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How Can Humanity Balance the Forces of Good and Evil?

''It's important to understand that the true nature of the Universe and God is found in the balancing of opposing forces—the interplay of yin and yang, positive and negative. To illustrate this concept, we can consider a coin: even though it possesses two distinct sides, it ultimately represents a unified whole.'' Michael Corthell This article explores the concept of evil and its impact on our lives. However, it's crucial to remember that our ultimate goal, shared by all—including the divine—is to achieve balance and homeostasis.  As depicted in the image above, this pursuit extends beyond us, encompassing the very essence of existence. By understanding the interplay of opposing forces and embracing harmony, we embark on a journey to unravel the fabric of the universe and our place within it. Join us as we delve into the depths of evil, uncovering the dance of forces that shape our reality and remind us of the eternal quest for balance that unites us all.  Li

Buddhism: What is The Eternal Now and Suchness?

The ensō symbolizes absolute enlightenment, strength,  elegance, the universe, and mu (the void) "To be fully present in the Eternal Now is to dance in the arms of Suchness, where the magic of life unfolds." Michael Corthell While Buddha was on Earth he referred to himself as the Tathagata , which can mean either "One who has thus come" or "One who has thus gone", and interpreted correctly can be read as "One who has arrived at suchness ". So, just what is this 'suchness' exactly and how does it align with Christ and Christian practice today? 'Suchness' is of itself the highest wisdom. And it shows the highest wisdom which shines throughout the world and the Universe, it has true knowledge with a mind resting simply in its own being. It is eternal, it is joyful and blissful. It is its own self-being and it is the purest simplicity. It is energizing, immutable and it is free. Because it has all these attributes and i

The Golden Universal Precept of Love for Others

'' Love for others is a fundamental principle found at the core of almost every major religion. It entails desiring the same positive things for others as we do for ourselves. Not loving others attracts negativity into our lives - it is as simple and straightforward as that.'' Michael Corthell The idea of loving others and treating them with kindness and compassion is indeed a common theme in many major religions and ethical systems. While the specific wording or emphasis may differ, the underlying principle of caring for others and promoting their well-being is widely recognized. In Christianity, for example, Jesus taught his followers to love their neighbors as themselves and even to love their enemies. In Islam, the concept of "Ihsan" encourages Muslims to do good and show kindness to others. Buddhism promotes the idea of "Metta" or loving-kindness, which involves cultivating a compassionate and loving attitude towards all beings. Similarly, other

What Does Having a Spiritual and Personal Relationship with God Really Mean?

The Law of Devine Oness is the first of the universal laws, in that it's the one upon which all the others build. This law states that we are all connected through creation. Every single bit of matter that makes you, is connected to the entirety of the Universe, making each individual a form and function of it, or one with the All.   by Michael Corthell Religion is a cultural system of behaviors and practices. Usually with a worldview, a sacred book, or books, it may have holy places, its own ethics, and/or its own societal organizations. Religion will often relate humanity to what one anthropologist has called "an order of existence" or a reason to exist.  ''The purpose of religion is not building grand temples, but cultivating positive human qualities like tolerance, generosity and love .'' —Dalai Lama That is a description for a textbook. What is its purpose? What is the purpose of all belief systems? I am going to describe what I

Religion | What I Believe | Michael Corthell

by Michael Corthell “You don’t look out there for God, something in the sky, you look in you.”  – Alan Watts. It is said, by many Christians, that the Old Testament is about a promise made by God, and the New Testament is about the promise fulfilled. In my view this is true. But I believe the entire Bible, including the gospels and other scripture that was omitted, is not to be taken as a historical series of stories at all (for the most part), but rather it is to be read as a kind of psychodrama with allegory highlighting eternal truths and the sciences of creation, such as quantum theory and so on. First of all, I've come to terms with labeling myself a philosopher because I use reason to understand such things as the workings of nature and the existence of all things, including understanding the use and limits of knowledge and science, and the principles of moral judgment toward all created beings as well as the nature of matter itself.[spoiler: everything is energy in wave form

When You Wake Up You May Think You are GOD: Alan Watts on ''The Awakening''

by Alan Watts [on spiritual awaking] - So be careful of that. Jung calls it inflation; people who get the 'holy man syndrome.' That I’ve suddenly discovered that I’m the lord and that I am above good and evil and so on. And that therefore I start giving myself airs and graces.  But the point is that everybody else is too. If you discover that you’re there you ought to know that everyone else is. Well, for example, let’s see how in other ways you might realize this. Most people think when they open their eyes and look around, that what they are seeing is outside, it seems doesn’t it that you are behind your eyes. And that behind the eyes there is a blank that you can’t see at all; you turn around and you see something in front of you. But behind the eyes, there seems to be something that has no color, it isn’t dark, and it isn’t light. It’s there from a tactile standpoint; you can feel it with your fingers, although you don’t get inside it. Well than what is it that’s behind yo

[The Spirit] And the movement of...

''The purpose of religion is not building grand temples, but cultivating positive human qualities like tolerance, generosity and love.' ' —Dalai Lama We are all connected; To each other. To the earth. To the entire universe. That's quantum-ness, that's holiness! “Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Such As It Is

“It is a great mistake to say ”Conquer it,” for we can never conquer nature;  we can only harmonize with it.” ― Gyomay M. Kubose, Everyday Suchness: Buddhist Essays on Everyday Living 'Suchness' is the reality of what is without my opinion of what reality is in truth. My perceptions do not influence anything. Things are as the are. God is not someone or something separate but is the suchness in each moment, the underlying reality  ― Stephen Levine