August 2009



It may be something you've heard a million times or just once in passing, but it resonates with you on such a deep level that there is no denying its veracity. It's when you pick up a book and continue reading from the table of contents to the index in one sitting--intellectually devouring each word like comfort food for the soul. It is when you are stopped cold in your tracks by a television or radio program that seems to be speaking directly to you--specifically and eerily addressing something you've always suspected but never had confirmation of. It's when you meet a stranger that you feel as if you have known all of your life. It's a connection to something much, much larger than yourself. In fact, it's the awareness of a connection that exists between all of life and a feeling that you are an integral part of that connection--that you belong. It is the belief in a philosophy that perhaps you'd never been exposed to, but somehow you haven't a shadow of a doubt regarding its tenets. It is knowing and believing without requiring proof. It is faith on its purest level. It feels like being home. It is Universal Truth. And once you are enlightened by it, you can never unlearn it, even if you try. It remains a permanent part of who you are.

For me, Universal Truth came as a continually nagging interest in the "occult." I read every book I could find on spirituality and alternative health. The first time I really remember being able to put my finger its resonating pulse was when I read Sylvia Browne's "Adventures of a Psychic." Then there were Neal Donald Walsch's "Conversations with God" books. There were dozens more as well. However, it was a passion I could not fully express in my Judeo-Christian Western Civilization based lifestyle without facing a conflict-inducing series of misunderstandings that I had no desire to confront. But as many times as I tried to deny the facts with which I had previously been illuminated by, the Truth remained present, merely hidden beneath the bushel basket of societal norms and expectations. Why am I afraid to fully express my inner Truth? What unseen force is holding me back from allow my inner illumination to glow? To matter-of-factly proclaim off-the-wall ideas automatically puts one in a state of alienation and brand them a "freak." While I had no objection to being labelled a "weirdo" as a young dependent teenager, one cannot as easily assimilate the same behavior into adulthood where it's much more conducive to blend into the background and seemingly move through life effortlessly rather than boldly oppose "the system" in an attempt to swim upstream.

Even though I possess knowledge of many Universal Truths, it is not something I choose to always overtly express. I have learned that sometimes it is better to keep one's opinions and beliefs to oneself externally while consistently maintaining one's internal principles at all times. Once a person has become enlightened by the Truth, they can never fully go back. They have been changed for ever. Yes, they can live in a way that does not resonate with their enlightened knowledge, but it will inevitably create internal conflict. The Truth always remains. The Truth always prevails. When one is fully able to live the Truth, the Truth will set them free.

Whether it be spiritual, dietary, moral, fitness, health-related, intellectual, or emotional truth, I believe there is ultimately only One Truth. We all inherently possess knowledge of it within our very cellular composition. When we find it, we will know. In the meantime, we will continue to search.



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November 1999: Soulmates
December 1999: Religion vs. Spirituality
January 2000: Transcendence
February 2000: Sacred Sexuality
March 2000: Birth: Body, Mind and Spirit
April 2000: Remembering to Breathe
May 2000: Does God Laugh?
June 2000: Synchronicity
July 2000: Life Beyond Life
August 2000: Sign of the Cross
September 2000: Unconditional Love
October 2000: Faith: Believing Without Seeing

November 2000: The Straight and Narrow Path
December 2000: Prayer
January 2001: To Forgive Is Divine
February 2001: Divine Femininity
March/April 2001: Satan: Person or Personification?
August 2001: Is Jesus the ONLY Way?
September 2001: Meditation on Meditation
October 2001: The Holy War Paradox
November/December 2001: Love Is All There Is

March/April 2002: Traumatic Approach of God
May/June 2002: The Girl Who Knew Too Much
July 2002: One Nation Under God?
August 2002: Death: Opening the Door
April 2003: A Fundamental Problem
February 2004: De-Medicalizing and Re-Humanizing Childbirth in America
May 2004: How Do You Change the World...When It Doesn't Want to Be Changed?
June 2005: Overview of Classical Tantra
July 2005: Sex is not a Four-Letter Word
August 2005: Living a Spiritual Life in a Material World
December 2005: The Magic of Christmas
January 2006: Where in God's Name Did We Go Wrong?
May 2006: Disconnection
July 2006: The Secret
August 2006: The Purpose of Pain
October 2006: Hope to Carry On
April 2007: Who Am I Supposed to Be and How Have I turned Out? by Gina E. Jones

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