Using Your Light to Hold the Darkness at Bay

Using Your Light to Hold the Darkness at Bay
As Bear sang his song the darkness began to shrink down into nothing and very soon it was gone as quickly as it arrived. Creator stood in front of Bear and said, “I am happy you have found the answer to the darkness. I have always been with you. My energy flows through the top of your head down to your heart and meets the Earth’s energy fusing together to create light. This light, combined with your voice, is like a tapestry woven together as a protection from all evil.”

Focusing on the Good in People: The Power of Praise and Blessing

Focusing on the Good in People: The Power of Praise and BlessingIn every interaction with other people, we are always making choices consciously or unconsciously as to what we dwell upon. We can make a conscious choice to focus on the positive in people or situations, no matter what. In other words, we can choose to concentrate on the exciting potential of the moment and of the people involved.

Is Believing Without Evidence Morally Wrong?

Is Believing Without Evidence Morally Wrong?You have probably never heard of William Kingdon Clifford. He is not in the pantheon of great philosophers – perhaps because his life was cut short at the age of 33 – but I cannot think of anyone whose ideas are more relevant for our interconnected, AI-driven, digital age.

Shifting Out of the Age of Fear into the Aquarian Age, The Age of Love

Shifting Out of the Age of Fear into the Aquarian Age, The Age of LoveMemories and responses to living are passed through your genes from one generation to another. Limited thinking, encouraged and taught to your ancestors, is imprinted in the cells of your body. Everything you deal with in daily living is recorded and stored in your physical body, and just because you do not consciously remember your experiences does not mean the cells of your body forget.

What Are The Chances? Right Place, Right Time, Right Purpose

What Are The Chances? Right Place, Right Time, Right Purpose
Do you believe that the universe operates at random, or is there a higher intelligence that orchestrates encounters, events, and a stream of destiny? After observing many uncanny synchronicities, I have a firm belief that, despite appearances of haphazardness, a brilliant and loving hand guides us to our right place at the right time for the right purpose.

God Is Not Coming: It Is Human Beings Who Decide The Fate Of Humanity

God Is Not Coming: It Is Human Beings Who Decide The Fate Of Humanity
Heaven and hell both exist on this planet today. This day. There is not some day in the future where our free agency to make any choices that we want will be locked down. Where there will be a judgment made, and some eternal status assigned to us. We will not be “assigned” a heaven or hell experience. It is us, the human beings, who decide the fate of humanity.

Are You Ignoring Your Inner Wound Via Cynicism Or Spiritual Bypass?

Are We Ignoring Our Inner Wound Via Cynicism Or Spiritual Bypass?
I am not some enlightened being trying to guide you on a journey he has already completed. That is an old model, partaking of a kind of spiritual hierarchy based on a linear conception of the evolution of consciousness. In the present transition, each of us is pioneering a unique part of the territory of Reunion. In keeping with that, I must offer you my doubt and conflict along with my insight.

Creating 'Newmories' from Painful or Traumatic Memories

Creating 'Newmories' from Painful or Traumatic Memories
All of us have traumatic memories. Over the years we may become aware how they are affecting our lives in negative ways. Here’s a technique you can use on yourself to change your personal history by consciously healing memories with new thinking and imagination...

How To Stop Fearing Life and Live Beyond Fear

How To Live Beyond Fear
One day, as I was answering a question on the subject of death, the following words came to me: "You are not afraid of death, you are afraid of life." Thinking over that response, I realized how true it was. Our fear of death is all the greater when we have not dared to live.

Are Your Beliefs Working For You or Against You?

Are Your Beliefs Working For You or Against You?
What are beliefs really? Beliefs are opinions, assumptions, prejudices, judgments, ideas, and attitudes through which everything you experience in life is filtered. They are the lenses through which we see the world.

Using The Power of the Infinity Symbol

Using The Power of the Infinity Symbol
What is the infinity sign really about? There was a time when knowledge of the power of symbols was the preserve of initiates only and it was passed on in secret. The infinity sign, or lemniscate, is one such fascinating symbol and produces its power regardless of whether we believe in it or not.

Can Black And White Thinking Make You Happy?

