As the reader continues to read and walk through the journey laid out in the pages of the book the task of noticing and in time changing existing paradigms will become the number one mission. This mission allows the reader to realize that the mountains in life (problems, challenges, issues and traumas) are blessings that can be used as stepping stones to greater awareness and increase one's ability to live a sacred life.
The book guides the reader through the process of personal transformation by challenging what is believed and what the reader feels is known with various ideas and concepts that the author has found over years of study to be of immeasurable value and use, so that the mountains can be moved just as Jesus the Christ said in Matthew 17:20, "if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."
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Moving MountainsThe Journey of Transformation
By Raymont L. Anderson
AuthorHouseCopyright © 2012 Rev. Dr. Raymont L. Anderson
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Chapter OneTHE SACRED AND THE PROFANE
"Can you get the hell out of my way?" as I mentioned in the preface is a phrase that many of us have heard if not uttered ourselves at one time or another. I remember one time, after having started studying acting, when I heard the phrase and a totally different meaning came into my mind. Let me explain something I learned about acting which will make my explanation much clearer. In acting when going over a script we are taught to be mindful of the words as written and how those words or the meaning behind those words can change based upon where we place our emphasis. For example the phrase, I said no elicits a different kind of feeling when you emphasize the "I" ... I said no. Same if you emphasize "said" ... I said no. And lastly, "no" ... I said no. Each of these seemingly minor changes colors the emotional expression differently. So here I was one day at the mall I think and I heard someone say, "can you get the hell out of my way?" actually I think he said "could you get the hell out of my way?" either way, my point is the same. At first, it sounded like the person was telling someone to move out of their way via this pointed question. Upon closer examination of how I heard it, it sounded like he was asking the person to help him move something almost as if he were saying, "could you move the table out of my way?" The hell then became an obstacle, a tangible something that he wanted help moving. I then had an interesting realization; we often want others to move our obstacles for us when in fact it is only we who can get "the hell," the obstacles, the mountains out of our own way.
Then it dawned on me again that there is a third possible meaning to the phrase when the emphasis is changed again. It becomes a question asking if the person can, is able to get the hell, move the hell, remove the obstacle from the person's path. In other words suppose I said, "Can you move the car?" I could be asking one of two things: I could be asking you to move the car or I could be asking if you are able to move the car. So here we return to the can you get the hell out of my way phrase and we have a phrase of anger and frustration being sent out into the world. Secondly we have a question where the person is asking you to move the obstacle, in this case the hell, out of their way. Lastly, we have the question where they are asking is it possible for you to move the obstacle for them. To which I once again say no. The only one who can move my obstacles is me! With that in mind, I want to address this idea of hell and how the concept of it shapes the lives each of us lives and creates builds the obstacles we perceive.
Hell ... The word itself conjures a vast array of ideas and images in one's mind depending on what you have chosen to believe about hell. For some, hell is simply a difficult period in one's life, a struggle or period of tribulations. For others, it represents an actual location where a damned soul will suffer for all eternity. Still for others, it represents a state of consciousness in which one believes in separation, scarcity, duality, pain, sin, and evil ... it is in essence a belief in an impotent God.
The idea of hell is built upon the idea of duality between that which is sacred and that which is profane; two very important words intertwined by the thread of race consciousness. The Buddha once said, "All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become." In the Bible, Proverbs chapter 23 verse 7, "as a man thinketh in his heart so he is." These words are mirrored around the world and throughout the universe by the enlightened ones. Their words and teachings are written on walls, stone tablets, scrolls, and parchments around the world. And despite the truth encapsulated in their words, many people do not live their lives knowing these truths. Many people, still living in the illusion, prefer to complain about "what the hell is in their way;" not taking the time to realize that they are the ones in their own way and that the hell they are going through is of their own creation. The Spiritual Warrior, the man, woman, or child who puts on the full armor of God, goes forward in truth, knowing that empowerment and healing are not only possible but are inevitable. These spiritual adepts are people who make lasting empowered changes by being willing to take an honest look at the truth and once knowing the truth have the courage to live from their new awareness.
It is far easier for people to live the life or the "lie" that they have agreed to live. These agreed upon lies are based upon what Don Miguel Ruiz refers to as Domestication.
"During our early life we began making agreements. Our parents rewarded us when we did what they wanted and they punished us when we didn't. We also learned behaviors and habits in school, church, and from other adults, and children on the playground. The tools of reward and punishment were often emotional and sometimes physical. The impact of other people's opinions and reactions to us became a very strong force in the habits we created. In this process we created agreements in our mind of who we should be, what we shouldn't be, who we were, and who we were not. Over time we learned to live our life based on the agreements in our own mind. We learned to live according to the agreements that came from the opinion of others. In this process of domestication it turns out that the choices we make and the life we live is more driven by the opinions we learned from others than one we would choose on our own (Van Warmerdam).
