Article by David Robert Ord
Daily Spiritual Insight from the Story of The Little Prince
How we see reality has to do with our beliefs. If you hold one set of beliefs, you will interpret what happens to you in a very different way than someone who holds an opposing set of beliefs.
However, at a deeper level our beliefs are governed by our emotional state-the degree of our emotional maturity.
When people want to dispense with good and bad, right and wrong, as if these didn’t exist-for instance, to say that the Holocaust wasn’t bad-it’s because they are too emotionally immature to deal with the riskiness of life.
Many of us simply can’t handle the fact that sometimes things in life go horribly awry. We can’t philosophically deal with being thrown a curve. We have to pretend it isn’t a curve.
To shield ourselves from this hard fact, we have a need to pretend that everything is really “all just fine.”
This makes a mockery of our everyday experiences. It means it really makes no difference what experiences we have, nor whether we learn from them. It doesn’t matter anyway, because “it’s all just fine.”
When we try to paper over the gaping insecurity of life, telling ourselves horrific events really don’t make any difference, we are quite simply pretending.
To tell ourselves it’s all just an “illusion,” because we can’t emotionally cope with it being real, is to live in a fantasy of our own imagining.
There is nothing honest about this. It has no integrity.
To take this approach is to be truly trapped in duality.
Instead of seeing everything as a single reality, so that we recognize both the Source and that which emanates from the Source as all of a piece, we split it into two: the Source, and a dream state that’s illusory. This is dualistic.
It doesn’t matter which belief system we embrace, whether Eastern or Western-or the claim that we don’t have a belief system, which is often nothing more than self-deception-dualism is rife, much of it under the label of “nondualism!”
On the one hand many Christians and those of other religions are frightened of what they call “the devil,” fearful of “temptation,” terrified of falling off the so-called “straight and narrow”-all of which is nothing but dualism.
On the other hand much of New Age wants to pretend like reality isn’t actually real, as if it were just a dream-which is pure Gnostic dualism.
Both groups of people are running from what’s staring them in the face: that life is real, and that it’s often capricious and uncertain.
The mature person, which is what the story of the Little Prince is calling us to, embraces everything.
To mature spiritually is to embrace the whole of reality authentically, for what it is, as it is-no pretending that it’s otherwise.
If we are moving into consciousness, we don’t lie to ourselves, engaging in wishful thinking, pretending, living in our own version of an Alice in Wonderland-type fantasy. We have the courage to face up to and outgrow our childish need for everything to be safe and secure as it once seemed in the womb.
We don’t get hit on the head with a two-by-four, knocked into a coma, sent to hospital, and then tell ourselves “Oh, this is just a dream. Nothing bad happened at all.”
Dualism imagines a real world other than this world, as if this were a dream. Authenticity accepts the whole of reality as a seamless garment, both the beingness from which everything has come and our own experience of being.
It accepts that wonderful things happen, but also horrific things. It embraces it all with courage.
When we take this approach, we place ourselves on a redemptive path. We take becoming increasingly conscious seriously, which enables us to move toward what Eckhart Tolle has called A New Earth.
We realize that ultimately everything works for our good and that all will eventually enter into the fullness of divine consciousness, even people like Adolph Hitler who inflicted so much suffering on so many.
But in the meantime, we call things what they are: good and bad, products of a world that’s based in the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. And despite living in such a world, we ourselves come from the flow of consciousness that’s the tree of life.
Consciousness enables us to redeem everything, forgive everything, knowing that nothing but God ultimately exists and that everything is the evolving incarnation of the divine in material form.
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Navarre, FL (PRWEB) September 22, 2008
All people search in their lives for meaning. Chariss Walker reminds people that joy is the purpose of their lives and they can find that joy by understanding the spiritual laws that govern the universe as she explains in her phenomenal new book “Make a Joyful Noise: Searching for a Spiritual Path in a Material World” (ISBN 9780595481194, iUniverse 2008).
