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Dear Jeff Ludwig…

Hi, Jeff, In a recent Facebook comment, you said, “…we tend to have an inflated view of our opinions, as though they were the Truth.” It was in response to a meme that I posted: “Opinions enslave us, truths set … Continue reading

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Are We Spiritual or Physical—notes on the Incarnation

by Michael Maciel The New Age Movement has been criticized (justifiably, in my opinion) of being unable to think critically. Too much is believed simply because people want to believe it, not because it’s true. The Holy Order of MANS … Continue reading

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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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