SCIENCE AND NON-DUALITY CONFERENCE, CA. 2013.
My performance presentation even inspired scientists to join me onstage, but before I say more …
The warm sun of northern California on my skin was the first joy of the conference. From there forward it was all a great discovery of old and new friends dancing in discussion and exploration of this appearing reality of everyday human life and throughout the cosmos. What was the outcome of the discussions – between all of us, including scientists and mystics? There is one infinite unseen reality from which all springs forth into its temporary existence before it returns back to the fertile field of infinite potential. As seen in this photo we joined forces … I specifically mean my friends and great minds, scientist Lothar Schafer (in photo) and later, phycisist, Menas Kafatos, who joined me on stage to explore the quantum field out of which all is born.
IN SHORT, the conference was a great open space for meeting of intellect and heart – and exploring this shared cosmic moment of appearance, before we remember that we are indeed not temporary, but timeless consciousness embodied to experience its own self.
The taxi driver asked where I was going, I said "Home James", referring to some hollywood image of someone talking to their limo driver. Indeed, where is home? And more importantly what relationships are a part of my home. Not only literally, but what types of relationships serve my happiness in my life and make me feel "at home"?
This past weekend, I was a part of an inspiring meeting of men and women in high level global business leadership roles. The theme was to explore how to contribute to productive and meaningful relationships that support their firms and all firms to flourish with sustainabile success. We have no choice, but to be in relationship with people and life. The question is, what KIND of relationships: mutual, kind, and productive, or competitive, victim-oriented, and at worst, with some type of violence, verbal, emotional, or otherwise.
We need relationship (to ourselves, people, nature, and life) to feel a sense of being alive. In quantum physics, the reason a table (and all appearing matter) doesn’t fall apart into a messy pool of atoms and particles is because of relationship. Each individual particle that appears out of the infinite quantum soup has an impulse to return to the formless field from which it came, and yet upon being in relationship to other particles, a magic occurs and it can’t leave, so luckily the table remains solidly under this laptop for me to write this blog. Relationship on a certain level, creates our sense of existence. But ultimately, as I stated above, the question becomes what kinds of relationships do we wish to have to serve our happiness, and if you are in a leadership role, your firm’s long term success.
What creates a positive and rewarding relationship? I like simplicity so I will answer this with only one thing (in addition to many excellence practices that are concrete and can help). Approach every relationship aware of your own self FIRST. What are you feeling in your gut, what taste are you contributing to the quantum soup of that moment? Are you contributing fear, anger, resentment, hope, love, or openess? These and many other attitudes strongly impact the direction of a conversation or relationship. The ingredients you pour into the soup help determine its taste, its productive results, and its success. YOU are an integral part.
Where does this leave us? To make your best contribution to the gourmet quantum soup of each moment of relationship, I suggest you let go of and dissolve any of your destructive patterns and habitual perceptions that you hold tightly, or strongly. They take up space and lessen any chance of enhancing old or new, fresh, and expansive relationships. Make room, make space, create a clearing where life can unfold in new ways like the lotus flower, infinite in its petals, and always unfolding. Relationships need room to take root and blossom. This is your role, personally and professionally. This is where the magic happens where two particles with impulses to return to feeling separate and alone, can’t, because they realize sharing existence and flourishing together is much more fun, and fills the heart in a much more rewarding way.
Boston. The pain of this world touches us all, whether we are where violence happens or we're experiencing our own violence of the anger and rage within ourselves. It all hurts. As spiritual as we wish to be, we remain painfully human. So what to do? Let's check in, "Why does it hurt?" It hurts because our deepest nature is oneness. In this we have no choice. Life is one with infinite expression. This violence of us to each other ~ or to ourselves ~ is contrary to this truth. Thus the deep ripping pain in our heart. This hurt turns to anger and the violence continues.
Here lies the bridge we are attempting to cross as humanity. Millions of people are questioning this ancient and conditioned sense of separation. There is a deep universal calling within our souls to step forward from behind this fear and pain. It is the evolution of consciousness. It is the unstoppable evolution of humanity. Unfortunately, it is born of the blatant separation seen through violence. It is like the cries of the mother, the stretching and sometimes ripping of flesh to give birth to a newborn child, the birth of possibility and hope.
