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Rethinking Valentine’s Day

“Romantic love is the single greatest energy system in the Western Psyche. In our culture it has supplanted religion as the arena in which men and women seek meaning, transcendence, wholeness, and ecstasy.”


Civilization Class

We have a War on Drugs that includes some holy sacraments, and a War on Terror that might also be a War on Islam. There can be no Santo Daime church in America as a fixed location, and Muslims can't build a mosque without facing protests.


The Yin of Civilization: An Interview with Brian Griffith

I thought women's
religions were a thing of the past, blown away a long time ago by whatever means necessary. So I wondered, how would
women make religion if left to their own devices? And I realized the answer was
staring us all in the face. The great women's religions of India or China were standing there, popular as ever, in the modern world.


A Gate-Crashing Journey at Joshua Tree

Through many years of yoga practice, I had developed an easy talent for accessing unusual
realms of consciousness. Yet I was aware that another set of tools existed for such attainment. Could eating hashish enable me to — as the song by the Doors put it — break on through
to the other side? 


In Goddess We Trust: America’s Spiritual Crossroads

As the world moves into unprecedented upheaval, people turn to spiritual matters to
ease their fears. A case can be made that our
solely patriarchal ideas about the transcendent have been responsible
for many of the ills currently facing our society. Perhaps we need a reaffirmation of allegiance to
our nation's forgotten Goddess.

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