Spiritual Articles from 2020
How to Thrive When Everything Feels Terrible
by Christine Porath and Mike Porath
Posted November 27, 2020
We’re surrounded by negativity everywhere we turn. The news we read, social media we peruse, and conversations we have and overhear. We absorb stress from our family, friends, and coworkers. And, it’s taking a toll.
The Mighty, a community platform (founded by Mike) that provides health information and brings people together around specific health issues, has surveyed more than 70,000 readers and community members since March around their awareness, perceptions, and experience with the coronavirus crisis. In September, respondents reported their top three emotions were frustration, worry, and anger. The number of respondents choosing anger as one of their top emotions has more than doubled since March — rising from 20% then to 45% in September. More…
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Once We Awaken
by Rudy Avizius
Posted November 24, 2020
Do you get a sense, that something is wrong
like that dissonance, that does not belong
As we move through the journey of life, many people are experiencing a sense of dis-ease, that something is off-kilter, that the narratives we are receiving do not match the reality we are experiencing. There is great hope in this knowledge because once one recognizes this dissonance the process of awakening begins.
Deep down way inside, you may have suspicions
that much what we’re told, are but veiled omissions
The narratives are controlled by a small handful of people who determine what issues and discussions we should be examining. As we watch the main stream news and follow social media, the news and discussions we see are mostly spectacle designed to boost ratings with little or no coverage of the real issues such as: our wars without end, corporate and big money control of government and media, or anything critical of the powers that be. Most of the journalists we see on the main stream media are basically celebrity faces who no longer practice journalism, but are simply parroting what those in power want them to say with little effort made to investigate and corroborate the stories. There is great hope in recognizing this knowledge, as it allows one to view the narratives more critically and to filter out what does not resonate with them. More…
How To Take Part In A Paradigm Shift
by Dylan Harper
Posted November 10, 2020
You may or may not have heard the term paradigm shift but either way it is important and undeniably upon us, particularly in the spiritual realm.
We all want to have an impact. We all want to induce positive change outwardly.
Every sane person recognizes that there are deep seeded issues at work in the world and want to be a part of the dissolution of those issues, but it’s not always clear how to do this while at the same time managing one’s own life and all of the psycho-personal challenges that come along with being a human being in this society. More…
The Spiritual Significance of Halloween
Posted October 31, 2020
Halloween, which gets its roots from the pagan festival of Samhain falls on October 31st and is when the veil between the world of the living and the world of the dead is believed to be the thinnest.
Samhain is all about celebrating the cycle of death and rebirth. In the northern hemisphere, the leaves are dying and nature is preparing for the still of winter. Just the same, in the southern hemisphere, the dormant buds are preparing to rebirth themselves and open to the start of summer.
Death and rebirth is an important cycle that is seen in nature constantly, and it’s also something that is mirrored within us. More…
How The Hundredth Monkey Effect Really Works
by Helen Elizabeth Williams
Posted October 30, 2020
In 1981, author Ken Keyes popularized a concept which had been introduced a little earlier by biologist Lyall Watson. The “Hundredth Monkey” effect postulated that, when enough monkeys – or people – catch on to a better way of doing things, then the idea suddenly spreads into the awareness of many others.
The most remarkable aspect of this concept is that no physical contact or proximity is required for a new idea to travel from one group of people to another.
The story began when Japanese primatologists, who were studying Macaque monkeys in the wild in the 1950s, stumbled upon a surprising phenomenon.
On the island of Koshima, scientists were providing monkeys with sweet potatoes dropped in the sand. The monkeys liked the taste of the raw sweet potatoes, but they found the dirt unpleasant. More…
How Mystics Manage Isolation
by William Bloom
Posted October 18, 2020
Isolation can be a recipe for anxiety and depression. Left alone people may wither.
But what about hermits and mystic loners who enjoy solitude? What is their secret?
Mystics have always had a simple answer. They experience companionship in nature. From a grain of sand, the touch of air on their skin, out to the infinity of the cosmos, mystics sense a connectedness with all that is. They also sense an invisible and benevolent presence.
Yet mystics are not cut off from cruelty and suffering. In fact, because of their deep connection with the wonder and energy of life, they can meet pain with courage, compassion and dignity. More…
The God of Silence Speaks Up
By Katherine LaGrave
Posted October 13, 2020
Gordon Hempton has spent the past 30 years warning people about the consequences of the disappearance of natural quiet on Earth, which he calls a “solar-powered jukebox.” And now that the world is a little less noisy, he’s asking us, once again, to listen.
By the time you finish reading the end of this sentence, you will most likely have been interrupted by a sound—some scrape, some snarl, a click, clock, clack. A plane may buzz overhead. A microwave may beep, or your phone may ring. That damn doorbell. That damn dishwasher. How do I know this? Because Gordon Hempton says so. How does Gordon Hempton know this? Because for the past 37 years, the acoustic ecologist has been thinking about noise and listening and doing what some may think unthinkable, unimportant in a world with climate change and animal extinction and a planet that keeps getting hotter: trying to save quiet. By now, you may be wondering why you should care. Hempton, for his part, is so glad you asked. More…
If We Want to Stop Our Civilization From Collapsing, This is What We Have to Do
by Umair Haque
Posted October 11, 2020
An enlightenment in the substance of what “work” really is. Is it something we just do in airless offices to make billionaires richer? Or is it the actual labour — imagination, energy, sweat, passion — of keeping our civilisation going, as a civilization, a thing of nourishment and sustenance, of taking care of the planet, life on it, one another, the future?
And, by the way, doesn’t nature “work,” too? Who provides the air we breathe? The trees. The water we drink? The rivers. The energy we use? The sun, the minerals, the rocks. Who cleans those rivers? The fish. Who turns our soil? The insects and worms. Nature “works” — but it’s our slave. We abuse it, make it labour for free, and turn a blind eye when it dies. So we need to begin compensating nature for the “work” it does, too — and that might give it a shot to not die, and keep us alive, too.
Those two great objectives of tomorrow’s macroeconomies are in conflict. Can we provide every human being on earth with the basics — while not destroying the planet and life on it? Can we provide for ourselves without being destructive and predatory — being mindful of nature to the point that we compensate it fairly for the work it does for us, too? More…
by Charles Eisenstein
Posted September 28, 2020
For years, normality has been stretched nearly to its breaking point, a rope pulled tighter and tighter, waiting for a nip of the black swan’s beak to snap it in two. Now that the rope has snapped, do we tie its ends back together, or shall we undo its dangling braids still further, to see what we might weave from them?
Covid-19 is showing us that when humanity is united in common cause, phenomenally rapid change is possible. None of the world’s problems are technically difficult to solve; they originate in human disagreement. In coherency, humanity’s creative powers are boundless. A few months ago, a proposal to halt commercial air travel would have seemed preposterous. Likewise for the radical changes we are making in our social behavior, economy, and the role of government in our lives.
Covid demonstrates the power of our collective will when we agree on what is important. What else might we achieve, in coherency? What do we want to achieve, and what world shall we create? That is always the next question when anyone awakens to their power. More…
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