I recently came across this podcast by Danielle LaPorte about letting go of things that weigh us down so that we can come out the current crisis lighter in spirit.
“Binding identities, grievances, expired dreams, regrets, possessions. Can you feel the pressure to let go?
Energetic stagnation makes us more vulnerable to all kinds of viral things—from negative thought patterns to viruses. I’m rolling out “The List of Letting Go” so we can lighten our emotional load to fit through this portal of change.”
— Danielle Laporte
Danielle has an amazing voice and something in this podcast resonated with me. It may also resonate with you.
I have often said that if you were to only by a single book on how to understand and live a life from a spiritual perspective, it would be Deepak Chopra’s The Seven Laws of Spiritual Success.
The book is short, barely over 100 pages.
Yet this book explains ancient ideas and Sanskrit words from Hinduism and Buddhism that we often use casually without fully understanding.
Words like Karma and Dharma.
The Seven Laws
The Law of Pure Potentiality
The Law of Giving
The Law of “Karma’ or Cause and Effect
The Law of Least Effort
The Law of Intention and Desire
The Law of Detachment
The Law of “Dharma” or Purpose in Life
Some may seem contradictory.
How do you reconcile The Law of Intention and Desire?
Deepak Chopra makes it look easy! A true Enlightened Master at work!
A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams
Each chapter on a spiritual law is followed by short set of instructions for applying the law of to your life. Here are the steps from Law Seven.
“Applying the Law ‘Darma’ or Purpose In Life”
“I will put the Law of Dharma into effect by making a commitment to take the following steps.”
“Today I will lovingly nurture the god or goddess in embryo that lies deep within my soul. I will pay attention to the spirit within me that animates both my body and my mind. I will awaken myself to this deep stillness within my heart. I will carry the consciousness of timeless, eternal Being in the midst of time-bound experience.”
“I will make a list of my unique tallents. Then I will list all the things that I love to do while expressing my unique talents. When I express my unique talents and use them in service of humanity, I lose track of time and create abundance in my life as well as in the lives of others.”
“I will ask myself daily, ‘How can I serve?’ and ‘How can I help?’ The answers to these these questions will allow me to help and serve my fellow human beings with love’
A simple recipe for life!
My challenge is to know what my special gifts are?
The other six laws lead to the seventh law.
Each one has steps to follow for “Applying The Law of …”.
I am embarking on a new adventure to explore various spiritual paths and beliefs, starting with my own notions. It will start with blog posts and will likely involve interviews with a wide range of seekers and thinkers. There could be a book or two. There could be a documentary.
Let’s see where this path takes us.
Spiritual Free Agent
My mother fled the farm and the Catholic church when she was 18. She raised us to be independent thinkers and make our own choices choice about religious or spiritual beliefs or lack thereof.
When asked, I will often give the following smart-ass answer:
I am an Existential Christ-ian Taoist Shaman with a Buddhist Interpretation. Or perhaps simply a Free Agent.
I say it mostly as a joke, though it begins to hint at a very broad range of enquiry and experiences.
A Pattern Emerges in the Rearview Mirror
Although I seldom had a plan, there are a few interesting patterns visible when look at the ground I have covered in my life:
Watched the interviews of Joseph Campbell by Bill Moyes on The Masks of God. I have the books in the locker.
Visited the headquarters of the Theosophical Society in Adyar, India where they have manuscripts from many different spiritual traditions and a tree descended from the Bodhi tree where Siddhartha achieved Enlightenment and became the Buddha.
Attended and done video projects with Unity churches, United Churches, and Anglican Churches.
Did projects with the Masons and Shriners.
Shot video of a Muslim marriage ceremony and related celebrations.
Read the Koran, The Book of Morman, the Tao Te Ching, the Tao of Pooh, some of the Old Testament, different translations of the New Testament, and tried reading the Bhagavad Gita. Not a master of any of the texts.
Used a passage from Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet in my first wedding. There was a line about “Let there be space in your togetherness.” Indeed, there has been a few partners and over 5,000 Kilometres between us. We are still connected, though.
Been willing to try to understand the beliefs of any woman I was involved with.
Spent time in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malasia.
Have some Buddhist connections.
Spent a considerable amount of time with a Native artist shaman.
Have participated in and witnessed various Native ceremonies.
Am in awe of the natural world. As Albert Einstein said: “Not only is the universe stranger than we think, it is stranger than we can think.”
Always a guest observer, never a member.