“Make a Joyful Noise” teaches about true spirituality by first exploring the spiritual laws that govern the universe. The book delves into the details of each of fourteen spiritual laws including the laws of oneness, attraction, action, vibration, and forgiveness. Walker teaches people how to put each of these laws into practice through such actions as prayer, meditation, visualization and thanksgiving.
Knowledge of spiritual laws leads people to understanding their higher purposes in life. Walker believes everyone has a higher purpose, but not everyone finds it, so she hopes “Make a Joyful Noise” will guide many down the right path. She uses wonderful examples such as the story of Moses to show how everyone’s abilities are unique and no one else can fulfill the specific higher purpose meant for a certain individual.
While some readers might think auras, dream interpretation and the Law of Attraction are modern or new age ideas, Walker’s research proves that all the spiritual laws and ideas she discusses have been part of spirituality since ancient times, and she provides plenty of scriptural passages to support her statements. But Walker also makes the point that God does not care what religion a person is–Malachi 2:10: “Have we not all one Father? Did not one God create us? Why do we profane the covenant of our fathers by breaking faith with one another?” God loves everyone, whatever their personal religious or spiritual beliefs.
Walker’s style is approachable and her discussion easy to follow. She illustrates her arguments with inspirational quotes and passages from the Bible. The author herself states, “I wrote “Make a Joyful Noise” as a book of hope and inspiration to those who have lost faith that life, in its purest form, is filled with love, joy, peace, happiness, and prosperity.” Readers will agree that Walker’s book inspires and encourages people to live their lives remembering they are spiritual beings who are seeking the joy and knowledge found in human experiences.
About the Author
Chariss K. Walker, D. Div., has something more to offer than credentials. Although she has certainly earned her degrees, she also has over thirty years of self-help study and reading. Her true qualifications come from what matters most: life experiences, true insight, and helping others. Chariss currently lives in Navarre, FL with her family.
“Make a Joyful Noise: Searching for a Spiritual Path in a Material World” (ISBN 9780595481194, iUniverse 2008) can be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit http://www.chariss.com. Publicity contact: http://www.ReaderViews.com. Review copies available upon request.
Cardiff By The Sea, CA (PRWEB) January 23, 2008
Humorous, edgy, and enlightening, Spirituality For Dummies gives access to some of the most profound spiritual wisdom of all time in the friendly and familiar style of “For Dummies” books, complete with cartoons and icons. However, in this book, instead of finding warning icons that tell you what not to do with your computer, you find warnings and tips about how to achieve your highest spiritual and personal goals, such as, “Warning: Be yourself, but not your obnoxious self!”
A full-length music CD in the back of every book gives a delicious taste of inspiring spiritual music, including Gregorian chanting, Buddhist texts, Jewish prayers, Christian songs, Hindu chants, Latin hymns, and gospel music, sung by the author and other artists.
The Spirituality For Dummies book/CD set offers an extensive buffet of delicious teachings, stories, music, quotes, and tips — giving readers a strong spiritual foundation and empowering them to find wisdom and guidance within themselves.
New chapters in this 2nd edition map out spiritual views of the nature of universal creation, give suggestions on how to find the right paths for your journey, explain the laws of attraction and karma, and caution readers to be careful about using popular manifestation techniques without first developing the spiritual maturity to use them properly. Analogies, anecdotes, and stories keep readers entertained and chuckling even while their world views and personal integrity are being naturally lifted up into new vistas of spiritual awareness.
Dr. Christopher Chapple from Loyala Marymount University, one of the scholars who reviewed Spirituality For Dummies for accuracy, said, “This book bridges the gap between conventional experience and the spiritual life. Spirituality for Dummies gives practical advice for entering the path of spirituality, borrowing wisdom from a host of religious, philosophical, and comedic traditions. Insightful, wise, and humorous, this book can and should be read by all, from novice to saint!”