Can Black And White Thinking Make You Happy?
You know that you are indulging in black and white thinking when you use words like “always” and “never”. Or when you generalize about something or someone and say “everyone” or “no one”.

The Inner Life: New Eyes Through Which To View The World

The Inner Life: New Eyes Through Which To View The World
The real riches lie in the kingdom within, yet many people live their whole lives not knowing how to find them. The only inner life they know consists almost entirely of their emotional and mental involvement with the world around them...

Rewrite your Story and Craft a New Vision of YOU

Rewrite your Story and Craft a New Vision of YOU
You can probably acknowledge that in your past, you held a distinctly lesser image of yourself, and have judged yourself, made assumptions about your worth (or lack thereof), or seen yourself through a dark filter of insecurity, cynicism, or pain. You also have experienced repetitive patterns of ...

Transforming Humanity By Becoming Whole

transforming humanity by becoming whole
If we’ve learned anything, it’s that we create less of whatever we fail to reward and more of what we reward. It should therefore come as no surprise that the creative outputs and capacities of our two most neglected centers—heart and spirit—are marginalized in society today.

Pain Is A Given, But Suffering Is Optional

Pain Is A Given, But Suffering Is Optional
Most people who seek out Buddhism think that practice will enable them to eliminate their pain and provide them with a state of permanent happiness. But the reality is that all that Buddhist practice will do is help us develop the skills to cope with this constant dissatisfaction and not turn our pain into suffering.

The Lamb and the Lion: A Possibility of Peace and Love

The Lamb and the Lion: A Story of Peace and Love
From stories dating back to my childhood, I have memories of the lamb as being the weak one... The one who followed innocently... the one who had to be sheltered... the one who had to be picked up and carried to its nourishment and to its shelter. I recall seeing a lamb at its birth, and its legs were unable to support its weight. The lion on the other hand has...

The Big Game: What Is Most Important To You?

The Big Game: What Is Most Important To You?
I saw a man wearing a t-shirt that declared, "Baseball is life. All else is details." Like this fellow, each of us chooses something that brings us life, and all else becomes details. I encourage you to stay with what brings you life, and let the details be just that.

The Four Starting Points to a Healed Life

Four Starting Points to a Healed Life
There comes a point when you must decide if you want a life that is fear-driven or one founded on love and hope. Establishing this premise is tantamount to bringing your healing to the next level. Remember, each gain will be incremental. You'll catch the negative voices faster; you'll dismiss them more quickly...

Why We Need To Figure Out A Theory Of Consciousness

Why We Need To Figure Out A Theory Of Consciousness
Understanding the biology behind consciousness (or self-awareness) is considered by some to be the final frontier of science. And over the last decade, a fledgling community of “consciousness scientists” have gathered some interesting information...

Control versus Trust: Learning to Live in the Neutral Zone

Control versus Trust: Learning to Live in the Neutral Zone
With all the technology and modern conveniences we enjoy, living should be easier and more prosperous for everyone. Still, for many there is a gradual erosion of the quality of their lives. The energies that have supported the economic and religious systems of the world in the past are evolving and changing.

As Within, So Without: How To Be The Change

As Within, So Without: How To Be The Change
Today, millions of previously gracious, loving individuals have been enrolled in madness. They, or perhaps we, now hate the President and rage against a rigged system. Self-righteousness doesn’t alter the frequency of our personal energetic broadcasts, be they loving or hateful. We witness the reflection as escalating “terrorism” of various kinds. As within, so without.

What Can We Do to Help the Whales and the Planet?

What Can We Do to Help the Whales and the Planet?
Many people are concerned about the whales… Good-hearted people feel helpless, and ask, “is there anything that we can do?” When I asked the whales for their guidance, they gave us three practical things that we can begin to do immediately that will have positive implications not just for them, but for all of us.

Can We Transform Our Perspective of Negative Conditions?

Can We Transform Our Perspective of Negative Conditions?
A negative condition is anything you perceive as lacking in joyful experience for yourself. Another person may perceive that experience to be joyful and a definitely positive condition. Conditions are relative, for in essence, there is no reality, but simply your perception of it. All is relative.

Where Is The Holiest Spot on Earth?

