My spiritual journey has been going on a long time...a very long time. After decades of exploration, I ended up with a belief structure that's not particularly traditional, but it is what it is. And actually, it's more a "knowing" than a belief. I present some of my thoughts about it here with no . . .
The wild stories of traditional religion are something we've gotten used to. A virgin birth? Walking on water? Fishes and loaves? Raising the dead? They don't seem so crazy, do they? Or at least not when we view them through the lens of traditional religion. But we don't feel the same way about . . .
Any and all forms of separation, disconnects, divides, partings, breakups, and goodbyes, Carol, are temporary. Very. You'll be together far, far longer than you will ever be apart. I received this inspirational message just the other day and it was a real thought-provoker. What if we . . .
There was once a young neurosurgeon at Stanford who, as an undergraduate and master's student, had been an English lit major. He could write, oh, could he write. But he had another part of his brain, too, one that sent him to medical school and to one of the toughest specialties. And then, in his . . .
Maybe like me, you've been paying attention to the scientific research into consciousness that's been going on. No, not the hack stuff, the real actual science. There's provocative evidence that consciousness may go on after the body dies, but where? Is there really some sort of life after this . . .
Faith. We say we have it. And yet, most of us do everything we can to hang on to every last vestige of this life. It's as if faith and death are not connected in any way--maybe we just don't want to test that. I'm talking about the treatment of terminal illness, of course, something we become . . .
It's very hard to think of the troubles of other people as life lessons for the rest of us. It's just not how we're used to thinking. In a way, we think of ourselves as a herd, not unlike the one above, going through life as it lays before us. Some of us even believe we create our lives and what we . . .
What happens after we die? Maybe you believe it's fade to black, over and done with, ashes to ashes. Maybe you believe you'll face a punishing God and the possibility of burning in the fire of hell. Maybe you believe that consciousness survives death and that you go on to live again. And . . .
I had a super-long day of travel recently and used it to read Mike Dooley's new book, The Top Ten Things Dead People Want to Tell You. It was funny, it was profound and it was moving. One of the most powerful messages in the book was the idea that any interaction between two people is a . . .
Should I stay here? But I could not do it. It was not my world, and there was so much to be done in the others. ~Greta Wells in The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer This is how I imagine the conversation we have with ourselves at death, as we contemplate moving on to our . . .