Archive for ‘Spiritual contemplations’

February 6, 2013

Look around.


Look around and see all the open space. In the rooms you may be sitting or the vastness outside; and ponder: What ever created me must really love me, as I can not begin to count all the available breathes to be had. We are always better off then we think. ~rg

January 23, 2013

They Should teach unlearning.

They should teach unlearning classes in college. As discomfort comes from not experiencing or living authentic to being. If we lack what we are wired to experience and stuff what is not authentic to being, it adds up to a blind programmed uncomfortable experience. So we look for relief in sex, chemicals, relationships, money, food, and image to quell the anxiety & depression stemming from the discomfort of false being. Everybody is at a different state of subjective consciousness (awareness) and ignorance, its the human condition. By defining god, we just take the infinite and eternal out of the equation as infinite and eternal has no beginning and no end, its not measurable. A definition of god, actually only creates separation with god, if you believe that god is not in every cell and particle of the whole universe including humans. If every cell and particle is not of god, then where did it come from, what is it of? God ether is or isnt. This is repeated in all ancient wisdom of Jesus, Buddha, The Tao, The Vedas, Kabbalah et cetera.  Because they all found oneness w the mystery of creation that we call god in stillness, within (not religion). Jesus did not say start a religion in my name, he said go within and be the light that you are. But regardless of our thinking or beliefs or actions, we cannot take the god out of anything as thats all there is. By defining we are playing god, not loving the creative source for this experience of life.

Man did not create man, so why does he play god. Stillness speaks much greater truths than words.     ~r


January 22, 2013

a self i can love

a self i can love











When I awoke I saw how incredible of a creation I was

Fell in love THAT me, as awakening is to see

I saw that I was not of me, but of the greatest mystery

Wrapped my arms around the mystery & can never let go

Because that is separation and I know that is impossible

I AM THAT I AM in form to experience and add Love

Grateful to be, as now I can Love me ~r

January 16, 2013

ancient wisdom

Wow, the more I dig into the ancient wisdom of The Vedas, The Tao, The Kabbalah, Buddhist teachings I teachings of Jesus et cetera. The more I hear the same, from the same consciousness. They all seem to overlap and be part of the same evolution. Current science also seems to be connecting all the ancient wisdom to modern mentality. ~rg

November 12, 2012

My freedom is proportional to my level of letting go.


“Serenity is directly proportional to my level of acceptance”

My freedom is proportional to my level of letting go.

Come to know what can only remain unknown.
Come to understand what only truly always understands.

If we imposed our will for definition, we will not.


November 9, 2012

The Tao – Chapter 37


The spiritual laws of nature are paradoxical and the path to freedom and authentic being.
The Tao, The Vedas, The Sutras, The Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus are all one, all from enlightened consciousness. Consciousness is a unified field of all life, oneness with all that is in the Universe. The Universe is all an activity of the same creation, we are really verbs not nouns. There is a

imprint of the Universe in the DNA of all life. The path to coming to know the unknown is within in stillness. ~rg

Chapter 37 of the Tao
The Tao never does anything,
yet through it all things are done.

If powerful men and women
could venter themselves in it,
the whole world would be transformed
by itself, in its natural rhythms.
People would be content
with their simple, everyday lives,
in harmony, and free of desire.

When there is no desire,
all things are at peace.

September 9, 2012

dj suggests reading the spiritual contemplations of Thomas Merton

Recently I posted a story about dj the 87 year old spiritual teacher. Below is dj’s favorite prayer written by Thomas Merton and a picture of dj.

MY LORD GOD, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

September 9, 2012

I AM amazed by the mystery


May the first and most important Namaste be said to the one in the mirror, to see the Spirit in oneself. I AM that I AM. Than we can not help but to continue to heal and be of service to others. To show my self and all in my path great love and to have gratitude & joy in every step. Regardless of no understanding of what God is, I will be the light of happiness and return the love. I AM amazed by the mystery.

August 31, 2012

The Unknown Milk


The unknown

The unknown

Peace of mind, freedom and oneness with all comes from living in unknowing.
Unknowing is a obvious lesson from the mystery of creation.
Yet schools, religion, or others compulsively want us to believe their teaching of who or what we are or how to connect with God.

Can anyone truly know the big questions of life, where it came from and why?
Can anyone comprehend all the laws of nature, past and future?
Can anyone totally understand or control their own lives or others?
Can anyone explain what existed before this life or after this life?

No. Usually such motives are based on fear, self-centeredness or self serving.

