One February, when my daughter Erin was five years old, I picked her up at a friend’s house where she had been playing after school. As we arrived home, she mentioned that when spring arrived, she’d like to grow a plant that she had received as a gift since it was dying now. I said, “Better ask Mom how to do that. She knows a lot about plants and flowers.” Erin paused, then said, “You don’t know much, do you?”
It was true. Erin was a perceptive kid and even though she loved me dearly, she sensed that I had as much growing up to do as she did.
I had always been the life of the party in high school and college, cracking jokes and hamming it up. In my late twenties, however, I began dreading parties, especially those where intelligent conversation was expected. Surrounded by smart, successful people, I’d feel like a one-man island, disconnected from everyone else and largely ignored. No wonder others had no interest in talking to me; I had nothing to say. I was immature and self-absorbed. I had grown stagnant.
Then I picked up Shirley MacLaine’s book, Out on a Limb. Her metaphysical adventures were amazing, exciting, inspiring. I didn’t know what “enlightenment” was, but I knew I wanted it to experience it for myself. I felt like a whole new world had opened up to me. This wasn’t a spiritual alarm clock ringing, it was a four-alarm fire.
I sought out more books about spirituality: Love, Medicine & Miracles by Dr. Bernie Siegel; Creating Money: Keys to Abundance by Sanaya Roman and Duane Packer; Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain. The concepts I encountered in these and other books were wild, outrageous, mind-boggling; and yet, on one level or another, it all resonated with me.
I started looking at people differently; I was less judgmental and selfish, more loving and compassionate. There was more depth to me. I began hearing the first faint urgings of my life’s work, calling to me from the far reaches of my consciousness. I found my voice and began actively writing for the first time since childhood. I finally had something to say.
Six months after my thirty-fifth birthday, I was at work when a subtle shift occurred. It felt like all the spiritual principles I had learned had mingled long enough; in a heartbeat, they coalesced and migrated from my head to my heart. There was no Eureka! moment; I just suddenly felt calmer, wiser, more peaceful and happy. I remember thinking, Oh, now I get it. This is what it’s supposed to feel like. Instinctively, I knew that an exciting new phase in my life was about to begin.
Today, sixteen years later, the memory of that day makes me smile—the kind of tender, doting smile I would give my daughter when she proudly showed me the A she received on her second-grade essay. At thirty-five, I was still pretty clueless, but at least I was headed in the right direction. Who knows? Perhaps in another sixteen years, I will look back at the person I am today and chuckle again at how little I really knew.
I sure hope so.
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ABOUT PHIL BOLSTA
Phil is the author of Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World, a comprehensive guide to living a spiritual life. Who will benefit from reading it?
Anyone who is on a spiritual path, or wants to start one
Anyone who loves life, or wants to learn how to
Anyone who is happy, or wants to be happier
Through God’s Eyes won first place in the “Spirituality and Inspirational” category at the San Diego Book Awards on June 22, 2013.
Here is a two-minute video introduction to Through God’s Eyes.
• an overview of the book
• the complete table of contents
• the Foreword by Caroline Myss
• my Introduction
• chapter excerpts
• a sample end-of-chapter story
• endorsements from authors and thought leaders
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Phil’s eBook, The Logic of Living a Spiritual Life: Supporting a Life of Faith Through Logic and Reason, is now available for 99 cents on Amazon.
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In this eBook, you’ll find answers to questions like:
• What is the cornerstone of a spiritual life, and why?
• What is the secret to liberating yourself from other people’s judgments and expectations?
• Why is there an exception to “Everything happens for a reason”?
Those who worship logic instead of God are only half right. Not only is it logical to believe in God and to live a faith-based life, the existence of a loving, benevolent God that governs all creation is perhaps the only systematic worldview that explains every aspect of life.
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Phil is also the author of Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, a collection of 45 inspiring, life-changing stories from prominent people he interviewed, including Joan Borysenko, Deepak Chopra, geneticist Dr. Francis Collins, acclaimed sportswriter Frank Deford, Dr. Larry Dossey, Wayne Dyer, Dan Millman, Caroline Myss, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, Dr. Bernie Siegel, James Van Praagh, singer Billy Vera, Doreen Virtue, Neale Donald Walsch, and bassist Victor Wooten.
Reading this book is like spending a few minutes face to face with each of the contributors and listening to their personal stories. Click here to read unsolicited testimonials from readers. Learn more by visiting the official Sixty Seconds website.
Sixty Seconds was one of three finalists in the General Interest/How-To category at the 12th annual Visionary Awards presented by COVR (Coalition of Visionary Resources) in Denver on June 27, 2009.