“I have prayed for years for one good humiliation a day, and then, I must watch my reaction to it. I have no other way of spotting both my denied shadow self and my idealized persona.” ― Richard Rohr, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life No more to read even if it says Read more!
Sunday, April 12, 2015
I finally saw the “Book of Mormon” last night. I knew it would be irreverent but I was still shocked by the provocations offered by creators Trey Parker, Matt Stone (of South Park fame), and Robert Lopez. One miracle of this show is how it blends terrific singing and dancing with ruthless themes. The musical comedy performances delight while the satire cuts deep. Underneath the scatological humor are questions like: How angry are you at God --really? Are you willing to let that anger out? Isn’t it more honest to be angry than to be falsely pious? Don’t you see how piety cuts you off from your true self? And, don’t you see how all religious beliefs are really metaphors?
I can understand why audience members walk out on this show. It offers a brutal ridicule of religious values and propriety in the same way that Jesus offended the pious of his own time. That’s why they killed him.
I think Joseph Campbell would love this show because our culture is struggling to find a new guiding myth. The old literal religions don’t work for many of us. Parker, Stone and Lopez are doing their part to puncture through our cultural conditioning and make room for a new story that can guide us. The show is joyful but the destruction of beliefs carries some pain. Is that why our group was so exhausted after the show?
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Thursday, April 9, 2015
Sunday, June 22, 2014
I've been attending a Quaker Meeting in my area.. I'm always impressed by the leadership and creativity of Quakers that I meet. Is this because some Meetings don't have formal leadership and group members need to step into their own leadership and creativity? I'm hoping more people discover that Quaker worship actually fits our contemporary world very well. Their hour of silent worship has similarities to Buddhist meditation and mindfulness. I've read that Carl Jung thought highly of Quakerism. There are many ways that this religion aligns well with Jungian principles.
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Friday, January 31, 2014
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Monday, December 2, 2013
Struggling to untangle Christmas lights I am struck by the metaphor --my labor to untangle the family trauma. Both seem impossible. Sitting in the twisted mess I'm tempted to take the scissors and cut the lights off the garland. Instead of this glacial, confusing unending task. It is an uncanny symbol for my holiday temptation -- to cut away the knots that squeeze out joy.
But I don't want to be wasteful (or do something I'd regret) so I pull and turn and untangle. I'm separating the garland from the lights, the only way to get to the root of the problem. But finally, after much time, I come to a tangle too challenging. I move the lights away and cut the garland. Or so I think. The cord was there and now the lights are unusable. Is this happening with my family now too? Are we too late to save? Are there too many jumbled wounds?
Despite my best intentions, the cord is cut. Or perhaps the cord needs to be cut so I can get on with my life and the community I seek. © 2013 all rights reserved. No more to read on this post. Even though Blogger says Read more!
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
I love the possible lessons from this story.
On the first day of the week, the trickster God Eshu walked down a country road wearing a strange hat -- red on one side and white on the other. He walked between two friendly neighbors who were plowing their fields.
At lunch the neighbors talked about the stranger who passed their farms.
"What a fine white hat that man wore."
"White? No my friend, the sun must have been in your eyes. It was a brilliant red."
"Are you calling me a liar? It was white as the milk from my cows."
"Do you think I’m an idiot? It was red as the blood I will draw from your nose!"
Their argument soon escalated into a vicious brawl. The neighbors gathered to try to stop them but both men screamed, insisting each was right and the other wrong.
Finally, Eshu the trickster returned. He chastised them and showed them his hat. How sad to lose their friendship in defense of the color of a hat!
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
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Thursday, September 13, 2012
The film is almost complete!
The hardest part of having a vision is seeing what others don't see. Don't despair when they say it can't be done. Work hard, wait, imagine.
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Sunday, August 12, 2012
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Tweet from this morning
Been struggling w/ hurt/anger but ths morning, released. Feeling love for all . Bliss! Compassion is it's own reward. Answers 2 prayer.
I'll try to remember this! Compassion isn't just great for other people, it's a blissful state to live in. A goal for life.
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Friday, June 29, 2012
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
"Wherever a story comes from, whether it is a familiar myth or a private memory, the retelling exemplifies the making of a connection from one pattern to another: a potential translation in which narrative becomes parable and the once upon a time comes to stand for some renascent truth. This approach applies to all the incidents of everyday life: the phrase in the newspaper, the endearing or infuriating game of a toddler, the misunderstand-
ing at the office. Our species thinks in metaphors and learns through stories."
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Write, paint, dream. Walk, play, watch. Where, how can you serve?
Thursday, April 28, 2011
You need only claim the events
of your life to make yourself yours.
When you truly possess all you
have been and done, which may
take some time, you are fierce
Florida Scott Maxwell
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