Three times in my life writing a letter changed everything.

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It is said that letter writing is a dying art, but I disagree: it has merely evolved. I would argue that the typical person uses more written communication daily now than ever before. That said, the art of actually writing a letter out on a piece of paper by hand has definitely gone by the wayside. That makes me sad, in a sappy, sentimental, nostalgic kind of way, but why waste paper, really?

There will always be a place for writing that can be held in a tangible sense like documents and printed books, much to our forests' detriment. With…


Because it’s something we are all trying to do, or at least we should be

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Writing is an inherently arrogant, audacious thing to do. For a person to think of an idea, commit it to words, and share it with someone else is fundamentally an act of thought alchemy: something only you could see has to be transformed into another form so that it can be projected into the mind and heart of another person, who will, in turn, see their own interpreted vision from their own unique perspective. This is something we participate in nearly every day, as a reader, a writer, or both.

For a writer to embark upon the journey of creating…


Tales From My First Psychedelic Experiences

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In the summer of 2020, during a time that was a trip in itself, I decided to embark on an exploratory program of experimentation with Psilocybin Cubensis: Magic Mushrooms. My motivation for studying the effects was more than recreational — I sought to explore potential treatments for mental illnesses, especially depression and schizophrenia. As I am neither a scientist nor a qualified psychiatric practitioner, it would only be fair that my experimentation should be confined to myself as a subject.

Throughout four sessions, I started with a dose of 1.5 grams (considered a “threshold” dose) and incrementally increased the amount…


The Seeds Of A Journey That Will Become A Guide

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Observation: Investing in stocks looks very complicated, unpredictable, and inherently risky without proper preparation and experience. However, it is potentially highly profitable IF one has the right tools and information needed to make timely and correct decisions.

Question: How does someone gain the experience needed to make said correct, timely decisions without losing their shirt in the process?

The most straightforward answer to that question would be paper trading or hypothetical testing of a theory or a system before committing real funds to the market. …


Seeking knowledge and wisdom is a self-perpetuating and endless pursuit.

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The time for individualistic spiritual pursuit is upon us, placing the opportunity and obligation to rise squarely on our own shoulders.

The expression “school” here is used in the most ephemeral sense of the word, it is not a physical place nor even necessarily a group of people, but a way of thinking — a breadcrumb trail of sorts — documenting a spiritual journey that may span lifetimes. …


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I am on a journey to reduce self-doubt.

Negativity and doubt of one’s capabilities stem from the ineffectiveness of the past, but this is merely a choice in the attitude of how you look at it — failure is a lesson for future success, and education isn’t cheap.

Open the floodgates and allow the possibility and positivity to flow.

When you ask for prosperity, you can’t limit how it manifests itself, but you have to visualize how you plan to achieve it. The song goes, “out of the tree of life, I just picked me a plum.” …


This is a confession: an admission to myself and justification to the world

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Implications of Arthur C. Clarke’s Third Law

It is necessary to be more honest with myself and you, dear reader than I have been in the past. It is crucial for us at this pivotal moment in our collective and individual evolution to change our approach entirely from outward-facing to inward, to really look within ourselves for the answers instead of seeking answers from politics, religion, and even our communities. …


Etsy, Signal & GameStop — More Than A Coincidence?

Please bear with my knee-jerk response for a more rational assessment, and an altogether more satisfying story, to follow.

I have been working on developing my first algorithmic trading system, and so have been on a steep learning curve of late, but took two full days off to get caught up on some accounting and this happens:

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A Work of Fiction, Inspired by a Dream

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Originally Published in April 2016

Paul looked up from his magazine and over at Anne, who was reading a book in bed. “Do we really have to go to this thing tomorrow?”

She put her book down. “You promised the kids. They’ve been looking forward to a drive in the country like you promised. And you said you wanted to find ways to be more spiritual…”

“Well, yeah, I did. I mean, I do. But honestly, do you really think this hokey retreat is really going to accomplish that?”

“It’s a good place to start, Paul. It’s going to be like a festival, with seminars…


Working Through “The 7 Stages Of Grief” Gets Easier In Time

A Personal Mantra of the Writer — Created with Canva, Photo Courtesy of Unsplash
A Personal Mantra of the Writer — Created with Canva, Photo Courtesy of Unsplash

Two years ago, almost to the day, I began writing this piece, and perhaps the fact that I have not completed it until now speaks to the fact that it’s still something that plagues my mind. Today I am completing it for you to read so that we may both find some comfort and closure for the people and things we have lost.

It’s January, the time of year when people close to me seem to drop dead. I’ve been thinking a lot about that lately.

It’s been fourteen years since my father passed away, and nine since my grandmother’s…

Stephen Reza

Writing to explore the possibilities of the mind and the universe, to bring value and joy to my readers’ lives.

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