How do we achieve the "happy" in our birthday? Here is a practice that helps me. Start from the beginning of your life and trace your entire earthly existence up to the present. In your reflections, try to consciously see the guidance of God in your life. How it meticulously operated in and through every … Continue reading Birthday exercise
Nothing physical can be the source of temptation. For temptation is the "pull" that operates at the level of inner desires and concepts. Ex 1: a man sees a woman and thinks, "her physique is tempting me". But that is not so. It is only his inner desire that, like a magnet, releases the ability … Continue reading Reflections about temptation
We have become accustomed to using words loosely, without reflecting on what they actually mean. One of these words is the concept of "sacrifice". No human being, no matter how great the act, can ever truly sacrifice! What do I mean by this? Someone sharply criticizes you, provoking an inner struggle; You resist lashing out, … Continue reading It is impossible for a human being to sacrifice
Question: Could use some insight... So today I let my anger get the best of me. I was on a call with a call center - rep was rude and confrontational- and I mirrored her behavior. Or maybe she mirrored mine. I feel pretty guilty and depressed over my behavior. Sometimes I find it so … Continue reading Q & A: How does one live up to love and light expectations?
During an enriching conversation, a lady shared snippets of a speech that someone gave to University students. One point she recalls him mentioning was that when we pray, we are really praying to the "God inside us" in that we basically go within to draw power from ourselves in order to fix our lives. From … Continue reading Facing the facts: God is not inside you
1) We have expectations. Expectations carry concepts of how we believe our life should develop. We fix firmly to these expectations. 2) Someone upsets our expectations by introducing something that challenges our concept, compelling us to face a new reality. 3) We are disappointed. Disappointment is friction between expectations and reality. 4) The fork in … Continue reading What is resentment?
Question: What can I do to stop my body from failing me? I am currently in the middle of searching for a job. I have had a couple of interviews and I found that I am having some issues with my nerves and body reactions. When I get nervous, my neck starts to get all … Continue reading Q & A: What can I do to stop my body from failing me?
Truth can never be experienced with words, like looking at a picture of an idyllic Island can never give you the real experience of it. Truth is not the words, like the picture is not the actual Island. Therefore, you can never really give Truth with words because each person has to personally experience it himself. Like … Continue reading Truth beyond words
Question: Please help me, sometimes believing in God is really hard for me Not just when something bad happens. But sometimes, I guess I just think about how cruel and realistic and unfair the world is, and it makes it hard to believe that God exists. I personally believe he does, but I feel like … Continue reading Q & A: Sometimes believing in God is really hard for me
Question: Why does God not require works for salvation? Because if I had to do x, y, and z to be saved, I could know for sure that as long as I did x, y, z, I was guaranteed salvation. Instead, because it’s by faith only, I have no idea if I 100% have the kind … Continue reading Q & A: Why does God not require works for salvation?