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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…

Choice

The ability to choose is perhaps our most fundamental power, but our choices may be limited because of the deep conditioning of the mind that tends to cloud our perception.  An example of this comes from some neuro-research done in the 1970’s. Researchers did experiments where kittens were raised from birth in a room designed with no vertical lines. After a few months, when…

The Ego

We humans are gifted with the capacity to see the ego and not just be the ego. With reflection, we can see that the ego is impermanent (using Buddhist terminology). It changes. It gets more strong and less strong and sometimes is not present at all. The ego can shift from worthlessness to arrogance, and paradoxically, can be strong in…

Our Foundation

The search for a solid foundation in life is common to us all. We have tried; relationships, family, work or career, duty, status in the community, and all kinds of beliefs, but since everything is in some state of change the search goes on.   Then we look into the deep spiritual stuff and that’s really freaky because it speaks about being nothing,…

What is the Truth?

What is the truth? This is a topic that is frequently in the news these days.  For the purpose of this reminder, there is relative truth and absolute truth or what is ultimately true. For example, something relatively true might be; “it is a sunny day today”. What is ultimately true is that consciousness is essential for there to be any awareness…