Where Is The Holiest Spot on Earth?
It was one of those days when the world was supposed to come to an end. The planets had achieved the crucial alignment, the ancient prophecies were being fulfilled, and psychics confirmed this would be the turning point. Hordes of people were rushing to safety at spiritual power places around the globe...

Musings on Beliefs, Opinions, Facts, Knowledge, and Truth

Musings on Beliefs, Opinions, Facts, Knowledge, and Truth
It seems to me that many of the battles within humanity today arise because most of us have no idea how to differentiate what we believe from what is true. We don’t know how to separate our opinions from bare facts. We have not been consistently encouraged to critically think...

Begging or Choosing? The Best Way To Predict The Future Is To Create It

Beggars and Choosers? The Best Way To Predict The Future Is To Create It
We always have many choices before us. If we believe we must grovel, plead, or struggle to manifest our dreams, these choices can seem overwhelming, even frightening. But if we realize that every choice before us represents the universe inviting us to remember who we really are, and...

It’s Not Just Imagination, It’s Perception

It’s Not Just Imagination, It’s Perception
If you can remember when you learned to drive a car you will recall how difficult it was to focus on everything at once. There was the steering, the looking in the rear view mirror, the gas pedal, the brake, the turn signals, etc. Gradually, it all became familiar and then automatic, until you were able to just enjoy driving. That’s called unconscious competency.

Expanding Your Awareness and Discovering Who You Are

Expanding Your Awareness and Discovering Who You Are
A natural expression of who you are is to learn, to grow, to expand your self awareness and your perspective. Eventually, you will come to realize your Divinity, to know who you truly are as the divine reality creator. By your nature, you are That – the Divine in action.

Why You Don’t Want Someone to Save the World

Why You Don’t Want Someone to Save the World
The conversations usually play out something like this: “something something and she is going to save the world” or “something something, so now he is going out to save the world.” The phrase “save the world” makes me want to scream.

You Have Problems? And... What Is Your Vision?

You Have Problems? And... What Is Your Vision?
Notice how much time you devote to worrying about a problem vs. how much time you devote to developing a vision for the solution. I’m referring to your inner dialogue, the thoughts that stream constantly in that conversation you have with yourself.

How We Are Being Manipulated in Trivial to Momentous Situations

How We Are Being Manipulated by Psychology and AdvertisingAlthough propaganda is as ancient as civilization itself, it has taken on a new force with the ubiquitous power of modern technology. This enhanced form of reality manipulation is used to influence us regarding the most trivial to the most momentous situations, and these persuasive techniques have far-reaching effects on the human condition.

Intentionally Creating Favorable Change For Our World

Carrying On With Intentionally Creating Favorable Change For Our WorldThe longevity and genius of shamanism is that, in part, it is not hidebound to methodology. As such, shamanism is always metamorphosing as it evolves in response to the current, always-changing circumstances of the world (like the weather!).

To Heal Your Life, Apply The Law Of Cause And Effect

How The Law Of Cause And Effect Is Unwavering In Its ExpressionThroughout the ages, our great spiritual and philosophical masters have taught us that if there is a certain effect you desire, there are certain causes that must be initiated to manifest that desire. If you wish an apple tree, you must plant an apple seed.

The Word and the Womb: Getting the Support You Need

The Word and the Womb: Getting the Support You NeedHow much should you tell other people about what is really important to you? Should you broadcast your dreams to everyone in hopes that others will honor your intentions and support you? Or would you be wiser to keep your visions to yourself and avoid debilitating criticism?

Expanding the Boundaries of Our Standard Worldview

Expanding the Boundaries of Our Standard WorldviewWhen confronted with something that perplexes or confounds us, we tend to attribute our lack of understanding to not having enough facts or evidence, or we relegate it to the scrap heap of the supernatural. These are the modes of explanation available to us within the container of our standard worldview.

Be This, Not That! Archetypes As Tools for Transformation

The Power of Archetypes: How to Use Universal Symbols to Understand Your Behavior and Reprogram Your Subconscious by Marie D. JonesTo not have inner harmony and balance is to walk through the world without a sense of being centered, grounded, and at peace. We don’t feel authentic at all, but rather experience a sort of mental “vertigo” that pulls us in one direction, even when we wish to go in another.As we look closer and closer at what archetypes operate in our lives, we often see these imbalances and begin to realize how they have been making things much harder for us.

