Posts tagged with the category Psychology and Spirituality
Behold, the Suffering God: Christmas within the Shadow of Newtown
In the midst of the holiday cheer, carols, and season’s greetings cards, there is something else that demands our attention, something that cannot be silenced and will not go away. I speak of it not because I’m a pessimist, or even a grave realist, or because I want to dispel any of the seasonal magic to which we are desperately...
December 21, 2012—Is the End Near? Or Will a New Era Begin?
My husband and I recently had the good fortune to travel to Mayan sites in Guatemala and Copan, Honduras. To prepare for our trip, we attended the Maya 2012 Lords of Time exhibit at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. The exhibition explored the current fascination with predictions of a world-transforming...
Western Psychotherapy: Have We Cultivated an Age of Narcissism?
I spoke with a fellow psychotherapist this weekend at the Sixth Annual Conference for the Existential Humanistic Institute in San Francisco about a topic that seems to be presenting itself to me in many circles. It is a topic that I have been motivated to explore because of personal experiences I've encountered, as well as academically and...
Goths, Sadness, and Spirituality
I used to hang around Goth clubs. I would paint my face white, wear a frilly shirt, the whole Goth bit. At this time, even though I was a young man, the people in the clubs were mostly younger than me, and the scene was transitioning from Vampire Goths (people who dressed with imagined old-world elegance) to Indy Goth (people who still liked to...
A Little Ambiguity
A friend commented last night that the whole country is going to Hell because Mr. Obama won the general election, and we voted for a lesbian senator.
"Hell" here is capitalized because this friend meant it literally. We are not living Biblically and are therefore Hell-bound.
I wanted to retort angrily. Oh, so many angry retorts on the tip of my...
Spirituality and Existentialism
Several years ago, Kirk Schneider was interviewed by the student newspaper of the Colorado School of Professional Psychology. The interview asked Schneider what he would be if he were not a psychologist; he responded an “existential theologian.” Existentialism has long included the realm of the transcendent and the role of spirituality in the...
It has been fascinating watching the media go a-gog over former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s announcement of Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan as his Vice Presidential running mate. Fiscal conservatives are rejoicing and celebrating this apparent move to the right by Governor Romney. Social liberals are aghast at the threat Rep. Ryan’s...
In July 2012, Kirk Schneider gave a presentation in Brooklyn, NY, on creating a toolkit for cultivating experiences of awe. The presentation stemmed from two of his books,
How “Detachment” Has Pathologized People Who Need Relationships
ALTRUISM AND INNER PEACE
We humans are social beings. We come into the world as the result of others’ actions. We survive here in dependence on others. Whether we like it or not, there is hardly a moment of our lives in which we do not benefit from others’ activities. For this reason it is hardly surprising that most of our happiness arises in the...
The Day God Died
God died recently. It was a long, slow, painful death. There were times I was forced to turn away because I could no longer bear the agony of witnessing the death of the One who I had held so dearly for so long.
God was who I turned to for answers. God was my rescue, my salvation, my way into heaven and ticket out of hell. God was Omnipotent,...
God Is a Rorschach
God is a Rorschach,
amused hermetic pouring out
soured milk of the white flower
into the needing world,
clouds spreading white ink blots
on a thin, blue parchment sky.
One could lie on their back
for hours, just like children,
and tell stories about their dreams.
If young enough,
they believe their dreams, yet -
believe even more in the shapeshift...
Honoring a Mentor
The end of this month marks the retirement of a man who has been a significant and influential guide in my life. For almost seven years, we worked together as a ministry team in a moderately sized congregation located in Minnesota’s Twin Cities. As I have reflected over the 35 years I have worked, my time with Randy was a time of growth in...