Saturday, December 31, 2016

Time is a Construct

Time is not real
it is a construct 
a framework
used to measure
movement and change
We are free to change 
our relationship to time 
moment to moment

Friday, December 30, 2016

Without Beginning or End


Chuang Tzu

The Way is without beginning or end      
All things have their life and death          
Hence, you cannot rely upon them for fulfillment

One moment is empty
The next moment full    
Hence, you cannot depend upon their form         

The years cannot be restrained  
Time cannot be stopped            
All end and then begin again

This is the understanding of the Great Meaning
And the principles of The Ten Thousand Strings


Thursday, December 29, 2016

You Can Relax Now

Exploring songs I loved a long time ago. This one is among my favorites. ~Americ

Monday, December 19, 2016

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Friday, December 02, 2016

Coffee House Mediation

Practice meditation for eleven minutes in a coffee house. Put on a timer. Focus on being present to your body, breath, and ambient sounds. Letting go of fleeting thoughts as they arise. Be here: on the spot. Sometimes it's helpful to gaze at your hands on the table holding a book. You want to look normal within a social environment - not calling attention to what you're really doing. Notice when you slip away into "elsewhere". Return. Do this practice until the eleven minutes are up. You'll find this practice carries over into your everyday life. You become more present to your life moment to moment.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Love runs the universe

Love runs the universe. That's all you need to know. One day you wake up "in love" not with someone but Life itself. You are free; it gets easier to walk the streets and situations in love with Life itself; beyond pleasure and pain, joy and grief. Presence itself becomes enough, even more than enough.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Collaborative Intelligence

The "Collaborative Intelligence Laboratory" emerged while teaching 500 students "Introduction to Computers on behalf the the School of Engineering at UC Berkeley.  Students and myself engaged in on-line dialogue using a web-based discussion system. These where the web's early days. The Internet amplified the ability of groups to dialogue, plan, and share information. A world of viewpoints beyond political and geographic boundaries suddenly opened up. Along the way, the idea of a "Collaborative Intelligence Quotient (C-IQ)" emerged. Every group has a certain C-IQ.

Eventually, I let all these ideas pass when offered a position within the Peace and Conflict Studies department; thus dropping the "C-IQ" focus to deal with something far more difficult - the study of war and peace. Still, C-IQ may be what "saves the world". We now live connected to a "net" that includes almost all the world. Time will tell.   

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Explore Collaborative intelligence resources on the Web.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Chaos Within You

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"You must have chaos within you,
to give birth to a star."
~ Friedrick Nietzsche

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Live Today

Live today
as if it's
the only day.
Live with 
deep full
here & now

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Time, Money, and Love - Magic Trio

"Time, money and love" is a magic trio. Several combinations of "time, money and love" are possible:
  • Time on your hands but little or no money.
  • Large sums of money but no free time.
  • Lots of love but not enough time and money.
Other combinations are possible. Extreme variations throw societies out of balance. Extreme differences between rich and poor are harmful to a society. People stop seeing each other as human beings and start identifying with their particular social class or status. Harm comes upon our relationships when the time, money, and love ratios are extreme. 

Friday, November 18, 2016

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Here Now

here now
other place
other time
really real

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Sunday, October 16, 2016


just the sound

of the rain

is enough




Sunday, October 09, 2016

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Connectivity Dependency

The Internet is our collective global nervous system; thereby creating a serious dependency on connectivity.  Stores often don't sell food unless their cash registers are on the network. Alternative backup systems need to be in place and occasionally tested. 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Here & Now

Can't be anywhere else.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

photo by americ azevedo 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Rainy Day

Monday, September 12, 2016


Thursday, September 08, 2016

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Neil Hilborn

Hits me in the heart every time. 

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Getting Older Wisely

Getting older wisely certainly has to do with accepting the death of one's own body as natural. Not so easy when I was young. Older people who don't accept physical death as natural are sad sights.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016


Sunday, August 28, 2016


From early childhood we are taught the virtues of dogged persistence. But sometimes the better wisdom is to "give up". This is giving up when you start to realize that your losses are greater with completing the project at had hand than just walking away.  

