insomniac gifts

One major gift of insomnia is that, rather than sacrificing one’s earliest and best energy, intention, and memory of the day to the vapid gods of global capitalism with its imperious colonizing of the best “working hours,” 9-5…you get to spend your time in pursuit of intention, desire, creation, expression.

Or so have I discovered.

This year has been a study in sleep, a research in insomnia.

A choice

Faced with failure and with the possibility that things might not work out how you want them to…how you work so very hard for them to…how you strive and struggle and strain and long for them to…

How do you choose?

Is it more empowering to believe that there’s some meaning to all this, or not?

I’m reminded of John Sheridan…

Capt. John Sheridan: You know, it’s funny, I was thinking about what you said, that the preeminent truth of our age is that you cannot fight the system. But if, as you say, the truth is fluid, that the truth is subjective, then maybe you can fight the system. As long as just one person refuses to be broken, refuses to bow down.

Interrogator: But can you win?

Capt. John Sheridan: Every time I say “no.”

I say no to nihilism. Over and over, as a practice. There must be something to hope for, something we can achieve, something we can do. And if we stay in the game, keep trying, keep moving…eventually we will get there.


Discovery and Orville

New loves.

Arttemis brings Star Trek: Discovery vividly into my home via a quite amazing TV. Discovery is fantastic, epic, beautiful, enjoyable, and remarkable so far. It’s a new flavor of Trek.

Ryan brings Orville. Orville is surprisingly good and enjoyable. I don’t at all mind it, and I’ve instantly developed a fondness for it. It’s a different flavor of Trek than Discovery, and it’s cool to have them both on TV at the same time.

Clever Orbits published it’s first podcast. We’re on FIRE.

And now in three ways, Trek lives again.

Recipe for bliss #47a: Star Trek. Also, be your highest expression in BEING in every moment, WHEREVER YOU ARE.

Justice League Mastermind

“We are the sum of our five best friends…and so is our income…” -Kevin Trudeau

These men are my best friends…

I have the exquisite pleasure and superpower of drawing big players  together, connecting them. I create spaces for amazing people to shine beautifully and powerfully, especially together…and I learn from them all! ALE is one such space, here is another.

Arttemis K, Dave B, Kirk M, and myself…trading coaching philosophy, resonating purpose, building our businesses…over delicious Thai food.

Forsan et haec olim meminisse juvabit. Or, to quote Harry Kim, “To the Journey!”i


Recipe for bliss of purpose #4: Take actions that you enjoy that will bring you just a few steps closer to the fulfillment of your highest purpose and mission. In that flow, beauty and joy you can’t imagine will show up. And in these moments, enjoy the journey.


Intricacy, nuance, complexity, and subtlety are what showed up as the possibilities of Dave Burns. Clearly and distinctly.

Up All Night

I love this. Beck’s newest song, I’m rationing it. Only once per day. Because the experience of it is so precious and delicious.

I loved it before I discovered the music video, but even more so now.

In that, a young woman, probably a preteen, marches through a raucous party to rescue her beloved, who is passed out and wetting himself atop a pool table. He clearly couldn’t handle his liquor, and was unprepared for this.

She’s aware of what he’s done and the video is mostly her gathering armor and weapons to push through the hordes between her and her beloved.

It’s not clear whether he’s intended to be her brother or her boyfriend or what. No matter what, it’s clear she loves him vehemently and even violently.

There’s a lot of subtlety in this video, worth perusing and enjoying a few times. However, what struck me was how it resonated in the depths of me.

The boy on the pool table was me, drunk with hedonism and unconscious to the love that she – God, MY beloved, and my highest self were waiting to show.

At first I thought, “Wow that’s her who has been fighting for me to wake up to her delicious monogamous love, she’s out there waiting for me…” Then I realized, it’s my feminine self, the part of me that allows and receives, but juxtaposed in power and purpose. The masculine has to let go fully in order to receive, and the feminine becomes powerful in giving. It’s time to be empowered in allowing, to fight through the crappy ideas of my needing to cause or force something to happen, both internally in expressing my highest self and also externally in creating what I want in the world.

I’m playing with these meanings because they fit me and no one else, both the idea of the masculine/feminine duality playing out this way.

Art is incomplete without the participation and interaction of the observer.

Recipe for bliss #401: Orbit what you love. Discover hidden meanings meant by G-d only for you. Share your joy.



Recipes for Bliss

So one of my committments here is to share those amazing things I discover that give access to amazing states of being.

Hence, “recipes for bliss.”

Today’s main recipe: Dr. Barry Morguelan ( released these breathing exercises, they’re amazing ways to get energized and ready for action, recovering if you’re tired, and just getting into a state of feeling good.

So my ex girlfriend would just leave them on in the background at her house while doing other things, on the reasoning that anecdotal reports of children and others having them left on in the background produced dramatic behavioral changes, like rambunctious kids settling down.

So I tried it today, camouflaging the exercises (which usually I lay down and close my eyes to follow the visualizations of etc) beneath the tunes of M83. My whole experience changed. I went from exhausted to alert, fuzzy to focused, and brimming with joy.

This was the first time I’ve done more than six hours of those in one day. Very powerful.

So imagine going from that state to a massage by the amazing lady Catherine Pierce!!!

I was suddenly blissful AND present.


Recipe # 3: get present. Get grateful. That’s all you need.

…or Beck’s music. 😉

CEO, By Any Other Name, On Another Event’s Eve

The bridge of the Enterprise-D is empty, to be purged of a particular type of radiation by a certain energy sweep. Captain Picard is alone, taking a moment in the silence and solitude to gingerly and gently attend to the fine details of his ship, with a subtlety of appreciation and knowingness crossing his face.

As he strokes the wood of the section behind where he usually sits, you see this glimmer of pride in his eyes. He knows this place, this thing that maneuvers under his command, with a delicacy of taste that surpasses what anyone else can bring.

It’s an icon of the modern CEO. The CEO we might take as not just standing over and coordinating the employees and subordinates – indeed, he is bringing a certain unique and personal craftsmanship and artistry to the whole interlocking system of people and policies and plans and organization…the business as the most intricate modern artwork available to humanity. I used to think that title was held by film, but businesses themselves are close competitors in complexity and chaotics.

I find it’s time to bring this love of the tiny tittles, and the giant strokes…to my expression of ALE. Time to release how I’ve been showing up and instead show up as the space where everyone else shows up.

The line from my workshop repeats in my head: “I had a vision. And now, you’re sitting in it.”

Ironically, it’s not merely the auteur at play. It’s the profound listener, the space where everything else shows up…that I get to be, at an ALE event.

Alright, this is enough to dig myself out of the swamp. Time to get to work.

Recipe for Bliss #47: Your business is your artwork, your business is itself your gift to the world.

A side-note: if you’re dealing with overwhelm, just find a way to decompress by placing your attention elsewhere than on the problem(s) and issue(s). That’s what I did, and this article was the fun result.