My friend Luis Diaz has written a fantastic book called "Memory in the Cells." He has kindly asked me to write the foreword, and here it is. I will be interviewing him on Thursday, September 23 at 6 p.m. PST.
To begin, I must confess that the way I am writing this foreword to Luis's Diaz's book involves a kind of cheating. Usually the foreword is written just on the merit of the book alone. In this case I have access to background information that gives me an unfair handicap. I have know the author quite well for many years. We have been in a mens' group together, we swim in the South Yuba river, we eat food together, we take walks here in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
I've met so many people over the years who have written great books, with great methods, but the question always arises, "How much is what they are writing about reflected in the way they live?"
Someone could, for example, write a book about emotional freedom, but how do they actually respond when they are insulted by somebody? Somebody else could write a book about success and trust, but how much is that reflected in the way that they deal with life's little disappointments? That is always the question when it comes to a book. It all sounds good, but how much is it lived? And this is where my cheating can be helpful, to me and to you, the reader, as well, because this book is not just a theory of releasing memory from the cells. This book is written by somebody who is palpably living in a released way. Just in the way that he chooses to spend his time, or just how he is with a waitress in the restaurant, or with his kids, being with Luis you can feel that this is a book written not only from a theory, but it's written from a different way of perceiving life.
This an important thing, because we are often in the habit of turning to people for advice who do not necessarily have mastery in what we want to know about. About a year ago I went to a conference where a celibate nun from India was giving a lecture. A young woman at the event stood up to ask a question "I'd like to get some advice. I'm a new mother, I'd like your direction on how I can raise my daughter." The celibate nun then then gave a five minute lecture about raising children. I asked myself, "What's wrong with this picture?" If you want advice about raising children, the last person in the world to ask is a celibate nun from India. But this is what we do. We follow the words of a renunciate teacher about money; we follow the teachings of someone who's never been in a relationship about relationship. So easily we look for our answers in all the wrong places.
The beautiful thing about this book is that this is not just words, it is written by somebody who has actually passed through and come out the other side of the journey he is inviting you to, and still is practicing it.
There are several things I want to share with you that make this book worthy of your time and set it apart from similar works.
First, it offers freedom from the mind, rather than comfort within the mind. Over the last many decades, there has been a growing understanding that we are affected by our thoughts and our beliefs. This understanding started with Napoleon Hill's "Think and Grow Rich," and came to a crescendo of popularity with the movie "The Secret." Suddenly everybody understood that what you think creates your life, so if you change your thoughts, you can change your life. That seems very logical ~ it is obviously true, isn't it? If somebody thinks negative and depressed thoughts all the time, they generally don't have very good things happen to them. Somebody who's very happy and positive generally has good things happen to them. So we come to the predictable conclusion, "Okay, so I should have happy thoughts. If I have happy thoughts, then I'll have a happy life." This seems very logical, but there is also a limit to this way of thinking.
The Russian philosopher George Gurdeiff once said, "Human beings live in a prison cell of their own creation. And almost everybody is content to rearrange the furniture in their prison cell and to call it freedom." Almost every book, every approach, every teacher who speaks about limiting belief will tell you that you need to change your negative beliefs into positive beliefs to create a happy life. This is what Gurdieff calls rearranging the furniture in the prison cell. It has two primary limitations. First, if you are living primarily within the limits of the mind, of thinking, it means that you are cut off from a much, much greater source of creativity and power. And the second thing is that belief always works in polarity, so if you get very attached to positive beliefs, you've actually got a bungee chord attached to negative beliefs as well. The more you hang on to the idea "I am wealthy and loved and in perfect health," the more a charge, or fear, is reinforced in poverty, loneliness and disease.
This book is a rare example of an emerging breed of understanding, one which I call "translucent." The word translucent means, not completely opaque and not completely transparent. A piece of stained glass, for example, when you shine light on it, it seems to glow. It lets light pass though it, but it retains it's quality.
You could say that a human being or an approach becomes translucent when it allows light to pass through it. What Luis is guiding you to in this book is not how to change your beliefs, but how to actually get free of the realm in which belief arises. In this way, your life may in fact get better, you may get the results that you want. This does not happen by trying to change the negative to the positive. It happens by recognizing the vast ground of being in which all beliefs are arising.
