The Impossible Paradox of Life and Death

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When I met my last spiritual teacher, the revered HWL Poonja, in 1986, he taught me how to be free. He was such a powerful teacher that within minutes of meeting him, the most amazing thing happened. I asked him how much effort one needs to make in order to be inwardly free. He said, almost whispering, “You don’t have to make any effort to be free.” The instant he finished uttering those few simple words, I was catapulted into a higher state of consciousness, beyond time. … [Read more...]

The Only Place in the Universe

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I had my first spiritual experience when I was 16 years old. I was sitting up late one night having a conversation with my mother about something I can’t remember, when for no apparent reason, the doors of perception opened WIDE. In no time I was swept up in an ocean of ecstasy that seemed infinite. I also experienced many insights that unfolded one after the other. One of them was very interesting. It became apparent to me that all points in space are exactly the same place. In other … [Read more...]

The Brighter Side of Globalization

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I’m an amateur jazz drummer.Last night, as I was surfing my favorite drumming site, drummerworld.com, I came upon the most astounding video. Four very young Japanese women all dressed in punk-chic attire playing the most powerfully virtuosic and soulful jazz I’d heard in a long time:Seeing this video really got me thinking about how much the world is really changing. Let me see . . .The most popular rapper in the world right now is South Korean superstar PSY, whose hit “Gangnam St … [Read more...]

Tony Robbins and the Buddha Compare Notes

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An imaginary round table discussion with Anthony Robbins and Gautama the Buddha on being the best we can be.I was musing upon an interesting idea: What would it be like if the historical master of enlightenment, Gautama the Buddha and the legendary personal development coach Tony Robbins had a conversation about higher human development? What might their differing answers be to the following questions: how can we be the best we can be, how can we cultivate pure motivation, and what does it … [Read more...]

Why It’s Important to Lose Your Mind (at least twice a year)

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I just got back from leading a 9-day meditation retreat in the wild and cactus-filled desert of Arizona. And I feel exuberant, inspired, and powerfully awake to the presence of immanent and seemingly infinite potential--simply because I took a sustained break from our modern world and its unspoken cultural agreements and assumptions about what’s real and important. "How many of us think it’s important to regularly create the space in our lives to temporarily let go of everything we … [Read more...]


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