May 9, 2019

Did you ever hear the story about John Lennon and the promise he made about his death? He told his son Julian that after he left this world, he would communicate with him by appearing in the form of a white feather to let him know he was okay. Julian told no one about the promise and for many years there was no sign from his father. Then one day, while on tour in Australia, Julian was presented with a… Read more

May 4, 2019

At some point in time, have you wondered if God really exists? You may have asked God to show you a sign, any sign, that he or she is real. You want to know your prayers aren’t going out into an empty void, that your faith isn’t a sign of some deeply ingrained ignorance, that there truly is someone or something looking over our lives and world. The mystics say they know God exists because they have experienced God firsthand. There… Read more

April 29, 2019

Have you ever become aware of a voice talking in the back of your head—you know, the one that critiques and analyzes your every move—and it…just…won’t…shut…up? You’re not alone, this voice is a constant companion for many of us. Eckhart Tolle identifies this narrator in our heads as “the egoic self.” The ego is a voice you might falsely identify as yourself, “a mind-made me” in the words of Tolle, as opposed to other voice that lives within you—the deep… Read more

April 22, 2019

Do you remember the book The Shack? It was the story of a man’s journey from personal tragedy to spiritual rebirth, with a key component being his conversations with God, who appeared to him as a black woman. It sold more than 10 million copies after its release in 2007 and was later made into a movie—but it was not without its detractors. While the book was based loosely on Biblical scripture and was a huge hit with the Christian… Read more

April 16, 2019

Has anyone ever told you to “follow your intuition” or “go with your gut” and left you wondering just what they meant? The psychologist James Hillman defines intuition as a direct sense of knowledge that can happen to a person “without any reflective thinking.” Intuition comes to us as “a sudden idea, a definite judgement, a grasped meaning.” With intuition, we don’t have to think about something. We just know.  Yet for some people intuition can be difficult to sense…. Read more

April 10, 2019

Are you familiar with Christ Consciousness? It’s also known as higher consciousness and plays into the idea that you actually have two types of consciousness. There’s the ordinary consciousness or awareness that’s part of our everyday lives—and a more profound type of awareness, or a higher consciousness, that has the power to put you in touch with God. While the idea of higher consciousness dates back to the Bhagavad Vita, which was written about the time Christ walked on this earth,… Read more

April 3, 2019

If someone asked you “Who is God?” or “What is God?” how would you answer the question?  I gave it my best shot several years ago (here) and can tell you it is no easy task. It is, as the saying goes, like trying to define the undefinable. That’s why, when listening to a recent episode of the radio show Fresh Air, my ears opened wide when I heard the host Terry Gross put the question to Barbara Brown Taylor,… Read more

March 29, 2019

Chances are, you go for a physical check-up every year. But what about a spiritual check-up? From time to time, it makes sense to take a pause—and evaluate yourself and the world around you to be sure you’re living a life that is both addressing your spiritual needs and caring for your soul. While Thomas Moore may be best known his book Care of the Soul, it was in another of his books, A Life at Work, the Joy of… Read more

March 25, 2019

Did you ever hear of the 8-Hour Day Movement? It was a global campaign started in the late-1800s to shorten the workweek. At the time, Americans were working an average of 60 hours a week over a six-day workweek. Six 10-hour days. While there were exceptions, it was not until 1938, and the Fair Labor Standards Act, that the 8-hour day, 40-hour week, became the norm. Today, for many in our society, the 40-hour workweek is a thing of the past…. Read more

March 19, 2019

HaLve you ever read the book or seen the movie called The Secret? Then you know it’s based on a new age philosophy called the Law of Attraction. Its basic premise is that that when you think positive thoughts, you bring good things into your life. As Wikipedia explains: The belief is based on the idea that people and their thoughts are both made from pure energy, and that through the process of like energy attracting like energy a person… Read more

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