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How to stop procrastinating and do what you know you should do

posted by B. Dave Walters

“Just that you do the right thing. The rest doesn’t matter. Cold or warm. Tired or well-rested. Despised or honored. Dying…or busy with other assignments. Because dying, too, is one of our assignments in life. There as well: “To do […]

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Are you growing, or just growing older?

posted by B. Dave Walters

“I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and a […]

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How to motivate yourself…finally!

posted by B. Dave Walters

“It’s a New Year and with it comes a fresh opportunity to shape our world. So this is my wish, a wish for me as much as it is a wish for you: in the world to come, let us […]

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Racism and the Law of Attraction (Video)

posted by B. Dave Walters

“I love America more than any other country in the world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.” -James Baldwin Question submitted via Formspring: “Hi, I am trying to find a way to […]

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How to finally attract what you want (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

“Do not wait: the time will never be ‘just right’. Start where you stand, and work whatever tools you may have at your command and better tools will be found as you go along.” ― Napoleon Hill As of the […]

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Q&A: “I’m trying to smile, but I’ve hit rock bottom….”

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “Hello, I am on the journey of my life moving leaving everything i know to move to NYC by myself. I had to stay in a shelter and am still here. I have a job but […]

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The bad news about pursuing your dreams

posted by B. Dave Walters

We talked recently about what to do to have you breakthrough, and soon afterwards a friend contacted me about a hang up he’s having.  Essentially, he’s been in action towards achieving his goals, but his emotions have been all over […]

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A full moon, a Blood Moon, and a Hunter’s moon; oh my!

posted by B. Dave Walters

Starting on October 8, his week will have a particularly powerful alignment when we have a Blood Moon, a Hunter’s Moon, AND a full moon in Aries will be happening all at once!  This is a particularly powerful alignment of […]

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What to do to have your breakthrough

posted by B. Dave Walters

“Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.” – Charles Kettering As of this week, I’ll have been writing these articles for five years, and to celebrate, I want to share with you some of the most important […]

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How to make use of the Autumnal Equinox

posted by B. Dave Walters

September 23, 2014 marks the Autumnal Equinox, the second day of the year when day and night are exactly equal. The Fall (Autumnal) Equinox is important, since it signifies the transition into the ‘dark cycle’ of the year: “When the […]

3 Simple rules for a happy life

posted by B. Dave Walters

“You always own the option of having no opinion. There is never any need to get worked up or to trouble your soul about things you can’t control. These things are not asking to be judged by you. Leave them […]

Suicide, and making sense of the senseless.

posted by B. Dave Walters

“But in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself.” ― Albert Camus Anyone who’s lost a loved one to suicide knows how uniquely painful and confusing it can be.  The death of Robin Williams opened […]

How to use the August Super Moon

posted by B. Dave Walters

Starting August 10, we’ll be experiencing one of the three ‘super moons’ of the summer, where the Moon is physically closer to the Earth, making it appear bigger and brighter in the sky.  This also means it will have greater […]

Q&A: I STILL don’t know what to do with my life…HELP!

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “Hi, I’ve been reading some of your posts, really interesting and encouraging, I kinda feel better and not that lost but I can’t stop thinking about what I can do. The thing is that I’m one […]

The Spiritual Lessons of Superheroes

posted by B. Dave Walters

As of the time of this writing, San Diego Comic Con is starting up.  I’ll be appearing on a panel on Spiritual Themes in Comics on Saturday at 6 PM in room 4…stop by and see me if you’re in […]

How to Avoid Disappointment and Feel at Peace

posted by B. Dave Walters

“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but thought about it. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking. Separate them from the situation, which is always neutral. It is as it is.” -Eckhart Tolle On a recent […]

A Message from Your Future Self

posted by B. Dave Walters

“The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little.” -Thomas Merton Beloved, Once again, it has been ages since we last talked.  Too long. Of course, I have been here watching, and I see your confusion.  You’re wondering what […]

It’s okay to not be okay

posted by B. Dave Walters

“Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.” ― Seneca On a recent episode of Rise UP with B. Dave Walters: Simple Answers to Life’s Hard Questions we talked about getting up after falling down: Being true to yourself, why […]

