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Latest Issue: December 2018

December 2018

WINTER SOLSTICE

The Winter Solstice is a time of unmistakably large new beginnings. By the time of the Winter Solstice, everything that began growing at the Summer Solstice has contracted into one seed of potential, and that seed begins to expand.


September 2018

August 2018

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU HAVE A BROKEN HEART

Most individuals believe that people or circumstances cause their emotional pain. They say, for example, “He broke my heart.” They make themselves victims. Creating authentic power shows you that you are not a victim.

 

August 2018

August 2018

WHAT ILLUSION ARE YOU CAUGHT IN?

When your painful emotions seem to be caused by something outside of you, you are in an illusion. For example, your child falls from a tree, and you feel fear, anxiety, and panic.

 


June 2018

June 2018

SPIRITUAL PARTNERSHIPS AND FRIENDSHIPS

Spiritual partnerships are partnerships between equals for the purpose of spiritual growth. They are for intimate couples and anyone who intends to become emotionally aware, self-responsible, and inwardly secure.

 

April 2018

April 2018

SMALL THINGS WITH GREAT LOVE

Mother Teresa said, “We cannot do great things, but we can do small things with great love.” In my experience, the smallest things require the greatest love.

 


February 2018

February 2017

UNIVERSAL HUMAN

Loving parts of a personality are naturally generous, kind, and connected. When you align yourself with yours, you become generous, kind, and connected, too. This is the creation of authentic power.

 

December 2017

December 2017

A DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE OF CHRISTMAS

The commercial christmas is the season of obligatory giving, unrestrained consumerism, family differences disguised as gatherings of the heart, and piles of wrapping trash.

 


October 2017

October 2017

YOUR BUCKET LIST

Do you have a bucket list? Five-sensory humans think of physical experiences they want before they die, for example, parachuting, mountain climbing, or going to Paris.

 

July 2017

July 2017

KINDNESS

Last week our granddaughter graduated from Oregon State University. Linda and I were thrilled. The guest speaker surprised everyone…

 


June 2017

April 2017

A DIFFERENT CHOICE

Linda and I spent a wonderful two weeks in Japan. I was curious about how open the Japanese would be to authentic power and spiritual partnerships (partnerships between equals for the purpose of spiritual growth)…

 

April 2017

April 2017

THE BIGGEST COMMUNITY

Imagine a community that includes everyone. This is impossible from the perspective that is limited to what we can see, hear, touch, smell, and taste…

 


December 2016

December 2016

HOW TO CREATE COMPASSIONATE HOLIDAYS

Compassionate Holidays require that you act consciously each moment. Unconscious caretaking and pleasing others (giving gifts because it is the “season”) are NOT compassionate deeds…

 

August 2016

August 2016

DEPTH, BEAUTY, AND POWER

I am always amazed by the depth, beauty, and power of people. I see these things often at our events, and they thrill me.

 


July 2016

July 2016

CONNECTING WITH AN OPEN HEART

Last week I received an invitation from a small town in Wyoming to a ceremony f or Vietnam veterans. The names of each are being etched into a plaque to be mounted in the town square next month.

 

May 2016

May 2016

THE PHYSICS OF LOVE

When I was thirty-five and living in San Francisco, an adventurous young physicist named Elizabeth Rauscher created a weekly Friday afternoon meeting of world class physicists at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory.

 


March 2016

March 2016

ACCEPTANCE VS. TOLERANCE

The difference between acceptance and tolerance is the difference between authentic power and pursuing external power. Acceptance is open heartedness. What you accept moves through your life without resistance. You do not withhold your love.

 

December 2015

December 2015

CONSCIOUS HOLI (HOLY) DAYS!

This time of the year contains one of the most powerful energies of the year and also some of the most powerful distractions.

 


November 2015

November 2015

PARIS AND CHANGING THE WORLD

The violence in Paris jolted much of the world, but jolting will not change the world. Learning from our experiences can change us and changing ourselves will change the world.

 

October 2015

WHICH COMES FIRST? EXPERIENCE OR BELIEF?

Everyone has a belief. Here is a teaching question: “Which comes first? Experience or belief? (If you are not sure, ask yourself which one you believe comes first.)” What is your belief? You may think you know, but that may not be accurate.

 


June 2015

MAKING CHOICES FROM YOUR PERSONALITY

What does it REALLY mean to make choices from healthy parts of your personality?

