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Month: April 2016

Defining Spirituality

Spirit: a supernatural being or essence: as in holy spirit, soul, ghost, or a malevolent being that enters and possesses a human being

Spirit:  a supernatural being or essence: as in holy spirit, soul, ghost, or a malevolent being that enters and possesses a human being It is common to think of the spirit and/or soul as something beyond nature, something separate from our physical selves.  But if our spirit is our essence, can it truly be supernatural? […]

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Seek and Ye Shall Find

One of the challenges of being without a predefined spiritual label is that it can be just as hard to define for oneself the purpose of one’s nebulous spiritual endeavors as it is to describe your spiritual identity to others.  When people ask what you are, what you believe, they expect an answer which is […]

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I’m Absolutely Certain We Have No Idea What We’re Talking About

I was recently reading an internet list of biggest lies and hoaxes, and it occurred to me that what makes us so susceptible to these things isn’t that people are more stupid or that there is more opportunity to spread information.  It’s not that there are powerful groups who can cover up the truth more […]

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Be the Good, Forget the Haters

It’s always interesting to see how people react to learning various facts about you, especially when you know that the impression they have of you may contradict the image they will associate with some other aspect of your life.  For instance, when people find out I was a cheerleader in high school they often expect […]

Uninspiring Inspirations

“In The End, We Only Regret the Chances We Didn’t Take”

Sure, most of us could use a bit of encouragement to do those things which, though scary, hold the potential for great reward.  Growth only comes when we step outside our comfort zone. But what about all those other chances we take?  The ones where we know there could be disastrous consequences but we take […]

About the Books

About the Books, Part 3

By my estimation, I’m about one fifth of the way through the initial writing on the book of devotionals.  As I’ve been writing them, a few ideas for final format have come into my head, and one in particular seems to have a lot of potential.   If you think you might be interested in […]

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Dark Nights, Inner Lights

Years ago I went through my own dark night of the soul and emerged on the other side with new outlook and new sense of self-honesty.  And I’ve been quite proud of myself since, in that I have steadily improved in my ability to see patterns of behavior which have led to struggles and choose […]

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Eventually All You Hear is Charlie Brown’s Teacher

I grew up in church, which meant a lot of time spent listening to sermons.  And don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a good lecture now and then.  I’ve heard many inspiring sermons during which I learned something which felt really relevant at the time.   However, given the large number of sermons I’ve sat […]

Think About...

Question

Think about those things that your friends and family tease you about or object to about you.  Are those traits changeable?  Are they worth changing?  What would your life be like if you changed that about yourself?  Would it make things better or worse?

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Stuck in the Middle With You?

It’s a strange place, living somewhere between atheism and religion.  To the religious and traditionally spiritual, I have no faith and no spiritual life.  To the atheists, I’m misinterpreting what atheism means.   In reality, I think the line between the two sides is far blurrier than is generally understood. I am, absolutely, an atheist. […]