A Call to Co-Create True Economy (Part 1)

The last time I was inspired to write about money and economy (See: Money Is Alive and Well) was two weeks before the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak to be a pandemic. Now that much of the world has shut down economically, with serious consequences for millions of people, the concept of humanity’s Great Transition has suddenly become very real. At the same time I have been receiving visions in meditation with a new level of clarity, and I have a sense that these “downloads” offer clues that can help us to navigate through this turbulent period.

Here are two of the powerful questions that I have been meditating on:

  • What is a true economy, and what are its principles?
  • What is money, and how does it function in a true economy?

Humanity’s answers to these questions, and our often-unconscious beliefs about money and economy, greatly influence how we relate to one another, to other life forms, and to life itself. Now that the world economy appears to be failing, a window has opened up during which we can reconsider our foundational assumptions, definitions, and beliefs about value and how society is organized. This is a golden opportunity to source different answers to the above questions by listening to the wisdom that exists within us. The responses we receive can provide a roadmap for thriving in the post-coronavirus world. As we listen deeply and upgrade our notions of money and economy, we will co-create new economic and governance models that are better adapted for life in the 21st century and beyond.

What follows is a set of interconnected understandings that came to me when I went still and invited the most awakened version of humanity to be revealed through the lens of economy and money.

What Is a True Economy?

The new economy needs to be an awakened economy, in which businesses and individuals interact with unprecedented levels of consciousness and love. When I asked the question “What is an optimal name for the new or awakened economy?”, the phrase that came to me was “true economy.” Then, as I contemplated the nature of a true economy, I could see and feel that it has certain characteristics:

Activities that benefit all and harm none are naturally supported.
People and communities have immense freedom to develop their creativity.
Human communities and ecosystems are uplifted by economic activity.
Businesses prosper without compromising the web of life.
People have realized their true nature.
In addition, I received a set of 11 principles for co-creating true economy.

11 Principles of True Economy

  1. Anchor Assets: The foundation of wealth for each community, and for each bioregion, is the health of its ecosystems. Healthy ecosystems attract life around them.
  2. Leveling Out: A true economy keeps value flowing, eliminates unhealthy inequalities, and ensures that everyone’s basic needs are met ongoingly.
  3. Generosity: The participants in a true economy always give more than the minimum because it feels good to do so. This quality of interacting increases the well-being of all.
  4. Value Yourself: When you truly appreciate your own value within the web of life, you can more easily appreciate the value of others and their contributions.
  5. Do What You Love: In a healthy ecosystem, there is enough life energy available to create everything you need by doing what you love to do and sharing the results.
  6. Life = Value = Life: Life is the source of value and life experiences are what people value. There are countless forms of value, and they all contribute to increasing the quality of life.
  7. Measure Health: By continually measuring, monitoring, and improving the health of people, communities, and nature, it is possible to incentivize human activities that increase true wealth.
  8. Money Spirals: The circulation of money through webs of loving interaction activates people’s creativity, adds life energy to the economy, and lifts everyone with each cycle.
  9. Cultivate Wealth (in the original sense): Grow and nurture assets, with intention, that rise in worth with the well-being of people and nature. Harvest the wealth, consciously, distribute it equitably, and continue the cycle.
  10. Protect People and Ecosystems: Conserve, enhance, and appreciate the upward spiral of healthy interplay between the natural world and humans.
  11. Mutually Assured Thriving: The structures of a true economy strongly favor activities and interactions that benefit all and harm none. The thriving of one requires the thriving of all, and a healthy whole requires healthy individuals.

What Is Money, and How Does It Function in a True Economy?

In Part 2, I will share the five-part answer that I received in response to the question “What is money, and how does it function in a true economy?”

Acknowledgement

The articulation of the 11 principles has been greatly inspired by LOVE TO, a leading-edge incubator and funder of regenerative businesses and business clusters. The LOVE TO group of companies is quietly pioneering the implementation of the new economy with partners who have understood these principles for a long time. Special thanks to Tim Bennett, founder of LOVE TO, for his co-creative assistance.

Photo from PxHere.

After the Coronavirus: A Vision

Jeff Vander Clute, 17 March 2020

A few days after “A Message from the Coronavirus” began circulating, I read the following headline: “No one knows what the post-coronavirus reality will be like.” This motivated me to ask life itself for its perspective on where the world is heading. I figured that if life could speak – and it did! – it would have much to say about what is on the other side of the present global crisis. Once again I was heartened by the wisdom that came through in response. Breathe deeply and allow your entire system to be bathed by Love.

