Meister Eckhart and the ‘Wayless Way’.

What might a medieval German mystic offer spiritual seekers today? This essay is a personal reflection on the teachings of the fourteenth-century Dominican philosopher and theologian, Meister Eckhart, who offers a deeply refreshing perspective on human spirituality, particularly for those like me who have long thirsted for a draught more satisfying than that on offer from many Christian pulpits. Continue reading “Meister Eckhart and the ‘Wayless Way’.”

The Other Son

340467096_640When 18-year-old Joseph Silbers reports for national service with the Israeli military a blood test shows that he is not the biological son of the parents who raised him, Alon, an Israeli Army commander, and Orith, a prominent physician. Inquiries reveal that Joseph is in fact the child of Said and Leila Al-Bezaaz, Palestinians who live in the West Bank, and that the Silbers’ true son has grown up in Palestine as Yacine, the Al-Bezaaz’s son. It turns out that the two boys were accidentally switched eighteen years earlier when the hospital in which they were born was evacuated during a scud missile attack. The revelation turns the lives of the two families upside down, forcing them to reassess their identities, values, and beliefs. Continue reading “The Other Son”

The Spirituality of the Earth

Image“The spirituality of the earth refers to a quality of the earth itself, not a human spirituality with special reference to the planet Earth. Earth is the maternal principle out of which we are born and from which we derive all that we are and all that we have. We come into being in and through the Earth. Simply put, we are Earthlings. The Earth is our origin, our nourishment, our educator, our healer, our fulfilment. At its core, even our spirituality is Earth derived. The human and the Earth are totally implicated, each in the other. If there is no spirituality in the Earth, then there is no spirituality in ourselves.”

From Thomas Berry, The Sacred Universe.

Watch Carl Sagan’s ‘The Pale Blue Dot’.

Prayer for the end of suffering

The Buddhist vision of transcendence is the cessation of suffering, which is not an end to the life circumstances that may trouble us but a deep, transcendent acceptance of life as it is. This video is an exquisite blending of spoken word, chanting and images from the films Earth and Baraka.

‘May the sound of this bell penetrate deep into the cosmos. Even in the darkest spots living beings are able to hear it clearly, so that all suffering in them cease, understanding comes to their hearts, and they transcend the path of sorrow and death.’

The Great Bell Chant: Chanted by brother Phap Niem. Translation read by Thich Nhat Hahn.

Jesus smiled at me today

Jesus smiled at me today, his radiant, beaming, toothless ‘thank you’, life’s extravagant gift. To me. Gracious unearned gift.

YESTERDAY I passed him by. Twice, that I recall. First outside Gloria Jean’s. It all happened in a blink. Continue reading “Jesus smiled at me today”

Russell Brand riffing on awakening to spirituality

In music a ‘riff’ is a brief harmonic phrase that is repeated, often beneath a lead break. Philosophers and other teachers of wisdom from Jesus to Nietzsche did something similar with the ‘aphorism’ a brief, pithy statement, a one-liner that encapsulates a big idea.

Here is the adrenalin-energised Russell Brand dealing in some aphorisms about connecting with the transcendent.

Thank you to my friends at http://www.spiritbath.com for this one.