The foundation of Spiritual Reality is Emptiness/Stillness/Silence/Solitude—which are essential for Clarity. Emptiness is emptying ourselves of fear, desire, duty, agendas, opinions, beliefs, ambition, and all of the things that interfere with our being here, now. It is the space between breaths. Where connections are made, and awareness and realization come to life. Stillness/Silence/Solitude (Marianne MooreContinue reading “The Nature of Spiritual Reality”
We do not talk to each other mindfully aware of what we are doing. Our talk revolves around news, weather, sports and commentary. When we talk about ourselves it is in the spirit of “look what has happened to me.” “I’m getting married, look at my engagement ring.” “I just lost my job, and don’tContinue reading “The Right Kind of Conversation”
We live at cross-purposes. When the church says something is important, but then lives as though something else is important, it is called “hypocrisy.” In the world it is called “business as usual.” What we say is important in either place varies from person to person, from situation to situation, from time to time. WhatContinue reading “Tools? Or Props?”
We need help realizing, remembering, connecting with, and living out of the heart of what matters most. Yet, that’s the first thing to go—our connection with the heart of what matters most. We need a community to help us nourish, enable, sustain, and deepen our relationship with the heart of what matters most. We needContinue reading “Communities of Innocence”
If we are going to take spiritual growth seriously, we are going to have to take doing justice seriously. We’re going to have to get to work reforming society. It takes a revolution to bring justice to life. Justice doesn’t come about because everyone agrees that it ought to, or because everyone thinks it wouldContinue reading “Doing Justice”
I don’t know of anything that works better than arrogance for creating an intolerable situation for ourselves and others. That is probably why the biblical writers place so much emphasis on humility as the oil that enables relationship and life. It is too bad all their hard work is so wasted on us. The UnitedContinue reading “Arrogance and the Profit Motive”
“Here’s to the day! May it be all I need it to be—and may I be all it needs me to be!” That’s good enough, I think, for a morning prayer. It reminds us that we need things from the day, and the day needs things from us. That’s the fundamental deal. We have toContinue reading “Here’s To The Day! “
At times, our experience of life can sit us down, and stun us into silence with the depth, and breadth, and marvel of creation. The fact that we are alive and a part of the all-ness of things can be overwhelming in an awe-inspiring kind of way. We can be amazed at being amazed. ToContinue reading “The Path to Numinous Reality”
There is that into which we cannot go. Call it the Mythic Realm—or anything you want to call it. Just know that it’s there, and we aren’t going to figure it out any more than we can figure out True Love. We don’t know what the deal is, or how, or why it works theContinue reading “The Mythic Vision”
We are all fundamentalist fanatics at heart. We are all literalists at heart. We hate ambivalence and ambiguity, and want things to be nailed down, spelled out, clearly defined. We want things to be black or white, right or wrong, cut and dried, one way or the other—and to stay that way! We want toContinue reading “It’s a Shifting Perspective…”
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