Saturday, July 13, 2013

Progressive Christianity

Progressive Christianity is a post-liberal approach to the Christian faith that is influenced by postmodernism and: proclaims Jesus of Nazareth as Christ;
emphasizes the Way and teachings of Jesus, not merely His person;
emphasizes God's immanence not merely God's transcendence;
leans toward panentheism rather than supernatural theism; emphasizes salvation here and now instead of primarily in heaven later;
emphasizes being saved for robust, abundant/eternal life over being saved from hell;
emphasizes the social/communal aspects of salvation instead of merely the personal; stresses social justice, environmental protection, and non-violence as integral to Christian discipleship;
takes the Bible seriously but not necessarily literally, embracing a more interpretive, metaphorical understanding;
emphasizes orthopraxy instead of orthodoxy (right actions over right beliefs);
embraces reason as well as paradox and mystery -- instead of blind allegiance to rigid doctrines and dogmas;
does not consider homosexuality to be sinful;
and does not claim that Christianity is the only valid or viable way to connect to God (is non-exclusive).

Wednesday, June 19, 2013



My luminary,
my morning and evening
star. My light at noon
when there is no sun
and the sky lowers. My balance
of joy in a world
that has gone off joy's
standard. Yours the face
that young I recognised
as though I had known you
of old. Come, my eyes
said, out into the morning
of a world whose dew
waits for your footprint.
Before a green altar
with the thrush for priest
I took those gossamer
vows that neither the Church
could stale nor the Machine
tarnish, that with the years
have grown hard as flint,
lighter than platinum
on our ringless fingers.

~R. S. Thomas

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Out of Sorrow

There is a brokenness out of which comes the unbroken, 
a shatteredness out of which blooms the unshatterable. 
There is a sorrow beyond grief which leads to joy 
and a fragility out of whose depths emerges strength. 
There is a hollow space too vast for words 
through which we pass with each loss, 
out of whose darkness we are sanctioned into being. 
There is a cry deeper than all sound 
whose serrated edges cut the heart as we break open 
to the place inside which is unbreakable and whole, 
while learning to sing. 

~ Rashani

Monday, June 10, 2013

Life's Fountain

In the secret cave of the heart, two are
seated by life's fountain. The separate ego
drinks of the sweet and bitter stuff,
liking the sweet, disliking the bitter,
while the supreme Self drinks sweet and bitter
neither liking this nor disliking that.
The ego gropes in darkness, while the Self 
lives in light...

~ Katha Upanishad

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Spiritual Bypassing

“Spiritual Bypassing: A term first coined by author John Welwood. The spiritual bypass is the tendency to jump to spirit prematurely, usually in an effort to avoid various aspects of earthly reality (practical challenges, unresolved emotions and memories). The bypass has many symptoms- the starry-eyed bliss trip, radical detachment from one’s self-identifications, premature forgiveness, ungrounded behaviors, wish-full thinking etc.” ~Jeff Brown

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


When your soul awakens, you begin to truly inherit your life. You leave the kingdom of fake surfaces, repetitive talk and weary roles and slip deeper into the true adventure of who you are and who you are called to become. The greatest friend of the soul is the unknown. Yet we are afraid of the unknown because it lies outside our vision and our control. We avoid it or quell it by filtering it through our protective barriers of domestication and control. The normal way never leads home.
~ John O’Donohue 

Monday, May 13, 2013


Hildegard of Bingen (1098–1179)
O Comforting Fire of Spirit
O comforting fire of Spirit,
Life, within the very Life of all Creation.
Holy you are in giving life to All.
Holy you are in anointing
those who are not whole;
Holy you are in cleansing
a festering wound.
O sacred breath,
O fire of love,
O sweetest taste in my breast
which fills my heart
with a fine aroma of virtues.
O most pure fountain
through whom it is known
that God has united strangers
and inquired after the lost.
O breastplate of life
and hope of uniting
all members as One,
O sword-belt of honor,
enfold those who offer blessing.
Care for those
who are imprisoned by the enemy
and dissolve the bonds of those
whom Divinity wishes to save.
O mightiest path which penetrates All,
from the height to every Earthly abyss,
you compose All, you unite All.
Through you clouds stream, ether flies,
stones gain moisture,
waters become streams,
and the earth exudes Life.
You always draw out knowledge,
bringing joy through Wisdom's inspiration.
Therefore, praise be to you
who are the sound of praise
and the greatest prize of Life,
who are hope and richest honor
bequeathing the reward of Light.

