One of the thoughts that has followed me through life is “yes, and…?”
“Yes, and…?” with religion. “Yes, and…?” with traditional/conventional science/philosophy. “Yes, and…?” with many contemporary spiritual masters, self-help gurus, and awakened messengers.
Being raised Irish Catholic* we went to church every Sunday when I was growing up, but it always felt a bit empty to me. The readings, the gospel, the homily…the repetition of it all: stand, sit, stand, sit, stand, sit, stand, kneel, sit…“Yes, and…?” I wasn’t getting the answers I was looking for, even though I didn’t quite know what I was looking for at the time. That said my favorite part of the mass was the Offering of Peace to those close to you. Eye contact, a kind handshake, a connection. That was always my highlight.
Discovering western and eastern philosophy traditions as I got older, as well as eastern religions (Taoism, Buddhism, Sikhism), and being exposed to self-help/spiritual teachers like Ram Das, Eckhart Tolle, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Joe Dispenza helped by expanding my ‘spectrum of contrast’, but still I was left wanting. “Yes, and…?”
Meditation, the law of attraction, positive mindset training, ‘the secret’, and quiet mind states are all great, but how do I actually do it? What are the steps I can take to live the experiences that they preach? I wasn’t satisfied with the esoteric dogma that saturates so much of today’s self-help industry, and there were still pieces missing to the puzzle. I’ve heard the ‘why’, I’ve heard the ‘what’, and I’ve heard the ‘who’, but I was starving for more practical ‘how’.
This book is my interpretation of the ‘how’ that anyone can use on their own journey, and I hope it resonates with you. ✌️