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About jimboer

I have been a student of spirituality my whole life and a teacher of meditation about five years. I have studied Buddhism in the USA, UK, and Asia. Having said this I dislike to lable myself Buddhist even though it may very well be so. My interests are primarily based in the Theravada tradition of Buddhims but also embrace protestant Christianity, Taoism, Judaism, Islam, and the old time religions of Britain, Scandinavia, and the Americas. My book A Collection of Tales is available at my Create Space store through Amazon. com.

I am an official affiliate with Louise Hay now. Louise contintues to be one of the best in the self-help, spirituality field.

Louise is not only one of the best and earliest in legitimate affiliate marketing, but was instrumental in Wayne Dyer’s career. Wayne is debate-ably one of the best self-help gurus ever. He was approachable in a way lacking in in many of the Asian sages, a legitimacy lacking from many Western spiritual leaders, and a solid foundation in modern medical/academic work.   http://hhafftrk.com/?a=6170&c=75&p=r&s1= is my unique affiliate link to Dr. Wayne’s online page. Please take the online courses there. You’ll be glad you did.

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Trump, America and the Cowboys

At the time of this writing, Donald Trump has now secured the Republican ticket on the upcoming US presidential campaign. I can hardly believe it, David Brooks of The News Hour on PBS, and other news outlets said about one summer ago that it would only be a short while before the joke that is Donald Trump fell out of the running. Now, as the United States with all its history is coming like a rolling and wrecking Titanic in collision with Donald Trump. It would seem that that which only a year earlier was unbelievable and implausible is now reality. An Indian American (not an American Indian) doctor, Gautam Rohthagi told me once that Americans deserve the elected officials they get. I think perhaps America will deserve Trump. 

 

As I reflect on the idea of such an obviously different candidate being in the presidential office, I can’t help but wonder how it happened. Is is good or bad, one might ask. On the one hand a vote from Trump is to say to hell with all the establishment, and that any “normal” candidate is not worth voting for. Trump is very American in that he does not believe in tradition, seems to lack basic social skills, is brutal, cut-throat, and only cares about money. All very American, and very Trumpian traits. 

 

The issue with a maverick such as Trump is that we most likely don’t know the real him much like we have not known the real nature of many or all politicians in the past few generations. Once this balancer of budgets, and hard-playing international policy mogul is in the highest elected office, will he do everything he can, just as all other politicians to line his pockets even more with under the table, and hidden deals? That is what we must ask ourselves. 

 

For the spirit seekers this is what we must constantly ask ourselves : “What is the truth?” In the case of Trump he seems, other that being insane and completely uncouth, to have great ideas that other politicians have been unwilling to voice since Theodore Roosevelt. The problem with Trump in the White House, is the same problem with the thoughts in our heads, we must be careful to determine who is really in there, and what is he or its inherent nature deep, deep down? 

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

How Everything Suddenly Becomes Clear

Meditation has significant health benefits, and in fact can reduce the needs of many medications, surgeries, and the like. HH the Dalai Lama has compiled a book with other authors about how the mind itself changes with meditation. In the book they study where and how the brain experiences various things, including severe depression. In some brains depression may appear like a normal brain, however they discuss how it is a fundamental change in how the brain works. 

 

Meditation is known to help with hypertension, anxiety, depression, blood pressure, and also fundamentally improves brain function. All mediators experience “ah ha” moments, but more than this long-term habits of meditation changes how the brain functions, and all for the better. It is more than simply insight or relaxation that we get, everything from the troubles of daily life, to a childhood of torment all become absolutely clear and bright as crystal. On a biological and chemical basis our minds are able to process information and our life experiences in a totally different way. 

 

It is a state of relaxation, and with that brings an open and flexible mind. In generations past, before the automobile, before cell phones, and before health insurance people had and could take time to think and do things. Life was non-mechanized in the past, and likewise people had the mental space that so many lack now. Meditation helps to bring back a little space, and in the space the mediator’s mind is free to make choice which are better, more free, and happier. 

