Wings of Laughter

Take another look at the problem you face.
 
If you are feeling fearful keep in mind that fear isn’t real. It is only something your mind made up. Fear can have a big impact on your ability to effectively solve problems because it has an insidious way of making them seem much bigger than they really are.
 
Once you take fear out of the equation problems shrink to a more manageable size and can be seen in a new light. Your new point of view reveals that the problem isn’t so serious after all.
 
Now you are near the finish line.
 
Smile at the problem with all of the amusement you can muster. Smiling at a problem, and then taking any necessary action, dissolves it into nothingness.
 
Joy rides on the wings of laughter and peace, my friends, is not far behind.
 
Peace out,
Robert

Honor Your Inmost Longing

Honor your inmost longing for you are that. There is nothing outside of yourself that will ever satisfy you more. Despite their good intentions, another’s idea about what you are and what you need will always miss the mark, because they do not know who you are nor what lies within your heart.

In Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale, “The Ugly Duckling,” a cygnet hatched by a mother duck is treated badly because he doesn’t look the way a duckling should. No one recognizes that he is not a duck at all and everyone has a different idea about what he needs, none of which are right for him. Even he doesn’t know himself, because he has always seen himself through the cruel eyes of others.

It isn’t until he encounters a bevy of swans that he gets the first glimmer of truth about himself, but they fly away before he can learn more and he spends a long winter alone. When the swans return in the spring, he is drawn to them but fears rejection. His experiences with the cruel and insensitive have damaged him, but he manages to overcome his fear of rejection and approaches the group. For the first time in his young life, he is unconditionally accepted by others. Still, it isn’t until he sees his own reflection that he begins to understand the truth of who he really is…a beautiful swan.

Hamsa is a Sanskrit word that means swan, but it has another meaning, “I am that.”

 

It also happens to be my favorite meditation mantra, breathing in the sound “Hummmm” and exhaling “Saha.” Inhale “I am” and exhale “that.” This is a reminder that there is no “that” outside of oneself. Subject and object are illusions, because the world is not divided. You are not separate from God or All That Is. Hamsa is a fundamental recognition of oneness with All That Is. You have both the means and the end within you to be your inmost longing…to be the swan that you are.

Peace out,
Robert

About the Author:

Hello, my name is Robert W. Grant and I am the editor in chief at NT Publishing Company.

I am passionate about books and love hanging out in bookstores, especially those with plenty of character. Among my many interests are martial arts. I come from a long line of Taoist, who left their sheltered lives in a mountain monastery to wander a world filled with raw beauty. These wandering monks have a long tradition of telling stories that both entertain and teach. I promised my sifu I would keep the tradition of storytelling alive and began developing a story idea that pitted a young lawyer/martial artist against a powerful pharmaceutical company in an epic conflict over a miracle cure. The hero wants to ensure the cure is freely available to everyone, but powerful enemies want to suppress it. It is the story of a young lawyer’s call to action in an epic struggle with his former client. He finds love, redemption, and a worthy life purpose. It is an easy fast read with subtle depth and humor. The result is a first-rate thriller with a mystical twist that will have you laughing one minute and crying the next.

It is my dream to bring quality books to readers all over the world. I am the author of author of Great Mother, Naked Tao, Nostrum Conspiracy, and UnderBelly. You can find my books at all major book sellers. Future books will include non-fiction titles that help others navigate the twists and turns of modern life in a shrinking world. Come, open a book and let your mind travel to places you never knew existed.

Follow this link to purchase paper or eBooks: https://www.amazon.com/Robert-W.-Grant/e/B001KMF0BQ
You can also find me online here:
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Into the Light

When you are called to a spiritual practice, know this first: It is not a path that offers an easy fix for your messed-up life. Things will seem to get worse before they get better.  This is because it turns you inside out and exposes the lies you’ve been telling yourself. As painful as this work can be, it is also liberating to release these illusions. Behind the layers of error there exists a simple truth that changes everything you have ever thought about yourself and the world around you. If you are strong enough to look directly into the light, you will discover that you are far more  than you ever thought possible.

Peace out,
Robert

About the Author

Hello, my name is Robert W. Grant and I am the editor in chief at NT Publishing Company.

I am passionate about books and love hanging out in bookstores, especially those with plenty of character. Among my many interests are martial arts. I come from a long line of Taoist, who left their sheltered lives in a mountain monastery to wander a world filled with raw beauty. These wandering monks have a long tradition of telling stories that both entertain and teach. I promised my sifu I would keep the tradition of storytelling alive and began developing a story idea that pitted a young lawyer/martial artist against a powerful pharmaceutical company in an epic conflict over a miracle cure. The hero wants to ensure the cure is freely available to everyone, but powerful enemies want to suppress it. It is the story of a young lawyer’s call to action in an epic struggle with his former client. He finds love, redemption, and a worthy life purpose. It is an easy fast read with subtle depth and humor. The result is a first-rate thriller with a mystical twist that will have you laughing one minute and crying the next.

