Love as a doorway to Awakening

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Photo by Ioan Sameli

A million words can be said about love. And yet the true experience of love lies way beyond anything we can say about it. Love is ultimately beyond words and always escapes the grasp of the mind.

Love has a million expressions, and it flows into infinite forms and experiences. Yet just behind the myriad of manifestations, love is at the very essence of who we are. Continue reading Love as a doorway to Awakening

Wealth Success and Spirituality

 

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Photo by squeaks2569

This is a feature article I first wrote for the Life Coaching Inisights website. It is a topic which is close to my heart – the message that the path of spirituality and material engagement are not separate paths. These pursuits are not mututally exclusive. They can overlap perfectly and harmoniously. Here’s how…

Traditionally we are accustomed to seeing the pursuit of success and wealth as completely divergent from the path of self-development and spirituality. Consciously or subconsciously we tend to divide our pursuits into two broad categories: inner development and outer achievement. But when we take a closer look, we see that both pursuits can be aspects of the same path.
My thanks go to Devin Iyer, my friend and erstwhile business partner, who wrote this intriguing article for this week’s Blog post. You can find out more about Devin and how to contact him, at the bottom of the post. Continue reading Wealth Success and Spirituality

Open Your Heart

hearts photoOpen your heart to all those around you. By opening your heart to others, you will open your heart to the Divine essence. Your heart contains an intelligence that is profound. It is intimately connected with every other heart. In this sense we are all of one heart. We are One.

Misapprehension of this truth, and coming to believe in our false identities has served to divide us, with this sense of division and separation expressing in untold misery, depression, disease and violence. Continue reading Open Your Heart

Forgiving Personal Debt

If we are urging first world countries to forgive the debt of poorer third world countries, are we willing to do this on a personal level too?

I believe we should. As above, so below. What works for the macrocosm must work for the microcosm.

Whether your supposed oppressor or aggressor has hurt you with words or in other ways, it helps you more than them to assume a stance of forgiveness. Whether or you let your aggressor off the hook or choose to take the matter to court, it still helps to assume this stance internally. Continue reading Forgiving Personal Debt

Life, in a paragraph

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While chatting with an old friend the other day, she was expressing how wonderful it is to have so much knowledge so readily available to us these days especially pertaining to life and the bigger picture. She was quick to add, though, that this often leads to information overload, and leaves her at a loss of how to ‘connect the dots.’ Almost as a joke, she said she wished there was a ‘précis version’ – all in one page or one paragraph!

I thought this would be an interesting exercise, so here goes: Continue reading Life, in a paragraph

On Awareness, Consciousness and Enlightenment

universe photoSince there is generally a lot of vagueness around the terms of awareness, consciousness and enlightenment, I wrote this post to bring more definition, distinction and clarity to these terms..

One could define without too much difficulty what a flower is, or even what a space shuttle is. These are objects of your awareness, as is any material object in our world. Even events – like rain or Christmas – are objects of your awareness, and are not too difficult to understand or describe. Continue reading On Awareness, Consciousness and Enlightenment

You don’t have to serve God!

offering photoI generally steer away from using the word God, as it has become a tarnished and very misunderstood word. But today I find it necessary to use the word to discuss this topic.

Some people say that our purpose in life is to serve God. Indeed some religions teach this.

Some take this further and, seeing how impractical this is, say that the only way to serve God is to serve others. Continue reading You don’t have to serve God!

The Illusions we Live With

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The notion that this world is some kind of illusory phenomenon is not a new idea. As far back as about 6000 years ago, the philosophers of India were talking about the theory of Maya, meaning illusion. And in modern times as more and more in the western world are awakening to ‘spirituality’ and self-development, the illusion theory is becoming more widespread.

Yet it is one of the most difficult areas of knowledge to delve into and understand. This is because all the knowledge in the world is based on the world. It is based on what we perceive through the senses and through scientific equipment which serves as an extension of the senses. Some knowledge is based on inference. Continue reading The Illusions we Live With

You need Nothing!

What do you need right now? A cigarette?! Some coffee? A new car? Financial stability? How about perfect health? Maybe peace of mind? Or do you need love?

Whatever you think you need, take a moment to really think about it, and ask yourself whether these are actual needs, or are they perhaps desires and preferences. Continue reading You need Nothing!

Try Binaural Beats for More Effective Meditation

I mentioned binaural beats meditation a few times recently, and noticed that many people have still not heard of it. Hence this blogpost…

Can you imagine a world without recorded music? There certainly was a time in which this was a reality on our planet. Recorded music is just over a century old, and before this one could only listen to live music, either vocals or instrumentals or both. One had to enjoy it in the moment, as there was no way of recording it to ‘take away’! Continue reading Try Binaural Beats for More Effective Meditation