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14 June, 2018

BLUEPRINT FOR REINVENTING YOURSELF AND LIVING A BETTER AND SUCCESSFUL LIFE: "ANAM CARA: YOUR SOUL FRIEND AND BRIDGE TO ENLIGHTENMENT AND CREATIVITY"


In many ways and for many reasons we live in a world that is enveloped in a cloud of uncertainty. How do you navigate a world that is in constant flux and is uncertain? You reinvent yourself! “Anam Cara: Your Soul Friend And Bridge To Enlightenment And Creativity” is a blueprint for reinventing yourself and living a better and successful life penned by GLENVILLE ASHBY, Ph.D., a Spiritual Teacher, award-winning author, and Emotional Intelligence Thought Leader. “Anam Cara: Your Soul Friend And Bridge To Enlightenment And Creativity,” which is the recipient of five-star reviews (https:// literarytitan.com/2017/11/24/anam-cara-your-soul-friend-and-bridge-to-enlightenment-and-creativity/), is an audio book available at: https://mobile.audible.com/pd/Self-Development/ Anam-Cara-Audiobook/B01DCL 18DQ.

To learn more about “Anan Cara: Your Soul Friend And Bridge To Enlightenment And Creativity”, you can view its video book trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dIAfCCfxmg.

And to learn more about DR. ASHBY’s work, visit: www.glenvillewellness.com.

06 June, 2018

SPIRITUAL TEACHER, AUTHOR, AND THOUGHT LEADER GLENVILLE ASHBY, Ph.D. PENS AN EMPOWERING COMPASS: "IN SEARCH OF TRUTH: A COURSE IN SPIRITUAL PSYCHOLOGY -- SELECTED WRITINGS 2013-2018"




CONTACT:
Diane A. Sears, Publicist
267-581-3963


            NEW YORK, NY (USA) – The release of “In Search Of Truth:  A Course In Spiritual Psychology – Selected Writings 2013-2018” comes at a time when many of the 7.6 billion souls on our planet are asking: “Who do we believe? Who or what can we trust?  What is the truth?”  If you feel enveloped in an expansive cloud of uncertainty which appears not to have an exit or that you are navigating a world that is operating from an “upside down position,” “In Search Of Truth:  A Course In Spiritual Psychology – Selected Writings 2013-2018” penned by Spiritual Teacher, award-winning author, and Emotional Intelligence Thought Leader Glenville Ashby, Ph.D., will serve as an empowering compass.  Released on 4 May 2018 simultaneously by Amazon.com (https://www.amazon.com/dp/1718683081)  and Barnes and Noble (https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/in-search-of-truth-lenvilleashby/1128625751?type=eBook), “In Search Of Truth:  A Course In Spiritual Psychology – Selected Writings 2013-2018”  is being heralded as one of the Millennium’s important literary works.  

            Although only 30 days has elapsed since its release, “In Search Of Truth: A Course In Spiritual Psychology – Selected Writings 2013-2018” has received two five-star reviews respectively from Readers Favorite and Literary Titan. 

          Both Dr Ashby and his latest literary work receive high marks in a review for Readers’ Favorite (https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/in-search-of-truth) crafted by Mrs. Jamie Michele, an excerpt of which appears below:


“ . . . Where Ashby stands out against other writers in the genre of religion, theology, and psychology is in his comprehensive coverage of all the major concepts of faith. He dives deep and explains with both conviction and fact; the ultimate balancing act between what we know to be true and what we believe might be true. Ultimately, Ashby leaves us with what (most) consider to be a universal truth: Humanism, not religion, is the path to salvation.”


“In Search Of Truth:  A Course In Spiritual Psychology – Writings 2013-2015” is lauded in a review published by Literary Titan (https://literarytitan.com/2018/05/03/in-search-of-truth-a-course-in-spiritual-psychology/) and excerpted below:

           “ . . . This is a fascinating collection offering something different than your usual books on spiritual psychology. Fully accessible for those who may want to refer to it time and time again for spiritual guidance, if you are looking for an intellectual and stimulating read, with an openness to many different outcomes, then I can’t recommend In Search of Truth enough.’

