Why you NEED to Kick your own Ass

“It was not curiosity that killed the goose who laid the golden egg, but an insatiable greed that devoured common sense.” ― E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly, Many lessons transpire over the course of one’s lifetime. Experience increases with each passing second, each passing day. But, it is a cold hard truth that some […]

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A Simple Mother’s Day Thought

  “In this world, if I am to be a son. Let me have a mother, to whom I may always run.” A son may go far in life. He may conquer his fears and he may achieve his dreams. But it is due to one source that his power comes… His mother, by her […]

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Wakan Tanka

“We have a spiritual longing for community and relatedness and for a cosmic vision, but we go after them with literal hardware instead of with sensitivity of the heart.” ~Thomas Moore in Care of the Soul They drank from pure streams with thankfulness. They lived among the land and moved with the seasons in a […]

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Cultural Crossroads

Many men often come to a point in life where they are begged to learn or unlearn. This point is the precipice of a denouement of sorts; of a becoming or of a realization. When we come to this point, we either accept or deny the truth that we find. This is the sphere of […]

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The Grand Circle

The Grand Circle

Connections are often made or deduced in the subtleties of life. These connections can be seen physically within the natural world such as with the bee and the flower. The two coexist and share a connection of dependence. Both species flourish because both exist and share in the other’s function. Not only do these connections exist in nature, but within spirituality as well. This is the sphere of the grand circle.

With all religion there exist doctrines of faith, tenets of belief and basic thoughts on life, how to live and pondering of the afterlife or not. The basic thoughts of all faiths, if we are to look closely and intuitively, are so much more related than one might first think. These are all connected by the grand circle, the grand sphere. Whatever is considered holy or sacred is often thought of as the same by countless other faiths. This connection shows the divine power of the grand sphere.
 
I once read a story of a reclusive monk who would appear to the villagers perhaps once a year at best. He was considered wise beyond his years. In his last days nearing the age of 100, when asked one day where his faith was born and what was his favorite meditation, he replied that he lived in the light of Jesus Christ and he was his salvation. He further said that he knew both prayer and meditation in many ways, not just from traditional Buddhist studies and this is what gave him peace.
 
Not only was this monk a Buddhist, but also was touched by the words of the New Testament and the sacred shamanistic practices of animism. This man’s life sheds a new light on the artificial confines of spiritual thought. It shows how a sacred connection can be made through a myriad of spiritual mediums. This is the road to true enlightenment and unity.
 
A shaman can commune with Jesus. A monk can speak to Allah. A Muslim can hear the prayer of the Virgin Mary, and the Native American can love the Torah. These are all possible and no limits should be imposed when a human being sets out to explore his spiritual being. There is a beautiful web of intricate design connecting everything divine, and all paths can be followed by anyone if they so choose.
 
As we explore the sphere of the grand circle; the grand sphere, we come to find a place where we all can truly learn from one another the many beautiful secrets that make the world such a brilliant place. In broadening our hearts and uniting the faiths of all men, we remove the barriers that our traditional texts impose. The spirit knows no boundaries. No matter where or in what form love exists, it will find this place, be welcome, and be at home. 
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