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Where, When and With Whom to Meditate

Excerpted from Journey of Awakening; A Meditator's Guidebook By Ram Dass Where to Meditate Meditation is work. It helps to have a physical space to work in-a room or corner set aside for meditation. All you do there is meditate, study holy books, or chant. Do nothing there that's not part of your spiritual practice. If you have the choice, you may want to keep this corner of the room simple, just bare white walls. Or you may decorate it in keepi

Why You Must Learn to Set Goals

Excerpted from The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity : A Simple Guide to Unlimited Abundance By Edwene Gaines In order to harness your new wealth and good fortune that tithing brings you, you must learn the next spiritual law: goal-setting. Goal-setting and developing directed faith can have truly spectacular results. Like tithing, however, goal-setting works only if you actually do it. When you start tithing, the windows open and a shower of go

Center Stage

Excerpted from God's Leading Lady By Bishop T. D. Jakes LITTLE GIRLS LOVE to play dress-up. They put on their momma's skirt and hat, earrings and makeup, and prance in front of the mirror pretending to he all grown up. They stare at their reflections, trying to look older, prettier, just like their favorite pop star. Their make-believe games are fun and fantasy-filled One day they may be a recording diva on a sound stage: the next, they may be president of the United St

The Shawmut River Baptist Church

Excerpted from Spirit and Flesh; Life in a Fundamentalist Baptist Church By James M. Ault, Jr. It was well over a month after first meeting Frank Valenti that I attended Sunday worship at his church. I had been occupied finishing up interviews with right-to-lifers and parents involved in the Fourniers' Holy Family Academy, and participating in our research seminar at Brown University. The seminar, the first offered by the university's new women's studies center, was mad

Embracing the Infidel; Stories of Muslim Migrants on the Journey West

Excerpted from Embracing the Infidel; Stories of Muslim Migrants on the Journey West By Behzad Yaghmaian, Ph.D. The border guard at the train station knew just enough English to demand a bribe. If I wanted to get back on the train and cross the border from Turkey into Greece, it was going to cost me. I could not believe what I was hearing. "Five hundred dollars!" The man at the desk didn't take his eyes off the book he w


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Willpower - The Power to Change

Excerpted from Everyday Enlightenment: The Twelve Gateways to Personal Growth By Dan Millman Life's greatest challenge-one you face in each of the twelve gateways-is turning what you know into what you do. You know the importance of good diet and regular exercise; you know it's best to treat others with kindness. But until you reclaim your will-assert your power to act upon what you know-even the best plans remain unrealized. "St. Nike" Was Rig

Holy War: The Crusades and Their Impact on Today's World

Excerpted from Holy War: The Crusades and Their Impact on Today's World By Karen Armstrong There is a popular postcard on sale everywhere in Israel that never ceases to astonish me. It shows an "artistic" shot of the Shepherds' Field outside Bethlehem and there are real live shepherds, watching their flocks there today, just as they did on the first Christmas night. They look very biblical shepherds, for they are wearing the traditional headdress that all Christians hav

The Kingdom of Affabel - Life in Endel

Excerpted from Driven by Eternity: Making Your Life Count Today and Forever By John Bevere There was once a world similar to our own, yet in many ways different. In this world there were no independent nations, only the one great kingdom named Affabel. Though this kingdom spanned the entire known world, it had a single capital city from which all leadership was administered. It was called The Great City of Affabel, which we will refer to from this point on as simply Aff


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God - His Time, His Agenda

Excerpted from The Low Road to New Heights: Following the Only Path to True Success By Wellington Boone As we spend time waiting before God, we begin to put into practice one simple truth: Our time belongs to the Lord of our lives. His timetable is different from ours. So are his plans and his ways of accomplishing them. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts" (Isaiah 55:9). &#

What is Astrology? Relationship Signs

Excerpted from Linda Goodman's Relationship Signs By Linda Goodman Astrology is the study of man in relation to celestial bodies or, to be precise, the planets. It is a system of thought that attempts to show a relationship between man and all things. Long ago, about 10,000 B.C., hunters noted the phases of the moon by carving notches on reindeer horns. Of all the many things I have read about the history of astrology, I find this the most fasci

What is Religion?

Excerpted from Religion By Martin Forward The answer to the question 'What is a religion?' seems obvious. A religion is: Hinduism, Buddhism or Jainism; Judaism, Christianity or Islam; Confucianism or Shinto; one of the primal, original faiths of humankind, still found in Africa, North America and elsewhere; or one among other self-contained systems of faith. If, however, we remove the indefinite article and ask 'What is


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Religious Tolerance - A Brief History of a First-Rate Place

Excerpted from How Muslims, Jews and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain By MarĂ­a Rosa Menocal The momentous events of eighth-century Europe were first set in train by the death of Muhammad, the Prophet who bore the Revelation of submission to God that is Islam. The story of Muhammad's transformation, from ordinary citizen of Mecca to charismatic military leader and radical founder of a religious and civil order, played itself out in a corner of


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The Search for Meaning

Excerpted from Fire in the Soul; A New Psychology of Spiritual optimism By Joan Borysenko I was sitting in the dining room several weeks after my son's friend Mat Hitchcock died, looking out through a big picture window. Beds of petunias and cosmos, flowering and producing seed in their short season, blazed in pink and purple splendor in our quiet yard. The sweet scent of honeysuckle wafted in through the screen and I sat in a kind of reverie, thinking about how life ha


