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Despair, Humanity & Consciousness
Mar 16 • 7 min
Discontent about the present “state of humanity” is common today. Yet, those who despair about it may not fully understand their involvement in this phenomenon. Listen in for a meaningful reflection on the matter. πŸ™πŸΎπŸ“Ώβ˜ΈοΈ #consciousness #spirituality…
Where Did Happiness Go?
Jan 22 • 13 min
Happiness remains one of the most slippery goals we can aspire to obtain. Why is this? What’s really going on? Let’s take a look… πŸ™πŸΎπŸ“Ώβ˜ΈοΈ #organic #healthcare #health #wellness #lifestyle #vegan #spirituality #hope #meditation #psychology #consciousness…
My Visit In Hell
Jan 22 • 12 min
Hell is real. Many traditions speak of it. I’ve been there and this is what I can share…πŸ™πŸΎπŸ“Ώβ˜ΈοΈ #organic #healthcare #health #wellness #lifestyle #vegan #spirituality #hope #meditation #psychology #consciousness #selfhelp #stress #meditate #anxiety #love…
Emptiness & Suffering: What Is Suffering?_ V2
Dec 27, 2018 • 1 min
Announcement! The second video in my “Emptiness & Suffering” video series has posted on my YouTube channel Plant Powered Buddhist. This video titled “What Is Suffering?” was posted Thursday December 27, 2018. Learn a few details about this specific video…
Emptiness & Suffering Video Series
Dec 25, 2018 • 1 min
Announcement! My new “Emptiness & Suffering” video series has just launched on my YouTube channel Plant Powered Buddhist. The first video “Emergence of Phenomena” was posted Monday December 24th, 2018. Listen to a few details about the series in this…
Loneliness Can Liberate You
Dec 20, 2018 • 3 min
Loneliness is something most people fear and avoid. This is a missed opportunity to become powerful beyond your imagination. If you can be with it the prize is yours. The question is…how do you do it? πŸ™πŸΎπŸ“Ώβ˜ΈοΈ #consciousness #spirituality #emptiness #satsang…
Losing Hope In Humanity
Dec 2, 2018 • 3 min
So many people today have lost hope in humanity. There are many reasons for this. However, to lose hope in humanity says something even deeper than you think. Here’s why…πŸ™πŸΎ
How To Deal With Hardships
Nov 26, 2018 • 4 min
All too often you own your challenges or hardships. Then they take ownership of you. This results in additional pain and suffering. This cycle, supported by the mind, can go on forever. How do you break this cycle? Here’s the first step…πŸ™πŸΎ
Plant Powered Buddhist Herbal Blends!
Nov 19, 2018 • 3 min
Announcing the release of Plant Powered Buddhist herbal blends! These are blends that I have personally crafted and use myself to maintain optimal health. (including my personal alkaline pH of 7.6-8.0) They are available to purchase now at…
Seeking Happiness = Barrier To Enlightenment
Nov 17, 2018 • 4 min
Happiness is something that so many people pursue. Unfortunately, pursuing happiness most often leads to suffering and here’s why…πŸ™πŸΎ
Why I Don’t Suffer
Nov 7, 2018 • 4 min
I have been asked to give a little more detail about how it is that I don’t suffer. Though it seems unimaginable to most it’s quite possible for you too. For more content on this please visit #consciousness #spirituality…
Mindfulness Is The Problem
Nov 5, 2018 • 4 min
Mindfulness has been a buzzword for several years now. While most people believe in its ability to achieve its ends, I totally disagree…πŸ™πŸΎ To hear an extended discussion on this go to
Why You Suffer
Oct 28, 2018 • 4 min
People often jump to the lesser issue of “how” they suffer. This focus will never relieve your suffering and often times will only increase it. The only question to ask is: “Why do I suffer?” The answer to this is not kind but nonetheless true…πŸ™πŸΎ…
Religion’s Relationship To Enlightenment
Oct 17, 2018 • 4 min
Does enlightenment require religion or religious affiliation? Sensei offers his opinion. For more on this and related topics visit and
Spiritual Life or Material Pursuits?