          Cognizant of the fact that his latest literary work may raise eyebrows and become the catalyst of a lively debate, when reached for comment, Dr. Ashby remarked:

“The book raises soul searching questions on so many subjects that we have grappled with since the dawn of time. What is truth? Is there an afterlife? Is suicide ever justified? Is reincarnation possible? Are there limits to human potential? I also delved into transpersonal psychology and consciousness studies…and of course, eastern spirituality. This is an eclectic offering that will definitely stir debate.”

           Dr. Ashby is a Life Coach, Qigong Sifu, and architect of the “QiGong For The Workplace Compact Training Workshop”.   A certified QiGong instructor who studied under Grandmaster Zhou Ting-Je and SifuTina Zhan, Dr. Ashby is a Wellness Consultant at the Harlem Nursing and Rehabilitation Center; Master Reiki practitioner; a certified meditation instructor; and an initiate in the Ifá tradition.  A prolific writer, Dr. Ashby’s literary works include  The Mystical QiGong Handbook for Good Health (https://www.youtu.be/3caybIN2YIQ),  Anam Cara: Your Soul Friend and Bridge to Enlightenment and Creativity which is the recipient of the Literary Titan Gold Book Awards (https://literarytitan.com/ 2018/01/05/literary-titan-book-awards-january-2018/), The Believers: The Hidden World of West Indian in Spiritualism in New York; and One Hundred Paths To God,  scheduled for publication later this year.

          For further information regarding Dr. Ashby’s work, visit www.glenvillewellness.com.

          Dr. Ashby is available for media interviews, speaking engagements, and workshops.  Inquiries can be directed to Dr. Ashby’s publicist, Diane A. Sears by calling 267-581-3963 or sending an e-mail to:  insearchoffatherhood@gmail.com.



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"EMBRACING OUR SONS...ERADICATING MARGINALIZATION"--2018 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR MEN AND BOYS



CONTACT:

D.A. Sears
USA Coordinator - International Men's Day
267-581-3963
E-Mail: insearchoffatherhood@gmail.com

Jerome Teelucksingh, Ph.D.
Founder, International Men's Day
E-Mail: j_teelucksingh@yahoo.com 


Of the 7,616,313,758 billion souls with whom we share Planet Earth, 3,841,726,340 are males. And of these 3,841,726,304 males, approximately 1,004,638,355 of these souls are 15 years of age and younger. When these souls emerged from the womb, they emerged as bright-eyed and spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically vibrant souls endowed with an insatiable curiosity, a powerful intellect, and boundless energy. As they make their journey from childhood to adulthood, many of these souls – Our Sons – are being marginalized. Economic turpitude, violence, Fatherlessness, an unlevel academic “playing field,” lack of positive male role models, homelessness, inadequate or lack of access to mental and physical health resources, xenophobia, religious and ethnic intolerance, and spiritually, psychologically, and emotionally toxic communities are marginalizing boys and males youths – Our Sons. Without intervention, at least 1,004,538,355 marginalized boys and male youths will mature into marginalized Men – marginalized Men who will become husbands, fathers, our co-workers, and our neighbors. Clearly, we must – with all deliberate speed – embrace Our Sons. And eradicating marginalization is a key “piece of the puzzle” to embracing Our Sons – boys and male youths throughout our global village -- whose souls have become broken by economic turpitude, violence, Fatherlessness, an inadequate education, poverty, lack of access to positive male role models and real-life options, homelessness, inadequate or lack of access to mental and physical health resources, religious and ethnic intolerance, and growing up in spiritually, psychologically, and emotionally toxic communities.


Churches, mosques, synagogues and temples have always been – and continue to be -- the center of the universe of communities throughout our global village. These religious institutions have not only attended to the spiritual needs of their congregation and the communities they inhabit, but also have addressed – and continue to address – poverty, homelessness, xenophobia, and other issues which contribute to the “brokenness” and marginalization of boys and male youths – Our Sons. The International Day of Prayer for Men and Boys is a vehicle through which Christians, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, Buddhists and all “souls of faith” embark upon a collaborative journey to “embrace our sons” and “eradicate marginalization” by implementing, establishing, and supporting initiatives which address and help to resolve the myriad of key challenges that confront boys and male youths – Our Sons – and contribute to their “brokenness” and marginalization.


