Posted by: GPK | 1.September.2010

No words…should have sent a poet.

view from Cathedral Rock

no words...should have sent a poet

Posted by: GPK | 19.August.2010

Dick Beardsley Link

Sorry about that dead link.  Hate it when that happens.

Posted by: GPK | 16.August.2010

Personal Journey – Stronger Than Ever!

To all of you who have sent supportive emails of love and encouragement after the “rehab” post several weeks ago, I just wanted to say a HUGE THANK YOU!


As you may know I am not in drug rehab or anything official like that but I have undertaken a personal journey of discovery that has been unequalled in my life.  This ‘pilgrimage’ as I’ve referred to it, has taken me to the very depths of my soul, surpassing – at times – the path I charged down during my personal experience with Leukemia five years ago!

I would have not thought it possible to plumb such depths at my age and given my predisposition for pondering all along.  As part of this, you may have noticed that I have been blogging much less and have been completely off Facebook for a few weeks.  This step back has been hugely helpful for me as I work with healers from all walks and continents to delve into the important work I’m doing.  I’m engaged in my own Eat, Pray, Love experience, if you will.  Although for me I might refer to it as Sweep, Wrestle, Transform.  Not as sexy or marketable, maybe but just as powerful!  Anyhow, your emails of concern have been touching and much appreciated.  At the same time they’ve prompted me to realize that I need to issue some reassurances.

I am fine!  100%  I have grown more in the past six weeks than I thought was even possible.  I am physically well, running, lifting, swimming, hiking, etc. more than ever.  My last doctor’s appointment yielded great numbers and a perfect check-up.  So please, don’t worry about me.  Set backs – such as the one which prompted this last exploration – are seldom long lived and I am resilient.

The issues that I eluded to in my last blog entries here and on Facebook are evaporating as my soul frees itself with the power of a volcano!  The physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of such a purge have been unbelievable.  So, while I enjoy your support and am deeply grateful for your care and encouragement, I want to reassure you that I am well, superb and continuing to grow.

This whole experience has even added a new dimension to my speaking program and a new book is under way.

If you want to see what’s new – including a week in Switzerland coming this Spring – please visit  If you have a not-for-profit that would benefit from a little piece of the action in exchange for helping me promote the event, please contact me.  In the meantime, please stay in touch and keep that positive energy flowing.  I’ll do the same!

In love and gratitude and in hopes for more peace for you than you might possibly imagine,


Posted by: GPK | 20.July.2010

Today is a good day!

“Again, I awake.  Today is a good day!  To heal, to grow, to connect, to love.  Today is not just a good day.  Today is a glorious day!

I am the luckiest man in the world.  I think I know what Kirk Douglas meant when he said “My Stroke of Luck”.  I just feel lucky, fortunate, grateful, grateful, grateful.”

These were my journal entries from February 2005 when I lay in my hospital bed in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit in Albany.  They’re on page 137 of my Jumper Cables for the Healing Soul in the first edition.  I’m re-editing the book now so a lot of this stuff is fresh again for me.  This one always gets me where I live.

I just thought you’d enjoy them.  I hope it helps!


Posted by: GPK | 15.July.2010

Rehab isn’t just for quitters

I’m in rehab.  Not actually recovering from a recognized addiction but I’ve decided to go through – and for the past 9 days have been undertaking – my own addiction rehab to push myself past some incredibly limiting beliefs. Beliefs that will no longer poison my life!

Discovering the need to rehab one’s mindfulness is a painful undertaking in itself.  The Emotional Archaeology alone to find the roots of self-esteem challenges can be grueling.  The nugget of finding a childhood based relationship that shapes EVERYthing I touch, however, was worth every moment.  Knowing what gigantic vein of negativity I have to redirect, redefine and reframe is liberating!  As addiction gives way to growth, the stress is replaced with peace.  Peace.  Oh what a nice experience.

Just like when I had cancer and I was in chemo-therapy, I’ve formulated powerful new imagery and visualizations that are actually reshaping my life at the cellular level.  That’s where real change takes place.  Each day the dragon awakes, I work with him, we work on our transformation and my mastery continues.  Each day a little better.  Each day a little stronger.  Each day a little more highly evolved.  I guess that’s what they mean when they say “one day at a time.”

