What It Means To Be A Christian In America Today

What It Means To Be A Christian In America Today
Americans have debated what it means to be religious in politics throughout American history. Because a wide majority of Americans have claimed some form of Christian belief, these debates focused on Christianity. And they continue today.

Why Being A Progressive Christian Shouldn't Be An Oxymoron

Why Being A Progressive Christian Shouldn't Be An Oxymoron
The kind of Christianity that makes headlines today is the Mike Pence brand – conservative and aligned with the United States Republican party – leaving many people to believe, including progressive Christians, the religion is politically irredeemable.

The Power of I Am: Let the Weak Say "I Am Strong"

The Power of I Am: Let the Weak Say "I Am Strong"
Run through as large an inventory as you can of the things that you would like to define your life. Then make the shift in your imagination from an "I am not" or "I am hoping to become" to "I am". Beginning with your inner dialogue, simply change the words that define your concept of yourself.

How To Transform Lives by Dealing with Our Emotions and Feelings

Transforming Lives: Dealing with Emotions and Feelings
When I came to the United States, people did not seem to know very much about Buddhism. We Tibetans realized that it would be beneficial to teach and explain the dharma. We began to talk to people about how to create peace within their heart and peace within the world. We taught how to move beyond suffering.

Walking the Mystical Path of Oneness

Walking the Mystical Path of Oneness
It is fair to say that many folks today are abandoning tra­ditional religion in favor of a deeper, more contemplative spiritual life. Mysticism is becoming more mainstream, and religious dogma is less likely to be accepted without ques­tion.

Jesus Was A Brown-Skinned, Middle Eastern Jew And Why That Matters

jeseus 4 1I grew up in a Christian home, where a photo of Jesus hung on my bedroom wall. I still have it. It is schmaltzy and rather tacky in that 1970s kind of way, but as a little girl I loved it. In this picture, Jesus looks kind and gentle, he gazes down at me lovingly. He is also light-haired, blue-eyed, and very white.

10 Things To Know About The Real St. Patrick

10 Things To Know About The Real St. PatrickOn March 17, people around the world will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by parading in green hats, sporting images of shamrocks and leprechauns

The Greatest Moral Challenge Of Our Time Is How We Think About Morality Itself

The Greatest Moral Challenge Of Our Time Is How We Think About Morality Itself
It would be easy to conclude that there’s a deficit of morality in the world today. That if only people were more motivated to behave ethically, if only they made morality more prominent in their thinking, then the world would be a better place. But, I’d argue that there’s not a lack of morality in the world; there’s too much.

Everything You Think, See, And Do Is A Prayer

Life Is Your Prayer and A Continuous Request to the Universe
Life is a prayer in the sense that it is a continuous request to the universe. God understands our desires not just through the occasional utterances that we call "prayers" in the traditional sense, but through every thought we think, every word we speak, and everything we do.

Finding Peace and Happiness: Three Aspects of the Buddhist Path

Finding Peace and Happiness: Aspects of the Buddhist Path
Buddhist teachings are often summarized in terms of the "three principle aspects of the path": renunciation, compassion, and the wisdom realizing emptiness. The first step on the path of renunciation is to begin searching for happiness within. Renouncing the world does not mean rejecting the world...

Britannia, Druids And The Surprisingly Modern Origins Of Myths

Britannia, Druids And The Surprisingly Modern Origins Of Myths
The new TV series Britannia, which has won plaudits as heralding a new generation of British folk-horror, is clearly not intended to be strictly historical. Instead director Jez Butterworth gives us a graphic re-imagining of Britain on the eve of the Roman conquest.

How To Become A Magnet For "Luck" and Success

How To Become A Magnet For "Luck" and SuccessCertain attitudes are automatically more magnetic than others. Willingness, cheerfulness, kindness—all wholesome, spiritual attitudes are magnetic. Unwillingness, discouragement, and similar negative attitudes, on the other hand, impair the free flow of energy.

Archetypes of the Divine Human and our Hidden Potential

Archetypes of the Divine Human and our Hidden PotentialSavior archetypal figures reflect a common longing for a new Divine Human. Rather than being copycat myths, they represent allegories of humanity’s universal mystical potential for divine incarnation and the restoration of a sacred universe. The Divine Human comes to heal the culture’s abandonment of the realized divine.

Do You Believe in Miracles? I Don't, But...

