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  1. Aerist

    Tips For Rapid Spiritual Growth

    I like the Theosophists was of answering this question, giving three activities which together and separately, help rapid spiritual unfoldment. 1. Meditation or focused prayer. (to train and transform the mind) 2. Work without attachment to results (Charity or similar work, to work off...
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    Kahlil Gibran

    +1 ................................
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    Paul the 13th? - I Cor. 1:1

    Think Astrology. I think it is more or less doctrine that the 12 tribes were astrological houses, in the Kabbalah.
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    Is a belief in God necessary for morality - A new study

    I so wish that were true.
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    Will Religion Ever Be Able to Excise Extremist Fundamentalists?

    +1 ...........................
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    Will Religion Ever Be Able to Excise Extremist Fundamentalists?

    There is a possibility that the Karma of the location/astrology/history (however we might choose to explain it) has a part to play in this. I present some evidence to support this perspective below. By this means, Immigrants and their families from Asia and the Middle East will gradually...
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    Will Religion Ever Be Able to Excise Extremist Fundamentalists?

    Whatever that means - I think it is more of a koan than a factual statement. Even then, can we be sure that those words accurately represent to us how things are several thousand years after they were first written? What is clear is that man seeks to define God in man's own image, which...
  8. Aerist

    The Absolute Unity of God

    OK. I can see the the consistency you put forward, and I accept the power inherent of a group - there are too many examples of it in all cultures for it to be unimportant. The idea of forming a Jewish Minyan amongst Islamist State sounds a bit tricky, although it might follow if indeed there...
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    Will Religion Ever Be Able to Excise Extremist Fundamentalists?

    If it wasn't for the fundamentalist who showed me the superstition, the fear, the power struggle, the selfishness and the egoism of religion, which even the more moderate members of the religion felt they could do nothing to disown, I might have not had the disgust-driven impetus to renounce my...
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    The Absolute Unity of God

    What a fascinating insight. I like that. But is it not contradicted by, say, the spread of various empires through the ages? These have spread, and are spreading, by force of arms, rather than spiritual photon torpedoes.
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    The Absolute Unity of God

    Light exists even when it is not seen. I have always been comforted by the teaching that we help bring light by first gaining some increased measure of it ourselves, and then sharing with others it just by being alive and around. Second to this is seeking to be a good example rather than...
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    Is anyone here knowledgeable of Kabbalah?

    My understanding is that the Hebrew Kabbalah is not too accessible either nowadays without either being born into one of the Chassidic groups, or following on from a study of the Torah and Talmud at yeshivah (dedicated school) level. Personally, and without too much evidence, my belief is...
  13. Aerist

    The Belief O Matic

    Beliefs. (apologies) The personality - and NLP - seem restricted to swapping one limiting belief for another (which hopefully will be more useful for the circumstances presenting). I haven't examined this bit, but NLP seems a view from the bottom up, as it were, and we are evolving to a...
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    The Belief O Matic

    Well, I believe I have a solid understanding, but there you go :D . I did a master practitioner course ten or so years ago so I may be a little out of date. I do agree that beliefs can be altered to support a chosen way of doing life: I remember doing a process to inculcate a belief that the...
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    The Belief O Matic

    Absolutely. Alongside that goes the essential spiritual technique of "Fake it til you Make it." It's amazing how many people just don't get the importance of that for the westerner. The western path does not involve annihilating (thank the lord for spell checkers) the personality, but...
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    The Belief O Matic

    Taking the NLP model originated by Dilts and Bateman, beliefs come between "Identity" and "Capabilities". Dilts' Logical Levels | SkillsYouNeed If I allow my beliefs to affect my capabilities and skills they are going to encourage the development of some capabilities , but be a limitation on...
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    The Belief O Matic

    I was unable to answer most of the questions. I don't find my beliefs very helpful, actually.
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    What Constitutes Proof of God?

    My friend and teacher DC Vision - who used to post on here under the name "pseudonymous" - said that he was a spiritual atheist, and he had plenty of experience of spirit, having practised as both a healer and a medium. He came to believe that each one of us was on a path which would culminate...
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    How would you react?

    Thanks. Carl Rogers used to say that when we come across evidence, even experiential bite-your-butt-and-leave-teeth-marks evidence, that is contrary to our deeply held beliefs, our brains distort and deny - just don't see - that evidence. This is to protect us from shock, rather than put us...
  20. Aerist

    How would you react?

    Precisely so. To the best of my belief there IS a way to know. Many, who you do not believe, have followed a way and know. Beliefs are just a way of limiting our experience, unless chosen wisely and by looking at the evidence c.w. what we would like to achieve. Obviously, if I want to continue...
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