Jack Burch is a scientist and a new author. The New Trinity is his first book and was fifteen years in the making. He brings a wealth of powerful thought to this completed project and he answers the questions that are increasingly on the minds of thoughtful people. How do you get past the increasingly irrelevant expressions of the organized religions and into the world of pure spiritual thought?
In the Huna Tradition of Hawaii there is a precept that states: “The World is What You Think It Is.” This echoes wisdom from around the world. The German mathematician Leibniz said: “What a man says about the Universe, oft times tells more about the man than it does about the Universe.” The Hindu Tradition says “all we see in life is Maya, or the Grand Illusion, and we see before us only that which we are, not any ‘reality’.” These are true statements.
Jesus added, “Do unto others as you would have them do to you.” The truth behind that statement is whatever we do to anyone we do only to ourselves, because our SELF is all there is. There is only one SELF. It is you and you are the Universe. You are a drop in the ocean that is the Universe. That may seem complicated, and if it is for you, then take some time to think about that this week, this month, or for the rest of your life.
James Allen in his 1891 book, As A Man Thinketh, says: “The soul attracts that which it secretly harbors; that which it loves, and also that which it fears; it reaches the height of its cherished aspirations; it falls to the level of its unchastened desire, and circumstances are the means by which the soul receives its own.”
Vivekananda, the great 20th century mystic, says this: “It is thought which is the propelling force in us. Fill the mind with the highest thoughts, hear them day after day, think them month after month. Never mind failures, they are quite natural, they are the beauty of life, these failures. Hold the ideal a thousand times and if you fail a thousand times, make the attempt once more. The ideal of man is to see God in everything. But if you cannot see Him in everything, see Him in one thing that you like best , and then see him in another.”
Now ask yourself, alone and with your highest honesty, “What do I repeatedly think about? What do I long for? What do I really want in life?”
Then look around at the illusion of your life that you alone have created thus far. Do you really want a world that is filled with fear? Do you really want weapons to kill others with because you feel threatened? Do you really want to constantly worry about your material progress? Or, would you like to live in a beautiful garden and be the gardener? Would you like to experience love all the time and say goodbye to anger and fear? Would you like to have a solid hope for the future and your safety in it? Would you like Peace?
Since you are the creator of your life, you are a victim only of your thoughts, and not circumstances. You choose your thoughts and how you will handle everything that comes your way. What comes your way are the circumstances that reflect what you believe and what you repeatedly think about. If you want your circumstances to change and get better, there is a relatively painless way to make that happen: Change your mind.
In 1983 I had the opportunity to spend an hour alone with Pandit Gopi Krishna, the great fully enlightened teacher of the power of Kundalini. Toward the end of that hour I asked Gopi Krishna, “What do I need to do to be enlightened?” He looked me straight in the eye and said: “Just this. Everyday, as often as you can, just think about God, and God will take care of everything else.”
I immediately believed him and set about to make that the center of my thoughts. Now, thirty years later, I can see how that one thought has shaped and blessed my life. God did not put us here to suffer and live in fear, despite how some religious dogma says otherwise. We are here to be God’s creatures growing into a world of love, and the secret is so simple it is easy to pass it by.
Jesus said it beautifully: “Seek you first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.”
Change your mind today and see what happens tomorrow!
John has spent his whole life seeking answers to his questions about Consciousness. In his first book, The Consciousness Paradigm, John reports on the answers he has found so far. This interview is a revealing look into the man behind the book and also a discussion of the most important findings. John Smotherman is an attorney and in his book he details how, by reading the classics and other instructional materials, he gained a new level of consciousness and a new life. This is a humble man who, by his life and writing has given us a true give for the directing of our lives.
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The other night we heard a comedian on television talking about the fact the optimists are people that always think things are going to get better, and the pessimists are always right. I don’t think either one of those are true. But it is interesting to take the idea that comes primarily from India, and now from science, and look at this question of what is this that we call reality. The answer that’s emerging is it is an illusion over which we have a profound amount of control.
Now, if you really thought about that, you really believed, and if it really was true, then it makes sense to say, “Well, if we are in control of this, if this is going according to our idea of creation, and we have somehow or another been given the power to do this, then wouldn’t it make sense to get as good an illusion as possible to live in and to have that be your life? ” It would be for me. It would make a lot of sense.
