Welcome to the Spirituality Simplified Blog

Spirituality SimplifiedIn the final chapter of Spirituality Simplified entitled “The Path of Spiritual Growth,” I make the point that once a person makes a decision to walk down the path of self-discovery it’s impossible to turn back. It actually becomes a life-long process of finding additional pieces to the puzzle of life. Interestingly, though, I also eventually came to the conclusion  that the objective isn’t really to reach some place of final enlightenment, because the reality is there is always something new to discover.

Since writing that chapter 20 years ago I’ve continued to read books in the spiritual growth category, and have done a lot of research into alternative healing methods. To say that I’ve learned a lot over these years would be a major understatement. It is for this reason I started writing this blog since it will allow me to share a lot of cool stuff I’ve discovered since Spirituality Simplified was originally published.

Bye for now.

NOTE: For those visiting this site using a smartphone or other mobile device, please move the screen to the left to see the nav-bar content, which includes links to specific categories of posts.

Posted in Welcome | Comments Off on Welcome to the Spirituality Simplified Blog

A Life-changing Audio Clip: Fr. Anthony DeMello on “Success”

Back in 1995 a friend loaned me some cassette tapes of an audio program called “Wake Up to Life” by Fr. Anthony DeMello. She recommended that before listening from the start I should skip ahead to a 4.5 minute segment in the program where DeMello describes what he believes it means to be “a success.” When I heard this clip it truly changed my entire life philosophy.

To listen to this powerful audio clip “click here

Note that the audio quality is substandard because I recorded this using a PC microphone held up to a portable cassette player nearly 30 years ago.


Posted in Inspirational Speeches | Tagged , , | Comments Off on A Life-changing Audio Clip: Fr. Anthony DeMello on “Success”

The late, great author Stuart Wilde on Global Warming

“An apocalypse is a good money spinner. Threatening people with a good scare is a one way of cranking cash. I think a lot of our ecology concerns have been picked up by big business and turned into a handy profit…The problem is that most of the scenarios are half-truths or downright lies…It’s a game they play. Take global warming for example: There is absolutely no evidence to suggest that the world is heating up. Certainly in the last one hundred years the earth’s temperature has varied by half a degree, but the overall temperature rises and falls constantly. You can’t take a hundred-year period out of context and say it represents a trend…

We hear that the polar ice caps are melting, and that the seas will rise by two or three feet in the next fifty years. But who says so? The media does…The most reliable information about the polar ice caps comes from NASA. Their satellite evidence is corroborated by scientists from organizations like the British Antarctic Survey, who examine ice cores taken from the polar regions. Both the “on-site” and satellite evidence clearly shows there has been no overall change whatsoever…

Well, what about the buildup of CO2 in the atmosphere, surely all those toxic gasses might be heating up the earth? I’m sorry to disappoint you: they aren’t. In fact, there isn’t any real evidence to substantiate the widely held belief that carbon dioxide causes temperatures to rise…As CO2 levels were gradually increasing between 1950 and 1970, the world’s mean temperature was actually falling. This seems to be a puzzling contradiction for the greenhouse theory…

Well then, what about the computer weather models that show a dramatic heating of the planet of the next two hundred years? The problem with those models is that they are based primarily on the opinions of a dozen or so senior researchers who initiated the models. They are known to be very inaccurate…The models predominantly discard the effect of cloud cover because the computers can’t properly predict it. So the apocalypse of global warming is based on computer models that state possible weather patterns on a fairly cloudless earth. Weird, but true. Most meteorologists have problems correctly predicting tomorrow’s weather. I wouldn’t get too sucked into their predictions for the year 2193…

You would be naïve if you didn’t understand that there are powerful forces at work which promote the ecological apocalypse for their own political and financial ends. For example, most people wouldn’t accept anymore tax hikes, but if you sold them on the need for a pollution tax to redress the oxygen shortage most would support it. The idea is to feed the wave with enough ambiguous information that excludes contradictory scientific evidence until your political position is established as a fact. It’s the brainwashing that bothers me. There is a racket going on. Selling crises is big business and big politics. You should never forget that.”