The International Day of Prayer for Men and Boys will be observed on Sunday,4 November 2018 under the theme, “Embracing Our Sons . . . Eradicating Marginalization” throughout our global village. Inaugurated on Sunday, 14 November 2014, the International Day of Prayer for Men and Boys is a call for peace. It is a unifying call which brings Christians, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, Buddhists and all “souls of faith” to the “Table Of Humanity” to collectively heal the spiritually, psychologically, and emotionally wounded souls among us. The International Day of Prayer for Men and Boys is a call to fill an existing vacuum of compassionate and solutions-based leadership and to create certainty in a world that is immersed in paralyzing uncertainty. 




03 June, 2018

SAVING OUR SONS: GLOBAL GOODWILL AMBASSADOR HALIMA IBRAHIM LAUNCHES INITIATIVE TO ADDRESS CHALLENGES OF NIGERIA'S MARGINALIZED BOYS AND MALE YOUTHS


The USA International Men's Day Team applauds and congratulates Global Goodwill Ambassador Halima Ibrahim on the launch of the Anty Hally Foundation/Initiative which will help to address and resolve the key challenges and unique issues confronting marginalized  boys and male youths -- Our Sons -- in Nigeria. 
Global Goodwill Ambassador Halima Ibrahim's initiative is a reminder of our need to renew our commitment to boys and male youths throughout our global village.  
And that is how we can begin to build a better and safer world for everyone.

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02 June, 2018

MR. VARISE COOPER APPOINTED NEW YORK (USA) REGIONAL COORDINATOR - INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY




P R E S S    R E L E A S E
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


CONTACT:

Mr. Varise Cooper
New York (USA) Regional Coordinator – International Men’s Day
E-Mail:  varisec@hotmail.com



          NEW YORK NY (USA)  -- 2 JUNE 2018 – The International Men’s Day Union has announced the appointment of management consultant and Notary Public Mr. Varise Cooper as the New York (USA) Regional Coordinator for International Men’s Day (http://www.usainternationalmensday.blogspot.com).   Mr. Cooper will be the point of contact for all organizations, individuals, and institutions throughout New York that participate in and/or raise awareness for International Men’s Day which will be observed on Monday, 19 November 2018.  Under Mr. Cooper’s leadership, New York will join cities in 83 nations throughout our global village in the observance of International Men’s Day under the theme “Renewing Our Commitment To Men And Boys . . . Building A Better World For Everyone”.  


              How can institutions, organizations, and individuals renew their commitment to Men and Boys and help build a better world for everyone?  As an example, Global and Regional Coordinators for International Men’s Day encourage us to create pathways for emotional freedom for Men and Boys and to “level the academic playing field” for boys and adolescent young men:


Create Pathways for Emotional Freedom For Men And Boys --  The number of Men and Boys throughout our global village who end their lives by committing suicide is alarming.  Is there a connection between the manner in which Men and Boys are socialized and the suicide rate? Are Men and Boys taught to suffer in silence when they are in pain and that seeking help is “unmanly”?  


 ·         Rewrite the narrative on strength and masculinity by redefining strength.  Being strong is being vulnerable.  When a soul is vulnerable they are standing in front of another person spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically naked.  Only a strong person can and will allow themselves to be vulnerable.


 ·         All clinics and medical facilities in all communities should be staffed with at least one (1) mental health professional who is sensitive to and can effectively address and resolve the unique psychological, emotional, and spiritual issues experienced by Men and Boys.  We must ensure that sufficient social services exist for Men and Boys.


 ·         Incarcerated Men have deeply embedded psychological, emotional, and spiritual wounds.  The design and implementation of a two-tiered mandatory psychological debriefing program for all males who have been incarcerated and their family members and loved ones for a mandatory minimum period of one (1) year would help address and heal these wounds.


