The purpose of all the major religious traditions is not to construct big temples on the outside, but to create temples of goodness and compassion inside, in our hearts.
Josh Bartok, Editor
Coexistence of Beliefs
We can better appreciate how beliefs conflict with each other if we understand how they form in the first place. In recognizing that beliefs coexist in pairs the Chinese sages also realized that this is how beliefs initially form.
How Beliefs Co-emerge
Beliefs arise in contradictory pairs. Two opposite beliefs co-emerge and at first the two opposite beliefs coexist. Then in order to establish fixed positions and definite opinions about ourselves and the world, and to give things distinct and permanent characteristics, we push the two beliefs apart and suppress one belief from our awareness.
Disconnecting Opposite Beliefs
Everytime we assert or deny a particular belief, we simultaneously disconnect from the opposite belief. Our belief becomes solid and real for us to the extent that its opposite becomes transparent to us.
Essential Wisdom Teachings: The Way to Inner Peace
Peter & Penny Fenner
Ancient Apologetic Writing
Ancient writers almost always wrote as apologists. Their purpose was to defend the integrity of a class or a people.
Insights from the Gospel of Thomas
The Way of Thomas
John R. Mabry
Holding Onto Thoughts
The restless mind holds on so tightly to so many thoughts and what-ifs that it can be overwhelming. We might be continually distracted by all the clutter in our mind that we find it hard to get much done in a day – there being no room to focus since we’re mentally tired out.
Clouds Over the Here and Now
Past hurts or regrets create clouds over our here and now. And, perhaps we need to let go of having so many rigid beliefs and standards that we attach to ourselves and others.
We need to live and let live a bit more. If we let go, who knows where we’ll go – and that’s the adventure.
The Restful Mind