Open-Hearted “Self-Facing” Humor Builds Bridges

When we lovingly laugh in our own face, we invite others to drop their defenses. This facilitates trust and communication, and liberates energy to move forward in beneficial collaboration.

As a baseball fan growing up in New York City, one of my great baseball heroes as a child was Casey Stengel, who was manager of the Yankees, and later the Mets. I remember him as an old man, a long-time beloved figure in New York. That wasn’t always the case. When he was a rookie, the fans in New York disliked him. In fact, they booed him loudly whenever he came on the field. Then one day, Casey Stengel walked to the plate to bat, and as usual the fans booed him. Only this time, he tipped his cap and a little sparrow flew out from under his cap.

Everyone in the ballpark cheered, and he was never booed again. Think about it. One playful gesture changing the hearts of 20,000 … New Yorkers! So of course the lesson is, if you’re going to flip somebody the bird — make it a real bird.

Apparently, Stengel had seen the sparrow when he was in the outfield, and impulsively scooped it up. He had a tough crowd to impress, but it certainly worked.

Another individual who used “self-facing” laughter to great advantage was Abraham Lincoln. In the midst of a debate, an opponent called him two-faced. Pointing to his homely mug, Lincoln told the audience, “Now I ask you. If I were two-faced would I be using THIS ONE?”

If we stop and consider how much of our Business-people-enjoying-a-fun-moment-during-the-meetingformal interactions in business — particularly with colleagues we don’t know that well — are about saving or losing face, when we can use self-effacing or self-facing humor to release the tension, we benefit everyone in the room. George Burns once joked, “Honesty and sincerity. If you can fake those, you’ve got it made.”

And … as we pretty much all realize, most of us can tell the real sincerity from the fake.

A joke that is genuinely on oneself, and not meant to manipulate, can bring everyone in the room closer. I once read a story about a manager who had the unpleasant task of telling his department that it was being eliminated, and everyone was being laid off. He stood in front of the group, and when his mission and message became clear, he opened his jacket. He was wearing a tee shirt with a big target painted on it. He “took the hit”, and even though nothing in the situation changed, he did indeed soften the blow with humor.

I am fortunate that I get to present and perform in unusual venues, and one of the most interesting was something called The Holistic Lawyers Conference in the Florida Keys. After my presentation on the uses of humor to relieve tension and bring people together, one of the attorneys told me a story about being involved in a very contentious lawsuit. At one point the opposing attorney made an offer, which our guy found blatantly outrageous and insulting. All he could do in response was utter a Three Stooges, “Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.”

To his amazement, the opposing attorney responded with his own, “Ah, wiseguy, eh?” They continued doing 3 Stooges shtick back and forth until they were both laughing. The tension was broken, and they ended up resolving their differences almost immediately.

Not long after that I myself was involved in a rather difficult negotiation, where it seemed that everything I said dug the hole deeper. Finally, I hung up the phone in frustration. Then I got an idea. I called the individual back and said, “Hi, this is Steve Bhaerman. Did someone just call you pretending to be me?”

We both laughed, and the negotiation got done to everyone’s satisfaction.

I have a more recent tale of self-facing laughter and “fool-realization”.

A few years ago, my wife Trudy and I were visiting her sister Rita who lives on a lake in Michigan. After dinner Rita invited some neighbors over for a bonfire. As we stood around the bonfire, I noticed a few errant embers on the grass, and went to kick them back into the fire. What I didn’t know was I was standing right at the edge of the lake. I lost my balance and before I knew it, I was in the lake, waist-deep in water.

Fortunately Rita saved the day. She shouted, “You have been baptized! Are you saved?”

Picking up the cue, I leaped up and shouted even louder, “I AM SAVED! PRAISE THE LORD!”

And everyone in the group burst out laughing WITH me, and not AT me. Thanks to being able to embody the mantra, “It’s a joke -‐ laugh!” I helped create a field of humor, not humiliation. I had as much fun as I could under the circumstances. Standing in the water, I took off my shoes and water poured from them. Someone said, “Hey, is this part of your comedy routine?”

“Not usually,” I answered, “but it is today.”

And so it was. Instead of being the comedian that day (poking fun at others), I was the clown (being the subject and object of the humor myself). Not only was I able to quickly recover from the dunking, but I was able to say to the Universal Trickster, “Dunkerschein!” Thank you for giving me the opportunity to take one for the team and raise the laugh force in the vicinity.

Keep in mind that this kind of self-facing humor is not about putting oneself down, which tends to make others as uncomfortable as if we were puffing ourselves up. Interestingly, the words human, humor, humility and humus all come from the same root. By using self-facing HUMOR, we show we are HUMAN and demonstrate HUMILITY so we aren’t HUMILIATED by having our face ground in the HUMUS.

