7 Powerful Words of Wisdom
“I changed my mind.”
These are four of the most powerful words in the English language. They can prevent you from being manipulated into an undesirable outcome and launch you on the road to personal and spiritual growth. Depriving yourself of the freedom to change your mind will lock you into a rigid mindset that can hamper your successes and your development.
Early in life you may have been led to believe it’s not good to change your mind. There are numerous words with negative connotations associated with those who do change their minds: fickle, indecisive, hesitant, unsure, wavering, erratic or wishy-washy. You’d much prefer to be known as steadfast, decisive, confident and sure.
Skilled manipulators use this near-universal conditioning Continue reading 7 Powerful Words of Wisdom
Mysticism, Dogma and Truth
A question I’m often asked is, “Is mysticism a religion?”
Mysticism is a spiritual discipline aiming at direct communion with God or the ultimate truth. It is not a religion and, in fact, all religions have mystics. There are Christian mystics, Jewish mystics (Kabbalists), Islamic mystics (Sufis), Buddhist and Hindu mystics. Where all the tenets of these religions intersect is Continue reading Mysticism, Dogma and Truth
The Master Within
Some years ago, I had the opportunity to meet a long term mystic. During a lecture he was presenting on a mystic’s role in society, he uttered the words “inner warrior,” while looking directly at me. I had never met him and wondered if he knew I was the author of Mystic Warrior. His lecture was fascinating and I couldn’t wait for a chance to speak to him without distraction.
In accord with the universal law of attraction, my intense desire precipitated our meeting quickly. Less than an hour later, at the hotel lunch buffet, he was walking towards my table carrying a plate of food. I jumped up and invited him to join us, which he accepted.
I asked him whether he knew I had written Mystic Warrior. Calmly, he smiled and answered that he didn’t. He explained that when he lectures, Continue reading The Master Within
Why would you want to be enlightened?
When I first put up my website, a marketing guru asked me a question that left me speechless.
I had retained Bob to review the copy on my website from a sales perspective. He asked about reader reactions. As we talked, I told him how some readers felt compelled, while in the midst of reading Mystic Warrior, to put it down and meditate. In several cases, they described tingling sensations on the crown of their head and of receiving “downloads of energy and information.” I told Bob they were “attuning with God” and how this is a step towards enlightenment.
That’s when he asked me the question that left me speechless.
He asked, “Why would you want to be enlightened?” Continue reading Why would you want to be enlightened?
A Lesson Inspired by the Tour de France
The Tour de France – the word’s most prestigious bicycling race – is being held this month. It brings back memories of my days of racing bicycles when I was younger. Besides the miles and hours I spent training, I used to read everything I could from top coaches and cyclists about how I could become the best rider I could be.
One article contained a bit of advice that I especially treasured. It was an interview of Mike Walden, a legendary coach who trained many national champions and Olympians. Something he said conveyed a universal truth, which I appreciate even more today for its profound wisdom… Continue reading A Lesson Inspired by the Tour de France
Creativity and Inspiration
Creativity for the mystic has special meaning. In the world of the mystic all is one. This means that there’s only one Creator. Your job as an artist, painter or writer is simply to attune with this One source of all creation, listen and report on what you’re told. This is the essence of divine inspiration. It’s similar to the advice I was given as a young businessman when my boss and I were on our way to an important meeting. He turned to me and said, “Keep your mouth shut and listen good.”
As an author, I am most familiar with the art of writing. Many people are fearful that they don’t know how to write or that they’re not qualified. Since everyone is tapping into the same source, it doesn’t matter. All you have to do is, Continue reading Creativity and Inspiration
Remote Viewing & Predicting the Future
Some time ago, a friend of mine forwarded me an invitation to an upcoming remote viewing conference in England. In the invitation, the instructor described how Associative Remote Viewing (ARV) could be used to predict the future. The example he gave was to suppose you wanted to know who would win a football game the next day. Rather than ask a remote viewer who will win the game, Continue reading Remote Viewing & Predicting the Future
Movies and Spiritual Growth
Recently, I went to an entertainment industry event filled with people interested in spiritual growth. A large portion of the audience was lamenting the fact that “no one is making movies that are spiritual.” All the popular movies had “bad guys” in them doing “rotten” things. In my view, overcoming conflict is the essence of spirituality. Conflict can be transformational!
Now, this is not to defend all the low-grade movies that come out every year – sequels with no originality, movies with implausible plots, special effect spectacles with no story, and vapid horror films featuring beautiful young women searching for demons in their underwear.
There are plenty of reasons to complain about these movies – but not because Continue reading Movies and Spiritual Growth
Some time ago, I received an email from a reader stating, “I have evolved past the spiritual understanding of author.”
I chuckled at the reader’s bluntness. He didn’t mince words; clearly, he felt that he had developed capabilities that were not only greater than those of “author” but beyond the “understanding of author.”
Whether or not this is true is beside the point. No doubt there are readers with abilities that are greater than mine, and these may be beyond my understanding. The issue is not Continue reading Spiritual Arrogance
The Surrender of the Ego
Almost everyone knows someone who professes to “know everything.” These people are never wrong, seldom accept advice and once they stake out a position, they will do anything to defend it. At best, they are perfectionists. At worst, they can become delusional as they fight to avoid being wrong by reinterpreting events that would otherwise cast them in a negative light.
Most people with large egos are reasonably successful. Their followers stroke their egos, which makes them difficult to deal with. When trouble surfaces, Continue reading The Surrender of the Ego