I believe that the day you stop learning is the day you start dying. Thus, even pushing 60 as I am, I remain a work-in-progress; an explorer who finds this world too insanely rich with wonder to merit either contempt or escape.
Therefore, I continue to study myself and my environment, every day. I focus on what I call the way of psychological nakedness — exposing and then stripping off the images, roles, beliefs, fears, and emotions of darkness that our culture erroneously pushes upon us. The more I can thus strip down to a state of inner nudity, the clearer will be the mind that I bring into the fields of action and relationship.
Thus, there is no conflict between the true self and one’s society: the more I am my own man, the more good I can bring to my world.
That is my “inner elevator pitch”; what follows is a more conventional personal summary (though I also have an alt-resume, which is revealing):
I have a B.A. in Philosophy from Bard College and an M.A. in Psychology from Long Island University. I have written four books, one of which I self-published; and have developed websites and written content for them since 2003.
I have practiced and studied the I Ching for over 30 years, and used it in my psychotherapy and counseling practice. I have studied Zen Buddhism at New York Zendo Shobo-ji in New York City; I have also done coursework and practice at the Healing Tao Center, also in NYC. I have studied and currently practice as part of my daily exercise: Pilates, Hathayoga, and Chi Kung. I also practice my own brand of kundalini yoga, which involves the movement of sexual energy to the heart and brain.
But let me be clear: I am not a role model. In fact, if I were a stranger encountering myself, I would say, “I wouldn’t trust this fraud as far as I could kick him in the ass with a bunny slipper. He speaks of health and has these ugly personal habits; he writes of spirituality but is in reality about as sacred as a shopping mall; he drones on about quantum physics and new sciences without the weakest understanding of their mathematical and theoretical substance.”
I would entirely agree with my critic’s analysis of me. Therefore, I leave you with this warning: read everything you find here critically, even suspiciously. Wherever you sense the voice of a preacher, remember the words of Alan Watts, who said, “Preaching is moral violence.”
Read critically, and you will be neither hoodwinked nor estranged. This is to respond from the living, breathing, moving, and constantly transforming center of your being — whose like has never been nor will be again.
My gratitude and best wishes go out to everyone who visits here.