Do You Believe in Miracles? I Don't, But...The perfect parking place shows up every time. Teeth with cavities grow new gold fillings seconds after a healer prays. The perfect house becomes available, a job opens, money multiplies, the right people appear... I don’t “believe” in miracles like these; I see them in my daily life...

A Short Course in Manifestation: The First Step in Spiritual Mastery

A Short Course in Manifestation: The First Step in Spiritual Mastery
Realizing that we create everything we experience - no matter how positive or negative it may seem - is the first step in spiritual mastery. But it's only the beginning. Trying to satisfy the endless needs of the ego leads to complete disillusionment. I'm a strong proponent of viewing acts of service as a...

What History Really Tells Us About The Birth Of Jesus

What History Really Tells Us About The Birth Of Jesus

I might be about to ruin your Christmas. Sorry. But the reality is those nativity plays in which your adorable children wear tinsel and angel wings bear little resemblance to what actually happened.

How Some Interfaith Families Solve The December Dilemma

How Some Interfaith Families Solve The December DilemmaAmerican families blend a mix of religious identities and traditions today more than ever. These interfaith dynamics appear in day-to-day life, but the holidays can add extra emphasis.

How Cult Leaders Exploit A Basic Psychological Need

How Cult Leaders Exploit A Basic Psychological NeedCharles Manson, who died Nov. 19, famously attracted a coterie of men and women to do his bidding, which included committing a string of murders in the late-1960s.

Prayer Works With or Without Religion: Try It

Prayer Works: Try It and Persist!There is a large billboard sign along the Saw Mill River Parkway north of New York City that reads in big bold letters, “Prayer Works.” There are no other words on the sign. A man named Tom rode by that sign every single day on his way to work. He did not believe in prayer and he scoffed at the sign each day.

Do You Really Ask for Help When You Need It?

Do You Really Ask for Help When You Need It?I ask you to think about this question: do you really ask for help when you need it? If the answer is yes, do you ask for assistance with the little things in your life or only the big-ticket items? And who or what defines little...

What is Karma And What Are Its Effects?

What is Karma And What Are Its Effects?Each of us creates our own karma. Our past thoughts, speech and behavior have shaped our present reality, and our actions (and thoughts and speech) in the present will in turn affect our future. The Buddhist doctrine of karma is not fatalistic. Karma is...

You Are A Miracle! The Mysticism and Mystery of Life

You Are A Miracle! The Mysticism and Mystery of LifeThe deepest mystery, and perhaps the one for which there will never be an answer that will completely satisfy the itch of the intellect, is the miracle of Life itself. In his book The Living Universe, Duane Elgin writes, “American Indian lore speaks of three miracles. The first miracle is that...

8 Things You Need To Know About Poltergeists

8 Things You Need To Know About PoltergeistsHalloween is the time of year when interest in the paranormal peaks and people celebrate all things supernatural. Of particular fascination are stories and tales of ghosts and ghouls and poltergeists.

On Science and Faith and Healing

On Science and Faith and HealingFor every study that suggests a research link between prayer and healing, there are countless counter-arguments, rejoinders, rebuttals, and denials from legions of well-meaning “authorities,” whose principal motivation seems to be to save people from their own faith.

Are Religious People More Moral?

Are Religious People More Moral?A recent study we conducted, led by psychologist Will Gervais, found widespread and extreme moral prejudice against atheists around the world.

How A Growing Christian Movement Is Seeking To Change America

How A Growing Christian Movement Is Seeking To Change AmericaFrom Oct. 6 to 9, 2017, the National Mall in Washington, D.C. was filled with tents, worship music and prayer for the “Awaken the Dawn” rally. The purpose of the event, according to organizer Lou Engle, was to “gather around Jesus,” to pray for the nation and its government. It ended with a day of prayer by Christian women.

What Business Can Learn From Buddhism

What Business Can Learn From BuddhismMillennials, we are told, have a different attitude to work than their elders. They want to work for organisations committed to values and ethics, where there is a higher purpose than simply making a profit.

How to Reconnect with Oneness and Rediscover the Garden of Eden

Oneness: Rediscovering the Garden of EdenSome religious teachings may start out as lessons in Oneness but, over time, they become distorted, reinterpreted to be a lesson that justifies duality. The ancient story of Adam and Eve is one example. A common version of the story explains that humankind is doomed to live in misery because...

Sex And Spirit: The Many Faces Of Ecstasy

Sex And Spirit: The Many Faces Of EcstasyThe Ecstasy of St Teresa of Avila (1647-52) by 17th-century Italian sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini is one of the most famous images of the Baroque period. Located in the Cornaro Chapel, Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria, Rome, the marble sculpture represents Saint Teresa of Ávila, a Spanish nun canonised in 1622, sprawled on a cloud with an angel.

