How To Discover What Works for You (and what doesn't)

How To Discover What Works for You (and what doesn't)Taking time for your personal development isn't indulgent, selfish, or self-serving. Rather, it is necessary and vital to be good to yourself, if you wish to do good for others. What happens when you become more aware of yourself is that you'll be able to let go of...

How To Use Digital Devices This Lent For Holy Reflection

How To Use Digital Devices This Lent For Holy ReflectionThe season of Lent is upon us. This is a holy season for Christians who seek to identify with Jesus Christ’s 40 days of fasting as he prepared to be tested and later crucified.

Fine-Tuning Our “Receptors” To A Higher Frequency

Fine-Tuning Our “Receptors” To A Higher FrequencyI am fascinated with the idea of fine-tuning our “receptors” to the higher frequency of joy. Activating spontaneous feelings of upliftment and well-being can become our normal way of life. To help us understand this concept more fully...

How to Dissolve Solid Views & Evolve Beyond the Little Me

How to Dissolve Solid Views & Evolve Beyond the Little MeIt takes some training to equate complete letting go with comfort. But in fact, 'nothing to hold on to' is the root of happiness. There's a sense of freedom when we accept that we're not in control. By not knowing, not hoping to know, and not acting like we know what's happening, we begin to access our inner strength.

How to Be Active and Peaceful at the Same Time

How to Be Active & Peaceful at the Same TimeIf we could choose one word that would define the lives of modern humans, it would have to be hectic. When, in recorded history, have we been so predisposed to incessant activity? We truly are driving ourselves insane. Our body/minds haven’t been prepared for...

Rediscover Your Sacred Sensuality with The Sensuous Goddess Meditation

The Sensuous Goddess MeditationThe following visualization/meditation has been created to assist you in walking this glorious path of sacred sensuality. In order to embark on this ancient path, it is necessary to become personally acquainted with the rich and revitalizing flow of your Kundalini energy and the playful...

Becoming Real: In Search Of Truth And Love

Becoming Real: In Search Of Truth And LoveToday many people are plagued with addictions such as drugs, alcohol, money, fashion -- even one's job. Then, there are more subtle addictions like striving for praise and recognition, seeking power, respect, and many others. Yet, there comes a time...

What Is The True Meaning Of Mercy?

What Is The True Meaning Of Mercy?The world seems to be witnessing increasing levels of violence, fear and hatred that challenge us each day.

Four Steps to Spiritual Growth: Become A Clearer Expression Of Your Own Divine Self

Four Steps to Spiritual Growth: Become A Clearer Expression Of Your Own Divine SelfFor spiritual growth to take place in your life, you must change. You must let go of some areas in your life and personality -- especially the areas that are not working well or are out of balance -- and allow them to heal. This process is not always easy and often takes courage -- but the rewards are more than worth the effort.

Songs Of Worship: Why We Sing To The Lord

Songs Of Worship: Why We Sing To The LordMany Jews celebrate Shabbat Shirah, the Sabbath of Singing, which commemorates one of the most vivid musical performances in the Hebrew Bible

The Myth of the Spiritual and Material Divide

The Myth of the Spiritual and Material DivideWhile traveling on my world tours and meeting people of all walks of life I have observed a common idea that causes people so much distress. This idea says that the spiritual and the material are two separate things.

There's Nothing To Gain in Meditation, It's About What You Lose

It's Not About What You Gain in Meditation, It's What You LoseAll kinds of discomforts disappear when we’re asleep, and changing our attitudes and thinking—our consciousness—can completely change our experience of living. That may be easier said than done; but there is a sure-fire way to make it happen.

How To Be Patient and Tame The Monkey-Mind

How To Be Patient and Tame The Monkey-MindAlthough there are many different approaches to meditation, all meditation methods share some basic characteristics and work in similar ways. The fundamental requirement in meditation is that we find some way to manage the monkey mind so that we can start training it.

