love is,” and some of my definitions of love in hopes that by better understanding what love is, we may feel more inspired to generate and share more live with ourselves and others.
I finish my blog by sharing a prayer that I created to express my love and gratitude for the food I eat:
Thank you Dear Food,
For the love you have given Mother Universe
And Mother Earth.
It is with great Love and Respect that I invite you into my body.
Please join me now, so that together, we can make the world a better place for all living beings, now, and in the future.
Ah-Ho Great Spirit, its time to eat!
C.H.E.K Advanced Training Program Completions
HLC 2, UK, with Joanna Rushton
Congratulations to all of you who just completed HLC 2 in the U.K. with Jo Rushton!
I am sure you enjoyed Jo’s depth, honesty and authenticity as a teacher and that you feel inspired to “be the change in the world that is needed today!”
I look forward to seeing you in HLC 3 when you feel you have integrated your HLC 2 training and are ready to learn more.
We are at a very important “tipping point” in the world today.
Though I’m a man, I’m happy to stand up and admit that most of the challenges we face with our environment, the marketplace, the workplace, among families, and within ourselves are symptoms of masculinization.
Over my 32 years of working as a therapist (Holistic Health Practitioner), I have seen both men and women burn themselves out by embodying an excess of masculine (yang) energy.
When a man is too manly, the pain and dysfunction he creates usually places him in the hands of a woman. It may be his mother, wife, girlfriend, lover or a nurse, but in his follies, he needs a woman’s touch, he needs her love.
When a man suffers from overexposure to his own fire and the fire of other men, he weakens, he softens, and he often cries, not in front of the men, but with one or more women.
Why? Because it is safer for him to be true to his feelings in the presence of a woman.
When a man is weakened by his beliefs, choices and actions, he tends to look for a magic pill or potion to make him strong again. It may be Viagra, Red Bull, exogenous testosterone or the promise on the latest protein shake label, but rarely does he listen to the feminine soul that lives within every man.
When he is taken to his knees to pray, it is almost always to a “Man God.” Though he may be smart enough to fly jets and build smart phones, the sword of his intellect cuts out the woman within.
How many men have ever pondered that by the very nature of being a man, as a man, God could give birth to nothing?
And all the while, most of these men come from Abrahamic religions that despise idol worship. And just as sad, how many women conform to the same myth (story), even though their counter-myth (painful facts of living out the story) is wearing them out.
Though I have lived the life that many would call that of a “man’s man,” the rough-and-tumble worlds of boxing, kickboxing, being a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, pioneering new, holistic ways in male-dominant exercise and healthcare fields, and more, I have always listened to, partnered with, and needed women in my life.
In fact, I have two wives, and that is a fast-track way to learn, understand, appreciate and create harmony with women.
I have always been brave enough to recognize a true teacher when one is standing before me. My mother was my first teacher, and she is still better than me at A LOT of things.
My father was too busy running around doing the things that would’ve made Donald Trump proud.
Now, don’t get me wrong as you read my words… I don’t appreciate women who strap on a pair of balls and go out and act like men.
It isn’t generally wise to fight fire with fire. Such behavior only indicates that such women “have caught the man disease.”
When you approach men with the same tactics they use against each other, get ready to be treated like a man who isn’t liked by other men. There is no healing there.
I have seen research showing that women in lesbian marriages have a higher rate of violence than those in heterosexual marriages.
What this suggests to me (among other things): Not even a woman can get along well with a woman who acts in the role of a man.
If you look carefully (or simply look at all), you will see that in each lesbian or gay relationship, one of the two fulfills the role of the male and the other the female.
That’s just how nature works.
We are at a time in the evolution of man when we need to become conscious (FAST) about how to access and use our feminine energies to nurture the planet and each other.
Our planet is dying from too many little boys in big bodies playing with very expensive, dangerous toys. We should avoid giving prepubescent boys the keys to chemical factories, science labs and atomic weapons!
When I saw what was “really going on I the army, I got out!” I couldn’t be part of that game. My inner voice, the feminine voice of my soul, though soft, was very clear.
To truly grasp how we all got into this situation (religion aside to the degree that’s possible), I think it’s very wise for all of you to watch Noam Chomsky’s excellent documentary titled, Requiem For The American Dream.
Masterful as always, Noam Chomsky shares the 10 principles used by a very small minority of very rich people and corporations to erode democracy.
Though this documentary is likely to get you very fired up, even downright angry toward the super-wealthy, large corporations and political figureheads, it is essential to remember that to create a true democracy, one must begin first within oneself, and listen to both sides of the wisdom inherent within each of us.
From there, we must be willing to create a democracy within our own homes. That requires equality between men and women, which is then passed down to boys and girls before they mirror our disease back to us, only to be diagnosed and drugged for being just like mom and dad.
Lao Tzu stated that, “The government always reflects the people.”
