How Capitalist Spirituality and Self-Help Will Warp Your Thinking

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Speaking as a spiritual person who regularly converses with angels, I appreciate the vast quantity of spiritual information that is now generally available to seekers. That’s not a bad thing. Nor do I doubt the good intentions of many spiritual and self-help advisers in the world. Most of them are doing good work; some, no …

Burying Abigail and Learning to Reconnect

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We had to put a beloved cat to sleep this week. This was painful and difficult, but as with all things, it came with its own set of profound lessons. Abigail came to us as a middle-aged cat, and we enjoyed her for five years. For the past year, we knew that she was ill—likely …

You’re Not in Control

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Most people try to control their world to some degree. We do whatever we think will make us feel secure, safe, and happy. Driven by the allure of safety and order, we believe that we can control our environment, our jobs, the people around us, and even society or the world at large. This belief, …

How to Overcome Victim Mentality and Become a Powerful Creator

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Do you want to be happy? Do you want to feel at peace? Are you tired of struggling? Do you believe that the perfect set of circumstances must appear before any of this is possible? Maybe you’re waiting for a certain time. Maybe you’re waiting for enlightenment to reveal itself to you. Maybe you’re just …

I Don’t Need to Understand It: My One-Week Challenge

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The other day, I was listening to some things that another spiritualist, Almine, had to say. One thing she said in particular struck me:  we need to relinquish our need to understand the world around us. This is another way of saying that we must live in the now, accept what happens, and go with …

The Picky Eater

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For my daughter’s 2nd birthday, a friend and her four-year-old daughter came to the party and stayed the night. Upon arriving for the party, the little girl—I’ll call her Beth—surveyed each of the three pizzas I had ordered and then announced she would eat none of it. “I only eat cheese pizza,” she said. I …

I Don’t Own Anything

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Can you truly own anything? You can’t take it with you… Our modern economy is based on the illusion of ownership. You can “own” clothing, artwork, electronics, a car, a house, the land itself. Or so we say. Or so we more or less mutually agree. Of course, the reality is that the bank still …

You Are Free

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People in the “West” talk an awful lot about freedom. The U.S.A. probably talks about it the most (it’s a handy thing to go to war for), but 99.99% of all this talk is just lip service. As I discussed in another article (“Fearsome Freedom”), we say all the right things but don’t really mean …