Oct 15, 2018 • 4 min
Many people are struggling today with a question: “Shall I live a spiritual life or pursue material things?” This is problematic but not for the reasons that most people think. Sensei offers a subtle perspective about this challenge. πŸ™πŸΎ
Freedom May Not Be Given or Withheld
Sep 24, 2018 • 9 min
Freedom is a phenomenon that is of interest to everyone. It’s life’s most precious “currency.” Yet, as life progresses we feel less and less of it. This does not have to be so and here’s why…πŸ™πŸΎ #consciousness #spirituality #senseiderekfletcher
Love & Possession Don’t Mix
Sep 19, 2018 • 4 min
Many of the challenges we encounter in romantic relationships are self produced. The source of this has to do with our orientation to love. Rare is the person who can love without poisoning the experience with this destructive element. πŸ’” #consciousness…
Clean Living Space Clearer Consciousness
Sep 17, 2018 • 3 min
We miss the opportunity to experience and enjoy clearer Consciousness every day. So many people keep their living spaces dirty or cluttered. Then they wonder why depression, anxiety or negative thoughts haunt them. It boils down to a lack of discipline…
Noble Truth of The Buddha #3
Sep 12, 2018 • 4 min
The Four Noble Truths of the Buddha are essential to understanding and practicing Buddhism. If you are interested in eliminating your suffering you will benefit from understanding the Four Noble Truths. Here Sensei shares some thoughts on the Third. πŸ™πŸΎβ˜ΈοΈ
Love Is Not Limitless
Sep 10, 2018 • 4 min
Love is such a powerful force in our existence. It is responsible for many wonderful things. Yet, with all of its power and influence, it is no more permanent than a blade of grass and Sensei explains why…πŸ™πŸΎ #consciousness #spirituality…
The Power of Impermanence
Sep 8, 2018 • 4 min
Here Sensei shares one of the truths that has significantly impacted his personal life and heartfelt understanding of Consciousness. For extended content on Consciousness visitπŸ™πŸΎβ˜ΈοΈπŸ“Ώ
You’re Probably Just Sad Not “Depressed”
Sep 5, 2018 • 4 min
Have you ever looked up the phrase “clinically depressed?” Do you know what depression really is? Often people seek a title and story to give to their sadness, grief or sorrow. One of those prematurely used is “I’m depressed” when really they are simply…
Do You Love Yourself?
Sep 3, 2018 • 4 min
Some people may think highly of their professional skills or ability to perform a task. They may even be able to love others intensely. Yet, when it comes to loving themselves they are not able to do it. Are you one of these people? Sensei opens up this…
You Are IT!
Aug 31, 2018 • 2 min
As a child the game of tag was a favorite. Once someone was chased and touched by another we’d say “you’re it!” Such a simple playful utterance which means so much more as an adult. (for more content on Consciousness visit ConsciousnessNow)
Children, Consciousness & Transference
Aug 29, 2018 • 4 min
Children can develop in a natural way if given general proper guidance and protection. A problem arises though when adults begin layering identities on them. In this episode, Sensei gives some insight on this while walking through a park and observing…
Santa Claus And The Ego
Aug 27, 2018 • 3 min
Scores of books have been written about the ego. Perhaps even more therapeutic theories have sprung from this idea. Likewise, dozens of human flaws and mental disturbances have been attributed to the notion of the ego. The ego and Santa Claus share one…
Do You Need A Guru?
Aug 24, 2018 • 5 min
We do maintenance on our cars and other mechanical gadgetry. If you have the means, you see a doctor once a year for a “check up.” Do you regularly do anything to maintain your spiritual health? Do you need a guru? Here’s Sensei’s thought on it. If you…
Fasting For Awareness
Aug 22, 2018 • 4 min
Fasting is an age old spiritual practice and one of my favorites. There are several types of fasting each with great benefits. I discuss a few of them here. If you’d like more information on this topic please visit πŸ™πŸΎ
What Is Corporate Conscience
Aug 20, 2018 • 4 min
Consciousness is all pervasive and not restricted by boundaries. It also expresses itself in groups, organizations and businesses. Listen in as Sensei gives a brief introduction to corporate conscience. If you want to hear more on this topic and…
The Deception Of Pursuing Happiness
Aug 17, 2018 • 6 min
The pursuit of happiness has long been held as the ultimate good. This is particularly stressed in western philosophy/culture but is completely wrong. Here’s why…
The Opportunity To Suffer
Aug 16, 2018 • 5 min
Suffering is a fact of life. But, it is also a major opportunity and here’s why….πŸ™πŸΎ
Stop Trying To Become Spiritual
Aug 15, 2018 • 3 min
So much unnecessary effort is put into trying to become spiritual. That is not the best way to reach your destination and here’s why. πŸ™πŸΎ (visit for more on this topic)
Meditation Is Not Necessary
Aug 14, 2018 • 5 min
Meditation is a powerful spiritual exercise. Its benefits are many. However, to achieve the same results you can do this rather than meditate…πŸ™πŸΎ
Stop Asking Yourself This Question
Aug 13, 2018 • 4 min
There is a deeply profound question that has intrigued, enlightened and haunted humankind since it was first asked. As insightful as it has been, we need to stop asking it and instead ask this more important question…
