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Children, Consciousness & Transference

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By Sensei Derek Fletcher
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To The Unsung Heroes
Wisdom may be discovered among a variety of people. We often heed the advice and opinions of someone simply because they have a "public presence." But, you may be standing next to, or passing by, a wise individual would you know? #consciousness #spirituality #community
October 5, 2019
Fresh Flowers Stinky Fish
What's familiar to us may be preferred even though that preference may be unhealthy. When given the choice between fresh flowers or stinky fish most people choose the stinky fish! Here's why... ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพโ˜ธ๏ธ๐Ÿ“ฟ #consciousness #spirituality #community
September 6, 2019
Dancing With Death
Life has only one natural partner....death. So much anxiety, stress and depression results from thoughts around death. Here's a different tune...๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ“ฟโ˜ธ๏ธ #consciousness #spirituality #community
September 5, 2019
Despair, Humanity & Consciousness
Discontent about the present "state of humanity" is common today. Yet, those who despair about it may not fully understand their involvement in this phenomenon. Listen in for a meaningful reflection on the matter. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ“ฟโ˜ธ๏ธ #consciousness #spirituality #senseiderekfletcher
March 16, 2019
Where Did Happiness Go?
Happiness remains one of the most slippery goals we can aspire to obtain. Why is this? What's really going on? Let's take a look... ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ“ฟโ˜ธ๏ธ #organic #healthcare #health #wellness #lifestyle #vegan #spirituality #hope #meditation #psychology #consciousness #selfhelp #stress #meditate #anxiety #love #depression #grief #foguangshan
January 22, 2019
My Visit In Hell
Hell is real. Many traditions speak of it. I've been there and this is what I can share...๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ“ฟโ˜ธ๏ธ #organic #healthcare #health #wellness #lifestyle #vegan #spirituality #hope #meditation #psychology #consciousness #selfhelp #stress #meditate #anxiety #love #depression #grief #foguangshan
January 22, 2019
Emptiness & Suffering: What Is Suffering?_ V2
Announcement! The second video in my "Emptiness & Suffering" video series has posted on my YouTube channel Plant Powered Buddhist. This video titled "What Is Suffering?" was posted Thursday December 27, 2018. Learn a few details about this specific video in this podcast episode...๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพโ˜ธ๏ธ๐Ÿ“ฟ #consciousness #spirituality #emptiness #plantpoweredbuddhist
December 27, 2018
Emptiness & Suffering Video Series
Announcement! My new "Emptiness & Suffering" video series has just launched on my YouTube channel Plant Powered Buddhist. The first video "Emergence of Phenomena" was posted Monday December 24th, 2018. Listen to a few details about the series in this podcast episode...๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพโ˜ธ๏ธ๐Ÿ“ฟ #consciousness #spirituality #emptiness #plantpoweredbuddhist
December 26, 2018
Loneliness Can Liberate You
Loneliness is something most people fear and avoid. This is a missed opportunity to become powerful beyond your imagination. If you can be with it the prize is yours. The question do you do it? ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ“ฟโ˜ธ๏ธ #consciousness #spirituality #emptiness #satsang #plantpoweredbuddhist #senseiderekfletcher
December 20, 2018
Losing Hope In Humanity
So many people today have lost hope in humanity. There are many reasons for this. However, to lose hope in humanity says something even deeper than you think. Here's why...๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ
December 2, 2018
How To Deal With Hardships
All too often you own your challenges or hardships. Then they take ownership of you. This results in additional pain and suffering. This cycle, supported by the mind, can go on forever. How do you break this cycle? Here's the first step...๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ
November 26, 2018
Plant Powered Buddhist Herbal Blends!
Announcing the release of Plant Powered Buddhist herbal blends! These are blends that I have personally crafted and use myself to maintain optimal health. (including my personal alkaline pH of 7.6-8.0) They are available to purchase now at ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ๐ŸŒฑ
November 19, 2018
Seeking Happiness = Barrier To Enlightenment
Happiness is something that so many people pursue. Unfortunately, pursuing happiness most often leads to suffering and here's why...๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ
November 17, 2018
Why I Don't Suffer
I have been asked to give a little more detail about how it is that I don't suffer. Though it seems unimaginable to most it's quite possible for you too. For more content on this please visit #consciousness #spirituality #senseiderekfletcher
November 7, 2018
Mindfulness Is The Problem
Mindfulness has been a buzzword for several years now. While most people believe in its ability to achieve its ends, I totally disagree...๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ To hear an extended discussion on this go to
November 5, 2018
Why You Suffer
People often jump to the lesser issue of "how" they suffer. This focus will never relieve your suffering and often times will only increase it. The only question to ask is: "Why do I suffer?" The answer to this is not kind but nonetheless true...๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ #consciousness #spirituality #inspire #senseiderekfletcher
October 28, 2018
Religion's Relationship To Enlightenment
Does enlightenment require religion or religious affiliation? Sensei offers his opinion. For more on this and related topics visit and
October 17, 2018
Spiritual Life or Material Pursuits?
