Tis The Season For Gratitude

Thanksgiving in the US is a time when people focus especially on gratitude. The subject and practice of gratitude is Brother David Steindl-Rast’s message. In this post I talk about Br. David, who I admire very much, and finish with a gratitude practice you can use all the time. [Read more...]

Awakening Experiences

This week I’m working on the content of a January retreat day I’m doing for the Marin Interfaith Council. It’s my pleasure to be co-leading the retreat with Marilyn Mandela Schlitz, president of the Institute of Noetic Science. We’ll be talking about transformation, a subject IONS has studied for 35 years. Interestingly, I’ve been exploring [Read More...]

Hope For The Future?

In this chaotic world, how do stay hopeful about the future and more importantly, give our children hope? [Read more...]

What’s In A Worldview?

As a certified Spiritual Intelligence coach, I talk about the first of the 21 competencies, understanding one’s own worldview. [Read more...]

Why Practice?

Why Practice is the topic of this post. In it I talk about how the practices that have long been a part of my life supported me during the last eight months. I write it in celebration that my brother, who was diagnosed with leukemia eight months ago. On Oct. 3 he comes home with new, healthy stem cells after a successful bone marrow transplant. [Read more...]

Got Drama?

Got Drama? introduces the Spiritual Intelligence Assessment created by Cindy Wigglesworth whose new book, SQ21: The Twenty-One Skills of Spiritual Intelligence, is coming out in October. Barbara is certified to administer and interpret the assessment. Her upcoming virtual workshop, Discover Your Unique Spiritual Intelligence, is outlined as well. [Read more...]

To Where and Back?

Reviewing Dr. Mary Neal’s book To Heaven and Back, this post addresses the interpretative lenses through which her experience is described. A Hindu, and the writer of this post for that matter, would not describe the experience in the same way! [Read more...]

Gotta Love Sam Harris!

Sam Harris’ defense of the word spiritual prompts me to write about Ken Wilber’s pre/trans fallacy. It’s another look at how atheists’ criticism of all things spiritual is really a shot at one particular level of development’s theological perspective. [Read more...]

The Paradox of Progress

Goethe once wrote, “Progress has not followed a straight ascending line, but a spiral with rhythms of progress and retrogression, of evolution and dissolution.” We live with a clear paradox . . . compelling evidence of human evolution and equally compelling and often horrific evidence of what appears to be our lack thereof. In order [Read More...]

Humanity Is Evolving . . . Really?!

  “Evolution is best thought of as Spirit-in-action, God-in-the making, where Spirit unfolds itself at every stage of development, thus manifesting more of itself, and realizing more of itself, at every unfolding. Spirit is not some particular stage, or some favorite ideology, or some specific god or goddess, but rather the entire process of unfolding [Read More...]