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Spiritual Freedom in the West: Are We Drifting Into a Culture of Suppression?

David Gardner, Guest Waking Times Increasingly in the West practitioners of alternative spirituality are subjected to discrimination and censorship. It’s sobering to look at the possible outcomes of living in a society where spiritual freedoms are heavily restricted. This article looks at the Chinese government’s oppression of spirituality as an example, to illustrate why we

Can Spirituality Survive in a Hyper-Connected Society?

David Gardner, Guest Waking Times We live in a fast-paced, hyper-connected society. While modern technology definitely has its benefits, does being constantly plugged in to technology, and relying on it for almost everything, erode the space for spirituality in our lives? How do we keep spirituality alive in our hyper-connected society? When was the last

How Fear is Used to Turn You Against Spirituality

David G, Guest Waking Times Fear is a weapon of social control used to manipulate thoughts and actions without people even knowing it. Today it’s used to control and alienate would-be practitioners of alternative spirituality. How has this happened and who stands to gain from it? By understanding how fear is used we can be

13 Qualities of Spiritual Ascension

Barbara Lynn-Freed, Contributor Waking Times Like everything else, the meaning of Ascension is relative to who you are, your spiritual background and how you perceive reality. Traditionally, Ascension has implied liberating our soul from physical form to etheric substance and Light. Christianity gives us a perfect example of this type of Ascension through Christ’s resurrection.

How to be Spiritual Amidst this Chaos?

Dr. Stewart Bitkoff, Contributor Waking Times Circumstances have overtaken man. His old languages are not sufficient to describe what is happening, and what is about to happen. To think in terms of a millennium or such tame concepts as ‘the eleventh hour’ is ridiculous. Better that he should realize that he is in an era

Higher Knowledge & Spiritual Experience: What to Buy?

Dr. Stewart Bitkoff, Guest Waking Times There are a thousand forms of mind. –Rumi The goal of the mystical process is to help complete human evolution. The Sufi asserts that humanity is evolving to a higher spiritual condition and this evolution is purposeful and directed. The end result of this process is more complete travelers who

Spirituality & Social Change

Dr. Stewart Bitkoff, Contributor Waking Times  Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself. Love possesses not nor would it be possessed; For love is sufficient unto love. -Kahlil Gibran Looking Back As I sit around watching my grey hair turn whiter, I keep seeing the same social and political problems occurring

Everyday Spirituality – Life as Prayer

Dr. Stewart Bitkoff, Contributor Waking Times There is growing interest and dialog concerning differences between traditional religious teaching and a form of spiritual practice termed: everyday spirituality or spirituality of the market place. Surprisingly, the usefulness of spiritual practice in everyday life is an ancient teaching, and lies at the heart of human development systems

The Importance of Resourcefulness to Our Spiritual Future

Lewis Herridge, Contributor Waking Times The dictionary definition of resourceful is as follows; Able to act effectively or imaginatively, especially in difficult situations. It is also closely connected to the words ingenious, ingenuity and inventiveness. All words of which, describe the power of creative imagination, a characteristic that defines our very human experience. It is

Satsang: The Power of Spiritual Presence

Steve Taylor, New Dawn Waking Times Enlightened people are like spiritual dynamos: they have a very strong presence which touches the people they come into contact with, transmitting something of their enlightenment to them. Even people who aren’t at all “spiritual” usually feel a sense of well-being in their presence, and so feel attracted to

Healthy Spirituality vs Broken Spirits, Broken Hearts and Shattered Egos

Tracy Kolenchuk, Guest Waking Times A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. Proverbs 17:22. How big is the difference between a broken heart, a broken spirit and a crushed ego? From the health perspective – what is ‘Spirit’? What is spirituality? How can we recognize or measure the healthiness

The Spiritual Crisis of Man – a Tribute to Dr. Paul Brunton

Linda George, Contributing Writer Waking Times Dr. Paul Brunton, in “The Spiritual Crisis of Man” – (published in 1952), wrote these words: “A million people will eagerly follow a glib leader who raises contentious clamour and leads them to ultimate destruction, when only a few people will follow an inspired spiritual leader who leads them

The Spiritual Nature of Hair

Deva Kaur Khalsa, 3ho Waking Times “Our hair fashions might be just a trend, but if we investigate, we may find that we have been depriving ourselves of one of the most valuable sources of energy for human vitality.” –Yogi Bhajan Consider the possibility that the hair on your head is there to do more than

The I Ching – A Spiritual Guide

David James Lees, Guest Writer Waking Times  The I Ching, pronounced “ee cheeng“, sometimes written as Yi Jing and also known as The Book of Changes, is an extraordinary classic text. The book is not commonly recognised or discussed in the West, yet surprisingly many people have an old copy tucked away somewhere on their bookshelf or have encountered

The Pineal Gland: Interface Between the Physical and Spiritual Planes?

Philosophers and Spiritual Adepts have long contemplated the function of the Pineal. For example, the Ancient Greeks believed it to be our connection to the realms of thought and French philosopher Renee Descartes referred to it as the seat of the human soul. Most mystical traditions and esoteric schools have known this area to be the connecting link between the physical and spiritual worlds and consider it a powerful source of ethereal energy initiating supernatural powers.

The Ancient Future Of Ayahuasca

Jonathon Miller Weisberger -At the core of ancient ways we learn that to take from nature is a privilege, not an entitlement.

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