Does Evil Exist

April 6, 2009

This topic was brought up at the Circle of Miracles yesterday.  It was an interesting question.  We look at this idea today.

 

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I hope everyone had a great weekend.  We had some great weather here in this part of the northeastern US.  Some of the cherry trees and magnolias are starting to flower – as are many of the early flowers.  Hopefully winter has been banished for the next six or seven months.

 

Does Evil Exist?

This idea was brought up today at the Circle of Miracles in Doylestown, PA.  I will present a summary of the discussion.  Please follow this link to view the full text.

 

A student asked his professor if cold existed.  The professor said that cold existed.  The student told the professor that cold did not exist.  The professor was amazed.  The student went on to explain that what we perceive of as cold is actually a lack of heat.

 

The student continued.  He asked the professor if dark existed.  The professor said that night was darkness.  The student then told the professor that darkness was only the absence of light.

 

Finally the student asked the professor if evil existed.  You would think that the professor would have learned his lesson by now.  But he had not.  The professor stated that we see evil in the world everyday.

 

The student then told the professor that evil is only the absence of our Creator’s unconditional love.  When we treat each other without unconditional love we are actually being evil.

 

By the way, the student was Albert Einstein.  This is purported to be a true incident.

 

Our evil is mostly benign

Unfortunately we have become accustomed to treating each other without unconditional love.  Most of the time this behavior is more benign than anything else.  However, when we treat each other with anything less than unconditional love we are desensitizing ourselves to one another.

 

As this desensitizing sets in, it can gradually grow into not caring about each other.  As soon as we do not care about each other we can start to justify cruel and uncaring behavior towards each other.

 

When we are desensitized to one another we no longer see each other as if they were ourselves.  As long as we see others like ourselves we tend to treat them as we would want to be treated.  We do not hurt them because we see it as if we were hurting ourselves.  When we are desensitized to each other we no longer care if we hurt each other because we no longer view it as hurting ourselves.

 

There may be no evil in the world – but there is an awful lot of not caring about each other.  Please attempt to look at your life and note those people that you do not care about.  Please recognize that this is where the not caring starts. 

 

Then work to learn how to see these people that you do not care about as if they were you or your family.  Then start to care for them as if they were your family – for in reality they are part of your family.

 

The world will be a better place for this.

 

Until tomorrow –

 

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We work towards an identical goal.

 

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Notice Your Own Progress

April 3, 2009

As I have recently noted, I am currently starting a new venture.  This has brought up a lot of my unresolved issues.  I have been working on aspects of these issues for many years.  Yesterday I remembered to accept that I have made progress on these issues.  Today we look at why this is so important.

 

Thankful Friday

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Showing others their progress

I am involved in several discussion groups.  One of the techniques that I use to help members of those groups is to remind them of the progress that they have made.  As they talk about the issues they are dealing with I remind them of where they were several months or a year ago.

 

Once they have seen their own progress it becomes relatively simple to see that their current issues are not that much different.  Most of the time these individuals are able to see that they can use their past progress to overcome their current challenges.

 

Remembering to do this for myself

As I have been struggling with some of these old issues, I seem to have forgotten to apply this idea for myself.  Intellectually I know that I am not in the same place I was a year ago.  Somehow this idea did not register.

 

I was driving to a client yesterday.  All of a sudden I had a blinding insight.  It was not quite a Paul-on-the-road-to-Damascus moment.  However, it was sufficient to get my attention.

 

What I saw was that I had made progress working through the issues with which I have been struggling.  Not just in the past year or the last few months.  In just the past few weeks I have made steps toward resolving these issues.

 

I cannot tell you how important this was to me.  I had been resigned to the fact that I was continuing to struggle with issues that I had been working on for many years.  When I saw that I had actually made some progress recently it was like a weight was lifted from my shoulders.  I saw that I might be able to resolve those issues this time around.

 

Don’t get me wrong.  The issues are not resolved yet.  I still need to do a lot of work.  Yet, having seen this progress I am much more encouraged to see that I can resolve these issues.  I am close to being able to see that the issues can be resolved.  And that is all that is important.  Once I see that the issues can be resolved I will be able to finally resolve them.

 

Please do the same for yourself.  When you face a challenge – remember where you were.  Realize that the fact that you have made progress means that you can continue to make progress.  All you have to do is keep putting one foot ahead of the other and you will get wherever you need to go.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

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We work towards an identical goal.

 

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Apply, Apply, Apply

April 1, 2009

I have been going through some interesting experiences during the last few weeks.  I have been putting to use a lot of the concepts that I have been explaining on this site.  Today we look at a few of those concepts.

 

Remembering the lessons

In February we published a post entitled “Ghandi Said to Practice.”  We talked at length about the importance of putting into practice the spiritual teachings that we learn.  I also recounted that my teacher was – and still is – constantly urging me to apply, apply, and apply!

 

Well – I have been doing that intensively for the past few weeks.  I am working on a new venture and keep falling out of the moment.  Many times I am more out of the moment than I am in the moment.

 

Teaching what we need to learn

In our post “We Teach Best What we Need to Learn Most” I talked about how we often are teaching the things that are our most important lessons.  That idea could very well describe my experience of the past few months.

