Author: robert

Song of Sudden Freedom

If we are seeking what is real, the real is seeking us.

If we long to know the truth, the truth longs to know us.

If we want to drown in love, love wants to live in us.

These entities are everywhere, even pounding on drums in the ceremonial centers of our cells — trillions of them. They flood into and from us.

Be a child in this on-rushing love: don’t move. Stand still. Don’t try to find the real, or know the truth, or experience love. All effort pushes it away. Be like a lost child and wait to be found. Stand still, be open, look and see that everything you want is already taking you, filling you, possessing you.

We don’t need to seek: we have already found.

We don’t need to learn: we already know.

We don’t have to become: we already are.

SEE THIS AND BE FREE.

The world is alive and breathing inside your very body. All that you treasure is within you. Your inadequacy is but a habit, your bondage an illusion, your fears but shadows and gossip. Let go of all you hold on to. Only you can free yourself from your own deception. Forgive yourself, step into the light of love rushing towards you from a million inner suns.

No one has harmed you, no one has wronged you. Only your pride thinks this is so. Let it go. Bitterness is your own dark night. Let it go. There is nothing worth protecting. Let the breath of new life fill you and fill your mind and fill your body. Your cells are now vibrating with new life. Your heart is opening, your being is growing larger and larger, colliding with the onrushing love. In this collision you can dissolve without fear.

You Cannot Do That!

[Written sometime around mid- to late 2016, but as relevant today as then, I reckon.]

“You cannot do that!” is what a well-meaning nurse told me yesterday at the chemo-ward, or whatever they call the place you sit in for several hours whilst intravenously imbibing what I like to call Shiva-Shakti juice.

Actually, this is what the second nurse said. The first one was unable to insert the needle into any of my veins even after three rather painful attempts. Apparently, my veins were small and would disappear on her. Bummer for her, and for me.

She said she’d get another nurse. As that one began to survey the situation, I politely (I’m always polite and friendly) said, “Let’s make this one count. If it doesn’t, I am out of here. Four is my daily limit for needle insertions.”

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Chemo-cocktail, 10/18/’16

That’s not even counting the one I already had in the blood lab ward, where my Philippine lab technicians love me to death — in part because I always bring them home-baked cookies (courtesy of my sister Sandra) and in part because we laugh so much that others nurses come running in to be sure everything is OK. They flirt with me and I flirt right back. Or, maybe it’s the other way around. Whatever.

The Transformative Power of Silence

From the time I was 11 years old, I needed to know one thing above and before all else: Who am I? I traveled for a long time and throughout the world in search of answers.

One day, as if I had lived alone for many years in the deep desert, I was taken by a stunning stillness, and without resistance I disappeared into Silence. It was more than an epiphany, more than grace, more than mystical union: it was my soul’s homecoming and my mind’s eternal peace.

In Silence, I felt my core identity, my essential nature, as a unity with all creation. I experienced freedom, clarity, and joy as my true Self. I realized I was of time and eternity in equal measure. I was composed of physical matter and spiritual energy in equal measure. I was born in New York City at the same instant I appeared 20 billion years ago, unfathomably and impossibly far away, as a sibling to trillions of suns.

This Self, this Silence, belongs to all of us — it is who we are; it is what we are. If we are to experience and embody authentic peace and love, if we are going to bring true healing to our wildly violent and endangered world, we are going to have to learn to live within this essence which joins us together as brothers and sisters.

It’s OK to Disturb the Universe!

I said this at the beginning of a recent Speaking Truthfully webinar with seven women. I say it now. I’ll say it tomorrow. It’s true, isn’t it?

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There is great magic in Speaking Truthfully, the essence of which is: YOU are the message! But, your true and authentic self, the one with primordial presence and primal powers.

When we own what is inborn, what is and always has been intrinsic to our very being, when we purge from our mind the fears we have accumulated, when we let our heart grow wild, when we set our soul free from taboos . . . what was previously unimaginable is now possible. If we do not speak truthfully, we will never know what it is to be alive.

