Spirituality

Probing the Psyche for a Peaceful Mind

Probing the Psyche for a Peaceful Mind

“All emotions are pure which gather you and lift you up; that emotion is impure which seizes only one side of your being and so distorts you” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke The human psyche refers to the forces in an individual that influence thought, behaviour and personality. Carl Jung said, “The Psyche is the greatest of all cosmic wonders and the “sin qua non” (crucial ingredient) of the wor... »

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The Path to Liberation: Understanding the Eight Limbs of Yoga

All spiritual disciplined are done with a view to still the mind. The perfectly still mind is universal spirit. – Swami Ramdas Think of a situation, where you do have the knowledge about the truth but implementing and syncing with your way of life is challenging. For example, a diabetes patient knows how harmful consuming sugar can be yet he is not able to control the urge to have sweets. We under... »

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Delving into the Realms of Emptiness

“Just as it is known 
that an image of one’s face is seen 
depending on a mirror 
but does not really exist as a face, so the conception of “I” exists
 dependent on mind and body, 
but like the image of a face 
the “I” does not exist as its own reality at all.” - Nagarjuna What if I tell you that “I” doesn’t exist? What if I tell you “You” don’t exist? “You” and “I” a... »

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“If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him”

“Like they say in Zen, when you attain Satori, nothing is left for you in that moment than to have a good laugh.” –Alan Watts The title of this article is a koan attributed to a 1st century Zen Master named Linji Yixuan. It’s obviously not meant to be taken literally, since killing is wrong. It’s a koan with shock-value, meant to jar us awake, a tool meant for self-exploration and self-interrogati... »

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Yin-yang Dynamics: Explaining Jung’s Anima Animus

“The Hindus say that without Shakti, the personified feminine life force, Shiva, who encompasses the masculine ability to act, becomes a corpse. She is the life energy that animates the male principle, and the male principle in turn animates action in the world.” ~ Clarissa Pinkola Este. According to Carl Jung the psyche was composed of three components: the ego, the personal unconscious and the c... »

The Multifaceted Self

Turning Wounds into Wisdom: The Power of Transforming Pain into Strength

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” ~ Kahlil Gibran As our inner work unfolds, we often discover many setbacks and may even experience traumatic events that fundamentally change us. Even in the healthiest families there can be significant emotional wounds leftover from our youth. But these don’t have to be unfortunate occurrences.... »

The Path of the Sacred Clown: Where Trickster and Shaman Converge

The Path of the Sacred Clown: Where Trickster and Shaman Converge

“If the fool would persist in his folly, he would become wise.” –William Blake Most of us are familiar with the prototypical clowns: red-nosed clowns, court jesters, and Tarot fools. But sacred clowns take clowning to a whole other level. The Ne’wekwe “mud-eaters” were the Zuni equivalent of a sacred clown. The Cherokee had sacred clowns known as Boogers who performed “Booger dances” around ... »

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Five Fascinating Health Benefits of Mindful Meditation

“Meditation is not a means to an end. It is both the means and the end.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti Mindfulness meditation has been around for literally thousands of years, and there’s a reason for that: it works. Through science we’re starting to get a better understanding of why it is so beneficial. Everyday more research is drawing a clearer link between meditation and human health. Its effect on our... »

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Crouching Warrior Hidden Champion, Part 4: Confrontation with the Inner Shadow

“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in our own sunshine.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson We all have a hero buried somewhere within us. For most of us this hero lies dormant, expressionless and cut off from the world. To connect with it is to begin the difficult path toward individuation and self-actualization. We, the hero initiates, discover our hidden hero through an inward journey b... »

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Five States of the Human Mind

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” ~ Plutarch. It’s all in the mind. Our mind is the epicentre of our soul. We interact with the universe with our thoughts. Even when we are asleep, our mind is operating. The continuous flow of thoughts lead to two states of minds i.e. peace or chaos. We feel chaotic and confused in few situations, whereas in few, the mind is deeply... »

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