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FREE WILL and a poem by Will Gaines

POPULAR DREAMS: Do we have free will? Perhaps a useful way to approach this is to turn to our own authority, to turn the question around: “do I or you have free will?” When I look into this for myself, I find that from early childhood, I have never had free will; that, in truth, […]

THE COLORS OF SPIRIT

THE COLORS OF SPIRIT: A Dialogue with Laurel Adams

(First, for context, here’s my 2010 NDL article, followed with comment by Laurel:) BEDTIME STORIES As very young children we are told bedtime stories. Even if our parents never actually read stories to us. We take in all of our life-story at the nipple of life, so to speak. And what we are fed adds […]

Part two: LIVING HERE

Communion-with-Self. I lived the first 38 years of my life pedaling around familiar terrain within sight of the hospital I was born in. Early marriage, family, career, cars and houses – you know it! – the whole imported dream that turns into a nightmare! Of course, these nightmares are exactly what we need to wake […]

Part one:LIVING HERE.

Our average living (if not “normal”) is guided by emotions and intellect, by pleasure and pain, by the habitual self…what’s it like to let the love inherent in our natural well-being guide us in daily aware living? About 30 years ago, at a time when I was poised to begin a decades long search for […]

Guest John Greer: THE SILVER LINING OF SUFFERING

“Darkness is your candle” Rumi. Suffering is endemic to the human condition. Even with the extraordinary advances we in the developed world have made in the quality of daily life, few would deny the suffering that continues to dominate our horizons. In addition to the endless conflict, starvation, and natural disaster we see on the […]