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Gladstone is considered an international expert on indigenous cultures and the meaning of 2012. He is also co-producer of the highly-acclaimed film, TAPPING THE SOURCE. As a literary agent, Mr. Gladstone has worked with some of the most respected and influential authors of our time, including Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra, and Barbara Marx Hubbard.
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03/10/2014 | No Comments »
While growing up I experienced a brother who hated all the time. He was full of hate and his life went in a negative direction because of that. He was later diagnosed as a paranoid violent schizophrenic, but even before his illness appeared his real illness was that he was hateful and angry whenever he did not get what he wanted. He has not changed his behavior since he was first born, and he is now sixty-six years old.
All of us have moments of disappointment, frustration and anger. How we respond to those moments determines the quality of our lives. I come close to experiencing the emotion of “hate” when I see great injustice and abuse in the world, but rarely do I engage this emotion. My good friend and publicist has thought about this topic and provides some insights below
When my mom was good, she was very good, and some of the advice she gave me throughout her life was invaluable. One piece that came to mind today was to avoid the use of the word hate; to avoid hating. The word itself, she explained, evoked emotion, such strong negative emotion that it overwhelmed all the good you might feel. Hating took up space that should be there for good feelings. Hate, she told me, should be reserved for the most odious of people, circumstances, and things – for when no other description or emotion could encompass the negativity. It should be parsed out gingerly because it cost us so much. Read the rest of this entry »
03/07/2014 | No Comments »
My good friend and client, Neale Donald Walsch, has written extensively about what really matters. In his opinion, ninety-nine percent of the time ninety-nine percent of what human beings are thinking and doing does not really matter. Although perhaps overstated, on at least one level I agree with Neale. The majority of people spend the majority of their time on trivia. Much of this time is spent on earning money, raising one’s social profile, and generally surviving psychologically and materially in the twenty-first century. I am as guilty as anyone.
For Neale what really matters is connecting with our higher selves in a way that allows all of us to experience the ultimate joy and majesty of being alive. We do not have to create great monuments or works of art to achieve this level of awareness; it is entering into and acting from this state of higher awareness that really matters. No one is exempt from the opportunity to gain and maintain this level of awareness on a daily basis. When we are in this state of awareness it is more likely that what we say and do will really matter.
Do my blogs really matter? Do the books I represent really matter? Do my beach walks, tennis games and golf matches really matter? For me they matter a great deal. I come to work every day with the intent to help others. I know that in helping others I will generate significant revenue for them and for me. I am fortunate that this is the case. I know from the gratitude expressed by many of my clients that at times I have helped them overcome great challenges, even altered the course of their professional and sometimes personal lives with suggestions I have made and behaviors which I have modeled. I think my work matters a great deal.
Although just for fun, my tennis and golf matter as well. The physical relaxation and recharging which I experience from these activities enhances my physical and emotional health. No doubt I will live longer because of these activities. And the camaraderie with my tennis and golf buddies matters as well. I learn from them and them from me. We will not be on this earth indefinitely, and while we are here, these relationships matter.
Each of us must answer for ourselves what in our lives really matters. I applaud Neale Donald Walsch for pushing us to examine what we think matters when most of the time what we think matters does not matter at all.
It really does not matter what clothes we wear, what car we drive, what zip code we live in, what fabulous vacation spot or restaurant we enjoy. As another one of my friends Jack Canfield states so eloquently in our film, Tapping the Source, “It is not the 10,000 square foot house that matters but the relationships within that house.” In my house the most important relationship I have is with Gayle. We laugh and joke, watch silly shows on TV and sometimes argue about the smallest differences of opinion. Does any of that matter? Not really, except the fact that we love each other and care what the other thinks and always want to share our highs and lows and in-betweens.
Think about what matters most to you and you will discover what really matters.
03/05/2014 | No Comments »
I am writing this blog in advance of a meeting that I have organized at the University of Arizona in Tucson in the lab of my friend and client, Dr. Gary Schwartz. In attendance will be the renowned healer, Dr. and Master Sha, and two of his associates who have been studying the science behind his healing techniques. In addition I have invited a producer for Public Broadcasting Television who specializes in programs about health and wellness. The goal of the meeting is to develop a protocol to scientifically measure and test Dr. Sha’s therapeutic practices. We know he achieves amazing results, but modern doctors and scientists want proof. Otherwise they dismiss his results as “anecdotal, unscientific, the result of the power of suggestion, the placebo effect” and other derogatory slights which do not honor not only the results but the science behind the method Dr. Sha has developed over a period of more than twenty years of effective practice.
I do not discount the skeptics. There is such a thing as healthy skepticism and I encourage scientists and conventional western medical doctors to challenge Dr. Sha’s methods and results. It is only by pushing for ever greater clarity that we can make progress on both a scientific and practical level. I am not confident that we will be able to create a controlled scientific double blind experiment that “proves” Dr. Sha’s effectiveness. After all we are dealing with human beings and we cannot put human beings at risk. I am not even confident that we can create a scientifically valid measure of the effectiveness of Dr. Sha’s methodology. I am hopeful that we will provide, at a minimum, some additional evidence and data that other scientists will not be able to ignore and that will encourage additional studies not just of Dr. Sha’s effectiveness but the effectiveness of other unconventional and traditional and non-traditional healers and healing modalities. Read the rest of this entry »