It is my dream to bring quality books to readers all over the world.  I am the author of author of Great Mother, Naked Tao, Nostrum Conspiracy, and UnderBelly. You can find my books at all major book sellers.  Future books will include non-fiction titles that help others navigate the twists and turns of modern life in a shrinking world. Come, open a book and let your mind travel to places you never knew existed.

Follow this link to purchase paper or eBooks:  https://www.amazon.com/Robert-W.-Grant/e/B001KMF0BQ

You can also find me online here:

Amazon author page: amazon.com/author/robertwgrant
Website: http://www.ntpublishingcompany.com/
Twitter: @nakedtao
Facebook: Facebook profile
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robertwgrantauthor
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I hope to see you soon.

Journey Back to Oneness

All spiritual paths lead back to a state of Oneness with All.  It does not matter which path you take, because they all lead to the same place. None are inherently better or worse than another. Do not judge another’s path. Judgment is born of fear that will only hamper your own progress.  Listen to your heart and follow your calling.   It will show you the best path for you.  Your heart will not fail you. The path you choose will return you with a minimum amount of delay to a state of Oneness with All.

The Taoist path is often misunderstood by those who think it leads to division, separation and dualism.  Nothing can be further from the truth.  The source of this confusion is its famous symbol which is recognized all over the world. “Taijitu” is known by most people as the yin-yang symbol.  It depicts yin and yang held in a state of balance within a sacred circle. This symbol is not a call for dualistic thinking.  Instead, it depicts a path to Oneness.  Taoist practice is all about returning to wholeness.  It reverses the fundamental error or false belief that we are separate and not within a state of Oneness with All.  In other words, Taoist practice shows us how to turn-around and then follow our footsteps back home.

Whether you choose the Taoist path or a different one matters not.  Any path you choose to travel will ultimately lead you back to a state of Oneness with All.

Peace out,

Robert

 

About the Author:

Hello, my name is Robert W. Grant and I am the editor in chief at NT Publishing Company.

I am passionate about books and love hanging out in bookstores, especially those with plenty of character. Among my many interests are martial arts. I come from a long line of Taoist, who left their sheltered lives in a mountain monastery to wander a world filled with raw beauty. These wandering monks have a long tradition of telling stories that both entertain and teach. I promised my sifu I would keep the tradition of storytelling alive and began developing a story idea that pitted a young lawyer/martial artist against a powerful pharmaceutical company in an epic conflict over a miracle cure. The hero wants to ensure the cure is freely available to everyone, but powerful enemies want to suppress it. It is the story of a young lawyer’s call to action in an epic struggle with his former client. He finds love, redemption, and a worthy life purpose. It is an easy fast read with subtle depth and humor. The result is a first-rate thriller with a mystical twist that will have you laughing one minute and crying the next.

It is my dream to bring quality books to readers all over the world.  I am the author of author of Great Mother, Naked Tao, Nostrum Conspiracy, and UnderBelly. You can find my books at all major book sellers.  Future books will include non-fiction titles that help others navigate the twists and turns of modern life in a shrinking world. Come, open a book and let your mind travel to places you never knew existed.

Follow this link to purchase paper or eBooks:  https://www.amazon.com/Robert-W.-Grant/e/B001KMF0BQ

You can also find me online here:

Amazon author page: amazon.com/author/robertwgrant

Website: http://www.ntpublishingcompany.com/
Twitter: @nakedtao
Facebook: Facebook profile
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robertwgrantauthor
Wattpad: RobertGrantAuthor
Blog: http://www.ntpublishingcompany.com/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/RobertWGrant

I hope to see you soon.

 

Brush with Death

I’m pretty sure trying to pass two vehicles on a two-lane highway was a dumb idea, but I was 17 and dumb ideas were pretty much normal. Laying peddle to metal the Firebird’s speed jumped to 85 mph as I started around the blue Chevy in front of me. Luck would have it that the Chevy decided to pass the farm truck holding us both back just as I rounded its rear wheel. I guess the driver of the Chevy didn’t see me as she started across the center-line, but I saw her coming and tried to move more to the left.

I must have overreacted because my front wheel caught the shoulder and yanked me off the highway. It sent me flying down a steep embankment like an out-of-control skier headed straight for an ancient oak tree. There was no way I was going to survive a head-on collision with a huge tree at that speed. Death was imminent, but strangely, I felt calm. There was no fear, just acceptance.

