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The Heart Vs. The Mind; Or, Science And Its Darker Twin

posted by B. Dave Walters

There have been a handful of times in my life when I felt like certain things were ‘given’ to me by a higher power, and all I had to do was get it out and written down. This is one […]

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Giving thanks; Or, 10 Things to be grateful for (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

Today is Thanksgiving here in the U.S., but I want to take some time out from cooking turkey to have a quick talk about what you’re grateful for. First, let me say that even though Thanksgiving is set aside as […]

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Which Ten Commandments; or, What Jesus taught in secret

posted by B. Dave Walters

“Be calm, be loving unto others, be gentle, be peaceful, be merciful, give tithes, help the poor and sick and distressed, be devoted to Deity, be righteous, be good that ye may receive the Mysteries of the Light and go […]

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Q&A: “Why do all guys cheat?”

posted by B. Dave Walters

(Unedited) Question submitted via Formspring “Hello Dave, I must admit that I like your articles on beliefnet and will like you to keep it up. My question is why is it so hard trying to get involved with a guy […]

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Jesus and Buddha, their sayings compared; Or, meeting with the Masters

posted by B. Dave Walters

We have discussed Buddhism and how to ‘properly’ interpret scripture before, so today we will discuss the parallel sayings of two of the world’s Great Masters: Buddha and Jesus Christ. Originally, this article was intended to compare, contrast, and explain these passages; but upon […]

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Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional , Or, why things go wrong, and how to make them go right

posted by B. Dave Walters

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a […]

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Interpreting Scripture; Or, I don’t think that’s what Jesus/Buddha/Muhammad (PBUH) meant….

posted by B. Dave Walters

10:34 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace but a sword. 10:35 For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her […]

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Pornography, masturbation, and sin oh my!

posted by B. Dave Walters

Unedited questions submitted via Formspring: “I have a great girlfriend and we have a good sex life. But I watch porn everyday and I feel ashamed. I’ve tried to stop but after about a week I go back to my old […]

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Immortals; Or, the greatest stories ever told

posted by B. Dave Walters

“For fathers are all too jealous against their children . . . What woes did Danae endure on the wide sea through her sire’s mad rage!” Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica 4. 1090 ff (trans. Seaton) (Greek epic C3rd B.C.) : I’ll […]

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Homosexuality, virginity, guilt, and sex; Or, does God want you to wait till marriage?

posted by B. Dave Walters

This was one of my my controversial (and popular) articles to date.   In honor of the Beliefnet post on “Who said it: Jesus or Paul” (and the challenge of Christianity vs Paulianity) I am reposting it here: Question submitted […]

How to Trust; Or, how to Forgive (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

If you have been following this blog, then you have no doubt heard that you have to forgive the people in your life who have hurt you. No matter who it was, no matter what they’ve done: forgive them. The […]

What God is like, Or, how to see for yourself (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

“All complex things decay…work out your own salvation with diligence” -Buddha’s dying words The reason why I became a Spiritual Coach, and do the work that I do, is because I am working hard to bring God back to the forefront […]

What’s so special about 11/11/11?

posted by B. Dave Walters

I must admit, when  my little girl was born 1 year ago today (at 10:10 am no less), I was a little excited about the fact that she’d be one on 11/11/11. So, what’s the big deal about 11/11/11? Wikipedia […]

Veterans Day Quotes and Inspiration

posted by B. Dave Walters

      Happy Veterans Day to the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces. Thank you for the tremendous sacrifices you have made to defend us and our freedoms that we all too often take for granted. It […]

Gnostic Theism, Or, Digital Spirituality

posted by B. Dave Walters

People often ask me what I personally believe; what follows is the sum total of my life experience, as well as spiritual and philosophical thought…so far at least. The points below came to me suddenly, or were ‘received’ over a […]

Dear Dr. Laura: Why Can’t I Own a Canadian?

posted by B. Dave Walters

*Note, I didn’t write this; but it’s been floating around the internet for a few years now, and every time I read it, it makes me smile (especially since my wife is Canadian!). It highlights the real difficulty of *situational* […]

Q&A: “How to deal with someone who beats his parents” (!!!)

