Secret of Surrender
— In our feeling, there is no bigger psychic bully than death... We'd
like to avoid thinking about death more than anything else! And yet
when we actually die (or have a "near-death" experience), despite
whatever wriggling we did to try to get out of it (denial, anger,
bargaining, etc.), all the reports indicate that we experience something
quite different from what we imagined: we experience the overwhelmingly
loving and blissful Presence of the Divine. There is a great secret
here: in any moment that we completely surrender ourselves
— surrendering our struggle, our searching for a way out, our reactivity
— the Revelation of God is bound to appear in some form. The moment
of our death provides a great Gift then — with overwhelming strength,
it forces us to completely surrender, and then it reveals to
us the Fruit of doing so. But if we get this point, why not practice
that surrender in every moment of life, and receive that Fruit
in every moment?
6: You CAN Take It With You
What is the FASTEST Way Out of This Mortal Dream? —
The human heart longs for perfect and unending happiness, because
perfect and unending happiness is indeed possible: through Spiritual
Awakening. The great spiritual traditions throughout history that
refer to such Awakening really mean a literal Awakening from
this mortal dream to a more fundamental Reality. You can think of
it as a spiritual analog to the "awakening" in The Matrix
— only, one awakens to a state of Absolute Bliss, rather than some
dismal revelation about the true nature of things. What
is the fastest and most direct Way to Awaken out of
this mortal dream?
3: Habits of Highly Spiritual People
Do We Actually Mean When We Say: "I Believe"?
— When I talk to people about my wife, I never say, "I believe my
wife exists!". Instead, I talk to them very concretely about her –
her qualities, what she did this week – and about our relationship
– how much her love and support means in my life, for instance. It's
something worth examining, then, when we find one of the things we
say most commonly in reference to the Divine is: "I believe in God."
Let's really consider what that means!
excerpt from Book
1: Beyond Believing
Heat Management and Spiritual Realization
are (and have been throughout history) only a very few people who
practice the habits outlined in my book, "Habits of Highly Spiritual
People". At the crux of the issue is the matter of heat.
When we attempt to make a change in ourselves, there is a friction
between the old tendencies and the new habit. This friction is subjectively
experienced as heat. And it is anything but comfortable. The basic
reason so few people realize anything great spiritually is: if you
can't stand the heat, you will
get out of the kitchen. So effective schools of transformation have
to explicitly address this matter of heat. It can't just be ignored;
any school of change that is founded merely on good intentions, positive
thinking, or talking alone, will drop the ball of change the instant
things start heating up. It is also true that it is only because we
are adapted to such "low energy" states that we make such a fuss about
the heat, and about distinguishing between slightly more pleasurable
and slightly more painful experiences. But these are indeed "slight"
differences of state on the Infinite Scale, which we altogether fail
to notice when we have re-adapted to melting in an Infinite Sea of
2: Secrets of Human Transformation
Be Blinded By Science and Materialism? —
Unlike scientific materialism, genuine spirituality does not exclude
the spiritual or the subjective from the study of Reality, nor does
it exclude the "objective reality" of scientific study.
Genuine spirituality is based on accounting for the full nature of
Reality, including greater-than-material dimensions, consciousness,
death and beyond. For this reason, it is capable of identifying and
realizing the greatest human potential, which is inherently Spiritual
and Transcendental, and not material-only. To be blinded by science
and materialism into thinking technological self-fulfillment is one's
highest potential is to choose a destiny wherein one is increasingly
pleasurized in body, and increasingly stimulated in mind, but increasingly
desperate at heart.
materialism: the naive realism of sense and "common sense"
materialism: amplifying sense and common sense through technology
potential within the materialistic view
of the materialistic view
which materialism does not account for is the clue to what will
machine is in the Ghost: Materialism does not account for consciousness
does not account for death and suffering
freedom of inquiry vs. the politically enforced reductionism of
8: Three Views of Reality and Human Potential
But for the Grace of God Go I: The "Outside Force" That
Liberates Man the Machine
— Are we machines?
If not altogether mechanical, to what degree are we "machine", and
to what degree, "free being"? Many wisdom traditions suggest that
increasing spiritual maturity is what moves us along the spectrum
from the "machine" end toward the "free being" end. But how does one
mature spiritually? Grace — tangible help from the Spiritual Reality
— is what makes the difference.