Resolving to do better in 2014

posted by B. Dave Walters

Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right. -Oprah Winfrey Every year around January 1, we take out a piece of paper and list our resolutions; all kinds of things we are ‘resolving’ to […]

Why you can’t sleep at night, and how to fix it.

posted by B. Dave Walters

In my Coaching work, one of the most common complaints I hear is of people not being able to sleep at night.  Whether it’s not being able to fall asleep, stay asleep, or not being able to get your mind to […]

Good news for tough times

posted by B. Dave Walters

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” ― Fred Rogers It’s easy to start feeling […]

Three quick ways to find peace and happiness

posted by B. Dave Walters

“People are afraid of themselves, of their own reality; their feelings most of all. People talk about how great love is, but that’s B.S. Love hurts. Feelings are disturbing. People are taught that pain is evil and dangerous. How can […]

Q&A: Can Christians and non-Christians date?

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “Can Christians and non-Christians date? If so is the outcome always one of being non-yoked?” Yes, it’s possible for a Christian and a non-Christian to date successfully.  However, it’s going to take communication and effort…just like […]

Q&A: Why there is no ‘One,’ and that’s a good thing

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Facebook: “I just broke up with my boyfriend for the third and final time. I’m feeling good about it, but truly discouraged at the fact that there isn’t one person in the world for everyone. Love is….not […]

Choosing your life for a change

posted by B. Dave Walters

This Friday, June 21 is the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, both the official start of summer, and the longest day of the year.  However, in esoteric circles it is the absolutely most powerful time of the year to […]

How to be happy and powerful: Advice from the Emperor

posted by B. Dave Walters

This is the absolute best time in history to be alive. Let me say that again: This is the best time in history to be alive.  No human beings anywhere, ever, have had the level of peace, security, information, education, […]

Another love letter from your true self

posted by B. Dave Walters

Beloved, I have missed you since we last talked, but I’ve been with you the whole time.  I just wanted to tell you that I am SO very proud of you.  I see you every day, shining and brilliant. But, […]

Q&A: Prayers and Inspiration for Tough Times

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring.Me/BDaveWalters: “What are some Bible verses I can share with a relative who just went to jail?” The Holy Bible is a source of inspiration for Jews, Christians, and even Muslims all over the world.  The real […]

How to be fearless

posted by B. Dave Walters

To fall seven times, it to rise eight times. Life begins today. -Bodidharma I’d like to talk a little bit here about confidence and self esteem. I’m serious, don’t roll your eyes at me! Those words, ‘self-esteem’ get thrown around […]

Earth Day, every day.

posted by B. Dave Walters

“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” -Kahlil Gibran “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson “Birds sing after a storm; why […]

Q&A: How to give yourself permission to shine

posted by B. Dave Walters

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, […]

Q&A: ‘Why didn’t the Law of Attraction work for me?’

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “How can I tell the difference between inspired action and action to “force a result”? I was feeling good and confident on manifesting something into my life, took what I thought was inspired action only to […]

How to get up when you hit rock bottom

posted by B. Dave Walters

“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but thought about it. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking. Separate them from the situation, which is always neutral. It is as it is.  Always say “yes” to the […]

Q&A: ‘Is being negative just as good as being positive?’

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “One of my friends actually believes being negative is as ok as being positive. He is constantly desolate and sad due to victimizing himself and not trusting anyone. Am I not able to convince him because […]

A love letter from your true self

posted by B. Dave Walters

Beloved, I’ve been trying to talk to you lately, but you’ve been so busy; hopefully writing this letter will get your attention.  I just want you to know something very important: I love you; I really, truly, do. I know it’s been […]

Q&A: ‘How can I give up stress and feel more centered?’

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “I have had some amazing changes take place in my life. I have been very blessed and grateful for the things that have been taking place. However, I recently have been feeling uncentered. I pray, I worship, […]

Q&A: ‘Why didn’t the Law of Attraction work for me?

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “Dave, I went 21 days of Law of Attraction for 2 hours a day 20 minimum (sic), i went to buy my ticket and everything had all the faith why didn’t i win it?” First, I assume you meant […]

Q&A: ‘I have never been in love; is there something wrong with me?’

