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SOUL’S CODE —  Nothing hurts more in a news story than hearing about kids getting hurt or tortured. In this sick story, reported by the BBC, a woman discovered 26 sewing needles in her body when she had blood in her urine. Ouch! How did she not notice earlier? Her grandparents had stuck her with needles when she was a very small child, doctors say. It’s a literal manifestation of what the spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle calls “the pain body.”

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Church Parking: When good people do bad things

Church Parking: When good people do bad things

23-year-old Thomas Kyle Nursey parked his Ford F-150 pickup truck inside a Catholic church Tuesday morning, according to news reports. The Floridian decided he wanted to go to church at 3 A.M. and drove his truck straight through the front doors to display his anger at God. Police booked him.

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Byron Katie, “A Thousand Names for Joy” and blowing the spell of 9/11

Byron Katie is a post-modern mystic = someone who has realized an elevated state, and done so in the maelstrom of contemporary American society — incubated totally outside of organized religion, essentially by spontaneous combustion.

With the release of her third book, A Thousand Names for Joy, Katie receives standing ovations usually reserved for rock stars as she tours U.S. cities. But this isn’t an Oprah-ego personality cult. This material is challenging stuff — not feel-good, ratings-boosting melodrama.

An excerpt from the new book: Here is Katie’s way for un-plugging from the pain of 9/11, an American drama that lives in us with the power of a group induction or spell:

I read an interview with a well-known Buddhist teacher in which he described how appalled and devastated he felt while watching the planes hit the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. While this reaction is very popular, it is not the reaction of an open mind and heart. It has nothing to do with compassion.

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Pick up artists? Or something more…

Pick up artists? Or something more…

Picking up women really is about more than picking up women… at least for these men:

The men each begin with a brief introduction, describing their current plight with women. Some are funny and gregarious, others withdrawn and demure, and they vary in levels of traditional attractiveness and professional success. But each shares a general sense of unease with themselves, a deep frustration and loneliness.

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Andrew Cohen and WIE: a tire fire (the New Age edition)

Andrew Cohen and WIE: a tire fire (the New Age edition)

We’re not in the business of using other people’s pain as a source of entertainment. So let’s reel this out and look at it as a mirror for what happens when any one of us falls into a rabbit hole of unconsciousness.

Here is a gallery of intelligent people who took the road less traveled, so to speak. Now they’re in a conflict that first went public with the publication of the book, Enlightenment Blues, a critique of Andrew Cohen, editor of a magazine that covers mysticism and transpersonal psychology. Then came the launch of a companion blog to the book. Here’s an entry from one of the contributors:

Legacy of Scorched Earth

Reflections from a former student

By Susan Bridle

I was a student of Andrew Cohen for ten years, and worked very intimately with him for many years in my work as a writer and editor for What Is Enlightenment? Magazine and other Moksha Press publications… I left Andrew’s community a little over three years ago, and while I am busy with new academic, career, and spiritual goals, I am still “digesting” my experience of my relationship with Andrew and my time in his community. Bottom line, I experienced so much that was truly profound and transformative – and that I will forever be grateful for – and also so much that was really abusive and twisted – and that still deeply saddens me. The lightest light and the darkest dark. Both. All tangled together like miles of black and white yarn entwined in a big ball at the pit of my stomach. I guess for me, I feel my work is to digest the whole thing, tease it apart… One thing that continues to strike me with painful irony is the fact that Andrew would, almost tearfully, lament about other teachers who had shown such great promise, whose passion for the spiritual life and searing dharma inspired so many spiritual seekers to abandon “the world” and give their entire lives to a spiritual revolution – but whose abuses of sex, money, power, and other addictions in the end disillusioned thousands of seekers and instead promoted cynicism about the whole endeavor. This is, in fact, the reality of the situation now with Andrew.

Last week, Cohen launched a counter-blog featuring a five-page inaugural post. Excerpts:

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Atheism: now fortified with fanaticism

You didn’t think the techno-hipsters at Wired were above resorting to religion to sell magazines, did you? Kudos to writer Gary Wolf for digging up a first class group of crankypants: militant atheists! These guys combine the flexibility of Soviet bureaucrats with the fun factor of a bowl of bran flakes.

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