Spiritual Articles from 2021
The Mask of Ego: How Attached are You to Yours?
By Nikki Sapp
Posted March 16, 2021
“If you wear a mask long enough, you begin to forget who you are beneath it” ~ Unknown
When we think of someone who has a big ego we may think of a conceited, arrogant, self-absorbed type who looks down on others. However, ego comes in all shapes and sizes. In fact, everyone has one, it’s just the details may be different. The ego is our sense of self, the “idea” we have about who we are.
For example, a person who says “I am very religious, I am always treating others kindly, I am intelligent, I am a virtuous person,” is operating from ego just as much as someone who says “I am a hard-worker, I am about making money and meeting goals, I am a leader and a practical person who doesn’t stand for laziness.”
Both types are operating from the standpoint of who they see themselves to be.
The problem is, when we become attached to who we THINK we are, and then try to convince others that this is who we are as well, we create a prison for ourselves. More…
Brené Brown’s Quip to Tim Ferriss Might Shift Your Perspective On Narcissists
by Nick Wolny
Posted March 5, 2021
If you’ve ever lived with a narcissist or worked with one, you know the way they operate can be draining at best and catastrophic at worst. A recent Psychology Today article summed it up nicely: Narcissists disrespect experts and boundaries, live for drama, and will throw others under the bus at a moment’s notice to further their own agenda.
Surely social media is a catalyst for this behavior, right? Not necessarily. Researchers have been studying the relationships between narcissism and environment for a while now, and while it’s easy to assume social-media-savvy generations are the most narcissistic, the science doesn’t back it up.
Research in the journal Psychological Science in 2016 found that today’s young people aren’t more narcissistic in a clinical sense than previous generations. They’ve just been taught to look at themselves from an earlier age. More…
Re-inventing Work: An Interview with Matthew Fox
by Leslee Goodman
Posted February 25, 2021
What is the difference between “a job” and “work”?
Work is your calling; your purpose; what you’ve come here to do in this lifetime. A job is something we do to pay our bills. The ideal job combines the two—enabling you to get paid to fulfill your calling. Sometimes, though, you have to settle for a job to pay your rent—at least temporarily—and fulfill your purpose in your off-work hours.
It’s important to know the difference because I think that a lot of people’s dissatisfaction with their jobs eats away at their real work if they don’t realize they can do both. Joy is the sign of real work: the joy that you derive from doing it and the joy that others derive from the result. If the joy is missing, it’s not your work; it’s a job. We have a right to joy in our work. In writing The Reinvention of Work I researched all of the world’s great spiritual traditions to see what they said about work. They have a lot to say about it and they agree on this and many other principles of work—that joy is integral to it. More…
Two Words That Can Change a Life
by Cheryl Rice
Posted February 18, 2021
Is it possible that two words can change someone’s day, someone’s life? What if those same two words could change the world? Well, I’m on a quest to find out – and, with your help, this quest will be a success.
This quest inadvertently began last November in a grocery store.
I was standing in the checkout line behind a woman who looked to be in her 60s. When it was her turn to pay, the cashier greeted her by name and asked her how she was doing.
The woman looked down, shook her head and said, “Not so good. My husband just lost his job and my son is up to his old tricks again. The truth is, I don’t know how I’m going to get through the holidays.” More…
Astral Bucket List: Advanced Instruction on Travelling Out-of-Body
By Kurt Leland
Posted February 14, 2021
So you’ve had your first out-of-body experience (OBE) and found yourself spontaneously floating from your bed up to the ceiling. Or you’ve read everything you could get your hands on about OBEs, taken a course, joined a forum, traded techniques, and finally you’re standing by your bedside looking at your physical body lying on the bed, knowing that the self by your bedside is the real you, you haven’t died – and it’s true, you’re more than your physical body.