Thinking Peace: How We Can Each Contribute To The Creation Of World Peace

Thinking Peace: How We Can Each Contribute To The Creation Of World PeaceIf we study the world’s metaphysical and spiritual teachings, whether they are from the East or the West, we see that one of the basic spiritual tenets or “natural laws” is that all events originate in thought. In other words, it is not possible for an event to take place in the outer world without there first being a thought. Thought is the causative factor.

Transform Your Life by Exploring and Changing Your Current Story

Transforming Your Life by Exploring and Changing Your Current StoryMany of us look back and wish that we had spent more time doing what we enjoy and less time doing what we felt we had to do. You may have some strong ideas about what you would like to change in your life. However, you may not know how to write a better script for your personal story...

Learning How To Go From A "Maybe" to a Definite Yes or No

Is Your Life Being Held Hostage by "Maybe"?Maybe I will get to that, maybe I like that, maybe I can do that. “I will think about that” is a maybe too. Maybe later. I consider most of our maybes as another way of saying I don’t know, and another way of putting life on hold.

How Do You Know That What You Know Is True?

How Do You Know That What You Know Is True?How do you know if you are thinking rationally? Epistemology is about understanding how we come to know that something is the case, whether it be a matter of fact or a matter of value...

The Golden Rule: Love, Light, and Compassion

The Golden Rule: Love, Light, and CompassionImagine... a world where any time you inflicted pain, whether physical or emotional, unto any other being you would immediately feel the same pain. Such was the situation in a science fiction story entitled Rule Golden...

How To Identify Our Assumptions Without Judgment

Questioning Our AssumptionsAssumptions are thoughts in the mind that define us and limit us. But the strangest thing about these assumptions is that they are not even there. They are really just groups of thoughts, glued together by our assumption that they are true. And yet they seem to cause so much pain and suffering...

Is One Person's Reality Anything Like Anyone Else's Reality?

Is One Person's Reality Anything Like Anyone Else's Reality?The funny thing about reality is that you can only get so close to it. Our senses compose an interface between our brains and the universe, a reality interface. Everything we experience and everything we are and ever will be are ultimately derived from sensory input.

The Future: It's Not Here & It's Not Now

The Future: It's Not Here and It's Not NowWe are spend a lot of time thinking about the future. We create idealistic dreams. "The Right Man/ Woman will appear. He/she will understand me perfectly." "This job will fulfill me completely." As a result, we develop unrealistic expectations that leave us...

How To Completely Transform The Experience Of Going Through Your Day

How To  Completely Transform The Experience Of Going Through Your DayEverything in life comes from practice. No matter how small or inconsequential we think it is, everything we do, from brushing our teeth to getting through a scary job interview, comes from prac­tice, the deliberate repetition of an action with an aware­ness of what we want to achieve. 

How Did We Lose Touch with Love?

How Did We Lose Touch with Love?In the beginning, there was perfect happiness. Sometimes this state is referred to metaphorically as the Garden of Eden, but it’s really a state of mind that’s pure bliss. No judgments, sadness, anger, or sickness existed...only love.

Karma and Politics: It's Time To Embrace Our Power

Karma and Politics: It's Time To Embrace Our PowerWe are finding new ways to live in the world, and new ways to relate to one another. This awakening comes at a critical time, for the old thinking that still dominates most governments, politics, and business as usual has created huge dinosaurs that are rapidly becoming extinct.

How A Buddhist Woman Confronted Cancer

How A Buddhist Woman Confronted Cancer I began a course of chemotherapy that was supposed to last forty-eight weeks. The one still point in this turning world was the Buddhist practice I had been cultivating for fifteen years. This practice had steadied me through major crises in my life, providing a reliable base point to which to return, no matter what else was going on.

Confronting Your Need To Set Yourself Free

Confronting Your Need To Set Yourself FreeTwenty-five years ago, as a young adult, circumstances felt as if they had spun out of control, and I was so emotionally frayed that everyday activities (such as washing dishes) overwhelmed me. Depression, insecurity, fear, guilt, and anger dominated my terrain.

