Just about everyone I know is metaphysically-oriented, so I regularly hear a lot of powerful ideas. As a result, I’m always making mental and written notes.
A professional hypnotist coming out of a painful divorce recently said to me, “WHERE THERE IS NO FORGIVENESS, THERE IS A KARMIC TIE.” She continued to elaborate, saying, “I certainly don’t want to have to reincarnate and go through this again, so forgiveness is at the top of my priority list. If I can truly let him go with forgiveness, the next time around he’ll have to find someone else with a karmic configuration matching his own need of learning.” I agreed.
My questions to you: Is there anyone in your life you have not forgiven? Do you accept that if you do not forgive, you will come back together to work it out in a future life?
While recently enjoying a Sunday afternoon talking with several friends, one woman expressed how angry she was at someone we all knew. Another friend said, “Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis once said to a friend, ‘ONLY AMATEURS STAY MAD.’” That statement got the attention of everyone within listening distance and generated an enjoyable discussion.
My question to you: Who are you mad at?
A friend of ours told us about creating a line of products, which cost him his life savings. He was elated when a big company offered to buy his products but was depressed when their offer came in at $4000. “At least he got a lot of experience,” Roberta said.
I felt deserved more and said, “EXPERIENCE IS WHAT YOU GET WHEN YOU DON’T GET WHAT YOU WANT.” I wish I could remember who said that so I could credit them properly. But all too often I’ve rationalized similar situations with that kind of line.
My question to you: Is there an area of your life where you’re not being compensated appropriately? If so, what can you do to get what you want?
“WE MOVE TOWARD PLEASURE AND AWAY FROM PAIN, THAT’S JUST WHAT IS,” said a therapist friend in a recent e-mail. We were exchanging ideas about handling an unpleasant situation.
My questions to you: Is there anything in your life you’re pulling away from? What are you moving towards? Is that where you really want to go?
“YOUR SOUL IS ALWAYS NUDGING YOU TOWARD GROWTH CHOICES,” said a friend over lunch. I laughed in response and agreed. The words “growth choice” or “growth opportunity” are New Age buzz words for coming face to face with a situation that will be challenging, which means you’re going to be tested. Your decision generates an opportunity and the outcome provides the lessons.
My question to you: Is your soul calling you to make any growth choices at this time?
I’ll leave you with this thought: GROWTH RESULTS FROM RISK, WHICH IS A MATTER OF COMMITTING TO ACTIONS YOU CAN’T CONTROL.
YOU ARE ALWAYS FREE TO START OVER. No matter what your problem, when something is not working, you can decide to stop playing. If you are experiencing friction or feeling resentment, your soul may be calling for you to end this ... so you can start that.
This does not mean that you cannot succeed, but your soul may be telling you that the direction you are going is not taking you where you want to be. And by admitting that an aspect of your life is not working, you are freed to begin moving in a new direction that will work.
Before deciding to start over, you may want to explore any personal fears that are motivating the need to begin again. Resentment if a fear-based emotion obviously based upon you wanting someone else to be the way you want them to be. Is that justified? And know that if you are holding on to a past hurt, the other person is keeping you a prisoner in the here and now.
Assuming you can release any fear-based emotions (especially blame) relating to your wanting to start over, the best place to begin self-processing is to explore what is true for you. Being true to yourself is more important than your fear of consequences? When you are not true to yourself you are living in fear.
You also do not want to live in fear of what others might think about you starting over.
Once you have decided to start over, it will be time to stop explaining yourself to other people. It is your right to offer no excuses or justifications for your decisions or behavior. You may want to explain why you have acted in a particular way to those with whom you share a close relationship, but you do not owe anyone an explanation. Excuses and explanations weaken your position.
We all find ourselves in positions in which others imply that we owe them an explanation. Most of us are so well trained that we react automatically and comply with their wishes without thinking. All too often we explain ourselves even when no one has asked “why.”
It is often hardest not to offer an explanation to a good friend, but why should a friend force you to explain your actions? If your friend is incapable of accepting your rights then maybe she is incapable of relating to you on any basis but manipulation.
To start over also means leaving behind your old ideas about yourself.
The Universal Law of Resistance says that which you resist you draw to you, and you will perpetuate it’s influence upon your life. You’ve already heard that many times.