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How A Wise Crack Helped Mary Go Crackers

“To get a half-baked idea fully baked and rolling in dough, jest add a pinch of humor, and you’ll laugh all the way to the bank.” — Swami Beyondananda



For years, I’ve believed and taught that humor is a key ingredient in successful enterprise.  However, even I was taken by surprise by an email I received from a fan last Thursday. He wrote to tell me that Mary Waldner, founder of the highly-successful Mary’s Gone Crackers cracker company had been on the Caroline Casey radio show that afternoon. Mary reported that when she was still contemplating starting her company but lacking the funds to launch, she called into the Caroline Casey show (this was probably 12 or 15 years ago) when Swami Beyondananda was the guest. When she told the Swami she wanted to start a baking company but didn’t have the money, Swami said, “But you have plenty of dough!”

Mary adopted that as her catchphrase, posted it all over her office, her home and her bakery, and it inspired her through that challenging period. To paraphrase those 70s icons, the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, “Laughter will get you through times ofno money better than money will get you through times of no laughter.”

marysgonecrackers_logoFortunately, ten years after starting her company — and after overcoming many challenges — Mary now has plenty of both laughter and money. I highly recommend listening to her interview (link below) and trying her yummy gluten-free crackers. The even funnier synchronicity is that the only cracker Trudy and I had in our pantry last Thursday was a box of Mary’s Gone Crackers with caraway seeds.

And the lesson is … you don’t necessarily have to be prolifically funny to tap the magic of humor. If you capture one humorous moment that reminds you to enlighten up, then as the Swami would say, you have found a “laughsitive” that taken regularly can restore “regular-hilarity”. Mary was obviously attuned into how the vibe of humor — one simple yet profound joke — could help her and her team stay resilient through a sometimes-discouraging process.

If you’re curious how YOU can add the magic of transformational humor to your workplace, your play place, your world, check out the upcoming teleclass, Wake Up Laughing And Leave Laughter In Your Wake starting Thursday, February 19th. Swami says, “Sense of humor is our seventh sense that helps us make sense of the other six.”

It’s total immersion in the distinctions of humor — you’ll laugh while you learn, and learn while you laugh, and enlighten and brighten the world around you.

Find out more about the class here.

And yes … I do work with clients and companies individually to help them “humorize” their message. Just respond with an email with and put “humorize” in the subject line. In any case, I HIGHLY-RECOMMEND being in the class to fully immerse (and fooly immerse) in cosmic comedy and healing laughter. Not only will YOU be happy you did, everyone around you will too.

May the FARCE be with you,

Steve Bhaerman

Listen to Caroline Casey interview Mary here:

Find out more about Mary’s Gone Crackers here:

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Wake Up Laughing … And Leave Laughter In Your Wake

A Course In Cosmic Comedy and Healing Laughter

February 26th through April 16th

With Steve Bhaerman


Dear Friends:

If you’re ready to start the New Year with a healthier, happier perspective — and immerse yourself in cosmic comedy and healing laughter — you may be interested in a new program to help you wake up laughing, and leave laughter in your wake.

It’s fun, it’s funny, it’s inexpensive, and it’s SwamiShoulderAug13designed for anyone — from professional funny person to serious individual looking t0 enlighten up — who would love to bring appropriate humor to life’s situations, and gain healing, perspective, and even awakening.

There’s a reason why a sense of humor is always mentioned as a desirable trait in a partner or a mate. Humor used the right way magnetizes positive energy and uplifts everyone in its field. Can a sense of humor be learned? My experience says it can be cultivated and practiced. Whatever your profession, calling, or “work of heart”, a healthy sense of humor will make your pursuit of happiness happier. As you lighten up, you will enlighten up all those you come in contact with.

Here’s how this teleclass works. There will be six live calls over an 8-week period, and the calls are spread out so you can weave your new humorous habits and practices into your life over time. In between sessions, you will have playful assignments and practices to help you cultivate YOUR sense of humor. Tune in to the calls, and you will also have a chance to ask questions (and even get answers).

The cost for these six sessions + bonuses is $150.

Here is the class schedule:

Class One. Thursday, February 26th   5 to 6:15 pm PTswami.points.right

Class Two. Thursday, March 5th   5 to 6:15 pm PT

Class Three. Thursday, March 12th   5 to 6:15 pm PT

Class Four. Thursday, March 26th   5 to 6:15 pm PT

Class Five. Thursday, April 9th   5 to 6:15 pm PT

Class Six. Thursday, April 16th   5 to 6:15 pm PT

All sessions will be recorded, so you can listen at your leisure, and playful assignments will be assigned every week — even weeks the class isn’t meeting — so you can keep your momentum going. And … there will be two additional bonus calls:

Special Europe-Friendly Coaching Call

Saturday, March 28th – 9 am to 10:15 am PT

Special Swami Karma Talk Call

Wednesday, April 1st (when else?) – 5 pm to 6:15 pm PT. Swami answers your questions, and you will question his answers!