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “I never have any feelings for any men… I’m attracted to men and meet a lot of nice guys but I can never feel anything more for any guy, and I only have even had strong feelings […]

Q&A: How to make use of the Halloween full moon

posted by B. Dave Walters

The October full moon, known as the Hunter’s Moon, or the Sanguine Moon,  will be starting on the afternoon of Monday the 29th and moving through Halloween on Wednesday, October 31st.  Although, as we have discussed many times before, the […]

Q&A: How can I be confident without seeming arrogant?

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “How can one be assertive and self-confident without seeming imposing or “better-than-thou”. Likewise  how can one be humble and reserved without seeming weak or insecure?” An excellent question! Just today a friend asked me if it was […]

Q&A: ‘I thought he was the one, but now I’m not so sure….’

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “Things started out so great. I thought I found “the one”. Now he is nice half the time, and angry the other half. I feel like I walk on eggshells. I don’t want to leave because I […]

Q&A: How to make the most of the full moon in Aries

posted by B. Dave Walters

As of a few days ago when the Autumnal Equinox occurred, we are moving into the time of the year when our thoughts naturally turn inward and become more introspective. This is the time to start focusing on the internal […]

Q&A: ‘What’s an easy way to attract more money?’

posted by B. Dave Walters

In my coaching work, one of the questions I get asked most often is: “What’s an easy way to attract more money?” The answer is simple, but not easy.  Actually, it’s easy, too, but often times our mental blocks make […]

Q&A: How to learn emotional self-defense

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “How can I be less sensitive?  It seems that every little thing that people say or do upsets me.  Everyone says I am just ‘too sensitive’, but I don’t know what to do.  Help!” The simple […]

Q&A: How to find happiness and feel real love

posted by B. Dave Walters

In my coaching work, the number one question I get is: How can I be happy?  Inevitably, the second question is: How can I find true love? A common mistake people make is believing that the solution to their problems […]

Q&A: ‘How do I stop being so shy?’

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “I am perceived at work as being quiet and unassuming and unresponsive to the social interactions of others in the workplace. What should I about this when there is work to be done?” The simple answer […]

How to manifest your dreams with the full moon in Pisces

posted by B. Dave Walters

All of us know that the position of the sun when we are born gives us our ‘birth sign’, such as Aries, Taurus, etc.  Some of us also know that the positions of the other planets at the time of […]

Q&A: ‘Why is my life falling apart?’

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “I don’t understand what I am doing wrong. I have made some mistakes, and I try to be a good person, but things just keep getting worse. Why does this keep happening, and what am I […]

Q&A: ‘What are Ghosts?’

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “What are ghosts? Are they here for revenge, created by improper burial or unfinished business or do they even exist at all?” We talked about this question on a recent episode of Rise UP with B. Dave Walters, […]

Q&A: ‘Should vaccinating your child be a choice?’

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “Should vaccinating your child be a choice? A while back a one-year-old girl in my neighborhood contracted and died of measles after playing in the park with a boy whose mother didn’t believe in vaccinations. It scares […]

Q&A: ‘Do we all have a guardian angel?’

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “Do we all have spirit guides and guardian angels protecting over us at all times like in the paintings?”We discussed this in a recent episode of Rise UP with B. Dave Walters, along with: Whether or not ghosts […]

Q&A: ‘How do I tell my partner about my sexual fetish?’

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “Hello, Dave; I have a foot fetish, and I am scared to tell my girlfriend of 4 months about it. I’m scared that when she finds out, she’ll get grossed out. Should I tell her? And […]

Q&A: “My husband cheated 5 times…why did I stay?”

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring “I have been with a man who had at least five affairs during our 27 years or marriage, and even spent 7 years with the same woman. What makes a man do this? What made me accept […]

The spiritual meaning of Memorial Day

posted by B. Dave Walters

Here in the United States, Memorial Day is one of our most sacred holidays.  It is a day we set aside to remember the brave men and women who have fought and died to defend us and our freedom. The […]

Q&A: ‘Is it possible to be too open minded?’

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “Is it possible to be TOO open minded?” Absolutely; especially when you consider it’s possible to be too much of anything! Although, it is far more common to find people who are too closed minded, the […]

Q&A: ‘Should I work hard for what I want, or wait and trust the Universe?’

