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Love, God, and the Expanding Universe

by Michael Maciel What is love? Does it seem crass to try to explain it? Will we lose something by taking it apart, by examining it, how it works, and what its purpose is? Or, by not understanding it, have … Continue reading

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What Does It Mean to Rely on God?

by Michael Maciel Does it mean give up, surrender, do nothing? I suppose in certain circumstances it could, as in when you’re really suffering and you’ve run out of options. But what about when things are going well? What about … Continue reading

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Who’s In Control?

by Michael Maciel If “faith” is the confidence that God will take care of us, then faith itself is a way to control what happens, is it not?   Control is a part of living as an adult. When we … Continue reading

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Letting Go

by Michael Maciel When the God-Self shines outward from within us, as a result of our seeking God, it activates all the dross in us, the stuff we need to let go of. As it comes up, it can be tempting to say, “That’s me…those are my sins.” But letting go of these things is what […]

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How to deal with True Believers

by Michael Maciel In our Post-Truth world, we need to find a way to interact with those for whom belief is more important than facts. And nowhere is this more important than in the arena of religion and religious beliefs. … Continue reading

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What Is Faith?

by Michael Maciel The word “faith” describes the universal presupposition that there is a truth, overarching and eternal, a single principle that governs the universe with absolute inclusivity and at every level, even though we do not know what it … Continue reading

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What Is Spiritual Development?

by Michael Maciel Why should we concern ourselves with “spiritual development”? Isn’t it better to let our spirituality unfold naturally? I think the word “unfold” implies a natural process, whereas the word “develop” implies taking something natural and changing it … Continue reading

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What Is True?

by Michael Maciel The word “faith” describes the universal presupposition that there is a truth, overarching and eternal, a single principle that governs the universe with absolute inclusivity and at every level, even though we do not know what it … Continue reading

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What Is Renunciation?

by Michael Maciel We are awash with the world, saturated by it. From the moment we wake up in the morning until we go to bed at night, our cares and concerns fill our consciousness and shape our thoughts. No … Continue reading

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What Is Holiness and How Do We Get It?

by Michael Maciel Much of what we call “holy” is based on a belief that the world is not. This is a great tragedy. It isn’t that we should behave as though everything is good and therefore we should get … Continue reading

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