Five hundred years ago, Enlightenment scientists told us all things exist independently. All the social and cultural institutions we now live in, were built on instincts drawn from that basic understanding. Consequently, Western society — and especially the US — lives in a strong soup of hyper-individualism. But if, as quantum scientists have now discovered, […]
Science and spirituality have converged to affirm that we are all connected. Our separateness is an illusion that keeps us from living our lives in spiritual harmony with our interconnected reality. We all suffer the afflictions of living our two-ness illusion – chief among them is fear. Our tradition points us back to oneness. Jesus’ Sermon […]
Since each personality has a bent, each tends toward specific fear-avoiding strategies. As we’re learning to push back against our strategies, this lesson considers a whole menu of ancient spiritual practices, to help us counter a whole spectrum of fear-avoidance strategies. Have a listen.
A healthy dose of righteous indignation can be a powerful catalyst for action toward repairing the earth. …key words being – healthy dose. But, sometimes, our indignation is yet another strategy for avoiding fear. When it is, our effectiveness at being agents of change is blunted. We are blinded to the bigger picture, and cut […]
The regular occurrence of laments in our Christian lectionary cycle testifies to the fact that acknowledging affliction and fear is a healthy and a necessary part of the spiritual journey. When we distract ourselves with comforts and pleasures to avoid feeling our afflictive emotions, we disrupt the transformative process and stunt our spiritual growth.
When we let our technology fool us into believing we are safe and invincible, our tools . . . make us tools. When religion devolves into just another technology we use to allay our fears, we miss the opportunity to transform our relationship with fear and enter into the peace that Jesus offered us – […]
C.S. Lewis lamented that we settle in our lives, far too easily. In this lesson, we see that when we use religion as a tactic to calm our fears, we are settling for a second hand-religion. Religion can do better. It holds out the promise of first-hand transformation. Let’s do that!
Today’s lesson is an introduction to our next series, “Transcending a Religion of Fear.” We look at a point of origin for how religion has so often had an unsavory relationship to fear. When we use religion as a psychological crutch to avoid and distract ourselves from fear, we miss religion’s true gift. When we […]