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Sunday, 09 October 2016 10:07

I Am So Far from Enlightenment

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Question:

I am a medium but I am not getting an answer for my own problems.

Last year I left three jobs.  I was in the first one for two years, but felt that I had overstayed my welcome.  I got another job working for a person who made promises but never kept them, and then did not pay me for a month. 

I found another job where I earned good money, but the managers in the company felt that it was OK to regularly humiliate people and make them cry.  I could not work in a situation like that.

I am worried that I will not find another job.  I have never been unemployed before.

I have also recently bought a house with my boyfriend of 8 years, and we are very happy in our relationship.  But then I dreamt that a man I went out with 20 years ago wants me back and we were surrounded by a beautiful light.  Does that mean anything?



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Sunday, 25 September 2016 16:59

How Do I Recover From Religion?

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Question:

I grew up in an extremely conservative Fundamentalist Christian church.  We were not allowed any dancing, smoking, TV, radio, or associating with outsiders, and women were not allowed to wear trousers.

When I was a little girl I was sexually abused by a man in his 60s.  I told my parents, but they insisted that it was a bad dream.  My mother told me that God and prayer would heal me.  As a result I never received therapy.

I spent years avoiding all men and grew up with a total aversion to sex. 

I am now nearly 30 and feel lost and detached from my life.  I have tried counselling and Christianity but it made no difference.  God does not seem to be helping and counselling is very slow and expensive.

I am now in my first relationship and I am going to lose this man because I am disgusted by all forms of affection – even kissing. 

I would like to heal my broken spirit and be happy in a relationship.  How do I do that?


Published in Spiritual Development
Saturday, 11 June 2016 11:29

Pray the Gay Away

 

A 17-year-old American girl openly declared that she is gay.  She took her girlfriend to the school prom.  Her parents summarily enrolled her into a Christian school where she would for a year not have any contact with the outside world.  The school apparently is known for “praying the gay away”. 

 

This happened in the year 2017, not in 1317, and in the USA, not some backwater country with a paternalistic, dictatorial belief system. 

 

The girl’s parents sent her to the school so that they could ensure the daughter they were given in this life is “changed”.  Talk about conditional love … And they could do this because legally she is still under age and there is nothing she can do to get out of this “school”. 

 

 

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There is an urgency in the Western world to find means of slowing down and becoming calmer and more peaceful.

 

One of the commercial successes (apart from the myriad books on mindfulness) is the new rage for colouring books for adults.

 

Of course you will not find fairies or clowns or animals in these colouring books.  The purpose of the books is not to practice holding a crayon or staying within the lines.  The purpose of the books is to help adults relax by focusing on repeating patterns and on no particular topic.

 

Quite often mandalas are used in these adult colouring book.  Mandalas are complicated repetitive patterns that originated in Eastern philosophy as an attempt to make a symbolic representation of the Universe more tangible.

 

 

Published in Spiritual Development
Saturday, 11 June 2016 10:46

Redefining God’s Word

 

A group of synagogues in part of London have applied for the erection of poles linked together with fishing wire to demarcate an eruv in Camden.

 

An eruv is a marked area in which Jews can carry or push objects on the Sabbath without violating Jewish law that prohibits carrying anything outside the house.  This new construction will allow people in wheelchairs and parents with pushchairs to leave their house during the Sabbath, because the construction of the eruv will in the minds of the Jews create the illusion that their homes have been extended to the boundaries of the eruv, which can be as large as a number of square miles.

 

This is not a new concept. 

Published in Spiritual Development
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 06:57

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah is the first and second days of the first Jewish month of Tishrei.

In Israel Rosh Hashanah is the only holiday that is kept for 2 days.  The day is considered too important to be observed for only 24 hours, and both days are considered one long day of 48 hours. 

Rosh Hashanah is the

 

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