The human mind or consciousness is filled with the programming of the race mind or mass consciousness and because of this; the sins of the father are visited upon the sons and daughters. Mankind suffers and lives a life of bondage because his mind is centered on the profane and not the sacred; man sees the condition and not the truth and calls the illusion fact. Suppose for a moment the thoughts of racing down the road to get to an appointment on time could be heard by anyone? Or those of the average shopper in Wal-Mart or Kohl's on a relatively busy day. How often do you think utterances of profanity or insolence would be heard? "Damn it, I wish he would hurry up!" "Get the hell out of my way" "These fools should have stayed home." "Why are there so many idiots out here all at once?!" Phrases such as the preceding could be heard numerous times as people who are often in such a hurry to get from point "A" to point "B" scream, shout, or silently murmur in anger and frustration that their way is being blocked by something or someone outside of themselves. They do not see or realize that they are the ones creating the obstacles in their own lives. The person is then in fact both the offended and the offender who is getting in their own way. Not realizing this, they are quick to blurt out a phrase of profanity and point the finger at someone else rather than taking stock in the truth by looking at the source of their frustration. This would be like looking in the mirror and screaming at the reflection for looking at you. Absurd right? Yet, that is precisely what many do on a daily basis.
People watch the news daily and as a result of all the tragedies and horrific occurrences, think how bad the world is. Based upon these thoughts, they then make comments to co-workers, family members, and complete strangers at a bus stop about this being, "a rat race" or "a dog eat dog world" filled with pain, suffering, corruption, and of course the final knock down, death. Very often have people uttered the phrase, "Life is a bitch and then you die." With affirmations such as these, is it any wonder that we see and experience more and more negativity which reinforces our already negative beliefs; beliefs based on error consciousness. Because of such error thinking many people continue to "lead lives of quiet desperation," as Thoreau once said, "going to the grave with their song still in them." These people have become members of the epidemic, "the epidemic of the lie."
The epidemic of the lie is the continued belief in the condition (the fact) and not the substance back of all conditions (the truth.) Many are quick to judge and quick to hide behind the barricade of anger because of the epidemic. Many people are not only prisoners, but they are prisoners of their own choosing as well as being the architects of the prison, the prison guards, the warden, and the executioner. Their prison of choice has been fashioned brick by brick, chain by chain, from the energies of hate, prejudice, alcoholism and other addictions, selfishness, fear, self righteous indignation, compartmentalization, scarcity, and of the refusal to love and to forgive. This is what living in the realm of the profane entails and is why many suffer.
If man is to be free, the sacred must take its rightful place in the mind of man and in so doing man removes, as Jesus said, the plank from our own eye before we can see clearly to remove the speck from our brother's eye. Hypocritical, ego based living is easy however and this is precisely why Ruiz says living based upon The Four Agreements is also challenging,
"Through our domestication we have also learned to take things personally. We assume that when someone has an opinion about us that their opinion is valid. Their opinion becomes our belief about our self. We end up having an emotional reaction to our own belief because we assumed their opinion is true. We can also take personally our own opinions. We take personally our own self judgments. These self judgments are nothing more than an assumption. Over years the mind has developed many habits of making assumptions and taking them personally." He goes on to say, "When you decide to change your life and adopt the Four Agreements you are challenging the beliefs you learned and the habits you practiced since your childhood domestication. Adopting the Four Agreements creates a conflict in the mind between expressing your self impeccably with love and your existing fear based beliefs (Van Warmerdam).
Here in lies the path of the Spiritual Warrior; a path from bondage to one of liberation. A path, like the great Exodus from Egypt, which if traveled, will take you from slavery and death to the Promised Land and to freedom and life. This journey is not to be taken lightly. Many assume the spiritual path must be an easy path where you live the life of a hermit or monk off in some monastery where you meditate, pray, and read sacred texts all day. I don't think you could get further from the truth. Because of this often held misconception and the many questions I am asked when I teach, coach, or counsel regarding this is a topic, I address it much more in depth in my book "The Spiritual Warrior." Along the way there will be many experiences. These experiences are what some call trials and tribulations. These experiences provide us with the lessons along the way; very similarly to a student in a math class where the teacher gives you a problem to solve. The teacher is not there to torture or punish you with the problems, but instead is there to use the problem to teach you the solution through mathematical thinking. Likewise, through spiritual thinking the "problems" experienced in life are seen for what they are, lessons to be used which will serve as beacons of light to kindle the spark of awakening within.
