Friday, February 21, 2020

Les Brown: What holds us back? (video)

Les Brown, Tom Bilyeu (Impact U, 1/14/20; Ashley Wells, CC Liu (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

Les Brown on Impact Theory
What's wrong with me, Les? Let me explain, in just 51 seconds, everything that's holding you back. Let's hear it! But first, you had cancer?

Legendary motivational speaker Les Brown has overcome the most profound challenges. Over the course of his incredible life, he has gone from being labelled "mentally retarded" and working menial jobs to inspiring audiences of as many as 80,000 people at a time. On this episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Les Brown shares the truth about how we all have to fail our way to success. He also details his strategies for improving his mindset, explains exactly how he transformed the story he tells himself about himself, and talks about how to deal with negative thoughts and negative people.
  • Life is a battle for territory [3:07]
  • Les discusses his battle with cancer, which he has been winning for over 20 years [4:35]
  • Les explains how he changed his beliefs and the stories he told himself about himself [7:21]
  • Les shares his experience with prejudice, and how he learned to have hope [11:53]
  • Les explains how the dominant culture dismantles people’s creativity and sense of self [17:15]
  • Les describes the most important lessons about success he ever learned [19:46]
  • Les strongly advocates embracing your own uniqueness [22:53]
  • Don’t live the life that was given to you by your circumstances [26:40]
  • Les strongly recommends reading, changing your social circle, and finding a mentor [29:13]
  • Les makes some surprising book recommendations [32:23]
  • Les talks about holding negative thoughts in check [33:31]
  • Les details his strategy for continuously improving his mindset [35:43]
  • Les shares the impact his mother had on his life [37:25]
  • Les tells the story of how he learned to be unstoppable [43:02]
  • Les advocates listening, telling stories, and orchestrating an experience [45:37]
  • Les shares the impact he wants to have on the world [47:30]
“Someone’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality.” [21:34]
“Life is a fight for territory. Once you stop fighting for what you want, what you don’t want will automatically take over.” [3:45]
“No excuse is acceptable.” [24:18]
“You will fail your way to success.” [24:46]
“If your achievements outgrow your sense of self, you will unconsciously engage in self-destructive behavior.” [36:59]
“If information could change people, everybody would be skinny, rich, and happy.” [46:59]
If you'll accept that you are responsible for everything in your life, you suddenly have all the power to change it. Most excuses out there are perfectly valid, but they rob us of our power to develop our success. Don’t we secretly wish that success were in our control? Well, it absolutely is, and we can do anything we set our minds to, without limitations. So stop blaming everyone else. Repeat this: “Everything is my fault.” Own it. Then relentlessly attack goals with purpose. Custom designed graphic is printed in vivid color and high resolution using state of the art color transfer technology. Shirts are made from super soft 100% preshrunk cotton. Printed in the USA. Guaranteed to last through hundreds of washes.

Neo-Nazi makes it to TED Talk stage (video)

Christian Picciolini (TEDx, 12/20/17); Pfc. Sandoval, Seth Auberon (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

My time in America's neo-Nazi movement and what happened
Wait, you two are Hitler Youth? - White shower!
(TEDx Talks) At 14-years-old, Christian Picciolini went from naïve teen to white supremacist. And soon he was the leader of America’s first neo-Nazi skinhead gang.

How was he radicalized, and how did he ultimately get out? In this talk, he shares a surprising and counterintuitive solution to hate in all forms.

White American Youth
After leaving the white supremacist skinhead movement he helped build in the 80s and 90s, he co-founded "Life After Hate," a nonprofit dedicated to helping people disengage from violent extremism.

His memoir, White American Youth: My Descent into America's Most Violent Hate Movement—and How I Got Out (Hachette), details his involvement and eventual disengagement from the early American white nationalist movement. He lives in Chicago.

This talk was given at a TEDxMileHigh event using the TED conference format independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Dr. Joe Dispenza: DMT, pineal, breath (3/5)

Dr. Dispenza via Motivation Manifested; Pat Macpherson, Dhr. Seven (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
Practice this breathing in group meditation, March 5, 2020. FREE: DBM, Los Angeles

Information + Application = Transformation. Learning is the first step, practice the second until we drop what is ready to be let go of and gain what is waiting.

