The reason I started New Realities; the company, the interview show and the website was to investigate spiritual transformation. I can trace this inspiration back to a single experience:
The Voice came booming across the room… It was emanating from a woman who said she was not there. This was my crash course intro to metaphysical esoterica and the whole multi-dimensional world of mysticism and spirituality.
I was sitting in an auditorium of about 100 people on west 73rd street, New York City in October of 1981. The body that was channeling the voice claimed that the remarkable event here was not what was coming through that body. The amazing phenomenon was what is coming through those bodies sitting in the chairs in front of her. The Voice beckoned us to inquire: “What is that divine presence that comes through and animates each one of you? Who is that? And where is does that energy issue forth from?”
I thought: "Yeah right, good point, Voice… What is the source of the energy that I call myself?"
My thinking reference at the time, was all physiological and psychological based, as was my cultural framework and my higher education told me it was that way.
Then the Voice and the body that contained it, suddenly turned in my direction and cried out: “What say you beloved entity? How be you this day in your time? You be a most contented entity.” At first I thought that the words were being directed to someone behind me. So I turned around only to find there was no one there. My next thought was: “Are you talking to me?” I pointed to myself.
“Indeed” the Voice roared back!
Then a curious thing happened: It was as if I was being lifted up out of my chair, or rather something beyond myself came out of myself and embraced whatever it was, that was coming out of the body of the channel. Then we did this sort of nonphysical meta-hug that I could sense happening in a vague way in the middle of the room. The atmosphere of the room, all of a sudden seem to have a sort of misty fog hue to it. (I guess that is why they call it a mystical, when things like that happen.) It was a very odd transcendent feeling, creating an alternate state of reality for my mind.
It was a timeless, yet momentary exchange. Then I was back in my chair in a normal state of awareness. But forever changed with the knowledge that I and probably everything else, eixst on a greater than physical reality. In other words at that moment I realized that I and all of human beings that I had ever met or will meet were eternal… I knew I was not just the body… We are here to love the body….but who we are is the essence of life that fills the body. And the truth of who we really are - is beyond the body.
Alas, this started me on the great journey, looking for a confirmation of what I intuited that day - of what it was that I truly am! Where does that thing called me 'issue forth from?' It is mystery that I am still discovering 30 years later. Although I had found the state of being beyond the personality, in a momentary of embrace - the inscrutability remains and keeps beckoning me on the wondrous adventure of eternity. It has taken me around the world; to ashrams, holy places, sacred sites, tribal ceremonies, religious rituals and inside myself--- And that has given me the adventure of the Self in the multitudinous of forms.
However, people are always saying to me in interviews or podcasts, that I am the perpetual seeker. But I am not a seeking anything, I am finding… The being of me is a daily revelation of existence…. Almaas of the Diamond Approach, my latest adventure in consciousness, started a recent talk by saying: “The ultimate question is not what we that is, but it is that we are.” In regards to that statement, all I can say is: "Exactly!"
There is no arguing with experience. You can read all the meta-spiritual-esoteric text that exist. You can sit with holiest teachers and the highest lamas; you can go to the most sacred of places, but the only thing that will ever give you the sense of that- that is beyond the material world is -- having the experience. Then trusting the experience and knowing that your subjective reality is the only validation that matters in world full of facts and ideas about what is real.
In that awakening moment that I had in the fall of 1981… I knew that I always knew… My realization of the spiritual path, is a stream of consciousness that once you sail upon it, there is no turning back… You can never deny what you know. In the knowing there is gnosis, direct knowing without learning.
In truth we are all on "the road to find out”, as Cat Stevens sang. In an unaware state the stream of consciousness flows underground, but still carries us. And when we have the first taste of knowing, the sun shines on the open course of the waters that take into the ocean of Being. This water soaks through all the ways of living. It feeds all our encounters on the current of forever.
The world of knowledge and the world of wisdom are separated by the wall of experience. Only experience validates reality and shifts what is possible inside of us to become what is actual outside of us. The grand adventure on this plane of demonstration is to be the owner of wisdom. This brings fulfillment in our capacity to know the whole of human experience.
At this point my next frontier is: a channel of love has taken me from the river of becoming into the great sea of being. It seems that this feeling of expanding joy is growing to replace that vague abstract term called consciousness… and with this all things seem to be known, because all things are felt…
We become as Dylan Thomas wrote:
“The force that through the green fuse drives the flower
Drives my green age; that blasts the roots of trees..."