Let me just give you some insight and some facts and big figures. Since 9/11, and including 9/11, there have been a little over 3,000 people killed in this country as a result of terrorist attacks. During that time, there have been less than 30 terrorists involved, including last week’s event at Boston. We don’t think that this is a small number, but it’s an incredibly statistically small number when you compare it with all of the people who have been killed since 9/11 by gunshot wounds. It’s a huge number. It’s 300,000 people. Interestingly enough, a significant portion of those people have been killed by suicide. Apparently, guns are still the weapon of choice when it comes to suicide.
So if you’re thinking about this, and I have been, then you realize that this big number of people that have been killed by gunshot, including the suicides, somehow or another were living their lives in total fear. That transfers to us when we become fearful of a terrorist attack or really anything else. If we are really creating this illusion that we’re living in, there is no place for fear. There’s no reason for fear. We’re here. We are eternal, and we are going to survive here until we choose to leave here. But everywhere you look, there is evidence that justifies our fear.
I was always surprised when I moved to Telluride. I thought this was probably the safest place in America. There was one road in, and it was the same road out. There were no stop signs. There was one stop sign, and there were no traffic lights. There were no chain food stores. There was a tiny, little community of 2,200 souls. Yet, these people, who were so safe that people wouldn’t even know where Telluride was, were equally as fearful as the people who lived in downtown Manhattan. Somehow or another, this fear thing, against all common sense, grabs us when we least expect it and most don’t want it.
So I’m going to suggest to you something that I am working on myself. Jerry Jampolsky, in his book “Love is Letting Go of Fear,” said that you can’t have or experience love and fear at the same time. That’s the same kind of thought that Einstein said when he said, “You cannot be preparing for war and trying to create peace.” They are mutually exclusive. So if fear and love are mutually exclusive, then we might as well begin to look at the things that we can do that express love. By the way, we all have love for each other, some for a few of each other and some for all of each other. But that love cements the idea that we are all one and not just with the humans. I mean the whole thing.
This is all one seamless piece of reality-illusion that connects us on a cellular level, on a neurological level with each other, with this planet, and with this universe. If we knew for certain, and we can, that we are going to be eternal and we’re going to be eternal because we are consciousness, and consciousness is going to be eternal. If we knew all that, then we would say, “Well, wait a minute. Let’s just go ahead and change all the things that we are afraid of.” The way to do that is you can’t change a system by resisting it or trying to tear it down. The way you change a system is create a better system that people will come to. Margaret Mead said, “New technology always replaces old technology. No exceptions.” So it must be true that new ways of looking at the world and expressing love can and will and do replace fear.
So I’d like to suggest something to you. Run a little exercise. The exercise is keep a notepad, and on this side say to yourself, “Well, what are the things that I seem to be afraid of on a daily basis? What am I looking at?” On this side, look at all the ways that you know you can overcome those fears. Now, imagine living in Telluride, Colorado at 10,000 feet with 2,200 souls on 9/11, and they’re never going to be touched by anything. Yet they were equally afraid as the people were in New York. That fear was not justified. It was not necessary. It was simply a response, an illusion to a situation that happened 2,000 miles away. We do not need to carry the world’s fear with us. When we do carry it, we carry such a load that we can’t see anything else.
The only way to change this thing is to make up our minds, one at a time, one day at a time, one hour at a time, one breath at a time that we are not going to see fear. We’re going to see love. This week, just give us a little thought. Keep that list and at the end of the week ask yourself, “What happened? Was I able to change anything?” If you were, I’d like to hear from you. In fact, if you were, you can call me on Skype. That’s ChuckRobison on Skype. We’ll record your conversation, and we’ll play it as part of the Masters Class because it’s very important. That’s it for this week. Thank you very much, and I’m glad you were here. Bye.
I moved from New York City to Telluride, Colorado in 2000. I had lived in Manhattan for 23 years and it was time for a change. I wanted to move “out west” when I left NYC, but I did not count on moving up to 10,000 feet in Colorado as being a bigger deal than just heading west. Like Butch Cassidy, when he robbed his first bank there, I figured that Telluride’s box canyon made it one of the safest places in America. And I was right.
