Tag: Spirituality

I’ll Be on the Radio Saturday Evening

I will be a guest on Good Vibrations Radio – Tools for Transformation with Solarzar & Kyralani on AM 540, KRXA, Monterey, California tomorrow (Saturday, July 16) from 7:40 PM – 8:30 PM Pacific Time. The full show broadcasts from 6-9 PM and can be live streamed on the Internet using the Live link at the home page of www.GoodVibrationsRadio.com If you’d like to ask me a question or chime in with your thoughts, feel free call 1-831-899-5792 (KRXA).

It would be great to hear from readers, students and friends.

Check Out Inner Oracle Cards App for Smartphones

My good friend Dr. Rick Moss is offering a smartphone app that runs on both iPhones and Android devices and that I use almost every day in my own work and with friends, family and clients.

Rick is the creator of a psychotherapeutic technique called Pre-Cognitive Re-Education, or "Pre-Cog", which I've been studying with him for a year or so. You can read more about Pre-Cog and his other work at his Web site. One of the techniques Pre-Cog uses effectively is guided creative visualization. 

His app is called Inner Oracle Cards. It walks you through a process of selecting cards from a virtual deck of guidance cards which you can then use in a set of four cards to help you focus on a specific problem or area of your life. Even though the program picks the first two cards — the Issue card and the Negative Tendency card — for you in what seems like a random process, the cards are uncannily useful and accurate. I'm skeptical about such things and I have my own theory about why they work when they do, but this is a very impressive piece of work which has proven helpful repeatedly in my work and in my life. Highly recommended!

You can purchase the app for $1.99 for the iPhone or for an Android device. 

Lou Kavar, A Thoughtful Guy Worth Following

I've been following @LouKavar on Twitter for quite a while now and I've really begun to admire and respect his work. He had a post today pointing out quite clearly and cogently the cognitive dissonance that must result from any attempt to reconcile true Christianity and unregulated or lightly regulated free-enterprise capitalism. I cheered his position, re-tweeted his post and commented on his blog.

Like Lou, I don't live those principles nearly as fully or perfectly as I'd like but it is a constant undertaking on my part to do so. The fact that a plurality of folks polled in the survey he cites agree that capitalism and Christianity are fundamentally incompatible is quite encouraging to me as it was to Lou.

Check him out. Follow him on Twitter. And tell him I sent you!

Ex Chaplain Has Nice Take on “Gotcha Evangelism”

I troll the Web in search of spiritual insights that aren't making headlines or produced by the mega-speakers and blockbuster authors who are making tons of money on spirituality. Not that I have anything against those folks; I hope to be one someday (though the days of my life run short). But today's insight into what he calls "Gotcha Evangelism" comes courtesy of a former Air Force Chaplain named Norris Burkes writing in the Elmira (NY) Star Gazette.

In a column that starts out being about the highly visible public failure of Harold Camping's predicted end of the world on May 21, Burkes offers these keen insights:

Heaven, Jesus rightly pointed out, is someday and today.
"The kingdom of God" he said, "doesn't come by counting the days on the calendar nor when someone says, 'Look here!' or, 'There it is!' And why? Because God's kingdom is already among you."

Grace and forgiveness are not something we escape to, but rather something we are blessed to live in. Grace is so big we can't possibly get our arms all the way around it. It's constantly unfolding to us.

I Had No Idea FDR Was So Spiritual

Until I read the March/April issue of the Holy Encounter newsletter that I receive bi-monthly from the Miracle Distribution Center, I had no idea how much a spiritual thinker President Franklin D. Roosevelt was. He’s always been a role model for me; this raises his stock in my mind even further.

In his famous “[T]he only thing we have to fear is fear itself” speech — his first inaugural speech, which you can read in its entirety  here — the newly elected President, taking office at a time of great turmoil and despair in our nation, also said these incredibly powerful things:

“The money changers have fled from their high seats in the temple of our civilization. We may now restore that temple to the ancient truths. The measure of the restoration lies in the extent to which we apply social values more noble than mere monetary profit.”

“Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. The joy and moral stimulation of work no longer must be forgotten in the mad chase of evanescent profits. These dark days will be worth all they cost us if they teach us that our true destiny is not to be ministered unto but to minister to ourselves and to our fellow men.”

Great thanks to Encounter writer and MDC co-founder and president Beverly Hutchinson McNeff for bringing these quotations to my attention and for triggering me to re-read that speech from my new spiritual perspective.

A Course in Miracles and Forks in the Road

I am at a significant fork in the road that is my life. I have been spending a good bit of time lately looking at the question of how I structure and plan the next phase of my life on planet earth. I've always been a planner, a doer, a Type A personality who has mellowed a lot over the past decade but who still monitors and plans by relying heavily on ToDo Lists.

I am also a long-time student and teacher of A Course in Miracles. In recent weeks, as I've been exploring my possible futures, I have been struck by two of the Course's very practical teachings.

One is entitled "I Need Do Nothing," which doesn't turn out to mean I can sit on my hands and let things happen but does mean that there is no one thing that I must or need to do.

