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Q&A: I STILL don’t know what to do with my life…HELP!

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “Hi, I’ve been reading some of your posts, really interesting and encouraging, I kinda feel better and not that lost but I can’t stop thinking about what I can do. The thing is that I’m one […]

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A Message from Your Future Self

posted by B. Dave Walters

“The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little.” -Thomas Merton Beloved, Once again, it has been ages since we last talked.  Too long. Of course, I have been here watching, and I see your confusion.  You’re wondering what […]

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It’s okay to not be okay

posted by B. Dave Walters

“Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.” ― Seneca On a recent episode of Rise UP with B. Dave Walters: Simple Answers to Life’s Hard Questions we talked about getting up after falling down: Being true to yourself, why […]

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Why you can’t sleep at night, and how to fix it.

posted by B. Dave Walters

In my Coaching work, one of the most common complaints I hear is of people not being able to sleep at night.  Whether it’s not being able to fall asleep, stay asleep, or not being able to get your mind to […]

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Q&A: Can Christians and non-Christians date?

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “Can Christians and non-Christians date? If so is the outcome always one of being non-yoked?” Yes, it’s possible for a Christian and a non-Christian to date successfully.  However, it’s going to take communication and effort…just like […]

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Choosing your life for a change

posted by B. Dave Walters

This Friday, June 21 is the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, both the official start of summer, and the longest day of the year.  However, in esoteric circles it is the absolutely most powerful time of the year to […]

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How to be happy and powerful: Advice from the Emperor

posted by B. Dave Walters

This is the absolute best time in history to be alive. Let me say that again: This is the best time in history to be alive.  No human beings anywhere, ever, have had the level of peace, security, information, education, […]

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Q&A: Prayers and Inspiration for Tough Times

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring.Me/BDaveWalters: “What are some Bible verses I can share with a relative who just went to jail?” The Holy Bible is a source of inspiration for Jews, Christians, and even Muslims all over the world.  The real […]

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Q&A: ‘How can I give up stress and feel more centered?’

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “I have had some amazing changes take place in my life. I have been very blessed and grateful for the things that have been taking place. However, I recently have been feeling uncentered. I pray, I worship, […]

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How to manifest your dreams with the full moon in Pisces

posted by B. Dave Walters

All of us know that the position of the sun when we are born gives us our ‘birth sign’, such as Aries, Taurus, etc.  Some of us also know that the positions of the other planets at the time of […]

Q&A: ‘Why is my life falling apart?’

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “I don’t understand what I am doing wrong. I have made some mistakes, and I try to be a good person, but things just keep getting worse. Why does this keep happening, and what am I […]

Q&A: ‘Do we all have a guardian angel?’

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “Do we all have spirit guides and guardian angels protecting over us at all times like in the paintings?”We discussed this in a recent episode of Rise UP with B. Dave Walters, along with: Whether or not ghosts […]

The meaning of Mother’s Day: then and now

posted by B. Dave Walters

In the year 2012, it is hard to see Mother’s Day as anything other than another ‘Hallmark holiday’ designed to sell cards, roses, and expensive dinners. However, this wasn’t how the holiday was originally intended. Mother’s Day was created by Julia Ward […]

The spiritual lessons of ‘The Avengers’

posted by B. Dave Walters

I’ll make a deal with you. I won’t spoil the movie for you with this article, but rather explain to you why the movie is worth seeing, and more importantly why the mythology that made the Avengers possible is worth […]

Q&A: Does God have to follow His own rules?

posted by B. Dave Walters

Questions submitted via Formspring: “Hi there. I am a big fan of your spiritual and religious radio episodes & I have got a question for you. Do the 7 Universal Laws that you talked about a long time ago govern […]

God in your veins, and the Universe in your brain

posted by B. Dave Walters

  “As below, so above; and as above so below. With this knowledge alone you may work miracles.” -Emerald Tablets of Hermes The Secret was many people’s first introduction to the Law of Attraction, but the Law is actually only one […]

Interview #1: Tau Malachi, Christian Mystic and Gnostic Teacher

posted by B. Dave Walters

“In the Gospel of St. John it is written: “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” Further, it is written, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter […]

Gratitude, Or, a question of focus (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” -Epicurus I have already written extensively on how to get started using the Law […]

Q&A: The Pope vs The Dalai Lama

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “How come it seems that everyone (regardless of faith) loves the Dalai Lama and yet has severe resentment to the Pope?” This was one of the questions we discussed in depth in a recent episode of Rise […]

Q&A: Can anyone be like Jesus and Buddha; or, were they more than human?

posted by B. Dave Walters

(Unedited) question submitted via Formspring “Can anyone reach a point of spiritual enlightenment where they are like Jesus and Buddha in the sense that they can perform miracles like healing people, defying gravity, etc. Or were Jesus and Buddha something other […]

