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A female mystic’s way to pull yourself out of money-worry

The current economic crisis is a collective ‘dark night of the soul’  — and a creative destruction of the ego’s fear and trembling

GUEST COLUMN: SMADAR DE LANGE — In 1843, the Danish philosopher Kierkegaard published a book called Fear and Trembling, a title borrowed from a line in Philippians 2:12, “. . . continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.”

J. Krishnamurti, the great Indian mystic of the following century, argued that the main motivation of the ego is fear-based. Working with fear is at the essence of a spiritual practice, because only when we face our existential fear, can we be set free.

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How I used intention to find my ‘ideal’ man

A 20-something seeker from South Carolina shares her secrets for finding, and realizing, love in the 21st century

GUEST COLUMN: CHELSEA LANGAN — Imagine remembering only the very best memories, and making only the finest plans for the future. This is all that should be going on when you are fully immersed in the present moment (a theme explored brilliantly in the movie, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind).

My mantra to myself: ‘Negative thoughts that come across your mind are strictly off limits.’ Acknowledging this is really all it takes to eliminate the flotsam that weighs us down.  It is possible to let your inner light of love and life literally take over every process and aspect of your life.

What works for me: letting go and surrendering.  We are called to abandon worry and create moments of stillness in our minds to think precisely of NOTHING.  Hard to do, right?   Try these tricks throughout the day.

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Age of Sorrow, Age of Wakefulness

Pamela Wilson, who is featured in the Soul’s Code slideshow Female Mystics, shares her insights about the true nature of depression

SPECIAL TO SOUL’S CODE: PAMELA WILSON — Sorrow has been a constant companion for many of us, and yet we are content with the mind’s interpretation of what it is. What if sorrow is not what it appears to be?

What if it is a deep invitation to return to authenticity and naturalness? What if, in your heart, you know that sorrow is a sane response to the human condition of confusion and suffering?

Everything in nature has a function, and depression’s function is to dissolve the sense of isolation and the unnecessary defenses.

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James Hillman’s “A Therapy for Psychotherapy”

James Hillman’s “A Therapy for Psychotherapy”

The last living legend of 20th-century American psychotherapy advocates “pagan psychology” at Santa Barbara’s Pacifica Graduate Institute

BY SMADAR DE LANGE — People go to psychologists and psychiatrists to seek help for universal issues such as loneliness, anxiety and emptiness. But what happens in a psychotherapy session is that those feelings are branded — and treated — as subjective experiences, phenomena that are unique to the patient. Instead of freeing people from the tyranny of the personality, today’s psychotherapy reinforces an individual’s separation and isolation from universal human conditions — and digs people deeper  into the myth of subjective experience. It enslaves them more to this fragile construct called personality.

So argues James Hillman, the American psychologist who developed “archetypal psychology.”

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What is the “H” Word?

When we’re not happy, do you believe it’s because we “think” we know what happiness is? The short answer from Vedic psychology

Raised in an abusive, alcoholic family — and twice diagnosed, “terminal” — Vaishali is a new female mystic who comes by her joy honestly.

GUEST COLUMN: VAISHALI — Happiness. It is the No. 1 thing we all want. The constitution of the United States institutionalizes our protected right to pursue it. But what exactly is it? Someone once told me they’d found happiness. I honestly didn’t know it was ever lost.

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Palin, Obama, and Eckhart Tolle

Palin, Obama, and Eckhart Tolle

Did Tolle’s concept of the collective Pain Body drive the election?

BY DAVID RICKEY — September marked the 7th anniversary of what has become known simply as 9/11.

That horrific day flicked a psychic switch for Americans. For most of us, we suddenly had a sense of being a victim, and that completely wiped out any awareness of cause and effect. George Bush’s popularity jumped to over 90%, and the country pulled together under this unified field of “victim” identity.

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Don’t fall for the monkey trap

Don’t fall for the monkey trap

An excerpt from Vaishali’s upcoming book, Wisdom Rising, one woman’s manual for reinvention and realization

PART 1 of 2 — In Taiwan there is a device known as a Taiwanese monkey trap. It is a simple box made of open wooden slats. A banana is placed inside the box, and it is clearly visibly through the open slats. There is a hole in the box just large enough for a monkey’s open hand to reach through. Once the monkey has a grip on the banana, the trap is sprung: the monkey now finds the hole is too small for a closed fist clutching a banana to pass back out again.

There is actually nothing holding the monkey in the trap — except for its attachment to the banana.

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The art of how to not take everything so personally

The art of how to not take everything so personally

In her upcoming book, Wisdom Rising, Vaishali reveals how the things that happen *to* you are not really *about* You

ADVANCE EXCERPT: PART 2 of 2 — Vedic psychology says you do not have to take their word for it, you can prove it to yourself. Just ask yourself, “like air, fire and water, were emotions around before you showed up on the planet?” Were human experiences happening before your charming butt arrived to grace the third rock from the sun? Did you invent thought, or was that property of being bouncing around long before you were born? If it was on the planet before you showed up, then it is a universal event, and there is nothing personal about it.

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A book that changed my life: Eckhart Tolle’s latest

How I rediscovered myself through Tolle’s A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose

BY RAQUEL TAVARES — I recently told my mother that I was tired of all those “self-help” books. Then, shortly after, I bought one again — this time, Eckhart Tolle‘s A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose.

All this is to say that Tolle’s book transcends the ‘self-help’ pigeon-hole, and reaches way beyond ‘the Oprah book club’ labeling. I’m happy that both the genre and seal-of-approval draw the attention of a mass audience, but let’s just say that this book deserves its very own shelf. It should be tagged: the ‘growing up human’ section.

It’s rare that I’ve been so taken by a book that I recommend it to others. With this one, I usually lay this line on top of my recommendations — “This book has changed my life.” And it has.

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Addicted to the addict: The anatomy of codependence

The first in a seven-part SOUL’S CODE series about Codependence

Are you, or have you ever been, a codependent person?

co-de-pend-ent [koh-di-pen-duhnt] – adjective

1. of or pertaining to a relationship in which one person is physically or psychologically addicted, as to alcohol or gambling, and the other person is psychologically dependent on the first in an unhealthy way.

BY DAVID RICKEY and PAUL KAIHLA That’s the standard dictionary, or in this case Wikipedia, definition. Take out the argot about addiction, and codependency can be summed up with this plain phrase: a mutually-parasitic bonding.

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