Just as you might have given up hope of ever hearing from me again, just as you’re on the way to buy flowers for the funeral, we’re back. Did you miss me? As you might have noticed, I’ve been keeping an extremely low profile the last months. Hardly a blog post or a tweet or a chirp or a facebook post since February. But I’m back, and ready to play again. Here’s a little summary of what’s been going on.

Back in January, we started having a few problems in our office with being able to communicate effectively with our list of friends. Some people were not getting their emails on time. Things were bouncing back that shouldn’t: you know how it goes. So my office manager discovered a super-duper enhanced new alternative for delivering email to our friends.

“How long will it take to implement?” I asked.
“Oh, two to four days,” came the reply.
“Okay,” I said. “If it’s going to make things easier, let’s do it.”
Four months later…

The situation has been a bit like I needed to go down to the store to buy some butter for our family meal (sending news is the butter, and you are the family). So I’ve been driving down to get the butter in a slightly clunky car that doesn’t always start. I call the mechanic to ask what to do, expecting perhaps a little tune-up. A few days later I find a jet plane parked in my driveway. When I climb in the cockpit to go buy butter, I’m faced with an overwhelming array of knobs, panels, gauges, and LED displays.

“What am I supposed to do with this?” I ask. “It’s overwhelming.”

“Yes,” comes the enthusiastic reply. “But it will get you down to the grocery store in one thousandth the time of driving.”
It looks like we’ve finally figured out how to switch on the engine of the jet plane at least, and now we’re able to communicate again.

During this time, there’s been other stuff going on too. About 18 months ago, I met a charming fella named Vishen Lakhiani who read my book the Translucent Revolution and loved it. He suggested we make it into a multi-media home study course called “Living Awakening.” In the last months I’ve been putting the final tweaks on that course.

So many of us these days are having strong glimpses of awakening: of the dimension of ourselves which is limitless, spacious, free, which is love itself. The challenge is not in the access anymore, but in how we live it. Living Awakening is based on video interviews with some of the most successful people alive on the planet whose contribution to the world has been grounded in awakening of consciousness. You may be surprised to find out about the secret lives of some of the people you see regularly on Oprah.

Chameli and I have also been putting our Deeper Love intensive into a course that you can do at home as well. I’ll tell you a little more about that in my next post.

And the last thing that’s been inspiring to me is what’s been happening in our Awakening Coaching Training. For thousands of years, if you felt the longing to drop more deeply into yourself, to feel the divine, most of what was on the menu was hierarchical and patriarchal. That means if you had a longing for greater depth, you would go find a teacher, usually a man and often of oriental origins, and surrender completely to his beliefs and guidance. The more deeply you subjugated your will to that teacher, the more  your ego would die and “enlightenment” would theoretically bloom. Theoretically.  As you may be aware, these kind of scenarios often involve a crash landing.

Something completely different is happening on the planet today. Friends are able to help friends to wake up from the trance of separation. I’ve been training facilitators of awakening since 1995, and the results in the last months have become even more inspiring. I’d love for you to join me this Thursday at 6pm to hear about what’s been going on. A number of awakening coaches will be on the line with me to share their experiences as well. If you miss the live event, the call will be recorded and you can listen to the replay. If you’d like to join us, click here to register for free.

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Drop of waterLast week I had dinner with a wonderful man named Peter Baumann.  Peter is best known to the world as the keyboard player for the 1970’s German group Tangerine Dream, and later founded the label Private Music.  But in the last years, Peter has turned his attention completely towards the investigation of personal and collective awakening.  He founded the Baumann Institute in 2004 to fund research to discover what is occurring in the neurologically, the psychology and the biology in a moment of radical Awakening.

We had dinner in a small Italian restaurant in San Francisco, the kind that, as soon as you walk in the door, America is left far behind, and you are in Europe.  During our dinner Peter and I talked about what — if anything — is a reliable measurable indicator of awakening.  Is there any external characteristic which people share in common in the realization of their deeper nature?  We each came up with several candidates, and perhaps I will share those with you in another blog post.  But for today, I want to report to you the very first one on Peter’s list, which was to be comfortable with paradox.  The conceptual mind wants to come to fixed conclusions about things.  “We have no choice, it is all predetermined.  Everything is happening on its own.”  That is one philosophical belief.  “We have total choice and responsibility in everything we have ever create in our world.”  Another philosophical belief.  This is what the mind does, it wants to reduce something down to a formula: the Truth.

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aurora-trails-727715-gaI remember a few years ago I learned how to ski.  I had never learned how to ski as a young man or as a child because I lived in England where there is not a lot of skiing, so I learned this when I moved to the Sierra Nevada Mountains about 10 years ago.  I remember the first time I got on the ski lift with the instructor, and went to the top of the mountain.  You get off the lift and look down and it is a really long way down to the lodge and the slope was pretty steep, steeper than anything I had ever tried before.  I was scared.  I wanted to get back on the ski lift and be the only person on the ski resort that day going back down on the lift.  But my instructor, who was a young man from New Zealand, was very confident in a relaxed way.

He said, “Don’t worry, it’s fine.  It’s easy.”  He said, “just turn your skis this way and lean into your right foot, now you will go this way, now turn.”  He just guided me down.

The most important thing about the way he did it was not what he told me to do, but an atmosphere of certainty, which he communicated to me through his demonstration, presence and energy that I could do this, and that it was a piece of cake.  This type of atmosphere of Inspired Certainty is for the most part what supports us to live from brilliance.

If you remember back when you where a child, perhaps you had a school teacher or a friend, perhaps a grandparent, who had absolute confidence in your capacity to do something; play a musical instrument, excel at sports.  And I am sure if you look back it was somebody like that, somebody who had absolute faith in you who could inspire you to perform your very best.  I’d love to hear your stories about who believed in you from the very start, and made you who you are today.

