A Weekly Audio Podcast

You & Chris Exploring Spirituality, Mindfulness & Meditation

The Realization of Selfless Love (Part One), and Carrying Mental Anguish – Ep.114


It’s one thing to pursue someone else to hold them accountable, and it’s another thing to live your life free of the ongoing mental preoccupation of a continued battle. Sometimes it’s possible to do both simultaneously, but sometimes it’s better to walk away – preserve your peace of mind – move on – let it go! Chris talked about his own experience getting ripped off by two business associates, and the empowering freedom he felt when he completely moved on without fighting for what was technically his fair share.

In some cases it may be better to write off a loss and move on with your life instead of fighting and brooding and more fighting and more brooding. Brooding over arguments spoils your spiritual condition.

In this vein Chris read and discussed The Story of the Two Monks:

Two monks were making a pilgrimage to venerate the relics of a great Saint. During the course of their journey, they came to a river where they met a beautiful young woman – an apparently worldly creature, dressed in expensive finery and with her hair done up in the latest fashion. She was afraid of the current and afraid of ruining her lovely clothing, so asked the brothers if they might carry her across the river.

The younger and more exacting of the brothers was offended at the very idea and turned away with an attitude of disgust. The older brother didn’t hesitate, and quickly picked the woman up on his shoulders, carried her across the river, and set her down on the other side. She thanked him and went on her way, and the brother waded back through the waters.

The monks resumed their walk, the older one in perfect equanimity and enjoying the beautiful countryside, while the younger one grew more and more brooding and distracted, so much so that he could keep his silence no longer and suddenly burst out, “Brother, we are taught to avoid contact with women, and there you were, not just touching a woman, but carrying her on your shoulders!”

The older monk looked at the younger with a loving, pitiful smile and said, “Brother, I set her down on the other side of the river; you are still carrying her.”


Then we began the section called The Realization of Selfless Love, from James Allen’s book titled From Poverty to Power. Here are some of the quotes from this section which Chris discussed a bit:

“Hidden deep in every human heart, though frequently covered up with a mass of hard and almost impenetrable accretions, is the spirit of Divine Love.”

“That of our vices we can frame
A ladder if we will but tread
Beneath our feet each deed of shame.”

“Divine Love is distinguished from human loves in this supremely important particular, it is free from partiality.” (This has to be the BEST way to explain this distinction – a very important distinction, given the fact that the word ‘love’ is thrown around so often by people with so many meanings.)

“Only that Love that seeks no personal gratification or reward, that does not make distinctions, and that leaves behind no heartaches, can be called divine.”

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Theme music is part of the song “Flight” written and performed by Richard Shulman.

The Acquirement of Spiritual Power – Ep.113

A Lake in Maine

Chris started with the idea of an individual evolving from Animal-Man, to Human-Man, and ultimately to Divine-Man. Most humans only chase pleasure for their 5 senses, even though there is an infinite depth of beauty in our hearts and minds - higher … [Continue reading]

Your Atma Lives Forever, and The Two Masters: Self and Truth (Part Three) – Ep.112


Most humans want their body to live forever. A desire for immortality is natural in a way, but achieving it on the material/physical plane is simply not possible. We all know that the body cannot live forever; it will grow old and die. But the beauty … [Continue reading]

Beginning, and The Two Masters: Self and Truth (Part Two) – Ep.111

Sunset in Maine

Today we continued the section called The Two Masters, Self and Truth, from James Allen's book From Poverty to Power. James Allen writes, "Do you harbor thoughts of suspicion, enmity, envy, lust, pride, or do you strenuously fight against these?" … [Continue reading]

Gushing Gratitude for the Ultimate Human Role Model – Ep.110


This was a difficult episode for me to create. My beloved spiritual guide of the past eleven years has passed away. More specifically, he attained Mahasamadhi (the great and final samadhi; the act of leaving one's body when his or her work on … [Continue reading]

The Two Masters: Self and Truth (Part One), and Opinions Have No Value – Ep.109


Today we began the section called The Two Masters, Self and Truth, from James Allen's book titled From Poverty to Power. Here is an excerpt from today's reading: "There is one quality which preeminently distinguishes the man of Truth from the man … [Continue reading]

The Highest Spiritual Goal, and The Power of Meditation, Part Three – Ep.108


Today we finished the section called The Power of Meditation, from James Allen's book titled From Poverty to Power. After reading the final part of this section, Chris commented on a few points contained in the following excerpt: Said the divine … [Continue reading]

Native American Spirituality, with Eric Marmolejo – Ep.107


Today we welcomed Eric Marmolejo! He was born and raised in the Yaqui and Zapotec tribes in El Paso, TX, and currently he's an attorney in NJ. We discussed many topics including: Eric growing up in El Paso,TX His elders teaching him … [Continue reading]

A Stranger in a Strange Land, and The Power of Meditation, Part Two – Ep.106

Lake Tahoe

We continued reading from the section called The Power of Meditation, from James Allen's book titled From Poverty to Power. "He whose awakening consciousness has become alive to its lofty possibilities, who is beginning to shake off … [Continue reading]

Using Archetypal Dreamwork to Know Your Self, with Jill Eras – Ep.105

Jill Eras - Archetypal Dreamwork Analyst

Today we welcomed Archetypal Dreamwork Analyst, Jill Eras! We had a nice discussion about dreams and how Jill helps individuals understand the messages that the dreams contain. Most importantly, Jill explained that Dreamwork is essentially about … [Continue reading]

Inspired by Traveling, and The Power of Meditation, Part One – Ep.104


Today we began the section called The Power of Meditation, from James Allen's book titled From Poverty to Power. "Spiritual meditation is the pathway to divinity. It is the mystic ladder which reaches from earth to heaven, from error to Truth, … [Continue reading]

A Chat with Germaine Parra, Author of Searching for the Caravan – Ep.103

Germaine Parra - Author of Searching for the Caravan

Listen to this nice chat with Germaine Parra, Author of Searching for the Caravan. And I like the subtitle of her book: A Reconciliation with Love, Science and Divinity. Germaine Parra Germaine left the confines of her small town at eighteen … [Continue reading]