Will Wilkinson

Will Wilkinson

Will Wilkinson has been a professional collaborative writer for decades. He has two of his own non-fiction books In print, a novel on the verge and two more non-fiction books in final edit stages. Meanwhile, he collaborates with contemporary wisdom keepers, helping them discover and refine their voice.

Blow Back

Written by Master Charles Cannon, Will Wilkinson

Consequences-Green-Road-SignThe recent horrific Boston bomb attack left millions asking "Why?" Today, the answer.

According to an April 23 HuffingtonPost blog by Simon McCormick, "Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 'the 19-year-old suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, has told interrogators that the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan motivated him and his brother to carry out the attack,' the Post writes, citing 'U.S. officials familiar with the interviews.'"

His article concludes with: "The Boston Bombing took place just days after a deadly attack in Afghanistan killed 17 civilians, including 12 children, according to the New York Times. The Afghan government blames the C.I.A. for the attack, while the agency itself refused to comment."

Monday, 06 May 2013

Land of the Free? Not for Everybody

Written by Master Charles Cannon, Will Wilkinson

Republic In America IncarcerationAmerican prides itself on being number one. Apparently America now jails 2.2 million people. So, with just 5% of the world's population, we boast 25% of its prisoners. America is the number one jailer in the world.

In 2011 almost half of all prisoners were incarcerated for drug offenses. That's a stunning statistic, especially when you connect it with a recent poll that determined only 7% of Americans feel that the government is winning it's war on drugs.

If prison isn't working, what will? How about asking this question: "If so many people are using drugs, what's wrong with reality?" Locking up drug users doesn't address this question.

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Winning Takes Care Of Everything - Not

Written by Master Charles Cannon, Will Wilkinson

Screw-You-Me-FirstA recent Nike ad quoting Tiger Woods saying "Winning takes care of everything" is causing a stir, given his past marital indiscretions and deceptive character. Commenting on the uproar, apparently one marketing consultant said, "The reality is what he said is true."

This reminds us of just what reality has become. Stepping back from the commercial world where facts = sales, it's obvious that winning never takes care of everything.

Think of the battered egos of the losers... doesn't take care of that. People who lost money backing the second place finisher... doesn't take care of that. World hunger, wars, child labor, the sex trade, doesn't take care of that. Oh, wait, maybe it means that it takes care of everything for the winner! Now, that makes sense.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

The Steam Roller Gets Flattened

Written by Master Charles Cannon, Will Wilkinson

Cheating-Concept-Next-ExitA recent Reuters story tells the tale of Florian Homm, 53, an American hedge fund manager nicknamed Steamroller who was just arrested in Europe after five years in hiding. A federal grand jury has indicted him for fraudulent investment practices that lost his investors about $200 million.

His strategy included what's known as "portfolio pumping," artificially inflating the value of a company by internal cross trading, which has no other purpose than to misrepresent profitability. This can encourage investment and justify higher fees.

What fascinated me in this story is the brazenness of his actions, including writing and publishing a memoir that describes how he fled with cash stuffed in his underwear. His weren't crimes of neglect, sloppy accounting or bad bets. He seemed to be deliberately, consciously, one might even venture "proudly" cheating his customers.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Facing The Wonderful Truth About Yourself

Written by Master Charles Cannon, Will Wilkinson

Breakthrough-Looking-ThroughYou may have read about Texas Senator Ted Cruz's impersonation of Senator McCarthy, accusing Defense Secretary Nominee Chuck Hagel - without a shred of factual evidence - of collecting speaking fees from North Korea. The story was printed because it was inflammatory enough to grab eyeballs. It's not true and decades ago would never have gotten any ink.

Why do so many non-stories like this get published? Because they distract us from facing the really urgent issues of the day. At the moment, I'm not referring to the economy and climate change, I'm musing about how we see ourselves.

Marianne Williamson famously said, "Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure." How odd. Why would we fear facing this wonderful truth about ourselves?

Saturday, 06 April 2013

Truth Doesn’t Hurt, Lies Do

Written by Master Charles Cannon, Will Wilkinson

Greedy-Business-PartnersA recent Reuters story by Daniel Trotta quotes a study from Brown University that enumerates the cost of the Iraq war at $1.7 trillion plus $490 billion in veteran benefits and predicted the overall price tag could rise to $6 trillion over the next forty years, counting the interest on that long term debt.

