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Spirituality & Psychology

June 10, 2009

It might seem like spirituality and psychology do not have a lot in common, but that would be a mistaken assumption. Each of  them draws people who are looking for a deeper answer for living and being. Each of them involves practices devoted to consciousness and the courage to look at the shadow side of one’s self. Each of them can not be truly done without a mentor or guide as we are all blocked to certain aspects of ourselves that are in our way.  In each scenario it is not a quick fix and in all likelihood involves a life time of work and personal stretching.

Spirituality for me is the reservoir that all religions originate. At the core one finds the issues of soul, humility, compassion, unconditional love, and forgiveness. It is from this center that most of us strive to live in. Getting to this center means we have to heal the wounds of our ego  allowing us to become more centered and real. Being in EGO stands for Edging God Out. The more we can clean house on our egoic nature the more we are living in our true selves. This is the goal of spiritual practices and psychology. The goal is the same though the reasons for getting there maybe different. The important thing is to put the goal as the priority. To be one with self and get the neurotic garbage out of the way is to be more within self and therefore more with your spirit.

Getting Out of Your Way

April 7, 2009


It was Roosevelt who said, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” For many who have been hit by the financial crises of our day, fear of tomorrow is very real. For most of us this is not reality. We are still working and taking care of our financial responsibilities. However, none of us can be unaffected by the state of the union or the world, but succumbing  to fear is not the answer. What is called for is the balance between a watch ful eye and a centered calm. It is unrealistic to be in denial of the economic scene, but so too is it unrealistic to be in panic mode running around as if the sky is falling. The balance is to couple awareness while living your life in some sort of harmony.  This is done by being mindful of all that is around you. It is knowing what the world situation is, while also enjoying the moments of your life. You are still working, making money, having your health, coming home to your family, and still engaging in those things that give you joy. There is a biblical saying that parallels Roosevelt’s, It is done unto you as you believe it. If you live in the panic of dread, dread will occur. If you live in the energetic of the moment of goodness it will continue. Now to many of you this is too California, but it does not make it any less so. There is a demeanor that if you walk in the negative that is what you will get, and if you embrace that which is good around you it will be so.

       Many of you before all of this occurred knew of people who were always negative and depressed. You might have said to friends that these people were always wondering why their lives were so hard while everyone else seemed immune of the tough stuff. You knew that they lived in the negative, and could see it even if they could not. You knew why life was difficult for them and not as much for you. Well, what are you doing now? Are you not joining them in the land of not? Are you not walking in the same quicksand you use to criticize them for? Think about it and hose off the mud, step into the light and take a deep breath.