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Broken-hearted, lost in a labyrinth, encountering angels

PSYCHOLOGICAL LIFE  begins in the imagination. That’s one reason I have a sign in my office, dangling from the mantel, that asks clients if they have a dream to share or if something unusual happened since their last session. The latter — odd, sometimes surreal experiences — often communicate at great depth what is going […]

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Is compassion a lost virtue?

There is a new, wonderful video by Krista Tippett for TED. She is host of the NPR  show “On Being.” I especially like the way she compares tolerance and compassion. Many people inappropriately conflate the two. Followers of James Hillman’s work will be interested to hear that Krista associates compassion with beauty and notes that […]

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Bill Maher screws Bishop Schlong

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What enables Bishop Eddie Long to be such an a**hole

Rev. Eddie Long (or “Schlong”) is the latest homophobic preacher to turn out to be having covert sex with young men. I’ve written a lot over the years about the process behind such behavior. It’s called a reaction formation and it is extremely common. Whenever you hear someone taking a very extreme position on something, […]

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‘Forrest Gump’ for lovable foodie pilgrims

It would be hard to find anyone for whom the title of “Eat Pray Love” doesn’t resonate. The degree of that resonance may differ, but the three words describe activities that support the basic calls to physical, spiritual and psychological wellbeing. Nonetheless, I have not read Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir, which became a New York Times […]

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God, beauty and inhumanity

I know. You’ve read this on a zillion such blogs: I’m a lousy blogger. Just like all the others. Really, blogging is an odd undertaking if you’ve spent years writing for (small amounts of) cash. Anyway, I wanted to post this video if only for my own records. I posted it on Facebook, where every […]

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Rimbaud and Swedenborg — two of a kind?

The current issue of the Gay and Lesbian Review includes an interview with Edumund White about his new biography of the poet Arthur Rimbaud (right). If you know Rimbaud’s work, you already know I’m a huge fan. The name of my blog, “Sacred Disorder,” is taken from a line in his long poem, “Une Saison […]

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A blast of synchronicity, courtesy of Shambhala

Okay, I need to let everyone know that I’m awaking to full enlightenment by 10 p.m. Sunday. This means that after tonight you cannot reasonably question anything I have to say. Of course, it also means that even if you do question me, I’ll respond with such equanimity that you’ll gladly believe the sky is […]

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Higher misumeducation

Just shoot me. This is freaking unbelievable: A Texas legislator is waging a war of biblical proportions against the science and education communities in the Lone Star State as he fights for a bill that would allow a private school that teaches creationism to grant a Master of Science degree in the subject. (Hat tip, […]

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Electroshock and resurrection

I listened to a “Speaking of Faith” program entitled “Biology of the Sprit,” about the work of Sherwin Nuland, today. I’ll write more about that later, but I came across this moving video I wanted to be sure I didn’t lose track of. It’s about Nuland’s experience with electroshock therapy but it’s also a story […]

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