I had the pleasure of speaking with Karen Crossett, of Belfast, Northern Ireland, on Saturday, Jan. 18th. Karen wanted to ask me some questions about The 5 Principles of Authentic Living. She has kindly posted the interview on You Tube, which you can watch here:
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[I received an email from Tom Thompson, founder of The Awakened Heart Center for Conscious Living in North Carolina. I am posting his email and my response.]
I have been using your 5 Principles of Authentic Living with my clients, students, and in my own life for over a month now. The utter clarity and simplicity of them is a work of genius. Sometimes it is a little frustrating, as I am saying, “Here is the key you are looking for!” and people sort of consider them and respond, “Well, it can’t be this simple.”
Yes, it is this simple.
Thanks so much, Robert!
Hamsa, So’ham, Svaha!
Thank you for this report! Yes, the simplicity! That is why I needed 50 years before I could write this book. I had to wait until I had sifted the complexity from my own mind.
Simplicity is nonetheless stunning and profound, and therein lies the “challenge” for people. It is like a line from Rumi, or a sudden bolt of lightning that strikes two feet away, or a lucid dream, or a slice of ripe mango — anything that makes our mind go tilt. We are so used to living in and from our mind that we find it difficult, at first, to find our balance, our equilibrium, in the silence of simplicity.
After the 5 Principles, there is nothing else! There is no further content. Just 10 words. We are used to more and more content, more words. We expect more, we want more. Here, there are none. The power of these words is realized through embodiment. These 10 words alone take us instantly to the very center of creative and expressive consciousness within our own being. But they must be embodied. We are so used to thinking, thinking, thinking — we want to think more about these, talk more about them, discuss, criticize, compare. But these keep us imprisoned in the mind, in the thoughtstream. We must forsake thinking in favor of being and doing. This, it turns out, is very challenging. The more we talk about these 5 Principles, the further we are from them, and from our own self. This seems to be challenging for many people: nothing more to be said, just embrace, embody, express.
The simplicity, directness, and power of the 5 Principles shakes up the well-ordered and well-kept arrangements of our pictures and stories and ideas and beliefs, of our limited identity. We don’t like this, even though we talk a lot about dropping our story and living in freedom. Notice: we talk a lot about this. We do not do this. You have no doubt heard the adage: Everyone wants to go to heaven, but no one wants to die!
There are hundreds of billions of galaxies in the Disneyland of Existence. Many people say “the universe”; I prefer the word Existence. There are also many billions of distinct dimensions, facets, and unique realities in Existence, most of which are as yet undiscovered by human beings. Existence is very big.
From the perspective of Existence, I am not that important, and please go ahead and have a good laugh at that understatement. Regardless of this, my life is somewhat important to me, just as yours is to you. This is only one of the infinite number of ironies that characterizes Existence.
With this context of Existence in mind and fully roaring at the irony of what I am about to write, I want to say that I have, over the past few days, crossed a boundary from one reality to another.
In essence, I have left the “reach to get” life-style, with its operating system of personal power, will, intention, desire, strategic planning, and climbing ever higher on the mountain of performance, productivity, accomplishment, learning, achievement, and so on. In this life-style, we want to find our soul mate, be outrageously creative and healthy and help solve the world’s problems. The philosophy and operating system of this life-style is predicated on more, bigger, better, juicier. (Please forgive the obnoxious generalization, but for the sake of brevity, I ask for your indulgence.) This reaching to get the life we want is the most prevalent life-style of human beings. I am not suggesting there is anything wrong with this life-style or operating system. There is great excitement, joy, and satisfaction in this life. Blessings on all who live this way, about six billion people, give or take a few.
But Existence is not only big; it is tricky and unpredictable. It doesn’t work the way a Swiss watch works. Existence is more like a cuckoo clock on steroids. You never know when some new dimension or reality of Existence will come screaming out, for no particular reason than to raise a little hell and keep us all on our toes. I can’t prove this, but I think Existence doesn’t much care for complacency, nor does it care whether you get the life you want (contrary to current popular notions that the “universe” wants you to have it all.)
The reality I have entered, the one about which I have recently been speaking and writing, I call “open to receive.” It has no correspondence to the reach to get reality. They have different operating systems. They have different “reward” systems. They have different playing fields, rules, and balls. The language is different. The thought process is different. No one wins, and no one loses. There aren’t even two teams. There is no gravity. No halftime where you can go and get some food at the concession stand. No cheerleaders. No celebrities. See what I mean? Different reality, not just a different game.
It’s not that you don’t have a role to play; you do. But it’s all set out for you. But, no, it’s not your destiny, or karma, or “what’s meant to be.” Those phrases are pathetic in terms of how far they miss the mark of what opening to receive means. Thoughts beliefs, and language are inadequate to illuminate this life-style. Silence alone reveals the truth of this way of living, and The 5 Principles of Authentic Living are the operating system that makes it all work out. This life-style and its operating system are the playground of sages. There is nothing to do but rest in your being and live from within the framework of the 5 Principles of Authentic Living. I am learning how this reality functions and manifests through us.
Here are some things I am discovering about this new reality, and these are true for me and for you.