Reality

Is It Time to Declare a Personal Emergency?

It’s pretty easy to see that some of the people around us need to declare a personal emergency—even if they don’t, which is the case most of the time. Actually,…

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To Know or Not to Know: That Is the Question

I think it was Eckhart Tolle who was asked, “What is insanity?” He answered, “The news.” We know what he means: the news reports the latest in human madness, murder,…

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Do You Have Any Potential?

I was smiling to take the edge off my impertinent question. My friend, Ben, had just told me about his inability to change despite increasing evidence that he is in…

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Living in Awe

I’ve been living in awe much of the time lately. Awe is a feeling of reverent respect or wonder, great admiration produced by that which is grand, sublime, magnificent, or…

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We Can’t Love Anybody When We Feel Sorry for Ourselves

Most people don’t realize that their self-pity and victimhood are a problem that keeps them locked into the ordinary life of periodic complaint, anger, resentment, and irritation. Feeling justified in…

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Reading the Book of Your Life

“Shit happens,” one of my friends likes to say as a philosophical acceptance that bad things happen to us, outside our control. I laughingly object, arguing that shit does not…

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Poised and Looking Around

Mary and I were in Rothenberg ob der Tauber, Germany, and I’d been looking around in near ecstasy. When I’m in a state of sustained poise—present, connected, grateful, creative, and…

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How To Stop Worrying about the Troubled World

Our personal psychic reality plays out against the background of a troubled world. The modern mind is inundated daily with information about explosions, violence to innocent people, brutality of every…

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Poise and Your Great Big Problem Right Now

I closed my left eye recently as I was reading, and the print disappeared—or, rather, it became something else, a blur of black on white. I couldn’t read with my…

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How to Know if You’re Crazy

To recognize one’s own insanity is, of course, the arising of sanity, the beginning of healing and transcendence.   Eckhart Tolle,  A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose Most of…

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