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The God Archetype

Carl Jung The God Archetype Monday, November 22, 2021 Father Richard shares the importance of archetypes for the soul’s encounter with God, which Jung explored in great depth. Depth psychology tells us that our lives are guided by subconscious, ruling images which Jung calls archetypes. Jungian archetypes include the father, the mother, the eternal child,… Continue Reading The God Archetype

Being “God’s Somebody”

Original Goodness Being “God’s Somebody” Friday, October 29, 2021 Everybody is God’s somebody. —Bishop Michael Curry, Love Is the Way Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church Michael Curry, with whom Fr. Richard has worked on several occasions, shares how knowing we are “God’s somebody” allows us to love ourselves and others. I’ve come to see… Continue Reading Being “God’s Somebody”

Participatory Morality

Life as Participation Participatory Morality Thursday, September 9, 2021 Jesus’ message of “full and final participation” was periodically enjoyed and taught by many unknown saints and mystics. It must be admitted, though, that the vast majority of Christians made Christianity into a set of morals and rituals instead of an all-embracing mysticism of the present moment.… Continue Reading Participatory Morality

Unveiling the Shadow

Shadow Work Unveiling the Shadow Sunday, June 13, 2021 This week’s meditations focus on unveiling the shadow self, an essential concept in my work that comes from Swiss psychotherapist Carl Gustav Jung (1875–1961). It always needs initial clarification and definition. Let’s begin with the personal shadow. During the first half of our lives (and for… Continue Reading Unveiling the Shadow

Authentic Freedom

Liberation Authentic Freedom Tuesday, January 19, 2021 In his newest book, Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future, Pope Francis points out that we need both personal liberation and liberation from unjust and harmful systems. Unfortunately, many people have been taught that salvation is merely an individual escape plan for the next world,… Continue Reading Authentic Freedom

True Self/Separate Self: Weekly Summary

True Self/Separate Self Saturday, September 5, 2020 Summary: Sunday, August 30—Friday, September 4, 2020 Your True Self is a little tiny flame of this Universal Reality that is Life itself, Consciousness itself, Being itself, Love itself, Light and Fire itself, God’s very self. (Sunday) Thinking creates the separate self, the ego self, the insecure self.… Continue Reading True Self/Separate Self: Weekly Summary

Trusting a Deeper Aliveness

True Self/Separate Self Trusting a Deeper Aliveness Friday, September 4, 2020 I believe a regular practice of Centering Prayer is one of the most effective tools we have for discovering our True Self. Sitting in silence, we become adept at compassionately observing our separate self at work, as it tries to maintain control of the… Continue Reading Trusting a Deeper Aliveness

Separateness Is Suffering

True Self/Separate Self Separateness Is Suffering Thursday, September 3, 2020 The idea of the two “selves” within every individual—the True Self and the separate self—is a part of the perennial wisdom and a pathway for transformation in most faith traditions. I share the thoughts of two writers, a rabbi and a Sufi Shaikh (elder), on… Continue Reading Separateness Is Suffering

Trusting in the “True You”

True Self/Separate Self Trusting in the “True You” Wednesday, September 2, 2020 Our separate self is who we think we are, but our thinking does not make it true. It is a social and mental construct that gets us started on life’s journey. It is a set of agreements between us as individuals and our parents, families,… Continue Reading Trusting in the “True You”

The Illusion of the Separate Self

True Self/Separate Self The Illusion of the Separate Self Tuesday, September 1, 2020 CAC faculty member James Finley studied under Thomas Merton as a young monk in formation. While many have been influenced by Merton’s writings, few have had the opportunity to learn from the mystic himself. Today, Jim reflects on the insights on the… Continue Reading The Illusion of the Separate Self