A Spark of Inspiration

Two Shoe Men

Two shoe salesmen travel to a third world country in search of new business opportunities. The moment they land, one man calls his wife, telling her, “Honey, I’m coming back home. There’s no hope here. Nobody here is wearing shoes.” He boards the next flight home. The second man calls his wife and says, “Honey, […]

“I”

Being separate, “I’ is at odds with other egos, each competing for a limited share of food, shelter, power, money, and status. Because it is so small and limited, “I” is set against the overwhelming forces of Nature. Dwarfed into insignificance by a vast, cold universe, the ego sees its primary task as survival. In […]

On Repentance

A senior monk and a junior monk were traveling together. At one point, they came to a river with a strong current. As the monks were preparing to cross the river, they saw a very young and beautiful woman also attempting to cross. The young woman asked if they could help her cross to the […]

The Real You

If you’re ready to wake up, you’re going to wake up and if you’re not ready, you’re going to stay pretending that you’re just “poor little me”. And since you’re all here and engaged in this sort of inquiry and listening to this sort of lecture, I assume that you’re all on the process of […]

True Prosperity

Money is like love; it kills slowly and painfully the one who withholds it, and enlivens the other who turns it on his fellow man.   Kahlil Gibran

Two Wolves’ Fight

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, […]

God’s Coffee

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life. Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups – porcelain, plastic, glass, […]

Sequoia Trees

One of the ways to explain this is through sequoia trees in California. For those who don’t know, they look like this: they grow about 100 meters tall; their trunks are something between 60 or 70 feet wide; they live about 1000 years old – the oldest is roughly 3500 years old. They are massive […]

Anything Anyone

Anything that annoys you is for teaching you patience. Anyone who abandons you is for teaching you how to stand up on your own two feet. Anything that angers you is for teaching you forgiveness and compassion. Anything that has power over you is for teaching you how to take your power back. Anything you […]

Butterfly

A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared, he sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through the little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared stuck. The man decided to help the butterfly and with a pair […]