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Sights That Made Me Gasp

Being a videographer and photographer, I’ve been fortunate to see amazing things all over the world. You learn to seek out these locations and experiences like a visual drug, and while it increases your tolerance for beauty, it doesn’t diminish your appreciation of it.

 

However, becoming a “Beauty Junkie” elevates your scale for impressiveness and it becomes more challenging to see something that’ll knock you into next week. But occasionally it does happen: Those moments when your eye cannot believe what it’s seeing and triggers the drawbridge of your jaw to drop involuntarily.

 

These are moments when I heard myself gasp. Photographs of them would not do the moment justice. They have to be experienced in real time, in first person.

 

The Hall of Mirrors

Palace of Versailles, Versailles France

The grandeur and opulence of Imperial France under King Louis XIV was on a scale you have to see to believe. Beverly Hills and Hollywood wealth is a joke compared to the Palace of Versailles.

 

Experiencing it, you’ll get why the French Revolution happened a few Kings later under Louis XVI. Keep in mind that that The Louvre was once where the King of France lived but that wasn’t good enough so the Palace of Versailles was built.

 

I’ve been in upscale country clubs, resorts, hotels and some posh mansions but there’s only one Hall of Mirrors. You’ll be guillotined with gold, bronze, crystal, marble and mirrors. I’m sure the floor has seen it’s share of drool outclassing even Frat House parties and via “sober drool” on top of that.

 

There’s also a lot of history in that room. The Sun–King Louis XIV would walk daily from his apartment to the Palace Chapel through the Hall of Mirrors. The Treaty of Versailles, ending World War I, was signed right in that very room. Numerous Heads of State and Embassies met there, marriages consecrated, and real Royal Balls of Cinderella fantasies were held there.

 

One time during a visit to France, I arranged to meet a friend at the train station Gare Montparnasse as he was visiting his parents outside Bordeaux. I gave him my tour of Paris and had to take him to the Palace of Versailles.

 

We hopped on a train at Gare Saint–Lazare en route to Versailles. I remember his first words once we entered the Hall of Mirrors: “This is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.”

 

So if you’re ever in Paris, take the 20–30 minute train ride to Versailles and get your gasp (or drool) on. Get there early (there’s always a line of sometimes an hour wait or longer) and plan on being there the entire day to take in the main Palace and the even larger manicured grounds.

 

Your eyes will do a double take that rooms like this actually exist for real on this planet and not just via computer graphics in movies like Star Wars or Lord of the Rings.

 

As a tip, for optimal photography inside the Palace of Versailles, kneel down and take your photos. It’s always crowded and there’s mirrors everywhere so crouching down and taking your photos from a lower angle cuts out the reflection of tourists—a photographic guillotine without the mess.




Pharaonic Statue Room

Musee Egizio
Turin, Italy

I was walking around doing photography in Turin (Torino), which is a beautiful old European city with cobblestone streets, idyllic rolling hills and a plethora of storefronts with way overpriced women’s Italian designer leather boots.

 

This northern Italian city is where the famous Shroud of Turin is located but that’s not something you can just buy a ticket and popcorn for. The Royal family has it in their possession and only takes it out for display every so often and there’s a waiting list years in advance for that once in a blue moon occasion.

 

Since I was going to take a train back to where I was staying with a friend later that evening, I decided to take in the Egyptian Museum since I’ve always been fascinated by that ancient civilization. I’ve been to plenty of museums with Egyptian artifacts before including the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. But I’d heard the Museo Egizio had one of the most extensive collections outside of Cairo.

 

I went through the entire museum taking several hundred pictures communing with the past. Artifacts, artwork and mummies, the stuff of Indiana Jones’ wet dreams, more so than I’ve ever seen (over 30,000 in the collection).

 

The museum also has the oldest known copy of the Egyptian Book of the Dead on the planet. But then you go into the final part of the museum, the final room. And that’s when your eyes REALLY get transported back to Egypt.

 

I couldn’t believe what I was seeing—it was my Howard Carter moment (the archaeologist and Egyptologist who discovered King Tut’s tomb).

 

I walked through the doorway into a room the size of a supermarket and gazed upon those “wonderful things”: rows and rows of massive Egyptian statues; statues bigger than I’ve ever seen before—some over 20 feet tall; statues in better condition than I thought possible after several thousand years with the intricately ornate paint scheme still visible.

