Spiritual Articles from 2017

Dear Family and Friends: it’s Time to Wake Up

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Dear Family and Friends: it’s Time to Wake Up
by Phillip J. Watt
Posted March 26, 2017

it is time to wake upI know you’ve struggled to deal with many of the harsh truths of the world, yet there’s also so much brilliance to this reality that I don’t want you to miss out on as well. But to feel that side of the coin, it’s necessary to face how it all works on the systemic and material levels.

It’s no surprise to anyone that greed and vanity has spread like wildfire across our modern minds. So much so that our collective heart has been suffocating under their toxic weight. Yet there’s no need to despair; there are many people who have stepped into the authenticity of their heart and are working towards bringing some sanity, honor and justice to our mad world.

War. Poverty. Rape. Hatred. The list goes on. These realities might be ‘normal’ in the context of humanity’s history, but it doesn’t always need to be this way. We literally have the technology, know-how and spirit to finally create an existence where the basic needs of humanity are met, especially that deep sense of communion and comradery with our fellow-man which most of us are missing. More…

To Heal the Human Heart

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To Heal the Human Heart
by Robin Grille
Posted March 10, 2017

heal your heartHere is an exciting thought: empathy also works outwards. When we show some of our emotion, people around us feel closer to us. When we emanate wellbeing and affection, others in our environment are uplifted. Emotion is contagious; we catch it from one another.

The transmission of emotion is what enables us to feel connected to each other in groups. This is critical to human survival and wellbeing; we are above all social creatures and we thrive through co-operation. When we are generous or caring towards another person and we witness their gladness as a result, we can feel pleasure in our hearts even before receiving their gratitude. Our empathic neuro-circuitry allows us to take pleasure from the joy we see in others; this primes us to be prosocial beings and balances the more self-serving aspects of human nature. More…

System Failure – Waking Up in the Matrix

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System Failure – Waking Up in the Matrix
By Morag O’Brien
Posted March 2, 2017

we live in the MatrixLike Neo in The Matrix films, we must find our true self to survive. We must believe we can manifest our own reality, connect to our inner power and know in our hearts, minds and souls that there is a better world – a new earth – waiting for us to find it.

If we choose the blue pill, then there is no awakening; we stay asleep, plugged in and aligned to the frequency and limitation of the matrix. But if we choose the red pill, we step through the looking glass, fall down the rabbit hole, and let go of all that holds us back. We seek truth and learn to speak truth, even when our voice shakes. At this stage of humanity’s awakening, while the matrix of control is still pulling so many strings, the red pill is not for the faint-hearted; it is for the truth seekers, the earth warriors, the teachers, artists and free thinkers, the islanders, the angels and the indigos — for the people who want to free themselves, and others, and rise from the limitations of the matrix and into their true unique potential. More…

Stepping Out of Time – A Supernatural Love Story

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Stepping Out of Time – A Supernatural Love Story
by Dr. Alberto Villoldo
Posted February 20, 2017

stepping out of timeThe story I am about to tell you illustrates the fluidity of life as it surges forward and backward, much like the tides, defying what we know as “time.”

I had a dream about my long-deceased father, and it seemed perfectly natural that he was younger than me. My father had come to caution me about an important meeting. Then he vanished, before I could ask him for more details.

The meeting happened two days later. I was walking through a grove of trees on our farm as the sun was setting. I sensed him before I could see him. He was stalking me, stopping when I stopped, yet invisible between the trees. I could feel my heart racing and sweat beading on my palms. The farm is miles away from the nearest town, and it was unusual to meet anyone in the woods. When I reached a clearing, I stopped and sat on a boulder and waited, my pocketknife drawn and open. More…

Creating a Better World

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Creating a Better World
by Benjamin J. Urmston
Posted February 20, 2017

building a better worldI agree with Rabbi Michael Lerner that most people are decent even though we all have a violent streak in us springing from excessive fear. A young Indian girl had a dream of a violent wolf and a friendly one. She asked her grandfather the meaning of the dream. He said both wolves are within us. She asked which one would prevail. He answered, “The one you favor and foster.”

I suggest we look at individuals, groups, religions, nations not as enemies but as potential partners. We are all in this world together and we can either learn to live together, or we will die together. Didn’t we work together with Russia and Iran to eliminate chemical weapons in Syria? Our common enemy is neglect of international law and order. Our response to terrorism cannot be limited to military action.

When we think of security, we think of security from external threats to our nation. But there are more kinds of security than freedom from violence as important as the latter is. If we lack economic security, for example, we really are not free. More…

What are we greedy for?

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What are we greedy for?
by Charles Eisenstein
Posted February 7, 2017

why are we greedyWhen we are cut off from the fulfillment of our basic needs we seek out substitutes to temporarily ease the longing. Bereft of connection to nature, connection to community, intimacy, meaningful self-expression, ensouled dwellings and built environment, spiritual connection, and the feeling of belonging, lots of us over-consume, overeat, over-shop, and over-accumulate. How much do you need to eat, to compensate for a feeling of not belonging? How much pornography to compensate for a deficit of intimacy? How much money to compensate for a deep sense of insecurity? No amount is enough.

Various aspects of our economic system reflect this programming. For example, consider usury, which I described in Sacred Economics as the lynchpin of our system. The lender is fundamentally someone who has more money than he needs right now (that’s why he has the funds to lend), but instead of saying, “I don’t need it right now, you use it,” he says, “I’ll only let you use it if I end up with even more.” It fits right in with the mentality of scarcity and control. It fits in with a life experience that has taught, “There isn’t fundamentally enough. You have to grasp for it, ensure it, control those outside of you so that they will continue to meet your needs. Because if you don’t, your needs will not be met.” Because, most of us have not had enough of the experience of our needs being effortlessly met. More…

Why You Don’t Have To Choose Between Money & Spirituality

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Why You Don’t Have To Choose Between Money & Spirituality
by Shelly Bullard
Posted January 26, 2017

money and spiritualityIt’s a common belief that money and spirituality don’t mix: If you’re spiritual, you shouldn’t want money. People who want money are greedy and materialistic.

But this way of thinking is detrimental. In fact, I couldn’t disagree more with these assertions: money does not inherently breed greed and materialism. In my view, money and spirituality actually go very well together, and together can bring abundance into your life. If we feel (even slightly) that money is bad, we’ll have a hard time creating financial abundance in this lifetime.

Money itself isn’t good or bad. It’s paper! It’s not consciously making decisions on its own. Therefore, it’s neutral. It’s the energy with which we approach our finances that determines whether money feels “good” or “bad.”
Money that’s made at the expense of others probably feels tainted because it’s used in an egocentric, selfish way — which feels energetically negative. By contrast, money that’s made in a way that serves people feels good because it’s used in a loving way — which feels energetically positive. More…

This Is How War Begins

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This Is How War Begins
by Charles Eisenstein
Posted January 15, 2017

dehumanizing, first step to murderAnyone who reads Facebook or pretty much any political website is sure to see comments that dehumanize not only the opposing candidate, but the candidate’s supporters too. This polarization and vitriol, unprecedented in my lifetime, has me more concerned than the prospect of an evil candidate winning. It is as if what is really going on here is a preparation for civil war.

Dehumanization is a predecessor of war. When you see your opponents as subhuman in their morals, conscience, or intelligence, then you will have to defeat them by force. Moral or rational persuasion won’t do it. That is what the above-quoted comments imply. More…

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