Ouch. That smarts! Oh, wait, not for whoever profited from selling the weapons, got overpaid to mastermind the killing of 134,000 Iraqi civilians, plus whoever will be earning all that interest for decades to come.

War has always been good business for the elite. Incredibly, here in the 21st century, virtually no-one seriously connects this massive debt with... our national deficit! And no-one challenges the ridiculous idea that cutting social services, rather than warring is the way to prosperity. Or at least less poverty.

Friday, 22 March 2013

Sideboob - Flirting with Maya

Written by Master Charles Cannon, Will Wilkinson

Seniors Shocked By TVJust in time for the 2013 Grammy Awards, CBS has announced their official policy regarding dress standards and, guess what? Sideboob and buttock crack are out.

"Sideboob" is a new term for a new trend, women wearing dresses that expose the sides of their breasts. Glimpsing this extra few inches of flesh has become popular with men who, one supposes, have daily access to viewing entire breasts.

Why such fascination with a part, if we already know the whole?

Ironically, it's symbolic of our delusional life experience. We may sense the grandness of life, the wholeness of everything, the unity of all people, yet we distract ourselves with obsession over fragments and competition. We flirt with "Maya" all the time, Maya being a term that describes this illusory world.

Monday, 25 February 2013

Winning is All It’s About

Written by Master Charles Cannon, Will Wilkinson

CheatingAs controversy rages about a pivotal non-call during the last minute of Super Bowl 47 that likely would have reversed the outcome, this just in from Europe about soccer: Investigation Finds Global Betting Scam Fixed Hundreds Of Matches. According to a Reuters story, about $3 billion a day is wagered on soccer matches and investigators have unearthed "a network involving couriers ferrying bribes around the world, paying off players and referees in the fixing which involved about 425 corrupt officials, players and serious criminals in 15 countries."

The only surprise in these two stories is that anyone with a modicum of intelligence would be surprised. 3 billion dollars a day in bets, and that's just soccer? How much was won and lost on that one Super Bowl moment? Can anyone seriously believe that big bettors would leave their money in the hands of Lady Luck and skill?

Monday, 11 February 2013

If It Ain’t Broke, Fix it

Written by Master Charles Cannon, Will Wilkinson

If-Its-Not-Broke-Common-Sense-PhraseOfficial spokespersons for the NRA are defending their reversal on supporting background checks for gun purchases because "it's not working."

Let's see, what would this be like in other areas? "Team, it's half time and we're losing; let's quit." Or, "Honey, we seem to be having communication problems; let's stop going to our communication class." Even better yet, "I'm hungry, I better stop eating."

In other words, if something isn't perfect by all means give up! Now, that sounds like a sure fire recipe for success. Actually, it might as easily become the mantra for deluded human beings, especially the way we view our personal growth. We demand perfection of ourselves, all or nothing, as if that has ever been possible.

Common sense says work with what you've got but, as Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry character quipped, "A man's gotta know his limitations." On one hand that is practical. On the other it's inside the box thinking. How about testing those limitations? How about starting with what we've got and expanding?

Thursday, 07 February 2013

Lance Armstrong: Doped Because He Was Duped

Lying and Cheating Long NoseLance Armstrong's recent Oprah confession that he used drugs to win was greeted with shock, condemnation, and the expected crusade for crucifixion in the news.

As usual, the most important point has been completely missed. Yes, this is about Lance. But it's also about ourselves. As he has so embarrassingly demonstrated, we are programed robots driven by our egos. His goal was to win. He did. The way he won is, apparently, illegal. Why? Because there are laws that say so. While we may obey laws like those, we have become expert at "fudging" wherever possible.

If we refuse to see what Lance did, and what everyone else does who craves the rewards of celebrity adulation, as a reflection of our own misguided longing, then we are the real dopes. In fact, all of us are enculturated liars and cheaters and you know it as well as I do, if you are honest about your life. The only difference between him and us is that he is in the spotlight. In demonizing him, we reveal ourselves as the fools that we are.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Out of Many, One

Written by Master Charles Cannon, Will Wilkinson

Global Team WorkOutgoing Democratic Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich gave his brief but impassioned farewell speech the other day.

He referenced "E pluribus unum" which is Latin for "Out of many, one" and is considered the de facto motto of the United States. Mr. Kucinich spoke about unity, the unity of state, the United States of America, but urged us to think deeper than that, to embrace the unity of all people everywhere.

