Reflections on a Hallows’ Eve, or Losing a Friend

It is immeasurably convenient for us that the year is separated in light and darkness. Unless you are at the equator, the night dominates October through March, and the day reigns from April through September. The spring and summer are ideal for starting new projects, growing existing ideas, and preparing for the harvest of our…

The Dark Half of the Year

The cycles of nature are more than a metaphor for our lives – they are at the heart of life itself. Life basks in the glory of the light half of the year, but the journey doesn’t start there. A new life has its roots in the depths of winter, on the coldest of nights,…

Bad Things Happen to Good People

It’s a comforting thought that good people experience good things and bad people experience bad things. But, as anyone can observe, this is not always the case. It can provide comfort to imagine a cosmic order of judgement. But nature doesn’t judge. It isn’t interested in our definition of good and evil. So why do…

Something needs to be done about this!

I’m sure you’ve heard and said that many times. Here’s a secret: No.. actually, it doesn’t. By saying others need to do something to address a fear or concern of mine, I am, interestingly enough, giving up control. I’ve gained tremendous insight about myself by examining my mindset when I make this statement. By asking:…

Authentic Living

One of my new years resolutions in 2018 is to live an authentic life. The immediate question that comes to mind is – Robert, were you not living authentically? Yes and no. For sure, I try to be a good person. I think most of the time I succeed in that endeavor. I do not…

The Little House of Cultural Expansion

I watched an episode of Little House on the Prairie named Injun Kid last night and was struck by a pivotal moment of cultural expansion. It was subtle, but well played, and analyzing it yields a fascinating look into human psychology and spirituality. In the episode, a half-Native American boy and his mother arrive in Walnut…

Faith and Responsibility

The universe rewards faith and responsibility in equal measure. No matter your belief system, you probably would agree that if you have faith, at least in your own abilities, you are more likely to succeed. This has been shown time in time again both in studies and in most people’s personal lives. Religious and spiritual…

Judgement (or How to Be Human)

It is our task in this life to judge. It is what we are built to do. To judge, discern, and examine self, and this world we chose to be in, is our most noble task. One of the greatest misconceptions about the spiritual journey is that we live in judgement. This notion of a…

The Patterns of Life

The universe has an uncanny and universal pattern of repeated themes at all levels of its existence. At the largest level the patterns of galaxies resemble living tissue under a microscope: The roads, cities, rivers, and suburbs have a strikingly similar pattern: From our view of the night sky, the lines between stars (the constellations)…

Channeling the Creative Spirit

I consider myself a decent writer. I can usually express myself in a coherent and even sometimes entertaining fashion, and dive deep into analytics when the situation demands. And yet after all of these years of writing and pouring nearly half a million words onto paper in my books, I still cannot tell you precisely how I…