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Category: Self-Expression

A Simple Solution

The worst viral plague in human history is upon us and how do governments of the world handle it? They institute a vaccine passport.

Ridiculous! The government is taking bad advice from someone.

Here’s how the passport system is supposed to work:

After being vaccinated, you are given a code number. You find a computer with Internet access, go to an official website, look up your code number and then download your vaccine information certificate. You then either print the certificate or upload it to your smart phone. Then you take that certificate and present it, along with government issued photo I.D., to a gatekeeper at an event or business. The gatekeeper, then, checks the data and determines whether it is accurate. After all that, you are able to enjoy the program.

This is a highly complicated procedure and, worse, it is also RACIST! Yes, racist. As everyone who has been absorbing the mainstream media news the past few years will tell you, people of color have difficulty figuring out how to acquire government issued I.D. Even President Joe Biden admits this, and you can certainly trust the President. But who is advising him?

The procedure is even more discriminatory than that. There are people living among us who, through no fault of their own, cannot acquire government I.D. legally. One reason for this, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau describes it, is that such people are irregular migrants. Basically, they are undocumented residents from other nations and therefore can’t get I.D. Why are they being left out?

But there is still more discrimination associated with these complicated passports. While it might be quite easy for rich, white people to have easy access to computers, the Internet, printers and smart phones – and actually know how to use this technology – it is not the case for everyone. Many people in our society, through no fault of their own, are underfinanced, unemployed or otherwise poor. And, as many politicians have informed us, poor people, especially poor people of color, simply cannot gain access to, or understand, modern technology. Why aren’t celebrities speaking out about this?

And there’s more. Vaccine passports are expensive to administer for the establishments that will have to screen them. Think of the training required to teach a low-income employee how to review and validate the documents. Not only will they have to check the accuracy of the I.D., they will also have to check for forged documents. And, what if someone from a different State, with a different passport, wants access to an event – will the underpaid employee be able to understand and validate foreign documents without extensive training? I think not. This is not fair.

Clearly, the proposed system of vaccine passports is needlessly complicated, highly discriminatory and expensive to administer.

Well, I have a simple solution. One that significantly reduces the complexity, eliminates all forms of discrimination and is quite inexpensive for establishments to implement. More importantly, it is science based, and we should always trust science.

Here’s how my solution works:

At the time of vaccination, or with proof of previous vaccination, everyone gets a barcode Number inscribed directly on their bodies – preferably on the forehead where it will be clearly visible. Or, for people who habitually wear religious or other types of head coverings, the Mark can be placed on an exposed body part such as the right hand. That’s all they have to do – just take the Mark and they are done. The barcode Number would be linked to an information center – just as barcodes on items for sale are catalogued. A centralized, international facility would be set up by some worldwide authority to handle the information from all participating countries.

The forehead Mark would be coded with full vaccination history, which could easily include any of the many booster shots likely to be needed, soon. To read it, all that would be required is a simple scanning device like the ones used in supermarkets. Anyone can be trained to use this very quickly and cheaply.

My science-based system would solve so many problems it’s hard to see why no one has thought of it before.

Now comes the fun part that makes the Mark even more valuable and cost effective in the hands of some real leadership. Once in place, other information can easily be encoded in it. Information about travel history, other health issues, employment status, social interactions, family relations – whatever is deemed necessary to make sure that everyone is kept safe, healthy and free of dangerous elements now and in the future as more health issues emerge.

And with the inclusion of financial details, cash could finally be eliminated, since it would be relatively easy to ensure that no one could buy or sell anything without the Mark.

Further, the Mark could replace all forms of identification, thus eliminating most fraud and criminal action. It could also replace credit cards, bank cards, health cards, driver’s licenses, education certificates, library cards, public transportation tickets and, of course, the standard travel passport and boarding passes. All that information would be kept safely in the hands of some global, central authority. A progressive government dream come true.

Basically, the Mark would guarantee that our real leaders and their esteemed and honorable government officials would have full knowledge of all the actions, transactions and social interactions of the people under their control and be able to ensure that whatever they do is in strict accordance and obedience with all the rules and regulations imposed on them. It could also ensure that any future rules, regulations, requirements or restrictions on freedom that need to be enforced would easily be accommodated.

Yes, people could finally be free of worry, fear and basic responsibility – confident that their true and benevolent rulers would keep them safe from all nasty ideas and concerns.