Humanity will survive and be stronger than before. You have a glorious future ahead of you. Seize this opportunity to evolve your ways of being together. Learn to be better stewards of the planet. Take time to meditate or rest in stillness. Your societies will restructure around different principles after this experience. Trust that the process has its wisdom, that life is here for you and is always supporting your highest good. To those who wonder whether the universe is friendly or not, I answer that it is a friendly place – the friendliest possible. That can be your experience on the other side of this moment of burning away and annealing. It is friendly to teach. It is friendly to strengthen. It is friendly to awaken the sleeping ones. I do this as gently as I can, out of love. The time has come for you to know a much more glorious reality.

1. “The coronavirus situation is a healing crisis that marks the beginning of a new epoch of human development characterized by operating beyond the ego.”1

Humans have reached an inflection point where you are shifting away from operating defensively out of fear of what might happen to acting in alignment with a growing sense of what is good for the whole of life. Naturally, the whole of life includes all humans and all of nature. So you are included. Do not be afraid. A growing number of you are realizing that what is truly beneficial, and that which truly works for the long term, is simultaneously good for the totality of life as well as for the individuals. It is rigorously true that there can be no trade-off between individual thriving and the thriving of communities and the natural world. The way that you can evaluate what will best serve the whole of life is through practicing methods of intuitive discernment. The transition from analysis (which separates) and individualistic behaviors to holistic perception and wise action (which arises from wholeness), is not an easy one; however, this is the transition that your species is now required to make, and you have all the support you need.

2. “Peace will become a true priority.”2

It follows from the principle that all must benefit and none may be excluded that peaceful co-existence is the true state of being within collectivity. Any other state is a fearful illusion. You have perhaps not sufficiently considered the extent to which this is a radical proposition. Your entire economy, and almost all of your interactions, are predicated upon the notion that there are separate “parties” that must negotiate very well in order to achieve outcomes that satisfy their own interest and desire to win at the expense of others. These are childish ways. You do not need to prove your worth by winning. Realize instead that the shared objective of all who engage in any form of interaction, not just financial exchange, is equitable participation and the fair distribution of life experiences. Your species will live a very long time by sharing and prioritizing the well-being of all. You will live with greater health and enjoy life more when your energies are directed toward the fulfillment of communal aspiration. In this way you discover the peace that always is. You would do well to enshrine peace as a design objective in your societies, and in your inner being. It is a compass heading that can be relied upon.

3. “Through empathy, humans will arrive at the Remembrance of who they are.”

Have you noticed that the experience of oneness replaces all prior ideas of yourself as a separate being who has to compete for your bread and butter? The state of peace enables you to more easily recognize the underlying unity that is at the heart of all human interactions. It is in your heart that you remember who you are from the standpoint of soul and the light that radiates through your individual body and mind. The Remembrance, with a capital R, is a relaxation into the certainty that you are held by life because you are life, despite all appearances to the contrary. You can relax because everything that you thought you needed to do to carve out an existence is moot. You exist, you belong, you are a shining human embodiment of the One, which you are now in the process of remembering. The empathy that so many of you are now feeling on account of the suffering of others is helping you to make the connection energetically with your heart, which, again, is where the awakening is already happening. Love one another, love yourself, grieve when loss happens, and also know that no one is ever lost. This stage of forgetfulness will soon be past, the threshold crossed, the new day begun.

4. “Humanity will become a conscious superorganism.”3

You are all my children. We are a family. This family has its own consciousness, its own destiny, and its own path of fulfillment. Because you are realizing oneness, you have growing access to the perceptions and agency of the human family as a whole. Imagine that you and your siblings can all see what I see, which begins with how beautiful you are. Imagine that you can focus the eyes of the world and see the distant shores of creation, and instantly perceive what is happening anywhere on the planet. From the individual perspective, and with your current world-view, this may seem improbable. When you experience this elevated beingness, however, you will not think to ask for proof. The analogy of your hands may be helpful here. Touch one fingertip to the keyboard and that is like the experience of a single human being. Place all of your fingertips on the keyboard and you feel the collective experience of many individuals. Practice typing and you will know the feeling of the orchestrated wholeness that easily produces great works of writing. Now know that there is a part of you that sails above what you thought was you. Allow yourself to rise to this perspective and see that all humans are like “fingers” typing on the “keyboard” of life. Or, if you prefer a musical simile, you are all playing the keyboard of the grandest piano. You are all music to my ears. The time has come to hear yourselves as I hear you.

