Sacred

addendum: on i-it and the god we repress

god is the between of an i and a thou, and it is precisely this existential dialogue with all that exists, our "essential deed" as buber called it, that which we repress within us...

Meditations on Bread and Wine

I.  According to Zoroastrian legend, Ahura Mazdao bestowed upon Zarathustra a remarkable gift. It came to him in a dream: a golden knife cutting open the earth. The plough. Agriculture, that is, is a...

A Deep but Dazzling Darkness

I think one of the greatest of metaphysical poems is Henry Vaughan’s masterpiece “The Night.” The poem takes as its inspiration the scene from the third chapter of John, Nicodemus visiting Jesus by night....

The Other and Julian’s Promise

In contemporary discussions of religion and religious discourse the notion of God’s alterity, or “Otherness,” is often foregrounded. This rhetorical gesture, very nearly a commonplace, derives from the philosophical work of Emmanuel Levinas and...

Cosmic and Human Metamorphoses

When I was about twenty-three I encountered a book by Rudolf Steiner, Cosmic and Human Metamorphoses, transcripts from a series of seven lectures he delivered in Berlin between February 6 and March 20, 1917....

Ink and Blood

One of the tasks I set my advanced creative writing students is to have them, one student a week, find three poems to read and then unpack from whatever anthology I happen to be...

Sleep Peacefully

Sleep peacefully, for everything is within My hands. Take your rest in the knowing that everything is complete; you are what you were meant to be and so rest in the fullness of your own heart— that is carried on...

Compassion, “JuBuSto” and the Three-Petalled Rose

I’ve been having an odd experience of late, and I’m sure you’ve experienced the same thing: some word or a phrase--or often, a tune--you just can’t get out of your head. That’s what I’ve...