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Insane for the Light: Psychosis and Mysticism

“Everyone has to have a spirituality and everyone does have one, either a life-giving one or a destructive one. No one has the luxury of choosing here because all of us are precisely fired into life with a certain madness … Continue reading

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Temptations in the Desert

“….the lone and barren sands stretch far away.” Ozymandias, Percy Shelly. “Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour.” I Peter 5:8 (NRSV Bible) The hot, dry desert breeze flows through open windows … Continue reading

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Zane Grey: Solitude and the Western Hero

A bright yellow streak on the triangular head of the Diamondback Rattlesnake glistened in the sunlight as my father held out his hand. The snake’s mouth opened wide; huge yellow, needle-sharp fangs wet with saliva emerged fully from the sheath … Continue reading

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Bread of Heaven, Pan del Cielo

“But a tree is what you make of it, and once, much was made of the pinyon.” Ronald Lanner, The Pinon Pine. In the shadows of the landmark El Tovar Hotel, at the very edge of the Grand Canyon, clusters … Continue reading

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Mutual Dialogue on Religious Differences

“The longest journey is the journey inward.” Dag Hammerskjold, Markings. A clue to encounters with the spiritualities of the world can be found in Hermann Hesse’s novel Siddartha. “One can only pass on knowledge, but not wisdom,” Siddartha explains at … Continue reading

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Finding Your True Self in the Desert

“The desert has a deep personality. It has a voice; and God speaks through its personality and voice. Great elders in all ages…have sought the desert and heard its voice.” Letter to the Student Body of Deep Springs College, President … Continue reading

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Solitude and Silence in Cottonwood Canyon

“The desert empties you…it is not a place wherein you can decide how you want to grow and change, but is a place that you undergo, expose yourself to, and have the courage to face. The idea is not so … Continue reading

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