And yes, there’s more …

All Wake Up Laughing participants will receive our digital Course In Laughter. This self-paced course includes two e-books (Wake Up Laughing, Zen Cohens of Harry Cohen Baba), a Workbook, and hours of audio instruction on the ins and outs of using humor as a transformational tool. As part of the course, you will receive two additional audio files, The Fool’s Journey and Beyondananda and Beyond. This $97 value is INCLUDED in the registration fee for the class, and download links will be sent via email within 48 hours of registration.

Here is the Course schedule and more specific topics:

Session 1. It’s A Joke — Laugh.

Life is a joke, but God is laughing with us not at us

In this opening session, we will explore the connection between laughter and awakening, as we explore the first principle of Cosmic Comic Consciousness: “It’s a joke. Laugh.” If you’ve ever wondered about “the cosmic joke” and “the Divine Comedy” or said, “And then a funny thing happened,” you will be surprised and delighted by this session. Oh, and you’ll LAUGH too! Thursday, February 19th, 5:00 to 6:15 pm, PT

Session 2. Laughter Really IS Medicine

Laughing is so good for you it’s not even funny.

Ever since Norman Cousins published his groundbreaking book, Anatomy of An Illness in 1979 recounting how he used humor to treat a life-threatening illness, scientists and lay people have been exploring the healing power of laughter. (As the Swami says, “Sure it works in practice. But does it work in theory?”) In this session, you’ll learn the science of laughter medicine, AND you’ll learn the art of using laughter as medicine to heal emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Thursday, February 26th, 5:00 to 6:15 pm, PT

Session 3. The Architecture of A Joke

Take humor seriously and seriousness humorously

Have you ever wondered why jokes tend t0 use “three’s” — a minister, a priest, and a rabbi, for example? Or why the rabbi usually gets to deliver the punchline? Attend this session, and wonder no more. You’ll also discover how a joke is actually a mini-trance, and how it can stop the one-track mind it its tracks — and take us from our head into our heart. Finally, we will learn the secret of successful joke telling: The punchline goes at the end. Thursday, March 5th, 5:00 to 6:15 pm, PT

Session 4. Self-Facing Laughter

Life is a comedy of situations, and you are having an episode.

In this session, we show how laughing at yourself — in just the right ways — is a key to health and happiness. Rather than being a put-down, self-facing laughter is a “put up”; levity raises our perspective to see ourselves, and the conditions of our lives from a higher view. What would it be like to start each day looking in the mirror and literally laughing in your own face? The ability to laugh at oneself — the foundation of a true sense of humor — is a skill that facilitates and lubricates every human transaction. Self-facing laughter can help you become your own best friend, and magnetize allies and positive situations. If God is laughing with us at our follies, who are we to not laugh? Thursday, March 12th, 5:00 to 6:15 pm, PT

Session 5. Find the Joke Hidden In This Picture

Use levity to defy gravity.

There will always be times — no matter how happy, healthy and awake we are — when a funny thing happens that’s just not funny. At that point, it makes sense to ask, “Where is the joke hidden in this picture?” Is there a splendid irony, a secret insight that is hidden in clear sight? The skill is not so much BEING funny as seeing funny and hearing funny. In this session, we will explore techniques used by comedians and amateurs to see funny, to listen with a different part of the mind, and to find something uproariously funny or subtly ironic in almost anything that happens. You’ll learn how to use levity as leverage, or better yet, loverage. Thursday, March 26th, 5:00 to 6:15 pm, PT

Session 6. Practice Random Acts of Comedy

Wake up laughing, and leave laughter in your wake.

In this final session, you will put it all together to practice the art of situational comedy — bringing appropriate humor to almost any situation. You’ll learn about practical jokes that warm the heart (rather than pouring cold water on some unsuspecting victim) and the art of “Fun Shui”, the playful arrangement of objects to elicit laughter and smiles. You’ll learn how to let your natural sense of humor emerge — without trying. You’ll learn how to be a playful child and a wise adult all at once, a purveyor of Cosmic Comic Consciousness, and a beacon of light and lightness in your world. Thursday, April 9th, 5:00 to 6:15 pm, PT

And … upon successful completion of this course, you will receive an official Absurdification from the Swami himself! You can print it out and frame it, and put it next to your diploma. Our bet is it garners more attention!

Go here to register.

