People have asked me what prompted me to write The History Teacher books. It’s actually an interesting story [I think], so here goes!
In the winter of 2006, I was still working in the corporate world. I hadn’t yet made the transition to teaching martial arts full-time. One morning I woke up with an idea for a book in my head! I had no idea when the idea came from. I wasn’t thinking about writing a book. Divine guidance? More than likely!
I’m very pleased to announce that the first book I wrote, The History Teacher, has been revamped and is available as a second edition. The story is still the same, but the writing has been tightened up considerably, to make it a smoother read. Currently, it is available in PDF format for downloading to your e-reader.
This is a story I told the students this past week at the martial arts club where I teach.
I first told you about Dog in February. His mission is to help children feel good about themselves and more recently he had a very important message to convey to humanity. It was too important to tell everyone one person at a time, so he hatched a plan. He hopped on on a ship and traveled across the Pacific Ocean to China. There he made his way overland to Nepal. Once in Nepal, he headed straight for Mount Everest, the tallest mountain on the planet. The summit of Everest is so high there is insufficient oxygen to breathe and therefore, those who attempt to climb it must bring their own oxygen.
I have been asked, what is spiritual transformation? My answer is this. It is the process of becoming spiritually conscience. Buddhists refer to it as enlightenment. It’s when we begin to look at life differently. When we no longer see trees, as simply trees or people as simply, people. It occurs when we understand that there is a reason for our ‘being’ and that there is a reason for suffering.
A corporation did indeed take advantage of my father! A few months ago, he went to a local retail outlet looking for a cell phone. He explained that all he wanted was a very simple phone that would enable him to make phone calls and send text messages. He came home with a high end smart phone and a two year, $90.00 a month plan, including a $20.00 a month data plan. He was grossly oversold and because the phone is so complicated to him, he has never used it.
How often do we allow the past to interfere with the present. Something that happened two days, two years or twenty years ago continues to play over & over in our mind. We think about it frequently. We stay stuck in negative thought patterns. It haunts us. Without realizing it, we give away our power and we suffer.
I recently watched an interview with Jon Anderson, former lead singer with the progressive rock band, Yes. Yes produced a number of hits in the seventies and eighties with songs including Roundabout, Owner of a Lonely Heart and It Can Happen. Anderson talked about his career with Yes and his current musical interests. He also spoke about the interconnectedness of the universe.
I wonder what the world look like if we thought of God in the feminine sense. I imagine it would be quite a different world. I imagine it wouldn’t be quite so aggressive or violent. Probably a lot more nurturing and caring. I think there would be a lot more giving and a lot less taking.
The single most important purpose of our physical journey here on Earth is to become conscious of who we really are. It is to become aware of, understand and experience our true spiritual nature … our oneness with God and all that exists. Clearly, if this is our purpose, we have a lot of work to do!