Thursday, August 23, 2018

Something Happening Here


In "the matrix" our lives have been reduced to the acceptance of our lives being the equivalent to moving, assigning, accumulating numbers, or stuff. "Paper for paper" is the ponzi scheme. Like rabbits with carrots dangling, conditioned to ignore and overlook and disregard the REAL substance and energy that we are.

Our experiences are "pushing our buttons", pulling up our fears, doubts, stories that we have developed in our adaptation to the conditioning to remain and sustain ourselves in the game.

Meanwhile, the power, force, life that we really are is pushing through these illusions, stories, experiences to express itself as the life that we truly are. This is a function of the breath. It does not require thought. It is autonomic. It is pushing, pressing, forcing us to allow the REAL things we are here to experience to be let out of our bags.

Once allowed, the benefits we have come to know, even in these earthly bodies, will be experienced, owned, felt, known. They are, as Desmond Green states: happy, healthy, wealthy, free and sweet.

Where thought comes into the process is to use it for appreciation. Appreciating all experiences whether they seem mundane, challenging, joyfull, or blissfull. All these labels for feelings, and many more, are the rubric of our life experience. They are the treasures. They are the contributions. To God/Spirit/Goddess/Love. Ours, are ours, unique, special - yet Shared!

It is a process underway. It cannot be stopped, or avoided. It is best allowed, embraced, celebrated. And, sometimes (as often as can be remembered) the most loving thing I can do, is take my next conscious, deep, appreciative breath.

Andy Skadberg

Sunday, August 5, 2018

The Wonder Child by Emmet Fox

By Emmet Fox
Excerpt from “Power Through Constructive Thinking”
First published 1932

Strange as it may seem to you there exists a mystic power that is able to transform your life so thoroughly, so radically, so completely, that when the process is completed your own friends would hardly recognize you, and in fact, you would scarcely be able to recognize yourself. You would sit down and ask yourself: “Can I really be the man or woman that I vaguely remember, who went about under my name six months or six years ago? Was I really that person? Could that person possible have been I?  And the truth will be that while in one sense you are indeed the same person, yet in another sense you will be someone utterly different. The mystic but intensely real force can pick you up today, now, from the midst of failure, ruin, misery, despair—and in the twinkling of an eye, as Paul said, solve your problems, smooth out your difficulties, cut you free from any entanglements, and place you clear, safe and happy upon the highroad of freedom and opportunity.

It can lift you out of an invalid’s bed, make you sound and well once more, and free to go out into the world and shape your life as you will. It can throw open the prison door and liberate the captive. It has magical healing balm for the bruised or broken heart.

This mystic Power can teach you all things that you need to know, if only you are receptive and teachable. It can inspire you with new thoughts and ideas, so that your work may be truly original. It can impart new and wonderful kinds of knowledge as soon as you really want such knowledge—glorious knowledge—strange things not taught in schools or written in books. It can do for you that which is probably the most important thing of all in your present stage: it can find your true place in life for you, and put you into it too. It can find the right friends for you, kindred spirits who are interested in the same ideas and want the same things that you do. It can provide you with an ideal home. It can furnish you with the prosperity that means freedom, freedom to be and to do and to go as your soul calls.

This extraordinary Power, mystic though I have rightly called it, is nevertheless very real, no mere imaginary abstraction, but actually the most practical thing there is. The existence of this Power is already well know to thousands of people in the world today and has been known to certain enlightened souls for tens of thousands of years. This Power is really no less than the primal Power of Being, and to discover that Power is the Divine birthright of all men (and women, my insertion). It is your right and your privilege to make your contact with this Power, and to allow it to work through your body, mind, and estate, so that you need no longer grovel upon the ground amid limitations and difficulties, but can soar up on wings like and eagle to the realm of dominion and joy.

But where, it will naturally be asked, is this wonderful, mystic Power to be contacted? Where may we find it? and how is it brought into action? The answer is perfectly simple—This Power is to be found within your own consciousness, the last place that most people would look for it. Right within your own mentality there lies a source of energy stronger than electricity, more potent than high explosive; unlimited and inexhaustible. You only need to make conscious contact with this Power to set it working in your affairs; and all the marvelous results enumerated can be yours. This is the real meaning of such sayings in the Bible as “The Kingdom of God is within you”; and “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and all the rest shall be added.”