Thursday, May 09, 2013


Once Mother Theresa was asked 
what she said when she prayed. 

She answered that 
she didn’t say anything, 
she listened. 

When asked what God said to her, 
she said that God didn’t say anything; 
He listened back. 

She added that if you didn’t understand, 
she couldn’t explain it further. 

God speaks in the silence of the heart. 
Listening is the beginning of prayer.

~~Mother Theresa

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

For true followers of Islam, the most important jihad is the individual struggle with the ego, not the external battles that are in the news. The link below offers excellent commentary on this struggle. Muslims, just like Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, etc. face the same struggle but we all often let the ego dominate our lives.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

All In the Heart

"it's all in the heart, she said.
open it and you get magic.
close it and you don't.
it's not rocket science, she laughed,
but it will get you to another space and
in a heart beat."
~terri st cloud

Friday, April 19, 2013

Accept That You Are Accepted

You are accepted. 
You are accepted, accepted by that which is greater than you, 
and the name of which you do not know. 
Do not ask for the name now; perhaps you will find it later. 
Do not try to do anything now; perhaps later you will do much. 
Do not seek for anything; do not perform anything;
do not intend anything. 
Simply accept the fact that you are accepted!

-Paul Tillich, 'The Shaking of the Foundations'

Friday, April 12, 2013


Love means to learn to look at yourself
The way one looks at distant things
For you are only one thing among many.
And whoever sees that way heals his heart,
Without knowing it, from various ills--
A bird and a tree say to him: Friend.

Then he wants to use himself and things
So that they stand in the glow of ripeness.
It doesn't matter whether he knows what he serves:
Who serves best doesn't always understand.

~Czeslaw Milosz

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Beyond Belief

"Beyond the beliefs of any one religion, there is the truth of the human spirit. Beyond the power of nations, there is the power of the human heart. Beyond the ordinary mind, the power of wisdom, love, and healing energy are at work in the universe. When we can find peace within our own hearts, we contact these universal powers. This is our only hope." -Tarthang Tulku

Courtesy Lisa Bonner


Wednesday, April 10, 2013


According to Buddhist psychology, most of our troubles are due to our passionate desire for, attachment to things that we misapprehend as enduring entities. The pursuit of the objects of our desire and attachment involves the use of aggression and competitivenessThese mental processes easily translate into actions, breeding belligerence. Such processes have been going on in the human mind since time immemorial, but their execution has become more effective under modern conditions. What can we do to control and regulate these poisons—delusion, greed and aggression? For it is these poisons that are behind almost every trouble in the world.
- His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Sacred Vessels

“it was when she dipped deep inside,

and scooped out her very essense –

and then stretched her arms outwards

with her hands full of stars –

it was when those stars passed thru

her fingers and out to the world –

it was then she understood she was a sacred vessel,

that we are all sacred vessels –

with the entire universe flowing thru us –

and all we need to do is open and be”

~terri st cloud

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

In the beginning...

Andrew Cohen's Quote of the Week

Only Breath


Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu,
Buddhist, sufi, or zen. Not any religion

or cultural system. I am not from the East
or the West, not out of the ocean or up

from the ground, not natural or ethereal, not
composed of elements at all. I do not exist,

am not an entity in this world or the next,
did not descend from Adam or Eve or any

origin story. My place is placeless, a trace
of the traceless. Neither body or soul.

I belong to the beloved, have seen the two
worlds as one and that one call to and know,

first, last, outer, inner, only that
breath breathing human being.
~ Rumi

Wednesday, April 03, 2013


Long, long, long ago;
Way before this winter’s snow
First fell upon these weathered fields;
I used to sit and watch and feel
And dream of how the spring would be,
When through the winter’s stormy sea
She’d raise her green and growing head,
Her warmth would resurrect the dead.
Long before this winter’s snow
I dreamt of this day’s sunny glow
And thought somehow my pain would pass
With winter’s pain, and peace like grass
Would simply grow.  (But) The pain’s not gone.
It’s still as cold and hard and long
As lonely pain has ever been,
It cuts so deep and fear within.
Long before this winter’s snow
I ran from pain, looked high and low
For some fast way to get around
Its hurt and cold.  I’d have found,
If I had looked at what was there,
That things don’t follow fast or fair.
That life goes on, and times do change,
And grass does grow despite life’s pains.
Long before this winter’s snow
I thought that this day’s sunny glow,
The smiling children and growing things
And flowers bright were brought by spring.
Now, I know the sun does shine,
That children smile, and from the dark, cold, grime
A flower comes.  It groans, yet sings,
And through its pain, its peace begins.
~Mary Ann Bernard

