Who is Mike Morrell? What on heaven & earth is this blog about?


Thanks for spending some time on my blog. If this is your first time here – or your first time in awhile – you might be wondering: Just who is this ‘Mike Morrell’ character, anyway?

That’s a fair question, and a common-enough one in today’s information age.

Yet is it really all about me?

Can we really, meaningfully summarize ourselves by listing our interests and affiliations, opinions and accomplishments?

Or is this all so much ego ephemera?

Here’s how my official bio tends to read these days:

Mike Morrell is the Communications Director for the Integral Theology think-tank Presence International, co-founder of The Buzz Seminar, and a founding organizer of the Wild Goose Festival.

Mike curates contemplative and community experiences via Relational Yoga, the ManKind Project, (H) Opp and Authentic North Carolina, taking joy in holding space for the extraordinary transformation that can take place at the intersection of anticipation, imagination, and radical acceptance.

Mike is also an avid writer, publishing consultant, author coach, futurist, and curator of the book-reviewing community at TheSpeakeasy.info. He lives with his wife and two daughters in North Carolina. You can read Mike’s ongoing exploration of Spirit, Culture, and Permaculture – and receive free exclusive updates – right here.

And all of this is true enough. What else can be said about me? Well, I’m a Living School student. I’m a wannabe contemplative not because of grand mystical aspiration, but in order to stay sane. I think my two daughters are funny and brilliant – both my Academically Gifted (as the school system names her aptitude) daughter and my Down syndrome daughter; they teach me a ton. I’m a lover of last resort, learning the art and craft of partnership day by day.

I’m adopted; a lifelong Southerner raised by a Connecticut Yankee in King (Jimmy) Carter’s court – Georgia. (Also a West Virginian.) I’m a recovering fundamentalist, having grown up in the SBC, A/G, and PCA. After being simultaneously enriched and befuddled by these aggregated acronyms, I spent a decade being shaped by (and shaping) intentional house church communities. I then became the Forrest Gump of the Emerging Church. These days I appreciate all streams of the Christian family, as well as those of other faiths and none at all.

I blog about what I live: finding myself in a place of spiritual simplexity – sinking roots deep into the compost of the seeming decay of our cherished ideas and institutions, drawing from an array of theologies, spiritualities, and praxes intersecting in the noosphere today. I find myself circling ’round to the primal of joy of all-encompassing inclusion in the divine dance of Abba, Isa, and Ruah – and the wordless Mystery that lies beneath.

So what’s the Big Idea of this blog?

It’s the intuition that we suffer a from a collective trauma as a species, its effects being a four-fold dis-integration, or alienation:

  • Alienation from God (or the Sacred)
  • Alienation from ourselves (as both inner beings and embodied creatures)
  • Alienation from each other
  • Alienation from our world (both our social worlds and the physical environment)
This existential ache of separation is the trauma that all religion and spirituality is attempting to heal. The only problem is, our religious and spiritual paradigms were produced by the same mechanisms they seek to overcome – thus, they contain the poison as well as the antidote. Clearly, substantial discernment is needed if we’re to discover the interventions that get us out of this story of separation and back into the felt-sense of re-union with God, self, others and world.
How do we mature as a species and recognize this four-fold re-union? Could (r)evolutionary Bible study, anthropology of our ancestral roots, ancient contemplative wisdom schools, depth psychology, and permaculture design principles have something crucial to offer in putting together this puzzle?
That’s what we’ll explore together on this blog!

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