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Paradox at the Heart of Reality

“There’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”

– Leonard Cohen

In this simple yet poignant line Leonard states the truth with the elegant simplicity befitting the poet he is.

Every single thing in the world of form is incomplete. There is a perfect imperfection in any object or concept. The delightful and dynamic potential of $100, for example, is collapsed into a single object or service when you spend it. You can not have the freedom of the money and the stability of that which it buys at the same time.

Our lives in the realm of duality are steeped in paradox like this. Self and Other. Objects and the space between them. Manifest reality and the potential from whence it flows. This fundamental duality gives rise to the “crack” in all things that Cohen is Talking about. read more…

Follow Your Bliss. . . More or Less.

How many times have we heard the immortal words of Joseph Campbell? His encouragement echoes loudly through the New Age community and it’s simple wisdom undergirds so many of our day to day conversations, goals and methods.

We use this advice to seek our life’s purpose and sometimes even give it the same exalted status as the Buddhist concept of Right Livelihood. As mistaken as that might be, the idea that following your bliss is the path to happiness is almost universal in the new age community, and it’s easy to see why.

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The Movement of Love

All of life is a movement of Love.

Like the breath of God it ebbs and flows through our awareness, rustling the branches in the forests of our minds. Sometimes the branches are old and stiff and they creak and moan in the gentle breeze.

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The Power of Consistency

“No stone can stand against the crashing waves forever.”

This simple truth speaks volumes to the power of consistency. We all know that the ocean pounds against the shoreline, and over vast amounts of time it smashes tall jagged cliffs into gentle sandy beaches.

What is consistency, really?

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Life as a Mirror

Have you ever had someone tell you that life is a mirror of your consciousness? Or that we are each mirrors of each other?

Have you also noticed that even though you NEVER cut people off in traffic, some people still cut YOU off, and sometimes blatantly and intentionally?

Very often this mirror idea has been twisted from it’s original meaning to fit into a symmetrical understanding based on the Law of Attraction, namely that your consciousness actively creates the reality that you experience.

However, that is kind of trying to fit a square peg into a round hole and one of the reasons it can seem so untrue sometimes is that the Law of Attraction is not really where this particular teaching belongs.

The idea that life is a mirror of our consciousness is often misunderstood and today I wanted to go back to the great traditions for some teachings that might shed some light on the true meaning of this common saying.
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Creating a life of purpose

There are a lot of smart people out there telling you all the wrong things about your life’s purpose.

Maybe that’s a little harsh. I guess they’re not telling you the wrong things per se, perhaps I should say they are telling you the part you want to hear. It’s great because they are wetting your appetite for living a life that is on fire. However, it is generally with the promise that you simply have to do the things that make you happy.

It sounds great doesn’t it? Just do the stuff that you like doing and voila! You are living a life of purpose!

Of course, a life of purpose is supposed to bring financial prosperity, good relationships and spiritual wisdom. . .

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Overcoming The Pain of Empathy

Let’s talk a little bit about the expansion of individual awareness and the increasing depth in consciousness that we experience on our journey through life.

First we need to differentiate between empathy and sympathy.

Sympathy comes about from, and is developed through, suffering. We can sympathize with someone because we have experienced similar situations and can understand degrees of intensity. While we may never have been homeless we can sympathize, because we have been lonely, lost, poor or otherwise in a difficult situation and we can multiply that experience in our mind to have some approximation of what homelessness might be like. read more…

Loving what is…

Byron Katie tells us to love what is, and this is advice we should all take to heart. Not just because what is, simply IS and arguing with it is paramount to spitting at the rain, but because any thing that is, represents the presence of All That Is. read more…

Love And Fire

An Excerpt From The Book Enchanted Love
By Marianne Williamson”

Love can be a huge mountain, a gentle garden, a raging storm, a cool breeze, or a perfect bath. But there is always fire somewhere nearby. There is always the red-hot stuff of the soul’s initiation. If there isn’t fire, then it isn’t love. It might be a marriage that lasts forever. It might have all of the signs of a “successful relationship.” But if it doesn’t insist that you move to the next level, if it doesn’t take your heart and make it explode into a million pieces, only to fall back together again in some moment of enlightened understanding, then you haven’t really loved. You’ve done the bourgeois thing perhaps, but let’s not call that love.

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The Flip Side of Flow – Perfection in The Struggle

In this day and age we are starting to hear more and more about “letting go” and “Going with The Flow” and those things are fine. They have a very important place in our production oriented culture that practically worships stress and incessant activity. Many of you reading this are certainly in need of this kind of education.

So for good measure, let me go ahead and say it:

“Everything is happening in divine order and perfect timing. Nothing is left undone, and all things unfold effortlessly just as they should.”

So. . . Let Go and Let God. . . Relax. . . Breathe. . . Life is Good. . . and other cute sayings of that nature.

But that’s not the end of the story. . .

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