Mastermind

Back in the ’80’s, I had my first experience of a Mastermind group through a course I took. Its a concept that was developed by Napoleon Hill in the ’30’s. Since then, I’ve enjoyed such a group for a time, sometimes formal, sometimes a more informal group, perhaps as part of a discussion group. Its an excellent way to keep on track and not get lost in the noise of negativity so common in our culture. Ties in nicely with Marc Allens concept of working in Partnership I spoke of here. Today I received a newsletter from Juliet Austin outlining … Continue Reading…

The teacher

From a discussion about a group of spiritual teachers: We may see enlightenment as a goal or end point, but its not. It is a process, like all other human development. There are certain key “steps” but each takes a period of integration, of settling in. Indeed, waking up puts us back in spiritual kindergarten. It is only the beginning. Because of the lack of clarity around the subject in our culture, there are several places we can get sidetracked. Powerful spiritual experiences can strengthen the ego or give one an idea that they are enlightened because of experiences. But … Continue Reading…

Be Here Now

Back in the ’60’s, one of the “mantras”, along with ‘peace, man’, was ‘Be Here Now’. But most of us didn’t really ‘get it’. The agenda was anti-: anti-war, anti-establishment. It was the ego talking. When Maharishi first came to North America, he spoke about enlightenment and God realization but found people wanted to hear about sleeping better, basically the opposite state. (laughs) Gradually, more people came out with the message, including more westerners. Neelam and Gangaji talk of being present. Eckhart Tolle talks about being with what is. Being. There is only now. And so forth. This is about … Continue Reading…

Eckhart episode list

In the post on Eckhart on Oprah, I talked a little about the shows and how to get them for seeing on your time. Here is an episode list: The 10 sections/ chapters are: Monday, March 3rd:  The Flowering of Human Consciousness Monday, March 10th:  Ego: The Current State of Humanity Monday, March 17th: The Core of Ego Monday, March 24th: Role Playing: The Many Faces of the Ego Monday, March 31st: The Pain-Body Monday, April 7th: Breaking Free Monday, April 14th: Finding Who You Truly Are Monday, April 21: The Discovery of Inner Space Monday, April 28th: Your Inner … Continue Reading…

4 Agreements

Recently, I saw Don Miguel Ruiz speak in the film Living Luminaries. I was also given his book “The 4 Agreements” for my birthday. I’d seen and heard about it a number of times. But it was still a nice surprise. Miguel is bringing a sample of the Toltec wisdom to light here and its a fresh perspective on the dynamics of the ego and belief. In this case, the agreements are the beliefs we have made with ourselves, based on false information. Yet we live and interpret our lives by them, and suffer as a result. The 4 agreements … Continue Reading…

Eckhart on Oprah

As you have undoubtedly heard, Oprah has created a little history. Breaking out of her book club mold of recommending fiction and memoirs, she recommended a self-help book, Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth. Then she decided to develop a free 10 part online course, reviewing each chapter with Tolle. Tolle doesn’t usually do TV as its too short a format to explain it properly. Over 700,000 people registered. “Monday night’s webcast was one of the largest single online events in the history of the Internet. More than 500,000 people simultaneously logged on to watch Oprah Winfrey and Eckhart Tolle live, … Continue Reading…

Busting Loose

Every so often, a gem shows up. Last year, 3 friends (2 of them awake) recommended the book “Busting Loose from the Money Game” by Robert Scheinfeld. Finally got a chance to finish it recently. It covers so much more than just the ‘money game’. In fact, he talks about transcending the ‘human game’. The subtitle says it nicely: “Mind-blowing strategies for changing the rules of the game you can’t win” The book is based on current thought around consciousness, the Field, and overcoming our illusions. He talks about how to bust your illusion “eggs” that suck up your power. … Continue Reading…

Maharishi Passes

As the following article states, we have reached the end of an era. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a person who brought meditation and its scientific study to the west in a big way, has passed on at about 91. Funeral rites made major headlines in India and were televised live. The government showered him with rose petals from a helicopter. He was given a silent form of a 21 gun salute. The Shankaracharya blessed the proceedings and many sages were present. I was lucky enough to have had a conversation with him in the mid ’70s, shortly before his popularity caused … Continue Reading…

The 17th Principle

You’ve probably heard of Napoleon Hill. In the early part of the last century he spent 20 years, at Andrew Carnegie’s request, researching how the very successful achieve their success. He wrote a best seller, Think and Grow Rich, back in the late ’30’s. In the book he wrote of 16 principles of success, the foundation of wealth and achievement. He gave detailed instructions for making them part of your life. Many people of both my parents and my own generation have read the book. Many people achieved great success as a result. But many also did not. So he … Continue Reading…

Getting past the ego

In a discussion, I was asked for the best way to get past the ego. My response: Thats a big question. Indeed, the question of the age. But I could ask how does one become a teenager? Or an adult? It is a natural process in human development. The ego develops as a stepping stone in human development to allow the person to separate themselves from the mother, then become an adult. To become self-sufficient. Once that is achieved in normal human development, the ego ceases to be useful. Indeed, it gets in the way of our growth and happiness. … Continue Reading…

Advice

Some good advice I was forwarded. This was not intended for wide distribution, so I will leave the source anonymous. “There have been some questions about people coming from different places lately. There is one person who says she will “help you with your problems”. This is very nice and kind but there are no problems. Belief in problems is mind. Mind is not the Reality. We also heard about people who were channeling ascended masters. “Who” is channeling “who” when all there is is Self flowing within itself? You are the bliss of Silence knowing itself. Anything that increases … Continue Reading…