The Path Ahead
There will be blogs and articles on topics that include things like:
New Thought and the Unity Movement
Why Christ-ian and not Christian
Prophets and Enlightened Masters
Why Taoism Resonates With Me
First Nation Wisdom On Multiple Levels
We Are All Related
Bizarre Interpretations of Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
Rumi, Kahlil Gibran, William Blake, and other writings.
Wonder of the Cosmos
The Miracle of Life
Why Many Eastern Traditions are Not Religions
The God of Your Understanding
Past Life Experiences
If you are inclined to dogma and fundamentalism, you will probably resist almost everything I will write about.
If you want to explore a range of perspectives, then this could be for you.
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Like many of you, our plans A, B, and C evaporated with the Coronavirus lockdown.
We have to adapt. The meteorite has hit the planet. Many people, families, and businesses will be devastated by the likely global recession. Millions more will die of COVID-19 and its variations. Millions more will be on the streets or succumb to depression and suicide.
The dinosaurs will go extinct, while other life forms will adapt and thrive.
The blessing in all of this is that humanity needs to figure this out and help each other through this.
And some people will survive and thrive with this. Some will succeed by serving and others will succeed through exploitation.
Why We Are In a Position to Help
Bonnie and I have been working to learn skills and acquire tools to help people and businesses.
And we have a natural instinct to help others, even when we need help.
I will give you a recent example. Bonnie got in the car and drove to a grocery store to get groceries for a friend who is shut-in due to the coronavirus.
We are not sure how we are going to put gas in the car or pay for insurance or buy food for ourselves next month. But today we can help.
There is a lot of need right here right now. Many of you are shut in afraid and need a helping hand.
Bonnie and I will do what we can to help. And we can help in a lot of ways.
What We Can Do To Help
People in Isolation
Shopping for the necessities and delivering to your home. We will practice social distancing and safe protocols.
Gardening. We can help put in a Victory Garden which could be a lifesaver for you.
One of our services is to create personal, family, and business story productions.
Now maybe the time before the opportunity passes.
Bonnie and I have a head start on many businesses in terms of being mobile and online.
Here is how we can help:
Transform your presentations from in-person to online with live streaming, social media, and webinars.
Video production. We teach people how to use video with what they have.
Adapt from in-person to online delivery of services through online courses, membership sites, and online delivery of services,
Help with copywriting and marketing to make the needed adjustment.
We have tools and expertise to take the right idea from start to generating hundreds of thousands of dollars to millions of dollars.
Maybe you have the right idea for this time?
Help Us Help You
We are prepared to do any and all of that according to need and means:
We will help individuals who need help on a donation basis. We will help if you can’t afford anything. If you can make a donation, great.
We will help businesses with free advice and resources.
We may also choose to help businesses with a contribution and joint venture agreement.
Contact Greg Dixon at firstname.lastname@example.org to request help.
Help Us Help Others
Here is your opportunity to pay it forward or pay it back.
Make a contribution to help us help others.
Offer services or supplies.
What can you offer to help?
Contact Greg Dixon at email@example.com to offer help.
Join The Team
The need is much greater than what we can do ourselves.
Please let us know if you want to help with your time or expertise.
Contact Greg Dixon at firstname.lastname@example.org to join the team.
One of your first impressions of Vancouver, British Columbia, will be that there is water everywhere. Burrard Inlet to the North, the Fraser River to the South, and False Creek in the middle.
Seawall with paths for bicycles and pedestrians follow the entire waterfront around False Creek.
Two companies operate cute tiny ferries to take people between eight locations around False Creek. Each stop has its own charm.
We bought a day pass and shot photos and video of all eight stops served by AquaBus ferries. Here are the highlights.
Granville Island was an industrial area important during World War II. Today you can get fresh produce, seafood, unique arts and crafts and much more in the Granville Island Market.
Restaurants, Granville Island Brewery, theatres, art galleries, funky shops, and an art school for kids provide a lot to see.
The next stop on our tour is Stamps Landing just West of the Cambie Street Bridge.
In June 1867, Edward Stamp build Vancouver’s first industrial operation, Stamp’s Sawmill.
Today the area features apartments with a fabulous view of the water and boats, Mahoney & Sons Irish Bar and Grill, The Wicklow Public House, and the charming Branas Mediterranean Grill. Eat, drink, and be merry!
Orca whales are a rare sight in False Creek. We caught 4 on camera just West of Stamps Landing.