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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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Warriors of Light

Warriors of Light

  “Warriors of light are not perfect. Their beauty lies in accepting this fact and still desiring to grow and to learn.” (Paulo Coelho) “Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself alone, one question . . . Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn’t it is of no use.” (Don Juan Matus)   Young boys and men of...

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Goodybe My Friend

Goodybe My Friend

  “Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.” (Marcus Aurelius) A day after hearing the painful news that a relationship I had for the past year filled with joy, adventure, spirit, goddess and wilderness had ended, I learned of the passing of a very dear friend. Later that week I attended his Celebration of Life in Lumby BC. Words alone are always inadequate as a means of expressing the depth of...

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Turntable Woes

Turntable Woes

“Customers don’t expect you to be perfect. They do expect you to fix things when they go wrong” ~ Donald Porter “Every contact we have with a customer influences whether or not they’ll come back. We have to be great every time or we’ll lose them” ~ Kevin Stirtz   A few weeks back I posted on Facebook something about having a bad day and that for the first time in maybe more than a decade I called someone an...

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