Michael Beckwith, contributor to “The Secret” and minister of the Agape International Spiritual Center, described Spirituality For Dummies as “A Mecca for those who are sincerely seeking the genuine meaning and practice of spirituality. Sharon Janis fuses mystical insights drawn from the east/west approaches, resulting in a volume that opens the heart, exhilarates the mind, and inflames the soul. No matter upon which rung of the spiritual ladder you now stand, expect to be catapulted to the next level of awareness through practice of the wisdom-offerings in this scripture of Truth.”
About the Author:
Sharon Janis was brought up by psychology-teacher parents and studied neuroscience and film at the University of Michigan, before spending ten years living a monastic life in the ashram of the same gurus described in the “pray” section of Elizabeth Gilbert’s popular book, Eat, Pray, Love. During her decade of monastic life in the 1980’s, Sharon studied, chanted, and served in deep spiritual immersion, producing and editing hundreds of videos for the worldwide yoga and meditation movement.
After leaving the ashram, Sharon moved to Hollywood for a career as film editor, director, and producer of popular television shows and films – including many evening news and news-feature shows, Hard Copy, Candid Camera, X-Men, and The Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers – winning a Los Angeles Emmy, an Associated Press National Board of Directors award, and many other accolades. With her combination of monastic life and Hollywood creativity, Sharon offers a fresh view and style that motivates, entertains, educates, and enlightens with a down-to-earth intimacy, touches of music and singing, lots of colorful stories, and a generous dose of humor. She speaks and sings regularly at the Golden Door Spa and other venues, including the Sun Valley Opera House.
Press Resources and Review Copies:
Go to a press resources page with a PDF press kit, table of contents, sample chapter, index, video and audio clips of the author speaking and singing, and contact info for interviews and media appearances at: http://www.spiritualpress.com.
Members of the press can request a review copy of the book/CD set from the publisher at: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-310414.html.
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Article by Scott Petullo & Stephen Petullo, the Mystic Twins
There may have been a lot of things you got away with as a kid. But now you know better, we hope. If you’re like most people, you live your life aligned with the expectations of society, but is everything you abide by really for your own good?
Laws, regulations, rules, and more rules. But are they all legitimate from the standpoint of karma, freedom, and personal responsibility?
In your spiritual quest, maybe you’ve asked yourself, “What is acceptable behavior in a karmic sense? What won’t make me gain negative karma?”
Our findings through over 25 years of empirical research on the issue tell us that it’s mostly a matter of making sure you don’t intentionally hurt anyone, or yourself.
Morality is frequently subjective; be wary of conventional wisdom involving “right and wrong.” We believe you won’t ever be punished in the afterlife for many behaviors that are deemed iniquitous in today’s world.
Below we list seven things that are frowned upon in many societies, yet won’t make you incur any negative karma.
1. Breaking up with someone: in other words, dumping him or her. As long as you’re not trying to harm them in the process, you’re in the clear. If it’s over for you, the best thing you can do is leave peacefully. By the way, staying when it’s over for you and not freeing them so they can find someone more compatible could incur negative karma.
2. The act of divorce. Yes, you vowed to be with him or her forever, but feelings change, as do people. An ex who drags their feet and makes it very difficult, out of spite, for the one who wants to leave, however, will incur negative karma.
3. Prostitution between two consenting adults. What about a sex worker (or non sex worker) who has sex with 100s, even 1000s of people? Isn’t that an ethical offense? No, only if you’re under the mistaken impression that sex is wrong or dirty, and in terms of karma, it isn’t.
Sleeping with more than one person will result in zero negative karma being picked up, as long as you’re not ripping off or hurting anyone. In fact, due to the healing benefits of sex, you may even gain positive karma, especially if you’re good in bed. Sex between two consenting adults, no matter if one (or both) is getting paid, just as with matrimonial prostitution, is nobody’s business but theirs.
Conspicuous sanctimoniousness, arising from warped morality and corrupt religiosity, is the root source of many laws today relating to sex and intimate relationships. Interestingly, those who force their personal, subjective morality onto others, through laws that rob personal freedoms, incur negative karma.
