A Course in Miracles: The Truth ~ A Summary…

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It is my understanding that when we ‘die’ the body goes back to nature as they are both part of the material illusion. We ourselves are of a spiritual nature and return home on our being re-absorbed back into the Oneness of the Source from which we originated. Our brains are not actually ‘us’ at all. They are utilized by the spirit in much the same way that we are using our computers right now. The computer isn’t actually part of us, but it is enabling us to communicate. Our bodies, in turn, are not actually part of us, but…

Dreaming the Full Spectrum of Consciousness

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I am in an airport. I am unsure of where I’m trying to go. Or did I just come back from somewhere? I finally figure it out. I’m going to a conference. But where is my gate? I search all over. I finally find it, I think. But, wait a minute. I’m in Switzerland. How did I end up here? I’m in the wrong country. I’m supposed to be in America. Oh, forget it. I’ve missed my flight and now I’m not going to make it to the conference on time. Now let’s see if I can just find my…

Alone is not Lonely

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We arrive alone on this earth and we will go from here likewise. Yet, when it comes to living, we are uncomfortable and jittery about the thought of being alone. There is a misconception that one cannot and should not live alone. This has led to the conditioning of minds and hence man went away from his true nature. Alone is not lonely. Being alone has always been painted as a sad, dismal and negative imagery. There is a conscious effort to escape this aloneness. If not people, they make sure the noise of TV or internet is playing in…

Field Notes on Living

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No one wants to admit it, but moving through trouble is what leads us to joy. As a guitar or violin is hollow in order to make music, we are hollowed by experience. So avoiding trouble is impossible. This doesn’t mean we have to seek out suffering or pray to our pain. We simply have to find the resilience to face what we’re given and ask for help along the way. From the beginning of time, human beings have tried to get out of here, only to be humbled to find that Heaven waits inside what we wake in. Ultimately,…

The Virtue of Kvetching

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Christopher Hitchens once said of Ayn Rand’s writing, “the novels are transcendently awful. . . I have some respect for the Virtue of Selfishness, but. . . I don’t think there is a need to have essays advocating selfishness among human beings. . . some things require no further reinforcement.” So it is with kvetching. We all do it, if not all the time, then a lot, without any encouragement. While kvetching is one of those things that requires no reinforcement, it does need a little defending in this age of Perpetual Positivity. It gets a bad rap these days…

I Found the Meaning of My Life at a Party in Brooklyn

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Growing up, I was a straight-A student. I played tennis, basketball, and football. I attended Harvard and then worked as a consultant on Wall Street, meanwhile partying like a rock star every weekend in New York City’s hottest clubs. And yet, my fundamental life trajectory was set when I was seventeen years old. I went on a retreat offered by my Catholic high school. On the last night of the retreat, a priest came to talk to us about walls around our hearts, walls that block out God’s love. It affected me deeply. Afterwards, I sat with him in a…

Overcoming Fear: Your Future Life is Entirely in Your Hands

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Hollywood Stuntman’s Fear Blocking Technique My heartbeat rose as I stood silently in position on the movie sound stage of Captain America: First Avenger starring Chris Evans. I watched lighting technicians and cameramen make slight adjustments and I felt the wiremen secure the cables attached to my back. Sweat formed on my brow. Having captured Captain America with my flame-thrower in a previous scene, my character was to kill off his best friend “Bucky,” played by Sebastian Stan. This would all take place on board a moving train no less. I was to fire at “Bucky” and blow a hole…

Understanding the Fundamental Metaphysical Questions, Part 2, Why Are You Here?

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“Something is doing we don’t know what.” A legendary remark attributed to Sir Arthur Eddington. Let us continue our pilgrimage in wisdom by studying the second fundamental question of existence, the question of origin and purpose. Two great systems of thought contested the nature of man’s origin in the past: creation and evolution. The diametrical opposition of the mechanical scientists and the stubborn theologians dominated Western civilization for centuries. But today, a new kind of thinking is emerging which is destroying the obsolete paradigms of the past. In this paradigm, both viewpoints can be assimilated into a new system of…

November’s Astrological Forecast: Sun in Scorpio

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November starts out with the Sun in the sign of Scorpio. During Scorpio season, we lean towards things relating to the occult, death, taxes, and transformation. It is a time when we really look within and figure out where we need to change to achieve our dreams. The Sun in Scorpio is also very secretive, so you’ll want to be careful with whom you trust this month. The Sun in Scorpio wants us to look deeper. On November 2nd, Saturn squares Chiron. This, combined with the Scorpio energy in the sky, wants us to look at where we are wounded…

The Beet Beat: How to Bake with Beets

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I can’t stand beets. Honestly, it’s the flavor: it’s so off-putting to me. Sometimes I’ll see something really enticing on the menu, like a salad with goat cheese, walnuts, and honey, and then I’ll stumble upon the word “beets” and immediately look for something else. That being said, beets are wonderful, not only for your body but also for your baking. When I first started using beets in baking, I realized I could have my cake and eat it, too, without worrying about that taste I hated so much. And for those of you who like the flavor of roasted,…

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