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It’s In Everyone One of Us

In 1975 David Pomeranz wrote this wonderful song:

It’s in everyone of us
To be wise
Find your heart
Open up both your eyes
We can all know everything
Without ever knowing why
It’s in everyone of us
By and byIt’s in everyone of us
To be wise
Find your heart
Open up both your eyes
We can all know everything
Without ever knowing how
It’s in everyone of us
Here and now

It’s in everyone of us
I just remembered
It’s like I’ve been sleepin’ forty years
I’m not awake as I can be
But my seein’s better
I can see, through the tears
I’ve been realisin’ bad
I bought this ticket
And watching only half of the show
But there is scenery and lights
And a cast of thousands
You all know (you all know) what I know (what I know)
And it’s good
That it’s so

The lyrics say find your heart.  They don’t say find your mind.  He encourages us to open up both our eyes.  That means to me, not to ignore what is going on in our world.  And it is time to wake up.  It is like we have been sleeping for years.  More like centuries. Our wisdom and good is not just in some of us.  It is in everyone one of us.  Some are in such pain that they have hidden wisdom and love and they have not awakened.  It is up to us who have begun to awaken to the goodness of life to celebrate and share our wisdom.  From my awakened heart to yours,  Thomas

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If I hadn’t gone!

I had another synchronistic event today like the one I had last week.  I play tennis from two to four most Fridays at Poco Diablo Resort in Sedona. The tennis pro arranges the matches based on ability of known players.  Most matches are doubles tennis where four people play. We had just finished the first set of doubles when a man showed up at the tennis pro shop.  Robert, our pro, matched up the other players together and asked me to play singles (two players) with the new guest.  His name is Chris.  He shared that he has a company that does transformational events.  I told him about our potential show and he said he wanted to get involved and meet the folks that I know.

I almost decided not to go.  I had a lot to do and I am working on several projects. Then I meet someone who might be a big factor in creating our new show. I don’t know for sure.  I believe this, though.  When I say yes to life it seems to work better.  The stars seem to align and magic occurs.  So, I am encouraging all of you to say yes as well. Take a chance on life.  Follow your heart and your dreams.  If it doesn’t work out, at least you know you made the effort.  I believe if I hadn’t gone to tennis today, my life would be less.  I am happy that I decided to go.  We will see what happens.  From my thankful heart to yours, Thomas


Heart to Heart 358

Fruits of Our Labors

We were watching an old demo tape of the Positive Place Television Talk Show from 1997 with a filmmaker, who may help us make our show.  We filmed three segments back then.  The first was right here in Sedona with the marvelous musician and singer Carl Anthony.  He led a group of children singing songs about loving themselves.  The second segment was filmed at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab Utah.  Their facility had rescued 1500 animals from all over the world.  Lou Ann did a wonderful segment, celebrating the animals.  At the time, Best Friends rescued any animal that was homeless or needed care and love.  The third segment was an interview with Larry Tucker, who was nominated for four academy awards for his work on Bob, Ted, Carol and Alice.  He and his wife Marilyn were madly in love and Larry was bedridden at the time.  He said his definition of true love was when the reality of the relationship was better than the fantasy!

I read a Facebook post of a local young woman who is moving into her own apartment with her toddler.  She has no furniture or any household goods of any kind.  Within a short period of time a couple of dozen people responded on line.  They were giving them a dinette set, a bed, clothing, food, pots and pans, silverware and practically everything they would need to set up a home.  I had tears in my eyes and was thrilled how kind folks will step up when others are in need.  We do have good hearts that really shine when it counts!  I also realized, that this would be the kind of a feel good story that our new TV show would feature. Life never fails to surprise and amaze me!  I invite you to share inspiring stories with us that you know and perhaps we can put them on our show in the future! From my wide open heart to yours, Thomas



Heart to Heart 357


Out into the World

Our Illuminate film lab is over.  The attendees, most of them filmmakers, have wonderful narrative and documentary movies that they are making.  It is conscious cinema.  They are making statements about the current status of our planet.  There are billions of people and animals suffering from hunger, wars, poverty, climate change and disease.  We in the affluent West are among the wealthiest in all the world.  There is plenty of food and abundance for each human.  And yet we are faced with a world of unparalleled pain and anguish.  Who will answer the call?  These filmmakers that I have had the honor to learn with, will be the storytellers that perhaps will make a difference.