 

It was like seeing an afterimage where I could extrapolate just how incredibly awe inspiring these statues once were, and the extravagance and grandeur it must have burned into the eyes of the Egyptians who worshipped them. Art can encapsulate and preserve the Sacred even if those Gods and Goddesses are less popular now than Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian.

 

And wow, seeing that was seeing the Aura of ancient Egypt still thriving and preserved in time for anyone who hasn’t become culturally comfortably numb to their innate sense of wonder by the superficialities and “cosmetic” concerns of modern industrial technological societies.




The European Alps From The Air

Switzerland

This was flat out the loudest most involuntary reflex gasp I ever made. It was like nature hit a kneecap somewhere in the heart of my being and I heard myself making a sound and remember feeling it escape from my mouth.

 

I felt my jaw drop. In some way it was as if the consciousness of the Alps interacted with me somewhere over 30,000 feet. It was like seeing a gargantuan ice castle piercing the clouds in a subtle reserved display of it’s awesome power.

 

It was on a flight into Geneva, Switzerland and the Captain got on the intercom and gave us an early heads up on the right side of the aircraft. We flew over a high ridge temporarily obscuring our view, then once the flyover was complete, the Swiss side of the Alps was revealed beaming reflected sunlight off snow and ice like a majestic mountain lighthouse.

 

I was sitting on that side of the aircraft but stood up and moved to an empty row to get a better view. A few seconds later, I took a picture still dazed in the moment, still stunned by retinal overload. The sight actually interfered with my ninja photographer reflexes and my body’s normally quick neural connections.

 

When you approach the European Alps, the telltale sign you’re getting nearer is the crystal clear translucent blue water runoff from the ice–capped mountains stains the rivers with it’s unchallenged purity. And you know the Ice Queens are nearby.

 

There are places on the planet right out of Lord of the Rings and the European Alps are one of them. Even Superman would probably want a vacation home there as it’s a Fortress of Solitude par excellence.

 

In the era of the attention span challenged, people get desensitized to the marvels and quiet regality of nature. You’re not going to experience these heightened moments of transcendence and keyhole peeks into Divinity being a slave to the LCD screen of your cellphone. You’ll miss the times nature sends YOU a text.

 

When we landed, I strolled around downtown Geneva with my friend and window shopped watches that cost more than the photo and video gear I had on me. Nope, I thought, I just saw something more incredible than the finest Swiss watch ever made.

 

I cannot wear those jagged giants emerging from the cauldrons of molten mantle on my wrist but I wear it around my pineal gland in it’s collected orbits of awesomeness.

 

 

There’s dimensions missing from that moment in the pictures I took. I look at them and only see what’s not there. The Alps didn’t interact with my camera, it interacted with another living consciousness and that connection cannot be photographed.

 

But I knew in that moment I would remember that mighty wink at my Soul the rest of my life. And I do.

 

Sometimes even lying down in bed before I fall asleep, the Alps visits me in an afterimage and the power of that moment’s residue is still there. The pulse of that Infinity in the Alps still echoing inside me.

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What follows is a grocery list of things I’ve learned from life and various approaches to living exploring Creativity & Spirituality—being an artist, student of meditation, regular fasting & yoga, internal yearning towards higher consciousness and becoming a more creative being for positive transformation. These are general principles and observations I try to live by and navigate the wilderness of Maya with. Some are Confucius sounding hence the jest with the title if the long bearded Chinese sage wanted to narcissistically self–aggrandize himself.

Here’s the twenty–ninth batch of Zen BrowniesTasty, mouth–watering morsels to reduce consumption of bad karma and sweeten the recipe of your life:

 

1. Recorded history is just the current pop music on the planet. It’s also anthropocentric. There’s all this other music the planet has heard that people never will.

2. The war that matters most is liberation from your ego. Turn the binoculars inward to find where the real enemies and traitors are.

3. If you’re always in a hurry, how in control of your life are you? People think it makes them important when in reality makes them numb, distracted and asleep. It makes people’s consciousness scattered and paper thin. If you are truly in control of your life, then you wouldn’t be in a rush or hurry all the time.

