As with most great movies, there are many parallels to our shared experience as human beings in the most recent blockbuster, “The Hunger Games.” I loved this movie. And now, I must read the books. In one of the film’s many memorable scenes, Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), co-star who is in love with Katniss Everdeen […]
“If you want to be happy,” said Leo Tolstoy, “BE.” I used to hear people say this and I would think, “Be what?” I know now, that’s the wrong question. Why? Because it implies there is something you must DO in order to BE. There is nothing, however, you could ever do in order to […]
I have always loved Louis L’Amour’s statement: “There will come a time when you believe everything is finished…that will be the beginning.” I suspect I’ve loved that statement because more than once I’ve believed it was finished…as if it were all over for me. And never more acutely than when all the external trappings of […]
If Jesus and God were one, as he claimed they were (John 10:30). And, if Jesus prayed, as of course he did (John 17:21) that you and God would be one, too. Then, are you and God one? The implied answer is “Of course.” But how would you know? Is there some proof? The fact […]
For much of my adult life, I’ve hidden my inner self from others…my questions, my doubts, my fears, my terror over being judged or worse rejected. In these last few years, however, I’m learning to be more honest, more transparent, more completely and fully myself. I’m finding a kinship with everything as I do…a heart […]
For many, the word salvation, enlightenment, awakening, all conjure up the idea of the arrival at or the achievement of a state of life, living, or awareness that is the reward for “doing” the right thing. You could do nothing, however, to arrive at the place where you are already. You could never achieve what […]
Saint Paul’s words used to trigger a reaction in me. “How can I give thanks for everything? There’s so much that’s wrong in this world.” So, I would spend a great deal of time explaining to myself, and anyone who’d listen, what Paul really meant. I get it now. What really needed fixing was not […]
“There is a season for everything,” said the writer of Ecclesiastes. “A time to hold on and a time to let go.” It’s the season to let go. Leaves are falling everywhere. But, I’ve noticed a curious thing over the years. The giant oak tree that blankets our front yard and shades our entire house […]
ver felt misunderstood? Unfairly attacked? Betrayed? Like you’ve been set up by someone who asks what you think about something but, when you answer, they turn on you like a pack of wolves? Such was the case most recently.
Lately, I’ve been thinking a great deal about faith. It seems to me that many religious people mistakenly confuse faith as trust with faith as belief.
By Dr. Steve McSwain on June 10, 2011 in enlightenment, Enoch walked with God, How to Know God, Kingdom of God, Religion, Spirituality
“I want to know the mind of God,” said Einstein. Me, too. But, for much of my adult life, knowing God, knowing mind, or feeling connected to something grander than myself escaped me, eluded, even evaded me. Then, one day, something happened to me and I made a remarkable discovery. Meister Eckhart was right: “The […]
It seems rather odd to refer to any of what follows as secrets. For one thing, the word “secret” implies that something is hidden and the wisdom below is anything but secret. In some form or fashion, you could find these in virtually any spiritual tradition. Second, “secret” implies that the spiritual wisdom that would […]
Religions have failed humanity. So has the religion, Christianity. While they start out right, they end up wrong. I’m a Christian theologian and much of what I see in the Christian church today, across all denominational lines, is nothing short of insane. If you want to know how to know God, the church is very […]
Why is there so much unhappiness in our world? Where does it come from? How can we find the source of real happiness, bliss, and peace? In groundbreaking new book, The Enoch Factor: Sacred Art of Knowing God, author Dr. Steve McSwain explores the way to find happiness.