Secrets of Dream Analysis

Written by Joi Sigers

Have you ever written yourself a letter in which you unload your concerns, worries, hopes and deep-felt thoughts? Probably not....thoughrepparttar Dr. Phils of our world would probably applaudrepparttar 122165 practice as deliciously therapeutic inrepparttar 122166 quest for self-awareness!

Each time you enterrepparttar 122167 world of dreams, you are, in essence, writing yourself such a letter. Your subconcious mind, withoutrepparttar 122168 distractions ofrepparttar 122169 day, puts your life, your feelings, your emotions, your hopes and your plans all together. Allrepparttar 122170 insight you could hope for is right there, ripe for analyzing!

Examiningrepparttar 122171 nightly excapades which occur behind your eyelids will give you all ofrepparttar 122172 insight and inspiration you need. Likerepparttar 122173 swallows to Capiatiano, you'll return again and again to your dreams to give yourepparttar 122174 answers you seek.

How can Dream Analysis actually help you?

First of all, it helps to understand that what occurs in our minds when we are fully asleep is reflective ofrepparttar 122175 emotions and thoughts we have while fully awake......granted sometimes they suffer inrepparttar 122176 translation, but our emotions are certainly atrepparttar 122177 root. The basic feelings make their way from our consciousness to our unconsciousness.

The difference is that when we are awake, we are too blamed busy to stop and say, "I'm wrapped tighter than a plus-sized woman in spandex.......I need some down time." We just keep getting after whatever it is that's stressing us out and don't take any time to really look atrepparttar 122178 condition of our psyche.....something that quite often isn't in as good working order as we suspect.

However if you're having particularly troublesome, mad-as-a-hatter dreams, you can discern that you need to take a good long look at your lifestyle. Are you too busy? Are you being pulled in more directions than you can possibly stretch without snapping? Is there something in your life which is more bothersome to you than you gave it credit for? Try to work some time into your day that's all about relaxing, whether it's yoga, golf, walking, reading....whatever you can do that gives your brain a break.

Blues for Buddha

Written by Jed McKenna

Blues for Buddha

By Jed McKenna

Being critical of Buddhism isn't easy.

Buddhism isrepparttar most likable ofrepparttar 122164 major religions, and Buddhists arerepparttar 122165 perennial good guys of modern spirituality. Beautiful traditions, lovely architecture, inspiring statuary, ancient history,repparttar 122166 Dalai Lama — what's not to like?

Everything about Buddhsim is just so... nice. No fatwahs or jihads, no inquisitions or crusades, no terrorists or pederasts, just nice people being nice. In fact, Buddhism means niceness. Nice-ism.

At least, it should.

Buddha means Awakened One, so Buddhism can be taken to mean Awake-ism. Awakism. It would therefore be natural to think that if you were looking to wake up, then Buddhism, i.e., Awakism, would berepparttar 122167 place to look.

::: The Light is Better Over Here

Such thinking, however, would reveal a dangerous lack of respect forrepparttar 122168 opposition. Maya, goddess of delusion, has been doing her job with supreme mastery sincerepparttar 122169 first spark of self-awareness flickered in some chimp's noggin, andrepparttar 122170 idea thatrepparttar 122171 neophyte truth-seeker can just sign up withrepparttar 122172 Buddhists, read some books, embrace some new concepts and slam her torepparttar 122173 mat might be a bit onrepparttar 122174 naive side.

Onrepparttar 122175 other hand, why not? How’d this get so turned around? It’s just truth. Shouldn’t truth be, like,repparttar 122176 simplest thing? Shouldn’t someone who wants to find something as ubiquitous as truth be able to do so? And here’s this venerable organization supposedly dedicated to just that very thing, even named for it, so what’srepparttar 122177 problem?

::: Why doesn’t Buddhism produce Buddhas?

The problem arises fromrepparttar 122178 fact that Buddhists, like everyone else, insist on reconcilingrepparttar 122179 irreconcilable. They don’t just want to awaken torepparttar 122180 true, they also want to make sense ofrepparttar 122181 untrue. They want to have their cake and eat it too, so they end up with nonsensical theories, divergent schools, sagacious doubletalk, and zero Buddhas.

Typical of Buddhist insistence on reconcilingrepparttar 122182 irreconcilable isrepparttar 122183 concept of Two Truths, a poignant two-word joke they don’t seem to get, and yet this sort of perversely irrational thinking is atrepparttar 122184 very heart ofrepparttar 122185 failed search for truth. We don’t want truth, we want a particular truth; one that doesn't threaten ego, one that doesn’t exist. We insist on a truth that makes sense given what we know, not knowing that we don't know anything.

Nothing about Buddhism is more revealing thanrepparttar 122186 Four Noble Truths which, not being true, are of pretty dubious nobility. They formrepparttar 122187 basis of Buddhism, so it's clear fromrepparttar 122188 outset thatrepparttar 122189 Buddhists have whipped up a proprietary version of truth shaped more by market forces than any particular concern forrepparttar 122190 less consumer-friendly, albeit true, truth.

Yes, Buddhism may be spiritually filling, even nourishing, but insofar as truth is concerned, it's junkfood. You can eat it every day of your life and die exactly as Awakened asrepparttar 122191 day you signed up.

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