Category: Guide Lecture

Where, Really, is the Wall?

Reading Time: 8 minutes

We all want the good stuff: love, truth, goodness and light. These desires emanate from the divine spark at the center of each person. But like sunlight trying to shine through dirty glass, these rays often taken on hazy shades as they penetrate our layers of imperfection. So, yeah, our best self wants to be good, and to do good.…

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The Folly of Needing to Feel Special

Reading Time: 8 minutes

People are funny. We’re each a particular blend of shortcomings and weaknesses, jumbled up with a desire to be perfect. This jarring combination creates a hidden belief that we are all party to, regardless of geography, time period or environment. It goes like this: “If I can just get enough approval or attention or admiration, my worth will be established…

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We Feel Shame about our Best Self. Crazy, Right?

Reading Time: 8 minutes

Odd as it may seem, we often feel shame about the best we have to offer—our generosity, humility, tenderness and ability to love—just the same as we do about the petty, selfish and small parts of our nature. On the surface, this may sound crazy, but in the deep recesses of our souls, there’s a tragedy going on that is…

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Shame: The Right and Wrong Kind

Reading Time: 10 minutes

One of the most effective motivators for doing the work of self-development—for purifying ourselves—is feeling badly about something. We want to make things right, to atone for messing up. Underneath this is a feeling of shame, which propels us to go in a positive direction. Without this inner push, we’d remain stuck. This right kind of shame, then, is constructive.…

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