On Merging Science and Creationism
Several weeks ago, someone asked me if I’d ever studied atheism. Over my 25 years of researching human consciousness, science and spiritual growth, I had to say the topic hadn’t crossed my radar. Apart from having read The Origin, where Dan Brown pits creationism against science, which was interesting (though not convincing) I’ve never had the slightest inclination to explore the subject.
Dealing with Agnes
These are interesting times—no doubt about it… lots of drama and darkness in high places, and it’s so easy to get all swept up. Whether it’s Rachel Maddow, Sean Hannity, Blitzer or Colbert, discussions in the media are often about what went wrong on any given day and who is to blame. Much less fashionable are talking points on what actually might work to support the greater good, regardless of political persuasion. And speaking of what might work to support the greater good, I’ve been thinking about that topic for a while now. I even wrote a book about starting a new love story on planet earth. A pretty lofty goal, I know. But, even so, what’s stopping us?
Cosmic Love Story Revisited
Love Story ♡ (Photo credit: Flocke™)
Hope and fear are intimately connected. There are things we like and want to keep, and there are things we don't like and want to get rid of. We are attached, and repelled; repelled and attached. It is easy to let go when we don't want something anymore, but letting go of something that we still desire, or even crave on some level, is quite another matter. How can we come to know more intimately the feelings we...
Royalty We Have Known and Loved
Your Awakened Heart
The Heart (Photo credit: petalouda62)
Keep awakening and opening your heart. Notice when you feel joy. Be present with this feeling and remember that this is your natural state. Be aware of feelings of pain that may arise. You might react because you instinctively resist this pain. Be willing to sit still with it for a minute. Become intimate with the twinge and tenderness that you are experiencing. See if you can pinpoint where the pain is most acute. Where are you the most sensitive? Where do you feel particularly vulnerable around this ache in your heart? Do you feel jumpy, heavy, restless or motionless? Can you have a conversation with this pain? If so, what does...
On Hummingbirds And Happiness
"The goodness of a thing lies in its awareness and realization of its specific nature." - Aristotle
The last time we connected in January it seemed it could be a long winter's journey into spring. Now, suddenly it is June when the days extend endlessly into dusk and dawn starts to light up the sky just a few hours after midnight. About the time I find the lengthy winters in Colorado intolerable, summer boldly announces itself. And to me, the hummingbird (appropriately named for its captivating hum) is the official ambassador of the season. They have a magical way of ushering in the warm, sunny days, and bear a stunning resemblance to Peter Pan's Tinkerbelle...
Holiday Reflections / New Year Ponderings
Yes, the holidays can be stressful, yes our emphasis on materialism as a culture is reflected in the season, and yes it is a time when “abundance rejoices, and want is keenly felt (David Rolph,1981).” Though most would have to agree - it is also a time when kindness and compassion can be more plentiful - when we take a moment to write a card, send a gift, or share a thought with someone we might otherwise forget - when we offer love more openly and with greater benevolence. And if we are really on top of our game, we remember to thank the garbage collector with some cookies, the mailman with a cup of...
Holiday Reflections/New Year Ponderings
Yes, the holidays can be stressful, yes our emphasis on materialism as a culture is reflected in the season, and yes it is a time when “abundance rejoices, and want is keenly felt (David Rolph,1981).” Though most would have to agree - it is also a time when kindness and compassion can be more plentiful - when we take a moment to write a card, send a gift, or share a thought with someone we might otherwise forget - when we offer love more openly and with greater benevolence. And if we are really on top of our game, we remember to thank the garbage collector with some cookies, the mailman with a cup of hot chocolate, and the UPS delivery...
Attracting What You Want By Being Who You Are
An advertisement in the local paper today regarding the upcoming election caught my attention. It appeared that the mayoral candidate, who had placed the ad was attempting to attract votes by demonstrating his character, accomplishments, and how because of his experience and...
The Guest House
This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes because each has been sent as a guide from beyond. —Rumi (Coleman Barks, 1995, Harper Collins, pp. 109)
Can you relate to Rumi’s words? Have you ever been able to make meaning out of a temporary “depression...
Learning To Stay
“[Sometimes] we feel that there is a large problem and we have to fix it. [Instead,] stop. Do something unfamiliar. Do anything besides rushing off in the same old direction, up to the same old tricks.”—Pema Chodron
Last week we began our discussion by looking back at our lives to times of difficulty, and then noticing the successes, which followed. We challenged ourselves to review how we had actually used loss as a launch pad for success, even if we hadn’t been fully aware at the time of what had facilitated our process of transcendence.
Ultimately, each of us has an innate awareness that...