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Featured as an expert in films, print, television, and radio, Jonathan Ellerby, Ph.D., is the author of "Return to the Sacred" and the Spiritual Program Director for the internationally acclaimed Canyon Ranch Health Resort in Tucson, Arizona. Jonathan’s background includes a PhD in Comparative Religion with a focus on health and healing systems, as well as training and work as a hospital chaplain, Interfaith Minister, executive consultant and coach.

Lasting change in the world begins in the heart and the soul of each person. It begins in your home. It is easy to find people who can tell us what to believe, what is wrong, and what to do. […]

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In the book Inspiration Deficit Disorder I discuss the important of understanding five core dimensions of “self”  that are involved in human growth and healing. The more you have awareness of these aspects of who you are, the more agile and […]

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The film “Eat Pray Love,” based on the lovely book by the same name, is about to be released. The common question that arises is “do you have to travel and experience exotic people and places to re-inspire your life?” […]

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When did you last go out into the night to gaze at the stars? When did you last take the time, perhaps lying on an old blanket, supported by the nurturing earth, to do nothing but look into the darkness–your […]

Approach the world of spiritual practice with trust and an open heart. Don’t be afraid of spiritual experiences. Strange sensations of energy, a feeling of deep love, vulnerability, connectedness, a loss of ego and control are all aspects of spiritual […]

I guess I never really understood the word “lust.” It probably had something to do with watching too much television growing up, or maybe it was the fantasies of fictional literature that threw me off. Then again, the use of […]

In the summer months millions of people make time to retreat into wilderness settings. From cottage homes, to trailer parks, hiking, camping, summer camps, resorts and canoe trips, there is an inborn instinct to “get away from it all.” The […]

It seems almost silly to have to say it, but to improve at anything practice is almost always essential. Right? Even if you want to get good at doing nothing, you still need to do a lot of it! Most […]

It is one of those words that just sounds good. Most of us hear it and know we want more of it – inspiration! To be inspired, to find something that is an inspiration to us, maybe to inspire others. […]

In any moment, you can always ask yourself, What is in the highest good? or What would be most loving and empowering? Despite your wounds and habits, you know what kindness is. Holding a door for someone whose hands are […]

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