Jeff Meyers Biography

"The essence of the conduct of the enlightened is that he does not injure any being.
One need only know this much, that non-injury is the whole of religion."

- Nirgrantha Pravachana -​

San Diego, California
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I was introduced to Psychological Commentaries on the Teachings of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky at the age of 21. During the past 42 years of my "on again-off again" efforts to awaken from my sleep, it has been within the past five years that I have received some measure of benefit from those efforts, the primary being that there is far more understanding to be gained about life than what I had experienced up to that point. Upon partially awakening from the "hypnotism of life", and seeing the utter horror of what mankind had in the past—and continues in the present—to attract to himself, I felt compelled to share some ideas that many of us must come to terms with in our personal lives if there is any hope of a future for mankind on this planet.

As a result of "inner work" on myself, and having a degree of understanding of some of the ideas communicated in the Commentaries, I have experienced a different sense of myself, what Dr. Nicoll calls "...a treasure of incalculable value which cannot be estimated." For years I had struggled to make sense of the Gospel teachings, and the Commentaries have been instrumental in broadening my understanding of the scriptures as well as harmonizing spiritual truth with my own psychology, that is, a psychology that is "awake" and aware of its functioning. Nicoll's perspective has increased my understanding of the nature of the "Holy Spirit" and has brought greater depth of meaning to the Biblical concept, "the Kingdom of Heaven is within."

As a consequence of integrating some of the ideas found in the Commentaries, I have learned how to contend with the "demons" in my psychological makeup; the violence, judgments and prejudices, something I believe many of us must all do if we are to achieve any measure of inner peace and contentment in the world in which we find ourselves. Today, I sense the urgency of living more consciously in the spirit of love and compassion with every being and as a brother to all.

When one identifies with any nationality, race, religion or ideology that creates a "we/they" dichotomy, that is, where one feels superior to another, more "right" than others, it often becomes all important to "win" or to convince others that one's position or status is better than another's. This causes many divisions between nations, between brother and brother and between one religion and another, often leading—as history proves—to war.

I believe that once humanity as a whole understands the fact that we all inhabit one planet and that we are all part of one humanity, we will be in a better position to understand the urgent necessity of working for the common good of all, and thus avoid future wars.

In this realization, I have discovered an energizing sense of joy and hope for a brighter, more peaceful future, knowing that with the right information, anyone who sincerely wishes to transform him or herself can do so provided that certain efforts are made. If we are to transform our world, we must first transform our own psychology. Only when the vast majority of humanity awakens from the "hypnotism of ordinary consciousness" can we expect to live in harmony as "the family of man" wherein all beings are afforded the opportunity to experience the highest quality of life gifted by our common Creator—a life that all of us were created to enjoy—a level of being that can only be realized when we awaken from the deeply entrenched illusions we hold about ourselves and the universe in which we live, and only when we begin to understand the deeper meaning and significance of human life, and man's place in the universe.

I realize that no one is to blame for the condition of the world except ourselves, and that if we expect to escape from the self-made prisons in which we have confined ourselves, such as crime, poverty, murder, homelessness, hunger, war, and devastation of the planet, we must awaken from our "sleep", a sleep induced by, as Dr. Nicoll says, "missing the mark" (as regards embracing man's higher potentialities), as well as cultural conditioning and ignorance. We must become aware of the damage that we are doing, and how our psychology and level of awareness—or lack thereof—creates the confusion and chaos in our inner as well as the outer world, and then take steps to correct our course. As we awaken from our sleep, we can discover our right relationship with our fellow man, the planet, the universe, and with our Creator.

I have no evidence that God will descend from the heavens to rescue us from ourselves. I believe that we must seek, and with "help from above", rescue ourselves and, as a first step, each of us must seriously consider what is his or her relationship to his neighbor, to humanity, to the planet, to the cosmos, and to our Creator. We must answer the question, "What are we here for?"

