The Essential Ken Wilber

“I looked, and looked, and this I came to see:
That what I thought was you and you,
Was really me and me.”
~ Ken Wilber ~

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Brian Johnson’s PhilosophersNotes have been one of the key tools in my own personal development and discovery of joy and gratitude in my life.  Click the banner below and check out his free audio samples – especially The Four Agreements – even if you have read it, being able to relive the key points in that book while you are driving to work is a great gift.

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The Essential Ken Wilber

The Essential Ken WilberFrom Amazon:
Ever since the publication of his first book, The Spectrum of Consciousness, written when he was twenty-three, Ken Wilber has been identified as the most comprehensive philosophical thinker of our times. This introductory sampler, designed to acquaint newcomers with his work, contains brief passages from his most popular books, ranging over a variety of topics, including levels of consciousness, mystical experience, meditation practice, death, the perennial philosophy, and Wilber’s integral approach to reality, integrating matter, body, mind, soul, and spirit. Here is Wilber’s writing at its most reader-friendly, discussing essential ideas of the world’s great psychological, philosophical, and spiritual traditions in language that is lucid, engaging, and inspirational.

More on The Essential Ken Wilber at Amazon

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Who is Ken Wilber?

Ken WilberFrom IntegralLife.com:
According to Jack Crittenden Ph.D., author of Beyond Individualism, “the twenty-first century literally has three choices: Aristotle, Nietzsche, or Ken Wilber.”  If you haven’t already heard of him, Ken Wilber is one of the most important philosophers in the world today.  He is the most widely translated academic writer in America, with 25 books translated into some 30 foreign languages.  Ken Wilber currently lives in Denver, Colorado, and is still active as a philosopher, author, and teacher, with all of his major publications still in print.

 Continue reading about Ken Wilber at IntegralLife.com

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My Thoughts

S.L.Hurlock

“I looked, and looked, and this I came to see: 
That what I thought was you and you, 
Was really me and me.”
~ Ken Wilber ~

Of all the quotes from Ken Wilber lingering on the internet, this is the only one I found that made me think perhaps he was channeling Dr. Seuss.

There are so many thoughts that come from Ken Wilber’s work I’m finding it hard to write about.  I think the most important thing that I’ve gleaned from all this is that we cannot take an experience that has formed us and exclude it from who we are now.  Whatever we have been, done, or experienced – good or bad – is part of who we are.  We don’t have to (and probably shouldn’t) dwell on them, but we shouldn’t run from them either.

Who are you now?

Now?

Now?

Now?

Every individual moment is unique and complete.

I come back to the place of total compassionate forgiveness.  All of the things that I have done in my life that I wish I hadn’t?  That slate is wiped clean.  I give myself a hug and reassurance that the Universe doesn’t cling to what I did a moment ago.  It is transformed by every moment and moves into something new and as infinitely wondrous as it was before that moment.  It doesn’t revisit that moment, judge it, or try to change it.  It just absorbs exactly what comes and grows on.

Thank you for your gracious ear.

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Creative Mind and Success by Ernest Shurtleff Holmes

Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it.
~ Ernest Shurtleff Holmes ~

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Brian Johnson’s PhilosophersNotes have been one of the key tools in my own personal development and discovery of joy and gratitude in my life.  Click the banner below and check out his free audio samples – especially The Four Agreements – even if you have read it, being able to relive the key points in that book while you are driving to work is a great gift.

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The Book: Creative Mind and Success

Creative Mind and Success at AmazonFrom Amazon:
Creative Mind and Success written by legendary author Ernest Shurtleff Holmes is widely considered to be one of the top 100 greatest books of all time. This great classic will surely attract a whole new generation of readers. For many, Creative Mind and Success is required reading for various courses and curriculums. And for others who simply enjoy reading timeless pieces of classic literature, this gem by Ernest Shurtleff Holmes is highly recommended. Published by Classic House Books and beautifully produced, Creative Mind and Success would make an ideal gift and it should be a part of everyone’s personal library.

More about Creative Mind and Success at Amazon

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Who is Ernest Shurtleff Holmes?

From Wikipedia:
Ernest Shurtleff Holmes (January 21, 1887 – April 7, 1960) was an American spiritual writer, teacher, and leader. He was the founder of a Spiritual movement known as Religious Science, a part of the greater New Thought movement, whose spiritual philosophy is known as “The Science of Mind.” He was the author of The Science of Mind and numerous other metaphysical books, and the founder of Science of Mind magazine, in continuous publication since 1927. His books remain in print, and the principles he taught as “Science of Mind” have inspired and influenced many generations of metaphysical students and teachers.

