You Are the Buddha

This morning I awoke to a group e-mailing from a friend that I have lost touch with over the past few years. It had to do with a new series of DVDs concerning a spiritual concept called Sacred ?. I am not presenting the entire name because I do not wish to be sued. I listened to a part of the DVD as presented on YouTube. It was a dazzling presentation, with little substance. I proceeded into the web site, and discovered a bevy of items available for purchasing, which included laminates of Sacred ? designs, a fusion pack of oils, sprays and a fusion bed set for $4,000.00 and a sacred carrying case for $370. The best I could get out of the video is that this is a rehashing of the old pyramid power craze that took place 30 years ago.

Now the woman who sent out this mailing is a very gifted healer. I am assuming she sent it out to others who are equally gifted. Bearing in mind that the truth is always simple, I have to consider this question: “Why is it that intelligent people continue to believe that they can BUY spirit?” Alice Bailey is quoted in her book, Ponder On This, which I highly recommend, “The cry of the neophyte is: ‘Tell me. Tell me. Then I will change. I will accept anything that is said, but tell me.’ The cry of the disciple is: ‘Aid the work. Forget yourself. The world needs you.'”

We all know people who voraciously pursue TRUTH, WISDOM, GROWTH. It is to be respected. It is a QUEST. I finally threw in the towel with a weekend workshop presented by Dr. David Hawkins, the pioneer of the kinesiology scale, and one final attempt to learn something new from a Wayne Dyer lecture. It has been stated that once we stop looking for God, Spirit, that is when we find it. I have come to the conclusion, at least for myself, that filling myself up with more and more DATA is counter-productive since eventually I will be required to DUMP it. Somewhat ZEN, isn’t it?

Now, don’t get me wrong. I strongly believe in the SPIRITUAL QUEST. It is about knowledge, it shifts the individual’s perspective from the mundane to the magical.

But there is a huge market out there for people searching for answers and meaning. The truth is that there is really nothing new under the Sun. It is merely being repackaged as the new and improved model.

Several years ago, we were presented with EFT which stands for Emotional Freedom Technique. I personally know people who have spent considerable resources to gain this training. So, I did some internet research and found myself reviewing a scientific experiment in which two groups were tested as EFT practitioners. One group was trained and certified. The other group was composed of people who literally did not know what EFT was. They were only shown what EFT looked like, and they were turned loose on clients who agreed to be a part of the experiment. The result of the experiment was that both the trained and the untrained were equally effective. The placebo effect really needs to be considered in this case. Self healing is just that – about the self. No magic bullet. It is between me and God. It is between you and God. It has been said, “Knowledge is only the beginning of wisdom.”

Everything known to man is on the internet. Libraries still exist. The knowledge is pretty much free for all. It is truly a DATA free-for-all. Back in the old days the Catholic church used to sell indulgences that could “purchase” a place in heaven. Equating the material with the spiritual is problematic. I am always suspicious of the spiritual with a price tag. It is true that we must always give back to complete the circle. Unfortunately, we only seem to value what we have to pay for. Anyone can walk into a library and leave with a copy of The Upanishads-Spiritual writing that is thousands of years old.

There is a book out there entitled, “If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him.” YOU are your own Buddha. THE Buddha would have supported THAT. My spiritual core, my center is not out there. Neither is yours.

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  4. Josiane

    Hi! I might be late, but I just find this… 🙂

    I wanted to share a bit, because this article says what I’ve found a few years ago.

    When I was a kid, I was really intrigued by God. What is it? If He/She is Love, what is real love? What is the purpose of the human race? And so on… I had answers. Mine. (Not coming from a religious family, I couldn’t be teinted with other’s beliefs).

    Then, when I was around 20, I started to read. To EAT books! I was trying to confirm what I believed in. I wanted to go deeper, to have someone tell me that I was on the right track. I needed confirmation.
    Then, at one point, I realized that it doesn’t mattter how much I read: it wasn’t where I would find MY answers. And actually, I thought it was bringing me AWAY from my truth.
    Too many ideas, too many thoughts, too much intellectualization of something that is felt, lived, understood by one’s soul.

    I am not saying that we shouldn’t ask ourselves questions, and look for answers. But that we have to find the answers ouserlves. That is a quest.
    Like… what is Love? How does Love shows itself in the every day life? How does Love acts? (I personnaly have a conception of it that can be different from yours.).

    Thank you! It was very nice to read you. And to think about it again…!
    Josiane

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  5. Phillip 9485

    Thank you for your comment and support. Made me realize that it is not so much what we learn. It is what we take to our hearts and choose to recognize as truth. Blessings.