 

As I look back at all of the challenges that I have been facing, I see that I have been writing about them.  Here are some of the recent posts that have become the lessons that I need to be learning right now.

 

I have been forgetting to “Relax and Enjoy the Ride”.  I have gotten too caught up in the issues that I am creating.  At times I have forgotten to enjoy myself despite the apparent challenges.

 

I have also forgotten on occasion that “What We Resist Persists”.  I have been resisting some very old lessons.  Some of these lessons I have been resisting for many years.  I am gradually learning not to resist them.  The habit of resisting is very ingrained.  However, I am gradually learning to let go and allow.

 

It was brought to my attention today that wanting control is keeping me from getting it.  Evidently this was another post that I wrote in an attempt to learn from what I am teaching.

 

Does this mean this stuff doesn’t work?

Not at all.  All it means is that some of us have a lot of stuff to work through.  Remember – it is the journey that is important.  There is no actual destination.  Anything that we perceive as a destination becomes a resting point where we review what we have learned since the last destination.  We then gather ourselves up and start off for the next destination.

 

Another aspect of this is that the farther we go the lessons become much more subtle.  Even though I am working through lessons that I first encountered many years ago, I have a lot more experience with the process.

 

Thirty years ago I had no experience and no tools with which to resolve my issues.  In the intervening years I have gained a great deal of experience and gathered quite a few tools.  I am now able to deal with more difficult and more subtle issues.

 

I have made a lot of progress – but there is always so much more to learn.  I just need to remember to sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.

 

Until tomorrow –

 

Es kava turen hai

We work towards an identical goal.

 

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The Toilet Analogy

March 30, 2009

Yesterday I heard a great analogy about being in the moment.  It ranks as one of the best that I have ever heard.  Be warned – it is somewhat scatological in nature.  Today we hear about the toilet analogy.

 

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I trust that everyone had a great weekend.  I did a bit of cooking and cleaning.  I also got out for a little walking.  We even had our first thunderstorm of the spring.  All in all it was a pretty good weekend.

 

Dr. Lou Tenaglia

Yesterday I was at the Circle of Miracles in Doylestown, PA.  The presentation for the day was by Dr. Lou Tenaglia.  This was the second time Dr. Lou had spoken there in a few months.  He also presented one of the best analogies about being in the moment that I have ever heard.

 

Dr. Lou talked a bit about how we get stuck between being in the past and being fearful of the future.  When we are stuck in between these two ways of thinking we are out of the moment.  We get very torn when we are in this space.

 

Now, when we finally get ourselves in the moment, we frequently want to jump out of the moment.  Here is where the scatological analogy comes in.

 

The analogy

Imagine that you have just finished using the bathroom.  You flush the toilet.  Suddenly you decide to reach your hand in and grab and pull everything back out of the toilet.

 

Of course no one does that.  But we do the same thing spiritually when we finally achieve being in the moment and decide to reach back in and re-live our past.  Or we are in the moment and decide to start worrying about the future.

 

When we are in the moment we have finally relieved ourselves of our garbage.  We have finally let go of all that was dragging us down.  Then we decide that we have to revert to our old thinking patterns.  That is when we perform the toilet drill.  All the stuff is on the way to where it is supposed to go – and we just have to drag it back.

 

I confess to doing this on a regular basis.  I do not do it in the ways that I once did.  Nor do I do it as often.  Yet I still have not learned everything about being in the moment and will on occasion drag everything back after I have let it go. 

 

Maybe this analogy will help me in the future.  Maybe I will more readily recognize when I am jumping out of the moment.

 

Thanks to Dr. Lou for this one.  I am sure that I will remember it for a long time.

 

Until tomorrow –

 

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Our Guides are Coaches

March 26, 2009

I was talking with my friend Judy today.  We were discussing our guides.  Judy said “Our guides are coaches.”  Today we look at that analogy.

 

No post tomorrow

I usually write my posts a day ahead of schedule.  Thursday is very busy and I will not have a chance to write a new post for Friday.  Have a great weekend!  See you again on Monday.

 

Empowerment

One of the ideas that I have been attempting to explain for several years is the idea of empowerment.  We all understand the basic idea – but we rarely accept what our true powers are.

 

Some people turn everything over to the holy spirit and think that the holy spirit does everything for them.  Others turn everything over to their guides and let the guides do everything.  This gives away our empowerment.

 

As long as we insist that our guides or the holy spirit do everything for us we will not understand that in fact we are doing these things ourselves.  Until we realize that we do the things which we think the holy spirit does for us we will not find true self confidence.

 

The guide as coach

Let’s think about the role of our guides as coaches.  When coaches prepare people for a game they guide the practice sessions.  They offer encouragement when needed.  They correct us when we get off course.  They give us a pep talk when we need that.

 

The day of the game comes and we go out onto the field.  The whistle blows and the game starts.  Is the coach on the field? No.  Does the coach play the game?  No.  Does the coach win the game?  No.

 

We are on the field and play the game.  The coach becomes an interested observer, but does not participate.  Once we grasp this analogy we see that our guides are the same.  They help us prepare for our challenges, but they allow us to face them ourselves.  They know that unless they do this we will never learn that we have the strength inside of us to face and master our challenges.

