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Dr. Sha and the Power of Thanking Others

Monday, August 31st, 2015

This weekend I was able to experience four separate events with Dr. Sha—a preview of the 13 part sign-624x416television series Soul Healing Miracles with Dr.  and Master Sha, a special taping at the home of Adam and Randi Markel, the owners of Peak Potentials, a special healing and calligraphy demonstration at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills,  and a free event held at AGAPE International in Culver City, California. All three events were full of light and   positive energy and all three demonstrated the power of  gratitude.

Recently I have been asked to organize an event  that will take place on April 22,2016.  April 22nd, 2016 is Earth Day and the event  is Earth Gratitude Day.  It  is anticipated that more than five million people will participate online in EARTH GRATITUDE DAY. The inspiration for Earth Gratitude Day comes from the film TAPPING THE SOURCE. In that film more than  120 authors, actors, health experts,  visionary leaders, business leaders , artists and athletes were interviewed and  the majority  when asked the key to happiness responded that  some form of expressing gratitude and being of service to others were the two most important elements in their everyday lives. This  intrigued me at the time of  filming and has continued to intrigue  me.  I have since  read of reports  by scientists at major universities that expressing gratitude has  been  among  the highest correlates with  happy people in their studies and that recent neuroscience  is demonstrating on a biological level  chemical changes within  human beings who  express gratitude on a daily basis.

Observing  Dr. Sha  who performed healings at all three events I was reminded that the expression of gratitude is at the core of Dr. Sha’s healing practice.  At the end of each of his forgiveness practices,Dr. Sha thanks the divine for healing. Dr. Sha also asks everyone to remember to say “ thank you, thank you, thank you” at the end of each healing session. Dr. Sha is not asking people to thank him. Dr. Sha  is asking people to thank their source whether they believe in God or just a scientific principle for all that they receive, not just the healing  experience but  for life itself. Dr. Sha always thanks the divine and the DAO whenever he does a healing. For major healings he  does more than just express gratitude in words, he has members of his family in China burn offerings of thanks to the higher beings that he believes  provides the healings.

Another lesson  related to gratitude that  can be learned from Dr. Sha is his constant expressions of 13941544468_2d210be211_ogratitude to all who serve him. As his literary agent and biographer Dr. Sha is constantly  thanking me and  giving me public appreciation for my small role in helping him with his mission. Dr. Sha thanks everyone who assists him whether their contribution is large or small. At AGAPE Dr. Sha did not just thank  Michael Beckwith the founder of AGAPE  for the opportunity to utilize the AGAPE Sanctuary Hall but all those who worked behind the scenes to assist. Dr. Sha always thanks  his divine channels and those who have volunteered to experience his healings. After every  healing he always  says, “ give  xxx  a big hand” which is just another way of thanking those who are willing to receive the healings.

The depth of Dr. Sha’s gratitude to his own teachers can be  observed  in almost every encounter. Dr. Sha comes from a traditional Chinese background so for him his expression of gratitude is to bow down to his teachers.  The video recorded of Dr. Sha receiving a blessing and knowledge of sacred calligraphy from his 103 year old calligraphy teacher   shows Dr. Sha bowing down to her in deep reverence for several minutes. When Dr. Sha  is successful in healing  someone he immediately smiles and thanks the divine. He often bows down to divine spirit in deep  gratitude and reverence and constantly reminds all who listen that it is the divine who heals and not him.

Whether  you believe in Dr. Sha’s ability to perform healing miracles or not, there is much that can be learned from observing the  role of gratitude in  his life and his healing mission. It has been stated by the German Theologian Meister Eckhart  centuries ago that  the only prayer needed is “thank you”. Observing Dr. Sha is a constant reminder of this truth and for all the joy and blessings he has given me over the last several years representing him I am delighted to offer a formal thank you here. No doubt there are many people in your own life to whom  you can never  adequately express your gratitude. Perhaps it is  a parent,  sibling or  even your  own child.  I strongly suggest that sometime later today or  tomorrow you just  contact one of these angels in  your own life and just  say “thank you” If they ask you why you are thanking them, perhaps you should tell them because you are grateful they are  in your life. Gratitude does not have to be  complicated. Thank you really is enough.thank-you-490607_640

Thank  you for reading and have a wonderful day.

