Some time ago, I received an email from a reader stating, “I have evolved past the spiritual understanding of author.”
I chuckled at the reader’s bluntness. He didn’t mince words; clearly, he felt that he had developed capabilities that were not only greater than those of “author” but beyond the “understanding of author.”
Whether or not this is true is beside the point. No doubt there are readers with abilities that are greater than mine, and these may be beyond my understanding. The issue is not Continue reading Spiritual Arrogance
The Surrender of the Ego
Almost everyone knows someone who professes to “know everything.” These people are never wrong, seldom accept advice and once they stake out a position, they will do anything to defend it. At best, they are perfectionists. At worst, they can become delusional as they fight to avoid being wrong by reinterpreting events that would otherwise cast them in a negative light.
Most people with large egos are reasonably successful. Their followers stroke their egos, which makes them difficult to deal with. When trouble surfaces, Continue reading The Surrender of the Ego
As I wrote in an earlier article on meaningful coincidences, or synchronicities:
Recognize whenever you are “in the flow” and take note of your thoughts and what you are doing. At the least, this is what you were meant to be doing at that particular moment in time. If you see a pattern, recognize that these thoughts and actions may be your life’s work.
Some years ago, an amazing synchronicity-filled weekend convinced me Continue reading More Synchronicities
Almost everyone has had experiences where they think of something and “coincidentally” it appears: a person you hadn’t seen in years shows up unexpectedly, a trial issue of a magazine is delivered to your home with just the information you needed, or you flip on the car radio to hear the lyrics of a song provide you with the answer to a burning question.
These meaningful coincidences, or synchronicities, are examples of the universe conspiring Continue reading Synchronicities
How to Identify Unconscious Beliefs
These words were inscribed in the vestibule of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi.
For centuries, petitioners seeking advice from the oracle at Delphi would view the inscription. Philosophers throughout the ages offered this same advice to their students. These words are as valuable today as they were almost three thousand years earlier.
Part of knowing yourself is understanding your beliefs. The difficulty is that Continue reading How to Identify Unconscious Beliefs
3 Steps to Manifesting Your Ideal Life
Over the years I’ve received hundreds of email solicitations for books, CDs and videos that promise to reveal newly discovered techniques to improve my life. These emails promise a wide variety of benefits: how to get rich, lose weight, meet the woman of my dreams and buy a million dollar mansion with no money down. In some cases the salesman will throw in a “Ginzu knife” or “pocket fisherman” if I order immediately!
While some of these marketers may actually believe they’ve invented a whole new system of creating a life anyone would want, the truth is Continue reading 3 Steps to Manifesting Your Ideal Life
Back in the Middle Ages alchemists sought to transform base metal into gold. They searched for an elusive substance, the philosopher’s stone, which would bring about this conversion, known as alchemy. But to initiates of the ancient mystery schools, alchemy was primarily an allegory for the real work of spiritual and mental alchemy.
Spiritual alchemy is the process of Continue reading Mental Alchemy