This indwelling Power, the Inner Light, or Spiritual Idea, is spoken of in the Bible as a child, and throughout the Scriptures the child symbolically always stands for this. Bible symbolism has its own beautiful logic, and just as the soul is always spoken of as a woman, so this, the Spiritual Idea that is born to the soul, is described as a child. The conscious discovery by you that you have this Power within you, and your determination to make use of it, is the birth of the child. And it is easy to see how very apt the symbol is, for the infant that is born in consciousness is just such a weak and feeble entity as any new-born child, and it calls for the same careful nursing and guarding that any infant does in its earliest days. After a time, however, as the weeks go by, the child grows stronger and bigger, until a time comes when it can well take care of itself; and then it grows and grows in wisdom and stature until, no longer leaning on its mother’s care, the child, now arrived at man’s estate, turns the tables, and repays its debt by taking care of its mother. So your ability to contact the mystic Power within yourself, frail and feeble at first, will gradually develop until you find yourself permitting the Power to take your whole life into its care.

The life story of Jesus, the central figure of the Bible, perfectly dramatizes this truth. He is described as being born of a virgin, and in a poor stable, and we know how he grew up to be the Savior of the world. Now, in Bible symbolism, the virgin soul means the soul that looks to God alone, and it is this condition of soul in which the child, or Spiritual Idea, comes to birth. It is when we have reached that stage, the stage where, either through wisdom or because of suffering, we are prepared to put God really first, that the thing happens.

The Christ Child was born in a stable, though all the world had anticipated that when He arrived it would be in a palace; and we deeply appreciate the significance of this point as soon as the Holy Child comes to birth in our own soul, for with the natural consciousness of our own unworthiness we feel only too keenly that once more He is being born in a stable. Here we have the inspired intimation that this fact will not prevent His growing up to be the savior of our own individual world.

The Bible directly and indirectly has a good deal to say on the subject of birth and growth of the child, and what it can mean for us. One of the most significant pronouncements on this subject is given in the Book of Isaiah, Chapter 9, verses 2, 6, and 7, and it will amply repay us to consider that statement in some detail.

Isaiah says: “The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.” This is a marvelous description of what happens when the Spiritual Idea, the child, is born to the soul. Walking in darkness, moral or physical, dwelling in the land of the shadow of death—the death of joy, or hope or even self-respect—describes well the condition of many people before this light shines into their weary, heartbroken lives; and the Prophet rises into a paean of exultant joy as he contemplates the deliverance wrought by the mystic Power; “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

This description begins by giving the gist of the whole matter, simply and concisely—that the government is to be upon his shoulder. This really covers the whole business. Correctly understood, this statement tells the entire story without need of any further comment. It means that once you have contacted the mystic Power within, and have allowed it to take over your responsibilities for you, it will direct and govern all your affairs from the greatest to the least without effort, and without mistakes, and without trouble to you. The government shall be upon his shoulder. You are tired, and driven, and worried, and weak, and ill, and depressed, because you have been trying to carry the government upon your own shoulder; the burden is too much for you, and you have broken down under it. Now, immediately you hand over your self-government, that is, the burden of making a living, or of healing your body, or erasing your mistakes, to the Child. He, the Tireless One, the All-Powerful, the All-Wise, the All-Resourceful, assumes it with joy; and your difficulties have see the beginning of the end.

The Prophet next goes on to speak of the “Name” of the child, and if we know something of Bible symbolism, we know that we are going to learn something fundamental, for in the Bible, the name of anything, means the character or nature of that thing, and so we realize that a name is not merely an arbitrary label, but actually a hieroglyph of the soul. We are given no less than five names or qualities of the child. Let us examine them and see what they tell us. First of all, Isaiah says that the name of the child is Wonderful, and this in fact is the first and the outstanding quality; this child is a Wonder Child. The word “wonderful” here requires to be carefully scrutinized. As employed in the Bible, it implies simply and plainly a miracle—a miracle, just that, and nothing less, because you have to realize that the Bible teaches the miracle from the first page to the last. The Bible repeatedly says that miracles can happen, and that they do happen; and it gives detailed and circumstantial accounts of many specific cases. And it says, many times, that miracles always will happen if you believe them to be possible, and are willing to recognize the Power of God, and to call upon it.

There have been many efforts during the last two generations to divorce the Bible teaching from the belief in miracles. Attempts have been made to show that in some unexplained way the Bible can be true and useful, and yet mistaken in its teaching of the miracle, in other words, that it can in some mysterious manner be an edifying conglomeration of truth and lies. Indeed, one famous Bible critic said blandly: “Miracles do not happen”—thus dismissing the whole matter with a wave of his hand. The obvious rejoinder to this is that if it were true that miracles do not happen, the Bible would be a mere meaningless jumble of pointless fables. But they do happen and even as Galileo terminated the other controversy by saying, “nevertheless it revolves,” so when all controversy finishes, we may say of miracles, “nevertheless, they happen.”