We all learn to hold our tongue, to suppress our truth, to hide our strength and power. We do it in order to survive, to belong, to feel safe, even loved. OK, fair enough. When we’re two or three or four years old, that’s not a bad strategy.

Now, today, this moment, I tell you that your strength, your power, your creativity — your very life — is in your freedom. The freedom to speak, to feel, to do. The freedom to be. Anything. Everything. Your innate power, the blessedness and blessings of Mother Shakti, they are there, inside. Poised and ready to erupt. We will ignite this eruption together. Immersed in shakti, not fear, anxiety, or self-doubt, you become invincible. We can no longer be safe in our hiding. We can no longer survive in self-suppression. The price is to high. It is death. It is walking death. Freedom, freedom from all habits of withholding, of succumbing to taboos, of blind obedience, of compliance — freedom to disturb the universe!

In your freedom is where you are truly safe, loved, powerful. In fact, in your freedom you are invincible and unconquerable. Your freedom is your authentic voice, your cosmic roar, your wildness, your beauty. Let’s claim and own what is ours, what is yours. Let’s not waste any more time. Let’s stop pretending to be small, wounded, afraid, self-victimizing. Enough.

AN AUTHENTIC LIFE

[This article is an excerpt from The 5 Principles of Authentic Living.]

The dictionary traces the origin of “authentic” to the Latin authenticus and the Greek authentikós: original, primary, at first hand; acting on one’s own authority. Our current English definitions include: not false or copied; genuine, real, actual, truthful; of undisputed origin or authorship.

Are we living a genuine, real, and truthful life, or a copycat life? Is our life a collage of the thoughts, ideas, beliefs, and opinions we’ve collected from others? Is our life real or rehearsed, genuine or counterfeit, sincere or phony? Acting on one’s own authority is a daring challenge.

Today’s marketplace has an abundance of people and products telling us how we should live, what to think, what to believe. We can find answers and solutions to every conceivable question and problem. Expert advice is everywhere. Some people even purport to know and teach the Truth, which is, from what people tell me, absolute. I, too, talk about truth, but you’ll notice my truth is spelled in lower case.

Truth with a lowercase t is different from Truth. I do not think that life is about absolutes, certainly our actual living day-to-day is anything but that. Telling one’s truth is not about being right or wrong, good or bad. It is about self-expression. It is a report, and if that report comes from a deep enough place, then it is the authentic report of one’s authentic self. Speaking one’s truth is the same as living one’s truth, because speaking is how we move in and through life. It is our life. Our authentic self is a moveable feast; it expands and evolves, like existence itself. That’s why telling the truth is so important. It’s how we discover and express our authentic self — moment to moment.

Defining The 5 Principles of Authentic Living

I challenge myself to come up with different ways of defining The 5 Principles of Authentic Living. I am not looking for the perfect and precise definition; that would be counterproductive, because the precision would make everyone think they understand. With these principles, the true understanding comes only through embodiment.

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Here’s one way I’ve defined the principles:

Be Present: Don’t get lost in thought; let thought get lost in you. Experience life and express yourself from silent awareness, which is an open, free, and ferociously creative hammock, hung between rocks and stars.

Pay Attention: One degree focus; 360 degree awareness — notice everything everywhere, inside and out, above and below, big and small, physical and non-physical. Notice especially what is happening right in front of you. Don’t wander and fall in a ditch.

Listen Deeply: Listen Deeply is hearing the very breath of all living things. Listen Deeply, beyond words, to  hear and know what to do and where to go. Listen. Hear the hum of meaning, and meta-meaning. Hear pollen fall from a flower and crash land on the table.

Speak Truthfully: Storms speak truthfully. Infants speak truthfully. Life and death speak truthfully. Who are you and what does your heart want? Tell the truth:  no pretense, no defense, no hiding. No crap. Your life is hanging in the balance.

