More Gifts from the Mystics

My last blog, Learning from the Mystics, was too short to be much more than a teaser on the subject of learning from the mystics.  So, let me carry it a bit further forward by identifying two more… Continue Reading »

Vulnerable, But Not Insignificant

In his controversial new book, Religion for Atheists, Alain de Botton argues that while as an atheist he believes that religion is wrong in its dogma he also believes it has survived because it is right in much… Continue Reading »

The Spirit of Transformation

Despite their differences in emphasis and style, it’s interesting to note the close relationship that exists between contemplatives and charismatics.  Those within these traditions are, however, not usually the ones to note the similarities. Focusing more on the… Continue Reading »

Initiative and Consent

The Spirit of God is the engine behind all human becoming.  We might think that we are that engine, but this is far from true. This is why it is more accurate to describe the journey of awakening… Continue Reading »

Conscious Love and Human Awakening

Many things keep us content with our small selves and block us from becoming all we can be. None, however, is more important than the fact that most of us go through life as sleepwalkers and, even after… Continue Reading »

The Journey of Human Becoming

Being human is a journey of becoming.  Humans are not yet at birth what we have the capacity to be fully become.  Newborns may contain the possibilities for mature personhood but they do not show any of the… 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 »

Soulless and Soulful Spirituality

Recently it has become fashionable to paint religion and spirituality with quite different brushes – religion being represented as dark and oppressive and spirituality as either benign or potentially life-enhancing.  As usual, reality is more complex.  While religion… Continue Reading »

Reconciliation & Transcendence

I recently had the great privilege serving as a delegate to three days of hearings and dialogue circles organized by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, and occurring in the traditional territories… 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 »