 More about Ernest Shurtleff Holmes at Wikipedia

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My Thoughts

S.L.HurlockIn principle the great religions of the world
do not differ as much as they appear to.
~ Ernest Shurtleff Holmes ~

When I was five years old I told my mother that I thought all the religions were worshiping the same God, and that “He” didn’t care what you called him.  You could call “Him” Bob and “He” would be okay with that.  Over a lifetime I’ve been repeatedly blessed by exposure to others that believe the same.  Regardless the name you give the divine – it is the same energy – and you are not separate from it.  You are part of Bob.  You don’t have to believe that for it to be true.

Understanding that we are all one with each other connected by the divine force of the Universe some call God – this is where success if found according to Ernest Holmes.  Once we realize that our unique expression of divine energy is a gift to the world and understand the value in our unique selves – we achieve success in that moment.

You are already enough.  You are already a success.  You are an amazing beautiful miracle of creation.  You don’t have to believe that for it to be true.

Thank you for your gracious ear.

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The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky

“Nothing in life is as important as you think it is
while you are thinking about it.”
~ Sonja Lyubomirsky ~

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Brian Johnson’s PhilosophersNotes have been one of the key tools in my own personal development and discovery of joy and gratitude in my life.  Click the banner below and check out his free audio samples – especially The Four Agreements – even if you have read it, being able to relive the key points in that book while you are driving to work is a great gift.

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 The How of Happiness

The How of Happiness by Sonja LyubomirskyFrom Amazon:
You see here a different kind of happiness book. The How of Happiness is a comprehensive guide to understanding the elements of happiness based on years of groundbreaking scientific research. It is also a practical, empowering, and easy-to-follow workbook, incorporating happiness strategies, exercises in new ways of thinking, and quizzes for understanding our individuality, all in an effort to help us realize our innate potential for joy and ways to sustain it in our lives. Drawing upon years of pioneering research with thousands of men and women, The How of Happiness is both a powerful contribution to the field of positive psychology and a gift to people who have sought to take their happiness into their own hands.

More about The How of Happiness at Amazon

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Who is Sonja Lyubomirsky?

sonja-lyubomirskySonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside. Originally from Russia, she received her A.B., summa cum laude, from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in Social/Personality Psychology from Stanford University. Lyubomirsky currently teaches courses in social psychology and positive psychology and serves as the Department of Psychology’s graduate advisor. Her teaching and mentoring of students have been recognized with the Faculty of the Year and Faculty Mentor of the Year Awards.

More about Sonja Lyubomirsky at thehowofhappiness.com

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My Thoughts

S.L.HurlockRecently the concept of prosperity was defined in my daily team meeting as a combination of health, wealth, and happiness.  So when Brian Johnson answered the question “why be happy?” this morning, “because it leads to increased health and wealth” it put a real smile on my face.  Nowhere did he use the word prosperity, but understanding the goal as a single concept, well, I can’t help buy hear Spock in my head, “Live long and prosper.”

This video is a super quick look at an awesome book filled with really effective steps to increase our happiness, and why these steps work.  I’ve listened to the audio for this complete note from Brian Johnson’s collection more times than I can count – any time I need a reminder.  And over the years since I began listening I’ve implemented most of the 12 recommended happiness activities with great success in my life.

If you enjoy the video I highly recommend visiting Entheos and getting the full collection of PhilosophersNotes as well as purchasing The How of Happiness.

Come on get happy.  Can you hear it?  Lol.

Thank you for your gracious ear.

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Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

When you arise in the morning,
think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive -
to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.
~ Marcus Aurelius ~

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Brian Johnson’s PhilosophersNotes have been one of the key tools in my own personal development and discovery of joy and gratitude in my life.  Click the banner below and check out his free audio samples – especially The Four Agreements – even if you have read it, being able to relive the key points in that book while you are driving to work is a great gift.

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 Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

Meditations by Marcus AureliusFrom Amazon:
A new translation of the philosophical journey that has inspired luminaries from Matthew Arnold to Bill Clinton

Written by an intellectual Roman emperor, the Meditations offer a wide range of spiritual reflections developed as the leader struggled to understand himself and the universe. Marcus Aurelius covers topics as diverse as the question of virtue, human rationality, the nature of the gods, and his own emotions, spanning from doubt and despair to conviction and exaltation.

More about Meditations at Amazon

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Who was Marcus Aurelius?

Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius (Latin: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus; 26 April, 121 AD – 17 March, 180 AD), was a Roman Emperor from 161 to 180. He ruled with Lucius Verus as co-emperor from 161 until Verus’ death in 169. He was the last of the Five Good Emperors, and is also considered one of the most important Stoic philosophers.

Marcus Aurelius’ Stoic tome Meditations, written in Greek while on campaign between 170 and 180, is still revered as a literary monument to a philosophy of service and duty, describing how to find and preserve equanimity in the midst of conflict by following nature as a source of guidance and inspiration.

More on Marcus Aurelius at Wikipedia

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My Thoughts

S.L.HurlockAccept the things to which fate binds you,
and love the people with whom fate brings you together,
but do so with all your heart.

~ Marcus Aurelius ~

Some days the whole world seems to be infected with the idea that the grass is greener elsewhere.  The messages from the TV, billboards  and radio all suggest that we are lacking.  That we should be wanting more. More.  MORE!

The truth of the matter, as it has occurred in my life, over and over again is that – if anything is lacking it is within me.  Changing my car, my house, or my romantic partner has never yielded any results on its own.  Changing the color or cut of my hair has never changed the way I feel for more than a passing moment.

Changing my heart and my mind and understanding that I can choose to be grateful for every breath I take .  The people in my life, regardless of their demeanor in any moment, are the ones that I have arrived before.  I can choose to love them in that moment and let them be as they are, or I can run from every challenge until I’m gasping for air.

Being in the stillness of now, and really appreciating that we are all part of a greater whole, loving myself in this moment is the same as loving everyone.  Loving my child, and my partner, my crazy dog, and my noisy neighbor next door – this is the opportunity I have been given in this moment to be the light.

I choose to shine now, wherever I find myself, rather than waiting in darkness.

Thank you for your gracious ear.

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Does The Messenger Matter?

“What we’re all working on is this very being, this very life.
This is the temple, it has no walls.”
~Genpo Roshi~

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Brian Johnson’s PhilosophersNotes have been one of the key tools in my own personal development and discovery of joy and gratitude in my life.  Click the banner below and check out his free audio samples – especially The Four Agreements – even if you have read it, being able to relive the key points in that book while you are driving to work is a great gift.PhilosophersNotes - More Wisdom in Less Time

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 The Book

Big Mind Big HeartBig Mind employs a Jungian voice dialogue technique that enables people to step out of limited self-concepts into awareness of their many different sub-selves (emotions/mental states). In addition to exploration of the more familiar sub-voices like anger and fear, author Zen Master Dennis Genpo Merzel uses this technique to help people access the ever-present Big Mind/Big Heart awareness – the clear, “just being” awareness and the unconditional compassion that we all can experience. The Big Mind process is now available in book form to bring readers of all backgrounds many benefits including: access to our innate wisdom, compassion and equanimity; openness of mind and ability to shift perspectives; greater presence and empowerment; and appreciation for the wisdom within all of our many sub-selves even ones we tend to dislike or disown, like fear and anger.

More about Big Mind Big Heart at Amazon

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Who is Genpo Roshi?

Who is Genpo Roshi?From his first awaking in 1971, Genpo Merzel’s life has been about waking up to our essential nature, our True Self.  For the past forty years since then his purpose and his passion have remained the same: to deepen his own clarity and to assist others to awaken and realize their true nature.

A champion swimmer and All-American water polo player in his youth, Merzel received a Master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Southern California in 1968, and left his careers as a school teacher and lifeguard after his awakening and lived alone for a year in a rustic cabin deep in the mountains near San Luis Obispo

Continue reading about Dennis Genpo Merzel at his website
Big Mind: Change Your Perspective Change Your Life.

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My Thoughts

Now I take a moment to practice releasing judgement. Dennis Merzel has proven himself to be as human as we all are.  Forgiveness is practiced daily for people that operate outside of social norms and are less than honest in their personal dealings.  Often well respected teachers and leaders are less palatable when we know them personally.  I can remember thinking this way about my father.  How people seemed to adore him while I couldn’t be in the same room with him.  While the situation has changed with my father, and he is now one of my closest friends and most trusted confidants – I can still see how it is easier to accept wisdom from someone that we don’t know.

So, at the Wikipedia entry on this teacher there is a more than an unbalanced amount of information regarding Dennis Merzel’s sexual interactions with students and marital issues.  I ask, how important is this really?  Several years ago I realized that messages have little to do with the messenger.  We may receive it differently, or refuse to receive it, based on the messenger.  But it has little to do with the message.

