There’s No App For Enlightenment

There’s No App For Enlightenment
There’s no app for enlightenment. There’s no bypass to its attainment. But it is a worthwhile state toward which to aspire. And keep it mind: as you make progress along the way, you will incrementally derive the benefits.

Breathing Exercise To Increase Your Vitality and Stability

Breathing Exercise To Increase Your Vitality and Stability
Breathing is synonymous with being alive. If we stop breathing we stop living, and if we breathe well we can increase our vitality and stability. Most meditation practices, yoga, and the martial arts encourage breathing from the...

Mysticism and Politics: Fulfillment Through Contemplation, Action, and Service

Mysticism and Politics: Fulfillment Through Contemplation, Action, and Service
There is a common belief that writers on a higher thought should avoid politics, but it is a belief common only among the mystically inclined or monastically minded, not among the philosophically trained. It is, however, part of the business of philosophy to examine political principles and ethical problems.

Be The Light That You Are and Set Your Self Free

Be The Light That You Are and Set Your Self Free
My book is called Be the Light that You Are. It’s an imperative. You are the light, now be that light in the world. Don’t ignore that part of yourself. Don’t be falsely humble and pretend that you’re not good enough. Don’t buy into the collective “I don’t matter.”

Entering the New Year Gradually and Gently

Entering the New Year Gradually and Gently
If other species are aware of seasons of the year and hours of the day, they don’t make a big deal about it. We humans, on the other hand, have arranged our lives around the calendar and the clock, all culminating at midnight, December 31, when one year ends and a new year begins...

How To Be Free of the Tyranny of the Monkey Mind

How To Be Free of the Tyranny of the Monkey Mind
Our minds tend to chatter away, describing all manner of disastrous possibilities and outcomes, particularly when faced with difficult tasks or decisions. Barraged by complaints, criticisms, and doomsaying, it is no wonder that we can become paralyzed and unwilling or unable to take any action at all.

Eating and Drinking Consciously: Out of Your Head and Into Your Senses

Eating and Drinking Consciously: Out of Your Head and Into Your Senses
We eat very unconsciously, automatically, robot-like. If the taste is not lived, you are just stuffing. Go slow, and be aware of the taste. Do not just go on swallowing things. Taste them unhurriedly and become the taste. When you feel sweetness, become that sweetness....

Why Bother Making An End of Life Plan?

Why Bother Making An End of Life Plan?
Let’s face it, there is never going to be a good time to address anything to do with dying, death or grief. When you’re fit and healthy, the last thing on your mind is the end of your life.

Healing the Separation Between Me and Everything Else

Healing the Separation Between Me and Everything Else
It’s as though the egoic mind, for its survival, needs to remain eternally quarantined inside the head, afraid to step outside its domain, afraid to let go and let God. On its inner throne it reigns supreme, but the price we pay for laying claim to this throne, and never leaving it, is that we forfeit our direct participation in God.

A Place to Rest: Green Cemeteries and Backyard Burials

A Place to Rest: Green Cemeteries and Backyard Burials
The basic tenets of environmentally friendly living are now being posed for environmentally friendly dying. Green burial is all about sustainability and developing funeral practices that support and heal nature rather than disrupt and harm it.

The Greatest Christmas Gift: The Socks Seemed Empty but...

The Greatest Christmas Gift

One of my most cherished Christmas memories involves a Christmas when the only gifts I received came without gift-wrap. The socks hung exactly as we had left them, lifeless and flat. "There's nothing there," I sobbed...

We Invented The Bogey Man--We Don't Have To Keep Him Alive

The Bogey Man Within: He Isn't Real, Never Was
Think of a problem or challenge that you may be experiencing at this time. Where did it originate? Out of a belief in two powers. We grew up with this belief. As children, we had battles to fight, pains to alleviate, losses to compensate for, and...

Why Some People Distrust Atheists

Why Some People Distrust Atheists
An ad featuring Ron Reagan, son of the Republican former President Ronald Reagan, surprised some viewers of the recent Democratic primary debates.

