One Spirit, Many Wells – Chapter 10 (Part II)

More quotes from the Chapter on Meditation and Mindfulness When you want to lay yourself open for the divine like a snare that is hollowed out to its depth like a canopy that projects a shadow from the divine heat and light into your soul, then go into your inner place physically, or to that […]

One Spirit, Many Wells – Chapter 10

Meditation and Mindfulness Meditation is stopping, calming, and looking deeply. -Thich Nhat Hanh, Living Buddha, Living Christ Thus any feeling whatsoever – past, future or present; internal or eternal; blatant or subtle, common or sublime, far or near; every feeling – is to be seen as it actually is with right understanding: “this is not […]

One Spirit, Many Wells – Chapter 9

The Divine “I Am”: Humanity’s Share in Divinity Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise, Christ in the heart of every one who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth […]

One Spirit, Many Wells – Chapter 8

Form, Formlessness, Nothingness Love God as God is a not-God, a not-mind, a not-person, a not-image. – Meister Eckhart There was something formless and perfect before the universe was born. It is serene. Empty. Solitary. Unchanging. Infinite. Eternally present. It is the mother of the universe. For lack of a better name, I call it […]

One River, Many Wells – Chapters 6 & 7

The Feminine Face of Divinity God is understood as mother in the medieval Christian tradition. Mechtild of Magdeburg said: God is not only fatherly, God is also mother who lifts her mother’s cloak wherein the child finds a home and lays its head on the maternal breast. Hildegard of Bingen offers images of a curved […]

One River, Many Wells – Chapter 5

Names for God All the names which the soul gives to God it receives from the knowledge of itself. – Meister Eckhart We call divinity by many names. We might call Divinity God or Allah or Yahweh or Buddha or Christ or Tao or the Goddess or the Great Spirit or Creator or Redeemer or […]

One River, Many Wells – Chapter 4 – My Comments

So here go my comments on the quotes I posted earlier . . . I firmly believe that a community is needed for there to be any kind of development in people, whether that development is spiritual, social, psychological, etc. As I am fond of telling my students, it’s easy to be a practicing Christian […]

One River, Many Wells – Chapter 4

Community & Interdependence Community is the basis of much spirituality around the world . . . [a]and yet so much sense of community has been lost in the modern world. Loneliness in its many guises replaces community. Loneliness often speaks its sad story through addictions of alcohol, drugs, shopping, food, sex. For the human heart […]

One River, Many Wells – Chapter 3

Light We now know that matter is trapped light: slow-moving light; or “frozen” light as physicist David Bohm puts it. Yet, because for every particle of matter in the universe there are one billion particles of light, we are amazed to learn how special matter is, how rare matter is, what a rare gift it […]

One River, Many Wells – Chapter 2

Creation- All Our Relations The ultimate end of the divine will is the divine goodness, and the nearest thing to that among created things is the good of the whole universe. . . . Thus, among created things, what God cares for most is the order of the universe. The whole universe together participates in […]