4. Junk food is addictive and nutrient deficient, the perfect combination to have long term customers which is the intent at the price of your long term health.

5. You can have feelings. Don’t let them have you.

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6. Money, knowledge and power in the hands of degenerated thinking is a vineyard of evil.

7. Don’t waste time with the secondhand battles of the ego. They’re just diversionary skirmishes keeping you in the prison of it’s identities of race, country, religion and gender wearing the blindfold of pride.

8. The inside jokes of the Universe are so worth it.

9. There’s Higher Consciousness and then there’s “success” here. The level of consciousness needed to become a millionaire or billionaire isn’t very high. The fact remains you cannot buy Higher Consciousness with money.

10. When you take off the blindfold of ignorance, don’t be surprised it was you who was the assassin of your Soul.

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What follows is a grocery list of things I've learned from life and various approaches to living exploring Creativity & Spirituality---being an artist, student of meditation, regular fasting & yoga, internal yearning towards higher consciousness and becoming a more creative being for positive transformation. These are general principles and observations I try to live by and navigate the wilderness of Maya with. Some are Confucius sounding hence the jest with the title if the long bearded Chinese sage wanted to narcissistically self--aggrandize himself.

Here's the twenty--fourth batch of Zen Brownies---Tasty, mouth--watering morsels to reduce consumption of bad karma and sweeten the recipe of your life:

 

1. Time spent trying to get the approval of others is time spent not being happy and at peace with oneself.

2. The world of emotions is the world of duality. The world of Bliss, peace and harmony exists outside of the world of emotion. You'll never roll sevens all the time in the world of emotions so learn to walk away from the slot machine.

3. Meditation is the daily investment in Higher Consciousness and independent, internally generated peace and happiness.

4. Older people who are mean, cruel, and condescending are just making a display of their own failures with themselves and being poor role models of empowerment to younger generations.

5. Some people mellow with age. Others expand in both directions of harder and softer and integrate more of the whole.

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6. The piece of carbon you are piloting is only a small part of the entirely of You. The body you see, the carbon you see, is but the tip of a multidimensional iceberg across space and time.

7. We're all tourists on a deeper level no matter where we are on the planet. Home is everywhere and nowhere at the same time.

8. People who believe and proclaim there are no Higher Truths use it as an excuse not to try or experience them and think they are undeserving. How many decades of research and traveling the world searching every corner have they accumulated to reach such a conclusion? Usually none. Higher Truths are unfamiliar territory outside their comfort zone. It is most often a statement of frustration and resignation with one's life.

9. The outer life won't change until the inner life does.

10. Gold is the gold in modern societies. Water and shade are the gold in a desert. Higher Consciousness is the gold everywhere.

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What follows is a grocery list of things I've learned from life and various approaches to living exploring Creativity & Spirituality---being an artist, student of meditation, regular fasting & yoga, internal yearning towards higher consciousness and becoming a more creative being for positive transformation. These are general principles and observations I try to live by and navigate the wilderness of Maya with. Some are Confucius sounding hence the jest with the title if the long bearded Chinese sage wanted to narcissistically self--aggrandize himself.

Here's the twenty--first batch of Zen Brownies---Tasty, mouth--watering morsels to reduce consumption of bad karma and sweeten the recipe of your life:

 

1. If the rational logical mind understood Creation better than it thinks it does, it would manifest things much quicker and with far less effort.

2. Low cultural ceilings don't make giants.

3. Travel as much as you can. You get something just by being in different places---something intangible, subtle, energetic you can't quantify. Think of it as an energy scavenger hunt collecting pieces of the jigsaw puzzle that is you.

4. Spoonfed the dogmas of country, race, and religion are the ones starving of Spirit.

5. There are no rewards for being small, being asleep, being a dirty lampshade. If you don't dive deeper, you won't retrieve the white pearls of higher consciousness.

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6. Caged birds only sing until they realize they're in a cage.

7. Until the level of consciousness on the planet evolves out of tribal mentalities, tribal societies and tribal religious perspectives, war will always be a problem.

8. Sometimes you have to fall, sometimes you have to hit a brick wall, but it's better than swallowing long term lies.

9. Matter is frozen light. Level of consciousness is the refrigerator setting. Thaw out and thaw up. It's all a question of where you are on the E equals MC squared thermometer.

