Eating Healthy Below The Poverty Line

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Hey, you guys! Chuck here!

As you know by now, I’m very high-energy! A huge part of why I’m so high-energy is because I have a really healthy diet, which is especially astonishing when you consider how far below the poverty line I’m living! Today I’m going to share a few of my unlikely secrets to eating healthy below the poverty line! I should warn you ahead of time, a lot of you are not going to like these secrets! Oh well, let’s dive into them anyways!

  1. Frozen vegetables! I’ve already lost a lot of you. And that’s okay. If you can afford to go the farmer’s market every weekend and spend  a lot of money on a bunch of locally grown, super-organic veggies, that’s great! I love farmer’s markets, they’re full of high-energy, hardworking people who deserve your business. By all means, give them a lot of money. Plus, you just can’t beat the aroma and flavor of fresh, local produce! But, if you make as little money as I do or it’s winter and you’re in Michigan, I highly recommend frozen vegetables. Scientists doing science have found that often times frozen vegetables are more nutrient dense than their fresh counterparts. This might be because frozen vegetables are frozen at the peak of their freshness, but who cares, it’s a cheap and it’s healthy.
  2. Canned tomatoes! This is where things get really weird. Most canned vegetables are almost void of all of their original nutrients. But, not canned tomatoes. Scientists doing science have discovered that canned tomatoes are actually more healthy than their fresh counterparts. Something about how the cooking process involved in canning tomatoes increases the amount of lycopene. But, once again, who cares why? Canned tomatoes are cheap and the scientists have given us their blessing!
  3. Canned chicken! Sorry, food snobs! But, it turns out the protein in chicken still works the same when the chicken comes in a can. Plus, the canned chicken comes in a convenient little can that tells you exactly how many calories and how much protein is in the chicken you’re about to eat, so no need to get out the food scale!
  4. Cottage cheese! Cottage cheese!
  5. Avocados! Avocados used to be like a buck sixty nine a pop, and then an Aldi came into my town selling avocados for forty cents and now all of the neighboring grocery stores are forced to compete! Cheap avocados everywhere! Way to go free-market! You’ve done something right for once! Too bad health care still sucks!
  6. Eat all of this stuff everyday! I can not say enough about the benefits of eating the same thing everyday! It’s easier to control your calorie intake and it saves you the time and energy that goes into deciding what you’re going to eat (remember that decision making is one of the biggest drains on your willpower)! Everyday I get home from work, I toss a bag of frozen broccoli, a can of chicken, and a can of tomatoes into a pot on the stove and let it cook while I watch wrestling. When it’s done I eat it up with an avocado and a side of cottage cheese! Very healthy! Very high-energy! Very cheap! Oh wow!

So that’s it for now! If you have any questions or comments please feel free to email me at chuckishighenergy@gmail.com! I especially want to hear from you if you have your own secrets for eating healthy below the poverty line! I love to learn!


The Bizarre Way We Think About Alcohol

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The way we think about alcohol as a society is really bizarre! So bizarre that I’m thoroughly convinced that it is the result of some very effective mass hypnosis! Don’t believe me? Try this experiment. Tell someone that you drank a twelve pack of La Croix last night. Watch them look at you like you’re completely insane. Yet, back when I was a drinker, if I told people that I drank a twelve pack of Natty Light the previous night, that was treated like perfectly normal behavior.

I’ll give another example of the bizarre way we think about alcohol from my own experience. I quit drinking back in July, but I still find myself spending a lot of time in bars because I’m a musician. At a lot of gigs I would find myself with drink tickets and wondering what to do with them. Do I give them to my band mates and encourage negative behavior patterns? No. I decided to start redeeming my drink tickets for sugar-free Red Bulls! Very high-energy! However, when I would go up for my second sugar-free Red Bull, I would get one of these; “Whoa! Be careful!”. Bartenders and servers would offer me a word of caution over my caffeine consumption. Red Bull doesn’t even have that much caffeine! An 8.4 oz. can of Red Bull has 77 mg of caffeine! To put that in perspective, my usual morning dose of caffeine when I wake up is 400 mg! A mere 154 mg of caffeine is no cause for alarm! But, we don’t even bat an eye if someone is working on their fourth Two-Hearted Ale! And, you guys, Two-Hearted Ale has a butt-ton of alcohol!

