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The Immense Power of the Automatic Self

“Dogma is what you believe, whether you believe it or not.” (Dallas Willard) A Life of One’s Own: Part Six I’ve been writing a series of essays based on Marion Milner’s book A Life of One’s Own1. Milner was British

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What Do I Want?

“ANY CULTURE TELLS YOU HOW TO LIVE your one and only life: to wit, as everyone else does.”  — Annie Dillard1 “What Do I Want?” is not a conversation I could have had with myself as a child or even for

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The Sword

Much of our thinking revolves around a work and reward system.  If I work hard, I’m rewarded. If I don’t work hard, I deal with the consequences. We generally believe the work/reward system governs life – or should. If the

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Should I Worry About Sin?

Teresa of Avila: Interior Castle: Seventh Mansions: Book Four Background Discussions about sin can cause various reactions. Some intuitively recognize there should be appropriate guilt for doing something wrong (e.g. immoral, unjust, unfair). But, for others, the word “sin” surfaces a

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Blessings

Thus you will understand how important it is for you not to impede your Spouse’s celebration of this spiritual marriage with your souls, since this marriage brings so many blessings, as you will see.  (Teresa of Avila) As we enter

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