Author: David Sotelo

i am a free thinking progressively minded writer. I have always questioned everything and never been regretful that I did. I believe in science over religion, and the felt music of life over all and in all. I practice techniques in a process I call optimistic integration, and I am a great admirer of Arthur Janov and his work. I was born on the 26th of May in 1953 and have two children I dearly love.

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Real Creativity

Creativity

Creativity means a lot of things. If it is real creativity it is the “mother of invention”. It doesn’t come from having no sense of where you would like to go or what problems you face. No real creativity can exist without a problem to be solved, and that problem needs to be clearly seen. This also requires views and challenges from many perspectives. No creativity can exist without motivation either. Necessity isn’t just the mother of invention it is the mother of the creativity that leads to that invention.

Practices that open us to real creativity aren’t just random or chaotic. They must exist within a framework. That framework must have a problem a goal fueled by need or strong desire. Valuable practices can include things like brainstorming where all possible ideas are expressed. This alone, however, doesn’t lead to real creativity. Such unbounded chaos will not invent. The purpose of creativity: to invent successfully.

Real creativity depends upon having a cut off where you stop inventing and start testing. This demands objectivity and fact checking. Music is a good example of creativity devoted to making our lives more pleasant and enjoyable as its object. Music plays with mood and feeling, rhythm, and surprise. Music is created with constant alterations of pleasing or motivating expressions around a theme. Poetry is similar to music in all these aspects. There is science behind music and science that guides its expression. Objectivity points clearly to an understanding and a sense of relationship between things, and a beginning and end to things. Creativity creates in pauses and rhythms, and by its nature isn’t perfect, but at the right time it is ready to fly. Waiting for perfection ignores the demands of a changing universe, there must be a time to stop the process and present the product: a time for a leader say “good enough”.

Leadership is necessary to creativity. We do indeed need someone to say “Enough this is good enough, we can begin testing or implementing our best idea or approach now.” Leadership is necessary to creativity. It is the overview of the limitations of time and resources that demand a decision. Those who are creative need to know when enough is enough, and in a group you will need a leader, a head writer etc. to frame the creativity and give it direction and an end point.

As one example, regarding the creation and distribution of messaging, there are two processes. One is the creation of a message and the other is the presentation of the message so created. Two committees might be beneficial. Because in the creation of a message we come to know what message should be presented, but the implementation of that message will take many forms in another creative process bounded by time and resources. Finally, someone must be authorized to say “enough” and give the “go ahead”. This leader decides on when to implement, and the timing and style of the final message.

Creativity as a process may have a slightly different set of definitions if you take each element of the process and call each one “creative”. I would have to say that such definitions cause one to wonder what is created. If some element leads to any creation, we might well ask: “Is the creation a useful invention?”

Truly, creativity can be all about helping us to feel better and appreciate life, but that is a goal, the desire or necessity fulfilled, that allowed us to know that real creativity was involved.

“Group think” is the bane of creativity. Therefor there must be a degree of separation between creation, implementation, and the decision to proceed. This separation can be in terms of time or separation of those working on the problem or problems confronted. I would suggest that when teams are used they must be separated and seen as equal contributors. One of these cannot be a “sub committee”. One person must give the final approval. The one able to approve the message is able to look at the entire process from outside of it. They should not be a member of one or more of the two teams.

Group thinking will always be a tendency no matter how you construct the process. It can be limited but not entirely eliminated. Real separation must allow a degree of conflict. However, the conflict, like the heat in a furnace for an engine, cannot be overheated, or it will self destruct. Eliminating conflict can be done in part by having those engaged in debate attempt to argue from the other side as well as their own. Compromises can then be made more efficiently and with greater positive impact.

I wish all well who would be creative, for with creativity we can create artful ways that can allow us to better appreciate life, cope with life, and bless the future.

David “Mitch” Sotelo

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Intra Spirit

Intra Spirit is a fellowship of progressive minded introspective people who seek to unite around unlearning helplessness around thinking, feeling, and physical sensation. The Intra Spirit fellowship is a fellowship of progressives who practice methods that help progress, and rally around them, instead of individual beliefs which often can create unsolvable divisions.