I believe that I am responsible for my indifference, my violence and my "unholy" actions. If we hold the view that some external "evil force" is to blame for the present conditions on this planet, we will never face the reality that each of us, all of humankind, is responsible for creating the circumstances in which we find ourselves. If our relationships towards each other and to our planet are to be transformed, each of us must take personal responsibility to make our relationships with each other and with the rest of the world more peaceful and harmonious. If there is any chance of survival, humankind must adopt this attitude of living, and we must stop living simply for our own salvation, for our own security, for our own satisfaction, and for our own pleasure.

Sharing the Gurdjieff Teachings of the Fourth Way and Dr. Nicoll's Psychological Commentaries on the Teachings of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky is my way of adding meaning and purpose to my existence, and in small measure, gives me the opportunity to work alongside many others whose efforts are leading to the creation of a more just, harmonious and peaceful world for all of humanity. It pains my heart to see the deplorable conditions that so many of our brothers and sisters are living in throughout the world, knowing that most will never experience the true joys of the heart. If more of us could consciously live the ideas contained in the Commentaries we would, indeed, guarantee entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven for every man, woman and child on the planet.

The Greatest Commandment Faith Hope and Love

"And He said to him, 'You shall love the Lord your God with
all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.'

This is the great and foremost commandment. The
second is like it, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'

On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets."

Matthew 22:37-40

The Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there
is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon.

Where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled
as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive; it is in forgiving that we are
forgiven and It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

The Lord's Prayer
In the Original Galilean Aramaic
Language that Jesus Spoke

O Cosmic Birther, from whom the breath of life comes.
Who fills all realms of sound, light and vibration.

May Your light be experienced in my utmost holies.
Your Heavenly Domain approaches.

Let Your will come true in the universe as on Earth.
Give us wisdom understanding sufficient to our daily need.

Detach the fetters of faults that bind us,
As we let go the guilt of others.

Let us not be lost in superficial things.
But let us be freed from that which keeps us from our true purpose.

From You comes the all-working will, the lively strength to act.
The song that beautifies all, and renews itself from age to age.

Sealed in trust, faith and truth, I confirm my entire being.

The Angel of Love
Essene Communion

Love is stronger than the
Currents of deep waters.
Love is stronger than death.

Beloved, let us love one another.
For love is of the Heavenly Father.
And every one that loveth is born
Of the Heavenly Father and the Earthly Mother,
And knoweth the Angels.

Ye shall love one another,
As the Heavenly Father hath loved you.
For the Heavenly Father is love:
And he that dwelleth in love
Dwelleth in the Heavenly Father,
And the Heavenly Father in him.

Let him that love him be as the sun
When he goeth forth in his might.
Brothers, be ye all of one mind,
Having endless love and compassion one for another.

Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge
Against the children of thy people,
But thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

If a man say, 'I love the Heavenly Father',
but hate my brother, He is a liar.
For he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen,
How can he love the Heavenly Father whom he hath not seen?
He who loveth the Heavenly Father
Loveth also his brother.

Loving words are as an honeycomb,
Sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters,
And the wellspring of love as a flowing brook.

What doth the Law require of thee,
But to do justly, and to love mercy,
And to walk humbly with the Angels.

By this do we know that the Angel of Love
Doth dwell in us, when we love the Heavenly Father,
And keep his Law.

Gracious Love. Creator of Love.
Reveal the best words
Through thy divine mind living within us.

Say to the Children of Light
Who till the soil in the Garden of the Brotherhood:
Honor all men.
Love the Brotherhood.
Obey the Law.

Principles of Nonviolence

Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people.

Nonviolence seeks to win friendship and understanding.

Nonviolence seeks to defeat injustices, not people.

Nonviolence holds that suffering for a cause can educate & transform.

Nonviolence chooses love instead of hate.

Nonviolence holds that the universe is on
the side of justice and that right will prevail.

— Martin Luther King —

Unity Prayer for Peace

God of all nations,
Creator and source of life and love,
We stand todgeher today,
Envisioning your unconquerable peace
Dawning in the hearts of people everywhere.

