Monthly Archives: October 2011

A Quiet Mind

A quiet mind is not a blank mind. It’s words that crowd out consciousness. Endless chattering, internal arguments/justifications, song-loops, worrying – these keep us from being alive in the moment. And isn’t this the purpose of spiritual practice, to be … Continue reading

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Loving Your Enemy – the paradox

The commandment to “love your enemy” is pure paradox. After all, the two words are mutually exclusive, strictly speaking. The verbs to defeat and to nurture do not go together. How do you engage your enemy and love him/her at … Continue reading

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What Does It Mean To “Affirm”?

Affirming in the face of contradictory evidence can have the appearance of forcing the issue – an act of will, not of faith. For example, saying “I am well” when you are obviously sick is trying to overcome the illness … Continue reading

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Solving the Mystery of God – being a spiritual detective

Everyone has had a spiritual experience. Maybe it was having a prayer answered. Maybe it was a profound sense of Presence. Maybe it was a dream that felt like a visitation from a higher being, an angel, or a spiritual … Continue reading

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Oneness Exercise

Spiritual goals should only be as difficult as they need to be and no more. The most freeing realization we can have is that perfection is unattainable. Raising the bar incrementally is always a good thing, but raising it so … Continue reading

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The Vow of Obedience vs. Following the Rules

I live in California, possibly one of the most litigious states in the country. There is an inordinate fixation on rules out here, especially in the area of regulatory law, so much so that when it comes to environmental legislation, … Continue reading

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Spiritual Sight – seeing life

No one can deny that light is essential to seeing. That much is apparent. What’s not so obvious is that light is light – not spiritual vs. physical – just light. One light. Plants know this. They look forward to … Continue reading

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Spiritual Sight

Knowing something is there is half the battle. Einstein might have been wrong about the speed of light, but we have devastating proof of the energy hidden in matter. All we have to do is look in that direction to … Continue reading

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At Your Service

It is naive to think that service means doing whatever you think needs to be done. This has caused most of the suffering in the world throughout history. No one knows with certainty what needs doing. Fortunately, we have the … Continue reading

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