How to Survive 2020

2020 is Going to Rock Your Gypsy Soul. 

Rocking your gypsy soul can mean a lot of things.

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"I wanna rock your gypsy soul
Just like way back in the days of old
Then magnificently we will float
Into the mystic" - Van Morrison, "Into the Mystic"

In case you are concerned about 2020 to the point where your dreams are different when you finally get to sleep, your meds are no longer working, you've been diagnosed with election year disorder, and you begin to suffer from PTSD ("Pre-traumatic stress disorder"), then here are some ideas:

Life goes on, and there is a lot more to life than politics. Okay? I said it and will probably get banned from some social media networks forever. 

Maybe that's not good enough. Saying it is one thing. Doing it or feeling it is another. We are a culture of spectator sports. Do we need to be bombarded by the media with the next crisis in the "situation room", the "crisis center" and the hotline of inside views of what really is going on? Is this hitting home? How does this affect our mental health? Here's what some experts say:

"You cannot control how the campaign season will go or how long it lasts, but you can control how much of it you take in and how it affects your mental health. Much like how you wouldn't get up from your couch and try to run a marathon tomorrow, mental health specialists and campaign veterans say you need to start preparing yourself now if you plan to get through this without throwing your phone and then yourself into the nearest toilet. Yes, professional runners out there (journalists, politicians, and other sadistic wonks) will always seem more prepared than you. "

10 Survival Tactics Ideas That May Help Maintain Sanity in 2020

1) Make a commitment to yourself of how you want to experience the news of 2020.
(and how you want to experience life in 2020.)

You can accept it all, be impartial, be entertained, or be deeply affected. You can continue to be angry, frustrated, sad, confused, overwhelmed, and vindictive. Or you can commit to changing how you process information received. You choose what sources and types of information you want to receive. It is not a legal requirement that you watch CNN, FOX, or cable news every day or at all. You can choose not to watch cable tv. If you can control how you respond to the news and life, then you have made a big step in surviving the year. 

2) Stay in the "eye of the hurricane." 

We can decide to live our daily lives as if we are in the "eye of a hurricane" - that still, peaceful center where there are no turbulent winds. In 2020, there may be stormy winds. It might be easy to get knocked into the winds, yet you can always come back to the center. (Another blog from 2016 uses this metaphor : 

3) Inspiration - it may not seem of interest or be relevant for some people. For others, it may be the key to surviving and thriving in 2020.

 Inspiration is what can help keep us sane, happy, balanced, centered, and still loving life in the midst of a "hurricane". It might take some work to be inspired all of the time. Ask the Divine Spirit, and you may be surprised at the answer. We can be empowered, energized, and motivated, as well as inspired in 2020. We can soar like eagles and fly into the mystic. Get inspired then help others in different ways.

4) Proactive vs Reactive - If you are against something with anger, frustration, fear, anxiety, and sadness, then try being the opposite in your approach to the way things are. 

Be for something instead of against something. It just might change the subtle energy and your biochemistry. Stress hormones can go away. Don't buy into someone else's agenda, or issues, or anger, etc. Sacred activism is unifying, not divisive, loving, not fearful, compassionate, and not violent. I love the vibe.

5) Meditation and Daily Routines

Seriously. Create the time and sacred space and treat yourself to 20-30 minutes of a peaceful, relaxing meditation experience daily. Early mornings seem to work best. Afternoons can be nice also if there is silence with no distractions. It's like a daily retreat. It may be the most important thing that you can do in 2020. Yoga is amazing also.
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Can daily routines help? We all have our preferences. For some, meditation and other spiritual practices keep them centered. Also physical exercise, breathing deeply, hydration, and eating healthy food are choices. Smoke cigars or anything else if that works for you. 

6) Think iceberg. 

We may only be presented with the surface of the information that we receive and that no matter how deep we go in trying to understand the reality and truth of something there may be more depth beyond our reach. 

7) Be open to all possibilities, reality checks as well as laughter, and fun. 

8) Read positive, inspirational books, blogs, posts, or book reviews

Stay motivated to keep an ongoing faith and strength in your own power and ability to remain calm. Avoid the negative news, negative Facebook posts, negative humor. 

9) Get Support - from friends or groups or professional help to overcome any resistance or reaction to what is happening or not happening in 2020. Some are "cleaning house" with their circle of friends. Sometimes its only one or a few close friends that makes a big difference. Facebook "friends" expands the idea of friendship as being a connection through social media, even though there may not be any one-to-one communication or contact. I'm okay with that. It's like the iceberg concept. Some are on the surface and others have much more depth. It is what it is. "Let it Be" (Beatles song).

