Archives for January 2018

Heart to Heart 229


Yesterday, we rearranged our bedroom.  Put up new curtains and moved three dressers around.   On top of each was a collection of figurines, pictures and momentos.  As I was collecting the items so that I could move the furniture; I began to experience the memories these items evoked.  I felt tears well up in my eyes.  They were tears of happiness, gratitude and thankfulness.  Our thirty-five year relationship is one of mutual love, engagement, passion, joy and magic.  Lou Ann brings lots of magic to our life!  On one dresser there is a heart shaped photo of Lou Ann and I at Disneyland next to a statue of Quan Yin.  On another dresser, pictures of our five children, thirteen grandchildren and five great grandchildren.  They are surrounded by bunnies and dolphins and cherubs and angels.  These are some of Lou Ann’s gifts to our home.

These items are symbols of the path we have traveled over the years.  I realize that we are so fortunate to have made this journey together.  Both of us cook and clean and work and volunteer and exercise and eat well.  We encourage each other to live our dreams and follow our heart’s desire.

In our modern society we often depict life as too complicated, busy and challenging.  I believe it helps to find the little treasures, share the simple moments and to look for the good in everything.  I encourage everyone to stop and find items that bless your life experience, whether alone or with others.  It is so important to take time each day and remember who we are and to celebrate it!  From my happy heart to yours, Thomas

Heart to Heart 228

Giving and Receiving

I was on a three mile walk today.  I got to thinking about doing something for someone.  I didn’t want anything in return. In our language today we use terms like tit for tat or quid pro quo.  These terms generally mean an even exchange of things or service. Although there are some alternate meanings. Back in the early 80’s we first learned about Universal Principles.  The creator of these principles is Arnold Patent.  Arnold created a support network.  The purpose of the mutual support group is to provide a safe and nurturing environment in which to practice giving and receiving unconditional love and support, reconnecting with our feelings and reclaiming our power.

It is more fun to just give without any expectation of anything in return.  A lot like paying it forward.  It is a trap to expect something in return for giving.  Our ego self wants to be appreciated.  Our higher self knows that everything is One.  That when we give we are always giving to ourselves.  Doesn’t it feel good to give our time, energy, money, talent, love?  So giving and receiving are the same thing.  The principle is like another one that says “means and ends are identical”.  Whatever energy we hold while we are doing anything is the result itself.  When we feel loving and we share ourselves with others we create more love.  Let’s create more joy by giving unconditionally; knowing that when we do, the giver gets the greatest gift!  The gift of love! From my very blessed heart to yours, Thomas


Heart to Heart 227


Here are 10 things that people in touch with their intuition do differently.

They listen to their inner voice.

They take time for solitude.

They create.

They practice mindfulness.

They observe everything.

They listen to their bodies.

They connect deeply with others.

They pay attention to their dreams.

They enjoy plenty of down time

They mindfully let go of negative emotions

This list sounds like someone who is living a peaceful, successful life.  I remember when I was in intelligence work in the Air Force, the number one quality that assisted us was our intuition.  The list above would be a wonderful, to do list, for all of us.  There is nothing in there about making a lot of money.  Nothing in there about achieving a lot of things.  Nothing in there about hurrying to get things done.  Nothing in there about acquiring.  Rather the list is about really connecting with ourselves, our minds, our hearts, our fellow humans.

It would be wonderful if each of us took at least ten minutes a day to just stop and be.  Be in a quiet place and be still and connect with our inner selves.  I believe we would create the kind of life we would cherish.  From my intuitive heart to yours, Thomas

Heart to Heart 227


Lou Ann and I went to a conference in Sedona on water.  Not your usual kind of water.  We found out about structured water, the nature of water, the spirit of water and how it could change the world.  The Earth is mostly water as are we.  In recent years we have learned about the intelligence of water.  Many of us were exposed to the work of Masaru Emoto; we witnessed it in the breakthrough metaphysical movie “What The Bleep”.  He discovered, by freezing water crystals, we could see that water was affected by our emotions.  A whole industry about putting positive words on bottles filled with liquid ensued.

Today our education went a step further.  We found out that water is more alive when it turns and moves.  People who dance live longer lives because they are turning their bodies through space.  Our molecules love the Hokey Pokey! Structured water is water that is in motion as well. This water is more alive and better for us. We put a whole house filter in our home here in the Village of Oak Creek.  I am so enthused by the possibilities of this new form of water that we became distributors for it! Email me at if you want to find out about it! Now, many companies are building Hydrogen cars.  It is the transportation of the future.

I ended the day going for a walk in our neighborhood.  I stopped and spoke with a man doing landscaping on his own property.  We spoke about 15 minutes about the beauty of life .  Then another neighbor was washing his car and I yelled out “it looks great” and he smiled and waved.  I had a flash that I was living in Pleasantville.

