Prayer Itself Isn’t Toxic, but Spiritual Leaders Sometimes Can Be

For the past few weeks, I've been reading Amanda Montell's Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism. I'm two-thirds through reading it. In this post, I will discuss two points within the book: the first my critique of how Montell describes prayer, the second some comments I have on toxic leaders in spiritual communities abusing the concept … Continue reading Prayer Itself Isn’t Toxic, but Spiritual Leaders Sometimes Can Be

My (Preliminary) Review of Nolan’s A YEAR OF PAGAN PRAYER

This morning while doing solstice offerings, I opened up Barbara Nolan's A Year of Pagan Prayer: A Sourcebook of Poems, Hymns, and Invocations from Four Thousand Years of Pagan History, turned to December, and found a beautiful prayer for Sunna sandwiched between a traditional Welsh folk song and a Wassail poem from the early 17th … Continue reading My (Preliminary) Review of Nolan’s A YEAR OF PAGAN PRAYER

Seira, transformative experiences, and spiritual materialism

Several years ago, while reading Platonic works, I found myself wondering how I and another devotee of Apollon could have such divergent perspectives and how, both of us presumably having had some kind of experience at the root of that, such a divergence was possible. Later, and as a related question, I started encountering ambiguities … Continue reading Seira, transformative experiences, and spiritual materialism

A Chill, Atmospheric Life Update Post with Several Dream Summaries

Last Thursday, I went on vacation for a few days. This is something that happens annually in the fall because I need to take my vacation days before some of them expire. My favorite way to take expiring PTO during the semester is to do very long weekends because it is less disruptive to meeting … Continue reading A Chill, Atmospheric Life Update Post with Several Dream Summaries