The most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mysterious. It is the power of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, can no longer ponder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead.

The most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mysterious. It is the power of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, can no longer ponder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead. Albert Einstein.

What leaves you awestruck?

It comes in so many remarkable different forms. I am struck by watching what happens when a water droplet falls into a pool of water, and then watching in slow motion how it hits the liquid and causes a reverberation way up into the air above the pool of liquid and back down again.

I am awestruck by how many particular pieces of music are able to instantly touch upon my emotions and transport me to a place I was not at, seconds prior.

When I look at pictures that NASA and the James Webb telescope are able to deliver from hundreds of millions of light years away I get lost in thinking that that which I am looking at could have disintegrated millions of years ago, but that the light from that item is just finding its way to the telescope now…. or that man could even jettison ourselves off of this planet and into outer space! When I contemplate how our eyes work, and how many remarkable things happen within our own body in fractions of a second, I cannot help but wonder how it all comes about.

There are so many things in life, which are fully capable of inspiring awe and wonder, you really don’t need to look terribly far to find one. It is the capability of transporting us into the new territory in our own minds, in which we recognize the power and strength of something far above and beyond its obvious constructs. 

This quality is resonant in countless forms of motivation in our society, and gives us continual reason to share things with one another, because we are motivated emotionally by the contents, and struck by the tremendous qualities of that which we are witnessing.

In our mind, we filter each of these variables against the internal data that we have aggregated thus far, and when something exceeds one of those categories, we find ourselves delighted that our own internal database is expanding once again, such that it feels the deep appreciation for something that could ordinarily be common place.

When we, as a society, work to value these kinds of stimuli, we are continually evolving into a higher order of specie. It may not immediately register to you as such, but when taken in context, what is really happening is our parameters that currently define reality are being re-shaped with new details, opening the boundaries ever wider in the process.

They are the splendiferous details that light us up internally and consistently stretch our imagination in vibrant new directions. Always make time in your life to seek out things that are awe inspiring. Your entire existence will be so much more enriched in the process. 

Happy Saturday!

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!