Spiritual Psychology: Why Meditation Isn’t Enough

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December 2, 2020

By Mateo Sol Meditation isn’t enough, okay? There, I said it. Far from being the panacea we have all hoped for, meditation is undoubtedly a powerful tool – but it just doesn’t solve the deep-seated issues many of us carry.  In fact, no matter what spiritual practice/path you engage in, no matter what hallowed tool you hold close to your heart, it is lopsided, deformed, and misguided without some form of inner psychological…

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UNPLUG: Staying Spiritually Sane in the World of Advanced Technologies

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November 30, 2020

by Rev. Dr. (Hon) Gary W. Duncan When I was sixteen our family moved to western Kentucky, about sixty miles from the Abby of Gethsemani where the famous Trappist (Cistercian) monk Thomas Merton lived. I became acquainted with Merton the year before when I read No Man Is An Island – the book had a significant impact on my spiritual journey. Within months, my mother, father and I decided to…

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Laughing is good for your mind and your body – here’s what the research shows

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November 25, 2020

By Janet M. Gibson | The Conversation Amusement and pleasant surprises – and the laughter they can trigger – add texture to the fabric of daily life. Those giggles and guffaws can seem like just silly throwaways. But laughter, in response to funny events, actually takes a lot of work, because it activates many areas of the brain: areas that control motor, emotional, cognitive and social processing. As I found…

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Your Body is Sacred: 3 Ways to Practice Embodied Spirituality

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November 4, 2020

By Aletheia Luna Since the very beginning of all religious and spiritual drive, there has been a deep prejudice against the body. The body has been called carnal, worldly, lustful, sinful, and illusory. At best, it has been thought of as mere dust, at worst, it has been thought of as a doorway to the devil himself. What’s worse is that when the body has been celebrated (such as in many neo-tantric practices), it has…

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Past Lives: 11 Signs Your Soul Has Reincarnated Many Times

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September 7, 2020

by Aletheia Luna The soul is not born; it does not die; it was not produced from anyone…; Unborn, eternal, it is not slain, though the body is slain.  – Katha Upanishad I am certain that I have been here as I am now a thousand times before, and I hope to return a thousand times.  – Goethe We observe the principles of reincarnation everywhere in life:  the cycles of…

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Spiritual Awakening Test: What Stage Are You In?

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August 30, 2020

by Mateo Sol The spiritual awakening journey is about returning to the center of yourself. It is a homecoming to your Soul or True Nature. But the spiritual awakening path is not linear. We do not move from point A to point B in a single straight line. Instead, we often move in spirals and concentric circles. Contrary to its popular depiction, spiritual awakening isn’t like hiking up an ascending…

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5 Things Introverts Do Better Than Anyone Else

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August 26, 2020

Do you have any introverted friends? Maybe you’re an introvert yourself. Me? I somehow fall in between introverted and extroverted. According to some, introverts make up about half of the population, even though much of society glamorizes a highly extroverted lifestyle. The extroverts are usually handling things on the front lines, while the introverts make sure things go smoothly from a comfortable place hidden away from everyone else. Introverts often…

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If Thoughts Can Do This to Water, Imagine What They Can Do to Your Body

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August 26, 2020

Masaru Emoto was a Japanese author and researcher, well known for his experiments involving the effects of human consciousness on the molecular structure of water. Emoto’s early work explored his belief that water could react to positive thoughts, words, and music and that polluted water could be cleaned through prayer and positive visualization. The average human body is 50-65% water. So we can only imagine what our thoughts and emotions…

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11 New Symptoms of the Collective Awakening

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August 22, 2020

by Dylan Charles, Waking Times During the run up to 2012 the world was fascinated by the idea of the shift, that is, an awakening that first takes place within the individual, then radiates outward into our communities and societies at large, changing the world for the better. At that time, attention was mainly focused around the personal dynamics involved in this, including the work of navigating the upheaval and…

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