Just inches from the massive tree trunk, the Firebird came to sudden and an inexplicable stop. It was if the hand of God had interceded and froze the action, thereby saving my life for reasons unknown to me.

When I was a kid, Mom hung a picture of a beautiful Guardian Angel helping two small children across a rickety and dangerous looking bridge. It was comforting to me. I looked at the picture often, especially when I felt afraid of the unseen things lurking in the shadows. I believed with the unshakable faith of a child that I too had a Guardian Angel watching over me, protecting me, and guiding me to safety.

Of course, as I matured into my teen years, Guardian Angels were abandoned along with Santa and the Tooth Fairy. That changed on that fateful day when I decided to pass two slow moving vehicles on a two-lane highway. I knew once again with complete certainty that someone was watching over me, protecting me, and guiding me to safety.

I recently stumbled across a YouTube video about an Irish woman, Lorna Byrne, who sees angels. She has written several best-selling books about them, the first being, Angels in My Hair. I recommend you read her books. You might find some comfort in her message during these wild and dangerous times.

You can watch one of her many interviews here:

 

 

 

About the Author:
Hello, my name is Robert W. Grant and I  am the editor in chief at NT Publishing Company.
I am passionate about books and love hanging out in bookstores, especially those with plenty of character. Among my many interests are martial arts. I come from a long line of Taoist, who left their sheltered lives in a mountain monastery to wander a world filled with raw beauty. These wandering monks have a long tradition of telling stories that both entertain and teach. I promised my sifu I would keep the tradition of storytelling alive and began developing a story idea that pitted a young lawyer/martial artist against a powerful pharmaceutical company in an epic conflict over a miracle cure. The hero wants to ensure the cure is freely available to everyone, but powerful enemies want to suppress it. It is the story of a young lawyer’s call to action in an epic struggle with his former client. He finds love, redemption, and a worthy life purpose. It is an easy fast read with subtle depth and humor. The result is a first-rate thriller with a mystical twist that will have you laughing one minute and crying the next. Future books will include non-fiction titles that help others navigate the twists and turns of modern life in a shrinking world. Come, open a book and let your mind travel to places you never knew existed.
It is my dream to bring quality books to readers all over the world.  I am the author of author of Great Mother, Naked Tao, Nostrum Conspiracy, and UnderBelly. You can find my books at all major book sellers.  Follow this link to purchase paper or eBooks:  https://www.amazon.com/Robert-W.-Grant/e/B001KMF0BQ
You can also find me online here:
Amazon author page: amazon.com/author/robertwgrant
I hope to see you soon.

Peace out,
Robert

 

Forgiveness

Forgiveness

Many people recognize that forgiveness is a good thing, but find it difficult to actually do it. This is because there is a judgmental component to their effort which sounds something like this: “You really messed up this time and hurt me terribly. It’s all your fault I feel so miserable, but I’m going to be the bigger person and forgive you.”

Standing on the outside looking in, it’s pretty easy to see this isn’t forgiveness at all, and instead, is really a way to punish them some more. However, the purpose of forgiveness is to change the way you think about what happened and to release the pain.

I’d like to share a mediation or prayer you can find in Gary Renard’s wonderful book, “Your Immortal Reality.”

Close your eyes and picture the face of the person you want to forgive and repeat this simple prayer or mantra: “You are Spirit. Whole and Innocent. All is Forgiven and Released.”

Don’t dwell on it any longer. Instead move on to the next person you want to forgive and repeat. Continue this practice as long as people from your past or present, live or dead, pop into your awareness.

The next time you confront a difficult person or situation, silently repeat the prayer. The release of anger, guilt, and fear that comes form this simple practice will change your life.

Peace out,
Robert

About the author Robert W. Grant

Robert has published four novels, Great Mother, Naked Tao, Nostrum Conspiracy, and UnderBelly.

They are available at all major book sellers.

Visit his Amazon author page at: amazon.com/author/robertwgrant

You can also follow his blog at: http://www.ntpublishingcompany.com/

Stinging Nettle and Diabetes

I once thought diabetes was limited to the obese until a thin and fit friend confided that she suffers from it. In it nutshell, it is a condition where the hormone insulin runs amok. If left untreated, it can damage the kidneys, heart, skin, eyes, and ears. It is even linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Sadly, well over a million adults and children in America suffer from it. Medical treatments are intended to manage the disease and are not a cure. The damage caused by diabetes is considered irreversible.

One of the things I noticed when I began looking at wild plants as an alternative to expensive medical treatments was the confusing amount of information offering opposite opinions about their safety and effectiveness. One group praises a plant as a miracle cure, while the other tells you it is useless and dangerous. You would think that somebody is right and the other wrong, but like most debates, the truth usually resides somewhere near the middle.

