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 »

Spiritual Alchemy

I have long been interested in alchemy – not in the literal efforts to turn base materials into silver or gold but in the way the alchemical quest serves as a metaphor for spiritual transmutation. Taken literally, the… 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 »

Moving Beyond Outgrown Spiritualities

To be on a spiritual journey – as opposed to merely being religious – means that from time to time you will find yourself with an outgrown spirituality. By its very nature faith must be evolving if it… Continue Reading »

Art as a Spiritual Path: An Interview

This is the second in a series of occasional interviews with people about their spiritual path.
The first can be found at www.drdavidgbenner.ca/meditation-contemplative-prayer/

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 »

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 »

Christmas: Not all Peace and Joy!

It is hard not to be glib when wishing people season’s greetings if you realize how many people know nothing of the peace and joy that popular culture suggests should abound at this time of year. For many,… Continue Reading »

Christ Consciousness & Identity

Many people who speak of personal transformation do so in the context of impactful experiences. But experience in itself is never transformational. It all depends on how we respond to it. While losses, medical crises, spiritual experiences and… Continue Reading »

Spiritual – and Religious!

Many of my friends know something about me that they view as odd.  These people consider themselves to be spiritual but not religious (SBNR).  Most of them know that I am spiritual but, for those close enough to… Continue Reading »