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Monday, March 10th, 2014

While growing up I experienced a brother who hated all the time. He was full of hate and his life went in a imagesnegative 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.  (more…)


Friday, March 7th, 2014

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.

Seek and You Shall Find

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

This famous statement, seek and you shall find, resonates with me this week. After all, we all are seekers in some aspect of our lives.  And while sometimes we come across seemingly insurmountable road blocks – even those of our own making – I firmly believe that most of what we seek is attainable.  The question is, how do we access the best route?

I have had the privilege of representing Soul Healing Miracles authored by Master and Dr. Sha. The book has already sold over 200,000 copies since publication in November and continues to gain momentum.  Dr. Sha is dedicated to humanity and has written this book to help as many people as possible learn how they, too, can perform soul healing miracles both for themselves and their loved ones.

Dr. Sha initiated a new service on his web site just four weeks ago.  He now provides free blessings to anyone who requests one.   In this short period of time over ten thousand people have requested blessings.  More than 5,000 of them have posted messages of gratitude that their requests have already been fulfilled. The request does not have to be limited to health issues. Relationship issues, problems at work, economic challenges, a problem with a pet, etc. are all acceptable topics.  Blessings are meant to resolve a situation or relieve pain.  When making your request, be as specific as possible. You can request multiple blessings, but start with no more than one request per day. Make your request as specific as possible so you can measure the results.

All Dr. Sha requests from you in return is that should your request be granted, you go to his web site and report the result. The web site to go to request a blessing is If you have any difficulty finding   the icon for making your blessing request just join the Dr. Sha community and send your question about how to navigate the site to the Dr Sha customer service email provided. Dr. Sha does sell products on his site as well as special services that require his special personal attention. But these blessing requests are free and there are no strings attached.

I love Master Sha and he loves you and all of humanity. I have spent time with the Dalai Lama and many enlightened beings. Dr. Sha is equal to any of them and works tirelessly to share his gift with as many people as he possibly can. The reality of our world is that every problem we could possibly have does have a solution. Seek and you shall find.




Monday, February 17th, 2014

Like most of the world, I have been watching the Olympics. I love sports and am enjoying the competitions.  Priit_Narusk_at_Tour_de_SkiWhat I am enjoying most are the insights into some of the athletes. Whether the young ski slope medalist, or the mom who returned to her sport of skeleton sledding after a miscarriage, or the young figure skater who did not even know if he would be skiing as a junior or a senior skater when the season began, the individual stories are, for the most part, inspiring.

So many of these athletes are truly grateful for their opportunities; they appreciate all that has been given them by their families and friends to enable them to experience their Olympic dreams. The motto of the Olympics – swifter, higher, stronger – is encouraging and inspiring.  We should all do what we do to the best of our abilities and with full passion and enthusiasm. It will make it a better world for us and for others. (more…)


Friday, November 29th, 2013

This most American holiday is perhaps the most important holiday we celebrate. Reputedly a celebration by the original10761336926_f61e7ebc20_o European settlers in New England thanking their creator for providing the abundance to live freely in their new land even the indigenous Americans, who in many instances assisted the early settlers, were invited to attend. At least the official version of this holiday has no violence and no animosity between religious or ethnic groups.  Too many of our religious holidays have become controversial as religions too often exclude rather than include those who do not share similar religious orientations.

Thanksgiving is only about giving thanks.   It has been stated by great religious teachers that the only prayer that one needs to make is Thank You. I believe that this is true. We exist because of the life force of creation itself.  We should express gratitude to this life force no matter what the specific circumstances of our lives may be in any moment. We are blessed to be living on this planet at this time, and we should acknowledge this gratitude every day, not just on Thanksgiving.

