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Why we need Halloween

This article is published at Christian Today. Local churches are being encouraged to hold ‘light parties’ this Halloween. The idea is to celebrate ‘what’s life-giving and positive’, instead of what’s dark and possibly evil, according the Church of England’s promotional

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Uniting science and religion

I’ve a piece published in the Church Times on the relationship between science and religion. The one line summary: “Mystical experience is a human birthright.”. Here’s the start… IF YOU follow the debate on the relationship between science and religion,

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Psi phenomena

I’ve begun a new series of talks on inner life and seeing with the eye of the soul called How To See Spiritually. Previous talks have looked at why spirituality is important, soul, wonder, interiority, scepticism, parables and ego. Now

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The say of the land

Is language produced by the mind? Romantic theory has it otherwise: words emerge from the cosmos, expressing its soul. Delighted that my essay on the origins of language has been published at Aeon. “Rather, language is one of those phenomena

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Philosophy as Awakening: Stoics, Epicureans and others

Ancient philosophy is radically unlike modern philosophy, in ways that are fascinating and potentially life-changing. It’s clear that pre-socratics such as Pythagoras were more like monks than professors, and Socrates set an agenda that Plato embraced as a remaking of

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New online guide to the imagination

My new online course with The Idler is The Idler Guide to the Imagination. It’s available at half price until Monday 3rd September. It’s a practical and passionate plea for an imaginative approach to life. – It shows how imagination

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Understanding the ego

I’ve begun a new series of talks on inner life and seeing with the eye of the soul called How To See Spiritually. Previous talks have looked at why spirituality is important, soul, wonder, interiority, scepticism and parables. Now I

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Transcendence and ecstasy

The BBC Radio 3 Proms Plus conversation I had with Christopher Harding and Hette Howes on ecstatic states, that ranged from Plato to Catherine of Siena to Timothy Leary, is online as a podcast.

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William Blake’s eternal vision

I wrote this piece for Christian Today, following the unveiling of the beautiful new gravestone for William Blake in Bunhill Fields. On Sunday, hundreds of people gathered in a damp, London cemetery called Bunhill Fields for the unveiling of a

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Spiritual evolution

We live in an unprecedented age for spirituality. Spiritual practices that were originally confined to relatively isolated traditions are being used and investigated by numerous individuals and an increasing number of scientists. In this latest Sheldrake-Vernon dialogue, Rupert and I

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