As we make our way through life, we inevitably meet a legion of new faces and personalities. For the most part, the people we meet and get to know are benign, caring, benevolent and sociable. They laugh at our jokes, praise our achievements, encourage and spend quality time with us. Overall people are kind and well-meaning. They would never hurt us — or so we think.
People present to others an image that they know will be accepted while repressing and even denying the parts of their psyche that they deem unacceptable to society.
This does not make them ‘fake’…
As we navigate through life and interact with our surroundings we are hardly ever seeing a neutral and objective reality. When we look at a person we are never looking purely at that person but we are looking at our idea of that person. Reality is an objective and plain canvas that we project our psyche upon. It is almost as if every one of us has a special set of lens which filters the world to our liking.
And this is a fact that we often forget. But the more we remind ourselves of this reality the easier it…
Trying to be a better person than we were the day before can seem like a benign and noble goal with the potential to revolutionize our lives for the best.
But this isn't always the case.
This goal can cause a great deal of distress in our lives.
You see we humans are full of flaws. It’s what makes us human.
But we can forget this at times and get caught up in our imperfections and develop the idea that we need “fixing” or “improving” and even updating like an out of date software.
We see our friends who seem…
Most of us have either said or heard someone talking about karma coming back to bite them at some point in their life. Some of us even have a daily meditation practice.
These concepts are both derived from Hinduism — and more specifically the Bhagavad Gita.
Eastern thought is so underrated. Its influence is felt everywhere in the western world as is evident in the vast amount of yoga studios, the growing popularity of meditation, and the nonchalant use of the word karma that is somewhat taken for granted.
But what isn't given as much attention is the concept of…
The outside world is a beautiful phenomenon best exemplified in the belly of a great forest, rocky mountains, icy lakes, and warm oceans. It’s vast and it seems almost impossible to discover everything on earth and see it with our own eyes.
And as wonderful as the external world is, our internal world deserves the same recognition.
Our psyche — or soul — is also full of mental mountains and great forests waiting to be discovered.
And just like our external world, we might not discover every last bit of it. We may never truly know ourselves.
But this should…
We’ve all heard the phrase “the truth is somewhere in the middle.”
And like most cliches, it's often overlooked. But cliches are cliches for a reason.
Too often we get caught up in the polarities of life and forget that things are hardly ever as black and white as we think they are.
We hardly ever need to be polarized at one end of the spectrum because we would be better off operating somewhere in the middle and using elements of both opposing sides to our advantage.
Great power lies in blending the two into one.
But when we favor…
Envy can be a very nasty emotion.
And one that we don't like admitting we feel.
But envy can be a beneficial emotion to experience if we can learn to distance ourselves from it and reflect on its implications. In fact, envy can act as a powerful motivator in our lives when it's integrated instead of ignored.
Let's not overlook the destructive potentiality of this emotion either. Sometimes we let it get the best of us and turn us into petty human beings.
This is because we begin to identify with our feelings and give them fuel.
In order for…
For the most part, our problems are self-made.
It is hardly ever an event in of itself that causes turmoil in our life but our response to it. If we could somehow manage our response to these events as big or as small as they might be we would have one up on life.
I get that in theory, this makes perfect sense but in real life, it can be hard not to take things personally.
We hear a coworker gossiping about us behind our backs. We’re excited to tell a friend about something and they don’t really seem to…
As I have found my way into occult circles some of the most common questions I see asked by new-comers are things like: “What ritual can I do to summon a demon,” “how do I invoke an arch-angel,” and my favorite of all, “What entity can I summon to make me rich?”
The occult is a big umbrella and under it is a wide and diverse range of esoteric systems and spiritual beliefs held by every practicing occultist. I mean, a vast majority of occultists don’t even believe in demons and spirits some are agnostic. …
The world can be unforgiving, cold, and indifferent.
It’s full of pain and suffering, that much is certain.
And this can cause even the most faithful amongst us have doubts. This is natural and almost inevitable. So when we have doubts we shouldn’t feel guilty about it.
Because even when we feel abandoned by God we are actually identifying with God himself.
The crucifixion is charged with rich symbology and of immense importance.
And it is during the crucifixion that Christ says something incredible. It’s almost as if for a brief moment God himself becomes an atheist.
And about the…