Sample Chapters

Sample Chapter: Divine Essence (Baraka)

We are all spiritual beings. We are all of God. We are all of Spirit. There is nothing that is not of God. There is no one who is not of Spirit. The spark of God individualized within each human being is the Soul. That is the basic element of our existence. The Soul is forever connected to God, perfectly and intimately. It is the source from which we draw our life. The nature and the essence of the Soul are joy. The Soul is joyful because it is of God and knows it. The human consciousness is somewhat different. It is made up of elements other than the Soul and these elements--the body, imagination, emotions, mind, subconscious, and unconscious--can cloud the clarity of spiritual vision and interfere with our ability to perceive Spirit directly. The inner elements of human consciousness, most of which are invisible, are actually microcosms of greater, outer levels of existence. Within each of us is a rich world of feelings, imagination, thoughts, etc. We could spend an endless amount of time exploring these inner realities. And yet, they are only a reflection in miniature of what lies outside of our own consciousness. The beginning of the film “Contact” is a great visual for what I’m describing. You see seemingly infinite worlds and universes, which slowly reveal themselves to be within the eye of a young girl. More...

Sample Chapter: Dream Voyages

There is a lot of speculation about what goes on in the dream state, and there are many theories about the significance and interpretation of dreams. As you read this material about dreams, you may find that some of it seems familiar to you or that you already know a lot of it--up to a point. From that point on, however, you may find that there are some things here that are new to you. As various ideas about dreams and dreaming are presented in this book, you may start experiencing or recognizing these processes. If this information works for you, you are free to use it. If it doesn't work for you, you are free to disregard it and go on to something that does work for you. Consider the probability that what you read here about dreams is possible. Leave yourself open enough to accept the information in this book. Then, after you have checked to see if this information works for you, you can decide whether or not you believe it. If you want to receive full benefit from your dream experiences, it is important that you keep track of your dreams. Write them down. Keep a notebook and a pencil or pen by your bed. When you wake up, record your dreams or your impressions of what has happened during the night travel. At first, you may remember only fragments; if you continue to record your dreams--even fragments--you may begin to remember more and more. As you record them, bringing them into conscious awareness, the symbolism of your dreams will become clearer to you, and you will become more skilled at interpreting your dreams. More...

Sample Chapter: Fulfilling Your Spiritual Promise

Chapter 6: The Light The Light is the energy of Spirit that pervades all levels of consciousness. It is an energy that is of God. It is pure, uncorrupted, and available for our use. Introduction Spirit is energy, the force that activates the human consciousness and gives it life. Spirit individualizes itself as Soul and so resides closely within each consciousness. Many people have said that a human being has a Soul, but it is closer to reality to say that the Soul has a human being. As I have explained, the experience of God, with which we are all involved, is made up of positive energies and negative energies much like a battery is made up of positive and negative energies. It takes both to make it a working unit. Present as the negative pole of this total spiritual experience are what we call the lower realms: the physical, astral, causal, mental, and etheric realms. Present as the positive pole are the Soul and Spirit as the pure energy of God. These two poles working together are what we call the Light. The energies of the negative pole of experience are more apparent when you are here in the physical realm. This level is their territory, and they can be quite powerful. But as you attune your consciousness more and more to the energies of the positive pole, to your spiritual self, you find that the spiritual Light can override any negativity. You learn to bring all the levels of your consciousness into the flow of the Light; then the positive energy extends itself through all the negative realms, and you find every level of your life becoming a manifestation of God’s love and grace. The energy of the Light is the spiritual force that is present within and that activates all things. It is everywhere to a greater or lesser degree. The Light is more active in a tree than it is in a rock, and it is more active in a deer than it is in a tree, but it is present in all of them, although they may not be consciously aware of it. The presence of the Light is most active within the human consciousness, and the human consciousness is unique in its ability to be consciously aware of the Light and to work as a co-creator with the energy of Light. More...

Sample Chapter: Living Love From The Spiritual Heart

Loving It All The key to breaking free is to love yourself and to love each experience that comes to you whether it appears to be negative or positive. Love it all equally. Love it all, own it all—and you will be free. Enough love will handle all things. If you are having difficulty handling something, you don’t have enough love for that thing. So your next step is laid out right in front of you: get some more love. If there are still areas of your life that cause you difficulty, bless them. Indeed, those areas are your blessings because they move you to seek the Kingdom of God. If all things were perfect here, you might forget all about your spiritual direction. When you can look at your life in perspective, you will see the humor of it. Enjoy it. Enjoy yourself in all your escapades. When you do, it’s easy for the loving to come present and manifest itself in everything you do. So love your depression, love your despair, love your anger, love your confusion, love your upset. Love is the key—total, unconditional love. Even when you don’t feel like loving, you love the feeling of not feeling like loving. More...