10. Live at the level of nature or learn to escape and transcend it. There's no shortage of decent, good yet ignorant people. Nature bulldozes the ignorant and serves the wise.

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What follows is a grocery list of things I've learned from life and various approaches to living exploring Creativity & Spirituality---being an artist, student of meditation, regular fasting & yoga, internal yearning towards higher consciousness and becoming a more creative being for positive transformation. These are general principles and observations I try to live by and navigate the wilderness of Maya with. Some are Confucius sounding hence the jest with the title if the long bearded Chinese sage wanted to narcissistically self--aggrandize himself.

Here's the twentieth batch of Zen Brownies---Tasty, mouth--watering morsels to reduce consumption of bad karma and sweeten the recipe of your life:

 

1. Growing is always searching and finding the next things you were asleep to.

2. Doubt is fear's little brother.

3. Mean, rude, angry people are emotionally infantile adults who get threatened more easily. Once you understand that, their behavior becomes understood as illustrations of their lack of mastery.

4. Art is beauty that doesn't fade over time.

5. If people conquered themselves they wouldn't need to conquer others. Soldier inward---it's the only battle that ultimately matters.

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6. When you realize your deeper nationality is Spirit, you'll live away from all flags and squabbles.

7. People throw experience and credentials at you when they feel threatened: Either by you or when they sense you're not buying into who they want you to think they are.

8. A steady diet of take out food will someday take you out.

9. When you migrate out of human consciousness, you wonder how you could ever have been stuck believing you were only that.

10. If the life most people lead leads to Enlightenment, it would be common by now.

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What follows is a grocery list of things I've learned from life and various approaches to living exploring Creativity & Spirituality---being an artist, student of meditation, regular fasting & yoga, internal yearning towards higher consciousness and becoming a more creative being for positive transformation. These are general principles and observations I try to live by and navigate the wilderness of Maya with. Some are Confucius sounding hence the jest with the title if the long bearded Chinese sage wanted to narcissistically self--aggrandize himself.

Here's the Fifteenth batch of Zen Brownies---Tasty, mouth--watering morsels to reduce consumption of bad karma and sweeten the recipe of your life:

 

1. Creativity doesn't punch a timeclock or have an address so you have to always be there when it shows up.

2. Meditation will free you from the human paradigm, the human wants, needs and dramas.

3. Power by force, fear, terrorism, dictatorship, fascism, oligarchy, financial control or a "1984" type state doesn't change the fact that all are the result of lower consciousness.

4. Ego is the tree branch that believes it's the tree.

5. Wherever people are convinced their belief system is the ultimate or only truth is really the slums of consciousness.




6. If people were content and satisfied with their lives, they wouldn't spend so much time and energy trying to impress others.

7. Develop your creativity and imagination and you'll never be bored in life or need a reason to smile.

8. The sexual drive is the energy of creation moving itself forward. You can rechannel it and bring the energy up your spine to move yourself forward.

9. Meditation is the mountain climbing of consciousness.

10. You can have everything and not have peace and stillness within. Or you can have peace and stillness within and not need anything else. So often it's the absence of these which shows how priceless they are.

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What follows is a grocery list of things I've learned from life and various approaches to living exploring Creativity & Spirituality---being an artist, student of meditation, regular fasting & yoga, internal yearning towards higher consciousness and becoming a more creative being for positive transformation. These are general principles and observations I try to live by and navigate the wilderness of Maya with. Some are Confucius sounding hence the jest with the title if the long bearded Chinese sage wanted to narcissistically self--aggrandize himself.

Here's the thirteenth batch of Zen Brownies---Tasty, mouth--watering morsels to reduce consumption of bad karma and sweeten the recipe of your life:

1. You can drown in "reality" at the social level or learn to glide like a whale in the beautiful deep.

2. Stay focused on your spiritual practice and avoid getting drawn into all the distractions of chaos in the world. You'll reach Enlightenment faster than the world will fix itself.

3. Not only can following the herd be dangerous and harmful to yourself and others, at the very least it makes you lose yourself.

4. When the world no longer holds carrots out there for you, create your own.

5. There's people who can rock your world. Grow beyond that and experience the bar being raised by meeting those who can rock your reality.




