What If, We’re Living in Paradise?

What if, we’re living in Paradise and Just Don’t Know It? What would our lives be like then? Let you imagination go wild.

What if, we’re really living in Paradise and we just don’t know it? What if, the sun is shining and we just can’t see it? What if, there really is hope and we just can’t believe it? What if, we’re ok and we just can’t feel it?

What if, we’re on our chosen path and our feet just haven’t landed yet? What if, we have all the resources we need to follow that path and we just can’t see them? What if, we have community to help us live that path and it just hasn’t appeared to us yet? What if, we already feel at home doing what we really want to do and we just haven’t opened the door?

Does Energy Really Flow Where Attention Goes?

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Energy Flows where Attention Goes, is attributed to Tony Robbins, though it may go back to James Redfield. But are they correct?

Often, they are. When you think positively about things, energy tends to go there. Take coincidences for one thing. Once you start noticing something, you tend to notice more of it. Like if I just buy a certain car, perhaps a new Electric Car, you tend to notice that car on the road, you tend to notice more electric cars on the road.

Yet, there are times when energy doesn’t go where you put your focus. What’s up with that?

Perhaps a couple of things. One is that maybe you’re trying too hard. As Yoda said, and grasshopper’s teacher before him, There is no try. And, probably by trying too hard, you’re not enjoying life or the journey enough. You’re probably not enjoying the breakthroughs enough, no matter how tiny they are.

Two, the current flows where it wants to flow. There’s nothing you can do, short of a dam, to change it. And making a damn requires either being a beaver and having to pay huge dentist bills, or destroying the current ecosystem and perhaps several homes.

Deep Listening – Say What!?

Take a minute, close your eyes, what do you hear? This is not so much about auditory hearing with your ears, as it is about awareness. So, stop what you’re doing and focus on what you’re aware of.

Minute #2: There’s the war in the Ukraine. Why doesn’t it bother me more? What is it that I’m bothered that my government’s not doing? Why does this bother me and the wars (multiple) in Africa do not? Do I think of these wars as “conflicts” because that makes them less disturbing?

Take a 3rd minute. Walk outside. Here, it only feels like 10F (-12C). So, maybe not today. But when you can, go outside. Or, at least step outside in your mind. What does it feel like? Are you in a concrete jungle? Is there any life? Whatever speck of life there is, even if it’s people, how does it survive? How does it thrive? If you’re in your yard, what wants to come forth? Yes, invasive weeds including grass. But, why are the weeds there? And what would come forth if it could? How can we nurture it?

Minute 4: What thoughts are there in your head? Can you lightly push aside those that don’t need to be listened to right this very second. What is your deep mind trying to tell you? Take another minute to listen to your breath and your pulse. Are they OK or are they trying to tell you to do something different? Minute six is for your gut. Is your stomach rumbling? Maybe you should eat. Nobody’s happy if the gut ain’t happy. Why is yours not happy?

Minute 7: Hopefully, you’ve slowed down enough in the past 6 minutes, so that you can easily let your thoughts drop into your open heart – that place of deep understanding. If not, follow your breath as it goes by your heart, until all of a sudden your thoughts are resting there. What is your heart opening to? What is it closing to? Why? Should it continue in this pattern or not? What deep understanding are you hearing?

8: Listen to stillness. Listen to peace. Listen to Paradise opening up to you.

9: And as that Paradise opens up to you, how does that cacophony sound? How is that different from your normally chaotic world?

And at last, minute 10: How can order be restored to your world (or how can it be brought about for the first time)? How do you see the world becoming a better place? Who or what can help you in this quest?

Rhiana, Mother of Trees

The Wind

There she sits among the trees
Talking to them
Feeding them
Nurturing them
Loving them as deeply as deep can go

Who is she?
She is their mother
She is the one who cares for them above all others

Selvene is in the ocean
Caring for fish and reef
Teaching them how to live their best life
Blowing them bubbles of joy

Selvene is their mother
She cares for them deeply

The mountains too have their mother
And the air, the butterflies, and dragons

Those walking the land, the mammals
Their mother is Qgore
She strokes their fur
As she kisses them
She sings them lullabies goodnight
And then loves them till morning
When she starts to care for them all over again

Birds ride in invisible airships
They climb the unseen stairs
Who put those there for them to find?