The pre-recorded Course In Laughter will arrive in your inbox within 48 hours of registration. Other course materials will arrive the week of February 16th. And here is Swami Beyondananda’s Unconditional Guarantee. If you register for this class, the Swami promises to LOVE YOU UNCONDITIONALLY.

Yes, Steve DOES do individual coaching to help you achieve your humor potential and humorize your message.  Just send an email and write Coaching in the subject line.

May you wake up laughing, and leave laughter in your wake!



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A Work of Heart

“Each of us has been given a special gift just for entering — so you are already a winner.”   — Swami Beyondananda


Conventional wisdom tells us that in times of economic contraction, the appropriate thing is to shrink things down, to do less, to get smaller. Given how well conventional wisdom seems to be working lately, maybe some unconventional wisdom is called for.

Our friend who is a Feng Shui practitioner says that when an item breaks, it should be hearts-md.Bluereplaced with something more valuable.

So when something in our life “breaks” — we lose a position or job or anything we’ve held dear — maybe it’s a call for something greater. Maybe being downsized out of a job is a call to “upsize” to encompass your true and unique “work of heart”.

Through our own recent journey that we dubbed “involuntary simplicity”, Trudy and I have had to release structures (like a home) and usual ways of doing things that would have kept us in a comfortable — yet smaller — life. Bigger life and smaller life are not egotistical distinctions, but rather have to do with how deeply, how broadly and how fully we express that which calls us.

Sometimes it comes in the form of a whisper, other times as a shout — this calling, whatever it is, always gives us a tingle of excitement and can also evoke a big “uh-oh”. What if I do this and I fail? What if I let people down? What if I make a fool of myself?

And then — what if I never try? What if I dismiss the gift that has been given to me, and it never gets shared? What if I play it safe?

These callings, these works of heart, may not be grandiose at all. They may seemingly impact very few people, but the love for doing that thing — whatever it is — is so palpable that anyone in that individual’s field feels inspired.

Other people — who have a bigger dream– may stop before they start because they cannot imagine being able to pull it off. So they pull the plug to preempt the discomfort of disappointment.

As the old saying goes: Ships are safe inside the harbor, but is that what ships are for?

Transformational, evolutionary change is occurring on a fractal level, meaning that the same patterns are repeating with the individual, the community, our species as a whole. Our entire species is being called forth to think and act in loving accord, even though this has never happened before. And each and every one of us has a “work of heart” to offer, some contribution to make that serves the greater good — and brings us satisfaction and fulfillment. There is something that we do that lights us up, and that light shines on all who come into contact with us. This is the domain where there is no competition. Or as Oscar Wilde famously said, “Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.”

So … what is your work of heart?

What contribution — grand or modest, private or public — do you have to make to the greater good of all? Is it a project or idea of your own design, or something that already exists that you fervently want to advance? Does it involve working alone, or with a team? How will your world — and THE world — be different or better if you share it? What fears come up? What inspiration is lighting your way?

30 years ago this month, I attended a seminar that offered a life-changing challenge: What is it you are here to do, and how long are you going to wait to do it?

I realized I wanted to pursue humor as a fulltime career … and … I hadn’t the slightest clue how I would do that. Nonetheless, I took it on. I jumped, and hoped the parachute would open. I had been writing the Swami Beyondananda column for a few years, and a friend suggested I perform comedy as the Swami. It had never occurred to me. Soon after, I was invited to a weeklong retreat where Swami made his debut on stage. The next month, I met Trudy and after a few dates, she said, “Why don’t we go out on the road and do a show with dance and comedy?”

We tested the premise, and exactly two years after the seminar, we left Michigan in a brand new van and elegant trailer on what has now been a 28-year journey. We had no idea how any of this could or would come about. All we knew is we had a work of heart to share, and the richness of our lives today — the things we’ve experienced, places we’ve been, people we’ve met and lifelong friends we’ve made — all stemmed from that choice to share it.

Today I have new works of heart on the horizon that build on the old and cover new territory. I remember how effortlessly things flowed three decades ago, and I wonder if I can recapture or rekindle that innocent trust in these less innocent times. In any case, the calling calls. You will hear more about these as things unfold.

Meanwhile … what is your work of heart?

How long will you wait to do it?

Unconventional wisdom says, now is the time. Because it’s too late to do it sooner.


You show me yours, and I’ll show you mine. Send me a brief note about your work of heart — remember, putting it in writing makes it more real than it is now — and I will send you info on MY work of heart!


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Wake Up Laughing, and Leave Laughter In Your Wake — 5 Ways Funny Business Can Help YOUR Business

“Laugh at yourself, and the whole world will laugh at you too.”