 ·         Address the role that Fatherlessness and the lack of a strong and dominant male presence during a boy’s journey from childhood to manhood plays in the spiritual, psychological, and emotional wounding of Men and Boys.


·         Let’s engage the Men and Boys in our lives in a conversation – a real conversation – about their emotional, psychological, and spiritual reaction to disappointments, rejections, and perceived failures.    Ask questions: “How do you feel about what happened?  Are you happy?  Are you sad?   Do you feel numb?  How can I make things better for you?   What can I do to help you through the difficult time that you are going through?”   


 ·         Let’s recognize the symptoms of mental, emotional, and spiritual distress which take the form of behavioral changes.   These behavioral changes include, but are not limited to, insomnia, excessive moodiness, loss of appetite, and change in appearance – e.g., poor grooming and hygiene, and withdrawal.   


Level the “Academic Playing Field” For Boys and Adolescent Young Men -  Boys and young adolescent males – particularly, in marginalized communities -- are academically underperforming their female counterparts in a number of nations which include the United States. As an example, girls outperform boys in reading and writing on standardized tests.    They are more likely to be categorized by educators and school administrators as “intellectually challenged” and “behavior problems,” warehoused in Special Education classes, and diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and placed on psychotropic medications such as Ritalin, than their female counterparts.


·         School districts, school administrators, educators, parents, and concerned key stakeholders must set literacy goals for boys and adolescent young males.  Every boy and adolescent young male enrolled in school should have a reading and writing level and a reading comprehension level which is at least equivalent to his grade level, if not one grade above his current grade level.


·         Why are boys and adolescent young males performing poorly in reading and writing on standardized tests?  Is it because the subject matter of the reading and writing materials do not capture the imagination of boys and adolescent young males? Do school districts, educators and administrators need to develop and implement a “boy-friendly” reading and writing curriculum?  Is the development of reading and writing skills not being encouraged and monitored at home?


·         What factors are involved in the categorization by educators and school administrators of boys and adolescent young males as “intellectually challenged” and “behavior problems” at a much higher rate than their female counterparts?   How can these factors be addressed and resolved?


·          In view of the fact that a definitive test for Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is not administered by educators and school administrators, they must look closely at the behavior of boys and adolescent young males to determine if their behavior which may appear to be Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is actually something else which does not warrant Ritalin or other psychotropic medications being prescribed.   Let’s look at nonpharmacologic remedies such as yoga, transcendental meditation and diet modification – e.g., the reduction of sugar intake in the daily diet of boys and adolescent young males.


·         Recruit and employ more male teachers in school districts and schools where disciplinary and “behavior problems” issues are higher among boys and adolescent young males than their female counterparts -- particularly in marginalized communities.


·         Consider the role that Fatherlessness and the absence of positive male role models in communities and a strong and dominant male presence in households play in the academic underperformance of boys and adolescent young males and their propensity to be categorized as “intellectually challenged” and “behavior problems”.
      

           Inaugurated in Trinidad and Tobago on 19 November 1999 by Jerome Teelucksingh, Ph.D., a Gender Issues Thought Leader, humanitarian, faculty member in the History Department of the University of West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago, a prolific author, and poet, International Men’s Day celebrates and honors the contributions and sacrifices of Men -- “every day men”.  The worldwide observance shares a 48-hour partnership with Universal Children’s Day which is observed on 20th November of each year and is endorsed by the United Nations. 

         International Men’s Day is a day of observance in which we place our focus on that which unites humanity, giving everyone who wants to celebrate International Men’s Day the opportunity to help work towards our shared objectives which we apply equally to men and boys irrespective of their age, ability, social background, ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity, religious belief, and relationship status.

          Those objectives are:

·         To promote positive male role models; not just movie stars and sportsmen but every day, working class men who are living decent, honest lives.


·         To celebrate men’s positive contributions; to society, community, family, marriage, child care, and to the environment.


·         To focus on men’s health and wellbeing -- social, emotional, physical, and spiritual.


·         To highlight discrimination against males in areas of social services, social attitudes and expectations, and law.


·         To improve gender relations and promote gender equality.


·         To create a safer, better world, where all people can grow and reach their full potential.

        Individuals, organizations, and institutions located in New York interested in participating in 2018 International Men’s Day should contact Mr. Varise Cooper, the New York (USA) Regional Coordinator for International Men’s Day by sending an e-mail to: varisec@hotmail.com.

            To learn more about International Men’s Day, visit: http://www.usainternational mensday. blogspot.com.    

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28 May, 2018

THE UNIVERSAL CULTURE OF FATHERHOOD REPRESENTS THE ONLY IMMUTABLE DECREE TO NATURE IN ITS THROES OF DIVERSITY: RANDY L. COLLINS



The Universal Culture of Fatherhood is a way to understand and relate to the people and the world around us. It identifies us as parents, individual persons and as cohabitants who help to shape the world around them. By its very essence, it denotes authority and promotes responsibility. It is a concept whose concerns find their purpose inside the cause and effect reality we live in. Regardless of your religion or politics, despite your life’s philosophy, or whether you even have one, it cannot be refuted or denied that a causal relationship exists between what we do and the experiences that help to shape us as persons. If we don’t follow the rules of the road, we have an accident. If we don’t eat, we go hungry. If it rains, we will get wet. Regardless of what we may or may not believe, the fact is that what we do or do not do will have irrefutable consequences. If we do not do the things we need to do to build inner character we will have none.

Since our children are ill-equipped to understand the value of character, let alone how to build it, ii is our responsibility as adults to show them. As adults we have an obligation to provide for our young the safest learning, developing environment possible. Biology makes no difference. When we were young we were allowed to grow into adulthood within a privileged status. We were not necessarily bound by law. We held ‘most favored status” everywhere we went. Everything was provided for us. Biology did matter in the legal arena, but love and compassion mattered more in the human arena. When we were children and made mistakes, sometimes there were consequences, sometimes not. But there was always a lecture. The Universal Culture of Fatherhood represents an understanding that is critical: If we have no understanding, how can we share it? We need to understand our actions and behaviors with the same objectivity and sequential reasoning that others do. In other words, we must lean to “say what we mean and mean what we say.” We are unique and separate individuals each and every one. We each have distinct personalities and are capable of independent thought. Therein lies the seeds of creativity. But should we not learn that the ultimate expression of that creativity may restrict the natural diversity it seeks to protect?

We must also learn that people do not know what we mean unless we tell them. We must assume nothing. People see us as separate beings from themselves. We cannot read minds and neither can others. Despite our best efforts to guess numbers, we don’t have ESP. So, it becomes necessary to use whatever mutual tools of communication available, like reading, writing or speaking. You can see how communication might become difficult in the case of different languages, or even different dialects of the same language. But, in fact, any differences at all can cause miscommunication. People, things, and the world have reactions to the things we do or say that depend on what the world believes to be the motives behind our actions. The world’s reaction to what we say or do may be accurate, may be not. But it will always be consistent with the world’s first impression of the communications that came from us. Therefore, it becomes imperative that our communications are clear to others and are responded to appropriately.

Verbal communication in most often where bias and misinterpretation occur. Those we are attempting to communicate with may return the act in kind, reject our input, or interject causes of their own to neutralize whatever effects they may think we intend to set into motion. But they will always be responding to the perceived gambit we made. Precise, honest, and clear communication is a must, especially when attempting to teach our children to communicate. Communication or mis-communication occurs with frightening frequency. It can be caused by cultural bias, a speech impediment, language barriers of many types, but it all means communication deserves to be approached as a delicate process – a process that deserves our full and undivided attention. To be misunderstood is, in essence, to be locked out of the game, giving us no chance for anything other than being an occasional pawn. You are just as likely to be misunderstood as understood, especially if the person or persons with whom you are attempting to communicate with have different desired outcomes in mind than you do. People can and do sometimes choose to act confused – a tactic often used by salesmen when selling big ticket items. But we can influence the reaction of others simply by executing deliberate choice in displaying whatever motive we choose. We can choose to present ourselves as nice, as belligerent, as requesting help, as demanding help. We can choose to project many different emotional states or none at all. We can say “yes” or “no”, be agreeable, or disagreeable, polite or rude. Our attitude can be brusque, short, or compassionate.