 

March 2015

INTEGRITY, LOVE, AND AUTHENTIC POWER

Integrity, love, and authentic power are inseparable. Integrity is much more than doing the right thing. From the perspective of your soul, there is no “right” and “wrong” thing.

 


June 2014

LOVING DR. MAYA ANGELOU

I met Dr. Maya Angelou in 2011 when I interviewed her for a film project that Linda and I were helping some young friends create…

 

March 2014

25 YEARS OF THE SEAT OF THE SOUL

Twenty–five years ago I published a book that I did not know if anyone would read. My publisher had been waiting seven years for a sequel to my first book…

 


December 2013

CONSCIOUS CHRISTMAS OR UNCONSCIOUS CHRISTMAS?

Christ – loving others, caring about others without second agendas, no attempt to impress, patient, and caring…

 

November 2013

STRETCHING YOURSELF

Commitment is a stretch when you commit to something new, something constructive and healthy, and stick to it, such as commitment to your integrity…

 


October 2013

THE BIG CHOICE

Have you ever wondered why things happen the way they do in your life? Have you ever considered that the creation of your experiences, like the creation of everything else…

 

September 2013

WE CAN DO BETTER THAN ATTACK SYRIA

The requirements for our evolution have changed. Survival is no longer sufficient. Our evolution now requires us to develop spiritually – to become emotionally aware and make responsible choices…

 


August 2013

KNOWLEDGE, POWER, AND RESPONSIBILITY

When you learn something that others don’t know, and that could support them, you have a responsibility to share it. For example, if you are a mother with several children and you meet a young mother with her first child, share what you know with her…

 

July 2013

UNWORTHINESS

What is unworthiness? Of course, it is the awareness of a part of your personality that says to itself, “I am unworthy,”…

 


June 2013

LOVE – THE HOLY PERCEPTION

Love is so big, so inclusive, so encompassing that no definition can contain it. Love is not only the love with a little “L”, such as the love of a parent for a child or a child for a parent…

 

May 2013

FORGIVENESS AND FREEDOM

The idea that forgiveness is something you do for someone else results from the perception of power as the ability to manipulate and control…

 


April 2013

CLARITY AND SHARING

What you share is not as important as why you share it. For example, sharing with the intention to impress people with your generosity, intelligence, or good nature is not the same as…

 

April 2013

HOW TO STOP THE BOMBING

The great sadness that enveloped the people of Boston and the participants in the Boston Marathon is the same great sadness that envelopes people everywhere in our global village…

 


March 2013

HUMBLENESS

The characteristics of an authentically empowered personality are humbleness, clarity, forgiveness, and Love. Love is the big one. Each time you have the courage to feel the sensations beneath…

 

February 2013

THE SHOCKING TRUTH ABOUT COMPASSION

An alcoholic demanded to return home from a treatment center. His wife felt that being home where she could take care of him was a good thing even though the staff at the center strongly advised otherwise.

 


January 2013

WHY PAINFUL THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE

A responsible choice is a choice that creates consequences that you are willing to assume responsibility for. For example, you may usually shout when you become angry.

 

December 2012

SOLSTICE GREETINGS

Dear Spiritual Partners, May you and your families and friends have a deep and meaningful Solstice! May your relationships with them become spiritual partnerships…

 


December 2012

PULLING THE ROOT OF VIOLENCE

The deaths of the children and adults who tried to protect them in the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut renewed the debate about how to prevent this kind of violence…

 

December 2012

TWIN MIRACLES

There are two solstices each year. These are astronomical moments when the light is greatest and the dark is least (Summer Solstice) and when the light is least and darkness is greatest (Winter Solstice).

 


November 2012

CELEBRATING EACH OTHER

The Celebrating Gary’s 70th Birthday page that Linda created turned out to be more profound for me than I imagined it could. In the process of reading, hearing, and watching the many forms of appreciation that I received…

 

October 2012

RIVER OF LOVE

I am so grateful for the many sharings I have received in celebration of my 70th birthday. They arrive daily from North America and around the world – Europe, South America, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand, from young, middle-age, and elderly people, male and female.

 


September 2012

BIRTHDAYS AND DEATHDAYS

Birthdays and death days are markers on a soul’s journey into awareness and freedom. Not all souls choose experiences of physicalness – learning in the domain of time, space, matter, and duality that we call home for a short time.