But, this isn’t just musicians and bartenders who are going around with bizarre ideas about alcohol in their head. Even the medical community has fallen prey to the alcohol hypnosis! A friend shared this article on Facebook this morning which talks about how even doctors think about alcohol in a bizarre way! Alcohol is the fourth leading cause of preventable death and yet doctors don’t seem to take it very seriously! Even the doctors are under the alcohol-hypnosis, who’s gonna help us?

The good news is that if we have been hypnotized to think about alcohol in an unhealthy way, then we can be hypnotized to think about alcohol in a healthy way! Just look at certain religious people who would never even think of touching alcohol even though they know it would make them feel totally awesome! They’ve been hypnotized to think it’s evil and even though alcohol has an immediate euphoric effect, the spiritual damage they believe it would do is simply not a fair trade! You do not have to go that far! For instance, I hypnotized myself to see alcohol as a sedative! I constantly repeated this mantra; “Alcohol is a sedative, I’m high-energy!”. I came to view alcohol as a Benadryl with a crap load of empty calories!

If you’re looking for somewhere to start, try going to youtube and simply searching “hypnosis alcohol”. Search through the different videos and find one that works for you. The internet is an excellent resource! I would personally recommend this video!  Michael Sealey’s self-hypnosis videos are really great! And if you have any questions or there is something you would like to see me discuss on this blog, please feel free to email me at my high-energy email address chuckishighenergy@gmail.com!

The Final Stretch!!

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At my heaviest I was 340! In my twenties I lost a lot of weight because I stopped overeating and started binge-drinking. I do not recommend this method for anyone. It did considerable damage to my physical and mental health. But, during June of last year I had what I refer to as the worst week of my life. My impacted wisdom became infected and started causing me some pretty severe pain and then I saw a bat and got really scared. I reached what Tony Robbins refers to as an “emotional threshold”, a “magical moment when pain becomes our friend”. I became determined to do whatever I could do within my own power to improve my physical and mental health! I became determined to quit drinking, start eating healthy, and unlock the secrets to being high-energy! For the first time in my adult life I began to lose weight in a healthy way.

My ultimate weight loss goal is 170, because reaching that mark would mean that I’ve lost half of my body weight. This would be an amazing achievement which very few people ever accomplish! If I can do this, there’s nothing I can’t do! My current weight is 179, which means I’ve lost 161 pounds and I am a mere nine pounds away from my ultimate weight loss goal! Not only will I definitely achieve my ultimate weight loss goal in 2017, but right now it’s looking like I’ll achieve it before this summer! I am less than ten pounds away from my ultimate weight-loss goal! My dream is quickly becoming my reality! I am in the final stretch!

In recent posts I’ve shared two science backed ultimate weight loss success secrets! The first was to skip breakfast! Scientists using science have demonstrated time and again that people who skip breakfast have weight loss success! The second was to pretend that you live in a universe where negative-calorie foods exist! Scientists, once again using science, have proven that while negative-calorie foods don’t exist, people who believe that they do have weight loss success! You know these secrets work because a.) they are backed by science and b.) you are watching me as I use them to achieve my ultimate weight loss success!

The third secret I’m going to share with you is this; don’t exercise to lose weight. Don’t get me wrong, you should definitely exercise, just not for the purpose of losing weight. You should exercise to improve your health, physical, mental, spiritual, and sexual. You should exercise because it’s fun! But, don’t exercise for the purpose of losing weight, that’s not what it’s for! Weight loss has to be a function of your diet, not your exercise routine! Simply put, it’s much easier to cut out calories from your diet then it is to burn them at the gym. For example, at my size, if I run at a 6 mph pace for a whole freaking hour I’ll burn around eight hundred calories. If my purpose is weight loss, the reward simply isn’t worth the work! And on top of that, exercise makes you hungry. It doesn’t do you any good to burn those eight hundred calories if you’re just gonna end up being so hungry that you eat an extra thousand. And the scientists have the science to confirm my suspicions! People who do lengthy cardio routines often overestimate the calories they’ve burned and underestimate the calories they eat! The scientists have actually found that people who exercise are more likely to gain weight! I’ll say that again! People who exercise are more likely to gain weight than lose it!

