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    New Mantra

    Sunday, January 2, 2011, 1:06 AM [General]



    Tonight as I was meditating, a new mantra formed in my mind. I was thinking about keeping an open heart and a luminous mind, and was gazing at the candles I had burning. It went through several permutations over 25 minutes, but finally emerged  thus:

    On the in-breath: "Through Spirit, Body, Heart and Mind,

    On the out-breath: Let Sacred Primal Light Now Shine."

    May All Beings Be Happy,




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    Holiday Hysteria

    Sunday, December 19, 2010, 3:36 PM [General]

    This season exerts incredible power over people, and not all of that power is benign. I thoroughly enjoy many of the sights and sounds of the season; I love the music, getting together with family and friends, sending cards, wrapping gifts, all that stuff. I even enjoy putting up decorations and pitting my wits against those of some factory in Beijing that produces lighted lawn reindeer!


    But right about this point, around the 18th or 19th, I realize that I've completely overdosed on Christmas music, movies, commercials and general hysteria. I feel like if I hear one more singer belting out "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" with gusto, I'm going to have to smash something! I always (and I do mean always) feel an incredible sense of relief the day after the holiday. It's much akin to when you've been in a dentist's chair for an hour, and it's finally over: only then do you realize how very tense every muscle in your body has been!


    So there is relief. And the last-minute insanity doesn't entirely kill off the good stuff before and after. May the Goddess smile on your Yuletide celebration, and may you spend less time fighting ornamental reindeer than you do enjoying time with family and friends.


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    Transcendent God vs. Immanent Divinity

    Saturday, November 27, 2010, 4:05 PM [General]


    When I was in my Humanist head space, I became comfortable with the idea of the universe as a strictly natural phenomenon. Indeed, astrophysics and evolutionary biology strongly suggest that the Big Bang and the subsequent evolution of consciousness are purely physical phenomena: no god required!

    More recently, I have come to understand the difference between a transcendent god (one who stands outside creation) and immanent divinity (a spiritual force within creation). The latter idea suggests that physical phenomena such as the formation of planets and the evolution of life are imbued with spiritual power that goes by many names. In my view, there are countless incarnations of divinity, the earth mother goddess figuring prominently in the case of this planet.





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    Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 9:27 PM [General]


    After many years in a spiritual and mental straitjacket, I escaped what was for me the tyranny of the religion into which I was born (Xianity). I then spent several years in a Zen Buddhist/Secular Humanist head space, which was a mainly a period devoted to the de-cluttering of my mind. I now find myself  in the open and welcoming realm of Holistic Spirituality, with Neo Pagan and spiritual Humanist leanings. 


    I would love to dialogue with other practitioners of Holistic Spirituality, Neo Paganists of every stripe, and those Humanists who do not expressly deny the possibilities of a spirit realm and/or divinity.








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