Guided to "Drive South": Everywhere I Went A Blessing Came

Guided to "Drive South": Everywhere I Went A Blessing CameOne morning I awoke and realized I had absolutely no plans for the day. The gallery was closed until the weekend, and I was open to anything. I checked in with stillness, trying yet again to hear the “Holy Spirit.” To my surprise, I heard a quiet, still voice within me quite clearly. It was like an inner dialogue...

What is Karma And What Are Its Effects?

What is Karma And What Are Its Effects?Each of us creates our own karma. Our past thoughts, speech and behavior have shaped our present reality, and our actions (and thoughts and speech) in the present will in turn affect our future. The Buddhist doctrine of karma is not fatalistic. Karma is...

How To Look After A Dying Loved One At Home

How To Look After A Dying Loved One At HomeWhen someone dies at home, everyone in the family is affected. Looking after a relative who is at the end of their life can be enormously rewarding, but carers have many unmet information and support needs. This can take a toll on their physical and emotional health.

Meditation Through Dance Has Long-Lasting Effects

Meditation Through Dance Has Long-Lasting EffectsDance as liturgy or ritual has always been a way to honor the sacred, the mystery, turning into the spiral of life and the universal, the ever-present flow of the Divine force. It has profound implications for healing, psychotherapy, spiritual growth, and the full unfolding of human potential.

The Idea of Sin Feeds the Engine of Self-Hatred

The Idea of Sin Feeds the Engine of Self-HatredOne of the ego’s chief delusions is the idea of sin, which has become institutionalized in Christianity and serves as the engine of self-hatred even for many who do not consider themselves religious. The Greek word for sin means “missing the mark.” That...

My Experiment in Forced Simplicity

My Experiment in Forced SimplicityFor someone so inspired by the poverty and simplicity of St. Francis, it’s embarrassing for me to admit how dependent I am upon my smartphone. I have loads of apps for just about everything. It used to be that my brain was in my head. But now it’s too often in a six-inch-long little metal box with a screen.

Be True To Yourself and You Will Never Fall

Be True To Yourself and You Will Never FallThis isn’t a new spirituality, but rather all spirituality. It is not exclusive to any person, sect, religion, race, sexual identity, or creed. It simply is. It is right here, right now, and it’s all good, even when it’s not. The importance of being able to “detach from our ideas of how we think it should be and continue to return to the center”...

What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About Grief

What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About GriefNovember 2 is All Souls’ Day, when many Christians honor the dead. As much as we all know about the inevitability of death, we are often unable to deal with the loss of a loved one.

You Are A Miracle! The Mysticism and Mystery of Life

You Are A Miracle! The Mysticism and Mystery of LifeThe deepest mystery, and perhaps the one for which there will never be an answer that will completely satisfy the itch of the intellect, is the miracle of Life itself. In his book The Living Universe, Duane Elgin writes, “American Indian lore speaks of three miracles. The first miracle is that...

8 Things You Need To Know About Poltergeists

8 Things You Need To Know About PoltergeistsHalloween is the time of year when interest in the paranormal peaks and people celebrate all things supernatural. Of particular fascination are stories and tales of ghosts and ghouls and poltergeists.

Do Extraordinary Claims Really Require Extraordinary Evidence?

 Do Extraordinary Claims Really Require Extraordinary Evidence?Death will always carry with it a certain mystical component. No one can truly know what happens when we die, however, deathbed visits and other metaphysical phenomena certainly do provide a confirming hint of what lies beyond this world.

The Lotus Flower of Light: An Exquisite Inspiration For Life and Death

The Lotus Flower of Light: An Exquisite Inspiration For Life and Death

The flow of time, which appears to us as real as the flow of a river, may be nothing more than an illusion. “The distinction between past, present, and future,” Einstein writes, “is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” Past, present, and future may all exist in a single infinitely indescribable moment.

On Science and Faith and Healing

On Science and Faith and HealingFor every study that suggests a research link between prayer and healing, there are countless counter-arguments, rejoinders, rebuttals, and denials from legions of well-meaning “authorities,” whose principal motivation seems to be to save people from their own faith.

Are Religious People More Moral?

