The long game

Pinball MachineI grew up on 10-cent pinball games. My family camped in the Summer and I begged a lot of dimes from my parents to play old-fashioned, noisy pinball machines. I grew up as these were being edged out by Pac Man consoles, which never saw a dime – they wanted (multiple) quarters!

Today pinball machines and even Pac Man consoles have been replaced by in-home game systems and other interesting methods for wrenching money out of parents’ pockets by appealing to the kids. One of my “favorites” is the Claw Machine – often positioned at the front entrance/exit in discount stores.

Like games on the midway at the fair, kids can spend a lot of money for the chance to grab a toy that cost less than 10-cents in bulk lots from China. Still, the allure is ever-present for kids who are sure they can get the one, desirable stuffed toy buried deep under the others for next-to-nothing.

Claw MachineAt some point, kids figure out (sometimes on their own – other times with the help of caring adults) that the best way to get the “Angry Bird” stuffed toy (or other desirable item) is to invest some time doing chores, save the money they earn and buy the one they want when they have enough money.

This works until they see some teenager hoist out the biggest, angriest bird in triumph just as they walk past. Sure, they spent their entire allowance from the past 2 weeks and walked away with nothing,… but there’s that kid with the big, stuffed angry bird.

Claw Machines (and midway games) are a terrific metaphor for life and an important spiritual Truth: there are no free lunches. Sure, sometimes someone figures out how to hook the big ticket toy at the carnival or in the claw machine but as a game plan, counting on those short cuts to happiness are a road to disappointment and empty wallets.

Spiritual seekers know that we get out of life what we put into it. And this is why I often get frustrated with spiritual organizations that want to fall back on Claw Machine gimmicks to attract people who are interested in the big prize.

Walking the spiritual path is a long game; and the longer we walk it, the more miracles open up along the way. But to see these miracles – to live in the flow of the wonders of the Divine – we must play the long game.

In the latter decades of the 20th century, prosperity teachers were wildly popular and many New Thought churches and centers got a boost from the attention a number of these wealthy teachers brought to the teachings. But in the same way we shouldn’t plan to get that new stuffed animal by sinking money into the Claw Machine, we can’t build a life of spiritual depth on the expectation of manifesting quick money. Spiritual Law is not a vending machine and when we teach new people that it can be, we are setting them up for disappointment and ourselves up for vanishing members.

The longer I study the principles of spiritual living, the more convinced I am that we need to adopt an approach such as: this stuff works, but it’s a long game – not a quick win.

We need to teach new seekers who show up on our doors that there is indeed gold to be mined in the teachings of Ernest Holmes and others, but that it is revealed most generously to those who invest time in learning the history, living the principles and practicing the perspective. In other words, the true rewards of spiritual living come from playing the long game; from investing wisely and storing up our knowledge, wisdom, skills and abilities to then attract into our lives the miracles, manifestation and yes, even money.

In fact, I believe that if we peel back the layers of successful CSL centers and struggling ones; we will see this core Truth at the heart of the success (or struggle).

There are many benefits to the study of New Thought spiritual principles, but the journey is not a carnival midway where a lucky visitor can hang out for a short time, learn some neat tricks and figure out how to win the lottery. It’s a serious life choice that, when walked with intention and dedication, can change lives.

As we come to the end of the 2nd decade in this new century, it’s time to leave the get-rich-quick schemes and manifesting classes to the Law of Attraction gurus who are still around (I got a new email from a Secret star just this week with a new pitch & a new promise to make all my dreams come true – I’ve heard this one before, so I hit ‘delete’).

Our success as a movement and organization lies in our knowledge of the Truth and longevity of spiritual Law, along with our willingness to not only be in the long game, but to acknowledge it as the only way to walk the spiritual path.

And so it is.

(C) 2018 Practitioner's Path



Standing still

“…stand still and consider the wondrous works of God.” Job 37:14


Growing up in a religiously engaged family, and continuing the study and acknowledgment at various levels that we are spiritual beings having a physical experience, I have rarely lived outside of the knowledge or understanding that there is something more to life than what we see around us.

The specifics and my understanding of the “something more” has evolved for me as I have taken the foundations from my Protestant childhood, added an adult perspective and incorporated the learning from multiple other traditions, including Judaism, New Thought (practicing as a member for a number of years in each community) and the study of Evangelical Christianity, Hinduism, Catholicism and others.

