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It’s All in the Preposition

In spiritual life there is a tremendous amount of written material across all traditions. Words play a pivotal role, especially in how these traditions are conveyed and understood. In the Western tradition of which I am quite familiar, I have come to learn about the importance of prepositions in understanding certain spiritual points. I’ll share four such instances:

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Logic and Intuition

Please take note how often in the media commentators mistake the terms "logic" and "intuition." Most often they cite an idea that is intuitive by terming it counterintuitive, meaning what? The idea is logical so call it "logical." When you are intuitive call it "intuitive." What is the necessity for the modifier "counter"? Intuition is almost never given its proper due as the essential way knowledge in human relations and relationships is gleaned. Logic is reserved for understanding how the mechanical world operates. It can never allow you to understand the world of human experience. Read more »

Semi–Delusional Thinking

Delusional thinking is generally defined as a fixed idea or belief that can’t be modified by any evidence to the contrary. In addition, such thinking, when it becomes part of an organization of psychotic thought process, effects our functioning in life.

Since we human beings are really different from each other in degree and not in kind (as psychiatry postulates), almost all of us are subject to some measure of delusional thinking. That is, we hold onto some idea(s) or belief(s) contrary to the evidence. Read more »

Cause and Effect Thinking

Cause–effect thinking is an anti–spiritual way of explanation. It’s the foundation for most misconceptions that are at the basis of all conflicts, struggle and discord in the world. Consequently, on the mental level, cause–effect thinking may be one of the, if not the, most destructive force we know. There are two salient points about cause–effect thinking for this presentation:

1. It is based in and determined by linear time, the latter being the deciding factor as to the truth of something;
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The Supercessionist View

One of the main sources of anti–Semitism derives from the supercessionist view of Christianity versus Judaism (and later, as we shall see, Islam toward Judaism as well as Christianity, so that their views are anti–Semitic and anti–Christian). Supercessionism holds that Judaism merely serves as a platform upon which a greater tradition is built, namely, that of Christianity, which holds the key to salvation for human beings.
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