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

The Social and Anti-social Spiritual Entrepreneur.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-schmanko/the-spiritual-

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Posted by on April 28, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Trump It All

As the 2016 US presidential election continues it looks as if Donald Trump is doing much better than anyone had expected. It seems hard to believe for many. However, many Americans are wanting some kind of change, any kind of change. Trump does have some very old American values as demonstrated by the founding fathers, frontiersmen such as Daniel Boone, and the classic Western Cowboy as represented by John Wayne and others. Trump does not back down, is not afraid of a fight, and stands up for what be believes in. Whether or not he would be a good president or commander in chief would have to be determined.

 

For now, it seems America is continuing on, along the karmic path. Many are fed up, and new and bold things are happening. Like the raw and rough frontiersmen of old, we want and America for Americans, as prior to world war II the united states was fairly isolated and somewhat of a global backwater. The late twentieth century brought the united states into the forefront, but now it seems maybe we are going in Christmas Humpheries words “full circle.”

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

The End of The World…. It’s all Relative

I was quite intrigued by a piece on The Documentary Channel about the end of the world, the Mayan Calendar, and the age of the pyramids. It would seen that people certainly have thought that the end of the world was coming on a few different occasions throughout human history, including the bubonic Plagues, the Dark Ages before the Renaissance, Y2K, and other times.

More recently some have thought that the election of George W. Bush, Barrack Obama, the wall street crash of 2008, 2000, or other events meant the end of the world. What the Mayan Calendar, according to some scholars teaches us is that dark ages of low spiritual achievement among humans, or other lifeforms on the blue and green planet have come and gone and will continue to do so. 2012 may have brought on a new dark age. Some see it some don’t. After Obama’s election high end jewelry makers, Smith and Wesson, and others were doing absolutely splendid, while others were not. Economic downs and ups are part of the nature of life, but according to those who have their finger on the pulse of spiritual achievement know that ages of enlightenment also come and go. The Mayans, and other deep thinking people from times long gone seem to have known that at certain times great positive energy comes, and goes. It’s strange to think about enlightened dinosaurs but that seems to be what they were suggesting.

For the modern, practical spiritual seeker I think it is enough to realize that our forbearers such as the Egyptians, Mayans, and others saw degradation of spirituality in their own times, and saw the fall of greatness. Some have compared the sheer lack of morals that created the crash of 2008, and the decline of the USA after as the same as the fall of the Roman Empire. Is it a fair analogy? I don’t think it really matters. What matters is for those who feel the calling to “strive on endlessly” as the Buddha suggested in his dying moments. We can posit theories about dark ages, defunct public morals, the evil in Wall Street or on Capital Hill, or White Hall all we want, but what good does it do us? Theorists try to make sense of things, to use astrology as the Mayans and Egyptians and others did to see what logic the universe shows us as humans, but in fact humans are not always scientific, or logical. Striving on means we realize that the world is not perfect, what enlightenment means as that we find perfectness, and a golden age inside the darkness. We find refuge not in perfectness, but in calamity. As Lao Tzu said we find the Tao in the “shit and the piss.” or in other words. “If the Tao is not in your bowl movement, you have big trouble.”

While dark ages come and go, spirit seekers can not allow themselves to lose heart. Harmony is not in some ideal, but in the constant, and often unpleasant aspects of life.  There is plenty of reason to lose heart, but that IS the practice we all aspire to. It’s easy to meditate quietly when everything is going well, but we get to really practice when things are not. We learn more on the tough streets of Bombay or LA than we do at idyllic monasteries.

The ancients of Egypt and the Mayan kingdoms seemed to know that before them there were high spiritual times where good vibes were the norm. They predicted a natural cycle of good and bad depending on their understanding of the rotation of the universe. I’m not sure if I believe that is the complete truth, that the alignment of the stars dictates spiritual conditions on Earth, but certainly we have had better times than these.

