The Dude on Finding True Love and Making it Last.

Earlier this year, I wrote a column titled “You’ll Dig These 6 Life Tips from The Dude” here on these Patheos pages. It featured the wisdom of the actor Jeff Bridges as told in his book The Dude and the Zen Master. The Dude is a role Bridges once played in the movie The Big [Read More...]

You’ll Dig These 6 Life Tips from The Dude.

Do you know the Dude? He’s a character in the Cohen Brother’s movie The Big Lebowski and he’s played by the actor Jeff Bridges. And while Bridges has acted in dozens of roles over his storied career, this may be the one he is most associated with. He was so convincing as a live-and-let-live philosopher/stoner [Read More...]

Get Happy! A 360° Philosophy for Life.

If you’re a regular reader of Wake Up Call, you’ll know that I often feature the philosophies of others who I admire and who have influenced my thinking. This includes the soul-virtuoso Thomas Moore, the businessman-turned-philosopher John Templeton and the passionate promoter of “interspirituality” Mirabai Starr. I like to think that these writers, and others [Read More...]

Sick? Tired? Achy? Depressed? It’s time you tried some beautiful medicine.

How are you feeling today? Healthy, alert and full of vim and vigor? Or are you suffering from chronic aches and pains, fatigue or depression? If you’re in the latter camp, you must read a book that can honestly change your life: A Beautiful Medicine, A Radical Look at the Essence of Health and Healing [Read More...]

Excessive generosity: how you can make your world a better place.

I just finished reading the wonderful More or Less, Choosing a Lifestyle of Excessive Generosity, by Jeff Shinabarger. But before I discuss this book, I’d like to start off with an anecdote. The motivational author Napoleon Hill, best known for his book “Think and Grow Rich”, is one of my all-time favorite inspirational writers. Hill [Read More...]

Donald Shimoda: Life lessons from a fictional messiah.

Over the past few years, I’ve written almost 100 blog posts on all types of spirituality-related subjects. But week after week one of my oldest columns gets the most Web hits—double and triple the number of views as my next most popular post. It’s called “The Wisdom of Donald Shimoda”. Shimoda is one of two [Read More...]

How a 700-Year Old Prayer Can Help You Find God.

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? ~1 Corinthians 3:16 What do you do when your ordinary prayers stop working? When your praying stops bringing you comfort? When it feels like you’re talking into a void and you’re not getting any closer to God? Well, a [Read More...]

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...]

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...]


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