Asking: The Third Requirement (principle)

Once we’ve recognized that we don’t know (first requirement)…  paused and stopped thinking (second requirement)… we can lay out our concerns and ask something… other than our minds, a question.  We live in a world of seeming duality, right/wrong, up/down, left/right.  But we are three-part beings body, mind and soul.  We have within us our connection to our source, our soul.  Our source always was, always will be, and is present with us right now. When we ask our source (which contains all information that ever was or will be)… we open our minds to receive inspiration.  This is not thinking.  This is allowing what is there already to present itself so we can re-cognize, and express it.  Our problem comes from our thinking that we know what that should look like.  However, what we receive rarely looks like we think it should… because it didn’t come from our mind.  It is only when we bring our body and mind into alignment with our soul that we function as we were intended by our creator.

Something to remember:  the ego thinks it’s who we are and it’s fighting for its life.  It is only a fictitious character that we have come to believe in.  It uses our mind to convince us of its seeming reality, and it is flawless in its logic.  The ego is the “thin–king” we created.  It only knows the past.  The data of our life experience thus far.  It has conned us into thinking it’s who we are, and it doesn’t want to acknowledge any other authority.  This is why the second requirement, pausing, seems so difficult.  If we ask, without pausing and letting go of all thought, the ego answers, as it always does and logically re-creates the past.  That is why the order form of these principles is crucial.

Asking, once we’re still, allows us to recognize the truth that is there beneath our thoughts.  Principles never fail, we can only fail to apply them.

Why do we think…

Why do we think we have to have all the answers in our little pea brains?  I got an email that suggested we look at life in terms of what we know about our universe, Just the stuff we think we know… like how long it has been around, about 14 billion years.  Then look at all that time as if it were just one year.  Man didn’t even show up until the last couple million… somewhere around Dec 15th… and right now is like 11:45pm on Dec 31st.  Kind of silly, with all the information that has taken place in all that time and we only have a few years here… that we would pretend to know anything at all… don’t you think?

But, as we say; ‘man is the highest form of life on the planet’!  How arrogant we all are…. you think it’s possible we missed something here?  Look at the job we’re doing as conservators, we still kill each other… heck we can’t even get along in our own families or with our own neighbors… yet we keep moving along… destroying the planet and all life on it… waiting for someday…

Yet, while we’re waiting, don’t you think we could have a little conversation about… say who we are, really?  Not what the books tell us… but what we already know inside,…if we but take the time… and dare to listen.  What if we just asked seven simple questions and we shared with our friends, family, or anyone really, the answers we got.  No fear… it’s just a conversation… maybe even at Starbucks… just once a week… heck you’re there anyway.  We know it’s not working the way we’re doing it, so why not re-thynk-it (think again a little differently).

I’d like to start one in the San Dimas / La Verne, Ca. area.  Anybody interested just reply to this post with best time and day that works for you. Remember, we’re not trying to do anything, we are just talking about being who we are.

Why don’t you start your own conversation, where you live?   All the info you need is at:

How are you Doing?

A familiar question no doubt, but is it the right question?  When did what I’m doing become more important than what I’m being?  After all, I am a human being, not a human doing.  I often don’t remember to ask myself ‘how am I being?’.  Do you ever ask yourself that question?   We get all caught up in what we’re doing, or not doing, and we forget all about being.  We joke about stopping and smelling the coffee, but how often do we actually do it?

Whenever I take the time to just be…  I become aware.  I smell, touch, taste, hear, and see everything with a new vision.  I experience my be-ing.  When I let myself be who I am in any given moment, I be-come a part of life experiencing itself as me.  In other words…  I am who I was created to be… no doing is required.

When nothing is required I am free to experience my being in its fullness.  In those moments I often experience what has been written: “ I am come that you may experience life more abundantly”.  That, I am presence is who, underneath all our doing, we truly are.  This presence is not to be con-fused with our thin-king of who we are.  We are not the egoic image of a separated self, detached from its source, begging mercy from a judgmental creator that stands above, beyond, and separate from his creation.   For behold, “I am in all things”.

When I pause…  stop doing… stop thinking… simple ask “who am I”… and become still… “be still and know I am God”.  Not all of God, but part of… not apart from.  I am re-minded…  “it is your father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. “  In that secret place… my soul… which is the king(s)dom(icle).    All I need do is just be(and then)hold:  “for be-hold the kingdom of heaven is within”.

My definition of being is simply the action of accepting what is. Only when my doing is in alignment with my being do I truly re-present who… “ I am”.

Living from Truths

Acceptance is the answer to all my problems today.  Yeah, of course I need to accept situations and everything in life, just the way it is, but why do I only apply that truth in order to come to grips with tragedy, cancer, death, sickness, unemployment, loss, people I don’t like, etc.?