But it is good to have a holiday that directly focuses on giving thanks. For most people in America the holiday becomes focused on eating a large turkey dinner with their immediate or extended families, remembering Thanksgivings past, and perhaps acknowledging past family members who may no longer be alive. Increasingly, watching football on TV is part of the family ritual, or engaging in other leisure activities. Based on what I am reading in the newspapers Thanksgiving is now becoming a day for shopping as well. Forget Black Friday. You can now start shopping on Thursday. Oh well, I guess we should be thankful people are working and the economy is making a “come back”.

In our film Tapping the Source we interviewed more than 122 people asking them the source of their happiness. The primary response was ‘feeling gratitude’ and being of service to others. Since the film was released, I have done additional research and discovered that scientific studies confirm that a sense of gratitude is the most important single quality for being happy.

My advice for you is to bring Thanksgiving into your heart every day of the year. I hope you had a wonderful dinner yesterday with family and friends, and I hope you are dodging the Black Friday shopping mania. Just think, you now have 364 days before your next Thanksgiving dinner. But you can have thanks in your heart now and remain in the flow of that feeling of gratitude all year whether traffic is fast or slow.




Friday, September 27th, 2013

This Saturday is the official launch of my new novel The Power of Twelve at Mysterious Galaxy bookstore.

San_Onofre_State_Beach  I had not until now made the connection between the themes of The Power of Twelve and the idea of a mysterious galaxy. With participation from the Council of Twelve from the planet Naranjada, the storyline definitely fits the concept of a mysterious galaxy.  I am grateful to Mysterious Galaxy for setting up this event, and I am grateful to my entire team which allows me to lead the fabulous life I lead.

I was just down at the beach thinking about how grateful I am for my children, my health, my ability to do what I please when I please, the wonderful joy and happiness that Gayle Newhouse brings to my life every day, and so many countless blessings in my life that my walk ended and I still had not counted all my blessings. When we start to list things and people, events and experiences for which we are truly grateful we realize what a miracle it is to be alive and that all gratitude must start just from giving thanks for life itself.

We are just entering   the fall season. This is a season for gratitude. Thanksgiving is the holiday for giving thanks for the fall harvest. In my case, having my book published is a kind of harvest, and for that completion I am truly grateful. Gratitude and time teach us the fundamental principles which govern the universe. Indigenous cultures had a much closer connection to the seasons and the cycles which determine the ebb and flow of life. Time itself presents us with reasons and seasons to be grateful. There are times to embrace and times to refrain from embracing.  As the lyrics from the Byrd’s song (and of course the Bible from whence these lyrics come) go….. There is a time for every season, a time to reap and a time to sow….. a time under heaven……

That song always  touched me with both joy and sorrow, and even today the nostalgia that I feel remembering that period of  my life,  so full of  joy and  also major  disappointments, reminds me that  there are different types of gratitude . Some moments of gratitude are purely joyful but others may be tinged with the wisdom that comes from acknowledging mistakes we make as we pursue our lives. We do not need to have regrets, but we can acknowledge those moments of opportunities lost and love misplaced and still be grateful for those sometimes painful experiences from which we grow and evolve as wiser and perhaps more loving human beings.

This may be the most balanced and complete   decade of my life. In The Power of Twelve I follow the guidance of indigenous shaman with whom I have met to focus on the importance of the arrival of feminine energies on our planet at this time. This is the beginning of a new cycle for all of earth. We see the beginning and end of cycles in our calendar year and the seasons, but the shaman with whom I have met measure not just annual seasons but in some cases vast cycles which complete only every twenty-six thousand years. I explore these themes in the novel and am grateful to be living at such an extraordinary moment in the history of the world and perhaps our galaxy. Mysterious? Yes, mysterious indeed.