Helplessness around thoughts, and verbally expressed feelings, is approached by being objective with one’s emotional self, being empathetic with the experience and views of others, and being creative with one’s own experiences in artistic ways. The basic reflective abilities, are thus seen as objective, creative, and empathetic. These are applied to feelings and physical sensations, that can’t be expressed in words, by encouraging awareness, playfulness, and expression in non verbal ways.

This practice on the verbally expressive level, is seen as communication between one’s emotional self and one’s objective self, oneself conversing with others in an empathetic way, and between one’s playful suggestive self and oneself as an artistic creative power for change. These relationships can be approached internally by playing all the roles involved using one’s imagination. One’s non verbal self, the part of oneself that does not communicate in words is encouraged to be aware, playful, and expressive in non ways that do not use language.

These practices of the Intra Spirit fellowship are, as a unit, called “optimistic integration”, because they involve decreasing helplessness and increasing self empowerment. The skill and ability to so integrate and interrelate with oneself and others is called “optimistic intelligence”.

You can contact this fellowship via email at intraspirit@intraspirit.com, and on their website.

Optimistic integration can bring people together in ways that best aid human progress. It is the most inclusive and united way to bring progressives and our world closer together. You are cordially invited to begin a progressive journey, a journey into your deepest spirit or life to find the joy and the buoyant healthy optimism that can be your light in the world.

David “Mitch” Sotelo

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Poems

Teaching, spiritual, the self, guru, teacher, student
It’s time to believe again, in an America for everyone.

 

Poems by David “Mitch” Sotelo 

 

Wisdom’s Journey

Laugh through the tears and cry through the laughter and remember that only you can know your heart best. Ultimately your greatest teacher and best friend is yourself.

Take the journey that is truly your own, into the universe that is your mind. Don’t miss the wonder that you are…

David “Mitch” Sotelo

Primal Humanity

When I feel the earth again beneath my feet, I am humble in an awesome exciting world of wonder. Content to be me, I can feel then for others. What brings me down only has power when I feel helpless to experience it. Feeling brings the deeper breath of life to me, as if I had been barely breathing and living before.

Free of being controlled by punishing and worshiping views and actions, all the earth seems more friendly. Free of hatefulness, and shallow thought, feeling the truth of me allows my mind to fly with wings of wonder.

There is one great teacher in the world and it is honest feeling, one great challenge: to conquer our helplessness.

I would that the world will listen to itself in time, for it is not politics or other humans that are the enemy of humankind, it is the lack of feeling and the love that allows it, and the help that heals it.

I see farther because I feel more deeply, I see more deeply because I challenge the painful helplessness around my needs and feelings. With the courage to face who I am I rise to educate my too often inhuman mind.

We are our salvation if we look courageously within, and within, we are all friends. But to find our friendship we must look courageously within, feel our helplessness, and rise with wings of honesty lifted by the updraft of a simple thing called love.

David “Mitch” Sotelo

I Am Awakening

I see myself on the shore of a vast ocean of humanity, feeling as small as grain of sand, and deep within me I long to reach that point in each of us, that is all of us. There in that place I am called to dance and to embrace, and to see a friend in all.

Perhaps I have not had the pleasure to meet you, and perhaps I have seen you with my natural eyes. Yet in my heart I see you shining, I feel the warmth of your humanity. And I smile knowing that this shining light comes from the wonder that is you.

This drama of life may cause us conflict from time to time, but the gifts of your unique mind, and the light of your spirit have spoken to me, ancient ever fresh and glowing.

Whoever you are, where ever you are, I wish you well, and blessings for all that lifts you.

Together We Are Awakening

David “Mitch” Sotelo

Humanity Rising

The trampled voices soar and sing.

From the ashes of darkness and lies the truth rises like a blazing sun.

High above the reach of oppression,

and sinking into the heart of humanity with power that cannot be defeated,

history builds virtue,

and the heavens weep for joy.

A sweet rain like a baptism of love,

and tears that clean the heart and soul,

bless the earth with new hope.

Humanity looks to the stars finding humility.

The stars beckon and smile, glory shining in fleeting time.

Humanity Rising

David “Mitch” Sotelo

Hearing the Music

There is a music that weaves through all human conflicts, that teaches us how to harmonize, to bend our time into victories.

When I am out of harmony I feel it, and I know I am not in touch with the music of my time. Then is when I must pause in singing my personal song, and listen.