posted by B. Dave Walters

(Unedited) Question submitted via Formspring “How to deal with someone who beats his parents on a regular basis? His parents tried everything to fix his aggressive character but he doesn’t want to come out of the shell of his own. […]

Q&A: What does Psalms 35 mean to you?

posted by B. Dave Walters

*This was one of the articles that lead to me winning the ‘Next Beliefnet Blogger’ contest; I am reposting it here for anyone who missed it: Question submitted via Formspring “What does Psalms 35 mean to you?” Psalms 35 is a […]

Depression, Or, why so serious? (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

“Concern should drive us into action and not into a depression. No man is free who cannot control himself.” -Pythagoras For reasons I discussed in the video below, there is a world of difference between someone who is a bit […]

Q&A: “Should I convert to Islam for the sake of a man?”

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “I’ve met a great guy who is a Muslim. He won’t date me cause I am not Muslim. I know he likes me. I am 20 and I want to do the right thing, my friends say […]

Catching flies with honey, Or, listening to be heard (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

“If you can’t communicate with your partner, then you don’t have a relationship” – B. Dave Walters OK, normally I would never quote myself, but this time it is justified! I have said again and again that if you can’t […]

Understanding Mrs. Right; Or, traveling to Venus (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

“It is often necessary to know how to obey a woman in order sometimes to have the right to command her.” Victor Hugo Even though my emphasis is on ‘Spirituality’, the fact of the matter is the easiest way to […]

Understanding Mr. Right; Or, how to train your husband (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

“It takes time to persuade men to do even what is for their own good” -Thomas Jefferson Even though my emphasis is on ‘Spirituality’, the fact of the matter is the easiest way to see God is through feeling the […]

How to BE Mr/s Right, Or, spiritual loving II (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

“A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge” -Thomas Carlyle People say dating is hard in Los Angeles, because of the facades that people put up; but I think dating and relationships can be challenging all over the world. […]

Letting go, Or, after the love is gone (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

  *This was my most popular article to date…how to get over anyone or anything!* “I was never one to patiently pick up broken fragments and glue them together again and tell myself that the mended whole was as good […]

Spiritual loving, Or, finding Mr/s. Right

posted by B. Dave Walters

*My most popular writings to date was a series of articles I did on relationships: how to find that special someone, how to BE that special someone; how to understand how men think, and how women think, and how to […]

How to stop worrying and give up stress

posted by B. Dave Walters

In a recent episode of my radio show, Rise UP with B. Dave Walters we talked about worry, stress, and how to deal with it.  One of the core principles of Buddhism known as the 4 Noble Truths can really help shed […]

Q&A: Self-control; Or, How to manage your moods (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring.me: “Hi Dave, do you have any advice on controlling moods. Today was a kinda off day for me. A guy was trying to flirt with me at the grocery store, and I completely blew him off. […]

Q&A: “I stay because I’m afraid of being alone, but what can I do?”

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring “I stay with him because I’m afraid of being alone, but what can I do?” I have gone on record many time before saying that it is better to be alone, then to be with the […]

Stress, the silent killer; Or, learning to chill out (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

“Nothing is either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” -Hamlet When I moved to Los Angeles a few years back, one of the things that struck me was people’s total and complete lack of coping skills! It is […]

“How do I get over having been beaten by my boyfriend….”

posted by B. Dave Walters

*This is a question I answered some time ago, but the answer still applies to some one out there….* Question submitted via Formspring.me “How do I get over the hurt feelings of having been beaten by my boyfriend of 6 years […]

Q&A: One minute he’s in love, then he just wants to be friends (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

(Unedited) Questions submitted via Formspring: “Been dating this man who has been living with me for 8 months. One minute he is talking about the future with me & next he is saying he is not in love with me and […]

Applying the 7 Universal Laws; or, Manifesting for Masters

posted by B. Dave Walters

On my radio show (Rise Up with B. Dave Walters) we recently talked about the 7 Universal Laws, and how to apply them to your life. Since I literally wrote the book on the 7 Universal Laws, here we’ll talk about […]

Q&A: He says he loves me, but he’s not ‘in’ love with me….