Sample Chapter: Living The Spiritual Principles Of Health And Well-Being

FOREWORD I have always known there was more to health and healing than what I learned in medical school. Just prior to embarking on my years of studying to be a physician, the journey was put into a new perspective when a friend gave me some writings about spirituality and health. A few chapters from the Aquarian Gospel, a “spiritual” book that was particularly popular at the time, opened my mind to a greater perspective on healing than the narrower focus I was going to learn about in my studies. When I later dove into the Mind/Body Medicine approach to the patient, I found the distinction between healing and curing both intriguing and profound. A cure is usually seen when an imbalance, or dis-ease, responds to a treatment and can be measured as an objective outcome of resolution. However, there is a greater overarching perspective when healing is present that only the patient can truly appreciate. A patient may or may not know they have experienced a cure (for example, the treatment of a metabolic disease that is only evident through laboratory testing). However, healing is often a whole-body experience. As it is not measurable like a “cure,” the inner experience of healing may even be present when the outer resolution has not occurred. Cancer patients can heal conflicts and imbalances within themselves and their relationships and still go on to die from the cancer, but in a place of peace. Then again, Bernie Siegel writes about cancer patients who have rebalanced through healing and went on to see their cancer resolve into a cure. In Love Medicine and Miracles, Bernie writes, “I do not claim love cures everything, but it can heal and in the process of healing, cures occur also.” More...

Sample Chapter: Momentum, Letting Love Lead

People often say that love will cure the world. But this is not exactly true. It is loving that cures the world. Loving is action. Loving is manifestation. Loving is movement. Loving is the consciousness of giving. This book is about being loving in the moment. For years I have wanted to know: Is there a simple solution to our problems, our issues, our challenges in life? After much searching, I have concluded that no matter what we face, we can handle it by being in the moment. “In the moment” is where we can find all our answers. The trick is to bring ourselves into the moment. What’s more, there is another dimension to being in the moment—and that is to be loving. This is the loving that springs from the depth of our being, our spiritual heart. So, the key to life is to be loving in the moment. Being loving in the moment is an option that is continually available—a choice that everyone has the power to make. It takes enormous strength to stay loving in the face of inner and outer challenges, and the distractions of daily life. But it’s a choice that is well worth making. Being loving in the moment is practical spirituality. Practical spirituality is about applying spiritual concepts to day-to-day living. You don’t have to try to be spiritual. You already are. But you may have to undo the effects of conditioning to discover your fundamental nature, which is love. I invite you to use this book to discover ways to engage in the bigger game, the Game of Love. The chapters include simple practices that provide ways to begin putting into use the ideas presented. Between chapters are sections called Reflections on Loving that are designed to assist you in attuning to love. These sections, which focus on such themes as relationships, challenges and self-mastery, can also be used as a spiritual practice. Re-reading and reflecting on the text is a simple way of bringing your awareness to loving in the moment. The quotes in the book, unless indicated otherwise, are by John-Roger. The ideas in this book are not specific to any religion. They are based on universal principles found in the world’s wisdom traditions. There’s no need to adopt any particular beliefs, or give up your existing faith or spiritual practices, to find these tools and techniques useful. More...

Sample Chapter: Relationships: Love, Marriage And Spirit

Communicating Past the Complaint If you want agreement, try complaining about a situation or a person who isn't present. You're sure to get support because that's the nature of this negative planet. If you want disagreement, complain directly to the person whom you are judging as wrong. "But isn't part of communication telling someone when they did something wrong?" a woman asked while I was counseling her. "Give me an example," I suggested. "Okay, sure. Just last Sunday, for instance, my husband and I were supposed to go out and spend the day together. That's sort of a tradition we've developed; we work hard all week, and Sundays are for each other. But last week, he wasn't ready to go until two o'clock in the afternoon. Half the day already gone!" "What did he do the first half of the day?" "Domestic stuff, you know." "No, I don't know. What kind of domestic stuff?" "He fixed a shelf in the closet and stopped a leaky faucet." "Was that your closet and bathroom, too?" I asked. "Of course, but he could have done it during the week." "Did you ask him why he didn't?" "Yes. He said he was busy working and didn't have the time. But that's not the issue. After we finally left, we went to a museum for a little while and then walked around outside in the beautiful day. After only an hour, he said something about doing some work in service that would take about an hour and a half." "Work in service?" "Yes, you know, service. We each do things for others--the church, an orphan home, stuff like that--just for the fun of doing it." "Sounds good," I commented. More...