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “If I try really hard to manifest something in my life, am I sending out a signal to the universe that I don’t trust in it?” We have talked about the Law of Attraction many times, […]

The meaning of Mother’s Day: then and now

posted by B. Dave Walters

In the year 2012, it is hard to see Mother’s Day as anything other than another ‘Hallmark holiday’ designed to sell cards, roses, and expensive dinners. However, this wasn’t how the holiday was originally intended. Mother’s Day was created by Julia Ward […]

The spiritual lessons of ‘The Avengers’

posted by B. Dave Walters

I’ll make a deal with you. I won’t spoil the movie for you with this article, but rather explain to you why the movie is worth seeing, and more importantly why the mythology that made the Avengers possible is worth […]

Q&A: Does God have to follow His own rules?

posted by B. Dave Walters

Questions submitted via Formspring: “Hi there. I am a big fan of your spiritual and religious radio episodes & I have got a question for you. Do the 7 Universal Laws that you talked about a long time ago govern […]

God in your veins, and the Universe in your brain

posted by B. Dave Walters

  “As below, so above; and as above so below. With this knowledge alone you may work miracles.” -Emerald Tablets of Hermes The Secret was many people’s first introduction to the Law of Attraction, but the Law is actually only one […]

Buddha’s birthday, the Celtic Festival, and the Super Moon

posted by B. Dave Walters

Tonight is a very special night! From LagunaNiguel.patch.com: “At 8:35 p.m. PST on Saturday, the full moon will be the largest all year. This is because the moon is at its perigee meaning it’s closer to the earth than any other […]

Q&A: How do I stop picking the wrong guys?

posted by B. Dave Walters

(Unedited) questions submitted via Formspring: “Hi, I am one of those “good girls” faling in love with “bad boys”. With a dad who was never at home and a mental unstabil mum. You say, we can not trust our first […]

Q&A: “Why do so many people struggle with The Secret?”

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “The Secret has been out for a few years now, & its guideline is relatively simple & straightforward. How come, then, there are still so many people struggling with it year after year? And why don’t […]

Q&A: The married man and the 34 year old virgin

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “I am one of the oldest living virgin women at 34 years old. In dating, I have yet to trust anyone enough to take that from me. A long-time friend I trust has watched me struggle […]

Loving our Mother; Or, Earth Day 2012

posted by B. Dave Walters

“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” -Kahlil Gibran “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson “Birds sing after a storm; why […]

Interview #1: Tau Malachi, Christian Mystic and Gnostic Teacher

posted by B. Dave Walters

“In the Gospel of St. John it is written: “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” Further, it is written, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter […]

What’s your life worth; Or, God: $4.50 a slice

posted by B. Dave Walters

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha Let’s start with a question: how much is your life worth? You may remember that I said before  that you’re worth millions of dollars worth […]

As a (wo)man thinketh, Or, mind over matter

posted by B. Dave Walters

“As a man thinketh in his heart so is he” I read an excellent article today on why some people insist positive thinking is some kind of scam, and that inspired me to share something special with you. There is a […]

Gratitude, Or, a question of focus (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” -Epicurus I have already written extensively on how to get started using the Law […]

Flying time and watching pots, Or, patience is a virtue (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

“Most people greatly over estimate what they can do in one year, but greatly underestimate what they can do in ten.” -Jim Rohn I’m sure you’ve heard the saying ‘time flies when you’re having fun’? And I bet you’ve also […]

Q&A: Why isn’t the Law of Attraction working for me; Or, attracting MONEY

posted by B. Dave Walters

Questions submitted via Formspring.me: Sup Dave! I’ve been suffering with no job for 1 year. Striving for my dream job and/or any other job just doesn’t work. Even tho i try out different ways to get money(on the internet) doesn’t work […]

Q&A: “How do I attract my dream job”; Or, 40 hours of fun!

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring.me: “How do I attract the right job. The one that truly makes me happy?” An excellent question! Too many people go through life doing something they don’t enjoy, with some vague plan to be happy at some […]

Q&A: How do I make up my mind, and give up confusion?

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “Hi Dave How is your day going? I hope really well, well I know! it is going well because you find the best in everything that happens I wanted to ask a question, I hope it doesn’t […]

Q&A: ‘Is it OK to have sex with someone you don’t love?’