K’tani the elevated one
She who once was an albatross
And long ago, an archaeopteryx

K’tani, like Qgore, Selvene, Rhiana, and the others
Has been there forever
She knows what it’s like to be cared for
For once, she too was young
Once, she too had a mother who tucked her in at night
Her mother was Honua, Isi, Toprak, Zelmja, Terra
Earth was her name
Earth was the one who cared for all

We too have a mother who cares for us
She cares as deep as the core of the Earth
For that is where her heart is
She pulls us into her sanctuary
That bless-ed place within

She pulls us in to her heart of hearts
For there, we learn to care
There, we find our own heart
There, we know what others need
There, we all become mothers
To the next generations of hearts

Life Purpose Quiz

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Life Purpose could be your career goal. It might be what you want to do most in life. For some, it’s their divine calling or the ultimate reason that they were born. Determining you life purpose can be difficult. Defining it can be excruciating. Mine is described on my website Stubbart.com.

I and others can help you get closer to determining how you can best spend your life. I use Spiritual Consulting to help with that. However, if you’ve thought about this for a while, you may have some ideas, but aren’t certain if you’re correct. And perhaps you know what it is, but would just like some verification.

The Life Purpose criteria in the following quiz recently came into my understanding. If you flunk the quiz, don’t worry. It’s possible that your life’s definition has other criteria. Go ahead and take this quiz whether you know what your life purpose is or not. If you have no idea what your life purpose is, this quiz will give you some good guidelines to go by.

Life Purpose Quiz

  1. Does your Life Purpose or what you want to do in Life, bring you joy? Does it bring others joy? If you hate your Life Purpose, what good is it doing you?
  2. Does it help you connect? Does it help others connect? This could be feeling connected to the Universe. It could be connecting to people. Etc.
  3. When you’re practicing your life purpose, do you feel at ease? Does it make others feel at ease? Yes, there will always be someone who doesn’t feel at ease, no matter what you do.
  4. Does it make you feel like you matter? Does it make others feel like they matter? Your life purpose might even make people, including yourself, feel special and important. https://www.yellowbearjourneys.com/beachreport/who-matters-in-todays-world/
  5. When you follow your life purpose, are you making the world a better place for yourself? Are you making the world a better place for others? Are you making a difference, even if that difference is only for you and one other person, or even if that difference isn’t felt for a millenia?

That’s the quiz. Short and sweet. Notice how all the questions ask how your life purpose works for you and others? If it only works for you or if it only works for others, it’s probably not your life purpose. It may be something which needs to be done. That doesn’t mean you have to do it. There are roughly 8 billion people in the world. Chances are high that somebody else will do that if you don’t. Chances are higher that several somebody elses are already doing that.

Some people will take issue with this quiz. They might say that we have to do things we don’t like to do. They might say that some parts of our life purpose won’t put us at ease, that we sometimes have to push ourselves do to things which are uncomfortable.

All I can tell you is, that’s not the path I’m on. Yes, sometimes there are things I need to do which are uncomfortable. However, I wait until I’ve worked past the uncomfortableness, before I do them. I’d probably better tell the truth here and say that I’m getting better at waiting. There are times when I’m like a bull in a china shop. I just keep pushing ahead, hoping it doesn’t hurt too much.

You may take this quiz and say, Oh no! I thought I knew what my life purpose was, but it’s not joy into the world, or …. Well, maybe it is your life purpose and you just need to add that element. Of maybe your life purpose isn’t at that stage yet. If your life purpose (or your idea about what your life purpose might possibly be) doesn’t meet all those criteria, don’t throw it out yet. You may just need to understand how it can meet those criteria.

And maybe you don’t need to know what your life purpose is. Maybe you’ll just live your life purpose by living your life. Out of 8 billion people, there’s got to be at least one person who’s doing that.

Who Matters in Today’s World

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If I were to report on the state of today’s world, I’d say the most pressing problem is that not everyone matters. In today’s world, we’re constantly reminded of how some groups think that only those in their group matter. This problem may become more glaring when we’re reminded that some individuals act like only they matter. No matter what you do, it will never be good enough for them.

But, the problem is not new. It took a long time for women to be able to vote. Minorities are often treated like second class citizens, if that well. It wasn’t that long ago that children were to be seen and not heard. I realize that I’m generalizing world attitudes, based on those in the U.S. If you’re country is an exception, if this problem isn’t pervasive in your country, great! I’d like to hear about it.

I believe that this problem is so pressing right now, for a few reasons. The first, is that it’s being reported on more. And that’s a good thing. The second is that those who treat others as so much less than themselves that they may as well not matter, are becoming a minority. They’re afraid of losing their positions of power. So, they’re speaking out more.

The third reason, this problem is so glaring, is due to resistance. The oppressed are willing to stand up for themselves. The old teaching was to be submissive to oppressors. That teaching is still their. Those who aren’t supposed to matter, aren’t listening anymore.

It looks like the only response to those who make you fell like you don’t matter, is to matter, at least to yourself. And, I think, the only way to matter, the only way to come out from under all those years of being told that you didn’t matter, is to be yourself.

