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A Change of Perspective

For those who have a hunger to know the truth of life, the challenge is to not use the usual tools; mental concepts, beliefs and sensory information. The actuality of life is here, just not seen. It is always formless — and the mother of all forms. So what I am pointing to is more of a change of perspective,…

The Power of Relaxation

There are many things we can get stressed about these days and we all know that long-term stress negatively affects the health of our body, clouds the mind and reduces our ability to effectively deal with the challenges in our lives. While the power of relaxation may seem paradoxical, having the capacity to ‘flip the switch’ and initiate the relaxation…

Cultivating Gratitude

For those who may not already know, there is a significant study on the effects of gratitude by Robert A. Emmons, professor of psychology at UC Davis. His research shows that having a gratitude practice can produce a 23 percent reduction in cortisol (stress hormone) levels, lower blood pressure, and reduced systemic inflammation (a marker for cardiovascular disease). The study…

Seeing The Seer

    Who or what is in those eyes reflected in the mirror? What is seeing — deeper than the facial features and the mental layers of personality? Not ‘somebody’ — but life itself — conscious and aware. Seeing, even for an instant, the core of one’s Being can be life changing — a sacred sighting that fills one with…

Reflection

This time of year it is common for us to spend a little time in reflection; what have I done this year and what would I like to have come about in the new year.    For those desiring to know the truth of life, reflection in the form of self inquiry is common. Many people who quest for the…

Peace

We can have peace in our hearts, even though the news of the world may appear to be anything but peaceful. While we may not be able to hold peace in our mind for very long, we can harmonize or attune our awareness with boundless consciousness, and the heart of consciousness is always at peace. This is simple, not metaphysical.…

The Haunted House of the Mind

Many people are haunted by something in their past. Fear, anger, regret, guilt, shame can be deeply imprinted in the psyche and nervous system and color one’s sense of identity. If, after doing a lot of “personal work”, the ghosts of one’s past are still hanging around, then the key to the door out of the haunted house is to…

The Right Tool For The Job

We all have an understanding that the way the world works is;  “I do these things… and this comes to me” —  cause and effect. While this mechanistic view mostly holds true in the material world, we have also experienced that it doesn’t always seem to work that way and it clearly doesn’t work regarding self realization and knowing the…

The Ocean of Being

We humans can be likened to the ocean. The waves on the surface are like our thoughts, imaginings, emotions, sensations and perceptions. Beneath the surface and holding the waves is the vast ocean of Being. Our attention tends to be focused on the waves of phenomena and maybe fixated by believing that the surface is the total of who we…

Worry

Many people worry a lot; about health, money, relationships, the state of the nation and the planet.  There’s always something that one could worry about, but living with worry day-to-day affects our mental and physical health. Worry can become a habit, a kind of background-noise that obscures the silent peace that is here. It is, of course, important to take care of our…