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Making use of the August 2015 supermoon

posted by B. Dave Walters

Starting on Saturday, August 29th we’ll be experiencing one of the six major ‘supermoons’ of the year, a time when the moon is especially close to the Earth and the full moon effects are particularly strong. This month’s supermoon will […]

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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 […]

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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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Q&A: I love him, but I’m afraid all he wants is sex II

posted by B. Dave Walters

  Question submitted via Formspring: “I need advice. I’ve been seeing this guy for about 8 months now. We started out with a very casual relationship. We would hang out and we would have sex. That’s it. It was fun […]

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An Eclipse, an Equinox, and a Super Moon, oh my!

posted by B. Dave Walters

Friday, March 20, 2015 will mark a very powerful alignment of energies that will burn you up if you’re not careful, or propel you like a rocket if you make use of them! Three major events are taking place, with […]

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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 feel happy, and be at peace

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Expectations and the Law of Attraction

posted by B. Dave Walters

“There were two ways to be happy: improve your reality, or lower your expectations” ― Jodi Picoult Question submitted via Formspring: “How can I use the Law of Attraction to remove negativity?  I believe with all my heart I’ll achieve […]

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 […]

Q&A: I love him, but I’m afraid all he wants is sex

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “Mr. Walters, I’ve been seeing this guy for about two and half months now. We spend lots of time together, sometimes he’ll call me just to chat and to see how I’m doing, he’ll even bring […]

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 […]

How to love again

posted by B. Dave Walters

“To be rejected by someone doesn’t mean you should also reject yourself or that you should think of yourself as a lesser person. It doesn’t mean that nobody will ever love you anymore. Remember that only ONE person has rejected […]

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 […]

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, […]

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: ‘I love him, but he doesn’t want a relationship’

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Facebook: “Mr. Walters, I hope you can help me: There is this guy whom I really like. I told him about my feelings but he says that he doesn’t want to get into any relationship right now. I have been […]

Q&A: Is it too late to work things out?

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: My husband and I are separated and “trying” to work it out – although it is very one sided. Sometimes I fear that if things were to work out, I won’t feel comfortable being intimate with him […]

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 […]

How can you create the life you really want?

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 […]

Q&A: ‘How can I get another chance?’

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “I’ve made a lot of mistakes, but I am really trying to change.  The problem is my family and friends don’t believe it, and keep treating me like the same old me; how do I show […]

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: ‘How do I get over my breakup?’

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “My brother got dumped and he’s been listening to all kinds of break-up songs ever since. I told him to listen to more positive music, but he’s being emo and says that these bitter break-up songs […]

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: 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: How to know when they are not interested

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “She was really pissed that day and when I was going to propose to her.  She said she doesn’t want to hear from me anymore. She thinks I’m a like a brother and friend and nothing […]

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: ‘He has stopped responding; should I confront him?’

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: I had this date with a guy nearly a month ago, there were hints that he likes me, and he said he would like to see me again.   He also said that he would like to […]

Q&A: Dating advice for a 27-year-old virgin

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “I’m a 27 years old guy and have never dated and never had a girlfriend. I have been attracted to different girls throughout the years but when I expressed my interest to them they have always rejected […]

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: ‘Should I cheat on them to get even?’

posted by B. Dave Walters

  Question submitted via Formspring: “I caught my wife cheating on me. From what I know, it was only once, and she is sorry. To remedy our marriage, she has given me permission to have sex with another woman of […]

Q&A: ‘Why do I run away when I develop feelings for someone?’

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “Hello Dave. I’m young and happily single; only friends and fun from time to time. But sometimes when I meet someone with whom I can be a friend AND have fun, I develop feelings for him. This […]

Q&A: ‘How do I deal with a bully?’

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “What’s up with the anti-bullying stuff everywhere, and kids killing themselves? Are things really escalating and getting more frequent, or are things just being reported more frequently? Either way, what do you think is the best way […]

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 […]

Q&A: ‘Should I still talk to my ex for the sake of the kids?’

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “Do I really need to communicate to my ex-husband for sake of my daughter? The problem is I am the one who always makes the first move, which is annoying me; so I decided to stop. […]

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, […]

Q&A: “He wants his space, but I don’t want to lose him….”

posted by B. Dave Walters

  Question submitted via Formspring: “I have been in a long distance relationship since January; I’ve had an amazing time and he was the best thing in my life.  But, he’s said he wants to tone it down; feelings have changed […]

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: Should you stay together for the kids?

posted by B. Dave Walters

“Two questions submitted via Formspring: I’m stuck in a loveless marriage. We do nothing together but take care of the kids and take care of other things. We are basically just roommates. Our kids are young the youngest is 3. […]

Q&A: Do opposites really attract?

