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Inner Game – 50 years of coaching and inspiring

The Inner Game series of books, launched in the 1970s, are still selling, and still growing. Selling to the Point is I think the most recent. 50 years, and still going strong.

Tim Gallwey recently started training people to be Inner Game workshop facilitators, and has created a number of instructional videos for it that training. He is passing on his wisdom and experience while he still has his marbles, while he still can. And it is an impressive body of knowledge, especially about how to coach people in the art of increasing their self-awareness.

Awareness heals. It also teaches, as Tim discovered one day when he saw a player improving his game by simply watching himself in a mirror. “Damn!” thought Tim. “Now I can’t take the credit for his improvement!”

Self-knowledge, knowledge of the self, is the greatest knowledge, as so many great teachers and sages and saints have said.

“Know thyself” was Socrates’ famous dictum which has withstood the test of time.

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Very old Sanskrit texts refer to “Vijay”, victory over the self.

The Inner Game is in line with those traditions, although not aligned with any one of them, because it aims at coaching or teaching by helping the performer or player to increase his or her own self-awareness – awareness of their physical body (position of feet and arms, straightness of posture, balance or imbalance, angle and height of arm, shoulder, knee, etc) – and awareness of their own inner processes.

Of crucial importance in this process is non-judgemental observation. Observe what your body and your mind are doing, but don’t judge. Just notice. The judgemental inner critic we all have can derail the learning that naturally takes place when the mind is quiet and focused.

I recently came across a video by Anthony Metivier, who is a “memory expert” and in this clip he talks about exactly this negative self-talk. He also talks about activities to focus the mind in order to expand awareness and to keep that negative self-talk at bay – exactly what Inner Game prescribes, too. What an odd coincidence!

This isn’t “just” positive thinking. It’s not just the negative thoughts we need to be aware of, but also the fake positive thoughts, especially those that are born of the ego: “I did that, I did this! How great I am!” As British poet Rudyard Kipling wrote in his famous poem “If”:

"If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same"

The result of this increased awareness cannot be defined as it differs according to the person and the situation, but in Tim’s experience he observed many people’s performance improved as a result. In addition, their enjoyment increased, as well as the efficiency of their learning.

Below is an invitation from Inner Game co-facilitator, Renato Ricci, to the next Inner Game facilitator training, which will take place March 20-21. Check it out:

The Inner Game Train The Trainer program is confirmed, starting next March 20th online.

Tim Gallwey
will present to the group our new The Inner Game Methodology Program.

The main goal of this program is to prepare facilitators to deliver it in different countries and areas.

It will be a great opportunity to connect with The Inner Game method created by Tim, who is recognized as the father of modern coaching.
   I would like to invite you to visit our webpage and see how the program works :

Renato Ricci
Co-founder The Inner Game Institute by Tim Gallwey

Losing Firefox

I’ve been happily using Firefox to browse the Internet ever since Opera got blocked by my security software (and I got tired of the endless tech-support back-and-forth) and since Chrome just took forever to load.

Till yesterday.

When I saw this

“This week we saw the culmination of a four-year disinformation campaign orchestrated by the President.”

I’m not a Trump supporter. I just don’t like my browser to play moral arbiter.

Thank you, and good riddance (and apparently, I’m not the only one). Hello, Brave. The pages upload very quickly, installation was a cinch, likewise importing my bookmarks and all I need to do manually is install my browser extensions.

A Heartfelt Resolution for 2020




I came across this New Year’s resolution for 2020 on the TimelessToday website, and I thought it expressed a wonderful wish. Not something unrealistic but practical. Not something that benefits one group of people over another, but that benefits everyone, even those people not yet born.

Best wishes to you all

On the positive side, the year “2020” looks cool and is easy to type on a keyboard.


A handy list of my books for sale

September 18th, 2020.


New Year’s Greetings

“There is never a stop to the sunrise. Sunrise happens all day long. Somewhere on this earth the sun is rising. Somewhere on this earth the sun is setting. That was just where YOU were. It never stops. It keeps happening all day long. And what is your night, somewhere is daylight.”

2nd-hand book sale!

