#89

Relationships Are The Laboratory of the Spirit. We will be drawn to the people and the relationships that would ultimately bring us healing. It’ not that we will get along or like those people, it is that those people will push our buttons in the exact way that our soul requires. When we have learned the lesson we need, we may no longer be attracted to that. In this way, we will always be with the people that we need for development.

 

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#88

The truth of the matter is, everyone needs healing. No one is toxic, no one is inherently bad, only misguided and hurt. May we find a place within ourselves to accept that some people hurt more than others. This does not mean we need to spend any time with them, try and heal them, or even tolerate them, however we must try and cultivate compassion for the pain that others go through. We are all in some type of healing process.

 

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#87

What are you waiting on today? Knowldege, worthiness, your degree, acceptance? Feel yourself reaching that goal, and know that you may now give that to yourself in this very moment. What are you waiting for? Some furutre time? Instead of waiting to give the gift, give it now.

 

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#86

What are you waiting on today? Knowldege, worthiness, your degree, acceptance? Feel yourself reaching that goal, and know that you may now give that to yourself in this very moment. What are you waiting for? Some furutre time? Instead of waiting to give the gift, give it now.

 

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#85

An episode on surrender vs. resignation. Surrender is letting it go, whereas resignation is allowing a habit behavior that we know is descructive. We’ve resigned ourselves to repeat behavior that we know isn’t good for us but we don’t know how to change. Resignation passive acceptance of something undesirable, whereas surrender is active, willing, and open letting go.

 

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#84

Is it worth it to be happy even when we see a future that may not look happy? There are indeed many times when we are oblivious about bad things that are about to happen. Isn’t it wonderful that we can’t know about the “bad” things that are about to happen? We truly aren’t meant to know. We aren’t meant to know about our future difficulties and challenges. We are only meant to know about the challenge that’s right here and now.

 

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#83

A state of unhappiness or unease. Our voluntary participation in events which will disempower us. In essence, we create suffering for ourselves around things we believe we can’t control but actually can. In this world, pain is inevitable but suffering is optional. Today I choose not to suffer.

 

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#82

Every single person has a particular thing that will make them absolutely crumble: a person, a sentence, a word. For me, that sentence is “you are not enough.” What is it for you? Most of the work that we are doing in a spiritual practice is pointed in the direction of our sore spots. Today we may become more aware of our wounded places.

 

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#81

The purpose of time is for learning. Highly variable, subject to change, not easily measured. It’s essentially another dimension: a sphere in 3 dimensions, and a 4th dimension being time. The episode is concerned with defining and understanding time.

 

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#80

Sometimes we feel like we’re in complete darkness. There is a darkness we may be carrying that we will not show to the light. We simply fear to completely fall apart. Very deep and set in, they are particularly difficult to let go. Even those things can be healed.

 

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#79

The main distinction between religion and spirituality is to access God through a frame or through the lack of a frame. For some, a frame is a helpful way to access and understand God. For others, they may need less of a guided frame. All people experience spirituality differently, and none is wrong or incorrect, only different.

#78

Human beings are always trying to cultivate more divine qualitites. One quality God has that isn’t often talked about is a sense of defenselessness. Nothing can ultimately hurt or affect God, and so God can go through the world and engage with all beings in a completely defenseless manner. We strive to be the type of person who goes through life with arms wide open. We can be truly defenseless, as God is.

#77

Consider a time when you’ve been in complete and total darkness. When complete darkness comes on it can feel like we’ve stiffened up. We become apprehensive and uncomfortable. Perhaps it feels like something might jump out and attack. When someone turns the light on, suddenly everything is ok. The truth is, whether the light is on or off we don’t have ultimate control over the next thing that’s coming up. Have you lost faith? Nothing is coming to attack you.

#76

It’s common to feel like we need to Go Go Go! Our society rewards a lot of business. Being busy gives us self-esteem, and can give us the feeling that we’re accomplishing. Doing, however, isn’t equivalent to being. The amount that we would naturally do, is enough. We don’t need to do extra things to gain acceptance, worth, or adequacy.

#75

If we could have unconditional faith in a higher power we would be truly free. Often our faith in God isn’t unconditional, but we do actually have practice with this concept. We have unconditional faith in our perspective and thought formations. What you make in your own mind is what you put your faith into, just to prove to yourself what you believe is correct.

#74

So much pain has occurred in our world, it can feel sometimes like someone or the greater world owes us something. The world can feel like such a burden, how can society just expect us to go out and be an adult? The world has expectations on me, and I in turn have expectations on the world. This is a shade of self-pity. Today, may I heal from my sense on learned helplessness, and allow myself to function in the world free of expectations.

#73

Your life is a three layer cake. The first layer: what you do. The second layer: what you want to do. The third layer: what you tell people. The more in sync the three layers are for you, the more actualized and happy you will be. We’re either heading towards alignment or misalignment all the time, nothing else is ever going on but that.

