Parapsychology, Spirituality

How This Crazy Journey Began…

For all those who have asked me how I got from being an atheist with a PhD in analytic philosophy to being someone who takes seriously children's memories of past lives...here's a little of how that crazy journey began. I first started opening up to the possibility of meaning and purpose in the universe six years… Continue reading How This Crazy Journey Began…

Book Reviews, Language, psychology, Spirituality, Travel

The boy who wanted to be a Jew

Julius Lester writes in his book Lovesong: Becoming a Jew that as a young black boy growing up in the American South his favorite piece to play on the piano was Kol Nidre, the song that opens the observance of the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur. "When I stop playing," he writes, "there is a painful yearning in my stomach,… Continue reading The boy who wanted to be a Jew

Parapsychology, psychology, Writing

Do Negative Emotions Sharpen Perception?

Lots of people carry in their heads the image of the tortured artist: the writer/painter/musician whose brilliant artistic achievements spring from a soil rich with personal failures, miseries, addictions, and/or mental illnesses. Writing guru Julia Cameron persuasively argues that creativity does not require depression. Or agony. That well-adjusted artists are, actually, quite successful and productive--maybe even more so than the… Continue reading Do Negative Emotions Sharpen Perception?