Resistance is fear, so it is something you need to karmically resolve. The Law of Resistance assures that you overcome your fears by repeatedly confronting them until you learn detachment.
Another aspect of the Law of Resistance says, that which you resist out of fear, you become. It not in this lifetime, in a future incarnation.
“The Game of Life and how to play it” by Florence Schvel Shinn was published in 1925, and is the first book I am aware of that teaches the power of affirmations and The Law of Attraction. Here is an excerpt demonstrating what Shinn called The Law of Nonresistance.
“I have a friend who said nothing could induce her to walk under a ladder. I said, ‘If you are afraid, you are giving in to a belief in two powers, Good and Evil, instead of one. As God is absolute, there can be no opposing power, unless man makes the false of evil for himself. To show you believe in only One Power, God, and that there is no power of reality in evil, walk under the next ladder you see.’
“Soon after, she went to her bank. She wished to open her box in the safe-deposit vault, and there stood a ladder on her pathway. It was impossible to reach the box without passing under the ladder. She quailed with fear and turned back. She could not face the lion on her pathway. However, when she reached the street, my words rang in her ears, and she decided to return and walk under it. It was a big moment in her life, for ladders had held her in bondage for years. She retraced her steps to the vault, and the ladder was no longer there! This so often happens! If one is willing to do a thing he is afraid to do, he does not have to,
“It is the law of nonresistance, which is so little understood.
“Someone has said that courage contains genius and magic. Face a situation fearlessly, and there is no situation to face; it falls away of its own weight.
“The explanation is, that fear attracted the ladder on the woman’s pathway, and fearlessness removed it.
“Thus the invisible forces are ever working for man who is always ‘pulling the strings’ himself, through he does not know it. Owing to the vibratory power of words, whatever man voices, he begins to attract. People who continually speak of disease, invariably attract it.”
We cannot be too careful with our words.
All change and growth involves three steps: 1. DISSATISFACTION: Because of outer events or inner feelings, you decide your current situation no longer works for you. 2. CONFUSION: Normally, a period of confusion follows in which you challenge your old beliefs. You begin to fantasize how things could be different. This transitional period could last a day, a month, or a year, or more ... until something happens. 3. ACTION: Someone helps you to make a decision, or an opportunity presents itself, or you manage to attain clarity. Once this happens, you take action and, ideally, manifest a more satisfying life.
But oh how we resist change. Out of fear, we cling to what is and do everything within our power to keep people and things in their familiar static positions. If you’re in a good relationship, you certainly don’t want your union to spin off in some unexpected direction that will cause you anxiety. You want things to remain just as they are, solid and predictable. But soon suffering arises, because life is constantly changing.
“It is your resistance to what is that causes your suffering,” said Buddha. Life is change. Change is what is. If not today, tomorrow, or next month, or next year. Everything in your life will eventually change.
Trouble starts with our desire for permanency. Desire is a matter of living in the future--of sacrificing the present for the future. And desires always disappoint. If you don’t get what you desire you become frustrated. If you do get what you desire you’ll still be frustrated, because what you desired will never live up to your expectations. Sooner or later you’ll find you were chasing illusions.
And permanency is a great big faulty assumption, because it simply does not exist.
But what if you could lock up life so that permanency were possible? Nothing would ever change. Tomorrow would be a repetition of today. Next year, everything the same. Five years down the road, exactly the same. BORING! STATIC! DEPRESSING! It is the not knowing that makes life exciting and generates ALIVENESS.
So the idea is to be courageous enough to embrace change, knowing that your soul is in search of new experiences to provide GROWTH. Growth is why you incarnated upon the earth. But you can’t experience growth living a static life. A static (stagnant) life may protect you from some problems, but at what cost and for how long? Stagnation is a process of drying up--allowing your life to become dull, colorless, lifeless. No aliveness. No joy. Watch some TV, go to work, come home, watch some TV go to work, come home. Treadmill.
Even if your actions in a quest for growth cause you pain, at least when you’re hurting you know you’re alive. And the pain will generate more action, which will lead to more aliveness. Soon you’ll find yourself back among the living.
If your life has become lifeless, what can you possibly fear from change? Explore your DISSATISFACTION, allow time for CONFUSION, and then make up your mind and ACT to manifest a more satisfying life.