I never thought, why don’t I accept the truth of who I am?  Naturally, that makes me ask the question, who am I?  We’re never taught to ask that question, but, now I’m getting down it, the core question, the one that determines my living experience.  I don’t know why I never thought about who I am, I just accepted what I was told, and what I tell myself, about who I am.  So my seeming reality is a story I made up about who I think I am and I keep re-creating it, over and over, again.

I need a new beginning.  One that starts from fundamental truths that never fail, ones that are always, in all ways, true.  I’ve been believing the lie for so long, I failed to recognize true life principles.  My mind looks for the exception always, so I can’t use it to find these truths.  I know that sounds crazy but hang in there with me.

Every human being has a heart that beats, if they’re alive, the heart is beating, and we didn’t have to figure out how.  It just beats.  We didn’t start it and we can’t stop it.  (Watch how quick your mind jumps in to say ‘I could kill myself’ or something equally as insane just to prove itself right.)

All of us are breathing.  We didn’t start that either and we can’t stop it.  So there are some truths that are always true, it’s just our little egos (the story of who we think we are) that have a problem with that.  Agree with it or not, the truth is still true.

Rather than trying to figure out who’s right, what if, I see for myself?  What if, it is an abundant universe?  What if, love is all I am?  What if, infinite joy is trying to express itself as me, right now?  What if, everything I ever needed is already within me?  What if, I came here with a special uniqueness that is needed in the world?  What if, each of us, adding our special part, adds to the whole and we all become more of who we are?  What if, that is, the real world, and I’ve just been be-lie-ving a lie?

Could it just be I’ve had the wrong be-lie-ifs?  What if, I just be-live and forget about the ifs?  Be live, each moment, in the gift called the present, liv-ing from truths that never fail.  We already know, in our hearts, what the truth is.  It’s already there, it’s who we are, we just need to start living from it.

Living from my experience of truths is all I can do personally, but, I need you to experience more of who, We are.  It starts with a friendly conversation… get yourself connected… eight billion people aren’t here so they can do it alone….

We are all free to “Ask and you shall Receive”, it’s an inside job!


The evolution of my soul.  I used to have a hard time with that word, evolution.  I thought it was in conflict with God somehow.  It actually isn’t in conflict with anything, actually it is in harmony with everything.  Science tells me that everything changes all the time.  Nothing I look at today is the same as it was yesterday.  Everything is evolving and growing.  If it’s true in one area of life, it’s true in all, so of course the re-cognition of my soul is evolving too.  Since my soul, or spirit, is directly linked to my creator, the expression of who I am, as intended by my creator, is constantly expanding, becoming more of what my creator’s intention for me is.

Whenever I cut off that link to my creator, I am limited to the information I already know and I immediately rely on my mind (the storage base of everything I’ve experienced, and the power I normally use) to make the choices for who I am and who I am becoming.  I attempt to use logic and intellect to solve my problems and sometimes, it works.  It’s kind of like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.  It seems to work for a while but with no inspiration, and the mind’s insistence that it is right, no new life can flow and eventually I outsmart myself and I’m left with a bigger problem, or I create a whole new problem down the road.  My mind is always looking for the bottom line, the finished product, complete, but life doesn’t work that way.  Like it or not, everything evolves or grows to the next higher level, or it dies out.

So I can’t figure this thing out is my first step.  I need to rely on this thing that I can’t see or touch, called my soul, my connection to my creator for inspiration.  Only my ego stands in the way(what I think I know).  I can see how powerful and arrogant it is by how unwilling, I often am, to even ask for inspiration, let alone, getting still, letting go of all my ‘great’ ideas, and waiting for what shows up.

My experience with doing this and then taking action on what I receive (over and over again) has enabled me to express myself in ways that I never dreamed I could, or even knew I wanted to, like this blog.  I read somewhere that “Deep down in every man woman and child is the fundamental idea of God… it is only there that it can be found”.  That ‘idea’ is growing in all of us, like it or not.  Its like I was asleep, using my mind as if it was, absolutely, who I am, the ultimate authority.  It’s time to wake up!  I find that if I co-operate and allow my soul to express itself as me, I live in a new and wonderful world, no matter what the seeming evidence to the contrary.

With all the problems we are now facing, our only real solution is the soul-ution.  Allow our soul to be the power for our lives and live from that place.  You already know this…  if you get quiet for a minute and stop listening to the noise in your head.  If you try it… the truth becomes Self-evident,.  If you start arguing with it… get quiet again… let go… and ask again… it is the simplest thing in the world, but its not easy.

When I question my minds authority by asking my soul for inspiration and watch what my mind tells me; I am then looking at the only thing that stands in the way of my seeing the truth.  And the truth is; God is expressing himself to me, through me, and as me all the time, I just wasn’t listening.  Each day (each moment) is a new beginning!