Our creation of Heaven on Earth will not be created from the top down.  It will be all of us who are working two jobs or retired on social security, barely making ends meet, sometimes. This is a revolution of those in the trenches of life, gathering their hearts, their souls and their spirits to build a new planet. I am inviting all of you who read this blog to get involved.  Volunteer wherever you are able.  Donate your time, energy and money to the cause that breaks your heart.

In the resurrection of our television show, we will begin in our local city of Sedona and the surrounding Verde Valley.  We will need help filming shows, technicians and creatives that can lend a hand.  We will need stories with inspiring themes.  I am sure there are folks all over the area who are doing good works.  Their story can make a difference and encourage others to get involved.  Please call or text me at 808 557-8830 or private message me on Facebook.  Whatever way you can support the mission, please let me know.  Lou Ann and I cannot do this alone.  We will need all the love and support possible.  Our future generation’s lives depend on us!  From my very committed heart to yours, Thomas


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Life is so sweet and I am so thankful for all of the gifts I have been given in so many ways.  I was chosen to be in the Illuminate Film Festival Film Lab.

There are fourteen of us gathered here for three full days.  We are learning what it means to create, produce and market a movie or some other visual presentation.  Paola and Peter are our inspirational leaders.  Not only are they successful filmmakers, they are deeply spiritual and loving.  We gather together and do some Kundalini Yoga and they use a tibetan bowl to bring us in focus.  They have lots of experience in creating conscious cinema.  We are learning what it takes to be mentally and spiritually prepared to create our projects.

Twenty years ago, me and my team created The Positive Place Talk Show for television. The program was about the wonderful things that were occurring all over the planet.  There are countless people around the globe reducing climate change, saving the rain forest, saving endangered animals and many other worthy causes.  These folks are our modern day heroes.  They work tirelessly for the good of all.  My talk show’s mission is to show these incredible stories of service and courage. I presented my updated version of the talk show and it got a wonderful response from the lab facilitators and a successful documentary director who said he wants to help create my show.

Tom Chi told us the other night to get involved on Earth with things that break your heart.  That is where the passion is and it will keep you involved in creating a new Earth.  I am scared, thrilled and humbled at the opportunity, to once again renew my dream and produce a television program that will make a difference to all of our planets inhabitants.  Wish us luck!  Of course Lou Ann will be right there with me, as we live our dream together. From my very grateful heart to yours, Thomas


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Stay Human

Michael Franti rocked the house last night at the Sedona Performing Arts Center, here in Sedona.  It was the swan song to this years festival.  I did not know who Michael Franti is.  However, our daughter Uma has been singing one of his songs for quite awhile titled Say Hey.  Michael Franti just made a movie titled Stay Human.  It tells the story of an amazing midwife, Robin Lim who is in the Philippines.  When babies are born she leaves the umbilicus attached for quite awhile, so that the new born feels a continued connection with the mom.  She believes that when we immediately sever the umbilical cord there is a trauma that stays with us through our life in some way.  She believes that the world would be a more peaceful place if we nurtured infants in this way.  CNN nominated her for their heroes of the year award in 2009.

Then he discovered Arief Rabik who is a sustainable bamboo farmer. The founder of Indobamboo, Arief, is a second generation bamboo specialist, following in the footsteps of his mother Linda Garland, who founded the Environmental Bamboo Foundation. Linda is well-regarded for putting in place the ground work that made many giant leaps possible for industrialists, designers and scientists focused on bamboo, helping push the international development in bamboo industry. Arief is an environmental scientist in his own right with over 15 years of experience in bamboo forest management and production.  They are saving lots of forests by harvesting fast growing bamboo.

