John Lennon’s Famous Words Of Wisdom: Peace on Earth for Christmas!

“Our society is run by insane people………… run by maniacs”

“Give Peace a chance!”

“People not educated that they HAVE the POWER! – we ARE the Government”

“America is falling from within!

“As a Beatle … we had money, we had fame,  and there was no joy”

“Peace in your mind, peace on Earth, peace at work, peace at home, peace in the world”

“Eat for peace….”

“Peace on Earth for Christmas … that ‘s what it is about .. Happy Birthday Christ! Peace on Earth for Christmas! no violence, no starving children, no violent minds, no violent households… no frustration, no fear”

The future is made in your mind … the war is over if you want it”

John Lennnon  (9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980)

A conversation with Dr Wayne Dyer, Anita Moorjani and Lisa Garr

Lisa: the Concept of parallel universe – keep your mind open as we are going to expand this conversation to multiple dimensions happening at once

Wayne: Everything happening in the Universe happens because it is supposed to. One day I finally realised that I no longer needed a personal history and just like drinking I gave it up and that alone has made all the difference. In other words your idea of who you are, what you’ve done, what you’ve accomplished and all of that, you get that out of your consciousness and live here in this moment and recognise that in this moment everything is a mystery, and living that mystery, and that is really what you are talking about. I have this sense that all of us want and there are 2 voices going on inside our head

  • the voice of the false self, the ego (ordinary consciousness) and then there’s
  • the voice of the soul (extraordinary consciousness).

All of us have been raised to live in ordinary consciousness, in other words, from the time we were little children we were told by our parents and our culture , our educational system, our religious system, business systems, all the places where we are influenced, as little boys and little girls and grow up to what is possible for us, what reality is, and so on is based on becoming ordinary. This isn’t a put down of being ordinary but what it really means is you are almost exclusively trained or programmed by your conscious mind to get along, to fit in, to go to school, get good grades, to raise a family, to pay bills, don’t break the law, get married, you have children, they grow up, you have grandchildren, they play on your knee and then you die… that is an ordinary life and most people live and believe they are happy and successful if they can fit in to that ordinariness.

But there is another level that is available to us, I mean it is in the Scriptures,  Jesus said it “with God all things are possible”  which means nothing is left out.

Who among us is raised to be extraordinary? Extraordinary encompasses all of ordinary even if you are the most extraordinarily conscious person alive, you still have to take care of your family, if you have a family, you still have to stop at red lights, still have to fill out the forms, you have to pay your taxes, basically it is very difficult to not go along with an awful lot of rules that command our obedience and alot of things that we have to fit in and so on. But there is a place beyond ordinary – and this is the calling of the soul! The invisible part of you that is listening that is looking out from behind your eyeballs! That you can’t get a hold of, it is beyond touch, you can’t see, beyond the senses , that part of you doesn’t want to win, doesn’t want to own anything, doesn’t want to be better than anybody else, it doesn’t really care so much about fitting in and being considered a good citizen and all of that…. it has no interest in any of those things, the only thing that your soul wants is to expand because it is infinite, it is boundary less, it has no form, this invisible part of you is a part of infinity, it is continuously expanding, if infinity has a limit some place, then it is not infinite!

To understand infinity, to understand your soul, you have to understand that part of you that wants to grow, to expand, wants to be bigger and keep growing and becoming more and more love, kindness, joy and capable of manifesting and attracting miraculous things in your life, being able to heal others and being able to attract abundance in your life and understanding synchronicity, having intuition, knowing and trusting that my thoughts are connected to everybody else’s thoughts because they are infinite and one. so there is a part of us that wants to grow and wants to expand – the soul. The soul doesn’t want to be contained , doesn’t want to be fenced in, or told what to do! Who likes to be told what to do and how to lead their life? Nobody! I have 8 kids! Kids at 2 years look at you and tell you “don’t tell me what to do!”.

Lisa: whatever you are feeling now, frustrated, sad, overwhelmed etc. this conversation is for you! there is another way to be! this different way can exist in any situation in your life – be in this moment, a quantum reality, I am asking you – be here with us and get out of pain, I get it, it is tough, give yourself an hour to be here and make the shift, things exist in a parallel way, in a quantum way.

Wayne: the parallel universe is really the spirit, the soul, the invisibleness, that causes everything to become what it is, and living from that place where there really is no time, this is a difficult concept,  all the people calling in with their “problems” are basically listening to the evidence, the evidence that they have,   the evidence that we have “problems”, which is the evidence of our senses! What I can see, touch, smell, hold …. these 5 senses we believe is our reality and tell us this is what is possible this is what you can become, this is what our world is and so on …. but the fact is that the evidence of our senses and all of the things in our senses, are so limited because they are stuck in a quarter of an inch of reality when everything else out there is completely unknown and everything that is of value is so mysterious and has no form to it, it’s like there is this constant thing going on of creation , even who you are, you look at your body and you reach and touch it  you hold your leg and you see it is real but I did that when I was 20 and I can’t find that leg now! and any part of me that I thought was so real! In actual fact we are all infinite spiritual beings having a temporary human experience.

All quantum physicists tell us that if there is really no time, than everything is really happening at once. So if everything is happening at once, that means that you can step back and step outside of your senses. Even Max Planck the great scientist and father of quantum theory  – he said the reason science and the physical world cannot solve the problems and the mystery of the Universe  is because we are in it as well! Science is part of the mystery! They are trying to solve the mystery of who they are!

