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Hope & Fear

“The problem with hope is that it is a cover for fear.” When I first encountered this line in Steps to Knowledge by Marshall Vian Summers I was struck by the honesty of it and how contrary it is to how we typically hold hope as a very positive and desirable mental state. Hope is …

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The Roots of Violence

Violence leads to more violence. We see this everyday all around the world. Hate leads to violence. We recognize this in the communication of those who engage in violence publicly. Yet the roots of violence go deeper. Digging deep for the roots of violence takes us into the soil of emotions and mind. From this …

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The Greatest Power

It is often said that love is the greatest power. But what is love? Surely love is not the romantic notions of culture and prose, for there is little power in fantasy. Some claim the love of God is the greatest power and surely this has saved countless lives of those who have been able …

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Feeling Dirty on the Inside

There are many people in the world today who feel dirty on the inside. This is a core experience of sexual assault and other related trauma. There are women who have endured this, and men. There are girls who have had these encounters, and boys. These traumas have been at the hands of our fellow …

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The Gift that Keeps on Giving

“All that you give will continue to be given by those who receive your gift, and your gifts will continue to resonate through minds everywhere in the mental environment.” Wisdom from the Greater Community Volume 2, by Marshall Vian Summers. I was recently rereading one of my favorite books when I came across this quote …

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The Freedom of No Choice

As ironic as it may sound, the greatest freedom is in finding the truth that there is no choice. We live in a world of a million choices: what to eat, what to wear, what career path to take, who to be with, how to spend our time. Our culture says more choices equal more …

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Facing the World

Part of my spiritual growth is learning to face the world as it is, and not as I wish it to be. This has been a harrowing process. I am grateful for the companions in my life who support me as I come to terms with what is true in the world. These include some …

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Perfect Happiness

Marshall Vian Summers wrote a beautiful song entitled “God’s Will for Me is Perfect Happiness.” He sings it in churches and sanctuaries around the world. He has shared that people approach him and argue with the message, claiming that God’s will is less benevolent. Happiness seems to have no place in a worldview where sin, …

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Ending Separation

There is a great longing in the world. It is a longing for connection, for recognition, for wholeness; a deep desire for meaning, purpose and direction. It is a longing for relationship. Part of the human experience is feeling separate – alienated and disconnected – from life, from ourselves, from others and ultimately from God. …

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Hell is a Hole. Heaven Sent a Ladder.

There is a billboard near where I live that asks: “Where are you going, Heaven or Hell?” The answer is clear. Hell, as a place of eternal damnation, is a fabrication intended to control through fear. This is obvious to anyone who is willing to step out of the darkness of fear and into the …

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