Posts in Spirituality
Our Careers Are Our Avenues for Life’s Highest Pleasures

Have you ever bought a brand new car and been so excited about it…for the first week? Have you ever cued up your favorite song and then realized that the song is over and you didn’t even enjoy it fully because your mind was somewhere else? Have you ever wondered why personal pleasure is great in theory but short-lived in practice?

            On the surface, reality certainly looks like its set up for us to achieve our pleasures, but the real story is very different. Individual pleasures are based on the assumption that we are just individuals. In actuality we are the totality of our experience and everyone in it…

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How to Turn the Economic Freefall to Your Advantage Using Astrology

What would happen if you loved to inhale and you hated to exhale? You would spend all your time inhaling and avoiding exhaling…and you would pop…and die.

Life is movement, and movement involves shifting between opposites: Up/down, forward/backward, expansion/contraction.  The economy is no different. It expands and contracts, just like our lungs. That’s what keeps us alive.

Not only does the movement between opposites keep us alive, it makes us thrive. With this in mind we can choose to see the upcoming economic crunch as an opportunity to thrive…

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Doubt is Your Greatest Ally

Do you ever feel that you are the only one that doubts yourself? That everyone else knows what they are doing and you are the odd man out?

If no one else experienced doubt then why would doubt show up again and again in the different religions and mythologies of the world?

Jesus had his moment of doubt on the cross. Doubt was the last thought the Buddha conquered before attaining enlightenment…

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What is Nirvana?

Nirvana, or Nibbana, are two words from the lexicons of ancient India that refer to the state of experience discovered by the Buddha. In this state a human being experiences the cessation of suffering. The words literally mean to extinguish, or "no burning."

To understand a bit more about the nature of Nirvana we have to first understand the nature of perception...

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How to Recognize Gifts From the Universe

An amazing thing happened to me. I was concluding a meeting and had a long bike ride in the hot sun ahead of me. I had no water on me. I was returning to where I had locked my bike and considering where I could buy water or a sports drink. Then I noticed on the handlebar of my bike a bag with two big cold bottles of Gatorade in it. A construction worker saw my approach, claimed the bag of Gatorade and apologized. I joked, "I was wondering how someone knew I wanted a Gatorade." The construction worker said, "You know what..." and he handed me one of the bottles...

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Growing Old Rocks!

Movies and books these days are highly entertaining but not that memorable. The U.S. is striving to create and sustain a golden era of story telling (such as that of ancient Greece or 19th century Russia) but failing. Why is this?

The culture of the United States is obsessed with youth and staying young. No one wants to get old. Yet we love it when a character in a story comes to a crossroads and makes a hard choice that shows how they've matured over the course of the story. They've reached a new level of growth. This is literally character growth. It feeds our subconscious and makes a great story.

Remaining obsessed with youth is resistance to growth. Growth is good. Growth is life...

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The Universe is Sending You an Evite

Dear Beloved Child,

I am sending you this Evite to invite you to step up and meet your full potential. I have actually sent you this Evite many times. You know how, when you don't reply to an Evite, it gets sent to you again and again. Those Evites I sent you could have been in the form of the relationship breakups, the sadistic bosses, the angry road ragers, the judging authority figures, the addictive behavior patterns. I have sent so many Evites. In fact, that's mostly what I do: send Evites to graduation parties. I love celebrating when you graduate to a new level of realizing your potential.

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The Buddha Had a Mowhawk

The Punk movement began in the mid-1970's, when Saturn and Uranus were in a particularly tense angular alignment known as a "square" (I was born under this very alignment). Saturn's archetype symbolizes authority and conservative values, as well as traditions and austerity. Uranus is in many ways the opposite of Saturn. It is the archetype of rebellion, disruption, revolution and freedom. Since the two planets, and thus their archetypes, were combined in a tense square angle in the mid-1970's we saw them struggling against one another, yet embodying one another...

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We Are Our Stories, But They Are Not Us

Every single human life, no matter what the content, from the most trauma-filled to the most boring, is merely a story. Not only is every human life a story, but it is a story telling itself to itself; there is no fixed underlying main character in the story. This is the aspect of reality that allows every human life equal access to freedom. By freedom I do not mean a mundane freedom involving physical, political, and/or economic freedom. No. That is more story. I mean freedom from the past, freedom from trauma, regret, remorse, depression, anger, negativity, in short: freedom from suffering...

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Resourcefulness=Nonviolence

Tony Robbins likes to say that when things don't go your way it's not due to a lack of resources, but rather a lack of resourcefulness. For instance, it's easy to say, "Things would have worked out differently if I'd had more time, money, help, approval, etc." You fill in the blank. I like to point out a similar realization using different wording. For instance, I sometimes use the word nonviolence...

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Taboo Love and Ultimate Sacrifices: Selena Gomez and Venus/Saturn/Pluto

Saturn symbolizes the great reality principle that bounds, blocks and negates. Pluto is the archetype of volcanic power and drive. If you combine these archetypes and apply them to the archetype of Venus (love, art and beauty) you get a volcanic drive to love that is just as volcanically negated or blocked, birthing the taboo love...

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