Can God Work through Corrupt Spiritual Teachers?

BY HARV BISHOP There is no shortage of teachers with profound messages who have stumbled or worse. What do we do with the teachings that come through flawed vessels? “The teacher is inseparable from the teachings,” a respected esoteric thinker recently wrote on Facebook. If their lives don’t match their ideals, the teachings are worthless. […]

Fight Trumpism with Love as the Weapon

What to do on V-Day

On Valentine’s Day an interfaith movement is rising up across the USA and around the world and declaring that revolutionary love is the call of our times. Moral resistance, they say, must be grounded in love. Adyashanti once told me activism needs to based on what we love, not what we fear. This is a […]

No Separation

What does Oneness Mean in a Time of Political Division

BY TIM BOTTA The idea that we are becoming more and more divided and polarized is in the air as the differences between us seem to grow and we are alienated from each other. Some, perhaps alarmists, speculate that worldwide civil conflict is imminent. Is it the destiny of our species to become further divided? […]

Celebrating Ultimate Spiritual Books and Art in 2016

BY HARV BISHOP What does it mean to be a lightworker in our politically divided country? The mystic David Spangler has some ideas. In other ultimate spiritual reads of 2016 a gifted writer famed for encounters with “aliens” joins with a comparative religion professor to find meaning in difficult transcendent experiences. In the second read, […]

From Farting as a Spiritual Practice to Pizzagate: How Wild Theories Gain Traction

BY HARV BISHOP “Since one’s idea of God is always a projection of their human consciousness, one needs to develop that consciousness to high levels to have any useful sense of God.” -Rev. Dr. Jim Lockard Farting was once considered a spiritual practice. Shocking as it may seem now, some spiritual traditions used to wrestle […]

Why Florence Scovel Shinn Matters

The Pioneering Author Left a Defining Mark on New Thought Culture

BY MITCH HOROWITZ The following is the author’s introduction to a new Condensed Classics edition of Florence Scovel Shinn’s final book, The Secret Door to Success, forthcoming in audio and digital from Gildan Media. This book almost never saw publication. It appeared in 1940, the year that Florence Scovel Shinn died. The work of the […]

NEW THOUGHT’S DARTH VADER MOVE

Alt-Right Credits Positive Thinking for Election Results

BY HARV BISHOP How do New Thought, the white nationalists of the alt-right, an uptick in racially based harassment, and the election of Donald Trump connect? A few month’s ago, I would have said that New Thought has nothing to do with those disturbing trends. But New Thought concepts about the power of the mind […]

Holy Ghosts – A Spiritual Look at the Paranormal

Living with Things that Go Bump in The Night

BY HARV BISHOP Imagine children’s toys turning themselves off and on at odd hours, strange noises in the attic and shadowy, ethereal figures in your home. Then imagine that the epicenter of all this apparently paranormal activity is your small child’s bedroom. It sounds like the latest Hollywood ghost movie, but author and book editor […]

Claude M. Bristol and the Metaphysics of Success

BY MITCH HOROWITZ The American metaphysical scene has produced no other figure quite like Claude M. Bristol. Born in 1891, in Portland, Oregon, Bristol had a background as varied as the nation itself: a veteran, a spiritual seeker, a sometime journalist, a sometime businessman, and an enthusiast of the possibilities and powers of the mind. […]