Second, this book bridges the gap which has been very prevalent between material well being and spiritual awakening. We have tended to either work with techniques to make our life better, or to relax and let go into the mysterious, mystical ground of being that we call awakening. This little book will give you the practical tools to not only change the quality of your mind, but to be free of your mind at the same time. It bridges the schism between spirit and having a functional, happy life with flowing relationships, money, and health. When we start to practice the kind of work that Luis is teaching, we discover that the bridging of this gap between awakening and material functionality actually brings fulfillment to both sides of the gap. We discover that you can't actually have a real, functional life without being connected to the source of life, without awakening. And you can't really be connected to the source of life if your physical life is in a mess, because it's going to keep distracting you.
This book is an example of the emergence of a new kind of synthesis, a new kind of integration, which helps us to see that the gap we've made between spirit and the body, between awakening and material well being, between universal love and functional relationships has really been to our detriment. This book will give you the tools to actually bring all of that into one integrated opening.
Third, in a very practical way, this book focuses on what actually makes a difference. Luis likes to tell the story of a small town or village whose water supply has become contaminated by some kind of fungus. He suggests that two experts are called in to assess the situation. One recommends to pour more and more clean water into the reservoir, so as to drown out the contaminated water with fresh water. The other expert suggests to treat and eliminate the fungus, and that then clean water will be permanently restored.
With a mischievous twinkle in his eye, Luis likes to ask his students which approach sounds more effective. Of course, almost everyone prefers the second one. We all want to be happy, we want to have good relationships, we want to make money, we want good health. So we tend to focus on how to get those things. But all those things come naturally when we just pay attention to what is in the way. It is your birthright to have a loving relationship. It's your birthright to have a flow of enough, a feeling of satisfaction. Its your birthright to have good health. What is important is see and release what is in the way. Luis never looses sight of your full potential in this book, he offers you a way to see that it is the blocks in the way that need our attention, the rest will happen on its own. So this gives you a systematic, reliable way to experience and to dissolve the pain body without getting caught in the story of who did what to who and when and why.
Fourth, this book will restore your trust in the body's natural wisdom. Just as it is the body that has stored our pain, so it is also the body that has a natural intelligence. If you can tune into and trust that intelligence, the body will unravel it's own pain and come back into its natural state. This is an approach that finds that perfect balance in neither getting lost in the story (which is the trap of a lot of psychotherapy), nor denying the story (which is the trap of a lot of spiritual teachings), but actually trusting the intelligence of the body to be able to throw off what it no longer needs.
Luis will show you that the contractions in the body are all created by our unconscious belief systems. If we believe "I'm alone and nobody loves me," or "everything's difficult and I won't be able to make it," or "I'm lost," these are distortions of perception. When we distort things in this way, the life force contracts. These contractions become our suffering. This is an approach that integrates our experience in the mind, as beliefs, and in the body, as physical contractions. Luis recognizes that we are completely unconscious of some of these blocks because it is a pain that we have been given when we were very young or when we were embryos; it was passed to us in our DNA. We are so unconscious of them that we just replay them.
And lastly, this little book will help you to do something so brave and unusual and transformative that I can't imagine why I left it to the last. Luis will help you to make friends with your pain, and even to welcome pain as a friend and teacher. What did you say? Why on earth would I want to do that? All the great spiritual teachings have told us that "we are powerful, we are freedom, we are love." And one might legitimately reply, "Ok, that is fine, but what about all these contractions? I am full of contractions over here!" The contractions remain contracted until they are felt, welcomed, embraced. As soon as we turn to meet them with genuine embrace, they start to open up, and then the natural joy that we are, and the freedom and openness starts to flow through us again.
We are programmed to believe that pain is bad, that pain is wrong -- it is someones fault. If we can't find someone else to blame, we blame ourselves, we blame God, we blame life. Pain becomes the bad guy in the movie. When we don't know the hidden treasure it conceals, so we just run from it. Pain has a message for us, a gift for us, an initiation into something deeper. If you are willing to walk into the pain, it becomes a blessing.
I started this little foreword with a confession that it is cheating. But there is another level of cheating as well, that I have not yet confessed. Since the early 70s I have received and trained in many, many approaches to liberation, some have worked well and some have not. So there are very few things that I'm really willing to subject myself to these days. Not only have I taken walks with Luis, and eaten together, and watched movies late into the night, I have also asked him to guide me in his process of CMR (cellular memory release). I trust him. Luis has skillfully guided me back into pockets of pain that I had thought were long since left behind, and has midwifed a much deeper and more complete integration.
This approach is for real, it is effective and brilliant, and it comes to you from a man of unusual integrity and fullness of heart.
Please join me for an free tele-seminar with Luis at 6pm PST on Thursday, September 23rd.