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It has been a few weeks since the USA women's soccer team won the World Cup in Soccer. It made headlines but not big enough headlines. The headlines in all the major newspapers could have read, “USA WOMENS SOCCER TEAM WINS THE WORLD CUP,” but that mostly didn’t happen. Thankfully, Women then spoke up about the pay disparity between men and women in soccer and actually all sports. I believe it got some traction and it did not get enough traction. …


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This is quite the existential question to ask myself. Though its not surprising, since I am listening to Michael Pollan’s book, How to Change Your Mind, about what the new Science of Psychedelics teaches us about consciousness, dying, addiction, depression, and transcendence. I prefer dealing with the fluffy topics of consciousness and transcendence and reserving the other topics for later. I am reminded of a lovely poem by Derek Mahon, titled Everything is Going to be All Right’, where one of the lines says,

“There will be dying, there will be dying,

but there is no need to go into…


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Desmond, Wednesday June 5th 2019

The first picture of Desmond Dante Martens is less than twenty-four hours after his birth. Desmond, my second grandson, younger brother to Jack Sheridan Martens now almost three years old, is a great reminder of creation, creativity, and how special our powers of creation are.

Desmond was born at 9:58pm on June 4th. The morning after his birth he rested in my lap as I watched his face change and grow before my eyes. I felt it was a holy privilege to witness a baby so young. All the expectations of parents and family together with 9 months of growing…


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One morning in 1919, seventeen-year-old Milton Erickson awoke finding part of his body paralyzed. He would later become a pioneer in hypnotherapy and become one of the best known and most influential psychologists and psychiatrists in the twentieth century. Each day, after that day in August, the paralysis spread and he was soon diagnosed with polio which was at near epidemic stages at that time. Doctors were called in and he was not expected to live. Soon after the doctors left Erickson fell into a coma.

Three days later Erickson regained consciousness, though still alive, the paralysis had spread throughout…


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Photo by Jeremy Dorrough on Unsplash

What does it mean to be “All In”? To fully show up to exploration, learning, and opening.

For me, it means choosing to commit. Being “All In” has to be a choice you make not a choice that others make for you. Of course, you are always getting information, talking with friends and mentors. You are doing your “due diligence” for the important decisions.

And, there is a point where you stand on the cliff of decision. Poet, Patrick Overton has a beautiful way of stating these times in your life with his poem, Faith.

Faith

When you walk to the…


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Pond Farm Brewing Company

This Podcast episode and article is about Community and Community building. The Pond Farm Brewery just opened this week in San Rafael, California and my son and his wife, Trevor and Stephanie Martens have brought a labor of love to fruition. The pictures are a testament to their hard work and attention to detail. The day after the soft opening, I sat down to write my thoughts on what I witnessed and how it struck me as an overall statement and achievement.

What I noticed, is that it comes from watching them and their friends interact after college and a…


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Spring, photo by Karl Fredrickson

I’m back in a writing and podcast mode so this is good. This comes as Spring beckons with a green wave of its hand. Taunting with a promise of warmth and growth of green. The thought of this article started with a poem. This poem, “There Will Be Spring,” wanted to breakthrough into a new phase, a new round of thoughts, articles, and podcasts on the “Human Condition,” bringing awareness, transformation, and deep intuition into your life. I hear a drum roll for “There Will Be Spring.”

There Will Be Spring

The Persimmon tree

starting to break bud

one of the last to ripen


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Pond Farm in the Austin Creek State Recreation Area

These fourteen days since I left Pond Farm have been integration time. This is interesting for me because my normal routine would be to jump right into the next event, process, or activity and integration would not me high on my list of things to accomplish. Integration is not something you accomplish it is a process you allow to happen and it is on its own timeline. …

Brian R. Martens

He writes poetry concerned with the “Human Condition”, and such topics as Awareness, Transformation, and Deep Intuition. He seeks to inspire and motivate people

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