Jesus cell phoneIt’s been about eighteen years since my teacher H.W.L. Poonja asked me to teach awakening in the West.  At the beginning, when I first returned to Seattle in 1992, very few people would have a direct experience of being spaciousness, of being presence.  At that time, most people were primarily identified with being “seekers.”  They would project “enlightenment” onto a teacher or onto their own future, but it wasn’t accepted as part of their own now.  During the last eighteen years things have changed dramatically.  Not only in my experience, but others who spread awakening are reporting the same thing.  I’ve heard from Eckhart Tolle, Michael Beckwith, Jean Houston, Ram Dass and hundreds of other teachers that we are together witnessing an epidemic of awakening all over the planet.  It’s becoming easier and easier to relax back into your natural state and to know yourself to be limitless, the source of everything you experience.

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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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