Sacred sensation

***WARNING*** This post contains sexual themes some may find uncomfortable. December 28, 2015 (Timu): Since reading Sardello's book on Silence, I've been trying out some meditation techniques. Three days ago, I was out on a large rock for my morning quiet time. I closed my eyes and focused my attention on the enveloping silence. I …

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Seeing beauty

A quote from Josef Pieper on our response to beauty: The highest intensification of life, the absolutely perfect activity, the final stilling of all volition, and the partaking of the utmost fullness that life can offer takes place as a kind of seeing; more precisely, that all this is achieved in seeing awareness of the …

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Grammar of God

September 14, 2015: For a long time, I've had a nagging sense that we, as a human race, don't really know who we are, where we came from, or where we're going. That is not to say there aren't standard answers to these questions - there are, many of them. But to me they seem …

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African maiden

December 24, 2014, in Uganda: Over the last week, I've dreamed about N at least 4-5 times. N is the Kiroba (Tanzanian) girl I had a major crush on from 1996-1997. I wonder if my dreams are merely the archetypal fantasies of union with the Cosmic Feminine, of which my feelings for N were my …

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Divine science

July 8, 2015, in Kampala, Uganda: De Caussade: "No one becomes learned in the science of God either by the reading of books, or by the inquisitive investigation of history. The science that is acquired by such means is vain and confused, producing much pride. That which instructs us is what happens from one moment …

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God remains

June 26, 2015: For the past week or so I have felt an emotional and psychological distance from God. What that means practically is that I'm not having the usual daily metaphysical visions that get me excited. If I've learned anything at all in the last seven years, it's that I can say, "Whatever X …

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Human connection

Something magical happens when two human beings truly meet. Even though we run into people all the time, the quality of the meetings differs greatly. The spiritual teacher, Ram Dass, in a talk I listened to, described the special connection that happens when two kindred spirits meet. These are the moments of falling in love, …

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Eyes of God

March 10, 2015: This morning I woke with a theological vision in my mind. The question flashing before me was: "Does God have eyes?" Does God have eyes - intricately functioning organs that bend light to form a neuro-chemical signal that can be interpreted by a brain as images? The obvious answer is 'no'. Since, …

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Still small voice

January 14, 2013: Paul preached a good sermon yesterday about Elijah, about how Elijah had fallen in love with wind, earthquake, and fire - signs of God's power and presence - more than with God Himself. Being able to call down fire at will, Elijah started to think he could control God's responses. Then God …

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What I believe(d)

A journal entry from July 5, 2008: I believe in something many people call 'God'. Some kind of force, energy, and presence pervading the universe. I believe this thing we call God sustains life and order in the universe and by our definition of 'good' must be good for doing that. I believe that insofar …

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