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  • David Ault
    command it to rise from the grave Nothing Hmmm maybe the cord was accidentally unplugged from the back I questioned It rested securely in the wall socket It s one thing to plan a time of stillness It s another to have it arrive on your soul1s doorstep unexpectedly and ask May I come in By all accounts it certainly seemed like a well timed visitor I am in total agreement with the proposed idea that watching and reading the news or advertising promotes stress It seems that little of our vast media programming provides the kind of healthy stimulus that supports us in fostering empowering visions and divine ideas Taking a news fast or media holiday avoiding news on the television on paper and the Internet would surely renew a depleted spirit When you consider that both local and national network news have increased their emphasis on crime even as U S crime rates continue to decline it becomes hardly a wonder that the absorption of violence death and other negative images can provoke changes in mood and aggravate anxiety sadness and depression So what a surprising opportunity to consciously separate myself from world chaos and increase my time in the sacred stillness What an amazing gift I1m being given Right I continued my daily work routines along with the tasks of raising venture capital for my newly incorporated company As any of you who have embarked on selling a dream know essentially you are selling yourself Along with this comes frequent reality checks sobering and frustrating tests of one1s beliefs in their vision when at the end of the day no one has enrolled financially to come and play Parallel this with the environment of silence and I suddenly had no distractions to numb the stings of rejections or closed doors that I struggled with in not taking these personally No couch potato indulgences were allowed for my new emotional low carb diet The only new fall season would have to take place outdoors It seems silly to write about this as if it were such a big deal but I can honestly admit I did not expect to travel to the depths of vulnerability and confrontation that come from going cold turkey from addictive numbing techniques or from dealing with the immediacy of my feelings I recalled Baird Spaulding s revelations in the old classic Life and Teachings of the Masters of the Far East where he writes If man would come to know the greater stranger himself let him enter his own closet and shut the door There he will find his most dangerous enemy and there he will learn to master him He will find his true self There will he find his truest friend his wisest teacher his safest adviser himself There will he find the altar upon which God is the undying fire the source of all goodness all strength all power himself He will know that God is in the deepest part

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  • David Ault
    each partygoer claiming to see no one matching her description of the tuxedoed Jesus The memory of that story came barreling back into my consciousness as I worked my way uptown among the half million protestors in New York City I was here for a few weeks to work to be a speaker at a large metaphysical church see counseling clients perform a concert with my friend Karen and to participate in a 9 11 service My visit coincided with the National Convention at Madison Square Garden and the ensuing enclave of partisan energies felt as thick and complex as the raging opinions each side offered I felt drained and my trip uptown seemed comparative to swimming upstream in tar But I couldn t blame my lethargy on anyone or anything outside of me Suddenly I knew why I felt bad I was a warmonger too I have presented myself as an advocate for peace as long as I ve had a conscience Yet the hand held placards and protest yells woke within me the notion that what I really felt inside was hate not simply hate for the death and ruin that any war brings but true bonafide hate for the man and the political party I thought responsible for it I saw my participation in countless conversations e mail exchanges and internal damning regarding communal ideas of how loathsome and horrid this leader has been Had I ever once stopped those dark diatribes and simply decided to pray for the individual Had I ever once affirmed in mind that divine clarity and the highest good for all be shown to him and to the rest of our world s leaders Not lately I know that had I been graded I would have failed Peace Discipleship 101 Had I stood in front of a consciousness jury I would have been found guilty on countless charges of thought crimes I write this because today I choose to own up to the awareness that Universal Law is NO respecter of thought If I harbor ANY thought of ill will let alone hate towards another then I reap the rewards of getting hatred in return That s the way the law works period That isn t a concept just for money career or health it s a universal law governing the entire realm of cause and effect I cannot affirm a principle and deny it in the same breath If I do not obey this clear fundamental law with my thoughts then I am opposing the very thing that brought me into expression We cannot as scripture attests enter into the kingdom of Heaven if at one and the same time we are believing for ourselves and beholding the beam in our brother s eye What is the kingdom of Heaven but another definition of peace on earth There on that congested Manhattan sidewalk I saw that I could not have it both ways Each of us can only hope to bring

