Look Up and … See?

By Brian Luke Seaward When I was young, I used to lie on a woolen blanket in my backyard on a summer night and look up to see the millions of lights in the sky. I recall that the Milky Way was so dense that it appeared like a thick cloud. Some nights I could…

“What Is the Color of Heaven?”

by Celia Coates That’s the question Oliver Sacks asked in 1964 – “What is the color of heaven?” Last week I heard a Radio Lab re-broadcast of an interview by Robert Krulwich in which Dr. Sacks described how he got his answer. The story was also published in the National Geographic * where Krulwich wrote,…

Getting Christmas

By Celia Coates This year I’ve felt worn out by all the “get-ing” that surrounds Christmas (and other celebrations of this season). It includes the question that we ask ourselves, “What am I going to get the people on my gift list?” and the question others sometimes ask, “What do you want to get this…

Scientists and Mystics

By Celia Coates Emanuel Swedenborg was a scientist before he became a mystic. He was a scholar, author, researcher, and inventor fascinated with finding a connection between the physical and spiritual worlds. Born in 1688, he entered the University of Upsala when he was eleven and studied astronomy, geology, botany, zoology, and the mechanical sciences….

Finding Quiet

First the story, then some comments: It was late at night. All little children were in their beds, fast asleep. All except one. The night wind brushed against a window. “Shh-h-h,” whispered the wind. “Go to sleep.” But the child could not fall asleep. Outside, on the branch of a tree, Mockingbird was singing.  “Mockingbird,”…

What Is It Like To Be A Bat?

by Celia Coates “What is it like to be a bat?” is the question headlining an editorial in a recent issue of NEW SCIENTIST. It continued, “Philosopher Thomas Nagel’s 1974 question has evolved to dominate our thinking on consciousness. Nagel’s point, simply put, is that even if we could fly and navigate using sonar, we…

What About The Infinite?

By Celia Coates At a conference in 2008 Elmer Green said, “There is only one really important question: What is our relationship to the Infinite?” If you already know about Elmer Green and why someone might want to pay attention to his views, skip this next paragraph – Elmer was born on October 10, 1917…

How To Live A Good Life

By Celia Coates There’s an ad on TV that plays some loud music and shouts out these words,                                 “I want it all and I want it now!” while showing a large table loaded with plate after plate of take-out food. That attitude is a national problem: too many people think it is important to get it […]

Chris Wilson’s Master Plan

by Celia Coates “So they shackled me and locked me in solitary, no belt, no shoelaces, just white walls, a cot, and a food slot in a metal door. I stared at my little room. What else could I do? I thought, My life is over. I’m seventeen years old and I just got on…

Gifts from Elizabeth Rauscher – 1937-2019

By Celia Coates Last week a message from Elizabeth Rauscher’s son, Brent Alan Rauscher, let many of us know that she had died on July 3rd. Elizabeth was an engaging, delightful, and brilliant woman, a highly educated physicist who also became a skilled psychic. She explored the nature of reality from both perspectives – the…

Loving the Child

By Celia Coates Right there, in the restaurant, sitting with my friend who was dropping bits of food from her mouth while she was talking, I was overtaken by love. Love for the small part of God that she is. It was most peculiar. I’d never felt anything like it – it wasn’t like the…

Spirit Visions

By Celia Coates Once upon a time (that means more than twenty-five years ago) part of my training involved working at a mental health agency that served a great variety of people with a wide range of problems. During my first week there, a young man came in for an appointment he’d scheduled.  As usual…