If You Meet Your Ego on the Path, Don't Kill It; Heal It Instead

If You Meet Your Ego on the Path, Don't Kill It; Heal It Instead

The vehicle that enables us to live as who we are—that is, as individual personalities in finite bodies who are simultaneously manifestations of Spirit beyond life and death—is the human ego. While problematic in its unhealed state, the ego in its healed state is the best vehicle we have for bringing us to the gate of enlightenment.

You Are Enlightened and Master of Your Choices

You Are Already Enlightened and the Master of Your Own Choices

Someone asked me in a recent lecture, his face hard set with doubt, 'Are you really enlightened?' He pressed on, again with an expression of someone reluctantly mining for the truth: 'What was it that you were enlightened to?' Laughing, I answered him, 'I was enlightened to the fact that there is nothing to be enlightened about.'

Overcoming Resistance -- in Daily Life and in Meditation

Overcoming Resistance -- in Daily Life and in Meditation

by Tulku Thondup. When we start to do something meaningful, excuses come up that prevent us from giving it our whole heart and attention. We can fritter away days and nights on mindless diversions, but when it comes time to meditate, suddenly all sorts of obligations, false expectations, or doubts arise...

Opening Up to a Sense of Connection and Love using Sacred Attention

Opening Up to a Sense of Connection & Love using Sacred Attention

Attention, as with awareness, can be understood as a relationship. It is the relationship between the one who is aware, or the "awarer" (whom we know as "me" or "I"), and the object of awareness. When it comes to the quality of our attention, we are like a child who, when he or she initially picks up a hammer, just smashes away at the nail without having yet understood that...

Attaining Happiness Through Buddhist Teachings

Desiring Happiness Through Buddhist Teachings

by Daisaku Ikeda. We all desire happiness, and yet happiness seems to be just beyond our reach. However many 'how to be happy' books might appear, human beings are still largely beset by the same problems as their ancestors. The poor seek wealth, the sick yearn to be healthy, those suffering from domestic strife...

Reading Between the Lines: Communication from the "Other Side"

Reading Between the Lines: Communication from the "Other Side"

The day before Billy died, a bitterly cold January morning, I ventured into the raw air. I never ask God for favors, but that morning I looked up at the silvery sky, raised my arms, and imagined pushing Billy into the hands of the great Divine. “Take care of him for me,” I whispered. Hours later, Billy was dead.

Looking for Deeply Refreshing Sleep? Try Talking in Tongues

Looking for Deeply Refreshing Sleep? Try this Talking in Tongues Meditation

Very few people are sleeping well, so when you have not slept well in the night you are a little tired during the day. If that is the case, then do something with your sleep. It should be made deeper. You can sleep for eight hours, and if it is not deep you will feel hungry for sleep, starved...

Ancient Stories and the Geological Events That May Have Inspired Them

Ten Ancient Stories and the Geological Events That  May Have Inspired Them

Myths have fed the imaginations and souls of humans for thousands of years. The vast majority of these tales are just stories people have handed down through the ages. But a few have roots in real geological events of the past, providing warning of potential dangers and speaking to the awe we hold for the might of the planet.

Befriending Our Emotions

Befriending Our Emotions, article by author Brandon Bays

by Brandon Bays. We usually have a love-hate relationship with emotions. When we aren't subduing our difficult emotions, we love to feel them and explore their meaning. We hold onto them, recall them, even obsess about who's to blame for them, gossip to our friends about how bad they are...

Deep Abiding Truth: Everything I Call "Mine" is Fleeting

Deep Abiding Truth: Anything We Call "Mine" is Fleeting

This truth is of an order beyond all that appears so solid and real in our world. It throws everything into sharp relief as it reflects back to us the fleeting nature of anything which we dare to call ‘mine’. For there is no possession, no ownership, in this place of truth...

What Happens After We Die?

What Do I Think Happens After We Die?

What do I think happens after we die? I think about this question every day as an exercise of the imagination, and I frequently change my mind about it. Death is something that many people try to avoid thinking about, but I haven’t been able to stop wondering about it since I was a child...

Altruism vs Compassion: From Separation to Oneness

Altruism vs Compassion: From Separation to Oneness

by Matthew Fox. Compassion is the way we treat all there is in life -- ourselves, our bodies, our imaginations and dreams, our neighbors, our enemies, our air, our water, our earth, our animals, our death, our space, and our time. Compassion is treating all creation as holy and as divine... which is...