Well now, just recollect the first quality that Isaiah gives for the child. It is a wonder child; that is to say, it is a miraculous child; it is a worker of miracles. This means that as soon as the Wonder Child is born in your consciousness, the miracle will come into your life—a real miracle, remember. This does not mean simply that you will become resigned to your present circumstances, or merely that you will then be enabled to meet the same difficulties with a higher courage or a clearer brain. It means the miracle.  It means that the Wonder Child, not in any figurative or metaphorical sense, but plainly and literally, in the most matter of fact meaning of the term, will work miracles in your life. It will do these things absolutely, irrespective of what your present conditions are. It is in no way constrained or constricted by your present circumstances. The whole point is that the Wonder Child can lift you out of those very circumstances, and set you down in different circumstances. The Wonder Child is the Miracle Child.

Now let us take the second point that the Prophet gives us concerning this Wonder Child. He calls it the “Counselor,” and a counselor, you know, is one that gives advice or guidance; and so you see that once the Child has been born, you need never again lack either of these things. The Child will be your infallible counselor. If you are worried because you do not know whether or not to take some important step, to accept or reject a business offer, to sign or not to sign and important document, to enter upon or to dissolve a partnership, to resign your position or not, to go abroad or to stay at home, to trust someone or not trust him, to say something or to leave it unsaid, the Wonder Child will be your counselor, and the Wonder Child is never mistaken.

It is in the third point that the Prophet reveals to us who the Wonder Child really is. It is no less than God Himself. “The Mighty God,” as Isaiah reminds us, and truly the mystic Power that transforms, and transmutes, and transfigures, is God Himself, always present with you, and always available, once you have understood and accepted the Spiritual Idea. And it is because He is God, that the work of the Child is independent of all conditions.

The fourth name that the Prophet attributes to the Child is that of Everlasting Father. This point establishes our relationship to God in unmistakable terms. As Jesus so clearly pointed out, God is our Father, not merely our Creator, and we as the children of a good Father may expect to find ourselves provided with everything that we need for our body or soul. But since we have to establish for ourselves our own consciousness of this fact, and as our demonstration is just the measure of our understanding of it, our concept of the Divine fact is the fruit of our own soul, and may be mystically called our child.

Finally, in the fifth point, we receive what is perhaps the greatest name of all. Here the Child is called “The Prince of Peace.” Just try to realize what this title must mean for you in practice—nothing less that that the Wonder Child, the Spiritual Idea, born to your own soul, is the Prince of Peace. Now think what perfect peace of soul, if you could attain it, would actually mean to you. If your soul were truly at peace, what in your life could go wrong? If only you had real peace of soul, do you suppose that your body could be ill? Given real peace of soul, how easy it would be to find your true place in the world, which would mean prosperity as well as happiness. How easily, how quickly and efficiently you could perform your work, work such as you have never done yet, and in less than half the usual time. Of course, everybody knows that this is what would follow the attainment of soul peace, but there is still much more in it than that. What you perhaps do not know is that once you have attained true peace of soul, you have made it possible for the Mystic Power, the Wonder Child, to teach you new things, utterly beyond the compass of your present understanding, enabling you to do things in the world, if you should wish to, that nobody would have deemed it possible that you could do. Well, it is in the very nature of the Wonder Child to give you just that very soul peace, and it is because of this function that it is called the “The Prince of Peace.”

Isaiah goes on to tell us that this is no limited demonstration, but that once it begins, it goes on and on as we rise higher and higher in consciousness, increasing and expanding more and more unto the perfect day.” Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and justice from henceforth even forever.” The throne of David is of course Jerusalem, which is Uru-Salem, the city of peace, this very peace that we have been discussing; and Jerusalem symbolically means the awakening of consciousness. There shall indeed be no end to the increase of that government, and in view of the possibility that the weaker souls, the fearful, and the unbelieving, and the depressed, should find it impossible to believe that such good tidings could possibly be true, the Prophet clinches the matter with the definite assertion: “The Zeal of the Lord of Hosts will perform this.” This should remove all sense of personal responsibility for the demonstration, the bugbear of so many seekers. Have we not seen the gist of the whole matter is just this very point—that the
government shall be upon his shoulder.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

God's Jellyfish

The energy we are is self consistent. Plastic. Malleable. We direct the energy, yet our bodies and the materials we use maintain integrity. Everything stays in form for us to work with. Words. Arguments. Digressions.

The Reverence for Life University Ames Language Laboratory introduces people to clear channels. Removing choked pipes. Stating the nature of the energies expression as discovered through science.