You mentioned someone going off to Afghanistan and so on and you look around and you have been programmed to say “now I am going to be unhappy for the year or so until my husband gets back, I’m gonna worry every moment that something happens to him, I’m not gonna have enough of this or enough of that”  …. there is another part of you, a parallel part of you that can take hold of this experience and do something completely different with it ! “It’s easy for you to say” but I myself do not take circumstances that exist in my life that I don’t like and continue to focus on them and analyse them and be upset by them and allow myself to be depressed by them, I just don’t do that!

Imagination is the biggest gift we have been given. Push out thoughts that do not support you.

We think we are responsible for the thoughts (that usually do not support us!)  but there is only ONE mind.   That mind is the Universal subconscious mind that we are all borrowing and it has an endless stream of thoughts going by like a conveyor belt.

Train yourself! You select the thoughts! Only allow the kinds of thoughts that are going to produce for you what you intend to be, the person you intend to be despite everything that is going on around you!

Regardless, to be independent, of the opinions of others etc and to realise there is another reality that I live, a reality that I live in my mind and every single night you go off to sleep, you have an experience for 1/3rd of your life, in which all you have to do, now remember you do this for 1/3rd if your life,  is to put your thoughts on what it is that you would like to have and you manifest it, it is right here! Put your attention and it is there with you! You want your grandma with you and she has been dead for 20 years …. for 8 hrs you can have her with you at any time! You can be 4 years old if you need to be! We have this capacity to reach a higher level of consciousness within ourself and when we do – what we think about isn’t something that is going to happen to us,  it is not going to show up down the road – it isn’t that!  it is an I AM consciousness, I am content, I am prosperous,  I am peaceful, I am love and I am able to put my thoughts on that and the things that you are most passionate about and you are living from that passion as passion is enthusiasm (God within you) you absolutely become what you place your attention on, you can become that love!

Lisa : Assuming the wish fulfilled. Neville.

Wayne: this is a Universe in which there are no accidents. Everything that is happening is happening because it is orchestrated by a Divine Mind which I am connected to as well and step back and not allow yourself to go into the space of fear, stress, anxiety, depression, worry …. you can put them back on conveyor belt and pick something different that makes you feel better.

If you are struggling, get your life back in balance! And recognise that within you there is something very powerful, you are not a piece of God you just didn’t come from God, but in fact you are God, and this body you are in that you see in this physical world, everything you see, including your body is an illusion, that which is real is that which never changes, anything that is continuously changing is not longer real because the moment you think you have a hold on it it is something else and then turns to dust.

Lisa: a leap to where we can manifest

Wayne: We show up into this world when we are called! We don’t consciously do it! We go home when we are called. We get obsessed with how terrible the world is ….We have to see the world as it is. We have God-consciousness in us. Every creature brought into this physical world. We are a spark of ourselves, take that spark and  enlarge it until you reach your higher self till you get to the realisation: (from Exodus), when God was speaking to Moses,  God said “I am that I am, and that is my name for all future generations”  so we have the name of God and we can apply it to yourself: “I am” So every-time  you use the term I AM, you are really using the name of God! So saying I am poor, I am sad, I am miserable, you are desecrating the name of God. Not even “I will be happy!”. God didn’t tell Moses  “my name is I will be ! I hope things will work out in the future …. !”.  You have that same name: I AM THAT I AM.

So you have to be able to place into your imagination what it is, the person you want to become, the things you would like to attract, and say to yourself ” I am that” and assume the feeling  of that wish as if it is already here physically manifested; you have to feel it in your body and live from that place and then begin to retrain your subconscious mind to get rid of so much of that early programming that you have had.

Our lives our circumscribed by our subconscious mind. Conscious thought was put into your subconsciousness for e.g. I was in the Navy when I was 18 so I learnt Morse code, I am 71 years old now my but my conscious mind thought my subconscious mind to learn these crazy things ….. I can recall them even though I haven’t used it in over 50 years!  This is how powerful the subconscious mind is! So think of the things you have had programmed into your subconscious mind, things like if you have cancer you cannot heal yourself, if you have a kidney that needs to be replaced you cannot heal the one that you have, medicine will do it!

We are indoctrinated about the physical world. Your limitations, all of these things, what type of person you are, are you clumsy, are you coordinated, are you good at maths, are you good at artistic things? We are programmed!  Endless things of stuff that your conscious mind, including parents, culture, your whole world, like when you learn to drive ….. it becomes imprinted,  you drive without thinking ! because it is imprinted on your subconscious mind. 96-97% of what we do is like this! we go to bathroom, make a cup of coffee etc …. practically everything we do is programmed.

What you want to do is un-program your subconscious mind from all of  these things that have limitations, and fears and anxiety, depression, worry … I can only take a pill to get rid of these things, the economy is the reason why I am unhappy, the President isn’t doing his job and therefore I don’t have a job …. all this of this stuff is just subconscious programming that if you started looking at it from a different perspective; I mean you are  in an economy out there where jobs are disappearing and you don’t keep sending in resumes, you know, if there’s a list for every place that is hiring of a 150,000  resumes, why would you put yours on that list?

You have to re-program your subconscious mind to tell yourself that there are other ways to make a living other than all the ways that I have conditioned myself to believe!

