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Our Mission & Purpose:
To support people in their
search for more fulfilling lives.
On this site you will find information
about a great many subjects. Some of it might even seem "out of place". However,
it is our desire to help you find some of the "tools" that are available for
learning about Unconditional Love, Forgiveness, and about being fulfilled &
happy. Some of this requires "returning to our roots", if you will, in the sense
that we must un-learn much of what we have learned, and re-learn much that has
been "lost or forgotten" as we have lost touch with ourselves in our headlong
rush into our "modern" lives.
you may ask; "...that can only come from God..." Well, it can and does come from
us as well, and we will attempt to help you understand it, learn about it, and
learn how to give it and receive it. Unconditional love is, in essence, the
acceptance of our imperfection and that of others, and the realization that
within the great imperfection lies the beauty of what we really are.
"Forgiveness?, how do we 'do'
Again, it is one of those "abilities" that we have somehow "forgotten", or never
knew, and that we have made "conditional" upon the behavior of others. And that
is not what true forgiveness is. We will help you re-discover the meaning of
forgiveness, as well as offer you aids in your quest to find it. True
forgiveness liberates the forgiver, and has little to do with the forgiven.
"Why all this 'stuff' about
Essenes and Aramaic?"
The Essenes were a people from the middle east, whose
known writings date to around 100-200 BC. They are "special" in that they
practiced fundamental, universal laws of man with zeal and wholehearted
dedication; they were very much aware of "our" place within ourselves, the world
and the universe. Perhaps most importantly and unlike others who were like them,
they left their writings behind for us to find.
The Essenes and their beliefs were
very influential during the time of Christ, and there are a great many theories
about them which we will neither endorse nor deny here. We simply make use of
their deep knowledge of man, the spirit, and our place in the universe, as
building blocks towards a better life for us today, and as an example of what we
believe man was meant to be; united and "whole"; with himself, the earth, the
universe, and the rest of mankind. Aware of one's gifts and limitations, and
desirous of finding deeper knowledge and of learning and practicing how to be a
better "citizen of the universe".
"What about all the
As modern man, we have learned over the last few hundred
years to "believe" in science and in what can be "proven" through scientific
means. Since we do not expect anyone today to "magically" or with "blind faith"
just accept what in many ways may amount to a 180 degree turn from what we have
learned and believed most of our lives, there are many areas of Psychology,
Transactional Analysis, and Personality studies which "help" us better
understand some of these realities, in a way that is more familiar to us; more
"scientific" (if you will), and grounded in a science that we can relate to. In
addition, there are a great many areas of these sciences, the comprehension of
which will help us understand ourselves, and grow as individuals and as members
of the universal community. It is our concession to the reality that modern man
has become somewhat incredulous of things which cannot be "scientifically"
How this "marriage" to the
belief in scientific evidence occurred, why, and what it might mean to us
personally, are the reasons for having a section about
Here we explore the roots of this change in man, a change that is relatively
recent, (from the last two centuries or so), and through it we can see examples
of other peoples and how they have retained their beliefs and grounding in their
ancestors' teachings, and to show why we may want to "return to our roots" in
is often the case, we quickly find that everything about our lives;
relationships, issues, successes and failures, even happiness, is related to our
personal beliefs. We often turn to our faith for guidance and answers. In
support of this fundamentally human inclination, we have included spiritual
material here. As always, we do not promote or reject any individual faith or
belief system; we respect individual choice in this, and the materials you will
find here are presented as they pertain to universal messages, common to most
religions and faiths. In fact, we believe that as we delve into these, we soon
discover that most faiths express the same beliefs, values, and goals, they
simply use different symbolism. The Hindu and Buddhist teachings in particular,
We believe that by following your
heart in selecting and exploring the material here, you will find the right
combination for you; the material which will support your need and desires, as
well as the material that can answer some of the questions you will face in your
quest. To this end, we earnestly request your feedback and opinions, and we
thank you in advance!
We hope you will enjoy your visit
here, and that you will find value, comfort and inspiration in what we have
selected and put together.
you as you are, as you seek to find your own special way to relate to the world,
or the way you feel that is right for you. It is important that you are the
person you want to be and not someone that I or others think you should be."
because it is said by an authority,
or if it is said to come from angels,
or from Gods,
or from an inspired source.
only if you have explored it
in your own heart
and mind and body
and found it to be true.
your own path,
"Homage to the enlightened
who placed enlightenment
in the palm of my hand.
May your heart & mind,
and mine, remain inseparable
for the limitless benefit
of one and all." Lama Surya Das
"I meditate on Him who is the creator of
the universe. May He enlighten my mind." Swami Vivekananda
"I believe there is an important distinction to be
made between religion and spirituality. Religion I take to be concerned with
belief in the claims to salvation of one faith tradition or another-an aspect of
which is acceptance of some form of meta-physical or philosophical reality,
including perhaps an idea of heaven or hell. Connected with this are religious
teachings or dogma, ritual, prayers and so on.
Spirituality I take to be
concerned with those qualities of the human spirit-such as love and compassion,
patience, tolerance, forgiveness, contentment, a sense of responsibility, a
sense of harmony, which bring happiness to both self and others."
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Dedication of Merit
Throughout my many lives and until this moment,
Whatever virtue I have accomplished,
Including the merit generated by this work,
And all that I will ever attain,
This I offer for the welfare of all sentient beings.
May I quickly attain Enlightenment
In order to work ceaselessly
For the liberation of all sentient beings.
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