Anya Phenix

Forgiveness is Bullshit

Originally posted on sometimesmagical:
Wherever you find an intolerance for and avoidance of “negative emotion,” you are almost guaranteed to also find a “doctrine” of forgiveness. I cringe every time I hear forgiveness come up. For a while, my cringing was accompanied by guilt because I felt horrible that I would see such a “positive”…

Killing the Messenger: A Closer Look at Anger

Originally posted on sometimesmagical:
Last week in talking about forgiveness, anger and violence frequently came up. Even though I normally would do something lighter after such a heavy topic, I feel I need to cover my position on anger to try to clear up the misunderstandings. To be honest, I’m not even sure how much…

Listening for the Holy Spirit…er, My Spirit

Originally posted on sometimesmagical:
This spring and summer have been a delightful whirlwind of activity. For a number of weeks leading up to the summer solstice, I couldn’t imagine being alone, filling each day and night with fun and friends. There were moments when I wondered if I could even consider myself an introvert anymore.…

Suffering is the Seed of Compassion

It was only after I experienced suffering that I began to have compassion. I now see all the suffering in my past as beautiful, golden moments of extraordinary grace and love, allowing my heart to open and the Universe to come rushing in.

Flow Like Water

“The Buddhist way of understanding is always letting go of our views and knowledge in order to transcend. This is the most important teaching. That is why I use the image of water to talk about understanding. Knowledge is solid; it blocks the way of understanding. Water can flow, it can penetrate anything.” ~Thich Nhat […]

The Dreamer

The All-That-Is and all that has happened and will happen within it is someone’s dream. It is your dream. You are the dreamer. I am the dreamer. I am you and you are me. We are the dreamer. All of us dream the dream together. Together, we are The One Who Is All.

Tattling

This has been on my mind since my daughter was accused by one of her playmates of being a tattletale because she came to me to help her address bullying and name-calling that was happening while she and some neighbors were playing outside. Please don’t ever tell your kids not to “tattle” or “snitch” on anyone. […]

Death, Where Is Your Sting?

There need not be fear or sadness surrounding death. It’s the perfectly beautiful shedding of the body and release of the soul.

All Are One

The cells of your body are to you as the waves are to the ocean, as you are to all that is. Separateness is an illusion.

A Zen Parable

Before Enlightenment, mountains are mountains and rivers are rivers; During Enlightenment, mountains are no longer mountains and rivers are no longer rivers; After Enlightenment, mountains are once again mountains and rivers are once again rivers.

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