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new lady ringsThe Lady of the Rings – Musashi’s Book of Five Rings Strategy Interpreted for Women


Hanshi Kaufman taught the principles of the “Rings” to Ann Davis, a successful restauranteur, over a period of time when she was dealing with issues that occur in every person seeking answers to the so- called difficulties in life. The book expresses in Ann’s words her feelings towards life based on Musashi’s universal ideas that override any form of prejudice. It is an expose of a woman coming to terms with her own reality. Stephen Kaufman captures her sensitivity as only a master teacher and writer can. Read more: http://ladyrings.weebly.com


Zzash coverHomage for Miyamoto Musashi – One Hundred Twenty-Two Original Haiku


In this brief volume, the author has created a series of haiku in classical 5,7,5 meter to celebrate the most profound sword master, Miyamoto Musashi. The inordinate influence of Musashi, who many consider to be kensei, the sword saint, uniquely taught with firm intention and endeavor the manners, methods, and morés that all of humanity should strive to live by. The work is formatted with three sections for each haiku. You will read the English, notice the Japanese calligraphy and, finally, the actual Romanization of the translation. Note: the 5,7,5 format in English is not to be confused with the same syllabic order in the Japanese tongue. Read more: http://homage-for-musashi.weekbly.com


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My Interview with Flamenco Diva, Clarissa Talve

In this interview with the illustrious flamenco diva, Clarissa Talve, she tells about her early days of study with total devotion to her art. Her battle with polio that she overcame and her ardent desire to stay her true course is an example of exemplary courage and determination. Her sage advice to young dancers is truly inspirational, and her gracious aplomb speak volumes. Her book, Dancers Never Die – The Life and Soul of a Flamenco Dancer is a true testament to her life. Viva la Reina del Flamenco!

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Newly Revised Edition of “The Sword in the Boardroom”

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The Sword in the Boardroom –

Sun Tzu, Musashi, and Kaufman on “Winning for the Benefit of All Concerned”

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Book Sample



Sun Tzu – It is wise to understand your personal motives for doing things and preventing haphazard approaches to your goal. Your beliefs should be written down for periodic review while continually rooting them into your higher mind. This gives you the ability to redefine them when deemed necessary to other ideas about the same thing being revealed from any source. Whether or not you agree or disagree with new ideas, your old ideas must be kept in order until they are consciously changed to better your condition. For example, whenever you prepare to talk to your captains, even though you can easily verbalize your desires, it is best to have a written plan to prevent any misunderstanding and they should all receive abbreviated copies of it. In this way, you may see what is coming with more control while developing and maintaining successful strategies throughout your campaigns. Additionally, you won’t lose sight of what is to be accomplished without having to resort to memory and possibly becoming lazy in your thinking.

Kaufman – The Determined should always write five variations of an idea and think about them deeply before taking any action. You must see those that are viable and those that are only the result of fantasy. It is important to know about things that exist and things that do not. Examining your personal motives will give you the added strength of truly knowing what you wish to accomplish. It is wise to do the same for yourself. By using your own words to express your feelings you will quickly see if you are saying the same thing in more than one way, thereby confusing the issue. In the following chart about your thoughts on perfection, do not use one-word answers. Sentences give full meaning to your thoughts and illuminate your thinking about what you feel and think an idea actually is as it pertains to your desires. When you use language properly, you can firmly express your exact intentions, especially to yourself. When you completely understand what you are telling yourself, it follows that others will as well. Whether or not they agree is not the issue: you have to know what you are talking about. List five ideas or concepts of perfection, as you know it. Do not use the words of Musashi, Sun Tzu, myself, or any of your colleagues. Use your own mind.

