Aug 28 2014

Forward or Backward

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Abraham Maslov once said, “One can choose to go backward toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.”

We are connected with a Higher Power that is itself moving forward, constantly growing and evolving. Because of that, our souls are moved forward as well (whether we know it or not). Meaning, the inner part of us, our essence-spirit-soul-consciousness, is continuously increasing in power.

When we choose safety (comfort), we misuse that soul empowerment. In order to succeed in our spiritual development, we must overcome fear. We must grow our human aspects, such as the personality and emotional IQ, in alignment with the evolution of our soul/consciousness. Otherwise, chaos ensues …. because when we are not making growth a conscious choice, life will throw us curveballs to get us to move forward. Some people try to empower the human aspects without growing spiritually, but that causes problems as well. Both must be accomplished together, in balance.

Another way to say this is that life, God, is always evolving. Our soul energy is part of that evolution. When we focus on the growth and development of both our soul/spirit and human levels, we empower virtues, strength, wisdom, awareness, and joy. When we grasp onto safety, comfort, and the familiar, we empower vices, negativity, weakness, and unawareness. We cause our own pain, or we create our joy.

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Aug 19 2014

A Path to Non-violence

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Every time I look at the news, I see so much violence. On our streets, in our homes, across the globe. War, murder, rioting, and more. We live in very chaotic times, unfortunately. But if you ask around, most would agree that we all want the same thing: peace, brotherhood, love. Why, then, are we not creating that?

Consider this: what we see in the world are but outward symbols of the personal battles that rage within. And those battles within are what perpetrate the violence without. Here are some examples. Are you experiencing any of them?


Fear – violence against freedom, cooperation, faith

Lying, deception – violence against truth, and trust

Selfishness, greed – violence against others

Hatred, anger, pride, intolerance – violence against love

Need for approval – violence against self, self-certainty

Shame, guilt, self-loathing – violence against self-acceptance, individuality


We cannot have a safe and happy world if we are at war with ourselves.

A quote: “[Spiritual awareness] must not be clouded by violence, neither external or internal. People often deplore cruelty, yet they are cruel to themselves. Such cruelty is worst of all.” (Brotherhood, 206)

As the song says, “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.” What can you do to STOP the violence…. within?

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Aug 7 2014


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There is a difference between emotional needs and spiritual (soul) needs. Sometimes they are aligned with each other, but more often than not, they are in conflict.

Emotional needs are things like: comfort, security, peace, connection, approval, accomplishment
Soul needs are things like: growth, self-expression, making a difference for others

We are human beings, so it is good to take care of our human self…… but not at the expense of our souls. The problem is, when we are not on a spiritual path, it is difficult to distinguish human needs from soul needs. And the real problem is that our human level needs are INSATIABLE, never enough, more-more-more. There’s a saying that epitomizes this, “You can never get enough of what you don’t need.”

Have you ever noticed that when you experience something that you like, need, or desire, that it’s never enough? Such as having so much fun at a party you don’t want it to stop, “just one more bite” of that delicious cake turns into another slice or two?

As spiritual beings, we learn to turn that insatiable desire into devotion, an inner journey, and a connection with Spirit.

The urge to create, express, and evolve is useless without an object. If you’re on a spiritual journey, that object is your inner nature and your experience of God in everything. If you’re not, the object becomes anything: food, material items (cars, houses, things), money, power, fame, you name it.

In the 12-step program, this is called “putting non-God things in a God-sized hole.”

If you find that you’ve been searching for fulfillment and are still feeling empty, it’s probably because you’re trying to fill soul needs through human things. Try turning inward. That’s where true fulfillment is found.

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