Wow – we literally just said goodby to television legend Betty White, and I’ve learned of the passing of another legend – Sidney Poitier — who among other great movies was the star of “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner”. Best wishes on your next adventure Sidney – you will be missed.
A short while back I wrote a blog about a book my dear friend Anita had recommended to me, and in the comments she stated that she was sending me another book. This post is about that book.
The name of the book is “From Here to Here” by Gary Crowley.
The first thing I need to say about it is that it is another “Layers of an onion” discovery. You absolutely can NOT absorb everything it offers in one reading. In fact, there are exercises in this book that are specifically designed to be done many times. Do them – the more times you do them, the more they will help you.
I’ve blogged many times about my belief that all REAL truth is universal. There was nothing in this book that contradicted that belief. No matter what spiritual discipline you’ve followed in your life, you will find this book to be familiar.
But, something else was amazing to me. Many years ago I blogged about the challenge of getting our female cat, who is very nervous and excitable, to accept me. It took me 3 years to get her to even sit on my lap (which she now does daily). When I wrote that earlier blog, Anita commented that “cats just seem to know” – or something to that effect. At the time, I took it as a compliment that I’d accomplished something worthwhile by breaking through her apprehension. I have a whole new level of respect for Anita’s comment, and for our cats, after reading this book. Many times in the past I’ve heard domesticated cats referenced as “the most enlightened members of the animal kingdom of earth.” They never hold a grudge, they are forever “in the moment” and they never withhold praise when it is deserved. If they like you, it is unconditional – and if they don’t you’ll never get near them without a fight.
These are exactly the qualities that define someone who is on the path to true enlightenment – but for us it is so much more simple that most spiritual seekers refuse to see it. One of the exercises in the book was to answer a question: If you believed you are in a hole that didn’t really exist, how would you get out? Mr. Crowley suggested that many spiritual seekers might try to imagine a ladder, or a rope, or some other device to get out of the hole. The most basic solution, however, is just to accept that the hole never existed in the first place.
I read the first 80 pages of the book in one sitting – but I’ve always been a fast student. Many parts of the book I found very familiar – and one exercise in particular was something I’ve been using to help others since 1993. I’d just not found a way to use it on myself until I read this book. Using it on yourself is, however, EXACTLY what anyone who wants control over their own spiritual growth needs to to be able to do. This book gives you that tool.
After reading those first 80 pages the first time, I looked at my wife and told her that I felt I needed to take a break. I had reached a slightly euphoric, light headed sense of detachment from reality that I wanted to spend time appreciating and exploring. I haven’t felt this way since I attested to being a past-life Clear. Since then, I’ve had another cognition, but for now I’ll keep it to myself.
“From Here to Here” is by far the best book I’ve read in the last 5 years. If you want to grow as a person of faith – any faith – you MUST read this. And – don’t skimp on doing the exercises.
This last month has been an interesting one for us. It started with our dishwasher. It broke down, and the only appliance repairman left in town couldn’t determine what was wrong when he first examined it.
While he was trying to figure out the problem, my wife and I both had to leave town (for different reasons) for one day. I got home first, and found our basement starting to flood due to rain. I called Thrasher (the company that installed the drain system in our basement, and a supposedly upgraded sump pump) and the earliest appointment they could give us was 3 weeks away. So, when the appliance repairman came back to look at our dishwasher, I asked him if he knew anything about sump pumps. He did.
He got our dishwasher and sump pump fixed in the same visit. We were very happy to see our basement return to a dry condition. When the representative from Thrasher finally arrived, he did a full assessment of the situation, and said that because of the extra shallow water table in this area, we needed some modifications to the drain they built – part of it covered by warranty and part of it new work. The total on our new work will be just over $800 USD.
While all of that was going on, I got the book Anita ( my dear friend and spiritual sister) sent to me, as she mentioned in a comment to an earlier blog. Because of weather and other physical factors, I have to admit that I have not yet started to read it – but I want to with all of my heart. My delay is because of what I said in earlier posts about observing proper study conditions.
Anyway, here’s today’s inspiring thought: