Your Relationship to the News

Your Relationship to the NewsThere are many situations where we are confronted with the news. In a waiting room, in a shopping mall, the giant screens on some buildings, and the large screens in the airport halls, the railway station halls. Then there is the news we access – our phone, our tablet, our computer, the home television. We have been in situations when we become bored with the news endlessly recycling. Tedium, bored, or shocked. The news impacts us all.

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Christian Buddhist Explorations: The Rainbow Body

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When David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk, proposed investigating the “rainbow body,” a phenomenon in which the corpses of highly developed spiritual individuals reputedly vanish within days of death, he received an enthusiastic response from Marilyn Schlitz, IONS’ director of research.

In a new joint initiative with the Esalen Institute, IONS is expanding its research on “metanormal capacities”—behaviors, experiences, and bodily changes that challenge our understanding of ordinary human functioning—because they raise crucial questions about the developmental potential of human beings.

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Creating Time, Creating Boundaries, Creating Balance

thumbAs our world turns increasingly digital, we can forget that human life is flesh and bone, breathing and respiration, touch and comfort. In this article, we learn that Source (God) Energy is non-polarised. And we also, as humans, can aspire to the state of perfect balance; we can use our discrimination to achieve that balance. Discrimination is a function of the intellect, which is nearest to the Soul.

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The Appeal of Conspiracy Theories to Spiritual People

It's a HoaxIn an Op-ed on Psychology Today, Steve Taylor, Ph.D., -senior lecturer in psychology at Leeds Beckett University – writes about people who have had profound spiritual experiences, yet fall for spirtual conspiracies. In this article, some intriguing history is recounted, and the recent phenomenon of conspiracy theories about the global pandemic and the US Election are examined. Steve Taylor comes to a conclusion which the reader may consider and evaluate…

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Does Spirituality need Character?

Blind manSpirituality without the base of character, is like the journey of a blind man. Morality, virtue, character – these are vital. We must look to Character and Integrity and understand why management of our mind is necessary for spiritual effort that brings spiritual advance. We can all be great managers – of our minds!

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21 December 2020: The Great Conjunction

Meditation and the Flower of LifeMany persons – Light-workers, Spiritual guides, Astronomers and Astrologers have given out prognostications about the forthcoming Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn on the day of solstice, 2020. We have provided some observations about the so-called advance warnings, and some observations based on vedic astrology. We now include the general topic of Ascension into matters surrounding this event.

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Are you a Spiritually Oriented Person?

inner compassWe say that spirituality is something that you practice: you observe what works for you in your interior and exterior lives, and what does not work. Your soul and its guidance is your authority to follow your path through life. Here, we look to some indications that suggest spiritually oriented persons following their own paths.

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Bodhi Day

Buddha imageBodhi Day is a holiday which falls on December 8th and celebrates the day in which Siddhartha Gautama sat underneath the Bodhi tree and attained enlightenment. This one defining moment would become the central foundation upon which Buddhism has been built upon for the last 2,500 years. It is a day on which followers can renew their dedication to Buddhism; reaffirm themselves to enlightenment, compassion, and kindness to other living creatures; and also understand the relevance of this religion as it applies to the modern world.

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Nazi Germany, the swastika and the problem of cultural appropriation

RangoliMuch confusion exists over use of the Swastika by the Third Reich. Nazi Germany appropriated an ancient sacred symbol for their own purposes. For thousands of years, this symbol has been used in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Many people brook no argument nor debate and refuse to accept the sacred origins of a symbol Nazi Germany has damaged. This continues to be a problem wherever this symbol is used in sacred settings, nearly 100 years later.

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