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  • David Ault
    supposed to pursue now or how I m to conquer the cycle of debt that has surfaced from all this For the first time in a great while I am consumed by indescribable loneliness And so I ask for help If 2001 was the cyclone then I pray that the new year will be the relief effort to help clean it all up I ve somehow disconnected from my intuition your guidance and placed all my faith in only what the physical world is presenting me I need to find my authentic voice again the one that cannot be silenced by all of this nonsense Dare I say that I choose to be happy with my life every unexpected detour because the alternative hasn t been very appealing I need to learn how to say no and not obsess over whether or not I ve disappointed someone My thoughts are far from unique As I travel and speak about recovering the necessary balance in our lives people tend to sigh with a weary recognition expressing their doubt in really finding a personal solution We often lament If I can just make this deadline get through this year get this child through graduation then I can schedule some time for me Yet the to do lists are never complete and the deadlines are always followed by more fueling and spinning the proverbial hamster wheel of activity As a child I did not know any better than to accompany my bicycling friends behind the DDT truck as it drove through our neighborhood spraying for mosquitoes Chasing the poison mist that exploded from the giant sprayer was part of our summer ritual The one who could stand the stinging eyes and lungs the longest was declared the winner Today I would never do such a thing I ve grown wise to such foolhardy dangers and would appropriately remove myself from the vicinity of any poison Yet we don t have the wherewithal to remove ourselves from the poison of over doing Many of us still ride into the fog as if it were a contest the prize our ability to endure the longest Perhaps no one has addressed this topic of imbalance more brilliantly than Wayne Muller in his groundbreaking book Sabbath Muller reminds us that what we are missing is our connection with Sabbath Sabbath is more than an antiquated idea that requires us to observe our religious convictions on a particular calendar day it is offered as a way of life Muller writes Sabbath is more than the absence of work It is time consecrated with our attention our mindfulness honoring those quiet forces of grace or spirit that sustain and heal us To practice Sabbath is to remember and honor this balance in the most sacred and personal way Every living thing was designed to operate within a natural rhythm of activity and rest For every inhale there follows an exhale For every blossoming season there is the stark stillness of winter All of nature participates in this ebb and flow without question or strain except for one human beings Humans have the supreme ability to reason and choose the highest form of wisdom on the evolutionary chain yet can lack the insight to honor this sacred tempo We just keep going equating action and accomplishment with success never honoring ourselves for the wisdom in napping watching a sunset or playing with a child Somehow being still is inappropriately linked to being lazy We could learn a thing or two from the family dog Chances are Spike isn t worrying about his reputation when rolling over to let the morning sun warm his belly Yet we struggle in allowing ourselves to stop We must keep up for our family s sake for our careers Regardless of the reminders to slow down or face the consequences the merry go round remains full to capacity the message lost in the deafening whirl of wind and noise So why do we refuse to listen even when we know better For one there s something immensely scary when we are asked to focus on our feelings rather than the energy expended to avoid them Muller uses the example of skipping stones across a pond We are taught that the successful stone skipper hurls the rock at great speed the goal to send the stone traveling as far as possible What happens if we toss the rock too slowly It disappears into a murky unknown Most of us feel that if we stop hurling ourselves as fast as we can into life that we will somehow disappear We would have to drop down to the core of our feelings where our orphaned vulnerabilities lay waiting to be visited We don t disappear We actually come face to face with our power and the guidance in how to use it All one can ask in order to get us to see that is by imploring us to trust enough in the unfamiliar journey and embrace the places that scare us Just as embracing times of sorrow and unexplainable mystery can propel us to a greater place of freedom and healing so does visiting the silence introduce us to the answers we1ve longed for My greatest realization from the imposed stillness of that hospital bed came from the last line in that comment card my inability to say no The truth of that simple awareness felt astonishing to me Funny what a cyclone could distract me from With wanting to be accepted and liked so deeply rooted my saying yes was on automatic pilot The affirmative was out of my mouth before I even had a chance to think about it I was accustomed to doing whatever it took to create happy environments happy people even at the expense of my own welfare Many times I boarded planes with a soaring fever or cold because I could not fathom calling and canceling an event Everyone1s depending on

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  • David Ault
