Notes From the Masters Class, January 01,2014

I’m Chuck Robison.  Today is January 1, 2014 and this is Notes From The Masters class.

One of the things that Karen I have discovered over the last 11 years of doing the business What If It Really Works? is, we have interviewed all sorts of people.  We’ve interviewed scientists and consciousness leaders and artists and spiritual leaders and along the way we’ve tried to ask each one of them a question, sometimes toward the end of the interview, and the question is:  If you could tell our viewer or listener one thing that would improve their spiritual experience, right now, what would that be?

The remarkable thing is that, with one notable exception, every person we have interviewed has said essentially the same thing as an answer to that question which is: “Gratitude is the place to begin.”  Think about that for a second and it makes perfectly good sense.  But you would think that over 11 years and all these people someone would’ve said something different than that.   What they’re saying to us is what we’re interpreting is that without a sense of gratitude and without the effort of expressing that gratitude, you’re kinda stuck.

So beginning of course with Thanksgiving, we’ve gone through a period of Thanksgiving or giving gratitude and are accepting our blessings and now we’re going through when we think about Christmas and New Year’s and all the time I think most of us when we think about gratitude we think about let’s be grateful for all the things we have received.

When you make your goals or your intentions or your dreams or desires or whatever it is you want to call what you’re doing as you anticipate this coming year, what you’re really doing is you’re putting your thoughts and your dreams out into the quantum field and the quantum field will receive that, and, just like the subconscious, it only answers “yes”.  When you say to the subconscious anything it says “yes”.  That’s why we have to be very careful of our words.

It’s also true that we have to be very careful about what we dream about or ask for, because you might just get.  In the quantum field there are all sorts of possibilities.  They are endless, but somewhere when you point your intentions or your goals or your dreams or wishes out there, something is going to come to it and something will be on its way back to you because that’s how the Universe seems to work.

So by thinking our I’m getting a blessing giving our gratitude of thanking all the spiritual forces of the Universe for meeting these needs and dreams and desires before they appear, what you’re really telling your subconscious and your quantum field is:  “I know this is coming to me and I am grateful.”  By pushing that button, gratitude, you accelerate the process of whatever you’re dreaming about wishing for or expecting coming to you.

I hope that doesn’t sound mechanical I don’t mean it as mechanical and we cannot always tell exactly how our dreams or prayers or wishes are going to be answered.

If you look back on your life, the answers that you have gotten so far, and this is what I see in my life, is that our needs are met.  The dream, of course, is that you can wish for Mercedes-Benz and you get it.

That’s not how it works.  How it works is, when you say, “I’m grateful that the correct transportation, the best transportation for me and all other people is coming to me now.”  By expressing gratitude you set up for the universe to understand and for your subconscious to understand:  “I believe, I trust, I know it’s going to happen.  So I’d Like for you to think about this this week.  Maybe you haven’t thought about paying your gratitude forward, but it does make a dynamic difference in what happens and the least that will happen is you will help convince yourself that what you need is on its way to you right on time.  If you doubt that, look back on your life and ask yourself: “Did anything arrive too early or too late or did the right thing occur regardless of whatever kind of interference I put into the process?”

So this is Chuck and I  thank you for being with me today.  I look forward to talking to you again soon. Thanks so much.

Present and All-In

20120220-_MG_6032The great 19th and 20th Century mystic, Vivekananda, came to America in 1893 to address the Parliament of Religions during the World’s Columbian Exhibition in Chicago.  It was a moment of great spiritual awakening in our country as we discovered in a new way the truth that God speaks to us all around the world.

In his presentation, Vivekananda made the following statement:  “The moment I have realized God sitting in the temple of every human body, the moment I stand in reverence before every human being and see God in him, that moment I am free from bondage, everything that binds vanishes and I am free.”  In another presentation he said, “ Meddle not with so-called social reform, for there cannot be any reform without spiritual reform first.”

