April 25, 2017 8:10 AM
Something I wrote this morning for a new book (not Love and Enlightenment)… … Read more…
In a coffee shop, I ponder. On my laptop, the outline of Love and Enlightenment. The Introduction needs to capture the reader’s attention. It needs to show why the reader should open this book and continue. It needs to show the benefits.
“Love is all around you,” I want to tell them. Yet from where I sit in this empty shop, I can’t see anyone. Only man-made objects. … Read more…
Attached is related to the past. Connected is related to the present.
Attached weighs you down. Connected lifts you up.
Attached contracts you. Connected expands you.
Through attachment, we cling in fear of loss. Through connection, we open through our natural love.
We use connection in both The Serenity Technique and Mystical Oneness to help us unite our inner being with the exterior world. We connect through love in The Serenity Technique, while we connect through imbuing in the Witness practices of Mystical Oneness. Both lead to a more intimate experience of life.
Less you, more love.
Less attachment, more connection.
I like to think of Mystical Oneness as a shortcut to enlightenment. By defining “enlightenment”—by having a clear, straightforward definition—it makes it that much easier to zero-in and target practices specifically for it. Sort of the 80/20 rule for spiritual awakening.
Here’s an excerpt from a lead-in to the Living In Mystical Oneness series I’m working on. In it I’m attempting to explain how the traditional experience of enlightenment isn’t that different from my somewhat controversial definition of it. … Read more…
As the movie finished, I clicked over to Amazon to see if anyone had reviewed The Serenity Technique. C. Larson had. And it was so beautiful, so insightful. Where Amazon asked Was this helpful? I clicked Yes and wished I could do more.
Filled with that odd glow of feeling appreciated, I went to sleep and fell into that vast, formless state—the place of Love and Awareness but no Time.
I awoke filled with insights and dumped them into the voice recorder on my phone. So many things—so many ideas to share—yet I (feel, know, sense) that I’m running out of time. The pressure, the desire, the futility. It’s disheartening.
With that residual feeling of dread, I pulled up The Serenity Technique on Amazon again.
No new reviews.
I felt the Contraction—the disappointment, the doubts, the pain.
And as I lay there in bed, in the Contraction, I applied The Serenity Technique and I saw the message slam down the pneumatic tube next to me:
WE HATE YOUR WORK WAYNE! YOU’RE A LOSER! GIVE IT UP! NO ONE CARES!
And I gave the message its due and I let it sit there in all its anger and hostility and I moved it to the OUTGOING tube and pressed the button and watched it vanish down through the imaginary office floor in my imaginary mental world.
Why does that hurt? I asked myself. Why do I care? And I felt the love for myself, for my message, for my being and reveled once again how long it’s taken me to love me/myself (whatever that is) and I felt that same glow that I felt when I went to bed last night.
And, feeling that loving glow, I looked out through the side window at the beauty: the lake softly glowing with the pre-dawn sky; the water still and glassy. The bed was warm and comfortable—made all the better by the cool morning air and I expanded into it all—through the glowing Love I felt within and for myself. And I felt the Love out-there-in-here all wondrously connected and I thanked—gratefully thanked—all the readers who’ve NEVER reviewed or shared my work over the years for helping me into this beautiful place this peaceful and radiant morning.
And feeling that loving, connected glow, I climbed out of bed and typed this post.
I’m so happy.
I awoke to snow. A few moments (seconds, minutes, hours?) earlier I was in, what is often called in Sanskrit, nirvikalpa samadhi—formless awareness.
This happens about once a week now but last night’s was the most… clear. I am aware, but not of any thing. A radiant, outward flowing awareness with no destination or intention. No other. No me even.
But, upon awakening I was struck by how almost all accounts of this “state” (quotes because it lies below all experience), seem to miss a key point: Love. … Read more…
My newest book, The Serenity Technique is free for the next three days: April 2 – April 4, 2017.
It was quite the experience writing and publishing a book in two weeks. I did manage to get it uploaded to Amazon on the day of my self-imposed deadline (March 31), but I wasn’t happy with a couple cosmetic things, so I put off announcing it until today.
I wrote The Serenity Technique because I often get emails asking how to deal with negative emotions from an enlightened state. … Read more…
Okay. I’m officially working on two different books while keeping The Mystic in the back of my mind—churning.
Book 1: One Second Serenity
Book 2: Through The Eyes Of A Mystic
Book 3: The Mystic
Through The Eyes Of A Mystic is going to be a collection of “The Moment”-like posts. Short observations of the moment as seen from a mystic’s worldview.
I think what attracts people to spirituality is often their projection of what it is like to be awake/enlightened, so this book will just be a collection of what it is like. The everyday world seen through a mystic’s eyes.
But… but I want the book to be an all-new, never-before published collection of these accounts, so I’m ‘collecting’ them as I go (without sharing them here). The book will consist of about 30-50 (100?) of them.
What follows was an early ‘cheat’—an idea I could take previous blog posts and use those, or (as the example below) old stories from my past. I’ve since rejected this idea, but I kind of like where the story was headed. Maybe I’ll finish it sometime and use it as an introduction somewhere.
Anyway, this should give you an idea of the writing style and tone without breaking my “Never Before Published” promise. … Read more…
Here are the first two parts of The Mystic (first draft). As I mentioned a few days ago, this is my first attempt at a novel—fiction—so I’m curious about your thoughts.
Please try to forget everything you know about me as you read this. Try to see it through the eyes of a spiritual seeker who’s never heard of me or my work. Someone who’s read (and enjoyed) The Prophet, or Jonathan Livingston Seagull, or The Alchemist.
Then I’d appreciate it if you’d let me know what you think.
In The Mystic, the major plot line is (will probably be) discovering and achieving the purpose of the Apprentice’s life. Initially—when the Apprentice first meets the Mystic—it will be to overcome her sorrow, but later it will be to overcome any attachments that contract her into a quivering Me-thing (I may not use those exact terms). … Read more…