Category: 5) Pearls

The Road to Peace and Harmony

Reading Time: 5 minutes

God and the devil were walking through a garden, when God paused and pointed: “Aren’t these beautiful flowers?” God said. “Why, yes,” the devil agreed. “They are lovely. Here, let me organize them for you.” Rules and structures are everywhere. Many seem placed outside of us, put upon us, as it were. Necessary, it seems, to keep us in line.…

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Forgiveness in Lords Prayer

Finding Forgiveness: One Tough Nut

Reading Time: 4 minutes

When I got sober twenty-some years ago, I was told that the biggest reason people relapse is because of resentments. They’ll not only drive people to drink, resentments can drive huge wedges between otherwise peace-loving people. “The only thing you need to start a new meeting,” said one recovering alcoholic, “is a coffee pot and a resentment.” There are a…

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Privacy vs Secrecy: What’s the Difference?

Reading Time: 6 minutes

Everybody has needs—real, legitimate, have-a-right-to-have-them needs. One of these needs is for intimacy, for closeness. Another need is to have privacy. It’s not hard to imagine that these two can be tricky to weave together. The fly in the ointment lies in our confusion between privacy and secrecy. Because when the two concepts of privacy and secrecy get cross-wired, closeness…

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The Superstition of Pessimism

Reading Time: 5 minutes

We humans are a superstitious lot. And there is one insidious form of superstition—pessimism—that is the hidden culprit behind many of our disappointments in life. It all starts with an inner attitude that says, “I’d better not believe in the good because it might not happen.” We need to listen for the hidden voice saying, in essence: “If I believe…

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Spotting the Three Faces of Evil: Separation, Materialism and Confusion

Reading Time: 10 minutes

For many people, discussing the topic of evil isn’t easy. It wasn’t always this way. For centuries, people could sense the invisible, supernatural forces of lightness and of darkness. We saw their personification as spirit entities—as angels and as devils—and we recognized the influence they could have on humanity. So back then, we knew it when we saw it. At…

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