Through this program, the Out Of The Whirlwind® Website and the Out Of The Whirlwind® Interactive Journal, I am attempting to do nothing more, nor less, than help you put ‘lightning in a bottle.’
What is this lightning that you are attempting to capture and put into a bottle for your own use? This lightning is that sense of knowing and/or being in your Source energy─your highest consciousness.
William James well describes this consciousness in his Varieties of Religious Experience as: “the loss of all the worry, the sense that all is ultimately well with one”; “the sense of perceiving truths not known before”; a “sense of clean and beautiful newness within and without”; and finally is “the ecstasy of happiness produced”.
You have more than likely felt at times in your life that you’re ‘in the zone’, or ‘in the ‘flow’; when you are operating from your highest vibration. You know when you are in that disposition or state-of-being that you feel that “sense of knowing.” It may have been a time you performed really well at work, or when you have solved a seemingly insurmountable problem with ease, but you have felt it before. We are trying to help you achieve that sense of knowing, not at random intervals in your life, but to feel that way perpetually.
Similarly, such is the essence of Jesus’ remarks to Nicodemus in John 3 that being ‘born again’ is the experience of knowing of oneself as being of spirit: “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again. The wind listeth where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes.’ So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
The trickiest and, to be honest, the most challenging part of this idea of putting lightning in a bottle is that when one attempts to speak of it, we can potentially become caught up in the words we choose. Oftentimes this may be because someone has some old tapes, or personal judgments about those words from previous teachings or experience. One may think, “Well, I don’t like spirit, well I don’t believe in Jesus, or William James is a long dead psychologist, etcetera, etcetera.” And then you tune out completely.
The point is that we don’t want you to stand solely on the language of your peers, or of people whom you admire, including the quotes, or the attitudes of others. What we are attempting to do is nothing more, nor less than have you discern and choose the language or the meaning of the words that work best for you. And more especially that the words, thoughts, quotations – any language that you will choose to use are understood as the map, not the territory, of your reality. The map points to the territory.
To reclaim consciousness from your mind, use your mind’s ‘words’ as the potter uses the mud or clay that is thrown on the potter’s wheel. Your Journal is analogous to that potter’s wheel as on the Journal’s fields of inquiry we shape and discern the distinction of those words that best suit you so that you find that your words become your ‘Self’ in essence. You honor your ‘Word’ as your ‘Self’. That your words reflect who and what you are truly wanting, reflect what you really want and what you don’t want. And as you choose those words that best fit you, your words become your highest expression, that capture your ‘lightning.’ Those words then capture the essence of who and what you truly are─ and that is the strategy of, the gift of, this program.
You are not human beings trying to become spiritual. You are spiritual beings having a human experience – and finally knowing yourself as that spirit.
So, again, what am I doing, what is this lightning that I am offering? This lightning is your sense of knowing that transcends any language thoughts, beliefs, attitudes and assumptions and in that zone of well-being you are able to work on the elements of your own life. In other words, the tools for this in order for you to capture lightning and have a vehicle – such as the Journal which is a metaphor for the bottle – which really becomes your own unique Journal. This Journal will allow you to refine, shape and direct the energy from the information of your own life in service to how you would like things to be as you become clearer and clearer about the choices available to you and you deliberately make those choices.
That’s what I’m doing!
I wish nothing more than to have you join me and capture your own ‘lightning’!
Dr. Michael Pearlman
Founder, Out Of The Whirlwind®