A business broker at World Wide Business Brokers  and I were talking about the overall condition of the economy a couple weeks back. He said that prior to the past ten years life was good, the ’70s were good, the ’80s and up untill the early 2000’s were good. I think you should ask those under apartheid in South Africa, or those in Tibet if all that time was good. But it’s true I think the average American after the most recent crashes and after government and big business have decided to ignore the average person that life has become more difficult for most people. Maybe we have entered the end of the world of sorts. Ask any older person if they think the younger generation is not half of what they were.

Whether or not it’s a new Dark Age, or if society is going down the tubes fast is a difficult one to say. According to the Egyptians and Mayans we are not in a position to know because our own judgement is clouded by the negativity and darkness of our age. What we have, for the few of us who have “just a little dust on our eyes”, as the Buddha said for those who were not completely diluted, is that this life is a precious gift and not to be wasted. We have an opportunity to practice our spiritual growth because the practice we must aspire to is in this life and in this second.

 

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

What Does The Lord Of The Rings Tell Us About Ethical Stories? Is Society Degrading, Or Do We Just Notice It More?

J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic book trilogy the Lord of the Rings has been debated for decades now. While some might consider it classic, most serious literary scholars would consider it only popular literature. Still, as spiritual seekers, whether or not Tolkien will stand among the giants of Falkner, Hemingway, or Dickens is not that relevant. The LOTR is a rich topic of introspection and reflection as we consider the genres, cultures, and time periods that it covers. We cannot say for certain if the LOTR is a work of a Christian meant to portray Christian values, a display of a mix of pagan and Christian values by a man deeply steeped in the traditional lore of Germany and Scandinavia, or if the author meant to tell any moral tales whatsoever. What we do know is that we can learn about our own spiritual leanings through a careful examination of the books.

Peter Jackson’s film renditions from the early 2000’s have made the material new again. Many You Tube videos using material from the films, and huge amounts of other incorporated material, references, etc. have been made. Everything from The Simpsons, to American Dad, and insurance commercials have made references to the LOTR after the Jackson films. We know that the material is a huge success as a money making venture for Jackson, and that it has been incorporated into mainstream culture, but do we know that because of its popularity, that the moral messages it is supposed to portray are accepted by the audiences that watch the films and read the books?

“The media”, in the form of news, movies, books, video games, and the like have on average, according to statistics have injected increasingly negative behaviour and ideas over the past few decades. The amounts of sex, violence, and depictions of other “bad” behaviour presented in various media have risen drastically in the past two generations, so where does the LOTR fit into this scenario? Does it offer a different position of media, or is it just another type of entertainment? I think the LOTR offers an alternative to the idea that all movies are about guns and girls, drugs and dummies. Humans must have some sort of basic morality, otherwise the material would not be as popular as it is. If we look at most film today, clearly there are baselines of what people perceive as good and bad.

So is Tolkien offering us some sort of new popular culture Bible to live by, a new path of righteousness or the like? Most likely not. The books clearly show the ancient conflict between good and evil that good concurs evil, and that throughout life we must face many ethical trials that test our true characters. The Lord of the Rings shows us in its popularity that people are for the most part, good, or at least if they are not fundamentally good, they know what “goodness” is and believe it makes for a great story, if not one of the best stories of the 20th century. The ethical dilemmas of Frodo, Golum, and others are real ones that face individuals, governments, and corporations today. The road of life, like the journey to destroy The One Ring is a complex one filled with trouble, friends, enemies, and constant ethical trials. There are many opportunities for the spirt-seeker to see what his or her own perception of duty to society, inner conflicts of good- and evil, and sacrifice are through the LOTR. While the LOTR has huge entertainment values, that have been exploited in the past decade, the spiritual core of a man who believed in good basic food, a nice pipe of tobacco, and more likely than not the importance of “doing the right thing” remains true to the core of the LOTR, and I believe all of us who seek the spiritual.

 
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Posted by on October 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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