When Prayer is Harmful

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“I’ll pray for you.” “You’re in my prayers!” We typically think of prayer as a good thing, and we’re usually grateful to hear these words. Unfortunately, there are times when prayer functions as a psychic attack on another person or group. When that happens, prayer is harmful—not healing. A sincere prayer to the great Universal …

Everything That Rises Must Converge

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Did you feel it? This past Saturday, the world was supposed to end, according to a Christian fundamentalist prediction. The Rapture, they said, would be on May 21, 2011. Later, of course, they said, “Never mind—now it will happen in October.” And we all made some jokes and had a good chuckle. And yet… What …

Thoughts About Chaz Bono’s Journey

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Chaz was on Oprah today, and the film, “Becoming Chaz,” premieres this week on the OWN network. Chaz and I are the same age, and I have always felt a connection with him that I could not explain. When I was a kid, I was a serious Sonny and Cher fan. I had the albums. …

Jesus was an Idiot – or – We Have a Serious Violence Habit

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I do not actually believe that one of the most important spiritual masters ever to walk this earth was an idiot, but some people apparently do. While singing the praises of the Prince of Peace, many people simultaneously believe that violence is the only way to deal with conflict. Still, Jesus did say stuff like: …