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This is the most comprehensive website on the internet devoted specifically to spiritual stories. Although there is a very large collection of parables, many of the spiritual stories are written by and for people just like yourself. Contributions are welcome, so please feel free to submit your favorite spiritual story using the link at the bottom of the page. Enjoy! :)

Featured Spiritual Story:
25 Letters

The year 2008 has been a most difficult for me. I lost my way. I lost my job. I lost my trust in people. But, most importantly, I lost the confidence of my wife. Oh, she knows that I love her. She knows that I love the children, but what she does not know is if I love me?

This would seem to be a darn good question in light of my past behavior...
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Featured Spiritual Parable:
A Buddha Is Among You

The abbot of a once famous Buddhist monastery that had fallen into decline was deeply troubled. Monks were lax in their practice, novices were leaving and lay supporters deserting to other centers. He traveled far to a sage and recounted his tale of woe, of how much he desired to transform his monastery to the flourishing haven it had been in days of yore.

The sage looked him in the eye and said, "The reason your monastery has languished is that the Buddha is living among you in disguise...
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Spiritual Movie Review:
Heaven Can Wait

Heaven Can Wait 
Stephen Simon from Spiritual Cinema Circle says this is one of his favorite spiritual movies of all time, and I can see why.

This movie from the 1970's, on the surface is about a football player who is taken from Earth "prematurely" (apparently a new angel made a mistake!). Joe is then reincarnated into the body of a wealthy, but heartless man who falls in love with an environmentalist.

And while it is delightfully humorous and entertaining, it also provides insight into potential models for karma, reincarnation, destiny, and ultimately finding ones' true "soul" without all the conditioning that we might call our personality."
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Spiritual Book Review:
The Shadow Effect by Deepak Chopra, Debbie Ford, and Marianne Williamson

  Spiritual Book: The Shadow Effect
The Shadow Effect provides much needed insight into the phenomenon that we've all experienced in our life: self-sabotage... and more specifically, why it is people seem to sabotage themselves right when they're on the brink of greatness.

Bringing together the wisdom of three of today's sages, Deepak Chopra, Debbie Ford, and Marianne Williamson, we're given a glimpse into the 'shadow' in different ways that all work together very well. What is the shadow? In a nutshell, these are the aspects of ourselves that we have cut off, hidden, repressed, or decided were not acceptable to show other people.

The shadow is the part of us that feels unsafe being authentic, and The Shadow Effect provides wonderful insight into how each of us developed our shadow, how we can learn to identify it in our lives, and what we can do to move through our shadow and into the light of our greatness.

In fact, at the core of this book are the themes of light and greatness... because the shadow is the one thing that stands in the way of us living the lives of our dreams. The Shadow Effect clearly communicates this core message that the shadow is not be feared, but rather, to be viewed as an essential aspect of ourselves that we must understand and transform into light if we are to move forward in the story of our lives.

The Shadow Effect gets my personal recommendation, and I feel that the world would be a more light-filled place if everybody read this book. Buy it, read it, live it, then share it with others you think may benefit from its message.
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"It is only when we realize that life is taking us nowhere that it begins to have meaning."
- Ouspensky
 
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