PRACTICAL SPIRITUALITY TODAY
Vol. 7 Issue #04
"You are the Greatest Expression of God
Roy E. Klienwachter
Welcome Free Spirits,
Thank you all once again for your support of this newsletter. I was a little
down last month when I discovered only about 25% of the people who signed up
for the newsletter actually clicked on the link in the email I send out.
Since then I found out the number is actually quite respectable as other
newsletters often get far fewer than I. So lesson learned, I am extremely
grateful for the 25%, thank you.
If you have watched the new video "The Secret" you will not be surprised as
to notice a lot of talk about the movie. Most of it has been favourable.
However, I did receive an email from someone who was absolutely horrified by
it. I expect to see some more as some of the hard core religious people will
be fighting back. The email I received was filled with such awesome fear, I
had to come back to the article a couple of times to finish it as it was so
overwhelming. I thought about it for a day and was going to write back but
decided against it. These kind of emails should never be given any life so I
left it alone. It is a natural thing for humans to express fear at new
things and new ideas. But when it comes to personal belief systems I think
religion expresses the greatest fear mostly because fear is interwoven in
The secret is a marvelous video and there is nothing to fear from it. Like
all things physical, it is just made up as is religion. That's why there are
so many religions--they are all valid and they are all part of our
collective minds. Beliefs are a wonderful buffet of choice--someone makes
them up and you get to choose to believe or not. The thing I like most about
"The Secret" is it offers hope and new ideas without being interlaced with
fear or retribution. The fear factor is not part of contemporary philosophy.
If you don't like it, you're not going to be burned, you simply choose
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Respect for Personal
Respect for personal space includes
all the things which make us an individual. Life longs to be recognized as
It is my habit (inside the box) to
drop into Dennis' for breakfast on Sunday mornings. It gives me an
opportunity to proof read my article for uploading to my site later on in
the day. It also gives me a chance to observe other people's interactions
with each other.
Today was just another Sunday and I
was immersed in reviewing my article while waiting for my breakfast. I
looked up and let my eyes wonder around the tables. In the booth in front of
me I noticed a couple with their two children. The children were younger-a
boy and girl, perhaps between two and three years old. The parents were
jointly involved in admonishing the boy for his behavior. I watched and
listened for awhile. Perhaps it was this loud scolding that caused me to
look up. The boy would just not listen to his father. I went back to reading
and awhile later my concentration was broken by the loudness of the parents
who were now having a go at each other.
There is nothing unusual about this
behavior, and in my experience I see it often. I am not making any judgments
about the event. It is just one way of parenting and interacting with each
other-it is neither good nor bad and it either works for them or it doesn't.
Directly across from their table I
noticed another family. There were two parents sitting close to each other
on one side of the table. The wife was reassuringly scratching her husbands
back as his gaze looked to his children across the table. Three children
squeezed into the bench seat on the other side of the table made up the
other half of the family. The kids were busy colouring the drawings received
by the waitress with limited choices of crayons.
The kids were a little older than the
ones at the first table, ranging from ages four or five to 10-11. The one
thing that struck me the most at first awareness was the peace at the table.
The parents were talking calmly to each other while the children busied
themselves with the colouring at hand. They were shoulder to shoulder and
few words were spoken between then as they bathed in the joy of the moment.
Within the peace of their crowded booth I could hear the silent voices of
contentment and acknowledgement of a joyous adventure-three bodies joined
together and separately in expressions of colour and accomplishment. The
middle child Dexter was first to quietly hold up his paper for his parents
to look at. Both acknowledged his creativity. At times like this I usually
see competition for the parent's approval between kids, but each one held up
their paper and it was recognized.
The food had just arrived, and the
papers were calmly collected and stored. The dishes were placed and everyone
quietly went on with the business of eating their breakfast and I went back
to my reading.
Their body language and presence
flooded my awareness as I tried respectfully to turn back to my reading. For
a family of five sitting together in a crowded booth and saying very
little-they spoke volumes.
The youngest, Katie, didn't want to
eat her bacon, so she offered it to her siblings. Cassandra-the oldest
respectfully took the bacon from her. The parents watched on as the exchange
was completed. Juliet, the mother offered Katie some toast and jam to
replace the bacon and it was received. This may not be that unusual, but it
was the way it was done. It was done with joy, gratitude and respect for
each of the individuals. It wasn't forced or demanded, there was not
scolding or an effort to overpower.
During the breakfast, Dexter offered
some information to his dad, Gordon, as to the significance of some behavior
and what the consequence of it would be as an adult. Clearly there has been
some good parenting, education and equality between parents and children.
The children are bright and respectful and so are the parents. The children
finished their breakfast and got a little playful with dad and started
playing footsies, however it wasn't aggressive playing and again done with
respect-quietly. I am not sure if anyone even noticed the table.