We are a world full of sheep! We go along following the conditioning that we have laid on us from when we were little boys and girls and we never stopped and we never stopped to say “hey!” Jesus said in the New Testament “you are God! isn’t it not written in your laws? I have said You are God! ” . You didn’t learn that in any religious training that you are God …. you were told God that is outside of you, a God we created in our own image , the ego God who is angry and only fulfils people’s wishes if they pay enough and all of this kind of stuff, it’s a kind of craziness! St Paul writing in Philippians said “have in you the same mind as Christ Jesus who being in the form of God did not consider it robbery to be equal with God


You are all God every single one of you and you have a name, your name is I AM! Question is what do you place after that? I AM poor, I AM unhappy, I AM weak, I AM fragile,  I AM frantic, I AM depressed, these are not things God would say and you are God.

Lisa: if I am stressed, I am snappy , bitch moan, bitch moan …. that space … but by embodying this concept – an expansive space of possibility – I am a different person! Expansion.

Wayne: it’s what the soul demands, expansion and the reason why it wants expansion is because it is infinite, it is not in the finite world, that means it is expanding. The Universal mind, God, is something that is continuously growing and expanding and the minute you start to restrain it – tell it what you can’t be – the ordinary part goes with it, but the extraordinary part of you says “I can be anything that I want! I am God”.

Jesus says “God is LOVE, dwelleth in Love, dwelleth in me”;  all you have to do is be this pure state. The Course (in Miracles) says there are only 2 emotions for us, there’s FEAR and there’s LOVE and everything that is love cannot be fear, and everything that is fear cannot be love, so any time that you are not in a state of contentment and peace, you are in a state of fear and you have to ask yourself  : “what the hell am I afraid of?” “I am already God! How can I be afraid of anything?”.

Lisa: studies show us that optimistic people live 15%  longer!

Wayne: The average life expectancy of a medical doctor in the US is 57! Because they are in a whole world of illness and medicine and pills, something outside of you will heal you, surgery. It is a fact, people who believe that solution to their problems is external to themselves and wallow around in illness all the time. Doctors who practice wellness have a whole different life expectancy.

Lisa: Anita please tell us your story.

Anita Moorjani: I was in a coma because my organs were failing. Stage 4b lymphoma, it spread through out my body, tumours the size of lemons. My body was ridden with tumours. I had open skin lesions. I was connected to oxygen and food tubes. My body was wasted away, I had stopped absorbing food. When I was in a coma, I was aware what was happening all around me! The doctors had told my family they were my last few hours. While I was in a coma I was lingering for about 30 hours, during that time I was acutely aware of what the doctors were doing, what my family was doing, but also my energy, soul, essence or consciousness was expanding! It was not as though I was a spiritual being, not as though I was above the room viewing my body, it was as though I spilled out of my body and just got bigger so I encompassed everything , the room and outside of the room, it was though I became everything, I was feeling everything, what my family was feeling, what my doctors were feeling … and then I became aware of my brother who was on a plane rushing to see me …. and also I felt what I can only describe as unconditional love, but it is nothing like the love that we feel here , it was really the unconditional, I didn’t have to do anything, didn’t feel like I had to prove myself, I wasn’t judged for anything I perceived to have done wrong in this life, pure unconditional love, no matter what, this love was mine. It was such an incredible feeling! It’s very difficult to come back from that!

Lisa: I’ve been through that same experience! There are no words that can explain it! That feeling of quantum reality, of complete pure consciousness and oneness, it is so expansive and so pure! That love is something not of this world!

Anita: exactly! it is not of this world! even the word love, the word is too small because it’s about realising we are all one, it is not that I love you, but it is that you and I are the same person! even my worst enemy! it doesn’t matter who; we are all one and what I do to you I am doing to me ! what I do to me I’m doing to you!

If I treat myself really badly I am treating the planet really badly or if  I treat the planet really badly, or I disrespect you or the planet, that’s what I am doing to me, it’s a reflection of what I am doing to me , because we are all one consciousness so it is much more than love and that means there is no separation between me and you, most people think that God is a separate being but it’s not! In non-duality there is no separation.

Lisa: you met your father who had passed, in this experience you were having right?

Anita: yes I did, it was incredible! in physical life we had a lot of differences, even-though I knew he loved me, I grew up in a Westernised culture but he grew up in a more Hindu culture, we had culture clashes. On the other side all of that is gone, we are not our bodies, our cultures, religion, races, nothing. In pure essence all I felt was unconditional love from the essence of my father, that’s all I felt. And that’s all we take with us, that’s it, nothing else! Everything here, we fight for, it is not real, it is not true! It’s all part of the illusion of separation.

Lisa: so you came back into your body that was riddled with cancer, then what happened?

Anita: I was given a choice, whether to come back into my body or not and at first I didn’t want to, because that state was amazing! It’s like you are home isn’t it!?  I didn’t want to come back and then simultaneously I understood that it wasn’t my time and my purpose hadn’t been completed. But I still didn’t get the purpose of coming back in a sick body because the body couldn’t really do anything,  even if my purpose wasn’t completed, but then I started to, it was like simultaneously, the clarity was incredible, I started to understand why I had the cancer in the first place, and I understood that life is a lot simpler than we make it and I started to understand that everything I was perceiving you know as being Nirvana, Heaven, it’s a STATE! I felt that my purpose wasn’t to go out and pursue anything but it would unfold before me and all I had to do was to recreate this state in physical life, because in that state I realised that I was an amazing, unconditionally loved being and all I had to do was to come back with that awareness and if I come back with that awareness I knew my cancer would heal!

I had to come back and realise that we are all amazing, magnificent beings and I didn’t have to pursue anything but only be myself and seems to be a well kept secret! No one tells us “it’s OK do whatever makes you feel good, be yourself!”. Nobody ever tells you that, nobody ever told me that! That’s basically in a nutshell how I got lost and how in a simplified way, led to the cancer.

