Six ways to resist the trap of overabundance, and create traditions brimming with gratitude
By Sara Wiseman
Are you dreading it, already?
You know… the whole shopping-gifting-cooking-cleaning-eating-drinking socializing-relatives-traveling season just ahead?
From Thanksgiving to New Year’s, many of us get trapped in a cycle of overabundance—the state of having too much. As in: more than we can use. More than we can process. The cup not just full, but over flowing.
It’s gotten worse in recent years, starting with Christmas decorations that go on display at Halloween to the frenzy of Black Friday. We’ve become a culture of excess and a society of waste, moving from the next new thing to the next…without ever taking the time to enjoy any of it. We have so much, and it’s arriving so fast, that we can’t use or even experience it all.
This overabundance—having more than we really need—creates stress, lowers vibration and zaps energy from mind, body and spirit.
Now, I’m all for abundance! I’m certainly not one to pass up on anything that brings pleasure or beauty or connection to my life. But when we become trapped in the cycle of overabundance—the endless circle of want, get, want, get—our lives fall out of balance. Continue reading Re-Imagining the Holidays »
Selections from the Novel by William T. Hathaway
Cosmic Egg Books 2013
2026. The earth’s ecosystem has broken down under human abuse. Water supplies are shrinking. Rain is rare, and North America is gripped in the Great Drought with crops withering and forests dying. In the midst of environmental and social collapse, an old woman and a young man set out to heal nature and reactivate the cycle of flow by using techniques of higher consciousness. But the corporations that control the remaining water lash out to stop them.
In the novel water is analogous to consciousness. People are out of contact with their own inner wellsprings of consciousness, so their lives are withering. And their ignorant actions have driven the earth’s water deep underground, so nature is withering. Human life and the earth’s life are trapped in suffering. The story shows the two main characters evolving their consciousness to a level where they can sense the water and restore its natural flow for humanity and the earth. A blend of adventure, ecology, and mystic wisdom, WELLSPRINGS: A Fable of Consciousness is a frightening but hopeful look into a future that is looming closer every day.
It’s also a love story, which is of course also good for our consciousness.
The book begins with the narrator, Bob, getting ready to leave his hometown in California after graduating from high school: Continue reading Wellsprings: A Fable of Consciousness »
By Dr. Stewart Bitkoff
With all the miraculous advances in modern medicine, much of the time doctors only guess at the cause, falling far short of a remedy or cure.
In some ways, we have made doctors into more than they are. All in the hope and basic need for rising beyond pain, illness and death.
This tendency toward comfort is bound to our hard wiring for eliminating fear and pain, controlling change, and continual life.
Our body and worldly consciousness is tied to the here and now: wishing to go on for ever.
Yet, the soul is of a different fabric, a celestial rider taking us higher and higher; nightly flying us home- far beyond the stars and up into the Healing Light.
O Child of Light, awaken each morning, with this primal knowing in your consciousness and you will be a spiritual traveler, living forever.
Register for my upcoming retreat weekend atop Bangor Mountain, in the beautiful Pocono Mountains, Kirkridge Retreat Center on Sufism & Enlightenment, May 30- June I, 2014. For information scroll down to program listing: http://kirkridge.org/programs/upcoming-programs/. Then click on Detailed Information for full program highlights.
Read my 2 books: Sufism for Western Seekers: Path of the Spiritual Traveler in Everyday Life and The Ferryman’s Dream. Both books are also in Kindle format and available on Amazon.com or local bookstore.
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By Dr. Stewart Bitkoff
The sight of someone eating will not appease your hunger.
The spiritual experiences of others cannot satisfy your yearning.
Q: Daily, I pray, regularly give to charity, do good works and always try to be a good person, yet spiritual experience eludes me. O I am so frustrated. Please, how do I go about having spiritual experiences?
Additionally, I feel unless I have these, I will remain incomplete. O how I yearn to draw closer to God. I thought by following my birth religion and the Path, spiritual experience would be natural outcomes?