We stand together now,
Calling if forth to bless our world
With a new era of respect,
reverence and responsibility for life.

We affirm and give thanks
That your love is awakened in every heart,
In every place and in all circumstances,
Enlightening each of us with the will
To create peace in our families, schools,
Communities, government, and our world.

— Unity Church —

Unity International Core Beliefs

There is one God, the creative energy of the universe,
Called by many names and found through different paths,
Who is all good, all powerful and present everywhere.

Being made in the image and likeness of the one God,
The divine spark lives within each person.

Thoughts are creative. We create our experiences
Through our way of thinking, feeling and acting.

There is a spiritual technology that will transform our lives,
And resources to help us master life's energies.

It is prayer and meditation, denial and affirmation.
When we practice spiritual principles in all affairs,
We will be living a miraculous life.

Unity Church is a spiritual philosophical movement
Within the wider New Thought movement, a positive
Practical approach to Christianity which teaches that
Effective daily application of the principles of
Truth taught and exemplified in the life of Jesus Christ,
And promotes a way of life that leads to health,
prosperity, happiness, and peace of mind.

— Unity Church —

It's Time!

It's time that we understand our role as stewards of this planet,
That we respect and honor the delicate balance of our world?

It's time that we realize, We are all one people,
That separateness is an illusion and that, in truth, we are all connected.

It's time that we see past the veil of illusion called separateness,
And understand just how connected we really are.

That we are all made from the same substance of the universe,
And by harming another we are only harming ourselves.

It's time we see past the color of one's skin or the name of one’s God,
That we realize we are merely traveling parallel paths leading up the same mountain.

It's time that we stop searching for happiness outside ourselves,
That we turn our attention inward and tune in to the calm peace of our souls.

It's time, if we see something in the world that needs to be changed,
That we do as Gandhi suggested, "Be the change you wish to see."

It's time that we take responsibility for making the world a better place,
That we strengthen the foundation of our communities by being of good character.

It's time that we ask, "How can I make a difference?"
That we leave this world in a little better shape than when we arrived.

It's time that we listen to each other with empathy and compassion,
That we overcome the fear in our minds so that we can experience the love in our hearts.

It's time that we get past ego and discover our innate spiritual essence,
That we release our selfish desires and serve humankind unconditionally, with love.

It's time that we love all, serve all; that we be at peace.

— Ray Madaghiele —

What Treasured Gift

What treasured gift might there be, holy gift to set you free?
Standing there looking back at me, heart filled with pain, what is your plea?

For once I stood where now you stand, reaching out for my brother's hand.
And through your eyes I dimly see, a soul who one day might be free.

The pain in your heart you feel today, gently whispers you have lost your way.
Life's trials many gifts do bring, life's pain to crack the shells of our understanding.

Where is God's love you might ask, in clouded memories of my past?
In a dim lit past one day you knew, God's healing love, life to renew.

Heart felt prayer you'll find is the way, back to His love from which now you stray.
'Tis not my desire but yours, I say, that will surely help you find your way.

As you reach into God's light, His power becomes your guide through the night.
A love so bright, God's power is then yours to turn darkness to light.

And know this universe is but a spell, weaving our thoughts of heaven or hell.
Should a brighter tomorrow one day you see, the conqueror of thought you must be.

Thoughts of the past must be cast away, for only new thought can create a new day.
Our saving grace as we travel life's road, is in forgiving the past how we lighten our load.

These holy gifts when self-bestowed, the trials of life shall not corrode.
Should peace and joy become your abode, with love must you serve on life's winding road.

No greater gift can there be, than God's healing love when shared with thee.
What treasured gift might there be, holy gift to set you free?

— By Jeff Meyers —

What is Love?

I would speak to you of love,
That mysterious, wonderful divine force,
Permeating all manifested life.
The unifying foundation that underlies all,
While centered in the heart of each.

Love is an eternal flow streaming through all lives.
A seemingly gentle current, moving so quietly.
It is the most powerful and cohesive force
in the entire Universe.

