The Heart of the Matter
November 12, 2021
Looking Back, Looking Ahead, and Looking Within


One week from now it will be 50 years since I received the gift of Self-Knowledge from Prem Rawat. Even though I write a lot, I have no words to express the kind of gratitude I have for this man and how his gift has enabled me to flower as a human being.

I've seen him in India, Australia, Italy, Canada, England and more than 30 cities in the United States. Every time I see him it's like the first time, even though every time I see him I know it might be my last. Some of my friends who don't know all that much about him wonder why I see him as often as I do.

"Haven't you heard it all before?" they ask. "Does he ever say anything new that you don't already know?"

While I very much understand their point of view, from where I'm looking, I see something else. If a rainbow appears above my head, am I not going to look at it because I've seen a rainbow before? Or a full moon? Or a hummingbird? Or lightning?

Suffice it to say, my friends, it's less about the words than what the words evoke, not to mention his laughter, smile, glances, stories, irreverence, humor, wisdom, simplicity, pauses, and zest for life.

When I met him for the first time I was 24. Now I am 74. My long hair is short, my short fuse is long, and I laugh more often, feel more grateful, and sometimes cry for no reason at all. I've had moments with him -- sometimes a minute or less -- that have become radioactive isotopes of love deep within my cells, radiating both outward and inward -- lighting my way with lightness, wonder, ease, and the recognition that THIS MOMENT is the only time there ever is, was, or will be.

Recently, he just came out with a book that I consider to be a masterpiece -- so simply done, so full of love, and such a GPS for the journey we're all on. Here's the link to it, just in case you are curious or want to get a whiff of the party he is inviting everyone to.

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November 09, 2021


THIS JUST IN! I am writing an article, for on the amazing rise Audio Books and I am interested to know if you have any specific themes you'd like to see me address. If so, lay them on me (in the comments box below or in an email: Your input will further help me navigate my way through the rise of the exponentially growing podcast phenomenon (there are now 2,000,000 podcasts to chose from).

One of the best audio books I've come across in the past ten years is Hear Yourself: How to Find Peace in a Noisy World by Prem Rawat. I've listened to it three times in my car, so far.

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November 08, 2021
We Are All Here for Just a Brief Moment in Time

We are all here for just a brief moment in time. Very brief. Now you see it, now you don't. A wisp of smoke... a flash of light... a guest appearance. But while we are -- HERE, that is -- let us live with as much love, kindness, generosity, patience, awareness, gratitude, and consciousness as we can. And we can! You. Me. And all of the other 7.9 billion people on the planet. What an opportunity we have! What a joy! Will there be hard times? Of course there will. Moses wandered in the desert for 40 years. Jesus was crucified. Martin Luther King was assassinated. No one ever said this was going to be easy all the time. But above and beyond all of the difficulties, there is an infinite supply of grace, wisdom, healing, freedom, joy, laughter, poetry, music, art, dancing, friendship, peace and love.


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