I’m telling you all of this today because I was taken by surprise by the information on Wikipedia, and my first instinct was to choose a different book for today.  I was going to take this post and get rid of it – as if the message was no longer worthwhile because the actions of the messenger were in question.  That, however, is not the person that I want to be.

I would ask that you and I see clearly, and apply this to others in our lives when we find ourselves rejecting a message because of our feelings about the person.  Listen to the message.  You will know in your heart whether or not it resonates.  Ask yourself if the message is one of love or fear.  Receive the messages that come from love regardless of the messenger.  The Universe, God, the forces of light and love, may choose to send us messages in forms that contain greater lessons than we perceive at the onset.

Thank you for your gracious ear.

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What Have You Agreed To?

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“Whatever life takes away from you, Let it go.” ~Miguel Ruiz~

Like that old Talking Heads song we sometimes as ourselves, “How did I get here?”  Well, it probably has something to do with the agreements that we have made in our lives.  Nothing occurs in our lives without some level of complicity from us.  Find out what you can do to ensure that you are conscious of the agreements that you are making.

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Brian Johnson’s PhilosophersNotes have been one of the key tools in my own personal development and discovery of joy and gratitude in my life.  Click the banner below and check out his free audio samples – especially The Four Agreements – even if you have read it, being able to relive the key points in that book while you are driving to work is a great gift. PhilosophersNotes - More Wisdom in Less Time

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 The Book

4-AGREEMENTS The Four Agreements are: - Be Impeccable With Your Word. - Don’t Take Anything Personally. - Don’t Make Assumptions. - Always Do Your Best In this book Miguel Ruiz advocates personal freedom from agreements and beliefs that we have made with ourselves and others that are creating limitation and unhappiness in our lives. Ultimately, it is about finding one’s own integrity, self-love, and peace by way of absolving oneself from responsibility for the woes of others. (more from Wikipedia) The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz at Amazon.com

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Who is Don Miguel Ruiz?

Miguel RuizDon Miguel Ángel Ruiz (born 1952), better known as Don Miguel Ruiz, is a Mexican author of New Age spiritualist and neoshamanistic texts. His teaching is significantly influenced by the work of Carlos Castaneda. His most famous and influential work, The Four Agreements, was published in 1997 and has sold around 4 million copies. Fluent in Spanish and English, he often lectures and leads retreats in the United States. (more at Wikipedia)

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My Thoughts

For me the most meaningful part of this book, or at the very least the part that comes up for me again and again is regarding the application of the agreement Always Do Your Best. It has been years since I read this book the first time, but I distinctly remember the A-HA moment – like recognizing an old friend Don Miguel Ruiz reminded me to be gentle and accepting of myself and my endeavors.  He reminded me that my best will vary from day to day.  My energy will fluctuate.  My circumstances will differ.  If I set my myself to giving what I have – it is enough. The gift of that agreement has carried me through so many changes.  I would be honored to share this agreement with all of you.  You are enough.  What you give is enough.  What you do is enough.  Always. Thank you for your gracious ear.

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The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

“When you make a choice you change the future.”

~Deepak Chopra~

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Brian Johnson’s PhilosophersNotes have been one of the key tools in my own personal development and discovery of joy and gratitude in my life.  Click the banner below and check out his free audio samples – especially The Four Agreements – even if you have read it, being able to relive the key points in that book while you are driving to work is a great gift.

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 The Book

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

According to the book, when we comprehend and apply these laws in our lives, everything we want can be created, “because the same laws that nature uses to create a forest, a star, or a human body can also bring about the fulfillment of our deepest desires”.

The Law of Pure Potentiality
The Law of Giving
The Law of Karma
The Law of Least Effort
The Law of Intention and Desire
The Law of Detachment
The Law of Dharma

more at Wikipedia )

Check out The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success at Amazon.com

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Who is Deepak Chopra?

  Deepak ChopraDeepak Chopra is an Indian-born American physician, a holistic health/New Age guru, and perhaps the wealthiest and most famous of America’s alternative medicine practitioners. Chopra has taught at the medical schools of Tufts University, Boston University andHarvard University. He became Chief of Staff at the New England Memorial Hospital (NEMH) in Massachusetts, before establishing a private practice. In 1985, Chopra met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who invited him to study Ayurveda. Chopra left his position at the NEMH and became the founding president of the American Association of Ayurvedic Medicine, and was later named medical director of the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center. ( more at Wikipedia )

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No Guts…No Story
“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” ~ Sylvia Plath
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