Are Religious People More Moral?A recent study we conducted, led by psychologist Will Gervais, found widespread and extreme moral prejudice against atheists around the world.

There Is No "Should" in Meditation

There Is No "Should" in MeditationMany people have misconceptions about meditation and these can sabotage your ability to enjoy the benefits of it. The biggest misconception is that you “should” be able to clear your mind. You are not expected to clear your mind. What you will do is find you’re getting better at ignoring the thoughts...

Meditation: Learning to Be Quiet Inside

Meditation: Learning to Be Quiet InsideEvents are going to happen to us on account of actions committed in the past. But the good news is that through our present responses, we mold our future — constantly, moment to moment to moment. The choice is...

Just What Is Mindfulness?

Just What Is Mindfulness? You’ve probably heard of mindfulness. These days, it’s everywhere, like many ideas and practices drawn from Buddhist texts that have become part of mainstream Western culture.

Finding Beauty and Good Wherever We Go

Finding Beauty and Good Wherever We GoOur minds are powerful indeed, powerful enough to connect with God through a wad of chewing gum. Everything is potentially sacred or profane, depending on how we think about it. As Shakespeare said, "thinking makes it so". True alchemy takes place in our minds. We transform lead into gold, devils into gods, and...

Finding Peace In Turbulent Times

Finding Peace In Turbulent TimesThe possibility for creating peace must begin within each one of us as we become peaceful within ourselves. We are part of the whole. Our task is to heal separation, isolation, and defense of “us” as opposed to “them” within ourselves first; then we can bring that conscious awareness to all...

How A Growing Christian Movement Is Seeking To Change America

How A Growing Christian Movement Is Seeking To Change AmericaFrom Oct. 6 to 9, 2017, the National Mall in Washington, D.C. was filled with tents, worship music and prayer for the “Awaken the Dawn” rally. The purpose of the event, according to organizer Lou Engle, was to “gather around Jesus,” to pray for the nation and its government. It ended with a day of prayer by Christian women.

Mindfulness: What, Why, and How

in the momentRemember then: there is only one time that is important – Now! It is the most important time because it is the only time when we have any power. This quote by Leo Tolstoy in What Men Live By and Other Tales is valuable wisdom and...

What Business Can Learn From Buddhism

What Business Can Learn From BuddhismMillennials, we are told, have a different attitude to work than their elders. They want to work for organisations committed to values and ethics, where there is a higher purpose than simply making a profit.

How to Reconnect with Oneness and Rediscover the Garden of Eden

Oneness: Rediscovering the Garden of EdenSome religious teachings may start out as lessons in Oneness but, over time, they become distorted, reinterpreted to be a lesson that justifies duality. The ancient story of Adam and Eve is one example. A common version of the story explains that humankind is doomed to live in misery because...

What To Do When You See A Trauma Scene

God Bless Us, Every OneWhen you see a trauma scene, or when you hear emergency vehicles, say, “I wish you well” or “God bless you, every one.” Be aware of these people in need, people who started an ordinary day...

How To Unplug from the "Eleventh Problem"

How To Unplug from the "Eleventh Problem"For the ten problems of life — family troubles, work problems and money worries, finding your way in the world — I have no solution. But you have an eleventh problem. For that one I have help...

I Don’t Have Time To Meditate and Be Spiritual

I Don’t Have Time To Be SpiritualOver mild wine with a friend, I steered the conversation to one of my favorite topics, spirituality. After my second eloquent sentence, she burst out, “Oh, I don’t have time to be spiritual!” I started to clarify but she changed the subject to her impossible office job.

Sex And Spirit: The Many Faces Of Ecstasy

Sex And Spirit: The Many Faces Of EcstasyThe Ecstasy of St Teresa of Avila (1647-52) by 17th-century Italian sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini is one of the most famous images of the Baroque period. Located in the Cornaro Chapel, Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria, Rome, the marble sculpture represents Saint Teresa of Ávila, a Spanish nun canonised in 1622, sprawled on a cloud with an angel.

Acceptance Is Seeing the Heart of Others

The New Spirituality: Love and TogethernessReligion has been a divisive force for thousands of years. Yet religions have done much good. They have offered comfort and hope to the masses at a time when their consciousness was closed to true spirituality.

