Spiritual Treatment Is No Substitute For Mental Health Care

Spiritual practice is no substitute for proper mental health care. This isn’t a difference of opinion. This isn’t a case of “agree to disagree.” This is a wrong and dangerous belief that I see too often in Pagan and alternative spirituality circles. [Read more…]

Praying While You’re Fighting

Life is challenging, especially for those of us who are awake. There are this-world concerns that require our urgent attention. But our spiritual practices, devotions, and holy day celebrations are a connection to our Source – they need our attention too. [Read more…]

The Inauguration: Maintain the Sovereignty of Your Mind

The need for clear thinking, honest speaking, and courageous action are stronger than ever. If we are to respond according to our values and not the values of Trump and his ilk, we must maintain the sovereignty of our minds. [Read more…]

When You Can’t Experience the Gods for Yourself

The unmediated, first-hand experience of a God is an awesome and humbling thing. But your value as a person and your authenticity as a polytheist are not dependent on your ability to have these experiences. [Read more…]

When You Know Something Needs To Be Done But You Don’t Know What

I’m more than a little reluctant publish a list of things that need to be done. My work is not your work, even if we’re playing on the same team. But when multiple people ask the same question at the same time, that’s usually a sign I’m supposed to write about it. [Read more…]

Mystical Experiences Through Deep Practice

Mystical experiences are found in every religion and are often spontaneous. Most people ignore them or rationalize them away, but for those of us who understand and appreciate them, they can be the deepest, most meaningful experiences in our lives. [Read more…]

Off the Edge of the Map

Go into a bookstore and you’ll see many different maps that show many different routes to many different places. But when it comes to ecstatic and oracular practices, most of us are working off the map. [Read more…]

Is Your House On Fire?

Meditating when your house is on fire is a poor job of prioritization. But oppressive governments aren’t the only ones who like to turn a state of emergency into the new normal. If we aren’t careful, most of us will do it in our own lives. [Read more…]