When I first read these two quotes I wanted to teleport myself back to that event in 1893, because these words make so much hopeful sense at a time when almost nothing else seems to make sense in our national and international life.

Even though we have known and mostly supported living in a surveillance society since 2001, suddenly we are waking up to discover what that is beginning to mean.  We have willingly traded our privacy for what no longer seems like security.  Black boxes in our new cars keep track of what happens, cameras everywhere can use facial recognition to find us in crowds, our financial transactions are fully recorded in our cashless society, our emails and phone calls are a matter of record and the ‘hidden government of the NSA’ does not even let Congress have an accurate accounting of what this secret government is doing.

Now the results are starting to show.  We are rapidly learning to trust no one and to assume that we are being spied upon even in our own homes.  It may be too late to reverse this trend or to bend it in a more positive direction.  As Kierkegaard saw in the 1840’s, we have become the victims of Fear and Trembling, The Sickness Unto Death.

Americans, of course, insist we are free regardless of what reality is showing us.  This is the Grand Illusion of our time.  Realistically speaking, no amount of weaponry, nor  threats of attacking anyone, nor attempts to change the entrenched dynamics of our government have much potential to alter the course we all agreed to in 2001.

At the risk of sounding like another “pie in the sky” preacher, I suggest there is a way out of this crisis.  We can move up to another level of consciousness, we can seek a new spiritual experience of ourselves and we can change our minds about who we are and how safe we really are.  I urge you to consider this.

Guilt is about the past.  Fear is about the future.  Neither exist as you read this.  There is only here and now……that is our earthly reality.  In this moment, this Holy Instant, there is the potential to experience God right before your eyes wearing, just like you, a human body.

We will not experience our own holiness without first seeing that very holiness in others.  Each one of us, all 7 billion of our species, is a holy, divine, eternal, spiritual being, despite all evidence to the contrary.

Being present in this instant, being all-in, gives us the freedom to see our oneness and allows us the power to create for ourselves and our world interdependent, cooperative, enlightened ways of dealing with our global issues.

When God created your body, he managed to get more than 50 trillion cells to cooperate and work together for your health and ability to accomplish what you came to Earth to do.  Now, all 7 billion of us have the challenge to work together to create a better way of living together on this small planet lost in the stars.  Surely, if 50 trillion cells can work together in each of our bodies, then 7 billion cells in the body of humanity can work together as well.

When that day dawns in each of our hearts, we will see the end of our bondage to fear and trembling and we will be “Free at last, thank God Almighty, we will be free at last!”.

You Are What You Think

4x6 B&W Chuck Portrait 6032 In the Huna Tradition of Hawaii there is a precept that states: “The World is What You Think It Is.” This echoes wisdom from around the world. The German mathematician Leibniz said: “What a man says about the Universe, oft times tells more about the man than it does about the Universe.” The Hindu Tradition says “all we see in life is Maya, or the Grand Illusion, and we see before us only that which we are, not any ‘reality’.” These are true statements.

Jesus added, “Do unto others as you would have them do to you.” The truth behind that statement is whatever we do to anyone we do only to ourselves, because our SELF is all there is. There is only one SELF. It is you and you are the Universe. You are a drop in the ocean that is the Universe. That may seem complicated, and if it is for you, then take some time to think about that this week, this month, or for the rest of your life.

James Allen in his 1891 book, As A Man Thinketh, says: “The soul attracts that which it secretly harbors; that which it loves, and also that which it fears; it reaches the height of its cherished aspirations; it falls to the level of its unchastened desire, and circumstances are the means by which the soul receives its own.”

Vivekananda, the great 20th century mystic, says this: “It is thought which is the propelling force in us. Fill the mind with the highest thoughts, hear them day after day, think them month after month. Never mind failures, they are quite natural, they are the beauty of life, these failures. Hold the ideal a thousand times and if you fail a thousand times, make the attempt once more. The ideal of man is to see God in everything. But if you cannot see Him in everything, see Him in one thing that you like best , and then see him in another.”

