HAVING FAITH

In my spare time I am writing three more books. You might well ask “why three?” – and my answer is “because I expect to finish them”. Expectation, real expectation, is faith. Finishing the books is not my goal (one volume has taken three years thus far!). Rather, it is my vision. It is a … Read more

HAPPINESS – STEP FIVE: ESTABLISHING ONE’S BEING IN DIVINE GUIDANCE

Ultimately, Happiness arises from within oneself the moment one surrenders to Divine Guidance. After we’ve thought all our thoughts, planned all our plans, plotted all our plots, dreamed all our dreams and manipulated everyone and everything we realize we ultimately have control over nothing outside our Self. We cannot control our life, our death or … Read more

HAPPINESS – STEP FOUR: Om Mani Padme Hum – LIVING IN AWARENESS

Three articles ago I spoke about the first step to happiness – stop comparing ourself with anyone else. The following article I spoke about how happiness is being truly real and seeing through the insanity of “normal” life. We DROP the distortions and dysfunctions which create the madness that spins itself into a mesmerising nightmare … Read more

HAPPINESS – STEP TWO: UNDERSTANDING WHAT WE ARE SEEKING

Last week I spoke about STEP ONE – not comparing oneself with anyone else. Justine from Sydney wrote: “Hey Les, I loved Step 1, I could really relate to this piece. A task last year brought out my self-doubt and issues of self-worth. I can honestly say my comparing myself to other people robbed me … Read more

HAPPINESS – STEP ONE: NOT COMPARING ONE

Are you happy? Anthony De Mello, the late and famous Catholic priest from India, once said that noone was happy. He said that no-one even wanted to be happy – they liked being sad, hurt, disillusioned and angry. I’m not quite as pessimistic as Anthony – I believe happiness is possible on this planet. It … Read more

EASTER – Death and Life

I remember as a child hearing the story of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. It fascinated me; especially because all the churches seemed fixated on some strange purpose for his barbaric killing and an equally strange reliance on the sureness of his physical resurrection. For me, the magic of the story lay in the fact that … Read more

A SENSE OF SEPARATION FROM THE DIVINE IS OUR GREATEST ILLUSION

In the Jewish creation story, the first humans sensed their individuality – and perceived it as a state of separateness from God. In this perceived state of separateness they found themselves capable of operating in contradiction to God’s laws; and thus God seemingly punished them by removing them from his Presence. They found this perceived … Read more

KNOW NOW

Welcome to the FIRST Issue of Volume 4 In this new volume I’d like to explore the positive aspects of authentic spiritual life and offer more practical steps for achieving it. The first step – the biggest step – on the road to enlightenment is to know you’re on your way. This requires that you … Read more