Tests

When the wind blows your tent down you can choose to rebuild it – but if you build it the same way as before – rest assured, when the winds return they will tear down your tent again.  Recurring tests in our life are just like this. Learn what you need to in order to overcome them and these recurrences in your life will come to an end.  The universe isn’t the one that’s tormenting you, it’s your stubborn and incessant insistence to continue rebuilding the same damn tent over and over again.

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The Nature of Spirituality

What is the meaning of spirituality? Does it have a value? Can it be measured? What makes someone more or less spiritual? I think we too often confuse spirituality with religion and therefore, an identity of some kind. And so, for many whom take on the word “spiritual” to describe themselves may often be characterized by devoting the larger of their efforts to growing or spreading their ideas to others and believing themselves to be spiritual for doing so. But given that spirituality is a universal phenomena, it can’t be this. After all, if a Muslim believes themselves to be spiritual when practicing their faith and a Chrisitan when remaining faithful to their own, how could either of them truly claim to know what spirituality really is? Continue reading “The Nature of Spirituality”

Drugs

Sleep and wakefulness are two opposite states of consciousness with varying degrees in-between and extremes potentially beyond them. Wakefulness and it’s extremes are worth pursuing above sleepfullness (and it’s extremes) because it is only when your consciousness is pristine that you are capable of seeing things for what they are. The more your consciousness is subdued the more you become vulnerable to the realm of concepts and imagination. Therefore don’t be fooled into thinking a hallucinogen enhances your awareness, it merely puts you to sleep while letting your body remain awake. Rest assured, these are not enhanced states of mind, but rather hampered states of mind.

That said, while both states are opposite, their intent is not so! All realms of consciousness aim outward, toward awareness. So even if you insist on being in a state of slumber, your visions will attempt to wake you or dispel the lies you’ve been telling yourself.

Indeed, what a beautiful realm it is we live in that our eyes should open even after remaining shut. After all, everything is in service of awareness. You can choose to use the limited time you have wisely or inch your way there like a worm. Either way, we are all in service to the same ends.

Wish

It’s not that we should be careful what we wish for – It’s that we should be careful to be granted anything we yearned for without it first being earned. If life ever awards you with something you have not earned, be suspect of accepting it, for it will likely come with a price you may not be willing to pay.Therefore, long for all the things you wish for – but along with that wish – ask that your wishes only come true if you’ve earned them through your own deliberation. Only then will you truly be the captain of your own prize instead of becoming one that is held captive by it.

Morality

Human morality stemmed from the necessity to live with others and therefore the more tolerable you were the less likely you’d be to get ostracized; and more likely to pass your seed onto the future. Human morality is therefore here with us today by much the same mechanism that the genes of a wolf have rendered the domesticated dog that helps guide a blind man across the street.

Consequently “right” and “wrong “ have always been relative terms associated with survival, time, tribe and circumstance. At a time now when our tribe has become vast territories and nations (and some would argue even the entire planet) we might be on the verge of a moral breakthrough that will either secure our survival for the next few hundred years or lead us to our demise. If we all act together then we only get one chance. If each tribe tries something different, we diversify our risks and increase our chances of survival. But then what if tribalizing ourselves, in and of itself, leads to our demise? Perhaps a hybrid approach is needed!

Errors

All that is that matters leads to what remains – because all that remains is there because of all that was that mattered! Therefore, do not be too hard on yourself for your past errors. Apologize for them, yes, and do all you can to offer proper restitution but after this, move forward and make the you of tomorrow better than the you of today.

After all, that is all of you that will remain and therefore all that really matters.

The Responsibility of Women

Women of the world, hear this!

Men are conditioned to go where they are most needed. If you want a man as a husband, make it evident to him this is the only reason you are getting to know him. If you marry him and want him to be a good husband, make it evident to him, in as many ways you can, that the role he plays as your husband is important to you and why. If you have children and want him to be a good father, never miss the opportunity to tell him how important his role is to your children and repeatedly show him how much you will trust them in his care and how much you are willing to count on him to be their provider, protector, educator and care giver. And if your children grow up, be sure to always express the respect you feel for their father by never undermining the authority and responsibility you’ve given him.

But women of the world, if you continue to tell men that all you need them for is Continue reading “The Responsibility of Women”