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From the Introduction to The Ultimate Cure:

“Once you have had this glimpse of Reality, that you and the universe are indeed One, it starts to free you in all kinds of ways. You begin to realize that you are more than your body, mind, and emotions, more than your personality, more than the role you play in life. You begin to intuit that you are bigger than any fear, problem, or conflict you may experience.

You live more and more with the awareness that there is something authentic and beautiful within you, something timeless that is the source both of your own Being and of creation itself. And that awareness guides you in your life. You live with greater clarity, certainty, purpose. You realize, finally, what you are here for, what your work is.”

"This is something most marvelous if you can come upon it."
—J. Krishnamurti

For many years now I have been leading workshops on healing and spirituality. Each time I teach, I myself am healed and renewed by the experience. There is often an extraordinary presence in the room, a palpable energy of love and Grace. Somehow, in its own magical way, this energy—which, for want of a better name, I call spirit, or "the Energy"—touches us individually in the ways we need most and brings us together, uniting us in our hearts, minds, and souls.

The workshops have grown out of my own healing journey, which began in 1975, with a health crisis, when I thought I was having a heart attack. The incident put me in such a state of anxiety that for months I was afraid to go to sleep at night for fear I would lose control over my breathing and die. Eventually I discovered that it was not an organic heart problem but stress. I needed to learn to slow down and to get out of my head, where I had lived for too many years. I needed to come down into my feelings, my emotions, my body.

I began studying yoga, meditation, and Zen—the elusive art of living in the present. I did a lot of reading—Krishnamurti, Herman Hesse, Alan Watts, Fritz Perls, Aldous Huxley. Much later I went to personal growth workshops and spiritual retreats. I explored psychotherapy as a growth tool. I also had several spiritual teachers who came from the Eastern tradition, where the emphasis is not on beliefs and dogma about spirituality but on the direct experience of it.

Then, two years after that crisis, in the summer of 1977, I woke up early one morning and everything in my mind—thoughts, images, the residue of the night's dreams—dropped away. Suddenly I found myself in the most extraordinary state of clarity and stillness I had ever known. It was as if a veil had been lifted from my consciousness and I was seeing Reality for the very first time. What I saw was that everything was perfect as it was and that I was loved by God, by creation. There was no sense of separateness from anything, just a profound awareness of the fundamental unity, beauty, and sacredness of life.

Although I did not have words for it at the time I realized that, in some way, I had touched the source of all healing. I had been blessed with a taste of enlightenment, of what the Zen writer, D. T. Suzuki, called "The lightning-and-thunder discovery that the universe and oneself are not remote and apart, but an intimate, palpitating Whole."

As a result of that experience, many changes have taken place in my life and my relationship with that Reality, the beauty and simplicity that is at the heart of life, has deepened and expanded. Where before I always had a lot of self-doubt and was unclear about my direction in life, now I feel much more connected to something universal, something inexhaustible that is a continuing source of nourishment and inspiration to me, no matter what problem or difficulty I may be experiencing. My purpose in writing this book is to help you come to this discovery within yourself—or, if you are already in touch with it, to offer guidance in deepening the experience. Then the love and wholeness that is your real nature can become more embodied and integrated in your daily life.