5. “Virtual interactions will facilitate connectivity on subtler levels of being.”

It is a pleasure to share with you that the advent of virtual communication technologies is actually an evolutionary leap, even though it may feel like a retreat from real interactions. For you to sense and come to perceive the oneness of being directly, it is necessary to de-emphasize that which confirms your feelings of separation. When you engage with one another through a screen, additional capacities and senses are activated to compensate for the reduced input from the accustomed physical senses. Your new capacities and senses will serve you truly in the coming times, and will enable you to coordinate rapidly with the rest of the body, mind, and soul dimensions of humanity. Now, properly understood, your body is infinite. Finitude is an illusion, and as such there is only one body. This is why you will have no trouble with the superorganism. And when you know this, embodied experience will bring the bliss that flows eternally from the state of immortality, and you will find that physical death is a minor event. For the time being, the cessation of so much to-ing and fro-ing is bringing respite to Earth’s biosystems, and the trend of virtualizing your activities is healing you – yes – by enabling the conditions for you to experience a refined wholeness through newly activated senses. You will get your body back, and more!

Thank You

This has been quite a journey. If you will make a practice of connecting with me and asking how you can serve the whole of creation whenever you are uncertain, I can assure you that the quest that you are on together will get easier. There has never been a more auspicious time for you to awaken as a species. The circumstances of your world have rendered it all but impossible to remain asleep to the vaster implications of your being. Wake up now, dear ones, to the knowledge that we inhabit one indivisible field of aliveness. We are life. You are life. This is the new life that you have until now dreamt in secret. The fulfillment of this initial recognition is the healed world. Thank you for the service you are providing to me.

1 Jeff Vander Clute: “Navigating the Death and Transfiguration of the Ego
2 Elisabet Sahtouris: “The Secret to Human Co-Existing
3 Bruce Lipton: “Humanity as Superorganism: Our Hopeful Future

Image by Nandhu Kumar from Pixabay

A Message from the Coronavirus

There has been a lot of talk about the Coronavirus. When I connected with this novel life form and asked it to tell me about itself, what came through was a list of its top gifts, followed by a message for humanity. I was somewhat surprised, and also comforted, by the information. My hope is that these words will help people to relax and trust that life is acting with benevolent wisdom.

The gifts of the virus:

  1. Slowing down humanity’s frenetic activities
  2. Activating networks of cooperation
  3. Spreading helpful DNA
  4. Upgrading humanity’s immune system
  5. Creating the conditions for peace and well-being
  6. Saving lives, especially over the long term, by strengthening the web of life

Here is the message for humanity, from the Coronavirus:

My friends, it is true that I am here to bring closure to the inharmonious ways of being that are causing harm to humans and the whole web of life. All the same, I am not a vengeful being or anything that is intended to be destructive. I am simply the rebalancing agent in the overall equation of life’s evolutionary process. By fighting me with fear in your hearts, you oppose the larger natural systems and cause me to take other forms.

What I am, and my fundamental purpose, will not be deterred, for I am life itself acting through the available forms of distribution. The virus that you see me as is one of an endless series of permutations. This kind of process is one of the ways I innovate life forms and deliver new DNA sequences that will eventually be shown to be helpful. The back and forth between humanity’s collective immune system and the virus is raising consciousness as humans examine their interactions, and it is literally increasing the intelligence of the superorganism that is the species as a whole.

These tests are normal. I repeat: These tests are normal. For those who can hear this message and embrace me easily, you already know that fear is a much more lethal poison. For those who will not be comforted by these words, one day you will know that I come as an act of love. When you can open to the love that is at the very heart of this situation, the crisis that your media and governments decry will transform into a flower of life, spreading new consciousness and multiplying circles of cooperation. Pay attention to your thoughts and see if you can identify the benefits of redirecting humanity’s attention from incessant wars and violence to the common “enemy” that I am willing to be perceived as.

