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?
By Stephen Russell-Lacy. According to the New York Times, Jordan Peterson is the most influential intellectual in the Western world right now. His book “12 Rules for Life” is an international best seller. However, if you happen to be sympathetic to a fundamentalist type of Christianity you may not like it. Peterson comes over as … Continue reading Jordan Peterson “12 Rules for Life” – Review
By Stephen Russell-Lacy. As we know, social disorder and personal problems exist in human society and in our individual circumstances. We could end up immersing ourselves in negativity about this if we are not careful. Keeping ourselves awake at night with worry. Cursing fate for our plight. We might doubt whether there is any source … Continue reading Source of life – Gives hope in adversity?
By Stephen Russell-Lacy. Most of us want a sense of well-being. But this term ‘well-being’ seems hard to pin down. What exactly is it? And how does it come about? Clearly it is to do with an absence of bodily discomfort and emotional distress. Perhaps it comes from finding pleasure in one’s activities and possessions. … Continue reading Well-being – What causes it?
By Stephen Russell-Lacy. Do you have mixed feelings about the Christmas season? Typically, people say that they had a stressful time, despite also being satisfied. The very phrase ‘the spirit of Christmas’ evokes a sense of goodwill and cheer. Yet the idea can sound a bit hollow if we live alone and have no … Continue reading Christmas – Not looking forward to it?
By Stephen Russell-Lacy. We all know there is mutual resentment and antagonism in the Middle East. Rhetoric on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is incredibly heated. All involved in the region have been subject to the horror of dreadful actions. Feelings of protest, anger and fear have often got out of hand. When shouting … Continue reading Israeli-Palestinian conflict – Ethics?
By Stephen Russell-Lacy. Spiritual writer Emanuel Swedenborg is often seen as sexist. He wrote that a woman’s heart can stay longer elevated into superior heat than can the heart of a man. According to this view women, more than men, are capable of a deeper and more sustained feeling of care and affection. In contrast, … Continue reading Swedenborg – Was he sexist?