Stuart Wilde, in “Whispering Winds of Change

Posted in Excerpts from Inspirational Books, Global Warming/Climate Change | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on The late, great author Stuart Wilde on Global Warming

Everyone is Born with a Natural Ability to Heal – Excerpt from “Dying for a Change” by William L. Murtha

Voice of Higher Presence: We are all born with this natural ability to self heal. It is woven into our genetic code and the cells in our body. As children, we instinctively know this. We don’t question it. But as we develop and mature into teenagers and then adults, we forget about our own natural healing abilities. We very quickly detach ourselves from all beliefs that the mind is infinitely more powerful than the body. When you have a cut on your skin, the cells and stem cells in your body go to work right away. They are consciously aware that your skin must be patched up immediately to avoid any chance of infection or bleeding to death. This intelligence and organism inside you knows precisely what must be done to heal you. There is no pause because your cellular system instinctually knows what its healing function is. It just gets on with the job at hand without any conscious interference from you. But with other external matters, it is wildly different. We falsely hold the outdated model that we cannot heal ourselves. This is something that our present culture abides to and honors. But, sadly, this false wisdom is not from actual experience. It’s a belief that our young and immature culture has grown up with and adopted.

William L. Murtha: So why do we lose sight of this inherent natural ability to self-heal?

Voice of Higher Presence: Because we are socially conditioned to believe that only doctors and medication can heal us. We are brought up with the false understanding that only pharmaceutical companies and modern medicine can “fix” us. It never even enters our heads to question that something more profound is possibly going on here. We never think to look into what the power of the mind can do for our physical condition. Heck, the majority don’t even use their minds, let alone tap into their infinite potential. Scientists who study the positive and yet bizarre effects of placebos know that something extraordinary is going on. They know, without question, that the majority of the healing taking place is actually due to the patient’s own belief in the doctor’s prescription when a placebo is administered. These scientists know that it is the patient’s own self-healing that is curing his or her illness. After all, how else could somebody become completely cured by a placebo that is really nothing more than a harmless sugar tablet?

William L. Murtha: I’ve never really thought about belief and self-healing this way before. But if this is fact, then why isn’t this information more widely available? Why is this understanding not taught in schools to all children? And why are the medical journals and scientific papers not awash with this new wisdom?

Voice of Higher Presence: It all boils down to the commercial aspect. Can you imagine what this would do to the whole medical profession should it be proven true? Can you not see how this would fundamentally shatter all previous beliefs?

William L. Murtha: Not to mention the effect it would have on profits for pharmaceutical companies. I can’t imagine they would be pleased if this wisdom was adopted by the medical fraternity as a whole.

Voice of Higher Presence: If our culture discovered that, in most cases, they could actually control their own health patterns and well-being, then a lot of establishments would crumble. Can you imagine what consequences this would have on how we all view the world? If everybody knew that, in most situations, they could self-heal, just imagine what effect this would have on society.

William L. Murtha: So what is holding us back from adopting a more holistic vision for the future? What’s preventing our education in schools from looking into this more deeply?

Voice of Higher Presence: The answer is complex, but, in a few words, a great deal is invested in holding back the evolution of our race. There is much to lose commercially if the truth were known to all. It is very hard for a sector to change its ideas when the very act of change would threaten its own existence. The majority of the medical profession, not to mention the ballooning pharmaceutical industry, has much invested in our culture remaining tied to this model. They are not in the industry of enlightening their patients, for to do so would threaten their own professional existence.

William L. Murtha: But it doesn’t make any sense. We haven’t the social or financial resources to keep the health service growing. There isn’t the budget available to find more doctors or medicine. I read in the papers that, as a nation, we could be bankrupt within the first few decades of this century. If we maintain the current growth patterns of medical dependency, then medical care would eclipse all other national spending by the middle of the 21st century.

Voice of Higher Presence: And as you may well discover, it will then only become a viable service to the elite.

William L. Murtha: This mentality is ludicrous. If we continue on this road of blatantly holding back new understandings, then nobody will ever become self-reliant with regard to their health. And if the medical profession and drug companies are happy to withhold this new wisdom, then they’re not just cheating us. They are actually holding back our evolution as a species. How are we ever going to evolve when the truth is being held back from us? It’s not ethical.

