Mar 23, 2010

Well, it seems that we had a bit of a technology problem getting the newsletter out and since it is SO late, I have decided to make this the official Marpril Issue and postpone the next issue until May, 2010.  With everything going on at lately (see the new Calendar & Announcements section) it will give me a little more time to prepare.

So see you in May with the next newsletter.

In this Issue

Responsibility: A Price for Awakening

Last month I wrote about Love and how to learn to love oneself, for how can we love others or be loved by others if we do not love our self?

This month one thing I really became aware of is how our Love can be expressed through our integrity in personal responsibility and awareness of what is around us.

I have been asked on several occasions “Why is the world such a $%!* hole?” and “Why would a loving God allow _________?” The simple answer is that God has nothing to do with it, God gave us free will and that is where we keep taking it.

Where this usually falls down is in the areas of responsibility and awareness. Without either of these, as humans, we tend to become self-absorbed and completely clueless. This is the beginning that has in the past lead to the darkest moments in the history of humanity.

We like to think that we are enlightened beings, completely incapable of cruelty, little less selfish behaviors. In my experience, the closer we get to the source of our being the more capable we are of some of the worst atrocities imaginable.

I am currently reading “Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies, & the Truth about Reality” by Brad Warner (with a title like that, how could I not be attracted to it?) where he writes the following:

It is only when people believe that their beliefs are above questioning, that their beliefs alone are beyond all doubt, that they can be as truly horrible as we all know they can be. Belief is the force behind every evil mankind has ever done. You can’t find one truly evil act in human history that was not based on belief–and the stronger their belief, the more evil human beings can be.

I think it is not belief that gets us into trouble, but when we insert our ego that it is beyond all doubt. At this point we have given up responsibility and given it to someone or something else. Great if you are looking to avoid it, but not particularly helpful to one’s growth.

Responsibility is an absolutely requirement if we wish to manifest in our lives. Some define it as a burden, but it should not be a burden to be true to your word and that is why it is a requirement. To manifest your wants or wishes, you have to be true to the thoughts and/or words, when you say “Let there be light” you have to have the force of support that it is said, so it be done.

This is going to be a tough month to get through the newsletter, but trust me, writing it was even harder as I have had to face up to my own shortcomings in the process. As humans in the modern world, we are given the opportunities to “back out” of our word and we tend to take those outs, hence we destroy the integrity of those words.

The good news is that the integrity of our words can be restored in short-order and the power regained nearly immediately.


Sometimes it is interesting to see how the writing turns out, this came out completely different from what I had originally planned. But as with all things in being “…where Life and Spirit become One! ™” they sometimes make interesting turns.

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A Thought for Your Practice

How can we become aware of where we have sold ourselves out and regain what we may have given away?

As humans we sell out our authenticity for a myriad of reasons, to be liked, to get along with those around us and sometimes because it is just so much easier to be something other than what we truly are. It seems to be a general symptom of being human.

So here’s a couple of homework assignments:

  1. Watch what you say and become aware of when you say things you do not really mean or make promises that you will not fulfill.

    Catch yourself when you speak with in-authenticity, this clues you into the subconscious programming that you will need to address and change. Just becoming aware of it and catching yourself will begin the reprogramming of these unconscious habits so that not only do you speak intentionally, but your subconscious will know that you speak in truth and truth will be what comes forth.

  2. As you become more aware of speaking truth, the next place to work on is to be true to your word. If you say that you are going to do something, do it. No excuses, reasons or justifications as they are just tools of not being true to your word.

    Of course there will be occasions when you just cannot fulfill what you have set out before you, when this happens, get back into alignment with your word. Apologize if necessary and restate your intentions and then follow through.

    One thing that happens with this is that we begin to see where we overextend ourselves and maybe promise too much for whatever reasons. When honoring our word becomes a priority and we reestablish the validity of our word, we reclaim the power to speak and make it so.

Try it…


I hope that these last few newsletters have started awakening the recognition of a common theme, awareness. It is through awareness of what we say and do that we become knowledgeable about ourselves and the world around us. As you practice retaking control of your little corner of the cosmos, the universe begins to recognize the power in your word.

The outcome of this recognition of authenticity is that we cannot help but begin to create with intention, we cease to manifest by default, in other words we begin intentionally to make the life and circumstances that we want. Imagine what becomes possible to you!

Take the awareness of this true you and take it out into the world, then you can begin to expand the awareness to those in your life and see how your actions and thoughts affect everything you come into contact with. Always explore your awareness!

Beware of the fact that you will begin to see your awareness expand outside just yourself, it will begin to encompass the space you exist in and then grow even beyond that. Allow it to progress and remember that you are part of everything and that everything is part of you.

I find that you cannot help but become more considerate and understanding of others as your awareness, or as a friend of mine would call it “Presence,” grows and becomes a larger and larger part of your day-to-day existence.



Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself.

Henry Ward Beecher

I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty.

John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime.

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

I have always tried to be true to myself, to pick those battles I felt were important. My ultimate responsibility is to myself. I could never be anything else.

Arthur Ashe

Man’s worst enemy is not the Devil or those who hate him, man’s worst enemy is himself. The Devil may tempt, and those who hate may try to harm, but only I make the decision what to do with it all.


Calendar & Announcements

Club Inspire U at Club Cobra Apr 17, 2010 has partnered with Inspire U Records in presenting Club Inspire U at Club Cobra in North Hollywood.

From Kris Searle, the creator of Club Inspire U:

I wanted to create a place where people feel like it’s a ‘home from home’ where you refresh and vitalize and you leave inspired. A place you can come and not be judged. You are accepted for who you are and for what you do. They aren’t enough places like this so this is going to be a place where ideas will thrive and natural talent rules. Whatever it is.

On April 17th my band and I will feature and we will have a special guest performing…

You can also WIN a couple of sessions with one of our sponsors an amazing life coach and spiritual healer and someone will WIN a prize from our other sponsor REAL SPIRIT so come on down and WIN!!!

Spiritgeek Finally Opens Apr 19, 2010

Finally the doors open for clients and services on a full time basis. Coaching and Teaching is now available during regular business hours as well as the current evening and weekends.

Contact Robert via telephone, email or the website to schedule appointments.

Remember that there is a FREE 30-minute session to both experience what is open to you and also to begin determining what areas of your life you would like to begin to maximize and excel in.

Birthday of Robert/Spiritgeek May 19, 2010

A party to celebrate the 45th birthday of Robert/Spiritgeek or as Robert prefers; the 29th anniversary of the journey that has become is in the planning and details will be announced shortly.

Written by R. A. Burgener

After finishing the 850 mile trek of self-rediscovery on California's El Camino Real from San Diego to Sonoma, California, Robert continued, via Greyhound, to Portland, Oregon, where he is becoming familiar with the concepts of weather and seasons after 30 years in Los Angeles.

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