Photo credit: Timo Beckwith

Photo credit: Timo Beckwith

What's a "Human Being"?

A few years ago I suddenly emerged from a deep, dark, 35-year period of serious depression. It's a long story about how and why I shut myself away from the world from ages 9-46, but suffice it to say that, looking back, I believe I used the time well.

Essentially what pulled me out of that self-created, fearful hole was my memory of Who I Am. Who each of us is--a manifestation of pure Consciousness. Some people call that God, the Universe, Jesus, Source, Allah, Buddha, Yoda, etc. It doesn't matter. Words are inadequate and rudimentary when working with such concepts. Labels and names only limit understanding and lead to an Us vs. Them, sports team-like mentality that is absurd, irrelevant, and distracting.

My understanding of what a Human Being is continues to deepen and expand as I learn more (and realize how much I don't know). But here is my current definition in a nutshell: "A Human Being is a person who has remembered and reclaimed his or her innate, profound freedom and has acquired the courage to exercise the ultimate responsibility that comes with such freedom. The impetus for this leap is often a sudden coming to terms with Death. Releasing the fear of what cannot be stopped produces a surge of life force that propels the aspiring Human Being's journey to realness like a second-stage rocket booster."

A Human Being has also learned to recognize the powerful, dual energetic drains of social conditioning and deeply held, unexamined beliefs. Until we recognize these factors and decide to discard them, they run the show in the background. They can utterly disable the free will that is our human birthright, dumbing us down into little more than programmed, highly predictable, frightened, and easily controlled assets.

A Human Being sees all this, and decides to do something different. And that takes a shit-ton of bravery. That's where training becomes helpful, and that's why I call what I teach (and practice) Human Being Training. And so thank you for your openness toward attaining the ultimate human goal: self-mastery.