Voice of Higher Presence: Let’s not get carried away here. There have been some extraordinary medical advances over the past two centuries. Medicine, with the aid of science, has taken a quantum leap forward in its understanding of the human mind and body. And these new discoveries have prevented millions of deaths. Do not forget this. But here is the crux. We have now reached a stage when human evolution needs to take its next leap. It needs to advance onto a higher level of vibration. Unfortunately, this new paradigm shift does not fit cosily into the thinking of the present paradigm. Medicine, science and the pharmaceutical companies have now constructed a dependence culture that is nearly impossible to change. They certainly do not want to see their power taken away and shattered, especially as it has taken hundreds of years for our cultural beliefs on medicine to reach this position.

William L. Murtha: But, come on, it’s a no-brainer here. If the majority of drugs and medication are shutting down our ability to feel alive and connect with others, then we are doing more harm than good. All we’re doing by becoming too reliant on the medical profession and medication is substituting one nightmare for another. We’re simply pushing the bubble to another place. Okay, we may be resolving every tiny ailment in the body, but if that comes at the expense of my ability to connect deeply with others, then I’m not sure I’d want it. My emotions are important to me. They help me to truly feel what it means to be a human being.

Voice of Higher Presence: And you’ve not mentioned that your emotions are your inner truth in physical form. Take that away, and you deprive yourself of the essential ability of touching your own soul.

William L. Murtha: If my emotions are severely disrupted by taking artificial chemicals into the body, then I’m nothing more than a walking zombie, detached from the rest of the world.

Voice of Higher Presence: My friend, you are now beginning to open your eyes to the full picture. You are joining up the dots and seeing with great insight and wisdom the kind of world we will create for ourselves if nothing ever alters. When a culture becomes overly dependent on drugs and medication, then it produces a society that spends most of its time sleepwalking through life. And when a race relies on external material fixes, then it becomes deeply unconscious of its actions—a race that is detached from the possibilities of its inner, subjective world.

William L. Murtha: Not to mention a human race that is oblivious to what is going on all around itself. If we remain asleep and deeply unconscious of our emotions, then surely we will create a future society that is devoid of all feeling, won’t we? If all forms of drugs do blunt off our emotional channels, then we will develop into a race where there is little compassion or reverence for anything.

Voice of Higher Presence: As I have already intimated, living with your emotional channels fully open is vital to ensuring that you gain a sense of who and what you are. Take that function away, and yes, you are correct, we do create a half-asleep race that is deeply unconscious. You cannot express empathy and compassion to another if your own emotions are blunted by artificial chemicals.

William L. Murtha, in “Dying for a Change”

For more information about this book visit Amazon.

Posted in Excerpts from Inspirational Books | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Everyone is Born with a Natural Ability to Heal – Excerpt from “Dying for a Change” by William L. Murtha

The Power of the Words “I Am”

“The words I AM are so powerful that they must be used with extreme care. Why? Because the words I AM are your actual identity. They are your spiritual name, the identity of your spiritual self. Your I AM is the name of the God nature in you and of all the divine potential in you. If you want to feel the power of the words I AM, substitute the words “It is my essence to be…” or “It is my nature to be…”

Thus a seemingly innocuous comment, “I am so worried,” translates into “It is my very nature to be worried.” A comment said in frustration, “I am completely devastated,” becomes “It is my essence to be devastated.” Restated that way, those statements feel so uncomfortable to you because they more clearly point out that you are claiming something you don’t really want. You are identifying yourself with something far, far removed from your essence. Yet that’s exactly what happens when you use the words I AM. You put a claim into the great Creative Intelligence of the universe to transform yourself into whatever it is with which you are identifying.”

Richard and Mary-Alice Jafolla, in “The Quest

Posted in Excerpts from Inspirational Books | Tagged , | Comments Off on The Power of the Words “I Am”

Powerful Spiritual Advice from the late Stuart Wilde

“Here is an idea for you to consider:

Your life is divine. The plan is perfect. As humans we come from a very special, very sacred place. Only your mind stands in the way. Free will is for amateurs. It got you the job you hate, the disastrous relationship you endured; it got you to the stop sign in time to hit the bus. Dump free will, it’s a disaster. The mind can only guess at what might be right for you, only your subtle feelings actually know. Those messages come to you minute-by-minute.

