Yogi meditating on rocks near the ocean.
Yogi meditating on rocks near the ocean.

We’ve all had the experience of being terrified to do something for the first time, but then once we tried it, we loved it. I was scared stiff to go on the radio the first time when I was in high school, but when that red “on air” light went on, and I launched into reading the news on the local AM radio, I found new dimensions to this new broadcasting thing I never knew were there, and it was wonderful. I couldn’t wait to get back to the microphone.

When I was a young professional drummer, my band was…


A bridge of grace into the light
A bridge of grace into the light

Our reptilian brain in a state of fear will paint some of the most outrageous worst-case scenarios, fully engaging the fight-or-flight adrenal response, seemingly beyond our control, leaving us exhausted, defensive and constantly on guard.

On the other hand, in a state of love, the reptilian brain recedes into the background, and all responses to life events and the information about them always points to positive outcomes, leaving us hopeful and inspired.

Although it seems impossible sometimes, there is a choice point, where we can choose to take the high road to hope and harmony, or the low road to…


Finding ways to forgive life
Finding ways to forgive life

“Life is not what happens to you. It is what happens as a result of you,” said my long-time friend, shaman, teacher and confidant. As a young man, I was on a sort of vision quest — meditating, travelling and camping, searching for a point of view that at the time seemed fleeting and ethereal. I wanted to reach that state of unshakable equanimity, where nothing was “bad”, and nothing was too good to be true.

He gazed at me as we sat in silence. Then his voice seemed to cut through a veil I didn’t know was there, “You…


The cry for love
The cry for love

Back in the 80s I dated and then married a woman with a teenage daughter, putting me in the awkward position of “step dad”. At first, the daughter — we’ll call her Grace — really seemed to like me, and was on her best behavior when I was around. Once we settled, she began acting out — at times violently. We endured some public outbursts that got the police involved, which led us to seek counseling.

The counselor emphasized the value of creating structure. Grace had enjoyed quite a bit of freedom after her mother had divorced her biological dad…


The path unfolds through the forest of life.
The path unfolds through the forest of life.

We’ve all had moments in life where it seemed an overseeing force, or maybe a being, intervened in what could have been a dangerous, or even fatal event. This intervention seemed to “come out of nowhere” and is forever etched in memory.

One day I was walking home from the shopping center after having my daily cup of coffee. I came to an intersection crosswalk with my eye on the “don’t walk” sign, since I was in a bit of a hurry. The sign switched to walk, and I immediately began to step off the curb. Right at that moment…


Great Awakening
Great Awakening

Many of us have been sitting in the bleachers munching our popcorn as the control drama of the US elections unfolds. To some it is the ultimate “fight to the finish” between the forces of Dark and Light that has justified extreme emotional responses, stressing out and lashing out, without any chilling out.

Personally, I prefer to see the upheaval in terms of what has been referred to as The Great Awakening. What does that mean? It means that the ills of the world have always been perpetrated by a small cadre of economic and political forces deeply behind the…


I found myself exclaiming in righteous indignation at what I perceived as outrageous viewpoints pushed out through social and television media lately. As I spouted my reactions, my dear friend suddenly interjected, “Isn’t this great?”

I was on the road to seeing things this way, but I hadn’t gotten there quite yet. “Well, at least people are getting involved in the conversations,” I quipped.

“No, I mean, this is all great for self-inquiry,” she clarified. “It’s really a mirror showing everyone their beliefs, their biases, and emotional triggers!”

And she’s absolutely correct. These times are perfect for observing how we…


Superman’s Fortress of Solitude
Superman’s Fortress of Solitude

Two and a half years ago I made the life-changing decision to move to the town of my birth out in Kansas. I was living in the San Diego Area, and although it was outwardly relatively calm, the mental noise and emotional chaos caused by my continually upended living circumstances got me longing for some peace and equanimity.

I arrived back in this small, humble railroad town 66 years after my birth, and 40-some years after my last visit. It was December, and the season brought back memories of past Kansas winters, which are relatively mild compared to just a…


Safety in courage — floating over the abyss.
Safety in courage — floating over the abyss.

A new term in social circles lately is “safetyism”, where every plan of action has as its top priority being safe. It is risk aversion taken to the next level. Traced back to parents protecting their infants from every and all potential dangers in life, safetyism has become a modus operandi for everyday living for adults.

It is where the majority of decisions are based on the perception of daily existential threats, and where a society becomes convinced (despite any reliable evidence to the contrary) it is facing constant mortal dangers. …


It all needs to be there.
It all needs to be there.

“The total number of minds in the universe is one.” — Erwin Schrodinger

In common, pedestrian thinking, we habitually consider that our personal actions affect only what we can see and hear. We carry out our daily mundane chores and recreations with little thought to how those actions may be connected to the rest of the world. As Jacques Fresco, well known futurists once said, “We think we’re completely free and unconnected — just walking around, but take away the air, we die, take away the bees, we die…”

It is the total oneness of life; the sum total of…

Boyd Martin

Proprietor of Pure Energy Rx featuring wellness formulas based on quantum physics research. Boyd is also producer of Mystic Broadcast Radio.

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