The Sacred HubLiving In the Shimmering Light of Your True Self
An Inspiring Guide to the Sacred Hub of Your Own Heart
With a subtle eye, we can see that this physical world is an undulating ocean of consciousness, of light masquerading as matter.
The Sacred Hub is an inspiring guide that will help you purify your subtle vision so that you can venture beneath the conditioned mind to awareness itself—into the sacred hub within your own heart. It is in this billowing awareness where you will find your own truth, your own authentic expression, and the freedom and enduring happiness of your own innermost being.
Finally, this book is an extraordinary reminder that the power that holds the numberless stars in the vast heavens is within us. Within each of us is a spark of the divine power that created the cosmos. When you know the shimmering light of your true Self, you will know everything because that Self is the creative, intelligent force behind this whole universe.
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The author, Robert Rabbin, on The Sacred Hub (1 min.)
“Freedom is to let go of everything and then to drop the hands that have let go.”
“The power that holds the numberless stars in the heavens is within us.”
“The love we are seeking is always stalking us.”
“Inquiry lures the mind on to the guillotine of silence.”
began his professional journey in 1985, after spending 10 years living and working with meditation master Swami Muktananda. Since then, he has developed an international reputation as a radically brilliant speaker and public speaking guru, as well as a distinguished self-awareness facilitator, leadership adviser, and personal mentor. He has published eight books and more than 250 articles on authentic living and public speaking, leadership, self-inquiry, spiritual activism, and meditation.
In January 2012, he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and told he had a few months to live. However, in keeping with his contrarian nature, he continues to thrive past the predicted use-by date. He lives in Los Angeles.
Visit Robert’s website here.
Praise for The Sacred Hub
An Early Review from Foreword Reviews
“This is a book filled with deep and profound meaning. The Sacred Hub is an extraordinary collection of essays by author Robert Rabbin. The book covers a variety of topics such as learning to know one’s true self, learning to understand and deal with emotions, the meaning of love, and the value of meditation. The Sacred Hub is an excellent work of spirituality that pushes people to meet their deepest, truest selves. Though its answers to looming questions are not always comfortable, there is real wisdom here, and the opportunity for developing a simpler, happier way of life.”
— Catherine Thureson, Foreword Reviews (November/December 2017)
Excerpts from The Sacred Hub
I bent down to pick it up, and found The Sacred Hub. I started reading it then and there. I bought it, went home, and read until I finished it in the early hours of the morning.
It was a treasure of a book—alive with sparkling humor and crackling energy. I found it intuitive, welcoming, and overflowing with insight and brilliance. The author clearly understood something rare and profound—the sacred nature of our true selves.
The Sacred Hub quite literally fell into my life, and immediately began to change it. I found and contacted the author, Robert Rabbin. (No easy feat prior to Google.) We became life-long friends as well as professional collaborators.
When I shared with Robert how The Sacred Hub had serendipitously found me by “jumping” off the table onto my foot, he expressed surprise. The book had been out of print for two years!
It’s an honor and a great pleasure for me to bring this book of timeless wisdom back to bookstore and digital shelves, to be discovered by new readers. The Sacred Hub is essential reading for all of us who love to be changed and inspired by what we read. I’m so happy to have helped this book to find its serendipitous way to you, reading this now, so that it can to work its magic in your life.
That didn’t stop me from trying to edit. I often wanted the material to be something other than what it was. I wanted what was written to be graspable; I wanted definitive explanations and certain solutions. I wanted a more singular and consistent style. But there was always a voice that said, “Do not write to please the mind. Let what is beyond the mind speak to disrupt the mind.” Some things are known only through being.
As I wrote at my pine desk, I felt surrounded by a presence which I call love. Looking out the window I would marvel at how beautiful the eucalyptus trees were or how stunning the hummingbirds that hovered at the feeder were. Sometimes I would take a break and wander through the house or walk out to the garden where I would sit silently. Sitting in this silence, I noticed that everything was translucent. A soft light emanated from everywhere. The trees towering above me, the distant hills and the bay beyond, the passing clouds, the clumps of dirt—all seemed alive and breathing and radiant. Something I have no words for was at work where the eyes could not see, tending to everything. What is this? It is love. And this love sanctifies everything. Though it cannot truly be spoken, it is real.
These writings are simply expressions from the place of silence that meditation and inquiry take me to. The content is not that important because whatever can be said is not the truth. If there is value here it is because you may be provoked to venture beneath the layers of the mind’s false imaginings into the sacred hub within your own heart. There you will find your own truth, your own expression, your own experience of the Self. Should this happen, then we are all served.
Chapter 1: The Sacred Hub
This book does not contain information or ideas the mind can readily comprehend and use. My statements are not solid answers; they are provocations for deeper questioning, deeper contemplation of how we are to live. In this contemplation of ourselves, we seek to examine thought itself, to uproot and discard all our false imaginings so that we can live with innocence and purity. The light that illuminates the questioner is the silence of the sacred hub.
One way to enter the sacred hub is through inquiry. Inquiry is simply the starting place from which to go deeper into the unplumbed depths of inner awareness. Questions that pertain to life should not be answered immediately, they should not be assaulted with what is already known. Rather, these questions should provoke careful and deep reflection about the question and about the questioner. This spiralling inquiry leads us beneath the conditioned mind to awareness itself. The Indian poet Kabir once wrote, “I reached the place inside me where the world is breathing.” It is into this billowing awareness that inquiry takes us.