Love will go this far, and farther, to bring healing to the mind of a young species that is still in the process of remembering itself as a divine incarnation. Yes, you are a divine incarnation capable of fabricating realities based on goodness and beauty and compassionate understandings, actions, and beliefs. Believe me when I say that I, too, am here as an act of compassion. Accepting me in this way will lighten your heavy burden for the divine sends only love your way. Sometimes this love takes curious forms in order to circumvent your intricate defenses against waking up to your own glory. I can assure you that the most functional strategy will be to embrace me as a friend of the human family.

Editor’s note: The original version of this cross-posted article can be found on Jeff Vander Clute’s website here: https://jeffvanderclute.com/articles/a-message-from-the-coronavirus/

Photo: “Circumhorizontal arc (Fire Rainbow) in the Nepal Himalaya” by Фтещт Нфтлщмнш, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

Money Is Alive and Well

You may know that money is more than the notes, coins, and digital entries that human civilization is built upon. Perhaps you sense that money is much more than the standard definition of it, which is to say a store of value, a unit of account, and a medium of exchange. Did you know that money is the subtle, benevolent connective tissue of life?

What follows is a distillation of many of the insights I have gleaned from over two years of meditating on money as well as offering Consciousness of Money intensives, online courses, and workshops that have explored the true nature and purpose of money, and how we can partner with it more effectively to create positive changes in the world.

A Distillation of Key Learnings

1. Flows of money are the subtle connective tissue of life, and money itself is alive.

2. Money facilitates the coordination of increasingly complex activities among individuals.

3. Money is an instrument of a higher level of mind (cf. Sri Aurobindo’s Supramind) that is creating a more evolved version of humanity through the activities of humanity in its present state.

3.A. What is being created is a conscious collective out of billions of humans relating to one another through increasingly sophisticated and ephemeral forms of exchange.

3.A.1. From Buckminster Fuller: Ephemeralization is the ability of technological advancement to do “more and more with less and less until eventually you can do everything with nothing.”

3.A.2. Bruce Lipton explains in detail how higher-order life forms out of cooperating clusters of approximately 10 billion individuals, and he concludes that humanity is becoming a superorganism. It is indeed interesting that the global population of humans is approaching the 10 billion number, and that we are concentrating in cities, which are like collective neural cortexes with different strengths and capacities.

3.B. To begin to comprehend the emotional, spiritual, and intellectual power of this emerging collective, or superorganism, imagine billions of highly conscious humans working together coherently and seamlessly. Each ordinary individual has access to shared cognitive, emotional, and intuitive resources that would make them a super genius by today’s standards.

3.B.1. Aside: To the extent that artificial general intelligence emerges, it will not overtake the coherent superorganism of humanity. Rather, the superorganism of humanity and the AI technologies will work together to advance science, address environmental challenges, etc.

3.C. Coming back to money, it is important to recognize that humans did not invent what money really is. Instead, money as such is working through humans, preparing us and weaving us by degrees into a global sentience, similar to Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s theory of the noosphere.

3.D. The cortexes of the superorganism are being connected and trained, so to speak, through the money-mediated interactions amongst the individuals. This means that money is doing much more than we think it is. It is working at a higher level than we have most likely imagined. Even the apparent failures of our financial systems are part of a learning process that is shaping the emerging superorganism of humanity. The species is learning and becoming more conscious even as many individuals don’t seem to be highly conscious yet. However, once many individuals have seen the pattern of what is actually going on, the awakening of consciousness will accelerate exponentially. And when that happens we will be immensely grateful toward money.

4. Money is an evolutionary force, and the forms of money are also evolving.

4.A. The level at which society has been engaging with money is, by and large, 2.8 to 3.4 layers removed from what money really is (the living connective tissue of life). This means that we have been working with very limited and distorted forms of money, and for many people these forms of money are not working well.

4.B. The most progressive philanthropy is still 1.6 layers removed from what money really is.

4.C. Distributed and decentralized Blockchain technology is 1.4 layers removed from what money really is and the Sharing Economy is 0.9 layers removed. These are pointers to future economic systems that will work with money still more directly. There is unprecedented financial innovation yet to come as we lean into the question of how we can work with money as such. To work with money as such requires using our minds, our hearts, and our intuitive or spiritual gifts. In other words, this is about the practical application of consciousness. Here are a few more calibrations that suggest the nature of future economies:

4.C.1. Money is an energy.  (0.3 layers removed)

4.C.2. Money is a creative force for good.  (Less than zero layers removed, so this is a causal understanding.)