What a wonderful world it would be.

What a wonderful world it would be.

Who’s ready to take the Mark as soon as it’s available?

Mystic Wealth

Smart, funny, talented, devastatingly handsome and connected to Spirit – so why isn’t your favorite Mystic world famous and living in a castle by the sea surrounded by adoring acolytes and dancing girls? Why isn’t he being interviewed by Oprah, featured on the cover of People Magazine (Handsomest Man Alive edition) or staring in a Netflix series based on his own fabulous life?

Ho hum.

Being rich and famous isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Most celebrities, after all, can’t handle their own day to day lives without management help. The use of glamour – a magic spell that produces the illusion of attractiveness – has a heavy price. Notice that most celebrities have diagnosed or undiagnosed but clearly evident mental health issues, such as depression, pathological self-absorption and histrionic personality disorders, to name a few. They might also engage in substance abuse and self-medicating behaviours, or dependency, and participate in deviant life-style action – very often pedophilia.

Not all rich and famous people have these problems: but enough do to advance the stereotype.

Of course, wealth, power and popularity are not bad things in themselves. They do, however, extract a heavy toll on the spiritual life.

If you check the history of mysticism for the past 5000 years, you’ll find that almost all mystics or spiritual people have led simple lives. Comfortable, maybe, but never lavish or vulgar. The only truly wealthy mystic I’m aware of is Marcus Aurelius, the Roman Emperor who lived from the year 121 to 180. He was more stoic philosopher than mystic, but he wrote a wonderful book called “The Meditations.” Despite the fabulous wealth and power connected to his title, he lived a very modest and contemplative life. He preferred inner splendor to outer ostentation.

Now I’m talking about REAL mystics – not fakers who use spirituality as a way of gaining control of people or resources – who exploit the weak and mock their own believers and followers. There are plenty of frauds around. They are the ones who get interviewed by Oprah, appear in People Magazine and have Netflix documentaries made about them.

Of course, it’s nice to be appreciated. It’s nice to learn that people benefit from your efforts. It’s nice to know that your gifts are being put to good use.

It is also nice to enjoy a calm, harmonious life – one that’s comfortable but not frivolous – and to be free, for the most part, to work and play as you choose.

That is TRUE wealth. And that is the life of your favorite mystic.

War on Reality

The U.S. military and NATO have declared war on climate change.

Seems like a good idea.

Planes, tanks, ships, missiles – all vigorously attacking clouds, solar flares and hurricanes. Why not?

Based on some of the latest recruitment videos I’ve seen, the modern military won’t be fit to take on any other enemies – they certainly won’t be prepared to battle any aggressive, foreign armies.  The Western powers seem overly concerned with appearing “woke” and “progressive” rather than tough and lethal. Instead of seeking out the best of the best, the armed forces are hoping to attract people who look and act like the average member of the population, but more “diverse” and left-wing. Statistically, the average member of the population of the Western world is fat, lazy, dim witted and passive. To transform the military into a representative of this population requires intensive “diversity” hires and promotion, and a cleansing of anything that resembles “toxic masculinity.” Describe for yourself the least effective version of a soldier and you’ll have an idea of what the New World Order wants for the West. But then, who else would happily obey orders to make war on rising sea levels?

By contrast, the Eastern powers, such as China, Russia, Iran and others, are not overly concerned with the vagaries of climate change. These powers want land, resources and economic control. Their military recruitment videos call on the biggest, toughest, strongest and smartest people to step up and serve their independent nations and defend and expand their borders. They train to fight people not clouds. They don’t want to protect rainbows; they want to dominate the Earth. And they surely will – and, perhaps, that’s the plan. The end of the West will come first from internal decay and then from an external attack on the remaining husk.

It’s not well known who put the idea of combating mythical forces, this war on reality, into the minds of Western leaders and made it a priority – the true enemy of civilization remains in the shadows. But the idea is not original or unique in history.

Back in the 40’s – the actual 40’s, as in the year 40 A.D. – the mad emperor Caligula declared war on the sea god Neptune. Caligula sent his, still, mighty Roman legions to the Atlantic coast to attack the ocean. After a brief, imaginary, battle he proclaimed his victory over Neptune and had his soldiers transport tons of sea shells back to Rome and placed in the imperial treasury as spoils of war.

