Category Archives: Lessons

Find Victory in Failure

  by Michael Maciel Most of us are trying to make something of our lives. We have values, and we want to realize those values in our living—to make them real, to manifest them in the world. Having values is … Continue reading

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Lose Your Religion and Find God

by Michael Maciel Too many people base their religious beliefs on ideas, and too few base them on deep, inner experiences. Language conceals more than it reveals, and beliefs almost always come in words. Even if your belief is predicated … Continue reading

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Find the Self

by Michael Maciel The Self does not exist on the Earth plane. Because of this, YOU do not exist on the Earth plane either. Because the Self (along with the soul) is who you are. If you do not exist … Continue reading

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Buddhism and Suffering

by Michael Maciel Buddhism teaches that all suffering is caused by ignorance. And that’s kind of hard to argue with. The word sin means to miss the mark. It’s an old archery term. Since we all have goals in our … Continue reading

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Does God Exist?

by Michael Maciel Everyone has a god, whether they’re religious or not. If you take anthropomorphism out of the equation, your god is simply that which you hold in highest esteem. Maybe that’s intelligence or rationality. Maybe it’s money or wealth. … Continue reading

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Meditation can be easy…IF you know how!

by Michael Maciel Mental discipline is key to spiritual development. Your mind is your vehicle, and just like your other vehicle—your car—it requires maintenance and improvements. If you plan to drive up a mountain or travel to faraway places (metaphorically … Continue reading

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What Is Power?

Quote by Charles A. Reich, author of “The Greening of America”, from a lecture he gave on power and the law: “Power means to me pretty much the same thing as freedom. Power is the thing that everyone wants the … Continue reading

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Karma — where are we and how did we get here?

by Michael Maciel We can look upon the world as a great mind, a house, if you will, in which there are many rooms. Each room has been decorated by the current and former occupants in ways that reflect their … Continue reading

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How Do We Obey God?

by Michael Maciel Normally, we think of obedience as doing what we’re told. We obey the rules, we obey our bosses, we obey traffic lights. And in our spiritual life, we follow the instructions of our teachers, or we adopt … Continue reading

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Why Is the Resurrection So Damned Important? (an esoteric viewpoint)

by Michael Maciel In a practical, psychological sense, the doctrine that says “Jesus died for our sins” only makes sense if we take it in the context of the One Mind, the collective consciousness of humanity that spans the entire … Continue reading

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