Monthly Archives: February 2014

The 52: Lesson Eight — Still Judging Yourself?

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We do not judge the people we love.

So wrote the French existential philosopher and playwright, Jean-Paul Sartre.

These words hold a great fascination for me — and maybe for you as well.  If we see a world where everyone is connected in divine spirit to everyone else and that love is the binding element, then wouldn’t we suspend the habit judging of each other?  We would still hold the capacity to witness, to stand by in a state of equanimity and observe all that is around us, but we might engage other thoughts in the process.  Perhaps we would think of compassion, forgiveness, kindness.

Now this is the best part:  If we do not judge the people we love, what about judging ourselves?  If we don’t love ourselves then how can we possibly love others?  Nothing is more important than learning to love ourselves if we are to spread love…

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The 52: Lesson Eight — Still Judging Others?

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Dr. Wayne Dyer is one of the most prolific writers and teachers on the subjects of psychology, Divine Love, and the spiritual path.  I have enormous respect for the way he blends spiritual truth, venerable writers, gurus, and poet’s quotations, and his own unique humor and personal experiences into such a powerful message that seems to be applicable for all of us.  He said:

You do not define anyone with your judgment.

You only define yourself as someone who needs to judge

I heard Dr. Dyer speak at a Hay House event in New York City.  He held the audience spellbound for nearly three hours as he shared profound spiritual truths in the most simple language.  He described how, as he became aware that he had just judged someone, he decided to correct the situation then and there.  Many of us find judging so normal in our lives that we don’t even notice…

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The 52:Lesson Eight – All Are Welcome on The Path of Love

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Come, come, whoever you are —worshipper, wanderer, fugitive

It doesn’t matter– ours is not a caravan of despair

Ours is a caravan of endless joy!

                              Come — even if you have

                               broken your vow a thousand times

                                 Come, come yet again.  Come!

These are the words of the great Islamic Sufi mystic and poet Rumi.  His poetry is among the most beautiful ever written and is filled with divine and ecstatic love.  Years ago, when I visited his shrine in Konya, Turkey, I knew almost nothing about him and had never read any of his writings. Yet, when I walked into the shrine, the loving energy was so profound, I burst into tears. At that time, I had no idea why I responded as I did.  It took me years to understand the richness of his words,  to experience that unconditional love, and to recognize that he…

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The 52: Lesson Seven — You See and Create the World Around You

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The 52: Lesson Seven — You See and Create the World Around You

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Seven billion pairs of eyes look out on their world and believe they are seeing what is there.  No two of them will see the same thing.  Oh, sure, there may be agreement on the name of an object but what is attributed to that object will not be the same.  This is because we are the ones giving meaning to all that surrounds us.

Pratyahara (the control or withdrawal of the senses) is one of the eight “limbs” of classic yoga as described in the authoritative work that describes yoga, The Yoga Sutras.  This important book, written by Pantajali, holds in its pages much of the essence of yoga.   It outlines the true path, far beyond the way most Westerners understand yoga, as mostly yoga poses and the breath. In the course of our studies, we will give focus to these lesser known aspects of yoga, most particularly dhyana, meditation.  But…

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The 52: Lesson Seven – The World is as You “See” It

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The 52: Lesson Seven – The World is as You “See” It

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How DO you see your world?  Is it a place filled with love and light and joy?  Or is it threatening, angry, frightening and full of pain?  Maybe it is a sprinkling of both, depending on the “situation.”   For most of us, it is not “black and white.”

There is a Siddha Yoga guru who has deeply influenced my life.  I never met him while he was in his body, alive in the world, but he surely made his presence known in the most surprising and creative ways.  It seemed as if he “lived” at my house, in my yoga room, for many years.  His name is Swami Muktananda and he said this:

People become what they are according to the attitude they hold in their mind, and that attitude is what they project into the world.  Whatever worth you yourself have, you project that around you, and that is what you see.

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The 52: Lesson Six – Learning to Truly Love Yourself

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The 52: Lesson Six –  Learning to Truly Love Yourself

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Love!

Throughout our lives, love receives more attention than almost any other four letter word.  It is bandied about.  In a few days, some people will celebrate Valentine’s Day, with cards, flowers, chocolates, maybe negligees, and abundant expressions of “love.”  Love spans the spectrum.  Love of family, friends, country, pets, shoes, champagne, God — we love “love.”  If this is so, then why do so many of us have trouble loving ourselves?  Have we given up?  Did we really do so many “bad” and shameful things that we are forever excluded from honoring, respecting and loving ourselves?

We are all born for love.

It is the principle of existence, and its only purpose.

These are the words of British Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, written in the 1800s. How profoundly true those words have remained throughout time.   Our ONLY purpose is love.  And we must start with ourselves. Only by knowing and loving ourselves at…

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The 52: Lesson Six – On Eternal Love

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Love is the essence of all true spiritual beliefs and paths.  At least, that is how I see it.  In touching the power and energy of that love, miracles occur and all else fades into the background.  LOVE IS IT!  Love is the reason for our very existence and the purpose of our time in the “world.”

In Lesson One, Week One,  I asked you to repeat an affirmation about love as a means to open your mind, thoughts, and heart to a transcendent Truth — that you are loved beyond conditions and in a way that is not altered by time and space.  I love myself completely NOW.  That is the phrase and “mantra.”  Did you say it?  Did you feel the shift? Do you continue to say it?

Now we move to another lesson on love.

Lesson Six  

Eternal Love

If we believe that love is something that is time limited…

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