In Roman times, it was pretty clear which crazy leader was in control, and just how crazy he was, but it still took a while for anyone to stop him. The mad emperor represented the establishment and people wanted to maintain the status quo. Even then, people did not want to upset what they believed was the natural order of things.

Today, it is also pretty clear that President Biden is NOT is control. Neither is anyone in the U.N. or NATO in real control of the world. The true leaders, crazy or not, hide in the darkness. This sinister master mind group seeks the destruction of Western civilization and strives to establish a Globalist State – a State in which a few elitists will openly control the production and distribution of all resources on the planet and determine the activities, hopes, dreams and fate of their subject populations.

Of course, the Eastern powers, whether they understand it or not, will also become nothing more than petty satraps in the thrall of the New World Order. The overlords will care nothing about ethnicity, nationality, politics, gender, belief systems or any other identifiers. True equality or “equity” will finally be achieved for the bulk of humanity because we will all be on par with worker ants in a colony: virtually indistinguishable from one another and totally expendable for the sake of the “common good” as determined by the overlords.

Far too many people will, unfortunately, be content with this New Normal, this Great Reset, and will offer no resistance once the overlords reveal themselves.

A few of us, however, will fight against this future with the hope that our own hidden Leader will return to aid us in our time of tribulation.


It’s been pointed out to me that I make terrible use of punctuation. That is, I use punctuation incorrectly on a fairly frequent basis. This is particularly true regarding the use of commas around words such as “but” and “however.” I also overuse the dash. And, I often start sentences with conjunctions.

It’s not that I don’t know the rules – I’ve read Strunk and White The Elements of Style – I’m just lax in applying them. I seem to get distracted by the words I type. It’s like I hear pauses in my head that, probably, aren’t needed. Commas, semicolons, colons and dashes all blur into a single break point. Even now, I’m aware of deliberately making mistakes for comedic effect, and trying to be precise, and, actually not really knowing what I’m doing. I wonder if there is some psychological term that describes these grammatical abuses: some derivative of dyslexia or Asperger’s. Or, is it a written form of speech impediment?

If it was just part of my short form, blog persona – an aspect of my sardonic style – a quick splatter of words to fill the post – a deliberate laissez-faire flow of consciousness, word jumble, that sometimes makes more sense than it should…

I don’t know.

I do know that I also poorly punctuate longer form pieces, as well. So, maybe, it is an intellectual or emotional fault.

Or, maybe, the fault lies in the reader who is bothered by such trivialities?

No. I must take responsibility and endeavor to improve my presentation of the blindingly brilliant insights I expound.

I’ll re-read Strunk and White and see if that helps.

Or, you know, maybe I won’t.

Don’t Know Much

Awhile ago, my feline friend, Bella, wasn’t feeling well, so I took her to see the veterinarian. The Vet did a full exam – blood tests, x-rays – even kept her overnight to work on her symptoms. In the end, the Vet didn’t know what was wrong with her, how she got sick or how to treat her – and could not explain how Bella got better all on her own.

I recently read about a tomb uncovered on the island of Cyprus – my ancestral home. The tomb was 9,500 years old and contained a human and a cat laid out side by side surrounded by decorative jewels and artifacts. The cat died of natural causes and was clearly a beloved member of the family. Cats are not native to Cyprus so someone deliberately brought her to the island with them. This is the oldest evidence of cat / human fellowship ever found – far older than even Egyptian sources where cats were deified. Since it is unlikely that this is the actual first human / cat pairing, our relationship with domesticated cats must go back several hundred years before the internment. I think it is safe to say that humans and cats have closely interacted for more than 10,000 years.

10,000 years of cats living with us in society, in our homes, even sleeping in our beds – and yet, what do we know about them? Not very much. We can make guesses about their behavior but, who knows what’s really going on in the mind of a cat?

For that matter, what’s going on in the mind of a human? After a million years or more of history, what do we know about ourselves? Not very much.

There are dozens of competing scientific theories of personality and human psychology as well as many more theories in the realms of philosophy, religion and spirituality – but, nothing really definitive. Why do people do the things they do? It’s all just guesswork and speculation. After a million years of being human we still can’t say for sure what it means to be human. Why do people seek power over others? Why do people kill? Why do people adhere to fanatical belief system? Why do people fall in love? The are no clear answers.

Yet, there are many people who will tell you that they know the exact reasons why spirits, angels, demons, deities and extraterrestrials do the things they do: what their motives are, why they are on Earth, what they want for and from humanity. How could anyone know such things when they can’t tell you why one human prefers strawberry to pistachio ice cream? THEY CAN’T. It’s at best well thought out speculation and at worst self-delusion or deliberate attempts to deceive.

