are all on the path of our lives. The path that leads from birth to
childhood, youth to maturity, work, family, advanced years, death, and
to the life beyond. Each of us was born with a purpose – with an intention
to manifest certain qualities, to learn particular lessons and to share
particular experiences with each other. We are put here together, so that
we might discover and share our lives – together - in service and love to
each other. In
the end, all our paths lead to the
same place, our home in Spirit But
we each have our own unique way of getting there.
I hope that in some way, these poems, which describe my
experiences along a portion of my path, will encourage you to embrace your
path more fully, understanding that not only the moments of inspiration and
joy are to be
relished, but that the moments of doubt, fatigue and loneliness are
also a blessed part of your journey. Suffering is not an easy experience to
categorize as a blessing, but in
my life, it has been true.
circumstances, do not give up hope; there is a way. Do not give up trying
to understand and improve. Do not give up the discovery of who you really
are within the core of your being, for
you are beautiful, joyful and full of love. You are a blessing to all along
Although some of these poems appear to be personal, as if
written to me, or about me; it is my conviction that they were equally
written to you and all who are walking the path of spiritual unfoldment. It
is my sincere hope that you will find in them continuing inspiration and
support as you wind your way along the path."
- William Simpson
From The Path,
is written with wisdom and practical understanding of our modern life with
its traffic jams, homelessness, pollution and war, and yet at the same time,
speaks eloquently and with surprising vulnerability and intimacy of Mr.
Simpson's love affair with Spirit.
The author does
not pretend to have arrived at the end of the journey, but rather to be
sharing his experiences from his location somewhere along the path. By
offering us this unique perspective, with one hand holding to the
practicalities of a wife and four children, while with the other dancing
(and sometimes wrestling) with Spirit, he fills the gap between us and our
aspirations and provides a clear and inspiring anticipation of our own steps
along the path.
and easily accessible, the poetry offers an expansive palette of emotions
describing the nature of a contemporary relationship with God. From a
feeling of powerlessness to help another, to the transforming recognition of
love and grace embracing us in every moment. In the end, we are left with a
new experience of the ups and downs of our own life, viewed through the
immaculate lens of a modern love for God.
The book also
includes a bonus chapter entitled "First Steps" - a collection of
practical techniques for growth and transformation including detailed
instructions on: Practicing The Presence, Affirmations, Meditation,
Chanting Om, Watching The Breath, Sitting In The Stillness, Love, Giving All
Actions To God and Practicing "The Last Day".
The Dance -
The gentle zephyr brushes against the willow branch,
It drifts in waltzing motion to the thrill.
The ocean tide rolls and slides onto the shore,
Glistening in its reflected joy.
The cloud imperceptibly transforms its multi-dimensional halo of
Entrancing the souls of children and dreamers.
The motherly dove fluttering to build her spring nest,
Cooing the mysterious music of birth.
The throbbing heart of the expectant lover,
Hovering in eager longing for the appearance of her
The elderly woman, body worn and consumed by years of toil
Shuffles toward Bethlehem embodied in her tousled bed.
The scuttling frantic thoughts of a fearful youth trapped in
Ensnared outside his reason and wisdom, running away
from his self respect.
All these tremulous waves of expanding motion,
Whirling, trembling, wandering, writhing, drifting
All shadows of Your intricate weaving dance,
Lightly moving to the music of ecstasy.
As The New Day Dawns -
As the new day dawns
The mist slowly evaporates.
Blending into the morning sun
In an intimate fleeting embrace.
The blossoming flowers dip and pray
Opening to new joy, new life.
So this day opens for me.
I begin anew.
Each breath a new existence
Freshly carved and shaped by
My willingness to share it with You.
As the blossom of my heart
Gently awakens and turns
Toward the entrancing gleam of
Your radiating presence,
Every goodness awaits me.
I am new again.
I am healed and refreshed again.
I am united with your persistent love again
I am glorified and redeemed again.
I am Your newborn child.
Affliction And Indifference -
Everywhere on this blue-green
Life is teeming with
Labor and play,
Affliction and indifference.
Somewhere in a trash-littered alley
Cracked concrete and wet cardboard providing a pillow,
Lies a brother wearing the dull threadbare coat of despair.
If my joy in Thee does not include
Comforting and care for him
To what end is my joy known?
Somewhere in a small arid village
Cracked sun-parched clay providing a pillow,
A small sunken-eyed child is wearily starving to death.
If my love-delight in Thee does not include
Nurturing and protection for her
To what end is my love known?
Somewhere in a smoky shout-filled street
Cracked upturned earth and shards of metal providing a pillow,
Lies a torn soldier, eyes lost in the shock of death’s last tremor.
If my tears of tender sympathy for Thee do not
Consolation and practical succor for him
To what end is my sympathy known?
Everywhere on this blue-green planet
Life is teeming with
Labor and play,
Affliction and indifference.
Selection From The
Bonus Section "First Steps":
preceding poems are spiritual snap shots – brief glimpses
into a particular moment. Hopefully they have served to
inspire and encourage you to begin or continue your own
spiritual journey of discovery.
While they may inspire, the poems can not give you the
actual experiences that they attempt to describe. In order
for you to experience your own growth and transformation,
you must walk the path, not merely view photographs of
chapter is a brief “how to” of pragmatic preliminary steps
that can be taken to begin or deepen your own personal
progress to a happier, more aware life. They are included
with my best wishes and with the confidence that you will
find that which you seek.
begets change. Nothing propagates so fast. If a man
habituated to a narrow circle of cares and pleasures, out of
which he seldom travels, step beyond it, though for never so
brief a space, his departure from the monotonous scene on
which he has been an actor of importance would seem to be
the signal for instant confusion.... The mine which Time has
slowly dug beneath familiar objects is sprung in an instant;
and what was rock before, becomes but sand and dust.”
