Living Religiously without Religion

I try to practice various principles from different religions on a daily basis. Forgiveness. Humility. Faith. Tolerance. Acceptance. To name but a few. And I hope to deepen my existing practice. But I will probably never subscribe to any specific religion exclusively. I have to live a religious life because the world we have created […]

We are all Addicts

I’m an addict. And I’m not alone. We’re all addicts. Typically the word addict conjures up images from Trainspotting. Needles, overdose and abandoned buildings littered with rotting mattresses. While this is definitely the reality for some, there are many more people who are addicted in far less obvious ways. Coffee. Work. Exercise. Sex. Sleep. Procrastination. […]

Why did I marry?

Today, six years go, I got married. On the 1st of February 2010, I formalised my decision to make a lifelong commitment to my life partner. I entered into a legal agreement, signed by both my wife and I, two witnesses and a marriage officer. We did have a wedding party a month later in […]

Controlling. Reality.

We all live our lives in two different realities.¬† Simultaneously. Inner reality. And Outer reality. Outer reality consists of events, places, material things, etc., etc. This reality is very familiar to all of us. It’s what we know as the physical world. Inner reality consists of thoughts, beliefs, ideas, etc., etc. This is a mental […]

I am You

If knowledge is power then perhaps the most powerful knowledge of all is the understanding that we are all one. That human beings, and the entire universe, is unified by consciousness. Consciousness is not generated by the brain. The brain is a sender and receiver of consciousness. Consciousness extends beyond the individual and connects apparently […]

Unchecked

Looking at the world around us, it’s clear that something isn’t quite right. Corruption at the highest levels. Wars. Famine. Pollution. Poverty. Environmental destruction. The annihilation of complete species. Perhaps even our own demise looms on the horizon… Sometimes it’s overwhelming. To the point where I want to shout: “What can I do!? I’m just […]

Struggle

Some time ago,¬†somewhere in a long-forgotten note book, out of pure exasperation I scribbled down the phrase “Life is a constant struggle”. This was how I felt at the time. The feeling was a constant presence of nervous anticipation that I lived with for many years. Sometimes I still feel this way, but there is […]