Siddhartha searched and searched before finding his enlightenment as the Buddha. Once on the path he did not say, “No more lessons!” Whether your path to enlightenment is through Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, yoga, or any of the many other traditions that are out there, it is up to you to pursue the teachings and to apply them in your everyday experiences. Look Continue reading
Don’t be afraid of your shadow self. We all have this shadow—there is the light and the shadow of who we are. The “shadow” was named by psychiatrist Carl Jung to metaphorically reflect the baser yet often unconscious aspects of our nature, such as greed, anger and lust of power. Fear is often the root cause of the Continue reading
Accept, have no regrets, rejoice!
Rejoice in the life that you have chosen.
Accept the gold that is you.
If even for an instant you saw yourself as I see you,
you would never again doubt your worth,
never again doubt your unconditional love for yourself,
How do we live a life that is in alignment with our highest purpose? How do we know what that purpose is? The first step is to ask for the Divine’s help and guidance. To be an ordinary person on a spiritual path requires a combination of stillness and action. It may begin with, and be interspersed with, our quiet interactions with the Divine, but in between it demands that we Continue reading
It is easy to have love and compassion for people at a distance. If I ask you to send love to someone who is suffering halfway around the world you can probably do that. You may even be able to send love to a tyrannical world leader. What about compassionate and loving action toward those in your immediate circle who have hurt you? What is the loving action? Is it holding them in the light of kinder thoughts? Is it expressing yourself with more compassionate words and deeds, or is it all of the above?
Over a lifetime many of us tend to accumulate layers of false selves—personas that help us to feel more confident and protected in the world. We build up defenses to protect ourselves, choosing to identify with our possessions, our wounds, even our grandiosity. We present these masks to the world so often that we forget who we truly are. Why are we so afraid that our pure essence is not enough? Wouldn’t it be extraordinary if we could Continue reading
Anyone who has been married or in a long term relationship, myself included, will know that the following advice from Mother Mary is easier to read than to implement. Having said that, it is good to be reminded of what we need to do to keep our relationships alive and thriving.
Marriage is a gentle baby that needs to be nurtured. You cannot leave the baby alone. You leave the baby alone and it grows Continue reading
I once read that we have many unclaimed, beautifully wrapped gifts in heaven. What is in those unclaimed boxes? Amongst my many unclaimed gifts I found miracles.
I’ve seen evidence of many of the miracles I have asked for in my life as well as those in the lives of my clients. But perhaps there are more miracles in those boxes. Not being one to bypass a gift I Continue reading
If you were crossing the Arabian Peninsula in the 6th century your survival depended on your tribe, as you were unlikely to survive the harsh desert conditions on your own. Although belonging to a tribe is no longer a matter of life and death, the holidays can trigger our most basic need to belong to a family and/or a friend tribe. Regardless of whether you feel alienated from, or well Continue reading
There are many reasons to forgive, but if they haven’t motivated you thus far maybe this will. It’s a bit selfish, but it reignited my commitment to forgive everyone, and I mean everyone, from people who you will never know to the all too well known terrorists. Why forgive? Karma.
Karma is a wheel of cause and effect that exists at both a personal and a global level. The belief is, if you wrong someone then you will be wronged, either in this lifetime or the next. Conversely, if someone has wronged you, then you may have to reincarnate to help that person live out his or her karmic debt to you.
By holding people hostage to my notion of wrongness I trap us in a karmic web that doesn’t stop spinning until the karmic debt is repaid. Here comes the selfish part: I don’t want to reincarnate with the people who hurt me just so they can repay their karmic debt. Nor do I want to reincarnate with the people whom I have hurt. So how do I release them and me? Forgiveness. Forgiveness releases all karma. I need to forgive myself and I need to forgive them.
There are those who have attained enlightenment and are no longer engaged in living out karma. For the rest of us, we have nothing to loose by trying forgiveness. If my forgiveness can begin unwinding this karmic debt cycle then I forgive with all my heart. We walk life’s vast journey one step at a time. Forgiveness is the step I take today.
Forgiveness is how we get from here, back to love. It’s the path, it is the road we must follow.
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