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07/30/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Journey to Yes

Eckhardt Tolle's latest book, A New Earth, is a genuine revelation, a revelation of ancient truths translated for our time. If you are on a conscious spiritual path, read it -- slowly -- and let him help you to awaken.

He put me in mind of a valuable lesson I learned decades ago from my then mother-in-law. Every time I went to dinner in her home, I was so angry that I left there with laryngitis. The cause was obvious.

We would sit down to dinner and my mother-in-law would say to her two-year-old granddaughter, "Now pray to Jesus to forgive your sins, honey, so we can eat." I never said a word to her, but my speechless outrage at what she was mis-teaching an innocent child left me gaspingly silent many times.

One might think, as I did for a time, that the solution was to speak up, to register my protest at her misuse of the teachings of the Nazarene rabbi. That wasn't even close to the solution.

The resolution of my laryngeal problem was resolved when a client of mine asked me if I could describe my spiritual path in one word.

"Yes," I said.

My client waited thoughtfully.

I repeated myself, "Yes."

My client waited still.

"Yes," I explained, "is my spiritual path." Exactly what Mr. Tolle recommends in his book.

My realization was based upon a verse from the Christian scripture, "Agree quickly with thine adversary." (Matthew 5:25) A broad meaning for adversary is anything which I am against. I was against my mother-in-law's use of Jesus' teachings.

Yes set me free.

The discipline of yes was awkward for me at first. I had to pretend to myself that I was a reporter in the classical sense of the word: one who reports. I told myself what was happening right then. The subtext was: yes, this is happening. I agree that this is happening.

It had nothing to do with whether I liked what was happening or I didn't. It included no value judgment or preference. It was simply a second-grade report on the order of those first-day-of- school writing assignments: What I Did Last Summer.

Yes, this is happening.
Yes, I am experiencing this.
Yes, I can have an opinion about it if I so choose.

Yes.

Yes.

Yes.

Charles Fillmore, the co-founder of Unity, asked a seminal question over a hundred years ago that is as valid today as it was then. I paraphrase, "Most of us know what we are against, but I ask, what are you for?"

Being against anything is relatively easy. It's habitual. It's the way of the world. Being for anything is simpler, more elegant, more conscious.

My client finally wakened to my answer.

Yes. I say yes. I am yes. And you can be, too.