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“I was watching your video clip 'Tainted love' & EVERYTHING you were speaking of is me.
I am in a relationship with a man who cheats lies & really is a hypocrite. But still I stay.
I recently figured out that 'love' is not enough. I totally agree with you.
I tried to tell him that his response was 'love conquers all' I disagree. I've even gotten to the point of telling him not to love me anymore but to just CARE about me & how his bull makes me feel.
My question to you is: I know he's no good, I know I could never trust him, I know when I look at him & we are speaking to each other I'm questioning every sentence...why am I afraid to leave? Why do I feel bad for this 'man'? Why do I feel if I let go I'm
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“When is the right time to get married? What’s the purpose of marriage?”
The answer to this one is a complicated one, since there is a cultural / religious answer, and a biological / practical answer.
A lot of controversy has been caused by citing the 'one man, one woman' Biblical definition of marriage in relation to gay marriage.
The problem, however, is the Bible has several incidents of polygamy (one man marrying / sleeping with multiple women, such as:
In Exodus 21:10, a man can marry an infinite amount of women as long as he provides for them equally; Islam has a similar rule with a maximum of four wives.
In 2 Samuel 5:13; 1 Chronicles 3:1-9, 14:3, King David had six wives and numerous concubines.
In 1 Kings...
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“What does Psalms 35 mean to you?”
Psalms 35 is a rather lengthy passage, so I have pasted it down below.
Like any passage from any scripture, there are many ways to interpret this.
First and foremost, it has to be seen in context; David wrote this around the time he ran from Saul the first time, and he had just faked like he was insane in front of Abimelech, who drove him away.
So, he was writing this at a particularly low time in his life.
The number one thing I take from it, is that people had the same sort of problems we have today, over 3,000 years ago when this was written!
Even David, the giant-slayer, was worried about his enemies and what people thought of him!
In this Psalm, he is praying to God to deliver him...
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“I have a question for you:
I didn't earn as much money over the summer as I planned, so I want to find a way to bring in extra income next school year. I already have two (small) jobs for this fall, but I need to make about another $120 dollars a month.
I noticed that my fear of *not* having enough money really got in my way of having stable income this summer. While I put in countless applications to various employers this summer, I didn't *feel* wealthy at all. (Plus, I bought into the economic downturn fears.)
I guess it all boils down to the fact that my faith is faltering right now, especially in the area of money. It's challenging for me to let go of control and just TRUST the Universe. Even though I *know* it's not true, when I ask the
Question submitted via Formspring: "Why are some people soooo dumb?"
Most people aren't really dumb at all; technically they have the brain capacity of a super computer!
So why is it that they *seem* so dumb?
The first thing is, most people just don't apply themselves.
A negative trend in our society is the belief everything should be 'fun'.
If something isn't instantly entertaining, people tune out. The problem with this 'microwave mentality', is most things in life worth achieving take a long time to do, and aren't really much fun at all!
There's actually no such thing as boredom; boredom is really a lack of presence. If you are truly aware of the present moment, you'll never be bored about anything ever!
The second reason is, many people just process information differently....
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one thing I would like to add to the question of how it is possible for some people like Tony Robbins to be so emotional and energized most of the time:
There are two controversial opinions on that issue.
One opinion is that one should always try his best, be at peak states and live with passion and great emotions.
The other is that emotions do harm to the person and that one should be a peaceful person, trying to breathe slowly, meditate a lot and avoid stress.
I have the impression that religions like Buddhism are favoring the second option and modern coaches, great leaders and so on prefer the first one.
Is there a right or wrong, is my impression false, is the middle way the best?. What do you think?
I mean you
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“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 I should convert (majority are also Muslim).
My family will not be happy if I do it.”
The decision to change faiths significantly transcends dating one potential guy.
While I'm sure he's a great guy, there are plenty of great guys of your faith, or who won't feel threatened by your faith, whatever that is.
Converting to a new religion is a big deal. If he cares enough about being a Muslim that he isn't going to date a non-Muslim, than he is going to expect you to COMPLETELY acclimate to his faith-based world view. That means it is a lot more than just saying...
“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, 563-483 B.C.)
The purpose of these posts was never to attempt to convert anyone into a new way of thinking or belief; but to challenge people's assumptions.
Since, the reality is many of us go through life believing the same things that we were spoon fed as children, without ever taking the time to truly THINK about what we believe; to wrestle with the mysteries of the Universe and come out stronger for it.
The purpose of this post, then, is to present some new ideas for you to try on, and see if they make sense to you and your world view. I didn’t...
I Allow my Greatness
I Accept my Greatness
I Choose my Greatness
This might come as a surprise, but I’m not a fan of affirmations.
Even though I realize how important it is to have positive self-talk (and I do), when I repeat phrases that aren’t true yet my mind tends to rejects them; “I have a 10 million dollar home in Hawaii,” I say. “No, you don’t,” my brain says back. I’ve gone on record many times saying the true measure of whether or not you are following the Law of Attraction and manifesting the ‘right’ way is how good you feel about it.
And, Affirmations tend not to make me feel very good, so I don’t do them.
However, something interesting happened to me last night, when I was deep in meditation....
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“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 than human?”
The answer to both questions is: yes.
Obviously, many people see both Jesus and Buddha in many different lights, all the way from one-and-only God man, all the way down to believing no such men even existed...and that's among 'believers'!
For our purposes, both Jesus and Buddha were actual men, who's singular mission was to instruct people on *how * to connect with the true source of all of Creation (God in Christianity, Nirvana in Buddhism). So, in that, even in their own teachings both...