by Scott Parshall
Richard Dupuis is a spiritual man. For the past two decades, he has devoted his life to helping people understand their true spiritual nature. Locally and abroad, he has provided group workshops and personal consultations for people seeking spiritual growth. I interviewed Mr. Dupuis last year (for The New Times, October 1997; send SASE for a reprint of this or any other article desired) when he began teaching a process for opening an energy center known as the Mouth of God.
This is the second time I have interviewed him, and the more often I speak with him, the more I suspect he is enlightened. His words are simple, and his understanding of the truth is unquestionable. These qualities are most apparent in his third book, From the Mouth of God. The book is brand new, but its message is eternal: The truth is simple and available to us all.
Scott: What is the Mouth of God?
Richard: The Mouth of God is a subtle energy center, like a chakra. Its at the base of the skull on the back of the head. It brings higher spiritual energies into your body.
Scott: Is this book about the Mouth of God?
Richard: There is a chapter on the Mouth of God, simply because I wanted to bridge what I consider the most basic spiritual concepts with the more advanced spiritual concepts, and that particular center is the most advanced center we have in our energetic bodies. Its actually just a small part of the book.
Scott: One of the most appealing things about your book is how simple your words are. I was surprised at how much truthful information is in your book, stated simply. Why did you write the book?
Richard: I wrote the book for several reasons. One is that it took me two decades to discover that truth is, basically, simple. There are some basic, fundamental principles that we can all live by, and if you do live by them your life will work; it has to work. If your life is difficult and does not flow smoothly, its because youre violating those basic principles, whether that is because you dont know them or simply have forgotten them. I also wrote it because it came to me in meditation that the book needed to be written. The more advanced work I do, the more I realize that we all need to get back to something basic.
Scott: One of those basic truths in your book regards our autonomous nature. You say one of the biggest obstacles for individuals is that people continually blame others for their problems.
Richard: Thats what the culture teaches, that there is somebody out there doing something to us. When you turn on the television, you see that everybody is a victim, as though somebody can do something to you. The truth is that there is nobody out there who can do anything to you. It all comes from within. The outer world is just a reflection of your inner world. Weve all probably heard that a thousand times before, but it takes that many times before we realize that, yes, its true. It is a fundamental truth that the only experiences we have are those experiences that come out of our subconscious and are presented to us every day of our lives.
Scott: Would you say that is the single largest obstacle for people?
Richard: Thats a big one, but there are other obstacles, of course. All these obstacles come out of our conditioning. For one thing, were conditioned to think that we can control our reality. In fact, theres a chapter in my book called "Natural Order" that addresses this. We think that if we put enough effort into something we can get control of it. Government puts laws on top of laws in an effort to gain control, yet nothing gets better. You simply cannot control anything. That is absolutely an illusion. Conditions change out of raising our consciousness, raising the level of perception we have, not out of control, laws, rules, and those kinds of things.
Scott: In the chapter, "Relationships," you state that the most important relationship a person has is his or her relationship with God.
Richard: Thats the only relationship we have. We think we have relationships with others, but we dont. What shows up in our relationships with others is really a reflection of how we feel about God. Thats kind of a difficult concept to get, because we see others in our lives, but those others represent our own inner conflict, or lack of inner conflict, whichever way it may go.
Scott: Your book says we live in a polar world, and that judgment creates imbalance. Tell me what the Neutral Zone is.
Richard: Thats the place in the exact center, between negative and positive polarities, between cause and effect. When youre in that center, youre balanced, and youre in a place where things work for you. It is simply the easiest place to be. Its where information comes through, its where intuition comes in, its where God speaks to you. Its where youre simply balanced and functioning with ease.
Scott: In one chapter, titled "Talking With God," you speak of how the universe and God speak to us through any number of ways. How much of a persons outer experience do you think is symbolic communication from God?