In my travels, I have seen and experienced what many would classify as miracles. I have felt inexplicable nudges, narrowly avoided disaster and received information that pointed me in a helpful direction or saved me from despair. In recalling each instance I am grateful and astounded by what I consider to be life-changing occurrences. In pondering these earlier today I began to wonder if it’s possible that we’ve gotten it all wrong when it comes to religion.

We’ve built religion in this country (as it was in Europe) as a public, group experience, and yet our interface with the Divine – regardless of our tradition or belief – is almost always personal and individual. It then should be no surprise to find evidence that organized religion is in trouble in the United States. While there are pockets of success, affiliation and attendance at weekly services is down across the board in the United States, as the percentage of people who identify their religious affiliation as “None” has doubled in recent years.

This is clearly where Ernest Holmes was headed with his enlightened writings in the early part of the last century, and why he was frustrated with the formation of an organized “church” around religious science principles. He understood that this power for Good in the Universe was accessed individually and personally, and that the best way to harness that power for oneself is to learn and study the mysteries as they impact an individual’s life and path.

From the SOM Archives:

Ernest Holmes resisted (formal organization) initially, feeling that an organization would be restrictive. He insisted on the necessity of individual spiritual freedom, saying that Infinite Truth was not the exclusive property of any special group of people, and that his teaching was not a “final revelation.”
As the organization took form, however, Ernest made it clear that the founding of the Institute was not intended to promote Religious Science as a cure-all religion. He would not allow anyone to regard the Science of Mind message as infallible. Religious Science is shorn of dogmatism, freed from superstition, and open at the top for greater illumination, unbound and free,” Ernest said.
In the New Thought movement some churches thrive while others struggle to keep the lights on and the doors open. There are multiple and varied reasons for both, including the forward march of technology which brings Holmes’ teachings and the teachings of others to the fingertips of the world, rendering formal church affiliation “nice but not necessary“.
Ernest Holmes summed up all we need in one of his last public speeches:
“There is a Presence and there is a Power in the universe, which constitute a dual unity of action and reaction and the polarity from which all things come. Learn to court the Presence by not only seeing God in everything and everybody but by feeling God all the time. Feel the Presence in the sacred place of your consciousness. Then use the Power. Your thoughts will change the conditions of your life.” Ernest Holmes
Court the Presence. Feel It in your consciousness – stand still and consider the wondrous works. Use the Power. And when you do, you cannot help but change your life.
And so it is.
(C) 2018 Practitioner's Path

Toxic Workplaces: leading the recovery


Edwene Gaines’ retreat center in Rock Ridge, AL

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While there are multiple ways to heal as an individual when you are mired in a toxic environment (including getting a new job); this blog post is specific to the leadership challenges that exist when you inherit staff members who worked – sometimes for many years – under a toxic manager or supervisor.

I have written and spoken about the great power of kindness – most recently in my talk at the New Hampshire Health Information Management Winter Meeting. It can seem simple and maybe even trite when kindness is suggested as a leadership tool, but time and again I have seen its great power to restore and reinvigorate even the most hopeless situations.

Here is my road map to recovery for leaders.

Step 1: Patience

New leaders are often eager to make their mark and implement the ideas that inspired them to take the position in the first place. They want to change the status quo, upgrade the output, improve EVERYTHING – and they want to show that they are the answer to whatever was not working before they arrived.

This won’t work when you inherit employees who are detoxing. First of all, they’ve seen smiling new faces and heard lofty promises before. It didn’t work out, and they paid a price. Additionally, many of them have invested years in workarounds to stay under the radar of the last regime and these practices and habits aren’t going to go away immediately.

Leaders who want to implement change must understand this and proceed with patience and a generous timeline.

Step 2: Let go of history

Human nature thrives on sharing information. The popularity of 24/7 news updates is one (major) example, as are magazines that play “gotcha” and talk shows that unveil tawdry, personal drama.

When a new leader takes over a department or organization; there are often an abundance of updates on who’s reliable, who you can count on in a pinch and where to go for special assistance.

Unfortunately, other information is often passed on as well: gossipy, personal and unnecessary information that is negative about people. What she did, what he does, what happened to her, what the company did to him – none of it being useful for any reason other than to disparage some and elevate the person passing on the dirt.