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Everyday Life as Spiritual Path

Excerpted from Ordinary Magic: Everyday Life as Spiritual Path By John Welwood, Ph.D. At any moment, whatever we are experiencing, only one of two things is ever happening: either we are being with what is, or else we are resisting what is. Being with what is means letting ourselves have and feel our experience, just as it is right now. When we choose to be actively present with what is, we radiate a powerful energy that is most compelling. This is where genuine creativ

The Creator of All That Is

Excerpted from 101 Most Powerful Verses in the Bible By Steve Rabey, Lois Rabey In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. - Genesis 1:1 These familiar opening words of the Bible proclaim the most amazing of God's many powers. He is the Creator of all that exists. And he created it out of nothing. I find that truth difficult to comprehend. My own life is full of incomplete tasks that are evidence of my inabi

The Case Against Classical Paganism - and Why It Was Wrong

Excerpted from God Against the Gods By Jonathan Kirsch The biblical condemnation of polytheism, when stripped of its rhetorical overkill, rests on a single theological offense: the pagan commits an unforgivable crime when he or she prays to any god or goddess other than the Only True God. Although some of the biblical authors delight in describing (and, of course, denouncing) the exotic and provocative rituals of paganism, the manner of worship ultimately matters less t

All Women Are Psychics

Excerpted from All Women Are Psychics By Diane Stein Altered States of Consciousness and Psychic Experience As a young child, I had the feeling that there was more than I could see. I asked questions, too many of them for grownups' comfort sometimes, and often received no answers, or unsatisfactory ones. Lying in bed at night I'd wonder what was real, if what I was told or saw for myself was the whole story or if there might be more. I knew that there was another real

Psychic Gift

Excerpted from I Know Why We're Here : An Ordinary Woman, An Extraordinary Psychic Gift By Mia Dolan My brother Pete was known as a tough guy with a wicked sense of humor. Whenever he was out, he was surrounded; people were drawn to him. Then, at twenty-two, he fell in love. From the moment he met Angela, he was besotted. The tough-guy image, the wildness and petty crookery, he lost interest in it all. Angela was his world. She was only seventee

Reversed Tarot Cards: Relationship Predictions

Excerpted from The Oracle of Love: How to Use Ordinary Playing Cards to Answer Your Relationship Questions, PredictYour Romantic Future, and Find Your Soul Mate By Lee Ann Richards Throughout this book, you'll see constant references to the cards being read Upright and Reversed. These two terms, "Upright" and "Reversed," refer to the position of the card on the table. "Upright" means the hearts on the fare of a Heart card are pointing upward. On the "Reversed" cards, th

What Is Jewish Meditation?

Excerpted from Be Still and Get Going: A Jewish Meditation Practice for Real Life By Rabbi Alan Lew I often ask this question at the beginning of a workshop just to get a sense of where everyone is coming from. The answers are usually quite various. Meditation is becoming still. Meditation is becoming more focused and concentrated. Meditation is becoming more aware of yourself. Meditation is becoming relaxed. Meditation is becoming more aware of God, becoming centered,


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If God Is Good, Why Is The World So Bad?

Excerpted from If God Is Good, Why Is The World So Bad? By Benjamin Blech To find the solution to the dilemma of Job, we must turn to the ancient wisdom of the Talmud. Posing the question-if a person suffers, must that mean he or she deserves it?-we immediately get two seemingly contradictory answers. In the Tractate Baba Metzia, while expounding on the harm that can be inflicted with words, the Talmud explains what th


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Getting the Pose Just Right

Excerpted from Every Young Man, God's Man : Confident, Courageous, and Completely His By Stephen Arterburn, Kenny Luck, Mike Yorkey In their book Posers, Fakers, and Wannabes, Brennan Manning and Jim Hancock introduce us to a character they call "The Poser." They argue that The Poser (a person who pretends to be someone he is not) lives in all of its. I saw a lot of myself in the following story in which Jim recounts the images The Poser created for him-images that woul

What Does the Pope Do? Religious Leader

Excerpted from Conclave: The Politics, Personalities, and Process of the Next Papal Election By John L. Allen, Jr. While religion is still a powerful force in shaping culture, it no longer controls the culture in the West. The dominant realities of the modem period are secularization and pluralism. Institutions such as the media, education, social services, and the courts operate independently of ecclesiastical control. Governments no longer compel membership in a parti


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Christmas - The Flame and Tree

Excerpted from The Physics of Christmas: From the Aerodynamics of Reindeer to the Thermodynamics of Turkey By Roger Highfield A tree festooned with flickering candles can be found on many Christmas cards, and for good reason. The evergreen and the candle celebrate the same thing: life-giving sunlight, an ancient symbol that dates back long before Prince Albert introduced the tree to Britain or Martin Luther supposedly first bedecked a tree with candles in the sixteenth


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Psychology and Kabbalah: The Spiritual Revolution

Excerpted from Connecting to God By Rabbi Abner Weiss, Ph.D. Remarkably, the paradigm shift in Judaism took place at almost the same time. Kabbalah, the Jewish mystic tradition, began to enter the Jewish religious mainstream. More and more books on Kabbalah were published, while lectures and workshops on the subject attracted large audiences. The much-publicized statements of Hollywood icons about the spiritual fulfillment they had experienced through their study of the
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