So I was surprised on 9-11 when a large number of Telluride citizens went into fear about what had happened in New York. I had a hard time understanding that unfounded fear. Looking back, we understand we have been living in fear this entire century, beginning with the Y2K fears that ended the 20th century and began the 21st.
When 3000 people died in the World Trade Center or 3 people in Boston are killed and 200 injured in a terrorist attack, the fear ratchets up again. We feel helpless. Our insistence on being armed to the teeth is strengthened when a lone gunman kills 20 children in Connecticut. Having given up most of our Constitutional Rights in the past ten years in the name of security, we cherish our guns, even though they put us in much more danger than anything terrorists have done.
In this century alone, more than 300,000 American citizens have been killed by gunshot wounds. We react with “so what?”. Fifty years ago, H. Rap Brown reminded us “violence is as American as apple pie”. Other nations seem to live pretty well without massive personal arsenals. Australia comes to mind, as does Canada and Japan. Last year, 87 bullets were fired in Germany and 57 of those were practice rounds, but somehow we have been coaxed into believing that we are at risk without our weapons. It is the one right have left.
Who benefits when we live our lives in fear? Well, the guns lobby for sure. Guns are good business. The real winners of this fearful state of mind are the groups of people who can manipulate us through fear. Fear sells the news and products. They have actually convinced us that we are in more danger from the less than 30 terrorists who have attacked America this century than we are of the 300,000 people who pulled the trigger in the same century. Anyway you shake it; that does not make any sense. We even let our elected representatives vote against the 91% of the people who want gun owners be vetted and licensed.
FEARLESS is more than a decal for the back window of your truck. It is the secret to a good life. There is always a line in the sand in this life and the most important is the line that divides us into groups who live in fear and those who choose to see love. This line also means that you cannot see both love and fear at the same time……you have to take responsibility for which one you are going to see.
Love is Letting Go of Fear is how Gerald Jampolsky, MD titled his book on this line in the sand of our lives. He stated we can let go of fear when we choose to see love instead. Fear can easily be replaced by a faith that says: “I believe in miracles and I know that wherever I am, God is, and wherever God is, all is well”. All this shift requires is that we change our minds.
The whole message of our Christian experience is that death does not count, does not have a sting and is not real. We are eternal. But if you believe the fear that is being brought to you by the American market place is justified, it becomes almost impossible to hear that still small voice that whispers in our ear without ceasing: “Be still and know that I am God”.
The best protection is always to call in God’s protection. He knows all about you and your life and He knows you are safe in his care. And, when you call on this divine protection, you won’t need a decal on your car…..you will be FEARLESS and it will show…..to you and all those around you.
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Hi and welcome to this next edition of Notes From the Masters Class. Today I’m going to share with you what I’ve learned about the Huna tradition of Hawaii, and I learned this from Serge King when he was in New York, back and forth, in the ’80s.
The Huna tradition is an indigenous outpouring of what the folks in Hawaii, the ancients, learned about life. It’s been boiled down by Serge into seven rules, and the first one is: The world is exactly what you think it is. I’m putting my finger here to remind me and to suggest to you that a way to remember these is just simply to place them someplace on your body as you’re repeating them.
The world is what you think it is, and you have the power to change what the world is just by looking for something different than you’ve been looking for up to now. If you’re looking for fear, there are lots and lots of examples and ample proof, that will come to you, to show that you are right. If you’re looking for love and peace and harmony, those too will come to you, and they will deny the fear that you may have had in the past.
Number two, there are no limits. So you put your finger and say, “There are not limits.” Now, none of us is going to be 10 years older anytime soon, and none of us is likely to be able to go back with our bodies to a different time or forward to a different time. But beyond those, the limits that we experience in life are limits that we’ve placed there ourselves. I’ve done this, and you’ve done this.
Basically, when we’re ready and willing to give up the limits that we think we have because we have created them, we will notice that they were just an illusion. There are no limits.
Next, energy flows where attention goes. What this means is that whatever you put your attention to, your incredible, powerful energy will go there as well and will amplify that. So if you put your attention on the things that you’re afraid of or the bad things that people have done to you, all that does is give more energy to it, and pretty soon it will consume you.
