The Sword and the Leaf

My father was a warrior by profession and by deed. He fought in World War II, Korea and fought twice in the jungles of Viet Nam. He was not a very religious man but he was especially spiritual. In this regard he aligned more with the code of Bushido, the code of honor developed among the samurai, the military warriors of Japan. During World War II while fighting in the Pacific theater my father came by a katana, a samurai sword. As a boy, I remember him showing me the sword and explaining the significance that it had for the soldier who owned it. He told me that these swords were passed down from father to son as a symbol of the moral principles that support the spiritual warrior in war and during peace. He showed me the handle and told me that under the sharkskin wrapping was written the family history. He showed me the blade that I was not allowed to touch, and explained that the Japanese sword makers were the best in the world when this sword was made, almost 250 years ago.

My father said that the blade was imbibed with spiritual strength that both fed and was nurtured by the owner of the sword. Legend taught the spiritual power of a katana could be demonstrated by placing the blade in the path of a leaf as it flowed downstream. If the leaf hit the sword and wrapped around the blade the sword was spiritually weak. If the leaf was cut in half by the katana the sword was strong in the spirit of Bushido. However, if the floating leaf approached the sword and then flowed effortlessly around the blade without touching it, this was the sword of supreme spiritual power. Twelve years after the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima my family moved to Yokohama, Japan. We had many Japanese friends and learned to love and respect the people and culture of Japan. During the three years we lived with the Japanese my father tried to find the family who owned the katana. Neither my father nor our Japanese friends were successful. Years later, before my father died he passed the sword on to me.

There have been great injustices performed on every strata of human life. War has been ever present. Country against country, clan against clan but in the end it is now, as it has always been, one person against another. Warring between countries is an illusion. A country cannot go to war, only its people can. We continue to expend copious amounts of rhetoric aimed at abolishing war. Documents of peace are written, as if the paper has the power. We shake our head at the evening news and wonder why people can’t just get along and then shake our fist at a slow-moving driver on our way home to subjugate our spouse and children. The world is a violent place primarily because we have lost awareness of the soft side of humanity. Ego has replaced Eufeeling. We have lost our Self in the frantic milieu of other Self-searchers. The world is a violent place because we all too easily see others as the cause of our pain—pain generated by our own unobserved Self. My father, and every other man, woman and child who has ever been at war, had to confront this issue and come to some sort of conditional peace to make sense of their lives. Some have been more successful than others but almost all fail to resolve the issue of war on the personal level. The answer is in the blade and the leaf. We can vanquish our enemies or yield to their aggression. It really doesn’t matter. Until we generate our own personal power of Self, until we embrace Eufeeling with open arms, anything more involved than drawing our next breath will generate only more violence.

They Are Among Us (Part II)

Knowing that we are not complete is the first step to becoming whole. We feel it bubble up from deep inside when we are very quiet. It is a feeling of incompleteness, a sense that something is missing. One way we often try to drown out that uneasy feeling is by becoming busy, very busy. The more that feeling of emptiness tries to poke its meddlesome head into our conscious business the more we work to trample it under the two feet of work and worry. “I’m a workaholic,” we hear a businessman say with pride. “I always have to be doing something. Sitting around is a waste of time,” we hear a woman say about her life in general. These are unmistakable symptoms of emptiness. We have been infected by an insidious plague to which many have succumbed. The modern-day visionary Eckhart Tolle observed that unhappiness and fear spread more quickly than a virus.

Knowing there is a problem is the first step to fixing it. Knowing there are others who have overcome the same trials we face is encouraging. It is encouraging and it can be a trap. Like two travelers sharing the road together for a while you can follow another’s teaching only briefly. Inner work is a solo journey unique to each of us. Books, people and organizations are only signposts. They can only point in the direction they have taken. Your path to wholeness lies down a road only you can tread, alone but not lonely. The love of life that Transcenders exude so naturally is the simple and pure reflection of their inner essence, of Eufeeling. Once Eufeeling dwells in your awareness you will find that my essence and your essence are one in the same. This is the secret that a transcender holds in his heart, a secret he tries to articulate to us all. But…are we listening?

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They Are Among Us (Part I)

They are among us. They look like us, speak our language, eat our foods, and work alongside us. Unless you know what to look for you will miss them. They are rare but they are there. These people have made the transition to adulthood and not lost the innocence, joy and power of childhood. These exceptional people are content as they are, where they are. They are more responsive to beauty. They are less driven by egocentric needs and more helpful and responsive to the needs of others. They are less fearful. They are creative, innovative and playful. They are loveable and have an impish sense of humor. You may find yourself being drawn to them and perhaps thinking, “This is a wonderful human being. If we could all be like him our world would be a safe and beautiful place.”

Abraham Maslow, author of Theory Z calls these people “Transcenders.” They make up a small percentage, possibly as little as one half of one percent of the total human race. But they are there, and they are real. The question is, “Can we get what they have?”

The answer is “YES.” We can fill our lives with joy and share it with others. We can eliminate fear, guilt, frustration and that underlying sense of unease that, like the sound of a noisy air conditioner, continually clatters away in the back of our minds.

We are human beings and we are not finished. We are just emerging from our cocoon. Transcenders are the butterflies of our species. They show us what we are capable of becoming. And that is inspiring. But that is not enough…

(Continued: They Are among Us Part II)

Who Knows What Spiritual Means?

With the increasing problems and negativity facing this world, global warming, wars, financial uncertainty, the disintegration of the family unit, etc., it is only natural that we try to tip the scales back toward positivity. One of our strongest attempts to neutralize negativity is to uncover our spiritual side. There seems to be an innate necessity to point out that we are spiritual beings who have lost our way and if we could only learn to be more spiritual than the ills and evil of the modern world would evaporate like mist in the morning sun. Whether this is true or not will not be the focus of this post. Our concern here is more basic. Before we decide if spirituality is the answer we must first know what we mean by “spiritual.”

Let me suggest that before reading any further you take two minutes to contemplate and define what “spiritual” means to you. If you are like most, your first attempt will be riddled with vagaries including a nebulous reference to God and His/Her/It’s guidance and support, or lack thereof, of humankind in general. Are you beginning to see the problem?

If becoming more spiritual is the solution, or at least one of the solutions, to the myriad and malevolent tribulations threatening humankind than we must know what it means to be spiritual. To know something means to understand and experience it. So, not only do we need an intellectual grasp of the spiritual but we must definitely and deeply converse with our own spirit on a practical level. How else could we profess a working knowledge and offer guidance for others seeking our spiritual support?

In subsequent posts, I will be sharing with you my views and experiences on the spirit and clarification of spiritual practices as I know them. This is, of course, the foundation Of The Kinslow System™ and Quantum Entrainment®. Any discussion of the spiritual based on concept, conjecture, or allusion alone will only increase confusion and frustration which ultimately adds to the distress of the human condition. After all, we have been doing that for countless generations and look where it has brought us. So before we all gather to share our knowledge of the spirit I would like to suggest that we prepare in two ways: 1) spend sufficient quality time with your inner essence, your spirit or soul or vital force, or whatever name you use, (Free Audio Downloads) and 2) develop a clear and simple definition of spirit based on your experience. Then let’s get back together and share with each other what it means to us to be spiritual. This will be our jumping off point. From there, anything is possible.