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My thoughts determine my feelings. My feelings determine my thoughts. My thoughts and feelings determine my actions. My actions determine my circumstances. My circumstances determine my life. My life determines my thoughts and feelings.

So, my thoughts and feelings determine my thoughts and feelings, directly as well as indirectly.

So, if I think that a god that is external to myself, is chasing me with his negative feelings of revenge, how is that going to affect my thoughts and feelings? If I think that I am responsible for my thoughts and feelings, how is that going to affect my thoughts and feelings?
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mt 5, 21: You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.' But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment [...]

Mt 5,27: You have heard that it was said, 'Do not commit adultery.' But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

Sentences such as the above constitute intentionalist christian ethics. And I agree wholeheartedly that our thoughts determine our actions.

Now, the question arises: who or what determines our thoughts?


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http://www.southville.net/chris/chakras.htm

Now, I don't believe that chakras "exist". They're a construct of the mind, just like everything else that can be described by words. I've had plenty of fun just visualizing away, though, and visualisations help me get the right energies moving for the occasion at hand!

So, what's your take on that? Is there more to the chakras? Are they real? Can working on the chakras be dangerous?
 
 
 
 
 
 
What role does the bible play in your personal spiritual journey? What do you make of the figure of Jesus?

(just being curious)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Whenever you encounter something that doesn't fit your beliefs, deny it. That's the Way of the True Believer.

Whenever you encounter something that doesn't fit your beliefs, change your beliefs to that new doctrine. That's the Way of the Jester.

Whenever you encounter something that doesn't fit your beliefs, just let it be. That's the Postmodern Way.

Whenever you encounter something that doesn't fit your beliefs, work on yourself until you see what good this new teaching can teach you, and stay true to yourself at the same time. That's the Spiritual Way.
 
 
 
 
 
 
As if there weren't enough spirituality-oriented communities already, I created yet enother one at http://community.livejournal.com/spiritualities/. Enjoy!
 
 
 
 
 
 
What is karma? What is your understanding of karma? Which questions arise? What bugs you about the concept, and what do you like about it?
 
 
 
 
 
 
If truth is the unspoken experience, everything that can be said is a lie.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here in this community, we want to show respect towards spiritual and religious traditions, while at the same time having fruiftul, spicy, lively discussions about those traditions. We want to criticize the traditions, and we want to be free enough to call things for what they are, and at the same time we want to support a healthy connection towards each other.

So how do we achieve that? What are the rules?

What kind of behaviour do you experience as respectful?

In the thread to this OP, let's define POSITIVE behaviours that we find respectful!