Enlightenment versus Ascension

Introduction In the early years of my spiritual path, my goal was to attain enlightenment. I wasn’t sure exactly what it was, but it seemed to me that enlightenment was the only true way of finding peace in life. Years later, I came across the concept of ascension, which initially …

You Create Your Own Life

Of all the truths on the spiritual path, perhaps the one that is the hardest to accept is the idea that each of us creates our own life situations. Whether it be a job or relationship, the situations we find ourselves in our 100% created by ourselves. In other words, …

“Hate shaming” Breeds Violence

As human beings, each one of us – without exception – harbors negative emotions. If negative emotions are not allowed to be consciously expressed in a healthy manner, they will eventually “express themselves” in an unhealthy manner, against one’s conscious wishes. If a person does not feel safe to express …

Reincarnation: All Souls Return to God

Introduction One of the most universal truths that is recognized by virtually all religious and spiritual views is the idea that God is Love. From a spiritual perspective, God’s unconditional love is a guarantee that all souls will eventually return to God. It’s not a question of if they will …

The Spiritual Consequences of Suicide

Introduction In the not-so-distant past, my wife abruptly decided to divorce me after 14 years’ of marriage. I was devastated, and soon afterward began experiencing extremely painful suicidal episodes. As a young child, I was brought up as a Christian with the understanding that I had only one life to …

Abortion: A Spiritual Perspective

Once again, abortion has become a hot topic in the United States. As usual, we have only the two extremes being expressed publicly. The conservative are against abortion for moral reasons, while the progressives view abortion limits as a restriction of a woman’s autonomy. As this nation – and the …

Ultimate Pleasure: the Goal of Spirituality

Religions throughout the ages have tended to have a dysfunctional relationship with pleasure. In most religions (especially Eastern traditions), there is the concept of the ascetic. The ascetic recants all material possessions and pleasure in order to seek enlightenment. Additionally, the “pleasures of the flesh” do not have a good …