(Updated September 18th,  2020 2020年9月18日更新。)

Antoine De St.Exupery: The Life and Death of the Little Prince. A biography of the famous airman and author.

Two-thirds. A mind-blowing book. A “history of the galaxy”! Fact or fiction? Total speculation, or is there more to it? You decide.


Recommended reading

This is a list of recommended reading, books and articles that I have found helpful in teaching me to think more clearly and understand cause and effect.

First, some links to articles I used in the presentation on Feb. 25th, 2017.

  1. Swine Flu:Swine_Flu_by_Rappoport_bitly_links.pdf
  2. MishTalk: 60,000 visas unbanned. Trump acted foolishly, irreponsibly, and likely illegally.
  3. Logical fallacies listed and explained in Japanese: Avoid and Name That Fallacy! 誤謬を見抜け!誤謬を避けよ!
  4. Next FAME (March 25th) we will
    1. finish discussing “Logic & Rhetoric”, including answering the question, how to persuade Westerners to follow Japanese “rules”.
    2. discuss if members wish to take a short course in logical analysis,
    3. read the first chapter of the shortest economics textbook in the world: “Economics in One Lesson” by Henry Hazlitt. (The whole book and a good Japanese translation are available on Amazon, see below). Click here to download chapter 1:Henry Hazlitt Economics in One Lesson_ch1

And here are the books listed in the Feb. 25th handout. I have added links to the Japanese translations where available. I’m selling some of these books.


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For sale – books on philosophy, politics & economics (ppe)

Updated  September 18th, 2020  2020年9月18日更新

Monday Night Class Paperback – Illustrated, July 31, 2005

Principles of Politics Applicable to All Governments Paperback – Illustrated, October 1, 2003. By 1815 French republican writer, journalist, philosopher and politician Benjamin Constant.

What Has Government Done to Our Money? and The Case for a 100 Percent Gold Dollar (Hardcover). By Murray N. Rothbard.

Man Economy & State With Power & Market (Hardcover). By Murray N. Rothbard.

Study Guide to Murray N. Rothbard’s: Man Economy and State with Power and Market Scholar’s Edition Spiral-bound – January 1, 2006. By Robert P. Murphy.

Human Action – The Scholar’s Edition (Hardcover). By Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises. Every serious economist and anyone seriously interested in economics should read this.

Human Action Study Guide. By the indefatibable Robert P. Murphy. Buy it here from the store.

Cultural Revolution, Culture War: How Conservatives Lost England, and How to Get it Back (Paperback) – August 1, 2007. A collection of essays by Sean Gabb, UK’s leading libertarian.

Parentonomics: An Economist Dad Looks at Parenting (The MIT Press) Paperback – August 27, 2010

Boundaries of Order: Private Property as a Social System. By Butler Shaffer.

Crisis and Leviathan: Critical Episodes in the Growth of American Government (A Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy Book) Paperback – March 2, 1989. By economic historian Robert Higgs. Shows how government tends to grow larger when crises occur. After the crisis has passed, it does not shrink back to its former size.

Against Leviathan: Government Power and a Free Society (Independent Studies in Political Economy) Paperback – Illustrated, August 30, 2004

The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality (Liberty Fund Library of the Works of Ludwig Von Mises) Hardcover – November 1, 2006

Bureaucracy (Liberty Fund Library of the Works of Ludwig Von Mises) Hardcover – February 1, 2007

The Free and Prosperous Commonwealth; An Exposition of the Ideas of Classical Liberalism Paperback – February 8, 2012. By Ludwig von Mises. Reprint of 1962.

Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and the Government Bailout Will Make Things Worse Hardcover – February 9, 2009. Written by historian Thomas E. Woods Jr in his usual flowing and easy-to-read style, you’d never guess this was written in a few weeks just as the 2008 financial crisis was cresting.

Back on the Road to Serfdom: The Resurgence of Statism (Culture of Enterprise Series) Hardcover – December 17, 2010. By Thomas E. Woods Jr.

Education: Free and Compulsory. By Murray N. Rothbard.

