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 »

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 »

Presence and Absence: 2

Tolerating absence is, in essence, trusting presence – even when the one who is present to us is not physically present.  Think of the two year old gradually loosening his clinging grasp to the leg of his mother… Continue Reading »

Settling for Too Little

The reasons Christianity has become irrelevant to the spiritual quest of many people in the West are complex.  They begin, however, with the fact that being a good Christian is not the same as being on a spiritual… Continue Reading »

The Flow of Life

A woman I recently met told me that she had read everything I had ever written. Even assuming that she meant everything that I had published, not written, it was still a bit of a disconcerting thought.  I… Continue Reading »

Love and Awareness

I just returned from a remarkable trip to South Africa and will write about it in a subsequent blog.  For the moment, however, let me simply share some thoughts from a book I read on the trip –… Continue Reading »

Where is God?

I recently heard a wonderful story teller share his art.  His name is Fr. John Shea and he is a theologian who, like Jesus, seems to recognize that stories are the shortest distance between humans and truth. But… Continue Reading »