About the Project
The book contains a nine line poem which uses metaphorical language, photographic images and a unique physical design to promote the paradigmn or "world view" of unity. This is the Buddhist view taught for thousands of years that everyone and everything are really "one." It is also now being confirmed by modern physics. John Hagelin, Ph.D, Professor of Physics and Director of the Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy at Maharishi Universary states, "The universe is fundamentally unified, and superficially diversified." Albert Einstein said,
"A human being is part of a whole, called by us the 'Universe,' a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
The main goal this project is to help people move in that direction.
The book can be read as a meditative, spiritual practice. It will reinforce the ancient insight of universal unity in your consciousness as you become free of the ego’s illusions. Take a slow, mindful breath or two after turning each page, staying aware of the mind as it contemplates Unity through metaphor.
You can try this now by visiting the virtual version of the book.
Book of other Poems
David has written other poems, which are available for purchase.
Faith to Practice: Foundations of Happiness
Your beliefs shape your life with every decision you make. Your interpretation of your circumstances also depends largely on what you believe and assume about how your world works. Faith to Practice leads readers through an exploration of different beliefs and the life practices, spiritual or otherwise, that they support. Readers will come to a better understanding of their own current beliefs and learn a process of choosing and shaping their faith so that it helps them to lead a happier, richer life.
David Gaia Kano has gone from being a materialist who was agnostic about God and anything spiritual, to a full-time contemplative with a deep faith in our Divine Unity. In his first 60 years of life practice, he spent 45 meditating twice a day, 21 in radical acceptance (non-judgment), five in earnest mindfulness and two holding to the sense “I am” each and every moment of the day. Through practice, he has gone from dependence on external conditions for his happiness, to finding the blissful peace within which brings joy to any experience. Faith to Practice will help readers explore and evolve their beliefs, using them to enrich their lives of spiritual practice and become happier, more loving individuals with a clear yet ever-changing sense of who they are, through faith.
David will be linking to other publications from this site, as they become available. If you want to be notified when new products become available, create an account on this site and check the box for the mailing list.
The poem "Ocean of Spirit" was written by David Gaia Kano in 2006. The next year he designed the physical layout of the current book and created the first versions with light blue wave pages and the rest of the book simple black-on-white. He made a dozen or so of these to give to a few people, mostly as a gesture of thanks.
In 2012 he was finally inspired to continue to work on the project when a friend offered to consult on the project. She took the basic design and looked for some images that would make it more colorful. She also took the prototype and showed it to around 20 people to see how it worked for them (did they open the pages in the "regular" order?) and get their reactions. They were quite positive, which encouraged David to create the current print-out that can be cut, folded and glued into the current book being made available from this website.