Welcome to Wake Up Call. An eye-opening take on spirituality.

For starters, let me introduce myself. I’m Tom Rapsas, and I’m thrilled to be starting a new blog column on Patheos. I’ve been blogging on spirituality issues for the last few years at both Elephant Journal and my own site The Inner Way. During that time, I’ve written about 60 posts (which are now available on [Read More...]

The amazing power of 100% pure, unlimited agape.

I’m not talking about the love you feel for your favorite ice cream, your cat or dog, or even your significant other or spouse. My topic is the true greatest love of all, something that the ancient Greeks called agape. [Read more...]

Jesus, Mary Magdalene and sexuality.

The companion of the Son is Miriam of Magdala. The teacher loved her more than all the disciples; He often kissed her on the mouth…~Gospel of Philip
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Who really chooses your life path? You? Or God?

The argument about free will vs. determinism boils down to this: Do you really call the shots or does God have a predetermined plan for you? For answers, I looked to the writings and wisdom of Ram Dass and Ralph Waldo Emerson. [Read more...]

How a 3-second encounter with an old man taught me about mindfulness.

   The eternal life that we are now living will be well lived if we take good care of each little period of time as it presents itself day after day. If we fail in doing this, we fail in everything. ~R W Trine Many years ago I was driving down a rural two-lane Florida [Read More...]

Dr. Seuss and the quirky hand of fate.

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. ~Dr. Seuss [Read more...]

The Forbidden Sayings of Jesus.

Have you ever heard of the Gnostic Gospels? They’re a collection of 60 or so ancient texts often referred to as “the secret sayings of the savior”. [Read more...]

Do you have Inner Peace? Ask yourself these 12 questions.

I’ve written previously about John Templeton and his inspirational tome the Worldwide Laws of Life. Within the book he has a brief but important passage that appears randomly at the end of a chapter and is credited to “Anonymous”. It’s titled “Symptoms of Inner Peace”. I wrote about it in a recent post on Elephant [Read More...]

Looking for some inspiration? Check out Life Tweets.

I’m excited to tell you that I just published an e-book titled Life Tweets, Inspirational & Spiritual Insights That Can Change Your Life. It’s available on Amazon, though for now you’ll need a Kindle device or a Kindle app on your iPad or smartphone to read it. (Update: A paperback version is now available.) The [Read More...]

Einstein, Hilary Hahn & The Meaning of Life.

Albert Einstein was once asked to provide “the ultimate explanation of the world”, or what in everyday terms might be called the meaning of life. His response is both humorous and thought provoking: “I can not tell you in words, but I can play it on the violin.” It’s interesting how the ultimate intellectual Einstein [Read More...]


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