The Problem of “God”: Transcendent, Personal, Impersonal, Imminent?

The Problem of “God”: Personal, Impersonal, Transcendent, Imminent?

It would be frankly absurd to imagine that the forthcoming New Age is suddenly going to see the end of all devotion to a Deity. The vast majority of the world’s population will seek a continuing focus for their religious observances, certainly still orientated toward a “personal” God...

Humility and Service as a Way of Life

Humility and Service as a Way of Life

by Tolly Burkan. Generally speaking, humility is a virtue. Foolish pride and ego glorification are pretty much universally recognized as the opposite of spirituality. An effective way to cultivate your spirituality and lessen your ego is to put yourself into the service of another...

Dreamtime Premonitions & Visitations from the Afterlife

Dreamtime Premonitions & Visitations from the Afterlife

Departing visions occur every day, all around the world, and modern-day researchers are beginning to take such reports more seriously. One area of the departing vision experience in need of more research involves the dreamtime encounter...

A Miracle A Day Keeps the Doctor Away

A Miracle A Day Keeps the Doctor AwaySometimes God comes along and gives us a real jolt.  And once in a while those "jolts" come in the form of experiences that could only be explained as . . . well, as inexplicable. When this occurs we are left to ponder, what has happened here? What's going on? ...

Visualization to Connect with Spirit Guides

Visualization to Connect with Spirit GuidesA guide seeks to help you fulfill your life’s purpose, thus allowing you to make a real and positive contribution to the quality of life of the people you meet, and to our planet’s evolution as well. Whoever the guide is, and from whatever background...

When Illness or Injury Can’t Be Fixed — and Dying Is Okay

When Illness or Injury Can’t Be Fixed — and Dying Is Okay by Meg Blackburn Losey, PhD.

Sometimes there are circumstances that we aren’t meant to change or heal. Sometimes it is time for a soul to move on in its journey. Life is like that. We have, throughout our lives, windows of opportunity through which we can transition right on out of our earthly lives. Dying is part of living, and it is...

Embracing the New & Releasing the Old, Easily

Embracing the New & Releasing the Old, Easily

by Sanaya Roman and Duane Packer. A meditation by Orin & DaBen focusing on letting go of what no longer serves us and embracing the new in order to create the life we really desire.

Light and Darkness: Two Separate Forces or One?

Light and Darkness: Two Separate Forces or One?

by Gregg Braden. Without a doubt, we do live in a world of opposites. In theology, these opposites take on names and appearances that translate into the forces of light and dark, good and evil. While I'm not denying their existence, I am describing how it's possible to change what they mean in our lives and redefine...

Pearls of Religious Wisdom from Eight Different Paths

Pearls of Religious Wisdom from Eight Different Paths

by Sarah Stillman. Some grow up against a backdrop of strong pious traditions, while others are born into families in which both parents belong to different denominations, or no denomination at all. Most of us tend to adhere to the religion of our parents, but some choose to venture on their own spiritual paths...

Better Health Through Meditation

Better Health Through Meditation

by Eric Harrison. Don't be surprised if your doctor says to you, "Have you considered meditation?" He's not some alternative quack. The doctors are on firm ground when they recommend meditation. They are backed up by hundreds, perhaps thousands, of scientific studies going back decades.

The Path to Oneness: A Roller Coaster Ride to Realization

The Path to Oneness is a Roller Coaster Ride

Despite what some may say, and certain texts may set forth as gospel, I can attest to the fact that the sacred journey to Oneness is not all a bed of roses. The peaks and valleys of the roller coaster ride to Realization continued to swerve and dip, even as...

Let Them Talk: Getting Death Out In The Open and Celebrating Life

Getting Death Out In The Open and Celebrating Life: Let Them Talk

Death is often the elephant in the room that everyone pretends isn’t there. This must change, because what ends up happening is that the person who’s dying feels very alone in this important time of their life, unable to communicate to their loved ones about what they’re...

Chakra Meditations for Energy, Maintenance, and Healing

The Chakra Meditations for  Energy, Maintenance, and Healing

Similar to getting an oil change every 3,000 miles, you benefit from doing some sort of Chakra Meditation regularly. Just as you wash your car when it is dirty, you can use a Chakra Meditation to clean up whenever you are not feeling your best...