Empowering Yourself by Choosing Your Underlying Attitude Toward Life

Empowering Your Life by Choosing Your Underlying Attitude Toward Life
To empower your life, you have to seize responsibility for it. You cannot wait and hope that God or yet another 'miracle pill' will somehow solve the problems of pain, dissatisfaction, and depression. You will not change your state by doing nothing about it or by blaming other people for your pain.

PTSD/Meditation Breakthrough: Forgiving Myself and Forgiving God

PTSD/Meditation Breakthrough: Forgiving Myself and Forgiving God
I began the final day of the meditation workshop with a strange, unexpected intention: to forgive myself, and to forgive God. James and Ken told us that no matter what happened, we were supposed to keep our eyes closed, keep breathing, and keep going.

How Old Would You Want To Be In Heaven?

How Old Would You Want To Be In Heaven?
Many religious faiths propose different versions of heaven as a location: There are walled gardens with streams, flowers, pleasing scents, pretty angels, rapturous music or delicious accessible food.

How to Change with Joy and with Ease

How to Change with Joy and with Ease
All the theory in the world is useless unless we know how to apply it and make a change. Sometimes when we try to release a pattern, the whole situation seems to get worse for a while. This is not a bad thing. It is a sign that the situation is beginning to move. Our affirmations are working, and we need to keep going.

Mindfulness Could Lower Your Blood Pressure

Mindfulness Could Lower Your Blood Pressure.
Mindfulness could reduce blood pressure, a new study finds. As the leading cause of death in both the United States and the world, heart disease claims nearly 18 million lives every year, according to the World Health Organization.

If Everything Is Perfect, Why Don't I Feel Perfect?

If Everything Is Perfect, Why Don't I Feel Perfect?
Some of the most difficult questions I've ever been asked are: If we are one with God, then why wouldn't God have created us with that thought to begin with? What is the purpose of not knowing? Why don't we feel perfect?

Sympathetic Joy: Delighting In The Joy Of Others

Sympathetic Joy: Delighting In The Joy Of Others
By appreciating the happiness of others, we do tend to improve our chances of joy by about seven billion to one! I don’t gamble, but I do know those are good odds. Sympathetic joy means the heart is like kindling, ready for sparks of happiness wherever gladness and success are found.

Effortless Meditation To Go From Fear Into Courage and Intuition

Effortless Meditation to Move From Fear Into Love
Fold 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.

You Must Either Love or Fear. Which Is It?

You Must Either Love or Fear. Which Is It?
"In the name of God" we have created more atrocities than any one person or group could ever think up. In truth, all of it has been in the name of idolatry, not God. Please ask yourself, why are we worshiping a god of fear? Of vengeance? Where is the God of love, the One who lovingly put us here?

Beginning To See Within: The Ways of the World

Beginning To See Within: The Ways of the World
He had not recognized that this had been the case all along with everyone he had met or known. Each person had a connection to each other through their God force, and Manuka was symbolizing that for him right before his eyes. Why haven’t I seen that before? Now it’s so clear that it’s as if I had always known it.

Be One with the Earth

Be One with the Earth
Whenever you have the opportunity, lie down on the earth -- in a meadow, in the forest, on the bank of the river... Just lie down on the earth and feel one with it. That will give you much energy, fresh energy.

Choices and Non Interference: Practicing Patience and Respect

Choices and Non Interference: Practicing Patience and Respect
The highest form of respect for another person is respecting his or her natural right to be self-determining. This means not interfering with another person's ability to choose. Every experience holds a valuable lesson. Noninterference means caring in a respectful way. And it is the way of 'right relationship.'

Love Makes Life Worthwhile

Love Makes Life Worthwhile
Imagine a life without love. Sadly, so many people feel a despairing lack of love, even some who are successful and surrounded by friends. Over 50% of Americans report they have no one they can confide in. 25% live alone. An epidemic of loneliness is sweeping the world, spiking suicide rates.