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

There There

There's no 
there there
here here

~ americ

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Force

The Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It's an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us. It penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


There are times when we just don't have time to meditate and it has a negative effect on the mind due to the chaos and noise that surrounds us. Our mind becomes like a pinwheel; every thought becomes like a gust of wind spinning it faster and faster until we become overwhelmed by its constant motion. Yet, there is a simple way to connect to peace and it only takes a moment. When you are alone or in a safe place make the sound 'aum.' Aum is said to have four sounds: 

“A” emerges from the throat, originating in the region of the navel 
“U” rolls over the tongue
“M” ends on the lips. 
The last sound is silence.

It is in this silence we can rest and let the pinwheel stop for just a moment before returning to our day. Feel the vibration which surrounds you as you are able to rest in peace.

Monday, August 15, 2016


Pure light is right behind this cellophane wrap. I can see it. I could touch it even...only if I made the choice to finally tear it away. But it’s that choice which is the hardest. To shed everything and step towards it. Be one; truly luminous. I can see the cellophane. But I don't want to walk through. I'd rather compromise and continue to watch the pretty light...

Saturday, August 13, 2016


Perhaps, our greatest asset in life is to be trusted. When young, I had a retail job where I had the responsibility of opening up the store. Remarkably, the owner entrusted me with the keys to his store. Amazing that he entrusted me with so much responsibility for all his goods. I responded by making sure that I did everything right. Holding on to those keys, making sure that no unknown customer would take them and use them. To be entrusted with the store keys made me more trustworthy. 
Take a look at this collection of images on the "trust". Much can be learned. Enjoy. Here's an example:

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Let's open our minds 
to fields of all possibilities,
and look for truth.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

I strongly recommend paying a visit to an exciting intellectual movement and website: 
Here's the short description top of their website:

To arrive at the edge of the world's knowledge, 

seek out the most complex and sophisticated minds, 

put them in a room together, 

and have them ask each other 

the questions they are asking themselves.

Monday, August 08, 2016

Friday, August 05, 2016


Going past images and sounds – a “you”, non-you, opens another way of “seeing”. Mystics and scientists extend themselves into such extraordinary extra-dimensional views. 

We buy food, entertainment, and things – not happiness. Daily contemplation of basic truths, prayer and meditation – in the morning, afternoon and evening; ease and happiness spontaneously arise.  

By good example and state of being, those around you will be encouraged. Your happiness belongs to everyone. No need to convince anyone. Blossom like a flower; the rest takes care of itself. 

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Buckminster Fuller on "Making a Living"

"We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian-Darwinian theory, he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living." 
                                                                                    Buckminster Fuller

Monday, August 01, 2016

Basic Reality

Basic reality cannot be realized by  
words, thoughts or pictures 

The Ultimate cannot be realized by 
words, thoughts, or pictures 
Un-expressible it is  

Beyond knowledge it is 
Go toward stillness until arriving 
at peace beyond understanding 

There within nowhere 
the you that is you just is   

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Road to Nowhere - A Lakota Teaching

1972, the following are the words of Lakota prophet John Fire Lame Deer published in the book Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions.

"Only human beings have come to a point where they no longer know why they exist. They don't use their brains, and they have forgotten the secret knowledge of their bodies, their senses, or their dreams. They don't use the knowledge the spirit has put into every one of them; they are not even aware of this, and so they stumble along blindly on the road to nowhere -- a paved highway which they themselves bulldoze and make smooth so that they can get faster to the big empty hole which they'll find at the end, waiting to swallow them up. It's a quick, comfortable superhighway, but I know where it leads to. I've seen it. I've been there in my vision, and it makes me shudder to think about it."

(Quote contributed by Marianne Henry.)

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Understanding the Possibility

More than this, I cannot say today! 
from Ram Dass

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Stars and Atoms

We quest for knowledge of stars and atoms, forgetting the knowledge of Life and soul; and, recklessly subduing the earth and each other. It’s time for a new alliance of humans, earth, and cosmos; and humble submission to the Source of all-that-is. 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Sense of Wonder

There's a sense of wonder within us. When we're children the world is full of wonder – everything looks new – permeated with deep feelings of wonder and awe. The sense of pure existence is all pervasive and natural; but, we age and get focused on “things” forgetting being. Our work is to recover that. 

