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Look closely at what a person struggles with in life; the actual nature of what he or she is fighting to possess, protect, or win. To what does he give his time, most of his attention? To what end her […]

Plants in nature are created to be heliotropic, which makes it possible for them to receive the greatest amount of life-giving light possible. It could be said that flowers, grasses and trees keep their “attention” on the sun for as […]

True self-study — our spiritual work — is not just about exploring consciousness when we are feeling good, or when we are experiencing something that pleases us. Real freedom involves the willingness to look at ourselves no matter what each moment […]

The truths we uncover through self-study gradually strip away all of our false self-conceptions, those mistaken ideas and beliefs about ourselves that have kept us in a war within the world of our own conditioned thought. Clearly, we can’t advance […]

Too often it happens that some people lose their interest in self-study. They give up on their inner work because they don’t see the immediate results hoped for. If anything, in their growing awareness of what has always been their […]

When we think about our lives, it is clear that we do the same things every day. We get ready in the morning. We eat a meal. Perhaps we go shopping. With such repetition, it’s no time at all before […]

When it comes to our inner studies, it’s possible to pass all the tests and still fail the course! What does this mean? Concerted efforts to increase self-knowledge can lead to more effective behavior. We can indeed gain greater control […]

Often, when we first set out on the path of self-study, we begin with unrealistic or just plain mistaken expectations about what it will do for us. The unconscious wish that fuels this early stage of self-study is simply to […]

What is self-study? Let’s start by seeing what self-study is not. Although self-study may include reading certain inner life books or listening to lectures on self-transformation, these materials, as encouraging and informative as they may be, are really only preparational […]

“Know thyself” is perhaps the oldest, wisest, deepest, and most succinct spiritual instruction ever given. In fact, it is our nature to know ourselves. To one degree or another, each of us is born with the inner longing to seek […]