Act Creatively: Don’t pontificate about bullfighting: get in the ring with the bull where you can express your super powers in action. Become a magic wand. Dare to dance in a way no one has seen. A locked door? Slip through the keyhole.

 

 

A HEARTFELT MESSAGE TO MY BROTHERS — ABOUT WOMEN

A HEARTFELT MESSAGE TO MY BROTHERS ABOUT HOW WE TREAT WOMEN

I first thought I should wait to write and post this, because I am having some real issues with chemo brain— a common term used to describe thinking and memory problems that can occur after cancer treatment, which I had a few days ago.

Chemo brain can also be called chemotherapy-related cognitive impairment. I like this one, because it is so significant-sounding. Write or wait?

You be the judge. Maybe if I waited, I’d be more articulate, coherent, and persuasive. Maybe not. I feel drunk, stoned, and exhausted. Chemo brain sucks. I should wait.

But, I don’t want to wait. I’m clear enough on this now. My cancer treatments remind me that life is live TV: no reruns. It’s now or it’s not. So, here it is.

I have been around. I have done, seen, and heard a lot of stuff. Truly. Trust me. So, it takes a lot to make my mind spin out of control behind a massive WTF. But it does happen, more often than I’d like to admit.

Sometimes this happens in the wake of a big thing, like a whistleblower-inspired revelation of governmental or corporate misconduct. I confess to being particularly susceptible to ideas and actions motivated by greed, cruelty, and deception. Sometimes, this WTF-head-spin happens in the wake of a small thing, in terms of social media coverage or cultural outrage.

This is what I want to talk about. A small thing. Seemingly. It’s about how we men sometimes treat women. Not our women, but women. Hear the difference?

In her talk in one of my Speaking Truthfully classes, this brave woman told us that her significant other had forbidden her from attending an event that he had not been invited to. He said that she could not go, that she could not defy him. No discussion. No negotiation. No reasons. Just: You cannot go. Do not defy me.

Read the rest of this article at Rebelle Society.

“Liberate Your Cosmic Roar!” comes to Hollywood, CA!

Catherine Gray — leading edge film producer, speaker, author, founder of Karma 360 and host of the “Live Love Thrive” internet TV show — is producing this landmark two-day event, presented by Robert Rabbin, called “Liberate Your Cosmic Roar!”

Create Your Fate

  • Speaking is one of the most effective tools to empower yourself!
  • Use this skill grow to your business, or move up the corporate ladder!
  • Overcome your public speaking fears and boost your confidence!

Learn to speak with courage, confidence, and connection, with vulnerability and transparency, without hiding, pretense, or defense. Learn to tell the truth and to show who you are, honestly and directly.

World renowned speaker and trainer Robert Rabbin has been speaking and empowering women to speak for many years, from the U.S. to India, Australia and beyond.

Click on the image just below to see details and to register! This is the first-ever “Liberate Your Cosmic Roar!” program in Los Angeles, and it is strictly limited to 10 women!

  • Saturday/Sunday, July 15-16, 2017
  • 9:30 AM – 5 PM, each day
  • West Hollywood, CA
  • Special Karma 360 price of $595, including workbook and lunches

“You won’t find a better, more qualified, authentic, and effective speaking guide and mentor than Robert Rabbin. He has challenged me, inspired me, awakened me and freed me in ways I was not expecting. Nobody does REAL like Robert does, with his laser-like clarity, embodied wisdom, and wicked sense of humor. He walks his talk like no other teacher/mentor I’ve ever known.” ~LISA PAGE, founder, Soul Satisfaction for Women

“Robert Rabbin is an amazing coach and advocate for women finding their voice and bringing their authenticity and light to the world. He is brilliant, funny, uncompromising (when it comes to supporting and believing in you) and truly, truly cares! I cannot express how much he has helped me and the deep gratitude I feel. He is a loving magician, muse and task master! He inspires, motivates and walks you through the nitty gritty to reach your goals. He walks his talk ….no, at times he gallops!” ~Marlie Avant, artist, actress, author, spiritual guide