Then he met Steve and Hope Dezember of Atlanta. It didn’t take long for Hope to fall for her now-husband, Steve.“He charmed my socks off on our first date. He had candles lit, he had Frank Sinatra playing and he cooked crab legs,” she tells PEOPLE. In August 2011, four months after their first date, the former engineering recruiter, then 28, was diagnosed with ALS.  Steve proposed to Hope two days later. Steve is still going as of this writing and his wife Hope has dedicated her life to his wellness and care.  Find out more about his work and their story on their website, hopeforsteve.com.

Michael Franti is a beautiful soul with a mission.  To help folks in need all over the world.  These stories are some of the amazing experiences in his life.  His music is penetrating and upbeat.  He captured the hearts of the large crowd here in Sedona with his music and giant heart!  Let us all stay human together and help everyone who needs us!  From my hopeful heart to yours, Thomas


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I Am the Sky

I moderated at a film today, titled The Way Home.  The title is referring to all of us souls on Earth, remembering Who We Are!  It means that we have often been unaware of our true nature.  The movie is about the life of a spiritual guru named Mooji.  He is self realized!  He knows that he is the Eternal Presence.  That he has awakened to his Divinity.  Mooji is from a long line of spiritual men and women who have taught about reconnecting with our essence.  He does this by sitting in Satsang.  The meaning of Satsang is ‘company of the Absolute Truth’ where ‘Sat’ means the Absolute Truth i.e. God and ‘sang’ refers to the company of seekers or Saints.

The movie shows the wide variety of gifts that Mooji has.  He is also an artist who paints, sculpts, does woodwork and cooks.  However it is in Satsang that we greet the Mooji that shines even brighter.  The Satsang is a quiet meditative event.  Attendees gather and sit quietly awaiting the guru.  When they enter, they usually sit in a chair and meditate as well.  Then in a few moments, they awaken and begin speaking softly about the Nature of God or Spirit.

The energy in the room becomes even more peaceful.  When the guru looks at me, I feel loved, cared for, complete.  There is nothing missing in my life at that moment.  Whatever concerns or cares that I brought into the room have melted away and I am in bliss.  The words that are shared are immediately recognized as true to me.  I feel at one with everyone and everything.  The title of my blog tonight is about our nature as well.  Mooji shares an analogy.  Our essence is like the sky.  The sky is always the same.  The clouds that drift by, are like our thoughts.  They float on by.  Sometimes they get angry and filled with thunder and lightning and can be destructive.  But the sky remains the same above those clouds.

Mooji teaches us how to access that part of our being, beyond our thoughts.  This place is always the same, has no limitations.  Doesn’t age.  Has no gender like make or female. Has no dimensions. Has no personality.  It is One.  Always has been.  Always will be.  Sitting Satsang is a unique experience.  Unlike any other that I have experienced.  I still feel peaceful about this mornings experience.  Something has shifted.  My Center is still the same.  My outer is discovering The Way Home!  From my blissful heart to yours,  Thomas

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Notes From the Edge of Paradise

Another full day filled with incredible experiences to fill my soul.  I started the day moderating a film and a discussion afterwards.  The movie is titled The Edge of Paradise.  It is a poignant story about a group of young people who gathered on the island of Kauai and lived there from 1969 to 1977.  First there were thirteen hippies living on the beach that got thrown in jail for just hanging out. The brother of Elizabeth Taylor, Howard Taylor bailed them out and let them live on his seven acres just up the coast.  They named it Camp Taylor.  Soon many others gathered there.  Some were soldiers that had fought in Viet Nam.  Most were just young people who were tired of the war and the toxic world we were creating.

