For the past several years, I have been operating two distinct and separate businesses: Authentic Freedom Academy and Temple of the Magdalene. While there has been much overlap between these two aspects of my offering to the world, they individually represent two aspects of my own being. Authentic Freedom Academy represents the more linear, pragmatic, … Read moreMy Love Child
The deeper we move into our inner spiritual work, the more we become aware of the subtle temptations of the ego – especially those we would never have thought of as ego-attachments because our cultural conditioning tells us these are good and benevolent traits. For me, this has come more and more fully to light … Read moreWe Can Only Save Ourselves!
Spiritual bypass can best be described as: “the tendency to use spiritual ideas and practices to sidestep or avoid facing unresolved emotional issues, psychological wounds, and unfinished developmental tasks”(Welwood, J. (2000) . “Between heaven and earth: principles of inner work”. Toward a psychology of awakening: Buddhism, psychotherapy, and the path of personal and spiritual transformation. … Read moreThe Dangers of Spiritual Bypass
If we say that we are Christian but are selective about who and how we love, we are liars. Rather, we are wounded and broken people who have not yet come to know the fullness of God’s unmerited and unconditional love. In order to love in the way Jesus calls us to love, we first have … Read moreLovers and Liars: You Say You’re a Christian?
As the veils continue to fall, unmasking the unholy masculine as it has been present within our world (especially as it has been expressed through sexual violence against women and children), we would be remiss if we did not also acknowledge the unholy feminine and the damage it has done to all of us – … Read moreThe Complicit Feminine – Owning Our Own Unholiness
As the news began to pour in over the allegations of sexual misconduct by Matt Lauer and then Garrison Keillor, social media just as quickly filled with questions of disbelief. I agree that we should all be innocent until proven guilty….but what I found to be most disturbing were the statements defending two “great men” … Read moreZERO Tolerance – what is wrong now WAS wrong then!
Every day as part of my morning ritual, I pull one card from my Gnostic Tarot of the Saints deck (Robert M. Place 2001). For the past three mornings, I have pulled the Death card. While the appearance of this card might strike fear in the hearts of many, I find the Death card … Read moreBig Endings Lead to Big Beginnings
In response to Monday’s blog, You Can Run But You Can’t Hide, Dennis Fuhr, a frequent commenter on this blog shared some profound observations and questions: Your piece has led me to think a little more about the darkness, the shadows. One the one hand there is deep, impenetrable darkness alluded to in the parable … Read moreWhat We Do in the Shadows
The gift and curse of being a catalyst How many times have you heard the light of a candle used as an example of the function of the light “filling a previously darkened room with light?” The problem with this metaphor is that it neglects a critically important aspect of light – the casting of … Read moreYou Can Run but You Can’t Hide!
My latest book, Union – A Year of Spiritual Lessons and Practices with Mary Magdalene is available NOW through Amazon! Mary Magdalene is many things to many people, but to the initiated, she is the Beloved of Christ, his co-equal partner, and guardian of the mystical teachings and practices of the Western spiritual tradition. More … Read moreUnion – Available NOW!