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Ruth L Miller is an eclectic scholar with degrees in many fields of science and the social sciences and is ordained as a New Thought minister - because she keeps on seeking answers to the fundamental questions that make it possible for the spiritual beings we call humanity to live well and in harmony on this planet for generations to come.

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What good is a spiritual practice for “regular folks”?

The goal of spiritual practice is not to become some sort of spiritualized being, leaving behind the body and all that being human involves, but to become more powerfully the human being we were born to be.
What does that mean, “the human being we were born to be”?
Have you ever been in a relationship that made you crazy, because you knew you loved each other but would get into terrible fights?
Have you ever been frustrated because you wished you could help someone in your family be happy and well?
Have you dreamed of accomplishing something wonderful in the world but felt it was out of your reach?
Believe it or not, daily spiritual practice is designed to help you no longer be limited in those ways—or any other! You are an unlimited being and never meant to live in lack and limitation!
If we look at the teachings of all the great spiritual masters, we can see that this is so. The Buddha was quite clear that the goal of his teachings and practices was to relieve his followers of all forms of suffering and dissatisfaction. Krishna, in the Bhagavad Gita, tells us that anyone who focuses their mind and heart on the divine Spirit within would be fulfilled in all aspects of life. Solomon, the great king of ancient Israel, entered into communion with the power he knew as JHWH (not to be spoken, so written as “Lord”) seeking only wisdom, and was granted all riches and earthly power. Christ Jesus, the most complete embodiment of divine love and power known to humanity, told his disciples that they, too, could do everything he did, and showed them how by modeling it: ” Continue reading What good is a spiritual practice for “regular folks”?

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How can we accept the idea that evil isn’t real in the face of tyrants and genocide and other terrible things some people have done?

Many religious groups, including Unity, teach that evil doesn’t really exist. These traditions teach that if God is Good and God as Good is Omnipotent and Omnipotent means all-powerful, then Good is all the power that is and no other power can exist. They teach, therefore, that anything we would call bad or evil has no power—it can’t cause anything. It’s a very logical understanding.

Our experience, however, doesn’t always match that logic. So, inevitably—especially around dates like 9-11—this question comes up.

To answer this question it helps to remember that human experience is based on the idea of duality: two sides to a coin, two points of view, two poles on a magnet, two partners in a relationship—and two powers. Duality, the great religious philosophers have told us, is a human concept, born in our belief that we are separate beings from God: the belief that God is in one place and we’re in another. And out of that belief emerges the belief that our Good must be somewhere else, as well. As one great teacher and healer, Emma Curtis Hopkins, said, “the belief that our Good is absent had to be called something, so it was called evil.” Continue reading How can we accept the idea that evil isn’t real in the face of tyrants and genocide and other terrible things some people have done?

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