spirituality/religion

Michael Beckwith, Live

A friend invited me to an event in Sf where Michael Beckwith, the minister of Agape Church, and one of the people featured in the DVD, “The Secret”, is speaking today. He is a truly inspiring speaker, who spouts great, memorable on-liners about every 30 seconds. He preaches spirituality, as opposed to religion, in the excitable, sliding cadences of the black church. He never mentions any religious dogma, and it takes a while before he even gets around to using the word, “God”. It makes me think of Jesus, who was also preaching spirituality, not dogma. And I guess the ‘good news’ that you are a part of God is inspiring all by itself.

He talks about reincarnation as if it is a fact (which it pretty well is, if you read the works of Ian Stevenson, M.D.). He does some of his preaching with his eyes closed, and I do wonder if he was channeling some of what he said.

I had planned to Twitter from the session, but since I couldn’t get onto the hotel’s network, here are a few gems from this morning (though my poor notes don’t really capture his talk very well):

  • “The facts of matter are not the truth of spirit” – What you see is the congelaing of ideas, some of which are lies.
  • A lie is law, until it is neutralized” – We are taught to believe in scarcity, lack, limitation, poverty, war, etc. as if they are a fact of human existence. They are NOT. It is up to us to change out paradigm. There is plenty, there is enough.
  • We are taught to worship fear” – on the nightly news, set to music.
  • God speaks through inspiration, revelation, insight.
  • God can only count to one.” [my personal favority]
  • Quantity is only in the mind of man, not of God.
  • There are no delays in the mind of God.” [ Well, of course, if time isn’t real, how can delays be? HP]
  • “God is seeking to become more itself through each individual.”
  • You WILL evolve; your only choice is to do it through pain or joy.” [Like the affirmation gave me years ago: learn through awareness and joy. HP]
  • Everything is speaking itself into expression through you — the Universe is saying, “Tag, you’re it!”
  • I went to bed and fell awake.” Followed by a great story of experiencing being God, as expressed through different individuals.

As a trainer, I got some great insights, too, about having people breathe together to increase their unity. He also has each half of the audience appreciate the other half with a standing ovation — a concretization of “God don’t make no trash”, as a friend once said to me, or “You have value just because you exist”, as my guides put it. Really wonderful! And that was just the morning!

Hollis Polk is a personal coach (www.888-4-hollis.com), who has been helping people create lives they love for 15 years, using neurolinguistic & hypnotherapy techniques, decision science, clairvoyance & the common sense learned in 20+ years of business. She is an NLP Master Practitioner, hypnotherapist & has a BSE in engineering from Princeton & a Harvard MBA. She is also a successful real estate broker, investor & business owner.

Spiritual Principles in Action

Wow! A President who brings the deep truth that we are all one into very practical words and actions:

Text – Obama’s Speech in Cairo – Text – NYTimes.com

Also, a very NLP-ish focus on “what do we want to create?” A must read.

Hollis Polk is a personal coach (www.888-4-hollis.com), who has been helping people create lives they love for 15 years, using neurolinguistic & hypnotherapy techniques, decision science, clairvoyance & the common sense learned in 20+ years of business. She is an NLP Master Practitioner, hypnotherapist & has a BSE in engineering from Princeton & a Harvard MBA. She is also a successful real estate broker, investor & business owner.

Happiness, Meditation, Reverie

A really nice romp, through the eyes of philosophers of the ages — apparently, being in the present is happiness:

Happy Like God – Happy Days Blog – NYTimes.com

It bothers me a bit, though, that he stops shy of accepting that yes, we are all God.

Hollis Polk is a personal coach (www.888-4-hollis.com), who has been helping people create lives they love for 15 years, using neurolinguistic & hypnotherapy techniques, decision science, clairvoyance & the common sense learned in 20+ years of business. She is an NLP Master Practitioner, hypnotherapist & has a BSE in engineering from Princeton & a Harvard MBA. She is also a successful real estate broker, investor & business owner.

The Fundamental Dichotomy of Churches (and Ashrams, etc.)

Churches (here I include ashrams, temples, etc., but for convenience will use the word ‘church’ to denote all of these) actually have 2 purposes:

  • the development of the members’ spirituality
  • community

The announced purpose of a church is to develop its members’ spirituality, no matter what language you’d like to use to describe this: moral sense, closeness to God (Allah, J_w_, etc.), etc. Thus the prayers, meditations, sermons, etc.

The other purpose of the church is to foster community, so we have people with whom to learn, to celebrate, to mourn, to share daily joys and sorrows, to learn, to play, to share food, to raise children.

But for the person who is growing faster spiritually than the community is growing, these two begin to feel like they are antithetical to each other. That is, I want to be part of the community, because of the warm feeling and support I feel as part of it, but it limits my spiritual development, because to stay at one with the community, I have to develop more slowly than I’d really like to develop, or maybe not develop at all. What I choose depends on which is my higher priority — my development or my participation in the community. So if it’s more important to me to grow spiritually, then I’ll move on, perhaps to another community, or perhaps to none at all. If it’s more important to me to have community, I will either compromise my development, or hide my development.

This dichotomy plays out for the church as a whole, too. Each church member’s spiritual development happens at its own pace — some don’t develop at all, others bound ahead, still others grow at a moderate pace in their understanding. So at what rate does the community as a whole develop? Generally not with those who are changing the fastest. Perhaps it develops at the rate of the slowest, or perhaps at the rate of the bulk of the members. Whatever rate it changes at, will not suit everyone.

But community thrives on stability and with numbers — the more people who are in the community, the more there are for the support of all in good times and bad. The longer they are there, the more trust there is among them, and therefore the group is stronger, too. So it is natural for the community to want to keep people to keep them ‘in the fold’. That means keeping them growing (or even not growing) spiritually at the same rate, which will, by definition, be inappropriate for some members. The means people will keep coming and going as they match the spiritual intent/level of the church. But it’s bad for community to have constant change in its membership.

Hollis Polk is a personal coach (www.888-4-hollis.com), who has been helping people create lives they love for 15 years, using neurolinguistic & hypnotherapy techniques, decision science, clairvoyance & the common sense learned in 20+ years of business. She is an NLP Master Practitioner, hypnotherapist & has a BSE in engineering from Princeton & a Harvard MBA. She is also a successful real estate broker, investor & business owner.

Op-Ed Columnist – Heaven for the Godless? – NYTimes.com

Tolerance grows:

Op-Ed Columnist – Heaven for the Godless? – NYTimes.com

Hollis Polk is a personal coach (www.888-4-hollis.com), who has been helping people create lives they love for 15 years, using neurolinguistic & hypnotherapy techniques, decision science, clairvoyance & the common sense learned in 20+ years of business. She is an NLP Master Practitioner, hypnotherapist & has a BSE in engineering from Princeton & a Harvard MBA. She is also a successful real estate broker, investor & business owner.