— Swami Beyondananda

Dear Linked In Co-Hearts:

There’s a classic cartoon showing a clown on a psychiatrist’s couch. His complaint? “Nobody takes me seriously.”

That’s why humor — used appropriately — is so powerful. Because it isn’t taken seriously, it can penetrate barriers and defensiveness. It’s an excellent “people tenderizer” that leaves people smiling as well as laughing. Here are five ways the RIGHT use of humor can enhance your business and life:

  1. Playful Humor is Welcoming and Attractive. In study after study, one of the most desirable traits in a mate or partner is “sense of humor”. Why? Because the brightness and lightness of humor is naturally attractive, and people want to be around it. Workplaces that cultivate playfulness and convivial humor are more productive, and of course happier. Individual practitioners who have the “light” touch naturally attract more clients, and often get better results. An MD we know would often greet new patients by pulling his hand out from behind his back to reveal a huge rubber clown thumb. If the patient laughed or smiled, he knew humor would work with them. If not, he would go back to being a “serious doctor”.
  1. It Can Transform Adversity Into Creative Solutions. That’s the other reason a sense of humor is so desirable. When things feel stuck, when things aren’t flowing, humor can help reframe the situation and point toward creative solution. Because humor is about paradox, about putting things together that wouldn’t otherwise be related, it can take us out of the box of ordinary thinking to a true breakthrough solution. An artist in Austin, Texas came to his studio one day to find latex paint spilled on his floor. Initially he was upset, until he noticed that the paint dried to look like a necktie. That sparked a hugely successful business — making hilarious, colorful rubber ties.
  1. It Makes Your Message Memorable. Think of companies like Southwest Airlines or the old Volkswagen ads from back in the 60s. The self-effacing humor they used — even gently poking fun at their own product — attracted lots of positive attention, and made their message memorable, famous even. Do you think a “humorized” message about your enterprise might be catchy enough to “catch” the attention of new customers or clients? Unless you are an undertaker, probably so!
  1. It Makes Your Business — and Place of Business — User-Friendly. Have you ever walked into an office, a store, a business establishment, and something just made you smile? Maybe it was a funny sign, or a cartoon (Note: A therapist we know had a two-panel cartoon enlarged and laminated in his office. In the first panel, a young boy caught in a raging river is shouting to his dog, “Lassie, get help!” In the second panel, Lassie is on her back on a psychiatrist’s couch.)
  1. It Cultivates Happiness — From the Inside Out. According to Martha Beck, the average adult laughs 15 times a day; the average child, more than 400 times. Do the math … and then do the aftermath! And it’s not just laughing that helps. Just the simple act of turning the corners of your mouth into a smile (what Swami Beyondananda calls “the levitational pull”) can create a cascade of beneficial biochemistry that reduces stressful hormones and increases production of beneficial ones. As Marci Shimoff says in her book, Happy For No Reason, we don’t smile because we’re happy … we’re happy because we smile.

So, given the panoply of benefits, how can YOU use just the right kind of humor for fun and profit?

I’m glad I asked that question.

With more than 25 years experience as a purveyor of heart-opening and mind-expanding comedy (and a lifetime of making others laugh, advertently or not), I know some things about the “alchemy of humor” and how even those without a funny bone in their body (OK, one funny bone) can learn to humor themselves and others, and enhance their experience of life, work and business.

There are several ways I can help you do this, so here goes:

  1. A simple and inexpensive e-book package, Wake Up Laughing: An Insider’s Guide to Cosmic Comedy, and The Zen Cohens of Harry Cohen Baba that will help you appreciate some fundamental distinctions about humor that helps, and also offers some of the best and funniest “teaching” jokes on the planet. $25 Order here … in fact for just $4 more (a mere $29) you can have those e-books plus nearly 4 hours of Swami Beyondananda’s comedy to enjoy as part of the Fool Enchilada Special (offer good through Sunday, November 2nd) Order here.
  1. A Course In Laughter. Your chance to learn the secrets of cosmic comic consciousness in this self-paced course led by the man behind Swami Beyondananda, Steve Bhaerman. The Course includes two e-books (Wake Up Laughing, Zen Cohens), a Workbook, and hours of audio instruction on the ins and outs of using humor as a transformational tool. As part of the course, you will receive two additional audio files, The Fool’s Journey and Beyondananda and Beyond. $297 value, now just $97. (Download links sent via email). As an extra bonus for purchasing this course, you will be invited to a one-hour Cosmic Comedy Coaching Call to help you get even better at humoring yourself and others. (Call will be scheduled for a week night between November 15th and December 10th and will be recorded so you can listen later if you miss it.) Purchase here.
  1. Have the Swami appear at your holiday party (or any gathering) live or by Skype. Just respond to this note for details (see email and phone below).


