Author: Yogi Akal

Contract for the New Year, Part Two

Repeat aloud:


1.    I AM NOT judgmental – I am professional, and clear.  (AGREED)


2.    I DO NOT  run away from obstacles in life – I move forward with discipline in order to recognize and anticipate obstacles.  (AGREED)


3.    I DO NOT make money a problem – money is what money does; it should not be a goal; I take ownership of a plan and gather wealth to create credible reality.  (AGREED)


4.    I AM NOT distracted from my path – I use daily meditation to improve concentration and intuition.  (AGREED)


5.    I DO NOT imagine a vague or chaotic future – I create a solid outlook; value working together, combining creates greater outcome; partnership brings global respect.  (AGREED)


6.    I DO NOT react – My entire sense of communication is under my command; I show mercy, I bring hope.  (AGREED)


7.    I DO NOT look to prove anything or be validated by anything or anyone – I cultivate a new instinct; adjust to a new paradigm; create a deeper, higher plane & path.  (AGREED)


8.    I STOP all conflict and insecurity (internal & external) – I stand up for who I am, authentic, completing all obligations with purpose; I inspire to manifest; I speak as inspired, calm and centered . (AGREED)


9. I am of IMPACT & INFLUENCE, in all situations, calm and confident, focused and alert, awake and aware of all the sequences and consequences of my thoughts and actions, living my life masterfully as an art and a science. (AGREED)



Winter Solstice Message

We live in a topsy turvy world where we deliberately limit our human gifts through misunderstanding and lack of training.


Just because you have a thought doesn’t mean it is true, of value or needs to be expressed. The human mind is meant to be trained so that it can be vast and serve the Self. It is so much more than the intellect.


Just because you have a feeling doesn’t mean it is true, of value or needs to be expressed. Emotions are meant to mature early on so that deep feeling can experience the Cosmos. It is so much more than reactivity.


Who is in charge? If the answer is your thinking, then you have reduced your Self. If the answer is your emotions, then your reality is out of your control.  


Educating and expanding the mental and emotional instruments of human consciousness is the first task of leadership. It is not hard, but it does require daily attention, like any true art.


From this short day forward, may you take charge of your enlightened discipline with internal,  consistent leadership and external, compassionate impact.


May you know and share utmost clarity in your mind, sensitivity in your purpose and unwavering success in every area of your life.



Contract for the New Year, Part One

Repeat aloud:


I am a GENIUS, solving problems, calibrating possibilities, creating concrete results, excelling in real time – like a fine Swiss watch. (YES)


I am a solid, grounded, healthy ADULT, recycling any pain of the past into a fertile and infinite ground for personal self-worth, achievement and success – like a state-of-the-art automatically updating computer and operating system. (YES)


I am an INNOVATOR, a modern culture changer, dedicated to helping others, through business, compassion and leadership – like an unobstructed space telescope on a mission to better the Earth. (YES)


I am a WARRIOR, master of my own destiny, self-assured, different and uncommon, noble and majestic – like a modern day King Arthur and his court, or a corporate giant like Oprah and her brand, or Robin Hood and Lady Marion with their team, re-distributing wealth brilliantly. (YES)


I am a disciplined person – a LEADER – wise and fair, caring and secure, providing the best in opportunity and values, powerful and authentic, reliable and trustworthy in life and in love – like the Sun itself, rich and full of light. (YES)


I am a seasoned PROFESSIONAL, legitimate and meticulous, capable of turning threats and losses into winning strategies and gains, instilling leadership with all its ups and downs into all matters, always moving forward, recognizing and anticipating obstacles and opportunities, embodied and whole – like the great mountaineers of the world, which only the tenacious and resilient can aspire to qualify successfully. (YES)


I am an ARTIST, whole and well, curious and open, projecting love and light and joy in every moment in all dimensions, before all audiences. 


I am a SUCCESS, an instrument of excellence in all areas, including finances, career and relationships.  (YES)


I AM who I am, I AM what I am. Healthy. Happy. Whole. That’s that.  (YES)



The Basics

If you are not alert, you hurt or get hurt.

If you go too fast, you don’t last.

If you are too slow, you never get anywhere.

Patience pays, or time and space take their payment/s.

Short term impatience = long term loss.

Short term patience = long term gain.


These are not my play on words.

These are some of the rules and laws of success

For sanity, maturity and effective leadership.

Who Do You Love?


Pablo was a very successful businessman. However, he was very reactive in his communication. Perhaps he thought it was the macho way to behave and claim authority – an unfortunate and  common misunderstanding. But his immature projected personality caused problems and limited his efforts. Despite his success, he did not garner respect. His divorce, strained relationship with his children and his constant fighting with business partners led him to me.


After working with Pablo for a while, he reported that many colleagues both up and down his corporate ladder were saying he was like a new man, so much more pleasant to deal with, to trust and to work with. His children were wondering how they could become calmer as well. Pablo had become a better leader.


There still remained a boulder on the road to Pablo’s growth, one I considered an unnecessary flaw, a minor challenge; he still maintained a habit of complaining, about everything.


