Third Eye The Hard Way




By Atom Bergstrom

Atom’s Blog

What happens when you get shot between the eyes?

In the case of Joseph L. Greenstein, professionally known as The Mighty Atom, it seems to have opened his Third Eye.

The bullet “flattened out against his forehead.”

He had been told by the strongman “Champion Volanko” that he was “different” than other men.


The bullet in the forehead made The Mighty Atom remember Volanko’s words.

He had been bending horseshoes as part of his own strongman act, but now he realized he could take it to the next level.

He started tearing them in two.


According to “Joseph L. Greenstein, ‘Mighty Atom’,” The New York Times, Oct. 9, 1977 …

“Joseph L. Greenstein, a five-foot-four-and-a-half, 145-pound vaudevillian and strong man who was known as ‘the Mighty Atom,’ died yesterday at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. He was 84 years old and lived in Brooklyn.

“Mr. Greenstein was noted for performances such as pulling a 32-ton truck and holding back an airplane with his hair. He also bit iron chains in half with his teeth and crushed steel bars over various parts of his body.”


He’s been called “the mightiest little man to have ever walked the earth.”


Adano Ley (Swami Nitty-Gritty) claimed The Mighty Atom was Samson in a past life.


According to Nitty-Gritty …

“The art of bearing pain is necessary for strength. You find this in your soldiers. Those that could bear the pain longer than those who could not survived longer. Those who could not had to take a great deal of chemicals to deaden the pain, and they lost the organs from damage. Those that could bear the pain without chemicals, those organs survived, and they did not have to amputate.”

“Utilizing pain for consciousness is a self-imposed nitrogenous action.”

“Yogananda’s brother was a strongman who used the principle of the wedge to perform many of his feats of strength.”

“The wedge is where the unstoppable force meets the immovable object.”

“With all your strength’ is your breath. Oxygen induces rhythm, vital movement, timing.”


My martial arts instructor stood erect and asked anyone in our class to push him off balance.

None of us succeeded, even the black belts, and certainly not the no-belts like me.

Using only his index fingers, and not leaning into me the slightest, he bulldozed me entirely across the room and up against the wall.

He poked me in the gut with both fingers, knocking the wind out of me, and admonished, “Learn to breathe!”

'Third Eye The Hard Way' have 5 comments

  1. August 21, 2018 @ 3:09 pm Atom

    I wonder how the seals in the Arctic get their vitamin D.

    Do they swim to San Diego every day to sunbathe, then swim back every night so Eskimo hunters can get their vitamin D?–mini-e-books.php


  2. August 21, 2018 @ 3:10 pm Atom

    Who really won at the Monsanto trial in San Francisco?

    Whoever won, it wasn’t We the People.


  3. August 21, 2018 @ 3:16 pm Atom

    Driving from Carpinteria to San Rafael, Roberta complained, “I have to go to the bathroom.”

    I said, “Tell Adano and he’ll pull over.” (Adano Ley was in his truck in front of us.)

    “How?” she asked.

    “Mentally,” I said.

    She closed her eyes and asked.

    Adano pulled over at the next exit.–pics-adano-ley.php


  4. August 21, 2018 @ 3:53 pm Atom

    George Carlin (Napalm & Silly Putty, 2001) wrote …

    “But where do people think these politicians come from? They don’t fall out of the sky; they don’t pass through a membrane from a separate reality. They come from American homes, American families, American schools, American churches, and American businesses. And they’re elected by American voters. This is what our system produces, folks. This is the best we can do. Let’s face it, we have very little to work with. Garbage in, garbage out.

    “Ignorant citizens elect ignorant leaders, it’s as simple as that. And term limits don’t help. All you do is get a brand new bunch of ignorant leaders.”


  5. August 21, 2018 @ 3:56 pm Atom

    You know you’re a Californian when you don’t exterminate your cockroaches; you smoke them.


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