The Cranky Guru earns its first gong!

The Cranky Guru-Adventures in Metaphysics has just been awarded a five star rating by Readers Favorite! I’m so thrilled! Here’s the review:

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite
The Cranky Guru: Adventures in Metaphysics is a self-help book by Paul
Bennett. The author bases much of the material he presents on his own
30-year journey of self-discovery. He begins with an example of his beliefs
in action, when he has his passport renewed in three hours before
an anticipated family trip. By believing in the benevolence of the universe,
he saw that trip happening. As he waited for the oce to open
and traveled up to the oces with other applicants, he wished them all
success, and he actually received his passport in time to travel. Bennett
oers ways to focus on the now rather than being caught up in the past
or worrying about the future. He discusses the various forms of meditation
and gives basic instructions on how to practice each form. Bennett
includes an extensive bibliography of those works he found instructive
and instrumental in his search for his own philosophy.
Paul Bennett’s self-help book, The Cranky Guru: Adventures in Metaphysics,
is one of those books you’ll want to hang on to and read and
then re-read. He’s a gifted writer who has the ability to communicate
directly with his readers, almost as though he were in the same room
with you. He’s honest and fearless and quite charming, and I found
myself smiling as I read of his Lift Club exploits. No, I’m never in lifts, so I
won’t be tempted to burst out into song and see for myself just what
transpires, but it does make for some interesting reading. Sometimes
Bennett is deadly serious, as when he discusses what thoughts you project
and the repercussions of negative emotions and feelings. There’s an
awful lot to digest in this well-presented and deceptively slim volume,
and I’m very glad to have heard Bennett’s voice resonating through The
Cranky Guru. This is an exceptional work that is highly recommended.

I do hope you enjoy my book. It can be purchased directly from me here, or


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For those of you interested in my book ‘The Cranky Guru – Adventures in Metaphysics’, here’s a link showing you where it can be downloaded globally. Just click on to see every distributor. Of course, you can also purchase hard copies directly from me if you choose as well.

I encourage you to please read my book. The world today is in great need of positive messages and through my book and many like it, we glimpse a kinder, more loving existence. This is the right of every sentient being. We all deserve to be happy.

Blessings and Light…

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As human beings, we have evolved with complex and differing influences, attitudes and beliefs which colour our perceptions of life, materially, emotionally and spiritually. In many ways these diverse views of ‘what is’ have created great rifts and misunderstandings between us and certainly our adherence to various branches of faith with diverse commands, rules, observances, rituals and ‘forbiddens’, have been instrumental throughout history in creating much separation, pain and suffering between us.

And we’re so keen for our God to be the ‘One God’ and so we call this personal God of ours by many different names that no doubt have deep meaning for us as individuals. But what I feel is needed in our crazy world, is for all of us to come together in a deeper understanding of that which joins us so much more strongly that the things that divide us.

So here is my suggestion if you choose to take on this challenge. It’s a simple matter of semantics. If we have beliefs, let’s focus on our individual Gods and simply substitute the inclusive name “ALL THAT IS”. It’s a tiny semantic difference which could have far-reaching ramifications for the good of Humanity. Today, let’s embrace our beautiful world together, as one.. :))


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A prayer for Peace

Today I invite you to offer prayers of hope and peace for all those caught up in violent conflict around the world. I ask that we view them in a non-judge mental way, not seeking wrong-doers and casting blame, but from a higher consciousness viewpoint and with the full understanding that as paid up members of the ‘human family’, we must all take some responsibility for the state of our world.

Our combined prayers, kind words, loving thoughts and actions will assist by joining with the matrix of positive energy surrounding our planet and helping to neutralise hatred and conflict. Please meditate for just five minutes today, sending out healing love to all and seeing the world at peace and in harmony. Truth, Love and Light for our beautiful planet. xxxx

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“The world is one country and all its people citizens” Bahá’u’lláh’

Today, I wanted to share a beautiful poem by Bahá’u’lláh’
founder of the Bahai faith. Born in 1817 to a prominent family in Iran,
he was banished into exile for forty years because of his teachings.

Eventually, this took Him to the Holy Land. It was there that He passed away in 1892.
Can you imagine that he advocated equal rights for women back then? It didn’t catch on!

“Soon will your swiftly, passing days be over,
And the fame and riches, comforts and joys,
provided by this world will be gone, gone, gone.

Be loving fathers to the orphans
and a refuge to the helpless
and a treasury to the poor
and a cure to the ailing.

Be ye sincerely kind, be the Lord’s mercy to Man
For Love is Light, Love is Light, Love is Light.
Show ye this way to the people, for Love is Light.”

Bahá’u’lláh’ 1817 – 1892



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Reason and Spontaneity are poor bed fellows!

Do you think it might be that if we trusted our natural impulses instead of ‘second guessing’ everything we do with our intellect, we might find ourselves closer to our true natures? I think it’s a terrifying thought for many to just ‘do what we want’ naturally, because we’re restricted in so many ways by our individual (and collective) religious and cultural upbringing. And yet, our natural impulses are sign posts towards the ‘shape’ of our individual lives as they were meant to be. It might be an interesting exercise to ‘think impulsively’ for just one day to see what comes up as a result? Regardless, I do think most would agree “reason and spontaneity are poor bed fellows”. xxx :)))



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Can we quantify Love?

Dinner the other night was a most interesting one. Not only did we have our usual group of beautiful friends, but also the famous blogger and author of the book ‘Advanced Style’ Ari Seth Cohen with us. Over dinner, the subject of Love came up and in the course of the conversation, I expressed the view that “Love Is” meaning that as the Life Force Essence, it cannot be contained, or indeed made ‘more’ or ‘less’. Ooops! Momentarily, the earth stopped turning! “Does that mean Paul, that you love an ant as much as you love your beautiful wife Tutti?” “Errr… well, since Love is the Life force running through all of us which cannot be contained, the esoteric answer is YES.” Wrong answer! I received three coats of shellack for that ill-considered response!

I get it, I really do, but since the conscious mind judges the minutiae of everything, of course one aspect of love would be placed against another with a resulting value judgement made. And in this context, OF COURSE I love Tutti and my beautiful kids more than an ant! On the other hand, if one has come to a point where to a large degree (but not totally of course!) the conscious mind has been transcended and higher consciousness is the chosen platform of existence, then everything in the entire universe can be viewed (and I agree it’s a choice) from a loving and positive perspective. I definitely want to add however, that this ‘higher consciousness view’ of things in no way undervalues the hurt experienced by so many, even to the point of deep-seated loathing, where forgiveness of any kind could never be considered.

We, all of us, live the best life we can and in every case, regardless of ‘what happened’, it’s how we handle it that matters. Truth, Love and Light.


Here I am with the lovely Ari Seth Cohen


With Tutti, who I love MUCH more than an ant

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