4 Ways Organized Religion Kills Freedom and Critical Thinking

Throughout centuries, organized religion has dictated the world with experiences and ideas.

Many different beliefs have shaped us into the human beings that we are today, but is that a good thing?

Organized religion has often been the face of a hero. Whether you we born into it, adapted to your environment or researched it on your own, it has taken a toll on your life.

Albert Einstein once said, “If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.”

Einstein makes a valid point in that statement. Our spiritual beliefs, whether Christianity or New Age, have dictated our actions and at times become a form of mind control.

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How to Save the Planet According to the World’s Greatest Minds

Discovering More Humane Ways of Being

We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive. ~ Albert Einstein

If you turn on the news, the human species seems to be at a crisis point. Poverty, racism, political division, ecological destruction, social instability and other seemingly ‘unsolvable’ problems appear to be getting worse. And yet, when walking in a forest or looking up at the night sky, there is a sense that we live in a Universe of great balance, mystery, and beauty.

The wise among our species have repeatedly offered very simple solutions to humanity’s difficulties. Walt Whitman and Van Gogh were overwhelmed by the beauty that surrounds us and sought to share that in their poetry and paintings. The Dalai Lama has often said that we just need to prioritize peace, gratitude, love, and wisdom. That the human family’s problems are caused by closed hearts and minds and will be solved as more and more of us open them. Could it be that simple?

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Cycles of Abuse and Control

Meet Stan:

Stan’s boss spent the night drinking.  He was depressed and hurt because his wife left him.

The next morning when Stan got to work, his hungover and miserable boss made his day hell.  Criticizing his work, moving up deadlines, forcing him to work the weekend and all around being cruel in his tone.

That night when Stan got home from work he took out his frustrations on his wife.  He began to criticize her every action, and nothing she said or did was good enough.  His tone with her was pure venom.

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Study: Negative Thoughts Are Damaging Your DNA

Lose your temper on the road? Frustrated with colleagues at work?

You may be cutting your life short, warns molecular biologist Elizabeth Blackburn — who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2009 — and health psychologist Elissa Epel, who studies stress and aging.

The authors claim in their new book, The Telomere Effect, that negative thoughts harm your health at the DNA level.

Research has shown that a person’s “social relationships, environments and lifestyles” affect their genes.

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Ten Tips from Ghandi on Changing the World

It Begins with US

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”

“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problem.”

“If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.”

Mahatma Gandhi needs no introduction. Everyone knows about the man who lead the Indian people to independence from British rule, back in 1947.

So let’s just move on to some of my favourite tips from Mahatma Gandhi…

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6 Things You Lose When You Become Spiritually Awakened

An awakened mind allows you to show admiration for those who do well and strive to follow in their footsteps. It also helps to remove any malicious or jealousy and appreciate the accomplishments of others.

As we grow, become more aware, and love, our thoughts and actions change as well. This is not only due to our goals changing but the resources we draw on become more productive. As we ‘wake’ to the world as it truly is, the truth of it all changes us from the core outward. We are till human so we still experience and project negativity, but the magnitude and length of time being negative changes.

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The Spiritual Lover of the Inner Silence

The world around us is too noisy, we are constantly surrounded by the murmur of the civilized world. We have almost completely forgotten today, how living a silent life in this noisy world could be. What secret could the silence have?

The mystery of silence becomes interesting for us when we become spiritual seekers. From that time on, we start looking for the essence of life, we wish to find an answer to the question:

 ”Who am I, and what is my mission on this Earth?”

We first look for the answer in the external world. We try to find an idea, an ideology and we identify with it in order to look for the answers to the questions that preoccupy us and cause that tormenting sense of want that spurred us to embark on a quest for answers.

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5 More Lessons from the Animal Kingdom

Nature has many wisdoms and lessons for those who are open to her teachings. 7 years ago I went through a major life change where I began to “wake up.” Fortunately, nature was there, patiently waiting for me. Animals are wonderful communicators and messengers who are more than willing to interact with those open to the possibility.

Here are 5 of the most profound lessons I have learned from the animal kingdom. This article is a follow up to my previous article, “5 Lessons from the Animal Kingdom.” As Nature offers infinite wisdom to those who are listening, the list of lessons that can be drawn from our animal teachers is an endless one, but these are several more of the most profound lessons I have learned from the Animal Kingdom in the last 7 years.

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Why Being Soft-Hearted in the Modern World Is a Strength, not a Weakness

In a society where aggression and independence are revered, soft-hearted people are sometimes viewed with suspicion. But kindness can be a superpower.

Our society makes a big deal of people who achieve physical acts of courage like climbing mountains or risking their lives to save others. But there is a different kind of heroism that is often overlooked.

Soft-hearted people are not weak; in fact, quite the opposite. Kindness and generosity are gifts that can truly make our world a better place.

Why is kindness viewed with suspicion?

Soft-hearted people are viewed with suspicion by those who believe everyone is out for what’s in it for them in life. When someone acts kindly, it can sometimes be met with suspicion and questions such as “what do they really want?’ or “what are they up to?”

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How to Heal Yourself by Talking to your Body

Your Cells are Listening

Every part of your body has its own consciousness or its own soul.

These transformative words, spoken by indigenous medicine women, began my journey within to discover the extraordinary healing capacity of the human body.

When this perspective was introduced to me, I was suffering from a severe chronic pain disorder. I suddenly imagined incorporating this concept into my meditation routine.

I thought, can my body hear me… can I talk to it to gain its cooperation in healing this condition?

Can my body hear me? Can my body hear me?

The Path to Freedom

That night, after reaching a state of deep calm through meditation, I inwardly engaged my body in a heartfelt conversation, with hope, but having no idea what to expect. After about one hour of this focused communication, something amazing happened.

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