- Charles Dickens
of us live in a whirlwind created by our thoughts and
activities. Our conscious attention is not on our life, but
on the thousand things to do and say. We have a choice,
whether to be driven by our desires for fortune, fame, the
right work, doing a good job, finding the right mate,
improving our health, or a limitless number of other hopes
and desires – or to consider some alternative.
These hopes and desires, thoughts and actions, create the
whirlwind. And to the degree we are emotionally and
physically moved by them, we immerse ourselves in that
whirlwind. Eventually, we forget that being happy is
important – that appreciating the beauty of this moment is
necessary for our health. Rather, we continue to be driven
deeper and deeper into “doing” and we may lose our “being”.
there is another way. There is a life with more joy, more
peace, more health, more sincere appreciation for the
constant gifts of life and love. Where to begin? Carl Jung
said, "Your vision will become clear only when you can look
into your heart. Who looks outside dreams; who looks inside,
all the tools presented here, meditation is the most
important. It is the most effective. However, it is also
the most subtle and may often feel unproductive, if you
require an instant perception of progress.
There are a large variety of meditation techniques. Some
involve bodily movement, some looking at an outer object
such as a candle flame or mandala, others involve chanting
or listening to a sound, such as a gong or bell. These are
all effective and may be appropriate techniques with which
goal in meditating is to allow the mind to relax and for
thoughts to slow down and eventually stop – even if only for
short periods of time.
During your meditation, always keep your attention on the
meditation technique. When thoughts intrude, do not get
caught in the loop of recognizing that you’re thinking and
then have an additional thought that makes a judgment on you
for thinking, and then having another thought that you
should stop thinking, etc. This chain of thoughts can
continue throughout your meditation time. This is not
meditation – this is thinking about issues relating to
you are able to let your thinking subside, you will discover
spaces between your thoughts. These spaces are created by
the technique. Let these spaces expand. Inwardly, rest in
these spaces; embrace them.
The Author and Narrator: William Simpson
After having been raised in the
Christian church since he was 5, Mr. Simpson began his own personal spiritual
search in the 1960s through reading and practicing the principles and traditions
of various religions including Chan Buddhism and Zen Buddhism. He
began his meditational practices within the Zen tradition.
In 1975, he began
practicing Kriya Yoga meditation, a form of Raja Yoga offered by
Paramahansa Yogananda and Self Realization Fellowship and has continued
practicing in that tradition since then.
In early 2002, he
founded The Conscious Living Foundation and in addition to directing that
organization, has taught several classes including "The Fundamentals of
Conscious Living" series. He is currently at work on his second book, a
practical guide entitled "Stepping Out Of The Whirlwind - A Beginner's
Manual For A Conscious Life".
In addition to
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(5 Stars) Helping Me On My
Own Path: Reviewer: T. Rook
This is not a book to be
devoured at one sitting. I now keep it handy to browse for insights
that come from within myself.
The title, “From The
Path” intrigued me. And as I first browsed through the pages, I kept
thinking of forks in the road, of taking the “Road Less Traveled”.
On the cover we see a picture of a country “path” -- bordered by the
majesty of trees, with branches showing –– promising color that will
fill the branches at some time in the future.
picture on the cover became a kind “preview” for me of what was
about to happen when I looked inside. I was attracted to certain
passages and words, and not so attracted to others. So when I took
the roads that attracted me –– I found insights that resonated with
me. The first resonance was when these words jumped out, 'Imagine a
day, when ...'. I resonated with the whole poem.
don’t know what would attract you, but when I found another poem
with these words: “ Dream –– Of encouraging everyone –– Without an
agenda”. Wow. This was what was happening to me –– the author was
encouraging me –– without forcing any agenda on me. I was taking
only those forks in the road that fit for me. We each were going to
find only what fit for us, personally.
continued browsing, and after a few more insightful experiences, I
came across the title, 'First Steps'. Once again, I was strongly
attracted to this paragraph: “In order for you to experience your
own growth and transformation, you must walk the path, not merely
view photographs of another’s journey”.
This book really is Simpson’s autobiography of his
spiritual growth and learning. But by sharing places of his personal
interest, I found myself resonating with some special parts of his
path –– which were helping me on my own path. I soon found that this
is not a book to be devoured at one sitting, and I now keep it handy
to browse for insights that come from within myself. I recommend
this for anyone looking for helps on life’s journey -- without
wanting to follow any agenda but one’s own.
(5 Stars) Inspiring True
Mysticism: Reviewer: J. P. Girardi
succeeds at communicating his love and devotion for the Ultimate
Goal, as well as making us realize that we can also reach those
heights. That Self- Realization is not only for the saintly and the
monk or nun, the Himalayan yogi or the sufi, but for householders
like you and me living the spiritual life, humbly, in the world, as
Route 66: Reviewer: W. Cruttenden
From the Path is an uplifting
book containing 66 poems and a bit of narrative on how to find your
own path. While I have not yet completely finished the book, all the
poems I did read spoke of an inner experience or reflection on life
that I think most of us can relate to. Some are about seeing through
life's stresses or challenges and others about its quiet times or
moments of coincidence or serendipity. Almost all of them provide a
sweet perspective and hint at a Divine influence. The author's
meditative point of view is clear and can't help but bring a sparkle
to just about everything he contemplates.
I would recommend this book as a traveling companion. Whether one is
moving along the path inward or outward these "verses on the mystic
journey" provide a comfort and warmth rare in today's world. Enjoy.