Ross Bishop

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Parents and Children

We assume that a child comes into the world with a clean slate. That’s both true and not. In a child’s conscious awareness, everything is new. His or her immediate circle is a world of wonder, newness and exploration. There is little conscious awareness of anything outside his or her world. But at another level, The Universe is busy creating exactly the experiences the child will need to further the development of his or her unfinished awareness. We can debate as to whether this is actually a part of the child’s unconscious, but it really doesn’t matter because either way, it’s going to profoundly effect the child’s life.
POSTED ON: March 16, 2016, 5:50 pm BY Ross Bishop

Your Family

There is a good chance you’ll spend some time with your family over the holidays. Will that be a good experience or something to survive? What is it about families that can make them so darned stressful? Ram Dass said, “If you think you’re enlightened, go spend a week with your family.”
POSTED ON: August 9, 2016, 10:45 am BY Ross Bishop

Making The Other An “It”

Hassidic philosopher Martin Buber wrote that people have two kinds of relationships. Buber defined these as either ”I : it,” or “I : You.” The difference is that in “I : it” the other person becomes a thing, an object, whereas in “I : you,” they retain their essential humanity.
POSTED ON: July 12, 2016, 10:50 am BY Ross Bishop

Relationships – Our Greatest Teachers

The most telling thing about a person’s spiritual development is the nature of their relationships. Relationships can be open and loving and sharing, heartfelt and filled with joy, or they can be dismal prisons of stress, discouragement and failure.
POSTED ON: August 16, 2016, 10:50 am BY Ross Bishop

Relationship Failure

Of all the things we do, relationships vex us the most. They cause us no end of pain and frustration. We want them, yet we’re afraid to be vulnerable. Sooner or later every relationship we have will either fall apart or test us, and when this happens it hurts a great deal. Sometimes we are wiser for the experience, sometimes not. But the important question is, why do relationships fall apart and fail? There is nothing inherent in the concept of relationship that requires them to periodically self-destruct, or is there?
POSTED ON: February 16, 2016, 7:50 pm BY Ross Bishop

Being Successful

When you measure yourself by things external there will always be someone who is richer, smarter, faster, better looking, more secure or more successful than you are. You can use those differences to either learn from or to make you feel inept, but the later is a direct route into the toilet. There will always be plenty of things you can use to pull yourself down. It speaks to our non-acceptance of self. And, by the way, the economic system is counting on you to react to those differences so that they can sell you everything from new cars, to new fashions, to new makeup or something else new to cover over your feelings of inadequacy.
POSTED ON: July 13, 2016, 10:50 am BY Ross Bishop