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Wisdoms Soft Whisper

JOHN TROY

Third Edition eBook


Story line expanded, Revised, Updated and Edited

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A.k.a. Wizard Baldour


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Table of Contents
The Dawn of Wisdom Awakening from Illusion Believe Not Magic Assumes Doership The Capacity of Now Significance of the Wizards Staff Put a Capital M on the Mystery Meditation is Not Something You Do Practice is Real Every Action is Perfect Unlocking ESP and the Sixth Sense I-Dolls, Deifications & Role of Toto Turning Inside Out The Ultimate Paradigm Shift Sharing What Already Is Bridge to the Unknown Wizards Alchemy Pure Stillness The Narrator I in the Head Everyone You Meet is a Godsend Intense Grace The Folk Fellowship at Large A Wizards Re-Creation The Cauldron John Troys Horizontal Story Line 5.

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Non Fiction Spiritual, Philosophy, Advaita Free PDF eBook file for e-book readers For sharing, not for sale or resale Third Edition, expanded, revised and edited, 2011 John Troy aka Wizard Baldour The Wizard LLC 5134 Boone Village Trail Cedar Grove, NC 27231 336-562-3225 JohnTroy@TheWizardLLC.com Website: www.TheWizardLLC.com Live Global Webcast, Archives, & Free eLibrary Listen to: Conversations with Avant-garde Sages Trip Overholt & John Troy, Co-hosts WCOM-FM 103.5 FM Every Tuesday at Noon until 1 PM ~ Questions to Zortacular@Gmail.com Cover Photography by Ron Belliveau Toto by Jo Stephens This eBook may disturb deeply held beliefs. A sharing; no copyrights implied. 6.

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our decades ago, a poet friend, Philip Rego, shared a poem that asked for Truth so confessed, it required decades for an honest heart-felt response to match the poetic response. Wisdoms Soft Whisper is the answer to the question raised by the young prince in the poem. This manuscript is dedicated to that prince, Philip Rego. The question in the poetry called forth a Wizard. Prince: Where do you go when you so want to know? Where can you listen in silence? What do you do when you're lost and alone In eternity searching for love? Where do you hear wisdom's soft whisper On a planet that's crying in pain? Where do you seek wisdom's sweet peace In a world that's going insane? Wizard: Theres a cave which exists At the center of life, Where dwells the dream of creation Its threshold is flooded in sunlight, Its halls are ten thousand mirrors 7.

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Reflecting the love That lives in the soul At the heart of the whole universe To reach this quiet place You must travel the road That runs alongside this great river And follow its voice To the sounds own sweet source And discover the Hearts pure existence. Listen in silence To the streams laughing song To the poem of its life-giving waters Know you are One With infinite Love Your journeys begun when its over Philip Rego~

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The Dawn of Wisdom

onsider the word, water. Is the very word, water, itself, wet? Can that word quench thirst? Is the word, water, really water? Of course its not. Its just a word, not real water. It only refers to water which itself makes no claim of its own. Now consider the word, I. Is the word or even the internal statement, I, habitually arising in your head really who you are? Again, of course not; it is only a letter in the alphabet that refers to the silent speechless state that witnesses that word, I. The silent state, not the statement, is who you really are. Truth is not a thought. Simply put, this is Wisdom. The word, Wizard, comes from the word, Wisdom. It refers to the domicile of the wise. The state that is prior to the bundle of alphabets and words called the mind. Wizards, by a stroke of grace, have the ears to hear the silent whisper prior to the form of alphabets. That is Wisdom. In Eastern traditions, a Wizard is 9.

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referred to as a Jnani or Sage. A Wizard is not a Guru or a messiah. A Wizards Wisdom cannot be defined, known, contained or found. Thats because knowledge is of the mind. Wisdom is that which is prior to the movement of the mind. A Wizard is one who fundamentally dwells in Wisdom, the domicile of the wise. A Wizard re-cognizes the I thought, mind and knowledge as useful tools of language and finds such as a biological servant, effortlessly, perfectly. Wisdom is not knowledge. Knowledge is always gained anew by the knower I thought, called the mind; one thought tied to another to create a bundle of thoughts that in turn create a story-line from birth to death. What is gained anew will certainly disappear eventually in time. Conversely, Wisdom is empty, transparent and eternal stillness. Wisdom is birth-less and death-less, having no form. Knowledge is but a veneer of alphabets and concepts projected into reality to the point of distraction. It is learned ignorance. Peel the veneer of words off and free that attention to reveal the true realm of Being without the I notion. This is the 10.

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dawn and dis-covery of Wisdom; the heart of sentience.

People come here with some profound concept of spirituality. They think they have spiritual knowledge and they want me to give them a clean certificate. This I don't do. I blast their concepts... All knowledge is ignorance. Nisargadatta Maharaj~ "The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education." Albert Einstein~

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Awakening from Illusion

Wizard has the eyes to see through the daydream of mortal existence as if it were an illusory and transparent dream. The building blocks of illusion or the mortal paradigm are words, concepts, beliefs, imagination, relationships and alphabets. The apparition is just information, memory and thoughts. It is merely mind stuff. They make up the belief systems and images of who you think you are and what you think you see; just benign thoughts and imagination. Words have countless meanings which breed even more words that breed even far more words! Where will thinking end? Soon the ever growing bundle of thoughts becomes rather large like someone who collects pieces of string their whole life and ties each and every new found piece found to the end of the ever growing ball of string. This ball of string is like a busy full mind. Its shear gravity commands attention. It obstructs your native outlook. 12.

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Herein lays the home of the ego-Narrator I and the idea or statement of who you think you are. Its the imaginary narrator I. The I thought can no more change the outcome of your life than a narrator on the radio describing a sports event can change the outcome of the game they are narrating. It is only a belief; an illusion; a phantom; a second guesser. You are in for an amazing awakening. The mind is not who you are; nor is your body. Dont take anyones word for it. See for yourself. It is a simple change of outlook. You are pure non physical existence. Prior to the mind and that within which the mind arises and sets is a silent state (like deep dreamless sleep), not a statement, but an eternal, ever present state that is aware of the I and its bundle of thoughts. That silent, still realm is who you really are. It is like a movie screen the movie is viewed upon. It is the actual Here and Now your thoughts manifest and dissolve within. The quiet here and now effortlessly shared by everyone, already. To be that which you already are is to be a Wizard. It is Wisdom. It is not dependent on 13.

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the thoughts, information and alphabets as knowledge. It does not require a diploma. It does not require religion. Wisdom is simple being prior to knowledge. Be wise. Take rest in Wisdom prior to the mind and its imaginings. Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." Albert Einstein~ The I am is nothingness. From nothingness this "I-am-ness" has appeared ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj~

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Believe Not

izards do not believe in believing. There is no need to believe anything. Consider a belief like reincarnation. With all due respect, reincarnation is just a belief. Beliefs are constructs of the mind; alphabets. Who reincarnates, anyway? Any image or concept or idea about reincarnation from the bundle of thoughts (the mind) is just more of the same; imagination. It is objective, insentient and not true awareness. It is a belief. All belief is temporary. Images, thoughts, concepts, ideas and bodies arise and dissolve in the pure awareness that is Wisdom. Consider Wisdom, the domicile of the wise and retire the story line. There are apparently as many belief systems as there are people. Beliefs are of the individual mind and constructed from words and thoughts rooted in mortal existence. Belief, time, distance and memory are thought-threads in the tapestry of illusion and that includes reincarnation, myths, theologies, ideas and the like. Good is a 15.

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belief. Evil is even a belief. Heaven is a belief. Hell is a belief. All after-life scenarios are beliefs. God is a belief. Who you think you are is a belief. Each one is just another thought-thread woven in the tapestry of the illusory storyline. Eastern philosophy calls it Maya. Revelations refers to it as the fornicating whore. Beliefs and myths serve a multiplicity of structural functions for a variety of cultures and individuals. Some are beneficial, some not. Where would the antiquated caste system be if not for the belief in reincarnation? Why the constant emergence of religious wars if not for different belief systems? What is the root of race prejudice, gender inequalities, hatred, homophobia, terror, or politics?

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Imagine there's no Heaven It's easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people Living for today John Lennon~

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Magic Requires Doership, Miracles Dont

izards dont do magic. Magicians, Conjurers, Warlocks, Necromancers, Sorcerers and the like take credit for doing magic. Wizards do not do magic; magic from doership is for attention and entertainment. Wizards simply abide in innocence as the magic naturally happens. The Wisdom of the Wizard is in recognizing the current mysterious quality of synchronicity and going with what wants to happen; seeing the miracle continuously unfolding. A Wizard has a very light hand and does little. Life happens of its own accord. The whole seen/scene is already a miracle for a Wizard. No doership required. Be forewarned by another point of view where an I thought notices extraordinary coincidences and calls it magic and assumes mortal doership in the apparent other and assigns that persons name the role of master or magician. They say that such and such a person does magic or miracles because 18.

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coincidences are commonplace in their presence. It is often projected into so-called messiahs and holy people. It is a power projection. It is not true. Absolutely not true! No ones doing anything. It is your own Faith. It is simply synchronicity. The common denominator of all synchronicity is nondoership, not doership. Everyone has already experienced it. It is a sign of graceful living; of letting go. It is miraculous. Keep the Faith. Renounce doership. Allow synchronicity to enjoin you. Synchronicity fosters ever more trust and establishes one in peace and magic blossoms naturally in your life.

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Synchronistic events provide an immediate religious experience as a direct encounter with the compensatory patterning of events in nature as a whole, both inwardly and outwardly. Carl G. Jung ~

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The Capacity of Now

onder present awareness right now. Ponder just the Now only. Is it divisible? Is it moving or still? Can you be separated from it, ever? No way! What is its capacity? It is Infinite; accepting all things. Does anything stick? Ponder this great Host. What is this all inclusive Now? Might it be what you really are? You bet! You are actually synonymous with the very Now. It cant be missed. Just be here, right now. Open your eyes and empty the mind. Do nothing. Ponder how the Now accepts every-thing and attaches itself to no-thing like the sky. The Now is immediate and ever present as the Self. That means that the Now is actually you without form or attributes! Right now! Ponder this limitless capacity. Be empty! Be formless. Be in repose. Be nameless. Allow yourself to be that! That is Wisdom. The Now is an infinite Ocean of awareness and body-minds are like waves of form on the ocean of awareness. It is all the same 21.

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stuff. The cycle goes from stillness to becoming to returning to present stillness. Ponder further. Is not all a direct incarnation of this silent, still, infinite Ocean of Awareness? Can the Now ever be reduced to be less than greater than what arises within this Now? Can the Now ever reincarnate or move or is it, in truth, ever present and still as infinite capacity? Can the form ever be greater than that within which it appears? When the glass is broken, what is apparently inside is at once seamless with its environment. Does the space inside ever reincarnate or is each and every created form a new incarnation of the ever pure space? Open the mind and discover its perfectly still ground of Be-ing. It is not about believing. It is the antithesis of believing, Faith opens the door of discovery; innocent Faith like a child, not faith in something. Surrender. Allow the door to open, now. "Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction." Albert Einstein~ 22.

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When you surrender to what is and so become fully present, the past ceases to have any power. The realm of Being, which had been obscured by the mind, then opens up. Suddenly, a great stillness arises within you, an unfathomable sense of peace. And within that peace, there is great joy. And within that joy, there is love. And at the innermost core, there is the sacred, the immeasurable, That which cannot be named. Eckhart Tolle~

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Significance of The Wizards Staff

n truth, are you really a linear story line married to the concept of time? Are you going through time in a moving now bubble and held captive inside a body? While it is relatively true that the body-mind carries memory in the form of a DNA code that perpetuates the illusion of birth-lifedeath of biology, it is a mirage. Memory is biology. And memory is an insentient and an illusory energy trail and a seduction of the exquisite illusion that holds your attention in the idea of moving in mortal time to meet an imaginary death. In fact, yesterday and tomorrow are always nonexistent and make up the illusory horizontal mindset of before and after. History and future, ideas and concepts, beliefs and notions, all require time and space for its illusory mortal existence. Does this illusory movie not play out in the theater and on the screen of the ever present still Now, the move-less host, like a dream? Of 24.