Our test is to go deeper than the anger, to the saddened heart, feel the pain, have our tears run down our cheeks, don't deny them, accept our humaness...AND THEN, in this compassion for ourselves, for our humaness, in this acceptance can be revealed a quieting, perhaps a new full breath, a new sense of the sun upon our skin, a softening of our rage and fear, even perhaps a stillness, unimagined a few moments ago, but real in this moment. Perhaps in this moment we hear a faint cry beneath the tears, beneath the anger, that is an echo of a tender human heart, a yearning to be held, to hold, and ultimately the deepest yearning of our own soul, the yearning to be done with the endless battle, and simply.....love.
I’d like to offer some clarity about the words, “Letting Go.” What do they mean, really?
If you’re asked to let a feeling go, you might notice an impulse to resist and defend why you feel the anxiety or emotions you feel. Sometimes, there is even hostility when asked to let go of something that feels justified. When we are used to having a feeling, a point of view, an opinion, or a perspective – it is familiar, comfortable and can create a sense of identity or safety, even when the feeling is painful. So we joke, strike back, fight, or even kill that which threatens it, in order to hold on to our way of seeing ~ our comfort zone of familiarity. It seems to reinforce our sense of survival.
This brings up the liberating distinction about letting go that I want to address. Most often what is having its survival threatened is actually our points of view. Our life-threatening mistake is to identify the totality of who we are as that point of view or belief system. You may ask, “Who are we if not our beliefs?”
Let’s find out. Ask yourself, “What is looking at these words?” Do you need to recall a belief in order to be present in this moment reading? Or is a belief in this moment added by the mind or have to be reaccessed from memory. What I am proposing is that there is a you spontaneously here that is not dependent on your past thinking or beliefs systems. You exist freely. Belief systems and points of view are fine, but they are not ultimately who we are.
YOU are here before during and after these words, all beliefs, thoughts, and feelings. This pre-conditioned presence or self knows how to live more harmoniously because it does not depend on beliefs or holding a position in order to exist. It has a calm knowing and stability in its own self. It speaks what feels true, yet need not stand vigilantly ready to defend a position or be right. So, from here, letting go becomes not about having to “get rid” of a feeling, but rather to let go of holding on so intensely to our positions that have been causing us pain or conflict in our relations, literally in our health, and our lives. In this release of our grip, there is a softening inside. Less ulcers and poor digestion. Less trips to the chiropractor. A relaxing of the shoulders. A new and larger breath. This is a defining moment. We hear something even more meaningful than our thinking and perceptions. Now we hear a voice inside that is our heart, our soul, which speaks what is true for us, not because we have a position to defend, but because it simply is what we know to be true. This is where calm clarity and peace come from.
However, letting go of the familiar may also induce concern or fear. Without our old points on the map of our inner landscape that we have functioned from for years, we may feel a bit lost, vulnerable, or without a compass. If allowed or even welcomed, soon the fear of the unknown is replaced with a familiarity of something deeply familiar, a profound tranquility, the essence of our own being which has been here all along awaiting our attention. This becomes deeply nourishing beyond any past fear or anxiety that was our common way for feeling the safety of familiarity.
So letting go means simply opening our grip ~ our inner grip. If you desire peace, try it now. Breathe deeply, lower the shoulders. Be willing for this one moment of your life to be free of having to stand vigilant against all those who would threaten your point of view. I speak here of your feelings about real life: Marriage, children, school, work, bosses, co-workers, lovers, strangers. I speak of this very moment. When we do this, when we let go holding on, the relaxation we crave can be found more easily. Seeing life with a clearer vision without emotionality, reactivity or victimhood can be discovered. What do you discover? I invite you to rest here for a moment, breathe deeply, and open yourself inside. It seems this peace could be why we are holding on so tightly to every thing else ~ mistakenly in order to find peace by holding on. When all along it was right here waiting to be known ~ by letting go.
The second important aspect is to align in your own self, with your core heart, a basic truth of who you are, BEYOND any intellectual or spiritual belief, point of view, or opinion to defend, but rather experientially a new and grounded sense of being. Claim this moment, this lifetime, this existence as yours, belonging no longer to other voices of your parents, religion, society, magazines, anything external or originating in memory. This inner voice that I speak of comes from deep inside, is always here, and is more profound than words can capture. It is your essence of being.
You are an expression of this unlimited universe. Thus, in a way, you are this unlimited universe awakening to its own self. With this sense of a larger interconnectedness and less feelings of separation, there is more potential for harmony, less competition and adversarial relations with others, more inner calm, and a deeply rooted peace that comes not from power or owning things of this world – both of which can come and go – but from a place deep inside, untouched and unchanging. The potential for recognizing this place in all of us has never been as ripe on the vine as now. Perhaps this is the next phase of this species and this spinning garden in space. A greater recognition of The One expressed as the many. In this sense, we are indeed, at an amazing time.