Lisa: Anita was living in a place of fear, conditioned from her father’s experience and that fear manifested into disease.

Wayne: no one has ever been at such an end-stage of cancer within a few breaths of dying and come back and within 4 days her tumours had shrunk 70% and within 4 weeks her body was cancer free, they couldn’t find cancer. She came back because she had already seen her body heal! This is what we mean when we say parallel lives, I had this experience with St Francis, Lao Tzu. Anita says there is no past out there, that the closest we can say is that we are living parallel lives, there is something that is happening at once, that when get into a higher state of awareness, all I had to do is put my attention; she saw her brother on a plane who was flying from India to Hong Kong and saw him flying there even-though she was in a coma! she saw doctors down the corridor who were talking about her case and she also saw her body, she put attention on her healthy body, her body was healthy, so when she came back and they were poking around  trying to find the cancer, because nobody in the medical community could buy this …. no one had ever come back from this SHE HAD ALREADY SEEN THIS. She also said you can not only change the future but you can change the past! She could change the existence of this cancer in her body by putting her awareness at this place that she was at, and this is one of the things she learnt, and this is what happens in our dream state all the time! We are continuously just putting our thoughts and whatever we want and it is showing up and we are the only ones there!  we are all of these characters, we become them,  we become our grandmother, we become ourselves as a 10 year old and if we could just understand this concept of ONENESS.

Lisa: it’s about where you place your attention! we are so much more than we think we are! There is so much more than we know! What can our listeners do?

Wayne: We should become awakened dreamers! We are most enlightened when we are in our dreams awake. It is to recognise that the powers that we have are not limited to what science tells us or what our senses observe, in fact our senses are lying to us all the time! Our senses are telling us that we are sitting still ! in fact we are hurling through space, we are spinning on our axis, we are orbiting around the sun, but it looks like we are sitting still, our senses lie to us, they don’t tell us what is underneath our skin, what is inside a molecule and they certainly do not tell us what is inside an atom and a sub-atomic particle, when you start looking at how the physical universe works, from a sub-atomic view, as Deepak Chopra used to say to me, “Quantum Physics is not only stranger than you think it is, it is stranger than you can think”,  all you have to do at the Quantum level is to put your attention on something and you change what it is that you are looking at from a sub-atomic point of view! When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change!

Use your inner world to create for yourself the kind of world that you not only intend to create  but you and your subconscious mind have already programmed it as an I AM. This is the I am that I am. I am happy, I am content.  I am going to enjoy every single moment of my life regardless of what comes along. And the ironic thing that happens when you do that is that is the things you begin to put your attention on show up!

People are mortified of dying, you need to read Anita’s book! it brings you an incredible sense of peace.

Maslow’s flaws of self-actualising people is that they get over their death almost as if it didn’t happen because for them there is no death and it is the most peaceful experience that you can ever have.

Lisa: do you get frustrated? you get pain still? how do you deal with mundane stuff?

Anita: it is very different the way I deal with it now, previously I used to feel frustration, what happened after the experience (Near Death Experience), even mundane stuff takes on a different feel, because what has actually happened, interestingly is that I have a lot  more appreciation for  being here  in this physical world,  and it feels like this is an opportunity or this is a gift, because I don’t any-more  pursue trying to live a life to get the perfect after life which is what I used to be,  I used to work really hard at trying  to be more spiritual so that I would attain nirvana so I wouldn’t have to come back and so on. But now I realise that everything is happening at the same time, nirvana or Heaven or whatever we want to call it, the other realm, exists simultaneously to this one, so I just …. the only thing we have is this moment, so I make the most of every moment, and all I have to do is find joy in this moment so even if it is writing a cheque for an electricity bill it’s about finding joy and being thankful that I have this opportunity to be in this planet today, to experience having electricity in my home, so it’s not an effort any more, I am not actually consciously looking for joy in mundane things because what happened since I came back and my body healed so quickly I actually felt grateful for everything, even sometimes when I was feeling pain, we went through a difficult period financially, because my husband had issues with work and both of us weren’t working for a little while, I had just had cancer and everything, but I recall actually feeling thankful to the Universe that I was getting an opportunity again even to feel this challenge because I wouldn’t have had this opportunity if I had crossed over even though the other side is blissful, but I just understood “OK this is part of my purpose, this is part of the bigger picture, in the greatest tapestry of everything, it’s still all perfect, there’s a reason why I have to go through this”, and once you’ve seen the bigger picture when we get in touch with that, even through meditation or whatever, once we start to become aware that there is a greater tapestry, that hindsight is always 20/20 and if we can always trust that we stop cursing our present moment and realise this is all we have and it is a blessing to even be here, here right now experiencing this emotion, feeling or situation.

Lisa: write your I AM statement! That space where your imagination is your greatest gift!

Wayne: mine is I AM PERFECT LOVE. I didn’t have an NDE but I had a miraculous thing happen with John of God, where I had this healing. Anita can substantiate this, she has an aura about her which is so loving, so non-judgemental, so non-critical and so accepting. There is bliss there! More than my body was transformed – I have been transformed into a being of LOVE. I look at people and I do not see flaws, I see the unfolding of God in everything and I am compelled to give and serve. I have been giving away what I accumulated, to family and people in need. When you are in a state of love, people come up to you as they need an arm put around them, they need to be fed, reassured, talked to … you can lift them out of their sadness, depression just by your presence! When you are in this incredible state of love, your focus isn’t on yourself any more, what’s in it for me, what’s wrong in my life, what’s missing in my life , how unhappy you are, that’s your subconscious mind training again to use your mind to think sad thoughts, it’s a different consciousness you are just thinking about love, and love is expansive, so you are out there, you smile at people, I’m a different being to what I was before!