Acceptance Is Seeing the Heart of Others

The New Spirituality: Love and TogethernessReligion has been a divisive force for thousands of years. Yet religions have done much good. They have offered comfort and hope to the masses at a time when their consciousness was closed to true spirituality.

The Law of Your Life: Looking Into The Present With Joy

The Law of Your Life: Looking Into The Present With JoyWe do live in a spiritual universe, a universe that is intelligent and creative, and it is a thing of law and order. The universal Mind contains all knowledge. It is the potential ultimate of all things. To It all things are possible...

Does Being Religious Or Spiritual Make You More Ethical At Work?

Does Being Religious Or Spiritual Make You More Ethical At Work?Can religion and spirituality promote ethical behaviour in the workplace? It’s a contentious issue, but our research comprising interviews with forty Indian top level executives suggests it might.

Why The Catholic Church Bans Gluten-free Communion Wafers

Why The Catholic Church Bans Gluten-free Communion WafersA 2017 letter from the Vatican reminded the world’s Catholic bishops of a rule mandating the use of wheat gluten for the celebration of the Eucharist, a Christian liturgical service called the Mass by Catholics.

Are Natural Disasters Part Of God's Retribution?

Are Natural Disasters Part Of God's Retribution?Conservative Christian pastor John McTernan argued recently that “God is systematically destroying America” out of anger over “the homosexual agenda.” There were others who disagreed over the reasons for God’s anger, but not necessarily with the assumption that God can be wrathful.

A Shamanic Journey To Heal Asthma

A Shamanic Journey To Heal AsthmaSoul retrieval is one of the most effective and well-known practices to restore lost life force. The loss of life force is known as soul loss, and this can take place when we suffer a trauma—an accident, separation from a partner, the death of a loved one--or go through a pervasive period of difficult circumstances.

Discovering the True Sources of Happiness and Unhappiness

source of happinessThe fact that we do not have a well-developed science of happiness today is really quite bizarre. We have an embryonic start in positive psychology, but why weren’t scientists studying happiness from the beginning, when Copernicus was studying the stars? This lack was demonstrated vividly in 1989, when the Dalai Lama...

Is God a Terrorist or Is the Absence of Love the Terrorist?

Is God a Terrorist? Is God a terrorist? No, obviously not. God is love. But not everyone agrees with that. “God is on our side” has been a rallying battle cry since religion was invented. But it’s inaccurate to blame religious differences for our bloody history of killing each other.

How To Lift The Seven Veils of Illusion on the Path to Enlightenment

How To Lift The Seven Veils of Illusion on the Path to EnlightenmentThe journey to enlightenment is the removal of the seven veils of illusion. They can more easily be removed during moments of cosmic light or in special meditations. Alternatively you may wake up one morning feeling that things are different. A veil may have been released during your spiritual journey of the night...

Why We All Need To Walk a Mile in Someone Else's Religion

Walking a Mile in Someone Else's Religion by Steven GreenebaumI was for a number of years the choir director of a First United Methodist choir while all the while remaining, in my own offbeat way, a practicing Jew. Some may see my actions as hypocritical, but I do not. I learned a lot by becoming involved in the music and ritual of another religion.

How to Heal Your Fear-Based Thoughts and Discover Peace

How to Heal Our Fear-Based ThoughtsI realized that peace was the complete absence of fear. It was the feeling of true, pure, untarnished love, the light that shines in all of us, free of any fear-based thoughts or beliefs.So I ask the question: Is it possible to experience that peace on earth? I’m not sure, but I think it’s worth asking for.

A Profound Truth, Not A Cliché: We Are All In This Together

A Profound Truth, Not A Cliché: We Are All In This TogetherThe words 'We are ALL One' have reverberated through the hearts and minds of Humanity in one form or another since the beginning of time. They do not express a lofty platitude or a sweet cliché even though our lower human egos have often perceived them as such. They profess a profound Truth.

What Sharia Law Really Means

Sharia in Arabic means “the way,” and does not refer to a body of law. Sharia in Arabic means “the way,” and does not refer to a body of law.

Just What Is The Shia-Sunni Religious Divide?

Just What Is The Shia-Sunni Religious Divide?The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for two attacks that claimed at least 12 lives in Iran on Wednesday. With this, the flaring tensions between Sunnis and Shias are once again in the news.

