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.”

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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”

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Respecting the Power of Our Spoken Word

Within “Spirituality Simplified” I included this passage because I felt it was a very important admonition:

“DO NOT SPEAK WHAT YOU DON’T WANT, because it is done when you speak it, every idle word. The laws of the universe do not sift through whether you mean what you say or intend it to happen. The creative process only puts it in motion.”
Diandra, in “A New Day Is Dawning

Now ponder on that for a moment…what it speaks to is that our words have POWER, much, much more than we realize. The concept of the “word made flesh” in biblical terms is related here as well.

SO, how often do you hear people speak about what they “don’t want” on a daily basis? The truth is, we are all guilty of it every single time we tell a “story” about something negative we are going through, or have been through, or speak in an anxious way about the future. Yes, every time we speak it we are building more and more energy around it and reinforcing it into our lives.

Some might say that we need to share feelings as opposed to stuffing them down. I get that, and, if one must “get it off their chest,” so to speak, how about this – do it ONE time with someone you trust who can hold the space of compassion, and who also can forget they ever heard it. This as opposed to people broadcasting it all over Facebook and other social media sites and then having tens (or hundreds or thousands) of people adding even more energy to what they DON’T want!

I just see so much of this behavior online that I felt inspired to share this information here on this blog. If you benefit from it, great, you did it; if you’re annoyed by it, you did that too.

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Getting Back On Track – Using Megapotency Homeopathy (by Jill Turland)

As indicated in many posts on this blog, I have an avid interest in alternative healing modalities that keeps me reading and learning as much as I can. Over the past 20 years, I’ve used some homeopathic remedies at the suggestion of alternative healers, and in several instances found obvious benefit from their use. However, I never really understood the actual foundation of homeopathy and how/why it works. This book answered all of my questions and gave me the kind of deep knowledge about the subject that I was hoping to find. The information about using megapotency homeopathy is simply fascinating, and the detailed content provided about the ten critical remedies is both valuable and practical.

I also very much resonated with the author’s views on the failure of the mainstream medical system to actually “heal” conditions as opposed to just managing them. I likewise felt completely aligned with the social commentary she shared, and really appreciated her authentic, no-nonsense approach to sharing it. Jill Turland pulls no punches in her analysis, which is refreshing in today’s world that prefers so-called “political correctness.” Bottom line, I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in using homeopathy for the actual “healing” of conditions as opposed to just “managing”” them with conventional medicine.

Here’s one of my favorite passages from this wonderful book:

“Man’s inhumanity to man reaches its peak in today’s medical methods. There is hardly a procedure used in orthodox medicine that does not involve force, manipulation, aggression or violence, and the same can be said for pharmaceutical drugs. The whole mindset seems to be ‘If it can’t harm you, how can it help you?’ or even worse, ‘f it can’t kill you, how can it help you?’ And the killer mentality is accepted as normal.

Drugs are manufactured with the intention of forcing the body to produce more or less of hormone, enzymes or amino acids; or of replacing those with synthetic chemical hormones that encourage the body to shut down on its own natural production of them; and of forcing chemical reactions to take place that are not the choice of the innate cellular intelligence and therefore not in line with healing. Despite the fact that the body is the grandest problem-solver there is, quietly and perpetually overcoming billions of obstacles without our conscious instruction, doctors don’t trust it. They turn to chemical drugs. Confusion and congestion result, the body’s elimination channels become clogged up with chemicals it has no programming for neutralising or cleaning out. It is a dangerous practice requiring critical doses that make scant allowance for variations in human tolerance and carry high risk factors, even when considered ‘safe’ enough to be prescribed over the counter, in pharmacies and supermarkets.

It is no wonder that some doctors suffer guilt. How terrible it must be, to work in a practice where you know, at the end of the day, that you have not made one prescription that offers real healing; not one person has been given gentle, non-invasive treatment chose to co-operate with the body’s intentions and stimulate the person’s natural self-healing capabilities.”

