Drilling down to the essence of what you believe—with all the honesty and courage you can muster—and questioning every idea you have about God, is the key to unlocking the front door to your spiritual mansion.
I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth; and truth rewarded me.
Simone de Beauvoir
Even if you emerge with your original belief system intact, your effort will have been worthwhile. For you will now believe what you believe through conscious choice rather than unconscious acceptance.
You begin to live more consciously when you stop assuming that what you believe is unquestionably the way things really are.
A belief system is nothing more than a thought that you thought over and over again.
Where to begin? It does not matter—just start taking steps and keep moving. Each author, each speaker, each fellow traveler you bump into will refer you to other publications, other seminars, other methodologies. Hold on to the concepts that resonate with you. Set aside the rest.
Wherever you are is the entry point.
Do not expect shortcuts. You will not become a self-realized master, melting into oneness with God, overnight. Indeed, your first exposure to these timeless spiritual principles may uproot your belief system and leave you reeling from information overload.
Looking up gives light, although at first it makes you dizzy.
Pace yourself. It takes time to absorb new ideas, to integrate them into your perspective and consciousness, and most importantly, to reflect them in your relationships with God and with others.
A word of caution: Learning these principles is not the same as living them. Do not allow yourself to become so enamored with these concepts that you downplay the need to actually put them into practice.
It is so fatally easy to confuse an aesthetic appreciation of the spiritual life with the life itself—to dream that you have waked, washed, and dressed and then to find yourself still in bed.
C. S. Lewis
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
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
Just click on the link below to download your free PDF sampler!
THROUGH GOD’S EYES PDF SAMPLER
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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.