In 2011, we published an article in 11:11 Magazine (www.1111mag.com). We would like to reprint it here,
because it seems appropriate now as well. Hope you like it. It was entitled "SECRETS", by Ben Bolt
GREAT NEWS! I've just discovered the secret of a happy marriage.
Now all I need to find is the secret of life, and I can relax. That's probably all I need to know. Don't misunder-
stand - it hasn't been that easy. I've been married almost 50 years, and I just recently found the secret, so there
might have been some times along the way when the happy part was harder to find. That's what all my wives
said. At least, I think that's what they said.
But since I now have the marriage secret, I plan to really concentrate on the happy life part. I'm sure I'll be
able to find that pretty soon, too. I've been working on that for 50 years, as well, and so far I've come up with
over 30 guaranteed secrets of life. All that remains for me is to try all the methods I haven't already tried, and
I'm sure I can arrive at the right one by the process of elimination. Some of the meanings of life I've heard
could possibly be exempted from consideration anyway - I mean, really?
1. There isn't any meaning. It's all an accident.
2. There are a lot of Gods and Goddesses fighting over who runs the world.
3. We're just animals, but we're the smartest ones around.
4. We're all evil creatures, and we're going to pay for it.
5. Never eat an apple if a snake tells you to.
6. We just need to read the right book, and we'll be OK.
7. We just need to follow the right prophet, and we'll be OK.
8. We just need to meditate all day, and we'll be OK.
9 We're not going to be OK. We're all going to hell.
10. There is no hell, or no heaven either. This is all there is.
11. Eat, drink, and be merry.
12. Don't eat meat, don't drink strong drinks, and get serious.
13. Pick a religion, and run around trying to convert everyone else.
14. Pick a religion, and kill everybody who disagrees with you.
15. Keep fighting until we decide which race, religion, etc., is the best.
16. Keep forming new countries until one of them works.
17. Build as many new cities as we can.
18. See who can be the best athlete.
19. See who can be the best singer.
20. See who can get the most toys.
21. See who can be the smartest.
22. See who can be the best looking.
23. Run around like headless chickens. Call it travel.
24. Try different forms of government and argue about them.
25. Write books. Write newspapers. Write laws.
26. Build rocket ships and get off this planet before it explodes.
27. Keep creating new illnesses so we can find more cures.
28. Build more and bigger hospitals.
29. Build more and bigger TV sets.
30. Invent more technology.
31. Dig up more natural resources.
32. Find more uses for trees.
33. Search everywhere for happiness. Buy it if you have to.
34. If nothing works, give up and kill ourselves.
There must be an answer in there somewhere. Everyone can't be wrong, can they? My own mantra
goes something like this: I'm searching for the meaning of life, but right now I'll settle for my car keys.
(If i knew where my glasses were, I'm sure I could find the keys.)
Many people say that they want to find the secret of life, but I suspect that what they really want is to be
happy all the time. Isn't happiness what we're looking for? The complication is that we all need something
different to make us happy. There is a wonderful folk tale that addresses this universal quest beautifully:
The story is that there is a magical green stick that is hidden somewhere and that if we can
find the green stick, we will then be happy all of our life. When we learn this, we all start on a
determined search for the green stick of happiness. We look everywhere, travel far and wide,
and ask anyone who will listen to help us find it.
Many of us spend years in this adventure and never seem to find the stick no matter where
we go, who we meet, or how hard we try. We become discouraged, and finally go back to
where we started, tired and sad. One day, when we are just digging in our back yard to plant
some flowers, we strike something unusual, dig a little deeper, and find a green stick - right
where it always was.
This story is about the great cosmic joke. The universe has a wonderful sense of humor, which is why
when we are really happy, we always laugh. Laughing is universal, and have you noticed, no-one laughs
with an accent? The joke is on us, though, and when we finally "get it", we will never stop laughing.
The joke is:
1. Everyone is looking everywhere for the eternal truth.
2. "Truth" and "God" are are synonyms. Finding truth, we find the Creator, and also
the third synonym, "Joy".
