David Raphael Isaacson
Ordained Minister (Universal Life Church)
of Acupuncture & Oriental
a young boy, I loved comic books... “Dr Strange: Master of
Mystic Arts” was my favorite .
Doc Strange had amazing mystic abilities... and I wondered "what if it
was for real ? (kids... they have such active imaginations). At the age
of 15 I read Martin
Bubers’ "Tales of the Hasidim" - a collection of
“true” stories of Jewish mystics and miracle
workers of 16th-19th century Europe. I can’t imagine the
effect books like “Harry Potter” are having upon
the youth of today, but from this one book, it dawned on me
that a magical life might not be a fantasy but rather a
reality - and if others had experienced these sorts of things (no
how far in the
distant past) so could I. But where are these people now who could
guide me ? I had no clue, yet the ideas were planted in my
impressionable young mind and grew to a yearning that for the
life of me, I
could not resist.
the age of 17 I became an "Eagle Scout" of the Boy Scouts of America.
It was not quite the spiritual ideal I had in mind, but
it was (in its own way) something noble.
had just started my third year at the University of California (Irvine)
majoring in a new field called “Social Ecology”,
when I read Paramahansa Yoganandas’ "Autobiography
of a Yogi". Here was the real deal - a spiritual teacher who not only
embodied my Divine Ideals, but lived in the modern world !
Unfortunately, Yogananda passed on many years earlier, but the
possible reality of my dream was now awakened... and even though my
friends and family thought I
was crazy, I immediately left
school to pursue my search in earnest.
many years, this “quest” has lead me to explore
many religious traditions: Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Taoist, Buddhist,
Hindu, American Indian....
practice many spiritual paths: Sufi,
Subud, Siddha Yoga, Kriya Yoga, Dowsing, Spiritual
Therapy, Chi Kung, Reiki Tummo, DNA Theta Core Belief
and work with many teachers
of “Awakening” continues....
away in some part of the Inner Self, there reside all ones latent gifts
and talents - results of efforts taken over countless past lives in
this and other dimensions. The first challenge for the incarnated soul
- enchanted and intoxicated by the illusions (Maya) of this material
dimension - is in “Waking Up” to this higher
cannot be “Awakened”... until we are first
loosened from the attachments we
form to the confines of our material reality - until we are "fed up" or
disillusioned with the limitations of our
Spirit achieves this through the intervention of
“Grace” - as received in the healing
some painful cataclysmic traumas - such as in a near death experience.
This last event wasn't the particular catalyst Spirit had in mind
for me (yet). Rather, there were a number of little traumatic
events (symbolic deaths and terrible
disappointments) that managed to push me outside of the box, and
edge... again and again.
are numerous side lines we take as we are engaged with the world - the
pursuit of love and money are the big ones. We are inundated with the
cultural messages and biological imperatives that say ones purpose
in life is found in ones career and in relationships. And of
course on some level, this is
true, yet this truth can only take one so far - until the
disillusionment of that temporal reality hits home and ones world
comes crashing down.
was the divorce from the woman who (I thought) I was going to spend the
rest of my life with... and the subsequent loss of my 2 beautiful
children as they (literally) flew away to the other side of the world.
Both events ended the notion of the “living happily ever
after" fantasy. Yet through this experience,
there was born the commitment to overcome and heal everything
inside me which led to this happening (this is the classic
“wounded healer” archetype).
this same time I had been studying with someone who I believed was this
great spiritual master... until I found out he
was physically and sexually abusing some of his students (not me, thank
“How could such a
‘spiritual’ being do these sorts of
things?” I asked.
(Since then, I have received letters
who have had similar experiences - so it must not be a novel event, or
else this guy really gets around!).
On top of my divorce and
the loss of my kids, this was a massive disappointment. I began to
entertain the possibility that everything about
spirituality was a
I can see why
people easily get
disenchanted with the spiritual path - its leaders are all
humans with human character flaws. Fortunately, I found that there are
still some good “spiritual people” out there (one
transition through this crisis). All in all, besides sharpening my
experience helped loosen my
attachment to the "outer" and allowed me to become more
consciously aware of my "Inner Master".
