Managers of Human Nature: A Job Description for Spiritual Naturalists

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Job descriptions help us know that we’re doing what we’re supposed to be doing. So what’s the JD for SN? This post is the first in a series examining SN through the lens of the work of Loyal Rue. For an overview of Rue’s basic concepts, go here.   Help wanted: Manager of human nature [Read More...]

Do you believe in Love?

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In studying ancient philosophy (the very thoughts that shaped the course of later ideas, culture, and history to come) it is impossible to really understand what you read without setting aside the modern day connotations of the words used. Many of the words like ‘spirit’, ‘gods’, ‘soul’, have been Christianized and taken on meanings that [Read More...]

Distractions to Spiritual Practice, Pt 4

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This is the final part of a 4-part series which explains, in each part, one of four deceptive distractions to a core purpose of spiritual practice: cultivating, with applied practices, wisdom and a character that is more capable of flourishing. That is, addressing fear, anger, and greed; compassion for all beings and an inner happiness [Read More...]

Distractions to Spiritual Practice, Pt 3

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This is the third of a 4-part series which explains, in each part, one of four deceptive distractions to a core purpose of spiritual practice: cultivating, with applied practices, wisdom and a character that is more capable of flourishing. That is, addressing fear, anger, and greed; compassion for all beings and an inner happiness not [Read More...]

Working ritual with Center, Pt 2

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This is the second of a 2-part series exploring a new technique for creating special time and space. Part 1 introduced the Center. Now, this part details the technique and its basis in psychology.   How do you work ritual with the Center? The basic technique is to choose an appropriate focal point, mark it [Read More...]

Wisdom hides in plain sight

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I suggest that all the wisdom humans are likely to obtain has already been discovered. Further, I suggest that all of this wisdom can be stated in a handful of aphorisms or proverbs and that most of us are aware of these. If these two propositions are correct, then the problem of wisdom is very [Read More...]

The Humanist concept of community

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Community is important to Humanists. We just haven’t been traditionally very good at building them. This is odd because we are almost all in agreement that what gives our lives the most meaning and satisfaction is our relationships with others. In our defense, our movement is only 100-ish years old. And we are starting to [Read More...]

Giving and the holidays: making a change

Last year I wrote a letter to friends and family, and shared it on my blog, about concerns I was having about consumerism and the holidays (letter here). I told them that we’d prefer gifts be restricted either to things they make themselves or to charitable donations on our behalf. At the time I still [Read More...]

Working ritual with the Center, Pt1

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This is the first in a 2-part series exploring a new technique for creating special time and space. This part introduces the key symbol, the Center. Last Samhain’s ritual script experimented with a new technique for creating special time and space (i.e. sacred space): working with the Center. In short, participants circumambulate a chosen focal [Read More...]

How to Stay Mindful

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Recently I had the pleasure of attending a gathering of spiritual naturalists and similar folks at a local tea house. One in our group recommended we discuss an issue he’d been dealing with: how to stay mindful throughout the day? We all learn and read about various teachings, wisdom, and more but as the day’s [Read More...]


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