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One of the goals of the teaching you hear in here is that we be able to integrate

our religious practices and spiritual beliefs into all of life. This is difficult for us

because we are taught from early on in life that there is a division in all aspects of

life. We become dualists dividing the world into various camps.

One of the great damages that has been done to the human psyche, especially

in the Western world, is to divide the world into sacred and secular spheres. If

you look carefully at the writings of Hebrew Scripture or at the teachings of

Jesus, you will see that they do not do this.

Somewhere in the history of Judaism the notion got introduced that God was in

history, God was present. Moses, for example, saw the burning bush and heard

a voice saying, "Take off your shoes. You are on holy ground." Think of that! Dirt

is sacred.


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