The Law of Your Life: Looking Into The Present With Joy

The Law of Your Life: Looking Into The Present With JoyWe do live in a spiritual universe, a universe that is intelligent and creative, and it is a thing of law and order. The universal Mind contains all knowledge. It is the potential ultimate of all things. To It all things are possible...

Let The Real You Live, Experience, and Enjoy

Let The Real You Live, Experience, and EnjoyLife is to be lived, experienced, enjoyed. Fun, happiness, and new experiences should be consistent throughout your life, and it is up to you to make sure they are!

Does Being Religious Or Spiritual Make You More Ethical At Work?

Does Being Religious Or Spiritual Make You More Ethical At Work?Can religion and spirituality promote ethical behaviour in the workplace? It’s a contentious issue, but our research comprising interviews with forty Indian top level executives suggests it might.

Let There Be Peace on Earth: Grassroot Movement?

Let There Be Peace on Earth: Grassroot Movement?The song "Let There Be Peace on Earth" has been sung around the world since 1955. It is popular in churches and numerous other groups. The story behind this song is very interesting as it was not "officially published" but just spread by word of mouth throughout the world...

The Problem With Faith: Misunderstood Yet Important for Spiritual Seekers

Faith: Misunderstood Yet Important for Spiritual SeekersFaith is one of the most misunderstood yet, curiously, most important issues that the individual on the Path will face. Its real nature needs to be properly recognized so that it can be adequately used or taken advantage of. In practical terms, there are three kinds of faith...

Why The Catholic Church Bans Gluten-free Communion Wafers

Why The Catholic Church Bans Gluten-free Communion WafersA 2017 letter from the Vatican reminded the world’s Catholic bishops of a rule mandating the use of wheat gluten for the celebration of the Eucharist, a Christian liturgical service called the Mass by Catholics.

Slowing Down In Order To Get There Sooner!

Slowing Down In Order To Get There Sooner!In my piano service business, I worked many seven-day weeks, and some fourteen- to sixteen-hour days. Once, when I had a particularly long day ahead of me, I decided I would put all my effort into deliberately working slowly. I couldn’t get a day off, so going slowly for at least one day seemed rather appealing.

Are Natural Disasters Part Of God's Retribution?

Are Natural Disasters Part Of God's Retribution?Conservative Christian pastor John McTernan argued recently that “God is systematically destroying America” out of anger over “the homosexual agenda.” There were others who disagreed over the reasons for God’s anger, but not necessarily with the assumption that God can be wrathful.

Why and How To Make Spirituality Your Way of Life

How To Make Spirituality Your Way of Life by Wendy StokesWe are told by spiritual teachers that we must seek enlightenment and that we must become ‘conscious’ and ‘awake’. However the proof of personal transformation is that our service and other actions demonstrate that we believe and understand eternal truths and the nature of...

You Too Can Ask The Angels For Help

You Too Can Ask The Angels For HelpAlthough much has been written about angels throughout time, we don’t seem to acknowledge their presence. However, I believe that we all have...

A Shamanic Journey To Heal Asthma

A Shamanic Journey To Heal AsthmaSoul retrieval is one of the most effective and well-known practices to restore lost life force. The loss of life force is known as soul loss, and this can take place when we suffer a trauma—an accident, separation from a partner, the death of a loved one--or go through a pervasive period of difficult circumstances.

Have You Ever Felt Like Blaming God For All The Bad Things?

Have You Ever Felt Like Blaming God For All The Bad Things?Have you ever felt like blaming god for all the bad things, which are going on around us? When we are happy we do not tend to wonder overly much about the purpose of life. Usually we wonder about the purpose of life when we feel low.

Soul Healing: Unifying The Lost Part Of Yourself With Your Whole Being

Soul Healing: Unifying The Lost Part Of Yourself With Your Whole BeingAcross shamanic traditions soul loss--the wounding or fragmentation of a person’s soul as a result of trauma, abuse, war, conflicts, and so on, especially as suffered at an early age--is seen as a leading cause of illnesses, immune-system deficiencies, and all-around dysfunction of physical, emotional, and mental well-being.

