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My years in school,growing my intellect,covered a period of 24 years culminating in my becoming a psychiatrist.I thought at that point that what I had gleaned from the years would get me through almost any situation.When I was 47 years old, however, our youngest son as well as another man was taken from the earth by a terrible auto accident. To know the stages of grief is not the same as going through them, I soon discovered.My education and intellect was no match for the multiple and powerful feelings and the parade of painful thoughts that now accosted me. How was I to deal with the needs of myself, my family and my patients while overwhelmed by my loss?
The power of the loss made it impossible to deal with anything but the present instant.Spiritual readings and a spiritual group I had joined were also recommending "staying in the Now". I began to take each day one instant at a time. I began to make progress, if unevenly, as the days passed. Soon it became clear to me that the "why" of the past and the "what if" of the future were causing a useless, almost relentless buzzing of my mind and thoughts until I applied the brakes by returning to Now. Eventually I realized that the Now was actually a Power that was "in me but not of me". Still,it was there to help me whenever I chose it instead of relying on intellect and my past "education".
Soon I would read A Course in Miracles which explained in detail what I had slowly begun to discover. I began to use the concepts of Now and the Power greater than Frank by handing over each session with a patient to Now and the Power. I saw some wonderful things happen in the office of which I was clearly incapable of producing. Although I never abandoned my role or responsibilities as therapist, this new approach brought me healing as well as my patients. Soon I would discern that intellect had much to do with the past and future while intelligence lived only in the Now and was the entrance way to healing. It was also the door to awakening to the beauty and majesty of What We Are.
Thus, your recent communication on Tolle resonated in a powerful way in me. I very much appreciate your sharing Tolle and his books with us.I am also very impressed with your ability to see how the intellect, a very impressive one in your case, can be a two-edged sword sometimes blocking growth and self-realization instead of promoting it. Your open mind is a welcome sight clearly discernible in so many of your communications. Blessings to you,
Frank Cavano