Monthly Archives: March 2015

The Holy Goat – Enlightenment from a Large Farm Animal

Mystics like to talk about Absolute Reality – the ultimate changeless Reality that exists beneath our relative, conditioned opinions or perceptions.   One of the best descriptions of the Absolute comes from Rumi, who wrote “Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing there is a field; I’ll meet you there; when the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about…”

The Absolute is the source of all things.   Absolute reality contains relative reality, the place where we abide in consciousness much of the time.   We often confuse the relative with the Absolute.   We use a yellow hi-lighter to underline select passages in an Infinite book and then confuse the hi-lighted fragments with the Whole story. This limits our experience of the Infinite Divine.

I know, it’s confusing – a little abstract for the human mind. So let me tell you about a Goat named Blondie who enlightened me. This Holy Goat went beyond the poets and theologians. She clarified the nature of existence in a single stark moment.     Continue reading

Is The Secret Real? — (Or The Time I Almost Licked A Veterinarian)

“Is The Secret real?” people ask me. “Does it work?”

You may remember The Secret, the book and movie released in 2006.   The premise is “thoughts are things.” It’s Cause and Effect, or the Law of Attraction. The Secret says your thoughts create your reality.   You manifest what you think about.

The ideas expressed in this teaching have been around for ages, and that’s a good thing.  Because life can be baffling.  We find comfort in taking charge and seeing that the quality of our thoughts can affect the quality of our lives.

The Secret is often taken a little too literally for my tastes.  I have found that The Secret, in it’s literal sense doesn’t always “work.”  I have experienced people who apply The Secret, and don’t get what they want.  Then they move to places of blame, resistance and self-recrimination.

But today, I’d like to tell you about a time when The Secret worked a little too well — a time when the power of my thoughts almost got me in trouble.

I have impure thoughts about our Veterinarian. I want to lick him. Continue reading