What we will discover if we begin to interpret learning and communication as processes, and not singular events, is that people may look and sound different but they still need to accomplish very similar complex tasks. Universal principles and practices can be found in variations all over the world. These practices not only sustain life, but according to what environmental resources are found, promote different ways of doing things. These principles further mankind’s progress on his sojourn through life. In fact, we should not be surprised to discover that the same physical demands make themselves known to all peoples. Principles bear striking similarities to each other, but are achieved according to very different cultural norms and ways of doing things. Thus, it should come as no surprise that differences in cultures and languages only act as fuel for new discoveries and create newer ways of doing things. Cultural norms are involved within the process of evolution and will always undergo as much change as is necessary to promote growth.

To grasp this new understanding, we must first accept that the “desire to achieve self-expression:” is the inalienable right of all life forms. As long as the integrity of this basic principle remains sound, all else remains sound. The rudimentary status of this principle must be preserved when considering any life, yet the integrity implied inside the desire to achieve self expression must be maintained. Certainly, if you can see it, touch it, taste it, smell it, or feel it, it is expressing itself. But I speak of “expressing” in terms of the creative life force from within. This desire/drive to gain expression must ultimately be mirrored by the desire/drive to contribute to the other forces of life already in evidence. If any expression of life does not contribute to the sustenance of all forms, it is not conducive to living and should be avoided. As a species we must express the creative energy within us to survive.

Re-creation is another aspect of living that warrants further discussion. Re-creation is the chief form of expression. As humans, we are not just interested in eating and procreating, but expend a lot of energy managing the resources around us. We do this to insure our survival for generations to come. We not only manage the resources that are readily available, but use ingenuity to discover what is possible to create from the resources we have. Not only do we manage resources, but through a monumentally creative effort, we concoct them, mix and match them, and create new and more usable products out of them. In other words, we transform utility into versatility. We are also good at deductive reasoning and scientific thinking. As a result, our technologies and the awareness they produce have opened doors mankind didn’t even know existed.

We are fast approaching a new era. An age when we are only limited by our own self-restraint. An age when long distance travel is accomplished in hours, not days. An age when “culture shock” has become an irrelevant term. A time and world where the International Dateline is the only true border. A time when international norms are blending themselves to promote the uniformly universal language of business to act as a gateway of diplomacy between flights. We are fast blending time and space to become the global village of the past with future technologies. Inside that “global village” we must acknowledge our common humanity. And because our livelihoods rely upon technology, we must acknowledge that our future seems eerily reminiscent of our past. We have come so far so fast that perhaps we have left something of ourselves behind. Our future has approached so fast that the landscape of human cultures seems vast and incomprehensible. Also, we must begin to see that the landscape of human experience will expand and contract in spasms, giving birth to new blends of culture. We must avoid rigid unyielding thoughts. We must become pliable and able to absorb many variations of cultural norms and behaviors.

We must also maintain the universal characteristics of fatherhood as a benchmark for all cultural expressions of fatherhood. We must acknowledge that as individuals we have a good chance of being exposed to a number of variations of cultural norms in our lifetimes. We must also acknowledge that we may be asked by those significant others in our lives to interpret and translate cultural norms or languages into familiar terms so that they can understand. In other words, we must acquaint ourselves with differing ways of seeing the world through attitudes free of bias and preference. There are almost as many diverse cultures and languages as there are individual people. In fact, one of the identifying characteristics of individuality is to conform general characteristics in such a distinctive way as to suggest uniqueness.