This brought us to what it seemed to me a natural next step. I offered Pablo a simple and attractive deal. You can have everything you have ever wanted or imagined, I said. We can create it quite easily. I went over the steps in detail. But, I said, you have to pay a price: you have to give up complaining. It is a simple transaction. The fact is that if you achieve even 10% of what you say you want, there will be nothing to grumble about. And I can prove to you how easy it will be – if you think differently, follow an easy plan and simply stop complaining. Pablo said he would think about it. And to his credit, he was as honest as he could be when he responded with: I can’t do it. My heart is not in it, he said.


I reviewed the matter with Pablo again, many times, showing him the steps he could easily take to achieve his various goals – if he would just pull back on his nagging negativity. He said he had come as far as he could, he was grateful that he had become more amiable in general, but complaining was too much to give up. Before we parted, I asked, who do you love the most, complaining about what you do not have, or creating what you want. He kept saying his heart could not allow him to stop complaining. He simply loved this habit.


A few years later, I checked in with Pablo. He was still successful, but he was indeed true to his word. He complained about everything – the government, his partners, etc. etc. He explained how he had lost millions of dollars in various deals. Luckily, he could afford the losses, and his voice was energized as he described his failures.


More than success, his marriage, children – more than what he said he really, really wanted – he loved his petulant carping more.



Betsy was madly in love. Everyone she met would soon learn of her love for a man in her community. The only person who did not know was the man she pined for. One day a mutual friend told the man of Betsy’s declarations. His eyes were opened and he considered the possibility of a potential deeper connection. He called Betsy and they had an honest and intimate conversation. The man suggested they meet, at which point, Betsy declared, I have my fears. On this she was very firm. More conversations followed, and no matter how positive, it always ended with Betsy’s, I have my fears. I knew both parties and eventually asked Betsy who she loved the most, the potential of a relationship with the man – or her fears. The truth was in the silence that followed. Fears were her true love. This was not just insecurity, escape, or a test. Despite the many months of longing, gossip with everyone she knew and met, and lots of what seemed hopeful back and forth, the truth was her fears, as Betsy called them, were her true love. It showed in every part of her life. Any effort to advance in her home, family, work, etc. would soon end with her clear anthem, I have my fears. Years later, Betsy seemed quite content, but not in any meaningful relationship. She did, however, always speak of her fears, as one would of a beloved pet.



My fears, my anger, my insecurities, my opinions, my feelings, my disease, my issues, etc. etc. etc.  – all starting with “my”, an expression of attachment, ownership, and yes, love, the laziest kind.


Life is progress. Love is vast. Success is a direction. Consciousness is a decision.


No one is immune from the comfort of “my”. But everyone can easily shift consciousness away from its pull, with a simple internal command. When you encounter “my” in your own projected personality, assess its true value and adjust accordingly. Leadership requires this flexibility and maturity.


We all know the power of light and the beauty of darkness; you cannot have one without the other. This is why Divali is so enduring, why it lifts people up everywhere. It brings one to darkness and suspense and then… there is light. A light that cannot be extinguished.  A light so brilliant that it enters our hearts freely.

Divali is neither ancient nor symbolic. It is here, among us:

where there are those who survive amidst poverty, we must bring forward the lustre of economic excellence and prosperity;

where there is the unleashing of violence, we must turn on the lamps of safety, security and dialogue;

where there is a stubborn attachment to the status quo, we must point to the future, with the radiance of innovation and genius.

I call on all those enjoying this brilliant festival to join me in assuring that no matter your background, status, or affiliation… a fierce light shall prevail in our world:

 that every woman shall be safe;

 that every child shall be educated;

 and that every individual shall enjoy the right to health, wealth and respect.

Let us free the light.


For those who remember the Ed Sullivan Show or Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show, you will recall the late great Rodney Dangerfield, one of America’s best-known comedians. Those born a little later may recognize him from the film, “Caddyshack”. Rodney’s famous one-liner was, “I don’t get no respect!”


Like many comedians, Rodney Dangerfield was a complex fellow. In one interview later in his life, he spoke seriously of having experienced profound depression at various points in his career. I was moved and motivated by his story. I began to use his catchphrase in many of my lectures and classes, changing the “I” to “mental illness” or “mental health”, as in: “Mental illness don’t get no respect!” and “Mental health don’t get no respect!”


I believe these twelve words tell a story and reveal a truth about the way we perceive, speak about and care for mental well-being. Sometimes, we lose balance and make physical health a higher priority, which may have fatal consequences.


For decades, the World Health Organization has been listing depression and anxiety among the leading causes of death worldwide, ahead of cancer and AIDS. Mental illness is recognized as the major contributing factor to the most deadly physical diseases on the planet, such as heart disease. And yet treatment and prevention of mental illness receives a puny percentage of funds globally allocated to physical illness. The stigma associated with mental illness is pervasive and shameful. Our humour, insults and even our exclamations reflect our prejudice and disrespect.