He then went on to decry the politics of divisiveness that prevails in Washington and called for a new politics that supported our hunger for unity.

His three and a half minute speech reminded us of why they got rid of him. He spoke the truth, unpopular in the chamber of liars. But truth resonates. When he called for "mutual respect" his words were backed up by his presence; even as he offered such "tough love," it was respectful, absent name calling or blame.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Are Fox News Viewers Really Stupider?

Written by Master Charles Cannon, Will Wilkinson

Watching-The-NewsA provocative article first published on Yahoo references a report from The Intelligence Institute that declares: Fox News Viewers Have an IQ 20 Points Below US Average.

Are Fox News viewers really stupider? For instance, are they stupider than the people who believed this article? It's bogus, as is the Institute, which a quick Google confirms, although whistle blowers conceded that the point seems defensible and further speculate that watching Fox News could make you stupider.

While Fox News may win prizes for Unfair and Imbalanced, the whole mudstream media is in the same boat, peddling a mixture of sensationalism and political soap opera for viewers who've apparently lost interest in their own lives.

Wednesday, 02 January 2013

Believe in God, or Else!

Written by Master Charles Cannon, Will Wilkinson

book-floating-over-a-blue-16372034A recent report, "Freedom of Thought 2012," has delineated global prejudice against "non-believers." According to the report, "there are laws that deny atheists' right to exist, curtail their freedom of belief and expression, revoke their right to citizenship, restrict their right to marry."

Here in America, we are proud of "free speech," yet seven states prohibit atheists from holding public office.

Elsewhere, there's a range of punishments all the way up to execution. In other words, believe in God, or else!

No wonder young people are fleeing organized religion in droves. Where are they headed? Spirituality. Spirituality, not religion. Religion hinges on beliefs, spirituality on experience. Religion pits one belief against another (or all others) while spirituality embraces all beliefs in the fundamental concept of "oneness."

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Today is the Day

Written by Master Charles Cannon, Will Wilkinson

Today-is-the-DayWith the third tragic mass shooting in America since July, the debate on gun control vs more guns is heating up. Some blame the removal of God from classrooms; others bemoan easy access to automatic weapons. Calls for "immediate action" resound and, as usual, the most important lessons are being overlooked.

Life is sacred. Until we address how our society systematically denies this truth and find ways to embrace it, we can expect more tragedies.

All life is sacred. Not just white people, Democrats, Muslims, Yankees fans. Not just human beings. Lions, humming birds, maple trees, dirt, oceans, space. All life, in everyone, everything, everywhere. Sacred.

Monday, 17 December 2012

Everything Is Going to Be OK

Written by Master Charles Cannon, Will Wilkinson

Breaking Through The Wall"Man's mind stretched to a new idea, never goes back to its original dimensions." -- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Finally, some good news.

Whether we celebrate the outcome of the election or mourn it, there's good news that's hard to ignore. Some comedian suggested that a win for Obama would be a victory for democracy while a win for Romney would be a victory for comedy, but what happened is really a win for spiritual progress over human stubbornness.

How so? Hundreds of millions of dollars invested in selling deception failed. TV attack ads and math-less promises made little difference. Campaign redistricting, voter suppression, threats to employees... a formidable range of intimidation tactics failed to produce. That's spiritual progress, because what prevailed was a greater awareness of truth than illusion.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

You Can’t Be a Democrat and Go to Heaven

Written by Master Charles Cannon, Will Wilkinson

School Teacher GraphicA Kentucky high school teacher is under fire for writing "You can't be a democrat and go to heaven" on a class whiteboard. The statement was attributed to a student. Another student reported feeling ridiculed and bullied in a following discussion, so much so that she's refused to return to class and is now being home schooled.

She'll likely have a better chance of getting an actual education at home than in this classroom so that's the good news. The bad news is what passes for education these days. While news stories about this issue have focused on whether or not the teacher should have written a statement like this on the board, the more important point is the role of education relative to prejudice.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Not Blinded By The Light

Written by Master Charles Cannon, Will Wilkinson

Shafts-Of-Sunlight-3585940A teacher of mine once told me, "If you really want to help someone on their spiritual journey, shine your light on their path, not in their eyes."

"Brilliance" can make someone stand out or help those around them find their way. One is an ego trip, the other is about service.

