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Does religion, secularism and spirituality neglect transcendent realisations?

The world would be a poorer place without religion, secular culture and spirituality. There is much to appreciate in the diversity of religious, secular and spiritual experiences. Yet concerns about such experiences and the exaggerated interpretation of their value deserve examination in the light of Transcendence. Continue reading 



  1. You experience difficulties. You react. You become your worst critic. You hate yourself. You feel you are a failure. You see through this conditioned, habitual and self-punishing view. You are friends with yourself. You have transcended this old pattern of prosecutor, jury and judge on your inner life. This is Transcendence.
  2. Your inner life is no longer a prison. You are free. This is Transcendence.
  3. You reflect on a difficult situation. You see how you inflamed it through memory, feelings, thoughts, projections and the manufacturing of a story. You see the Emptiness of it. This is Transcendence.
  4. You find yourself receptive to the Deep. You realise insights, fresh ways of seeing, inner outflows of creativity and fresh visions that you apply. You have transcended the mundane and the ordinary.
  5. You understand a situation that remained problematic, unresolved and troubling. This understanding means the situation stand- under you. This is Transcendence.
  6. There is the capacity to sustain love, friendship and empathy regardless of the behaviour of another or others. Supported with wisdom and stability, this love transcends reactivity and blame.
  7. There is realisation of a profound sense of freedom, of liberation. Such liberation has no colour, shape or taste to it. This freedom is not bound to an experience, a state of mind or series of thoughts. There is no formation to this liberation. Having no formation, this liberation has no beginning, middle or death to it. This is Transcendence.
  8. You meditate on a plant or a painting or piece of music. You realise the plant, painting or music has no essence to. It. It is made up of a composite of multiple conditions. You see the object reveals everything else. There is Transcendence while meditating on the object.
  9. You realise that ‘you’ is not ‘you.’ ‘I’ is not ‘I.’ ‘My’ is not ‘my.’ There is the realisation that these concepts are simply figures of speech. There is no essence to the self as the subject or self as the object. This is Transcendence.
  10. There is realisation of the Infinite, the Limitless and the Eternal. This realisation puts your entire modest, finite life into a perspective. This realisation is Transcendence.
  11. There is the knowing of the ending of karma – old, unhelpful activities and movements from the past impacting on the present. This is Transcendence.
  12. There is realisation of the Ultimate (different languages, such as Nirvana, God, Truth or Awakening). This is Transcendence. Silence and stillness are among the open doorways.

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Religious Rock. 30 of the Best Religious Rock Songs, plus 1

I make a regular pilgrimage on my bike to the local Totnes gym in Devon, UK. I take with me my MP3 player.

For seven years, I have been a paid up member of the Church of Gymism, where I bow down to the barbell and lift some modest weights up to Heaven.

A few days ago, I looked at my Most Played List on the MP3. Lots of songs had lyrics with a certain religious/spiritual flavour.

The word ‘religious’ here makes no reference to a religion or religions. A religious/spiritual flavour carries a deep intimation, a sense of the transcendent, beyond the song and its lyrics. We can find such intimations in all the religions. We can experience spiritual sensitivities in music.

Music offers reminders and revelations of the profound nature of human experience and our capacity to respond to reality.

Let’s dance to that. Let’s move to that.

Rock on….

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The authoritarian personality makes life very difficult for people, especially those he or she has power and influence over.

Authoritarians share a similar psychological posture, which is difficult to address.

The unexamined inner lives of an authoritarian parent/teacher/boss/political master and others oppress sons/daughters/students/employees and citizens. Continue reading 

20 Quotes from Pope Francis

20 Quotes from Pope Francis. A Voice in the World.


Despite being wrapped up in the conservative tradition of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis does not mince his words when it comes to issues close to his heart. Continue reading