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Self-Deception

The best book on the psychology of self-deception that I’ve read is Daniel Goleman’s Vital Lies, Simple Truths. Understanding how we deceive ourselves can lead to greater freedom. Napoleon Hill wrote in Think & Grow Rich: “Nature has endowed man with…

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Reading Novels

Why read novels? Is regularly reading novels a good practice? “Just the facts, Ma’am.” Thus spoke Sergeant Joe Friday (played by Jack Webb) on the classic TV show Dragnet. The attitude “Just give me the facts and forget the fiction”…

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A DARK TIME

A Dark Time is something very different from me: a mystery/thriller! Why should you care? It comes with a bonus that might benefit you, namely, a 20-minute personal strategy session worth $100.00! If you are normal, there are obstacles between…

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Restlessness

Whence restlessness? What does it mean?  How can it be cured? Do you suffer from it? If so, you are not alone. It’s very common. In fact, it’s so common that, when you notice it in others, you may think…

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Unthinking Performance

Unthinking performance is masterful performance that is free of thoughts.  It’s liberated from attachment to the egoic self. This is just another way of talking about the topic of my last post on character possession, namely, that creative acts come…

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Character Possession

Character possession occurs when the characters that an author creates take over the story. What an interesting phenomenon! How could it occur? How could characters that an author creates surprise that author? It seems to make no sense. My eleventh…

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Rereading

Is rereading books for enjoyment a good idea? I recently sent queries to book bloggers to see if they wanted a copy to review of a novel of mine that is coming out next month. It was striking to notice…

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Leaning

Do you spend much of life leaning, being temporally off balance? That’s always been my foolish tendency, and I suspect that most people share it. The future cuts both ways. This is an important reason why we are stressed. Stress…

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Time Consciousness

Ordinary time consciousness leads to dysfunctional living. At least that’s true for literate, civilized humans. If so, since you are reading this, it’s true for you. The good news is that this isn’t a problem without a solution. Once you…

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Seeking

Colleges are filled with people seeking a better life. Who outside college wouldn’t like a better life? It begins with dissatisfaction: why would you look for anything unless you thought it was missing? What is it that people really looking…

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