Anita: one of the things about Wayne is how incredibly strong and healthy he is! I see him swim everyday and for me the weather was cold! I was bundled up in my jacket! I was surprised! What I found touching was it was never about him , the way he would engage other people he would really be so interested in their story and it didn’t matter who they were, a waitress or a homeless person, he would really get engaged and I was watching and learning … and when they asked about him he would say oh you don’t wanna hear about me! you should talk to Anita! she’s been dead and back she’s got the real story!

Wayne: the leukaemia is GONE! I feel great!

Anita: What I tend to do, I am much more comfortable with uncertainty today since my NDE because I’ve come to understand that there is a lot we don’t know, we can’t see, we can’t hear or  feel  from this realm, from this physical dimension and because we as humans we tend to want to know, we want to understand and we have this need of wanting to understand that actually limits are experience because then what happens we only let into our experience what we understand and what we know as we want to live from a place of certainty but when we are willing to let go of the need to feel certain I call it living in a state ambiguity, willing to step into the ambiguity,that’s when we are in a state of allowing, to allow things to happen to us that are beyond our capability of understanding or knowing. It’s just a matter of expanding our awareness to allow things to come into our life and it is a state of trust, where we trust so we don’t have to understand, we don’t have to know, what’s going to happen next, where the money is going to come from, the health or whatever, it’s about letting it all go.

Wayne: it’s all energy, we’re all connected, when 4 or 5 people have same thought they will pick up the phone and call you and all day long they won’t … there are 100s of examples, as you become more intuitive and more inner directed, and more God-realised, and living your life as if you were a piece of God, these experiences show up more frequently, you begin to get a sense that you can call them in because your subconscious mind reacts to suggestions, that’s how it learned all of these things like my Morse code! that is innocuous, but what about stuff programmed into my subconscious mind  that keep me from taking risks, that keep telling me  you know that I don’t deserve to have prosperity, or keep telling me that you are going to be sick or you are gonna be an alcoholic like your father was …. and so on. How many of those kinds of subconscious programmings have you had that you really need to change around the way you make your subconscious work?

The best way to do it if you want something specific, is the last 5 minutes of the day, today when you go to sleep tonight, wherever you are, you are about to enter into your subconscious mind , which is most comfortable when you are  unconscious like when you are sleeping this is when your subconscious and your unconscious get together and what you want to do is not program your last 5 mins of the day as you are about to go into your subconscious mind reviewing all the things that you don’t like, the things that are wrong, the things that didn’t work out, the things that you are telling yourself are terrible about the world, you wanna review what you have placed into your imagination as an I AM and go off to sleep with that and then the UNIVERSAL SUBCONSCIOUS MIND – GOD – which you will be connected to when you awaken, will start offering you experiences that match up with what it is  you are programming  yourself to become. 

It sounds crazy, it sounds weird but it has always worked for me. Watch those last 5 minutes of your day! Even in the Book of Job “when men are deep in their sleep and slumbering, He then opens their ears and seals their their instruction”.

In other words, while you are slumbering, while you are sleeping, your ears are opened and your instructions are sealed, you get this awareness when you are sleeping, (PR: this is used in the practice of Buddhist Highest Yoga Tantra) so don’t go into your sleep programming yourself to marinate for 8 hours in a subconscious mind telling you how crappy the world is, you want to get programmed to what a great and wonderful world this is and what a divine magnificent creature that you are and how lucky you are to be alive.

Lisa: you can manifest something from a dream state you just need to know it is possible. Start with baby steps, start with believing first of all, change your thoughts change your life.

Wayne: that will change your life! that’s the Tao, that was written 500 years before the birth of Christ. It is one of the most powerful things I have had my hands on.

The Dalai Lama said if we can get every child by the age of 5 to meditate 1 hour  a week on compassion for other people, we can end all violence in one generation on this planet. No more wars, no more hatred. To get young people to think how may I serve, not what is in it for me.

Lisa: some I AMs …  I AM on purpose, I AM spirit, I AM always grateful, I AM successful in all areas of my life, I AM a radiant being.

Wayne: stop edging God out! I AM healthy, I AM content,  … regardless of what your senses say! Go to your I AMs, feel it. You don’t manifest what you want but who you are.

Zen and the Bible by J.K. Kadowaki

Finally I got my hands on the book and settling down to read it!!

Pope Enters a Monastery – to Teach us All How to Pray in the ‘Real World’ by Deacon Keith Fournier

On Sunday, October 9, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI presided over Second Vespers with the Carthusian monks at Serra San Bruno. From the Chapel of that Carthusian monastery he shared beautiful  insights on silence and prayer which should be considered by all who bear the name Christian. His words brought me back to the days surrounding his election to the Chair of Peter.

Those who study the early days of Popes often watch for two things at the beginning of their service, the name they choose and the content of their first homily for clues to their pontificate. When Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger chose the name Benedict he sent a signal concerning the centrality of prayer. He has spent his pontificate teaching about that centrality.

One of the young priests offering commentary during those historic days noted that then Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger visited Subiaco before all the events in Rome began. He prayed and rededicated himself to the work of the Church for the future. Interestingly, a short while later he was called to occupy the chair of Peter. He took the name Benedict.

