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Chill, discreet psychedelic experimentation group?

I've been interested in psychedelics for a while, for recreation as well as the experience and potential introspective and worldview-altering effects. I haven't known anyone who's touched anything psychedelic or hallucinogenic, except maybe cannabis, since college. I would like to find a group supportive of responsible psychedelic drug use. Do such things exist in major cities, and how do I find them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 7, 2014 - 7 answers

Looking for books to nourish my 26yr old soul (Warning: v. picky)

Specifically books about the blossoming of The Self [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Apr 16, 2014 - 31 answers

Sex Visions (not an R&B album)

I'm looking for information about visions or visuals experienced during sex. Not anecdotes, but 1. rigorous scientific work that contextualizes who gets them and why, and 2. artists, writers, or poets who have used them as inspiration in any way. [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Mar 21, 2014 - 6 answers

I want to know about sex & spirituality but New Agey stuff's too woo woo

Do down-to-earth, no-nonsense and accessible-to-the-everyman books/resources on sex and spirituality exist? [more inside]
posted by Zaire on Feb 4, 2014 - 9 answers

Lust, Spirituality, and Religion

Why is lust, pornography, masturbation and unregulated sexuality (i.e., sleeping around) seen as an unfavorable thing for many (if not most) of the world's various philosophies and religions? [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice on Jun 23, 2013 - 34 answers

Why do I keep dreaming about my ex?

Why do I keep dreaming about my ex? YANM Psych etc. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 20, 2013 - 13 answers

Book Pose

I'm looking for a book about yoga. [more inside]
posted by Katine on Feb 18, 2013 - 5 answers

Tips for a family-wide reset?

My wife (27) and I (30) are moving our small family (+2 year old son, -anything that won't fit in 6 suitcases) across the country to Portland, Oregon. In large part we're leaving all of our (supportive, loving) local family and friends looking for adventure and to consciously decide the sort of people we will be (Along with a serious upgrade of location from suburban Central Florida). Have others done a similar reset with themselves or their entire family? Any recommendations on how to be loving and charitable to family and friends while you are leaving and enjoying the next phase? Or pointers on how to meet and embrace a new set of friends and "family"? [more inside]
posted by stickwithjosh on Jan 15, 2013 - 19 answers

I feel a calling to learn more about my religious faith and lead a more spiritual life. How can I do this in a meaningful way when my partner does not share this interest?

I feel a calling to learn more about my religious faith and lead a more spiritual life. How can I do this in a meaningful way when my partner does not share this interest? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 19, 2012 - 15 answers

Metaphysical, medical and media representations of the Double?

Looking for instances, whether fictional, religious or otherwise, of the idea of the "double". [more inside]
posted by Lorin on Sep 30, 2012 - 33 answers

o espírito eo gringo

Can I find a Unitarian Universalist-like church in Rio de Janeiro? [more inside]
posted by allymusiqua on Sep 28, 2012 - 4 answers

Non-fluffy flexibility-promoting exercise classes in Philadelphia?

Where can I get the body workout without the soul workout - in Philadelphia? I'd like to find an exercise class that focuses on flexibility and reducing tension - without the spiritual stuff usually abundant in yoga classes. [more inside]
posted by brackish.line on Aug 23, 2012 - 6 answers

Best blogs, magazines, or forums investigating human condition?

What are some excellent magazines, blogs, or forums that investigate how we should live our lives--not from strictly scientific, academic, faith-based or new-age points of view (though some of any of these is fine)--but through a wider, more eclectic spiritual/ethical lens?
posted by shivohum on Jun 28, 2012 - 4 answers

Conversation on difficult questions

ConversationFilter: How do you talk with someone when a topic you have opposing views on comes up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 17, 2012 - 23 answers

Alternative to God?

What if you don't believe in God anymore? What then? [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on May 6, 2012 - 63 answers

Disappointments of the past begone!