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring.me: “Is it OK to have sex with someone you don’t love?” A great question! The answer, is kind of complicated though; since what do you mean by “OK”? People have different moral and religious views on sex, […]

Q&A: I don’t know what to do with my life…HELP!

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “I’m kinda lost I’m 30 years old and honesty I don’t know how to deal or what to do with my life I don’t know what makes me happy or whats is my passion I don’t have […]

Q&A: “I’m not sure if we should try again because I don’t want to get hurt”

posted by B. Dave Walters

Unedited question submitted via Formspring: “I’m in love with a guy. he broke up with me 1/2 year ago. hes(still) sometimes so sweet and says he loves me but sometimes he don’t seem to want me. I’m not sure if we […]

Q&A: The Pope vs The Dalai Lama

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “How come it seems that everyone (regardless of faith) loves the Dalai Lama and yet has severe resentment to the Pope?” This was one of the questions we discussed in depth in a recent episode of Rise […]

Q&A: Can anyone be like Jesus and Buddha; or, were they more than human?

posted by B. Dave Walters

(Unedited) question submitted via Formspring “Can anyone reach a point of spiritual enlightenment where they are like Jesus and Buddha in the sense that they can perform miracles like healing people, defying gravity, etc. Or were Jesus and Buddha something other […]

Solving all our problems; Or, World Peace is up to * you *

posted by B. Dave Walters

Yes, you read that right: you, and only you, are TOTALLY responsible for world peace. How can this be? Here are some clues: “One who is injured ought not to return the injury, for on no account can it be […]

Q&A: Is the Ego a bad thing?

posted by B. Dave Walters

(Unedited) Question submitted via Formspring: “I’ve been to a lot of spiritual seminars, and most of them tend to say that the EGO is a bad thing. Is that necessarily true?” An excellent question! We discussed this question on a […]

Q&A: Who should make the first move in a long distance relationship?

posted by B. Dave Walters

Unedited question submitted via Formspring  “If your in the long distance relationship should i make the first move and go to were he is or should he come here first to see me we was engaged once about 10yrs ago what […]

Q&A: Reincarnation / What is the difference between twin soul and flame soul ?

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “Could you please tell me about re-incarnation? Do we become whole sentient beings or just bits and parts here and there? And is it wise to try and get in touch with our past lives, or are […]

Q&A: Which is the best way to remain connected?

posted by B. Dave Walters

The simple answer is: TALK TO EACH OTHER! We’ve said again and again: if you can’t communicate, you don’t have a relationship! It’s normal to settle in to a sort of routine in your relationship; almost no one has the […]

Q&A: How do I start a conversation, and how do I know if he’s interested? (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

Questions submitted via Formspring: “I’m around great men in my apartment complex and work. Friends say that I should just “talk” to these men, but how? How do you start a conversation with someone without being creepy, and how do you […]

Creatheists: two sides of the same coin; Or, purity and fanaticism

posted by B. Dave Walters

(This was one of my very first and still most controversial articles to date.  Now over 500 articles later, I still couldn’t agree with this more!) A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.  […]

Your God-given talents; Or, playing the hand you’re dealt

posted by B. Dave Walters

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, […]

Q&A: “Is there any way to say what I want, and be heard, without being aggressive?” (Video)

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Facebook: “Hi Dave, you are really great and I love you! :o) I just watched the video on emotions and you are right about love patterns that we learn from our parents. I’m a happy optimistic person and […]

Letting go of guilt; Or, how to make things right (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

Questions submitted via Formspring: “I have deep seated guilt issues which have made my self esteem lead me down paths of bad relationships and walking away from the only decent relationship of my life. How do I rid the guilt to […]

Knowing what you want, Or, wanting what you get (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

“Be Content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” -Lao Tzu Now we’ve let go of the past, and figured out how to feel good all the time, […]

How to deal with negative people; Or, how to be the life of the party (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

“He who angers you, conquers you” -Elizabeth Kenny I have a confession to make: Los Angeles can *kind of * get under your skin. When you come here, it seems like it’s full of negative people, but that’s not really […]

One soul living in two bodies; Or, being a friend (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

“A true friend is one soul in two bodies.” -Aristotle In the video below, I give several pointers on how to be a good friend, how to know when a relationship has run it’s course (or worse, turned toxic), and […]