In reality, we don’t know much about cats and dogs; we don’t know much about humans; and we, certainly, don’t know much about other worldly beings. We just don’t know much about anything at all.

My Birthday

Today, April the 8th, is my birthday and I think I’ve finally accepted the idea of being middle aged. However, I still think I’m far from being mature.

Today I will do all my favorite things: meditate, exercise, study, sing, dance and …

Oh yeah …

… eat copious amounts of junk food and drink alcohol until I pass out.

Strange as it seems, some of us treat celebrations, especially of birth, as an excuse to over indulge in self-destructive behavior. We eat too much, drink too much, stay up too late, and, maybe, try to get into some trouble all in the name of having a good time.

It’s almost like we’re saying to Death “come and get me, you bastard, I’m not afraid of you.”

Yes, it is very strange. But then, life itself is strange. We find ourselves, year after year, perpetually spinning around our little star wondering what life on Earth is all about and what, if anything, awaits us after we leave our earthly bodies.

Well, that’s a different discussion.

Today, as I celebrate the occasion of my birth, I humbly offer you, my faithful readers, these words:

 Love and Blessings and all good wishes for Peace Profound.


One of my favorite poems also happens to have been written by one of my favorite authors. I’ve always found a strange connection with Edgar Allen Poe, even though our lives have little in common. Perhaps it’s that weird sense of spiritual connection that mystics often have with each other. Poe’s stories and poems, both in terms of the rhythm of the language as well as the subject matter and content seem to vibrate with my own consciousness.

Edgar Poe was born in Boston on January 19, 1809 and died October 7, 1849 at age 40. He was an American writer, poet, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central figure of American literature in general and was one of the first American writers to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career. He was one of the country’s earliest practitioners of the short story, considered the inventor of detective fiction, a key contributor to early science fiction, and an influence on the fields of cosmology and cryptography.  

His father, an actor, abandoned the family in 1810, and his mother, also an actor, died the following year. Thus orphaned, Poe was taken in by an unrelated couple, John and Frances Allan, who never officially adopted him but raised him and gave him the middle name “Allan.”  There was financial conflict in the family due to Poe’s gambling and alcohol addictions and young Edgar never finished school. He tried different careers including the military before publishing a collection of poems in 1827 with some success – after which he separated from John Allan.

For a time, Poe focused on prose writing and worked with several literary journals. He got married in 1836 to his 13-year-old cousin. Life was a struggle. In 1845 he published perhaps his best-known poem “the Raven” and things should have gone well after that – however, in 1847, his young wife died of tuberculosis. Career problems, gambling debts, alcoholism, melancholy and spiritual angst led to a strange incident that could have been drawn from one of his own stories. On October 3, 1849 Poe was found wondering the streets, delirious and in great distress. He was never able to explain what happened to him – especially why he was found wearing a stranger’s clothing. He was taken to a hospital and died October 7, 1849, at age 40. The cause of his death is still unknown. Was it due to syphilis, cholera, epilepsy, heart disease, alcoholism, substance abuse, suicide – even rabies? No one knows. All medical records associated with his death have been lost: including his death certificate.  

This poem was written in 1829 but remained unpublished until 1875.


From childhood’s hour I have not been
As others were—I have not seen
As others saw—I could not bring
My passions from a common spring—
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow—I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone—
And all I lov’d—I lov’d alone—
Then—in my childhood—in the dawn
Of a most stormy life—was drawn
From ev’ry depth of good and ill
The mystery which binds me still—
From the torrent, or the fountain—
From the red cliff of the mountain—
From the sun that ’round me roll’d
In its autumn tint of gold—
From the lightning in the sky
As it pass’d me flying by—
From the thunder, and the storm—
And the cloud that took the form
(When the rest of Heaven was blue)
Of a demon in my view—

Will Oil Run Out?

The German chemist Caspar Neumann coined the term “fossil fuel” in 1759, and opened the door for the false belief that petroleum was formed from the remains of dinosaurs. Today, the consensus is that petroleum and natural gas are actually formed from biomass – mostly plankton, decaying marine organisms and single celled bacteria. Petroleum was around for billions of years before the age of dinosaurs and, probably, continues to be formed today.

