Jean MacPhail - used with permission

Spiritual and Inspirational, 'A Spiral Life'.

'I stood before this glorious being... He slowly raised his eyes and looked at me...I felt myself dissolving into wave upon wave of bliss...'
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Spirituality and Art

True art both comes from the heart and speaks to the heart, but this asks something of the witness, too.
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Lessons from Indigenous People

When did you last spend a little time in silent contemplation, thinking deeply about the big issues facing people today?
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Science and Spirituality 3: Some Questions Answered

Science and spirituality both offer ways of understanding our experience of life, nature, and the universe. It is wiser to seek a spiritual comfort zone, rather than a worldly one.
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Science and Spirituality 2

Those in each camp would do well to examine their own weaknesses, rather than entrench themselves in fixed positions and cast blame on real or imaginary enemies.
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What is a Near Death Experience?

The profound effects of NDE's, noticeable to others, include becoming more tranquil and reflective, pursuing revised goals and higher values with renewed determination.
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Meeting a Man With No Feet

'I had no shoes and I cried, until I met a man who had no feet.' Few of us realize just how blessed we really are!

When a Loved One Threatens Suicide

There are no easy answers, but facing the reality of loss sometimes works better than trying too hard to prevent it.
Book Cover photo by Larry

What Kind of Religion is Vedanta?

Vedanta asserts that, whether we know and accept it or not, we are all engaged in the same endeavour: the search for God.
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Spiritual Leadership

To be effective spiritual leaders, our major task is to concentrate on our own spiritual development.
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Lamentation Can Be a Good Thing

The psychological mechanism for dealing with trauma and loss only works when we feel the painful feelings and grow through them, not when we try to suppress them.

A Need For Spiritual Connection

Some 'depressions' respond only to a rekindling of spiritual awareness and provide inspiration, guidance, courage and hope for the Olympics of everyday life.

What Is Prayer?

More skillful than asking for miracles is the regular practice of attuning to the infinite. for sharing

The Wisdom of Age

A writing competition for over-fifties yields surprisingly useful advice and wisdom.
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A Few Words about Peace and Peacemaking

If we, the people, could see ourselves as we really are, there would be no more war, no more cruelty, no more greed.
St Christopher's Hospice - used with permission

Dying Well

A good death involves reaching a profound level of acceptance regarding what has gone before, recognising one's life as complete, enabling one to let go of life freely at its end.
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'All We Need is Love' - The World Congress of Faiths

There was no intention in the WCF of formulating a new religion, nor of appraising the value of existing religions by examining respective merits and defects.
Photo by Tony Marsh, used with permission from Jo McFarlane

Jo McFarlane, Survivor!

Jo's story and her poetry reveal the essential spiritual truth that, however dark and difficult life becomes, hope for a future of love and joy is never to be denied.
Artist Jean Julien - used with permission

How to Save the World

Could the same nightmares we fear possibly also be the soul-stimuli that we need to grow in compassion and love? Bashall


As individuals and family members, the refugees I met were impressive, bringing home the value of treating them as kindly as possible, learning from them - about resilience, courage, perseverance and hope - through every encounter.

Much Ado About Something

Backed by Scripture, by reference to other spiritual writers and psychologists, and with many engaging anecdotes, ‘Much Ado about Something’ offers a rewarding, authentic, up-to-date, ‘holistic’ new vision of the timeless message of Christ.
Larry - book cover photo

Sex and Spirituality

Spirituality is about discovering who we really are, and sexuality is obviously part of that. Neither repression nor over-indulgence lead to lasting joy or spiritual maturity. We each need to find another way.

The Wisdom Mind of Love

It is worth stopping regularly for a period of reflection, to reconcile our 'everyday' mind with our 'wisdom' mind, to avoid the build-up of painful and destructive emotions like anxiety, anger, sadness, hate and greed.

What Is Sufism?

Sufism is not the Islam of fundamentalists but a search for the truth of divine love through direct experience of God. Sufi practices are comparable to those of other faiths.
Larry - from TV movie 'Dr Strangelove'

Nuclear Weapons R'Us - Not!

It takes wisdom, compassion and courage to lay down weapons and offer friendship to those we have formerly mistaken as enemies.
Larry's photo of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary

Life's a Bitch, Or Is It?

When things appear to be going wrong, it pays to review our hopes and expectations; alternatively to find consolation in an adorable pet - like Dilly!
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The Big Mistakes of Religion and Secularism

People have a choice about religion and spirituality: to conform more or less rigidly to accepted teaching, or to think and act independently. Both bring problems, but the issues resolve spontaneously as we grow more mature and find a true set of values to follow
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Thomas Merton at 100

"For me, to be a saint means to be myself." Thomas Merton at 100 remains an excellent social critic and spiritual guide.

Four Types of Madness

We are all mad, all of the time!

Two Halves of the Brain Make a Beautiful Whole

Left brain rational either/or thinking, breaking things down into parts, and right brain unitary, both/and thinking, concerned with experiencing things and people as whole are both important for understanding, appreciating and living life to the full. The task is to mould ourselves, and sympathetically help shape each other into wiser, more compassionate beings.