Whatever You Are Doing, Just Be Attentive

Whatever You Are Doing, Just Be AttentiveAttention means a silent alertness with no thoughts interfering. Develop it. You can develop it only by doing it; there is no other way. Do it more and you will develop it. Doing anything, being anywhere, try to develop it.

Leading The Religious Right To The Promised Land

Leading The Religious Right To The Promised LandIt’s been a heady two weeks for right-wing Christian evangelicals. Never before has a president of the United States — not Reagan or either of the Bushes — delivered so much of their agenda in such short order as Donald Trump has just done.

Introduction to My Mother's Philosophical Stance: Learn, Love, Make A Difference

Introduction to My Mother's Philosophical Stance: Learn, Love, Make A DifferenceGrowing up, I was taught that we all have higher selves, and that this aspect of self is aware of far more than our everyday self. Through our dreams, meditation, and mo­ments of inspiration, we strengthen our sense of knowing. I was taught that in life, we are meant “To learn, to love, and to make a difference.”

Why Health Advice Is More Successful If You’re Mindful

Why Health Advice Is More Successful If You’re MindfulWhen you hear health messages—such as quit smoking or get more exercise—do you feel motivated or ashamed? A new study suggests how we react may depend on how mindful we are.

What The Bible Says About Welcoming Refugees

What The Bible Says About Welcoming RefugeesOn Friday, Jan. 27, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that placed a stay on refugees from seven Muslim majority countries.

The Changing Nature of America's Irreligious

The Changing Nature of America's IrreligiousA recent survey of the religious profile of the 115th Congress revealed that despite the increase in the number of Americans who claim no religious affiliation, members of Congress are overwhelmingly religious, with only one member identifying as having no religion.

How The Human Spirit Can Empower Everyday Life

How The Human Spirit Can Empower Everyday LifeWhen we cheer the spirit of the true athlete, what we applaud is a demonstration of all of the significance's the word spirit entails for us: courage, tenacity, commitment, alignment with principle, demonstration of excellence, honor, respect, and humility. To inspire implies filling with spirit...

Turning Venom into Diamonds: How to Move from Resentment to Empathy

Turning Venom into Diamonds: How to Move from Resentment to EmpathyIt is one of the most difficult passages: not to turn away from injustice and not to be dehumanized by the righteousness that injustice invokes. The question becomes: is it justice or healing that we need? The myth that the angel of justice needs to be blind...

Unlock the Doorway to Your Heart: It’s Time For True Self-Empowerment

Unlock the Doorway to Your Heart: It’s Time For True Self-EmpowermentLove enters and exits our physical body through the sacred coordinate within our heart. It permeates every organ, cell, and atom but it does not call any one of these its home within the body. Not even the heart can contain the enormity of love: It merely translates the language of love.

Purifying Your Aura Using The Healing Power of Prayer

Purifying Your Aura Using The Healing Power of PrayerReciting these powerful, energizing prayers lifts the frequency of your aura dramatically. To practice these prayers, center in your heart. Breathe into the heart and begin saying the prayers audibly in a normal speaking voice.

How To Recognize Your Angel Signs and Messages

How To Learn to Recognize Angel Signs and MessagesSigns left by the angels are meant to help stir and awaken our intuitive nature so that we can expand our conscious connection and deepen our relationship with a higher power. The power is not within the sign itself; the power is within the message that the sign reveals...

How You Can Rewrite the Script of Your Life

How We Can Rewrite the Script of Our LivesOur lives are a series of “moments” that flow together. We tend to extract one frame here, another one there, and fabricate stories about them. Stories breed with each other. One triggers another.

Nobody Has All The Answers You Seek

Nobody Has All The AnswersHowever many books are written about our spirituality, we have to come to terms with the fact that nobody has all the answers. Discovering our own spiritual truth is a lonely road and yet one that is largely dependent on others we meet on the way.

What You Put into Your Body Matters

The Quality of Your Meditation: What You Put into Your Body MattersAlthough meditation is independent of any particular lifestyle or diet, I would be remiss if I did not point out that what you put into your body will make a difference in the quality of your meditation and how quickly you advance in your inner experience.

