Good News / MetaFaith
- New Venue for Meta-Faith Explosion! 19.02.2004
The time is coming and now IS for people of good faith-- everywhere! --to articulate their faith to the next generation.
- A Galactic Fairy Tale 11.05.2004
A long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away there were all of these little light beings just hanging out enjoying life in that joyful & timeless dimension. And then one day a very large, magnificent angel came to them. He had a very serious look on his face. He was looking for volunteers for a very important cosmic mission.
- Collecting and Dividing 16.05.2004
Any attempt to categorize cross-cultural, spiritually oriented web-sites is problematic, to say the least. All too often, we take things merely at face value.
- The Future Role of Religion in Education 30.05.2004
The overriding powers that hitherto in the individual soul and in the community have struggled and prevailed against the ferocious, base, and individual impulses that divide us from one another, have been the powers of religion and education.
- The Power of Consecrationaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa 31.08.2004
Consecration is to offer an act, event, or situation to a higher power for the Divine's sake; to fulfill Its goals and intent.
- SelfCom: An Adventure in Life 05.09.2004
Is SelfCom real, or just a sophisticated form of entertainment? For that matter, is life all a game anyway? Could our mortal presence be so insignificant? Was William Shakespeare just blowing air in "As You Like It" when JAQUES said "All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages."?
- You and Your Ego 07.10.2004
Ego is such a funny thing, in that it rises up under all disguises and manners of being. You can't just point to it and say, "Yes, this is what ego is," or if you do, then you've probably missed the hundreds of other disguises which ego masks itself within.
- What is MetaFaith? 18.10.2004
MetaFaith is a higher kind of spirituality that recognises itself as having been experienced throughout human history and across cultures--cultures dominated by many different exoteric religious traditions.
- Alpha Omega 03.11.2004
The Greek saw my reason, the Jew heard my law;
Saint Paul sought salvation, Mohammed felt awe;
The Buddha sensed void, and the Hindu grasped all,
From sunrise till nightfall they followed my call.
- Snakes, Orchids and Novels 25.11.2004
I set out at a young age to be a naturalist. I grew up out in the back country on the Isle of Pines, Cuba and spent my free time there trekking into the wilds to collect native orchids.
- Believe not in Astrologers 02.01.2005
Believe not in astrologers
Who tell fortunes by the stars,
Nor in dark-eyed women in black silk robes
Who turn the Tarot cards.
- The Four Stages of Belief 03.03.2005
Belief is like a staircase; it is made in order to go upward, but if one remains standing on one step then there is no progress. One belief after another comes to a person as he goes further on the path of spiritual progress, each one greater or higher than the last, and therefore the wise, the illuminated ones, go from one belief to another until they reach the ultimate belief.
- Truth Is One 06.07.2005
Every cult of mystics has used certain names. There are certain names in the cult of the Hindus, under which they recognize certain masters. We find them also in the Semitic races, mentioned in the Bible, the Kabala, and the Qur'an.
- 'The Purpose Driven Life' 05.10.2005
Those of us who are involved in interfaith and metafaith initiatives strive to approach all people of faith with respect and understanding. Where we fall short, at times, is with regard to fundamentalists in the Abrahamic faiths who seem— at least according to their creeds —to regard us as infidels or heretics.
- One Everlasting-Intelligent-Bliss 21.10.2005
God has made different religions to suit different aspirants, times, and countries. All doctrines are only so many paths; but a path is by no means God Himself. Indeed, one can reach God if one follows any of the paths with whole hearted devotion. One may eat a cake with icing either straight or sidewise. It will taste sweet either way.
- You Are The Light 17.11.2005
Your Light is yours to use. It awaits your expression and remembrance of it. In the midst of any resistance, we just need to remember who we are and what we came here to live.
- Religion, Comfort Food, and Leafy Greens 01.12.2005
I have a friend in the newspaper business. Several years ago when we were undergrads together— before I dropped out in favor of wandering aimlessly —I too was studying to write for the fishwraps.
- The Christ Within Us All 23.01.2006
To not know that we have eternal life is, in a sense— in terms of our human experience —not to have it. This is because to wonder about it or doubt it is to hold it out as speculation, or a fantasy from a book one doesn't believe, i.e. something that can never be fully experienced. This is why we feel fragmented and alone in the universe: the tools that we've grown accustomed to using to know our way through the world are insufficient to know concepts like eternal life and God (except through use of symbols, which are not the real thing and therefore always subject to debate).
- Why the Fish Never Leaves the Water 22.02.2006
In the Fish Out Of Water writings, we spend a good deal of time looking at symbol and substance, and what can happen when we equate them, when we assume the particular symbols that we use to understand God are synonymous with God rather than analogous.
