Firing God
Contributor Cheryl A. Abram is going to share monthly excerpts from her soon-to-be-published book, Firing God. Publication date is October 2014, by Non-duality Press. Keep up with her on her blog. FINDING MY WAY HOME There are many inspiring books out there written by people who have experienced numerous obstacles in their lives and have lived to tell the tale. These books are uplifting, encouraging and inspire hope in the reader. I’ve read many of these books and they did encourage ... Read more

Blog Blast Off!
I am thrilled to announce the launch (click play button below) of my fresh-from-the-future, 22nd century blog, which I decided to name: Robert Rabbin … un-common commentary about authenticity, ... Read more
I'm Not a Role Model (part 1)
I might be 20 years late, but after reading about Baltimore Raven's running back Ray Rice's two-game suspension for punching out his wife, I wanted to comment on former NBA basketball star Charles ... Read more
Soulful Living
Today I received an email from a dear friend with this quote from the 13th-century Persian poet Rumi: “When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” I was in a ... Read more
From "Who am I?" to "How shall I live?"
When I was 11 years old, I had one of those epiphanies that shape one's life in unexpected ways. In my case, I developed a restless soul that longed for missing pieces in the puzzle of living: Who am I? What is my purpose? How shall I live? A few years later I took to the road on a spiritual quest, traveling around the world in search of answers to my questions about life and living, reality and truth, meaning and purpose. I spent the next 25 years immersed in various non-dual wisdom traditions,... Read more
PBS Frontline
In the same way that we use self-inquiry to discover truths about our own self, beneath those superficial ones conveniently located on the very surface of our consciousness, we have to use an investigative approach to understanding the world around us, in order to find reliable and accurate truths. For this, I recommend FRONTLINE, which provides an ever-growing library of revelatory documentaries on its website. Read more
Be Present
The first principle of The 5 Principles of Authentic Living is "Be Present." It is life's game-changer. Be Present requires that we move our center of gravity, our core point of view, from thought to awareness and from words to silence. In silent awareness, which includes but is not defined or determined by thought and language, we experience life-as-it-is, as distinct from life as we think it is. This perspective of silent awareness is a quite natural state of being, which everyone experi... Read more
Honoring our Teachers
I met Susan Greenwood through my sister, Sandra, many years ago. Susan is one of Sandra's best friends since forever. (The picture is of Susan, in white, and Sandra.) She lives with her husband in Virginia, where she is a 5th grade teacher. Susan recently urged Sandra and I to watch a new documentary by Davis Guggenheim, called Teach. We did, and we both were moved to tears. I sent a note to Susan a few days later. Sandra said it would make Susan cry. Then it occurred to me: maybe I should publi... Read more
Gone From My Sight
I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side,  spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.   Then, someone at my side says, "There, she is gone."   Gone where?   Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast, hull and ... Read more
Taboos
In order to manifest our most authentic and daring self, in order to speak from our uncensored depth of being, to set free radical and unprecedented ideas and feelings, we have to be able to say anything. Choice comes from freedom, not repression. And yet, from early in our adventure on planet Earth, we are told there are things that we just cannot say: certain words, phrases, and ideas; certain feelings and desires, certain ways of being. We all have been told certain things are inherently b... Read more
Kevin Durant's Example
I am always on the lookout for speakers who exemplify one or more of the principles I teach in my Speak Truthfully programs. A major principle is what I call vulnerability, by which I mean that one's speaking should reveal authentic aspects of the speaker. The popular, and misguided, notion of the primary purpose of public speaking — especially in business, government, and media circles — is to transmit information. For me, one of the main purposes of public speaking is to reveal the nature,... Read more
Things are not nearly so comprehensible . . .
"Things are not nearly so comprehensible and sayable as we are generally made to believe. Most experiences are unsayable; they come to fullness in a realm that words do not inhabit. And most unsayable of all are works of art, which — alongside our transient lives — mysteriously endure." — Rainer Maria Rilke, from Letters to a Young Poet   Read more
Mental Flight
Here, now, is an origin. We are poised always at the threshold Of an unknown, unwritten, unforeseen act. Let's gather ourselves together, Clear our minds, Make ourselves present to ourselves And to our age. That we be focused on this stage. That we concentrate and listen. That we prepare ourselves in seriousness, and with joy. Let's be wonderfully awake for what we are going to create, To make happen in this mass co-scripting of the future. Might we choose to ... Read more
My Meeting with Jean Dunn
I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area from late 1986 to the mid-'90s (interrupted by an 18-month stay in Austin, Texas). At some point during those years — I can't remember precisely — I heard that Jean Dunn lived not too far away, in Vacaville, about half way between San Francisco and Sacramento, on I-80. Jean had lived in India for many years, first as a disciple of Ramana Maharshi, and later as a disciple of Nisargadatta Maharaj — both popular, if misunderstood, gurus from India. Nisarg... Read more

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