No activity can be successfully pursued by an individual who is preoccupied … since the mind when distracted absorbs nothing deeply, but rejects everything which is, so to speak, crammed into it. Living is the least important activity of the preoccupied man; yet there is nothing which is harder to learn… Learning how to live takes a whole life, and, which may surprise you more, it takes a whole life to learn how to die. Seneca on The Shortness of Life
The Secret Testament of Julian: A Novel by Simon Parke
Julian of Norwich was the first woman in the world to write a book in English, and yet had largely disappeared from view until her rediscovery during the twentieth century.
A fourteenth century anchoress in Norwich, she lived in a cell for forty years, surrounded by savage plague, political inequality and religious bigotry. Yet Julian gave the world one of its most famous calls to hope: ‘All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well.’
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DOES FREE WILL EXIST? by Silver Birch THE question of free will is one that has dogged man through the centuries. Can we change the course of our lives? Do we have absolute or partial free will?
Poverty in the Afterlife by Edward C Randall One who attempts to change or modify the thoughts, ambitions and desires of mankind, is undertaking a great task. The American people, more than any other, are taught from infancy that the desired goal is wealth – material wealth – and, such is the prodigality of the times, money is necessary for the pace that is set. Money – the ring and shine of gold becomes alluring, and the ambition of each is for its accumulation
‘Patience Worth’ and Auto-suggestion by Brian Inglis In "The Nature of Mind and Human Automatism", [Franklin] Prince had written that he could not understand 'how any right-minded person, how anyone who truly seeks after knowledge, can have any sympathy with those who refuse to accept a doctrine, however strong may be the evidence on which it is based, simply from fear that when carried to its logical consequences, it may antagonize preconceived notions.' He was now himself to be confronted with another case of multiple personality which was providing strong evidence against his belief that 'mind' was the last of the supernatural phenomena, destined to be disposed of by the march of science.
Facing Death with Hope by Michael Tymn: As Hurricane Lane approached Hawaii, where I live, with 170 mph winds on August 23, I began having visions of my departure from this realm of existence. Our governor announced that there are not enough… Read more