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You & Chris Exploring Spirituality, Mindfulness & Meditation

Knowledge vs Experience, and The Realization of Selfless Love (Part Two) – Ep.115

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Chris began with a simple idea from his spiritual guide regarding Knowledge, Experience and Becoming. Knowledge is OK but without being backed by personal experience it’s like paper money without the gold backing – worthless. Another level up, if you have all kinds of wonderful spiritual experiences but are not becoming more divinized, then what good are experiences? They are happenings along the way, not the goal.

Then we continued the section called The Realization of Selfless Love, from James Allen’s book From Poverty to Power. Here are some excerpts:

“Men, clinging to self and to the comfortless shadows of evil, are in the habit of thinking of divine Love as something belonging to a God who is out of reach; as something outside themselves, and that must forever remain outside.” (Not True. Period.)

“But how may one attain to this sublime realization? The answer which Truth has always given, and will ever give to this question is – “Empty thyself, and I will fill thee.”

“…the strongest chains of fate by which men are bound are self-forged. Men are chained to that which causes suffering because they desire to be so, because they love their chains, because they think their little dark prison of self is sweet and beautiful…”

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“Not having this Love, not understanding it, men institute innumerable reforms which involve no inward sacrifice, and each imagines his reform is going to right the world forever, whilst he himself continues to propagate evil by engaging in it in his own heart. That only can be called reform which tends to reform the human heart, for all evil has its rise there, and not until the world, ceasing from selfishness and party strife, has learned the lesson of divine Love, will it realize the Golden Age of universal blessedness.”

We topped it all off with an entry from 365 Tao called Renewal, which underscored the need for retreating into nature to renew ourselves.

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The Realization of Selfless Love (Part One), and Carrying Mental Anguish – Ep.114

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The Acquirement of Spiritual Power – Ep.113

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Your Atma Lives Forever, and The Two Masters: Self and Truth (Part Three) – Ep.112

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Beginning, and The Two Masters: Self and Truth (Part Two) – Ep.111

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Today we continued the section called The Two Masters, Self and Truth, from James Allen's book From Poverty to Power. James Allen writes, "Do you harbor thoughts of suspicion, enmity, envy, lust, pride, or do you strenuously fight against these?" … [Continue reading]

Gushing Gratitude for the Ultimate Human Role Model – Ep.110

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The Two Masters: Self and Truth (Part One), and Opinions Have No Value – Ep.109

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Today we began the section called The Two Masters, Self and Truth, from James Allen's book titled From Poverty to Power. Here is an excerpt from today's reading: "There is one quality which preeminently distinguishes the man of Truth from the man … [Continue reading]

The Highest Spiritual Goal, and The Power of Meditation, Part Three – Ep.108

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Native American Spirituality, with Eric Marmolejo – Ep.107

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Today we welcomed Eric Marmolejo! He was born and raised in the Yaqui and Zapotec tribes in El Paso, TX, and currently he's an attorney in NJ. We discussed many topics including: Eric growing up in El Paso,TX His elders teaching him … [Continue reading]

A Stranger in a Strange Land, and The Power of Meditation, Part Two – Ep.106

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We continued reading from the section called The Power of Meditation, from James Allen's book titled From Poverty to Power. "He whose awakening consciousness has become alive to its lofty possibilities, who is beginning to shake off … [Continue reading]

Using Archetypal Dreamwork to Know Your Self, with Jill Eras – Ep.105

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Today we welcomed Archetypal Dreamwork Analyst, Jill Eras! We had a nice discussion about dreams and how Jill helps individuals understand the messages that the dreams contain. Most importantly, Jill explained that Dreamwork is essentially about … [Continue reading]

Inspired by Traveling, and The Power of Meditation, Part One – Ep.104

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Today we began the section called The Power of Meditation, from James Allen's book titled From Poverty to Power. "Spiritual meditation is the pathway to divinity. It is the mystic ladder which reaches from earth to heaven, from error to Truth, … [Continue reading]