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The Start of Direct to Consumer Ads by Big Pharma – One of the Darkest Days in History

There’s a term I’ve heard in my life, “darkest day in history.” Well, given all of the horrible things that our species has done on and to this planet I think it would be challenging to identify a single day. One could identify such a list by category and even then it would be hard to pick one day as well within each category. With that said, in the category of “advertising” in all forms of media, particularly television, I nominate the day that the U.S. Congress voted to allow direct to consumer advertising by pharmaceutical companies. I can only imagine how much the pharma industry lobbyists paid to make that happen back in the 1990s. While I’m not a big TV watcher, I do turn it on late in the evening and each night the sheer number of pharma ads is staggering.

What is very sad in my view is that the constant repetition of information about illnesses or the potential for contracting them serves to “program” people to expect that illness is inevitable. But that’s simply not true, as that is just a “belief” that is shared by people, not some absolute truth. The mind is a very powerful thing, and whatever it accepts as “true” IS true. For this reason it is critical for people to discipline their minds to ignore negative information, especially when disguised behind some warm fuzzy ad. In my case whenever I see these pharma ads appear I immediately mute the TV and pay no mind to the man behind the curtain pushing the buttons of fear. Just because the marketplace is always trying to sell something doesn’t oblige us to listen to the pitch, and this is particularly true for ads that actually are designed to dis-empower us.

Bye for now.

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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 more than 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.

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Healing/medical information changes regularly. As such, the information on this website or through the related links provided on this site must not be deemed to be current, complete or exhaustive, nor should you rely on such information to suggest a treatment course for you or any other person. Reliance on any information provided on this website or any linked websites is solely at your own risk.

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Being Grateful and Remembering that Life Goes by in a Flash of Light

As 2017 begins we all hear the usual talk of New Year’s Resolutions, the desire to make improvements in one’s life, all of which is perfectly fine of course. If you are genuinely unhappy with a certain aspect (or aspects) of your life, then by all means it’s appropriate to take steps to make changes that would lead to more satisfying results. With that said, there is a hazard to being so focused on achieving something down the road that we fail to live our lives as fully we can within the context of the only time that really matters – NOW. And, the more we remain centered on getting someplace the greater the likelihood that we fail to truly appreciate all the good things we already have in our lives.

Yes, we’ve all heard it, “be grateful,” but how many of us actually take the time to acknowledge all of our blessings on a daily basis? The answer is probably not very many. What makes it even more challenging is a media (news & advertising both) that constantly focuses on “what’s missing” in life, selling the future all the time to keep the wheels of economic growth rolling forward. From my own life experience I can attest to spending way too much time thinking that getting someplace else was the key to happiness as opposed to finding the happiness within any given moment.

Alas, I literally spent decades in that mindset and missed out on so much of life. Now at the ripe old age of 60 I can relate even more directly to what Pink Floyd meant when they wrote this line in their hit song “Time”:

“And then one day you’ll find 10 years have got behind you.”

Yes, indeed, if one lives life always looking forward I can speak from personal experience that an entire decade (or more) can just fly by without you even being aware of it, and in the process much of day to day life winds up being squandered.

For anyone reading this post who may be in their 20s, 30s and even 40s, it’s possible that you might consider that the age of 60 is “old,” and it’s likely that you may not even be able to relate to being such a lofty age. I certainly felt that way when living in those age groups, but I can assure you of this, if you are fortunate enough to make it to that age you will realize firsthand that while your body has aged the same basic essence that was “you” at 20, 30, and 40 remains the same. Sure, you would have evolved as a person and hopefully changed for the better, but all those versions of you still exist within the context of your mind. And you will likely find yourself wondering someday, “Where in the heck did all that time go?”

For this reason, it’s so important each day to have a healthy respect for life itself and not sleepwalk through it, looking forward to some future event or circumstances to finally bring the happiness that always seems to be just around the corner. Life is NOW, period. So live it fully, graciously accept the good and the bad each day and make your best effort to remind yourself to remain conscious moment-to-moment of what you are doing and thinking throughout the day. In everything you do give all of your focus to what is happening in that moment, like savoring every sip of your favorite beverage and every bite of the foods you love. Do your very best not to get distracted by things that “in the great design of life are so pitifully small” as the musical artist Todd Rundgren once wrote.