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course it does! Just a rainbow of shadows projected on a still screen of peace. Movement is illusion; a play of consciousness. Stillness is the truth. Be Stillness. Be in repose. Be one with Wisdom and allow motion to take its own coarse. It is just a benign dream. Herein lays the significance of the Wizards Staff. The vertical Staff stands for Wisdom, the vertical everpresent paradigm. Truth is that which is move-less and invisible and indivisible. That which is still and has no form is pure Wisdom. This is the Domicile of the Wise. Keep the Staff of Wisdom vertical. Remember its significance. Be rid of time. Yesterday is dead! Tomorrow is not here or now and never will be. The Vertical Staff stands for that enduring Faith in the present moment. All hope is useless; just a mantra of doubt. Witness the play of consciousness from the standpoint of stillness. Keep the Staff vertical and the nightmare turns into heaven on earth. You will discover that matter is just energy. You take your stand in the move-less Now. Nouns transform into verbs. This is no 25.

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longer a noun for you to hold on to or be identified with as existence and sentience naturally falls to infinity. You find you are immortal and have always been. You now understand Einstein.

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The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside still waters. He restoreth my soul; He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his names sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me Thy rod and Thy Staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life: and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. 23 Psalm~ "The 'Here' is everywhere and the 'Now' always. Go beyond 'I - am - the - body' idea and will find that space and time are in you and not you in space and time. Once you have understood this, the main obstacle to realization is removed" Nisargadatta Maharaj~

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Put a Capital M On the Mystery

ow, consider Faith. True Faith is innocence. Faith is surrender and total acceptance rather than a theist meaning or a specific religion. Faith in something is an oxymoron. This is a very important distinction. Faith completely trusts the Mystery. Faith is the antithesis of belief. Belief is made up of words deeply and stubbornly impressed in the mind. Faith is not. Faith is the invocation of perfection by acceptance of the Now, as is, without beliefs. Faith is the way of the Wizard and children. Heres why. True Faith disarms belief systems and dogma. To put in plain words, Faith requires no words, beliefs, ideas, concepts or conditions. It does not even require religion or theology! Faith puts the imaginary I out of a job. Faith sees every action as perfect. It even trumps forgiveness since there is never a sin to begin with. 28.

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ystery

Faith simply puts a capital M on the Mystery and trusts it. Thats all! Faith is not dependent on belief systems, thoughts or learning. Faith holds no judgment, no punitive concepts, no limitations, and no doership and allows everyone equality of vision, seeing one another as Thy Self and as a pure and equal Truth. Faith is always accepting. Faith literally transforms carnal illusion into a benign play of consciousness that reveals the true nature of One Being. Faith gracefully divests all holy icons, deifications and idols into the Peace of eternal Now, that is your very Self. Accordingly, Faith allows the eventual relinquishment of the idea of doership, itself. Faith restores innocence, trust, love and oneness. Faith is the mightiest prayer. 29.

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Faith allows you to truly be happy like a child. Faith, like Self Inquiry, is universal and free of the ownership of any religion or theology. Faith inherently releases attention from doership and leads to Self inquiry which dissolves the illusion of separateness and you awake from being identified with your brittle little storyline. The true and only birth is the waking up from the mortal birthlife-death storyline to understand you are the eternal dreamer and not held captive within the dream. "Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence." Albert Einstein~ The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. Albert Einstein~ "The only real valuable thing is intuition." Albert Einstein~ 30.

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Meditation is Not

Something You Do

editation is not something Wizards do. Meditation is not a group sport. Being in simple repose in the midst of any and all action, unencumbered, is meditation. It has no form. The Wizards way is to surrender doership; surrender reaction. Meditation happens. Meditation is Wisdom. Put a capital M on the Mystery and trust it. That will release attention that is addicted to the narrator I thought. Naturally allow attention to shift to ones simple ground of prior Being. There is no transmission or even presumption of a separate self; just natural seamless stillness as existence. Already present. One is re-cognized as non physical existence and the narrator I becomes transparent. Allow yourself to do what comes naturally. Be innocent. Everything appears and disappears. That's your sacred path. "See all action as perfect". In relationships, that deep feeling of peace is 31.

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contagious. That is sacred Love. True Love is choice-less. That is enough. There are those who traverse the schools of bodily yoga and mental and energy manipulations and form guru-disciple relationships. There are countless such carrot stick schools. The extraordinary experiences and light shows generated are fascinating and never ending. The divinity seen is only a reflection. Energy centers open and bloom like flowers. It is exciting and enticing. Experiences come. Experiences go. You will never get it. You will never graduate The more you seek these experiences, the more you will suffer. These experiences are laden with burdensome doership and inferiority/superiority complexes. They create deep impressions in memory where their grandeur haunts your attention and holds you captive. None of it is really permanent. None of it is real. That is the downside of psychedelics. Super Maya is even more of an obstacle. It is only the mind on steroids. It is a distraction for Wizards. Wisdom says to take the bypass. Come 32.

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directly home. Renounce doership and all paths. Leave the Yellow Brick Road and Oz behind.

I feel within me peace above all earthly dignities, a still and quiet conscience. ~ William Shakespeare~

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Practice is Real

f you practice throwing a ball to someone, you really throw a real ball to someone real. You dont pretend to throw the ball, you actually do it. Practice makes perfect. Spiritual practice is taking care of the here and now. Allow tomorrow to take care of itself. Practice that. Practice bringing attention back to the here and now from the imaginings of past and future. You are not pretending. You are being here and now. Being the here and now is the ultimate Truth. It is not a thought! It is practice. Really put a capital M on the Mystery. Trust it without letting it lure you and it will transform into the dance of the Goddess. Be pure presence. Be here now. Transcend the narrator I and dwell as the domicile of the Wise. No need to pretend. Relax. Be the real Truth that you already are. Practice makes perfect. You are already home. Wisdom then is not a matter of seeking the truth and gathering information to know 34.

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about the Truth but rather of the practice of living as and from the here and now. This is the supreme trial for Wizards. Practice means just that, practice. You practice the real awareness of here and now as what you are prior to bodily identification. It is not pretentious. Practice the paradigm shift to vertical. Simply be here now. Forget yesterday and tomorrow. What you need will unfold for you. It is the practice of being the jewel. Not the activity of doing something to find it. A Wizard is watchful for the continued tendencies of re-seeking after discovering ones own simple jewel of Faith. It is just an old mental tendency unwinding. When the jewel is seen in an apparent other form, whether this or any book, image, scripture, arts, music, nature, idol, deification or any apparent other, recognize that jewel as a reflection of your ownjewel of enlightenment and remain in repose. Practice makes perfect.

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To know that there is no separation, there are no limitations, and nothing is by chance is to know inner peace. To illustrate this, experience your innermost thoughts while listening to the silence; for it is in the silence that we will truly know the oneness that we are. To accept the truth of this oneness is to know that we are a magnificent expression of Love, which is life's energy. Laurie A. Monroe ~

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Every Action is Perfect

or Wizards, unfolding life is all the exquisite play of consciousness. In other words, it is all Thy Will happening. Thy Will is perfectly Free Will. Critical insight reveals Thy Free Will does not suffer the dilemma of apparent choice. It simply is without any obstruction, whatsoever. That means that every action is perfect. No exceptions. Ponder further. That includes even ones own thoughts as well as actions. This supreme Faith teaches the Wizard that the best form to worship is every form. A Wizard brings that Faith to ordinary life. Live. Simply do what comes naturally. Surrender. Relax. Be ordinary. Be in repose. Be enterprising. Deal with money. Allow intimacy. Drink and eat what you feel is best. Let thoughts happen. Have fun and experience sorrow, suffering and empathy for others. Allow anger, failure and madness. Stumble. Laugh. Cry. Live like you are writing on water. Take no thought. Leave no tracks. Take no credit. Dont look back. Allow life to unfold with a sense of awe, surrender 37.

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and grace, whatever that might look like or be. There are no models. Synchronicity will enjoin you and you will discover inherent Wisdom. Regrets vanish. The doctrine of sin falls away. All is simply as it should be. Not one thing is avoided. Awareness in the now is the true state of simple Being and every-thing you perceive is like a passing cloud in this awareness, the sky of sentience. Everyone eventually wakes up to realize they are the infinite sky, not the passing cloud. There is no other. You are It, alone as the sky is alone! Harbor no real need or desire to seek or be or look or act spiritual. There is no mask any closer to the truth of who you are than any other mask. No need to change costumes. Be not a man or woman of the cloth if it is not your natural inherent destiny. It is mostly counterproductive and pretentious. Wizards understand that appearing ordinary is just fine and in most cases, preferred. Wizards have no models of behavior and dont take themselves too seriously. They love their disguise. They love to play. They are playful rascals. When you 38.

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dont judge yourself, then you see others in the light of playful loving oneness. It is not wise to bring on yourself the burden of spiritual comparison and vanity by feeling superior to another who is really your own Self in another disguise. Be the highest common denominator, whatever the mask and costume. See one another in Spirit. That is equality of vision; the mark of Love. Many Wizards abide hidden in the folk fellowship at large. However, there are those who do honestly wear the cloth and participate in organized spiritual groups and some serve a purpose in bringing attention to Thy Free Will. It is their true destiny. Respect that. Venerate that. They are Wizards, too, in that particular disguise. Partake in awakened company and enjoy the playfulness, insights and joy that come with all good company wherever you find it, both inside these organizations as well as anywhere else it avails itself. Religions and Institutions never contain Truth as they so often claim. That does not mean that deification and idolatry are wise or sacred. They are ego 39.

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traps. Equality of vision is Love and it begins with you. Why assign it to another and then worship it? It is inherently divisive. 'I exist' is the only permanent self-evident experience of everyone. Nothing else is as self-evident as 'I am'. What people call selfevident, that is, the experience they get through the senses is far from self-evident. The Self alone is that. So to do self-enquiry and be that 'I am' is the only thing to do. 'I am' is reality. I am this or that is unreal. 'I am' is truth, another name for Self. Ramana Maharshi~

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Unlocking ESP and The Sixth Sense

very Wizard is steeped in ESP. Extra Sensory Perception (ESP) is the Sixth Sense, the actual sense of existence. It is omniscient sentience. The Sixth Sense is neither verb nor noun. It is nonphysical. It is Wisdom. Not accounting for the Sixth Sense is like the story of the tenth man; the ten men crossing the river in a boat and each counting only nine men after crossing to the other side to verify everybody made it safely and each forgetting to count their own self, the tenth man. The discovery is simply counting the Self. The same is so with the five senses, the Sixth Sense is the Self. The Sixth Sense is the only truly sentient sense. Like an unbroken thread of intuition, the other transient senses are strung on it.

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The Sixth Sense is the inherent, invisible substratum of the world, mind & brain and transcends the world, mind & brain at the same time in a continuum. The Sixth Sense is intangible awareness and the only enlightened sense of the senses. This pure sense of existence is not dependent on the world, body, brain and in fact, mind and the world, body, brain and mind actually appear and disappear within it, not the other way around. This is the big illusion and why it is and always will be a Mystery for the limited mind to comprehend. The causeless, still background is ever aware and reflective like the surface of a mirror and ever-present like space. When doership and the five senses are released; Wisdom is present. The sixth sense is pure sentience. There is no doership in sentience. It is not dependent on the bodymind or world. The five bodily senses are not sentient. They are transient. Doership is the illusion of movement.

