Behold The Spiritual Experience

  By Brian Luke Seaward Several years ago, Oprah Winfrey asked her studio audience, “Who has had a spiritual experience?”. Over 80 percent of those questioned raised their hands. Oprah smiled and then declared quite confidently, that the other 20 percent were lying. She was on to something. Spiritual wonders span the spectrum of human…

Facing Evil

by Celia Coates It is very hard, very, very troubling, to witness the violence of war and the suffering of other people. And when there seems to be no way for us to make a good difference, it becomes a terrible helplessness – the kind many people are feeling now as we watch a brutal…

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Elmer’s Diagram

By Celia Coates and, The States of Consciousness Diagram by William Hale In her post, Meeting Elmer Green, Gilah wrote that presenting The Diagram was a fixed feature of an annual Conference. (www.winnpost.org/2022/01/07/meeting-elmer-green) What made that diagram so important? The simplest explanation is that it was (and is) a summation of Elmer’s life-long personal, spiritual…

Still the Mind, Fill the Heart

By Brian Luke Seaward You must remain very still to get a hummingbird to perch on your hand as you hold a small bowl of sweet nectar in your palm. The slightest movement signals these tiny birds that it is not safe to land, let alone feed. Last summer I taught my wife’s grandson how…

The Present Moment

By Celia Coates Having to go to the bank in these pandemic times means finding a drive-through teller. I sat in my car after I had sent in my documents using that pneumatic canister that reminds me of the way money was moved overhead from counter to cashier in department stores long-ago. It was a…

“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,…

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…

Words’ Worth

By Celia Coates The computer problem that kept me from publishing all of last week’s post may have been another example of just the right wrong thing – one of my favorite ideas.  This was to have been the first line: I wish I could write this post without sounding preachy or crabby but I…

Finding Unity Consciousness

By Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D. “You may say I’m a dreamer, But I’m not the only one I hope some day you’ll join us And the world will be as one.”                               – John Lennon I have to admit, when I…

The Sense of Wonder

By Celia Coates It’s rare that the introduction to a book is as fine as the book itself, but the one written by Linda Lear for Rachel Carson’s THE SENSE OF WONDER is a lovely equal to the text. Lear wrote, Carson urges us to explore nature with feelings and emotions, to use all our…

Screen Addiction and the Human Spirit

By Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D. In a clever update of the renowned painting of Narcissus by John William Waterhouse, the ego-driven youth is shown lying on the riverbank obsessed with his own image on a smartphone. Technology evolves but human behavior is slow to change! Today it is very easy to become completely absorbed in…