Friday, July 15, 2016

Here We Are

From Baba Ram Dass's now classic book: BE HERE NOW.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Friday, July 08, 2016

Closeness of God

The word "God" is loaded with all kinds of meanings. We can speak of God in many ways - and all of them would be right and also wrong from one perspective or another. To me, God is a word for Ultimate Reality - a cosmic sense of Presence within and all around. On a small 3x5 card a few months ago, I wrote the following: 

God gets
as close
as we
allow Him

It's that simple. And, that difficult! I urge people to surrender to the mystical and the unknown. We can't ever get to the "bottom" of reality. It's awesome, is it not? 

Thursday, July 07, 2016

My religion is love

My grandson asked, "Grandpa, what is your religion?" Thinking deeply, deciding to be honest, I said, "My religion is love.”

My grandson asked, "Grandpa, what is your religion?" Thinking deeply, deciding to be honest, I said, "My religion is love; which is what great religions teach -- love." Then he said, "So which one is your religion?". Out of my mouth (and heart) came, "All of them, if they are about love." I also wanted to say that the great sages are humbled by the encounter with the mystery, the truth of that which cannot be spoken, of that union with the spirit known directly, while indescribable. That was too much to say; it says nothing anyway! Grandson wanted me to pick one religion, just like buying a car or computer; but, that’s not my way. For thirty years, I studied, digested, and internalized many religions; finding all leading to the same place inside myself. That is my particular spiritual non-religious perspective on religion. Spirituality is very inner, very personal -- but as we share our spiritual lives we build common languages with terms, texts, rituals, and symbols which become religions. Religions naturally happen everywhere; they are spiritual support groups.

The seeds of great religions are the cosmic-divine insights of great souls in all places and circumstances. These insights are life changing. Someone asks, "Master, what did you learn? How did you become like this?" Teachings are passed by words and deeds which are recorded in many ways. Spiritual insights become religions over time.


Monday, July 04, 2016

Being Real

Time to write something off the top of my head in this Philosopher-at-Large Blog. Good to be "more real". So much of what we "express" is highly edited. There's a place for the spontaneous. Be more here-now, not so "self correcting". No longer in school with teachers grading us.  It's more vitalizing. Being real to our true self.

P.S. Okay, I did edit. Just a little. 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

no wonder

I Am feeling Love for the first time in my life
i feel i can barely handle it

I think no wonder i was addicted to depression
no wonder i was obsessed with the suffering

my heart
it aches
it longed for this
the mind was confused

self alignment

here it always has been

only i have awoken to it
I am awake

my heart

it breaks.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Eucalyptus Grove

There's a eucalyptus grove on the UC Berkeley campus. I take students there on a march across the campus. Best to visit that Eucalyptus grove in the late afternoon. While we dialogue on truth and justice and the environment, the sun slowly sets down. The day's natural cycle now apparent - light streaming through the trees.  

How can students "know" the earth if they are always encased in technology's air conditioned classrooms with florescent lights.
Studying our environment only in a classroom is an abstraction. Existential honesty requires walking out of the classroom! Again, let us walk outside like the ancients and the aborigines. Feeling earth below, the sky above, and body breathing-moving. Feeling life all around and within.
A place is not “just a place” - it is a constant, a ground, a marker in spacetime – around which time dances as events and stories.
I knew this grove when it was twice as large. I saw half of it taken to develop a new life sciences building. It was quiet place back in the 1970's – while now in 2010's the sound of air conditioning units competes with song birds. Returning again and again to this eucalyptus grove defines memories and change.   

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Crust in Peace

"A crust eaten in peace is
better than a banquet partaken
in anxiety."
~ Acsop

Found at Cheese Board Pizzeria, Berkeley, California.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Eternity Eternity Eternity

                                                                           ~ Sikha

Monday, May 16, 2016

Moment of Creation

Sit quietly in a chair. Imagine the Big Bang at the moment of our universe's creation, based on current cosmological understanding. You are sitting, now, in the space-time continuum. What could that be? Never mind. Our theories continue to change as we learn more. It's a poetic journey into true reality. Right now, you are taping into a fragment of the total energy of creation. Every time you develop a new idea, such as writing a poem, or planning activities for today; you are creating. Remember who we really are! 

