By Stephen Russell-Lacy. Several spiritual movements offer courses and counselling for self-development. Their teachings form an inherent part of these. They claim we will gain increased emotional well-being and quality of life. Scientology is an example. It offers to remove hidden emotional pain within a person. The appeal is to those who wish to find … Continue reading Scientology – Useful or not?
In “12 Rules for Life”, Peterson has written a guide for people to intelligently navigate through life. What is particularly interesting about the ‘rules’ is that Peterson draws on scriptural references and actively calls on the reader to create an ethical framework for their life – to embrace the opportunity to take responsibility and in … Continue reading “12 Rules for Life” – A discussion group series on Jordan Peterson’s book
By Stephen Russell-Lacy. When the best telescope focuses on even a small patch of the night sky it sees countless galaxies of stars. They are receding away from us and from each other at incredible speed. Into what are they receding? We wonder if the space in the physical universe goes on for ever? … Continue reading Infinity – How to understand it?
By Stephen Russell-Lacy. There are lots of cultural and individual differences between people, but do humans have something innately in common? According to philosopher John Locke, there is no such thing as human nature. In his view, the mind is at birth a “blank slate” without rules, so data are added, and rules for processing … Continue reading Human nature – Does it exist?
By Stephen Russell-Lacy. They say that if you want a favour done, ask a busy person. There are some people who are more willing than others to go out of their way to be helpful even though they have a lot on their plate already. I guess the rest of us are not quite so … Continue reading Self-restraint – Vital for personal growth?
By Stephen Russell-Lacy. Are you old enough to believe, that for every drop of rain that falls, a flower grows? Or, that somewhere in the darkest night, a candle glows? What about the notion that for everyone that goes astray, someone will come to show the way? Even when they were written some people didn’t … Continue reading Belief – Must it make sense?
By Stephen Russell-Lacy. Question – How many psychologists does it take to change a light bulb? Answer – one, but the light bulb has got to want to change. According to award winning professor of psychiatry Irvin Yalom, this idea of free choice (also called free-will) presents a problem to many psychological therapists. Their goal … Continue reading Free choice – An illusion?
By Stephen Russell-Lacy. During meditation one is not engrossed in bodily and worldly things but the mind is detached from them. In this state people may be more open to spiritual intuition. For example that there is a hidden life force and design within nature. Not measurable by science but felt as something universal … Continue reading Transcendent reality – Understanding it
By Stephen Russell-Lacy. ‘Dick head’ was what I thought when I indignantly watched a driver ahead of me at the traffic lights not moving forward when the signal changed to green. As a consequence of this, I and other drivers behind were held up and couldn’t get through before the red light came on again. … Continue reading Judging people – Why so hard to stop?
By Stephen Russell-Lacy. The ancient mariners navigated their sea route at night by the stars. These tiny twinkling bits of knowledge high in the night time sky offer useful information. The same could be said for our spiritual journey. Likewise, navigation is important for finding a path for the soul. We need higher knowledge intuitively … Continue reading Deeper perception – What to do with it?