The Holon and the Fire Festivals

Integral theorist Ken Wilber, in his books Sex, Ecology, Spirituality and A Brief History of Everything, maintains that every discrete thing (or "holon") in existence displays four fundamental capacities. These capacities include the drive to self-preservation ("agency") and the drive to self-adaptation ("communion"), as well as the drive to self-transcendence ("eros") and the capacity for self-dissolution ("thanatos"). You can see this in action simply by considering an individual human being. … [Read more...]

Disablity Awareness Day 2007

Yesterday Fran, Rhiannon and I went to the Georgia State Capital to participate in Disability Awareness Day, with some 1700 other disabled persons, their family and friends, and community advocates. For us, this is an opportunity to support efforts to increase funding for disabled persons who would like options beyond simply relying on (too often limited) family resources or else ending up in subsistence situations (such as nursing homes). Even though Rhiannon's disabilities are so complex that … [Read more...]

The loner with the bulging rolodex

My dear friend Pat writes, in response to my previous post ("The Loveliest Dream"): I was rather surprised that you refer to yourself as a ‘loner’ and that you ‘refrain from connecting with others’. That’s NOT how I remember you from when I lived in Atlanta! You always had scads of friends and I practically had to make an appointment to see you. I suppose life is all about perception. Yes, Pat, I tend to keep a busy schedule and most friends (not just you!) find that if they want to see me they' … [Read more...]

My Loveliest Dream

It must have been sometime in the early 1980s. I was either still working on my Master's or had just recently graduated, and my spiritual life was nurtured mostly by reading books by the Anglican mystic Evelyn Underhill and the Christian Jungian Morton Kelsey. And then one night, I had a dream. In it I was climbing up a hill near the Ballston Metro station in Arlington, Virginia. The hill was lush, covered with trees and vegetation that provided comforting shade in the midst of the bright … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

"If nature (via evolution) produced humans, and humans produced the ozone hole, then didn't nature produce the ozone hole? If not, then there is some part of humans that is not part of nature, and therefore nature cannot be the ultimate ground of existence. Nature cannot be a genuine God or Goddess or Spirit — because nature is clearly not all-inclusive and thus must simply be a smaller slice of a much bigger pie." — Ken Wilber, A Theory of Everything … [Read more...]

Lectio Mystica

I invite readers of this blog to visit my old blog on Livejournal. I've set up a poll there to gauge interest in book reviews in a blog context. One of the problems I've had with blogging is that I write better when I have a focus, and my blog has always felt, well, un-focussed. Before I went on blog-hiatus, what little focus my blog had was mostly about promoting myself and my books, which is what led to my blog's demise — that was a focus I simply lost interest in, it felt fake and forced and n … [Read more...]

Cynthia Bourgeault

I'm back from Birmingham and the weekend with Cynthia Bourgeault. She's a wonderful speaker and provides an interesting insight into the nexus where Christian contemplation/centering prayer meets the great wisdom traditions of the world. I never thought I would be attending a workshop at an Episcopal Church in a room filled with mainstream Christian types where the speaker held forth on shifting one's energy to precipitate a change of consciousness — yes, I know, it sounds eerily reminiscent of ( … [Read more...]