Becoming Consciously Self-Realized Beings

Becoming Consciously Self-Realized Beings

With their light in my consciousness, with instruction from my Angelic guides, a great desire has opened within my heart and soul to write about the Angels of Atlantis, so as to assist with your transformation during this current period of vast planetary and personal change — to create a bridge between...

What To Do If You Have Made Afterlife Contact

What to Do if You Have Made Afterlife Contact

If you’ve had a quick peek at the next dimension or been visited by your deceased loved ones you might be asking, “How do I integrate these afterlife encounters into my daily living?” Such experiences can rock us to our core, challenging everything we...

There Is No End to Your Life: There Is No Death

There Is No End to Your Life: There Is No Death

We need no external demonstration to prove to us that those that have gone before are still alive; we now know that no soul can possibly cease to exist, and we spiritually discern the immortal existence of...

The Future of Religion & the Current Politico-Religious Conflict

The Future of Religion and the Current Politico-Religious Conflict

The old, restricted Eastern mystic attitudes and Western religious theology, perhaps ideal for their times, are now clearly being seen as having had their day and needing to give way to a broader spiritual perspective. It is for this reason that the West, with its more enforcedly open political, legal, and commercial culture, was — despite the associated materialism — made to become...

Uplift Your Home (and Yourself) with a Space Clearing Meditation

How To Uplift Your Home (and Yourself) with a Space Clearing Meditation

I suggest clients use the Light Work - Space Clearing Meditation when there is discord in the house, yet remind them that to clear someone else’s space is unethical. This is a highly effective technique for clearing common areas if there is fighting going on in the home, you have a home office...

The Conversation: A Former Atheist Interviews the Source of Infinite Being

The Conversation: A Former Atheist Interviews the Source of Infinite Being

I met God in the basement of my house, which was a weird thing to happen to an atheist. I was a skeptic, and it would have been easy for me to conclude that this emerging “hello” from another world was just a figment of my imagination, or worse, the onset of mental illness...

Waking Up From Our Daily Unreality: Ego, Religion, and Forgiveness

Waking Up From Our Daily Unreality: Ego, Religion, and Forgiveness

It seems reasonable to surmise that all forms of religion have been invented in an attempt to get back to our fundamental awareness of God, for the ego has never been entirely successful in completely driving our infinite source awareness from consciousness. The development of religion has engendered countless...

Being Present at the Moment of Death of a Loved One

Being Present at the Moment of Death of a Loved One

When I do presentations, I ask if anyone has been present at the moment of someone’s death; those who have, I ask what they experienced. Nobody felt they could put into words their emotions. Many spoke about a sense of...

A Voice from the Ashes: Billy Reaches Out From the Afterlife

A Voice from the Ashes: Billy Reaches Out From the Afterlife

Now that the weather had started to warm, I began thinking I should do something with Billy's remains. His ashes had been sitting in a rosewood box by my fireplace for almost three months. When Billy was alive, he always said he wanted to be cremated and scattered in the sea. I suddenly had the impulse to...

Acceptance of Death: Developing a Lasting Sense of Peace

Acceptance of Death: Develop a Lasting Sense of Peace

by Margaret Coberly. One important and obvious realization that can come to light when thinking about death is that death is inevitable. Through the process of further reflection, a greater awareness of death occurs and eventually a calm presence in the face of death can be developed.

Four Meditations to Activate Your Chakras & Inner Wisdom

Four Meditations to Activate Your Chakras & Inner Wisdom

To help us embrace mystifying messages that flow through our own inner wisdom and the divine mystery, the following exercises activate four of our seven chakras — the Solar Plexus, the Heart, the Throat, and the Third Eye.

Beyond Food Addictions & Bingeing: MB-EAT

Beyond Food Addictions & Bingeing: Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training

People whose “drug of choice” is food have a tendency to cope with stress by over-eating, often bingeing on foods. Unlike drugs or alcohol, it isn’t possible to steer clear of temptation — we all need to eat, several times a day...

For Times Like These: Spiritual Common Sense

For Times Like These: Spiritual Common Sense

by Christina Baldwin. I have believed all my life that there is a necessary interaction that occurs between a person and the Divine. This interaction does not come only to great spiritual masters, it comes also to us: ordinary people in our ordinary lives...

Breathing — a Powerful Focus for Meditation

Breathing —
 a Powerful Focus for Meditation

Working with the breath is the most time-honored meditation technique. Moreover, breathing meditation arises from its simplicity — the breath is always with us. When you practice breathing meditation, your mind follows your breathing. The air comes in and goes out...