Remember, I have said, “I have no plan. I make minute-by-minute my plan.”

Administration is hiring enough competent drivers to run the trains on time. Control is different to administration. Let go of control. The ultimate Nazi controller is your mind.

It loves to ponder and talk and talk and talk about itself while it sprays its pain electronically “round the world” to anyone that will listen. The tom-tom drum runs at full tilt. Stop it. You will never see the glory of your life while you are spreading your pain, your story, your gossip. Be a warrior, go to silence. Spend a part of each week in total silence. No reading, no music, no writing, blank.

In the sound of silence you will find nothingness. Become nothing and let go of self and disempower the inner-Nazi and you will see that you become everything. Your natural state is to be everything.

The power and the glory of what you might become is in the silence. You will only see it once you quit being a pained, immature child, yak, yak, yak, pretending to be a grown-up.

We are not here to mount campaigns, or change the world, or even to bring a higher awareness, though a higher awareness may be an outcropping of some of our ideas and philosophies. And we¹re certainly not here to reform the system, or to influence people to change their ways. We are here to improve ourselves and hopefully demonstrate the presence of God’s love on Earth to others, that’s all. That is enough.

Be selfless and allow your life’s plan to unfold and go to silence and wait patiently. If you are asked to serve, do so humbly and quietly and then leave in the night and ask for nothing and expect nothing and all will be provided for you.

That is my advice, consider it if you will.”

Stuart Wilde

Posted in Inspirational Speeches | Tagged | Comments Off on Powerful Spiritual Advice from the late Stuart Wilde

Chief Seathl (Seattle) Speech – As Relevant as Ever

“The president in Washington sends word that he wishes to buy our land. But how can you buy or sell the sky? The land? The idea is strange to us. If we do not own the freshness of the air and the sparkle of the water, how can you buy them?

Every part of this earth is sacred to my people. Every single pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every meadow, every humming insect. All are holy in the memory and experience of my people. We know the sap which courses through the trees as we know the blood that courses through our veins. We are part of the earth and it is part of us. The perfumed flowers are our sisters. The bear, the deer, the great eagle, these are our brothers. The rocky crests, the juices in the meadow, the body heat of the pony, and man, all belong to the same family.

The shining water that moves in the streams and rivers is not just water, but the blood of our ancestors. If we sell you our land, you must remember that it is sacred. Each ghostly reflection in the clear water of the lakes tells of events and memories in the life of my people. The water’s murmur is the voice of my father’s father. The rivers are our brothers. They quench our thirst. The carry our canoes and feed our children. So you must give to the rivers the kindness you would give any brother.

If we sell you our land, remember that the air is precious to us, that the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports. The wind that gave our grandfather his first breath also receives his last sigh. The wind also gives our children the spirit of life. So, if we sell you our land, you must keep it apart and sacred, as a place where man can go to taste the wind that is sweetened by the meadow flowers.

Will you teach your children what we have taught our children? That the earth is our mother? What befalls the earth befalls all the sons of the earth. This we know, the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood which unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.

One thing we know: our God is also your God. The earth is precious to him and to harm the earth is to heap contempt on its creator. Your destiny is a mystery to us. What will happen when the buffalo are all slaughtered? The wild horses tamed? What will happen when the secret corners of the forest are heavy with the scent of many men and the view of the ripe hills is blotted by talking wires? Where will the thicket be? Gone! Where will the eagle be? Gone! And what is it to say goodbye to the swift pony and the hunt? The end of living and the beginning of survival.

When the last Red Man has vanished with his wilderness and his memory is only the shadow of a cloud moving across the prairie, will these shores and forests still be here? Will there be any of the spirit of my people left? We love this earth as a newborn loves its mother’s heartbeat. So, if we sell you our land, love it as we have loved it. Care for it as we have cared for it. Hold in your mind the memory of the land as it is when you receive it. Preserve the land for all children and love it, as God loves us all.

