Donald Payne-The Miracle of Life

Remembering the Miracle of Life

By Donald Payne

*Note from the Publishers of Lotus Guide: Donald passed away recently so this is his last article for us. He was our friend first and foremost and undoubtedly the most loving and caring person we’ve ever met…or ever will probably. So yes…Remember the Miracle of Life in every minute with every breath. Much love to you Donald wherever you may be…save us a seat 🙂 Rahasya & Dhara

Donald Payne

Hello again, dear reader. Blessings and love to the person who used his or her own beloved presence and performed the most effective “rain dance” for our drought-stricken North State. The rain has descended and our precious Earth is refreshed and then some!

Perhaps these extreme Earth changes will begin to diminish our collective arrogance and force us to use higher judgment in our dreams. Because we are always transmuting the invisible world into the visible, we change our dreams into an image and then we manifest those images into the material world—reality.

Indeed, when we reach higher levels of judgment we can make our thinking clear and straight, so that we can go directly to our goals. If many of us could reach a very high level of judgment and consciousness maybe we could eliminate so much sickness, suffering, difficulties, and troubles, and humans could probably be very happy and live a very long time.

With the coming of the Industrial Age, things of the spirit began to assume less and less reality in our lives, until now many have almost completely forgotten that we are all born of the Earthly Mother and Heavenly Father. The God of the 20th and now the 21st century is technology—whose vast machines are wholly dependent on limited fuel resources—a computerized God we have programmed to produce material things, many of which we do not need and much of which is even harmful.

What has happened to us?

There was time in our past when the very air crackled with wonder and awe when confronted with the miracle of life, when birds sang songs of mystery, and it was possible to meet a saint in bare feet on a dusty road and if we were humble enough we would be allowed to soar with his spirit and ours into unknown realms of holiness.

But now, dear reader, fatalism and indifference will not solve the monumental challenges we now face. We must personally involve our beloved presence again with this “Miracle of Life.”


“For the unified mind in accord with the Way

all self-centered striving ceases.

Doubts and irresolutions vanish

and life in true faith is possible.

With a single stroke we are freed from bondage;

nothing clings to us and we hold nothing.

All is empty, clear, self-illuminating

with no exertion of the mind’s power.


To come directly into harmony with this reality

just simply say when doubt arises, “Not Two.”

In this “Not Two” nothing is separate,

nothing is excluded

no matter when or where.

Enlightenment means entering this truth

and this truth is beyond extension or

diminution in time or space

in it a single thought is ten thousand years.”

By Seng-Ts’an

Excerpts from Verses on the Faith Mind

And so it seems that working on our personal illumination is a constant practice for us all. Clean up our blood by eating pure food with a growing amount of gratitude and love. Practice cleaning up our thoughts with reflective contemplation and begin to focus on manifesting perfect harmony with the great order of nature again.

I’m so grateful that I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to work in the natural-foods industry for more than 46 years and to be exposed to so many disciplines, from so many great teachers, mental, physical, and spiritual. So much education regarding disease and wellness.

No wonder I use so many supplements to help augment my blood quality. I have had such a colored and checkered past, full of missteps—how nice it is that I found a path to work toward my own greater good—including my physical health.

Nordic Naturals omega-3 fish oils are a daily supplement for me. Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega is my favorite; sometimes I use two capsules twice a day to help with some of my joint inflammation and to help with blood circulation to my extremities. The longer I use Nordic Naturals omega-3 fish oils the more I realize I need them.

Also, I began to use Garden of Life’s My Kind men’s multivitamin and mineral supplement, and I really think it makes a difference in my energy level and I love that it’s all organic food–grown nutrients. Garden of Life’s probiotics for men over 50 I have used for four to five years, especially because last winter I had to use antibiotics for a lung infection—after I finished I began to use two probiotics twice a day and it made such a difference in my gut feelings and bowel regularity.

Now we have entered spring and the first thing I stocked up on was Country Life’s Aller-Max for getting rid of allergy symptoms. It works great and fast. My wife loves Country Life’s Maxi Hair to keep her hair thick and strong and we both use Country Life’s CoEnzyme B-Complex for our nerves and Country Life’s Bone Solid for our bones, muscles, adrenal glands, and so much more.

Thanks again for the rain (let’s hope not so much all at once), the Earth, and I am refreshed and looking forward to our North Valley summer heat—Fire the people awake! Fire the people awake! Fire the people awake? …

The best is yet to come.

Donald Payne

S&S Produce & Natural Foods

This is how many people will remember Donald, always there and when he was with you it didn’t matter who else was waiting…he was totally with you.

Donald Payne


And this is his chair today; whoever sits in that chair will need all the support and love we can give him or her and somehow, Donald will be there in spirit to help.

Empty chair-but not forgotten