Peace & Light for the New Year--Dick Sutphen
Within the last 24 hours, two of my friends have written me about needing to find more balance in their lives. Both are in their forties and are highly motivated and successful women. That kind of synchronicity always gets my attention. A little voice in my head said, “Write about it.”
BALANCE. What images does the word “balance” invoke for you? For me, it’s the yin/yang symbol, followed by the image of a tightrope walker, carrying a pole.
The Universe functions as a yin/yang balance, resulting in a tension between opposites (yin is negative and yang positive). We all contain the energy of these dual aspects: love/hate, harmony/chaos, good/evil. Tension is necessary for structure to exist. Human beings are energy structures, and without tension we don’t exist. As a result, there is always yin balance in our lives. Typical examples would be, self-denial, over-committing to the point of feeling frazzled, excess hard work, gambling, dwelling upon negativity, dangerous activities, sexual affairs, arguing, fighting, drugs, drinking, and illness.
In my seminars I talk about replacing yin energy expressions with positive challenges. But for this column, I want to stick with the general perception of balance.
As for the tightrope walker, he’s never in perfect balance. He continually moves the pole up and down and shifts weight from the right to the left. A little too much movement in one direction is quickly balanced by shifting weight in the other direction. The walker is never really in perfect balance for more than a moment. If he were, he would fall.
Life is a tightrope and like the tightrope walker you’ll never be in balance for long. If you were to strive to avoid all extremes you’d limit your life and would certainly generate anxiety. Don’t use this thinking as an excuse to be overindulgent, but if that’s what you need to do, you’ll soon generate an opposite pull of the forces.
One of the friends I mentioned has been working seven days a week in a hostile environment--pushing himself to the point of being unable to sleep. And guess who just ended up sick in bed for several days?
If you know you’re badly out of balance, take action before your bodymind finds a way of doing it for you. But stop worrying about finding perfect balance. If you can replace yin behavior with positive challenge, do it. Instead of endangering your mental or physical health, find a way to generate the needed experience, but in a way that can serve you.
From the perspective of reincarnation, we swing back and forth through our lifetimes in an ongoing quest to attain balance. And from this overview, good really isn’t good and bad isn’t bad. They’re not opposites in conflict, but two harmonious aspects of the same thing. An automobile battery offers a good analogy. Within the battery are charged metal plates. One is charged positive, the next negative, the next positive, and so on. The positive plate is not “good” anymore than the negative plate is “bad.” The interaction resulting from this alternating charge is what creates the energy you experience when you twist the key in your car’s ignition.
In the book, “The Tao of Love” by Ivan Hoffman (Prima Publishing), the author discusses balance: “Everything in the world is in a state of balance with everything else. Such is the nature of the yin and yang, of the Tao itself. There cannot be winter without spring; there cannot be life without death, there cannot be happiness without sadness.
“Whenever one component of that relationship changes, by definition the other component or components must also change to maintain the equilibrium. There can never be a state of disequilibrium in the natural scheme of things, for out-of-balance situations, both in nature and in the lives of human beings, will always attempt to right themselves, much like water seeking to find its own level once the pressures are turned off.”
Years ago I taught a two-day course for the National Guild of Hypnotists Conference entitled, “Human Potential Trainer Techniques.” The last gathering was attended by 1500 hypnotherapists who learned how to set up a process with a short talk, run a process and follow up with dialogues or fast individual back-to-the-cause regressions.
One of the altered-state processes was on the subject of “buttons.” When the participants were deep in trance, I said, “And it’s time to explore some of your past programming. We all have buttons connected to our computer-like subconscious mind. When these buttons are pushed, we demonstrate our machine-ness by reacting with emotion—often anger, repression or fear.
“So in this process we’re going to explore what pushes your reaction buttons. What causes you to react? The idea is to be straight with yourself and to trust the very first thoughts that come into your mind … Okay ... here’s the first question: In your personal life, what pushes your buttons causing you to quickly become angry, or fearful, or to repress?”
The process continues to include an exploration of occupational buttons, sexual buttons, embarrassment buttons, and public, national or international situations that generate reactions. They’re asked what the person closest to them does to push their buttons. The final question is, “How does what other people think push your buttons?”
“All right, meditate upon how what other people think about you is manipulating you. What your mate or lover thinks ... your friends, your co-workers, your children, and your parents. Are they pushing your buttons causing you to be the way they want you to be? Meditate upon this.”