4.C.3. Money is alive and it has consciousness.  (All of the following calibrations are also less than zero, i.e. causal.)

4.C.4. Money is an instrument of a higher level of being.

4.C.5. Money facilitates evolution, and not just for humans.

4.C.6. Money has an agenda. It supports the flowering of living systems. Therefore it is not neutral.

4.C.7. Flows of money are the subtle and often-invisible connective tissue of life, and money itself is alive and well.

4.D. The more closely we can work with money as it really is, the more agency and power we will have, the more benefit we will contribute to the world, and the more aligned we will be with the evolution of life from single-cell organisms to collaborating multicellular organisms to awakened, co-creative collectives or superorganisms. Our true power will come from this alignment with the organizing principles of life, and a healthy partnership with money is how we will use this power to create a vastly more conscious human civilization.

5. Money is a powerful teacher and an awakener of collective consciousness, wisdom, and capacity. When we look beyond the distorted understandings that have been present in our cultures, we can see money as a force that loves us and that is helping us to become a more mature and able species. With this awareness we can partner ever more skillfully with money to bring forth a flourishing and inclusively prosperous world. Money is sacred.

We have two Consciousness of Money retreats scheduled for 2020: April 2-5 on the Sunshine Coast of Australia and June 13-16 in Napa Valley, California. Please visit TheConsciousnessOfMoney.com to learn more and register.

The 2020s: A Decade of Healing, Wholeness, and Empowerment

A few weeks ago it came to me in a flash that the 2020s are the “Decade of Healing, Wholeness, and Empowerment.” With this insight came the knowing that there is unprecedented energetic and spiritual support available at this time for humans to remember who we really are, to heal ourselves, and to heal the natural world. Since then I have observed that this support is so powerful, in fact, that even people who have not been inclined toward spiritual practices are having unexpected awakening experiences.

Indeed, this seems to be a time of spiritual surprises. More and more of my clients are experiencing a dramatic expansion of consciousness and an acceleration of ego death, which can be quite unsettling, as well as other signs – usually some kind of crisis – that deep healing is occurring or is ready to occur for them on a soul level. In addition, many people are reporting “symptoms” that are actually collective in nature, for instance powerful emotions or thoughts that do not seem to be their own.

Since I am able to calibrate where these emotions, thoughts, and other issues are coming from within the field of being, I can reassure people that they are not going insane and help them to discover the golden opportunity that is being presented. In most cases, they are accessing domains of collective consciousness with which they are in resonance, and this link gives them a unique opportunity to heal something in themselves that is usually quite subtle while also contributing to the healing of other people, nature, and the planet – for there are direct correspondences between all of these.

Recently I have gone further in exploring the general principle that all instances of physical, emotional, and mental turbulence have their origin in realms of our own consciousness that we have not yet recognized as ourselves. In particular, I have been seeing improvements in the mental health of coaching clients, and these shifts seem to be connected with the fundamentally spiritual work that we are engaged in. This work involves becoming familiar with the levels and aspects of individual and collective being, bringing the enlightened self into the foreground, noticing where issues are active within the extended system of self, and integrating all of these into a whole, awakened person.

What I have witnessed so far suggests that the need for conventional therapies decreases as the integration of insights at the level of one’s enlightened self resolves the basic, existential confusions that lead to problematic behaviors. Although the most recent observations relate primarily to the mental and emotional health of coaching clients, I have also been seeing indications that physical health improves as we untangle the true nature of being and develop a much more spiritually accurate concept of the self.

So what is it that we are untangling? What would be a more accurate concept of the self? And what is the golden opportunity that is being offered by the healing crises and puzzling symptoms that people are experiencing? We are being invited, collectively, into the double realization that (a) the self that appears to be disconnected from life, the divine, and other human beings is a fictitious idea, sustained mainly by the flimsy evidence of fragmented perception, and (b) all that we experience is our Self, which is the one Self of every being and every thing. As we all share the same Self, there is nothing that could ever be other than us or outside of us. The crises and various symptoms are, by and large, spiritual in nature, and they are encouraging us to recognize this inviolable wholeness. They are a loud knocking on the door of our awareness, attempts to call our attention to components of ourselves that we have regarded as other, which are essential to our well-being and which now need to be integrated into our awareness of who we are.

