The Road Less Traveled

The Road Less Traveled

I’ll bet, like me, you have read a shelf full of spiritual books over the years. Remember how uplifting they were when first read? Your Erroneous Zones, The Sermon on the Mount, The Purpose Driven Life, Joshua, Make Your Life Worthwhile, Never Alone, Just Like Jesus, The Secret, The Power of Intention, A Course In Miracles are just a few from my “bookshelf”. The problem arises when we spend all our time seeking, while failing to really incorporate the principles we have learned into our lives. Living on the Spiritual Basis requires action, the knowledge we have gained intelligently applied in daily life.


It has been said, “Many roads lead to Jerusalem” (Jerusalem representing Spiritual awakening), but we must pick one and stay on it, investing ourselves in the path chosen. A casual reading or passing assent avails us what all spiritual half measures deliver, nothing. To grow in awareness and understanding requires consistent unselfish constructive action on our part, being irresolute, lacking focus or true direction leads only to confusion and frustration. In time we may find a different path calling us, if this happens, having been resolute it will happen naturally, organically, without struggle.


So, we must set our feet firmly on our chosen path, profiting in knowledge, growing daily by demonstration. One of the principal requirements is to remain open-minded and teachable, learning from all while understanding this is The Road Less Traveled and as such, there will be times when we seemingly are walking alone, however, Divine Love and Knowledge is always by our side, ready to guide and protect us.

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Destructive Riches

Destructive Riches

You have probably heard, or some variation of: For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows (1 Timothy 6:10). Well, at least the first part anyway. Consider how many “successful” people throughout history have used wealth to impress their will on others due to the false belief their financial success equates to spiritual success. The supposed entitlement that wealth conveys unfortunately has for many built a barrier to enlightenment which often becomes insurmountable. To be clear: money is not the problem, it’s the love of it.

If our definition of success is based solely on possessions and wealth, we will have “gained the world but lost ourselves”, remember, he who dies with the most toys still dies and as much as we may wish to, we can’t take it with us. Many have tried, and all have failed. We find them, unearth them, and then parade them and their cherished possessions about, kind of creepy if you really stop and think about it, this grave robbing. Clearly it didn’t work out so well for them, did it? Additionally, we all know or know of a family torn apart over an inheritance, greed supplanting love and family.

Living on the Spiritual Basis we learn to use money as the tool it truly is. God wants all His children to be happy, joyous, and free and if we have been blessed with substantial resources, we seek ways to help others, preferably anonymously, for in this way we avoid the trap of love of money and avoid piercing ourselves through with many sorrows. 

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Treading Lightly, With Purpose

Treading Lightly, With Purpose

We are all confronted by spiritual tyrants in the course of our lives. When this happens, our course is to stand firm, stating our beliefs and understanding of Spiritual principles with clarity and tact, resisting the temptation to reply in anger or condemnation or worse compromise our beliefs as a strategy for avoiding the necessary confrontation. Tyrants only view this as weakness, our failure to stand strong in faith providing them license to bully others. To be clear: it is unlikely they will be moved by our calm and measured response, it matters not. For in truth, an individual’s demonstration belongs only to them, and all reap as they sow. Living on the Spiritual Basis we stand and deliver, with patience, kindness, tolerance, and love. And when we fall short of this ideal; and we all will from time to time for such is the nature of being human, we must always be gentle when dealing with ourselves, profiting from all experiences, sharing openly and honestly our highs and lows, successes, and failures. 


AND Remember: liking or agreeing with someone is not a requisite for saluting their innate spirituality; but this recognition is our ultimate responsibility to one another as children of Divine Love. In living this way, we remain free of resentments, anger, condemnation, and the temptation to exercise personal power over others, thus avoiding the deadly trap of Spiritual Pride, and of becoming tyrants our self.  

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Tyranny and Ego

Tyranny and Ego

Living by spiritual principles is not easy, no news flash there, and unfortunately many that do disagree on the path. Constructive conversation in congenial tones, on any topic, should be sought, unfortunately, many are incapable of this. Their beliefs fall into the “my way or the highway” school of judgment, often raised to Sacred Cow status, which leaves no room whatsoever for conversation, let alone congeniality. The indelicate machinations of politicians notwithstanding, history is replete with those who may have started out with noble ideals who then began to believe their own press and (often unconsciously) placed themselves on the pedestal of “I know better” transforming from teacher to leader to tyrant.


Tyrant: 1. Absolute ruler: an absolute ruler who exercises power cruelly and unjustly 
2.  Authoritarian person: somebody who exercises authority unjustly and oppressively.