DMT, Pineal Gland, and the Piezoelectric Effect
I can see colors and feel bliss.
Dr. Joe Dispenza provides a detailed explanation on how to contract the muscles of the body together with breathing in order to accelerate the flow of cerebrospinal fluid, apply gentle pressure to the pineal gland ("third eye" or Buddhist dibba cakkhu) at the center of the brain, and create very profound metabolites including benzodiazepine and DMT (the "spirit molecule," di-methyl-tryptamine). More
HIGHLIGHTS: 00:10 - Psycho-neuro-immunology, 01:40 - Anatomy of Supernatural Breathing, 02:43 - Cerebrospinal Fluid and the Inductance Field, 04:00 - The Pineal Gland, 05:10 - The Pituitary Gland (Oxytocin + Vasopressin), 07:00 - Piezoelectric Effect, 09:00 - Serotonin, Melatonin, Inner Visions (DMT), 10:40 - Joe's Personal Experiences, 11:28 - Moving into the Unknown, 12:30 - Biological Upgrade, 13:25 - How to Breathe Supernaturally.

Music by Jonathan Slatter. Licensed through Watch the full interview. Footage licensed through and all videos and images sourced from:,,, Motivation Manifested claims to "own the rights to all music/footage used in this video except for speaker audio used under fair trade."

Lust to love. Love to lust? (video)

GoGosUnsealed; Ashley Well, CC Liu, Seth Auberon, Ellie Askew, Wisdom Quarterly
C'mon, let's just do it, Baby. - You don't even love me! You don't even care. - Not this again.

(GoGosUnsealed) The Go-Go's "Lust to Love" (from Beauty & the Beat, by C. Caffey/J. Wiedlin).

It hurt my heart in this area around here.
I used to believe in romantic love. Then came you. Are you happy? Of course you're not! Am I? No, me neither. That's the way it is with selfish love. Ask Nazareth. But just as there is metta (altruistic loving-friendliness), there must be love tainted with craving (sensual desire).

It's nobody's fault. Things are just the way they are.
On account of persistent craving, there's grasping, and repeatedly grasping is clinging. Because things are impermanent, always fickle and changeable, what we cling to will result in our suffering. When?

When we meet with alteration. And that's very soon. Why? It's because we want for things to be otherwise. We will not see what is, accept what is, or deal with what is. If we did we'd move toward the end of suffering or what Buddhism calls the cool bliss of nirvana.

But who cares? I'm hot right now. I love you, and I want you! And more than anything I want for you, and me, and this emotion, and this situation never to change. Will I get my wish? Not a chance.

Why? Why does it have to be this way? Why!
LYRICS: "It used to be fun was in, the catch and release capture and kill. In another place and time, I did it all for thrills. Love me, and I'll leave you. I told you at the start. I had no idea that you would tear my world apart. And you're the one to blame. I used to know my name. But I've lost control of the game because, even though I set the rules, you've got me acting like a fool. When I see you I lose my cool. Lust to love was the last thing I was dreaming of. And now all I want is just to love. Lust turned to love. That was when the fun was in, the capture and the..." Ouch.
  • Get a job. Work for the census (
  • Are you a HENRY ("High Earner Not Rich Yet")?

"Divine Beings" museum exhibition (Feb. 20)

Norton Simon Museum (; CC Liu, Crystal Quintero (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
Vishnu Riding Garuda, 320-500 CE, Eastern India or Bangladesh, Gupta Period
Parinirvana, Tosa Yukihiro 土佐行広 (Japan,
Muromachi Period, 1338-1573), circa 1451
A new exhibition at the Norton Simon Museum features works by Asian artists in response to spiritual concepts: "Divine Beings" spotlights six exceptional works, five of which are loans that include four Buddhist paintings from China, Korea, and Japan linked with Buddhism and one Hindu sculpture from Eastern India or Bangladesh.

