Author: Robert

“Keep Your Eyes On The Prize”

“Keep your eyes on the prize” is a phrase that comes from the title of a song that was influential during the civil rights movement of the 1950’s and 60’s. Keeping one’s attention focused on what is wanted most is especially important these days with so much going on and so many distractions.  The best thing we can do for ourselves, our…

The Wheel

  The wheel is a symbol that has different meanings in Eastern religious and spiritual traditions. One of the meanings has to do with the circular nature of mind and the illusion and delusion it creates (the cycles of samsara). In the turning of the ‘wheel of the mind’, the top of the wheel     represents high blissful states,…

The Power of Slowing Down

I listened to part of an interview recently where the person was speaking about “our attention-deficit culture…”.   It reminded me that neuropsychology says that the average person thinks somewhere between 50,000 and 70,000 thoughts a day.       There are of course many negative effects that go along with a short attention span, and for those interested in the recognition of…

The Persona

In the ancient Greek theater, actors wore a mask that was called a persona — they would don a persona to play their part in stage performances. In a somewhat similar way, the One consciousness, the Self, dons all personas and acts on the stage of manifest life, playing all roles. In other words, for the purpose of experience, this…

The Siren’s Song

The Greek mythology of Sirens can be seen as an allegory for the mind; the stories and hypnotic trance it generates, and the unnecessary suffering caused by believing it. There are a few different versions of the story, says wikipedia. The most common is that; “Sirens were dangerous creatures, who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting songs, causing them to…

Tenderness

This time of year can be difficult for many people; with low levels of light affecting the body, the suffering in our world and the stories of what the holidays should look like, but don’t.   And, this time of year marks the return of the light, both literally, and symbolically — as a reminder to turn up the light of compassion…

Avoid The Void

A part of the spooky folklore around halloween is the idea that the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead become thinner.  Scary stuff!  From the perspective of the body and ego, there is life and death. The “other-side” of life equates to a void of non-existence or death, so fear will come and with it, a…

The Interconnectedness of Life

It may be common knowledge today that the largest living organisms on earth (by mass) are aspen forests. The trees are all connected under the ground. And while each individual tree has a birth, a time of existence and a death, the organism lives on. This is an obvious analogy to us and all other (apparently separate) life forms. Just…

Anchored to the Truth of Life

That we live in crazy, uncertain times may be the understatement of the week. How to navigate this life and live fully engaged when it is so easy to be buffeted by the winds of events in our world, feeling the range of emotions and maybe becoming dismayed and heavy hearted?   A common mistake, in spiritual circles, is to…