134. Howard Falco

Howard Falco is an international author, speaker and spiritual teacher specializing in self-awareness and the power of the mind as it relates to the creation of the experience of life. His book on human understanding and potential is titled, I AM: The Power of Discovering Who You Really Are (Penguin Group).

On the surface Howard seems to be the everyday regular guy. However, in the middle of ordinary life, this married father of two went through a spontaneous and extraordinary expansion of mind. The dramatic depth and breadth of this shift in consciousness unveiled the answers to many of the largest and deepest questions that humanity seeks answers for on a regular basis, such as “Who am I?” “Why am I here?” and “Why do I suffer?”

Through his experience he came to a full understanding of the conditions that led to every moment of his life. As a result, the core essence underlying all of human creation, action, reaction, joys and suffering was revealed to him. Stunned and inspired by this powerful knowledge, Howard set out to honor what happened by sharing what he learned. I AM is the incredible result of this effort.

For Howard, the most thrilling revelation of his new insight is that everyone has the same opportunity to experience this information and the freedom, joy and creative power it brings. He states, “The issue is not whether the access or answers to any of your questions exist, but only a matter of if you are ready to embrace the new way of looking at and experiencing the world that these answers will bring.”

Known for his powerfully clear and relatable style, Howard presents the wisdom regarding how to understand and integrate more with the creative power of the mind to accomplish what is desired or to overcome any challenge you face in life, allowing you to achieve a greater sense of peace, understanding and fulfillment in the process. More about his book and work can be found at HowardFalco.com or ThebookIAM.com He is also on Facebook and Twitter (@Howard Falco).

Interview conducted 8/11/2012

Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.

148 thoughts on “134. Howard Falco

  1. Thank you Jill. I’m going through something like this, but milder. There is a definite energetic component for me, but more like radiating through my heart. It feels almost like it’s another force carrying me forward, if I relax into it, if I let it. It has a strong sense of “Self” (or feeling of “self nature” in all that manifests at least in my experiential field) as well as “lovingness”, but “love without an object”.

    I cannot say it’s “choiceless awareness” or “non-doership” because I can interfere with it (which was why I asked my question). (I am “non-doing” in the weak sense of the term since I’m letting it do the “doing”. But this is different from the strong claim that the Divine Will is always manifesting, no matter what.) And it does come and go, more or less evident dependent on body-mind conditions, such as health, ability to relax, to fall into it.

  2. vairagya… i could see how you would see that, however many of us are eligible for a batgap interview. easy
    no matter how nutty we are. if you know you know. period. it’s not memory. it’s knowing.
    I’m not saying there isn’t a difference between a sage and those of us that pop in and out. it’s huge.
    for me, more attention is paid the objects of thought.
    the nature of those thoughts determines the experience, including the absorption into them. it’s a life and death struggle. literally.
    if what you say is true, you know too.

  3. Great to hear that the fire is burning within – Ernest – Neelam doesn’t fool around…giggle..I can never understand when people describe awakenings without the energy being aroused…puzzling..

    Just know that you are being carried my friend – the energy is alive in you and will go where it needs to go..you can notice it but you can’t control it at all..

    I used to follow the energy with my consciousness – drove myself nuts for awhile – it’s here – it’s there – it’s in the head – it’s in the heart – 19 years of this – until one day – it dawned on me that this energy – this life force that runs the show – wasn’t separate from me…and all fell into place…

  4. @chuckee -

    I want to ask you a question -

    Let’s say I have been a chain smoker for 30 years. Then after 30 years I find out that smoking is injurious to my health and what I had been doing all this time was wrong. I understand this, I believe it and I am 100% convinced of it. BUT I do not give up smoking – as I am addicted to the darned thing. Will I still be considered CIGARETTE FREE because I have the knowledge that smoking is wrong.

    Similarly – After having been programmed for 30 years to identify with my body-mind, I come to the firm understanding that I am actually not my body or mind. I am pure awareness etc. I believe it and I am 100% convinced of it. But my programming/conditioning of 30 years cannot disappear just from a moment of intellectual understanding and therefore I am the same miserable guy that I was before. I write a book however on my new understanding, I write a blog and appear for an interview with Rick on batgap. I hold satsangs to share my new found understanding with others. But am I really AWAKENED?

  5. No. But I never said we were. I was referring to having had an or many ‘awakenings’. That’s not anything to do with intellectual understanding. That can come later, but if it comes prior, then you just been reading about mangos, not tasting them. Having an ‘awakening’ that passes would be more like; having tasted of mango and knowing mango, you can’t find them anywhere. You yearn for them and even appear to suffer now that you’ve tasted of mango. But there is no doubt as to the taste of mango.
    It’s not intellectual. You know.

    I wasn’t talking about writing books or teaching. I could care less what those clowns do.
    All I was saying is that some of us here have ‘awakened’ or have had ‘awakening’ experiences and would be qualified, based on Rick’s statement of intent, to be interviewed on Batgap. While I don’t have a clue what some of the folks interviewed here are talking about in regards to all the ugga bugga, I know exactly what the more ‘pure’ non dualists are saying. It has nothing to do with books. I haven’t read that many books on advaita.

    Personally, I think it might be interesting to hear from someone who is suffering, in spite of any ‘awakening’,
    or what ever you want to call it, they may have had.

  6. vairagya…. I would like to add, that while I sometimes can and have helped a few folks ‘shift’, that’s as far as I can go. I feel that is a difference between those who have had a shift and those who are truly AWAKENED.

  7. Howard, your story is my story, except I stood in my garage and asked the question. It led to (of course) where I am today…I actually did the same thing…went to the library and loaded my arms with books, sat down and glimpsed through them- I read and understood ‘Up from Eden’ by Ken Wilber but could not get anyone else to…related most to Evelyn Underhill’s writings. I did so much counseling and learning and intergrating and ‘work’ chop wood carry water- become enlightened; chop wood carry water The list of reading/bodywork/ mystery schools all added something to my understanding and of course the teachers appeared because the student was ready…my main stay is Caroline Myss- I do consider myself a ‘modern day mystic without a monestary’ I love and relate to all her teachings and ‘do the work’ Great job- I shall buy it for my step-son and it will save me much re-hashing…Thank You- you have a wonderful manner. The Dalai Lama has written that the thing called consciousness belongs to “that catefory of phenomena without form, substance, or color. It is not susceptible to investigation by external means.” This is my understanding as well-it sure doesn’t stop us though- lol~ Namaste.

  8. Glad to hear at least one recent comment about the speaker. For me I hear a very incomplete journey toward wisdom here. Lots of partial dismantling of the ego but no real stopping and abiding in non dual being. Too much personal will power still involved. Funny how I can hear this in the voice before knowing what is being said. I did enjoy some of the points however especially the one about when you are ready to really ask the question about reallity that the answers can not help but present themselves. Reminds me of the 1st Sarojoni interview in this respect. I just think Howard could use a teacher to move forward but I am sure he is “right where he is supposed to be”

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