The Yoda of Grief: If You Feel It, It Will Heal You

The Yoda of Grief: If You Feel It, It Will HealThe best information I've ever heard on the topic of grieving and what happens when we don't do it comes from a retired cop turned public speaker and therapist for police officers, Bobby Smith, PhD. Bobby knows more about grief than per­haps...

The Next Dalai Lama Could Be A Woman?

The Next Dalai Lama Could Be A Woman?

Traditionally, The Dalai Lamas of Tibet have been men, but when the current Dalai Lama was asked if he would be pleased if his successor was a woman, he responded "Yes" without hesitation. The successor is chosen when a child is "recognized" as...

In God's Garden: Living the Good News in a Changing Climate

In God's Garden: Living the Good News in a Changing Climate

The people of the Bible, including some of their teachers and prophets, were farmers and shepherds. This means that the God they worshiped was daily encountered as the life-giving power at work in soils, plants and animals...

Reaching the End with No Regrets

Reaching the End with No Regrets

True value is not on what you own, but on who you are. Dying people know this. Their belongings are of no consequence whatsoever at the end. What other people think of them, or what they have achieved in belongings, does not even enter their thinking at such a time. In the end...

Chakra Meditation to Increase Your Energy Flow

Chakra Meditation to Increase Your Energy Flow

The following meditation works to open the channels of the human energy system. It burns away obstructions in energy flow, providing the mind with the monumental energy needed to be fully attentive to the present moment.

Life & Death, Birth & Rebirth: The Continuum of Life

Life & Death, Birth & Rebirth: The Continuum of Life

Mortality nudges into our awareness at different points in our lives. Sometimes it strikes like a fist, and at other times it brushes alongside with the merest touch. It tapped me on the shoulder several years ago, about the time my wife and I were trying to have children.

Selfing & Unselfing: The Dance between Awareness and Unawareness

Selfing & Unselfing: The Dance between Awareness and UnawarenessSelfing, is a very accurate description of how we are creating and maintaining the shell-like falsehood of who we are. If we look into a mirror, what do we say? “Oh, I don’t like my hair.” This is selfing. Then we talk to someone: “Oh, I don’t like this person.” We are engaging in this mental compulsion, this constant selfing.

Are You An Earth Angel?

Are You An Earth Angel?

Do you feel different from other people, as if you were dropped off on this planet and wonder when someone's coming to take you home? If you have a passion and talent for healing, teaching, or helping others, yet you yourself have substance-abuse problems, weight issues, relationship challenges, and the like, then you may be an Earth Angel. If you're highly sensitive...

Can Natural Disasters Be Avoided

Can Natural Disasters Be Avoided

by John Payne. The time has come for you to realize that you are always in safety. The reason why you fear such things is that you do not yet believe that you are the creator of your own experience. As we have said many, many times before, that which you turn your attention to is that which you draw unto yourself...

How To Get Guidance From Angels

How To Get Guidance From Angels

Once we meet and establish a relationship with our guides, it is important that we come to an agreement with them to work together as a team to expand our light energy as much as possible. Just because we have spirit guides does not mean that we don't have free will to do what we want...

The Sacred Center: Rediscovering the Roots of Ireland

The Sacred Center: Rediscovering the Roots of Ireland

by Patricia Monaghan. The lore and love and specificity associated with Irish places grow directly from Ireland's residual paganism. But that paganism does not conflict with a devout Catholicism that embraces and absorbs it. The old ways were seamlessly bonded to the new, so that ancient rituals...

Opening the Portal: Effects of the New Energy Shift

Opening the Portal: Effects of the New Energy Shift

The energy waves coming through the open portal in the Milky Way will put us on the fast track to ascending and evolving as a species. We are moving into the Aquarian age, which will be characterized by advanced scientific breakthroughs, spiritual awakening, and the triumph of the ultimate technology, our own psychic senses.

Accessing the Male & the Female Within

Accessing the Male & the Female Within

Each of us has male and female energies within us. We need to develop these energies fully, so they can interact in harmony with each other. Some people have resistance to the words female and male. If it’s more comfortable for you, substitute the words yin and yang, active and receptive...

Miracle on the Mountain: The Call to Service

Miracle on the Mountain: The Call to Service

White Eagle urges us to always be prepared in our hearts for the call to service, for we never know when we will be needed to help another. Currently, it is one of my most important prayers to ask that I be used to help others. But it wasn’t always my prayer.

