Have no doubt about it: this is an ambitious website. It has a potentially life-changing goal: to bring its readers, to bring/ invite you, dear reader, you, into a greater connection with Life. Not only with your own, individual life, but with Life itself.
I use the means at my disposal. These include:
Science (which is an understanding of how physical things usually are now), the Bible (which presents one of the great religions as it grapples with why things are and how they could possibly be better), History (in working to learn from the past to create the greater probability of a better future), Metaphysics (taking an active and consious part in the continuing development of reality), and my personal experience (mining it for means of communicating through stories to others, and for me to learn better my roles in Life).
Are you paying attention to the ways Life, to the ways God/ Source/ Universe, is speaking to you, trying to get your attention? How He/ She/ It/ Life/ your Inner Self may be reaching out to you now, at this very moment, as you read these words?
No, this is not your normal website. If you want to live a non-usual life, that is, an increasing and expansive and giving one, please read on.
The short course. For those who want to be wooed, who want to be wooed before they decide if they are going to explore further, I present two short essays.
For the deep diver. To those who are open and voracious, I offer this website and its books.
Site. The link will take you right back to the top of this page. There is still much to read and consider. not just on what you have already read but also on the rest of this page as well as on th,e others of this site. Books, One is practical and metaphysical; the other, a Bible Study, with a perspective you have likely never heard before.
More about LukeyoutheU.
LukeyoutheU is a nonstandard approach to life which believes that good exists. That good not only exists but is the measure and meaning of life. That good is. That good is the reality, the fundamental building block of Life, the basis and truth of it. Eve.n when, as it may in your life and our communal life, sometimes or often, appear that much that is less good (that which we call, or is, "bad" or"evil") seems to predominate. Or, somehow, equal ("balance"), the good.
Living in this world, as it is now, with pollution, climate change, unstable politics in major nations, the potential of nuclear war or economic recession, massive wealth inequality, people dying and/ or suffering every day who need not, animal and plant species at risk of extinction, you might ask how can I say this? How can I, Jake Knight, believe in the idea of LukeyoutheU and promote it?
I answer: because. Because, in the very biggest picture, what is good is life (good=Life), and Life is winning. Because Life cannot but win, and has, in fact, already won. For how much longer, to what degree we humans will participate in Life, individually or collectively, are the questions. The level and quality of participation are, I would say, largely up to us.
We have good within us. We can be a part of Life for millenia or perhaps eons to come, if we constructively, purposely add to it.
We are currently bound to a single planet, a not particularly large chunk of rock and energy hurling through space, tucked, even in our motion, among billions of other planets. Hate to tell you, but if you or I die, when you or I die, Life will continue. If humanity itself is wiped out, or if we wipe ourselves out, even if we take earth down with us, Life will continue. Life may then no longer exist in a form like us, or in a form we understand. What we humans might have potentially added to Life could be, forever, lost. But Life itself will continue.
So we need not worry about Life. Need not worry about good. It will, they will persist. We would be smart, however, to be working toward making life better. For humanity's continued existence, for the good of all the other forms of life with which we share this planet, for increased joy and purpose in our own individual lives, let us live life fully by participating in it addingly.
Which brings us back to you.
LukeyoutheU asks, I ask, questions, and sometimes bluntly. Here comes one right now: are you going to go through life passively, taking what comes, just enjoying or enduring the ride as if you have no part in its path? Or are you going to grab all you can from life, for yourself and your kin, so somehow you yourself and only you will "win," the rest of the world be damned? Or are you going to actively participate in life, in Life, to make your life and, especially, that of those born after you, even those not your kin or even your species, better?
Sports, art, music, politics, physical well-being, and a host of other ways of looking at life can provide an awareness of Life but are not going to be talked about much here because they are not my forte. I instead talk about, talk through, use areas of particular interest to me to try to get to Life. Namely: science, religion, metaphysics, the Bible, belief systems including business, and that which is present for everyone, our own individual personal experience. Life does not require belief in any of these or other understandings. I talk about them because they matter to me. They can be used as avenues to better know ourselves and Life. Life which I sometimes, as useful, also understand as God/ Source/ Universe.
Does LukeyoutheU speak to you?
Thank you for looking in.
I occassionally use words beyond those taught in eighth grade. Nothing wrong with eighth grade or eighth graders. Many of us, however, can think beyond an adolescent level. If you can, I suggest you step up and do. Please know that I have chosen words specifically. If you do not know a word and care, use the computer at your disposal to look it up. Thanks.
Ah, you are a searcher. Good for you.
Here is more for you to consider even before you leave this webpage. I am asking your to assemble, find and create, and imagine with your mind. These are the three parts of LukeyoutheU: the past, the now, the future. (More about LukeyoutheU)
Assemble and make good use of the good from your past, and from The Past. Remember and recall the things you have learned that work and help you, those that help not only you but others, too. Bring those things forward into your consciousness and practice them. Practice them until they become habits. Until they move into your being and become your natural way of life.
Find and create what is useful and good from what exists in your life, in the world, already, right now. Concentrate, focus mostly on those things. Work toward, give mental time and physical energy, to them. 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. Imagine with your mind. See that what exists now is real. Understand that the physical world is very real. It is 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 make Life. To bring more and better Life into your individual life, and to Life itself. To feel and experience the connection possible when you live in accord with the universe.
This is a tall request. I know it. It is also an ambitious and worthy one. I am asking us to become more. More of our better and truer selves. The changes are made by turns of the head, a big vision, tiny steps, and blinding leaps.
I have particular practices and theories. Some may fit you like well-made gloves. You may disagree in part or whole with others; they, too, can serve you by spurring you forward. By taking you to other/ new thoughts and ways of doing things not talked about here.
I snapped the photo above (the source photo for the header at the top of this page) in Roseville, CA. It is of things unremarkable and commonplace: roads, a truck, cars, traffic lights, signs, weeds, a business, trees, and the sky. But look at that sky! Perhaps doing so will then help you to see or consider other delights. There is beauty in the vehicles and roadways, too, for instance. They taking us, they built from the thoughts, designs, and work of others, from ideas nutured over the millennia past, and fuel converted for our use, in small moving rooms no less, over some of the four million miles of roads to where we choose to go in the U.S.
All the header photos throughout the site were taken by me. None have been photoshopped or color adjusted. They appear differently and feel differently depending on whether viewed on laptop, desktop, or mobile-size screens.