Visitors are invited to explore the relationships between these and more than 30 selected works from the Norton’s vast Greco-Buddhist (Gandharan) collection on view within five Chinese galleries. Some representations of Buddhist, Hindu, and Taoist gods and demigods (devas) take the form of humans, such as the Three Taoist Star Lords (ETs?)

Zhao Changguo 趙 昌 國 (Chinese, active 16th century), Three Taoist
Star Lords Playing Weiqi in Autumn Mountains Ming Dynasty, 1500s

Other works depict real or mythological animals, such as the dragon (naga), phoenix (garuda), tiger, owl, ox, horse, and crane, which are believed to possess supernatural abilities, acting as guardians or mounts (transport) for deities and/or disembodied "souls" (gandharvas). Within the structure of time-honored artistic and philosophical conventions, each artist has thoughtfully given form to traditional beliefs about the fundamental nature of existence. It runs between February 20–June 30, 2020. More

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Boy Scouts worse than Catholic Church?

Today; ABC; Pam Jones for Liberty; Pfc. Sandoval, Seth Auberon (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
The Boy Scouts of America have filed for bankruptcy protection as the organization struggles to deal with a wave of homosexual rape and child abuse lawsuits. Their situation is drawing comparisons to the Catholic Church. NBC’s Gabe Gutierrez reports for TODAY.
(Pam Jones for Liberty) Secret 14,000-page Boy Scout "perversion list" finally revealed.

(Pam Jones for Liberty) Pedophile Exposure Project is the BIGGEST pedophile COVER UP ( ever exposed. This is a secret 14,000-page Boy Scout "Perversion List" released online ( Link to a file of 5,000 pedo names ( Boy Scout "perversion files" detail CHILD SEX Abuse Charges ( List reveals 120 New Jersey Scout leaders banned from the Boy Scouts of America. BANNED/CENSORED on Facebook (

Child molestation by lesbian nuns, too

Catholic nuns molest kids: surviving (video)

HuffPost; Lauren Book; WLRN; Pfc. Sandoval, S. Auberon, Ashley Wells, Wisdom Quarterly
Lauren from talks about being molested by her female nanny: TEDx.

Nuns sexually abused girls for years. Now survivors speak out.
What would a gay church look like?
The Catholic Church has been rocked by allegations of homosexual rape, sodomy, torture, and sexual abuse carried out by priests, bishops, and cardinals for decades. Now survivors of abusive lesbian nuns are speaking out. Patricia “Trish” Cahill and Anne Gleeson were heterosexual teenagers when they were victimized by sexually abusive nuns. Even though these two survivors grew up in different cities, the gay grooming and lesbian child molestation and manipulation conducted by the nuns they say abused them sound eerily and tragically similar.

Rape in the USA, is it real?

Out of Darkness, Into Light: Child Sexual Abuse
Lauren Book would've gone crazy and acted out, but she told her doctor (
(WLRN,, 5/11/12) "Out of Darkness, Into Light" is a half-hour documentary which delves into the lives of three survivors of child sexual abuse, who through their own personal experiences are committed to helping others affected by this unthinkable crime.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Scientists: “mind” isn’t confined to brain

Olivia Goldhill (, 12/24/16); Dhr. Seven, Pat Macpherson (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

Scientists say “mind” isn’t confined to brain, or even to this body
Ever wonder what’s going on in another person’s mind? Ever get a compliment for having a great mind, or ask if someone is out of theirs? Ever try to expand or free the mind?

But what is a mind? Defining the concept is a surprisingly slippery task. The mind is the seat of consciousness, the essence of our being [aware]. Without a mind, we cannot be considered meaningfully alive. So what exactly, and where precisely, is it?
  • This whole tail and bulb is a brain.
    [According to Buddhism, "mind" (mano or nama) is a mind-body process comprised partly of consciousness (vinnana), which is composed of mind-moments and mental factors (cittas and cetasikas). It is located physically in the area of the heart, and this can be directly investigated and confirmed by gaining absorption, emerging, and reviewing the area of the heart to see the mind door. If one looks between the ears, one will not see mind. See the meditation techniques of Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw for details.]
Yeah, this part got no blood, a stroke of insight...
Traditionally, scientists have tried to define "mind" as the product of brain activity: The brain is the physical substance, and mind is the conscious product of those firing neurons, according to the classic argument.

