Signs of Hope (Perhaps)

By on Feb 25, 2019 in Pathways, Posts | 0 comments

    These are painful times. It seems as though every institution, political process and value we share is under attack. The level of destruction to people and environment is unimaginable. The level of disregard for the rule of law is something I never thought I would see in this country. At times I despair for our future and feel sorrow that I am not...

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Attraction, Resonance and Attention III

By on Feb 10, 2019 in Pathways, Posts | 2 comments

In this posting, the last of three on attraction, resonance and attention, I want to focus on the questions that have been raised in several posted comments and suggest the strengths and weaknesses of my approach. In all spiritual development it is important to always question and never settle on any answer or philosophy as final. Critical thinking is required of...

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Attraction II

By on Jan 20, 2019 in Pathways, Posts | 4 comments

In this posting I will again discuss resonance, attraction and attention phenomena. After a short anecdote I will connect them with the thinking of Freud and Thich Nhat Hanh. Finally, I will offer thoughts on the limits of resonance. An Admittedly Snarky Anecdote The phrase “Law of Attraction” was first used in modern times in 1857 by a Russian psychic named Helena...

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The ‘Law’ of Attraction #1

By on Jan 5, 2019 in Pathways, Posts | 2 comments

This posting and the next two will focus on the ‘Laws’ of attraction, resonance and attention. Clear understanding of these phenomena are some of the most empowering tools for spiritual growth. When well understood, they describe life at its most deep and productive levels. This posting will lay the ground work. The next will develop a view of the pros and cons of...

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Giving up the Climb

By on Dec 9, 2018 in Pathways, Posts | 1 comment

(This post is a follow up to and even embodiment of “Welcoming Taboo Thoughts” from 9/28/18.) The central axis around which my current spiritual journey revolves is radical self-acceptance. This involves letting go of all need to improve, better myself, control my ego, or purify my energy. After all these years of workshops, book reading, pod-cast listening,...

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A New Feathered Friend

By on Nov 18, 2018 in Pathways, Posts | 0 comments

I was in Rutland State Park in early September planning to get pictures of the sunrise. In that sense the trip fizzled since the sky was very thickly cloud covered. But other gifts were revealed. As I hiked around Whitehall Pond, I spied an Egret in the northwest corner and sought to get closer for some pictures which required traveling a circuitous route around a...

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The Nothingness of God

By on Nov 4, 2018 in Pathways, Posts | 2 comments

To search for God is to insult God. Meister Eckhart The quest for true self and the quest for God is a distinction without a difference. Parker Palmer God is easily, and often, misconstrued as a something. But God does not exist as a thing, any sort of thing, a thing among other things. God is not an object among objects. God does not exist as any sort of matter....

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Apophatic/Cataphatic Meditation

By on Oct 14, 2018 in Pathways, Posts | 1 comment

THE LEVEL OF WORDS God has said, “The images that come with human language do not correspond to me, but those who love words, must use them to come near.” Just remember, it’s like saying of the king, “He is not a weaver.” Is that praise? Whatever such a statement is, words are on that level of God knowing. RUMI In all my years of meditating I have mostly focused on...

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Welcoming the Taboo Thoughts

By on Sep 28, 2018 in Pathways, Posts | 4 comments

  A feeling of aversion or attachment toward something is your clue that there is work to be done.                                                       Ram Das Loving, hating, having expectations: all these are attachments. Attachments prevent growth of one’s true being.                                                       Lao Tzu I see a trend in spiritual...

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Feathered Friends

By on Sep 3, 2018 in Pathways, Posts | 0 comments

Something opens our wings Makes boredom and hurt disappear. Someone fills the cup in front of us. We taste only sacredness. Rumi As with my posting on 10/13/16, this posting is about an experience at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston which has become one of my favorite places. I go there three or four times a month. I am personally so grateful to have this place...

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