Welcome to the 21st Century Contemplative Renewal

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Why is there a need for a new, contemplative inter-spiritual renewal in 2021? For millions of people there has arisen a fresh thirst for intimacy, relationships and unconditional love over the last year.

What might the spiritual message of the global Covid-19 pandemic be? Could it be that, for a season, we must seek new means of maintaining family, community and spiritual connections and relationships alive via technology? Or, could it be that those who love God (Christian and otherwise) could use a Sabbatical from weekly gatherings in church buildings — to instead focus on a more inward journey —…


Review: WHAT THE MYSTICS KNOW: Seven Pathways to Your Deeper Self
by RICHARD ROHR, CAC.org
Reviewed by David Bradshaw, Blissfull.org

INTRODUCTION

I’ve been a fan of Richard Rohr since reading “Falling Upward” in 2013 and “Eager To Love” in 2014. Richard Rohr is an authentic spiritual teacher who promotes balancing Christian contemplation with action. His views are a unique blend of orthodox, yet iconoclastic (meaning he’s an equal opportunity religious offender in a good way).

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So, what exactly is a Christian mystic? Since the word mystic has some negative baggage, as in “so heavenly minded they’re of no earthly good”…


“As a man in his last breath drops all he is carrying, each breath is a little death that can set us free.” -Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening

TODAY marks the 40th day since I first tested Covid-19 positive. At age 67 I had always been the picture of good health — never spending even one day in the hospital, until catching Covid from my significant other, due to her workplace not following distancing protocol last December.

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My Covid journey has been full of rude awakenings of which some, as a former smoker of over 20 years, that have…


“Our life is frittered away by detail…Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! Let our affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand.” -Henry David Thoreau, Walden Anyone can complicate matters, but it can take a genius to simplify matters. And that is what philosopher, author and futurist Ken Wilbur is; a modern Einstein-like genius who has developed and written about integral thinking in his 25–30 books over the last half-century — of which my favorite is “A Brief History of Everything.” My experience reading Ken two years ago — because he is such a big thinker — I…


2020 has been a year of metamorphosis for humanity.

For millions, the puzzle pieces of their life have become jumbled amid the 2020 pandemic.

For some, the picture they had of their life, envisioned on the puzzle box cover, is no longer recognizable. A new image may be needed to help to fit these disunited parts back together into a new whole.

Everything from politics… to employment… to personal relationships has been shaken, rattled and rolled so that what remains can hopefully rest upon a firmer foundation.

True spiritual direction is needed. Thankfully, today wisdom traditions are gradually converging to…


by David Bradshaw, My Idea Factory

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Introduction

We speak of love as a single emotion, feeling or decision, but the truth is there are at least two very different varieties that lie beneath a single word: being loved and loving. And beneath that are two sources from which we can draw our love from: human nature and divine nature. The word love, like a multifaceted diamond, sparkles in all directions at once. However, the English word “love” has been diffused by the nuances of it’s many potential meanings. Parents love their children, friends can love one another and lovers may…


Book Review: The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy — What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America’s Next Rendezvous with Destiny
by William Strauss and Neil Howe
Reviewed by David BradshawMy Idea Factory

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Introduction

Do you feel like America is progressing from one crisis to the next? Are we headed toward tragedy, or triumph?

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…” -Ecclesiastes 3

This passage reminds us that history has a seasonality — a flow and a purpose. Understanding that flow can help bring more purpose in our own lives.

When it comes to books discussing future trends, I prefer reading them long after they’re published, to allow enough…


by David Bradshaw, My Idea Factory

Dearest Daughters and Grandchildren,

I have always loved the Easter season and the fond memories of chocolate bunnies, colorful egg hunts and seeing my girls all dressed up in fancy dresses. I also enjoy the longer, warmer days and blooming flowers which remind us that new hopes can spring eternal every year.

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Easter baskets 1980s

But the Easter of 2020 brings with it a very different moment — a global pandemic that threatens our survival full of suffering, from which none are immune.

I am thankful to hear that you are all healthy and making the best…


Rediscovering Your True Self With The Enneagram

“To thine own self be true.”
-Shakespeare, Hamlet

“Grant, Lord, that I may know myself that I may know Thee.”
-Augustine, Confessions

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The Enneagram

Imagine discovering a spiritual tool — which dates back at least 1,700 years to the early Christian Desert Fathers as well as the Sufi mystics — which is capable of empowering you to better understand yourself and others by integrating your ‘false’ self with your ‘True’ self to create a whole, new you! This, in a nutshell, is the benefit of grasping the ancient wisdom and power of The Enneagram, according…


“Government is religion applied to economics.” — R.E. McMasters, No Time for Slaves

The growing economic divide in our nation is reaching a boiling point in 2020. Progressives and Liberals believe the solution is higher taxes and wealth redistribution. Conservatives, Independents and Libertarians believe a better solution is less government and more economic freedom.

Will America lead the world into a new political and economic direction in 2020? Or, perhaps will we rediscover something sacred from our past?

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Economics is defined as “the science of household management, or material stewardship.” Our spiritual foundation forms a basis for our legal foundation…

David Bradshaw

Contemplative reader, writer, musician

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