Separation seems to be a theme that shows up in every spiritual tradition, and the overcoming of it to union is the goal of the seeker.
In the 1980s there was a group of contemplatives from several different religions that gathered to dialogue, and they came up with eight points of perennial wisdom that they seemed to share in their experience of an Ultimate Reality.
What is Love? How do we know it? How are we One in it? The mystical experience shows us directly not only what Love is, but that we are Love.
Did the idea of "God" only arise with humans? And if so, what does that say about the reality of God, and our relationship with God?
A few short thoughts about my contemplative practice, and what it does for me, in me, revealing Spirit.
We often feel alone in the world, separate from an ultimate or absolute. But why?
At times I feel like much religious terminology and symbolism has failed to bring unity to our modern culture and global society, and that we need new terms and symbols to point to these highest realities for which we yearn. New religious movements often emerge under such conditions (and there are tens of thousands of these movements in the world today). But I'm not sure that helps, but just further divides us, each believing they have "the truth."
This morning I came across a quote in an excellent essay by Daniel Christian Wahl, frequently attributed to the renowned modern theoretical physicist Albert Einstein. Wahl did not misquote him, but it seems to be often misquoted when cited in full.
I had a conversation on Facebook the other day about original sin and its relationship to non-duality. I thought it was a great discussion, and I thought I'd share it again here.