But what is this love?

It is the great, unifying power of the Creator,
A wondrous force in the heart of everyone.

Love is one of the greatest gifts of the
Creator to all life, seen and unseen.
For such love is the mighty force that
draws us all back to our Divine source,
Back to God.

Therefore, to truly love is the most direct path
To a realization of our own Divinity, to our
Own union with the Supreme, to the goal and
Purpose of our countless lifetimes.

This is why love is the most important factor in our lives.

For when we pour forth our highest love, we are
Truly expressing that great unifying force of the Divine.

The uplifting power of love can raise us to
Heights beyond all dreams, can inspire
Nations to attain permanent harmonious
Relationships of peace and cooperation.

Its wondrous radiance brings into each life expression
The ongoing and ultimate realization of its Divinity.

More and more, humankind is realizing that
Life is love and love is life.

To Love deeply is to know life's joy and immortality.

So it behooves us ever to seek to have our love enfold all.
For this great unifying force, as it touches others with its radiance,
Draws forth from them, their loving response.

Thus Love creates an ever-widening environment of unity.

To live from the Spirit is to reveal our
Highest capacity for love's luminous ecstasy.

To love from Spirit is to make our lives the
Center of ever-growing power.

Through living love we radiate strength,
Giving home and peace wherever we go, and
Through this Love, we enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

— Sydney Taylor —

A Living Philosophy

To bring blessings upon yourself, bless your neighbor.
To enrich yourself, enrich your neighbor.

Honor your neighbor and the world will honor you.
To sorely hurt yourself, hurt your neighbor.

He who seeks love will find it by giving it.

The measure of a man's wealth is the measure of wealth he has given.

To enrich yourself with many friends, enrich your friends with yourself.

That which you take away from any man, the world will take away from you.

When you take the first step to give yourself to that which you
want, it will also take its first step to give itself to you.

Peace and happiness do not come to you from your horizon;
they spread from you out to infinity beyond your horizon.

The whole universe is a mirror which reflects
back to you that which you reflect into it.

Love is like unto the ascent of a mountain.
It comes ever nearer as you go ever nearer to it.

— Lao Russell —

Dawn of the New Day

As the dawn tells the coming of the new day:
I turn my eyes to the morning and purge
myself in the purity of the dawn.

My soul quickens with the beauty of the dawn.
Today is, and will be. Yesterday was, and has been.

My yesterday is what I made it. I will to make it perfect.
I have the power to build the day or to rend the day.

The day will be of my making either perfect or imperfect,
good or bad as I choose to live it in spirit or in flesh,
on the mountain top or earthbound.

If I rend the day I build ten other days,
mayhap ten times ten, to undo the rending.

If I build the day I will have lived the day
to the glory of the One in the fulfillment
of that part of His purpose which is mine to fulfill.

So that I may meet the day with knowledge to build
the day I will look into my soul while it is yet dawn,
before the morning breaks.

These are the words with which I greet the day.
These are the words of the morning.
This is the spirit of the dawn.

To me the universe is an open book.
I need not to learn. I know.
I see the unseen from the mountain top.
I hear the music of the spheres.
I know the transcendent joy of creation.

Immortality is mine.
I will earn immortality.
I will bestow immortality.
Mine is the power to give immortality.

I shall not deny that which shall give
immortality to those who dwell in darkness,
and who reach out for the light.

I will reach out my hand into the darkness
and lead him that asks into the light.

I will keep my body charged with energy
for the fulfillment of my purpose,
in accord with that which is commanded of me.

The power of the dynamic universe
is behind my thinking.

Power is mine to give by the wayside.
I will not deny to any man who asks for
the power which is mine to give.

I have no limitations.
Unlimited power is mine within
that which is universal.

I will do today that which is of today
and pay no heed to the tomorrow,
nor waste regrets on that which was yesterday.

My day shall be filled to overflowing,
yet shall I not haste the day;
nor shall I waste the day.

Those things which I must do I shall desire to do.
Courtesy will be in my heart to give to all.

