Author Archives: Michael Maciel

Notes on the Book of Revelation

by Michael Maciel The Letter to the Church of Ephesus has to do with the life-giving function of the desire nature. We have to look to the real reason we are doing what we are doing—what is motivating us? Earth is … Continue reading

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Oneness in Gender and Politics

by Michael Maciel The best analogy for “Oneness,” I believe, is our apparently “dualistic” visual apparatus (our eyes) and the way they work together to give depth to our perception. One eye is not enough. It takes two, not one, … Continue reading

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Prayer As a Remedy for Madness

by Michael Maciel What is prayer? Is it a wishlist to God? Is it adulation, pleading for mercy, demanding justice, or calling for a lifeline? Sure, at times it’s all of those. But that’s not the kind of prayer that … Continue reading

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Frederick Nietzsche on the loss of myth:

“Yet without myth, all culture loses its healthy and natural creative power: only a horizon surrounded by myths can unify an entire cultural movement. Myth alone rescues all the powers of imagination and the Apolline dream from their aimless wanderings. … Continue reading

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Can you ever really know who you are?

by Michael Maciel There is a spiritual experience called “Self-realization,” a term popularized in the spiritual movement by Yogananda’s Self-Realization Fellowship that brings a person face-to-face, so to speak, with their own being. Call it a “point of emergence” or … Continue reading

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What Is the Illumination Event?

by Michael Maciel The central reality of our existence is the Sun at the center of our Solar System. We are immersed in its life-giving energies, as though we were “in” the Sun and not merely revolving around it at … Continue reading

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Where your treasure is…

by Michael Maciel   “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” – Matthew 6:21   Jesus is telling us that we want what we value.   This is actually a straightforward observation of human nature. Whenever we … Continue reading

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Another Way to Pray

by Michael Maciel There’s one type of prayer that we don’t talk about very much—creative prayer. I’m not talking about asking God for favors or using prayer as a last-ditch effort to solve a problem, but rather as a way … Continue reading

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Notes on the Vow of Service

by Michael Maciel The word “vow” seems antiquated, doesn’t it? It sounds so monastic, so religious, so restrictive. In my book, The Five Vows, I tried to develop the idea that vows, unlike the negative baggage they’re burdened with, are really … Continue reading

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What’s the Difference Between Prayer and Meditation?

by Michael Maciel In the Pagan traditions, it was almost easier to pray because the One God was divided up into separate attributes, each one governing different aspects of life. So you knew which God to pray to, depending on … Continue reading

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