Sample Chapter: Sex, Spirit & You

Promiscuity Different sexual expressions produce different results, and some may be easier to handle than others. One result of a great deal of unselective sexual expression can be illness in the body, such as venereal disease. Another result can be the scattering of creative energy that could be channeled in a more positive direction. Yet another result might be confusion and a loss of identity because of receiving too many frequencies into the body. The sexual relationship is a rapid way of mixing your frequencies with those of your partner. That is why it can be a rapid way to lose your own identity. You can become confused about who you are and lose your conscious direction. If you engage in a sexual relationship with someone who is also having sexual relations with others, you will receive not only that person's frequency but the frequencies and emotions of those with whom he or she has exchanged energies. You become the "garbage collector," and that can be hell. Then you may become so unsure of your identity and worth that you give up the dignity of your consciousness and allow the lower desire patterns of your nature to run your life. Promiscuous sexual encounters can confuse you on many levels. Because sexual and spiritual creativity reside so close together, sexual activity can compromise the spirituality, leaving you even more open to pick up the frequency of the last person you encountered in the sexual relationship. When people enter into great confusion--"I don't understand; I am confused; I don't know who I am"--it may be one of the indicators that they are being promiscuous. More...

Sample Chapter: Spiritual Warrior

Accepting the Enemy Within We have to go into the dark part of ourselves and love that dark part. For loving it is the key to the kingdom. And we have to stand up and acknowledge that it is part of us. As Spiritual Warriors we must not become victims, no matter what is happening. That does not mean that we can't say "stop." But we shouldn't say it as victims. Alternately, as we move through life and try to accomplish things, we often bump into other people--a spouse, a boss, a child, a relative, a neighbor--and discover that even though we have been trying to conduct ourselves honorably, others perceive themselves as the victims of our actions. The Spiritual Warrior banishes all traces of victimhood. Victimhood means letting your emotions dictate your consciousness. How does that happen? There is a dark side within us, and we must learn to confront it. That dark side is an enemy to all our highest intentions. It is like the little devil in the cartoon that sits on our shoulder and whispers to us. It tells us all the negative things about the world, about other people. It tells us how bad they really are. It tells us the terrible things they do. The Unconscious According to classic psychology, when you tell others about the terrible things that they do, you are projecting. I see evidence of it every day. For example, I receive letters from people around the world telling me what terrible things have been done to them by others, things which have wounded them and hampered them in their spiritual growth. But, often enough, when I investigate the situation on my own, I find that their claims of being victims have little or no validity. So where did these vivid impressions of mistreatment and cruelty come from? They came from inside the person who complained. He or she was full of repressed feelings of resentment and injury which had become totally centered on another person. To victims it always seems that the emotions they have projected on their enemy are radiating from the enemy. Projection is demonizing, dehumanizing. If we declare another person to be essentially wrong, bad, evil, then we feel that whatever we do them, they deserve. If we are going to do anything on the planet worthwhile for ourselves or anyone else, we have to watch out primarily for these insidious mindsets that sabotage all our good works: the victim and the enemy within. You are the one who makes yourself the victim. And who is the enemy? It's you. You are the enemy and the victim at one and the same time! More...

Sample Chapter: The Blessings Already Are

The Blessing of Lifting to God's Standards Our task is to stop making choices that limit and start making choices that manifest the blessings. There is a higher standard of living available to us, which we can attain, that I call practical spirituality. This is not something that we just study or analyze or that was lived at some distant time that we reminisce or wonder about. If we cannot practice our spirituality, if we are not able to live beyond the pulpit and express into the world, then it just does not mean much, if anything. If spirituality has no real application, then it tends to be simply a nice idea or a romantic fantasy. Once, while I was in South America, I was watching television reports on the famine in Somalia, and it became very clear that I should go there myself. I was looking at what was occurring not as an individual situation but as a situation perpetuating itself into an entire nation and demanding the attention of the world. More...

Sample Chapter: When Are You Coming Home?

I’m going to tell you a story. It includes bits and pieces of my journeys, my spiritual travels in this and other worlds, in this and other times. It is a story of separation physically, emotionally, spiritually, and it is a story of returning to myself and to my God. In this story, I am myself and in some ways, I am also “everyman.” I might be of any race or creed, of any color or condition. I might be male or female. I am simply human and, thus, a child of God. Through my journeys, I have discovered that our souls are sparks of the divine, God individualized. Our souls are our connection to God and to spirit. When we rise high enough, all our souls are of the same essence, and so we are all connected. We are all one. We are all of divine spirit. In the journeys of my lives, I have come to believe that the suffering of humankind lies in its perceived separation from God, which is the ultimate source of our power, creativity, and life. I believe the separation is a temporary condition and that we have the power to “come home” when we choose, to return to our awareness of the divine, to the knowledge of our souls and spirit. I believe this is the message of all great spiritual teachers throughout all time. It is a universal message and remains the same, no matter the time, culture, or tradition. In the gospel according to Luke, it is written that Jesus taught the parable of the lost son, the prodigal son who realizes the error of his ways and comes home to his father. (Holy Bible, Luke, Chapter 15). Though in the parable, the emphasis is on the son who comes home, I think of it as the parable of the “forgiving Father” for it exemplifies the nature of God which sees the perfection of each soul no matter what the circumstances and experiences only love. More...