The old draw of habit makes rehab incredibly difficult but the hope of what’s out there, the pure potentiality that exists, the roll I will play in it, and tiny daily victories – that’s all just plain inspirational!

In Jamaica, I understand there’s an expression…”Cool Runnings”.  It means peace be your journey.



Posted by: GPK | 7.July.2010

Four secrets that shouldn’t be secrets…

First, know yourself. Second, be true to yourself in all dealings with yourself and others. Third, show your true self to others and trust them to decide for themselves. Forth, don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts and don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours. (That last one was borrowed from Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.)

Posted by: GPK | 2.July.2010

Cancer isn’t the only pain in the A@#!

Don’t forget love, taxes, work and no list of life’s difficulties would be complete without an homage to our wonderful, insidious, hand-picked New York State Legislature.  A finer, more over-paid, under-qualified, well dressed collection of crooks, bandits and liars was never assembled.  Except, perhaps, for the notable exception of the United States Senate and House of Representatives.

I love life.  I love that surviving cancer has given me a new view of life and a new resolve for tackling life’s challenges.  I love that every moment to me brings a new spark of renewal and fuel for the next round of anything that requires of me passion, genuine participation, me-ness!  All of these experiences have not made me impervious to the frustrations of the human experience.  What’s up with that?

I remember when I first found out I was cancer-free.  I was bullet-proof.  People from everywhere seemingly came out of the woodwork to meet me and invest time with me.  I asked for anything and got it.  I was on fire!  Nothing bothered me.  Was I just on cloud nine?  So glad to simply be alive that life’s little foibles and some of the bigger ones didn’t phase me in the least?

After five years, however, the “little things” like love and taxes and lawmakers and cars and traffic and work and bills just annoy the daylights out of me.  Is this some kind of five year hurdle that they didn’t tell me about at my Gilda’s meetings?  Or have I chosen to let the old “pre-cancer” stinkin’ thinkin’ creep back in?

Maybe I need a vacation.  Aw, screw that!  What I need is a check-up from the neck up!  What I need is to remember that five and a half years ago I was practically dead.  I had no blood, no bone marrow, no immune system and I had a SMILE ON MY FACE!  Today I have all of my bone marrow, all of my blood and a practically bullet proof immune system.  I run each week and next week I’ll run the Boiler Maker.

Right here and right now I declare my self and the immediate area around me a no-whining zone!

I was thinking today – as I meet with a couple for whom I’ll perform a wedding ceremony or a man who’s wants to work smarter or a survivor wanting to live with more passion, less fear and greater confidence – that today is today.  Today is not tomorrow.  Today is not yesterday.  Today is not next week or some day.  Today is today.

The time to take action on that idea you have is now.  The time to send that proposal to speak at the continuing education program is now.  The time to write the first chapter of that new book you’ve been promising yourself you’d write is now.  The time to tell the people you love that you love them is now.  The time to send that email promoting your first major paid public appearance in years in now!  (

If you have a message inside you, the universe calls to you to share it.  Share it!  Share it now.  I’ve discovered that just by being with me, people experience a profound sense of wonder and lust for life.  I am determined to share that with as many people as possible for as long as I can.  My mission is to change the vocabulary of survivorship and life from one of fear and isolation to one of hope and connection, no matter what!  That’s what my Jumper Cables for the Soul books and programs do and will continue to do.

What’s your mission?  What passion is brewing within you that is so powerful and so overwhelming that you couldn’t possibly hold it in?

When would NOW be a good time to DO something about it?

Posted by: GPK | 28.June.2010

Wisdom from the Zig!

As my old colleague once said…

“Today is a great day to get out and take advantage of the opportunities the world has to offer!”

These words from the master of communication himself, Zig ZIglar, struck my young ears at the age of 19.  I was transformed.  I’ve never been the same (for better or worse).  😉

Grab life by the shoulders and plant a great big juicy one on its lips!


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