I want to thank the parents Gordon,
and Juliet-the children, Katie, Dexter and Cassandra for the opportunity to
experience their presence. It was a heart felt reminder for me of how and
were peace starts-it starts in the family with respect for each other's
space and their unique individuality.
At first light it may appear I caught
them on a good day-parents and children well behaved. However, it was very
obvious that on a much deeper level the family was joined with spirit and
bonded well. It was the complete opposite of what I witnessed at the first
table were getting into someone's face was the norm for the parents and it
was passed on to the children even at their very young age.
In my awareness of the events, I was given a choice of how I would like to
experience others. In the experiences of the two families it cannot be said
that either was right or wrong. It is simply a matter of choice-how do we
wish to experience ourselves and others in the moment and what better
reflects my own values and enlightenment.
Peace and happiness are what all of
us desire the most at some level of our consciousness. This family is
ambassadors for these rare and highly sought after qualities even if it is
only in the moment of another's awareness.
Roy E. Klienwachter
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Who Am I? Experiencing the absolute...
Chris Bourne examines one of the most
commonly asked questions - who am I?
The question "Who am I?" frequently arises... To me, the question is
actually more WHAT am I rather than who am I?...
There is just one life in the universe. This becomes abundantly
clear to anyone who strips away their limited, egoic view of their
reality. If we contemplate deeply what it would be like at the
'beginning' (I use the term loosely) before any experience arose,
then eventually a realisation may come that we are everything and
Why is this so? We may realise that to be literally everything, we
have to be 'all that is' before any experience. In other words
infinite potential. This is because experience arises from
relativity - the interplay between 'this' and 'that'. However if
there is 'this' and 'that', there must also be 'something else' and
if there is 'something else', there must be 'something after that'
and so on ad infinitum.
So imagine for example I am holding a book in my hand and in your
mind's eye you are looking at it. How do you know it's a book?
Besides other things you know it by the space around it - so now
you've just created 'space around book'. The point is once we create
something and acknowledge that, we are also creating something
relative to it. So to really be everything, we can ONLY be nothing -
i.e. that which comes before anything.
So we are the absolute from which all experience arises. We are
beyond definition and this can be experienced by each and everyone
of us. You may then ask, 'but how can there be the absolute now that
experience is happening'? This took me a while to figure out. If you
imagine we are all waves on an ocean, then for each wave, there is
another somewhere else that matches it exactly except it is the
Another way of saying this is that for every peak, there must be a
corresponding trough of equal magnitude. For example for there to be
40 degrees centigrade, there has to be minus 40 degrees centigrade.
So every wave (every experience) is being cancelled out by another
wave. This leads to the zero sum total of all things - the absolute
- which pervades all things. It also means that 'I' can be the
absolute even though thoughts and feelings are arising.
So what is this experience of absolute like and why is it so hard to
be aware of it? The point is, it is the total lack of experience to
be realised from letting go of all internal identification and
efforting. We all experience this from time to time but as soon as
it arises there frequently comes a fear of it. It 'feels' like
jumping into a black hole - the abyss. It signals the 'death' of our
identification with the ego which feels like the death of the ego
itself (although it is not). When we loose the fear of this death,
what replaces it (at least in my experience) is crystal clear
clarity which remains constantly in the background.
I noticed in the beginning that as this state arose, an inner
witnesser kept arising asking the question what is going on? who am
I? etc etc (just as you point out). Over time, the inner need to
answer these questions dissolves. For me after that there was one
question remaining: in this state, how is it decided what action to
take next? This took quite a while for me to answer and I had a
great deal of help from spirit. I was shown that there is a natural
energetic flow of the universe and 'I' have a unique path within
that flow. Another way of putting it is that the universe flows
uniquely through the space that I am.
In order to be in this space of crystal clear clarity (nirvana,
enlightenment) all the time, requires complete absence of doubt that
'right action' will happen perfectly when 'I' have let go of all
need to shape events and when 'I' have even let go of the 'I'
itself. Once 'I' discovered this, 'I' was able to let go of the
'reins' so to speak.
Then there is a response to events based on an authentic choice. So
who is now making the choice? The way it is perceived internally, is
that actually 'I' have an absence of choice. When there is no need
to choose, the right choice becomes clear:
"Do you have the patience to wait until the mud settles and the
water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving until the right action arises by itself?"
Article Source: http://www.klienwachter.com
www.openhandweb.org Chris Bourne is the founder of the Openhand
Foundation is a not for proifit organisation dedicated to our
enlightenment. Openhand provides facilitation, courses, tools and
resources to peel back the layers of illusion in which people live,
liberating us from conditioned behaviour patterns and limiting
beliefs to reveal our absolute authentic reality... 2006 Chris
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