But the unknown is limitless. Love and life was created by the unknown.
God is a mystery yet many have experienced something beyond self in their lives.
We have many blessings of life that show great love and care that came from the unknown, such as our lungs to breath, our eyes to see, our brains to think, our heart that beats. We do not have to try to breathe or try to pump the heart or do anything to these given gifts. We are created by and are apart of the great mystery that shows infinite love. It is beyond our comprehension and amazing without definition.

So why do so many say they know beyond what is perfectly unknown?


August 26, 2012

The story of a spiritual teacher named dj told by Ricky Gelb

“Say only prayers of gratitude”  The dj Collection

Press the arrow to hear the spiritual contemplation.

Prayer Of Gratitude by D. Jackson

Almighty God…..

…hear this my prayer.

I come to you on bended knee to thank you for the gift of life and all daily blessings.

Particularly Your gift of sobriety and my return to sanity and reason.

I pray I go forth from this time and place to carry Your message of hope and recovery to other suffering men and woman.

May I do Thy will always.

So be it.

~Duane O. Jackson~

August 21, 2012

Its all one

Its all one. We are all an evolution from the horizon of the big bang to this very moment, life is an activity of the cosmos. There is no separation, our problems come from believing we are separate from God, the universe and others. All spiritual laws of nature are the same in every tradition, just said different. There are to many examples of this for me to name, but I have found this truth in all cultures and from many spiritual teachers from The Upanishads in the 5th century, to the hindu vedas and vedic knowledge, to the tao by lao tzu, the torah, the buddha, the cloud of unknowing 14th century, jesus, all the way up to modern day teachers like tolle. And many more. They all say the same things, just in different ways of the times, because they are not making it up, they are observing it, awakening and can see it and then interpreting it in ways that can be digested to others in their times. Being you are talking about Jesus and the Buddha, a good example of what they both said in different ways that had the same meaning was: Jesus: Be in the world but not of the world and Buddha: Have form but emptiness. Both meaning, you are here in form in the material world experience but we are really more of spirit and there for be empty of attachments as its not whats real, only temporary. Basically meaning, our problems come from our own thinking, expectations, beliefs that are all manifested by self. We have been programmed by centuries of what is not authentic to being, from family, school, tv, peer groups and society. WE KNOW NOT WHAT WE DO. This is well described in the Gospel of Thomas where the disciples came to Jesus and asked “Jesus tell us what our end will be” and Jesus said “You are asking the wrong question, you should be asking what the beginning should be, because you have been off track since the beginning. He said: If you come to know the beginning, you will automatically know the end and you will never taste death.” Stating even our view on death is man made and thats why we possibly view it as a problem or end. All the great teachers knew, be still and transcend thinking then the consciousness will flow in when we are relaxed and not blocking it. ~rg

August 18, 2012

The 2 Steps of Co-Creating

Blue Energy Field by Teresa Wicksteed

The 2 Steps of Co-Creating:

1. Become aware of when our own will is creating a problem or resistance and be quick to take it out of the equation.

2. Learn to surf. 

Note: Going against the power of the ocean will not work very well no matter how hard we apply our will.
But, if you learn to ride the energy wave of the ocean with little self assertion, we can become one with the energy flow just as we can with Gods energy and it allows us to choose some direction. We can turn left, or right, do a jump, go in the tunnel, have an incredible experience of life, in the moment, full of joy and happiness.
So this is really about learning to surf in our daily lives, in an invisible ocean of energy that always surrounds us.
~ricky gelb
August 14, 2012


PattyPowers SoberCoach in NYC Posted on FB:

Yesterday, a therapist said “You know the saying – if you scratch an addict, you’ll find co-dependence underneath.” I’m curious what your thoughts are on this.

Ricky Gelb’s reply:
Ive worked with Pia Melody & Melody Beatie who tend to be known as the authors & therapist trainers on this topic and have heard this from most book trained therapists. But I feel they offer little as a solution. If the concept of Lack of power (pg 45 in AA Big Book) is true, than simply having knowledge of such info of being codependent offers little to a solution. Because we do not have the power to change it out of self will. They suggest, building a relationship with the power is the solution. In addition, thinking is the greatest form of powerlessness as we have short term thinking and change our minds (AA BB pg 24) eludes to, we can not stay “changed” from memory regardless of how bad or recent an event is. With that being said, I have found that when you scratch the Co-dependence underneath we find a lack of self-love/worth. Without self love, we can not experience true intimacy with, God, others & self. We will need love like a child rather than sharing great mutual whole love. We will be trying to fill the lack of self worth with other-esteem. I was an extreme codependent, I basically suffered from identity theft from childhood, was programed to have a false constitution that dictated every part of me, and to kill such pain I turned to heroin addiction. Today due to an experiential of a form of meditation, I have a new concept of self. I love the creation that I AM. I see the Namaste within, The God within me, the amazing creation I had not brought into view before, I see how I AM a creation of the evolution from the horizon of the big bang to this moment, which is oneness. The attachments to outward, others, and drugs became not needed anymore, so they could not continue to attach to me. They were gone, I was awakened, recovered after decades of struggle & suffering. I did nothing but get really still and consciousness took over and I was free. Soon you will be able to share and take others through this method I call Meditaining as soon as I finnish I actually believe that all addictions including Co-dependence come from trying to relieve the discomfort of living not authentic to being. As God and the universe created me to be not the man made self. Now as Jesus said, I can be in the world but not of the world or as the Buddha said I can have form but emptiness to the attachments.
August 3, 2012

