I am frequently asked what is my purpose in all of this? And been told; “Hasn’t this all been done before!” The purpose “for all of this” is my passion to teach, mentor, and coach others in a positive way; and it has all been done before, time and again, by every great teacher in nearly every generation. As a result the cycle repeats over and over. Will we ever learn?
The Principles merely rose out of years of questioning and research about the Spirit. I wanted to show how silly the Word was because my feelings were hurt. Consequently, I could not separate a man’s opinion from his teaching. By the way, I can tell you that I am glad for that obstinance now. I am glad that I had the courage to pursue that search. Glad that the “little voice” inside me kept calling me on. It is true that at first I was quite angry. Also it is true that I was looking for anyway possible to disprove and replace the desire that burnt inside me to find my harmony in the Word, in the Truth, in the Way. But then, there’s that path.
The Path is not always an easy one. It’s not supposed to be easy. That’s not what any of the great prophets taught. None of the ancient texts tell us just lay around and do nothing—life is easy. NONE!
I began to see patterns arise about how the students of the great sages were instructed. A list of about sixty virtues like integrity, truthfulness, justice, charity, trustworthiness, honesty, honor, prudence, industry, temperance, fortitude, righteousness, and so on arose out of these patterns. I worked this list, trying to find more virtues and understand just what the teachers were attempting to provide: the answer always honor, harmony, prosperity and growth, among others. It became so clear to me, but I quickly realized that I could not keep tracking sixty or so virtues. I began to rank them by how often they occurred or how they were used, soon some patterns began to emerge: honor, trust issues, justice, roll up under Integrity and so on.
During these studies and research I arrived upon the “cardinal virtues” from the Latin, “cardes” meaning hinge—the four virtues from which all others swing or hinge. These were born out of Plato’s “natural virtues” which were prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance. They are carried along through history for nearly 800 years to St Thomas and the early Catholic church. The four cardinal virtues are well developed and consistent with doctrines from nearly every ancient teacher. My studies led me to add one more, discipline, to create a complete list that will work like a guidance system to harmony and abundance.
Why is any of this important? Throughout history there have been wise instructors, highly sensitive to Universal Consciousness and attuned to society and culture in their sphere of influence and they taught versions of these principles – over and over and over and over again… But because we are lazy and easily influenced by our emotions and animal instincts we allow ourselves to be fooled into believing non-truths, nonsensical silliness that brings the society down. No matter how the prophets attempted to persuade the populace to the contrary then; no matter how the principled leaders plead today.
If we dig deep it isn’t about hatred, division, disruption; but about growth, harmony, cooperation and cohesion. These are the things we are encouraged to seek. These are the principles we are asked to believe in. This is the life we are supposed to follow. Clearly, our purpose stated through literary history!
What I am attempting, then, is bringing these principles up again in a way that is neutral and universal so that broad segments of the population can find truth in them and we can rise up again to greatness. God provides for us in abundance, this should be our heritage; this should be our future.