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Monthly Archives: January 2017

January 31, 2017

See Everything; Judge Little; Forgive Much

Dualistic and Nondual Thinking See Everything; Judge Little; Forgive Much Tuesday, January 31, 2017 We are living in exciting times, where we are teaching people not what to see, but how to see! The broad rediscovery of nondual, contemplative consciousness gives me hope for the maturing of religion and is probably the only way we… Continue Reading See Everything; Judge Little; Forgive Much

January 30, 2017

Contemplative Consciousness

Dualistic and Nondual Thinking Contemplative Consciousness Monday, January 30, 2017 Nondual or contemplative consciousness is not the same as being churchy, reflective, or introverted. Unfortunately this is the way the word is often used today, even by people who should know better. Contemplation is a panoramic, receptive awareness whereby you take in all that the… Continue Reading Contemplative Consciousness

January 29, 2017

The Dualistic Mind

Dualistic and Nondual Thinking The Dualistic Mind Sunday, January 29, 2017 If we are trying to rebuild Christianity from the bottom up, we need to try to understand Jesus, the one who began it all (even though he probably never intended to start a new religion). I am convinced that Jesus was the first nondual… Continue Reading The Dualistic Mind

January 28, 2017

Experience: Weekly Summary

Experience Summary: Sunday, January 22-Friday, January 27, 2017 “The interior experience of God’s presence [through prayer] activates our capacity to experience God in everything else—in people, in events, in nature.” —Thomas Keating (Sunday) Outside of your own inner experience of a God who is “merciful, gracious, faithful, forgiving, and steadfast in love” most religion will… Continue Reading Experience: Weekly Summary

January 27, 2017

The Mystery of Incarnation

Experience The Mystery of Incarnation Friday, January 27, 2017 Francis of Assisi knew that if you can accept that the finite manifests the infinite and that the physical is the doorway to the spiritual (the foundational principle we call “incarnation”) then all you need is right here and right now—in this world. This is the… Continue Reading The Mystery of Incarnation

January 26, 2017

Franciscan Mysticism

Experience Franciscan Mysticism Thursday, January 26, 2017 As I shared yesterday, mysticism is experiential knowledge of spiritual things. Franciscan mysticism is a trustworthy and simple—though not necessarily easy—path precisely because it refuses to be mystified by doctrinal abstractions, moralism, or false asceticism (although some Franciscans have gone this route). Franciscanism is truly a sidewalk spirituality… Continue Reading Franciscan Mysticism

January 25, 2017

Experiential Knowledge

Experience Experiential Knowledge Wednesday, January 25, 2017 The most unfortunate thing about the concept of mysticism is that the word itself has become mystified and relegated to a “misty” and distant realm that implies it is only available to a very few. For me, the word simply means experiential knowledge of spiritual things, as opposed… Continue Reading Experiential Knowledge

January 24, 2017

Mystical Experience

Experience Mystical Experience Tuesday, January 24, 2017 In the early 1960s, Jesuit Karl Rahner (1904-1984) stated that if Western Christianity did not rediscover its mystical foundations, we might as well close the doors of the churches because we had lost the primary reason for our existence. Now don’t let the word “mystic” scare you. It… Continue Reading Mystical Experience

January 23, 2017

God Is Good

Experience God Is Good Monday, January 23, 2017 In most ancient religions on every inhabited continent, God was seen to be “controllable” through some form of sacrifice, even fellow humans. Around the time of Abraham, the sacrificial instinct was transferred from humans to animals (Genesis 22:13); ancient Hebrew and other religions sacrificed birds, goats, sheep,… Continue Reading God Is Good

January 22, 2017

Inner Authority

Experience Inner Authority Sunday, January 22, 2017 This week we will focus on the third wheel of our tricycle of transformation: Experience. [1] The other two wheels, Scripture and Tradition, can be seen as sources of outer authority, while your personal experience is your inner authority. I am convinced you need and can have both.… Continue Reading Inner Authority

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