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Myth & Pathways to Bliss

Myth & Pathways to Bliss

When most people hear the word “myth” or “mythology” they think falsehood, something not true. Although this is a common use of the word, it is clearly pejorative and does not represent the true meaning of the word mythology. “A myth is a story, often enacted by a ritual, and shared among a community which represents timeless truths about man’s relationship with nature, the cosmos or his own authentic...

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Protecting Yourself From Hackers

Protecting Yourself From Hackers

With so much of our lives spent online and our personal information used everywhere we have an account, getting hacked can be a catastrophic and costly experience for anyone. Not only is there the inconvenience of losing access to your social-media accounts, contacts, email, photos or other data, your accounts can be used by others to commit crimes or do other ghastly things online and have it look like you. Your personal or professional...

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Permanently Change Your Character

Permanently Change Your Character

“In the beginning nothing comes, in the middle nothing stays, in the end nothing goes.” ~ Jetsun Milarepa Over time, meditation/mindfulness and many other contemplative practices LITERALLY RE-WIRES THE BRAIN producing permanent changes to one’s psychology, emotional stability, character and overall ways of being. I know this from the neuroscience, the psychological science, the spiritual and mind-science literature of the East and I...

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Transformation Through Knowledge

Transformation Through Knowledge

Life can sneak up on all of us. One moment you are in high school dreaming about the pretty girl or cute boy in your science class and imagining a life of success, happiness and maybe wealth or fame. Then one day you wake up when you’re 30 or 40 and you wonder “what the hell happened?” You hate your job, you’re in a relationship that is more of a struggle than a joy, you’ve gained weight, you don’t like...

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The Psychology of Spirituality

The Psychology of Spirituality

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience” ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin Some people define “spirituality” as going to church and believing in a God. Others may define spirituality along the lines of one of the Eastern non-theistic traditions such as Buddhism, Taoism or Hinduism. Others still, may define spirituality simply as becoming a better person, engaging in...

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What Does it Mean to be “Spiritual”?

What Does it Mean to be “Spiritual”?

“Spirituality in a secular world has come to represent a pro-active journey of self-empowerment, self-realization, or a fulfilling of human potential, which places human consciousness at the forefront of spiritual evolution.“ ~ Steve Taylor Utter the word “spiritual” to some people and it will often evoke a negative, judgmental or dismissive response almost on par with the word “religion”. These sorts of...

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3 Facts About Mindfulness

3 Facts About Mindfulness

“Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.” ~Sylvia Boorstein   What exactly is mindfulness and where did this simple psychological and spiritual practice get its start? Why is everyone doing it and why are so many doctors...

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We Are All Connected

We Are All Connected

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” ~ John Muir “True self is non-self, the awareness that the self is made only of non-self elements. There’s no separation between self and other, and everything is interconnected” ~ Nhat Hanh Across most if not all religious, spiritual and mystical traditions, the ultimate state, the supreme realisation, is one...

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Transpersonal Ecopsychology

Transpersonal Ecopsychology

For the first time in our planet’s history we are witnessing a significant human impact on the Earth’s climate, geology and ecosystems to such an extent that a new geological time-frame has been proposed called the Anthropocene era. We are experiencing increasing levels of (human caused) carbon dioxide in the atmosphere which are higher than they have been at any time in the past 400,000 years! This increase in atmospheric carbon...

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The Mystical Experience

The Mystical Experience

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion“. (Dalai Lama) “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” (John Muir) “The deepest level of truth uncovered by science, & by philosophy, is the fundamental truth of unity. At that deepest subnuclear level of our reality, you & I are literally one.” (John...

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