The mind wants to understand, to grasp some specific meaning. Inquiry, however, does not provide this. Inquiry sabotages the mind and its need for security and certainty. Inquiry confounds the mind’s patterns, allowing the awareness behind the mind to reveal itself.
Through inquiry we seek to awaken a capacity of self-knowledge which is deeper than thought and prior to the impressions of acquired knowledge. What we already know is of the past, a mote against new and fresh insight. Insight in the present is not conditioned by the past. Insight in the present is being, and it is this being, free and unconditioned by acquired knowledge, that inquiry awakens and arouses. The intelligence of our being is an innate capacity. It is wisdom. In arousing our innate wisdom, we can clarify ourselves and our actions. We can illuminate the very causes of conflict, doubt, and fear within us. This path of inquiry is a direct and unmediated way to realize our essential nature. When we discover our essential nature, when we recognize who we are—through deep and persistent inquiry—we become free.
I have found, as perhaps you have, that there is a tremendous “knowing” that leaps into the mind when it is silent, when it has given up trying to understand, when all of its false imaginings and projections have been exposed. Inquiry takes us into this depth of silence, and then the silence reveals itself like primordial breathing. This kind of knowing is transmitted to us as pure revelation, unformed by words and images. It is like a potent dye released in an ocean that instantly permeates every drop. When we open ourselves to this deep unconditioned knowing, we too are completely permeated.
Entering this inner silence unifies and makes whole what had seemed piecemeal and fragmented. In this wholeness, we experience a oneness of being in which the tension of feeling separate from life disappears, in which internal and external conflicts are resolved in an encompassing clarity. I call this silent intelligence, this wholeness, the Self. The Self is not a thing, like a brick, nor is it an abstraction, like patriotism. The Self is pure primordial awareness: the supremely intelligent current of life that enlivens and animates everything in existence. It is a fountain of insight and clarity, a presence that is the fragrance of reality. The guidance of the Self is what we all turn to in times of need. The Self is the sacred hub of the universe out of which everything else appears, and around which everything revolves.
We have all experienced intimations of the Self and we have all experienced its cleansing effect on the confusion, fear, and doubt of the mind. The Self is outside of time, outside of convention, outside of expectation, outside of self-concept. It is an illumination in which everything merges into an ineffable oneness. It is a rapture of self-transcendence. This is the place in which the whole world breathes, and it is the place that is aroused and awakened through persistent inquiry into our lives and into the nature of the mind and of the separate self with which we normally identify. It is a place known to us, though we may not remember; familiar, though we may not admit it; treasured, though we may discount it; utterly real, though we cannot prove it.
Can you imagine trying to explain love to someone who has not experienced it? This is the irony of the Self. We are all searching for the love of the Self but we cannot explain this to ourselves or to others. So we look for the Self where it isn’t—in objects and ideas—and remain unfulfilled.
The Self can never be known in the way we know how to repair cars. It can never be measured; it can never be proven. It simply is, without qualification or condition. The Self is beyond any measure, any knowing, any experience. The Self is always present, always moving from the hub to its spokes.
Modern science tells us that within our very own cellular structure is the imprint of energy released when the universe was first created, that we have the dust of ancient stars in our hair. We say this, but we don’t actually grasp it. If we could actually grasp it, we would see in a flash that we are part of that supreme creative force that is even now creating and dissolving immense galaxies and dimensions whose measures cannot be taken. We would put everything else to the side and give ourselves fully and freely to this force which pulsates in each human heart as the Self.
When we enter this creative force of the sacred hub, we are able to answer the questions of living through being. The only impediment is the outward turned mind which creates, projects, and identifies with false imaginings. In this way, we look for truth where it isn’t. Our only problem is that we are estranged from the Self.
There is a natural expansion of awareness that occurs in silence. This silence emerges in a deep and profound relaxation of thinking when one turns the attention within. This expansive awareness is inherent to everyone. In this awareness, we glimpse the Self. This silent awareness speaks without words and acts without thought. Whether speaking or acting, the Self is striking and sudden; its clarity is spontaneous.
We might think that only special people are endowed with this knowledge of the Self. But this knowledge of the Self is within each of us. All we have to do is see what is within us. We tend to discount our own capacity to know the Self now, as we are. We tend to distrust the spontaneous knowing that comes to us from silence, from the Self, because it often contradicts and violates the conventions of our own thinking.
Still, there is something within us which can hear reverberations from the place where the world is breathing. The mind can’t fathom those things which are only known through being. When we face the vast, eternal silence of the Self, the mind stops. When the mind stops, an eruption of pure awareness pours through the gaps between our thoughts. In that timeless moment we become what we are: the Self. The Self shines when the mind falls into the silent awareness that we have all experienced.
My teacher, Swami Muktananda, said that the love of the inner Self is alive within each of us as a divine flame. All we have to do is turn our attention inward. He said, “If you understand your own Self, you will never have to learn how to love because you will become the embodiment of love. You are the source of love. Give up all your worries and try to understand who you are.”
This love is the real teacher, the real teaching, the real path. This love is what we seek and it is who we are. This love is the language of the Self. We should give ourselves freely to the Self. We should enter the sacred hub of the heart and live in our real Self. Here, with tears of rapture streaming from our grateful eyes, we will be what we are, restored through love to wholeness, peace, and joy.
Coming Soon from Robert Rabbin
Sound Bites from Silence