A few minutes later, I say, “Can you get that you’ve been programmed—brainwashed from birth to worry about what other people think? You grew up worrying about what others thought. But worrying about others think may not be in your best interest. Maybe what you think is what’s most important.
“In most life areas there is no such thing as moral and immoral, right and wrong, ethical and unethical. A group of people agree upon terminology, and maybe they agree to call a particular action or practice wrong. But that does not make it wrong. That doesn’t change what it actually is. Right, wrong, moral, immoral, ethical, and unethical are all concepts, which in fact exist only by agreement of a group of people. That does not make it right or wrong ... only what they call right or wrong. It does not change what it actually is.
“In living in a society we must be willing to accept the consequences of our actions in regard to the laws of society. Yet most of the conflicts with the opinions of other people are not legal issues. It may be ill advised for you to allow what other people think to push your reaction buttons and repress who you really are.
“And be aware that the people in your life quickly learn about your buttons and they use them to manipulate you. And that reduces your personal power. Meditate upon these ideas and consider any life changes you want to make.”
After a few minutes of silence, I say, “You no longer have to be a robot that reacts to past programming that does not serve you. You have the power and ability to create your own reality ... to change what isn’t working and to manifest what you desire …. And in just a moment I am going to wake you up, remembering everything you just experienced.”
Peace and light, Dick Sutphen
While recently talking with a friend, he said, “Life is never easy.”
“Did you hear what you just said?” I asked.
“Oh, I did, didn’t I?” he said. “Thank you for catching me.”
In my Bushido Training, I usually process participants on their “soap operas.” These are the stories, bitches, moans and groans that we verbalize without thinking. Here are a few examples: “All the men I meet are jerks.” “I never have enough time.” “I have messed up astrology, because my Aries doesn’t line up with my lover’s Capricorn.” “My wife doesn’t give me enough sex.” “Money is always a problem.” “Greedy corporations have screwed up the economy.” “I have a procrastination problem.” “My hemorrhoids are acting up again.”
Those close to you know your soap operas. They’ve heard them so often they could repeat them word for word. And you could repeat theirs.
Today, you can even whine on a vanity license plate. Recently I saw a plate that said, “LOSER.” When I told that story at a recent Florida training, hypnotist Dan Cleary told me of a man with a tattoo on his arm reading, “Born to Loose.” He meant to say Lose, but he was such a loser, he misspelled it.
Every time you climb into your car, “Loser.” Every time you look in the mirror, “Born to Loose.” How could you be anything but a looser?
Here’s a short process from the seminar. I have the participants close their eyes, lightly alter consciousness, and then I ask, “What is your primary soap opera--your number one gripe or complaint? When does it get aired? Who is your primary audience? Your mate, your friends, co-workers, relatives, strangers? ……. Now summarize it in one sentence, ‘My primary soap opera is .....’”
If you were in a seminar, I might have you express your gripe out loud over the sound system to the rest of the participants. Or I sometimes direct a group mill, which is a matter of having everyone walk around, and when face to face with another person, say, “My soap opera is .....” Pretty soon they’ve told everyone else in the room their soap opera and no one can deny that they sound like a stuck CD.
After a few minutes of group milling, I like to play the old Linda Ronstadt rock song, “Poor, Poor Pitiful Me,” at very loud volume. When it’s over, I ask the participants to close their eyes and listen closely to my words: “It’s time to realize that every time you repeat your soap opera to others, you program your subconscious mind with more negativity. Every negative thought generates a cause-and-effect reaction, assuring that you will continue to experience this negativity in the future. How about deciding to end your soap opera here and now?”
In my book “Radical Spirituality” I end the volume with 69 reminders (note the yin/yang symbology and circle of energy in the number) that summarizes our spiritual evolutionary path:
1. Your earthly purpose is to cast away your fear-based emotions. Doing so creates an “absence,” leaving only your God-self to interact with the world.
2. Everything you think, say and do creates karma. And that includes the motive, intent and desire behind everything you think, say and do.
3. Karma is the basis of reality, which means you are totally responsible for everything that has ever happened to you.
4. It is your resistance to “what is” (unalterable reality) that causes your suffering.
5. Truth isn’t something to be found, it’s something you create.
6. Practice meditation, which is training the mind to stay steady on an object without wavering, and cultivating insight to see more clearly.