The universal characteristics of fatherhood are also a way of empowering ourselves to become meaningful role models as parents. Parents who actively model and deliberately participate in the emotional education of their children, as well as parents who will endeavor to lay the foundations of higher learning as a platform from which their children could launch a meaningful and contributing future. A future filled with purpose, accomplishment and commitment. Parents who realize that there can be no purpose without commitment and that any effort that has no purpose is futile. Parents who understand that the only way to influence past results and future possibilities is through present intervention. Parents who wear purpose like a winter’s coat in February. This direction of purpose (by which we are all driven) is not designated to fit only certain genders, but identifies the individual who seeks to choose and to direct the consequential results of their actions and those of their young. This characteristic, this objectifying of self, is inherent to the Universal Culture of Fatherhood and incorporates Motherhood and Parenthood into itself by definition.

The Universal Culture of Fathehrood is not so much a designation as it is a functional description of a process that involves the “living” of life. The consequences of the actions involved in this process are quite simply the natural results of the actions of living life. Whether we are successful at this new philosophy of living is totally reliant upon our willingness to sacrifice our parental rights in favor of adopting a new set of parental responsibilities. In fact, our efforts or lack thereof will produce results commensurate with our activity or lack of it. This will be the only measuring stick and should not be applied in comparison to or as a gauge of any kind, since the life principle itself is based on diversity, and discourages comparisons and measurements.

Life’s randomness suggests that creativity may simply be the execution of deliberate and thoughtful choices. This statement will remain true no matter our dominant cultural upbringing. Our efforts will now have meaning, even if in the beginning those efforts largely produced confusion and as much mis-meaning as meaning. In other words, while trying to promote harmony with others by gaining and sharing a working understanding of the life sphere, we may inadvertently promote discord and misunderstanding. But not to worry, even here we are still on the road to success, because “a mistake is only a lesson in disguise.” As soon as a person discovers the correct answer, the previous mistake becomes a lesson. Usually, this understanding is a product of trial and error, but even circular reasoning holds the promise of new discovery.

To the deliberate and thoughtful man, this insight represents an opportunistic way of viewing his world, a way that is devoid of insecurity and paralyzing fear. A way of understanding the world we live in that allows us to achieve a personal understanding of ourselves and a comfort zone of knowledge from which we can share with our children. This way of understanding preserves and promotes life in all its pursuits. As a people, we gather together as large groups simply to promote safety and encourage creativity and understanding. As parents who relate through this intermingling, we often mix traditions and ways of doing things that create new opportunities to expand our thinking.

This intermingling also provides public forums to create and regulate social interactions. We are surrounded by opportunities to positively approach our future with optimism and hope. For the first time in the history of mankind we can contribute to the direction of our technological advancements to such a degree that we, in effect, can influence the direction of our future. It has never been possible that man could choose his path. Never has he controlled his resources to such a degree that he is able to exercise “free will” when choosing his lifestyle. The expressions he is now capable of go unmatched in history. It would not be too far fetched to say that if he can think it, someone somewhere is working on a way to do it.

We have managed our technology to the extent that it appears to be self-promoting. By sheer dint of numbers conflict is inevitable. We should not fear conflict, but we should avoid it whenever possible. It is counterproductive and futile. It also constitutes a wasteful drain for resources. We do not exist in a void, nor are we independent of each other. The actions we take as individuals, small groups and as majorities affect the outcome of the whole. We co-exist inside a medium with others of many persuasions. To those others, we ourselves are of a different persuasion. Yet, we acknowledge OUR right to self-expression. We must set aside divisive thinking and concentrate our efforts to accommodate all expressions of life.

Self-expression must become the invincible right of every world citizen. We must preserve the sanctity of life/expression with all the reverence we are capable of. We must begin to realize that expression of life is life, and that is desire to exist in expressing itself.

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BLUEPRINT FOR REINVENTING YOURSELF AND LIVING A BETTER AND SUCCESSFUL LIFE: "ANAM CARA: YOUR SOUL FRIEND AND BRIDGE TO ENLIGHTENMENT AND CREATIVITY"

In many ways and for many reasons we live in a world that is enveloped in a cloud of uncertainty. How do you navigate a world that is i...