Your Beliefs

Lao Tsu wrote that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. If you think about the journey to enlightenment, the first few steps are fairly easy. First you peel away the surface issues that don’t mean that much. After that, you come to the issues that involve ego gratification. These are a bit more complex, butRead more

Making Bad Decisions

I once met a man who kept a pet skunk. He (understandably) didn’t have many friends.  I  said to him, “Why don’t you get rid of the skunk?”  “I can’t,” he replied, “it’s the only friend I have!” Where do your problems come from? They come from your “bad” decisions. What is a “bad” decision? One that is based inRead more

Surrender

Spiritual teachers have been urging people to, “Have faith! That is the way to salvation!” for years. And for years people have responded, “Thank you for the advice and encouragement, but I am not willing to take that risk and be that vulnerable. It’s just asking too much.” Their experience underlies their reluctance. When they come up against a limitation,Read more

The Shadow

Of all the problems we face, few are more painful or difficult than those presented by the human shadow. Whether beating up on ourselves or taking our frustrations out on others, the shadow is the source of the most difficult challenges we face. Ranging from meanness and greed to rage-driven behaviors like murder or sexual abuse, the havoc the shadowRead more