Posts Tagged ‘spiritual life’

Keeping Your Chariot on the Road

April 15, 2012

In church today, the minister offered a brief but instructive analogy. He said that every person’s life is like a chariot pulled by two horses. The chariot is your consciousness, one horse is your involvement in the material world, and the other horse is your spiritual efforts. You need your two horses to be in synch in order to stay on the road. If you’re too invested in the material world,  the chariot of your consciousness will veer to one side; if you’re too focused on your spiritual life at the expense of your earthly existence, the chariot will pull to the other side. Either (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…)

The Music That Reaches Farthest Into Heaven

April 5, 2010

God, your greatest friend, lovingly guides you in every moment, but makes no demands and has no expectations.

God wants to win back his own flowers as gifts from man’s hands.
Rabindranath Tagore

Yet the more you open your heart to spirit, the greater your desire to give to God the one gift that you, and you alone, can offer—your love.

Of all the music that reached farthest into heaven, it is (more…)

Walking With God and Wrestling With the Devil

April 3, 2010

The more you empty yourself of ego and your own self-importance, the more room there is for spirit. But beware: Your ego is programmed for self-preservation. Back your ego into a corner and it can slither out like a seductive snake, shrewdly tempting you back toward the sense pleasures of the material world and away from the soul pleasures of the spiritual path.

A whole person is one who both has walked with God and wrestled with the devil.
Carl Jung

The wise spiritual aspirant discerns the difference between self-destructive pleasures and those earthly delights that inspire our spirit to soar to greater heights of exaltation.

I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure.
Eric Liddell
Olympic Gold medalist portrayed in the film Chariots of Fire

The ego is the devil on (more…)

When Ego Becomes a Servant of the Soul

April 2, 2010

One challenge in walking a spiritual path is maintaining the right balance of ego and spirit so that spirit is firmly in command, like a parent lovingly guiding a child. Like a child, your ego is motivated by the need for attention, validation, and independence.

There is a point where destiny and chaos walk hand in hand, when ego and soul force become one, when your ego becomes a servant of the soul.
Caroline Myss

Train your ego to cooperate, rather than compete, with spirit, and your ego will feel less of a need to judge, control, and dominate. As long as your ego (more…)