Who am I? I am just a guy. A guy who works on the lower rungs of the ladder at a big box store in a suburb of a middle-sized city in the United States. A guy who drives for a ride-sharing company as my second job so I can afford to have a car. I am not rich, famous, or young, or particularly handsome or strong. The number of days I have behind me in all liklihood outnumber the days I have before. I hold no advanced degrees of learning. I can speak no other language with fluency than my mother tongue and, even in English, I frequently check the dictionary, and sometimes get my words wrong. I know that some people are smarter than I am and some probaby wiser.
Nevertheless. Nevertheless I have an understanding of life which holds it, conceptually, all together. The understanding is not whole or complete. Is not exhaustive. But it makes sense of life. It is a way of thinking about life than incoporates science, religion, experience, metaphysics, the Bible, mutliple faith systems (which I talk and write about) and sports, popular culture, the arts, music, entertainment (which I only infrequently touch on).
Is it an understanding which makes sense, which can aid you, which can improve and enrich your life?
These are my intentions but I do not know. I hope and expect but I do not know. I invite you to find out. To investigate LukeyoutheU, this website, its podcasts and writings. I am going to ask you to stretch and grow. To assemble; to find and create; and to imagine with your mind.
I am going to ask you to collect the good from your past, and from The Past. To remember and recall the things you have learned that work and help you, that help not only you but others too. To bring those things forward into your consciousness and practice them. To practice them until they become habits. Until they move into your being and become your natural way of life.
I am going to ask you to find and create what is useful and good from the useful and good that exists in your life, in the world, already and right now. To concentrate, to focus mostly on that. To work toward, give mental time and physical energy, to it. Do not deny the bad or difficult or wrong; learn from them. Find, but more importantly, decide, the good even (perhaps especially) in unwanted situations. Do not try to escape the wonder and good of your physical reality on this earth. Take up the responsibility and power you have. Grow into greater responsibility, power, and love to bring more.
The good that exists now includes you. Your being alive today. You have good within you, and an ability to add to the world. I ask you to use it. I am going to ask you to see that what exists now is real. To understand that the physical world is very real. Real and meaningful, the result of the greater mind, including human ones, from days and centuries and milennia and eons past. This mind, of which we are a part and contributor, got us to where we are right now. Know, at the same time, that all that is physical will pass, eventually or soon, every mountain range of it. The continual process of change does not make it or you or me an illusion or, necessarily, insignificant. It makes it, us, the now. The now serves as a blasting off point, is the lifting off place for the what-will-be. Seek and find the useful and good, actively create, evolve it, and yourself into the what-will-be. Imagine it and you in your mind. Believe in it, and youself. Believe in it with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. Make it a full-bodied, your fully emobodied belief. Start with mental assent, internal agreement; add to it, bring life to it with your actions and work. Understand and use your individual power and ability to shape your world, the world, and bring good.
I am asking you, dear reader, to do nothing less than to bring life. To bring more life to your life, and to Life.
It is a tall request, I know. Made by turns of the head, a big vision, tiny steps, and blinding leaps.
Do you want specific examples and suggestions? Listen, read. Look inside. Explore this website. I have particular practices and theories. Some may fit you like a well-made glove. Others may serve you by spurring you forward, to other thoughts and ways of doing things not talked about here by me. This, all of this, is for the Good.
Thank you for looking in.
The header photo was taken from the backseat of a car as it sped southward from Pyramid Lake, NV. I know because I took it. I like the photo for its beauty, sweep, and cloud formations. The interestingness of the clouds is most clearly seen when viewed on mobile. Peculiarly enough, this particular photograph looks like a painting on a laptop and becomes muddled when on a large screen desktop. Same image, different perspectives and feelings. All the header photos throughout the site were taken by me. None have been photoshopped or color adjusted.