Now it is important to keep in mind that despite my math teacher analogy, there is not a God up in heaven giving you problems to solve, giving you tests throughout your life for you to work out, allowing Satan to tempt, torture or strengthen your character and or spiritual resolve! Let me take a moment now to address this idea of God for a second. God is not some anthropomorphic deity sitting in heaven like Zeus or Odin. God is the Divine All that Is; it is the power that is the truth of all that you are. It is expressed as the Christ or Buddha consciousness that is the full expression of you and it out-pictures or manifests in your life via your thoughts and the beliefs held in mind. You, therefore, are both the teacher and the pupil in my analogy. Your Higher Self which is the Christ that IS you is using everything in the entire universe to provide for you. It is the Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. So back to the initial idea of life's experiences being manifested to assist you in becoming more of what you are. As the student, you get what you give. The math student who gives her all to studying, working the problems and exercises, taking the risk to be innovative and creative with the mathematical premises and equations is the math student who yields amazing results where as the student who does not study, does not read, does not risk is the one who will have to take algebra 101 again!
"Whatsoever you sow, so you shall also reap."
Getting "the hell" or the mountains out of the way is the journey of self discovery. This journey guides the traveler to a place where they identify with the capital "S" Self and not the lower case self which is linked inexorably with the ego. Knowing who and what you truly are is quite a liberating realization. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free. Rev. Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith says in his book, Spiritual Liberation,
"... spiritual liberation, which I define as becoming free from the narrow confines of fear, doubt, worry, and lack, and living instead from a conscious awareness of one's Authentic Self, one's true nature of wholeness. Spiritual liberation results from discovering and expressing the intrinsic qualities of enlightened consciousness that have been ours since the moment we came into existence. Simply put, all that is required to live up to our highest potential is already inside us awaiting our conscious activation. Living up to our potential is about becoming more ourselves, more of who and what we are as awakened beings ..."
There are many stories told of the days after slavery had ended in America when many former slaves continued to behave as slaves. These people though free had held on to the belief that they were slaves. The slave mentality kept them bound. Many people live their lives like these "freed" men and women; free yet because they still hold a limiting belief, they remain bound to the limitations within their own minds.
What master do you continue to bow down to rather than standing as a free man or woman?
Having gotten "the hell out of the way", the individual becomes liberated; becomes awakened to what he already is, was, and will forever be, which is free. This person becomes free to express the divine potential that is ever present. The person becomes free to live a life based upon what God has dreamed for them not what the little self or ego would dream. Within the acorn, patiently waiting, is the potential to become the mighty oak; so too is the divine potential of God awaiting the conditions of growth and development to be awakened and realized within each man, woman, and child throughout the universe. For the individual who has yet to look squarely at his mountain and do what is needed to remove it, life remains one of constant cursing, dreading, blaming and complaining.
It is said that necessity is the mother of invention; if that is true, what was the necessity that invented both complaining and finger pointing? Complaining and finger pointing are two things that humans have grown quite skilled at doing. While neither of them is necessary, the reason for them is simple to see—protection. The ego desperately needs and wants to protect itself. This is why gossip, for some has been exalted to status of an Olympic sport. The ego holds a definition of what it is and what it wants and it is from this definition of itself that the beliefs and actions of the individual are born and grow. The ego wants to defend its concept and its image of itself; an image which is based on an illusion. It is based on the epidemic of lies and as it would so happen the egos' self is not the "true self." People may wonder how complaining is protecting the ego and that too is easy to answer if it is understood why complaining occurs.
"To "Complain" is defined as "to express pain, grief, or discontent." Surely, it makes sense to express pain, grief or discontent occasionally but most people do so constantly. In so doing, they are talking and thinking about what they do not want in their life and, thereby, attracting more pain, grief and discontent. Instead, think and talk about what you are grateful for. Talk about what you DO want and not what you DON'T want (A Complaint Free World Website).
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Table of Contents
Foreword by Howard Falco....................xi
Chapter One: The Sacred and The Profane....................1
Chapter Two: What in the "Hell"....................24
Chapter Three: Get the "Hell" Out—Move that mountain!....................43
Chapter Four: What In The Heaven?....................99
Chapter Five: Living the Life You Are Meant to Live....................120
Chapter Six: Practically Perfect?....................152
Chapter Seven: Carnegie Hall?....................167
Chapter Eight: What Now? Chop Wood Carry Water....................186
Chapter Nine: Mountain or Molehill....................198
Chapter Ten: The Creator is You....................209
Chapter Eleven: Divine Orchestra....................215
Chapter Twelve: My Story....................223
About the Author:....................267
Appendix: Workbook exercises....................273
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Dr. Anderson has written an outstanding book with "Moving Mountains: The Journey of Transformation." He explains how people tend to defeat themselves by being their own mountain in the way of their own success. The book at times had some areas where Dr. Anderson repeats things but from different perspectives. After awhile it dawns on you why he does this (at least for me) being that he wants you to actually retain what you've read by matching it to common everyday experiences. Outstanding book and outstanding author!