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Michael Bernard Beckwith on Discernment and Creativity

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Michael Bernard Beckwith on Discernment and Creativity

Michael Bernard Beckwith, founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center, teaches meditation and scientific prayer, as well as the Life Visioning Process, which he created. He is a regular guest of Oprah and CNN, and speaks at seminars and conferences around the world.

He will be speaking at the Celebrate Your Life conference in Chicago in June 2010. This is the sixth of nine author interviews appearing on Care2 as part of the Celebrate Your Life series.

C2: How do you define spirituality?

MBB: When defining spirituality we have to begin with the word spiritual itself. Common etymology tells us spiritual means “of or concerning the spirit or soul.” The Latin root, “spiritus” means to breathe. When we add to that that meditation practice is about observing the breath, it becomes complete. So spiritual is synonymous with our soul-qualities including love, intuition, peace, intelligence, compassion, and other qualities that are non-dual in nature. To practice spirituality is about becoming more and more conscious of the Reality of being, of our true nature. A spiritual person is one who is waking up to that which is limitless and timeless about his/her true nature.

C2: Do we need spirituality?

MBB: Whether we think we need it or not, it’s already a part of us–the most vital aspect of our being that animates our very life. We are spiritual beings having a human incarnation.

C2: Your teachings have been described as New Thought-Ageless Wisdom. Can you explain how this differs from traditional organized religion?

MBB: The New Thought-Ageless Wisdom tradition of spirituality has as its foundation the awareness that this “Great Something”–by whatever name we choose call it: God, the Ineffable, Existence, Cosmic Intelligence, Unconditional Love, or no name at all–is within us. Next, we teach that we are here to consciously participate in our own inner evolutionary growth, which is an inward practice that culminates in fulfilling our candidacy for enlightenment, right here, right now, on the ground where we now stand.

Mainline religions direct people more outwardly–that if they surrender their life to an outer figure who will save them, if they live by a certain set of beliefs, they’re guaranteed heaven in the afterlife.

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Megan Zehnder

Megan is an editor and producer for Care2's Healthy Living. Her main priorities are to live simply and build meaningful relationships with the people in her life. She loves to write and talk about environmental issues, healthy living, and women's rights. Beyond that, her interests change daily, but eating and cooking vegetarian food is always a favorite.


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7:40PM PDT on Aug 11, 2010

God bless you.

8:27AM PDT on Jun 8, 2010

Thanks, I really appreciate this.

3:21PM PDT on Jun 3, 2010

Very interesting. Always glad to learn of Trailblazers such as this man.

9:18AM PDT on May 9, 2010

Great inteview, I really enjoyed it. Thanks for posting.

5:53AM PDT on May 9, 2010

Spirituality is a very personal choice. There really isn't a right or a wrong way, just different ways for different needs. Take what you can out of your chosen path and let others do the same from their's, without malice and criticism toward one another.

9:58PM PDT on May 6, 2010

Thank you Care 2, that was a wonderful interview. Let's have more from and about Michael Bernard Beckwith.
I particularly like the way he explained how discernment develops.

7:10AM PDT on May 6, 2010

There are much within each one of us human beings of spirituality. We have our own interpretation for it. Thank you for interesting reading!

8:24PM PDT on May 5, 2010

Who can say to know God, to call this Being somehow..? For starters i believe this Person knows us all..this Presence within must as well emanate from One Source and Be in both places at the same.. this could be one of the many powers or abilities God can manifest in all the Father's vast domains,-..Enlightment, in my honest opinion, is one way to say the we are Godbound and free to choose the path.. in my case, and for many other human beings, i may or may not be resurrected in another of God's ready and better worlds.. but if you belive there is Nothing after death you can be comparable to a sensless child that seeing the storm closing and hiding the sun behind the clouds, cries and dispairs thinking he will not see the sun again..

7:40PM PDT on May 5, 2010

Ali L.'s comment seemed very ignorant to me. The point of believing in your self and for me no after life makes being mortal the reason why life is worth living. Why do something for a superior being when it is something you should be doing on your own for yourself for the right reasons. I believe in the spirit of balance and being one with our Mother (nature).

Anywho, this is a phenomenal post it helped me have a revelation because recently I was confused and could not understand why everything seems so different to me now and the part where he said:
"Well, I lost a lot of my friends. The person who went to bed that one night was not the same person [my friends] met the next day. My priorities shifted. I wanted to commune with this Presence, to be in service to this divine impulse that had captured my life. Everything else paled in comparison. I became a bore to my friends because all that we shared in common had dissolved into nonexistence."

completely opened my eyes and dawned on me that that is what is taking place.

4:21PM PDT on May 5, 2010

The art of living..! to love life in all its forms..! and learn to appreciate living everyday becoming and making everything an Art.. even dying should be an Art..!

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