You have to think of weight loss as a function of your diet! Catalog your food, count your calories, and if you want to burn more calories than you consume, look for places in your diet where you can make cuts. I’ll say it again, it’s much easier to cut calories from your diet then it is to burn them at the gym! And if you’re like me and you exercise a whole bunch, be sure to keep track of what you’ve got going in and out. Accept the fact that if you exercise a bunch, you’re going to eat more. Do the math for yourself and make sure that your calories going out is more than your calories going in! That’s what I’m consistently doing every day of every week of every month so far this year! And it’s part of why I will definitely achieve my ultimate weight loss goal in 2017 and I’ll probably achieve it before this summer!

Choosing My Religion

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Having a satisfying spiritual life is a crucial component of living a high-energy lifestyle! So today I would like to talk a little bit about how to choose the right religion for you! Now, it may seem utterly absurd to have a street-performer give you advice on how to choose the right religion. But, I think you know where I’m going to go with this! If a reality TV star can run our country, then why can’t a street-performer give you advice on how to select a religion? In 2017 we are doing exciting new things with entrepreneurship! We used to think that governing and spirituality were dire matters which best be left to the experts! Not anymore! Anyone with enough money, charisma, and brand recognition can ascend to the highest office in the land and anyone with a laptop, a modicum of creative writing skills, and plenty of free time can dole out spiritual advice!

A common theme on this blog is that I admittedly don’t understand the universe. I thought I had an adequate grasp on the basics; humans are roughly 60% water, the universe is expanding, you should treat people the way you would want to be treated, etc. But, then a reality TV star became the Republican nominee for the President of the United States of America and everything went out the window! I concluded that the true nature of the universe is ultimately unknowable and I gave up any attempt to arrive at a correct belief system. So, as you can imagine, my approach towards religion is a little unconventional.

I evaluate religions in terms of the resources they offer, not how correct their beliefs are. So now I would like to take a few moments to demonstrate how one might go about evaluating religions based on the quality of their resources and not the correctness of their doctrines. These are just a few examples, this is not intended to be exhaustive.

First example, I think Kabbalah has the best explanation of what God is. Now obviously, I think the nature of God is unknowable, but Kabbalah offers an explanation which can account for why God created us, why there is so much suffering, and why we never see or hear from God. It’s a great explanation of God, it makes me feel like life has a purpose, and it motivates me to work hard and practice empathy! The Kabbalists’ explanation of the nature of God is an excellent resource!

Second example, I think the Anglicans have the best prayers. I’ve studied the prayer books of various religions and I keep coming back to the Book of Common Prayer. I used to love the Catholic rosary. But, having studied hypnosis at some length, I’m now skeptical about making 53 references to the “hour of our death” and five references to the “fires of hell” all within a twenty minute period. I’ve studied Jewish prayer books and I find them wonderful, but if you’re not of Jewish heritage, the wording of some of these prayers can be awkward. The Anglicans have assembled a nice collection of simple prayers which I think are fairly accessible to people from a wide array of backgrounds. And the prayers touch on all the right points; being thankful for creation, working hard, guiding our leaders in wisdom, being empathetic towards the less fortunate, etc. The Book of Common Prayer is an excellent resource!

Third example, I think Soto Zen Buddhism has the best meditation method! The meditation method taught within the Soto school of Japanese Zen Buddhism is an excellent resource!

Now some of you reading this may already have a church you attend, your family goes there, the people are wonderful, you play on the softball team! That’s great! Keep going there! It sounds like they have excellent resources! I’m not telling you which religion I think you should join, I’m just arguing for a different way of evaluating religion! The ultimate nature of the universe is completely unknowable, so we should evaluate religions based on useful they are, not how true they may or may not be! I would also like to remind you again that this blog is intended for entertainment purposes and should not be used as a substitute for professional spiritual advice.

God Pt. 2

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I would like to spend this beautiful First Sunday of Lent continuing my discussion on God and explaining what happens when you die! I’m aware of how absurd this proposal sounds! Why would anyone listen to what a street-performer has to say about what happens when you die? But, the way I see it, if a reality TV star can be the commander in chief of the world’s strongest military, then a street performer can tell you what happens when you die! I figure that I’m just as qualified as anyone to tell you what lies beyond the grave, and that is to say, that I’m not at all qualified! I call what I’m doing here entrepreneurial metaphysics, because I’m bringing the entrepreneurial spirit to the great questions that have plagued mankind since the dawn of time! There was a time when I assumed that certain industries were beyond the scope of the entrepreneurial spirit! But, then a reality TV star became the Leader of the Free World, and I realized that pretty much anything goes at this point!

