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 »

Finding God in All Things: An Interview

This is the third in a series of occasional interviews with people about their spiritual journey. Previous blogs in this series can be found by entering “Interview” in the search box. Irene Alexander is a mother and grandmother… Continue Reading »

What Brings You Life?

One of the things I am always interested to discover when I talk with people about their journey is their most important life practice. By this, I don’t mean something they feel they should do but what they… Continue Reading »

Silence

Silence plays a uniquely important role in any deep engagement with oneself, others, life, or the transcendent. Consequently, people on a journey from the surface of life to those deeper places often ask me questions about it –… 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 »

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 »

Presence and Absence: 1

I have long been nostalgic about presence. Nothing lingers for me like it. Nothing dissolves the sense of distance between me and another person like it, and nothing makes me feel alive and at one within myself in… Continue Reading »

Pondering Presence: 4

Presence lifts us above the sphere of particularities and separateness into a world of integral wholeness.  It is always is experienced as a unitary whole.  Think, for example, about the experience of sitting on the top of a… Continue Reading »