Reflections

As a contributing essayist for Progressing Spirit, I reflect on matters that pertain to the unfoldment of the soul. I encourage the reader to visit and even consider supporting the creative work of this online community. I provide below a brief intro to each essay. (To read on, click the hyperlink and subscribe today at ProgressingSpirit.com.)

Part I: Liturgy as Individual Spiritual Practice of Embodiment. What is liturgy in its most basic sense? This essay is my response to Bishop Spong’s query in Unbelievable: can Christian liturgies be made to reflect “reality rather than nostalgia.” In this first of three essays on liturgy, I focus on liturgy as personal spiritual practice of the individual. In subsequent columns I explore reforming both the liturgical year and eucharistic prayers

Becoming the Fullness of Who we Already Are. I explore how Jesus exemplifies the spiritual journey as both discovery and development: as human beings we exist both to discover the eternal truth of what we are as well as to develop this truth into the fullness of who we are. (To read on, click the hyperlink and subscribe today at Progressing Spirit.)

Celebrating the Curious Christ Soul. Sooner or later, if we are to realize our Christhood, we must come to know ourselves. No one else can do the knowing for us. But – what a tremendous grace it is when we don’t have to ceaselessly contend with supposed faith communities about the sacred fruit we are, nor fear that they desire to prune away our life. (To read on, click the hyperlink and subscribe today at Progressing Spirit.)

Holy Wisdom. As human beings, we long for wisdom and it is extolled in poetry, song, and art. But what is wisdom, particularly in the spiritual tradition and how does it differ from what we might describe as the “wisdom of the world”? (To read on, click the hyperlink and subscribe today at Progressing Spirit.)

Dawning of Christ Consciousness. What possible meaning could an encounter of two Jewish men in Palestine have for those of us involved on the spiritual journey today, where fear constructs walls casting long shadows? I believe the key lies in the realization that fear-based separation is the blindness that taunts and haunts and seduces the human heart. I understand this realization as the dawning of Christ-consciousness in the soul of Jesus. (To read on, click the hyperlink and subscribe today at Progressing Spirit.)

Christianity as a Nondual Spiritual Path. In and though Moses we have perhaps the most pivotal Jewish experience, and thus revelation, in the Hebrew scriptures. The name of the ground of reality, which is the name of God and the name of Moses (which means your name and my name), is I am who I am. In this primordial human experience is the realization of no separation, no boundary. Being is the boundless ocean from which all arises. These deep waters are the font from which flows forth the nondual spiritual path within Christianity. (To read on, click the hyperlink and subscribe today at Progressing Spirit.)

Terrifying & Terrible Texts. A chasm is created between spiritual seekers and the truly boundless love of Being, because the dominant tradition is beholden to liturgical custom that cultically enshrines a tribal deity whose prejudices, penchants for reactive retaliation, and wholehearted embrace of violence are celebrated in the many pages of the stories regularly proclaimed as purportedly revealing the true nature of Being. Liturgy is neither the time nor the place for preachers to consistently be pressed into the act of deconstructing biblical texts so as to minimize the harm done to those desiring to hear words of life. (To read on, click the hyperlink and subscribe today at Progressing Spirit.)

Qualities of the Reign of God. What are some of the qualities of the reign of God that tell of its goodness in our lives? And what does it even mean to speak of “God’s reign” in the 21st century within a culture in which kingdoms and monarchs do not exist, and resonate within our imagination and lives as antiquated and oppressive? (To read on, click the hyperlink and subscribe today at Progressing Spirit.)

Participating in the Song of Life. For most of us, most of the time, the beginning, middle and end of our experience is not experienced as of some mysterious Word (again, whatever that might mean). Rather the vast majority of our experiences are generated by, sustained by, and understood in terms of, fear (that is usually unconscious). (To read on, click the hyperlink and subscribe today at Progressing Spirit.)