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “Do you think opposites attract?” The short answer is: no. One (dis)advantage of life in Los Angeles, is everyone is working to be absolutely identical. It may appear like they are so different, but if you look […]

Q&A: What’s the best way to break up?

posted by B. Dave Walters

(Unedited) question submitted via Formspring: “What is the best possible way to dump someone? I wanna break-off my relationship, but I’m pretty sure my partner is still enamored with me. I wanna stay friends, and don’t want to hurt anyone, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Q&A: How do I know they are ‘The One'; Or, am I afraid to be alone? (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

(Unedited) questions submitted via Formspring: “Heey. Um, how would I know if I’m with someone ’cause I’m afraid to be alone, or ’cause I actually love someone? Your responses are exact and helpful. Thanks!” And, “How would I know if […]

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: “I forgot to tell him I had herpes, and now he doesn’t trust me”

posted by B. Dave Walters

(Unedited) question submitted via Formspring.me: “My boyfriend found out that I Was drinking behind his back. We are not together now and I am 12 days clean He says I betrayed his trust and he can’t trust me again I […]

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: “I’m stuck in a loveless marriage, but afraid to leave….”

posted by B. Dave Walters

(Unedited) Question submitted via Formspring: “Female married 20 yrs-no kids, 55. Marriage went bad 10 yrs ago when finances went bad. Stayed bc couldn’t afford not to, tried to work it out. No love. Met someone, but he will not […]

Q&A: “We met on Facebook and are in love, why won’t she talk to me? “

posted by B. Dave Walters

(Unedited) Question submitted via Formspring: “She and I met on the FB and wanted to get married(long distance relationship),she love me like anything and cant live without me and me too. But she’s quite reluctant to talk over the phone or […]

Q&A: Is it possible to be TOO picky?

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “My friend is VERY picky in choosing a man to date. She wants a relationship, but her standards are too high. She says it’s good because she knows what she wants and deserves the best. I […]

Q&A: Why is white skin believed to be so beautiful?

posted by B. Dave Walters

(Unedited) question submitted via Formspring: “Why is white so beautiful? Soap Operas all over the world only show the light-skinned people. Asian countries have surgeries and accessories to widen eyelids. Light-skinned artists are admired as the most beautiful ones (Beyonce, […]

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: 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: Why do Good Girls love Bad Boys? (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring (many, many times): Why do Good Girls love Bad Boys? This is one of those issues that has come up so many times that I covered it both on a recent episode of my radio show: […]

Q&A: “Is it OK to kiss him if he doesn’t want a relationship?”

posted by B. Dave Walters

(Unedited) question submitted via Formspring: “Hi Dave, is it OK to have a kiss knowing nothing if he really wants to have a relation with me & just because I love him?” Sure, why wouldn’t it be? A kiss is a […]

Q&A: We just broke up and he’s already moved on; what should I do?

posted by B. Dave Walters

(Unedited) question submitted via Formspring: “My BF and I just recently separated. Recently a friend stated she had to tell me something my BF told her husband. My heart dropped to the floor and ask if he’s in another relationship already. […]

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: Workplace romance gone wrong; Or, dealing with insecurity (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

(Unedited) Question submitted via Facebook: “It’s been wonderful to discover you … this is my problem and I’m afraid I’m so close to a breakdown… please help. I fell in love with my boss and had a strange relationship with him […]

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, […]

R.I.P. Whitney Houston; Or, The meaning of life

posted by B. Dave Walters

“Here is a test to find out if you mission on Earth is finished: if you are alive, it isn’t.” -Richard Bach On February 11, 2012, one-time singing sensation Whitney Houston died of a rumored (although as of yet unconfirmed) […]

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 […]

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 […]

Q&A: I love her, but she says I’m like her brother

posted by B. Dave Walters

(Unedited) question submitted via Formspring: “I met this grl online about a year ago we were cool and metin person 2 times when she was in my areaWe gotcloserabout two months ago and pretty much talked all day evry day since […]

Q&A: We broke up, now we still hang out but I don’t feel good, what should I do?

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “One month ago my 2-year relationship ended. I’m in college. That guy was my first ‘real’ relationship and I still love him a lot but we hurt each other because we were both unhappy. Now we still […]

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 […]

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: 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 […]

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: […]

Q&A: How soon should we have sex?

posted by B. Dave Walters

Two questions submitted via Formspring: “On my first date with a guy I’m seeing, i ended up making out with him at the club for a long time. I really like him, but I don’t want him to think that […]

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 […]

Why you self-sabotage; Or, how to stop making yourself miserable (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “I’m in a two years relationship. I always thought, that we were indestructible, but for a few months I don’t think that anymore… And I dont wanna think all the time about “are we meant to be” […]

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: Is it wrong to defend guilty people?