See you at the book signing and know I am grateful to those of you who attend and those of you unable to attend who purchase, read, and promote to others my novel The Power of Twelve.  or


Friday, July 5th, 2013

3126514711_3d46b56ff0_bHolidays are great times for reflection. Where have we been, where are we going, where were we last year or five years ago on this date? Who were we with? Why were we with them? Was it with family? Was it a happy time, a time of transition, or both?

My central thoughts every July 4th turn to gratitude. Gratitude not just to the men and women in the military who too often have had to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect the American way of life, but also to the brilliant founders of our country.  Jefferson, Madison, Franklin, Washington, and the others, were not just military minds but true visionaries who created a system of government that was unique when created and which has, despite many challenges, remained the most vibrant form of government in the history of the world. Democracy is far from perfect, and with the increasing ability of special interests to buy control of the legislative and administrative branches we seem to be moving far from true representative democracy. And yet we the people still rule and we actually can start using the modern technology of the Internet, computer tablets, and smart phones to more strongly and effectively voice public opinion and share important information.  We have the choice to do so and will is up to us.  So part of my suggested reflection on this long holiday weekend is that we each commit to making a difference and engaging in proactive activities that will contribute to a better world. (more…)


Monday, July 1st, 2013

Gratitude has been a major theme in my novels and film projects for the past several years. In filming Tapping the Source we learned that having a sense of gratitude and verbalizing gratitude to oneself and others, or even just in meditation, is the most important single act anyone can do to increase their sense of happiness and connection to their source. This short Ted talk video presentation captures, as well as any presentation I have viewed, the essence of gratitude and why it is so easy to  sincerely feel gratitude simply for being alive. Enjoy!!!


Monday, April 22nd, 2013

What a concept!!! I happen to be feeling especially free this morning. No major book deals pending, the editing completed on my next novel THE POWER OF THE TWELVE, no new book yet initiated, the details of the coordination of the Eco-Sustainability conference in China completed, my speech for the conference completed. This is a rare morning of beauty, sunshine and calm in which I feel totally free. Even my golf game has been reflecting my new sense of freedom with freer swinging drives going further than usual and putts dropping in with three consecutive rounds well under my normal handicap. Freedom, Freedom, Freedom.

Of course this is a descriptive of a kind of mental freedom which does not address the greater significance of the concept of freedom, upon which our wonderful country is based.

This week it has been impossible to ignore the tragedy in Boston. We are still learning about the brothers who perpetuated this atrocity. We can only assume that for whatever reason the perpetuators did not feel a sense of inner freedom. I cannot imagine anyone who feels free would ever choose such heinous behavior.

This week I am babysitting my son’s cat Bijou. Bijou is an elegant animal whose tail is always up in the air six inches above her body as she prances proudly about. Bijou gives off an air of freedom, if not superiority, to all she encounters. And yet Bijou is not truly free. As a house cat we are not comfortable letting her outside where she might be run over by a car or come up against an unleashed dog or just get lost in what is for her an unfamiliar neighborhood. No, Bijou is restricted to our home and not free to roam.

The wonderful quality of freedom is that those who feel free create a sense of freedom for others. None of us can be truly free unless all of us are free. This is why ultimately slavery was abolished. True freedom requires the free flow of ideas, open commerce, and ongoing innovation. These are fundamental to a free society for freedom is not just freedom from oppression but freedom to pursue happiness and that pursuit of happiness must include not only the freedom of expression but the freedom to experiment and fail. As individuals and as a country we often fail but a wonderful American characteristic is that even when we fail we learn from our failures, get up and try again. Freedom does not require perfect behavior or ideal results from the exercise of our freedoms. Freedom does require a commitment to courage. Freedom also requires a healthy appreciation and sense of gratitude to those who throughout the last two hundred and fifty years have been willing to sacrifice their own lives to protect our freedoms. Waking up this morning to this glorious day I feel the magic of our country and a deep sense of gratitude to the millions who have gone before and instilled within us our love for freedom.