But growing evidence shows that the mind goes far beyond the physical workings of the brain. [And the size of "the brain" is underestimated because most of it is not in the cranium but extends down the brainstem and spinal column. See Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor holding one whole brain.]

Mind (Dr. Dan Siegel, MD)
No doubt, the brain plays an incredibly important role. But the human mind cannot be confined to what’s inside the skull, or even the body, according to a definition first put forward by Dr. Dan Siegel, a professor of psychiatry at UCLA's School of Medicine and the author of Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human.

He first came up with the definition more than two decades ago, at a meeting of 40 scientists across disciplines, including neuroscientists, physicists, sociologists, and anthropologists.

My Stroke of Insight (Taylor)
The aim was to come to an understanding of the mind that would appeal to many and serve as common ground, satisfying those wrestling with the question across various academic fields.

After much discussion, they decided that a key component of the mind is “the emergent self-organizing process, both embodied and relational, that regulates energy and information flow within and among us.”

It’s not catchy. But it is interesting with meaningful implications. The most immediately shocking element of this definition is that our mind extends beyond our physical selves.
  • The Buddha on mind-body
    [In Buddhism, "self" (atta or atman) is defined in a very detailed way as those things (groups or clusters of things) we cling to as a self. The Buddha called them the Five Aggregates or heaps -- form, feelings, perceptions, formations (such as volitions), and consciousness. When one speaks of a self, it is usually in reference to one or more of these. Or these things are regarded as the property and possession of a self. This is the "me," the "I," the "ego," or the possessions of a "self." Ultimately, however, it is an illusion. There is no self behind these impersonal processes. But because there exists the thought that there is, clinging happens. What clings? There is no clinger, but form forms, feelings feel, perception perceives, mental formations will (among other things), and consciousness is conscious. The Abhidharma explains all of this is minute detail; moreover, it may be known-and-seen directly and enlightenment realized by calm meditation and liberating-insight.]
We're looking at the prefrontal cortex (TED).
In other words, our mind is not simply our perception of experiences, but those experiences themselves. Dr. Siegel argues that it’s impossible to completely disentangle our subjective view of the world from our interactions.

“I realized if someone asked me to define the shoreline but insisted, is it the water or the sand, I would have to say the shore is both sand and sea,” says Dr. Siegel. “You can’t limit our understanding of the coastline to insist it’s one or the other.

Is the "shoreline" land OR sea? Which one?
“I started thinking, maybe the mind is like the coastline — some inner and inter process. Mental life for an anthropologist or sociologist is profoundly social. Your thoughts, feelings, memories, attention, what you experience in this subjective world is part of mind.”

By Olivia Goldhill
The definition has since been supported by research across the sciences, but much of the original idea came from mathematics.

Dr. Siegel realized the mind meets the mathematical definition of a complex system in that it’s open (which means it can influence things outside itself), chaos capable (which, simply put, means it’s roughly randomly distributed), and non-linear (which means a small input leads to large and difficult to predict result). More

Monday, February 17, 2020

Comedy: Rush, topless Bernie protest

Mike MacRae (TJDS); RC; SNL; Seth Meyers; Seth Auberon, Ashley Wells, Wisdom Quarterly
Conservative Hollywood actor Vince Vaughn loves Rush Limbaugh. He defends him against anyone who might make light, mock, or laugh at him in his cancerous misfortune, after a lifetime of broadcasting as a dove, a paragon of love, unity, and human kindness.

Topless anti-dairy protesters against Bernie

Bernie wins New Hampshire, Trump tells crooked Barr to let Roger Stone off: A Closer Look

(Late Night with Seth Meyers, Feb. 12, 2020) Seth Meyers takes a closer look at Bernie Sanders’ New Hampshire primary win and Impeached-Pres. Trump bullying the Justice Department into showing favoritism on one of his convicted henchman, longtime Republican Operative and Nixon lapdog Roger Stone. Watch Late Night with Seth Meyers Weeknights 12:35/11:35c on NBC.

