What are we doing here on Earth? We often forget what we came for, who we are, and where we are going. We get caught up in our life patterns and these fundamental questions remain unanswered. We search for a job, we search for health, we search for a career—there is nothing wrong in this—but our ultimate search remains uninitiated. In my humble opinion, all other searches besides the ultimate one will not give us full satisfaction or make life sublime.
Human beings have been completely trapped in a narrow, personalized sense of self: me. The me form in my head needs other humans to enhance my sense of self. I meet someone, and there is a strong attraction: “I feel more myself when I’m with you and we are going to sign a contract that you are going to fulfill me for the rest of my life! And I will get very angry if you don’t.” The anger comes because nothing in this world can live up to those expectations. The story-based me says, “Do something, make me complete.” It keeps us looking for places, situations, conditions, people, and sooner or later (usually sooner), frustration sets in. “The world let me down again.”
The Dynamics of Karma by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Ph.D.
We look at the world around us and see pockets of incredible suffering, and wonder why. Some people are visited by disease, starvation, and violence, while others go through life unscathed. We see people involved in all kinds of unhealthy, unethical, and harmful activities who appear to prosper, while some who are honest, hardworking, and well intentioned encounter only failure. And we read accounts of people who were so spiritually evolved that they were capable of healing others and transforming their lives, yet who suffered from painful and fatal diseases themselves. Why?
Can Understanding Death Change How We Live Our Lives? by Marilyn Schlitz Ph.D.
The Death Makes Life Possible Project
This project originated before I can even remember, when I was a precocious, inquisitive, pink-jammied eighteen-month-old. At that time, exploring my environment, I did what toddlers do: I put things in my mouth. It happened to be a bottle of lighter fluid that my father had left on the table, and it sent me into three months in and out of intensive care. I think during that time there were some seeds planted: wanting to understand healing, consciousness, the impervious nature of living and dying. As a little child, holding on at some level to her physicality, at the same time I was dipping in and out of that state. This and other circumstances in my life catalyzed my curiosity and led me on an odyssey around consciousness, exploring the furthest reaches of our human capacities.
Also inside our current issue: The Divine Art of Dying by Karen Speerstra & Hebert Anderson; What Really Matters by Karen Wyatt, MD; The Coming Interspiritual Age by Kurt Johnson & David Robert Ord; The Journey of Forgiveness by Desmond M. Tutu and Mpho A. Tutu; Doctor, Gracias por Todo, God Bless by Paul A. Kaloostian, MD; poetry, reviews and more.
In each quarterly issue of LIGHT OF CONSCIOUSNESS you will find spiritual inspiration on your path through articles on wisdom teachings, spiritual practices, science and spirituality, prayer and meditation, healing, personal journeys, sacred ecology, transformational art, spiritual cinema, reviews and more – writings that will encourage and inform your journey. The knowledge and insights within each issue will help you live a more aware, conscious and fulfilling life.