Me and the Guru - Levitatin' Rhythm
A sign on his desk in The Guru's office: "When the chela is ready, the meaning of The Guru's
textbook will be clear!" (Translation: The Guru says no refunds on his textbook!)
Hang out with "New Age" people long enough and you'll hear a lot of talk about books. Books are the life blood
of the "New Age" movement. Isn't it time to call it something else, though?-how can it be new when it's been around for
50 years? One psychic bookstore in Calabasas, CA, calls itself the Old Age Metaphysical Country store! That's more like it!
Anyway, I leaped into the New Age by reading Jess Stearn's book Door to the Future when it first appeared in
bookstores. I saw him interviewed on tv about that book and I dutifully schlepped down to Hollywood Blvd and
bought it like an obedient viewer should. It was the first book I ever bought because of television
advertising and the first time I ever heard about Edgar Cayce and the A.R.E.
That was the beginning. of my "book thing." I bought New Age books galore through the years.
It was expensive because libraries didn't stock that kind of book then at all!
Anyway, New Age people both buy and talk incessantly about books. They are likely to buy a book and not read it
(two-fisted readers may even buy two at a time that they don't read) until a much later date. Then when they read the
book(s) months later they can be heard to claim the message was exactly what they needed to hear at that time.
It seems there is a perfect kind of timing in the New Age world that brings the right people together with the
right books at just the right time. Obviously, the Guru agrees (wink, wink).
GURU'S FAVORITE BOOKS: "Testimony of Light" by Helen Greaves. At one time, highly recommended by the
brothers at Paramahansa Yogananda's Self Realization Fellowship in Los Angeles. The author transcribed a description
of life after death brought through to her via automatic writing from an Anglican nun who had been on the committee
investigating psychic phenomena for the Anglican Church when she was living. Lots of past life teachings in this.
The introduction quotes the Catholic document that purportedly removed reincarnation from the Bible.
GURU'S FAVORITE SITE: http://www.edgarcayce.org/are/egroups.aspx -This is the Edgar Cayce site that lets you
sign up for A.R.E.'s online Edgar Cayce classes taught by great teachers (such as Lynne Sparrow-best past life
recall I ever experienced was in her past life seminar in L.A. in the 1990s and Raye Mathis (astrologer), with whom
I took a memorable Cayce course years ago in Life Mission work by distance learning) @ email@example.com).
ME & THE GURU
By Pat Chalfant
Ever since I moved to Beaverton (actually, Aloha), Oregon, I have been happily cooking in the kitchen again for
the first time in 20 years because we have this incredible kitchen in the new house my daughter,
Aimee, is buying and sharing with her father, Jay, and me.
The kitchen reminds me of the kitchen my then mother-in-law had. That was when I did the most cooking in my entire life, when
families only ate out at the most once a week. It was when my two older children, Beth and Chris Ullman, were little and growing up.
Right after I moved to Oregon, I wrote an email to all my Hollywood friends, ones I had worked with and ones had I taught,
in my Spirit Lights classes, etc., and I told them that since I was now working in the kitchen again, I wondered
what the possibilities were that I'd have a "Brother Lawrence" experience.
If you don't know, Brother Lawrence was a 16th century monk who had formerly been a soldier. Not that I have been
a soldier, although transcribing can at times be something of a fight and that's what I had done for ten years
in the job I had at Gene Bruno's office until October last year when I quit to come here.
However, it's the monastic period when Brother Lawrence had worked in the monastery's kitchen after his post-war life,
that I'm driving at. While he worked there, he compiled a book of letters and diary entries that has
become quite famous and can be downloaded for free now.
I told my class about it hoping to motivate them to read this classic. The thing is that he started levitating around his
kitchen in the monastery, or at least I've always pictured his levitation that way-probably because it delighted me to
picture him rising above the pots and pans, which I personally think would be the ideal way to
deal with all pots and pans, especially dirty ones.
As I told Hollywood friends, anyway, I wondered if I might just begin levitating if I tried to "practice the presence of
God" in my kitchen, the way Brother Lawrence had done all those years ago. His book is called "Practicing the
Presence of God." There actually was a minister in a Spiritualist church in downtown Los Angeles
who was rumored a few years ago to sometimes levitate.
Some of the people from the Spiritualist Church where I read then for people, lectured and played music, went down
hoping to see it. They of course pretended to be interested only in attending the church's service.
They said they didn't see anyone levitate. Apparently he was a closet levitator. I was glad I hadn't gone.
Anyway, today, I told Jay, who has a wonderful sense of the ridiculous, that I had told people right after we
came here to live that I was thinking "Brother Lawrence" now that I'm in the kitchen again. I knew he knew who
I meant when he commented by singing and altering the name of an old pop song, "Fascinating'
Rhythm," to "Levitating' Rhythm," and he made me laugh.
I, of course, was really joking about the whole levitation thing-pretty much. However, one friend, Beth Helms,
told me she had reread that email I'd sent out to everybody and thought how really different my slant
is on many of the really mundane things in life-like working in kitchens.
Before I started to write this blog this afternoon, I got incredible ideas as I slumped watching tv in my little red
recliner that matches Aimee's all-new family room ensemble, and if you like red, is a wonderful deep, cherry red!
One idea after another came to mind and I heard myself composing column after column in my head so this may be fun.
I'm typing out these thoughts right this very minute as fast as I can type. Have to try to hear
Chris Wallace's interviews today at three, so I've told myself I'll finish this by then.
Hope Beth Helms is right and my point of view is weird enough to appeal to at least some readers out there.
I intend to cover everything from how to do a reading (as I do now, along with teaching mediumship) to
reviewing operas like one that my daughter Aimee was in awhile ago in which she was a dead woman who,
while she was allowed out of hell for a short while by Cupid (don't even try to comprehend that-it's opera),
she pointlessly held a gun on the man she had killed decades before.
Now since in real life she is the daughter of a mother who speaks to dead people, that seemed most appropriate.
Appropriate because we who knowabout dead people returning to earth to visit, know they will likely return
in the same frame of mind or same overall condition in which they had left the earth.
So I'll write to you about stuff like that and like Brother Lawrence and even politics,
especially when it can be funny or significant in some way.
See you back here again, I hope, if you haven't been completely grossed out by this attempt to put
levity into levitating and maybe even to put spirit back into spirituality as well.
Somehow now, I think of the laughing Buddha and I think if we are constantly, happily laughing,
we can't be anything but content-there's just no room for anything else!
So, okay, how about it, God? It's not that I want to bother you with insignificant matters, but I do think it could be
fun levitating in my beautiful kitchen above the pots and pans-you know, Brother Lawrence and all that????
On the other hand, at my age, I might not be able to get my feet solidly back on the ground when I came down
again. That could be a problem. I suppose in that case I could just blog about it?! I assure you that if the levitating
thing happened, you'd hear about that and maybe I wouldn't really care if I ever came down again.
Of course, I don't know what The Guru would think about that-we always share each other's paths. He joined
me when I was researching a psychic column and articles I wrote in the National Insider 35 years ago.
Some of the material was so far out that I started doodling and letting my mind drift to get away from the weirdness
of it all for a few minutes at a time and he just started showing up then on my note pad…It would probably be okay
with him though, because the funny thing is, he always pretty much likes whatever I do.
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