The Nature Of Evil: Is Evil A Concept, An Entity or A Behavior?

The Nature Of Evil: Is Evil A Concept, An Entity or A Behavior?Every culture has had its own concept of evil or the devil. In Genesis, there is the famous temptation of Adam and Eve by evil—personified by the snake. While the Hebrew Bible mentions Satan by name only in the book of Job, the idea of evil permeates Jewish mystical and religious thought.

Hag, Temptress Or Feminist Icon? The Witch In Popular Culture

Hag, Temptress Or Feminist Icon? The Witch In Popular CultureYou would have thought that Western society might have grown out of the habit of portraying powerful women as witches, but a trope that usually ended badly for women in the Middle Ages is still being used in the 21st century.

5 Rational Arguments Why God Probably Exists

einstein 5 12The question of whether a God exists is heating up in the 21st century. According to a Pew survey, the percentage of Americans having no religious affiliation reached 23 percent in 2014. Among such “nones,” 33 percent said that they do not believe in God – an 11 percent increase since only 2007. The Conversation

Every Footstep Is The Journey On Our Sacred Trail

Every Footstep Is The Journey On The Sacred TrailThe first time I actually saw a rainbow, its quiet beauty struck my heart with such awe that it touched something deep within me. Just seeing a rainbow catches you quite off guard and somehow just makes you stop and look ... and wonder.

Is The Death Penalty Un-Christian?

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Arkansas executed a fourth prisoner on death row last night. Three days prior to that, the state had done two back-to-back executions by lethal injections in Lincoln County, Arkansas.

Can A Community Be Built On Diversity? The Mormon Church Provides Its Answer

Why It's Time For The Mormon Church To Revisit Its Diverse PastIn an era where traditional church attendance has declined and the fastest-growing religious affiliation in America is the “nones” – those who claim no affiliation with an organized faith – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has continued to expand. The Conversation

How To Gain Inner Strength and Empowerment

How To Gain Inner Strength and EmpowermentMany people are weakened by the influences of others. Negative messages from parents, teachers, clergy, peers, the media, and other manipulative powers hold sway and weigh them down. In a web of confusion and fear, they...

Who Are The Coptic Christians?

Who Are The Coptic Christians?On Palm Sunday, April 9, the Islamic State targeted two Coptic churches in coordinated bombings in the Egyptian cities of Tanta and Alexandria.

Is Temptation Such A Bad Thing?

The Washington Post recently published a profile on Karen Pence, the “prayer-warrior wife” of Vice President Mike Pence.

The Washington Post recently published a profile on Karen Pence, the “prayer-warrior wife” of Vice President Mike Pence.

How Did Celibacy Become Mandatory For Priests?

How Did Celibacy Become Mandatory For Priests?Priestly celibacy, or rather the lack of it, is in the news. There have been allegations of sex orgies, prostitution and pornography against Catholic clerics in Italy.

Taming the Mind and Removing Ignorance

Taming the Mind and Removing IgnoranceBuddhist masters have said that the mind is like a king and the body and speech are like servants. If the mind accepts something, then the body and speech follow. If the mind is not satisfied, no matter how...

What's Missing In The Teaching About Islam

What's Missing In The Teaching About Islam

There has been much misinformation about Islam. Reports in Western media tend to perpetuate stereotypes that Islam is a violent religion and Muslim women are oppressed.

Fine-Tuning Our “Receptors” To A Higher Frequency

Fine-Tuning Our “Receptors” To A Higher FrequencyI am fascinated with the idea of fine-tuning our “receptors” to the higher frequency of joy. Activating spontaneous feelings of upliftment and well-being can become our normal way of life. To help us understand this concept more fully...

How To Use Digital Devices This Lent For Holy Reflection

How To Use Digital Devices This Lent For Holy ReflectionThe season of Lent is upon us. This is a holy season for Christians who seek to identify with Jesus Christ’s 40 days of fasting as he prepared to be tested and later crucified.

What Is The True Meaning Of Mercy?

What Is The True Meaning Of Mercy?The world seems to be witnessing increasing levels of violence, fear and hatred that challenge us each day.

Songs Of Worship: Why We Sing To The Lord

Songs Of Worship: Why We Sing To The LordMany Jews celebrate Shabbat Shirah, the Sabbath of Singing, which commemorates one of the most vivid musical performances in the Hebrew Bible

Leading The Religious Right To The Promised Land

Leading The Religious Right To The Promised LandIt’s been a heady two weeks for right-wing Christian evangelicals. Never before has a president of the United States — not Reagan or either of the Bushes — delivered so much of their agenda in such short order as Donald Trump has just done.