The Journey Is NOT More Important Than The Destination
Aug 12, 2018 • 4 min
People erroneously state and believe that questions are more important than answers or that the journey is more important than the destination when it comes to spiritual understanding. In this episode, Sensei explains why this is NOT true…πŸ™πŸΎπŸ“Ώ
Love Letters: Him To Her
Aug 12, 2018 • 2 min
Sensei’s invites you to visit and purchase his new book “Love Letters: Him To Her” which is available in paperback and ebook format. It’s the first book of a 4 part series. Listen in on how he delves into this topic (love) that is of interest…
Death, Time & Consciousness
Aug 11, 2018 • 6 min
Here Sensei expounds upon the relationship between time and consciousness but adds the element of death. Death has a unique role in this whole process. Listen in to find how it’s impacting all of your decisions in life…πŸ™πŸΎ
Time & Consciousness
Aug 10, 2018 • 5 min
Sensei raises a question regarding our present understanding of time and its impact on our ability to deepen our consciousness. A good thought experiment is proposed to illistrate the point. Try it and share your thoughts here! πŸ™πŸΎ
Second Noble Truth Of The Buddha
Mar 30, 2018 • 4 min
The Four Noble Truths of the Buddha are essential to understanding and practicing Buddhism. Here I share some thoughts on the Second. πŸ™πŸΎβ˜ΈοΈ
Food Deserts & Poor Performance
Mar 30, 2018 • 6 min
Ever hear about food deserts? Ever see one? Listen in to found out what they are and my thoughts on their impact. This will be one the greatest problems to solve in the 21st century…
First Noble Truth Of The Buddha
Mar 12, 2018 • 4 min
The Four Noble Truths of the Buddha are essential to understanding and practicing Buddhism. Here I share some brief thoughts on the First. β˜ΈοΈπŸ™πŸΎ
When A Woman Knows Her Place
Mar 12, 2018 • 1 min
Women are making greater strides toward more fairness and equality. A little poetry to honor their efforts.πŸ™ŒπŸΎ
BIG Discount On Select Black Living Water products!
Mar 7, 2018 • 1 min
I was first introduced to Black MP (mineral-probiotics) products last year by a family member who is fighting cancer. I was so impressed after using it, I contacted the company. One result of that is that you now get to buy this at a significant discount!…
Remember To Feed Your Spirit
Mar 5, 2018 • 0 min
Goals are great. But without nourishing your spirit it will all be meaningless…
Noble Truth #1 Of The Buddha
Mar 5, 2018 • 4 min
The Four Noble Truths as taught by the Buddha were among his most profound teachings! Understanding them is essential to practicing Buddhism. Here I share some brief thoughts on Noble Truth #1…☸️
How To Grow Old
Mar 5, 2018 • 3 min
Today our culture is obsessed with youth and being young. In the West, if you are 30 or older you’re “washed up.” Cicero wrote a brilliant book on the aging process. Here are my thoughts on our circumstances and his book.πŸ“š
Why You Need Rituals Not Routines
Mar 3, 2018 • 9 min
It’s time to get rid of ALL of your routines and start focusing on rituals! Here’s why…
Philosophy Of War & Fighting
Mar 3, 2018 • 5 min
Why after so much time, history and experience do humans still fight? The answer may not be as clear as we imagine…
Ode To Poverty
Mar 3, 2018 • 1 min
Poverty comes in many varieties, not just economic. It is a strange phenomenon which has the power to deplete or rejuvenate…#plantpoweredbuddhist
What If You Lived Forever?
Nov 27, 2017 • 4 min
Many have probsbly pondered the question: “If I were going to die tomorrow, what would I do today?” It’s an interesting question. However, the question I pose I believe is more penetrating. Listen and send your thoughts to me via email on my blog at:…
Don’t Stress! Let’s Have Tea.
Nov 22, 2017 • 4 min
Oddly enough, during the holiday season depression, sadness, family drama and loneliness skyrockets! This should not be the case. Let me help you make this holiday season better. Let’s have tea together. Listen how and let’s connect…
7th Vow Of The Medicine Buddha
Nov 21, 2017 • 4 min
We often feel isolated and alone on our life journey, especially when dealing with existential or spiritual angst. It comforting to know that in fact no one is alone in this. There are enlightened beings who have made vows to assist us. One such Buddha…
Where EVERYTHING Comes From Pt2
Nov 20, 2017 • 4 min
In Part 1 we introduced some basic notions of causes and conditions within the Buddhist concept of Dependent Origination. In this segment the focus is Cause & Effect. Cause & Effect along with its 6 key principles are explained and supported with examples…
Where EVERYTHING Comes From
Nov 5, 2017 • 4 min
In vain perhaps do we search for the single source of everything. A linear way of thinking, as opposed to the structure of consciousness, may be what prevents us form clearly seeing the answer. The good news is that there is an answer to where EVERYTHING…
This Belongs To Me! (Part 2)
Oct 24, 2017 • 4 min
In part two of our exploration of private property, John Locke offers support to his original argument of labor by invoking Divine Command. What does God say about owning private property? Tune in!
This Belongs To Me! (Part 1)
Oct 21, 2017 • 4 min
Few ideas inspire more debate than the idea of private property. This is Part 1 of a series on how this concept developed in its western roots. We begin with John Locke’s idea and its influence today.