Or maybe you’ve joined a shamanic journeying circle. The leader of the group provides a slow, monotonous drumbeat to lull you into an altered state of consciousness while guiding you through an interior landscape. You see yourself dropping down into a world beneath the ground to locate a power animal, such as a bear or fox, to help you with healing yourself and others. Or maybe you’ve taken the lucid-dream route. You’ve learned to recognise that you’re dreaming while you’re actually experiencing a dream – and you now have unlimited powers of controlling the dream environment and shaping the plot as you wish. Or maybe you’ve had a near-death experience that took you through a tunnel of light, guided by angelic beings to meet dead relatives with a glimpse of the afterlife before being whisked back to your physical body, resuscitated after a medical emergency. More…
Never Underestimate the Intelligence of Trees
By Brandon Keim
Posted January 12, 2021
Consider a forest: One notices the trunks, of course, and the canopy. If a few roots project artfully above the soil and fallen leaves, one notices those too, but with little thought for a matrix that may spread as deep and wide as the branches above. Fungi don’t register at all except for a sprinkling of mushrooms; those are regarded in isolation, rather than as the fruiting tips of a vast underground lattice intertwined with those roots. The world beneath the earth is as rich as the one above.
For the past two decades, Suzanne Simard, a professor in the Department of Forest & Conservation at the University of British Columbia, has studied that unappreciated underworld. Her specialty is mycorrhizae: the symbiotic unions of fungi and root long known to help plants absorb nutrients from soil. Beginning with landmark experiments describing how carbon flowed between paper birch and Douglas fir trees, Simard found that mycorrhizae didn’t just connect trees to the earth, but to each other as well.
Simard went on to show how mycorrhizae-linked trees form networks, with individuals she dubbed Mother Trees at the center of communities that are in turn linked to one another, exchanging nutrients and water in a literally pulsing web that includes not only trees but all of a forest’s life. These insights had profound implications for our understanding of forest ecology—but that was just the start. More…
Are You Energy Sensitive? 6 Telling Signs
by Andrea Schulman
Posted January 7, 2021
As you’ve probably noticed before, there is a range in our sensory abilities. Some people can see very well, others not very well at all. Some have excellent hearing, while others are deaf. The same applies to energy sensitivity, or as they call it, your “sixth sense.” Are you energy sensitive?
When you break down reality, everything is made up of one thing, and that is vibrational energy. Some people are very aware of the energy that surrounds them, and they can tell when energy is high and when it is low. They easily sense “good” and “bad” vibes. Other people, not so much.
As I am energy sensitive and work with other energy sensitive people, here are a few signs I see time and again. Not all energy sensitive folks will carry each of these traits, but if you carry a few of them, you are probably quite sensitive to vibrational energy. More…
Redeeming the Black Pill
by Charles Eisenstein
Posted January 3, 2021
Earlier I used the term the “Black Pill.” Nihilism, of course, is no mere philosophical position, but the intellectual expression of a psychological state of despair. In fact, this despair is always latent in modern society, because (1) its reigning reductionism renders the universe into a meaningless scribble of atoms and void; (2) its reigning theory of life tells us we are here to survive and reproduce; (3) its reigning economics directs our creative energies toward unfulfilling work and mindless consumption, and (4) its dominant social patterns cut us off from nature, community, place, and the experience of belonging.
For a while, rapid increases in wealth and dazzling technical achievements kept the despair at bay. But it was there all along, a gnawing void at the heart of the ideology of progress. It was there all along, an inner poverty mirroring the destitution progress had wreaked upon other cultures and beings. It was there all along, our own shadow that followed us as we raced toward a Utopia ever just at the horizon. Now as the glamour of progress dissolves, as our exhaustion mounts, and as we face the sobering realization that the horizon grows no closer no matter how fast we run, despair overtakes us at last. More…
I Refuse to be Microchipped
By Fred Dodson
Posted January 10, 2021
If current trends continue, within the next 20 years, almost everyone will be microchipped and dependent on electronics for their survival. Unless we start counter-acting on it now.
There are numerous reasons I won’t allow myself to get microchipped or implanted. Nor will I allow all of my data to be stored in one place. Nor will I make all of my buying and selling dependent on one device or on electronics. If someone pulls the plug, where does all the money go? Having all activities, purchases, sales, movements stored and tracked in one place makes a person exploitable, controllable and hopelessly dependent. There is nothing old-fashioned about not wanting to be a slave to technology. That’s reason number one.
Reason number two is more metaphysical: Metals and electronics interfere with my spiritual energy-field. As if it’s not enough to be surrounded by laptops, cell phones and broadcasting towers at all times almost everywhere in the world, you won’t connect my body to electronic devices! It’s not going to happen. More…
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