And yes, I do have several hours reserved per month to do individual Cosmic Comic Coaching and consulting. (Reply to this message for more information.) Oh, and please feel free to pass this information on to colleagues. You can reach me, Steve Bhaerman, at [email protected] or by phone at (707) 888-7260. To quote my friend Caroline Casey, “co-operators are standing by.”

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An Invitation … To Invite the Swami to Your Town

“An enrolling stone gathers no remorse.”

— Swami Beyondananda

If you’ve been enjoying Swami on the SwamiShoulderAug13internet and have been wondering how to have him appear on the outernet — here’s your opportunity.  Swami and Steve and Trudy have already begun booking events for the 2014 Wake Up Laughing, Wise Up Loving tour, and we hereby invite you to invite him to your community!

If your organization is looking to hold a fun(d) raiser or community celebration this year, and if you think a good dose of cosmic comedy and healing laughter would help raise the laugh expectancy in your area, this is the perfect opportunity!

What’s even better is that travel won’t be an expense, because we will already be in the “neighborhood”.  Right now, we will be in the Northwest in May, be driving right through Colorado in July, we’re in the Northeast in August and September, DC, Virginia and North Carolina in October, Florida and Texas in November, and back on the West Coast for December.

Here are three possible ways to bring Swam to your town:

1.  An organization / venue with a large enough constituency to guarantee at least 100 people for a show in smaller communities, 200 in larger ones.

2.  An individual or organization — with skills and experience — who wants to bring the full spectrum of the holistic community together in celebration.

3.  A yoga center that wants to sponsor an evening of comedy — and Kirtan. We would call it Satsang with Swami, followed by Sit-Sing with the local Kirtan group.

Steve&TrudyforWEBIn addition to the Swami’s comedy performance, Trudy and I will also be launching our new presentation, Evolutionary Upwising, which takes my work with Bruce Lipton (Spontaneous Evolution) to the next practical level, and calls forth humanity to gather our good intentions under “one big intent” — thrival for all.

Our tour will be supported by national sponsors and our new Evolutionary Upwising platform, meaning that each scheduled event will appear on our program so friends in one place can invite friends from somewhere else to join the fun.  More about the Evolutionary Upwising soon …

Meanwhile, we’re looking to affirm up our schedule.  And, keep in mind that if you can’t afford to bring Swami in in person, we do Skype events as well.  In fact, we have one scheduled for next month.  Just ask.

And if you’d like to find out more about how to bring Swami to your area, just send an email to [email protected] and we’ll get right back to you.

May 2014 bring more light, love and laughter …

And may we wake up laughing, and leave laughter in our wake!

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Swami Is Now in 22 Languages! (And So is Spontaneous Evolution)


An interpreter friend of ours once had to translate a joke, which because of cultural context, can be challenging.  But she did, and the audience laughed.  The speaker was quite impressed and approached her later.  “How on earth did you translate that joke?”

“It was easy,” she said.  “I told them, ‘It’s a joke — laugh.'”

Fortunately, the twenty-two or so translators who translated Spontaneous Evolution didn’t have to do it on the fly.  And so, every one of those books has a Swami quote at the beginning of each chapter, very likely the same ones I wrote in English.

Yes, that’s right.

SELanguageCoverSpontaneous Evolution — and believe it or not, the Swami — can now be read in Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, Estonian, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil and Portugal, two translations), Romanian, Russian, Slovenian and Spanish (Spain and Latin America, two translations).

Deepak Chopra said of Spontaneous Evolution, “The implications of this powerful book have the potential to change the world.”  Well, I guess our publisher Hay House is taking this pretty seriously, as the ideas in this book are now proliferating throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America … not to mention the English-speaking world.

And Swami’s work is pro-laugherating.

So, what does a Swami quote look like in  Portuguese? Slovenian? Korean? Well, let’s take Swami’s opening quote.

*In English that’s:  “The bad news is, there is no key to the Universe.  The good news is, it has been left unlocked.”

Here are just a few takes on that:




And you know what?  We don’t have Swami translated into Hebrew or Arabic or Farsi (I mean, surely the Farsi should be with us, seeing that Swami is so farce-seeing).  If anyone can translate that quote, I’m happy to publish it!

And speaking of Spontaneous Evolution

Spontaneous Evolution Study Guide Now Available!SpontaneousBookCover

Oh, and by the way, if you still haven’t read or listened to Spontaneous Evolution, you can order the book here, and/or the CD set hereand we will send you a Spontaneous Evolution Study Guide free.  If you’ve already read the book and have friends, family or community members who might appreciate it, order it for them!

