by Doug Hammack | Mar 29, 2020
Whatever helps us become ego-self forgetful, helps us access the Inner Divine, our better angels. No time better for that than this, the time if virus. Have a listen.
by Doug Hammack | Mar 22, 2020
Every day, even as we are overwhelmed, we are determining together: who will we be when the crisis is over? The ancient wisdom provides us a roadmap. Have a listen.
by Doug Hammack | Mar 15, 2020
I am not unaware that for a lot of people, organized religion is a big, big problem. It has been for me too. But what if... What if, under all that toxic craziness, there are deep, human, communal ways -- we find the sacred, find the Divine, we "find God in all...
by Doug Hammack | Mar 8, 2020
Pain is yet another place we experience the Divine, experience the sacred. However, it really can go either way. Pain can either sidetrack us, reinforcing all kinds of false-self distractions, or it can ennoble us, stripping away and refining. Have a listen
by Doug Hammack | Mar 1, 2020
Awe is the humbling feeling we get when we encounter something vast. A sky full of stars. An overwhelming idea. Anything that shrinks the ego-as-self points us toward Divine experience. Let’s talk Sunday.
by Doug Hammack | Feb 23, 2020
We belong. We just do. We may not feel like it, but that doesn’t matter. We belong. And our souls will be hungry, until that reality is actualized in our lives. This week, we talk about how.
by Doug Hammack | Feb 16, 2020
Once we rethink where God is—and imagine the Divine is present in every man, woman, and child, a whole set of spiritual practices open up, to help us Find God in All Things.
by Doug Hammack | Feb 9, 2020
When we think God is far away (in heaven) we expect spiritual experiences to be dramatic—visions or peak experiences. But when we look for the Divine in everything, simple moments—pulling weeds, washing dishes—can become spiritual moments.
by Doug Hammack | Feb 2, 2020
Many who can’t imagine God on a celestial throne, nevertheless feel spiritually connected in the woods or garden. Turns out, a rich part of our tradition, is how to access the Divine here and now, in the juice and joy of the earth.
by Doug Hammack | Jan 26, 2020
After the great religious unraveling that began after WW1, many struggle with that question. This week, we’ll start thinking about where God is now. (It’s good news!)
by Doug Hammack | Jan 19, 2020
World War I began a great religious unraveling in the West. Where is God during war? Or on 9/11? Let’s think together, about fundamentally shifting where we look for God.
by Doug Hammack | Jan 12, 2020
It’s not just a pretty name (though it is). The notion of a Common Thread is rooted deeply in our tradition. We are, every one of us, carriers of the Inner Light. This week: two historical streams that didn’t drop that notion when Rome co-opted our religion—Eastern...
by Doug Hammack | Jan 5, 2020
The church today has been heavily influenced by thoughts and principles coming from the Roman Empire. But there are other Christian heritages from other groups such as the Desert Fathers and Desert Mothers in the 3rd and 4th centuries. Have a listen to learn more.
by Michael Walker | Dec 29, 2019
At the beginning of each year, we return to the same ancient Jewish Psalm that reminds us to number our days - but why? How do we do it? And how can ancient Roman Stoics, paintings from the 17th century, and blog posts from 2015 help us?
by Doug Hammack | Dec 22, 2019
Last week we spoke about how we forgive ourselves. Turns out, if we figure out how to do that, it really helps us forgive others.
by Doug Hammack | Dec 15, 2019
That’s the most frequent question that has come in on menti.com during this lesson.
by Doug Hammack | Dec 8, 2019
Revenge is hard-wired in our brains to protect us from future harm. But it’s really bad at the job! It’s a cure that’s even worse than the disease. There are other tools that are really effective. They’re just counter intuitive.
by Doug Hammack | Dec 1, 2019
In hyper-polarized times it is difficult to access our best selves. How do we find forgiveness for those who bother us, who hurt us? Well, counter-intuitively, revenge serves an important function.
by Michael Walker | Nov 24, 2019
Our culture talks a lot about gratitude, especially at this time of year - but how much of this is actually shallow and ineffective rather than transformational? Sunday, we talked about the danger of transactional thinking and how it can often encourage the misuse of...
by Doug Hammack | Nov 17, 2019
Last week we talked about how our community's history fits in the broader context of religion's meltdown in our society. We talked about how we've been rebuilding in the ruins of religion. Today, we talk about what that will mean for each of us. Have a listen.
by Doug Hammack | Nov 10, 2019
A lot of folks don’t think so. I understand why they think so. But I think history invites us to think more broadly. Today’s lesson is the story of what we’ve been doing as a community, to be part of the future we believe there is.
by Doug Hammack | Nov 3, 2019
We integrate health and well-being into our lives best, when we are supported by a culture and institutions with a shared narrative and shared norms. But our time in history, is a time of stripping down and rebuilding both our norms and our institutions. The work for...
by Doug Hammack | Oct 27, 2019
In a sense, yes. Sex is “just sex.” But there’s more to the story. There are deep psychological, emotional, and relational processes that accompany sex. If we get them right, forever after, isn’t just a pipe dream.
by Doug Hammack | Oct 20, 2019
When we live in imbalance, it harms us. And as a society, we’re out of balance. And — our sex and love — they don’t last. Have a listen.