We must play our part in the music of life, and only that, taking time to hear as it soars above us and beyond us, and lifts us to our better destiny.

David “Mitch” Sotelo

Human Hearts Chattering

There is a place in the deepest heart that brings everything together in a music with many songs. In that place there is no importance and there is no guide, and heaven touches the earth with compassion. There life begins where stardust falls, and the meek inherit not the earth, but freedom, and the universe, humbled, bends to listen in awe.

Human hearts chattering.

David “Mitch” Sotelo

 

Calling Out Disguised Evil

The foul fumes of a looming and eminent hell, in which our great nation can and may be cast, is being couched in the flowery and snake like lies and misdirection of a reprobate, anti democratic and un-American Republican Party, that would make Abraham Lincoln cry and even Teddy Roosevelt blush with shame.

David “Mitch” Sotelo

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Barack Obama Says Thanks

Teaching, spiritual, the self, guru, teacher, student
It’s time to believe again, in an America for everyone.

Hear now the wonderful thanks if a great President.

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Soul

Teaching, spiritual, the self, guru, teacher, student
Teaching, spiritual, the self, guru, teacher, student
It’s time to believe again, in and America for everyone. Bernie Sanders IS the power of myth the call of the ages. Answering back to darkness requires we relive its helplessness and find empowerment. Destiny sings to us it is the light that lights other lights.
Voting is essential to being truly and deeply authentic in our caring for society and our children.
Vote, help conquer the darkness…
David “Mitch” Sotelo
Don’t let greed turn you into a slave….

Yoga: The Deeper Discovery of the Universe that is You

The mystery of who you are, the fullness of life that is your soul, is as great as the mystery of the universe and the multiverse.

The journey within you is an exploration as exciting as travelling into space or exploring the deepest oceans.

You are the development, the evolution of life and the universe, with a mind and eyes and ears and feelings that paint on a canvass that is pure wonder.

All within the marvel of your heart and mind there sings a song that sings itself, a universe of the soul.

The goal of yoga is not in essence about physical exercises which are only augmentations. Yoga is the yoking of all you experience with all that you experience to be yourself. Two phrases in Sanskrit to describe this are aham brahmasmi (I am THAT) and tat twam asi (THAT I am).

Yet the communication of love and need, the forces of the evolution of the universe and life, are the only fuel one needs to find the virtues built upon the perspectives used to love, and the honest need that liberates the mind to open a wonder and deep joy that is the real you.

The ancient yogis say “All things come from bliss and return to bliss.” Bliss is the joy of love, the dance of love and need, the heart and mind set free from greed, a hug of time embracing all that was, is, or ever will be.

Heal your heart and mind, fill your wonder, conquer your darkness, and in your emptiness know your transcendence in your deepest immanence.

You are the call of the universe to your soul, the heart beat of the greater evolution of justice, the wise freedom that wears the innocent smile of a child.

All that said, this path of yoga, expressed in the actions of daily life, is the same as the humble journey of any progressive democrat.

Real progress is born from the creative play of the wonder that is you.

Rev David Mitchel Sotelo

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Teaching the Heart

Teaching, spiritual, the self, guru, teacher, student
Helplessness,Darkness, light, Primal Therapy, Arthur Janov, France Janov, Bruce Wilson, Peter G. Prontzos
It’s time to believe again, in and America for everyone. Bernie Sanders IS the power of myth the call of the ages. Answering back to darkness requires we relive its helplessness and find empowerment. Destiny sings to us it is the light that lights other lights.
Voting is essential to being truly and deeply authentic in our caring for society and our children.
Vote, help conquer the darkness…
David “Mitch” Sotelo
Don’t let greed turn you into a slave….

What is it about teaching that inspires that ignites the teacher in the student and moves their heart passionately? What is it about teaching on the subject of self reflection that connects us to our needs and to our virtues? The power of myth is it’s connection to human need and virtue. My teachers who taught me about myself and about human need and virtue are my gurus. The Honorable Venerable Dr. Thich Thien An, Arthur Janov’s books, Dr. Jason Ellis (physicist), the writings of Bruce Wilson (medical science writer), and the writings of Peter G. Prontzos (political science writer), professor of political science Sam Hamlet of U.T.A. and my dear children Jason Alexander Harold Houghstow, and Amber Brooksie Joni Houghstow.

