Taking a Time Out

Beginning tomorrow, you won’t be seeing or hearing much from me for a while. I’m going to be taking a time out, and I want to let you know what that’s all about.

It’s suddenly become very clear to me that I need to hit the pause button and take a hiatus from much of what I’ve been doing on the internet and in other areas of my life.

It’s time to allow myself to simply be.

Since I won’t be very visible online for the time being (and I honestly don’t know how long that will be), it feels important to give you a little background information.

This has been a very intense period in my life, and I’m emotionally exhausted.

In what seems like only a few weeks, people in my immediate family, and others who have been as close to me as family, have experienced two transitions to the next dimension, two hospitalizations and surgeries for physical conditions that still remain undiagnosed and unresolved, and a bizarre and unprovoked assault in a foreign country.

Fortunately I’m OK, but most of my energy is still being focused on those various situations, and my heart just isn’t into much of anything else right now.

I also think it’s time for me to step away temporarily from Lessons from the Source.

It’s been almost four years since the book was published, and I’ve spent much of almost every day since then sitting at my computer trying to find ways to let people know about it, and that’s been taking a toll, as well.

I’m from a generation for whom understanding the nuances of using the internet does not come easily, and trying to figure things out essentially by myself has been very draining.

The response to the book, and to the excerpts that I’ve been sharing with you, has been enormously gratifying, and there’s a lot more to come at some point.

The lessons in the book were written over a three month period in 1995, yet I’ve been receiving and transcribing this kind of stuff for more than 30 years.

I recently spent several months reviewing and re-reading all of that other material that no one else has ever seen, and a lot of it is at least as powerful as what’s in the book.

But there’s so much of it that figuring out how to organize it and present it in a way that will make it easily accessible for you feels overwhelming, and I need to let go of it for a while.

As you might have noticed, I started a new Facebook page (www.facebook.com/JackArmstrongAuthor) where I could begin sharing some of that new material, but nothing at all has been posted there. That will happen eventually, but not for now.

And I just finished a new e-book called Accepting and Allowing: The Keys to Manifesting Your Desires that has some wonderful new perspectives on life, but I’m putting that on hold, as well.

I’ll be checking in occasionally to say hello and to keep you posted about things that might be interesting, and at some point I’ll be back on a regular basis, ready to start sharing some of those other remarkable writings with you.

This is a very exciting and liberating moment for me. One of the recurring themes in the book and all of the other writings is the importance of letting go of life’s struggles and allowing our good to unfold effortlessly. I’ve been struggling too much lately, and I’m ready to start allowing.

Thanks so much for your love and friendship and encouragement and support. They mean more than I will ever be able to tell you. Much love and many blessings to each of you.

41 Responses to “Taking a Time Out”

  1. Penny says:

    Dear Jack. Having only met you via fb I am just starting to know who you are and getting ready to read your book. I can’t imagine how exhausted you must be with all that you have done and the personal things going on in your life. I just want to tell you to rest my new friend. Take care of yourself. That has been one thing I have learned from the source , that I call God. That its ok to take care of yourself and that you are important because you are here. Love and faith sent your way with all my blessings. Your friend Penny

  2. Debra Oakland says:

    Hi Jack,

    I am very proud of you for taking this time to just be in the moment and having well deserved break. Sometimes we need to step away from things and as we do, an amazing shift occurs. Cody and I send our love and support in all you do.


  3. Anne Frick says:

    prayers and blessings to you Jack during this time of restoration for yourself and those you carry in your heart ..much gratitude for the gifts and wisdom you share.

  4. Ronnie Williams says:


    Judy and I wish you only the very best, and hope you recover sooner rather than later…..We completely understand your reasons, and know that God has you covered completely. It was very brave of you to come to this and accept what you feel is best for you. We will miss your posts and please know that if you reach out to us at anytime, we will always be here for you.
    Love and God Bless, Ronnie and Judy

  5. kaurana says:

    dear jack-
    you are such a blessing for us! all you have done and inspired may return to you in blessings for yourself.

    thank you for all you do and have done so far. also for taking a time out – leading by example and living a healthy life is essential for being happy and loving.

    a big loving hug – i feel so close to you although we have never met – all you do leaves a mark in me, makes me ponder and inspires my days.
    thank you so much!!!

    much love, k

  6. Sandi says:

    Dear Jack,
    Big loving hugs to you and your immediate family. S pleased that you have decided to step back. Energy is precious as are you, family and friends.
    Rest, take time..youare loved
    ‘LOVE’ Sandi xx

  7. Judy Monteith says:

    Wishing you light, love and peace. I will miss your emails but do understand. Take care of yourself; you know how important that is.

  8. Laura says:

    Jack – I wish you peace and happiness on your journey. Thank you for sharing your gift. I have no doubt you will be guided on the way that is right for you. In light and love, Laura

  9. Barb Kobishop says:

    Hugs and understanding to you, Jack. Thank you for all you do!

