Author Archives: theuncloisteredmystic

I see Him and He sees me

I’ve identified myself as a mystic but up until now haven’t tried to explain what God means to me in concrete terms. Explaining God is a difficult thing to do. The definition of a mystic is someone who has experiences … Continue reading

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The Kingdom of God – Continued

I’d rather these essays not be about my ongoing personal spiritual journey. If you want to know more about me, look in the ‘about’ section. I have a soul friend. He fits the definition given in the Celtic saying “A … Continue reading

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St. Francis and Holy Poverty

Occasionally, because I’m a Third Order Franciscan in the Episcopal Church, I get asked to explain who St. Francis was and what he did. The following essay is something I’ve created to satisfy that request. There is a significant back-story … Continue reading

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The Kingdom of God and a Prostitute Named Mary

A large number of books have been written about secret knowledge taught by Jesus to one disciple or another. This special knowledge and the conspiracy theories that surround the dissemination of the knowledge began shortly after Jesus’ death, with Gnostic … Continue reading

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Christian Fundamentalism and Spiritual Certainty

This post took a long time to write because every paragraph brought up three other ideas that begged to be written. My wife suggests I should write all these other ideas down elsewhere and continue with my writing. That’s not … Continue reading

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My Sister Laughs

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans — John Lennon (of all people). First, my wife’s best friend came for a visit. She and I cleaned out the garage. My wife had stored a large … Continue reading

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In the Grip of T’ai Chi and Beginner’s Mind

From time to time I’ve been asked why I began the practice of T’ai Chi. The answer is that I need regular exercise and I have bad knees. My left knee will swell up if I do any kind of … Continue reading

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Beginner’s Mind Continued

Beginner’s Mind keeps touching my spiritual journey in ways that make me think there is something in the Beginner’s Mind reality to which I need to pay closer attention. It’s hard for me not to try to figure out why … Continue reading

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Beginner’s Mind

My youngest son is very serious about becoming a Buddhist. It’s a heartfelt quest on his part. I’m happy for him. Buddhism will provide him with a depth at his center that has been lacking so far. As his father, … Continue reading

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