“Nowadays I always feel transported into Napoleonic times, and I can imagine in what tension people lived then everywhere in Europe. I wonder: will we live to see the events of our days become “history”? I have a great desire to see all this sometime in the light of eternity. For one realizes ever more clearly how blind we are toward everything. One marvels at how mistakenly one viewed a lot of things before, and yet the very next moment one commits the blunder again of formi
Friends, yesterday's grand jury decision not to bring charges up against Breonna Taylor's murderers was tragic, enraging, and most disappointingly, not at all surprising. If I, as a cis-gendered white man can see this, how much more must our BIPOC siblings see this. As Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked 'insufficient funds.'" I, like Dr. King, "...refuse to believe that the bank of justice is b
Over the past couple of months, I’ve been lucky to be in a class with two giants of teachers — Russ Hudson and James Flaherty — looking at the Enneagram and vocation. In exploring this topic, Russ particularly took us into the cosmology of G.I. Gurdjieff — the Armenian mystic who is responsible for bringing the core teaching of the Enneagram to the West. (Long before the Enneagram became a typology for personality.) When Russ first was teaching us about Gurdgieff’s cosmology,
The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the doorsill
where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don’t go back to sleep. Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi The day calls for our wakefulness — for our sober awareness and attention — to the work that is ours to do today — to the suffering that we hold in ourselves, to the suffering in the world (as
I've noted many times before - and will, no doubt, note many times more what a blessing this beach has been - especially during these times. But this post isn't about the blessing of this beach. Rather, it's about another blessing during this pandemic - the blessing of spiritual community. Since March, at least several times a week, I have sat in centering prayer with a group of people who are mostly in California and other parts of this West Coast. We have been a wisdom circ
In Ignatian Spirituality, repetition is an intentional returning to a previous experience of prayer for the purpose of allowing the movements of God to deepen within our hearts. It was in this sense, that I went back to Logion 2 this morning. Yeshua says, If you are searching you must not stop until you find. When you find, however you will become troubled. Your confusion will give way to wonder. In wonder you will reign over all things. Your soverignity will be your rest. (G
Your own eyes cannot see
your human ears
do not hear,
your physical hands cannot touch
and what is inconceivable to the human
mind — that I will give you! Gospel of Thomas, Logion 17
Translation by Lynn Bauman "...what is inconceivable...." Living One,
beyond the realm time and space
that we can see,
you reveal yourself
in perception far too subtle
for the conceivability of our
it is your way to reveal
When you give birth
to that which is
what you bring forth will save you.
If you posses nothing within,
that absence will destroy you. Gospel of Thomas, Logion 70
Translation by Lynn Bauman "... give birth...." Birthing,
Living One -
Your creation is all around
in all that we taste
in the depths of who you have created us
to be -
in the life and wonder that you call forth.
Help us this day
to be attentive
to the birthing pan
I am the light
shining upon all things.
I am the sum of everything,
for everything has come forth from me,
and toward me everything unfolds.
Split a piece of wood
and there I am.
Pick up a stone
and you will find me there. Gospel of Thomas, Logion 77
Translation by Lynn Bauman "... for everything has come forth from me...." Source of Life, Living One
you who lives and breathes
in us and through us,
open our eyes this day
to see your light
shining through al