What The Bible Says About Welcoming Refugees

What The Bible Says About Welcoming RefugeesOn Friday, Jan. 27, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that placed a stay on refugees from seven Muslim majority countries.

The Changing Nature of America's Irreligious

The Changing Nature of America's IrreligiousA recent survey of the religious profile of the 115th Congress revealed that despite the increase in the number of Americans who claim no religious affiliation, members of Congress are overwhelmingly religious, with only one member identifying as having no religion.

How To Recognize Your Angel Signs and Messages

How To Learn to Recognize Angel Signs and MessagesSigns left by the angels are meant to help stir and awaken our intuitive nature so that we can expand our conscious connection and deepen our relationship with a higher power. The power is not within the sign itself; the power is within the message that the sign reveals...

Unlock the Doorway to Your Heart: It’s Time For True Self-Empowerment

Unlock the Doorway to Your Heart: It’s Time For True Self-EmpowermentLove enters and exits our physical body through the sacred coordinate within our heart. It permeates every organ, cell, and atom but it does not call any one of these its home within the body. Not even the heart can contain the enormity of love: It merely translates the language of love.

What The Magi Had In Common With Scientists

What The Magi Had In Common With ScientistsPicturesque and exotic, with their crowns and camels, the three kings regularly appear on Christmas cards and in nativity scenes.

Uncovering The Language Of The First Christmas

Uncovering The Language Of The First ChristmasEvery Christmas season, the now typical jokes pile up on social media. Jesus is commended for having a “stable upbringing”. But all this facetious word play prompts me to think a little more seriously about the language used in traditional accounts of the nativity.

Can Astronomy Explain The Biblical Star Of Bethlehem?

Star Of BethlehemBright stars top Christmas trees in Christian homes around much of the world. The faithful sing about the “Star of Wonder” that guided the wise men to a manger in the little town of Bethlehem, where Jesus was born.

How Did We Come To Celebrate Christmas?

How Did We Come To Celebrate Christmas?Christmas is literally “the mass for Christ”, the day on which Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus. The western date for Jesus’ birth is quite arbitrary. It was chosen by Pope Leo I, bishop of Rome...

How To Be Happy: Being the Buddha, Being Love

About Relationship: Being the Buddha, Being LoveHow to be happy? When speaking of relationships, the safest thing to relate to is always Buddha. We can address every being we meet — not only human beings but also animals — as essentially Buddha. In Western terms, we speak of being in the presence of God or meeting God all the time.

Are You A Visionary Shaman?

Are You A Visionary Shaman?I believe that we are all born with a powerful shamanic spirit. Like the rest of the natural world that we are so deeply related to, we are given many wonderful shamanic gifts from our divine source.

How A New Generation Is Changing Evangelical Christianity

How A New Generation Is Changing Evangelical ChristianitySince the late 1970s, American evangelicalism has been largely identified with right-wing politics. Conservative religious values entered the political sphere through movements such as Moral Majority and Focus on the Family that opposed gay rights, abortion, feminism and other liberal issues.

Enhancing and Empowering Your Five Human Senses

Incorporating Your Five Angelic Senses with Your Five Human SensesHumans have five basic senses: smell, taste, hearing, sight, and touch. They also correspond to your five angelic senses. When you incorporate the human and angelic senses together, you'll have more awareness of both your physical and non-physical realities.

If You Want To Experience Peace, Become Peace

If You Want To Experience Peace, Become PeaceThree people sitting at a table with a single candle in its center and talking about the most powerful force in the universe. Each character speaks from the level of his or her own expertise, drawing from their experience examples and insights to support their convictions. In the end...

The Most Powerful Use Of The Voice

The Most Powerful Use Of The VoiceVibrations created by precise combinations of sounds have long been thought to affect living beings and inanimate objects. The most powerful use of the voice in Buddhist belief is reciting a mantra. A mantra is a phrase or sentence, the sound of which embodies the power of...

A Bright Light on the Horizon in the Here and Now

A Bright Light on the Horizon in the Here and NowI've written about the fear of the future and said, "If we dwell in concern over the tomorrows of life, we lose today . . ." Yet hardly a week goes by that I don't receive a letter expressing concern about what's on the horizon. But if we're going to live joyfully...

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