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Are Wars Inevitable?

"We've always had wars. Humans are a warring species. Without an army to defend us, someone will always try to conquer us." These assumptions have become axioms of our culture. They generate despair but also...

Wuji and a Scene from “Homeland”

In the cosmology of Taijiquan, before there is yin and yang, there is wuji: the infinite field of energy, the Universe, the state of energetic potential prior to any differentiation. Within this idea is another:...

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....

Beauty in unexpected places

I don’t know about you, but I go to great lengths to avoid calling customer service departments. I’ll deal with phone or internet issues as long as I can before I am willing to...

Talking with Jesus at Starbucks

I sit down at a table in Starbucks, waiting for a friend.  There’s a fairly scruffy guy probably in his mid-60’s sitting alone with his pack of cigarettes reading a newpaper at the table next...

The Math of Love

I was sitting at my kitchen table and was annoyed when I heard the knock on the door because I was playing a computer game I had nearly won. I opened the front door...

The Paintbrush

Enlightenment is like a paintbrush placed in the hand of a mannequin who has fully captured your attention while the child behind you dances wildly with paint stained hands soaking the world with expression   Prove your devotion to love and...

Nancy Wait | Tiferet Community Featured Member

**Editor's Note** It is with great pleasure that we share our first featured member of Tiferet!  If you would like to be featured you can click here and fill out the brief form. As I...

SIGN UP NOW FOR NEW ONLINE POETRY WORKSHOP!

Starting Tues. Oct. 16, 2012 If you’d like to write poetry – or if you admire the writings of Rumi, Hafiz, Whitman, and others – please join us for an online writing group that will meet for four Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m EST.

After a Death, an Ant Reminds Me to Choose Life

A writer I admired passed away on Saturday, March 2.  I met Robyn Richey Piz in a class at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, and she invited me to join a writing salon.  I...