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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, these are…

Divine Consciousness: What Being Saved is Really All About What does “being saved” really mean? I am sometimes asked, “You frequently use the words ‘conscious’ or ‘Divine consciousness’ or ‘higher states of consciousness’ and, sometimes, ‘awake’ or ‘awakening’. What do you mean by these words?” What I mean by “Divine consciousness,” or any of these…

Inner Guide? Do you have an inner guide? Yes, of course. In a few days, I will be giving the keynote talk to the Chairpersons of Departments of Communication from colleges and universities across the country. They are having their annual gathering later this month at the Hyatt Regency in Lexington, Kentucky. The Chair of…

The miracle of Christmas…the incarnation…is not that the Eternal Christ fully or exclusively indwelled Jesus but that the Eternal Christ fully and completely indwells you and me. The miracle of grace…salvation…is not that there is anything you must do in order to be but just be, the doing will take care of itself. The Miracle…

I often hear people say…heck, the truth is, I have said these things before myself… “Everything happens for a reason” “There are no mistakes” “God never puts more on you than you can handle…” It comes in many sizes and shapes, but it is this notion that life for all of us is sort of…

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 by this criticism? I am not quite sure. Here are a few guesses, however. 1.…

So much of what I do…I do…even while I am thinking of something else. Frequently, for example, I’ll rush through a warm shower at dawn because I am thinking about all those things I must do, as well as the conversations I must have later that day…so I’m thinking about the things that I will…

Lately, Vietnamese Buddhist Monk and Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh, has been on my mind. As you may know, he is still in a coma. We hope and pray for his recovery. Whenever I think of him, however, I am reminded of the beautiful story he tells in his book Living Buddha, Living Christ about…

The Problem with Faith I wish it were easier. It is not, however. In many ways, my spiritual walk was easier when it was not so complicated by faith. When I could reduce it to a catalogue of beliefs, which I did most of my religious life, it was infinitely easer than actually having to…

Several years ago, Christina Aguilera sang a popular song “The Voice Within.” The lyrics go like this: When there’s no one else, look inside yourself Like your oldest friend, just trust the voice within Then you’ll find the strength that will guide your way If you will learn to begin to trust the voice within…

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Dr. Steve McSwain

I'm an Author... Leadership Coach... Counsel to Non-Profits, Faith-based Organizations and Congregations... Adjunct Professor of Communication at the University of Kentucky... Spiritual Teacher... Inspirational and Motivational Speaker.

But not always in this order.

On the university campus, I teach students the Art of Communication. In my public talks, however, I teach leaders the Art of Leading; I teach everyone the Art of Living...so that... when you come to the end...

and, you will come to the end...

You're able to look back on life feeling... Fulfilled... Accomplished... Content, Peaceful, and Happy, too...

Knowing your brief but important journey has made this world a more... Conscious... Compassionate, and... Charitable place.

What could possibly be more important than this?

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