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Increasing evidence is demonstrating that ESP does exist, but it cannot be explained or quantified by physical laws; and furthermore, that the mind (consciousness) and the brain are two separate entities. Simultaneously, research in quantum physics points to the existence of a second, nonmaterial universe. So, the time is fast approaching when Western scientists must come to terms with the Eastern mystical concept: that an extrasensory force exists in another reality, and intersects and integrates with the physical world". Mystica~

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ESP does really exist. Does really occur, we say. ESP is nonphysical. It shows that there is something that man can do (be) that extends beyond space/time. Thats tremendous! Thats like discovering another continent, a new world. First, take religion. Most of the world is religious. What is the greatest enemy to religion or the greatest weakness in the position of religion? The fact that it cannot successfully refute the growing conception in the world of science that man is a wholly physical being. That is, its the position of materialism. If religion could refute materialism, it would be in a much firmer, sounder position because it stands on the assumption that there is something spiritual or extra physical about man J B Rhine~

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I-Dolls, Deification & Role of Toto

eifications and I-Dolls (Idolatry) are constantly sticking their heads up in the Now saying Look at me! I am the holy one! Sometimes we do it for them and they buy into it. They appear in many incredible forms. They are a part of the mortal and mystical drama. Many are simply ego trips. They are projections from the veneer of the mind. They can be awesomely seductive and trap your attention. You may even have a secret desire to be an I-Doll and project it onto to another. This is not to say that sincere saints and sages are not worthy of veneration. The true sage, however, will exhibit equality of vision and expose deification and idolatry for what it is. Deification robs love every time. It is inherently divisive. Many I-Dolls are situated around the very well of our being. The water in the well is the same for everyone. Some set up toll booths to sell you, you. Usually it is in the form of a 45.

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secret method or secret school of the esoteric arts with hierarchies, vows, mantras, memberships, God squads, wannabes they are all the same. It is carrot stick quackery. Dont be fooled! Drink freely from the Well. In the story of the Wizard of Oz, Dorothys pet, Toto, pulls the curtain back covering the Wizard at just the perfect time to reveal an extraordinarily ordinary being. Toto is a fact of life. Toto happens when idolatry reaches the breaking point. Toto is a blessing. We are all One. Toto is making sure equality of vision is recognized. We are all unmasked at the perfect time. Welcome Toto when he appears. He comes in infinite forms to level the playing field by pulling the curtain back. Surrender. Allow Toto to pull the curtain back and reveal the ordinary. Understand how Totos perfect action empowers Dorothy, the Tin man, the Lion and the Scarecrow and restores Love to the Wizard. Empower others by being extraordinarily ordinary. Be transparent. Love is Oneness. Nobody is a Wizard. Everyone is the Wizard. This is the Truth. This is Wizardry. This is Love. 46.

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Oz never gave anything to the Tin Man, that he didnt, didnt already have America~ "Try and penetrate with our limited means the secrets of nature and you will find that, behind all the discernible laws and connections, there remains something subtle, intangible and inexplicable. Veneration for this force beyond anything that we can comprehend is my religion. To that extent I am, in fact, religious." Albert Einstein~ Here the frailest leaves of me and yet my strongest lasting, Here I shade and hide my thoughts, I myself do not expose them, And yet they expose me more than all my other poems. Walt Whitman~

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My spirit to yours dear brother, Do not mind because many sounding your name do not understand you, I do not sound your name, but I understand you, I specify you with joy O my comrade to salute you, and to salute those who are with you, before and since, and those to come also, That we all labor together transmitting the same charge and succession, We few equals indifferent of lands, indifferent of times, We, enclosures of all continents, all castes, allowers of all theologies, Compassionaters, perceivers, rapport of men, We walk silent among disputes and assertions, but reject not the disputers nor any thing that is asserted, We hear the bawling and din, we are reach'd at by divisions, jealousies, recriminations on every side, They close peremptorily upon us to surround us, my comrade, Yet we walk unheld, free, the whole earth over, journeying up and down till we make our ineffaceable mar upon time and the diverse eras, Till we saturate time and eras, that the men and women of races, ages to come, may prove brethren and lovers as we are. Walt Whitman~ 49.

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Turning Inside-Out

he Wizards Wisdom is a profound paradigm shift, turning the sense of Being, itself, inside out. That is to say the body, mind, world and even the I-thought arise and dissolve in the infinite, eternal and inseparable NOW. Not the other way around. Sentience is not exclusively in your head. It is the other way around. You head is appearing in your formless sentience. This silent theater of theaters, all inclusive, birth-less and death-less pure spirit within which State arises, I Am, is Who you are turned inside-out. Spirit is always singular. It is Wisdom. It is causeless. All are of it (Wisdom) but dont all recognize it. Being actually nameless, Wisdom goes by a lot of other names in many cultures throughout history; Atman, Tao, Christ, Bhagavan, Collective Unconscious, Buddha, Divine, Self, Guru, Spirit, Holy Ghost, Rama, Now, God, Love, Intuition, Sixth Sense, Soul, Nirvana, Void, Heart, Arunachala, Shiva, Peace, Wizard, The Zone, Omkar, Great Spirit, etc. 51.

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Being immaculately still, Wisdom exhibits no name of its own, makes no claim of its own and allows all names and claims. No need to be confused by this or that name. A rose is still a rose regardless of what we call it. Be still and know this silent Truth for and as ones nameless Self. It is re-cognition of nonphysical existence. It is simple, natural, effortless, motionless, and Self-affirming. It is the very core and Heart of existence. Being no-thing, it is ungraspable like trying to grab a hand full of sky. It is perfect clarity and intuition. Perfectly transparent, it allows everything. Including and transcending the body, brain and mind (including all phenomena). This Wisdom, This Sixth Sense, is who you always already are, Stillness, the Peace that Passes Understanding. Reaching the point of diminishing returns and exhausting the search through phenomena is the prerequisite for turning inside-out. The focus needs only to turn around 180 and observe the searcher. Explore the nature of yourself to the point 52.

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the inner statement, I, dissolves or becomes transparent to the silent pervasive state of the Self, Wisdoms sweet Peace. You are totally inside-out, already. Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion." Albert Einstein~

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The Ultimate Paradigm Shift

Paradigm Shift is when a significant change in perception happens from one fundamental view to a completely different view. One perceptual world view is replaced by another view. In lay terms, a Paradigm Shift is a shift or transformation of the way we perceive events, people, environment, and life altogether. Non physical existence is literally true and a profound dis-covery for all Wizards. It is a THE paradigm shift. Ponder the notion that phenomena is but an insentient light show like a hologram played in the theater of the transcendent and transparent Self. All phenomena are objective. Perception is sentience. Find out what perceives. Perception is of the subjective. It is the Witness and real awareness and who you are. Dis-cover it by focusing attention on the little word-I which 54.

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constantly narrates your story line. The silent listener and state of the real formless I will become self evident as that within which all arises. It is always the omniscient screen within which the audible little I word thought occurs. That is the ultimate paradigm shift! The sense of Being, itself, shifting from limited knowledge held captive in a bundle of thoughts to pure omniscient Wisdom. It is the most powerful paradigm shift. It is unimaginable and unknowable. True alchemy changes everything; a change in outlook from mortal physical existence to boundless non-physical existence. It must be experienced directly, free from distracting thought. It is genderless. It is formless. It is choice-less. It is free of the ownership of religions and yet validates the essence of all religions. It is that which messiahs point to, that which poets sing to, that which sages proclaim the Wisdom of, that which devotees bend the knee to, that which inspires leaders, artists and visionaries. It is the host-theater within which all appear and disappear; the vertical paradigm. It is literally the Now, right now! It is the Tao, the Way and the 55.

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Truth. Wisdom knows no boundaries or labels. Not being of the five senses and the mind (extra sensory), the Truth cannot be known by the mind. It is like putting the Pacific Ocean in a quart container. It won't fit. The proper tool of discovery is Being, not knowing. This is very important to Wizards. This is what makes it so difficult for academics to grasp. It is too simple and natural. Being perfectly still, nobody can grasp it but everyone is IT and inheres in IT. Having infinite capacity, it accepts everything. Being forever constant, IT goes unnoticed. Draw your conclusions of the diminishing returns and the futility of seeking and searching through objective fleeting phenomena for some kind of answer and turn attention around 180 degrees. Discard all the illusory elements of the psychic world as noise and distraction and focus on your own stillness and silence. This is the breakthrough as to the real nature of human beings, Wisdom. 56.

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We are not Beings having a sacred experience; we are sacred Being having human experiences. Allow the paradigm shift. The image remains the same.

Is this a young lady or an older woman? A paradigm shift will reveal both.

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The aim of the (Rhine) foundation, he said, was to be non-doctrinaire, nonpolitical, intended to be free of even philosophical bias, by the increased illumination of reliable knowledge. This search for truth about the nature of man, he thought, would profoundly affect those systems of belief that now prevail. In a world so full of wide ranging claims and confusing, even conflicting, doctrines and creeds the need, he said, is for strong independent institutions to which these great problems can be referred. Louisa Rhine~

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Sharing What Already Is

ne of the difficulties in communicating the truth of our oneness is that the vertical paradigm cannot be grasped by the mind. The mind is the horizontal paradigm with past and future images comprised of socalled knowledge. The paradigm shift to vertical does away with the illusion of the mortal paradigm and transforms your world into a benign play of consciousness within the still Now. Although it cannot be known, "It" can be experienced by anyone as their own heart of existence. Extricate your sense of personality from knowledge and be pure Wisdom. It is experienced deep within your own Being as Being, headless and prior to thought. Share that. Truth is not a thought. One is nonphysical existence, first hand. This is the paradigm shift that is so liberating. Confess and affirm that Oneness which is already shared as the highest common denominator.

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To share Wisdom and the sixth sense is to commune. It affirms Oneness and Love. This Love authenticates non physical existence, joyfully. This recognition frees enlightenment from the ownership of religions and orthodoxy while at the same time, offers religions a reason to be. It exposes dogma, the charlatans, toll booths at the well of our Being, the dead talking to the dead, and carrot stick quackery. Be a wise Wizard. Share the sincere Truth with equality of vision! "Sadashiva, who is ever present in the hearts of all human beings, is the unifying factor. Unity liberates. Freedom unites. Ultimately nothing is mine or yours; everything is ours. Just be one with yourself and you will be one with all, at home in the entire universe." Nisargadatta Maharaj~

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There is no greater mystery than this, that we keep seeking reality though in fact we are reality. We think that there is something hiding reality and that this must be destroyed before reality is gained. How ridiculous! A day will dawn when you will laugh at all your past efforts. That which will be the day you laugh is also here and now. Ramana Maharshi~

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Bridge to the Unknown

he existing paradox of life is fraught with confusion and contradiction. Words and knowledge, at best, only point an imaginary way to the unknown. There is no way. Words are the tip of the finger. Words do not constitute Wisdom. Truth is not a thought. Enough said. Stillness is discovered by being still. It is Wizardry when you are quiet enough to truly listen. Bathe in the silence. Be not concerned about how the storyline unfolds. Allow the horizontal paradigm to dissolve away or become transparent. Take your stand in headless Being. The mind cannot fathom the depth of who you are and is not the proper tool to re-cognize who you are as the unknown. Being is the girder and strength in the bridge to the unknown, not the mind. Allow sentience, itself, to fall to the heart of existence. Paradigm shifts; Wisdom and Peace prevail. Let the mind do as it pleases and dont worry about it. Faith is the antithesis of belief. Belief is nothing but concepts. Faith abides in the heart sky and requires no thought. Wizards 62.

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peel the veneer of words off reality and put a capital M on Mystery. That is Faith. Trust the Mystery as Thy Free Will. It will take you home sans mind to the thoughtless and unknown in a perfect way. It does not need your help. The thoughtless can never be contained in the mind. What's left is Wisdoms sweet Peace. The illusory doer (and knower) is undone in the process. It never existed! What is already the case is self evident. Being true, it is confirmed by the Wisdom of the Ancients, the essence of the arts and the spontaneous personal discoveries confessed by many. I cannot be awake for nothing looks to me as it did before, Or else I am awake for the first time, and all before has been a mean sleep. Walt Whitman ~ The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it Intuition or what you will, the solution comes to you and you don't know how or why. Albert Einstein ~ 63.

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Wizards Alchemy

ncient lore has it that a Wizards alchemy changes base metals into gold. In Wizard speak, this means the transformation and translation out of the carnal physical paradigm into non physical immortal existence. This is bona fide alchemy. It should get your attention. Anything else is just trickery! Hold fast to the ever present paradigm of Now. Allow the horizontal story line to be, as it will, and your sense of sentience will be transformed as the world becomes transparent and sacred. Simple surrender invokes non physical existence. This is true for both theists and atheists alike. Theology has nothing to do with it. Wisdom is not about what you believe; its about simply putting a capital M on the mystery and trusting it. Alchemy will take it from there. No doubt.

