Spiritual Articles from 2020
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…
How Will Our Religions Handle the Discovery of Alien Life
by David A. Weintraub
Posted April 21, 2020
What would your priest, rabbi, or imam say if we discovered alien life?
For the religious, knowing that life on Earth is not unique may demand radical new ways of thinking about ourselves: How special and sacred are we? Is Earth a privileged place? Do we have an obligation to care for beings on other planets? Should we convert ET to “my” religion? These questions point to a deeper issue about whether our religions can adapt to the idea that humans are not the only sentient beings in the universe capable of worshiping God.
Some faiths might unearth new meanings in ancient texts and develop ways of incorporating alien life into their world-views. Other religions that are less flexible in their interpretations of scripture or that claim humans are the only intelligent beings in the universe might struggle to adapt. More…
Money is a Lot Like Water
by Lynne Twist
Posted April 19, 2020
We’ve allowed this culture of money to shut down our heart, close off access to our soul, and drive us such that we behave in ways that undermine and erode the very center and core of our most human values. I believe it’s possible to transform our relationship with money and the culture of money that we’ve created in a way that resources continue to flow, that prosperity continues to be available, and that all of us can be served, nurtured and empowered to more fully express who we are as the human family.
we can look at money like water. It flows all over the planet and everywhere it goes it’s useful, it makes things happen and it’s passed along. We could say that water doesn’t belong to any of us or it belongs to all of us. When water is flowing and moving it cleanses, it purifies, it makes things green, it creates growth, it nurtures. But when water starts to slow down, is held back and starts to be still, it can be toxic and stagnant to those who hold it. All of this can be true of money. More…
The Power To Heal Begins With Belief
By Carol Bedrosian
Posted April 16, 2020
Only a sliver of understanding about the energetic mind/body healing connection has so far been studied and harnessed, yet it is likely the driver of our innate healing abilities. The brain tells the body what to do and how to feel. Dr. Kevin Chen at the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine reports that cancer phobia is one of the major factors leading to cancer-related mortality, so he has developed a seven-day residential self-care retreat to help patients take back the seat of their innate healing powers by believing they can beat the disease, for starters. Visionary author and leader Marianne Williamson concurs, “We have more faith in the power of cancer to kill us than the power of our bodies to heal.”
The power to heal begins with believing it is so. All world religions and cultural myths contain stories about people given extraordinary powers to heal and accomplish heroic feats through their connection with spiritual or otherworldly beings. We are living in a time where we are all touched with healing powers collectively.
While this medicine is not magic, it is often seen as miraculous because healing occurs without the usual trappings of surgery, doctors, hospitals and prescriptions we are so accustomed to. Magic is not responsible for the fact that healing can occur without these things, and that it can even occur remotely. Healing occurs because our brains are connected to the energy matrix of universal qi and are able to receive the information needed to restore balance in the body. Happy brain, happy body. Fortunately, anyone can learn how to work with these energies to heal themselves and others.
Which is all the more reason for Massachusetts and all state governments to refrain from enacting legislation to regulate, restrict or reign in holistic practitioners at this time, just when this bud of collective healing consciousness is beginning to blossom. More…
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