When I encountered the “key teaching” mentioned above, almost instantly a method came to me. It was a simple and precise, step-by-step way of doing what the spiritual teaching seemed to be pointing to. This is the method you’ll be learning in this program, that is now helping many people resolve their life issues and also experience a gradual transformation of their way of being in the world.
This was quite a few years ago, and a lot of exploring, testing, and refining has gone into it since then, so that I can offer it to you in this form that is easy-to-use, effective, and close to universal in application.
When I first thought of the new method, I immediately tried it out myself. I wondered, “Would I experience something like the great masters wrote about?”
I did experience an immediate shift. However at that time I concluded this “wasn’t it.” and continued searching for “the real way to awakening.”
Why didn’t I think this was the real deal? Firstly, what I experienced just wasn’t what I thoughtenlightenment would be. I had thought that if this were the “real deal,” I’d be having an instant dramatic awakening, and the life challenges I was facing would all be gone — if not right away, then surely within a week or two. In contrast, the shift I experienced was subtle, and to be honest I wasn’t able to realize its implications at the time.
The second reason is that spiritual teachers I respect were saying “it’s definitely not possible to put Awakening into steps.” We have to give up our desire to do that. They even said, “If it’s in steps, it’s not the real thing.” Often Awakening was described as something that happens through “grace.” And grace was a mysterious thing that we can’t understand. If we try to understand it we just hold ourselves back.
So I continued my search for “the real deal,” sitting with teachers, reading, and more. In this time I had many diverse experiences and was exposed to quite a few “ways”. If giving up steps is what it took to awaken, I was definitely willing to do that. So I let go of all that, and just opened myself to learning and experiencing.
I am thankful for my experience during this time, and will always be grateful for the loving presence of the teachers who have been part of my life, and also fellow seekers. It was valuable to me personally, and threads from some of this searching are in the process you will gain access to here.
However, as time went on, it became clear to me that neither me, nor the others in the spiritual groups and retreats, were getting the “instant enlightenment” I’d hoped for.
I periodically returned to exploring using the new method that had come to me, and increasingly came to trust that something fundamentally useful was happening there.
Gradually I came to see this method as “the real deal” that the spiritual teachers were talking about. Not just a dumbed down version.
However, usually spiritual teachers spoke about it in vague terms — terms most people couldn’t easily understand. Often they didn’t have a method, and if they did it wasn’t as precise or it left steps out. Steps I knew were important to getting complete results.
I started noticing that occasionally people in satsangs had questions I knew the new method could answer more easily and directly. And some who talked about experiencing wonderful spiritual states of bliss didn’t seem to experience much transformation of their life issues. I guessed that for some, if not many, the new method would allow that to happen more easily and quickly.
Increasingly I sensed this method had something to offer. Perhaps a lot to offer. What if these spiritual masters just didn't know how they did it, just as many excellent teachers, artists, and musicians don't have explicit conscious knowledge of what they are doing. What if “grace” is just a word we use to describe something wonderful that we don’t understand? How many more people could benefit if spiritual transformation was easily learnable instead of shrouded in mystery?
So I began working more intensively with the new process that had come to me. Over a period of years, I first used it extensively myself, and then I tested these models and techniques with many others: initially just with friends, and then with clients, and more recently in live trainings.
The results were that people were getting it, especially if they continued to practice the methods I had taught them. They weren’t just learning spiritual ideas or concepts, they were getting the nonconceptual spiritual changes that the great masters of old and the living teachers I had studied with were talking about.
Often these changes were subtle and gradual, as I experienced. Other times dramatic. But they were always positive, and very fundamental to how we experience the world. And they were dependable--if someone used the Wholeness principles as intended, and used it as a simple practice over time, they would reliably experience these shifts.