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Jesus: The Original “New Age” Thinker

posted by smcswain

You are a “New Age” Christian. What does this mean? And, why must people constantly label others? My critics sometimes say to me, “You’ve just become too ‘New Age’ for me.” Or, “You’re just another ‘New Ager.” What is meant […]

Meditation: The Key to Living a Sacred Life

posted by smcswain

Meditation is the key to living a sacred life. It is the key that unlocks the chamber to an inner life of tranquility. Meditation is also the indispensable discipline you must practice in order to know a sacred, spiritual life. […]

The Song of Birds at Spring…

posted by smcswain

The birds are singing this morning. Do you hear them? Or, are you dashing about preparing to plunge into the business of living on Monday morning?I will be, too, but the song I heard this morning stopped me right smack […]

Want to Be Free…Truly Free? Here’s How!

posted by smcswain

The Buddha used the word “anata” to refer to “no self.” What did he mean? The same thing Jesus meant when he said, “Deny thyself” (Matt. 16:24). Then, what did these two spiritual teachers mean? Detachment is the word, my […]

How Do You Grow in Christ?

posted by smcswain

“Be no longer children,” wrote the Apostle Paul, “but grow up in Christ” (Eph. 4:15). All my spiritual life…for as long as I can remember…religious people have sincerely, but mistakenly, exhorted me to “grow up in Christ.” It sounded reasonable. […]

Is There Really a Heaven or Hell?…

posted by smcswain

I suppose.  If you need them. But here’s another consideration. In Falling Upward, Father Richard Rohr writes… “When you do not know who you are, you push all enlightenment off into a possible future reward and punishment system, within which […]

Faith So Simple…As a Mustard Seed…So Why Does Religion Complicate Faith?

posted by smcswain

Faith is so simple. So very simple. It is religion that complicates it. Why? Control, perhaps. Distinction from other religions, maybe. I’m not quite sure. What I do know is that faith is not about either control or distinction. Instead, […]

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

posted by smcswain

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 […]

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LIVING WITH FEARS: How I’m Learning to Manage Mine
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posted 8:48:19am Feb. 14, 2015 | read full post »

Contentment...In Any and All Circumstances
The spiritual teacher, Eckhart Tolle, once wrote, "Accept this moment as if you had chosen it." That's not so different, is it, from what the spiritual teacher, Saint Paul, described, when he wrote, "...I have learned how to be content with whatever I have" (Phil. 4:11)? [caption id="attachmen

posted 10:40:05am Jan. 29, 2015 | read full post »

The Beliefs I Was Told I Had to Believe to Be a "Good Christian"
If you were raised in a Christian faith tradition similar to mine, you will readily recognize the following beliefs, the following worldview. If you were not, however, this will give you an idea of what I was taught to believe and what many Christians believe still. While I mention only a few below,

posted 4:22:47pm Jan. 20, 2015 | read full post »


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