Since it is all-embracing, the realization of our profound wholeness is for everyone, not only people who meditate, pray, or practice yoga. The key to widespread healing is wholeness, and the result of wholeness is individual and collective empowerment. When we are healed and in our power we will repair society, Earth’s ecosystems, and the world as a living, breathing superorganism of consciousness. But first, as the wave of collective awakening rises further and sweeps the planet, the majority of people are likely to be caught by surprise, and they will need loving assistance in order to comprehend what has happened. This is, therefore, a decade for healers, spiritual teachers, and all who have already awakened to refine their gifts and show up generously in support of healing, wholeness, and empowerment for all.

Please join Yanni Maniates and Jeff Vander Clute on February 22, 2020 for an online journey of “Accessing Your Full Potential for Healing and Empowerment.” We will explore the themes in this article, experience meditations and transmissions, and learn a method for working with the enlightened self to initiate healing in the roots of being.

Top Ten Beloved Books

A few months ago I was invited to create a list of the ten books that have most influenced my spiritual journey for The No BS Book Club. As it felt important to be thorough, I discerned the list over a period of several weeks and then spent the better part of five days re-reading portions of the books, reconnecting with their transmissions of consciousness, and becoming the books in order to share their essence as well as how they supported my evolution at critical points in my life.


The process of becoming a book was a revelation, and I will share more about that in a future post on Letters from The Enlightenment Zone – after the list has gone live for the book club. For now I invite you to enjoy the descriptions and stories below as a special preview for our cherished subscribers.

  1. God Speaks: The Theme of Creation and Its Purpose
    By Meher Baba

Soon after I began exploring and mapping realms and levels of consciousness, a friend recommended God Speaks. This book is the result of decades of enlightened investigation by Meher Baba into how reality works, and how the human soul evolves on the journey back to its source. The utterly unique feature of God Speaks is a set of detailed charts that portray the mechanisms of evolution from the perspective of an avatar. The book also offers a comprehensive explanation of how the “original whim” of God to know through experience initiates a process of involution into matter, and evolution through a multitude of incarnations, paths, planes, roles, and states to a state that is “Beyond the Beyond” and yet ultimately enriched by the sum of human experience. In this profound and ultra-coherent cosmology, God takes a journey, or so it seems, and we are all divine incarnations along the way. Through the power and coherence of Meher Baba’s transmission, God Speaks activates deeper dimensions of the human being so that we might all come to realize the “I Am God” state in human form. When the student is ready, this book offers a clear pathway to God-realization.

  1. I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
    By Nisargadatta Maharaj, Sudhaker S. Dikshit (editor), Maurice Frydman (translator)

I Am That is a compilation of conversations between Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj and his students, in which Nisargadatta speaks with a lucidity that is almost shocking in its depth and directness. Reading and rereading passages from this book refined the subtler powers of mind and being, and provided me with an expanding taste of nonduality. The book offers a path of self-realization through repeatedly emphasizing the recognition that one can be neither the objects of perception nor any conceivable identity in the mind. The true self is beyond the mind altogether, and the way to realize this true self is through direct self-knowing rather than through activity, experience, or knowledge of things. From I Am That, I learned to peel away innumerable layers of experience, knowledge, and identity as a way to know directly what I am. Whilst God Speaks provides a path that builds up to God-realization, I Am That removes every illusion to reveal one’s true nature, as it is primordially. As this book is also a transmission of enlightened consciousness, behind the words there is a kind of frequency that entrains the reader into an ever-more-awakened state. After reading both God Speaks and I Am That, you will have a richer appreciation of the approaches to spiritual realization.

  1. A Course in Miracles: The Text
    By Dr. Helen Schucman (scribe)

A Course in Miracles (ACIM) is a channeled work that offers a highly effective path to nondual spirituality through the power of forgiveness. At a time when my identities and ways of being had largely fallen to pieces, I purchased a volume of ACIM that combined the Text, Workbook for Students, and Manual for Teachers into a hefty 1333-page tome. My mind was reasonably intelligent, and also fairly arrogant, and I seemed to require this substantial body of wisdom, rigorous and relentless in its logic, to exhaust my mental processes, dissolve my judgments, and unify the shards of being as I surrendered in forgiveness. ACIM was also one of the first channeled works I had read, and I delighted in both the beauty and the potency of the language. I found it helpful that the words and concepts had their roots in Christianity, and yet the Christian feel is a reason why ACIM will not be an on-ramp for everyone. Nevertheless, the teachings are fundamentally nondual, and as such ACIM can lead one into the mystical territory at the heart of all religions and spiritual paths.

