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The Almighty vs. the Almighty Dollar: Which do we Trust?

In the US, as in other developed countries, we have a form of government called a capitalist democracy. Unlike previous forms of government—such as a monarchy, socialism or communism—our current system gives us freedom of expression and the ability to create wealth through our own efforts. At the same time, through its intended design, it lets us care for those who still need help along the way, those who aren’t—for whatever reason—yet up to the task of fully caring for themselves.

So democracy brings with it the possibility of fusing together two sides of a duality. Wow, here’s something that actually gives us a crack at unity! This is what makes democracy the most mature form of government to-date. What’s the catch? This also means that democracy is going to ask for more maturity from all its citizens. Read (8 min)

Doing the Work vs. Dipping in Water: Which Saves More Bacon?

At the time of Christ, which is when the symbolic ritual of immersion in water was first practiced by John the Baptist, it wasn’t believed that being baptized brought something new—like, say, automatic salvation—but rather that it signified a person’s inner attitude. It said, “I’m with Him,” and if they had t-shirts back then, it would have included an arrow pointing to that guy who kept performing those crazy miracles.

…This inner housecleaning is what’s called ‘doing our work,’ and thankfully, at this point in time, that’s really all we need to do. It’s the inner knowing we come to by aligning ourselves inside and out with the truth that means something. Read (8 min)

Meek & Mild vs. Just Truly Meek: Which Delivers the Goods?

When Jesus told his followers that the meek shall inherent the Earth, was he really suggesting we should become doormats if we want to bring home all the good stuff? Actually, the word “meek”, in historical context, refers to “people who don’t hate or resent others, who have no self-will and no fear.” Ah. To be meek also means not having to prove we are right all the time.

This means that every time we fight—much like Christ did—to find the light, and every time we make the better choice to follow the footsteps that lead us back to God, we will make headway. We will inherit the rewards of having fought the good fight and claiming victory over our vices. Per the original meaning of the word, we will become more meek, which in current-day terms really means to become more clean and more whole. Read (9 min)

Self-Confidence: Where Does It Come From and How Can We Get More?

“…Neither of these beliefs—either that we must always get what we want, or that we can never get what we want—is real. This means that all our forcing and defending against these wrong conclusions is equally unreal.

Every drive and impulse we put into the service of these imaginary notions will therefore be ineffective and cause further damage. This is what’s covering up our real self and keeping us from walking with self-confidence in the world.” Read (11 min)

Mobility in Relaxation: Could this Really be the Answer to Everything?

“If we can calm ourselves down enough to quietly listen to what emanates from the floor of our psyche, we’ll start to see the places where we go in the direction of stagnation, because not moving just seems so darned tempting. That, we think, is the effortless state our soul cries out for.

Or flip that baby over and we’ll find a whirling dervish that can’t stop moving because movement just seems so, well, necessary. To come out of our imbalance, we need to first acknowledge that we harbor such a confused idea about how the world works.” Read (4 min)

Searching Inside the Serenity Prayer and Finding God’s Will

“In general, our tendency to be active when being passive would be the wiser choice is what leads to congestion, followed swiftly by frustration. Likewise, we sometimes drop into passive behavior just when being active would be better, leading directly into stagnation.

Where we tend to get into the most trouble is when we bump into people or circumstances that are not to our liking. Sometimes, in fact, they are downright wrong! That’s when we jump into action, just when acceptance is what’s really called for.” Read (6 min)

The Pain of Injustice and the Truth about Fairness

“Our struggle stems from the fact that our will is trying to go in two opposite directions. On the one hand, we duck our heads in the sand, fearing and resisting this grand accounting that overlooks nothing. On the other hand, it is our deepest longing to have exactly this piece of knowledge—to experience the truth of this full and fair reckoning; for only in this way will we heal this intense wound of believing that this world is totally unreliable and there really is no justice for all. So what we ardently oppose on the surface, we vigorously long for within.” Read (6 min)