To avoid becoming a spiritual tyrant is simple but not easy. It begins, and ends, with the absolute truth that all are equal in God’s eyes. The opening words of the Lord’s Prayer, “Our Father”, sums up our relationship with Him who has all knowledge and power simply: that all are equally loved in Spirit; the opportunity to live on the Spiritual Basis open to all, regardless of current circumstances or how “unlovely” they may currently be. When we look down on or speak derisively to or about anyone, we open the door to the tyranny of spirit, hiding behind the straw man sentiment of “it’s for their own good.” To be free, we must salute the innate spirituality in all (liking or approving of them immaterial), seeing them through the prism of Divine Love, recognizing the nobility of their spirit even though they are incapable of reciprocation. Tyranny dies in love but this love requires the sacrifice of ego.  

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Up Jumped The Devil

Up Jumped The Devil

There are many spiritual axioms, one is “When we raise our head above the crowd, we place a target on our back.”  Ever toss out a casual comment concerning a sports team or politics and find you have struck a nerve? When it happens, we usually try to find a simple and quick exit since we had no intention of initiating a serious discussion or debate on the matter, especially with someone so emotionally attached or easily offended.


Discussions/debates on secular topics are one thing, but the real devil jumps up when it comes to spiritual matters (politics a close second) for nothing engenders more passion than when we speak of God. Choosing to Live on the Spiritual Basis requires us to cultivate peace, joy, and harmony, becoming beacons to others. Living in this manner we learn to avoid gratuitous debate or attempt to answer, “unasked questions” and let our life serve as the demonstration. If we are questioned, and believe it will serve any good, we answer clearly and directly about what we are doing and how we live, presenting our beliefs with tact, kindness and confidence, rejoicing at the opportunity to be of service, but we must remain calm, avoiding argument and fault finding. When the conversation ends, we wish them well telling them we appreciate the time spent. We then withdraw, thanking God for knowing Him better and the opportunity to stand tall and demonstrate over fear; praying for continued enlightenment of all, and though we don’t look for trouble, we rejoice in the spiritual target on our back for there is no clearer indicator that we are on the right path.  

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The Only Fight Worth Having

The Only Fight Worth Having

“We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace.” 

Serenity: calm and untroubled: without worry, stress, or disturbance.

Imagine a world where serenity is the norm rather than the exception. A thing worth fighting for, no? Fighting for serenity, now there is a fight worth picking, perhaps the only fight that truly matters and the curious thing is we fight this fight by ceasing to fight everything and everyone, by choosing Love over fear. It begins with each of us and requires the ultimate sacrifice: the surrendering of self and our sacred cows as well as the belief that altering outside conditions, while leaving the inner untouched is anything less than madness. So, we choose, just for today, to Live on the Spiritual Basis, embracing spirituality to the best of our current ability and understanding, for as we begin to comprehend serenity we become the true peacemakers, achieving not only peace of soul for ourselves, but ultimately for all, for we are all truly connected in Divine Mind and serenity is contagious.
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Enlightened?

Enlightened?

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God” (Matthew 5:9). In contemplation some years ago I began thinking on the “enlightened” teachers of the East and elsewhere. Initially I thought of how amazing it would be to be so enlightened, to attain such a level of awareness. Then, out of the stillness a question formed, “why”? It’s amazing how this three-letter word can raise the proverbial metaphysical devil.

“Why” opened the door to a series of meditations on the enlightened ones and the condition of today’s world in general. What has really changed in the last 2,000+ years? Technology, general health and hygiene, transportation, better and more efficient ways of killing one another have all made great strides, but what of the state of Mankind’s overall consciousness and the base, selfish manner much, if not most of world still acts in? Buddha, Jesus and other enlightened teacher’s messages of love, tolerance, how we are all connected in Spirit, of reaping and sowing have been with us, for millennia. However many, if not most, still act and think in much the same way Man always has, except now with smart phones, smart bombs, social media and smart TVs. How many “enlightened” ones have there been and how many students have come to sit at their feet and learn in the last 2000+ years and how has it fundamentally changed the world? An argument can be made that lacking their and their student’s meditations and prayers the world would be worse off than it is today, but I find that sentiment suspect, at best.

So, who are the real peacemakers? Look in the mirror. You would be hard pressed to find a Spiritual Path that doesn’t begin and end with us and our awakening in Spirit. The enlightened teachers have much to offer, but it is the raising of our consciousness by daily Living on the Spiritual Basis that will ultimately transform the world, and what sets this time apart from all that has transpired before is the ready instantaneous connection we have to one another. Being connected, raising our consciousness a day at a time, one person at a time, the world approaches a tipping point when it will metaphysically slap its self on the forehead and say “what were we thinking!” throwing off the childish limitation thinking that has handcuffed our collective growth, finally assuming our true place in Creation and the Universe, all mysteries revealed. So today, together, let us act,and Let there be peace, let there be love and let it begin with me.

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