As Bruce Lipton and I say in the book:

“For millennia, our spiritual teachers have been pointing us in the direction of love. Now science is confirming that ancient wisdom. We are each and all cells in the body of an evolving giant super-organism we call humanity. Because humans have free will, we can choose to either rise to that new level of emergence or, in the manner of dinosaurs, fall by the wayside.

“Spontaneous Evolution introduces the notion that a miraculous healing awaits this planet once we accept our new responsibility to collectively tend the Garden rather than fight over the turf. When a critical mass of people truly own this belief in their hearts and minds and actually begin living from this truth, our world will emerge from the darkness in what will amount to a spontaneous evolution.”

Or, as Swami says:  “Dajmo hudiça, ustvarit’ ze enkrat ta Raj na Zemlji.”

Oops … I mean, “Why don’t we go for heaven on earth, just for the hell of it?”

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Spiritual Comedy Festival — Take Two

 “You want to uplift humanity?  Begin by uplifting your own face.  Let the levitational pull lift the corners of your mouth into a smile.  Levity will help you rise above whatever has been bringing you down.”     — Swami Beyondananda

Dear Friends:

My cosmic comic co-heart Alicia Dattner continues her foray into the domain of “spiritual comedy” — the kind that leaves you laughing, and smiling.  If you’ve been dealing with a serious case of seriousness, Alicia’s good humor and wit — and those of her guests — will restore regular-hilarity before you develop a full-blown case of humorrhoids.

Check out the Spiritual Comedy Festival Take Two here and read more from Alicia Dattner below:

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As we adjust to the energies of the summer soul-stice, here’s one thing I suggest we try: taking things less seriously. It’s so easy to get caught up in our lives, our businesses, our relationships… and we lose perspective, and forget the joy and wonder that life offers in every moment. What’s the best way to change this? Laughter!

“I’ve been on a raw food diet for 2 weeks… Ugh, I just found out raw food doesn’t include cookie dough.” -Alicia Dattner

Did you know the average adult laughs only 3 times in one day. Isn’t 3 times waaayyy too low? We should definitely laugh more than we eat because: a) it’s cheaper b) it burns calories from eating.

This is why I’m so excited to share with you my dear friend Alicia’s event, The Spiritual Comedy Festival’s Summer Series. Along with 4 new comedians & spiritual teachers over 4 weeks, she’ll be sharing some of her treasured golden nuggets of humor and wisdom on what it means to be human.

The festival is free and takes place online, so you can enjoy the whole thing from the comfort of your home (or anywhere).

Why join us? Because this kind of laughter lets us:

  • Get our giggles and our Ah-Ha’s in the same place
  • Experience ourselves as human and divine at the same time
  • Strengthen our immune system, endorphins, & resiliency
  • Awaken our creativity, courage, memory, alertness

Just go here to sign up.

This sacred, irreverent laugh-apolooza includes several internationally-touring, award-winning comedians, and renowned spiritual  teachers. Each of us have a deep desire to share our unique and hilarious perspectives on life, as well as the “really important” stuff like parking tickets, lovers’ quarrels, and waiting in line at the post office. We may even poke a little fun at how much we love to be spiritual.

When you join, you’ll get access to the festival’s summer series shows. And, if you are really ready to laugh yourself silly, you can join The Divine Laughter Club. Details to follow when you sign up. Come play with us, and create a life that’s filled with more divine wonder, compassion, truth, and best of all… laughter.

See you there!

Alicia Dattner

The Spiritual Comedy Festival Summer Series

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Magnetizing Laughter — New From the Swami! Plus A Special “Jest Because” Sale

“I had one of those magnetic healing sessions, and boy — talk about powerful.  I was stuck to my refrigerator for three days.”  — Swami Beyondananda

Dear Friends, Fans and Cosmic Comic Co-Hearts:

For years, people having been coming up to me and saying, “You should have refrigerator magnets with Swami’s sayings!”  I’ve nodded in agreement, and since none of these well-meaning folks were in the fridge magnet business, it simply remained a good idea — until I got the same request from an actual manufacturer.

So now, we DO indeed have several of your favorite Swami’s sayings available as friendly reminders to “enlighten up.”  They’ve been well-received at live events, and now they are available by mail.  Here are the choices (when you order, you will receive a checklist to check off the ones you want):

The best way to illuminate the darkness is to make light of it.

Each of us is totally unique — just like everyone else.

The Creator is watching the Comedy Channel and we are what’s on.

Living in the now will be the wave of the future.

Why don’t we go for “Heaven on Earth” just for the hell of it?

I have expanded my mind so much I can no longer fit through my door … I had to go to a shrink.

Life is a sitcom — so sit calm and enjoy it.

The sky is not falling — we are ascending.