Gaining deeper knowledge about the dynamics of the "bigger picture" is very helpful. 

As an example, the astrology forecasts of 2020 are uncanny. There is a "Capricorn stellium" that has profound long reaching effects. Saturn joins with Pluto exact in January 2020. Jupiter is also there. This configuration has not happened for three hundred years. If you think Mercury retrograde is a challenge, then being prepared for this collective life-changing stellium can be helpful for your sanity. Check it out on Google or consider consulting a professional astrologer that can give you perspective on a larger scale as well as how your own personal horoscope is affected. (I recommend an excellent astrologer that I have used for years - Dale O'Brien - email : )

10) Escape
Escape from the chaos, the insanity, the culture shock, or whatever is causing your life to be unhappy. Escape can be anything from meditation to travel, to movies, books, or other entertainment. Some choose to move to a different country and become ex-pats. We are free to choose what content we experience or participate in to a large extent. We can fly with a natural high. We can laugh and love and dance in our blood. We can be mindful of these fleeting moments, and let them go if they do not resonate, and keep them as memories if they do. 

2020 is going to rock your gypsy soul. 
"Let your soul and spirit fly Into the mystic."
- Van Morrison

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Santa's Secrets Revealed

There are some secrets of Santa Claus that are finally being revealed during this holiday season. You most likely had not heard of them before, as they were highly classified and kept at the North Pole locked in a vault. These are not related directly to the known facts about Santa Claus working with elves, having flying reindeer, climbing down chimneys, and delivering gifts on Christmas Eve. However, in some ways, they are related to everything else in the universe.

These secrets are mainly about how Santa lives during the offseason when he is not delivering gifts. 

Secrets # 1 

Santa is known for smoking a pipe but also likes cigars and red wine. Cabernet is his favorite, but also a hearty Bordeaux can be found in his wine cellar. He especially likes Christmas Jazz and listens to it year-round even during Christmas Eve on his sleigh with headphones. The list is long and some of his favorites include Michael BublĂ© - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, A Charlie Brown Christmas by Vince Guaraldi, especially the songs Skating and the famous one Linus and Lucy. Other favorite Christmas jazz oldies include "Here Comes Santa" by Ramsey Lewis, and "Jingle Bells" by Duke Ellington& Orchestra.
He loves the Tonight Show and has been a fan from the beginning from Johnny Carson to Jay Leno to Jimmy Fallon. Stephen Colbert is also a favorite. Santa is a Superbowl fan, but his favorite team is still a secret. 

Secrets # 2

Santa is actually more than a Saint Nick. He and his wife are both Shamans, mystics, priests, and healers who are equally the sacred masculine and feminine of the Great Spirit, the Giver of Life, the Eternal One beyond all names and religions. They are celebrated throughout the universe as well as on Earth and have a large following in celestial social media. They have many names and sometimes like to walk among us incognito. Their conversations usually cause people to smile and laugh. They especially like to visit those who are suffering, handicapped, hospitalized, or close to passing into the next life of the spirit. 

Secrets # 3 

Santa has a unique spark of light that he gives to all of the children in the world. These sparks transcend culture, religion, beliefs of the parents, and quantum physics. When the sparks go out, he lights them again. During the Christmas season, he gives extra sparks of light to those children in need. These sparks of light are full of love, and every child receives them. Some children can see them. Others can feel them in their hearts. They glow and have a unique energy that can only come from Santa and his wife as a special gift. 

The Spirit of Santa can be found everywhere. Even in the most unexpected places. Santa's wife is also a muse. In addition to joining with him to deliver sparks and gifts throughout the universe, she inspires Christmas songs, especially Christmas jazz. 

Secret # 4 

There is a bit of the spirit of Santa Claus in all of us. During this season, it can come alive and take on a life of its own. Our inner child has that unique spark of light.
Can you feel it?

The Mystery of Time

Imagine one thousand years from now what life will be like.

How will time be managed? Will the experience of time be different? What will be the relationship between consciousness and time? Where will our consciousness and spirit be at that time? 

Time is both a mystery and a known fact. 

 Time is one of those precious gifts and also something that we cannot change. Those seconds and minutes keep going, and we choose how we use the time or let the time fly by. It's a collective experience to waste time, or optimize the time, or save time, or experience the effects of time in different ways with aging and memories.

How time shows up in our life can be a mystery.

I have consistently seen the number 333 at various times in my life for many years. In particular, sometimes I still wake up in the middle of the night and check the time, and I am not surprised anymore when it is exactly 3:33am! Seeing this number has also happened many times in the day. People have also shared with me how they see certain numbers all of the time such as 11:11, 444, 111, and other combinations.