As we are part of the land, you too are part of the land. The earth is precious to us. It is also precious to you. Once thing we know: There is only one God. No man, be he Red Man or White Man can be apart. We are brothers after all.”

Chief Seathl (Seattle)

Posted in Inspirational Speeches | Tagged | Comments Off on Chief Seathl (Seattle) Speech – As Relevant as Ever

Passage from : Optimal EFT: Free e-Book, The Unseen Therapist (One Ultimate Remedy For Everything) by Gary Craig

“So, the problem is not that there is a lack of proof that negative emotions (and the resulting negative chemistry) are real causes of disease. Rather, it is that the medical establishment aims their remedies at the symptom level, not the cause.

Impeding the immune system and more: And the bigger and more persistent that negative chemistry, the more your immune system — and your body’s repair mechanisms — are impeded. This results in an increased tendency for disease and other ailments to take root in our bodies. It’s like playing a sport with an ever-weakening defense. The opposition can eventually score at will.

We are aware of some of the surface versions of this damage because they have immediate physical effects. We notice, for example, that a burst of anger causes immediate heart rate and blood pressure effects. Similarly, negative emotions such as anxiety and worry often show up instantly as abdominal distress, breathing difficulties, headaches or tightness in the throat and chest.

Regrettably, we are often unaware of even deeper damage until serious symptoms begin to appear. It often takes months or years — even decades — for that burden of negative chemistry to wear down our immune system and repair mechanisms and develop the more severe, longer duration symptoms that ultimately turn into (chronic) disease.

As stated before, this typically is where the medical profession administers drugs, radiation, surgery and other invasive techniques to, hopefully, arrest your symptoms. In the meantime, the underlying emotional causes go unattended and so, while the medical treatments may develop some apparent successes, the negative chemistry continues its crusade against your body.

Sadly, the emphasis on this important finding is much too low. This is understandable because, until now, doctors have not been given proper tools to truly neutralize the damaging effects of negative emotions. Their medical education is body oriented and “matters of the mind” are generally viewed as belonging to another field.

Enlisting the aid of The Unseen Therapist: Due to the fact that matters of the mind are not the focus of their training, they tend to refer to this problem as “stress” and recommend remedies like “change jobs” or “take a vacation” or “meditate.” Meditation is certainly a step in the right direction, but not enough in itself. That’s why we enlist the aid of The Unseen Therapist.

The same philosophy may be applied to psychiatrists and other doctors who are trained to look at “matters of the mind.” They also tend to treat the symptoms with drugs rather than target the cause. Again, The Unseen Therapist offers a chance for them to address the root of the problem.

Since 1995, many physicians and nurses have used my “True Cause = Negative Emotions” processes and have sent me many glowing reports. It is inevitable, I think, that the entire medical profession will eventually blend this true cause with the superb physical science they are collecting.

This will take time, of course. When this happens, the most obvious result is that our more progressive physicians will apply The Unseen Therapist before resorting to drugs, surgeries, radiation and other harsh remedies. This will be a major step forward for everyone as it will help maximize our healing possibilities while minimizing the sometimes disastrous side-effects of unnatural invasive techniques.”

Gary Craig, in “Optimal EFT: Free e-Book, The Unseen Therapist (One Ultimate Remedy For Everything)

To download a copy of this free e-Book, visit this link.

Posted in Self-healing | Tagged , | Comments Off on Passage from : Optimal EFT: Free e-Book, The Unseen Therapist (One Ultimate Remedy For Everything) by Gary Craig

Stuart Wilde on Democracy and Elections

“The democratic hoodwink offered to the electorate is a scam. People are not allowed to make real decisions. There are no proper choices. What kind of democracy is it when your choice is simply who among two or three political parties will feed off you and the country for the next two or four or six years? If there was a little box on the ballot form which allowed people to check “none of the above,” and that meant we could get rid of the hierarchy, then you could say we have democracy. However, the system has ensured that we can’t get rid of it by keeping all the power and the decision-making to itself. The electoral peocess—of which we are all so proud—is nothing more than the process by which we choose which part of the nation’s mostly male ego will impose itself upon us. We are voting for prison guards. We are not voting to open the gate…

Democracy is defined as government “by the people.” But we are coming to realize that we don’t have government “by the people,” we only have government by representatives that are part of a corruption we don’t relate to…The idea that a group of people that you’ve never met and who have one of your interests at heart should rule over you is ludicrous in this age…”

– Stuart Wilde, in “Whispering Winds of Change”

For more information about this book visit Amazon.