Do you remember the iconic movie of the same name?  It was a wonderful story of two teenagers living in 1998 current time who accidentally get transported into their television.  It turns out they are taken to the town of Pleasantville.  This is a town where everything is seemingly perfect.  The entire place is in black and white.  In truth, the folks in this town are living kind of a limited emotional existence.  Our protagonists help the town discover real emotions and they slowly turn from black and white to the whole spectrum of colors.

This of course is a metaphor for all of our lives in some ways.  Are we living in full color?  Are we discovering the depth of our heart’s desire or just some black and white copy?  I know that I am so blessed living here in Sedona; where not only is the topography in brilliant color but so are the people.  I encourage all of you to find your true colors and live your rainbow of life!  From my colorful heart to yours, Thomas

Heart to Heart 226

Synchronicity and Surrender

I was talking with two of our vacation rental guests at our home this afternoon.  I was sharing with her the title of this blog that I share with you each day.  I sang for her a couple of lines of John Denver’s Heart to Heart song.  She shared that she grew up enjoying rock bands and never got into John Denver’s music.  The lady said that she had experienced a successful life living in Orange County California.  But something was missing,  Then she had the urge to move to Boulder Colorado.  Then she heard a Denver song about coming home and her life totally shifted in a powerful way.  She knew she was home!

It is the events in our life that are orchestrated by our Higher Self, that change our lives forever.  If I hadn’t been led by a number of synchronous events to move to Arizona back in 1977; I may have never met Lou Ann.  I would have missed out on thirty five years of unspeakable joy!  !  Remember the John Denver song Sweet Surrender?

Here are the lyrics:

Lost and alone on some forgotten highway, traveled by many, remembered by few.
Looking for something that I can believe in,
looking for something that I’d like to do with my life.

There’s nothing behind me and nothing that ties me to
something that might have been true yesterday.

Tomorrow is open and right now it seems to be more than enough
To just be here today, and I don’t know what the future is holding in store,
I don’t know where I’m going, I’m not sure where I’ve been.

There’s a spirit that guides me, a light that shines for me,
my life is worth the living, I don’t need to see the end.

Sweet, sweet surrender, live, live without care,
like a fish in the water, like a bird in the air.
Sweet, sweet surrender, live, live without care,
like a fish in the water, like a bird in the air.

So today’s lesson, loved ones, is to surrender to Universe and follow your heart.  You will create amazing adventures that will fulfill you in so many ways.  From my serendipitous heart to yours, Thomas


Heart to Heart 225

Forest Bathing

Reminds me of Forest Gump!

In the 1980’s in Japan, a phenomenon called Forest Bathing became very popular.   The practice is proven by scientists to benefit physical as well as mental health.  It helps lower heart rate, blood pressure, reduce stress hormone production, boost immunity and mood and improve overall feelings of well being.  I remember growing up in Hollywood and traipsing through Griffith Park for hours.  I was mostly by myself.  Although there were thousands of butterflies, dragonflies and birds of a variety of colors and songs.  It was magical to be in so much green.  The air felt like it was alive and of course it was.  I have always been attracted to being out in nature. For me, there is a deeper connection to All That Is when I am in nature.  I feel the Oneness of all creatures.

We have been reviewing a couple of movies about people who live by themselves in the dense forest or jungle.  These films are thrilling documentaries about our connection to all of life!  I will let you know if they get chosen to be in the Illuminate Film Festival. 

Now, forest bathing is starting to take off in the U.S. The Associations of Nature & Forest Therapy plans to train and certify about 250 new guides next year. “We’re aiming to have 1,000 trained guides within three years,” a wilderness guide Amos Clifford says. There’s a growing body of evidence that the practice can help boost immunity and mood and help reduce stress.  Of course, in winter in the northern hemisphere there is not the same kind of leafy experience available.  Maybe we should all take a trip down under?

I am encouraging all of us to find some activity where we can interrupt our normal life activities.  Let’s make a connection with Mother Earth today and find that curious child within that wants to play!  From my Forest Gump heart to yours, Thomas

Heart to Heart 224

So much Healing Available

We have been sourcing movies and entering them into our screening queue.  Most will not make our festival, however they still have value.  I was watching a movie on healing today.  It was a beautiful meditative holistic experience.  Most of the people to be healed have cancer.  And almost all of them are overweight.  Many have gone through the traditional ways to combat cancer.  This film showed many alternative ways to augment their traditional therapy.  These therapies and disciplines included: Yoga, meditation, Acupuncture, Cranial-Sacral, reflexology, herbs, spices, Zentangle (meditative art), exercise, activism and advocacy.

