Category Archives: Metaphysics

“The Guest”

Friend, hope for the Guest while you are alive. Jump into experience while you are alive! Think … and think … while you are alive. What you call “salvation” belongs to the time before death. If you don’t break your … Continue reading

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“The Stranger”

Who is this stranger I see in the mirror? I thought I knew—now I’m not so sure. I used to tell ‘my story’, and bemoan my so-called ‘profound problems’ with anyone who would pretend to listen. Now I wonder if … Continue reading

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“The Father’s Promise”

Once there was a father who promised his beloved daughter a pony for Christmas. The daughter was very excited and couldn’t wait! Finally, Christmas Day arrives. The father takes his daughter by the hand and proudly presents her a purebred … Continue reading

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“The Farmer”

There was a ‘zen’ farmer. He had a horse, and one day it ran away. All the neighbors said: “Isn’t it awful that your horse ran away?”The farmer said: “Maybe yes, maybe no.” The next day the horse returned, with … Continue reading

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Mysticism In Religion: Three Ways to View the Sunset

Fr. Richard Rohr Founding Director, Center for Action and Contemplation (Original article is here) “Three men stood by the ocean, looking at the same sunset. One man saw the immense physical beauty and enjoyed the event in itself. This man … Continue reading

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Three Workers—A Parable

There were three workers making bricks. When asked about their job, the first one said, “I hate this job. I hate every moment of what I’m doing. What a miserable life I have.” The second one said, “This job is … Continue reading

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The Limits of Government

They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. Is.2:3-4 What makes a government fundamentally different from a really, really large … Continue reading

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God’s Gender

In Christianity when referring to God, it is obvious enough that ‘Father’ is masculine. But the ‘Spirit’—ah, that is a different matter. ‘Spirit’ in Greek is neuter, but in Hebrew it is FEMININE. Why don’t we start referring to the … Continue reading

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The Cosmos as a Great Mystery

In medieval times the vast majority of folks in Europe were dirt poor, with no opportunity for improvement or even escape (except, perhaps, in the next life). To these peasant folks the power of the King, the Emperor and the … Continue reading

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“A Man’s Got To Know His Limitations”

An extraordinary amount of grief in my life has been caused by beliefs about myself being significantly out of sync with Reality. Hmm, let’s be honest here: beliefs that my knowledge/abilities/good looks/talent/etc. are GREATER than they really are! “A man’s … Continue reading

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