Wise Words

  Note: While this is a copyrighted talk, I welcome you sharing it with anyone, as long as you give me credit for it. Opening Blessing: From the American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: “Every man is a doorway through which the Infinite passes into the finite…through which the Universal becomes individual…There is something within […]

My book review of the LSB as published on Amazon BACKGROUND ~ LSB, British authors & WWII: The letters in the anthology “Letters of the Scattered Brotherhood” were originally written by Anglican priests and other religious leaders of the Anglican Church in the UK during the 6-year buildup to the WWII, and the 7 years of […]

  Link to 4-min excerpt of Robin Williams’ 1978 performance  Post from “Upworthiness” August 2014 There’s been a quote going around attributed to Robin Williams that goes as follows: “You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” Here’s where it came from. He was performing at the Roxy in 1978 for […]

G*D’s view of us from the Contemplative’s perspective

by faithgibson on September 15, 2013

Excerpts from Trappist monk Thomas Merton’s ~ A Book of Hours Beginning on pages 176 and paraphrased ever so slightly Accompanied by photos from “The Best Street Art of 2012″ — i.e ordinary cracks in the sidewalk as never seen before! Street artists humanize a crack growing out of a manhole cover into an inspiriting work […]

Yom Kipper Poem: The Afternoon Before the Day of Atonement

by faithgibson on September 12, 2013

reposted from: http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/69505/the-afternoon-before-the-day-of-atonement/ First Edition: Poetry ~ The Afternoon Before the Day of Atonement by meryl natchez I thought I would see seals asleep on the rocks, but the cormorant was the real show, wrestling a twisted length of eel, persistently untwisting with its beak to swallow it whole. Then, as I watched, uncertain whether I’d […]

I awoke in the middle-of-the-night…and decided to meditate upon “my sweet-spot” …that place-inside where I exist comfortably as AWARENESS ….without a steady stream of thought. Whenever I do this, my body experiences a deep, relaxing sigh. I recognize this as being the “pure, positive awareness” that Source IS…and how this is the WellBeing that is always present…available to us for downloading. […]

My Amazon Review by FAITHGIBSON on JUNE 19, 2013 “Letters of the Scattered Brotherhood” is collection of 104 letters about the spiritually-uplifting experience of everyday life that can, with the gentlest of instruction and encouragement, become a dependable part of religion. The instructional letters in the LSB were written by many different authors and originally published in The […]

The Contemplative Conversation Continues ~

by faithgibson on June 17, 2013

I aspire to be a Class A, sure-enough ‘contemplative’ — i.e. play with the big boys. But the more accurate description of my zig-zag spiritual life put me in the category the “Occasional Contemplative”. Like an occasional tourist, I briefly visit that exotic distant land within my own soul, then I fall off the wagon […]

The Good Citizen’s Prayer

by faithgibson on August 6, 2012

Grant us prudence in proportion to our power, Wisdom in proportion to our science, Humaneness in proportion to our wealth and might.   Book of Hours, Thomas Merton; page 156, Kindle position 1504  

We need a Steve Jobs of religion ……

by faithgibson on May 2, 2012

“We need a Steve Jobs of religion. Someone (or ones) who can invent not a new religion but rather a new way of being religious … the new way would be straightforward and unencumbered and absolutely intuitive.” By Eric Weiner — NYTimes December 10, 2011  “American:Undecided about God?”