[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!