Richard: All of your experience is symbolic, really. God can speak to you directly if youre open to it, but most people find that difficult. They dont believe the voice when they hear it; they think its their own mind. God also speaks to you through others. Anybody can look at something that happens in their life and receive a message if they are open to it. The universe is one system, one relative field, and nobody is outside of that system.
Scott: What do you think is the most important thing people need to learn?
Richard: I think it goes back to what I was just saying: God is always talking to you; the question is, are you listening? The universe is always guiding you in one way or another. People think of this as guides, or masters, or devas, but it is God. Listening is the most critical skill of all. That is the opposite of control and forcing. You simply cannot force things to happen.
Scott: In the chapter, "Purpose," you state that everyone has a purpose, and that once you find your purpose, your life will flow effortlessly. I think a lot of people have the misconception that once you find your purpose, youll be wealthy.
Richard: You might be, but chances are you wont. Most people didnt come here to be one of the super-wealthy people on this planet. They came here to remember who they are, and thats the most important thing. Everyone came here with a purpose, or a contract, something your soul wants to accomplish in this life, and it can be almost anything. Your purpose will always provide you with comfort and the things you need. It will fulfill you in this lifetime.
Scott: One of the chapters is devoted to the subject of money. What do you think is peoples most popular misconception about money?
Richard: That it comes out of hard work and effort, being smart, or having a good education. It doesnt come from any of that. It really comes out of that place I call the Neutral Zone, because money comes out of flow; it flows through you. When youre struggling, controlling, efforting, you block that flow. We talked about purpose, and if youre following your purpose youll be able to live comfortably, whatever that means to you. Your purpose and your financial support can only come to you out of flow. It simply will not come to you out of struggle. If theres a lack in your life, theres something wrong with the system youre living by. You are one system. Money is not separate from any other part of your life; it is all one.
Scott: Why is it so hard for people to have faith and trust that they are safe and always will be?
Richard: It goes back to what the culture calls the work ethic, which is the belief that somehow you are rewarded for struggling, for effort, for doing it the hard way. The culture teaches that were not safe, that our survival is in doubt. We all lock our doors. Were taught that there is not enough of anything: Theres not enough food, theres not enough love, theres not enough money. Were taught survival within a system of scarcity. That puts people into fear, and things become scarce because you believe it to be so. This may be the problem with our society: that we believe we are in jeopardy. We believe life isnt about ease, it isnt about love, it isnt about flow; its a harsh, cold world out there.
Its out of your beliefs that you manifest, and if you believe, you cant trust life, or God; you will be stuck living out of fear. You have to reestablish your spiritual connection and realize that our cultural conditioning simply isnt based on reality. God is always with us; you are not suffering, you are not alone, and nothing can really harm you.
Scott: Is there anything else that you would like to say?
Richard: Yes. If you read as far as the last chapter, youll find that its all about commitment. That is where it really starts, and that is where it ends. Its easy to think youre committed, but commitment is something that needs to be reinstated constantly. Probably every person who reads this will say to themselves, "Im committed to spiritual growth." That commitment needs to be reinforced constantly, because we are always changing, we are always growing, and you always have to recommit and get back to the basics.
Scott: So if people start the book, youd like them to commit to finishing it.
Richard: Yes. Id like them to commit to staying conscious, to being aware of their own thinking. We all get distracted and pushed off the path by our daily activities. Things stop working for us in the way that we think they should, and thats essentially because we are off of the basics; we have missed it again. When youve been at this for two decades, sometimes you think you know all there is to know. The point is, do you live what you know, or do you just know it? I advise people to meditate, contemplate, and do that kind of spiritual work, but thats only part of it. The most difficult thing, yet the most important, is to live the basics, to live the simple truth that we all know exists.
Richard Dupuis teaches workshops throughout the U.S. and Canada. He will teach a workshop called "Opening the Mouth of God," the subject of his new book, November 27 and 28 at the Masonic Rite Temple on Broadway in Seattle. For details, see display ad below or call Richard at (800) 480-6021.