Monthly Archives: August 2015

The Invisible Woman

by Michael Maciel There was a cartoon floating around on the Internet a while back depicting two women passing each other on the sidewalk. One was wearing a burka, the other a bikini and a pair of sunglasses. The woman … Continue reading

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Training Your Heart

by Michael Maciel We can only want what we value. Take away the value, and you take away the desire. If you want something that you think is valueless, or worse yet, harmful, then there is a component of value … Continue reading

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Zone of Illusion

    by Michael Maciel Here is an excerpt from a post on Matthew Livermore’s blog, Valley of Vision: “Therefore, the thesis that I am advancing with one hundred per cent conviction is that every Hermeticist who truly seeks authentic spiritual … Continue reading

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Divine Guidance—How to Know God’s Will

Sounds huge, doesn’t it? I mean, what are we talking about here? Is it God’s will as it applies to our entire lifespan, or do we simply want to know what to do next? It seems to me that figuring … Continue reading

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Sins of Omission

There’s no way around it: “He who would lose his life, for my sake, shall find it.” Our souls are committed to growing. Growing requires stretching. And stretching is hard work. Living “as if” has been greatly misrepresented in the … Continue reading

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Snowflakes and the Death of Judgement

by Michael Maciel We are not so unique, you and I, although we cling desperately to the belief that we are. All snowflakes are different, but they all have six points. None have seven. It’s our belief in our uniqueness … Continue reading

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Karma vs. Love

“Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.” – John 20:23 What does it mean to “retain” someone’s sins? And why would anyone want to do that? In New Thought, … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong with Saying, “I am God”?

I think the problem lies in thinking, “I am this,” or “I am that.” It is far more useful (in terms of realizing a spiritual life) to say, “I am.” This short-circuits the ego and pre-empts the problem altogether. Saying, … Continue reading

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How to Tell When a Story is Symbolic

In this picture of the tapestry, The Lady and the Unicorn, the unicorn’s hooves are turning back the Lady’s dress, revealing an underlying layer. By using the image of a unicorn, the painter is letting us know right away that … Continue reading

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