To begin with, you heal yourself. This isn’t a new concept, “Heal Thyself” is an ancient proverb that our ancestors knew well. Never forget that your health and your life is your responsibility. It is more about what you do for yourself than getting the right mix of medication or seeing the best specialist.

So, what can you do for yourself? Begin with an open mind by allowing yourself to consider all of the possibilities, not just the limited options offered by the experts. Do your homework, but think for yourself. Rarely are the risks of herbal remedies as severe as pharmaceuticals.

Stinging Nettle is another one of those wild plants that seemingly grows everywhere. It has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Herbalists use Stinging Nettle to balance hormones, prevent diabetes, increase energy levels, detox the kidneys, etc. It is worth a try, my friends.

Here’s to your good health, my friends.

Peace out,
Robert

About the author Robert W. Grant

Robert has published four novels, Great Mother, Naked Tao, Nostrum Conspiracy, and UnderBelly.

They are available at all major book sellers.

Visit his Amazon author page at: amazon.com/author/robertwgrant

You can also follow his blog at: http://www.ntpublishingcompany.com/

Wild Lettuce and Family Dinners

My grandmother knew how to lay a spread on the dinner table.  When our large family came together, we gathered around a long table stacked high with country-style home cooking.  In the middle of all the protein and starches was a large bowl of field greens tossed with honey vinaigrette. I didn’t understand it then, but this simple dish did a marvelous job of balancing sweet, salty, bitter and sour.  Even though I was a typical kid who avoided vegetables, her salad was an exception.

One of the ingredients was Wild Lettuce, which despite its name is a member of the sun flower family.  Like aspirin, it is bitter and has a mild analgesic effect.  Even though Wild Lettuce has a history of use dating back to the Egyptians as an opium substitute, it is a mild plant that is not addictive, unless you include the natural response to wholesome foods that nourish our body and restore good health.

Like carrots it contains Vitamin A, an anti oxidant connected to eye health, a strong immune system, and the growth of healthy new cells.  As you know, we are constantly replacing our old cells with new ones, lending credence to the idea that we are forever renewing ourselves.  This renewal takes fuel and a good place to fill her up is with wild edibles like Wild Lettuce.

Here’s to your good health, my friends.

Peace out,

Robert

About the author Robert W. Grant

Robert has published four novels, Great Mother, Naked Tao, Nostrum Conspiracy, and UnderBelly.

They are available at all major book sellers.

Visit his Amazon author page at: amazon.com/author/robertwgrant

You can also follow his blog at: http://www.ntpublishingcompany.com/

 

Pennywort and Longevity

On May 6, 1933 the New York Times published the obituary of Li Ching-Yeun, a Chinese herbalist, who died at the age of 197. Other Chinese government sources claimed he was even older at 256. If you’re like me, you have mixed feelings about a story like this. My practical lawyer-side finds it hard to believe that a man actually lived that long and would like to see credible proof of these claims. On the other hand, there’s a part of me that wants to believe there is hidden knowledge out there that can forever change my life. What if?

I like to think I have a healthy balance between critical thinking and open-mindedness. I never accept the opinions of “experts” as the final word. You should always do your homework and make the best possible choice given the information available to you. As an attorney, I’ve questioned many expert witnesses who reach different conclusions about scientific data. At the end of the day, their opinions are only educated guesses. Maybe a career in litigation has left me a little jaded, but I prefer to think for myself and encourage others to do the same.

Part of my homework is to slowly incorporate wild-plants into my diet. I pay attention to how my body reacts, looking for any sign the plant doesn’t agree with me. I also note any positive reactions. If there are no adverse reactions, then I give it a try for a while. If it improves the quality of my life, then I’ve lost nothing and gained everything.

One of the herbs Li Ching-Yeun was said to favor is Pennywort (Gotu Kola). It has a history of use in both Indian Ayurvedic medicine and traditional Chinese medicine. I follow the example of Asians and add it to a tossed salad of wild herbs and common garden vegetables. In traditional Chinese medicine it is used to reduce fever, treat ulcers and anxiety, as a laxative, and to calm the nervous system. Nutritionally, it is rich in antioxidants, such as Vitamin C, beta-carotene, and the B Vitamins, thiamine niacin, and riboflavin.

Here’s to your health and long life.

Peace out,
Robert

About the author Robert W. Grant

Robert has published four novels, Great Mother, Naked Tao, Nostrum Conspiracy, and UnderBelly.

They are available at all major book sellers.

Visit his Amazon author page at: amazon.com/author/robertwgrant

You can also follow his blog at: http://www.ntpublishingcompany.com/