Spiritual Articles from 2020
If You Are a Truth-Seeker Read This Disclaimer
By Paul Lenda
Posted July 3, 2020
It takes a great deal of willful determination to shed all the conditioning we have been taught. We will have to dissolve the limitations which have been programmed within our minds as to what is and what is not. Most importantly of all, take nothing at face value. What you are presented is usually not how it is.
Bringing things down to a more comprehensible level, we already understand that history (the story of humanity) is told to us by the victors and controllers of information. Sure, they will provide their own evidence to support their version of reality, but a true truth-seeker will identify several plot holes. They will notice that things don’t add up or make sense entirely. The cellular memory within your body, spanning billions of years, will feel that something is discordant within their interpretation of reality.
When we become genuine truth seekers, we discover who we really are and where we want to go. We are no longer moving like drones on autopilot through life, influenced, manipulated, and herded towards a particular direction. We are no longer inadvertently doing the bidding of unseen forces or fulfilling their agendas. We define our own destiny and life according to the most fundamental principles of actual Reality. More…
The Four Stages of Forgiveness
by Lauren Simpson-Green
Posted June 19,2020
The wounds of the past can take years to heal. And the only act which will ever seal them, dear one, is forgiveness. But forgiveness can be achingly tough, because you don’t want to admit you were wrong to hold on to your pain.
Your ego wants to be right, and it doesn’t want to roll over like a dog and have its belly tickled. It likes to hold rigidly onto every wrong, and make the other pay.
That’s not to say being forgiven is being pardoned. Far from it. Forgiveness acknowledges the other has done something wrong, and it releases you from your emotional response to it. It also puts up boundaries, so you need not be hurt again. More…
How to Live a More Courageous Life
by Kate Swoboda
Posted June 16, 2020
On any given day, many of us wrestle with our fears. We might be contemplating a career change, telling someone we love them, or wanting to speak up for what’s right when we see injustice. But a voice within us pipes up saying that there’s no point, or that we aren’t really capable of creating the life or world we desire.
Whether you call it “fear” or some other name—anxiety, stress, discomfort, life challenges—the cycle often plays out in the same way. We have a desire for change, but our fear of what might happen or the worry that we are somehow not enough can keep us stuck.
Though courage is often thought of as an inborn character trait, it’s actually a way of being and a practice that can be learned for coping with difficulty. In other words, courage can become a habit. More…
From Emergency to Emergence
by David Korton
Posted June 10, 2020
The COVID-19 emergency has exposed our societies’ failure to address the needs of billions of people. Simultaneously, we are witnessing a fundamental truth about human nature: There are those among us eager to exploit the suffering of others for personal gain. We can be reassured, however, by how few of them there are. Their actions contrast starkly with the far greater numbers at all levels of society demonstrating their willingness, even eagerness, to cooperate, share, and sacrifice for the well-being of all.
The pandemic has also exposed extreme vulnerabilities in the global market economy, including its long and highly specialized linear supply chains, corporate monopolies shielded from market forces, privatized technologies, and ruthless competition without regard for its impact on people and the Earth.
This is an unprecedented opportunity to rethink how our beliefs, values, and institutions shape our relationships. We can create a world that works for everyone or face a future that no longer works for anyone. More…
Living Your Life Purpose: Are You in the Flow?
By Catherine Cates
Posted May 9, 2020
Being on your path is living your purpose, doing it, being it. It means you’ve identified and accepted your life purpose. You’re ready and willing to live it and you are.
Our life purpose is what we committed to do before we incarnated on earth using our skills, talents and gifts. Your purpose may be similar to someone else’s but as we are all unique, it won’t look the same. For example, your purpose, like many others, may be to be a healer. What kind of healer you are and how you do it will be different from the next person, even if you are using the same modality. Everyone has their distinctive twist on how they do things. And you are you. No one has your energy, personality and life experiences except you.
When you’re living your passion, it doesn’t feel like work. It may pay the bills, but it’s not drudgery. It’s what gets you up in the morning. It’s what you can’t wait to do. Every day feels fulfilling. Every day is exciting. More…
How You Can Practice ‘Radical Neighboring’ Against Coronavirus
by Simon Greer
Posted May 6, 2020
As we create “social distance” to protect ourselves and our loved ones and “flatten the curve,” we are also facing fear.
Many of us are anxious, afraid, and unsure. Will this be our new normal? Will I get sick? Will I overreact? Underreact? Am I putting my family in harm’s way?
So we move through the fear, hunker down, and wait it out—and the comparisons swirl. Is this like 9/11, Hurricane, Sandy, the 1918 flu, SARS, Ebola or like nothing we have ever experienced before?
And what do we do to maintain our humanity and connection in a situation in which keeping our distance is the key to survival and being a good citizen? How can we transform “social distance” into just “physical distance”?
Being a good citizen is being a good neighbor—so what do “good neighbors” look like in the time of panic buying, hand sanitizer, and physical avoidance? More…
The Relationship between Science and Spirituality
By Fritjof Capra
Posted May 3, 2020
We have discovered that the material world, ultimately, is a network of inseparable patterns of relationships. We have also discovered that the planet as a whole is a living, self-regulating system. The view of the human body as a machine and of the mind as a separate entity is being replaced by one that sees not only the brain, but also the immune system, the bodily organs, and even each cell as a living, cognitive system. And with the new emphasis on complexity, nonlinearity, and patterns of organization, a new science of qualities is slowly emerging.
We call this new science ‘the systems view of life’ because it involves a new kind of thinking – thinking in terms of relationships, patterns, and context. In science, this way of thinking is known as ‘systems thinking’, or ‘systemic thinking’. More…
Want to Fall in Love With Your Partner Again? Science Says to Ask Them These 36 Questions
By Melanie Curtin
Posted May 1, 2020
Relationships are hard. They can bring out the best in us, yes, but also the worst. They test the very essence of our beings: our capacity for forgiveness; our ability to trust (both ourselves and another); the true extent of our self-love; the strength of our boundaries; and the power of attachment.
Anything that can help bring us together, then, should be explored. And one scientific finding about love rises above others in the literature, if only for its rom-com level of magic.
Yes, I’m talking about the study made famous by the viral New York Times article by psychologist Mandy Len Catron. It not only outlined the original study, but backed it up by revealing that Catron herself had tested the concept … and fallen in love with her question-answering companion. More…
Consciousness Goes Deeper Than You Think
By Bernardo Kastrup
Posted April 23, 2020
An article on the neuroscience of infant consciousness, which attracted some interest a few years ago, asked: “When does your baby become conscious?” The premise, of course, was that babies aren’t born conscious but, instead, develop consciousness at some point. (According to the article, it is about five months of age). Yet, it is hard to think that there is nothing it feels like to be a newborn.
Newborns clearly seem to experience their own bodies, environment, the presence of their parents, etcetera—albeit in an unreflective, present-oriented manner. And if it always feels like something to be a baby, then babies don’t become conscious. Instead, they are conscious from the get-go.
The problem is that, somewhat alarmingly, the word “consciousness” is often used in the literature as if it entailed or implied more than just the qualities of experience. More…
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