Category: 6) Gems

THE EGO

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We tuck a lot of prideful behaviors behind our ego, including all our defensive strategies—submission, aggression and withdrawal—and their cover-up masks which are intended to hide them—power masks, love masks and serenity masks…These are all tricks of the ego designed to keep us small. No joke, that’s what the ego is going for… Per the ego, we must stay very…

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HEALING

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Before we can do our transformative work, we have see exactly what it is—inside of us—that needs a make-over…It won’t do to have a vague, general sense of our destructive intentions. We’ve got to see our personal version of evil, in all its ugly glory…Short and simple, we have to own up honestly to the full force of our devilish…

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LAZINESS

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When we’re weak and won’t stand up to evil in others—when we won’t fight for the truth—we’re encouraging evil. We’re saying the perpetrator isn’t that bad, that it’s OK and maybe smart, and see, other people also support it. We fear that if we stand up for decency and exposing the evil, we’ll be the one who gets ridiculed. We…

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WHAT MATTERS

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And so we need to pray. We need to find faith in our ultimate goodness at our core, which will show itself only when we are able to see the darkness that is covering it up…We’ll find the strength to have the needed courage if we become aware that we matter. By simply existing, everything we do makes a difference……

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PAIN OF INJUSTICE

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The pain of injustice contains much more than can be expressed by this word “injustice.” Because our pain is not just about injustice that is happening to us in the here-and-now…It includes a fear that we live in a world where destruction can happen—and there are no safety valves… It’s the fear that there’s no rhyme or reason to anything,…

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