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Thinking about violence

I recently came across this quotation from the Buddha:
"Whatever a monk keeps pursuing with his thinking and pondering, that becomes the inclination of his awareness. If a monk keeps pursuing thinking imbued with sensuality, abandoning thinking imbued with renunciation, his mind is bent by that thinking imbued with sensuality. If a monk keeps pursuing thinking imbued with ill will, abandoning thinking imbued with non-ill will, his mind is bent by that thinking imbued with ill will. If a monk keeps pursuing thinking imbued with harmfulness, abandoning thinking imbued with harmlessness, his mind is bent by that thinking imbued with harmfulness."
In other words, thinking negative or unwholesome thoughts of any kind has the effect of inclining your future thoughts in the direction of that kind of unwholesomeness or negativity. This should not be a surprise to us, because the mind, like the body, has a tendency to follow the "groove" left by  experience.   Thi…

Thoughts on the passing of a friend

Whenever someone we know leaves this life, we feel grief. It is difficult to remember at such times that passing is a natural step in our existence as immortal spiritual beings. The human part of us, the body-centered ego, clings to this existence as if it were the only existence we will ever have. Because it cannot see beyond the point at which we separate ourselves from the physical body, it fears death and mourns the loss of others who have passed on as if they had completely ceased to exist.

Poets and seers may describe physical death as discarding a worn garment, but that metaphor is not always helpful to those of us left behind who struggle to accept the immediacy of the inevitable. We know that life is temporary, yet we submerge that knowledge in the busyness of daily existence. Aware in our moments of full consciousness that change is constant - that everything changes in every instant - we nevertheless attach our happiness, our hopes, our very sense of self to people and thing…

This is the thanks I get?

We set ourselves up for needless suffering if we expect gratitude for our good deeds, or if we insist that those who benefit from our actions "deserve" what they receive.  Those expectations are far out of tune with the Universe.

First, both require us to judge others, which we are not qualified to do.  They also evidence an attachment to what "ought" to happen, which prevents us from living in the world and experiencing reality. Both are small-self reactions, the reactions of the small self in us to the behavior of the small self in others.


True generosity proceeds from the higher Self and seeks no reward for sharing material or spiritual gifts.  The higher Self in me is not different from the higher Self in another, even if that other is completely unaware of the existence of the higher Self and its bond with the Universe.  The higher Self acts out of Universal love, attuning itself to the frequency of the vibration that pervades all of Creation and the Uncreated. …

Divine Healing

Divine healing does not require elaborate rituals, esoteric oils or crystals, or intense effort. Have you read any stories of Jesus, Buddha, or another holy person working himself into a frenzy or to exhaustion in order to manifest healing? On the contrary, healing manifests spontaneously in the presence of divine connection. All that it requires is openness and surrender to Source. No shaman or practitioner can induce healing without that connection. This is because healing is the work of Source energy, not something that is produced within the body or mind of the individual healer. The only effort - if it can be called that - required of him or her is to become and remain aware of Oneness with Source and its omnipresent perfection. Healing will then radiate from him or her like the warmth and light of the sun. 

Source itself does not expend energy, because all the energy of the Universe belongs to and remains within Source. Source merely manifests continual perfection, in which we hu…