The other is under the rubric, "A Healed Mind Does Not Plan." I'm in the midst of my study on that one.

But I found it noteworthy that at a watershed moment, the advice I'm getting from my inner guidance through the Course (as we who study it call it) is telling me to act in ways that seem completely contradictory to how I've lived my life until now. Challenging thoughts on which I am off to meditate.

No Surprise: 20% of “Atheist” Scientists Are Spiritual

A new study about to be published by Rice University says about 20% of scientists who describe themselves as atheists are also spiritual.

The study, which will be published in the June issue of Sociology of Religion, is based on interviews with 275 natural and social scientists at several elite universities. 

With the constant barrage of news about discoveries and uncoverings in quantum physics that point increasingly clearly to a central force (often referred to as the Quantum Field), it is hardly surprising that many scientists would begin to see the convergence. Frankly, I'm surprised it's only 20% but it may be that the social scientists — who would presumably be less aware of quantum developments than their natural science colleagues — skew the totals. It is more difficult to see cohesion when your field of study is the messiness of the macro world of people, cultures and institutions than if you can confine your focus to interactions of simpler forms of matter and energy.

"These scientists see both science and spirituality as 'meaning-making without faith' and as an individual quest for meaning that can never be final. According to the research, they find spirituality congruent with science and separate from religion, because of that quest; where spirituality is open to a scientific journey, religion requires buying into an absolute 'absence of empirical evidence'."

Conservative and Lilberal Brains Differ Structurally But Which Comes First?

A study by a British team that is being published in a prestigious scientific journal says that scientists have discovered a key structural difference between the structures of the brains of people who are conservative and those who have a liberal political position. The article raises the chicken-egg question: does a different brain structure cause the political tendency or does the holding of a particular political viewpoint affect brain structure?

The answer has been known in the field of epigenetics for some time: our thoughts and beliefs change our DNA and, by implication, anything affected by DNA, which is to say almost everything about us. Bruce Lipton's seminal work The Biology of Belief details the research findings that lead to this conclusion. 

Constantly reinforced thoughts — or what metaphysicians informally call "thoughts held in mind" — can in fact alter our physical bodies. It is not strange that deeply held political beliefs would have a similar effect. Interestingly, the study suggests that, "liberals are better able to cope with conflicting information and are more open to new experiences, while conservatives are better able to recognize a threat and more anxious when faced with uncertainty," This largely coincides with my decades of exposure to people of both ilk, though it is not 100% true, of course. These thought patterns describe foundational ideas in the two opposed ideologies.

One who is open to new experiences is far more likely to be spiritual but not religious, to trust the Universe/Spirit/God's ultimate benevolence, safety, and evolutionary nature, while one who is more focused on guarding against uncertainty will find more comfort in a Divine that is fiercely protective, exclusionary, and unchanging.

Millions of people have shifted from one perspective to the other, some of them many times. This information is not hard-wired into us; it is formed as a result of experience, including upbringing and our own interactions with the Divine.

‘I AM’ Movie Richly Filmed, Thought-Provoking

I went to see the new I AM movie this afternoon in its first showing on the Monterey Peninsula. My spiritual attention lately has been focused on the I AM message primarily as a result of the publication of my book The Power of I AM. This movie was put together by famed Hollywood director Tom Shadyac, who has been the man behind a number of outlandish comedies over the recent years. It grew out of a near-fatal experience following a serious bicycle accident.

The movie is richly filmed, with outstanding cinematography and animation sequences. The cast of characters doesn't have only the usual suspects, which gives it an opportunity to be refreshing even though it consists largely of talking heads and Shadyac's voice-over narration. The score is outstanding and intriguing. 

The  message of the movie is hardly new and because of my long period on this path of Oneness, I didn't learn anything new, but I greatly appreciated the way in which Shadyac presented and wrapped some of the key ideas behind the power of your I AM thinking. It is definitely worth seeing.

Recognizing That Spiritual Growth Can Be Hard Work

I encountered Delia Quigley for the first time this evening in a post she published on Care2.com. Titled "Spiritual Dabbling," the post makes the point that, "The goal of any spiritual practice is to transform you, through prayer, ritual, and a realization of God." Too often, she suggests, when spiritual seekers encounter this truth, and realize that the process of transformation can be long and difficult, they simply choose to move on, in a kind of spiritual shopping spree looking for a shortcut, an easy route to the mystical personal experience of the Divine deeply within one's own life and soul.

Her pointed and pithy essay is worth taking a few moments to read as you ask yourself, regardless of the specific teachings of your path, whether it makes you feel like it will be worth it in the long term. If not then perhaps another round of spiritual dabbling is in order. But if it is only the fear of the journey itself that moves you, keep your feet firmly on the path that's working for you now knowing that it will reward you richly and deeply and eternally. Because it's not about the path, it's about your experience of the path. And if you switch paths, you still bring you to the journey. As Jon Kabat-Zinn says in the title of his most famous work, "Wherever you go, there you are."