How To Develop Mindfulness: Do Tasks As Though For The First Time

Developing Mindfulness: Doing Tasks As Though For The First Time
So often we do not have our minds on what we are doing -- our bodies are doing one thing and our minds are on a totally different tack, which creates disharmony. In order to turn off our “automatic pilot”, we need to develop more awareness of what we are doing...

Do You Really Need to Meditate?

Do You Really Need to Meditate?
You do not come into earth to meditate. You come into earth to think, feel, act, and do. Thus, the primary impulse from your soul is not to meditate, but to love, to create harmony and goodness, and to heal. Now, the forces of God will love you no matter what you do, whether you meditate or not, whether you...

To Reincarnate or Not to Reincarnate: Dogs, Humans and Consciousness

To Reincarnate or Not to Reincarnate: Dogs, Humans and Consciousness
I had believed in reincarnation as a child. It was almost a knowing, as I recall. I once had a sense of a place and culture where I’d been many centuries ago, though no recollection of past lives. I just recall a frisson of recognition as I was reading a history book and came across a passage about Chichén Itzá, the pre-Columbian city built by the Mayans...

How Mister Rogers' Faith Shaped His Idea Of Children's Television

How Mister Rogers' Faith Shaped His Idea Of Children's Television
The beloved children’s television icon Fred Rogers – who is played by actor Tom Hanks in the upcoming film “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” – entered the world of children’s programming during an era of massive political and cultural upheaval.

Love is the Key to Happiness and It Clarifies the Mind

Love is the Key to Happiness and Clarifies the Mind
An unfeeling heart has even been admired by many, as evidence of a "scientific outlook". The truth is that without love no one can penetrate deeply into the heart of things. For while emotions can cloud the mind, calm pure love clarifies it, and makes possible the subtlest intuitions.

A Love and Compassion Meditation That Even A 3-Year-Old Can Do

Love and Compassion Meditation That Even A 3-Year-Old Can Do
Loving-kindness and compassion are of utmost importance at this time for humanity. Love and compassion for one an­other, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, and gender, need to take precedence over ideology and our superficial differ­ences. We must come together and cooperate with one an­other in order to survive the global challenges facing us.

Blessing for Global Oneness Day

Blessing for Global Oneness Day
I now feel with such a depth of certainty, of spiritual groundedness that Love is the ultimate reply to all and any problem, be it personal, social or a world issue. And you and I are one with that Love. We are literally welded to Love and nothing will ever be able to change that, even our own doubts and fears.

Can Meditation Change The World?

Can Meditation Change The World?
The film The Portal follows six individuals who undergo a personal transformation from trauma and struggle to calmness, self-acceptance, and compassion towards others.

Alchemy and Shamanism — Tools of Transformation

Alchemy and Shamanism — Tools of Transformation
When seeing or hearing the word alchemy, one might think of old men in funny hats working at furnaces in ancient chemistry labs seek­ing to turn minerals into gold, create the philosopher’s stone, or find the elixir of life. However, these popular modern stereotypes of the ancient alchemists are but a tiny fragment of alchemy.

Fundamentalism Turns 100, A Landmark For The Christian Right

Fundamentalism Turns 100, A Landmark For The Christian Right
These days, the term “fundamentalism” is often associated with a militant form of Islam. But the original fundamentalist movement was actually Christian. And it was born in the United States a century ago this year.

Do Whatever Good You Can with Love, Honor, and Dignity

Doing Good on Your Path with Love, Honor, and Dignity
Go forth on your Path in life with honor and dignity and do whatever good you can. As long as it lasts, life can be full of wonderful memories if you wish. Everyone is unique and changing and all have the right to reach their full potential in all their abilities.

Message From Beyond: A Healing Visit With My Father

Message From Beyond: A Healing Visit With My Father
I never gave much importance to my father's death and its effect on my life. I tucked it away under the category something unfortunate that happened when I was a kid. It felt as though I put all those unexpressed feelings, words and emotions into a little invisible jar and screwed the cap on tightly. My mind must have known...