    At times aren t they yours Most of us have worn down the soles of our self discovery shoes We have committed ourselves to grow and traveled miles preparing ourselves for a life dedicated to purpose through therapy prayer meditation seminars and retreats We have dived into various religious organizations participated in support groups and twelve step programs We ve traveled to sacred sites performed ritual burnt incense and feng shuied our homes And after all of that independent inner and outer work there is the natural urge to further our evolution through intimacy Like a spiritual matador we wave a red cape beckoning partnership to come charging at us with focused intention and bullish strength How prepared are we when it arrives The presence of pure intimacy requires us to expand beyond our current comfort zone Being a hermit is easy Relating to others on an intimate level presses our growth buttons big time As the Course In Miracles says Love brings up everything unlike itself High beams shine on our insecurities A far deeper level of work begins Sometimes the direction that partnership travels isn t our original picture It s hard to control and even frustratingly unpredictable Sometimes we become disappointed resentful when we ve acted on the idea that something outside of us will make us whole or fix things we perceive to be broken Sometimes we yearn for the other experience where thoughts get lost in the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence fantasy Sometimes after relationship s arrival we entertain what it would be like to be single free unchained from responsibility and able to come and go as we please When single we daydream about creating a life with someone cherishing the simple pleasures of hearing our partner breathing next to us during the dark hours before dawn great measures of time spent traveling the road of what ifs and projecting that happiness rests in yonder land I am continually reminded that I cannot demonstrate life beyond my mental ability to embody I cannot give birth to the idea of conscious intimate partnership unless I have first birthed it within my own thinking Like attracts like and we attract to us what we are in mind I must birth conscious intimate partnership with myself Understanding that I must reexamine the blueprint of my heart As the architect have I constructed a fragile china shop where one misstep or false calculation creates chaos Or having honored all of the work I ve done build a structural foundation that can support such a magnificent presence The simple truth is that in order for any of us to truly walk hand in hand with another as the manifested creation of adoration and love we must recognize that the grass is greener right here right now We must adore ourselves We must deeply appreciate this temple called our body and revere it as the most precious of gems We must speak highly

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  • David Ault
    the self imposed barriers of my humanness I recognize that my time on this planet is precious and limited Every day is a canvas on which I can create Everyday is an opportunity for me to move in the direction of the dreams and the expanded vision I feel inside By setting aside petty grievances past mistakes righteous anger and my broken story I pledge to move forward and embrace the experience of freedom right here and right now I pledge allegiance to the expression of my spiritual honesty I fully own the fact that my presence here in this body and on this earth is a celebration of uniqueness and importance Creation makes no mistakes I am a creation of life of a higher power of perfection My reason for being here matters in the grand divine plan I must be honest with my contract of life and walk the path of my destiny with conviction purpose and grace I pledge alleg iance to the quiet soldier within I understand that the championing spirit that is already cellularly alive inside of me that was already in place at the time of my birth waits patiently for my current belief about myself to join it in its knowing I march forward towards a history of my own making wisely lovingly choosing the means by which I spread my beliefs and convictions I never make others wrong for their chosen path for I recognize the innumerable roads that lead to the One I pledge allegiance to a partnership with divinity I choose to see others and myself from eyes that already view the wholeness and perfection within I do not entertain our past damage or encourage us to identify with it for I trust that a grander calling card has been printed for us to distribute in promoting our lives I champion all of us to celebrate what is working rather than what isn t I pledge allegiance to wise discernment knowing when to speak and when to remain quiet knowing when to comfort and when to leave alone knowing when to intervene and when to avoid rescuing and interfering I pledge allegiance to people and projects of substance I cannot travel this road alone If there is anything we as a species need it is each other I actively choose to support those whose work I believe in with my time talent and treasure I joyously give to those whose intention and purpose is for self empowerment and the awakening of humanity to its personal magnificence I rally to make others aware of such light bearers and do what I can to support them in furthering their vision I pledge allegiance to the freedom from comparison I once and for all lay down my wearisome stale beliefs of unworthiness and not being good enough I know that my past does not define who I am I am forever evolving growing and learning I recognize that I am a marvel I

