What does the word “redemption” imply? Is it salvation through the sacrifices of a redeemer? Is it forgiveness for ourselves and for others? What is this act of grace? To many, the crucifixion of Jesus symbolizes the purging of sins, past and present, and, therefore, salvation. But is this taking spiritual responsibility for ourselves, or is it justification for future behaviors, believing if we place our faith in an external redeemer we shall be saved?
We all make mistakes. Who has…Continue
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“If you love someone…..set them free. Free…free…set them free.”
Challenging words to live by. And what does it really mean? If we love, don’t we want to hold on for dear life? How can we let someone or something go?
From the moment we are born, we seek love, approval and acceptance. We search to replace Divine Love we erroneously believe we have been separated from. Even though the loving arms of our parents…Continue
“Here comes the rain again…Falling on my head like a memory….Falling on my head like a new emotion,” words we all relate to in this ever-changing, moving flow of energy called life, yet difficult to accept as we experience it.
There is a story in the Talmud (Hebrew scripture) about how an angel is assigned to each of us when in the comfort of our mother’s womb who whispers to us the wisdom we need for living in this world. As we are born, she touches our…Continue
Talk….talk….talk…talk….talk!! That’s all we hear these days. Opinions, perceptions, judgment, condemnation. It’s enough to spiral us down to the deepest depths of negativity! And then, as negativity always does, we begin to question our own values and truth. Who is right? Who is wrong? Is there something wrong with me? Then the big question….how would spirituality guide us?
There are many philosophies and spiritual belief systems throughout the…Continue
“Help….I need somebody. Help….not just anybody. Help….you know I need someone. HELP!!”
Yep, we all loved that song and the movie as we watched Ringo run away from those who wanted to steal his precious ring! It seemed like such an innocent and fun-loving song the way The Beatles presented it, but in reality, it was John Lennon’s genuine cry for help. He had become overwhelmed and didn’t know where to hide.
We have all heard our friends,…Continue
“You better watch out; you better not cry; you better not pout, I’m telling you why. Santa Claus is coming to town!”
Who is this jolly, generous, free-spirited and wise archetype who makes us all, from the youngest to the eldest, feel so warm and happy? And what is his magical touch and why does it bring us so much light, joy and presents, to boot? The Christmas Season comes to us during the time that the Sun is traveling through the residential…Continue
“East and West must establish a golden middle path of activity and spirituality combined.” (Paramahansa Yogananda - Autobiography of a Yogi)
What can we glean from these words? Does this literally mean the Eastern portion of the World versus that of the West? Well, we can look to the history of some Eastern cultures, (India, as an example), and though filled with exquisite art, poetry and spiritual wisdom, from an economic and structural standpoint, there…Continue
Instagram….Twitter….Facebook….You Tube….and who knows how many other sources of social media and globally-collected information is out there!! It’s just a panacea of topics, opinions and advice that bombards us daily from books, television, movies, gurus, advertisements, our communities and the greatest culprit of them all…..the Internet! It’s no wonder we are confused with our individual authenticity. This is not to say there is no value to all the information transmitted to us on a daily…Continue
Impermanence….emptiness….illusions…samsara, maya, words we often encounter on our journey to awakening our consciousness. We study and meditate on just what it means when our masters tell us there is no form and that all things are empty of their own side. Buddhism tells us it’s all illusion and that is the cause of our human suffering. But where do we find our illusions? Why do people’s sufferings differ? Are they predetermined? Are our illusions karmic? Are our illusions…Continue
“There are places I remember all my life, though some have changed.” Prophetic words indeed!
Life is change. All is impermanent, except for the still point of eternity referred to as our soul, the individuated expression of collective consciousness. We love, experience, cry, feel anger, pain. It’s not easy to be incarnated into this vehicle we call the body and feel our humanness, and, if you believe in reincarnation, why do we keep doing it?