  10. Kathy says:

    To Jack,
    Thank you for your honesty. Yours has been quite the journey. I appreciate your book and newsletters. Thankfully I can refer to Lessons at any time and this keeps me focused. Relax and enjoy.
    Your cyber friend,

  11. Merrilee says:

    TAKING CARE of YOU is right on
    otherwise you won’t be any good to the rest of those in your world!
    I’ll miss the daily inspirations, but want you to know I’ve benefited greatly! Thank you & Good Job!

  12. Nancy says:

    Jack – I think many of us are experiencing the Universal “push” right now as you are. I am sending you blessings as you retreat to the space in your heart that only you know will bring you peace and comfort. Light will guide your way back to us for sure. Peace and Love on your journey – Nancy

  13. Patti says:

    It is wise to follow your heart. I feel blessed to have met you on fb. Your words have brought me clarity and encouragement and peace. I hope our paths will cross again on this journey because you make me smile :-) bless you. Namaste.

  14. Nancy Kaye says:

    Dear Jack,
    We have known each other for some years now, and you have graciously shared your inspiring work with me and my Quantum Leaps Mastermind Group. I am with your decision 100% and understand completely. Please remember I am here for you should you feel like sharing your thoughts and feelings. So, brother just BE. Namaste, ~ Nancy Kaye

  15. Lizy says:

    Good morning, many blessings to you and yours. I want to offer my thoughts and best wishes to you and all those people you care so deeply for that are having difficulties. Thank you for all you do and the many days of uplifting material I have received from you.
    Best wishes in your healing journey. I will be awaiting your return, when it is right for you, I trust you will know.
    Warm regards,

  16. Christine Finer says:

    just reading this today and oddly I am doing the same thing, having temp disabled my FB page this week and am trying to recharge. wishing you a healing time and blessings on you for all you have shared!

  17. Lee says:

    Get some much needed rest! Going to miss your daily inspirations, but totally understand.

  18. Bev Hustins says:

    Dear Jack,
    I’m sure we ‘ALL’ understand the need to take a break & you’ve been diligently working on spreading these words of wisdom for a long time, in which so many people have been blessed & awakened by them ! Being a fairly new fan of yours I always looked forward to receiving your ‘quote of the day’ e-mails that I admit I will miss very much, but most definitely understand your emotional state now & the need to separate yourself from this for as long as you see fit. The cyber world often seems to have a disattached unreal quality to it, & is far from our main stream day to day personal life, but indeed it is a grand vehicle in reaching many people that would never have had a chance to know this part of you & your wise messages ! There is so much happening within the world these days, & I believe 2012 is opening a unique portal into a most grand discovery that many will find it extremely difficult to comprehend…but it is so necessary in the strengthening & healing of Mother-Earth as she needs a most important break too from non-stop excessive neglect & abuse of many many years ! Be Well & Enjoy yourself my friend…No worries…in a few months what we perceive now will take on a whole new meaning in more ways than we know ! may you continue to be surrounded with LOve & Light dear Jack !~

  19. Amy L Harden says:

    Dearest Jack:

    For everything there is a season…even a season of simplicity, being still and allowing the universe to calm itself. I respect and understand your decision to step away. It takes great courage and strength to know when to let go or set something down for a bit…to let it refine or marinade. It is in the quiet times…the secret times…even the dark times away from the glare of others that life can settle out, regain its flow. Be gentle with yourself, Dear Jack! We will miss your presence, but Oh, the celebration upon your return!!

    I am always here if you need a listening heart.

    God Bless! :-) <3

  20. Karen says:

    Thank you so much for all that you have done so far. I pray all your family friends and yourself will be blessed with health and peace. You have changed my life and those surrounding me in ways you can’t imagine. Enjoy your “YOU” time :)

  21. Mary W says:

    Good for you! I, like many of your fans, look forward to knowing what comes next for you–all in good time. Much love, many hugs….

  22. Jordan says:

    Thank you for all you share with me, with us. Thank you for taking the time to share why this break is important to you. I admire your courage and your wisdom to heed the call to rest and nurture your whole self. May your break deliver all you seek.

    Sending love and support with a big warm cyber hug.

  23. Pat Weaver says:

    What a wonderful thing to do for yourself. I love reading your postings very much. They had added to my life greatly. Sometimes just the right thing said makes a great deal of difference in your day.
    Take real good care of yourself – it’s good to step back and take whatever time you need and more till the next
    steps become clear. Best of luck, best wishes, and enjoy your life and rest well. God bless you.

  24. Bev says:

    Hello Jack,

    I first met you at McMenamins and was introduced to that show at Mission T. I am worried about this blizzard of events – but you are being called. Your email messages from The Source have helped me navigate through dark caves. I volunteered to work in an orphanage last summer in Bangladesh and leave again 6/25 and I have appreciated the grounding of Source messages. Thank you and good luck in meeting the needs of those closest to you. -Bev

  25. marianne says:

    I have just become aware of you and enjoy reading your postings. However you cannot share from an empty vessel. Take care of yourself and follow your heart and instincts.