 

August 2012

SEE GARY AND OPRAH ON TV AGAIN – ANYTIME

Here is a gift from Oprah and me – but first here is the backstory: In late fall 1998 one of Oprah’s producers called me – would I like to come to Chicago for a short interview with Oprah?

 


July 2012

SPECIAL OPERATIONS OF THE HEART

In the mid-eighties a young couple told a private conference of scientists, academics, sociologists, and writers that they would be working with the U.S. Army on a program involving exceptional human capabilities and…

 

June 2012

SIX THINGS YOU CAN LEARN FROM GUILT

Many people think that guilt is a natural experience.  It is a familiar experience, but it is not healthy or productive.  It serves no constructive purpose.

 


May 2012

SPRING CLEANING

Here is a gift from Oprah and me – but first here is the backstory: In late fall 1998 one of Oprah’s producers called me – would I like to come to Chicago for a short interview with Oprah?

 

April 2012

LOVE AND GRAVITY

Buckminster Fuller said, Love is metaphysical gravity. I agree. What else could it be? Without gravity you would float like an astronaut in a spacecraft.

 


March 2012

THE REAL DEAL

Authentic power is the real deal. You can’t inherit it, buy it, or win it. You also can’t lose it. You don’t need to build your body, reputation, wealth, or charisma to get it.

 

February 2012

LOOKING BACK ON VALENTINE’S DAY

Valentine’s Day – the day of roses, heart-shaped boxes, and cupids with arrows – is past, which is symbolic because the age of equating love with roses, heart-shaped boxes, and cupids is passing.

 


January 2012

OCCUPY YOUR HEART

The Occupy movement continues to spread around the world despite beatings, arrests, evictions, and the loss of so much personal property, frequently by people who have little personal property.

 

December 2011

SOLSTICE JOY

The winter solstice has always been special to me as a barren darkness that gives birth to a verdant future beyond imagination, a time of pain and withdrawal that produces something…

 


October 2011

OCCUPY WALL STREET – A THOUSAND THANKS

A thousand thanks to the people in Liberty Plaza and places like it who are giving voice to much that is destructive and painful about our social structures and what lies beyond them.

 

September 2011

THE WAY YOU SING IT

A friend took a trip to New Orleans after Katrina.  He is a jazz musician and singer.  He has been most of his life, and he feels that jazz is the greatest thing that has happened in America.

 


August 2011

SPIRITUAL ACTIVISTS

The salvage of America’s largest banks and most inefficient industries with tax-payer money and the enormous reductions in care to young, old, poor, ill, handicapped, and frail Americans at…

 

July 2011

RELATIONSHIPS AND SPIRITUAL GROWTH

All relationships can help you to grow spiritually if you use them that way, which means if you are creating authentic power. They activate parts of your personality that are grateful, appreciative, patient, and caring.

 


June 2011

MESSAGE FROM GARY – OPRAH’S GIFT

I hope that you will read my SoulBlog, Gratitude for Oprah. I shared in it some of the things I am grateful to Oprah for. But here in our Soul Connections newsletter I would like to…

 

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The Most Dangerous Virus

Many people are speaking now and frequently about fear – of the political situation, unstable markets and weather, and now, a virus. Concern about the virus is now surpassing the other fears that frightened parts of our personalities put on inner display daily for us, if we are willing to look at (experience) them instead of distracting ourselves with food, work, sex, obsessions, and addictions. As we take these inner displays seriously and begin to explore them, a surprising discovery becomes observable, then noticeable, then unavoidable – the most invasive virus that we can experience today is fear. It is contagious, spreads quickly, and dangerous. It puts our ability to give the gifts that we were born to give at risk, and a life without giving them is a life of emotional pain, psychological pain, physical pain, every kind of pain.

There is no vaccine against fear, but there is a way to be healthy again if you become infected: Create authentic power. Frightened parts of your personality generate pain (you are infected when this happens) and loving parts of your personality relieve you of it when you cultivate them repeatedly (you become healthy again when this happens).

Think on this. Take precautions that you would take in any potentially dangerous circumstance, for example, handling very sharp knives in the kitchen, driving on the freeway, or trying to prove your self-worth by impressing others (pursuing external power). In the case of the virus, wash your hands often for at least twenty seconds (sing the alphabet song twice). Use your elbows or knuckles to avoid touching things with your hands, and keep your hands away from your face (viruses enter through mucus membranes including around your eyes). Bump elbows to greet one another instead of hugging. Use alcohol wipes (on the plane use them to clean arm rests, head rests, and trays).