Musashi – Perfection is best described as what you see yourself doing and how you are doing it in relation to anything being done. It should not be based on what you have read in philosophy books about attainment. Defining what perfection means to you will lead you towards a newer understanding of yourself. After having listed five, delete the one that is the most meaningless: then the second, the third, and the fourth. What you are left with is the reality of perfection as it manifests in your life. Define your last statement to include all of the aspects you prefer perfection to be. Write this last definition on a separate piece of paper and use it as a constant reminder. This is a good exercise to include in every decision you contemplate. It eliminates any chance of missing your own point and confusing those that are under your command. Moreover, you must never permit subordinates to interpret your directives. They will think you are giving them license to do as they please and will execute your orders for their own convenience. You never want this to happen.

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Further Studies in Self-Revealization Acceptance®


The Significance of Correct Language
Stephen F. Kaufman

Many attempts at personal explanation and definition do not result in attainment of an ideal because of improper or incorrect use of language. Oftentimes the words we use to define objectives cause us frustration and further misunderstandings that continue to lead us to ideas having little or nothing to do with our desire for the manifestation of an ideal. Until this idea changes on a conscious level, a continuous cycle of confusion remains in effect.
The Creative Power of the Universe delivers exactly what is desired based on our consciousness and desire to be the spirit of that desire. When what we desire does not manifest in our lives, we are thrust into a quandary of wonderment as to the why and wherefore we cannot experience our desire, based on what we tell ourselves or even demand of ourselves to have delivered unto us. In the eventual scheme of things, and when nothing happens according to our desire, it is very easy to become disheartened, frustrated, and even more self-destructive. Contemplation of the idea that we do not deserve our desire, or that it is simply something not meant to be is exacerbated by the continued misuse of the words we are choosing to proclaim our own destiny. This problem, readily correctable, calls for a mindset of knowing what you are, rather than who you are. Who you are is cosmic; what you are is finite. Thinking it would be nice to have something and then locking it in with sheer force of will causes excessive use of brain and emotion, destroying will power, and generally leads to severe anxiety and stress. It is much more functional to “be” something at the outset, rather than working toward “becoming” something.
A concerted effort is required to apply correctly the language to manifest the result of what one truly desires to experience. This is far more than just the constant thinking and meditation and renewed visualization of a desired outcome. You must accept yourself in possession of the thing itself as “it” and not something “on the way” to manifest as your attainment. You must absolutely and positively deny authority to anyone and anything that could cause you to sway from you own personal acceptance. You must become especially superficial, rather than detached toward the naysayers in your relations with others who would interfere with your acceptance of your own greatness, and you must have no guilt about doing it. Reserve emotional involvement and sincerity only for the experience you seek and for those who would foster your success of attainment.
The idea of superficiality, a form of deception, can and in many instances will take on the appearance of being psychically draining, especially if personal guilt complements your internal directive. To consider the mindset of superficiality as filled with lies and subterfuge is wrong. In reality the exact opposite is true. Erroneous thinking is what causes you to think that you truly do not deserve something if you employ deception to attain it. It is also essential to redefine your motives for success with a further definition mandated by the self to overcome any fear of success. As a result, outcomes brought about by this mindset resolve into a self-revealization acceptance of having your cake and eating it too, and there is nothing wrong with that.
You must learn to define and accept yourself as the experience and not as something that you merely do. The words you use in correct and proper form define yourself to you. You must be cognizant of tense: past, present, or future. You must also maintain an alertness to prevent you from becoming stagnant by contemplation of developing an iron will. Iron wills are generally unbendable and do not permit you to make changes in personal consciousness when required. As well, iron rusts and becomes unusable.
To develop the above ideas into a functional and experiential format, create the environment that generates you desired outcome by proper usage of the words needed as the exact desire you want to experience as the Spirit of the Thing Itself. This takes the form of a Self-Revealization Acceptance and addresses the parameters of acceptance that will not divert you from your divine right to live in joy and freedom. Disavow the authority of time and space.
Do not think in terms of eventuality. Eventuality, by its very essence, suggests something that will come about in the future. Immediacy is the present. By your focus on the “now,” past experiences may have residual effect but are essentially nullified without any further authority in your life. Do not dwell on the past.
Here are three choices in the determination of any healing condition: “I am healed!” “I am healing!” “I will be healed!” Your choice should be evident as to what you want to experience, based on your psychic perspective and keeping in mind the disavowal of time and space. Regardless of choice, do not permit any notion to coerce you into thinking it is based on the concept of believing in something. Belief can be debilitating. Experience is, rather, an acceptance of fact in the immediate.
Your ability to determine completeness is based on the amount of consideration you put into your acceptance of an experience as a state of what you “be.” Not “being,” not “becoming.” The grammar is correct. You live the experience as is.
Shakespeare’s “to be or not to be” is succinct. It is not “to become or not to become,” It is not “being” or “becoming.” It is specific and direct, without any form of intellectual distinction. It is not based on belief. It is based on statement of fact.
This Self-Revealization Acceptance is for the development of correct language to be used in self-definition of a desired outcome.

