More from and about
Stephen C. Paul
(biographical info at bottom of page)


For all those years you’ve protected the seed.
It’s time to become the beautiful flower.


It's not enough to know your truth; you must live it!

Begin to see what is in front of you, rather than what you learned is there.
Many years ago, when I was just beginning to open myself to the mysteries of life, a friend guided me through a short, but extremely powerful, meditation.  It went something like this:  "You have a house, but you are not your house…. You have a car, but you are not your car…. You have a job, but you are not your job…. You have a wife, but you are not your wife…. You have children, but you are not your children…. You have a body, but you are not your body…. You have emotions, but you are not your emotions…. You have thoughts, but you are not your thoughts…. What are you?"
When you give up your own truth to win at someone else's game, everyone loses.
To be free yourself, you have to release everyone else.
Creation, after all, is only play.
Your relationships reflect your fears and limits. How can anyone ever give you what you won't allow?

Every time you let go of something limiting, you create space for something better .


Make room for yourself in your life by keeping it simple.


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The greatest gift you give to the universe is being who you really are.


Once you accept yourself there's no reason to hold anything back.


Also, you must be willing to forgive yourself. You can't change your
own disappointing past actions, but you can begin again. Self-forgiveness
is the first step. Looking back, recognize your own limitations at a
time when you let yourself down, and forgive yourself.



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I am aware that a new day is dawning on this planet and throughout all of creation. Day by day I realize that I know less and less. I try to empty myself of all beliefs, judgements, and prejudices that separate me, and surrender to Being. I try to align and harmonize myself with Mother Earth, Father Sun, and all of our brothers and sisters on this earth and throughout all of existence.

I encourage others to release their limiting attachments and beliefs, and to live more simply, harmoniously, open-heartedly, and more aligned with Mother Earth and Spirit.

I live with my wife, Jackie, in a quiet, walkable part of Salt Lake City, within easy driving distance of the mountains and desert we love. I maintain balance through meditation, yoga, light weight training, walking and hiking, Tai Chi, piano, sculpting, cooking healthy meals, and reading.



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Yes, life can be mysterious and confusing--but there's much of life that's actually rather dependable and reliable.  Some principles apply to life in so many different contexts that they can truly be called universal--and learning what they are and how to approach them and use them can teach us some of the most important lessons that we've ever learned.
My doctorate is in Teaching and Learning.  I use it a lot when I teach at school, but I also do my best to apply what I've learned to the life I'm living, and to observe how others live their lives.  What makes them happy or unhappy, stressed or peaceful, selfish or generous, compassionate or arrogant?  In this book, I've done my best to pass on to you what I've learned from people in my life, writers whose works I've read, and stories that I've heard.  Perhaps these principles can be a positive part of your life, too!
Universal Principles of Living Life Fully.  Awareness of these principles can explain a lot and take much of the frustration out of the lives we lead.


Other people: 

Alan Watts
- Albert Einstein - Albert Schweitzer - Andy Rooney - Anne Frank
Anne Morrow Lindbergh - Anne Wilson Schaef - Annie Dillard - Anthony Robbins
Ari Kiev - Artur Rubenstein - Barbara Johnson - Benjamin Disraeli - Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Hoff - Bernie Siegel - Bertrand Russell - Betty Eadie - Booker T. Washington
Charlotte Davis Kasl
- Cheryl Richardson - Cristina Feldman - C.S. Lewis - the Dalai Lama
Dale Carnegie - Dawna MarkovaDeepak Chopra - Don Miguel Ruiz - Earl Nightingale
Elaine St. James - Eleanor Roosevelt - Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross - Ralph Waldo Emerson Emmet Fox - Frederick Buechner - George Bernard Shaw - George Santayana
George Washington Carver - Gerald Jampolsky - Harold Kushner
Harry Emerson Fosdick - Helen Keller - Henry David Thoreau - Henry James
Henry Van Dyke - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - Henry Ward Beecher - Hugh Prather
Immanuel Kant
- Iyanla Vanzant - Jack Canfield - James Allen - Jennifer James - Jim Rohn
Joan Borysenko
- Joan Chittister - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - John Izzo John Ruskin
Joni Eareckson Tada
- Joseph M. Marshall III - Julia Cameron - Kent Nerburn
Khalil Gibran Leo Buscaglia - Leonard Jacobson - Leslie Levine - Lucinda Bassett
Lydia Maria Child - Lynn Grabhorn - Marcus Aurelius - Marianne Williamson
Martin Luther King, Jr. - Maya Angelou - Melody Beattie - Michael Goddart - Mitch Albom
Mohandas Gandhi
- Morrie Schwartz - Mother Teresa - M. Scott Peck - Nathaniel Branden
Nikos Kazantzakis
- Norman Cousins - Norman Vincent Peale - Og Mandino - Oprah Winfrey
- Orison Swett Marden - Pau Casals - Peace Pilgrim - Phillips Brooks
Rabindranath Tagore
- Rachel Carson - Rachel Naomi Remen - Rainer Maria Rilke
Ralph Waldo Trine - Richard Bach - Richard Carlson - Robert Frost - Robert Fulghum
Robert Louis Stevenson
- Russell Baker - Sarah Ban Breathnach - Shakti Gawain
Soren Kierkegaard - Stephen Covey - Stephen C. Paul - Sue Patton Thoele - Susan L. Taylor
Sylvia Boorstein - Thich Nhat Hanh - Thomas Carlyle - Thomas Kinkade - Thomas Merton
Tom Walsh
- Victor Cherbuliez - Wayne Dyer - Wilferd A. Peterson - Willa Cather
William James - William Wordsworth - Zig Ziglar - Rhonda Byrne - Neale Donald Walsch
Carl Jung
- Desmond Tutu - Paulo Coelho - Jon Kabat-Zinn - Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Walt Whitman