Flying eagles and pecking pigeons, Or, the secret of success (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

“Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal” -Earl Nightingale Los Angeles is a wonderland. Actually, Disneyland, the happiest place on earth, is right here! (OK…Disneyland is just south of Los Angeles in Anaheim, but we take credit for […]

Life; Or, advice to a young friend

posted by B. Dave Walters

A little while  ago, I had an unusual request from a young friend of mine. She told me she wanted me to write her a letter for her birthday; but not just email it, write it and mail it the […]

Getting rid of baggage; Or, how to change in an instant (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living. Gail Sheehy When I take on new coaching clients, either online or here in Los Angeles, one of the first things we talk about is what […]

Dreams, the ultimate teacher, Or, what does THAT mean??? (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may […]

Quit being a zombie; Or, how to make a choice (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

“Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.” -Napoleon Bonaparte. I apologize if the tone of this article is a little…harsher than usual, but I promise it’s only because I love you, and want […]

The prison in between your ears; Or, when you believe (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

“Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance.” — Albert Einstein Despite all the time we’ve spent talking about Change  up until now, we have tiptoed around the real foundation of change, and what it takes to make it. Everything you are […]

Q&A: How do I help my child without making things worse?

posted by B. Dave Walters

Two questions submitted via Formspring: “re: page Jesus is not a jerk. I want to share it with my son who is struggling with addictions. How can I explain your comment that Jesus enjoyed a good time (drinking) without him twisting […]

Q&A: I promised my late husband we’d be together in Heaven, but I’m lonely….

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “My husband died 1 year ago. I’m lonely, but I’m afraid of falling in love again because I promised him on his deathbed that we would be together again in heaven. If I fall in love with […]

Q&A: “I’m pregnant and scared…should I keep the baby?”

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “I’m in college, pregnant and scared. I don’t want the baby, but and couldn’t give it up if it gets born. Either the baby’s life ends or my life and hopes for law school ends.” On […]

Q&A: You are good enough; Or, dealing with fear, doubt, and insecurity

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring.me: “I recently realized that when I’m in love,I worry so much,I have so many fears,that even when my boyfriend had to go away for ONE weekend I suddenly became unhappy!how do you REALLY get to that point […]

Emotions, Or, you’re great, and I love you!

posted by B. Dave Walters

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” -Buddha I’ve written and talked many times before now about how to use your emotions and the need for self-love but this time I’d like […]

Meditation 101; Or, reining in the monkey mind (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and […]

How to be psychic; Or, 3 Minds, 4 Bodies II (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance” -Albert Einstein. We have talked about your three minds: the conscious, subconscious, and super-conscious times before, so let us dive even deeper into what your mind is capable of. This article (and especially […]

How to know everything; Or, using your mind for a change (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain? Buddha Imagine if you went outside tonight, and found a box sitting on your door step. And inside you found a small super computer, capable of showing […]

Understanding personality; Or, 7 billion snowflakes

posted by B. Dave Walters

“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.” Bruce Lee The cornerstone of my Life Coaching works is a science known as NLP: Neuro-Linguistic Programming. NLP is a set […]

Making sense of things, Or, lucky number 13

posted by B. Dave Walters

“”The map is not the territory. … The only usefulness of a map depends on similarity of structure between the empirical world and the map…”” Alfred Korzybski As I said before  what I do is help people make sense out of life: […]

Free at last! Martin Luther King Day 2012 quotes and video

posted by B. Dave Walters

I was fortunate to be born in 1978, long after Martin Luther King, Jr. said these words that changed the world.  Even though I am from the deep South, and encountered my fair share of discrimination and intolerance, it was […]

How to be HAPPY, Or, the un-given gift

posted by B. Dave Walters

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a […]

Spiritual parenting, Or, how to live forever (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while.  ~Josh Billings In honor of my daughter Alexandria Sophia (Lexi)’s birthday, I’d like to talk a little bit about parenting. Parenting […]

Q&A: Are plants and animals under the Law of Attraction, or is it exclusively human?

