The Manifest Ego

In this teaching, one of our greatest values is the truth that our thoughts and feelings create our reality, and not the other way around. This mindset helps us pay attention to what we are thinking, so that we can take an active role in creating what we choose to have in our experience rather than passively going about life without a thought for what we may actually want. But what are we doing when we take action based on our thoughts. Some say it’s all God. But others argue that there … [Read More...]

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The Lessons of Fear

How many times have you been afraid? And when you have been afraid, what action did you take? My hope is that you’ve been afraid more times than you can think, and while you may not be able to say this of every occasion more often than not you took action to overcome the fear rather than avoid it. Fear is something that is simply part of our human experience. If we’re living life, fear is a familiar friend. If we claim we have no fear, then we’re not living life – we’re avoiding … [Read More...]

Are you “too” independent?

Do you ever feel like getting someone to help you with a project, or seeking counsel when you’re stuck in some way, is a sign of weakness? To some people, if they can’t figure out a problem by themselves they think they have failed. This type of person seems to believe that they should be able to handle anything. If you feel this way from time-to-time you know the kind of emotionally and physically stress it can put on you. I know. I’ve been there. My name is Terry and I’m a … [Read More...]

Oh God, What to call it?

My favorite name for Divinity is “The Thing Itself.” The phrase reminds me that I don’t know exactly what it is, other than that it is a great and wonderful mystery I attempt to point to with words such as wisdom, love, power, energy, omnipresence, beauty, allness, creative intelligence, or mind, among other terms. Or, for short, God, which I refer to with the gender neutral pronoun, It. Projecting Human Character On To It When exploring how It works in creation and what It does, the … [Read More...]

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Pride is a Many Splendored Thing

The conversation is turning. Only a decade ago religious ministers across North America who chose to speak about gay rights did so largely from a place of opposition. Now the tide is turning. This week, the Methodist church chose to reinstate one of its ministers who only six months earlier was defrocked for officiating at his gay son’s wedding. It was a jury of Methodist pastors who decided Rev. Frank Schaefer had violated their laws, and originally suspended him, and then defrocked … [Read More...]

It Just Makes Me Want to Scream – Part Two: The spirituality of being human

Did you do any screaming last week? (If you don’t understand why I’d ask that question, go back and read last week’s blog first!) I hope you understood last week that I wasn’t suggesting we run around like a bunch of raving maniacs, screaming our heads off at the world. However, we can sometimes experience frustrations that need a release. That can be a private scream or a good cry. I suggested last week that if we can get beyond the anger and frustration we will find fear and an … [Read More...]

What Can I Do?

"How will you serve the world? What do they need that you can provide? The effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is." ~Jim Carrey I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately when it appears that we, in the USA, stand on the brink of going back into war.  When I was younger I stood in picket lines with signs, attended peace gatherings, wrote letters and tried to keep up on all the current events.   Nowadays I’m one of those that doesn’t watch the news.  It’s … [Read More...]

Does It Make You Want to Scream? – Part One

Do you ever have situations in your life when you feel like you’ve done everything you can to produce the desired outcome, but the whole thing just falls apart…or blows up…or implodes?!? I believe we call that “frustration” (among other things!). It can often be accompanied by screaming and fist pounding. Doesn’t sound very “spiritual,” does it? On the contrary, I think it does! We may be “spirit have a human experience,” but the fact remains we are HUMAN. We are here, on … [Read More...]


Let the Killing Stop

On the same day that thousands of members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police mourned the murder of three of their colleagues in Moncton, New Brunswick, one man was shot on the street in an upscale urban part of Vancouver, on the other side of the country. Meanwhile in the United States, a couple already fleeing from their murderous rampage in Las Vegas ended their lives – and killed yet another man carrying his own concealed weapon – in a shootout at a WalMart. All on the same day. … [Read More...]

Approaching Confrontation With Integrity

Are you someone who shuts down at the first sign of disagreement? I’m a recovering people pleaser. Growing up in my family I chose the role of mediator, reconciliator and all-around peacemaker. I made it my mission in life to make sure no one was upset, since upset often led to an outburst none of us wanted to witness. It’s no surprise that I used to avoid confrontation at almost all costs, though usually any costs involved were to my own self-esteem and well-being. Don’t get me wrong. … [Read More...]