Many people are struggling today with a question: "Shall I live a spiritual life or pursue material things?" This is problematic but not for the reasons that most people think. Sensei offers a subtle perspective about this challenge. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ
October 15, 2018
Freedom May Not Be Given or Withheld
Freedom is a phenomenon that is of interest to everyone. It's life's most precious "currency." Yet, as life progresses we feel less and less of it. This does not have to be so and here's why...๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ #consciousness #spirituality #senseiderekfletcher
September 24, 2018
Love & Possession Don't Mix
Many of the challenges we encounter in romantic relationships are self produced. The source of this has to do with our orientation to love. Rare is the person who can love without poisoning the experience with this destructive element. ๐Ÿ’” #consciousness #spirituality #love
September 19, 2018
Clean Living Space Clearer Consciousness
We miss the opportunity to experience and enjoy clearer Consciousness every day. So many people keep their living spaces dirty or cluttered. Then they wonder why depression, anxiety or negative thoughts haunt them. It boils down to a lack of discipline and understanding of our environment on our Consciousness. It's time to change this unhealthy habit... #consciousness #spirituality
September 17, 2018
Noble Truth of The Buddha #3
The Four Noble Truths of the Buddha are essential to understanding and practicing Buddhism. If you are interested in eliminating your suffering you will benefit from understanding the Four Noble Truths. Here Sensei shares some thoughts on the Third. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพโ˜ธ๏ธ
September 12, 2018
Love Is Not Limitless
Love is such a powerful force in our existence. It is responsible for many wonderful things. Yet, with all of its power and influence, it is no more permanent than a blade of grass and Sensei explains why...๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ #consciousness #spirituality #senseiderekfletcher
September 10, 2018
The Power of Impermanence
Here Sensei shares one of the truths that has significantly impacted his personal life and heartfelt understanding of Consciousness. For extended content on Consciousness visit๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพโ˜ธ๏ธ๐Ÿ“ฟ
September 8, 2018
You're Probably Just Sad Not "Depressed"
Have you ever looked up the phrase "clinically depressed?" Do you know what depression really is? Often people seek a title and story to give to their sadness, grief or sorrow. One of those prematurely used is "I'm depressed" when really they are simply sad. Sensei offers a thought on this...
September 5, 2018
Do You Love Yourself?
Some people may think highly of their professional skills or ability to perform a task. They may even be able to love others intensely. Yet, when it comes to loving themselves they are not able to do it. Are you one of these people? Sensei opens up this topic on why this is the case with many people.
September 3, 2018
You Are IT!
As a child the game of tag was a favorite. Once someone was chased and touched by another we'd say "you're it!" Such a simple playful utterance which means so much more as an adult. (for more content on Consciousness visit ConsciousnessNow)
August 31, 2018
Children, Consciousness & Transference
Children can develop in a natural way if given general proper guidance and protection. A problem arises though when adults begin layering identities on them. In this episode, Sensei gives some insight on this while walking through a park and observing parents and children interacting...
August 30, 2018
Santa Claus And The Ego
Scores of books have been written about the ego. Perhaps even more therapeutic theories have sprung from this idea. Likewise, dozens of human flaws and mental disturbances have been attributed to the notion of the ego. The ego and Santa Claus share one fundamental characteristic and here's what it is...
August 27, 2018
Do You Need A Guru?
We do maintenance on our cars and other mechanical gadgetry. If you have the means, you see a doctor once a year for a "check up." Do you regularly do anything to maintain your spiritual health? Do you need a guru? Here's Sensei's thought on it. If you want to hear more on this and Consciousness visit โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ“ฟ
August 24, 2018
Fasting For Awareness
Fasting is an age old spiritual practice and one of my favorites. There are several types of fasting each with great benefits. I discuss a few of them here. If you'd like more information on this topic please visit ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ
August 22, 2018
What Is Corporate Conscience
Consciousness is all pervasive and not restricted by boundaries. It also expresses itself in groups, organizations and businesses. Listen in as Sensei gives a brief introduction to corporate conscience. If you want to hear more on this topic and consciousness, please go over to
August 20, 2018
The Deception Of Pursuing Happiness
The pursuit of happiness has long been held as the ultimate good. This is particularly stressed in western philosophy/culture but is completely wrong. Here's why...
August 17, 2018
The Opportunity To Suffer
Suffering is a fact of life. But, it is also a major opportunity and here's why....๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ
August 16, 2018
Stop Trying To Become Spiritual
So much unnecessary effort is put into trying to become spiritual. That is not the best way to reach your destination and here's why. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ (visit for more on this topic)
August 15, 2018
Meditation Is Not Necessary
Meditation is a powerful spiritual exercise. Its benefits are many. However, to achieve the same results you can do this rather than meditate...๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ
August 15, 2018
Stop Asking Yourself This Question
There is a deeply profound question that has intrigued, enlightened and haunted humankind since it was first asked. As insightful as it has been, we need to stop asking it and instead ask this more important question...
