The Simple Way

Written by Raymond Salas

In Yoga In A Book, I wrote: “My only religion is to love without conditions,” which is the basis for a spiritual approach that I call “The Simple Way.” I believe that the simplest ideas can be the most powerful. As Robert Anton Wilson wrote, “The ultimate simplicity and the ultimate sophistication are identical.”

Here are my guidelines for “The Simple Way:”

Don’t judge the present.

As I look around at the life that I have created, I realize that, in a sense, I am looking at the past. All of the events, happenings, and experiences of the present are really the results of thoughts and beliefs previously planted and held in the fertile soil of my consciousness and brought to life and fruition in the present moment through the all-powerful Law of Attraction. Therefore, whatever thoughts and beliefs I am having right now, are in a very literal sense, creating my experiences and reality for the future. 

“Whatever I’m thinking about is literally like planning a future event.” 

- Abraham-Hicks

For these reasons, it is pointless for me to judge, resist or try to change anything in the present because it’s already too late. The details of the present are really afterthoughts. The actual causes are the thoughts and beliefs that I held prior to this moment. If I try to make changes at the level of effect, as Marianne Williamson once said, this is like trying to rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic. Unless I go deeper to the actual level of cause, the ship is still going to metaphorically sink.

“There is no point in trying to change the world. It is incapable of change because it is merely an effect. But there is indeed a point in changing your thoughts about the world. Here you are changing the cause. The effect will change automatically.” 

- A Course In Miracles

The best thing for me to do is to immediately begin planting new seeds (i.e., new thoughts and beliefs) of what I do want to create and experience. 

“All that a belief is, is a thought that I keep practicing.” 

- Abraham-Hicks

Therefore, if I change my thoughts and beliefs, my world must change because this is how it was created in the first place.

Love and gratitude.

In The Hidden Messages in Water, Dr. Masaru Emoto points out that the two most powerful energies are love and gratitude. I have found that it is very empowering to try to send out as much love and gratitude as possible throughout each day. For example, I can bless my drinking water with love and gratitude. I can bless my meals with love and gratitude. I can bless people with love and gratitude. I can try to bless as much as possible in my world with love and gratitude. What I have discovered is that the world will respond back with even more love and gratitude. The circle of love will always complete itself, but it will always come back to me bigger, stronger, and more powerful than ever before. It’s like love automatically asks the Universe to “Super-size me!” Giving and receiving become one.


I am a believer that I am 100% responsible for all that happens in my world because I am literally the creator of it. Therefore, all that I encounter in my world is a mirror reflection of my own consciousness. If I am not feeling good about the reflection I perceive regarding any aspect of my world, I take full responsibility for the erroneous thought and belief that created it, stop in that moment, and forgive the aspect of my consciousness that originally created it. As A Course In Miracles says A miracle is a correction. A miracle contains the gift of grace, for it is given and received as one. Forgiveness is the home of miracles.” Therefore, when I am choosing to forgive all of the erroneous thoughts and beliefs creating any aspect of my world, I am literally inviting the unlimited power of God to correct my mind and choose a miracle instead. What could be more powerful than that?

The power of “The Simple Way”

The true power of “The Simple Way” is really the opportunity for me to create my reality now through the most potent and dynamic combination there is: love, gratitude, and forgiveness.

Here are some very good resources further supporting the principles behind the power of “The Simple Way:”

  • In one of my favorite books, The Third Millennium, Ken Carey offers tools for making the “perceptual shift that allows your identity to be transformed from solitary individual to the source of every individual, from the object of attention to the very flow of attention itself, from the contents of consciousness to the awareness that brings all content to light.”

  • Steve Pavilina also has a great explanation of subjective reality and the power of accepting that “life is a subjective experience, a manifestation of your own thoughts.” His Q&A format is thorough and answers some of the most of the common questions on this topic.

  • Dr. Joe Vitale discusses the “world’s most unusual therapist,” Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len, who heals others by forgiving the part of his consciousness that created them in the first place. Dr. Len is an amazing healer with a simple, yet very effective and powerful approach: forgiveness combined with the perspective of subjective reality.