Discovering the True Sources of Happiness and Unhappiness

source of happinessThe fact that we do not have a well-developed science of happiness today is really quite bizarre. We have an embryonic start in positive psychology, but why weren’t scientists studying happiness from the beginning, when Copernicus was studying the stars? This lack was demonstrated vividly in 1989, when the Dalai Lama...

From Cancer and Near-Death -- to Healthy and Fully Alive

From Cancer and Near-Death -- to Healthy and Fully AliveDuring my near-death experience, it felt to me that all judgment, hatred, jealousy, and fear stem from people not realizing their true greatness. This goes against the natural flow of life-force energy...

Resign as Your Own Teacher

Resign as Your Own TeacherThe way we have been taught to make decisions, through intellect and emotion, is ultimately not our answer. If we can’t trust our thoughts and feelings, then, what can we trust? Are we bereft of guidance, impotent to know what is right for us?

How to Recognize the Messages All Around You and Learn to Read the Signs

Learning to Read the SignsThere are signs everywhere to point you in the right direction, guiding you as to whether you are to go or stay put. There are also many that give you the encouragement you may need to keep moving forward. Think of a time that you had a bad gut feeling and...

How To Calm the Body, Mind, and Spirit using Mindful Exhalations

Calming the Body, Mind, and Spirit using Mindful ExhalationsBreathing is the bridge between our external and internal environments. The exhalation is linked to relaxation and the sense of well-being. It’s understood in expressions such as, “breathing a sigh of relief” and “breathing easy.”

Is God a Terrorist or Is the Absence of Love the Terrorist?

Is God a Terrorist? Is God a terrorist? No, obviously not. God is love. But not everyone agrees with that. “God is on our side” has been a rallying battle cry since religion was invented. But it’s inaccurate to blame religious differences for our bloody history of killing each other.

Why Music And Grief Go Hand In Hand

Why Music And Grief Go Hand In HandIn the aftermath of the June terrorist attack in Manchester, an unusual thing happened. Mancunians gathered in St Ann’s Square ended a minute’s silence to honour the dead with a spontaneous rendition of Don’t Look Back in Anger by the homegrown rock band Oasis.

The Inevitability of the Showdown Between the Forces of Light and Darkness

The Inevitability of the Showdown Between the Forces of Light and DarknessHere in these passages, is a powerful excerpt from the book, A Journey to Oneness that speaks directly to the dramas we are watching unfold, right now. It’s uncanny that these words of Divine wisdom were written in early 2003. They feel just as relevant to the state the world today as they did back then.

How To Lift The Seven Veils of Illusion on the Path to Enlightenment

How To Lift The Seven Veils of Illusion on the Path to EnlightenmentThe journey to enlightenment is the removal of the seven veils of illusion. They can more easily be removed during moments of cosmic light or in special meditations. Alternatively you may wake up one morning feeling that things are different. A veil may have been released during your spiritual journey of the night...

How to Control Your Racing Mind to Attain Peace and Serenity

How to Control Your Racing Mind for Peace and SerenityIf your mind is always racing, then you're probably overwhelmed with activities, which are over-stimulating your mind. Your commitments take up every minute of your day; from the time you wake up, until the time you go to bed. Your mind never gets a rest, not even when you sleep.

Preparing Ourselves for New Possibilities While Hoping and Waiting

Preparing Ourselves for New Possibilities While Hoping and WaitingThe verb hope means “to want something to happen,” while the noun hope refers to “a feeling of expectation and desire” and, in its oldest sense, trust. When we really expect that something we’ve hoped for will come to pass, it’s enough to lighten both our hearts and our steps...

Absolute Trust in Self vs. Distractions on the Spiritual Journey

Absolute Trust in Self vs. Distractions on the Spiritual JourneyImagine for a moment what it's like to have absolute uncondi­tional trust in yourself. That includes trusting your body. Yes, even if it gets sick or if it has pain, can you trust it? No matter what happens...

Why We All Need To Walk a Mile in Someone Else's Religion

Walking a Mile in Someone Else's Religion by Steven GreenebaumI was for a number of years the choir director of a First United Methodist choir while all the while remaining, in my own offbeat way, a practicing Jew. Some may see my actions as hypocritical, but I do not. I learned a lot by becoming involved in the music and ritual of another religion.

