How are God and sin related? How can we conceptualize these words in mysticism, going beyond the traditional religious definitions and descriptions?
How Our Mind May Construct our Sense of Separation from God
The human mind itself may create the illusion of separation from God or Ultimate Reality, and all other dualities. But how? And why?
Is there Joy without Misery? Good without Sin/Evil?
Can we have one without the other? Possibly not. These may be polar opposites which only find expression when both are possible.
Overcoming Separation is the Spiritual-Mystical Journey
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.
Why Love Another? What for? Mysticism Doesn’t Just Tell Us—It Shows Us!
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.
Why Do we Feel Separate from God/Reality?
We often feel alone in the world, separate from an ultimate or absolute. But why?
Another “First Vision” Account from St. Symeon the New Theologian
St. Symeon the New Theologian (949-1022 AD) was a Byzantine Christian monk and poet, and was canonized as a saint by the Eastern Orthodox church. He wrote much about Christian mysticism, including his own experiences.
Original Sin and Nonduality
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.
A Thesis for the Church
Exactly 500 years ago today, October 31, Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses to a church door that started the Protestant Reformation (31 October 1517). What were those "theses"? Do they have any applicability today?
Sophia von Klingnau’s “First Vision” Account
Sophia von Klingnau was a nun who lived in a convent in Klingnau, Switzerland, sometime in the 13th or 14th century. Her writings were published in the Schwesterbücher (Sister Books).