A: The answer to this question, like so many others on the spiritual path cannot be thought out or answered by ordinary reasoning (ego). The answers must be experienced or perceived through another mode of consciousness; intuition or Higher Knowledge must provide a personal answer. The Secret Protects Itself. Continue reading The Secret Protects Itself »
Interview with Polly Higgins
by Katy Olivia van Tergouw
London barrister and author Polly Higgins discusses the legal aspect of the Earth’s right to life, which is threatened by the Ecocide practiced by commercial interests. Source: Share International, October 2013
“The crime of ecocide is a natural evolution of law: the Ecocide Act is not radical in its remit. On the contrary, it is part of an evolution of legislation dealing with the impact of pollution and the principle of superior responsibility. In the eyes of the law, creating the crime of ecocide is not about closing the door to evil. It is in fact about protecting a higher value: the sacredness of life, all life.” - Polly Higgins
During her years as a barrister in London courts, where she represented both individuals and corporations on discrimination cases and corporate law, Polly Higgins became convinced that the Earth needed a good lawyer. The planet was also being treated unfairly and the tools of Ms Higgins’ trade were not adequate. Quite simply, the laws to protect the interests of the Earth do not exist.
In 2010 Polly Higgins proposed to the United Nations that Ecocide be made the Fifth Crime Against Peace. At present the Rome Statute sets out Four Crimes against Peace (genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression). Her book, Eradicating Ecocide: Laws and governance to prevent the destruction of our planet won the 2011 People’s Book Prize for non-fiction, and has been followed by Earth is our Business – changing the rules of the game. Continue reading A legal duty of care – protecting our planet »
By Dr. Stewart Bitkoff
There are a thousand forms of mind.
The goal of the mystical process is to help complete human evolution. The Sufi asserts that humanity is evolving to a higher spiritual condition and this evolution is purposeful and directed. The end result of this process is more complete travelers who are better able to serve themselves and others. Travelers proceed toward this goal by entering a path to spiritual completion and are guided by a Master. Continue reading Higher Knowledge & Spiritual Experience: What to Buy? »
By Lt Col R K Langar
Immortality- what does it mean
In common parlance immorality means a living being in the world who is not subject to death. Take the case if a human being who consists of body including mind and intellect and a soul or Atma. As per the Vedantic philosophy or Hinduism, when the man dies it is only the body which perishes but not the Atma which being a fragment of God is not subject to birth or death and is immortal. Hence we can say that a man who identifies with the body alone and not the Atma would say that when the body dies the man dies on the other hand those who are soul conscious would say that I am established in my soul or spirit and hence I am immortal because the Atma is not subject to birth and death. The Atma moves from one worn out body to another new body and this process keeps on repeating itself till the soul is liberated from the cycle of birth and death. Continue reading Does Immortal Die »
by Tom T. Moore - Copyright 2013
How many times have you, your family, or friends began to think of someone, and the phone rings and they’re on the phone? Coincidence? That’s what a scientist would say, because they’ve not been able to replicate this under “controlled conditions” in a laboratory. Or perhaps you or one of your family members suddenly receives a feeling or message that another family member in another city was injured or died? And how many times have you heard that twins or a couple married for many years can read each other’s thoughts?
All are examples of telepathy, which is defined as the transmission of information from one person to another without using any of our known sensory channels or physical interaction. Continue reading The Case for Telepathy »
by Niels Bos
Two Spanish citizens have successfully rallied the voice of the people against government austerity measures that threaten the very fabric of life in Spain.
He is the 57-year-old mayor of an Andalusian town who has been dubbed “the Robin Hood of Spain” for organising anti-austerity marches across the region, occupying banks and supporting a food raid on a supermarket in order to distribute the food to the poor. She is a Benedictine nun, a Harvard-educated theologian and a doctor by training, who has emerged as a leading voice in Spain’s “indignant” protest movement against the excesses of capitalism. They both have been making the national and international headlines separately for their outspoken ideas, words and actions. Continue reading Spain’s Robin Hood mayor and a radical nun speak out against market forces »
By Dr. Stewart Bitkoff
Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;
For love is sufficient unto love.
As I sit around watching my grey hair turn whiter, I keep seeing the same social and political problems occurring worldwide that I saw back on television 50 years ago when I was a teenager; of course back then my hair was dark brown. Yes a Lady Clairol dark brown: full head with luxuriant soft yellow highlights from the sun. OK. Maybe I am exaggerating a little about the amount of hair, but once I was young and full of expectation; concerning the possibility that spiritual learning might be the spark that changes this planet and brings us all together, finally. Continue reading Spirituality & Social Change »