Life may seem imperfect to some but if should be remembered that it takes the irritation of outside forces on a mollusc to create a pearl. Perhaps similar difficulty is needed for us to create our “pearl of great price”! To me, that pearl of great price is an inner flowering of great beauty that life can produce in us if we submit to it's demands rather than resist them!
The only “person” who wins an argument is “the devil” because the people involved are always made less by it. Arguments are battles of ego which reduce us to the worst version of ourselves. They are projections outwards of our disquiet with life. The trick is to not let anyone deceive you into beginning an argument in the first place!
The comments section on many spiritually themed YouTube videos are where the lost vipers of humanity hiss at each other and particularly at anyone who has any inkling of light in their souls. I find it best to leave the vipers to their pit of anger and despair and stay with the light of my soul, by ignoring them and the vitriol that overflows from their demented minds.
Being “enlightened” means to fully feel and to not be afraid of feeling. For feeling is an essential part of the totality of who we are and to attempt to avoid or suppress them will only cause us to constrict and to be a smaller being than we are meant and capable of being!
Interestingly, many people who claim to be "fighting" demons are actually being controlled by them. The reality is, if you are being driven to fight anything, you are being driven by demons, or at least your lower nature, no matter what you believe you are fighting. True spirit allows things and people to be as they are, whereas false spirit (lower mind or ego) is always at war with something.
Therefore anyone who in running around pointing at this or that as being "evil" is in fact, in my opinion, being driven by their lower nature and any demons that may be along for the ride. For low beings enjoy the discord that conflict creates and seem to gain some kind of sick thrill from the battle between people. If you are caught up in such a battle, disengage immediately for you are only feeding your lower nature and are moving further away from the peace that passes all understanding and which brings you closer to your divine self, or the kingdom of heaven that lie…
When there is mutual caring for the well-being of the other and mutual interest in what is being shared then engaging with another- whether physically (in person) or through technological devices- is healthy. When there is not a mutual concern for the well-being of the other or mutual interest in what is being shared then engaging with the other is unhealthy and it is wise to disengage.
We find much interaction on the internet and even in person is unhealthy. It is one person playing ego games with another with no real interest in the other or their well-being. In such cases it is always harmful to continue the transaction. You will know this by how you feel. If you feel poorly when interacting with another then your well-being is not being looked after and disengagement is the wise thing to do. When their is mutual care and interest you will know this because you will feel good in your interaction with the other. In such cases continued interaction, until one or both are read…
The outer path consists of all the rules and regulations of the religion:
do this, don't do that.
The hope is that by following this outer path
the individual will be transformed into a more loving person
better suited to serving all life.
The inner path refers to how we relate to our inner state-
our thoughts and feelings.
The goal of the inner path is to transform consciousness
by being attentive to the contents of our mind
and choosing thoughts that promote a balanced, harmonious,
accepting and loving attitude towards life.
Ultimately, it is the inner path that has the ability to lead us to the promised land.
The reason for this is that the promised land is a state of consciousness,
rather than a place.
Therefore, it is our consciousness that need to change to achieve such a state.
As Jesus said: the kingdom of heaven is within you,
meaning the kingdom of heaven is a state of consciousness
and it is up to each …
There is a battle for the heart and soul of religion and science
for the stories each tells will depend upon who does the telling
and what their motivations are-
for evil people have told evil stories
using the banner of both religion & science!
Most people are too attached to appearing "cool" in other people's eyes to commit to publicly serving Love. Love is not cool, particularly among the young and "hip". To humble yourself and be a servant for Love rather than for ego and pomposity is something few are will to do:
"...unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 18:3,4
People are willing to turn their back on the eternal values of truth to appear "hip" in other people's eyes. Sadly, by serving such worldly values one loses one's soul in the process. It is a trade that is not worth making. Better to appear to be a fool to worldly man and be in harmony with the love of God than to be accepted among men but lost to the true spirit that dwells within.