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…

The Self of All Selves

“We are all patchwork, and so shapeless and diverse in composition that each bit, each moment, plays its own game. And there is as much difference between us and ourselves as between us and others.” Michel de Montaigne, Essais, Second Book, 1 When we live from our habituated selves, we live as it were, from a narrow…

Death Before Dualistic Thinking!

  We are all heirs to the schisms of dualistic thinking. Yet, when we realize that our part in perpetuating what is – and always has been – “don’t be so unrealistic, so pie-in-the-sky idealistic” – we see that if we do not radically and holistically embrace a different platform of operation (from such schisms),…

Don’t Take Yourself Personally!

The identity that we choose dictates the only prism through which it is possible to view and understand life. As we are, so the world is. Filled with fear and the world is a fearful place; filled with love and the Beloved is seen in every ordinary moment. It seems obvious that this is so,…

Infinite is Desire – Infinite its Object

The burning pain of yearning for an instants relief from the parched burning desert of this abandoned world is a desparate hunger. We fantasize and long for even a drop of divine sustenance to fall from the empty heavens to ease the heat of our cracked lips. We weep, we pray and like homeless dogs…

Spiritual Friendship, Spiritual Love

The evidence of friendship is a lack of self-interest. It seeks only the joy and satisfaction of the beloved. So few of us understand friendship as an act of worship. Worship of the overwhelming oceanic love which resides within us all, as the center of our very being, which has no choice but to cover…