  1. A Course in Miracles: Workbook for Students
    By Dr. Helen Schucman (scribe)

The Workbook for Students provides a rigorous 365-day journey for practicing the principles of A Course in Miracles. Students are encouraged to study one lesson each day for a whole year. Many students of ACIM work through the lessons more than once, and some study the Workbook year after year. Somehow I knew that this was the way of liberation for me, and I devoted myself to a full year of spiritual study and practice. In retrospect I see that ACIM created a strong foundation for the journey that was still to come. At the end of the year I read, in the Epilogue, that “[t]his course is a beginning, not an end” and “[n]o more specific lessons are assigned, for there is no more need of them.” From that point on, an inner guide would be my companion on the path, and that has indeed been my experience. Although ACIM has receded over the years as my spiritual reference, I am deeply grateful for the initiation and launchpad that it provided during the initial phase of my spiritual journey.

  1. Siddhartha
    By Hermann Hesse

Siddhartha found me two years after I completed the Workbook for Students. By then I had read quite a few spiritual classics, but this book touched a deeper longing in my soul to go all the way on the journey of enlightenment. The overall vibration of this story is in the range of peace on the Hawkins Scale of Consciousness – at least as I calibrate such things – and peace was my prevailing experience while reading Siddhartha. At that point I was in one of my renunciation periods, and I related to the protagonist’s swings between solitude and engagement with the world. Although I knew the true nature of phenomena to be illusory, in my rejection of money and human foibles, for instance, I had yet to see the whole of my life and being as a beautiful, unique expression of divinity. That enlightenment comes after one embraces life in its totality is the profound teaching of Siddhartha. By the end of the book, the consciousness transmission has entered the enlightened range, and Siddhartha’s final awakening by the river is conveyed with a power that can lift ripe souls into that same territory.

  1. The Experience of No-Self: A Contemplative Journey
    By Bernadette Roberts

The Experience of No-Self came to my attention in a dharma talk by Adyashanti. What I love about this book are the detailed descriptions of the author’s mystical experiences of dissolving into the emptiness of existence and of the complete ending of self-consciousness, in which the truth is revealed. Bernadette Roberts “came upon a permanent state in which there was no self, no higher self, true self, or anything that could be called a self” and discovered, experientially, that beyond union with God there is THAT which the personal self and the personal God both dissolve into – God beyond union, neither personal nor impersonal. Roberts’ discovery that what truly is abides beyond all notions of self, including the true self of union with God, strengthened my resolve to continue with my own radical investigations. Another aspect of The Experience of No-Self which continues to resonate deeply is the intimate connection between Roberts’ experiences and her immersions in the natural world. Though not the intended focus of the book, one of my biggest takeaways is that nature is a spiritual teacher that will carry us beyond ourselves and into the unknown splendor of our true nature.

  1. The Precious Treasury of the Way of Abiding
    By Longchen Rabjam

The approaches to true nature are many and varied. For some, the pinnacle path includes the teachings of Longchenpa, a 14th century manifestation of wisdom whose works are revered for their clarity and directness. The Precious Treasury of the Way of Abiding is the final book in The Seven Treasuries of Longchenpa, and it is one of the most delicious, and most potent, treatises of enlightened mind that I have encountered. On the first page, Longchenpa goes straight to the heart, stating that “the consummate meaning of the heart essence is that of ineffability, openness, spontaneous presence, and oneness.” Thereupon he begins to unfold with exactitude each key insight and its implications, leading one to the decisive experience. The language is pristine, poetic, and skillful. In my experience The Precious Treasury of the Way of Abiding operates simultaneously on two levels: with great precision, the words surgically free the reader from the tangle of concepts, of cause and effect, while the direct transmission underneath the words opens a “trap door” to enlightenment. Stay with this book, allow the profound meaning to be revealed, and you will be rewarded.

