Posted April 30, 2017 in Monthly News

Cognitive Dissonance in Relationships

A long time ago (1957), a social psychologist named […]

Posted September 30, 2016 in Monthly News

Human Evolution

Humans like to think of themselves as the “Crown of Creation.” In 1968, Jefferson Airplane captured the irony of the human tendency to presume that we had achieved the pinnacle of the evolutionary process in the song, “Crown of Creation”:

You are the crown of creation. You are the crown of creation, And you’ve […]

Posted August 31, 2016 in Monthly News


The song central to Debra’s post this month, “Show Me the Way,” by Dennis DeYoung and Styx, illustrates humanity’s desire for meaning. As is usually the case for the Beyond Mastery Newsletter, Debra wrote her article first, so that I could write something that would fit the theme she selected. When I read her article, […]

Posted January 31, 2016 in Monthly News

Reflections of Our Lives

When Debra first suggested that we write about the way creativity is often sparked by chaos, the first thing that came up for me was my memory of Vietnam in 1969, where I first heard the song. “Reflections of My Life,” by the British group Marmalade. Here are the lyrics:

The changing of sunlight […]

Posted December 31, 2015 in Monthly News

Ignorance Is Bliss

For those of you who know both of us, it will come as no surprise that Debra and I don’t always agree. As she points out in her article this month, she tends to be optimistic. I am not an optimist, but I do not think of myself as an pessimist, either. When it comes […]

Posted April 30, 2015 in Monthly News

Maintaining Your Center

One of the principal challenges of modern life is keeping up. The other principal challenge is remaining calm and centered even while working to keep up with the way things are changing. The rate at which things are changing has been increasing exponentially for generations. For thousands of years, the only way for humans to […]

Posted August 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

Twists and Turns

One of the things about life is that we never really know what’s next. Most people know the saying by Scottish poet Robert Burns, “The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft agley.” Most of us can also think of one or more things in our lives that confirm its truth. In many […]