Mike Morrell http://mikemorrell.org Opti-mystic meditations on Spirit, Culture, & Permaculture Fri, 17 Nov 2017 01:37:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 28121023 An Idea Over Coffee for the Sweet Baby Jesus (no Trucker Cap Required) http://mikemorrell.org/2017/11/an-idea-over-coffee-for-the-sweet-baby-jesus-no-trucker-cap-required/ http://mikemorrell.org/2017/11/an-idea-over-coffee-for-the-sweet-baby-jesus-no-trucker-cap-required/#respond Fri, 17 Nov 2017 01:31:50 +0000 http://mikemorrell.org/?p=6307

Is it that time of year already? Thanksgiving is next week, and Christmas is coming…how are you feeling? Overwhelmed? Resolute? Confused? Curious? From the latest mass shootings to ongoing political turmoil, from the revelatory heartbreak of #MeToo to cascading ecological devastation, for many of us it’s a tough year to hold out for hope. I want to await the arrival […]]]>
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Containing the Sacred: How Jung Led Me A̶w̶a̶y̶ ̶F̶r̶o̶m̶Toward Christianity | Kenneth Kovacs http://mikemorrell.org/2017/10/containing-the-sacred-how-jung-led-me-toward-christianity-kovacs/ http://mikemorrell.org/2017/10/containing-the-sacred-how-jung-led-me-toward-christianity-kovacs/#comments Mon, 30 Oct 2017 05:22:42 +0000 http://mikemorrell.org/?p=6187

Mike’s note: The 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation is upon us. During this momentous occasion – with much to celebrate, grieve, and be curious about –  it feels appropriate to share this excerpt from the Speakeasy book review selection, Out of the Depths. In these pages, Reformed pastor and scholar Kenneth Kovacs puts the ground-breaking psychological […]]]>
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Re-Visioning Religion | The Story of Our Time | Robert Atkinson http://mikemorrell.org/2017/10/re-visioning-religion-the-story-of-our-time-robert-atkinson/ http://mikemorrell.org/2017/10/re-visioning-religion-the-story-of-our-time-robert-atkinson/#respond Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:37:17 +0000 http://mikemorrell.org/?p=6109

Mike’s note: Here’s an excerpt from the Speakeasy book review selection, The Story of Our Time. In these pages, Dr. Robert Atkinson offers a deeply thoughtful narrative of conscious evolution drawn from the cumulative wisdom of the world’s religions. The Story of Our Time traces love’s unifying power throughout history to love’s presence in our midst. Don’t […]]]>
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Richard Rohr & Mike Morrell talk ‘The Divine Dance’ on Newsworthy with Norsworthy http://mikemorrell.org/2017/10/richard-rohr-mike-morrell-talk-the-divine-dance-on-newsworthy-with-norsworthy/ http://mikemorrell.org/2017/10/richard-rohr-mike-morrell-talk-the-divine-dance-on-newsworthy-with-norsworthy/#respond Wed, 18 Oct 2017 02:34:07 +0000 http://mikemorrell.org/?p=6102

Pastor and podcaster extraordinaire Luke Norsworthy sits Richard Rohr and me down to talk: The Cosmic Christ Spiral Dynamics Prayer: to Jesus or through Jesus? The imago Dei The conservative church’s stability (and its cost) Progressives’ paucity of wonder The secret origins of The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation  The secret origins of […]]]>
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An Open Letter to my Brothers in light of #MeToo http://mikemorrell.org/2017/10/an-open-letter-to-my-brothers-in-light-of-metoo/ http://mikemorrell.org/2017/10/an-open-letter-to-my-brothers-in-light-of-metoo/#comments Tue, 17 Oct 2017 03:46:22 +0000 http://mikemorrell.org/?p=6069

Dear Brothers: Have you noticed it? We’re entering a sea-change. For generations, our unconscious actions and ways of being toward women went unnoticed, were accepted by default, or even celebrated. But in the public sphere, the tide is turning. These altered currents arguably started with Bill Cosby. Then Donald Trump, Roger Ailes, and Bill O’Reilly (“the conservatives”) […]]]>
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Terrifying Freedom | Linda Smith http://mikemorrell.org/2017/08/terrifying-freedom-linda-smith/ http://mikemorrell.org/2017/08/terrifying-freedom-linda-smith/#respond Wed, 30 Aug 2017 06:33:20 +0000 http://mikemorrell.org/?p=6055

What follows is a Speakeasy excerpt from Terrifying Freedom, Linda Anne Smith’s debut novel. Amidst the large number of women joining the community, Sr. Rebecca Marise drew no particular attention. She entered at nineteen with some college education—typical of many—and went through the formation process in stride with the rest. Her reports were consistently positive yet […]]]>
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The Reality and Goodness of the World: Tantric Jesus | James Reho http://mikemorrell.org/2017/08/the-reality-and-goodness-of-the-world-tantric-jesus-james-reho/ http://mikemorrell.org/2017/08/the-reality-and-goodness-of-the-world-tantric-jesus-james-reho/#respond Mon, 28 Aug 2017 03:30:32 +0000 http://mikemorrell.org/?p=6039

What follows is the first of several excerpts from one of this month’s Speakeasy book review selections, Tantric Jesus, wherein Episcopal Priest and tantric initiate James Reho makes a provocative proposal: Original Christian spirituality, as practiced in the early church and by Jesus himself, was tantric in nature. In the West, Tantra often evokes images of arcane rituals or acrobatic sexuality, […]]]>
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“I Have Disarmed Myself” | The Wisdom of Hazrat Inayat Khan http://mikemorrell.org/2017/06/i-have-disarmed-myself-the-wisdom-of-hazrat-inayat-khan/ http://mikemorrell.org/2017/06/i-have-disarmed-myself-the-wisdom-of-hazrat-inayat-khan/#comments Sat, 17 Jun 2017 19:09:11 +0000 http://mikemorrell.org/?p=6003

Someone once asked Inayat Khan – founder of the Sufi Order International (now The Inayati Order) and beloved Murshid (or Teacher) to many – “Are you a pessimist?” “No,”  Pir-o-Murshid replied. “An optimist, but with open eyes.” * * * * * * * Someone said to Murshid, “I heard them talk against you.” “Did they?” said he. […]]]>
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Ask Me Anything: In Conversation with Cara Meredith [Interview] http://mikemorrell.org/2017/06/ask-me-anything-in-conversation-with-cara-meredith-interview/ http://mikemorrell.org/2017/06/ask-me-anything-in-conversation-with-cara-meredith-interview/#respond Mon, 12 Jun 2017 17:12:58 +0000 http://mikemorrell.org/?p=5997

I recently connected with writer, speaker, pastor, podcaster, coach, mama, wife, and activist-theologian Cara Meredith. We talk about The Divine Dance, the writing life, and the experiences that change us. Let’s dive into Cara’s questions, shall we? Tell us a bit about yourself, will you?  Hi Cara – thank you for having me here today. Sure thing! […]]]>
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Raindrops of Love for a Thirsty World http://mikemorrell.org/2017/06/raindrops-of-love-for-a-thirsty-world/ http://mikemorrell.org/2017/06/raindrops-of-love-for-a-thirsty-world/#respond Tue, 06 Jun 2017 17:11:09 +0000 http://mikemorrell.org/?p=5992

Mike’s note: Scripture attests to an astonishing spiritual reality: A world created by, through, and sustained within a God Who’s all-in-all. We are given the dignity to remain in separation concsciousness if we so choose, but we can also “join to the Lord and become One Spirit” with God (1 Corinthians 6:17 ). What follows […]]]>
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