4. Living together before marriage. Another religiously based forbidden act, yet zero negative karma related to it.
5. Having children out of wedlock. Absolutely no bad karma acquired here, as long as you don’t neglect your responsibilities.
6. Having an open relationship or marriage. Yes, even if you have 100 lovers at the same time, as long as you are honest about it and you haven’t made any false promises or intentionally hurt anyone, you are in the clear. Just act responsibly, including having safe sex.
7. Homosexuality. Interpret ancient religious texts as you choose, but consensual sex between two people of the same gender won’t incur negative karma, at all.
It’s best to avoid illegal conduct, yet you’ll spare yourself the guilt if you live your life in accordance with an understanding of the law of karma instead of the restrictive code of conduct forced on you by the morality squad.
Question by DesiDani(Nowandforever): Buddhism “life is suffering”; yet people want God to prevent suffering?
Why with one belief you have to aware of suffering, yet another you are suppose to be shielded from it?
Even if you think if God is loving that he shouldn’t allow suffering, I ask you why would a loving Buddha seek it out and just know that it exist and then avoid it? If God eliminated suffering does that make him cruel?
I agree. So how come no matter what people want God to eliminate all suffering. That if he doesn’t then he is cruel.
Answer by Bodhidharma
Out of compassion, Buddha openly taught the path to liberation until he died.
According to the bible God is pleased with his works, so he is happy with a system where every living being suffers and dies.
I’d rather enter Nirvana when I die than a sadistic God’s heaven.
Add your own answer in the comments!
Years ago, at a Self-Improvement workshop by Jerry Stocking, participants were asked to listen to a children’s rhyme and repeat it. It was a rather long rhyme and everybody lost track of the sequence of events and stopped in embarrassment.
A tense and nervous atmosphere built up in the room as one person after another failed to recite the entire rhyme. People began to feel that they just had insufficient short term memory to recall and repeat the whole thing.
Then a NASA Aeronautical Engineer, with numerous pauses, got it!
His secret was that he paused. During those pauses, in the space between words, his subconscious mind prompted him with the next line of the verse.
“This,” said Jerry Stocking, “was the secret–because the space between things allowed intelligence and creativity to emerge.”
Both Deepak Chopra and Wayne Dyer are equally enthusiastic about this space between thoughts. They call it “the gap.”
Deepak Chopra says it is a contact point between our mind and the quantum field of all possibilities.
Wayne Dyer believes that for a moment, one actually touches the divine before springing back into our consensus reality, which is kept alive by a constant stream of limiting thoughts.
Echart Tolle has earned fame and fortune teaching others about this space. He is famous for his long silences, during which he is merely being aware, and devoid of thought. When he, by example, induces this state in his audience, they feel a sense of deep peace and “a fullness of being.”
Similarly, when I was studying art, learning how to draw people, horses, dogs, still life objects, barns, and open spaces, the space between my sketches were the most meaningful. With those spaces, my images came to life.
I love classical music, and it is for the same reason. The space between the notes is where the magic lies.
I have noticed a new surge of creativity in my online endeavors as well, when I respect these spaces.
When I am writing a sales letter, my thoughts become very intense, and after a while I suffer from information overload. When I take a break and come back, all the sentences flow perfectly, and I convey my message the way that I had hoped.
The same amazing thing happens after studying. If I spend a lot of time researching something, then give it a break, which may last for as long as a day, all the elements of the project become very clear to me.
The other day, I was listening to a David Valleries interview and I had to smile when he said that his most creative ideas came after he had quit pursuing them and did something utterly mundane instead.
There is a magic to the space between images, notes, streams of thought, and information gathering. Respect those spaces and confusion dissipates. Then the mind becomes very clear and action becomes efficient and precise.
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The Israeli Integral Salon and EnlightenNext Israel hosted Deepak Chopra and his wife Rita on 1/1/08 during thier visit to Israel. We spoke mainly about dealing with Evil and shifting the conciousness in the middle east to align with the evolutionary impulse and about doing from a refference point above ego.