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “Are plants and animals under the Law of Attraction, or is it exclusively human?” On a recent episode of my radio show, Rise UP with B. Dave Walters, we talked about getting over Daddy Issues, dealing […]

Buddha vs Tony Robbins; Or, finding the middle way

posted by B. Dave Walters

(Unedited) question submitted via Facebook: “Hey Dave, one thing I would like to add to the question of how it is possible for some people like Tony Robbins to be so emotional and energized most of the time: There are two […]

Staying out of the prison of fear, Or, who are you really?

posted by B. Dave Walters

“Courage is the resistance of fear, the mastery of fear, but not the absence of fear” -Mark Twain If you’re read my other article, Breaking the prison of Fear, you may recall it ends like this: I want to leave you […]

December 21, 2012; Or, the littlest apocalypse (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” Buddha Over the last few years, catastrophobia has continued to build for for the ominous date of December 21, 2012; the […]

Q&A: Finding love, how to apply The Secret, and more! (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

If you are like many people (myself included), 2011 had some pretty difficult parts!  For me, I can say without question that the first 6 months were some of the hardest of my life; but the second 6 were some […]

The Reason for the Season; Or, Would Jesus Celebrate Christmas?

posted by B. Dave Walters

On a recent episode of my radio show, Rise UP with B. Dave Walters we discussed the true meaning of Christmas, and how to deal with some of the negative emotions that can come along with it.  I got so emotional […]

Q&A: Does the Law of Attraction blame the victim?

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “The Law of Attraction teaches that we create our own realities by attracting like things/events to us based on our feelings. So does that mean that the victims of crimes are are attracting those crimes to […]

Sowing and reaping, Or, blocking the Universal flow

posted by B. Dave Walters

“Charity never humiliated him who profited from it, nor ever bound him by the chains of gratitude, since it was not to him but to God that the gift was made.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery I’ve noticed a strange thing. People […]

How to see the future; Or, no fate but what we make (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

“The men and women who practice the foregoing instructions will certainly get and stay forever rich in all areas. In this process, we must stay conscious to that fact that any form of wealth received will be in exact proportion […]

Q&A: How to stay focused and lose weight; Or, the body as a temple

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring.me: “You seem to have a great body Dave. Any advise on how to be determined enough to lose all my weight????” “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is […]

Missing the mark; Or, the wages of Sin

posted by B. Dave Walters

We are punished by our sins, not for them. ~Elbert Hubbard. Spirituality, especially organized Religion, often gets a bad rap as being nothing but “Thou Shalt Nots”.  And, to be honest, in many houses of worship, it IS nothing but […]

Jesus is not a jerk; Or, the man, the myth, the legend

posted by B. Dave Walters

“I like your Christ, but I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so different from your Christ” -Mahatma Gandhi Imagine there was a great teacher. A brilliant man who’s words move, touch, and inspire many who hear him. […]

God is not a jerk; Or, to hell with you (?)

posted by B. Dave Walters

If you are a fellow Christian, was raised Christian, or know any Christians, you may have heard something that sounds a bit like this: “If you don’t believe that Jesus Christ was the one and only Son of God, and […]

The top 8 things God wants you to know

posted by B. Dave Walters

  1.God loves you. It has become very popular lately to make God out to be some sort of vengeful tyrant, angrily threatening to destroy whoever has offended Him today. Nothing could be further from the truth. You can be […]

Why God sends you problems; Or, Let the Haters hate

posted by B. Dave Walters

The Codfish/Catfish Story I heard this story on the radio today, and was able to find it online here.  I loved it so much I wanted to share it with you: “Codfish is a big business. The market is huge. […]

No more worry, Or, letting go and letting God

posted by B. Dave Walters

“We hope vaguely, but dread precisely.” Paul Valéry Really, worry is more than a habit, it is an addiction. If you don’t know how we can get addicted to emotions, I HIGHLY recommend you watch ‘What The Bleep Do We […]

Beating pessimism, Or, always look on the bright side of life

posted by B. Dave Walters

“A pessimist is one who feels bad when he feels good for fear he’ll feel worse when he feels better.” – Anonymous A friend of mine asked me to help her beat her pessimism, so I decided to dedicate today’s […]

Breaking the prison of fear Or, how to be happy all the time (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

“Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves – regret for the past and fear of the future.” -Fulton Oursler Is there anything you want to do, but just don’t? Is there anything you know you NEED to do, but […]

Higher Truths; Or, digital spirituality II

posted by B. Dave Walters

“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.” -Buddha (Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, […]

