My life-Long Goal of Writing a Book: It is Now a Reality!
I’ve been reading a great deal lately. Since I moved from my townhouse and into my apartment, I have become much more introspective. I unpacked many of the books that I had in boxes, and I realized how “out of touch” I have been with many of the spiritual and personal development ideas and techniques I had learned in the past. So, I have been reading new books as well as re-reading books which have inspired me and from which I have learned authentically powerful and transformative concepts. I have been particularly influenced by several authors whose works include perceptual frameworks surrounding human potential, the collective consciousness, the power of the Universe, and existentialism. When I recently went to LA this August, I attended a live seminar on overcoming depression by Marianne Williamson. She has written several books on spiritual issues and is considered one of the foremost voices on New Age Spirituality and the interpretation of A Course in Miracles. Her first book, Return to Love, is considered an “anthem” for spiritual seekers and quickly became a huge best-seller in the 90’s. I thoroughly enjoyed her seminar, and began reading her latest book Tears to Triumph on recovering from depression through spiritual rather than pharmaceutical methods. Her writing and ideas are highly inspirational, and I have been tuning into her Livestreams from NYC every Wednesday. Much of what she says is very pertinent to me right now so I am enjoying re-learning and learning new principles.
I’ve also been reading “Conversations with God” by Neale Donald Walsch, and I can tell you that it is really a fascinating book. I also watched the movie. Neale wrote “Conversations with God” in the early 90’s and he claims that God began speaking directly to him at one of the most adverse times in his life. He was disabled from a horrible car accident, had lost his job and became homeless, and tried desperately to return to work but with no luck. It seems he just kept being beaten down. Then, out of nowhere, he began hearing God’s voice and so, “Conversations with God” began. Surprisingly, this book makes a great deal of sense and it really resonates with me. When it was first published, I scoffed at the idea that God could have an on-going conversation with someone. I figured it was some writer’s “gimmick” to sell books. Well, I am happy to report (after all of these years) that my perception of this author has completely changed. The book is highly inspirational and makes a great deal of sense. And its influence is huge within the New Age/Spirituality movement. So, I am enjoying and actually enthralled by this book and the lessons that I am learning and re-learning. The most exciting idea that I am learning right now is that life is all about creating. We were brought here to create and to reach self-actualization. As we learn and co-create with God, we become closer to Him. We “remember” who we are and become more “God-like” as we co-create. Similar to the central theme of A Course in Miracles, Conversations with God emphasizes that we remember our divine nature by recognizing that we are spiritual beings having a physical experience. God has created us out of absolute, pure love, but with a sincere desire to experience this absolute divinity in physical, “experiential” form. By experiencing this realm in the physical sense, we are different from God, but not separate. The Holy Spirit connects our physical and spiritual selves with God. While these are not new ideas, they are very powerful – and these concepts help us to realize our main purpose on earth: to love, create, forgive and to express compassion. The most important thing that Conversations with God expresses is the idea that we are self-actualizing each and every day we are on this planet. God provided us with the power of free will, which gives us the opportunity to create within this dense plane of existence something that God, even within his absolute greatness, could not experience before he created us. Before he created us there was the essence of pure and absolute love, but God could not “experience” dualities: thus, he created us out of his pure love but with free will. Now, whether or not God actually spoke to Walsch is uncertain. It’s possible that Walsch was hearing his own inner guidance and intuition. But I do believe that his message is of a spiritual nature and his messages, whether they are directly from God or not, are highly inspirational. Walsch as well as A Course in Miracles remind us that fear is the opposite of love and it is an illusion meant to distract us from his Love which is all empowering and all-encompassing.
So all of this is very inspiring and it adds to the knowledge and beliefs that I had learned during several years of research into spiritual principles taught and espoused by Shakti Gawain, Wayne Dyer, Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra and several others. I was specifically influenced by Shakti’s Creative Visualization”and Living in the Light along with Deepak Chopra’s books on Spiritual Laws of Success. Wayne Dyer’s Power of Intention and Manifest Your Destiny were very instrumental as well in helping me to reshape my ideas and recognize destructive thought patterns that were not helping me achieve growth and self actualization. These principles helped me realize that I am in control of my destiny and that I do not have to be bound by useless dogmas which no longer serve my soul’s path and evolution. We are, in fact, very much in control of our destiny if we listen to our higher selves and stay attuned to our divine nature.
Ideally I would like to utilize this blog to discuss current topics and events and how spiritual principles can help guide individuals to make the right choices. For the longest time, I have wanted to put my thoughts together and to write a book that will help those who have experienced similar circumstances and challenges. I hope this blog will be the beginning of that endeavor in that I finally have a platform to express my ideas in a published format. Hopefully, with persistence, I will outline the basic contents of my exploration of a number of topical areas and it will help to form the basis for a book on many issues that we face in today’s world. I am particularly concerned about the racial tensions that have occurred in many parts of the U.S., particularly in the South. I truly hope that the nation can heal from the racial tensions that have occurred due to shootings between civilians and law enforcement. I believe these perpetual tragic events indicate the nation has not healed on a collective level and individuals may be acting out their fears based on ancestral imprints from the collective unconscious that have not been appropriately addressed and spiritually cleared. This “theory” of mine is based partly on spiritual principles but also on Carl Jung’s theory of the Collective Unconscious. The Collective Unconscious involves archetypes and prototypes that we innately know simply by being born into a species. We may not be aware that we are acting out our fears based on these primordial ideas, archetypes and prototypes. Most spiritual cleansing involves examining not only our own personal conscious and unconscious beliefs but also universal, national and ancestral imprints (archetypes and prototypes that have been handed down from generation to generation.) My greatest hope is that we can return to Love and Peace by recognizing these destructive, primordial patterns will not work for us in the modern world, especially for those of us who want to create a livable and peaceful present and future, and ideally a “heaven on earth.” I know that the idea of a “heaven on earth” is so unrealistic, but it really is what God wants for us. So many people say “How can God create so much destruction?” The answer is that it is not God who is creating this mess, people are! If we don’t collectively pray and envision personal and planetary transformation, our future is very much at risk. It should be our calling to reexamine and re-think what we are currently doing in our everyday lives to manifest peaceful transformation by removing blocks to compassion, love, forgiveness and unity. But this is a topic that I could go on for pages and pages…..and it’s getting late…or early, if you will! So, that’s it for now. I would love to hear from others on this topic and similar ideas. So feel free to post on this site or to send me a private message at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The affirmation that I would like to share is that we should all return to a loving, peaceful place wherever we are in our lives. Love is all there is. It’s the most important thing. And it’s the easiest to forget. My hope is that everyone can live to the fullest and live out their potential and dreams, without limitations and with boundless energy and enthusiasm.
With my sincerest love to all,