Begin your own conversation right now.

Another Way

As far back as I can remember, I had a feeling, no, a knowing, that we were supposed to do this thing together.  I couldn’t put the words together to describe it, it wasn’t really a thought, I just knew it and I couldn’t understand why you didn’t know it too.  Actually, I knew you knew, I just couldn’t get why we were all pretending not to know.  People would tell me, with, what I interpreted to be a look of disgust on their face, ‘you have to do it on your own’.  Once you do it, if I like what you’re doing, I’ll come on board.  In other words, prove to me you’ll get me what my mind tells me I need and then I’ll like you and follow you.

The problem with that thinking is; it’s the core of separation thinking.  It says we are not one; equal parts of the whole.  It says “I’ll be the judge of whether or not, you’re worthy of me connecting myself to who ‘I think’ you are”.  That is how I base my experience of life on separation instead of Oneness.  Some books call this the fall of man.  It was only a thought!  One thought leads to another and here we are.  Thank you Neale and CwG for raising the question, (paraphrasing) “If the initial thought was wrong, does that mean we have to continue?”

To begin from the new gospel  “ We are all One.  Ours is not a better way, ours is just another way.”, makes us all just individual manifestations, equal parts of the whole.  (I have to tell you that all these centuries of programming of guilt and fear, there is still a little shutter when I mention the word gospel and I don’t tie it into traditional religion) Then, in order to be complete, as we were intended to be, we need every one of us, and every one of us has a unique and equally important part.

Even knowing this, my first thought is, write this out and others will follow.  It’s so ingrained in me.  If I have an idea and you follow me, it’s the same thing we’re doing now, just a different leader.  We have to create this new culture together, at the same time, your piece and mine.  I can’t figure it out!  That’s old culture thinking.  I need to rely on my connection to my source, my soul, my higher power, my creator, my essence, my God, and you, for inspiration.  I can even do it as an experiment.  If we are all One, then what inspires you, must inspire me, in my own unique way.

What I have found to be true for me is something I call ‘taking it A.P.A.R.T. so it can come together’.  I have been drawn to talk about the order form in getting re-connected, it’s a work in progress:  It’s not a better way, it’s just another way…

A is awareness, it doesn’t come from the mind. Awareness of what?  it isn’t working, whatever I’m doing isn’t working, I feel it, I may not know what’s missing, but I don’t ‘feel’ right.  Mostly, it appears as some form of pain, but it’s not necessary.

P is pause.  Whatever I’m doing or thinking, I have to stop, completely, at least 30 seconds, go to the bathroom, shut the car off, just stop.  Listen to the sounds around me, really listen… or breathe deeply.

A is ask.  No belief is necessary, I just ask, is there another way to see this, what would love do now, how can I be of service here, or any other life affirming question, maybe even, the seven questions.  I find It helps if I ask for an open mind first.

R is receive.  I can’t ‘think’ about the answer.  If I find myself thinking, I just let go and go back to feeling, the chair I’m in, my breath entering my lungs, the feeling of light filling my body.  I just be as open as I can to receive what is already there.

T is take action, or try it out.  I only get to know this process works if I take action on what I receive.  What I receive usually doesn’t look like I ‘think’ it should.  Sometimes it seems ridiculous; get a cup of coffee, call so and so, go for a dip in the pool.  Often, my mind balks at what I receive.  When I take action anyway, repeatedly, I always get just what I need, provided I’ve done the first four parts of this process.  Often, I’m in awe, that it works every time, without fail.

My experience has shown me why this order form is necessary, at least for me, because, looking at it backwards;  there’s nothing new to take action on if I’m not open to receive it, I can’t receive anything new if I don’t ask, I won’t  ask if I don’t pause and realize I need to, and I won’t pause without the awareness (I’m in pain).

This is one way.  If we share with each other the ways through which we make the connection, we can’t help but become more of who and what we really are, One.

For more insights, or to share your experience with others, please join in:

I’ve been thinking about our fortune, And I’ve decided that we’re really not to blame.   For the love that’s deep inside us now, Is still the same. And the sound we make together, Is the music to the story in your eyes.   It’s been shining down upon me now, I realize.

(From The Moody Blues “The Story in Your Eyes”)

Who’s Idea Is It?

I was reading a book the other day by one of my favorite authors.  It blew me away that he was talking about the same thing I had just written about, just slightly different.  My first thought was, “Did I steal his idea?”

This has happened many times in the past, I used to just assume I’d read their work before.  Or else I’d think, “somebody’s already doing this”, and that would be enough to stop me.  I’d often wonder, “How do you come up with an original idea?”  And how do you protect it, so no one can steal your idea?  We have things like copy writes, deeds, titles, ownership and confidentiality agreements which I’m sure are necessary.  These are the rules we play by in the world we have created.

