So here we are my dear reader. I know nothing about you yet I am about to reveal to you many of my deepest feelings about who I am. Such a one-sided relationship is obviously of benefit to me but what do you get out of our relationship? Do we benefit in the same way or in different ways? Will we come to know the answers to these questions on this our journey together? Well, I suppose there is only one way to find out.
I have a feeling that this exchange will work best if I strive to be as transparent as possible. Is that a 21st century equivalent of honest or guileless? Someone once said that I was guileless. I mistook that for a negative criticism, that I was naïve, until another person who was present said that it was meant as a compliment. So I looked it up in the dictionary. I was in his eyes, one who was incapable of deception. I was according to him—honest. So this is a good place to start. Neither of us will create anything of value unless we are honest with each other.
There are two sources of wisdom found in the following essays. First, is that of perennial wisdom, a synthesis of all that humanity has learned from sages, scientists, mystics and philosophers of ages past. The second is the unfolding of reality that presents itself to us moment to moment, day by day. That wisdom, which, for the most part we are unaware of, can be found everywhere—in the media and in the arts, for example. It is my fondest hope that these essays will illuminate that wisdom so that we can see it—so that it will inspire a shift in how we define reality and, more importantly, how we experience it. If we fail to wake up—to become wise—we will continue to choose and create an ever deepening darkness, a nightmare from which we will eventually be unable to awaken.
The honesty of the men and women you will meet in our journey together can shock our senses like an apocalypse of light shattering the darkness. These guileless prophets, if we will let them, can help us quiet the frantic, clamor of the false self and open the door into the stillness, the soothing whisper of the still, small voice.
Much more can be found in the book Simple Reality: The Key to Serenity and Survival