In this post from a couple of weeks ago, I explained what God is. God is the giver of divine love. God created a vessel to fill with divine love. The vessel became ashamed because it had done nothing to earn God’s love. God warned the vessel that earning His/Her love would be very difficult, take a long time, and entail much suffering. The vessel was cool with that and God shattered it. And the purpose of life is to reassemble God’s creation and finally earn His/Her love. This is a concept of God which I’ve borrowed from Jewish mysticism. I think it’s the best explanation I’ve heard so far, so it’s the one I use, and I find it very practical.

What happens when you die is implied in this understanding of God and the meaning of life. Life has a purpose and we are here to do work! So, when you die, the universe puts you right back to work! When you die, you’re either not ready to receive God’s love, in which case you get reincarnated to continue to work on yourself, or you are ready and you realize that you’d rather stay behind and help those who aren’t, in which case you get reincarnated! Nobody gets out of this thing until everybody gets out of this thing! Just think of the most frustrating person in your life (for a lot of you, that’s probably the reality TV star)! You don’t get to go to Heaven until that guy does! I think Bernie Sanders said it best when he said “my spirituality is that we’re all in this together”. We are literally all in this together, there’s no one to hate. And we’ve got a lot of work to do! So, it’s very important that we’re happy, healthy, and high-energy!

I’ve borrowed this idea from Buddhism! In the Buddhist tradition there are what are called the Bodhisattva vows. One of those vows is the vow to liberate all beings. When a man or woman takes the Bodhisattva vows, they vow to prolong their own liberation until all sentient beings have attained liberation! When a Bodhisattva dies, they get reincarnated, and they get right back to work helping those of us who are still kind of bumbling around in our own confusion! Talk about high-energy and hardworking!

So that’s what happens when you die! You get right back to work! I’d like to remind you that this blog is intended for entertainment purposes and should not be used as a substitute for professional spiritual advice! If you have any serious questions about God or what happens when you die, consult a priest, rabbi, or guru or whatever! If you have any non-serious questions about God or what happens when you die, feel free to email me at chuckishighenergy@gmail.com. Please keep in mind that I make no claim to be any kind of spiritual authority nor the recipient of any kind of revelation. What I’m doing here is simply an experiment in entrepreneurial metaphysics and I thank you for bearing with me through it!

Beliefs Pt. 2

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In my last post I discussed how our simplest beliefs can have huge consequences for our behavior patterns. I used this example from my own experience; for most of my life I believed that I understood the universe, then when I realized that a reality TV star was going to become the President of the United States of America I came to the belief that I didn’t understand the universe even in the slightest. This change in belief led me to quit drinking, quit eating junk food, and begin searching for the secrets to energy and success! One simple belief can make a world of difference!

Now, if you have 21 minutes to spare, I would strongly encourage you to watch this video! This woman gives an excellent testimonial about how one bad belief sent her life into a complete tailspin. She then goes on to explain how, through hypnosis, her belief was corrected and she went on to live a high-energy life and help thousands of people! All it took was one two hour session with an experienced hypnotherapist and her belief was corrected and years of turmoil were suddenly over, just like that! Very inspiring!

I can relate to her story, because I went through my own experience of meeting a “Yoda” and having my mind drastically altered for the better within a very short period of time! I had struggled with depression and anxiety throughout all of my 20’s. I had seen numerous therapists and tried all sorts of drugs. Nothing seemed to work. When I was 29 I began to explore meditation. I began attending a Buddhist temple in Battle Creek, Michigan called Sokukoji. After attending for a couple of weeks, one night I ended up having a twenty minute conversation with the head priest Sokuzan, the man I now consider my meditation teacher. I told him about my years of depression and anxiety, about my history of panic attacks and obsessive thought cycles. What he suggested to me would irreparably alter my life for the better. He told me; “When you’re depressed, just be depressed. When you have a panic attack, just have a panic attack. Don’t try to control your thoughts. We can’t control our thoughts, we don’t even know what thoughts are”.

For all of my life I had believed that I was the thinker of my thoughts, that I was responsible for every horrible idea that floated through my mind, and this belief had caused me to go to endless war with my own mind! And then one day, when I was in a very suggestible state, this old man had basically reached into my subconscious, tweaked my bad belief, and sent my life on an entirely new trajectory! This was nearly six years ago and I’ve never had an issue with depression since!

Now, it’s not at all my intention to promote Buddhism, it’s definitely not for everybody! I’m just using this as another example from my own life where correcting a simple belief drastically altered the course my life would take! When I was 29 I believed that I was responsible for my own thoughts, that belief was replaced with “We don’t even know what thoughts are” and new positive behavior patterns were the result! When I was 34 I believed I understood the universe, that belief was replaced with “A reality TV star is going to be our next president” and new positive behavior patterns were the result!

Now for the bigger, peskier beliefs, like the ones I’ve described above, you may need to elicit the help of a hypnotherapist or guru. And in that case, I wish you all of the luck in the world in finding the right Yoda for the job. I’ve got a feeling I may need to see a hypnotherapist if I’m every going to overcome my fear of bats! But, we can already begin to use self-hypnosis for the smaller beliefs that may be holding us back! You may believe that healthy food is gross, exercise is boring, or you can’t have fun without alcohol! Youtube is brimming with hypnosis videos which can correct these beliefs! Here’s one for eating healthy! Here’s one for exercise motivation! And here’s one I used in my efforts to quit drinking! And there’s hundreds more! Get to work finding the ones that work best for you! This is one easy step you can take right now to put yourself on the path to success!

Beliefs Pt. 1

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I had many successes in 2016! I’ll have many more successes in 2017! And I owe a lot of my success to my beliefs! I have great beliefs! Now, for the sake of this particular post, when I talk about beliefs, I’m not referring to whether or not you believe in reincarnation or the Quran or the Coronation of Our Lady as Queen of Heaven and Earth. Rather, I’m referring to the very simple beliefs we hold at a subconscious level. I’m talking about the beliefs that we hold so closely that we don’t even realize we believe them. In his excellent book Awaken The Giant Within , Tony Robbins defines a belief as a “feeling of certainty about something”. This is the definition I’ll be working with.

As Robbins says; “Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy”. What we believe effects us at a subconscious level and can drastically alter our behaviors. I’ll use my fear of bats as an example. When I see a bat I believe, at a very, very subconscious level, that I am in danger. My rational mind knows that I am not at all in danger. But, my subconscious mind, being utterly irrational, believes that I am in danger. This very simple and very closely held belief has an immediate effect on my behavior. I don’t know where that belief came from and, for the time being, I don’t seem to know how to correct it. But, it is there and its effects are overwhelming.

What beliefs could you be holding at a subconscious level that are effecting your behavior in an unhelpful way? These beliefs can be very simple and we are often completely oblivious to the fact that we believe them! For example, you may believe that you don’t deserve love. You may believe that your ultimate weight loss goal is unattainable. You may believe that you can never quit drinking or smoking. Those sort of beliefs would definitely result in unhelpful behavior patterns!

I can think of two incorrect beliefs I have held for most of my life which, when finally corrected, led me to make drastic, positive lifestyle changes!

The first belief is one that I’ve talked about quite a bit on this blog! For most of my adult life, I believed that I understood the universe! Now, I never for a second thought that I had it all figured out! I recognized that the universe possessed unfathomable complexity which I could never understand! But, I thought that I, and most of the intelligent and educated people I knew, had the gist of it! I knew that the universe was 14 billion years old, human beings appeared about 150,000 years ago, Socrates was the wisest man who ever lived, and you treat people how you would want to be treated. You know, the basics!

But then, back in June, I realized that a reality TV star was about to become the 45th President of the United States of America! Political commentators who I respect (Charles Krauthammer, Fareed Zakaria, George Will) all turned out to be embarrassingly wrong. I realized that not only did I not understand the universe, nobody did! This drastic change in a very simple belief resulted in very positive behavioral changes! I quit drinking, I began to eat healthy, and I began to seek out the secrets to energy and success! Just one simple belief can single-handedly determine the trajectory of your life! Oh wow!

In my next post I’ll discuss my second incorrect belief which, when corrected, led me to make drastic, positive lifestyle changes! And I’ll discuss what actions you can take to begin to correct your unhelpful beliefs! Until then, if you have any questions feel free to email me at my high-energy email address chuckishighenergy@gmail.com or leave a comment here or on Facebook or Twitter! I love hearing from you guys!