We are the jellyfish of God's consciousness creating the reality, movie, physical orchestration expressed as earth, air, fire, water, ether; experienced as images, tastes, smells, sounds, physical feelings while being manifested from our inner world.

The Practice gives us our personal orientation as to be the master-maker of our "reality" utilizing in the most efficient ways the powers that are at our beck and call. The energy is self directed and consistent and dependable and our bodies are an amazing instrument for navigation providing us constant bio-feedback both internally and externally, of our process.

Becoming aware and sensitive to the physical and spiritual guidance as an autonomous, yet full sourced and supported unit of the One Breath-based, Infinite cosmos, plasma, star-dust spiraling, pulsating, vibrating energy of God/Goddess/Source/Spirit/All-That-Is Love!

Monday, March 5, 2018

National T.V. Début - Dr. Andy Drives a Bus

Friday, November 7, 2008

National T.V. Début - Dr. Andy Drives a Bus

Today I'm going to venture into the personal domain with a somewhat humerous story. It looks like I'm going to have my national T.V. début here in a few weeks, not as an expert in tourism, or scholar or a Ph.D., but as a bus driver. Hehehe.

Due to the slowness of some projects for Solomon Source I've had to take a job with my old "stand-by" - working for a bus company. Now this time, instead of driving the bus (which I've done since 1984) I've been mostly working in the office. However, I told the company if they needed me to drive, I would. Last week the makers of "Friday Night Lights" came by to look at our buses, which I showed them. A couple of days later they called about getting the buses. I actually clean up pretty good so the company asked me if I wanted to drive for them. I said "sure".

The scenes are about as the team makes its way to State. And I'm the bus driver. Its been interesting and fun. And it lends to humility. Humility is always a good place to return to. For me it lends to a sense of gratitude, which is also a good place to be.

Actually, I have found myself repeatly coming back to buses over about 25 years. I have "sworn" off driving numerous times, but something about the experience and my life situation has pulled me back for one reason or another. I drove all through my Ph.D. studies to supplement my income, and even drove a few times while I was teaching at Texas A&M.

In an interesting way much of my life experience and perspectives have been influenced by my experiences working with this industry. I think it's the same that people say about their experiences waiting tables. Those jobs that customers often take for granted allows the "Server" a plethora of experience that end up shaping their lives.

Driving for people has had a significant affect on my view of the world. I have always been inclined to "do stuff" and driving the bus has allowed me the opportunity to see many places and meet thousands of people and have a vast array of experiences, especially educational and "experiential".

In fact just the other day I picked up an elementary school group at Camp Champions near Marble Falls, Texas and was amazed with the impact these teachers are having on their students lives. I am doing a little more research and will soon do a longer blog on their awesome work.

In my opinion, this is where "the rubber meets the road" - teachers touching kids lives, creating experiences that allow the kids a chance to see the world in a new way. It was Steve Simpson who really started this for me at Iowa State in the 80's. He lit a fire in my heart and I'm still on the path today.

Well anyway, look for more "down to earth" blogs in the near future. My more recent experiences (having to take a job I don't really want to, just to get by) of the mundane and survival brings me to another level of experience. It makes me ask the question "what are we doing to touch people's lives". How is the "theory" brought to a place where we actually are making a difference. Look for random thoughts along these lines in the next few weeks - or not.

But, I'll be sure to post when my national acting début happens. Likely within the next few weeks. Maybe Hollywood is waiting for me??? . . . or maybe not!!

All the best,

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Evolving "Addiction" Recovery Models

Offering a smorgasbord of Breath Consciousness skills and tools through the Reverence for Life University, and ancillary websites

Approaching treatment centers, AA, hospitals, outreach/recovery houses, etc. with the Reverence for Life University tool box. I will be adding to this outline as a guide to assist people who are working on addressing any type of "addiction". My experience is based upon 36 years clean and sober.

Primarily offering The Practice, as in The Global Citizenship Passport

Replacing the accusatory theology, psychology, philosophy (judgement of anyone, especially ourselves)

Replace with: "affirmational" theology, psychology, philosophy as espoused by Desmond D. Green, and first discovered by Albert Schweitzer.