But if you place your attention on the things you want to see, on the love you have in your life, and that includes being grateful, then you will discover that your energy, having been focused in that way, will increase what it is that you are looking for.
Now is the moment of power, and that goes right here. Now is the moment of power. There’s no power that existed yesterday, and there’s no power that exists tomorrow that you’re going to be able to do anything about. All of your power and your considerable power is available to you right now. Don’t wait. Don’t put if off. Don’t regret you don’t have what you had yesterday. You have incredible power today.
Next, to love, and this is a great definition of love, to love is to be happy with. No more complex than that. The things that you’re happy with will turn out, upon investigation, to be the things that you love. The people you love, the events you love, the things you love, the places you love, the weather you love, those things that you are happy with will be the very things that you love. Look around for them. They’re everywhere.
Next, and this is very important, all power comes from within. Nobody can confer upon you any power that you don’t already have. Nobody can make you do anything with your power that you don’t want to do. All power, incredible power comes from within. If you haven’t experienced that yet, take a look for it. Take a look, when you put your hand right there on your stomach, and say, “All my power is right there.”
And the final one is effectiveness is the measure of truth. What that means is, and that’s a great definition, if it works, it’s true. If it doesn’t work, and this is ultra-pragmatism, it ain’t true. So if you’re finding that you’ve got some things that aren’t working, aren’t effective, then that’s not true. Change your mind about that.
Now there’s one final thing that Serge told me, and I used to call him Sage, the final thing that Sage told us about and that’s this. Here’s a rule that really does work like the other seven, all the time, and that’s this: When you enter into a relationship with somebody, decide up front that the things that you don’t like about that person are unimportant.
Now what this does is this creates a dynamic where you’re free then to focus on the things that are important and that you can increase by following the second part of this, which is: Praise and compliment everything you like about the other person. This is not making a joke or being insincere. This is just looking at a person and saying, “You know, I really like that about you.” What happens to the other person is, just like it would happen if somebody did it to you, they will want to get more of that kind of praise. Now try that on yourself, try that on your spouse, try that on your children.
In fact, Sage told the story of his son, who was not doing very well in school and the rest of it. So rather than complain about it or try to discipline him, he said, “You know what? I’m going to focus on the fact that this kid is smarter than he thinks.” He started calling his son “brains.”
All of a sudden, they were building a house together, and the son would find solutions that Sage couldn’t even see. He’d say, “That really took brains.” All of a sudden the child became motivated. So motivated, that not only did he wind up graduating at the top of his class in high school, he went on to college and became a Navy Seal, all because his father found that complimenting and praising everything you like in the other person is a way to get rid of all the things you don’t like and to help that person build on those good things that you can see and maybe they can’t see themselves.
So give some thought to this. This is important stuff. It’s been important to me, and it works for me. Thanks. See you next time.
In two years we will celebrate the 500th anniversary of Luther’s nailing the 95 Theses on the door of The Castle Church in Wittenberg and the beginning of The Protestors Re-Formation of Christianity. There have been many 500-year cycles in History and we use the myth of The Phoenix to remind us of that. And each has ended and been replaced by the next 500 year cycle. But breaking up is so hard to do!
In my religious career, spanning the last forty-five years, the Protestant focus has been and still is…..the past. We tend to judge ourselves, especially our clergy, on how well they profess to believe what used to be true. But that’s History and that was then and this is now. Even so, for many, the past is still more alluring than what is happening right before our very eyes. By that I mean: we are squarely in the middle of the greatest trans-formation of our understanding of our place in the Universe in known History.
Religions seem to change more slowly than anything else we experience. In fact, where religion is concerned, change happens one funeral at a time! Yet, we are all experiencing time speeding up more and more every day. We no longer have the luxury of going slowly with anything, including our historical religions.
One of the great issues during the early part of the Re-Formation was that of Science. The Holy Roman Catholic Church simply refused to allow new science any room in its’ pulpits or its’ pews. But science persisted despite the fact that as recently as last week some of our fellow Christians thought that science was against our spirituality and run by atheists. But the New Science is not against discovering how spiritual truths and scientific realities are completely harmonious with, and a part of, a much larger whole.
