Category: Reviews

November 26, 2017

From Pride To Neutrality

In Dr. David Hawkins’ “map of consciousness,” courage first registers at the level of 200 on an ascending logarithmic scale of creative power that goes to 1000. Master teachers like Jesus and Buddha calibrate at the top end of the “map,” which Hawkins designates as Enlightenment. Just below the level courage at 200, is the … Continue reading “From Pride To Neutrality”

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June 17, 2017

Keeping Unity Wide Open

At the Unity People’s Convention 2017, held last week in San Antonio, the theme was “Keep Unity Wide Open”. Based on the workshops, seminars, keynotes, musical events, and the optimistic enthusiasm of those in attendance, it is certain the Unity movement is once again poised to be a spiritual leader worldwide. The annual event, which … Continue reading “Keeping Unity Wide Open”

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October 3, 2016

Blessed Are The Peacemakers

In Dr. Roger Teel’s spiritual bestseller, This Life Is Joy, he presents a conceptual structure called “The Seven Pillars of Truth.” In writing about peacemaking, Dr. Teel offers a powerful perspective that acknowledges the spiritual and creative power of truth principles that are available to us, while also reminding us that peacemaking is an inside job. … Continue reading “Blessed Are The Peacemakers”

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April 10, 2016

Stephen Doster’s “Arizona” Is One For The Ages

Stephen Doster is one of Austin music’s secret weapons, at least outside of Austin. Around here, it’s not such a secret. Not counting his collaboration records with Will Sexton and Bill Carter, Arizona is his first solo album, since Rosebud, his power pop chestnut from 1996. However, Arizona is an altogether different affair. Where Rosebud employed the rock muscle of … Continue reading “Stephen Doster’s “Arizona” Is One For The Ages”

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Unity minister and metaphysical author, Eric Butterworth's classic book, Discover the Power Within You, makes the point that "your thought is your life."

September 10, 2015

The Greatest Discovery of All Time

In the “Foreword to the 40th Anniversary Edition” of Eric Butterworth’s spiritual classic, Discover the Power Within You, the esteemed poet Maya Angelou acknowledges her affinity for the compelling idea at the very heart of Butterworth’s teachings. Namely, that “the power of God, the essential spirit, is within each of us.” This idea is also at … Continue reading “The Greatest Discovery of All Time”

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Blood On The Tracks Album Cover

April 20, 2011

Tangled Up In Dylan (Or, My Favorite Song Of All Time)

About a year ago, an old friend from high school tagged me on Facebook and asked me what was my favorite song of all time? For a certified lunatic for music such as myself, one might think this kind of question would be impossible to answer. Apparently, my friend had second thoughts about such a … Continue reading “Tangled Up In Dylan (Or, My Favorite Song Of All Time)”

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Harry Nilsson's Second LP, Aerial Ballet, released in 1968, features the hits "One" and "Everybody's Talkin."

April 11, 2011

One Is The Holiest Number (Part II)

Wow! I guess we’ve got it wound pretty tight down here on Earth. It’s lonely and bad being one, and only a step above that being two. When does the joy of being one, or even one with another one, begin to kick in? How many ones does it take before it becomes good,meaning not lonely? … Continue reading “One Is The Holiest Number (Part II)”

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Harry Nilsson's Second LP, Aerial Ballet, released in 1968, features the hits "One" and "Everybody's Talkin."

April 10, 2011

One Is The Holiest Number (Part I)

Over the last year or so, I have undertaken the long-term project of digitizing my vinyl collection. For those of you who know me personally, you know, this is going to take some time. Today, as I write this, I am on a country-rock binge. This means wax platters of Pure Prairie League, Gram Parsons, … Continue reading “One Is The Holiest Number (Part I)”

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The Intersection of Faith And Reason

April 9, 2011

Survival of the Wisest (Part II)

Just so this is clear right up front, I absolutely believe that reason and science are necessary for our evolution. The faculty of reason is a God given power, and is intended for our use. So, contrary to how it might sound, I am actually pro-science. Likewise, I believe that matters of faith, God, spirituality … Continue reading “Survival of the Wisest (Part II)”

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Jonas Salk's influential 1973 book The Survival Of The Wisest

April 7, 2011

Survival Of The Wisest (Part I)

I seriously enjoy learning something new every day, and what I enjoy most is learning what it is I am going to be learning about each day. You with me? For example, just yesterday morning, I was getting my day started with a cup of morning joe and had an inclination to Google “spirituality videos.” … Continue reading “Survival Of The Wisest (Part I)”

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