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Gaining New Traction

Darkness Gaining New Traction Monday, December 2, 2019 Experiences of darkness are good and necessary teachers. They are not to be avoided, denied, run from, or explained away. Even if we don’t experience clinical or diagnosed depression, most of us will go through a period of darkness, doubt, and malaise at some point in our… Continue Reading Gaining New Traction

Release and Healing

Art: Old and New Release and Healing Thursday, November 14, 2019 My art flows from the patterns and paths of my lived experience which—like yours—are at once deeply personal and entirely universal. —Julie Ann Stevens, Living School Alumna [1] Today contemporary theologian Dr. Diana L. Hayes shares a very personal part of her life and… Continue Reading Release and Healing

Holistic Knowing

Cosmology: Part One Holistic Knowing Tuesday, August 27, 2019 The sciences will just separate the human off and focus on the physical aspects of the universe and the religious traditions will shy away from the universe because that’s reserved for science. So cosmology is an attempt to deal with the whole and the nature of… Continue Reading Holistic Knowing

Transformative Spirituality

Interspiritual Mystics Transformative Spirituality Monday, August 5, 2019 Catholic monk and mystic Wayne Teasdale (1945–2004) recognized the wisdom in many religious traditions and helped to cultivate respect and understanding between faiths. Though I did not know him personally, Teasdale had an early, long-standing relationship with a community of Franciscans in Massachusetts. He worked tirelessly until… Continue Reading Transformative Spirituality

The Self-in-God

Western Christianity The Self-in-God Tuesday, September 18, 2018 In his booklet That We May Be One, Thomas Keating writes about two models of spirituality and how they influence our growth in God’s likeness: Since the Reformation, the Christian Tradition has been somewhat focused on doctrinal differences rather than on the spiritual journey itself and the… Continue Reading The Self-in-God

Primal and Indigenous Spirituality: Weekly Summary

Primal and Indigenous Spirituality Summary: Sunday, August 5-Friday, August 10, 2018 I want to emphasize contemplative insights and practices that help us heal our sense of separation and isolation, experience connection and community, and awaken a sense of responsibility for all beings. (Sunday) Even in early, primal religion, we can see the idea of this… Continue Reading Primal and Indigenous Spirituality: Weekly Summary

Initiation

Primal and Indigenous Spirituality Initiation Thursday, August 9, 2018 Life and grace seem to move us along, often without our notice, toward greater maturity, inclusivity, and nondual wisdom. But at certain points along the way, humans are prone to getting stuck unless we have some kind of initiatory experience, healing rites of passage, and the… Continue Reading Initiation

At Home in the World

Primal and Indigenous Spirituality At Home in the World Wednesday, August 8, 2018 Much of indigenous spirituality exists on the edges of society without validation or integration from the government and popular culture (though it is often appropriated for commercial or selfish purposes). Native lands were largely invaded by Christian colonizers. Native peoples were forced… Continue Reading At Home in the World

Other Ways of Knowing

Primal and Indigenous Spirituality Other Ways of Knowing Tuesday, August 7, 2018 Though I have no family ties to indigenous religions, I have great respect for their wisdom. I was honored to serve as a deacon at Acoma Pueblo many years ago and I continue to learn about the Pueblo, Diné (Navajo), and Apache peoples… Continue Reading Other Ways of Knowing

Shamanism

Primal and Indigenous Spirituality Shamanism Monday, August 6, 2018 Hiroshima Day Some of the earliest evidences of human expression—dating over 40,000 years ago—can be found in the caves of Indonesia, France, and Spain. While the original meanings of these paintings are unknown to us, many anthropologists suggest “shamanism” or what we might call mystical consciousness… Continue Reading Shamanism

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