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Is Prayer Just Intention on Spiritual Steroids?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Here is another nonreligious piece with a spiritual bent from Dana Horton: Is Prayer Just Intention on Spiritual Steroids? (5 minute read) In ministerial school (Centers for Spiritual Living, or CSL) we were taught that there were five steps to ‘proper’ praying. This technique was a little different from the Christian tradition of pleading with […]

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Let’s Unpack Grace

Reading Time: 4 minutes Here, Dana Horton gives us another nugget to think about concerning his ruminations about grace and nontheistic spirituality. Grace is a tough one. It’s a bit like “faith” – very difficult to get religious people to thoroughly nail down a useful coherent definition. Grace can also be affected by other ideas, such as free will. […]

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Light and Spirituality — Metaphor or Real?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Here’s another offering from Dana Horton, for our spirituality hour, this week concerning spirituality and light… Light and Spirituality — Metaphor or Real? (3-minute read) This time of year we see the term “Light” used all the time in religious ceremonies and festivals. What is going on here? Religious symbolism. Judaism, Buddhism, and most other […]

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Is Time Irrelevant in Prayer?

Reading Time: 4 minutes Here’s our weekly foray into non-religious spirituality from Dana Horton, this time dealing with ideas of time and prayer. But by way of introduction, let me quote this article on research into the psychological benefits of prayer: Researchers from Baylor University found that people who pray to a loving and protective God are less likely […]

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What Constitutes an Awakening?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Here is another look at spiritualism from a nonreligious point of view, another guest post from Dana Horton: What Constitutes an Awakening? (5 minute read) It is said that soon after his enlightenment the Buddha passed a man on the road who was struck by the Buddha’s extraordinary radiance and peaceful presence. The man stopped […]

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What Makes a Spiritual Practice Spiritual?

Reading Time: 4 minutes Here’s another guest post from Dana Horton, who gives us more stimulus from a spiritual perspective: What Makes a Spiritual Practice Spiritual? (3 minute read) In New Thought ministerial school our instructors emphasized the importance of maintaining spiritual practices … no matter how busy we were. In theory, these practices keep us buoyed up while […]

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Is the Law of Reciprocity Really a Law?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Here’s another guest post from Dana Horton – thanks! Is the Law of Reciprocity Really a Law? (4 minute read) This week let’s talk about the spiritual law of reciprocity. What makes a law spiritual? It is hard to define a spiritual law. Because … it’s … spiritual. You can’t measure it or quantify it. […]