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Radio preachers. I just returned from Heine Coffee. En route, I turned on the radio, just in time to catch one of the morning preachers. The Sunday morning format is filled every week by the Gospel Gantry's gathering the souls for God's Harvest. Airtime is cheap on Sunday mornings and there's a...
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To a Taoist (pronounced “dow-oist” or something like that) “there is nothing to do and nowhere to go. Accepting this, we can do everything and go anywhere.” What does this mean? Nepo explains it this way: “To the Taoist the world in all its mystery and difficulty cannot be improved upon, only...
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I came across this saying and I've been thinking about it this afternoon. It was spoken by Sent-ts'an, Buddhist, around c. 700 C.E.  "If you want the truth to stand clear before you, never be for or against. The struggle between 'for' and 'against' is the mind's worst disease." Political...
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This article currently appears on my Huffington Post blog but I provided here for you as well. If you'd prefer to read it there, go here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-mcswain/the-banquet-table-of-securit... I saw a statistic today. I do not know if it is true. But, whatever the degree of...
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We don’t. Carl Jung said, “One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”For months to come, Americans will make every attempt to fix blame somewhere for the tragedy in Newtown. “What kind of monster would do this?” Some will blame his mother....
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You cannot imagine - or, maybe you can - how many religious people, mostly religious leaders, say to me, "I agree with much of what you say...much of what you write...and, even much of what you believe, but do you know what would happen to me if I were to say in church the things you say or admit...
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It's the one thing everyone wants. Few people seem to find it. Fewer still know where to look. For, happiness, that is. I wasted more years than I wish to admit… …wanting to be happy,…not certain, when I was happy, whether I was really happy,…and, even more uncertain where to find it. Which is why...
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I think I’ve finally decided, “There are no answers to the big questions of life.” That’s right. There are only the questions themselves. Peace comes, not because you’ve finally found the answers, but because you’ve finally begun to ask the questions. When I was young, I thought it cool to drive...
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At the World Congress of Religions (2012) Swami Vivekananda said, “Nothing makes us so cruel as religion; and, nothing makes so tender as religion.” This has been the paradox one finds within virtually every religion, east and west. The history of Christianity, for example, is one of disgrace,...
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“I take the Bible literally!” Really? I hear this all the time. For that matter, I used to say it myself. Then, one day, I decided I no longer needed to pretend that I do when, of course, neither I nor anyone else really does. Here’s an example of what I mean. Once, Jesus said, “And when you pray…...
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Balancing one's dreams and drives with the harsh realities and circumstances of life can be a challenge, right? For most of my life, I have lived with big dreams. I have dreamt of being famous, of making history, of writing widely read books, of speaking before large crowds. And, all of this before...
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In Buddhism, the Wheel of Samsara has many different meanings, just as does the Cross in Christianity, the Crescent Moon in Islam or the Star of David in Judaism. What do you see? 1) I see movement. So, I'm thinking this morning about how Thanksgiving has come and gone so quickly. We had the rare...
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Black Friday's success is based largely on what retailers call "the scarcity effect." By creating the illusion in the minds of shoppers that a product is a "must have" item that is also limited in supply, as well as available but for a brief period of time, the "I must have it now" demand is...
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When you feel gratitude, know that you are most completely free of ego. If the anachronism for ego is “Edging God Out,” you might also think of it as “Edging GRATITUDE Out.” When gratitude fills your heart, therefore, you are filled with God. No need to wait till Thanksgiving to begin giving...
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It abounds everywhere, doesn't it? Religious people use the word faith so much, you would think they actually knew something about it. Like a person who regularly drives a car, as I and perhaps you do as well or who steps on board an airplane as I do almost weekly. If an alien from another galaxy...
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