I was skeptical but decided to check it out. On the slim chance that he COULD show me that peace exists within me, I wouldn’t want to miss it, and if he couldn’t show me, I’d just keep looking. That
At 17, I remember first feeling an intense ache in my chest. I didn’t know what it was, and I couldn’t shake it by any of the physical, mental or outside distractions that I pursued. The ache was always there.
Breaking your word when more interesting, profitable or shinier possibilities come along saddles you personally, relationally and financially. Breaking your word and trust is the cardinal social sin. Why do people do it? Why does anyone break an agreement
Western civilization, culture, government and religion were built largely on the insights and teachings of two masters, Socrates and Christ, and on efforts to understand and live by these teachings of self-knowledge for self-mastery. Educated, ‘powerful’ people have also misused
Self-actualized people all speak in personal ‘incorrect’ ways, spontaneously, without memorized sets of stories, texts and explanations. They don’t stick to only a few limited scripts. They encourage you to convey your own experiences uniquely, and welcome you to give
Social pressure can’t get to your central core. You are free in that core even when your body is being pushed or pulled around, negative words are used, and others speak to you in demanding or demeaning tones. It’s good
When you are not in touch with the wholeness that comes from the feeling of belonging to life, you are vulnerable to social manipulation. Others can deceive, coerce or bully you to submit to their specific personal or social agenda.
Even when you are strong, some people may still be toxic for you and you may be wise to exclude them from your circle of daily interactions. However, avoiding such people does not mean that it’s okay for you to
What price do you pay for membership? Do you give up personal independence and freedom to become and remain a member? Why are you willing to do so? When you’re only weakly committed and unaware that you most truly belong
Look around. Yours is an extremely diverse, complex, complicated human world. I’m in Los Angeles right now, in a hotel room, with desk and chair, toilet and TV, shower and windows, my computer and a cell phone that connects me