Effective leaders understand that this information needs to be left alone, as it will only serve to poison the future if it remains an active part of conversations. The best way to let it go is to 1) remember that what people do on their personal time is their business, and 2) have a clean slate for everyone – assuming everyone present has something of value to contribute.

Step 3: Act “as if

Being patient around implementing change, and taking the position that everyone in the organization or department has something of value to contribute will begin to produce positive effects when leaders make it their daily practice to act “as if” everyone is already contributing, valuable and an important piece of the puzzle – even when they have noticed areas that are screaming for improvement.

People respond much better to positive reinforcement than negativity, and those recovering from a toxic manager aren’t expecting new leadership to be much different. Some may hold on to a little hope, but in general, they have resigned themselves to the misery that is their job. Taking down that wall and changing default expectations takes consistency and time.

For this to be genuine, a leader must truly believe that each person has something to contribute. This will be easier with some employees than others. Work on the easy ones first – it will help to set the default expectation for the group. For the more challenging ones, more work is required!

Keen listening and observation skills can help move that more challenging group into the easy category, but it requires a willingness to look for and SEE things that are positive – even among the (seemingly) intransigent employees.

Step 4: Find common ground

A snap decision that someone is a contributor can disappear in a flash with one misstep that creates a mess or problem. Strong positive leaders work every day to find pieces of common ground that connect their humanness to that of their employees. This is easier with some folks than others but it is important to cultivate this perspective and work on it consistently.

With the most challenging employees, it may be necessary to dig deep: pay attention to group discussions that seem to animate them (the local sports team, a current news event, etc.) and take note of any postings or items in their cubicle that may indicate an interest or hobby (animal rescue organizations, care for the environment, etc.). There may be very little common ground with some employees, but there is at least one thingthat can create a connection in a positive way. Touch base with this common connection regularly until the default response to this person is a positive one.

Step 5: In all things, kindness

Employees who have worked inside a toxic environment or for a toxic manager are traumatized. They expect to be chastised, bullied or even yelled at if they make a mistake or ask a question about something they don’t understand. In rare circumstances (during surgery, mid-flight as a pilot, in battle, etc.) yelling at someone to correct a mistake maybe necessary or at least understandable when saving lives is at stake. For all other situations, there’s no reason to be a jerk.

Management is defined as “getting things done through people“. This only works if the people “getting things done” feel that they are valued, and in an environment where they can contribute, ask questions, get help and be supported to succeed. The easiest way for leaders to achieve this environment is to make kindness their default response – for everything.

Step 6: Don’t forget the F-word

In an earlier blog I wrote about the importance of forgiveness at work. Humans make mistakes, leaders are human and therefore will make mistakes. Leaders who desire some latitude for their own missteps must be willing to give the same to others.

Be generous with forgiveness and learn the art of truly letting things go. Don’t keep bringing up the mistakes that were made last week, last month, last year. The employee who made the mistake is keeping a much closer tab on their own shortcomings. Effective leaders create a space for learning, course-correction and positive growth.

Step 6: Pivot to praise

It can be easy to get caught up in the way things SHOULD be; the skills people SHOULD have; the work that SHOULD be taking place. Staying in this perspective will only make things spiral downward. Louise Hay counseled that when we stop “should-ing” on ourselves, things immediately improve. There’s great wisdom in that statement.

Making employees feel less-than about themselves for what they haven’t achieved, can’t do or never learned will not inspire them to take a chance on something new. Setting achievable new standards, encouraging them to stretch and then celebrating even the smallest steps forward will pay dividends that could not have been imagined previously.

It takes the same amount of energy to say something nice and encouraging to someone as it does to tell them they’re not measuring up, but the outcomes are vastly different.

Step 7: Never, never, never give up

Winston Churchill rallied the English people during the darkest days of World War II with a speech that included the words “never, never never give up“.

Leaders who desire long tenure in leadership and success along the way must adopt this position. Change is hard; people don’t like it and trust is given in small tokens – especially after years of toxic conditions.

Positive change and sustainable forward movement is not achievable as a quick win. It takes persistence, commitment, continued self-examination (by the leader) and being willing to get up every day and do it again.

As leaders, the buck stops at our door. The only real question is whether we want to continue to lead, or need to step down.

If our desire is to continue leading (as opposed to simply managing), we will never give up on being patient, letting go of gossip, finding the good in people (acting as if/finding common ground), being kind, forgiving and praising any effort or forward movement.