6. What you elevate in one level of consciousness may become your birdcage to the next.

7. Thoughts, reasoning, intellect, senses, emotions and desires are servants not your master. There's more important things to do in life than chase a pack of wild horses all the time.

8. You'll do more good for the world by continuing your spiritual practice rather than trying to fix it.

9. Once you realize how easy it is to impress people, you won't be impressed with impressing people.

10. Don't waste your life living other people's scripts---you'll collect compliments and pats on the back for someone you'll never meet.

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What follows is a grocery list of things I’ve learned from life and various approaches to living exploring Creativity & Spirituality—being an artist, student of meditation, regular fasting & yoga, internal yearning towards higher consciousness and becoming a more creative being for positive transformation. These are general principles and observations I try to live by and navigate the wilderness of Maya with. Some are Confucius sounding hence the jest with the title if the long bearded Chinese sage wanted to narcissistically self–aggrandize himself.

 

Here’s the eleventh batch of Zen BrowniesTasty, mouth–watering morsels to reduce consumption of bad karma and sweeten the recipe of your life:

1. Don’t waste your life accepting other people’s limitations.

2. On the road to higher states of consciousness, intellect, logic and emotions will be your whiny companions. They’ll often trip you up, slow you down, want to be “there yet” and at times be convinced they’ve arrived. Let the Midbrain lead and put the “kids” in the backseat where they belong.

3. Wars never end when wars end.

4. Avatars are all playing on the same team. The lower consciousness of humanity puts different jerseys on the ones widely known and roots for one over another.

5. Purism makes a lower ceiling on Creativity. If the Divine architect of the Universe was a purist none of us would exist.




6. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from mature people who have money is not to wear it on your sleeve. There’s no need to tell people either. Advertising such attracts people not cranking above the 3rd chakra who don’t know how to have genuine friendships and relationships.

7. People retire from things they didn’t really want to do in the first place.

8. The loss in war is always greater than a body count. Does anyone consider how many future scientists, inventors, doctors, artists, entrepreneurs died young on a battlefield? How do we even calculate that? In war, we shoot our whole species in the foot. And for what? Some sense of belonging & identity in some petty pecking order? Land, minerals and resources? People need to be wiser and stop letting unevolved beings drag them down with fear and ego.

9. I’m not interested in being a man. I’m interested in what’s beyond all that and not letting any limited cultural narratives define me or tell me where the ceiling is.

10. Avatars aren’t concerned with which faith people belong to, they’re interested in the elevation of everyone’s consciousness.

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When In Doubt, Listen To Man With Longer Beard #10: Meditation, Aphorisms & Yoga Sage Brushes With Wisdom




What follows is a grocery list of things I’ve learned from life and various approaches to living exploring Creativity & Spirituality—being an artist, student of meditation, regular fasting & yoga, internal yearning towards higher consciousness and becoming a more creative being for positive transformation. These are general principles and observations I try to live by and navigate the wilderness of Maya with. Some are Confucius sounding hence the jest with the title if the long bearded Chinese sage wanted to narcissistically self–aggrandize himself.

 

Here’s the tenth batch of Zen BrowniesTasty, mouth–watering morsels to reduce consumption of bad karma and sweeten the recipe of your life:

1. We’re all Divinity reaching back towards itself…it just varies in degree of Spiritual Alzheimer’s.

2. As long as the human part of you is at the seat of your consciousness, you’ll never attain anything beyond it.

3. Eternity is really good at pointing out stupidity.

4. Discernment is that rare faculty which keeps one from encountering negative experiences and also not taking, by most people’s standards, “positive” experiences as it can foresee they would slow or impede one’s greater growth in the future.

5. In India, I went home and hit the reset button.

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6. Liberation is my best friend because I don’t apologize for wanting something more than anything in this world.

7. The linear consciousness people accept as “normal” is infantile, replete with tunnel vision and subject to the pain and suffering of a trial and error existence.

8. Boredom and loneliness are the garden of many bad decisions.

9. You might not always win, but you can have a successful failure. Learn to turn negatives into positives, into opportunities for something else and transmute what would be total failure and the negative emotions that go along with it.

10. If you and your belief system cannot tolerate different viewpoints and have to isolate yourself from such, you’re probably not as Enlightened as you think.

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