In closing, consider this thought-provoking passage from the late Fr. Anthony DeMello’s book Awareness:

“Visit a graveyard. It’s an enormously purifying and beautiful experience. You look at this name and you say, “Gee, he lived so many years ago, two centuries ago; he must have had all the problems that I have, must have had lots of sleepless nights.” How crazy, we live for such a short time. An Italian poet said, “We live in a flash of light; evening comes, and it’s night forever.” It’s only a flash and we waste it. We waste it with our anxiety, our worries, our concerns, our burdens.”

Bye for now.

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So Why Does God “Need” to be Worshiped Anyway?

In the second chapter of Spirituality Simplified I made an attempt to weigh in with a potential answer to a question that has captivated mankind since the beginning of time, namely, just “Who or What is God?” Reflecting on that content it occurred to me that if I was writing that chapter today I also would address the subject of the so-called religious requirement to “worship” God. In this regard, consider this passage from Neale Donald Walsch’s book “The New Revelations” [emphasis mine]:

“Most of you spend much of your adult lives searching for the “right way” to worship God, to obey God, to serve God. The irony of all this is that I do not want your worship, I do not need your obedience, and it is not necessary to serve me.  These behaviors are the behaviors historically demanded of their subjects by monarchs – egomaniacal, insecure, tyrannical monarchs at that. They are not Godly demands in any sense, and it seems remarkable that the world hasn’t by now concluded that the demands are counterfeit, having nothing to do with the needs of Deity. Deity has no needs. All That Is is exactly that: all that is. It therefore wants, or lacks, nothing – by definition. If you choose to believe in a God who somehow needs something – and has such hurt feelings if He doesn’t get it that He punishes those from whom He expected to receive it – then you choose to believe in a God much smaller than I. You truly are Children of a Lesser God.”

Walsch clearly makes great sense here, for why indeed would the force that literally created everything in the Universe need to be worshiped by humans, or any other of its creations for that matter? Think about it, this pervasive, expansive force, whatever it may indeed be, cannot by definition have any requirement for such veneration. For centuries people have based this entire need to be worshiped on texts that were written during a time when mankind was in a very primitive stage, when natural phenomena weren’t understood, and when the authors of those texts projected manlike qualities on to Deity.

So, what if instead of worshiping God each of us just “loved” this amazing force that created us with all of our heart, and remembered each day to express our gratitude for the exceptional gift of life itself? How about that?

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Ask yourself, “How will I or anyone else benefit from my sharing this?”

Ever since the late 1980s when I initially began to walk a path of spiritual growth, I’ve made best efforts to spend at least a few minutes in “quiet time” each week. It’s not something I always accomplish, as like virtually everyone else in our busy western world there are many things that pull me in other directions. With that said, over the years I’ve received some very interesting insights at times, and occasionally something particularly insightful pops into my head.

In this regard, recently I was sitting outside in the yard and asked this question out loud, “So, what is it you want me to know today Spirit?” Quite quickly the following information came flowing into my mind:

“From this point forward in your life, before you speak a word to anyone, either in person, on the telephone, or through any form of written communication, train yourself to ask this question internally: “How will I or anyone else involved actually benefit from what I am about to say or put into writing?” And, if you cannot immediately identify such a benefit, then do NOT say it or write it. By implementing this practice you will bit by bit increase your vibration and over time begin to attract more positive things into your life.”

In some sense this may not appear to be a “profound” insight, as it’s almost something commonsensical, if you will. And yet, when I began to be more conscious in this manner, I found that on numerous occasions throughout any given day an idea would pop into my mind to say (or write) something that clearly wouldn’t in any way benefit me or anyone else! While this does take some self-discipline to put into practice, my experience in working with this insight has taught me that it’s well worth the effort. In just a few weeks I’ve gotten a bit regimented in applying this practice, and I must say that it has stopped me from saying and writing many things that in the past I would have just shared without even thinking about it (including posts on social media!).

So, if you’re up for advancing your spiritual growth and increasing your vibration, try asking yourself this question before you say or write anything: “How will I or anyone else benefit from my sharing this information?”

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An Easy Way to Become Happier & Healthier – Unplug from the Mainstream Media

It’s likely that the majority of people in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world continue to use the mainstream media as their primary source of information and entertainment. Unfortunately, just a bit of “conscious” television watching or listening to AM/FM radio makes it patently obvious that these mediums are filled with advertisements and other content that is either rooted in fear, or designed to incite anger and to increase feelings of separation from others with differing perspectives.