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"Any sort of survival (non-physical existence) holds such significance for human thinking and feeling as to dwarf almost all other scientific discoveries." J B Rhine~

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Pure Stillness

tillness is just that; Stillness. Stillness is unmovable, omniscient and omnipresent. Stillness is the Self, pure existence. Stillness is ever present as the pristine and inseparable Now. Stillness is peace, quiet, invisible and indivisible. So-called past and future concepts emanate spontaneously from the core or heart of the Stillness creating the Mysterious horizontal illusion of incarnation, time, past, future. It is an illusion that the Now moves through time. Now is still and everything only apparently moves. Allow all movement as a benign apparition in the stillness. If it moves, its the movie. Be the still screen. It will not be affected by the movie. Thoughts are no more real than the dream is real. That's all. Birth, life, doer, death and reincarnation are time bound concepts arising within the eternally still "Now"; all temporary, but seductive story-lines reaching back into the illusory past and forward to the captivating future. How can 66.

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"stillness" be otherwise than move-less silence within which the story-line appears? Be natural stillness. This is Wisdom. The still and silent sense of being is truly shared by all. It is obvious. No exceptions. Forms come and go. Wisdom is what is left after the forms become a transparent and benign play. Only ponder words. Words themselves will not penetrate, they only point or refer to an apparition. Allow the words and messages to fall away leaving the residue of pure recognition and Wisdom. It's the state rather than the statement in which attention abides; mostly unnoticed. It's not what is said and heard but rather what you share in stillness that awakens. Jesus was instructing, not bragging when he shared: Be still and know, I am God Jesus Christ~

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The Narrator I In the Head

he narrator I appearing in the middle of the skull-bone cannot know the unknown with the mind. The mind is simply an improper tool. It is like using arms to walk instead of using legs. The narrator I is the individual personality and seeker. It is a lie. The same seeker that seeks and desires money, food and sex ultimately seeks the truth with the same tools and wants to know or own it. The Narrator I is never, never, ever enlightened and most likely a rascal. At best, it can only bow its head. If the imaginary narrator I cannot muster the Faith, another efficient way is to use the mind for self examination. It is using a thorn to remove a thorn as they say. Put the I thought to work by finding itself. Either way, mind is undone and seen through. Being is the true and eternal sense of existence, not thinking. When the mind is 68.

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quiet, that which is nonphysical, eternal and unknown is inherently self evident. Two ways are the simplest. Surrender to Thy Free Will and put the narrator I out of a job or practice Self Inquiry to realize the illusory bundle of thoughts claiming to be "I" is false, an apparition only. Both result in the stilling and disappearance of the permanence of the narrator I in the mind. The I-thought is the root of all fear because it is identified with a mortal body. Inherent tendencies may continue to play out but without doership. They are benignly playful. Life becomes synchronistic and graceful. Be patient and trust the Mystery, all is unfolding as it should. You are blessed! The play of consciousness will now serve you as who you really are. This is called your Dharma.

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To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders. Lao-tzu~ They (Synchronicities) demonstrate the unity of psyche and matter, forcing us to transcend our rational, scientific, materialistic attitudes. Mansfield~

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Everyone You Meet Is a Godsend

iew everyone you meet as a Godsend. Never be too proud to recognize this. Treat every circumstance the same way. Be humble. Be the sculptor who sees that true image of the goddess embedded in that piece of granite. Ponder "every action is perfect" and let it all go. It is even prior to forgiveness. Trade your knowledge for pure innocence. Recognize one another in God. See all as grace, including some intense grace. Pain and discomfort are not necessarily suffering, but they are part of the condition of the body-mind. It is just biology. Old age, sickness and death are inevitable for the biological body-mind. Allow biology to run its course. No need to judge the biology. The sculptor is chipping away to reveal the Truth. In the mean time, the transcendent Being is no more affected than the surface of a mirror reflecting an image. Just like a 71.

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dream when asleep. Who you are is ever present, eternal and non physical. It is synonymous with the now and omniscient. It is the screen the movie is playing on and the true state of your sentient Self. Suffering starts with bodily identification and "doership". True healing and alchemy are the transcendence of bodily identification revealing the eternal Divine Self. Destiny will unfold appropriately as your actions become your dance of the divine and peace of mind prevails. Wizard sees Wisdom, ego sees ego. See Divinity. Be Divinity. That does not mean that your sacrifice courage. Have the courage to speak your truth under any condition. Courage is not demeaning, it is affirming. There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. Albert Einstein~ Love One another as I have loved you Jesus Christ~ 72.

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The Folk Fellowship At Large

mbrace the inspiration to share the truth of our oneness in different ways and in challenging cultures as fate will allow. Your spontaneous work will undoubtedly break the role models of the past and many traditionalists will inevitably be shocked or offended as new leaves and forms bud on the tree of life. This alchemy of creation yields and reveals ever new ways to express the truth of who you really are. You will be using your present unique human endowment and circumstances to express the truth of your oneness. Have the courage to be your truth. A Wizard sees the truth of oneness in the dance of daily realities. This gift has the power to bring out the truth in each and every one and is the secret of good company. The master sculptor sees the goddess in the block of granite and goes about removing what is not the goddess to reveal the beauty of the figurine. God sees God and ego sees 73.

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ego. When God sees God, it is Holy Communion. When ego sees ego, it is a reflection that teaches about your own mental tendencies that prevent you from recognizing that you are the eternal Now. It is where the sculptor goes next to chip away. Allow the chipping away. Sharing this truth of oneness via a variety of ways in both the Eastern culture as well as in the Western culture is rapidly emerging in the information age on a global scale. This cross-cultural bridge is genuine and the timing, auspicious. Some of the ways manifested are at a variance of what is considered traditional Wisdom. This is grist for the mill and invites radical relationship for those involved resulting in edification for a sharing in progress that is fitting in a new time and a new generation; like threads in the tapestry that cant be compartmentalized. Together, these relationships contribute to the healing of nations, increased tolerance, deepened spiritual understanding and reformation. Folk Fellowships go by a number of different names spread across far distant places. In 74.

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China, they are referred to as Taoists. In Japan, Shinto; in India, the Hindus; in the British Isles, it is the Pagans (means country or natural). In Jamaica, its the Rasta; in South America, Shamans; in America, Hippies, Burners and New Agers; and so it goes. All are a part of the Folk Fellowship at large. The neo Advaita movement is such a fellowship. These are not organized religions but they are very authentic fellowships. There are also many fellowships even more encompassing that are unknown and unrecognized. The mark of authenticity is the love and equality of vision. Membership button is your belly button. Find a natural mythological microcosm of universal Truth for all abiding in the Now. You will find artisans in every form living their own way of expressing the inexpressible, making up pieces of the patchwork that come together to form the tapestry of our communities and world. All are countless gems in a sacred necklace around the supreme mantle of Peace. Some are well cut and polished like diamonds and others are very informal and natural like diamonds in the rough waiting to be 75.

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discovered. Known or unknown, they are all true gems. Altogether they make up the wonderful garland that adorns the Truth of our Oneness; The Nameless Folk Fellowship. "It would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would make no sense; it would be without meaning, as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure." Albert Einstein~ You must be the change you want to see in the world. Mahatma Gandhi~

After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man can number, of all nations, and kindred, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the lamb [peace] clothed with white robes [bright auras], and Palms [flowers] in their hands; [the inclusive global fellowship of non-dual wisdom, Oneness, that requires not a religion or organization or dogma or belief yet is the true essence of all religion. Gees! Us! Without the I thought] 76.

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And cried out with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to Our God which sitteth upon the throne [our highest mutual Spirit or Love], and unto the lamb [sacrifice of I thought and thus peace]. And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts [the fornicating whore is the Ma Kali mask in Hindu mythology and the dragons represent the play of consciousness that seduces us into a fearful carnal and mortal outlook believing the dream is real. That beast that is, but never was, but still is like a dream that fools us until we wake up], and fell upon their faces [renunciation of the I thought and personality] and worshiped God [Oneness], Saying, Amen: Blessing, and Glory, and Wisdom, and Thanksgiving, and Honor, and Power, and might, be unto our God [Oneness] forever and ever. Amen. And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? And whence they came? [Those unrecognized by any religion, doctrine, 77.

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orthodoxy or creed. Those free of the ownership of religion and death of forms] And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. They are they which came out of great tribulation [the struggle between the carnal outlook and paradigm of mortal existence characterized as the I am the body notion, and the paradigm of non physical or eternal seamless existence as Spirit, characterized by peace and love. This struggle begins only after the marriage feast where one is caught up by Grace in the heavens and made One with Christ or God or Spirit which is really nameless. One returns to earth with the bride and the tribulation begins between the two paradigms] and have washed their robes [karma, mortal tendencies], and made them white [pure] in the blood of the Lamb [sacrifice of the I thought and peace]. Therefore are they before the throne of God [the kingdom of God is at hand right Now], and serve him [the Father or Siva, the sentient formless aspect] day and night in his temple [the infinite omniscient Here & Now and great Host and cathedral of All]: 78.

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and he that sitteth upon the throne shall dwell among them [literally as them in formless existence]. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; neither shall the sun light on them nor any heat [as non physical existence]. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. Revelation, Chapter 7~

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You may say that I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one John Lennon~

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A Wizards Re-Creation

he Wizards Vision is always present Peace and clarity. It is the eyes to see the Now, clearly. It is not an imagining of otherness or a fantastic light show. The Vision is one of responsive service, here and now, as fate allows. The Vision is recognition of existing wholeness. It is the wholeness of the mutual transcendent Self, our minds & bodies, our planet, all within our current reality. The Vision spontaneously supports stewardship and mentorship. The Wizards Vision is open-ended, openminded, in repose and allows for its own unique re-creation. An environment that fosters a Wizards recreation is mutual trust; simply called good company. Enjoy it! A Wizards re-creation is natural and organic and aligned with Mystery. A Wizards re-creation is to nourish and heal, continually restoring wholeness back to the environment. A re-creation that is responding to the genuine needs of one 81.

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another and those served. As a Wizard, recreation is to enjoy the good company of apparent others. Everyone may participate in the re-creation of a fresh, wholesome and enlightened Planet Earth freely floating in the Heavens. Membership of the fellowship is as big as all outdoors. Aspire to make the Vision Real-I-Zation.

"Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence." Albert Einstein~ 82.

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Wizards Wizards

here is already a Wizard in your life. Most Wizards are unknown. They are also known as shaman, sages and seers; even rascals. Wizards manifest in different forms, including animal and nature forms. The Wizard also dwells within you as you. There are precious few confessed Wizards. Wizards have Wizards of affirmation that assist in the establishment of the paradigm shift. The writer has many mentor Wizards, both known and unknown. Ram Dass, James Campbell, Swami Muktananda, Ramana Maharshi, Nityananda, Ma Joya, Neem Karoli Baba, K. Sridhar, Yum, Papa-ji, A. Ramana, Nisargadatta Maharaj, to name a few of the better known. A true Wizard is a friend and will relieve you of your search. They will not pick your pocket. They will recognize you as your sacred Self. A few other famous classic confessed Wizards you may have heard about are Jesus Christ, Buddha, Lao Tzu, Walt Whitman, Eckhart Tolle, 83.

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Rama Krishna, Sai Baba, Puppet-ji, Albert Einstein, John Lennon, Carl G. Jung, Bob Marley, Deepak Chopra, Stephen Covey et al. I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty, nor weakness. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. Henry David Thoreau~

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Hexagram 50 Ting The Cauldron

hirty years ago, this ancient Chinese Divination emerged twice in a row, describing the destiny of John Troy, aka Wizard Baldour. The Wizard accordingly named his enterprise and livelihood, The Wizards Cauldron.

The six lines construct the image of Ting, THE CAULDRON; at the bottom are the legs, over them the belly, then come the ears (handles), and at the top the carrying rings. At the same time, the image suggests the idea of nourishment. The ting, cast of bronze, was the vessel that held the cooked 100.