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “I am a defense attorney, and my job requires that I defend all of my clients regardless if they have confessed their guilt to me or if I just know that they are guilty. This worries […]

Q&A: “I’m constantly wondering when am I ever going to get married myself; how do I stop it?”

posted by B. Dave Walters

(Unedited) Question submitted via Facebook “O life coach (lol) I have something that is constantly on my mind that I can’t seem to shake. I want to get married. It’s constantly on my mind. Everyone around me is getting married or […]

Q&A: Why is it hard for men to say I love you?

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “Why is it hard for men to say i love you back ??” For a real man, it isn’t! Los Angeles is probably one of, if not the most, superficial cities in the world, so it’s not […]

Q&A: A married man falls in love with another woman…is that cheating?

posted by B. Dave Walters

(Unedited) questions submitted via Formspring.me part 1: there is a married man. he meets the love of his life 20 years ago, but they didn’t got a chance, cause he doesn’t wanted to leave his son. now he and his love […]

Q&A: “He says he is leaving her for me but never does, what’s going on?”

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “I have a male friend who lives with his girlfriend and been with her years. However, he flirts with me all the time, promises to come and see me (even though I live hundreds of miles away), […]

Q&A: “Is it ever possible to love two people at the same time….”

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring “Is it ever possible to love two people at the same time ?” This is a debate that has raged for many years, and will almost certainly keep raging. The answer is simple, but the implications are […]

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 […]

Q&A: “So is Mass Media negativity a good thing or a bad thing?” (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “Seeing a horrible event on the news can make people really sad, but it can also inspire other people to take action. So is mass media diffusion of horrifying and unjust realities more of a good […]

“Why can’t I let him go;” Or, Tainted Love II

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “I was watching your video clip ‘Tainted love’ & EVERYTHING you were speaking of is me. I am in a relationship with a man who cheats, lies & really is a hypocrite. But still I stay. I recently figured […]

Getting over it; or, finding unconditional love (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

“We are not held back by the love we didn’t receive in the past, but by the love we’re not extending in the present.” -Marianne Williamson Because of my writing, inviting people to ask me anything, and presence on Facebook, […]

New Year, New You 2012; Or, The guaranteed simple way to keep those resolutions

posted by B. Dave Walters

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” -Confucius If you are like most people, you have a shopping list of changes you want to make this coming year. Add to that the […]

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 […]

Q&A: Who can you REALLY trust, visualization, losing weight, and More! (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

On this week’s episode of my radio show, Rise UP with B. Dave Walters, we discussed several questions submitted via Formspring: “Are some foods naturally healthier than others, or are they healthy because we have mentally conditioned our minds to […]

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 […]

Q&A: How to deal with a family member with mental illness? (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

Questions submitted via Formspring.me “How does a mother deal with loosing her first born to schizophrenia, and see him loose intrest in life, and in his own being?? How can she overcome the saddness of knowing he will never be the […]

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: 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Veterans Day Quotes and Inspiration

posted by B. Dave Walters

      Happy Veterans Day to the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces. Thank you for the tremendous sacrifices you have made to defend us and our freedoms that we all too often take for granted. It […]

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: “How to deal with someone who beats his parents” (!!!)

posted by B. Dave Walters

(Unedited) Question submitted via Formspring “How to deal with someone who beats his parents on a regular basis? His parents tried everything to fix his aggressive character but he doesn’t want to come out of the shell of his own. […]

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 […]

Depression, Or, why so serious? (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

“Concern should drive us into action and not into a depression. No man is free who cannot control himself.” -Pythagoras For reasons I discussed in the video below, there is a world of difference between someone who is a bit […]

Catching flies with honey, Or, listening to be heard (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

“If you can’t communicate with your partner, then you don’t have a relationship” – B. Dave Walters OK, normally I would never quote myself, but this time it is justified! I have said again and again that if you can’t […]

“How do I get over having been beaten by my boyfriend….”

posted by B. Dave Walters

*This is a question I answered some time ago, but the answer still applies to some one out there….* Question submitted via Formspring.me “How do I get over the hurt feelings of having been beaten by my boyfriend of 6 years […]

You are *not* damaged; Or, welcome aboard! (Video)

posted by B. Dave Walters

You are great, and I love you! Welcome to a grand new adventure! First, let me say thank you to everyone who voted for me to become the next Beliefnet Featured Blogger! To show my appreciation, I did a short […]

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