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Easter Communion

Pure fasted faces draw unto this feast:
God comes all sweetness to your Lenten lips.
You striped in secret with breath-taking whips,
Those crooked rough-scored chequers may be pieced
To crosses meant for Jesu's; you whom the East
With draught of thin and pursuant cold so nips
Breathe Easter now; you serged fellowships,
You vigil-keepers with low flames decreased,

God shall o'er-brim the measures you have spent
With oil of gladness, for sackcloth and frieze
And the ever-fretting shirt of punishment
Give myrrhy-threaded golden folds of ease.
Your scarce-sheathed bones are weary of being bent:
Lo, God shall strengthen all the feeble knees.
~Gerard Manley Hopkins

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Teach What You Want to Learn

"Do not underestimate the power you have to effect people. You are a teacher, and are teaching all the time. From your demonstration and example others learn, while at the same time you are learning what you teach. Every moment you teach you are reinforcing within what you are sharing, the more you teach the more you will reinforce what you teach as being part of you. You have been sent here to teach the lessons of joy, peace, compassion, forgiveness and hope. The more you teach them the more real and familiar they will become. The more real they become, the greater part of your journey they will be. Because this is what you have come to do, you will have a feeling of fulfillment as you realign yourself with who you truly are. The light in you will shine bright, and by doing so others will be more able to clearly see, remember, and acknowledge the teacher in them."

James Blanchard Cisneros

Monday, March 25, 2013

The Importance of Love

There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.
― John Lennon

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Our Journey

If you have felt like a stranger on this planet it is because you are. You have volunteered to come down and assist your brother and sister in remembering the truth in them by first recognizing it in yourself. When you are expressing your truth/natural state, that of being joyful, peaceful, compassionate, and loving, others will naturally be attracted to you, because they will see in you what they themselves are searching for. When you’re expressing your natural state you will have a feeling of fulfillment because in essence you are doing what you have come to do. If instead you’re investing your time, effort, and energy in the ego’s thought system, expressing anger, judgment, when you are stressed out and confused, when sadness and chaos seem to surround you, these are all signs that you are not expressing your truth, and thus you will experience a feeling of incompleteness, an emptiness within. You may be doing everything the ego’s world insisted you do, doing everything “right,” and still you will not find peace. Today let us all practice taking conscious steps in the direction of our truth, our natural state.

James Blanchard Cisneros

Saturday, March 23, 2013

A Prayer for Easter Time

Gracious and loving God, as we prepare to celebrate Easter, may we be aware that the joy of Easter morning followed the sorrow of the preceding Friday and Saturday, just as spring follows the darkness of winter. Easter is about joy, but it is also about suffering and finding meaning in suffering. Help us remember that you often harness the darkness of our sorrow to generate light and life for us and for others. Keep us mindful that as we, like Jesus, travel through the valleys of life, you will always meet us on the other side.

May we learn to be like the soil, ready for turning and to welcome new life.

May we be like the buds of flowers and expand into color and joyfulness.

May we be like the rivers that receive the spring rains and move forward with power.

May we be like the sun as we go forth into spring and bring light to your world.

May we be aware of the many ways we are blessed, even in the midst of sorrow, and that we, like the spring flowers, can begin anew.

Friday, March 22, 2013


Love wants to reach out and manhandle us,
Break all our teacup talk of God.
If you had the courage and
Could give the Beloved His choice, some nights,
He would just drag you around the room
By your hair,
Ripping from your grip all those toys in the world
That bring you no joy.
Love sometimes gets tired of speaking sweetly
And wants to rip to shreds
All your erroneous notions of truth . . .
The Beloved sometimes wants
To do us a great favor:
Hold us upside down
And shake all the nonsense out.