How Busking Rewired My Brain

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Back in June I came to the startling realization that a reality TV star was going to be our 45th president. This caused me to conclude that I live in a universe that I don’t understand. I also concluded that, like a car, I can operate the universe even though I don’t understand how it works. I quit drinking, I began to eat healthy, and I began to practice self-hypnosis! I changed my body, but more importantly, I rewired my brain! I rewired my brain to enjoy work and healthy food! I rewired my brain to focus on more positive and useful things! I rewired my brain using self-hypnosis! But, a couple of things I did in the years leading up to my discovery of self-hypnosis helped prep my brain for the rewiring! One of those things was obviously my practice of zen meditation! But, the other one, a bit more unlikely, was becoming a street-performer! Busking literally rewired my brain and I’m going to tell you how!

In previous posts I discussed how what we focus on becomes our reality. I used this example: I wear Chuck Taylors, therefore I live in a world where everyone wears Chuck Taylors. I don’t literally live in a world where everyone wears Chuck Taylors, but my mind automatically focuses on people who wear Chuck Taylors and creates for me the sensation of living in a world where everyone wears Chuck Taylors. And just as my brain is wired to focus on Chuck Taylors, you can rewire your brain to focus on more positive and useful things.

One of the ways you can rewire your brain is through the repetition of simple words or phrases. Recently a reader asked me how I handle the endless rejection that goes along with busking. The vast majority of people who pass me by don’t tip or acknowledge me! Over the course of a day, thousands of people pass me by, on a good day maybe a hundred will tip. That’s a lot of rejection, how do I handle it! The secret is that I thank everyone who tips me! I even thank everyone who merely compliments me! And repetition of simple words and phrases is one way to rewire your brain! If I say “I’m high-energy” one hundred times a day, I am going to naturally feel more high-energy. And likewise, if I say “thank you” one hundred times a day, I’m going to feel more grateful. Constantly saying “thank you” every time someone gives me a little bit of money or a compliment has wired my brain to focus on all of those things in my life that I should be grateful for!

Also, I’ve learned to smile at everyone who passes regardless of whether or not they tip or acknowledge me. We tend to think that we smile because we’re happy, but science has shown that it also works the other way. We’re happy because we smile! So over the course of eight hours singing on a street corner, I smile at thousands of people and say “thank you” about a hundred times! Doing this full time every summer for the last five years has wired my brain to be more positive and grateful, and it gave me a little head start on the neural rewiring I would begin when I started to practice self-hypnosis!

So thank everyone who helps you out! Smile at everyone regardless! Rewire your brain to be more grateful and positive! Together we will have many successes in 2017! And if you have any questions, feel free to email me at my new high-energy email address chuckishighenergy@gmail.com! This post was inspired by a question I got from a reader and I’m so grateful for that!

God Pt. 1

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In today’s high-energy blog post I would like to talk a little bit about what God is and what we’re doing here*. This might seem contradictory since a common theme on this blog is how I don’t understand any of this. When I realized that a reality TV star could be the President of the United States of America, I concluded that I live in a universe that I don’t understand at all. But, on the flip side, if a reality TV star can run our country then why can’t a street-performer with an exciting catchphrase tell you what God is? Just think of this as entrepreneurial metaphysics!

If there is a God, then the one thing we can know about God with certainty is that God created us. But, what can we conclude from the fact that God created us? We can conclude that God had a motivation to create us. The fact that God has motivation implies that God is, in some sense, incomplete. I was motivated to quit drinking because I felt incomplete! I am motivated to be high-energy and achieve success because I feel that I have not yet completed my ultimate purpose! This is where I’m going to lose most of you (and that’s okay). I’m claiming that God is incomplete.

As a practicing Catholic the question of God’s motivation always stumped me. Especially since, if you believe in the Catholic version of God, then you believe in a very busy God. Why is God so busy? What’s driving him/her? What could possibly motivate an infinite and complete God? I eventually concluded that any satisfactory explanation of God would have to account for what motivates him/her. I think the most satisfactory explanation of God that I’ve come across comes from the Kabbalists. There may be better explanations of God, but this is the one I’m using for the time being!

The Kabbalists teach that God in his/her primary nature is the giver of divine love. In order to complete his/her ultimate purpose, God needs a creation to give divine love to. God creates a vessel which he/she proceeds to fill with divine love. The vessel eventually becomes ashamed because the vessel has done nothing to earn God’s love. God tells the vessel that he/she will give it the chance to earn his/her love, but it will take a long time and will involve much suffering. The vessel accepts this and God proceeds to shatter the vessel. This shattered vessel is the physical reality we find ourselves in. The purpose of life is to reassemble the vessel so God can once again fill it with divine love and be complete. The purpose of life is the completion of God! We’ve really got our work cut out for us! We’re going to need to be very high-energy!