Saint Benedict is the father of Western Monasticism.  As a young man he fled a decadent and declining Rome to give his life entirely to God and went to Subiaco. The cave that became his dwelling is now a shrine called “Sacro Speco” (The Holy Cave). It is still a sanctuary for pilgrims. The Pope who took his name went to that same cave for prayer just before he was elected. He has not stopped showing us the way of prayer ever since.

The Pope did not enter the monastery for the rest of his life. He entered the monastery to make a point. He told the monks: “Dear brothers you have found the hidden treasure, the pearl of great value (cf. Mt 13:44-46); you have responded radically to Jesus’ invitation: “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me” (Mt 19:21). Every monastery — male or female — is an oasis in which the deep well, from which to draw “living water” to quench our deepest thirst, is constantly being dug with prayer and meditation. …

“Technical progress, markedly in the area of transport and communications, has made human life more comfortable but also more keyed up, at times even frantic. Cities are almost always noisy, silence is rarely to be found in them because there is always a lingering background noise, in some areas even at night… Some people are no longer capable of remaining for long periods in silence and solitude…”

We are all called to prayer, no matter what our state in life or vocation. We are invited to build a virtual monastery in the midst of a world which has lost its soul. However, we need to grow in our understanding of what prayer is and grow in our understanding of who we are called to become in Christ. Prayer is an ongoing dialogue of intimate communion with God, through Christ and in the Holy Spirit. In an age of fast food, fast cars and fast internet, we seem to be running all the time. Yet, even with our digital calendars, we risk missing the most important meeting of all, our appointment with the Lord. We place our very selves at risk. 

That is not to say that these technological advances have to be an impediment to the encounter with the Lord called prayer. Rather, when we allow them to become our measuring stick for satisfaction in every area of our lives, we will look for quick prayer and quick “results”, from what we believe are “our” efforts. Prayer is not about results or even our efforts, but about love.

In fact, prayer is really not about us at all, but about the “One” who hungers to be known and loved, the “Other”, who calls us into the intimacy of communion with Himself, in and through His Son and lives His life within us – and through us – by His Spirit. The Lord whom we seek is outside of time, having given time as a gift to those whom he now prepares for eternity. He dwells in the eternal now and invites us through prayer along a path to the fullness of life.

Preparing ourselves for prayer means learning to silence the clamor of the age, stop the ever accelerating pace of the futile quests that so often occupy our hearts, and live in the eternal now by surrendering ourselves – and even our best aspirations- to the One who created us –and now re-creates us- in His Son Jesus Christ. It is there, in the emptied place, in the stillness of the eternal now, where we prepare a room for the King of all hearts. And, in that encounter, we soon find the longing of our heart fulfilled.

The Holy Spirit is calling for a generation of contemplatives in every state in life and vocation in Christ. We tend to believe that the contemplative life is reserved for those who, by special vocation, can “leave” the world, such as contemplative monks and nuns. They are a true treasure and a prophetic sign of the life to come. However, all who are baptized into Christ are called to the same encounter with a different response.

Isaac of Ninevah was an early eighth century monk, Bishop and theologian. For centuries he was mostly revered in the Eastern Christian Church for his writings on prayer. In the last century the beauty of his insights on prayer are being embraced once again by both lungs, East and West, of the Church. He wrote these words in one of his many treatises on Prayer:

“When the Spirit dwells in a person, from the moment in which that person has become prayer, he never leaves him. For the Spirit himself never ceases to pray in him. Whether the person is asleep or awake, prayer never from then on departs from his soul. Whether he is eating or drinking or sleeping or whatever else he is doing, even in deepest sleep, the fragrance of prayer rises without effort in his heart. Prayer never again deserts him.

“At every moment of his life, even when it appears to stop, it is secretly at work in him continuously, one of the Fathers, the bearers of Christ, says that prayer is the silence of the pure. For their thoughts are divine motions. The movements of the heart and the intellect that have been purified are the voices full of sweetness with which such people never cease to sing in secret to the hidden God.”

There is a growing fascination with books about prayer and the monastic life across the entire Christian community. There is also a resurgence of interest in the Rule of Benedict and the writings of the early fathers of the Church about prayer. It all reflects the deep hunger in our hearts for God. We were made for communion with Him. Pope Benedict XVI entered the monastery to show us athe way we can all find the intimacy of that communion in the midst of our daily lives and be changed in the encounter. That way is prayer.

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Eckhart discusses the many faces of meditation and its ultimate essence: realizing the precious spaciousness in the depths of the moment.

All meditation is about accessing the spiritual dimension within you, which the Buddha called EMPTINESS. Not perhaps the best translation of the original term … SPACIOUSNESS would be a better translation than EMPTINESS.

So, finding that dimension within you, accessing  that dimension and living your life with the awareness of that dimension, which means living your life with awareness, rather than just with the mind.

So, usually people think that when somebody believes in God, or angels or the afterlife, then they are spiritual,  that makes them spiritual but that is not necessarily the case. Millions of people in this world who believe in God and have no access and not found within themselves access to the spiritual dimension.

So, we are here, in the case of some of you, perhaps new to this, for some of you to get a glimpse to this as we sit here, and watch and listen, I will endeavor  to put you in touch with that depth within you, without which your life is frustrating, and without which everything you undertake, every endeavor and every activity,  ultimately becomes frustrating.

And for others, we are here just to deepen it, to provide a reminder on a conceptual level,  to deepen the dimension they already have access to within. So that it can be sustained in everyday life. On thing is  accessing the spiritual dimension in a meditation setting, like here and now, which is already a good thing if you are able to do that, when you sit still and become still inside, another thing is to carry that with you so to speak, so that it is there when you lead your life; when you do things, talk to people, interact, even when you think, to have that in the background.

