Spirituality & Religion

Buried Treasure: Three Essays from Three Anthologies

Last week, I discovered three essays I had written for three anthologies, and I believe they are among the best writing I have ever produced. The themes are authenticity in public speaking, values in the workplace, and self-awareness as the foundation of leadership. I have made them available for free download on this page. Below are brief descriptions of each. Enjoy!

THE WORKPLACE AND SPIRITUALITY
NEW PERSPECTIVES ON RESEARCH AND PRACTICE

Edited by Dr. Joan Marques, Dr. Satinder Dhiman and Dr. Richard King

Robert’s essay makes a strong case for speaking in public with authenticity. We need to speak with authenticity, predicated on vulnerability, honesty, empathy, transparency, and love. Authentic speaking is beneficial to our soul, the vitality and future of our organizations, and even the fate of our world.

 

12 STEP WISDOM AT WORK: TRANSFORMING YOUR LIFE AND YOUR ORGANIZATION

Edited by William C. Hammond, III

The revolutionary concepts in this anthology have been developed by the internationally renowned Hazelden Foundation, one of the world’s leading recovery institutions. The co-authors show how the program that has helped millions of individuals can be used to dramatically change organizations, achieving greater efficiency and resulting a shared set of values that will propel the organization to new heights.

Robert’s essay is “The Answer to our Prayers,” in which he discusses the importance of integrating one’s most authentic personal values with those of the organization in which one works.

 

LEADERSHIP IN A NEW ERA: VISIONARY APPROACHES TO THE BIGGEST CRISIS OF OUR TIME

Edited by John Renesch

This anthology is a collection of vision and wisdom for tomorrow’s business leaders, presented by a group of outstanding men and women in a joint collaboration. This rare combination of business executives, professional consultants, successful authors, and leadership scholars has come together with a common theme: new times call for new leadership.

Robert’s essay is “The Koan of Leadership,” in which he advocates the development of self-awareness as a core leadership capacity.

My Teacher’s Page on Stillness Speaks

The beautiful people at Stillness Speaks have included me as a teacher on their website and have launched my very own teacher’s page. My goodness, they know more about me than I do! They’ve gathered quite an impressive collection of my talks, articles, books, interviews — most of which I did not even remember!

I know the stewards of this website personally, and they are truly servants of truth in its most expansive sense. Have a look at their website and support it if you are so inclined.

“Stillness Speaks is a preeminent resource for self inquiry and self exploration – the endless journey of self realization. We offer works of teachers (luminaries), and wisdom traditions (paths), both historical and contemporary, Eastern and Western, indigenous and otherwise. Our approach is integral – all are welcome!”

Walking Out the Door

WALKING OUT THE DOOR.

Has someone ever come up to you, thinking they know you, and started chatting away about people and events you have no knowledge of?

You wonder who they’re speaking to. Suddenly, they wake up and realize that they don’t know you, that you only looked like someone they know or knew.

This is happening to me now. People are writing and speaking to me as if they know me. They don’t. I wonder who they think I am. I wonder who they’re speaking to. I wonder why they aren’t more present with themselves, and me.

It is quite common, isn’t it, to assume that we know people, because their name and face and voice are familiar? But we have to be careful, because something may have happened in their hypocenter, the underground focus point of an earthquake. They may have lived through an earthquake, a demolition of their previous self.

Without our noticing, their entire identity, history, and being may have shifted so suddenly and totally as to make them a new person. Not the old person with new ideas, experiences, and beliefs, but a new person, one we’ve never met. This can happen to anyone, to all of us. It’s often why we undertake personal and spiritual growth work: to become something utterly new.

Read the rest of this article on Rebelle Society.

 

Introducing Marlie Avant

I’m a lucky guy; I get to meet and know some incredible people. None more so than my new friend, Marlie Avant. In addition to being accomplished in the theater and art world, Marlie has pursued her spiritual quest with an indefatigable spirit and a truly brave heart. Her extraordinary spiritual adventures, studies, and initiations include living amongst the Lakota Sioux, the Shuars (an indigenous tribe in Ecuador), an apprenticeship with a Peruvian Shaman, and receiving initiation in the Santo Daimi Ceremony in Brazil. She is the real deal, who is fiercely loving and wise on the inside and hot as hell on the outside! She is in the process of launching a website with the magnetic title of “Things you wish your grandmother had told you!” Well, stay tuned. I am going to enjoy helping Marlie promote her site when it’s up. She is finally ready to share her profound stories, wisdom, and heart with the world, especially with women who yearn to express more authenticity in their lives. Here is a recent journal entry, that I publish with her permission.

 

Catherine Gray Interviews Robert Rabbin

In this conversation, recorded in February 2017 and broadcast on April 5, 2017, host Catherine Gray of the Live Love Thrive talk show speaks with Robert Rabbin about his early life influences, time in an Indian ashram, and his current work, Speaking Truthfully. They touch on a number of issues relating to public speaking, as well as Robert’s work with women and his role in the women’s empowerment movement. The conversation is riddled with humor and stories!

