Spiritual Articles from 2018
Why The Little Things Matter
by Hey Cristina
Posted February 9, 2018
Some people think that the small everyday actions of the normal person don’t mean anything and they don’t add to the overall growth of the world, but actually they mean everything.
I think peace is the overall goal and ideal for most people. Even that guy that is trolling you on facebook. I truly believe that the majority of people really want to just mind their own business and not hurt others. Obviously there are a few exceptions to that, but they are a small minority and in an ideal world they would receive the help they need.
So, for this essay I am just going to assume that the majority of people would like to live peacefully at home and do their own thing. So most of us share a common ideal, a really beautiful one, but most of us do not take actions in everyday movements to achieve that. In fact, some of us work against our ideal because we either 1. Don’t see it, 2. Don’t think what we can do is enough so give up, or 3. Ignore it. More…
Authentic Organic: Always The Best Choice
By Anne Ross
Posted February 7, 2018
An ancient Roman philosopher once said, “The greatest wealth is health.”
Choosing organically produced foods has always been, and continues to be, the best choice in nurturing the health of individuals, our communities, and the planet.
At a time when consumers are especially concerned about the integrity and origin of organically labeled food, a familiar question resurfaces: “Is authentic, organically produced food really better for me?”
For starters, numerous studies continue to establish that organically produced food has an enhanced nutritional profile. More…
Reimagine, Don’t Seize, the Means of Production
By Stacco Troncoso and Ann Marie Utratel
Posted February 6, 2018
One of the most difficult systems to reimagine is global manufacturing. If we are producing offshore and at scale, ravaging the planet for short-term profits, what are the available alternatives? A movement combining digital and physical production points toward a new possibility: Produce within our communities, democratically and with respect for nature and its carrying capacity.
You may not know it by its admittedly awkward name, but a process known as commons-based peer production (CBPP) supports much of our online life. CBPP describes internet-enabled, peer-to-peer infrastructures that allow people to communicate, self-organize and produce together. The value of what is produced is not extracted for private profit, but fed back into a knowledge, design and software commons — resources which are managed by a community, according to the terms set by that community. Wikipedia, WordPress, the Firefox browser and the Apache HTTP web server are some of the best-known examples. More…
The Search for Meaning in Modern Life
by Kingsley L. Dennis
Posted February 3, 2018
We are manipulated by our mainstream medias at unprecedented levels, and constantly fed with a controlled flow of information. This process is the old mind of humanity, still operating through control, censorship, and consumerism. In this way our contemporary societies are increasingly centered around emotion to a degree that allows people to be entertained as well as manipulated like never before.
What we may be less aware of is that the human being is driven by an evolutionary energy that manifests through mental, emotional, and physical/sexual processes. This energy can be used to develop and drive us forward, or it can be hampered, blocked, and manipulated into slowing down our development. Mental, emotional, and physical/sexual energies are all necessary components of the social human being. If we take just a casual look at our mainstream media, entertainment, and social attractions/distractions we will readily see that these are the very areas which are targeted by the ‘culture of spectacle’ that is modern society. More…
Transcending the Cave and the Matrix
by Gary ‘Z’ McGee
Posted January 25, 2018
The mold which culture conforms to is the Cave that Plato elaborated on, and the Matrix that Neo had to overcome. As such, our Matrix/Cave is the cultural mold we tend to cling to. Therefore, in order to progressively evolve (as individuals and as a species), indeed, in order to transcend the Cave and overcome the Matrix, we must be willing to break the cultural mold. This is easier said than done, because fear of the unknown is ever-present.
Here’s the thing, down and dirty: Soul-Initiation requires ego-annihilation. This isn’t complete destruction, mind you. It’s creative destruction. Similar to the way a caterpillar gets annihilated in the cocoon and then put back together again in the form of a butterfly, an ego-centric perspective gets annihilated by overcoming an existential threshold and then comes back together again in the form of a soul-centric perspective. But unlike the caterpillar which acts on instinct to create its cocoon, the human animal must act on courage to create their cocoon phase. More…
The Age of We Need Each Other
By Charles Eisenstein
Posted January 19, 2018
I had a vision of a spiritual being that came to me and said, “Charles, is it really your wish that the work you do fulfill its potential and exercise its right role in the evolution of all things?”
“Yes,” I said, “that is my wish.”
“OK then,” said the being. “I can make that happen, but you will have to pay a price. The price is that you will never be recognized for your role. The story you are speaking will change the world, but you will never get credit for it. You will never get wealth, fame, or prestige. Do you agree to pay that price?”
I tried to worm my way out of it, but the being was unyielding. If it was going to be either-or, how could I live with myself knowing in my heart of hearts I’d betrayed my purpose? So I consented to its offer. More…
5 Reason To Join A Bikram Yoga Class
by Karen Reed
Posted January 14, 2018
Out of all forms of exercise, Bikram yoga is something you can do daily. There are 26 different poses that are all good for daily healing. You’ll empower both your mind and your body.
It’s often difficult to get into a daily routine. You may find it hard to get to the gym or feel self-conscious about your body. Bikram yoga classes are full of likeminded people, who just want to go for the benefits. They’re not bothered about the way you look or the fact that you haven’t done a yoga class before. People there will support and encourage you.
Getting into a daily routine is essential. You’ll find it easier to stick to the habit that you create. More…
A Great Turning: The Process
by David Korten
Posted January 6, 2018
Somewhere around 3,000 BC, the more ambitious among us discovered they could use the tools and abilities developed during the initial separation from Eden to dominate nature and their fellow humans. Kings and emperors organized great empires under their personal rule. They expropriated nature’s gifts and the surplus of human labor beyond bare subsistence to feed great armies to suppress the many and live in self-glorification. Some ruled in the name of a god. Others claimed to be gods.
The ruling classes then and now, expropriated the wealth created by nature and human labor and squandered it on wars, opulent luxuries, and the military and police power and prisons by which they secure their privilege.
he ruthless domination and exploitation of Imperial Civilization have reached the limits of what the living systems of Earth and society can and will endure. We face an epic choice. More…
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