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What is the Holy?

What is the Holy?

The holy is not the gods. Humans have been told about thousands of different gods, for thousands of years, primarily to steer us into obedience of earthly powers, and to make us give up our searching. The holy is not religion. Religions were designed to organize this obedience, to add layers and layers of fictional supports, to add so many layers our heads spin, so we give up our searching. The holy is not empire, or nation, or nation-state. These…

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Flailing Parochial Vision

Flailing Parochial Vision

  Peering into the mountain The universality of spirits Spirits For tens of thousands of years Peering into the cave It’s all there All there is It has been that way Again and again For thousands of decades With new incarnations Every now and then Here and there What makes us so sure Ours in the only one? What makes us so sure Ours isn’t just one more mask? Why would we think that our Small corner of the world…

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Tony Jones: Deep Will Call Unto Deep

Tony Jones: Deep Will Call Unto Deep

  [Guest blogger Tony Jones] Religiophobia   Blindered by heat-flashes of banality; the sacred barnyard tells us nothing except it has no room for us without our becoming at once greater and smaller. This is what it means to have the mind of Christ; to become as a child with the heart-space of a 1000 goslings, arrow-tipped with lightning.   One of the reasons it’s hard to write good religious or spiritual verse — and I am well aware that…

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Tony Jones: Pizza Space

Tony Jones: Pizza Space

[Guest blogger du jour Tony Jones] What’s the mystique about mysticism? (Or is the question itself just a misleading fork in the road, excluded middle term, dun leaves dead on a worm-ridden tree, as in “not seeing the forest for the … ”, regarding spirituality). When I watched Kung Fu as a young child, then as now I was entranced by the mixture of action and the ambiance of a kind of deep inner peace that drove it. I think…

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The Choice

The Choice

I watched Doctor Zhivago tonight. Keira Knightley as Lara. Hans Matheson as Yuri Zhivago. It’s a well done TV miniseries from 2002. Moving, especially at the end. It’s not David Lean. But it works in its own way. Expanded, because of the extra time. And updated to allow for more modern depictions of the love affair. Many things jumped out at me. But especially this: brief, ecstatic joy in the middle of a sea of sorrow. The embrace of that…

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The Helplessness of a Child

The Helplessness of a Child

I had several eureka moments when I was a kid, regarding organized religion. These led to various breakaways and new directions, which I developed as I aged. No straight lines to some predetermined goal, to be sure. No easy paths to easy answers. There were always surprises and readjustments, new realizations of past errors, and new understandings of previous ignorance regarding this or that view held by others. And I tried to remain humble in the face of the mystery…

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