Author: Carlo Ami

A Conscious Way of Tranforming Our Lives

Like much of what is on this website, the ideas in the concise Transformanifesto offers very non-mainstream perspectives about what it takes to spiritually awaken oneself and appreciate a truly empowered life.  It is not for everybody, just those who are receptive to it.  It is an offering, not a preach. TransforManifesto Given the challenged state of humanity now, it is time for more of us to play with new possibilities such as this: the destiny of humanity is realization of our capacity for loving response to life, ongoing reflection of our divine nature, and calm practice of our harmonized Oneness.  This is to come about via our disengagement from the destructive, conditioned responses prescribed by ego and misguided society.  We understand that we are served to seriously play with the following ideas, sharing them with those who are receptive to making use of them to empower their lives. (1) We are all divine and equal.  The color of our skin, our ways of relating sexually, apparent cultural and mental health differences and the extent of our financial resources do not affect this divine quality. (2) Apparent ego does not appear to want to die. It only appears to exist as we feed “it.”  We are connected with each other in a way the unawakened mind refuses to understand, though the heart knows.  (3) Hence, to judge, to abuse, to deceive,...

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Free Discussion Groups in Southern California: Seriously Playing with New Life Management Options

During September and the early part of October, 2016, I will be facilitating group discussions in Southern California on very uncommonly expressed perspectives on living life more powerfully.  The point is spiritual empowerment, not the kind that has to do with how much money you have in the bank, how many sexual partners or how much stuff you have so that you can impress other people or feel artificially better about yourself. I’m calling it “Ways of Discovering the True Power Within YourSelf.”  We will discuss how you feel about these very non-mainstream ideas.  All participants will receive an inspirational mini-poster/card and a concise Transformanifesto one-page doc that covers the main points discussed.  If you would like to host one of these groups, just use the form below to set up a phone time to discuss it with me. The schedule for these groups will be updated at the bottom of this posting as venues are added.  Our intent: to provide value.  Some will find these discussions to be significant catalyst events in their lives, if they are ready! These groups, lasting about 90 minutes, will be about building true power rather than worldly power.  With true power, might it be that concerns about worldly power are handled or drop away? What we will be discussing are ideas that our institutions and ego would generally prefer that you avoid....

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Sports WTF of the Week 1

Series Introduction The world of sports sends us all kinds of messages that we can use to live our lives more effectively.  Some of these lessons have to do with courage, rare skill and deeds or words of inspiration.  And other lessons have to do with seeing something unconscious, weird or destructive and then maybe choosing to respond consciously. We have tended to hold sports figures in a sort of high reverence, even when they say and do stupid things. Some of the basically insane or misguided things that sports figures and fans say or do are WTF moments.  We bring these up here for you to play with, not as an opportunity to denigrate anybody.  So the personal names of the people involved will generally not be included in this series if they are still living. The Sports WTF series posts will be generally brief and will often include questions you can ask yourself about what fits for you in your life.                                           art by Thomas Jordan This Week’s Sports WTF This first Sports WTF comes from the world of college basketball, which will complete its annual “March Madness” championship tournament this week. One of the most talented players in college basketball—who happens to be coached by one...

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On His Birthday: What Have We Learned in Over 50 Years from Martin Luther King?

The Universe—or God or Allah, if you prefer—constantly sends us a stream of teachers in the form of people and experience.   Among the greatest of those teachers has been Martin Luther King. We constantly get the opportunity to understand at a deeper level whether the teachers are offering something of value that we might use to improve our lives. The way the game is played, maybe, is with one constant reality that we have collectively refused to see:  That society and imaginary ego send us a vast array of false teachers.  As long as we are paying attention to these teachers, we cannot awaken ourselves.  At the same time, some of the greatest teachers from Socrates to King, are demonized by those who control our worldly resources so that we dismiss their messages. And with so many now in the middle of—or in borderline—chaos, depression, anger and overwhelm, we tell ourselves that we do not have the time to think about or practice potentially cathartic ways of living. And the way the mind works, we have failed to get the messages of people like King because those like him are labeled by our institutions and misguided people as unrealistic, unpatriotic, divisive or spoken by one who is of the “wrong color,” or “wrong religion.” The egoic mind and the greedy institution always have pat answer that keeps us from...

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On the Birthday of Martin Luther King: What Have We Learned in the Last 50 Years?

The Universe—or God or Allah, if you prefer—constantly sends us a stream of teachers in the form of people and experience.   Among the greatest of those teachers has been Martin Luther King. We constantly get the opportunity to understand at a deeper level whether the teachers are offering something of value that we might use to improve our lives. The way the game is played, maybe, is one constant reality that we have collectively refused to see:  That society and imaginary ego send us a vast array of false teachers.  As long as we are paying attention to these teachers, we cannot awaken ourselves.  At the same time, some of the greatest teachers from Socrates to King, are demonized by those who control our worldly resources so that we dismiss their messages. And the way the mind works, we have failed to get the messages of people like King because those like him are labeled by our institutions and misguided people as unrealistic, unpatriotic, divisive or spoken by one who is of the “wrong religion.” Maybe some of the most spiritually-empowering words ever spoken are in these words King spoke over 50 years...

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