BM Magazine Issue 1: Guidance

"Religion is a way of living in which the totality, the beautiful wealth inside, is involved every moment in every relationship. The manipulation of sound in speech, the mysterious process of breathing, the sense organs of looking, listening, touching are involved. You see the interrelatedness of all the energies of the cosmos in your own body, the relationships among the earth, the water, the sky."

Vimala Thakar from "The Eloquence of Living"

“Ganesha is the remover of obstacles. Call to him to remove any barriers between you and Love. Then Be Love, at all times, under all circumstances. Don't let your reasons to not be Love get in the way. Love as a way-of-Being is a life worth living. And a life-worth-living is worthy of your commitment.”
Preston Klick

A BrilliantlyMad Lifestyle

The revolution of your self has begun. You must first just be and re-learn yourself so you can more fully understand yourself. Listen to your inner child and follow the heartbeat of Mother Earth. Allow those who came before to teach you about this planet and all it’s treats. Join the forces of your mind and heart together. Stay constantly alert, intensely aware of your own thoughts and feelings through spontaneous perception of self-discovery and insight.

There are two poles in everyone’s minds and bringing them together makes perfect harmony. The studies of Nietzsche brought the Apollonian and Dionysian selves to the intellect. Being on the side of Apollonian / Brilliance produces systematic and conditioning thought patterns which could very well put people in a state of numbness with the world. This side of the spectrum gives full attention to the details, marking their truths to be absolute despite counter arguments. On the other hand the Dionysian / Madness side produces ills of delusion through feelings from the mind, body or soul. Anxiety may rise and feelings can take over mere thoughts of the world. Both poles are dangerous places to dwell for long periods of time without clear understanding from the self. Bringing both poles together puts the world into perspective where you can truly make your own maps.

Nietzsche described a similar idea in his book, The Birth of Tragedy. He saw tensions between Greek Gods; Apollo, representing light, clarity, and form; and Dionysus, representing drunkenness and ecstasy. These two forces rest in almost all of society and in each of us. The Apollonian style is our idea of order and form in the world accepting rational thought and individuality. Basically the way we structure the world and make distinctions about everything. It’s the brilliance in each of us. The Dionysian style is the direct opposite. It represents our feelings, will, chaos, emotions, and enthusiasm. The urge inside of us is the passion that burns that can be seen as madness when fully realized. The world needs both of these to create order.

Edgar Allen Poe discussed being mad as possibly the loftiest intelligence as others saw shame in expressing such bi-polar passions about the world. Poe says about madness, "The question is not yet settled… whether much that is glorious – whether all that is profound – does not spring from disease of thought – from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect." This "Mad-Genius Controversy" has been around since before the enlightenment, whereas rationality became highly looked upon parallel to conformity and consistency. Don’t go mad ............go BrilliantlyMad.

"In many ancient philosophical and religious traditions, in both the West and East, the common meaning of the word "spirit" means "the breath of life." The Latin spiritus means "breath," which is also true for the related Latin word anima, the Greek psyche, the Sanskrit atman and the Hebrew ruah."

Fritjof Capra (founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy)

The Beatitudes

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they, which are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye, when men shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Matt 5:3-11

For us, the meaning of life is…

the seemingly unobtainable holy grail of existence, the fountain of youth for our mind and soul. It is something that always seems just beyond the reach of our understanding. I would dare to challenge this paradigm by paralleling it to mathematics. Just like in fractal geometry, the infinitely complex mesh of life and the human psyche is governed by a simple equation that answers what we seek. It's always been hidden in plain sight, we've just covered it with trite superficial materialism, yet we always seem drawn back to it without even realizing it.

The Greeks and Latins did a much better job of describing something so important to us but I only have one word in English – love. Love is life and life is love. Everything we do that is endearing of the human spirit is always rooted in love and everything we abhor about ourselves is at odds with it. Dig deep within yourself and you will see that all the happiest moments in your life were tied to love in one of its forms. It is why so many people are so unhappy all the time – because until they live to love they will never love to live.

by Evan Munn

"The Divine, as formless spirit, and as one (solo), imagined..
Then sneezed, and the processes that begat the worlds was born”.

