Saturday, October 21st 2017

Nine new, new things on Soul’s Code

Soul’s Code is devoted to charting the path of Your growth, and evolving just as you do — from thought to thought, and action to action. Here’s walking the talk: over the past few days we’ve introduced a host of new functions and features for you to grok and try out.

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1. New voices join the choir. Read Dr. Stephen Omohundro’s fire walking experience, or check out Cyndi Ingle’s review of Edward de Bono’s new book. These are great pieces you can’t get anywhere else.

2. An interesting question we have asked ourselves: “What is the most loving or kindest thing anyone has ever said to me?” We created a page for you to post what comes to you. There is road-rage, office politics and all kinds of negative noise out there in the world. Here is to sharing positive passages, and creating a Love Scroll of these experiences.

3. We wanted to give you a chance to send a missive to Santiago de Compostela in Spain to be personally delivered by one of our Soul’s Code contributors. Check out the details.

4. Every journey needs a journal, as the Wall Street Journal likes to say. We take it literally. We’re working very hard to give you a place to express what you’ve discovered about yourself, join a conversation with a like-minded community and create a kind of digital spiritual scrapbook. You can see the first-draft of what we’re developing at the bottom of this page.

5. We’ve introduced a new feature called Weekly Prescription, where we address a problem like depression or divorce, and present some surprising solutions drawn from exclusive sources and methods.

6. We placed a panel in the upper right corner of the site which provides rotating snapshots of our most recent posts. And today, a menu of stories in the broader ‘religion’ space that are making news.

7. We’re also figuring out how to raise funds to cover the costs of operating and building Soul’s Code. One experiment: treating some of our essays and entries as premium content. This post, for example, asks you for a small payment to continue reading. Another: buying a candle or a tee-shirt. Please be patient with us as we work out the best way to keep the site up and running.

8. On Tuesday, April 10, being declared itself as Suvi Tuomi Carlile. She is the baby girl of Soul’s Code designer and first-time mother, Heli. “Suvi” is a Finnish word, the poetic expression for “summer.” Blessings to Suvi and her parents!

9. Speaking of premium content, David Rickey, noted San Francisco rector, Episcopal priest and psychologist, graced us with this post about Christianity’s viability in a post-modern Information Age:

I think it’s true that Orthodox (in the sense of fundamentalist) Christianity is slowly moving toward the dustbin. However at the same time new information is bringing to light old, indeed older ideas, about what Jesus really taught and what his early followers really believed and practiced that could revitalize Chirstianity. Esoteric Christianity (see, for example “Inner Christianity” by Richard Smoley) shows that Jesus probably taught very unorthodox ideas. Our pluralistic culture needs to expand or even dissolve the boundaries between religious systems so that we can learn from each other, rather than argue with each other. The truth is buried in each system beyond the dogma. Through open exchange we can revitalize our own images as “merely” our cultural way of describing the “mystery that is much bigger and more exciting than anything Orthodoxy has come up with.”

Religion is just the way any particular person or group tries to connect with the sacred. When it becomes rigid, it becomes fossilized – an interesting remnat of what used to be alive. A friend of mine called this “misplaced concreteness,” and it seems to happen to most sytems over time. However, the teachings of Jesus, as well as the teachings of most other mystics, guide people to the direct experience of the sacred which is continually unfolding. For “ulitmate Reality” there isn’t a dustbin big enough!

Hallelujah. The dissolving of boundaries that Father David describes is precisely what Soul’s Code is all about.

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