Living a Life of Value

The poet, William Ross Wallace, but it well: “Every man dies, but not every man really lives,” he said. And that should give us pause here in our hectic, commercialized and materialistic world.

Are we really living? And what does that mean anyway?

A couple of questions there that don’t have easy answers. Which is maybe why we avoid them so arduously by distracting ourselves with happy hours and blockbusters and diverse entertainments. There is so much energy spent on just surviving that I’d like to step back from today to consider life in a deeper way. Living a Life of Value, today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head.

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Art and Transcendence

Wagner believed in Mozart, Beethoven and God. Not necessarily in that order, but in all three. Schumann called music the language that permits us to converse with the beyond.

Artists carve mythology into stone and record history on canvas. So maybe it is true that through art all men are saved.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head, Art and Transcendence.

Whenever any of my colleagues here at the International Society of Analytical Trilogy bring art and esthetics as a classroom subject, the energy changes in the room. The students, often tired and stressed out after long days, perk up and something beautiful happens.

In fact, one of my good friends down here, Helena Mellander from Sweden, a very gifted singer, was recently giving a lecture to a select group of human resources professionals down here in Brazil about the leading edge strategies for dealing with stress that are emerging out of Dr. Keppe’s science of Analytical Trilogy, and as part of her lecture, she sang a couple of songs. Well, let me tell you, it had a magnificent impact. Everyone felt it – the combination of knowledge/reason, and feeling/intuition.

“There are certain moments that come along where your life is different afterwards,” said one participant. “This was one of those moments for me.”

Art and spirituality go hand-in-hand. Well, they used to anyway. Consciously. But spirituality is always present with great art of any discipline. Keppe has always recognized this, and has written that art and esthetics is the basis of civilization.

Incidentally, I’m writing this as I’m preparing to head off to our 6th Festival of the Arts at our Grande Hotel Trilogia in Cambuquira, Brazil this weekend. There are some wonderful things happening there that I’ll be letting you know more about as time goes on. Our initiatives there are serving to bring the place to life, and it’s been let go for many years, so we are witnessing a great comeback now. It’s in a beautiful part of Brazil, nestled among coffee plantations, the verdant Atlantic Forest and some of the best mineral waters on the planet. It’s a forgotten town in a jewel of a setting, but it’s receiving new lifeblood now.

As always, you can get me anytime by email if you want to know anything more about everything we are doing down here:, and I’m always happy to hear from you. Our Trilogy portal also has more information.

Today, musician and Analytical Trilogy teacher, Fabrizio Billioti joins me to talk about the arts and transcendence.

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Art and Reality

The most famous expressions of it are found in the world’s great cities. But it’s also scratched in caves and carved on rock walls. And it’s also pinned beneath fridge magnets in kitchens everywhere.

Art, Marc Chagall said, must be an expression of love, or it is nothing. No doubt about it … art is really an emanation of the human soul. And that makes it transcendental.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head, Art and Reality.

Art and creativity flow out of us when we’re kids. That’s maybe universal. The problem, as Picasso knew, was how to remain an artist once we grow up. Because we don’t usually. And maybe that reflects a tendency we have to reject beauty and esthetics – a rejection that ripples out into our societies and cultures. Because we don’t see art being given the value it should in our world. Art, so essential an emanation of the human soul, is irrelevant to a worldview that sees the primal force in live only in survival. From this viewpoint, the jumble of chemicals and compounds and biological processes that makes up man is moved only by the urge to multiply. Nature does not favor beauty or goodness or truth, these learned minds tell us. To them, the magnificence of creation is collapsed to the mundane formula of genetics plus time.

We sensitive human beings know that to be complete hogwash, of course. There is absolutely no survival need for artistry, but it exists in all of us … though you might be hard pressed to find it in any of my personal attempts at drawing anything.

Brazilian/Austrian psychoanalyst, Norberto Keppe, whose work we will be exploring more in our upcoming teleclass series (and just write me for more info on that and to get on the mailing list – Keppe has declared openly that art – esthetics – is the basis of civilization and our link to the eternal transcendetnal world … and God. A far cry from survival of the fittest.

Helena Mellander is a Swedish journalist and singer who’s joined me to talk about art and reality.

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Some Thoughts on Intelligence

Is it a product of your genes? Or your environment? Is it chemical, or something taught? Is yours just a point on a perfect bell curve determined by standardized testing? Or is there much more – and new – yet to be said about it?

I vote for the latter. Today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head, let’s take a Trilogical look at intelligence.

And I say Trilogical because of our focus in this Podcast on Norberto Keppe‘s Analytical Trilogy, which forms the basis of everything we do on this program. Keppe’s discoveries in psychopathology have given us a precise roadmap of the human psyche for the first time in our history. And this is no small feat. With Keppe’s outlining of Inversion, Theomania and Envy, we can understand the things we couldn’t before.

For example, we can see human envy in action in our collective refusal to provcide basic health care or food for our fellow citizens. Understanding the process of projection is very useful, because through this we can see that we fear the terrorists outside while we conduct economic and even military terrorism on a grand scale ourselves. We see the human desire to be like gods, what Keppe calls Theomania, in our very ill-advised explorations into genetic modification, which have unknown ramifications. And then we could mention the inversion and maliciousness involved in pushing alienating and debilitating drugs on children and adults in record amounts. We’re killing and harming people all the time with this strictly materialistic approach to everything when the psychological roots of our problems are well understood now.

That understanding comes from Keppe’s work, and this is something that’s not well understood yet because it’s been kept from us. This Podcast is one attempt to address that. We’re giving away copies of some of Keppe’s books, and I’ve started a Video Podcast now featuring clips from his shows. It’s called STOP the Destruction of the World, and it’s also available in iTunes.

And we’re going to be holding an International Congress from March 16 – 23, 2008 here in Brazil to explore the impolications of Keppe’s work in all areas of human endeavor. As always, you can write me at for any more information about any of those things.

Today on our program, I’ll talk again with Swedish journalist, Helena Mellander, about Keppe’s view of intelligence and the universals.

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