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bring him around. When you bring
high energy to the presence of low
energy you can bring Christ-like energy
to the situation and people start reaching
up to you. Before long he was laughing
and joking and playing with my little
grandkids. He succumbed to my high
I invited one of my daughters over
to meet some of the authors who are
conference in Australia in August with
me and she said, 'You know Dad,
whenever I'm around you I always feel
better.' And she said, 'Whenever I'm
around the people you talk to, I always
feel myself reaching up, I always feel a
little bit better than before.' 'Whereas,'
she said, 'so many of my friends and my
boyfriend's friends, they drink so much
and all of that and there's so much
negativity, I'm always sort of reaching
down. But when I'm with you guys it
feels so good to be like that.' I think that's
one of the nicest compliments I ever had
from any of my children.
I lead a happy life, and I am happiest
when I am meditating, when I am with
God. I maintain my connection with
Source very easily because I take time
every day to make conscious contact with
God through silence; I practise thinking
of others before I think of myself; I give
away more than I ask for; I want
this happiness that I seek, more for
others than I do for myself and I have
reverence and a gentle approach to
all life. I also have learned to live in a
state of allowing.
I've accomplished a lot in my life
and people would assert that it would
require some degree of planning to write
35 books, make movies and endless
programs. But the fact is that the best
work that I've ever done in my life has
been done by just letting go and allowing
and knowing that there's something
bigger moving the chess pieces around.
I love to quote Arthur Miller who, at
age 91, was asked by a journalist from the
New York Times, "Are you writing another
play at the moment?" And he replied, "I
don't know, but I probably am."
I find I do better work and I give better
speeches if I don't get consumed with
how it's going to go and how the
outcome is going to be. My teacher
Abraham Maslow says that if you want
to be self actualised, you need to detach
from outcome and you need to be
independent of the good opinion of other
people, and you've got it made if you've
got those two things. And that detachment
from outcome, even when I sit down
to write a book I do better without an
When I make a speech I do better
when I don't think about all the things
I'm going to say. It isn't that I'm not
prepared. I think a lot about it and I
repeat a line from A Course in Miracles
before I go to speak: If you knew who
walked beside you at all times on this path
that you have chosen, you could never
experience fear or doubt again.
I just know that I'm not alone. I
just know that. It comforts me, and it
allows me the freedom to be spontaneous
and without concern for what is going to
Henry Thoreau had this wonderful
line. He said if you advance confidently
in the direction of your own dreams
and endeavour to live the life which you
have imagined, you will meet with a
success unexpected in common hours.
You've got to let it chase you instead of
you chasing it, and that's kind of how I live
my life, especially now at the age of 70.
I was at a party just the other night
and there was a man there who was 94
years old and he was so sharp, physically
active his entire life, he had no wrinkles
on him. He was as mentally astute as he
could possibly be. Then I thought about
myself. Every day I swim for an hour, I
meditate for an hour , I walk for an hour
and I do yoga for an hour. When I met
this guy I thought, who knows, maybe I'll
be as good as he is in 24 years' time?
I've always said that the process of
life involves birth, growth, decay and
dying. I am not immune to that, nor is
my body, nor is anybody else reading
this magazine. Everybody is part of it. I
have in recent times been diagnosed with
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'I lead a happy life, and I am happiest when I am meditating,
when I am with God.'
'Swami Muktananda says if you wear shoes everywhere you
go the whole earth feels like leather.'
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