When a tree has its roots in contact with the source of its nourishment, it is in harmony with its own nature and, as a consequence, it is a beneficial presence in nature. What is our essential nature? If we were ego-persons, then ego gratification would make us healthy because then we would be true to our essential nature. But we see that ego gratification does not make anyone healthy; it makes us sick. So, there must be something wrong with this idea.Read More
Here is a simple idea to discern what is good and healthy vs what is not:
Any idea, or system of values, or religious system, anything that impinges on individual existence, can validate itself or disqualify itself by its consequences for the health and fulfillment of the individual. . .Read More
. . .Our ability and willingness to be useful and helpful in business or employment determines the prospering of it. Should we experience insufficient income or a slowdown in our business, we need to improve our ability to be helpful.Read More
Aging is the accumulation of unresolved grievances. . . .
The word “maturing” is an attempt at describing a progressive development of consciousness, moving in the direction of ever-clearer discernment of nondimensional Reality: toward the light of enlightenment.
-Dr. Hora: "Self Transcendence"Read More
What are the Dimensions of God?
Most people immediately can see that God has no dimensions—God is infinite presence. Now if God has no dimensions how can the image and likeness of God have dimensions? So this is sort of a koan. God is non-dimensional, but the image and likeness of God seems to be dimensional. Well, this is mind-boggling, is it not?Read More
Love is the very substance of life. Love and intelligence constitute the substance of Reality and we are the manifestations of this substance. So we are not really made of flesh and blood (as we seem to be), but we are made of love and intelligence. . .Read More
Prayer can be thought of as a mental hygiene principle. Sanity depends on being in touch with Reality. Thus, prayer is an existential necessity. We are not talking here about religious prayer, which is mostly petitionary. We define prayer as a constant conscious endeavor to be aware of our place in Reality.Read More
There is a saying, “Laws are made to be broken.” But if we understand God as an “Is system,” it will make no sense at all to violate it. For instance, if we know that gravitation is, it is clear that no one in his right mind would want to challenge it by jumping out of the window.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
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