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Most of us spend a large percentage of our lives at our workplace. How can my work life really support and contribute to my spiritual growth and vice versa? Guest Dharma writer Duncan Cryle shares his experiences in the Fortune 500 workplace.
Western culture has its own traditions of spirituality and transcendence. These can be called the Western, or Divine Mysteries. What are these mysteries and why did they go underground? How can you practice and explore their message of united consciousness?
When we know that something isn’t working, and we’ve tried everything you can think of and it still isn’t working, are we ready to risk the unknown and truly make a change?
For many years I thought meditation was about “feeling good”. And by integrating the focus on spacious emptiness, meditation came to life. It is now more like a journey. And yes, it still feels good, but it is not about the “good feeling”. It is about the journey. The constant changes are happening. There is no ground to stand on.
What we say ‘I have to’ to is our path to awakeness. It is the ‘voice’ of the daemon, our inner guide, pressing us to grow and unfold into what we can and should become. Everybody has this voice in their being, the question is whether one is listening or not.
The four deep fears of the ego mean we fixate on objects to shore up solidity in our lives. But if objects don’t really make us happy then what does? The Buddha is offering us a present. To get the present we must come outside of the burning house of the ego and open the box. What we find inside is freedom.
Would you like to live a successful and integrated life?
Doug & Catherine Sensei explain how true personal success originates in spiritual success. While worldly success seems desirable, without spiritual wealth it doesn’t produce sustainable happiness. In the spiritual life we train at recognizing spaciousness, the Clear Sky, and act with skills developed in training from there to serve our communities.
Integrating our shadow may be the fastest way to unfold spiritually, and reduce our suffering. By its very nature, shadow work is not fun or pretty. It takes courage and fortitude. Once we decide to change, the shadow’s darkness moves towards greater and greater light. That is both beautiful and exciting.
To really be our best possible selves, there are six assets we can develop. These wisdoms (also called Pāramīs) are tools to help us overcome feelings of isolation, while developing engagement, creativity and joy.