Please Help Me See This Differently

Please Help Me See This DifferentlyOne of the most helpful tools I have received from A Course in Miracles is the suggestion to seek the Holy Spirit’s help by asking this tiny question: "Please help me see this differently." The very first time I sought His help, I received instant relief from my incessant drive to control whatever had nabbed my attention.

Experiencing The Triggering Of Higher Functions

Experiencing The Triggering Of Higher FunctionsWe live in interesting times. In addition to everything else going on in the Western world, there's a spiritual awakening quietly taking place, and right at its heart lies the discovery of that program within us

Accepting That Mistakes Are Our Nature

Accepting That Mistakes Are Our NatureAll of us are created in a fashion to learn through our mistakes. Making mistakes is part of our makeup, as natural as drinking water and breathing air.

Learning The Art of Leading Yourself

Learning The Art of Leading Yourself Seeing life as a series of "have to's" can be destructive. In reality, we don't "have to" do anything. On the contrary, we choose to do everything.

Why We're All In This Together

To Go From Hatred to Empathy, Ask: What Is It Like To Be You?
Normal is coming unhinged. For the last eight years it has been possible for most people (at least in the relatively privileged classes) to believe that society is sound, that the system, though creaky, basically works, and that the progressive deterioration of everything from ecology to economy is a temporary deviation from the evolutionary imperative of progress.

How About A Bit Of Existentialism For What Ails You

How About A Bit Of Existentialism For What Ails You

Forget about mindfulness and clean eating – at a time when we appear to be experiencing rising levels of anxiety, narcissism and unhappiness, existentialism may be the philosophy to adopt to improve your mental well-being. The Conversation

The Law of Chaos: Growth Events Come In All Shapes And Sizes

The Law of Chaos: Growth Events Come In All Shapes And SizesWhat we see and experience depends entirely on the angle with which it is viewed for definition. To put it another way, where we stand determines what we see. Only our attitudes, our beliefs, block us from recognizing the makeup of the world as it exists.

Understanding the Power of Healing Our Karma

Understanding the Power of Healing Our KarmaKarma is a buzzword often used to describe the idea of fate or destiny. The term has also been used to imply the pedestrian notion of payback, and for many people that’s about as deep as they give karma any thought.

Let’s Be Careful What We Ask For

Let’s Be Careful What We Ask ForFor those of us interested in learning lessons about ourselves from what happens around us, there’s much to examine. For one, we might question what we were really asking for when we voted. Change, yes, but what kind of change exactly, and how?

What Would Your Sign Say?

What Would Your Sign Say?As a really good practice, sit at your dining room table with crayons or markers and paper and make a sign that holds your deepest feeling about what is going on right now in our world. Make it positive, inspiring and loving...

Staying Grounded in the Moment: The Key to Creating Your Future

Staying Grounded in the Moment: The Key to Creating Your FutureOur ability to manifest our thoughts into matter via creative visualization is one of the most significant extrasensory capabilities we have. For this reason, it is of the utmost importance that we live mindfully. When we become aware of how our thoughts can shape our personal reality, we will appreciate the value of staying in the moment...

How To Use Your Subconscious to Create a Safe and Hospitable World

How To Use Your Subconscious to Create a Safe and Hospitable WorldAs long as the subconscious mind stays the same, the world stays the same. It sounds ridiculous because, of course, your subconscious mind doesn’t control the world. The conscious mind is the only part of the mind that can evaluate the quality of information and make decisions.

Creating a Vision Board and Creating Your Future

Creating a Vision Board and Creating Your FutureVision boards are fast being recognized as more than just a bit of creative fun and credited by leaders of our time a powerful tool for transformation. Notable celebrities frequently reference the important role that creative visioning has played in the realization of their dreams.

Don't Underestimate The Force of Your Own Belief

Don't Underestimate The Force of Your Own BeliefWhen the hypnotist's hand touched his shoulder, he tilted with the pressure. Blacksmyth caught him at once, thanked the other volunteers and dismissed them. Things had gone too far. "I'm sorry," Jamie whispered, "but I can't be hypnotized"...

A Manual for the Path of Life

A Manual for the Path of LifeAt the crossroads you can stop and think what direction to follow. But don’t spend too much time thinking or you’ll never leave the spot. Once you have taken the first step, forget the crossroads forever...

