These thoughts come from what I call
"the God place", a place
of extreme and unconditional love that is beyond words. Being
able to go to that
place through meditation is quite a gift. A gift that has
resulted in profound changes in my life,
and can change others similarly. Many others have
encountered and written about the same things I write of
here, often using
different words. The words they used reflect the
culture or discipline, the message is the same. If you want
references, simply request them.
The source power/love/God is in all
things and all people, not just humans, Christians,
Muslims or Pantheists. A person can sense it in all
things and they can sense it in you. As I describe in
detail in my book, I have had a family
of rabbits play at my feet, been wrapped in feelings of
love and scent from trees and had various children and
adults react strongly to the presence of that force. A
truly magical experience in each case. I
could sense the God/source/power in them, and they could sense it in
me, an incredible experience.
Higher levels of communion are open
to all people, not just Christians, Muslims, etc. I
follow no particular religion and a high level of
communion with that power has been open to me. The
Christian saints are right when they say there can be no
Three things to consider when approaching any
sort of action (the central focus of my book):
a. Would I do this in front of God (or whatever you
call that power/force)?
b. Is my name really on it (or is it really my
c. Will this increase the integrity of the universe
(or is this loving, acting out of love always
increases the integrity of the universe)?
True power is a consequence and a
sacred gift to be nurtured and treasured, not an
objective to be sought after. Power, an ability to influence others, comes
as a result of ones actions, behaviors, attitudes and beliefs. It
is based on love and is inclusive, empathic and
compassionate. It is also timeless and selfless, as in the power of
Christ. People follow this power by choice, not fear. It
can, and does, change people's lives, it can change the world.
It is amazing and very fulfilling to be part of that
power. False power, like being president, CEO or having
large quantities of money, is illusory, self-centered, time limited and
based on fear. This type of power is frequently seen as
an objective in this culture. Examples of this type of
false power are numerous.
The human concept of perfection is
based on things like fear and guilt. It is flawed and
harmful much of the time. In fact, I know of no
situation where it is helpful, though it sometimes
drives people through fear. The concept causes people to
drive themselves toward an ideal that was generally set
for them by the culture or some individual. A frequent result is anxiety and
negative feelings toward oneself. This concept does not
help the individual, but it certainly adds to fear.
Perfection in a divine sense does not fit within linear,
cause-and-effect logic. In a divine sense, we are
all perfect within our imperfections, a beautiful truth.
Love is a willingness to sacrifice
and devote oneself to someone else’s emotional and
spiritual well being and growth. It is both a feeling
and the actions springing from that feeling. Passion,
excitement and lust come and go. Love does not. Love
always increases the integrity of the universe. It is
inclusive, compassionate, understanding, forgiving and
accepting. Judgment, exclusion, self-interest and
criticism do not fit within love.
Love is totally without conditions
and totally selfless. I
don't mean that there are no personal needs in
most relationships. There usually are a variety of
spoken and unspoken needs and those
needs are a wonderful part of being human.
Those needs add to the depth and complexity of the
relationship and growth for the individual. Ideally, operating within those needs, openly and honestly, is
part of the relationship. There
is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Feeling
those needs, and acting on them is simply part of the
learning and growth of being human. Those
self-caring perceived needs are simply independent of
When I say "without
conditions", I don't mean without boundaries. A
person can say "you cannot do this in my presence", but
that does not diminish the love, in fact that level of
honesty frequently adds to the love. I have well
developed boundaries and often avoid situations that
will compromise those boundaries, and communicating
those limits to others with compassion and understanding
is often the most loving thing that can be done. I also feel a
strong love for others and will connect quite openly and
willingly with them, and will go out of my way to do so.
Acting out of love is always truthful, open,
honest, compassionate, understanding and increases the
integrity of the universe.
The left brain type of reasoning is based on
cause-and-effect and linear, logical relationships. This form of
reasoning is toward one end of a continuum of
consciousness that we have
access to. At the other end of that continuum is the
absolute or God place. As various mystics and healers
have found, the absolute is beyond reason and analysis.
