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…

Independence

Another July 4th has rolled by, where our country celebrates independence from the tyrannical yoke of the British Empire. Yet for many people, a struggle for inner freedom goes on because their experience is one of bondage and enslavement by the tyranny of their mind.  Listening to and believing the voices of the mind causes one to feel isolated and…

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.…