Category: 2) Finding Gold

FAITH

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So many of us are sincere in our desire for spiritual development. But our faith is not whole. There’s this little smidge of doubt that says: “Is this really true? Am I not just making all this up?” What do we do with this? Job one is never going to be: push that aside. Such avoidance is done with the…

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TOLERANCE & ACCEPTANCE

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In theory, we know that the only thing we can actually change is ourselves. And sometimes, of course, this affects others. So the best way to go about changing anyone is by setting a good example. When we find ourselves out of sorts because of someone else’s faults, this is actually pointing to a deep resentment in us about the…

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LAZINESS & OVER-ACTIVITY

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Here’s a quick recap of some of the symptoms of self-alienation: not relating to ourselves or other people as we truly are; not living from a core of real strength; identifying with a fake version of who we are; relying on public opinion rather than our own convictions; operating from our defenses that we have built into fortresses over many…

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PUNISHMENT

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There’s something else that shows up in human personalities, and that is the role of punishment. In addition to self-punishment, there is a form that shows up in the child as well as in the immature adult. It is the desire to punish the other. And it arises when the other doesn’t follow our wishes. This may not be witnessed…

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SUFFERING

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Our struggle to find ourselves is blessed. Then there’s the pushback: if we’re so blessed, why doesn’t God end this struggle? Perhaps it would help if we better understand the struggle. This state we’re in—the state of human existence—is a problem. This is due to the very fact that we’re in an in-between state. We’ve woken up from a lower…

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