#72

It may be no surprise to you that our society is very supportive of self abuse. Beating up on ourselves is a common issue we struggle with. It’s also a common badge of honor to be busy. If you were to read out loud the things you say to yourself throughout the day, would you be able to say that to someone else? Most of us would say no.

#71

No Life, No Death, only transformation. This is an idea which comes mostly from Buddhism. Nothing in this world actually posesses a particular form, it’s only the form of our perception. This is the essence of signlessness. Nothing is ever in a constant form, but always in flux. As with water, whatever particular manifestation is happening now is not the ultimate truth. Nothing ever dies in this world, it is only transformed.

#70

Our life can feel like all problems if we’re not careful. Be sure not to spend all your time in the problems, but rather live in the middle spaces where the problems aren’t. Problems are ultimately the periphery of life experience, but we may be focusing the camera in on them. Life was not meant to be this way, it is ultimately our mind training. Today, train your mind to be on the serenity that is available in all moments, not the problems.

#69

Are you in a work rut? You may want to ask, what are you creating? There may be some habit energy that you are recreating and revisiting through your repeated passage to a thought, feeling, or behavior. Being in the same body and the same environment for our whole lives, we can develop ways of being that we reinforce without even knowing it. How many right turns must one make before ending up in the same place you started? It is this repetitive box that makes up our rut.

#68

Being a creative who puts art out into the world is a strange exercise. When we spend a lot of time on a project that comes straight from the heart, we may feel that the art is coming straight from some inner sacred place. When we put out this intensely personal piece of art we may feel that it is a reflection of us. What if people don’t like it? Does that mean they don’t like us? The most successful art that we can ever make is that which comes most purely out of a desire to create, rather than that which we think is post appealing or popular.

#67

Notes on distructiveness. When we’re not in spiritual alignment we may be like a tornado going from town to town wrecking everything in our path. There are many human pains and sufferings caused by people’s spiritual misalignment. In the moment, when we are distructive, we will have a sense that we are only hurting ourselves. That may not be true. May we heal our self distructive and outwardly distructive patterns today.

#65

Gratitude is the staple of a spiritual diet. It’s one of those secret weapons which can transform any negative energy or attitude we hold. Whenever we call on it, gratitude immediately changes our inner experience. It turns problems to gifts, confusion into clarity. There is no situation or circustance in life that cannot be touched by the power of gratitude.

#64

If we could have unconditional faith in a higher power we would be truly free. Often our faith in God isn’t unconditional, but we do actually have practice with this concept. We have unconditional faith in our perspective and thought formations. What you make in your own mind is what you put your faith into, just to prove to yourself what you believe is correct.

#63

Every single thing you do is a repetitive behavior. When we do one behavior we are often setting ourselves up for another behavior. The hooks in our environment that trigger repetitive behaviors can reinforce bad habits. Today, be aware of them. Even if you’re not ready to let repetition go, be conscious of your doing it.

#62

We live in quite a pent up and nonconfrontational society. Passive aggression is very common and many people have piles of anger inside. That is not spiritual! The experience and expression of anger is part of the normal range of human emotions. May you find your path to expressing it in a healthy way. Today, you’ve got to start with anger before you can get to acceptance.

#61

Do you have the feeling that you’re in a hostile universe, a loving universe, or a neutral universe? If we were to go anywhere else in the universe we would immediately die. The fearful parts of our mind would have us believe that we never have what we need. Howver, the reality is that we ALWAYS have what we need, it’s just that we’re discontent and focused on the missing things.

#60

Does it ever feel like life is throwing everything at you but the kitchen sink? It’s really easy to get discouraged! One of the first things we tend to do is head into panic. Have faith, lean on your people and your higher power, and know that you won’t be in this space forever. God would not bring you more than you can handle with God.

#58

Isn’t it interesting that sometimes we’re so caught up in making a decision that we’d rather have someone else make the decision for us, even if the decision is one that limits our freedom. If you shrug your way through life, you will find that you’ll end up somewhere you don’t ultimately want to be. Get clear today about what you want, and make that decision.

#55

Giving help can be a messy thing! Sometimes we may feel taken advantage of, or we have trouble navigating boundaries, or we may find that we don’t have any at all. For some of us, this was the reason we avoided giving help altogether. Luckily, there are ways of giving help that be both spiritual and practical, and can work for us.

#54

Asking for help is one of the most difficult things in this life. It’s also a very silly and unnecessary way we humans create pain in our lives. We try and be so independent and strong, and ultimately it’s self-defeating and destructive to not ask for help. May we all learn to ask for more help, that the universe may bring that to us.

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We’re talking about our motivations today. Are we motivated by fear or love? Do we make decisions based on the latter or the former? We’re talking today about a lack of love. The way your inner motivation works will have a dramatic effect on your behavior vs. other people. Learn about your motivation here.

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