I feel it is time for men and women to celebrate a balanced, co-creative partnership in caring for themselves, their families, their businesses and the world.
In a recent article titled, Feminism and the Election: The Gift of Acceleration, Kelly Brogan, MD and Louise Kuo Habakus do a fantastic job of outlining feminism for today.
You can read the article in the link below: I hope you enjoy it.
And while we are on the topic of feminism, I thought I’d throw in a little trip down she-power lane.
Have a look at this posting called, 17 Moms Who Are Really, Really, Really Mean:
Show-N-Tell With Paul
Andrea Carroll, one of my Toronto-based students, uses art as a means of healing, expressing herself, and also professionally.
She recently shared this amazing piece she created. I asked her if I could share it with you because it is so profound, deep in its message and beautiful.
I also asked Andrea if she could share a few words about her painting. This is what she offered:
“My art is meant to inspire people to wake up to the beauty that surrounds us, to our own potential, and in this piece specifically, to the fact that we are constantly creating our reality moment-to-moment with the thoughts we think. Good or bad, we will receive what we are the vibration of.
“Instead of being happy once we achieve our goals and have everything we want, we need to be happy NOW, regardless of the situation, so that we can allow in what the universe is always trying to bring us. If we are constantly experiencing situations we don’t appreciate, we need to look at ourselves and realize we are co-creating them in some way.
“We all have the ability to create the most wonderful things that will benefit all people. Be gentle on yourself today and try to find the beauty and the magic that lies in all things.”
Thank you for sharing your journey, your message, and your love Andrea!
If any of you would like to contact Andrea to share your feelings about her art, or to get information about hiring her as a professional artist, you can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Orange Sunshine Anyone?
Last weekend, Angie and I watched Orange Sunshine (on Amazon movies). We LOVED it!
This movie is a an excellent documentary that chronicles the story of “The Brotherhood of Eternal Love,” a small group of individuals in the 1960s who took on the task of raising consciousness in turbulent times.
The Brotherhood started small, but soon grew to become the biggest distributors of LSD in the world. They manufactured and distributed approximately 150 million hits of (Orange Sunshine) LSD worldwide, as well as a lot of hash and hash oil.
The documentary features some great footage of Timothy Leary in his heyday, and is a good look at what happens when a democracy is losing its way, no thanks to the hands of the rich and powerful.
I think this movie is very timely considering our current world, political and environmental situation.
Though I don’t think LSD is the answer, I do think marijuana is a FAR better choice for stress management, inflammatory challenges, pain and sleep disorders than most anything being peddled by doctors and the drug companies that have so effectively brainwashed them and the public at large.
That said, marijuana can “inspire creativity,” but it is we the people that must take action. Stoned unconscious, lazy people don’t get any more done in life than medically drugged unconscious and/or lazy people.
Personally, I feel that the government should hire Thich Nhat Hana and the Dalai Lama to design mindfulness courses for all levels of the public sector, from kindergarten to university, from family to small and big business, and most definitely for politicians.
These courses should be easy to access live, online, on the radio, on the news daily, on TV and printed on rolls of toilet paper.
This is what it will take to make the shift we all need to make at this time in our evolution, because “mindlessness” isn’t working well at all.
Before drugs are prescribed for any problem that is directly or indirectly related to mind-body imbalances that can be addressed through effective application of nutrition, hydration, sleep (and effective use of rest), breathing, thinking and movement, these methods should be tried.
To do that, we need a lot more CHEK Professionals leading the way to educate the world.
That’s what I’m excited about doing every day!
I hope you enjoy this powerful movie.
Mana will be 9 months old tomorrow. Yay Mana!
We are really loving watching him grow and learn, and support him in every way. He’s a lot of fun.
It amazes us just how fast this little guy can learn things, and how intense he is about doing what he wants to do!
Oh boy! Angie and I often debate whose genes are behind all this. I can’t blame the mailman for this one.
Angie got a new bike and a lovely little kids trailer so we can tow him behind us on bike rides.
He LOVES to go fast, and he loves bumps too. Angie, Penny and I are all really looking forward to taking him many places on our bikes.
I know for sure he’ll need that helmet for his trips with Daddy.
We are planning on doing a family photo for Thanksgiving, so Angie took Maggie out to try on some new costumes. She seemed to like this one, but Angie got her a few.
So, as you can see, it was Maggie’s turn to use Mana’s little hanging baby seat that lets him put his feet on the floor and play around a little.
OK, yes, I know some of my students are saying, “I thought you told us jumpers were bad for kids.” The answer is yes, they are if you let babies use them too much, and don’t support them with an optimal environment for infant development.
You can rest assured, we have it set up so he can’t deteriorate his overall infant development, and he’s way ahead of the curve there, so we’re all good.
I hope you’ve all enjoyed my blog today.
I look forward to sharing more with you next week.
Love and chi,