    May the God of the Universe be ever gracious to you and yours and keep you forever in His Sacred Circle of Love.

  26. Karen Wright says:

    Jack, I feel the ‘ahh’ in your email as I read it. Coming to a decision is always more exhausting and challenging that living that decision after it’s been made. I’m sure you must feel some relief in this letting go. I know how easy it is to get caught in our own trap and feel as if, “I started it, I have to continue it.” But, when something ends (or pauses) it’s for the good of all. You just happen to be the one giving us that chance. Thanks for every ounce of YOU that you’ve shared with us. We all now hold part of you within each of our hearts. And THAT won’t pause or go away. Breathe my friend, relax, allow. All is well. Love, Karen

  27. Forgiven says:

    Jack, your humility is inspiring and has moved me to tears. Thank you for allowing you to just Be and showing His Love through your actions to also love you in your process. Death of one thing is always rebirth in another. I bless you brother, may this time bring you closer to His love. You are not alone.

  28. David Knight says:

    God bless you Jack. You and i must be linked in more ways than one. Due to health i havent been online anywhere near as much as i used to. There are more ways than one to shine and i hope that love and light guides and directs you in peace always. Catch up when the time is right for you … and all. Cheers Dave

  29. Sarah says:

    Jack from the bottom of my heart Thank You !!! Namaste xx

  30. David Michael Smith says:

    Be at peace and rejoin the noisy world when you are ready. You have already influenced many lives for the better, and that merit will sustain you through your present trials.

  31. Linda Carter says:

    May you be blessed as much if not more than you’ve blessed me. Most days when I read the quotes on FB I feel as though they were meant for only me. Thank you.

  32. Jack Armstrong says:

    Just a note to let all of you know how very much I appreciate your love and support and good wishes. Your comments have touched me deeply.

    Yesterday, the day after I made my decision public, I spent four hours with my grandson, Cedar, who is a year and five months old. It’s been clear that my highest priority right now is to learn to allow myself to simply be, and Cedar was the perfect teacher for me at that moment. Seeing the perfection of life through the eyes of one for whom everything is new and joyous and awe-inspiring was a huge blessing.

    Thanks so much to all of you. Life is very good. Peace and blessings.

  33. Paul Harry says:

    Hey, Jack, I know how you feel. Amigo, You deserve it and it was eloquently put…….sorry, and you are in my prayers,for the disruptions, passings and hard facts of life that have beset you. God Bless You in Jesus’ Name and may He strengthen and rejuvenate you so that you can share more of your sensitivities with us. We will miss your inspiring presence. I wish you the very best. @pharr2

  34. Grace Mendoza says:

    Hi Jack,
    Joyous that you know when to stop and take care of Jack!
    Enjoy and I will see you when I see you!
    Love, Grace

  35. Amy Highmoor says:

    You enjoy your peace Jack!
    All my love

  36. Kass Nathan Starchild says:

    Blessings my friend. Having just come out of my own hiatus,
    i understand wherefore you speak. My own inner self guided me to unplug from the collective and go within for a period of self contemplation and even though it appears that i have returned somewhat, i sense there is still a need to continue my inward journey, away from the outer – into the inner.
    Go well and be well my dear friend. I am holding a space of love for you.
    I look forward to your return and am sure you will come back refreshed and rearing to go :) Blessings be yours Jack.
    Your friend always.

  37. Amy Adams says:

    Blessings, Jack. I can very much relate to everything you’ve shared. “C” U when U return…

  38. rosemary hurwitz says:

    Jack so nice to meet you and it sounds as though you are doing the best kind of living, which is spirit driven. So glad you are listening within to your needs, for as you know the relationship with the self, is the foundation for all other relationships.

    Enjoy time with your little grandson; As a mother of four, (youngest is 16) some of my happiest moments in this life were when I was learning from little ones.
    be well and see you when you are back here. Looking forward myself to going to our lake cottage for July/August, writing my book, and painting, playing doubles tennis.:) when you are back, if you would be so kind as to look at my website, and connect back, I’d appreciate it muchly!

  39. rosemary hurwitz says:

    http://www.spiritdrivenliving.com for Rosemary Hurwitz, MA.,PS

  40. Conrad Archer says:

    I come into port, just as you depart.
    Never read your work, but feel a camaraerie with your “campground” and your need for a different tent.
    At 72, trying to bring to blossom relationships–wife of 49 years, three children, five grand children.
    Retired seeking to get alignment , rotation, balance and alignment.
    Progressing, not arrived.
    May you journey into the forest deeply and return at the right time, with renewed light.

  41. Nadia Lerman says:

    Dearest John, I have just met you and know you are a brother to me. I know you trust your inner guidance as truth that is. I have much catching up to do and I will be visiting your page and reading your sharing which I know is real and vital to us all. In trusting our process we fly with delight.
    Your dear sister
    Nadia xxxxxx

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