Mike Morrell

Opti-mystic meditations: Spirit. Culture. Permaculture.

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What’s In Your Envelope? – Sleeping at Last

So let’s press undo. Rearrange the old and call it new – January white.Every calendar is playing the same old trick: A year will disappear, replaced with counterfeit But we’ll never really mind.If nothing else, we’re given a little time To change the game, a chance to redefine Everything we are… In our January white.This […]

God is Born Again: The Advent of Us

The warmest Christmas on record on the U.S. East Coast. A Middle East torn apart by war and a refugee crisis, with the Bible Belt closing its borders to those seeking refuge. A self-satirizing, narcissistic demagogue as the clear favorite of one of our leading political parties. We’re experiencing a climate change, in our inner and […]

When college alone doesn’t cut it.

  I’m curious: When did your vocational dreams and realities begin to diverge? For me, it started in college. I was a Journalism major, with minors in Creative Writing and Religion. I lived to get to the bottom of a story, and share that story with passion and craft. I grew up admiring courageous journalists who risked […]

The Agony of Being Connected to Everything in the Universe – Andrew Boyd

What is to give light must endure burning. – Victor Frankel Many of us have set out on the path of enlightenment. We long for a release of selfhood in some kind of mystical union with all things. But that moment of epiphany – when we finally see the whole pattern and sense our place in the cosmic […]

A Speck of Our Source – Sleeping at Last

you fixed your eyes on us, your flesh and blood, a sculpture of water and unsettled dust. when there was bad blood in us, we learned our lesson: genesis to the last generation. so we wrestle with it all- the concept of grace and the faithful concrete as it breaks our fall. our questions are […]

Addiction & Sobriety: Interviewing Dan Maurer

I love comic books and graphic novels. From childhood on, comics have grown with me, from the teenagers of Riverdale High to superheroes like Peter David‘s Incredible Hulk to complex tales of myth and biography. But I’ve never seen a graphic novel like Dan Maurer’s semi-autobiographical Sobriety. I was so moved by its story and even existence that I […]

The Day I Met Jesus: Interviewing Frank Viola & Mary DeMuth

Frank, Mary – why did you write  The Day I Met Jesus? Frank: Back in 2007, I got an idea to create a new genre of Christian literature. I call that genre “biblical narrative.” The new genre would contain autobiographical fiction closely based on the Scriptural narratives and faithful to first-century history. It would also contain a nonfiction […]

Marcus Borg’s Literal Legacy

My friend Carl McColman wrote a moving tribute to the life and legacy of Marcus Borg for Contemplative Journal. Check it out here.

Rene Girard’s Mimetic Theory with Head AND Heart – “Desire Found Me” available now!

  Mimetic Theory: French anthropologist Rene Girard’s exploration of the nature of violence, sacrifice and scapegoating in global religious cultures has moved from an obscure academic idea to an influential – and exciting – interpretative philsophy among Jesus-followers in recent years, inspiring fresh readings of spirituality, human behavior, Scripture, and the very meaning of Jesus himself. But […]

3-6-5 4-3-2-1 – Ignition

My heart burned within me like a molotov cocktail Melting atrophied organs of sense and perception Third eyes blinking open from awakenings rude Iridescent night vision seeing sights long subdued. Tricksters, gods and monsters find themselves drawn in To boys kicking off the covers revealing themselves to be men Without apology. Things hidden share secrets […]