In the meanwhile,
pursuing a goal of becoming a healer, I completed 2
years of pre-med studies and was accepted into Western
States Chiropractic College.
few weeks after I left school, a palpable wall of blackness descended
in front of my life (when I closed my eyes I could even see it). I had
followed my dream and now here it was –
shattered. I had no discernible future and a large unpaid student
loan to pay back. What was I to do now? How do I pick up the pieces of
Where do I go? what do I do?". To keep the thread of my “dream”
I decided to enroll at The Oregon School of Massage... then The
Oriental Medicine. Three years later, I graduated with a
master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental
Medicine (1992)... and so began my
weeks into the second semester, I had a very vivid dream.
standing in front of our class of some 130 people and said:
how much time and money we have invested to get here, we can
always make another choice. It is never too late to do something else.
I feel that this path is not for me - it is not making me
so I am going to let it go and drop out."
I had made so many sacrifices and went through so many
hoops to get to this place, yet this one dream was
telling me give it all up ? I should have been excited about waking
up every morning and going to school, but when I searched my feelings,
I realized that I really
was not happy. If
I gave up on my dream (which I thought was to be a
Chiropractor) what would I do then? Yet I
could not ignore this message nor my feelings... so I took the
leap: stood up in front of my class
and quit school in the very same way my
dream showed... and it felt RIGHT.
Later that year, I heard that 2
senior students committed suicide (too bad they did not hear my speech).
had followed the bread crumbs of some
nebulous fantastical dream... all of which lead me to this
“officially” recognized career as
something was still missing. I finally "made it" (see
diplomas on the
wall) yet I still had a nagging
feeling that “Acupuncture” wasn’t the "final" answer.
few years later I went to
Saudi Arabia to work as an Acupuncturist in an alternative health
clinic (with the potential to make enough money to pay off my
loans in 2 years). After 3 months of political stonewalling, the clinic
owner still had not gotten his business license and we were all sent
home. "What message was the universe sending me here ?" In this
and other events I read the writing on
the wall -
not going to support me doing Acupuncture - it's time to gracefully
"let it go".
door closes, another
these few years I continued to follow the guidance of
"Inner Master" and found myself opening up to some very
unique forms of
healing work. I wasn't quite sure what to call
"It", or what "It" actually was. I didn't even know if I could
earn a living doing
"It", but whatever, 'It" was was sure interesting... and I was
getting results that were a lot more effective and
I figured, Ok, the "A" (Acupuncture) door is closed...let's see where
the "B" (Beyond) door takes me...
and here we are.
cannot give what one has not received.”
of my path has been the receiving of grace from other spiritual
practitioners. No matter
how great or small, long or short the association,
I would like to gratefully acknowledge a few of these people for their
unique gifts and special influences in my life: Swami
Muktananda, Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, Frank Jordan,
Robert Detsler, Mary Margaret Rose, Jeannie Mackie, Anita Stewart,
Palmesi, Charles McCall, Karen Abrams, Marina Rose, Moira
Shephard and Tanya Sheikh. And to those many others - I do thank
you one and all.
Spirit works very closely with countless beings who make
the Spiritual Hierarchy. He has a pure attunement to the Divine
Directive (the "Universal Plan"), expressing in his work the Spiritual
Authority, Healing Power, Transformational Consciousness, Divine Light,
and Will of the Master.
Person is a human being (just like you) experiencing the unique
opportunities offered in this dimension. He is totally committed to the
enlightenment of all beings, the ascension of the whole planetary
body into the higher dimensions, and the embodiment of Divine Love in
those sincere seekers who are willing to go beyond their limitations
and comfort zones are invited to experience his work.
"Peace and Blessings, Love and Light"
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