Posts Tagged ‘soul’

Dancing with Kenzie

August 24, 2014

Twelve-year-old Kenzie has mitochondrial disease, a condition that prevents her from walking, talking or caring for herself. To provide some semblance of normalcy, Kenzie’s parents (more…)

Our Souls Are at Stake

April 9, 2013

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In the book, The Practice of the Presence of God, Brother Lawrence, a kitchen worker in a seventeenth-century Paris monastery, explained how he was able to walk continually in God’s presence.

He compared God to an ever-flowing, ever-conscious, ever-blissful river and emphasized that it was only our lack of receptivity that prevented us from bathing in God’s loving presence in every moment. He wrote:



God has infinite treasure to bestow, and we take up with a little sensible devotion, which passes in a moment. Blind as we are, we hinder God and stop the current of His graces. But when He finds a soul penetrated with a lively faith, He pours (more…)

Your Soul Is a Violin

March 1, 2012

old-man-with-beard-playing-violinThis uplifting poem eloquently conveys the beauty and perfection of each individual soul—as long as you think of your soul as the violin and a God-realized Guru as the Master. True, the casual reader might not recognize the lyric’s spiritual theme, but author Myra Brooks Welch was a deeply spiritual woman, as you can see by her biography below.



THE TOUCH OF THE MASTER’S HAND

‘Twas battered and scarred,
And the auctioneer thought it
hardly worth his while
To waste his time on the old violin,
but he held it up with a smile.

“What am I bid, good people,” he cried,
“Who starts the bidding for me?”
“One dollar, one dollar, Do I hear two?”
“Two dollars, who makes it three?”
“Three dollars once, three dollars twice, going for three . . .”

But, no,
From the room far back a gray-bearded man
Came forward and picked up the bow.
Then wiping the dust from the old violin
And tightening up the strings,
He played a melody, pure and sweet
As sweet as the angel sings.

The music ceased and the auctioneer
With a voice that was quiet and low,
Said, “What now am (more…)

How Free Will and Divine Intervention Coexist

December 27, 2011

"Earth Angel" by Josephine Wall (josephinewall.co.uk)

If you wonder why God allows people to do evil things to other people, what you’re really saying is that you don’t believe in free will. Throughout history, people with malicious intent have exercised their free will to hurt others. God does not directly interfere because, by definition, free will would be rendered meaningless if it were interfered with.

Yet, Divine intervention is also at work. The Divine is always speaking to you, guiding you, nudging you toward your highest good, but it is up to you whether or not you choose to listen. Both free will and divine intervention come down to this: You (more…)

The Sweetness in Their Soul

December 18, 2011

If there is someone whom you regard with disdain or scorn, know that someone else views that same person in the opposite way. Yes, your counterpart may not know what you know or see what you see, but their perception is equally valid, for they choose to see the sweetness in your adversary’s soul rather than the negative qualities that you have so single-mindedly zeroed in on.

Remind yourself that it is also true that some people view you with great affection while others consider you an object (more…)

John Manley on Stillbirths, Suicide and Reincarnation

July 7, 2011

John Manley


After years of grieving for his stillborn daughter, my friend John Manley, an author of metaphysical speculative fiction, stumbled upon a concept that at last healed his pain and brought him peace. Whether you agree with his conclusion or not is beside the point. What is important is to find a spiritual or religious path that feels like home to you, and actively work toward crafting a worldview that helps you make sense of the world.

Here, in three parts and in John’s own words, is his story.


DOES REINCARNATION EXPLAIN WHY BABIES ARE STILLBORN?

On Easter Monday, 2005, around 9 AM, I received a phone call. “Mr. Manley, your wife is going in for an emergency c-section…”

It was too soon. Months too soon.

The hospital (where Nicole had already been admitted) was over 45 minutes away. By the time I arrived, it was all over. All efforts at resuscitating our newborn baby girl had been fruitless.

I’ve never been more upset over anything in my life.

Nicole and I went through a number of child loss books. Most of them too bloated for my liking and often off the mark from how I believe the universe operates. But one of those books, however, noted a survey that said that parents who believe in reincarnation recover far more quickly from the loss of their children.

Reincarnation, for me, has always (more…)

You Are the Dance

June 25, 2011







Your capacity to be fully present expands dramatically when you stop identifying yourself as a time-bound human being separate from others, and start experiencing life as a timeless spiritual being at one with all creation.





There are three words that convey the secret of the art of living, the secret of all success and happiness: One With Life. Being one with life is being one with Now. You then realize that you don’t live your life, but life lives you. Life is the dancer, and you are the dance.
Eckhart Tolle

It is your intuition that is your lifeline to Spirit, to the ever-alert, ever-present observer within you. Deepak Chopra describes this “observer in the (more…)

I Am Nothing, I Am Everything

November 2, 2010

From the perspective of the external world, I am utterly insignificant. If I were to vanish from the face of the earth, only a small circle of family and friends would mourn my passing. The world would go on spinning and people would go on living their lives unaware of and uninterested in my fate.

From the perspective of the internal world, I am (more…)

Calmly Active, Actively Calm

April 18, 2010



What we call happiness is negligible compared to the inner peace and ecstatic joy we attain in meditation. Happiness, the province of the ego, is fleeting. Joy, the natural state of the soul, is infinite and eternal.

Still your mind in me, still yourself in me, and without a doubt you 
shall be united with me, Lord of 
Love, dwelling in your heart.
Bhagavad Gita 12:8



Enriching your inner life is only half the equation. If the peace and unconditional love you feel in meditation is not (more…)

Every Soul I See Is Beautiful

April 14, 2010

Perhaps it’s because I’ve been humbled by life time and time again . . . or because I’m getting older and wiser . . . or because I’ve been feeling more vulnerable lately . . . or because I am getting more adept at seeing the underlying unity of everyone and everything.

Whatever the reason, the first thing I’ve been noticing about people is not their strengths but their weaknesses . . . and their weaknesses are beautiful. Why? I now know that behind every flaw, every insecurity, every fragility lies the doorway to growth, understanding and enlightenment.

When you feel strong and in control, your attention is completely focused on the external world and your ego assumes command. When you feel weak and insecure, you’re more likely to think, (more…)

You Are a Drop of God In a Sea of God

March 24, 2010


Your soul, the individualized God force within you, is immortal. It has always existed and will always exist.

You are as old as God and as young as the morning.
Hilda Charlton


Just as a drop of water is not the ocean itself, still it is of the ocean and has all the characteristics of the ocean.

You are a drop of God in a sea of God.
Donald Schnell

Just as the ocean is behind every individual wave, so is God behind every breath you take.

You are never alone or helpless. The force that guides (more…)

Follow Your Guidance

August 27, 2008

angel-walking-in-oceanThe inner voice of your conscience is constantly guiding you. You will “hear” that voice in any number of ways. It may manifest as an unpleasant feeling in the pit of your stomach. It may express itself as a flash of insight that helps you make a difficult decision. Or you may feel nudged in the right direction at a crucial fork in the road.

While some people hear that voice more clearly, it is accessible to anyone who chooses to listen. Indeed, the challenge is not to further develop your intuition but to (more…)