Religion

Celebrating Fear on Halloween


Hello readers, Just thinking about fear on Halloween, and how living in a fluctuating, chaotic world causes us each to create some kind of survival strategy based on how we deal with reality.  In traditional cultures, people fear the ghosts of their ancestors which may return to do harm.  By dressing up in fearsome costumes, […]

Unmentionables: Unsafe Things to Say


Hello readers, Last year, I joined a women’s coffee and religious devotional meet-up group to replace a secular women’s group of which I was previously a member .  The initial group was run by a counseling center, for a fee of $35 per meeting, every second week.  I often left the group feeling worse than I arrived, […]

Writing Off Conditioning: How to Let Go of the Dream Your Parents Created for You


Hello readers, I read a lot about human nature and experience, because I have always wanted to understand why people do what they do.  We have all been conditioned by our families, by the culture and society in which we live, to be a certain self.  And, for the most part, we identify with that […]

Scapegoat: A History of Blaming Others… A Book Review


Hello readers, As personal responsibility and self-awareness are two of my favorite topics to ponder, you can well imagine that I was immediately drawn to British author Charlie Campbell’s 2011 book, “Scapegoat”. This brief history of blaming, shaming, and diminishing other people in order to feel better about one’s own self or group; creating cohesion […]

A Nation Addicted to Fear: Is There Room for Love Here?


Hello readers, As a nation and as individuals, we have all been shaken by the recent violence against the staff and innocent students of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.  And it is our responsibility as adults, as citizens, parents, and as human beings to reflect on the reasons behind such senseless violence.  In […]

Meditation on Christmas: An Outsider’s View on Jesus and the Disinherited, by Howard Thurman


Hello readers, I just finished reading a remarkable book first published in 1949 by Howard Thurman, eminent African-American theologian and philosopher.  The book is called “Jesus and the Disinherited”.  As a non-Christian and non-practising Jew, I have long been intrigued by the life of Jesus and his quest for truth, personal authenticity and self-responsibility.  My […]

As Light As a Feather…


Dear readers, It is interesting to contemplate where the center of being or the soul resides.  Some cultures say that it is as small as a bean or seed, a concentrate of potential. Our culture believes that the soul or mind lives in the brain.  Personally, I believe that the soul only temporarily takes residence […]

Dust of the Earth: the Spiritual Meaning of Living in a Body


Hello readers, Recently, I haven’t been writing as much because my body has been occupying my attention.  More specifically, the center part of my body, which would correspond to the third chakra in Ayurvedic medicine.  According to Carolyn Myss (author of Anatomy of the Spirit, among other titles), the third chakra corresponds to the value […]

Lilith: the first Eve


Dear readers, I recently read and had some previous knowledge that Eve was in fact not the first mythical woman in the Garden of Eden.  She was preceded by Lilith, who was created as a true equal to Adam, out of the dust of the earth.  What I am not certain about is at what […]

Belonging: Is Community Necessary?


I loved reading Lois Lowry’s young adult books “The Giver” and “The Messenger”.  The stories are simple, yet profound, and extremely important questions about humans living together in community and how we respect one another (or not) are raised.  It seems as if the issues of hierarchy, power, greed, need, and vulnerability always rise up […]

Pro-life, Pro-liberty, Pursuit of the Feminine


Last night I watched the vice-presidential candidates debate the various issues – the same ones that always come up, as if there were no other, more important debate-worthy issues.  The moderator, Martha Raddatz, Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent for ABC News, tried to bring out the individual man in each of the debaters in the manner […]

Gender Fluid: Awakening to a New Era


There is an article in the August 12th issue of the New York Times Magazine  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/12/magazine/whats-so-bad-about-a-boy-who-wants-to-wear-a-dress.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 about children who feel comfortable identifying with both sexes at different moments in their lives. In the article, they label this type of behavior “gender-fluid“.  I like the word; it seems to evoke all kinds of interesting concepts. Since […]

The Lost Symbol


In art school, more specifically at the French national art school, I learned that using symbols and visual symbolic language was not a good thing if I wanted to be a good contemporary artist.  Good art at the time was cool, made with expensive and impressive materials, such as extremely large full color photographs, preferably […]