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Introduction to Taoism, Lesson One, an Online Course

Taoism is a way of life practiced since the very earliest times in China.  Its roots appear long before 500 BC.  So it’s a very old wisdom indeed—a wisdom deep and profound, practical but also fanciful, earthy but also mystical, playful but also instructive, and yes, often romantic. All forms of wisdom. Origins of the [...]

Taoism and Nature, Lesson Two, An Online Course

Until recently, many Chinese were still living and practicing the way of life Lao Tsu taught. There are many aspects to this way of life, and in each lesson in this course we will take up different ones. Here we look at an important concept:  the notion that there is something called a “natural state” out [...]

Voices Imagined in Spring

A unique glance at springtime in a season of suffering through imagined voices of the Great Feminine Archetype Me:                 All these lilies here are my Mama’s lilies.  That is, they are the offsprings of bulbs that were growing in the bog near the house my stepfather built for Mama [...]

Timeline of Christianity

1000 BCE            Jewish writings assembled, the Torah, the earliest part of the text that was subsequently known to Christians as the Old Testament 990 BCE              David, already king of Judah,  anointed king of Israel, brings into one realm the twelve tribes of the Israelites, makes Jerusalem his capital 960 BCE              [...]

In Honor of That Not Spoken, A Poem by Glenda Taylor

I speak, till you cry out "Partial! Only Partial!" Then I go silent. I paint, until you say "One, only one of the limitless possible," and so I cease to paint. I wish to publish, yet you whisper, "Ah, but you'll be penned to one perspective and who will know you know there is another [...]

Perspective

Many years ago, I was privileged to spend some time with an incredible man named Hyemeyohsts Storm.  He described himself as a “breed,” his mother being Native American and his father German.  Storm was, in my own experience, a wise, insightful mystic, as well as also being what Native Americans call a [...]

Courage for the Moment

Many of us are exhausted with the various social, political and moral dilemmas of our time.  We do well to listen to the wisdom of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German pastor and theologian, who spoke out strongly about the moral dilemmas faced by German citizens in the 1930s and paid for his [...]

Keep Walking, a Poem by Rumi

Keep Walking, by Rumi, Translation by Coleman Barks Keep walking. Though there's no place to get to. Don't try to see through the distances. That's not for human beings. Move within. But don't move the way fear makes you move. Today, like very other day, We wake up empty and frightened. Don't open the door [...]

Thomas Jefferson Writes About Jesus

Jesus Christ, detail from Deesis mosaic, Hagia Sophia, IstanbulPhoto by Edal Anton Lefterov, via Wikipedia, CC 3.0 “I have promised to write someday about my views…This view would purposely omit the question of his divinity and even his inspiration.  To do him justice, it would be necessary to remark the disadvantages his doctrines [...]

The Jewish Tradition, by Dawn Warren

The Hebrew language, culturally considered the Jewish language, has flourished since before the 10th century B.C.E.  In Hebrew, the word Torah means “teaching” or “law” and refers to Judaism’s  founding legal and religious texts.  The Torah calls the Jewish people “a nation”, referring to them as a group of people with a common history and a common destiny.  That [...]

Quotation: On Wholeness and Being, Stephen Levine

"…This vastness at the center beckons us yet deeper into wisdom, and compassion is the Unnamable to which so many mystics throughout the ages have referred.  It is both our birthright and our unbirthright because it is said by some adepts that we were born to discover we are the unborn, the essential suchness from [...]

Timeline of Some Ancient Writings

Timeline of Ancient Writings In my years of research, I have learned that it is useful to have a timeline of "who said what" "when."  As we all know, versions of history and philosophical concepts change dramatically down through the years.  Here is a timeline of some ancient writers or writings.  Obviously the dates are [...]

Wisdom for This Unusual Day

Wisdom for This Day The words of Hazrat Inayat Khan: Rumi says your worst enemy is hiding within yourself, and that enemy is your nafs or false ego.  It is very difficult to explain the meaning of this ‘false ego.’  The best I can do is to say that every inclination which springs from disregard [...]

On Centering

On Centering The quotations are all from the book The Tao of Symbols, published in 1982 by James N. Powell  “…Where is the still center of this turning universe?  Are we to bow down several times each day in the direction of the stone in the central city of Mecca as [...]

Have We Forgotten What We Have All Been Taught?

Father and Child at US Border, AP imaage “Let the children come unto me…It is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish... Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me...” Jesus, Christian, quoted in Matthew 18 “Give justice to the [...]

Wholeness and Courage

Wholeness and Courage A quote from Marsha Sinetar: “…Wholeness exists to the extent an individual is conscious of and receptive to his innermost self…When we think about our own growth we probably think simultaneously of two co-existing and equally necessary elements: self-knowledge (i.e. knowing who the self within us really is and awakening to the [...]

Dancing With a Tornado: An Easter Story, by Glenda Taylor

Today, a week after the occasion of my 80th birthday celebration, which was a Dances of Universal Peace Four Day Camp at Earthsprings Retreat Center, my heart, mind, and body are still vibrating with the energy of the time some fifty people spent together dancing, singing, praying, eating, laughing,  and most of all, being [...]

The Bottom Line, a poem by Glenda Taylor

The Bottom Line, by Glenda Taylor You see, it’s like this, sort of: Because I experience Something-That-Is, Awestruck, I respond and in so doing, I learn, and relearn, deliciously, gratefully, that: This Something-That-Is transcends (but does not negate) definition or description. Knowing that is so, strangely unable to remain fittingly silent, I speak to whatever it [...]

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