3. God/Truth/Joy is not to be found in any religion, any life-style, or anything else that is
outside of us.
4. God/Truth/Joy is inside us right now, and always has been. We have merely forgotten,
and we've been looking in the wrong place. Know this, and our happiness is guaranteed.
Find a stick, paint it green, and hang it on your wall so you will never forget again.
SECRETS: There's more ...
"To live in the world without becoming aware of the meaning of the world is like wandering
about in a great library without touching the books."
... Manly P. Hall
In 1928, Manly Hall wrote and published a very large book called "The Secret Teachings of All Ages".
It is still available after more than twenty printings. At present, six different editions are being sold by
the Philadelphia Research Society on their website - www.prs.org/secret.htm
This fact raises a few questions:
1. Are there really "secret" teachings?
2. If so, are they important, or merely secret?
3. Why are they secret?
Let us just take these questions in order, and see if we can find some satisfactory answers.
ARE THERE REALLY SECRET TEACHINGS?
I suppose we should first be aware of the fact that there are at least two different kinds of secrets.
The first is obvious. If I know something, you don't know it, and I keep it from you, then I am
"keeping a secret" for reasons that may or may not be justified. The second kind of secret could just be,
like "secrets of nature", information that nobody seems to have, and it is secret only because it is too
arcane for us to understand, or we just don't get it.
In either case, if one or a group of us has access to knowledge that most others do not, then the "haves"
can elect to share it with others or choose not to. If they decide to pass along their possession only to a
select few, then this private information could certainly be considered secret teachings. Does this happen?
Well, for the past several thousand years, there have certainly been many efforts to keep some ideas from
being circulated among the masses. Many are still not in possession of these "facts", if indeed they are facts.
That means that the answer to question number one is an emphatic YES. There are indeed some teachings
that have been closely guarded, if not kept completely secret.
ARE THESE TEACHINGS IMPORTANT, OR MERELY SECRET?
The teachings we are talking about here might better be referred to as philosophical beliefs that were held
by certain groups of individuals. These believers, who were often very passionate about their beliefs, were
certainly convinced that at least some of their data was important enough to be carefully guarded and passed
along (often verbally) to only to a select group of highly qualified initiates.
While the accuracy of philosophical beliefs has always been the subject of endless debates, there is a
remarkable consistency about some of these ideas. Certain fundamental points of view have been around as
far back as we can find records, and have survived a huge assortment of civilizations, Gods and Goddesses,
wars, and both theological and political persecutions. Here are a few interesting examples:
PLUTARCH - Know thyself.
LAO-TZU - He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.
CONFUCIOUS - Without recognizing the ordinances of heaven, it is impossible to be a superior man.
PLATO - a. The soul of man is immortal and imperishable.
b. You cannot conceive the many without the one.
ARISTOTLE - What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.
BHAGAVAD GITA - Who sees Me in all, and sees all in Me, for him I am not lost, and he
is not lost for me.
MARCUS AURELIUS - What is not good for the swarm is not good for the bee.
JESUS - The kingdom of heaven is withing you.
THE KORAN - God changes not what is in a people until they change what is in themselves.
It looks like there is a "bottom line" there, doesn't it? In "Conversations with God - Bk2", by
Neale Donald Walsch, there is a beautiful one-sentence summation of what he calls "The Ultimate Truth".
This is his "God Voice" speaking:
"You must stop seeing God as separate from you, and you as separate from each other."
WHY IS THIS A SECRET?
It is a little puzzling why this "Ultimate Truth" has been somewhat concealed from so many for so long.
The reasons usually given are that the "truth that will set you free" is so powerful that it is like giving dynamite
to children, or that most individuals on earth at any given time are incapable of understanding it anyway.
It may be true that allowing everyone to know that the force behind the entire universe is also inside of
them could cause some of them to try to misuse the power. Isn't that what we have been doing anyway?
We can hardly be more destructive than we have been so far, so perhaps it is high time that this veil be
lifted to see how many of us will accept our own responsibility and use the knowledge wisely. I believe that
most of us will.
Oh yes, the secret of a happy marriage -- i forgot it.