Healing the World
I know how to heal the world. I've known for forty years. It's simple, really, but I don't know if we'll do it. It seems we prefer being sick, wounded, hungry, angry. I'm not giving up though. Forty years ago, I was living in an ashram in India. One morning, around 5:30, I walked out of the kitchen where I had been cleaning and cutting fruits and vegetables for the communal lunch. The sun was just rising above mountain ridge across the valley. Entering the main courtyard, I decided to ... Read more

An Invocation
Dedicated to the People of the Earth  Where there is suffering and pain, May there be healing and ease. Where there is anger and oppression, May there be forgiveness and freedom. Where there ... Read more
Impermanence
There is one thing that we can count on in life, and that is impermanence. Everything that exists is in a constant state of passing away. There is nothing we can do to change this. Impermanence is an ... Read more
Keith Olbermann
If there's one thing that floods my bits with life-giving blood, it's an impassioned, articulate, heartfelt, shock and awe word-based awakening smack-up-the-side-of-the-head. As a follow-on to my post, I Am Not a Role Model (part 1), I present Mr. Keith Olbermann, whose recent commentary on his ESPN2 show is such an awakening. Olbermann's poignant commentary was inspired by the NFL's recent suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. In February, Rice was arrested in Atlantic City ... 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, awareness, activism, society, culture, cancer, sex, silence, and more. Sometime in early July, I realized I needed a place to express myself in ways that did not suit my Facebook page, on which I have been posting my meme-art. So, I got in touch with Jane Green, my purple angel who's been my gr... Read more
The Gift of Stage 4 Lung Cancer
It was November 2011, and I had just finished leading a week-long retreat in Bali. I was scheduled to return to Los Angeles, but I was too sick and incapacitated to fly all that way. Instead, I flew to the much closer Australia, where I had lived from 2005 till May 2011. I was experiencing chronic and acute pain in my back. I was progressively losing leg strength. I could stand only on crutches. Lying down, I could not lift my legs and barely wiggle my toes. From various chiropractors, physic... Read more
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
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 Barkley's 1993 Nike Air commercial, seen on YouTube by almost half a million people. Mr. Barkley says, "I am not a role model. I'm not paid to be a role model. I am paid to wreak havoc on the basketball court. Parents should be role models. Just because I dunk a basketball, doesn't mean I should raise ... 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 playful mood, so I responded in my New York wise-cracker dialect: "Yes, but 'a river moving in you' could also be due to drinking bad tap water or eating spoiled fish." Inasmuch as my friend is a diligent and sober practitioner of Zen meditation and hails from New England, I wondered if my sense ... 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

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