Essential Reads

Can Putting a Price on a Kidney Save Lives?

The idea of putting a value on a human organ seems bizarre—and even unconscionable. But I suggest those intuitions do us more harm than good.

Simulation Break-Out

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on October 10, 2016 in One Among Many
The great simulation, like the matrix, is a religious idea. And as wrong.

Why Are Scientists So Close-Minded?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on October 07, 2016 in Talking Apes
The more you learn about the brain, the more you question the religious teachings of your childhood.

Are You Avoiding Your Fate?

Are you avoiding doing what you're supposed to do with your life? The Old Testament story of Jonah has a message for you.

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Ghost Righter

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on October 19, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
A bit of Halloween fun, let's consider therapy in the afterlife for those who made poor choices while alive.

The Power of Dance to Work with Trauma

In this article, Life, Death and Transformation: Keep Moving, three Turkish therapists learn how to use dance to express the affirmation of life in the face of death-

Trump's Sexism Is Deeply Biblical

By Phil Zuckerman Ph.D. on October 12, 2016 in The Secular Life
The oppression and objectification of women is Biblically-based

How Long Does the Present Last?

How long is the present moment? It depends on how you look at it.

Chi Whiz! Energy Exchanges Between People

Interpersonal energy exchanges seem to take place both in the same space and at a distance.

Music: One of Our Most Profound Creative Achievements

Music evokes an awareness of mystical ‘truths’ that lie beyond the existential reality.
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Deathbed Visions: Part I

Escorts at the Time of Death

The Impact of Devotional Practices on Religious Belief

Although purely devotional practices seem to reinforce explicit religious beliefs, they seem to have little effect on either implicit religious representations or their influence.

Discovering Your Purpose

By John T. Chirban Ph.D, Th.D. on October 03, 2016 in Alive Inside!
Does your life have purpose? How do you know if you’re making the best of it? Where do you find the answers?

Dancing With the Standing Rock Sioux

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on September 30, 2016 in What a Body Knows
Why dance when you are protesting the construction of an oil pipeline?

Is Buddhist Enlightenment Evolving to Become More Communal?

By Dale Wright on September 30, 2016 in Buddhist Enlightenment
That there are good reasons to conclude that the meaning of "enlightenment" in Buddhism is evolving beyond individual spirituality toward deeper communal sensibilities.

Lending a Hand

By Susan Hooper on September 29, 2016 in Detours and Tangents
On two morning walks several months apart, I had starkly different experiences with strangers I thought might need help.
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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.

Oxytocin, Spirituality, and the Biology of Feeling Connected

By Christopher Bergland on September 28, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A groundbreaking new study from Duke University has identified a link between oxytocin and feelings of spiritual connectedness.

The Glory of Doubt

By Hank Davis on September 27, 2016 in Caveman Logic
It takes courage and integrity to express Doubt. Faith is not always a virtue. In fact, it may be a central human failing and we should stop glorifying it.

Happy Birthday Albert Ellis PhD !

By Debbie Joffe Ellis on September 27, 2016 in Tried and True
Albert Ellis PhD - Pioneer, maverick - creator of unique wit and know-er of wisdom, changed the lives of millions through his innovative works, huge body of writings, and example.
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The role of nonjudgment in mindfulness

By Joey Fung Ph.D. on September 24, 2016 in Mindful Being
Can we judge our thoughts without judging our selves?

Marrow: A Love Story: Sitting Down With Elizabeth Lesser

By Mark Matousek on September 23, 2016 in Ethical Wisdom
Author Elizabeth Lesser, talks about her new book, Marrow: A Love Story. It's a sister's tale of becoming a donor and what it taught her about the meaning of love.

Do It Now

By Susan Sparks on September 21, 2016 in Laugh Your Way to Well-Being
Putting off the things you love until later? Life can change in the blink of an eye. Do It Now!

World Psychosynthesis Day

The synthesis of the psyche is an invitation, and in these difficult days, a mandate, towards creating inner and outer peace. Psychosynthesis offers a path towards that.
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Re-Envisioning Commitment

Many of us seek commitment in order to create safe, lasting relationships. But a deeper inquiry might suggest that we need to fine-tune what we're actually committing ourselves to.

Need to Jump-Start Your Spiritual Life?

By Russ Gerber on September 15, 2016 in Our Health
Along life's journey you sometimes need an about-face.


By Graham Collier on September 15, 2016 in The Consciousness Question
Such is the journey of human consciousness.

Resting in Peace

How should we think about our own inevitable mortality?
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Happiness Comes From Within

By Robert Puff Ph.D. on September 11, 2016 in Meditation for Modern Life
With enough practice, you’ll be able to experience true peace of mind regardless of your thoughts.

Searching for Fairies and Stalking the Light

While looking for one, you may find the other.

Finding Peace and Contentment No Matter Where You Are

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on September 06, 2016 in Turning Straw Into Gold
The only way I can describe this experience is to say it was a moment of wishlessness.

Remembering Mother Teresa: Now Saint Teresa of Calcutta

By Debbie Joffe Ellis on September 05, 2016 in Tried and True
People who inspire us by their efforts in helping others remind us of the privilege and fulfillment of providing care, compassion, kindness, and helpful deeds for people in need.

Mother Teresa: In The Shadow of a Saint

Mother Teresa is officially a saint. But her story is not only one of light, but also of shadow—the agony of the absence of her beloved, Jesus. How shall we understand her story?

Ironic Faith: A Healthy Coping Strategy

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 02, 2016 in Ambigamy
An eye-opening trip to Indonesia teaches radical co-existence through ironic, stress-reducing faith.