Anyone who has encountered a genuine "beamer" knows that just being with them can be transformational. It's not what they say, even what they do that inspires so much as who they are. Who they are permeates everything they think, say and do; it creates a field of radiant influence around them. It's tangible, and it's empowering.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Lying For the Lord

Written by Master Charles Cannon, Will Wilkinson

Fingers-Crossed-6300811With the national election now behind us, it might be interesting to step back and consider what personal lessons might be learned, from a modern spiritual perspective. Much was made during the campaign of candidate Mitt Romney's penchant for obscuring the truth. He's a Mormon. A tenant of their faith is called "Lying for the Lord." Simply put, it condones lying to protect their Church.

While we might be offended by the concept, what might this reveal about ourselves? Who is your Lord? What do you lie about, to protect what you believe is sacred to you? For instance, do you ever exaggerate? It's a common habit. You could exaggerate your abilities to inflate your significance with others. You might rewrite your history. After all, who really wants to remember himself as the bad guy? Memories become fish stories. The fish gets bigger, the good deed gets mightier, and the shadows of social misdemeanors flee in the light of revisionism.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

Written by Master Charles Cannon, Will Wilkinson

The Truth Just AheadPolitics may historically be the official domain of deceit and organized religion a circus of escalating irrationality but surely lying reaches fine arts status in education.

What are we taught? That society is sane, when it is clearly not (note million dollar salaries to athletes while our children starve, etc.). That leaders are public servants, when they are self- serving adolescents. That behaving pays off, that following the rules leads to success, that hard work paves the road to prosperity.

What if we were told the truth? Imagine learning that we are individually responsible for creating our own life experience and that blaming is a psychological disease. Imagine exploding the biggest lie of them all, that happiness comes from the outside. What would life be like if we shed our addictions to seeking, acquiring and possessing? Sure, the minute anyone starts down this road, an uproar arises, accusing the speaker of impracticality. But who said anything about retreating into a cave? In fact, nothing could be more practical than sourcing your own fulfillment. That's freedom. That's independence. That's leadership. And that's honesty.

Monday, 05 November 2012

Do You Really Have a Choice?

Written by Master Charles Cannon, Will Wilkinson

American-Election-2526521Election 2012. Hundreds of millions of advertising dollars are aimed squarely at you with one objective: to influence your choice.

Do you really have a choice?

On election day (or before if you're worried about your toilet overflowing) you'll vote for our current president or the shiny new wannabe. One of them will take the throne for at least four years and the same media voices that are bringing you exhausting details of the soap opera intrigue leading up to the election will bring you exhausting details of the soap opera intrigue of the results, complete with hand wringing, victory laps, tears and projectile assurances that tomorrow will now be better (or worse) than yesterday.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

What does spirituality have to do with reality?

Written by Master Charles Cannon, Will Wilkinson

woman-sitting-on-rocksjpgHas spirituality ever seemed so irrelevant? With an economy in the toilet, an overheated environment that would be even more devastating if global warming weren't a fraud, and an election campaign that's increasingly a circus of the bizarre, what place could something like meditation have in solving anything?

Well, it's instant. Close your eyes and it all goes away. Does that sound like the ostrich, sticking his head in the sand to ignore reality? Interestingly, ostriches don't actually do that; it's a myth. In fact, the only animal that does that is us! We're expert at ignoring reality, deluding ourselves with lottery dreams and irrational loyalties to habits that have only produced results we don't like but maybe suddenly, magically, will produce the opposite... we hope.

Spirituality? Meditation? Who has the time? Yet... Close your eyes, breathe deeply, focus a positive thought like, "All is well," and that overwhelming mess vanishes.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Make Sure Your I.G.S. Is Steering Your GPS

Written by Master Charles Cannon, Will Wilkinson

gold-compass-150Being able to get to your geographical destination easily and quickly depends on navigation skills and traffic. Attaining life goals is more complicated. Outcomes are often vague, like being rich and happily married, which is hardly as precise as getting to Marv's Deli in Brooklyn by 7 p.m. on Thursday night.

Some life destinations turn out to be more satisfying than others. Remember times when you got what you wanted, only to be disappointed and unfulfilled? Likewise, you've enjoyed the opposite -- soul level contentment that resulted from actualizing your core intentions. What makes the difference?

Thursday, 28 June 2012