Some people talk about being yourself, in terms of living your life purpose. That can be kind of vague. Even though I help others figure out their life purpose, right now I’d rather talk about being yourself, as being the best you that you can offer the world. What terms describe that best you? 

  • Creative
  • Gentle
  • Kind
  • Resourceful
  • Beautiful
  • Understanding
  • Caring
  • Passionate
  • Steady
  • Determined
  • Connecting
  • Protectors
  • Parents
  • Children

I think those type of people are what the world needs most right now. I may have forgotten a type or two. Feel free to add that in, especially if it a applies to you.

The World needs people right now who matter and who make others feel like they matter. We are all people. We all matter.

Several, including myself, are willing to help people find out their life purpose – what matters to them and what makes the matter. You may contact me at Stubbart.com

Why is my Enemy my Enemy

Here’s an age old question: Why is my enemy my enemy? That’s usually followed by: What did I do to them? (Or to offend them)?

I was prompted recently to look at a book that was in my Not to be Published stack. I wrote it in 2004, but didn’t like the ending. I was amazed as a reread what I had written. This book was very apropos for today. It asked these questions:

  • Why does evil always resurface?
  • Why is my enemy my enemy?
  • Who and what will save the day?

Aumanil’s: Three Paths – One History had lots of holes in the story – had to fix that. The reason I had put this book on the Do Not Publish heap was because I didn’t like the ending. As part of the rewrite, I ended up with more information at the end, twice.  So I guess there were holes there also. Now, I really like the ending, wasn’t what I had planned.

Aumanil’s doesn’t so much answer those questions, as it gives us insights into how those in another Cosmos wrestled with them. Their solutions probably aren’t our solutions. But there was one thing they did, which we will probably have to do. Somebody had to walk to where the sun was shining more brightly. For there lay their solution.

This is my 105th book.

Wind’s Wine

After a month of worry

Your heart grows furry

And you can only smile instead

For you have drunk from the Wind’s wine

And there are no worries in your head


Wind’s wine

Like a spring song

Goes whispering down your throat

Always your worries

Like winter snow

Wind’s wine melts, rather than coats


Wind’s wine will quell your fear

The deepest that you have

Wind’s wine will let you relax

Your dreams you’ll now hold dear


Wind’s wine – Tonic supreme

Wind’s wine – Coconut cream

Wind’s wine – Heaven’s elixir

Wind’s wine – straight or as a mixer


Wind’s wine

There’s always enough of this healing stuff

Wind’s wine will cure your woes

And fill you with bliss

Getting Fancy with Tables of Contents

I had a special request to add a table of contents to a book. The request came from my wife and it was her book, so it was very special. The book is titled: The Actress. Her book is about an Actress who encounters a blank script. But what if that script is her life.? There’s a cat and a baby in the story. And the theme is from Julian of Norwich: “All will be well”. The Request was to add a table of contents. However, both lines of the chapter title needed to be on the same line in the table of contents.

No problem. Open the document (in Microsoft Word), Select Reference, Table of Contents, choose the style I wanted, and Voila, I’ve got a Table of Contents. My wife wants her Table of Contents (TOC) to be page numbered using lower case roman numerals, rather than Latin numbers (1,2,3). No problem, as she’s already got a section break, doing that. If she didn’t I’d add a section break by choosing Layout, then clicking on Breaks and choosing a section break. Getting the numbers in different formats requires several more steps, which is not the topic of this post. Luckily, my wife publishes her books on https://www.thebookpatch.com/ and they provided a Word Template for her to use which had this option. Amazon probably has a similar template, but I only ever tried to use an Amazon template years ago. It was so slow, that I had to just handle formatting on my own.

So, back to the subject at hand. My wife’s headings came as Chapter 1 and then more descriptive text on the next line. In this case Chapter 1 Ordinary Life. I had the bright idea to make the second line a bit larger than the first line – in other words, we would increase the font size on the second line.

First I had to apply styles of Heading 1 and Heading 2 to those two lines. So I found the style in the top ribbon and right-clicked on it choosing Update Heading. When I was satisfied with Chapter 1 Ordinary Life, I went to Chapter 2. There, I clicked on the first line and then clicked on Heading 1 from the ribbon. This applied Heading 1 to Chapter 2. Then I clicked on the second line of the chapter title and clicked on Heading 2. Luckily, there are only 14 chapters. From the View Menu, I had Navigation Pane checked. This helped my to see my progress.

