10 Guidelines for Enlightenment

Our mission is to encourage those of us willing to use laughter and humor to awaken our full (and fool) potential — so that more and more of us wake up laughing, and leave laughter in our wake.

There’s something funny — and not so funny — going on. Cellular biologist Bruce Lipton tells us crisis precipitates evolution. Looking at the multiple crises we are facing as a species as well as individually, we’d have to say the chances of precipitation are 100%. Fortunately, the technological tools are in place to create a world that works for everyone. We have the wherewithal, and now we need the aware-with-all. Now what is required is for us to cultivate two key human qualities — love and imagination — to evolve the “me OR you” civilization into a “me AND you” one.

Here are 10 guidelines to help you along your journey:

1. Be a FUNdamentalist — make sure the Fun always comes before the Mental. Realize that life is a situation comedy that will never be canceled. A laugh track has been provided, and the reason we are put in the material world is to get more material. Have a good “laughsitive” twice a day to ensure regularhilarity.

2. Remember, each of us has been given a special gift just for entering, so you are already a winner!

3. The most powerful tool on the planet today is Tell-a-Vision, in which I tell a vision to you and you tell a vision to me. That way, if we don’t like the programming we’re getting, we can change the channel.

4. Life is like photography — you use the negative to develop. No matter what adversity you face, be reassured: The Universe has us surrounded. Might as well surrender.

5. It’s true that as we go through life thinking heavy thoughts, thought particles tend to get caught between the ears and cause a condition called “truth decay.” So use mental floss twice a day, and when you’re tempted to practice “tantrum yoga,” remember what we teach in the Swami’s Absurdiveness Training Class: Don’t get even, get odd.

6. If we want world peace, we must let go of our attachments and truly live like nomads. That’s where I no mad at you and you no mad at me. That way, there’ll surely be nomadness on the planet. Peace begins with each of us. A little peace here, a little peace there, and pretty soon all the peaces will fit together to make one big peace everywhere.

7. I know great Earth changes have been predicted for the future, so if you’re looking to avoid earthquakes, my advice is simple: When you find a fault, don’t dwell on it.

8. There’s no need to change the world — all we have to do is toilet train the world and we’ll never have to change it again.

9. If you’re looking for the key to the Universe, I’ve got some good news and some bad news. The bad news: There is no key to the Universe. The good news: It was never locked.

10. Finally, everything I’ve told you is channeled. That way, if you don’t like it, it’s not my fault. But remember… Enlightenment is not a bureaucracy, so you don’t have to go through channels.

Along with serious works, writer Steve Bhaerman writes brilliant, insightful humor to heal hearts and free minds as cosmic comic Swami Beyondananda. His website is