Spirituality

Spirits and Spirituality: The Grace of Discernment

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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...

Into the Mystic: Jane Lead

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Contrary to popular opinion, “Protestant mystic” is not an oxymoron. Indeed, during the first century or two following the Reformation a great abundance of Protestant mystics flourished. The Silesian cobbler Jacob Boehme may be...

The Vision and Mission of Navajyoti Sri Karunakara Guru

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Gurucharanam Saranam Santhigiri Ashram was founded by Navajyotisree Karunakara Guru in the year 1968 at Pothencode, 21 KMs away from Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala. It is emerging as the global capital of spirituality where...

Jesus says: Throw Caution to the Wind!

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I want to start by saying, that regardless of how lily-livered, judgmental, and boring some folks portray Jesus in modern America, that is not at all my experience of him. For me, to put...

A Mixed Lineage

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This past weekend I meditated with Susan Piver as I participated in her Open Heart Project Virtual Retreat (susanpiver.com). Susan is a terrific meditation teacher, and I have been using her beautifully-voiced instructions in...

The Belief Spectrum

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I've been thinking about this topic for a while. As I have ruminated over it, I have discarded a multitude of threads, some of them possibly valuable, but nevertheless, here I am today. I don't really feel...

CELEBRATE OTHERNESS! (THE FEAST OF SUKKOTH)

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  I wish all a blessed full moon, a blessed Autumn equinox, a blessed harvest, and a blessed Sukkoth. In this beautiful Jewish festival of the wine harvest, scripture tells us to go out into the...

Ram Dass on “Letting Go”

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Here's an interesting 2010 interview with Ram Dass on the process of letting go: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LxB-4_MGbc   "Your soul witnesses your feelings, your desires, your fearlessness. Stay  in the witness, not identifying with the desires or attitudes or...

Our Victory

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If there is ever a book that saves us it will be a contemplation of Love without pretext or association with idols. It will be about knowing the mystery is boundless and choosing life...

DISSOLVING INTO GOODNESS

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"The Kingdom of Heaven is poured out all over the earth and men don't see it." ~Jesus, 'Gnostic Gospel of Thomas' I. The distance between heaven and earth is less than the diameter of a photon....