By the power of my own words, and myself as the true Spirit of the Thing Itself, I define myself in the immediate now. I maintain an attitude of present accomplishment and do not permit incorrect assumptions to guide me back to negative conditions or to future hopes or wishes. By my conscious choice, the words I need are revealed to me, and I carefully select the correct words to define my ideal because of what I desire to be and not who I think I am. I live what I desire to be in the immediate present, knowing that whatever is needed to maintain this new perspective of my own self is revealed immediately for the enjoyment of living my life by my divine right to live in joy and freedom. I accept these words as true and experience my desire without danger or delay for my true desire to be me. I thank the Creative Power of the Universe for the ability to create my own perception of what I am and by knowing who I am.

© Stephen F. Kaufman 6/2015

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You Are Already Perfect!


Combined imagery and quote is an ongoing, collaborative project between myself and Peggy A Thompson.

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Think Something Up


Combined imagery and quote is an ongoing, collaborative project between myself and Peggy A Thompson.

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The Nature of Weapons and the Main Objective in High Power Negotiations

Sword in the BoardroomThe Nature of Weapons and the Main Objective

An excerpt from The Sword in the Boardroom –  A synthesis of the teachings of Musashi, Sun Tzu, and Hanshi Kaufman, as it relates to business strategy.

Kaufman – To properly negotiate, you must thoroughly understand the nature of your weapons, whether they be mechanical devices or intellectual concepts as they relate to the main objective. This knowledge will ensure success by their proper use. If you choose a new device, and by knowing in your heart the nature of your choice, you will be empowered to win. Being aware of your mission as an extension of your soul helps you in that you leave nothing to chance to the degree you are functional. It is also important to know the weaknesses of your weapons and be able to turn them to your advantage. It is easy to turn a negative into a positive if you know the parameters of the situation. It is important to consider this attitude.

Sun Tzu – When you think in terms of what being unprepared can cost, you will save yourself unnecessary annoyance and inconvenience for having overlooked a basic need. This basic need is always more than money and time, and not acknowledging it will permit reinforcement of the same thing to happen again. It is essential to plan and attack with full conviction letting the natural course of events develop.

Musashi – Adequate preparation will help you remain calm regardless of circumstance. Meditate on being calm and poised at all times. It will serve you well when applying your skills to intense situations. Do not become confused with techniques contrived from arrogance. Eventually, they will fail under pressure. Keep away from techniques that do not fit the situation. Do not use a soup spoon to eat fish.


What would have happened if Sun Tzu, Musashi, and Kaufman met and conversed on the art of negotiation in high-power deal making and enterprise control? The Sword in the Boardroom talks about all of their ideas, clearly and with functionality for today’s world.

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I Remember Ms. Thatcher d’Bop

Thatcher Sai

Thatcher came into my life when my now passed-on wife got her as a birthday present … way back when. At first, I wasn’t thrilled with having a dog in a New York apartment, especially one that was the runt of the litter, a fragile and frightened puppy at best.