7. When you don’t allow life to fully express itself, you are repressing who you are, and there will be a price to pay.
8. Be patient, compassionate and generous. Accept your kindness as self-serving, and do it anyway.
9. Give up your expectations of others. If they come through great. If they don’t come through, that’s okay too.
10. Avoid gurus and religions. They’re bad for your mental health and they want your money.
11. Blame is self-pity and incompatible with the acceptance of karma and reincarnation.
12. Incorporate challenge into every aspect of your life to guarantee aliveness. If you don’t make your life interesting, your mind will do it for you.
13. Beliefs are not reality, but if you want to change your reality, you have to change your beliefs.
14. Don’t take things personally. Whoever is giving you grief would be giving grief to anyone who represented to them what you represent.
15. What society calls right and wrong, and moral and immoral is not necessarily so.
16. The point of power is now.
17. Practice being “in the moment.”
18. You will always live up to your self-image.
19. You can not become what you resent.
20. Where your attention goes, your energy flows.
21. Wisdom erases karma.
22. When you show mercy, grace and love, you will receive the same in return.
23. You always have the free will to choose how you will respond in any situation.
24. When you’re upset about the way it is and do nothing to change the situation, you are choosing to allow it to continue.
25. You don’t have to be in control to survive.
26. What you leave incomplete, you’ll be doomed to repeat.
27. Karma means you don’t get away with anything.
28. Within you is everything required to make your life happy and fulfilling.
29. Practice unconditional acceptance of others, by refraining from judgment, blame and expectations.
30. Other people are a mirror for you, because the traits you respond to in others, you recognize in yourself.
31. Everything manifest begins with an idea. Ideas and experiences create beliefs which, in turn, create reality.
32. Awareness is measured by how much you let yourself know of your own truth.
33. Everything you refuse to forgive in yourself and others remains with you as karmic baggage.
34. What other people do does not affect you. What you think about what they do affects you.
35. We are all mirrors of our own thoughts. So unhappiness and failure are self-inflicted while happiness and success are self-bestowed.
36. Every time you get upset with someone else, it is because you have expectations of approval or control (your expectations are in conflict with what is).
37. If you want to understand something or someone, you must observe without criticizing.
38. What you resist you draw to you.
39. Whatever you can conceive and believe, you can achieve, as long as your desires are realistic and do not conflict with the free will of others.
40. What you deny to others will be denied to you.
41. Love others as you would be loved, treasuring their uniqueness while accepting them as they are.
42. The greatest gift you can give another person is to be all of who you are.
43. In your heart you know the right thing to do at each moment in time.
44. You can detach from the chaos in your life by refusing to choose to control the outcome.
45. Your viewpoint determines how you react to life. You’re always free to choose a different viewpoint.
46. You need difficult people in your life to provide opportunities to test your resistance to what is.
47. What your mind has created, your mind can change.
48. The primary reason people are not as happy or fulfilled as they desire to be is because they do not know exactly what they want.
49. Simplicity is one of the key secrets of well-being.
50. Refuse to make a choice based upon the expectations of others. Instead, act in ways consistent with your purpose.
51. Imagination is more powerful than willpower. Change begins with imagination.
52. Practice being centered; physically relaxed, emotionally calm, mentally focused, and spiritually aware.
53. Practice persistence. Increasing self-discipline is a matter of building the strength not to give up.
54. Very little in life is really important, so separate what is from what isn’t ... and respond only to what is.
55. What you resist in other people, other races, other lifestyles, you become, if not in this life, in the next.
56. In life you experience what you are deeply convinced is so.
57. Value being who you are more than being accepted.
58. You are body/mind/spirit, not body and mind and spirit. What your mind doesn’t handle, your body will try to resolve, draining spiritual energy in the process.
59. Suffering is also the source of your awakening.
60. When you’re upset or life isn’t working, become an “observer” by mentally filtering the situation through the observer’s detachment.
61. You will never succeed beyond the size of your vision. So think big.
62. The Universe will support your clearest desires.
63. Pursue your desires with no indecisiveness whatsoever. This assures you of getting what you want.
64. You will achieve self-actualization momentarily, lose it, then go after again. Eventually it sinks in.
65. Never use fear as a justification for avoiding life.
66. Never do things you will have to karmically punish yourself for.
67. Never do anything that causes you to lose self-esteem.
68. Forgive others, knowing that forgiveness is a selfish act you do for yourself to elevate karma and improve the quality of your life.