A Canadian television ad I saw many years ago brilliantly illustrates the point. A young man is lying in bed, fully clothed, his sheets rumpled, his hair disheveled. A voice from outside the scene, presumably his mother, shouts at him, “Come on, get up, don’t be so lazy”. In the next scene, the same actor is in a hospital bed, his leg in traction. He is upbeat as his friends and family surround him, signing his cast and supporting him with enthusiastic banter. The scene reverses again, back to the depressed boy in the dark room, an angry frustrated voice demeaning him, then back to the football hero in the bright hospital room, laughing with his crew. The message is so clearly portrayed in under thirty seconds – a physical challenge may bring positive reinforcement, a mental or emotional challenge, humiliation and derision. I think this ad should be replayed often. I call on its essence often in my own life and when I counsel or teach others.


In the arc of my career, over decades, I have had the opportunity to work with heads of state and rock stars, corporate geniuses and entrepreneurs, children and caregivers, media personalities and spiritual teachers. In every case, the priority has been sanity in the midst of confusion, disorientation or crisis. I offered an approach to mental health that provided calm, connection and correction. Along the way, I also met many cohorts in the field of mental health and holistic healing, experts who tested my approach and often invited me to work with their patients, students and therapy groups. I developed enormous respect for the dedicated and committed people and organizations worldwide who explore, innovate, treat, and care for people struggling with mental health as well as the brave individuals who embolden us all through their journey to intelligent and emotional well-being.

Ruthless Analysis

The primary requisite of a leader is wisdom, which is first determined by the ability to know the consequences of any given action. and its ramifications over time.

In every situation or decision, there is a –

  • Set-up
  • Pay-off
  • Pay-back
  • Price

When did you set it up?

If you can be ruthlessly and very privately honest with your Self, you will be able to determine the timing and path of any event or choice, taking full responsibility for its origin. Ask your Self, when did I set up whatever is happening now.


What was your expected pay-off?

What power did you think it would give you, what was your expected reward? 


Who was involved in the pay-back?

The pay-back is in the relationships, who is being affected, negatively and positively. 


What was the price?

Finally ask your Self, what is it costing me, what is the price.


Create a habit of examining your leadership choices with these four steps and you will have a unique wisdom. The secret is to keep it to your Self. Ruthless honesty is not a sharable commodity. Sugar coat it or deal with it superficially and you will miss the Self-training opportunity. 

Lift Off

We are entering the Space Age. If you don’t get ready for it, you are going to be sorely disappointed and left behind. This isn’t the Information Age anymore. This isn’t even the New Age. This is the Space Age. Unless you understand that your neighbourhood is the Solar System and you’re preparing your body and your nervous system for space flight, you’re going to be in trouble. The human sensory body is going to fly further than the atmospheres of Earth within the next hundred years, probably within the next twenty. We shall move forward with space travel, sharing our experience beyond the planet, and engaging in permanent exploration off the planet. Unless that happens, there will be no way to contain the pain because the human must move forward. And when it doesn’t, it falls and fails. This is progress, individually and collectively. When the subconscious and unconscious are clear, and are cleared regularly, when that internal pipeline is kept clear, then the exploration of inner space as well as outer space becomes achievable and healthy – and that’s where all our children are going, to the higher and deeper realms of both inner and outer space, equally. Let us prepare the way for them to succeed, in peace.

To See Or Not To See

For decades, thousands of personnel, costing millions of dollars, have been working in clandestine bunkers and mysterious settings around the world to develop a secret weapon:  extra-sensory subterfuge. Their aim has been to achieve power and disruption of power through corporate espionage, military interference, government surveillance, and social movement infiltration.

It is just as you might imagine it: in one office sit groups of remote viewers, trained to see what transpires in another location, using only their minds. In other locations, from secret laboratories and home basements to moving vehicles and fake executive suites, remote senders transmit messages, also using only their minds. On both sides, instruments record brain waves and assess stress, veracity and accuracy. Can an officer on either end “see” an officer in another location and track their movements and environments?  Can they intercept their thoughts and manipulate their thinking?

Remote viewers are not imaginary, they are real. They spend countless hours hoping to learn skills in manipulative clairvoyance – peering into someone else’s mind or their bedroom, taking control of their brainwaves or their microwaves, making it rain or disturbing magnetic fields.  In other words, psychic warfare.

One such warrior insisted on impressing me with his skill, as he concentrated and appeared to be straining. I couldn’t help thinking that he looked like he was on the toilet and perhaps constipated.

The truth is that entering the mind, body or spirit of another is not that hard. But it is a very low level of connection, no matter how much one may strain. What a huge waste of time, energy and resources.

The mind control of the future is not the control of another’s mind; it is the control of one’s own mind, one’s own psyche. It is within easy reach for every individual and community.

A sophisticated intuitive mind is priceless. In developing a relational understanding of reality, the threats to our personal energy and thoughts, including digital or cyber attacks, can be reduced and eliminated. The extra benefit is that we can use the same energy to communicate more effectively, and reach new heights of personal and collective intelligence, discovery and peace.

I once knew a famous Yogi. During a talk, he told his followers that he could visit them in subtle form as they slept. One of his students, a young American man, yelled out, “Get out of our bedrooms!”.  He promised he would. The well-intentioned and legitimately gifted respect limits and have manners. All else is very heavy karma.