They were naked most of the time and lived in tree houses and enjoyed their new found freedom. They formed families, had babies and created community.  The film was touching in a lot of ways.  They wanted to live somewhere where it was safe and they could be themselves.  The contrast between the graphic pictures of that horrible war and the love and caring they found made me weep. I cried for all the young men who had their lives, cut short by a war that should never have occurred.  I cried tears of joy for those who found their paradise.  They were my tribe.  The local people eventually became jealous of the Taylor campers and created laws to force them out.  The filmmaker interviewed many of the former campers and lots of them said it was the greatest time of their lives.

Later in the day, the director gave me a huge coffee table book titled Camp Taylor with all the pictures from the movie.  He knew that I had something to do with getting this movie in our festival and wanted to thank me. I cried again for his kindness. From my very blessed heart to yours, Thomas

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The Means and Ends are Identical

I learned this Universal Principle about thirty five years ago from one of my greatest spiritual mentors Arnold Patent.

Means and ends are the same. The action and outcome are one. To achieve peace, we feel and express inner peacefulness. To enjoy a life that works perfectly, we see and feel the perfection of everything and everyone, including our Selves. To experience the natural abundance of the Universe, we feel and express gratitude for the abundance we already have. A simple concept that is sometimes hard to navigate.

When I attended the Black Star movie yesterday; I shared that I had found their movie while sourcing for this years festival.  It brought tears to my eyes and sadness to my heart to see so many young lives cut short by addiction.  When the movie was over, the director and producer met me on the red carpet and had pictures taken with me.  Then they gave me an original Black Star piece of art work as a gift.  I was overwhelmed with gratitude.  Also when I met the visual artist Jim Hansel and shared with him that my daughter and youngest son both had Stargardt disease.  This is an eye affliction that blocks the pupil and you can only see peripherally.  You are legally blind.  Then Jim gave me his business card and said that the Mayo Clinic was having experiential trials of some new kind of medicine that would slow down the progress of the disease.  So that I could share this information with my children.

So my efforts of finding films for our festival created meeting three loving, giving men who shared with me.  It seems to work this way a lot.  When we simply take actions from a prosperous and loving place inside us, Universe responds.  The action and outcome are one!  From my very grateful heart to yours, Thomas

Heart to Heart 351

What Breaks Your Heart?

My brand new computer crashed! I am writing this on Lou Ann’s. We had another wonderful day of conscious cinema at the Illuminate film festival.  The films were excellent and the filmmakers shared in question and answer sessions as well as reel healings.  We had a program of conscious short films this morning.  The first was Black Star which is a movie about the premature deaths of many entertainers.  The filmmakers have formed a healing consortium of different facets to help artists  with addictions.  The second was Vision: Seeing is believing about a legally blind artist who has awesome talent and even more persistence.  The third was about a fabulous fiddler/singer who has worked through physical handicaps using mindfulness.

Tonight we watched the inspiring movie, Live Your Quest.  Then we were treated to a healing discussion with Tom Chi.  He is a brilliant scientist and futurist.  He said one way of approaching our current planetary dilemmas is to ask “What breaks Your Heart”  Mine are: the disappearing rain forest and ocean coral.  He said when he was born forty years ago the coral was at one hundred per cent and now it is at forty per cent.  Others on my list, is the world’s poverty level, with most inhabitants living on a dollar a day.  Then there is climate change and disappearance of the polar ice cap.  Next is the slaughter of innocent animals both for sport and for food. The world’s water ways are polluted.  Five hundred million straws are thrown away each day and the are filling up the oceans and harming ocean life.  The opiod crises her in the United States. Our continued dependence on fossil fuels and stubborn resistance to using green energy like wind and solar and geothermal.  Our general unconsciousness about all of this.

Let us all think about what breaks our hearts and get involved and create the most beautiful Earth possible for all of it’s inhabitants. Even if we all take the smallest steps in our own homes or communities.  This will be our quest! That we cared enough to heal our fragile spacecraft for all generations to come! From my concerned heart to yours, Thomas