Psychological shortfalls stop us from seeing deep enough to feel the glory and power of Being. Individual ego must die, but the real Self (Atman) is eternal, never born. How do I know this? By a lifetime of exploring the inner self and following intuition; it began when I was young and in grade school. The suffering of my first school years: not knowing English, kids making fun at me, the emotional distress and uncertainty of immigrant parents - all factors forcing me inward to protect my sanity. Somewhere deep within I saw the Truth of Life. I held my space and place firmly and softly: without violence. Later in life, while reading about Gandhi it became clear that "truth force" (satyagraha) is a power seeking to to actualize. Afterwards, I learned to actualize one dream after another.

Live fully this present moment. That is living at 100%.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Eternal Life

A look at the real meaning of "eternal life".

Wednesday, May 11, 2016


Sometimes nothing works. Stuck in roadblocks and fields of mud. What to do? Sometimes doing nothing is better. Develop patience and true power grows. So wait and wait. True freedom naturally unfolds. 

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Aloneness & Oneness

Enter fully into
your aloneness
for a moment,
then you experience
the oneness of all things.
~ Adyashanti ~

Friday, May 06, 2016

Tree of Life

Found this image and quote while scanning the Internet for 
  "tree of life"Attributed to Albert Einstein. Feels true. 

Thursday, May 05, 2016


Resting in a place most high,
a man or woman may last a thousand years.
Mysterious yet simple.
Breathe, let go.
Allow moments of free falling where we are.
Those moments feed our days with rest.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Real Work

Walking around, found a 
poem by Wendell Berry 
on a neighborhood bulletin board 
near the sidewalk. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

You see what you focus on

I keep getting this recurring theme showing up in random places. (Reminds me of how people say when they first meet me, they start seeing '11' everywhere.) 

It is a reminder: Whatever YOU are looking for, YOU will find. If you look for misery and suffering, you will find it in abundance. If you focus on beauty and love, you will see it, your heart will finally be still with JOY.

What I am being pointed to now, over and over again (which I've been ignoring for years out of a combination of my own ignorance and stubbornness) is that thinking the same behavior I have been exhibiting will get me a different result. This is just a bad waste of good energy. (Similar to the famous Einstein quote defining insanity: doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.)

If you are suffering, you are a victim of something. We are here to figure out what our story is, then write it ourselves, making the discovery that we have been the author of our stories all along. Whatever was done to us (WHICH MAY HAVE BEEN TERRIBLE, UNFORGIVABLE, PAINFUL BEYOND MEASURE) is over, and if it's not over, most likely YOU are the only one who is perpetuating the suffering. That is it my dear friend. (I speak in regards to the physical and the emotional, because ALL ONE.)

A promise I have made to MYSELF, is to never sink so low again. The underworlds exist, they are dark, you can explore them all you wish (probably not in a safe manner.) Most humans do not allow themselves to feel such extremes, we are fearful. I didn't want to be afraid of the darkness, so I explored it, I sat with it, I worked with it.... but you must know when the time is done. You must realize your own STORY, then put an end to the story of the people or thing(s) that perpetuated your suffering. Past tense.

And in order to fully LET GO, you must realize that there is an end, there CAN be an end to this perspective that you have grown so comfortable in... do you even know you are covered in SHIT?! You must see the end to the darkness you are creating, the all-encompassing SPACE that seems so dark, but once you let go and you are lighter, you can rise to the stars! You SEE the little lights surrounding you in the darkness. Friends who have wanted to love you for years, LOVE that you were not able to ACCEPT let alone even feel even an inch of until NOW.

Start to feel yourSELF. In your BODY. Feeling LOVE, feeling LIGHT. Is it painful? Are you in IT? Are you feeling? Be grateful to be ALIVE. Does it hurt you? The love will hurt at first, the LIGHT will hurt after living in the darkness for many years, or perhaps your whole life. Like Plato's Cave, the Light may blind you... but keep letting go, keep getting LIGHTER, LIGHTER and you will become one.