And if we stay the course, we will begin to see small breakthroughs evolve into medium accomplishments, and eventually, large scale achievements.

This prescription for leading a work group away from its toxic past is simple, but not necessarily easy. Leaders must maintain a laser focus on the process in every moment; have Job-like patience and be willing to get up, dust off and go back at it on those days when everything goes awry.

If it was easy, anyone could do it – and anyone who’s been in the workforce for some time knows that there are managers, and there are leaders. The choice is ours, and we make it in each moment of every day.

(C) 2018 Practitioner's Path

Watching the trends

First Creative ThoughtIn a previous blog I wrote about the role of the millennial generation in the continued growth or sustenance of organized New Thought, and I recently had another occasion to ponder this shift as I found out that CSL North Jersey’s Creative Thinking e-magazine was to be retired.

Founded in the Fall of 2015 after Creative Thought ceased publication, it was hailed in some circles as destined to flourish, because it was inconceivable to many that people wouldn’t want this to continue.

At the time I was in that “yeah!” chorus, assured that the world would be left gasping without something like Creative Thought, so I subscribed right away to Creative Thinking.

Both were terrific publications, and well-loved by many, so why the recent message from Creative Thinking staff?

Greetings loyal reader of Creative Thinking eMagazine. I’m writing you today with a different message than ever before. I’m announcing today that the Creative Thinking eMagazine will cease to exist as of this month. The magazine was taken on as an effort of love by a small army of dedicated individuals. These people worked tirelessly and all but one were volunteers. The magazine was enjoyed by a few when we needed it to be enjoyed by many in order for us to justify the time, energy, and expense invested on a monthly basis.

The phrase that reached out and tapped me on the nose was this one: “The magazine was enjoyed by a few when we needed it to be enjoyed by many...”

There’s no doubt that New Thought principles and practice are beloved by those of us affiliated in some manner with organized groups, but as we cluster in our echo chambers reaffirming how important these principles are, and how life-changing the teachings of Holmes, et al can be – are we missing the roar of reality all around us?

The world is always changing (thankfully!) and if we’re paying attention, we can see how those changes are taking place and adjust to meet the new paradigms.

If, on the other hand, we’re consumed with our comfort zones, and “the way it’s always been“, we’re likely to find ourselves scratching our heads and wondering who’s going to pick up the mantle and carry on where the last group left off.

I’m not a soothsayer, but I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that another monthly eMagazine with daily Spiritual Mind Treatments in it is not what the world is seeking. If it were, Creative Thinking would be thriving today and not posting a notice that it had been enjoyed by a few,…

In another blog post, I wrote:

The digital revolution is here.

Are you ready for a “true holistic change” or will you hold on to the way you’ve always done things? You get to choose, but the window on making that choice is closing fast and at a point in the not-too-distant future, it will be made for you – whether or not you’re ready for it.

In that blog I quoted an article on technology from CNBC that talked about the change that is here already, and how to navigate the aggressiveness of that change. I also quoted (& edited for New Thought – and other spiritual/religious organization relevance) from the article:

A true, holistic change to your business model is needed to survive and thrive in the digital era. The time for strategic action is now – because no one knows what the next two years will bring.”

I was tough on some perspectives in that blog post, and I stand by my position today more than ever. The evidence is coming in stronger every day, and the most recent is the statement from CSL North Jersey about the cessation of Creative Thinking magazine.

Many believed that the digitization of Creative Thought was all that was needed to save it (and I am speaking of people outside of CSL North Jersey) and that we would see an uptick of adoption with this new technology applied to it.

The reason Creative Thought, and subsequently Creative Thinking, have gone silent has very little (if anything) to do with technology,…and a LOT to do with the changing demographics, and world we live in.

The changes needed in New Thought organization and practice can (should) leverage digital technology, but the changes that will boost (save) them are not exclusively technological.

For New Thought to survive as a formal organizational structure, and perhaps even thrive – leadership at local and national levels must step back and assess the environment, stop building things that people age 40 and older want and take seriously the truth that if we’re not reaching millennials (and I’ve not yet begun to address the issue of Generation Z), the expiration date on the vitality of formal New Thought organizations is closing fast.

(C) Practitioner's Path


Every day miracles

The Isha Upanishad opens with this text:

All this is full. All that is full.
From fullness, fullness comes.
When fullness is taken from fullness,
Fullness still remains.
Om shanti – shanti – shanti

The concept is that when we are in alignment with the the Divine, we cannot be in a state of want or lack. This spiritual Truth is repeated in many stories across multiples spiritual traditions.

