Trench Warfare Part 2 12-01-2017

The Early Mystics knew the Gospels are an excellent start on the road to integration and wholeness. They are an excellent start to fill in trenches and to dismantle self-serving cultural paradigms. Yet, in order to call a permanent cease fire between dualistic factions within, we need as many tools as possible.

A combination of The Gospels, the theology of The Jesus Paradox, and spiritual practice, keeps our minds and hearts open and supple. This combination has the greatest potential to vanquish the trenches for good and to slowly pry the implements of war from our hands one finger at a time.

The Gospels are an antidote to individualism and prejudice. Centering prayer is an antidote to relentless activity and the addictive process. The Jesus Paradox is an antidote to dualistic thought and absolutism. Combined they spawn synthetic genius, which can dig through even the most divisive calcified cells in our bodies, in our churches, and in society.


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