Let me take you on a journey, from the hells of addiction to the peaks of experience. I wish I had heard this when I was younger, so please allow me to give you a gift, a gift I need to give.
We all seek a refuge in life, we all seek happiness and freedom. Drugs and alcohol are an easy way out, a well trod path from pain. Sadly though, they lead to more suffering.
Addiction is very much like a cave system, you leave the world and go into a warm and inviting room. A cosy pub or party, with smiles and beautiful, jolly people. You like it there, and you want to stay. Your social life is now a search for this feeling of cosiness, of security, of confidence, of smiles. Continue reading A Letter to the Addict – A Seed of Hope and a Lamp for the Path
It is so wonderful, so important, so momentous and world-shattering, that people one by one are stepping onto and journeying along spiritual paths. Every little awakening, every prayer, and every step is to be rejoiced and celebrated.
As a being makes an effort to guard their senses, to take responsibility of their ever changing flow of mental and emotional states, they also take responsibility by default, for their actions and their effects on the world. This happens naturally, as our mind states are directly affected by our actions.
Continue reading Rejoicing – A Vision of Hope and the Map for the Journey
Many paths, many brightly coloured books and retreat centres, promises and teachings. From astral travel to acupuncture, from ayuhuasca to ayurveda, there is so much to choose from. How can you know what will “work” for you? How can you know where to invest your time? Continue reading The Spiritual Box of Chocolates – Paths and Mazes, Tasting Freedom
Our ego, or egoic consciousness, dominates our world. Even if we are aware of it, even if we work with it, fight against it, it still seems to be there. It is the tragic force in us which has to make us right, by forming our identity according to our thoughts and ideas that we like. It will defend us, by making us furious that someone dares argue with the idea that we have made a part of us. It can kill, and does kill.
The same force is present globally, any human entity or institution seems to have an ego. This could be a company, a church, a religion, a club, a country, even a race or species.
As with the mental poisons of greed, hatred and delusion, we must work with it in ourselves before we can hope to see its influence gone in the world. Continue reading EGO, THE FINAL FRONTIER
It can be easy to take a first step, but how can we help ourselves to stay on the path? The principles here work for any kind of work, be it creative projects or any kind of spiritual or self-help work.
Spiritual or personal development, or completing projects, is about habits. It is the daily meditation, or the daily work, the daily writing. The regular little steps we take, as droplets erode rock over time. Keeping with a routine or practice is in effect about continued motivation and inspiration. So how do we do this? Continue reading Motivation – Staying on Your Path
There are many reasons why a person decides to embark on a spiritual path, if spiritual path is even the right term. Life may have lost its shine, you may have become stuck in habits or in a way of life that are destroying your joie de vivre. Continue reading STARTING OUT – FINDING A PATH – A SUBTLE LONGING