I eventually, (ten minutes after we met) took to her and knew I would probably have my hands full with the standard walking and feeding all day while I was busy working on a book, having to stop work and tend to her while my wife was away at her job.

A Cocker Spaniel was not exactly what I would have chosen for a canine companion: not exactly a ‘man’s’ dog. How to turn her into a fierce guardian of the throne? Instinctively, I knew that was not her purpose in my life. Certainly not a lap dog, if you will, but I had no problem as she came to be that. With much TLC, Thatcher began to feel secure and I began to teach her the basic, sit, heel, stay, and come commands and definitely not dumb stuff like rollover, play dead, etc. My wife had no problem with undermining all of that and told me that ‘her’ dog was not to be treated with stern discipline. Wife went out of her way to spoil her and to keep peace in the realm; I acquiesced to a degree until I began taking her to Central Park early in the morning to keep me company while I did my workouts.

Thatcher may have sensed something, and I am sure she did, about her and me. She would sit quietly while I exercised, and then gamboled along with me through the woods, never straying more than ten feet. She responded to my commands and I would give her a treat. She would roll around on the grass, sniff flowers, and chase squirrels, being the young pup she was. She grew and developed a sense of self.
Time went on and one day she walked into a wall in the house. She stood there frozen and offered up a slight whimper. She went suddenly blind at the age of nine. I was distraught, but knew that she would be totally dependent on me. By that time my wife had passed. I continued to treat Thatcher as if nothing terrible had happened. She became terrified at the prospect of being taken for a walk and still wanting her companionship with me on my jaunts, I bought a Radio Flyer wagon, fixed it with a soft pad and a bowl of water and took her with me wherever I went. It had to be a strange sight to see a big, bald, 6’3” man walking to the park, pulling a dog in a red wagon and carrying a bokken over my shoulder. In the park, she would stay in the wagon and I would put her on the ground so she could continue to play. More time passed and eventually it was time for me to put her down. My emotions at that point were numbed. I had lost my friend and lover. Thatcher and I lived a good life.

I remember Thatcher.

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Letter to President Obama

Mr. President, try understanding that America is the greatest society on the planet and, more than likely, ever before in the history of civilization. Tell your puppet masters to step back and think about something besides their portfolios and consider the needs of “We the People.” You are completely out of touch and, given your personal history, this becomes more and more obvious. Of course this may all be part of a grand deception, but by refusing to call a spade a spade, you are undermining the basic tenet of our American way of life and bringing down upon us the wrath and derision of the entire world. You refuse to understand the situation and permit charlatans to dictate policy.
Among other travesties, it is astonishing that you have determined a job program as a requirement for world peace, when you cannot or will not provide for “We the People.” Given the situation that you are exacerbating, America is globally embroiled in a manner that suggests an employee unhappy with his work should kill the CEO.
You are aiding and abetting the enemy! You use rhetoric and encourage your underlings to do the same in an attempt to assuage an ever-growing populace that demands action to be able to protect their hearth and home. You just don’t get it, or maybe you do, choosing to ignore it but seeing the greatest civilization as becoming extinct is a faux, one based on blind jargon.
Yes, I do have the correct answer to the problem, as I am sure a major portion of “We the People” do, as well—not something that can be construed as right or wrong—moral or not—not Democrat or Republican, but specifically how this issue must be addressed and quickly resolved.
Yes, boots on the ground, but not overwhelmingly ours. What about your so-called coalition? Let’s see the rest of the work do something for a change. Let the Muslims fight on their own land. Sure, send in advisory troops because your coalition soldiers are apparently inadequate to do the job without our money and expertise; they have more idle cash than the vast majority of the world’s economies. Let them use their own. For every ten American boots, let them put 1000 of their own on the ground. Sincerity is its own premise.

© Stephen F. Kaufman



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