Catherine regularly interviews a wonderful group of thought leaders and action heroes, and her show is worth watching on a regular basis!

 

 

 

Stillness Speaks

My good friends over at Stillness Speaks are expanding and refurbishing their extraordinary website, which is  “a preeminent resource for self-inquiry and self-exploration – the endless journey of self realization.”

Stillness Speaks offers content from multiple traditions (paths), and teachers (luminaries), enabling visitors to deeply explore the “many paths up the mountain:” from Christian to Sufi, from Zen to Hindu, Kabbalist to Kashmir Shaivism, Advaitic (Nondual) to Indigenous, from philosophical to atheist, from spiritual to scientific – the list is endless.

A partial list of the teachers they profile include:

Abhinavagupta, Adi Shankaracharya, A.H. Almaas, Anandamayi Ma, Bede Griffiths, Bentinho Massaro, Byron Katie,  Carl Jung, Chuck Hillig, Chuck Surface, David Eagleman, Deepak Chopra, Douglas Harding, Genpo Roshi, Hale Dwoskin, Hafez, Huang Po, Issac Shapiro, Joseph Campbell, John Sherman, Karen Richards, Karl Renz, Karlfried Graf Durckheim, Kabir, Kenny Johnson, Ken Wilber, Kurt Johnson, Lao Tzu, Llewwllyn Vaughn-Lee, Loch Kelly, Lester Levenson, Michael Brown, Nirmala, Paul Brunton, Rabindranath Tagore, Ramesh Balsekar, Richard Rose, Rupert Sheldrake, Scott Kiloby, Stephen Wolinsky, Swami Chinmayananda, Swami Dayananda, Thich Nhat Hanh, Tony Parsons, U.G. Krishnamurti, Vijay Kapoor, Wayne Dyer, Wayne Liquorman, Wayne Teasdale.

I am thus quite honored that they have included me in this illustrious roster, with my very own page!

Do check out their website, as it is a treasure trove of inspiring messages.

 

 

 

EXISTENTIAL NEWS FLASH

The thoughtstream — the field of thoughts and emotions — is a part of our entire being; it is not our entire being. Surrounding the thoughtstream is a larger part of our entire being, which I call Silence. Some might prefer to say awareness. OK, whatever puts some cosmic wind under your wings. Silence opens our conscious awareness to, and connects us with, everything that exists. You know, the All That Is. Dimensions, levels, subtle phenomena, intuitive perceptions, deep feeling, spontaneous knowing. Juicy, good, radical, ecstatic stuff — all right there in Silence. Have fun exploring!

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Light Up Nepal's Tsum Valley

It won’t take much to make a massive difference in the lives of these gorgeous people in Nepal! Please take a moment to read this and contribute what you can.

Nuns of the Dheron Gompa nunnery

Nuns of the Dheron Gompa nunnery

The organizer is Rob Rosenblum, the son of Tina Rosenblum, who is like a sixth sibling in the Rabbin family. We grew up as neighbors in Garden Grove.

Robert and Tina

Robert and Tina

Rob’s “uncle Bill” — Tina’s brother — has been my friend for 60 years! In addition to being childhood friends, we later shared an interest in meditation and Buddhism.

Oh, yes, we also raised hell in the Sierra Nevada mountains together, as chefs in a resort and then as a modern day Butch and Sundance — mountain guides and pack train operators.

Robert and Bill

Robert and Bill

Here is the story of what they are doing, and their request for funding via YOUCARING, Compassionate Fundraising.

The Story

In November, my uncle Bill and I will begin a 12 day trek through the Tsum Valley, a sacred Buddhist valley in the Gorkha region of Nepal. The Gorkha district was home to the epicenter of the devastating 2015 earthquake and the damage was predictably immense. Only opening to foreigners in 2008, Tsum receives far fewer visitors (and tourism dollars) than very popular Everest and Annapurna regions. Now over a year later, the rebuilding effort continues slowly.

We are working with Sonam Lama, a native of Tsum and head guide of the organization Tsum Valley Homestay (http://www.tsumvalleyhomestay.com/node/8), on two projects:

#1. To provide and distribute small, inflatable solar lanterns (MPowered Luci Outdoor solar lanterns) to the people of the valley.

And, if possible –

#2. To provide portable solar panels, a solar battery, and LED lighting to the nuns at Dheron Gompa nunnery, a week’s walk into the valley.

We are focusing on fundraising for the first project. $15 buys one of these magical little lanterns, and we will receive a 20% discount from the manufacturer if we raise the money to purchase 48 or more. We will look more deeply into project #2 depending on the success of this fundraiser.

We believe these projects will have a positive impact on the community: allowing families to burn less kerosene, giving children the opportunity to study at night, and providing emergency light sources in the case of another natural disaster.

The best way to help rebuild Nepal is to visit and contribute to the local economy. Not everyone can do this, but we can all help in a small way. Please help give the gift of light to these wonderful people!

Please help us help them! Donate what you can. THANK YOU.