Enjoy this preview of my first self-help book, The Eby Way. It is your personal life coach to experience emotional recovery, spiritual healing, relief from addictions, and advice on how to overcome any major problem. Just follow the four basic steps to a better life presented in the book.
We can have a healthier, happier life if we are willing to control our negative side. However, this process poses significant challenges for us. Our social environment presents many obstacles and barriers to staying positive.
For example, America stands before us transfixed by the rhythm of automobile engines, entangled by wars of liberation and retaliation, surrounded by a haze of unnatural vapor and murky waters, mesmerized by the soothing images on color television sets and personal computers.
See the flashing lights: hear the wailing sirens of ambulances racing through our city streets to remove the bodies of children playing drug war games. Look at the women unsafe from attack while jogging in city parks or strolling through neighborhood parks or even office corridors. Youngsters are assaulted by gunman in schools, airport terminals, and McDonald restaurants. Robbers steal and prey on the unsuspecting in subway stations, private homes, or parking lots.
Meanwhile, numerous high school graduates can’t read or write, and many college graduates can’t find decent jobs; and it’s getting harder for them to survive every day. More of the clergy break their vows and end up in court or prison. Half of all eligible voters in our country rarely vote.
Millions of Americans work hard but struggle to meet their basic needs for food, shelter, clothing and medical care. Thirty-four million Americans don’t have healthcare insurance. More than half of our bankruptcy claims are due to overwhelming healthcare costs; yet our political system passes laws to make filing Chapter 7 even more difficult.
In the last year alone, more than a million people have joined the ranks of the poor. The mentally ill and our homeless continue to overwhelm local social service networks. Medicaid and prison costs threaten the solvency of state governments.
Furthermore, mass media floods us with the uneasy images of emaciated third-world children, assassinations, terrorist bombings, casualties of war, looming pandemics, natural disasters, and fear.
The good news is that life doesn’t have to be an experience of constant pain and unhappiness. Unfortunately too many people, after initially trying to make some healthy changes, simply give up and return to their old ways of living. And life does appear to be very negative for so many of us.
For the last 40 years of my adult life, I have reached out a loving hand to countless many that suffer and hurt. In spite of all the pain, sorrow, human misery, and hardships that I have witnessed, I am awe struck by the incredible spiritual growth I see, including miracles that have appeared in my life’s journey.
Do you need a miracle? Are you facing a challenge of sickness, loneliness, pain, loss, excessive habits or lack? Surely you will agree that living in today’s world is exciting, but you also know there is so much that is wrong, destructive, and harmful.
Spend some time with me and we will talk about spiritual healing, happiness, miracles, and social reforms. My experiences with recovery can be the start of your miracles; our miracles can begin to transform social ills; our culture dedicated to social healing can take its rightful place in the service to the needs of the world.
This is a book about personal healing, life coaching, social work treatment, and the need for social recovery; but above all else, it is a message of hope. My approach requires that ultimately each person find their own inner pathway to healing. Along these lines I am reminded of a story from the Talmud:
“A young Rabbi talked to his master: ‘During the time when I am studying I feel filled with light and life, but as soon as I cease to study this mood disappears. What should I do?’ So the Rabbi replied: ‘It is like a man who walks through a forest on a dark night, and part of the way is accompanied by a companion who carries a lantern. Soon they come to the point where their paths divide, and they must go on alone. If each carries his own lantern, one need fear no darkness.'”
What I will share with you is not new but old and it is a lantern. If we are to survive in this world, I believe it is time to wake up and look around. Let us choose to overcome inner suffering with heartfelt spirituality. With this knowledge firmly in place, we can claim our inborn right to healing, happiness, and freedom.
Like the ancient Greek philosophers emphasized; “Knowledge is not what a man has been told, shown, or taught; it can be only what he has found out for himself by long and rigorous search.”
Today I choose to share what spirituality means to me in the hope that you will find your own truth-vision. This is an exercise that will take patience and practice. What will soon become clear to you, from reading my book, is that the pathway to healthy change overflows with peace, joy, and “bliss” as the myth-maker states.
(Free download of The Eby Way is available on our blog. See link on my profile.)