Listening For The Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirituality by Dr. John Philip Newell — Book Review — Part 3 of 3

Introduction: Listening Within Imagination

In Part 1 of this book review we discovered the Celtic tradition’s emphasis upon seeing the image of God in everything and everyone and why it is best reflected in the biblical character and writings of the “beloved” John the Apostle. …


Listening For The Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirituality by Dr. John Philip Newell —Book Review — Part 2 of 3

Introduction: Listening Within Creation

In Part 1 of this book review we discovered the Celtic tradition’s emphasis upon seeing the image of God in everything and everyone and why it is best reflected in the biblical character and writings of the “beloved” John the Apostle. …


Listening For The Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirituality -by Dr. John Philip Newell — Book Review — Part 1 of 3

Introduction: What a Reawakened Christianity Might Look Like

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that the light was good…Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness’… male and female he created them…God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” -Genesis 1:1,3, 7,31

As a spiritual seeker of nearly a half-century, I must confess…


From Rubble to Redemption — by Jim Jenkins — A Book Review by David Bradshaw, My Idea Factory

“An event has happened upon which it is difficult to speak and impossible to be silent.” -Edmund Burke

From Rubble to Redemption offers readers a fresh reflection on 9–11 — the greatest murder scene in American history — a generation later from a Ground Zero perspective.

Drawing from a lifetime of compassionate, spiritually-driven service, author, pastor and U.S. …


A Journey to Your True Self Through Centering Prayer — A Book Review

If you are interested in reading a good, heart-felt introduction to the daily practice of silent, centering or contemplative prayer and the benefits thereof, this is a good place to start. …


15 Reasons I No Longer Believe in Eternal Damnation

“I believe in hell, but I don’t believe anyone is there.” -Teresa de Avila

“Heaven and hell are more states of consciousness now and later, than geographic places.” -Pope Francis, Pope John Paul II

The historic fear of “hell” is increasingly going to hell.

In it’s place is a growing faith in a loving Creator who invites all into an intimate relationship that will last for eternity.

The best single resource I have found which helped me to make a fundamental paradigm shift away from the “sinners must be punished” worldview is a one-hour audio mp3 from the Center of…


Introducing the 21st Century Contemplative Renewal

Why is there a need for a new, contemplative inter-spiritual renewal in 2021? For millions the isolation of a global pandemic has created a fresh thirst for intimacy, meaningful relationships and unconditional love.

What might the spiritual message of the pandemic be? Could it be that, for a season, we must seek new means of maintaining our family, friendships and spiritual community connections alive via technology?

Or, could it be that spiritual folks could use a Sabbatical from weekly gatherings in church buildings to instead focus on a more inward journey?

Long before the pandemic much of the American…


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).

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 a close friend, due to her workplace not following distancing protocol last December.

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…

David Bradshaw

Contemplative reader, writer, musician

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