Tag Archives: paradox

Learning to See

Contemplative Consciousness Learning to See Wednesday, January 10, 2017 If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to [us] as it is, infinite. —William Blake [1] Contemplation is about seeing, but a kind of seeing that is much more than mere looking because it also includes recognizing and thus appreciating. The contemplative Read More »

Saved by the Cross

Salvation as At-One-Ment Saved by the Cross Wednesday, July 26, 2017 The cross is a perfect metaphor for what I meant when I titled one of my books Everything Belongs. God is to be found in all things, even and most especially in the painful, tragic, and sinful things—exactly where we do not want to look Read More »

Faith and Belief: Weekly Summary

Faith and Belief Summary: Sunday, July 16-Friday, July 22, 2017 “Could Christians migrate from defining their faith as a system of beliefs to expressing it as a loving way of life?” —Brian McLaren (Sunday) “By defining itself as a settled system of beliefs, Christianity . . . became a leash or a locked door impeding Read More »

Waiting with Patience

Faith and Belief Waiting with Patience Friday, July 21, 2017 If you are to live on this earth, you cannot bypass the necessary tension of holding contraries and inconsistencies together. Daily ordinary experiences will teach you nonduality in a way that is no longer theoretical or abstract. It becomes obvious in everything and everybody, every Read More »

Order, Disorder, Reorder

Rebuilding on a Contemplative Foundation Order, Disorder, Reorder Friday, July 14, 2017 First the fall, and then the recovery from the fall, and both are the mercy of God. —Julian of Norwich [1] Whenever we’re led out of normalcy into sacred, open space, it’s going to feel like suffering, because it is letting go of what Read More »

Paul as Nondual Teacher

The Apostle Paul Paul as Nondual Teacher Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Meeting the Risen Christ on the road to Damascus changed everything for Paul. He experienced the great paradox that the crucified Jesus was in fact alive! And he, a “sinner,” was in fact chosen and beloved. This pushed Paul from the usual either/or, dualistic Read More »

The Three Boxes

Everything Belongs: Week 2 The Three Boxes Tuesday, December 6, 2016 First the fall, and then the recovery from the fall, and both are the mercy of God. —Julian of Norwich [1] Whenever we’re led out of normalcy into sacred, open space, it’s going to feel like suffering, because it is letting go of what we’re Read More »

Enoughness and Contentment

Simplicity Enoughness and Contentment Tuesday, October 4, 2016 (Feast of St. Francis of Assisi) We live in a society that places great importance upon external signs of success. We have to assure ourselves and others that we are valuable and important—because we inherently doubt that we are! Thus we are often preoccupied with “one-upping” others. Read More »

Second Naiveté

Simplicity Second Naiveté Sunday, October 2, 2016 My life journey began as a very conservative pre-Vatican II Roman Catholic, pious and law-abiding, living in quiet Kansas, buffered and bounded by my parents’ stable marriage and many lovely liturgical traditions that sanctified my time and space. I was a very happy child and young man, and Read More »

Overcoming Contradictions

Paradox Overcoming Contradictions Sunday, August 21, 2016 The binary, dualistic mind cannot deal with contradictions, paradox, or mystery, all of which are at the heart of religion. Sadly, a large percentage of religious people become and remain quite rigid thinkers because their religion taught them that to be faithful, obedient, and stalwart in the ways Read More »

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