LOGOS

The metaphor of ‘left brain vs. right brain’ is oversimplified, of course, but does have its uses. You know, the idea that the left hemisphere of the brain is concerned with reason and logic, and the right with poetry and imagination. In that sense I think it is safe to say that our culture has…

Idea Sex

When it comes to Creativity, it would seem that 'new' ideas must come either from nowhere or somewhere. The notion of 'creative ideas from nothing' is much like the Christian idea that God created the cosmos ex nihilo — Latin for 'from nothing'. But there's another kind of creativity — combining existing things in new…

Science vs. Spirituality

Science is built on the principle of repeatable experiments: at least in the hard sciences one can repeat any of its experiments and verify the results for oneself. (In the 'softer' sciences like geology, however, it may be a little harder to reproduce results requiring millions of years!) But suppose one actually wanted to take…

Allegory

When I hear the phrase "that old time religion", my thoughts turn to ALL the way back to the first century or so after Christ — as old as Christianity gets! And at that time a very allegorical approach to Scripture was popular if not the norm. Because, for them, the point of Scripture is…

Unquiet Universal Trance

"Nine-tenths of the news, as printed in the papers, is pseudo-news, manufactured events. Some days ten-tenths. The ritual morning trance, in which one scans columns of newsprint, creates a peculiar form of generalized pseudo-attention to a pseudo-reality. This experience is taken seriously. It is one’s daily immersion in “reality.” One’s orientation to the rest of…

“Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”

Meditation on “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”¬† W. Zeitler “Comfort, Comfort Ye My People” Improvisation A few of the hymns in our hymnal have texts of truly ancient origin, and “Let All Mortal Flesh” is one of them. It is an ancient chant of Eucharistic [Communion] devotion based on words from Habakkuk 2:20, “Let…

Inner Dialog vs. Narratives

Inner Dialog is that ongoing conversation we have with ourselves in our heads. Narratives are those ideas and stories we tell ourselves about who we are and our place in the world. Apparently some people say they don’t experience an Inner Dialog (see this article). But we all certainly have Narratives about ourselves: “I am a…

Why Follow the Path?

"Our ego would rather cling to what is known rather than let go and set itself free Why follow the path? to silence the redundant noise to stop the monotonous drone to starve the relentless ego to drop our pretentious programming and finally to find freedom — Carlos Castaneda

Scripture and the Monkey Mind

One approach to our inner dialog/monkey mind is to try to shut it down altogether (essentially the Buddhist approach). Another might be to keep the monkey occupied with something — at least that way it isn’t charging off all over the countryside wreaking havoc. It seems to me that mantras serve that purpose, including repeating…

Beyond the “Jesus Prayer”

The 'Jesus Prayer' is a short formulaic prayer advocated especially within the Eastern churches: "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner." The prayer is particularly prominent in the Orthodox Church. It is often repeated continually as a part of personal ascetic practice, and was particularly esteemed by the fathers and…