If My Dad Can Do It... Believing in Signs from the Spirit World

If My Dad Can Do It...
Anytime I had ever talked about receiving signs or other in­formation from the spirit world, Dad laughed, joked, or scoffed. For personal and religious reasons, he never could understand why I had passed on a surefire career as an opera singer in favor of one as a psychic medium.

Where Are Your Answers? Listen to Your Heart

Where Are Your Answers? Listen to Your Heart
When I was little, my mother used to ask me if I would jump out the window just because my friends were doing it. The question made me mad, but she was trying to teach me an important lesson about life. Learn to think for yourself and listen to your heart, or you're likely to get into trouble.

Yom Kippur Is A Time For Feasting As Well As Fasting

Yom Kippur Is A Time For Feasting As Well As FastingYom Kippur Is A Time For Feasting As Well As Fasting
It was the bag of Fritos that gave me away. As a secular Jewish kid whose family did not belong to a synagogue, I did not think twice about riding my bike to the convenience store around the corner during the afternoon of Yom Kippur.

What Is Being Spiritual? Being "Without Anxiety About Non-Perfection"

What Is Being Spiritual? Being "Without Anxiety About Non-Perfection"
When we are faced with a variety of spiritual teachings and practices, we must keep a genuine sense of inquiry. What is the effect of these teachings and practices on myself and others? In his last words, the Buddha said we must be a lamp unto ourselves.

What It’s Really For: There's A Nobler Purpose To Every Experience

What It’s Really For: There Is A Nobler Purpose To Every Experience
Jewish theologian Martin Buber said, “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” The ego’s destinations are always material. The spirit’s destinations run deeper. We believe we are here to get somewhere physically, while we are really here to get somewhere spiritually.

Tap In To Your Inner Buddha and Find Unlimited Wisdom, Courage and Compassion

Tap In To Your Inner Buddha and Find Unlimited Wisdom, Courage and Compassion
Buddhism explains the profound truths of life. But it also provides an immensely practical method for overcoming obstacles and transforming oneself. It can be applied to every area of your existence: family, work, relationships, health. And it can be applied by anyone. Each and every human being contains the inherent capacity to be a Buddha

In The Space Within, You Can Hear the Mind of God

In The Space Within, You Can Hear the Mind of God
Meditation is not another “thing” to do, it’s an expression of who you are. Like all authentic spiritual practices it makes life easier by removing the barriers that keep you from being the person you came here to be.

Introducing Kindness As A Daily Practice

Introducing Kindness As A Daily Practice
When we practise Mindfulness, we get to know ourselves better; and in particular we get to know more about our habitual patterns of thought and behaviour. It is a bit like turning a dimmer switch up in a room. In a similar way, Mindfulness increases our inner awareness and this starts to reveal more and more of what is in the room of our mind.

Meditation Is What Happens When...

Meditation Is What Happens When...
Exhaustive research has shown that meditation is an excellent antidote against stress, hyperactivity, and fear related themes. It has been found to increase your energy, as well as lower blood pressure and heart rate. Meditation can also be used as a successful tool to accompany many medical, psychological and alternative healing therapies...

Looking Deeper into the Power of the 23rd Psalm in Modern Life

23rd Psalm in Modern Life

The 23rd Psalm is one of the most popular prayers in the Western world. This beautiful collection of words can be the key to reclaiming spiritual power. Most of us recognize the 23rd Psalm's familiar phrases, but what we don't often appreciate is the impact of the principles contained in the Psalm, probably because it doesn't fit the model of what we've been taught a prayer should be.

On This Day, 9/11: A Painful Anniversary

On This Day, 9/11: A Painful Anniversary
None of us will ever forget where we were on 9/11, or how we learned about the attacks on our country. Our hearts, and our innocence, were shattered on that awful day.