Missing Natives: "Somebody's Daughter" (film)

Rain, Somebody's Daughter, Jan. 17, 2020; Xochitl, Crystal Quintero (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

The crisis of missing Native American females
“After watching Somebody’s Daughter many thoughts fevered my brain for hours,” commented Wes Studi, the only Native American actor ever to receive an Oscar.

“The search for a solution begins with first knowing a crisis exists,” Studi continued. The purpose of Somebody’s Daughter is exactly that – to alert the public and lawmakers alike that the murdered and missing indigenous women (MMIW) crisis exists and demands urgent action.

"Somebody’s Daughter is both hauntingly beautiful and emotionally devastating and should be recognized as one of the most important documentaries made on not only MMIW, but also on Indian Country in the twenty-first century" (Native News Online).

For the first time on film, tribal leaders reveal the devastating role of drug cartels and gangs in this crisis. Somebody’s Daughter focuses on higher-profile MMIW cases, some of which were raised during the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs MMIW/MMIP hearing in December 2018.

With historical points of reference, the stories of victims and their families are told through the lens of a legal and jurisdictional maze, revealing the socioeconomic bonds that constrict Indian Country.

Directed by Rain. Executive producer: the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana. Consultant: award-winning actor Georgina Lightning. Cinematography: Alex Robinson.

John Oliver's Last Week Tonight returns

John Oliver (Last Week Tonight, 7/19/15); Seth Auberon, Crystal Q. (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

Food Waste: Last Week Tonight
(HBO) American food producers, sellers, and consumers waste millions of tons of food. John Oliver discusses the shocking amount of food we throw away before ever eating in addition to all that's thrown away before and after buying it.
Subscribe to the Last Week Tonight channel for more almost news as it almost happens ( Find Last Week Tonight like your mom would ( Follow for news about jokes and jokes about news ( Or visit the official site for all that other stuff at once (

"Collected Letters of Alan Watts" (book)

Dhr. Seven, Pat Macpherson (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
Self-proclaimed "spiritual entertainer," philosopher, author, and lecturer Alan Watts (1915-1973) popularized Zen Buddhism in the United States and other Eastern philosophies for the counterculture of the 1960s.

Today, new generations are finding his writings and lectures online, while faithful followers worldwide continue to be enlightened by his explanations of tricky Eastern concepts.

The Collected Letters of Alan Watts reveals the remarkable arc of Watts’s colorful and controversial life, from his school days in England to his priesthood in the Anglican Church as chaplain of Northwestern University to his alternative lifestyle and experimentation with LSD in the heyday of the late sixties.

His engaging letters cover a vast range of subject matter, with recipients ranging from High Church clergy to high priests of psychedelics, government officials, publishers, critics, family, and fans.

They include C. G. Jung, Henry Miller, Gary Snyder, Aldous Huxley, Reinhold Niebuhr, Timothy Leary, Joseph Campbell, and James Hillman. Watts’s letters were curated by two of his daughters, editors Joan Watts and Anne Watts, who have added rich, behind-the-scenes biographical commentary and never-before-seen family photographs. More

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Looking for Consciousness (Dr. Dispenza)

Dr. Joe Dispenza via Good Vibez, 4/12/19; Pat Macpherson, Dhr. Seven (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
►Video (Dr. Joe Dispenza's How to Use Your Conscious Mind) uploaded with permission of the owner

What is consciousness?
Matthieu, scientists want to test Buddhist brains meditating. - Should I go blow their minds?
The brain (rupa) is not the mind. Cittas are.
Neuroscientists asked the Dalai Lama for eight Buddhist meditators to scan their brains in an experiment. What the scientists saw baffled them. There was too much frontal lobe activity. One in particular, they declared, must be "the happiest man in the world."

You want to test 8 meditators?
That may have been Matthieu Ricard, the actual "happiest person in the world." He is a European Vajrayana Buddhist monk from France, a close associate of the 14th Dalai Lama, who lives in the Himalayas in a large Buddhist monastery in Nepal one country over from the Dalai Lama in Dharmsala, India.

Dr. Joe Dispenza uses his own functional definitions of "brain," "mind," and "consciousness," treating them as distinct things.