Eleven Barriers to Meditation or Eleven Misconceptions?

Barriers to Meditation? Eleven MisconceptionsMeditating sounds easy. Sitting. Breathing. Focusing in a relaxed kind of way. So why isn't everyone doing it? Why do so many who start meditating, or open a book on the subject, fail to carry through and make meditation a part of their daily lives? 

What The Magi Had In Common With Scientists

What The Magi Had In Common With ScientistsPicturesque and exotic, with their crowns and camels, the three kings regularly appear on Christmas cards and in nativity scenes.

Being Rather Than Doing: A New Vision for a New Epoch

 An Evolutionary Leap: A New Vision for a New EpochHumanity has become enmeshed in a dysfunctional global system. It has become anesthetized by a cultural conditioning that begins at birth, by those who themselves have been conditioned by the generations before them.

Uncovering The Language Of The First Christmas

Uncovering The Language Of The First ChristmasEvery Christmas season, the now typical jokes pile up on social media. Jesus is commended for having a “stable upbringing”. But all this facetious word play prompts me to think a little more seriously about the language used in traditional accounts of the nativity.

While You're Busy Making Other Plans...

While You're Busy Making Other Plans...Many of us would like to have a peaceful ride, enjoy the present moment, yet we can’t help but make future plans so we feel secure, or we spend time digging on past hurts. But... the true experience of being alive is beyond those plans, and “happens” to us.

Can Astronomy Explain The Biblical Star Of Bethlehem?

Star Of BethlehemBright stars top Christmas trees in Christian homes around much of the world. The faithful sing about the “Star of Wonder” that guided the wise men to a manger in the little town of Bethlehem, where Jesus was born.

How Did We Come To Celebrate Christmas?

How Did We Come To Celebrate Christmas?Christmas is literally “the mass for Christ”, the day on which Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus. The western date for Jesus’ birth is quite arbitrary. It was chosen by Pope Leo I, bishop of Rome...

The Unseen Journey Back to the Wisdom of the Earth and the Elders

The Unseen Journey Back to the Wisdom of the EarthIn the deepest place in your spirit, the place of wounds and hope, you know that the earth is speaking, and that the time has come to listen to all of her voices. You can only hope that for the sake of your children, and all the children of the world...

How To Be Spiritual in the Western World

How To Be Spiritual in the Western WorldVery often people cannot understand why they should live the Spiritual Life. It is a natural question: “What do I get out of it?” It is important to understand that if you follow through with the Path you’re going to get a lot out of it...

How To Be Happy: Being the Buddha, Being Love

About Relationship: Being the Buddha, Being LoveHow to be happy? When speaking of relationships, the safest thing to relate to is always Buddha. We can address every being we meet — not only human beings but also animals — as essentially Buddha. In Western terms, we speak of being in the presence of God or meeting God all the time.

We Are All Together: The Living and the Dead

We Are All Together: The Living and the DeadDeath isn’t bad luck, because there is no difference between the living and the dead. The one in the coffin is doing the same thing as the one grieving in the pew: loving and learning.

Why and How To Pick A Spiritual Practice

Why and How To Pick A Spiritual PracticeIn this age of technology and materialism, when many wonder what tomorrow will bring, the resurgence of spirituality is a normal phenomenon. For centuries, people have turned to religions or other belief systems for support and understanding. So one can wonder why, after centuries of religious or spiritual...

The Importance of the Cat in Meditation

The Importance of the Cat in MeditationMany things we do are imposed on us by necessity, or by the absurd. Why wear a tie? The fact is, many of the rules we obey nowadays have no real foundation. Nevertheless, if we wish to act differently, we are considered “crazy” or “immature”.

