Mr. T. H.

Mystics, saints, and sages know that living with compassion is of enormous value. And so do many people who visit “heaven” because of a Near Death Experience and who return with descriptions of a dimension filled with warm welcome, kindness, and love. We are caught in a culture that does not put these generous qualities on…

The Boat Of Eternal Return

By Stephanie Rayner Boats are like Shamans – they move between worlds. Being of neither world they glide over the taut membranes that separate the Opposites Throughout time and disparate cultures it is the boat that has provided mytho-religious passage across the dark straits that separate the living from the dead Being gently rocked by…

Wonder Woman’s Love

There’s a lot to enjoy in movies about super heroes: special powers, superhuman abilities, sweeping shifts in space and time – and happy endings. In the new Wonder Woman there’s a little more. Along with the standard swashbuckling action, battles, danger, deaths, and fast action special effects, it presents the idea that the hero is…

A New Story For This Time

Stories, so many stories. And, there are so many kinds of stories – myths, fables, fairy tales, parables, news stories, yarns, personal accounts, and more. Whether it’s one person’s point of view or a collective outlook, there’s always a perspective when a story is told. Arthur Deikman published this personal account in 1976: “Something is…

Was It My Father’s Spirit?

By Carolyn Rapp My father, Oscar, loved big band music – swing music from the ‘30s and ‘40s. Of all the great bands of that era, his favorite was Les Brown and His Band of Renown. When he died at 82, his enthusiasm was as strong as it had been when he was a teenager….

“I’ll teach you to hit!”

BY  BILL DILLON My title for this post comes from an incident I witnessed about 60 years ago when I was a college undergraduate working evenings as a cashier in a supermarket. A young mother came through my checkout aisle with her six-year-old and four-year-old boys. The boys got into an altercation over something and…

One Man’s Search for Kindness

The Dalai Lama has said that his religion is kindness. Leon Logothetis is a wild example of living the religion of kindness – giving and receiving kindness. Many people already know about Leon, a former London stockbroker who so disliked his work that he made a radical change in his life. I would not have…

How To Recover From Too Much Screen Time

Let’s begin with a story from Fred Hageneder: “As a teenager, a stupid but provocative remark upset me so much that, thinking I could bear life no longer, I set off on my bicycle in search of solitude. I sat down among the scattered birch trees of the wetlands, overwhelmed by despondency. After a while,…

J.K.Rowling and Gandhi’s Non-Violence

In the most recent J.K.Rowling movie one of the characters says, “When No-majs are afraid, they attack.” Because the story is set on this side of the Atlantic, No-majs is an Americanization of “Muggles”, the name used in the Harry Potter books for conventional people who oppose the magical ways of wizards. They cannot see…

Is the I Ching Useful?

We know that fire is hot and snow is cold because we’ve felt them. Nothing beats direct experience. Recently I heard about the experience of a group of friends who have been reading books you can learn from for many years – books about quantum physics, esoteric wisdom, and new views on important ideas. These…

How Can You Learn to Visualize?

Humans have known how to visualize for thousands of years. It’s natural to us. Paleolithic cave paintings in Lascaux provide evidence of all three of the basic elements for using our minds in this way:      Having a desired outcome (a successful hunt) Finding a way to focus attention (inside quiet and dark, hard-to-reach…

What the 1%, And the 99%, Can Learn From the Grinch

Dr. Seuss’s Grinch is mean and all alone near his snowy cave just north of Whoville, isolated by his self-centered grouchiness. HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! has been a bestseller since it was published in 1957 when Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) wrote it to counter what he saw as the commercialization of Christmas. It seems…