Our Hearts Remember So There Is No Need For Clutter

 

Our Hearts Remember So There Is No Need For Clutter

I’ve worked with many people whose beloved family members have died and left them with inheritance clutter. This can be anything the relative once owned. I call it clutter because my clients often don’t...

What Difference Does It Make Who Created the Earth?

What Difference Does It Make Who Created the Earth?

An all too tragic truth is that much too often we exhaust ourselves arguing and even hating over who or what created the Earth, when we ought to be uniting and acting to stop the Earth's degradation, and the degradation of those who dwell on this amazing planet of ours.

Leaving the Body: Death is only a Transition

Leaving the Body: Death is only a Transition

One afternoon I received a somewhat desperate call... My friend called to see if there was anything that I could do to assist her dad. She felt as if her dad was going to die. She knew from our conversations that sometimes healing work isn’t about fixing a problem but can also be...

Awareness is the Key: You’re Never Lost in the Present Moment

Awareness is the Key: You’re Never Lost in the Present Moment

The present moment was Thoreau’s great theme in his Walden experiment. He defines it as the line of meeting of two great eternities, the past and the future. Mindfulness practice is the attempt to “toe that line.” No action or experience was outside Thoreau’s practice, and nothing need be outside ours...

Breaking the Chain of Normality & Living in a Transcendental Reality

Breaking the Chain of Normality & Living in a Transcendental Reality

Just as there are exceptional people who make themselves successful in this realm, you can be an exceptional person who succeeds in the other realm, so that you don’t just circulate in the normal reality but live in a Transcendental Reality. In fact, that is what the Spiritual Path is all about...

Cultivating Wise Elders

Cultivating Wise Elders by John Welshons

by John Welshons. Once when I was at a lecture, a woman approached me during the break and said, "One of our problems is we don't cultivate wise elders in this culture.  People are surrounded all their lives by the belief that old age is a time of misery, defeat, irrelevance and meaninglessness..."

When A Companion Dies... Grieving, Mourning, Healing

When A Companion Dies... by Gary Kowalski.

While time is required, the mere passage of hours is not enough to resolve a grief. It is also important to make time our ally, working with it rather than against it as it carries us toward new cycles of life. How can we cooperate with time, the great healer, and let it perform its task?

Connect with True Wisdom using the Heart Breath

Connect with True Wisdom using the Heart Breath

In order to be most effective in any intentional act of healing, co-creation, or transformation, all Planetary Healing work starts from and is threaded through the heart center. True wisdom is perceived from the heart. The Heart Breath practice will...

Yes, I Talk to My Dead Sister: Communicating with Loved Ones on "The Other Side"

Communicating with Loved Ones on "The Other Side"

For me, ever since my sister's death in 1987, not only have I grown closer to her, I've also come to see that every decision, risk, adventure, accomplishment, deed, job, presentation, award, relationship, and experience — basically everything in my life — has been impacted and inspired by my relationship with my sister and her heavenly guidance.

Consciousness: The Bridge between Science & Spirit

Consciousness: The Bridge between Science & Spirit

Traditional scientists seek to understand a phenomenon through careful observation. They reduce distracting data, or “noise,” to a minimum and control factors that may disturb their observations. Mystics do the same in the realm of mind. They seek to minimize the noise of mental distractions by...

Goof Off! Erasing All Sin (Self-Inflicted Nonsense)

Goof Off! Erasing All Self-Inflicted Nonsense

I now see this product as symbolic of forgiveness. The name acknowledges that you made a mistake ("goof") but also that it can be undone ("off"). If you have been subject to the tyranny of guilt, this offers an especially important lesson...

Our Future is Golden: World Peace & Cooperation

Our Future is Golden: World Peace & Cooperation

We will have world peace and co-operation. We will live in a world without bound­aries, where all are abundant. Our future is golden. During the transition, you and the entire world will be catching glimps­es of the glorious future, a time when...

Learning to Love Your Meditation

Learning to Love Your Meditation by Nicola Phoenix

The word 'meditation' comes from the Latin meditari, 'to heal'. If you were to ask me what we are healing, I would say that apart from rejuvenating and calming our whole self, we are healing the disconnection with our real self — the authentic part of us that is in touch with the whole universe...

