Mystical Vision

I am often asked why I am so drawn to the mystics. Coleman Barks (the widely respected translator of Rumi’s poetry) helps me frame my answer to this question. He describes the goal of Sufism as opening the… Continue Reading »

Brokenness and Wholeness

This is the second of a 4-part interview of me by Dr. Jackie Stinton – a psychologist and spiritual director who lives in Calgary. Watch for further instalments of this wide-ranging interview to be published here over the course of 2016…. Continue Reading »

Fully Human

This is the first of a 4-part interview of me by Dr. Jackie Stinton – a psychologist and spiritual director who lives in Calgary. Watch for further installments of this wide-ranging interview to be published on this website over the… Continue Reading »

Stages of the Human Journey

There has been a long tradition across many cultures of dividing the human journey into two broad stages. In the first, our focus is primarily external. This is when we learn to make our way in relation to… Continue Reading »

LEAVING OUR MINDS, COMING TO OUR SENSES

Awakening always involves leaving our minds and coming to our senses. Awareness is the dynamic engine that drives this process. Awareness draws us into our bodies, puts us in touch with inner and outer realities, and mobilizes us… Continue Reading »

Healthy Religion

Not long ago I received an email from a young man who asked me how he could know which religion was right for him. It’s a question I am not used to hearing from people in their twenties or… Continue Reading »

At an Impasse

Several years ago my wife and I were hiking an ever-narrowing canyon in Arizona when we got to a place that, although I had never been there before, was quite familiar to me. After being reduced to single… Continue Reading »

All in the Family

For many people, religious tolerance sounds an oxymoron. It is quite easy to understand why. God knows there have been more than enough examples of religionists who have spent their lives preaching hatred for those outside their own… Continue Reading »

Presence and Absence: 4

Because humans are hard-wired for presence we will always be vulnerable to absence.  Even Jesus knew this vulnerability. Nowhere was this more clearly expressed than in his cry of anguish from the cross when he sensed God having… Continue Reading »

Presence and Absence: 3

In my last blog I suggested that physical and psychological well-being are dependent on knowing presence at deep enough levels that we no longer require sensory verification.  Only very young children need to be able to physically see… Continue Reading »