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  6. The Lovely Duckling

    Hi, Phillip,
    Your article made me think of two things, beautiful words that sum up the very essence of what you were saying.
    First, sincere words from a writer more known for his gift of wit…
    “Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.”
    ~Oscar Wilde
    And second, a verse written by a Muslim poet…
    I tried to find Him on the Christian cross, but He
    was not there; I went to the Temple of the
    Hindus and to the old pagodas, but I could not
    find a trace of Him anywhere.
    I searched on the mountains and in the valleys
    but neither in the heights nor in the depths was I
    able to find Him. I went to the Ka’bah in Mecca,
    but He was not there either.
    I questioned the scholars and philosophers but
    He was beyond their understanding.
    I then looked into my heart and it was there
    where He dwelled that I saw Him; He was
    nowhere else to be found.
    ~Jalaluddin Rumi

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  7. Fran

    Phillip,
    George Burns once addressed an audience —
    “I died and I went to Heaven. I saw God, but he wasn’t feeling well. He sneezed. . . .I didn’t know what to say.”
    God bless you, Phillip!
    Much Love,
    Fran

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  8. Gina Rose ext.9500

    Hi Fran,
       Yes..a gentle Karmic marker ( reminder ) for you …….
     
    You are getting good at connecting the dots….or should I say…reading the road signs.
     
    Blessed Be )O(…Gina Rose ext.9500
    Gina 

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  9. Fran

    Dear Gina Rose,
    I’m replying to you in this blog because I thought it would be apropos to what I’d like to tell you.
    This is in regard to more karmic markers. This afternoon I went to Borders to buy my daughter 2 books that she needs for school (more on that later). As we walked into the store, I quietly asked for another sign letting me know that I’m right holding onto my dream and not giving up. While browsing the store, my daughter pointed out some lamps and banks in the image of the Buddha. I went over to look, and the tag hanging from one of them said “Love” and inside the tag was a quote from the Buddha. It read:
    “Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes.”
    I had to smile as I thought of what you said to me the other night. This was another marker, wasn’t it? I’d say a pretty “in-your-face” one. I needed it, because it seems that my road has been covered in potholes, and I sure would like them to be filled in soon.
    Love and Blessings,
    Fran

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  10. Phillip 9485

    Thanks Cherilyn. It IS truly about accessing what we already carry. We withhold it from ourselves until we are ready to really listen. The voice in the silence. The mind gets in the way. Nothing is everything. Everything is nothing. I know you understand. We are on the same page and I am grateful to share this understanding between us. It honors us both. Blessings.

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  11. Gina Rose ext.9500

    I also loved the statement about free info on the internet and libraries…….because the quest, in of itself ,is the begining part of it.
    As you stated Phillip…. ” Knowledge is only the beginning of wisdom “….is so true….
    ….**** Wisdom occurs towards the end…in acquiring the ability to APPLY what is learned****…
    IF knowledge is the foundation of a house…than wisdom would be the rooftop on that house.
    I have ALWAYS been suspicious of the spiritual with an attached price tag.
    Blessed Be )O(….Gina Rose ext.9500

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  12. Psychic Jacqueline x9472

    Jacqueline x9472 said to Phillip….
    Once again you share take us to deeper thoughts and consideration,
    What you say is so very true I have found in my life I can read everything I can get my hands on, seek and desire a deeper understanding and look for my next teachers to appear…. But, it is when I finally say enough! if they come, they come! It is always at that time, when the door opens, and the next experience of greater understanding and knowledge appears.
    It is so true that one can read, listen to all the wonderful DVD’s available but, it is always, in the still of the moment when the knowledge, the deeper understanding enters into ones existence, then one can enter into that being if it is truly desired and the student is ready.
    The knowledge and higher understanding is always received from our spiritual teachers, it is like a piercing of the soul….
    Thank you once again!
    Blessings,
    Jacqueline x9472

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  13. Gina Rose ext.9500

    Hi Phillip,
    Yes…..great article !!!!!
    I’ve seen people over the years waste more time, money, & energy on buying the type of
    ” stuff ” you mentioned. When all they had to do was to look within themselves.
    Spirituality comes from within….which is why I always say…” The Magick comes from within”.
    It is a way of thinking, behaving, and LIVING…..on a day to day basis.
    We are all spiritual beings on this earthly plane, here to learn and grow…..
    ***** We incarnated into this lifetime with all of the ” tools ” and ” stuff ” that we need to live a spiritual, happy life style.*****
    Bravo…..Phillip. This article really tells it the way it is!
    Blessed Be )O(…Gina Rose ext.9500

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