Who is Worthy?

There are no seekers worthy of divine grace. Grace is a gift we cannot negotiate our way into. There are no techniques, no processes which can open the Gates of Heaven. Surrender is the only thing we can do. Yet without the unearned grace of the divine relieving us of the burden of the self-absorption, we…

Nothing More to Seek

There is nothing more to seek. There is no seeker to be found. There is no place or time where the Beloved is not. Yet, the unity of "knowing" does not still the sense of twoness where lover and beloved meet. Advaita Vedanta speaks of this paradox of the One and the many: "not one,…

Authentic Spiritual Sadhana

Daily life is sadhana enough. Our humanity is imperfection enough. Our humanity is imperfection enough to provide a spiritual burr under-the-saddle! When we finally understand that no spiritual technologies can guarantee or manipulate the receipt of divine grace, what do we do? We continue practicing and surrendering to the fact that we cannot extort the…

Moral Injury

War is the violation of the innate civilizing moral compass embedded within each human heart. It is a deliberate and crushing denial of the moral imperatives of individual conscience. It declares the individual the property of the state, thus rendering personal moral accountability irrelevant. The innate value of each human life and the unicity of life…

Walking Dog Wisdom

Walking Lilly the dog just after 6 a.m. this morning I was looking up at the gray sky and suddenly given the understanding that just stopping to inhale the silence beneath all the flutter of leaves in the cool breeze, the punctuated song of birds, the movement of clouds, and the occasional passing car is…

The Fictional Self

We wake up from a dream and for a very brief moment, we cannot quite remember who we are. It takes rising from the clinging mists of sleep to seamlessly surface back into the familiar, with it's known characters it's intricate story lines and the "me" now safely clicked into place, relating to all that.…

Family Wounds

My originating family is a species unto themselves. My parents were both giant personalities with massive childhood wounds, and their lives were a redemption of those wounds in the most extraordinary selfless service to the God of their own understandings. How they were wounded is of no account being just a variation on the countless…

Religion in an Age of Spirituality

Religion is the expression and formalization of the deep desire to rejoin the innate wholeness of our original being. It is a finger pointing in the direction its adherents should walk. It is not the destination, it is a path to walk, step by step, each in their own way. No way is exclusive, nor…

The Tiny Things

It is the tiny things that shape the quality of our awareness. It is the small easily unnoticed everyday acts which demonstrate one's capacity for consciously carrying an awareness which some might characterize as ultimate. I will state it for myself in a peculiar way - it is the internal attitude I hold while doing…

Why Not Love?

The beauty of difference is contrast. Without it who would we be? Yet, did you know that there are 600 million Pentecostals in the world! I feel that is a serious figure to reflect on. Having been exposed to the Pentecostal experience with parents who were practicing Pentecostals, my father being a born-again priest working…