 Time is fascinating as it applies to astronomy and even astrology.

The ancient Mayans had a calendar system that was 1/13000th accuracy of the Gregorian calendar without using scientific instruments. Imagine that. Calculating thousands of years of astronomical events with exact timing. Astrology is based on the exact timing of astronomical positions of planets and the Sun. The potential for human behavior being influenced under various short and longer-term planetary cycles is all related to time. 

 Timing is everything. We hope to always be "in the right place at the right time"….then, we might have a reality check, which turns out to be the challenge that we needed or created in that time and place.

 Then there is concept and theories of space-time. How can time be warped or changed in relationship to mass and the speed of light? Einstein is known for his theory of space-time, where space and time are interwoven into a single continuum. Depending on the speed of the observer, events that occur at the same time for one observer could occur at different times for another.

 Einstein's theory was that space has three dimensions, and that time was the fourth dimension. Other methods describe the possibilities of other dimensions.

 Then there is that which is beyond all time and dimensions.

What is infinite, beyond space and time and yet also within it? Most would acknowledge the Mystery of the Divine Spirit within all creation and as the source of all creation. The nature of one hundred billion galaxies in the known universe. The trillions of stars. The awe-inspiring DNA and molecular life. And most inspiring of all, the ability of humans to experience the presence of this Divine Spirit. Time is a mystery within our own personal experience as a part of the billions of light-years of space within the known universe.

 This experience of an eternal moment can happen at any time or place. In meditation, in particular, when those "monkey mind" thoughts stop, and a more profound presence is felt, time seems to take on a different dimension.

  The concept of "Be Here Now" (thank you, Ram Dass) is to experience and celebrate that eternal moment within all moments. That Mystery of creation connecting us to the Earth as well as the universe in space-time. 

"In fact, we are servants of the Mystery. We were put here on Earth to act as agents of the Infinite, to bring into existence that which is not yet, but which will be, through us." - Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

Wherever our consciousness is now and one thousand years from now, may we continue to "act as agents of the Infinite", and be "servants of the Mystery" of time.

Inspiration from the Andromeda Galaxy

When I saw a stunning photo of the Andromeda galaxy this morning I could not help but reflect again on the amazing mysteries of the universe and outer space. Just one galaxy alone - The Andromeda Galaxy - is enough to reflect on this morning during coffee !

As a reminder, one light year is the time that it takes light traveling 386,000 miles per second  to travel in one year. (670,616,629 mph, 8760 hrs in a year )

The Andromeda galaxy is 2.5 million light years from Earth. It has an estimated trillion stars, more than twice the amount in the Milky Way.

And it is only one of over 100 billion galaxies in the observable universe.

If this is just a bit of inspiration even more is the mystery of the infinite and eternal One beyond all description, titles, names, and definitions. In a creation that never ceases to amaze, it is a nice perspective to start the day with over coffee and a bit of humble gratitude.

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The Book That Changed My Life

Life-changing events and moments may not happen very often. When they do, it can be an experience that affects the rest of your life.

One of these moments happened to me when I was eighteen. I have been forever grateful for this book is the spark, the inspiration, and the breath of Spirit that moved me to start a spiritual journey in life. 

 It was the middle of the night, and I was visiting a friend. We were talking into the late hours, and when I left, she gave me a book titled Autobiography of a Yogi.

There was a photo of an Indian guru named Paramahansa Yogananda. Something about his eyes in the photo was unusual as if the photo captured the energy and love that was emanating from them.

Yogananda was the first yoga master of India whose mission brought him to live and teach in the West. His firsthand account of his life experiences in India includes childhood revelations, stories of his visits to saints and masters in India, and long-secret teachings of yoga. He was the first yogi from India to come to the Western world.

As I read the book, I was amazed at the uniqueness of his story, and the Sanskrit words and names in the book. If there is such a thing as past lives, I know I must have been in India for at least one, maybe many more. The stories, Sanskrit, and descriptions seemed unusually familiar.

I learned recently that Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple Computer, also read this book when he was seventeen. Then he traveled to India two years later to try to meet Yogananda, who had died a few months before. While he was there, he reread the book three times. The book was so influential and inspiring that he ended up reading it once a year for the rest of his life.

 I also read Job’s authorized biography by Walter Jacobson, and the book was an important part of his story. Jobs died on October 5 2011. His memorial service was held on October 16 and was attended by hundreds, including famous friends such as Bill Gates. At the end of the service, everyone received a brown box. In the box was a copy of Autobiography of a Yogi. It was Steve Jobs last gift. Check out the YouTube video “Steve Jobs Last Gift.”

