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James Andrew

James Andrew

When all of the inherent baggage of the past drags one down, and fearful projections of future calamity find one utterly paralyzed, it’s time to get present — something as simple as taking time to observe one’s breath or just being aware of, say, the sunlight (if there happens to be any!) can bring some much needed grounding. It’s an age old technique and has been re-espoused and championed by nearly every modern master of the mind (Eckhart Tolle, Thich Nhat Hanh, Shunryu Suzuk, Jiddu Krishnamurti; the list goes on and on). Now is where everything that we know and experience is and always will be! If everything is a mess, well then, that is how it is. Whether one likes or dislikes that experience doesn’t actually have much to do with things — that mess has a perfection about it — a perfect mess! We only begin to have problems when we start to see things one way or another — when we start to fuss — and then we waste a LOT of energy running away from (or looking for, as the case may be) what we perceive to be a huge threat or an irresistible object of desire.

Of course one does need to try to create a better environment and reality for oneself and others, but taking it easy and being still is an absolute prerequisite to any effort. From there, we can scoop up some of the tremendous energy that is all around us right now, and if we want, fashion it with clarity into a better situation.

In this effort, it is really important to recognize how we perceive struggle; I find great comfort in the fine words of Neale Donald Walsch:

“It is okay to be at a place of struggle. Struggle is just another word for growth. Even the most evolved beings find themselves in a place of struggle now and then. In fact, struggle is a sure sign to them that they are expanding; it is their indication of real and important progress. The only one who doesn’t struggle is the one who doesn’t grow. So if you are struggling right now, see it as a terrific sign — and celebrate your struggle.”

As you know, I’m quite an experienced daydreamer (and it got me into no small bit of trouble as a youngster in school!), but even now, I quite often need to remind myself to use daydreaming in a more powerful way, and to be aware of the stories I’m telling myself. Those imaginings, whatever they may be, become reality! Try creating a truly palpable and beautiful daydream (that is, make believe as if it were already manifest) on a regular basis — I myself make this a daily routine — and watch your very best imaginings blossom in this wonderfully perfect moment!

Giving thanks for the sunlight (and the gorgeous strains of Carmen playing in the background), I’m thinking of the infinite potential of the here and now. I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci navy cotton velvet jacket, Tom Ford ink and ivory cotton plaid shirt, purple wool tie, purple glen plaid silk pocket square, glasses and black and tan leather loafers, Etro wool challis scarf in a Sonia Delaunay inspired print, Uniqlo slim jeans, Ralph Lauren purple alligator belt with sterling buckle, vintage Rolex, Tom Ford bronzing gel and my fragrance is Lorenzo Villoresi’s, Garofano.

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  1. George Cruz says:

    Just what I needed to read today! Being in the now, being present to notice what is supremely beautiful about everything and embracing a fabulous daydream of life as it should be at this moment. Thank you, James! Your philosophical approach is just as rich and majestic as your exquisite wardrobe that you face the world wearing! And of course, I love what you are wearing here. The navy cotten velvet jacket, the ink and ivory plaid shirt, purple wool tie and the wool scarf in a Sonia Delaunay inspired print. I’m inspired, because YOU inspire, James!

  2. Karena says:

    Truer words could not be said. It is all about the gratitude of what we have and when there are struggles the way we perceive them, overcome them and move to a better and richer life ahead. James you look great as always.

    The Arts by Karena

  3. Regina says:

    I am one too seek the path to an end…a vision manifest is THE beautiful conclusion of a Visionaire. Can I say always it’s for the best? I must admit there are roads I’ve wandered down that led to darkness…but bearing a lit lantern of Truth & Honesty too Oneself, lilluminates the pathway brilliantly back to the Light. Imperfection is Perfection!
    Beauty is never symmetrical in True Nature, even under the knife of a surgeon, the brush of an artist nor the watering can of the horticulturist…only the Golden Thread that binds ALL is sublime!

  4. Wow! What a bunch of great philosophers!

    James; you speak the truth, you walk the walk….and you are adorable!

    Today is my birthday! And I am thrilled to read this wonderful post before I go to bed after a wonderful birthday! (It is warm here! and it rained yesterday!! a wonderful present!!)


  5. James Andrew says:

    Dear George Cruz,

    This is so fantastic and your exquisite words bring a big smile to my soul!

    I Can’t tell you how timely this post was- so many have said this is exactly what they needed right now.

    This quote by Walsch was almost messianic for me and I had to share!

    Many Thanks and All Best


  6. James Andrew says:

    Darling Karena,

    What I have learned is that so much is based on our perception- how we look at our lives the world – it is all so simple.

    Thank You for All Your Support and Kindness!


  7. James Andrew says:

    My Darling Regina,

    “a vision manifest is THE beautiful conclusion of a Visionaire.” What a marvelous musing on this subject- and the perfection of the imperfect- or what we perceive to be imperfect.

    Your are so wonderful with words and I so savour ALL your comments and feedback!

    Thank You!

    Much Love


  8. James Andrew says:

    Happiest BDay Wishes My Darling Penelope Bianchi!!!

    Trust you had a marvelous day celebrating yourself!

    It sounds like you are enjoying endless perfect moments!!!

    I can’t wait to celebrate you in person soon!

    Much Love


  9. You are the BEST!

    I just read: “There are two times one can do nothing about: ‘Yesterday’; and ‘tomorrow’! So enjoy today!”!!!!!

    Yesterday, Sunday I had 36 friends to a birthday party (all girls); and I am completely gobsmacked at how lucky I am to have 36 women…all ages….come spend a Sunday luncheon celebrating my birthday! It was fantastic! I LOVED IT!!! Looking out over the ocean….and it rained the night before; and then again afterwards…but we had gorgeous sunny weather out on the terrace at our club right near our house!!!

    (Adam says my birthday goes on for a month! Why not! It is two days before his!!!)

    I hope winter is over soon! Open invitation for you two to visit!!!



  10. James Andrew says:

    Darling Penelope Bianchi,

    I believe in the concept of one’s Birthday month!!!

    So happy you have been celebrating yourself and so well deserved – I saw the most marvelous photo of you in your festivity crown with La Contessa – I think ?

    You and Adam took Mr McB to your glorious club – the best sunset in the world!

    Much Love and Happiest Bday Month!

    PS I am quite anxious to return!

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