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  • David Ault
    worlds rest right here inside Shortly thereafter I read a passage by the metaphysician Ernest Holmes that encouraged the reader to sit meditate and realize that we you I are the Center of Divine Attraction Something about that statement leapt off the page To actually affirm and proclaim that I am the center the very core of divine attraction summoned up all sorts of remarkable images The most exciting was that of a bulls eye in the center of a target Here I am I joyously proclaimed a walking bulls eye declaring that I am the center of divine attraction C mon God hit me with the good I visualized Spirit as the master archer shooting arrows of outrageously awesome good fortune at me piercing me in the very core of my being with all things grand and glorious I began singing chanting I AM I AM THE CENTER OF I AM THE CENTER OF DIVINE ATTRACTION ALL THINGS ALL PURE AND BLESSED THINGS ALL PURE AND BLESSED THINGS COME TO ME NOW I had my graphics person design a target with a bulls eye and I wrote my name in the very center of it I placed a copy of that monogrammed target in front of my computer on the refrigerator on the bathroom mirror and on the dash of the car I committed to singing that chant repeatedly throughout the day I went into the recording studio and created a lively energetic dance musical track and put those words to it so that I could play it at the gym when I m on the treadmill or listen to it as I hike through the Angeles Crest National Forest I infused these activities with a belief and a joy that heretofore had been non existent in such practises You sort of get the velocity at which an arrow travels right After a few weeks of consistently doing this my world began to rapidly change The believing began to welcome its seeing counterpart Since truly becoming a believe a holic I ve traveled to Kauai on an all expenses paid gift My first conference at sea was a sell out and one of the most gratifying experiences of my career Funding arrived and I am now completing my first studio recording in over 4 years My monthly Los Angeles workshops are at capacity as well as seeing an enormous increase in my counseling clientele My health energy and vitality are at an all time high and the balance between work and play feels effortless I laugh as the information for my second book enthusiastically pours from me My world is increasingly filled with powerful peace hungry people I am traveling to Egypt and Africa in November to be a part of a team of conscious loving individuals dedicated to being the change and in January I m facilitating a trip to the sacred sites of Thailand and Cambodia It s there in Cambodia I feel I will be introduced

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  • David Ault
    there is a power within you that is greater than the things that happen to us in the world We have come into this human experience to overcome to transform to resurrect and be changed I don t know about you but I need more than one stretch of 40 days per year to adopt the practise of praying with the presence and fasting from the problem I need this mindful act to be an everyday way of life So even though Lent ended on the calendar last month I have chosen an ongoing commitment to praying with the presence and fasting from any perceived inadequacy that a hurdle may present The idea of Lent is an invitation to prepare ourselves not for the crucifixion but for the glory of resurrection I don t believe there is glory in wallowing in the mistakes of our past for we are charged to rise up to be transformed by the renewing of our minds The master teacher Jesus showed us that there is nothing to fear in death the crucifixion the allowance of once and for all burying our past mistakes The power is in the resurrection the invisible organizing creative dynamic all sustaining principle the Christ Otman Buddha the thing Itself the omnipresent power of good does not die We are here on this planet in this body to be transformed by that power to be uplifted to take the hurdles in life and jump them In the Bible 40 is metaphorically the number used to represent the time it takes to transform and move to the next level It is a time where we prepare ourselves for a big change Remember the flood The 40 days and 40 nights of rain represented the time it took to cleanse race consciousness Another 40 Moses goes up on top of Mt Sinai mountaintop meaning an exalted state where he prays for 40 days and 40 nights After that time period he descends with the Ten Commandments This same Moses begins leading his followers from Egypt to the Promised Land a journey that took 40 years Now people that I know who have done this tell me that to walk it takes about 12 to 13 days a day and a half by car I believe this original trek is where all the jokes about not asking for directions came in to being So what was the problem They had daily sustenance manna from heaven They had the Ten Commandments a guideline for how to live They had a leader They had everything they needed to facilitate getting to the Promised Land but the arrival seemed to elude them Perhaps it took so long because they could not stop complaining It s true If we consider scripture then we must look at the revelation of how they murmured onto themselves Some of us have been wandering in the desert longer than need be because of our murmuring or whining We have been released

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  • David Ault
