The Master Within

The Master Within


As rebellious two year olds, we were compelled to explore the world around us and shouted “NO” to anyone who tried to stop us.  As rebellious teenagers, we hungered to assert our independence and resisted all well-meaning advice to the contrary.  As domesticated adults, we have surrendered to the forces around us.  We have lost our way, but it’s not too late to connect to the Master within.

Naked Tao

Here are a few simple practices that will reverse the process and lead you back to the part of you who knows no master:


  • Reassert your independence. Each day choose one thing you want and give it to yourself. Don’t ask anyone for permission. Have no regrets. Do not entertain any second thoughts.
  • Explore your world. Begin right where you are and look at it with fresh eyes. Look at it with the eyes of a two year old. Now venture outward. You don’t need anyone’s permission. Just do it.
  • Believe in yourself. Remember a time when you achieved something special. You were amazing and you felt like you could do anything you set your mind to. Choose to feel that again.
  • Think for yourself. Everyone has a genius inside of them, especially you. Connect with it. Embrace it. Use it.       Listen to your intuition.
  • Take ownership of your life. Right now, stop blaming your parents, spouse, government, aliens, etc. for your problems. This is your life. Own it.
  • Stay out of other people’s business. Tend to your own life and allow others to tend to theirs.


You are the Master of your own life.  Start living it now and by all means, enjoy yourself!


Peace out,


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As long as Robert can remember, he wanted to be a writer. Like many young people who are called to a creative life, he had to contend with well-meaning friends and family members who discouraged it. While Robert spent most of his career as a successful attorney, he never forgot his dream. In the meantime, he pursued many other interests and was fortunate enough to have some amazing adventures. One of those interests was martial arts. He spent many years studying and teaching Chinese Internal Martial Arts. Robert promised his teacher he would someday write that book he always wanted to write and began to develop a story idea that pitted a young lawyer/martial artist against a powerful pharmaceutical company in a conflict over a miracle cure. The hero wants to insure the cure is freely available to everyone, but powerful enemies want to suppress it. The Nostrum Conspiracy is Robert’s second book. His first book, Naked Tao, breaks a few rules.

Robert has been blessed with an amazing life and it just keeps getting better. He lives in Louisville with his beautiful wife and children. "Bad Bob" is a tongue-in-cheek nick name bestowed upon him by his co-workers when he showed up at his law firm one day on a new Harley. Robert is a martial arts master and has taught over 600 students.

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