Blame it on Karma?

Karma has been defined as the law of cause and effect. The word is Sanskrit in origin and literally means “deed,” or “to do.” Applied to our lives, our thoughts, actions, and deeds, are karmic causes which set into motion certain circumstances, which in turn produce resulting effects in our lives. With these thoughts in […]

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Overcoming Fear with Love

Looking back through history, one of the most prominent facts which stands out to me is that in one form or another, humanity has been ruled by fear. Both church and state have controlled people by fear. Fear of punishment—whether it be in cell or gallows, or in the vividly imagined fiery hells of damnation—was […]

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Our Intuition

Intuition is a condition or power little understood. It is often relegated to the category of superstition. Empirical science, for example, could never agree to grant credibility to the use of intuition. Many of us will use expressions like “gut feeling” or  “a woman’s intuition” without giving a serious thought to the possibility that there may […]

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The Obscure Night

There is not one single Avatar, Messiah, Master, or Prophet who has not alluded to a period of great confusion which, at one time or another during his or her quest, every Seeker must confront and, if possible, overcome. I expressly say “if possible,” for it may happen that the Obscure Night will prevent us […]

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As within, so without

As student of mysticism, we know that the mind within has a profound effect on our circumstances without. Whatever the outward circumstances, the material expression is only a re­flection of some belief or concept that was first within the mind. The kind of body you have, the kind of home you live in, the type […]

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Changing our Routines

I used to be one of those people who almost unconsciously got locked into routines. I would do my shopping on Tuesday afternoons, my laundry on Friday mornings, and gardening only on Saturdays. I would go to a cinema or restaurant on Friday or Saturday night and I would stay home every other night of […]

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Spring Ritual

There was a time when cleaning was an annual ritual in most well-run homes. Each year, the coming of the spring equinox was greeted with a flurry of activity. Beds were stripped, mattresses aired, winter linens cleaned and stored. Mops, brooms, dusters, scrub brushes – all were pressed into service. The dust and grime of […]

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What is true love?

Attempts to define genuine love are as old as mankind. There probably is no single universal definition of what love is. But I feel there are many components of true, genuine love. One criterion is non-possessiveness. Only love which does not seek to possess its object is true love. The term ‘possess’ has several denotations […]

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Is struggle necessary?

There are times when the sincere student of mysticism may find themselves making the following remarks: “I am tired of struggling and cannot understand why it is necessary to go through all of this! Haven’t I been through enough?” “Why does humanity have to go through so many struggles in life? What is the purpose […]

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Expanding our Consciousness

Throughout our lifespan, our consciousness expands by the acquisition of knowledge and experience. In this continued growth of human consciousness lies the hope of the world. The parallel in the physical world to this expansion of consciousness is found in the equivalent physical growth of the body. An infant is undeveloped, but it is the […]

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