The dualistic, analytic approach has no meaning there. The absolute
has the positive characteristics of love, service,
inclusiveness, empathy, humility, forgiveness,
compassion, acceptance and healing and not their
opposites, it is not dualistic, which is why it is
absolute. It is a strange and wonderful way of being.
It is possible to understand the absolute using the
intellect. However, it is only possible to “know” (being
with the feeling, living it and having it be part of
you) it through things like the infused prayer of
Christians or, what is usually called deep meditation,
meaning meditation where one goes beyond the conscious
We live in a world of duality. We understand pleasant
because there is unpleasant, night because of day, etc.
It is hard to understand, but in the absolute there is
no dichotomy of anything, no different sexes,
separateness, race or social standing. There are souls
of all things and there is the source. These souls are
entities in themselves, part of the source and part of
each other, all at the
same time. There is no individuality, as we know it
since there is no separateness. There is no forgiveness
since there is nothing to forgive. All are a part of an
intense feeling of love and connection to all. There are
differences in souls, depending on their stages of
growth. There is total perfection at the same time.
There is no contradiction in this situation. Things just
The conscious mind is wonderful, it can design
computers, judge right and wrong, perform job functions,
tell us to brush our teeth, perform scientific studies,
provide us with an endless source of entertainment,
remember the alphabet and tell us to keep our hand off
of a hot stove. In short it can tell us how to get along
in the world. The absolute is also wonderful, it can
show us that things like growth, compassion and love are
important and many other things are important only in
that they teach us about things like compassion, love
and understanding. Otherwise, as many people have
pointed out, things in the created order have little
meaning. Existence in the absolute is a meaningful way
to spend an eternity with occasional periods of being in
physical form. Mystics and many healers get to
experience the absolute directly.
The healing, connection and gratitude of the right brain
is love based and within the consciousness
continuum. Fear/reasoning is very human, subject to
cause and effect and scientific inquiry. Non-medical
healing, the feelings of connection and gratitude is
based on knowing not analyzing and cannot be thoroughly
explained by the very good but limited scientific model.
Fear/reasoning is human, love is God, or whatever you
choose to call that power/force.
There is a place between the absolute and the conscious
mind that we have access to, through meditation. I will call
it the transcendent place, which, I believe, is what it
has been called before. Another name which has been
given to this place by me, Jill Bolte Taylor and others
is La-La land. A person can approach (get near it but
not there, quite) this place through conscious thought,
as in prayer, meditation, or things like intense dance,
walking in the woods, climbing a mountain, etc.. How a
person gets there differs from person to person, once
there, the transcendent place varies little. It can then
be accessed by allowing it to happen, but not willing it
to happen. Only by allowing not willing it or striving
for it. Then when it happens, it feels like a gift and a
surprise. Conscious thought, even thinking “I’m doing
it!” or “boy, this is neat!” dissipates it. All of a
sudden the incessant chatter of the brain stops and a
person feels the oneness of all things together with a
feeling of great peace and a sense of euphoria, no
language while there, only upon return. A person feels
the “Unborn, eternal, imperishable, original” Self.
In the transcendent place a person feels great peace and
love and also knows we are connected to everybody and
everything. That we are all one. It is also a place of
great healing power. A power and feeling that it is
possible to carry back into consciousness. It is also
possible to carry it with you through the day. It can
change your world and the way you are in it.
The healing power that exists in the transcendent place
is a bit of a mystery, at least to me. It can be used,
lived, known and felt but not analyzed or understood, at
least in the manner that we are accustomed to
understanding things within the created order. We
understand why an anti-bacterial antiseptic works, it
fits nicely into cause and effect, dualistic thinking.
We do not understand why healing touch works to increase
the speed of healing wounds.
The healing results from allowing it, not reasoning and
willing it. This is a softer process which begins with
the physical condition of the body and gently proceeds
from there. That is, if there is a physical condition
resulting in pain, the beginning comes in being with
that pain and its source in order to reduce the pain and
begin healing its source, the pain’s cause not the
symptom. This type of healing does not start with a
pre-conceived concept of health and proceed from there.
The latter feels more fear based and forced.