Compassion

On Merging Science and Creationism

Jun 09, 2019 by Luann Robinson Hull

Dear Friends,

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.

On Connecting

May 08, 2013 by Luann Robinson Hull
Many of the great philosophers say that the core of all suffering is rooted in the belief of a self separate from others and from God (or your version of what created you). If this is indeed so, it seems especially odd to me how we humans frequently sabotage our chances for connection with people and the world around us by our own behaviors and attitudes.

I am currently visiting NYC where it appears that this “separation syndrome” is alive and well. Roughly two million people live in Manhattan, and on top of that around 16 million come and go to and from the city each day. Of this demographic many ride the subway on which I have recently had occasion...

Heaven Here Now

Jan 23, 2007 by Luann Robinson Hull
Today, I was invited to a discussion on the topic of Heaven and found the dialogue to be thought provoking. The focus of the talk appeared to be centered on what to do here in this realm, fraught with difficulty, despair and considerable challenge, in order to get there, presumably another realm, seen as a far better and more desirable place to be. And, of course, the primary purpose in such a paradigm is to concentrate on preparing for the next stop, which can only be accessed after physical death.

While the belief that Heaven is the reward if we just keep plugging away at “being good” is encouraging, such thinking definitely takes us out of the moment. And if we...

Reflections on Peace

Oct 17, 2006 by Luann Robinson Hull
Greetings to my dear friends and family,

Over the past few weeks we have been focusing on the subject of peace and how to create more feelings of harmony, not only in our own lives, but in the lives of everyone we touch. Starting with the week of September 11, 2006, we launched this series of discussions by noticing how we might offer peace to another in some way, every day, making note of any internal conflict, which could interrupt the intent. And then being sure to pay attention on how pivoting toward peace, rather than reacting with some less favorable emotion, could end up serving us every bit as much, if not more than the person, group, etc., for whom...

Choosing Peace Through Forgiveness

Oct 10, 2006 by Luann Robinson Hull
Greetings to my dear family and friends.

Most of us are now familiar with the tragedy that occurred in the Amish township of Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania. Sally Kohn recently wrote a thought provoking article (What the Amish are Teaching America) on how the village responded to the violent event, which took the lives of five innocent little girls, leaving others in critical condition. In the piece, Kohn reported that mental health counselors helping families cope were deeply touched by one of the community’s most pressing concerns: How could they help the family of the one, who had perpetrated the unconscionable crimes?

With their genuine desire to choose compassion instead of hatred and revenge, the parish had already begun the process of forgiveness...

Coming To Peace

Jul 27, 2006 by Luann Robinson Hull
During the past few weeks, we have been taking a deeper look at the condition of happiness, and how we can come to experience that state of being in more regular doses…eventually, all of the time… no matter what. We have used the advice of some wise teachers, who tell us that much of what causes our misery is directly related to our perception in any given situation. And, that in order to avoid suffering, we have to keep digging for the truth. What is really going on here? (It’s possible that we can be carried away by either bliss, or disaster. Our minds are subject to massive error depending on a multitude of factors, starting with our emotional state...