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viands in the temple of the ancestors and at banquets. The head of the family served the food from the ting into the bowls of the guests. THE WELL (48) likewise has the secondary meaning of giving nourishment, but rather more in relation to the people. The ting, as a utensil pertaining to a refined civilization, suggests the fostering and nourishing of able people, which redounded to the benefit of the state. This hexagram and THE WELL are the only two in the Book of Changes that represent concrete, human-made objects. Yet here too the thought has its abstract connotation. Sun, below, is wood and wind; Li, above, is flame. Thus together they stand for the flame kindled by wood and wind, which likewise suggests the idea of preparing food.

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THE JUDGMENT The CAULDRON. Supreme good fortune. Success. While THE WELL relates to the social foundation of our life, and this foundation is likened to the water that serves to nourish growing wood, the present hexagram refers to the cultural superstructure of society. Here it is the wood that serves as nourishment for the flame, the spirit. All that is visible must grow beyond itself; extend into the realm of the invisible. Thereby it receives its true consecration and clarity and takes firm root in the cosmic order. Here we see civilization as it reaches its culmination in religion. The ting serves in offering sacrifice to God. The highest earthly values must be sacrificed to the divine. But the truly divine does not manifest itself apart from man. The supreme revelation of God appears in prophets and holy people. To venerate them is true veneration of God. The will of God, as revealed through them, should be accepted in humility; this brings 102.

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inner enlightenment and true understanding of the world, and this leads to great good fortune and success. THE IMAGE Fire over wood: The image of THE CAULDRON Thus the superior man consolidates his fate By making his position correct. The fate of fire depends on wood; as long as there is wood below, the fire burns above. It is the same in human life; there is in man likewise a fate that lends power to his life. And if he succeeds in assigning the right place to life and to fate, thus bringing the two into harmony, he puts his fate on a firm footing.

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The Story Line of John Troy aka the Wizard

ohns family and friends as well as his business and professional associates call him The Wizard. He says hes just doing what wants to happen. John Troy is a horizontal story line. As such, it is written in third person. It is imaginary in the sense it is not what you think it is. Wizard Baldour is the everpresent vertical paradigm. It is not imaginary. It is really nameless. It always is. The preceding portion of this manual is written from the stance of the vertical paradigm of existence, the here and now. The following is the illusory linear story-line of Johns recognition of the Wizard and the 105.

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domicile of the wise, Wisdom. In the end, accept the message as your own and reject the messenger as just another temporary story line. Let it fade away. It is not important. John Troy (Wizard Baldour) is a North Carolina native, born and raised in this gentle, southern state. A Sagittarius born on November 26, 1939 at sunset on a full moon rising in Gemini. John is a fraternal twin. As a child, summertime found him at a farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains where he began to learn all about the natural world of foods, forests and fellowship, firsthand. His Grandmother was a wonderful mentor. He spent his time harvesting strawberries, shucking corn, collecting eggs from the henhouse, churning butter and even milking the cows. He helped his Grandmother prepare lavish meals on a wood cook stove. Mealtime was the highlight of the day at his Grandmothers farm and he loved the notion of feeding people. Mixing savory smells, good times and mighty fine eating became dear to his heart. 106.

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John and his twin brother, Frank, loved to play in the woods and climb the mountains. John was not suited to be an academic even though he came from a family of academics. It was a great struggle. He loved to work, play and share fellowship. Out of school, because of his love for music, John started a stereo component business that became a leading retailer in the Southeast in the stereo component business. His wife at the time left him to be with his best friend and partner, John Richmond. They edge John out of his own business. Alcohol played a role. This was the crushing blow. He began to use marijuana and tried LSD. John had lost his wife and business and now John was about to lose his mind. John pulled himself together and started a chain of stores called The Stereo Place with a partner, Tom Viviano, in Florida. He meets his new wife, Linda Gowing, and the old pattern of self destruction along with a recession, starts repeating itself and he goes out of business; losing everything, again. 107.

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Shortly afterwards, Johns sojourn to Wizard begins one evening at a friends home 40 years ago. It is a sudden paradigm shift that completely changes his outlook on life. A direct Self realization happened while glancing through a book called, Be Here Now by Ram Dass. It all happened so spontaneously. Johns attention introverted. He was being drawn upstream in a river of light towards its source. Reaching its source, identity imploded. Awareness was free from the body and gravity as it merged with the universe. An awesome vibration was felt like a gigantic low resonate bell ringing that was emerging from the face of the deep. The sound releases the last vestige of identification of John as sentience. It was state of total egoic absence; the absolute unknowable. He implodes. All "otherness" was utterly obliterated beyond description. The ultimate experience of this absorption proved unknowable and the only recollection 108.

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was through subtle intuition of eternal Joy. The fruit of this intuition was a perception of oneness as Love and the maturing and deepening of Faith. The thorn of death was removed. John later learns that the formal term used in Hindu philosophy for this experience is Nirvikalpa Samadhi. John later intuits the event as a Darshan from Neem Karoli Baba, mentioned in the book he was reading. He begins reading every book listed in the glossary and eventually meets Ram Dass, who called him an overaged hippie. The experience of conventional reality upon resuming bodily awareness was more like an apparition and interpreted by John as turning inside-out. Being was non-local. Time stood still. The first eye contact after this experience was with a small girl in the same room. When John looked into her eyes, he realized that he was looking at his Self! Not as a reflection of a form in a mirror but the very essence of both were really one and there existed a continuum without egoic points. Reality was transparent and the great host of an unfolding apparition. 109.

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When the sun came up the next morning, he recognized the sun within the same infinity of his Self. Everything was within the infinity of his Self. He had turned inside-out without an I thought anchoring sentience to a bodily form. John was stunned by this realization and had little context in the world in which to frame it. He had always thought he was literally the voice in his head. He lacked the vocabulary to express and articulate any insight. Afterwards, he slowly began to lose touch with the realization and started searching for a way back to it through phenomena. He had not the mentoring, affirmation or conviction to abide in this profound realization. Fortunately, this event is followed with several months of synchronistic affirmation. He soon met Ram Dass through Bo and Sita Lozoff who in turn introduced him to Bhagavan Das who introduced him to Ma Joya. It was during this time he remarried with Linda and had a son, David. 110.

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Johns new father in law, who was a Baptist minister, Milan Gowing, was Johns introduction to Christian scriptures. In addition, a very close friend who offered so much affirmation and support was a former employee of his, Barry Drill. As John began to look at religion as a source of affirmation, Barry was hanging tough on the trap of deification and kept John focusing back to his Self which presented an enduring dynamic. John had already enjoyed sharing psychedelics with Barry not realizing what Barry seemed to understand. John was most intrigued with Barry and his lady friend, Virginia Graham. They both turn him onto Eastern thought and authors like Alan Watts and other folks who were waking up. This led him to the discovery of the book Be Here Now through a mutual friend, Rosalie Macklin, and the initial awakening. 111.

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On the other hand, Reverend Gowing framed the experience in the pages of the Book of Revelation. John now had the ears to hear what had previously made no sense to him. The scripture accurately, in its historic nomenclature, described what had happened. Rapture (Nirvikalpa Samadhi), marriage with Christ (Oneness) and tribulation (the struggle between the carnal paradigm and the immortal awakening). The illusion was depicted as the fornicating whore or Kali in Eastern traditions. Later, there is a chance meeting with a Shamanlike elder in Jamaica while on vacation on the island. Jamesy-Man, as this Rasta man is called, is the first person with no previous relationship baggage who truly shares a mutual inside-out paradigm with John. Nothing but the here and now. No story lines. This is a Darshan of profound affirmation as the forms melted into Oneness. Jamesy becomes Johns spiritual God-father without any fanfare. He refers to 112.

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their mutual outlook as I & I, One Love; an affirmation by grace. This initial meeting in the Rasta camp is cut short by synchronistic events. Jamesy mentions to John that he will be returning to Jamaica and for him to follow the path from that camp to a camp on top of a mountain on the horizon. He points to the path at their feet and then to a mountain ridge on the horizon. He says, I & I will meet there. John returned to North Carolina and his domestic story-line totally fell apart. His small business was failing and his new wife, Linda, left him to be with his best spiritual pal, Barry Drill. This was the second time. His heart was completely shattered. In the midst of the emotional turmoil, John could not get Jamesy off his mind. All worldly motivation was gone. Within a few months, he sold his last possession, a Volkswagen, and purchased an airplane ticket and backpack. He left behind his toddler son, David, his home and garden to go be with Jamesy in the mountains of Jamaica. He had no money or worldly possessions left to take 113.

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with him. He had no choice but to trust his newly discovered intuition. He arrived at James (affectionately called Jamesy-Man) camp, on top of the mountain that Jamesy had pointed to, a few miles into the wild mountain country of Jamaica, outside of Cascades. It took several hours of strenuous mountain hiking to reach his campsite. When John finally reached the camp, Jamesy was actually expecting him and had built a grass hut for him to stay in. The hut or Gate as they would call it was woven with bamboo and situated on a knoll under a Mango tree. John could see the Caribbean Sea in the far distance. The camp was permeated with a deep and profound stillness. John was introduced to the others in the camp. There were several other Caucasians in the camp with similar circumstances as Johns. They all had very interesting stories about how they were drawn to be there with Jamesy. John stayed with Jamesy in the mountains for that entire winter. Jamesy began to teach John the lessons of Love through 114.

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nourishment in every conceivable way. Jamesy literally fed John out of the wild. There were no roads, no electricity, no mirrors, no running water, etc. There was no money around as money was not used. The huts were made of bamboo and straw with dirt floors. There were no schedules, no books, no names of days and months and no watches or time references within the environment. No rules, regulations, schedules or hierarchy. The veneer of words and concepts was absent. John was treated and respected like a God. James mantra was I & I One Love Jah Rastafari. The idea of you or "other" was not in his mind or language. Jamesy never asked for anything from anyone in return for his profound generosity. He taught John to never put his faith in money, again. Jamesys way of sharing was totally natural and out of the wild. Jamesy could not read or write. He taught by living example. John adapted the skills of preparing healthy food with what the good earth freely provided. Days were spent gathering and preparing food from scratch from the wild harvest. 115.

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Jamesy taught John the power of blending love, fellowship and food; naturally, gracefully and peacefully. The silence had its own way. There was such a profound sense of peace about Jamesy. As John spent time hanging with Jamesy, he noticed something unique. In a nonverbal way with subtle nuances, Jamesy seemed to continually share this understanding of turning inside-out. He was constantly affirming the awakened paradigm for John. He constantly referred to it as I & I One Love. John was in awe of Jamesy. When he would awake in the morning, Jamesy would be returning from the wild loaded with wild yams, veggies, herbs, coconuts and wild fruits to feed everyone. He prepared herbal teas and nursed peoples sores. At nights his laughter would ring through the mountains and brighten hearts. His actions always appeared to be so graceful. Coincidence became commonplace as accidents became extinct.

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Johns conventional time paradigm melted away into the eternal Now. Days were spent preparing food, time alone in the wild, watching white birds fly against the deep green tropical background, bathing in the waterfalls, carrying water, tending to biological needs and hanging with Jamesy. John was in Zion, as the Rasta would call it. It was timeless. It was just happening. It was graceful and peaceful. John began to see this illiterate black man in the mountains of Jamaica as one with a profound saintly nature, similar to the sages he had heard of from India; Neem Karoli Baba, Ramakrishna and Swami Nityananda. During that winter, several of his friends were also drawn to Jamaica for varying lengths of time. Everyone was treated with equal love and respect. Others from different parts of the world trickled in and out with stories of remarkable synchronicity. The local people would visit frequently. They would 117.

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bring gifts of food and always be good company in the camp. The environment was free of conventional religious trappings. There was no organization or hierarchy and nothing to join. There was no political agenda. Everyone enjoyed the simple company of Jamesy. From time to time, Jamesy would share a little story that he would make up on the spot. One story, in particular, has been a profound teaching for John from that point on in his spiritual sojourn. On one occasion, when a friend, Scott Witt, left the camp to go see the young Guru Maharaj-ji from India in the US, Jamesy appeared at the door of the grass hut where several people were spending their morning. He was very animated and playful. He started acting like a puppy dog as he started telling the story.