Now ask yourself, alone and with your highest honesty, “What do I repeatedly think about? What do I long for? What do I really want in life?”

Then look around at the illusion of your life that you alone have created thus far. Do you really want a world that is filled with fear? Do you really want weapons to kill others with because you feel threatened? Do you really want to constantly worry about your material progress? Or, would you like to live in a beautiful garden and be the gardener? Would you like to experience love all the time and say goodbye to anger and fear? Would you like to have a solid hope for the future and your safety in it? Would you like Peace?

Since you are the creator of your life, you are a victim only of your thoughts, and not circumstances. You choose your thoughts and how you will handle everything that comes your way. What comes your way are the circumstances that reflect what you believe and what you repeatedly think about. If you want your circumstances to change and get better, there is a relatively painless way to make that happen: Change your mind.

In 1983 I had the opportunity to spend an hour alone with Pandit Gopi Krishna, the great fully enlightened teacher of the power of Kundalini. Toward the end of that hour I asked Gopi Krishna, “What do I need to do to be enlightened?” He looked me straight in the eye and said: “Just this. Everyday, as often as you can, just think about God, and God will take care of everything else.

I immediately believed him and set about to make that the center of my thoughts. Now, thirty years later, I can see how that one thought has shaped and blessed my life. God did not put us here to suffer and live in fear, despite how some religious dogma says otherwise. We are here to be God’s creatures growing into a world of love, and the secret is so simple it is easy to pass it by.

Jesus said it beautifully: “Seek you first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.”

Change your mind today and see what happens tomorrow!

Notes From the Masters Class 2013-06-08

This is Chuck’s regular Notes video and it features the work of Vivekananda and LIVING AT THE SOURCE.

“Hi this is Chuck and this is Notes From the Masters Class. This week I’ve been reading the works of Vivekananda, in a book called Living at the Source. He died at age 43. He was in this country twice and that was in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. He created a firestorm of thought and change everywhere he went.

And here’s something that just sticks to me so easily: ‘When man has seen himself as one with the Infinite Being of the Universe, when all separateness has ceased, when all men and women, all gods and angels, all animals and plants and the whole universe has melted into that oneness, then all fear disappears’.

I’ve had several experiences in my life where I have learned, actually very pleasantly, that as I began to understand that we are all connected to each other. Regardless of whether you are animals, plants, or people. I have learned that, and I am learning it in little tiny pieces. But what I discover is, that when I let that happen, there is no fear. There is no fear.

One of the things that is important to me is, I have also learned that when I make any decision based on fear, it’s always the wrong decision. Always. Because fear is anticipating something that isn’t real. Now that does not say you throw caution to the wind, or you don’t be concerned about what is going on, but the response is not fear. Fear is a way for us to withdraw ourselves from the situation, withdraw ourselves from other people, and to avoid conflict. And yet as Vivekananda goes on to say, it is conflict that makes all the difference. It creates the movement that we need to go from one level to the next level. Fear makes us run away and hold ourselves apart. And this is what Vivekananda said about that. ‘I am thoroughly convinced that no individual or nation can live by holding itself apart from the community of others. And when ever such an attempt has been made under the false ideas of greatness, policy, or holiness, the result has always been disaster to the secluding one.’

What I take away from this is that we have been living in this country for the last 12 years under fear. Somehow or another we have let it be created for us. We have let it be created in ways that have really released our rights. We have released our sense of power in changing things. And most importantly, we have become afraid of each other. And it is not working. It is disastrous.

Imagine the situation that we are in politically right now. People cannot even talk to each other. Because they are afraid, because they think something is going to happen to them that they don’t want. We are all one. Our founding fathers were not stupid when they said ‘E pluribus unum’, one from many. So, not only is that a good political idea, but spiritually it is the truth. We are one with the universe. We are one with each other. And we are one with God. Think about that for a while. Next week we will deal with something else. Take care.”