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The Single Greatest Spiritual Truth

What Is the Single Greatest Spiritual Truth You Have Ever Learned? I got asked that question today and, after thinking for a moment, I suppose I would have to answer like this: “As soon as you are disposed to being alone with God you are…no matter where you are: in the city, in the monastery, […]

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What Is Salvation, Enlightenment, Awakening? Learning to Let Go…

Fr. Thomas Keating, the Trappist monk, said “Discernment is a process of letting go of what we are not.” “Discernment” is yet another word, similar in meaning to enlightenment, awakening, salvation. All of these words point to the process of “letting go,” as Keating puts it, “of what we are not.” What are we not? […]

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Seeing the Most Obvious…or, the Measure of Enlightenment

Two little fish are swimming along in the ocean one day when they meet an older fish who casually asks them, “Hello fella’s, how’s the water today?” They responded with equal casualness, “Fine, sir” and then, they swim on. After a moment, one of the younger fish looks at the other and asks, “What the […]

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A Van Gogh, I Am!

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 […]

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How to Know God

“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 […]

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