Discussing End-of-Life Choices & Afterlife Philosophy

Discussing End-of-Life Choices & Afterlife Philosophy

There’s something to giving the end-of-life process its due, as opposed to our historical attitude of pretending to ignore death or treating it as though it were a distant taboo — at least, when it comes to having a family discussion about the matter. Here’s the issue...

No Mind, No Thoughts: The Secret to Inner Peace

No Mind, No Thoughts: The Secret to Inner Peace

You already know how to make your body tense and rigid by becoming mentally stressed. Tight neck and shoulders, headaches, digestive problems, constipation, and hypertension are all manners of physical ailments resulting from a chaotic, runaway mind. However, you...

Choosing A Spiritual Path -- Overview of World's Great Religions

Choosing A Spiritual Path - Overview of World's Great Religions

by Sarah Stillman. What role has religion played in your life up until now? Most of us tend to adhere to the religion of our parents, but some girls choose to venture on their own spiritual paths. I'm not here to advocate any particular faith, but I do think it's important to have a defined set of religious beliefs — even if that means...

Smile & Thank Your Body

Smile & Thank Your Body

When was the last time you thanked your body for all it does for you on a daily basis? The “inward smile” is an ancient practice, a way to deeply honor the body by acknowledging it and sending it gratitude. It’s also a practice you can begin in the next minute.

Investigating Feelings: Good, Bad, or Indifferent

Investigating Feelings: Good, Bad, and Indifferent

We often consider feelings as existing with only positive or negative values. Besides positive and negative feelings, there are neutral feelings. We want pleasure, we don’t want pain, and we relax when we feel indifferent. When a pleasurable feeling arises or is anticipated, the response of most...

How To Find Yourself: Practicing Zazen

In Buddhist literature, the ox is likened to one's own True Nature. To Find yourself. the search for the ox is to investigate this True Nature.

What Does Buddhism Teach?

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by Franz Metcalf.

What does Buddhism teach? Don't worry, I won't give you a history of Buddhism. There are many dull accounts of this history and a few not-so-dull ones. For now, let's get right to the living center of Buddhism: what the Buddha saw, felt, and taught to his disciples.

Buddhism Is Not a Religion

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Buddhism has become very popular in the West, however, the "western" practice of buddhism is no doubt very different from Eastern traditional Buddhism. Yet, as with Christianity which has also evolved through the

Deepak Chopra in No Spin Zone

Ours is a time of unprecedented change and complexity.  Never before have so many worldviews, belief systems and ways of engaging reality converged. On one hand, there are abundant instances of conflict and intolerance...

Basics Of Meditation And How To Meditate

Basics Of Meditation And How To Meditate

by Sayadaw U. Pandita.

We do not practice meditation to gain admiration from anyone. In this essay we learn some basics of meditation and how to meditate.

What Is Spirituality?

Spirituality is very personal and each person will have their own definition of what it means to them. For some people, spirituality equates religion, for others, spirituality is an internal experience and perspective on life.

Navratri: 9 Days of the Goddess

Navratri (Nav-Durga) is a nine-day festival celebrated by Hindus honoring the Mother Goddess. This article answers commonly asked questions about the origins and spiritual significance of this important biannual event including the three stages of an individual's spiritual journey...

Miracle Sermon in the ICU

Miracle Sermon in the ICU

My stepfather, Claude, had been in ICU for several days already. He suddenly sat straight up in bed. I was shocked. Without a pause, Claude began one of the most amazing sermons I had ever heard. His voice was clear and strong. I frantically glanced around, hoping someone else would come into the room to...

Chanting: Personal & Planetary Benefits

Chanting is one of the easiest ways to turn within. When you are truly chanting you forget about yourself, and in that self-forgetfulness you begin to experience Ecstasy, Joy, Peace, Love and Compassion. For those few moments you suddenly realize the...

Afterlife: Beyond the Material World

Before my near-death experience, I thought there was no afterlife and, consequently, no continuation of consciousness. In my view, death was total, complete, and utterly final. Much to my surprise and joy, after my near-death experience the notion of...

Twin Flames Explained

Twin Flames Explained

Your true Twin Flame is your divine counterpart. Most Twin Flames live in a higher soul position and not in a physical body. The Love that you share in a soul meeting with your beloved is beyond words. To explain such a beautiful meeting of your Twin Flame, it seems that a connection to higher self language through channeling can describe it a little better...

Experiencing God's Love

Nothing will ever be more transformative and life-changing than having your own powerful and direct experience of God. Such an experience changes all your speculation about what is real and what is of value into first-hand knowing. No one else’s...