The Promise of Mindfulness: The End of Conflicted Emotions and Ignorance

The Promise of Mindfulness: The End of Conflicted Emotions and IgnoranceMindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) teaches us that what makes the stresses in our life particularly damaging is how we mismanage them. The tendency to resist or willfully ignore our situation, misperceive and have fixed ideas about who we are and the reality we inhabit, is slowly replaced with mindfulness...

How to Relieve Stress and Live Stress-Free

How to Relieve Stress and Live Stress-FreePart of letting go into the flow of life lies in realizing that you have never really been in control of your life, at least not from the perspective of the conscious mind. You simply have been mak­ing choices based on a very limited scope of awareness dictated by...

Effortless Meditation to Move From Fear Into Love

Effortless Meditation to Move From Fear Into LoveFold your hands together in your lap, with the right hand underneath the left hand -- the position is important because the right hand is joined with the left brain, and fear always comes from the left brain. The left hand is joined with the right brain, and courage comes from the right side.

What Are The Benefits of Living In The Present?

What Are The Benefits of Living In The Present?The present is what is happening when you strip away all the resentments of your past and all the worries you have about your future. To live in the present is to live as if the past never existed and as if the future were irrelevant. Living in the present is a vision for life that is achievable in any...

Incorporating Meditation Techniques in Chaotic Daily Life?

Incorporating Meditation Techniques in Chaotic Daily LifeEvery meditation technique has its unique charac­teristics, and invites you to experience meditation in a different way. They all invite you to direct your attention at one focal point, but these focal points may be essentially different...

Facing My Worst Fear and My Greatest Vulnerability

Facing My Worst Fear and My Greatest VulnerabilityWhat if Joyce dies before me? This is one of my greatest vulnerabilities. Sure, I could die first. Statistically, women live longer than men. Even though we’re both healthy in the important ways, we are still seventy years old. We are now in our senior years. Death of our bodies is no longer something that can be ignored.

Are You A Visionary Shaman?

Are You A Visionary Shaman?I believe that we are all born with a powerful shamanic spirit. Like the rest of the natural world that we are so deeply related to, we are given many wonderful shamanic gifts from our divine source.

Living Life To The Fullest: Why Buddha Is Always Smiling

Buddha smilingBuddha is sitting in a relaxed, yet contemplative position and there is a big smile on his face. Is he laughing at me...? Martin E. Segal helps the reader understand how to live life to the fullest and why the Buddha is smiling.

How A New Generation Is Changing Evangelical Christianity

How A New Generation Is Changing Evangelical ChristianitySince the late 1970s, American evangelicalism has been largely identified with right-wing politics. Conservative religious values entered the political sphere through movements such as Moral Majority and Focus on the Family that opposed gay rights, abortion, feminism and other liberal issues.

What If Our Life Always Began Now?

What If Our Life Always Began Now?To come to the beginning of ourselves is to cease to be victims of circumstances, the actions of others, or even our own mistakes. The true story of who we really are begins now. We are no longer tossed willy-nilly from one desire, thought, or worry to another in a futile process of trying...

Hey, Are You Listening?

Hey, Are You Listening?After the publication of Conversations with God, the question that I was asked more often than any other was: “Why you? Why did God pick you?” And, always, I’ve responded with, “God did not pick me. God picks everyone. The question is not, to whom does God talk? The question is, who listens?”

3 Scientific Explanations For Ghost Sightings

3 Scientific Explanations For Ghost SightingsFrom ghosts to ghouls, witches to wizards, Halloween is the one time of the year when people come together to celebrate everything supernatural.

Everyday Sacredness: Seeking to Understand and Cope with Life

Everyday Sacredness: Seeking to Understand and Cope with LifeIt was my nature at a very young age to be observant and contemplative. I observed the restrained and reverential behavior of people in church. I also observed, curiously, that many of these same sanctimonious people were often irreverent, insensitive, and sometimes cruel outside of church.

Enhancing and Empowering Your Five Human Senses

Incorporating Your Five Angelic Senses with Your Five Human SensesHumans have five basic senses: smell, taste, hearing, sight, and touch. They also correspond to your five angelic senses. When you incorporate the human and angelic senses together, you'll have more awareness of both your physical and non-physical realities.