In the Western canon a more familiar story is the one where Jesus fed the 5,000 with only 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. Here’s the story from John 6:

Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand. Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. 

Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread would not be enough for each of them to get a little.” One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?” 10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, about five thousand in number. 

11 Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.” 

13 So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten.  [John 6:4-13]

5 loaves 2 fishIn the Christian context, this is taught as a great miracle, which suggests that this kind of manifestation is rare. Through a metaphysical lens, however; it is seen as instruction on how to be when turning to the Divine (e.g. prayer) to receive something that you want or need.

It’s interesting that Jesus asks Philip where they are to get bread. He’s asking a question he already knows the answer to: he understands the concept articulated in the opening to the Isha Upanishad: out of fullness, fullness comes and when fullness is taken from fullness, fullness remains. He knew that he would have what he needed. He was using the circumstances as a teaching moment.

Our lives present few opportunities to feed 5,000+ people on a grassy hill with no other options available, so at a glance, it is easy to miss the guidance on prayer tucked into this story.

Knowing: Jesus was not worried about where the food would come from. He had a handle on the unlimited Supply concept.

Peace: in the face of the head count (5,000 people), Jesus was quite chill. “Have the people sit down” he tells his crew. Sitting down is an passive response – not an active one; a posture of waiting to receive.

Gratitude: don’t be fooled by the short statement attributed to this piece. If we want to understand the miracle of the 5 loaves and 2 fishes, we must remember this critical piece: Jesus gave thanks for what he had in front of him, which leads to the next point.

Available resources: Jesus took what was at hand. He did not demand that a full-course Passover meal be brought in; he worked with what he had in that moment and remained GRATEFUL for it – without hesitation.

Action: after giving thanks, they went immediately into action. They didn’t call a meeting to divide up the pieces, or examine the portions; they started handing out the food as if there would be enough.

When the passing out of the food resources was complete, Jesus told his crew to gather up the leftovers. It specifically mentions that this did not happen until people had eaten until full.

How does this apply to our world today?

Think about something you are in need of, or desire. How do you ponder and feel about the issue? Here are some examples:

  • relationship (love)
  • new job
  • increased abundance (more money)
  • healing

Are you following the steps lined up in spiritual tradition for manifesting your desire?

  1. Do you believe that your desire is achievable? Don’t wish; stop hoping – KNOW it.
  2. Are you at peace when you think about it, knowing that things are in motion making this happen?
  3. Are you giving thanks ahead of the demonstration? If you know it’s coming (step 1), be grateful now.
  4. Are you taking care not to overlook the resources right in front of you? Work with what you have (5 loaves & 2 fish) and it will expand to meet your need with plenty left over.
  5. Are you taking action today? Don’t sit around and wait for a booming voice from the clouds. Get up, get going – take a step in the direction of your desire right now.

One last point: the 5 loaves and 2 fish that fed the 5,000 came from a small boy. Take care not to overlook the small and seemingly unimportant offers that come your way (think of the status of a child in formal society – not as a child in the context of a family).  They may seem to be immature, undeveloped or not quite to the level that you were hoping – and yet, in them may lie the seeds of your next miracle.

And so it is.

(C) 2018 Practitioner's Path

Kindness as Cure

Super Hero w heartI’m writing this from the Manchester/Boston Regional Airport as I wrap up another visit to New Hampshire where I spoke at an annual professional meeting.

My talk, Rock Your Super Power at Work (no cape necessary), highlighted the research that exists on the link between choosing to be kind, and our well-being mentally, emotionally and physically.

I was further suggesting in my talk that anyone – regardless of title, position or salary – can impact change for the better in any organization by simply being kind.

The data in numerous research studies strongly suggests that there is a “positive feedback loop” between being kind to others and feeling content and happy in our own lives.

Performing random acts of kindness helps boost our sense of well-being in part because they activate the release of dopamine in our brains. When we are kind to others, our brains produce endorphins. These in turn induce a physical feeling similar to an opiate “high”.

In other words, if we’re feeling down, a little depressed or otherwise “meh“,…we should do something nice for someone – and science says we’ll turn our misery around. According to research summarized in a fact sheet published by Dartmouth Wellness, active kindness (being kind in word and deed) decreases pain, anxiety, depression, cortisol levels (which raise under stressful conditions), and blood pressure.