Meditative Prayer

I grew up in a Christian prayer tradition that was mainly focused on asking God to do things for me and for people I loved: “Please, God, hear my prayer and do such and such.” I no longer experience a God who does specific favors for me or others simply because I ask him to. I cannot imagine...

Who Is Eating the Strawberries?

The other day, while meditating, I happened to be thinking about the people of Japan and those in the Midwest being affected by the flooding . . . many of these people will have limited access to food and will be hungry. What could I do to help? A thought popped into my head about a very easy way to help which was tied to my past experiences and teachings with the Blackfeet & the Lakota.  Let me explain . . .

Religion & Spirituality: Same or Different?

Religion & Spirituality: Same or Different?

by J. Donald Walters. Everyone in the world is on the spiritual path. By no means everyone, however, is aware of being on a path at all. Most people see their efforts to avoid sorrow and find happiness as episodic, not as the unchanging motivation behind everything they do...

A Mother's Final Gift

My mother died three years ago, and her death and dying process has changed my life. I’ve never been afraid of death itself. Rather, I’ve been afraid of the process it takes to get there. My mother’s dying process played out my worst nightmare. She...

Religious Tolerance in America

A recent study determined that America is the most tolerant nation among developed nations. At the workplace, in school, at the community center, at play, and while participating in communal projects, we are continually exposed to people of different races, ethnicities and religions. In fact, due to a significant increase in religious and racial inter-marriage...

Are You Being Hypnotized by Advertising?

Are You Being Hypnotized by Advertising?Are You Being Hypnotized by Advertising?Your adventure begins with a close look at how you might acquire some, if not all, of your beliefs. I could ask: Are you hypnotized?  Imagine that a stage hypnotist has hypnotized you. The experience will seem quite real, even if it’s a pure hallucination. Imagine you’ve been...

Conflict Between Science and Religion

One hears on all sides that the conflict between science and religion is over. For four centuries the battle has raged: in astronomy over the earth's position in the universe; in geology over the earth's age; in biology over the evolutionary hypothesis; in psychology over Freud's right to "peep and botanize into man's soul." Bitter the struggle has been, and long. Yet (so runs the tale) it has achieved...

The Sun

Feel the sun brightly shining overhead, warming the atmosphere as if it were noon on the most perfect June day imaginable. Feel the earth underneath, green and rich, soaking up those golden rays of light, and reflecting back the radiation commingled with its own healing energies...

A Diet for the Spiritual Path

Q: Premaji, is there a diet that can assist me to advance on the spiritual path? I’m overweight and I use smoking and coffee to lose weight.  A: There is much confusion in this era about food choices. Diet experts are arguing over whether we should avoid...

Understanding Islam & the Qur'an

The history of Islam is not free from intolerance, injustice, and other chronic distortions of the human spirit. Neither is Christian history free from such distortions. But these sobering facts cannot dim the wonder of twenty centuries of commitment flowing from the inspired life of Jesus, and fourteen centuries of...

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Why Donald Trump Could Be History's Biggest Loser
by Robert Jennings, InnerSelf.com
Updated July 2, 20020 - This whole coronavirus pandemic is costing a fortune, maybe 2 or 3 or 4 fortunes, all of unknown size. Oh yeah, and, hundreds of thousands, maybe a million, of people will die…
Blue-Eyes vs Brown Eyes: How Racism is Taught
by Marie T. Russell, InnerSelf
In this 1992 Oprah Show episode, award-winning anti-racism activist and educator Jane Elliott taught the audience a tough lesson about racism by demonstrating just how easy it is to learn prejudice.
A Change Is Gonna Come...
by Marie T. Russell, InnerSelf
(May 30, 2020) As I watch the news on the events in Philadephia and other cities in the country, my heart aches for what is transpiring. I know that this is part of the greater change that is taking…
A Song Can Uplift the Heart and Soul
by Marie T. Russell, InnerSelf
I have several ways that I use to clear the darkness from my mind when I find it has crept in. One is gardening, or spending time in nature. The other is silence. Another way is reading. And one that…
Mascot for the Pandemic and Theme Song for Social Distancing and Isolation
by Marie T. Russell, InnerSelf
I came across a song recently and as I listened to the lyrics, I thought it would be a perfect song as a "theme song" for these times of social isolation. (Lyrics below the video.)