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Thomas Merton

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Thomas Merton

Today is Thomas Merton’s 100th birthday. One day, on a busy street in Louisville, Kentucky, the famous Trappist Monk found himself surrounded by Jews, Christians, Blacks, and Whites. He suddenly experienced what he called a radical sensation of inclusion. “It was like I was waking from a dream of separateness,” he later wrote, “of spurious…
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The Sacred Feminine in the Bible: THE SAMARITAN WOMAN (Part 2)

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The Sacred Feminine in the Bible: THE SAMARITAN WOMAN (Part 2)

At this point, the disciples appear. John tells us they were “astonished that he was speaking with a woman”, but they wisely kept their mouths shut. The Samaritan woman then left and went back to her village, where she told everyone about Jesus and asked them whether they thought he could be the Messiah. We’re…
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The Sacred Feminine in the Bible: THE SAMARITAN WOMAN (Part 1)

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The Sacred Feminine in the Bible: THE SAMARITAN WOMAN (Part 1)

In the Gospel of John, Jesus comes to ‘Jacob’s Well’ where Jacob had met Rachel. But this time a high representative of the Feminine doesn’t appear. Instead, a lower representative appears, a Samaritan woman who doesn’t recognize Christ (though she’s heard he’s coming and hopes to see him). She draws some water and Jesus asks…
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The Sacred Feminine in the Bible: RAHAB (Part 2)

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The Sacred Feminine in the Bible: RAHAB (Part 2)

Like the Greek Gaia, Rahab is the ancient archetype that underlies the power of the Sacred Feminine. The Feminine power in the scriptures is not some soft, sweet, gentle child, representing all the ‘nice’ qualities that are missing in men. She is the Shechinah, the ‘Presence’ of God in the Creation, the force that hovers…
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The Sacred Feminine in the Bible: RAHAB (Part 1)

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Not long after Miriam’s death, Aaron passed away. Moses soon named Joshua as his successor, and then he, too, passed away. The soul’s journey to Enlightenment, symbolized as the long ‘Return to the Promised Land’, is coming to an end. Just before Joshua and the Israelites enter the Promised Land, Joshua sends two spies on…
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The Beauty and Nobility of Life

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The Beauty and Nobility of Life

I did a radio interview the other day with Mike Schwager on his ‘Enrichment Hour’. He titled the show the same as the name of my upcoming book: “The Beauty and Nobility of Life: The Restoration of Meaning in a World Overwhelmed by Commercialism, Scientism, and Fundamentalism”. We talked during the hour about a ton…
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Mind -v- Body

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Mind -v- Body

We are the heirs of ‘Logical Positivism’, a philosophical endeavor that seeks to impose scientific thinking into every aspect of our lives by suggesting that all forms of human knowledge should aspire to the same sort of rigorous rationality as science. According to the canons of logical positivism a statement is meaningful only if it…
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The Mythic Imagination

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The Mythic Imagination

“I believe that the mythic revival that is now under way is no mere fad. In modern times myths have been thought of as illusions, but if so, they are the kind that still retain the power, as Joseph Campbell put it, ‘to carry the human spirit forward.’ Psychologist Jean Houston identified myth as the…
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Plato’s TIMAEUS

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Plato’s TIMAEUS

In the Timaeus, the most metaphysical of Plato’s writings and the one most influenced by Pythagoras, Plato returned to a consideration of science and the natural world; two subjects which Socrates had abandoned long ago. It is not like most of his other writings. Socrates is present, but he plays only a minor role. The…
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