Most important, do what is necessary to insure that you do not become infected with the truly dangerous virus of fear. If you allow it to grow in you, you will experience the very painful phenomenon of imploding under the fear of the collective. The physical virus is given to you to show you what is necessary to be physically healthy. This is symbolic, as is every experience in the Earth school. The destructive virus of fear is given to you to awaken you to what is necessary to move beyond fear permanently. This is far superior to what any vaccine can produce.

You can begin this process by enjoying yourself. That is a well-known and time-tested antidote to fear. Said another way, love is the only effective (and it is always effective) remedy to a life of fear.

Love,

Love, Fear, and the Coronavirus

A new consciousness is being born, and an old consciousness is dying. The new consciousness shows us ourselves, the world, and the Universe in new ways. The old consciousness does not. Both coexist in us at this time.

For example, from the perspective of the old consciousness, the internet connects us. From the perspective of the new consciousness, the internet is a reflection in the physical world of our growing awareness of our connection. From the perspective of the old consciousness, the coronavirus is creating our fear. From the perspective of the new consciousness, our fear is creating the coronavirus! How can that happen? What does that mean?

Your consciousness contains fear when you experience anger, jealousy, overwhelm, or anxiety; when you feel superior and entitled or inferior and need to please; and when you are obsessed (winning, making a profit, or romantic love), compulsive (workaholism or perfectionism), or addicted (food, sex, drugs, alcohol). All these are experiences of fear. Your consciousness contains love when you feel gratitude, patience, contentment, or awe of the Universe. These are experiences of love.

In other words, from the perspective of the new consciousness the coronavirus is an enormous and dramatic reflection of the enormous fear in our collective consciousness. Where, then, is its counterpart – the equally enormous and dramatic reflection of the enormous love in our collective consciousness? You experience that counterpart – the enormous love in our collective consciousness – each time you reach toward another with love and open yourself to her or his love. Billions of us experience it in our loving, self-imposed isolations each time we find or devise new ways to connect with others – including others we do not know – with love instead of fear, to join them instead of separate ourselves from them, to explore our goodness, softness, and tenderness, and to experience the goodness, softness, and tenderness in them.

We all experience that enormous love each time we wash our hands with the intention to protect others from the virus as well as to protect ourselves from it. We all experience that love in a big way each time we care for the well-being of others as much as we care for our own. We all experience it every time we perform an action – any action – consciously with love instead of unconsciously with fear.

We do not need the coronavirus to show us this, but this what it is designed to show us.

Love,

The Compassion Virus

The Compassion Virus is concurrently infecting the human species along with the Coronavirus. The more you know about it, the better.

INCUBATION PERIOD

The incubation period of the Compassion Virus may be quite long. Infection can occur months or years prior to the appearance of symptoms and even predate the birth of the infected individual. In these cases, infection is deemed to have occurred in another personality of the soul of the infected individual. Five-sensory diagnosis is impossible because souls and other personalities of them are undetectable to five sensory clinicians.

EARLY ONSET

Individuals in the early onset stage of the Compassion Virus appear asymptomatic. Physical symptomology is absent, however, internal nonphysical markers are self-identifiable by the infected individual. He or she begins to question why he or she performs certain actions apart from obvious benefits and detriments. Is it for the benefit of himself or herself or/and the benefit of others? At this stage the Compassion Virus becomes contagious.

ADVANCED SYMPTOMS

Advanced symptoms of the Compassion Virus include behavioral changes such as interest in the well-being of random others. These aberrant behaviors hinder accumulation of influence, ability to manipulate and control, acquisition of redundant houses, automobiles, clothing, and luxuries, and accomplishment of conventional aspirations. Infected individuals eventually exhibit compassion for everyone, including individuals they previously disliked, for example, greedy, exploitative, insensitive, rude, brutal, masochistic, and sadistic individuals. This serious and significant symptom signals the final stage in the progression of the Compassion Virus and indicates that it has taken control of the infected individual. At this stage the Compassion Virus is highly contagious.

RECOVERY PERIOD

There is no recovery from the Compassion Virus.

SUGGESTIONS

Examine yourself carefully for signs of the Compassion Virus. If you find any, take the following actions immediately:

1. Look at it with your eyes wide open. This is a potentially life-changing condition.

2. Cultivate it.

3. Treasure it.

Love,

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