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How to Avoid the Dead-end of Cynicism

It’s easy to get sucked into cynical explanations for the behavior of other human beings these days.  Cynicism is the armor many people wear to ward off a challenging and…

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Are We On the Path of Knowledge?

Only as a warrior can one withstand the path of knowledge. A warrior cannot complain or regret anything. His life is an endless challenge, and challenges cannot  possibly be good…

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Why We Have To Be Optimistic

Polls tell us that lots of us are pretty gloomy about the future.  Perhaps it’s the ugly political tensions we’re all observing every day , or maybe it’s the worries…

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The Troubles with Christmas–and An Opportunity to Practice Our Poise

As our family Christmas gathering approaches, we might assess the trouble ahead, just in case we aren’t already completely conscious about what goes on at these events.   And most…

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Walking Along the Abyss, Joyful and Free

For the rational man to hold steadfastly to his self-image ensures his abysmal ignorance. Carlos Castaneda, The Power of Silence. To be fully awake, joyful, and free every day we…

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Erasing Our Patterns and Waking Up

“…the tasks of erasing my routines, losing my self-importance and dropping my personal history became a sheer delight.”  Carlos Castaneda, The Wheel of Time Like cows going down a well-worn…

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Stopping the World to Achieve the Totality of Oneself

“For an average man, the world is weird because if he’s not bored with it, he’s at odds with it.  For a warrior, the world is weird because it is…

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The Totality of Oneself: How to Have a Bigger Life—Way Bigger

“…we are inside a bubble.  It is a bubble into which we are placed at the moment of  our birth. At first that bubble is open, but then it begins…

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Living the Sweet Life Pushes Me into a Personal Emergency

Life is sweet for me, every moment of it, every day.  But I’ve been frosting my life with sugar, creating a personal emergency. I always had money as a kid…

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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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