Is There a Reality Check That Keeps Bouncing ?

What is a "Reality Check"?

A reality check can manifest in different ways, but it is mainly through information or an experience that we receive and process that opens our eyes to see something that we didn't see before, that may shock us to realize something as a new truth, or that may cause us to pause, reflect, and feel like we have been jolted into waking up to a new level of what is real in our life, or other's lives, or the world..
  What does "bouncing" mean with reality checks? Could the bounce be a new reality check that shows us that the first one was not real? Or could the bounce be when we choose not to accept a reality check?

Some Examples of Challenging Reality Checks:

Reality checks can be challenging and not fun. How we respond to them offers us choices.A husband finds out that his pregnant wife is carrying someone else's child. A family member finally acknowledges mental illness of another family member. A prisoner is found not guilty after DNA tests reveal a different truth after he has already served years in prison for a crime he did not commit. A political reality, held by millions, is found to be false. Alien life makes its appearance known to the world. Losing a loved one who passes on. Turning sixty years old and realizing that we have been sleeping one third of our lives...about twenty years. Having a diagnosis of a serious illness. And of course many more not listed here.  

Some Examples of Positive Reality Checks:
 Reality checks do not always need to be challenging. They can be empowering and positive. Some examples are: Giving or experiencing birth. Becoming a father or mother. A spiritual insight into a limited belief or attitude or emotion. A mystical experience that offers a different and profound experience of reality. The moment that causes a break in an addiction or bad habit. Getting married, falling in love, creating a new idea or work of art, finding a lost relative, experiencing a different culture, receiving an unexpected gift, receiving wisdom or knowledge from a best friend. In deep meditation, an insight  that changes our life forever. An "aha" experience of a new realization. And of course many more not listed here.  

Can a "Reality Check" Bounce?

Is it possible to be in denial about reality checks? Can they "bounce"? Even though we are shown something or have some new insight we can choose to not see it and not accept it. And life goes on and we may get another reality check opportunity to see if we can accept it and prevent it from bouncing again.

A Divine Spirit Reality Check? 
Is there an ongoing reality check that there is a Divine Spirit that is transcendent of all things, that is an infinite intelligence, and that is one with us? The reality check here is to acknowledge if this is a reality for us, or a limited belief, or if we choose to let this idea bounce, in any given moment, for whatever reasons. Reality checks can happen in any given moment, in addition to being a sporadic surprise wake up call.

Being Open to "Reality Checks"

In today's fast changing world, we need to be open to reality checks, and if we are choosing to let them bounce. Sometimes living in the question can help, so we do not get stuck in limited beliefs, or ways of thinking that would prevent an open minded approach to letting reality checks happen.

Then inspiration can happen from accepting a reality check and overcoming any fear of change or a new reality, or a freeing up of a blocked emotion, or limited belief. We can celebrate life, have gratitude for the new insight or wisdom, and live with more freedom.

Otherwise we may only be willing to accept a reality check that keeps bouncing. Are we choosing to "let it bounce"? We can try to blame something externally, yet we may have a reality check about that also.  

Baby Boomers and Reality Checks

For baby boomers, we have had years of life experience, and have the wisdom of having lived those years, with the challenges and joys, the sweet and the bittersweet, the gains and the losses. Along the way on this journey we have had many reality checks, and may think that okay, "we have been there done that", and then another reality check hits us, and then another. Just when we think we have reached a point of "retirement" and an easier life, we have had elder parents issues, family issues, financial concerns, health issues, loss of friends or family members, the negative news and media interpretations of "reality", and the reality checks just keep coming. And maybe some keep "bouncing".

Yet we can also be celebrating life, as an adventure, a spiritual journey, with the joys of family, grandchildren, books and novels, movies and plays, art, yoga, music, or whatever enriches our lives. Whatever reality we have created, there are many areas of our life that do not need reality checks. 

