Truth & Freedom


Truth is freedom

To live a life of truth is a life of power

Believe nothing because once uttered by a wise man

Believe nothing only because it is written in ancient texts

Believe nothing solely because “everyone else” says it is true

Believe nothing simply because it is claimed to be of divine origin

Believe nothing that states you can’t be, do, or have, anything you decide

Believe nothing you cannot see as truth, including anything I’ve written here

Above all, trust your instincts and believe in yourself first, because

Freedom is truth and truth is freedom


daniel w. jacobs

© 2011, all rights reserved

Written as a gift to my friends, on my birthday, 2011

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Edgar’s Eulogy; from DJ to Loretta 1996

Date: Thu, Oct 24, 1996 12:14 AM EDT

Subj: Re: Eulogy for Edgar

I think this will be great. I wouldn’t change anything if you feel comfortable with it as it is. I will make a couple of comments and suggestions that you can feel free to ignore, as you are on the “front line”.

1) I am only uncertain about the singing of the Hymm and the Lord’s Prayer. My reasoning is that they seem a bit inconsistent with the way Edgar lived his life…at least what I knew of it.

You may have additional experience and information that would support your decision to include these elements in the service, if so, by all means use them.

2) IMHO (In My Humble Opinion), I would change the order a bit to flow as follows

  1. Greetings
  2. Introductions
  3. Presentation of leaflet
  4. Differnt periods of Edgars life
  5. “There is no Death”
  6. “The Traveler’
  7. Hymm and Lord’s Prayer (optional IMHO)
  8. Closure…sharing
  9. Recognition and acknowledgement of Edgars contribution…
  10. “My Home in Northern Michigan”

In any case, I feel that “My Home…” is a stronger closer as it is much more personal and obviously duplicates Edgars point of view exactly.

The other changes are less important, more to just make it flow better in my estimation.

As a footnote, when I do a service, I am never quite sure what I am going to say or do, often I just respond to the people there and what I feel they need and want at the time.

One thing I always do before an event of this type however, is that I always DECIDE on what I want the outcome to be BEFORE I begin the service. I just do this to and for myself. In this way, I know where I am going and the service just tends to lead itself in that direction without strain or effort.

I make it fairly general in nature, such as:

“Everyone in attendance will be happy they came and feel a sense of completeness and closure as a result of the service.”

Anything of this type is workable, it just puts something in the future to aim towards so I know where I’m going and know when I’ve arrived at the end point.

In summary, your outline is fine, just do what you are comfortable and natural with and it will turn out as well as could be expected under the circumstances.



P.S. I would not give the video to anyone to take with them, simply take the names of those who might want a copy, and we will get copies made and send them. I made that copy for you and you should keep it in your possession, let others see it if they come to your place.

Fires are not close to us.

The weather (good or bad) is primarily a consideration isn’t it? As we have seen, what Myrna and I consider “good weather” is not always what others might consider it to be, but that does not diminish our enthusiasm for what may show up in terms of weather.

So, just consider that the weather will be “fine” and it will be so.

I haven’t seen the latest copy of “Music Tree” so hang on to it and I’ll see it later.

Give everyone my best wishes and regrets that I couldn’t attend this service…I’m sure it will all turn out fine.




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Knowledge vs Understanding

What’s the difference between knowledge and understanding? And how much of knowledge is only learned, as opposed to being understood?

Knowledge gained from past accumulation of facts, opinions, education, experiences, and study is stored in our minds for our personal use.Only rarely, and for short moments, are we fully aware of what’s happening in the present without resorting to knowledge from the past with which we are familiar.

Understanding happens when the knowledge learned is applied directly in the moment. This is the distinction between knowledge different than understanding.

Knowledge applied to useful purpose is what makes the difference.

In the same way, we may know many pieces of wisdom, but much of it, we simply store as data, learnt but not as understood as as to how to use it, as we seldom observe it or apply it in a mindful manner. But one who has acquired knowledge and also who understands why and how to apply it is considered a specialist in his or her field as in this definition.


A specialist is one who not only knows how something works, but who understands why. And who, therefore, is fully capable of applying that knowledge in the real world for a practical purpose. Therein lies the difference between knowledge and understanding, which is: Applied Knowledge.

The fascinating part of the mind is that it can see the same thing and still learn something new. Just like when you look at a photograph or a painting many times, eventually more and more of it becomes apparent to you. You see more subtle effects of light and shadow, the brush-strokes and paint textures and colours and more subtle parts of the background which can give new meaning and interest.

With this in mind, you can explore the philosophy or teaching, or more generally life and the mind itself, to be able to comprehend it and find deeper applications and benefits.

Applied knowledge should be the goal of a specialist in any field.

Daniel Jacobs
© 2016, all rights reserved

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One of the advantages of growing old.

One of the advantages of growing old

Written by Andy Rooney

I’ve learned …. That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.
I’ve learned …. That when you’re in love, it shows.

I’ve learned …. That just one person saying to me, ‘You’ve made my day!’ makes my  day.
I’ve learned …. That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.

I’ve learned …. That being kind is more important than being right.
I’ve learned …. That you should never say no to a gift from a child.
I’ve learned …. That I can always pray for someone when I don’t have the strength to help him in some other way.

I’ve learned …. That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.
I’ve learned …. That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.
I’ve learned …. That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.
I’ve learned …. That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.
I’ve learned …. That we should be glad God doesn’t give us everything we ask for.

I’ve learned …. That money doesn’t buy class.
I’ve learned …. That it’s those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.
I’ve learned … That under everyone’s hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.
I’ve learned …. That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.

I’ve learned …. That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.
I’ve learned …. That love, not time, heals all wounds.
I’ve learned …. That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.
I’ve learned …. That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.
I’ve learned …. That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.
I’ve learned … That life is tough, but I’m tougher.
I’ve learned …. That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.
I’ve learned …. That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.
I’ve learned …. That I wish I could have told my Mom that I love her one more time before she passed away.
I’ve learned …. That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.

I’ve learned …. That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
I’ve learned …. That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, that you’re hooked for life.
I’ve learned …. That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.
I’ve learned …. That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.


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Happy Thanksgiving – from Bryce

Happy Thanksgiving


By Bryce Jacobs


Treat people nicely

Play games that are fun.

Don’t be mad at people.

Try to help people.

Always like yourself.



by Bryce Jacobs, 2015

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print copy of book cover“The Natural Laws Of Selling should be mandatory reading for every salesperson.” – Stan Billue, International Legendary Sales Trainer.

The Natural Laws Of Selling by best-selling author, Daniel Jacobs, is now available in print as of December 1, 2014!

This is a personally signed, first-of-its kind, first edition copy, now available for purchase.

Price is $20.00 each (plus $3.00 shipping).

Send check to:

Dan Jacobs

P.O. Box 292

Bellaire, MI 49615

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Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be critical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.

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