    - Conscious Deep Breathing (downloadable Breathing Benefits pdf)
    - Languaging, Self Talk (Conscious Body Language  (Self Talk)
    - Breath Tapping
    - Becoming / Being Present (See Peace Making)
    - Science of Self Actualization

Addressing boredom
    - Simplifying
    - Recreation
    - Fullfilling, satisfying work (see Tom Dooley)
    - Music, art, dance, play, time in nature
    - Bob Windt's model for learning (see Yep It's Rocket Science)
    - Being of Service
    - Robert Wilson "all work and no play makes "insert name" a very dull boy"

Redirecting Attention
    - technology, re-addressing
    - time in nature
    - Breathing Practices
    - Being Present
    - exercise

Other Key Ideas
- Taking care with money
- Friendship
- Asking for help, and accepting (allowing others to be of Service is a great gift to them)
- Having fun
- Being honest
- Changing playgrounds and playmates
- First Things First (The Practice)
- Easy Does It
- Our experiences are our greatest gift that we can Share with others

This is a Spiritual process, just like when we exercise our body and mind, we have to address, grow, our Soul/Spirit

Full-filling work (job, vocation, career, avocation)
A key, is to find work that feels fulfilling, or satisfies, and doesn't suck the life out of us. Another way to look at this is to "transcend" our work, with the intention, knowing, that what our heart's desire will be brought to us in good timing. A couple touchstones: don't settle for less, there can be a danger where one might "rest on their laurels" (see Vision Excelerator, bringing dreams to life)

Monitoring Feelings 
We have an internal guidance system, it is our feelings, especially emanating from our "guts", solar plexus, or breadbasket.
- The Moods Channel
- Dial-A-Mantra 

Additional Activities


Other Affiliated Websites of the Reverence for Life University

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The New Jericho

As the walls of the New Jericho come tumbling down, or the veil is lifted, or the curtain is pulled back on the Wizard, many will be shocked and astounded to learn of the atrocities that have been perpetrated IN YOUR NAME!

Fear not. While these discoveries pass before your eyes, if you act with steadfastness and Charity, the knowing of Reverence for Life can become the foundation of your journeys forward. Ultimately, these events have no lasting bearing because the Truth is that this the ONE's experience(s), not ours. As Shakespeare wrote "All the world's a stage, all the men and women merely players."

The Power of Life is such a simple Truth. We all exist in ONE BREATH. The horrors and the stories we repeat become ours. If we believe them, they become ours. If we argue for them, the become our possessions.

The beautiful, loving design ordained by God, All That Is, The One Infinite Creator has built in protections. We cannot, in no shape or form, "screw it up."

We get to experience it! As if it is ours. Which it is. Because we are one with the ONE.

The formula for life is simple - Live with the greatest loving intent that you can day to day, progressively. Bring this energy into all of your dealings, to the best of your ability.

The dualistic mind is a tricky one. It has a real hard time accepting the fact that there in only ONE thing here.

This is not a problem. One bodies and our Breath knows. Our life experiences occur by what we do with our next breath. And our mind can be trained to fall into it's proper role through The Practice and Breath Tapping.

The image-based consciousness cannot be reasoned with That does not matter. What matters is to do things that make you feel at peace. Become Breath Conscious. Become Breath Appreciative. Connect with the Mother Earth - spending time in nature connecting your heart - we call it "Hearthing".

Replacing all of the "busy-ness" of the image-based reality, which is crumbling like the Berlin Wall, find the Joys. Love, Life, that is Being delivered to YOU, Right Directly In Your Face - 25,000 times a day.

This is your. This is you. This is all of Ours.

We are all in this together. Because there is no way to get out.

Live it. Enjoy it. Revere it.


Wednesday, July 5, 2017


I looked in the mirror today
I tried but couldn't look away
I felt afraid that I might see
Something wrong with me
It was hard to look inside
I had to pierce the false pride
As I broke through the tangle
I could look from another angle
Like a lightbulb had just been lit
This humbled me a little bit
I found myself in a room
In one corner lurked my doom
I approached the corner against my will
A bottle perched on a window sill
The window that had no light
I grabbed that bottle in my plight
It burned me in and out
Something was wrong no doubt
I dropped the bottle on the floor
And started walking toward the door
It rolled past me in front of my feet
I felt no mightier match I'd meet
It grew so large I couldn't see
There was nowhere left to flee
I went to the window for a leap
To escape the hazards I might reap
I opened the window and in flowed a stream
A trickle of light I had never seen
It touched my heart and felt so warm
And engulfed me in such a storm
I raised my arms and fell to my knees
To praise this thing that I might please
A feeling grew I had not felt
A winning hand that I was dealt
I raised my head and came to my feet
To approach this thing I had to meet
I went to the bottle to look inside
It seemed there was nothing left to hide
I turned away afraid to look
But the light still shone that I'd mistook
I got a strength and it grew
It felt so good this I knew
So I looked inside and it was bad
But because of the light I was not sad
For the light is so bright
I said to myself "you're alright."

I wrote this poem soon after my sobriety date of July 13, 1981. I am still free of drugs and alcohol.