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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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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: ‘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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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As a (wo)man thinketh, Or, mind over matter

posted by B. Dave Walters

“As a man thinketh in his heart so is he” I read an excellent article today on why some people insist positive thinking is some kind of scam, and that inspired me to share something special with you. There is a […]

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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 […]

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: Reincarnation / What is the difference between twin soul and flame soul ?

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “Could you please tell me about re-incarnation? Do we become whole sentient beings or just bits and parts here and there? And is it wise to try and get in touch with our past lives, or are […]

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.  […]

Q&A: How do I help my child without making things worse?

posted by B. Dave Walters

Two questions submitted via Formspring: “re: page Jesus is not a jerk. I want to share it with my son who is struggling with addictions. How can I explain your comment that Jesus enjoyed a good time (drinking) without him twisting […]

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 […]

Spiritual parenting, Or, how to live forever (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while.  ~Josh Billings In honor of my daughter Alexandria Sophia (Lexi)’s birthday, I’d like to talk a little bit about parenting. Parenting […]

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 […]

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. […]

No more worry, Or, letting go and letting God

posted by B. Dave Walters

“We hope vaguely, but dread precisely.” Paul Valéry Really, worry is more than a habit, it is an addiction. If you don’t know how we can get addicted to emotions, I HIGHLY recommend you watch ‘What The Bleep Do We […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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* […]

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