 

Trying to say thank you

Many years ago I attempted to thank my guide and teacher for all the effort he had made to help me make my progress.

 

He said “I didn’t do anything.”

 

I said “But you helped me so much.”

 

He said “But you did all the work.”

 

I said “But you did so much for me.”

 

He said “But I was just doing my job.”

 

I said “And I thank you for that.”

 

He said “But you did all the work.”

 

The point of this exchange was to remind me that no matter how much someone helps us – we are the ones that do the work and make the progress.  Our guides cannot do it for us.  They can encourage us and point us in the right direction.  In the end we are the one who walks the path and makes the progress.

 

That’s all for this week.  Have a great weekend!

 

Until Monday –

 

Es kava turen hai

We work towards an identical goal.

 

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Relax and Enjoy the Ride

March 25, 2009

I have been pushing against the river recently.  I have forgotten, at times, that I should be flowing with it.  Today we look at one of the most important things in life – to learn to relax and enjoy the ride.

 

No drifting allowed

I have had many discussions with people regarding the best way to flow with the river.  These discussions usually wind up examining whether we should relax and make no effort.  Then we let the river just take us wherever we need to go.  This is drifting with the flow of the river.

 

My view is that the river is there to help us get where we need to go.  While we are always within the flow of the river we can still determine where we want to go.  If we want to stop at an island in the middle of the stream then we chart a course and make for that island.  The river is still moving us, but we are moving ourselves with in the flow.

 

If we were to just drift with the river, we may never get to that island.  The river would take us near it – but unless it took us directly to the island we could not stop there.

 

The same goes for other features of the river.  Many rivers have backwaters that are stagnant.  If we should drift into them we could waste a lot of time waiting to get out.  When we realize that we can get ourselves out – then we have more control of our destiny.  Drifting just gets us marooned in the backwaters.

 

Many rivers have snags, shoals, rocks, and other hazards.  If we just drift with the river then we have no control over these either.  If the river takes us towards a shoal we have no way to prevent being beached.  Nor could we avoid a snag or rock if those are the hazards.  Once again, drifting with the river can just get us in trouble.

 

Chart your course

The next time you are tempted to drift with the river, please reconsider.  Recognize that you can chart your own course that will avoid the backwaters and shoals.  Choose what you want in life and go for it – the river will help you.  Your choices become the final piece to achieving your goals.

 

I almost forgot – remember to relax and enjoy the ride.  Accept the flow of the river.  Set your course within that flow.  Then relax and enjoy the ride.  You will be amazed at how much fun it can be when you realize that the ride is what is important.

 

The stopping points on the river are interesting – but the real fun is in learning to get between those stopping points successfully.  The fun is in the journey – so relax and enjoy the ride.

 

Until tomorrow –

 

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Listening to the Guides, er, Angels

March 24, 2009

We have all heard of angels.  I think that the concept of angels started with good intentions.  Unfortunately, like so many other things with organized religion, the idea lost the original intention.  I just call them guides.  Today we will see how to turn your angels into guides.

 

The original idea

It seems like the idea of angels started as way to remind us that we are not alone.  We were supposed to remember that our true nature was nonphysical.  In that nonphysical true nature we have access to individuals who help and guide us.

 

This guidance is completely nonphysical.  We only become aware of it nonphysically when we are quiet and in the moment.  Also, since the advice is nonphysical, we frequently misinterpret it.  The reason for the misinterpretation is that we are attempting to translate concepts between the physical and the nonphysical without a true understanding of the nonphysical.

 

Because of these issues – and many other self serving efforts by the religions – these guides have become what we call angels.  That is why they are “difficult” to understand.  Also, the religions have given the angels authority over us.  Consequently, we do not view them as equals.  All of this causes a tremendous separation between us and our guides, er, angels.

 

Meet your guides

Let’s try to get the mental picture of angels out of our minds.  Until we do so we cannot truly understand our guides.

 

Our guides want us to view them as equals.  They offer us advice – but we make all the decisions.

 

Imagine sitting around your living room with a group of your friends.  Everyone is relaxed and having a pleasant conversation.  The subject of the conversation is you.  You are explaining what you want to do.  You explain your objectives, how you plan to achieve them, and what you see as your challenges to achieving them.

 

In turn, they offer their advice – based on their experience.  They may have a little more experience than you, like an older brother or sister.  Still, there is not that much difference that everyone does not consider themselves as equal.

 

Nobody is saying: “You have to do this.”  Nobody is threatening you, giving you orders, or making you feel inferior.  All the guides are attempting to do is to help you with your learning and growth.  Nothing more and nothing less.  Who knows – next week it might be your turn to be a guide to someone who is your guide today.

 

So try this.  Instead of thinking of angels imagine yourself sitting in your living room having a conversation.  When you are in the moment you will be able to hear your guides giving you advice.  Stay in the moment and do everything that you can to follow that advice.  Hopefully you will get through the rough patches a little bit more easily.

 

Until tomorrow –

 

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We work towards an identical goal.

 

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