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Dr. Jean Houston

Entries by Dr. Jean Houston


(1) Comments | Posted November 17, 2011 | 5:24 PM

When I was 5 years old, we moved from Hollywood, Calif., where my comedy writer dad had just been kicked off of the "Bob Hope Show" for an excess of high spirits. We ended up in Brooklyn, New York for the next eight months to live with my mother's Sicilian...

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What an Oyster Can Teach Us About Life

(4) Comments | Posted October 2, 2011 | 11:49 AM

Have you ever gone oystering? It is a cold, clammy business. I once had the great pleasure and pain to go oystering in Maine. I was given a set of tongs to scoop oysters off the bottom of. These tongs were formidable, resembling two rakes attached to two long poles...

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3 Keys To Living The Life You Want

(38) Comments | Posted September 13, 2011 | 8:20 AM

As I travel around the globe speaking and training, I have consistently found that most people ask me the same question, "How do I discover my purpose in life?" In the past, who you became was determined by your family and circumstances. You didn't have much choice. But now there...

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Moving Beyond the Pathology of History: Why We Need a Shift in Human Consciousness

(12) Comments | Posted September 21, 2010 | 7:18 PM

I begin with some words from Thomas Jefferson, from a letter to John Adams: "Yes, we did produce a near-perfect republic. But will they keep it? Or will they, in the enjoyment of plenty, lose the memory of freedom? Material abundance without character is the path of destruction."

You may...

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Spirituality and the Meaning of Mysticism for Our Time

(331) Comments | Posted June 21, 2010 | 7:22 PM

What is real spirituality but the art of union with Reality? Mysticism is a particularly focused part of spirituality; the mystic is a person who aims at and believes in the attainment of such union. In its classical spiritual form it is a heroic journey, and valiant efforts are required...

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The Ritual Mystery of the Resurrection

(474) Comments | Posted March 31, 2010 | 11:07 AM

Since we are getting close to Easter I thought that the essential ritual drama of the West would be an evocative way to explore ritual in its mythic and profoundly psychological dimension.

In the story of Jesus the resurrection is the essential miracle, the deepest mystery, and the greatest stumbling...

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The 'Future of God' Debate

(47) Comments | Posted March 15, 2010 | 4:25 PM

Here are a few of the points I made or intended to make at this remarkably rousing debate between the atheists and skeptics -- Michael Shermer and Sam Harris on one side and Deepak Chopra and myself on the other. The debate was mostly focused on the scientific aspects for...

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