The Baby Boomer Aha Moment, Serendipity, Insights, and Wisdom of Life
What happens when we do what we can to enjoy life and then a reality check happens and we did not see it coming?  What happens when we have a set view of life and the world and then it changes with new insights, an epiphany, an "aha" moment, or a breakthrough in awareness? As baby boomers are now the elders in the world. We are the carriers of traditions and wisdom, and carry the full responsibility for what we have created in our life individually and in the world. We have inherited a legacy from the prior elder generation. What legacy will we leave to the next one? On a positive note, our legacy is already being celebrated with "our music" from the sixties and seventies being popular with the younger generation. In the lyrics of many of those songs, they see our idealism, our hopes, our seeking of liberation, freedom, love, peace, and  hope for a better future. Our legacy is also seen in art, in technology advances, the educational opportunities, and the intense divisiveness of politics. Baby boomers still have reality checks. We don't have all the answers even though some may think that we do. We are still learning, as life is an ongoing learning process. As the new generation of elders, what we have to offer is the longevity of life experience, and a lifetime of reality checks and how we have dealt with them and are responding to them now.

The Reality Check of Aging and How We Choose to Live Our Life

It sort of creeps up on you. Like, "hey I'm in my sixties", and "sixty is the new forty", and my fifties are just behind me. Then the reality check hits that, wow, I'm in my sixties, but late sixties, and in thirteen years I will be eighty. This reality check does not bounce. It is deposited and cleared. In this last stretch of twenty years or more, or whatever our time is, what reality checks can we leave as a legacy for the younger generations? What can we do to share the wisdom of reality checks and to avoid or be aware of the ones that keep bouncing? How can we manage our own reality check of aging? How do we choose to live our life?

The Reality Check of Death and Dying

 When we experience the death of a loved one or friend it is one of the most devastating and powerful reality checks. Thunder just struck as I wrote that sentence. How synchronous! And the experience of grief can also be like thunder; a loud bombardment of emotional pain, felt in the throat, the heart, the body and the mind. Memories of loved ones that have past, good times, healing times, challenging times come back to visit our stream of thoughts during the day, or in the middle of the night. Then the news on Facebook of another high school friend or friend of a friend shows up, and we have another reality check. We lose a good friend or family member. The reality check of death and dying is not fun, and sometimes it is hard to accept it as a part of life. Yet that is the reality check that we can accept or reject, and embrace or resist. In any given moment we may experience both. Being open to all forms of grieving allows us to do this.

Reality Checks as a Blessing

Are the following some of the realities of life that will not bounce? Maybe Love, inspiration, gratitude, giving, forgiveness, ongoing learning and curiosity, increasing spiritual awareness, and cultivating a peace within? We choose what we want to experience in life, and then life happens beyond what we choose. Then we choose how to respond to that.When we choose love, inspiration, gratitude, giving, forgiveness, and anything else that enhances our experience of life and what we can also give to others, then we can celebrate life daily, be open to all possibilities of new experiences of "reality", and learn from any reality checks that "bounce", accepting them as a blessing fully seen, or a blessing in disguise.

Then we can avoid a reality check that keeps bouncing.

Carpe diem. Namaste.

The Inspiration of Rocketman

Movies and books that depict life in its many forms and complexities sometimes include inspiration, either as a main theme or more likely as a part of a story that includes overcoming challenges or being knocked down by challenges. In many its a bit of both, reflecting life as it is for most of us. For extraordinary superstars that have a major breakthrough in their creative life the challenges and intensity are amplified many fold. 

Rocketman is a movie/musical that manages to fully engage the viewer and tell the amazing story of Elton John, with the sound track of his songs and lyrics reflecting the challenges and various experiences of his life. It is a roller coaster ride of emotions both intense and sad, exuberant and depressing, empowering and vulnerable.

The critics consensus on the movie review site Rotten Tomatoes says it in a nutshell:  "It's going to be a long, long time before a rock biopic manages to capture the highs and lows of an artist's life like Rocketman."

The main theme of the film is the transformation and inspiration that is both an integral part of Elton John's life and the audience's vicarious journey with him as they watch the film, as each scene is the equivalent of a "page turner" type of book.

from Rotten Tomatoes site:

"ROCKETMAN is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John's breakthrough years. The film follows the fantastical journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John. This inspirational story -- set to Elton John's most beloved songs and performed by star Taron Egerton -- tells the universally relatable story of how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture" (

Sir Elton Hercules John was born March 25 1947. In 2018 he began a three year

Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. The first leg of the tour ended on March 18 2019. The tour won an Billboard Music Award in the category Top Rock Tour.