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There was once said puppy dog who wanted so bad to find said bone. It was all the puppy could think about. James started saying. So, puppy looked and looked and looked. Jamesy started ransacking the place like a puppy looking for something. He became obsessed with looking for the bone. He saw a stick on the dirt floor and grabbed the stick with his mouth just like a puppy dog would. He acted so happy to find the bone, holding the stick in his mouth! Puppy dog has bone. Puppy dog happy Jamesy kept saying. He was strutting all over the place being proud of his new bone (stick). Puppy dog comes to pool of water in stream. Puppy dog sees reflection of bone in still pool. Puppy forgets bone in mouth and is attracted to bone in reflection. Puppy goes for bone in said reflection. Jamesy says. In a very animated way, as the story goes, Jamesy then goes for the reflection of the bone in the imaginary pool as if he did not already have the bone in his mouth and immediately the stick (bone) drops from his mouth. Now puppy dog not happy, lost 119.

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bone! Jamesy says as he starts acting like a puppy that is fretting. Jamesy starts searching again for the lost bone. After another very fretful search, he finds the stick (bone) and is once again happy. Puppy quickly returns to the stream and looks to same said still pool with bone, Jamesy says, holding the stick in his mouth. This time puppy looks very carefully. Jamesy says slowly cocking his head to the side Puppy sees its only a reflection of bone already in mouth. Puppy understands puppy has bone. Puppy holds on to said bone with conviction. Puppy is happy again but wiser. Jamesy then swiftly departed and left the small audience to ponder the story. And so it went with John that winter in James camp. Slowly the line between Zion and Babylon melt as John yearns to share with his family and friends. Winter is over and John takes leave of Jamesy and returns home to North Carolina to be with friends and family. 120.

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It didnt take long for John to drop the bone and start searching again. He actually liked the camaraderie and adventure of it. But it all left him longing and still searching for spiritual experiences. He becomes a devotee of Swami Muktananda who initiates him with full blown yogic Shaktipat. John takes a seven year walk on the yellow brick road with all the mysticism and visions unfolding; exhausting his tendency to have spiritual experiences. John spends a good bit of time in Muktanandas company. Muktananda blessed him and his work, consistently. John was blessed to start an ashram in North Carolina called the Maha Siddha Yoga Ashram and to teach there. Instead of a Hindu motif, John co-founded The Lindenself Foundation with Philip Rego and began retreats 121.

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and gatherings with Muktanandas blessing. Many meetings and gathering were forthcoming with Bhagavan Das, Ram Dass, Peter Caddy, and Shlomo Carlebach along with meeting Helen who was the scribe who penned The Course in Miracles. Afterwards, John was invited to participate in the very first trial Course in Miracles. The years pass. Johns Cofounder at Lindenself, Philip Rego, asks John to help develop the Wizard character for a musical drama he was working on. The nick-name sticks. Here is where the Wizard dimension becomes more selfevident. The Wizard character continues to develop out of the fellowship and motif of the Lindenself Foundation and its community of the arts. It was the first act John played as the Wizard on a Halloween night when the original manuscript of A Course in Miracles, with no copyright, was placed in his hands by two ladies from the Psychical Research 122.

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Foundation at Duke. He wrote on the cover, Love is the greatest miracle. John was not fond of passing the plate for money to support his engagement of sharing his emerging awakening with his friends. Jamesy has cautioned him about the trap of money and the beauty of freely receiving and freely sharing. John becomes an ecopreneur of the natural and organic food industry as a right livelihood. The natural food trade gets to know him as Wizard Baldour, like his community at home. He meets and marries Carol Ellis, who became his steadfast partner and put the sweat of her brow with Johns to practice right livelihood and then to share the fruits of their actions. Beginning with the first power bar called Wizard Baldours Power Pac followed by a miso hot sauce called Wizard Baldours Hot Stuff. The Wizard becomes a folk Wizard with Carol silently supporting him all the way. They sponsor retreats and a recording of the local musicians called, Its All for Love. A thousand vinyl copies were made and distributed for free. They shared their living space with friends, communally. 123.

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On Muktanandas last evening in America, in upper New York State, John and a friend, Stewart Griffith, visit the Mystic Swami. John brought the Wizards hat that was gifted to him by his wife as a gift for Muktananda, knowing he likes hats and that Muktananda is the true Wizard. John approaches Muktananda and goes blank prior to giving the hat to the Swami. Muktananda places the Wizards hat on Johns head and blesses him. John remained in a swoon. This Darshan is different from the others where there were super phenomena displayed. There was absolutely nothing! Nothing happened; nothing to remember. John resumes bodily awareness across the room with the hat on the floor beside him under a statue of Ganesa pouring riches over it in apparent blessing. Roberta Flack, who had just dedicated and sung Killing Me Softly with her band to the Swami, walks over to John and firmly says, Put that hat back on. The Master put it on your head and you are to wear it!

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The next day, Muktananda returns to India and then after telling the staff to prepare for a large gathering, goes to his room, get in bed, pulls the sheet over his head and drops the body. John felt as if he had lost a father. The Wizard and Carol then begin to build a unique business that manufactures and bottles organic sauces, dressings and condiments. The products are of very high quality ingredients with outstanding taste characteristics. Organic food products that function as delicious delivery systems loaded with healthy nutrients, nutriceuticles and antioxidants that enhance good health like miso, garlic, honey, ginger, apple cider and balsamic vinegars, exotic chilies, herbs, etc. It was a fulfilling livelihood. John first came across Ramana Maharshis teachings originally through a book by Bubba Free John, Knee of Listening. John then purchased a text of Talks With Ramana Maharshi from Bubba Free Johns bookstore 125.

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in California. Here again in this text of Ramana Maharshi was someone who seemed to articulate and understand Johns own experience of inside-out. It became a source text he always treasured. John had intuited but had not been able to articulate his Wisdom to this degree and simplicity. Ramana Maharshi understands and expresses Advaita Vedanta (non dual wisdom) to his devotees in conversation. It was the key that opened that door of the intellect. It provided a simple language as well as insight into the powerful paradigm shift that John had experienced. Ramana Maharshi, too, awakened without any forgoing theology, religious tendencies, practices or methodology. He simply had a panic attack as an ordinary teenager and accepted the fate rather than reacting to it as confessed in his own words. After some 20 years, John is, again, drawn to James Campbell in Jamaica. The synchronicity was just as intense as it ever was twenty years earlier. Johns intimate partner, Carol, his son from 126.

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the previous wife, David, and a few others go on a pilgrimage to Jamaica. John meets Jamesy again and it is no different than the first time. A profound sense of peace is at hand. Jamesy recognizes John, seems to be expecting him, and they both pick right up where they left off. The sense of One Love was so pronounced, that all seeking and questions were dissolved in the stillness of the moment. John is humbled by his reunion with Jamesy. They spend very precious moments together. John is left speechless and affirmed. John takes the photographs of his spiritual God-father you see in this manuscript that he never did 20 years before. It was the Ethiopian New Year and many bands were making their way into the back country to provide Jamesy with a free concert. When John returns from Jamaica, blessings poured in. One was an Indian, K. Sridhar, who is introduced into Johns story line. Sridhar is a very 127.

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accomplished Indian classical musician. Sridhars mother was a devotee of Swami Nityananda, a great saint in India, and Muktanandas Guru. Sridhar had grown up with Swami Nityananda in India as a small boy. He played music for many Indian Advaita masters and other genuine spiritual mahatmas, spent lots of time in seclusion, had pilgrimages to the Himalayas to be with his guru, or at Arunachala. Sridhar is a real yogi and well versed in the yogic and Hindu traditions and mythologies. Like Jamesy, he understood and shared Johns experience of inside-out. He asks John about his relationship with Bubba Free John, Jamesy, Nityananda and Muktananda. He informs John his guru in India sent him (Sridhar gives all credit to his Guru); He notices a photograph of Swami Nityananda on Johns mantel over the fireplace and acknowledges that as a sign from his guru. He begins immediately to build confidence in Johns own self-realization, just like Barry, Jamesy and Muktananda did. He particularly took John to task for any lingering tendencies to deify so-called holy people, especially Da Free John at that time. 128.

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Again, there are no money issues. You cant give money to Sridhar. He wont take it. He will give it away. He will only accept money for concerts or CD sales. You may feed him and offer a place to sleep. Sridhar, like Jamesy and Nityananda never went to a formal school. Sridhar began spending informal time with John. He offered constructive criticism about hierarchal relationships with Gurus. Sridhar became an authentic Knee of Listening (Upanishad) for John. John is left with a refreshed understanding of his own tendency to re-seek for what he already has. He had a fire puja with his objects of worship and burned them up. On a subsequent visit, Sridhars Guru in the Himalayas suggests that he might invite John to India for a month and stipulates an itinerary. John accepts the invitation in full faith. The sojourn begins in Bombay visiting the 129.

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ashrams of the deceased Muktananda and Nityananda. Then it is off to Lucknow and a meeting with Papaji prior to his dropping the body. At these places, there is an awareness of a growing tendency towards deification in all these seekers havens; budding religion businesses attracting westerners with all the trappings. Sridhar was teaching John what politically organized religion business is all about, first hand. It depended on the devotee dropping the bone, every time. It depended on devotees staying within the confines of a religion or belief system. Sometimes literally in the physical confines! Idolatry and deification were always evident as pockets were emptied. This was the turning point in his trip to India. John recognized his tenacious tendency to drop the bone and felt he had once again transcended any need for organized religion and deification in all its forms. The whole world was Johns spiritual community.

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After the meeting and Darshan with Papaji, the troupe secures a car and driver and set off to the ancient and sacred city of Benares on the Ganges River. They arrive at sunset. Sridhar leaves John in the car while he makes his way through the mystic maze to find their room and to get help with luggage. While waiting in the car for Sridhar to return, an Indian gentleman approaches. The gentleman looks just like the pictures that John has seen of Ramana Maharshi, who dropped his body in 1950. John gets out of the car. The Indian gentleman, with a walking stick in his hand, strikes several postures and remains comfortably still in each pose. John is awe struck and fixated. Is he hallucinating? Sridhar returns with help for luggage. John turns around to notice Sridhar who is waving to get his attention and when he looks back for the 131.

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Indian gentleman, there is no one there. The sky is a classic Red Indian sunset. Candle pujas are floating along with the Ganges river. John is suddenly on the E side of E=MC2. All perception is now just a light show. There is no noun left to identify with as his sense of being is left standing at formless infinity. quickly and gracefully find themselves making their way to their room on the Ganges next to the cremation grounds. All is unfolding exquisite perfection. Synchronicity is driving events. Mortality is missing. Doership is missing. Sridhar mysteriously leaves John for the rest of the evening. John is left with his awakening for the night. The following morning, Sridhar returns to their accommodations. He acknowledges Johns Darshan with Ramana Maharshi and instructs John to go to the Ganges to meet a priest there at the edge of the Sacred Ganges. The priest instructs John to take three dips in the river and then asks him to sit on a 132. They

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bamboo mat while the he applies Tiki to his forehead while chanting Vedic chants. The rest of the day is spent in bliss with Sridhar. The knot of separateness was dissolved, once again, for John. The final leg of the India sojourn takes them to southern India and the Ashram of Ramana Maharshi at the foot of a sacred mountain called Arunachala. Upon arriving, the troupe is taken to the dining hall and graciously fed. The campus is very peaceful. No loudspeakers, no rules, no religion business. There is nothing to join and no belief system to follow. When they are taken to their accommodations, John is stunned again. On the wall in the room is a picture of Ramana Maharshi as he had appeared in Benares. Here, again, it is effortless for the mind to be quiet. There was stillness throughout the campus. Money was never mentioned or even expected. There was not a set of rules or 133.