My joy will be in serving.
My power will be in thinking true.

My power will be in knowing.
My power will be in humility.
The taint of arrogance will I not know.

That which is 'I', will I keep within the shadow
of the beautiful temple of modesty, but
my doings will I send forth into the light
that all may see; therefore, must my doings be true.

Force will I meet with gentleness.
Impatience with patience.

Truth will guide my footsteps through tortuous paths,
and lead me to the glory of the day's golden evening.

I will sing the day through with a glad song,
that the problems of the day shall be as chaff
before the wind, and that others may harken
to my song and be quickened.

My countenance shall reflect the spirit
within me, that all may see.

Blessed be the new day which descends upon me.
I greet thee, O day.
I cross thy threshold with joy and thanksgiving.

— Walter Russell —

Forgiveness and The Freedom of Letting Go

"Life is an adventure in forgiveness."

Forgiveness is a healing journey
For both body and soul.
Forgiveness is a creative act that
Changes us from prisoners of the
Past to liberated people at peace
With our memories.

There is no future in the past.
Non-forgiveness keeps you in the struggle.
It is not forgetfulness, but it involves
Accepting the promise that the
Future can be more than dwelling
On memories of past injury.

To forgive means to
Give up and let go.
Being willing to forgive can bring
A sense of peace and well-being.

You can never live in the present,
Or create a new and exciting future
For yourself and your love partner
If you always stay stuck in the past.

When we forgive, we are willing to give up
Resentment, revenge and obsession.
We are willing to restore faith,
Not only in ourselves, but in life itself.

It takes no strength to let go,
Only courage.
Life either expands or contracts in
Proportion to your courage to forgive.

Forgiveness is the single most important process
That brings peace to our soul and harmony into our file.
Forgiveness is not something we do,
But something we allow to flow through us.

We become aware that we are free,
That we can project love outward into our world.
The natural flow of divine love,
Dissolving all hurt, all bitterness, all sense of injustice.

Just allowing divine grace to express
Through us, to forgive through us
Forgiveness is the key to your happiness;
It ends the illusion of separation.
Forgiveness is a form of love
Within the context of personal crisis.

The act of forgiveness constitutes a spiritual cleansing,
A letting go of something that poisons from within.
Forgiveness helps you make peace with your past.
It creates the freedom to live in the now.

Change is constant. There is
tremendous freedom in letting go.
It is liberation to free ourselves of
Things that clutter our lives.
Like pruning dead branches,
Like a snake shedding an old skin.

We need to let go of what no
Longer serves or what longer fits.
So trust there is room for something new,
Alive, and what is needed at this time in our lives.

When we stop holding on and clinging to
Anything, we realize we have everything.
We no longer need to feel burdened by the
Responsibility of having to hold on to something.
To forgive is to remember that we have room in our
Hearts to begin again and again, and again.

Give yourself the gift of forgiveness.

— Norman Cousins —

The Empowering Truths of Mahatma Gandhi

The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.

Be the change that you wish to see in the world.

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.

When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it always.

Where there is love there is life.

Seven Deadly Sins: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Science without humanity, Knowledge without character, Politics without principle, Commerce without morality, Worship without sacrifice.

I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.

God has no religion.

I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.

Hate the sin, love the sinner.

Nobody can hurt me without my permission.

Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.

A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.

To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny.

The future depends on what you do today.

Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.

Let the first act of every morning be to make the following resolve for the day: I shall not fear anyone on Earth.

I shall fear only God. I shall not bear ill will toward anyone. I shall not submit to injustice from anyone. I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering.

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.

Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.

Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.

What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy?

To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.

Truth never damages a cause that is just.

There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man's greed.

It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.

It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.

Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love.

Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.

I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.

You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.

You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results.

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.

Love is the strongest force the world possesses and yet it is the humblest imaginable.

Action expresses priorities.

There is more to life than simply increasing its speed.

My life is my message.

There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.

I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings.

What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.

It's the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.

Truth is one, paths are many.