From The Publisher
Last month, I wrote about several challenges facing me. One of them was my concern for our editor, David, as he faced open-heart surgery May 24. I'm pleased to report that all the challenges I wrote about have melted into blessings, but none so dramatically as David's situation. The speed and completeness of his recovery have amazed his doctors and inspired me: less than a week after his operation, he was off pain medications; 12 days afterward, he returned to work part time; as of June 21, he resumed his full-time schedule! Starting with an already always-positive attitude, David actively planned for and achieved sure and swift healing. I'm delighted to turn my column over to him this month so that he can share his remarkable and miraculous story with you.
Gay Marriage? Absolutely!
This is not an essay full of facts and figures. If you want to read up on the history of marriage and its long legacy of discrimination against one kind of people or another, you'll have to go elsewhere. What you're going to get here is a piece of my mind, straight from my heart.
Science, Spirit, and Indigo
So, youve wondered all along what Bart Simpson has to do with the New Age movement. I bet you didnt expect to find your answer here. It turns out, ol Bart is useful for comparison purposes only.
In Search of Transcendence
Years ago, when TV entertainment was cutting its teeth, People Are Funny was the name of a popular show. Gentle in its humor, it steered wide of today's aggressive themes and confrontations. But the show was always good for laughs as it recorded, in a sense, our convoluted thinking and antic behaviors.
While it is not evident to all that Western society has, in many ways, failed us economically, politically, spiritually, psychologically, and philosophically, many are recognizing the need to reevaluate many aspects of our society. It is no longer viable to point fingers at individual behaviors. Blaming the criminal, the delinquent youth, or the drug addict for their actions belies the underlying reasons why many people do what they do. The recognition that dysfunction is first and foremost a social issue is what psychologist Chellis Glendinning elucidates in her book My Name is Chellis and I'm in Recovery from Western Civilization. Glendinning clearly spells out why it is essential that we reevaluate the assumptions, values, and the very structures of Western society. Indeed, a healthy human being is, after all, only as healthy as his or her environment.
Appointment in the Desert
Just when I thought my visit to the monastery was over, Father Gabriel moved closer and spoke in a whisper, his dark eyes glowing beneath the cowl of his order, "I have one more thing I want to show you."
Seasons of Life
We all recognize the changing seasons of nature. Spring greets us with its fresh new beginnings. Everything starts vibrating to a quickened rhythm. Nature starts awakening to its inner beauty. Summer follows, with the fruits of what was begun in spring. Autumn brings forth changes within; leaves start falling from their source. Fruits sweeten. Winter completes the cycle. The fruits of the cycles past are harvested, and nature once again turns inward.
Adding the universal year 2000 (2+0+0+0=2) to the 7th month of July yields the vibration of 9. The 9 month is a time to complete outstanding projects to free up and devote extra energy to your inner life. Take time for reflection and self-renewal this month. By nurturing the nurturer you can more readily dedicate yourself without reservation to serving others with compassion and devotion.