I'm moving into a new office at work on Friday. The previous inhabitant has jokingly suggested I perform a ritual cleansing before I move in. I'm going to take him up on it. How should I go about it? [more inside]
posted by werty on Apr 25, 2012 - 19 answers

What is spirituality

"Being spiritual" - what does it mean? [more inside]
posted by stenoboy on Oct 27, 2011 - 42 answers

Reading List for True Blood Character - Life/Death/Spirituality

Give me a hypothetical reading list for Jesus Velasquez of True Blood. (Warning: True Blood finale SPOILERS inside.) [more inside]
posted by Dukat on Sep 12, 2011 - 3 answers

How does an atheist do a 12-step program?

How do you find a Higher Power in 12-step recovery when you're a hardened atheist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 9, 2011 - 27 answers

Is unity sameness?

Spirituality filter: What does "union with God" or "unity" mean to you? Mystics and religious figures often talk about how union with God/ unity is the final end/ realization in the spiritual path. I have heard many different ideas and interpretations about what this means but am unsure how to think about it. [more inside]
posted by tessalations999 on Apr 16, 2011 - 14 answers

No, that's NOT what karma means.

Are there any people or communities that deal with spirituality as well as social justice & anti-oppression (rather than perpetuate it further)? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Mar 22, 2011 - 17 answers

Are there any Pagan-friendly interfaith monasteries?

I’m a Pagan who wants to live a monastic life. Is there such a thing as an interfaith Earth-based monastery? [more inside]
posted by velvet winter on Mar 16, 2011 - 15 answers

Energy Cord Photography?

What's the name for these "energy cords" and where can I find more photos of them? [more inside]
posted by peachykeen on Mar 3, 2011 - 9 answers

The Human Soul vs. General Anesthesia...

The Human Soul vs. General Anesthesia: I'm looking for reading material on how general anesthesia is viewed by people who hold spiritual beliefs that include the existence of an immortal soul/spirit/energy that is independent of ones physical body. [more inside]
posted by the jam on Feb 10, 2011 - 14 answers

Buddhism resources in West LA?

Can you suggest Buddhist resources - churches, sanghas, gompas, meditation groups, communities - in the Los Angeles Area? [more inside]
posted by jnnla on Jan 20, 2011 - 7 answers

Can I become a better person inside?

Can I become a better person inside? Not just in actions, but in thoughts? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 16, 2010 - 40 answers

God without mood swings

Book recommendation: Emotion and the Christian religious experience. [more inside]
posted by aetg on Nov 17, 2010 - 14 answers

The undue virtue of patience

How can I practice more patience with life? [more inside]
posted by InterestedInKnowing on Nov 5, 2010 - 7 answers

What is the "Inner Life Intensive" workshop like at Kripalu Yoga Center?

Has anyone ever taken the "Inner Quest Intensive" 3-day course at Kripalu Yoga Center in Lenox, MA? I'm thinking about doing it and would like to hear what others' experiences were like. Specifically, what did you actually do during the time there -- how were the days structured, what kinds of practices did you experience? [more inside]
posted by parsley7 on Aug 23, 2010 - 4 answers

"Words are flying out like endless rain into a paper cup" - but not for me, today sadly

What's another word - or phrase - in any language for 'transcendent beauty', or 'the universe is as it should be, relax'? [more inside]
posted by rmm on Jul 19, 2010 - 30 answers

Creating a ritual to help me focus my thoughts

I'm looking to create some kind of ritual to help me with meditation/freewriting/"prayer". Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Jul 3, 2010 - 5 answers

To discover the meaning of life...consult Merriam-Webster.

As an atheist, what sort of activities or practices (that don't involve New Age wankery) can I get into to increase my spiritual welfare?
posted by Christ, what an asshole on Oct 30, 2009 - 65 answers

Is this guru for real?

What do you know about Nithyananda and the Life Bliss Foundation? Should I be worried that my partner is embracing this new spiritual path that is so alien to me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 4, 2009 - 15 answers

Dead chicken + money + cigar = ?

What cultural or spiritual practice involves an alter or offering incorporating a dead chicken and money? [more inside]
posted by serazin on Sep 30, 2009 - 14 answers

Is Amma the Hugging Saint a benevolent guru or a cult leader, and if so has my friend joined a cult?

Has my friend joined a cult? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 28, 2009 - 32 answers

Need Good Christian DVD for five year old.