My story of addiction and the solution. Speaking to a group of professional men on 07.22.12

This is my story, but its so not about me. After decades of severe addiction, I share how I found a new state of consciousness, gratitude, self love, peace and oneness. This AA meeting I was invited to speak at, is considered one of the best meetings in Tucson. I highly recommend this meeting, the recovery time of this group is incomprehensibly long. BUSINESS & PROF MEN’S MEETING (Men)
Discussion, —- (C) (NS) (WH)  University Medical Center Cafeteria Rm C, 1501 N Campbell Ave, Tucson, 85724

Ricky Gelb 07.22.12

July 27, 2012

The inner eye

People that are focused more inward, care more for others in the outer material world.

People that are focused more outward on the material world, care mostly about them selves.



Ricky Gelb seeing with the inner eye
July 14, 2012

Gabrielle Giffords & Ricky Gelb June 2012

Two people who have recovered from a hopeless state of being.

July 13, 2012

Casa Da Vida Rehab lecture handout on Gratitude & Meditation

Gratitude & Meditation class July 12, 2012

Gratitude pushes out negative thinking, especially resentments & fear. Say only prayers of gratitude through out the day. If we are grateful, we are connecting to God, a power greater then self.

Start to view life not as a given that we easily take things for granted but as a gift. Start to count the endless blessing we are given and be mindful of gratitude for them. Such as: eye sight, your lungs, waking up, your hands, for food, for a beautiful sunset, for the car starting, for sobriety, for your heart that is beating, for friendship and love, for clothes to wear, for a bed to sleep in, for family, for creativity and imagination, for a shower and water, for feelings, for every experience and blessing in the gift of life and say a prayer of gratitude. A simple prayer: Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Prayer of Gratitude by Duane Jackson:

All mighty God, Hear this my prayer. I come to you on bended knee to thank you for the gift of life…..and all daily blessings. Especially for my sobriety and return to sanity and reason. And from this time and place forward, I will carry your message of hope, recovery, love & gratitude to other spiritually sick and suffering people. May I do thy will always. So be it.

Meditation & Relaxation

AA and the 12 steps emphasize the importance of meditation but give no direction on how to do so.

AA BB says the problem is centered in our thinking; the root of the problem is self-centeredness (pg 62 AA BB). The dilemma of why we cannot change (page 45 1rst full paragraph) is A Lack OF Power. The Solution is connecting to Power. The steps are designed to strip away the stuff of self that blocks us from the Power.

This is a must, as we cannot stay sober by memory (pg 24 AA BB in italics). The greatest form of powerlessness is our own thinking. Because; we have short-term thinking and change our minds. What we feel very strong about today will be out of mind down the road. This is why despite our good intentions; we cannot stay sober on our will power alone. We must build a relationship with a power greater than our selves.  Meditation is a way of going beyond self and connecting with God.

Be still and know I AM God – The Bible

Beyond self-powered thinking is consciousness and awareness.  Step 11 is about improving our conscious contact with God. Meditation is how to do that.

This form of meditation can take you beyond self-powered busy brained thinking and you will experience the stillness within. It will relax you in profound ways so you can be in the moment, not the busy brain of the future and past. Fears are about the future, resentments are about the past. Meditation is not based on our power to work, it will relax us and let us experience being in the moment, in the now.  It allows intuitive thoughts, inspiration and direction from a higher power to flow in.

Silent Mantra Meditation

The root words of mantra are: Man – think, intent or mind.  Tra means – protection from or freedom of bondage from. So together the root of using a mantra means: protect from our thinking or freedom from our minds.

Meditation can relax us and take away all anxiety if practiced regularly.

It is my opinion the number one reason for relapse is anxiety and busy brained thinking. At some point we cant take it anymore and reach for relief in our drug or drink of choice.  Then the phenomenon of the obsession of mind and the physical craving begin all over again. If we are truly relaxed and have no anxiety by meditating, we never get to a point of needing relief, we are happy & peaceful.

