Spirituality2018-07-08T20:31:35-05:00

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“Cracks,” a poem by Glenda Taylor

“Cracks,” a poem by Glenda Taylor   I. Somehow, perhaps temporarily, I have fallen into one or another of the cracks that can open in Wholeness itself, fissures that split Being into separate fragments called, first one and then another-- soul, heart, body, mind, ethereal, mental, mystical, sexual, permitted, profane, forbidden, past, present, future--so on and on. [...]

Solstice

Coming up to the Winter Solstice this year, I am more than ever aware of the sacredness of this time between the extremes of light and the dark, as my good friend Monroe Henderson died peacefully in his sleep last night, and my good friend Steve Nash is lingering at the edge of crossing, as is [...]

Arkansas

I frequently suggest to others something I call a square foot meditation—sitting quietly in one spot for a good long time, simply observing, while holding the awareness that everything seen is sacred. During the past few days, while on a personal camping retreat in the mountains of Arkansas, I became convinced that it would take [...]

An excerpt from “Concerning Smoke” by Jordan Paper

“The bowl of the pipe is a sacrificial vessel that itself is a miniature cosmos.  Often tobacco is added pinch by pinch, each explicitly dedicated to the sacred directions as well as animals and spirits (as part of ones relations), thus bringing the entire cosmos into the bowl itself...The offerings are directed towards [...]

Quotations from Black Elk, Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux

  Black Elk was a holy man of the Oglala Sioux.  The following quotes are from Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux:     “The Sun Dance…We hold it during the Moon of Making Fat, because this is the time when the sun is at its highest [...]

Order and Connection, A Quote from Vine Deloria Jr.

“…From observing the world around them, they could see orderly processes that marked the way organic life behaved.  From the obvious motions of the sun and moon to the effects of periodic winds, rains, and snows, the regularity of nature suggested some greater power that guaranteed enough stability to be reliable and within which lives [...]

War, Peace, Reconciliation, by Glenda Taylor

This article, War, Peace, Reconciliation, is by Glenda Taylor, who notes:  "I wrote this in 1989, but amazingly, as I read it in the year 2018, it is as current today as ever it was then!" Last month in our home town, a young man hanged him­self. In another small town a few weeks later, [...]

Honoring Our Foremothers: Mirabai

(Unfortunately, I cannot now find my source for the following, but will gratefully credit it when I do!  Perhaps I wrote it using a number of different references.  I’ve had this version for a long time.  GT) Mirabai was born around 1498 in a village about 300 miles southwest of Delhi, India. She lived during [...]

Transformation: Quotations

  “When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.”   Joseph Campbell   “If we can recognize that change and uncertainty are basic principles, we can greet the future and the transformation we are undergoing with the understanding that we do not know enough to [...]

Spiritual Diversity: Quotations

From The World's Religions, by Huston Smith: “Muslims point out that Muhammad incorporated into his charter for Medina the principle of religious toleration that these verses announce. They regard that document as the first charter of freedom of conscience in human history and the authoritative model for those of every subsequent Muslim state. It decreed [...]

Andrew Harvey on “Chanting Om”

"Lama Govinda tells us in his Foundations of Tibetan Mysticism" “the sound values of om and their symbolic interpretation (in the Upanishads) are described in the following manner:  O is a combination of “A” and “U”, the whole syllable…consists of three elements… A-U-M.  Since om is the expression of the highest faculty of consciousness, these [...]

Quotation from Andrew Harvey, contemporary mystic, scholar, poet, spiritual activist, on “Paradox”

“All major mystical traditions have recognized that there is a paradox at the heart of the journey…Put simply, this is that we are already what we seek, and that what we are looking for on the Path with such an intensity of striving and passion and discipline is already within and around us at all [...]

“Who Can Tell…” a Poem by Sufi Mystic Allama Iqbal

Who can tell what miracles Love has in store for us If only we have the courage To become one with It? Everything we think we know now Is only the beginning Of another knowing that itself has no end. And everything we now can accomplish Will seem derisory to us When the powers of our [...]

From “A Sense of the Cosmos: Scientific Knowledge and Spiritual Truth”

“…Every day, in almost all its branches, the revelations of modern science offer evidence that the universe, reality itself, is alive—alive beyond all imagining.  All those who love science must know this truth in their bones, whatever may be the view officially sanctioned in the corridors of our universities and institutions of research.  In any [...]

Excerpts from “The Invisibles” by David Abram in Parabola, Vol. 31. No. 1

“…A feel for the mysterious and the unseen is thus entirely proper to our experience of the material surroundings.  Invisibility is not, first and foremost, an attribute of some supernatural domain beyond the sensuous, but is integral to our encounter with material nature itself.  While there exist around us many shapely and richly colored things [...]

Desire and Will According to the Upanishads

Excerpts From The Upanishads, ancient accounts of mystical revelations from the Vedas, Hindu’s oldest  holy scriptures “Narada once came to Sanatkumara and asked to be taught.  To Sanatkumara’s question, “What have you already studied?” Narada replied that he had studied all the branches of learning–art, science, music, and philosophy, as well as the sacred scriptures.  [...]