The Why and the Wherefore
2001, the global situation has begun a downward spiral, with no
apparent end in sight: 1. escalating violence in the Middle East
2. the largest corporate bankruptcy in history 3. the largest retail
bankruptcy in history 4. the devastating scandal in the Catholic
Church 5. a proliferation of sexually transmitted diseases, every
one of them incurable 6. the 9/11 New York City terrorist attack
7. for the first time, the unemployed outnumber the employed 8.
the disintegration of both the marriage institution and the nuclear
family 9. an archaic educational system that combines metal detectors
and a police presence with eighteenth-century teaching methods 10.
greed as the primary motivating force in business 11. vanity as
the primary motivating force in our personal lives 12. conflict
as the primary motivating force in our forms of entertainment
I could easily add to this list...there's enough here to make anyone
believe in apocalypse, armageddon, World War III...and yet, surprisingly,
no one does a thing; no one suggests making any drastic changes.
The Vanilla World View is a metaphysical system that transcends
the bounds of social, political, economic, and religious decorum
in its demand for drastic, immediate change. The focus, however,
is on what you, the individual, can do, how you can use your untapped
personal power to influence your life, how you can use that power
to change even the course of events in your immediate environment.
You are indeed
the intended audience of the Vanilla World View; what's more, your
way of looking at the world will be altered long before you finish
this book, even though the basic ideas presented here are really
rather simple. In fact, you could say that these revelations represent
a "plain vanilla" way of looking at life and death.
Like you, I'm
on a quest, I'm a seeker. I'm a teacher, a writer, a speaker, a composer, a musician, a philosopher, a metaphysician. I've visited the holy shrines of Asia
Minor, witnessed the bombing of Beirut, crossed the Atlantic Ocean
just to understand the Sargasso Sea, traveled though Mexico with
no more than a bag with one change of clothes, climbed the great
Pyramids of Egypt, investigated paranormal phenomena, come face
to face with Evil itself. Perhaps one day I will explain how I came
to have the insights presented on the following pages. But first
I have to think about what I can do for you.
How can we lead
happier lives? How can we make our marriages last longer? How can
we raise our children successfully? How can we help bring about
world peace? Can we heal ourselves if we get sick? How can we affect
the future? Is there a way we can influence chance events? What
can we do to fix the problems with our educational system? How do
we deal with the evil in the world?
Does God exist?
Or is God just a mindless force? Or is there no God at all? And
is there life after death?
you say: many of these questions should not even be attempted, much
less answered. This book is some kind of insolence, some kind of
audacious hoax. The author must be a lunatic, a quack guru, a carnival
barker, the Devil himself.
Welcome to the
21st century, and a new way of looking at life, at death, at eternity.
You'll just have to turn the page to find out the answers to the
questions asked here, perhaps to all questions asked everywhere.
have to read about the Vanilla World View
The Vanilla World View, covering as it does the entire range of
human experience, has repercussions and implications that may not
be immediately apparent, and as such I consider it a project-in-progress,
one that will be expanded and developed further.
Plans call for
the creation of a central Website where suggestions, differences,
corrections, and revelations may be e-mailed to me; a message board
will be set up for an exchange of ideas about practical ways of
putting our metaphysical agenda in motion. Telling everyone to love
others is pretty simple and direct, but may not be the most productive
or effective, so remember that there are a myriad of ways to produce
positive energy besides loving that are also quite useful.
The point is
that, according to the Vanilla World View, manifestations of positive
energy may actually alter the nature of events that are occurring,
alter the nature of chance, alter the nature of the way people behave,
alter the nature of human health, even alter the nature of the future.
Far from saying that peace and harmony are brought about only by
revolution, acts of congress, wars of conquest, passage of laws,
and social upheaval, we are asserting that peace, love, and harmony
can be reached as an end result through positively energizing our
environment, through positively charging the air in which we live
and work, through energizing our world in a way that will further
enable the occurrence of events leading to world stability and peace.
made in this book, while quite radical in nature, are actually not
entirely inconsistent with the principles and practices of traditional
religion. Much more work is needed to reconcile the principles of
the Vanilla World View with those put forth by the churches, but
it must be remembered that our goals are primarily the same.
hope that one, some, or all of the preceding pages will change your
life in a positive way; the recharging of a life from the negative
to the positive isn't brought about by simply believing in a different
set of rules or assumptions, but by putting into action those rules
and assumptions. The beauty of this system is that you can make
a difference as part of a larger group - or by yourself, alone.
After all, it
really is a matter of life and death.
Here's where we start: energy, one of the basic elements of the
universe, the stuff that your science teacher said can't be destroyed,
the stuff that your science teacher said can only be altered in
was quick to point out that we know energy in different forms:
OK, fine. We'll
buy it. But there are still questions that remain..
If I become
angry, so angry that I want to pound the dining room table with
my fist, isn't some type of energy involved? And what type of energy
is that? Maybe chemical? Maybe heat? Maybe, but what if I were to
add other "types" of energy to the equation? What if I
were to add emotional energy, personal energy, spiritual energy?
If I become so upset, perhaps because my favorite football team
was just eliminated from the playoffs, that I stomp my feet in disgust,
isn't energy being expended?
OK, fine. There's
human energy, and there's spiritual energy. Go ahead and annotate
your textbooks. But what does all this have to do with daily living?
How can knowing about energy influence the way we work, play, love,
hate, make plans, choose careers, help others?
questions is no easy taskbut if you stop and really think about
energy, the forms it takes, and what you can do with it, you'll
reach a number of significant conclusions that will forever alter
the way you see the world around you.
Make a list
of ways that we, as human beings, manifest energy, and then try
to answer the following questions: Can you see this type of energy?
If so, how do you go about "seeing" human energy? How
can you "see" spiritual energy? And where do you go to
look for it?