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anything to join. It seemed free of the religious trappings found in the Guru Ashrams of Northern India. The sense of separateness again dissolved so easily in this ocean of silence. What John was learning with Sridhar in India is exactly what Jamesy was teaching. You are the one you seek. You are the very reflection you see in holy people, literature and places. You are your own bone. You are absolute silence. John once again embraces the conviction needed to not drop the bone of selfawareness by projecting it on to others. He began to see everyone and everything more seamlessly in God. John returns home, profoundly reaffirmed. John then returns to Jamaica to visit Jamesy and shares with Jamesy about his trip to India. On departing from Jamesys camp, Jamesy offers John a calabash bowl, just like 134.

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the one he had used decades ago in the camp when living with Jamesy. John returns to his rented bungalow on the western cliffs of Jamaica with his family. It has been a dry season and water is scarce. Dark clouds start rolling in and a tropical storm lets loose with lightening everywhere. John removes his clothes to have a shower in the tropical rain. On the way out, he grabs the calabash bowl. After his shower, John takes the bowl in outreached hands to collect rain water to drink. He begins to hallucinate that the bowl is changing into a female breast from which he drinks. As he is putting the bowl aside, it changes into a large green jade egg before returning to an ordinary calabash bowl. Back inside the bungalow, he stands, transfixed, gazing at the dark horizon over the ocean as a great storm and lightening is raging within the profound stillness of One 135.

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Self. The communion with Jamesy and ALL is so deep and still where all are One Love. Rain leaked through the roof dripping on Johns head as he was anointed and baptized, dead to the body idea, and resurrected as that great host of everything and everyone; and it all seemed ordinary to him. All the shamans, teachers, authors and gurus as well as some rascal friends are affirming the same Truth of peaceful non physical existence to John. All are a part of the Masterpiece mosaic. All are enumerable mirrors and are encouraging John to not drop the bone of realization; to be more firmly established in the Truth of being the state of, not just the statement; I Am. The next time the Wizard sees Sridhar, Sridhar inquires about Jamesy. He said that his guru in the Himalayas informed him Wizards most true 136.

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reflection. They were all serving the Wizard encouraging him to not drop the bone of Self Realization. The real teachers all affirm the same Truth. They empower. Jamesy, Nityananda, Neem Karoli, Sridhar, Ramana Maharshi, God, Guru, Self and in truth, everyone, are all one and the same in spirit. Just different names, that is all. The Wizard was being taught that Love is far more gracious than a name and Love makes no claim of its own. A name is like a veneer and not to be worshiped as an exclusive form. The last time the Wizard saw Jamesy was the summer of 1998. Carol and the Wizard traveled with Carols daughter, Lisa, and the Wizards son, David. David and Lisa brought more of their friends who wanted to visit with Jamesy. The party visited the market, bought fruit, veggies and a rope of tobacco and set off to visit Jamesy outside Cascades. As always, the synchronicity increased. Jamesy was thrilled to see everyone and began fixing a meal for the group in his primitive outdoor kitchen. The fellowship, as 137.

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always, was sublime. He was saying Jamesy Man Rasta Man, John Man Rasta Man, I & I One Love. He asserted, Color doesnt matter, dreadlock hair doesnt matter, John Man Rasta Man. At the same time he insisted that he was just an ordinary person. As Sridhar says, an elephant knows not its own weight. Jamesy started reasoning about the environment, organic practices and the use of corrupted seeds. He referred to the abuses that were even destroying our precious oceans. He spoke of the nourishing power of the seed. How important it is to protect it. The Wizard understood exactly what he was speaking of. He was coaching in right livelihood. The Wizard made the decision right there to implement and integrate these changes into his personal and business life as an organic ecopreneur. He heard Jamesy, once again. It turned out to be the last reasoning he had with Jamesy. When the party left, the Wizard kissed Jamesy all over his head and told him how much he loved him. Jamesy was repeating I & I One Love, Praise Jah! I & I One Love, 138.

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Praise Jah! The Wizard knew he had found a love that was completely free of the ownership of any religion and the death of forms. Simply, I & I, One Love; there is no other. The following year, the Wizard implements an overall organic strategy for the company. He shares his feelings about his relationship with Jamesy more openly. The silence and peace continue to emerge as the common denominator of all his experiences. The company, Wizards Cauldron, flourished. A year later, while John was being The Wizard character at an organic food trade show, he felt so powerfully the silence and peace, even amidst the trade show noise and traffic. He actually started talking like Jamesy, saying Yes, I, Yes I, I & I. Little did he know, that Jamesy had just discarded his physical form. When the Wizard returns home he hears from Jamaica that Jamesy dropped the body. 139.

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With an organic strategy, the Wizard was able to invest in and build a company with a bottling plant in North Carolina; The Wizards Cauldron. He began to assemble a larger team of skilled and energetic people with shared principles. The company began an enterprise in proprietary branding for folks who were looking for a qualified outsource team who understood the need for a natural and organic way of providing delicious food products.

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artisans, coaching them to be organic and how to scale up for larger demand. This was the beginning of the prolific storm of sauces, dressings and condiments that were to follow. Many became worldwide flavor profiles; Honey Mustard Dressing, Soy Ginger, Lemon Tahini, Balsamic dressings to mention a few. From his growing reputation, the Wizard received an invitation from the prime minister of Grenada to consult on how to best utilize their small truck farms in reaching the culinary markets of the world. Then, the governor of Vermont asked The Wizard to consult with the State of Vermont, helping small food artisans develop and reformulate products and scale up for entry into the natural foods industry. He worked with this coalition of Vermont food artisans and, today, many of these companies that the Wizard coached are successful national gourmet and natural food companies. The Wizards consulting business also took him 141.

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to Japan where he learned about the wonderful world of Asian cuisine. He was the owner CEO and Coach at The Wizards Cauldron where he championed the companys marketing strategy as The Wizard of Oz strategy. With the help of Dr. Stephen Covey, he modeled the operating system from The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. John considered it a secular roadmap to enlightenment. The company grew to supply over three hundred different products for the organic food trade. Brands included The Wizards, Whole Foods Market, 365 Organic, Wild Oats, Central Market, Full Circle, Premier Japan, Simply Delicious, Spectrum, Rainforest Organic, OrganicVille, Redbone Alley, Real Wasabi, Annies and Kraft.

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The Wizard was putting in place a succession strategy as his business grew more successful when he encountered V. Ganesan. It was in North Carolina at AHAM. V. Ganesan was the great grand-nephew of Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi. This was the final chapter; the last nail in the carnal coffin. Upon meeting, they recognized one another. Ganesan was skilled, educated, articulate, bright, alert, peaceful and responsive. His traveling mate, Anuradha was likewise responsive. Both were very curious about Johns relationship with Jamesy and offered great respect for him. Ganesan drew a lot of comparisons with his great uncle, Ramana Maharshi, and stated them publically in North Carolina as well as in India at his shared talks on his veranda. Ganesan had grown up until the age of fourteen, in the presence of Ramana Maharshi. After the death of the Maharshi in 1950, Ganesan went on to get a master's 143.

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degree in philosophy. Then he returned for good to the ashram at Tiruvannamalai. His guru, Mother Krishna Bai, had given him his sadhana along with a note of caution. The first was to find and to look after the old devotees of Ramana Maharshi as his spiritual practice. To bring them back to Ramanashram. As a result, he was able to absorb very personal and human reminiscences of Ramana Maharshi. In addition to this, close contacts with other avant-garde sages like Nisargadatta Maharaj and J. Krishnamurti helped him to deepen his understanding of the essence of the Maharshi's simple teaching of Self Inquiry. The second was a caution of the golden chain of being a relative of Ramana Maharshi who had gained so much recognition and fame. Guru Bai pointed out that Ganesans sadhana would be much more difficult because of the genealogy link with his grand uncle; that he would need to earn his own spiritual bread and that the genealogy was more a liability than asset in his own spiritual sojourn. That being a relative of the sage, Ramana Maharshi, did 144.

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not automatically bestow that wisdom on Ganesan. For five years Ganesan and John took many trips together in India and America. They spent much shared time traveling in North Carolina and hanging out at the Wizard's abode in Cedar Grove plus time at AHAM attending his sharings as well as sharings at AHAM in India. This was Johns introduction to A. Ramana, as well, another avant-garde sage who became Johns friend. Ganesan and John played in the ocean in Kerala, visited temples in India, wandered the woods in western North Carolina, and even went on a cruise together to Bermuda. They were best of friends. Ganesan and his attendant, Anuradha, shared many, many deep conversations about the human side of the life of Ramana Maharshi. They all had much fun together and laughed a lot. Both Ganesan and Anuradha introduced the Wizard to many of the old devotees and sages in India where they shared good company. John and Ganesan walked hand in hand. 145.

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This precious intimate sharing with Ganesan enhanced the Wizard's insight along with the intellectual skills and tools helpful in the expression of his own insights. Ganesan was truly a Wizard's friend. Ganesan shared the lesson of never knowing and learned ignorance with John. The time and stories shared together along with stories shared at AHAM under the title of Rock and Boulders of Arunachala were eventually all brought together as a sharing idea in the west called The Human Gospel of Ramana Maharshi, a suggestion by John when Ganesan was apprehensive about the censoring he imagined might occur if AHAM or Ramanashram did any of the publishing of the Rocks and Boulders talks. John was also hesitant about calling the project Rocks and Boulders of Arunachala as he felt it did not reflect the human equality of vision shared by Ganesan. Rocks and Boulders of Arunachala deified the mountain and the old devotees as the rocks and boulders, superior and hierarchal to ordinary human beings. John felt that a refreshed human approached would serve better. John felt the 146.

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Rocks and Boulders approach would divert attention away from the human love that was shared equally and would not be understood in the West. John also suggested using a portrait he had purchased from Wendel Field for his son, David, as a cover, rather than pictures of rocks and boulders that seemed hard and un-human. The Human Gospel of Ramana Maharshi required extensive editing in Chicago style western English to create an interpretation as a new western version of all the stories and sharings with the Wizard. It was meant to be a cross cultural sharing with difficult translation points around obscure cultural nuances. The unique aspect of these particular sharings was that this revered sage, Ramana Maharshi, was an extraordinarily ordinary human being! The curtain was pulled back just as in the Wizard of Oz, divesting the sage of projected carnal power, miracle monger, idolatry and deification and further affirming a true equality of vision; Love. This was not to undermine the true veneration of a great sage, but to reveal the simplicity which was 147.

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the human greatness of the avant-garde sage. Ganesan was genuinely enthused at the Wizards opportunity to share this interpretation in the western world in western nomenclature with innocence and complete trust. It was Ganesans hearts desire to share this simple and beautiful truth, although he struggled with some lingering fear of the repercussions from those who deified the Maharshi with superstitious idolatry which Ganesan openly disclosed at the conclusion of their time together prior to returning to India. John was informed that there were many superstitions in the Indian culture that he still did not comprehend. There were others in India and elsewhere that absolutely did not want that curtain pulled back by the Wizard to reveal the true ordinary man who was a genuine avant-garde sage. This led to a conflict, a confrontation of Dharma, which occurred over its being shared. It seemed unfortunate but it is within divine providence, as that confession of being human as well as the transcendent being was the key to true empowerment and 148.

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love. The arrow had left the bow and the cornerstone heart agreement between John and Ganesan was to not retrieve it after the arrow had left the bow. This was the primary agreement between them upon putting it all together as The Human Gospel of Ramana Maharshi. With that agreement in good faith, John executed an agreement with his publisher to commence on the project. The Wizard moved forward enjoined by synchronicity until finished and everyone was awash in having the joy of working and sharing together. The due diligence with the project deepened Johns insights about the sage, Ramana Maharshi, and his human qualities. The very last vestiges of Johns own tendency to deify were slowly and completely dissolved in the solvent of the true sacred communion of equality. The sharings were destined to be shared as Ganesan so gracefully shared what was shared with him and in turn shared at large in public discourses as well as personally shared with John. The Wizard was certain that these human confessions divested political power structures and restored Love; it affirmed Truth for ordinary human beings and brought Truth into the reach of everyone. Humanity simply did not need 149.

