I am a Dog
This is the first post by Contributor Krista Eulberg, who will be writing from time to time about her love of and advocacy for animals. I am a dog.  Or at least I was one in my last life or will be in my next, as I'm not sure which way the karmic scale actually tips. I have the hair of an Afghan hound: fine and tangly, the demeanor of a Labradoodle: steady yet silly, and the body of a Great Dane puppy:  tall and gangly, but with a pot belly. I was born in the Chinese Astrological ... Read more

I Heard These Words & Took My Last Breath
On a warm summer day in Santa Barbara, I had lunch with eternity. With about 20 or so others, I was participating in a day-long session of self-inquiry and silence. The meeting was led by Jean ... Read more
123 Wildflowers from Heaven
“To see the world in a grain of sand, And heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour.” ~ William Blake For 200 years, these words have ignited ... 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
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
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
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

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