The Kabbalistic explanation of God not only accounts for God’s motivation, but it also explains how a loving God could allow so much suffering. It’s a really great explanation of God! It makes me feel like life has purpose! How cool!

Now, I’m also a deist. I believe that God is completely uninvolved with his/her creation. That’s because in order for the creation to legitimately earn it’s creator’s love, it has to do so on it’s own. So how does this reassembly come about? It comes about when all sentient beings learn to work together in love! So it’s going to take a while! But, that’s okay, because we have all the time in the multi-verse and we’re very high-energy!

In my next blog post I’m going to discuss what happens when we die! So ya might wanna check back for that!

*This high-energy lifestyle blog is intended for entertainment purposes and should not be used as a substitute for professional spiritual advice. Please consult a priest, minister, rabbi, monk, guru, etc. if you have any serious questions about the nature of God or the meaning of life! If you have any non-serious questions about the nature of God or the meaning of life, feel free to email me at my high-energy email address chuckishighenergy@gmail.com or leave a comment here or on Facebook or Twitter!

Alcohol Hypnosis Pt. 2

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In my last post I told you that our society’s unnatural obsession with alcohol is a result of hypnosis and can be countered with self-hypnosis. Society has hypnotized us to think about alcohol in a certain way. We can hypnotize ourselves to think about alcohol differently. We can hypnotize ourselves to think about ourselves differently. I proposed the mantra “Alcohol is a sedative. I’m high-energy!”. This mantra redefines alcohol and ourselves.

Society tells you that alcohol is a social lubricant and you’re awkward and shy. Society tells you that alcohol makes white people dance and you’re white and awkward and shy. Society tells you that alcohol is liquid courage and you’re thirsty and cowardly and white and awkward and shy. Through hypnosis, society tells you how to define alcohol and yourself. Society tells you that there’s something wrong with you and alcohol can fix it. Through self-hypnosis you can change the way you define alcohol and yourself. You can tell yourself that you’re great and alcohol will only spoil you!

Back in June when I decided that I needed to quit drinking once and for all, I didn’t quit drinking right away. Instead I focused on redefining alcohol. I decided to continue to drink alcohol, but I would only use it as a sedative. I never drank at bars or parties. Instead, I would wait until I got home and allowed myself to drink alcohol for its sedating effects. When people would ask me why I wasn’t drinking, I explained that I didn’t drink when I went out because it made me sleepy. This was true. Alcohol makes me sleepy. I would assure people that when I got home I would proceed to get wasted. This made people feel better.

That’s right! It made them feel better to find out that I would be drinking later! You are going to find that when you tell people that you don’t drink anymore, it’s going to make them feel bad. I should just go ahead and prepare you for this now. People are going to feel bad when they find out you quit drinking. I’ll probably write a separate blog post for this phenomenon later!

But back to my initial point, telling people that I don’t drink in public because it makes me sleepy but I’ll drink at home to help me relax so that I can drift off into a peaceful night’s slumber had two effects. First, I didn’t get any of the initial pressure you will get from people when you tell them of your intentions of becoming alcohol-free. And second, the more I went around telling people that alcohol is a sedative the more it became my reality.

In Robert Cialdini’s book Inlfuence: The Psychology of Persuasion, he discusses what he calls the six “Weapons of Influence”. Number two is consistency. Human beings have a subconscious urge to be consistent. The more I told people that alcohol had an overwhelming sedating effect, the more I came to believe it and the more it came to be real to me. In order for my brain to be at ease with itself, it had to match my own perceptions of alcohol with what I was telling people my perceptions of alcohol were. I was effectively hypnotizing myself to see alcohol as a sedative. I had turned alcohol into benadryl with a crap load of empty calories! When I told people that I thought of alcohol as a sedative, the social animal in me needed to be consistent with the words I was saying!

The next step was to redefine myself! The words I chose to redefine myself were “high-energy”. These words allowed me to define myself in a positive way that would be spoiled by alcohol! Alcohol is a sedative, I’m high-energy! I no longer saw alcohol as a solution to something that was wrong with me! Rather, I saw alcohol as something that would spoil the very best thing about me!