What is a good Bible Based DVD or movie that I can offer to my five year old daughter. I want her to get more knowledgable about the bible, but at her age, I'm not looking for a lot of blood or violence. Also, she asks me a lot why there are not girls in the stories. So maybe you know of a good movie that has Mary or Ruth in it? I want her to learn, but I need it to be age appropriate. She likes animation or live people. Thanks, Lynnie-the-pooh
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Aug 8, 2009 - 17 answers

Cosmic clichés - is that all they are?

Every time my (Sikh) yoga teacher talks of enlightenment this and infinite wisdom that and cosmic love the other (ie often), I have to turn a mental blind eye because I don't know what these things are and they kinda defy definition and as such I don't think I ever will know. And part of me feels alienated by this - here is this teacher and this class; the teacher claims to know of these mystical things, and the class (I'm guessing) is divided into (a) those who pretend to also know of these things, and (b) those who know they don't but wish they did. From a distance this seems absurd. Am I missing something, (perhaps something awesome)?
posted by forallmankind on Aug 1, 2009 - 39 answers

You "turned you life over to God"? All right...so what did you actually DO?

Whenever someone says "I turned my life over to God," it seems everyone just nods and acts like they understand, so I just act like I understand, too. But I don't. [more inside]
posted by Piscean on Mar 9, 2009 - 40 answers

Above us, only sky...

Someone close to me recently passed away. For the most part I'm okay, but what stops me in my tracks is the idea that there may not be an afterlife. How do I come to terms with this? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Mar 3, 2009 - 41 answers

Buddhists and the difficulty of choosing your life

Buddhism question about what happens before we are born and the lives we choose for ourselves. [more inside]
posted by ttyn on Jan 16, 2009 - 14 answers

Can you recommend some Good Books for my dad?

My dad recently read The Shack and really liked it. Can you recommend other books with a spiritual leaning (not necessarily Christian) that he might also like? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Aug 25, 2008 - 9 answers

Mysticism/Spirituality/Religious reading material for the skeptical materialist

Can you recommend some books about spirituality/religion that a take a fairly rational/skeptical approach to the subject? [more inside]
posted by HighTechUnderpants on Feb 26, 2008 - 30 answers

How does one make a living teaching spirituality and meditation?

How does one make a living teaching spirituality and meditation? [more inside]
posted by Stagecraft on Feb 14, 2008 - 14 answers

How can this pilgrim acquire faith?

Please help this petty agnostic acquire faith in a higher power. [more inside]
posted by mr_book on Feb 10, 2008 - 71 answers

Worry about tomorrow today, or tomorrow?

Relationshipfilter: I'm agnostic. She's Christian. We've been dating for four months. We fit eachother well and are very happy together, but of course clash over our deeply-held ideologies. Should we worry about the ideological clashes now, or be happy with eachother now and worry about how to raise the kids if/when we have kids? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 20, 2007 - 76 answers

Help me learn the basics of the Black Gospel tradition

Growing up a white boy in a white Oklahoma church, we always had some small influence of the Gospel tradition, but always sanitized for the white tradition of our past. But when I listen to the old Black spirituals, it affects me like nothing in the Baptist church I grew up with: a sense of the spiritual and the passion that I never felt in my choirs. But where should I start to learn the basics?
posted by fishmasta on Nov 24, 2007 - 16 answers

God is a DJ (but you might be better)

What pop songs can you think of that express a theme of one of the Ten Commandments? [more inside]
posted by AngerBoy on Oct 17, 2007 - 26 answers

Smart, spiritual bloggers?

I'm looking for thoughtful, down-to-earth blogs (and other websites) that concern themselves with matters of spirituality. [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas on Jun 9, 2007 - 18 answers

Where Do We Go When We Die?

What are some religions or philosophies that teach that at death (or any other time) one's discrete soul is absorbed into a greater entity such as God and so the individual is no more?
posted by partner on Jan 12, 2007 - 16 answers

Pretending buddhism

I used to be a devoted catholic. I quit the church years ago, but still miss the spirituality. Buddhism should fit me, but I feel like such a poser. [more inside]
posted by davar on Nov 25, 2006 - 36 answers

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