Spirituality

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....

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...

Zazen: What is it? Why am I staring at a wall?

Zazen is only one of many forms of Buddhist meditation but it is the central practice of Zen. It is the introspective practice of placing your “self” on equal ground with your perceptions by...

Reclaim the Divine Feminine: Connect to Your Creative Spirit | New Workshop for 2014

A Six Week Series led by Jude Rittenhouse When: Begins Tuesday, March 25, 2014,  7 pm (Eastern Time) Whether you write, paint, draw, sing, cook, raise children, dance, take care of elderly parents, run a household or a...

EXPLORING THE DIVINE FEMININE

Some newly restored frescoes in the Catacombs of Priscilla show what many see as evidence that the early Christian church had women priests. But The Vatican quickly dismissed the claims of the Women's Ordination...

How Spirituality Can Lead You To Your Destined Path

I had been going back and forth for awhile between the decision of going back to college or to stay home and "find myself" and figure out an alternative decision. I felt that society...

A Season of Change

For thousands of years, not much changed for ancient man. He plodded through a world as crude as that of his forefathers – until the day he invented fire. One moment of progress led...

Kabbalah in Winesburg, Ohio

When I studied Integrated Kabbalistic Healing, my teacher Jason Shulman told us about the Hebrew word yesh. One way to translate the word is simply as “there is” or “there are.” But a yesh...

Improv as Spiritual Practice

I just passed the half-way point of an improvisational acting class, my first in many years. I enrolled out of a desire to have fun and practice spontaneity.  While “practicing spontaneity” might sound like...

Spirits and Spirituality: The Grace of Discernment

As a scholar of mysticism and religious literature, I spend a lot of my time reading, thinking, and writing about the encounters with God various writers, mystics, and seers had or claim to have...