Suddenly time, space, and matter informed by consciousness.

For 13 billions years the evolution of matter and consciousness has taken place, from amoeba to tadpole to ape.

Humans are at the current apex of consciousness which is playing the game of attempting to reveal Itself - ever more clearly, through ever more complex beings - to Itself. The process is called Self-realization.

Love is the language we all have in common. Love is the resonant frequency we naturally vibrate to. Love is the recognition of who we truly are. I recognize you in Love, and you me.

Wildly Creative Love,
Preston Klik
Eight:18 - Circus of the Spirit
@ Unity co-Producer
(Every 1st Friday of the month)

T and A (Tips and Advice)

Dear Kris and Rozz,

I just wanted to thank you for writing your book. I haven't finished it yet, but It's definitely the best on the subject I've seen. I would like suggest, however, that it might have served your readers better if you had been a little bit more responsible regarding those people you label as "anxious boys," as in "Anxious Boys Get Nothing." As someone who has suffered a lifetime of post-traumatic stress syndrome and severe, debilitating depression, I find your remarks reprehensible and sexist.

Anxious girls get bloody little too and what they do get is usually abusive. Furthermore, it appears that it would never occur to you that many anxious people get "anxious" only after years of being consistently rejected by one or both sexes or that their "anxiety" might have been caused (at least partially) by their having been brought up in a home wherein it was taught that persons who are not exclusively heterosexual should consider suicide as a "moral" option when prayer doesn't work or that it may have been influenced by the fact that they're poor, ill or simply considered unattractive (even when clean, well dressed and smiling).

I am such a person and though I know that I am in no position to demand love from anybody, I am still a human being and my need for love is real. I recently had to fire my psychiatrist for telling me that I should not concern myself that my wife no longer desired me; after all, said he, "Depressed people are hard to love."

Maybe I'll get lucky, get cancer and have my oncologist tell me that "people with cancer are hard to love." It would be equally as false and as odious. Anxious people get nothing because people like you define them as being worthy of nothing. I have loved anxious people and found no difficulty whatsoever. There are millions of us out there and we deserve better. I hope in the future you will remember that.

David H. R.

Dear David,

Thanks for your thoughtful praise of our book. I’d like to include your letter in future editions of The Handbook. I know that no one needs to tell you that we live in a difficult world -- as your letter clearly reflects, life can be very, very difficult. Right off, I have to tell you that I have lost many opportunities at success in relationships and business by appearing too anxious. One of the reasons I chose to share "Anxious Boys Get Nothing" with our readers is with the hope that repeating that phrase in a difficult situation can help men or women remember that they are stressed because they really don't want to fail, but it is that very stress that can cause them to fail.

One of the core purposes of the book is to encourage people to look at the bigger picture. Where we start out in life is not our choice, but what we do with our life is up to us. Chance and choice are involved in any situation. Depression is very real and nothing to jest at. Yet there are so many weird statistics that if taken as a whole can provide a light on a very difficult subject. One fact is that suicide rates are much higher in Japan and the U.S. than they are in developing countries. People who are really struggling to stay alive seem not to have time to question the validity of their own existence. Also, since medical science has developed so many drugs that treat depression, the incidence rate of depression has dramatically increased. Some people don't survive drastic trauma. You obviously did.

The most difficult part of your situation is that you and your psychiatrist are both right. But you know what? Depressed people and people with cancer are not the only people that are hard to love.

It's not just what you are given, it's much more what you do with it. At some point you either have to stop blaming your past, your parents and your genes, or you will spend too much of your life feeling miserable. Do what you can to take charge of your life and you'll tend to be a lot happier. Find the little moments to enjoy the journey. I can only tell you what works for me, and I don’t blame others, my life is my own responsibility.

Finally, regarding the idea that I'm sexist against my own gender, under that same A.B.G.N. section of The Handbook I do point out several times that being overly anxious is counter-productive to women too. The reason I don't say that anxious people get nothing is to emphasize the dramatic gender difference that exists in society in the United States. Girls that are anxious can generally get laid much easier than similarly attractive, similarly anxious guys. (But when they do, it doesn’t seem to make them any happier.) If it is sexist to correctly identify any differences in the experiences of the genders, then I am sexist. Is it racist to report that White people in the US tend to be wealthier than people in certain other racial demographics?

