Navel gazing versus the journey to the World Navel: Individuation and community

Jungians are sometimes accused of being ego-centric navel gazers in the Pagan community.  There is a certain truth to this.  Jung wrote that “every step towards fuller consciousness removes [a man] further from his original, purely animal participation mystique with the herd, from submersion in a common unconsciousness. Every step forward means tearing oneself loose [Read More...]

The First SIgn of Autumn

My wife pointed this out to me this morning: the first red leaf.  The first sign of autumn in my little piece of what Ruby Sara calls the “fiercely wild urban midwest”. “How frail a thing is Beauty,” I said, “when every breath She gives the vagrant summer But swifter woos her death. For his [Read More...]

“One needful thing”, Part 3: Letting go of the side of the pool

In Part 1, I traced the development of Unitarianism since the early 19th century to the present and argued that UUism has, since its inception, been characterized by what William Channing called a “too partial culture of the mind.”  In Part 2, I argued that the “one needful thing” for contemporary humanistic UUism is a [Read More...]

My Trip to San Francisco

I just returned from a trip to San Francisco.  In addition to getting some business done, I took advantage of many of the attractions that the area has to offer. My first stop was at the Japanese Tea Garden in the Golden Gate Park. In my wanderings around the Gorden Gate Park, I came across [Read More...]

My Fivefold Path

Over at Humanistic Paganism, “NaturalPantheist” recently shared his fourfold path for naturalists, summarized below: Path of Earth:  Connection Path of Fire:  Celebration Path of Air:  Mysticism Path of Water:  Education He includes specific suggestions for practices that fall into each category.  I have always enjoyed these kinds of systematizations of spiritual practices. Early on in [Read More...]

“One Needful Thing”, Part 2: UUism and the Transformative Experience

In Part 1, I traced the development of Unitarianism since the early 19th century to the present and argued that UUism has, since its inception, been characterized by what William Channing called a “too partial culture of the mind.”  I hinted that the “one needful thing” for UUism is enthusiasmos or personal abandonment, which I [Read More...]


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