Guide to the Deeper Levels of Your Being -
Finding Clarity is not a novel; it is not a page
turner….it is about finding clarity.
It was edited by several friends and students of Jeru’s
over a two year period. It is not designed to be read
in one sitting but rather one or two chapters at a time and
savored. It is not particularly linear and most chapters
can stand on their own. Like all growth into greater
illumination it takes practice, dedication and commitment.
One will benefit by the reading alone, will gain much greater
benefit by including the practices and finally, will
experience the greatest benefit by also having the guidance
of a Clarity teacher trained in Jeru’s work.
What makes this book different from other spiritual
Many books extol the virtue of being in the moment. Eckhart
Tolle’s The Power of Now and Ram Dass’s
Be Here Now are just two examples. The popularity
of these books demonstrates the hunger for a simple presentation
of the value of being in the moment.
Finding Clarity is deeply rooted in the tradition
of books such as these, yet there are important differences
in the techniques and theoretical foundations. For example,
Jeru illuminates the origin and relationship of fear and desire.
He helps readers recognize why we live among so many adults
who seem to function like four-year-olds. He introduces new
approaches to the concept of memory and its relationship to
Significantly, Finding Clarity focuses on the practical
side of accessing our subconscious in order to discover and
address what stymies us and drives us to embrace unhappiness
and failure time and again. So while this book is particularly
appealing to those with a spiritual orientation, it is also
accessible and has great relevance to those interested in
simply wanting to better understand themselves.
Jeru has a talent for giving “old” ideas new
structure and strength.The simplicity of his language speaks
to us all without the use of jargon or pretense.
Readers will learn to appreciate who they are, not who they
think they ought to be. As they practice his techniques, noisy
minds move to quieter places. Jeru Kabbal offers a way to
the next level, a way of being, a way to look, a way to awareness,
a way to oneself.
OVERVIEW of CHAPTERS
Based on the Teachings of Jeru Kabbal
Edited by Leonard M. Zunin, MD, Robert Strock, MFT,
and Victoria Ritchie
• About the editors
Introduction by Leonard Zunin, MD and Robert Strock, MFT
1) From Paradise to Panic
It may be hard to hear, but the story of your life is primarily
a story of dealing with fears. These aren’t the
fears of today. They’re the fears of the subconscious,
programmed by the mindset of a four-year-old. A happy
ending can be written only by discovering yourself as you
truly are in the present.
2) Nature of the Subconscious
The subconscious constitutes about 99% of the mind, with the
conscious mind taking the other 1%. Therein lies the
challenge because we identify with the 1%.. The subconscious
mind is where our early defensive strategies originated from
and still remain a central influence Nevertheless,
as an adult, you identify with the conscious mind, but it’s
the subconscious mind that provides most of your programming
and behavior. The good news is that you can reprogram the
3) The Four-Year Old
Your defense system, personality and most of your fears of
survival solidified by about age four. They once
served you well, but since then, they essentially haven’t
changed and undermine your adult self. You can,
however, teach your four-year-old that most of your fears
are no longer based in reality.
4) The Nature of Memory
Memory is a kind of artificial reality. It is not the
original event, never was and never will be. In spite
of this, the subconscious believes that the memories seen
in old inner photographs and movies are really happening right
now. They aren’t! Helping the subconscious
see this, you are enabled to live more fully in the
here and now.
5) The Nature of Desire
The major obstacle to being present in the moment is the chasing
of desire. Underneath every desire is another one ultimately
leading to the fear that you won’t survive. Your four-year-old
needs to be helped to see that you are safe in this moment.
6) Are You a Self-fulfilling Prophecy?
You unconsciously created a “script” to guide
your life as a four-year-old and carefully continue to follow
it. The script has a beginning and middle, but it has
no ending. You repeat the same unfinished story endlessly.
If it looks as though the script will be completed, you somehow
sabotage it to stay with what is familiar. By releasing
the old scripts and patterns, you open up to real life in
7) Fear of the Positive
Here’s a paradox: Beyond your desire to be happy,
you also unconsciously hold on to your fears. The strongest
fear is your fear of the positive, your own potential.
Why is that? The programs that keep you unhappy originated
when you were dependent on others for your survival.
Restrictions and dependency always create fears.
8) Love, Sex and Relationships
Your need for an intimate relationship, surprisingly, doesn’t
have much to do with love for the other. It primarily
comes from neediness and concern for yourself.
It is more an expression of your early belief that your survival
depends on someone else taking care of you. True love
is complete in itself. When this is realized,
being with the other is based less and less on neediness.
9) The Senses
The world is what you see and feel at this moment. Through
your five senses, you detect real danger in the here and now.
Unfortunately, your mind often bases your sense of danger
on prior experiences rather than the sensory input of the
moment. If you listen to your senses, you’ll find
that there is seldom a danger in the present moment.
10) Practical Enlightenment
You can be in one of two places: in memory or in the
present moment. One is a dream world and one is reality.
All things exist only in the present.
11) Existence is Doing All the Work
Your concerns about survival begin to diminish when you become
aware that you are no longer the helpless infant you used
to be, but are now a capable adult. Then you begin to
recognize that miraculously, Existence is allowing your breathing,
making your heart beat. Everything truly important is
being done for you. Knowing that something greater than
you is taking care, you can relax and trust.
The origin of gratitude is in recognizing that you are surrounded
by innumerable supports. When you shift from feeling
that you need something, you recognize you are full and complete
13) The Practices
The exercises and techniques in this chapter help bring awareness
into focus. This Chapter is the heart of how to put
into practice the teachings discussed throughout the book
14) Final Days - Final Requests by Leonard
Jeru’s remarkable last days and unique requests. A look
into how Jeru lived his teachings in the days that lead up
to his death. A living and dying manifestation of being in