So we have 2 steps.

The first is to realise that within  you, you are not being disturbed, externally, by your mind, for e.g. what is he talking about? as the mind does not understand conceptual , conceptual mind alone is not sufficient to make a satisfying experience for you this 30 to 40 minutes here so for this to be a satisfying experience you need to have at least a glimpse of what it is that I am pointing to and a glimpse also of that which underlies the words ultimately you can only glimpse that in you, there is a stillness behind the words; as I speak within myself, and there can be stillness within you as you listen to the words.

That is already a glimpse into the spiritual dimension. A realisation that on the one hand, on one level you have the auditory perception, you are listening to the words, the visual perception, you are seeing this image and on another level you also notice that there is some stillness inside you. Where the mind is not active no need to think to add to something to this experience. You can just let it be as it is.

So the dimension stillness begins to arise or you become aware that it is there. It is always there, that is the strange thing. Always there, all-pervasive, and yet most people still don’t know that. Of course that is very much like telling a fish that there is something called water and the fish says “where? I can’t see anything called water, can you point it out to me?”

So, this is my task, to point out water you are swimming in water inside you.

As I pointed out in the beginning the Buddha called the spiritual dimension EMPTINESS which would be better translated as SPACIOUSNESS and Jesus calls it the KINGDOM OF HEAVEN which translated into modern terminology if you change the word Kingdom which is an old-fashioned concept, to DIMENSION, which is a more modern concept, the DIMENSION OF HEAVEN, you can even translate heaven into a more modern concept, to make it work for you, as a pointer. What is Heaven? Some languages have sky as the same word. what is the sky or heaven? It is SPACIOUSNESS; THE DIMENSION OF SPACIOUSNESS is the  KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.

So the Buddha calls it that, Jesus calls it that, and TIME magazine calls it mumbo jumbo, which is also true from the perspective of the conceptual, conceptualizing, mind. If you are totally trapped in concepts, thoughts, then it makes no sense! And do only thing you can conceive of  a spiritual is some belief system! You say “oh these people have belief systems, these spiritual have all kinds of weird beliefs”; and of course it is not that at all.

so, it’s already there, it’s already present within you, the strange thing is it is continuously overlooked because your attention is drawn into sensory perceptions, experiencing with your senses, reaching out with your senses, listening, touching, smelling , seeing,  everything demands your attention and your attention is drawn even more strongly – the interpretations of your mind – in other words – thought activity which actually can make you forget a large part of sensual perception in modern humans, contemporary humans, there’s more thought activity than sensory perceptions, so you are being drawn yes to sensory perception, but even more so in mind activity, and then drawn also into emotions that accompany mind activity.

So your life consists we could say basically of the 3 levels, sense perceptions, thoughts and emotions. And what is overlooked is the deeper dimension in which the 3 others exist, that’s the spaciousness within you. It is always there, it is just a question of re-directing your attention to it but that is not absolutely right to say that but unfortunately language works like that. As you sit here, let’s just go through it again, you are aware of sense perceptions especially visual and auditory, yes, there may be some thoughts arising in your mind, now whatever thoughts arise in your mind here and now, obviously quite irrelevant, but that’s another matter, there may be thoughts arising from time to time, so while you are listening you may think “what’s he driving it, when are we going to start our meditation?” etc

Mumbo jumbo! Thoughts come and go and you may have emotions.. restlessness perhaps. or a thought about tomorrow what’s going to happen tomorrow and you have an emotion associated with that as we sit here notice there are these levels operating in you, and then you could ask yourself

who or what is it in me that notices these things – these sense perceptions ?

what is it in me that is aware of sense perceptions? aware that there are thoughts, aware that there is an emotion?

And that is who you are at a deeper level of the transcendent or the spiritual dimension, the awareness of all this. The still spacious consciousness  in the background so to speak. You could call it, just to briefly use an analogy, be aware of the canvas on which your life is drawn, painted.

An ancient question in spirituality is “who am I?” and if you look closely you will see that you are not your thoughts, you are not your sense perceptions,  you are not your emotions, they come and go! what remains is consciousness, awareness, that’s the water that the fish didn’t know about as far as you are concerned. and it is an amazing thing when you realise that there is a great depth in you than your surface life, that consists of sense perceptions, thoughts and emotions, they come together in different forms , so every human has a somewhat different story of coming together of sense perceptions, thoughts and emotions – form the human being, the person and they come together in each person slightly or in a very different way.

So it’s a coming together of this that this creates the temporary form that we call the person, but that can only exist in the light of consciousness, without that there is nothing there, nobody.

So your life is a little bit like this, you are watching your screen, let’s say cinema screen, all kinds of things happen there, of course the screen is inside you, so let’s imagine there is a screen inside your mind, and on that screen your life is being enacted, with your thoughts, sense perceptions, things happening, drama, this and that and wow it’s so interesting or it’s so dreadful or I can’t stand it anymore, I want more of it! I haven’t had enough yet! and so on ….

