Monthly Archives: October 2017

Symbols—derive the abstract from the concrete

by Michael Maciel The circle with a dot in the center is one of the oldest symbols for God. It dates back thousands of years and maybe longer. No one really knows. And since our best understanding of what this … Continue reading

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Oh, Hell…

by Michael Maciel I think that much of our religious imagery comes from the very deepest parts of our biology. What is the one thing that we share with all forms of life? Isn’t it survival? That’s as rudimentary as … Continue reading

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The Ineffable Name of God

by Michael Maciel The Unmanifest (the formless “no-thing”) is enormous untapped energy. The prohibition against giving it a name is equivalent to today’s saying, “Be careful what you pray for, you just might get it!” Naming the Unmanifest gives it … Continue reading

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Reassess your understanding of sin as “missing the mark”

by Michael Maciel As an archery term, “sin” means not hitting your target. This implies that you’re aiming at something. But it also implies that you might be aiming at the wrong thing, that your goals in life are misdirected, … Continue reading

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Love Isn’t Everything

by Michael Maciel Well, you know………..there’s another way to look at this. It’s not that love isn’t the most important thing. All the great ones throughout history have said that it is. But I think it’s important to remember that … Continue reading

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