From Disequilibrium to Equilibrium

                                     by Leatrice Evanne Asher                “This above all: to thine own self be true.”                                                        —William Shakespeare Balance is a fundamental principle in the universe. Applied to our lives, balance can be equated with equilibrium—evenness—a quality that allows us to move through the world with ease. Yet, how often do we wake up, go to work, relate to … Continue reading From Disequilibrium to Equilibrium

What We Are Not

by Leatrice Evanne Asher —William Shakespeare; from Hamlet Freedom is waking up to the true condition and conditioning of the human. Once awake, we can begin to detach from that which we are not. We create and recreate ourselves continually by acting out roles of our choosing, a kind of desire-driven day-dreaming creation. This may … Continue reading What We Are Not

Students and Teachers: The Roles We Play

by Leatrice Evanne Asher (This is a condensed version of the original article published in The Word Magazine) Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth ―Albert Einstein Spiritual vanity is one of the more elusive forms of self-deception—elusive, because when we adjudge something to be “good” or praiseworthy it is more difficult … Continue reading Students and Teachers: The Roles We Play

Parents and Pain

by Leatrice Evanne Asher  However reasonable and rational we may be in most areas of our lives, we often have unreasonable expectations of our parents. We can accept imperfections in ourselves and our friends that we can’t seem to accept in our parents. How many of us find ourselves doing things we wouldn’t think of … Continue reading Parents and Pain

Death and Dying

by Leatrice Evanne Asher The way we handle pain is a good indication of how we are likely to handle our own dying—both the anticipation of it and the process itself. Like pain, death becomes troublesome only if we are not present in the reality of it. Death is something we can, even should, be … Continue reading Death and Dying

Pain―Bane of Our Life or Catalyst for Transformation? – Part II

by Leatrice Evanne Asher “Man always travels along precipices. His truest obligation is to keep his balance.” ―Jose Ortega Gasset Balance is a fundamental principle in the universe. We know that imbalances in nature (which primarily arise through human thinking) can create dramatic effects such as drought, severe storms, global climate change, earthquakes, and fire. … Continue reading Pain―Bane of Our Life or Catalyst for Transformation? – Part II

Love and Suffering

―By Leatrice Evanne Asher What we refer to as “love” relationships may vary widely—from a parent’s feeling of unconditional love for a child to excessive and enthusiastic adoration for another person. All expressions of love that are fettered with attachment will result in pain and suffering, but the focus of this article is on what … Continue reading Love and Suffering