    Mind textbook written by the wonderful metaphysician Ernest Holmes that said Spirit never fails Never being the key word here yet I could list column after column of experiences where I had felt failure Staring out into the night sky I was confident that the pilots would navigate us toward our desired destination Could God s loving guidance be any less accurate I began to get clear on the difference between Spirit and being human Our humanness as the small self experiences or creates the negative mental dance that comes with failure because oftentimes we believe in it we expect it Our Spirit our divine nature or big Self never fails because It knows of the constancy of creation So with my mental divine tracing paper I set out to redraw and replace my belief about my capabilities moving from human frailty back to spiritual invincibility We may go through mountains of tracing paper if we ve believed in failure as a given How many sheets had Christine gone through to get to where she was now How much mental retraining did it take for her to set her sights grander than what the world told her she was capable of I breathed in and focused on the loyalty of Spirit and invited Truth to take over The possibilities of what this trip could bring began to pulsate within me Inexplicably I knew something great was at work that we had all been assembled like an exuberant marching band led by a synchronistic wave of Spirit s baton And I could trust indwelling Spirit not to disappoint or fail What had been Christine s response See you then Layers of meaning in so few words Resting my forehead on the airplane window I searched through the blanket of darkness for a sign There was no angelic presence straddling the wing of the plane smiling broadly and giving me a thumbs up no cloud formations spelling out the words atta boy My physical eyes saw only darkness yet I began to sense an inner vision begging to paint a different landscape Trust was a muscle I had often neglected Now I understood that by letting trust support me I could strengthen that muscle I could see a trip filled with happy people After nine hours of flying we arrived and crossing the International Dateline we arrived The people of China rolled out their gracious welcome mat and we entered into the enchantment We witnessed the remarkable culture and explored firsthand the diversity of this historic terrain We experienced the magical odyssey of 5000 years of recorded history in a vast and stunning landscape that beckoned us to stroll across its many wonders From the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square to the Ming Dynasty Tombs meditating in Buddhist and Taoist temples viewing the extraordinary Terracotta Warriors of Xian cruising down Lake Kunming and the waterways of Shanghai our senses were filled with joy and awe There was much to see and experience and we moved seamlessly as a group Truly Spirit never failed In fact Spirit soared Reconnecting with trust was like a reunion with an old friend who never left my side Each day the group began with a prayer and mindfulness affirmation to center and focus us on all the things to celebrate in our lives With our guides Yin and Jinyuang we gathered on the bus merging both our physical presence and our cultural differences by staring in each other s eyes and praying Let all things be healthy Let all things be peaceful Be sure to count your blessings at least once a day Forgive those who have hurt you And those who have offended you But first forgive yourself for what you have done And what you have failed to do That which is done there1s no need to speak of That which is past there1s no need to blame Have self control self knowledge self respect The courage to dare Be tranquil the light of intelligence will shine Strive to make the spot where you stand beautiful Then the beauty and harmony will follow you in all your ways And through all your days On this splendid land of China Amen The noise of excited conversation blended with the rhythmic thumping of the tires as the bus navigated the mountain We were less than an hour outside of Beijing and there was reason for the heightened chatter it was the day to visit and climb The Great Wall As we approached the entrance clanging cymbals and music wafted through the windows of our bus Vendors begged for our attention and the air was sweet smelling and thin from the altitude Climbing The Great Wall was what I had looked forward to the most Before us lay massive steps that seemed to disappear into the clouds It was humbling to scale one of the greatest accomplishments of the ancient world something that took millions of people through three dynasties to construct and was estimated to be over 6000 miles long Stretching from the mountains of Korea to the Gobi Desert it was still hard to imagine that radar images of this incredible structure could be detectable from space Exhilarated I began climbing the uneven steep steps There were times when I was thankful for the rail to hold onto With knees burning I kept going I considered myself a decent hiker but this was far more strenuous than expected Undaunted I advanced until a posted guard silently stood signaling that further climbing was unsafe due to crumbling stone I turned around What a spectacular view Only a panoramic camera could do this justice From this vantage point I could barely make out the ant sized tour bus that belonged to my group I marveled at the snake like structure that had been my heavenly stairway as my lungs stung from the cool air Our guide explained that during the Qin Dynasty China s first self appointed emperor

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