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The Prophet's Way: A Guide to Living in the Now

The Prophet's Way: A Guide to Living in the Now

by Thom Hartmann

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Thom Hartmann’s own dramatic spiritual journey that illuminates specific techniques for achieving spiritual transformation

• Recounts travels to the farthest corners of the earth in pursuit of universal spiritual truths

• Reveals the teachings of Hartmann’s spiritual guides, providing an intimate glimpse into his relationship with German mystic Herr Müller

• Offers practices and techniques for readers seeking to grow spiritually

In the course of his work for the charitable organization Salem, Thom Hartmann personally witnessed famine in Uganda, chaos in Russia, and genocide in Colombia--all signs that modern cultures have lost the connection to the sacred, both within and without, that was emblematic of older cultures. To truly flourish, the human spirit needs to be present in its surroundings and attuned to the Now. It needs to act on what it knows is possible and to experience how the smallest actions can have massive consequences. This is the reality of the Prophet’s Way, a path--both literal and figurative--that the author walked with his spiritual mentor Herr Müller that skirts the edge of the precipice, where one can experience a truly spontaneous life under seemingly overwhelming and impossible circumstances.

In The Prophet’s Way, Thom Hartmann shares his intense spiritual journey, a story that melds recent discoveries in science with ancient truths. Through insightful and engaging vignettes Hartmann teaches that accepting the challenge to have faith means living on the edge--remaining in the moment--because it is here where the material and spiritual worlds meet. He offers readers a unique view into his experiences of expanded consciousness, providing a powerful example of how we can re-create our future by reconnecting to the sacred heartbeat of the world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780892811984
Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date: 06/17/2004
Edition description: Revised Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Thom Hartmann is the award-winning, bestselling author of over a dozen books, including The Edison Gene, The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight, and Unequal Protection. A former psychotherapist and founder of the Hunter School, a school for children with ADHD, he lives in central Vermont.

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Meeting Herr Miller

A Prayer and an Answer
A week or two before Christmas, I was sitting in my meditation chair about 3 a.m. on a snowy night. There was a huge window in front of me, more than six feet square, and it looked out on trees covered with a thick blanket of snow; wet flakes fell to the moonlit ground. The snow was coming and going, clouds breaking, and the moonlight became bright and dim as the clouds moved. I could smell the old house and the clean freshness of air that leaked from outside around the window frame. I'd been meditating for a few hours, and now was just sitting in the chair, looking out at the snow, feeling quite peaceful. I said a prayer of thanks, my favorite prayer.

Then the walls of the room started to shimmer. I could see through the trees in front of me, and for miles around. My consciousness was liquid and filled with light, streaming out of me like light from a star, yet bringing back to my mind everything it touched. My heart was filled with an ecstatic joy, but there was also a small and remote part of my mind that knew that I wasn't breathing.

I wondered if I was having a heart attack, if I was dying. I could feel the snow even though it was outside and I was indoors, could taste its cold moistness, could smell the trees, the distant exhaust of cars. It was as if I was everywhere in the world all at the same moment, with the things closest to me closer than those far away. Most vividly, I could feel the life in everything around me. And that rational part of my mind whispered at me again that my heart wasn’t beating. I turned my attention to my inert body, and suddenly the entire world collapsed into a single bright point, then I was back in my body looking out the window. My heart raced, I gasped for breath, and clutched the arms of the chair.

"What was that?" I asked the air, although I intuitively knew that I’d finally found the answer to my lifelong question about the true nature of consciousness: I had just touched it.

A wave of peace flowed over me, something close to the heart of God.

"What should I do?" I said out loud;

"Wait," came the answer, a voice deep within my mind.

"I want to share this with others," I said. "I should sell my business and go out and teach again."

" Wait," came the answer a second time.

And so I waited, meditating daily and going on with my life and business, for the next three months.

As I walked past the phone it rang, and I turned and picked it up. The voice on the other end sounded distant, but was familiar.

"Thomas?" It was Don Haughey, one of Master Stanley's students, who to this day is the pastor of a small church in southern Michigan and runs a holistic healing center near Coldwater. At that time he was also a senior executive with the Holiday Inn chain, and he said he was calling from Germany.

"What's up, Don?"

" I can't tell you over the phone," he said. "It would just sound too crazy, and there isn't time. But your face just appeared in front of me not five minutes ago, and I knew I had to call you. There’s a man here you have to meet and a place you have to see. We need you and you need this: trust me."


" It's a little town in the middle of nowhere in Germany. Called Stadtsteinach. I'll pick you up tomorrow morning in Nuremberg: there's a flight you can catch tonight out of Detroit."

I started to tell Don how busy I was, and then remembered the prayer I'd just uttered. "I'll be there," I said.