In Honor of all My Teachers Who Taught Me About My Heart

Attempting to teach my self reflective form of yoga I encounter lots of reactions. Sadly, when you begin to break through to their “feeling soul” they may begin to give you exaggerated praise and sometimes it verges on worship. “Transference” some call this. Regardless, it begins a chance to get them on their feet as independent and free, if you shunt away the “praise”. There are no “gurus” (meaning teachers by the way) who aren’t also students, and no students who aren’t “gurus”.

Below is an example of such a case, which to a good teacher means:

“Wow I’ve got a lot of work to do here.”

One day the student becomes aware that they are also teaching the “teacher”. Putting a teacher on a pedestal is also a convenient way to be able to knock them off of it and negate any teaching that isn’t palatable.

A teacher who doesn’t understand and harness the power of myth is not able to ignite the power of transformation in a student’s heart: the “spiritual” teacher within the student. When you get the mythology in life and cultures you find a way to the heart… This is the root of all “spiritual teaching” that is effective.

What is spiritual? It is the connection of the heart to virtues, virtues which are natural and come from the perspectives we use to meet human need: Creative, to empower the virtue of Art, Objective, to empower Truth, Empathetic, which is the heart of Goodness.

Below is an example of a chat in which I was put on a pedestal much to my disliking. Such “moments” mean to a good teacher:

“Wow I’ve got a lot of work to do here.”

paltalk pal: ha ha – it SHOULDN’T be good though – i’d be doing something far more constructive,, were i a better person
me: That takes work and it isn’t always pleasant so you are a hero for even thinking about it.
paltalk pal: O i Admire Your Light of Optimism
paltlak pal: You Are Beautiful
paltalk pal: those seemingly irking pm’s You would send, were merely Beams of Your Light peeking through the cracks of my private tendencies
paltalk pal: and now it’s broken open, and i have Complete Acceptance in You
Me: That’s ok sometimes I irk myself and I can’t get away from me.

I started out putting a lot of my teachers on pedestals, and to them I give my sincerest apologies and my appreciation for their patience.

Life is a dance where we can expect that we will step on toes and have ours stepped on as well, the trick is to see the dance in all the stepping, and laugh with delight.

David “Mitch” Sotelo

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Helplessness

Teaching, spiritual, the self, guru, teacher, student
Helplessness,Darkness, light, Primal Therapy, Arthur Janov, France Janov, Bruce Wilson, Peter G. Prontzos
It’s time to believe again, in and America for everyone. Bernie Sanders IS the power of myth the call of the ages. Answering back to darkness requires we relive its helplessness and find empowerment. Destiny sings to us it is the light that lights other lights.
Voting is essential to being truly and deeply authentic in our caring for society and our children.
Vote, help conquer the darkness…
David “Mitch” Sotelo
Don’t let greed turn you into a slave….

Progress is not a product of a helpless heart, and if it’s not about progress, it’s not progressive.

This is what extreme capitalist and socialists both fail to see, that progress is about progress for everyone and those with the abilities to aid that progress should be rewarded.

How does this relate to disabilities?

All are disabled in various ways, but the biggest disability of all is learned helplessness around needs and feelings due to deprivations and traumas common in life. This is something that is not just a social political problem it is an individual problem. Because of this the progressive view is not understood well by some, and because of this the virtues based on objectivity, creativity, and empathy have their communication impaired. Why? Because these abilities cannot reach and inspire helpless hearts.

This is why I have endorsed social and emotional learning in classrooms taught at various levels and applied to changing situations that come with age.

We can’t ignore the disabled and the poor and the help they need and have the best most progressive society we could have.

Learning that all are disabled, that all are less than perfect, that we all need to work to unlearn our many forms of learned helplessness, this is also essential to a truly progressive progress oriented society that in the end benefits all.

This is also why I endorse Dr. Arthur Janov and Dr. France Janov in their work to help unlearn helplessness around needs and feelings. I also support Bruce Wilson the great medical science writer who supports Art and France in their work along with the truly progressive political science professor Peter G. Prontzos who brings the Primal perspective to politics and governance.

When the heart isn’t free the mind is enslaved and the people and the world suffer.

