Here I am on the first day of the new year, with a blank screen in front of me and yet another opportunity to write. I did have a blog for a few years that I wrote with a friend, and that was fun while it lasted, but we kind of ran out of steam, and the time between posts started to increase, and then it just became a forgotten correspondence between a couple of people who were close for a time when the universe brought them together. Now, as the currents have shifted, we have drifted off from each other, and so the blog languished. And with it, so did my writing.
But we all like to start fresh on the New Year. And so here we are. Starting fresh.
I was talking to my good friend Katie the other day about writing a blog. My biggest block, of course, is the little negative thought pattern that sits on my shoulder and says “who are you to write a blog?” I suppose the only answer is that I am what I am. My wife, Stephanie, who is a channel and a medium, channeled a spiritual hymn the other day with the idea that “you are the one.” She was asking a similar question. Who am I to take this on… and like an ant… the answer is you are the one.
So what is this going to be about? Well it’s really what I spend most of my time on. Health, Wealth, Relationships, Spirit, and Nature. And that’s what most of what I write will be about. So join me in these affirmations for the new year. Also, I have a tendency to talk to myself in my writing, or even in conversation. It is my human design that I organize my thoughts by speaking or writing about them. This process forces me to organize my thoughts into a linear stream. When I first read this post, I saw that many of my affirmations related to my experience and abilities. Please read this with the compassionate frame of reference that I do this to ground myself in the notion that I do have a voice worthy of this space. This is especially true in this context where no one is required to read of word of this if they do not want to. So here it goes…
Health – I am very grateful for my health and for the gift of life. My body is the vehicle that I inhabit during this life, and much of my experience of this life depends on the health and good function of my body. We all have the capacity to positively impact our health, through our diet, through our sleep, through our consumption habits, through exercise. Health is not about the treatment of disease. Health comes from investing time, care and love in ourselves for our own well being. Health is first, because without health, we cannot enjoy anything else here.
Wealth – This is a tricky topic, because there is so much anti-wealth rhetoric out there right now. Wealthy people are vilified as privileged or as not paying their fair share or of somehow leaching off the hard work of others. I do not believe that at all. Wealth is simply material abundance in excess of what we need for basic survival. In our society is usually is measured in terms of money. But not everywhere. I spend a lot of time in Brazil and have some very good friends who live in indigenous communities of the Amazon, where our version of wealth really has no meaning. Money is simply a step in the process of converting what someone produces into what someone needs. Wealth, then, might be the orchard of bananas that produces more bananas than the community consumes. This is not a metaphor. I am actually referring to a specific banana orchard in a specific community.
In our society, managing wealth is about what you do with financial resources that you do not need right away for your basic needs. I have a considerable experience in this field, it so happens, because I was trained as a Wealth Advisor by UBS Financial Services with particular study with their Global Asset Management business. I have a Bachelor of Science in Economics with Finance Applications, and I had about 12 years of experience financing private and corporate aircraft. I have met many private aircraft owners and their financial advisors. I have seen their portfolios, I have seen their financial statements, I have seen their tax returns, I have seen their aircraft.
And I learned from this, and so now, by the grace of God, I do not have to work in a corporate job to earn money to pay bills. I can manage wealth to do that. My career was basically from 1992 to 2013. I’m not retired, but I don’t work for anyone else. That’s the goal of wealth management.
And so in 2022 I would like to write about my study of finance, wealth management, investment and so forth. There is so much to know about finance, and so many voices out there profess to teach us, but really only persuade. And I’d also like to learn from smart people who are interested in these topics.
Relationships – Here is where we get our most joy in life. Relationships. I have had some experience here too, with two marriages and five children. I was married first for 21 years, and today, this very day, marks the last day of the tenth year since I met Stephanie, who I am blessed to be married to today. So all in all I have about 30 years of experience being married and I’ve raised five kids.
But these are not the only relationships. We have relationships at work, relationships with friends, relationships with professionals like lawyers, accountants, aircraft managers, therapists, doctors. We have personal trainers and massage therapists and acupuncturists. We have the friendly people who see us in our neighborhoods where we get coffee and check out at the grocery store. We also have our relationship to ourselves, and self compassion is what I’ve been studying recently. We have so many relationships in our lives, and in 2022 let’s let kindness and understanding be the rule.
.Spirit – What does that even mean? I started my spiritual understanding in my crib as a very young child with a dream that there was a man pounding in my chest against my ribs trying to get out, and when he broke out, that’s when my spirit would leave this world. I understood very young that I was a spirit that was contained in this body, but I lost touch with this.
My brain was infected by Atlas Shrugged and Ayn Rand, and her philosophy of objectivism. Which basically starts with the premise that if I perceive something, then there is a perceiver and an object of perception. From this premise, she concludes that thoughts of god and spirit are for the feeble minded. How simple the retort. But in a dream, do we not perceive? Is there an object separate from the perceiver in our dreams? No of course not. In our dreams we are both the object and the perceiver.
So what I have come to understand through a lot of work, and a lot of time in the jungle, and a lot of time in meditation that we inhabit these bodies. You are an eternal spirit having a material experience, and there is a reason that you came here to do this. I’m not sure about all the reasons, and I’m not exactly sure what it will be like when we return to the place we came here from, but it gives me great comfort to have faith that I am here for a reason and I chose to be here.
Nature – This is where we recharge. We as a species, have our highest calling as stewards of our environment. For me nature is about hiking the mountain trails around Telluride in the summer foraging for wild mushrooms, or about creating restorative agro-forestry projects in environmentally sensitive areas through our farms in Bahia, Brazil, and on the Big Island of Hawaii. Nature is about our connection to the planets, the stars, the sun and the moon. It is about our Mother Earth who brought us into the material. It is about the right of every creature to exist within the divine power.
Nature is where I go to recharge my batteries. It calms my nerves, and makes me feel the freedom of being a tiny little spec in an infinite universe. We all have the same sun, the firmament is the universal treasure, the ants are our teachers, and the forest holds the power. We are part of the natural world, but we have forgotten this. And so now we are suffering. But nature remains there to embrace us despite the abuse we have inflicted upon her. But really, we are only abusing our experience of the world. If we blow ourselves up now, after twenty million years goes by there will be little trace of us. And that’s only like one half of one percent of the time earth has been around. Global warming matters a lot to us and all creatures that inhabit the earth today. But not so much to the earth itself.
The new year gives a chance to reset our focus and to make incremental changes in our lives that will help us grow and enjoy more. For me, this means more attention to maintaining what I have created over the last few years and less focus on new creations. It means letting go of the plan, the map, the calendar, the goals and all of the other Saturn structures so that I can flow with the divine uncertainty that prevails anymore. It means releasing fight or flight and engaging the soothing system. It means a spoon full of honey before bed every night, just because it’s sweet.
What are your thoughts and plans for the new year? What might you want to change? If you are out there, please feel free to post a comment.
Thanks for the space.