Don met me the next morning at the airport, and as we drove the two-hour trip from Nuremberg to Stadtsteinach, he tried to tell me why he'd demanded I come.

"There's this man here," he said. "His name is Gottfried Miller, and he's the most extraordinary human I've ever met. If it's true that at any one time there are always a few saints on Earth, he must be one of them."

"Why?" I said. "How do you know?"

"You'll see," Don said. "You'll feel it when you meet him."

Table of Contents



Meeting Master Stanley
Touched By the Man with the Aura
The Drive to Discover What Really Matters
The Beginning of the New Age
Why Do We Teach That Mystics
Only Live in Places and Times We Can’t See?
In Search of Explanations

Why Are We Here?
New Traditions?
The Icthar Bunny
Restricted Access to “The Rulebook”
Brightly Lit Evergreens on the Shortest Day

Changing the Day of Worship
What to Make of These Findings?

Life in a Tipi

The Question of the Soul

Meeting Herr Müller
Transition: Master Stanley Dies
A Prayer and an Answer
Gottfried Müller

The Salem Pin and the Curve of Time

The Lapis Ring

The Trap

A Visit by Angels

Changing the World by Changing Ourselves
Science: Making Distinctions and Separating Things
Some Institutions Grow in Influence by Separating
Themselves from Us
Each of Us Is Connected to Spiritual Truth

Starting Salem in New Hampshire
A Second Visit by Angels

Herr Müller Meets a Priest

Pictures, Images, TV, and the Face of G-d

The Hundredth Monkey

Cosmic Consciousness in a Prison Cell

The Sack of Gold

Visiting Jerusalem

The Miracle Baby

The Blessing of Elijah

Uganda Sojourn: Light in the Heart of Darkness

Wake Up and Take Pictures
Exercise 1: See the Presence of G-d in Everything
Exercise 2: Notice the Whole World in the “Now"

Leaving Salem in New Hampshire

Sent into the World by Michael
Exercise : Finding your True Purpose

Patience and Impatience

Discovering and Writing Books about ADD

Bogota, 1993 and 1995

Returning in 1995
The Ride to the Slum
A Billboard Above Death in the Morning
An Older Culture Reaches Out to Ours

Can We Stop It?

Older and Younger Cultures

Living on the Edge
Edges, Turbulence, Fractals, and Chaos
Create Edges; Keep Yourself at the Edge
To Create Change, Go to the Edge

India, 1993 and 1996
The Train to Dowleswaram
Arriving at Dowleswaram

India, 1996
Returning to Bombay
Visiting Mrs. K.
26 May 1996
Meeting and Serving the Lepers
in Ratnam’s Colony


Russia: A New Seed Planted Among Thorns

“Where Is a Leader For Peace?”
Humble Actions Can Make Great Change
The Power for Change Is in Individual Actions

Rwanda, 1994

“My Lord Is a Loving G-d”
An Exercise in Forgiveness

Small Miracles

A Visit to the Apache Nation

A Walk in the Woods

The Flaming Sword

Consciousness and Transformation

Next Steps Along the Prophet’s Way



Lessons from Abram Poljak,
Herr Müller‘s Teacher

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“This is the most important book I have ever read. . . . Now I can do no less than give my remaining years to its message.”

“This is the most important book I have ever read. . . . Now I can do no less than give my remaining years to its message.”

The Prophet’s Way produces its own butterfly effect: the simple act of reading it can change your life.”

“Thom Hartmann is an absolutely original mind, with an original way of looking at the world: he has made an enormous contribution to our culture.”

“This book represents the path of a spiritual initiate and the signposts he met along the way. We Coptics are honored that Thom’s path included Hamid Bey and Master Stanley, two great lights of the 20th century.”

“Thom Hartmann is one of the great adventurers of our time, both in the world at large and the world of ideas.”

“Thom Hartmann has a capacity to go to the essence of things. He does so with power and beauty.”

The Prophet’s Way draws you in like a novel, keeping you on the edge waiting to see what happens next, yet is a true story. Like a painting by a great master that was painted over and hidden for centuries, Thom Hartmann peels away the layers of distortion heaped on original visions of religion and faith which existed 2,000 years ago, revealing once again the essence of humanity, spirituality, and mysticism. This book helped me make a major change in my life for the better.”

“Thom Hartmann exposes many of the ugly truths hiding beneath the surface of contemporary ‘civilization.’ Hartmann’s book masterfully combines autobiography, science, and Christian spirituality and shows us how to rehabilitate our world with acts of compassion rooted in spiritual humility and faith in the Creator of all creatures and cultures. Easy to read, hard to practice.”

“If you do not think that one person can do much—can do enough—to make a real difference, I urge you to read The Prophet’s Way. It will inspire and excite you. For it will show you in real life terms just what one person can do, and lift you to a place of new determination to play your rightful role in the Creation of Tomorrow.”

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