You may not be surprised at all to hear this, and yet, have you ever taken the time to actually track the number of negative messages aired during just an hour of tuning into a mainstream media outlet? Although I won’t go into the minutia here, suffice to say that in my recent experience of carefully observing both broadcast and satellite TV channels while practicing guitar late in the evening, I can say without reservation that negative appeals dominate the viewing landscape these days. It’s gotten to the point now where I mute all commercials and also avoid any news shows or talk shows, including those related to news. The fear spread throughout those shows is pervasive, and anger is stoked by content related to politics since so many people “identify” with a political position. Also included in the negative shows are the so-called reality TV programs, as most of them feature a whole lot of darkness (e.g., harsh judgment of anyone different, demonstrations of anger, etc.)

As the author of a spiritual growth book, and as a person who has read numerous books in that category, I’ve learned that there are really only two core emotions – love and fear (with anger actually being a derivative of fear). Love related thoughts and feelings lead to higher vibrations associated with “the Light,” while those grounded in fear operate at low vibrational levels associated with the so-called “dark side.”

With that background in mind, everyone (and particularly those on a spiritual path) should be concerned about vibrating at higher frequency levels because such levels translate directly into healthier, more vibrant physical bodies. The challenge each moment of our lives is to become more conscious of what we are choosing to give our energy to, for it obviously has a direct effect on our vibration, and in turn, on our health and well-being.

Given the obviously negative orientation of the mainstream media, one very simple thing we all can do is to literally “unplug” from it (as well as from any other media that promotes fear and anger) by simply choosing not to give it any energy at all. As the old Nike slogan goes, “Just Do It,” and you’ll find that your life will steadily improve. Now some might say, “Well, I need to be informed of current events,” or “I don’t want to stop watching the television shows I love because they help to distract me from the stresses of my life.” My response to these retorts is:

With respect to staying on top of the news, in general the truth is much of what you hear in terms of current events is nothing that will have a direct impact on your life one way or another. Other than the weather forecast in your area, what local or national news story is something you simply must hear about? When you consider that the vast majority of news stories and talk shows are negative in nature, what possible purpose is there in lowering your vibration (and resultant well-being) just to learn about information that doesn’t actually affect you anyway? I’m not suggesting you put your head in the sand, or not be concerned about others. No, what I’m saying is that you need to become really selfish about what you allow to impact your energy field/body, and that means consciously choosing where to place your attention in any given moment. If you feel you must watch at least some of this programming, then at minimum do yourself a favor and learn to stay emotionally unaffected by the negativity. This is not callousness; rather, it’s learning to view the information from a detached perspective so that you’re not lowering your vibration and harming your body.

As for the difficulty in leaving behind regular television shows, whether they are network serials or reality TV series, I understand the difficulty in doing that because it’s easy to get caught up in the story lines. However, losing yourself in the stories of others, and particularly the very sad or dark ones, only serves to temporarily distract you from the challenges of your own life. In the case of network dramas, it’s fine to follow along with the story lines that interest you, but as indicated above, do your best to leave any emotional response out of the equation. As for the reality TV shows, some might appear to be innocuous, but usually they have either overt or hidden aspects that can readily trigger negative emotions within you. If you feel compelled to watch shows of this nature, once again it’s important to stay as detached as possible while watching them; in effect, to become an observer of them as opposed to being an active emotional participant.

To close this article there’s a very appropriate analogy I once heard that ties into this discussion quite well. Consider the dark side in our world as being like the Monster World in the kid’s movie “Monsters, Inc.” That world was only able to keep operating by collecting the energy from fearful screams uttered by little kids terribly frightened by a monster that emerged from their bedroom closets at night. Similarly, the dark side that operates behind the scenes in our world literally thrives whenever we are either afraid or angry. So, why keep feeding it when it only serves to lower your personal vibration as well as that of the entire world? Instead, make an effort starting today to at least begin to disconnect from the negativity in the mainstream media (including the Internet), and in due course you’ll begin to find yourself feeling better physically, mentally, and emotionally.

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