was putting together some
thoughts on my morning walk on the path and I thought I would share them
with you too.
for my beloveds.
life is dedicated
to sharing the philosophy that each of us is Number One and we
are here to be ourselves and have fun NOW. This seems like such
an egoistic philosophy, yet it is the same one taught by all of the
world teachers including Jesus and the Buddha. Whenever I think of the
details of this thinking system I come up with hundreds of examples for
you take the opportunity to hear my Thought for Today or the two
daily Instant Inspirations, you will see how I thoroughly enjoy
demonstrating the philosophy in examples from everyday life. I give the
talks usually at the dining room table just following each meal:
breakfast, lunch and dinner. Whenever possible I involve those present
so the talks end up quite down-to-earth.
rewrite old quotations in a positive frame and take illustrations from
wherever I may hear them and reconstruct them to the tenor of my
thinking. Sometimes they come out in a most outrageous fashion, but fun.
I like is living this positive philosophy. As I walk through state and
national parks or greet people in stores and offices, I am always the
same cheery and uplifting. It is not a put-on thing; it is for real, it
is me. my natural way of being.
fun of all
for me, however, is to walk alone embraced only in nature. I like to
walk in the Redwoods and lie on a fallen giant looking up at the other
towering centenarians with the sunlight streaming through their few
branches lending an enchantment to the entire forest.
like to walk the miles of meditation paths we have created here on the
Spiritual Retreat of the University of Healing campus. Walking in the
pre-dawn morning the valley fog banks roll up the mountainsides hiding
the path from me. Having walked the pathways so often my
"feet" know the way harmoniously.
were made in the distant past by students since the time this Spiritual
Retreat was founded in the Campo Mountains.
the year 2000 three-month School of the Master program each
participant made their own meditation path and invested it with their
on the Healing Throne which Heinz Oertli created at the pinnacle of his
masterful meditation path instantly puts all thoughts into oneness and
any heavy thinking gives way to an inner peace. Stopping at the
illuminating maze of Herbert Marty allows me to ponder the simplicity of
life. Stefan Strässle made his path through a gorge over which every
step reminds me of the adventures he had there with his talking plants.
Irene Merkle gave her pathway the delight and charm of her personality
giving the visitor the feeling of floating over "her" hills
and valleys. Ellen Jermini chose to make a spiritual park out of her
pathway and cleared scenic views along the way for the visitor to ponder
over and meditate in. Katarina Suter lived her genius as a perennial
builder, creating illuminating shrines along her numerous paths. Another
shrine maker was Sylvia Enz as she etched on pieces of bamboo her
provocative messages of introspection. Christina Nussbaum created the
glorious most used path from the Monastery to the Embassy, along the way
she stood her sentinels of downed saguaro stalks and other symbolic
creations. Ingeborg Puchert made a series of paths intersecting about
the Embassy, lining all with stones, each path embraced by the natural
plants abundantly there. Anita Lopp wound her creatively imaginative
path through her fairytale universe of meditation loops and even a
fishing hole. Ilse Wenk has her path take the meditator to the high
mountain fastness and its pretend peaceful perpetually dripping
waterfall. Gregor Müller created a labyrinth for his meditation paths
punctuating each stone lined path with meditation benches, cairns
spelling out positive statements and most charming of all the
breathtaking view over the entire valley. Crossing along the dry creek
bed Gertrud Suter created the images of fish with white sand on the dark
rock, her winding paths leading over the mountains and up to piles of
rock nature made into its natural introspection site. Monica Egli had a
short path adjacent to the Bureau of Land Management federal lands where
she inscribed on her ground tableau the images of her spiritual quest.
these trails I walk each day—as do the monks of the Absolute Monastery
and our spiritual seekers looking for peace and quietness and finding it
in abundance in this Spiritual Retreat—and here I am en-folded in an
inner and outer peace beyond description.
are things I thoroughly enjoy and which make my days exciting and
fulfilling here on campus.
more to come.
-Dr Herbert L Beierle