That is the way they are analyzed int Buddhist psychology and physics (Abhidharma, the "Dharma in Ultimate Terms"). In Buddhism they are called rupa, mano/nama, and vinnana. Of course, they are inseparable, but they are distinguishable.

Let's visit the Dalai Lama lives in Dharmsala.
Physical form: The brain is interdependent with consciousness, which is just a process, an aspect of "mind." (though the physical heart is the real seat of consciousness, the "mind door" in Buddhism, which is a personally verifiable fact anyone can check using this meditation).

The Buddha defined mind-and-body (nama-rupa) in terms of eight elements, though no one seems to have told Dr. Dispenza that.
  • "Brain" (body, physical form, ultimate materiality) is comprised of the "Four Great Elements" or mahabhuta (dhatus, the characteristics of matter, "matter" being arrangements of subatomic particles Buddhism calls kalapas).
  • Space (akasha-dhatu) is the fifth element.
  • "Mind" is four immaterial processes: perception, sensation, formations, and consciousness.
  • "Consciousness" is classified as the sixth element in some sutras (i.e., MN 140).
Let's ask Pa Auk Sayadaw to explain. - Good idea
Consciousness is the sixth element? Yes, as if to say that consciousness is a feature of the universe rather than merely a quality or characteristic of mental human experience.

There are other beings (devas, etc.) who also have mind, who are also conscious, but one has to wonder if the animists didn't have it right all along: consciousness is everywhere and, therefore, all things are potentially conscious or aware in some rudimentary sense, like crystals, memory banks, imprint holders.
The brain, for Dr. Dispenza and Western neuroscience, is firing and wiring neurons. How do we change our lives? How do we change our habits? This can only be done by breaking negative thoughts, and this is possible by living consciously (mindfully?) We have to become; we have to start living consciously. Let's start by breaking the addiction to negative thoughts.

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That time I cheated on my wife (comedy)

Taxi (Season 5, Episode 4); Nazareth; Ashley Wells, Seth Auberon, CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly

Peace of mind: hard to keep, hard to find.
Would you cheat on your partner to enjoy having sex with someone else? What about to save your life? It's all a mess when egos (becoming), attachment (clinging), and infidelity (cheating) get tangled up. Enter religion to save the day? No, that often just makes it worse. But we have spiritual values and a mental outlook that definitely impact what we choose, how we feel, and how we respond to living in Samsara (the Ocean of Disappointment and Rebirth).

If only there were a Nirvana, a safe "refuge" from all the disappointment, pain, and suffering in the universe. If only there were a way to get off this samsaric carousel! This must be that liberation the Buddha was always talking about, the path to freedom the Enlightened One pointed out again and again. We only even begin to listen when the pain gets so hopeless and bad that we need an escape to reality. Because this is not reality, this is an illusion. Where's the real? How do I get to the real?

I thought sex was my friend, that our relationship was my even better friend. Then the worlds collided. Now I need a life raft to safety.

"Love hurts," the sappiest song in the world goes, "love scars, love wounds and marks any heart not tough or strong enough to take a lot of pain, take a lot of pain. Love is like a cloud, holds a lot of rain...

Love is like a flame. It burns you when it's hot.... Some fools think of happiness, blissfulness, togetherness. Some fools fool themselves I guess. They're not foolin' me. I know it isn't true, I know it isn't true. Love is just a lie made to make you blue..."

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Yoga: Mindful Movement Meditation (Feb. 27)

Jen (Dharma Buddhist Meditation), Dhr. Seven (ed.), Wisdom Quarterly; Spiral Path Yoga

All eight aspects of yoga work together to effect the nervous system. Mindful movement using yoga poses help us settle down for sitting meditation by energizing and activating the body where it's at and guiding the system toward calm. We'll use open awareness practices to support concentration, collecting attention, directing it toward the expansive field of experience. Addie deHilster, the owner of Spiral Path Yoga Center, leads us in calming poses, Q&A, and mindful meditation. Bring a towel or yoga mat and water. Free/by donation. Vegan refreshments served.
Dharma Buddhist Meditation, Los Angeles: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, 7:00-8:30 PM