People I Love


More than forty years ago, on Our World,  the first live global television link, the Beatles performed All you Need is Love, to an audience of 400 million people in 26 countries. The BBC wanted a song with a simple message that could be understood by all nationalities.   It went on to become the #1 single in the UK for three straight weeks.  Today everyone can sing the lyrics, everyone knows the tune, and it has become a unifying anthem the world over.  Why?  Because everyone loves love.

Thirty six years later, the Black Eyed Peas performed their first single Where is the Love? at the Grammy’s in 2004, earning themselves two  awards on the night. That song is the 25th best selling single of the entire decade in the UK.

People killin’, people dyin’
Children hurt and you hear them cryin’
Can you practice what you preach
And would you turn the other cheek?

Father, Father, Father help us
Send us some guidance from above
‘Cause people got me, got me questionin’
Where is the love?

These two songs are not only about romantic love, or the personal love we feel for our children, or our parents, or even our country.  They are about LOVE,  the Big Love, the love that we all intuit, and admire, and sometimes even deify.  They are songs about what our hearts tell us is true, tell us is our real potential, even if that intuition is trampled underfoot each and every day by disappointment, cynicism and disorientation. (more…)

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Arjuna and Chameli

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My friend Luis Diaz has written a fantastic book called Memory in the Cells. He has kindly asked me to write the foreword, and here it is. I will be interviewing him on Thursday, September 23rd at 6pm PST.

To begin, I must confess that the way I am writing this foreword to Luis’s Diaz’s book involves a kind of cheating,  Usually the foreword is written just on the merit of the book alone. In this case I have access to background information that gives me an unfair handicap.  I have know the author quite well for many years. We have been  in a mens’ group together, we swim in the South Yuba river, we eat food together, we take walks here in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

I’ve met so many people over the years who have written great books, with great methods, but the question alway’s arises, “How much is what they are writing about reflected in the way they live?”

Someone could, for example, write a book about emotional freedom, but how do they actually respond when they are insulted by somebody? Somebody else could write a book about success and trust, but how much much is that reflected in the way that they deal with life’s little dissapointments?  That is always the question when it comes to a book. It all sounds good, but how much is it lived? And this is where my cheating can be helpful, to me and to you, the reader, as well, because this book is not just a theory of releasing memory from the cells. This book is written by somebody who is palpably living in a released way. Just in the way that he chooses to spend his time, or just how he is with a waitress in the restaurant, or with his kids, being with Luis you can feel that this is a book written not only from a theory, but it’s written from a different way of perceiving life.

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MBB red background smallChameli and I just got back this week from the Transformational Leadership Council meeting, which this time was in Bermuda.  We attend these meetings twice a year, they are usually in very exotic, beautiful places.  It is a group put together by Jack Canfield a few years ago for writers, teachers, and seminar leaders to get together to relax together, network, support and inspire one other.

Before we go on I have to confess to you that the TLC meetings are simultaneously both the most inspiring and the most challenging event of my entire year.  Normally I get to be the king in my own tiny little world.  I’m in the habit of traveling somewhere, being met at the airport, giving a seminar, and being the center of attention.  The TLC meetings throw me back all the way to being a new boy at school.  Everybody in the group is extremely accomplished in their field.  Jack Canfield, as you know, has sold hundreds millions of books with Chicken Soup for the Soul. John Grey is one of the bestselling self-help authors of all time with his Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus series.  The movie The Secret, whether you agree with its philosophies or not, has sold millions of copies and was filmed at a TLC meeting in Vale, Colorado.  So, when I show up I feel truly like a nobody.  And I don’t mean this in the “awakened” way: check in-there is nobody here-there is only space.  I mean it in the I want to crawl under the table and disappear sort of way.  The TLC meetings really bring to the surface whatever feelings of inadequacy or not being good enough that are still lurking to be met.

One of the really high points this time was meeting Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith, who had not been able to attend for several meetings prior.  As you may or may not know, Michael has been in the limelight recently: appearing regularly on Oprah as well the author of Spiritual Liberation and the subject of a new movie.  If anyone might have reason to feel special or exclusive, you could say it’s Michael.
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