Thinking Is Not Good or Bad: A Positive Relationship With Thinking

Thinking Is Not Good or Bad: A Positive Relationship With Thinking
When most of us are introduced to the practice of meditation and mindfulness, usually our opinion is that thinking is bad. After all, we reason, our thinking and ideas have become a layer between the present moment and ourselves. Our mind has convinced us that we are isolated. At least, that is how we often perceive the situation.

Everything Dies And It's Best We Learn To Live With That

Everything Dies And It's Best We Learn To Live With That
Fear of dying – or death anxiety – is often considered to be one of the most common fears. Interestingly though, neither of the two widely used diagnostic psychiatric manuals, DSM-5 or ICD-10, has a specific listing for death anxiety.

Developing A Compassionate Heart

Developing A Compassionate Heart Is The Art Of Happiness
Certainly there are injustices to be named in this world, and hate-filled situations to be changed, and inequities to be remedied. There is appropriate treatment to be demanded, without prejudice or fear. But can we do these things without destroying ourselves through anger?

Basic Heart Activation: Living From Your Heart

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Practiced daily, this basic activation exercise enables you to gradually shift the center of your being to your heart. The ideal is to start your day with it, but you can do it at any other time, including just before going to sleep.

Social Implications of Oneness: Love Your Neighbor Who Is Yourself

Social Implications of Oneness Love Your Neighbor Who Is Yourself
Mystics very often see the links of all things – not only between all humans, but between humans and nature, and sometimes they feel a total immersion with the Ground of Being that upholds the universe and every living being. More and more, modern science stresses the same reality, and that apparent divisions are a socially conditioned illusion.

The Five "Rules" on the Path of Surrender, Awakening, and Responsibility

The Five
No one can give you a specific technique for how to surrender. You have to find out for yourself what surrender is, and the way you respond to the felt current of the life force as it makes its way through the conduit of your body will be unique to you. Your dance won’t look like anybody else’s...

5 Things To Do Before You Die

5 Things To Do Before You Die
Many people who are struck with sudden, progressive or terminal illness are kept alive mechanically, while families and doctors make decisions about treatment.

The Energy of Spirit Can Assist Us In Our Daily Lives

The Energy of Spirit Can Assist Us In Our Daily Lives
If we can begin to understand how the Spirit operates continuously in our lives, then our daily existence will become less stressful and more relaxed, filled less with drudgery and more with enchantment, and we in turn can become more creative and begin to enjoy a new sense of purpose, fulfillment, and enthusiasm.

How To Attain Peace of Mind and Understanding

How To Attain Peace of Mind and Understanding
The purpose of meditation is to slow down so that we can see clearly into the nature of the mind, making it possible for us to become fully present in each moment, to gain understanding of the way things truly are. It can give rise to the deep sense of calm that comes from really knowing something for yourself.

How I Flunked the Science Fair but Saved the World

How I Flunked the Science Fair but Saved the World
What goes on in the external world cannot change who we are or affect our true nature. No matter what happens to our body, personality, relationships, career, finances, or worldly politics, external events cannot affect who we are at our core. Our divinity remains intact.

Who Are Canada's Marginal Christian Right

Who Are Canada's Marginal Christian Right
The political power of the American Christian right naturally leads to interest and speculation about the influence of similar groups in Canada.

Choosing to Love Unconditionally: The World Needs Unconditional Love

Choosing to Love Unconditionally: The World Needs Unconditional Love
Unconditional love is loving people freely, fully and openly, with no expectations, demands or restrictions. It gives total acceptance and respect and does not criticize or judge. Unconditional love is constant and is not turned on and off as in conditional love.

Meditation: The Path and The Goal Are The Same

What Is Meditation For, If Not About Attaining Results
We all start out as a closet case. We have a secret life with secret pain that we keep under wraps in this closet. We bolt the door and hide the key, keeping our dark side hidden away, and we work very hard to function over the top of that pain, fear and anguish and go on somehow with our lives, perhaps thinking we are the only ones with secret pain.

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