Dr. Robert Puff
Dr. Robert Puff, Ph.D. is clinical psychologist, international speaker and meditation expert who authored, "Spiritual Enlightenment: Awakening to the Supreme Reality." A contributing writer to Psychology Today, he has authored numerous other books and creates weekly podcasts and articles on spiritual enlightenment at http://www.EnlightenmentPodcast.com He blog is at http://www.Meditation-Enlightenment.com
When I was an undergraduate at university many years ago, my deep enjoyment and love for the works of William Shakespeare blossomed. I had the privilege of taking a Shakespearean class and then during one summer in my undergraduate years, I was able to travel through Europe inexpensively on a bike and a Europass to see the great sites. A memory I remember most is going to Stratford-upon-Avon and watching a William Shakespeare play. I don’t know where my passion and love for his plays comes from but it has been a deep part of my life. His writings have also taught me many things
Life is in constant flux: people and jobs come and go, we learn new things while forgetting the old, and different events take place. Our lives and views change. A seventeen-year-old boy might believe popularity is of crucial importance, whereas a sixty-seven-year-old man might believe that having a connection with God is what matters most. Nothing stays the same. The only thing we know for sure is that we are, right now.
When it comes to living in the moment and being more enlightened, you might have some questions that you’d like answered. For instance, you might be saying, “Dr. Puff, how do I reach that point? Is there anything I can do to speed up the process of waking up and of having a life filled with the present?”
Who we are is very simple. We are the Supreme Reality. Everything comes from that and is a reflection of that. We are really like the sun and our lives that we’re experiencing right now are like the dewdrops that are reflecting the sun. Another way to look at it is to see life as a dream. We are dreaming this life. We are the dreamer of our lives. Our lives are being dreamed. Life is really just an extended dream and we are the dreamer, which is the supreme reality.
- Published 03/16/2012
There are three important steps which are crucial aspects in moving in the direction of living an enlightened, awakened life. Any one of us can take these steps. The first step is earnestness, the second step involves helpful concepts, and the third step is to quiet the mind and just be. Realize that everything you see and experience, every memory you’ve ever had or ever will have, comes out of the pure empty silence of who we are.
Although God may be the ultimate, our concepts of God are not. Though religion plays a beautiful role in this conceptual world of ours, it prevents us from God because it labels God. For instance, religion says, “God is good,” “God is benevolent,” etc. Labels cannot describe God or the ultimate. The ultimate is that which is before anything and everything else, including our concepts of God. In fact, God or the ultimate precedes any label or description.
- Published 03/8/2012
There is a movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger called Total Recall. A large part of the movie revolves around Arnold’s character discovering who he really is. We all want to know who we really are. Unless we settle into thinking, “Well, this is my life and I’m not going to think about it,” we keep searching until we find the answers.
- By Dr. Robert Puff
- Published 11/22/2011
During my undergraduate years, I had the privilege of taking a Shakespearean class and was also able to travel through Europe. I vividly remember going to Stratford-upon-Avon and watching a Shake...