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Magnificent Truths of Our Existence, Interview with Daniel Parmeggiani

Posted on May 5th, 2014 | Filed Under Spirituality

Today, I am delighted to be a host on Day 7 of Daniel Parmeggiani’s Virtual Blog Tour, whose new book, The Magnificent Truths of Our Existence, is currently celebrating its official launch.

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Daniel Parmeggiani is a modern-day spiritual teacher whose approach is unaligned with any particular religion or tradition. Driven by intense psychological turmoil when he was younger, Daniel discovered within himself a deeper reality that he says not only saved his life, but also showed him the way to permanent happiness and inner peace. Those revelations became the foundation of his book, The Magnificent Truths of Our Existence.

Yesterday, Daniel visited Janet Matthies’ ‘Infinity Flexibility’ Blog at visiting Janet Matthies’ ‘Infinity Flexibility’ blog at http://infinityflexibility.com/wp/?p=1276 where she asked him some questions on the three keys to finding truth and our universal need for safety.

Today, I’d like to share with you a recent interview I had with Daniel when I got to ask him about the nature of the harmony we all seek and the key to inner peace.

***INTERVIEW***

MICHELLE: Could you discuss the nature of the harmony that we all seek?

DANIEL: Happiness depends on the perception of harmony in our lives. We seek harmony in two areas, internally within ourselves and externally with the world. Inner harmony is finding peace with ourselves and achieving self-acceptance and self-love. Harmony with the world has four parts:

• Meaning: We all need to feel like our lives, the universe, and our place in it makes sense and has deep, lasting meaning.
• Connection: We all want to feel like we are an integral part of something greater than ourselves and that we are connected to each other rather than isolated fragments.
• Fairness: We all share an intrinsic need for fairness in our lives and in our world.
• Safety: We all long to be eternally safe.

Most of what we do is an attempt to create more harmony in our lives. This common motivation is in large part what makes us innocent. It is also what makes us equal.

MICHELLE: What do you think is the key to inner peace?

DANIEL: Inner peace demands that we lack any desire for things to be different than they already are. Therefore, the key to inner peace is the awareness of the perfection of all things, yourself included. You must come to understand why nothing that ever happens is a mistake and that everything happens the only way it can. You must see that everything and everyone is ultimately traveling on the best possible path, and that all paths eventually lead to spiritual realization, wisdom, and total fulfillment.

MICHELLE: Hmmm….I love that. So what can we do mindfully and spiritually to find our true purpose in life?

DANIEL: Between TV, the internet, social media and our mobile devices, modern life is filled with so much noise that we often cannot listen to our inner voice. That inner voice is wise and knows our true purpose, so the most important thing we must do is disconnect everyday from the noise and spend some quality time with ourselves. Take some time out and sit quietly to meditate, read, or write in your journal. Go out into nature and allow your mind to quiet. It is during these times that you can access your inner voice and find your guidance. Ask yourself the important questions at that time, and listen closely for the answers.

Sometimes, the first voice you hear is what you want to hear and not necessarily the truth. It may be a while until you tap into your real voice of wisdom, but stick with it and eventually it will surface.

Thank you, Daniel!

*** END OF INTERVIEW***

I hope you enjoyed this brief interview with Daniel Parmeggiani, author of The Magnificent Truths of Our Existence.

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In Daniel’s words, “this book provides deep spiritual insight about who we really are, the cause of our suffering, and how to transform our lives.” If you are intrigued to find out more about Dan’s approach to achieving the highest spiritual aspirations of happiness, love and inner peace, pick up a copy of The Magnificent Truths of Our Existence at:

http://www.MagnificentTruths.com/order

AND…when you buy the book now during the official launch, you’ll receive dozens of beautiful free gifts from Daniel and his friends and colleagues. It’s their way of saying ‘thank you’ for supporting Daniel in this important spiritual work.

Thank you for reading! Please share your comments and thoughts below. I love reading your feedback.

Be sure to follow Daniel tomorrow on the next stop of his Virtual Blog Tour, when he’ll be visiting Carl Bozeman’s blog’ at http://cbozeman.wordpress.com where they will be discussing the practical way to find happiness and how we can find the purpose in our lives.

In gratitude,
Michelle

Shedding Old Skin

Posted on June 23rd, 2011 | Filed Under Life Balance, Personal Growth

Over the last couple of months, I have been in the process of letting go of projects and responsibilities that tend to drain me, rather than feed me.  I have noticed that I have to do this at least once a year – like a snake or iguana who must shed old skin in order allow new, more vibrant skin to come to the surface.   For the reptile, this process is natural – but for us, the process usually requires intention and focus.

As I approached the summer, knowing that my daughter would not be in school and that my many projects would no longer receive the energy they needed, I began to look at what I could give up.  I created lists of all my endeavors and posted them on my office wall so I could visit them easily.  I am very visual, so this allowed me to change their place on the wall as I determined their importance to me.  I measured each project by value to my personal growth, financial health, pleasure and sustainability (due to my time limited work time for the summer).

During this process, I began to experience a feeling of resistance to letting some of these things so.    So I spent some time in self-inquiry and meditation about that.  Why did I need to hold on this project?  Why did I need to maintain control of that endeavor?  Why did it feel like a unwelcome loss?  What came up was I was that I had been allowing my identity to be attached to these endeavors.

It happens at an unconscious level.  Initially, each project that I accept allows me to use my skills in some way, and that feels good.  Then as I move through the project, I gain a sense of contribution, and that feels like community and connection.  Creating something of value feels empowering.  All feeling we hope for when we work our trade, yes?

So why do I find myself in this position once again each year?  Once again over extended and too many pots on the fire.  Scrambling for time to give each the energy it deserves.   What is at the bottom of this habit?  I have been practicing saying NO, so perhaps something deeper?  Am I padding myself with multiple skins to feel strong?  To feel protected?

Then I think how a tree sprouts hundreds of leaves each spring, and by summer it is lush and full.   And then its energy is spent and it is time to let go.  It allows all its leaves to fall into autumn.  And the tree does this naturally, year after year without fail.   Perhaps our shedding skin is just like the natural cycle of the seasons.  And with each season, there is new opportunity for shedding old skin, letting go of dried up leaves and perhaps even allowing dormancy to ponder what the heart desires to come into fruition.

In the meantime, I hold the awareness and know that as I the shed old skin(s), I make room for new energy to feed the projects that will
give me expansion, abundance and pleasure.