Posts Tagged ‘Love’


Monday, September 15th, 2014

Most of us pause from time to time to ask ourselves WHAT IS REAL?

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I sometimes pinch myself when I awake just to confirm that I am really here in a human body. I have been with this body for more than sixty years and it hardly seems real that I have been here this long and that everything is still working as well as when I was just a teenager. I also wonder about the information I receive in newspapers and on television. Can it really be true in the 21 century that ISIS is beheading people in what they feel is justifiable retaliation against American airstrikes against them? Can it really be true that more than a billion people on our planet go to bed hungry or not knowing where their next meal will come from while more than one thousand individuals are mega billionaires with more wealth than they could spend in a million lifetimes?

I love sports as much as anyone but is it really true that the world spends more time, energy and money attending, promoting, marketing and discussing sports events in a day than all the time, energy and money devoted to the arts in a year? Can it really be true that millions of people follow the activities of major celebrities ranging from Lady Gaga to Honey Booboo while too many individuals feel so alone, isolated and unimportant that they seek to appease their suffering with random acts of violence directed at the anonymous society that they feel has betrayed them?

And then there is the realm of faith and healing. Is it really true that faith healing can work? Is it true that healers such as Dr. and Master Sha can perform miracles and have for hundreds of thousands of people? We are living in such a strange world and that makes us question our own existence and the evidence of actual miracles. Perhaps more to the point in this day and age of technological miracles: What constitutes a true miracle? What is believable and what is not?

In this weekly blog I will be reporting on events that I have observed with my own eyes. Some of these events have forced me to redefine my own sense of what is real and what is not. I am fascinated by not just major miracles but small everyday miracles as well. In my research for writing Dr. and Master Sha: Miracle Soul Healer I have explored events which would not have seemed real to me even a year ago. Dr. Sha is presenting examples of how his calligraphy can heal. This seems unreal to me but I question my own skepticism after personally reviewing dozens of examples of true healing which have occurred many of which (several thousand at last report) have been posted on

In working with Dr. Sha I have been introduced to Dr. Rulin Xiu, a string theorist who has been working on unified field theory off and on for the past twenty years. I am learning from Dr. Rulin that nothing we take for granted is truly real. Our bodies are actually mostly non-bodies containing 90 percent space. Dr. Rulin has explained that our perception of solid matter, even objects of iron and steel is actually an illusion. These and other themes will be the primary focus of this blog and perhaps with each blog entry we will be better able to determine what is actually real.

And to learn more about what Dr and Master Sha is up to now I encourage everyone to attend the international peace day celebration with Dr and Master Sha on September 21st.  More details here: Shot 2014-09-10 at 4.59.11 AMPeaceDay_MSha_851x315


Monday, January 13th, 2014

No topic in literature is more thoroughly explored than  love. We have  puppy love, sexual love, romantic love, parental It's_all_about_lovelove, the list seems endless. The first novel Don Quijote by Miguel Cervantes explored the nature of chivalry and the delusional love Don Quijote imagined he had for Dulcinea. In some way it seems appropriate that the very first major literary work about love explored the delusional nature of romantic love.

In the English language there is only one word for love but in other languages  there are sometimes as many as twenty different words to describe  different  types of love. In Spanish there is a clear  demarcation between carnal love—te quiero—and  platonic love—te amo. Of course the two can overlap.

In today’s world love is misunderstood more than ever. We have  shows on television such as The Matchmaker and The Bachelor which propose to help people  fall in love and form permanent relationships. In many  indigenous civilizations the idea of romantic love did not exist at all. Marriages were  primarily arranged  for the economic benefit of the  tribe  or the family and in many cases cross cousin marriage was almost obligatory to ensure long term alliances  among  families. (more…)

Lucky 2014

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Today is the first day of 2014.  Where has the time  gone? The digits in 2014 add up to seven. We all know that seven is asparkling_2014_lights lucky number. No doubt  2014 is going to be a very lucky year at least for some of  us. After all every year seems to favor some of us whether it’s a lucky year or not.

Can there ever be a year that favors all of us? Are we really living in a zero sum world or might it be possible that everyone can benefit at  the same time?  Why is there so much conflict in the world and what can we each do in our  individual lives to ensure that good fortune is the norm and not just an anomaly for the fortunate few? (more…)

The True Meaning of Christmas

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

Today is Christmas Day. We all like Christmas. A day of  gifts and  overeating. A day with no work except for those  in  service businesses. A time to reflect 2122063264_b9b35d91d5_zand look back on the previous year and forward to the next.