Posted in Excerpts from Inspirational Books | Comments Off on Stuart Wilde on Democracy and Elections

Too Much God Talk – Too Little Awareness

Recently I took the opportunity to listen again to an audio series called “Wake Up to Life” by the late Fr. Anthony DeMello. In doing so I was struck by the following statement he made: “The reality is there is too much God talk; the world is sick of it, and sick from it. There is too little awareness, too little love, too little happiness. That’s what the world is suffering from, not from a lack of religion.” When I took a moment to ponder on that observation I couldn’t help but agree with him.

Billions of people on this planet are absolutely certain they know who or what God is, and these “God-concepts”” are what primarily lead to all the religious strife and violence in the world. Some are so convinced of their concept they’ll even kill themselves for it, and kill others as well, all for a belief they learned from someone else but in the vast majority of instances never personally experienced. And, this has been going on for centuries. It’s really amazing when you stop and rationally think about it.

On the audio Fr. DeMello also includes this quote from St. Thomas Aquinas, one of the most revered of Christian saints: “About God, we cannot say what He is, but rather, what He is NOT.” In other words, the highest form of knowledge of God is to know God as the unknown. Or taking it a step further, the highest form of talking about God is to know that one does not know. According to DeMello, the fact is we are all surrounded by God, but we don’t see God because we all think we know about God, and the terrible thing about religions is they think they know as well.

Based on all the religious-based violence on this planet, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had a world where instead everybody just said, “We don’t know.”

Posted in God | Tagged | Comments Off on Too Much God Talk – Too Little Awareness

Stuart Wilde on Government and Propaganda

“So if you go into the street and tell people that their nation is evil and run by megalomaniacs whose main motivation is power and control, they won’t believe you. People may bitch a bit, but overall they will see their country and its institutions as holy and good, and they’ll ignore the fact that they are personally powerless. Once you infect the national mind and sustain the drip year to year, people gradually become so polluted by propaganda they cannot resist. Eventually they come to believe the reality that has been selected for them. This reality and the government’s manipulation of the people is seen as inevitable and part of maintaining stability…

Manufacturing crisis is an integral part of the controlling mechanism. It allows the status quo to claim that they know best. They can act unilaterally and grant themselves special powers and emergency regulations to deal with the manufactured crises and everyone consents, happy to transfer responsibility to the authorities. Eventually, with enough propaganda, reality shifts to reflect the negative waves that they want us to believe are true. You might have difficulty seeing how it’s done if you have never looked at the process in depth.

The central psychology used is to establish obligation and guilt. People are made to feel obligated, and they are told to sacrifice themselves for the common good – which sounds lovely – except the fruit of their sacrifice is not used for the common good, it’s used to sustain the common bad. And because our people are disempowered, they have no power to act or to fix problems themselves. It follows they must empower others to do so. If they don’t agree to empower others, then they are made to feel guilty.

The sub-message dripped relentlessly into our minds is that we have no power to control our own destinies. The substrata of that lie is that we are victims of chance, and so are powerless to remain safe and secure without the good grace and guarantee of our authorities. It’s the divine right of kings wrapped up in a modern psychological ploy, so well hidden and so subliminally offered that that almost nobody sees it. In a world where people’s egos have been pumped and dumped, offering them guarantees, protection, and safety is like heroin. Offering them importance is like cocaine – it stimulates them. Isolating them is like Valium – it makes them docile. When people are psychologically disempowered and mentally drugged with propaganda, they gradually give up responsibility for themselves and often become drugged physically.

You can dramatically reduce the power of the status quo over your life and abandon the seriousness, fear, and gravity that may have polluted your thinking by turning off the mass media.

Stuart Wilde, in “Whispering Winds of Change”

For more information about this book visit Amazon.

Posted in Excerpts from Inspirational Books | Tagged , | Comments Off on Stuart Wilde on Government and Propaganda