Today, as Einstein predicted, science and religion are approaching the top of the mountain where they will shake hands and congratulate each other for having reached the summit, by two separate paths. And strangely enough, the scientists are beginning to discover that Consciousness is the big picture that encompasses objective reality and the world of Spirit. Some religious people are discovering that the restrictive World View of the Re-Formation simply no longer works. The Re-Formation, as important as it was, took place in a world that was flat, where atoms were solid and Earth was the center around which the sun journeyed every day. Five hundred years later, we see ourselves out here on a small planet, in a small solar system on the outskirts of a small galaxy amid billions of other galaxies. Our Hubble telescope allows us to see far, far across this Universe.
I have joined Pierre de Chardin, the brilliant Catholic Theologian and Tom Campbell, the brilliant NASA Physicist, and many others who have experienced our ability to live our lives as eternal spirits having a brief human experience. And herein lies the future.
Our new Re-Formation / Trans-Formation is taking us to heights we could scarce believe even as the last century ended and we were propelled, ready or not, into this 21st century. With the publication of our Astronauts’ picture of Earthrise from the Moon, we clearly left behind the notion of national boundaries, separation by skin color, language and gender and, yes, even religion. Today, we can no longer pretend each of us is an island in the Sun……we are all ONE…….and lo and behold…..we are ONE with the entire Universe. The past, which saw so much separation, is now rapidly being replaced by a global Trans-Formation that sees and celebrates our connectedness to the very end of the Universe. From the circulation of the stars within the largest galaxy to the spinning of the smallest atomic particles in our bodies, it is all one. And one Historical insight is even truer: God is Omnipresent. Welcome Home!
So, for me, right now, this year’s Lenten season is a celebration of our complete unity with God and all of his Creation. There is only one God, to whom we have assigned many different names in many different religions, just as there is only one Humanity, one Universe and one time……NOW! This year I have chosen to sacrifice the past and embrace the future…..and God is as surely in the center of this Trans-Formation into the future as he appeared hidden in the separations of the past.
As a result of working with religions from all over the world at The United Nations, there is one thing I know for sure: we are all longing to discover that God is bigger than any of our false separations or antique beliefs. All 7 billion of us are about to discover that we are spiritual beings traveling all over the Universe free to create and learn the lessons God wants us to experience. And once you discover how easy it is to travel across that Universe and between dimensions, as String Theory begins to explain, you will discover God has not only created you his Child, he has given you an inheritance that bestows upon you the very power of the Universe itself….and you have had that for all eternity.
So this year, I am choosing to give up the Re-Formation, the past and our littleness, in exchange for experiencing the Power and the Glory that God has freely given each of us as his Child.
Chuck Robison is the former Adjunct Protestant Chaplain at The Church Center of The United Nations in New York. He and his wife Karen now produce a weekly Internet TV show at their website www.whatifitreallyworks.com where they interview students of Consciousness, New Science and Spirituality. Chuck is a graduate of Austin College and Princeton Seminary.
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In October of 1983, I had a remarkable opportunity. I got to spend an hour alone with Pandit Gopi Krishna, who was the only person in the last century to write in the English language about his experience from inside the experience of the awakening and the goal of Kundalini.
He was a most remarkable man, and he was 83 at the time I met him, and he was in New York as part of the United Nations’ October celebration. I spent an hour with him in an apartment on 36th Street and 2nd Avenue, and in that time, I was taking his portrait, which turned out to be his last portrait and was used as the only portrait in his book “Living With Kundalini.”
So after I had spent all the time getting the pictures, I finally asked him the typical American, not very bright person question, “Okay, Gopi Krishna, what do I need to do to be enlightened?” And he looked me right in the eye and he said, “Just this. Every day, just think about God and God will take care of everything else.”
So I packed up my cameras and my lights, and I went back to my home and studio and went into the darkroom and started developing the pictures, and I decided that day that I would follow Gopi Krishna’s advice. Every day, as often as I can, I think about God. I think about what’s God doing today? Where is he? What is he thinking? What is he thinking? How can I reach him?