I recommend the movie for the inspiration and transformation that happens in the film, which is based on true facts as well as embellished fantasy. The fantasy aspect is a depiction of what life may have been like for Elton John with overnight worldwide fame and stardom.

Whether you experienced the music of Elton John in the 1970's and 1980's as it was created and released, or you have heard the songs over the years since then, the movie will speak to you on different levels, and reaffirm the amazing possibilities of creativity and overcoming life's challenges. The official movie trailer is below. Enjoy the trailer, and/or the movie, and get inspired.

Opening Our Hearts to Love

In my book 333 Keywords to Change Your Life, one word stands out above the rest: love. To me it is the most inspiring, powerful, transformational, and amazing blessing in life.

"The invitation of the keyword “Love” is to recognize it as one of the most important keywords in our life for fulfillment, happiness, joy, and spiritual growth. Loving ourselves is just as important as loving others. Loving our life as it is, as well as what it is becoming, can empower our days to be magnificent, amazing, and full of deeper experiences. Love is a journey in itself, and our journey can be filled with love.

We can send love to strangers through our eyes or our smiles. We can also love the divine presence in our hearts, shine our love into the world with our minds and hearts, and share love with our families and significant others. Love is a deep expression and need of our soul to connect with others and with the divine." - 333 Keywords to Change Your Life, David Lawrence Brown

If we have a belief or inner knowing that there is a Divine Spirit in our life then it makes sense to think of love as a form of that Spirit loving through us. From the center of our being, connected to our heart, we know that this Divine Spirit is pure love, that can saturate every moment, every situation, and heal anything and everything, and can melt away all fear. 

If  I am one with the Divine Spirit of Love, then love is who I am and  can open my heart to this deeper truth of life and let love shine through in every possible moment of life.

In meditation I can open my heart to love to open me to the presence, and the joy that is the reality of the ever-present Divine Spirit within me.

Thinking about it is one thing. Living it is another. I remind myself constantly to live in love, and life takes on a different hue, a new vibration, and a warm feeling of gratitude. 

In the receiving of guidance from our intuition, our inner voice, our heart, we allow love to guide us through this adventure and journey of self discovery in life, and give gratitude for any lessons that we have learned along the path of spiritual growth.

When I think of the times in meditation when I allowed thoughts of people to come up that I needed to forgive, and situations of pain and anger and very challenging moments of life that I also needed to forgive (that I thought I had already forgiven), love was the main focus and feeling that empowered the process to be complete. Love was the energy that I sent to those that I needed to forgive. Love was the energy that I also used to forgive myself for any actions, thoughts, or feelings that hurt others, or hurt myself. The process was natural and spontaneous. My usual routine of meditation was dedicated to it when it came up, and I noticed a profound release in some cases.

The title of this blog post - Open Our  Hearts to Love - is written as a reminder to myself and an invitation to you to open our hearts in love, even more, to every situation, even in business, and especially in writing. Writing is a gift that I finally embraced and let happen later in life. Once the threshold was crossed, there is no turning back. If you have ever thought about journaling, it is an excellent way to express your inner thoughts and feelings, to support yourself and your journey in love, and to be creative in your descriptions of insights, experiences, joys and challenges of life.

The threshold of love can keep moving ahead of us, so that it can be crossed many times. In daily meditations, I want to cross the threshold of love and welcome it opening my heart even more this day, and every day.

I welcome opportunities to express love in meditation, in song and dance, and in relationships, and sharing of stories with others.

In gratitude, may the love that we are already celebrating continue to open our hearts to receive and share more of this precious gift of the Divine Spirit within, now and forever.

"May thy love shine on the sanctuary of my devotion, and may I awaken thy love in all hearts."
- Paramahansa Yogananda

Why Imagination Can Make Your Life Awesome

Imagine this :

Your favorite story of all time becomes your own story. Challenges that you have overcome, sweet memories of breakthroughs, amazing experiences, moments of incredible joy, and feelings of love that are so deep and powerful that your life will never be the same again.

Sound familiar?

Here and now can be an extremely fortunate time for you in your life, and as a result of imagination things can be created or start happening that surprise you. You might have lucky opportunities that seem to "come out of the blue". Your intention to be open to shifts and breakthroughs in your life just went to the next level. Your self-confidence is so powerful that you do not need another self-help book or seminar or workshop since you are facilitating one as a master teacher with your own life.