An Awakening Coach is trained how to hold an atmosphere of Inspired Certainty for a client, but in this case, the Inspired Certainty which the coach holds is not your capacity to excel in sports, make money, or even to be your best as a leader.  The Inspired Certainty  the coach holds in this circumstance, is the certainty of who you really are, deeper than the stories held in your mind.

Most human beings suffer from a condition of mistaken identity.  Most of us, most of the time, take ourselves to be our past, to be a story or a bunch of beliefs and limitations, and so we live our life that way.

An Awakening Coach holds the vision of who you truly are, deeper than anything your mind tells you. Once you drop into the realization of that certainty it may come as quite a surprise to find out the infinite expansion of your true nature, to discover the infinite field of possibilities.

Inspired Certainty is the first core competency an Awakening Coach is trained in, in a very relaxed and doubt-free way:  to hold absolute inspired certainty for the full potential of the client in a much deeper way than they would usually understand that.

I am offering a free teleseminar about Inspired Certainty on Thursday July 16th at 6:00 PST.  Please join us for our free teleseminar by clicking on this link.

Please enjoy the following except

from The Translucent Revolution, New World Library, 2005:


Millions of people have now had an awakening glimpse into their real
nature. The experience may not be stable, but it can never be overlooked
again. It is not the access that challenges us now, but the actualization of it
in our daily lives. David Deida, the prolific writer and teacher, calls such a
glimpse a “poking through.” To Deida, these moments are fleeting, almost
inconsequential in and of themselves. “I think it’s far more important what
people do, given the ‘poke through.’ How, given a glimpse, they dedicate their
occupation, their attention. Otherwise, that glimpse is fleeting and useless.”
Without this essential, pivotal awakening there can be no real depth to
life. We live preoccupied with hallucinations. After suffering the endless
slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, it’s a relief to know a dimension of
reality where nothing is happening, where we know ourselves to be essential
peace, where we are connected with everything, a state where love rules
supreme.

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Please enjoy the following except from an interview I did with Jennifer Hough of Soul Talk radio last week:

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Arjuna: This is an amazing time to be alive. It is really so important to be in these conversations, because the whole game is changing very, very fast. Up until just quite recently, there has been great emphasis on personal empowerment: manifesting, using intention, the law of attraction; that was the name of the game. It was like a playground, playing with the possibilities of personal empowerment. Now the game is changing very fast, very, very fast.

You can see it in our role models, it’s very interesting. Just a few years ago the role model for the collective were people with the most money and power: a movie star or a banker. Somebody who’d made a lot of money, driving a great car, was seen to be the role model for what is possible. An interesting thing happened. Last week the G-20 Summit was held in London.Bankers working in the city of London were going to work in rough jeans and old t-shirts and riding the tube instead of their BMWs, because they were afraid of getting lynched: it’s become so uncool now to be playing the financial system and milking money out of the system.   There was the huge outcry with the  AIG bonuses. The whole collective is changing, our values are shifting very, very rapidly. What was really cool a few years ago is no longer cool today. And of course Barack Obama is an icon of our changing values.

What you contribute is becoming more important than what you take. So what you give back, the value you create, which is all to do with awakening, the value you create is more significant than the reward that you reap for it. And I’ve seen lately so many CEOs are proudly announcing that they’re not taking a salary. I’ve seen this multiple times lately, that CEOs are taking a dollar a year to lead a company.

Jennifer: Yeah, it’s all over the news right now.

Arjuna: It’s all over the news, because you see we’re replacing acquisition consciousness with contribution consciousness and contribution consciousness is all about awakening. The pivotal essential point for acquisition consciousness is manifesting. If your life is about acquisition, you want to learn how to manifest and attract as much as possible, attract more to me. So that’s why the law of attraction became the great secret of an acquisition based mentality. When we shift to contribution based living, then the key becomes not the law of attraction but “who am I?” Who am I really? What is my deepest value? Not what am I trying to attract, but what have I already got? What is the wealth that’s already in my pocket before I try and manifest more?

Jennifer: And what can I possibly contribute to the world?

Arjuna: Yes, and then, you see, that’s what translucence is all about, is contribution, and the way to contribute is to awaken to who you are, to awaken to that which is giving the gift.

Jennifer: Beautiful.

Arjuna: Very exciting times. Things are changing so quickly. The whole game is changing.

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If you’ve watched the television news in the last few months, or listened to the radio, or been on the internet, or looked at a magazine… or even just talked to well… anybody, you must be aware that the general consensus is that this is a time of unprecedented challenge and transition. Economically, that often gets focused onto the United States, but actually in the wider implications, the transition that we are passing through is global.

I’m sure you don’t need me to spell out what that means. Whether we focus on sinking into a global recession–or even depression–or global warming, or peak oil, or the many unresolved political conflicts around the world: whatever parameter you choose to focus on, many people feel today fear that we are sitting on a bus heading over the edge of a cliff. Depressing, isn’t it?

Suppose for a moment that your house develops severe dry rot in the basement. The contractor comes, takes a look and says, “Sorry, there’s nothing I can do. It’s too far gone. Better to tear the place down.” This would be inconvenient, but not the end of the world. Now suppose that it was your neighborhood gone to seed, taken over by… what? Lawyers? Communists? White supremacists? Doesn’t matter. If you don’t like the area where you’re living you can always move to another part of town. Now what about if it was your city, or your state, or even the country? There’s always an alternative. You could move to Phoenix, or Alaska, or even Mexico or Europe. Bali is very nice, too. (more…)