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via formspring: “I recently had my boyfriend say to me that he loves me, but he’s not in love with me. What message is he trying to tell me?” The message is nothing good. Guys (and girls) say […]

Q&A: “When is the right time to get married? What’s the purpose of marriage?”

posted by B. Dave Walters

*This is one of my most popular articles to date, (and was a big reason why I won the Next Beliefnet Featured Blogger contest!) I am reposting it here for everyone who hasn’t seen it…or needs to see it again! […]

Dealing with rejection; Or, goodbye Steve Jobs (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

In the short video below, you’ll hear a wonderful story about a man named Steve, and the massive amount of rejection he endured on his way to changing the world It’s true that no one *enjoys* being shot down, but […]

Wrestling with angels, Or, spiritual, but not religious???

posted by B. Dave Walters

Let me start off with a couple of disclaimers here. First, nobody KNOWS where we come from, or what happens when we die; firm belief is not the same as empirical knowledge. And in the vacuum of absolute knowledge, all […]

Q&A: “How do we deal with people who are lying to us?” (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “How do we deal with people who are lying to us? And still be positive about it when we know that they are fooling us. Thanks Dave” The first question is: how do you KNOW they […]

Q&A: “My boyfriend keeps women’s numbers in his wallet…” (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “My boyfriend doesn’t listen to me at all especially when it comes to financial matters. I don’t trust me due to past issues and his womanizing. He tends to keep women numbers in his wallet then […]

Q&A: “I want to believe the world is good, but I see so much crime and fear” (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

(Unedited) question submitted by Formspring: “I want to believe that the world is good, but I see crime in my city and neighborhood. Is my fear attracting crime to me and my city? And how do I let go of […]

Q&A: Do you believe that there is “The One”? Because I think I lost him….

posted by B. Dave Walters

(Unedited) question submitted via Formspring “Do you believe that there is “The One”? Because I think I lost him. He was everything I ever wanted, I let him go and now I realize there is no one like him. I […]

Loving you; Or, thinking positive (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “I read a book about self-hypnosis and i was wondering if you can “manipulate” your conscious in order to reach your subconscious. Like, during work I am listening to music, how about I combine my own […]

Mastering the Law of Attraction; Or, creating what you *really* want! (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

Hello! So last time we made some goals, it’s time to put it into action. Before we talk too much about making a plan, I want to clarify some things. I recently wrote an article on how to make the […]

Finding peace; Or, who are you really? (Video)

posted by B. Dave Walters

In the video below, I share: *How to step out of your comfort zone *How to know what’s really stopping you *How to deal with the pain of the past, and *How to create whatever you want. PS: The video […]

You are *not* damaged; Or, welcome aboard! (Video)

posted by B. Dave Walters

You are great, and I love you! Welcome to a grand new adventure! First, let me say thank you to everyone who voted for me to become the next Beliefnet Featured Blogger! To show my appreciation, I did a short […]

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“I am being shown images of ‘beautiful ‘women and none of them look like me….”
Question submitted via Formspring: “Hi, I'm a nineteen year old African American female and ever since I can remember, I've always wanted to be attractive. In this society, being "HOT" is valued. At least in the mainstream sort of way. But I ...

posted 9:27:56pm Jun. 14, 2015 | read full post »

How to stop procrastinating and do what you know you should do
“Just that you do the right thing. The rest doesn't matter. Cold or warm. Tired or well-rested. Despised or honored. Dying...or busy with other assignments. Because dying, too, is one of our assignments in life. There as well: "To do what ...

posted 10:41:06pm May. 10, 2015 | read full post »

Q&A: I love him, but I'm afraid all he wants is sex II
  Question submitted via Formspring: “I need advice. I've been seeing this guy for about 8 months now. We started out with a very casual relationship. We would hang out and we would have sex. That's it. It was fun at first but as ...

posted 2:38:37am Apr. 13, 2015 | read full post »

An Eclipse, an Equinox, and a Super Moon, oh my!
Friday, March 20, 2015 will mark a very powerful alignment of energies that will burn you up if you’re not careful, or propel you like a rocket if you make use of them! Three major events are taking place, with several other events ...

posted 6:14:17pm Mar. 19, 2015 | read full post »

Are you growing, or just growing older?
“I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was ...

posted 4:27:15am Feb. 18, 2015 | read full post »

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