 It was also a special gift in my life, and I have read it several times over the years. It changed my life and set me on a path and spiritual journey for the rest of my life that continues today. Yogananda’s photo has always been in my home. Even now, as I write this blog, his photo is right next to my laptop.

 Usually a life-changing event does not happen from just from reading a book. Indeed, it was not only a book that I read. It was the thoughts and energy and spiritual inspiration in between the lines and within the stories told. It was the intense devotion and love of the Divine of Yogananda that so profoundly affected me. I felt that my spiritual awareness opened up as if my consciousness had crossed a new threshold of expanded knowledge and wisdom. For some reason, I was inspired to go into the local foothills and fast on oranges, almonds, and water for three days. I maintained silence and did a lot of meditation. When I came out of the foothills, I was changed. It was the beginning of a lifelong spiritual journey. I never became active in the SRF (Self Realization Fellowship) movement, or in studying his meditation techniques beyond the initial lessons I received by mail. I visited the original world headquarters on Mt Washington near Pasadena, where I lived at the time.

 To this day, I can glance at those amazing eyes at any time and be reminded of a lifelong spiritual journey that was originally inspired by his book. His photo seems to radiate the spark of the Divine, and I feel deep gratitude for his book being such an inspiration and for life changing experience that I had as a result of reading it. Namaste.

Stream of Consciousness and Dancing in Love

“Dance when you’re broken open. Dance if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.” ~ Rumi
Where is the time for those special moments of transcendence, deep joy, meditation, prayer, and reflection? Why are special things like reading a book hard to fit into our schedule? A stream of consciousness, of thoughts, words, feelings, and reflections...

It's like we need to to fit it in as we are so used to multi-tasking, ear buds, looking at cell phones, browsing, texting, interruptions, watching TV or YouTube, avoiding Facebook spam, and so many thoughts are streaming through our heads like a torrent of cascading feeder creeks into a waterfall of distorted moments of what we think is reality, felt in our minds, seeping into our bones, bleeding from our hearts that may have been shut down momentarily just to survive the challenge of daily life and yet behind all of this, or in between, or in full conscious mindfulness we see the realities of our culture, our programming, our social media jargon, our ways of communicating, the same old same old stories but what about our real story, the life that we have lived, the story that we thought defined and created us as someone else's story so that now we are living it, carrying our past with us, maybe like baggage or maybe like a freight train full of unnecessary memories, experiences, resentments, that we have not let go of....yet....and then we consciously recreate our story, we process, we meditate, we let go, attend a workshop, get therapy, see a guru or a therapist, exercise, talk it out in meetings or to Divine Spirit, or to ourselves in the middle of the night, or in Nature, at least on the surface like an iceberg that may melt at any moment and then reveal the depths of its underside holding us afloat in the deep waters of our soul, which is beyond time and yet contained within it and we stand in the moments of eternity when we start to see clearly as if everything is transparent, reality behind the illusions, and then joy and bliss of the Divine Spirit within revealing to us in or out of meditation the subtle, sublime, sensual, and beautiful moments that we cherish no matter what happens now and forever and our hearts are opened even wider and then we are dancing in love with the Divine Spirit every day.
- David Lawrence Brown

The September Secret Revisited

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.” 
― Roald Dahl 

August 26 2019

If there was one secret that was revealed to you in September that had the effect of changing your life, or transforming the way that you viewed the world and universe, or inspired you beyond your comfort zone, would you be willing to receive it ?

We can easily get into patterns of thought, behavior, routines, habits, and even the seeking of new ideas in a way that the seeking becomes just as or more important than the idea or information itself. And it's all good. 

Sometimes we may feel as if we are in a box, even if we try to "think outside of the box". Sometimes we may feel that there is no box at all. 

Yet deep inside us we also know that there are many mysteries yet to be revealed. These may be hidden secret treasures. Secrets that are only revealed at a special time or place.

September is just around the corner. We don't know what may happen in our life unexpectedly during this coming month.

Is there a possibility that in September 2019 a secret will be revealed to you?
updated notes:
Dear Reader, thank you for reading this blog.
When I published this original blog post a year ago in August, little did I know that I would meet my future wife in September. Maybe subconsciously I knew that something big was about to happen. Consciously I had no idea. Yet, I incline to be open to all possibilities, and that's a good thing, as we fell in love and were married two months ago in June. Life can have its unexpected surprises. My hope for you is to have at least one, however big or small, in September. Carpe diem. Seize the day.
In deep gratitude,
David Brown   

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"Don't only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets; art deserves that, for it and knowledge can raise man to the Divine." - Ludwig van Beethoven