Enlightened enlightening

Enlightened enlightening

According to Merriam-Webster, enlightenment “is the act or means of enlightening.” It is “the state of being enlightened.” The same dictionary then says enlightening “is providing or tending to provide knowledge, understanding,…

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Qualities that define Humanity

Qualities that define Humanity

  The What What are the qualities we use to define what humanity is? I’d been considering this, recalling a friend’s question about a gifted and generous woman we know:…

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Emptiness as Enlightenment

Emptiness as Enlightenment

by guest blogger Samantha West Reading a friend’s recent post about the loss of his father prompted me to examine the idea of loss within my own life and how…

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Creativity as Enlightenment

Creativity as Enlightenment

The Age of Enlightenment spanned nearly the entire 18th Century. While some historians contend that the 17th C Jewish-Dutch philosopher, Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677), paved the way for this important intellectual and philosophical…

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Enlightenment: Five Views

Enlightenment: Five Views

This month let us take a Lapham’s Quarterly approach to Enlightenment as we look at five very different individuals’ approaches to it. First up, Immanuel Kant. This calls to mind…

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There is no such thing as “enlightenment”

There is no such thing as “enlightenment”

Perhaps “enlightenment” consists of the realization that there is no such thing as “enlightenment.” What do I mean? Well I became preoccupied by this question rather unwillingly at first because…

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Out of this World?

Out of this World?

The Way of Enlightenment is more a preparation than a path, more a journey than an end. The New Message from God  prepares us for two major shifts in humanity’s…

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Disappointed with Religion?

Disappointed with Religion?

Often the way of enlightenment starts with disappointment. And plenty of us become disappointed with religion—its dogma, its rules, its inequality. The G-word is unbearable for some. And it’s perfectly understandable.…

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Enlightenment?

Enlightenment?

E     n     l     i     g     h     t     e     n     m     e     n     t      ? Enlightenment Is…

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The World Needs You. Now.

The World Needs You. Now.

Sometimes on our way to enlightenment a time of awakening comes when ambition and accomplishment cease to satisfy and we see some light coming through the cracks of the life we…

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