I cannot stress enough how stressful stress can be.

If you’ve been looking for a way to remind yourself to take things a bit less seriously, there’s nothing like refrigerator magnets to make sure the message “sticks.”  Go here to find out more and make your choices.

A Special “Jest Because” Sale

From time to time, we get an urge to clear our awarehouse and turn inventory into out-ventory and this is one of those times, “jest because.”  It’s not Mother’s Day, it’s not Father’s Day, and the theme of Memorial Day is a bit too somber for laughing out loud.

Nonetheless, the latest studies show that 4 out of 5 adults suffer from irregular-hilarity, and with full-blown humorrhoids on the rise, we couldn’t idly sit by without offering up Swami’s laughsitives for absurdly low prices.  To paraphrase those 60s icons, the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, laughter will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no laughter.

So, we’re offering more than 30% off our digital Fool Enchilada, and 20% off our “physical product” Enchilada this week only, through Memorial Day, next Monday, May 27th.

For this very limited time, we’re offering the Digital Fool Enchilada (4 60-minute Swami audio classics + two e-books) for just $29 ($10 off the regular price) and the “real” Fool Enchilada (4 Swami CDs, one DVD and the Swami for Precedent book) for just $49 (includes US shipping) … that’s $10 less than usual, and all that for a $111 value!  Oh, and the “real” Fool Enchilada Special includes two e-books that will be emailed to you as well. And … just for fun, we’ll throw in a FREE magnet of your choice. Plenty of fun items to humor yourself and others.

Order here.

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Join Humanity’s Teammates for A Special Online Event Living In Oneness

“We are all one with the same One — if I’m One, you’re One too!”   — Swami Beyondananda


Dear Friends and Evolutionary Co-Hearts:

In Spontaneous Evolution, Bruce Lipton and I suggest that the next phase of human evolution is recognizing that we are each and all cells in the body of a new super-organism called Humanity.  On a practical level, it means gathering all good intentions under “one big intent” — thrival for all.

During this time of awakening and “upwising,” more and more individuals who’ve been receiving a similar signal are wondering, how do we live into this new awareness now?

In our book, Bruce and I came up with a 3-step plan to do exactly that — evolutionary awareness, evolutionary intention, and evolutionary practice.

Well … ask and ye shall receive.

An upcoming televent sponsored by Humanity’s Team promises to help us take all three steps.

Humanity’s Team is one of my favorite organizations seeking to gather around a new love-based, evolutionary game.  Founded by Neal Donald Walsch in 2003, its mission is to:

“Awaken the world to the ancient truth and sacred belief that We Are All One — one with God and one with life, expressing a shared global state of unity — so that humanity’s behavior may shift to reflect this understanding, thereby enabling a sustainable world of peace and harmony and happiness to evolve.”

Next month, Humanity’s Team — along with yours truly — is sponsoring and promoting an inspiring and practical month-long online event to help YOU find your mission and weave it into this newly emerging fabric. It’s called Living in Oneness ~ The Five Pillars for Success. If you know you have something that is yours to do … and you don’t quite know what it is … or, if you DO know and need the spark of inspiration, this event is for you.  And it’s FREE.

Speakers include … Joan Borysenko, Annie Burnside, Anakha Coman, Panache Desai, Steve Farrell, Arielle Ford, Rachael Jane Groover, Barbara Marx Hubbard, George Kao, Eric Knouse, Eva Charlotte Ruiz Larsson, Ervin Laszlo, Dee Meyer, Dr. Jose Ruiz, James Twyman, Neale Donald Walsch and Ken Wilber.

Oh, and the Swami will be there too.  In fact, you can watch Swami’s personal invitation to this event right here:

OK, that was the “who.”  So what’s the “what”?

This summit is about providing tools for really living in Oneness in our own life, in our relationship with a significant other, in our parenting with our children, in the workplace and as a leader out in the world.

Most people we know are looking for tools to really live in Oneness. There is a sense that our lives can be fuller, our relationships can be more, our parenting can be more on target, our workplaces can be more conscious and more alive, and our leadership can be based more in authenticity and heart-based action. These are the things our speakers will discuss during this summit.

  • Find your purpose
  • Live a life of connection
  • Enjoy a stream of never-ending synchronicity
  • Live a heart-centered life
  • Have the faith and courage to follow your dreams
  • Live the art of discernment ~ Know which path to follow
  • And so much more…

If you’re ready to explode your limiting beliefs, and explore unlimited possibilities, then immerse yourself in the practical wisdom of this virtual event.

Most programs are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during the month of June from 12-1 PDT

Please go here to register … oh, did I say it’s FREE!

Yours in Evolutionary Upwising,

Steve Bhaerman

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