69. Wake up.
An evaluation of your early role models can help you better understand your current life. People often choose role models in their youth, and these selections are made with little conscious awareness as to how much you imitate them. These heroes could be a historic figure, teacher, family member, a sports star, actor, or anyone you admired.
The role model becomes your self-image. You go through life making small decisions as if they were not part of any master plan, as if all along you were responding to individual circumstances. The truth is there was a master plan. You set it in motion when you chose your heroes.
John Foster Dulles said when we pick great heroes, “we are, in reality and largely unconsciously, making a standard of conduct for ourselves. The next step is for us to make our own lives into the kind of effort which we think our chosen heroes would applaud.”
Think back to your teenage years. Who were your role models?
My predominate heroes were the men who fought at the Alamo (March 6, 1836), in particular Col. William Barret Travis. From fourth grade through high school, I read every book I could find on the Mexican/American war, Sam Houston and the settlement of Texas. To this day, I continue to read new volumes when released. As I got older, my heroes became rebellious authors, poets, and singer-songwriters—talented wordsmiths—including several Zen communicators and Buddha himself.
How have your role models related to your life? Have they worked for you?
My heroes were all willing to speak out and act in response to what they believed. They have certainly influenced the way I communicate. They got me into trouble with the establishment on many occassions. And they probably helped me fulfill my dharma. I hope so.
The next question to ask yourself: how might your awareness of your role models affect your future?
If you don’t like what you learn, consider picking new role models that might better serve you?
While conducting a seminar a few years ago, a female participant told me she would prefer not to know anything about karma. “Knowing that even my thoughts are creating karma is overwhelming,” she said and sighed.
“And the motive and intent and desire behind your thoughts,” I added.
“Even worse,” she said. “If I didn’t know these things, my life would be easier.”
The incident reminded me of the story of an Eskimo hunter who asked the local missionary priest, “If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?”
“No,” said the priest. “Not if you did not know.”
“Then why,” asked the Eskimo, “did you tell me?” · · · ·
... which reminds me of another story in response to some recent emails. For those who need a “cosmic sign” to point the way, I love the following from Charlotte Joko Beck’s book, “Everyday Zen” (Harper & Row 1989):
To avoid the rising water during a flood, a man climbed up on the roof of his house to await rescue. Eventually a rowboat arrived and the rescue team shouted for him to climb into the boat.
“No, no. God will save me,” he said. “I’m praying.”
The water rose higher and higher until it covered the man’s legs. Another rowboat happened by and they tried to coax him into the boat. Again he said, “No, no. God will save me. I’m praying. I’m praying.”
When the water had risen to the man’s neck, a helicopter arrived and hovered above him. The rescuers shouted, “This is your last chance, grab the ladder.”
“No, God will save me,” said the man as his head slipped beneath the water and he drowned.
When the man got to heaven, he said to God, “Why didn’t you try to save me?”
God said, “I did. I sent you two rowboats and a helicopter.” · · · ·
And while we’re on the subject of heaven, let me share the story of a young man who crossed over into spirit and upon his arrival at the Pearly Gates, was welcomed by St. Peter. “You’ll like it here in heaven,” said St. Peter, “we play a lot of sports. Monday and Thursdays are tennis. Tuesdays and Fridays we play baseball.
“Well,” said the young man, “I’m really not into sports.”
“Then perhaps you’ll enjoy Wednesday nights where we have a big dinner and plenty of wine is passed around several times. Cigars. You’ll be able to let your hair down.”
“I really don’t like to drink or smoke,” said the young man.
“Oh well,” said St. Peter. “You’ll certainly enjoy Saturday nights. We have a dance and some beautiful women always attend. There is plenty of goings-on, if you know what I mean.”
“Actually, I don’t really enjoy the company of women,” said the young man.
St. Peter starred at the young man, then nodded. “Are you a homosexual by chance?”
“Oh no sir.”
“Pity, said St. Peter, “you won’t enjoy Sunday nights either!” · · · ·
Okay ... sorry. I’ll get serious again next time. I thought we could all do with a little laugh now!--peace and light, Dick Sutphen.
Dick began writing his "Master of Life" newsletters in his Valley of the Sun catalogs that he published three or four times a year beginning in the 1980s.