David “Mitch” Sotelo

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Believe

Teaching, spiritual, the self, guru, teacher, student
Helplessness,Darkness, light, Primal Therapy, Arthur Janov, France Janov, Bruce Wilson, Peter G. Prontzos
Bernie Sanders IS the power of myth the call of the ages. Answering back to darkness requires we relive its helplessness and find empowerment. Destiny sings to us it is the light that lights other lights.
Voting is essential to being truly and deeply authentic in our caring for society and our children.
Vote, help conquer the darkness…
David “Mitch” Sotelo
Don’t let greed turn you into a slave….

Change We Can Believe In

Believe! It’s time to believe again in an America for everyone, time to believe in what we can do, and to lift ourselves with virtuous love. Bernie Sanders is a hero for real and virtuous change in our political system. We need the change he is bringing and we must embrace it fully to help create the better world we all want.

We need change beyond what Barack Obama brought us, however noble it has been. We need more than a change that is just pulling us back from the brink of insanity and disaster. We need real progressive change, the depths of which run deep within the better more loving and more emotionally honest selves within us.

When the light within you is honest you will be full of a light sane and loving, forgiving and healing, that desires to punish no one but rather to heal souls. Dishonesty within a heart due to damaged faith in love is a darkness that rules with judgment and tyranny, that seeks to cast blame and never forgives from the heart. Only the honest cry of the heart can liberate us and remove the blindness that stops us from bringing lithe light of love to the hearts of others.

We need progress beyond perspectives that cast some as evil and some as good, beyond the foolish notion that reward and punishment creates anything more than hateful well behaved acts of politeness. We need a depth of change that takes us beyond “believing” without evidence, and beyond the fears that divide us as a nation, as nations, and as individuals.

Ending all of this division caused by fear and hate means that we must see and feel it within ourselves. When we seek to heal the fears between us we must find tears for the fears within ourselves, and when the angels of our virtues born of love sing songs of hope and courage, the skies of destiny will weep with a cleansing rain that will wash away all sadness and hate, and lift us rejoicing above all our fears.

What keeps us from winning a better future for all of us? Fear does, and we have thus nothing to fear but fear itself. How do we win? We win when we go beyond baptisms of our minds and find the baptism from within our hearts: tears for fears.

We have to feel the damaged faith in love within us, to know what we lost. We must know what we lost before we can grieve and let go. We must grieve and let go before we can forgive all involved from our hearts. And we must forgive from our hearts before we can forgive ourselves and become the love and the hero in life that love calls us to be.

It is this spirit I see in Bernie Sanders​. Will we heed his call? Will we find the light of honest virtue that alone can light the way to a better world?

It is up to us. Help Bernie light the lights within hearts that alone can bring change we can believe in. Do it HERE: Help Bernie Sanders, our hero.

Your heart approves this message. Listen to it.

David “Mitch” Sotelo

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Bernie Sanders

Teaching, spiritual, the self, guru, teacher, student
Helplessness,Darkness, light, Primal Therapy, Arthur Janov, France Janov, Bruce Wilson, Peter G. Prontzos
Bernie Sanders IS the power of myth the call of the ages. Answering back to darkness requires we relive its helplessness and find empowerment. Destiny sings to us it is the light that lights other lights.
Voting is essential to being truly and deeply authentic in our caring for society and our children.
Vote, help conquer the darkness…
David “Mitch” Sotelo
Don’t let greed turn you into a slave….

Bernie Sanders, will he win?

Bernie Sanders is the power of myth, the call of our age to the darkening injustice,

He is the voice of the people rising together for all that is right and just.

Look within yourself and hear his call to all that is great in you, to all that is great in our county, to all that is great in our world.

Answer back to power unjust and know that despair is not an option.

Hear the heavens break open in a new song of change and hope we can believe in.

The fire still burns,

the hope still lives,

the impossible hero still stands against the withering attacks of lies and injustice.

Stand up with him.

If you ever loved it when the under dog stood up for the people and won,

If you ever felt yourself fly in your heart when Clark Kent turned into Super Man,

If you ever felt the music of a love and courage that raised the down trodden to their feet,

and cheered while they were marching to victory against insurmountable odds,

if you ever cheered when the powerful and oppressive gave way to virtue and justice,

Stand up today and contribute to Bernie Sanders!

Stand up with Bernie today, Don’t look for other heroes to stand up, look within your heart and find the heart of a hero.

Stand up with Bernie today!

David “Mitch” Sotelo

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