How To Attain A Total and Absolute Level of Fearlessness

Self-Realization: A Total and Absolute Level of Fearlessness & IntegrityI observe that most of humanity is feeling a vast amount of fear, stress, and worry in this ending of the Kali Yuga, which involves tremendous change. You cannot cross the bridge of fire and water and endure the storms of accelerated transformation without inculcating deep fearlessness...

The Real Spiritual Path Is Wherever You Are

The Real Spiritual PathTo live a spiritual life, you don’t have to give up your job or become a monk or a nun. The spiritual life is where you are, whether or not you have a job, are married or have children. You don’t have to suddenly throw everything away and rush off to join a Tibetan monastery. In fact...

How to Heal Your Fear-Based Thoughts and Discover Peace

How to Heal Our Fear-Based ThoughtsI realized that peace was the complete absence of fear. It was the feeling of true, pure, untarnished love, the light that shines in all of us, free of any fear-based thoughts or beliefs.So I ask the question: Is it possible to experience that peace on earth? I’m not sure, but I think it’s worth asking for.

Can Your Mind Help You Find Peace?

Can Your Mind Help You Find Peace?We all desire peace, but most people look for it in the wrong place. We often think of the saying “peace of mind,” but we can’t rely on the mind to give us the peace that is desired from our Souls. Peace is not found in your mind. The mind begs for our attention, but there is no stability or peace if we react to every thought from the mind.

Dealing with Stress: Give Your Mind a Break with Meditation

Dealing with Stress: Give Your Mind a Break with MeditationMeditation is the only way the mind can rest. All day long we think, emote, and react. All night long we dream. This most beautiful and valuable of all tools, our own mind, never gets a moment’s rest. The only way it can get a rest is when we sit down and concentrate on a meditation subject.

How Mindfulness Can Help The Shift Towards A More Sustainable Society

How Mindfulness Can Help The Shift Towards A More Sustainable SocietyWe know that mindfulness can transform the life of an individual. But did you know it could also change the world? We need to develop new social practices and encourage a broader cultural shift towards more sustainable living and climate action.

A Profound Truth, Not A Cliché: We Are All In This Together

A Profound Truth, Not A Cliché: We Are All In This TogetherThe words 'We are ALL One' have reverberated through the hearts and minds of Humanity in one form or another since the beginning of time. They do not express a lofty platitude or a sweet cliché even though our lower human egos have often perceived them as such. They profess a profound Truth.

Steps to Follow to Attain a State of Inner Listening

Steps to Follow to Attain a State of Meditative ListeningWhat is meditation? Here is a good definition: Meditation is listening. It is listening not only with the ear, but with the soul—not only to sound, but to the silent language of inspiration. "Listening" itself, as I use the word here, entails much more than listening with the ears. It means, among other things...

What Sharia Law Really Means

Sharia in Arabic means “the way,” and does not refer to a body of law. Sharia in Arabic means “the way,” and does not refer to a body of law.

Just What Is The Shia-Sunni Religious Divide?

Just What Is The Shia-Sunni Religious Divide?The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for two attacks that claimed at least 12 lives in Iran on Wednesday. With this, the flaring tensions between Sunnis and Shias are once again in the news.

Live Like You Have an Expiration Date

expiration dateIf it were your last days on earth, what would you do? Would it change how you live today? Maybe you would wake up earlier and be a bit more cheerful. You might even stay up later. You would definitely tell your family and friends how much you love them.

The Nature Of Evil: Is Evil A Concept, An Entity or A Behavior?

The Nature Of Evil: Is Evil A Concept, An Entity or A Behavior?Every culture has had its own concept of evil or the devil. In Genesis, there is the famous temptation of Adam and Eve by evil—personified by the snake. While the Hebrew Bible mentions Satan by name only in the book of Job, the idea of evil permeates Jewish mystical and religious thought.

Mindfulness at the Kitchen Sink

Mindfulness at the Kitchen SinkChoose one or two ways you can apply mindfulness in your daily life in the coming week. The more specific you are in choosing the activities, the more likely you are to follow through. You might choose washing the dishes on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to begin your mindfulness experiment...

