Understanding our parts to understand ourselves..

Why should I care about psychology, spirituality OR their moving parts? If we have certain objectives like happiness, meaning, success, prosperity, joy, domination, admiration, we have to know which spiritual or psychological mechanisms helps to produce those results.  Because though these various parts ideally work together, they can also work against each other – and in fact be counted on to unless we have an accurate understanding of what the functions actually are.  This is one reason the spiritual and practical can seem mutually negating and even locked in some continuous death...

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Why are we here? The answer..

Agree to disagree? You mean the “why are we here” on earth “why are we here” question?  If the top religions, philosophers, physicists, poets, rabbi’s, priests, guru’s, celebrity chefs, etc can’t agree on an answer… what, who are you again? Turns out we’ve kind of known all along. Let’s walk through.. This is like one of those paintings they sell in the aisles at the mall, where you have to relax your eyes to see the message.  At some point it just drops in focus from nowhere. The trick is to put aside all beliefs, ideologies,...

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Signs of Spiritual Starvation

Physical starvation Over 2 billion people in the world are in some stage of starvation and billions more sick on modern fast/ processed food diets. From the shriveled bodies of the 3rd world to the obese and diseased bodies in wealthier countries – the effects of under nourishment are obvious and everywhere. Spiritual starvation? And though there are raging debates about whether or not we have a spirit or soul, spiritual starvation is every bit as easy to spot and even more ubiquitous than physical starvation. OK Hold Up! “But wait Mr. Dark is Light Enough – I thought we...

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Spirituality’s Smoking Gun (pt 2)

Try to explain THAT one to your average 16 year old.  How could thinking about nothing, or not thinking be the source of all wisdom?  Giving you the direct experience nearly all religions are hinting at, shouting about, or at least giving a wink and a nod to?  Heaven?  Nirvana?  Enlightenment?  God?  Brahman? But lets backup a minute – so how’s this supposed to happen and why? Lets just cut to the answer and we’ll work it backwards:  This bliss, divinity, limitless, universal love and connectedness, spirituality is the stuff we’re made of – who and what...

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Spirituality’s Smoking Gun

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” – Teilhard Chardin Ok, the quote is more famous than the quoter … but if you know anything about spirituality, you know it’s true.  And I think I stumbled on one of many smoking guns that prove it during an awkward conversation with my 16 year old sons. I was explaining that religion works like training wheels.  (At best) it starts you on a path of spiritual seeking until you can take over yourself.  That the major religions have been corrupted by...

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Religion’s Broken Link

Along with certain universal truths that religions have in common, there are also strange disconnects that most of the world’s major religions also seem to share.  Are these proof that religions are illogical by nature or even false or could it even point to theological revisionism by more temporal powers? With few exceptions love and compassion are central values to major religions including  Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, and others.  Yet compassion for the pain and suffering of humans and other living creatures on the larger scale of activism is frowned upon or...

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