Secrets of Dream Analysis

Written by Joi Sigers

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Other times our dreams let us know that we simply need to start paying more attention to certain people in our life that we may be taking for granted. If we dream about a relative we haven't seen in a while, we should give them a call. If we dream of starting an argument with our spouse, we should give them a little more attention than usual. Many times, our proverbial "guilty conscience" knows only one way to reach us, and that's while we are asleep.

Another very interesting way dreams help us is inrepparttar healing process after a traumatic experience. Following such an occurence, we will often dream aboutrepparttar 122165 tragedy itself, or of something equally morbid. It's our mind's way of wrapping itself around what has happened. The dreams will eventually stop all together, as soon as your subconcious has come to grips with everything.

Sometimes it helps to discuss your dreams with others. If you think your dreams are trying to tell you something in particular, discuss it with someone. An outside opinion can often do a world of good.

When you take an honest look at your life and at your typical day, it will be obvious what your dreams are trying to tell you. Most people miss out on so much because they discard their dreams and forget all about them.

It would berepparttar 122166 same as writingrepparttar 122167 letter we talked about before, putting all of your thoughts and feelings on paper, then crumblingrepparttar 122168 paper and throwing it away. Listen to what your subconcious mind is telling you. Don't throw away a chance to grow.


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Blues for Buddha

Written by Jed McKenna

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::: Bait & Switch

Buddhism is a classic bait-and-switch operation. We’re attracted byrepparttar enlightenment inrepparttar 122164 window, but as soon as we’re inrepparttar 122165 door they start steering us over torepparttar 122166 compassion aisle. Buddhists could be honest and change their name to Compassionism, but who wants that?

There'srepparttar 122167 rub. They can’t sell compassion and they can’t deliver enlightenment.

This untruth-in-advertising isrepparttar 122168 kind of game you have to play if you want to stay successful in a business whererepparttar 122169 customer is always wrong. You can either go out of business honestly, or thrive by givingrepparttar 122170 people what they want. What they say they want and what they really want, though, are two very different things.

::: Me Me Me

Torepparttar 122171 outside observer, much of Buddhist knowledge and practice seems focused on spiritual self-improvement. This, too, is hard to speak against... except withinrepparttar 122172 context of awakening from delusion. Then it's easy.

There is no such thing as true self, so any pursuit geared toward its aggrandizement, betterment, upliftment, elevation, evolution, glorification, salvation, etc, is utter folly. How much more so any endeavor undertaken merely to increase one's own happiness or contentment or, I'm embarrassed to even say it, bliss?

Self is ego and ego isrepparttar 122173 realm ofrepparttar 122174 dreamstate. If you want to break free ofrepparttar 122175 dreamstate, you must break free of self, not stroke it to make it purr or groom it for some imagined brighter future.

::: Maya's House of Enlightenment

The trick with being critical of so esteemed and beloved an institution is not to get dragged down intorepparttar 122176 morass of details and debate. It's very simple: If Buddhism is about enlightenment, people should be getting enlightened. If it's not about enlightenment, they should changerepparttar 122177 sign.

Of course, Buddhism isn't completely unique in its survival tactics. This same gulf between promise and performance is found in all systems of human spirituality. We're looking at it in Buddhism because that's where it's most pronounced. No disrespect torepparttar 122178 Buddha is intended. If there was a Buddha and he was enlightened, then it's Buddhism that insults his memory, not healthy skepticism. Blamerepparttar 122179 naked emperor's retinue of tailors and lickspittles, notrepparttar 122180 boy who merely statesrepparttar 122181 obvious.

Buddhism is arguablyrepparttar 122182 most elevated of man's great belief systems. If you want to enjoyrepparttar 122183 many valuable benefits it has to offer, then I wouldn't presume to utter a syllable against it. But if you want to escape fromrepparttar 122184 clutches of Maya, then I suggest you take a very close look atrepparttar 122185 serene face on all those golden statues to see if it isn't really hers.

-Jed McKenna

::: About the Author

"Jed McKenna is an American original." -Lama Surya Das

Jed McKenna is the author of "Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing" and "Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment", published by Wisefool Press. Coming in 2005: "Spirituality X" and "Jed McKenna's Notebook". Visit to learn more.

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