If You Want To Experience Peace, Become Peace

If You Want To Experience Peace, Become PeaceThree people sitting at a table with a single candle in its center and talking about the most powerful force in the universe. Each character speaks from the level of his or her own expertise, drawing from their experience examples and insights to support their convictions. In the end...

The Most Powerful Use Of The Voice

The Most Powerful Use Of The VoiceVibrations created by precise combinations of sounds have long been thought to affect living beings and inanimate objects. The most powerful use of the voice in Buddhist belief is reciting a mantra. A mantra is a phrase or sentence, the sound of which embodies the power of...

A Bright Light on the Horizon in the Here and Now

A Bright Light on the Horizon in the Here and NowI've written about the fear of the future and said, "If we dwell in concern over the tomorrows of life, we lose today . . ." Yet hardly a week goes by that I don't receive a letter expressing concern about what's on the horizon. But if we're going to live joyfully...

How To Avoid Fantasies When Deciding to Follow A Spiritual Path

How To Avoid Fantasies When Deciding to Follow A Spiritual PathBefore we decide to follow a path of spiritual teaching, whatever the culture or creed from which it came, it is necessary to investigate our motivation for doing so. The main reason we become interested is because we want something different in our lives from what we see around us.

Responding Healthily to Our Emotions & Feelings

Responding Healthily to Our Emotions & FeelingsWhen we learn to respond more healthily to the emotions and feel­ings that arise, we can radically change the quality of our lives. One of the greatest disappointments I felt in growing up was that no one ever gave me help in dealing with emotions. The experience must be extremely widespread, because...

Can a Smart Person Believe in Einstein, Darwin, and God?

Can a Smart Person Believe in Einstein, Darwin, and God?Can a Smart Person Believe in God? is the provocative title of a book by Michael Guillen, theoretical physicist and former science correspondent for ABC News (he has a Ph. D. in three disciplines, physics, mathematics and astronomy, from Cornell). His answer is yes, and...

Using Mindfulness to Break Bad Habits

Using Mindfulness to Break Bad HabitsPracticing mindfulness can help you recognize habits and replace them with newer and better ones. This is a core element of mindfulness, and indeed why mindfulness is itself called a “practice.”

The End of Having A Foot In Each World: Duality and Unity

A Foot In Each World: Duality and UnityThe Duality/Scarcity Global Economy has entered its final death throes at the same time as the Unity/Prosperity Global Economy begins its labor pangs. The waters have broken. Adjustments are being made and tweaks in the consciousness to alleviate the speed with which the switch-over will happen.

Can Our Deepest Wounds and Core Beliefs Feel Threatened by Meditation?

Can Our Deepest Wounds and Core Beliefs Feel Threatened by Meditation?Identifying these wounds, our patterns of hurt and how we defend ourselves, is valuable. Knowing what we do when we feel threatened, we can begin to recognize whether we unconsciously perceive our meditation as a threat and defended ourselves against it with a resistance that prevents us from doing it.

A Dose Of Oxytocin May Make Men Feel Spiritual

A Dose Of Oxytocin May Make Men Feel SpiritualThe hormone oxytocin, dubbed the “love hormone” for its role in promoting social bonding, altruism, and more, may also support men’s spirituality.

Why America Needs The Virtues Of Humility

Jesus washing Peter’s feet. Sculpture beside the Prayer Tower, Pittsburg, Texas. J. Stephen Conn, CC BY-NCIn a recent speech full of allusions to Bible verses and Christian hymns at the National Baptist Convention in Kansas City, Hillary Clinton focused on Christian humility. She acknowledged that

The Religion of the Heart vs the Religion of Fear?

The Religion of the Heart vs the Religion of Fear?A man once said to me, "I want to open my heart more. I often feel a kind of tightness in my chest, which I am sure is fear. The doctors told me there is nothing wrong with me physically." Tightness in the chest is the manifestation of a closed heart...

