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Seeing Oneness

“Who sees all beings in his own Self, and his own Self in all beings, loses all fear.”  – Isa Upanishad Ninety-six percent of our body consists of four elements: oxygen, carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen.  The other four percent is a smorgasbord of the periodic table, from sulfur to chlorine to zinc.  Even though we […]

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The Spirit Road- Knowing We’re Known

There aren’t many things I know for certain.  I know I’ll be tired after three days with my grandchildren.  I know I enjoy margaritas.  I know I like to fish with my buddy in Canada.  But knowing all that isn’t really knowing very much.  If you ask me questions on a larger scale, like do […]

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Finding God- 2

There are all kinds of ways to hide.  Some people stay out of sight; others hide in plain sight.  Some people conceal themselves behind anger and bravado, others behind helplessness.   Some people hide by lying to others and other people hide by lying to themselves.  Some use the truth to lie.  In their hands, truthfulness […]

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Finding God- 1

When I was in the ministry, I attended a dinner party given by a Jamaican couple who belonged to the church.  They were sophisticated people, with a wide variety of friends, and that night one of the guests had a problem with the idea of God.  I was holding a bacon-wrapped chestnut in one hand […]

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The Death Problem

Death has a PR problem in our culture.  Americans tend to view death in a negative light, as something to escape.  We picture a dark, hooded figure, pointing its crooked finger toward another victim, gathering souls for judgment.  We isolate the dead behind fences, in holding pens for the dearly departed, and turn their disposal […]

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Dealing With Blindness

As an archer, an arrow.      –The Dhammapada Sometime towards the end of my first marriage, I tried to play the stock market and lost my shirt.  I didn’t know what I was doing.  It seemed like a way to augment my salary as a pastor.  I never took a vow of poverty, after all, but […]

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An Easy Step To A Better Day

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.   – Mark Twain While I was in seminary, I spent time training to be a pastoral counselor, along with ten other chaplaincy interns at a large, urban hospital.  Two days a week, we visited patients, attended autopsies, observed surgeries, and critiqued […]

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Spiritual Chiropractics

Whenever I start to take myself too seriously, which seems to be a daily hazard, I head out to look at some mountains.  For the last few years, that has meant a short trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway to bask in the aura of the Smokies.  Craggy crests and ridges bathed in blue haze […]

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Rick Santorum and Disneyworld

I like trout fishing, and one of the impossible wishes of my life would be to travel back in time and fish the mountain streams of the Adirondack Mountains as they existed two hundred years ago.  Even in the days of Teddy Roosevelt, who heard about becoming president while fishing in the Adirondacks, much of […]

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Meeting God

The first time I experienced what I think of as God was as a bored teenager in church, feeling guilty about masturbating.  Masturbation was a regular activity, being a horny fifteen year-old, and the Sears catalog provided visual stimulation.  In my day, catalogs were the equivalent of internet porn.  Unfortunately, I also believed masturbation was […]

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