  1. Sit comfortably in a chair with eyes closed for 30 seconds.
  2. Say Ahhm – I –  Ahhmm silently in your head for 20 minutes. Do not worry about thinking or controlling anything. Just keep returning back to the silent mantra. Its ok to think and you will. You will have thinking then mantra, thinking then mantra. You may not think it is working for about 10 minutes but just keep returning to gently saying the mantra silently in your head. At some point you will notice the relaxation coming into the body, your arms will feel heavy but your mind will still be aware. Usually at about 15 minutes in we will start to feel a great sense of stillness, this is the state of transcendence.
  3. After the 20 minutes of repeating the mantra silently in your head. Stop the mantra and just sit for 2 more minutes with your eyes still closed.
  4. Do this 2 times a day for the 22.5 minutes and you will begin to notice a transformation in your daily life in many ways. It becomes self-revealing.
  5. It is best to do it on a empty stomach before breakfast and dinner. Do it 8 hours apart. From each 20 minutes of meditation, the body will get 8 hours of what’s known as restful awareness.



May 9, 2012

The unknown

The unknown

Peace of mind, freedom and oneness with all comes from living in unknowing.
Unknowing is a obvious lesson from the mystery of creation.
Yet schools, religion, or others compulsively want us to believe their teaching of who or what we are or how to connect with God.

Can anyone truly know the big questions of life, where it came from and why?
Can anyone comprehend all the laws of nature, past and future?
Can anyone totally understand or control their own lives or others?
Can anyone explain what existed before this life or after this life?

No. Usually such motives are based on fear, self-centeredness or self serving.

But the unknown is limitless. Love and life was created by the unknown.
God is a mystery yet many have experienced something beyond self in their lives.
We have many blessings of life that show great love and care that came from the unknown, such as our lungs to breath, our eyes to see, our brains to think, our heart that beats. We do not have to try to breathe or try to pump the heart or do anything to these given gifts. We are created by and are apart of the great mystery that shows infinite love. It is beyond our comprehension and amazing without definition.

So why do so many say they know beyond what is perfectly unknown?


May 8, 2012

Jesus, Buddha & Self Realization

An Easter Contemplation From Ricky Gelb.


An Easter Contemplation From Ricky Gelb


The last time Weekly World Central talked to Ricky Gelb, it wasn’t about being Tucson musician Howe Gelb’s brother, but about his own music career and starting a business.

Gelb was the frontman for the band Low Max from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, and during his career, he’s recorded with the late Vic Chesnutt; Johnette Napolitano from Concrete Blonde; and Isobel Campbell of Belle and Sebastian.

In our last interview, Gelb touched briefly on a time in his life when he turned to spirituality and meditation to help him break from addiction. Today, Gelb is refocusing on what he learned studying transcendental meditation and he wants to work with others as a meditation guide, teaching silent mantra meditation “to help people deeply relax” and ease anxiety. Gelb told The Range this form of meditation is perfect for people in recovery and others who need help “developing self worth.”

Gelb asked the Range if we could share some of his meditations, beginning with this one for the Easter holiday.

Want more? visit or e-mail Ricky at He’s still in theairport transportation business, and you can always listen to his music At the end of this post we put up a video of a recording of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah Gelb did on KXCI with Tucson musician Leila Lopez.

Jesus, Buddha & Self Realization:


Disciples asked Jesus: “Tell us what our end will be” Jesus said: If you havent found the beginning why ask about the end? For where the beginning is, the end is also. Blessed are those who stand at the beginning, for they will know the end, and they will not taste death. 

The sages, yogis & spiritually awakened have been telling us this in their own words for thousands of years. Go within and find the light (meaning awareness). Find the still bliss and quell the mind and in transcendence you will come to know unknowing.

An anonymous christian monk in the 1400’s wrote about the cloud of unknowing and contemplative prayer came from this. Where you would have a cloud of forgetfulness below you and a cloud of unknowing above to unite with the creator. Focus on the I AM God within the soul, the fragment of God within and the essence of life.

As the Buddha said, do not believe what anyone tells you, even me, go within and find the truth, it will get revealed, more will be revealed in the stillness.

All cultures have used sound, rhythm and vibration to go within and connect to the spiritual presence. American Indians have their ceremonies, Christians have their hymns, Jews doven, the Hindus and Buddhists have mantras. These are all forms of Mantras. When we do this the frontal lobes light up like in no other action.