August 13, 2018
The Journey Is NOT More Important Than The Destination
People erroneously state and believe that questions are more important than answers or that the journey is more important than the destination when it comes to spiritual understanding. In this episode, Sensei explains why this is NOT true...๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ“ฟ
August 12, 2018
Love Letters: Him To Her
Sensei's invites you to visit and purchase his new book "Love Letters: Him To Her" which is available in paperback and ebook format. It's the first book of a 4 part series. Listen in on how he delves into this topic (love) that is of interest to everyone!
August 12, 2018
Death, Time & Consciousness
Here Sensei expounds upon the relationship between time and consciousness but adds the element of death. Death has a unique role in this whole process. Listen in to find how it's impacting all of your decisions in life...๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ
August 11, 2018
Time & Consciousness
Sensei raises a question regarding our present understanding of time and its impact on our ability to deepen our consciousness. A good thought experiment is proposed to illistrate the point. Try it and share your thoughts here! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ
August 11, 2018
Second Noble Truth Of The Buddha
The Four Noble Truths of the Buddha are essential to understanding and practicing Buddhism. Here I share some thoughts on the Second. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพโ˜ธ๏ธ
March 30, 2018
Food Deserts & Poor Performance
Ever hear about food deserts? Ever see one? Listen in to found out what they are and my thoughts on their impact. This will be one the greatest problems to solve in the 21st century...
March 30, 2018
First Noble Truth Of The Buddha
The Four Noble Truths of the Buddha are essential to understanding and practicing Buddhism. Here I share some brief thoughts on the First. โ˜ธ๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ
March 12, 2018
When A Woman Knows Her Place
Women are making greater strides toward more fairness and equality. A little poetry to honor their efforts.๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ
March 12, 2018
BIG Discount On Select Black Living Water products!
I was first introduced to Black MP (mineral-probiotics) products last year by a family member who is fighting cancer. I was so impressed after using it, I contacted the company. One result of that is that you now get to buy this at a significant discount! Listen in to get the codeโœŒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜€
March 7, 2018
Remember To Feed Your Spirit
Goals are great. But without nourishing your spirit it will all be meaningless...
March 5, 2018
Noble Truth #1 Of The Buddha
The Four Noble Truths as taught by the Buddha were among his most profound teachings! Understanding them is essential to practicing Buddhism. Here I share some brief thoughts on Noble Truth #1...โ˜ธ๏ธ
March 5, 2018
How To Grow Old
Today our culture is obsessed with youth and being young. In the West, if you are 30 or older youโ€™re โ€œwashed up.โ€ Cicero wrote a brilliant book on the aging process. Here are my thoughts on our circumstances and his book.๐Ÿ“š
March 5, 2018
Why You Need Rituals Not Routines
Itโ€™s time to get rid of ALL of your routines and start focusing on rituals! Hereโ€™s why...
March 4, 2018
Philosophy Of War & Fighting
Why after so much time, history and experience do humans still fight? The answer may not be as clear as we imagine...
March 4, 2018
Ode To Poverty
Poverty comes in many varieties, not just economic. It is a strange phenomenon which has the power to deplete or rejuvenate...#plantpoweredbuddhist
March 4, 2018
What If You Lived Forever?
Many have probsbly pondered the question: โ€œIf I were going to die tomorrow, what would I do today?โ€ Itโ€™s an interesting question. However, the question I pose I believe is more penetrating. Listen and send your thoughts to me via email on my blog at:
November 27, 2017
Donโ€™t Stress! Letโ€™s Have Tea.
Oddly enough, during the holiday season depression, sadness, family drama and loneliness skyrockets! This should not be the case. Let me help you make this holiday season better. Letโ€™s have tea together. Listen how and letโ€™s connect...
November 22, 2017
7th Vow Of The Medicine Buddha
We often feel isolated and alone on our life journey, especially when dealing with existential or spiritual angst. It comforting to know that in fact no one is alone in this. There are enlightened beings who have made vows to assist us. One such Buddha who made these vows is the Medicine Buddha. This beautiful vow is #7 out of 12 vows made...
November 21, 2017
Where EVERYTHING Comes From Pt2
In Part 1 we introduced some basic notions of causes and conditions within the Buddhist concept of Dependent Origination. In this segment the focus is Cause & Effect. Cause & Effect along with its 6 key principles are explained and supported with examples and applications. If youโ€™d like to see the videos please search & subscribe to Plant Powered Buddhist YouTube and/or follow my blog at
November 21, 2017
Where EVERYTHING Comes From
In vain perhaps do we search for the single source of everything. A linear way of thinking, as opposed to the structure of consciousness, may be what prevents us form clearly seeing the answer. The good news is that there is an answer to where EVERYTHING comes from. In Buddhism, we have a concept called Dependent Origination. In this brief introduction, I begin to explain it.
November 6, 2017
This Belongs To Me! (Part 2)
In part two of our exploration of private property, John Locke offers support to his original argument of labor by invoking Divine Command. What does God say about owning private property? Tune in!
October 24, 2017
This Belongs To Me! (Part 1)
Few ideas inspire more debate than the idea of private property. This is Part 1 of a series on how this concept developed in its western roots. We begin with John Lockeโ€™s idea and its influence today.
October 21, 2017
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