Liberating Yourself Through The Way of the Heart

Liberating Yourself Through The Way of the HeartThe deepest truth of human longing is that each of us yearns to be free to love and be loved. Everything we keep hidden and everything we distort keeps us from the deeper truth of our longing, the hunger we have had since time immemorial. This deep longing lives as a seed in the heart of every human...

Prayer: Your Personal Conversation with God

Prayer is Your Personal Conversation with GodPrayer is our personal conversation with God. How many people have been taught how to pray, the value of prayer, or the power of prayer? Were you? And I am not talking about reciting prayers by rote...

Are You Struggling for a "Perfect Life"?

Are You Struggling for a "Perfect Life"?One day Ajahn Chah held up a beautiful Chinese teacup. “To me this cup is already broken. Because I know its fate, I can enjoy it fully here and now. And when it’s gone, it’s gone.” When we understand the truth of uncertainty and relax, we become free.

Awareness versus Self-Improvement

Awareness versus Self-Improvement It is not what we feel or experience that we need fear; it is what remains unconscious that poses the real threat. Parts of our survival psychologies, such as an unconscious need to feel loved and secure by helping others, eventually betray us...

10-Minute Walking Meditations Can Change Your Life

10 Minute Walking Meditation Can Change Your LifeIn daily life, walking meditation can be very helpful. A short period -- say ten minutes -- of formal walking meditation serves to focus the mind, develop balance and accuracy of awareness as well as durability of concentration. Beyond this advantage, the awareness developed in walking meditation is useful to...

How To Open Your Heart Totally and Be In Oneness

How To Open Your Heart Totally and Be In OnenessWe are all one. When you are in Oneness your heart is totally open. Your Illumined Self gives freely, receives gratefully, is utterly compassionate and em­pathetic. You accept everyone exactly as they are with glowing love in your heart. You are the heartbeat of the universe.

Living and Talking with The Dead

Living and Talking with The DeadI quickly learned—at the age of four—that while the dead may be dead, they still have a lot to say, and it is my job to listen. As kids, we all learn to look both ways and never take candy from a stranger. I also learned to never argue with a dead person—they often know more than the living.

Live in the Here & Now, Not in the Past or Future

Live in the Here & Now, Not in the Past or FutureLiving in the here and now is the only way to make it safely through life with as much stress-free enjoyment and productivity along the way as possible. Some of us go down the path (life) shining our lights (focus of attention) too far and too frequently behind us...

Finding A Path Back To Life After Pain and Tragedy

Finding A Path Back To Life After Pain and TragedyWe cannot avoid emotional pain in life, and it’s through our experience of it that we come to under­stand what it means to be human. The whole of life is a series of beginnings and end­ings, a succession of mini-deaths, that we have to learn to take in our stride...

Seeking Immortality For Fear Of Death

Seeking Immortality For Fear Of DeathA Taoist seeker was wandering about a mountain range in search of a true teacher. On one occasion he happened upon a small Taoist hermitage high atop a peak on Wu-T'ang Mountain, where a small number of venerable old immortals (priests) were living. Though he found these men extremely wise...

Casinos as a Spiritual Tool: God's Love in the Form of Money

Casinos as a Spiritual Tool: God's Love in the Form of MoneySlot machines, as outrageous as it might seem, are a powerful vehicle to help you learn how to keep your heart open. Since the brain and, in fact, the entire body, is a package of electrochemical impulses, it shouldn't seem so far-fetched that we can influence electronic devices.

Searching for My Soul

Searching for My SoulEver since I can remember, I have known two worlds. The concrete, day-to-day physical world -- deadlines, desks, dinner -- the world of manifestation; and another world, the spiritual world of mystery, the world of God.

Connecting With Your Inner Guide

Connecting With Your Inner GuideHere is something you can practice to connect with your inner guide. Find a quiet spot in nature and sit comfortably alone. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Allow yourself to fully feel your body and be present in the Now.