Archive for May, 2009

The First Priority of Humankind…

…Those of us who are living today can influence the future of civilization. We can influence whether our planet will drift into chaos and violence, or whether through a monumental educational and political effort we will achieve a world of peace under a system of law where individual violators of that law are brought to justice. Continue Reading »

The Intuitive Child

Many of us feel instinctively that newborn babies come into the world “trailing clouds of glory” as William Wordsworth put it — if not memories of a higher plane, at least an innocent openness and capacity for intuitive knowledge. Like Wordsworth, we sense that “heaven lies about us in our infancy.” As parents and caregivers, we want to help our children maintain the buoyant sense of well-being that results from this direct connection to their own souls and inner wisdom. But too often, as children grow up, the connection to this inner realm is lost. Continue Reading »

Unconditional Cheerfulness:The Way Out of Early Morning Depression

Everybody possesses that unconditioned possibility of cheerfulness, which is not connected purely with either pain or pleasure. You have an inclination: in the flash of one second you feel what needs to be done. It is not a product of your education; it is not scientific or logical; you simply pick up on the message. And then you act: you just do it. That basic human quality of suddenly opening up is the best part of human instinct. You know what to do right away, on the spot — which is fantastic. That is what we call the dot, or basic goodness and unconditional instinct. When you have an instinct of the real instinct, you don’t think: you just feel, on the spot. Basic trust is knowing that there is such a thing as that spark of basic goodness. Although you might be in the worst of the worst shape, still that goodness does exist… Continue Reading »