America’s Great Depression Paperback – December 30, 2008. One of Murray N. Rothbard’s greatest contributions to economic history: the story of the Great Depression as told by the memos and statistics and newspaper articles of the time. Definitely not what you learned in school.

The Voice of Reason: Essays in Objectivist Thought (The Ayn Rand Library) Paperback – June 30, 1990

Ayn Rand Answers: The Best of Her Q & A Paperback – November 1, 2005

An Enemy of the State: The Life of Murray N. Rothbard Hardcover – July 1, 2000. By journalist Justin Raimondo.

The Failure of the New Economics: An Analysis of the Keynesian Fallacies (1959) Paperback – August 31, 2010. There has yet to be written the academic refutation of Keynes’ famous yet obscure and confused “General Theory”, but until then, perhaps this is one of the next best things: economic journalist Henry Hazlitt’s admirable attempt. Hazlitt was a student of Ludwig von Mises and instrumental in bringing him to New York and so escaping the Nazis, and arranging a teaching position for him.

Cato’s Letters, Or, Essays on Liberty, Civil and Religious, and Other Important Subjects Paperback – September 1, 1995. “Cato’s Letters were essays by British writers John Trenchard and Thomas Gordon, first published from 1720 to 1723 under the pseudonym of Cato (95–46 BC), the implacable foe of Julius Caesar and a famously stubborn champion of republican principles (mos maiorum).” (Wikipedia).

Literature and the Economics of Liberty: Spontaneous Order in Culture Hardcover. By Paul A. Cantor and Stephen Cox.

The Slightest Philosophy Paperback – July 30, 2007. Not for the faint-hearted. I thought I was interested in philosophy, but this book cured me of that delusion.

The Rise and Fall of Society (Large Print Edition) Paperback – Large Print, January 1, 1959. By free-market thinker Frank Chodurov.

The Strange Death of Marxism: The European Left in the New Millennium Paperback – October 22, 2018. By Paul Edward Gottfried.


DVDs for sale

Updated September 18th, 2020

  • I’m closing my Amazon account. The links for all items on this page not marked as sold are no longer active. I’m in the process of switching to a different sales site. This may take a while. Leave a comment if you are interested in any of the titles listed.
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  • Many thanks to those of you who purchased some of these books.
  • See all my Japanese books for sale here:
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  1. myfamilyandotheranimals 「My Family and Other Animals [DVD] [Import]」 を ¥2,269 で@amazonから出品しました。 日本より発送。とても綺麗な状態です。ほぼ新品。リージョンコードはリージョン2ですが、PAL形式となりますので日本のDVDプレヤーでは再生できない可能性があります。。基本的に日本語字幕等はついておりません。 レンタル落ち商品ではございません。除菌後、緩衝材にて梱包して48時間以内の発送を心掛けております。Ships from Japan. British import (region 2 but PAL format, English subtitles only) so may not play on Japanese DVD players.
  2. The Forsyte Saga, DVD, Importを¥4,438で@Amazonから出品しました。@Amazonから出品しました。 日本より発送。とても綺麗な状態です。ほぼ新品。リージョンコードはリージョン2ですが、PAL形式となりますので日本のDVDプレヤーでは再生できない可能性があります。基本的に日本語字幕等はついておりません。 レンタル落ち商品ではございません。除菌後、緩衝材にて梱包して48時間以内の発送を心掛けております。1967年のBBC作品です。白黒。Ships from Japan. British import so may not play on Japanese DVD players. This is the 1967 BBC black-and-white version with Susan Hampshire. English subtitles only.
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History books for sale

Updated September 18th, 2020    2020年9月18日更新

Fire In Minds Of Men Paperback – March 20, 1983

AMERICAN ROOTS Paperback – Illustrated, November 10, 2000

The Crucible of Consent: American Child Rearing and the Forging of Liberal Society Hardcover – February 15, 2012

The Culture We Deserve Paperback – May 1, 1989. From an extraordinary prolific and long-lived writer, writing in his second, not his native, language.

The Dark Side of Camelot Hardcover – November 1, 1997. By famed investigative journalist Seymour Hersh. Not the JF Kennedy you learned about in school.