How does one live a complete, full and beautiful life? Dharma Teachers Doug & Catherine Sensei share about ‘Complete Livelihood’ and the wisdom and vision it offers for one to live a life truly worth living.
It’s a complicated and stressful world for many. Too often we are so caught up in the struggle for connection and safety that we forget to have a vision about what our life could be. A life lived in the awareness and wonder of life’s mystery is the Mystical Life.
How might one attain to spiritual awakening in the modern world, in these complex times? In this article we look back at the two main historical models for spiritual training, and propose a contemporary approach for today.
Donald Trump’s view won’t work. It represents regression. He’s a temporary phenomenon heralding the death throws of selfish capitalism. Have patience. Planetary consciousness is already here. And it will trump what didn’t work.
The spiritual adventure of spaciousness and attentiveness engages us with the vast mystery of life. Using reliable, balanced paths help integrate this. The Four Foundations of Mindfulness and the Seven Factors of Awakening are two great tools.
Western culture has its own traditions of spirituality and transcendence. These can be called the Western, or Divine Mysteries. What are these mysteries and why did they go underground? How can you practice and explore their message of united consciousness?
When we know that something isn’t working, and we’ve tried everything you can think of and it still isn’t working, are we ready to risk the unknown and truly make a change?
What we say ‘I have to’ to is our path to awakeness. It is the ‘voice’ of the daemon, our inner guide, pressing us to grow and unfold into what we can and should become. Everybody has this voice in their being, the question is whether one is listening or not.
The four deep fears of the ego mean we fixate on objects to shore up solidity in our lives. But if objects don’t really make us happy then what does? The Buddha is offering us a present. To get the present we must come outside of the burning house of the ego and open the box. What we find inside is freedom.
Integrating our shadow may be the fastest way to unfold spiritually, and reduce our suffering. By its very nature, shadow work is not fun or pretty. It takes courage and fortitude. Once we decide to change, the shadow’s darkness moves towards greater and greater light. That is both beautiful and exciting.