And suddenly you realise that there’s a screen that’s inside you and you are the projector, you are the light of the projector, and that changes, of course, fundamentally the way in which you relate to the events on the screen! How does it do that? well you can see for yourself! If you see that you are the light of the projector, it adds this dimension of awareness to what you are witnessing on the screen. It gives you a certain detachment from what happens because you realise that there is something more essential or fundamental in you than all the things that are going on in that screen! And if you don’t know that … you’re totally drawn into the events on the screen and for most people sooner or later the events on the screen turn into some kind of drama, “nothing lasts for very long”, “there is no security in my life”, “why do things always have to be so frustrating?”, but then you always look for more, on t he screen, for something , a solution on the screen, it;s never there, pseudo solutions come from time to time and happy moments … and then again ….that’s because you do not know who you are or what you are! it doesn’t matter whether we call it who or what. Who or what you are ESSENTIALLY –  which is the light of consciousness. which is the projector, which can be sensed, within you at any moment like NOW as an aware presence. You can sense it, not as something that you are aware of, it is a self awareness, you cannot sense it as an object that arises in your consciousness, you can only sense it as yourself, as the eternal subject of all experiences.

So you can never  say (pointing at it, outwards of you) “aah there it is! there I am, there is the awareness! ”  It’s never THERE! You can never say “I see it” or “I have it”, Jesus said “The Kingdom of Heaven is not ” … you can’t say “oh look it’s over there! or look! there!”, but I tell you he said “The Kingdom of Heaven is within you!” – not “over there or over there!” In other words it cannot be made into an object. You cannot make yourself into an object of knowledge, also at this point of self-realisation, realising yourself as the consciousness, right now, there’s nothing that you need to know about yourself conceptually or through thought activity, in fact the more strongly you feel the presence that YOU ARE, the less thoughts there are, there may be some thoughts that arise, but you are no longer attached, or IDENTIFIED  with every thought. Drawn into every thought; there’s the screen – remember the screen is inside you – and you are the LIGHT. And then you have the awareness in your life, the conscious awareness. And that changes the way 1st it changes the way in which you experience your life, with spaciousness, things come and go but there’s no longer the clinging to them, some drama may still happen, but you are not totally drawn in, there may be disturbances still on the screen, but there always is some part of you then that is there, aware, watching , what happens out there, watching your own reactions, there is a little bit of , if you see old Buddha images, all the good old Buddha images have a hint of a smile and what that means or points to is the smile that comes, whether it is an actual smile or an inner smile, when you are not totally drawn in to the world of form. What happens on the screen , there is some freedom, there is a smile. So how you experience your life changes as the spaciousness comes in, and then how you do things also changes. How you interact with others, and there is always an element of spaciousness, when you interact with people that’s a wonderful thing, if you do not have that, all human interactions are very problematic and ultimately always unsatisfying. If there is no spaciousness, and this applies to the slightest interaction, the most short, casual meeting with a stranger, or intimate relationships, people you have lived with for a long time, if there is no element of spaciousness, it’s not a satisfying relationship. It can appear to be satisfying for a short time, for e.g. until the honeymoon is over, but then you realise “oh… !”, no matter with whom you have your honeymoon with, if you had your honeymoon with the Buddha, if you could not see the Buddha with spaciousness, all you could see is the  limitations of that particular life form! And as a form, the Buddha too, or Jesus or whoever, has his or her limitations. So how does that operate when you look at another human being? or you talk to another human being? You are aware within yourself of the fact that you are conscious you can sense the presence of consciousnesses in you, sometimes I use the word stillness to point at it , so you look at another human being and he or she is talking to you, you listen and you watch in that still space, or you look at another human being and you are not interacting, just looking and you look without labeling or if labels arise that say something about that human being, you are aware that it is just a mental label, and you see that there is the presence behind it, that you are the light of presence.

so it’s an awakening, there is much more alertness in your life, an AWAKE ALERTNESS, that watches and perceives. And much less a judge of what is being perceived. Some judgement may happen but you are NOT completely drawn to it. That’s the practice. that’s the meditation. It starts HERE NOW.

I’m inviting you now to enter with me that beautiful space of as much as you can of not thinking. Are you able to be conscious and not think? this is an opportunity to get a glimpse of that or deepen that ability in you just aware presence, sense the presence that you are without needing to say anything in your mind, the voice in your head rests, and you haven’t disappeared! isn’t that strange! because many  people think they are the voice in their head! it takes them over! and now the voice in the head subsides and you can sense very clearly that who you are essentially has not disappeared.  In fact you sense your identity more clearly, more strongly, and that is your essence identity, you actually are beyond all the things that happen on the screen of your mind. Again I am inviting you in this moment to rest with me, not to go to sleep, not to become hypnotised, I am not interested in that, I am inviting you to rest in that simple presence. And sense this presence , the sensing and the presence are ONE, I can sense my presence, subject and object, but when it actually happens -it is not actually happening, you see how inadequate every word is! – there is a self sensing of consciousness. and when that comes you might notice a slight elation almost, an aliveness, a heightened sense of aliveness, and that’s a beautiful place to go to when you have a moment and that happens many times during the day, even in a busy life, a moment when you choose to go into presence. And choose not to think. And then presence so to speak grows in you, so to speak, and the person recedes a little , and when we use the expression to grow spiritually we mean the person becomes less dense and the presence arise more and gradually the presence is what speaks and acts through you, your mind gets tuned into presence and you say things that come out of presence rather than the old stuff.

So the shift then happens from being trapped in the person and the arising of that which is beyond the person and that is the metamorphosis of the caterpillar which is the person into the butterfly so to speak.

If that happens on a large scale on our planet it would be the equivalent of the arising of a new species because a human being living in presence is very different from a human being who is unaware of that presence, who operate without that awareness; and the human being that lives in presence creates a different world from the human being that lives  completely trapped in their conditioning.