Your Best Life Now

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Dr. Steve McSwain is an award-winning author, speaker, and spiritual teacher. His books, blogs, and talks on spirituality have endeared him to thousands world wide. Raised by Baptist parents in a strict Christian home, Steve followed in his father's footsteps and became a highly successful minister. By his mid-thirties, he was already senior minister in one of the largest congregations in the south. He had attained all the outward symbols of ministerial success. But inside, Steve was not at peace. The "We're Right! You're Wrong!" mentality - so typical of religious fundamentalism -- bothered him the most. It took the sudden death of his father, however, before a personal crisis erupted in Steve's soul. He explains, "All the questions about my faith I had buried for years came to the surface of consciousness with the crisis evoked by my father's death." Questions like "Who am I?" "Why am I here?" "Is spirituality just believing in the 'right' stuff?" "And, how do we know what we believe is right, anyway?" "What about other religions?" Steve decided to leave the pastoral ministry to find himself...to connect with Source…to discover and live an authentic spiritual life. One afternoon an inner, spiritual awakening occurred. Just as unexpected as his father's passing, Steve says, "I just woke up. I'm not sure what to make of it. But my search ended…an ineffable presence and peace came over me and nothing has ever been the same since." Today, Dr. McSwain is a popular spiritual teacher, sharing his remarkable story of spiritual enlightenment through his blogs, books and talks. A Christian by faith, he's also a student of Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism and a practitioner of other traditions. When asked by those in his faith tradition, "How can you be a Christian but embrace other religions?" Dr. McSwain responds by quoting Mother Teresa of Calcutta. When similarly questioned, Mother Teresa responded, "I love all religions. But I'm IN LOVE with my own." Dr. McSwain is the author of The Enoch Factor: The Sacred Art of Knowing God - chosen at the Global Book Expo in NYC as a finalist for "Most Inspirational Book of the Year." He and his wife, Pam, are the proud parents of four children and an increasing number of grandchildren. They make their home in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Single Greatest Spiritual Truth

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What Is the Single Greatest Spiritual Truth You Have Ever Learned? I got asked that question today and, after thinking for a moment, I suppose I would have to answer like this: “As soon as you are disposed to being […]

Near Death Experiences…Heaven? Hell?

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NDE – Near Death Experiences. Heaven. Hell. Questions about whether there is actually life beyond the grave invite such debate.  Immense emotion, too. Express doubt about whether there is a heaven and you’d better be prepared for the barrage of […]

THERE and HERE…

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Why am I so seldom satisfied with where I am? Why does over there always appear more enchanting than right here? Why is it that I look forward to vacation…make plans…detailed plans…imagine the fun, the relaxation I’m going to have…the […]

The Authentic Search for God

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In an authentic search for God, the cosmos of inclusiveness just keeps widening and expanding, not unlike the ever-expanding universe in which we live. That’s a bit of a paraphrase of something Fr. Richard Rohr says in his book Immortal […]

Eternity in an Hour…On the Meaning of ‘Mindfulness’

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“To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wildflower; Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour.” – Auguries of Innocence, William Blake You are the nearest to eternity […]

A Fish with Arms? What the…?

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“The instant fish accept that they will never have arms, they grow fins.” That’s the wisdom with which Mark Nepo begins his thought for today in The Book of Awakening. And, it is a thought that captures my imagination. It is […]

What Is Salvation? Enlightenment? Awakening? Learning to Let Go…

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Fr. Thomas Keating, the Trappist monk, said “Discernment is a process of letting go of what we are not. “Discernment” is yet another word, similar in meaning to enlightenment, awakening, salvation. All of these words point to the process of […]

Do You Have But One Blessing, Father?…A Father’s Blessing

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“Do you have but one blessing, Father? Oh, please, Daddy bless me too.” And Esau broke down and wept (Gen. 17:38) One of the most heart-wrenching scenes in all the Old Testament. Esau, first-born son to Isaac, was looking for […]

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