God had a quandary. She wanted to bring us to an enlightened state but She could not just give it to us (we have free will). So, She had to develop the means for us to get it on our own. She had to create a process (a middle step) between ignorance and enlightenment that would facilitate our transition into enlightenment.
Consider this: what if I tell you that your hair is blue? Unless you have a nose ring and your tongue is pierced, your hair is probably not blue and you know it. So it’s no big deal. You know the truth, and what I say, being clearly wrong, is irrelevant. But what if I were to say, “You areRead more
I used to have a sign pinned up on my wall that read: “Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation can that which is indestructible be found in us. . . It was all about letting go of everything.” Pema Chödrön Feelings and emotions are similar, but they serve very different purposes. A feelingRead more
Many children’s lives are like being in the middle of an awful storm. Making things worse, they are powerless in the face of events that envelop and control them. Today if there is something you don’t like in your world, you can change it. As a child, you could not. Children are powerless in the face of the forces thatRead more
We are surrounded by the bustle of daily life, and although everything that happens here is real, the question we need to ask ourselves is, “How much of it will last?” The answer is, “Not much.” The only things you will carry out of this world are the greater awareness and compassion your life experiences have taught you. Probably ninety-nineRead more