The root word Man means “think” “mind” intent” and Tra means “freedom of bondage” or “protection” So the Mantra is a way to get us spiritually centered and had have the freedom of the bondage of our self centered minds or protection from our thinking. From repeating a mantra we gain consciousness or awareness that directs our thinking rather than compulsive thinking from self centeredness.

Aummm is the sound of the vibration of the cosmos which stems from the beginning that we stemmed from. This is a simple sound that can be repeated for 20 minute silently in our heads that will deeply relax the body and connect us with cosmic energy in abundance through this meditation. we actually get a little of this when sleeping but are usually unaware of it.

Do the mantra twice a day for 20 minutes, 8 hours apart, best done before breakfast and dinner. From each 20 minutes you will get 8 hours of energy. DO NOT TRY NOT TO THINK or to control anything. Just repeat the mantra in yr head, if thoughts come fine they are important, if you have to itch scratch it, if the phone rings answer it and just keep returning back to the mantra for the 20 minutes. Then just sit for 2 minutes with eyes closed when done.
This will transform all aspects of your life if you prioritize the 20 minutes twice a day. Because you will become extremely physically relaxed and gain great consciousness and awareness. Any meaningless sound generated from your heart should also work.

If you focus on God using the cloud of unknowing and the cloud of forgetting you may find unity with creation or oneness with your creator.

Most of us developed a false constitution from childhood, school, home, peer groups and tv despite their good intentions, that cultivated a false inner constitution in us that is not authentic to being. We were taught happiness would come from the physical material world but our essence is of spirit. This has lead to great blind discomfort and why so many people look for relief of such discomfort in drugs, alcohol, sex, relationships, money and food.

This is what Jesus was referring to when he said “why ask about the end when you do not know the beginning”.

This is what The Buddha was referring to when he spoke of “form & emptiness” and Jesus meant when he said “be in the world but not of the world’.
Meaning we are here in the now on the planet, but also of infinite spirit and energy.

If we lack the spirit and are focused on only the physical material world we are being directed by the false inner constitution and never knew “the true beginning”.

So go within to the silence by using a mantra aligning us with the universal vibration and rewrite the constitution to a true one. Come to know the beginning and then you will know the end as it is all one.

If you have felt a nervous hole in your gut. It has been filled with self. When we go within in solitude the hole will be filled with the sunlight of the spirit. You will rewrite the inner constitution to one of authentic being. Than the constitution will dictate happiness, being in the moment, self love & you will come to know peace. Then you will attract others that have come to know the same into your life.

with love ~ricky gelb


May 5, 2012

We are the children of the children of the beginning

Posted in the on April 20th 2012:

Another Meditation from Ricky Gelb


On Easter, the Range ran a meditation from Tucson musician Ricky Gelb that received a great response — 198 Facebook “likes” thus far. Gelb shared with the Range that starting Sunday, April 29, he’ll be doing two guided meditations a week at Three Jewels, 314 E. 6th St.

“Starting Sunday April 29, 8 am, I will be doing guided meditation for folks in recovery. The meditations will be based around the 11th Step – ‘Improving our conscious contact with God (of your understanding or non-understanding) through prayer and meditation,'” Gelb told us.

“Starting May 1st 7:15 pm I will be doing candlelit guided meditation for the general public to help make the work week more enjoyable, based around relaxation, being in the moment and gratitude, to help folks get out of compulsive spun thinking and into authentic centered being.”

Like what Gelb is doing? You can check in with him on Facebook at Meditain Love or on his website,

And here’s some more of that Meditain Love a la Gelb:

We are the children of the children of the beginning

In the beginning, there were two entities that arose from nothingness and unknowing. Nothingness morphed into stillness and unknowing morphed into love. And they began to dance throughout eternity and their passion created energy. Which spawned matter that we call planets. This is the story of the Earth & The Sun. The Sun, a son of eternal passion, fell endlessly in love with The Earth, the daughter of love and the first mother we know. The Sun, still and dormant set itself on fire out of passion and in a fatherly style out of care and devotion for the Earth and her future. His love for the Earth is so strong, he will burn beyond knowing. The rays of the sun procreated life on The Earth and he was fulfilled, as he inherently knew what an amazing mother The Earth will be.

The Moon, who subdued all but it’s eye, couldn’t stop observing The Earth & The Sun. Their romantic power awoke the internal emotive passion of lunar love in The Moon. He gravitated to the magnetism between The Earth & The Sun and he found inner peace. He devoted himself from that day forward to act as a reflection of such love and beam it into the heart of all future life.

So in every human heart is a universe of love.
As we are the children of the children of the beginning whose dance is endless before and beyond matter.
As we are all inseparable from the greatest mystery known as God.

~ricky gelb

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