Series: Bones

BONES: A Building-Block Collection of 19 Fundamental Spiritual Teachings

This collection is like the bones of a body—a framework around which the remaining body of work can arrange itself. Sure, there’s a lot that needs to be filled in to make it all come to life, but with Bones, now we’ve got the basic building blocks in place.

 

Plus the words go down like a strawberry milkshake—pleasing to the tongue yet with all the calcium we need for optimum health.

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Intellect and Will as Tools or Hindrances to Self-Realization

Intellect and Will as Tools or Hindrances to Self-Realization
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An important difference between our superficial intellect and our real self is that we can direct, manipulate and govern the intellect using our will; we can’t do this with the real self. Of the two, the real self is the more intelligent one. We are so conditioned to put a laser-like focus on the use of our thinking ability and…

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The Origin and Outcome of the Idealized Self-Image

The Origin and Outcome of the Idealized Self-Image
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There’s a direct correlation between being unhappy and not believing in ourselves; our self-confidence takes a hit that is proportional to how badly we feel. Our idealized self-image is supposed to avoid all that by supplying the missing self-confidence. This, we think, by way of our unconscious reasoning, will lead us straight down the road to pleasure supreme… We simply…

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Love, Power and Serenity in Divinity or in Distortion

Love, Power and Serenity in Divinity or in Distortion
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There are three major divine attributes—love, power and serenity—that in the healthy person work as a team. They maintain flexibility amongst themselves so one never drowns another out…But when they are in distortion, they step all over each other. Then love, power and serenity get distorted into their evil twins: submission, aggression and withdrawal… In our efforts to master our difficulties, largely…

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How and Why we Recreate Childhood Hurts

How and Why we Recreate Childhood Hurts
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Children have more than just a desire to be loved; they want to be loved exclusively, without any limits. In other words, every child’s desire for love is unrealistic…Since they seldom receive an adequate amount of warmth and mature love, children remain hungry for it throughout their whole life…Essentially everyone—even the most diligent spiritual seekers—overlooks just how strong the link…

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