From Chapter Four, End Your Story, Begin Your Life.

Q: When I look at the world situation, it always seems so hopeless to me. It makes me want to escape, to seek refuge in a monastery or an ashram somewhere.
A: Retreat time in monasteries or ashrams is always beneficial, but any illumination we find there must be brought into the world. We must bring it from the mountaintop into the marketplace, otherwise what good is it? When you really look at what is going on in politics and business, it is not so hard to figure out. In all countries, in all cities and towns, you have groups of men—for it is mostly men—who scheme, manipulate, and use force or violence to further their own personal interests.

Meanwhile, inside themselves they live in darkness. They have become disconnected from the light of truth they once knew when they were very young. Now, they only know reflected light, the light of bright, shiny, expensive objects, or of religious artifacts, “holy” books, and creeds invested with arbitrary meaning.

They are convinced the “truth” lies in such objects, and they can only find happiness through them. Thus they live in illusion, in their story. As a result of being identified with their own dark story, they suffer tremendous anxiety and fear deep in their psyches. Through their willful and malicious actions, they inflict extraordinary amounts of suffering on innocent men, women, and children.

Q: So, what can ordinary people do about it?

A: Awakening to inner freedom is the only way out of illusion. Awakening frees you from the ego’s grip and its endless fears and insecurities. It brings you to the joy of your true nature, the joy not dependent on objects or reflected light, but the light shining from within you, the light which you are. This is the light that Jesus spoke of when he said, “I am the Light.”

It is important to remember that awakening is not just about your own bliss and freedom. The deeper you move into the enlightened awareness of your real nature, the more you feel your connection with the rest of humanity.

Then your motive for awakening becomes less personal, and more about the larger picture. You realize the sooner a critical mass of us wakes up to our true, divine nature, the sooner we'll have a world working for everyone and everything. If you have children, people, pets, or things you love then having a world which is a safe, nurturing, and harmonious environment for all of us becomes a real priority. The teaching and practice are powerful tools to bring you into the place where wisdom and love meet, where mind and heart become one. As more of us find this union within ourselves, then regardless of whether we live in relative anonymity, or hold positions of leadership and influence, there is a cumulative effect.

The social atmosphere starts to become saturated with consciousness, and others, still not quite awake, pick up on it. It’s beautiful how it works.


Q. When I look at the world situation, it always seems so hopeless to me. It makes me want to escape, to seek refuge in a monastery or an ashram somewhere.

A: Retreat time in monasteries or ashrams is always beneficial, but any illumination we find there must be brought into the world. We must bring it from the mountaintop into the marketplace, otherwise what good is it? When you really look at what is going on in politics and business, it is not so hard to figure out. In all countries, in all cities and towns, you have groups of men—for it is mostly men—who scheme, manipulate, and use force or violence to further their own personal interests.

Meanwhile, inside themselves they live in darkness. They have become disconnected from the light of truth they once knew when they were very young. Now, they only know reflected light, the light of bright, shiny, expensive objects, or of religious artifacts, “holy” books, and creeds invested with arbitrary meaning.

They are convinced the “truth” lies in such objects, and they can only find happiness through them. Thus they live in illusion, in their story. As a result of being identified with their own dark story, they suffer tremendous anxiety and fear deep in their psyches. Through their willful and malicious actions, they inflict extraordinary amounts of suffering on innocent men, women, and children.


Q: So, what can ordinary people do about it?
A: Awakening to inner freedom is the only way out of illusion. Awakening frees you from the ego’s grip and its endless fears and insecurities. It brings you to the joy of your true nature, the joy not dependent on objects or reflected light, but the light shining from within you, the light which you are. This is the light that Jesus spoke of when he said, “I am the Light.”

It is important to remember that awakening is not just about your own bliss and freedom. The deeper you move into the enlightened awareness of your real nature, the more you feel your connection with the rest of humanity.

Then your motive for awakening becomes less personal, and more about the larger picture. You realize the sooner a critical mass of us wakes up to our true, divine nature, the sooner we'll have a world working for everyone and everything. If you have children, people, pets, or things you love then having a world which is a safe, nurturing, and harmonious environment for all of us becomes a real priority. The teaching and practice are powerful tools to bring you into the place where wisdom and love meet, where mind and heart become one. As more of us find this union within ourselves, then regardless of whether we live in relative anonymity, or hold positions of leadership and influence, there is a cumulative effect.

The social atmosphere starts to become saturated with consciousness, and others, still not quite awake, pick up on it. It’s beautiful how it works.