Last Night as I Lay Sleeping

By Antonio Machado

Translated by Robert Bly (with small emendations by Jeremy Taylor)

 

Last night as I lay sleeping I dreamed – marvelous error! – that a spring was breaking out here in my heart. I asked: Along what hidden aqueduct, oh water, are you coming to me, water of a new life, […]

The Blind Men and the Elephant

By John Godfrey Saxe

It was six men of Indostan To learning much inclined, Who went to see the Elephant (Though all of them were blind), That each by observation Might satisfy his mind.

The First approached the Elephant, And happening to fall Against his broad and sturdy side, At once began to bawl: […]

Kate Bush–Running Up That Hill

Cosmic Religious Feeling

“How can cosmic religious feeling be communicated from one person to another, if it can give rise to no definite notion of a God and no theology? In my view, it is the most important function of art and science to awaken this feeling and keep it alive in those who are receptive to it.”

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Jellyfish

By Andrea Gibson

Thanks to Maia Raeder for introducing me to Andrea Gibson’s work.

The Answer to Life’s Question

One of the open secrets of life on earth is that the answer to life’s burning question has been inscribed in one’s soul all along. The soul is a kind of ancient vessel that holds the exact knowledge we seek and need to find our way in life. Each life is a pilgrimage intended to […]

Belief and Imagination

By Karen Deal Robinson

I’ve spent most of my life trying to figure out what my theology was, what I believed. But now, after mulling it over for about fifty years, I’ve come to the realization that for me, what I imagine is more important.

As a child I was taken to two Sunday schools, […]

Looking for the Hand of God

By Paul Gibb

Is there a God or Divine Presence that intervenes in our lives? Or is all human experience simply the working out of natural forces and laws?

At the age of five I had an answer. At that time I went around house and neighborhood crying “God, bah humbug!”

But no sooner had […]

The Mandelbrot Set as a Metaphor

by Karen Deal Robinson Introduction

This article is based on a talk I gave in 1992 at Foothills Unitarian Church in Fort Collins. Since then my ideas have changed considerably. My “theology” doesn’t really involve “beliefs” anymore. It’s more about imagery and imagination. The imagery of the Mandelbrot set still speaks to me deeply, but […]

Growing into myself

“I believe God–and to me ‘God’ is just shorthand for the ineffable divine presence–has only one question for us at the end: ‘Did you become yourself?’ We have a seeded self that begins to germinate at birth. Our true goal in life is to become that self.”

Michael Meade, in an interview by John Malkin […]