Every moment in which you can consciously be mindful to "ramp it up", or infuse more energy, love, intention, focus, and expanded awareness is a blessing. Imagine more moments like this happening in every day of your life.

Imagination as a Keyword

"The invitation of the keyword “Imagination” is to embrace the creative and inherent ability of our minds to visualize, generate new ideas and thoughts, fantasize, pretend, dream, and transcend the boundaries of ordinary thinking. Results of imagination can be inventive, where the ideas of making something work better are imagined. Imagination is a key component of affirmations, as we visualize and imagine ourselves being and doing things that we affirm. Imagination and visualization can be used effectively in meditation as a means of focusing on certain images or thoughts. It is commonly used in competitive sports to give an edge in performance. We can use imagination to give ourselves an edge in living a fuller life. We can imagine a better world as in the song “Imagine” by John Lennon."
- Brown, David Lawrence. 333 Keywords to Change Your Life

Imagine Overcoming Resistance

Imagine the beginning of a new relationship with yourself, in which your intentions to help others, share the love, visualize healing and peace, and taking your life to a whole new level starts happening now.  Really? Your "other self" might start the inner dialog as described in the concept of resistance by Steven Pressfield in the book The War of Art. Resistance is that doubt that can hold us back, set up roadblocks, and bring in those thoughts that seem to get in the way of our imagination. Being aware of this "built-in" resistance is a key to moving beyond it in the moment.  Imagine that !

Why Imagination Can Make Your Life Awesome

And if this is a moment of testing, a challenging time, for you or a loved one, imagine that this will pass, is passing, and your experience of it is transformed regardless of how long it lasts.

These are the precious moments of our life. Cherish these moments. They are passing by. Seize the day with imagination. Use imagination as a tool, a warrior weapon of love, and a daily practice of co-creation with the Divine Spirit. This is how imagination can become more important, more powerful, more creative, and fun. 

This is why imagination can make your life awesome.

Shape Shifting in 2019

Are you a shape-shifter? Do you know any ?

Something new to think about. 

When we hear the expression "shape shifting" it may remind us of a supernatural being in a horror movie that changes and morphs into something different, maybe even more terrifying. Werewolves and vampires are a common type of shape-shifting. 

Yet shape-shifting, while most commonly used for malevolent purposes, goes beyond the horror genre and has been a theme for thousands of years in folklore, mythology, fairy tales, shamanism, and tribal traditions. The concept is deeply embedded in our collective subconscious, ancient cultural memories, and genetic blueprints. 

The concept of shape-shifting can apply to a larger theme, such as world politics, the collective mindset, or a personal theme of how we are changing within our own life, and the dynamics of relationships. 

This year in particular - 2019 - seems to have the perfect storm for shape shifting. 

First, politicians, political organizations and the media all seem to be masters of shape-shifting. Take your pick on whose shape you are focusing on, and how they shift. Vampires and werewolves may be included.

Second, consider the shape-shifting of the world through technology. A huge paradigm shift is taking place with biotechnology, artificial intelligence, and information technology. Companies that started in a garage or a college campus dorm room such as Apple, Google, and Facebook are the leviathan shape-shifters of today's tech world. Soon there will be an app for shape-shifting. Then that app will shift into something else.

Third, when you really think about it, everything that is living is shape-shifting all of the time in one way or another. And the natural world also shifts and changes. Volcanoes, wildfires, earthquakes, dramatic weather events, tsunamis, hurricanes, and deep freezes are all on the list. Records are being broken in dramatic weather patterns. The world as we know it is shape-shifting.

Fourth, there is an astrological configuration going on in 2019 that is not well known yet may be having an effect on the concept of shape shifting being the new normal this year. Jupiter square Neptune, if it has any indications of cycles of collective experience as a possibility, can be the perfect storm for deceptive optimism being presented by wolves in sheep's clothing as the metaphor is known. Transparency might be difficult or illusory. Yet if there are two sides to this configuration then it can also be a time for inspiration, positive vibes for transformation, and awareness of what is below the surface of things (information, behaviors, news, statements, media).

Shape-shifting can be magical, mysterious, hidden, revealed, unknown, prevalent, insidious, and empowering. It is happening all around us on subtle levels and in day to day experiences. 