But there’s even more reason to up our Vitamin K(indness): it seems we really can change the world – no matter who we are or where we live.

“The positive effects of kindness are experienced in the brain of everyone who witnessed the act, improving their mood and making them significantly more likely to pay it forward.” [Dartmouth Wellness Fact Sheet]

Kindness is Catching

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As I shared with the group today, this means that we don’t have to be a CEO to make positive change at work; a mayor or council person to make positive changes in our community.

We can begin where we are right now, and plant seeds of kindness that will impact the people around us and ultimately, the world.

I’ve always liked Wayne Dyer’s counsel on kindness: “When you have the choice to be right, or to be kind – choose kindness.

And so it is.

(C) 2018 Practitioner's Path

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Enough for everyone’s need

In the meditation group that I lead we will be pondering the concept of greed this week. I was initially inspired to explore this with the group as I was reading the Isha Upanishad, beautifully translated by Eknath Eswaren.

The Isha opens with this text:

All this is full. All that is full.
From fullness, fullness comes.
When fullness is taken from fullness,
Fullness still remains.
Om shanti – shanti – shanti

In the translation, Eswaren shares that Gandhi felt that the Isha Upanishad in many ways, holds the core truths of Hinduism. Interesting as this is the shortest of the known Upanishads,  but it communicates a great truth – that our wealth lies not in what we amass, but in realizing spiritual abundance.

This time of year there is always a push in New Thought centers and churches to teach prosperity. While I agree that most of us can use regular reminders on thinking in a more abundant way; too often these prosperity classes focus on demonstrating dollars and cents, which according to many major sacred texts is a way to poverty – not abundance.

In the Christian Bible Jesus says to a crowd that is following him:

“…take care, and be on your guard against all greed, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12)

In the Hebrew scriptures, from Proverbs:

A greedy man stirs up strife, but the one who trusts in the Lord will be enriched. (Proverbs 28:25)

In the Tao te Ching:

There is no crime greater than greed
No disaster greater than discontentment
No fault greater than avarice
Thus the satisfaction of contentment
is the lasting satisfaction. (46.5-9)

And from the Isha Upanishad:

The Lord is enshrined in the hearts of all.
The Lord is the supreme Reality.
Rejoice in him through renunciation.
Covet nothing. All belongs to the Lord.


Avoiding greed is common guidance across cultures and ethnic peoples and the materialism that pervades Western society today makes it hard NOT to fall into a greed mindset.

Materialism reinforces a “paradigm of scarcity“. If we can count what we consider to be our wealth, and lock it away, or use our resources to buy more than someone else,… we can lose it.

If we count our wealth as dollars, when someone takes some or we spend it – we have less.

If we count our wealth as those gifts of Spirit, or “resources of consciousness” such as peace, love, meaning, respect – we can never run out. No one can take what is ours, and no matter how much we give away, we remain full.

From fullness, fullness comes. When fullness is taken from fullness, fullness still remains.

In my own pondering of the topic I found that it was easy to point out greed in others, but a little more challenging to look directly at the greed I express in my own life.

If we accept the unity consciousness theory that we’re all connected, and that we can really only control our own actions; we do have the ability to impact greed in the larger world. We simply must begin where we are right now.

As we ponder this topic, here are some areas to consider:

  • food waste
    • how often do we pick up carry out restaurant food on the way home when there are viable, if not as exciting, options at home?
  • retail therapy
    • how many times do we spend money on clothing, or other items to “feel better” instead of limiting our purchases to acquire something that we need?
  • compliments and praise
    • how often do we sit quietly when someone is criticizing another person at work, when we know that they, too, have value and contribute to the team efforts?
  • power grabs
    • how often do we insist on doing something in a certain way, citing the rules, the regulations, the guidelines – when in truth, what we want is for us and not the greater good of the group or organization?
  • traffic etiquette


Gandhi is quoted as saying:

“There is enough in the world for everyone’s need;

there is not enough for everyone’s greed.”

As we enter the welcome 3-day weekend made possible by federal recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday, I will be pondering the role of greed in my own life choices; in the larger society (racism is clearly rooted in a belief that there’s not enough) and looking inward for how I can make changes that will contribute to a leveling so that we can realize for every man, woman and child – enough for everyone’s need.

And so it is.

(C) 2018 Practitioner's Path