Sunday, April 2, 2017

It Whispers in Silence

Venice Beach

We are very familiar with the every day part of ourselves.  The part that has gender, religion, likes and dislikes, friends, family, beliefs and so on.  We are less familiar with the part of ourselves which sends a message to our gut that we should take one course of action over another.

This part of ourselves has unlimited information about ourselves and the world, and the knowledge which can lead us to our highest fulfillment.  If this "higher" part of ourselves is sending us information occasionally, is there a way for us to access this information so that we will make better decisions?  In other words, if the communication flows one way, why can't the communication flow the other way as well?  It can.

It whispers in silence.  The more still and silent we are, the more we can hear it, the more information we can receive.  We don't have enough information to know how the communication will come or what it will contain.  So it is important to not have expectations or judgments about the information.  It might be a dream.  Or a feeling.  We just have to be open.

How can we tell the difference between intuition, instinct, and impulse, such as our urge to have a cigarette if we are trying to quit smoking?  When we follow the guidance from our greater selves, we will feel peaceful about the decision.  If we feel anxiety or physical distress, we are not following our intuition.

Since guidance will be heard more clearly in silence, how do we become silent?  The best way that I know is through a consistent practice of meditation.   When the mind is quieted through meditation, there is space for the information to come through.

Let's listen to the whispers in our silence.

Sunday, February 19, 2017


Sand Bar, Bay of Islands, New Zealand

There is nothing that anyone can say to prove the existence of an Intelligent Energy Source.  There are no words that can adequately describe it.  The word "God" has been so laden with religious dogma through the centuries, that it has been rendered practically useless. If it cannot be proven and it cannot be described, why would we believe it exists?

We can know the truth of its existence through experience.

Many of us have experienced spontaneous moments of grace and elation.  Out of nowhere, we feel spiritually connected and euphoric.  We are in an altered state of Bliss.  These feelings do not last, try as we might.

Is there a way to induce these experiences?  

We can bring this state of connectedness into our present moment by choosing being over thinking. When we choose being over thinking, we experience the peace, love, joy and freedom that is our natural state. Do I believe that the Dalai Lama is the reincarnation of the Bodhisattva?  I have no idea.  Do I believe that he has achieved a state of grace, peace and love through practice and discipline? Absolutely.

Is faith required in order to experience the Divine?  I believe it can be helpful.  When we are in a state of stress, we can remember that, in the past, we have experienced the euphoria of being present. This remembering is faith.  When we are lost, we remember when we were connected, and have faith that we can be there again.  With this faith, or remembering, we can take steps to reconnect with Source.

Every moment is a choice: Being or thinking.  If we stay vigilant in presence, we can sustain our connection with the Divine for as long as we are able.

Let's have faith and surrender to Presence.

Sunday, February 12, 2017



It is very stressful not knowing whether Trump is going to start a war or infringe on our freedoms which we take for granted.  It is hard to relax when we know that the company we work for is downsizing and we have no idea whether or not we will be laid off.  How can we be at peace when we are waiting for the result of a biopsy?

The only certainty is uncertainty.  We may think we have everything wired and under control, but we really cannot be certain that we will be alive even tomorrow.  We must become comfortable with uncertainty.  Since we have no actual control, we might as well give up trying to control everything.

We must have faith that when we give up control, we will not be lost.  We will not be led astray.  In fact, when we give up control, we are in partnership with an energy source which is beyond description and comprehension.

If we surrender to Uncertainty, we will be led with peace, love and joy to our highest fulfillment.

Let's be comfortable with uncertainty and surrender to the Great Unknown.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Stop Making Decisions

Pierre at the Tapeka Pools

Wouldn't it be incredibly relaxing if we never had to make another decision?

What if every decision was made for us and was the perfect decision for everyone involved?  I am not speaking about taking direction from a parent, teacher or autocrat.  What if we could ask advice from our own future self?  What if we could ask advice from another version of ourselves who, not only knows the future, but knows what everyone that we know is thinking and doing?  Would we follow their advice?  Of course we would.  This is what happens when we surrender our will to Universal Energy.

When we have to make a decision, we can make a list of the pros and cons associated with either decision.  We can ask the advice of experts and trusted friends.  We can do research and explore every possible angle.  In the end we do not have enough information to know which decision will lead to a positive outcome.  It does not do us much good if we win the lottery and are hit by a bus on our way to claim the prize.

By surrendering our will to that of Universal Energy, we will always be led to the best decision for everyone concerned.

How can we tell the difference between intuition and unconscious impulses?  Following our intuition will always make us feel peaceful and open.  When we follow our impulses, we often feel uneasy and our bodies feel constricted.  When we relax our minds and are in presence, we are in harmony with our true nature.  Decisions flow naturally without effort.

Let's surrender to the flow of life.