Why God, Why; Or, Letting Go II (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

The Root of pain is Attachment; this is the second Noble Truth. -Buddha As I have mentioned in the past, Los Angeles has quite a few bitter, unhappy people in it. Because for whatever reason, their goals have not manifested […]

The Heart Vs. The Mind; Or, Science And Its Darker Twin

posted by B. Dave Walters

There have been a handful of times in my life when I felt like certain things were ‘given’ to me by a higher power, and all I had to do was get it out and written down. This is one […]

Giving thanks; Or, 10 Things to be grateful for (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

Today is Thanksgiving here in the U.S., but I want to take some time out from cooking turkey to have a quick talk about what you’re grateful for. First, let me say that even though Thanksgiving is set aside as […]

Which Ten Commandments; or, What Jesus taught in secret

posted by B. Dave Walters

“Be calm, be loving unto others, be gentle, be peaceful, be merciful, give tithes, help the poor and sick and distressed, be devoted to Deity, be righteous, be good that ye may receive the Mysteries of the Light and go […]

Jesus and Buddha, their sayings compared; Or, meeting with the Masters

posted by B. Dave Walters

We have discussed Buddhism and how to ‘properly’ interpret scripture before, so today we will discuss the parallel sayings of two of the world’s Great Masters: Buddha and Jesus Christ. Originally, this article was intended to compare, contrast, and explain these passages; but upon […]

Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional , Or, why things go wrong, and how to make them go right

posted by B. Dave Walters

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a […]

Interpreting Scripture; Or, I don’t think that’s what Jesus/Buddha/Muhammad (PBUH) meant….

posted by B. Dave Walters

10:34 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace but a sword. 10:35 For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her […]

Pornography, masturbation, and sin oh my!

posted by B. Dave Walters

Unedited questions submitted via Formspring: “I have a great girlfriend and we have a good sex life. But I watch porn everyday and I feel ashamed. I’ve tried to stop but after about a week I go back to my old […]

Immortals; Or, the greatest stories ever told

posted by B. Dave Walters

“For fathers are all too jealous against their children . . . What woes did Danae endure on the wide sea through her sire’s mad rage!” Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica 4. 1090 ff (trans. Seaton) (Greek epic C3rd B.C.) : I’ll […]

Homosexuality, virginity, guilt, and sex; Or, does God want you to wait till marriage?

posted by B. Dave Walters

This was one of my my controversial (and popular) articles to date.   In honor of the Beliefnet post on “Who said it: Jesus or Paul” (and the challenge of Christianity vs Paulianity) I am reposting it here: Question submitted […]

What God is like, Or, how to see for yourself (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

“All complex things decay…work out your own salvation with diligence” -Buddha’s dying words The reason why I became a Spiritual Coach, and do the work that I do, is because I am working hard to bring God back to the forefront […]

What’s so special about 11/11/11?

posted by B. Dave Walters

I must admit, when  my little girl was born 1 year ago today (at 10:10 am no less), I was a little excited about the fact that she’d be one on 11/11/11. So, what’s the big deal about 11/11/11? Wikipedia […]

Gnostic Theism, Or, Digital Spirituality

posted by B. Dave Walters

People often ask me what I personally believe; what follows is the sum total of my life experience, as well as spiritual and philosophical thought…so far at least. The points below came to me suddenly, or were ‘received’ over a […]

Q&A: What does Psalms 35 mean to you?

posted by B. Dave Walters

*This was one of the articles that lead to me winning the ‘Next Beliefnet Blogger’ contest; I am reposting it here for anyone who missed it: Question submitted via Formspring “What does Psalms 35 mean to you?” Psalms 35 is a […]

Applying the 7 Universal Laws; or, Manifesting for Masters

posted by B. Dave Walters

On my radio show (Rise Up with B. Dave Walters) we recently talked about the 7 Universal Laws, and how to apply them to your life. Since I literally wrote the book on the 7 Universal Laws, here we’ll talk about […]

Wrestling with angels, Or, spiritual, but not religious???

posted by B. Dave Walters

Let me start off with a couple of disclaimers here. First, nobody KNOWS where we come from, or what happens when we die; firm belief is not the same as empirical knowledge. And in the vacuum of absolute knowledge, all […]

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