There are three frequent afflictions which people tend to suffer from: pride, ambition, and vanity. It is hard to measure which of these is worse, but it would seem that ambition is the most troublesome. . . It is full of frustration because if one succeeds, one gets sicker; and if one fails, one also gets sicker.Read More
One of the most insidious forms of mental enslavement is the mesmerism of seriousness. It is insidious because it claims respectability. If we unmask seriousness, we find that it is a form of intimidation.Read More
The point is to find the valid, intelligent, harmonious way of coping with life. . . . It is good to be good, right? Unbelievable as it sounds. People will say it is crazy to be good in a world that is so evil. But we say it is good to be good. It is not good to be judgmental and critical and vindictive and hateful and aggressive. Those things are not good for anybody.
-Dr. Hora, Encounters with Wisdom book 2: chapter 8: Reverence for Life
Letting-be” is an existential term. It originated in Taoism. Letting-be actually means: reverent, loving responsiveness to that which is from moment to moment. It is a highly constructive, supremely spiritual attitude toward all life forms, not unlike Albert Schweitzer’s reverence for life.Read More
". . . humility, is not proud; it is dignified, inspired, intelligent, peaceful, assured, alert, responsive, and highly effective. It is not a form of behavior but, rather, a quality of consciousness. . . . If we could be truly humble we would never know anxiety."Read More
Each individual is a “capacity” to express the Whole in a unique way. This is going on whether we are aware of it or not. Our journey is to wake up to this possibility and fulfill it as much as possible.
Driving along the highway provides a good example. Each driver on the road can drive using intelligence, responsiveness and awareness, or not. Each driver is responsible for how they drive, yet, how they drive contributes to the whole of traffic.
We could say that a “good day of driving” occurs when there is intelligence, compassion, alertness and responsiveness at the wheel, where everyone arrives at their destination timely and safely.
When facing difficulties in our jobs, finances, health and families we are experiencing a life that seems to be the exact opposite of what we’ve worked hard to achieve: security, happiness, safety, and health. How might a spiritual approach make any difference in circumstances that seem to come from a hard and hostile world?Read More
What a relief it is to know that what is needed is to just let the dust settle. There is no amount of convincing, cajoling, maneuvering, figuring or influencing that will elevate the “dust” to something that will lead to a real solution. It is just dust.Read More
I found myself attempting to “fit in” to each possibility with phrases like ”I could live here if I had to,” “ I could make this work.” But there was no relief, the tension continued to grow. None of the places I saw were right.Read More
Children are influenced by three factors in parental consciousness: what the parents cherish, what they hate and what they fear. Therefore, healthy parenthood is impossible just on the basis of good intentions or self-sacrificing love. Parents can be loving, generous and devoted, and move heaven and earth for the sake of a child, but if they don’t understand these three elements in consciousness, they may be of little benefit.Read More
Awakened with lower back pain: Even with the awareness that the back pain has a meaning – I attempt to stretch it out and consider that perhaps it is a result of some physical activity over the past few days.Read More
Dialogue is a special mode of communication. It is different from anything we know in daily life. In daily life we are mostly engaged in conversation, chattering, gossip, contention, debate, discussion, etc. These are not really forms of communication, they are essentially entertainment or verbal warfare.
True communication is communion. When two or more individuals come together in at-one-ment, that is communion. Now we may ask, in what way is dialogue communion? How are we communing in the act of dialogue?
Dialogue is joint participation in a search for truth.
Whenever we jointly discern the truth, we partake in its realization. Jesus said: "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32). To be made free is synonymous with healing. So then while dialogue itself cannot heal, in dialogue healing can take place because in it we jointly participate in a realization of truth.
The issue is expanding awareness. Sometimes people who come for individual sessions say, ‘Do you want me to accept this?” Or they say, ‘You want me to believe in God?” I say, “God forbid!” We have to explain that there is nothing to accept and there is nothing to believe. This is of no value whatsoever. As a matter of fact, it interferes with the unfoldment of awareness.Read More
Just a little funk. A moment of downness and unhappiness, with the repeating question “what to do next?” There is a search for distraction through routine, obligations, or entertainment. And yet, anything that occurs to me that needs to be done or could be done is coated in burdensomeness and resistance.Read More
Instead of imaging God as the all powerful arbitrator who decides who suffers and who prospers, the “Good” would be understood as the dynamic principle of all life. Who could misunderstand that? Would we kill in the name of Good? There might be disagreements about personal good versus collective good but we won’t kill each other over it. Good can be defined so that there is no mistake.Read More