Solving all our problems; Or, World Peace is up to * you *

posted by B. Dave Walters

Yes, you read that right: you, and only you, are TOTALLY responsible for world peace. How can this be? Here are some clues: “One who is injured ought not to return the injury, for on no account can it be […]

Q&A: Is the Ego a bad thing?

posted by B. Dave Walters

(Unedited) Question submitted via Formspring: “I’ve been to a lot of spiritual seminars, and most of them tend to say that the EGO is a bad thing. Is that necessarily true?” An excellent question! We discussed this question on a […]

Creatheists: two sides of the same coin; Or, purity and fanaticism

posted by B. Dave Walters

(This was one of my very first and still most controversial articles to date.  Now over 500 articles later, I still couldn’t agree with this more!) A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.  […]

Letting go of guilt; Or, how to make things right (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

Questions submitted via Formspring: “I have deep seated guilt issues which have made my self esteem lead me down paths of bad relationships and walking away from the only decent relationship of my life. How do I rid the guilt to […]

The prison in between your ears; Or, when you believe (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

“Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance.” — Albert Einstein Despite all the time we’ve spent talking about Change  up until now, we have tiptoed around the real foundation of change, and what it takes to make it. Everything you are […]

Q&A: I promised my late husband we’d be together in Heaven, but I’m lonely….

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “My husband died 1 year ago. I’m lonely, but I’m afraid of falling in love again because I promised him on his deathbed that we would be together again in heaven. If I fall in love with […]

Q&A: “I’m pregnant and scared…should I keep the baby?”

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “I’m in college, pregnant and scared. I don’t want the baby, but and couldn’t give it up if it gets born. Either the baby’s life ends or my life and hopes for law school ends.” On […]

How to be psychic; Or, 3 Minds, 4 Bodies II (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance” -Albert Einstein. We have talked about your three minds: the conscious, subconscious, and super-conscious times before, so let us dive even deeper into what your mind is capable of. This article (and especially […]

Free at last! Martin Luther King Day 2012 quotes and video

posted by B. Dave Walters

I was fortunate to be born in 1978, long after Martin Luther King, Jr. said these words that changed the world.  Even though I am from the deep South, and encountered my fair share of discrimination and intolerance, it was […]

December 21, 2012; Or, the littlest apocalypse (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” Buddha Over the last few years, catastrophobia has continued to build for for the ominous date of December 21, 2012; the […]

The Reason for the Season; Or, Would Jesus Celebrate Christmas?

posted by B. Dave Walters

On a recent episode of my radio show, Rise UP with B. Dave Walters we discussed the true meaning of Christmas, and how to deal with some of the negative emotions that can come along with it.  I got so emotional […]

Q&A: Does the Law of Attraction blame the victim?

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “The Law of Attraction teaches that we create our own realities by attracting like things/events to us based on our feelings. So does that mean that the victims of crimes are are attracting those crimes to […]

Missing the mark; Or, the wages of Sin

posted by B. Dave Walters

We are punished by our sins, not for them. ~Elbert Hubbard. Spirituality, especially organized Religion, often gets a bad rap as being nothing but “Thou Shalt Nots”.  And, to be honest, in many houses of worship, it IS nothing but […]

Jesus is not a jerk; Or, the man, the myth, the legend

posted by B. Dave Walters

“I like your Christ, but I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so different from your Christ” -Mahatma Gandhi Imagine there was a great teacher. A brilliant man who’s words move, touch, and inspire many who hear him. […]

God is not a jerk; Or, to hell with you (?)

posted by B. Dave Walters

If you are a fellow Christian, was raised Christian, or know any Christians, you may have heard something that sounds a bit like this: “If you don’t believe that Jesus Christ was the one and only Son of God, and […]

The top 8 things God wants you to know

posted by B. Dave Walters

  1.God loves you. It has become very popular lately to make God out to be some sort of vengeful tyrant, angrily threatening to destroy whoever has offended Him today. Nothing could be further from the truth. You can be […]

Why God sends you problems; Or, Let the Haters hate

posted by B. Dave Walters

The Codfish/Catfish Story I heard this story on the radio today, and was able to find it online here.  I loved it so much I wanted to share it with you: “Codfish is a big business. The market is huge. […]

Beating pessimism, Or, always look on the bright side of life

posted by B. Dave Walters

“A pessimist is one who feels bad when he feels good for fear he’ll feel worse when he feels better.” – Anonymous A friend of mine asked me to help her beat her pessimism, so I decided to dedicate today’s […]

Higher Truths; Or, digital spirituality II

posted by B. Dave Walters

“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.” -Buddha (Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, […]

Why God, Why; Or, Letting Go II (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

The Root of pain is Attachment; this is the second Noble Truth. -Buddha As I have mentioned in the past, Los Angeles has quite a few bitter, unhappy people in it. Because for whatever reason, their goals have not manifested […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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