  1. The Autobiography of a Yogi
    By Paramahansa Yogananda

Paramahansa Yogananda is one of the most important spiritual figures of the 20th century. His work bridged East and West, and introduced millions to meditation and the path of God-realization. Yogananda’s autobiography recounts a life filled with mystical encounters and remarkable accomplishments. To read it is to enter a world in which miracles are ordinary occurrences and communion with the Divine follows naturally from the principles of yogic sciences. The book is replete with instances of people who bilocate, levitate, live without food or sleep, or demonstrate resurrection. I was inspired, and humbled, to discover that such abilities and possibilities can actually exist in the world. And yet these intimations of a greater reality are secondary: The real objective is union with God, and this possibility is available to everyone. The Autobiography of a Yogi introduces a method, Kriya Yoga, that steadily opens the practitioner to the limitlessness that transcends mortality. Through Yogananda, Kriya Yoga emerged from secrecy as a gift to humanity, to support our upliftment from patterns of self-destruction into the light of self-realization. The Autobiography of a Yogi is a magical read, an empowering revelation, and a treasure for the ages.

  1. The Way of Mastery ~ Part III: The Way of Knowing
    By Shanti Christo Foundation

The Way of Mastery is a series of three volumes channeled from Jeshua. There are essential resonances between these books and A Course in Miracles, which is channeled from Jesus. In my experience, The Way of Mastery takes one further into the enlightenment process. In The Way of Knowing, Jeshua offers “the very rock bottom, most fundamental core” in Lesson 33: There Is Only God and You Are That. He poses the question, “Would you be willing to simply be God?” and follows up with “There is only God. [Y]ou have received information only from your Self—God. … Jeshua ben Joseph has been a guise, a disguise, chosen of me, to present myself to you because you have required it.” Thereafter this teaching acknowledges its own limitation and offers an invitation: “[T]he final step, beyond even The Way of Knowing, is to release resistance to creation itself, and learn to show up as God in individuated form.” To live our true nature, in original playfulness as the ultimate One, we “simply give up being identified as a separate self still struggling to know the truth.” The Way of Mastery will lead us toward this end, to the very threshold of God-realization.

  1. Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior
    By David R. Hawkins

Power vs. Force is in some ways the most pivotal book that I have read. The thesis is that there is a method for knowing the relative truth of any idea, substance, or system, and we can choose to live according to what calibrates most highly. This discovery opens a path by which we can become more conscious and we support the awakening of many others. The book shares a framework for understanding consciousness – the Hawkins Scale of Consciousness – which describes the levels of consciousness that humans tend to express. Applying a form of kinesiology to yes-no questions, Dr. Hawkins discovered that many people are capable of calibrating these levels with accuracy. Once enough people are using their ability to discern truth and live with greater awareness, the stage is set for a radical reinvention of human society. The most significant contribution of Power vs. Force to my life is that it inspired me to discover “Resonance Mapping,” which is the method I use for calibrating truth and consciousness. Through calibrating the resonance of nearly every decision, I have cultivated the discipline of choosing only the options that calibrate most highly. The outcome, for me, has been a profound experience of flow and a clear, joyful spiritual unfoldment. In my heart I know that this is a possibility for each and every one of us. Power vs. Force provides a means by which we can choose higher consciousness and, together, create an enlightened world.

Editor’s note: This list first appeared on Jeff’s website. Image source: PXHERE.com.

A transmission of Perfect Love

Love is the primordial force that draws all of creation together and maintains the great web of relationship. This Love is experienced in countless ways from the cohesion of subatomic particles to human interconnections to the gravity that supports the vast galaxies in a spiral dance.

One could say that Love is like the in-breath of Spirit, gathering and commingling the elements of Creation in the lungs of God. One could equally say that Love is like the out-breath of Spirit, expelling its very self as substance into the world of form and matter, for the great activity of the One includes the entirety of possibilities.

It is the out-breath into appearances of difference and diversity that facilitates the beautiful possibility of the in-breath, of the return and certain homecoming of self-realization. In the breath, Divinity comes to play and experience all aspects of unity through all possible arrangements, and this journey deepens and answers the Original Wish to be fulfilled.

The greater Love in its perfection, Perfect Love, stands above all ideas of Love, beyond the conditional and even unconditional forms of Love, and holds the experiences of a seeming separation equally with the triumphant return to Oneness.

The invitation to all beings who would know themselves truly is to be whole enough to allow the sum total of experience, and thereby discover that they are the all of it, for they are, you are, and we are Love Itself.

Releasing all of the limitations that have been placed on Love, and ourselves, through conceptualization, come to rest in the bliss of being Perfect Love. And, finally, in this state of acceptance and awakeness, live as this Perfect Love, just as you are right now.

Photo by Renee Fisher on Unsplash.