Wealth Success and Spirituality

 

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This is a feature article I first wrote for the Life Coaching Inisights website. It is a topic which is close to my heart – the message that the path of spirituality and material engagement are not separate paths. These pursuits are not mututally exclusive. They can overlap perfectly and harmoniously. Here’s how…

Traditionally we are accustomed to seeing the pursuit of success and wealth as completely divergent from the path of self-development and spirituality. Consciously or subconsciously we tend to divide our pursuits into two broad categories: inner development and outer achievement. But when we take a closer look, we see that both pursuits can be aspects of the same path.
My thanks go to Devin Iyer, my friend and erstwhile business partner, who wrote this intriguing article for this week’s Blog post. You can find out more about Devin and how to contact him, at the bottom of the post. (more…)

Open Your Heart

hearts photoOpen your heart to all those around you. By opening your heart to others, you will open your heart to the Divine essence. Your heart contains an intelligence that is profound. It is intimately connected with every other heart. In this sense we are all of one heart. We are One.

Misapprehension of this truth, and coming to believe in our false identities has served to divide us, with this sense of division and separation expressing in untold misery, depression, disease and violence. (more…)

Forgiving Personal Debt

If we are urging first world countries to forgive the debt of poorer third world countries, are we willing to do this on a personal level too?

I believe we should. As above, so below. What works for the macrocosm must work for the microcosm.

Whether your supposed oppressor or aggressor has hurt you with words or in other ways, it helps you more than them to assume a stance of forgiveness. Whether or you let your aggressor off the hook or choose to take the matter to court, it still helps to assume this stance internally. (more…)

Life, in a paragraph

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While chatting with an old friend the other day, she was expressing how wonderful it is to have so much knowledge so readily available to us these days especially pertaining to life and the bigger picture. She was quick to add, though, that this often leads to information overload, and leaves her at a loss of how to ‘connect the dots.’ Almost as a joke, she said she wished there was a ‘précis version’ – all in one page or one paragraph!

I thought this would be an interesting exercise, so here goes: (more…)

On Awareness, Consciousness and Enlightenment

universe photoSince there is generally a lot of vagueness around the terms of awareness, consciousness and enlightenment, I wrote this post to bring more definition, distinction and clarity to these terms..

One could define without too much difficulty what a flower is, or even what a space shuttle is. These are objects of your awareness, as is any material object in our world. Even events – like rain or Christmas – are objects of your awareness, and are not too difficult to understand or describe. (more…)