Inspirational Stories & How-To Guides
In this e-guide, I share how religion can suddenly become an urgent issue when children enter the picture of an interfaith marriage. When we couldn’t find the kind of religions education program for our children that we were looking for, we created it. Here, I tell you what I did to evolve our relationship with religion, and how. I suggest four things you can do right now to solve a problem like religion.
Length: 9 pages
A tragedy occurs and layers of guilt and forgiveness are peeled away for multiple characters. Each peel seems to realign the universe in unexpected ways. What can we learn from this story about seeking, offering, and accepting forgiveness? How can we interpret how our inner and outer lives change as a result of practicing forgiveness?
Powerful on its own, this story may also supplement Interspiritual Day of Forgiveness, or any holiday or event focusing on the practice of forgiveness.
Length: 25 pages
If you’ve ever experienced tension in your spiritual life, you will appreciate this collection of 13 personal, and very short stories of my evolution through the push and pull of formal religion and informal spirituality.
Each story is one-page or less. Each story exposes the tension between religion and spirituality while hinting at how such tension can lead to joyful outcomes.
Length: 13 pages of story (Ages: 12 +)
Transforming Religion Education for Our Global Age
Tensions result from teaching only a religious, or only a secular, worldview. By teaching religious values with an interspiritual approach, parents and teachers can raise their children’s and students’ CQ and SQ (cultural and spiritual intelligence) for success in a multi-cultural, multi-faith, global society. With examples from my own class, I show how to transcend the tensions with a more holistic approach to religion that can benefit our world’s interconnected, greater good. COMING SOON.
My Reading List
Below are links to books I personally recommend for understanding integral philosophy, an evolutionary worldview, the emerging interspiritual age, and philosophy for children.
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Living in Truth, Beauty, and Goodness by Jeffrey Wattles
A guide to developing and practicing a philosophy of life around these 3 primary values.
Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future by Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D. and Steve Bhaerman. Explains how leading-edge science is shattering old myths and rewriting our future story.
Evolutionaries: Unlocking the Spiritual and Cultural Potential of Science’s Greatest Idea by Carter Phipps. Describes our emerging worldview, and its current and former leaders.
Integral Consciousness by Steve McIntosh. An overview of integral philosophy and how it can move our culture forward.
The Presence of the Infinite by Steve McIntosh. Takes integral philosophy deeper into the evolutionary process by which culture progresses.
The Coming Interspiritual Age by Kurt Johnson. Provides an historical overview of the movement towards a unified world.
Integral Life Practice: A 21st-Century Blueprint for Physical Health, Emotional Balance, Mental Clarity, and Spiritual Awakening by Ken Wilber, Terry Patten, et. al.
The Mystic Heart: Discovering a Universal Spirituality in the World’s Religions by Wayne Teasdale. Brother Teasdale is credited with coining the term, interspiritual, to indicate the mystical core at the heart of all the world’s religions.
Why Religion Matters by Huston Smith. Smith describes how different worldviews have adversely affected our relationship with religion and why we need it to be restored.
A Religion of One’s Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World by Thomas Moore. Moore guides readers in bringing spirituality into their lives.
God Without Religion: Questioning Centuries of Accepted Truths by Sankara Saranam. The author argues for an ancient approach to truth via self-inquiry over organized religion.
Sacred Economics by Charles Eisenstein. This book offers an exciting view of how our economic system can change for a more just world.
Philosophy in the Classroom by Matthew Lipman. The case for teaching philosophy to children and why it is important to do so.
Philosophy and the Young Child by Garth Matthews. Dialogues with young children showing they are capable of philosophical inquiry.