I have a different outlook on it today.  Consider this approach.  Underneath all seeming evidence to the contrary, we are all part of the One Whole (Sole).   You and I are individualized unique (soul) expressions of this Sole.  All souls within a group make up the Whole group, in this case human beings.  No one soul is more or less important than another, they are just equal parts of the whole.

There is only one mind, the mind of the One, ever-expanding.  In each of us is a part of the One mind to use as we choose.  You might say, we are each a thought in the mind of the One mind.  Stay with me here.  We are constantly being given new ideas coming from the One mind which is the source of all ideas but because we have forgotten who we are, we think our thoughts belong to us individually.  Rather than cooperating with the other thoughts (to create what the One mind has in mind) we compete with the other thoughts because we have come to believe “our thoughts” are better or more important.

We are given the freedom to re-member    We are free to create our own seeming reality or we can re-member (become a member once again of the mind of the One).  The mind of the One is perfect, whole, and complete, knows all things, can do all things, and is all things.  With my piece of the One mind I am free to choose to believe I can create something other than the truth and then act on that belief.

The cool thing about principles, when you consider them, is that they are always true and are never, not true.   If the truth is we are all One then it doesn’t matter what I think I know, it’s still true.  All ideas come from the mind of the One, since we are all one, all we have to do is remember, in a split second, the truth.  In that second we have access to all knowledge, hence in-spire-ation happens.  My egoic self, that thinks I’m separate, thinks I just thought it up myself.  Then fear comes in to tell me I need to protect “my idea” and I claim ownership of the idea, as if it was mine alone.

When I started having inspiration and began to see things that others have seen and written about, I was coming from the old egoic thinking.  Now I see it as it truly is:  when I align myself with the truth and live in accordance with true principles, even a little, I, at least to a small degree, make myself ready to receive this inspiration.

The most amazing thing is that all I have to do is build an awareness of what is not true, ask the truth to remove it and the truth becomes self-evident.

Inspiration, 4th of July

The word Inspiration came to mind.  Inspiration… inspire-ation…. in-spira-tion… in-spire-a- nation…  our nation… one nation… one nation under God….inspired… all men are created equal… we hold these truths to be self-evident.  Inspired, not mind made, not created by man’s intellect, but inspired by something greater.  We couldn’t live under another nation’s man made rules, we had to be free.  So we dumped the tea in the bay, we knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but we couldn’t live that way anymore.  It was time.  We didn’t have to think about it, the truth was so plainly evident.  We just needed to make a beginning and rely on inspiration, and we did, not so very long ago.  And we created the greatest nation the world has ever known, created by applying self-evident truths.

Maybe it’s our time.  Maybe it’s your time.  Are you living under a tyrant?  A mind that tells you what everything means and very rarely has anything good to say?  A dictator that tells you what you need to worry about, how you’re failing, or what can go wrong, a tyrant that, no matter how much you pay, or how hard you try, it’s always just a little short?   It’s time to let go of the old nation, the nation governed by the mind.

Maybe it’s time to build a new, internal, nation.  One nation, under God, conceived in liberty, dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.  A nation based on self-evident truths.   Sure it’s going to take work and it won’t be easy, but we just can’t live under the old rule anymore.

Maybe it’s time to get back to our common-unity, not what we think about, but what we know to be true, individually, one person at a time.  We can make a beginning by living by these self-evident truths, and quit, a little at a time, being so self-centered.  Reconnect to the One nation under God.  We can’t listen to the old nation (our mind) tell us how to behave anymore, it’s never satisfied.  There’s no such thing as enough in that nation.

In the new nation there are no pat answers but the truth is known by all.  We know no one should go hungry, or be in need of healthcare, all should have a safe place to be, sheltered from the elements.  All are deserving of love, kindness, and compassion.  Just because we don’t have all the answers doesn’t mean we shouldn’t live from those truths, individually.

The revolution is at hand. Ask each day, consciously; what can I do to live from what I already know is right?  If we don’t ask, we can’t receive.  If each of us asks, the one nation under God, for one thing we can do to live towards these truths each day; we can live in that new nation.  The old nation constantly tells us how it’s too hard… it will never work… who do you think you are… ad infinitum.  There’s no amount of work we can do to save the old nation, we need a new one.  It begins right now, with me and you.  Hug someone you don’t know today.  Make an extra sandwich and eat lunch with someone new.  Ask a stranger who they are and listen to them, or just make a list of the things you can do, and then start doing them!

There’s a PossiDude (positive attitude dude) in each of us. 

It’s who you really are!