Archive for June, 2016

The difference

June.30. 2016

If you take two plants, same species, about the same size, but one is dead (perhaps the owner forgot to water it) and one is alive, and if you cut into them, you will see the same molecular structure.

Both plants essentially the same except for one difference.

One has an energy inside, the other one doesn’t.

One has the ability to draw water and nutrients through its roots and stems and produce photosynthesis while the other one doesn’t.

What is this energy?

It is best described as a life force.

I prefer to call it spirit.

No, this spirit has nothing to do with the supernatural, or the paranormal.

It is simply the life force within all living things that gives it life.

Scientists, of course, would laugh at the idea of a spirit that resides in living things.

That’s because the concept is beyond their understanding.

(And that’s why to date, science still can’t create life. You can’t create something you don’t understand.)

Think about it.

In an age where science has been able to travel to the stars and predict quantum and string theories and come up with massive weapons of destruction, no one has as yet been able to make a dead plant come back to life.

Simply amazing.

This life force is the key to our very existence and yet no one has any understanding of it.

Yes, you can sometimes zap a dead person with a jolt of electricity to revive him, but can you send a jolt of electricity into a speck of dust to make it come alive as an ant?

That a life force exists within all living things is indisputable.

Otherwise you and I would not be here writing or reading this.

We all have the life force running through us.

Religions have tried to explain the life force as the soul. (Which can pose certain problems because it implies all living things including plants (and ants) which are possessed of this life force have souls too.)

Perhaps language can provide us with the best clue in understanding what this life force is.

We say someone is “highly spirited”

Or “down in spirit,” or someone has a “broken spirit.”

All these references point to that energy within us.

Keeping the energy strong and alive is key to survival. You might have heard of people who after suffering great personal loss would sometimes succumb soon after themselves.

It’s their broken spirit that’s made them lose the will to live.

When your spirit is broken, that life force will be quickly extinguished too.

So how does one keep the spirit strong and alive?

Having a purpose in life.

Being surrounded by love and goodwill.

Having a good positive outlook on life, filled with hope and anticipation of good things to come each day.

In other words, living a good positive life.

The yardstick

June.25. 2016

I had an interesting conversation with a Sufi master a few years ago. (I make it a point to visit him once a year.)

We were discussing certain spiritual teachers and so-called holy men and he made a point which made complete sense to me at the time.

He said, “True teachers never ask you for money, instead they give you money.”

What a revelation.

Especially in light of all the teachers and pastors out there who’s always begging you for money and more money. (So that they can do God’s work, they claim. Sure and a fancy mansion doesn’t hurt either.)

(And their failsafe rationale, that old 10% tithe. Yes, even if God wants your 10%, why give it to them? They’re not God.)

I believe this is the yardstick to measure all would-be “spiritual teachers” by.

Beware of all self-proclaimed prophets and random “Appointed Sons of God” who’s constantly got their hands outstretched begging you for more money so they can maintain their lavish lifestyles.

Those outstretched hands are immediate disqualifiers.

Instant red flags indicating they’re complete phonies, scam artists, frauds, preying on your need for more spirituality and meaning in your life.

But what is this about giving you money?

No, not literally of course, but you can probably figure this out yourself. Took me a while too.