Category Archives: Life

Glen Grant, Ghosts, and Supernatural Powers


I’m re-reading all of my ghost books written by Glen Grant. I wish he was still alive. I miss his presence. Grant had an amazing life as a professor of American studies, history, and political science at the Univeristy of Hawaii at Manoa and Hawaii Tokai International College where he was a Vice Chancellor; author of I believe 14 books (nonfiction and fiction); radio show host; entrepreneur with his coffee shop and ghost tours; and board member of the Moiliili Community Center. I would’ve liked to have known him. He passed away from cancer on June 19, 2003 at the age of 56.

I’ve witnessed many unexplainable events and people with supernatural gifts. I also have friends, colleagues, and acquaintances who have shared with me their haunting experiences. Healers, masters, and spiritual leaders have come into my life along my journey. Some spiritual events were innocent, while others were very dark. Apparently, people who were angry and mean when they were alive continue to be the same when they’re dead. In contrast, those who lived with compassion and empathy, transitioned over with these qualities. Since leaving politics in 2015, I’ve had less unusual experiences, and I’ve only befriended a few more people with supernatural powers. Maybe it’s best this way. However, my curiosity for the unknown has picked up again as I read Glen Grant’s books. I can’t help but keep in mind what Grant’s dead father said to him in his dream, “There are things on this side that you must never know.”

#glengrant #books #obake #ghosts #spirits #supernatural #dead #powers #energy #uknown #unexplainable

Leave a comment

Filed under Books, Life, Nonfiction, Writing

My Last Moments


I stood on the top of the ridge and admired the beautiful green trees swaying far below with the wind. The last of the blue skies were painted over with shades of gray. Ahead, dark clouds were sweeping in like an angry predator. They swallowed peak after peak and kept coming for me.

I calmly inserted my headphones in my ears and played my favorite song. The happy tune brought me a smile. My time here would be over soon, but I was content. All that came to my mind was my mom, dad, sisters, nieces, family, and my closest friends. It’s funny how we spend much of our lives building so much, pushing through all the problems and terrible people that seemed so important to do back then. Yet, in the last moments of our lives, all we think about are the ones who really mattered. Memories of joy with them came blasting in like a movie in fast forward. You see their faces and then you’re gone.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, 7/25/2018 –

#creativewriting #writing #peace

Leave a comment

Filed under Books, Creative Writing, Family, Friends, Gratitude, Life, Love, Mindfulness, Peace, Writing

Saddened by the death of my friend from a heart attack.


I’m saddened by the death of my friend from a heart attack. I visited him at the hospital before he passed. I dedicate this relaxing picture of tropical plants and trees to him. Going in and out of darkness.

#death #friend #saddened #waikelecountryclub #waikele

Leave a comment

Filed under Death, Life, Writing

Our Intuition as Guidance


Our intuition will give us a feeling of expanding or contracting. That good feeling like I’m expanding is when I go with it. If I feel very uncomfortable like I’m contracting, I don’t go with it. There are times when I go against my intuition, and my gut feelings get revealed by future events. No matter what, we will figure things out.

#intuition #gutfeeling #prediction

Leave a comment

Filed under Life, Life Coach

The Happier We Are, The More We Can Do.


The happier we are, the more we can do. Take care of one another.

#business #entrepreneurship #law #life #relationships #career #productivity #grind #starbucks #compassion #empathy #teamwork

Leave a comment

Filed under Business, Career, Compassion, Empathy, Entrepreneurship, Happiness, Law, Life, Life Coach, Mental Health, Productivity

23 Things I Learned About Writing, Strategy And Life From Tim Ferriss


Here’s a link to a great article by author Ryan Holiday on 23 helpful lessons learned from entrepreneur, author, podcast host, and investor Tim Ferris who has helped me virtually in my life and career.

#timferriss #entrepreneur #author #podcasthost #investor #selfdevelopment

https://medium.com/the-mission/23-things-i-learned-about-writing-strategy-and-life-from-tim-ferriss-b40bdfa892de

Leave a comment

Filed under Books, Business, Career, Entrepreneurship, Inspirational, Life, Life Coach, Motivational, Podcast, Productivity, Writing

Illuminate the Light Within Us


Today, I had a nice lunch at Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant in Ala Moana Center with Speaker Emeritus of the Hawaii State House of Representatives Calvin K.Y. Say and three friends of his who have done amazing work in various sectors of business in Hawaii and abroad. My good friend Brandon Mitsuda had a nice talk with Speaker last week, which prompted him to reach out because he was thinking of me. His caring heart is always refreshing, and today he sparked light for me for my on and off feelings of emptiness that have become my norm for the past three years as I distanced myself from political, business, charity, and social events, unless it was a cause I connected with or relevant to a business project I was working on. There are many moments when I feel joy and a zest for life, but it’s scary how quickly these great feelings can leave me alone and in nothingness. It’s like a numbness that fogs up my vision of the many good things around me such as my loving family and friends, good momentum for a project that my business partners and I have been working on, and new opportunities presented before me. I love the excitement of business and politics, but at the same time I’m pained by the dark energy it attracts. All people have positive and negative energy, some more of one than the other. It’s impossible to completely avoid negative people. They’re everywhere. You see how they behave badly as drivers on the road. They make tantrums at work and yell at their family at home. When you succeed, they punish you harder on your failures or simply enjoy it as a spectator. When I’m vibrant and happy, I take the negative energies and use it towards my momentum for positive actions like an Aikido martial artist does in taking down an attacker. However, when I’m feeling down, I have to do all I can to not let the shadows pull me into a blank space. I have many daily practices, which I’ve mentioned in my peace page and previous posts that has helped me to fight off this shadowy assassin that has destroyed so many other souls. In my first novel, I wrote about how our suffering follows us even after we die, therefore, there’s no escape from darkness without us confronting it with all the light illuminated from within us through love, compassion, empathy, and gratitude. Speaker Calvin K.Y. Say is an example of how to live with such qualities. I’m extremely lucky to have his friendship. In revealing my vulnerable side, I hope it helps you to push forward with all your practices that lift your spirit whether it be spending time with loved ones, exercise, listening to music, creative writing, going to the ocean, or other such enjoyable experiences. May positive energy be with you always!

With Warmest Aloha,

Jon

Leave a comment

Filed under Compassion, Gratitude, Life, Life Coach, Love, Motivation, Nonattachment