For each and every cause, there is…Continue
“When you move beyond consciousness, you caress the beloved. When you move into the unknown , beyond everything, the beloved caresses you.” (Rumi)
As humans, we place many conditions and expectations upon ourselves in our daily lives. Love, family, work. ”I will love you if….I will do this job if….I will reward you if…” These conditions can result in feelings of fear, betrayal, abandonment, hurt, our lovability, and as a result, we close our hearts to receiving the unconditional love…Continue
“Baby, I’m a star…..I don’t want to stop ‘till I reach the top.” Lyrics written by a most talented and magnetic being the World recently lost. The tributes that poured forth for Prince all around the World from all walks of life were enormous. Whether in the field of music, arts, politics, journalism, law, corporate and the public at large, everyone mourned and told stories how Prince influenced their lives. Why? What was it about this magnanimous person that made us all smile,…Continue
“Welcome to your life….there is no turning back!” Meaningful lyrics written by a wise duo back in the ‘80s…Tears for Fears. Even their name speaks wisdom. When we read these lyrics, we can almost have this sense of anxiety or fear for this roller-coaster ride we’re about to embark on called life! But really, facing those emotions and choosing to get on the ride allows us to find our calling, our purpose and track with it, and then this wonderful thing called life can be nothing but…Continue
Happy new life cycle! Funny, we all wish each other a Happy New Year on January 1st as we make resolutions, form intentions deciding to liberate ourselves so that we can then recreate. But actually, the new cycle of life begins with Spring! It is emerging from the darkness of night (winter) into the dawning of a new day!
In Spring we celebrate Easter and the Resurrection of the Christ. But what does resurrection mean? Is it a physical resurrection or is it a…Continue
“Be neither jubilant by wealth, nor depressed by loss,” was the advice of Paramahansa Yogananda’s father, words that in today’s world are difficult to comprehend since most of our society’s “acceptance” is based on what our status is in life….wealth, possessions, career, relationships.
These are all wonderful and necessary things as we journey through our physical life! There is nothing more beautiful than sitting in a wonderfully sunlit room with beautiful…Continue
Love…… the most basic and raw of emotions. Why do we complicate and become obsessed with you? From the moment we are born, we seek love in order to feel safe and secure in this World. We seek approval from our parents and others erroneously believing that if we please them we will be loved and accepted. We romanticize love! Poets, authors, artists paint a picture of love’s joys and tragedies. Romeo and Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra..... lovers who would even die for…Continue
"You may say I’m a dreamer…but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the World will live as one.”
Though these were John Lennon’s words, a Libra, he understood the message of Pisces, possibly due to the spiritually subtle influence his Pisces colleague George Harrison had on the band. George (Pisces) was the quiet one incorporating all the archetypes of life and the language of the Divine.
We are all dreamers. If we weren’t,…Continue
Welcome to the innovative, inventive, genius, rebellious laboratory of the Nutty Professor known as Aquarius! The World would be so boring if we didn’t have these friendly, eccentric, humanitarian and sociable beings.
We are now in the Age of Aquarius demonstrated by the fast-moving progress of technology. This energy is one that gifts us with all technological advances as Aquarians and the energy of Uranus (its ruler) “think outside the box.” They are able to…Continue
Added by Debbie Peluso on January 1, 2016 at 4:27pm — No Comments
Happy New Year, everyone!
The Winter Solstice on December 21st came and went. Christmas with its magnificent Full Moon in Cancer came and went allowing for so many wonderful moments with family. It brought with it the love, acceptance and healing that only Cancer can shower us with. And now we find ourselves getting ready to bring in the New Year….out with the old….in with the NEW!
Many of us have already…Continue
So how did you enjoy all that Scorpio energy, all that transformation, all that dying to self? It’s pretty intense energy but thoroughly enjoyable as we feel ourselves moving into new directions, renewing, rejuvenating, transforming! It was a great time to delve deep into ourselves and be rid of habits, attitudes and things that no longer serve. We shed our skin. It’s challenging and sometimes painful, but it also heals. And then along comes this optimistic, hopeful and abundant…Continue
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