The 5 Principles

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The 5 Principles of Authentic Living can be presented in customized formats, including individual and group coaching, evening salons, half- and all-day seminars, and retreats. If you want to sponsor a program in your community or organization, please fill out and send a Booking Form. The 5 Principles of Authentic Living is available in paperback, e-book, and audiobook formats in the Bookstore.

goldquoteAfter almost 50 years of cultivating self-awareness in order to answer those pesky, perennial questions about life, I stumbled into an oasis of clarity and simplicity that settled matters as never before: The 5 Principles of Authentic Living.

Within these 5 Principles I found the fulfillment of my search for self-knowledge, for meaning and truth, for my place in the world. These 5 Principles revealed the answers, and they continue to illuminate my path, moment by moment, effortlessly and flawlessly. I am never lost or confused. I always know where to go and what to do, just as I know when to be still and do nothing.

With these 5 Principles as my mentors, I know how to live authentically. I am able to remain awake and alert and keenly aware of life from the inside out, and from the outside in. I know how to tap into and touch the very core of my inner creative consciousness and power, and I know how to express the many facets of that core in unique and enlivening ways.


I’m delighted to share these 5 Principles with you, because I know in my heart that you can use them to the same great good that I have. I’ve field-tested them for many years, in more circumstances and conditions than I can remember, while traveling throughout the world. They work. They take you straight to the wellspring of revelation, profound insight, and magical action.

The tremendous and immediate efficacy of these 5 Principles, however, owes everything to embodiment; that is, these 5 Principles must be lived. They must be absorbed into your being where they can speak to you, guide you, free you, inspire you — as they will.

These programs are an unscripted, unrehearsed, playfully free-wheeling way to explore practical awakening and authentic living.These dialogues stimulate the silent awareness beyond language and thought, where we experience deeper levels of knowing, feeling, and acting; where we come upon our own embodied wisdom, authentic presence, and creative power.


Here is my conversation with Sandie Sedgbeer about The 5 Principles of Authentic Living, taped in Las Vegas on May 28, 2011. I had just flown in from Melbourne, Australia, and was both jet-lagged and in terrific pain. While I had not yet been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer — that was still six months away —  the metastasis was already raging and raising hell in my spine and pelvis, causing constant muscle spasms. I had taken four pain killers an hour before this interview and I had an ice pack strapped to my lower back. But, the show must go on. In the video, you will hear me refer to the Authenticity Accelerator and RealTime Speaking. Those have evolved and are now branded as The 5 Principles of Authentic Living and Speaking Truthfully, respectively.