1. Your book is entitled "The Spiritual Coach," what's the significance of that?
Most people that I've encountered over my lifetime seem to hold to the belief that acquiring more, of whatever, will bring the happiness they seek. It won’t! It never has, and it never will. And the reason it won’t, quite simply, is that happiness is not a by-product of the acquisition of anything. You already have it! God gave it to you in the very beginning. Coming to realize that requires a spiritual process, and that is where a Spiritual Coach can be of significant help.
2. If we already have happiness, why are we trying so hard to attain it?
Because our conditioning over many years has obscured our awareness of having it. And since we want to experience it, we look to do so through the acquisition of something that we believe will fulfill our need. We then embark on a mission of "seek and do not find."
3.That may be so, but I can think of several things that would make me very happy!
My point exactly! Most all of us believe that attracting the thing we most desire will bring real happiness into our life. Not so. It may well bring momentary excitement and a sense of accomplishment, but that will fade away in a relatively short period of time, replaced by the feeling that something is missing. Then, we once again engage in the futile pursuit of trying to acquire what we already have!
4. Are you suggesting that we shouldn’t seek to attract the things we would enjoy having in our life?
Not at all. You can and will attract everything that you truly desire. It’s known as the "Law of Attraction." And it works every time…but that’s a whole other story. Just don’t look for whatever it is you wish to attract to provide you with the real joy, happiness, and sense of fulfilment that you’re looking for. It can’t do it! That only comes from knowing who you really are…the being part of human being…your spiritual reality.
5. Does that mean we have to choose between living either a material life or a spiritual life?
No, we do not have to choose. There’s no lack of joy, happiness, nor any scarcity of resources, in a life lived with God…and guided by spiritual principles. You can have both at the same time…100 percent of your material life…and 100 percent of your spiritual life… each on it’s own level. The book provides you with a road map for taking an incredible spiritual journey. The journey begins with the recognition of "The Big Lie" (that career and material success will bring the happiness you seek)…and leads you towards the joy of living "The 200 Percent Life."
6. Is this a religious book?
If by that question you mean is it associated with any particular form of organized religion, the answer is no. As a matter of fact, the Second Concept in the book requires that each reader defines and chooses the God of his or her own understanding. It tends to emphasize universal spiritual themes rather than religious doctrine or theory.
7. Who is your target market?
The book was written to meet the needs of people who have come to realize that whatever successes they may have had in life have not brought the happiness they were seeking. Many are members of the Baby Boomer generation (over 80 million in North America alone who have now past age fifty-five), a group that has enjoyed an unprecedented period of successful employment and material acquisition. However, now, as they enter mid-life and are looking towards retirement, they’re reflecting on the real value of this same success. They’re successful, but they’re not happy. Something is amiss. And, while many books are teaching people to "think their way" to what they want, this book speaks to those who are beginning to embrace spirituality and God, as the key to what may be "missing" in their life.
8. How would someone know if they should read your book?
It’s really quite simple. Just ask them how they feel. If they say they’re really happy and are enjoying life to the full, each and every day, they should keep on doing whatever it is that they’re doing. However, if they feel as though something is missing in their life, and they’re not experiencing joy, happiness, and a sense of personal fulfilment in all that they do, they may wish to change something. This book will help them to make that change.
9. Change what?
I don’t know…but they do! Or at least they will once they find out who they really are, and recognize their God given inheritance. This book was written specifically to help them in that search.
10. Even if, as you say…we find out who we really are…isn’t it difficult to change behavior patterns that have been developed over so many years?
Without question. Let’s face it, we’ve lived a long time buying into the false promises of the Big Lie, and old habits die hard. That’s one reason why I’ve included what I call "Coach’s Messages" throughout the book. Each Coach’s Message provides new insights to challenge stereotypical thoughts and conditioned responses, and to help redefine success as you know it.
11. Can you succinctly sum up your book, "The Spiritual Coach," for those interested? Certainly. I had completely bought into the notion that the extent of my happiness would be in direct proportion to that which I was able to achieve or acquire. It didn’t work! And I wasn’t alone. Most of my friends and associates seemed to be operating with a similar agenda, accompanied by comparable results. It’s as though our families, mentors, and life coaches all subscribed to the absolute truth, "Be successful…and you’ll be happy!" It’s what I now call "the Big Lie."
The book outlines a prescriptive journey leading to a spiritual discovery that produces a quantum leap in your enjoyment of life. The sole criteria for the inclusion of the ideas shared in the writing of this book, are what works and what is transferable to, and repeatable by, others in similar circumstances.