How effective is positive thinking?

Is positive thought a psychological stimulus or a mental sedation? When a personal crisis arises, the phrase “think positive” is commonly suggested to those involved. Have these words become just a cliché, or have they practical value? Holding a positive thought is usually defined by the average practitioner as thinking of the opposite state. In […]

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Change and Illumination

This is a wonderful period of the year. We are always reminded of the beginning of life when the winter is at hand. Naturally we compare the winter months with the close of life, not because it suggests death but because it suggests change and transition. For those of us living in the northern hemisphere, […]

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Unnecessary Burdens

One way to lighten the burden of karma – the law of cause and effect – is simply to step out of its radius. This may be a big step, a small step, or several steps. If it took only one step to get into a shadow, it may well take only one step to […]

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The Mystical Attitude of Mind

Has mysticism a practical value? Does it contribute only to the ascetic temperament and to a transcendent idealism that have few, if any, roots in the demands of everyday life? Since mysticism plays a prominent part in the motivation of religion, even in its rituals and symbolism, it ordinarily would appear to be quite distinct […]

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True Meditation

We often conflate meditation  with concentration or contemplation. Briefly, we can say that concentration is primarily objective. It is the focusing of attention upon sense stimuli. When you are listening or reading intensively you are focusing your consciousness upon a certain set of vibrations coming to you through a particular receptive organ, such as the […]

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The Power of Cooperation

“We are born for cooperation, as are the feet, the hands, the eyelids, and the upper and lower jaws,”  Marcus Aurelius Failure to make that observation and to accept that truth accounts for a large share of the misery and unhappiness among humanity to this day. The egocentric people of this world honestly believe that […]

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Solitude

Very often, people have confided in me, saying: “I feel alone”, “I feel left out”, “I don’t fit in”, “I’ve been abandoned” and the like. Irrespective of whether we are extroverted or introverted, we do not experience solitude in the same manner. Some say it does not exist, others that you get used to it. For […]

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Silence

Before he would initiate a neophyte into the mysteries of his teachings, the philosopher Pythagoras would subject the candidate to various ordeals which were designed to strengthen his character and which would allow the great sage to judge his personality and future prospects. The newcomer amid the sages of Croton, was therefore permitted to listen […]

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Peace Profound

Whether spoken to be heard or written to be read, the expression Peace Profound is much more than a simple polite letter-ending or fraternal greeting. It is a mystical invocation, the benefits of which are intended for the person whom we are addressing. The more we inwardly feel the essence and power of these two […]

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Working in Harmony with the Cosmic

Being appreciative of our relationship to the Cosmic and to all our friends should be a daily practice for each of us. We need to appreciate every element of our lives, even those things that are sometimes unpleasant. It’s from the unpleasant things, our difficulties and problems, that we learn life’s greatest lessons. It’s through […]

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