- Eternal Quality 23.02.2006
It eludes the surgeon’s knife and the scientist’s microscope. It cannot be perceived by the physical senses or analyzed by the intellect. The portal through which universal Spirit is known and experienced is the sense beyond the senses - known as intuition, inner voice or voice of the heart, higher guidance, gut-feeling and God-sense.
- Learning the Art of Life 23.02.2006
Character is not born with a man; his character is built up after he comes here. Even if a person can call himself a human being, he has still to know that greater art which may be rightly called a true religion. For there is another grade to strive for, and that grade is the personality of God.
- The Wind In Our Dreams 20.03.2006
Cosmic child, precious Being,
Know the joy of your true worth,
Ever living in My image,
Co-creating this sweet Earth.
- Turn Toward the Light 21.04.2006
Metanoia. Literally, it is a Greek word meaning 'change of mind'. Yet the full meaning is somewhat more. In the New Testament, the word metanoia is often translated as 'repentance'. But this kind of repentance is not about regret or guilt or shame; it implies making a decision to turn around, to face a new direction.
- Universal Teachings 23.04.2006
UNIVERSAL TEACHINGS OF SRI RAMAKRISHNA
- Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself 08.06.2006
The answer to every question you have ever asked about God and Truth and Life
is located in that spot right between your eyes.
It is! Believe me, it is! I have seen it!
More wisdom lies in this one spot than in all the scriptures ever written in human history.
- Clay Balls 22.06.2006
A man was exploring caves by the seashore. In one of the caves he found a canvas bag with a bunch of hardened clay balls. It was like someone had rolled clay balls and left them out in the sun to bake.
- Awakening to the Truth... 27.06.2006
The ultimate goal of spiritual practices is beautifully summarized in this centuries-old zen teaching wherein Master Nanyue Huairang encountered Mazu Daoyi, who was deep in meditation, and asked him:
- A Man 28.06.2006
I am a man
Who looks after five cats and two dogs
With my days
I help take care of a big house
That sets on a Brooke
Amidst a hammock of giant Hemlock and Willow trees
- Still I Say 24.09.2006
Still I Say
is the same
as the sea.
- Duty and Accomplishment 24.09.2006
Kierkegaard 1 distinguishes between our "task" (or duty), as an individual, and our "accomplishment" within a broader system of relationships. The latter, he argues, is in large part out of our control. Our primary concern should be to complete our "task"—leaving our accomplishments to take care of themselves.
- The Realization of Unity 25.10.2006
The scripture given to the Jews, the Muslims, Parsis, Hindus, Buddhists, all have as their central truth the message of unity, but man has been so interested and absorbed in the poetry of these scriptures that he has forgotten their inner voice.
- The Peasant and the King 21.11.2006
This story began as a quest to understand why my absolute faith in the mysterious healing presence that I called Christ could never find a home in any church or community I explored.
- 'Little Gidding' (III-V) 21.11.2006
There are three conditions which often look alike
Yet differ completely, flourish in the same hedgerow:
- The Great Mystery 24.01.2007
The source of all things in the universe is unknown – we call it the Great Mystery.
Before anything ever was, the Great Mystery Is.
- The Field and the Life 26.02.2007
In the beginning of all things was the Field, and the Field was with the Great Mystery, and the Field was the Great Mystery.
- The Universe of Pure Consciousness 27.03.2007
The interplay of the Great Mystery and the Field creates a third presence, an existent Universe of patterns and forms called Pure Consciousness. It is this Universe that gives the manifest Field the capacity to know and be known.
- The Divinity of Christ 27.04.2007
There are those who see divinity in Christ. They say, 'Christ was God, Christ is divine.' And there are others who say, 'Christ was a man, one like all of us.'
- The Appearance of Patterns and Forms 29.04.2007
It is by this Great Mystery— a Unity moving in three dimensions —that all things are made. Everything in the Universe is made of the Great Mystery, and no thing is created without it.
- Preferences and the Presence of God 26.08.2007
Nearly four hundred years ago, a Christian mystic named Brother Lawrence learned to practice the presence of God and was gracious enough to share what he had learned with a friend:
- Empty Space 27.09.2007
We are empty space
In which everything takes place
As a bluebird passing by
Flying silently through the sky
Not leaving a trace
- The Human Being and the Ego 27.09.2007
When the intellect is aware of itself as a unique manifestation of Pure Consciousness, it is also aware that the being from which it emanates is a unique manifestation of the Life which exists as all beings. Though remaining a unique self, the intellect can still see itself in all things and in all beings. It perceives the One, a Conscience or Spirit existent in all things and all beings. A being who identifies with this Spirit rather than itself knows that it is living the eternal Life common to all.