PLEASE READ BEFORE WATCHING: See if you can do this. Be free of multitasking for 120 seconds. That’s two minutes. Watch this calming video, lower your shoulders, take a gentle breath. Let go of the day, the impulse to text, or to look at how much time is left in the video; the impulse to do something other than being here where you are. We have learned to endlessly “do” more in order to “be” more or “get” more. However, this weakens our ability to know the quieter mind, greater wisdom, and peace that awaits us right here. We miss the beauty of this moment and ultimately, of our lives. Here’s your chance to remember how to be this way. The presence of life and beauty awaits you.
Please be sure your speakers are on. And if you like, watch this in full screen.
TEACHING IN MEXICO: SIX NUNS AND FREEDOM. I just returned from teaching The Sedona Method near Mexico City. Six Catholic nuns also attended the course and inspired all of us, as they looked with humility at how their pride, ego, and personal emotions stood between them and their loving relationship to God.
As they let go of and surrendered their personal separation from the Creator, one nun in particular found tears in her eyes as she realized that in her constant desire to be closer to God she was holding the concept of separation in mind. When she courageously let that go for a moment, she felt the healng truth that she is indeed not separate at all, but rather "lovingly held in the very center of the heart of God," as she put it. Tears rolled down her cheeks and the cheeks of us all. We were all moved to see that we hold ourselves apart from the very thing our hearts desire, by this driving "want." And when we experiement and let go, even for one second, we are given a glimpse of the truth of our oneness with all of life. We are indeed held intimately in the very center of the heart of life and freedom itself.
What if you were told that you that were about to die? The creator of The Sedona Method, Lester Levenson, was told just that. After looking inside himself and letting go of suppressed emotions and history, he uncovered an unshakeable peace and serenity. His body also healed and he lived another 42 years. This peace is yours too. Find out how to uncover it.
WATCH THIS 60 SECOND VIDEO. Please be sure your speakers are on.
LOOK AT THE SEDONA METHOD TAB ABOVE FOR MORE INFORMATION.
I wish you greatest happiness,
I was in heaven. For the last 5 days I had the honor of meeting with top physicists, spiritual teachers and fellow journeyers exploring our seeming individuality, yet also the underlying truth of the oneness of all life. It was the first European Conference on Science and Non-Duality. A place to dialogue about, and to directly experience, the truth that amidst life’s infinite manifestation, there is a unified field of scientifically undeniable connection, spiritually referred to for thousands of years.
I presented my workshop based on my study at age 17 with my mime and Kaballah master teacher, Samuel Avital at Le Centre of Silence. With Samuel we explored the mystery of both the seen and the unseen. As a mime artist this meant creating a visible world onstage carved in limitless and invisible space. In my workshops at the conference, these principles, plus what Lester Levenson created as The Sedona Method proved a powerful combination that unlocked profoiund understanding for the attendees. The Sedona Method easily reveals the vast stillness of being that is behind the mind and emotions. This inner expanse, as our own deepest nature, is free … This was all well and good. Then came Saturday night.
Like a child on a great playground it was my turn to entertain – to perform my show, The Sound of One Hand Laughing. Many of you know me and know that I am shy. (I am so kidding) As a mime and physical humorist, silence and no props on stage is wonderful because there is no limitation, I can be and create anything in the universe. Do you see the metaphor in this? By carrying no props of the past we are able to create and be anything in the present moment unbound and free to fully express our hearts. And this was the result of the show. After deep laughter and the awe of seeing walls, characters, and worlds appear and disappear when I changed my body on stage, the room breathed in unison and amazement at how life appears and disappears and yet, WE, as both the witness and participant, remain. There was a palpable sense of oneness. The room and stage on that night exemplified how in this very moment that you are reading these words – and all moments before and after – we are indeed, One. Existence is one life expressed in infinite forms eternally, yet as its substance, remains forever one.
Your happiness and living an unlimited life are founded on how you free yourself from filling the boundless stage of this moment with thoughts and emotions from your past. Thus the joy of freedom is yours to feast upon in this very moment. Listen deeply to your heart. You may hear a cry to dive into the feast of life. If so, I look forward to meeting you soon!
For your greatest happiness,
PS. The upcomng global Teleseminar is focused exactly on this topic of knowing the unlimited reality of who and what you are.