How To Use Your Emotions As A Doorway to Peace

Emotions: A Doorway to PeaceEmotions are the entryway into the infinite. They are your route back to your self, and they provide an easy access to the peace that is already there, calling you into your very essence. You might like to start by finding a quiet space where you can sit without interruption...

Can Going To Religious Services Boost Your Health?

 Can Going To Religious Services Boost Your Health?

People who attend worship services at a church, mosque, or synagogue live longer, are less stressed, and have better overall physical health than people who do not, new research indicates.

Hag, Temptress Or Feminist Icon? The Witch In Popular Culture

Hag, Temptress Or Feminist Icon? The Witch In Popular CultureYou would have thought that Western society might have grown out of the habit of portraying powerful women as witches, but a trope that usually ended badly for women in the Middle Ages is still being used in the 21st century.

Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Initiation Into A New Spiritual Path

Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Initiation Into A Spiritual PathWhatever life has been, Alzheimer’s changes it. It slows certain things down. It changes one’s ability to focus. It turns life review into a visceral recapitulation. We are not just reviewing our life in our thoughts, our brain and body are reviewing each developmental step we made...

How To Connect With Our Beloveds In Their Final Days

How To Connect With Our Beloveds In Their Final DaysOne of the ways people bring closure to their lives is through their final requests. The most common requests in the Final Words Proj­ect were humble ones related to visiting with friends and family members and enjoying certain small pleasures, like a last bottle of a favorite beer. Those who are dying often wait for...

5 Rational Arguments Why God Probably Exists

einstein 5 12The question of whether a God exists is heating up in the 21st century. According to a Pew survey, the percentage of Americans having no religious affiliation reached 23 percent in 2014. Among such “nones,” 33 percent said that they do not believe in God – an 11 percent increase since only 2007. The Conversation

Every Footstep Is The Journey On Our Sacred Trail

Every Footstep Is The Journey On The Sacred TrailThe first time I actually saw a rainbow, its quiet beauty struck my heart with such awe that it touched something deep within me. Just seeing a rainbow catches you quite off guard and somehow just makes you stop and look ... and wonder.

Two Easy Methods Of Spiritual Protection For Everyone

Two Easy Methods Of Spiritual Protection For EveryoneSpiritual protection is something everyone should know how to do, regardless of religious beliefs. Fear, anger, depression, negative people, negative places, arguments, jealousy, greed, and all other negative energies actually create a negative layer around us...

What Happens When Spiritual Seekers Become Finders?

What Happens When Spiritual Seekers Become Finders?Every morning after we walk our dogs, two of them chase each other around the living room coffee table. It’s quite entertaining to watch these exuberant spirits tease each other, bark, and run around in circles. The little one eggs the larger one on and keeps slightly ahead of him in the chase...

Is The Death Penalty Un-Christian?

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Arkansas executed a fourth prisoner on death row last night. Three days prior to that, the state had done two back-to-back executions by lethal injections in Lincoln County, Arkansas.

Do No Harm! Easier Than Love Thy Neighbor?

Do No Harm! Easier Than Love Thy Neighbor?I wonder whether “not harming” or not hurting other people — near and far — feels more reasonably within reach than loving them? As you think about it now, does it seem more realistic to affirm that you could refrain from harming, rather than “loving” others?

How to Cure Yourself of Excessive Thinking

How to Cure Yourself of Excessive ThinkingExcessive thinking is rarely creative thinking. More commonly it is driven by craving (or desire) and aversion (or fear), and is often aggressive or defensive in nature. Excessive thinking loves to “attack” problems and anything or anyone that...

The Changing Nature Of Sacred Spaces

The Changing Nature Of Sacred SpacesCongregational membership in the United States is slowly declining. Data from the General Social Survey show that 17 percent of Americans attended a religious gathering weekly in the 1990s. By 2010, this number had dropped to 11 percent. The Conversation

Can A Community Be Built On Diversity? The Mormon Church Provides Its Answer

Why It's Time For The Mormon Church To Revisit Its Diverse PastIn an era where traditional church attendance has declined and the fastest-growing religious affiliation in America is the “nones” – those who claim no affiliation with an organized faith – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has continued to expand. The Conversation

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