Every question that I can imagine, and sometimes everything that I can say to God, I do. And I have been doing this now for 30 years, and I can tell you from my own experience that regardless of religion or the doctrine or the mandatory beliefs, God has made it simple for us to get to where he wants us to be. All we have to do is think about God. It couldn’t possibly
be more simple.
Now I can tell you from my own experience that, as a result of that, I’ve reached places I never dreamed I would reach. I have hope that doesn’t cease, and I have a sense that I’m making progress far, far, far greater than I could have done by listening to somebody’s dogma or somebody’s religious requirements or beliefs.
It’s very simple. God wants you to get to where he wants you to get, and if you think about him, he’ll reveal to you, step by step, exactly how to get there with nothing else required.
So I thought I’d share this little note from the Masters Class with you. It’s been a critically important issue in my life, and perhaps when you hear this, you’ll think about, gee, it wouldn’t be so hard to think about God every day, and it isn’t, and it won’t be. So thanks. We’ll see you next time.
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This is the moment when Sir Fred Hoyle’s prophesy came true and the new age and our place in the Cosmos changed forever. The most powerful idea in the history of man was released and we are just now beginning to understand that power. It is the thing that will unite the 7.5 billion cells in the body of Humanity into one united and cooperative body, and we will advance into an evolved species. And this is not that far away!
One of the nice things about becoming an Elder in our Tribe is knowing that you can probably handle whatever comes your way. “Whatever does not kill you, makes you stronger” is a true statement. The big fear, death itself, seems to be an old friend when you have been asking yourself about it for sixty years. Yes, it is unknown, but it is not an elective. We are all going there.
Fear, however, still seems to be the most powerful force we deal with on a daily basis. Any management consultant will tell you that fear is the big motivator in any business in the world, which appears to be true. Many people have lived their entire lives in fear-full situations. Fear breeds ulcers, distrust and true unhappiness.
In the past few years, something new has been added. When we first logged on to the Internet in the early nineties, we believed this to be the great communication tool we had dreamed about for so long. It was and still is. Now, however, the Internet is filled with fear and we have no idea who is generating it or why.
Everything that happens today seems to be followed within hours, by a comprehensive post about the supposed conspiracy behind the event. Disinformation is the rule of the day and seems to be everywhere. Now we read the Occupy and Anonymous Movements have been co-opted by the National Security Agency for purposes of discrediting what they are trying to accomplish.
Unfortunately, our Fear of Government (FOG) has brought us to this moment of fear of guns and fear of having our guns taken away. What a mess! Remarkably, there are many people who believe their assault weapons and other armaments will protect them from a government take-over. Texans, especially, seem to have forgotten the real lesson of Waco. Our government is forever better armed than any entity in the world, and we are not going to be able to challenge the government with the guns we hoard in our basements. Period.
This coupled with the fact that our government rammed the Patriot Act down our throats after less than thirty days of writing and discussing that 363 page document. Forcing us to willingly give up our Constitutional rights in the name of security, has only added to the problem. We are not safer as a result.
Our forefathers knew they would have to stop the British, but that was the smaller part of their two problems. The bigger problem was creating an entirely new way to govern ourselves effectively in a system exceeding a kings’ power.
Today we face a similar problem. We have to create a new way of governing our lives that works in today’s realities. And it demands to be based on inclusivity, lack of fear, equality and genuine freedom.
Fear causes many of us to seek ever more fear-full means with which to threaten others. First it was 10 megaton nuclear weapons. Now 100 megaton bombs are all the rage………trouble is, no one will survive such a war.
We Texans think of ourselves as God fearing, Bible believing worshippers of the Almighty. However, when we observe how we deal with fear, we negate that belief. We need to remember the spiritual consequences coming to us when we choose to kill or attempt to kill one of our brothers or sisters. If we really trusted in God, we would allow Him to lead us through the various shadowy valleys of death we traverse in this lifetime with the powerful faith that God will always protect us in miraculous ways not possible for those relying on killing machines to protect themselves.
So this is a moment of faith for us all. Either we believe what we say about our faith and our God, or we trust our weapons. Here is the test: which will you take with you when you leave this planet, your guns or your faith? Choose wisely, we’re all playing for keeps!
This article is published in the February 7, 2013 edition of The Hill Country News.