ideas expressed herein are widely embraced and represent no particular
group, sect or religion. They are
based upon principles which are at the root of the
teachings of all of the great sages, enlightened
masters and teachers of all time.
s creatures of this earth,
we are engaged in this pursuit we call living a life. Everything
that man has created is about life at one level or another, for
life is creativity itself. All art, literature, invention
and discovery are expressions of it. Still,
this does not mean that we have a clear understanding of life.
The studies of philosophy and religion are efforts to answer
the universal; questions we have in that regard. The
fact that there isn't one particular philosophy upon which all; can
agree, however, does not mean that it's not possible to find; one
that works. Of course discovering what we mean by "works"
is an issue in itself and is; one that we explore here.
This site acknowledges that we are here in this world (in this physical experience) in order to joyfully experience the abundance of physical substance and energy in which we are immersed. But it doesn't
end there. Just as important as that part is the principle
that it is achieved by our contributing to the whole through
expression of our totally unique talents and abilities. We
naturally experience joy when we express in our own unique way;
as we do that, we give (contribute service) and as we give, we
receive. Much of this happens through work and career.
Abundance is a natural
consequence of this activity if we are in harmony with our True
Selves. For this reason, we are as eager to discuss
the higher aspects of work and business here as we are the other
elements of prosperity and happiness. At this site we celebrate
that we are living in a physical world. It is not our intention
to remove ourselves from it into some "spiritual bliss"--not
that there's anything wrong with spiritual bliss; it's just that
it's too often associated with moving away from everyday realities
to the proverbial hilltop cave. Our aim here is to re-discover
our true identies as infinite and eternal beings, and in so doing
begin to utilize the tremendous powers of Infinite Mind (of which
we are a part) to live our physical lives more joyfully.
There are two aspects
or realms of life--that of our physical realm with which we are
most familiar and the one I referred to above -- that of our
higher selves, which we are here to rediscover. The study of
metaphysics helps us to delve into the latter aspect. Metaphysical
means beyond the physical--in other words; beyond what we
physically observe. Some might use the word spiritual. That's
fine as well, as long as it is understood that spiritual is not
synonymous; with religious--for what is discussed here is
not about religion. We use both terms -- "spiritual"
and "metaphysical" -- freely and interchangeably here.
Both help us in discussing that critically important facet of
our lives that most of us overlook as we are focused upon maneuvering
through the "seeming chaos" of our daily lives.
Our aim is to understand
that the two aspects of our being are relevant and important
to all of areas of our lives --career, work, money, business,
love relationships, physical vitality. The reason that we may
experience difficulty in any of these areas is because we engage
them only on the physical level and neglect their higher aspects.
We tend to approach most of the elements of our lives the
way conventional wisdom tells us to. Conventional wisdom
is grossly limited compared to Infinite Wisdom. So limiting ourselves
to the ways of convention, we cut ourselves off from the awesome
powers to which we have access; and in so doing, we remain adrift
in struggle and limitation in those areas. Correcting those
false perceptions is the focus of this site. With
correction, we gain more control over our lives, and achieve
order and peace of mind where there seemed to be chaos.
People who begin
to pursue awareness of the higher aspects of their lives are
sometimes referred to as seekers, but how we refer to them is
not that important. The important thing is that once
the individual begins to ask questions of his Inner Self (some
might say questions of the heart), he opens himself to guidance
from his Higher Self. The actual insights may come
through some other person or from an article or book or an experience
(or being drawn to a website such as this). There
is a saying to the effect, that when the student is ready, the
teacher will appear. The teacher can appear in any form. Of
course the statement also implies that if the student is not
ready, the wisdom does not come. What that really means
is that it is always there and accessible. It's just that
we don't recognize it until we have the desire and awareness
to ask for it. Asking places us in a receptive state.
Be assured that
everyone, all successful business people, artists, writers, scientists,
whoever, are people who are listening to their inner voice. Some
may call this their intuition. Whether we realize it or
not, we are all both students and teachers in this life experience.
We are most vibrant when we are consciously reminding others
of their own magnificence. Also, our own success provides an
example to others that they also can achieve what they desire.
There is a higher
purpose-- the evolution of our individual souls and by extension
the evolution of consciousness. We are players in the higher
purpose of the Universe by consciously engaging in the evolution
of our own souls. While that includes attitudes of love
and compassion toward our fellow travelers, we cannot evolve
others. It is not only impossible, it is a mistake to try to
live other's lives for them.
I encourage you
to open yourself up to the awesome powers to which we all have
access. In working to understand your own purpose
and then engaging in it, you will live joyfully and be doing
your part in the evolution of Infinite Mind as well.
As I close this
overview, it occurs to me that there is something you should
know about the evolution of this site. I began by writing a series
of articles (Perspectives of God -- How The Universe Works) for another site. Readers of those earlier
installments indicated in emails to me that intervals between
the Parts were getting longer and wondered if there was another
way of receiving installments. My original motivation for starting
the original site (since upgraded to this URL) was nothing more
than an answer to that immediate concern. I had no great vision
to expand beyond that series; it was simply a convenience for
readers of that series. But as a result of answering mail received
from readers, I found I was writing responses which were in themselves
mini articles. So I would end up editing those themes for posting
on the website, and the archive of postings in the Article Index expanded and evolved.
Something else occurred
during that time with visitors to the site who contacted me and
ended up becoming dialogue friends. I wanted to introduce them
to each other, because many of these people expressed how they
felt kind of isolated in terms of their metaphysical-spiritual
beliefs. I wanted them to meet each other so they would realize
that there are many others very much like them, feeling the same
way. What unexpectedly developed from this was a very active
and fabulous email group.
But fhis accounting
of the evolution of the site is only a lead in to a more important
point -- my own evolution in understanding since I began drafting
the first articles in mid-1999. Within a couple of years, my
understanding had evolved to a point where I no longer found
the original series satisfactory. From time to time, I considered
removing the original series from the site. But let me clarify
that that was only because they were not reflective of how I
would express the ideas from a later perspective -- not because
I didn't think they weren't informative for many readers. As
it turned out, I kept seeing in the site statistics that these
articles were being accessed as much as any others, and that
readers were still writing positive comments to me about them.
In the end, I decided that they were still serving a purpose
-- especially to beginners -- and therefore worth retaining in
Anyway, since we
are all on an evolutionary path of consciousness, there are those
coming to this site who are at a point similar to where I was
when I wrote that initial series. Just as I could not
have written the most current series, The Way
of Open Consciousness (mid 2007 into 2008) in
that earlier time period, it would not surprise me if novices
to metaphysical concepts may not resonate as much with this latter
series as they might at a later time. That's because our insights
and understanding are unarguably related to our awareness level.
I can only hope this makes sense.
Please note that
there is an Article
Index page where you can go to access all of the articles currently archived. At the top of the list of articles is an Orientation article that might be a
good one to begin with--especially for those who might describe
themselves as new seekers.
So this site is
irregularly updated with new articles and sometimes expanded
to include new elements as time goes on. Thus, you will also
find a link on the left side of this page that informs of new
postings. It is called Notice of New Articles. Please come back to visit every now and then. Hopefully you will find something to inspire new insights.
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