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Lifting the Veil of Depression

Posted by Douglas Cottrell on

Lifting the Veil of Depression

When you look out a window, do you see the beauty of the garden in the distance, or do you see a speck of dirt and grime on the glass? Sometimes, it is difficulty for us to look beyond the mire of the everyday world and see beauty. When someone is depressed, it is as if a shadow has been cast over them. How do you vanquish the shadow and lift the veil of depression? The emotion of enthusiasm is, indeed, the tonic, for once you have acquired enthusiasm, you will have already acquired an action or activity that will...

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Fear of Change

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Fear of Change

We live in a world of duality. The physical and the spiritual worlds are the same. What is done in one is done in the other. Many preachers would separate the two, but they are really only one. We may choose to succeed or fail, be content or distraught. But the one constant in life is change, and the decisions we make when faced with change either move us forward or back, physically and spiritually. The consequences can be extreme, and because of this, people fear change. Death physically, financially or emotionally causes sudden and final change. In this world...

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Prayer and Meditation: Fundamentals for Finding Our Way Home

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Prayer and Meditation: Fundamentals for Finding Our Way Home

In the beginning, the original sin committed was the “sin of separation.” We, as souls, separated ourselves from God. We knew, in part, what we were doing, but our awareness was certainly fragmentary. Like teenage children fleeing the parental nest, we were naive and impatient. We presumed to know how the cosmos worked, only to discover our ineptitude with material things. Ever since our downfall, we lost souls have remained scattered in levels of consciousness throughout the universe, attempting to overcome self-indulgent temptations and find our way back. Some have overcome the trap of material lust in dimensions beyond the...

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The Divine Power of Hope

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The Divine Power of Hope

The world seems to be a horrid, despicable place, filled with barbarians who gorge themselves on material excesses, at the expense of the naive and unsuspecting. We only have to go as far as our TV sets to get our daily dose of Man’s inhumanity to Man. It seems, each day, that the world is falling apart, little by little. Fear of property loss or personal attack is ever-so-eloquently instilled in us. Information distributed through our lightning-fast high-tech communications systems broadens and deepens our despair, by persuading us that we can do nothing to save our environment, and that it...

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Loving Indifference: Are you Intervening or Interfering?

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Loving Indifference: Are you Intervening or Interfering?

"If thy right hand offend thee, cut it off." You may have had the experience of going out of your way to help someone, only to have that same person later turn against you. Their criticisms or lies can burn like hot pokers thrust into your heart. In all probability, you lock the hurt away and try to uncomfortably avoid the person. After all, you don't want any "bad karma" and you are supposed to be seeking "good vibrations." But let me assure you, once this energy is created in your mind, it must be applied somewhere. If the above...

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