Welcome Doug, to our forum! And many thanks for your kind letter.
I will follow your letter as it unfolds:
Thanks for keeping in touch. It is always so encouraging for me to receive your optimistic and intelligent messages. You are right when you say:
My dear friend, so good to hear your positive voice throgh this veil of darkness our world is about to encounter!
Yes. I also think we in for quite a bad spell. It is not clear exactly when and in which form, but the folks who control the world's money seem to have some very sinister plans – using us as mere cannon fodder, both metaphorically and factually.
>>When I re-read Spirituality Without God I feel as if I am talking with you as your style of writing resonates with me in a very conducive way. I guess that is what happens to people as they can relate to one author and yet not another, depending upon their likes and dislikes.
The way you communicate your message via your books is about as clear as I could think of, but for some it is overload and for others it just does not have that final stamp of god given approval which people crave.>>
Yes. I also sometimes read something from another author and feel great intimacy with the words at that moment. In that instance 'the guru comes with the book', as old Da Free John was fond of saying. (Sad, how unfree his life turned out to be. He was so very gifted, and then something seems to have gone wrong. From there onward it was just ego and abuse of those who followed him).
I, like you my friend have found that there is no answer to the great beyond and all there is, is our lives and how we decide to live.
I prefer to let my self do the living for the most part and just enjoy the ride because any thing else would be like spitting in the wind.>>
Indeed. There is only this life as we as humans experience it. Whatever our experiences, these are all part of our human existence. In this way our gods are us, our relationships are us and everything about and around us, is us. Our total reality is just one ongoing presently unfolding experience, with no one as the experiencer. Just one undivided process of present human unfolding.
>>Go with your ambitions, take care of your priorities, live life but live it as a humane human being.
Beautiful!! This is so true. You put your finger right on the whole matter. To move from mere humanness to humaneness. What other challenge is there?
We have both had our moments of bliss in our practice to where we could not see anything but the truth of what is and those moments are just fantastic and spiritual. I also see that the prophets from other religions have walked the same path but became trapped in there own experience that they helped to create a legion of followers who were hopelessly trapped in there methodology of inspiration and freedom.>>
Yes. The inner experiences are mostly the same. But then, afterward, when they come 'back' into their ordinary states of unawareness, they claim that they have seen/experienced god, and immediately place the whole thing in the context of their religious background. Then it all gets colored and modified to suit their pre-existing belief structures. All very sad. And so the whole thing gets reduced to nothing but a series of well-articulated concepts.
>>I write you this as a father of a 20 year old son who is just finishing boot camp in the national guard so he can afford college expenses while living at home with the family and yes I am scared. 2 of his friends had family problems and both lived with us before joining the military and 1 is in Afganistan now and the other deploys next week. These boys are aged 19 and 20 and yes I am afraid for both of them as well as my son.>.
I fully sympathize with your very real concern. Boys of that age were not made to see all the horrible things of war and human destruction. It is a side of life better spared for all of us.
>>As you open your last 2 books "life is a matter of priorities" and I feel this is one of the most important lines your readers could understand.In the area I live in (Eugene Oregon) I have been invited to come sit at the feet of many gurus and "feel there truth" but I have declined all invetations as I get the feeling from the people who ask me that it is a truth you must buy or be a participent of and what I try to explain to all these loving souls is the path we walk is our own.
Quite funny in a way as these people do gravitate towards me but can not see the forrest through the trees in a kind of way.>>
Yes, dear friend. Humane living is a product of self-knowledge and our own inner guiding light. It cannot be given by another or received by following a path dictated by another. When one joins a group, what one seeks is belonging, not the truth of human life. The group offers solace, friendship, and feel-good experiences. But the door we have to walk through to become what we already potentially are, is a path we have to walk alone.
>>The simplicity of the path is easy to see but the walking of it can be
>>the downfall of our message. Who wants to be a real human being with
>>all of the spin we can give to our egos especially with the
>>communication age of humans being so surrounded by the distractions of
>>others and just maybe I can make it big also?>>
Indeed! The ego is the false, and yet, who has even the slightest intimation that this is our most fundamental delusional 'truth'? And so, the ego and its paths always remain in control.
>>I am big, I am small, what does it matter! I have a peace within that
>>shouts in silence! Let us my friend pass it as we can and still have
>>hope for the future. You my friend are so far away but you are my
>>brother in this life and we shall always be closely linked.>>
Yes, my friend and brother. We are not apart. Our struggle and search is of the same nature.
>>Now as a brother I say hold on to your gold and silver as this might
>>be all we have soon for buying power and perhaps just to stay alive.No
>>matter what happens we have at least enjoyed the simple life of just
>>being ourselves,not perfect but understanding that we are just humans
>>with some design flaws that can be helped by a seriouse inquiry of
>>what is within each of us.Chin up my brother and I will try to keep
>>contact more frequent as I am very bad at this but just know you are
>>with me always. Your friend and brother in the work, Doug……….>>
Yes. I am seriously thinking of buying some Kruger Rands (gold coins). The future is beginning to look ominously bleak and disruptive. The elite seems to be moving fast to secure their control over us all as they expound the virtues of the New World Order in their controlled mass media.
I love your last paragraph. You are right: we can only try to overcome our inherent design faults and develop from there as best we can. This in itself is already a heroic and deeply rewarding undertaking.
Hand in hand,