For example: The Alchemist, Celestine Prophecy, Sophie's World. Any others?
I am a white cis-het male working on a writing project that includes both a fantasy novel and a tabletop RPG system and setting, based in an alternate history Earth where magic is a part of normal life. I believe in the importance of diversity in representation, so I would like to depict an America in which European/American culture is less hegemonic than in reality. One of the ways in which I want to do that is having non-European systems of magic be influential on the art and science of magic in this world. In particular, I am considering whether there is a way to incorporate chakras into both the fiction and the game's system without it being cultural appropriation. More details after the break. [more inside]
I'm interested in religious and spiritual matters - both from an intellectual point of view and as a way toward living a better life. I'm looking for interesting podcasts. No limits on specific religion (Christianity, Buddhism, Taoism, Judaism, Hinduism, spritual-not-religious), but a few special snowflakes inside. Also, please no answers about religion being stupid, flying spaghetti monsters, and whatnot. [more inside]
I've been interested in Theosophy and similar philosophies for a long time and have on several occasions considered joining up here in Auckland, New Zealand. However, I'm not entirely sure whether their activities will be of overall interest to me. [more inside]
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]
Specifically books about the blossoming of The Self [more inside]
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]
Do down-to-earth, no-nonsense and accessible-to-the-everyman books/resources on sex and spirituality exist? [more inside]
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]
Why do I keep dreaming about my ex? YANM Psych etc. [more inside]
I'm looking for a book about yoga. [more inside]
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]
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]
Looking for instances, whether fictional, religious or otherwise, of the idea of the "double". [more inside]
Can I find a Unitarian Universalist-like church in Rio de Janeiro? [more inside]
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]
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?
ConversationFilter: How do you talk with someone when a topic you have opposing views on comes up? [more inside]
What if you don't believe in God anymore? What then? [more inside]
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]
"Being spiritual" - what does it mean? [more inside]
Give me a hypothetical reading list for Jesus Velasquez of True Blood. (Warning: True Blood finale SPOILERS inside.) [more inside]
How do you find a Higher Power in 12-step recovery when you're a hardened atheist? [more inside]
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]
Are there any people or communities that deal with spirituality as well as social justice & anti-oppression (rather than perpetuate it further)? [more inside]
I’m a Pagan who wants to live a monastic life. Is there such a thing as an interfaith Earth-based monastery? [more inside]
What's the name for these "energy cords" and where can I find more photos of them? [more inside]
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]
Can you suggest Buddhist resources - churches, sanghas, gompas, meditation groups, communities - in the Los Angeles Area? [more inside]
Can I become a better person inside? Not just in actions, but in thoughts? [more inside]
Book recommendation: Emotion and the Christian religious experience. [more inside]
How can I practice more patience with life? [more inside]
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]
What's another word - or phrase - in any language for 'transcendent beauty', or 'the universe is as it should be, relax'? [more inside]
I'm looking to create some kind of ritual to help me with meditation/freewriting/"prayer". Any ideas? [more inside]
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?
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]
What cultural or spiritual practice involves an alter or offering incorporating a dead chicken and money? [more inside]
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]
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
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)?
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]
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]
Buddhism question about what happens before we are born and the lives we choose for ourselves. [more inside]
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]
Can you recommend some books about spirituality/religion that a take a fairly rational/skeptical approach to the subject? [more inside]
How does one make a living teaching spirituality and meditation? [more inside]
Please help this petty agnostic acquire faith in a higher power. [more inside]
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]
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?
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