A Vision for Each Day

"The manner with which we walk through life is each man's most important responsibility, and we should remember this with every new sunrise."
--Thomas Yellowtail, CROW

Every spiritual person should carry a vision of God's will in every area of their life. One day at a time, each morning at sunrise, we should spend time praying to the Creator. We should say something like, my Creator, this morning I ask you to show me, in terms I can understand, what you have for me to do. By doing this daily, over time, we will develop an unquestionable vision. Each person is responsible for taking the time to do this. It will bring great joy and peace of mind to those warriors who do.

My Creator, give me the vision, today, of what you want me to do.

~ Don Coyhis

Saturday, March 16, 2013


"It is only from Presence that you can come into right relationship with your ego. It is only from Presence that you can come into right relationship with your feelings and emotions. It is only from Presence that you can come into right relationship with the inner child. It is only from Presence that you can come into right relationship with judgment. It is only from Presence that you come into right relationship with life and with God.

~Leonard Jacobson, courtesy Gary Davis

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Inner Mystery

God is not looking for servants, for slaves, or for people who are going to pass loyalty tests. God is just looking for images -- "images and likenesses" of the Inner Mystery. Whoever God "is," is profoundly and essentially what it means to be both male and female in perfect balance. We have to find and to trust images that present both a healthy feminine face for God and a healthy masculine face for God. Both are true and both are necessary for a vital and loving relationship with God. Up to now, we have largely relied upon the presented masculine images of God (which closed many people down) while, in fact, our inner life is much more drawn to a loving feminine energy. That is much of our religious problem today, and I do not believe that is an exaggeration.

--Richard Rohr

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Don't Define Yourself

Give up defining yourself - to yourself or to others. You won't die. You will come to life. And don't be concerned with how others define you. When they define you, they are limiting themselves, so it's their problem. Whenever you interact with people, don't be there primarily as a function or a role, but as the field of conscious Presence. You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.

~ Eckhart Tolle


confusion and doubt can fill my heart so easily.
until I close my eyes and think of my love for you.
clarity and courage come into focus -
and I wait for your return.

~terri st cloud

Thursday, March 07, 2013

The Importance of Gratitude

Every time we show gratitude for the millions of ways we are blessed daily, we send our energy into the unseen world of the Dream Weave, and those threads of gratitude strengthen our spiritual connections. The resulting fabric of trust and faith is the safety net that catches us when we go through the Dark Night of the Soul, protecting us against the internal enemy of victim thinking.

Opportunity is normally the last thing we think about when we are in crisis, but that is one gift that is always being given. We are given the opportunity to grow, to learn how strong we really are, to see the value of loving support, to become more sensitive to the pain of others, to share our burdens with others, instead of thinking we are always alone, and to ultimately trust that we will be better people on the other side of our present, darkened passage through life.

~Jamie Sams 

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

To love is to know; to know is to act

When mystics use the word love, they use it very carefully-in the deeply spiritual sense, where to love is to know, to know is to act. If you really love from the depths of your Consciousness, that love gives you a native wisdom. You perceive the needs of others intuitively and clearly, with detachment to any personal desires, and you know how to act creatively to meet those needs, dextrously surmounting any obstacle that comes in the way. Such is the immense, driving power of love.

~Eknath Easwaran


Regardless of what has happened in your life,
the universe is able and prepared
to bring you comfort and repair.
You are loved and your purpose is to love.
From a mind filled with infinite love
comes the power to create infinite possibilities.
We have power to think in ways
that reflect and attract
all the love in the world.
Such thinking is called enlightenment.
Enlightenment is not a process we work toward,
but a choice available to us in any instant.

~ Marianne Williamson

Monday, March 04, 2013

Becoming Peace

We now know that whatever you vibrate, you create and attract to yourself. So, you work on healing yourself in order to create peace around you. You become peace. If there’s conflict living within you, you cannot live in a world of peace. The world mirrors back to you perfectly the condition of your love and of your intent. And if the world you’re living in is not a world that is at peace and at joy and at grace, then you have to find peace, joy, and grace within you.

The shaman no longer looks for meaning in life, but brings meaning to every situation. The shaman stops looking for truth and instead brings truth to every encounter. You don’t look for the right partner, you become the right partner. And then the right partner finds you. It’s a very active practice focused on healing.

~ Alberto Villoldo