Category Archives: Inspirations & Amusements

These blog posts form a collection. They are a treasure trove of food for thought to spark conversation. So, grab a cup of consciousness, tour around, chew on some tasty transformation, and let’s talk!

Musings on life as a game…

I find it helpful to think about the meaning of life and what I am doing here. The deeper I understand the point of life, the smarter I can be about how to live. One of the things I keep asking myself is what it would take for me to feel content, let alone happy.  But, content will do — to create equilibrium to think and to choose my actions intelligently.

I’m with Socrates saying the unexamined life is not worth living. Ever since the human potential movement pushed me beyond where being a wife and mom was the main frame for my life, I’ve thought about what the basics are that I need for my well-being.

I think that’s a good topic to talk about. We get food for thought from one another. And, since engagement is what this site is here to serve, how about telling me what you need to keep you going? Would you do a little introspection and see what you come up with? Maybe we can inspire one another to more profound insights that lead us to more satisfying choices!

A while ago, I settled into being creative and being appreciated as my bottom lines. Lately, I’ve been thinking that has morphed to having a good game to play, which covers both those bases.

There are two quotes that, together, frame that game perspective in a way that gives me guidance:

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts…
William Shakespeare, As You Like It

We’re not here forever. We enter at birth with an allotment of so many years to play out our drama. We get what we get and we have to figure out what to do with it.

I am informed about that by this quote that’s at the start of a book by a lesser-known sage:

Seek, above all, for a game worth playing. Such is the advice of the oracle to modern man. Having found the game, play it with intensity – play as if your life and sanity depended on it. (They do depend on it.) Follow the example of the French existentialists and flourish a banner bearing the word “engagement.” Though nothing means anything and all roads are marked “NO EXIT,” yet move as if your movements had some purpose. If life does not seem to offer a game worth playing, then invent one. For it must be clear, even to the most clouded intelligence, that any game is better than no game.
Robert S. de Ropp, The Master Game: Pathways to Higher Consciousness

Here’s a bonus from that wonderful de Ropp book:

To emerge from this narrow shell, to regain union with the universal consciousness, to pass from the darkness of the ego-centered illusion into the light of the non-ego, this was the real aim of the Religion Game as defined by the great teachers, Jesus, Gautama, Krishna, Mahavira, Lao-tze and the Platonic Socrates.

And I happened to come across this comment on de Ropp’s book that I agree with:

THIS IS AN IMPORTANT BOOK TO READ WHEN YOU ARE YOUNG. ACTUALLY, THIS IS AN IMPORTANT BOOK TO READ ANYTIME YOUNG OR OLD. AND IT IS CERTAINLY WORTH A RE-READING. ALTHOUGH WRITTEN IN THE 60s IT IS JUST AS RELEVANT NOW AS THEN.

What are your essentials for staying positive? What keeps you moving forward everyday?

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Jimmy Gilleece for President! A MUST WATCH 2-minutes!

This 2-minute segment from CBS Sunday Morning is a gift for all the heavy hearts at this time in history. Jimmy Gilleece, from Wrightsville Beach, N.C., went to super-human lengths to help a customer who lost a wallet at Jimmy’s, his bar.

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Take a trip with Santa, a ride you’ve never been on before

Happy Holidays!

The elves who are busy shifting our worldview were so happy to have found this NY Times Op-Doc video by Matthew Salton.
I love, love, love this 6-minute retelling of what Santa was up to!

It’s time to embrace the shamanistic side of Christmas.
nytimes.com

SUE’s Soapbox Video: Enlightening Voices Wanted!

I’m looking for your suggestions. In an ongoing quest for how to shift our worldview, I want muses, mentors, heroes known or not, who send you into rapture, so to speak. It’s not just people who do good or who write well; I’m looking for a quality of presence that drops you into a more elemental place in yourself.

I will be cooking up ways to get such people into the public eye so the world at large becomes inspired and uplifted by them, and I’d appreciate it if you turned me on to more of them than you’ll see in this video.

For more on the enlightening voices featured in the video:

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IN-Q, my Ex TEDx performer, rocks the Theatre at the Ace Hotel in L.A.

On Saturday night I shot this little video for Instagram when spoken-word poet, IN-Q, filled the 1,600-seat Theater at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles with his brilliant performance that had the audience cheering. On Monday, I was watching the The Today Show when lo and behold there was a commercial for A&E by IN-Q! I can say “I knew him when” he performed at my Ex TEDx West Hollywood, Brother Can You Spare a Paradigm? event.

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The Controversial Phenomenon of Breatharianism

In the Beginning there was Light is a wonderful documentary! I had a screening of it at my house and fell in love with the filmmaker, Peter Straubinger, who is a well-known film critic in Austria and shares my sensibility about the state of the world. This film is about people who live on air – believe it or not, no food, no water. His movie is a big hit in Europe but hasn’t gotten much play in the States. There’s a crowdfunding campaign to dub the film in English, and I love the little video he’s made that talks about why this film can change our consciousness. With only 12 days to go with his campaign, you can make $25 donation for which you get a $25 DVD and more!

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Forgotten Technology: Man Lifts 20 Ton Block by Hand

 

Who’da thunk it? Wow,wow,wow. First convincing report on how impossible things could have been accomplished without an alien in sight.

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Why No One Lives In The Moment

We all can use a good laugh these days, and this is a great one from my friend, David Zasloff.

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Filmmaker Friends Will Lift Your Spirits

Even if Renee Sotile and MJ Godges weren’t fellow filmmaker friends I’d have LOVED LOVED LOVED this music video from the L.A. Pride Parade. I couldn’t wait for each new shot to see their artistry! Do share this ray of sunshine in these dark times!

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An Incredibly Moving Speech about Life in North Korea

This is a speech by Yeonmi Park about life in North Korea and her call for action against such human rights violators.

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