You do deserve better. But I can't make your life better. The only one who has a chance of doing that is you. Where are you in your life right now?

The fact that you are reading books and writing clear insightful response letters, shows that you are doing far more than many are doing to figure out how to be the best you can be. Now join my ranks as a practical optimist, and take the actions available you to fill up the vessel of your life as much as you can possibly fill it. Each of us can only do so much, but each of us can always do more than we have so far. It's about facing each day and not letting our own mistakes or life circumstances destroy us. Let’s burst through the bullshit and the clichés to find the real meaning in life. What are you going to do today? What am I going to do today? Let's get to it.

~Kris Heinlein is the author of
"The Sex and Love Handbook"
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The Death of Common Sense

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as knowing when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm, life isn't always fair, and maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you earn) and reliable parenting strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well intentioned but
overbearing regulations were set in place.

Reports of a six-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job they themselves failed to do in disciplining their unruly children

It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer Panadol, sun lotion or a sticky plaster to a student; but, could not inform the parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar can sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason. He is only survived by three stepbrothers; I Know My Rights, Someone Else is to Blame, and I'm A Victim.

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.

If you still remember him pass this on. If not join the majority and do nothing.

Winter 2006 Horoscopes

Capricorn: There may me a lot of childlike figures around you who want so eagerly to please you. Don't worry, they will grow up to understand it’s not about who they please, it's about learning how to be independent and strong. If you understand this, it won't be hard to set a good example. You are a natural role model like it or not.

Aquarius: So many people have different plans for you. That may have caused you to forget what you wanted. Take a step back and look at yourself in the mirror. If you don't know who you're looking at then look closer, closer, closer.

Pisces: Some of the greatest artists find humor in the worst tragedies. Don't take yourself so seriously. Do you really want to end up cutting off an ear? You may need them to listen to your inner voice. No one knows how silly you can be better than you. Find your laughter again and make it work for you, not against you.

Aries: There may be a point when all you see are unhappy people around you. Observe from afar. Don’t let yourself get involved. This will give you the opportunity to see you're not as bad off as you may think. Start making new plans to better your own situations.

Taurus: Balance is the key to all your issues. The things you enjoy must be done in moderation. Your emotions may have a tendency to throw you overboard. When you find a balance between your mind and body, your true desires will be easy to accomplish. There's no coming down from a high when it's a natural one.

Gemini: Leave the past in the past – that's where it belongs. It's time to look to the future. Start now in taking the steps to create the new you. Come out swinging as this New Year begins and keep your eyes open. You can create your own career - it's been done before.

Cancer: There comes a time when you have to admit defeat and move on. This year had many of those moments. If you can't face the truth then you didn't learn your lesson. Don't repeat the same mistakes this year. It always takes a stronger person to admit they were wrong. Try to make amends with the people you cut out of your life. Sometimes the truth does hurt.

Leo: You need a break from trying to fix everyone else's problems. You had so many plans this year yet somehow most of them slipped right by you. Take stock and revise your plan of attack for the New Year. It's okay to put yourself first.

Virgo: Breakdowns can be good. That's when you're left with the vulnerability of being human. You're not a machine working against mankind. Set a good example like you usually do. Show this world how easy it is to dust yourself off and start from scratch. Remember it's just like riding a bike.

Libra: Do you believe in God or some kind of higher power? There is a system of truth that can work for you. Your skepticism can make you very bitter. Don’t let invalidation get the best of you. There is a safe and warm place you can go when you learn to trust yourself. That is the first start to finding your personal Jesus, Buddha, Gandhi...whatever works for you.

Scorpio: It's amazing when you really decide to take charge and run things in your personal life as you see fit. Only then can you take on the task of saving the world. When the shit starts to hit the fan, just throw on your raincoat and make the best of it like you always do.

Sagittarius: You have to believe in others just as you would yourself. We all may judge one another's mistakes from time to time but judgments lead to limits. Break free from your own self-doubts and you will break free from your limits. "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." Put down the rock.

Carla Starla specializes in energy healings and readings.
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