As a child I always looked forward to Christmas. We had stockings, a tree, lots of brightly  wrapped presents. I never even realized we were jewish until I was a teenager and we occassionaly  celebrated  Hanakkah as well. Hanakkah was ok but  never had the attraction for me that Christmas did.

I think I was six before I learned that Santa was not real.  We put the cookies out for him and even the milk. It was really exciting to me and I was amazed at the miracle of the presents appearing as if by magic. Of course as I grew older I started to catch on and even found the closet where the presents were being stored. Didn’t really change my enthusiasm or appreciation for the time of year and the  occasion. I was living on the east coast and more often than not we did have a white Christmas with lots of snow and  the opportunity to stay indoors and play with our new toys. (more…)

Happy Un-birthday to Me

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Today, December 12, 2013 (yesterday for those reading the day this is posted) is my birthday. Happens to be my 64th.  Who images-2would have ever thought such a time might arrive? I always thought the Beatles’ lyric “Will you still love me when I’m sixty-four” was indicative of an incredibly old age that we teenagers at the time would never reach. Visions of worse- for- wear white haired old men accompanied my idea of that age. And of course except for other old people, who would love you at sixty-four?

As it turns out I have more love in my life from more people today at sixty-four than at any previous birthday. I also am winning golf tournaments, having more bestsellers than ever as a literary agent, interacting with ever more interesting people, doing more radio and speaking events, and generally having a very happy un-birthday every day of the year. Life is golden and not because I am entering my golden years. I doubt I will be slowing down much and see the next twenty years as possibly the most productive and joyful of my life. Part of this may be due to modern science. I had a cataract operation several years ago and see better today than I did when I was twelve and first had to wear glasses. Be it what it may, sixty-four seems a very good year to celebrate and it seems young, not old.

In Europe the tradition is to give a party and give rather than receive gifts from your friends. I like this custom and am giving a small party for some of my friends this Saturday.

Birthdays can and should be special. They mark the passing of time and they celebrate the unique circumstances of our unique personalities. Each one of us was born on a special day. Each one of us was conceived and created not just biologically but at a soul level in which many elements play a part. The unique circumstances of our birth and the timing of our entrance into this world guide us throughout our lives. Wherever you are in your journey, have a happy un-birthday today and remain forever young.

Mandela and Malala

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Nelson Mandela died last Thursday.  By any standards Mandela was a great human being whose life symbolizes the true Nelson_Mandela-2008_(edit)meaning of success.

Nelson Mandela was not a perfect human being. He was married three times and divorced twice. I am sure that in his youth he may have had to take actions which incorporated qualities of anger and frustration, perhaps even violence. In many ways the life of Mandela is a case study of how a strong leader needs to embrace both masculine and feminine qualities. Without the fierce strength and perhaps even aggression of his youth, Mandela would not have been in a position to show the power of forgiveness in solidifying lasting change. As Nelson Mandela learned the true nature of balance in his personal and political life, he was able to achieve lasting results which were truly extraordinary.

More than any other statesman, Nelson Mandela represented unity and overcoming separatism. Those who knew Mandela personally felt he exuded the quality of love. Certainly the photographs from his later life show a man who was able to smile and laugh and enjoy the quiet moments of life. That he was fearless in confronting those who abused and mistreated him and his people, and that he was able to genuinely forgive those  who sometimes hated him and his purpose, made him a unique and admirable leader and human being.

I see many of these same qualities of balancing male and female energy in Malala. Malala was born when Mandela was already 79 years old.  Many years will have to pass before we are able to determine how significant a role Malala will have on the world stage, but whatever her role the lesson we can learn is that fearlessness for one’s personal safety, dedication to a larger purpose based on simple justice, human decency, and the willingness to remain true to one’s roots and family are qualities both of these larger than life personalities share.

Nelson Mandela was the son of a tribal chief. Malala is the daughter of a school teacher. In neither case were these families positioned to create great world leaders. That is exactly the point. No matter who you are, no matter who your parents, grandparents or relatives may be, you are potentially a great world leader. What impact you have on the world may never be formally recognized in the way that Nelson Mandela and Malala have been recognized, but the impact of your life may be just as great.

Everyone matters, everyone can contribute. We can create a just and peaceful world with opportunity for all. The life of Nelson Mandela confirms this truth. We salute a great soul whose journey no doubt continues at this time to contribute to the intended joy of all creation.

Joy, Innocence and Brilliance

Monday, November 18th, 2013

One of the unexpected pleasures of my recent trip to Berlin was getting an opportunity to spend time with  Innerwise triple-tagfounder Uwe Albrecht’s five, eight, and seventeen year old daughters,  Shanti, Gaia, and Hannah. All three are fluent in both German and English and know a little bit of Spanish as well.  They live about an hour’s drive outside of Berlin and were taking advantage of Uwe speaking at the writer’s workshop to visit the famous German zoo. Growing up in a small town, the girls were full of the innocence and joy that comes from uninhibited country living.