Now, insert a TOC from the Reference Menu. And, …, Wait a minute, this won’t work. Chapter 1 is on a line in the TOC, followed by dots, followed by the page number. That’s ok, but Ordinary Life is on the next line, followed by dots, followed by the page number. Since her chapter headings are centered in the book, they’re left-justified (aligned to the left of the page) in the TOC. If they had been left aligned, and if Heading 2 had been indented, then Ordinary Life might have been indented in the TOC. That might have looked ok; the TOC I now had definitely didn’t look OK.

I tried googling MS Word Table of Contents multiple headings on same line. That led me to various websites, but mostly on a wild goose chase. Or, that led me to
“chasing an untamed ornithoid without cause”, to paraphrase Data.

Allen Wyatt, my go to web guy for MS Word tips, suggested, changing the line break after Chapter 1 to a soft line break. A soft line break, he informed me, is made by holding down the shift while pressing enter. I toggled paragraph marks by clicking the backwards looking P on the Home tab. Then I selected the paragraph mark between Chapter 1 and Ordinary Life, and did Shift+Enter. That changed the backwards P to an arrow. But wait! It also changed Ordinary Life to Heading 1. That’s not what I wanted.

Allen suggested looking at TOC Tips by Suzanne Barnhill. I tried playing with the TOC field codes. To get to these field code, I clicked Shift+F9 while my cursor was in the Table of Contents. That showed my the Hyperlink field code instead. I finally figured out (stumbled upon) clicking Shift+F9 twice. When I was done monkeying with the TOC field codes, I pressed F9 (which is the same as choosing Update Field), and then choose Update Entire Table. I was helped in my efforts by Susan Harkins, whose web post on Tech Republic describes all possible flags for the TOC field code. I’m sure that info is available in Word itself, somewhere. Nothing I tried, gave me what I wanted, nor did it look good.

I hit Ctrl+Z (Undo) until I got back to a good starting point. Then I applied Allen’s soft line break technique. I tried this with Chapter 1. Then I went back and updated the TOC to see how that looked. It looked ok. I would have preferred that the TOC had an n-dash or a colon or even just a hyphen separating Chapter 1 and Ordinary Life. But nothing I tried was going to get me anywhere close to that. Then I went back to Chapter 1 and increased the font-size on Ordinary Life. Even though both lines of the Chapter Title are in Heading 1 style, I can override portions of Heading 1. Then I applied this technique to the rest of the chapters. Again, I was grateful that The Actress only has 14 chapters.

The last test was to save the book as a pdf. This is the only way to publish on Book Patch (unless they’ve added functionality). And I would need the pdf to post as an e-book on Book Patch. OK, so it’s not really an e-book, but it will work on e-readers almost as well as an actual e-book. And it’s simpler to convert word to a pdf than to an e-book. I then opened the pdf and my chapter titles looked the way I wanted them to. The TOC was also good.

There will be one final test when I upload the pdf to Book Patch. We’ll see if their software overwrites any of the styles. Amazon for sure would, though perhaps not these particular ones. But first, to correct the other mistakes we found in the first edition. Then to have my wife review it. Then eventually to upload and finally publish the second edition. The Actress won’t substantively change between now and then, so you won’t really be missing anything if you order now.

The Language of the Wind

The Wind

The Language of the Wind; Blueberry Juice for the Soul is my book of Mystical Poetry about the Wind. The Wind is the Ultimate Truth, the Relationship of Relationships, the Healer, the One who Blesses us, the One who lets us know we really are OK, the Most Loving Heart.
The Wind is your best friend and advocate. The Wind is always there, to hold you and console you.
The Wind enjoys guiding you on your journey. The Wind wants the best for you.

Learn more about the great relationship you can have with the Wind through this book. If you like mystic writers like Rumi and John O’Donahue, you’ll enjoy this book. If you don’t get mystical writing, don’t worry about it. I did not understand it either, until my wife told me that much of my writing was very mystical. Once I recovered from that shock, I was able to better understand mystical writing through my own writing.  Yet, mystical writing is usually not written to be understand, it is written to resonate.

This book also contains some words from an ancient nautical language which came to me in the middle of the night. These are words like jicMaylc which means Wind’s Up! Let’s go! Each word is accompanied by a story that explains what it means for your spiritual life.

The second section of this book is titled Blueberry Juice for the Soul. These nuggets of wisdom which help us understand how the Wind speaks to us. If you need some spiritual elixir in your life, this is the section for you.

The third section is titled Peace, Paradise, and Butterflies. It contains my mystical poems and sayings on those subjects.

Chiquito Joaquim Castro did a delightful narration of this book for me. You can listen to his rich voice in the audio version. If you like to highlight verses, passages, and sections; or if you like to make notes; you’ll want the paperback version. An e-book version is also available if you want to read it on the plane.

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