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another unreachable messiah from on high. Avant-garde sages like Ramana Maharshi were openly confessed and were sharing this good news. It was a new age for religions and orthodoxy. Many more sages followed in the Maharshis footsteps. He was an avant-garde sage that changed the paradigm of religious belief systems in the budding stages of the information age. John had no doubt divine lessons were at play in every action until there is only a benign play of consciousness. He knew the carnal outlook and religion business well and saw god squads ever at work around the well of being, each claiming the ground of being as their own. Without true insight, many cults tended to set up hierarchal political power structures with somewhat good but blind intentions. The Wizard had learned firsthand how the perception of inequality holds an aspirant in subjugation and robs Love every time. Power and fear were first cousins in this paradigm. Control was most always the primary symptom. The paradigm had no heart; it was insentient. Jamesy, Muktananda, Sridhar, 150.

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Stephen Covey, Ramana Maharshi and even Ganesan along with many more wise sages had driven that point of affirmation home to the Wizard and he was most reluctant to ever return to the hierarchal paradigm of idolatry and deification and their inherent belief systems. True spiritual life was understood as exhausting those tendencies of otherness as a remedy for a divisive or carnal outlook. He felt free of the ownership of any religion or messiah and free of the death of form. Any form of divinity observed was only in the eye of the beholder and was just a play of consciousness to be ultimately released as the Maharshi, himself, so well expressed. Avoidance of relationship was the first sign for John that there was a seemingly discord with his most dear friend, Ganesan; a confrontation of Dharma, as every action was perfect. No blame, just tough scenarios unfolding. Maybe it was simply a weaning; maybe a Mystery with no rhyme or reason. Maybe Ganesan was being influenced in a worldly way by friends and family at home. The trials and tests became larger than life as the pontification, attempted cover-up and censorship of what was freely shared grew in apparent desperation. Communications 151.

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became the antithesis of the former affirmations from Ganesan that had served John so well. John simply watched it happening and viewed it as a final inspection to not drop the bone in the pool of reflection! He neither reacted nor doubted. He pleaded for restored love. The insight of deification robbing genuine Love was exquisitely revealed and affirmed first hand as cultic measures were revealed, employed and played out to persuade John into the submission of deifying the revered sage, Ramana Maharshi. The intent appeared to cover up the confessions that the sage was an ordinary human being. That he was rather a messiah, not an ordinary human being. All seemingly prompted by the Maharshis very own family. The cat was already out of the bag. The Maharshi, himself, had let that cat out of the bag. Johns conviction to remain as the Self reigned under the demands to submit and the bone Jamesy spoke of decades before gracefully held steady as he peered into the still pool and, with total compassion and empathy for Ganesan and his circumstance with friends and family in India, understood the reflection as such. Yes, Ganesan was human, too. However, the bone remained 152.

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as IS, well established for the Wizard. The journey of chasing any reflection was clearly over. There was no messiah; just reflections. John understood that we are all only ordinary; that we are blessed with true avant-garde sages that confess this with honesty and receive due veneration, not desiring or needing any deification. That is all. No more need to chase mirages of ones own making. The substratum remained peaceful for the Wizard. The true journey of Mystery unfolding in absolute stillness had been established as the carnal journey of seeking was over. The respect and love for the relationship with Ganesan remained in spite of this bustle in the hedgerow. Now John is retired. He prizes free speech, unencumbered, as a human right. He no longer publishes any books for sale by publishers. He prefers sharing his stories

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and what was shared with him, uncensored, for free on the radio, his website, on the phone as well as in person at gatherings. This sharing and other sharings are offered free in the spirit of sharing as many of the genuine mentors shared freely with him during his blessed sojourn. His sharings are for affirmation, not pontification or deification. They are innocent and not contrived. John accepts no money for any communication, counsel or fellowship. John also co-hosts a cybercast radio program on WCOM with his friend, Trip Overholt, called Conversations with Avant-garde Sages, and facilitates various gatherings and satsang. Guests have included avant-garde sages Sharon Salzberg, Sally Rhine Feather, V. Ganesan, Jerry Wennstrom, Bentinho Massaro, Chris Hebard, Chris Kilham, Chuck Hillig, Gina Lake, Jerry Katz, Jerry Solfvin, Karen Richards, Maurizio Bennazo, Nirmala, Peter Dziuben, Peter Fenner, Peter Russell, Prasad Paul Duffy, Premanda, Puppetji, Richard Young, Robert Wolfe, Rupert Spira, Saniel and Linda Bonder, Stephan Bodian, Vicki 154.

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Woodyard, John Sherman, Paul Saltzman the late A. Ramana. The Wizard currently abides in the forest in Cedar Grove, North Carolina with his dear wife of 35 years, Carol, and their three kitties. Now, just like Dorothy finally discovered in The Wizard of Oz, John dwells only in the ordinary with equality of vision. This is the gift of human love. The Wizard is real but John is still just an ordinary rascal. He is certainly not a saint.

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The appearance of God will happen inside us only. It is not something external to your internal force. When the mind is turned towards inside, then God will appear as pure consciousness for you. The vision of God happens in mind only. In what form that God will come into sight depends on ones perception of mind only. Anyhow, it is not the ultimate stage. In that state, still the duality is there. It is just like seeing God in dream. After the appearance of God, the inquiry starts within and it will lead to experiencing the power of true Self. The final destination is self inquiry only. ~Sri Ramana Maharshi~

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Reviews of Wisdoms Soft Whisper


A very wise book; you dont meditate, you just ARE. Your book reveals you as very practical in your approach to Reality. In fact, sages are the most practical people. They are not dreamers. They come out of sleep and dream. They are wide awake, totally alert and attentive. In that attention, the myth that we call samsara ceases to exist. You strike a deep chord in my heart and evoke fellow-feeling, when you come clean as a self-confessed rascal. This is true self-knowledge. There are two kinds of people, one the hypocrite, the other a rascal. Many have called me a rascal in my life, and I felt fulfilled. ~KVS~

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WISDOM in words is a paradox that Sages and Saints alone could successfully tackle! Fortunate is a seeker that drowns himself in this Pool of Wisdom and survives headless happily reestablished in the unseen Heart! The world labels him: mad, beggar, Wizard; thereby unsuccessfully attempting to identify him, push him into the non-reality of moving movie frames! A true seeker rejoices in the NOW of the reality of movementlessness that a madman, a beggar, a Wizard is portraying only the non-noticed Screen in every projected moving movies Millions of body-I'-s dissolved in one I AM-Eternity! ~V. Ganesan~

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Wisdoms Soft Whisper the book (beyond book) touched me to the depth of heart, I felt a Yes within, to every whisper shared, and a recognition and was touched beyond words when I saw V.Ganesan in the book As he appeared unexpectedly in my story line twice in Jan 2009 after I had been invited to Tiru after the French-subtitling of Blueprints for Awakening after Ramana had been appearing in my life too unexpectedly. Also, the Wizard of Oz has never left me, ever since I was a childlike an invisible thread in the heart So I laughed when I also saw that in your gem of a Book, so felt, within the gratitude of meeting you and reading you that this picture was to be sharedA Loving Embrace dear Wz And many Blessings of Gratitude. Your book is on my night-table and whispers often. ~Hlne Lalaire~

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I am so happy that you recorded your wisdom for posterity. It is not hyperbole to say it is a gift to humanity. Few have been blessed with the capacity to abide in the truth AND express it so well. I am incredibly blessed by your friendship and spiritual wisdom. Everything you have shared with me has become part of me and brought peace. I have paid attention to NOTHING in this life like Ive paid attention to your teachings. I recognize that peace is an individual matter and not a competition; however, I must say that when I look around me I dont see very many people as ensconced in the truth as I am. I credit you with most of that as you have taken your precious time to edify me with powerful, penetrating words and images that provided a window into that which can never be expressed in words. And your sat sang has been the direct experience. All of this you have given freely.

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First and foremost you are my friend. While you may have more spiritual experiences than I, more business acumen, and greater financial resources you have not let that go to your head and placed yourself above me or anyone else. You have modeled the truth that we are all one. Your transparency is the living proof that you walk your talk. You take no offense to any question no matter how personal. I have known you for seventeen years now and I have not found a single inconsistency in your walk and your talk. That is rare. You are an utterly confessed realized being and I will cherish you always. The non contractual love that you share with Carol has also been a model for me. Carols steady, simple, generous loving ways have given me an appreciation for living quietly in the truth without a lot of fanfare. And of course, you are both rascals, misbehaving with sufficient regularity to guarantee that I may also be completely human without apology. What more beautiful, generous, complete, awakened pair of sweetie pies could there be?!!! ~Trip Overholt~

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I downloaded the book, Wisdoms Soft Whisper and read the whole thing in one go. The book is a beautiful expression that takes one straight to Jamesy Man, showers us in the torrential downpour, fills us to the brim with the manna that John ever enjoys and leaves in our mouths a never-ending taste of the nutritious healthy gastronomic cuisine of Oneness that Johns companys ferret out. Heartfelt thanks to you [Jerry Katz] for bringing it to the notice of your readers and thanks also to John for melding us all in that One Calabash. Truly Remarkable and I wish everyone will read the book. Good things are really priceless no price, just free!!! ~Ramesam~

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Words may be able to truly reflect knowledge, but not wisdom. Wisdom dawns suddenly and results in awareness that renders redundant all words. Rather than any statement, it is a state that builds its own vocabulary and expressions. This state leads to true understanding. This is when a person becomes a sage. Not the one who gives up everything and heads to the hills and forests, but one who has an unusually practical approach to Reality. Such sages may appear out-of-touch with the real world; they are always wide awake, totally alert, and very aware. Not that they have broken away from samsara. They Are Wizards. These sages, saints and seers are not magicians or tricksters. They are aptly depicted as wizards of whatever tradition. Thus, Moses, Jesus, Lao-Tzu, Buddha and other ancients were wizards and sages who dropped pearls of wisdom in their own time and way. Wizards understand that insight is essential in revealing who we are. 163.

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In Wisdoms Soft Whisper, a modern day sage, Wizard Baldour, lays out the roadmap to the land of the wise. Extracting wisdom from knowledge, the Wizard provides a path to enlightenment. His way of introspection reveals the inherent peace of ones true Self. The Wizard delves into the usually mistaken ideas associated with wisdom and those dwelling in that state. For instance, the commonly interchanged terms wisdom and knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom, for it is of the mind, while wisdom is prior to the mind. In Two Parts Wisdoms Soft Whisper is set in two parts. The first is here and now a vertical paradigm, as it were. It is deep and paradoxical. It assumes and affirms the readers awakening from the mortal storyline. The second part is the Wizards own horizontal growing to be Wizard Baldour. Tending towards the mysterious, Wisdoms Soft Whisper says with words that which is beyond the word; pure wisdom, after all, transcends the capacity of language, concepts and the mind even. Softly, but 164.

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firmly, whispers challenge long-held beliefs and everything else that a person has grown accustomed to as being real. The Wizard urges the reader to open his mind to the very foundation of his own being and thus realize wisdom. Baldour, along with other Wizards, believes that this wisdom is the key to peace. Johns Transformation The second part that constitutes John Troys storyline is more a shifting paradigm, and written appropriately enough in the third person. In the haze can be traced Johns transformation into the sage, Wizard Baldour. The realization, when it came, was spontaneous and rapidwhat the Hindu philosophy calls Nirvikalpa Samadhi. But John terms it quite simply turned inside out. For John, the full-fledged yogic experience came with initiation by Swami Muktananda, though that did not stop his destiny of pioneering a natural and organic food business. Following was an introduction to Sri Ramana Maharshis teachings, and then a vision of the sage, too. From there to meeting V. Ganesan, who had grown up in the 165.

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presence of the Maharshi, was but destined. And the pilgrim progressed Each page of Wisdoms Soft Whisper demands time to reflect and ponder, and not be just read. For, the Wizard does not want to just pass on knowledge as much as he wants the reader to pursue and attain Wisdom. Depending on ones state of awareness, the words may make sense, or they may not. Non-understanding should be no cause for frustration, but a challenge to open ones mind to the wisdom behind what one knows now. The true seeker rejoices in the now of the reality of movementlessness. In response to a prevalent longing for peace and wisdom, the folk wizard of North Carolina offers a means of discovering our inherent wisdom. ~J. Srinivasan, Book Critic for Tattvaloka Spiritual Magazine, India~

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