There was a large open area outside of the conference rooms where the girls played tag and leap frog with us and each other. Five year old Shanti perfected the art of shouting out “pause” whenever she was about to be tagged.  She avoided ever being caught. The girls were such fast and clever runners that Gayle and I, dressed in our formal business clothes, never had a real chance of catching them anyway. They seemed always one step ahead. It was joyful seeing them run and jump and laugh and keep us on our toes.  Their ability to strategize among themselves in German and then shout out to us with playful challenges and taunts in English was uniquely intriguing. I doubt I ever enjoyed losing games of tag as much as I did with these bright and lively young girls. (more…)

Cats and Dogs and Peacelink

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Recently, through an unexpected sequence of events, a cat and a dog had a confrontation in my office. We were cat-François_Desportes_-_A_Dog_and_a_Cat_Fighting_in_a_Kitchen_Interior_-_WGA06322sitting a beautiful animal whose claws have been clipped. Unexpectedly, a client dropped by who had her miniature bull dog with her. Separately, both the cat and dog are gentle creatures who rarely display their aggressive animal natures.  Thus, we were caught unprepared as the dog and cat went at each other, well like dogs and cats.  I always thought that “fighting like dogs and cats” was just a saying, but I can now confirm that unfamiliar dogs and cats do not get along well at all. There was hissing and attempts at clawing and scratching by the cat, and there were determined attempts by the dog to grab and bite the cat. The encounter only lasted seconds, but the chasing and mayhem resulted in overturned books and flower vases and general pandemonium, including screams from those looking on fearing the worst for both cat and dog. I was at my desk responding to a contract offer and was caught off guard, not knowing what was occurring. Eventually I was able to grab the dog’s collar and pull him off the cat. The cat was traumatized and hid in the garage for the next six hours. The dog had a little nip on his face but was otherwise unharmed. (more…)

Love and Marriage

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

My daughter Tara is now officially engaged to be married to Oia Pursals Claret. The picture shows her hand and the Tara and Oía engagementTara with ringdiamond engagement ring. This is a joyous occasion for Tara, Oia, and all of our families. Tara and Oia have been living together for more than two years and both families have enjoyed spending time together mostly in and around Barcelona, Spain where Tara and Oia are living.  For the last six months ever Since Oia told me he was going to propose to Tara  as soon as he was able to have the right  engagement ring made,  I have been telling everyone (except Tara) that  Oia is Tara’s fiancée, though of course only now is it official.  Tara suspected the engagement was going to happen, but like all major events in life, one never knows for sure until the proposal is actually made. I have never seen Tara with a bigger smile and greater enthusiasm for life than I did this morning when she Skyped me from the mountain beach town of Cadaques near the French border in Cataluna where the happy couple will be celebrating their engagement.

Ever since I met Oia two years ago I have felt that he would be the ideal husband for Tara. It helps that Oia’s Catalan family is wonderful and provides ideal support for both Tara and Oia as they establish a life together. Tara has  been a dancer, writer, editor, and social media  PR specialist. Tara is presently focused on editing and assisting spiritual teachers with their books.  And Oia, a Catalan architect working with one of Barcelona’s top architecture firms, is focused on creating ecologically sustainable buildings and homes. Neither is fully established with their careers from a financial perspective, but they have each demonstrated excellence which I am sure in time will provide them with the necessary financial support to raise a family together. More importantly, they are nurtured by the creative elements of their work and able to share aesthetic and cultural interests that will sustain an active and  stimulating dialogue between them for many years. They are good and kind people and all of us are looking forward to when they have children since they are both movie star good looking and are likely to produce amazingly attractive and talented offspring. (more…)


Friday, February 15th, 2013

So who was St. Valentine and why is he associated with love and gets his own day and all?  Perhaps we can blame the continuation of the tradition on the candy and greeting card industries, but what got this all started in the first place? Inquiring minds want to know.

The reality? No one knows. There is speculation about at least two St. Valentines who lived almost two thousand years ago but they were not associated with love and especially not with Romance. In fact, both were religious martyrs. The first written reference to Valentine’s Day was by Chaucer, the English poet.  Chaucer was a bawdy poet who often ridiculed romantic love in his Tales. Better known references date from plays of Shakespeare who, unlike Chaucer, rejoined in romantic liaisons whether tragic with star crossed lovers or more requited couplings. (more…)