The mystical path

Modern day spirituality is evolving right along with society. We have surpassed the time when individuals were duped into thinking that the only way to the divine was through an institutional church or a priest. It seems analogous to the many changes we have seen with the “Age of Information”: the individual is empowered. We … More The mystical path

12 paths to the Divine

Jonathan Ellerby, the spiritual director of Canyon Ranch Resort in Arizona, has written a beautiful book called Return to the Sacred. In it, he identifies 12 time-tested ways to connect spiritually to a greater power or being. These paths are routes that must be followed consistently over time in order to truly benefit and connect … More 12 paths to the Divine

Right speech

Andrea Adler, in her book The Science of Spiritual Marketing, writes of advice she was given from Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, “meditation master and spiritual head of the Siddha Yoga lineage,” about “right speech” (195). The following four questions are what Chidvilasananda calls the “four gatekeepers of speech”: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it beneficial? … More Right speech

Indigenous beliefs

Angeles Arien, a writer and anthropologist, writes of four questions that indigenous cultures ask when an individual is depressed or out of synch with their life purpose (from her book, The Fourfold Way, HarperCollins, 1992). They ask: When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop becoming enchanted with stories? … More Indigenous beliefs

Dragonfly symbolism

I’ve been drawn to dragonflies for some time now, perhaps because I love rivers and lakes and these peaceful creatures are mesmerizing as they flit and skimmer across the water.   They have brought me great peace, and even their life spans symbolize change and transformation.   The first year or more of their lives, they live … More Dragonfly symbolism

Energy as a divine gift in earlier traditions of Christianity

I’d like to share a prayer with you.  This is translated from the Aramaic version of the “Lord’s Prayer” as it was found in the Nag Hammadi scrolls.   It is remnant of the time prior to organized Christianity as we know it.   In the book Shamans of the World, editor Nancy Connor includes it as … More Energy as a divine gift in earlier traditions of Christianity