How are we perceiving the world?
Are we focusing on shape-shifting vampires and werewolves? Or are we embracing the shapes and shifts that are empowering, positive, healing, and  good for all of humanity?   Just saying. We choose how we perceive shapes and shifts.

When we view the world from a shape-shifting perspective, it can take on a whole different vibe, a different acceptance of change, and the freedom to create new shifts and shapes in our own life, our relationships, and how we share our gifts with the world. 

And we can become even more aware of the type of shape-shifting that is insidious, hidden, and akin to the concept of resistance as described by Steven Pressfield in his book The War of Art. 

“Resistance obstructs movement only from a lower sphere to a higher. It kicks in when we seek to pursue a calling in the arts, launch an innovative enterprise, or evolve to a high station morally, ethically, or spiritually.” 
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

Let's be aware of any type of shape-shifting or resistance that seeks to prevent us from seeing things clearly, pursuing a higher calling, evolve our consciousness, or expand our artistic creativity in 2019 and beyond.

Then let's become shape-shifters of inspiration, positive change, creativity, and transformation. 

The Sugar Cube of 2019

The Sugar Cube of 2019 

Imagine if all the population of the world could fit into a sugar cube, and that cube was placed into your morning cup of coffee, and as you sipped it, with each sip you affirmed that there is a oneness between you and everyone else in the world, that we really are connected, in ways that we cannot see or understand, and on levels that are beyond our comprehension.

Imagine that in 2019, when the world keeps changing and events keep happening, and the media keeps billions of people focused on negative events, that you still keep sipping that cup of coffee every morning with that cube of sugar and have sweet thoughts about humanity, the world, art, music, love, peace, gratitude, or whatever comes to your mind that you feel is empowering and enriching to your heart and soul. 

According to quantum physics, there is enough empty space between all atoms that if the space was removed, the entire population of the Earth would fit into a sugar cube. The universe is composed of energy. The "solid" world as we think we know it is really an illusion based on quantum physics. Every thought and feeling that we have can also be seen as energy combining with the energies of our bodies, others, our surroundings, the universe. - from 
Reality Unveiled: The Hidden Keys of Existence That Will Transform Your Life (and the World) by Ziad Mosri

I happen to enjoy my coffee black, fresh ground, recently roasted, and grown in Mexico in either the Veracruz or Chiapas mountains. My sugar cube needs to be a virtual one, although I have been known to add stevia on occasion. Regardless of how I choose to enjoy my coffee, I know that in 2019 I will be more mindful about every sip, and the possibilities of quantum physics happening in every moment, even though I may not be conscious of it. 

New Book Focuses on Inspiration, Mystical Oneness, Celebrating Life

A new book titled The Ancient Redwoods Spoke to Me is a collection of inspirational blog posts that published in 2017-2018.

The blogs received an award from Feedspot for the top thirty inspirational blogs on the internet. It was nice to see that, however, it was also a marketing idea to encourage a paid subscription to their website.  I didn't turn it down.

from the Amazon book description :
What does it mean to live in the question?

How does an ancient redwood tree have a natural formation of the profile of a Native American face embedded in the trunk?

What is it like to have a mystical experience?

How important is inspiration in your life?

In this series of inspirational writings David Lawrence Brown combines personal experiences with themes of inspiration, oneness, mystical depth, insights, wisdom and the love of life. 

Preview the "Look inside" feature for the full text of the Ancient Redwoods Spoke to Me story, including the amazing photo taken on-site in the Jedidiah Smith Redwoods State Park in Northern California. 

Read about a dog named Shaman that communicated in a unique way from the other side. Take a journey in an oasis meditation that evokes a powerful mystical experience. Learn why there can be magic in owning your own story. 

These are examples of individual writings inspired by the mysteries of life lived deeply, with inspiration being a keyword for living in a world of challenges and negative vibes. 

If you want to have more inspiration, share in the wisdom of deep spiritual experiences, have a taste of the mystical in narrative prose, and experience a 'sanctuary of words', then enjoy the writings of David Lawrence Brown.

The book has a "Free Look Inside" feature that allows reading of approximately five pages to have a taste of the content and see the chapter titles that include the following titles below and then some.

The book is only published in Kindle format but can be read with the free Kindle app that can be downloaded on any device.

To view the book listing on Amazon and see the "Look Inside" feature click here >