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A Really Exceptional Encounter

From time to time we have encounters in our lives which will have a lasting impact on us for years, sometimes even for life. At the end of April I had such a contact which I know will influence the rest of my days. It was a one-day workshop in France with Alyna Rouelle, a…

The Vision that Grounded my Life

Many years ago I was attending the board meeting of the largest grass roots peasant-farmer movement in Africa, in Ouhigouya (Burkina-Faso in the Sahel). The last day of the meeting I contracted dysentery and as at the time I was following a path of pure spiritual healing (no medicine) I worked on it spiritually. On…

Astonishing healing of prostate cancer … through praise

More and more these days one hears from all sides very striking accounts of healings using amazing non-medical approaches.  I was told the following story by a very dear Belgian friend, and I can vouch for its authenticity.  Increasingly, in years to come, this type of totally unorthodox healings (according to the prevailing materialistic medical…

Who was Jesus, really?

Too easily we forget that Jesus was not a Christian! Jesus was an itinerant Jewish rabbi whom some link to the Essenes, a Jewish splinter group with extremely demanding spiritual practices. His words were not recorded until 70 to 100 years after his death, with all the inevitable distortions this implies. Historians of the New…

The grapes of my body can only become wine

Guest blogger : Jelaluddin Rumi The dissolving of the ego is probably the key challenge of the spiritual path. Until one has really faced this daunting task, one is playing dice, maybe having a nice time, but not doing anything really serious. All those who embark as serious students on the road to true reality…

What impact do my blessings/prayers/meditations really have?

(Our New Year’s blog needs to confer hope and expectation. I hope this one does!) This is a question that I am sure many of us have asked ourselves at one time or another. My dear friend Téo from Toulouse (France), with whom I have exciting spiritual exchanges, recently sent me a text which has…

I am love – a meditation or prayer on identity

It has been my privilege to travel widely through the five continents of the world in the course of a very active existence. I have met people from all walks of life, from prostitutes to presidents, saints and sinners. I have witnessed incredible poverty, amazing acts of daily heroism (especially from women). I have studied…

Grateful – The World in a Bright Light

By Guest Blogger Madisyn Taylor, best-selling author, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the popular inspirational Website DailyOM – dailyom.com  A recognized leader in self-help and New Thought spirituality, she has more than 15 years’ experience in personal development and alternative-healing methodologies. Every day is a blessing, and in each moment there are many things that we…

What constitutes proof?

In a workshop I was privileged to run this summer in the superb setting of a chalet in the Swiss Alps, a woman participant, an MD, shared with us a rare experience with blessing which probably saved her life. She has shared her story in the testimonies section of this website. Some years ago, she…

Blessing is for everywhere, all the time

At a recent workshop on meditation given by a former Buddhist monk in the magical setting of a chalet in the Swiss Alps where I run workshops every summer, I was asked how I blessed people in the public transport system, in the street and other public spaces. I am most grateful for this question…

The collapse of so-called certainties

Probably no other period in human history has experienced such a rapid and generalized collapse of convictions and beliefs as ours, and in practically all areas: from medicine to religion, from the sciences to spirituality, from nationalism to dietary prescriptions… you name it. In practically all sectors, everything is constantly put into question. This is…

To be our true selves

From time to time we will invite guest blogs to this site. We start with Nicolya Christi,  the respected author of some remarkable books on spirituality which have received extremely positive reviews by people like Barbara Marx Hubbard and the founder of the Club of Budapest, Erwin Laszlo, including Contemporary Spirituality for an Evolving World.…

A growing sense of oneness

In a world that sometimes seems to be coming apart when viewed from a purely outside, material viewpoint, one of the most comforting and hopeful signs in the growing sense of oneness that is experienced by millions and probably tens of millions if not more. This is accompanied by the appearance of more and more…

Are trials really blessings in disguise?

A few years ago, I went through a tsunami that swept absolutely everything from under my feet. Here I was, a respected trainer and writer, in a marriage seen by many as a model, in apparent perfect health (I had never used my health insurance since I contracted it decades ago) and with a very…

A Stunning Lesson on Forgiveness

I have a very dear French friend, Meena, who went through one of the most powerful experiences of forgiveness I have ever come across. When she was still in her late teens, she fell head over heels in love with a man just a few years older than her. They got married and had two…

Integrity

Because integrity is such an essential element of the spiritual quest – after all it is one of the many dimension of truth – I felt like sharing my reflections on the theme of being true to oneself – which is the essence of integrity as I understand it. Integrity is a quality of being.…

Do we know how cherished we are?

Marianne Williamson, one of the great figures of the American spiritual scene, has published a superb book of brief daily reflections, A YEAR OF MIRACLES. I would like to quote in its entirety one that I ponder practically every morning at the start of my day: Nothing about your material circumstances has the power to…

Making A Difference

Armel Nibasumba was but a year old when he and his family fled from their home in Burundi before it was burnt down by a mob.  Most of the world’s attention was focused on the 1994 mass killings in Rwanda of ethnic Tutsis by the majority Hutus, but the same tensions were also at play…

No enemies, no hatred

One of the most famous prisoners of opinion in the world today is China’s most well-known political dissident, Liu Xiaobo, who has already served nearly half his 11 year sentence. He holds no animosity towards his Communist jailors or the party that imprisoned him. At the time of his sentencing, he said: “I have no…

The Building of the Servant Nation

For generations, a nation of world servants has, little by little, been building up everywhere. In fact, it has existed as an embryo for far longer, but in the past 30-40 years it has been manifesting itself in a much more concrete manner. It is made up of this invisible yet ever more active network…

Compassion heals

In a fascinating book which just appeared in French, ‘Meditation Saved Me’, the Tibetan monk Phakyab Rinpoche explains how he healed himself of a serious case of gangrene of the foot and tuberculosis of the bones through the power of meditation. His meditation included an important component of compassion for the world. The doctors in…

Who or what is “God”?

Many years ago, I was living in Senegal, W Africa. I lived on a beach between two shanty towns. I was on very friendly terms with the son of the imam of one of the two shanty towns, and one Sunday afternoon I decided I would go to the imam’s home and ask him how…

Dualism and Non Dualism

(Oneness of all things) One can probably say that well over 90 per cent of religions and spiritual paths in the world are dualistic in nature. Everything goes by two: spirit and matter, life and death, good and evil, God and man, heaven and hell, the past and the future, etc. The divinity is pictured…