The patients discovered that healing comes from connecting with your heart and soul and spirit.   The therapists were all in their hearts and just their presence helped people move toward healing.  One of the most important lessons that the patients learned was that their disease reconnected them with their life.  It seems we get unconscious and then an event, often a frightening one, wakes us up to what life is really about.  We are not here just to work and have careers or many of the other aspects of life.  We are here to stop and notice our relationship with All That Is.  When we truly find it, we are often overjoyed and we take a different direction in life.

It is then we often find a closer relationship with our families and friends.  We even find a way to heal old relationship wounds.  Life works in a powerful way when we come face to face with our mortality and use it to find our joy.  Every success and failure are essential to bringing us to this moment in our journey.  May we all find a way to appreciate the journey and celebrate our humanity and our divinity.  From my healing heart to yours, Thomas

Heart to Heart 223


Lou Ann and I attended another wonderful Illuminate Film Festival team meeting this evening.  It is such an honor to be with a group of committed people who want to make a difference in this world.  Just like the Veg Fest folks last weekend, only a different venue.  Cinema is such a powerful force in our lives.  There are iconic films that I still remember the first time I saw them and who I was with at the time.  I remember as far back as 1943, soon after my parents moved to Hollywood and seeing Lassie Come Home at the Pantages theater.  And movies also get to be a voice for those of us who don’t have that ability.  Those are the kinds of films that often appear at our festival.

We are in the process of finding films for our next festival that will happen in the first week of June this year.  Our team previews some 500 movies before we pick just 22.  This is an invitation to anyone reading this blog to connect with me if you know of a new inspirational movie that is in production.  We need to preview it by February 22nd to include it in this year’s event. We are always looking for a wonderful idea to share with our audiences.  Also, if you want to be on the awesome Illuminate team, just go to our website and find the how to get involved tab.  We would love to have you, if you have the desire to make a difference through conscious cinema.  From my cinematic heart to yours, Thomas

Heart to Heart 222


Lou Ann and I spent the weekend with three hundred like minded folks.  It was a love-in.  We were bonded together by our desire to make the world a better place.  Specifically, to honor all sentient beings and find ways to keep them safe.   We also discussed the value of personally being healthy.  The choices we would make would help not only ourselves but Mother Earth.  People laughed, smiled and celebrated in spite of the audacious task we are facing.  We love our families and want them to live long, healthy productive lives and they mostly ignore us.  And most of us have been in that position as well.  We were creatures of habit and habits are tough to break. We often resisted our highest good.

What would you do if you loved others and knew you could help them?  Would you share what you have learned or just let others find their way through life without letting them know?  I write a daily blog that I began 222 days ago.  I feel both honored and compelled to share whatever I discover, that might serve another being.  One of our lecturers is an expert in their field of health and nutrition.  She was asked whether her family was following her lifestyle?  She said no!  People often resist those they know the most when it comes time to take on something new.  For me, the stakes couldn’t be any higher right now.  On a personal and global level, humanity will either begin to understand the critical importance of our eating or suffer greatly by ignoring it.

Events like we experienced this weekend are happening more frequently around the globe. Veganism has grown five hundred per cent in the last three years here in the United States.  I encourage all of you, one salad at a time, to join the celebration of healthy eating.  From my Vegan heart to yours, Thomas

Heart to Heart 221


We met a lovely husband and wife couple today at the Sedona Veg Fest.  We sat down and had a wonderful Vegan meal together.  Our new friend James, is an amazing artist and sculptor.  He mentioned that he served in the Korean War.  When lunch ended, I had a feeling of sadness.  James was born the same year as my oldest brother Bud.  Bud was a very talented athlete who was offered a major league baseball contract while serving in the Army.  He never got to fulfill that possibility of stardom.  Bud died in 1985 of pancreatic cancer.  Jim is a lively, happy, loving man who is contributing to the planet.  Here is an excerpt from his book Art & Survival in the Twenty-first Century: Today, we are faced with unparalleled challenges in the human experience. Can we, as artists, cut through persistent illusions; to actually see what lies before us? Can we summon the courage to hunt down the unvarnished truth? Can our art open us to an honest dialogue about the times in which we live? Our very survival may depend upon the answers to these questions…

My sadness came to me both, because I miss my brother, and also the knowledge that he had made choices that perhaps didn’t serve him as well as James had.  One is not better than the other.  It is just when we make less than healthy diet choices that cut our lives short; all of us are diminished in some way.  A part of the Oneness is not able to shine as bright for all of us to experience.  I encourage all of you to live the healthiest life possible for as long as you are able.  If you desire to live a longer, happier, healthier life go to, your best life may just depend on it!

From my healthy heart to yours, Thomas