When oil began to be heavily used, particularly to power automobiles, predictions began to appear that oil supplies would soon be depleted. Every few years some government agency, chemist, geologist, Nobel laureate or other intellectual would conclude that the age of “fossil fuels” was at an end – that within a few decades, there would be no more petroleum. All the predictions have proven to be false as new oil deposits and more efficient techniques for the discovery and uses for oil are continually developed.

Petroleum is abundant on multiple continents. The issue today is that the deposits are difficult to access. But technology continues to make advances in location and extraction processes ensuring a constant supply. The reason so many predictions of depletion have failed to come to pass is that they are mostly based on calculations of known deposits. Its like people looking at a giant apple tree and assuming that once all the apples that have already fallen to ground are collected, there will be no more fruit. They fail to take into account that the tree itself is filled to the top with apples.  

Scientists are mostly atheists and, thus, don’t acknowledge a profound spiritual truth – we live in an abundant Universe, on a planet of abundance.

Once people started looking at the sky with telescopes it did not take them long to start calculating just how many stars there were in the universe. They eventually concluded that there were about 100 billion stars. A big number, but still limited. Then in 1924 with a more advanced telescope, Edwin Hubble came to the astounding conclusion that many of the so-called stars out there were actually entire OTHER galaxies. It soon became apparent that the Universe was far larger than anyone had ever believed possible. Current estimates are of 400 billion stars in our Milky Way galaxy alone, with, perhaps, hundreds of billions of other galaxies filled with billions of stars of their own. There are possibly trillions of stars in the Universe.

The Universe is abundant.

Until recently, people thought the Earth was unique in the Universe. Today, however, we believe that almost all the stars in the Universe have planetary systems of their own. And based on the vast number of stars, there could be billions and billions of Earth-like planets.

The Universe is abundant.

We also used to believe that water and a breathable atmosphere were unique to the Earth. It now appears that some form of air and water and other natural resources exist not just throughout our solar system but throughout the whole Universe. And with so many Earth-like planets out there, the possibility of life – even intelligent life – might also exist on millions of worlds.

The Universe is abundant.

We live on a planet of abundance. Our Earth will continue to supply all the needs of life as long as we manage our resources. While we require them, oil and petroleum products will continue to be found and found in profusion. Oil will not run out. Perhaps, there will come a time when we simply no longer need oil or want to use it – that, however, is a different issue.

A Vow

A Buddha is an individual who has attained full Enlightenment – a person who is fully Awakened. Someone in this state is free of the Wheel of Birth, Death and Re-birth. In other words, a Buddha is able, once and for all, to leave behind the material world and enter Nirvana – the state of ultimate Liberation.

A Bodhisattva is someone who is on the path to Buddhahood. This person has taken a vow to do everything possible to attain the fully Enlightened state. A Bodhisattva lives only to become Awakened no matter how many lifetimes it takes or how difficult the struggle.  

Some Bodhisattvas also make a further vow – a vow that they will refuse to move onto Nirvana, even after becoming fully Awake, until all other sentient beings have entered before them.

Perhaps the most well known such person in the Dalai Lama. The current Dalai Lama (the one in exile) is the 14th incarnation of a Bodhisattva who made this vow hundreds of years ago. He continues to be reborn in the material world to help everyone else become liberated from the Wheel.

Now, I do not claim to be a Buddha. Neither am I a Bodhisattva. However, in this time of Covid, I have taken a similar type of vow.

My vow is this: I will not, willingly, take the Covid vaccine until everyone else who might want it has had the chance to take it before me. I will do all in my power to fulfill this vow. In this way, I will put all my fellow sentient beings ahead of me and assume the least and lowest position in the line. Only after all others have been inoculated will I take the vaccine myself.

It is important to understand that I make this vow in full humility and as a result of my concern for the well being of other people. This vow I take has nothing whatsoever to do with the possibility that the vaccine doesn’t actually work; that it doesn’t actually cure the virus; that it doesn’t actually protect anyone from getting the virus; that, even after taking the vaccine, it is still necessary to wear a mask and practice social distancing; that any resistance to the virus provided by the vaccine is likely only temporary and may require further inoculations in the future; or that, after taking the vaccine, many people display strange allergic reactions to it and some even die as a result.

No. I am not concerned with these trivial issues. My motives are honorable. I will not take the Covid vaccine until everyone else has had the chance to be inoculated and experiences restored good health.

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