How To Approach Life Through Days Full of Possibilities

How To Approach Life Through Days Full of PossibilitiesJust as we meet limits in the midst of life, we also find possibility, the undiluted freedom to create and live our lives. We do not have to approach today in the same way as we approached yesterday. Every week is a new week...

Where Are You Now? Heaven, Hell, or Limbo?

Be Ye Changed by the Renewal of Your MindsWhat is in your mind is what you are going to experience. If your mind has negative waves in it, such as anger, fear, hatred or depression, then that is what you experience. Heaven, hell or limbo are always a condition of your mind.

How to Get All of Your Needs Met this Year

How to Get All of Your Needs Met this YearA real estate agent sent me a copy of the glamorous magazine, Luxury Homes. One home in particular caught my eye—not for the house, but for its tag line: In this elegant estate, all of your needs will be met.

How Our Power Together Can Bend the Rules of Reality

Our Power Together: Bending the Rules of RealityWhen we join in a common intent with other minds, an amplifying effect occurs that is far greater than the sum of the individuals. Things that were difficult to achieve separately suddenly become easy when we join together.

Are Your Thoughts Yours or Somebody Else's?

Are Your Thoughts Yours or Somebody Else's?I found that the first question I had my clients ask themselves after Says Who?—“Have I heard someone say this before?”—helped establish where the thoughts came from, which then helped determine whether they were just the opinions and beliefs of others that they took on as their own.

Why Children Do Or Don't Believe In Santa Claus

Why Children Do Or Don't Believe In Santa ClausThe holiday season is upon us, and so are its attendant myths, most prominent of which is the Santa Claus story. Given the many absurdities and contradictions in that story, it’s surprising that even young children would believe it. Yet research from my lab shows...

Finding Freedom In The Darkness

Finding Freedom In The DarknessThere once was a man who was sentenced to die. He was blindfolded and put in a pitch dark cave. The cave was 100 yards by 100 yards. He was told that there was a way out of the cave, and if he could find it, he was a free man.

What Now? An Opportunity To Take The Road Less Traveled?

What Now? An Opportunity To Take The Road Less Traveled?Underneath the dogma, we’re all pretty much the same and we want very similar things. We may differ wildly on how to achieve them, but if we start with objectives that we can agree on, like safety for our children, health care for all of us, an economy that rewards honest work, etc., then perhaps...

Headed in the Right Direction?

Headed in the Right Direction?Painful experiences are steppingstones to right direction. Rather than considering them curses or crosses to bear, regard them as wake-up calls or course corrections. While you may have gone through a difficult...

How Can We Change The Thoughts We Tend to Believe?

How Can We Change The Thoughts We Tend to Believe?Are you a person who one day asked herself (or himself): I wonder if my thoughts are accurate? I wonder if I should really believe all my thoughts without question? I wonder if my thoughts actually represent the ultimate truth about myself, about others and about life?

Are You Conforming to Other People's Beliefs?

Are You Conforming to Other People's Beliefs?What we think we know to be true, we actually borrowed from somebody else. When you were born, your subconscious mind began to record all the sensations and inputs you were exposed to. Bit by bit, you sucked up, without question, the tribal belief patterns you were exposed to...

The Fascinating Process of Changing Core Beliefs

The Fascinating Process of Changing Core BeliefsWe know the universe is vast, beyond our abilities to conceive. We can see how abundant nature is. Yet many of us believe that resources are scarce, and there isn't enough to go around. This belief, like all others, is not true in itself, but becomes...

Breaking Loose From The Chains Of Illusion

Breaking Loose From The Chains Of IllusionAs things happened, various rules and regulations began to rise along with various laws. You accumulated a long array of very specific things to juggle in order to be 'good enough', certain kinds of food, certain kinds of behavior, thoughts, actions, emotions, and on and on.

Stop Thoughtlessly Re-Posting Memes and Get in the Arena

Stop Thoughtlessly Re-Posting Memes and Get in the ArenaPosting a meme isn’t being the change. Neither is hash-tagging. No matter how relevant and important the cause, you’re not changing the world with a hashtag; you’re just making yourself feel better. If you’re unwilling to actually work toward a solution...

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