Category: Psychology

  • Making the Most of Meaningful Coincidence

    JUNG & SYNCHRONICITY – Making the Most of Meaningful Coincidence © 2007 by Debra Moolenaar The more Barbara reflected on a 12th century saint’s words – ‘being a feather on the breath of God’ – the more real feathers she’d find.  One day while walking a labyrinth and grappling with whether to take her vows […]

  • Whom does the Grail Serve? An Interpretation of the Prologue of the Gospel of John

    “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.  In him was life, and the life was the light of men.  The light shines […]

  • Self, Spirituality, and Zen – Journey of the Ox-Tamer

    The concept of ‘self’ is as woolly as that of  ‘spirituality’. Yet today’s Western spirituality seeker must come to grips with both because now he’s so psychologically oriented, the ‘self’ is the centre of his ‘spirituality’.[i] While both mystics and psychologically oriented spirituality seekers often speak in terms of ‘transcending the self’, I suggest they […]

  • The Secret Book of John

    Anger and The Secret Book of John Short fiction by Debra Moolenaar © 2010 “Tomorrow I shall have to tell them.”    Glancing down at my hands, I wince and stuff my wedding ring in my jean’s pocket.  After shuffling across the room, I practice silent arpeggios before the well-stoked fire.  A week before Christmas […]

  • Selling Spirituality – where on the package does it say no pain – no gain?

    Without qualification we accept that a personal sense of self (an ‘I’ that does things and a ‘me’ to whom things are done) is essential for a healthy, happy every-day kind of life. Yet throughout history mystics from all religions have sought the opposite experience of ‘no-self’ to grasp the ultimate truth – a reality […]

  • “Know Thyself” but then what?

    Inscribed over the entrance to the Temple of Apollo at Delphi is the ancient Greek aphorism “Know thyself”.  Certainly good advice.  But before we can follow it, we need to dig deeper into the nature of the ‘self’ that we wish to know. This is harder than you  think.  In the West there is no […]