If you know who you are you’ll get where you are going.

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I have always lived, what I call a holistic life. I balance mind, body, and spirit. Holism is a very important concept for the extraordinary individual seeking to create an effective life game strategy.

To live well, you need to know who you are. This requires a bit of self-awareness which comes through self-assessment.

There are many valid methods of assessment that are generally ignored or largely rejected by mainstream psychologists, physiologists, and those committed to a more linear and rationalistic approach to human potential, wellness, and self-actualization.

Sometimes in life, many diverse elem+ents come together to produce something that…


One of the most transformative inventions in history

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Chester Floyd Carlson invented the photocopy machine. Imagine how your life would be different if this invention did not exist?

Carlson (February 8, 1906 — September 19, 1968) was an American physicist, inventor, and patent attorney born in Seattle, Washington.

He is best known for having invented the process of electrophotography, which produced a dry copy rather than a wet copy, as was produced by the mimeograph process. Carlson’s process was subsequently renamed xerography, a term that literally means “dry writing.”

Carlson began thinking about reproducing print early in his life. At age ten, he created a newspaper called “This…


Bringing in the “light” through sound

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I have always found in my life that music and sound are among the most powerful and effective self-improvement, and personal development tools I have ever encountered.

Cultures from ancient to modern have used music and sound to lift melancholy, alter moods, and lift our spirits. We all intuitively know the power of music and sound. When we are down or depressed we can play the music that is uplifting. When we are sluggish we can play the music that gets us up and going. And we all know how important music is in creating the right mood for romance.


How young people make friends in the digital age

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I have an interest in how young people will learn to create fellowship when they spend so much time at home looking at smart devices?

With software developed explicitly for them, many young children will learn to use computers. They will develop gamer- thinking and strong competitive skills before they ever get to the sandbox, but they may not learn about compassion and empathy when their best friend is a computer screen. That is why I spend time studying the influence of video games on developing minds

By their teen years, young people may have mastered game-thinking or be crushed…


The Zen concept of “chop wood, carry water”

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Sometimes our minds get so muddled as we spread ourselves so thin. We want to save the world yet we can barely save ourselves. The secret here is to separate what we want from what we need, then do what needs to be done.

As the distinction between want and need becomes clearer you will become more consistent, more aware, and more effective in everything you do. It is all part of Chop Wood, Carry Water: conserve and balance, define wants and needs, and commit to the study of kōans and consistent meditation practice.

This leads to mindfulness in your…


Creating win-scenarios

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Negotiation is an essential part of life. The best of friends, siblings, family members, and those passionately in love negotiate. Even the way some of us pray might be called a negotiation with God.

To create true fellowship between mature adults, there are times where negotiation will be necessary.

Negotiation is a good thing and does not need to be about adversary, greed, manipulation, and control. In the best of circumstances, negotiation is actually about getting our wants and needs met.

Essentially, negotiation is a dialogue between two or more people or parties intended to reach a beneficial outcome over…


The idea, metaphor, and reality of giving blood to someone who needs it.

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Few of us would ever think about the connection between blood banks, blood transfusions, and fellowship. Yet just consider how the word “blood is used.”

“We are blood,” “Blood brothers, etc.”

What can connect us on a deeper and human level than the idea that we give our “lifeblood” to another, and receive it as well? It doesn’t matter what the motivation is, the process, for me anyway, does have some deep connection to the concept of fellowship.

I developed an interest in blood transfusions after my friend’s life was saved when she received one.

While the first blood transfusions…


Exploring altered states and illumination

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Sometimes in life, many diverse people, places, and things come together to produce something that is obviously greater than any of the qualities in the individual parts. It is as if two plus two was to equal five. The doctrine that explains this phenomenon is known as holism-fed synergy. Holism emphasizes the priority of a whole over its parts.

Both holism and synergy Holism are very important concepts for the extraordinary individual seeking to create an effective life game strategy.

Any sports fan knows that even in the most logical approach, a certain action by one player can produce surprisingly…


I remember sitting in my kitchen in my PJs everyday at noon watching this brilliant women interview the import and influential. Who could guess that over 40 years later you would be my friend and mentor.


The philosophy, and psychology, of finding shortcuts to everything.

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A life hack (or life hacking) is any trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method that increases effectiveness, efficiency, precision, productivity, accuracy, and self-awareness, in all walks of life.

Here is a basic introduction to (my) Lewie’s Lifehack system

Many philosophers and psychologists have identified a trait in most living organisms that can drive the particular organism to compete. This trait, called competitiveness, is viewed by many scientists as an innate biological trait that coexists along with the urge for survival. Competitiveness, or the inclination to compete, though, has become synonymous with aggressiveness and ambition in the English Language. More advanced…

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